Last week, Reuters reported on the findings of a
“one of the few done under controlled conditions that can actually demonstrate what happens to a human body while dieting and exercising.”
"Tests on overweight people show that a calorie is just a calorie, whether lost by dieting or by running."
"They found there is no way to selectively lose belly fat, for instance, or trim thighs."
"The distribution of the fat on the body was not altered by either approach -- helping prove that there is no such thing as "spot reducing."Meanwhile, a book by Amanda Sainsbury-Salis has been released, imaginatively titled, and handily feeding into the great fat-mythology: “Why Diets Don’t Work – And What to do About It”.
As is often the case with these books, Salis uses herself as “Exhibit A” for readership inspiration in her scientifically based diet-that-isn’t-a-diet, because, you can eat anything you want, whenever you want, and however much you want. [See, I told you it was seriously scientific.]
Confounded by her own yo-yo weight, Salis spent years studying, gaining a PhD in molecular science.
Salis, described as a “weight loss expert”, is set to revolutionize dieting with these astonishing tips:
- Eat according to your physical needs.
- Keep a diary of what you eat, when, how much it satisfied you and the exercise you did that day.
- Each a wide variety of mainly whole foods, especially vegetables and fruit.
- Eat breakfast.
- Do some form of regular exercise.
- Practice “the power of the bit” approach: move a little more and eat jus a little less (perhaps forego that second biscuit with your cup of tea).
In addition to her book, Salis runs course to teach people her “methods”. These include:
- Gradual weight loss until you reach your ideal weight.
- You should eat more when you feel hungry and less when you don’t feel so hungry.
- Except for breakfast, if you’re not hungry, don’t eat, or have a light nutritious meal.
One thrilled dieter trilled: “It’s the most scientifically based program I’ve ever come across.”
A sample daily food menu – so radical and scientific it bowled me over: I’m actually typing this from a prostrate position on the floor:
Breakfast: toasted muesli with fruit.
Lunch: multigrain bread sandwich with avocado, roast turkey and cheddar cheese; watermelon or other fruit.
Afternoon snack: Plain yogurt with maple syrup. [YUCK]
Dinner: cottage pie (beef topped with potato); steamed vegetables.
Oh, did I forget to add that this is a scientific sample “fat-burning” menu?
Isn’t it new, isn’t it radical, , isn't it so scientific, isn’t it like no other diet menu you’ve ever seen before in your life? Aren’t the tips astonishing? Go on, I dare you, I double dare you – be astonished damn you!
[Via The Sunday Herald Sun, January 28, 2007 – no link]