By Brandon J. Alleman, OMP, CEK, HHP, D.PSc
How exactly does one become anointed as an “expert”?
I ask this because I have seen more so-called “experts” saying things that are simply not based on sound physiological principles that are quite misleading. One such statement is that losing weight is as simple as “calories in versus calories out.”
Here are some facts. If you go on a “diet” that involves radical caloric restriction – yes, the ever-popular 1,200 calories a day classifies as caloric restriction – the body will respond to that stressor appropriately. Consider this – within 24 hours, yes just 24 measly hours, of going on a low- calorie diet, which is defined as eating less than 1800-2000 calories per day (according to the World Health Organization), you immediately begin to disrupt your brain chemistry. Any changes in brain chemistry will lead to cravings; another reason people who are on such “diets” tend to binge eat. You also are likely to increase fat storing (lipogenic) enzymes in the body.
This is particularly important for females who already have three times the amount of fat-storing enzymes as fat burning (lipolytic) ones. Remember, all of this occurs after a SINGLE DAY. Low-calorie dieting is especially damaging for anyone with a history of depression, anxiety, eating disorders, or alcoholism. Anyone with a history of chronic low-calorie dieting is most certainly going to have severe issues with their physiology, including but not limited to, altered energy production, hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, and so on.
In the end, I have seen people gain weight eating as little as 800 calories a day while exercising themselves to death. I have also seen people get leaner and lose weight eating 2,500 calories per day exercising less than they ever have previously – more calories in and less calories out. The “calories in versus calories out” game for weight loss and improved body composition is a fallacy. “Experts” promoting that as any kind of a solution to anything need a hard lesson in physiology and metabolic efficiency. Only then, will the industry be advanced for the betterment of the health of society.
Brandon J. Alleman is a skilled Osteopathic Manual Practitioner, Holistic Practitioner, and Level 3 CHEK Practitioner with an extensive concentration in human biomechanics and physiology. He owns Innate Movement and Wellness in Lafayette’s Oil Center.