Originally Posted by Dreamliner
(1) I appreciate the opportunity to clarify the distinction between "You can eat nothing but donuts and lose weight", which is true, and, "You can eat nothing but donuts, interminably', and expect to feel good, which is probably not true.
(2) But since no one ever does that, it's a far cry from the sort of hysteria that fosters, as you put it, micro-managing.
BTW, I have little concern that my clients aren't getting the requisite macros, vitamins and minerals, and that's BEFORE I begin to work with them. Their problem coming in is too many calories. So. 'balance' does not help them. 'Less' is what they need to internalize. It is often the case that I can recommend that they eat just the way they're currently eating, just less of it.
The article is posted to quell fear of eating, that is, fear of eating this or that food, or not getting this or that food ... and consequently being wracked with disease and dying. I just strongly suspect that that's no way to go through life, especially since we know we're all going to die.
Think I understand you now. So I gather you're saying that, you are trying to quell the notion that all you have to do is eat balanced and you lose weight without concern to how much you eat (or how active you are, which certainly helps). So given that they are eating primarily decent foods (not necessarily great, but decent) they simply need to eat less of it. No such thing as super foods, or whatever they call things like omega-3, etc. I'd say this is primarily true, but I think I'd prefer if my clients (if I had them) were to stop consuming things that made this process difficult, like sodas, and ridiculous calorie expresso drinks & smoothies. Some people discount this sort of caloric intake, when they shouldn't. I notice you drink zero calorie beverages for the most part so likely think this is a valid concern as well. I do notice you don't mention your water intake, but likely assume you consider that to be very important for weight loss and health in general, especially if you are utilizing weight training (or, sigh...cardio) for weight control and/or muscle gains. Not to mention sleeeeep.
On the other hand you'd think that if someone were eating a decent diet and they were gaining weight, the first logical thought would be, must need to eat a little less, and/or step up the exercise. But common sense doesn't seem to be very common these days, I guess.
Then again, in my best "not so fast my friend" impression, I think that better dietary choices in some places will help keep your clients from overeating in the first place, by being more satisfied by the meals they're eating, as surely you wouldn't disagree a big juicy steak with equal calories to a couple slices of pizza will make you feel fuller. Though I do understand how hard it is to convince people and it may just be easier to say "eat less", but then, I think it must be difficult to get them to do that either.
Either way I think your advice to them is good, now that I think I understand what you're saying. I am curious though, what would you say is the percentage of people who say they are following your advice but obviously are not (i.e. not losing weight). Or are they mostly honest about it if they've been "cheating". Just curious.