Originally Posted by jdrgator
Very interesting points that make sense to me. Maybe people confuse the loss of muscle mass that often occurs from prolonged our acute sickness or from actual starvation (or anorexia) rather than just moderately severe caloric deficit.
On the other hand, I imagine that any good trainer who is overseeing a client trying to lose weight, even a great deal of weight, would not want that person to be at such a caloric deficit. It's one thing for those in the military who have specific jobs to do where calorie deprivation was part of their training. It's another with the average joe who might fail from the radical change.
To me the pysche part of this whole enterprise is the most important. Some people respond well to radical change and just go with it (maybe off the deep end), others need to be worked into it step-by-step in order to counter a life-time of bad habits.
Well, remember that one of the points of the analysis is that the military will subject a participant to rigors that would never be approved by any other venue. I do indeed recommend aggressive calorie deficits for people who have significant weight-loss goals. I do indeed recommend fairly rapid weight-loss for the sake of encouragement. Motivation is what my trainees bring into their fat-loss regimen. Excitement is what comes out of their early, evident changes in body composition.
HOWEVER, the sort of deficit I recommend is a FAR CRY from those established in the military study. And the KICKER is that the kind of deficit I recommend, maybe 1,000 calories at most, sounds warning bells with the starvation alarmists.
How I found John Barban: I began to experiment with Intermittent Fasting after have read excerpts from Brad Pilon's Eat Stop Eat. Turns out that John Barban is his research partner. I didn't find out that he was a Gator until sometime later. But if he's a Gator I reckon he must be right.