Minutia ....insulin spikes, protein high, protein low, food timings and all thats in beween

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    Feb 16, 2008 12:12 AM GMT
    Minutia from Latin petty details/smallness

    I know my posts can come across as though I am embedded in a one method approach but I can’t assure you enough that I am not, I just try to say yes you can do it that way but you can also do it another way.

    In my opinion there is only one best way to achieve your goal and that is whatever way that works for you.

    Now some of you will know where I have come from in the fact that I was at the depths of depression due to life issues and the fact that I was, well let’s face it, clinically obese. Men’s Health gave me the opportunity to change all this as their Guinea Pig and I learnt a lot about myself and even more about fitness that I had either forgotten, overlooked or simply didn’t know (heck Im not a pro and dont profess to be, Im just English)

    One thing I did learn though is that for every person that posts on the board there are at least 10 guests who will read a post and not pass comment either through fear of ridicule, scared of engaging or simply just do not understand the information that is put across

    When doing the fat loss challenges online I had substantial numbers of people contact me direct via email and with each post either public on the site or private there were the same two things that were apparent

    1) So many people are just at a loss where to start, there is so much crap out there that is way too complex, way to advanced or just plain confusing. Of course it’s all a matter of self belief and perception as to your ability but very often over weight people are lacking in self belief

    2) Because of all the differing advice people are confused and end up either giving up or getting too hung up on the minutia

    “Whether I should eat the right balance of X & Y, will my morning coffee affect my ability to lose fat, I must take Xg of protein a day because I read it on X site, I must take X amount of creatine a day to build muscle.”.

    But they forget the main issues i.e. Calorie deficit and a suitably matched training programme. Let that work for you first, by all means use a sensible well thought out diet and plan, preferably one packaged together that’s been written specifically for you. Then when you begin to plateau you can start to fine tune it or up the intensity to make a change and you can experiment with the minutia to find out what works for you
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    Feb 16, 2008 2:28 AM GMT
    It's always good to get back to basics. I can really connect with this thread, because it took me so long to realize exactly what you just said: it's all about a calorie deficit from a sensible meal plan and a bit of exercise to help get there. It helped me to lose weight, and I have yet to get to the point where I have to worry about the proper amount of carbs/proteins/fats, etc. Certainly, I eventually will in order to not just lose weight but maintain proper nutrition, but it's easier to transition into that when you've got the basics down.
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    Feb 16, 2008 8:08 PM GMT
    cheers chewey at least someone read it ha ha ha ha
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    Mar 07, 2008 11:50 PM GMT
    Paralysis by Analysis

    There are tons of factors that can be tweeked once you get the basics going and are making progress. I couldn't agree more with what's been said here.

    You have to find out what works for you. To do that you have to track it, with scientific rigor.

    Grab a free fitday.com account and track what you eat, what you do, and your weight. If you do this thoroughly , you will begin to see in plain terms what works and what doesn't. Its not that much work, once you enter your stuff, it does most of the work for you.

    All the pros in the world, and all the pro systems, and diets in the world cannot match the knowledge you have of your own body. And if you don't have that knowledge, you should get to know it, it will change your life. If you put the time and commitment into this to finally stick with it, no matter the rough days, the accidental 8 rum and cokes you had friday night, and you keep on getting back up and on plan, sooner or later you're going to make enough progress that your motivation will begin to sky rocket. But lets face it you have to do the work. I tell people all the time commit to yourself and get whatever leverage you have to on yourself to go to the gym everyday for 21 days.

    It doesn't matter if you lift, run, swim, whatever just get there. If you do this, your body will start to help you, the endorphins will kick in, the testosterone will go up, and you will start to like the way you feel when you go. But your body can't help you develop a new passion or habit, if you won't get your ass off the couch. American Idol can be recorded and watched later. You have to set a no excuses, no interruption policy or you will be constantly side tracked.

    You simply have to make the investment in yourself and in your body. Just think, the work you do today, might be the only thing that saves your life one day.

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    Mar 08, 2008 12:27 AM GMT
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    Mar 09, 2008 3:00 AM GMT
    Thanks for this thread. I've read numerous books on diets that are the first to not call themselves "diets". However, in the end they are just that. I've always been a believer that everyone is different nutritionally, and most of these diets out there just lump everybody together. I'll be checking out fitday.com & hope it helps.

    Thanks again.