Yes, you read that correctly.
I was wrong.
I can admit it.
In fact, I was wrong about much in my short life already.
I can honestly say that it wasn’t my fault though.
And I know what you may be thinking, “Matt, you preach about taking responsibility.”
I do, but it wasn’t just me that was wrong.
Our industry had it wrong.
What I am alluding to was the gold standard not too long ago.
You all heard it, and maybe still do it.
It doesn’t mean it doesn’t have value, but it isn’t what it was made out to be.
I’m talking about the idea of “speeding up your metabolism;”
By “eating six smaller meals per day.”
Yep, dead wrong.
Simply not true.
This was however, the latest research and newest we had as it relates to our metabolism and eating.
Every club and trainer was preaching it to their clients.
“Eat six smaller meals per day and it will “kickstart” your metabolism.”
Or “it stokes the metabolism fire” and other fallacies around how it would help you burn fat.
None of it was true.
Eating is eating and it burns the same amount of calories if you eat one meal per day or six meals per day (depending on what you eat, not when.)
Let me give you an example, one person eats 2000 calories in one meal, and the another eats 2000 calories over six meals and macro nutrients are the same.
The body’s thermal effect of food ( through break down, digestion and absorption of food) will be the same, again, given the same macronutrient ratio.
I say macronutrient ratio (think carbs, fats, proteins) because each digests and absorbs differently in the body with protein taking the most amount of energy to digests while fats use the least.
This cutting edge thought process was touted to every person trying to lose weight and get in shape, as revolutionary.
And it was.
At the time.
But we now know that it simply isn’t true thanks to current researching a better understanding of metabolism and how food acts and react sin the body.
It’s no ones fault.
In fact the leader in nutrition today, Dr. John Berardi published a book at the time around this theory, and now, will advise against the very thing he wrote at the time (2007).
OK so what’s the point?
The point is, that what was, isn’t, and probably won’t be tomorrow.
I mean that in the health and fitness space particularly, as new research is always coming out as it is being studied more than ever today.
There are tried and true principles that are fact and will remain so; like eating more whole foods and less processed foods, or macronutrients like carbs, fats and protein are what provide us energy.
But the tips and tricks that are relevant today may not be tomorrow.
So be mindful of who you listen to, what they are trying to sell you, and where their “research” is from.
And if you want the latest on what’s happening the health and fitness industry with a particular agenda, follow me on my socials ( if you aren’t already) : @macfitness100.
I will always work to separate fact from feeling from people I absolutely trust in the industry so that you can make informed decisions, even if you don’t decide to work with me.
So go and do more of what you love, with who you love and don’t think twice about it.
Peace, love & fitness,
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