Received the following email from my fitness instructor (who I get along very well with btw) this morning and a part of me cringed when I realised that the email most likely went out to all his clients. Up until now we've been respectfully disagreeing with each other wrt. nutrition, but I feel somehow compelled to respond to the following nonsense:
1 Minute Fat Burning Secrets
We are currently experiencing an unprecedented international obsession with thinness and the advertising pitches of diets and weight loss schemes are too often claims based on faulty premises. A major problem is that most people, including athletes, know very little about nutrition and even less about the processes of metabolism, which is the only explanation for why people continue to accept bizarre claims that are totally without scientific basis. Here are some of the most popular, and often dangerous, fat burning claims and the facts to negate their effectiveness.
Fiction: You will lose fat by severely reducing your carbohydrate intake.
Fact: This practice upsets the body's chemical balance in such a way that fluids are deleted from the muscle. While this gives the illusion of weight loss, fat is not lost, but instead muscle tissue is broken down, and water that makes up much of this tissue is excreted. All of this water weight will eventually be regained. In addition, carbohydrates (potatoes, rice, vegetables, grains, pasta) are the prime source of energy. Starches are not fattening - fat is fattening.
After some very quick Google "research" I found the following PDF: Burning Fat which is apparently authored by Dr Mark Occhipinti.
I'd love to come up with some simple counter arguments without proselytising, but I have a sneaking suspicion it'll fall on deaf ears (I leant him Robb Wolf's book which he has yet to read so go figure :-) Quoting research (or lack thereof) to back me up will always be taken with a grain of salt by someone who's had "official" training in nutrition and fitness.
Has anyone had any experience dealing with a similar situation and/or has any suggestions?