Brink's Unified Theory of Nutrition For Weight Loss and Muscle Gain

Written by Will Brink

Copyright 2005 Internet Publications

When people hearrepparttar term Unified Theory, some times calledrepparttar 141556 Grand Unified Theory, or even "Theory of Everything," they probably think of it in terms of physics, where a Unified Theory, or single theory capable of definingrepparttar 141557 nature ofrepparttar 141558 interrelationships among nuclear, electromagnetic, and gravitational forces, would reconcile seemingly incompatible aspects of various field theories to create a single comprehensive set of equations.

Such a theory could potentially unlock allrepparttar 141559 secrets of nature andrepparttar 141560 universe itself, or as theoretical physicist Michio Katu, puts it "an equation an inch long that would allow us to readrepparttar 141561 mind of God." That's how important unified theories can be. However, unified theories don't have to deal with such heady topics as physics orrepparttar 141562 nature ofrepparttar 141563 universe itself, but can be applied to far more mundane topics, in this case nutrition.

Regardless ofrepparttar 141564 topic, a unified theory, as sated above, seeks to explain seemingly incompatible aspects of various theories. In this article I attempt to unify seemingly incompatible or opposing views regarding nutrition, namely, what is probablyrepparttar 141565 longest running debate inrepparttar 141566 nutritional sciences: calories vs. macro nutrients.

One school, I would sayrepparttar 141567 'old school' of nutrition, maintains weight loss or weight gain is all about calories, and "a calorie is a calorie," no matterrepparttar 141568 source (e.g., carbs, fats, or proteins). They base their position on various lines of evidence to come to that conclusion.

The other school, I would call morerepparttar 141569 'new school' of thought onrepparttar 141570 issue, would state that gaining or losing weight is really about whererepparttar 141571 calories come from (e.g., carbs, fats, and proteins), and that dictates weight loss or weight gain. Meaning, they feel,repparttar 141572 "calorie is a calorie" mantra ofrepparttar 141573 old school is wrong. They too come to this conclusion using various lines of evidence.

This has been an ongoing debate between people inrepparttar 141574 field of nutrition, biology, physiology, and many other disciplines, for decades. The result of which has led to conflicting advice and a great deal of confusion byrepparttar 141575 general public, not to mention many medical professionals and other groups.

Before I go any further, two key points that are essential to understand about any unified theory:

A good unified theory is simple, concise, and understandable even to lay people. However, underneath, or behind that theory, is often a great deal of information that can take up many volumes of books. So, for me to outline allrepparttar 141576 information I have used to come to these conclusions, would take a large book, if not several and is far beyondrepparttar 141577 scope of this article. A unified theory is often proposed by some theorist before it can even be proven or fully supported by physical evidence. Over time, different lines of evidence, whether it be mathematical, physical, etc., supportsrepparttar 141578 theory and thus solidifies that theory as being correct, or continued lines of evidence showsrepparttar 141579 theory needs to be revised or is simply incorrect. I feel there is now more than enough evidence at this point to give a unified theory of nutrition and continuing lines of evidence will continue (with some possible revisions) to solidifyrepparttar 141580 theory as fact. "A calorie is a calorie"

The old school of nutrition, which often includes most nutritionists, is a calorie is a calorie when it comes to gaining or losing weight. That weight loss or weight gain is strictly a matter of "calories in, calories out." Translated, if you "burn" more calories than you take in, you will lose weight regardless ofrepparttar 141581 calorie source and if you eat more calories than you burn off each day, you will gain weight, regardless ofrepparttar 141582 calorie source.

This long held and accepted view of nutrition is based onrepparttar 141583 fact that protein and carbs contain approx 4 calories per gram and fat approximately 9 calories per gram andrepparttar 141584 source of those calories matters not. They base this onrepparttar 141585 many studies that finds if one reduces calories by X number each day, weight loss isrepparttar 141586 result and so it goes if you add X number of calories above what you use each day for gaining weight.

However,repparttar 141587 "calories in calories out" mantra fails to take into account modern research that finds that fats, carbs, and proteins have very different effects onrepparttar 141588 metabolism via countless pathways, such as their effects on hormones (e.g., insulin, leptin, glucagon, etc), effects on hunger and appetite, thermic effects (heat production), effects on uncoupling proteins (UCPs), and 1000 other effects that could be mentioned.

Even worse, this school of thought fails to take into accountrepparttar 141589 fact that even within a macro nutrient, they too can have different effects on metabolism. This school of thought ignoresrepparttar 141590 ever mounting volume of studies that have found diets with different macro nutrient ratios with identical calorie intakes have different effects on body composition, cholesterol levels, oxidative stress, etc.

Translated, not only isrepparttar 141591 mantra "a calorie us a calorie" proven to be false, "all fats are created equal" or "protein is protein" is also incorrect. For example, we no know different fats (e.g. fish oils vs. saturated fats) have vastly different effects on metabolism and health in general, as we now know different carbohydrates have their own effects (e.g. high GI vs. low GI), as we know different proteins can have unique effects.

The "calories don't matter" school of thought

This school of thought will typically tell you that if you eat large amounts of some particular macro nutrient in their magic ratios, calories don't matter. For example, followers of ketogenic style diets that consist of high fat intakes and very low carbohydrate intakes (i.e., Atkins, etc.) often maintain calories don't matter in such a diet.

Others maintain if you eat very high protein intakes with very low fat and carbohydrate intakes, calories don't matter. Likerepparttar 141592 old school, this school fails to take into accountrepparttar 141593 effects such diets have on various pathways and ignorerepparttar 141594 simple realities of human physiology, not to mentionrepparttar 141595 laws of thermodynamics!

The reality is, although it's clear different macro nutrients in different amounts and ratios have different effects on weight loss, fat loss, and other metabolic effects, calories do matter. They always have and they always will. The data, and real world experience of millions of dieters, is quite clear on that reality.

The truth behind such diets is that they are often quite good at suppressing appetite and thusrepparttar 141596 person simply ends up eating fewer calories and losing weight. Also,repparttar 141597 weight loss from such diets is often from water vs. fat, at least inrepparttar 141598 first few weeks. That's not to say people can't experience meaningful weight loss with some of these diets, butrepparttar 141599 effect comes from a reduction in calories vs. any magical effects often claimed by proponents of such diets.

Weight loss vs. fat loss!


Written by Michael Brooks


There is hardly a week that passes without an article or study toutingrepparttar benefits of exercise. Exercise to cure cancer, exercise to lose weight, feel better, livelonger, and stop dementia,repparttar 141509 list appears endless. The benefits of exercise sound fantastic but there is just one problem. You have to exercise to gainrepparttar 141510 benefits! For many, this is a big problem.

So, what can you do to get yourself motivated to joinrepparttar 141511 wonderful world of exercising? A great solution is to join a gym where you are inrepparttar 141512 company of like-minded people. Joining a gym forrepparttar 141513 first time or after a period of inactivity can be a little scary. I hope this article will make your fitness journey a little easier.

Aren’t all gyms pretty muchrepparttar 141514 same? The short answer would be. ……. NO. Every gym has it’s own personality both inrepparttar 141515 equipment andrepparttar 141516 type of people it attracts. Some gyms cater to weight lifters with lots of free weights and little else, while other facilities might cater to working women and offer activities such as yoga, spinning or aerobics. There are locally owned gyms and nationwide chains. Small gyms as well as mega fitness centers. There is a gym for everybody but it will take a little footwork to find your perfect fit.

What’srepparttar 141517 most important feature when looking for a gym?

In my opinion, location must be considered before anything else. Absence will not makerepparttar 141518 heart grow fonder. A gym more than 10 minutes from your home or office will end up not getting used. If you like to work out inrepparttar 141519 morning you might want to stick with gyms close to home. If you’re a lunchtime sweat maven then a gym near work could be a better option. Some ofrepparttar 141520 larger chains may have facilities by both work and home. In addition, if you travel, gyms with multiple locations may let you work out for FREE, or at a discount, if they have a facility at your travel destination.

Other Features to Consider

Membership Clientele – Check outrepparttar 141521 other patrons inrepparttar 141522 gym you are considering. Each gym has it’s own personality. Is it mostly women or men? Is everybody wearing fashionable workout gear or is it a shorts and t-shirt crowd? Does it cater to families or is it an adult’s only gym?

Equipment - The quality and variety of equipment is very important if you plan on starting a comprehensive fitness program. Isrepparttar 141523 equipment well maintained? Check to see how many machines are “out of order”. Check to see if free weights are offered as well as machines. Is there an adequate cardio section with plenty of bikes, climbers and treadmills? These tend to be high use pieces of equipment so it is important thatrepparttar 141524 facility have several.

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