I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Maybe it’s because I never paid attention to famous people before and this has just always been a thing. But in the past few weeks I’ve made an effort to share some more posts, and consequently I saw reposts or posts of people with 200k to 1 million followers. To be fair, I’ve never looked closely at someone like that before. But there are at least a few who are out of their dang minds even though they have credentials, apparent experience, and suffixes.
I’m not entirely sure how to explain the phenomenon. It may be that these guys have a sample bias because most of their one-on-one work is with relatively high activity athletes and competitors. But their recommendations for weight loss for the average person are friggin bonkers. The one guy was talking 400g of carbs per day for weight loss for someone around 200lbs.
I just... *shaking my head* ... I don’t even know where to start. Maybe he’s never worked with a sedentary person. Maybe he’s never worked with broken metabolisms. Maybe he’s never worked with clients who aren’t on piles of stimulants and anabolic drugs. Maybe he has very few experiences with older populations. But this DOES NOT WORK even for someone like me with significantly higher than average lean tissue and activity. I know. I’ve tried it. Many, many, many times.
They’re not all bad guys and gals. Though their websites look like a clickbait trap with “Buy It Now” links every other line, I don’t think they’re all clueless underhanded fakes or snake oil salesmen. In fact, the one guy making this outrageous recommendation clearly does know a few things about exercise science. He seems like an otherwise genuine strength coach, focusing on intelligent practices for lifting technique. But for goodness sakes, please don’t listen to this garbage when trying to get lean.
I’ve been thinking about and studying nutrition science for 30 years. Professionally, this is my life of the past 15. And I have come to a point of ZERO ideology. I’m simply a pragmatist. Whatever works works. An average person whose activity is low MAY succeed somehow magically listening to these guys. I’m open to that possibility. But the likelihood is very low. Possible, sure. Probable, no.
I haven’t looked yet, but maybe you should follow their mass gaining tips if you want to lose weight. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised.