Nutrition Education – Won’t Help You Lose Weight

On yesterdays post James mentioned that he might want to go to college to study nutrition because he enjoys learning about it.

No need to go back to school to learn how to lose weight

The important thing James said was that he “enjoys learning about it”. This is probably the only reason to ever study nutrition.

As of 2010 north american (and most industrialized countries) are experiencing the highest rates of overweight and obesity in recorded history…and yet we’ve never ‘known’ more about nutrition and metabolism than we currently do. In other words researching and learning more about nutrition isn’t doing us any good at all with our ability to lose weight. If anything an overall increase in knowledge about nutrition can only be correlated to weight GAIN.

On the other hand studying nutrition isn’t going to help you lose weight if that is your goal. I’ve had many professors in nutrition who were overweight. Knowing about biology and food doesn’t make it any easier to apply even the most basic concept of calories in vs out. In fact a degree in nutrition might actually confuse you more than anything.

Weight loss is just a matter of calories and some degree of self discipline, planning and personal responsibility…none of this is taught in a nutrition degree.

Just to be  clear, here is a list of all the things you DON’T need to know about to successfully lose weight:

You don’t need to know:

what insulin is or what it does

anything about blood glucose

what the glycemic index is or the “gi’ of any food

what a carbohydrate is

what a protein is

what fat is

what paleolithic people ate

what your blood type is

the difference between vegetarian and vegan

where the egg whites are in the grocery store

the ratio of fat/carbs/protein in any food

anything at all about your ‘metabolism’

any superfoods you’ve might have heard of

what anyone else eats

…and I’m sure there are dozens of other useless pieces of information that just get in the way of your weight loss success…

As of 2010 north american (and most industrialized countries) are experiencing the highest rates of overweight and obesity in recorded history…and yet we’ve never ‘known’ more about nutrition and metabolism than we currently do. In other words researching and learning more about nutrition isn’t doing us any good at all with our desire to lose weight. If anything an overall increase in knowledge about nutrition can only be correlated to weight GAIN.

All you need to know is how many calories you’re eating and how it makes you look. If you’re not losing weight then you need to eat less total calories…that’s it.

If your stalled in your weight loss progress I suggest you unsubscribe from any email newsletter lists that preach about the importance anything in the above list.

Get a handle on your total calories and you’ll be on your way.

John