Skinny Betty – What This Is All About
We are afloat in a sea of poor research, good intentions, and downright lies. It never ceases to amaze me that we have grown accustomed to and accept lying. This isn’t just misunderstandings or nonfactual relay, but downright lying about nutrition and training research.
The result is people starving themselves and overtraining in the name of lower body fat, and not just from our friends and family, but from doctors, dietitians, and trainers themselves.
New fads are born, evils are announced, and panic is induced. Eat this, don’t eat that. Do this, never do that! It’s coming from all over and like it or not, I am but one more voice. The difference is I come with a weapon of MCD (mass confusion destruction).
I appeal to you not with fear or dogma, but logic, science, and experience. I am here to bring you the people’s stories and actual explanations to the things that occur in our bodies. The answers aren’t always provocative and fun. I make no promises of quick fixes, but I assure you multiple light bulbs and a-ha moments.
This is not a blog about simple weight loss. This is not a blog to troubleshoot basic problems. That is what my personal program is for. This blog goes deeper. It digs into the heart of why you can’t get where you need to go with your body, why you keep hitting walls instead of opening doors, and why there are arguments about elementary scientific facts that should have never come into dispute.
Most importantly, it is the safeguard and foundation for what will hopefully be a lifetime of never feeling helpless about body composition again. The benefits of this can change your entire life.
What Skinny Betty is and Isn’t
As of 2012, it is estimated that over 900 million people do not have enough food to supply themselves with proper nutrition. UNICEF states that malnutrition contributes to the death of nearly five million children a year. There are more people going hungry throughout the world than there are citizens of the US, Canada, and the European Union.
And what may be the most significant statistic: every four seconds, someone in the world dies from lack of food.
This blog is about none of those things. Yes, this blog will utilize research, history, and studies based on starvation or refeeding between the ill, but the blog is not about our world’s food supply problem or global starvation. In terms of food supply and depending on your location, it could go in either direction. Chances are if you are reading this, you are in a situation where hunger is either a choice or something you have no concept of.
At its most simplistic view, this blog is about helping people understand basic and advanced functions of metabolic behavior. You will use this knowledge to optimize your physical being both in vanity and, to some degree, in health.
This blog is not a lesson in political science, the problems of the third world, or the poor in developing countries.
This blog is not about showing you a magical fruit that cures your ills or the “one exercise you
haven’t been doing to stoke your metabolic fire!” It is none of these things.
This blog is the answer to months, years, or decades of questions regarding your metabolism. While this blog is not a cure, and while I am not a doctor, the research is real and so are the
experiences. In a short period of time, you can shift your fragile metabolism to a roaring and optimally functioning one. Hopefully you can do all of this without the aid of medication on a long-term basis (which is where most people end up dealing with the above issues).
As I declare in the disclaimer, seek consulting assistance from an in-person professional while going through this experience, especially in the area of blood results, tests, and metabolic activity.
I have no delusions about my small place in the world, but I also realize I have a power, beyond common sense, to understand something truly complicated and express it in a simple manner. That is the start and end of my abilities. Everything else is the research in the science community.
Before I cover what is in the blog, let me make one more statement.
I don’t want to work with people who have “bad” metabolisms.
This isn’t what I want my life to be on a daily basis. Don’t get me wrong, I will always help those in need of research and answer their questions, but this isn’t my niche for life. It’s kind of heavy, to be honest, and at times painful.
These journeys are full of tears, and sometimes even death. Frankly, I don’t have the stomach for it most of the time. I have never been strong at separating my emotion from work.
That is why I am writing this blog, not to keep people dependent on me for information, but to give them the power of knowledge. When I get another email from someone in tears because their scale is climbing while eating a thousand calories a day and training for a marathon, I can say, “Here, read this.”
Questions and Research Covered in This Blog
- What is starvation mode?
- What is re-feeding?
- Should I eat carbohydrates?
- Should I eat fat?
- How much protein should I eat?
- What role do my hormones play in fat loss?
- Is my metabolism damaged? Forever?
- Is it true my metabolism is dying with age?
- Do I have to gain fat to be healthy again?
- Is it okay to not have my period? How can I get it back?
- How can I talk to registered dietitians or doctors?
- How can I get the tests that genuinely help me have the answers?
- How do I eat more calories again?
- Do I have to gain weight?
- Is the weight I gain water or fat?
- Do I need supplements or drugs for a healthy metabolism?
There are more questions answered than this, but this should give you an idea of what I am covering. In a direct or indirect way, those questions and more are answered.
Preparing for the Change in Metabolic Lifestyle and Way of Thinking
If there is one thing I love about science, it is that people will research almost anything. In 2009, we got an answer to an age-old question of our times.
Perhaps it wasn’t as earth-shattering as the chicken or the egg dilemma, but it was a close second in importance. In a prospective, randomized, crossover trial carried out at James Cook University, we learned it is indeed less painful to remove a Band-Aid faster.
Sixty-five participants were included in the study. The overall mean pain score for fast Band-Aid removal was 0.92, and for slow Band-Aid removal, it was 1.58. In conclusion, in young, healthy volunteers, ripping a Band-Aid off quickly caused less pain than doing it slowly.
This got me thinking. They compared fast, instantaneous removal to a two-second pull. What would the results have been had they taken a more measured amount of time, say 30 seconds, and applied a light amount of oil to the edges of the Band-Aid?
Yeah, I over analyzed a Band- Aid-yanking study. But that is the point of these things. More questions and more answers.
This situation is not going to be fast and painless. It is more of an over thought, intellectualized, impractical approach to removing a Band-Aid. This journey is going to be one of patience and getting in touch with your body and mind.
There are things we are going to discuss in this blog you may have never heard of. There are other things you may have heard of, but they are hardly relayed in the correct manner.
You are going to read terms like refeeds, breaks, maintenance, leptin, caloric metabolic adaptation, and more. Don’t get overwhelmed. This is not a sprint. This is not a Bugatti. This is not a quick ripped
Band-Aid. This is a knowledge marathon.
Changes from my old Blog Metabolic Repair Manual
Anyone who’s read my previous blog should note that this isn’t an ‘edited blog’; it is a complete rewrite. While the core principle of my old blog is still the same, everything about how I am going to deliver it to you and how the principles are applied has changed.
Aside from the glowing changes in editing and layout, you will find there are few comparisons to be made from the original. Maybe 5 percent of the old material is present, if that.
The prime reason for this is clarity.
When it comes to this information, a lot of you ma y experience a diet break for the first time in a long while. To the average person who has a hard time putting down food or contemplating exercise, taking a diet break is a welcome relief.
For others, and perhaps yourself, the introduction of more food, different types of foods, or exercise restriction may be the scariest events of your life. I have seen it take people’s lives and destroy families.
In the last blog, I think I missed the boat on the issues that actually matter to you in favor of focusing on just the data or approach. I feel it didn’t go deep enough into the right areas to explain more of what to expect, so this blog is an effort to do just that.
The best defense to fear and frustration is education. Education can act as armor against neurosis. I want you to be able to go through this process of self-improvement feeling confident and comfortable with your decisions. In order to do that, I have included scientific research and anecdotal stories. I show you science and introduce you to people who have benefited from it.
The result is a well-rounded blog providing leagues more answers than the original.
Preparing You for How to Read This Blog
You know how food critics love to be told how to eat their meals by a chef? I have found readers just love to be told how to read a blog.
It isn’t as if I think you’re not smart enough to understand it; I know that’s not the case. But this isn’t a blog about puppies. I am not writing the sequel to FU Penguin.
This isn’t exactly light reading. These things may change your life, and there is no filler here.
Even my random study about Band-Aid pain is beneficial. Because of this, I want to give you a few tips about reading this blog to ensure that you get enough out of it to truly benefit from its contents.
I know what you are thinking: I am a genius; I’ve always just skimmed through blogs and gotten the gist. Never in history has anyone written a blog and said, “Read the whole thing!” But the thing is, this isn’t fictional drama, and it certainly isn’t like ignoring the presidential reign of Calvin Coolidge.
If you blink, you could miss something significant that could profoundly affect your life, or even just help you sleep at night. This is also why I provide an audio version of the text. Listen to it or read it, but don’t skim it!
There is a lot to digest here. There are a lot of little gems or sayings that may spark you to an awakening. Take notes and write down your thoughts about the things I have said and how they make you feel.
Critical minds are not closed minds
People often think critical thinking means cynical thinking. It is actually the opposite! Be open and don’t be led by the existing fears or tales spinning around in your mind.
It doesn’t matter if these people have ill or well-meaning intentions, they can still be damagingly wrong. Be open to the possibility of questioning previous knowledge no matter what study or convincing argument they provided, even if that knowledge comes from me. You will learn not all arguments and studies are the same. Science is about embracing change. Fear is about avoiding change.
Build a team
I talk about this multiple times, but I think it is vital to have an excellent doctor, a good support system, and even a solid therapist. Use a trainer or dietitian, whoever you need to help you through these times. I can’t tell you how many members of my site get help just from making a log and not doing everything by themselves.
Don’t get overwhelmed
Take a little of this information in at a time. Don’t sprint to finish the blog. Read/ listen to a piece of it, digest it, and then move on when it has settled in. There is no competition. It’s better to finish slow with increased knowledge than miss something life-altering. Otherwise, why even spend any time reading a blog?