I was having a discussion this past weekend with somebody who insisted that ‘clean eating’ could allow one’s body to magically burn extra calories.
Ok, he didn’t actually say that. What he said was that if he ate lean protein and lots of veggies, then he could eat huge amounts of food and still lose weight, but that if he ate lots of processed foods, he could eat less calories and still gain weight. When I suggested this might be due to having greater satiety and less water retention rather than ‘clean’ calories not fully counting somehow, I was instantly rebuked. No, the same exact number of calories could lead to weight gain or loss depending on the origin of said calories.
Now I often feel I come across as kinda sorta maybe completely obnoxious know-it-all on this blog. But if that’s the case, it’s only because I often feel at a total loss as to how to respond to this stuff in my real life. Generally, I make some suggestion as to another explanation, but I never tend to push. But it continues to annoy me in the same way that I have a friend who took airborne once, felt as if her cold (which she still got) was a little shorter and less severe than other ones and now decries ‘big pharma’ for getting it taken off the shelves*. When I pointed out that the problem was that it was making claims it couldn’t back up with any actual science, she just points to herself. Case closed, I guess.
What I really want to ask is are these people just completely ignorant of how science works or if they believe that they’re so damn special that their experience overshadows all other data. But I don’t, cuz I’m super nice and tactful. I just say it here instead.
At the same time, I do try to keep in mind all the crap I’ve bought over the years and how, at times, I even became really invested in said crap to the point where I wouldn’t listen to anything said against it. Then I remember how much I love super long sentences. Still do.
Anyway, I suppose I just wish I could find the perfect balance of sincerity and firmness that allows for better communication in these types of discussions.
*Afaik it’s still on the shelves, it just had to tone down it’s claims. Boo hoo.