Abs Diet vs. Hacker's Diet: what's the truth?
August 4, 2008 5:36 PM Subscribe
Abs Diet vs. Hacker's Diet: what's the truth? I'm having a hard time figuring out how to lose weight because both claim to be "common sense" approaches (and they make sense upon reading), but they contradict greatly on large aspects. Also, a question about protein powders...
posted by Zeker to Health & Fitness (36 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
Some contradictions through comparison:
HACKER'S DIET: (which Weight Watchers copied/is based from) claims that:
*The only real way to lose weight is to count calories, because what your body consumes = what your body expels. If it can't use all the food you eat, it's stored as fat, and to lose weight you have to eat less calories. (Explicitly states that starvation is NOT a bad thing, even necessary.)
*The weight is lost by having your body use the fat reserves as energy, and its triggered by starving yourself.
*What you eat doesn't really matter (although quality food is recommended) so long as you stick to using less calories than your body uses.
*Exercise is optional but recommended. LOTS OF SUCCESS STORIES.
ABS DIET: (by Men's Health)
*Starvation is BAD BAD BAD and should never be done. Claim is that if you starve, your body goes into some weird energy saving mode and will store fat like crazy in response to lack of food.
*Always feel full. Eat 6 meals a day to ensure you never starve.
*Calories don't mean anything. Quality over quantity.
*Exercise is a must, because without muscle there is no weight loss. LOTS OF SUCCESS STORIES.
So what's the truth? Why is losing weight so complicated?!
Also, I've been told everywhere that protein powders are a must. I forgot what kind I've bought before, but I've bought 2 different kinds and both left me looking like a bear after a few weeks. I didn't lose weight, I got much bulkier and not in a good way. Yes I exercised with weights, no I didn't take too much, just a table spoon with a milkshake a day. Was I doing anything wrong? Is it always necessary to take shakes?