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Lab Rats and Free-range Chickens

The sheer volume of articles about weight-loss is staggering. But it has always struck me that even the best articles start out with easy-to-read, understandable information, then morph into something almost useless when it comes time to tell you what to do; either the advice just regurgitates the obvious (fewer calories, more exercise), or gives instructions that you don't understand.
When someone tells you that you should consume . . .
  • 50-70 grams of protein (12-20% of daily calories);
  • 350-400 grams of carbohydrates (55-65% of daily calories); and
  • 30-65 grams of fat (25-30% of daily calories),
. . . they have given you accurate information.
But, do you even know what that means?
Yes, there are people - especially those with a science background - who are not intimidated with grams of this, and percentages of that. But in reality, most of us can't, don't, and don't want to relate to such rigid guidelines which actually have their foundation in controlled labortory protocols where food is precisely weighed, measured, and portioned.
In the real world, where you and I live and eat, there are two kinds of people:
Lab Rats are those aforementioned rare people who are comfortable with metricated weights and measures, and who have no problem following eating guidelines that confuse the rest of us.
Free-range Chickens are the rest of us. We go to restaurants. We go to dinner parties. We get caught up in the social aspects of everyday life, and the huge, inescapable role that eating plays.
All of my articles having to do with weight-management will be written with FRCs in mind, so stay tuned my fine-feathered friends.

4 Comments to Lab Rats and Free-range Chickens:

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J Ellery Weed on Friday, August 13, 2010 12:48 PM
This FRC couldn't agree with you more! Looking forward to some practical advice for those of us shrews not willing to be tamed and confined to the ways of the lab rat. For that, we have marriage :)
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