There are no absolutes.
There are no absolutes in weight loss and fitness. Well that’s my opinion. I was reading something today saying you should ‘Never’ lose more than 2 pounds a week as it’s not sustainable and unhealthy and all you’ll do is yo yo back. That statement is an absolute and because of that is rather silly. Since January I have lost an average of 2.5 pounds a week. So according to that opinion I’ve been doing it in an unhealthy way. Those who have seen my food diary know that’s not true I eat between 2000 and 2500 calories most day and the majority of what is considered healthy foods.
So where do these absolutes come from? Personally I think they come from a specific case. So maybe at one time a 4’9” petit woman was unheathily losing over 2 pounds a week and that statement then gets perpetuated through time.
It’s like water. The infamous 8 glasses of water statement think about it logically I’m a 16 stone man so in reality would I need the same amount of water as an 8 stone woman? Of course not. Also our food contains a lot of water. There are a couple of sources this myth may have come from one source is a mineral water company. No matter what though this has perpetuated the consciousness and seems to be an absolute in some peoples minds even the NHS still push the 8 glasses rule despite respected science and major sports research organisations all now advising to listen to your body and drink when your thirsty as that’s what thirst is for to tell you something. If your interested just google it the information is there the only thing drinking gallons of water will do is make you go to the toilet more.
There also the 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. Fruit and veg are good for you but there is no actual science behind this claim. It actually started as a Marketing campaign in 1991 by a U.S fruit an veg distributor.
Another interesting absolute is weight loss is just Maths. Liking the biology of the Human body with machine. In some ways this is correct in others though it’s way off. According to the Maths I should be constantly losing just over 2 pounds a week, For the past 2 weeks I’ve not lost a thing (I’m not stressed about it. it will move again) if it was just a case of Maths this wouldn’t happen. There are many other processes going on in the Human body and environmentally that can all have an effect. That is why the Maths doesn’t always work that’s why the Maths isn’t always the absolute people think it is.
So to finish if you’ve waded through my rambles. A gold star for you all I would like to leave you with is to Question everything do your own research and make your mind up on facts and Science not on absolutes that go unquestioned. Also remember if someones trying to sell you some thing they are unlikely to be unbiased