Dr Layne Norton Metabolic Damage Seminar
I thought I should share my thoughts about the “Metabolic Damage” seminar that I attended at Warwick University on the subject of metabolic adaptations to dieting.
Many of the course material provided is available online and I will add links to the articles at a later point. I highly recommend reading them all as I found them extremely informative and will really shake and challenge many on their views on food and dieting in general. I personally love food and do not like exclusive diets like those that tell me to eat something just because it is good for me (without really explaining or knowing why it is good!) and everything else is bad so found the material refreshing, balanced and to make a lot of sense. Two scientific articles were provided that tied in nicely to explain why dieting is ineffective for weight loss in the long term and the mechanisms that cause body fat to “overshoot” post dieting. The material nicely set the ground work for the seminar and I really enjoyed going through it.
We have all worked with clients that want to lose weight and after years of doing the same process of eating less, exercising more they hit a point where they simply cannot lose weight or decrease their body fat % any longer even when they go to extreme lengths such as eating less than 1000kcal and do hours of cardiovascular exercise. So why does our body reach this state and how do we reverse the process? This is what Dr Layne discussed in detail and provided in depth analysis of the physiological and psychological mechanisms that underline the condition. The process of metabolic adaptation is extremely complex and functions on a number of levels that require a good understanding of the human physiology and endocrine system. The problem these days is that people want the “magic bullet” when in reality for many this process will take weeks if not months but the results will be life long. I enjoyed Dr Layne’s approach on the subject as he used both scientific evidence and real life scenarios from clients both competitive and non competitive. Overall I was pleased with the day and found it really educational. The material was rational and scientifically sound and open for debate. I will be writing an essay on “Optimal Weight Management For Weight Category Sports” in the next few weeks and will include more information on the tools used in that. In mean time if you get a chance to go on the seminar I would highly recommend it.