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Myths Section of S.P.E.E.D.

Posted on May 19th, 2009 by Matt Schoeneberger

As you all know, we’re getting closer and closer to being finished with this weight loss ebook. It’s getting more exciting each day. We apologize for our infrequent posting lately, we’ve just been pouring our energy into the book itself rather than this blog and our L.E.A.N. Wellness Letter. We thank you for your patience and we hope you find the posts we have been making useful and intriguing.

Now to the point. We’ve nailed down most of the original myths we came up with for the book, and we’ve thought of some more issues we’d like to tackle. Two of them are the hCG diet (Simeons Protocol) and the whole B12 shot fad. We’re digging into the science and evidence for these right now. But, we wanted to ask you…

What controversial weight loss topics do you want us to investigate? Are there any diet or exercise programs for which you would like to see the evidence (or lack thereof)?

Reply with a comment and let us know.

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2 Responses to “Myths Section of S.P.E.E.D.”

  1. Amanda says:

    I have heard that it is bad to eat after 6PM because your metabolism slows down. Is this true?

    I have also heard that it does not matter what you eat as long as you are below a certain amount of calories, is there any truth to this?

    Also, are diet pills worth the money?

  2. Matt Schoeneberger M.S., CPT, CES says:


    I’m not sure whether you mean that your metabolism slows down at night, so you shouldn’t eat then, or you mean that your metabolism slows down because you eat at night… either way, that information is incorrect. In fact, there is some research that shows eating smaller meals during the day and a large meal at night is good for body composition. The key point is that no matter what time of day you eat, you must be consuming high-quality foods.

    Your second question is complicated. But, as a short answer, no. Food quality cannot be overlooked, especially for health concerns. Yes, eating a small amount of poor quality food might result in weight loss, but the long-term effects of a nutrient-poor diet could be detrimental to your health (and to long-term weight loss). Plus, certain foods will help you feel satisfied on a restricted calorie diet and these tend to be the higher quality, nutrient-dense, foods.

    Your third question…. no. Typically not, but there are a wide variety of what could be considered diet pills. If your diet is “dialed-in” and you decide to supplement with a fat-loss aid, this could very well be worth the money. If you’re trying to use a supplement as an excuse to slack on your diet, you might as well flush your money down the toilet.

    Hope this helps! Most of these topics will be covered in S.P.E.E.D. – check out our Facebook page for more info, discussions, and for updates on the progress of the book.

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