The Official Newsletter of
March 15, 2006


No Junk Food 

in the Garden of Eden

by Ron Brown, author of The Body Fat Guide 

"Ron Brown is a certified fitness trainer who doesn't have an inch of flab on his body. He'll tell you what you can do to become fit and trim too." 
Washington DC

WHETHER OR NOT you are a religious person, most people would agree that Adam and Eve did not have access to junk food when they resided in the Garden of Eden. Genesis 1:29 tells us that God gave the couple a raw vegetarian diet of natural, unprocessed, unrefined foods. They lived blissfully on this diet in Paradise until they violated God's order not to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

When they violated God's order, Adam and Eve were tossed out of the Garden of Eden, and they faced the struggle against the temptation of evil whose aim is to destroy life. Humankind has been struggling against those temptations ever since.

One such modern temptation is the effect of junk food in our diets. There were no ice-cream trees, donut bushes or soft-drink vines in the Garden of Eden. There was no refined sugar to hide the bitter taste of natural cocoa and form it into chocolate. The pleasure derived from the use of these substances comes at a cost to our health. Often, these foods undermine our ability to control the amount of calories we ingest, and thus undermine our weight management. Is it possible to return to a Garden-of-Eden diet and 

Although she is very much aware of the amount of calories she plans to eat, she ignores the amount of calories she actually eats. Researchers call this type of dieter a "calorie blunter." Blunters avoid recording an excessive amount of ingested calories if it jeopardizes their weight-loss goals. See: Science Backs Calorie Counting. Unfortunately, without seeing exactly where her calorie intake is getting out of control, this woman has little ability to adjust her calorie intake properly to achieve the results she desires.

Recording her calorie intake will allow her to see if her goals are realistic. She may be attempting to lose weight too quickly for her to manage. And if she eats excessive amounts, she has no way to rescue her diet and immediately get back on track. See: How to Rescue a Blown Diet.

In addition to recording one's calorie intake, recording one's calorie expenditures are just as important. After all, it is the balance between one's calorie intake and calorie expenditures that results in weight loss. This is known as your energy balance. Controlling your energy balance guarantees you will achieve your weight-loss goals right on schedule.

Self-monitoring your energy balance should also extend to monitoring changes in your body composition, not just your bodyweight. Losing excessive amounts of muscle while dieting is strongly associated with anorexia, see: Never Thin Enough, as well as with what dieter's call "loose skin," see The Myth of Loose Skin.

Finally, by offering her quick-fix diets that have a high rate of failure, the quick-fix diet industry is more than happy to discourage this woman from measuring and monitoring the calories and body composition changes that are part of a legitimate weight management program. 

I provided the woman with my book that contains all the information she needs to monitor and adjust her energy balance and improve her body composition. Once she employs these techniques, she will have little excuse to complain about her lack of progress. If she continues to have problems I can begin to help her by first asking her to, "Show me your numbers!" You can't manage what you don't measure...and write down!

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