Originally Posted by JMRouse
It's three factors. 1. Total daily calorie intake. 2. Activity levels 3. Genetics. The thing to remember is everyone is different. That's why some people can eat like pigs all day, hardly ever work out and stay in "shape," while other people can maintain a perfect diet, work out frequently and struggle to achieve the body they desire. You have to figure out what works for you and not directly compare yourself to others. Science has consistently shown that a calorie is a calorie when it comes to weight loss or gain. Worrying about carbs, sugar or fat won't do you nearly as much good as watching your total calorie intake and exercising enough to burn the excess calories away. The reason a lot of people loss weight when they start a diet like Paleo or Atkins is not because they cut out any type of "bad" food. It's because these diets are so restrictive in what you can and cannot eat, that the typical American ends up cutting out enough of their daily calorie intake to drop some excess weight.
Exactly. Look at Plitt:
He eats once a day... and its a massive meal; he sometimes eats 5 whole pizzas in one sitting. I could never do that. I need to break up my meals and eat at least 4-5 times per day (6-7 is actually better for me). I also have the misfortune of not having an even fat distribution, so my arms stay slim, but all the fat likes to stay around my mid-section. Compare that to a friend of mine whose fat likes to evenly distribute itself throughout his body, so he pigs out often (chocolate at 2 am, etc...) and looks terrific. To each his own, you just have to figure out what works for you. Also, most people will never, ever, ever, ever look like Plitt... deal with it (I have)