http://www.tmuscle.com/free_online_a...alwyn_cosgroveTMUSCLE: You've battled cancer. Twice. Not many people can say that. What lessons did that teach you? I don't mean the "enjoy the little things/ work less, love more" kind of thing; I mean lessons that you learned about the body?
Alwyn Cosgrove: Okay. There are a few things. The caloric balance model of calories in, calories out? Bull****.
I was in a negative caloric state (and vomiting) for months, lost muscle mass but gained weight (fat). I know the growth of the disease and the drugs involved in treating it change everything ? but I had a malignant disease, wasn't eating or training towards the end and probably gained 20lbs. Even after the treatment, without chemo, it took a long time to cut the weight ? so it's not just about calories.
Massive levels of cortisol have profound negative partitioning effects; calories go away from muscle and towards fat. I get that ? but to create "mass" where there is no additional raw material ? no fuel or building blocks present, violates the entire caloric balance model.
For the same reason that giving someone Testosterone will increase muscle mass and cause fat loss without training or changing diet, women in our gym will experience body comp changes when they're going through menopause ? even if training and caloric intake remains unchanged.
We see studies all the time about how adding a grapefruit to the diet increases fat loss despite being eucaloric. The low-carb studies have shown people losing fat when eating more calories as compared to high-carb diets. We've seen studies that show a loss in fat when you add in fish oil to the diet despite no change in calories. The caloric balance model just isn't complete.
Yes, it's on T-Nation. That doesn't mean anything by itself. Nearly every well known coach and author has been featured on T-Nation at one time or another.
AC has now joined the growing list of respected fitness authors and coaches who have either questioned or outright renounced the conventional "caloric model" of body recomposition.
Other people from this list include Patrick Arnold and Charles Poliquin.
See the following thread for references:
View Poll Results: The Caloric Model: Accurate or Incomplete?