the miller method

What is the Miller Method?

What is the Miller Method, and how can it get you the fat loss results you’ve been searching for?

A few months ago I heard a nutrition researcher arguing with an exercise physiologist over whether nutrition or exercise was more important for weight loss. This is a fruitless argument, akin to bickering over whether the “plus” sign on a calculator is more important than the “minus” sign.

Equally frustrating is the behaviorist, who blames things like the availability of fast food and super sizing for the obesity problem in the United States. Is physical activity an important factor in solving the obesity problem? Of course it is. So is nutrition. Furthermore, most would agree that the availability of cheap, high calorie, low nutrient food contributes to the weight problem in the United States.

So while the physiologists fight over whether weight lifting or cardio is better for fat loss, and the nutritionists argue over high carb or high fat diets, and behaviorists and policy makers ruminate about how to rein in the food industry, the American people continue to get fat.

The Right Approach

Don’t get me wrong. Research into diet, exercise, and behavior is necessary. However, what is more important (and virtually nonexistent) is an approach to weight loss that thoughtfully considers, and integrates all three. Consider the avenues people might take when trying to lose weight.

One might go to a personal trainer who gives them a very well-conceived exercise program, only to find after 8 weeks that their weight is exactly the same. That same person might then go to a dietitian, who tells them they should avoid all processed foods and artificial sweeteners, eat organic whole foods, and focus more on heart healthy fats and whole grains.

The client may follow that advice to the letter, only to be 5 lbs heavier two months later. Since diet and exercise haven’t worked, the person tries to change their behavior on their own. Maybe they stop eating out and cooking more at home. Maybe they go through their kitchen and throw out all junk food. Still, they gain weight.

Why, despite personal efforts, as well as with those of a personal trainer and dietitian, do they still fail to see results?

In my opinion, it’s mainly because so few professionals ever learn how to disseminate the nutrition, exercise and behavior research, and then integrate it into a meaningful, practical and sustainable approach for their clients.

Developing this approach is the goal of the Miller Method, and the purpose of this blog and video series is to give evidence based approaches to weight management that are not based on fad, emotion and philosophy- the trifecta that currently attempts to address the obesity problem in our country. Many of my thoughts about weight loss go against what is currently promoted by my own profession.

Many dietitians will think my advice is horrible; maybe even irresponsible. They are entitled to their opinions. Controversy is good. It stimulates discussion, debate and ultimately, progress- the one thing that has been glaringly absent in our fight against obesity.

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Todd Miller

Dr. Todd Miller is an Associate Professor of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health. He is an expert at designing eating strategies and training programs that are specifically tailored to a person’s metabolism, and is currently studying the role that strength training plays in weight management. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator, and Fellow of the National Strength & Conditioning Association. Learn More

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