Step 1. Fire your nutritionist, dietician, personal trainer
Or anyone else who's literally advising you on how to get fat, although you are paying them to support you in your quest to get leaner.
Most dieticians sell industrial crap with a stupid smile on their faces. Their pervert advice has a very low professional standard. Tragically they have an important contribution to the mass misinformation and (in my view) are accomplice responsible for diet related conditions such as femaleathletetriad, diabetes , heart disease, cancer and other diet related diseases that millions suffer from today.
You cannot simply believe that even a top athlete is not exercising enough and eating too much! Rooney is not in his best shape (both aesthetically and as a football player) but to he must be doing intense and extensive exercise sessions at his home club or with England's team. I assume he is working out 4 to 6 hours daily at top level.
If you are relying on professionals that are ignorant towards the modern science of nutrition (be it scant and rather poorly done) and they do advise you to be in fat storage mode, it's time to get a new one! If they believe and preach the "eat less, exercise more" dogma you are in trouble.
That is equal to your plumber telling you that it's your fault for the leaks that drip from his recently completed plumbing work! You should keep the water mains switched off permanently to avoid them, they may argue.
It may sound bizarre but I cannot think of any other profession where the effectiveness is so low that we'd be better without it. After all we did just fine for 2.5 million years without no one telling us what to eat.
How did we get here?
In 1977 millions of Americans were unwillingly enrolled in the biggest dietary "experiment" (BIGEx) of all times (1). This was done in utter ignorance of scientific method (not even one intervention trial to support it) and based solely on a terribly poor associational study (2) with cherry picked data. The Americans, and the world afterwards, was brainwashed into believing that somehow ancients foods were causing new diseases: in this case heart disease.
The lad pictured is Senator McGovern, who led the committee that wrote the report. They also tried to persuade sheep that eating grass will cause them to become sick and therefore should switch to eating Monsanto GMO soy instead.
At the time more than half of the Americans were smoking (duh). This had maybe to do with he fact that their doctors were advertising Camel cigarettes. We will come back to this parallel because it's really important. BIG Food and BiGger than ever Tobacco are literally the same industry.
If you are in the nutrition field or you want to get to the bottom of this you should read Gary Taubes' book (3). You can briefly read a history of the how their dietary guidelines enfolded (4) or watch what happened since (Obesity boom video). It may have occurred to you whilst walking on our streets.
What to do?
If you are getting free advice/marketing that sounds like the above guidelines (i.e. eat less saturated fat, count calories, eat "healthy" whole grains, everything in moderation etc.) ignore it, unless you want to get the diseases that are obvious primary outcomes of the BIGEx: obesity, diabetes and even cancer.
If you are paying for a plumber or a nutritionist/dietician that gives you such crappy advice, fire them straight away!
Next time I'll blog about Calories! You'll find out what how many calories in a medium size dog shit (sugar coated) and how a measure of heat from thermodynamics was set up as a biology law.