Four years ago, I began documenting my physical – and very much mental – dietary transformation. I called it TRUTHOLOGY, because it described my personal quest to discover the optimal human diet. Over the course of the last few years, I have come to find that there are multiple truths and the optimal human diet is subject to the individual. Continue reading
From time to time, I am asked why I don’t eat pork tenderloin. After all, from a nutritional standpoint, it is comparable to a skinless chicken breast. So if it’s a relatively low-calorie lean source of protein, why do I choose to avoid it?
It occurred to me this holiday season that diet and religion have striking similarities.
Following are the Top 10 reasons for my perspective:
1. All diets, like religion, have guidelines to follow. Be it Atkins, Mediterranean, Nutrisystem or The Zone, all diets have a specific set of rules to abide by.
2. People start diets just like they turn to religion. It is commonly done with the hope of self-improvement and it often gives people a sense of purpose. Continue reading
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This year’s football season is now in full swing. If you are like me, you are celebrating this time of year by participating in NFL survivor pools, fantasy football leagues, etc. These weekly wagering moments can be awfully challenging, because they pose multiple difficult decisions. Invariably, the safest thing to do each week is to use the established odds to your advantage. In the survivor pool, I typically pick the team that is favored to win by the greatest margin, based on the Las Vegas point spread. In the fantasy league, I routinely start the players who are projected to score the most points, based on the analysis and opinions of the professionals. Once in a while I will deviate from this strategy, but this is a rare occurrence and it is the exception to the rule. More often than not, I choose to go with expert opinions.
Now consider this very same scenario as it pertains to eating. I believe that there is a strategy to eating and I believe that there is such a thing as eating with the odds, so to speak. Continue reading
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An abundance of retrospective clinical research has been performed on the subject of weight loss. The consensus of the results of these studies is that 90% of the people who diet eventually gain all of their weight back. This is a fascinating, albeit disturbing, conclusion which merits investigation. How could the vast majority of people, who mustered the motivation AND successfully achieved a desired result, revert to their former eating habits and find themselves right back at square one?? Many anecdotal theories attempt to explain the reason for this phenomenon, led primarily by the notion that diets are unsustainable. I agree and disagree with this theory. I agree that diets, from a behavioral standpoint, are unsustainable. If you view your diet as activity-driven, you are unfortunately doomed to fail. The successful dieter, what I am terming as the “Ten Percenter”, views a diet as mindset-driven. Continue reading
“I work out so that I can eat whatever I want.”
I hear this ALL THE TIME and it makes me laugh. As if people knowingly abuse their body (create a “health deficit” so to speak) in order to pay it back it later. It’s like taking out an “IOU” for making a purposely poor eating decision. Hey, I totally get being indulgent on occasion….I just don’t understand the concept killing yourself at the gym to “un-do” what you put in your mouth each day.
And then are those who work out with the intention of losing weight. While this is a noble pursuit, many are unfortunately doomed to fail. You can’t routinely stuff your face and then expect to do an extra 30 minutes on the treadmill to make up for it. It just won’t work. Ask anyone who has been successful at losing weight – particularly those few who have sustained the loss – and they will tell you it’s a combination of exercise AND diet….most likely due in large part to the latter. Many people who have been successful over the long-term would argue that the ratio is probably 70% diet and 30% exercise…perhaps even as much as 80% diet and 20% exercise. What if I were to tell you that it’s 100% diet and 0% exercise. Would you believe me? I’m not making the argument that exercise is unimportant….to the contrary, there are numerous benefits, including cardiovascular health, strength, flexibility, etc. However, it is an absolute fact that you can certainly lose weight by diet alone. So could the 100/0 ratio be correct?