This post, in a nutshell:
- I was a fat yo-yo dieter for 20 years, in and out of obesity, trying fad diets and fad bouts of exercise
- I finally ‘figured it all out’ and lost 101 pounds of fat, or 7 stone 3, or 46 kilos
- Now I have spent 11 years obsessed with health and fitness and read 847 books and research papers on all-things-health related
- I have spent the last five years trying to teach the best of what I learned - no gimmicks, no fads, no selling snake-oil supplements, no bullshit, just the truth
- Most folks don’t want this truth, it’s too boring. It’s not very sexy, it doesn’t sell
- Ugly as it sounds, the reality is that ‘most’ doctors and ‘experts’ are disinclined to teach healthy diet and lifestyle modification as preventive medicine. Instead they wait for people to mess themselves up, then when they come for help, they prescribe drugs or surgery
- And most ordinary people are turned off by honest advice to eat healthily and exercise more, and instead they prefer to live the hedonistic life, wait til shit goes wrong, then take those prescription drugs in the hopes that can fix things
- This strategy falls apart when the NHS goes bust and everyone has type-2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer
- The solution? Follow my boring and sensible advice, follow the 12 Core Principles of Mother Nature’s Diet, and stop using food and alcohol as cheap thrills and anxiety drugs to make up for the fact that other areas of your life are less than fulfilling
The size of the problem
If you follow this blog then you know my back story and there is no real need for me to go through it again. For those who are new to this blog, here is the super-short version. I struggled with my weight from age 14 to age 35, yo-yo diets, exercise fads, in and out of obesity. I smoked for 20 years, drank pretty heavily for 26 years, had skin problems, nasal congestion problems, took prescription meds for 17 years, and fought low self-esteem my entire life. Mid-30s, I started to learn about nutrition and turned it all around. Lost 7 stone 3 (101 pounds, 46 kilos), got fit, ran a bunch of marathons, had some injuries and accidents (including every running injury in the book, knee surgery, fractured spine, busted some ribs, bust a few bones) and then studied and became a Personal Trainer. Long version here.
Along the way, I read hundreds of books, hundreds of research papers, attended dozens of training events, seminars, conferences and more. I learned a ton about health, nutrition, disease prevention, fitness, training, cancer, heart disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, weight loss, mindset, personal development, farming, agriculture, the environment, history, anthropology and a whole lot more. Along the way I got really pissed off with all the confusing and conflicting research and advice.
- Meat is good for you : no, meat gives you cancer!
- Dairy is good for you, it’s a superfood : no, dairy is full of pus and gives you breast cancer!
- Running is good for you : no, running trashes your knees and hips!
- Low-fat is the secret to losing weight and avoiding heart disease - so just eat less fat and more carbs! : No! Fat is essential…it’s the carbs that cause heart disease and make you fat!
- Coconut oil is good : no, coconut oil is bad!
- Put butter and fat in your coffee : no, coffee is already bad for you, it’s worse with butter in it!
- Weight training is good for you : no, weights will make you bulky and you’ll end up damaging your joints and taking steroids!
- Calories are all that matter for weight loss : no, calories don’t matter at all!
And so it goes on and on and on. I read every book, paper and blog on every topic for 27 years and it all drove me nuts. Every expert disagrees with every other expert! And today, if anything, it’s only Read more