One of the things I'll be doing over the next few days is linking to some of the other EvFit (evolutionary fitness) blogs I've been browsing now and then.
First up is Robb Wolf, and not only do I like his demonstrated knowledge and approach, but he's a no bullshit guy (i.e., honest) and there are far too few of those in the world.
Biological- When folks mention they are yo-yo dieting they are NOT
having a problem eating meat, veggies, nuts and olive oil to excess.
Whatever the clueless Mcdougalites may say, it’s not being ON the low
carb diet that’s a problem, it’s going off the rails and eating every
carbohydrate in site down to the bark on trees! Calorie restriction
doesn’t work and just feeds into neurosis. It sounds great and plays
into our puritanical leanings but it is a failed venture. I’m not sure
why but everyone from the government to doctors to theologians LOVE
this whole calorie restriction thing…”Eat less, be prudent..have more
water dense vegetables…drink a glass of water before a meal to blunt
hunger.” Bullshit. None of that crap works and it just leads people
down a path towards failure.
And everyone with an ounce of sense knows this. Even people like me, who have in the past (a number of times) lost weight by eating like a mouse every meal for weeks; only to gain it back with interest in the not far-off future. Even they cling to the mythology, in spite of what they already know, just hoping and praying that the next attempt will bring a miracle.
Join Over 5,000 Subscribers!
Get exclusive content sent directly to your inbox.
I've noticed that penitence for past eating sins seems to be a big part of a lot of diet talk. Then there's all the terms like "decadent" for something that tastes really good. Sometimes it seems the whole world runs on guilt.
Robb is an excellent guy – I love reading his stuff. It is really well explained and he is a great athlete too.
Yep, it's a big part of every culture — the religion, politics, social structures.
It's how people are controlled when outright violence isn't immediately on the table.
Shame, of course, is the way to deal with personal impropriety, but cultures have moved away from that, because shame empowers individuals whereas guilt empowers institutions.
(I know you know all this, Kyle.)