Another “Nutritionist / Trainer” Moron: Bob Harper of The Biggest Loser

You know, I'm going to name names every damn time I see it. With Google's help, we can do a lot of teeth kicking of supposed "experts."

In this case, I'm spared the task of the know-nothing, dumbshit takedown, because Dr. Eades has already done a superb job.

What are the many reasons that “you can’t cut an entire food group out of your diet?” First, carbohydrates aren’t a food group; they’re a macronutrient. And why can’t you cut them out of your diet? Are there carbohydrate deficiency diseases, Mr. Harper, that you know about that the rest of the nutritional world doesn’t? I’ll clue you in: there aren’t. But there are both fat and protein deficiency diseases written about in every internal medicine textbook.

What about fat? You recommend cutting that. Why aren’t those people who are totally deprived of fat not going to “rebel and fall off the wagon in a big way?” Or is that different than cutting carbs? […]

And how about your idiotic statement that people who do choose to exercise need carbohydrates? Another whopper. Most studies show that after a period of adaptation, people who exercise while following a low-carb diet have better endurance than those following high-carb diets. Have you seen all those studies, Mr. Harper? I guess not or you wouldn’t have made such an idiotic statement.

Much more over at Dr. Eades' site.

But for now, hey, Harper, here's a suggestion: how about I put you in touch with my personal trainer who'll tell you about how 90% of my very high-intensity workouts are not only on a very low carb diet, but when I'm fasted from 18-36 hours.

Maybe you'll learn something, cure your stupid textbook regurgitative ignorance, and stop being such a Big[gest] effin' Loser.

Correction: It was pointed out to me that I had the first name wrong (It's Bob Harper, not Don Harper). Thanks to Aaron for pointing that out to me.

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  1. Keith Norris on February 13, 2009 at 18:42

    Together, both of the "brain-trust Bobs" (Harper and Greene) have done more than any entity I know (except for maybe the government-grain industrial complex)to stall the progress of US health and fitness. Hell, we're 50 years behind the times (as a nation)from where we should be because of dolts like this. It never ceases to amaze me how someone can still milk a living off of being Oprah's personal trainer. Uhhh, has anyone seen Oprah's "progress" over the last 10 years? Don't get me wrong, Oprah is successful in many a venture — but diet and fitness ain't one of 'em. The only thing I figure I can learn from these two is how to make a living perpetuating a scam.

  2. Andy on February 14, 2009 at 14:47

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again. They SHOULD have an paleo/ef/if type trainer on that show and let the cards fall where they may. Yeah, and follow up with them a year later and see which group is at a normal weight and which one reverts back to their initial weight.

  3. Richard Nikoley on February 14, 2009 at 20:47

    I'd gladly do it for no pay. I'm not certified in anything, but the emails I get lead me to believe I'd kick ass.

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