A while back I included Jonathan Bailor’s non-profit “Slim is Simple” initiative in a roundup of various things PGP (Pretty Good Paleo). I was happy to do so, immediately saw the very many positives about the video as a teaching tool (yea, I could make some constructive critiques)…and was subsequently surprised at some of the nit-picks and outright slams that made their way around. Slim is Simple. It’s so simple that any animal in the wild that’s supposed to be slim can do it. It’s natural for them and natural is simple. Now, what is accurate to say is that for many human animals—including myself—”Slim is not Easy.” It can be damn hard, one can fail, and there are any number of obstacles (mostly mental, some physical) to keep someone from employing the necessary effort…not quitting until finding what works the easiest and the best.
But it’s still simple. It’s going to be some combination of real food: meats, fish, fowl, vegetables, fruits, nuts—dairy if it works for you. You are a human being, a human animal, you have to eat food…so make it real, get it yourself, prepare it yourself. Simple. Does that mean you automatically get ripped & slim? No, but it’s still a simple matter that you need real food to be the best you can; and, once you’ve established that, most people will find that their best gets better and better over time, even if it takes years, which for some it will.
In case you missed it the first time.
…Jonathan and I struck up an email conversation, both kind of scratching our heads that some people just didn’t get it—unless of course they didn’t want to anyway.
But all that’s not going to matter, because this is a simple message, easy to understand, effective to different degrees according to individual implementation. The implementation, with all the pitfalls that abound, isn’t going to be easy—particularly the older and more overweight the individual—but the best way to begin is with knowledge, and this does a good job of making such knowledge accessible to everyone, not just for a small handful of irrelevant sciency health nerds with an Internet addiction.
Jonathan invited me on for a podcast and once we got together over Skype, I thought we’d end up talking about all the foregoing. Turns out, not much; a bit at the end. And I also didn’t basically give the same podcast interview I’ve given many times—owing to getting pretty much the same questions many times.
We ended up spending the lion’s share of the 35 minutes talking about the gym: workouts, frequency, load, etc. Now I’m certainly no expert on the topic (Jonathan is), but I do have the experience of working with Martin Berkhan of Leangains and made some very positive gains in a relatively short while, both in terms of leaning body composition and lifting gains (27% ave. increase in 20 weeks). Lean-Gains…get it?
Then, as I explain, I injured myself overdoing it in some way that’s still not clear, had months of chronic pain 24/7, allowed my diet to go to crap, and put back on a good amount of fat pounds—to the absolute thrills and delights of many.
So, the bottom line: Jonathan and I bounce around ideas about keeping it real, staying physically healthy, staying in the game—all in the context of exercise. And, less is more.
I’m happy to report that things are moving once again in the right direction, in terms of both Lean and Gains—and I’m only doing it to piss some people off. I’m reporting specific progress weekly via my free Newsletter. In terms of the Lean, it’s the milk intervention, working better and faster than I could have imagined—as well as being substantially anabolic even in the midst of a pronounced caloric deficit. In terms of the gym, having gingerly recommenced in deadlifts (that’s my touchstone exercise) at #165 or so a couple of months back, 2-3 sets of 10, I’m now at #275 for 2-3 sets of 5-6—on my way back up to #325 where I was when the injury took place.
This will continue unabated, until the last laugh and obscene gesture has been accounted for.
Update for that Troll in my Spam folder:
- Synthesis: Low-Carb and Food Reward/Palatability, and Why Calories Count
- Synthesis: Guyenet, Colpo, Calories Count, Food Quality Matters, Macronutrient Ratios are Qualitative
- “Protein is the New Carbohydrate,” and Why to Ditch the Low-Carb Catechism (Sorry Jimmy)
That’s what happens, “Magnus,” when one is capable of actually writing more than a single sentence.