#1: Become Immune To All Dietary Dogma. All of it.

— Here’s What I Think

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… I thought it would be fitting to make this very first one about dietary dogma and how to root it from your mind…from carnivore to vegan, and everything in-between. Everyone seems to have their own “One True God!” when it comes to diets. And the funny thing about dogma? The only diet that’s not dogmatic is whichever one any particular individual advocates. It’s not dogmatic at all, see? It’s very flexible. It’s all those other diets that are dogmatic (and ridiculous, unhealthful, poison, inadequate, fattening, starving, and et cetera). So let’s jump in and have some fun.

Fundamentals

The first thing to understand—the sort of metaverse of dietary ideology, if you will—is that the very idea of any dietary restriction is a very recent and modern phenomenon. It’s only decades old…perhaps a century or two at best, and even way back then, it was a problem that only afflicted rich people (which is your first clue).

In a sense, I could stop right here and say, there you have it: money makes you fat.

During the previous hundreds of thousands of years, the problem for humans—as it still is for animals in the wild—was getting enough food to thrive. The only “dietary restriction” was to avoid outright poison.

Now we have things to put in our mouths in abundance, and almost worldwide at this point.

  1. We’re wealthier in absolute terms.
  2. We’re wealthier in relative terms (takes less and less of our total take in money/time/effort to eat).
  3. There is a diminishing of nutrient-rich food in favor of junk energy.

The problem, fundamentally, is that most people are ill-equipped to handle this newfound ease and abundance. A couple of analogies:

  1. Winning the lottery destroys some people’s lives.
  2. Being born into wealth results in a lot of sociopathic, psychopathic, and social misfit offspring.

Those who come from modest means and create good to great businesses and whole enterprises through dedicated hard work tend to be pretty good people.

The Tools We Use

It doesn’t matter which tool or combination of tools you use to lose fat or maintain a respectable lean/fat ratio. They all work, and the evidence for that is people use them, they work when used properly, for their intended purpose, and so they proliferate and never go away.

Endless critiquing of such tools, whatever they may be, is basic excuse-making. Fat people saying that a “calorie is not a calorie” do so because they do not care to learn how to master the tool and/or don’t care to endure the obvious pain that proper use of the tool implies and requires.

Here’s my friend Drew Baye, competing in a bodybuilding competition just yesterday, at 50-years-old, who a year ago was 40–50 pounds overfat, like hundreds of millions of people.

I haven’t talked to Drew in a few years, but if I did, I can guarantee a few things:

  1. He made no fucking bullshit excuses
  2. He used the tool of caloric measurement and tracking, primarily
  3. He accounted for, tracked, and limited his fat intake
  4. He rarely, if ever, “ate to satiety”
  5. Separate from his pain in the gym, he experienced a lot of pain “outside the kitchen”

Yea, sure, he hit the gym and ate a lot of protein. Lots of people do that. Few will endure the pain that result required. Bottom line.

Here’s your second Big Clue: wanna know something about dietary management? Ask a bodybuilder. Fucking obvious?

You know what else is fucking obvious?

The reason your average fat folks never ask bodybuilders.

Biochemical Metabolism

Here’s why all the arguing over macronutrient composition in the context of omnivorous animals (humans) is largely bullshit:

Alcohol –> Carbohydrate –> Protein –> Fat

That is the order in which the various biochemical chain-and-bond breaking in the foods you eat get utilized for energy, nutrients, and storage forms we need. Since there is no storage form for alcohol, it’s always first in line to be completely broken down and detoxified. In that process, it provides 7 kcal of raw energy per gram if you light it on fire. It’s said that since lighting-on-fire oxidation is of a different chemical-reaction nature than the biochemistry our body does, that you can’t put a satellite into earth orbit, or go to the moon and back, using “wrong” Newtonian physics.

Excess carbohydrate gets stored as glycogen. While it’s possible to ultimately store carbohydrates as fat, what really happens is that the fat you’re eating along with carbohydrates is what’s getting stored as fat, when in excess of needs, because carbohydrates come first, not because insulinz3.

For mystifying reasons, people look at that relationship and conclude that the solution is to severely curtail carbohydrates…and then break out the crosses, wooden stakes, and garlic at the suggestion that maybe you ought to be mindful of the fat, since that’s the thing being stored.

Excess protein gets stored as lean mass. Yea, you can make glucose from protein, but that’s typically from lean mass during extended fasting or starvation, not dietary protein. It’s a last line of defense.

Excess fat gets stored as fat. And since it comes last and people consume it along with alcohol and carbohydrates, it’s not needed for any immediate energy needs because the alcohol and carbohydrates are providing the energy, so it’s getting stored.

Yea, you can “burn” fat. Few people get to that stage anymore and, more likely than not, when “burning fat,” are eating so much of it excluding all else, that yea, they’re burning dietary fat, not stored ass-fat.

Then, like a bunch of ketotarded clowns, they go out and buy keto-meters to detect the ketone offshoots from the dietary fat they’re “burning,” to fool lie to themselves and others into thinking they’re burning their ass-fat.

The Nature of Food

In nature, one thing is almost 100% uniform, and it’s a big clue.

Carbohydrate and fat are not found together in food.

Where you find the most fat is in animal foods. Near zero carbohydrate. Carnivore dieters are indeed onto something, provided they’re severely limiting alcohol during meals. Eating just protein and fat, no alcohol and carbs, well, there’s nothing to get in the way, so it’s being burnt, or nearly so, and any storage is cycling right back out again between meals.

Where you find the most carbohydrates is in plants. Very little fat. The exceptions in plants, things like avocados, coconuts, and tree nuts with lots of fat, is that carbohydrates are small or nothing.

There’s natural food that’s an exception: mammalian mother’s milk, plenty of protein, fat, and carbohydrate.

Clue: milk is for the purpose of promoting growth, both lean and fat. When infants grow, they add all tissue, including fat.

There is no problem on earth with a mammal eating plenty of carbohydrates, or plenty of fat. The problem is consuming them together, or in close meal proximity.

Take a day when you’re going to eat 3 pounds of various fruit, and 1 pound of meat. The natural way would be to consume the fruit during the morning hours, wait until fully hungry again, then eat the meat. The unnatural way would be to consume them together and doing that chronically, day upon day, you are guaranteed to accumulate some of the fat that comes along with the meat.

It’s the biochemical hierarchy.

Distillation

  1. Be mindful that you’re rich enough to always have something in your mouth.
  2. Pick food.
  3. Not too much.
  4. Target protein, a variety of lean and fatty.
  5. Avoid adding isolated fat (butter/EVOO), isolated carbohydrates (sugar/syrups), and alcohol.
  6. Eat carbs with food (fruit, tubers) and eat fat with food (meat).
  7. Avoid eating carbohydrates and fat together, and especially in large quantities (e.g., loaded baked potato).
  8. Avoid junk.

Final Thought

On some level, all diets can be described as anti-fat.

I have a saying: Everything with the word “anti” in the name is pro. It’s how you stay in the “anti-business” business.

Given all the foregoing, it should not really be complicated. Yet, it is, and everyone is in religious conflict or war.

The problem not only persists, it is growing everywhere it has already been the case, and is expanding globally to everyplace it wasn’t before.

Why?

Last clue: because it’s good for business.

… The business model is successful for all the anti-fat, diet businesses because most dietary interventions will work, number 1. If followed reasonably. Secondly, they’re successful because of marketing which, out of competitive necessity, must pitch itself as superior.

What’s the superior diet?

The one that’s the easiest, with the least pain and discomfort.

That’s the competitive playfield, and few are really outright lying fraudulently.

Then again, diet gurus aren’t complaining that what a good number of people “hear” is that the diet is easy, quick, and requires no hunger or pain.

And there is your true, unadulterated bottom line. People are fat because they are rather lazy (we all are, it’s how we’re made…we all have to overcome it), and because they’re afraid of the pain.

That fear of pain and its avoidance is perfectly natural and the historical pain of hunger was there to get us to source food and cure that pain…which is a different thing entirely in a dietary context…where the pain is not only supposed to be there, but is to be endured, and is not to be indulged.

It’s literally torture.

As such, it’s best to simply acknowledge it and bring yourself to love that it sucks so bad.

What choice do you have?

2 Comments

  1. Justin Holland on October 4, 2023 at 02:13

    This stuff right here is why I’ve been reading your blog for over a decade now. Fantastic!

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