…he cuts through the bullshit

I have been reading Richard for 10 years. Ever since I have known him, he has been ahead of the curve. With an incisive eye and a sharp digital tongue, he cuts through the bullshit and lays out the pertinent facts that others can’t seem to see.

Total breath of fresh air on politics. Richard has a masterful grasp of economics and human behavior that keep him free of the corporate media’s narrative framing. As such his takes are always extremely insightful. He called the 2016 election for Trump without batting an eye, even in the face of stiff doubt from many others (including me).

He got me on board the crypto train early, and I am very grateful to have been a beneficiary of his wisdom. I have never sold my stuff, and I am damn glad of it.

Richard’s perspective has been invaluable in the dietary debates around weight control and optimal health. He was one of the first to shatter the predominant myths of the low-carb cult from within and bring to light many truths that seem so obvious now but were heavily propagandized away by the LC blogger community.

I believed deeply for many years that carbs were the reason people were fat. I now understand that simply isn’t true for most of us. This dogma conflates chronic illness such as diabetes with fat accumulation in otherwise healthy humans.

Low-carb works primarily because it is a calorie reduction. Secondarily, it tends to increase protein consumption, which preserves muscle and makes the body feel fed & satisfied. But guess what…you can do the same thing with plenty of carbs and much less fat. And for me, the latter has provided undeniably superior results.

Gorging on dietary fat (whether you call it “keto” or not) is a stupid idea with counterproductive results. It stacks on the calories and eventually stalls or even reverses weight loss. It depletes your glycogen and atrophies the body’s ability to metabolize carbs. Richard has frequently mentioned the Inuit’s insane blood sugar test, resulting in readings of over 300 for several hours. That study was pivotal, and I still mention it to well intended but oafishly duped keto nerds to this day.

The likes of Jimmy Moore had countless naive people convinced that guzzling down butter, limiting your protein, and never touching a carb were the keys to weight loss. Moore chanted this stuff daily as he packed on huge pounds himself. He dismissed it all as “stress” while continuing to double down. I cannot even imagine how many people spent months or years following such horrible advice and watching the scale go in the wrong direction.

Richard saw before virtually anyone else in the community that Moore’s advice was going to hurt people. I thought Richard was being too harsh at first, but now it’s clear his instincts were correct. Though unrelated, I can’t help but mention that I recently stumbled upon Moore’s pedo conviction story. Holy shit. What a disaster he was to the community.

I will turn 40 this year, and for the first time in my life, I am meticulously tracking calories, both in and out, every single day. It’s all too easy with food databases in smartphone apps and the calorimeter on smartwatches. Serious game changers relative to even 10 years ago.

I target 200 grams each of carbs and protein, and vary fat based on my goals of the week (either bulk, trim, or maintain). This is of course buttressed by near-daily visits to the gym for strength training and extra light cardio as needed.

When I do a deep calorie cut, my hunger is mild and fleeting if it is present at all. If my body starts getting tired of it, I take a day or two off at maintenance, then go right back in. Shocker, it works like a charm.

I don’t know if I would have reached these conclusions without Richard’s work. It takes persistence and persuasion to get through and change someone’s beliefs, and I credit him hugely with my epiphanies here.