You want to start an argument very quickly? I know how! Hurry over to your Facebook page and make a statement along the lines of “Weight Watchers is perpetuating a myth with faulty science”.
The Oprah Minions will come out in full force, attacking everything you say, regardless of actual facts mind you. Never mind that they have never read an article/book or listened to a lecture/podcast offering proof of this statement. No, they are hopelessly lost in the morass of false information heaped upon consumers since the 1950’s about the “rightness” of the food pyramid, eating carbs and staying low-fat, while all the while getting fatter and fatter and wondering why they are such losers and can’t shed the weight.
Sometimes the answer is simple, yet people will fight the simple in want of the inexplicable. “It can’t be that easy” they will say. “How can I lose weight and eat high fat! That makes no sense!!” they will scoff.
Oh these poor people …
I made that statement on my Facebook page a few days ago and was promptly set upon by a reader who I think I went to high school with (not really certain). She honestly made a few good points, but that was quickly over shadowed by her descent into condensation and lecturing. One paragraph started as “Try to keep up..”
It doesn’t really matter. It was kind of like trying to convince a right winger that Obama is not that bad of a guy. No amount of fact will deter the die hard believer, so it’s really not worth the fight. But then again, I am not built like that. I enjoy a good discussion. Until it gets to being disrespectful, which this did, and then either I go full on Italian on their ass, or I back off. This time I decided to back off. Next time, maybe not.
I believe in what I can see. In all things. In my first season of training I was 303 pounds to start. I went low-carb and through the season lost 62 pounds and saw my times getting better. When the second season started I bought into the higher carb thought (because, I was now a Triathlete after all, so I must need carbs!) and through the season saw my performances get worse as my weight went back to 255 and stayed there even after working out 6 of 7 days each week for thousands of miles. It was very frustrating. So, with this season starting up, beginning with the Disney Half, I was turned onto a podcast by Coach KC by Vinnie Tortorich and had an ah-ha moment. Here was a man speaking to me, almost like he had known me. He was describing exactly what had happened to me. So I decided to give this type of eating a try. Basically … No Sugar No Grains (NSNG). I started 10 days ago.
I have lost 14.2 pounds.
There is science to back this up, but honestly if you’re not open minded you’re not going to read them anyway. All I know is this: Eating “healthy” low fat was making me fatter and slower. Eating high fat low carb has made me thinner and faster.
If you’re interested in this eating style, I suggest giving a listen to these podcasts:
Garden Variety Triathlete
The Science of Slim
Also, the following books by Gary Taubes may be interesting to you:
Good Calorie Bad Calorie
Why We Are Fat, and What to do About It.
Check out www.VinnieTortorich.com and click through to Amazon to check these books out. Anna’s kids need private school!