Wellness Industrial Complex Falsehoods: Fad Diets


For some time I’ve been considering what to write regarding all of the nonsense that’s put forth by all of the diet gurus.  Unfortunately there are so many people who need help and are searching that they fall victim to all of the untruths and nonsense.  At the same time, those who buy into these fad diets make the perpetrators of the nonsense very rich.  Don’t get me wrong, anyone who creates or builds something should be rich, i.e. Jeff Bezos, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Elon Musk.  However, the creators of fad diets, other than Weight Watchers, (not a fad diet) are nothing more than snake oil sales people.  It’s supported by the fact that few if any people who try these diets actually keep the weight off permanently.  Of course they would say that these people don’t follow the maintenance programs.

I was happy to read Jillian  Michael’s criticism of the Keto diet.  It was a breath of fresh air in an otherwise insane race for the perfect diet.  Whatever happened to common sense?  And by the way, whatever happened to the Atkins Diet??  SPOILER ALERT:  There is only one perfect diet.  One that is well-balanced (low in saturated fats, processed sugars, containing the proper amount of protein, fruits, vegetables and nuts if you’re not allergic).  They don’t even need to be organic or non-GMO.  In addition, an everyday, lifelong diet must include discipline (maybe one shouldn’t have that ice cream or piece of chocolate cake), It sucks but anything worthwhile, requires effort, even an organism.

So what makes me an expert?  I’m NOT.  I’m just a 6th degree black belt in Niseido Ju Jitsu who also happens to weigh the same as I did when I graduated from college.  I don’t expect anyone to follow my regimen of 500-1,000 sit ups everyday or 200-500 push-ups, or hundreds of kicks, left and right side.  But I make a point here believe it or not.  What I’m attempting to convey is that one needs to find a lifelong physical fitness passion, whatever that is and despite exhaustion, marriage, children and life, stick to it.  Health and fitness needs to be a lifelong endeavor.  There’s no secret pill or fad diet that will keep you fit for life.  Changing the way one lives, what one eats and a fair amount of will power, that’s what makes the difference.  The body is a perfect engine and will generally take care of you if you take care of it, genetics aside.  One final point, absolutely no smoking cigarettes, cigars or marijuana, (unless it’s for medicinal purposes).  It may not sound fun, but at least it’s the truth.

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