Where do we start? First of all, this is what’s known in the industry as an ‘opinion piece’, which means I can say whatever I want with zero repercussions. It’s like reading something by Andrew Bolt; it may hurt but it’s your fault for not being a maniacal, right wing bigot in the pocket of the Murdoch media.
Anyway, did you know research shows that people who follow idiot diets are as stupid as people who adhere to ludicrous, fundamentalist religious beliefs? So if, for example, you believe that anyone who doesn’t believe in your god will burn for eternity in hellfire, and it’s ok if you send them there, you’re an idiot. It’s the same if you believe that your magic diet tricks will give you vastly different results than the muggle diets that are recommended by the boring old nutrition science. It means you’re an idiot.
The research that I mentioned doesn’t actually exist (but would probably exist if anyone had done it) shows that those who argue about fallacious dietary extremes are the same kind of stupid.
Who’s Dishing Out This “Diet” Advice?
There are a lot of good dietitians out there – note the word dietitian. This means they’ve studied it properly, they’ve learned the information that humanity has compiled over hundreds of years, and can now provide you with advice about your food and what it does to your body. There are also nutritionists, these are people who haven’t bothered to do that level of education, but may still be able to give you good advice, if you’re lucky. They may also tell you to drink vinegar or shots of cod liver oil, or tell you to avoid dairy because of the inflammation that research has shown doesn’t happen from dairy… unless you’re a lactard, which is fine. Really, it’s fine. It’s not your fault. No, really. I’m sorry if I sounded sarcastic.
Then there are PTs, YouTubers, influencers and rampant lunatics like Pete Evans who come with various levels of knowledge, from the highly educated through years of experience down to tinfoil hat crackpots whose presence sullies the already murky gene pool.
So Why Do We Give These Crackpots A Microphone?
For some reason, these are the ones who often get famous. Why? Because they are the purveyors of the ‘one simple trick’ solutions. They offer you a solution to what ails you that circumvents the necessity of making lifestyle changes. They are human clickbait, living flotation devices bobbing stupidly on an ocean of pseudoscience and marketing agendas.
Want to know what the arguably most frustrating thing on the internet is? Reading the comments section on a dietitian’s page on social media (although to be fair a lot of the time it’s just an echo chamber of other dietitians giving each other digital pats on the back or commiserating with each other over their collective tolerance of the worlds’…ignorance. That’s the nicest word).
Also want to know how to spot a stupid idea or a purveyor of bullshit? It’s easy. If they’re saying they know a way to radically change something using something that flies in the face of the overwhelming body of vetted research, you’ve got yourself a fraud. Or an idiot. Hard to tell sometimes.
What Next Then?
In the end, it’s quite simple. If you want to get big and strong, you accept that you’ve got to do a lot of work. Lift things, get a coach, learn how to move properly, lift bigger things, learn even better technique from your coach, lift even bigger things and so on. Eventually, over a long period of time, you’ll get big and strong. Why would your diet, the catalyst for your physical matter, the very foundation of your existence on earth, be any different? Why would you expect it to be easier? Why wouldn’t you invest in a coach that knows WAY more than you or your stupid friend who swears by intermittent fasting (or whatever)?
Go see a dietitian, and preferably one who doesn’t say ‘you can’t do this’, or ‘you HAVE to do that’. Go see one who has worked with strength athletes, there’s heaps of them! Ask a friend (not a dumb one), ask me, ask another coach! Just don’t go see a naturopath, or ask a chiro, or ‘do your research’ on google. Unless you’re actually a researcher, you’re not doing research, you’re feeding (haw haw) your own prejudice.
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