|The term “fat.”
“Fat” is a stern term. It is usually used in a negative manner, for example, “he’s so fat, how does he expect to get a
date?” The official scientific terms are “overweight” and “obese,” linked to specific body mass index calculations.
Socially, terms like “husky,” “large,” “full-figured” and “big” are used to take some of the sting away from the label.
But I use the term “fat” frequently in this book. It is clearly descriptive and it is honest. Further, many fat people
want to deny that they are fat. If you do not admit you are fat, you will not face the truth and make the decision to
become healthy. Hopefully, my using the direct term will make denial a little more difficult and help you to face
|The wild claims of diet books.
When you pick up a diet book, a preliminary question should be, was the author fat, and if so, did the program
work for him? I am not anti-Atkins. However, Dr. Atkins built a moneymaking empire on his diet advice. When he
died of questionable causes (allegedly due to a fall, but also perhaps from a stroke or heart attack) his empire
had a significant financial interest in saying he was healthy–that his diet program worked. However, his death
certificate lists his weight as 258 pounds; which, according to government guidelines for a six-foot tall man, gave
him a BMI of 35, well into the obese range. The Atkins diet may work in the short-run. It may work for some people
in the long run, but for the founder and financial beneficiary of the Atkins empire, it did not keep him from dying an
obese man. Similarly, health guru Dr. Andrew Weil makes millions on his books and health products. He does not
reveal his weight or BMI, but his round belly and beard make him look like Santa Claus and photos of him in a hot
tub leave little doubt that he is fat.
Some diet book authors, especially those who have come up in the fitness industry, are rumored to be steroid
users. In my experience if you think someone might be using steroids, they are. The hypocrisy of achieving
muscularity through drug use and then pretending others can achieve the same results without drugs is
pervasive, from the local health club, to reality TV, and on the bestseller list. Steroid users are cheaters and their
dishonest sales pitch should be ignored.
Other diet authors have never been fat. Vegans Neal Barnard and Joel Fuhrman give heartfelt nutrition
counseling, but both appear to be naturally slim. Barnard was a college athlete and Furhman was a world
champion figure skater. It is harder to trust their message when they do not really need it.
One of the biggest red flags in the diet industry is the products the author or program is selling. If they are selling
supplements and meal plans, be careful. The endorsement of the Vegan Formula Mega Weight-Cutting Dietary
Supplement may not be because it helps people lose weight, but because it makes the endorser more money.
Diet books make lots of wild claims, many of them on the cover. Here are a few:
• 4 Weeks, 20 pounds
• Lose up to 5 pounds in 5 days by eating the foods you love
• Kick start your metabolism and safely lose up to 10 pounds in 7 days
The wildest I have seen so far is the promise to lose eight pounds in three days. Now, losing a pound of weight
means reducing your calorie intake by about 3,500. If you eat an average of 2,400 calories a day, even if you ate
nothing at all, it would take more than eleven days to lose eight pounds. Books that promise unbelievable weight
loss progress and use magic potions belong in the fiction section. Weight loss cannot be achieved with magic, it
Diet books are full of promises. I often joke that they not only promise glowing skin, elimination of all medications,
cures for soreness and the effects of aging, but also that you will have to hire a lawyer to get an injunction to stop
all the super-models who are pursuing you to get dates.
Some diet books are very convincing. When you read an Atkins diet book, it seems that meat is the only solution.
But reading a vegan book convinces you of the opposite. The selectively cited science in each book supports the
author’s premise, but in fact science is not really sure what diets work and even less sure of why. If the answer
were clear, the government would endorse and promote a diet plan and we would be a slim nation. But we are not.
The truth of the matter is the scientists do not know why some diets work, and neither do I. I am not immune from
the temptation to cite a little science in support of my diet, but I will try to limit it to science about what works, not
explanations of why it works. I will also try to include some common sense, something we seem to have abandoned
with disastrous consequences when we allowed scientists to tell us how to eat. Science started dominating the diet
discussion in the 1960's and since that time the percentage of obese adults in the U.S. has increased from 13% to
36%. It is time to let common sense back into the discussion. In the old days, common sense led us to eat a salad
or steak with black coffee as a diet meal. Science gave us low-fat TV dinners, diet soda and Snackwells that
actually made us fatter. It is time for something different.
Here is the bottom line, The Simply Fit Diet works. The Simply Fit Diet is free. There are no Simply Fit Diet
endorsed products and there never will be. The Simply Fit Diet is my honest explanation of a diet that worked for
me and will work for you. Give it a try. You have nothing to lose but your excess weight and a world of health to
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