It's spring time, and a young lawyer's thoughts turn to the beach, and bathing suits and that means, after literally years of email requests, we finally address the issue of .......(drum roll please)
D...I...E...T..S..! What is the best diet for you? The simple answer is everyone is different. But the more we (not us, but the medical profession) learn about insulin resistance, hormones, and genetics, the more we know that everyone is different. No one diet works. Every wonder about that beautiful woman with a set of abs who eats pizza and chocolate milk shakes? Credit her DNA. She has a high level of insulin resistance.
Akins is no longer the player. It's guys like the amazing researcher Gary Taubes, whose ground breaking book "Why We Get Fat" took off where Dr. Atkins left off. No less an authority than Dr. Andrew Weil supported the amazing research in the book. Watch the smack down of higher-carb veggie Dr. Oz (Oprah's "Guru" and have you seen her lately?) here on Tim Ferris's Blog.
Enter Tim Ferris (4 Hour Body) and David Asprey (Bullet Proof Executive) who are "bio-hackers"- they hack their body with diet and supplements and promise that you can 1) do more on less sleep (both) 2) Have super-human sex (Ferris); 3) raise your IQ (Asprey) ; 4) work less and earn more (Ferris and where else have we heard that before?) 4) and reverse type II diabetes, heart disease, auto-immune diseases and dramatically improve your blood-lipid profile (both) if you follow their diet/lifestyles. For the lucky ones (like us) we need improvement in almost none of those areas, although working less seems like a nice idea.
Aspey lives on bacon, grass-fed butter (he mixes it in his special mold-free coffee) and all grass fed-organic meats, while Ferris adds beans at every meal to slow the absorption of carbs.
Then there is the Paleo_Diet that is sweeping the nation which is a combination of lower carbs, seasonal fruits (very little bananas and grapes) green leafy veggies, and nothing white (flour, sugar) and nothing refined. "Eat like a Caveman" is their cry. Sort of retro- South Beach.
And still plugging away as vegetarians are Dr. Oz, and Dr. Dean Ornish who converted President Clinton and had him put down that big mac and pick up broccoli and brussel sprouts after his second "cardiac incident."
After corresponding for two months with a loyal reader who started an Asprey/Taubes very low carb diet (which we are still quiet concerned about) here is the last email we received: "Rump- first blood tests back- Cholesterol DOWN from 211(high) to 175 (good) NO MEDS. Triglycerides down from 210 (very high) to 135 NORMAL!!! As per fasting blood test I am NO LONGER pre-diabetic. Per your suggestion I began a slow progression of cardiac interval training (30 sec all out runs, 60 sec recovery, slowly transitioning to 60 sec runs, 30 sec recoveries along with a kettle bell routine) and my blood pressure is now 120-85 down from 150-200 NO MEDS!!!!. Rump, this diet literally saved my life. My cardiologist is both amazed and thrilled. The supplements you recommended also greatly helped and in her words "Can I meet this lawyer who thinks he is a doctor?" she said that without exception you were right on the money with every supplement. And of course the weight loss..." (by request the total weight is not included here, but our subject, who is a middle aged male lost 28 pounds in 72 days.)
SO...is the Elephant in the room or in the special set of clothes you keep for the affects of all those holiday parties?
What diets have you tried? What works for you and what do you think about the latest diets? Are they fads?
See (hopefully and literally) LESS of YOU in court.