Who’s The Latest Nutrition Villain?

Written by Jack


The other day I was reading an article in Popular Science that featured this headline:

Forget fat, it’s carbs that might stick it to your ticker.

It’s all about the “latest study” that “reveals” how we’ve been so wrong. That eating fat isn’t the problem making us fat and sick… now we “know” it’s actually been carbs all along…

… sigh …

Here’s the real problem… the EXTREMES that are pushed on us by media outlets and diet gurus who need something sensational to sell their wares…

And I get it. I mean… the truth isn’t nearly as sexy…

Truth: Eat real foodmost of the time. Make sure to keep your nutrients — macro and micro — balanced, and adapt them to your activity level. Avoid foods that trigger your individual food sensitivities.

IMO, that pretty much covers it.

Now, within that you can apply or adapt pretty much ANY diet template you like!

Personally, my nutrition plan most closely resembles an adapted version of the Athletic Template in Nate Miyaki’s Half Day DietI’ve also had great results with Brad Pilon’s Eat Stop Eat. However…

There is not one, perfect, answer-to-everything diet that is right for everyone. Low fat, low carb, high protein… they are all just options on a sliding scale that should be used in context…

Although the latest nutrition trend in Crossfit seems to be “Macros”… traditionally Crossfit has been associated with both the Paleo movement and with The Zone diet. I’m not Paleo… but I love the concept of real food embraced by the Paleo movement. I was never into the Zone Diet, but there’s certainly merit to the way it encourages awareness of your nutrition by forcing you to track your portions of different nutrients. In the right context, both approaches have something to offer…

Bottom line is that all diet authors and publishers need a “hook” to sell their ideas. They are FOR one thing and AGAINST another — at least in their marketing…

Again… I get it. Diet authors NEED an angle to attract your attention. Their marketing is by necessity sexy and alluring. And I actually know a lot of these authors. Most of them actually have your best interest at heart. And once you buy their book you discover that the contents of their program are actually a lot more balanced and intelligently designed than the marketing suggests.

So my point is this… just be thoughtful when you’re reading about the latest nutritional “scientific breakthrough” or the newest diet craze…

Remember, everything you read about nutrition is filtered through the lens of the guy or gal who wrote the article, book or sales page. They probably have your best interest at heart — some don’t — but they definitely are using every trick they can think of to get and hold your attention.

In and of itself that’s not a bad thing. It’s just something that you need to always be aware of. And when you are, it’s a lot easier to choose your own path and find your own best nutrition plan to reach your goals.

About the author


My grandfather gave me my start in fitness. He said he just wanted to keep me out of trouble. But he shaped the person and the coach I am today. Sport quickly became the center of my life.

I competed in Laser Class sailing at an international level, as well as skiing, football, hockey and more. My first coaching passion was alpine skiing where I spent 20 years as a coach, instructor and ski school director.

But my greatest passion has always been helping people get fit. I’ve devoted my life to study and intense personal practice. I’m a firm believer in practicing what I preach, and in testing my theories on myself. I’m obsessed with the world of health, fitness and nutrition.

Then a few years back I stumbled — grudgingly — on Crossfit. To be honest I started out as a “hater” who believed the negative hype. But after giving it a try, I became increasingly hooked. I dabbled for a couple years, and then in the Spring of 2016 I really started taking it seriously.

I now consider myself a Crossfit Masters Athlete. I’m immersed in it completely. And I want to share my journey here at Smooth Is Fast.

NCSA-CPT, NCCP 3, CSIA Lvl 4 Course Conductor, CSCF 3,
Biosignature Certified, MAT Lower Body Certified, AKC Certified Coach

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