LIFESTYLE | HEALTH

Diet myths that refuse to die

Jason Michaels

The multi-billion dollar diet and fitness industry had become a mockery of itself before Ab-Doers and leg warmers. Lazy intellectual reasoning and faddism often result in profit. Truth and logic have no slick marketing campaign nor million-dollar book deal.

In a saturated market, the only way to differentiate your system is to attack established programs milked dry toward commoditisation. Low fat, high-protein, Atkins, high-rep strength training, and steady-state aerobics have all experienced periods of dogmatic following. Things obviously aren’t going well, as we’re getting fatter and fatter across the board.

When developing his theory of martial arts, Bruce Lee concluded that truth was outside of all established systems. But the human mind is often biased toward lazy reasoning, tradition, and what “appears” logical. A favourite marketing tactic is to quote and misinterpret scientific studies.

When I was assigned this article, it was requested as a list format of dietary myths. People like lists and bullet points. They sell magazines and do your thinking for you. In the spirit of the above, I’ve decided not to do that.

The fact is, everything works when calorie output is higher than calorie input, and when activity level increases. The body is an adaptive mechanism. If you stress it beyond its normal usage, it adapts.

Which is why the biggest diet myth of all is dogma. Save your money and time.

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