Or, as I entitled a blog post a few days ago -- OY ... again.
I get really tired of the over-reactions of certain individuals making a huge deal out of unremarkable accomplishments by poster-kids in the LCHF and paleo/primal world. So-and-so lost twenty pounds, and improved his sinus and skin problems by adopting a better diet, and now has a book out about it!
You know what I think is impressive? Karen at the Garden Girl blog, Dave the "bulletproof" guy, Terry who cured her MS, Yasmina who conquered histamine intolerance, Wooo, Sidereal, and many more who have lost LOTS of weight and kept it off, having been REALLY metabolically deranged before discovering what works for them. People who have worked their butts off (literally and figuratively), people who have been sick and in despair, and when they learned what actually WORKS to improve health and lose burdening fat, who engaged their determination and accomplished something above and beyond.
People who have been obese since childhood. People who have struggled for decades, and finally triumphed. People who were in a wheelchair, unable to hold a job, or sickening toward their deaths, but found the answer and turned their lives around. People who ACHIEVED, and then started writing so they could share what they learned.
So when I read that Mutual Admiration Society (which the paleo/primal blogosphere can sometimes be) lauding to the skies some Johnny-come-lately who has climbed into prominence on the backs of the REAL INNOVATORS, I got a little testy. Low-carb, whole-food dieting has been around for over a century and a half. Paleo-diet theory has been around for about a third of that. Why, in the names of all the gods, are we seeing praise poured out for a young, well-to-do male -- THE EASIEST DEMOGRAPHIC TO IMPROVE IN HEALTH AND BODY COMPOSITION???
He lost TWENTY POUNDS! He got rid of pimples and sinus problems! He wrote a book, containing information which has been around for years! Whoop-whoop -- lets all get really excited about his accomplishments!
Not. I prefer to save my admiration for those who have STRUGGLED for their place in the sun.