|Bill Lagakos (@CaloriesProper)|
#1. you should follow the healthiest diet you enjoy.
#2.whoever said that is an asshole. QED.
It makes sense, depending on how you interpret it ... or it's malarkey. ;-) We've learned in recent nutrition discussions that it's possible to simplify complex concepts to the point that they're no longer "true."
As I see it, you SHOULD follow the healthiest diet you enjoy -- if you DON'T enjoy it, how can you stick with it? The tricky part comes in defining "healthiest diet" -- the healthiest for the Bros is NOT the healthiest for me, because our needs are significantly different.
I can only assume that Bill's point of view is that of someone observing nutritionally-ignorant people eating the SAD -- cuz i'm inclined to agree with the notion that just adding in a couple of green vegetables and some "sugar-sack" fruits does NOT make a processed-food diet healthy.
To present an example of #1 that makes sense to me, here's my diet in a nutshell:
- good-quality animal-based foods, cooked in such a way as to enhance their flavor and texture, without adding problematic ingredients or a damaging cooking style;
- low-starch vegetables that don't screw up my gut;
- low-sugar alcoholic beverages in moderation;
- full-fat dairy products in moderation;
- sugary or starchy foods in very sparing quantities and frequency;
- very VERY small quantities of grain-products which experience has shown do not damage my well-being significantly.
Much experimentation has taught me what I can get away with. People without such experience, and more importantly people who have "studied nutrition" only through tv ads and magazine articles, truly don't have the background to know what's healthy for them. The latter is why some desperately-ill individuals think they're doing themselves a favor by living on salads and rice cakes....
Since my trigger-foods are defined simply by "too-carby" and I KNOW that I've reached that "too" limit when I start wanting more, I can put the brakes on before I start down the slippery slope -- vigilance is my safety mechanism. Other "successful eaters" either don't have a danger-slope (these are the "everything in moderation" individuals who are in fact obesity-resistant), or they know it so well (like Karen, Lori, EB and Gwen) that they strictly eschew the triggers.
So is it idiotic to aim for the healthiest diet you can enjoy? Hardly. It's far more foolish to eat the unhealthiest diet your body can tolerate in the short term ... which seems to be what most first-world nations do. Advocating the LATTER is an example of Bill's #2 statement.