Thursday, June 9, 2016

Useless advice: "Everything in moderation"

Mark loves the technical lifts. He loves kettlebells and Olympic weightlifting days the best.
There's one conversation I keep having that I hate more than anything else: someone asks me my nutrition advice or someone overhears a conversation I'm having about nutrition and they interject, "well, it's easy, just everything in moderation."

I'm sorry, but that's just crappy advice. If it worked, then we wouldn't ever have to talk about nutrition because people would be able to moderate. But more importantly, what is "moderation"?  This article came across my RSS this week. Let's pretend for a second that "everything in moderation" is true. How do you judge moderation? Well, it turns out that people have a very hard time judging moderation. Your food preferences affect your perception of moderation: people say a "moderate" amount of something is larger if they already like it and eat more of it, and they estimate the amount that they eat as being less than a moderate amount.
copied directly from the linked article because I wanted to make sure you saw it.
If people can't judge moderation, then why give them useless advice? It's just a cop out to say "be moderate."

People like this advice because they don't want to feel restricted or have to make hard choices, so it's always easier to make this piece of cake, or this beer an exception. But how much rat poison is a moderate amount to eat? It's okay for some things to actually be off limits - zero can be the moderate amount for something. And this is especially important in a world where we are surrounded by and susceptible to an array of hyperpalatable foods.

We need to be okay with saying "no" to certain foods. We need to be okay with other people saying "no" to foods. It's too important to our health to take the convenient way out and just say that it's "okay this once" because it's moderate.

I don't eat wheat. Ever. That's because it makes me sick. It's okay, I'm not depriving myself of anything (except cheesesteaks), I'm not creating an eating disorder. I've made a decision that that it is not good food for me or my family, so we just don't have it. Full stop. I don't have to worry about how much I can eat. I don't have to worry about waking up sick the next morning because I had too much. I don't get caught in a hyperpalatable-addictive-fugue state where I binge without knowing what I'm doing.

Be okay with zero.


front squat 3x5


3 rounds for sense of urgency:
run 400
row 500
20 heavy swings

Endurance Option

accumulate 15 front squats at 5RM


3 rounds below AeroMAX:
run 400
row 500
20 heavy swings

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