Convictions are more dangerous enemies of truth than lies – Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
Paul Jaminet, in his recent post My Theory of Obesity I: “The Fat Trap”, inches ever closer to uncovering the scientific whys behind what Physical Culturalists have long known as truth — that lean tissue acquisition/optimization via smartly programmed resistance training is absolutely essential for optimum and sustained fat loss, and (ergo) all-’round health and wellbeing.
The Paleo community, in my ever-so-humble opinion, has historically discounted the immense and positive contribution of smartly-programmed resistance training strategies to the total ancestral wellness/wellbeing equation. In fact — and as much as I respect Gary Taubes’s contribution to the Paleo movement — I have to lay much of the blame for this oversight squarely at Gary’s feet, as his continued (implied, I suppose) assertion is that of exercise’s minor (if at all) contribution to sustained fat loss. Now there are those in academia who brilliantly defend the role of exercise as being a major player in the ancestral wellness equation — Drs. Frank Booth and John Ivy, most prominently — however (and most unfortunately), their voices have not been made public to the extent that others in the “diet cures all” camp have. Even within a highly intelligent sub-group of people — the Paleo community, writ large — there yet remains a bias against the fact that maintaining great health (and a solid body composition) requires a good bit of tough physical labor. If nothing makes sense except in the light of evolution, then the fact that our species first-and-formost evolved under physically demanding circumstances ought to ring true. We need to recognize that, just as we as a species are genetically driven toward the consumption of high-concentration carbohydrate sources, so too are we driven toward laziness/recuperation. These, of course, were optimum strategies for coping in a harsh, stone-age environment; strategies that we now realize need to be mitigated vis-a-vis our modern society. The opportunity to recuperate, along with highly-concentrated carbohydrate sources, were scarce things in the environments in which we, as a species, “came of age”.
The punch line is this: true ancestral wellbeing results from the union of smart dietary and smart exercise decisions. One without the other just will not produce anywhere near optimal results.
Changing lives for the better
Introducing my latest transformation project — Chris Scheppler, of Naturally Fit 360.com. Chris has one hell of a background story — and a goal/future vision — that he will reveal through his series of video blog updates. Make sure to check back frequently to follow Chris’s progress and to watch his story unfold. Chris’s 3 month transformation unveiling will take place at none other than PFX12. Hey, no pressure whatsoever — right, Chris!? 🙂
In health, fitness, and ancestral wellbeing –