I’ve been lied to about diet

lied to about diet

Most of my life, I’ve been lied to about diet. Well, maybe lied to about diet is a bit strong. How about mislead?

Regardless, everything I heard in the past turned out to be complete bullshit. I used to be a vegetarian two days a week. I used to get the majority of my calories from carbohydrates. And guess what? I suffered from hypoglycemia for the first 43 years of my life and it sucked.

I also couldn’t bench a plate for the longest time. It’s almost comical looking back. I had so much trouble benching a single plate. Now, that’s what I warm up with. And I weight less than I did now than when I struggled to bench a single plate.

Red meat is good for you and enjoy the fat!

Now, I get the majority of my calories from red meat since now I know that red meat is good for you. Since I live in California, I get to hear all the time how bad red meat is. You know what? That’s bullshit. Red meat is good for you and it makes you strong.

Since I made the switch to eating red meat and cutting carbs, not only was I able to lift considerably more weight. I also lost a lot of body fat.

I used to have skinny ass arms and a tummy pouch. It didn’t look good and no, I won’t show you before and after shots. I fucking hated how I looked back then so I want those images destroyed.

Now, I’m in my mid-40s with a six-pack and my PRs went like this:
150 pounds
315 dead-lift x 1
210 squat x 5
185 bench x 5
14 pull-ups

Yes, none of those are elite but all of them are very good. Plus, I run a 6:30 mile. Most people in their 20s can’t even run that fast.

Yes, that’s not fast by any means. In high school, I ran 2 miles in 11 minutes flat. But I’m not in high school any more and I’ll never get back to that speed. For my age, it’s really, really good.

Diet specifics

OK, let’s actually narrow down my specifics.

I eat twice a day instead of three times a day. I intermittent fast because that gives my body 17-18 hours to digest my rather large dinners.

Every morning, I drink 6 cups of coffee a day. Why so much coffee? Because of two reasons. One, I’m a composer. I want to continue to compose music until I drop dead. Recent studies have shown that large amounts of coffee (5+ cups a day) significantly reduces your chances of getting degenerative brain diseases. That’s my biggest fear in the world.

Second, coffee both speeds up your metabolism and also controls your appetite. Are you hungry all the time? Drink some coffee. No coincidence that diet drugs have copious amounts of caffeine. Drink coffee instead of taking drugs.

Low carbs. I get most of my calories from protein and fat. When I was high carb, I had hypoglycemia. Now, I can go 24 hours without eating and I’d be fine.

Juicing. I want to minimize my cancer risk because my mother died of stomach cancer. So I’m at risk for cancer for genetic reasons.

Alkalizing your body?

There’s a theory going around that alkalizing your body reduces your chance of getting cancer. Is it true? Who knows? However, at the very least, it makes my skin look nicer and my smell better. Does that sound funny to you? If so, try it. You’ll be amazed at the results.

I dropped the vegetarian two days a week bullshit and now eat meat seven days a week, with red meat on there four days a week. I love red meat and my diet makes me happy.

Now keep in mind, this much red meat with a sedentary lifestyle will probably kill you. But the latter is the key – sedentary lifestyle. I don’t have one of those. I lift weights and run.

So yes, I get the bulk my calories from meat, not grains and especially not processed foods. I cut processed foods completely out of my diet.

I still eat rice and pasta except I eat smaller amounts. Out of all my calories, I probably get around 10% a week from rice, pasta, noodles, potatoes, or bread.

We do eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables in addition to juicing. And that’s pretty much it.

I feel so much better. I have endless energy. And yes, I’m in my mid-40s with a six-pack. Most guys in their 20s nowadays can’t even say that.

If I can pull this off, so can you. I don’t have better genetics than the average person nor do I have luck. I’m just willing to go the extra mile.

“Why do you keep writing about health?”

True reason? Because I’m a selfish, shallow asshole.

Selfish, because if I love you, I don’t want to go to your funeral. I want you to be around for a very long time. I want to hang out with old, healthy people when I’m old, not be the only old guy surrounded by a bunch of people I barely know.

Shallow, because I remember 1970s California where the average woman was pretty fucking hot. Nowadays, the average woman is fat.

This diet works! It works for both men and women. I know it works for women because my wife lost over 20 pounds on it. We eat the same food.

About that beef roast

Meat and potatoes, baby! Notice the smaller amounts of potatoes and the big slab of beef? Portion control matters.

I also add tons of garlic. If you’re wondering what I spiced it with – salt, pepper, cumin, Mexican chili powder, and turmeric. Turmeric supposedly helps your joints and I’m not a youngster any more.

Then I bake everything at 350 degrees for about 50-55 minutes. I prefer my beef medium rare.

Now, I push meat because meat is good for you. No grain on the planet has complete proteins. In other words, no grains have all the amino acids. All meats on the other hand have complete proteins. Meats are a better protein source.

Good luck getting a vegetarian to admit that. At best, they’ll admit that they have to mix grains to get complete proteins. More than likely though, they’ll give you some kind of guilt trip about how you’re an evil person for consuming the flesh of a dead animal.

Sure, not all vegetarians are like that. Until, they become the majority. In that group setting, they’re all like that.


Roman is an artist, composer, writer, and travel junkie.

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