Few things are quite as complex as weight loss. It doesn’t help that nowadays, Youtube fitness gurus and Instagram celebrities tell you that you should do Keto, do intermittent fasting, or even follow the carnivore diet to lose weight.
But, many people also believe that carbs are evil, so you should do a low-carb diet to lose weight.
Unfortunately, so many people have preconceived notions of what it takes to lose weight and keep it off.
But despite all we think we know about losing weight, we are still confused and letting nutrition myths sabotage our weight loss success.
In this new Real Talk Friday episode, Ted Ryce will share his story of when he used to be a low-carb diet follower and what made him decide to spend hundreds of hours to find the best weight loss solution that still allows you to eat the foods you love. Listen now to find out if you should follow a low-carb diet or not and the smartest and healthiest way to lose weight.
Ted’s personal experience as a low carber
About Paul Check’s methods and what Ted learned from him in the past
Ted’s experience with training celebrities in Miami Beach
Ted’s experience as a medicine student
How did Ted got fat in his early 30s and what he tried to do to get leaner
How hiring a couch changed Ted’s body and mindset
The truth about low carb diets
Are the myths about carbohydrates true?
And much more…
Why I hate Low carb Diets with Ted Ryce
Ted Ryce: “Ted, why don't you respect low carb diets and fasting more? Why don't you appreciate them more? Ted, I feel like you just don't understand low carb diets. I think that if you understood them better, you would like them more.”
I've been getting into these exchanges—not every week, but I had one recently—and they always leave a lasting impression on me. And today, I'm going to get into why I hate low carb diets.
So, if that kind of shocks you, well, you're in the right place. If you're a little confused now, you're in the right place, because we're going to unpack this. And folks, I don't hate low carb diets, I have nothing against low carb diet, but I do hate the low carb cult. And if you're part of that cult, well, prepared to get triggered. But if you're a person who has intellectual curiosity about low carb diets, about the claims, let's say, claims around low carb diets, well, I'm going to tell you—you're going to learn a lot today, and we're going to get into the myths.
So, what is up, my friend? Welcome back to another episode of the Legendary Life podcast. This is a Real Talk Friday, where it's just you and me and we set the science aside for a second—well, at least, you know, most of the science aside, we'll be talking a little bit about that today, but not too much. We'll just have a conversation. And let's jump right into this situation.
Okay, so I had this exchange with someone on Facebook, and I love these exchanges in some ways, because it gives me something to talk about, it lets me know where people are at. And I said something about how fat makes you fat, you should avoid added fats, just like you avoid added sugars. And then someone got into it with me…he's been Facebook friends with me for a while, but just, you know, he lost some weight, not a lot of weight, by the way, which always really makes me rub my head. I'm always happy for people who get weight loss success, but it's like a little bit of success goes to people's head. And then they start acting like—trying to go toe to toe with me in conversations—or not conversations. But they're acting like, "Oh, you're going toe to toe with me. Like, I know as much as you. I lost weight, Ted, and I did it with a low carb diet. I know as much as you."
And now we're going to talk about why you don't. So, I know I sound a little cocky, maybe, but I want to ask you this. What do you do as a profession? What do you do? Do you run a business? Are you an accountant? Are you an attorney? What if someone who's been in your business for three years starts telling you about your business that you've been in for 23 years—because that's how long I've been in my business. Or even if they've been in it for five years, it doesn't matter. Five or even 10 years, I don't care. I have double—even for a 10-year person, I have over double the years. And it just gets frustrating.
And I believe we're in a time now where people love to share their opinions, all the gatekeepers of media are gone, because anybody can… Before you couldn't just get on a 24-hour news channel or a talk show and say, "Hey, I have an opinion. I want to share it," right? They're like, "No, who are you? What are your qualifications?" and whatever else they would ask you. But today, you just need a social media profile and you can tweet at the president if you want, or celebrities. So that's the situation we're in.
Here's my story, in case you don't know it. I became a personal trainer when I was 22 years old. I'm 44 now, so 22 years old… So I guess I've been in the business 22 years, not 23, I keep messing that up. Forgive me, forgive my basic math errors. So, I've been in the business, became a personal trainer right around my 22nd birthday, and I've been in this business ever since.
And when I first started out, I was really into learning, I mean, I went to course ..., I was broke actually, so I didn't go to courses, I read voraciously online. And we're talking 1998 or 1999. We're talking 2000, early internet years, I read a lot of—some cutting-edge stuff at the time, because a lot of the information around the year 2000, if you went and got magazines, it was Men's Health, and then there was like these bodybuilding magazines. And all the body building magazines were full of lies. All the models were all taking steroids, but saying, "Oh, I take this protein powder." I mean, just looking back, it's so ridiculous.
It's like, okay, so you're like, five, six, and you're 250 pounds of pure muscle, I can see the veins all over your body, not just your abs. And all you did was work out, you did this workout that you shared in the bodybuilding magazine, and you ate this protein powder that you're endorsing here? So, it was really crazy.
And I managed to break away from that, because that's what everybody was reading back then. And if you were into that 20 years ago, you know exactly what I'm talking about. And so I managed to break free of that. I found Muscle Media Magazine, by the Body For Life guy, Bill Phillips, his brother, Sean Phillips...I actually had Sean on the show a few times earlier in the show's history, and really changed the game because it introduced me to guys who did less steroids, or maybe no steroids at all, and use solid training principles. And it changed the game for me, and I learned more about nutrition.
And I learned of a guy named Paul Check. Now you may have seen Paul Check recently, he's been on Ben Greenfield Show, he's been on just a lot of people's shows. I don't really keep track of it. I don't really listen to those types of podcasts recently, so...
So anyway, Paul Check, I just really gravitated towards his methods, his approach. And back then, he wasn't as crazy as he would end up being, and how crazy he is now, how out there he is now with his philosophical beliefs, spiritual beliefs. He was really into the science. I learned a ton about writing programs from him. I mean, it was great information.
And then he started to change. He got away from biomechanics and injury rehabilitation, and then started getting into nutrition. And I followed him, he was like my guy, my guru, right? And I followed him. I ended up spending thousands of dollars to get certified by him. I bought all his $500 correspondence courses on back training, scientific abdominal training. I learned a lot during that time.
And then he had a course called Holistic Lifestyle in Health Coaching. And I ended up doing the first one, the first one that Paul Check ever put on, and it was a deep dive into nutrition. It was a deep dive into health, nutrition, things that were very different than the biomechanics, how to write programs, what exercises should you do, etc, etc. And I got introduced to the Western Price Foundation, Ancestral Health.
Paul was really the guy in fitness who introduced physical therapy concepts into the fitness world. He introduced ancestral health before Rob Wolfe and Loren Cordain, all those people. Paul was the guy. Paul was world famous at that time, literally traveled to UK, Canada, New Zealand. I don't know about non-English-speaking countries, but in the major Western countries, Paul was the guy, had a following, but he was a bit conspiratorial.
I went down that road though, and I was a low carb guy. I thought it was so straightforward. Like I've mentioned many times on this show, you eat carbs, carbs raise insulin, insulin is a fat storing hormone, therefore, carbs make you fat. It was so simple. And then I learned all about chemicals and how they can disrupt your endocrine system, your hormonal system, in other words, how that can lead to fat gain, and I had all this knowledge.
I mean, to the point where I was 23 or 24, and I was talking to a client of mine, I worked into Eden Rock Resort and Spa in Miami Beach. Not really a hot place now, at least I don't think so, probably still a nice hotel, I would imagine. But it's all about the Fountain Blue, which was a dump when I was working in Miami Beach. Now it's all about the Fountain Blue, they've renovated it, it's a hot place to be, and then it's about Equinox in Miami Beach now, or at least it was a few years back, I haven't been there for very long, but in the time that I was coming up, it was all about Eden Rock. It's where I met everyone who would go on to introduce me to celebrities like Robert Downey Jr. I went on to train Ricky Martin. Who else did I train? Pauly Shore, if you know who that is from MTV days in the early 90s, I guess. I met Gary Busey, had dinner with Gary Busey, I took shots in patrol with Russell Simmons at the Ford restaurant in Miami Beach. I trained the owner of the Ford.
So anyway, I was all about the low carb diet, all about it. And back to that story about my client in Eden Rock. I was telling her, "Hey, stay away from things like carrots because carrots have a high glycemic index. And high glycemic index foods raise insulin levels faster, blood sugar levels faster, raise insulin levels faster, and they make you fat. And it's all about this...It's not about calories. It's not something I really bought into. It was really about how carbs affected blood sugar, and how that raised insulin levels. It was all about that.
Another thing I was like, "Listen, think about this! What gives you diabetes? Sugar, right? Sugar raises blood sugar levels, makes you insulin resistant if you do that long enough and makes you diabetic. What are most diabetics? Type II diabetics, at least? They're fat, they're obese, they're overweight, they're way more fat than they should. I mean, this was the thinking. It seems so obvious to me at the time, and I believed in it. And I told people this. And when I was telling my client not to eat carrots, because that glycemic index, there was a dietician who was staying at the Eden Rock who walked by, and she got into an argument with me, she got really upset that I was telling my client this, and she had her thing, you know, had her little tantrum, and then she walked away.
And I didn't say anything, because she is a member or a guest, and I'm just an employee there, so I'm not going to open my mouth. So I just took the beating, but as soon as she walked away, my client turned to me and looked at me and said, "Hey, listen..." because what she did was rude, actually. She was right. Now I know that, but she was rude. There's a side lesson there. But my client turned to me and said, "Listen, she's fat, and you're in shape. I would always listen to you over her." There's another lesson there. Even though I was wrong, okay? So I was wrong. I don't believe in that anymore. I was leaner than that woman though and...yeah.
So, my client did not believe her and believed me, because the proof was in the pudding. Look at me, this is what I'm saying, look at my body, that's the results. So that gives you an idea of where I was.
Now, let's fast forward a bit to my late 20s. I wanted to become...I got really sick and tired of personal training. My business wasn't doing well, even though I was training a bunch of multimillionaires and celebrities, I just couldn't figure out the business side. So, I thought, "Hey, to get the money and respect that I feel like I deserve, I'm going to go become a doctor!" Yes, terrible idea, but that's where my mindset was at the time.
So I went back to school, took all my pre-med requisites, got straight A's and everything, except Organic Chemistry, I got a B in that class in the first one. And my step monster, I mean, step mother died, and then I dropped out. So when I was back in...then I hadn't, you know, it's like, what am I going to do? I dropped out because my step mom died and my dad was in a bad situation.
I went back to personal training, but I knew I needed to do things differently. I really dove into the business side of things, I really started to work on...Then I started this podcast, I think in 2014, is it? I think I started in 2014. And in the process, I got fat and I was in my mid-30s, and I was really confused because I had been very lean all my 20s and then in my early 30s, but I got fat in my mid-30s, and I was confused because I kept my carbs low.
I mean, when I say cut my carbs low, I never bought fruit. I was like fruits is a waste of money. It's expensive and it's full of sugar. Why would I ever buy that? I mean, I'll eat it every you know, as a treat every once in a while, but I'm not going to buy...I'm not going to spend money on fruit that is just going to make me fat. So I bought coconut oil, Kerrygold grass-fed butter, I had a lot of vegetables and a lot of protein, put butter on everything, cooked with coconut oil. And I did Short HIIT workouts to burn massive calories in a fast amount of time, in a short amount of time. And it just wasn't working for me.
And I've shared before, I started making excuses. I said, "Hey, it's my metabolism, I must have damaged it. Hey, I partied a lot in my 20s, maybe I damaged myself at the cellular level. I came up with all these complicated hypotheses about why I was struggling to lose fat in my mid-30s when I was just lean five years ago.
And after doing a bunch of different things and taking supplements and trying a bunch of things that just, yeah, were kind of ridiculous looking back at it. I even had my hormones tested. I was like, "Oh, I got a hormone problem. I bet that's it." And I have my hormones tested. My testosterone came back is okay, but my estrogen level was high, and high for a guy. And so I was like, "Ah, you see, it's my hormones that are making me fat, because I couldn't possibly be doing anything wrong. It's not me, right? It has to be my body because I'm doing everything right." Sound familiar? So many of us do that. And I certainly did that too.
So eventually, I just got tired of my excuses, of my bullshit. I checked my ego and said, "You know what, there's people getting results there. There must be a way to do this." I just, I knew that there must be a way to do this. And I started getting better results when I started diving into the nutrition research, when I stopped listening to influencers, I stopped listening to gurus, I started learning, okay, who are the people who have figured this thing out? Like, who are the actual people who can do this in a reproducible way?
And it was great. I started getting better results for myself, I started getting better results for my clients, finally launched a group coaching program. If you were back with the CEO Strength, that was back in the day, I don't know if there's anybody still listening from those days, but CEO Strength was my first group coaching program. I don't think I had one CEO in it, by the way, although all my personal training clients were all business owners, entrepreneurs, CEOs, but in our group coaching, I don't think I had one. It was so funny. Yeah, maybe I'm wrong. I don't know. But I don't remember any.
And yeah, it was great. I started getting better results for my clients, really focused on the workouts people got good results, not life changing results, like my clients do now, but they got solid results. And certainly, I charged a lot less than two, so I feel like they got what they paid for, for sure, where I was at.
But I still wasn't quite where I wanted to be with getting great results for people. And as many of you know, I moved to Thailand at the beginning of 2018, had changed my world, changed my life, dropped my stress levels to almost zero. I mean, it felt like zero compared to my life in Miami Beach. I started getting in better shape, started doing Muay Thai, 90 minute Muay Thai lessons, got massages a couple times a week, amazing Thai massages, eating great food,adventure excitement.
Oh my gosh, it was such an exciting time! I just ended up spending most of my time in Thailand, but I would go to Hong Kong, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Bali, lived in Bali for a few months. And by the end of 2019, though, I was like, “You know what, it's time to get serious." So not even that long ago, I hired a coach and he's going to be on the show. I know I've been saying that for a while for those of you who have been listening. He's a busy dude. He's getting his PhD. But I hired him. Shout out to you, Eric, if you're listening can't wait to have you on the show, man! It's going to be a great one.
And I hired Eric and it changed everything for me. Not only did I get ripped, I mean, check out the thumbnail of this podcast. Do you think that's photoshopped? Well, it is but only the lighting, only to make my balding head look better, but the abs, the everything that you see, the definition, that hasn't been changed at all. That is how I looked. Of course, with good lighting and a good photographer, I had a professional photographer, but if you've ever seen some of my phone shots, my phone photos, you'll know that I even got more ripped than that.
But that was possible...I want you to think about this, I heard my coach… in part, I knew what to do, then, but I wasn't tracking my nutrition. And I knew my calories were important by now, I knew the protein was important by now. But I was really onto this habit-based idea. Like, I would have protein, I would have vegetables. I focused on what are the habits, the nutrition habits that I need to do to build my plate? And it worked decently well, but I wasn't shredded wheat, right? And I wanted to do that for myself.
And that's what Eric helped me do. And I got as lean as you see in that photos, and then even leaner eventually, changed everything. Not only did it change me, as a person, it changed my education, I got to be on the other side of a coaching program. I mean, I've done coaching in other areas, but I never hired a coach to transform my body before. And Eric really changed the game for me, he was such a great coach. It also changed the way I coach my clients, changed the results, that I got my clients, and let me tell you, people are getting such great results with me now. Like, I'm not even promoting my coaching, and people are still finding me and reaching out and hiring me. And I don't say that to be arrogant or cocky or anything, it's just, I'm like, it's incredible, because I had struggled so much for most of my 23-year career.
So, when people—back it up to the initial conversations—when people say I don't understand the power of low carb diets, it's very frustrating to me, I ended up unfriending that person, I'm like, I just don't need to eat. I don't even want to be around people who are just going to constantly argue with me, right? And people sayI don't understand. But I just told you a very brief version of my journey in health and fitness, and how I used to use all the t bullet point arguments that low carb people, all the standard arguments that low carb people use, and then people tell me that, "I don't understand. Oh, I don't appreciate it. I don't understand. Low carb has changed my life." Look, it changed my life, too. It helped me a lot. It also messed me up in some ways, because I was training very hard in Brazilian jujitsu and lifting weights. And yeah, I was ripped, but I had problems with performance.
And looking back, it's like, well, I was really eating low carb. And then I would have to break down every once in a while, and just kill a pint of ice cream. And, you know, it wasn't good. It was a really dumb way of doing things, okay. And that's how I view strict diets. Now, I'm not saying low carb diets are dumb, I'm saying trying to rely on a hack, like, well, I'm just going to cut out all the carbs. It's like, "Well, do you like eating carbs?" "Well, yeah, I love eating carbs." "Okay, and so you're going to just cut them out and that's going to be your hack to lose fat?" “Well, yeah, this is great, isn't it? I mean, carbs make you fat after all.”
And I learned eventually they don't, we know from research. We used to back in the day know this. Now, back in the day, when I was a low carb guy, there was good research that seemed to suggest that low carb diets were superior. So, there were these studies that came out that compared low carb diets to low fat diets. And guess who won? Low carb diets! And you may be listening to this and saying, "Well, then, why...? What's the deal? I should be doing low carb."
So here's what we found out. Some smart scientists realized that although the calories were matched, the low carb diet studies were eating higher amounts of protein. And as a pro tip here, in case you haven't listened to my Episode 445, The Absolute Best Diet for Weight Loss , or you haven't been listening to the show enough. Protein is the unsung hero. Everyone talks about fat. Everyone talks about carb, why aren’t we having a conversation about protein? It's not happening. And guess what? It's great for business. Because the more confused people are, the better results I show people and then I have something completely different than what everybody else is saying. It's been great for business. So it's not helping my business by telling you this, all right. But protein is the unsung hero and people who argue about fat and carbs are I want to say idiots but the truth is they're just ignorant, okay, because there's a lot of smart people who believe in stupid nutrition ideas, so they're just highly ignorant.
Again, good for my business, not hurting me at all. I don't argue with people, I just share my results and people... and I say, "Hey, I do things differently from what everyone else is telling you to do." That's my marketing approach. And it works like crazy on social media, because I get such great before and after photos. And when I tell people my clients are getting ripped in seeing a six pack without cutting out their favorite foods and without cutting out carbs, the people who are struggling with low carb diets want to know what I'm doing.
So, I'm telling you this because I want you to understand, I just don't like telling you that protein is the macronutrient that is the king or queen, you know, however you want to think about it. I'm not doing myself any favors. I'm not trying to even convince you of it. I'm just telling you, that's the way it is, okay? It's up for you to figure it out for yourself, to try it out, and figure it out. And I would say test things. So that's the situation.
And one of my clients, Jeff, one of the best body transformations I've ever participated in. I can't say I did it, because I wasn't there with him, right? But Jeff followed the program, got amazing results, went from having that like, beer belly, dadbod thing going on to shredded wheat, the guy is lean. And he even said to me, he's like, "Man, that low carb, all that low carb talk, it's really crazy, isn't it?" And I'm like, "Now you know what I've got to deal with, right?"
It's good for business. Because if everyone said the same thing that I was saying, there would be… I would have no unique selling point, so it's good for business. I'm glad...and don't take this wrong way, I'm just saying it's good for business. So I'm not glad people aren't getting good results and very frustrated about losing fat, but I'm glad it's good for business, okay, is what I'm saying.
And the narrative out there is not going to change anytime soon. And by the time it does, my business will be so well built, it's not going to affect me when people start figuring this stuff out. And just, like, "Okay, all right, so let me just manage my total calories, make sure I'm eating enough protein, get in the gym, lift some weights." It's really that simple. It's a little…it's harder to put into practice, that's why coaching is so important. Even for me, I hired a coach. But it is simple, folks. And if you're really struggling to figure it out that, I just told you what it is –probably going to need someone to help you along the way. So that's the situation.
Now, I want to address some of the myths about low carb diets. I don't want to take up too much time today, but I do want to address a few myths. For one, carbs are addictive, because that's what this person on Facebook brought up. "Hey, listen, what you don't understand, telling people to not eat carbs is like telling an alcoholic...Or no, I'm sorry, "Telling people to moderate carbs or that they can eat carb is like telling an alcoholic that they can only have one like, hey, you can still drink but just have one."
And it's man, when people say that I was just, that is... number one, that's a talking point, number two, that's one of the worst talking points that comes out of the low carb cult. Again, I have no problem with low carb diets there. I know low carbers who are super solid and they're just like, "Hey, I just prefer eating fattier foods, but I managed my calories, I make sure I get enough protein. I'm lean, I'm happy." And I'm happy for them.
And when I share a message like this, it isn't for...And so if you're doing a low carb diet and you're happy with the results, you're happy with everything, I'm not trying to persuade you to change or be different. I want to congratulate you. But if you're a person who's been trying low carb diets, trying to cut out the carbs, saying, "I can never eat sugar ever again." And it's not working for you. That's the person I'm talking to. Because low carb people aren't listening to my show. They're listening to Living Lavida Low Carb or whatever, all the low carb shows. It's got low carb in the title, that's how you know. Someone puts their low carb in their Instagram or Twitter bio, those are the people I'm talking about, “#LSHF, Low Carbs High Fat.” Those are the people I'm talking about. They don’t listen to the show.
But I'm guessing, I'm assuming that you're here because maybe you tried it before, it didn't work, maybe you tried keto before, it didn't work, or you tried it and couldn't stick with it. And you're trying to learn what the truth is really, is what we're talking about here. Because the truth comes down to the best evidence we have, it comes down to the numbers, right?
And so what I would tell you is that, yeah, the thing with carbs and addiction. Now, addiction is a funny thing. And certainly, I'm no psychiatrist or addiction researcher, but what I can tell you is this, the foods that...You know, think about this, let me put it to you like this. Are you spoon feeding yourself sugar, granulated sugar out of the bag? Is that what you're struggling with? Is that what you can't stop doing? Like, you pass up the ice cream, you pass up the doughnuts, you pass up the croissants, you pass up the cookies, and then you push all that to the side and you reach for the bag of sugar and you need to start spoon feeding it to yourself?
Now, I want to be honest, I did that as a kid. I did that. But as an adult, I don't do that. I want ice cream. I want cookies, I want... right? I want... Oh gosh, there's a gelato place downstairs! Incredible gelato here! I'm in heaven here in Florianopolis. I may move here, folks. Side note, but like that's what we're having trouble with.
Or maybe you're a person who likes savory, so potato chips, and you think, "Oh, it's carbs!" But here's what I want you to do. If you're an ice cream person, look at the calorie, look at the ingredient label on the back of your ice cream. Look at the number of calories coming from fat. And the same thing if you're a person who likes savory, look at your chips. And what I'm trying to get at here is the real culprit isn't carbs. You're not sitting there like, "Oh my gosh, I ate one orange and then I ate the entire bag of … carbs, I'm so addicted to carbs." You didn't do that. Nobody does that.
Now you ate the whole bag of chips. You ate the whole pint of ice cream. You eat the whole box of cookies. You ate the whole box of doughnuts, but you know, spoon feeding yourself sugar. Or even on the more wholesome side, you know, over eating oranges, it's not happening. Okay. And if it is, then you're probably actually just really hungry, like truly hungry. But as far as the addiction thing, people say that, but what they don't really understand is that they're eating foods that have low satiety. And we know that the king of low satiety foods is a combination of processing, it's an adding fat and carbs together. It's fat and carbs together, folks, it’s fat and carbs together. Low protein, fat and carbs together. Look at ice cream, it has a ton of fat in it. Look at chips, ton of fat in it.
All right, start becoming more educated. Because I just hit this dude with this satiety index photo that I mentioned in Episode 445, which is something that you should totally look at totally familiarize yourself with. Because on that, croissants is the worst performing food, croissants, and the average croissant’s around 300 calories or so. And the best performing food, boiled potatoes, could be baked, too, I'm sure. But potato, plain potatoes. Yes, the evil potato.
And I had a client recently tell me--shout out to you, Phil—I had a client recently tell me, "Oh, Ted, before I joined with you..." Now this client, by the way, he's down over 10 pounds, I think 11 pounds in under a month, all right? And what he told me was, "Wow, you've changed the game for me. I used to think I could not eat potatoes, and now I'm eating potatoes and actually, I love potatoes, and they helped me with my hunger."
And so what I do as I shift the focus on to the things that matter. And just a bonus point there, go download that… Go search up satiety index, and then click images and look at it. You can do that for yourself, and you can start to see the foods, you can start to differentiate the proteins, the fats, the carbs, the refined carbs, and then the ultra or rather, it's labeled hyper palatable foods. Okay, hyper palatable foods. That's the real enemy. And hyper palatable is always a combination of fat and carbs. It's not just carbs, okay, that's it.
Anyone saying that, they're just not even worth listening to these days. It means they're uneducated, it means they're ignorant. It's like getting business advice from someone who's telling you, 'Oh, you've got to post on social media, and you've got to be on all the platforms. You want your business to grow, you've got to be on all the platforms." It's like, no, you don't, you don't have to do that at all. I'm not on all the platforms. I'm on Twitter. I do some things on Facebook, I do a podcast, but that's not true at all. It's like getting really bad business advice from these people.
I can't even, you know, I should have left him as a friend in one way, that Facebook guy who I got into the low carb argument with, so I could keep getting ideas for podcast episodes. But it's just so frustrating for me to even hear people talk in their talking points and they think that they're good, I just can't even deal with it. I don't have the tolerance. I'm too old. I'm more tolerant in some ways than I've ever been, but I have less tolerance for conversations about things like that.
So, carbs aren't addictive, folks. You're not addicted, like it's not cocaine? It's like, "Don't you see sugar? It's white, like cocaine, right?" No, it's stupid, right? It's just dumb. I think a good argument would be, look at cocoa leaves, look at the processing that happens with cocoa leaves to make cocaine and then look at how cocaine is processed into crack and look at the effects of crack to cocaine compared to, you know, the tea from cocoa leaves that have been, you know, made for thousand years, right.
And that's a good analogy and take like, again, potatoes, processing them into, like french fries and then further processing potatoes into potato chips, which are the lowest of those three options for satiety, and then you start to understand, ah, its food processing, it's other things that happen here, right, that cause the type of uncontrollable appetite issue that so many of us struggle with when we eat these hyper palatable foods, but it is not carbs, okay? It is not carbs, it is hyper palatable foods.
And those are a mixture of carbs and fat, because process sugar, nobody is spoon feeding that, except maybe your kids, right? But as adults, we're not eating that, all right? You may do that every once in a while, but that is not your major problem. Because after the second or third teaspoon of sugar, you're just like, “Okay, I'm done with this,” right?
So anyway, that's one myth. Let me talk about one other myth, I'm going to wrap things up. But the “carbs make you fat” myth. That's called the Carbohydrate Insulin Model. And what scientists have done is they've tested it and it just doesn't work. Remember I talked about the low carb studies where they had the higher protein, and then they did studies that match the protein. So they did studies where the scientists, they said, "Okay, well, what we see here is that the protein is higher for these low carb studies, so we're going to have low fat studies and compare them with low carb, and we're going to use the same amount of protein."
And guess what happened, folks? Can you guess what happened? Of course, you can. I'm telegraphing it hard. There was no difference, okay? Carbs make you fat, fat makes you fat if you eat too many calories. Carbs can be eaten, so can fat, and you can get lean, as long as you keep your total calories in check and certainly having the right amount of protein can aid with all that, can help with all that. And they've just tested it so many times; to believe anything else is just not smart, okay? It's just people believe in for...You're believing in it for emotional reasons, rather than scientific reasons.
Now, if you want to believe in God, you have faith and you know, whatever, religion, that's one thing, but if we're talking about getting real-world results with nutrition, and then helping other people do that, what is the thing that we can help people with? And that is what...What are the principles that every single person can use to get results? And that's what we're about here. That's what I'm about. And that's what I'd like you to challenge yourself to be about as well. Why? Just because it saves you time, get better results like me. You don't have to suffer through all the experience of doing the low carb and then like, "Oh, gosh, I really would love some carbs right now, but I can't, they're so fattening."
Yeah, some people overeat carbs, but most people they overeat processed food/hyper palatable foods. And usually there's just as much fat. In fact, that's the number one thing I see with my clients, folks. It's not carbs, it's fat. People are over eating fat. I don't get people who are like, well, I eat a box of crackers, of saltines, and I don't know... Yeah, like if you're eating a box of saltines a day, okay? Maybe carbs are making you fat, but it's really the calories, you could just eat less saltines and you'd be fine.
Same thing with fat, by the way, you know, but it's...most of us, what we're struggling with is we're either eating too much hyper palatable foods, or if you're a person who is you're… And I've had many clients like this, and I used to be one of these people, I did not eat sweets, I did not eat dessert, hardly ever, except when I had to cave in once or twice a month and shove a pint of ice cream down my throat.
But what I was really suffering from was I was eating way too much fat. I was putting butter in my coffee, cooking with coconut oil, thinking the more fat that I would eat, the better, putting olive oil all over my salads. I'm like, “Goop, goop, goop, just making me healthier, right, the more olive oil that's on this salad, the healthier I'm getting." It's wrong, folks, I've been there, don't take my word for it, try cutting back on the fat, see if that scale doesn't start moving in the direction that you want.
And I'll leave it there. I hope you enjoy today. Thank you so much for listening, I highly recommend you subscribe if you haven't already. I love doing these Real Talk Friday episodes, they allow me to go a bit deeper into my story, share what I've learned, what's going on in the world, and how it's relevant to our lives. Most importantly, we focus on what we can do to break the cycle that we're living in, especially with this low carb craziness, to create the life that we truly deserve. So, looking forward to serving you in next week's episode. In fact, it's going to be amazing, I promise you.
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