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The Cruel Truth About Fat

The following is an excerpt from my book, Fit For Free Forever.    You can obtain a .PDF file, pre-formatted for printing or reading on-line by contacting me at Slrman@zoho.com for only $4.95 USD.

The Cruel Truth About Fat

It may not be what you want to hear, but you need to learn this.  By the time you are 3 or 4 years old, your body has developed all of the fat cells it will ever have.  Partly, this is due to genetics and partly to how you are fed when very young.  Fat babies and children may have weight problems all of their lives.  There can also be other effects such as early onset of puberty*.  Fat cells can grow larger or smaller, but they are always there.  They may not become evident until after age 40, but are like a little fat bomb ticking away.

* Journal Pediatric, Feb 2007

So is there nothing you can do if you have a lot of fat cells?  Are you doomed to be overweight no matter what you do?  Fortunately, the answer is a resounding NO!  Weight loss is a very simple mathematical problem.  If you take in more calories than you burn, you will gain weight. Your body is programmed to store the excess as fat against a possible famine.  For most of us, that famine never arrives before heart disease, diabetes, strokes, and organ failure kill us.

One of the unfortunate facts about fat is that we tend to put it on in certain areas first.  But when we take it off, it comes off more or less evenly over the entire body.  That’s why it seems to be “first on, last off.”  That’s also why “spot reducing” is a fraud.

If you consume fewer calories than you use, your body is again programmed to make up the difference by converting your fats to fuel and burning that.  You can see that this is not complicated.  Eat less, move more, and everything gets better.  Eat more, move less, you die sooner and need a larger coffin.  That may sound harsh, but would you rather have facts or fantasies?  Very few people have “glandular problems” other than salivary glands.  If someone has a true medical condition making them overweight, they should be under close medical care in the first place.

Speaking of that, the usual disclaimers apply here about starting any exercise program.  Consult a physician to be certain you have no heart or other condition that would prevent you from performing mild exercise for 20 minutes a day.  Because many people are put on similar programs after heart attacks and strokes; very few will not be able to do this.  In fact, the main reason for not doing anything is many people simply don’t care enough to be bothered.  Excuses are easier than effort.

Below, along with my own thoughts are citations from medical studies that confirm what I will be telling you, so this is not the ravings of  just one “fitness nut”.

Diets Do Not Work

Read the topic header several times.  Diets do not work. None of them work, ever.  There is one simple reason.  Do you want to live on watercress and toothpicks the rest of your life?  Me neither, so forget about whatever diet plan you were contemplating.  You may lose weight, often dramatically.  But when you return to your normal eating habits, and you will, the weight comes back.  The following articles confirm that diets can even be counter-productive and dangerous to your health.

Many Dieters ‘Finish Up Heavier’ *

Dieting is unlikely to lead to long-term weight loss and may put a person’s health at risk, a study says.

US researchers found people typically lose between 5% and 10% of their weight during the first six months of a diet.

But the review of 31 previous studies, by the University of California, said within five years, up to two-thirds put more weight on than they had lost.

Losing and gaining weight is linked to heart disease and stroke, the American Psychologist journal reported.

“Keeping weight off is a life-long challenge.” Dr Ian Campbell, of Weight Concern

Lead researcher Traci Mann said: “We found that the majority of people regained all the weight, plus more.”

“Diets do not lead to sustained weight loss or health benefits for the majority of people.  We concluded most of them would have been better off not going on the diet at all.”

“Their weight would have been pretty much the same, and their bodies would not suffer the wear and tear of losing weight and gaining it all back.”

And she added some diet studies relied on participants to report their weight rather than having it measured by an impartial source while others had low follow-up rates which made their results unrepresentative.

Diets

She said this might make diets seem more effective than they really were as those who gained weight might be less likely to take part in the follow-ups.  In one study, 50% of dieters weighed more than 4.99kg (11 lbs) over their starting weight five years after the diet.  The study did not name any diets in particular, but looked at a broad spectrum of approaches.

Professor Mann said in her opinion eating in moderation was a good idea for everybody as was regular exercise.

Dr Ian Campbell, medical director of Weight Concern, said too many people approached dieting as a short-term measure.

“Keeping weight off is a life-long challenge. It is just like heart disease or mental health problems, if you stop taking your medicine you can get worse.”

“People who are overweight often don’t have a balanced lifestyle and after losing weight too many stop keeping active or eating healthily.”

* http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/6540493.stm 10 Apr 2007

Eat To Live: Yo-Yo Dieting a Health Gamble

Published: April 11, 2007 at 1:11 AM

By JULIA WATSON UPI Food Writer

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2007 (UPI) — How many of us who are overweight or just looking to fit into some favorite clothes have endured a miserable diet only to find, several months later, that we are heavier than we were when we began?

Inside of five years, two-thirds of dieters will gain back more weight than they had carried when they started dieting, a University of California review of 31 studies found. The diets initially worked: In the first six months of a long-term regimen, the average person will generally lose somewhere between 5 percent and 10 percent of his or her weight.

But such yo-yo dieting can do damage to your health, experts say. The study in American Psychologist has linked this behavior to heart disease and stroke, brought on by the stress dieting this way can cause to the body.

In one of the studies the researchers reviewed, half of the dieters had put back more than 11 pounds on top of their original pre-diet weight five years after completing a regimen.

It just confirms further the best way to keep a good weight is to eat moderate amounts of fresh foods, avoiding processed and ready meals as much as possible and exercise regularly. But that seems to be our least favorite advice.

No particular diets are mentioned in the research. But you may remember the “grapefruit diet,” when people believed eating the citrus fruit before meals would somehow burn up your fat.

Another study published this week reveals the serious benefit of grapefruit and other fruits and vegetables high in vitamin C may be nullified by fat in the stomach.

Vitamin C, an antioxidant, is valuable for good general health. But it is also thought to have an effect in preventing stomach cancer.

The nitrate in our saliva and our diet may be responsible for activating gastric cancer. Apparently, Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) can render benign the cancer-causing compounds that are produced when food and saliva get churned up with stomach acid.

Not, however, if there is a lot of fat in the stomach, researchers at the University of Glasgow said.

People regularly eating fatty meals not only gain weight, but they are having an effect upon the environment inside their stomachs.

Again, the message is, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables — the prime source for vitamin C — exercise well and keep off fatty foods.

Exercise Alone Does Not Work!

Another sad fact is that no amount of exercise by itself will make you lose weight.  If you spend hours a day exercising, you will become more fit.  But you will not lose weight if you continue to consume more calories than you burn.  So you must adjust your eating habits to match your activity level.  If you burn 10,000 calories a day, but eat 12,000 calories, you will continue to gain weight.  It’s that easy, it doesn’t even require long division, does it?  Fortunately, this plan shows you how to make this adjustment, easily and painlessly without resorting to special foods or trick diets.

So What Can I Do?

The solution is to change how much you eat.  This is not to say that healthy eating habits should be ignored.  But remember what was said before.  “Eat less, move more, and everything gets better.”  So how do you do this?  Very easily; simply by outsmarting your food.  A truism among entertainers for centuries has been “Always leave them wanting more.”  Apply this same principle to eating.  It is not necessary or desirable to eat until you are satiated.  Start by taking a little less food on your plate than you normally would.  If you finish your meal thinking “I could stand to have a little more,” you’re on the right track.  With time, you will become used to the smaller amount and you can reduce your intake a little more.  Gradually, you will be eating the proper amount for yourself.

Eating Less, Little Exercise Can Work*

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., May. 11 (UPI) — University of Alabama researchers found reducing calories is an effective way to keep weight off, especially if it is difficult to find time to exercise.

In the study, published in the May issue of Obesity, the researchers report that 80 percent of EatRight participants — a University of Alabama at Birmingham program to lose weight — maintain their weight loss after two years. Most do it primarily by sticking to a low-calorie, low-energy-density diet, according to Tiffany Cox, program coordinator for the EatRight follow-up study.

Researchers followed 89 former EatRight participants for two years. The 80 percent who had successfully maintained their weight loss consumed fewer calories than those who gained weight and tended to eat a diet consisting of low-energy-density foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. A low-energy-density diet means an individual can eat more yet take in fewer calories than with high-energy-density foods, according to Cox.

“This calorie control led to successful weight maintenance despite the fact that these individuals did not meet recommended exercise levels,” Dr. Jamy Ard, director of EatRight Weight Management Services, said in a statement.

* http://www.upi.com/Consumer_Health_Daily/Briefing/2007/05/11/

Make no exceptions to this.  No, “It’s the holidays” or “just this once”.  People that urge you to eat extra food are not helping.  A polite but firm, “No thank you,” is all that is needed.  If someone is so rude as to actually place food on your plate without your permission, you are entitled to throw it on the floor.  In their face is justified, but that could result in assault charges.

Taking this approach means you can eat some of everything you like.  This doesn’t mean that you should exist on steaks and cakes.  A rational, healthy diet includes fresh fruits and vegetables in a greater proportion than meats.  The human body has a digestive system more like that of the omnivorous pig than that of the great apes or other members of the primate family.  None of these are strict vegetarians in any case.  It is a fact that they do not eat very much meat because they are not equipped to get it.  Humans evolved in much the same manner but have been more successful as hunters.  Even so, most people did not eat as much meat, especially red meat, as the average person does today.  Fish and poultry were a much more common item because they were easier to obtain.  If you had to catch and kill your own food, would you rather tackle a cow or a carp?

Vegetarians often do very well but they are careful to include proper items in their diet to ensure that they receive all the nutrition they need.  This obviously works for some but requires more thought, effort, and trouble than most people want to expend.  Nor do most care to give up a nice steak or pork chop now and then.  You don’t have to do that; just don’t make them the center of every meal.  Far less self-discipline is required to think “I won’t eat this right now,” than to decide, “I’ll never eat this again.”  It also makes the steak that much better when you do have one, even if it is a small one.

This has been said in many diet plans, but it is so important it’s worth repeating here.  You are eating less, so eat more slowly, take smaller bites, chew thoroughly, and enjoy what you eat.  Isn’t that better than living on grapefruit the rest of your life?  Be happy, eat well, and love it.  Most people can live with that, so can you.

Cut back on sugars.  Diet sodas are really very good and, after you drink them for a short time; sugared drinks do not taste right.  Similarly, diabetic (non- or low-sugared) foods are nearly indistinguishable from other cakes, candies, and desserts.  Remember, refined sugar is simply empty calories that do your body no good at all.  Forget about the “quick energy” hype.  Your body cannot use refined sugar but must convert it to natural sugars.  It first must become fat.  Is this what you want?

But I Get Hungry!

Hunger is a natural reaction of your body to signal an empty stomach.  That doesn’t mean the signal has to be obeyed immediately.  Think of it like this.  It’s a sign of success.  If you feel a little bit hungry between meals, it means your plan of eating less is working.  You can quiet that signal by drinking some water or juice.  Many people do not drink enough water in a day anyway, so here’s a chance to fill two gaps at the same time.

Another great natural snack is a few seedless grapes.  A few means six, not sixty.  Those are quick, delicious, and no trouble to prepare.  In hot weather, you can freeze them to make a cool snack.  It’s almost like grape sherbet without the mixing and mess.

Cheating on your eating plan with snacks is easy and comforting to do.  As long as food is in the reward category for you, cutting back will be very difficult.  It is also guaranteed to cause your plan to fail.  Be honest with yourself.  Think about everything you want to eat and consider whether it is helping or hurting your plan.

A complete fitness and eating plan is available in my book Fit for Free Forever of which this is a small part.   You can obtain a .PDF file, pre-formatted for printing or reading on-line by contacting me at Slrman@zoho.com for only $4.95 USD.

  1. rich brennan
    December 7, 2010 at 11:49 pm | #1

    I enjoyed your comments.
    Did Man Land on the Moon?

  2. December 8, 2010 at 12:03 am | #2

    Thanks. Yes, men landed on the moon, not once but 7 times. So 14 men have walked on the moon. At least that we know about. Maybe there were other missions that we didn’t know of. I doubt it because the huge number of amateur and professional astronomers would have quickly seen any vehicles in the area of the moon. They would also have easily noted if no missions were sent there because the radio signals and absence of vehicles in the proper place at the proper time would have been a dead give away.

  3. Crubb
    December 19, 2010 at 4:44 pm | #3

    Err, no. It has been proved that the landing was filmed and was in the desert but on Earth! Yo can reed about it on the intranet

    • December 19, 2010 at 5:09 pm | #4

      OK Crubb, I’m throwing the BS flag. Show us your proof or admit you are just one more deluded moron. Every objection to the landings being real has been disproved many times. But for some people, it’s easier to wallow in ignorance than to bother thinking. Is this you? Show some verifiable evidence.

      By the way, it’s “internet” not “intranet”. You should learn these things before commenting on any subject. But perhaps facts are not important in your world view?

  4. January 6, 2011 at 1:31 am | #5

    Write more!

  5. peter
    June 8, 2011 at 6:48 pm | #6

    I like the route you took, straight down the Line, Just reading this makes me hungry!!!

    • June 8, 2011 at 6:53 pm | #7

      Heh Heh. Thanks. I know it isn’t what many want to hear. But “Thems the facts.” All I can say is this has worked well for me and others as has my exercise program. Speaking of which, it’s time for me to work out a bit.

  6. Jonas
    July 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm | #8

    I am goncerned that you is a fool who burn in Hell

    • July 28, 2011 at 7:29 pm | #9

      I am concerned that you are a semi-literate that cannot even learn to use a spell checker, much less learn correct grammar.

      So tell us all, what does speaking the truth about diet and weight control have to do with burning in hell? Or is this just another christian threat to someone who does not say what you want to hear?

      I’m eagerly awaiting an answer for you. I promise, I will not charge for spelling or grammar lessons. I won’t even edit your text, which I could easily do. If you wish to look like an uneducated illiterate, that is your right to do so. Far be it from me to deny you that privilege.

  7. Peter MacTavish
    August 15, 2011 at 5:21 am | #10

    More examples of adults being brainwashed into a health regiment built on lies. Is it any surprise that so many of them learn to lie so well? Never mind the ones that are delusional for the rest of their lives. Those are just more crimes against humanity committed by skinny people.

    • August 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm | #11

      “Brainwashed”? Tell me, exactly what in this article is not true? What in this “health regimen” (not regiment) is built on lies? The people that are delusional are those that believe in telling themselves they are “big” when the truth is they are fat. They use excuses like “My whole family has always been big.” When what they mean is, “I’m fat because my family has never been able to restrain themselves at the table.”

      The simple truth is, I present facts, not fantasies. Just because you do not like something, it is still a fact.

      It is also true that there are a very few people that have genuine medical conditions that contribute to being overweight. For most people it is simple math, eat more calories than you burn, and you gain weight. Eat fewer and you lose weight. As I point out, it is very simple math.

      Unlike your reply here, I back up what I say with years of experience in the fitness business and with studies from universities and health professionals. What do you offer besides your unsubstantiated resentment of the truth?

  8. Yes
    September 6, 2011 at 11:43 pm | #12

    You’re a fucking idiot, James Smith. Please drink acid.

    • September 6, 2011 at 11:54 pm | #13

      This is the typical thing I see from internet cowards that hide behind fake emails and the safety of their keyboards.

      I would bet decent money that this idiot considers himself to be a “good christian”, too. Of course, this person will never have the ethical or intellectual courage to face me personally, even in an on-line debate. Physically, you could forget that. Even if I paid his way to where I am, there’s no chance at all this coward would ever face me personally. But at least give him credit for that much wisdom.

      FWIW, here is some information on this person. Normally, I would not disclose this on anyone, but this person deserves it.

      Author : Yes (IP: 202.134.51.15 , ceocg-fwdprx01.cg.catholic.edu.au)
      E-mail : thisisatrollacccount@hotmail.com
      URL :
      Whois : http://whois.arin.net/rest/ip/202.134.51.15

  9. Internet Tought Guy
    September 26, 2011 at 10:54 am | #14

    Hahaha, who gives a shit about his IP Address and you are obviously ignorant to the internet if you didn’t get that that email is a burner account. I wonder what fwdprx means? Holy Shit! It might mean that you just gave away an IP address that thousands of educational users are behind!

    Get a clue before you try to act tough next time.

    • September 26, 2011 at 12:25 pm | #15

      First, I think you meant “Tough Guy” not “Tought Guy” in your header.

      Next, I knew immediately that it was a fake address. Not everyone is as stupid as you are. You should learn not to project your own failings on others.

      “Gave away an IP address”? Those are so easily found and are in the full headers of every email. I have notified the educational institution of the spoof of their address. Unlike you, I act responsibly.

      FYI, I am far tougher than you. If you don’t believe that, I’ll pay your way from wherever you are to where I am and then we’ll see how tough you talk when your skin is in the game. So the ball is in your court. Put up or shut up. I am sure you’ll choose the latter.

  10. Let it go
    October 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm | #16

    Why is it that every time somebody says something stupid, you respond with wanting to fight them?

    • October 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm | #17

      You seem to globalize from insufficient data. That’s pretty stupid, too. When someone becomes aggressive with me, I know they are doing no more than blowing smoke.

      Internet cowards hide behind their keyboard to post things they would never dare say to your face. Sort of like you, they hide behind fake accounts. So I put my money and my skin where my mouth is. It’s amusing to me to see how quickly they backpedal or hide when they realize they have been shown up as a liar and a coward.

      BTW, the same offer is open to you, you little worm. I’ll fly you here and see how brave you are facing me “up close and personal”/ ROFLMAO

  11. spitfire
    October 15, 2011 at 11:18 am | #18

    Can I have a ticket to come beat you up too please? I’ll really do it!

    • October 15, 2011 at 12:05 pm | #19

      Absolutely. Although I have no idea why you want to do it. Just send me your information and I will buy you an e-ticket. It will not be refundable by you nor can you exchange it for travel elsewhere. I am certain that is your plan, and you have no intention at all of ever confronting me.

      So send me your real name, address, phone number, passport number and proof of a Brazilian Visa. Then I will book the flight. I also have an arrangement for trip insurance that refunds my ticket price if you do not show up at the final destination. Naturally, the insurance company will sue you to recoup their costs. So, if you were planning on getting off at an intermediate stop, such as Miami, and getting a cheap vacation, think again. You see that I am being completely honest with you. I have done this before and cannot be easily taken in by you or anyone else. Yes, there have been others that tried and one that even showed up. None of them were the better for the experience. Now it’s your turn to show some testicular fortitude. It’s easy when you’re hiding behind the internet and fake names, not so easy when it becomes real.

      • October 18, 2011 at 1:38 pm | #20

        Just a little update for anyone following this. As I knew he would, this person from South Africa has suddenly become very scarce. He sent a couple of brave-sounding emails, then suddenly vanished. Why am I not surprised? LMAO!

  12. SWUK
    October 18, 2011 at 1:16 pm | #21

    I was going to say that i found you’re article a very interesting read.
    You do seem to be a very angry and upset man.
    I don’t see how snapping back at people’s comments is going to help their opinion of you or your work. But that’s just my opinion.
    Whether or not i agree or disagree with your opinion and reaction I respect that the internet is a place where you say almost anything.

    Please try to cheer up a bit and let people have their opinion too.

    • October 18, 2011 at 1:30 pm | #22

      I am angry because people say stupid, spiteful, threatening things to me? I am not supposed to respond in any way?

      The people that I am “snapping back at” will never appreciate anything I say anyway. I am not making any money to speak of from this so I really don’t care what people think. I tell the truth. Unfortunately, one of the disgraceful things about human nature is that people hate it when you tell the truth. If that truth disproves one of their favorite illusions, they become even more incensed.

      A good example of this was the baseball steroids scandal of a few years ago. The only person that told the truth was Jose Canseco. For this he was reviled, threatened, and despised. It’s true that he was not always the most popular athlete and maybe, in some ways, a bit of a jerk. Nonetheless, he was truthful about who was using steroids and for demonstrating some idols had feet of chemically-enhanced muscles, he was hated.

      By replying in a way that demonstrates these hostile poster’s ignorance, intellectual, and ethical shortcomings, I might be encouraging others to think a little before they do the same. I am fully aware that I will have no effect on those that post those messages. You cannot reason a person away from a position they did not reach through reason. The replies are for more rational people. To paraphrase an old saying, “You can lead a moron to wisdom, but you cannot make him think.”

      Yes, the internet is a place where you can say anything because the cowardly believe they cannot be held to account for their words. My replies are one way of demonstrating that they can, at least in being held up to public ridicule. You will notice that most of them use false emails. That doesn’t surprise me at all. Deep down, they know they are doing something not only dumb, but reprehensible. No wonder they wish to conceal their identity.

      Opinions are fine. I have no problem as long as they are not presented as incontrovertible facts. If they were, it should be no problem to provide verifiable proofs. That’s what I do in this particular article. It’s not just my opinions, gathered through years of experience in the fitness business, but truths verified by medical professionals and universities throughout the world.

  13. October 25, 2011 at 9:40 am | #23

    Here’s a question:
    Since you are allegedly willing to pay for a persons E-ticket to come “fight you” why not pay me to come hang out with you :) I figure you and I would both gain a lot more from that. Logic > Ego is what I always say.

    • October 25, 2011 at 10:29 am | #24

      Exactly what would I gain from this? Exposure to your ego? The facts are, I already have plenty of people to hang out with me.

      We all know that these people that talk so bravely when they are hiding behind the safety of the internet are not going to face anyone personally. Over the years, I have made the offer many times and to date, exactly two people have accepted. One never showed up and I had to collect the insurance. One did show up and regretted it within the first minute.

      Why should I pay for you? Do you think I would then provide you with a place to live, food, and clothing? Sorry, I have already raised two children. I have no plans to undertake another.

      • October 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm | #25

        How much is the ticket? I would like to see Brazil. I have a job and a business of my own I don’t want a free ride, I think I want to meet you. You are literally paying people so you can fight them well I have no rage or anger in my life anymore. Those emotions are motivators for achieving success over obstacles. Logically, paying to fight someone and gaining nothing (honestly you gain nothing) is less logical then paying to meet someone who might even tell you something or might be able to share something that could change your life, not saying I can but honestly hell of a bigger chance of that happening in my scenario than fighting someone. I can pay for my own clothes and food and whatever else I may need. I just want you to explain to me why you would pay someone to come fight you and not to come meet you. Thanx for replying.

      • October 27, 2011 at 12:39 pm | #26

        The ticket price depends upon the departure site, date, and airline (I do not recommend Delta) as well as any discounts or deals you may find.

        Come on down, I will get you a good price on a place to stay here directly across from the beach.

        As I said before, but you chose to ignore, I know full well, these people are all just blowing smoke and have no intention of ever showing up. What they hope is that I will be as stupid as they are and either send them money or a ticket they can cash in or exchange for a different trip.

        Anyone that has something worth saying doesn’t have to do it in person. They can send it via a PM or email. In writing is better because there is less chance of misunderstanding unless, as in your case, someone chooses to ignore what is actually said.

        Again, I don’t pay someone to come. I offer to pay their way, but not them directly. Only one person has done that. That person also chose to assault me and paid the price, physically and financially, for that decision.

  14. Eddie
    November 30, 2011 at 10:25 pm | #27

    Put up or shut up Jimmy!

    • November 30, 2011 at 10:54 pm | #28

      Prove where you are. I’ve asked you at least 20 times and all you do is hide and keep saying the same thing. How can I meet you if you won’t prove where you are and how to find you? Hide, and lie. That’s what cowards do.

      • Eddie
        December 1, 2011 at 2:53 am | #29

        “how to dind you”? Is that Brazilian? LOL Silly old man. I have gave you all the required information, I have said I will pick you up. You’re just a frightened, bitter old man who is too lazy and scared to put his money where his mouth is. Put up or STFU jimmy. You’re just full of shit. Excuses excuses! Keyboard warrior. LOL

  15. Eddie
    December 1, 2011 at 2:56 am | #30

    Maybe you meant “dine” me. I do like a nice Italian or maybe even Chinese. When you come over, let me know and I’ll book it.

    July 5, 2012 A little update for everyone. This person has never proven who he is, where he is, or any of his childish boasts about a job, car, house, or anything else.

    I have made him offers to meet him anywhere in the world and even pay his way. I have also said that, if he doesn’t want to reveal his identity, he could pay my way and I would have already signed traveler’s checks to reimburse him. After he “breaks me in ten” as he has threatened, he would have the checks and all he has to do is fill in his name on the “Pay to” line. He has declined all of this. Does anyone else suspect he might be just a tiny bit afraid and ashamed?

  16. Gambit
    December 29, 2011 at 1:28 pm | #31

    Hey James,

    I saw a long old argument you had through stumbleupon about religion and saw that you were getting a lot of hate for it.

    So just as a bit of support, I completely agree with your views (although i may have been a bit more tactful in the way i put them across) and just thought i’d direct you to an image i found which i’m fairly certain you’ll enjoy using in the future.

    http://29.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_luxjcowuO71qll6hyo1_500.jpg

    Peace!

    • December 29, 2011 at 1:58 pm | #32

      Thanks for the comment and support as well as the Hitch quote.

      You’re right, I have received more hate from theists than any other group — ever. Ironic that it comes from those that preach peace, tolerance, and love, isn’t it? But preaching and practicing are rarely the same. As I said in my book about fitness and weight control, “excuses are easier than actions.” For theists, it’s “preaching is easier than performance.”

      Yes, I could be more tactful but I learned long ago that tactful and theists do not mix well. Either they regard tactful as abject surrender and total agreement with them or as a weakness to be attacked. Mostly, I no longer care. I say what I think and know there is no possibility of converting a “true believer.” As has been said, “you cannot reason someone away from a position that they did not reach through reason.” Theists have already rejected facts, logic and rational thinking. Using those tools would be futile.

      Thanks again for your kind remarks.

  17. AntiZero
    March 19, 2013 at 6:13 pm | #33

    Diet sodas are terrible, all of them contain cancer causing excitoneurotoxins – the sweeteners Aspartame, Saccharin, Sucralose, Acesulfame potassium.
    These also cause or contribute to other degenerative diseases.
    No soda is good, but If I had to choose, give me the sugary one anyday.
    Sugar alone will not cause fat gain due to dietary thermogenesis, fat consumption is what causes fat gain. One can over-consume sugar in terms of calories and not get fat.

    Fruit is best, get PLENTY of calories – more than you “need”.
    Eat lots of vegetables too, at least a head of lettuce a day.

    • March 19, 2013 at 6:32 pm | #34

      AS someone who has consumed nothing but diet sodas for at least 20 years, I must disagree. They taste fine to me, even though rarely drink them, usually only when I am away from home, such as eating out.

      Nor is their any verifiable evidence that they cause cancer or contribute to degenerative diseases.

      Sugar does contribute to weight gain because it is empty calories. What causes weight gain is consuming more calories than you burn. As I said, it is very simple math, it doesn’t even require multiplication or long division. Yes, you can over-consume sugar in terms of calories and get fat. To think otherwise is ignoring facts and only deluding yourself.

      I agree, fruit is best. As far as eating a head of lettuce a day, that’s crazy. Not even a rabbit would do that. I do eat mostly salad for my main meal of the day. That does not mean I remove everything enjoyable from my life. Well, I have removed sugar. I don’t use it in anything. I’m 70 and in far better physical condition than most people at any age.

      Eat more calories than you need? That’s a guaranteed method of gaining weight. I am speaking as a person that was in the fitness business for over 30 years.

  18. xxSLRMANxx
    November 4, 2013 at 6:48 pm | #35

    I put your PDF on Pirate Bay today. So no one has to pay for it. You deserve NO money.

    • November 4, 2013 at 6:53 pm | #36

      Than you so much for being a total asshole and hiding your arrogant, evil deed. FWIW, I have never actually charged anyone for that document. I give it away freely.

      You deserve no credit and you do deserve to have your cowardly ass kicked.

    • November 4, 2013 at 6:55 pm | #37

      This cowardly person is so terrified he hides behind a fake email and sneaks around like the worthless worm he is. Too bad he’ll hide forever. I would love to face this craven cockroach personally.

      FWIW, I checked on Pirate bay and he is lying. He never did it. Hes not only a coward, but a liar, too. No surprises there.

    • ClevarChris
      March 27, 2014 at 10:37 am | #38

      Thanks for the upload xxSLRMANx! I downloaded it and read it but it was very poorly written and I must say a lot of the ‘facts’ were poorly researched and barely understood. I didn’t want to waste it so I printed it out and used it to wipe my ass after a heavy shit.

      It wasn’t any good for that either.

      Anyway, I seeded a few more torrents with it just to annoy Jimmy.

      • March 27, 2014 at 11:23 am | #39

        Hi, Cowardly Chris. I see you are still determined to be an obnoxious asshole.

        Tell you what, send your information and I’ll pay your way here, or anywhere in the world so you can be obnoxious to my face? So you want it, you know how to get it. I’ve made the offer before, but, like the craven little turd you are, you pretended it wasn’t made so you won’t have to follow through with your threats. Wouldn’t you love to to that? I know I would like it.

        Your criticism means absolutely nothing as it is clearly the ravings of a pathetic loser that, being unable to do anything himself, posts stupid remarks about those that can.

        Nor have you seeded any torrents. If so, give the links. Show that there is at least one thing that you are not lying about.Such as your email. Only a genuine coward would hide behind a fake ID and email. “johnthomas@johnthomas.com” That’s not only a lie, it’s an absurdly stupid lie. I didn’t expect anything better from you, though.

        By the way, you ignorant jerk. It’s spelled “clever”. You can’t even use a spell checker can you? Does your mommy know you are playing on the computer?

  19. ClevarChris
    March 27, 2014 at 12:20 pm | #40

    Hey, old timer. What a dismal excuse for a human being you are. I have the PDF, I have read the document and as proof, I can tell you it is absolutely dreadful. A truly awful read. I wanted to rip out my eyes reading that drivel. I have seeded it as a torrent so no-one gets ripped off by this BS.

    • March 27, 2014 at 2:24 pm | #41

      Then why didn’t you rip out your eyes? That would be a service to humanity if it kept you away from decent human beings.

      You are a liar. There is no torrent or you would give it here.

      Doesn’t it ever bother you to reveal to the public what an ignorant, arrogant fool and liar you are? No I think it does not. You are a mental masochist that gets a cheap thrill from publicizing your failings as a human being.

      You still haven’t learned to spell clever, even after I tried to help you.

      And the site you gave in your next comment is a bible site and, if you were not such a stubbornly stupid twit,you’d know I would never even visit such a disgraceful place nr would they visit mine.

      What a pathetic pathological liar you are.

      I have no more time for a cowardly, lying, moron like you. Any further comments from you wil be trashed. I’ll leave these here so you can continue to have those little thrills from exposing your dishonesty and ignorance to the world. It might be the only thing in your life that’s even remotely enjoyable for you, so I take pity on you.

  20. ClevarChris
    March 27, 2014 at 12:49 pm | #42

    I can confrim that the Fit For Free Forever.PDF is very, very, very similar to http://www.fitforlifeforever.org/

    • Stefan Eddis
      March 27, 2014 at 2:58 pm | #43

      No way, ClevarChris! Has this guy copied all his work from Christians. That is a shameful and cowerdly act.

      • March 27, 2014 at 3:07 pm | #44

        Do you really believe someone that has shown himself to be a liar and a coward?

        I would never copy anything from a christian or any other site. I am a decent, rational person. There is nothing about any religion that is more than a lie to deceive the gullible and desperate. Why would any intelligent person copy something from a place like that? Why would any intelligent person believe the liar Chris has shown himself to be? Oops, maybe you are Chris using yet another fake ID! That’s a shameful and cowardly act.

        What is shameful and cowardly is people like DumbassChris and you doing nothing but being obnoxious morons and supporting lies and evil deeds.

  21. Fit For Life Forever
    March 31, 2014 at 1:03 pm | #45

    Hi, I represent Fit For Life Forever, a Bible-based approach to optimal health and fitness. I have heard reports of plagiarism and would like you to know that we do not condone this. We will not be taking legal action on this matter as God Himself will judge you. You will answer to Him.

    • March 31, 2014 at 1:09 pm | #46

      Dean, you are such a pathetic liar. You can’t even make up a decent fake email.

      When I find you, as I will, you will answer to me.

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