Casually Explained: Being Healthy

Well, it’s pretty common knowledge that certain foods are healthy, and others aren’t so much, it’s pretty rare that you ever get an explanation as to why. And one thing that bothers me quite a bit is when someone says to eat something because: “It’s good for you!” or “It’s a superfood!” And almost universally, what that really translates to is: It grows in nature. Ironically, half the time, it only grows in nature because we’ve selectively bred it over thousands of years to be that way. And when half of our leading source of nutrition advice are Pinterest recipes, a lot of what we consider “common knowledge” is actually completely made up. As an example, one of the common terms you’ll see online with regards to healthy food is that something gets rid of toxins in your body, which really doesn’t make any sense. “If your body is filled with toxins and certain foods, remove them,” then that means “We could’ve brought back Steve Irwin with a blueberry smoothie.” In reality, almost all supplements or foods that get rid of toxins are really just laxatives or diuretics. So it makes you feel like they’re somehow flushing something away, when in reality, you could have just put three shots of vodka in your latte like a regular person. The next thing you’ll often run into are online recipes for anything made overnight with a mason jar, telling you’re not getting enough antioxidants. And one of the ways you can tell if you’re not getting antioxidants is by looking at your skin and seeing if it’s starting to rust. And while they do play a role in your body, the problem with suggesting that you should consume more is that it’s fundamentally like saying “The more oil you have in your car, the less likely it is to break down.” Which is not true, because too much actually makes things worse. The good news is that if you do have too much oil in your car, you can add the excess to your overnight oats, because motor oil is also high in antioxidants. Another common idea that’s recently started to shift is that you should never skip breakfast, which there is absolutely no scientific basis for except that breakfast food is my favorite. I think the funny thing is that when I used to tell people I skipped breakfast, they thought I was crazy, but now I can say: “I’m doing intermittent fasting.” And they’re like: “Oh, very disciplined.” When in reality, I just woke up at noon. Relatedly, the next thing that’s often incredibly misunderstood is diet. Especially with things like paleo, keto, intermittent fasting, and varying degrees of vegetarianism becoming so popular. We’ve all heard limitless jokes about: “How do you know if someone is a vegan; because they’ll tell you. Hahaha, classic comedy!” That’s not even the case anymore. I see way more people on low-carb ketogenic diets post things on the internet, like: “Look at this fool I saw today, eating an apple like an absolute normie,” as they show their Costco haul of pork rinds and butter. The most important thing to know is that generally speaking: Weight is regulated by calorie intake, so you have a certain amount of calories you burn in a day, and if you repeatedly intake more than that, you’ll gain weight, and if you intake less of that, you’ll lose weight. As a quick disclaimer, the exact amount of calories absorbed from food isn’t always 100%, which is why some people claim calories in, calories out isn’t true, but being exact, calories metabolized and absorbed minus calories burned always is true. Now for the average person, the amount of calories burned is around 2000 – 2500 calories a day, then the generally accepted rule is that there is 3500 calories in a pound of body fat. So say you wanted to get thick because it’s 2019, you would have to eat roughly calories above your daily maintenance for 71 days to gain 10 pounds. Then if we look at the composition of food itself, all food is made up of three primary macronutrients that serve a different bodily function, and each has a different calorie value: We have fat, which has 9 calories per gram. Protein, which has 4 calories per gram. And carbohydrates which have 4 calories per gram as well. And then there’s a fourth bonus macronutrient: alcohol, which has 7 calories per gram. As for their physiological roles, loosely speaking: Fat regulates hormones and stops your cells from imploding. Protein is for bodily function and muscular regeneration. Carbohydrates are primarily for aerobic and anaerobic activity. And then alcohol, which sadly just poisons you. The good news is that because too much alcohol is toxic, if your friend is passed out in the club bathroom, you can flush out the alcohol by popping a blueberry under their tongue, just like a senzu bean. Below that, we have fibre and micronutrients, which are all your vitamins and minerals, just make sure you get enough of these or your teeth will fall out. Now, with these fundamentals in mind, if we start to take a look at all the popular and successful diets out there nowadays, the fact of the matter is that almost all of them have good points but they also all have bad points. Meaning you’re not an enlightened member of the nutritional Illuminati, just because you’ve stopped eating bread. If we take a look at all the most common diets that cover the full spectrum of plant-based to animal-based, you can see they all have pros and cons. Veganism is sustainable and very nice to the animals, but it’s a bit hard to get the right macronutrients, and you constantly have to wonder if your friends don’t want you for dinner because of your dietary restrictions, or just your personality. Vegetarianism is sustainable and nice to the animals, but limited food choices. Paleo diets are good for weight loss, but again, limited food choice. Ketogenic diets, very good for weight loss because it massively regulates blood sugar, which affects cravings and appetite, but it’s extremely limited in terms of food choice. Not very good for anyone doing anaerobic sports because there are no available carbohydrates, but it’s actually not bad if you run ultra, ultra, ultra marathons. So the next time you go for a hundred mile run, make sure to bring your pepperoni holster. Carnivorous diets, these ones are a bit weird, and they’re very unsustainable, but very good for weight loss and autoimmune disorders / arthritis / certain types of depression. And while there have been some pretty miraculous anecdotes, the downside is that it has not been studied long term and everyone in the restaurant will think you’re a serial killer as you peel the breading off your KFC family bucket. For some reason the community is also really involved with cryptocurrency, so if anyone was actually in the nutritional Illuminati, this would be it. And then finally the classic “If It Fits Your Macros”, which means eating whatever you want as long as if it fits within the designated calorie limit and matches the amount of protein fat and carbohydrates you’ve allotted. This is common for athletes and people who want to be bodybuilders, but in the 7 years they’ve been going to the gym, they’ve only made 2 years worth of progress. Speaking of the gym, there are also a few misconceptions when it comes to exercise, and one of the most common jokes you hear in weightlifting communities is making fun of people who say: “I’m just looking to tone.” Because the only two variables to your physical appearance is the volume of muscle you have, and the volume of fat you have. It’s also incredibly difficult to gain muscle, so you’ll often hear girls and even guys say: “You know, I’m worried that if I start lifting weights, I’ll get too big.” And unfortunately, the thing is: No matter how much you believe you’re an anime protagonist, it just isn’t going to happen. Ultimately, there are two main ways of improving your physical health through exercise, which are strength training, and cardiovascular training. In other words: How strong is your body, and how strong is your heart… And lungs. And well, even 30 minutes to an hour of walking a day is enough to make sure everything keeps working, further training at the gym is not only a good idea, it’s a lifestyle. Where you can lift a heavy thing now, so you can be in pain for a while, and then lift a slightly heavier thing later, or ski on the elliptical until exhaustion so that once your heart eventually recovers, you’ll have more love to give.

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Reader Comments

  1. krista DeFelice

    I feel like he lacked to talk about how the carnivorous diet and keto diet lead to heart disease and inflammation of the organs but ya know.

  2. J P

    “My latent genetic potential is so immense that even the prospect of lifting a dumbbell once could render my once human-like body completely unrecognizable”
    Fucking killed me

  3. cmdrfunk

    Veganism kills more animals than a carnivorous diet. You kill millions of animals planting crops. So you kill millions of field mice, etc in order to save a handful of cows.

  4. Hoshimaru57

    🎶I’m all out of love, I’m so lost without cardio.🎶
    Seriously though, given my general inactivity level I’ll be somewhat surprised if I’m still alive by this time next year.
    And yet every week for 1 day I do 12 hours of physical activity. I’m also known to exhaust the (supposedly) much healthier people around me by swimming a few kilometers or hailing across Manhattan, the nearest zoo, or a con for up to 10 hours a day. After which my arthritis takes hold and puts me out of commission till my depression can cause me to sleep for 20 hours a day for a month afterwards (not counting when I have to work).

  5. Diane Musashima

    It's a damn shame that the "shock of war; Civilian Experiences, 1937-1945" would illustrate the innocent in crossfire. Its not like an older brother would be valiant enough to die for their motherland in paleoithic times. Such a shame those who werent on the right side of history got sorted out to the trash bin and burned in a lake of napalm or greek fire. Thou shalt not test the Lord as it is written by his word. If one dares question righteousness, may their families burn forever under his wrath.
    Men gave their lives for a better cause, it would be cowardly yet shameful not to honor that valor.

  6. Brian chigga

    My trick is that to only buy things that are natural like veggies, friuts and meat , rice, flour (not premade stuff) when i grocery shop. I do my meals at home and ofcourse sometimes i eat shitty stuff but its mot always

  7. Enotech

    I'm pretty blown away by this video, I wasn't watching to learn something, I watched because I like your videos and I've done tons of research on Diet and I gotta say…you really did your homework man great video! I hope a lot of people watch this.

  8. ShadowZZZ

    where ma vegan homies at? plant based is the healthiest and also best for the climate and animals. check earthling ed, michael greger and plant based news

  9. RitsarStudios

    What I learned from this video –

    Pros to veganism: it's nice to the animals and eh… yeah…
    Pros to the carnivorous diet: very good for weight loss, autoimmune disorders, arthritis and certain types of depression

  10. Dr. Velious

    I started doing workouts because it genuinely made me feel good and improved my focus and ability to sleep.

    The problem is that my body wants more, so I have to continually escalate otherwise I stop getting the feelgoods, when in reality I just wanna sit on my ass and play an RPG for a hundred hours while eating nothing but pizza and Chinese food.

  11. Milkym0o

    All things considered, pretty accurate. No diet has really been studied long term!

    I'm on a carnivorous diet as it keeps my auto-immune issues in check.

    I've no clue about the crypto-currency link – think it's due to Amber O'Hearn once being married to the one of the founders of Bitcoin? Could be wrong!

  12. Kaspar 005

    Why did i come across this video while making a presentation for bioligy about Carbon macromolecules (fats, proteins and other stuff)

  13. Paciat

    Alcohol has calories, but it wont make you fat. Burning it will create energy, thus it has calories. But its not digested in the same way as fat or sugar. This extra effort to digest alcohol actually drains energy from the body. Look at the male population of Russia. Is it fat?

  14. Aj Cowan

    Keto diet studies have shown autistic scores improve over just a few months of the diet. (However being autistic myself I cannot tell you of the horrible shits this diet will give you.)

  15. Kennedy Jackson

    His only argument against veganism was the factor that you may not get the macronutrients you need but if you do veganism the right way, you’re 100% fine and healthy and get your macros. GO VEGAN

  16. Ananya Gupta

    Vegetarianism – limited food choice unless you're in India where there's more choice between pickles and chutneys alone against all of European cuisine 😆 This video almost qualifies for a nutrition class.

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