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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100 thoughts on “Casually Explained: Being Healthy

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. > Vegetarianism is nice to the animals
    Yeah, they totally don’t pay for grinding up baby chicken alive and for separating calves from their mothers, and later slaughtering said calves and mothers for rennet for their cheese and meat.

  4. Sometimes I truly think CE is just making a really snarky research projects for class and blessing the YouTube community by sharing.

  5. Dont you feel like your cortisol spikes and is out of wack for the rest of the day if you dont eat breakfast. The time you eat in the day doesnt effect nutrient intake or total calories but will effect energy levels. Eating too much at one time will also not be great for digestion.

  6. Wait. So if the human body Burns ROUGHLY 2000-2500 calories a day and ROUGHLY 3500 calories are in a pound. Does that mean that if I don't eat for a week I'll lose ROUGHLY 5 pounds

  7. As a registered dietitian, that was legit pretty good. I’m not sure if you’re trying to take the piss or not. If you are, you were accidentally pretty educational and accurate.

  8. Breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal because it prevents fatigue and your sugar dropping but that all depends on what you eat for breakfast. Oh sugar dropped and cause you to crave something to give you energy really quickly and there’s usually fat sugars and carbs because that’s where your body gets his energy from which causes people to eat high calorie foods during lunch as a lot of people have sedentary jobs it also aid in weight gain and crash later on. Typically an American breakfast is very unhealthy would you want to eat in the lean protein of some kind some whole foods and a whole grain because the fiber and proteins digest slowly and will keep you feeling full longer and the slow breakdown of the foods and distribution of the sugars will keep you from feeling fatigue before lunch time. And this isn’t stuff I googled I’m an executive chef in the healthcare industry I work alongside a lot of dietitians and I’m also in school getting my masters in human dietetics.

    So it’s not really that breakfast is the most important issues helps with providing your body energy in a constant stream throughout the day as you work to go to school or whatever. All of your meals are equally important. But once you missed breakfast it has kind of a domino effect on what you eat throughout the day and how you feel

    There’s also on no proof that the keto diet does this this still ongoing research on and honestly is built just like the Atkins diet and I wouldn’t recommend it’s one of my clients.

  9. why did i go to college for a nutrition degree and waste four years of my life when i could have just watched this video smh

  10. what's interesting is that those with heart issues (such as myself) Doctors oddly recommend cardiovascular training to keep in shape. seems counter-productive but actually makes sense as it protects your heart later when it tries to explode on you.

  11. Basically new age cali diets .. In which is sold to the middle class to scam them out of their money 🙂 kinda like how organic food works.. When you look how "new age" works, its easy to scam people how of their money, once that scam picks up ground with famous people, then it becomes famous..kinda like religions, scientology good example, started out as new age, thus what we have today with movie stars……

    Since people have "wealth" now, they are allowed "options" to choose.

  12. I can build up muscle pretty fast, if I workes out, I'd be a fucking mountain, although not in hight, because in really fucking short.

  13. I take superfoods in pill form that claim to give you natural energy and I can honestly say it works. I feel great 😀 lots of nutrients have me feeling strong as possible, Naturally that is.

  14. How about the quick and easy diet?
    Fast food twice a day every day. Occasionally three times a day.
    That's what my roomie does. Literally I shit you not. And hes still lanky.

  15. I am not an expert, but I am good at biology.

    1 – Eat everything. We are animals who lived in constant fight for resources. We are familiar with eating anything at anytime cause most of the time there were no food. That means that you simply need to eat dvery time you are hungry and a little in reserve if you won't eat for a while. Simple. I eat whatever comes in handy. Mostly meat cause it has most of what you need (animals were alive because they had everything in them, duh) and I don't mind any sort of vegetables.

    2 – Yeah, I got weight with depression and headache and for a year was doing gym to drop from 138 to 105 kilo. 33 kilo in one year. For my 187cm height it is ok already. How you do that? Hate yourself. Excercise how your anciestors did. Run while you can, lift what you can for as lond as you can, do every sort of activities. That won't give you a perfect body but for sure make you healthier, cause this sort of things is natural. Just burn that shit like you are a fucking hunter and all'll be fine.

  16. Problem with veganism is that we as humans NEED to eat meat or dairy to get vitamin B12, so vegans have to take supplements. You cannot be a vegan and eat only natural foods because of that. Sure B12 is produced by bacteria in the dirt but you cannot eat too much dirt or you will just get sick.


  18. Wasn’t there a study that came out recently that showed, over a span of a few decades, people who didn’t eat breakfast had a higher chance of suffering from cardiovascular related diseases (heart attack, strokes, ect.). I can be wrong but that would be crazy if true because for the longest I would skip breakfast 😳

  19. Just saying that for the caloric value of macronutrients you have a lowercase “c” for “cals”, and it should be capitalized. There are actually 9000 cals/gram of fat which is the same as 9 Cals/gram

  20. Veganism actually wouldn't be sustainable if everybody did it (there are many places in the world where raising livestock uses resources more efficiently than growing crops), and while its nice to animals, it's terrible to the people who actually have to harvest the food since the farm industries are full of exploited migrant labor.

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