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How do you pick your sources?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 28, 2013 at 3:28 AM

It seems like for every source out there on nutrition and fitness I can find someone in the other camp telling me why it's wrong or inaccurate based on the available research and anecdotal evidence. Whether it's eating paleo, fasting, or taking 10g of creatine instead of 5g there's someone out there with an idea of how to do it correctly and then someone there to prove them wrong.

So how do you pick your nutritional guidelines, fitness guidelines, etc?

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on March 28, 2013
at 05:13 PM

Yeah, I told it that if it wants to eat chocolate bunnies it has to go out and catch them first... :-D

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on March 28, 2013
at 04:46 PM

; )

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on March 28, 2013
at 04:45 PM

But you told your body NO, you stoic you.

800e726cb5dff569fd8edf604c3e2793

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on March 28, 2013
at 04:21 PM

Yeah, like recently my body was "Yo, there's some beer in the fridge and you can find a bag of pretzels in the pantry, how about we party a bit?" And after I gave it the evil eye it said "Oh, hey lookie here, a bowl of chocolates, how about we just sit here and toss them into the mouth?" ...

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on March 28, 2013
at 04:33 AM

Ha, ya I've eaten my share of humble pie.

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on March 28, 2013
at 04:16 AM

Word. Excellent point in your last sentence.

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Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

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on March 28, 2013
at 03:36 AM

At the end of the day there's only 1 person who's right and that's your body. Listen to it, it won't let you down.

800e726cb5dff569fd8edf604c3e2793

(1655)

on March 28, 2013
at 04:21 PM

Yeah, like recently my body was "Yo, there's some beer in the fridge and you can find a bag of pretzels in the pantry, how about we party a bit?" And after I gave it the evil eye it said "Oh, hey lookie here, a bowl of chocolates, how about we just sit here and toss them into the mouth?" ...

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on March 28, 2013
at 04:45 PM

But you told your body NO, you stoic you.

800e726cb5dff569fd8edf604c3e2793

(1655)

on March 28, 2013
at 05:13 PM

Yeah, I told it that if it wants to eat chocolate bunnies it has to go out and catch them first... :-D

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on March 28, 2013
at 04:46 PM

; )

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on March 28, 2013
at 04:09 AM

I pick my sources based upon those who are getting the results that I desire.

I then experiment with their approach on myself. If it works great, if it doesn't move on and try something new. That being said, I think I've reached the point where expert advice is not as good as just paying attention to my body, as Stephen says. Most of it is common sense anyways, experts just muddle it in order to stay ahead of their competition with the aim of copyrighting something "unique."

A97b68379a576dfa764a4828304d2efb

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on March 28, 2013
at 04:16 AM

Word. Excellent point in your last sentence.

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on March 28, 2013
at 03:36 AM

I think most people get as far as they can on any particular study or theory with their intellectual, time and paradigm constraints and then you just take a leap and decide to believe it. Most of nutritional science is faith.

I have learned from all of this not to become too fervent of a believer or too committed to anything, because it tends to cloud observational evidence from my own life or make me look like an idiot when I tell my friends that white rice is the devil, never mind it is okay sometimes, oh wait, I feel pretty damn good eating it.

7a6529ea25b655132fe58d793f95547a

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on March 28, 2013
at 04:33 AM

Ha, ya I've eaten my share of humble pie.

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on March 28, 2013
at 05:08 AM

well youve just described the ENTIRE INTERWEB..! LOL. Im sure we can find "studies" websites screaming the virtues of crispy creams with coke cola chasers if we look hard enough.

About nutrtion Id advise you search up many sources relevant to your particular aim. Whether its gaining/ mass or losing weight getting shredded or what have you. Dont only look at one source. Corraborate it once, twice, and thrice. Then put it into practice and see what it does for YOU> :) like other posters said. Be your own guinea pig.

Another pointer- never pick a source (guru* if you will) that is unwilling to change or alter his theories when new information comes to light. Obstinence can be extremely deterimental. Alot of old-school bro-science myths die hard!

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on March 28, 2013
at 04:03 PM

How about that most diets have reached consensus on core issues, and that you can build a risk-free diet around that?

A near-consensus exists on the bads: sugar, processed food, etc. And on what is good such as fish and most veggies. Fruits & nuts are positives in almost all diets. White rice is kinda neutral.

Basically, you can get ~95% of the health benefits from doing the safe, proven things that almost all modern diets recommend in common. Throw in resistance training and Tabata and you're set (unless you have special requirements such as for athletics or medical issues.)

Increasingly, I eat a "dull, conservative template" of Paleo. A "no risk" diet in terms of avoiding possible fads. Only a few of the highly touted Paleo specialties - never overdone, and no supplements.

I'm missing out on additional gains from the specialties and supplements - I don't doubt that. But I feel the "conservative template" already has me around where I'd like to be in terms of mental & physical energy.

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on March 28, 2013
at 03:53 PM

One of my college professors said that the key to writing a good paper was only using sources and quotes that agreed with your thesis... lol Kind of a bury your head in the sand approach but it's what most people do with anything whether it's nutrition, religion, politics, or pretty much any other topic you can think of!

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800e726cb5dff569fd8edf604c3e2793

on March 28, 2013
at 03:29 PM

Critical thinking is a useful skill (and not only for sorting out the nutrition advice).

Read more, understand basic biochemistry, learn to identify kooks and frauds, be suspicious of people trying to sell you something, understand that life isn't black-and-white and for a LOT of questions the proper answer is "It depends".

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