I have been a fan of Dr. Robert Lustig’s work since his presentation, Sugar: The Bitter Truth, went viral. Yet, as often happens, the more Dr. Lustig spoke, the more I questioned. As I followed his interviews and presentations, the more I started to not only question, but to disagree — not with his hypothesis, not with his science, not with his identification of the problem, but with his solutions. Those who have followed my blog or YouTube videos are aware that I am strong proponent of self-reliance and responsibility as keys to defeating obesity, whereas Dr. Lustig supports some type of government intervention. These are differing opinions, and while I disagree, I respect his right to his conclusions.
One of the factors that has always concerned me about Dr. Lustig, is that he is apparently pretty overweight. Since no one ever mentioned it, I often thought it was just the way his clothes fit, the camera angle or the way he was positioned. But, for the first time that I have heard, he admitted to having a weight problem, which unto itself isn’t an issue. He made no mention of an underlying medical condition, nor, although he gave high praise for physical exercise, did he mention his exercise routine, if any.
How can a person, who is becoming a leading expert on obesity awareness, a person who claims that exercise in is the most important activity to improve quality of life, not lead by example? It is simply astonishing.
Dr. Lustig fell back to one of the tried and true excuses that many of us, including me, have used at one point or another — lack of time.
Make no mistake, it is an excuse — plain and simple.
It is an excuse that can be negated by proper planning and commitment. The Dr. went on to say that he carries around a “few extra pounds,” and that he is not happy about it. Well, if you aren’t happy about it, then do something about it. I wrote about this excuse in my posting; How Deep Is Your Desire To Beat Back Obesity? In that posting I gave a detailed account of one of my typical days. (It appears at the end of this posting.)
I remember hearing Dr. Lustig state that he was caught off guard when the video went viral and he was thrust into the obesity spotlight. Since then, he has embraced his position giving numerous interviews; however what can be disconcerting is that he doesn’t embrace living a fit and healthful lifestyle.
His admitted weight problem and, even though he doesn’t eat sugar per se, described diet are the proof and root of a problem. That problem is when the “experts” don’t live the healthful lifestyle they extoll — then the question must, at the very least, be asked: Should they be the ones to whom we turn to for answers?
This day was Wednesday 9/14/11. By the way, Wednesday’s is the day of the week my office is closed, you know — my day off .
- 4:08am — Alarm sounds. I hit the off button and say to myself several time, “Get up, get up, get up…!” I pause in the sitting position at the edge of my bed and consider laying back down. I grab a picture of myself at 340 pounds and only need to glance at it for a moment before I spring up to my feet and head to the kitchen for coffee.
- 4:20am — Finish up my coffee, brush my teeth, shave, double-check my gear that I packed the night before, update Facebook for weight loss clients following me, get dressed and leave for the gym.
- 4:45am — Arrive at the gym. Do my leg work out; 40 sets in just under 50 minutes, then go upstairs and do my abdominal workout.
- 6:00am — Shower, change for the day and leave the gym.
- 6:30am — Stop by my office. Check and answer emails from Fat Then Fit Now clients, friends and students.
- 6:50am — Leave my office.
- 7:00am — Arrive for breakfast at Tony’s Diner in Kingston, had the best sausage and cheese omelet.
- 7:30am — Depart Tony’s and head to the college.
- 7:50am — Arrive at the college and get ready to teach my first class.
- 8:55am — Class dismissed; off to the office (you know, the one that is closed for the day.)
- 9:30am — Arrive at the office. Write and publish blog post. Answer more emails and Facebook inquires for people interested in my book. Look over new info for the second edition of Fat Then Fit Now; A Life Beyond Weight Loss.
- 10:30am — Have a snack of mixed nuts and unsweetened iced tea.
- 10:45am — Get on Skype with the one and only Jimmy Moore and record a brief segment commemorating his 500th podcast episode.
- 11:00am — Treat two emergency patients. Ordered lunch.
- 11:30am — Stop at Leo’s Pizza where a grilled chicken salad w/blue cheese dressing is waiting for me. After lunch I head back up to the college.
- 12:15pm — Arrive at the college and teach my second class of the day.
- 1:15pm — Class dismissed. Off to the lounge. Mix up a protein pudding (just enough water added to protein powder to give it a pudding like consistency), eat it while I enter quiz grades and do some class prep work. Take a few moments to “discuss” politics with a colleague.
- 2:30pm — Teach third class of the day.
- 3:55pm — Class dismissed.
- 4:00pm — Teach fourth class of the day.
- 5:50pm — Class dismissed, run to lounge and warm up chicken breast stuffed with artichoke, spinach and cheese that I prepared earlier in the week. Scarfed down dinner.
- 6:00pm — Teach fifth class of the day.
- 8:45pm — Class dismissed.
- 9:15pm — Stop to see my girlfriend for a visit.
- 10:00pm — Prepare gear, clothes and choose one the already prepared meals to pack for the next day, set up the coffee maker and the timer for 5:08am (I sleep in on Tues/Thursday), put clothes in the washing machine and then finally sit down and unwind with a little television.
- 10:45pm — Go to bed, check to make sure alarm is set for 5:18am (I need to give the coffee time to brew), read until I fall asleep.
Life is lived in color, but sometimes the answers remain black and white.
Aloha, Ciao and Stay Healthy,
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For over three and half years I maintained a 130 pound weight loss, then last year I lost my way and found a relapse in obesity. I am discussing my battle with recidivism.
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