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Why is it so hard to lose weight?

Losing weight is incredibly easy. Eat fewer calories than you burn. How much simpler could it be?

But if losing weight is so easy, why are so many people still left struggling?

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  • Updated a couple of years ago

15 Helpful Tips for Being a Healthy Vegetarian

Vegetarian diets can not only meet all nutrient requirements, but they can also be optimal for health.

Cutting meat from your diet can be a great first step in becoming healthier. But it’s not a magic route.

Here are 15 helpful tips for being a healthy vegetarian.

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  • Updated a couple of years ago

2 Reasons Vegans Compare Meat Eaters to Rapists

Many non-vegetarians get severely offended and defensive over being compared to rapists. It’s understandable why. But what’s usually neglected during the defense is understanding the initial argument. Here I explain the two main arguments commonly used comparing eating meat to rape.

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  • Updated a couple of years ago

What we think is wrong about food is wrong

“In short, bold policies have been based on fragile science, and the long term results may be terrible.” Apparently this is “One sentence that explains why nearly everything we think about food is wrong.” Do you think this sentence explains why nearly everything we think about food is wrong? I recently came across this article and I have strong disagreement with its contents.

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  • Updated a couple of years ago

Response: 7 Most Common Reactions to Your High-Fat Diet (And How to Respond)

I like reading Mark Sisson’s articles and follow his blog, Mark’s Daily Apple, because he provides an alternative and mostly well-reasoned perspective. For those who don’t know, Mark Sission advocates for a Primal diet, which is loosely based off the Paleo diet, and is author of The Primal Blueprint.

I came across a post of his again from somebody claiming a high fat diet to be the best, titled Top 7 Most Common Reactions to Your High-Fat Diet (and How to Respond). While it does illustrate some good points, and may serve useful to those following (and defending) a high-fat diet, it also presents some fallacies that I’d like to address.

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  • Updated a couple of years ago

A Call for a Low-Carb Diet That Embraces Fat – Or Not

The New York Times (NYT) published an article titled: A Call for a Low-Carb Diet That Embraces Fat. The study presented – Effects of Low-Carbohydrate and Low-Fat Diets – was conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In the article it’s argued that dietary guidelines should push away from fat reduction and instead encourage reduction of processed foods and refined carbohydrates.

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  • Updated a couple of years ago

10 Vegan Diet Dangers – Debunked

Recently I came across an article – 10 Vegan Diet Dangers – by a blog named Butter Nutrition authored by “nutritional therapist,” Catherine. It tries to evoke fear into readers to avoid going on a vegan diet. Obviously the first point to note is the hasty generalization of an entire group. Secondly, veganism is not a diet, it’s an ideology. It’s well known that vegetarian diets, including strict vegetarian diets (colloquially known as vegan), can not only meet all human nutritional needs but also be health promoting, as asserted by authoritative health boards across the world like the USDA, Mayo Clinic and Harvard Health. Catherine seemingly neglected to mention this in her post.

Does Catherine’s article provide a compelling argument illustrating potential dangers of a vegan diet? Certainly not. This is a clear illustration of misinformation and creating unfounded fear to prevent people from looking after their health, the planet and fellow animals.

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  • Updated last year