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Monday, March 06, 2006

diet blogging

For the past two and a half weeks, I've been trying out Arthur De Vany's "Evolutionary Fitness" system of eating and exercising. I'm down 5 lbs. so far and I'm excited about keeping it up. De Vany bases his system on his understanding of current diet and exercise research, but interpreted through the model of human evolution. De Vany is working on a book, of course, and a sample chapter is available for purchase on his website. A free essay (PDF), is also available.

Briefly, De Vany advocates a system that closely resembles what humans ate and did more than 10,000 years ago. Basically, this means no processed foods, no sugar, no starches or whole grains and no milk. It is not a low carb diet, but carbs are limited to nutrient dense, but calorically low foods. The second part is exercise and he advocates intermittent, high intensity weight training.

De Vany weaves a pretty compelling argument for the health benefits of this system and I've already purchased the first chapter of the book. He's still working on the book, which will hopefully be out sometime this year.


Blogger jmc said...

Over 10 years ago, Barry Sears released his book "The Zone", which among other things, pointed out that humans subsisted on lean meats, vegetables, fruits and nuts for the vast majority of their existence, and that we have not yet evolved to handle the relatively sudden switch to refined sugars, breads, cereals, and pastas.

The Zone Diet allows all of those things, though, as long as they are in moderation, and as long as most of your carbs come from fruits and vegetables.

I'm sure Sears is glad to see other people are finally latching on to his ideas, even if they go uncredited.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Ross said...

I know, I know, I should have listened to you when you first recommended the Zone years ago!

De Vany's book isn't out yet, so maybe Sears will get a footnote somewhere.

3:42 AM  

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