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NYT Diet Article

It’s rather long, but here is the first paragraph, though it’s not fully representative:
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

That, more or less, is the short answer to the supposedly incredibly complicated and confusing question of what we humans should eat in order to be maximally healthy. I hate to give away the game right here at the beginning of a long essay, and I confess that I?m tempted to complicate matters in the interest of keeping things going for a few thousand more words. I?ll try to resist but will go ahead and add a couple more details to flesh out the advice. Like: A little meat won?t kill you, though it?s better approached as a side dish than as a main. And you?re much better off eating whole fresh foods than processed food products. That?s what I mean by the recommendation to eat ?food.? Once, food was all you could eat, but today there are lots of other edible foodlike substances in the supermarket. These novel products of food science often come in packages festooned with health claims, which brings me to a related rule of thumb: if you?re concerned about your health, you should probably avoid food products that make health claims. Why? Because a health claim on a food product is a good indication that it?s not really food, and food is what you want to eat.

Over the years, it’s become obvious to me that the majority of “healthy eating” articles in newspapers and magazines are published by people who don’t know what real working out is.

Eating a salad and 40 grams of protein a day is not going to make you look much healthier than (as an ongoing and great example) Adrian Brody in the final scenes of The Pianist.

Generally they are written by/for people who, if they work out at all, only do the minimum trend…such as the stair-master for 20 minutes 3 times a week or shit like that. They don’t lift. The NYT audience, as far as health is concerned, is composed of anorexic soccer moms scared to gain any muscle.