Questions on nutrition and exercise that are going to send me to the madhouse!
I know I’ve made some rants on here before, but in between sets at the gym today, intrusive, irritating thoughts came to my mind. Why? I don’t know. Perhaps it’s because I’m currently on a restrictive diet to lean out for summer time and get better at running.
Now that I think about it, I now know why some questions concerning nutrition and exercise actually have me irritated with the person asking them. It’s because the questioners actually have ME confused in situations in which I’m the one who’s supposed to know the answer (according to them). Sometimes I know the answer, and sometimes I don’t. I consider myself fairly knowledgeable on nutrition and exercise because of my profession, academic background, and hobby. But I don’t know everything, and I’m not as knowledgeable as people like Dave Tate, CT, Lonnie Lowery, and John Berardi (They’re not gods either, despite what some people believe, nor do I think they want to be perceived as such. Actually, they want us to do what works for us, regardless of what they espouse.)
I post less now, and cut people off fairly quickly during nutrition counseling sessions AND in social context. This is NOT because I’m arrogant or a dick! It’s because I don’t want people making me confused because THEY are confused.
Here are some examples in which I have no answer for people, nor should anyone.
“I don’t want to do straight sets anymore. How do I do a flat pyramid/ramp up?”
“I see. But I feel if I do it that way, I won’t have left in the tank for my last set. I also think if I do it my way, I won’t get enough volume in.”
“Great. So you’re left with neither. I don’t know what the fuck to tell you.”
Example 2 (word-for-word example from last night’s conversation with a friend who benches 315 for reps, squats 405 for reps, and is very jacked, and has actually been stronger and more jacked in the past)
“I heard water with meals slows down digestion.”
“I don’t know, and I never looked into it. I also don’t give a shit.”
“You’re an RD; you’re supposed to know.”
“I don’t know. All I’m concerned with is adequate water intake for the day.”
“I think it slows it down.”
“I think it makes it faster.”
Example 3 (with the same guy from above)
“So what’s better? Waxy maize or dextrose?”
“I don’t know, nor do I care. Use either. Sometimes I just use grape or pineapple juice.”
“I don’t think that’s good. Doesn’t fructose get stored in the liver.”
“Yeah. I also don’t care. You know, some guys–even some elite bodybuilders–just eat right after a workout and don’t have a shake.”
“I don’t think that’s good. I think you HAVE to drink a shake.”
“Alright, keep thinking. Have fun.”
Example 4 (by newbie who not only has no exercise experience, but also no adult-level logic)
“I wanna train for size, like just go get big like a bodybuilder. I THINK that TBT or an upper-lower split makes more sense, but all the big bodybuilders I see don’t use these approaches.”
“So clearly you a) don’t think clearly or b) are a nonsensical person. Why the fuck would someone THINK an approach is better than another when the latter is the one producing the results you want?!”
As I’ve said before, such questions make me wonder how some people hold down jobs and obtain degrees. And now I understand the curtness and brazenness of some healthcare professionals.
I know a guy who went to a urologist and before the first consultation even began, the doc said something to the effect of, “You’re gonna do things and take orders my way. Otherwise you can see the door.”
I shadowed a dietitian who was quite abrupt sometimes. (This guy’s practice is booming despite his sometimes abrupt approach. He has an average of 20 to 25 clients per day.) As soon as a patient steers the session off-track with shit like, “I thought…”, “I was told by my trainer…”, “I read that…”, and “The way I do it…”, he would stop them dead in their tracks and say, “You’re gonna do what I tell you…” or “That’s fine you were told or read that, but it’s not what you’re gonna hear from me.”
At first, I was put off by such callousness. Now I’ve realized it’s necessary. Otherwise you wind up dealing people who simply want to talk shop JUST TO TALK, waste THEIR paid time, and waste and disrespect the time of fitness and nutrition professionals.
What do you people think?