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When I was a kid, I believed in Santa Claus. I believed that a jolly, fat man in a red outfit with black boots and a long, white beard would fly around in a magic sleigh.
The story didn’t stop there. You would think a sleigh that could fly would have rockets on it, right? No, not this one. It was yanked around by special flying reindeer. But wait…it didn’t stop there.
That story gets even bigger. I was told those flying reindeer would pull that sleigh and that fat man around the globe once a year on Dec. 25. Why? He would deliver gifts to children everywhere.
Now here’s the crazy part. I really did buy into the whole thing. Why? Everyone around me seemed to believe it.
By the time I was 6 years old, my belief started to wane. The world seemed too big. I had a problem with the concept of the chimney he supposedly slid down. By age 7, I was almost certain he didn’t exist.
I wasn’t going to say anything. I was on the dole. I couldn’t have the toys and gifts stop. I just went along with the rhetoric of St. Claus as a magical man.
By the time I was 8, I couldn’t take it much longer. I went to my parents and told them I couldn’t play the charade anymore. I needed to know the truth.
I learned two things that day. First, I learned that the gifts wouldn’t stop, whether I believed or not. I also learned that to make it in this world, you have to question everything.
I told you that to tell you this.
I’m afraid that your good intentions have been stolen. As Americans, we’re fatter than ever. It’s not our fault.
There are many places to point the finger. Since I’m America’s Angriest Trainer (at least that’s what I call myself), this blog will take you through several scenarios on why we get fat and stay fat against our better wishes.
There’s a huge debate that high fructose corn syrup (which comes from corn) is no more fattening than sugar. True, they both offer the same number of calories and their molecular structures are similar. There’s real studies that prove that not all sugars are the same. High fructose corn syrup can make you fatter than sugar.
As a matter of fact, the Corn Refiners Association (they also know this to be true) has been spending bundles of money on huge advertising campaigns to make us believe otherwise. You may have seen these ads. They claim sugar and high fructose corn syrup are the same. Trust me, high fructose corn syrup and sugar are not the same.
The Corn Refiners Association has spent tons of money lying to us that both are equal. “Sugar is sugar,” they claim. They do it in an All-American, wholesome way. Everyone in the ad is lean and good looking.
They claim they have the research to back it up. They even tell us to do our own research. Listen to the experts, and “get the facts.”
They’re basically telling people to Google it. So what happens after a quick Web search? We find an unassuming Ph.D (not a professor, but an associate professor) named Kristine Clark who shills for high fructose corn syrup.
How do we know she’s a shill? The Corn Refiners Association actually uploaded all of her videos.
Do you know the difference between a nurse and a nurse’s aide? A nurse is a step away from a doctor, while a nurse’s aide mainly cleans bedpans. Just like a nurse and a nurse’s aide have differing job descriptions, the same goes for a professor and an associate professor.
Clark also uses a condescending tone, treating us like babies who are wrong. According to her, high fructose corn syrup is not only equal to sugar – it’s better.
What kind of idiots do they think we are?
Keep in mind, she comes from Penn State. Remember that school? Apparently they think football is more important than child molestation.
See the video for yourself:
I’m not asking you to take my word for it. I’ll put a link so you can find a guy who really knows what he’s talking about – Dr. Robert H. Lustig, M.D. He’s an endocrinologist at the University of California San Francisco Center for Obesity. He’s a foremost authority on obesity in the world. Last I checked, he wasn’t “cleaning bedpans” at a state school. Here is a link to a video where for 89 minutes he spells it all out in great detail. Who’s he speaking to? A room full of doctors.
Truth be known, if you’re trying to lose weight, too much sugar is not your friend.
Remember folks, I don’t have a horse in this race. I’m not trying to sell you anything. I’m just trying to sell you on the fact that you don’t have to go into your old age any heavier than when you were a teenager.
Think of me as your trainer now. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to share them on this site.