Why I Refuse To Watch The Game Changers

Why I Refuse To Watch X “Documentary”

The post I didn’t want to write.

I put documentaries in quotation marks, because the term implies a degree of truth.

When these films initially started surfacing and making an impact, I spent a lot of time pondering whether or not I had an Ethical or Moral obligation to watch them, so I could make an educated assessment of the content and prepare counter arguments if needed.

So, here’s why I’m sparing myself the time & energy of grinding through many “documentaries” – nutrition or otherwise:

 

I posted recently about how Important I believe it is to actively go out of your way to research the alternate or direct critiques against the views you currently hold. Only choosing data and arguments, or in todays age; only following people who support your views is the easiest way to halt personal growth and development.

With that said, does that mean that you should consider EVERY piece of evidence that is available?

Are all counter-arguments equal?

 

Within the public realm the success of a Journalistic account of “science” is almost entirely underpinned by its ability to create interest, see: controversy.

“Today was a pretty low-key day; just the usual stuff happened”

“Study confirms what you actually already know, I mean, it kinda makes sense”.

Newspaper headlines you won’t ever see.

 

This inherently makes “The Truth”, an inconsequential and often INCONVIENIENT (see what I did there… anyone) which has more value if it’s alluded to, rather than actually stated outright.

 

Personal opinion in front of a camera, is still just personal anecdote… in front of a camera.

It happens millions of times every day, and generates millions of dollars every day.

What you’ve watching is long-form (big budget) YouTube content. A video format expression of the “Opinion” section. Why give it more credit than that?

It’s certainly done nothing to merit any more credit.

 

Personally, I actively dig through the literature on these topics. If an important study (which passes scientific rigour) is published within this area – I would love to study it.

However, that kind of study doesn’t come along very often. Because truly groundbreaking, landmark work usually comes in baby steps. Generations of scientists building on the work of previous researchers.

It’s how science works. Slowly. Often undramatically.

 

However, if your career involves anything outside of the, often disappointingly, controversial world of Exercise & Nutrition science, I absolutely understand the appeal of being spoon fed “The Truth” from the comfort of your couch in the form of entertainment.

That’s not a criticism. I get it.

It’s worth considering, if you are SO convinced that you should choose to implement practices recommended by an entertainment piece (which make no doubt, these are) then it’s important to understand that you haven’t made a decision – you’ve been sold.

 

P.S. Anyone who chooses to make the argument that these work, complete with their misuse of information & appeal to the canon of science, are justified because they are attempting to create a positive change in the world should take a second to deeply consider the following;

You’re actively employing the “The Ends Justifies The Means” rational, which has, and will, be used very consistently through history to justify some of the most horrific actions ever committed by humans capable of pre-meditation.

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Know your prime directive.

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I consider myself, first and foremost, a communicator.
My primary role is to be the best person I can be, so I can help support clients be the beat person they can be in and outside of the gym.
Only when I’ve taken one step forward can I help my clients do the same.
You can be the smartest, most hard working, muscular or leanest person in the room, but if people don’t like you, they don’t want to follow you. Your talents & potential live and die with you.
Or alternatively, those who can’t do, teach right?

How to make friends and poison people.

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In the 1920’s, there was a health trend.
Something very new, very sexy, and very appealing: Radium.
So yeah, like, literally radioactive water… Ain’t hindsight sweet?
“Before the atom bomb made radioactivity very scary”, radioactive water was being marketed and sold as a health product.
We look back on this as an OBVIOUS & ridiculous example of less advanced/educated people falling under the spell of Novelty, it would be absurd to think we aren’t falling victim to similar cases every day.
Here’s a list to trigger you, Q: What do these all have in common:
– Radioactive water
– Acupuncture
– Homeopathy
– Magnetic, performance enhancing wrist band (come on, who had one? 🖐)
– Ammonia (1)
– Expensive wine (2)
– Essential oils (3)
– Putting the same amount of weight on both sides of a leg press
– Kissing a boo-boo A: Placebo and/or dark magic
– Placebo doesn’t have any objective effects, only subjective. Which means it may help distract* you which may be a harmless, or potentially helpful intervention. However in the case of illness or disease, as serious as cancer or as “mildly as asthma, this can easily slide to being dangerous or even lethal.
*Basic distraction also reduces pain – think, showing a toddler something shiny after they fall over, as does releasing endorphins
Extracts from the brilliant book:
The Skeptics Guide to the Universe
By Steven Novella

Tips for keeping muscle while on holidays (or taking a break from the gym) – 1️⃣Be in a calorie surplus ✅ If you’re overeating calories, your not very likely to drop much muscle. – ❎ You may however, be fat when you return, so you may need to account for that. – However, providing you’re not too fussed with a bit of extra body fat when you come back (maybe you leaned down a bit before you went on a break) means you shouldn’t stress too much. You’re not likely to “waste away” taking some time off from the gym. – 2️⃣ Prioritize protein ✅ Even with higher calories you still want to make sure you’re getting your protein in. – ✅ Protein helps to both build, and maintain muscle, so it makes sense to focus on that. Chances are all of the holiday food will contain MORE than enough fats and carbs anyway. – 3️⃣ Drink water. Nothing in like is a magic pill Except water. Water is magic. – 🇩🇰 Enjoy yourself, life is about balance (kind of). If you’re used to training hard then a few weeks off won’t kill you, you likely won’t move backwards very far and once you’re back to routine you’ll get back to where you left off pretty quickly! 🇩🇰

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If only it was that easy, right? – *Trigger warning* If you get stressed ordering food of a menu, you’ll probably get stressed making life altering decisions 🤐😂 – Ever said you’re going through an “Existential Crisis”? Ever overthink the big picture (or meaning of life?) Here’s something to think about, hope it helps or challenges you: – How about trying this: Take the next reasonable opportunity presented to you, and make it your mission to commit fully to that task. How long for? Where will that take you? Who knows – probably longer than you think and not where you expected. If/when something better comes along – take that opportunity and repeat. – Existentialism itself emphasizes the individuals ability to choose & act out of free will. – According to my boi Kierkegaard (aka a pioneer of Existential Philosophy); by forfeiting (stalling) your ability to act/make a decision, you’re giving up what it means to be an individual. You’re a sheep meow, waiting to be told what to do. – That doesn’t sound great, does it? – What if it turns out you took the “wrong” opportunity? Easy fix: If/when something better comes along – take that opportunity and repeat. – To summarize: a lot of anxiety comes not from the decision itself, but from delaying the decision. Use only the time needed to truly assess your options, and practice exercising your terrifying right to be an individual doomed to make choices and stand by the consequences.

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