Do Low-Carbers Lean To The Right?

Or perhaps libertarian? Just a gut feeling.

Tonight Fat Head creator Tom Naughton posted a debate about health care. If you’ve seen his film it’s pretty clear he has libertarian philosophies.

I had heard about Fred Hahn from my dad, who heard about Slow Burn from CNBC or one of those business channels he watches in the morning. I’m not sure if it was ever featured on those channels, but it would make sense that business executives who are short on time could be a good market for Slow Burn.

To be low-carb means being comfortable with eating animal-based products, which means you’re definitely not far left. But you can also see it elsewhere, like when Denmark started taxing certain foods to discourage the consumption of saturated fat.

I used to be one of these people who thought “cigarettes are bad, OF COURSE they should be taxed!” But if you’re not happy with government taxing food that’s bad for you (or they think is bad for you) then how’s that different than government taxing something bad for you that you can smoke?

It’s like it starts as “why is government trying to tell me what to eat?” and grows into “why is government subsidizing corn and sugar, stuff I SHOULDN’T eat?” and “what right does government have to tell me what I can and can’t do with my body?” and “why is government involved in ANY of this stuff?”

Hermain Cain 2012!1


  1. No, not really. 

Health Update: Summer 2011

If you’ve been reading for a bit you may know that I’ve been trying to get in better shape and have been following the recommendations of people like Mark Sisson and Dr. Michael Eades.

In November 2010 I wrote:

As far as negative health effects (a few people have told me that they read somewhere that this is dangerous, it can form gall stones or something) I haven’t had any problems, at least to my knowledge. I have my usual checkup in January, so we’ll see how that goes.

Since that date I’ve been trying to be more physically active. Since June I strength train using Fred Hahn’s Slow Burn method. And with summer in full swing I try to get in two games of tennis each week. Doesn’t always happen, but I’m happy when it does because I like tennis and only get a four-month window every year.

I didn’t have my usual checkup until July this year, but everything checked out fine. All cholesterol numbers went down. Weight is down.

To recap, here’s my weight loss from the past year in handy-dandy chart form.

Weight july2011

20 pounds of weight loss in the past year and I expect that number to increase as long as I continue to avoid sugars1 and carbohydrates, and continue with strength training.

I’m currently at 184 and want to get down to 175. Besides that, from my appearance I’m guessing that my body fat percentage is around 20%. I want to decrease that and see what happens.


Previously:


  1. I’m even drinking my coffee black with no sugar now. It was gross at first. But when I add sugar and dairy back in my morning coffee I feel horrible for the rest of the day. 

Fall 2010 Low Carb Update

For those of you interested in what I started here, whether you care about my well-being or are just curious about adopting a low-carb lifestyle yourself, here’s an update.

My highly optimistic goal was to be at 180lbs at the end of October. Instead I got to 192.5. Still decent and better than any other progress I’ve made in the past, but most importantly still going down.

So what’s the deal? Could I have gotten down to 180? Maybe. I had to spend some time out of town, and when you’re eating on the go it is very difficult to stick to the low-carb guidelines, so I compromised a few times.

I also haven’t been so great at exercising as much as I think I need to.

Office celebrations and treats create awkward situations sometimes. One time somebody brought in cupcakes and offered me one. I declined, explaining my circumstances, trying not to appear rude. I think I fared well during the Halloween season. I only had one mini-Milky Way. It’s interesting just how much those sugar cravings go away when you choose not to have them anymore.

What’s been pretty nice so far is that while my changes don’t appear to be drastic, they aren’t unnoticeable. I’m back in pants that I haven’t worn in 5 years. When I wore a belt it was almost like an accessory, but now it’s a necessity for jeans I’ve purchased in the past few years. I went clothes shopping on Sunday and for the first time in years I bought sizes that were lower than what I was wearing.

As far as negative health effects (a few people have told me that they read somewhere that this is dangerous, it can form gall stones or something) I haven’t had any problems, at least to my knowledge. I have my usual checkup in January, so we’ll see how that goes.