DisinfoCast: 73: Matt Nelson vs. Fat

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Matt Nelson once weighed over 400 pounds. Then he got mad, got educated, and did something about it. Tune in for a gimmick and guilt-free discussion about industrial agriculture, poisonous fast food, ignorance and what it took for one man to reclaim his own body.

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  • Ted Heistman

    Good Job, man!

    • Matt Staggs

      Matt’s an awesome dude. You should follow him if you don’t already.

      • Ted Heistman

        Will do! What amazes me is how people go against the odds. Statistics don’t mean anything in light of the human spirit. Its always inspiring to see people take control of their lives. Gives me hope!

  • jasonpaulhayes

    I understand but not in the context of being overweight, having an eating disorder or thyroid problem. I’m 6′ and 150lbs so I’m on the low end of weight for my height. When I was my heaviest and most athletic (before several sports injuries) I was 185lbs, muscular and intimidating but I’ve been as low as 136lbs. I’m not anorexic or bulimic but I have a hard time keeping on weight since I’m limited in what I can do athletically. I’ve destroyed both of my wrists and one elbow breaking them when I was skating and mountain biking. One of my feet was destroyed when I had a work related injury that broke the growth plate (hardest bone in the foot) and tore basically all the soft tissue in my foot… I walked with a cane for about 6mos after than and it’s changed my walking gate forever. Luckily I inherited a high threshold for pain so I avoid all medications… but I need to go get a Cannabis Card. Maybe that will also help put some weight back on and maybe even get back to the Dojo, which is always on my mind.

    • Ted Heistman

      Meditation might help too. I tend to have nagging injuries when I neglect it.

  • Ted Heistman

    You guys really inspired me and caused me to think. I need to lose 20 lbs and its really been hard to take off. I have always been pretty active, but have been in denial about my diet. I have always put away a lot of food and most of it has been fairly healthy, I have never been a big candy or soda person, but I have just been eating too big of portions. When I was younger every few years I would get in great shape from working out, but since I have gotten older I can no longer pull off my weight loss goals while continuing to pig out.

    This last 20 lbs. is going to take serious discipline.

    • Matt Staggs

      It will be easier than you think. Once you lock in on it as your goal it’ll come off. The problem with weight loss is that you can’t approach it as a half-measure.

      • Ted Heistman

        Thanks man, hearing you guys say it was a big help. At 42 I can’t just eat whatever I want and think I can just naturally burn it off.

        • Matt Staggs

          Yeah, and the pounds really sneak up on you, don’t they?

  • Ted Heistman

    I will say this, you can get fat/stay fat on both a paleo diet and a nearly vegetarian diet.

    My new scientific experiment is called “no seconds”

    • Matt Staggs

      I’ve got an idea that you don’t really need the amount of caloric intake considered “healthy”, unless you’re working in a physically strenuous situation every day.

      • Ted Heistman

        The bulletproof Coffee guy was saying on JRE that basically paleo calories are different than regular calories and that he lost maintained or even lost weight eating up to 4000 calories a day. That doesn’t work for me.

        So really I just eat way too much. I need to weigh 170. That was my weight in college whwn I was in the best shape.

        Last summer I got down to 185 and felt great. This summer I have been stuck at 194. I thought it was just diet but looking back I was also spending a lot of time meditating and practicing being present, and also camping and hiking.

        I have concluded that I need to eat smaller portions but also spend less time in my head and more time in the present. I think when I spend too much time in my head I ignore subtle signals from my body and over eat.

        • Matt Staggs

          You’ll do it! Keep me posted!

  • $24170503

    Where I work, we had clients come from India and I got to chaperone them around for a week. ( Toronto)
    This involved taking them to restaurants where they always mentioned how freaking huge our portions and plates are. The cups at a coffee place are they for 1 person or 2?
    I would also pick out a few words they would speak in their native language when they commented on the size of our citizens and how many cars they saw with just 1 person inside.
    They never finished their plates ( which were small to our standards I guess) and always got a small coffee, drink etc.
    Driving them around Toronto to one place or the next, would also have them saying,
    ” do you people ever walk anywhere” and ” you consider this a long walk?!”

    • Matt Staggs

      You make a good point, and I think that much of what we consider “appropriate meal sizes” is conditioned. I usually eat a little oatmeal and have some coffee in the morning, a decent sized lunch and then I snack for dinner: Hummus, veggies, pita, that kind of thing.

      • Ted Heistman

        It actually says in the Bhagavad Gita that its best to eat a small breakfast and a larger lunch and a small evening meal. I thought I would mention that since you guys mentioned India. Its called a Saatvic diet.

  • emperorreagan

    I really like the type of exercise Onnit is promoting. I got a sledge hammer (they were sold out of the mace when I wanted it) and have done the Raw Dog Challenge they put together for Jason Ellis’s SiriusXM show for one cycle now. Also really like Ross Enamait’s Never Gymless workouts, which I found a few years ago.

    I exercised far more regularly once I dropped my gym membership, replaced elliptical machines with hiking, and lifting weights with workouts like those previously mentioned. Exercise doesn’t have to be a chore, it’s just a matter of finding something you enjoy.

    • Matt Staggs

      I use the mace, or I did until I injured my elbow. I don’t do the gym at all, and I’m in pretty good shape. I mean, I’m not ripped or anything, but I don’t have much of a stomach, etc. Definitely find things you like doing. I don’t do any kind of exercise unless it feels like play.

      • emperorreagan

        Have you tried the mace versus a sledge hammer? Is it worth the extra cash to duplicate a tool?

        Though with my luck with tools, I’ll break the handle on the sledge hammer when I knock down a shed in a couple of weeks so buying one won’t be duplicating a tool.

        • Matt Staggs

          No, I’ve not. You’ll have to let me know if you do.

  • http://www.aarondutil.com/ Aaron Dutil

    Great podcast episode. I work with a lot of people who struggle with their behavior when it comes to poor nutrition and lack of exercise. Unfortunately, stress acts against us in a biological sense, the more stress we experience, whether it is work related stress or struggling with depression the more cortisol is released into our blood stream, that in turn makes us crave carbohydrates.

    I know for me activities such as martial arts and DDP Yoga have really helped with my stress management and keeping certain cravings at bay, as well as making my body move. I’m also a big proponent of intermittent fasting, as well as reducing wheat in one’s overall diet.

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