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Diet and Exercise: Don’t Do It?

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On Twitter, JayMan linked to a video about a time traveling dietician who travels back to the 70s to give nutritional advice to a couple. He kept going back on what he said, re eggs and cholesterol, Paleo diet, etc. Then at the end of the video, the ‘time traveling dietician’ says “It turns out it’s genetic. It doesn’t matter whether you exercise or what you eat.”

I then asked JayMan if he was advising people to not diet or exercise—and if he was doing so—what credentials does he have to give such advice? “Appeal to authority!” So if some random guy gave me legal advice and I asked his credentials, is that an appeal to authority? Similarly, if someone is trying to give me medical advice, is asking where he got his medical license an appeal to authority? The thing is, people have specialties for a reason. I wouldn’t take diet and exercise advice from some anon blogger with no credentials, just like I wouldn’t take legal advice from a biologist. Anyway, I’ll review some studies on exercise, dieting, and sitting in regards to all-cause mortality.

Sitting and all-cause mortality

Listening to such advice—like not dieting or exercising—will lower your quality of life and life expectancy. The longer you sit, the more likely you are to have rolled shoulders among other postural imbalances. One of the biggest reasons that sitting is related to all-cause mortality (Chau et al, 2013Biddle et al, 2016). So listening to this shitty advice to ‘not exercise’ will lead an individual to having a lower QoL and lower life expectancy.

Sitting is associated with all-cause mortality because if, say, one is sitting at a desk for 8 hours per day then goes home and sits for the rest of the day, circulation will not get not get to the lower extremities. Furthermore, even mild-to-moderate exercise attenuates the situation (Chau et al, 2013). Further, reducing sedentary behavior (and of course, watching less TV) can possibly raise life expectancy in the US (Katzmarzyk and Lee, 2012). They found that cutting daily sitting time to less than three hours can increase life expectancy by two years (and, of course, quality of life). There is a large body of research on sitting and all-cause mortality (Stamatakis et al, 2013). It’s also worth noting that too much sitting decreases life expectancy—even with exercise. So JayMan’s (unprofessional) advice will lead to someone having a shitty life quality and lower life expectancy.

Dieting, and all-cause mortality

This is a bit trickier. I know that dieting for weight loss doesn’t work (Aamodt, 2016; Fung, 2016)—that is, traditional dieting (high-carb diets). The traditional advice is to eat high-carb, low-fat and moderate protein—this is due to what occurred in the 70s—the demonization of fat and the championing of carbs. This, clearly, is wrong. This has led to the obesity epidemic and the cause is our evolutionary novel environments. The main reason is that we have constructed environments for ourselves that are novel, and thus we’ve not had enough time to adapt to what we eat/how we live our new lives in our modernized world.

Indeed, even hunter-gathers don’t have our disease rates that we have—having low to no cases of our diseases of civilization (see Taubes, 2007 for a review). Why is this? It’s because they are physically active and they do not eat the same processed carbohydrates that we in first-world societies do.

In regards to exercise and all-cause mortality, people who exercise more often have a lower chance of dying from all causes than more sedentary people (Oja et al, 2016O’Donovan et al, 2017). So it’s becoming clear that JayMan is just talking out out his ass here. I’d love to hear any MD say to a patient “Don’t diet, don’t exercise. Don’t eat well. It doesn’t work.” Because that MD will be a shill for Big Food.

Further, when I say ‘diet’, I don’t mean eating below the BMR. Your ‘diet’ is what you eat, and by changing your diet, you’re changing to healthier habits and eating higher-quality foods. People like JayMan make it seem like you should eat whatever you want and not to exercise. Following this advice, however, will lead to deleterious consequences.

It DOES matter what you put into your body; it DOES matter if you exercise or not. If you do not, you will have a lower life expectancy than who does exercise and eats well.

On a side note, I know that dieting does not work for weight loss. Traditional dieting, that is. Dr. Jason Fung, world-renowned obesity, diabetes and intermittent fasting expert, has people lose and keep their weight off. He actually understands what causes obesity—insulin. Higher insulin levels are also tied to the obesity pathway through lack of glucagon receptors (Lee et al, 2014). Why is this important? First, we have to understand what insulin does in the body. Once you understand what insulin does in the body then you will see why JayMan is wrong.

Insulin inhibits the breakdown of fat in the adipose tissue by inhibiting the lipase that hydrolyzes (the chemical breakdown of a compound due to a reaction with water) the fat out of the cell. Since insulin facilitates the entry of glucose into the cell, when this occurs, the glucose is synthesized into glycerol. Along with the fatty acids in the liver, they both are synthesized into triglycerides in the liver. Due to these mechanisms, insulin is directly involved with the shuttling of more fat into the adipocyte. Since insulin has this effect on fat metabolism in the body, it has a fat-sparing effect. Insulin drives most cells to prefer carbohydrates for energy. Putting this all together, insulin indirectly stimulates the accumulation of fat into the adipose tissue.

Does this physiologic process sound that you can ‘eat whatever you want’? Or does it tell you that you should lower your carb intake as to not induce blood glucose spikes which lead to an increase in insulin? Over time, these constant blood glucose/insulin spikes lead to insulin resistance which has the body produce more insulin due to the insulin resistance resulting in a vicious cycle.

So, it seems that in order to have a higher QoL and life expectancy, one must consume processed carbs very sparingly.

These behaviors of over consuming processed carbohydrates come down to the environments we have constructed for ourselves—obesogenic environments. An obesogenic environment “refers to an environment that helps, or contributes to,
obesity” (Powell, Spears, and Rebori, 2010).

Our current obesogenic environment also contributes to dementia and cognitive impairment. What makes environments ‘obesogenic’ “is the increased presence of food cues and the increased consumption of a diet which compromises our ability to resist those cues” (Martin and Davidson, 2015). So if our obesogenic environments change, then we should see a reduction in the number of overweight/obese people.

Diet is very important for Type II diabetics. For instance, TII diabetics can manage, and even reverse, their disease with a low-carb ketogenic diet (LCKD) lowering their hBA1c, having a better lipid profile, cardiac benefits, weight loss etc (Westman et al, 2008; Azar, Beydoun, and Albadri, 2016; Noakes and Windt, 2016; Saslow et al, 2017). I wonder if JayMan would tell TII diabetics not to diet or exercise…. That’d be a recipe for disaster. TII diabetics need to keep their insulin down and eating an LCKD will do that; taking JayMan’s ‘advice’ not to diet or exercise will quickly lead to more weight gain, an exacerbation of problems and, eventually, death due to complications from not correctly managing the disease. JayMan needs to learn the literature and understand these papers to truly understand why he is wrong.

Exercise and all-cause mortality

The relationship between vigorous exercise and all-cause mortality is well studied. Gebel et al (2015) conclude that “Independent of the total amount of physical activity, engaging in some vigorous activity was protective against all-cause mortality. This finding applied to both sexes, all age categories, people with different weight status, and people with or without cardiometabolic disease.” Reduced exercise capacity also causes higher all-cause mortality rates (McAuley et al, 2016).

Unfit thin people had two times higher mortality rate than normal weight fit people. Further, overweight and obese fit people had similar mortality rates when compared to normal weight fit people (Barry et al, 2013). Clearly, physical activity needs to be heightened if one wants to live a longer, higher quality life. This runs completely opposite of what JayMan is implying.

Exercise into old age is also related to higher cognition and lower mortality rate in when compared to individuals who do not exercise. Exercise also protects against cognitive degeneration in the elderly (Bherer, Erikson and Lie-Ambrose, 2013; Carvalho et al, 2014; Paillard, 2015). If you want to keep your cognition into old age and live longer, it seems like your best bet is to exercise at a young age in order to stave off cognitive degeneration.

Strength and mortality

Finally, one last thing I need to touch on is strength and mortality. Strength is, obviously, increased through exercise. Stronger men live longer—and are protected from more disease such as cancer—than weaker men, even when controlling for cardiorespiratory fitness and other confounds (Ruiz et al, 2008).

As I have covered in the past, differences in grip strength account for differences in mortality in men—which also has a racial component (Araujo et al, 2010; Volkalis, Halle, and Meisinger, 2015). The stronger you are, the less chance you have of acquiring cancer and other maladies. Does the advice of ‘don’t exercise’ sound good now? It doesn’t, and I don’t know why anyone would seriously imply that dieting and exercise doesn’t work.


Dieting (meaning eating a higher quality diet, not attempting to lose weight) and exercise do work to increase life expectancy. The advice of “don’t do anything, it’s genetic” makes no sense at all after one sees the amount of literature there is on eating mindfully and exercising. I know that exercise does not induce weight loss, but it does contribute to living longer and staving off disease.

People should stay in their lane and leave things to the professionals—the people who are actually working with individuals every day and know and understand what they are going through. The canard of ‘eat whatever, don’t exercise, it’s genetic’ is very dangerous, especially today when obesity rates are skyrocketing. JayMan needs to learn the literature and how and why exercise and eating right leads to a higher quality of life and life expectancy. Thankfully, people like JayMan who say not to diet or exercise have no pull in the real world.

Clearly, to live longer, eat right, don’t sit for too long (because even if you exercise, sitting too long will lower your life expectancy) and exercise into old age and your chance of acquiring a whole slew of deleterious diseases will be lessened.



  1. Afrosapiens 🇫🇷🇪🇺 says:

    Common sense. This Jayman is a clown, there is nothing he says that makes sense.


    • RaceRealist says:

      Yes it is common sense. But some people are so caught up in behavioral genetics that they believe that 1) behavior modification can’t occur (trust me, it can), 2) that you shouldn’t diet or exercise because all is lost cuz genetics and 3) you’re just slaves to your genes with no chance of changing behavior or habits. It’s a dangerous thing to believe.

      Dieting and exercise does work to lower all-cause mortality, JayMan is speaking out of his ass about a field he’s 100 percent clueless about.


    • Afrosapiens 🇫🇷🇪🇺 says:

      His whole blog is comical, he’s gonna understand when he gets his first sedentarity/junk food-related health issues.


    • RaceRealist says:

      There are a whole slew of psychological factors that play into that. This is one way, in my opinion, that psychology is a good field. Traci Mann’s work is good here. Behavioral modification is possible, and anyone who tells you otherwise is doomed to failure if, God forbid, it ever happens to them. I bet people wouldn’t have such a deterministic view of things if they actually saw how people reacted to this and how behavioral modification is possible.

      People like him are ideologues and would deny the data showing that X works because Y. That’s their choice though. They should just know that professionals use behavioral modification, exercise and dieting to better people’s quality of life. Dieting for weight loss doesn’t work, I agree with him there. But it does work to increase life expectancy and quality of life, anyone who says otherwise is an ideologue with absolutely no understanding of the literature.


    • Afrosapiens 🇫🇷🇪🇺 says:

      You know it’s all related to their view of IQ and genetics. They decided that IQ was stable and entirely due to genetics, and saying that all traits follow this pattern gives credence to that. Except that it’s obviously not true. We wouldn’t be able to survive if phenotypes were so tied to genetics.


    • RaceRealist says:

      I’d term people like that ‘gene-tards’, people who believe genes are everything and that we cannot change our behavior. The literature on behavior modification in regards to obesity and diet is pretty large. That flies in the face of their narrative though.

      The cause, as I’ve touched on in the article, for people having low self-control is our obesogenic environments we have created for ourselves with so many advertisements which tell us to eat more. Traditional diet advice (i.e., eat less and move more) along with low fat high carbs exacerbates the problem.

      Presumably, people like JayMan know this yet ignore it. If we change our environment, then we should see a change in obesogenic behavior and obesity.

      That flies against his narrative that “its genetic” and that all hope is lost cuz genetics so might as well not diet or exercise!

      What a joke!

      JayMan should check the legality of his statements:

      Is it legal to give nutritional advice?

      Yes, it is!

      You see, if you’re knowledgeable about nutrition, you can absolutely offer eating and healthy living resources to otherwise healthy people.

      What is not legal – except for Medical Doctors (MDs) and Registered Dietitians (RDs) – is to provide medical nutritional therapy. That is, to prescribe nutritional changes specifically to treat disease.

      Can personal trainers and health coaches give nutrition advice? Yes, they can — with proper training and some important caveats

      What personal trainers, health coaches, and other non-RD fit pros CAN’T do when it comes to nutrition.

      Let’s clear up what you are not allowed to say without having the RD credential.

      Registered dietitians complete a four-year degree program and log hundreds of hours in a rigorous internship. They study physiology, anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, and many other areas of science as part of their coursework, and typically train in a special area, like pediatric or geriatric nutrition.

      Earning their degree, and passing a licensure exam, qualifies RDs to offer medical nutritional therapy (MNT) — treating medical conditions (such as diabetes) through a tailored diet and close monitoring.

      Often, registered dietitians spend their careers working with patients in hospitals or other clinical settings.

      Therefore, if you’re not a registered dietitian or doctor, you CANNOT legally

      prescribe diets or supplements to treat medical and clinical conditions;

      prescribe diets to treat symptoms of medical and clinical conditions; nor

      diagnose medical conditions.

      Jayman is, clearly, not knowledgeable about nutrition, nor does he have any certifications to give such garbage advice. JayMan is offering “advice” to people who clearly have disease. That’s illegal. JayMan needs to shut up about this before his garbage advice, which he as no business giving, is taken seriously.

      Good thing shit advice like his is not taken seriously. He doesn’t even have any credentials to recommend that. Yes that matters and no it’s not appeal to authority.


  2. rw95 says:

    Jayman has some good stuff (I agree with his argument on Ethnic Genetic Interests. Sorry RR!), but he really seems to be overcompensating in a lot of his blogging/tweeting. At least that’s how I’ve always seen it, anyway.


    • RaceRealist says:

      JayMan is an ideologue. He’s so entrenched in behavioral genetics and genetic determinism—even if he doesn’t admit it—and doesn’t use simple logic to deduce that eating right and exercising will reduce all-cause mortality. The fact that he seems to be giving advice is also illegal, he should stop spreading that bullshit, what he’s saying is dangerous.

      If you don’t eat right, exercise and spend too much time sitting, will what happens to you be “genetic”? It’s retarded to even think that’s the case.

      I agree that JayMan has good stuff, but here he is clearly wrong. I agree with him that dieting doesn’t work for weight loss but his other claims involving dieting are bullshit. He doesn’t know a thing about the literature.


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