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August 18, 2008

Bryan Meets Arthur

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

"The Black Swan," complexity theory, the movie business, Gary Taubes, evolutionary thinking, behavioral economics ... and what all of them may be able to tell us about sensible eating and staying fit. Bryan Appleyard meets the fascinating Arthur De Vany, who's quite a phenom. Nice passage:

Almost all dietary and fitness regimes are based on a homeostatic view of the body – meaning it is a self-regulating system that maintains itself in a continuous, stable condition. The average is the ideal. So we are told to eat regular meals consisting of a balance of the food groups and to take regular exercise, dominated by steady aerobic activity like cycling or jogging. This is all wrong.

Link thanks to Dave Lull.



posted by Michael at August 18, 2008


Your link didn't work for me, but this one did.


I've been reading Prof. de Vany's blog for a couple of years now, and his thinking has influenced me quite a lot. He's rather full of himself, but with good reason I think. He convinced me to supplement my yoga practice with some weights and gymnastics in the interest of a healthy old age, although I'm finding ditching bread and rice hard.

Posted by: Alan Little on August 18, 2008 2:12 AM

There's always the odd comment that jars. Why are fresh veggies OK, but not frozen? But on the general proposition that much of what we're told about diet is rubbish; well, of course. REMEMBER THAT "MOST MEDICAL RESEARCH IS RUBBISH" IS A BETTER APPROXIMATION TO THE TRUTH THAN MOST MEDICAL RESEARCH.

Posted by: dearieme on August 18, 2008 6:04 AM

Interesting article. Back when I would read up on this stuff (I feel very well informed now), I used to read De Vany's stuff.

Interesting Note: The very first thing that I noticed upon opening the article was that it was an article written by a Man, about another Man who started researching nutrition when his Son was diagnosed with Diabetes. This was accompanied by a photo of...a beautiful Female waist.

Beautiful Women ALWAYS get more attention than any kind of Man.

Posted by: Usually Lurking on August 18, 2008 9:24 AM

"Beautiful Women ALWAYS get more attention than any kind of Man."

Wow, man, you just blew my mind. Of COURSE they do, and from who? MEN! Oh my God, it's a conspiracy wrapped in a riddle wrapped in a no shit.

Posted by: JV on August 18, 2008 1:31 PM

DeVany's an interesting offbeat guy who veers into crankhood a bit too often for my taste. He argues that "cardio' endurance training and racing is bad for people, and supports his contention with anecdotes. Hey, hundreds of thousands of people do endurance training and racing all the time in the US. You're going to find cases of deaths. The question is: is it dangerous compared to what? There are folks out there contesting the cardio = fitness myth, especially Greg Glassman at the increasingly influential micro-universe, but they're not dissing cardio, just putting it in its place in a broader fitness regimen.

Clarence Bass is a go-to guy for stuff about aging athletes, IMO. Check him out. Lots of good stuff. He even talks to DeVany.

Posted by: PatrickH on August 18, 2008 1:48 PM

Wow, man, you just blew my mind. Of COURSE they do, and from who? MEN!

My point was that women also pay a LOT of attention to beatiful women. No Shit!

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