Oh dear. He’s at it again. Our misguided, angry young friend from Down Under has seized on my post of a couple of weeks ago as flip flop in my position on calories. He seems to believe that I secretly read the book he has been trying so desperately to promote and, as a consequence, have come around to his way of thinking.
He was so taken with his own self importance that when he read my post saying that calories really do count – even on low-carb diets – he chortled with glee and set about trying to capitalize on my admission of error.
He ran to his computer and pounded out one of his angry interminable posts. The premise of this one being that I had finally come to my senses and admitted that he had been right all along.
He then sent an email blast to all 6 of his readers alerting them to the existence of this post. The subject line of his email in bold print
Famous Diet ‘Guru’ Finally Admits I’m Right!
In the body of the email he writes
In September of last year, I publicly exposed what I considered to
be an extremely misleading blog post by Dr. Michael Eades, author
of the best selling book Protein Power.
In retaliation, Eades has gone to great lengths in an attempt to
portray me as a “clueless young prat” who has it all wrong when it
comes to weight loss.
However, Eades has recently done an about-face. In a recent
blog post, he acknowledges that I was right all along!
Then he refers the recipients of this email to his post. Upon arriving there one reads on an on ad nauseam about how the author of the post is correct and all his detractors are wrong. And how everyone vilifies him but he emerges from it all with everyone (including yours truly) acknowledging his genius.
Let the record show that Eades initially and strenuously resisted my assertions, but is now writing them up on his blog like he always believed and taught them. Let the record show that it was not until well after I made these assertions public, and that the noise between Eades and I [sic] faded somewhat, that he embraced them. Eades has clearly learnt something from our dispute and my book. Obviously he will never publicly admit this, but only the dopiest of his followers (admittedly, they’re a pretty damn dopey bunch) will fail to see what’s going on here. I guess I should be quite proud – getting through to a pigheaded, vituperative old prat like Eades is no small feat! [bold in the original]
And, as if this weren’t enough, a few days later he sends another email blast to the same 6 readers.
In my previous newsletter we learned how after reading my book, famous diet author Dr Michael Eades was finally beginning to acknowledge the real facts about fat loss and shedding some of the erroneous beliefs he had propagated in his best-selling book Protein Power.
Since we’re letting ‘the record show,’ let’s let it show the reality not the fantasy. The reality is that I’ve held this position publicly since long before our friend ever arrived upon the nutritional scene.
Here is what I wrote in The Protein Power LifePlan almost 10 years ago. (PPLP was published in 2000 but was written in 1999.)
…if you want to lose weight you have to watch the calories – even on a low-carbohydrate diet – particularly if you’re a small person. Remember, low-carbohydrate intake means a lower insulin level; and a lower insulin level means that you can easily unload fat from your fat cells. But, if your body has no need to use any of the fat from your fat cells because it has more than enough fat to meet all its needs coming from your diet, it’s not going to go after your stored fat, and you won’t lose weight. To lose weight you’ve got to create an energy deficit. [my bold] For the vast majority of people, simply following a low-carbohydrate diet will easily create enough of a caloric deficit to bring about a reasonable weight loss. (from The Protein Power LifePlan, page 51.)
Doesn’t seem to me to be any different than what I wrote in my post of May 27.
Here is how our friend summarizes his book, of which he is so proud. He leads with my ‘public’ acknowledgment of it.
And yet Eades is now publicly acknowledging that the main contentions of my book are in fact 100% correct!
-Calorie restriction – not carbohydrate restriction – is the key requirement for weight loss;
-The abolition of the initial calorie deficit by subsequently reduced calorie burn is the real cause of weight loss plateaus, and;
-The real reason people lose weight on low-carbohydrate diets is because greater satiety on these diets allows them to eat less and establish a calorie deficit.
[bold in the original]
Looks to me like he is using my alleged conversion to shamelessly promote his own book, parts of which could be said to have been ripped off from my much earlier one. Since the publication of my own ideas predated his by almost a decade, perhaps I should do an email blast to all my readers with the subject line:
Unknown Self-styled Nutritional Expert Finally Admits I’m Right.
Let the record show indeed…