The soldier that I helped lose weight, posting the story on this blog a short time ago, is gaining weight again. This, despite a fairly intense bout of physical training with my army unit. I predicted this, as he has gone back to being a vegetarian. He wife makes him eat vegetarian, which I think serves two purposes. First, she believes, like all good zealots, that she knows what’s best for everyone else, and second, the vegetarian diet will lower his testosterone making him more docile and easy to control. Poor fellow is the victim of the growing matriarchy we now live in.
The soldier gets very little in the way of animal products and almost no fat. He says his wife allows him to eat egg whites and fish once in a while. That’s very nice of her, to allow her husband to have cheat days.
To completely understand, you must fully conceive of the types of people which comprise much of the the vegetarian jihad. Look here if you dare:
Last week was a tough PT week. One day we did the Crossfit WOD: “Murph”. Actually, a modified version of it. 2 mile run, 100 pullups, 200 pushups, and 150 body weight squats. The day after that we did a very fast paced 6 mile ruck march with 30 lbs in an assault pack, followed by 100 situps over 5 minutes. The day of the ruck march, the soldier sat in our office looking like he’d been hit by a truck. He was falling asleep at about 10:30 in the morning. As I stated earlier, he’s gaining back pounds after coming off a diet which included meat while in Afghanistan. He left the Taliban in Central Asia and returned to the American Vegan Taliban. And like the its more violent cousin, empirical reality has little impact on the Vegan Taliban’s beliefs.
The vegetarian diet is mostly incapable of sustaining high intensity exercise routines for very long. There are some exceptional people, mostly in the realm of cardio routines like running and cycling who perform at a very high level on vegetarian diets, but I’ve noticed that some of them begin to suffer from very odd disorders, some of the autoimmune variety. Their diets tend to be very highly micromanaged. Yes, it can be done. But it’s unnecessary. And most attempting veganism while maintaining a high level of activity will probably suffer some significant consequences. Our bodies gain fuel from two sources: Fat and carbohydrates. The more we exercise, the more fuel we need. Vegetarians must consume high levels of carbohydrates to maintain high levels of activity. If carbs are ingested but not followed by exercise, preferably of the intense variety, insulin is secreted, forcing the sugars into our fat cells. If this occurs on a chronic basis, we get fat. This is the only mechanism that makes us fat; insulin driven fat storage. Not only does insulin help store sugar as fat, it prevents fat’s release from storage so that it can be used as energy, even if you are hungry. Lowering carbohydrate consumption will enable your body to burn fat as energy, and fat is a much more useful fuel for day to day activity because it burns more slowly, whereas carbohydrates burn fast, leading to the energy roller-coaster effect some experience during the day. I can eat a three egg omelette with butter, cheese and bacon in the morning and not feel hungry until supper time. Appetite suppression is a well documented phenomena experienced when lowering carbohydrate consumption.
The reasons that people become vegetarians are rarely solely based on health concerns. I don’t care if someone really wants to be a vegetarian or vegan. But let’s deal in truth about the matter. Fat consumption does not cause heart disease. The vegetarian’s lifestyle is often a strand in the complex web of left-leaning thought. Thus, not only will meat give you a heart attack, it will in fact summon a great Apocalypse of unsustainable cow eating and cow flatulence, which we all know will lead to spiking global temperatures, melting polar caps, rising sea levels, and the ultimate demise of great radio stations like NPR.
Yeah, right. Eat all the vegetables you want. Just keep your jihad inside your own house. And if you’re getting fat and tired on your vegan diet, you may want to try something that fundamentalists eschew: Science.