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1% Useful; 4% Humor; 20% Interesting Tidbits; 75% Rambling and Contradictory
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2018
“The idea that the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak— that people have the dream but not the drive— is as absurd as expecting a drowning man to laugh.” (Kindle Locations 887-888)
Fung certainly has a god-complex, mocking and insulting the Words of Jesus Christ:
“Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Mt 26:41 ESV).
And like all mockers, Fung comes full circle to contradict himself:
“With all the proven benefits of exercise, it may surprise you to learn that I think this is not useful information. Why not? Because everybody already knows this. The benefits of exercise have been extolled relentlessly for the past forty years. I have yet to meet a single person who has not already understood that exercise might help type 2 diabetes and heart disease. If people already know its importance, what is the point of telling them again? The main problem has always been noncompliance.” (Kindle Locations 2538-2542).
In other words, “the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
Somehow Fung finds that the human body is able to get obese and diabetic from nothing, in his Jekyll mode, anyway. Over and over, in various ways, Fung says the calories in vs calories-out paradigm does not work. Fung has already mocked God, so why not take on the 1st Law of Thermodynamics and poo-poo science as well?
“It seems so obvious, doesn’t it? Excessive intake of calories causes obesity. Too many calories in compared to too few calories out leads to weight gain. This energy balance model of obesity has been drilled into us since childhood. Fat Gained = Calories In – Calories Out For the past fifty years, our best weight-loss advice was primarily to restrict our caloric intake.” (Kindle Locations 864-867).
“’Cut Your Calories,’ we declared. ‘Eat Less, Move More,’ we chanted.” (Kindle Location 870)
“Even with all these aids, successful weight loss using this approach is as rare as humility in a grizzly bear. After all, who hasn’t tried the portion-control strategy? Does it work? Just about never.” (Kindle Locations 3032-3034)
This time he is a little coyer when he inevitably contradicts himself. Note how he typifies food rationing as fasting rather than the obvious calorie reduction:
“Food rationing across Europe during World Wars I and II restricted all foods, not specifically sugar. These austerity measures also acted like an enforced fast and reduced calories suddenly and severely. During that time, the mortality rate from diabetes dropped precipitously.” (Kindle Locations 2997-2999)
And here is another silly, contradictory statement: “But being too fat is dangerous from an evolutionary standpoint, because fat animals get eaten.” (Kindle Locations 1863-1864)
Since evolution is a fairy-tale anyway, evolutionists make up whatever they want to support their pseudo-science. So, which is it? Do we store fat to survive periods without food or do we not store fat to avoid being eaten? If you are making stuff up anyway, I guess it doesn’t matter.
Fung has achieved a breakthrough by going against conventional thinking, so I sort of get it that he is ready and willing to strike out at every facet of conventional wisdom. But Fung strikes out with such baseless and reckless abandon that he is pretty much like a Spring rattlesnake who strikes at anything that moves.
This rambling, disjointed book with awkward attempts at humor and good science interlaced with absurdities and contradictions is like a late-night conversation with a drunk.