Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Driving Traffic and Bad Karma

When I bothered to check out the stats on my new blog tonight, I was kinda surprised by how high the numbers jumped up. I was getting a lot of traffic from:


Interesting, I thought. If you don't know Anthony Colpo, he's the author of "The Fat Loss Bible" and "The Great Cholesterol Con". Personally, I haven't read either book, but I've seen recommentations by Paleo bloggers to read "The Great Cholesterol Con". Anthony Colpo was cited in the comments of the interview below.


I scanned through the cited post, reading some parts more carefully than others. I commented back. One of my observations was accurate, the other not so much. My bigger mistake was using some negative terms to describe parts of the post like falsely reports and misrepresents. I should have known better, negativity only breeds more negativity. This is one of my character flaws that I've recognized for many years, and my sarcasm easily displays itself in electronic form.

Anthony ripped me a new one. You can read it for yourself if you are curious, but if there are kids in the room, beware of some nudity. Somehow, he got the idea that I've been a low carber for years and poorly performed in the 2004 Chicago marathon (although 3:13 isn't all that bad for a recreational runner) due to a low carb diet. Actually, I just started eating low carb in March of 2011. For the record, Anthony could be spot on about athletes needing carbs for performance. I don't know. But I'm curious if conventional wisdom has it right or wrong, so I'll continue on a path of self experimentation and reading about others experiments.

I appreciate getting the traffic boost(I went from an Alexa global ranking of 14 million to 10 million, woohoo!), but I apoligize for spreading bad karma. Something else to work on.


  1. I hear what you say about negativity, but as with anything on the Internet, just because you have a voice does not mean you are always right. As for carbs needed for athletes, elitists may pull their nose at mid packers even those who beat 75% of the half marathoners, but I would still claim that title carbs or not.

  2. Dr. Stephen Phinney supports low-carb eating for athletes. I think most of his studies were done with cyclists.


  3. @Kent, Regarding elite athletes, I don't think that what's appropriate for them is necessarily appropriate for a recreational athlete, and vice versa. For example I run barefoot, but you don't see any elite runners running barefoot. If I trained for a quarter of the day, I’d probably eat everything in sight and want to wear shoes. But it’s interesting that elite Swedish triathlete Jonas Colting says he eats a lot less carbs during training than what’s generally recommended. I think you and I agree that carb loading is not essential for recreational runners like us.

    @Steve, I'm only aware of the one published Phinney study with cyclists. Interestingly, scientists from the University of Cape Town (same lab as Tim Noakes of "Lore of Running" fame) have done similar trials. Apparently, Anthony Colpo has written extensively on Phinney's research. I admit to not fully reading Colpo's post after I found an inaccuracy in his account of Phinney's work with obese subjects. By the way, Anthony corrected the inaccuracy, so something good came of it. Given his passion for the topic, maybe I should read the rest of his opinion.