Episode 128. Magic Tricks and Photo Shoots

Episode 128. Magic Tricks and Photo Shoots

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Scott shares personal stories from his bodybuilding past to illustrate techniques the fitness and supplement industries use to create the illusion that their products work.

 

The Story Behind the Story

  • To prep for one photo shoot in Muscle Mag, Scott enhanced his vascularity by taking a sauna and chewing niacin a few minutes beforehand.
    • Warm air and niacin improve superficial vascularity; makes vessels disappear beneath the skin.
    • Niacin can make the skin red and itchy.
  • Techniques like this are used in before and after photos to promote supplements.
  • Supplement companies began paying Scott to transform models with 12-week programs to get them photoshoot ready with training and diet. They would then credit the bodybuilders’ appearances to the supplements.
  • Scott never took any of the supplements that his photos were used to promote.
  • White backgrounds are used in photo shoots to accentuate the model’s ripped appearance.
  • Scott and Andy would have Cycle Diet cheat days shortly before photo shoots and showed up super-lean.
  • The Cycle Diet kept Scott and Andy photoshoot ready year-round.
  • Thinking a supplement will create a great physique instead of diet and hard work is like thinking you can be a rock star without learning how to play guitar.
  • If [a supplement] sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

 

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Episode 127. Engaged to be Divorced

Episode 127. Engaged to be Divorced

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Scott compares repeated diet failures common with fad dieting to the cycle of unhealthy romantic relationships.

Remember: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting a different result.”

 

People who don’t learn from their history are destined to repeat it.

  • Unhealthy relationship cycle: Meet, courtship, engagement, wedding, honeymoon, facing that the relationship won’t work, divorce, learning nothing, then repeating the same cycle later thinking it will be different this time.
  • This cycle is often repeated because the process of meeting and courtship is glorified. This is true of vogue diet trends.
  • Deprivation and denial diets are back, alive and well. A few of the current vogue diet trends:
    • Seven-day metabolic reset
    • Intermittent fasting
    • Keto diet with intermittent or true fasting
    • One meal per day
  • Cutting carbs is a form of fasting.
  • Thinking a diet will work doesn’t change how the mind and body will respond to it.
  • Diets that call for deprivation and denial run counter to the hardwiring of the brain, and are therefore doomed to fail in the long term.
  • Falling in love with a diet blinds the dieter to internal signals from the body that the diet isn’t healthy, sustainable, or abusive to the body.
  • “Keto flu” is the body’s way of signaling that something’s wrong.
  • Deprivation diets are repeated when hope wins out over experience.
  • Metabolic compensation system operates in the immediate, residual and cumulative realms of time.
  • Fad diets operate in the short term, immediate time frame.
  • People don’t talk about their diet failures. All that’s publicized in social media are the short-term results.
  • Consequences of unhealthy diets can be experienced long after the diet is abandoned.
  • The longest, most important relationship you will ever have is the one you have with yourself.
  • Since when does a survival diet have anything to do with robust health?

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