More on Alton Brown
Gosh darn it, Alton.
I've been watching Good Eats for a few years now, when a pal mentioned it. Both my wife and I have been hooked since then, finding Alton Brown's show fascinating and entertaining. But as turtlegrrl pointed out in the comments here, Alton is now on a diet for weight loss purposes.
Which, in and of itself, is fine - if he really wants to do that, and potentially foul up his body's metabolism for good and gain it back almost certainly - fine. The problem is how he describes his body, which is just 20 pounds heavier than he wants it to be:
...I realized that something had to be done about the quivering pile of goo on which my head sits. ... I estimate that I'm carrying around thirty pounds of the stuff - lard... fatback... blubber... disgusting.
Alton believes that the "obesity epidemic" is due to high fructose corn syrup coupled with hydrogenated fats. So those are out. So is any alcohol other than red wine. And no desserts. No desserts at all!
C'mon Alton. You come off as really intelligent on Good Eats, but you've bought the lies lock, stock, and barrel. Do what you need to be healthy, but why bring weight loss into it?
[Link to outside weblog, still referenced in comments, removed.]