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Anthony Colpo: Call Your “Friend”

[See the update at the end of the post.]

I guess it was a day or so after #AHS11, when I was drafting the post about my presentation and gathering the stream of live Twitter reactions, that on a whim, I decided to search for my last name. Some people I guess weren’t aware of my @rnikoley handle and so just used my last name. The very last Tweet in that search was a guy posting from August 2 that Anthony Colpo had taken a whack at me in one of his posts.

I immediately called my secretary at the office:

“Brandy. Richard. I know this isn’t in your job description and it’s not like going and fetching my coffee, but could you do me a favor?”

“Sure, Rich. What is it?”

“Well there’s this diet guru — he even wrote a Bible — and I hear tell that he’s talking shit about me. Now, see, he has a top million blog in the world, and I have a top 100,000 blog. See my dilemma?”

“Oh, of course. You’re just curious, but you don’t want to dirty your hands.”

“Exactly. I knew you’d understand.”

So she forwards me the relevant section and the link.

The most ironic thing is that the low-carbers who need to listen to me the most are actually the ones who resent and attack me the most. I’ve not read it myself (I may not be Charlie Sheen but I nevertheless employ the oft-used celebrity approach of refusing to read all the bullshit that is written about me) but apparently there is an angry post written by some overweight joker who runs what would appear from its URL to be an animal liberation blog…this post appeared shortly after… […] …Fat-animal-liberation-guy immediately swung (or is that waddled) into action and typed out a post claiming yours truly needed to “get a life”. According to a friend who has read the post, he simultaneously admitted he could not lose his ample excess blubber, but professed his undying devotion to Eades and low-carb dieting any old how. […]

Let’s think about this for a moment:

  • Regular blogger accuses infrequent blogger of needing to “get a life”;
  • Fat bloke accuses lean bloke of having it all wrong when it comes to fat loss;
  • Fat bloke even vigorously defends perpetrator of dietary misinformation responsible for keeping fat bloke fat.

THUD!! [Sound of yours truly falling off his chair laughing his ass off]

I’m not sure whether there is any hope for the aforementioned blogger – he’s probably too busy sitting at his computer all day admonishing others to get a life – but the sad reality is he’s the exact kind of person that most needs my advice. He’s just the type of person who desperately needs to shed his emotional attachment to low-carbohydrate eating and view nutrition for what it is – the means of providing sustenance to the human body. He needs to adopt a far more scientific stance, and base his nutritional decisions on what is actually scientifically demonstrable under tightly controlled conditions. Whether Fat-animal-liberation-guy wants to acknowledge it or not, seven decades’ worth of metabolic ward studies have completely failed to show the existence of a metabolic advantage. What they have shown is that the overriding determinant of fat-derived weight loss is a calorie deficit.

I was a bit surprised, not because of what was written, but that none of the thousands of readers of this blog emailed me about it or even dropped a link in comments. I’m used to getting dozens of emails per day from people making sure I saw this or that, in case I hadn’t. Am I to infer that almost nobody actually reads his blog — his blog my secretary, Brandy, characterized as having “excessively long run-on posts”?

The post he’s referring to, without having actually having read it, is this: Isn’t It Time For Anthony Colpo to Get a Life? Just so you can reconcile what’s quoted above with what I wrote in the post, here, allow me to quote myself. Here’s my low-carb, metabolic advantage zealotry exposed naked, for all to see.

I kinda hate to plug the one of his works that’s unparalleled: The Great Cholesterol Con. While there are a couple of other books along these lines, Anthony Colpo’s book is the most comprehensive, well researched, and really serves as a great reference. I keep it handy at all times. […]

Is Dr. Eades right about that? I don’t honestly know […]

That’s certainly not my experience […]

I’m not going to get into the arguments either way because you know what? I just don’t care that much. I know that for myself eating low-carb paleoish, I steadily lost weight. […]

Metabolic advantage, caloric deficit, or what? Does it matter? All I really know for sure is that when I’m hungry I can eat a lot, a little or a ginormous amount and while keeping it high in fat and low in carb I have continued steadily to lose fat. […]

So, the advantage of low carb might be that you get to take advantage of the caloric deficit days and you get somewhat of a pass on the pig-out days against washing away all of your loss. […]

I don’t know. […]

Lot’s of questions and really, in spite of the studies on either side I’m not really inclined to put much stock in either one. […]

Given my absolute certainty of the efficacy and metabolic advantage of low carb, as evidenced by the above quotes, I guess I ought to get tapping and write a “Bible.” Hey, maybe I should call it “The Fat Loss Bible,” or something. No doubt I’d want to imply with my title that what I know is the absolute end of fat loss brilliance in a dietary context. No More Questions. The End.

I suppose I’d also need to come clean with my other writings over the years, zealously advocating low-carb for everyone. I mean, I’ve written shit like, “”paleo is equator to Arctic Circle, Sea Level to 16,000 feet and everything in-between.” And much to my dismay, I’ve been pointing out for several years that the Kitavans eat 70% of energy from starchy carbs and are healthy, lean, and live long, vibrant lives. I really should learn to tone down the false rhetoric.

And then I went way overboard with the low carb advocacy when I blogged about eating potatoes and even more recently, white rice. And I had some hominy grits with my bacon & eggs this morning. I’m really in a low carb rut.

I’ve had the audacity to advocate for self experimentation (so long as your result = low carb).

And to be as ambiguous as possible — so as not to be pinned down and further expose my low carb weakness and bias — when asked whether I eat zero, low, moderate or high carb, I answer: “yes.”

Then there’s the failed weight loss, hopelessly remaining the fatty I was destined to be, no doubt exacerbated by low carb.

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Awful Right to Left Degression

“Brandy. Richard.”

“Yes, Richard.”

“You know I hate to ask you to do stuff that’s not the workaday, but just one eentsy, teensy little favor?”

“He talked more shit about you, didn’t he.”

“You got it, girl. But this time, I’m writing my own Bible. He’ll see.”

“Uh, yea, OK Rich. I’m sure it will be good. Hey, I’m late for lunch with Jackie. Can this wait until after.”

“Of course. I’m well into the introduction, already.”

“Swell.”

The quote and link arrived an hour or so later.

As for Richard Nikoley – or “Angry Dick” as he’s reportedly referred to – when I was told of his rant, I laughed, shook my head, and proceeded to forget about it. Well, mostly. I must admit, the thought of a fat loss failure attacking someone who successfully stays lean always stuck in the back of my mind as a particularly bizarre example of reality evasion. But then again, irrationalism and delusion aren’t exactly uncommon traits in the low-carb community, so I simply filed the Angry Dick incident away in the “screwball files” of my brain’s hard drive.

His friend is a fucking Rock Star and I’m seriously considering doing my Mea Culpa’s to Anthony, asking him for contact info, and replacing Brandy with the unnamed friend. #AngryDick is a rather obscure Twitter hash tag that I was even unaware of months back, as those using it in reference to me never used it in combo with my handle.

Jesus, talk about friend, personal secretary and admin assistant all it one. Brandy would have never sniffed that out.

But just what about Anthony Colpo as Real Man, and not like, say, a little girl? Yea, yea; I know he recently went skydiving tandem, and there was lots of girlish tongue wagging. And yes, when I jumped out of a plane in 1982 during college in Oregon, there was no such thing as tandem, so I just had to jump out on my own. First time, second time, and third time: a total chute malfunction requiring me to come down on the reserve. Shit, I may have wagged my tongue. Who knows?

And you can also learn to fly a hang glider tandem, nowadays, but when I did it, you had to run down the mountain all on your own. And I still do, like just a few weeks ago. But when you see that one minute video, don’t be fooled. That big belly is not, actually, a reserve parachute. It’s a clear result: low carb zealotry.

And so while I was all prepared to call out Anthony for acting like a little girl, I guess I’m just going to have to come to Jesus.

After all, he wrote the Bible.

3/3/2012: Things have changed substantially. It’s all laid out in this post by Anthony Colpo.

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72 Comments

  1. Oingo Boingo on August 14, 2011 at 14:48

    Angry Dick–have you asked Emily Deans to kindly diagnose Mr. Cowpoop? I’m torn between NPD, borderline, bipolar II, or simply “bald man rage.”

    • Karen Zbozen on May 29, 2012 at 21:12

      Anthony Colpo pretends to be a scientist yet he lives with his Mother at home ON WELFARE LOL!

      Anthony Colpo also allegedly used steroids which is pretty open knowledge amongst anyone from bodybuliding.com

      Anthony Colpo only has 2 photos of him on the net. They are both from 2005 during a steroid and cutting cycle.

      You own his ass Richard!



    • Richard Nikoley on May 29, 2012 at 21:20

      I’ve done my DD on Anthony and think he’s OK. I don’t know why he takes the time he does to fight back with hugely long posts, but that’s just him.n He knows his studies backwards & forwards.

      There is a video of him going skydiving last summer and his body comp is just fine. Looks exactly like he does in his earlier photos.

      I made peace with Anthony, we’re on good terms, he does good work on the large, I think, and I’m fine with all of that.



  2. Contemplationist on August 14, 2011 at 14:49

    That’s some mighty fat strawmen Colpo’s been fighting

  3. Fred Hahn on August 15, 2011 at 04:52

    Hey Rich –

    I think Colpo is short – maybe that’s his problem. 😉 Have you read his rants about me? Truly hilarious. Then when I gave him a trouncing, he ran away. Couldn’t even bring himself to make a comment.

    You realize don’t you he’ll come gunnin’ for ya now, right? Get ready for the maelstrom!

    • Richard Nikoley on August 16, 2011 at 08:24

      Hadn’t seen that, Fred, but I have now. Good stuff in comments, too.

      Maybe he’ll come after me but what has he got, really? Unlike him, I have staunchly resisted any one size fit all approach, always advocating for an individual approach through self experimentation in diet and training, and IF.

      Truth is, I only know what works and doesn’t for me, I report it, and my results seem reasonable enough. At 50 I DL in the 300s, squat in the mid 200s, bench 200 and do weighted pull ups w a 25 lb added weight. Could I do better, get a bit leaner? No doubt. Would I enjoy my life more? Doubtful.



    • Sue on August 16, 2011 at 18:45

      Fred, you seem to rant back quite a bit too!



    • Richard Nikoley on August 16, 2011 at 18:48

      I think the thing that makes me the very most impatient, is readers who are seemingly incapable of distinction.



    • Dana on August 25, 2011 at 10:28

      Ranting is just a means to an end. It’s the end itself that matters.



  4. Brett on August 14, 2011 at 14:54

    Jesus, most of the people who wrote “The Bible” weren’t big enough assholes to actually claim they were writing scripture. There’s got to be a baseline amount of egotistical asshat in anyone who refers to their own writings as The _________ Bible.

  5. Hugh on August 14, 2011 at 16:20

    For the record, his Fat Loss Bible is pretty good, but nothing that can’t be found elsewhere. Where he shines is the liberal referencing of the scientific literature, but on the flip side everything he writes is peppered with a sneering know-it-all attitude and his ceaseless editorializing about the fat and lazy unwashed masses.

    His food recommendations are pure paleo – he even has a chart that says “Not True Paleo Foods But Allowable” which includes dairy, potatoes, white rice, etc. The foods he recommends staying away from? Flour, sugar, vegetable oil. This sounds all so familiar, and yet in the post you quote he says “As for the Paleo crowd…oh boy, don’t get me started…I don’t want to burn out my rant metabolism!” WTF dude?

    Most of the rest of the advice in his book is boiler plate “set a deficit and exercise like crazy”. However he recently tacked on an anti-intermittent fasting chapter that I would love to see Martin Berkhan pick apart. Although it’s not really necessary since most of his evidence is clearly cherry-picked. For example, to prove that it harms athletic performance he hangs his hat on some Ramadan studies showing loss of performance in things like endurance sports and soccer – yeah, no shit.

    • Sean on August 15, 2011 at 02:24

      Colpo is a blowhard, of course, but I have a serious question about IF and Ramadan.

      In SuperFreakonomics they mention some research that shows that babies conceived during Ramadan “… will be roughly 20 percent more likely to have visual, hearing, or learning disabilities as an adult.”

      Personally, I can’t see how a twelve-hour fast could create any such problems if done correctly, just the opposite. But I have an off-the-cuff hypothesis that fasting combined with metabolic syndrome and NADs could cause problems.

      A quick look at my (old) Economist world in figures shows the descending incidence of diabetes for 2007:

      1) UAE – 19.5%
      2) Saudi Arabia – 16.7%
      3) Kuwait – 14.4%
      4) Oman – 13.1%

      It’s my impression that there’s a lot of sweet tea consumed on the Arabic peninsula and the consequences seem to show up in rates of diabetes. Combining high sugar and wheat consumption with 12 hours of fasting and the result could be disastrous swings in BG and metabolic hormones. Also, being unable to drink anything all day could be a huge factor.



    • gallier2 on August 15, 2011 at 10:05

      Arabs consume a huge amount of sugar and wheat products (bread, pancakes, cous-cous to name a few). Even some of the serious dishes (at least in the Maghreb) contain a lot of sweetness, raisins in the cous-cous is common, tajine is often made with plums ). Furthermore, meat is quite expensive, as the cheapest meat source, pork, is proscribed. It isn’t surprizing that a lot of common ailments befell the arab nations, afaik they lead in number of myocardiopathies and several other illnesses.



    • Rocsyl on August 15, 2011 at 10:21

      Well, I know some muslims in France (mostly from Morroco and Algeria), and even those who don’t follow a westernized diet seem to get fatter.



    • Sami on August 17, 2011 at 04:56

      I live in Dubai (I’m half Emirati, half English), and I can tell you that the reason people would be unhealthy during Ramadan is not because of the 12 hr fasting.

      No one drinks any water during this period which is very difficult and then when they are allowed to eat, they eat really badly, even worse than before Ramadan as they feel they can get away with it or they ‘deserve it’. The food is extremely heavy, there are lots of desserts, people have awkward sleeping patterns because they are up all night eating but still have to get up and work from 9am-3pm.

      They spend lots of time at shisha cafes, smoking, sitting & eating.

      People do far less exercise as well.

      It doesn’t surprise me at all.



    • Richard Nikoley on August 17, 2011 at 06:16

      Exactly what I had suspected, Sami.

      Besides which, 12 hours in terms of food is no big deal. I typically do that every day, from last food at night to first the next day.



    • Sami on August 17, 2011 at 07:50

      I have also fasted in excess of 12 hours with no problems whatsoever.

      Americans would see many similarities here to the problems you have in the US. Everyone drives everywhere, people work long hours and are very stressed. We have fast food EVERYWHERE, the supermarkets are full of junk. Of course this is a generalisation of the problems but it applies.



  6. keithallenlaw on August 14, 2011 at 17:38

    It’s not a bible until it splits time. Anyhow….

    Nice read Richard. Thanks.

  7. theshmaltz on August 14, 2011 at 19:11

    I started reading Anthony Colpo and then got soooo over his attitude. His posts are WAY to long and just filled with self-centred drivel. Richard, I thought YOU had a big attitude. He takes the cake!

    Unfortunately he’s an Aussie (and he lives in the same city as me…). Over here he’d be referred to as a wanker, tosser or just a plain ol’ dickhead. But as you know, we don’t call people names around here 🙂

  8. Jessica K on August 14, 2011 at 19:30

    Maybe by writing a “Bible”, he was hoping for the best selling book of all time. That is how it works, right?

  9. Erika on August 14, 2011 at 19:56

    Fucking hilarious, Richard. I don’t get Colpo. I can understand his attacks on Moore and Eades – but why he’d go after someone who’s essentially on the same side as him is beyond me. He needs to get a little better at recognizing his real enemies. I would chalk this up, though, to what happens when paleo and low carb become intertwined. One is based on science, the other more resembles a nutritional cult. With friends like that…

    • Dana on August 25, 2011 at 10:20

      *I* can’t understand his attacks on Moore and Eades.

      Jimmy’s one of the nicest guys you could ever hope to run into in the blogosphere. It’s one thing to say a person is wrong, but to *attack* someone who is that nice is just beyond the pale. If you think Moore’s wrong, just say he’s wrong. Calling him names is pointless.

      Eades may be a low-carb advocate and that may be politically incorrect in Paleo World now for some reason I cannot fathom–but he also advances Paleo-friendly arguments.

      As does Gary Taubes, now I think about it.

      I think some of y’all are just pissed off they haven’t given you the stamp of approval to keep eating rice and potatoes. And if you need *that*, why are you bothering?

      (Based on the evidence, mind you. It’s sure not the science, because number one the science is anything BUT settled and number two, you aren’t even listening to what Eades and Taubes are saying–Paleo bloggers erect just as many straw men in regards to what Eades and Taubes have to say, as Colpo does about Richard here.)



    • gallier2 on August 25, 2011 at 11:33

      Thank you Dana for being such a good mind reader and expressing my thoughts better than I could ever hoped for.



  10. Chris Tamme on August 15, 2011 at 10:15

    I used to read Colpo quite a bit as his insights and citations are quite thourough. Unfortuantely he attacks all paleos as some kind of crazy low carb fanatics and yet advocates the same principles as paleo. Then he goes on and on about how lean he is even though eating tons of carbs. It is on the same level as Harley the fruit douche. If you bike hundreds of miles a week then yes you do need more carbs then most others.

    I think we ought to lock Harley and Colpo in a room and see who comes out alive. No matter the results at least there will be one less self righteous aussie walking around.

    • Mike Paleovillage on August 15, 2011 at 12:49

      I volunteer to be locked with them too, with the condition that the room has no windows and is sound proofed. No worries, I will dig myself out especially with over 200 lb of food inside…



    • Dana on August 25, 2011 at 10:30

      I don’t even care if someone has citations. I care what they’re citing. There is plenty enough crap out there disguised as “scientific research” that cites flawed caloric balance hypothesis and diet-heart hypothesis and all that fun crap that has so many people sick and fat now. If that’s what he’s citing, I’ve no use for him.



  11. Michelle on August 14, 2011 at 20:47

    I wouldn’t be surprised to learn no one reads his blog. As for him attacking you, as my mom always used to say, he’s just jealous 🙂

  12. Erik on August 14, 2011 at 21:07

    I’m starting to get really weurded out by bloggers calling other bloggers “fat” when their present state of leanness is prominently displayed. Even better, calling them a “weight-loss failure” when the successful loss of weight was both profound and well-documented, and easy to find all over the website. This isn’t the first time I’ve seen it happen but it’s certainly the most WTF-inducing. Is it really that difficult to, I don’t know, look around in a targeted manner for the 90 seconds it takes to see that such attacks are founded absolutely nowhere in what we might call reality? If there’s an actual argument to be had, we could get to it a hell of a lot sooner if we were to dispense with such obvious bullshit beforehand.

    • Richard Nikoley on August 14, 2011 at 22:05

      Erik:

      As much of a rock star Anthony’s friend was, perhaps he just wastnt able to really convey the meaning of a before & after pic and of course, since Anthony can be bothered to click into a blog that has 8-9 times more readersp, we have no choice but to let him off the hook,

      I know how to treat little girls, after all.



    • Erika on August 14, 2011 at 22:12

      I agree – it can be a juvenile approach. I think it IS relevant, however, when certain prominent low carb bloggers market (literally) a way of eating that demonstrably does not work for them – and take down any mention of their weight on their menus blog that might highlight this fact. Now, yeah, calling someone like Richard names is absurd. Most paleo bloggers walk the talk.



    • Joseph on August 15, 2011 at 07:02

      If you are not “righteous,” then you must be fat (no matter what you look like or what the medical statistics say). Fat things don’t happen to skinny people (saved by Jesus)!



    • Dana on August 25, 2011 at 10:23

      I’m a bit nonplussed by the use of the terms “fat”, “obese” or similar as means to discredit *anybody*, regardless of weight.

      1. Just because someone’s fat doesn’t mean they don’t eat healthy.

      2. Just because someone’s fat doesn’t mean they don’t exercise.

      3. Why? Because making the decision to lose weight does NOT automatically make you thin. You can be fat and be losing weight. You can be fat and have normal labs. It Does Happen.

      Also…

      Fatness IS NOT the only expression of metabolic derangement or chronic disease. You can be slender and still be fucked up from eating wrong. In fact I rather suspect that is one of Colpo’s issues because if he were a healthy, happy man, his eyeballs would work better to see that Richard here is in fact *not* fat… and he’d find better things to do than attack strawmen.

      But of course that’s my opinion. That and a couple bucks can get you a coffee at Waffle House. And probably a really strange look from the waitress.



  13. peterlepaysan on August 15, 2011 at 04:07

    That Colpo used the word “Bible” for his message says it all.

    Epidemiologists may find it interesting to track the corelation between “anthony” and “australian”.

  14. rob on August 15, 2011 at 04:56

    Tandem sky diving is for wussies, accelerated free fall is the way to go. You have to climb out on the strut and plummet through the sky on your own.

    • Richard Nikoley on August 15, 2011 at 05:36

      Exactly what I did, Rob. Static line first 5 jumps, but due to the malfunction on jump 3, I got me free fall. From 3000 AGL, I was on the ground in under a minute.



    • rob on August 15, 2011 at 05:52

      When I did it we climbed to 11,500 feet cause there was an experienced jumper along for the ride.

      So there are these 10 exercises I was supposed to do prior to pulling the ripcord at 4,500 feet, and I was so busy trying to remember which exercise came next (while suffering from sensory overload) that I neglected to pull the ripcord …. one of the instructors finally pulled it for me at 2,300 feet.

      We all agreed that sky diving was not the sport for me. Anyway I got 9, 000 feet of free fall and it was the most horrifying experience of my life.



  15. Alex on August 15, 2011 at 10:20

    Colpo calling you angry? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black…

  16. noah on August 15, 2011 at 10:54

    Colpo’s fixation with single digit bodyfat percentage is nothing short of an eating disorder. His, you can’t be healthy and fit unless you deprive yourself attitude is not a philosophy that I’m interested in.

  17. Jake on August 15, 2011 at 11:51

    I’m just waiting for the automated ads to pick up that we’re talking about “Jesus and the Bible”. Should be funny! 😀

    • Jake on August 15, 2011 at 11:54

      And yes, the whole thing’s a total joke (especially when you start digging at the science). When Colpo understands the science and makes some good claims, maybe then I’ll pay attention. Right now it just looks like a total fuckup on his part.

      Note: And who in the hell designed his website? I want to burn my eyeballs after seeing that lack of style…



  18. Mike Paleovillage on August 15, 2011 at 12:21

    Richard, btw, yo know what “Colpo” means in greek? 🙂

  19. Dragonmamma/Naomi on August 15, 2011 at 13:15

    Even though I frequently cruise the web for nutrition blogs, I’ve never heard of Anthony Colpo, and I had no idea you were into liberation for animals; I guess I’m just totally clueless!

    Watched your hang-gliding video; I would wet myself if I tried that.

  20. Rob on August 15, 2011 at 17:13

    Its a shame Colpo has such anger and bitterness; TGCC was a great book. He needs to chill.

  21. Jesrad on August 16, 2011 at 00:51

    “I must admit, the thought of a fat loss failure attacking someone who successfully stays lean”
    So this shithead was never fat in the first place ? He has absolute zero experience with losing weight then, not a single clue about how it feels and how excess weight affects one’s mindset. His qualification to speak to overweight and obese people is inexistant then. *plonks Colpo in the same bin as Meme Roth*

    • Alex on August 16, 2011 at 05:46

      I would lump Colpo in with Lyle McDonald and Alan Aragon in that they’re all young athletic guys who can probably give sound sports nutrition advice to people with normal, healthy metabolisms.



    • Bonnie on August 16, 2011 at 13:42

      Yeah… except he’s a dick about it. I’d still lump him with Meme (who’s been 120 her whole life).

      I’ve always been thin and lean no matter what I ate or did. Anyone in my position should be smart enough to know that being thin and lean (at least before age 35) isn’t necessarily the result or virtue or hard work. Genetics are huge here.



    • Sue on August 16, 2011 at 18:44

      I don’t know they right some good stuff. They just don’t agree its all about carbs.



  22. Razwell on August 16, 2011 at 05:23

    Anthony Colpo is the biggest charlatan on the Internet. He is “flavor of the month” and a classic scammer. Now he links to Stephan Guyenet. Stephan Guyenet has an understanding of the complexity of obesity. Colpo is the EXACT OPPOSITE of Stephan, and now he acts like what he says jibes with it.

    What a joke that guy is. Google ” characteristics of Internet scammers and charlatans” This fits Colpo perfectly.

    His picture looks photoshopped with that unnaturally loooooooong giraffe neck, and very bizarre tan lines covering only 1/3 of his giraffe neck and not at all on his forearms. Does he workout in a turtleneck?

    There are no ads at all in the white or yellow pages of Australia for his personal training services (as that is what he claims to be). We are delaying with a VERY SHADY character here.

    Lastly, Richard OWNS Anthony Colpo. Kudos to Richard for putting that Aussie fraud, prat, pooftah in his place.

    Anthony Colpo is a classic Internet charlatan with a profound lack of understaning of basic biology. Google “delusions of grandeur” and you will see his ( poorly photoshopped) picture. He simply does not know what he does not know and is not qualified to access ANYTHING. Colpo is a LAYMAN, and an undereducated on me at that preying on people who are uninformed and/or cannot critically think .

    Don’t be taken in by this unreputable guy like I was in 2006.

    P.S. I have discredited Colpo about the HDL hypothesis. See Dr. Steve Nissen’s work on Apo-A1 Milano.

    • Dana on August 25, 2011 at 10:37

      Guyenet thinks people get fat because all food these days tastes good. Basically buying into the notion that people get fat ’cause they’re gluttonous sloths. Or slothful gluttons. Whichever, there’s nothing complex about that, it’s just a lazy copout.

      Don’t get me wrong, I like the guy’s blog, and I appreciate his pointing me (indirectly) toward vitamin K2 supplementation, specifically mk-4. Between that and getting more liver in my diet I feel like a different person. But his sudden obsession with food tasting good just feels like he’s given up. I don’t know why he would, or why so many others are jumping on his bandwagon, unless they see it as a clear green light to keep bashing fat people. You want to talk about people who have no idea what it is to be fat, a significant chunk (ha) of the Paleo blogosphere would fall into that category, and I’m kind of tired of it. I still read ’em, but it’s a pins-and-needles experience these days.

      Taubes was rude to SG, it’s true. But I think he was outraged to be hearing the same tired crap he’s been writing against for years, regurgitated in a forum he thought was safe from said crap. That’s my interpretation, anyway. Being unpleasantly surprised has a way of catching one off guard.



  23. Razwell on August 16, 2011 at 05:33

    I forgot. Colpo in his video at his site reveals a natural ectomorph. Compare that to the photoshopped picture of him as mentioned above. Just because he himself appears to be a natural ectomorph does not qualify him to make all sorts of (inaccurate) pronouncements about obesity.

    Anthony Colpo’s ” The Fat Loss Bible ” is a non – reputable steaming pile of koala shit. It is full of misinformation about body fat regulation , and promotes common myths disproven in the scientific literature.

    For reputable obesity information stick to people like Dr. Jeffrey Friedman and his colleagues.

    I would boycott anything that scammer sells. I would not pay a dime for anything Colpo sold. More and more poeple will see what a self serving charlatan he is.

    He once told me in an email in 2008 he wants “to profit off of the stupidity of his fellow humans” .

  24. Kelly on August 17, 2011 at 06:40

    Richard, I see that you still have Colpo’s first book in your Amazon list.

    Other than the title, what’s your opinion on his second book?

    • Richard Nikoley on August 17, 2011 at 07:28

      Kelly, I have it there because it has a lot of good stuff in it. I don’t know of anything but his Cholesterol book and if not mistaken, all the others are ebooks, which I don’t have.

      I see no reason to take that down on account of the shit flinging. He may be a small minded twerp, but I’m not.



  25. Kelly on August 17, 2011 at 08:34

    You are right, the others are ebooks. I was referring to the “Fat Loss Bible”. It’s a practical guide to fat loss with lots of references. How Colpo interprets those references may not be the same as others, but I don’t like the term “cherry picking”. We all have biases of some sort and interpret the information from our own perspective. I think anyone can be accused of “cherry picking”.

    After reading both of Taubes’ books, I was left with the question of whether calories count? The cause/effect reversal arguments are really interesting, but at the end of the day, do I need a calorie deficit to lose weight? This is what I liked about FLB. On pg 1, it says you have to have a calorie deficit to lose fat. Whether you agree or not, he’s clear about it and provides references. His chapter on “What to Eat” sounds like the food porn you show here!

    It’s too bad this bickering has gone back and forth because it’s covering up some really good information.

    • Richard Nikoley on August 17, 2011 at 08:48

      The reason I never engage in back & forth about calories in/out or deficit is because unless one has demonstrated to themselves that they can’t lose fat any other way through self experimentation, I think the many paleo anecdotes are clear: that most people lose fat without having to count anything. So it’s kinda irrelevant to me what metabolic effects are in play.

      As Nigel Kirkbun has written here in comments before: calories count, but why bother counting.



    • Alex on August 17, 2011 at 09:12

      Calories do count. Even Dr. Eades will tell you that. He says that if there is any metabolic advantage taking place, it only amounts to a couple hundred calories per day, and if people reach a plateau, they need to cut back on the calories.

      I’m puzzled by the idea that low-carb means that magically calories no longer count. My guess is that it originates with obese people seemingly being able to pig out on fatty low-carb fare. But, the high satiety of such food means they’re actually scarfing down fewer calories than if they were eating high-carb. The thing is, they can lose enough weight such that their daily caloric needs can drop below the number of calories they’re accustomed to eating, and weight loss will stop. At that point, it is necessary to consciously reset the eating pattern to a lower caloric intake in order for more weight loss to take place.



    • Dana on August 25, 2011 at 10:43

      Calories do count, but not in the way most people think they count. If it were protein calories going into your muscles and *that* was why you were gaining weight, I doubt you would be very upset about it.

      We are not machine engines, and food is not just fuel. If we must use a machine analogy, it is also spare parts.

      Most people get tripped up on this. My personal opinion on this (and I think it’s more like a fact, but I don’t have the evidence to back it up) is that the reason there’s a metabolic advantage on low-carb is that more of the food you eat is spare parts rather than fuel. Whereas if you eat a high-carb diet, carbohydrates do nothing to build the body–they can only be burned or passed through your gut (as in the case of fiber).

      There are plenty of nutritionally-based arguments for not going crazy on the carbs aside from their effect on fat gain. For example, you need to intake more vitamin C and the B group if you eat a lot of starch because the glucose competes with C for your cell receptors and the Bs are burned up as you metabolize glucose. It’s my understanding that A and chromium have similar issues. And of course if you are displacing animal foods with that starch, you’re getting less A, D, and K to keep your metabolism healthy.

      If you’re *not* displacing your animal foods with the starch, you’re still eating more calories overall, and in a form that makes your insulin go up and store it all as fat. If you simply added more fat to your diet rather than the starch you would not see that effect so much.



  26. Razwell on August 18, 2011 at 05:45

    Anthony Colpo completely ignores the overwhelming scientific data that shows dieting does not work to treat obesity long term. Srtephan Guyenet knowns this and has said it on podcasts. Dr. Linda Bacon knows this. Dr. Jeffrey Friedman knows this.

    Anthony Colpo ignores the overwhelming scientific data that shows the body can thwart our best efforts. There are all sorts of systems in place if we cut calories hard and prolonged. Movements become way more efficient conserving energy, metabolic rate slows, fat storage enzymes increase.

    Anthony Colpo ignores that the heritibaility of obesity is almost equal to that of height alone, and possibly even equalling height. He ignores that DNA dictates our body fat levels and they are EXTREMELY TIGHTLY comitored by the brain. The brain exerts ASTONISHING control over how much we eat. As far as environement what you were exposed to in your mother’s womb is perhaps the strongest factor. This is recently gained scientific knowledge.

    Linda Bacon, Stephan Guyenet and Dr. Jeffrey Friedman would literally wipe the floor with the unqualified Colpo on what research has shown about obesity . They are all far more qualified and far more familiar with the literature that that Aussie conman. He simply does not know what he does not know and is an icon in his mind only.

    NO ONE in science talks with the certitiude of Anthony Colpo. Anthony Colpo, is perhaps the LEAST understanding of how science works of all the people on the Internet.

    Genuine science admits to VAST unknowns about obesity . In fact the unknowns about obesity are far greater than the knowns.

    I would bet $ 100 dollars Richard outlifts Colpo. Colpo also declined my challenge of a shoulder pressing contest between himself and I.

    Sincerely,

    Raz

    • Dana on August 25, 2011 at 10:46

      Weight-loss eating does not require cutting calories. In my own experience, I can lose weight eating almost 3000 calories a day if I’m VLC (I’m 5’6″ and over 200 pounds), but on less than 2000 calories a day I can stall or even gain. Dietary composition is the deciding factor.

      Obesity is not heritable the way brown eyes are heritable. Evolution doesn’t work like that. We have the most fat people that we’ve ever seen throughout history and it’s not just because we’re almost at seven billion strong, it’s because fewer and fewer people are eating healthy ancestral diets, opting instead for industrial food. Without the proper nourishment to keep the body healthy and with eating foods that take away from our health, of course we’re going to become unhealthy–and not just by getting fat. There are sick slender people too. Lots of them. I know of one who drinks Mountain Dew like water and he has high blood pressure and mental illness. Completely does not connect the soda habit with his bad health, he thinks he’s inherited the high BP and he thinks he has an out because he bikes a lot.

      Watch out with the assumptions. You might be ill too.



  27. Razwell on August 18, 2011 at 09:21

    I am sorry to post so many comments. Here is my last on this topic and the extremely unqualified, over opinionated , clueless Internet charlatan Anthony Colpo:

    The breakthrough work of scientists Dr. Douglas Coleman and Dr. Jeffrey Friedman have overturned conventional notions, assumptions, belief systems and dogma with the insight that many obese people suffer from NOT lack of willpower, but rather metabolic disruptions. This is gained scientific knowledge, the kind Colpo IGNORES because you cannot make money admitting this .

    Treatment regimes and Internet gurus’ books founded on the erroneous assumptions of the caloric hypothesis – we need to admit- will not work.

    It is more than time to move on from a failed dogma, and Dr. Jeffrey Friedman (who is extremely qualified) admits as much. People like Mauel Uribe unfortunately cannot be normalized currently.

    Dr. Friedman’s work on genetics and how molecules control complex behaviors , initiation of disease state etc. will help us in the future with regards to obesity . And we must remember , science has turned up many NEW things connected to obesity , none of these new things are behavioral.

    Colpo promotes MYTHS and actively insults people struggling with severe obesity. He uses his own natural ectomorphic build( the same build I have ) to SELL people things. He is an undereducated ,self serving , manipulating, scamming fool who only uninformed people bother to read. Poeple in the genuine scientific community ignore Colpo if they even know who he is.

    He is among the very worst quacks out there, despite fooling so many sycophants. Put a padlock on your wallets. You are taking great risk listening to him.

    It is my wish Dr. Eades reads this and exposes Colpo for what he is. Colpo also MISREPRESENTS Dean Karnazes’ diet to suit his agenda. That scammer. Dean follows a ” Neanderthal Diet ” most of the time in his own words when he is not actively running a Marathon.

    OK, I am done commenting. My last post 🙂

    Sincerely,

    Razwell

  28. Matt on August 18, 2011 at 16:28

    Razwell, get a fucking life.

  29. Razwell on August 19, 2011 at 05:58

    Hey Matt

    Get a fucking clue about the complexity of body fat regulation you low intellect Internet assfuck. I have THE BEST and MOST ACCURATE layman blog on the Internet about obesity. No contest.

    YOU have been taken in by Colpo most likely. Better check the QUALIFICATIONS of your information sources next time, huh?

  30. Matt on August 20, 2011 at 17:10

    Actually I hadn’t the slightest clue who Anthony Colpo was until Richard posted this about him.

    However, upon going to his website and browsing his articles I came accross this…

    http://anthonycolpo.com/?p=1088

    I would assume this is you? Wow, so you basically stalked his life. Congratulations, you’re officially one of the biggest losers on the internet and in real life. Please kill yourself now so the world can be rid of one less douche bag. Faggot.

    • danimal on December 20, 2011 at 19:21

      seriously razwell’s comments are found everywhere and make the internet harder to search for good information. he’ll probably reply to this cuz he has no life.



  31. peterlepaysan on August 22, 2011 at 02:32

    I made a mistake, once.

    I tried to engage in a rational discussion with Colpo.
    Impossible.

    Any questions are responded to with abusive rants.

    Colpo knows everything about everything.

  32. Razwell on August 25, 2011 at 13:48

    Hey Matt

    Go wax your taint, fuckhead. Colpo is a scammer and uses people for financial gain. He MISREPRESENTS me completely. I sent him ONLY about 12 emails in 3 years.

    I address all of this at my blog titled “The Lies And Manipulation of Anthony Colpo Exposed To All”. THAT IS THE TRUTH

    Colpo LIES, but then again that is what scammers do.

    Lastly, it is you and Colpo who are the biggest losers around. Two low intelligence Internet assfucks who cannot understand the concept that body fat regulation is very complex and obesity has not been solved.

    I OWN you, Matt. MY reputation speaks for itself fuckwad- all over the Internet.

  33. Logfloater on August 26, 2011 at 05:19

    “MY reputation speaks for itself – I am the most obsessive, trollish, psychotic stalker this here internet has ever seen and EVER WILL SEE.”

    Fixed.

  34. Razwell on October 4, 2011 at 13:45

    Here is the story on Anthony Colpo logfloater and Matt. You people are too stupid, I suppose , to see through Colpo. My blog deals with the Colpo story. I only sent him 12 emails since 2008. ALL were dealing with research. There was only mild trolling. He MISREPRESENTS EVERYTHING.

    My friend Muata Kamdibe got into an argument with Anthony Colpo in 2007, challenged him to a MMA match and Colpo fired back a RACIAL INSINUATION at Muata. This is a fact.

    Neither Muata, nor myself, like that guy. Colpo should be EXPOSED for what he is.

    • Richard Nikoley on October 4, 2011 at 14:09

      OK, Razwell.

      I see this is important to you and I’m totally OK with that. But this was August and it’s now October, so it’s time to let rest, at least for purposes of this blog.



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