Does Your Diet Pass the Eye Test?

When I’m training someone in the gym, a question that’s constantly on my mind is “Does this movement pass the eye test?”.

This isn’t something that can only be answered by a fitness professional.  (That being said, having watched dozens of “fit pros” train clients, many of them don’t know the “answers” to the “eye test”.  But again, you don’t have to be a fit pro to accurately judge something.)

I look at it like this.  My daughter dances.  Because of this, we were once into So You Think You Can Dance.  I’ve no dance background.  By all accounts, I myself can’t dance.  But when I watch the contestants audition, I know bad.  To some degree I even know good.

Never once did I ever think, “He’s awful!”, and the judges put him through to Vegas.  And I’m pretty sure I never once said, “She’s amazing”, and the judges didn’t have something positive to say, even if she wasn’t quite good enough to make it through.

I was recently visiting with someone and, unsurprisingly, the conversation turned to nutrition.  He shared with me that he had been doing the Keto Diet.  Although he had some success, he voiced a concern.  “Is eating bacon really better than eating an apple?”

It got me thinking, can the “eye test” be used on diets?!

The short answer, I don’t know.

A SOUND fitness and nutrition program should help you look, feel, and move better.  Many programs may do one of these but at the expense of the others.

Would you recommend cigarette smoking to someone interested in losing weight?  Sounds pretty asinine doesn’t it?  Yet in 1929 Lucky Strike cigarettes did just that.  (I can’t make this stuff up, and it’s way too good not to share!)

Instead of eating between meals . . . instead of fat­ten­ing sweets . . . beau­ti­ful women keep youth­ful slen­der­ness these days by smoking Luckies.  The smartest and loveli­est women of the modern stage take this means of keeping slender . . . when others nibble fat­ten­ing sweets, they light a Lucky!

Lucky Strike is a de­light­ful blend of the world’s finest tobaccos.  These to­bac­cos are toasted—a costly extra process which de­vel­ops and im­proves the flavour.  That’s why Luckies are a de­light­ful al­ter­na­tive for fat­ten­ing sweets. That’s why there’s real health in Lucky Strike.  That’s why folks say: “It’s good to smoke Luckies.”

For years this has been no secret to those men who keep fit and trim.  They know that Luckies steady their nerves and do not harm their phys­i­cal condition.  They know that Lucky Strike is the fa­vorite cig­a­rette of many promi­nent athletes, who must keep in good shape.  They respect the opin­ions of 20,679 physi­cians who main­tain that Luckies are less ir­ri­tat­ing to the throat than other cigarettes.

A rea­son­able pro­por­tion of sugar in the diet is recommended, but the au­thor­i­ties are over­whelm­ing that too many fat­ten­ing sweets are harmful and that too many such are eaten by the Amer­i­can people. So, for moderation’s sake we say: —


It’s hard to imagine that in 90 years we’ll look back on today’s diets and think they could possibly be as bad as smoking cigarettes, but can we be certain?

Perhaps one day our descendants will laugh as they share, “Can you believe people used to think dipping pork rinds into sour cream was a good way to lose weight!?”  Actually, I’m hoping we do this sooner rather than later.