Andrew Read, who writes frequently in Breaking Muscle, is a rarity in the fitness and nutrition industries. He actually knows what he is talking about. This essay about how to eat healthy is brilliant for its simplicity and its adherence to facts. Andrew’s work deserves all the attention that it gets. To be quite honest, the overwhelming majority of personal trainers, nutritionists, dietitians and other flacks writing about nutrition wouldn’t know a principle of nutrition science if it fell on their heads. Read Andrew Read. Forget (nearly) everyone else, especially theatrical buffoons like Tracy Anderson.

The topic of diet has been known to lead to arguments that could almost be described as religious. While I don’t think anyone is going to commit a jihad over whether or not to eat paleo, you know exactly what I mean if you’ve ever tried to steer people in a better direction with their diets. From crazies like Food Babe, to people who scream about fat shaming, to those who seem to be on a permanent bulking cycle, and everyone in between – talking diet makes people crazy.

Like most things in health and fitness, the problem stems from a simple fact: you were lied to. Lies form the basis of the fitness industry. Included among them are ideas like needing to join a big gym that has an army of treadmills and two of every machine created in order to get in shape.

Breaking Muscle: Your Diet Needs a Reality Check.