Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Complexity of Health Should Not Be Discounted

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

A hedge fund manager asked me for some tips and tricks to lose weight fast.

I asked him for some tips and hacks to get rich. He laughed and found my question a bit insulting. He said it's too complicated to be explained in simple tricks and hacks. I asked him, "But somehow the body is super simple?"

Health is similar to economics and just as complicated. The thing people do not understand is scarcity, and that choices are trade-offs. Also risk exposure vs. reward. Your body is also constantly redistributing and reallocating to maintain its set-point. If you really look at the numbers, there are more people who have been able to get rich and keep the money than their are people who have been able to lose the weight and keep it off. Actually the amount of people who lose weight and keep it off is statistically insignificant. That's still not touching on trying to prevent diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. You tell people they are about to lose their house, and there are proven things that will help them keep their house. With certain lifestyle diseases, we don't have those types of proven methods that people will stick to.Yet, somehow, that's the easier thing to understand?

Like financial advice (I used to be an advisor in another life), you sometimes just have to sit with someone more knowledgeable than you and hear them out. That, whatever it is you know is not the totality of everything there is to know. In fact, everything you know about the subject, may be very little. Saying eat less, exercise more, is as overly-simplistic as, buy low, sell high.

My name is Sam Yang. I'm a martial artist, entrepreneur, fitness nerd, information geek, and productivity nut. For more useful information, join my newsletter. You can also connect to All Out Effort on Facebook and Twitter. For more philosophical posts, check out Must Triumph

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