Can you hold our drinks while we go up to the podium to collect our Nobel Prize?
“Ladies and gentlemen of the Selection Committee, esteemed colleagues and people who snuck in here because they heard about the open bar. This is a huge surprise. Neither of us are doctors. We have only one advanced degree between us. Steven has a Masters degree in Godzilla. Hardly the background from which one expects recognition on this level . . .”
[Author’s Note: If you are already on DYC or you’ve been following the blog for some time, you may want to jump straight to the bottom where you can leave us angry comments about being repetitive.]
We often describe DYC as how to guide for cutting calories and losing weight without giving up alcohol. But this only tells half the story. DYC started as a joke. In many ways, it’s still a joke. It just happens to be a joke that actually works.
Years ago we lived next door to Dave Elger, star of the low-budget TV Show Hot Mixology. The show’s concept is simple: Community Theater meets Leaving Las Vegas. When Charlie Sheen embarked on his post-meltdown comedy tour a few years ago, he was stealing Dave’s act.
One weak-minded on evening, Dave convinced us to join him on camera in the role of bar patrons. The moment a stranger dragged us into a lighted hallway and began coating us in layers of hairspray and makeup, we realized that we had made a terrible mistake. Andrea’s hair was teased to Debbie Harry perfection. The layers of CoverGirl on Steven’s neck and face were so thick that he felt like he was wearing a rubber Nixon mask. We saw the video the following day; our onscreen personas can best described as somewhere between Kardashian and rodeo clown.
When did science become public enemy number one? Every time a study is published, politicians and public figures emerge to question the new data.
“I’m not a scientist,” they customarily begin. “But this new data must be wrong because it contradicts one of my childhood beliefs.”
We hold a very different attitude: When data contradict our beliefs, we lean towards believing the data. If the data are compelling enough, we will abandon our previously held beliefs altogether.
In other words, if your beliefs crash headlong into reality, it is unlikely that reality is the problem.
“Of course,” we lied. The truth was too embarrassing to admit. The only emotion we felt was dread. When you release a book, you lose control. We like the book. We think it’s funny. But it was possible that everyone else would find it Old Yeller depressing. You never know how people will react; if you don’t believe us, ask anyone who has a Twitter account.
Aside from one, “Stop trying to take away my Fruity Pebbles, Haters!” the reactions have been overwhelmingly positive.
A while back, we received a note on Twitter from Lüc Carl asking why we didn’t include him in our History of Drinkers Diets. Carl wrote a book called The Drunk Diet. It got a lot of publicity when it was published back in 2012. We noticed it, but we never picked up a copy because everything we read about it described it as a memoir rather than a diet. No reviewer failed to mention that Carl was the ex-boyfriend of pop star Lady Gaga. And none of the reviews we saw bothered to mention the book contained a serious diet and exercise plan. Until Carl reached out, we assumed The Drunk Diet was a celebrity tell-all wrapped in a misleading but otherwise awesome title.
When we created Drink Your Carbs we assumed that ours was the first diet designed specifically for people who wanted to lose weight while continuing to drink alcohol. We were dead wrong. The first diet intended specifically for drinkers preceded us by nearly 150 years.
We have touched on this issue before. In fact, we detailed this history in our very first post to the DYC blog, way back in October of 2011. That history of low-carb diets for drinkers is among our favorite things we’ve ever written. Unfortunately, being the first blog post on a new website, no one saw it. Not even our parents visited the website back then. DYC was as lonely and deserted as Google+.
We do not promote binge drinking. We do not binge drink. We have, however, occasionally gone beyond our own healthy drinking guidelines. It is far from a regular occurrence. When it has happened, it is almost always following a particularly long and intense workout. On the theory that “we earned the extra calories,” we allow ourselves to call for one more round.
We recently came across several new studies that forced us to rethink our behavior. It turns out that the aftermath of a killer workout is exactly the wrong time to indulge. The days when we hit the gym the hardest are days that we should be the most restrained.
Don’t take this wrong. We still believe that alcohol is fully compatible with serious athletics. In fact, in lesser quantities it may benefit recovery. The key appears to be dosage. But we are getting ahead of ourselves. We will let the research tell the story.