Harpoon posted this video of Jack Lalanne last month. I liked it so much I had to repost it here for Mark’s Daily Apple readers.

Jack’s challenge is as valid as ever. If you haven’t already, cut all refined sugars out of your diet and “you will be thanking (Jack) for the rest of your natural life.” He promises.

Further Reading:

Obesity is Not Your Fault

What is Overweight?

Smart Alternatives to Tempting Junk Foods

Don’t Just Survive, Thrive

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  1. Jack Lalanne, way ahead of his time. Stayed in great shape well into his latter years. Stay away from processed sugars and starches and live happier and longer, with more energy. Sounds good to me.

  2. I use powered fructose (fruit sugar) instead of sugar. It tastes sweet but I think is better than white sugar. Try it and see.


  3. I posted that video on my blog a few weeks, too. People who think that low-carb is a fad should know that a decade before the McGovern commission was recommending low-fat diets (1977), LaLanne was dissing sugar.

    Fructose is not really a health food. It is sweeter than table sugar, so you need less, and that’s a good thing; and it doesn’t raise blood sugar as fast as other kinds of sugars, which looks like a good thing but isn’t. The reason it doesn’t raise blood sugar is that any fructose that is not immediately burned for energy is shuttled straight to the liver to be converted to triglycerides. These triglycerides can be stored as fat (bad) or circulate in your bloodstream (where they are a risk factor for heart disease).

    If your triglyceride levels are normal, and your body mass composition is good, fructose may not be doing you any harm. However, why not consume your fructose in the package provided for it by nature – a nice, tasty, antioxidant-rich serving of fruit?

  4. Great points, Migraineur. I didn’t catch it on your blog recently. I guess this video is making the rounds on the health blog circuit. For good reason, too.

  5. Jack is an Icon.

    I remember that my mom watched his how everyday when I was a kid.

  6. If Jack LaLanne thought there were too many sugar addicts and flabby kids on the playground back in the 50s, I cannot even imagine what he must think when he looks around the playground today. Our school has a few kids so heavy they wheeze, and they’re not asthmatic.

  7. Hey, I’m new to the site and read the comment from 2007 about Jack LaLanne “staying in shape until his latter years,” as if Jack had passed. Ladies and gentlemen, Jack LaLanne is still alive at age 94 and still pops up in infomercials from time to time and has a website where he promotes, among many other things, his Power Juicer blender. He and his wife of 50 years work out daily. What better testament to the way of living Jack has espoused through the years then to still be kicking it at 94.

  8. Thanks John! I perused his wikipedia entry and his website. WOW! 1033 push ups?? 1000 chin ups? You have to look at his “feats” on his webpage. Also, he didn’t even start his tv show until he was 45 (although he was a long time exerciser)and who knew that he was a chiropractor??

  9. Jack recently celebrated his 95th birthday by doing 95 pushups!

  10. I saw this a year ago and I showed it to all of my friends. It’s really amazing what a healthy lifestyle Jack led. He’s more fit past his 90’s than most adults in their prime.

  11. It’s also fascinating and revealing to see the old-fashioned terms “soft” and “weak” applied to children. No one would dare describe kids that way now, although it is far more true than it was then. It’s a fundamental fact of human nature that shame and embarrassment are powerful motivators; by removing them from the culture, we do kids more harm than good.

    1. it depends on the kid. shame only ever made me believe in my worthlessness–it is a stain that cannot be removed. Also, to become hard and strong and leave behind the soft, weak self feels disloyal and dishonest, as though leaving a self part to die. It’s better, I think, to say “take your whole self to this goal of living fully and learn to grow and cook food and play and explore and make things and snuggle up.” There’s no need, and any way it’s unfair, to call to shame kids out of behavior that’s been “normal” to them and their milieu.