In high school, Clyde lifted weights all the time. His best friend’s father was a former Olympic athlete in weight lifting and taught them to train and eat like monsters. They would call each other up and yell at the other person if he was not chewing on a mouth full of food at the moment he picked up the phone. They told each other stories about how the only breaks they took from eating were to go to the bathroom and lift weights. His exercise and nutrition philosophy was very simple: More is better.
A few years later, in the US Navy, Clyde’s doctor on the aircraft carrier told him that he had high blood pressure, high cholesterol, was class three obese and that he needed to be on medication. Clyde didn’t like the idea of going on medication if he could fix the problem himself, so he started including cardiovascular exercise in his training and drastically improved his nutrition. Instead of brown sugar, he put fruit on his oatmeal. Instead of syrup, he put peanut butter on his pancakes. Instead of greasy eggs, he ate hard-boiled eggs and removed the yolks. Within four weeks, his blood pressure and cholesterol levels were still high, but in the normal range and he did not need to go on medication. Clyde could not believe how quickly his health improved but what was even more amazing to him, was how much stronger he became. He had been struggling to squat 300 lbs for half of a decade and now he was squatting 400 lbs within a few months and unintentionally lost over 10 lbs of body fat. He realized that what we put into our bodies has a profound impact on how our body functions.
This experience is the driving force behind everything that Clyde does. He studied cell biology and chemistry at Stanford University and did postdoctoral research at UCSF. His conclusion is that anyone can understand how the body works and how to keep it healthy if they receive that information in an effective, clear and concise way. When he started giving talks on how the body regulates carbohydrate fueling of muscle, how eating to minimize diabetes simultaneously minimizes body fat stores, or why muscle growth requires proper hydration, people felt empowered to take this information and make decisions on their own to improve their health.