Interview with Patrick D. Espy, MS, RPh

If you could have been the original author of any book, what would it have been and why?

If I could have been the original author of any book it would have been Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution. I like that it was a paradigm shift for diet and exercise. Although it wasn’t complete in solving America’s obesity crisis, it got us a lot closer and made us doubt everything we knew about health and fitness.

What makes this particular genre you are involved in so special?

I believe that we all search for optimal fitness in our own unique ways. I am not different in that regard. I just tend to think about it more often than most, maybe.

How important is research to you when writing a book?

Research is vitally important in understanding and appreciating natural sciences: biology and physiology. But, most importantly, I feel that research is important as a background to spur creativity and novel, conceptual thinking.

What inspires you to write?

The U.S. obesity crisis inspires me to write. We weren’t designed to be this way; this is a contemporary problem. Why weren’t our recent ancestors overweight/obese? I believe the reason is because of our changes in meal frequency, timing and relation to exercise.

What is the most important thing about a book in your opinion?

I think a science book needs to succinctly answer a fundamental question about nature; at the same time connect with the reader. The most important thing about my book is it’s unique ideas regarding diet and exercise to correct body fatness. If we look to the past the answer is fairly strait forward to remedy this. That is, to eat only after you have recently worked out. It’s a simple cure designed by nature.

Any advice you would like to give to your younger self?

Doubt everything. Don’t be afraid to curiously question anything, especially topics that are precious to you. I wish I had adopted this attitude earlier in life, because there is a lot of false and mis-quoted information that exists with health and fitness. So, keep your endeared thoughts near to you, but not so near that they are beyond doubt.

What did you want to become when you were a kid?

I wanted to do anything having to do with health and fitness when I grew up. Sure I was more into aesthetics at a young age, but I believe now that aesthetics and athletics and general health are all intimately connected.

Which book inspired you to begin writing?

Body-for-Life by Bill Phillips is a book that inspired me to write my own fitness book. For those not familiar with it, it’s a diet and exercise program for fat loss that is somewhat spartan-like and impractical, but quite effective. The concept wasn’t as strong as was Atkins, but I really liked the layout, simplicity and model of the book.

Is there anything you are currently working on that may intrigue the interest of your readers?

I want to do each a recipe book and an exercise book. In TNAD, I didn’t go into great detail on either specific recipes or specific exercises. Both topics deserve a whole book devoted to them.

Do you have a day job other than being a writer? And do you like it?

My day job is as a Pharmacist. That choice of profession may seem counterintuitive to some, since dispensing medications during the day and writing about diet and exercise at night are somewhat opposites, but I disagree. Most people want to have a semblance of both unnatural and natural cures at their disposal. I respect that and find it easy to talk about health from both angles. And yes, I like it a lot.

What do you do in your free time?

I’m a diet and exercise enthusiast. I train most days of the week and I pay very close attention to my diet. Plus, If I’m not doing it, then I’m reading and researching about it. So, I’m part gym rat, part science geek.

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