The one thing that has been hardest for me about starting this site is coming to the crushing realization that I am a hypocrite. Continue reading “On Hypocrisy and Blogging”
The Withings Go is a new fitness tracker from the company that entered the activity tracker space initially with the gorgeous, but expensive Activite. This is also the same company that really made the wireless scale into a hugely popular category in the fitness tracking space. Read on to find out if this inexpensive tracker is truly useful. Continue reading “Withings Go Review: An Activity Tracker for Everyone”
I personally have always found difficulty in working up the motivation to consistently do any kind of cardiovascular exercise, and always found it much easier to work in the weight room. For much of my life I was under the impression that in order to lose any significant amount of weight cardiovascular exercise was what you should be doing. We have already looked at one alternative to tradional endurance cardio. However, I always wondered whether or not focusing exclusively on weightlifting could be a useful tactic for weight loss. Continue reading “Busting the Myth of Muscular Metabolism”
Now stay with me. I know many of you read that title and immediately felt your legs start to cramp. As always here we are looking for the greatest results we can get with the smallest amount of work. What I’m going to show you here is a way to get huge benefits from exercise in a tiny fraction of the amount of time. Continue reading “90 Seconds of Cardio for Weight Loss”
I was reading an interesting book recently called The Marshmallow Test by Walter Mischel. In this book he discusses the famous marshmallow test that was performed on preschoolers. The preschoolers could either accept a single treat like a marshmallow or wait and get two treats. Whether or not they waited correlated with their future life success, however that is not the interesting part of this book. Especially for us. What is interesting is some of the tactics that he points out to increase self-control. Continue reading “Self Control and The Marshmallow Test”
Calorie counting for some people conjures up the image of slavish devotion to a diet. It evokes image of time consuming effort in order to track your every bite of food. This form of behavior change has been proven to be effective, however, because of its difficulty many people quit before they lose the weight necessary. However, the idea of maintaining a record of your eating does seem to have potential as a dietary intervention.
The simple solution to this problem is to take photos of all food you consume. This record serves some of the same behavior purposes as the food diary. The reason it is useful is because knowing that you have to log your food can subtly influence your decisions. Taking photographs “raised the awareness of their diets…the act of photographing altered behaviour for some because it forced them to think about their food choices” (Zepeda and Deal 696). The evidence suggests that being forced to log and evaluate your food choices in this manner made many people change their diets.
This can become even more powerful if you upload these pictures to dropbox, or social media where you can have trusted friends make sure that you are sticking to your goals.
This is a case where simplicity makes the weight loss that much more simple. We want weight loss and lifestyle changes to be as easy as possible.
Zepeda, Lydia, and David Deal. “Think before You Eat: Photographic Food Diaries as Intervention Tools to Change Dietary Decision Making and Attitudes.” International Journal of Consumer Studies 32.6 (2008): 692-98. Web.
Wheat Belly by William Davis MD is a popular diet book in which he advocates for a diet free of wheat and some similar grains. Dr. William Davis MD is a preventive cardiologist who over many years of his work and his own experience often found an improvement in his own and patient’s health with the removal of wheat. He observed that for him, following the recommendations to consume more whole-grains resulted in torpor and weight gain,. Once he removed the wheat from his diet he found that he had more energy, and very quickly lost the weight. This was a telling moment for him, because it was when he started to question the established recommendations and consider alternative diet options. Continue reading “Wheat Belly Review”
Read this for a quick introduction to dietary fats.
Are Saturated fats as dangerous as commonly thought? Can they be included comfortably in a diet?
Are unsaturated fats the guilt free fat? Are they the secret to longevity?
Are the fishy fats the savior we have been promised?
We’ve been told that cholesterol is dangerous and can lead to an early death. Is that the truth?
Are Trans Fats as dangerous as they are portrayed? Are low fat diets effective?
For any and all of these it is always important to consider the science and not just the recommendations. Nutrition is more nuanced than the recommendations make it seem.
Trans Fats are a form of unsaturated fat, but because of their different molecular arrangement they have a very different biological effect. There is no evidence of trans fats contributing to positive health and have been linked to several negative health effects. These effects include diabetes and heart disease, and they can occur with a very small amount of consumption. (Derbyshire) I personally avoid consuming any trans fats. Continue reading “Trans Fats and Low Fat Diets”