Alcohol and your Health: The Boozy Truth

Alcohol has been demonized as a poison with no benefits, but the truth seems to be much more complex, and it may actualy be good for your health.

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When you first start to lose weight, one of the most common pieces of advice is to completely eliminate it from your diet, that it does nothing for your health, and will only serve to stall your weight loss.  However, what if alcohol actually was not as bad for you as is often described?  And what if even more shockingly alcohol was associated with a lower incidence of obesity? Continue reading “Alcohol and your Health: The Boozy Truth”

An Introduction to Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting is a shocking at first, but perhaps very effective weight loss technique

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So like I mentioned I have recommitted myself to losing weight and this has included doing some new research into diet techniques.  One that I found really interesting was Intermittent Fasting.  The concept behind intermittent fasting is really quite simple.  At it’s core it is simply alternating periods of fast (no eating) with periods of eating.  However it has been shown to have some truly interesting health effects.

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Vinegar as a Blood Sugar Cheat Code?

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I AM NOT A DOCTOR THIS IS INFORMATIONAL ONLY

In general our goal is to keep out blood sugar relatively low, as high blood sugar leads to high insulin levels, leads to the potential of developing insulin resistance and potentially type 2 diabetes.  I remember reading somewhere long ago that vinegar helped to suppress blood glucose levels, and curiosity led me to look into it.  Continue reading “Vinegar as a Blood Sugar Cheat Code?”

Could a Sauna Help you Run Farther and Lift More?

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I AM NOT A DOCTOR.  PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN SAUNAS.  THIS IS INFORMATIONAL ONLY.  ALWAYS CONSULT WITH A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL.

Occasionally I’ll come across a piece of health or fitness advice that sets my bullshit detector off hard.  I was reading Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss (a book I highly recommend) when a couple of the people profiled in the book suggested that one of their secrets to health was using a sauna.

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Quick Tip: Make Fluffier Eggs

 

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In this video I discuss how to get fluffier scrambled eggs.  All you have to do is add about 1 tablespoon of club soda per egg and scramble it into the eggs.  The evaporation of the water combined with the carbonation gives you fantastically fluffy eggs, and if you cook them on low heat they turn out fantastic.

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Hack Your Motivation for Better Weight Loss

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As we have discussed previously it can be very hard to maintain self-control and motivation.  One thing that has worked for me is to make the far off future seem more immediate and more real.  Make it more hot. Continue reading “Hack Your Motivation for Better Weight Loss”

Garcinia Cambogia: Scam

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Note: This is not medical advice.  I am not a doctor nor do I play one on TV.  Always consult with a medical professional before beginning any diet or exercise program.

Garcinia cambogia is a fruit.  I’ve heard the fruit tastes good.  Feel completely free to eat it if you would like.  It becomes a scam when people attempt to market it to people as a weight loss supplement.  We are going to play a game called what does the literature say. Continue reading “Garcinia Cambogia: Scam”

Pareto’s Principle and Dieting

carrot-kale-walnuts-tomatoesThe Italian Economist Vilfredo Pareto observed in 1896 that approximately 80% of the land was owned by 20% of the population. What is fascinating is that this seems to hold true in many other regards.  Often 80% of our results come from 20% of our efforts. Continue reading “Pareto’s Principle and Dieting”

The Futility of Dieting

 

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I’m sure this title is catching some of you off guard.  It certainly appears if you look around my site that I run a diet website (all these go to different articles about weight loss).  But that misses the purpose of this website.  The tagline for this site is:

Eating for health, happiness, and longevity

That is what I study, and what I am trying to understand how to accomplish.  Oftentimes a diet is counterproductive to one or many of these goals. Continue reading “The Futility of Dieting”