Wheat Belly Review

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”

Saturated Fats: The Villain We’ve Been Promised?

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Saturated fats are one of the most vilified dietary compounds in America.  Almost every single organization recommends that you should reduce your saturated fat consumption.  This belief originated in the famous Seven Countries Study by Dr, Keys, where by looking at the diets of seven countries and there fat content, and plotting against mortality he found an association between fat and mortality (Keys, Menotti and Karvoven).  His data suggested that increased consumption of saturated fats was strongly and significantly associated with  death.  However there have been criticisms from many scientists who have found flaws in his methodology and data analysis.  They found that either sugar consumption or exercise were a much  better predictor for mortality. Continue reading “Saturated Fats: The Villain We’ve Been Promised?”

Hypnosis: An Effective Weight Loss Tool?

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Hypnosis always seemed to me like a quack technique.  I was very skeptical that it would have any place as a scientifically founded weight loss technique.  However, there is some intriguing research into hypnosis as a weight loss tool. Continue reading “Hypnosis: An Effective Weight Loss Tool?”

How to Track Weight Effectively and Easily

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Weight tracking seems like one  of the easiest things you could do.  You just weight yourself and then keep track of how it changes.  However, this method can cause people to very quickly lose motivation, so instead we are going to focus on several principles that will help eliminate the motivation destroying spikes. Continue reading “How to Track Weight Effectively and Easily”

Welcome!

The world is awash with diet advice.  Eat paleo, or maybe vegan, Atkins? Despite this multitude of diet advice there is still an inescapable obesity problem.  More than one third of United States adults are obese according to the CDC.  This has an estimated medical cost of $147 Billion.  There is no doubt that there is a fundamental problem with the American diet, but the solution seems murky.

The simple goal of this site is to use scientific reasoning and research to try to understand the truth about diet and nutrition.  This will include analysis of popular diets and attempts to break down the research to try to suss out the essential nutrition facts.

I have a feeling that you are wondering why you should trust my information over any other blogger on the internet.  And there are a lot of bloggers out there all who claim to have the secret cure.  Unfortunately, there is no secret cure.

I’m a biochemistry and pre-medicine double major at Augustana College in Illinois planning to head to medical school.  My passion is human nutrition and I especially love research analysis, and those are the skills I will use to attempt to form a diet grounded in scientific principles.  There will be no quick tricks, no magic bullets, and it will almost definitely require effort, but I think we can come close to an optimal diet.

Despite my passion for nutrition I am currently obese.  One of my goals is to find a diet that will effectively allow me to lose weight after I have failed countless times before.  However, this will not just be a diet for weight loss, but instead for long term sustainable health.

Mission Statement: To provide clear nutritional insights grounded in science.

Current Stats:

Age: 20

Height: 5’11”

Weight: 251.6

BMI: 35.1

In short I’m Class 2 obese, and this is down 50 pounds from the peak I was at two years ago.  I played offensive line for ten years and just retired.  Because of this I have eating habits meant for a very specific goal.  This goal is not congruent with general health and so it’s time for a change

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