Intermittent Fasting as a Strategy for Weight-Loss

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There is a lot of debate about the potential health benefits of intermittent fasting.  There is a certain group of people who have become extraordinarily passionate about this technique and now believe it to be an almost universal cure-all.  With one of their most oft-cited claims being that intermittent fasting has special benefits for weight loss.   I have previously addressed intermittent fasting here and here.Read More »

Weight Update

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So I kinda completely fell off the bandwagon in terms of my weight loss (something I struggle with here), but thanks to a bet with a friend, I am recommitting to the goal.  Over the next ten and a half weeks, I committed to losing twenty pounds, while he committed to gaining ten.  (Here’s the link to follow our progress).  So over the next few weeks you will see articles focusing both on how to lose weight, and also on how to gain weight.  I’ll be exploring a few different topics from both of these perspectives and so I hope you are excited.

Busting the Myth of Muscular Metabolism

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.Read More »

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.Read More »

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.Read More »