IF YOU ARE WORRIED YOU MAY HAVE A SUBSTANCE ABUSE PROBLEM, PLEASE SEEK TREATMENT. IT IS A SERIOUS DISEASE WITH SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES. ALWAYS REMEMBER I AM NOT A DOCTOR AND THIS INFORMATION IS GIVEN FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.
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?Read More »
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.
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. Read More »
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 Titansby 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.
I’m sure this title is catching some of you off guard. It certainly appears if you look around my sitethatIrunadietwebsite (allthese 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.Read More »
I previously reviewed Wheat Bellyby Dr. William Davis here. However, because this is a dense book relying on a variety of scientific studies I wanted to give the book the analysis it deserves. This will involve both a look at the way he structures his arguments and a look at whether the studies he cites support his argument.
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.Read More »
Cholesterol in the blood can be one of the best predictors for heart disease, especially if the ratio between high density lipoprotein (HDL(Good Cholesterol)) and low density lipoprotein (LDL(Bad cholesterol)) is considered. Cholesterol is fat bound up in lipoproteins in order to make it soluble (Fats and Cholesterol).Read More »
Unsaturated fats are often pushed as a replacement for the allegedly dangerous saturated fats that people consume. There are two primary types of unsaturated fat, monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats; they are named based on whether they have one or more double bonds. A fat with only a single double bond is considered monounsaturated and a fat with multiple double bonds is considered polyunsaturated. Here we are going to primarily focus on polyunsaturated fats, which are often pitched as a healthful alternative to saturated fats. However, some scientists believe that consumption of polyunsaturated fats can actually increase the risk of cardiovascular heart disease, and the Institute of Medicine recommends no more than one tenth of your calories coming from this source (Mozaffarian, Micha and Wallace 2).Read More »