I’m not sure how one person can take one study and then propose 2 completely opposite conclusions, and get both of those published.
However it does make for an interesting article. The age old discussion of quality or quantity. Personally I don’t think it’s that easy. Everyone’s different and has different goals. One thing pointed out in the article that is important to note is that weight loss does not equal getting fitter.
Seems like everyone HAS to put up a Resolutions post. I was recently asked for my 5 best tips for the new year and so I figured I would post them here for all to see.
Top 5 health and fitness tips to start 2013 on good note:
- Eat REAL FOOD! So many diets, so many buzz words, too many promises. It’s very simple, eat REAL FOOD and you can’t go wrong. What is real food you say? Again super simple. REAL FOOD does not come with an ingredients list and nutrition label. Your fresh fruits and veggies don’t have ingredients on them. The grass fed beef you get from your local butcher also doesn’t. Before trying to debate organic vs non or which vitamins you might be lacking, do yourself a favor and start eating real food. Eliminate anything in a BAG, BOTTLE, BOX, OR CAN.
- Apply your fitness! Whether you do Yoga for mobility and balance or Olympic weight lifting to gain power and strength. You may be strong, and you may be mobile, and you may have a great body , but what can you actually do with it? Go out and find a way to apply what your achieving that’s the only way to truly be fit. Play a sport, go hiking, climb a mountain, take a gymnastics or circus training class. Martial arts! Apply your fitness to something and you’ll see where you are truly fit and truly lacking.
- Set positive goals not negative ones! Sounds like a give in but it’s not. Most people set goals that focus on a “negative” like I will LOSE weight or STOP smoking. Change those words and the goals. Instead, say you will START to eat better or you will START working out more consistently. It’s much easier to START something than STOP something and when you start something positive it usually acts as a catalyst and the bad habits stop on their own. Everything falls into place.
- Breathe! Stress is the ultimate wrench in every one’s plan. It affects sleep, appetite, hormone production, you name it. It wreaks the ultimate havoc on everyone. Find a way to combat this. Something that helps that everyone knows how to do is Breathe. Takes 5 min every morning, put on your favourite song, close your eyes and focus on breathing in and out until the song is over. Beat that stress back and benefit greatly.
- Sleep!! Rest IS recovery. Proper sleep is going to help you perform better in everyday life. Less stressed. More alert. Better recovery from workouts. It goes against our instincts but we actually GAIN more in rest when it comes to fitness. You burn more calories while sleeping than you do while awake. Lack of sleep results in increased cortisol levels which will hinder weight loss. If you really want to make an impact on your health, get your sleep right.
This happened a couple months ago. Been busy so only getting to it now. Interesting article, basically about prop 37 that didn’t pass in the US. It would have put awesome new restrictions on “food product” labeling.
The post details some of the issues with the law which I think are all pretty much BS. Wording could clear up all the tiny problems. They say it’s hard to define natural. It’s really not if that’s exactly what you’re trying to do. Basically if you are holding something in your hand, and you can go outside into the wild somewhere in the world and find that same exact thing in that exact state, then that’s natural. I’m not talking on a big production farm, I mean out in the wild somewhere.
Some people would then say certain veggies that you get in the store then are not natural because of careful cross breeding and what not, you can’t find Brocolli in exactly that state out in the wild. Very true. However when’s the last time you saw the label “All natural” on a brocolli?
So see it’s really not hard to define natural . What is hard is defining it in order to protect the millions of dollars that big companies make every year by tricking people into eating wrong. Vince (our trainer) said it best. Real food doesn’t have labels or ingredient tags.
More good meat news! Also more great Canadian news. Gotta love when our country makes awesome strides towards better health.
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In all the diet and eating confusion out there you often here people spouting out the old school “Calories in calories out” mantra for weight loss. Basically saying that as long as you burn more than you consume you will achieve weight loss success. It’s not as simple as that, and weight loss doesn’t always mean good health.
This article does a good job of breaking it down. Eliminate anything processed.
Dr. Dwight Lundell
Nice stuff coming out recently. First was the study about GMO and the potential long term affects on our DNA. Coincidentally not long after, someone fired back with a study about meat.
It’s actually a breath of fresh air to see this editorial straight from the mouth of a heart surgeon, with extensive experience., just telling it like it is. He’s been wrong for many years and so have many others.
Common sense shows us that it’s not working. No matter how many studies for either side come out, more people are dying from heart disease than ever before. Something’s gotta change.
Stop me if you’ve heard this one. RED MEAT WILL KILL YOU! AAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!
I didn’t think that this Harvard Study would have this much legs but apparently the will by most people to make red meat the scapegoat is still very strong. I’m not going to get into this too much because it’s already been done to death over the past 2 days.
I am going to point that like MOST studies, this one is also flawed. Big time flawed. Like they didn’t even try flawed. Read it yourself to see them all but here’s a few points that stick out.
- Nutrition data was collected from a questionnaire.(this is expected to eb accurate?)
- It was only collected every 4 years. (Do you remember how much meat exactly you’ve eaten over the past 4 years?)
- The group eating more meat, yeah those people were also overweight, less active, smokers.
One good thing is that they recommend eating LESS meat per week and adding some fish and poultry to the mix. With some easy math apparently you can reverse the mortality increase of red meat by eating more of the others. (???)
We all should know that too much of anything is bad for you. If you are eating red meat 3 times a day, 7 days a week, and wondering why you’re sick then you’re an idiot. So if anything this study is encouraging variety. The problem continues to be amounts and portions. Not red meat itself.
Correlation does not equal causation.
Great article here about Genetically Modified Foods and the side effects they may cause. It’s been reported that 90% of Soy and rice crops are genetically modified so if this new evidence holds true, it will have HUGE effects on the industry.
Monsanto’s reaction is not surprising. They’ve spent years causing disease in humans with their garbage food production. Nobody likes to get caught so expect them to lobby hard against any studies that may prove them guilty.
Yes! You read that correctly, and if you believe this headline taken from the globe and mail, then I have some swamp land to sell you. Let’s break this down so nobody gets confused by this.
A study published in a journal entitled “Steroids” (really?!) was looking for a correlation between weight loss and calories consumed. They found that a group consuming a 300 cal breakfast and one taking in 600 cal in the A.M lost about the same amount of weight BUT the one that was on the lower calorie breakfast gained weight back soon after returning to normal eating. The catch here is the people on the 600 cal breakfast topped off the meal with a dessert item.
Here are some important items I feel are missing from this article:
- What did these people eat the rest of the day?
- What were their activity levels?
- Stress levels?
- Sleep quality?
- Was there a standard portion size for the “dessert item”?
- Was the “dessert item” included in the calorie count?
- Was the “dessert item” itself even standard?
Sooooooooo much missing info!! To take the tiny bit of information reported here and come to the conclusion that eating cake for breakfast is not a big deal is kind of insulting. Also, let’s not forget that losing weight is not always correlated with being healthy. You can consume nothing but water for the next 40 days of lent and lose TONS of weight. You might also be dead.