Daily Archives: January 10, 2009

quickie check-in

I hit the gym again today and walked/ran a mile. This time I decided to run one additional lap so I ran a total of 4 laps or 1/3 of a mile. Then I walked the rest. I hit the elliptical trainer for 10 minutes and spent another 10 minutes cooling down and stretching out. I love stretching out.

It was a successful day.

Bonus: I ran out to Wal-Mart and picked up some groceries and I was tempted to buy some french onion dip and chips (one of my favorite splurges). I decided against it though because I could feel the tenderness in my thighs and abs and thought “hell no, I’m not cheating myself.”

When i got home I was hungry and I opted to eat some frozen cherries and a cheese stick.

It was a really successful day.

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Rage Against the Diet Industry #2: Fat

I’m so fed up with diet advice. I’m tired of people and companies peddling their solution to the spare tire around my waist. And I’m tired of the media hawking nutrition/health related news with fear tactics. 

In the spirit of being fed up, I’m going to rage against some of the more ridiculousness assertions of the diet industry and hopefully supply a little reason.

Okay, so we hear a lot in the news about the evils of saturated and trans fat. Trans fat, I’m not going to argue with. However, I think in 10-20 years (maybe in a few months), we’re going to see a reversal on the opinion of saturated fats.

If you’ve read Gary Taubes book “Good Calories, Bad Calories” he makes a strong argument against the villainization of saturated fats. He’s also written articles and submissions for the NY Times, talking about studies that he’s been following and reviewing.

Essentially, these studies can’t prove saturated fat is the villain. A recent Israeli study compared the low-fat diet to an Atkin’s-like diet and a Mediterranean diet. Both Atkin’s and the Mediterranean diet showed a larger weight loss than the low-fat diet and they decreased cholesterol numbers more than the low-fat diet. Oddly, the Atkin’s-like diet appears to have edged out the Med -diet in it’s cholesterol lowering benefits, all with a 25% higher intake in saturated fat than the Med-diet.

Plus, saturated fat does a lot of things to help your body function: Continue reading