Monthly Archives: January 2010

Diabetes Disaster

A friend sent this to me:

Team Diabetes

OMG. Well there you have it folks.

If this sort of behavior and thinking is out there in the world, we haven’t got a chance in heck of helping people.

(Side note: I read today that our beloved Mayor Bloomberg is now out to get salt. He’s cracking down on the mineral to help people become healthier. I guessed he missed this article.)

Looking For Your Lost Keys Where The Light Is Better

As a kid, I loved when my dad told this joke.

However, we all know that when you lose your keys its best to look for them where you lost them, not where the light is better. You’d think the fitness industry would get this joke by now but alas they don’t.

Take a looksee at this article.

Fat loss or gain has virtually nothing to do with exercise or the lack of it. Why people continue to focus on exercise as the cause or cure when study after study shows that exercise is virtually worthless is beyond me.

When I go to work each day, I pass by several major gyms like the Equinox and NY Sports Clubs. I look into the windows and see dozens of people hamstering away on the treadmills. I feel for these folks who have been fed a load of fitness bologna and who would be better off eating such rather then the rabbit food they will scarf down after their hour long bout of joint pounding plodding.

If you’re a believer in exercise for fat loss and haven’t read this article by Gary Taubes yet, please do so.

Significant fat loss can only be achieved by eating in a manner that promotes the release of fat from your fat cells and resists fat storage within them. What this means is, you need to eat in such a way that your fat storing and releasing hormones are in your favor.

Any basic nutritional biochemistry textbook will reveal that this hormone is insulin. I will spare you the science lesson and dish out the answer:

Don’t eat refined carbohydrates and limit your carbohydrate intake to vegetables only.

Many of you may argue with this but resistance is futile. Biochemistry is biochemistry. We are all the same when it comes to our internal workings on this matter more or less. Mary Smith will not do better than Anne Jones eating lots of sugar and little fat to maximize fat loss.

Science as a candle in the dark.

Though exercise should not be considered a viable means of fat loss, it does provide benefits that can aid fat loss a touch. It improves insulin sensitivity. If performed correctly, it can build muscle and bone thus increasing your metabolism an eensy-weensy bit. It can elevate mood and provide a sense of well being which decreases stress. All of these outcomes aid fat loss.

But for maximizing fat loss? Fagettaboutit.

Good Rules for 2010

Alright everyone – let’s ring in the New Year with a list of the Top Ten things you can do to improve yourself both inside and out. While I may have left out some important topics, these I feel are right up there.

1. Make sure to get enough vitamin D.

This can be tough if you rely on food alone. A good D supplement can be a godsend especially in winter.

2. Eat fat and protein as your main source of calories.

As we age, we are unable to turnover proteins as efficiently and may require a bit more than when we were young. Research shows that older people need a significant amount of protein. It is best to get your protein from animal sources.

3. Strength train

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again, it is critical to hit the weights 1-3 times a week for about 15-30 minutes. No other form of exercise delivers the vast health and fitness benefits of strength training. If you do, you do not have to perform any other activity as exercise. Everything else can be designed for fun and frolic.

4. Find a stress relieving activity

Meditate, nap, paint, watch comedies – it really doesn’t matter. Find something that you can fit into your daily life that uplifts you and rests you. Or both. We need this more than we realize.

5. Sound sleep

You want to wake up feeling rested. I have found that using an eye mask makes a world of difference. The darker the room the better as the brain is sensitive to light. A quiet room is also important. Sleep is when you rejuvenate. You can’t make up for lost sleep. Every night you miss out on a good nights rest you age yourself a little quicker.

6. Reduce or avoid refined sugars and carbohydrates

Sugar in all it’s forms if eaten to excess is caustic to the body. Carbohydrates are now known to be the primary cause of internal inflammation not fats or cholesterol. We’ve been fed a load of nonsense for the past 40 years that fat and meat cause or lead to heart disease. In fact the exact opposite is now shown to be true.

7. Take a quality multi vitamin/mineral/anti oxidant

Let’s face it – none of us, including yours truly, eats healthfully every day at every meal. It’s virtually impossible to do so. Recently I discovered a great multi nutrient support supplement that I really like. Those of you who know me know that I don’t make such statements lightly. Mark Sisson invented this product called Damage Control and I give it a hearty thumbs up. I like it so much I will be selling it at my gym in the near future. And I endorse this product freely – I receive no kick backs from the company.

8. Eat coconut butter

Saturated fat is good for you. Let me repeat that – saturated fat is good for you. It’s good for your heart, good for your liver and good for your tongue. Eat Fat – Lose Fat discusses these facts in great detail. The kind I use is Artisana Organic Coconut Butter. Soooo yummy.

9. Krill oil

This potent omega 3 powerhouse is highly anti-inflammatory and appears to have more of a beneficial effect than other fish oils. Source Naturals makes a great product. And nope, I don’t get a kickback from this company either.

10. Water

Drink it. As pure as you can get it. I don’t have a specific recommendation but filtered tap water seems to be fine. Try drinking water instead of soda – even diet sodas for one month and you’ll not only feel better, you’ll lose some belly fat to boot. If you must have carbonation, try club soda with lemon or other flavor. Be sure it’s non caloric.

OK! Let’s head into 2010 with our eyes wide and our goals clear.

“Youth is wasted on the young.” – Anonymous

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