Today, I’ve been immersed in Deep Nutrition by Catherine Shanahan MD, a former low-fatter who once believed she knew everything there was to know about diet and nutrition. That is, until she discovered Weston A. Price, arguably the greatest nutrition pioneer who ever lived.
A page-turner indeed, it was actually a short sidebar on page 12 regarding the Hippocratic Oath that struck a chord with me. As most of us know, our medical professionals take this oath on their graduation day. However, most have a limited knowledge as to what the oath truly means.
The latest big news in the health world (besides the guy who lost 20-something pounds eating Twinkies and Doritos) is that the City of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors banned Happy Meals with toys.
Yes, childhood obesity is a huge problem in dire need of intervention. And I do agree that addressing this issue will likely require a series of small victories. But in my opinion, this is nothing to get excited about. It’s actually pretty ridiculous when you think about it.
It’s been ages since I set foot inside of a fast food restaurant. However, in all of my previous visits, I can’t seem to recall witnessing any seven year-olds ordering their own Happy Meals with their own money.
When we have a big enough reason, we will do ANYTHING to achieve our objectives. In the world of health, fitness, and weight loss, that can literally mean anything. Just a few days ago, a link was tweeted to me regarding a soap that helps with weight loss! Drop pounds in the shower!
We weren’t born yesterday. We know darn well that a belt that sends an electric charge through our abs won’t help us lose weight. We know that cabbage soup won’t keep the pounds off forever. Let’s just get real with ourselves.
More Bang for Your Buck: Interval Training
by Austin Robinson
Not everyone has time to mosey along on cardio equipment at the local gym for an hour everyday. Aside from that, recent research has shown that up to 4.5 hours a week of moderate exercise may not be enough to produce significant weight loss! (1,2) For those of us who want results and want them fast, intervals may be the way to go.
Interval training has been around for decades (3). However it has become extremely popular in the fitness world only recently. Interval training is often referred to as High Intensity Interval Training or HIIT. HIIT is now commonly recommended in the fat loss and conditioning industry. However, beginners may want to start with moderate intensity interval training. Jumping right into HIIT maybe too demanding for some folks. So what exactly is it?
Interval training is actually pretty self-explanatory. The exerciser works in brief to moderate bouts at a high intensity interspersed with either active recovery or just plain gasping for air. Active recovery would include a relatively low intensity movement such as jumping jacks or a slow jog. Two methods are commonly used to perform interval training, work-to-rest ratios or the heart rate method.
I’ve been spending my Sunday lying on the couch re-reading Appetite for Profit by Michele Simon and half-watching Favre and Brady battle it out (never mind, it’s Jackson and Brady now). My intention was to blog about the underhanded public relations games the food industry plays in order to bolster its image and dodge legislation. But that will have to wait until tomorrow. Instead, I feel the need to get something off my chest.
I pride myself on being a realist. I guess you can say I swallowed the red pill, choosing to see the world for what it really is. I know that there will never come a day when the aisles of my local grocery store are lined with whole organic foods. I am more than certain that regardless of how many times that “McDonald’s French Fries Don’t Decompose” article comes across my Facebook News Feed, people are still going to order them. Let’s just keep it real.