2014 has been an extremely busy year thus far and I feel like I have been carrying around some extra weight. After hovering around 200 lbs for the past several months, I set a goal earlier this year to reach 190 by this Summer. Despite consistently making quality food choices, limiting my portion sizes and exercising regularly, my weight does not seem to be responding as I have come to expect. Continue reading
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My dietary transformation has been a very personal journey for me and has not been adopted entirely by my immediate family. For example, just because I genuinely believe that humans are not designed to consume another animal’s milk (especially throughout the course of their lifetime), I have NOT imposed a household ban on dairy products. Meanwhile, I would argue that some of my dietary habits have rubbed off on my family. Continue reading
I have been on the sidelines for years….watching, hearing, and reading various reports about the benefits of eating a gluten-free diet. I finally decided to try it and have been doing it consistently for the past month. Judging by how much of the food at markets and restaurants these days is labeled “GF”, it’s obvious that I am late to the gluten-free party. The primary reason I hesitated to try it was simple. I viewed gluten-free as yet another version of a low-carb diet in disguise. Well I’m here to report that I was wrong….potentially very wrong.
I often wonder if chronic illnesses, such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, are man-made. I know this is a bold thought, but it’s really hard for me to believe that we were created with the intention to suffer from disease. Unfortunately, there is no way we will ever know the answer to this notion, as it is beyond the scope of recorded medical history. At minimum, I believe there is enough current scientific evidence to suggest that the prevalence and increasing rate of chronic illness is attributable to mankind….that is, lifestyle and environmental conditions. Continue reading
How come every man who has lost a significant amount of weight has done so through a new exercise regimen? Or so they claim….right?
Be it running, biking, swimming, CrossFit, TRX, P90X, whatever. It’s all a bunch of bull. Just say it man….you lost weight because you started eating better! There, that wasn’t so hard. Was it??
According to a recent Ad Age article, the disproportionate amount of weight-loss industry advertising dollars being spent on women vs. men, is due to man’s misconception about how to get in shape: Continue reading
“I work out so that I can eat whatever I want.”
I hear this ALL THE TIME and it makes me laugh. As if people knowingly abuse their body (create a “health deficit” so to speak) in order to pay it back it later. It’s like taking out an “IOU” for making a purposely poor eating decision. Hey, I totally get being indulgent on occasion….I just don’t understand the concept killing yourself at the gym to “un-do” what you put in your mouth each day.
And then are those who work out with the intention of losing weight. While this is a noble pursuit, many are unfortunately doomed to fail. You can’t routinely stuff your face and then expect to do an extra 30 minutes on the treadmill to make up for it. It just won’t work. Ask anyone who has been successful at losing weight – particularly those few who have sustained the loss – and they will tell you it’s a combination of exercise AND diet….most likely due in large part to the latter. Many people who have been successful over the long-term would argue that the ratio is probably 70% diet and 30% exercise…perhaps even as much as 80% diet and 20% exercise. What if I were to tell you that it’s 100% diet and 0% exercise. Would you believe me? I’m not making the argument that exercise is unimportant….to the contrary, there are numerous benefits, including cardiovascular health, strength, flexibility, etc. However, it is an absolute fact that you can certainly lose weight by diet alone. So could the 100/0 ratio be correct?