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The Science and Practice of Low-Carb Diets — Dr. Eric Westman

The Science and Practice of Low-Carb Diets – YouTube

Duke University’s Dr. Eric Westman answers viewer questions about the Atkins diet during a live “Office Hours” webcast interview, January 19, 2012. Westman is the director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine program and co-author of “The New Atkins for a New You.” Moderating is James Todd from Duke’s Office of News and Communications.

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“But a low-carb lifestyle is soooo boring.” I don’t think so!

A short clip from an interview with FatHead movie director Tom Naughton.

The Mouth Trap: Tom Naughton – “But a low-carb lifestyle is soooo boring.” I don’t think so! (1:07) – YouTube

(I would add that the radical extreme removal of fats in a low fat diet makes it tasteless and boring.)

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The Men Who Made Us Fat

The Men Who Made Us Fat Part 1 of 12 – YouTube
(Watching the video here will play all 12 episodes within this post or click the link above to watch on YouTube)


Around the world, obesity levels are rising. More people are now overweight than undernourished. Jacques Peretti traces those responsible for revolutionising our eating habits. It features many leading experts who I’ve read and follow including my favorites David A. Kessler (The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite),  Gary Taubes (Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It & Good Calories, Bad Calories: Fats, Carbs, and the Controversial Science of Diet and Health) and Dr. Robert Lustig (Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease).

Jacques Peretti gives us a summary of his documentary here: BBC News – What caused the obesity crisis in the West?

BBC Two – The Men Who Made Us Fat – Episode guide

Episode 1:     Part 1    Part 2     Part 3     Part 4
Episode 2:     Part 1    Part 2     Part 3     Part 4
Episode 3:     Part 1    Part 2     Part 3     Part 4

Commentary and Recommendations:

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Falling Off The Wagon

Low Carb Confidential’s written a good essay about what is essentially “falling off the (ketosis) wagon“: Anatomy of a Failure: Recovering from a Dieting Disaster | Low Carb Confidential

I understand the sentiment, thinking, and circumstances all too well.

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Mark Bittman on Morning Joe Wednesday, June 5, 2013

VB6EatVeganBefore6Saw Mark Bitman (who I always enjoy seeing and/or reading) on Morning Joe this morning (An excerpt from Mark Bittman’s “VB6″ — MSNBC) promoting his new book VB6: Eat Vegan Before 6:00 to Lose Weight and Restore Your Health . . . for Good,

A couple of times he used the phrase “the science says” or “the science tells us” but what he was saying wasn’t really jiving with what I come to believe “the science really says” thanks to Gary Taubes so I googled the keywords ‘Mark Bittman Gary Taubes’ and found these articles so I could see where they cross paths:

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Low Carb Paleo with Mark Sisson – YouTube

I was surfing around through YouTube this evening perusing construction software videos (I write software for the building & remodeling industry for a living) and I haven’t a clue as to why but this video appeared in the column of related videos on the right side of my screen,

Low Carb Paleo with Mark Sisson – YouTube

Mark Sisson writes the extremely popular blog: Mark’s Daily Apple and has written several excellent Books On Paleo. 

 

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The Fat Switch (ebook)

From Dana Carpenter’s blog: The Coolest Book I’ve Read In a Long Time

“…The jist is this: The ability to put on fat, and the mechanisms that allow that, are not pathological, but evolutionary survival mechanisms. Animals of every variety have the ability to store fat, and most gain fat, often tremendous quantities of fat, only to simply stop eating and live off that fat comfortably. Further, they often perform prodigious physical feats while fasting, like migrating thousands of miles.

fat-switchIt is, Dr. Johnson says, as if animals have an internal switch that they flip from “fat gaining” to “fat burning.” The question then becomes why so many of us seem to have switches that are jammed in the “on” position? The answer to that question is fascinating — spoiler: it involves fructose. Further, Dr. Johnson holds out real hope for a cure for the broken fat switch.

(Read the complete post…)

This fellow she is writing about Dr. Richard Johnson has written an ebook The Fat Switch The Fat Switch which I think I’ll be reading real soon.

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What I’m Reading, Thursday, May 30, 2013

A good ride on my default route tonight. I’m think I ride best in the heat. I’m thinking I get lose a lot easier in the heat.

From one of the blogs I follow via my Feedly, (Low Carb Confidential | The World’s Worst Successful Low Carb Dieter):

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UCLA students dig into the physics of food – latimes.com

UCLA students dig into the physics of food – latimes.com

A class at UCLA teaches all about the science behind what makes lettuce crispy, coffee bitter, and apple pie truly tasty.

The three undergrads looked warily at the pulverized apples in their bowl.

The would-be pastry chefs had planned to drop dollops of the mixture into a chemical bath, creating fruity spheres with a filmy skin and an oozing interior. Their early attempts left a lot to be desired. The apple mush was bland, like baby food. The finished globules were teardrop-shaped rather than round. And they were chewy, like aging Jell-O.

“It needs sugar,” Amirari Diego said, with a sigh.

Diego and his two buddies, Stephen Phan and Kevin Yang, were playing with their food for the sake of science — and their transcripts.

They’re students in Physiological Sciences 7 (that would be Science & Food to you and me), a class at UCLA that teaches all about the physics that make lettuce crispy, meat chewy and dough springy; the molecules that make coffee bitter, and carrots sweet.

read the complete article….

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The 7 Minute Workout (HICT)

The Scientific 7-Minute Workout – NYTimes.com

Exercise science is a fine and intellectually fascinating thing. But sometimes you just want someone to lay out guidelines for how to put the newest fitness research into practice.

An article in the May-June issue of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal does just that. In 12 exercises deploying only body weight, a chair and a wall, it fulfills the latest mandates for high-intensity effort, which essentially combines a long run and a visit to the weight room into about seven minutes of steady discomfort — all of it based on science.

“There’s very good evidence” that high-intensity interval training provides “many of the fitness benefits of prolonged endurance training but in much less time,” says Chris Jordan, the director of exercise physiology at the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, Fla., and co-author of the new article.

Work by scientists at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and other institutions shows, for instance, that even a few minutes of training at an intensity approaching your maximum capacity produces molecular changes within muscles comparable to those of several hours of running or bike riding.

Interval training, though, requires intervals; the extremely intense activity must be intermingled with brief periods of recovery. In the program outlined by Mr. Jordan and his colleagues, this recovery is provided in part by a 10-second rest between exercises. But even more, he says, it’s accomplished by alternating an exercise that emphasizes the large muscles in the upper body with those in the lower body. During the intermezzo, the unexercised muscles have a moment to, metaphorically, catch their breath, which makes the order of the exercises important.

The exercises should be performed in rapid succession, allowing 30 seconds for each, while, throughout, the intensity hovers at about an 8 on a discomfort scale of 1 to 10, Mr. Jordan says. Those seven minutes should be, in a word, unpleasant. The upside is, after seven minutes, you’re done.

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