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Americans Blame Obesity on Willpower, Despite Evidence It’s Genetic – The New York Times

Via NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists

Obesity affects one third of Americans. And even though research proves it is caused by interactions between the environment and genetics, three-quarters of a new survey’s participants still think it results from a lack of willpower. “It’s frustrating to see doctors and the general public stigmatize patients with obesity and blame these patients, ascribing attributes of laziness or lack of willpower,” says obesity researcher Donna Ryan. “We would never treat patients with alcoholism or any chronic disease this way.”

Americans Blame Obesity on Willpower, Despite Evidence It’s Genetic

Americans believe that obesity is the biggest health threat in the nation today – bigger even than cancer. But though scientific research shows that diet and exercise are insufficient solutions, a large majority say fat people should be able to summon the willpower to lose weight on their own.

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How SciBabe Lost (and kept off) 90 Pounds | Body for Wife

How SciBabe Lost (and kept off) 90 Pounds

This Guest Post is by Yvette d’Entremont, A.K.A. Science Babe www.SciBabe.com / www.Facebook.com/SciBabe Screw you, Dane Cook. My brain is geared to like certain things: Puppies, dirty jokes, and data. I’m a scientist, so I made a career out of at least one of these. I also cry with joy…

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Beyond the Binge: Eric Dietzius’s Success Story · Experience Life

Beyond the Binge: Eric Dietzius’s Success Story

One man’s journey to move beyond poor health habits – and overcome an undiagnosed eating disorder. When our first child was born in 2007, I had an awakening. Carrying 285 pounds on my 5-foot-11-inch frame, I was completely out of shape. I had become a self-indulgent person, and it was time to start living for my family.

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This Man Stretched 10 Minutes a Day For a Month. Here’s What Happened. | Bicycling

This Man Stretched 10 Minutes a Day For a Month. Here’s What Happened.

Like most guys, I hated stretching. Why waste time sitting around when I could cram in more lifting? It hurt to learn that I was wrong-throbbed like hell, actually. I hurt my hip doing a leg workout and going running the same day, and had to shut down.

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Losing weight in 10 easy steps – and why you shouldn’t do an Ironman | Mountain Bike Trailer Park

Mountain Bike Trailer Park: Losing weight in 10 easy steps – and why you shouldn’t do an Ironman

I recently posted a huge personal victory on FaceBook. Specifically, I posted that I had officially reached 100 pounds of weight loss. This post got a lot of likes. In fact, more than any post I have ever done. Apparently, I touched a nerve. Since then, I also completed my first half Ironman race.

Things I’ll take away from this fellows experience:

  • “…For cardio, I do short, high intensity workouts a couple times a week. This builds speed and really ramps up the calorie burn. And, a couple times a week I do longer, slower cardio workouts. This helps endurance and is generally more fun than high intensity work. “
  • “…To stay motivated (and this is the hardest part), I enter races and events.” [Twenty years ago that was a big motivator for me. Time to resurrect it. The BHAG.]
  • “…What do you like? Swimming? Hiking? Bird-watching? Look for events that are enjoyable to you. Then register and pay for them. Put them on your calendar. Now you’ve got a reason to train and you have skin in the game.”
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The way you’re stretching is almost certainly not doing anything for you — Quartz

The way you’re stretching is almost certainly not doing anything for you

Stretching has always been a part of fitness. Most of us were taught to believe that being able to touch your toes or grasp your hands with one arm over your shoulder and the other behind your back was linked to injury prevention, less sore muscles, and even better performance.

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Faster Higher Stronger : How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes–and What We Can Learn from Them | Book

My brother Peter is a professional sports trainer specializing in “The Secerets of Speed”. I will have to check in with him and see if he has checked out this book Faster Higher Stronger : How Sports Science Is Creating a New Generation of Superathletes–and What We Can Learn from Them yet or Mark McClusky’s website for that matter.

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How To Avoid Weight Loss Failure – AskMen

“Most popular diets are made of stupid, because stupid sells. Fear this, caveman that. Grains rot brains and sugar is more addictive than cocaine. Should you eat based on your blood type, or astrological sign? Put butter in your coffee and never eat chemiKILLS — they’re toxic! Lose ten pounds this week, directly from your belly, because magic berries seen on Dr. Oz. The stupid … it burns!” — James Fell’s latest for AskMen.

How To Avoid Weight Loss Failure

Dieting is easy. It’s like riding a bike. And the bike is on fire. And so is the ground. And everything is on fire. Because you’re in hell. -Seen on Facebook The modern diet industry is an eating disorder waiting to happen. Most popular diets are made of stupid, because stupid sells.

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I know exactly what to do! (So why am I still not in shape?) | PrecisionNutrition.com

The emphasis is mine…

Once you reach a certain level of knowledge and experience, the missing link is no longer a new exercise program, the perfect nutrition plan, or a new supplement to try.

The one thing you’re missing is this: being accountable—to someone or something—for your workouts and nutrition.

“Accountability is the acknowledgment of responsibility for your actions with the obligation to report, explain, and be responsible for the resulting consequences.”

In other words, accountability keeps you consistent because you have to report back what you’re doing—or not doing—in the gym and in the kitchen to someone else.

I know exactly what to do! (So why am I still not in shape?)

If you’re active and knowledgeable about health and fitness, but still aren’t quite in shape like you think you could be, you’re probably just missing one or two crucial pieces. In this post I’ll tell you what those are – and share two key strategies for getting on track.

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A Blog I Just Discovered and Find Interesting — Joy Victoria, FitnessBaddies.com

Joy Victoria –

Here are three things I do with every client, every session, that are simple and have a firm scientific basis for implementation. That means you can do them right away, and improve training immediately. These aren’t contestable facts, so no research links are included, but if you would like to learn more for yourself, you can follow your curiosity.

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