October 22, 2015
Our bodies fight restrictive diets in every way possible, resulting in weight gain, not weight loss, over the long term.
Starting a new diet can be thrilling. It’s a time of hope and possibility. The process often starts with a trip to the drugstore for a notebook to write down the details of every meal. Then it’s off to the grocery store to fill the cart with strange ingredients such as chia seeds and apple-cider vinegar… Continue Reading
September 30, 2015
Researchers say traditional weight-loss guidelines obscure the effects of calories from different sources.
It’s a law of thermodynamics: A calorie in equals a calorie out. Energy is neither created nor destroyed.
In other words: Calories don’t disappear. The idea is that as long as you’re eating fewer calories than you’re expending, you shed pounds. You can do this with a diet of Twinkies and candy bars or with salmon and arugula.
But food is more than just its caloric value.
September 13, 2015
(Corrects to state Sean Buchan’s hemoglobin A1C test results were 9.2 percent.)
Type 2 diabetes has become a global epidemic. Despite growing evidence implicating sugar as its cause, Big Soda and industry-funded science continue to point the finger at the scale.
The ice cubes clinking against the glass. The bright beads of condensation promising relief from the Ohio humidity. The refreshing zing. Sean Buchan loved sweet tea.
“The sweeter, the… Continue Reading
City of San Francisco cites science in asking court to dismiss American Beverage Association lawsuit challenging sugary-beverage ordinances.
The way Jim O’Hara sees it, it’s just like the lyrics of that 1960s song: “I fought the law and the law won.”
“Big Soda can’t fight the science. The science is clear and Big Soda’s gonna lose,” said the director of health promotion policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer-advocate organization based in Washington, D.C.
Did you overwork your adrenal glands or are you getting worked by mythology and marketing?
Sticking to a physical exercise routine is tiring, but the soreness and fatigue from a good workout can easily be alleviated with a full meal and plenty of rest, so you’re raring to go by the time your next workout rolls around.
That’s the theory, at least.
When real life gets in the way, recovery can suffer. Sometimes, fatigue persists for so long between… Continue Reading
August 24, 2015
For almost 50 years, Gatorade’s marketing machine has been working to make you thirsty.
You can lead a man to water, but you can’t make him drink. Add sugar, salt, artificial flavors and a good story, and he’ll drink himself to death.
Since the early 1960s, sports-drink companies have worked to sell as many beverages as possible, and now the toughest market segment—people who just aren’t thirsty—has become the target thanks to clever advertising and sponsored research.
Gatorade created the… Continue Reading
American Beverage Association sues San Francisco over health-warning language on ads for sugar-sweetened beverages.
It’s not the occasional 8-oz. soda that’s worrisome. It’s the fact that most people who drink soda guzzle much more than just one, noted Marion Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University.
“Some studies find that even one 12-ounce soda a day is associated with an increased risk for type-2 diabetes,”… Continue Reading
A lover of Indian food, Nick Massie of PaleoNick.com brings us chicken tikka masala served with spaghetti squash.
“’Tikka’ means ‘chunk,’ and ‘masala’ is really just any spice mix,” Massie says.
This flavorful recipe includes ginger, garlic, onion, cilantro and a homemade masala. To spice it up, Massie adds cayenne and chili pepper, but that’s optional depending on your yearning for burning.
To put the meal in the Zone, Massie recommends weighing the chicken… Continue Reading