Posts Tagged 'weight loss'

Is red meat killing us?

Is red meat killing us?

“For the greatest enemy of truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

– John F. Kennedy, Yale University commencement address (June 11, 1962)

This is one of my favorite quotes.  Unfortunately, ...

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Do calories matter?

Do calories matter?

In a word, yes.  But, technically this is the wrong question.  The correct question is probably closer to, “What is the impact of the calories I consume on my body’s ability to store fat versus burn fat?

The immediate follow-up question to some variant of this first question is, “Should I be counting calories?” In a word, no. But you’ll want to read this post fully to qualify that answer.

Before I answer these important questions, let’s spend a few moments reviewing ...

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Why Weight Watchers is actually a low carb diet

Why Weight Watchers is actually a low carb diet

Invariably I get asked the question, “If carbohydrates are so bad, why did [so-and-so] lose weight on the [such-and-such] diet?”, where “such-and-such” diet is not a “low-carb” diet. Obviously, this is an important question and a pretty complex one.

There are several layers to this and, frankly, there are some things we can’t fully explain – I’ll always acknowledge this. That said, many of the successes (at least weight-wise, though hopefully by now you realize there is much more to health ...

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Irisin: The magic exercise hormone?

Irisin: The magic exercise hormone?

On January 11 an article was published in the NY Times Health blog section titled, “Exercise hormone may fight obesity and diabetes.”  The article reports on a recently published study in the journal Nature, the abstract of which can be found here.

The authors present research linking a hormone secreted during exercise to the conversion of white fat (white adipose tissue, WAT) to brown fat (brown adipose tissue, BAT).  This is interesting from a scientific perspective because ...

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The Fat Trap, NYT Magazine article – thoughts and comments

The Fat Trap, NYT Magazine article – thoughts and comments

On January 1, NY Times wellness columnist, Tara Parker-Pope, wrote an article in the NYT Magazine titled The Fat Trap, and many of you forwarded it on to me. This was an excellent piece and I suspect it will be one of the most read pieces this year in the wellness space.

Ms. Parker-Pope acknowledges that weight loss is very difficult and the rate of recidivism for overweight people who lose weight is upsettingly high.  The article ...

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Revisit the causality of obesity

Revisit the causality of obesity

My last post addressed a point that has historically (and currently) led to great confusion – the idea of what causes obesity.  In the previous post, discussing what I call “the great medical disconnect,” I wrote about obesity (i.e., unregulated horizontal growth) being caused by excess insulin, which in turn leads to overeating and under-moving.  This is contrasted with the reverse – overeating causing obesity.  Let’s double-click on this idea using one of the most important laws governing our ...

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