I am often frustrated with all references in the media, popular culture, or personal conversation to metabolism. Most people refer to metabolism in an amorphous way as if it is a magical force that, if properly manipulated, will determine the course of one’s weight loss journey. It’s some energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together. Wait, that’s the force as described by Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. Regardless most people’s concept of metabolism is just as fantastical and fictional. Continue reading
I was sitting in the nurses station at the hospital yesterday when I overheard the telemetry tech talking with one of the nurses about her weight loss plans. My ears perked up and I eavesdropped on their conversation. Perhaps this wasn’t the polite thing to do but considering this weight loss education hobby of mine I let my curiosity win the day. Continue reading
I love sweet potatoes. They are nutritionally equivalent to white potatoes but they add a lot more flavor which means you need less quantity to get better quality in terms of flavor. If you want to add protein and make it a meal, throw in some chicken breast to make it more substantial. Regardless, this recipe is a good low calorie healthy one with a bit of spice thrown in to help you keep warm in the cold winter months. I got this one from http://deliciouslyella.com. Enjoy!
It is clear when exploring the research on obesity that people have no idea how many calories they are consuming (see my prior post on the topic Why you can’t be trusted for more info). What has happened is that the size and calories of our foods have steadily increased over the past few decades in an imperceptible way. In addition, the size of our population has also grown. What this creates is a situation where a new normal is created. We all judge what is normal by an evaluation of the world around us. If everyone around you is a healthy weight, then a healthy weight is normal. If everyone around you is overweight then overweight becomes the new normal. Continue reading
It think it all started with the attempts by former NYC mayor Bloomberg to restrict the size of sugary drinks sold in the big apple. Like, many, the idea seemed ridiculous. I mean, what’s the difference between a large coke and a piece of chocolate cake? Calories are calories, right? I was inspired set off on a bit of a research project and came across some interesting literature about the difference between drinking your calories and eating them (you can click here to read more about that). I also became fascinated about the research on the difference between calories obtained from carbs vs. other nutrition sources. I can already feel your boredom. Ugh, there he goes again with all that boring science. I hear you. Continue reading
It all started back in the early 1990s. Actually, it probably started long before that. It probably started the first time someone decided to sell a substance on the claim that it improved health. Fast forward a few millenia with some advances in chemistry and much better marketing techniques and you get the multibillion dollar nutritional supplement industry. Continue reading