Can You Exercise Less and Be Healthy?

weekend-warrior-2You may have noticed the headlines from a new study recently released in JAMA Internal Medicine in the popular media recently.  It has appeared with titles such as:

When I see headlines like these I get a bit nervous. Whenever the media tend to get a hold of research they do their best to distill the results into as few words as possible. At best this misses a lot of the nuance of the research and at worse is downright misleading. Continue reading

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Musings on Weight Gain and the Clock Change

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The leaves are turning, the air is a bit cooler, and the sun is starting to set earlier and earlier.  This, of course, means that we are well along on our descent into the darkness of winter.  It also means that it’s time to undertake our biannual international moment of temporary insanity when we collectively change our clocks and pretend that astronomical circadian rhythms will accommodate our insanity.  In other words, the clocks are about to change.
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The Best Weight Loss Memes

meme about memesI am a big fan of memes. I don’t know how to pronounce the word correctly but there’s something about the ability to capture a complex idea in a well written but brief statement packaged together with an interesting graphic. For those of you who do not know what a meme is, according to Webster it is an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture. In the context of the internet age, the term commonly (according to wikipedia) refers to  an activity, concept, catchphrase or piece of media which spreads, often as mimicry, from person to person via the Internet. Continue reading

Which is more important for weight loss – diet or exercise?

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Boxers or briefs? Chocolate or vanilla? Regular or decaf? These are many of the timeless controversies that has tormented humanity for the ages. Such a dialectic exists in the world of weight loss as well. Which should you focus on, diet or exercise, to be most successful in weight loss? Should you focus on the burning more at the gym or taking in less in the kitchen. Lift more or eat less? Continue reading

Exercises that burn more calories than running

getty-148345501-warrengoldswain-mainRunning is probably the most popular exercise in the world for weight loss.  I think the most likely reason is that it’s the easiest to do.  Most of us have been running since we were toddlers and pretty much have mastered the technique.  While ultra marathon fanatics would probably scream at me and claim that mastering running technique is something that few have done, I think most of us have the methodology down enough to make it the mainstay of our exercise routine. Continue reading

How your job can literally kill you…

London busIf you were filling out a job application to work for public transit in London in the 1950s you would be faced with a very important choice.  You would have no idea how important that choice was.  In fact, your life depended on it.  Take one job and you might be doomed for a life of heart disease and disability, take the other and you’d be fine.  Why is this?  What does this have to do with me, presumably a non-London bus driver in the 21st century.   Continue reading

In Response to the Voice

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You know that voice in your head, the annoying one, that stands in the way of all your successes.  It’s the one that tells you all the reasons you can’t, won’t, or shouldn’t.  We all have it so I’m sure you know what I’m talking about.  I’ve been thinking a lot about this voice recently and have noticed some important things.   The voice does not work by overpowering you.  Its success comes from its endless needling at you until you give in without even realizing you have succumbed.   It’s small but relentless.  It never fatigues.  This is the voice that is preventing you from succesffully losing weight.  But you already knew that, its your voice after all.

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