Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The 6th Myth of Modern Day Dieting: Cheat Days Are Wise

A few weeks ago I shot some short videos in my office covering the 13 myths of modern day dieting that I wrote about in The Diet Fix. Believing in these myths can break anyone's weight management efforts. Over the coming days I'll be publishing them online.

That up above?

That's a photo of The Keg's carrot cake à la mode. I once referred to it at the world's most dangerous piece of cake because who in their right mind would ever guess it contained more than a day's worth of calories?

While I'm all for thoughtful indulgences (and even that piece of carrot cake if you've thoughtfully decided it's worth it), in our current non-intuitive, hyper-calorific food environment, cheat days, even cheat meals, can easily sink your weight management efforts. The answer to the question, "is it worth it?", is a personal one, but if you don't even ask the question because the day or the meal's a "cheat", you're liable to bite off far more than you'd have thoughtfully decided was actually worth chewing.



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Monday, April 21, 2014

The 5th Myth of Modern Day Dieting: You Can Outrun Your Fork

A few weeks ago I shot some short videos in my office covering the 13 myths of modern day dieting that I wrote about in The Diet Fix. Believing in these myths can break anyone's weight management efforts. Over the coming days I'll be publishing them online.

80% of your modifiable weight is likely determined by your dietary choices leaving only 20% for your fitness choices. While exercise has truly fantastic health benefits and markedly mitigates the risks of weight, you're far more likely to lose weight in your kitchen than you are in your gym, and if you're exercising solely for the purpose of weight management, you run the risk of quitting perhaps the single healthiest behaviour you could adopt if and when the scales don't fly down. Unless you plan on spending a heroic part of each and every day running, you're not going to outrun your fork.



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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Saturday Stories: Hustles, HIV, and Watching

James Robinson in Pando Daily covers what he calls the Healbe Hustle, and why perhaps you should never trust or use Indiegogo.

Dr. Max Pemberton in The Spectator presents a compelling case for why he'd rather be diagnosed with HIV than diabetes.

And a heart breaking post by medical student Shara Yurkiewicz in her Scientific American column and an experience that in one way or another all of us MDs have sadly shared more than once.

[And if you don't follow me on Twitter or Facebook embedded below is a chat I had with Erica Ehm on why parental nos simply aren't sufficient to defend our children against the onslaught of junk food.]



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Friday, April 18, 2014

A Great Use for Condoms, Nutella, Mentos, and Coca-Cola

Now I don't speak one word of Italian, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the heck out of today's Funny Friday science video involving condoms, nutella, mentos, Coca-Cola, and a very lovable Italian.

Have a great weekend!



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Thursday, April 17, 2014

The 4th Myth of Modern Day Dieting: You Shouldn't Eat Unless You're Hungry

A few weeks ago I shot some short videos in my office covering the 13 myths of modern day dieting that I wrote about in The Diet Fix. Believing in these myths can break anyone's weight management efforts. Over the coming days I'll be publishing them online.

For those who struggle with dietary control I can't imagine a more dangerous piece of advice than, "you should wait until you're hungry to eat". Hunger influences choice. Shop at the supermarket hungry and you'll see that influence in action. Sit down to a meal hungry and while you're not shopping from an aisle, instead you'll be shopping from your fridge, cupboard, plate or a menu and no doubt, your choices will be different. On the other hand, organize your eating so that you're not hungry, and then you've got a shot, as "willpower", when it comes to dietary choice, is often simply the absence of hunger.



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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The 3rd Myth of Modern Day Dieting: Dieting Must Be Difficult

A few weeks ago I shot some short videos in my office covering the 13 myths of modern day dieting that I wrote about in The Diet Fix. Believing in these myths can break anyone's weight management efforts. Over the coming days I'll be publishing them online.

Simply put, weight lost through suffering comes back. While there's no doubt that weight management and healthful living require effort, if the efforts required include regularly facing off with hunger, blindly denying yourself foods you enjoy, or following a dietary regime that doesn't fit your tastes, they're not going to last.

Whatever program or diet you undertake, the most important predictor of your likelihood of long-term success is being able to answer, "yes" to the question, "could you happily live this way for the rest of your life", with the key word there being, "happily".



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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The 2nd Myth of Modern Day Dieting: Scales Measure Health

A few weeks ago I shot some short videos in my office covering the 13 myths of modern day dieting that I wrote about in The Diet Fix. Believing in these myths can break anyone's weight management efforts. Over the coming days I'll be publishing them online.

Scales don't measure the presence or absence of health. Nor do they measure happiness, self-worth, or success. Scales measure one thing, and one thing only. Scales measure weight.



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Monday, April 14, 2014

The 1st Myth of Modern Day Dieting: It's About Willpower

A few weeks ago I shot some short videos in my office covering the 13 myths of modern day dieting that I wrote about in The Diet Fix. Believing in these myths can break anyone's weight management efforts. Over the coming days I'll be publishing them online.

The first myth of modern day dieting is that willpower is required. Yet people often spend more willpower on weight management than any other area of their lives. Has there really been an epidemic global loss of willpower over the course of the past 60 years? I don't think so. We as a society haven't changed, the world around us has. In this day and age, and in this toxic food environment, weight struggles aren't a willpower issue, they're as Yale's Dr. David Katz would put it, a skillpower issue.



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Friday, April 11, 2014

If I Move to Japan, I think I'll Join this Gym

Thanks to trainer to the stars and friend Chad Landers for steering me to this unbelievably inspirational Funny Friday Japanese exercise video.

It's one of those that you have to see to believe.

Have a great weekend!



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