I hear you. I lost about 70 lbs a few years back (and I've managed to keep almost all of it off ) and there was one girl at my old job who constantly bugged me about my exercise habits. When I was still hitting the gym everyday I would try to burn no less than 2500 calories. For some reason she couldn't understand that combining exercise, portion control and BASIC SENSE could lead to a more healthy you. Needless to say she's picked up a few more pounds since then
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Actually that sounds like a great diet for me. I'm lactose and gluten intolerant anyway. And from reading your posts I already pretty much do that diet already, I'd just have to make a few small changes. I'm not concerned about my weight- I'm pretty healthy as is and I like the way I look. I'm actually much more concerned about managing my IBS than anything else.
The word 'diet' is negative and invokes failure, but making small changes to your daily habits does work... eventually. I have lost 20kg from changing my exercise habits and eating habits over the past year. I banned the word diet from my vocabulary, and called it a challenge instead.
At the bare basic level, I think what needs to be done is to measure an individual glucose/insulin tolerance. If this is low, then he should change his diet to contain less carbohydrates. If this is high, then he can handle moderate amounts of carbohydrates. In addition, his gluten and lactose tolerances need to be evaluated as well as they cause inflammation and allergy in case of low-tolerance individuals.
Paleo diet seems to be rather interesting. For example, the level of insulin spike after eating a cooked sweet potato is considerably higher than its uncooked counterpart. Not to mention, it is much easier to overindulge the cooked one.
In terms of public health, perhaps the two worst mistakes the US has ever made involve: 1) Demonizing saturated fats and cholesterol; 2) Lopsided USDA food pyramid. The official recommendations have done nothing to reduce increasing rates of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. Overall, squandering billions of public funds on ever-expensive and questionable drugs instead of looking for fundamentals.
The NHS 'eat well' plate looks almost like the USDA 'food pyramid' in that both of them are way too loaded with carbohydrates. These two groupthinking zombies are really telling the public -- Hey, let's get fat!
There was an awesome graph at gnolls.org that showed the 1977 "healthy diet advice" which recommended high-grain, low-fat (for the first time. It DIRECTLY correlated with a sharp rise in obesity only a few years later, which got faster and faster until today. The tag-line the blogger added? "Well, that worked."
I would even go further and say -- That worked splendidly too well!
I have browsed through gnolls.com and I think one of the best articles from that site is titled 'Why Snack Food is Addictive'. [link]
Most dieting typically fails because their proponents do not get into the fundamentals like how hunger and satiety relate to nutritional compositions. This would be equivalent to teaching a learner how to control the steering wheel without teaching him how to read the odometer and the fuel gauge.
I couldn't care less for sweet foods, but I love chips in every form they come, and I don't usually know when to stop. I mean, I can stop myself, but I could easily eat tons of it. That's my only weakness; and I'm not fat nor chubby, I'm average, but I could still get rid of some belly fat if I knew to behave better.
Regarding snacks ... (Not an exhaustive list, but my immediate thoughts)
Potato chips/crisps versus something like walnuts: You will have hard time trying to overeat the latter, while very little problems with the former.
French fries (American) or chips (British): On their own, uncooked potatoes are not that palatable. Either cook them into something attractive or else. But have ketchup, salt & vinegar, or mayonnaise combine with these potato products: You can consume them like crazy.
Nuts is a good idea; in general, I love anything from pistachios to peanuts to walnuts. That might actually work, if they're not too unhealthy stuff.
Aren't potatoes a really high sugar source, though? I mean, I LOVE fries (and mayonnaise, too, ) but I try to limit how much of them I eat because of that. And mayonnaise, too, I love it but it feels "heavy" on my body for some reason.
I think I should learn to love healthier stuff, but I'm paranoid about new tastes and vegetables and fruit aren't really my best friends.
Very good article there! I knew about the fat-sweet hypothesis, but some of it has shed new light, especially that nutrient-deficiency study!
One thing I WOULD add onto it, however, is that modern hunter-gatherers are frequent snackers. If they're out and about, tracking, gathering, checking snares or moving camp; they'll be picking berries off bushes and insects out of the grass and popping them into their mouths as they go. However (in the tribes that do this and during the seasons they do): their meals are FAR smaller than a modern human's (think: fistful of meat, piece of fruit) and they may only have a meal a day. When they snack, it's one or two berries or a locust. Modern humans, by comparison, eat HUGE meals, three to four times a day and, when they snack, they finish the bag/box. Hunter-Gatherer: 5 nuts, four locusts, an earthworm, one meal of a fistful of meat, one meal of crushed fruit and nuts. Modern human: a bowful of kcal-dense, sugary grain, a 10oz steak with chips, a large sandwich with mayonnaise, eggs, ham, cheese and some salad, two packets of crisps. Basically: the easy availability of food is ruining what may have been a natural instinct (the odd snack when out and about).
Indeed! I find myself eating 1300kcal in warm weather, low activity; 1500kcal in warm weather with high activity or cold weather with low activity; 1800kcal in cold weather with high activity and about 2000kcal in VERY high activity (which is becoming more frequent, as I want larger, stronger arms). Before, eating a "healthy" diet I needed about 2000kcal as a minimum to keep satisfied and, eating a typical diet, I needed 2500kcal to keep satisfied. Yes, the 2500kcal one made me fat, but I couldn't go through the day without craving certain foods. Now that I eat no grain, no legumes (save green ones, like peas and runnerbeans, of course), no junk and fill myself on healthy, natural fats, I eat less and feel more satisfied and stronger. My body must've been seriously out-of-whack, because I've not felt like this since I was a toddler!
I started taking interest in diabetes and obesity after watching presentations made by Dr. Robert H. Lustig (a pediatrician from University of Calfornia at San Francisco, 'Sugar: The Bitter Truth -- can be found in YouTube) and Gary Taubes (a science writer who has authored two books, Good Fats, Bad Fats and Why We Get Fat. He can also be found in YouTube). Furthermore, my mom and uncle have diabetes (type 2). Consequently, I have become particularly interested in the biochemistry of metabolism and how our bodies handle nutrition.
Everybody's different. It won't work for everybody. What worked for me was just eating whole foods, lots of vegetables and fruits. I didn't do any specific measurement. I just ate healthy. It took some time but I dropped from a 12 to a 5.
Usually I don't care about others' diets, unless they're obnoxious about it. You're coming off kinda "Well, that's fine for you, but I eat what was MEANT to be and thus I'm actually right." At least it's when people ask what you do. How do you tell someone is mildly intolerant to gluten or dairy anyway? Maybe they ignore you because you come off a bit preachy? My diet is mainly high in protein and fiber, and because of protein it often follows with some fats. I have a buddy who was raised anti-any fat and it drives me up the fucking wall when she tells me how bad some of my (lower processed foods, mind you) are bad for me...When she goes a bit crazy on portion control and will choose some higher processed stuff over lower, because it's lower fat or just quicker to make. Pretty sure she'd be just as unhappy if I lectured her about her habits, even if they're bad.
Maybe "damn man, how u get skinny?" is just a rhetorical question. I've been asked how I got skinny because I lost a lot of weight over this year, and I feel like I'd be treading some really dangerous territory if I elaborated.
A chaotic summer has left me wrecked in terms of sleep, mental focus and energy (energy depletion being a direct result of the first two). I'm now 10 lbs outside of my recommended BMI (no bigs - I'll blame it on being due to winter bulking season ), so I have to drop about 15-25 to be back at my prime weight. Thankfully, my schedule is going to become far more stable in a week or two, so I can actually develop a workout routine again.
At some point in that time (probably around March), I'll probably start on keto, which will be a small challenge since I've gone full vegetarian since February. I see LOTS of eggwhites, nuts, avocado and olive oil in my future...
-avocado -nuts -butter (low in lactose, high in fat) -drink 300ml of double cream a day -eat the whole egg -mix extra olive oil into soups and stews AFTER cooking them, that way the fats don't become denatured -try coconut oil, sprinkled with nuts as a snack (sooooo good!)
Not just 'mericans. Westerners in any bloody shape and form.
Fuck, I've found North-African Muslim Blacks that are more likely to understand the health benefits of barefoot walking than British chavs. *despair* Smeimes I'd swear my race is half geniuses and half the thickest humans on the planet... *sigh*
True. I guess people just want easy answers, regardless of whether they're right or wrong. "Eat the food pyramid!" even when the food pyramid people changed it in 2005 and the reason we don use their current one is because it was considered "harder to understand". *twitch* Brainwashing and being too lazy to even ATTEMPT to counter it.
Sounds pretty good. I do like the premise, really, bread is mostly empty calories and I lost a lot of weight when I cut it out, but I've got such a terrible sweet tooth that going full-hog paleo would take me quite some time.
There are a few resources for Type1 diabetics at marksdailyapple.com, just in case you have any queries or concerns. I know it's hard when you have a non-food-induced illness, because you worry that any change will mess you up for good! Hope you can give it a go. Just go with caution and return to the diabetic diet if you see a worsening of your condition.
My diet is I can eat any junk food as long as I cook it myself (Yes, I know how to make my own Oreos. They. Are. Amazing.)
But the real bitch of my digestive system is that I'm not intolerant to grain or lactose of any of the normal stuff. No, I'm intolerant to vegetables. Carrots are the worst. I can eat them, but only if I cook them until all the fight's gone out of them, and even then I find myself taking days off. I also have a weird reaction to onions.
Seems to be the fiber, I do ok if they're cooked until they're soft. Like, really soft. It's really mostly carrots and broccoli, maybe beets. Bok choy is fine, and leafy greens seem to be ok too. And potatoes don't seem to bug me at all (I eat sweet potatoes usually). And fruit and nuts don't give me a problem, even though I've been known to eat a whole container of strawberries at one time.
But I had this WHOLE plan for healthy snacking with carrots and it's all out the window
No, but I get your point there! There's a lot of crap we eat anyhow, like pesticides, excesisve copper (on organig veg, growth hormones... It's hard to cut it all out, but the more you ommit the better.
I sometimes get concerned about what other people eat, to be honest. Paleo or Primal? Awesome. Veggie? Fine with that. Vegan? Hell, I know a few "Vegan oxen", it doesn't KILL. But when you see an obese mother giving her poor little daughter Starbucks milkshakes, filled with sugar and artificial poisons... Noooooo! Wanna steal the kid away.
Paleo diet is so fucking stupid, it's unbelievable. It's nothing like what early humanoids would actually eat
Do you know what early humanoids ate, mostly? Not a nice piece of steak. Not a lean, skinless chicken breast. They were eating things like offal and marrow, especially marrow. Marrow is highly nutrient, yes, but it's also very fatty, very calorie loaded.
That's one of two reasons why humans ate marrow.
Humans are thinkers. We are not runners, or fighters. We look at the situation, and find the best possible outcome. If you're near a bunch of lions, do you try to work against them AND then try to kill prey?
Or do you let lions hunt and kill, eating their feel and collecting the large bones, breaking them open to feast on the marrow that the animals left behind.
The other reason is that early humanoids couldn't just go to a supermarket to get their ~~trendy~~ skinless chicken breast. If the hunters failed to bring back a meal for two-three days, your 'healthy potion of lean meat' and shit is going to give your body jack all to live on. However, the high fat, high calorie (exactly the thing modern humans shouldn't eat) , would get you through.
If you want to have a ~~trendy~~ diet, that's completely fine. Don't use fake science to justify it.