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Calorie Quality Factor 3: Nutrition (Part 2)

Looking at Nutrition per calorie (see previous post) is important because: It gives us a more accurate view of which foods are nutritious. It helps us burn body fat instead of slowing down or burning muscle. Like Satiety and Aggression, a food’s Nutrition depends on water, fiber, and protein. Water and fiber have no calories, […]

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It’s All About Results – A Pragmatism Primer

  “The efficacy of any treatment of obesity can be appraised only by the permanence of the result.” – H. Burch, Baylor University Before we get into the solution to the pressing health issues facing us today, I’d like to share some simple philosophy I find useful to keep in mind. The philosophy of pragmatism. Pragmatists are results-oriented—they […]

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Calorie Quality Factor 4: Efficiency (The “E” in SANE)

“Efficiency…is dependent on…the nature of the fuel and the processes enlisted by the organism. A simple example is the inefficiency of low-test gasoline…If a ‘calorie is a calorie’…were true, [then gasoline is gasoline and] nobody would pay extra for high test gasoline.” – R.D. Feinman, State University of New York Downstate Medical Center A calorie […]

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Scientific Fact: Eating Less Is Harmful and Doesn’t Lead To Lasting Fat Loss

While researching weight loss, University of Wisconsin researchers R.E. Keesey and M.D. Hirvonen discovered that “metabolism declines by an amount significantly in excess of that expected from the loss in metabolically active tissue. We have observed a drop of 24.6% in daily resting energy expenditure when the body weight of rats was reduced (by caloric […]

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A Healthy Body/Mind Automatically Balances Calories

It’s great to see articles like this that reinforce how a healthy body/mind automatically balances calories in and calories out…and how food quality is key to keeping the brain balancing us out automatically. “Responsibility for monitoring calorie input and energy output falls to the brain. And the job is not easy, says endocrinologist Michael Schwartz, […]

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The Simple Scientific Cause of the Obesity Epidemic

  “[Governmental] dietary guidelines necessarily are political compromises between what science tells us about nutrition and health and what is good for the food industry.” – M. Nestle, New York University As our knowledge of the human body becomes ever more exact, scientists have made remarkable leaps forward in many fields. We have completed the […]

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What a novelist can teach us about weight loss

I recently stumbled upon a beautiful quote by the American novelist and short story writer Nathaniel Hawthorne: Happiness in this world, when it comes, comes incidentally. Make it the object of pursuit, and it leads us on a wild-goose chase, and is never attained. Follow some other object, and very possibly we may find that […]

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Eating Fat Does Not Hurt Cholesterol & It’s Not About Lowering Cholesterol Anyway

  “Although low-fat high-carbohydrate diets are recommended…in an effort to reduce the risk of coronary artery disease, the results of short-term studies have shown that these diets can lead to…an increased risk of coronary artery disease.” – The American Diabetes Association As with other popular misconceptions about how our bodies work, confusion runs rampant about […]

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How to Eat More, Burn Fat, and Boost Health (Part 1 of 2)

  “Treating obesity will come not from repetition of anachronistic preconceptions [outdated theories] but rather from the rigorous scientific approach.” – J.M. Friedman, Rockefeller University You and I already know that we can eat more—smarter—by consuming more, higher-quality calories. But we first need to know what the highest-quality calories are, where we can get them, […]

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How Much Protein Should I Eat While Going SANE (Part 1 of 2)

  “There is a general consensus in the literature that protein stimulates dietary-induced thermogenesis [burning of calories] to a greater extent than other macronutrients.” – D. Paddon-Jones, University of Texas “Convincing evidence exists that protein exerts an increased thermic effect [calorie burning] effect when compared to fat and carbohydrate.” – T.L. Halton, Harvard University Eating […]

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Once Biggest Losers, Now Exercising Smarter – CrossFit, Spinning, Intervals, and More

  Next stop on The Biggest Loser’s Jennifer Jacobs and Jay Jacobs’ shift from short-term weight loss to long-term health and fat-loss: Q&A regarding exercising less–but smarter vs. exercising for literally six hours per day “on the ranch.” Enjoy the short, medium, and full versions of our chat below. I personally recommend the full version, but […]

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Side-effects May Include: Sexual Dysfunction, Depression, Hallucinations…

  Primum non nocere [First, do no harm]                         — A principal precept of medical ethics When it comes to medical issues, the wrong treatment can often be worse than no treatment. For example, subjects in a University of Minnesota experiment were prescribed a regimen of eating less and exercising more for weight loss. Taking a […]

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How Much Fat Should I Eat While Going SANE?

  “Simply lowering the percentage of energy from total fat in the diet is unlikely to…reduce coronary heart disease incidence.” –  F.B. Hu, Harvard University Overcoming the fear of fat is critical to eating a natural, balanced ratio of nutrients. We should never again skip SANE sirloin steak and non-starchy vegetables in favor of inSANE […]

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Simple Science: How Excess Insulin Makes Us Fat

  “…obesity is impossible in the absence of adequate tissue concentrations of insulin.” – M. Goldberg, in Journal of the American Medical Association In the last post we touched on how hormones control the metabolic conversation that determines if we are storing or burning body fat. Let’s now dig into the hormone insulin’s role in […]