You see it parroted by everyone: drink 8 glasses (64 fl oz) of water a day. Most of those telling you this have heard it from someone who heard it from someone who heard it from someone. Even your doctor likely has no idea whether there are any facts to back this up. And there aren’t. Firstly, the research on hydration isn’t about water per se. It’s about all sources of liquid. That includes liquid
It’s the beginning of the year. You want to change things. You want to improve your health and fitness. What’s the first step? Lock yourself into a gym membership. If you spend the money, you’ll HAVE to go, right? Committing your future self to better choices than your present self is a strategy we have all tried. It doesn’t work. I know this from my own experience. And I actually LOVE exercise. I joined globogyms
My favorite nutrition authority is Dr Georgia Ede. She’s a psychiatrist and much of her analysis and recommendations focus on the mental health effects of foods. The really interesting thing is how her focus leads to the same diet choices as those of us simply seeking weight loss and optimum health. In other words, ditch the carbs. If you would like good analysis of current research, not to mention old research, visit her blog at
At 54 I know myself pretty well. I’ve gone from having been obese and unfit and eating a standard American diet to turning my lifestyle completely around. I did it mainly over two years, then tweaked it for the next eight. Additionally, as a personal trainer for the past seven years, I have seen what works and what doesn’t work for many people. I’ve seen the gung ho, the big spenders, and the desperate all
Only 12% of US adults are metabolically healthy. This is what a 2018 study out of Chapel Hill tells us. Researchers used the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) to calculate this number based on metabolic health, which is defined by the researchers as “having optimal levels of five factors: blood glucose, triglycerides, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, blood pressure and waist circumference, without the need for medications.” The NHANES includes personal interviews, physical examinations, laboratory
In the past decade, I’ve paid thousands of dollars for customized PDF downloads, online coaches, full-scale computer programs, and simple smartphone apps. Today, there are many more programs to help you with diet goals. When looking for help you have to decide what kind of support you’re really looking for. Do you simply want to track what you eat? Do you want a program that only tracks what you eat by calories, macros, and/or nutrients?
This is likely not your first time hearing that cholesterol is NOT a bad thing, that high cholesterol is NOT responsible for heart disease, and that LDL is NOT a “bad” fat. A new study, the Shanghai Aging Study, has confirmed the findings of the Framingham Heart Study in showing that higher LDL (what your doctor likely still calls “bad” cholesterol) is protective against dementia. That is, in older adults those with higher LDL had
With a new website and new blog comes a first post. I chose to make it about New Year’s Resolutions. Many of us make them. Few of us stick with them. This year, instead of imagining you’ll change your life in a day and it’ll stick for a year, make your goal more humble. Change ONE MONTH. Dedicate January to one lifestyle change: a better diet, more intense exercise, a different approach to relationships, daily