Archive for the ‘Weight Loss’ Category
I like the sound of this new alternative to BMI as a non-invasive measure of body composition.
BAI = Hip circumference (cm)/ (Height (m)x √Height (m)) – 18
Use this Google Spreadsheet to calculate your own BAI.
Here is a description on how to take your hip circumference.
Here is the article in Obesity.
A quote from Going Long that speaks the (often denied) truth:
With a few medical exceptions, the way you look is dictated by a huge number of tiny decisions that you make on a daily basis. In order to change ourselves, we need to take responsibility for ourselves.
Is becoming vegetarian too extreme for you?
Maybe you would consider becoming a “weekday vege”?
Wii Fit combines the perfect balance of barely moving, and doing mundane things
Imagine for a moment that every food available in the supermarket was packaged in a one-style-fits-all manner. All food was either in its fresh state, or in clear labeling, with only the top 2-3 ingredients determining the foods name.
I think this would immediately encourage people to buy ‘food’, rather stuff that has been manufactured to resemble food, more often.
I have looked through my cupboard, and present below, as a point of example, what some foods would become (current name, followed by actual components (new name):
Pumpkin; actual: Pumpkin
Vanilla Almond Cluster Crisp; actual: Cereal sugar
Drinking Chocolate; actual: Sugar cocoa
Maple flavored syrup; actual: Fructose (sugar) water sugar
Sweet Tangelo Orange Marmalade; actual: Sugar water
Honey, can you pick up some cereal sugar, sugar cocoa, sugar water sugar, and sugar water while you are down at the supermarket?!
It would of course make shopping a hell of a lot more confusing, but would at least increase the consciousness of what were are actually buying and eating.
Interesting ‘naturalistic’ study which showed women eating at a University cafeteria ate fewer calories when in the company of men, than they did by themselves or in the company of women. The total calories they consumed also increased with the more men that were present.
Summarized in 7 words it is:
Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.
In more than 7, some notes and tidbits from the book:
- The health claims surrounding high fat leading to CHD and obesity were unfounded and have been proven incorrect.
- Focusing on individual nutrients (e.g. fiber, cholesterol) when trying to lose fat is based on the false assumptions that these by themselves are good for you.
- “guilt” was the highest ranking word association for Americans shown the words ” chocolate cake”. “celebration” was for French people shown the same word (presumably in French!).
- A whole food is more nutritious than the sum of it’s parts.
- I would add: “enjoy food”.
There are excuses, and there are reasons. More often than not, regarding exercise and nutrition, what people think is a ‘reason’ is actually an ‘excuse’.
For example: I don’t exercise because I don’t have time….or I don’t eat well because I don’t know how to prepare healthy meals.
But occasionally you come across something that sounds like an excuse that is actually a reason: I don’t eat vegetables because I am afraid of them.