The other half of the pie…

…is tempting me from the fridge. Ahhh I’d love a bit of pie right now.

I have a massive rhubarb fetish. Not to mention autumn berries. In a pie.

But I’m not going to have any. It can keep till Saturday, when I can enjoy it without the guilt.

Incidently, weight-wise I’m not really much off track today compared to what I thought I might be.  So yesterdays splurge hopefully didn’t make much difference.

However, I hadn’t weighed myself the day before (annoyingly) so I can’t be certain. Normally when I break my low/slow carb diet – particularly if I do so in the evening – I lose no weight/fat in the following 24 hours.

And the other thing to note is that I haven’t measured my body fat percentage, which is what really counts. I can guarantee you I wouldn’t have lost any fat, when comparing Wednesday morning to Thursday morning.

I really should get me a electronic fat percentage reader…

Did I mention yesterday that with the pie I ate yesterday, I accompanied it with very generous portions of cream?

Well that cream would have helped negating any fat gain, in my opinion,  than not having had cream at all. I know, this goes 100% against the mainstream old fashioned (plebbish) media, or even your local health nurse. But here’s my reasoning:

Your aim with your food choices when on a slow/low carb diet is to maximise the percentage of fat and protein in what one puts into ones mouth. A mouthful of say, coke, has zero fat and zero protein and stacks of refined carbs – the ultimate in insulin spiking.  Whereas an egg just has fat and protein, equating to negligible effect on insulin.

Keep in mind pretty much all food – except for eggs and butter or cream – have carbs. For example the pecans I’m currently munching on are 6% carbs. However the ratio is overwhelmingly in favour of fat (and 10% protein) so pecans have little effect on insulin levels. So they don’t make me fat.

My delicious pie is pretty much just carbs. Adding good portion of cream changes this carb/fat/protein ratio for the better.

In summary, eating healthy fats (such as cream/butter) with your food is known to reduce the effect that other food may have on your insulin levels.

REMEMBER: what you consume is not what you become. Your body is far more complicated than that.

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I cheated

So its a Wednesday night, and I ate two big pieces of rhubarb, blackberry and blueberry pie. Accompanied by cream.

It was delicious.

I’m not feeling particularly guilt free however – which I normally would if this had been the weekend i.e. a cheat day.

But we’ll see what happens. How severely will it affect my usual fat loss that I’m accustomed to during the days Monday – Friday? I’ll keep you posted…

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Men’s Health – “Skinny Habits”, part 1

Yeah I wouldn’t recommend Men’s Health as a good guide to, well, men’s health.

I’m going to do a review of a whopping 20 point checklist they have for getting or staying skinny (first up, why would a man want to be skinng? Lean i.e. low body fat, yes; skinny, no).

There’s a lot of stuff in here, so I’ll be splitting it up into a number of posts:

Skinny Habit #1: Eat an early dinner

Experts have gone back and forth on whether eating late leads to weight gain, but a recent study published in the journal Obesity found a solid link. Northwestern University researchers looked at the eating and sleeping patterns of 52 adults and found that those who regularly ate after 8 p.m. ingested the most calories and carried the most body fat. An easy-to-follow rule of thumb: Stop eating three hours before you hit the sack. Then, while you sleep, your body is better primed to burn fat instead of creating more.

Yeah, this is not bad advice for girls, but for guys who don’t want to lose muscle I would recommend a serving of at least whey protein isolate before bed (and maybe some cod liver oil) to provide your muscles slow burning energy for the duration of the night.

I’m guessing the above guideline is made assuming a fairly normal diet i.e. a carby diet. So definately, if your dinner involves pasta/potato/bread etc, not eating these things within 3 hours of bedtime will make a difference. I know people who, although they don’t ban all carbs, will ban them past 4pm. And this can work very well.

However if you are keeping to a slow carb/fat/protein only diet (as you should be if you goal is leanness), then eating closer to bedtime shouldn’t matter too much, and is recommended if adding muscle is also a goal.

Skinny Habit #2: Weigh yourself daily

Stepping on the scale can be disheartening, particularly after an indulgent weekend (“I gained five pounds since Friday?!”). But it’s best to face your fears, because as it turns out, weighing yourself regularly can actually help you stay slim. Scientists at the University of Minnesota discovered that people who got on the scale every day lost twice as much weight as those who weighed themselves less often. The assumption: Monitoring your weight keeps your mind on your health and prevents weight denial.

That’s fair enough. I weigh myself everyday. Keep in mind you must weigh yourself at the same time each day, and on the same scales, to be able to properly keep track of you weight gain/loss.

However what would be better than weighing yourself, is to get a body fat percentage test done regularly. Losing weight isn’t the be-all and end-all; its fat loss that counts. If you lose 5kgs, but the loss was primarily muscle, you’ll still look fat and will find it harder to lose the fat (as muscle burns through more energy than fat does).

Keep in mind that muscle is far denser than fat:

So you need to know what your losing, not just that you’re losing.

To be continued…

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Oh hello, westerners are overfed and undernourished. How about that.

I don’t actually think New Zealand could possibly be the worst case scenario in terms of diet related poor health – and obesity in particular. But its still pretty shit that’s for sure!

Twenty-eight percent of us are obese. Despite this, many of us are not getting enough of some important minerals.

Holy crap: 28%! Not cool. How can so many people be so accepting of their pathetic physical condition?!

It is high time that the politically correct, limp wristed approach to fatties the obesity epidemic be turned on its head. Why not set up an advertising campaign, telling it like it is:

Back to the matter at hand:

The current model for healthy eating, the food pyramid, is pretty complicated and hard to remember – who really ticks off how many serves they’re getting every day of five separate food groups? We need something simpler; something we can all keep in our heads.

Oh the food pyramid. As noted previously, it is shit and quite possibly needs to shoulder a large portion of the blame for the fact that over a quarter of NZers are obese.

Oh, the public needs something simpler. I guess that makes sense, given they’re primarily ignorant stupid plebs.

In the USA, the world’s fattest nation, they’ve come to this realisation too. They’ve ditched the food pyramid and adopted the “Myplate” model.

Fortunately, Myplate is a huge improvement, as I’ve also noted earlier. Not ideal, but an improvement.

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Low fat diets are BAD

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. And again. And again. Until it becomes mainstream enough that I see more skinny people than I do fat people everyday.

For a start, I know a low fat diet is a terribly hard way to try and lose weight. It has a horrible pain/gain ratio. And if you do lose weight on such a diet, you’re probably fecking your metabolism at the same time, which is only going to make it harder to keep the weight off.

Dave Asprey (of BulletProofexec.com) has an excellent article on why low fat diets – and the Ornish diet specifically – are so shit, and also how current events – i.e. Steve Jobs death – highlight the importance that people need to see the light on the matter.

Asprey quotes a Livestrong.com* article, which I’m now also going to do (no need to reinvent the wheel now is there):

1. The Ornish Diet Has Too Little Fat

Dean Ornish, MD, author of “Eat More, Weigh Less,” touts a low-fatdiet. However, careful nutritional research and a study of native diets reveals that the human body needs quite a bit of fat. One of the health risks of the Ornish Diet is that you may not receive the nutrition you need. Weight loss is better achieved by cutting nutrition-less carbohydrates, not good fats and oils. Those on the Ornish diet may be at risk for vitamin deficiencies, since several important vitamins are fat soluble. Without sufficient fat, dieters will be unable to utilize these vitamins.

Even lean meats contain small amounts of fat, which is considered taboo by the Ornish diet. Thus, low-fat vegetarianism is touted as the healthy way to eat. Nothing could be further from the truth. Overall, vegetarians have a higher mortality rate than those who eat meat and dairy products. While grains and vegetables, prepared correctly, are very good, most need fats and proteins in animal products to be fully utilized by the body. Vegetarianism poses many health risks and may lead to nutritional deficiencies.

3. The Ornish Diet Disallows Fish

Many types of fish and seafood offer excellent health benefits, providing omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and nutrients. The Ornish diet frowns on fish, so those following its recommendations will miss out on all the health benefits of fish and seafood. Fish oils are especially helpful for ensuring proper brain function and have long been revered as a superfood in many cultures across the world. One of the health risks of the Ornish Diet is missing out on the benefits of these important foods.

4. Know the Risks of Soy in the Ornish Diet

The Ornish Diet promotes products, including frozen processed meals, full of soy and partially hydrogenated oils. The health risks of both soy and partially hydrogenated oil are well documented by health researchers and independent studies. Soy is heavily marketed by growers and soy companies, but the overwhelming evidence is that soy is not a healthy food for people. Furthermore, somewhere in the vicinity of 80 percent of soy is genetically modified, which has its own harmful effects.

5. Ornish Dieters Eat Excessive Carbohydrates

Ornish Diet followers get the majority (70 percent) of their caloric intake from carbohydrates. The body tends to store carbs, and too many of the wrong type of carbohydrates can lead to weight gain. We do need carbohydrates, but not in excessive quantity. One of the risks of the Ornish Diet is improper nutritional balance.

Spot on, all of it; read and heed.
*Funnily enough, having had a quick look at Livestrong.com, I can’t really recommend it as generally a good source of dietry information – at least not specifically with regards to fat loss.
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Cheat day tomorrow! Bring it

I may even have me some Macca’s at some point heh.

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There’s nothing wrong with a little diet coke habit. Wait, what?!

The vast majority of mainstream media is written for ignorant plebs by ignorant plebs.

This article on the virtues of Diet Coke does nothing to persuade me otherwise.

Very few people seem to realise that drinking Diet Coke instead of real Coke, will do very little in ones efforts to keep the fat off.

Surely that’s nonsense you say! Coke has way more calories – in fact Diet Coke has no calories at all!

Lets gets this straight: the primary reason real Coke is bad for you is because the extremely refined sugar hits your blood stream instantly, and in massive quantities. This causes your insulin levels spike massively; this then causes your body to turn on “fat storage mode”. I.e.,  you’ve just made your body hang onto all its fat stores that it possibly can – you have just made it very difficult for you body to use fat as fuel. Plus, of course, all that excess glucose in your blood stream will be stored as fat.

Diet coke – or more generally, fake sugar – stimulates much the same response in your body. Your body thinks its had sugar, and your insulin levels are raised. Hello “fat storage mode”! Ok, so there won’t be excess glucose from Diet Coke to store as fat, but any glucose currently in your bloodstream that your body can spare, will more likely be stored as fat.

So ok, strictly speaking Diet Coke is marginally better for you, in the fat fighting stakes. But not by much, and not nearly as much the average idiot person on the street thinks it is.

And that is just one of the many reasons why we see so many fatties failing to lose weight, even when they think they’re trying.

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