Why the Calorie is Broken

I’m kind of pissed at the scientific community for not coming up with something better.

Source: Why the calorie is broken

The problem with many weight loss attempts is that people ‘go on diets’ instead of ‘changing their diet’.  You have to change your diet for weight loss to be effective and stick.

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‘Fat But Fit’ May Be A Myth

One of the most controversial ideas in medical science today is whether people can really be fat and fit. That is, is weight in itself a marker of health — or simply a suggestion of a person’s physical fitness?

Source: ‘Fat but fit’ may be a myth, researchers say

You’re probably wondering: Obviously it isn’t bad to work out, but is exercising while people are overweight an issue until there is fat loss? Is it not beneficial at first?

A lot of studies have indeed concluded that exercise is beneficial in terms of the later risk of disease. Physical activity have various positive effects on the body and it is most likely beneficial for individuals no matter their body fat percentage. However, analyzing fitness (as we have done) does not account for exercise that does not alter fitness level. Lastly, it is important to highlight the limitations of this study; it is merely an attempt to show an association, and the researchers did not intend to demonstrate causality. Further research is needed!

Study: Overweight Men Just as Likely as Overweight Women to Face Discrimination

Men who are overweight are just as likely as overweight women to experience interpersonal discrimination when applying for a job or shopping at retail stores, according to new research from Rice University and the University of North Carolina, Charlotte (UNCC).

Source: Overweight men just as likely as overweight women to face discrimination

The study doesn’t actually focus on weight, but the appearance of weight. They used the same set of men in all of the their tests. They just added prosthetics (fat suits) to make them look fat for some scenarios.  There’s a reason you’ll never see overweight business models, but it’s a fact that being overweight will never allow you to look as well put together and professional as being in shape.

While the article/study doesn’t mention is insurance.  Health insurance will cost more for those with health issues – that’s just how the system works.  But health insurance isn’t going to stop someone from getting hired.

Research Says Your Body Shape Could Be Worse for You Than a High BMI

Your body mass index (BMI) is a helpful tool to measure how under- or overweight you are—but may be of little use when it comes to determining potentially serious health risks. Researchers have found that individuals with a normal weight BMI, but a higher waist-to-hip ratio, face a higher risk of death—especially death from a cardiovascular disease.

Source: Research says your body shape could be worse for you than a high BMI

I’ve never been a fan of BMI because it generalized too much to have any real value.  The waist/hip ratio is better, but I’m still concerned about false positives.  Body fat percentage is notoriously subjective, the experience for determining the percentage can be harrowing for those who are in the double digits… But I still can’t help but think it’s a personal and better assessment of health with respect to what the study provides for implications of body fat.

It’s a fine line to cross before it becomes fat shaming (which doesn’t work).  But it is about preventative measures to minimize load on the health care system.  Everybody wins when it works.

Four Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Healthier Person

If you’re completely satisfied with your health, don’t read this article. This is not for you. Give yourself a pat on the back, and save yourself the scrolling. For the rest of you, approach what I’m about to say with an open mind, and maybe you can come out of this a fitter person.

Source: Four Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Healthier Person

This article really is about getting the conversation with yourself started.  It doesn’t talk about long term, re-evaluating periodically.  A plateau is a more obvious sign about re-evaluating – not too late, but can be.

I’ve made some changes in diet in the last six months or so.  Weight loss is part of the training agenda, while noticing that I should probably eat more protein.  But the changes also appeared in my INR tests – my levels having consistently been in the 3.5 range.  A bit of a concern – higher chance of bruising/internal bleeding.  My doctor started taking notice, test in two weeks rather than monthly.  So made another change, which I’m hoping suits all goals – natural food source, a bit more vitamin K intake to level off the INR, and cheaper than what my second breakfast was (besides healthier).

Welcome to Hell: Airline to Begin Weighing Passengers

In order to figure out calculate the gross weight of an aircraft before it takes off, Uzbekistan Airlines has announced it will be weighing both passengers’ luggage and their bodies before they board flights. Yes, weighing people. On scales. In the airport.

Source: Welcome to Hell: Airline to Begin Weighing Passengers

It’s a legitimate concern for smaller planes, like those the size of a minivan.

You Need to Burn 7,000 Calories to Lose a Pound, Not 3,500

You’ve probably heard the number-one “rule” of weight loss: It takes a 3,500-calorie deficit between calories consumed and calories burned to produce a one-pound drop in body weight. This old chestnut is more than 50 years old. Problem is, it’s wrong.

Source: The Biggest Weight-Loss Myth Revealed

Is the reverse is true? Would it take more than 3,500 extra calories to equal a pound gained?

Scientists: There Should Be No Dietary Limit on Fat Intake

Dietary limits on fat intake have been around for years, but now two scientists are urging the federal government to drop restrictions on total fat consumption entirely.

In a paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, co-authors Dariush Mozaffarian, MD, dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, and David Ludwig, MD, director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children’s Hospital, argue that all fats aren’t created equal.

Source: Scientists: There Should Be No Dietary Limit on Fat Intake

I’m surprised the article didn’t mention the avocado – high in fat, but what’s currently regarded as “good fat and cholesterol”.  It also doesn’t mention that we know that fat-soluble vitamin uptake increases dramatically when consumed with fat.  The low-fat craze was never good for us, aside from as the article points out – those on a restricted fat diet.

New Study Says There’s No Such Thing As Healthy Obesity

There’s a persistent and controversial question dividing researchers: Can you be very overweight and also very healthy? The research suggesting people can be healthy at any size was intriguing. But the tide (and the research that supports it) is turning, with many researchers saying it’s simply not possible to be fit and obese.

A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology that looked at 14,828 metabolically healthy Korean adults with no known heart disease found obese people had a higher prevalence of early plaque buildup in the arteries compared to normal weight people. The researchers defined obesity in the study as a BMI over 25; in the U.S. obesity is defined as a BMI over 35. The researchers conclude that even though these people may not have heart-related disease yet, their weight is still taking its toll on their health.

Source: New Study Says There’s No Such Thing As Healthy Obesity

I think the issue comes to what the definition of “obese” is.  Being “fat” amounts to anything other than an extremely low body fat percentage.  The news of “healthy fat” might have enabled some to overestimate their relative health, fooling themselves into thinking they don’t need to make more effort.  Those people are out there, but I truly believe they are a corner case – an extreme end of the spectrum, an outlier.

The best thing you can do right now is to treat people who are obese with kindness, and do healthy actions yourself for personal preventable measures and to increase a more healthy public perception towards nutrition and fitness.  Fat shaming does not work.

Why a Piece of String Could Be Better than BMI

For years, body mass index (BMI) has been a controversial method of determining whether a person has an unhealthy amount of body fat. And now, new research has found that it’s even less accurate than measuring with a piece of string.

Yup, string.

Source: Why a Piece of String Could Be Better than BMI

According to the BMI, Dwayne the Rock Johnson is morbidly obese.