TV Binge Watching, Exercise Skipping Linked to Poor Cognitive Function

Passing on the gym to snuggle on the couch and binge watch whole seasons of your favorite show this weekend may not bode well for your brain.

Source: TV binging, exercise skipping linked to poor cognitive function

Correlation is far from demonstrating causation, especially in this case. People often “self medicate” – they tend to gravitate to leisure activities that they find rewarding. People that find mainstream TV shows painfully inane aren’t going to be spending their free time watching them.

But it is interesting about the standing desk, the war on sitting because of the mortality implications… but curling up on the couch for some TV gets a pass?

‘If I Could Just Get Some Giraffe Meat’: Hannibal’s Food Stylist Speaks

Hannibal was recently cancelled by NBC, putting an ailing show out of its misery, as well as those of us who knew it started flailing after its first season yet were forced to read endless television critics blathering on about its supposed brilliance. (Seriously, guys; all the dark lighting and creepy sound effects couldn’t make up for its labyrinthine nonsensical plot devices at this point.)

Source: ‘If I Could Just Get Some Giraffe Meat’: Hannibal’s Food Stylist Speaks

Study: Do TV Cooking Shows Make Us Fat?

If you’ve ever watched Giada de Laurentiis make gooey chocolate-hazelnut spread or a rich carbonara pasta dish, you may have wondered: How can she cook like this and maintain her slim figure?

Well, sorry to say, but a new study published in the journal Appetite suggests that many of of us home cooks who watch cooking shows can’t pull this off.

…a study published in the journal Preventive Medicine found that the more time middle-aged women spent cooking at home, the more likely they were to develop symptoms of metabolic syndrome, which increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Source: Do TV Cooking Shows Make Us Fat?

As the saying goes: “Never trust a skinny cook”.  The people who watched but did not cook were only 11 lbs less on average than those who watched and cooked.

Home cooking wasn’t found to be the panacea it’s claimed to be.  Home cooking, compared to eating out or buying prepared foods, wasn’t found to be much better but there’s no detail about what has consumed.  No mention of vegetarianism, gluten free, etc.  So I infer that the issue isn’t the nutrition of the home cooking but the portion control.  There’s less guilt thinking that you’re eating something healthy, but forgetting the part that comes up in my posts about vitamin K content – large portions can erode value very quickly.

This appears to have been a cross-sectional study. That means that it is just a snap shot of a given time and it is imperative to not draw causative conclusions. It is extremely difficult to tell direction of association in cross-sectional studies. That is, without additional work to parse out the mechanism here, one could also suggest that maybe women with high BMIs preferentially seek out cooking shows and learn to cook from scratch, rather than cooking shows + cooking from scratch leading to a high BMI.

Study: 8 Ways to Lose Weight While You Sleep

…real, successful, sustainable weight loss comes from achieving excellence in a completely unexpected realm: the bedroom.

No, you can’t lovemake your way to lean. (Although if you want to try, check out our steamy story on 8 Libido-Boosting Superfoods.) But you can absolutely sleep your way to slender. In fact, no matter how many pounds you press, how many miles you log, how much kohlrabi you crunch, it won’t get you anywhere near your weight-loss goals unless you’re also getting enough quality sleep. A recent study found sub-par sleep could undermine weight loss by as much as 55 percent! The good news is just a few simple tweaks to your p.m. routine can mean serious weight loss success. So open your eyes: Here are eight science-backed suggestions to lose while you snooze.

Source: 8 Ways to Lose Weight While You Sleep

The first one – kitchen hours – has been previously covered.  Tolerating colder temperatures could save you heating costs while your body works to stay warmer.

What isn’t mentioned is how important sleep is when training.  One triathlete was saying that it was the sleep two days before your race that was important – because the night before you’re getting things together and in some cases – getting up in the early morning to fuel up.  But exercise in general needs rest to fully recover.