This Video Debunks 10 Misconceptions About Your Favorite Beverages

To be clear – tap water is more heavily regulated than bottled water, and the presenter makes sure to say that the actual water quality depends on location (obviously Flint and WV are outliers).

Children Who Take Antibiotics Gain Weight Faster Than Kids Who Don’t

Kids who receive antibiotics throughout the course of their childhoods gain weight significantly faster than those who do not, according to new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research.

The findings, published online Oct. 21 in the International Journal of Obesity, suggest that antibiotics may have a compounding effect throughout childhood on body mass index (BMI), a measure often used to determine whether someone is at a healthy weight.

…Scientists working with penicillin learned early on that its byproducts caused weight gain in animals. This led to the modern industrial farming techniques of including small quantities of antibiotics in daily animal feed to fatten up the animals in an accelerated time frame. So a connection with weight gain does make biological sense, Schwartz says.

Source: Children Who Take Antibiotics Gain Weight Faster Than Kids Who Don’t

Cattle are given monensin sodium under the trade name Rumensin in order to prevent coccidiosis, a condition causing incomplete digestion whose source is a parasitic protozoan in the animal’s digestive tract. Antibiotic treatmment increases the animal’s muscle mass whereas this study is alleging that it simply makes humans fat.  However, rodents raised in a sterile environment and lacking in gut flora need to eat 30% more calories just to remain the same weight as their normal counterparts.

The microbiome composition is known to influence the uptake of nutrients, so it is a good hypothesis that antibiotics are influencing the composition of human gut flora, and in turn, leading to a change in nutrient absorption.

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t give kids antibiotics, it just means that they should prescribe probiotics for consumption after the treatment is done. If a kid has strep or an ear infection, waiting it out like you would a virus is dangerous. Pro-, and perhaps more importantly, pre-biotics should be taken during treatment.

Transform Your Eating: A Start-to-Finish Guide to Tracking Your Food

For lunch on Tuesday of last week, I had a vegetable stir-fry mixed with curry ground beef and a side of rice (all topped with Sriracha, of course). I could recall this meal from a week ago because I track my food every day. Not only does it keep me on top of my goals, but now I have records to look through when things go from “under control” to “oh sh*t”.

Source: Transform Your Eating: A Start-to-Finish Guide to Tracking Your Food

It’s a pretty comprehensive article, while weight loss is the goal for most – it does mention weight gain for those of us wanting to bulk up.

What to Do When You Feel Like Your Fitness Progress Has Stopped

The fitness plateau is like puberty. Nobody likes going through it, and marketing companies love making money off you to help you get out of it. Plateaus suck for real, and while they’re a necessary evil to make you more badass, they’re not always easy to banish. Here’s what you can do.

Source: What to Do When You Feel Like Your Fitness Progress Has Stopped

I don’t think I plateaued so much as made gains based on the plan I was on.  It was only ever going to get me so far, and now I have a better idea of what I was doing (including eating).  Some things you just have to learn for yourself.

Yes, Men Gain Weight When They Become Dads, Study Confirms

Dad bod is real. Science says so.

Men who become fathers experience weight gain and an increase in body mass index, a measurement of body fat based on height and weight, according to a new, large-scale study that tracked more than 10,000 men over a 20-year period. Men who didn’t become dads actually lost weight over the same time period.

Source: Yes, men gain weight when they become dads, study confirms

Sleep deprivation, stress, convenience eating, feeling you don’t have to work as hard to find a mate…

How Selfies Can Help You Achieve Your Fitness Goals

You probably think that selfies have a special place in the burning pits of Mordor, but don’t be down on them. They’re actually a very useful weight loss tool for measuring progress, and for keeping you motivated.

Source: How Selfies Can Help You Achieve Your Fitness Goals

Sometimes I think that it’d be interesting to see a “before” picture, but I’m reminded of the number of times I had to go clothes shopping because of how much I’d lost.  I’m not photogenic, so I don’t care to see myself anyway.

Why Hitting a Weight Loss Plateau Is Actually a Good Thing

Most people lose a little bit of weight, hit a plateau, then immediately give up when things aren’t going as quickly as they were before. Most people gain that weight back and then some. This whole phenomenon of quitting when things are going more slowly is a bit like hitting traffic on your way home from work, and abandoning your car on the side of the road because you’re not driving as fast as you wanted. Or getting a flat tire and slashing the other three.

There’s a mantra in Zen: “the obstacles are the path.”

Source: The Upside of a Weight-Loss Plateau

Whenever you get down about a plateau, get on the scale and look at the number.  Grab enough weight to get the scale to say what it said when you started. It always puts things in perspective.  I’ve covered dealing with a weight loss stall previously.

Know that failing on a diet can be good, and what’s necessary to make the weight loss stay gone.  Also, know what to expect about successful weight loss.

How to Avoid the Dreaded “Carb Coma”

Carb-heavy meals are notorious for making you hungry and cranky later in the day, not to mention gaining weight. But if you really want to eat your pasta and potatoes, you can make the meal easier for your body to deal with by adding other food to it. Pancakes and bacon are a better bet than pancakes alone.

Source: How to Avoid the Dreaded “Carb Coma”

Related read: If I Eat Steak then Pineapple – Which is Digested First?

5 Vegetable Foods That Make You Fat

…in a world of confusion, at least there’s one thing you can rely on: Some foods will always be healthy and reliable. Like Mom says: Just eat your vegetables.

Except not. Thanks to the brilliance of food marketers who can’t leave a good thing well enough alone, even these stalwarts of nutrition have somehow been rendered fattening. Here are five types of vegetables that you’d be better off avoiding—no matter what Mom says.

Source: 5 Vegetable Foods That Make You Fat

I’ve never liked tempura, but I’ve never known it for anything but Japanese food.  Juicing has it’s merits, but the article in general picks on heavily processed foods.

The Surprising Link Between Skipping Meals and Belly Fat

You’ve heard it before, and probably more than once: It’s not a good idea to skip meals. But while dietitians (and your mom) have given that advice for years, there hasn’t been a lot of science that explains why it’s so bad for you — until now.

Source: The Surprising Link Between Skipping Meals and Belly Fat

In truth, it’s not specifically belly fat that you risk accumulating.  There’s no such thing as gaining weight in a particular area.  Weight, loss or gain, is noticeable in the face, arms, legs…