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30 Sep 2014

In-House Throwdown Results!

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In-House Throwdown Complete!

How much fun was Saturday morning? When we first discussed the idea of having an in-house team throwdown, my goals were twofold: (1) to make sure no one died and (2) to end on time. So far as I know, there were some minor scrapes and bruises suffered on Saturday morning but everyone is still living. And… we also finished up well before our projected 1 PM finish! There are a couple of cool videos posted here and here (video credits to Joseph D. and Tom T.).

In any case, I had a blast and have to make sure to thank all of our sponsors and judges once again. The morning could not have gone more smoothly, thanks to the organizational/judging efforts of Audrey H., Jo B., Angry B., Kari T., CJ J., Rebecca S., Jen B., John Z., and anyone else who I may have left out.

Our sponsors, Via Privé, Progenex, and Race-Pak were also gracious in supplying us with gift certificates, free samples, and fancy wooden boxes filled with goodies! Thanks to Ries, Dan, and Russ for contributing to our fun little event.

In terms of our athletes, I like to joke that this is the throwdown that split up marriages, as many of our members were competing against, rather than with, their wives/husbands! We may have had as many as fifteen first-time CrossFit competitors, which is mind-blowing! Everyone did a great job pushing themselves and their team mates to glory! We had one of our newest members, Daniela C., who had been a member for all of two days battling against Nigel C., who has been a member for at least two decades…

Here are the results, broken down by WOD:

WOD #1 Squat Cleans Place Points
Jess T. & Neal T. 61 1 100
Cissy Y. & Tolly T. 61 1 100
Courtney S. & Crosby B. 55 3 84
Daniela C. & Omri. 51 4 78
Shannon F. & Mike G. 50 5 72
Ali H. & Martin B. 49 6 66
Amanda L. & Joseph D. 47 7 60
Cori B. & Ron W. 44 8 54
Shadi & Megan L. 43 9 48
Fernanda N. & Tim B. 41 10 42
Sarah W. & Erik B. 41 10 42
Carolyn B. & Juan Carlos S. 40 12 36
Linh N. & Bob E. 40 12 36
Natalie K. & Nigel C. 40 12 36
Judith D. & Denis T. 39 15 18
Candy S. & Mark P. 36 16 12

 

WOD #2 Reps Place Points
Cissy Y. & Tolly T. 608 1 100
Amanda L. & Joseph D. 590 2 90
Natalie K. & Nigel C. 585 3 84
Sarah W. & Erik B. 556 4 78
Judith D. & Denis T. 534 5 72
Fernanda N. & Tim B. 531 6 66
Shannon F. & Mike G. 516 7 60
Daniela C. & Omri. 501 8 54
Shadi & Megan L. 489 9 48
Candy S. & Mark P. 467 10 42
Jess T. & Neal T. 462 11 36
Carolyn B. & Juan Carlos S. 441 12 30
Cori B. & Ron W. 430 13 24
Linh N. & Bob E. 378 14 18
Ali H. & Martin B. 370 15 12
Courtney S. & Crosby B. 346 16 6

 

WOD #3 Total Reps
Jess T., Neal T., Carolyn B., Dan (RacePak) 1380
Shannon F., Mike G., Ali H., Martin B. 1373
Daniela C., Omri L., Cori B., Ron W. 1310
Natalie K., Nigel C., Judith D., Denis T. 1252
Courtney S., Crosby B., Sarah W., Erik B. 1218
Amanda L., Joseph D., Candy S., Mark P. 1043
Fernanda N., Tim B., Shadi R., Angry B. 951
Cissy Y., Tolly T., Linh N., Bob E. 845

 

As you can see, the results were all very close, which was one of the desired outcomes! We’ll definitely do this again some time soon, and I’m eyeing January 31st, 2015 as a possible date for our festivities. Regardless of the outcomes, I hope everyone had a good time. Congratulations to everyone who competed and thanks again to every one who helped make this event happen!

By the way, RSVP for our HALLOWEEN PARTY on Friday, October 31st at 7:30 PM.

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey

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Hey guys, our in-house throwdown is upon us! Just wanted to let you know that we have some team and heat assignment updates. Here they are:

Group A
 
1. Ali H. & Martin B.
2. Amanda L. & Joseph D.
3. Candy S. & Mark P.
4. Carolyn B. & Terence K.
5. Daniela C. & Omri.
6. Jess T. & Neal T.
7. Shadi R. & Megan L.
8. Shannon F. & Mike G.
 
Group B
 
1. Cissy Y. & Tolly T.
2. Cori B. & Ron W.
3. Courtney S. & Crosby B.
4. Fernanda N. & Tim B.
5. Judith D. & Denis T.
6. Linh N. & Bob E.
7. Natalie K. & Nigel C.
8. Sarah W. & Erik B.
Also, here is how each WOD will be scored:
1st place = 100 points
2nd place = 90 points
3rd place = 84 points
4th place = 78 points
5th place = 72 points
6th place = 66 points
7th place = 60 points
8th place = 54 points
9th place = 48
10th place = 42
11th place = 36
12th place =30
13th place = 24
14th place =18
15th place = 12
16th place = 6
Finally, I’m looking for one brave person to jump in for WOD #3 with Shadi. We had a couple of athletes fall prey to illness and injury and Megan L. was awesome enough to step in and STEP UP! Who’s in? Email me your love notes at [email protected]
 
Peace and bacon grease,
Mickey

54062182It is only the third week of September, and yet so far I have seen the Pumpkin Spice Latte return early, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin beer… you get the idea. And don’t get me wrong, I like pumpkin thinks – pumpkin pie is a classic Thanksgiving staple, pumpkin beer is one of my favorite parts of fall (although if you guys could wait until it was actually a little cool, that would be great -I do not want to drink pumpkin beer in a sundress. End rant), and pumpkin seeds toasted with a little bit of salt and cinnamon are the best fall snack. And pumpkin is pretty good for you, as it is:

  • High in key vitamins like vitamin A, C, and B complex
  • Low in calories and fat but high in fiber and antioxidants
  • Rich in minerals the body needs like copper, calcium, potassium, and phosphorous
  • Seeds are a good source of heart healthy fats
  • Seeds are also high in zinc (important for wound healing and immune system strength) and iron

Pumpkin Spice V. Pumpkin

The thing about pumpkin is, it’s not all that delicious raw. It usually needs some salt, sage, or other herb, or on the flip side some cinnamon, sugar, and/or pumpkin pie spice, which is made of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice to make all the delicious pumpkin-y things we love. Which is totally fine – I have no problem with pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup, or roasted pumpkin because they actually CONTAIN PUMPKIN.

Pumpkins!

 

My philosophical beef is with the pumpkin posers – most importantly the Starbucks “pumpkin spice latte”. The PSL contains espresso, steamed milk, whipped cream, pumpkin pie spices atop that whipped cream, and pumpkin coffee syrup, which contains pure cane sugar, water, natural flavors, citric acid, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate (to preserve freshness), and caramel color. Of course I don’t know what these “natural flavors” are, other than that natural flavors are generally any product of or derived from spices, herbs, vegetables and other things found in nature. So, the only pumpkin thing about the PSL is the pumpkin pie spice on top of the whipped cream, and maybe some derivative of pumpkin or pumpkin pie spices hiding under that “natural flavors” moniker. The PSL is also 380 calories and 49 grams of sugar for a 16 ounce serving. Ouch. 

As for pumpkin beer, that’s somewhat in the gray area. According to Beer Advocate, some brewers hand cut pumpkin and drop it in the mash, or use pureed pumpkin, and most brewers use the pumpkin pie spices. It seems other brewers may opt for flavorings instead of real pumpkin. 

Get Your Pumpkin On The Right Way

There are lots of delicious and healthy things to make with pumpkin. I have a pumpkin soup recipe that I love making every year. There is a whole Pinterest thread dedicated to paleo/primal things one can make with pumpkin, and as a bonus, roasting the seeds after you’ve used the rest of the pumpkin makes a very tasty snack (there are too many great recipe variations to link to just one, so Google it yourself). Just remember:

  • Make it with a real pumpkin
  • Avoid adding too much sugar

What pumpkin-y things do you like to make?

Photo 2 c/o Jeremy Seitz

22 Sep 2014

ARE YOU READY TO THROW DOWN?

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At Lulu’s on Friday

The throwdown is upon us and the deadline to sign up is TOMORROW NIGHT (Tuesday night) at 11:59 PM. We already have fourteen two-person teams and can accommodate a few more. I’m particularly excited that Coach Mike has made the throwdown MANDATORY for his strength challenge students! So far, the teams are as follows:

Group A
Ali H. & Martin B.
Amanda L. & Joseph D.
Candy S. & Mark P.
Carolyn B. & Terence K.
Daniela C. & Omri.
Jess T. & Neal T.
Shadi & Megan L.
Shannon F. & Mike G.
 
Group B
Cissy Y. & Tolly T.
Cori B. & Ron W.
Courtney S. & Crosby B.
Fernanda N. & Tim B.
Judith D. & Denis T.
Linh N. & Bob E.
Natalie K. & Nigel C.
Sarah W. & Erik B.
 

The Ladies of CFB!

 
Some of you may be disappointed that you were not paired with someone you already know and love, but that’s kind of the point. There will be a special buy-in on WOD #2 for some teams who have been given special considerations vis-a-vis partnering… BWAHAHAHAHA. In any case, even if you’re not participating, you should come cheer on your fellow members. Heats will go off at the following times:
 
WOD #1:
Group A: 9:20
Group B: 9:40
 
WOD #2
Group A: 10:20
Group B: 10:40
 
WOD #3
Group A: 12:00
Group B: 12:30
 

Since we’re not allowed to dance at CFB, we went to The Draft!

 
The following folks have generously donated their time to be our esteemed JUDGES this Saturday!
Audrey H.
CJ J.
Jen B.
Jo B.

And, of course, here are the WODs!

WOD #1: Bulgar Wheat

10 Minutes to complete:
500m Row each
20 Burpee Lateral Jumps each
AMRAP Squat Cleans (135/95) or (95/65)

1. One rower per team, movements must be performed in order
2. Partner #1 may perform burpees and squat cleans while Partner #2 rows
3. However, once 1000m row is completed, only one partner may work at a time

4. Score is number of squat cleans completed

WOD #2: A More Chipper Eleven Point One
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 12 minutes of:
60 kb swings (American, Red/Green) (Russian, Black/Blue)
45 Sit-Ups
30 Double-unders or 30 singles
15 Power snatches (75#/ 55#) (45#/33#)
 
1. Partners MAY work at the same time
2. All reps must be completed before moving on to next movement
3. All movements must be completed in listed order
4. Each partner must complete at least one-third of the reps of each movement

5. A special buy-in may be assessed on teams with two Rx athletes

  
WOD #3: Partner Cindy
 
Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of:
5 Pull-ups
10 Push-ups
15 Squats
 
1. Only one partner may work at the same time
2. Rounds of Mary are an acceptable substitution for rounds of Cindy

Finally, I am still looking for a partner in this WOD we call life. I enjoy exploring what the city has to offer love to travel. SIGN UP for the throwdown and we’ll WOD happily ever after.

Peace and bacon grease,

Mickey

P.S. Save the date for a Halloween Party at CFB on Friday, October 31st at 7:30. Details forthcoming.

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17 Sep 2014

It’s Chili Time!

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IMG_0507I’m generally a little sad this time of year, as summer and warm weather turns to crisp mornings and changing leaves. But there are enough things about fall that I love to help me get by. Chili is one of those things. I love my mom’s chili as a kid, I loved when she made a whole batch, froze it, and drove it to Gainesville on track meet weekends to put in my freezer. And now I love having a meal that, while a bit laborious, gives me lunches and dinners for days. 

A few great thing about home-made chili:

  • All those vegetables! My pot of chili has 5 bell peppers of varying colors, 4 hot picstitchpeppers, 2 onions, as well as a bunch of tomatoes in different forms (sauce, salsa). 
  • Iron – chili is generally made with red meat (we made ours with grass-fed beef, but you can also use bison, humanely raised sausage, venison, etc). Most red meat has iron, a component of hemoglobin, which is responsible for transportation of oxygen throughout the body. 
  • It makes your house smell awesome – I don’t think I need to explain this.
  • It’s super adaptable – in its normal state, chili is basically paleo. But it’s easy to adapt for vegetarians, vegans, those avoiding red meat (just add turkey), etc.

How do you make your chili?

Patrick and I made chili last night, using his recipe, which I’ve posted on my Wicked Good Nutrition Blog. Lots of vegetable chopping but totally worth it!

How do you make your chili? Post your recipes!

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Hey Guys!
 
Who’s ready for our in-house throwdown on Saturday, September 27th?! I can’t wait! There will be NO CLASSES on the 23rd, so if you want in on some group exercise action at CrossFit Boston, you’ll have to sign up for the throwdown! The deadline for signups will be 11:59 PM Tuesday, September 23rd. In case you missed it, here are the throwdown WODs:
 

WOD #1: Bulgar Wheat

10 Minutes to complete:
500m Row each
20 Burpee Lateral Jumps each
AMRAP Squat Cleans (135/95) or (95/65)

1. One rower per team, movements must be performed in order
2. Partner #1 may perform burpees and squat cleans while Partner #2 rows
3. However, once 1000m row is completed, only one partner may work at a time

4. Score is number of squat cleans completed

WOD #2: A More Chipper Eleven Point One
Complete as many rounds and reps as possible in 12 minutes of:
60 kb swings (American, Red/Green) (Russian, Black/Blue)
45 Sit-Ups
30 Double-unders or 30 singles
15 Power snatches (75#/ 55#) (45#/33#)
 
1. Partners MAY work at the same time
2. All reps must be completed before moving on to next movement
3. All movements must be completed in listed order
4. Each partner must complete at least one-third of the reps of each movement
 
 
WOD #3: Partner Cindy
 
Complete as many rounds in 20 minutes as you can of:
5 Pull-ups
10 Push-ups
15 Squats

1. Only one partner may work at the same time

2. Rounds of Mary are an acceptable substitution for rounds of Cindy

 
 
#PostWOD Notes:
 
1. From Linh, re: Spartan Racing:
 
Mickey, 
 
I saw your post this morning and wanted to reply but my browser is having issues! Can you include this on your blog and help me build a critical mass of Spartans? 
 
Thanks!
 
Athletes of all fitness levels will enjoy participating in a Spartan Race and the feeling of accomplishment that comes at the finish line.The Spartan Race at Fenway time trial is one of my favorite race venues! I’ll be running at 9AM (for time) and 11:30AM (for fun) and willing to run more if people are interested and can’t get in those heats (Season pass perks!). Think about the epic group photo we could get as a group in the ball park if we ran as a team! Use code: NJ20E when registering to get 20% off! I had to run 8.5mi up and down Mountain Creek in Vernon NJ last Sunday at the Tristate Super for this discount so please take advantage! Or, volunteer for half a day and run for FREE! Can’t make Fenway? If you’re interested in joining me in Killington, VT for the Beast, use code VT50 for 50% off SUNDAY’S Race. Oh, did I mention free craft beer, professional photos, and NBC Sports may be on site filming! Have kids? Bring them and sign them up for the Kids Race! 
Hope to see you all at the finish line! AROO!
\m/arrior Linh
 
2. Drinks at Lulu’s this Friday at 8 PM. There is talk about doing karaoke (Japanese for “drunken screaming” afterwards at Do Re Mi.
 
3. Thanks to Ricky, Lauren, Shannon, and Courtney for coming out to 6B Lounge on Friday. More to come soon!
 
4. Did you know that CFB has a book club? If you’re interested in an in-depth discussion of either (A) a book or (B) CFB gossip, then email me at [email protected] and I’ll set you up on the book club email list!
 
That is all. Peace and bacon grease,
 
Mickey
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10 Sep 2014

Why Running Makes You Go

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277844911_92897c47b1_zSince half marathon/marathon/spartan race season is upon us, I thought a little post on running and GI issues was in order. I think many habitual, sometimes, and “only if a bear is chasing me” runners alike probably know the feeling of having a perfectly beautiful run (or 5K test, whatever), and then BAM you gotta go. I have even heard the joke that you’re not a real runner until you’ve gone to the bathroom in public. But why does this happen?

More often than not, the source of stomach pain and bathroom breaks on a run is because of food choices, and the biggest culprit is sugar. Many runners use sugary chews, goos, or snacks to stay fueled during the run. This is smart, obviously – readily available carbohydrates at periodic times during an endurance activity will help you maintain the activity longer. So what’s the problem?

IMG_3168Osmosis is the problem. Remember from biology class that osmosis is the movement of water molecules between a semi-permeable barrier to the side with higher solute concentration so as to equalize the concentration on both sides. Your body likes to maintain a particular balance – known as homeostasis – and osmosis helps it do this. So when that high carbohydrate, low everything else fuel item of choice is digested very quickly in the stomach, it moves to the intestine. Now the intestine has a high concentration of “solute” (the sugar. Osmosis kicks in, and water is drawn into the intestine, which makes stool (that’s health professional speak for poop) looser. And I think we all know where this is going.

How Can You Fix It?

There are a few ways you can try to fix this. Of course, everyone is different, so it will likely come down to some self experimentation. 

  • Avoid corn sugar. According to a blog post on constipation by Dr. Reddy, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine at the Western Michigan University School of Medicine, corn syrup – along with apple, pear, and prune juices – is not absorbed very well by the intestine, and have a stool loosening effect.
  • Space our your fuel – intend of eating a whole bag of chews (for some, up to 45 grams of sugar) all at once, eat 2-3 chews (or about 10-15 grams of carbs) every half hour. This will result in slower infusion of sugar to the intestine, which will avoid the large osmotic response. 
  • Don’t over hydrate – it’s good to drink water, of course. But water IN the intestine is kind of the problem. So having a lot of water at once, especially with your fuel, could cause the same issue. Try to sip water throughout the run/race, aiming for about 8 -16 ounce an hour. 

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09 Sep 2014

Guess Who’s Pregnant?

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No one that I know of, other than the usual suspects!

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We did, however, have a wonderful Sunday morning class filled with donuts, cider, and a whole lot of community! Nearly forty members, past and present, joined in welcoming Dave L. and Nigel C. into their golden years and it was AWESOME! Alright, back to gossip and rumors!

Do you want to work on your pull-ups? Well, after class every Tuesday, you have an opportunity to do exactly that! If you’re inspired to get more pull-ups in your arsenal, take a look at the 20 pull-ups program, here:

     http://twentypullups.com/20-pull-ups_ilka-helo.pdf

I will print out that PDF and post it on one of our boards. This week will be “Week -2″ in the PDF. If you already have three or more pull-ups, then just sit back and rest on your laurels for the next two weeks. If you don’t, please follow the programming for “Week -2″ in the PDF!

 

Who’s up for a Spartan Race at Fenway Park? Linh N. and Chrissy S. are looking for people to run a Spartan Race with on Saturday, November 15th. If you sign up using the following link, Linh will get some kind of benefit, though it’s unclear exactly what that benefit is!

     http://fbuy.me/bd-Jm 

 Audrey H. would like to shout out Judith D., who was recently quoted by Hiawatha Bray, the Boston Globe’s tech guru. Audrey would also like to congratulate Judith on her new book, The Social Machine!

 
 Finally, after a successful outing to Lulu’s last Friday evening, an intrepid group of CFB members will be journeying to 6B Lounge in Beacon Hill this Friday night where yours truly will be filling in for the regular ’90s night DJ! Come dance your face off. Party kicks off at 10 PM, though if you get there by around 9:45, there’s no cover. I have a few slots open for my guest list, so if you’re down to boogie, email me at [email protected] and I’ll get you squared away.
 
Alright kids, that’s about it. Next week, I think we’ll talk about laundry. Oh, and the third and final WOD for our in-house throwdown (September 27th) will be partner Cindy. That’s right. Partner Cindy!
 
Peace and bacon grease,
Mickey
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05 Sep 2014

FIRE IT UP FRIDAY! 9/5/14

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First week of September is in the books and this week some of CFB’s OG’s hit some great PR’s on “Grace” and reshuffled the leader board. Big congrats to Carolyn B, Jo B, Audrey, and Vijay for dominating the leader board! The key to their success has been consistency. Each trains 3+ times per week and have put in time for the last 6+ years. Great work!

The "Gingers" conquering Grace.

The “Gingers” conquering Grace.

Audrey and Vijay at 7am leaving their mark on Grace as well.

Audrey and Vijay at 7am leaving their mark on Grace as well.

WEEKLY PROGRAMMING

This upcoming week the strength days will fall on Saturday, Tuesday and Friday. If you don’t make it in on those days, it is important that you make up the strength workouts either before or after your training sessions on the days you do. The last set of the strength WODS is a max rep set. So if you see 5+ then you hit at least 5 and then all else is gravy. 

The new Pocket Coach is going to be launching soon so be sure to be logging your records so you have the data stored.

Saturday 9/6

1. Shoulder press
5 reps @ 60%
Max strict pull-ups BW, rest 2:00
5 reps @ 70%
8-10 strict pull-ups (AHAP) BW+, rest 2:00
5+ reps @ 80%
8-10 strict pull-ups (AHAP) BW+, rest 2:00

2. Complete 3 rounds for time
Row 500m
35 Air Squats

Sunday 9/7

Nigel’s Filthy Fifty

For time:
50 Box jump, 24 inch box
50 Jumping pull-ups
50 Kettlebell swings, 1 pood
Walking Lunge, 50 steps
50 Knees to elbows
50 Push press, 45 pounds
50 Back extensions
50 Wall ball shots, 20 pound ball
50 Burpees
50 Double unders

Monday 9/8

AMRAP 15
24 Step ups, 20″
12 Power clean, 135/95
6 Push jerk, 135/95

Tuesday 9/9

1. Deadlift
5 reps @ 60%, rest 1:00
Handstand push-ups, 4-8, rest 1:00
5 reps @ 70%, rest 1:00
Handstand push-ups, 4-8, rest 2:00
5+ reps @ 80%, rest 1:00
Handstand push-ups, 4-8

2. Complete 5 rounds for time
Run 200m
12 Toe 2 Bar

Wedensday 9/10

“Tabata This!”

Tabata Row
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Squat
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Pull-up
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Push-up
Rest 1 minute
Tabata Sit-up

The Tabata interval is 20 seconds of work followed by 10 seconds of rest for 8 intervals.
Tabata score is the least number of reps performed in any of the eight intervals. Unit for the row is “calories”.

Thursday 9/11

“Glen”
For time
30 Clean and Jerks
1 mile run
10 rope climb
1 mile run
100 Burpees

Friday 9/12

1. Push Press
5 reps @ 60%
Bent over BB rows, 8-10 reps; rest 1:00
5 reps @ 70%
Bent over BB rows, 8-10 reps; rest 1:00
5+ reps @ 80%
Bent over BB rows, 8-10 reps

2. AMRAP 4
10 Pistols
10 Burpees

rest 4:00

AMRAP 4
15 calorie row
10 Burpees

03 Sep 2014

The Politics of Diet

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I’ve noticed that diet has become quite political these days. Many people feel very strongly about their chosen diet, and love to share news articles and studies supporting their particular view. And boy was everybody tweeting about that low carb v. low fat diet study yesterday. 

 

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I hadn’t had time to read the study, but I did get to read Dr. David Katz’s take on it (he’s the Director of the Yale Prevention Research Center, so I guess he’s kind of smart) and I’m glad that was the first thing I read. It highlights how important it is for us (well, our journalists should be doing this but they sadly rarely bother) to read these studies. Nutrition science is still new and there are still a lot of challenges, but we don’t need to muck it up further by conducting and publishing truly crappy studies. 

Since Dr. Katz essentially wrote everything I would have – and likely better – I’m going to yield the floor to him now.  From Dr. Katz on LinkedIn:

 

Diet Research, Stuck in the Stone Age

You cannot get a good answer to a lousy question.

The current diet study making headlines purportedly asked, and answered this question: which is better for weight loss and improving cardiac risk, a low-fat or a low-carb diet? For starters, that is a truly lousy question, resurrected from something like the Stone Age. I doubt even the Paleo clan find the question attractive, since they like prehistoric food; not prehistoric research questions about food.

Why prehistoric? Because it is long known and well established that dietary fats run the gamut from good to bad to ugly. No good diet should willfully exclude the monounsaturated fats and omega-3s in nuts and seeds and avocados; I’m pretty sure everybody not stuck under a boulder knows that.

There is on-going debate today about specific effects of specific fats, but the wholesale cutting of dietary fat intake was pretty much yesterday’s news yesterday. The relevant concept today would be plant-based eating, which at the extreme of veganism, tends to be low in fat- but as an effect rather than an objective. This was not a study of a vegan diet.

The concept of low-carb is also terribly outdated, and was silly when it was first spawned. Everything from lentils to lollipops is carbohydrate; why on earth would anyone want to treat such a vast expanse of the food supply as if it were just one thing? Sillier still, all plant food is a carbohydrate source. A truly “low carb” diet is, of necessity, low in all plant foods- including vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, beans, and lentils along with whole grains. This is directly at odds with everything we know about diet and health across the lifespan.

Read more.

PS If you like reading about a common sense approach to health and would like to read about it more often than my once weekly blog, use the link above to follow him on LinkedIn.


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