December 2009

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How many times a week do I hear a thin, fit person harp on about the benefits of exercise and that all fat people are fat because they don’t do enough? It must be at least once a week and often more. Then there are the people who you see in the gym every week hammering themselves on the running machine or pounding away on the step master machine hoping that being out of breath is going to really make a difference to the ever disappearing waistline.
The belief that exercise per se will make a difference is probably the most wicked of all messages ever handed out. Watching the overweight making themselves sweaty running, while feeling uncomfortable, is painful but knowing that they think the sweaty exercise it is actually helping them lose fat is heart breaking.
I have no idea where this myth about running around came from but there is no doubt about the science which was recently covered in a study published in The British Journal of Sports Medicine.
So if you want to use exercise as a tool in your fat loss programme then you need to know that:-
• Burning calories does not mean fat burn.
• The most effective heart rate for fat burn is 60 – 80% of maximum heart rate which means that you are often better doing lower impact sports.
• The key to using the body as a fat burn tool is metabolic rate and that is determined as much by the amount of muscle you have.
• Building muscle can get your heart rate up to the right fat burning level and then at the same time you can improve your metabolic rate.
Having said all this you still need to know that the fundamental key to burning fat is diet and most diets actually don’t discriminate between fat and muscle so whilst the pounds come off you could be losing the very tissue (muscle) that you need to burn the fat. What is also not often understood is that fat weighs less than muscle so measuring your progress by your weight loss can be very deceptive.
The very intelligent way to use exercise is to understand what it is really doing for you.

14 December 2009

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Last time I blogged I was really angry about the ridiculous publication of a piece of nonsense research apparently showing no benefit from reducing carbohydrates. The study was funded by the Sugar Board and the poor definition of a “low carb diet” highlighted the poor quality of the study. For god sake, if the Sugar Board is going to fund research designed to bad mouth low carb,it really should do it with a more professional approach.
Well, within days of this silly piece of nonsense there was another study published in Circulation ( the magazine of the American Heart Association ( the same set up as out British Heart Foundation) which showed that guess what …… a low fat diet might not be as good as a moderate fat diet! No way!
That in itself was a good read but the best bit about the whole thing was the comments made by representatives of the AHA.
A moderate-fat diet may work better than a low-fat regimen for people suffering from metabolic syndrome, a collection of conditions putting them at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, new research finds.
“This is a good study that essentially confirms that the current recommendations are appropriate,” said Alice Lichtenstein, a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association (AHA). “Since 2000, the AHA has been recommending not a low-fat diet, but one that is low in saturated fats and trans fatty acids.”
Lichtenstein explained that people with metabolic syndrome are glucose-intolerant, meaning they can’t process blood sugar well. Low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets exacerbate this condition.
Now read the following which was also picked up in the US……………………………….!

Dr. Alfred Bove, president of the American College of Cardiology was not surprised by the findings. “This sort of falls within the boundaries of what we used to call the Atkins diet, which was a high-lipid and low-carb diet. Normally this kind of diet suppresses appetite, improves diabetes,” said “This diet looks like it does a good job of altering the negative metabolic effects of early diabetes or high carbohydrate stimulation,” he said.
Could it be that someone somewhere is finally bothering to read the research? Has some great mind suddenly put two and two together and work out that a high carb diet might be actually making the diabetes and obesity epidemic worse?

5 December 2009

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