Monday Link Storm!

On Mondays I will be providing links to any interesting articles I have read (many of the links came from my in-house researcher Havva) Read about Super Hero Yoga Here It looks like a lot of fun! Which Diet Works? – NY Times Click Here High Intensity is Key for Both Cardio and Weight Benefits – Dr. Mercola Click Here Newly-discovered “beige fat” cells provide a new target in the fight against obesity – Gizmag Click Here Obesity related to when in the day food is consumed Click Here

Christmas in July

That fountain of knowledge Havva has done it again.  She sent me an excellent article (Link to Article) which is a review of a study of 50,994 adults over 6 years.  The conclusion of the study was that it is much more unhealthy to be underweight than to be over-weight or even severely obese.  The article also says that BMI (Body Mass Index) is a poor measurement of obesity as it does not account for the fact that people are three dimensional. “During the study period, the “underweight” subjects showed a risk of death no less than twice as high as the “normal” participants.” “It was considerably safer to be “severely obese”: the people in this category were just 1.26 times as likely to die as “normals”.” “People who were merely “obese” or “overweight” didn’t suffer from diabetes or hypertension any more than “normal” people, and ran no increased risks.”

The Fat Trap

So I’m reading a very interesting article from the New York Times Magazine (Link to article) about obesity and weight loss.  I was particularly interested in the quote “The research shows that the changes that occur after weight loss translate to a huge caloric disadvantage of about 250 to 400 calories. For instance, one woman who entered the Columbia studies at 230 pounds was eating about 3,000 calories to maintain that weight. Once she dropped to 190 pounds, losing 17 percent of her body weight, metabolic studies determined that she needed about 2,300 daily calories to maintain the new lower weight. That may sound like plenty, but the typical 30-year-old 190-pound woman can consume about 2,600 calories to maintain her weight — 300 more calories than the woman who dieted to get there.”

She’s 350 Pounds and Olympics-Bound

My good friend Havva (she says her name is Eve in Hebrew) was kind enough to send me an article about Holley Mangold (Link to article).  She will be lifting weights  in the Olympics this summer and weighs in at 350 lbs which is not unusually big for this competition.  The story is partially sensationalism over her size but it also shows the level of sacrifice she is willing to endure in order to compete.  It particularly struck a cord with me because she has no expectation of winning, she only wants to experience the joy of doing her best.  That is very refreshing when it often seems like we live in a world were first place and perfect is the only measure that counts.  Unfortunately I then read a few of the comments on the story.  I should know better!  The comments section of any article is often filled with ugly refuse that is clogging up peoples’ minds.  I like to think that they are cleaning out bits of whatever it is that is rotting in their brains every time I read a critical comment.  As comments go the ones attached to this article were very tame.  My complaint is … Continue reading