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Archive for August, 2008

12 Aug

10 Unnecessary, Worthless or Dangerous Exercises

Perhaps at some point in all our personal fitness careers (however advanced or modest) we’ve all had one of those “doh!” moments, when we realized we did something really stupid that now has us writhing in pain. (It could be an immediate or slightly delayed awareness – stuck in the recliner later that night unable […]

11 Aug

Dear Mark: All Things Sweet (Plus Cheese and Gut Health)

This week instead of focusing on one reader question and giving a lengthy, detailed response I thought I’d change it up a bit by publicly addressing a number of reader questions with quick responses and links to archived posts. Let me know if you like the format. That is, do you prefer an in-depth analysis […]

10 Aug

Weekend Link Love

60 in 3 reminds us that while there are a lot of new-fangled devices out there for sculpting six-pack abs, sometimes getting on the floor and bustin’ out a few good ol’ fashioned crunches is the best (and cheapest) way to get an ab workout. Almost Vegetarian shows us that olive oil can be subbed […]

9 Aug

Eggs – It’s What’s for Breakfast

Stop the presses: A new study published online in the International Journal of Obesity suggests that eating two eggs for breakfast (and not just the whites!) is healthier than eating a bagel. As avid Mark’s Daily Apple readers, this one is easy to chalk up as a “well…duh” type of study, but the researchers note […]

8 Aug

Exercise Variety is Key

Boredom. Monotony. Tedium. The same day after day. Dull as tombs. Nothing new under the sun. As fun as watching paint dry. While we hope these phrases don’t apply to any part of your life, we definitely hope they don’t describe, above all things, your workout! We’re half-kidding, of course. Nonetheless, variety is definitely the […]

7 Aug

What’s Wrong With The Zone Diet?

Dear Mark, I just watched your video about the 2 minute salad; simple, fast, and no measuring. I agree with the primal way of eating and I’m torn between the freelance style of PB and structure of The Zone. What is your opinion of The Zone? First, let me thank Rob for his question. I’ve […]

6 Aug

Insects: Not Just for Breakfast Anymore

For many of us, it’s the stuff of childhood dares and fraternity hazing. In many cultures around the world, however, they’re considered fine delicacies or just regular daily fare. We’re talking insects or the more vaguely inclusive “bugs”: grubs, worms, grasshoppers, crickets, spiders, scorpions, beetles, termites, worms, ants, and other varieties in the vastly underappreciated […]

5 Aug

10 Questions with MizFit from MizFitOnline

Thanks to MizFit from MizFitOnline for the interview! If you haven’t checked out her blog do so immediately. She is at the hub of a wonderful community of people and offers great advice on everything from nutrition to weight training to workout gear. Thanks, MizFit! Everyone has a personal health story. What is yours?

4 Aug

Dear Mark: Fiber, Fat and Fasting

Weekly Reader Mail Dear Mark, I have two questions. My first regards training and rest days. Simply, how many days of complete rest should I take for an entire week? I someone who’s been overweight for most of his pre-teen and teenage life, and who was able to lose that excess weight at 17 (I’m […]

3 Aug

Weekend Link Love

Blogger 60 in 3 extols the virtues of a sloooow workout to speed up results. Adventures in Ethics and Science profiles a recent article that explores the wild world of our sense of taste…and how food companies plan to exploit it for their own gains. Calorie Lab blasts the Center for Consumer Freedom for their […]

2 Aug

Calorie Restriction and Bone Loss

It can seem like a cruel contradiction: lose weight, lose bone mass. Lose a lot of weight and lose even more. (Rest assured there’s more to the story, but we continue….) A collaborative study involving researchers from the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri highlights the downside of weight loss by calorie restriction […]

1 Aug

30-Day Primal Health Challenge Final Results

The 30-Day Primal Health Challenge to act “as if” has come to a close. From the updates I have received – from the few that were kind enough to send in weekly results to the dozens of emails I have been sent over the course of the last month from other challenge participants – I […]

1 Aug

The Best of Mark’s Daily Apple: July 2008

This month we analyzed everything from dark chocolate, low-carb fruit, and how to eat healthy when you’re in a financial bind to health marketing schemes, drugs in sports and the context of calories. Be sure to check out any post you missed and stay tuned for the final results of the 30-Day Primal Health Challenge. […]

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