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The Best of Mark’s Daily Apple: February 2008

Remember that one time when Mark ripped Big Pharma a new one. Or when he gave us the lowdown on fats. Or maybe that time when he answered a reader’s question about chronic cardio. That was awesome. Yeah. Those were the days. (Taking a moment to fondly reminisce.) Luckily, you can still enjoy all those great memories and revisit them anytime you would like! Here are some of the best posts of February put together in a nice little condensed batch for your perusal. Enjoy!

Big Pharma: Bad Science and Bad Business – Feb. 1

Dear Mark: Chronic Cardio – Feb. 4

Choose Your Own Salad Adventure – Feb. 6

Nature Tops Nurture? Scientists Wrong Again… – Feb. 8

Dear Mark: Weightlifting Weary – Feb. 11

Top 10 True Old Wives’ Tales – Feb. 12

The Definitive Guide to Fats – Feb. 12

Mature Muscle – Feb. 14

Carl’s Jr.: ‘Feel Good About Being Fat’ – Feb. 18

Top 10 Reasons to Stay Healthy – Feb. 19

More on Omega – Feb. 19

Simple Carbs vs. Complex Carbs – Feb. 21

CrossFit: Ever Heard of It? – Feb. 25

Dear Mark: Encore on Omegas – Feb. 25

Top 10 Ways to Make it Through the Flu Season – Feb. 26

Eat This Today, Feel Better Tomorrow – Feb. 27

We’d love to hear what you would like us to write about. Though we never have a tough time finding something to voice our opinion about we are always interested in what our readers want, so drop us a line in the comment boards. And as per our “Dear Mark” series of posts we began this year, the topic can be personal. So what are you waiting for? You’ve just been offered free personalized health advice! Hit us up with a comment. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  1. Hello Mark,

    I have been following your blog for quite a while now, and am very grateful for all the information you share over here. I have changed my lifestyle significantly over the last 8 months or so, under the influence of the information on this site, and based on the Evolutionary Fitness ideas of Arthur de Vany (through whom I heard of you).

    I have a question about gene expression and the ribbed look. I will get to in just a moment, but first I need to share a bit about the context I am coming from.

    Over the last 8 months, I have made gradual changes to my lifestyle. Nowadays, I have by-and-large cut out the empty calories from my diet. On most days, I eat eggs and fruit for breakfast, a big salad for lunch (inspired by you!), and light meats and vegetables for dinner. My snacks comprise of nuts and berries. I also occasionally skip a meal, based on the Art de Vany’s Intermittent Fasting idea.

    I workout three times a week, doing mainly Art de Vany’s Hierarchical Sets. I also play soccer and cricket for around 3-4 hours over the weekends, and on other days I keep active by walking around the neighborhood, or sprinting up flights of stairs, or cleaning out the house, etc.

    Of course, my lifestyle is not ‘primal perfect’, and I do have the occasional dessert or cookie. And sometimes I treat myself to a little sugar in my coffee. But the volume of these things is orders of magnitude less than it was a year ago. Also, I live in India, and this is a very grain based society. So a lot of the seafood and other sources of good proteins are simply not available here or are prohibitively expensive. So I do the best I can with what is available. And that is but an approximation to your daily diet.

    The results, nonetheless, have been extremely encouraging. I now really need a a whole new wardrobe: my old jeans just slip right off! I have had to get two extra notches on my belt. And I am also much stronger and quicker on the soccer field: I now regularly win the ‘strength battles’ which are common on a soccer field, while I use to regularly lose them earlier. I am also much healthier than I was before: my body now resopnds exceptionally well to the inevitable occasional external stresses (late nights, hectic days, etc.) that are a part of life. I have pictures of myself over the year that speak for themselves. Unfortunately this forum does not enable me to attach them.

    After that elaborate preface, I finally come to my question. As I mentioned, I have lost a lot of weight. I am now around 6′ tall, weigh around 140lbs, and my waist size is a tad less than 32″ (it used to by 36″ at one point). As you can imagine, I look quite thin. The muscle I can feel (based on the tightness of my shirt sleeves and chest) does not really show. And above all, I still have a thin layer of flab around my belly and the back of my arms. While this flab has reduced dramatically over the months, it has been quite stable for a while now. I simply don’t have that ‘ribbed’ look that I would really like.

    I have read that in order to have the ribbed look, one’s body fat must be less than 10% . I have also read that based on genetic disposition, it could be very hard for some people to get their body fat less than 10% . I know that you firmly hold the position that how we express our genes is a key determinant on our health and fitness, but yet you do concede that genetics do play a factor.

    Based on my experience, I am beginning to wonder whether I am reaching the limit of my ‘genetic allowance’ . Is it feasible that some people simply will not look ribbed no matter what they do? Or is it simply a matter of time? If so, what is a realistic amount of time before a once modern-looking (apple shaped, flabby) individual begins to look like a ribbed primal man once the primal lifestyle has been established?

    Thanks for the time you take in sharing your wisdom and knowledge. It has made a huge difference to my life, and that of those around me (they can’t help getting inspired :-) ) .

    Regards,
    Apurva

    PS: I am a 24 year old male. After reading through my post, I thought that this might be relevant.

    Apurva Mehta wrote on March 3rd, 2008

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