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6 Sep

Mondo Weekend Link Love

It’s been over a month since the last Weekend Link Love, so I’m making up for it with this mondo list of the best stuff from August. That’s an entire month of hot blog posts, funnies, buzz-worthy scientific studies, and ironic conventional wisdom fails…

You may have heard of Mike O’Donnell from the IF (Intermittent Fasting) Life. He now makes up half the brains behind the wonderful Fitness Spotlight, and he’s got a great new video exposing the biggest weight loss and diet scams. Watch it.

How long ago was Grok chopping up his kill? As some anthropologists from the University of Arizona found, a very long time ago.

Forget cabbage soup, say goodbye to diet cookies, Pay Now, Live Later has the scoop on the latest celebrity craze, the amputation diet. And it works. Seriously, works like a charm.

The running list of PETA faux pas is so long, I’ve had friends tell me they are funded by special interest groups interested in making vegetarians look ridiculous (I’m not kidding). Read’s hilarious dissection of PETA’s latest officious blunder.

Stepping back a few years…okay a few decades, an old dorm mate interviews me at Here’s the intro, part 1, and part 2.

And if you aren’t tired of interviews yet, here’s another one by Katie Drummond at True/Slant.

Mary Dan Eades talks bacon chocolate. Oh boy…

TIME Magazine explains why exercise won’t make you thin. Sounds familiar… “Gortmaker, who has studied childhood obesity, is even suspicious of the playgrounds at fast-food restaurants. ‘Why would they build those?’ he asks. ‘I know it sounds kind of like conspiracy theory, but you have to think, if a kid plays five minutes and burns 50 calories, he might then go inside and consume 500 calories or even 1,000.'”

In the Recipe Corner:

The Fitness Adviser has a grand slam list of tips from health bloggers. You may see some familiar faces.

Want to know how far you can go with a pull up bar? Fitness Black Book introduces you to the Bar-Barians.

The ripped folks at Crossfit Generation have started a new Primal Eating blog. It’s off to a great start; check it out!

Birthday Shoes has a preview of the new Vibram Fivefingers designs!

For all the Brits out there, the Times Lab Blog has a fun little chart showing what Britain has been eating for the last 30 years. And if you live in London, John is hosting an Evolutionary Fitness meet-up group, so feel free to get in touch with him.

Via Exuberant Animal, Nike says what?

And finally, this cartoon pretty much gets it right…

You want comments? We got comments:

Imagine you’re George Clooney. Take a moment to admire your grooming and wit. Okay, now imagine someone walks up to you and asks, “What’s your name?” You say, “I’m George Clooney.” Or maybe you say, “I’m the Clooninator!” You don’t say “I’m George of George Clooney Sells Movies Blog” and you certainly don’t say, “I’m Clooney Weight Loss Plan”. So while spam is technically meat, it ain’t anywhere near Primal. Please nickname yourself something your friends would call you.

  1. Thanks for the link love, Mark!

    justin wrote on September 6th, 2009
  2. Thanks for the “Primal” love!

    Mike OD - Fitness Spotlight wrote on September 6th, 2009
  3. Thanks for all the great links —

    While losing weight from exercise basically can’t happen, it’s a good thing in lots of other ways…

    Paul Maurice Martin wrote on September 6th, 2009
  4. I entered my URL but didn’t seem to take – I’m at Original Faith.

    Paul Maurice Martin wrote on September 6th, 2009
  5. inactivity won’t make you thin, either.

    Karin wrote on September 6th, 2009
    • Ah, but inactivity combined with an appropriate diet will.

      Icarus wrote on September 8th, 2009
  6. The Bar-Barians are awesome!!! I have found some new goals… heh heh.

    Christian Chun wrote on September 6th, 2009
  7. Thanks Mark! Great links!

    gilliebean wrote on September 6th, 2009
  8. I made the Guacamole Beef recipe – simple & tasty!

    CJGabel wrote on September 6th, 2009
  9. Thanks, Mark. It was a pleasure to “meet you” for our interview.

    Katie wrote on September 6th, 2009
  10. I read the interview at – and when I saw the Heinlein reference I said,”I _knew_ I liked this guy!” Stranger in a Strange Land is one of my all-time favorite books.

    Tom wrote on September 6th, 2009
  11. Thanks for the recognition of CrossFit Generation, Mark. We really appreciate it here at CFG in PA. GROK N’ ROLL

    Barry Weidner wrote on September 6th, 2009
  12. Thanks so much for your link love! :) That was a GOOD anniversary dinner.

    FlyNavyWife wrote on September 6th, 2009
  13. Thanks for the link love Mark!


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