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November 07, 2010

Weekend Link Love – Edition 116

By Mark Sisson
24 Comments

Leangains rolls out an epic post this week: Top 10 Fasting Myths Debunked. Broscience takes a slap to the broface. Follow the post up with Free the Animal‘s warm introduction of Leangains author Martin Berkham.

PBS Groks through ages with a pictorial of early humans in pop culture. I love the salaciously intriguing NEANDERTHAL MAN! poster, but how could they leave out Raquel Welch?!

A good sign, folks, a good sign: Poor Cereal Sales Leads to Weak 3rd Quarter For Kellogg.

Planche time. What’s a planche? Just an easy exercise everyone can do, right? Learn how.

I thought Skechers Shape-Ups were the zenith of ridiculous footwear, but I may have been wrong… The Great Fitness Experiment finds something a tad strange about spring-loaded Gravity Defyer shoes.

For adustable-height desk fanatics, Boing Boing reviews the GeekDesk.

Recipe Corner

  • Eat Primal is a collection of Primal blogger recipes out there, give it a look-see!
  • Get some tail with Sweat‘s Primal oxtail chili. There’s good, and there’s oxtail good.

Time Capsule

One year ago (October 31 – November 6)

  • Why Grains Are Unhealthy – One of the cornerstones of the Primal Blueprint philosophy. A thorough explanation of how grains work against your body.
  • Life, Rare and Fragile – A now classic post about the certain wonder borne from the improbability of life in the universe.

Comment of the Week

Another reader email:

KFC Double Down Healthier Than a Single Egg Yolk?

Wonder how much those researches made from whomever owns KFC? Seems like a nice tie in to your “can you trust medical research” post.

Best,

-Matthew and Julie of Primal Palette

Turns out the researchers weren’t being paid by KFC. They were just being paid by Pfizer to write an opinion supporting the infamous, debunked, half-century old Ancel Keys study (You’ll notice the giant “CONFLICT OF INTEREST” paragraph if you click through to the actual “study“). Then the AOL blogger pulled the KFC headline out of thin air. Boo, AOL. Boo. At least the Australians are getting it right.

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Jacker
Jacker
5 years 10 months ago

Top 10 Fasting Myths is an amazing read. Should be required reading for everyone who’s remotely interested in nutrition and health.

Kelda
5 years 10 months ago
Yes, I agree. Excellent piece, well worth reading all the way to the end. It was reading Taubes (Good Calories Bad Calories – the Diet Delusion) a year ago that got me into this kind of critical thinking. Asking ‘does this idea/’fact’/research fit the evolutionary context’ is a very good way to wade through all the junk science out there. Mind you, the pictures of the body-built torsos don’t to my mind fit within the evolutionary context, I get ripped and honed, but this goes well beyond! Can’t imagine Grok ever had the time or desire to look like that… Read more »
The Primal Palette
5 years 10 months ago

Mark found the time to send us a nice length reply to that um… “scientific study”. We’ll post it on the blog later.

It occurs to me that anyone hip to this website would react to such an article with skepticism, but sadly others might not. After all, while most computer savvy people are hip to what spam is, a whole industry is supported by those that don’t know any better.

Keep spreadin the good word, cave people!

Jeff
5 years 10 months ago

Those are some amazing recommendations.

I’m always looking for new recipes to try out. These looks so good!

Thanks a lot

julianne
5 years 10 months ago
I am a registered nurse (New Zealand) with a conventional nutrition qualification to degree level, and found paleo eating to be amazing for me: fixing my auto-immune joint inflammation and menstrual issues. I had already got my weight and blood sugar levels sorted with a reduced carb diet, so it was definitely cutting agricultural foods made the difference. Earlier this year I asked for volunteers from my email news list (previous nutrition clients) to try paleo eating to get (hopefully) further proof that it made a difference. About 20 took part, I was thrilled by the results, weight loss, health,… Read more »
Rich
Rich
5 years 10 months ago

No thanks I dont need any junk science from:

“the Internet’s leading resource on intermittent fasting and all things related.”

Oh wait it all must be true because of the pics of how ripped he is.

LOL

John
John
5 years 10 months ago

I see on the competing and very popular Haterade diet.

Jacker
Jacker
5 years 10 months ago

Rich, you’re an idiot. I can only assume you’re jealous and intimidated because you have obviously not read his articles.

JohnNaka
JohnNaka
5 years 10 months ago

I think Rich would have liked it better if Martin was a fat middle-aged guy in a doctor’s robe;)

Good to see that people are buying less cereal. That stuff is poison to our health and waistlines!

ephraim
ephraim
5 years 10 months ago

I actually came by with the same question. That guy’s clients are all bodybuilders for whom ‘fat loss’ means getting down from 8% to 5% or something equally irrelevant to most people’s lives. All he’s proven is that his plan works for people who are already extremely exceptional. Do we get any idea as to whether IF works for those of us regular folks in the 20s and 30s (or up)? No, not at all. But, he presents his ideas as if they’re universally true. That’s pretty irresponsible, in my opinion.

Louise D.
Louise D.
5 years 10 months ago

That KFC thing is so disgusting, I kinda regret even LOOKING at it.
It’s hard to believe that anyone would take that article seriously, but that’s the up-side down world we live in.

MatthewM
5 years 10 months ago

Thanks the the link love guys, I appreciate it.

charlotte
5 years 10 months ago

I wish my post was the best part but really the comments take the cake – so many jokes one can make about sperminated shoes! (Always practice safe sox…;)

Thanks for the link love!!

Graham
Graham
5 years 10 months ago
I think everyone’s gotta chill out here. You’ll notice Martin Berkham doesn’t claim that EVERYONE has to convert to an IF protocol. He’s just methodically showing that the current idea of regular meals being superior just simply isn’t true. I used to believe in eating every 2-3 hours, and I had crazy IBS. Give your gut a break! And really, you could never eat breakfast again (meaning a meal before..well, lunch?), and you’d be just fine. I however, would miss my twice weekly bacon and eggs, which is why I don’t fast everyday. Also, yeah, it will help you get… Read more »
The Primal Palette
5 years 10 months ago

Thank you, Graham. Voice of reason. It does seem like the trolls are out in force on these boards as of late, so let’s all remember the old internet adage and don’t feed them.

ephraim
ephraim
5 years 10 months ago
*But, by that same token, it can get you from 25%+, down to a healthy 12-15%(for men), very easily.* I think that’s possible, but totally not self-evident. With such a skewed sample group as the supposed ‘proof’, we don’t really know anything about how IF works in the general population. (unless maybe you do, in which case i would love a link to that information) I’m not being skeptical for it’s own sake. I’m sincerely interested in trying IF as a means of fat loss. But, in choosing among a million eating strategy options out there, i want to hear… Read more »
rob
rob
5 years 10 months ago

I think his site is geared towards people who are already lifting weights and want to get leaner, not the general population.

Graham
Graham
5 years 10 months ago

I completely agree. Martin Berkham’s clients want to get RIPPED. ie: tons of muscle, very little fat. They accomplish this with amazing efficiency while also maintaining good health. His recent post on debunking fasting myths has nothing to do with this though, so its a good read for everybody.

Graham
Graham
5 years 10 months ago

Hey Mark,

How about a guest post from Brad Pilon? He’s not strict paleo/primal when it comes to exactly what he eats, but he’s super paleo/primal when it comes to WHEN he eats. For me, the best results have come from a combo paleo/primal/if.

G

kate
kate
5 years 10 months ago

LOVE THAT YOU REFERENCE dan and monique merk!! their influence has lit my fire and as a family physician, i’m helping a hell of alot of people (i hope).. i talk about nutrition alot now but for the first time, i feel like I am actually helping people. its hard to be a doc and beat my head against the wall all the time, but stressing the right nutrition has hit home for alot of people.

Mr.Weightloss
5 years 10 months ago

Thanks Graham

Dave
5 years 10 months ago
For those of you who don’t know…in your typical case cutting from 8-10% bf to 5% is extremely difficult and harder than droping 10% bf if you’re 25% + (your body really doesn’t want to get as lean as 5% because the extra fat is actually healthy and could be life saving in times of famine, where as getting to within a ‘normal healthy range’ typically requires less effort). You can do it the ‘standard’ way with lots of boring cardio and eating clean and frequent etc. but the difference really is how easy IF is in comparison (meaning more… Read more »
BigMancini
BigMancini
5 years 8 months ago
Hey Mark (and rest of MDA crew), Please accept my sincere thanks for these links you have shared here! I’ve been testing the IF a bit earlier with satisfactory feelings/results, based on your previous articles. But after being introduced to Martins Leangains and also Richards Free The Animal, I’ve been doing this IF on a daily basis for over a month now. I feel really good and my energy levels are way better than they used to be. On a side note, I never was in a bad shape but also never in a super good shape either, been cruising… Read more »
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