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December 11, 2011

Weekend Link Love – Edition 168

By Mark Sisson
38 Comments

Oh, sure, both yours truly and Robb Wolf may have been beaten out by the likes of Drs. Oz, Drew, and Phil, but we still placed higher on Greatist’s list of The 100 Most Influential People in Health and Fitness 2011 than Dean Ornish, Michelle Obama, and the founder of Zumba. For my money, though, Billy Blanks got robbed (who else jumps rope with four fifth graders draped across his back?).

First, it was Sweden. Now, the low-carb wave currently sweeping Norway has resulted in a nationwide butter shortage. The horror.

Dom loves kefir. His site contains (in excruciating detail) everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the stuff.

Why calorie counts are probably wrong: Cooked food begets greater calorie absorption than the same food in raw form.

MovNat instructor Clifton Harski gives his two cents on female body image. And judging by the dimensions of his chest, the dude knows what he’s talking about.

My good friends the Rawbrahs are at it again – defying gravity this time. No one has more fun finding ways to be fit than these guys.

I talk a lot about the potential dangers of excessive sitting, but the studies linking sitting to poor health outcomes have mostly been observational and correlative. Until now. Conditioning Research (which recently made Outside Magazine’s top 10 fitness blogs list; congrats, Chris!) points out a new study examining a possible mechanism.

When it comes down to it, doctors with terminal illnesses usually opt out of the care that patients with similar prognoses request. Here’s why (and how such “futile care” has become standard in the general patient population).

Finally, we have incontrovertible evidence that early man was not actually sleeping on Tempurpedic mattresses.

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I can’t help but think of Danny Devito as before and Arnold Schwartenegger as after from their role in Twins.

– Matthew Muller references one of the last century’s greatest cinematic masterpieces (and two of our most cherished thespians) in the comment section of Friday’s success story.

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Kathleen
4 years 9 months ago

Congratulations on the ranking!!!! You and Robb deserve it! Definitely an interesting list to look through. (I was actually surprised to see Greg Glassman/CrossFit all the way down at 96. I figured this was a huge year for them and he’d be higher).

tess
tess
4 years 9 months ago

WE will not only congratulate you — you and Robb are entitled to congratulate yourselves, by comparing Oz’s and Phil’s audiences with your own! are they healthy…?

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4 years 9 months ago

I’m just happy they both beat Rachael Ray.

Why is she even on there? Surely not because of her cooking!

joE MaMa
joE MaMa
4 years 9 months ago

Couch is an alchEoholic…hardly the picture of fitness, unless you’re in the gin-guzzling-olympics…

Samantha Moore
Samantha Moore
4 years 9 months ago

Very interesting re calories available in raw v. cooked food.

Primal Toad
4 years 9 months ago

I just finished reading that article.

It made me think that counting calories is just that much more difficult. It’s why millions fail. It is so freaking hard to count calories unless you are strictly limiting them which is not healthy because you need nutrients. You need calories.

Just go primal. Count once in a while if you wish.

Arty
Arty
4 years 9 months ago

Says that women stopped mestruating on a raw food diet…I wonder if their version of raw food meant raw VEGAN diet…then of course, women’s cycles would stop.

My wife has been on a RAW carnivorous diet for a little over a year now and her menstruation is perfect, on time, almost on the hour.

Dan
Dan
4 years 9 months ago

What type of mattress do you recommend, Mark?

Alexander
Alexander
4 years 9 months ago

The butter shortage in Norway gives new opportunities for those brave enough to seize it:

http://www.svd.se/nyheter/utrikes/smorsmuggel-till-fettbristens-norge_6701639.svd

(If you’re to lazy to translate it, people have now started smuggling butter to norway)

Eirik
4 years 9 months ago

It almost feels like I’m the only norwegian who knows how to make butter from cream. If people would only bother spending 10 mins of there time wipping some cream, they wouldn’t need to stand hours in line just to secure themselves a pack or two of the latest butter aid from Belgium or Danmark.

Eirik
4 years 9 months ago

Just wanted to add that it’s not really true that there’s butter shortage in Norway due to the low carb movement. It’s actually due to bad weather this year, which means the feed the cows are given impacts their milk production, resulting in less butter.

Meagan
4 years 9 months ago

Thanks for the links 🙂 I like that you share them!

Milla
4 years 9 months ago

In London, Sunday evening looks like there’s a nuclear war going on. Everything is just dead and empty. Link love makes it good! Congrats on the ranking Mark, I’m sure you’ll get higher as time goes by. As for the butter shortage, I think there’s a fat shortage everywhere. Some smaller local stores where I have to stop by only stock fat-free items; its so annoying! argh.

Anne
4 years 9 months ago

That How Doctors Die article is fascinating. Thanks for linking.

And I’ve got all love for strong and healthy female bodies. I’m trying to make mine one of them–thanks for the encouragement.

And congrats to you and Robb on the rankings. You deserve it!

Jeff Pickett
4 years 9 months ago

The Rawbrahs – love that video. Those guys throw it down. Cocky – yes? But they put their money where their mouth is. Nice to see lean dudes with strength showing it off.

Phillip Wylie
4 years 9 months ago

Congrats on making the list, Mark! It’s good to see some legit people on the list.

Erik
4 years 9 months ago

Mark, congrats on making the list! We need to get you an Robb towards the top of that list. Can’t wait to see the day when you guys are in the top 5! It will for sure be sooner then later.

Justin
4 years 9 months ago

Glad you had a link to Dom and his kefir site. He’s pretty much the internet authority on kefir.

I consider bacteria to be one of the 4 food groups (other than fungus, plant and animal).

I can’t get enough of the stuff!

Reiko
Reiko
4 years 9 months ago

My favorite link was the doctor article. It was dark, but it also had really good points. I love reading articles that inspire some thinking as well as provoke some emotion (and watching Breaking Dawn part 1 recently helped with that emotion bit, too…*shudder*)

Chris
Chris
4 years 9 months ago

You’re going to have to start a TV show to get to #1.

Harry
Harry
4 years 9 months ago

I can’t believe no one mentions the name of the supposed fad diet. It’s such bad journalism.
Also, who says white guys can’t jump? 😛

Becca
4 years 9 months ago

I loved the article on the female body image… Girls with muscle definition are sexy!

Sara
Sara
4 years 9 months ago

The cooked versus raw food article was really interesting! I don’t eat too many raw veggies bc they make me really bloated. Cooked ones are way easier for me to digest…. Makes sense!

Kirsten
Kirsten
4 years 9 months ago

Congratulations on making the list! Of course, I am sure that some of the real reward is seeing how many people’s lives are changed by being encouraged to switch to a more natural diet and exercise routine 🙂 Keep up the good work!

DThalman
DThalman
4 years 9 months ago
I liked the article on female body images, too. Cuz I grew up being told muscles were unladylike. But guys seemed OK with it once I struck out on my own…hey if a girl will head out to the woods with them with a fly rod, rack of draws or shotgun, sleep outdoors, etc., they are generally happy for the companionship. I saw a guy at the climbing gym encouraging his girlfriend to do just 2 more pullups a few nights ago. They were both so fit; it was great. It seems like younger men especially are supportive of women… Read more »
Becky
Becky
4 years 9 months ago
Props to Clifton! I’ve been modeling since I was 16 and I’ve always been very skinny. A few weeks after I started eating Paleo I went to a casting call and I was super nervous because I’d put on weight and all the other girls there were stick thin. Wouldn’t you know the namesake of the runway project came up to me and said “You have curves, I love this, you are absolutely beautiful.” Since then I’ve been doing Parkour and MMA with Fifth Ape (featured in a recent WLL) and I’ve put on quite a bit of muscle and… Read more »
Wenchypoo
Wenchypoo
4 years 9 months ago
Re: cooked food providing more energy than raw food–you would think the opposite was true, since the application of heat destroys nutrients….or DOES it? The raw food community says heating over 118 destroys nutrients, and that our food should be dehydrated rather than cooked. Whatever the temp, does the sugar inside go through changes so we can absorb it more, or do the rest of the nutrients get sacrificed in the name of heat while the sugar changes? What happens when you heat sugar? Carmelization–is this what’s happening to our food when we cook it? I thought that was bad… Read more »
Dave
Dave
4 years 9 months ago

They didn’t discern whether these were good or bad influences (Rachel Ray, seriously?) but you did make the list right next to Dan Pink, I’d count that as a win.

gilliebean
4 years 9 months ago

This quote from the “doctors” article is very interesting: “Amazingly, studies have found that people placed in hospice care often live longer than people with the same disease who are seeking active cures.”

Sharon
Sharon
4 years 9 months ago
My 94 year old mom who’s body is just wearing out was recently put on hospice care and taken off her drugs. She is more alert and the quality of her life, such as it is, has improved. From her example I can see that being in good physical shape can have it downsides when the end of life comes. Many of her systems are not doing their job anymore except her heart which is still strong and keeping her alive but on 24 hr nursing care. How long will she ‘live’ like this? No one knows. I know she… Read more »
toby
toby
4 years 9 months ago

congrats on the recognition … so frustrating that so many of them are CELEBS. Jillian and Bob, what a joke. I look back at the Jillian and Bob appearance on the Doctors. From the perspective of training, movement critique, they were both deficient.
Anyways, keep up the good work, going against the mainstream, until it changes.

Gayle
Gayle
4 years 9 months ago

Thanks so much for the breakfast sausage recipe! 🙂 Even the ones at whole foods have brown sugar in the ingredients. So I will be making this recipe

Michael
Michael
4 years 9 months ago

Keep up the good work…Both of your websites have saved so many people from a slow and painful death. You guys should be #1 and #2…You are to me. Thanks for the wake-up call and giving me a healthy life.

Anjanette
Anjanette
4 years 9 months ago

You and Tony Horton should be numbers 1 and 2. There are no 2 people that I deem more influential than you and Tony. Dr. Phil is fat, Dr.Oz is a conventional wisdom preaching, tofu eating vegetarian, Dr. Drew should not be anywhere on this list. Tim Ferriss is a joke. He writes one questionable book about fitness and he ends up on the list above Tony Horton of all people? And yes,Billy Blanks should have been higher. So should Gary Taubes. Tony Hsieh is my former boss. I don’t understand how in the hell he made the list.

Rob
Rob
4 years 9 months ago
Congrats on the recognition Mark, well deserved. Even better to see Jamie Oliver making number 3. He’s got his critics, and I know he’s not coming from a primal/paleo angle, but as a Brit myself I think no-one has done more to highlight and resolve the systemic poisoning of our kids by educational authorities. I know a fair few teachers in the UK and not only do they they tell me that school meals have changed drastically since Jamie’s involvement, and have seen a marked improvement in the kids behaviour and performance as a result. I saw the US series… Read more »
Félix
Félix
4 years 9 months ago

Congratulations Mark and keep groking!! Something bigger is coming!!! 🙂

Animanarchy
4 years 9 months ago

Anyone ever see this product? Grok the Cheese Snack. I saw it in Sobeys and thought maybe someone primal invented it.
http://ital-prodotti.com/Grok-Cheese-Snacks.php
Or maybe they’re referencing Stranger in a Strange Land. “To grok (play /??r?k/) is to intimately and completely share the same reality or line of thinking with another physical or conceptual entity”
– Wikipedia

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