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February 26, 2012

Weekend Link Love – Edition 179

By Mark Sisson
45 Comments

In a recent study, those who trained aerobics in a fasted state lost body fat and body weight, while those who trained in a fed state lost body weight but no body fat.

Does diabetes actually start in the gut?

A scientist claims to have created a vegetarian meat substitute that’s indistinguishable from the real thing, “even to foodies.” I’m dubious.

Are humans better suited to segmented sleep? The myth of the eight-hour sleep, and Robb Wolf’s commentary on the myth of the eight-hour sleep.

From Greatist comes another relevant infographic: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Paleo.

What to do about hungry Paleo kids. The comment section is, as always, great.

Why being sleepy and drunk are great for creativity. Hmm, I guess college students are doing it right.

For shame: nature is disappearing from children’s books. Sounds innocuous, I’m sure, to most people, but these things matter.

Sh*t barefoot runners say.

Sh*t runners say to barefoot runners.

Real food, Ryan Gosling… what more do you need? “I’ll start the yogurt when I get home” needs to be in a movie.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Feb 20 – Feb 26)

Comment of the Week

After perusing this article, I feel like Homer Simpson when he visited the “Land of Chocolate” during one of his daydreams.

– What a coincidence, Chris. I was actually snacking on a schnauzer made of chocolate as I wrote the post.

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Sian
4 years 7 months ago

Loving Ryan Gosling – fantastic! But wonder how his Valentines gift of 50lbs of raw, organic, grassfed butter was really received

Some advice Ryan … 85% chocolate is still primal!!

Burn
4 years 7 months ago

that Ryan Gosling thing cracked me up. A girl who would like grass fed butter for valentines day is my kinda girl!

Richard Nikoley
4 years 7 months ago

Thanks Mark, as always.

Those barefoot videos are a riot, too. I’d seen the first one but it was well worth another laugh before laughing at the second one.

Steven
4 years 7 months ago

There are more coming! 😉 (but not using the Sh*t People Say meme)

Steffo
Steffo
4 years 7 months ago

Lehrer’s got my back

albertasara
albertasara
4 years 7 months ago

Those running videos had me laughing! And I would do whatever Ryan Gosling told me to do any day…(even though I’m 40 and married).

Christine
Christine
4 years 7 months ago

Scary stuff about how scientist can make grain/veggies taste like a sirloin? Really? Do you want to eat it, or put it under a microscope and see what grows?

Primal Texas
4 years 7 months ago

Very suspicious. Reminds me of the scientists in an earlier link Mark posted to who are making “meat substitute” from human fecal matter.

Primal Toad
4 years 7 months ago

“All diseases begin in the gut.” -Hippocrates

Bob
Bob
4 years 7 months ago

A question about the aerobics study: they talk about bodyfat and body weight – what’s the difference? Do they mean body fat and lean body mass?

It’s important to know because I do a lot of exercise in fasted state. I like it and I need to lose a lot of bodyfat.

Tim
Tim
4 years 7 months ago

Gotta admit that trying to read that article just left me with a headache, but all bodyfat means is how much fat you have in you. Body weight is affected by how much fat you have, as well as how much muscle, general build, water retention on that particular day, etc.

Leslie
Leslie
4 years 7 months ago

What exactly is a “fasted state?” I couldn’t see from the abstract what time of day the men exercised. If it was based around Ramadan, they would be eating once a day after sunset, correct? Am I exercising in a fasted state if I eat lunch at noon, and hit the gym at 6 pm?

jake3_14
jake3_14
4 years 7 months ago

You have to have had no food for at least 12 hours to be in the fasted state. So, if you finish eating at 9 PM, anytime after 9 AM the next morning is a fasted state.

You raise a good point. How close to fasting was the fed group? And who cares about aerobic exercise anyway?

Ash Simmonds
4 years 7 months ago

Uh, did anyone else notice a confounding factor in the study?

IE – the guys who lost fat, DIDN’T EAT FOOD.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago
The finding that diabetes is associated with gut issues, specifically with a loss of integrity to the mucosal lining, seems intuitive to me. What I’d like to know more about is specifically how the enzyme fatty acid synthase (FAS) is regulated by insulin – what causes the reduction in FAS – and also what other dietary/environmental factors may be involved. I’ve been reading lately about the role of iodine/iodide throughout the body, including in the gut – specifically the mucosal lining. Iodine deficiencies cause deterioration to the mucosal lining of the gut. Some people believe that iodine deficiency is widespread… Read more »
cancerclasses
4 years 7 months ago

Here ya go!
Nutritional and Insulin Regulation of Fatty Acid Synthetase and Leptin Gene
Expression through ADD1/SREBP http://goo.gl/BTjWU

And
Insulin increases fatty acid synthase gene transcription in human adipocytes http://goo.gl/RX2Cz

Doug
4 years 7 months ago

I just had a late night of drunken bumper cars with friends at a local carnival and I actually told my wife this morning (before I saw the link to “Why being sleepy and drunk are great for creativity”) on how easy it has been for me to do some writing this morning.

Might have to reevaluate my process 😉

Karen P.
4 years 7 months ago

I’ve never understood the need to create a faux meat for vegetarians. Isn’t that what they’re avoiding? It just seems like a massive case of missing the point, nevermind all the processing involved.

As for the barefoot running videos, I was afraid to watch them, but they’re really well done and spot on. So true!

jake3_14
jake3_14
4 years 7 months ago

Most vegetarians I know are split 50-50 between ethical and “health” reasons for avoiding meat. I wish this line of research comes to fruition, because it will serve two purposes: isolated the “ethical” vegetarians into a small lunatic fringe, and let some other population be the guinea pigs for the long-term effects of veggie meat or lab-grown meat.

PrimalGrandma
PrimalGrandma
4 years 7 months ago

I agree – if you’re vegetarian then you not only don’t eat meat, you don’t want to be reminded of anything resembling meat. So what’s the point of “faux meat?”

Milla
4 years 7 months ago
I agree. I actually think eating faux meat would be hypocritical; if the emotional aversion to eating meat strong enough to stop you eating it, why would you eat something that looks like it? Wouldn’t it trigger the same emotions? Besides, what vegetarians often do not understand is, although these processed foods do not contain actual animals, animals and the environment are damaged because of the intensive farming (especially those mile-long fields of corn for HFCS and whatever else they make of it nowadays) and all the waste that occurs from the processing…it’s a lot more ethical to source grassfed… Read more »
Deanna
Deanna
4 years 7 months ago

I completely agree! How can you stomach something that looks like dead-animal-food when you’re avoiding it because it’s dead-animal-food. I always thought it was hypocritical, too.

Uncle Frank
Uncle Frank
4 years 7 months ago

I don’t think the idea is for the veggamatics. I think they are trying to create a meat substitute they can force the rest of us to eat………

Uncle Frank

Rhys
Rhys
4 years 7 months ago

The Ryan Gosling thing is funny but is there a significance to him specifically? Is he a known Paleo-supporter/eater?

Allison
Allison
4 years 7 months ago

He’s just really really good looking.

Wafaa
Wafaa
4 years 7 months ago

No. There’s just these images of him with all kinds of random statements starting with “Hey girl,…” popping up all over the internet. Not sure how it got started exactly.

Steven
Steven
4 years 7 months ago

The running videos were funny. But seriously, how DO you get the smell out of your Vibrams?

Decaf Debi
Decaf Debi
4 years 7 months ago

Dr. Bronner’s peppermint castile soap. When my husband’s start to reek, I make a soak of one gallon super hot water with a couple teaspoon glugs of the soap. Throw the shoes in and walk away for a couple of hours, then throw them outside to dry in the sun. Works every time.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago
About the IF time capsule article – and the linked story of the man who “defeated” Type II diabetes with IF…. I think that IF is great. I find that I am in the best place for doing IF and just naturally eat two meal a day. Like the man in the story, I notice that my waking blood sugar tends to be the highest of the day. However, I am not diabetic so my blood sugar never goes as high as his did. I have recently determined that my blood glucose tends to follow a low-carb pattern called “dawn”… Read more »
rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago
Loved that article on the myth of the eight hour sleep – and Ekirch’s book ” At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past” has made it onto my reading list. The whole premise makes sense to me. I have always had a tendency to get sleepy about that two hours after dusk period – but of course given the modern lifestyle just shook it off by staying busy. Once I moved past that sleepiness, I got a second wind and didn’t get sleepy again until well after midnight. Typically got 4-5 hours of sleep per night. One cycle. Long story… Read more »
SusynK
SusynK
4 years 7 months ago

Vibrams can be machine washed and as long as you keep your feet clean…? I workout in mine and they don’t smell.

rarebird
rarebird
4 years 7 months ago
And, Rob has nailed it! “The BBC piece is a bit disturbing in that they essentially make the point that if you wake during the night it’s “nothing” to worry about because that’s a normal aspect of normal sleep. Do you see where this is flawed? We don’t GET normal sleep, so we need to do the best we can to get the sleep we need under the parameters of our lives.” I have been fortunate in that an essential aspect for me in healing my aforementioned insomnia was the ability to work discretionary hours so that I could sleep… Read more »
Wafaa
Wafaa
4 years 7 months ago

Interesting about the sleep article.
I do have interrupted sleep (on purpose though) but I’m lucky in that it takes me no time at all to go back to sleep.
I did two things: I bought a sleep mask for total darkness (best $12 I ever spent), and I ditched the pillow.
I now get deeper sleep, easily wake up (was not a morning person before) and my back posture has greatly improved (used to have these weird back pains).

gilliebean
4 years 7 months ago

I’m a screenwriter. Perhaps my next story will be about comedy about whole foodies and the FDA. And I will include the line “I’ll start the yogurt when I get home.” 😉

Chris
4 years 7 months ago

Very interesting study on exercise in a fasted state. I always had suspicions that this was the case, and now its partially confirmed.

Thanks.

pjnoir
4 years 7 months ago
Seems to me vegetarians are obsessed with meat. Instead of looking beyond beef and pork and the like, they try to replace the taste with fake and far less healthy or satisfying plant substitutes. I asked a vegetarian blogger why is this so and got a firm FU AH in reply. One would think honest cooking of vegetables would be the correct way. I eat far more real food and vegetables than any vegetarian ever does. btw- despir what jimmy Moore claims- You came first in many of our Paleo lifestyles begins, followed by Robb Wolf. You da Grok !
Chris
Chris
4 years 7 months ago
The people that preach exactly 8 hours of sleep at specific times always made me laugh. I’ve read so many articles and sites that talk about the benefits of going to sleep before midnight, and it makes zero sense to me. Do you think your body has any clue when “midnight” is? Depending on the time of year, it could mean it’s been dark for 7 hours, or 2 and a half. If you are eating right, sleeping when you are tired makes the most sense to me. 8 hours makes sense because thats generally how long you’ll sleep for… Read more »
Steven
4 years 7 months ago

Thanks to Mark for posting the Sh*t videos, and to all of you who enjoyed them (and commented).

More “barefoot comedy” is on the way 😉

Gydle
4 years 7 months ago
LOVE the Sh*t barefoot runners say video! I reposted it on my blog a while ago. That guy is hilarious. I found Robb Wolf’s assessment of the myth of the 8-hour sleep a little annoying… it seems to me he saying we’re doing something wrong if we can’t adapt and manage to pack in 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep without waking up. Well, I wake up almost every night. I get out of bed for about 5 minutes – stretch a little, drink a glass of water, then go back to sleep. Seems fine to me. It was reassuring to… Read more »
Abigail
Abigail
4 years 7 months ago

Love love love the Youtube vids, shared them on facebook with my ‘bearfoot’ and non barefoot runners..

Milla
4 years 7 months ago

I train fasted sometimes, but not always. I don’t really like it, it kind of stresses me out but I love the feeling when its over. If I always trained fasted I’d be a walking bottle of cortisol. My goal is maintenance anyway, I don’t need to lose any body fat, so *sigh of relief*.

I love the Ryan Giosling catch-phrases! I wish a guy would get me a heart-shaped slab of grassfed, raw butter for valentines…or some 100% dark chocolate hearts…or a lifelong standing delivery order of raw milk and grassfed lamb…I’m getting carried away!

NicoleK
NicoleK
4 years 7 months ago

OK….I’m STILL laughing about the barefoot links! Hahahah

Animanarchy
4 years 6 months ago

Those videos are great.
The parasite in the brain part made me think of toxoplasma gondii. When running barefoot, try not to step on cat litter. I have a theory that the reason cats are innately prone to bury their excrement is so that it doesn’t attract infected rats.

Caleigh
4 years 7 months ago

Hahaha the ‘hey girl by Ryan Gosling’ is awesome. He’s so yummy…

The BBC sleep article was interesting to read. What I took from it was that many people wake up in the night, and thanks to a possible biological/cultural shindig it’s not necessary to stress out about it. We don’t have any kind of lifestyle that they did in pre-industrial revolution communities but that doesn’t mean we have to stress out about not stressing out.

I’m not following Greatist. It looks pretty entertaining!

Being sleepy and drunk makes me…sleepy. And, depending on how drunk I am, horny.

Sarah
4 years 7 months ago

Hahaha love the ryan gosling photos!!! I think the girl who bought her man some grass fed steak for valentines day was awesome. That was paleo romance at its finest. Also some very interesting facts on fasting…I’ve been having a lot of questions about it, but all cleared up now!

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