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July 01, 2012

Weekend Link Love – Edition 196

By Mark Sisson
28 Comments

Researchers recently compared the total energy expenditure of patients on four-week isocaloric low-fat, low-glycemic, and low-carb diets. Although activity levels and caloric intake remained the same across all groups, the low-carb group burned 300 more calories per day than the low-fat group.

Kinda like how bacteria is beginning to outpace our best antibiotics, pests are evolving and adapting faster than ever to get around genetically-modified crops that contain the toxins that are supposed to take care of them.

A pal of mine, Grant Petersen of Rivendell Reader (I did an interview with them a while back), recently came out with a great little book called Just Ride about how you should ditch all the fancy cycling gear and just ride your bike like you did as a kid.

Contrary to previous reports, antioxidant supplementation does not hamper the exercise-induced adaptations in skeletal muscle and mitochondria despite reducing oxidative stress, a 2011 study shows.

Beginning today, TGIPaleo is running a weeklong “Offal Week” series of six or seven easy, delicious recipes that incorporate animal organs and odd bits, the parts we know we should be eating but often don’t. If you’ve ever wanted to get into offal, check out Camilla’s blog.

What if you could get an elegant, functional, stylish, dependable standup desk without dropping five or six hundred bucks? Fund this Kickstarter and make such a product reality (oh, and save about a million lower backs in the process).

The aging male often faces lower testosterone levels, a prospect most assume is inevitable, but research is showing this isn’t actually the case.

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Mark, you are probably not the first to write the words “mescal” and “double blind” in the same sentence. I’m sure Hunter Thompson beat you to it.

– Rand Hagenstein, I thought I’d finally pulled a fast one on old Hunter S., but I guess not.

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Max Ungar
4 years 2 months ago

Read that first study recently. Just proves how vital Fat really is for our system. Great post.

whitney
whitney
4 years 2 months ago

the article regarding testosterone and the aging process indicates what we’ve always suspected: smoking keeps australian men manly! 🙂

rob
rob
4 years 2 months ago

Are you certain it’s not the days-long drinking sessions?

Ma Flintstone
Ma Flintstone
4 years 2 months ago

It’s us smokin’hot wimin.

Kelly
4 years 2 months ago

Thank you so much for the link love. Enjoy!

Michael C
Michael C
4 years 2 months ago

Grant has always been an entertaining writer, so it’s cool he’s got a book out. I’ve never been able to afford a Rivendell bike, but I have an old Bridgestone from the days when he was there and I adore it.

Tercio
Tercio
4 years 2 months ago

Grant P. made (makes) some damn fine bikes. I sure wish I still had my old Bridgestones.

Austin
Austin
4 years 2 months ago

Regardless of the 300 extra calories claimed to be burned in that first study, weight loss was identical between low-carb and low-fat groups. Several other bloggers have taken a look at that study:

Guyenet: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2012/06/new-study-is-calorie-calorie.html

Colpo: http://anthonycolpo.com/?p=3680

Nickoley: http://freetheanimal.com/2012/06/synthesis-guyenet-colpo-calories-count-food-quality-matters-macronutrient-ratios-are-qualitative.html

Victor Venema
4 years 2 months ago

According to Free The Animal the above conclusion is a bit too strong. No difference in weight was found, which is not the same as the weight loss being identical.

300 Calories a day mean that it takes at least 3 weeks until you loose 1 kg of fat. The study was shorter and the diets were cycled, thus it was not possible to see such a small change in the weight. Body weight varies due to many other reasons from day to day.

CALVIN
CALVIN
4 years 2 months ago

interesting point on testosterone levels, I have had chronic junk from a poor diet, my levels were terribly low. When I went on a bio identical testosterone cream it brought levels up to normal but it wasn’t till I went primal that I lost the joint inflammation and am able to do squats and push-ups. Dropped 51 pounds to date since Feb 20 at age 53. Thanks Mark

N3P3N7N3
N3P3N7N3
4 years 2 months ago

I have been very eager to try some offal recipes, so thanks for that! Also, I am a stay at home mom with two kids living on a single income. I can’t afford a stand up desk. I also couldn’t afford an ironing board that would collapse after being opened once. Or curtain rods to hang my curtains. So, I put the ironing board in the living room, draped a beautiful curtain over it, and voila. Standing desk. 😛 I do all of my crafting and computer work here. I LOVE IT!

Jeffrey of Troy
4 years 2 months ago

re: low back

Every time you get up out of a chair (or couch) you hyper-extend the low back. It’s not the sitting that’s hurts you, it’s the getting up.

Instead, follow this 5-step process:

1) use hands and feet to scoot your butt to the edge of the seat
2) pull heels back towards you
3) lean forward so weight of torso is directly over heels
4) close mouth (if necessary :P) and inhale through nose
5) stand straight up

Happy Healthy Housewife
4 years 2 months ago

Interesting! Thank you for sharing 🙂

Joshua
Joshua
4 years 2 months ago

That’s amazing. I’ve never noticed that extension before. This is why I read the comments almost as eagerly as I read the article. Don’t worry, Mark. Almost.

Erok
Erok
4 years 2 months ago

Totally! After a couple back sprains and some knee ‘twings’, my body started me on this 5-step process you describe. I think of it like a squat.

Jeffrey of Troy
4 years 2 months ago

re: aging men and T

Take zinc – 30 mg – before bed (necessary for making T, and inhibits activity of enzyme that converts T into estrogen).

Tray
Tray
4 years 2 months ago

Intriguing study in JAMA. Anyone got a take on the authors’ finding that low-carb diets increase inflammation & stress hormones?

Gary Taubes had a longish piece on this study in the NY Times (http://nyti.ms/O8adoM) yesterday, though he didn’t address the stress response/inflammation findings.

Steve
Steve
4 years 2 months ago

Tray,
They ate low carb which doesn’t mean they didn’t eat brown rice, oatmeal, etc. It just means they ate less of those to keep carbs below 10%.

And they may not have even eaten vegetables. Meat is only slightly anti-inflammatory compared to vegetables.

Nutritiondata.com has quantitative measures of inflammation/anti-inflammation in foods.

Steve

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[…] Wrong. If it was that easy, about the only fat people in the world would be sumo wrestlers. There are lots of overweight people with great willpower. Exercise generally won’t result in a weight loss. Fewer calories won’t necessarily either. (Actually, you can increase your willpower, as Mark explains. But that won’t help unless you use it the right way to live primally. Anyway, why use up your willpower pushing away from the table when the Primal Blueprint can make healthy living easy. OK, mostly easy.) Researchers recently compared the total energy expenditure of patients on four-week isocaloric low-fat,… Read more »
doghug
doghug
4 years 2 months ago

nice post 🙂

David
David
4 years 2 months ago

How long is it taking everyone here to adjust to the standing desk? I reckon it takes at least six months.

Patrice
4 years 2 months ago

Despite being a massive fan of Kickstarter, I must say that standing table is rather expensive for what it is! Glad it’s raising the profile of improving work posture, but I might stick with a free make shift solution for now!

Talking of taking a cheaper route, offals are truly a great way of being primal on a budget: liver and kidneys are often 10-20% the price per kilogram of steaks, with the former very high in the all important vitamin b12. I’m sure Grok would not have wasted any of the animal kills he made, and nor should we…

Joshua
Joshua
4 years 2 months ago
Just to clarify. Organisms becoming immune to antibiotics, pesticides, what have you is not evolution in the sense that most people immediately think. It is an adaptive change across a population, but it is technically devolution. These pesticides work by targeting a specific enzyme or function within the organism that makes it susceptible. Those that are immune have a decreased amount of that property so they live the longest and reproduce the most. The population has lost genetic data, it hasn’t gained it. Africans are black to limit the effects of sun exposure. Northern Europeans are white to maximize it.… Read more »
Ryan
Ryan
4 years 2 months ago

In the isocaloric study, they also report that the low-carb participants consistently had higher cortisol excretions in their urine. Any idea why?

Ryan
Ryan
4 years 2 months ago

Nevermind, it looks like some of the blog links above cover this. 🙂

Diane
Diane
4 years 2 months ago
I love those Rivendale people. I frequently will show people their article about the “shoes ruse”. Now that summer is here and I’m waking up plenty early enough, I’ve been riding my bike to work (9 miles each way). I wear street clothes and street shoes. I ride as slowly as I can (chanting Maffetone Maffetone in my mind if I find myself pushing too hard.) It’s amazing how refreshed, relaxed and happy I feel when I arrive at work when I ride so slowly and don’t break a sweat. I used to push push push but all that did… Read more »
jake3_14
jake3_14
4 years 2 months ago

Sorry, but this recipe has too much cacao for me and my wife; it overpowered all the other flavors. I’ll try a variation with 1 tsp. of unsweetened cocoa powder next time.

Paul
Paul
4 years 2 months ago

Finished Just Ride- a great book to make bike riding fun and healthy again- Just read! Thanks Mark and team for the heads up

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