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29 Dec

Weekend Link Love – Edition 276

weekend link lovePretty much anyone who’s ever tried the tired old “calories in, calories out, eat less, move more” way to lose weight can tell you that doesn’t really work, especially not for the long haul. Jonathan Bailor’s fantastic new book, The Calorie Myth, explains exactly why the old paradigm doesn’t work and shows you how you can lose weight by emphasizing the quality of what you eat and how you move – even if you eat more and move less than before. Enter to win a copy, or just buy the book outright (and get some awesome bonuses exclusive to MDA readers!). I highly recommend it.

There are still a couple days to take advantage of the special offer we’re running for Denise Minger’s Death by Food Pyramid. It ends December 31.

Even though her book is done, Denise Minger remains busy as ever, having recently appeared on three podcasts to talk about her new book: Live to 110, Smash the Fat, and The Smarter Science of Slim.

Research of the Week

Psyching yourself up when stricken with performance anxiety is better than trying to calm yourself down (which, let’s face it, never works).

When it comes to partial meniscal tears, sham knee surgery might work just as well as actual knee surgery.

Interesting Blog Posts

How to go without your phone for a month in a major city (and not go crazy and totally disrupt your professional life).

Turns out coffee won’t stunt kids’ growth. Cool, but I think there remain valid reasons not to dose your toddlers with caffeine.

Media, Schmedia

After ten years of losses, McDonald’s has finally closed up shop in Bolivia. The people there just like actual food too much.

Paleo (or Caveman Diet) was the most searched-for diet term on Google this year. It’s the world’s oldest fad diet.

Satire or Serious?

Who’s ready to welcome the Medium-Chain Sugar Amphiphiles, a new “family of healthy vegetable oil structuring agents,” into our lives?

Everything Else

America’s citizenry are in the unenviable position of suffering an expansion of morbidity even as they experience a compression of life expectancy.

McDonald’s isn’t all bad, though (if entirely bereft of – or, come to think of it, filthy with – self-awareness): in their employee resource handbook, they recommend that McDonald’s employees limit fast food.

Grizzly bears may not be as easy to manipulate as lab rats, but they serve as better models of human metabolism.

Are allergic reactions an evolved defense against toxins and venoms?

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Dec 29 – Jan 4)

Comment of the Week

OK boss I need 30 days off. I think I might be allergic to work and we best reintroduce it slowly icon smile

Nice idea! I might even humor it if a Worker Bee tried it on me.

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. Mark,

    I thought you might be interested in this article describing new research that links flu infection to host glucose metabolism:

    http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/38655/title/Fighting-Flu/

    grisly atoms wrote on December 29th, 2013
  2. A month without a cell phone… what a crazy experience. I hope to be able to pull that off myself some day.

    Brent wrote on December 29th, 2013
    • I don’t know if I’d want to. I mean really, what’s the point?

      Matt wrote on December 29th, 2013
    • I’m with you!

      My biggest bug bear is people constantly taking photos with their phone of everything they see. Often, being present in the moment and creating the memory feel more important to me than having a picture that I’ll probably only look at when trying to clear some memory…

      Emily wrote on December 29th, 2013
  3. I can’t imagine there being a good reason to give a toddler caffeine. :-)

    As for Paleo and Primal being highly Googled in 2013, I think 2014 is going to be the breakthrough year for the lifestyle! I know in New Orleans we have 400 people in a group and the number is rising every day. People are beginning to wake up. It is just a matter of time before the pendulum will swing full force! I’m happy to be a part of it. Grok on!

    Tamara (New Orleans) wrote on December 29th, 2013
  4. PRIMAL ROCKS….lets all try to make “Primal” the most searched for diet term in 2014

    Malcolm wrote on December 29th, 2013
  5. What if I want to live past 110? Is it still worth it to read Denise’s book?
    Actually I’d like to beat Bilbo but I think I’ll be lucky to make it to 90 or 100.

    Animanarchy wrote on December 29th, 2013
  6. The article about Bolivia is pretty silly. I lived there & most urban dwellers eat street food on the go, much of which is fried and not exactly healthy. McDonald’s is failing because probably only 30% of the population can afford to eat there, and even then not on a regular basis. Plus, you can get a better burger at a street stand for 1/4th the price.

    When I was there, Subway and Dominos were also starting up in La Paz … Wonder if they’re still open.

    Margaret wrote on December 29th, 2013
  7. I find it hard to believe that the truth is getting so hard to cover up that even McDonald’s is having trouble suppressing it internally!

    Groktimus Primal wrote on December 29th, 2013
  8. Holy smokes! At first glance I thought I read “Medium-Chain Sugar Amphetimines”. Checked myself with a second look and then though that amphetamines might actually be less harmful than those amphiphiles.

    Geoff wrote on December 29th, 2013
  9. I think it’s actually sensible that McD’s would advise their employees to avoid fast food. They are surrounded it and they get a discount, it must be tempting to eat it every day and that is quite a bit worse than eating it once a week. I know when I worked at Burger King, I was eating there all the time…

    Aria Dreamcatcher wrote on December 29th, 2013
    • It doesn’t help that most of the workforce only gets 15 or 30 minutes to eat! Unless you bring your own lunch (but where to store it?). or work in a store close to other stores (like a grocery store), you’re pretty much stuck eating there just to save time.

      Did I ever work at Mickey D’s? Yes, while going to college WAYYYYYYY back when. If I had to do it all over again, I would skip those meals because I now can (with the help of a high-fat, keto diet). Honestly, who can’t go 4-6 hours without eating, besides carb-infested bodies?

      Wenchypoo wrote on December 30th, 2013
  10. I totally agree with the “get excited” mentality to overcome performance anxiety. When I feel the nerves, I coax myself to get excited and passionate about my subject matter.
    This is how I’ve managed to go from a rubbish public speaker to a half-decent one.

    Madeleine wrote on December 29th, 2013
  11. Growing up in Brazil, I ended up drinking quite a bit of coffee as a child (and yes even as a toddler). My mom wasn’t happy about it, but it happened anyways, cuz that’s what happens in Brazil, as soon as they are eating regular food, children are given coffee in the morning for breakfast and in the afternoon during snack. I’m the tallest girl in my family, so I’m pretty sure my growth was not stunted. Unless, I was actually supposed to be 6 feet tall or something…

    Melinda wrote on December 29th, 2013
  12. I also read today that Kellan Lutz, the star of the upcoming Summit Entertainment film “The Legend of Hercules” (opens 10 Jan 2014), turned to paleo diet to chisel his physique for the role.

    Grokster wrote on December 29th, 2013
  13. Mark, you say you highly recommend The Calorie Myth, so I expected it to be in line with primal eating. However, the amazon description of The Calorie Myth states, ‘When we eat the right foods—plants, lean proteins, nuts, and legumes—our body is naturally able to maintain a healthy set point weight. But when we eat sugar, starches, fats, and other poor quality foods, our body’s regulatory system becomes “clogged” and prevents us from burning extra calories.’

    Is that description of the book wrong? If it’s accurate, why do you highly recommend an eating plan that calls fat a “poor quality” food, and that counts legumes among the “right foods”?

    Terez wrote on December 30th, 2013
    • I’ve read Bailor’s other book, “The Surprising Science of Slim,” and I must say he did a great job putting together one of the most comprehensive bibliographies on the topic. He reports based on what’s available in the scientific literature, not purely conjecture and certainly not just opinion. This presents a bit of a limitation in his work, as nutritional science often takes the premise that the USDA food pyramid is “healthy”, and therefore fat is “bad”. Bailor actually debunked the validity of the food pyramid in his last book, and attempts to rebuild the knowledge base from a perspective grounded in fact.

      I also highly recommend that people here read his work (not that you know who I am or should take my recommendations as commands ;) ), as he pulls together a tremendous amount of literature and spans topics that I haven’t seen covered here or in the Paleosphere often. But read it with a critical eye, as you should read any interpretation of the primary literature, as he made a few leaps of logic in his last book. Also, there is plenty of information in the world that hasn’t been studied or proven yet, and may appear to be missing or overlooked when one reports fact and not opinion.

      The true basis of is diet recommendations has little to do with fat. He recommends eating 10 servings of low-starch vegetables a day, plenty of protein, a few servings of fruit, and “enough dairy to keep you happy”. His exercise recommendations fit nicely with those advocated for here. There are a few minor differences, but certainly no reason to discount his work out of hand.

      SarahK wrote on December 30th, 2013
      • Correction to the above, Bailor’s last book is “The Smarter Science of Slim”. I apologize for the error.

        SarahK wrote on December 30th, 2013
  14. I’ve been thinking of changing my avatar to a picture of a spiral and my name to The Concentric Eccentric. heh, scratch that.

    Animanarchy wrote on December 30th, 2013
  15. I don’t think spam is Primal… Can someone block this guy?

    SarahK wrote on December 30th, 2013
  16. Do you mean me? If so, I contend that though I fire off lots of my thoughts amusing myself and in an attempt to amuse others that may not be applicable to your primal life, I have certainly contributed to this blog and I am about as primal as pond scum. I’ve eaten roadkill raw, as well as living things for example.

    Animanarchy wrote on December 31st, 2013
  17. No- they blocked the spammer but left my comment, it wasn’t directed at you Animanarchy

    SarahK wrote on January 1st, 2014
  18. Cool, good thing they blocked the spammer. I thought maybe that was about me because your comment was after mine and a few times people have told me here I kind of troll. :S

    Animanarchy wrote on January 3rd, 2014

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