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January 11, 2009

Weekend Link Love – Edition 32

By Mark Sisson
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Do me a personal favor by following this link and selecting “Six Until Me” as the Best Patient’s Blog of 2008. My friend Kerri runs this great site and I think she deserves to win (check out her site and judge for yourself or just take my word for it). And check out her husband’s fitness site, I Look Like Fit, while you’re at it.

You may remember the misguided buzz about low carb diets affecting short term memory, but what about high sugar diets affecting long term memory?

Did you eat too many Christmas cookies? Having a hard time overcoming that holiday weight gain? The good folks over at NPR explain how overeating effects the body.

Artificial sweeteners are back in the news (and on TV Commercials) again. Truvia is the newest lab brew to hit the streets, but this one may have some merit. FitSugar has the scoop on Coke’s new artificial sweetener.

How soon should your baby go Primal? As soon as possible! There are just as many crazy theories about baby diets as there are about adult ones. It’s about time for someone to debunk those baby food myths. (thanks for the link, Camille!)

If you’re a list freak (or an exercise freak), read Happy Lists’ classic post on 20 creative ways to get exercise.

From Yahoo! News, a new study claims exercise won’t cure obesity. This is right up my alley. As you may know, I am fond of saying 80% of your body composition is determined by your diet.

Joel Stein of the L.A. Times makes an apt connection between yuppies and peanut allergies.

And finally, bread is no good for your body, even if it comes in a weird shape.

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Mara
7 years 8 months ago

Interesting reads here, thanks so much!

Chris - Zen to Fitness
7 years 8 months ago

Rest assured I threw in a vote for the blog. The yuppies peanut article was great, some very cool links!

Earl Cannonbear
Earl Cannonbear
7 years 8 months ago
About the NPR article. Here’s a quote: “If mice eat a high-fat diet, they actually wake up during what is nighttime for them and eat,” says Dr. Joe Bass, a Northwestern University endocrinologist and molecular biologist who has published numerous studies about the body clock and mice. “It would be as if you were waking up every night during holiday season and eating all the sweets in your refrigerator.” Bass found that among the mice who got fat, the weight gain resulted directly from food consumed during what would normally be their sleeping time. This suggests that people who eat… Read more »
Earl Cannonbear
Earl Cannonbear
7 years 8 months ago
Yet more mixed messages. From the Yahoo article we read: “Diet is a more likely explanation than physical activity expenditure for why Chicago women weigh more than Nigerian women, Luke said. She noted the Nigerian diet is high in fiber and carbohydrates and low in fat and animal protein. By contrast, the Chicago diet is 40 percent to 45 percent fat and high in processed foods. ” Granted, a nod is given to processed foods as being problematic but it is not emphasized while high fat and protein is pointed out as culprits leading to obesity. I have a suggestion… Read more »
Apurva Mehta
7 years 8 months ago
I agree with Earl. Its great to post links which might present views which are contrary to Primal ideas. But I think they should be supplemented with a reasoned critique. In both the NPR and Yahoo! News articles, a case was made against Primal ideas (against high fat and protein diets, pro carbs), based purely on simplistic confirmatory correlations. You can confirm any hypothesis in a million ways, and most of the conventional literature uses this to justify any number of hypotheses on health and wellness. Most people on the PB are living examples who contradict the message of most… Read more »
sherre
7 years 8 months ago

Thanks for the great links. I off to do more reading on the memory/diet connection.

Apurva Mehta
7 years 8 months ago

Thanks for taking the time to provide your perspective on these articles Mark! The articles in combination with your perspective on them are truly valuable. It offers us yet another opportunity to learn about the subtleties of the issues surrounding health and wellness.

Thanks once more,
Apurva

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