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November 29, 2009

Weekend Link Love – Edition 73

By Mark Sisson
16 Comments

National Geographic asks a familiar question: what we can learn from (living) hunter-gatherers?

I’m not the only one slamming The Biggest Loser. The NY Times reveals the dark side of the ratings juggernaut with their piece, “On ‘The Biggest Loser,’ Health Can Take a Back Seat.

Read this short, true story titled ‘My Favorite Liar‘ at Zen Moments.  So applicable. (and a thanks to these folks!)

I scored another TV spot to tell the world about the Primal Blueprint – this time staying classy down in San Diego. You can watch me on San Diego living (though you may have to scroll through the other health videos to find my segment).

Is it possible to get tired of awkward infomercials? Passionate Fitness digs up five head scratchers including lascivious galloping fitness, bellydancing biological revolutionaries, and the latest breakthrough in fitness for everyone… chairs.

Event News:  If you’re in Seattle, get ready for a Primal meet-up on December 5!

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago  (November 22 – 28)

And finally, the bacon mug.

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Erin Nissen
Erin Nissen
6 years 9 months ago

When is Carrie going to contribute to the blog again?
In September she recieved a wonderful response and I hope that we will hear from her again soon- and on a regular basis. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your amazing staff.
All the best.

Roland
6 years 9 months ago

Your San Diego spot was hard to find. I got the link now, though.

http://www.sandiego6.com/content/sdl/content/health/default.aspx?articleID=707312

Good job, Mark!

Del Mar Mel
Del Mar Mel
6 years 9 months ago

Nice clip on San Diego Living. Even while reading the book it’s nice to watch these quick clips to reinforce the basics. Cheers!

Stephen Hubbard
6 years 9 months ago
Mark, I really think that on any of these short TV segments you need to say: “The primal diet is about eating things that our bodies evolved to eat. There were no grains in humans’ diets from 200,000-10,000 years ago and thus our bodies evolved to function optimally eating as hunter gatherers” That short summary was the most mind opening thing for me and I emphasize this short bit of logic whenever I tell someone about Primalism. In some of the interview of you I see you talk a lot about genes and hormones and while true, I don’t think… Read more »
Rafi Bar-Lev
6 years 9 months ago

Mark,

That was a great interview, you’re really good on screen. When are you going to get your own show already!?

Just one question about carbs. I’m a naturally slim guy and I find that I have to eat carbs to keep up my muscle mass.

How is someone like me, who has a high metabolism, supposed to keep my weight up without carbs?

Keep up the great work!

-Rafi

Icarus
Icarus
6 years 9 months ago
For most people, ketosis won’t happen on a “regular” (measurable) basis anywhere above about 50 grams of (usable, non-cellulose) carbs per day or so. 120 grams is a good level to shoot for if you’re really looking to halt ketosis (fat burning). This is why the “maintenance” phase of Atkins and other low-carb programs (Protein Power, et al) puts an upper limit of around 120 grams per day. My first recommendation would be to stick to nutrient-rich sources of carbohydrate: tubers, milk and yogurt (if you can tolerate dairy), fruits, etc. On the other hand, it’s definitely not impossible to… Read more »
Roland
6 years 9 months ago
First of all, you just have to eat more calories than you burn to stop losing weight. Eat more food or eat higher calorie foods. You can’t lose weight if you’re not in a caloric deficit, ketosis, carbs, or whatever. High calorie foods include nuts, seeds, oil, fat, fatty meat, poultry skin, winter squash, roots and tubers (potatoes), bananas and other sweeter or starchier fruits. It might help to eat fewer foods that have a lot of bulk, like lettuce, apples, lean poulty/white meat, etc. Opt for higher calorie/calorie dense choices, instead. You don’t mention how you workout, but if… Read more »
Rafi Bar-Lev
6 years 9 months ago

I didn’t even realize Mark linked to Passionate Fitness. Thanks for the link Mark!

To Icarus and Roland,

I might be able to keep up the calories with potatoes and bananas, but it’s not quite as easy as with bread, especially since I need to swim, which burns calories like crazy. (Can’t run yet because of an injury.)

Also, I’m going to soon be trying to gain mass again, so it’s difficult since bread just plainly has a lot of calories (I do eat whole wheat though).

Roland
6 years 9 months ago

I guess you have to decide what’s important? You’re putting yourself in a position where you’re burning too many calories compared to what you eat.

Why do you need to swim or run at all?

Nuts and oil have a lot more calories than bread (or potatoes and bananas).

Chart your food. Chart your activity (including work, housework, etc.) Put your food into fitday.com. Find out where you can cut back on activity or add more food. Some people just don’t realize how little they eat until they look at it.

Calvin
Calvin
6 years 9 months ago
Hey Mark, I recently read Paul Shepard’s “The Tender Carnivore & the Sacred Game” in addition to his “Coming Home to the Pleistocene” (both highly recommended to those with paleo interests), so the link to today’s National Geographic article by By Michael Finkel was so timely. I highly recommend Paul’s writings which like today’s read, will at the minimum, get one to consider human evolution from a different perspective, if not completely change the paradigm. In addition to Finkel’s superb writing, I’d like to complement Martin Schoeller for his amazing photographs that accompanied it as well. Thanks for the great… Read more »
Icarus
Icarus
6 years 9 months ago
The brief impression I get of Paul Shepard’s wikipedia page reminds me a lot of the work of Daniel Quinn – which is also devastating and thought-provoking in the best way. I’d recommend it to anyone interested in imitating a paleolithic lifestyle, though it has nothing to say on the matter of nutrition. No matter – the Primal Blueprint, as I understand it, is one of the few health/fitness approaches that is not solely focused on nutrition and exercise, which is why I love the blog and the community that has built up around it. Thanks for the recommendation. And… Read more »
Allbeef Patty
6 years 9 months ago

Funny you should mention that. I’m a recent convert to the paleolithic lifestyle, and in reading The Primal Blueprint (and a few other books) I’ve become surer than I ever was about Quinn’s Ishmael and other similar works. It’s amazing how it all dovetails.

FlyNavyWife
6 years 9 months ago

Maybe it’s just me… but I can’t find your video on that site. 🙁

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