Weekend Link Love – Edition 116

Leangains rolls out an epic post this week: Top 10 Fasting Myths Debunked. Broscience takes a slap to the broface. Follow the post up with Free the Animal‘s warm introduction of Leangains author Martin Berkham.

PBS Groks through ages with a pictorial of early humans in pop culture. I love the salaciously intriguing NEANDERTHAL MAN! poster, but how could they leave out Raquel Welch?!

A good sign, folks, a good sign: Poor Cereal Sales Leads to Weak 3rd Quarter For Kellogg.

Planche time. What’s a planche? Just an easy exercise everyone can do, right? Learn how.

I thought Skechers Shape-Ups were the zenith of ridiculous footwear, but I may have been wrong… The Great Fitness Experiment finds something a tad strange about spring-loaded Gravity Defyer shoes.

For adustable-height desk fanatics, Boing Boing reviews the GeekDesk.

Recipe Corner

  • Eat Primal is a collection of Primal blogger recipes out there, give it a look-see!
  • Get some tail with Sweat‘s Primal oxtail chili. There’s good, and there’s oxtail good.

Time Capsule

One year ago (October 31 – November 6)

  • Why Grains Are Unhealthy – One of the cornerstones of the Primal Blueprint philosophy. A thorough explanation of how grains work against your body.
  • Life, Rare and Fragile – A now classic post about the certain wonder borne from the improbability of life in the universe.

Comment of the Week

Another reader email:

KFC Double Down Healthier Than a Single Egg Yolk?

Wonder how much those researches made from whomever owns KFC? Seems like a nice tie in to your “can you trust medical research” post.


-Matthew and Julie of Primal Palette

Turns out the researchers weren’t being paid by KFC. They were just being paid by Pfizer to write an opinion supporting the infamous, debunked, half-century old Ancel Keys study (You’ll notice the giant “CONFLICT OF INTEREST” paragraph if you click through to the actual “study“). Then the AOL blogger pulled the KFC headline out of thin air. Boo, AOL. Boo. At least the Australians are getting it right.

About the Author

Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.

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  1. Top 10 Fasting Myths is an amazing read. Should be required reading for everyone who’s remotely interested in nutrition and health.

    1. Yes, I agree.

      Excellent piece, well worth reading all the way to the end.

      It was reading Taubes (Good Calories Bad Calories – the Diet Delusion) a year ago that got me into this kind of critical thinking.

      Asking ‘does this idea/’fact’/research fit the evolutionary context’ is a very good way to wade through all the junk science out there.

      Mind you, the pictures of the body-built torsos don’t to my mind fit within the evolutionary context, I get ripped and honed, but this goes well beyond! Can’t imagine Grok ever had the time or desire to look like that and this Grokette for one doesn’t find it remotely attractive! Each to his own I guess though …

      Hope you all had a great weekend Cavepeople 🙂

  2. Mark found the time to send us a nice length reply to that um… “scientific study”. We’ll post it on the blog later.

    It occurs to me that anyone hip to this website would react to such an article with skepticism, but sadly others might not. After all, while most computer savvy people are hip to what spam is, a whole industry is supported by those that don’t know any better.

    Keep spreadin the good word, cave people!

  3. Those are some amazing recommendations.

    I’m always looking for new recipes to try out. These looks so good!

    Thanks a lot

  4. I am a registered nurse (New Zealand) with a conventional nutrition qualification to degree level, and found paleo eating to be amazing for me: fixing my auto-immune joint inflammation and menstrual issues. I had already got my weight and blood sugar levels sorted with a reduced carb diet, so it was definitely cutting agricultural foods made the difference.
    Earlier this year I asked for volunteers from my email news list (previous nutrition clients) to try paleo eating to get (hopefully) further proof that it made a difference. About 20 took part, I was thrilled by the results, weight loss, health, energy, gut issues fixed etc, and am more passionately paleo / primal than ever. Even my mother had a fantastic result in a big improvement of her small airways disease.
    FYI I have the experiences in peoples own words on my blog.

  5. No thanks I dont need any junk science from:

    “the Internet’s leading resource on intermittent fasting and all things related.”

    Oh wait it all must be true because of the pics of how ripped he is.


  6. Rich, you’re an idiot. I can only assume you’re jealous and intimidated because you have obviously not read his articles.

  7. I think Rich would have liked it better if Martin was a fat middle-aged guy in a doctor’s robe;)

    Good to see that people are buying less cereal. That stuff is poison to our health and waistlines!

    1. I actually came by with the same question. That guy’s clients are all bodybuilders for whom ‘fat loss’ means getting down from 8% to 5% or something equally irrelevant to most people’s lives. All he’s proven is that his plan works for people who are already extremely exceptional. Do we get any idea as to whether IF works for those of us regular folks in the 20s and 30s (or up)? No, not at all. But, he presents his ideas as if they’re universally true. That’s pretty irresponsible, in my opinion.

  8. That KFC thing is so disgusting, I kinda regret even LOOKING at it.
    It’s hard to believe that anyone would take that article seriously, but that’s the up-side down world we live in.

  9. I wish my post was the best part but really the comments take the cake – so many jokes one can make about sperminated shoes! (Always practice safe sox…;)

    Thanks for the link love!!

  10. I think everyone’s gotta chill out here. You’ll notice Martin Berkham doesn’t claim that EVERYONE has to convert to an IF protocol. He’s just methodically showing that the current idea of regular meals being superior just simply isn’t true. I used to believe in eating every 2-3 hours, and I had crazy IBS. Give your gut a break! And really, you could never eat breakfast again (meaning a meal before..well, lunch?), and you’d be just fine. I however, would miss my twice weekly bacon and eggs, which is why I don’t fast everyday. Also, yeah, it will help you get from 8% to 5% body fat, which I agree is totally irrelevant for most people. But, by that same token, it can get you from 25%+, down to a healthy 12-15%(for men), very easily. And honestly, if you can’t go at least 18 hours food-free without any horrible symptoms, you are not healthy (in my opinion).

    And to the people claiming meat isn’t necessary, I agree! It is however, totally awesome, and healthy meat from healthy animals is not cancerous…relax now. Processed meats from unhealthy mass produced animals…maybe. And yes, I mean MAYBE. Also, if you’re so anti-meat, WHY ARE YOU READING THIS BLOG?!?! I don’t understand how he’s “all about the money” by promoting meat as nutritionally dense…its, um, true. If you don’t want to eat it, fine, nobody here cares.

    1. Thank you, Graham. Voice of reason. It does seem like the trolls are out in force on these boards as of late, so let’s all remember the old internet adage and don’t feed them.

    2. *But, by that same token, it can get you from 25%+, down to a healthy 12-15%(for men), very easily.*

      I think that’s possible, but totally not self-evident. With such a skewed sample group as the supposed ‘proof’, we don’t really know anything about how IF works in the general population. (unless maybe you do, in which case i would love a link to that information)

      I’m not being skeptical for it’s own sake. I’m sincerely interested in trying IF as a means of fat loss. But, in choosing among a million eating strategy options out there, i want to hear from people were actually fat for whom it worked, not already ripped bodybuilders who just want to get a little leaner.

  11. I think his site is geared towards people who are already lifting weights and want to get leaner, not the general population.

    1. I completely agree. Martin Berkham’s clients want to get RIPPED. ie: tons of muscle, very little fat. They accomplish this with amazing efficiency while also maintaining good health. His recent post on debunking fasting myths has nothing to do with this though, so its a good read for everybody.

  12. Hey Mark,

    How about a guest post from Brad Pilon? He’s not strict paleo/primal when it comes to exactly what he eats, but he’s super paleo/primal when it comes to WHEN he eats. For me, the best results have come from a combo paleo/primal/if.


  13. LOVE THAT YOU REFERENCE dan and monique merk!! their influence has lit my fire and as a family physician, i’m helping a hell of alot of people (i hope).. i talk about nutrition alot now but for the first time, i feel like I am actually helping people. its hard to be a doc and beat my head against the wall all the time, but stressing the right nutrition has hit home for alot of people.

  14. For those of you who don’t know…in your typical case cutting from 8-10% bf to 5% is extremely difficult and harder than droping 10% bf if you’re 25% + (your body really doesn’t want to get as lean as 5% because the extra fat is actually healthy and could be life saving in times of famine, where as getting to within a ‘normal healthy range’ typically requires less effort). You can do it the ‘standard’ way with lots of boring cardio and eating clean and frequent etc. but the difference really is how easy IF is in comparison (meaning more people can stick to it over the long term). You don’t really feel like you’re even on a diet plus it’s more effective (all the referenced studies used prove this. Martin has a background in medical science who was after the truth and not someone out to misinterpret the information and distort facts to sell us products and supplements). What we are seeing in Martin’s approach of IF is that the majority of clients are getting very lean without losing much lean body mass, if at all. Some are gaining mucle in the process.

    Hey just check out the clients page and scroll down: http://www.leangains.com/search/label/Client%20results

    There are guys going from 20% bf and cutting it in half to 10% in around 10 weeks. Sure they’re pushing some weight around in the gym a couple times a week but that’s what it takes for great results.

    See this 16 y.o, Neto, going from 375 lbs to a healthy 185 lbs and since then added 25 lbs of muscle while losing another 9% bf in the process:

    also check out warrior diet and eat stop eat for more examples/variations of IF.

    Fantastic myth busting and a great reference!

  15. Hey Mark (and rest of MDA crew),

    Please accept my sincere thanks for these links you have shared here!

    I’ve been testing the IF a bit earlier with satisfactory feelings/results, based on your previous articles. But after being introduced to Martins Leangains and also Richards Free The Animal, I’ve been doing this IF on a daily basis for over a month now.
    I feel really good and my energy levels are way better than they used to be.

    On a side note, I never was in a bad shape but also never in a super good shape either, been cruising in the average shape for a long time now but after combining 5×5 training with Primal eating and IF (per Leangains), my shape is starting to take on the form I always wanted when I was younger (I’m 30 now) but couldn’t achieve.

    So things are starting to click together and I’m finally getting physically to where I always wanted to be – that is being ripped and packing some visible athletic muscle.

    On a side note, haven’t had any flu or major respiratory ailments/sicknesses since starting Primal eating (+probiotics & vitamin D along with Omega-3s) and I’ve also gotten rid of my small asthma. Go figure right?!

    Anyways, I wanted to say thanks and to recommend these other guys as well.

    Keep on keeping it real!

    – M –