Friday, January 22, 2016

This Week In Review: First Edition.

I chose this as Selfie Of The Week due to looking marginally
less like a psychopath than usual.
I haven't updated this blog in way too long. Not entirely because of laziness but because I've been posting a full essay most days on my facebook page plus whatever other social media type interactions.

I've decided I'm going to start using it to do a "week in review" post with links to any particularly good articles that people should know about, as well as my own highlights in social media content for the week.

New On My Official Blog This Week:

The "official blog" being the one on my personal training business website. Apparently that was an important issue that required clarification the last time I referred to it as such. This week I published a new entry entitled "Your Coach Only Thinks He (Or She) Is Doing IIFYM".

To summarise; "IIFYM" is supposed to be about determining an intelligent estimate of what your optimal sports nutrition targets might be in order to fuel, perform, recover, and adapt to training, and the equation to work this out is not "whatever you're eating now minus 500 calories" or anything similar.

What You Might Have Missed On My Facebook Page This Week:

Like I said earlier, I've been in the habit of writing an essay sized post on facebook most days. This strong worded rant in response to the preposterous garbage headline on the right of proved quite popular.

File under: I am gonna fkn lose it, man.

What You Might Have Missed Elsewhere On Facebook This Week:

Drama ensured on the That Sugar Film page when I took exception to a post of theirs warning people about "all that sugar" in, of all things, sultanas.

If nothing else, I will give the admin credit for allowing me to have my say and not deleting the comments or banning me from further participation the way various other pages are known for.

Raising awareness of the importance of limiting added sugars is great, and calling out products that are marketed as being "healthy" despite being high in added sugar is fair enough too I guess. However, putting the idea into people's heads that anything at all containing sugars natural or otherwise is something to be concerned with and avoided is an entirely different matter.

The commenter in the screen shot above was in the minority who was able (or prepared) to see where I was coming from. To the majority, having a dissenting opinion based on professional experience, and supporting it with solid reasoning and logic is just "trolling".

Exposed Frauds & Scammers Of The Week:

Food Babe & Mark Hyman.
Let's stop treating either of these as honest or credible sources of information, shall we?

More Great Articles I Recommend You Check Out If You Haven't Already:

"It is important to emphasize that none of these food beliefs are science based. After 50 years of research there is no evidence for any health benefit to eating organic. After 20 years of research there is no evidence of any health risk to any currently available GMO foods."
"I’m not denying the physics here. If you take in fewer calories, you’ll lose weight. But if you explicitly try to reduce calories, you’re likely to do the exact opposite. Almost everyone who tries to diet goes through that battle of the bulge. Diets cause the psychological struggle that causes weight gain."
"While men and women are both guilty of opting for bootcamp after bootcamp in hopes of building quality muscle and sizzling away their love handles, I’ve observed that this phenomenon is especially prevalent amongst women. High reps! No rest! Keep your heart rate up the whole workout or else you’re wasting your time! It’s all about the calorie burn! 
These are just a few statements regurgitated by well-meaning but woefully misinformed health enthusiasts."
While men and women are both guilty of opting for bootcamp after bootcamp in hopes of building quality muscle and sizzling away their love handles, I’ve observed that this phenomenon is especially prevalent amongst women. High reps! No rest! Keep your heart rate up the whole workout or else you’re wasting your time! It’s all about the calorie burn! These are just a few statements regurgitated by well-meaning but woefully misinformed health enthusiasts. - See more at: http://www.soheefit.com/longer-rest/#sthash.KJAuf0W6.dpuf
While men and women are both guilty of opting for bootcamp after bootcamp in hopes of building quality muscle and sizzling away their love handles, I’ve observed that this phenomenon is especially prevalent amongst women. High reps! No rest! Keep your heart rate up the whole workout or else you’re wasting your time! It’s all about the calorie burn! These are just a few statements regurgitated by well-meaning but woefully misinformed health enthusiasts. - See more at: http://www.soheefit.com/longer-rest/#sthash.KJAuf0W6.dpuf
While men and women are both guilty of opting for bootcamp after bootcamp in hopes of building quality muscle and sizzling away their love handles, I’ve observed that this phenomenon is especially prevalent amongst women. High reps! No rest! Keep your heart rate up the whole workout or else you’re wasting your time! It’s all about the calorie burn! These are just a few statements regurgitated by well-meaning but woefully misinformed health enthusiasts. - See more at: http://www.soheefit.com/longer-rest/#sthash.KJAuf0W6.dpuf
While men and women are both guilty of opting for bootcamp after bootcamp in hopes of building quality muscle and sizzling away their love handles, I’ve observed that this phenomenon is especially prevalent amongst women. High reps! No rest! Keep your heart rate up the whole workout or else you’re wasting your time! It’s all about the calorie burn! These are just a few statements regurgitated by well-meaning but woefully misinformed health enthusiasts. - See more at: http://www.soheefit.com/longer-rest/#sthash.KJAuf0W6.dpuf
While men and women are both guilty of opting for bootcamp after bootcamp in hopes of building quality muscle and sizzling away their love handles, I’ve observed that this phenomenon is especially prevalent amongst women. High reps! No rest! Keep your heart rate up the whole workout or else you’re wasting your time! It’s all about the calorie burn! These are just a few statements regurgitated by well-meaning but woefully misinformed health enthusiasts. - See more at: http://www.soheefit.com/longer-rest/#sthash.KJAuf0W6.dpuf
While men and women are both guilty of opting for bootcamp after bootcamp in hopes of building quality muscle and sizzling away their love handles, I’ve observed that this phenomenon is especially prevalent amongst women. High reps! No rest! Keep your heart rate up the whole workout or else you’re wasting your time! It’s all about the calorie burn! These are just a few statements regurgitated by well-meaning but woefully misinformed health enthusiasts. - See more at: http://www.soheefit.com/longer-rest/#sthash.KJAuf0W6.dpuf"

Blocked By Pete Facebook Page:

Gang just as a heads up if you were not already aware; I'm no longer on the admin team of the Blocked By Pete facebook page and I'll tell you why. When we started the page, the issue was with marketers of fad diets using elitism, guilt and fear mongering in a manner that was tantamount to the promotion of orthorexia and contributing to the increasing numbers of people developing or relapsing into eating disorder.

As bad as that was, several of the pages participants have been "blocked by" have progressed from merely promoting orthorexic ideas about healthy eating, to actually attempting to supplant the medical profession by giving unqualified advice on how to treat chronic illness and potentially terminal disease. Just look how casually Christine Cronau doles out half baked pseudoscience with a "can't make it any worse!" attitude in the attached screen shot.

Calling this stuff out is important, and best left to the qualified medical professionals who remain as admins of our page. As for me, I need to get back to my mission which is addressing the spread of eating disorders via horrible advice from the fitness and weight loss industries.