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Wednesday
Jan162013

Book Review: The Obesity Epidemic

The Obesity Epidemic is an important book on a very important subject. There is not one person who lives in the majority of countries in the developed world who won't be affected by this epidemic. With some projections pointing at half of US adults being obese by 2030, the long-term impact of this epidemic may be greater than any other disease or public health concern. Addressing this epidemic will require multiple interventions, but a sure place to start is in nutrition. Zoe Harcombe's book is a "must read" for anyone with an interest in, or responsible for reversing the trends in overweight and obesity. While it may be a little deep for those at the beginning of their weight loss journey, it is perfect for anyone who thinks the answer to improving public health is simply eating less and exercising more. 

As an obesity researcher, Harcombe couldn't be more committed to finding the answers to the obesity crisis. If there is any author who has poured over the science behind what makes us fat to provide credibility his or her message, Zoe is at the top of the list. Her new book would leave most nutritionists and supposed "weight loss experts" scratching their heads and reconsidering the advice they give their followers.

Harcome tackles one important topic after another. Her book is broken down into four major sections, which I'll briefly touch on below.

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Saturday
Dec292012

The Top 10 Blog Posts of 2012

2012 was an exciting year. We saw amazing success stories with the two Life Time Weight Loss 90-Day Challenges, with several people averaging about a pound per DAY in weight loss! So much for the old “1-2 pounds per week” rule. In the news, more research was published, supporting our nutrition and weight management recommendations. With blog posts, we make assumptions about an article’s popularity based on the number of people who read the article. The top 10 most-visited blog posts for 2012 are shown below.

 

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Saturday
Jun302012

Book Review - The Primal Blueprint

Written by Tom Nikkola - Director of Nutrition & Weight Management

People often ask, “Which diet is the best to follow?” My typical response is that no diet is good. I hate the idea that the advice I’d give someone would be seen as a diet — a short-term solution to shed a little weight. The more you understand how much you control your future health by the nutrition and lifestyle choices you make, the more you realize how silly it is to look at food choices as a “diet.”

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Wednesday
Apr112012

Fat Head Movie Review

Recently, thousands of 90-Day Challenge participants gathered for our very first Try-It Tuesday Nutrition Theatre event. We watched the hilarious nutrition documentary, Fat Head.  This film is not only one of the most entertaining in its genre, but also absolutely one of the best depictions on how so much of we’ve been told regarding obesity and healthy eating is false.  The film was directed by Tom Naughton, a writer, comedian, and blogger. In case you weren’t able to join us, below are just a few of our favorite lessons learned from Tom Naughton’s.  But there are many more, so to get the whole story make sure you rent or buy it for yourself! 

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Wednesday
Oct122011

Book Review: The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living

In a sea of mixed-message nutrition and metabolism books, a new text written by two of the leading experts in nutrition and metabolism was recently published. The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living is a scientifically solid, research-supported, passionately written book written by Jeff Volek, PhD, RD and Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD. These two gentlemen have not only achieved their reputations by being book-smart, and by working with clients and patients, they have authored many of the most significant research studies on low-carbohydrate nutrition, metabolism and even exercise performance.

This book leaves little room for opinion or varying interpretations of scientific data. While people frequently share their opinion about low-carb and low-fat nutrition, often based on little understanding of the research on the topic, Phinney and Volek address one misunderstanding after another with a “nothing but the truth” approach. Those who are not well-versed in the research on low-carbohydrate living tend to argue a variety of myths, which the authors tackle one after another. Some of the myths addressed in the book include:

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Wednesday
Sep282011

Weighing In: Are Barefoot Shoes Better?

Written by: Tom Nikkola – Director of Nutrition & Weight Management

Training shoe design has become quite polarized in recent years. At one end, consumers can buy thick-soled, space-age looking shoes that promise to tone your hips, glute muscles and thighs and provide resistance training through their design. On the other end, there are shoes designed to be as close to barefoot as possible while they provide enough cover to keep your dry, scaly feet out of sight. Will toning shoes live up to the hype? Is barefoot the way to go?

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Sunday
Jun122011

Book Review: Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It - by Gary Taubes

In follow up to Good Calories, Bad Calories, controversial author Gary Taubes challenges the popular idea that weight gain is simply about eating too much. Why We Get Fat shares enlightening research to dispel commonly held misconceptions about obesity.

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