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Get your sleep...

An interesting blog post on Stephan Guyenet's Whole Health Source describes a study of sleep, weight loss, and health effects:

All participants were told to eat 10% fewer calories that usual for two weeks, however half of them were instructed to sleep for 8 and a half hours per night, and the other half were instructed to sleep for 5 and a half hours*. The actual recorded sleep times were 7:25 and 5:14, respectively.

Weight loss by calorie restriction causes a reduction of both fat and lean mass, which is what the investigators observed. Both groups lost the same amount of weight. However, 80% of the weight was lost as fat in the high-sleep group (2.4/3.0 kg lost as fat), while only 48% of it was lost as fat in the low-sleep group (1.4/2.9 kg lost as fat). Basically, the sleep-deprived group lost as much lean mass as they did fat mass, which is not good!

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Nutritional Ignorance and the Popular Press

Nutritional ignorance abounds in the popular press. Dr. Eades rips apart a fluff piece on snacking he found in a golf magazine.

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The China Study's flaws and fallacies

A book titled The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted And the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss, And Long-term Health has been much discussed, as it is purported to show that diets rich in animal proteins are linked to all sorts of disease, while diets rich in vegetable proteins are not (in fact, the authors assert that eating vegetable rather than animal proteins is strongly associated with disease reduction).

Are the assertions correct? Are we poisoning ourselves by eating diets rich in animal proteins? If so, that's bad news for low-carb dieters–and all the more reason for vegetarians and vegans to feel even better about their dietary choices.

Well, there's a fascinating dissection of these assertions, by a former long-time vegan (Denise Minger). Ms. Minger took the time to dissect each claim, looking for weaknesses and statistical problems in the authors' claims.

When I first started analyzing the original China Study data, I had no intention of writing up an actual critique of Campbell’s much-lauded book. I’m a data junkie. Numbers, along with strawberries and Audrey Hepburn films, make me a very happy girl. I mainly wanted to see for myself how closely Campbell’s claims aligned with the data he drew from—if only to satisfy my own curiosity.

But after spending a solid month and a half reading, graphing, sticky-noting, and passing out at 3 AM from studious exhaustion upon my copy of the raw China Study data, I’ve decided it’s time to voice all my criticisms. And there are many.

Guess what? She found numerous problems with the author's claims. Most interestingly, her review of the raw data from the China Study reveals strong (and statistically significant) correlations between vegetable protein consumption and certain diseases. It's an interesting exercise in critical thinking. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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We can eat these for lunch and lose weight -- can you?

Here's a quick snapshot of a juicy, charcoal-grilled all-beef bacon cheese burger I made for Teri the other day. This was a killer burger, no doubt about it.

I've spoiled Teri, she can't find a better (or even nearly as good) burger anywhere around here. So it's my burgers or nothing. (Same goes for steaks.) Teri did the assembly (so she gets the credit for making such a beautiful stack).

Note that we use small buns, to help keep the refined carbs to a minimum (and we could use whole wheat buns). But that's still a hefty chunk of ground beef, sitting there between the buns.

Can you enjoy one of these as part of your weight-loss diet? No? Bummer. You don't know what you're missing! Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

Eat a big, fat, juicy charcoal-grilled cheeseburger and lose weight?
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Site layout and user profile changes

Recent changes:

  • I'm moving some of the navigation link blocks from the left-hand column, to the bottom (after the main content).
    This is intended to clean up the layout a bit, with the most commonly-used stuff at the left, and the less-used navigational content at the bottom of the page.
    Be sure to scroll down to see the links and other info!
  • User profile now allows selection of diet type and other info.
    This information will show in your user profile, so others can see what kind of diet you are currently following.

Please feel free to leave a comment on this blog entry, let me know how you like the changes.

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Medical Ignorance

Dr. Eades' blog has an interesting post on what he calls the "pitiful state of medical ignorance".

He describes an all-too-common medical advice when patients have elevated blood pressure, the 'wrong' cholesterol numbers, pre-diabetic conditions, etc: cut the fat, up the carbs, take the drugs, exercise more -- and when the drugs and exercise regimen have little or no beneficial impact, the health care provider falls back on cheating, age, genetics, or phases of the moon to explain why the recommended treatments don't work.

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"An Entirely Different Person"

I found this response to my photos on one of the forums that I frequent.

Re: Teri Before Photos


I'm not speechless all that often, but this time words fail me. A picture
really is worth a thousand words, isn't it?

You look like an entirely different person. and about 25 years younger. Do you
often run into people who don't recognize you?

I'm re-inspired. Again.

Over the last twelve years of living in this small town, there are quite a few people that I have met over the years. My friends have been watching me take this journey, but they are still surprised how well my program is working. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Pictures - Current, 9.19.10

My husband and I went to a car show in the Bay Area on Saturday. He was taking pictures of the cars and motorcycles, and he was able to catch a few of me too. I feel so weird wanting pictures of me, but I regret not taking very many when I began this way of eating.

We met my brother-in-law and sister-in-law at the show and she looked slim and pretty. She told me that she is not eating anything special but she is walking and doing Pilates. I have been working on my weight for the last two and a half years and I like my exercise program too. I will admit that I am satisfied with the way that I look right now because I have not been this small in a very long time.

Since I do not know what weight I will be when I get to my goal, the scale continues to be my way of keeping records. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

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Pictures - Before Plus Two More

It is time for me to reveal how I looked before I began CALP. I am not proud of the way that I looked before beginning this way of eating, but I am definitely happy with the results. For some strange and unknown reason, my husband took a picture of me only two days before I started the program.

I was only able to find these photos that were taken eleven months after beginning the CALP program. I wanted to get myself fit and healthy and the only way I knew how to do it was to include exercise into my program. I found a routine that I still enjoy following and give full credit to the combination of CALP and exercise.

I am limited to four photos per page but I could only find two that were taken in the first year after I began following my program!

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CALP and My 10 Day Cruise to Alaska

I had a wonderful cruise to Alaska with my husband, mother, and father. My sister took us to the pier in San Francisco where we loaded the boat to begin our journey. None of us had eaten anything before we left home so as soon as we unloaded our carry on bags, we went to the buffet for lunch. I had already made the decision to switch my Reward Meal from the lunch hour to dinner, so my first meal of the day was a Complementary Meal. I kept notes of the foods that I ate and have already added them to my Daily Menu and Exercise Journal.

As soon as we finished our lunch, we returned to our staterooms and found our luggage had arrived. I helped my mom unpack her suitcases and get settled into her room before I headed to mine where my husband and I did the same. Click here to continue reading, or leave a comment »

Teri and her mom in Skagway, Alaska
Teri attending line dancing class aboard ship
Teri and her dad in Skagway, Alaska
Teri taking in the sights at the Tracy Arm fjord
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