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    Also, I would stress the importance of a properly intense exercise regimen centered around strength and resistance training, rather than things such as steady state cardio, etc...

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      Paleo is indeed a fad, because modern agriculture has existed in its form for thousands of years, and rather than go with a moderate diet, paleo insists on discounting thousands of years of evolutionary changes. Not just in terms of nutritional benefit but also in terms of our own adaptations. After all, modern fruits and vegetables are in themselves hybrids, and quite different from their forms from even a couple of hundred years ago. Ditto for animals.

      We have not been hunter-gatherers for so long, and there are several studies that show that excess meat is also not good for you. Furthermore, paleo is a cultish and anachronistic in the sense that it propounds a diet that is extremely incompatible with a modern lifestyle.

      The other big part about paleo is that the stress on excess meat is not compatible with sustainability for the planet in the long term. Agriculture consumes a fraction of resources as animal husbandry, and if anything, we should be eating less meat, not more. It simply is not good for the planet in the long term.

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        Originally posted by Matchbook View Post
        Also, I would stress the importance of a properly intense exercise regimen centered around strength and resistance training, rather than things such as steady state cardio, etc...
        This ultimately depends on your goal. I mean, if you are running marathons, then steady state cardio builds stamina. If you are trying to look jacked, then weights it is. If you are trying to lose weight, then HIIT. And so on.

        Will Gadd had a great piece on functional strength: http://willgadd.com/functional-movem...port-and-life/

        Ultimately, your choice of athletic activity will depend on your lifestyle and ultimate goal. There's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to working out, in my experience.

        If I want to be a better climber, I need to climb more. As simple as that. Other things (e.g. lifting, yoga) may help me tangentially, but they are no substitute for the real thing.

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          How about just taking the baby out in the carriage and walking a shipload of miles every day?

          It's worked for me.

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            Originally posted by M. Montaigne View Post
            Paleo is indeed a fad, because modern agriculture has existed in its form for thousands of years, and rather than go with a moderate diet, paleo insists on discounting thousands of years of evolutionary changes. Not just in terms of nutritional benefit but also in terms of our own adaptations. After all, modern fruits and vegetables are in themselves hybrids, and quite different from their forms from even a couple of hundred years ago. Ditto for animals.

            We have not been hunter-gatherers for so long, and there are several studies that show that excess meat is also not good for you. Furthermore, paleo is a cultish and anachronistic in the sense that it propounds a diet that is extremely incompatible with a modern lifestyle.

            The other big part about paleo is that the stress on excess meat is not compatible with sustainability for the planet in the long term. Agriculture consumes a fraction of resources as animal husbandry, and if anything, we should be eating less meat, not more. It simply is not good for the planet in the long term.
            Regarding paleo as a fad, I'd concede that "Paleo" is one of those things, with all of the mainstreaming and nutritional blogging about it, is certainly faddish in it's consumption by Americans looking for fixes for their weight and health problems. In reality, no one can really be "Paleo" shopping at Trader Joe's or what have you. Rather, I think that the ideas governing the paleo diet is sound.

            That said, from an anthropological standpoint, the notion that dietary evolution has occurred over the scale of thousands of years, rather than hundreds of thousands of years is inaccurate. It took millions of years from the time that the genus Homo arose for modern humans to emerge. Since then, we've been around for around 200k years. We adopted early agriculture, a mere 10,000 years ago, yet from an physiological standpoint, we certainly aren't different from our modern human ancestors who lived well before we crossed the threshold from H/Gs to agriculturalists. Unless we've somehow accelerated the evolutionary process in the last several thousand years, I highly doubt that we can feasibly argue that we forced significant dietary adaptations in the last 10k years.

            Supporting this, if you look at the occurrence of diseases and pathologies linked to nutrition and lifestyle as provided by the World Health Organization, the cultures who rank as the unhealthiest are the industrialized nations, having the highest rates. Who has the lowest? H/G and horticulturalist cultures living in South America and Africa.

            I don't think that we disagree concerning the importance of proper food selection, etc. I think we are on different pages concerning the validity of the science behind the doctrine.

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              Originally posted by M. Montaigne View Post
              This ultimately depends on your goal. I mean, if you are running marathons, then steady state cardio builds stamina. If you are trying to look jacked, then weights it is. If you are trying to lose weight, then HIIT. And so on.

              Will Gadd had a great piece on functional strength: http://willgadd.com/functional-movem...port-and-life/

              Ultimately, your choice of athletic activity will depend on your lifestyle and ultimate goal. There's no one-size-fits-all when it comes to working out, in my experience.

              If I want to be a better climber, I need to climb more. As simple as that. Other things (e.g. lifting, yoga) may help me tangentially, but they are no substitute for the real thing.
              I'm simply addressing the idea of losing fat. I'm not necessarily focusing on any specialized activities. It's a fact that more muscle mass increases the amount of calories one burns throughout the day simply resting, thus significantly raising ones metabolism. This doesn't count the fact that more energy is expended while actually exercising or doing physically strenuous activities. The amount one actually needs, is of course subjective. But building muscle should be a priority over "just losing fat."
              Last edited by Matchbook; August 14, 2014, 05:36 PM.

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                Originally posted by Matchbook View Post
                I'm simply addressing the idea of losing fat. I'm not necessarily focusing on any specialized activities. It's a fact that more muscle mass increases the amount of calories one burns throughout the day simply resting, thus significantly raising ones metabolism. This doesn't count the fact that more energy is expended while actually exercising or doing physically strenuous activities. The amount one actually needs, is of course subjective. But building muscle should be a priority over "just losing fat."
                Not disagreeing with the rest of your comment, but building muscle for its own sake (i.e., hypertrophy) is meaningless without functional strength (unless you're a bodybuilder). That is all.

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                  Got a new-used bike and have been riding it at night. I've been riding it even with a mild cold whereas I don't even feel like running when I have anything wrong with my body or have a big dinner.

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                    Nice! That will come in handy on bad weather days too.

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                      In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing. -Theodore Roosevelt

                      I think it's pointless to argue about right or wrong diet or exercise plan, the important thing is to be more conscious about what you are putting into your body and what you are doing with it, whichever paradigm you use to track that.

                      ...and now I will finish my cheeseburger.

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                        Due to some problems in my life, I became extremely depressed and started eating too much. In the end, I gained much weight and my health also started declining and It was a complete mess. Fortunately, my friends and family helped me in this situation. I avoided all kinds of processed and junk foods and started eating healthy foods especially super foods like leafy greens, lean meat, fish, nuts etc. With healthy diet, I started exercising regularly. In just 3,4 months my weight significantly reduces and now I've lost almost all of my annoying fat. Just be consistent and determined and you can easily lose weight. Here are a few tips I would like to share with you.
                        If you're a beginner , there are few things you should know:
                        Losing weight is a simple equation: if you burn more calories than you eat, the weight will come off. Start off by estimating how many calories you burn each day using the daily calorie needs calculate that you can easily find by browsing on google. This will give you an idea of how many calories to eat. Healthy weight loss is 1-2 pounds per week. To lose 1 pound per week you need to create a calorie deficit (burn more than you eat) of 500 calories per day. To lose 2 pounds a week, you have to double the deficit to 1000 calories per day. You can achieve this by eating less, exercising more or a combination of both. So If you're wondering how to lose belly fat in a week or two, I would suggest you to be consistent and regular. Eat healthy foods, avoid junk foods, exercise regularly. Both cardio and weight training is necessary in this matter. Mostly I suffered from annoying love handles that are so much annoying. I asked around specialists about how to get rid of love handles and fortunately, found the above routine and now I'm much more fitter, healthier and attractive than ever. Hope it will help.

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                          The other exercise thread reminded me of this one and I wanted to share...

                          When our 5 week old gets fussy and it's not a poopy diaper or being hungry, I can calm him down doing squats. He likes the up and down movement and just stares at me strangely. By the 30th rep, my quads are burning.

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