Many of you already know that I have been highly critical in the past of Gary Taubes and his “alternative hypothesis” of obesity. In fact, back in 2010 I had begun a chapter by chapter review of his Good Calories, Bad Calories book. After reviewing only one chapter it was already very clear that Taubes was guilty of the many things he accused other obesity researchers of, namely leaving out data that did not conform to his beliefs and “cherry-picking.” On top of that, Taubes would selectively quote out-dated scientific data while ignoring more present, more reliable data that conflicted with his beliefs. In fact, even some of Taubes’s own references did not support the claims that he was making, … Read More
This is the first 2 articles for May. In this issue:
- Pre/Post-Workout Shotgun Supps. Many people like to take “shotgun” supplements before and after training that usually contain a wide variety of ingredients from protein to creatine to caffeine to amino acids. Do these supplements help with performance and building muscle? Click here to find out.
- Does “Starvation Mode” Exist? Part 4. A recent debate that I saw between Dr. Layne Norton and Lyle McDonald brought up the idea of “starvation mode” again. In this case, it’s in the context of people who report to be consuming very little calories while engaging in very high volumes of exercise, and also report not losing weight. I’ve often heard such anecdotes myself.
This issue represents articles #4 and 5 for April, with article #6 to come soon. In this issue:
- The Afterburn, Part 6. In past issues of Weightology Weekly, you have learned about the impact of weight training on the post-exercise elevation in energy expenditure (AKA the “afterburn”). How does load volume impact this? Click here to find out.
- Do You Need Isolation Movements? Many people do isolation exercises, such as bicep curls or tricep pressdowns, in addition to compound movements to help further target specific muscle groups. But will this enhance strength and hypertrophy? Click here to learn about some recent research in this area.
In this issue:
- Limiting Sugary Drink Sizes. New York City recently passed a law restricting the sale of sugary drinks to no larger than 16 ounces. Will this help reduce sugary drink consumption? Click here to find out.
- Fetal Programming, Part 3. In a past issue of Weightology Weekly, you learned about the concept of fetal programming and how a mother’s eating and supplementation behavior during the pregnancy could influence the risk of obesity in her offspring. More data has come out on this concept, dealing specifically with the movement of infants from breast milk/formula to soft solids. Is there a potential obesity risk in this transition? Click here to find out.
This represents articles #4 and #5 for March. I am a bit behind and still need to get you article #6. In this issue:
- Intermittent Fasting, Part 3. Certainly, there is a lot of anecdotal evidence for the success of intermittent fasting (IF) approaches to fat loss. What does some of the research say about it? Click here to find out.
- The Utility of the Glycemic Index, Part 3. More research questions the usefulness of the glycemic index (GI). Click here to learn about it.
In this issue:
- Does Exercise Affect NEAT? Part 3. In past issues of Weightology Weekly, you have learned how a structured exercise program can impact non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT). But what about resistance training? Can it impact NEAT? Click here to find out.
- White Bread…An Undeserved Bad Reputation (Sort Of). White bread is often viewed as the food of Satan by some in the health and fitness industry. But is it as bad as people make it out to be? Click here for an objective review of the research on white bread.