Masquerading Food

This post is going to talk about my opinions on energy bars etc. I will go into a little detail on the pros/cons of each and let you make your own mind up. The energy bar is going to make a great example for my purposes, because it is always marketed as being healthy. Specifically, I'll be examining the Elevate Me! bars that seem to have gained in popularity lately. There are multiple flavours of the bar. I will just use the nutritional information on their site for the strawberry apple pie because it's the first on listed: Calories: 250Kcal Carbohydrates: 38g Protein: 16g Fat: 4.5g As you know I'm not a low-carb advocate. I am however against the use of food masquerading itself as something healthy when it really…
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Counting Calories Doesn’t Work… Really?

This is just a short rant on something I've seen a few times and it bugs me. To say that counting calories doesn't work is akin to saying Charlie Sheen doesn't use drugs. It's just not true! I've seen people say that counting calories is only a short-term solution. I have to say that I agree on this point, IF you are counting calories incorrectly. Let's go over two examples, one example of someone counting calories incorrectly and one counting them correctly. Let's say Jane has a BF% of 30%. She ways 140 pounds. She's pretty happy with the way she looks, but she's going on vacation soon and she wants trim down to around 133. Why 133 do you ask? Well she used to way 133 a few years…
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Water Preloads and Weightloss

I'm sure you've heard the health benefits of water. I most definitely don't dispute that water is an absolute necessity in everyday life. I do seem to see a lot of fitness experts espouse water as an integral part of a weight loss plan. This little tid bit has always interested me. So I decided to dive into some research and show you what I found. Here we go! I will begin by saying that I don't personally think that water is as important as many make it out to be. Yes, we need it to live. Yes, you should be drinking it multiple times per day. However, saying it's an absolute necessity while on a hypocaloric diet seems a little far fetched for me. I suppose the reasoning I…
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Dark Chocolate: What The Research Says

A new study published at the end of August by the British Medical Journal made news recently in the NYT. The study discussed the health benefits of chocolate consumption on the risk of development of cardiometabolic disorders. I'm sure you can guess this studies' conclusion. This study was a review of cohorts and a cross sectional study. Note the absence of randomized control trials! 5 of the 7 studies showed a beneficial association between higher levels of chocolate consumption and cardiometabolic disorders. That's ~70% association. That's something, but it doesn't exactly make you run to the nearest 7/11 to stock up on Jersey Milk now, does it? I didn't read the full study so I don't know precisely what chocolate they were referring to that gave a health benefit. Was…
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