Today, I saw a common piece of advice, for a fellow who was really needing some help, that just burned my britches. Sometimes when people who don't really know anything about helping people lose weight give fat loss advice, the "tips" they give are pretty much akin to waving a magic wand. They are just as magical and they make just as much sense. This fellow who had dieted down with some extreme measures, now wanted to put back on some muscles, and he was having one heck of a time doing it. He felt like he was cramming food down his throat, and couldn't seem to put on any muscle.
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According the a 'slideshow' at Livestrong, yes, the smell of bananas can help you lose weight.Bibliography item brooking not found. How? By "tricking" your brain into thinking you've eaten the bananas. What is the source of this factoid? The source seems to be a study carried out in 1995, as far as I can tell, since, of course, there were no citations given. The study, called Weight Reduction Through Inhalation of Odorants was carried out by the Smell and Taste Treatment and Research Foundation in Chicago, Illinois.Bibliography item hirsch not found. As far as I have been able to determine, there have been applicable follow-up studies, although they may well exist. Does the study conclude that smelling bananas will help you lose weight?
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The 100: Count ONLY Sugar Calories and Lose Up to 18 Lbs. in 2 Weeks - Starts with a Lie, Ends Up Being Another Low Carb Diet
Jorge Cruise, in his book "The 100: Count ONLY Sugar Calories and Lose Up to 18 Lbs. in 2 Weeks", starts off his book with the following "Welcome, From the desk of Jorge Cruise (what's the rest of the book from?):
I am very happy to be bringing you this guest post by Dave Hargreaves, a fantastic personal trainer operating out of Melbourne, Australia, who specializes in Flexible Dieting with an interest in the avoidance of relapse for those in recovery from, or susceptible to eating disorders. His current and past clients include marathon runners, triathletes, powerlifters and others with general fitness and body conditioning goals. Dave has an infectious passion for the truth, and absolutely no tolerance for the pseudo-scientific and often harmful claims and prescriptions that plague the fitness and health industry. He goes after nonsense, and those who perpetuate it, with a fierceness and complete lack of pretension that is not often seen in this industry. Here, he rebuts an article from T-Nation, and its fantastical and baseless claims concerning 'toxic hunger.'
By Dave Hargreaves
Last week the T-Nation website ran an article on nutrition, which included some highly dubious claims about what happens when you choose “the wrong foods,” according to a new theory apparently coming out of the nutrition community.
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The blurb for Skinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense, Tough-Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous! claims that it is not your typical boring diet book. This is true. It also claims it is a tart-tongue no-holds barred wake-up call to all women who want to be thin. If calling your reader "shithead" is tart-tongued, I'll agree with this as well. You could also describe the language, instead of tart-tongued, as adolescent.
Fatloss is the biggest source of misconceptions concerning strength training. And the number one misconception and false statement made about strength training in regards to fat loss is that strength training is the key to fatloss. Fatloss and strength training bloggers alike get droves of people to their sites by telling them what the KEY to fatloss is. But strength training is not it.
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Acarbose is one of a group of oligosaccharides (complex carbohydrates) which inhibit enzymes of starch and disaccharide digestion. It was introduced in 1990 by Bayer AG, Germany under the trade name Glucobay. In the U.S. it is marketed under the name Precose. Other trade names are Glumida and Prandose. It is also available in generic.
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The term we use to describe the energy derived from foods is Calorie. In other words, the terms energy and Calorie, when applied to foods, are synonymous. One calorie is defined as the quantity of heat necessary to raise one kg (1 liter) of water 1°C. What we call a calorie, therefore, is actually a kilogram calorie or kilocalorie, which is abbreviated kcal. If a food contained 100 kcal, then the energy the food contained would increase the temperature of 100 liters of water by 1°C. A capital C is used here, in the word Calorie, to indicate the kilocalorie, since one calorie would actually be the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1°C. For more on the calorie, and its problems, see Calorie Confusion.
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Turning over a new leaf, just for this post, at least, I decided to actually write about fat loss. People who read my articles regularly know that I do not hand out weight loss advice. But a fun subject, and one a knowledgeable feller like myself can tackle, is the "negative calorie" claim that has surfaced through the years. The thing about this claim is that it can seem logical at first glance, to someone with no in-depth knowledge of nutrition, and at the heart of it, there is a kernel of truth. For those without knowledge and those who wish to cash in on that market, a kernel of truth is all that is needed.
The term anorexia nervosa comes from the Greek word for "lack of appetite" and a Latin word implying a nervous origin. It is a major emotional eating disorder and is characterized by three main criteria:
- Significant self-induced starvation, or near-starvation
- An extreme desire for thinness or being extremely afraid of becoming fat
- The presence of medical signs and symptoms resulting from starvation
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