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49. Is your circle of five fit or fat?

Uncategorized Aug 13, 2020

Your supporting cast is very influential in your decision making. You can easily determine who it is by looking at your schedule and figuring who you spend the most time with. To no surprise its usually family, friends, and co workers. Research suggests that we are the product of the five people we spend the most time with. 

In Iowa almost everyone has someone in their top five that is falling victim to low activity and oblivious eating. As of this writing we are the 7th fattest state...

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48. A little enlightenment

Uncategorized Aug 12, 2020

I suggest you think first from principles and persuade everyone else to do so too. In this way we are trying to practice some ideals of the enlightenment. 

Immanuel Kant said Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self imposed immaturity. It is self imposed because we often fail to think for ourselves without being guided by others. 

"If I have a book to understand for me, a pastor to serve as my conscience, a doctor to decide my diet, and so on, I need not exert myself at all. I...

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47. Can we drop the rigidity please?

Uncategorized Aug 07, 2020

Three quarters of dieters will regain their weight within two years of finishing a major diet.

A lot of people end up in a process formally called weight cycling but commonly known as yo-yo dieting. Research is starting to uncover the negative side effects in losing and gaining the same five pounds over and over again. Note: this is five pounds of fat, not the five pounds of water and food we all tend to fluctuate within daily.

We already known that yo - yo dieting is linked with all...

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47. Nuances of body weight and fat

Uncategorized Aug 07, 2020
Weight gain and fat gain are not the same thing.

You will gain weight every time when you bring in more energy than you burn.

This is evidenced by your scale weight increasing.

But it is not evidence of fat gain because fat gain is something that happens over a prolonged period of time rather than just one meal or one weekend of over consumption.

Knowing this is helpful to understand what is actually happening with your scale and why it is simply a measurement of short term in...
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46. Some thoughts on hunger and technology

Uncategorized Aug 06, 2020

Our fear of hunger is really a sign of progress.

Progress that was built on the shoulders of every dead man and woman that lived before us.

Thousands of years passed where hunger leading to famine was the number one killer of our kind.

We fixed the famine problem - in a way that is fucking incredible mind you, feeding nine billion and having plenty of room for more is not something to look over. 

In its place we have created a new , maybe worse problem in obesity. It causes the current...

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45. Anything but the long game is the wrong game

Uncategorized Jul 31, 2020

My closest business colleague just shared news with me about something he has been working towards for almost two decades. 

Each year the Iowa State Fair holds a powerlifting meet that draws a couple hundred competitors from all over Iowa to get on stage and see how much weight they can bench press and deadlift. It has been run by a single person for nearly 30 years. My friend has been voluntarily helping run the thing for 15 and the torch is finally being passed to him.

He volunteered...

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44. Roller coasters teach us about diets

Uncategorized Jul 30, 2020
Energy can not be created or destroyed, it can only transfer forms. The first law of thermodynamics tells us the higher a roller coaster climbs the faster we go.

That's an enjoyable aspect of the law. The not so enjoyable finding is what it means for our eating. 
 
It also tells us the chemical energy or CALORIES we take in as food must either be used to do work or stored as fat.
 
The plethora of new diet strategies that come out every year is a...
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43. Your warm up doesn't need a warm up

Uncategorized Jul 29, 2020

It has become fashionable that the first thing people do when they get to the gym is lay down. In the name of prehab or rehab they enter a facility entirely designed for movement and instead of moving they...lay down.

"I have to warm up" they profess. 

They either forgot or never knew the first few sets of any workout are the warm up. Those sets are of things like squats, presses, and rows. Not holds, foam rolls, or muscular isolations. 

In those sets you grease the groove of the...

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42. It "vanquishes guilt" I normally had from eating

Uncategorized Jul 24, 2020

Carmen works with Kelly. Three years ago Kelly was weighing her cottage cheese and eating it for breakfast. 

"This woman is effin crazy." Carmen thought. 

This morning, almost four years after the incident Carmen loves cottage cheese - not just for breakfast but any time she feels. And she logs every thing she eats and balances it on a monthly level. 

Between the two dates Carmen and Kelly have worked dozens of hours of lifting weights and logging their macros. They started by...

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41. It's different with kids

Uncategorized Jul 23, 2020

In ten years I've worked with parents and non parents alike. I don't know the exact split but it's safe to say there has been a fair bit of both. 

One of the most common reasons I'm given for my clients not taking care of themselves is kids. "It's just different with kids. You wouldn't understand, you don't have them." 

I beg to differ. I may not have biological children, but my work is a constant repeat of "eat your vegetables, go to bed, and stop drinking so much." My children are...

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