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A New Day Dawns.

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After a bit of floundering and with guidance of Shrinkinguy, the 52 DC has landed in a Closed Group linked to MH Forums on Facebook.

We are not sure how this is going to work out – but it is at least a path forward.

Check out the new – hopefully improved – 52 Day Challenge.

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52DC Finish Line – Saturday 9/30/17

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With a tip of the hat to Shrinkinguy!

This is the FINISH LINE for the Fall 52 Day Challenge.

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We made it through another challenge!  

If you’re reading this, you made it through, and regardless of how well you did on your goals, the most important thing is that you finished!

A BIG thank you to everyone who helped make this challenge a success – our Challenge hosts and our daily hosts and YOU! 

Today we’ll be posting our final numbers for the challenge, which includes all 52 days.  JUST COMMENT TO THIS POST.

Soon we’ll have an awards ceremony, so stay tuned!

Quoting from  the FAQs:

Your level of final placement, Gold, Silver, or Bronze is achieved solely from the Core Goals of the challenge, CE’s, RT’s, & CT’s.

  • Make 1 Core Goal: Give yourself a Bronze Medal
  • Make 2 Core Goals: Give yourself a Silver Medal
  • Make all 3 Core Goals: Give yourself a Gold Medal
  • Make all your Core Goals and your Personal Goal 1: Give yourself a Gold+ Medal
  • Make all your Core Goals, PG1 along with 95-103 CE’s: Give yourself a Platinum Medal
  • Make all your Core Goals, PG1 along with 104 CE’s: Give yourself a Platinum+ Medal

Note: Although there will be an Awards Ceremony posted soon, if you miss that tally, you may still award yourself a Medal in accordance with these rules. This entire Challenge is based upon the Honor System.

Question of the Day: What was your biggest success for the challenge, and what was your biggest hardship?  Did you learn anything along the way?

 

The Last Day of Men’s Health Forums

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The Men’s Health Forums including the 52 Day Challenge are being discontinued. Today is the Last Day. Here is the announcement:

The Men’s Health discussion forum is moving!

You can jump into the new Men’s Health Forum Facebook Group here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/120380495347736/. Make yourself comfortable, reacquaint with old friends and make new ones.

We want to thank all the people who made these forums a place to share stories and information, a good laugh and the occasional rousing argument, for more than a decade. We hope this move, to the world’s largest online platform, will allow that same sense of community to exist for years to come — just in a different location.

We understand that this decision will be disappointing to some of you. The existing conversations can’t be migrated and there are some features on the current platform that won’t be available on Facebook. But after considering all the pros and cons, we’re confident that this is the best move forward.

These forums will be closed down on Thursday, Sept. 28, and visitors here will be redirected to a page that will alert visitors to the change and provide a link to the Facebook Group.

Again, thanks for your participation and looking forward to connecting in the Facebook Group.

The Editors of Men’s Health

I’ve already joined the Group.  Check it out.

Eat Your Veggies – But – How Many?

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The number of “recommended” servings of fruits and vegetables has been all over the place.  WebMD states:

“Under the U.S. government’s latest food guidelines, five servings of fruits and vegetables may not be enough. Adults need anywhere from 7-13 cups of produce daily to get all the health benefits of fruits and vegetables — including possible protection against obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer.”

The general rule I follow came from the TNT Diet Book: The most successful weight loss is achieved by eating 5 servings of Veggies a day. Since Fruit is – except for a small  amount of berries – not Carb friendly – I focus only on Vegetables.

I caught an interesting article on T-Nation: Tip: No Need to Eat So Many Fruits & Veggies.

They reported on a recent study tracking the health benefits of eating Veggies and Fruits.

An international team of researchers spent 2003 to 2013 recruiting 135,000 participants between the ages of 35 and 70 from 18 different countries. Participants were routinely quizzed on their frequency of eating various foods so researchers could ascertain their fruit and vegetable intake. Fruit juices and potatoes (and other tubers) were excluded from their analyses.

The researchers took into consideration their sex, education, smoking status, and physical activity. They followed the participants for between 5.3 and 9.3 years, while checking specific health parameters every 3 years.

What They Found
Eating a combination of fruits, vegetables, and legumes lowered the risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or cancer, as well as the overall risk of death.

None of that is new, but they found the greatest impact for people who ate between 375 and 500 grams a day, with an overall reduction in risk of death of 22%, compared to those who ate less than 125 grams a day. Eating more than 400 to 500 grams a day didn’t confer any additional health gains.

How much is 375 grams – 500 grams – about 3 to 5 servings. And we are back where we started.

Check out the Post I wrote entitled: TNT Diet Plan A Veggies.

I’ve been maintaining my weight loss and my positive blood work eating VLCHF for the last 10 years. Sometimes I’m in Ketosis – sometimes not. I no longer pay much attention. But – I usually get in 1 serving of veggies with breakfast – and 3-5 between lunch and dinner. Always – no – of course not. But It averages out to 4-5 servings a day.

The study is Published in the Lancet:

Interpretation
Higher fruit, vegetable, and legume consumption was associated with a lower risk of non-cardiovascular, and total mortality. Benefits appear to be maximum for both non-cardiovascular mortality and total mortality at three to four servings per day (equivalent to 375–500 g/day).

Does this new study change anything – NO – but it is nice to know that I’m on the right track.

Cable Push Pull

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Could not get on the machine I wanted to do a rotational core exercise. Spotted an opening on another Cable Machine and remembered this exercise. Haven’t done it in years.

I was original taught this move by a Personal Trainer years ago who called it “Punch-the-Drunk.” Grab the drunk by his shirt – pull him towards you – and punch him. A bit violent for my taste – but it got the picture across – vividly. It is actually a really good exercise.

A set is 10 reps in one direction and then 10 in the other direction.  Go for Three Sets.

An alternate to this position would be to position your arms closer to shoulder height.

 

 

Carb Flu or Carb Addiction Withdrawal

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I caught this article on Google News: Is Carb Flu Really A Thing?

The premise was simple: Carb Flu was your body’s reaction to being improperly deprived of an essential macronutrient. Not – your body adapting to eating Low Carb.

Carb flu is legitimately your body’s way of telling you that it’s not able to process enough energy to function properly, says Amanda Kruse, RD, CD. “In some cases, your body may even go into survival mode as a way of conserving energy stores, because it’s not sure when you will feed it next,” Kruse says. “The grogginess and associated feelings are your body’s way of slowing you down to conserve energy.”

If you have carb flu, don’t just decide to ride it out, because you don’t have to avoid carbs or experience carb flu in order to be healthier. Carbs are probably the one thing that will make you feel better — so raise a croissant to that.

 

I beg to differ. You are going through Withdrawal – simple as that – withdrawal from an addiction to carbs – to sweets.

Adam Drewnowski took a fresh approach in examining the problem of bingeing, or compulsive overeating. Drewnowski knew there were links between sugar and addiction to opiates; studies showed, for instance, that sweets sometimes eased the pain of withdrawal.

So he treated his subjects as if they were drug addicts. He gave them a drug that counters the effect of opiates; called naloxone, this drug is given to people who overdose. Drewnowski then offered his subjects a variety of snacks— ranging from popcorn, which was low in sugar, to chocolate chip cookies, which were loaded with sugar, as well as fat. His findings: The drug worked best in curbing the appeal of the snacks that were highest in both.

Moss, Michael. Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us (p. 132). Random House Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

The author’s suggestion that you should “raise a croissant to that” is equivalent of saying – if you are withdrawing from heroin – just get another shot to relieve your pain.

Fall 52 Day Challenge starts this Wednesday the 9th

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I’m a big cheerleader for the 52DC. It is one of those peer created and peer led entities that actually works. It helps you in so many ways to achieve your personal goals.

Jessemaa – a long time Challenger – just reached his dream – breaking the 200 pound barrier. He started at 300 pounds. Check out his Post. He generously credits his participation in the 52 Day Challenges for helping him reach his goals.

For more information on the 52DC, check out Shrinkinguy’s Blog Post. He may not be a Low Carb guy – but he definitely knows the right way to do an alternative path. He is another guy who has had great success being part of the Challenges.

Hope to see you at the Starting Line. Sign Up here!

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