As you may or may not have guessed, nearly every Saturday I post a few links to some of my favorite articles and blog posts over the past week. I will selfishly admit that I don’t do this as a public service on what you want to read, but what I find of interest. Obviously, today is not Saturday, so I’m breaking with tradition to share some mid-week information with you.
Although lately, I have to admit that I have not found much of interest out in the blog-o-sphere.
However, there are a couple of nutrition gems from the past few days (or a bit farther back because I have a backlog on my reading list) that caught my attention and since nutrition is my topic of interest lately, here you go:
Tim Ferris, infamous author of the New York Time’s bestseller The 4-Hour work Week, and “lifestyle design” evangelist, included a great article on his blog the other day: The Science of Fat Loss: When a Calorie Isn’t Always a Calorie. Don’t let the title mislead you if you’re thinking this is another re-hashed 101 article one gram of carbs being worth four calories and one gram of fat worth nine calories ad nauseum. This piece is a well-done bit of research on the topic and you’ll see some nasty effects of high-carb diets from a World War II-era study. Hint: That’s you Mr. or Ms. Heed-Slurping, Bagel-Eating, Need My Carbs endurance athlete.
Ferris also came out with a nifty, and funny, little video on the Three-Minute breakfast. As one who would rather get an extra five minutes of sleep than make a healthy breakfast, this may be worth a try. I’ll give it a whirl and report back. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fd-7a_wdVZk[/youtube]
For you soy lovers, Ryan Andrews wrote an outstanding two-part series on the pros and cons of soy for Performance Nutrition. He covers everything but the kitchen sink on this amazing little bean…from its misrepresented use in Asia to busting some myths about the quality of soy protein and concerns on it’s role in the production of phytoestrogens. You’ll have to register at the site (it’s free) to read the second half of the piece.
Joe Friel…yes, a real endurance coach…agrees with Ferris and Andrews when it comes to athletes eating way too many starchy carbs. Check out his post “How much should you eat?“