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Endurance Files: Resources that will change your thinking about nutrition

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?

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2 comments for “Endurance Files: Resources that will change your thinking about nutrition”

  1. Love the 3-minute breakfast video, as always you find the good stuff out there. My only really “eeewwww” moment in the video comes from the fact that he’s microwaving in plastic containers. For someone concerned with getting organic flax seed oil and using egg whites, it seems counter-productive to then let all of those plastic chemicals bake into your food in the microwave. Glass containers are your best bet. Better yet, a cast-iron pan on the stove cleans up fast and adds some iron (good for the red blood cells) to the whole thing.

    Posted by Robin | March 25, 2008, 9:01 am
  2. You’re fixated on the bath water and missing the baby. Most Americans are eating higher than healthy percentages of protein and fat. Humans do not have the digestive enzymes required to fully break down protein or fat into water, carbon dioxide, and glucose. (Dogs have those enzymes in spades and can live quite well on nothing but flesh and bone. Humans don’t and can’t.) When we eat more protein and more fat than the body can use, the excess is processed for the glucose the body really needs and the ketones are dealt with as poison. It is a lifetime of the human body having to scavenge the glucose it needs from excess protein and fat (rather than harvesting it from complex carbohydrates) which causes the chronic toxicity that is the overwhelming cause of degenerative diseases. Toxic chemicals from plastic containers or some alar from a nonorganic apple or some lead in drinking water or some mercury in some fish, these are insignificant compared to longterm chronic ketosis. Try 10%-15% calories from protein, 10%-15% calories from fat, and 70%-80% calories from unprocessed complex carbohydrates and you can then speak convincingly about clean living. Do not fast to detoxify your body! After 2days of fasting or after 19miles of running, your body’s reserve of glycogen is exhausted and your body then begins to have to digest protein and fat for energy (i.e. for glucose). Ketones are left over. If you’re enamored with the simplistic idea that “I am what I eat so I will eat more protein to become more muscular because muscle is make of protein.”…think about this: At what time of life are humans most in need of protein? When they are growing bone mass and muscle mass the fastest! When is that? As neonates! What did human neonates evolve consuming? Mother’s milk. It’s called breast feeding; you may not have heard of it. What percentage of calories in protein does Mother’s milk contain? 5%-10%! What does that tell us? It tells us that at no time in an adult’s life will he or she ever require more than 10% of calories in protein for ANY reason. Even body builders and tryathletes are not building bodies nearly as fast as babies. This tells us that body builders are building their bodies *in spite of* the excess protein they are so enamored with consuming, *not because of* that junk. And their kidneys and liver are paying a high price for the ignorance. I could go on but hopefully you get the picture. Getting the plastic out of your life is fine, but don’t miss the bigger picture.

    Posted by John | April 24, 2008, 10:35 am

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