Fitness Fulminations

This is the week when the scale became unreliable. Variance of two kilos on serial weight measures. The scale was cheap, and about a year old: just enough to be out of warranty. The old spring scales are not precise, and modern digital scales that are precise measure everything and broadcast it to your apps. I’m not sure what to do here: the error is now over a percent, and you should not drop more than 5% weight a month.

In the meantime, we are walking while the mother in law makes dinner. It stops us having the conflict of her offering carbohydrates that will push me into hypoglycaemia and out of ketosis: she gets hurt if we don’t take what she offers, and it gets us back on intermittent fasting.

At present, the evening walk is interrupted by the view.

I’ve found this is true: on heavy workout days — high intensity, long duration (you should not do both unless competing or testing — more than once a month will increase your risk of injury) you will end up eating a second meal. Otherwise one of us will collapse. Mark Sisson has this correct.

This is my general advice to everyone who wants to eat one meal a day. Doing it every single day is hard. It makes it tough to hit your required protein. It makes it hard to get enough calories. It can wear on your social relationships. It can be stressful on your body.

But if you do OMAD two or three days a week, suddenly the stress becomes hormetic. Instead of being something that wears on you, it’s something that forces an adaptation. Suddenly you’re cycling calories—high one day, low the next—and life tends to work better when it cycles back and forth.

Workout days? Maybe eat more frequently. Maybe do a shorter eating window with two or three meals shoved in there. You’re demanding a lot from your body, and one meal simply may not cut it.

But rest days? OMAD to your heart’s content. The break from digestion and nutrient infusions will actually help your body recover from the training. In fact, OMAD on rest days, and two to three MAD on training days might be the best possible way of doing it.

Mark’s Daily Apple

You have to be very careful as to where you get your information. I don’t think sugar is good for you, but I’m aware that what I generally stick to would give a dietician jitters. But they are taught by experts with conflicts of interest. Including Dr Fung, who promotes his books.

The list goes on and on. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics received $1.7 million from Coke. They represent the dieticians of America. Do they have our best interests at heart? No, you can’t bite the hand that feeds you. So sugar is fine and calories are the problem. Yes, because eating 100 calories of sugar and 100 calorie of broccoli are equally fattening. Right.

Coke has spent $120 million since 2010 to fund research. Research that will undoubtedly show that sugar is not to blame for obesity. This makes the few bucks the community doctor makes seem like chump change. $120 million dollars! And then the academics will bleat on and on about how we must follow evidence based medicine when the entire evidence base has been corrupted by commercial interests.

Consider the case of Dr. John Sievenpiper. He is one of the most outspoken, staunchest defenders of dietary sugar. He is constantly in the media defending sugar. Oh, it turns out he receives money from the Corn Refiners Association! In his paper in the Annals of Internal Medicine defending, you guessed it, sugar, here’s his list of conflicts of interest.

So be careful who you listen to. There’s a lot of paid infomercials out there that you don’t even know about. Ultimately, you must decide who to trust based on their message, not their titles. Your life, very literally, depends on it.

Jason Fung

What has stopped, for both of us, is dietary supplements. Not because we can’t get them — the shelves may be empty of flour and potato chips, but not vitamins — but because we are now eating our own vegetables and getting all the nutrients we need from them and meat. What we are avoiding is vinegar. Kea reacts to it, and I wonder if half the people who have ended up carnivore only are doing so because the health gurus promoted Apple Cider Vinegar.

Eat lots of stuff you grow and decent meat. The only good thing about the current virus is that we can’t export much, so we are able to get the good stuff. That cup of coffee or glass of wine won’t kill you.

There is enough going on. One sign that there is error is that people are advising extreme measures.