Wednesday, 19 May 2010 00:05
I just finished being interviewed by Andrea Ramirez, a New York nutrition and lifestyle counselor. The topic was "How to find the exercise you love." I shared some tips and ways to identify what works best for you.
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Published in Fitness
Tuesday, 18 May 2010 01:33
This is sad.
Recently I read an news article referring to a study that concluded drinking diet soda and eating sugar may make you feel fuller. And if you feel fuller, it is implied that you will stop over-eating and therefore lose weight.
First, I hope that everyone who is enticed by the title of the article will read it in its entirety before driving to the nearest convenient store and stocking up on cases of diet soda.
Now, let me state for the record that I am not suggesting you never drink diet soda or eat sugar. But it is well documented that consuming too much of either can cause malnutrition because people choose these foods instead of those with higher nutritional values. This in turn leads to health problems such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and contributes to the growing obesity problem in America. Nearly two thirds of American adults are overweight or obese. And many people who are overweight also have low self-image and low self-esteem which cause its own set of problems.
Getting back to the study - it is important to stress the fact that there were only 22 participants. Each was healthy, young and at a normal weight. This is hardly a true representation of our population. While research is very important to the future of our society, in this case, it seems almost a waste of resources.
I’m sad because …
if the researchers would have spent the time and money directing their efforts toward educating young people and re-educating adults about nutrition and the effects of food choices, our communities would be better off. This proverb comes to mind, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
I’m sad because the money spent on this research could have provided balanced meals for school-aged children in disadvantaged neighborhoods.
I’m sad because people may replace their lunches with diet drinks and packaged cookies from vending machines and expect to lose weight because they feel “fuller.” Or they may believe recent television commercials and go to Taco Bell for their “healthy fast food” and expect to lose weight. Or buy some “body cleanses” to lose weight.
I'm sad because it makes us look like we are always looking for the easy way out. We're stronger than they give us credit for, aren't we?
Published in Nutrition