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Straight Talk About High Fructose Corn Syrup: What It is and What It Ain’t (Research Review)- Lyle McDonald

This may come as a surprise considering my past ramblings on the topic, but Lyle does make some great points in this research review. Namely, HFCS isn’t as evil as it’s made out to be in the lay media. Poodles on the other hand? Evil bastards.

My Thoughts on the Lumbar Spine and Low Back (Parts I, II, and III)– Mike Robertson

NOTE: the above link takes you to the sign up page for Mike’s newsletter.

Mike does a fantastic job with his newsletter (which goes without saying), and the article(s) above are just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the quality of information he continually provides. What’s more, just for signing up, you’ll be able to download a free four-part low back care presentation Mike gave not too long ago. And, he’ll take out your garbage. Maybe wash your car if you play your cards right.

Phys Ed: Why Doesn’t Exercise Lead to Weight Loss?– Gretchen Reynolds

Maybe it’s because guys like Idiot McIdington continue to say stuff like this:

“If you work out at an easy intensity, you will burn a higher percentage of fat calories” than if you work out a higher intensity, Carey says, so you should draw down some of the padding you’ve accumulated on the hips or elsewhere — if you don’t replace all of the calories afterward. To help those hoping to reduce their body fat, he published formulas in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research last month that detailed the heart rates at which a person could maximize fat burning. “Heart rates of between 105 and 134” beats per minute, Carey said, represent the fat-burning zone. “It’s probably best to work out near the top of that zone,” he says, “so that you burn more calories over all” than at the extremely leisurely lower end.

Sorry dude, but 90% of nothing is still nothing. I mean technically, I’m in the “fat burning zone” just sitting here typing this blog post. So, if I have my math right, I should have a 16 pack by lunch time.

Seriously, I thought this myth was debunked in like 1986? I can’t believe this guy is a doctor. Did anyone check to see if his diploma is written in crayon or something?

Teen Obesity: Lack of Exercise May Not Be to Blame– Alice Park

This article was sent to me by one of my readers, Chuck, who had nothing else to say other than:

Here’s another piece of gorgeous crap.

The article itself wasn’t that bad. To the authors’ credit, she did make a point to inform the reader not to draw any rash conclusions- which is perplexing, given the title. Nevertheless, it still amazes me that researchers still choose to use self-reporting data. It’s pretty much assumed that people will always OVER estimate how much they really exercise. Which reminds me, I need to go kick a poodle in the face. Feel the burn

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