Stuff to Read While You’re Pretending to Work: 10/5/11

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I actually slept in this morning – OMG!  Normally I’m up between 6-6:30, but today I slept in until eight, and I *cue jazz hands* feel faaaaaaaaaaaaaaabulous.

Of course, I had good reason to sleep in.  I spent two and half hours yesterday at the dentist getting a deep cleaning as well as having my very first cavity filled.  I left not being able to feel the left side of my face (weird), and then I high-tailed it out to CP for an Open House we were hosting for local parents and athletes.  We had an amazing turn-out, with close to 90-100 people showing up to listen to a bunch of our pro-baseball guys talk about their experiences playing college ball and their transition to professional baseball.   As an added bonus, the guys at New Balance were there filming and Kansas City reliever, Tim Collins, threw a live bullpen which was the best thing since sliced bread for many of the younger kids who were in attendance.

All in all, it was an awesome night topped off with an all-you-can-eat-fajita-fest hosted by the Cresey’s afterwards.  By this time the novacaine had wore off and I had my appetite back, so I basically drove back home in insulin coma.

So with the late start, I’m kind of in a rush this morning answering emails and gettting my day planned, so here’s some stuff to read to keep you occupied:

5 Surprising Health Myths – Adam Bornstein

While Adam did a bang-up job debunking some fairly common misconceptions that are still prevalent in today’s media, the best part was reading the comments section.  Which is to say, I had to stave off the sudden urge to want to jump off a cliff.  It still blows me away that so many people are programmed to think that saturated fat is bad for them.  Ignorance is bliss, right?

Lets set the record straight here:  sticking your finger in an electrical socket = bad.  Eggs = good.  Got it?  Good!

Exercise Doesn’t Work For Fat Loss? – Alwyn Cosgrove

If there’s one thing that Alwyn is a master off – outside of scissor kicks to the face – it’s taking research and dissecting it to the point that it makes the actual researchers look about as intelligent as a ham sandwich.

What I Love About Training – Mike Anderson

Mike is a local trainer here in Boston that I’ve gotten to know recently, and he sent me this post that I felt was spot on.  In short, you get out what you put in.  It’s as simple as that.

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Comments for This Entry

  • Barath

    On a not so unrelated topic, one of my female friends on facebook shared this post: Though I agree that the media makes women who have a few extra pounds pretty bad, the message here seems to be that being fat is okay and you don't have to do anything about it. The number of women who seem to approve this in the comments section is alarmingly high. Messages like these bother me - one should know where to draw the line! Obesity leads to health problems. In a bid to be politically correct, it saddens me that people are sending out the wrong messages.

    October 5, 2011 at 8:17 am | Reply to this comment

  • Cory Kennedy

    The myths article by Bornstein is a good refresher to what it's like relating to clients on a daily basis. Even when you tell them fats aren't the enemy, they will say 'I understand!', then apologize for putting a slice of cheese on their sandwich. When I tell people I eat 4 eggs everyday, they usually say something along the lines of..."you should probably go get a checkup at the doctors"...yet they are the one coming to me for health/fitness advice! Funny how that works eh?

    October 5, 2011 at 9:10 am | Reply to this comment

  • Mike

    You suck Tony!* I went and read through the comments at livestrong and I almost stabbed myself in the eye with my fork!! It is simply too frustrating to read the ignorant replies that spew the same old, unsubstantiated nonsense as though it was fact. *kidding about the sucky thing. I love your work!!

    October 5, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Reply to this comment

  • Liz

    Ugh, I wish I hadn't gotten started on those comments, they're mind numbing. But I still see the same contradictions regarding fats over and over-- even from people who otherwise claim to be down with saturated fat. Bornstein cautions about the fat content of an egg only minutes after telling us saturated fats aren't dangerous in a healthy diet. Personally, I'm going to assume he's merely pointing out the caloric density of an egg yolk, and not sweat it, but you can bet your ass a HUGE portion of the population is thinking, "ehhh I'd rather eat fats everywhere else, so I'll settle for egg whites in the morning." Its old news that people concerned with losing weight too often focus on cutting fats entirely rather than cutting calories generally. Fitness/health professionals (especially at Livestrong, which apparently does not have a very exclusive readership) need to be awfully careful about their audience. My mom, for example can NOT wrap her (very capable but horribly mislead) brain around why the same sources are telling her to enjoy saturated fats, but in the next breath to stick with chicken breasts and salad greens.

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