Alcohol, we know, adds about 7 useless calories per gram to our nutrition plan. Further, alcohol inhibits our body’s capacity to burn our fat stores for energy. Adding to all of that, we also know that when over imbibing we usually make bad decisions. Very bad decisions. Especially when eating after binge drinking. According to the survey linked below, men add about 790 calories and women add about 759 calories to their nutrition totals from satisfying their drunk munchies. And Taco Bell is the favorite munchies joint.
The ketogenic diet—or, Keto—is the rage of the decade. Adherents are rabid about it. Keto dieters make one simple argument: It works! Yes, it works. That is why it is so popular. But, is it safe? The research is not yet conclusive. Yet, contrary to keto lovers’ claims, there are several studies associating long-term keto dieting with a host of medical maladies. And consider this: not a single reputable fitness/health certifying agency recommends the use of the ketogenic diet except under the care and supervision of a doctor. Read this linked essay for the thoughts of a professional dietician.
Whether just starting out or maintaining a long-term nutrition plan, we cannot take our eyes off the target. Most successful beginners start slowly by making incremental changes over time rather than wholesale changes overnight. Remember, wellness is not a destination … it is a lifestyle. Take one day at a time. Click here for a few other tips.
As with most facets of health and wellness, too much of a good thing can easily lead to bad consequences. Somehow, we latch onto the idea that if this amount is good for us, more must be better. It simply is not true. If your doctor or dietician prescribes any supplement, take only the recommended dosage. And always keep your doctor informed regarding over-the-counter supplements you self-prescribe. Check out this link to learn more about the potential side effects of too much fish oil.
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) recently published guidance and warnings about the use of energy drinks. In summary, these high-caffeine risky beverages are not appropriate for youth and certain adult at-risk populations. Further, they are neither appropriate for pre- or post-exercise consumption nor as sports hydration during exercise or heavy physical activity. Read the official ACSM position at this link.
We are trying to eat clean and healthy. Really, we are. But often, our grocers and restauranteurs are taking advantage by promoting unhealthy meals and products as being healthy. When they are not. Click on this link for details and—more importantly—some alternatives to what is being offered.
Cooking with oil is likely not as dangerous as some “experts” claim. Most of the danger discussed is high-temperature changes to the oil. But few of us cook at home to such a high temperature as is necessary to oxidize oil fats. Click this link to learn more.