It’s been a long time since I’ve posted anything and it’s super lazy for me to come back with this, but it’s one of the best articles I’ve ever seen on the ketogenic diet (extremely high fat and extremely low carb) so I want everyone to see it.
I ran six miles this morning. It took me about an hour. It was HOT. Like, 93º but feels like 105 hot. I lost 0.8 pounds. In an hour. From running. And no, running is not some magical exercise that can make you lose a pound an hour, though I wish it were.
The weight that I lost was water weight. And that was still after I had already drank back 16 oz (about a pound). So let’s talk about drinking water!
Whether or not organic food is healthier than conventionally grown food is a big topic of debate in science, which is interesting, because it seems to me that most people (whether they buy organic or not) just assume that it is, in fact, healthier.
As it turns out, science doesn’t know! But here’s a really great article from Vox summarizing a recent study and some background in the broader research and its challenges.
In short: Is organic healthier? We don’t know, and we may not ever. But eating more fruits and vegetables definitely is good, so eat more produce – whether you buy organic or not!
Some solid, factual nutrition/health information from Buzzfeed today!
Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMOs, are probably one of the most controversial, not-actually-controversial-at-all topics out there when it comes to food and food safety. It’s not uncommon to see websites or articles touting the claim that GMOs are inherently bad, unsafe, or unhealthy and that science has proved they aren’t fit for consumption. Many brands have started labeling themselves as “non-GMO,” and some states have considered passing laws that would require foods to label whether or not they contained GMOs.
So it wouldn’t be unreasonable to think that this is a hotly debated issue. But the truth is, every major scientific organization has officially stated that research has conclusively shown genetically modified food poses no significant health risk to humans. In other words, the anti-GMO movement is about as scientifically credible as anti-vaxxers. (Hint: Not even a little bit credible.)
If there’s one thing the internet thinks it knows a lot about (other than celebrities), it’s nutrition. It’s practically impossible to spend more than a few minutes online without encountering some form of article, advertisement, or post talking about weight loss or food and what you should eat when and how. All this information can easily be overwhelming, and it’s hard to separate the scientific facts from the latest fads and trends.
As past of my efforts to both lose weight and get proper fuel for my runs, I’ve done quite a bit of research to this end – finding out the real, hard, scientifically supported facts of nutrition. And I’ll get to those throughout a (probably long) series of posts about nutrition fact and fiction. But first, I want to address why there’s so much varying information out there and what you can do to try to separate the bad information from the good.