Winter 2023 “I feel fluffy”: Conflating a body composition analysis with an emotion Most of us old enough remember Julie Andrews’ version of “I feel pretty”, by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. But it was originally written for Maria to sing in the original 1957 theatrical version of West Side Story. Ever since then, however,Read More
REAL News – April 2021
April 2021 Why Exercise Doesn’t Burn Calories as Expected: Compensation We all grew up hearing a mile walk or jog burns 100 calories; that you have to burn 3500 calories to lose a pound of fat; that you can’t exercise weight off…WHAT? Yes, it’s much easier to eat 100 calories than it is to runRead More
Bingeing at Night: A Hormonal Habit?
A recent article in the NY Times reviewed a scientific article in the December issue of the International Journal of Obesity that reinforced what many fitness and wellness professionals suspected: that nighttime binge eating may be more than habitual; it may be hormonal. The article suggested that obese people who binge eat – not all do, one mightRead More
Artificial Sweeteners: Diet or Die?
Let me state from the get-go that I am not a biochemistry guru or even a registered dietician, so any comments below regarding the safety of artificial sweeteners (AS) such as saccharin, aspartame, sucralose or their ilk comes from an angle few in my profession are willing to take. Based on a hearty defense ofRead More
Is it Calorie-Restriction, Calorie-Reduction…or Weight Loss?
So here’s a title of an article bound to catch your attention, in Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter: “Calorie Restriction May Promote Cognitive Function.” For those of us in our middle, or higher, years (Disclaimer: I’m now 66, and feel in my middle years though most studies would put in me in the elder category),Read More
REAL News – January 2019
January 2019 Within-Session Muscle Confusion Helps Older Adults Muscle confusion – the concept of doing pretty high intensity exercises in rapid sequence varying body parts and muscle groups – is a 21st century marketing pitch. Periodization – the idea that a training program should be divided into various elements on daily, weekly or monthly basisRead More
What is ‘Old’ and How Can One Procrastinate Aging?
The answer to the title question, “What is ‘Old’ and How Can One Procrastinate Aging”, is a timeless one. It’s as old as cognition itself. For the next step after old is dead and mankind has been trying to make sense of that once he and she realized he and she existed beyond the bodilyRead More
Not Again: Don’t Count Calories, but Calories Count
Weight management and weight loss (and, by association, weight gain) are two peas in a pod…but only eat one of them! I have written on this topic so many times in opinion pieces and in scientific reviews that I’m reluctant to do so again. But this most recent article in the NY Times has inspired meRead More