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
Part 1: The Diet-Obesity Debates Continue
There are two crises – other than political and covid-19 – that America, and maybe the modern, Westernized world in general, though also the rest of the world everywhere, must face that will destroy humankind: obesity and diet. And the fitness community, especially us professionals, has to accept our roles as potential solutions and causes.Read More
REAL News – May 2020
May 2020 Low Back Rehab: How Hard Should It Go? Intensity of exercise is a potent factor in the rate and extent of progress one makes in general fitness and in some injury recoveries. But this has not been thoroughly tested in chronic non-specific low back pain (CNSLBP.) THis is a topic we’ve coveredRead More
Is Overeating/Obesity an Addiction?
When the originally-named Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee (EDCT) was founded in the early 2000’s by Dr. Ovidio Bermudez of Vanderbilt University (at that time; now with the Eating Recovery Center of Denver, CO), Reba Sloan, R.D., now-deceased Karen Silien, psychologist, and Nan Allison, R.D., among others, its stated mission was to create awareness andRead More
REAL News – November 2019
November 2019 Running Economy and How You Run MaxVO2 is your body’s maximal oxygen uptake and use capacity. But this only tells how fit you are while your running economy (RE) tells how much energy you use relative to the distance you run. And it’s a better predictor of your racing skills. A study fromRead 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
The Real Fake News: Processed Food Is ‘Healthy’
The fitness field is replete with pseudo-science especially regarding diet, dieting and diets. While personal trainers may have some ‘expertise’ in nutrition based largely on what they learned in their certification prep courses or at professional conferences, they also have some serious biases often based on what’s worked for them. These could be appropriate forRead 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