Friday, February 27, 2009

1963: Carbs make you Fat 

Anyone that knows me, understands that I value ancient wisdom. Old wives tales and even superstitions arise from a logical background. In Mother Earth News I found an article that says:
“Every woman knows that carbohydrates are fattening.” In fact, that’s from a 1963 article in the British Journal of Nutrition, co-authored by one of the leading nutritionists of the era. And for the previous 100 years or so, this was the conventional wisdom: carbohydrate-rich foods such as bread, potatoes, pasta, rice, sweets and beer make us fat, and, by implication, foods rich in fat and protein do not.

...Carbohydrates, not fat, are the cause of excess weight, just as our grandparents’ generation always knew. Eating carbohydrates triggers a hormonal response — insulin secretion — that signals our bodies to accumulate fat. This is why the fewer carbohydrates we consume, the leaner we will be. Sugar, flour and other refined carbohydrates produce an exaggerated version of this response, and so are particularly fattening.

...Dietary fat, whether saturated or not, is not a cause of heart disease. Rather the same foods that make us fat — easily-digestible carbohydrates and sugars — will eventually cause the diseases that are likely to kill us: heart disease, diabetes and even most cancers. As the late Tim Russert’s physician explained in The New York Times shortly after Russert’s death, “if there’s one number that’s a predictor of mortality, it’s waist circumference.” Because carbohydrate-rich foods increase our waist circumference, then it must be these same foods that shorten our lives.
The article goes on to explain why and how we started to believe that fat was the culprit. But, as so often happens, old knowledge wins. The Atkins diet, although not great in the long term, really works. Eat lots of fatty beef, and no carbs, and you will lose weight (and gain some bonus bad breath).

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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Where are the Attractive Tennis Stars? 

Kournikova suggested to us that if the majority of top women's tennis players came from Eastern Europe, they'd all be pin-ups. The top 20 is full of Eastern Europeans, and despite most being blonde and slender, few of them are worth writing home about. Serena Williams is probably the most attractive top player at present, alongside Sharapova. Ivanovic is passable, and that's it. And to make it worse, players that could pass for Ugly Betty amazingly choose to wear the most unflattering outfits, with colors that should never be seen together like purple and yellow:

Tip to tennis chicks - if you are sponsored by Nike, and they give you an outfit like above, fire Nike and maintain some self-respect.

I'm not coming out of the closet or nothing, but the men's draw at the Australian Open had a much better hit rate of attractiveness.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Zombies Ahead 

On the one hand, bloody funny.
On the other hand, unfair on any driver that thinks zombies are real.
On my third hand, might be dangerous if the sign was supposed to say "Black Ice".

Any way, ten points for funny inventiveness and for putting a smile on my face...

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