Nutrition, Health, & Fitness
TWINKIE DIET HELPS NUTRITION PROFESSOR LOOSE 27LBS!!!
I figured this would be a good starter for a discussions about Health and Fitness. The article deals with one guy who experimented on himself. That invalidates the scientific credibility of the study, but it still happened. He ate a bunch of crap supplemented with some vitamins and veggies and the dude lost weight by eating few calories. He also ate every 3 hours. That cranks up your metabolism. Regardless, we may need to reevaluate how we measure health.
Do we have misconceptions about what is health? Look at Micheal Phelps. The guy puts mayo on EVERYTHING and wins record Olympic Gold. What are the rest of us doing wrong?
So not everyone is doing something wrong. ^_~
The only significant changes I've had over the past few years is that I gained more weight than I should have with My Ex fiance, because She was, as goes with some anorexics, a feeder, and I hardly had a moment of the day where I didn't have food in my mouth, and while I was in England, I went through a period where thanks to not eating and inactivity, I went from 95 kilos down to about 60-odd kilos - and being six foot four, that's not really terribly healthy. I looked like Christian bale in The Machinist, you could count my ribs through my leather jacket at 50 paces. I've only just now really fully recovered from that.
My blood cholesterol runs in the 140 mg/dL range, though it has fluctuated +/- 40 points over years. My LDL level is consistently around 108 - 112 mg/dL, which is pretty good. My triglycerides run from 125 - 130 mg/dL, which is pretty normal. Blood pressure is almost always 115/72.
Every doctor/PA/nurse I've ever seen is always amazed that despite the fact that I am technically morbidly obese (294 pounds), I have absolutely no adverse health consequences that are tied to weight.
Of course, I need to lose weight. That's a given. I find that the diet discipline is harder to maintain, and when that goes, so goes my motivation to go to the gym.
Basically, don't assume jack and shit about your health until you're getting comprehensive annual physicals at the very least.
You also can't base your readings on one test at one point. I've had 5 years of annual blood panels, and the values change pretty radically from year to year. My triglycerides were borderline (160-ish) one year and perfectly fine every other year. My cholesterol was near 190 one year and down at 122 the following year. These levels can fluctuate pretty radically, which is why it's important to have annual tests.
My tests are semi-fasting, in that I usually have coffee and toast in the morning before I get my blood drawn. It doesn't actually make a difference for the test that my testing facility does anyway, but I prefer not to dose myself with 600 - 700 calories an hour before I get my blood drawn.
Moral: Set your own fitness goals. Don't try for someone else's.
My lowest point was my first year of collage where I dropped down to about 155. Military school will do that, but I looked and felt like shit. I got back up to 180s and stayed there for the rest of college. After, I pugged up to around 225 before I started a regular workout routine, and I've been at it for the last 3 year or so.
Find your physical capacity and try your best to maximize it. I remember seeing you around that time. You did not look well.
I was just more cut-out for running although sadly after concentrating on endurance for so long I can't sprint at all - and my jump height is negligible.
Others might be more suited for heavy lifting. It's still a good idea to balance, though - I've let my upper body slip even though my lungs and legs are still in good shape. I'm glad I decided to go with the strengths of my body type, otherwise I'm not sure I would have ever seen improvement.
Sometimes, I worry that he looks down on me because I can't keep up. I don't want to be pitied by my work out buddy.
edit: I got mad at him the other day, because he laughed when I was frustrated for failing a three-foot DDR song. I challenged him to a guitar battle in a year, because neither of us know how to play or have much prior experience.
Run 3 kilometers without walk-jogging.
60 sit ups per day
increase my upper arm strength with free-weights. More muscle on my arms.
Easily do all 4 foot and below DDR songs
My goals for the next half a year.
Get weight to 200. (must get rid of Halloween candy first :-p)
Be able to run 13 to 20 miles.
Gain a small amount of upper body strength while losing everything :-p