Posts Tagged ‘diet’

Are you a stress eater? My latest article on Breaking Muscle breaks down stress eating, http://breakingmuscle.com/nutrition/how-stress-makes-you-crave-food-and-store-fat

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My latest article on The Paleo Solution blog, http://robbwolf.com/2014/04/02/racing-thoughts-destroying-health/

Here is my latest article on Breaking Muscle  http://breakingmuscle.com/nutrition/your-food-and-your-mood-carbs-depression-and-cognitive-decline.  It discusses how your diet may be negatively altering your mood and the long term risks associated with it.

Hey everyone,

I just want to let everyone know about an upcoming event I am part of. On January 23rd, at 8pm I will be part of a webinar with Ameer Rosic. This webinar will be all about how our neurotransmitters play a critical role in our mood and weight and what you can do to achieve optimal balance with your brain chemistry. Topics covered will include:

1. Learn what living habits that are known to increase serotonin and dopamine.

2. You’ll discover how to finally Regain control over emotional overeating and cravings.

3. You’ll discover Serotonin’s role in relieving irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and other chronic pain conditions

4. Discover the key essential fatty acids (EFAs), and the right amino acids–to stop, depressions, anxiety, for good!

5. You’ll discover an easy and effective way to curb sugar cravings, promote fat burning and weight loss, reduce stress and anxiety, improve sleep and moods, increase energy and immunity, and enhance memory and brain function

Space is limited for this seminar so claim your spot, http://www.ameerrosic.com/arwp/controlling-weight-cravings-mood-webinar

Meat and Inflammation

Posted: January 2, 2014 in Uncategorized
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Recently, there was a study done that suggested that an all meat diet increases inflammation.  Here is my write-up on the Paleo Solution Blog regarding this study,http://robbwolf.com/2013/12/26/meat-leads-inflammation/#comment-205575  

This blog post is going to be more of a rant then anything.  This may be due to the sun being M.I.A. in Massachusetts over the last few days with below freezing temperatures.  Seasonal Affective Disorder aside, I think this is an important topic to discuss and that is the phrase “survival of the fittest” and how it applies to modern medical research. Without understanding evolutionary biology we may never even slow down this trend of increased morbidity.

We are seeing ever increasing rates of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, cancer, obesity, etc.  Our current solutions to these issues are to wait until lab work shows there is a problem and prescribe a medication.  Why are these genes not weeding themselves out of our gene pool?  According to Charles Darwin shouldn’t the strongest and healthiest genes be the majority?  The answer to that question is that is not how it works.

None of the diseases mentioned above affect reproductive fitness.  Plenty of overweight, type 2 diabetics, with a high risk of cancer are able to reproduce.  They are also having as many offspring as those that are lean and at low risk of disease.  This is allowing for those genes to stay in the gene pool and to flourish.  No magical medication is going to reverse this tide.

We attempt to solve all of these diseases by coming up with new medical treatments.  How can we solve these issues without understanding why these genes are expressing themselves?  Theodosius Dobzhansky said it best, “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.”  Our medical industry is attempting to make sense of biology by developing pills and surgical treatments without first looking at the reason the genes even exist.  In understanding the evolutionary backbone of these diseases we can develop treatment protocols that focus on prevention!  It is a lot cheaper to prevent disease then to treat to it!

Not to bring politics into it, but Obamacare is not the answer to solving the driving costs of healthcare.  How about we revamp our research system to take Dobzhansky’s advice and to look at evolutionary biology as a starting point and understanding why it exists and what the potential benefit is. Obesity, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, depression, low back pain, and many other common ailments are mismatch diseases.  We did not evolve to live in an environment in large groups with abundant processed foods available at every turn.

We evolved to eat sugar, store fat, and be lazy.  These actions would have been advantageous to us when food was not so abundant.  Once we understand these evolutionary mechanisms we then can use current day biochemistry to help us combat the environment in which we live.  Maybe if the researchers in charge of developing our dietary and physical activity protocols would understand evolutionary principles they could actually recommend something that works. 

Believe me when I tell you it is not a high carbohydrate, low fat, low calorie diet that is going to solve any of these issues.  When the Standard American Diet does not work the answer is always to cut fat and calories more.  This drives hunger through the roof, down regulates the thyroid, decreases mood, increases cortisol, and negatively affects sleep.  Maybe if we developed an understanding for WHY the person is gaining weight and/or developing disease we could have a better plan of attack. This is scientific research 101!  End rant.

 

 

I came across this study in the International Society of Sports Nutrition Journal, http://www.jissn.com/content/9/1/34/abstract.  This study took 8 elite gymnasts between 20 and 26 years old and placed them on a ketogenic diet.  They measured body fat and the following performance tests; hanging straight leg raise, ground push-up, parallel bar dips, pull-up, squat jump, countermovement jump, and 30 second continuous jumps.  Diet consisted of green vegetables, olive oil, fish, and meat, and virtually no carbohydrates.  after 30 days significant losses were seen in body composition and weight with no difference in performance.  The authors concluded this may be beneficial to decreasing weight and fat mass without decreasing performance, but is this true?

First, let us look at the study group.  The researchers took 8 elite gymnasts under 30 years old.  Does this accurately represent the vast majority of the population? The answer to that is most definitely no.  Also, let us look at this group and the exercises picked for the study.  Those are exercises that elite gymnasts have probably been doing since they were 5 or 6 years old.  The fact that they did not do better or worse on the tests does not surprise me.  They have adapted to those stimuli.  Think of the exercises you have done on a continual basis for a prolonged period of time, don’t they become easier?  Try for a period of around 20 years or so.

Also, the exercises they chose do are not energetically taxing, especially when an individual is adapted to doing them.  Many studies have described the opposite of this one in terms of carbohydrate intake and anaerobic work performance.  This study took 8 healthy subjects and put them on a bike test.  They did this 3 days with 50% carbs and 3 days with 5% carbs.  The conclusion was “LCD is detrimental to anaerobic work capacity…” (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9272770).  This is most likely due to the decrease in muscle glycogen.

The gymnasts did lose body fat and weight.  Is this a good thing?  I picture gymnasts as already pretty lean.  I would have liked to see some cortisol numbers because my guess is they were probably a little stressed.  Another study looked at wrestlers, performance, weight loss, and low carb.  With the weight loss associated with low carb there was decreased mood and increased fatigue,http://www.setantacollege.com/wp-content/uploads/Journal_db/Weight%20loss,%20dietary%20carbohydrate.pdf.  The gymnastics study did not record the mood of the athletes.

When we see these studies we cannot jump to conclusions.  After reading this study I will still be consuming my post workout carbohydrates for performance.  Do any of you have thoughts on this?