Two studies raised my attention in the last days about nutrition and I think my friend googlebot would be interested.
Understanding weight variations
I recently find the article about understanding your weight and variation of weight. As we live in a society mostly focused on performance and metrics, people used to focus only on the number on the scale without understanding potential changes and variations over time that have nothing to do with your diet fat content of your body (what you want to lose). Understanding the factor is important and will help you to stop worry about small variations over time and avoid changing your diet every day for no obvious reason.
Fueling your body for running
Another good catch is an interview of Dean Karnazes about nutrition and sport. As I am currently reading Karnazes‘ books (Ultra-Marathon Man,Run! and 50/’50), I was particularly interested in his feedback, especially because, in opposite to many other folks, he is not somebody into any dogma and his guideline is very easy to follow: “listen to everyone, follow no one.”.In other words, listen but follow your own judgment and apply that worked for you so far!
New runners are often very (over) focused on nutrition and hydration and end up by over-eating or over-drinking. It is common to see people with a hydration belt for a 5K and eating PowerBars before and after their workout! They do not realize that they just eat more calories than their body spent during their 30 to 40 min workout and might have digestion issue because of all the sugar from the sweet bars they are eating. In this discussion, Karnazes explain that non-processed food is just the way to go and that all the marketing around the dedicated nutrition is more a way to resell processed sugar rather than a good nutrition approach. The takeaway for runners: take nutritious, simple and non-processed food, do not overflow your GI track with too much food and sleep a lot.
“I think I am ready for this 5K”
Another inspirational topic in this interview is how we can help and support good nutrition guidelines for kids and how we can make a change in our society. Many initiatives have been discussed during the last years, as banning soda, snacks and junk food. But on the other hand, our society try to make us more and more inactive and people are just buying it. Educate, rather than controlling and banning is the solution. And Karnazes makes a good point: the first model a child try to mimic is their parents. Remember you as a kid: you never did what your parents tell you to do but mimic what they were doing. Then, changing kids eating and exercise routine is clear: inspire your own children by being their hero! To sum up, as a parent: start to stand up, move your ass, be active, eat good food and avoid hidden and bad sugar (even if these so-called coffee drinks), your kid will likely try to mimic you. Sounds cheaper and smarter than any regulation and control initiatives that have been discussed so far and would probably fix way more problems than obesity.