Monday, December 28, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
- I like the exertion challenges. I like seeing the contestants find what they are physically capable of.
- I like the weigh-ins
- I like the gym sequences
- I like Bob
- I like seeing them succeed at losing weight
- I like the before and after photos
- I dislike all of the product placement and staged conversations about the sponsors
- I dislike all the angst-ridden decisions about who they are going to vote for
- I dislike Jillian's therapy talk (or as she is known on the forums, Dr. Phil-lian) - shut up already!
- I dislike their dismay at 'only losing 5 pounds'. It's 5 pounds less, be happy!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I recently read The Snack-Factor Diet by Keri Glassman. She argues that the key to weight loss is snacking to keep ones energy up and ones metabolism high. On the whole it was an OK book. Although it's more of an eating plan than a 'diet'. But of course, what you eat doesn't affect your metabolism - one of the many metabolism myths. I greatly disapprove of her opinion that dieters should not eat fruit for the first month of the diet, to lose the taste for sweetness. I think that's just plain stupid. She was also quick to recommend the snack bars that her company produces. I did like that she said that if you stray from the diet each meal is a chance to start over again. I don't think she broke any new ground with her book, but there was some solid advice there.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
I just read The Cheater's Diet by Paul Rivas, M.D. and E.A. Tremblay. Apparently it is "the medically proven way to supercharge weight loss, break through diet ruts, and stay thin for good". Their theory is that by "taking weekends off" from your diet your body will not go into starvation mode and your metabolism will run hot consistently.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
I recently read Fat Families, Thin Families by Amy Hendel R-PA (I don't know what that means, since she's not a Republican from Pennsylvania). I quite enjoyed it, although the first half was better than the second half. She wrote about ways families can become healthier. Although she used gender neutral terms it was obviously directed towards women. She really focused on how one shouldn't blame excess weight on genetics which I really liked and it was also very well rounded... no off-limits food etc. She had her Yes, No, Maybe So foods. It was a bit to 'programmy' for me. But I thought she made some excellent level-headed points so I would recommend it.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
No funny science or calorie accounting involved, just a few simple and mnemonic tricks for giving your willpower the upper hand.
There are just three rules and one exception:
- No Snacks
- No Sweets
- No Seconds
Except (sometimes) on days that start with "S"
How could something this simple possibly work? Precisely because it's simple -- or rather, following the Einsteinian dictum, "as simple as possible, but not simpler." For all its folksy charm, there's a lot of serious, practical wisdom packed into those 14 words.
On its face it is very simple and the advice is pretty good. However his website (which is atrocious, dude needs a web designer) goes on and on about other exceptions and caveats. When I was finished reading the whole website it seemed unduly complicated.
I was also annoyed when he weighed in (no pun intended) on sugar substitutes. He says, "you *know* that in 10 years scientists are going to discover that they're even worse for you than real sugar."
Oh really? You *know* that? I understand that with fake sugar (as with everything) moderation is the name of the game. But surely you can recognize that without claiming to know what will happen 10 years in the future?
So I give the No S Diet 2 stars.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
I just finished reading Our Lady of Weight Loss by Janice Taylor. It sucked big time. Actually, it sucked huge-time. Ms. Taylor, who apparently considers herself an artist, was able to lose 50 pounds after she "heard a voice" telling her to turn weight loss into an art project. She called the voice Our Lady of Weight Loss. I kid you not.
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
I recently read The Portion Teller by Lisa Young. She posits that it is easier to manage portion sizes when you can handily compare them to common items. I suppose that is true, but sometimes her examples are convoluted, especially when she combines them and uses fractions. Like a deck of cards and half a walnut or the palm of your hand and three jacks. It made it needlessly complicated. It also seemed like many of her terms should have a TM in super script. Like SmartBets, that is a bit too programmy for my taste.
Friday, June 12, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
I recently read Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin. Going in I knew one of the authors was into holistic nutrition, so I really have no one to blame but myself. It was truly fucking terrible. As Julie Klausner says in her review of the book, "It is a PETA pamphlet in chick-lit clothing." It was not about eating healthily - it's about why you should be a vegan. As a vegetarian, these are the people who give us a bad name. It is full of sanctimonious bull-shit.
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I just read In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan (he also wrote The Omnivore's Dilemma). He says the the key to eating healthfully can be summed up in seven words. "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants".
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
I just read French Women Don't Get Fat by Mireille Guiliano. I had heard lost of great things about it, so I was pretty excited to read it. I must admit I was rather disappointed. The author moved to America for a year when she was a teenager and gained about 30 pounds (she never says for sure). When she returns to France, with the help of a family doctor, she loses the weight and is set on the path of good eating and good living.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Sunday, January 11, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
Now that January 1st has arrived I need to begin losing the next 10%. So as of this morning I am at 258 so I need to lose 25.8 pounds, But I'll just round it up to 26. They say that it is healthy to lose 1 - 2 pounds a week. If I plan on a pound and a half a week - that means I should reach 232 by April 30th. So that is my new goal.
- To drink 64 oz of water a day
- No having "seconds".