The problem with calorie counting? Everybody has needs

Eat when you’re hungry. Dieting teaches us that we should ignore our hunger, that it is a personality deficit we should overcome and overpower, that it will “adjust” and we will “get used to it.” No. I can trust my hunger. My body is telling me that I need more energy. It’s not a trickContinue reading “The problem with calorie counting? Everybody has needs”

#TBT: “The middle ground that we tend to avoid,” 3DMJ Podcast #183: The Habits of Highly Effective Preps

I love bodybuilding; I hate diet culture. How do I square that circle? How can I connect with a culture that is all about totally superficial, physical features while abhorring societal norms that narrowly define acceptable bodies? My discussion of the strategies and philosophies of bodybuilding prep diets can give you a window into howContinue reading “#TBT: “The middle ground that we tend to avoid,” 3DMJ Podcast #183: The Habits of Highly Effective Preps”

“30 days to fatten you up,” Maintenance Phase, Supersize Me

Let’s start with a confession: until a few years ago, I showed Supersize Me in my health classes. I have a “student” version of the DVD, and I would show it in a Health and Nutrition elective class I taught. In my defense, I was finding myself more and more uncomfortable with the messaging implicitContinue reading ““30 days to fatten you up,” Maintenance Phase, Supersize Me”

Book Review–Diet Cults: The surprising fallacy at the core of nutrition fads and a guide to healthy eating for the rest of us, Matt Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald isn’t a science writer, and I don’t know how evidence-based this book qualifies as. He discusses science, but it’s in the popular, journalistic narrative sort of way rather than in the accumulation of data over time with critique and drawbacks sort of way that a more science-minded author would likely do. In any case,Continue reading “Book Review–Diet Cults: The surprising fallacy at the core of nutrition fads and a guide to healthy eating for the rest of us, Matt Fitzgerald”

There is Nothing Magic about Kale

For the love of whatever you find holy, please do not force yourself to eat 2 pounds of kale a day. Don’t convince yourself that there’s something magical about confining your eating to a 6-hour window. Don’t talk yourself into thinking it’s rational to cut out all fat, all fruits, all dairy, all starchy carbohydratesContinue reading “There is Nothing Magic about Kale”

“Your genes aren’t deterministic, but they bracket the possibilities,” Is Obesity a Choice-Giles Yeo

Dr. Yeo poses the question “Is obesity a choice?” tl:d watch: No. This video was shared recently on Facebook from someone at Barbell Medicine. It dates back to 2019, but contains information that isn’t yet in the popular consciousness. That’s unfortunate since Dr. Yeo does a great job concisely summarizing the genetic influences that impactContinue reading ““Your genes aren’t deterministic, but they bracket the possibilities,” Is Obesity a Choice-Giles Yeo”

“Do I bulk, cut, maintain or recomp?” 3DMJ Podcast #190: Q&A Session 19

CW: Talk of weight manipulation, body size, and body fat I always enjoy these Q&A episodes from the folks at 3DMJ. This week’s conversation starts with the age-old question, “do I bulk or do I cut?” This time around, the question is being asked by a person with a history of higher body fat whoContinue reading ““Do I bulk, cut, maintain or recomp?” 3DMJ Podcast #190: Q&A Session 19″

The Maintenance Phase Podcast

Usually, I prefer to discuss individual episodes of a podcast, and down the line, I may choose to discuss specific episodes of Maintenance Phase; however, for today, I’d like to share my impressions after listening to most of their back catalog and provide some context for how I find myself interpreting their conversations. Mike andContinue reading “The Maintenance Phase Podcast”

Fitness Professionals: Why you should care about anti-fat bias

There’s a type of trainer out there who walks around assuming that folks who are fatter and less fit than themselves simply aren’t motivated enough. I’ve heard many podcasts with the type, and their interviews always amount to a tough love kind of style–no one but me is going to tell you the hard truthContinue reading “Fitness Professionals: Why you should care about anti-fat bias”

How to Feel Full, part 2

CW sort of: I want to start this post with a caveat that I’m writing about food and eating behaviors. My intended audience are people who already have a pretty healthy, non-disordered relationship with food, and mostly folks who are interested in the cross-section of physique sport, performance and body size. As Jen recently saidContinue reading “How to Feel Full, part 2”