“Don’t make it about weight loss,” Barbell Medicine Ep. #194: September 2022 Research Review

Imagine two scenarios: in one, a patient goes to the doctor and exhibits high blood pressure, and the doctor prescribes a medication and says in passing, “oh, and it wouldn’t hurt to start exercising.” In the second scenario, the doctor sits the patient down, discusses the pros and cons of starting medication right away andContinue reading ““Don’t make it about weight loss,” Barbell Medicine Ep. #194: September 2022 Research Review”

The Importance of Inclusive Examples

How do I color like a 4-year-old? The question perplexed me. I was fourteen, working my first “real” job at a daycare center, and I’d been given the instruction that when I join them for creative tasks, I was to protect the children’s self-esteem by not working too far ahead of their abilities. So, asContinue reading “The Importance of Inclusive Examples”

“Do you really need to know your energy balance total?” Barbell Medicine, Ep. 176: Determining Calorie Intake Part II

I said it yesterday, but it’s worth repeating–learning about how our bodies work and the truth about calories and energy balance can help us to deprogram from diet culture and learn to have a healthier relationship with food and our bodies in the long run. Of course, the thoughts we have when we consume thisContinue reading ““Do you really need to know your energy balance total?” Barbell Medicine, Ep. 176: Determining Calorie Intake Part II”

“If you think calories-in-calories-out is simple, you need to do more research,” Barbell Medicine, Ep. #175: Determining Calorie Intake Part 1

An important part of deprogramming ourselves from diet culture is learning the facts and reassessing the “rules” we may have been taught about calories, body fat, and food. If you are interested in a good primer on calories–what they are, what it means scientifically and how our bodies use them–this is a good resource. IContinue reading ““If you think calories-in-calories-out is simple, you need to do more research,” Barbell Medicine, Ep. #175: Determining Calorie Intake Part 1″

Returning to Training After Maybe COVID

To be honest, I’m struggling. I’ve got this overwhelming fatigue. Overwhelming, literally. I feel helpless to it. No amount of rest is enough, and I don’t have enough sick leave to stay at home ad infinitum. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Officially, I don’t have COVID. Or didn’t. I’ve tested negative several times, includingContinue reading “Returning to Training After Maybe COVID”

“Getting away from avoidant language,” Barbell Medicine, Ep. #167: Exercise in Pregnancy

Is it safe to train during pregnancy? Even before this episode of Barbell Medicine, I had a strong feeling this was the wrong question. It needn’t be “is it safe or unsafe?” That’s black-and-white thinking, which is rarely the right approach in things health and fitness. Instead, we need to ask the more nuanced questionsContinue reading ““Getting away from avoidant language,” Barbell Medicine, Ep. #167: Exercise in Pregnancy”

“I don’t expect people to do their own research,” Barbell Medicine Episode #166- January 2022 Research Review

We’re not all academics. We aren’t all specialists in lifting, or metabolism, or serum Vitamin D levels. And we shouldn’t be expected to be in order to live a fairly well-informed, healthy life. If the experts expect us all to become experts in order to understand their work, they’re failing in their efforts to communicateContinue reading ““I don’t expect people to do their own research,” Barbell Medicine Episode #166- January 2022 Research Review”

“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”

“Dude, you have this argument,” Barbell Medicine Podcast Ep. 136: The Data, Cut or Bulk, and More ft. Greg Nuckols

I wandered off into the Barbell Medicine archives this weekend and found this interview with Greg Nuckols of Stronger by Science. It’s a fun interview, with deep thoughts about the Arkansas countryside, the nature of epistemology (how do we know what we know?), and how to deal with the ever-present false information in the healthContinue reading ““Dude, you have this argument,” Barbell Medicine Podcast Ep. 136: The Data, Cut or Bulk, and More ft. Greg Nuckols”

“I’m expecting it to be low because they’re sick,” Barbell Medicine Podcast Ep. #152: Vitamin D with Dr. Austin Baraki

This latest episode of the Barbell Medicine Podcast features Dr. Austin Baraki sharing his current understanding about the accumulated research on the relationships between vitamin D and health and the value (or not) of vitamin D supplementation. And if I were to summarize his main point, it is that reduced vitamin D is associated withContinue reading ““I’m expecting it to be low because they’re sick,” Barbell Medicine Podcast Ep. #152: Vitamin D with Dr. Austin Baraki”