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  • Animal Moves: How to move like an animal to get you leaner, fitter, stronger and healthier for life
    Animal Moves: How to move like an animal to get you leaner, fitter, stronger and healthier for life
    by Darryl Edwards

    Animal Moves

    • improve strength, speed and stamina
    • increase mobility, flexibility and stability
    • look, feel and perform better

    Find out more and details on how to purchase at www.animalmovesbook.com

  • Paleo from A to Z: A reference guide to better health through nutrition and lifestyle. How to eat, live and thrive as nature intended!
    Paleo from A to Z: A reference guide to better health through nutrition and lifestyle. How to eat, live and thrive as nature intended!
    by Darryl Edwards

    "If you are looking for a simple way to better understand Paleo concepts, Darryl's Paleo from A to Z guide is the go-to resource.
    -Mark Sisson, best-selling author of The Primal Blueprint and publisher of Mark's Daily Apple

  • Paleo Fitness - A Primal Training and Nutrition Program to Get Lean, Strong and Healthy
    Paleo Fitness - A Primal Training and Nutrition Program to Get Lean, Strong and Healthy
    by Darryl Edwards, Brett Stewart, Jason Warner

    "This book is a useful reference to enable individuals just starting out on the Paleo path as well as those who want to explore more challenging, playful and interesting ways to move."

    -Robb Wolf, New York Times best-selling author of The Paleo Solution

     

  • 7 Day Introduction to Paleo Fitness: Get Fitter, Get Stronger, Get Healthier in Seven Days. Move as Nature Intended.
    7 Day Introduction to Paleo Fitness: Get Fitter, Get Stronger, Get Healthier in Seven Days. Move as Nature Intended.
    by Darryl Edwards
  • The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet
    The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet
    by Robb Wolf
  • Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
    Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
    by Robert M. Sapolsky
  • Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health & Boundless Energy (Primal Blueprint Series)
    Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health & Boundless Energy (Primal Blueprint Series)
    by Mark Sisson
  • Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things
    Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things
    by Rick Smith, Bruce Lourie, Sarah Dopp
  • Wahls Protocol, The : A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles
    Wahls Protocol, The : A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles
    by Terry Wahls, Eve Adamson
  • Protein Power
    Protein Power
    by Michael R. Eades, Mary Dan Eades, Mary Deans
  • Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
    Born to Run: The Hidden Tribe, the Ultra-Runners, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen
    by Christopher McDougall
  • In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating: An Eater's Manifesto
    In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating: An Eater's Manifesto
    by Michael Pollan
  • Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
    Food Rules: An Eater's Manual
    by Michael Pollan
  • The Paleo Diet for Athletes
    The Paleo Diet for Athletes
    by L. Cordain
  • Vegetarian Myth, The
    Vegetarian Myth, The
    by Lierre Keith
  • The Second Brain
    The Second Brain
    by Michael D. Gershon
  • The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat
    The Paleo Diet: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat
    by Loren Cordain
  • Eat Drink Paleo
    Eat Drink Paleo
    by Irena Macri
  • Cholesterol Clarity: What the HDL is Wrong with My Numbers?
    Cholesterol Clarity: What the HDL is Wrong with My Numbers?
    by Jimmy Moore, Eric C. Westman

Entries in Fat (4)

Friday
Oct072011

Health: What a Waist!

Do you know a bulging waistline has a host of wealth problems?  
Men with a waistline of greater than 40 inches (100cm) and women with a waistline greater than 35 inches (89cm) have a significantly increased risk of cancer, type II diabetes and heart disease.  Currently 32% of men in the UK have a waistline exceeding 40 inches.  

The correct method to measure the circumference around the waist is the midpoint between the top of the hips and the bottom of the rib cage (usually just above the belly button).

So why is this measurement relevant?  

Fat that resides in the torso surrounding internal organs is known as visceral fat.  Visceral fat is toxic, inflammatory and metabolically active.  Excessive visceral fat is one risk factor associated with heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Current research suggests that waist size is a more accurate predictor of future disease risk than body weight.  This view is endorsed by the British Heart Foundation, World Health Organisation, Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK.

Quote from Cancer Research UK: "Being overweight or obese increases the risk of at least seven types of cancer.  The 2nd highest risk factor after smoking."

Tuesday
Aug242010

Does muscle weigh more than fat?

How many times have you heard or even used the expression.

"Muscle weighs more than fat!"

Well it's not something I've really questioned before. But however you look at it - this phrase is misleading. A kilo of muscle and a kilo of fat placed on a scale would both weigh exactly the same. A kilo.  It is something we come to terms with when comparing feathers and lead, but it seems subliminal to many with reference to body composition.

What people are really comparing is not weight, but density and volume. Muscle tissue has greater density than adipose (fat) tissue and so fat has a greater volume.  Or more strictly speaking muscle has more weight by volume.

Imagine if a kilo of muscle was the size of a grapefruit, a kilo of fat would be 3 times larger.  This could mean a significant difference to body composition, shape, size and health when the percentage of your body fat changes.


I've also been asked by clients:  

"What exercises can I do to convert my excess fat into muscle?"

For clarification it is a complete myth that you can turn fat into muscle with training.  It is also a myth that your muscle will turn into fat when a training regime subsides.  Fat and muscle are completely different tissues. They have different composition and respond to training in different ways.

I will discuss this in more detail in a future post, but in simple terms: 

  • to decrease fat, make the right nutritional, activity and lifestyle choices;
  • to increase muscle, overload muscles with resistance activity.  Different training programs can be used to: increase strength, increase muscle size (hypertrophy), improve tone, density and efficiency (or all of these simultaneously);
  • muscle cells burn more calories;
  • fat cells store calories;
  • focusing on body weight alone is not enough, a woman who weighs 60 kilos (9 stones 6 or 132lbs) and has 12% body fat will look completely different to a woman who weighs 60 kilos, but has a body fat percentage of 20%
Tuesday
Aug102010

Nutrition: Coconut Milk - is it good for you?

Coconut milk and oil is often berated because its fat levels contain about 90% saturated fat. It is often dismissed as a high-fat food and thus eliminated from many diets or viewed as an occasional unhealthy 'treat'.

It is a staple of many Caribbean dishes (as well as Thai, Indian dishes) for its unique flavour.

But is it really bad food?

Well there is growing evidence that a diet containing these fats actually have numerous health benefits and are not contributors to high levels of blood cholesterol.

The benefits include:


  • improved lung function;

  • reduced risk of cardiovascular diseases - by unclogging arteries;

  • boosting the immune system, due to it's anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties;

  • aids in digestion;

  • its short and medium chain fatty acids being readily converted to energy, rather than being stored as fat;

  • a rich source of Vitamin A, E, potassium, iron, phosphorous, magnesium and zinc;

  • excellent at providing hydration;

  • lactose free, therefore a good substitute for milk;

  • high in antioxidants;

  • contains less sugar and more protein than bananas, apples or oranges;
  • Coconut oil has the ability to act as an antimicrobial and antiviral agent 

Well worth incorporating into your diet, whether you follow a strict Paleo lifestyle or not.

If you're in the UK, you can order Organic Coconut Oil here

Thursday
Aug052010

60 Second Interview: David Csonka

 

Who are you?

David Csonka. I'm an application developer at a university, and I blog about fitness, nutrition, and barefoot running.

What is fitness to you?

Being healthy, and unencumbered by physical limitations.

What are your goals?

To be as healthy as I am now, 40 years in the future.

What is one of your main concerns in relation to health?

Fitness and nutrition plans guided by misinformation and faulty "common knowledge". Specifically, the fallacious low-fat diet.

What is your favourite meal?

Something new I recently tried, a Meat-za. Burger patties with pizza sauce, bacon, cheese, and pepperoni on top. It was love at first bite.

What is your favourite exercise/activity?

Trail running, hiking. I love running out into the woods to experience nature, and take photos of flowers and animals. Being away from the noises and distractions of civilization is nice.

Blog:

http://blog.naturallyengineered.com