It’s Not All About Exercise

I am friends with JJ Virgin on Facebook.  I first learned about her on Leanne Ely’s Saving Dinner radio show when Leanne had her as a guest.  She is a celebrity health and fitness expert and a frequent guest caller on Saving Dinner. Last night she posted a link to her blog and I quickly shared it after I read it.   A new study came out stating that women, especially older women would need to exercise more to lose weight.  This was apparently shared on Good Morning, America.

Exercise more? Seriously?  The articles I found online today state that women would need to exercise at least an hour a day to lose weight.  One of the articles stated they studied woman with an “average age of 54 who ate a typical American diet.”  Typical American diet.  Let us consider this.  When I think of the typical American diet I think of fast food, fried foods, sugary foods, more meats than vegetables and fruit, refined grains, canned foods, and processed foods.  Food in a box.  All the foods I’ve moved away from since last year.   Then take into account these are women going into menopause, if they haven’t already, which means their hormones are all out of whack anyway.   Plus, while going through menopause, they are susceptible to developing hypothyroidism because of their hormones changing and not being stable.  So, if that happens, all the exercise in the world isn’t going to help lose weight if you aren’t doing anything to change other aspects of your life.  As JJ mentions in her blog, cortisol levels go up during menopause and more exercise increases it even more, which leads to adrenal fatigue.  It also causes more oxidative stress, which I believe I’ve mentioned before.  Think of oxidative stress as causing rust in our bodies.  Ew, right?

I’m going to throw in a huge quote here from JJ since I can’t say it any better than she did.

“The research on high intensity interval training shows that 4 minutes of high intensity is the equivalent of TWENTY minutes of moderate exercise AND it raises anabolic hormones to counteract the effects of stress hormones. It is also de-aging as it raises lactic acid which in turn promotes the release of Growth Hormone – the hormone of youth and vitality.”

I’m all for interval training.  I’ve stated before that I feel so much better after a short round of interval training than I do with regular exercise for 30 minutes.  Forget an hour.  I’ve been there done that last year trying to lose weight once I feeling better again.  I was walking an hour a day with no real change in my weight.  I’d lose a couple of pounds and then gain it back.  The interval training helps raise your resting metabolic rate, too.  That means you will burn more calories when you are at rest than you normally would.

There are so many more pieces to this weight loss puzzle than just exercise.  It’s changing your diet, managing stress levels better, getting rid of the toxins as much as possible in your environment and your food, and in my experience, not focusing on weight loss.  My focus is getting healthier not weight loss and I’m reaping the benefits.  I’ve said before that I need to move more, but many days, I just don’t have the motivation to move or even exercise.  Yet, I’m still losing weight because of the changes I’ve made.  I rarely step on the scale to see how much I weigh because I prefer to go with how I feel and how my clothes are fitting.  My boss asked me yesterday if I lost more weight.  I had to say, “I don’t know.”  Because I truly didn’t know.  I hadn’t stepped on the scale in over a month.  She told me I looked like I had, so this morning I stepped on the scale and she was right.  It wasn’t a lot, just a couple more pounds.

This is the other article that I found about this study.   I think I’ve ranted enough about the atrocities of the study.

Leanne shared this article earlier on Facebook.  I hope you find it interesting.  I shared it on Facebook, too.  I can say that I don’t eat those 7 foods either.  Thank goodness.

Today ends the 3 week gluten-free trial.  So, tomorrow I’m celebrating with a piece of sprouted grain toast to see how I handle that.

Oh, and don’t forget Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution starts tomorrow night on ABC!  Two hour premier!

Article Sharing

Yesterday was an information overload day for me.  But it was all good information.  I didn’t share it yesterday since I was short on time.  So, here we go!

This little gem was actually found my BFF, who posted it on Facebook yesterday morning.  It’s just one of those little things that was tucked into the massive health care bill that was signed yesterday.  It will require restaurants with 20 or more locations to post calorie counts more prominently.  I know there are quite a few chain restaurants that already have calorie counts and other nutritional information in their menus.  It will no just be on menus, but the boards for fast food restaurants, too.  It’s a start.  I don’t agree that it is the right start or that it will be helpful in the end.  My issue is that the number you see is just a number unless you are educated on calories and how they differ.  I did a post on this before.  Calories are equal in a vacuum.  They are not equal in the real world where we actually eat and digest.  My preference would be to have  ingredient information.  This would not only tell you exactly what you are about to eat, but help people with food sensitivities to be able to choose without having to ask a million questions.  My friend, Bunchkin, has Celiac and she pointed out that a lot of place will sprinkle their salads with flour to keep them fresh.  This was something I didn’t know and didn’t think to ask when I had that salad at the lunch meeting last week.  Going gluten-free for nearly 3 weeks has limited my ability to eat out and have a good selection to choose from on the menu.  Bunchkin has mentioned that when she asks questions about gluten when eating out, some of them have no idea.  Knowing what is in the food I eat has opened my eyes more than knowing how many calories are in it.

We have a lot of stuff in our water even after it is treated.  This particular article is about the toxins that have been found to leech into the groundwater.  I was clued into what is really in our water while reading Master Your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels.  I bought a Zero water pitcher/filter before I was even done with the book.  It came with a tester.  The water from our kitchen faucet tested at over 300 particulates per million (ppm).  That’s some dirty water even after being treated.  A couple of months ago one of my co-workers told me that there is lead in the water at work.  I nearly keeled over.  I was drinking that water since starting there a year and a half ago.  Forget that!  I take a container of filtered water with me for the day.  The lead could have definitely contributed to my thyroid getting out of whack the way it did.

Health education is targeting children in their early grade school years.  Even Jamie Oliver is targeting that age range in his show, Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. This article suggests that obesity issues may start as early as in the womb.  It made me think about a couple I know who were excited about their son trying a french fry for the first time.  What is it kids are eating in their early years?  I’m not pointing fingers or naming names, but I know that a lot of the ones I know are eating a lot of processed foods targeted for children, cereals and juices full of evaporated cane juice.  I know a lot of this is for convenience.  Child is hungry while shopping, open up snack packet and they can munch in the cart while you attend to business.  It just makes me think even more about how I’ll keep my kids, when I have them, on whole foods.

How many babies do you actually get sunshine?  The CDC did a study on how much Vitamin D babies are getting and about 37 percent are getting less than the recommended amount.  This was based on their consumption of formula with Vitamin D.  The article suggests the need for supplements.  IN BABIES!  We need to remember that sunshine is an important way to get Vitamin D.  It’s how our body makes it.  The mothers in my neighborhood that I see out with their babies have them all covered up in the sun!   Meanwhile, I’m out there trying to soak up as much sunshine as I can for my body since I do have a Vitamin D deficiency.  Get more sun!  It’s good for your Vitamin D levels and boosts your mood, too.

If you haven’t seen enough articles from me on the connection between high fructose corn syrup and obesity, then I’m giving you another one.  I won’t even comment on it since I’ve done so much commenting on it in the past.  Plain and simple, HFCS = BAD.

Wow, I lost track of time.  Dinner time for me!