The cal restriction studies don't give one details about the extent of calorie restriction - maybe they restrict it just enough to still maintain weight (I think one can maintain in a fairly narrow band of calories). They probably limit the subjects' exercise, which is not healthy in itself.
I don't think the calore restriction implies "too skinny" - maybe just the lower end of normal.View Thread
Thanks, Heretic - that is very interesting information.
To me is is as if my exercise performance suffers when my carb intake goes very low. Strangely, I feel it more during weightlifting than during jogging (I do long runs, 8 or 9 miles).
Maybe it is because for anaerobic exercise one needs the energy fast - for short and intense periods. I wonder if fat metabolism takes longer than glucose metabolism, so that one cannot have the energy available as quickly.View Thread
Yes, taking a metaphysical approach - maybe stress lets our survival techniques kick in on many levels.
Not sure about cold being beneficial for me though. My body doesn't like being cold, that's all I know. Plus, I have had a few fractures, which ache in synchrony when I'm cold. I grew up in a hot climate, which seems to have set my temperature gauge for life.
There are more heart attacks in winter too, because blood vessels contract. And I've read that cold weather lowers the immunity and thickens the blood.View Thread
I went for my annual routine blood tests as recommended by my doctor. I have osteoporosis, so I have to see her from time to time to get my medication.
Amazing - everything is wonderful. They've checked for a whole variety of things. My blood pressure is even low. Cholesterol great. All levels of minerals, blood protein, kidney function, you name it - all excellent. The numbers are like that of a healthy 25 year old. I am 48.
I actually feel guilty. I have had a particularly bad (wicked, actually) 3 months - I've moved and was under a lot of stress, so my good diet flew out by the window. I ate what I felt like, whenever I like, including excessive amounts of sweets. I had not routine and followed no routine for meals. I've put on weight too, which I now want to lose.
I think of others who struggle with their health and who are so careful with their diets. I am sure my luck won't last if I continued like I have the last few months. I must have eaten the amount of sugar in three months that other people consume in two years! Lots of meat too, lots of yogurt, fruit, cookies, candy, bread, butter, honey, nuts. Anything, basically, just not pasta and rice (not fond of either), not fruit juice (too overpowering), not processed meat, not much cheese. Sugar has probably been the main contributor to my daily calories.
I got into really bad sleeping habits too, sleeping about 5 hours a night (dark rings under my eyes now which weren't there before).
All I can say, is that throughout I kept eating lots of vegetables (which I really like), and I exercised a lot too, on average 6 days a week, and pretty intense. Maybe these 2 factors played a role, otherwise it is just good genes. Gosh, even my eyesight has improved when I went for a recent eye examination.
I can't say that I've felt any worse, only tired from not sleeping enough. Still, I won't be pushing my luck and will now eat healthier and sleep more again. Enough of these kamakaze habits. I may have done some damage that just isn't showing yet. Weird though, I would have expected some of the sins to have shown up in the blood test results.View Thread
Since adding more protein and fat to my diet (and lowering my carbs) my osteoporosis has shown an improvement for the first time in 8 years. But then, I am also exercising more, so that must be an additional factor.View Thread
I wonder what the incidence of Alheimer's is in South East Asia. I lived in Thailand and Vietnam for a while and it's true that coconut fat is consumed daily and in huge quantities - more so in Thailand, not so much in Vietnam.View Thread