In Yoga XXL, Yoga is a Practice Open to Every Body

Yoga XXL IngridIn her new book, Yoga XXL: A Journey to Health for Bigger People, author Ingrid Kollak asserts “Yoga is for everybody.” In this thoughtful illustrated guide for beginners and beyond, Ingrid, a registered nurse and yoga teacher, focuses on the benefits of yoga for the mind and body, regardless of the body’s size.

At the DietsInReview compound, we’re routinely bombarded with books and DVDs about weight loss and exercise. Many titles in our library contain the same healthy buzz words over and over including, “Diet this” and “Walk off that,” so we were intrigued when “Yoga XXL” arrived in the mail.

The in-your-face title not only got our attention, it left us a bit stunned. Was it politically correct? Was it unkind? After interviewing the German-born author, I’m convinced that regardless of the title, her motivation was completely sincere.

Before she became a teacher, Ingrid remembers attending yoga classes where students with larger bodies were treated with either indifference or outright cruelty. “In classes I saw yoga teachers who plagued their students physically and mentally,” she recalls. “Many yoga teachers had an outdated view that all yoga students should look a certain way: lean and limber. I noticed that these teachers did not encourage or help students who did not fit that strict model.”

When Ingrid became a licensed yoga teacher she vowed to find ways to make the practice more inclusive. “I was determined to be a different kind of yoga teacher and help everyone enjoy yoga,” she explained. “As more big people joined my classes, I made it a priority to find variations and props to help them experience the benefits of yoga comfortably and safely.” In the guide, real women who are comfortable with their curvy bodies are photographed doing each pose. Instead of using random models, Ingrid interviewed a group of women who regularly attend the class, Yoga For Big People, and asked them to be part of the project.


Although her intentions are noble, to empower women and men to be comfortable in their own skin and not let society’s view of what a fit body should look like dissuade them from taking up the beneficial practice, we were still curious about that title. When we asked Ingrid if she thought people might be offended, she said, “Well, you never know what to expect. I talked to people who I wanted to address in my book and they liked the title, the photos, and the approach. I even managed to win with my editor!”.

I’ll let Ingrid leave you with today’s healthy mantra – “Take care of yourself – your body and mind. Find out what is good for you. If you love your curves – fine. If you love your tiny body – fine as well. Make sure you do what you want to do and defend the freedom to be as you are.”

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December 5th, 2013

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Lululemon Says Out With the Old and In With a New CEO

In an effort to distance itself from a year full of missteps, Lululemon Athletica Inc. has named a new CEO. Company founder Chip Wilson will step down as chairman of the yoga wear company and Laurent Potdevin will be taking his place.

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Potdevin was most recently the president of TOMS Shoes. He took a leading role in the global expansion of that company, expertise Lululemon is excited to bring on board. They hoped to expand worldwide this year, but news of expansion was trumped by news of controversy.

Troubles started for Lululemon in March with a recall of one of their staple products. The stretchy black yoga pants favored by many who participate in the practice were found to be too sheer to wear. Lululemon became the punch line of many jokes, including a viral video demonstrating what other materials (like shaving cream) may cover better than the see-through yoga pants.

The multimillion-dollar recall was just the tip of the iceberg for the company. With a product that makes up nearly 20 percent of Lululemon’s sales off the shelves, the company stock prices plummeted.

Facing a financial crisis, it appeared the company had nowhere to go but up. However, that wasn’t the case as the next misstep in the sad saga of Wilson-run Lululemon was to mock a domestic abuse charity in Dallas.

Wilson himself has proved to be a bit of a PR nightmare. During a profile for the National Post Business magazine, he said he chose the name “Lululemon” for his company because the L sound is not in the Japanese language and “it’s funny to watch them try to say it.”

Believe it or not, that wasn’t even the biggest problem the company has faced. No, the final nail in the coffin for CEO Wilson was likely his statements regarding the use of his company’s products by plus-sized women. When asked to reflect on the recall fiasco, he shared, “Frankly, some women’s bodies just don’t actually work for it.”

His wife and Lululemon co-founder Shannon Wilson tried to spin this statement by blaming the see through pants on women wearing them outside of yoga class. If you believed them then, you didn’t when you saw a post on their Facebook page this summer blatantly stating their clothing is not meant for plus-sized women and they don’t really intend to change that.

We can hope by having Wilson step down and take a smaller role in the company, Lululemon can find its way back to the foundations of yoga. Focus less on being trendy and more on the cleansing aspects of the practice. Perhaps new CEO Potdevin can cleanse his company of all the nastiness it absorbed over the year, and start the New Year with a re-focused Lululemon.

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Our Favorite Vegetarian Restaurants in Wichita

When you think living and eating the vegetarian lifestyle, cities like Portland and Seattle immediately come to mind. But Wichita? Out here in beef country? You probably aren’t expecting much green to eat when you land here. This city is always surprising, and the number of vegetarian-friendly restaurants that are not only good, but totally worthy of your money and appetite, are growing more and more abundant all the time.

Often using locally sourced ingredients and catering to the more common carnivorous appetites that abound here in Kansas, Wichita’s veggie eateries rival some of the best places to eat in the country. Plus, every meal comes with a side of that sweet Midwest hospitality!

Enjoy our favorite vegetarian restaurants in Wichita, Kansas — and be sure to tell them we sent you.

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The Flying Stove

One of the most fantastic food trucks in the country, so says Forbes, always features at least one vegetarian option that would appeal to the most meaty of eaters. Their menu rotates frequently, and rarely brings back the same thing twice. Fresh local ingredients made monthly specials like the Black Bean and Quinoa burger and Mexican Fruit Cartel big hits with their hungry, traveling legion of fans. And the truffle fries – made with fresh thyme and truffle oil – fuhgettaboutit it.

Yelp Rating – 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Tanya’s Soup Kitchen

No place in town appeals to vegetarians (or frankly anyone with food sensitivities) like Tanya’s does. Lines swell out the door for their small batch soups with locally grown ingredients. The menu rotates by day and season, with features like Tomato Basil Bisque, Creamy Artichoke Gorgonzola Soup, and a Poorman’s Vegetable Stew. Any of those pair well with their signature veg sandwich, the Lulu, featuring two kinds of hummus and roasted red peppers. Hungry for more? The artful chalkboard specials menu is not to be missed.

Yelp Rating – 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Lotus Leaf Cafe and Creperie

Tucked in to an intimate space in Wichita’s historic Delano district, Lotus Leaf is a beacon adored by hungry vegetarian and carnivorous eaters alike. Start with raw pea and almond dip with pita or the rubbed kale salad, and then finish with the Mr. Fresh crepe stuffed with squash, avocado, peppers, sprouts, cranberry/jalapeno salsa and a raw cashew dressing. A menu fully-loaded with sandwiches still brings us back to the handmade crepes every time.

Yelp Rating – 4 out of 5 stars

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Public at the Brickyard

Found just below ground next to an abandoned brick yard, Public arrived on the scene just over a year ago and quickly became one of the hottest places to dine in Wichita. Channeling Portland and Brooklyn, it puts its own spin on a locally sourced menu that satisfies all tastes, even the meatless. Their Mediterranean plate is raved to be some of the best hummus around, and the caprese sandwich is complemented well by a house soup or their impressive Caesar salad. Their house cocktail menu isn’t too shabby too, and you’re bound to find a veggie floating around in your glass. Our go to? The Public Smash featuring a few fresh slices of jalapeno.

Yelp Rating – 4.5 out of 5 stars

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GreenAcres Market

Tucked inside the back of a small, local health food grocery store is a deli that rivals any free-standing lunch spot. From fresh soups and salads to entrees and sandwiches, you can make an impressive feast to dine in the store or to go at GreenAcres. The curried tofu salad is a can’t-miss hit, daily soups like tomato pumpkin are always fresh and in-season, and boxed lunches like the Mediterranean plate include baba ghanoush and/or hummus with pita chips, stuffed grape leaves, and a tabbouleh salad. This is the only option on our list with multiple locations, so if you find yourself in Jenks, Oklahoma or Kansas City, Missouri, give them a visit there, too.

Yelp Rating – 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Cow and Sow Deli

New in the winter of 2013, this adorable deli reminds us of a good neighborhood bodega in New York City. The sassy trio of women who run the place are worth the visit, but their reliance on almost entirely locally-sourced ingredients makes it worth the while. A daily rotating soup menu may include veggie rice chowder full of kale, carrots, corn, cauliflower, peppers, onions, or creamy potato and leek soup, or roasted acorn squash and kale soup. A by-the-pound salad bar is loaded with homemade pickled eggplant, a variety of greens, fresh-made potato salad, and several vegetable toppings, all which pair well with locally baked breads and fresh-picked apples.

Yelp Rating – 5 out of 5 stars

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December 11th, 2013

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Mississippi Retains Least Healthy State Title, Hawaii Ranks Healthiest in 2013 Rankings

According to the latest, and frankly most, state health rankings, the healthiest states are mostly found in the western and northeastern parts of the country while the least healthy are in the South. America’s Health Rankings have released their list for 2013, with Hawaii taking the top health spot.

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The top three is rounded out by Vermont and Minnesota. At the bottom of the overall list are Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. To determine the overall health of each state, America’s Health Rankings combined information about individual health choices, environment, public policy and clinical care. States were also ranked on percentage of adult population who smoke, are obese, are physically inactive, and have diabetes.



19.6 percent of adults in America smokeSmoking decreased significantly in 17 states from 2012 to 2013Utah, California and Hawaii have the lowest smoking rates



Defined as BMI of 30.0 or higherColorado, Massachusetts and Hawaii are the least obese statesArkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana are the most obese statesObesity rates are slightly down from last year


Physical Inactivity

Adults should do at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity per week.22.9 percent of adults are physically inactiveOregon, Utah and Colorado have the fewest instances of physical inactivityMississippi, West Virginia and Arkansas have the most instances of physical inactivity



9.7 percent of adults in America have diabetesAlaska, Utah and Montana have the fewest adults with diabetesLouisiana, Mississippi and West Virginia have the most adults with diabetes

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No matter how many of this kind of rankings come out per year, it seems that the mostly the same states are on the top and bottom. Colorado will always rank well for physical activity and low obesity rates, and Mississippi will be the bottom in just about everything. It’s likely that regional lifestyles play a major role in the overall health of a state’s residents. Though Southern foods and traditions may be part of the culture and an obvious culprit, low income, education, and access to health care are even more at fault.

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December 12th, 2013

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Stability Balls in the Classroom Cut the Wiggles and Increase Learning

Recently I attended a group meeting with my daughter’s third grade teacher. All the parents were encouraged to sit in our child’s designated spot. As my adult-sized body balanced precariously on the uncomfortable wooden chair beneath me, I wondered how in the world little bodies – with much less backside cushion – could stand to spend eight hours sitting on what is essentially a small plank with legs. Evidently, teachers have also struggled with this ergonomic conundrum over the years and now, many schools are adopting a new seating strategy – stability balls.

stability ball classroom

Normally used in the gym for exercises that improve core strength and posture, a new line of stability balls are now being marketed for use in the office and classroom. Available in friendly primary colors, the balls are equipped with legs to discourage kids from rolling them around the room or having ball races. Because, yeah, they’re way ahead of you on that one, you little shenaniganizers. The idea behind the use of stability balls in the classroom is based around the theory that when the body is engaged, the mind is, too.

The balls aren’t cheap, particularly when you’re outfitting an entire classroom, but teachers who have adopted the new seating arrangement say they’re pleased with the outcome. Though a few teachers had trouble with students throwing the balls or other mistreatment, most said they noticed an immediate improvement in their students’ attention spans. A few educators noticed they had trouble with kids bouncing on them for the first few days, but that quickly diminished with redirection. One form of redirection included going back to the wooden plank chair.

An Unexpected Perk for Kids with ADHD

Some children, particularly those with ADHD, were helped by the gentle swaying/rocking motion they could produce without distracting other students. A study by the American Journal of Occupational Therapy suggests the use of stability balls in the classroom by students with ADHD improves behavior, increases “in-seat” concentration time, and improves test scores. Many special education teachers are touting the use of stability balls and are trying to raise money for more because of the positive therapeutic benefits.

Whether teachers use them to promote fitness, improve posture, or increase concentration, stability balls are slowly becoming a “must-have” for elementary and even middle school classrooms. Like many other supplies they need, educators just have to be creative about how to get them. One teacher added the ball to a list of school supplies that incoming students would need, others have tried fundraisers and some have applied for grants. The average total cost to supply a classroom with stability balls is about $1,000.

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December 9th, 2013

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5 Snacks Disguised as Meals: Stay Full on the Go for Less than 500 Calories

By Janis Jibrin, M.S., RD, Best Life lead nutritionist

What to eat when you’re stuck in a junk-food-infested office park, stretch of highway, or other nutrition wasteland? Try one of these five meals, all of which contain foods you can keep in your purse, desk drawer, or office fridge, or can be found at a coffee shop. They range from 370 to 480 calories.

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Oatmeal topped with dried fruit and/or nuts and a 12-ounce nonfat or 1 percent latte

Approximate calories:  370

Nutrition highlights: This dish is rich in calcium and cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber (from the oats), plus it offers phytonutrients from the coffee, dried nuts and fruits. It’s my go-to at Starbucks and other coffee shops.

Trail mix (2/3 cup)

Approximate calories: 450

Nutrition highlights: Nuts, seeds and dried fruit offer vitamins and minerals, phytonutrients and healthy fats. Make your own to control the ingredients and avoid a sugar rush. Try our Sweet & Nutty Trail Mix.

A can of soup (lentil, black bean or other bean soup) and 100 calories of whole-grain crackers

Approximate calories: 420

Nutrition highlights: Beans offer B vitamins and fiber; the only drawback is the sodium—unless you find the rare brand with no more than 600 mg for the entire can. Make up for it by limiting sodium the rest of the day. Your healthiest bet is to make your own soup, like this Easy Black Bean Soup, and store in one-serving containers to grab and go!

Peanut butter (2 tablespoons), 115 calories of whole-grain crackers, a banana and 20 baby carrots

Approximate calories: 480 calories

Nutrition highlights: You’ll score some healthy fat and protein from the peanut butter, satiating fiber from the crackers, and beta carotene and potassium from the carrots and banana (respectively). No fresh produce available? Have ¼ cup of raisins or other dried fruit.

2 mozzarella sticks, 140 calories of whole-grain crackers, a cup of grapes, and a clementine

Approximate calories:  450

Nutrition highlights: Yes, you have to have the foresight to take fruit with you, but look at the payoff: They help bring this meal up to 7 grams of slimming fiber, more than many “real” meals. Grapes—especially red or purple varieties—contain resveratrol, an antioxidant that fights heart disease by helping keep arteries clear and preventing blood clots.

What’s your go-to on-the-go meal?

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Low Carb Dieting the Truth: Part One

Almost everyone knows someone who has used a low carb diet. They have used it themselves had a friend use it or are getting ready to use it . Are these diets magic? Are they safe? Can I really eat all of the cheese and meat I want ? Will I die if I go into ketosis?

These are just a few common questions I hear in regards to questions that concern low carb diets. In this series of articles I will present readers with scientific facts and my practical observations for implications concerning low carb diets. Some low carb supporters will not like what I will have to say. Some low carb haters will not like what I have to say. The objective of these articles are to educate readers on the practical implications of low carb dieting. Some will be offended and some will say how can that be. Either way sit back and enjoy as I attempt to shed light on the highly talked about topic – low carb diets (ketogenic diets)

I have provided a brief overview of some the topics that will be discussed in this series of articles.

What type of changes occur while using low carb diets

Do low carb diets make me mean

Do low carb diets spare muscle

Can I gain weight on a low carb diet

How much weight can I expect to lose

Can this diet help my medical condition

Different types of low carb diets

Why you need to cycle higher days of carbs

Who needs low carb diets

Are they safe for children

Are they beneficial for athletes

The topics mentioned above are just a few that will be addressed in Low Carb Dieting.

Before we move any further let me introduce the word ketogenic. Must of you reading this article are probably familiar with the world as it implies low carb or restriction of carb intake. Simply put for our purposes the words ketogenic and low carb are synonymous. A couple of other comments I would like to make before we move on. This comment is for Low Carb supporters that swear of all vegetables and fruits. Get on and do some research. Go to the library and look through some journals. A complete diet for long term use needs to incorporate greens and some fruits to be healthy. A short term diet devoid of fruits and vegetables might not be that bad, but rejecting greens and any fruits for life is a bad idea.

This comment is for the low carb haters. One of the number one reasons most of America is fat is because of chronically high insulin levels. Which is primarily contributed to excessive carb intake. Don’t get me wrong I am not blaming high carbohydrate intake on all of our obesity problems. I should probably say excessive and the wrong types of carbohydrate at the wrong times are the problem. At the same time the answer is not to eat all of the saturated fat we can find : which can contribute to insulin insensitivity, elevated TG’s, increased lipogenesis and digestive problems.

What is a ketogenic diet? A diet that causes ketone bodies to be produced by the liver, and shifts the body’s metabolism away from glucose in favor of fat burning. A ketogenic diet restricts carbohydrates below a certain level (generally 100 per day). The ultimate determinant of whether a diet is ketogenic or not is the presence or absence of carbohydrate. Protein and fat intake vary. Contrary to poplar belief eating fat is not what causes ketosis. In the past starvation diets were used often to induce ketosis. I will repeat myself again and say lack of carbohydrate or presence of ultimately determines if the diet is ketogenic.

In most eating plans the body runs on a mixture of protein, fats and carbohydrates. When carbohydrates are severely restricted and glycogen storage (glucose in muscle and liver) is depleted the body begins to utilize other means to provide energy. FFA (free fatty acids) can be used to provide energy, but the brain and nervous system are unable to use FFA’s. Although the brain can use ketone bodies for energy.

Ketone bodies are by products of incomplete FFA breakdown in the liver. Once they begin to accumulate fast and reach a certain level they are released , accumulated in the bloodstream and cause a state called ketosis. As this occurs there is a decrease in glucose production and utilization. There is also less reliance on protein to meet energy requirements by the body. Ketogenic diets are often referred to as protein sparing as they help to spare LBM whiled dropping body fat.

In regards to ketogenic diets there are two primary hormones- insulin, glucagon that need to be considered. Insulin can be described as a storage hormone as it’s job is to take nutrients out of the bloodstream and carry them to target tissues. Insulin carries glucose from the blood to the liver and muscles, and it carries FFA from the blood into adipose tissue (stored fat triglyceride). On the other hand glucagon breaks down glycogen stores (especially in the liver) and releases them into the blood.

When carbs are restricted or removed insulin levels drop while glucagon levels rise. This causes enhanced FFA release from fat cells, and increased FFA burning in the liver. This accelerated burning of FFA in the liver is what leads to ketosis. There are a number of other hormones involved with this process as well.

In general we refer to three different types of ketogenic diets.

1) STANDARD KETOGENIC DIET– A diet containing l00 or less grams of carbohydrates is referred to as STANDARD KETOGENIC DIET

2)TARGETED KETOGENIC DIET– consuming carbohydrates around exercise, to sustain performance without affecting ketosis.

3)CYCLICAL KETOGENIC DIET– alternates periods of ketogenic dieting with periods of high carbohydrate intake

The Beginning of Ketogenic diets

Originally ketogenic diets were used to treat obesity and epilepsy. In general ketogenic diets are similar to starvation diets in the responses that occur in the body. More specifically these two states can be referred to as starvation ketosis and dietary ketosis. These similarities have led to the development of modern day ketogenic diets.

Ketogenic dieting has been used for years in the treatment of childhood epilepsy. In the early 1900’s times of total fasting was used to treat seizures. This caused numerous health problems and could not be sustained indefinitely.

Due to the impracticalities and health problems occurring with starvation ketogenic diets researchers began to look for a way to mimic starvation ketosis while consuming food. They determined that a diet consisting of high fat, low carb and minimal protein could sustain growth and maintain ketosis for a long period of time. This led to the birth of the original ketogenic diet in 1921 by Dr. Wilder. Dr Wilder’s diet controlled pediatric epilepsy in many cases where drugs and other treatments failed.

New epilepsy drugs were invented during the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s and ketogenic diets fell to the wayside. These new drugs lead to almost disappearance of ketogenic diets during this time. A few modified ketogenic diets were tried during this time such as the MCT (medium chain triglycerides) diets, but they were not welly accepted.

In 1994 the ketogenic diet as a treatment for epilepsy was re-discovered. This came about in the story of Charlie a 2yr old with seizures that could not be controlled with mediacions or other treatment including brain surgery. Charlie’s father had found reference to the diet through his research and ended up at John Hopkins medical center.

Charlie’s seizures were completely controlled as long as he was on the diet. The huge success of the diet prompted Charlie’s father to start the Charlie foundation. The foundation has produced several videos, and published the book The Epilepsy Diet Treatment: An Introduction to the Ketogenic diet. The foundation has sponsored conferences to train physicians and dietians to implement the diet. The exact mechanisms of how the ketogenic diet works to control epilepsy are still unknown, the diet continues to gain acceptance as an alternative to drug therapy.


Ketogenic diets have been used for at least a century for weight loss. Complete starvation was studied often including the research of Hill, who fasted a subject for 60 days to examine the effects. The effects of starvation were very successful in regards to treatment of the morbidly obese as rapid weight loss occurred. Other characteristics attributed to ketosis, such as appetite suppression and sense of well being, made fasting even more attractive for weight loss. Extremely obese patients have been fasted for up to one year and given nothing but vitamins and minerals.

The major problem with complete starvation diets is the loss of body protein, primarily from muscle tissue. Protein losses decrease as starvation contines, but up to one half of the total weight loss can be contributed to muscle and water loss.

In the early 1970’s Protein Sparing Modified Fasts were introduced. These diets

allowed the benefits of ketosis to continue while preventing losses of bodily proteins.

They are still used today under medical supervision

In the early 70’s Dr. Atkins introduced Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution With millions of

copies Sold the diet generated a great deal of interest. Dr. Atkins suggested a diet limited

in carbohydrate but unlimited in protein and fat. He promoted the diet as it would allow

rapid weight loss, no hunger and unlimited amounts of protein and fat. He offered just

enough research to allow the diet recognition. Although most of the evidence

supporting the diet was questionable.

During the 1980’s Michael Zumpano and Dan Duchaine introduced two of the earliest

CKD’s THE REBOUND DIET for muscle gain and then the modified version called

THE ULTIMATE DIET for fat loss. Neither diet became very popular. This was likely

due to the difficulty of the diet and the taboo of eating high fat.

In the early 90’s Dr. Dipasquale introduced the ANABOLIC DIET . This diet promoted 5

days of high- fat-high protein-low carb consumption whle eating high carbs and virtually

anything you wanted for two days. The diet was proposed to induce a metabolic shift

within the five days of eating low carbs (30 or less). The metabolic shift occurred as your

body switched from being a sugar buring machine to a fat-burning machine.

A few years later Dan Duchaine released the book UNDERGROUND BODYOPUS: MILITIANT WEIGHT LOSS AND RECOMPOSITION . The book included his CKD diet which he called BODYOPUS. The diet was more specified than the Anabolic Diet and gave exercise recommendations as well as the basics concerning exercise physiology. Most bodybuilders found the diet very hard to follow. The carb load phase required eating every 2 hrs and certain foods were prescribed. I personally loved the book, but felt the difficulty of the diet made it less popular. In this author’s opinion Ducahine’s book is a must read for anyone interested in Nutrition.

Ketogenic Diets have been used for years to treat specific conditions such as obesity and childhodd epilepsy. The effects of these diets have proven beneficial in a number of these well documented cases, but for some reason when we mention any type of low carb diet (ketogenic diet) people begin to tell us about how their doctor or friend told them it would kill them or how that diet was shown to damage the liver or kidneys. Keep in mind epileptic children have been in ketosis for up to three years and shown no negative effects; quiet the opposite. The weight loss in morbidly obese patients has been tremendous and the health benefits numerous. Maybe before coming to the conclusion that all types of ketogenic diets are bad other factors need to be considered such as activity levels, type of ketogenic diet, length of ketogenic diet, past eating experience, purpose of ketogeninc diet, individual body type and response to various eating plans, current physical condition, and quality of food while following ketogenic diet. As you can see there are numerous factors that come into play when saying a diet is good or bad. I think people should take the time look at the research and speak with various authorities in regards to low carb diets before drawing conclusions from the they says.

Relevant research in regards to ketogenic dieting

Efficacy and safety of the ketogenic diet for intractable childhood epilepsy: Korea multicentric experience

Chul Kang H, Joo Kim Y, Wook Kim D, Dong Kim H,

Dept of pediatrics, Epilepsy center, Inje Univ Coll of Med, Sanggye Paik Hospital, Seoul Korea

The purpose of the study was to evaluate the safety of the ketogenic diet, and to evaluate the prognosis of the patients after successful discontinuation of the diet in infants, children and adolescents with refractory epilepsy. The study looked at patients who had been treated with KD during 1995 through 2003 at Korean multicenters. The outcomes of the 199 patients enrolled in the study at 6 and 12 months were as follows: 68% and 46% of patients remained on the diet, 58% and 41% showed a reduction in seizures, including 33% and 25% who became seizure free. The complications were mild during the study, but 5 patients died during the KD. No significant variables were related to the efficacy, but those with symptomatic and partial epilepsies showed more frequent relapse after completion of the diet. The researchers concluded the KD is a safe and effective alternative therapy for intractable epilepsy in Korea, although the customary diet contains substantially less fat than traditional Western diets, but life-threatening complications should be monitored closely during follow up.


McDoanld, L (1998) The Ketogenic Diet. Lyle McDonald.

Copyright 2005 Jamie Hale

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Bob Harper’s Coming Out Conversation Helped Biggest Loser’s Bobby Find Self-Pride, Weight Loss

The Blue Team may have resisted the temptation of eating waistline-busting food delivered by the diner-working White Team, but that still wasn’t enough to put them on top at the final weigh-in. After an emotional experience on the Biggest Loser Ranch that included a life-changing conversation with mentor and trainer Bob Harper, contestant Bobby Saleem fell below the red line and was sent home.

Today we spoke with Bobby about his decision to discuss his homosexuality on the show, and how he’s been doing since he was eliminated.

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This season, trainer Bob Harper had a milestone moment when he announced that he was gay. The admission may not have been a surprise to viewers, but it was a defining moment for Bobby, who was able to share his struggle with homosexuality. Today, Bobby said their conversation was an emotional turning point.

DIR: Was your coming-out conversation with Bob helpful, and if so, what role do you think it played in your weight loss?

Bobby: It was absolutely helpful. Before coming on to the ranch, I felt ashamed of being gay. I never had a role model I could look up to. After my conversation with Bob, I realized that being gay doesn’t make you weak. Now I’m proud of the skin I’m in, emotionally and physically.

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DIR: Since you’ve been home, how much weight have you lost, and how have you maintained it?

Bobby: Combined with what I lost on the ranch, I’m down 135 pounds. I still exercise, but I have to be careful. One thing that wasn’t revealed on the show was that I went in with a torn ACL. Bob knew about it and knew how to cater to it so I’d still lose weight safely. Right now I’m doing spin classes, which I love, and maintaining a 1300-1500 calorie diet.

Bobby says he didn’t take away one big moment from the show, he took away a dozen little ones, including being able to jump rope, run farther than he ever could, and opening up about his sexuality. We wonder if he ever learned how to do that forward roll he was struggling with.

“I came to the Biggest Loser so lost in myself. This journey has really helped define who I am as a person. Bobby is a strong person, Bobby is a smart person. I know these things now, but those are things I didn’t know when I started on the Biggest Loser,” he said.

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Carnivorous Humans Poised to Shake Up the Food Chain

Traditionally omnivores, humans are shifting towards a more carnivorous lifestyle. This change is especially apparent in countries like India and China where the rapidly changing economies are causing citizens to eat more meat.

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A new study on global food consumption published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, looks in detail at what people are eating. It also studied trends for individual countries. The ones that are eating more meat are doing so in such amounts that they effectively “cancel out” any decrease in meat-eating in other countries.

The study also calculated humanity’s trophic level for the first time. The trophic level is what is used to determine a species’ position in the food chain. On the 1-5.5 scale, humans rank 2.21, putting us on the same level as other omnivores. What’s interesting scientists is that rank has gone up .06 in the last 50 years, which they say is a significant increase and shows a trend of consuming more meat-based foods.

What’s the impact of higher meat consumption? When comparing producing meat to producing vegetables, the impact on everything from carbon emissions to water use is much higher with meat production. A study from 2006 also found that the livestock industry is at least partly responsible for 18 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

More than 102 pounds of meat are consumed per person each year, with about 271 pounds consumed by Americans alone. That’s not counting the 30 million Americans who follow a vegetarian or vegetarian- inclined diet.

Those 30 million people, and the millions of other vegetarians around the world, may be on to something. Vegetarians consume diets that are lower in calories, saturated fat and cholesterol. Of course, the benefits only prove true when vegetarians stick to a diet that emphasizes plants, avoids processed foods and is well-balanced.

When it comes to body weight, meat-eaters seem to be disadvantaged as well. Carnivores have been shown to have the highest average body weights, vegans the lowest, and vegetarians and semi-vegetarians falling somewhere in the middle.

While the world may be shifting to a diet that contains more meat, it is good to remember the health benefits of putting more plant-based foods in your diet. Eliminating meat from your diet isn’t necessary; it provides essential iron, protein and Vitamins A, B and D. However, following a balanced diet will ensure you reap all the nutritional benefits of being an omnivore.

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December 5th, 2013

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