Posts Tagged: ‘dieting’

In the 1950s, the term “fat shaming” had yet to be coined, but the demeaning practice was certainly alive and well. Even though the average waistline was slimmer then than now, LIFE magazine published a multi-page spread in its March 1954 edition on “The Plague of the Overweight,” which led with the declaration that “The most serious health problem in the U.S. today is obesity.” According to statistics compiled by insurance companies at the time, around 3 percent of post-World War II Americans were considered obese, and “[were] drastically prone to diabetes, gallstones, hernia, kidney and bladder impairments and complications during surgery and pregnancy”…

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In 1903, fitness nut Bernarr Macfadden started the Coney Island Polar Bear Club for like-minded cold water swimming enthusiasts. Macfadden, millionaire author of the Encyclopedia of Physical Culture whose life motto was “weakness is a crime — don’t be a criminal!,” counted bone-chilling swims as part of his multifaceted fitness regimen alongside periodic fasting, milk-drinking and long-distance walking. Taking a plunge in the frigid waters of the Atlantic Ocean off Coney Island jumpstarted the metabolism, Macfadden believed, and today, Polar Bear Club members still gather every Sunday from November 1 to May 1, following in Macfadden’s breaststrokes, and though the freezing swims are more motivated for social and charitable reasons these days, Macfadden’s notion of it stimulating weight loss has caught on among dieters and scientists alike.

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The first week of the New Year seemed like an appropriate time to talk about all things dieting, since one of the most made (and most broken) resolutions is losing weight. It wasn’t physiology, health or whether diets work that we wanted to talk about, though. It was the culture of dieting, especially in the United States.

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A Stuff Mom Never Told You listener wrote in a couple weeks ago inquiring whether vegetarian and/or vegan diets can affect a woman’s periods. After doing some digging for studies and expert opinions, the simple answer is that there is no simple answer.

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Carbohydrates are something we hear about constantly in American culture. There are simple carbohydrates and complex carbohydrates, where complex carbohydrates are supposed to be better for your health than simple. There are low-carb diets like the Atkins Diet or the Dukan Diet that are supposed to help you lose lots of weight. Then there are […]

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White sugar isn’t good for the human body. Everyone knows that, especially if your mother yelled, “stop eating that junk!” every time you put a piece of candy in your mouth as a kid. But how bad for you is it? Is it bad enough to be considered a toxin? Two credible news outlets explore […]

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The Dukan Diet is getting a huge amount of press in the United States this week with the release of Dr. Dukan’s book. And one big question that keeps coming up is this: what is the deal with the oat bran? Where do you get it? How do you eat it? Personally I use Hodgson […]

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This article is inspiring – it describes a man who is 114 years old and going strong: Aging Secrets of a 114-Year-Old Spaniard How did he do it? Researchers do point out the fact that the excellent health of this family, and of the 113-year-old man in particular, is probably due to a Mediterranean diet, […]

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If you have been following the Brainstuff blog, you know I started the Dukan diet back in April, 2010 and kept a complete diary of my progress day by day: How the Dukan Diet works – The French diet that is supposed to end the obesity epidemic You also know that about 6 months later […]

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Here is my journey so far with the Dukan Diet: – I wrote an article on the Dukan diet: How the Dukan Diet works – The French diet that is supposed to end the obesity epidemic – I started with a 5-day “attack phase” (Phase 1): Yesterday I finished a five-day “Attack Phase” on the […]

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