Sunday, April 17, 2016

if you want to stay in good shape when you get old, read what this guy does (and eat)

96 years old, holds British and world records in various events of the 60m, 100m, 200m and 400m.

just because your chronological age is high, doesn't mean your biological age has to be as well. he feels like he is 60 years old.

reading the transcripts of the interview, you could sense he is so full of life! and so positive of the future!

The Healthiest Old Person on the Planet Explains How to Stay in Shape

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

vegetable oils are a lot worse than saturated fats for your health

scientists are humans too. personal agenda and ego is always there. this is bad for science.

so the minnesota coronary experiment, one of the largest experiment involving humans to prove whether saturated fat or vegetable fats are good for health.

the studies proved that replacing saturated fats with vegetable fats resulted in lower blood cholesterol. and this fact was touted as proof that saturated fats are bad for you. once and for all.

however, if you look at mortality rate, those consuming vegetable fats had HIGHER mortality than those on saturated fats.

again, lower blood cholesterol doesn't equal lower mortality.
in fact, lower blood cholesterol = higher mortality.

the research was done 40 years ago but the second conclusion of mortality rate was only discussed TODAY.

the best comment :
As usual, what stands in the way of progress is not science, but terrible human proclivities towards maintaining existing worldviews and status quos. You'd think scientists would be the very first to be able to acknowledge when the data shows they were wrong; it is upsetting that this is not the case, and not only that, it makes science look bad, period.

read about it here.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

another paradox... yeah right

if you are trained in science, you will work this way.

you have an idea that A causes B, so you form a hypothesis.

then you test your hypothesis by looking for evidence that A causes B.

if all evidence points to A causes B and you could sufficiently explain why in some cases A does not cause B, then you will have enough data to prove that A causes B.

and now you form a theory that A causes B.

however, if new evidence start to show that A doesn't always cause B, then you start relook at your theory again. perhaps this "A causes B" theory is best relegated to being a hypothesis and you test it out again.

if you are rigorous in this approach, you are being scientific and objective. the way it's supposed to be done.

now consider this. we have been told for years that a diet high in saturated fat correlates to  high rates of cardiovascular deaths. so much so that cholesterol is a bad word nowadays.

everyone left and right is mouthing this, so much so that this has become more like a religious dogma. don't question it!

all this while, there have been evidence that prove that disproves this correlation.

if you are scientific, you would relook at your hypothesis, in light of new data.

but the mainstream medical science world would not budge from their viewpoint and just call this new evidence - "paradox".

french paradox - damn. the french eat lots of butter and cheese. yet suffer low rates of cardiovascular deaths.

the inuits - or eskimos, live entirely off fatty foods and almost no vegetation.

the masai - damn fit people, only eats milk, blood and beef.

israeli paradox - low consumption of saturated fat but high rates of cvd.

this goes on and on and on...

mainstream medical view also says if you lower your LDL (so called "bad" cholesterol) and raise your HDL (so called "good" cholesterol), this should reduce your cardiovascular death risk. but here is another paradox.

EMBARGOED UNTIL 8 a.m. CT, Sunday, April 3, 2016, Chicago: Cleveland Clinic researchers studying evacetrapib have shown that despite reducing levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or "bad" cholesterol) by 37 percent and raising levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or "good" cholesterol) by 130 percent, the drug failed to reduce rates of major cardiovascular events, including heart attack, stroke, angina or cardiovascular death.

so many paradoxes! these people are all wrong or is the theory full of holes?

lastly, here is an illuminating graph for you. saturated fat and the european paradox.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

the sugar conspiracy

haven't blogged for a while.

many reasons for this.

i started off the blog to document my bread breaking journey. along the way, things happened.

i haven't baked bread for more than 3 years
i have changed my diet for the better.

all this while, i have been following mainstream medical advice to cut down on the fats so i have been adopting a low fat high carb diet (LFHC).

but few years ago, i decided to try another new experiment. you see, there is always some conflicting medical advice here and there, and i believe the only way to know for sure is to try it yourself.

so just on a whim, decided to eliminate sugar completely from my diet. no sweet teas, no milos, no sweetened beverages, no fizzy drinks, no fruit juices, no fruit jams...

within days, i began suffering from headaches, and i began craving for sugar. for the first time my life, i craved for donuts. something i have never been really fond of! this is when i realised how addictive sugar can be.

few days later... i beat this addiction. you may smile and say this is not really an addiction but why don't you give it a try and tell me how you feel?

within the next few months, something magical happened. inches dropped off. something which never happened before.

in a few months, i lost 5kg, and 4 inches off my waist. this without any exercise. not even a single sit up! all this from just cutting out sugar.

slowly i began reducing my simple carbohydrate intake as well.

why does sugar have this effect?

i'm convinced now that the sugar we eat, eventually gets processed by our liver into abdominal fat.

the visceral fat that surrounds our organs, and forms our belly.

this is also the worst fat to have. just google "danger of visceral fat".

the more i read, along the years, the more i want to blog about all this but just never got round to it.

until i read this article today. the sugar conspiracy. it just ties in everything i have learned these past few years.

i know it's lengthy but i promise you, it's worth the read.

the sugar conspiracy

ps: it's been more than 3 years and i still haven't missed sugar and i still haven't gained back those lost inches around my waist.