The Holidays Are a Bad Time to Start Dieting

‘Tis the season when too many people stress about eating and drinking.  For personal trainers and weekend warriors alike, the holidays should be enjoyed, so enjoy them. Every year just like clockwork, the week before Thanksgiving, we’re bombarded with the holiday eating stories that feature lame “holiday eating tips” and other useless information that just serve […]

More Whole Body Vibration Shenanigans

It’s bad enough to have to listen to the far-fetched claims that Whole Body Vibration (WBV) is an effective exercise modality.  Now we have a WBV huckster pimping “vibraceuticals,” which apparently are imaginary substances that improve vibration enhanced exercise training. There’s a company out there named Body Vibe International that not only sells these vibrating […]

The Banana Diet is the Worst Kind of Diet Nonsense

The Banana Diet is all the rage in Japan, but nonsense is nonsense whether you are in the East or the West. How is this for stupidity?  The author of The Morning Banana Diet says you can eat as many bananas as you want for breakfast along with room temperature water and then eat whatever […]

NFL's "Diuretic-gate" Story Gets More Interesting

A couple of NFL players have sued the makers of the over-the-counter (OTC) weight loss supplement Star Caps.  However, there are still more questions than answers when it comes to bumetanide. Here are some quick hits about the NFL’s “Diuretic-gate” story. 1) Why are NFL players using an over-the-counter weight-loss supplement that’s shilled by a socialite and […]

The Ramble: Food, Alli and Xenical, St. John's Wart and Snowboarding

Are you tired of being told what to eat?  I know I am.  The Ramble will cover many bases this week from the weight loss pills Alli and Xenical, the purported herbal remedy St. John’s Wart and the dangers of snowboarding.

The Flat Belly Diet Is Just Another Gimmick

The latest nutritional fad is the Flat Belly Diet and the concept of “Belly Flattening Foods.” Recently there has been a lot of buzz about something called the Flat Belly Diet that features foods that are purported to be able to burn belly fat.  This belly fat – aka visceral fat – resides within abdominal […]

Metabolic Fitness is the Key to Living a Healthy Lifestyle

The weight-centric approach to health is the most common, but least effective philosophy.  A healthy metabolism is more important than numbers on a scale. Despite what personal trainers, nutritional gurus and the diet industry have been telling you all of these years, weight loss and weighing less is not the key to living a healthy […]

People Can Be Healthy at Any Size

The “Weight-Centered Approach” to fitness is overly simplistic and does not stand up to medical and scientific scrutiny.  This way of thinking also serves to doom people to failure in their efforts to lead a healthful lifestyle. The prevailing wisdom in the mainstream – celebrity fitness types, personal trainers and magazines – is that people […]

The Biggest Loser Challenge is Part of the Problem

The nonsense that passes for nutrition and exercise advice on the NBC Challenge show “The Biggest Loser” causes more problems than it solves. Now in its fifth season, “The Biggest Loser” challenge has been one of the most popular reality shows on television since it hit the airwaves.  The show is a testament to everything […]

New Study Confirms Overweight People Have Lower Death Rate Than Normal Weight People

Dealing a blow to the “thin is best” crowd of personal trainers and other so-called experts on weight, health and fitness, new research reasserts the reality that those who are overweight do not have a higher death rate than those who are of normal weight.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National […]