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A Decade of Knowledge And Nonsense

K&N (Knowledge and Nonsense) was published in 2007.  Publication of the book had a big influence on my career in the exercise and nutrition industry. The book has been published in Greek, led to the publication of a condensed version (Should I Eat The Yolk: Separating Facts From Myths To Get You Lean, Fit and […]

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In Home Food Environment

The food environment is any context or area (zone) where you are exposed to food.  Five zones account for more than 75% of what we and our families eat (Wanskink, 2014). 5 Zones  Home Restaurants Grocery stores Workplace Your kids’ schools Wansink addresses each zone in his book – Slim By Design (2014). Strategies to […]

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Exercise Myths Die Hard!

  Advice on exercise is not hard to find. The media identifies new fitness experts often and your local gym probably employs at least a few so-called fitness experts. These days a large number of different sources offer exercise advice —websites, television, newspapers, your best friend, college professors, barbers, mechanics, personal trainers, dietitians etc.. Much […]

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Exercise: A Key Foundation of Brain Health

The benefits of exercise include increased cardiovascular health, stronger bones and muscles, stronger connective tissue, enhanced overall fitness, athleticism, treatment of type 2 diabetes, prevention of osteoporosis  and improved appearance.  A vast amount of research shows improved brain health is another benefit of exercise (1); thus, another important reason to exercise.  It appears that fitness […]

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Battling Fatigue: Targeted Endurance Training

Question:  I am a beginning amateur boxer interested in increasing my endurance.  My boxing coach suggests that I run 3 miles, 5-6 days per week  I have been following these recommendations, but my boxing endurance isn’t improving.  Do I need to run longer distances? Investigation:  There are two general types of endurance training: aerobic (with […]

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Nutrition & Eating Behavior: A New Model for the Study of Eating

The standard nutritional approach to eating focuses on energy content, nutrient content of food and physiological response to eating.  The standard social / behavioral approach to eating has a focus on eating behaviors, patterns of eating, learning and factors influencing consumption (Quandt. In Shils et al.,1999).   The nutritional approach doesn’t pay enough attention to eating […]

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Why Are You Eating That?

Abstract Eating behavior is determined by numerous factors: ideational values, social gatherings, pleasure systems, habit, convenience and so on. Understanding why we eat what we eat can have a positive impact on controlling eating behavior. Eating behavior is an important factor involved with bodyweight and health issues. In this review a variety of factors that […]

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Expectancy Effect & Neutral Food

Abstract The purpose of the present experiment was to examine how expectations influence cracker ratings on a scale of likeability. A large body of research shows that expectations affect food experiences (Wansink, 2004; Eertmans, Baeyens & Van den Bergh, 2001; Kahkonen & Tuorila, 1998). Participants were not aware that the primary interest of the study […]

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Low Carb Advantage?

Low carb diet enthusiasts claim their diet is supreme to other methods. They claim their diet offers a metabolic advantage-“metabolic advantages that will allow overweight individuals to eat as many or more calories as they were eating before starting the diet yet still lose pounds and inches” (Atkins, 1992).  In addition, advocates claim overproduction of […]

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Exercise Mythology

Exercise Mythology- any fictitious story, phenomenon or custom associated with exercise Curls will allow me to isolate the biceps The idea that you can isolate a muscle with a particular movement is incorrect. When a limb is moved parts of the body have to be stabilized to allow that movement to occur.  Some muscles begin […]

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