Wednesday, January 13

A lot of us are in week two of our new year's resolutions and for many of us that means trying to eat a better diet. I've been following the progress of many of you in Christian's 21-Day Challenge and there are always questions over which foods are good and which are not. Why is there such confusion? I'm not being sarcastic. It is extremely confusing to try to figure our which types of foods are good for you. So why is that?

For years and years all we heard about is eating a low fat diet and don't eat foods that are high in cholesterol. And now, it seems like we are being told the exact opposite.

Of course, science is always evolving and we are learning new things every day about how the body works and how different foods and nutrients effect our bodily functions.

But how did the scientists get it so wrong the first time? This is the question asked and answered in a column in the NY Times from Nina Teicholz.

Uncertain science should no longer guide our nutrition policy. Indeed, cutting fat and cholesterol, as Americans have conscientiously done, may have even worsened our health. In clearing our plates of meat and eggs (fat and protein), we ate more grains, pasta and starchy vegetables (carbohydrates). Over the past 50 years, we cut fat intake by 25 percent and increased carbohydrates by more than 30 percent, according to a new analysis of government data. Yet recent science has increasingly shown that a high-carb diet rich in sugar and refined grains increases the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease — much more so than a diet high in fat and cholesterol.

Please read the full column for a better understanding of this complex issue and an explanation of how the scientists got it wrong. Hopefully we will do better this time around.

The Government's Bad Diet Advice

Workout for Wednesday, January 13 Back Squat 1X5 @ 75% 1X3 @ 80% 1X3 @85% 4X1 @ 90-95%

5 Rounds, 1 Round Every 3 min 12 Deadlifts (185/125) 9 Box Jumps (24/20) 6 HSPU

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