Actor/power-lifter/wrestler Nathan Jones (from Troy)
Most of us would like to be leaner and stronger. The hormones that have the biggest effect on body composition are growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). After the age of 25, most people will experience some negative effects from declining levels of both these hormones, including:
- weaker bones
- poorer sleep quality
- increased body fat, especially in the abdominal area
- older looking skin
- less physical strength and slower recovery time
Anything we can do to keep GH and IGF-1 levels up will help us look and feel younger. So what can we do?
The most fattening graphic in the history of the universe.
The other day my wife came back from a PTO meeting at our local school and noted (with a bewildered look on her face) that “The low-fat thing is alive and well, isn’t it?” Since the nutritional thinking in our household is more along the paleo/Weston Price lines of thinking, it sometimes comes as a shock that the rest of the world still thinks that Wheat-Thins and fruit juice is a “healthy snack.”
Poorly designed and haphazardly analyzed studies like The China Study reinforce the conventional thinking that has led to a national obesity epidemic. Food alone isn’t to blame, so are too much sitting, too much driving, not enough exercise, and environmentally pervasive chemicals like bisophenol-A. But poor food quality and misinformation about food are mostly to blame.
Here are a few dietary misconceptions that annoy the hell out of me: