In Defense of Food
|In Defense of Food|
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Those three phrases pretty much sum up the entire book. But you still might want to read it, as there is a bit of a back-story to it. Pollan's main argument is that (a) the absurd spike in obesity in the last several decades most likely comes form a change in our food supply, (b) food/nutrition science is a remarkably difficult field that has not produced any satisfying answers on exactly which changes are causing the problems and (c) until they get it figured out, we can rely on some common sense and reason to come up with a diet that is likely to be healthy. Pollan's discussion of the state of dietary research is eye opening: you will remember it the next time a "scientists discover that X causes obesity!" study pops up on the news.
The Omnivore's Dilemma
|The Omnivor'es Dilemma|
Good Calories, Bad Calories
|Good Calories, Bad Calories|
I've read a few other books on diet and nutrition, such as Enter the Zone, but in all honesty, I wouldn't recommend them. The majority of those books just feel like marketing gimmicks trying to sell the book and related products. Therefore, the rest of the resources I post are blogs, articles, online discussions, and studies I've come across that contain useful nuggets of information. As with everything else, take them with a grain of salt: their value is in providing the context for how to think about diet issues.
Random articles, studies and discussions
A bunch of useful links I've collected over the years. There are many others I've lost, so I may update this list over time as I find them.
- Top Ten Fasting Myths Debunked: do you think that eating many small meals increases your metabolism? Do you believe that the body can only absorb 30g of protein per meal? Are you the one telling everyone to not eat after 8pm? Yea, should probably read this article.
- The Calorie Delusion: Why Food Labels are Wrong: calorie counting is an imperfect science to begin with. Inaccurate food labels make this all the worse.
- The Myth About Muscle and Metabolism: how many calories per day do you think a pound of muscle burns? Nope. You're not even close. Read the article.
- Crossfit Nutrition Forum: Crossfit's messageboard is a good place to post questions on fitness and nutrition. Check out this epic thread I started long ago: Why bother with the Zone (or any other "name" diet)?
- "A calorie is a calorie" violates the second law of thermodynamics
- The Science of Fat-Loss: Why a Calorie Isn’t Always a Calorie