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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Why The Standing Desk Sucks

My standing desk set up
By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

I am writing this article from my standing desk. My prediction for you is that in the next few years, you will see a trending of articles disparaging the standing desk, but not for the reasons you think. You will hear that it is bad for you, bad for your knees, feet, back, and every other section of your body. It will just take a few years to collect enough data to try and prove this theory. Seven or so years ago when I began training people in the classical mode of running (which is to use your feet and calves like springs and run off of the midfoot/forefoot), I predicted that the media would eventually dismiss barefoot shoes as a dangerous fad. I looked like a genius when this eventually happened, but really, it's not fortune telling; it's just simple deduction of human psychology.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Real Foods Shouldn't Be Your Enemy



By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

The baby boomers need to listen to their grandparents and we need to stop taking dietary advice from the baby boomers. Somehow temporarily we got confused about diets and thought certain real foods were bad and processed foods were better...

"Remember when eggs were bad for us before they were good for us? Or when certain heart disease was the devil’s bargain we made for loving a good cheeseburger? You may be excused for the vertigo you experience from all the flip-flops, twists and turns written over the years about the goodness or badness of any number of foods. For all of the “scientific” studies of nutrition and health, the bottom line is that we know something about the food we eat. But truthfully, the science behind what we ingest and how it affects our health is in its infancy.

There are numerous reasons why we are get conflicting information, partly because of how some journalists interpret scientific reports. Most reputable research papers are broken down the same way. There is an introduction/background, a methods section explaining how the research was performed, a results section, discussion/conclusion, and finally a summary. Journalists for the most part, not being scientists and on tight deadlines, read only the summary, which may have less scientific jargon and be more readily digestible than the rest of the paper. Many a journalist has fallen prey to accepting the summary without delving into the particulars. The result is a headline that screams Coffee Is Great for Your Health! when it should have said Coffee Is Great for Your Health—If You are Middle Class, Have Health Insurance, Don’t Smoke, Exercise, and Your Parents Don’t Have Cancer!

The problem is not always the journalism. Some studies are deeply flawed. Other studies cannot be duplicated and are therefore discredited. Sometimes the sample of people studied is too small. And then there are the studies sponsored by industries that have vested interests in the outcome."

Monday, February 16, 2015

Visual Guide To Carb Tolerance And Weight Gain

How carbohydrates can affect your weight and energy levels

By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here



Every human being is unique in their ability to handle food. We have seen this in our own life, those friends who seem to be able to eat anything without repercussion. Instead of thinking of it as metabolism, it is better to think of it as tolerance. If you want to get healthy, your tolerance for food (especially carbohydrates) should become the determining factor in how you eat.

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Stuart Scott The Fighter


What I Learned From Stuart Scott


By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

I met the legendary Stuart Scott of SportsCenter only once. It was a couple of years ago, he was a lot thinner than how I remembered him on TV. We were in an MMA gym. NFL linemen were there training and there was Stuart Scott training alongside them. He was quiet and polite. No "booyeahs!" Not the energy from him I was used to but still diligent.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Men Be Real About Your Fighting Abilities

Men be real about your fighting abilities

Possibly the only Onion piece that isn't farce


By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

I don't get the posturing men do. They've played more badminton than they've accumulated hours of street fighting. I've been in school fights, tournament fights, and trained in some form of combat for 29 years. And I still try to avoid fights at all costs and I try to never speak about how I would do in a "real" fight. I just live as best as I can and try to be a good person.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Six Mental Prerequisites For Physical Change

Physical fitness starts with mental fitness

If you want to change how you look, you better start with your mental conditioning


By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

Irrelevant of the specific changes a person wants to make, there are six key steps that will mentally allow someone to succeed at reaching and maintaining their ideal physical state.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Part The Health Industry Forgot To Mention

We all want effortless abs

The process to lose the first 5lbs will not be the same process to lose the other 30lbs


By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

The magazine cover look. It's the aspiration the fitness industry is selling. Infomercials use heat sensor vision on abs to show you that with just 6 minutes a day, you too can have shredded abs. You barely have to change your diet or lifestyle.

Effortless perfection...

But it's not effortless. It takes quite a bit of effort. The point no one is talking about is what it costs to achieve that "look."

Monday, December 15, 2014

Understanding Our Carbohydrate Tolerance



The process of weight gain and weight loss


By Sam Yang - Get similar updates here

When a human body harvests more energy into fat storage rather than oxidation, is when we have obesity. The problem is not as simple as controlling energy intake and expenditure (calories), as the body is stuck in storage mode, where no matter how little energy is taken in, it is diverted into fat cells for storage. The big question is, what's causing our body to trigger a hormonal response where we store everything we eat? The answer may be carbohydrate intolerance.

When we limit carbohydrate intake while increasing fat intake for a period of several weeks, is when fatty acids and ketones become the primary fuel for the body, breaking us from fat storage mode. This is referred to as keto-adaptation. The mistake people often make is they try to reduce both carbohydrates and fats...

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