Episode #167: Why Fat Is Good, How We’ve Been Lied To About The Obesity Epidemic, And How To Be A Fat Head.

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In this October 19, 2011 free audio episode: Why fat is good, how to exhale when swimming, preventing cramps in high school athletes, are boot camps enough for strength, DMAE supplements, what happens when you taper, the difference between prebiotics and probiotics, is it normal to gain weight in the winter?, what should your partial pressure of oxygen be?

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Featured Topic: Why Fat Is Good, How We've Been Lied To About The Obesity Epidemic, And How To Be A Fat Head.

Have you seen the news stories about fat in fast food and the obesity epidemic? Did you see Morgan Spurlock's movie “Super Size Me“? Then guess what … You've been fed a load of bologna.

In this interview, comedian, author and speaker  Tom Naughton replies to the Super Size Me crowd by talking about how he lost weight on a fat-laden fast-food diet that included double quarter-pounders and fried chicken. He points out that nearly everything we've been told about obesity and healthy eating is wrong, and why fat is good.

Here's a link to Fat Head on Hulu – or you can buy the Fat Head DVD on Amazon.

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Jeff has a call-in question about how to exhale when swimming.

A listener has a call-in question about cramping in highschool football players.

In my response, I recommend listening to this episode about muscle cramping with David Warden from TriTalk.

Marcy asks: I just started a boot camp class 3 days a week. It's very hard. I'm not sure I've ever sweat that much. It's showing me that I'm not in as good shape as I thought. But I'm hanging in there. Would you say that that is enough resistance training. There are days that I am quite sore. Or should I add some gym days in between.

Lia Marley asks: What are your thoughts on taking the supplement, DMAE? What are the benefits? I've heard that it can help with soreness and stiffness after working out.

Glenn asks: Ben, i am training for my first marathon in 3 weeks. I understand some thing about the taper period, but i think i have heard you talk about the loss in fitness level during the taper. What really is going on physiologically during a proper taper? Surely it is more than “rest”? and, more importantly, what kind of GAINS are still available (strength, time to exhaustion, fat burning efficiency, etc.) to me in the next 2 weeks?

Alex asks: Hi Ben. I heard you mention pro-biotics a few times but there's this supplement I was planing on buying that contains pre-biotics and they expressly mention it's not pro-biotics. What is the difference and which one is the preferred one?

In my response to Alex, I mention Enerprime and Caprobiotics.

Paul asks: I'm 5-foot-6 and weight about 150 pounds and I'd like to drop about five pounds by the time the next tri season rolls around. I've found it difficult to drop weight during the tri season, mostly because I don't want to short-change my nutrition while training hard.

Now that the tri season is over, do you think it's a better idea to give my body a break and let it naturally pack on a couple of extra pounds over the winter (as it generally would) and then slim down to my new race weight as the next tri season approaches? Or would it be more effective to start slimming down now when I don't have the same nutritional needs as when I'm gearing up for a new season (or in the middle of the season)?

Dave asks: I have been using the Restwise software that you discussed. My PO2 is usually in the 94-95% range. Recently had an unplanned ambulance ride and they measured PO2 @ 93. They were very surprised that it was that low. What do the numbers mean and is there an effective way to increase them. The EMT, knowing that I am a competitive athlete, thought it should be around 98%.

In my response to Dave, I mention “Floradix” and also this episode with Restwise.

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6 thoughts on “Episode #167: Why Fat Is Good, How We’ve Been Lied To About The Obesity Epidemic, And How To Be A Fat Head.

  1. MJJ says:

    Good interview with Tom Naughton and I like a lot of what he says.  But he is completely wrong for mocking Morgan Spurlock’s dietician for claiming that three normal meals at McDonald’s can be about 5000 calories.  Naughton said that was impossible; it is not.
     
    Quick example from the McDonald’s nutritional tables:
     
    Breakfast: “Big Breakfast” of hotcakes & large biscuit (1150); grape jam (35); large iced coffee (280)
    Lunch: Crispy chicken club (620); large fries (500), medium strawberry shake (710)
    Dinner: Angus mushroom & swiss (770); medium fries (380), large coke (310), apple pie (250)
    Total: 5005 calories
     
    It is true that there are lower-cal items to choose from, and three normal meals could also be fewer calories.  But I didn’t supersize everything (I included one medium shake and one medium fries), and I stayed away from plenty of other high-cal choices.  A large mocha frappe there brings 680 calories, a McFlurry dessert 860 calories, and even if you substitute salad for fries the dressing can bring a lot of calories to the table.
     
    I don't eat like this, but I could rack up 5000 calories in three normal McD's meals with no problem!

  2. MJJ says:

    Good interview with Tom Naughton and I like a lot of what he says. But he is completely wrong for mocking Morgan Spurlock’s dietician for claiming that three normal meals at McDonald’s can be about 5000 calories. Naughton said that was impossible

  3. Great interview, really enjoyed it. Hulu and Netflix only work for US residents. I'm shut out from seeing the movie in Hong Kong

    1. Use an ip maskerSent with two thumbs from my iPhone

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