A friend sent me a link to a report about the flaws of nutritional studies recently that contained some important “makes sense” information that I wanted to share with you. In Chocolate & Red Meat Can Be Bad for Your Science: Why Many Nutrition Studies Are All Wrong, we learn that the eating red meat might not be evil and eating dark chocolate might not be part of a healthful diet because researchers are telling us stories of cause-and-effect that might be things that occur together. People who have continued to eat red meat in the face of public campaigns against it might also ignore advice about exercise, smoking and tanning. That is, they might die sooner because of other choices that they’re making.
The author of the article described a “bias of compliance” – that people who follow their doctor’s advice are healthier than those who don’t. He cited a drug study that showed those who faithfully took even the placebo were better off than those who weren’t faithful to the drug. If we follow some rules, it seems, we tend to follow other rules.
Why am I telling you this?
We often talk on this blog – and in the real world – about what eating plan will work best and I’m putting it out there that the eating plan is less important than adherence to a plan in general. Tracey wrote eloquently last week about Another Reason to Food Journal and I’m building on that. I’m in the same place as Katie, needing a Reset (and have been for a long while). I want to be in the place that Jenn is: Counting Down and kicking butt.
Since I don’t have to follow any particular plan to be successful, I’m going to commit to following a series of them – for two weeks at a time. Maybe switching from plan to plan will kickstart my motivation. If nothing else I’ll learn a few new recipes and figure out what works for me. If you have a plan that you’d recommend, please let me know and I’ll give it a try. Otherwise, I’ll be consulting Prevention Magazine, popular diet plans and whatnot and reporting back to you.
Tale of the scale
I’m down a pound. Finally! I’ve joined Pam and others in a “waist-loss” challenge, which will get me focused on my (dreaded) waist measurement. I know you can’t lose weight only in a particular spot but having muscles underlying the “softness” at my middle will help.
Hill repeats – running up and down the same hill over and over – have defined my last couple weeks. My motto is “big hills, little butt” and I’m pretty sure my butt is smaller I ran 16km and 12km on the last two Sundays and did a couple of other short runs. I love this part of the half-marathon training! It makes me feel strong to be tackling these runs. It also gives me time to have extended conversations and solve the world’s problems, like I did yesterday with my friend, Erin.