One of the ongoing problems in trying to both educate the public and get them to reduce sugar intake is the confusion that is intentionally added to the subject.
We have already seen over the past few weeks the lengths the sugar industry will go to in order to deflect the cause of modern health problems onto other sources.
They all don’t come down to straight out bribery of researchers as was witness in the Harvard sugar studies from the 60’s and 70’s.
In fact blatant attempts to do this these days are usually uncovered pretty quickly due to the internet and generally speaking it’s free bullets all round.
The more difficult battle to be won is the steady and always evolving stream of misinformation or twisting of facts or research data to suit a particular end.
One of the biggest of these is the labelling that food producers use to do what they have to do which is to report the contents of their products.
They all do it but the real misinformation comes from HOW they do it.
How they consistently use new, invented, different or even emotive terminology to hide or at least obscure the fact that there is sugar in there!
Do yourself a favour and check out the article below for a (long) list of way they tell you about the sugar in a way that makes you think it is OK!
Stabilization + Endurance
I haven’t posted a workout video for quite a while now and in light of some of the other articles this week I think this one fits the bill.
One of the downsides to having a body is that you really need to work it at least a little to have it function properly.
As is mentioned in another article somewhere on this page, any interruption to that work pattern tends to cause the muscle to get real lazy, real fast.
My theory on all of this is that our bodies developed over time with a basic instinct to survive in an environment that was harsh and unforgiving of mistakes.
The body seems to have a certain “viewpoint” on things such food and the expending of energy.
As far as food goes it seems to take the view that whatever we eat must be preserved at all costs regardless as to whether we are going to use it or not.
In other words all food is treated as the last food we are ever going to get so we have to hold on to all of it!
As far as expending energy goes and engaging in movement well that must only be done when searching for more food!
So if you are exercising at a certain level then the body will (reluctantly) rise up to that level however if you stop for a while the body will drop things down as fast as possible in an effort to save energy.
That’s probably why re-starting an exercise program seems so hard.
The video below is great one for anyone restarting their exercise routing after a break to get you back in the saddle again!
One of the findings that has been coming out from exercise studies over the past few years has been just how little exercise we really need to maintain health.
Back in the 70’s and 80’s there was great emphasis on aerobic exercise as well as jogging and many other high impact and quite demanding routines.
As time has passed though it seems that the exertion part of the exercise formula is not really the part that has the greatest effect.
What is vital and what is common to all exercise is motion.
The simple act of putting and keeping the body in motion.
It turns out that by doing this more often an enormous number of vital body functions are not only carried out but carried out far more effectively and efficiently.
To that end one of the most recent trends has been the use of standing desks.
This actually came about because a few of the original studies that were done on office workers used standing desks to make sure the parameters of the study were being carried out.
So let’s be clear here, it is NOT the desk that changes things, it is the fact that having a standing desk results in the need and the freedom to move about more while still working.
Continuing studies are being done on this phenomena and so far they have all supported the original premise with remarkable turnarounds in health outcomes.
Why is This So Hard?
Have you ever has a regular exercise routine that you engaged in for quite a long time then interrupted it?
I mean something like a jogging routine every day for almost a year then take a break when you go on holidays for example.
Ever noticed how god awfully hard it is to get back to where you were before with that routine?
I remember skipping my exercise for two weeks a few months ago because I was on the road and pretty busy each day.
When I got back I thought I would just slip back in and everything would be fine.
First of all it was a gym workout and I noticed I was stiff and awkward with the equipment and then before long I was puffing and blowing like some old geezer before I was even a quarter way through!
I always wondered about the decay rate of exercise but never really found anything on it until now.
The article linked below explains just why you body seems to “forget” exercise very quickly.
Dirty Sugar Tricks
This is just one small story in one small area but it just goes to show how threatened these people feel.
And why do they feel threatened?
Because they know what the rest of the world is only just beginning to realize, that sugar is probably at the root of most of our modern health problems.
On top of that, they also feel threatened because they also know they have actively suppressed this information for over 60 years and if the details of that came out they would be history.
They see a future of “tobacco style” lawsuits looming and they are fighting tooth and nail to to not let that happen.
There is no battle for them that is too small and no act is too low because they are beginning to behave desperately, and desperate people do desperate things.