A thespian I am not. Truth be told I spent most of my high school British Literature class thinking about sports and girls. How could you not when you were being forced to listen to a record, an actual record, of someone reading Shakespeare to you? I mean, let’s be honest. However, brevity is the soul of wit, or so Bill tells me.
Today we’ll do a quick rundown of some research that was highlighted in the news the past couple of weeks. And we can do it quickly:
Don’t eat breakfast, it doesn’t impact your weight. Go to the gym and work out really, really hard. You’ll eat less. And if you are thinking about eating, simply say to yourself, “I’ll have to exercise for 368 minutes to burn that piece of cake off.” This is why exercise physiologists can’t right books. We’re too concise.
There are many myths that live a life of their own in the exercise and nutrition world and it seems that breakfast may be one of them. Highlighted in the Times and published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, research indicates that when you get down to it skipping breakfast has little to no effect on weight. Let the skipping begin. Hold the eggs.
Another myth that is slowly being dispelled is the need to work out for long periods of time. The debate is still on, however, high intensity interval training is the hot ticket right now. And it will be until it isn’t. Researchers from the University of Western Australia had overweight men come into their lab on four separate occasions, they completed the following: rest for 30 minutes, bike at a moderate intensity for 30 minutes, do challenging minute long repeat intervals over 30 minutes, and do really, really challenging 15 second repeat intervals over 30 minutes. Subjects took less food after the interval workouts and a key appetite stimulating hormone was lowered. Maybe it was the gruel they were fed. Yes, gruel.
And finally if you simply want to eat less just place the amount of time you’ll have to briskly walk to burn off whatever it is that you are eating next to the food item. Seems to work better than calorie tallies.
The reason I like brevity so much is that all this research gets confusing. According to the research mentioned above I can skip breakfast, workout for a short amount of time, and list exercise times on my dinner table. If i do this, I will be as skinny as ever. Finally! A plan that limits my consumption and doesn’t make me exercise. Why didn’t I think of this?
Perhaps we should simply take the advice of Dr. Pagoto and Dr. Applehans. Last week in the Journal of the American Medical Association they called for an end to the diet debates because guess what….the diet doesn’t matter. What matters is that you do something. And stick to it. Just be.