How to Read Every Health Book in Barnes and Noble in 5 Minutes

Lose 14 lbs. in 10 days. Lose that Waist. Burn the Fat. The Fat Loss Secret. The Fat Miracle, Bla Bla Bla...Don't they sound ridiculous? Granted, they aren't real titles (well maybe) but nearly every month there's a new 'DIET' promising the new 'SECRET / DISCOVERY / INNOVATION' to those stuffed white adipocytes (fat cells). Melt Fat Away! Get those Sexy Abs! Tone that Beautiful Booty! 

What the heck? And the weirdest thing, PEOPLE BUY THESE. Seriously, look at the top 100 best sellers. Why do people fall for this stuff? First guess, they need to lose weight and the other books didn't work. Second guess, because they have BAD information/education on how/why weight gain happens.

I've read A LOT of health books, a scary number of them, which is why I can make a claim like, "How to read all of B&N in 5 minutes."

So... how do you reduce the irreducible? First, start compiling the similarities. Cut out the hundreds of pages that are basically retold in a different enlightening voice. (Note: you should read a couple, but after the first few you realize most of the new books are rehashing the same stuff in a new way--in order to sell books. They don't call it best writers or best researchers; they call them best SELLERS.) Then, test out what works and what doesn't. This last option is tricky if you haven't self-experimented or researched as much as I have, but that's why I'm here!


The Top 5 Health Tips

  1. STOP EATING JUNK FOOD. Stop the sugars, cereals, candies, sodas, pastries, donuts, cakes, and otherwise anything else that could stay on the grocery shelves for a few decades.
  2. EAT MORE VEGETABLES. Captain Obvious and Dr. No Brainer agree. Vegetables are not only good for you (vitamins, minerals, fiber), but also are low in calories. One cup of veggies is 25 calories. One cup of rice is 300. You do the math.
  3. UPGRADE YOUR FATS. Here's a mind blower - fat doesn't make you fat! Fat with carbs makes you fat. So the hamburger and bun probably makes you fat; but without the bun, the hamburger itself won't make you fat. Mind blown. Cook with olive oil, butter and coconut oil. Stop using vegetable oils such as canola, soybean, corn, etc. NEVER eat hydrogenated fats. No margarine ever. They all lead to heart disease. Eat nuts occasionally. No peanuts (ultra high omega 6's). Include a fish oil for increased Omega 3's.
  4. EAT LESS GRAINS. Here's another widely accepted fact. Eat your whole grains sunny! Mark Twain once said, "When you find yourself on the side of the majority, stop and reassess." In this case, reassess. Don't eat grains. They are loaded in omega 6's, which increase systemic inflammation in the body that can lead to weight gain and heart disease among many others. Trust me, the extra 'fiber' doesn't make you 'healthier' in this food group.
  5. SHIFT MACRONUTRIENTS. Eat Less Carbs, More Protein and Fats. Most people have blood sugar handling issues that wear down their adrenals and pancreas and set them up for metabolic syndrome X and more serious diseases later in life. By eating lower glycemic foods, adequate proteins, and healthy fats you assure your body has the building blocks for optimal function.

Pretty standard, huh? I saved you 1,000 hours of reading. You're Welcome. Of course, if you're interested in learning more I would be remiss in not telling you the biggest book bang for your reading dollar.

Biggest Book Bang

  1. Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. Literally Life Changing. Buy this book. Part Cookbook, Part Awesome Research on Traditional Diets.
  2. 4 Hour Body by Tim Ferriss. Finally, someone took the research about dieting and TESTED IT on real populations of people and TRACKED the simple changes that people could actually IMPLEMENT into their lives for optimizing fat loss and lean muscle gain. Very Entertaining. 

Those will cost you about 30 bucks and will give you more information per page/time invested than any nutrition class I've taken.

From National: Not too much on the class front this week as we enjoy that awkward week between the end of midterms and the start of finals.

Peace Out Cub Scout,