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Most people who know me understand that I love debate on controversial subjects. In this thread, I'm going to bring up topics or make statements that I think would stir up some debate. Too me, debate is a very positive thing. While hearing things we don't agree with probably will not change our thoughts instantly, it will give us something to think about that can affect our beliefs in the future.

When reading what I write, please remember that the only thing I have complete confidence in is my ability to be wrong. So don't be shy about voiceing your opinion, but don't be offended if you get rebuttal.

And remember, I've been known to take a side I don't necessarily agree with for the pure joy of fostering further debate.

Wed. Jan 29, 7:21am

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Werewolf diet

Are you kidding me? Losing wt based on lunar cycles? Will we never stop searching for magic bullets? This is shear craziness.

From an article I read:
"Unlike the Paleo diet, which encourages you to eat like a cave man, the so-called Werewolf Diet doesn’t actually involve having the bloodlust of werewolves. But it is based on the cycles of the moon, and it’s the latest eating craze among some celebrities.

The idea is that the moon influences the water in our bodies in the same way that it impacts the tides of the ocean. According to the website Moon Connection, humans are made up of a lot of water (which is true), and when the moon is full or at a new phase, there’s a gravitational pull that can last for 24 hours and affect how much water weight you can gain or lose (questionable). Dieters can follow two plans, the basic moon diet plan and the extended version. The basic version is a 24-hour day of fasting in which you only drink water and juice during the full moon or new moon. That supposedly cleanses your body of toxins, and the website says you can lose up to six pounds of water weight that day (highly unlikely).
Read more: Werewolf diet: promising the moon |"

My belief: Eliminating crap is the only proven method of losing wt. Exercise will help after that. It's not rocket science.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 7:26 AM

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Sorry to disappoint you, but I have to agree with you. This is one of the most ridiculous things I've heard. I thought it was a joke when I read the title.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 2:47 PM

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what howling at the moon.. shredding off my clothes wont make me skinnier.. im so disappointed lol- oh it suppose to be the phases of the moon that will make me lose weight.. and here i was thinking it was what i put in my body and how i moved my body.. silly me.. magic bullets are for guns not for health and wellness.
just my opinion .. i could be wrong, but the 207 pounds i have released says i may be doing something right..

really people own your choices stop looking for a magic bullet,, be you own magic bullet.. put in the what it takes to reach your goals


Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 3:19 PM

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MYTH: Calories consumed - calories burnt = wt loss/gain

OK, the Werewolf diet was too easy, but it was just something I saw today on the news and found entertaining. Here's a better one.

The theory that you will lose wt if the amount of calories burnt is more than the amount consumed (per day) is a myth.
My reasoning::
1. If you currently eat 1300 cals/day of healthy foods, then change to 1200 cals/day of snickers bars, and keep the exact same lifestyle and exercise routines, you will gain wt despite the fact that you reduced your cals. I've never tested that but I believe it to be true.
2. People who exercise should gain muscle from the exercise. Muscle burns more than fat. Therefore, there metabolisms should increase as they lose wt if they are exercising while they lose. Since their metabolisms are improving, therefore their calorie expenditure throughout the day is increasing (due to increased muscle), once they have reduced calories to the point where they start losing, they should never stop losing. They would never hit a plateau because their muscle mass is increasing which steadily improves their metabolism.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014, 9:38 PM

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I don't even get this thread.

Thursday, January 30, 2014, 9:47 AM

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Its just something I started to get people to think. I post a question or comment that is either controversial or just something new I saw. People can comment differing opinons or just ignore it.

Thursday, January 30, 2014, 10:08 AM

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I've noticed a big change in PE since I was a kid (I'm 54 now), especially girls PE. Now even in my time, PE for girls was different than for boys. Girls had archery and badminton. Boys mostly played games where they threw balls at each other. Many PE teachers today think the class needs to be much more than getting a good 45min of exercise. It must be a full mind/body/spirit experience (seems more true for my daughters teachers than my sons). But even in my sons PE class, there is less emphasis on just getting in 45min of enjoyable exercise and more emphasis on structured things.

I'm not sure I agree with this. Here are some examples:
1. During 1 school yr, my daughters PE teacher felt it was important to learn the rules of every sport that they spent about 3wks each on. During tennis, they had to learn all the terminology and rules, and had home work and tests. Same with bowling, volley ball, and others.
2. Many teachers require a lot of running and the kids have to wear heart rate monitors and stay above percentiles. They are graded on that.
3. They had archery, which I don't even think of as a physical sport. One does not develop significant muscle or raise the HR doing archery.

Maybe I'm just old fashioned. But I know my daughter hated the year she had testing and was scored on how competitive she was in the sports. To me, the purpose of grade school and high school PE is:
a) Burn off some energy so they can concentrate on academic classes and not be aggressive during the rest of the day.
b) Burn some calories and get some general fitness
c) Just have fun so they develop a love of being active. I think I had a total of 1 test my entire 4yrs of high school PE. I learned the basics of volley ball, football, baseball, etc, but wasn't graded on all the terminology. We just exercised hard and looked forward to it. Today, I'm very active in my sports (wall climbing and ww kayaking and exercising). PE in HS wasn't regimented, we just gave it hell and were tired when we were done.

I wonder if todays regimented classes really instill a love of exercise. I occasionally play tennis. I barely know the rules, but I just like to get out and try it. I don't know all the basketball rules, but I occasionally like to shoot some hoops. Point is, I don't have to know all the rules just to have some fun with it.

My take:
HS PE should be more about just getting the kids to be active (PE is about the only exercise the majority seem to get these days) and letting them have some fun and burn off energy. If they find a sport they like, they will learn the rules on their own.

Whats your thought?

Thursday, January 30, 2014, 9:47 PM

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So what am I commenting about here?

Friday, January 31, 2014, 2:08 PM

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It's. finding a sport you like and can have fun with can make it not boring. My children's p e classes are really great. They mix it up every day and they always say its their favorite subject.

Friday, January 31, 2014, 5:58 PM

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I think you WILL lose weight eating crap if you consistently eat less crap than you need. There is much more to be gained by eating healthful food, but if someone ONLY ate 1200 calories and they routinely burned a lot more than that over time - they WILL lose weight. More likely people who eat crappola rebound and over eat b/c they're hungry. 1200 in candy bars and crap is not a lot of food. People are not just eating 1200 in empty calories and calling it a day.

And people don't just gain muscle from the average work out. I base this on - the level of effort I see at the gym, input from people who work with athletes and talk about what it takes to truly build muscle, and personal experience (only did cardio in my 20's and didn't have ANY muscle!).

I believe the sentiment that bodies do not plateau - people and their consistency and their diligence plateau. They think they're exercising enough, but they're not as they start to exercise a little less, a little less vigorously, with less variety. They think they're watching what they eat, but they start to routinely justify why they can have just a little of this and a little of that - no longer exercising and eating how they were to lose weight. Then they claim the weigh gain is muscle or their bodies have plateaued.

I also don't believe that something is true for every single human being. I believe that these things are true for most people, but I'm sure there are exceptions out there - just not the vast majority who think so!

january 30 - I believe adults are ruining about everything out there related to kids, sports/activity, and fun!

Sunday, February 02, 2014, 2:31 PM

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