Training and nutrition linkfest, vol. 1

Might as well start shoving these little links into a semi-regular feature, rather than spamming little 150-word posts all over the blogfeed.


Here’s a neat little article on T-Nation about leptin:

It covers the effect of leptin on lipolysis and metabolism, touches briefly on its interactions with insulin and inflammation, and discusses the interplay between leptin resistance and insulin resistance as part of metabolic syndrome.  (Recall that leptin was the Big Deal Hormone in Tara Parker-Pope’s recent NYT piece, which I discussed briefly here.)  As with most of T-Nation’s posts on endocrinology, this one promises a lot (“Control your leptin”!) and doesn’t really deliver anything novel (“…by losing fat and getting plenty of sleep” — no shit, Sherlock), although sorting through the article comments provides some more insight.  Since I’m kinda-sorta into intermittent fasting, I’d like to see some speculation (leptin wasn’t discovered until 1994, so there’s not a huge amount of science going around on the subject) on the interaction between leptin, insulin, and ghrelin.


Next we have possibly my favourite subtitle ever:

(Emphasis added, as if you needed it.)

Basically, this post provides a reasonably-detailed guide to how the products of alcohol metabolism fuck you up, and what to do about it.  It’s a purely physiological article, so don’t expect it to help any addiction issues you might have with ETOH, but otherwise… damn is there a lot of good info in there.  Bonus points to commenter Morgan who ties together my two favourite recreational chemicals — caffeine and alcohol — with a pair of studies supporting “an association between coffee consumption and decreased risk of liver cirrhosis”.


Here’s a post by Mark Sisson on inflammation and exercise:

I’m generally interested in finding ways to increase my work capacity, which means I should dig into some of those studies he lists.  One thing I’ve found is that DB swings wreck my recovery a lot less than other “off-day conditioning” options, and I suspect it’s because they don’t have much of an eccentric phase to speak of.  On the other hand, maybe I should just add some sprints onto the end of my workouts — once the snow melts off the track, at least — and do nothing more intense than walk to the liquor store on off days.


Speaking of training intensity and work capacity, Dan John has a few words about when to train hard and when to “punch the clock”:

The Big 21 looks like an awesome workout for next year, maybe.  Assuming I have access to a gym with bumper plates, of course.


Tim Worstall goes all stabby on the “fact” that it takes eight tons of grain to raise one ton of beef:

Turns out that cattle will in fact eat grass, even if it doesn’t grow in a crop-suitable field and otherwise act as a substitute good for wheat or corn in a simple-minded vegetarian’s deliberately-simplistic economic model.  (The comments on that post are damn good, too.)


Finally, I love this graph like it’s a housebroken puppy:

(Image link goes to source.)

Money quote:

Thanks to George McGovern and the “United States Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs” for killing millions of people via the consequences of obesity—diabetes, heart disease, depression, cancer, dementia, stroke, osteoarthritis, and a host of other totally preventable maladies.

Seriously: we let a Senate committee decide what was healthy to eat? I guess we got what we deserved.

(Emphasis in the original.)

Stanton’s writing is a bit too certain for my tastes, but he does a great job of tracking down publications to support his assertions.


(Also, please note Conditioning Research and Jim Wendler on the blogroll to the right.)

7 Responses to “Training and nutrition linkfest, vol. 1”

  1. 1 TMI
    January 19, 2012 at 08:31

    Okay, you’re a nutro-paleo kinda guy.

    I read the article…but please, break it down. What are the things I can buy in a grocery store to maximize my booze prophylaxis?

    Thank you.

    • January 19, 2012 at 10:54

      I haven’t tried all of this (but it’s on my agenda), so take with the usual grain of salt:

      – Pantothene / Pantothenic acid supplements (haven’t tried it)
      – Thiamin / Vitamin B1 (haven’t tried it)
      – A bunch of stuff with Vitamin C in it. Apparently consuming sugar alongside booze helps reduce drunkenness (if that’s what you’re after), so I’m going to try bringing a couple of oranges on my next drinking expedition.

      From what I’ve read in the Stabby Raccoon article, those three get to the heart of booze prophylaxis: Pantothene should speed up the metabolism of acetaldehyde (your good friend Mr. Hangover), while Vitamins B1 and C help protect against acetaldehyde’s toxic effects while it’s in your system. They’re all good things to have floating around your bloodstream anyway.

      – Fish, fish oil supplements, etc. to get your n3 intake up and reduce inflammation
      – Eggs in particular and saturated fat in general seem to be liver-protective
      – Coffee

      Anecdotally, eating a big breakfast — bacon and eggs and whatever other dead animal parts you have in the fridge — on hangover day is effective.


      Physical activity prior to drinking is also very protective as it increases production of antioxidant enzymes and protects against ethanol toxicity in the liver and the brain.

      so if you’ve ever been tempted to go to the gym and get a big ol’ arm/shoulder pump before hitting the club scene it looks like you have a great excuse.

  2. January 19, 2012 at 09:38

    “so there’s not a huge amount of science going around on the subject) on the interaction between leptin, insulin, and ghrelin.”

    Pff. Now you’re just making up -lins whenever it suits you. Next you’ll tell me I can control my herpes and syphilis danger by limiting my body’s exposure to JamieLynn.

  3. 5 Michael
    January 19, 2012 at 17:04

    Have you seen Stephan Guyenet’s blog?

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