What The Fitness Is Going On In The News!?

by TaylorR

Here is something news worthy… my calves are out to get me! They have been cramping left and right, and I have NO IDEA what the heck is going on. Hopefully extra foam-rolling, massages and hydration will allow them to take a chill pill before my race this weekend!

Okay, I don’t really thing that Huffington Post is going to run a story on my calves but there really are some pretty interesting things going on in the world of fitness news right now.

Things that you and I need to know! Things we deserve to know to improve our lives and to perhaps to help you have some great conversations with co-workers today.

It’s time for a new episode of…

What The Fitness: Top News Stories For Those That Love Health & Fitness

Don’t have time to listen in right now? Or perhaps one of the stories sparked your interest and you want to dig in deeper?

Here’s what peaked our fitness interest for the episode:

Proposed New Nutrition Labels!?

Michelle Obama proposed a big change… changing food labels. Her proposal would make manufactuers update their labels to include changes such as:

–> Bigger font for calories

–> Break down of sugar (added, natural, etc)

–> No more Vitamin A/C references, and instead Potassium and Vitamin D

–> Update serving sizes. A bottle of juice will say 1 serving instead of 2 or even 2.5 as it had previously.

What do you think? Will it help people make smarter decisions? Dan mentioned in the podcast, that having it color coded would be awesome!

Can You Consume Only 5% Of Calories From Sugar?

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Going off food labels, let’s talk sugar.

Before it was recommended that Americans take in less than 10% of their daily calories from sugar (added sugar). But now the World Health Organization is recommending that we might want to try to half that amount… 5%.

To put that into perspective, one coke contains 7% of your recommended daily amount of sugar!

Let me also stress that this is for added sugar, not natural sugars found in fruit.

What are some added sugars? Table sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup, HFCS, molasses, and any other sweeteners added to a food.

Can you do it? Can you take in just 100 calories per day (or less) of added sugar? I’m going to find out if we can!

Is Meat As Lethal As Smoking? 

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Poor protein. First it was fat, then it was carbs, and now protein is getting a bad rap. A recent study (found here) has gotten a ton of attention for showing evidence that protein may have the power to increase cancer risk by as much as 4 times. And diabetes by as much as 5 times.

While the research did raise my eyebrows, I couldn’t help but wonder…

–> What about in people under the age of 50, since the study was done on 50+ participants?

–> What were the activity levels of those surveyed?

–> In the mice research, mice were injected with cancer. So does protein raise risk of developing cancer? Or does it increase the speed of tumor growth already present in the body?

If protein has such a negative affect… what about bodybuilders or other groups known for digesting higher than normal protein levels. Do bodybuilders tend to have a shorter lifespan? Higher cancer risks?

Read up on the article and let me know what you think!

Abdominal Fat Accumulation Prevented By Unsaturated Fats

What controls how weight is stored? There are two ways we can make the number on the scale go up… increased fat or increased muscle mass. Of course exercise is the big factor to increasing lean muscle, but what control does diet have?

According to this study. more than I thought.

Subjects increased daily caloric intake by 750. Half of the subjects increased with a polyunsaturated fat source, sunflower oil. The others increased with a saturated fat, palm oil.

The outcome? Those that increased calories with the sunflower oil, saw an increase in weight from muscle mass, while the others increased weight by fat.

Now… I feel like there are A LOT of elements not disclosed such as what was the workout regiment, the rest of the diet, etc… so, I am going to continue researching this one!

Pregnancy Weight Gain And Mindset

This is an interesting topic… but the report stated that women who carried a relaxed point of view with their pregnancy, or those that had the mindset of “I’m eating for two”, ended up gaining more weight than pregnant women who were conscious about nutrition and weight gain.

A bit of a no-brainer perhaps, but it does bring to light how important mindset is for success and health. Having a positive mind set can make a huge difference in health, productivity, fitness, relationships and more!

The Fitness Tech Fads

And finally, we end the show talking about the tech fit fads. Trackers galore, apps, training online, and more. It seems that everyone company under the sun is in a race to create the big new fit tracker. Rumors have it that Apple will have their own bracelet too.

But are these here to stay? Should local studios (myself included) be worried as more and more people turn to online training for help? And are the trackers all that fabulous?

To be honest, I haven’t used my Jawbone in weeks now. For one reason, it broke (and I haven’t heard from JawBone) but for another, now that I used it to take a baseline… I don’t need it. I know now what it takes to get my steps in each day. <– I think there is an opportunity for a rental tracker company!

Before signing off…. here’s a boring (but really interesting video) of the fancy Samsung Watch (Gear) and just how much it’s capable of. We’re talking heart rate, steps, and more! Pretty cool.

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I would love your thoughts/opinions on anything above!

Have you heard anything share worthy lately?

 

  • http://runfasteatlots.blogspot.com Jojo @ RunFastEatLots

    I Don’t know how effective changing nutrition labels will be. People who don’t check the labels anyways probably won’t check them even if the calorie font is larger. Also, a lot of labels do include the calorie count prominently elsewhere on the packaging.

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      You’re right… people that don’t check probably won’t start checking. Curious to see what decision is made!

  • http://abs-of-steel.com Abi@AbsofSteel

    I’m curious about those labels, I could see how some of the changes might help but I don’t know if the serving size thing is a good idea.

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      I def want to know more. I think changing the the serving size to actually have the truth would be great. I hate when you drink a bottle thinking it has x amount of calories and then realizing it has 2x that because it is “2 servings”.

      • http://www.flecksoflex.com Lex @ Flecks of Lex

        I agree completely. I was hydrating before a tough workout, drank a carton of coconut water, and was irritated that the little thing was two servings. I think maybe it will lead to companies making the packaging smaller, so that the contents will end up being just one serving.

  • http://www.roamingraspberry.com Kim @ Roaming Raspberry

    That pregnancy one is interesting. I recently read that in the first trimester you don’t need to eat additional calories. So basically you shouldn’t be gaining weight the first three months. I found that very interesting, I had no idea. I like the nutrition label ideas, but like someone said above those who don’t pay attention to them still won’t. But I know it’d be a little more convenient for say…..me!

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      That is interested! I just thought most women didn’t gain weight the first trimester because of being sick and feeling icky? Good info!

  • http://www.itzyskitchen.com Erica

    ehhhh…I think the Nutrition label changes don’t really do enough for how much its going to cost companies to implement them. Just my opinion. I like the concept, but I just am not sure its worth the $$.

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      I am curious to know the actual amount that a company will lose because of the change.

  • http://lifetraiining.blogspot.com Kasey

    Have you read The China Study? The book focuses on the poor health affects related to diets high in animal protein and fat, and emphasizes the benefits of a plant based diet. I never thought I would ever consider a vegetarian diet, but the evidence is very compelling.

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      Yes, I did read the China Study, it was what led me to go vegan for 2 years. Great book!

  • http://www.TheTinyTerror.com Amy Lauren

    I think the labels change is a good idea. It is really confusing when the package has multiple servings and it’s a single-serve item. Like a 20 oz soda (sorry, that’s the best item I can think of) now has the recommended serving, but there’s also another column for the contents of the whole bottle. Face it, most people who buy a soda drink the whole bottle of soda and don’t split it between 2.5 people or whatever it is :).

    I think you could probably take in 100 calories or fewer of added sugars, mainly if you eat natural foods and of course, fruit is not included in that. I like desserts way too much to try it, hehe, but I could see where it’s very possible if you ate a normally clean diet.

    • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

      I agree. I hate when I eat something only to then realize that it has 2x the calories. I think it would be really helpful. Yes, I am not sure I want to try the sugar challenge either… love me some sweet treats!

      • Lyn

        Taylor – I thought you had recently done the 21 day sugar detox? I remember you posting that you had started it but did you finish it? I would think you would have been under 100 calories of added sugar following that program?

        • http://www.fitwomensweekly.com TaylorR

          Yes, I did! You’re right. That was back in Jan/Feb. At first I thought the study was all sugar, so no, I don’t think it would be too hard. the 21 days wasn’t as bad as i thought it would be!

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