Random Thoughts


Butter vs Margarine

I hear this argument a lot which is a healthier choice.  My opinion on the matter is that Butter is the best choice. Margarine is made hydrogenated vegetable oil aka Saturated Fat.  Everyone should be well aware of the dangers of Saturated fat. Hydrogenated oils have been linked to Heart Disease increase in LDL(bad cholesterol) , promotes weight gain, gallbladder disease, liver disease, impairs immune system function and plethora of other problems. It is best to stay away from Margarine and stick with old fashion butter( just don’t go over board). Other cooking options are  Olive Oil, and Canola oil.

 

Heart Rate Training

I have recently been doing the couch to 5K program to help with some consistent cardiovascular training.  I am a big advocate for sprinting but I have been really paying attention to my heart rate while training and taking not of how my Heart responds  to the program. I have noticed that even though my heart rate is elevated I am becoming more and more comfortable. I also take not how fast my heart rate drop or my recovery rate. It is interested to pay attention to how your respond to it. On my recovery days I do some Long Slow Days which either consists of keeping my heart rate below 60% MHR( Max Heart Rate) for an 1 hour to 1 hour and 1/2.  For me that was walking with 40lbs vest.( I know I look crazy walking around with a vest but you got to do what you got to do).

Bioforce HRV

It is a new product that measures how hard should your workout be based on how quickly your rate can change and adjust. IF your heart rate is able to change pace freely then you get the green light. If it detects that your heart/body is not performing as well it will give you a yellow or red light. All it takes is 2.5 mins for it to get a reading. A lot of people have had good results and it is supposed to help keep you injury free. So I am saving up for the device to hopefully experiment for on myself first for about a month and go make my decision.

 

 

Nutrition Rant


I want to thank the United States Education for this.  A  Calorie is a Calorie that is plain and simple.  Unfortunately the laws Thermodynamics states that energy cannot be created or destroyed which I will not argue because I believe that law stands true.  Unfortunately anyone who understands that law also believes that they are a nutritionist. If you believe that a calorie from a slice of cheese cake is the same as a calorie from a filet of grilled salmon. You may want to turn in your highschool diploma and start over again. If you believe that nutrition is as simple as balancing your calories. Then you honestly don’t know what is going on inside your body.  For example a double cheese burger from McDonald has 490 Kcal. In order for me 6’5” 250lbs person to burn that burger off I would have to run at a 7 mph pace for 25 minutes.  Not to mention if I ate a medium fries and a soda to drink( equals a whopping 960 calories)  I would have to run for 44 mins at the same pace.  That’s not including breakfast, or dinner.  A lot of people use calorie counters to restrict the amount of food they eat. If you keep restricting your food intake eventually your metabolism will slow down and your will stop losing weight and when you quit counting calories you will gain the weight back plus more.  Remember a Calorie is not a Calorie Think before you eat.