Posts Tagged ‘Diet’

A guy who goes by the nickname of Duff posted a link to an old Jack LaLanne video on John Peterson’s Transformetrics forum. This film was probably made back in the 1960s or 1970s.

Jack LaLanne is 94 years old and still works out daily. When he was 70 (close to the same age as me), LaLanne swam 1.5 miles (2.4 km) towing 70 boats with 70 people all the way. During the performance of this feat, he was handcuffed and shackled. He performed this amazing feat in strong winds and strong currents in the Long Beach Harbor. I remember it being headlines in the local paper.

LaLanne has been a fitness guru and exercise advocate for many years, and I remember watching his exercise program in the early morning during the 1950s.

While I don’t agree with much of what LaLanne says, I greatly admire him, and I suspect what he says about too much highly-refined sugar in the diet is true.

For one thing, there is a strong statistical correlation between impaired glucose tolerance and type 2 diabetes, and excessive refined sugar intake may well be a contributing factor. It kills me when I see overweight and flabby-looking young teens walking out of the local convenience store with liter-sized beverages that have to contain hugely excessive quantities of highly-refined sugar, along with other risky substances. Excess sugar also has a lot to do with overweight, another diabetes risk factor.

Anyhow, check out this video and see how dynamic Jack LaLanne is. And thanks to Duff for finding and posting it where I’d notice it.





Alan OldStudent

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This article is part of a series on physical fitness and physical culture that I’m working on. To see a convenient summary and listing of my previous articles, please click here.

There’s a lot of junk science and  fancy marketing out there about losing weight, getting “fit,” and even getting “ripped.”

In my professional work, I edit many highly-technical medical documents, and I transcribe a lot of medical dictation for patient health care documentation. As a consequence, I am constantly looking up health-related terms and concepts. I also look up a lot of information on newer drugs, experimental therapies, and new surgical techniques not already in my rather extensive library. And as many patients take so-called “alternative” medications and herbs, the doctors want to document them, and they dictate them into the reports I transcribe, and I often have to look these up too. I also write on public health, medical-related, and exercise-related topics both here and elsewhere.


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The Conventional Wisdom: Aerobics

This is part of a series of articles on health, diet, and exercise

A whole lot of folks say that aerobic exercise is the best kind to do to lose weight.

I don’t agree with that. But I do  think aerobics plays a key part in losing weight and maintaining health. It is, however, only part of the picture. One needs to have calorie-consumption restriction in a healthy diet, and one needs strength training.

What is aerobic exercise? Aerobic exercise is exercise you do over an extended session without stopping, like walking, running, swimming, etc. It gets the heart pumping in your target range, and it burns calories. It involves oxygen consumption by the body. Aerobics is touted by many doctors and medical centers, such as the Mayo Clinic, as part of an overall fitness and health regimen. Here’s the “skinny” on aerobics:


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Previously in this series, I posted on How I lost 70 Pounds and How You Can Too, Considerations of Weight Loss, and Metabolism and Weight Loss.

Today I want to write about how I came up with a diet and the strategies I used to stick to it and succeed.

How I Made Up My Mind To Lose Weight And Motivated Myself

I went to my doctor for my annual physical exam several years ago, in my late 60s. I weighed around 270 pounds, had a 44-plus inch waist, and my physical endurance was not too good. I had high blood pressure, and I was inching up into the diabetes danger zone. I have worked in the medical field for decades, and I saw myself becoming old. I looked terrible, and I did not have the same respect I had had when a lot younger, a lot more fit. My joints ached, I was always too cold or too hot, and it was difficult for me to tie my shoes, put on underwear, or put on pants. I could see where this was going.


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