Other people’s words


Time to kick-start the blog, and resurrect one of my more regular posts which I have decided to re-name from the boring “In the news” to the marginally-less-boring and slightly-more-amusing “Other people’s words”.  Here’s a round up of some of the most interesting articles, blog posts and podcasts I’ve come across recently:

Food consumption and the actual statistics of cardiovascular diseases: an epidemiological comparison of 42 European countries (Food and Nutrition Research)
Putting the best and most important first, this study says “The most significant dietary correlate of low CVD risk was high total fat and animal protein consumption… The major correlate of high CVD risk was the proportion of energy from carbohydrates and alcohol, or from potato and cereal carbohydrates.”

Fat: a burning question for the long distance runner (Ian Corless)
If you’re a distance runner relying on sugar for training, you should read this and start making the switch to efficient fat burning.

Dalai Lama: Behind Our Anxiety, the Fear of Being Unneeded (NY Times)

Obituary: Great Barrier Reef (Outside Online)
Whilst I think this is slightly overstated, it makes for incredibly depressing reading.

Chronicle of the summit of Mount Everest (Killian Journet)
If you’ve not heard of Killian Journet, he’s a crazy French distance mountain runner (one of the best in the world) who has spent the past few years “speed summiting” mountains – going up and down as fast as possible. I think he’s possibly just on the wrong side of crazy, but is a pretty formidable guy nonetheless.

Genetic tests promised to help me achieve peak fitness. What I got was a fiasco (STAT News)
What happens when you get your genes tested to find out your optimal training and nutritional strategy from lots of different places? Lots of different results.

And a podcast to end on:

Tim Ferris interviews Christoper Sommers of Gymnastic Bodies. Honestly one of the best podcasts I’ve ever heard – packed with information and if you have anything more than a passing interest in gymnastic strength training then you should definitely listen to this.


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