FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD: Why big goals lead to failure, how friends sabotage your health, and why vegetables are the best path to weight loss
Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.
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This week why big goals lead to failure, how friends sabotage your health, and why vegetables are the best path to weight loss.
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Links of the week
- The Paradox of Behavior Change <<I love this article that describes why setting highly ambitious goals is usually a recipe for failure. I think this is especially true for health goals. (James Clear)
- If nutrition labels looked like this, your attempts to quit sugar might actually work <<Nutella fans are not going to like this. (Quartz)
- Does Yoga Qualify as an Aerobic Workout? <<FYI you need to be moving pretty quickly to be getting an aerobic workout. (NY Times)
- To lose weight, and keep it off, be prepared to navigate interpersonal challenges <<We tend to assume that losing weight will reflect well upon us in our social circles, but this is often not the case. Friends and family can feel threatened if you start changing and they haven’t. This is something you need to be prepared for. (ScienceDaily)
- Eating Toward Immortality <<If you’re in the mood for some philosophy on the interplay between food, health, and the fear of death this is an interesting read. (The Atlantic)
- Trying to lose weight? The colder months might be the perfect time. <<This isn’t what I expected. Apparently people are more organized and selective about their food choices in the winter. Maybe it’s because it’s too cold to leave the house for a restaurant? I’m a bit surprised by this, although I do tend to be lighter in winter months. Could also be a bad study. Thoughts? (Washington Post)
- Lessons on Aging Well, From a 105-Year-Old Cyclist <<So inspiring! (NY Times)
- Oxidative Priority, Meal Frequency, and the Energy Economy of Food and Activity: Implications for Longevity, Obesity, and Cardiometabolic Disease <<This is a straight up science article so will be difficult to read if you don’t have training. I wanted to share it because it presents an interesting new model of how our bodies prioritize burning carbohydrates, fats and protein in term of whole food choices (which are mixed macronutrients). It also incorporates fasting, exercise and cold exposure. Finally scientists are starting to tackle why eating Real Foods, especially vegetables leads to greater weight loss. There is an accompanying paper and letter to the editor (plus a response) worth reading as well. (Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders)
- tamari ginger braised sweet potatoes + rainbow quinoa bowl <<Beautiful. (Crunchy Radish)
What inspired you this week?