The condition known as the “female athlete triad” has been acknowledged since 1997 and is characterized by a set of three medical conditions: inadequate energy intake (with or without disordered eating), amenorrhea (the absence of menstruation), and decreased bone health.
A widely researched topic of interest that provided us with valuable baseline information about weight regulation is known as human overfeeding studies. Essentially, these studies aim to figure out the ins and outs of weight gain and the adaptations that can happen to us as a result of chronic overfeeding. It’s best that we break it down and cover the main adaptations and concepts we’ve come to understand more about because of these studies.
Regardless of the specific reason, there will be times in your life where you will choose to eat more than normal simply because you want to, not because you were pressured to eat more or because you felt compelled to binge. Knowing how to navigate these situations will set you up for success and will completely change the narrative from an uncontrolled binge fest to a fun night out.
Anorexia Nervosa (AN), which literally translates to “without appetite,” is an eating disorder with an etiology rooted in self-starvation, excessive dieting, severe weight loss and distorted body image with the underlying fear of gaining weight or being “fat.” AN has one of the highest death rates of any psychiatric disorder, so it is of utmost importance to receive a diagnosis and seek help from an interdisciplinary healthcare team in order to treat this disorder.
In a recent article, we dove into food variety, its role, and the long-term impact that it can have on our body composition and eating habits. A higher food variety acts as a double-edged sword in that, depending on the type of foods we’re obtaining variety from, it can lead us to eat in excess and gain unnecessary body fat over time. A key player in why a wide food variety can have such detrimental effects on our eating behaviors stems from something known as sensory-specific satiety…
Being extreme, on either spectrum, towards your diet or training program is actually quite easy. Bringing your Tupperware to a dinner or skipping a party because you need to lift… easy. Saying F it and eating everything in sight at a family dinner or missing a workout because you’re hungover… easy. Actually being balanced with your goals is much, much harder. But harder does not mean impossible – we actually work through this with clients all the time!
Like anything, this takes a nuanced approach for each client situation.
Today we will take a look at some of the most common minerals and why they are important, particularly for their roles in bone health, muscular contraction, and hydration during these summer months!
BCAAs and blends of the sort are notorious for being added into supplements and pushed with the claims of aiding in muscle growth and performance. With all the bullshit misinformation we already have to sift through within the health and fitness industry, there are plenty of opportunities in there to also push unnecessary supplements onto people who don’t know what they’re really getting out of them… or if they are even worth the money.
Learning to listen to your hunger signals takes constant work. A common question clients ask is “how long will it take to normalize my hunger signals?” As always, context is king and there’s several factors that impact your hunger cues. In this article, we’ll dive into the three main time points: While dieting, immediately post diet and once you’ve recovered from a diet phase.
As coaches, we often receive questions about vitamin supplementation. While in some situations vitamin supplementation may be warranted, more often than not you can reach the appropriate Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) by way of the foods you choose! This I not an extensive list of the vitamins, but here are some of the ones we get asked about most frequently within our work.
Diet variety as it relates to body weight and total intake may not be the good kind, and could be a greatly overlooked factor playing into the rise of obesity and more. This, in turn, has implications for long term health and weight regulation, so understanding the relationship that exists between the two can help us to prevent unnecessary weight gain and better control our eating behaviors.
Stress and anxiety feel hard which makes us feel like we should eliminate them. But we can’t and thinking we can (or should) is far more harmful then actually addressing them head on. Conventional wisdom says this that stress is bad and stress is killing us. There’s tons of research on it and people are always complaining about being stressed so these statements must be true, right? Wrong.
An important and foundational step to creating a physique you feel confident in long term, is having a healthy relationship with your body. Being afraid or heavily impacted by a number on the scale is not representative of a healthy relationship with food or your body in most circumstances. If you struggle with this, you need to work through this issue before pursuing any type of weight loss diet.
It is crucial to develop the habit of doing things each day that your future self will thank you for. This concept can range from something as simple as prepping your food the night before so that you don’t have to take time to do so in the morning, to something more impactful such as preparing your body and mind for pregnancy. Understanding how your current lifestyle influences your ability to carry out a healthy pregnancy and ultimately delivering a healthy baby is of utmost importance.
The concept of eating from an approved “food list,” or keeping a strict schedule with the kinds of foods you can eat doesn’t seem like a great idea, and for good reason. This is especially so when you think about the psychological components of weight loss and health-related goals. Recipe for disaster.
While we likely agree that reading is amazing, finding credible and useful books can be a challenge. There’s nothing worse than reading a book where you felt like you wasted your time and didn’t learn anything. Although I’d argue that it’s never truly a waste of time to learn something even if you disagree with the topic or how the information is presented; that sharpens your knowledge from a different perspective and also teaches you how not to speak or present information.