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What I Ate for Dinner – 11/30/10

Posted on November 30th, 2010 by Matt Schoeneberger

Steak, Sweet Potato, Avocado

I ate this meal a week or so ago, so I can’t remember exactly how much of each food was on the plate.

Steak – I’m guessing about 12 oz. These were buy-one-get-one-free at the supermarket.

Avocado – The whole thing

Yam, which Mark Sisson told me is really just a sweet potato

Butter – how can have a sweet potato without butter on it?

Sorry I can’t give you a calorie and macro breakdown. I just have no idea.

The Science Network

Posted on November 23rd, 2010 by Jeff Thiboutot M.S.

This post is somewhat off of our regular topics, but I still think it has some relevance to what Matt and I discuss often, which is the benefits of science (the multiple scientific disciplines connected to bodyweight regulation) and how good science is done. The Science Network is a good hub for all kinds of interesting topics, some of which are nutrition, sleep, education, and cognitive science.

Matt's Thoughts on Thanksgiving

Posted on November 22nd, 2010 by Matt Schoeneberger

Fiber-Part 4-Weight Loss

Posted on November 19th, 2010 by Jeff Thiboutot M.S.

I discuss the evidence for the benefits of fiber on appetite/hunger and weight management.

Book review: Snake Oil Science by Bausell

Posted on November 17th, 2010 by Jeff Thiboutot M.S.

This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. This book has nothing to do with weight loss, but has everything to do with how science works and what should be considered quality evidence. This is related to what Matt and I discussed in Appendix A: What is quality evidence in our book. I really feel that anyone who needs to present information to their clients or patients should read this book. Although the author focuses on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), it’s general thesis on evidence is applicable to all fields. I don’t think that it is the end-all-be-all for determining the efficacy of ALL CAM modalities, it certainly is a solid foundation for such an endeavor. Additionally, the many principles laid out can, and should be levied against many main stream medicine approaches to health and disease, which, in fact, the author does briefly mention a few times throughout the book. Again, this book should be required reading for all types of practitioners. It is also a very good book for the lay public. However, some of the material may not be easily understood at first, but will likely need a bit of time and a second or third reading to really get it.

Why Chad Waterbury is Wrong and I'm Right (as always)- Part 3

Posted on November 16th, 2010 by Matt Schoeneberger

In Parts 1 and 2 I discussed 2 of the 3 references on Chad Waterbury’s Fat Loss Research page on I like Chad’s work, I just don’t agree with his use of these references. The science just isn’t behind his recommendations in the way he’d like them to be.

In this final (I hope) installation we’ll tackle the following paper:

Kelleher AR, Kackney KJ, Fairchild TJ, Keslacy S, Ploutz-Snyder LL. The Metabolic Costs of Reciprocal Supersets vs. Traditional Resistance Exercise in Young Recreationally Active Adults. J Strength Cond Res. 2010;24(4):1043-1051.

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Another great book review

Posted on November 15th, 2010 by Jeff Thiboutot M.S.

Don at Primal Wisdom just posted a review of our book. He had many nice things to say about the information we have presented. We thank him for taking the time to read our book and writing his review. To read the review click here.

What I Ate for the Last Week

Posted on November 15th, 2010 by Matt Schoeneberger

My weight loss coaching clients sometimes ask me, usually while I’m looking at their food journal, “Well, what do you eat every day.” I’m going to provide that below. It’s very simple – I’m not including supplements of any kind, that would just make it harder to read. It’s not perfect, and I would never pretend it to be. Some meals were eaten at restaurants and I’m not going to pretend to know what the ingredients are. Feel free to ask questions in the comments.

Here it is:

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Professor Haub's Twinkie Diet Weight Loss Experiment

Posted on November 11th, 2010 by Matt Schoeneberger

Professor Mark Haub ate junk food and lost weight. Big deal.

Well, I guess it is a big deal, since I was emailed this story multiple times this week – everybody’s been talking about it – even Rush Limbaugh.

If you haven’t heard, Haub lost 27 lbs over 2 months by limiting himself to 1800 calories/day. He ate most of his calories from junk food, but did include a protein supplement, multivitamin, and some vegetables.

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What I Ate for Dinner Last Night – a low-carb weight loss meal

Posted on November 9th, 2010 by Matt Schoeneberger

16 oz chickenWeight Loss Meal - chicken, avocado, spinach, butter, hot sauce, pico de gayo

1 medium avocado

1/2 tbls. butter


pico de gayo

Chalula hot sauce

This meal ended up being about 1,300 calories with the quantities I ate.  Keep in mind, this was a ton of food – I was stuffed. A person looking to lose weight could eat one quarter of this amount and be satisfied.

I had only eaten about 500 calories up until this point yesterday (6 eggs in .5 tbls butter, and 1 protein shake). So if you total everything up, I’m still only at 1800 calories for the day.

I purposefully mentioned Chalula brand hot sauce because of a running joke between Jeff and I. I normally don’t like spicy foods – things like hot wings. I’ve often been heard saying angrily “hot is not a flavor.” I can’t stand hot for the sake of hot. Well, Chalula hot sauce is one of the few sauces I’ve found that is spicy but has great flavor. I love it!