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A Month of Weight and Body Fat Measurements

Posted on June 30th, 2011 by Matt Schoeneberger

Starting on May 16th, I recorded weight and body fat percentage as measured by an Omron HBF-500 on a semi-consistent basis. At the time, I wasn’t planning on writing about it so I wasn’t diligent about recording the measurements every day. But, because of how the numbers turned out, I want to use them to show you something. Keep in mind I wasn’t trying to lose fat or gain muscle or do anything specific, really. I was just living. Read more »

Whey vs Soy vs Carbs

Posted on June 16th, 2011 by Matt Schoeneberger

“Whey Protein but Not Soy Protein Supplementation Alters Body Weight and Composition in Free-Living Overweight and Obese Adults”

That’s the title of a study from the Journal of Nutrition, August 2011 edition. Here’s the basic set-up. Three groups, one drinks whey protein, one drinks soy protein, one drinks a carbohydrate solution – all equal in calories – in addition to eating regularly. This happened for 23 weeks.

Now, the title would have you believe that the whey group (WP) altered their weight and body composition significantly and the other two groups didn’t. What really happened is that WP did lose about a kilogram of bodyfat, the soy group stayed about the same, and the carb group gained 1.5 kilograms of bodyfat. So, the difference between the WP group and the carb group is significant, but only because the people who added and extra 30 grams of carbs to their diet in the form of maltodextrin gained weight as fat.

So, the real take-away message is don’t add unnecessary carbohydrates to your diet, especially in liquid form.



Baer DJ,* Stote KS, Paul DR, Harris GK, Rumpler WV, Clevidence BA. Whey Protein but Not Soy Protein Supplementation Alters Body Weight and Composition in Free-Living Overweight and Obese Adults. J Nutr. 2011

Clothes – they have mass

Posted on June 9th, 2011 by Matt Schoeneberger

I just got on the scale completely nude: 165.2 lbs.

Then I got on in athletic shorts, t-shirt, and hat: 166.2 lbs.

Then, I got in jeans. Just jeans, no shirt: 167 lbs.

Clothes have mass. They are a variable which, if not controlled for, can seriously mess with your mind. So, weigh naked or with the same clothes every time. It’ll make things a whole lot easier.

Forks vs Feet: A Debate Worth Watching

Posted on June 6th, 2011 by Jeff Thiboutot M.S.

Recently I came across a video over at the Obesity Panacea blog called Forks vs Feet. This is a debate between Dr. Yoni Freedhoff and Dr. Bod Ross on whether the obesity problem is caused and remedied by a change in eating or activity levels. Both researchers presented some good information. Read more »

Public Commitment for Weight Loss

Posted on June 2nd, 2011 by Matt Schoeneberger

Nobody likes breaking a promise. Whether or not you think you’re cool enough not to care what other people think of you, when you tell someone you’re going to do something and you don’t come through you feel like a turd. Well, maybe we can use this feeling of turdery to help make sure you get to your stated goals. Read more »

A Quick At-home Workout

Posted on June 1st, 2011 by Matt Schoeneberger

Don’t have time to workout?

Don’t have any equipment or a gym membership?

Shut up about it already and just do something: Read more »