I enjoy running aimlessly. Lacing up my shoes and just setting off in a general direction armed only with a playlist of my favorite podcasts.
Not worrying about time or pace, just running till I feel like stopping. Getting too hung up on progress tends to dampen my enthusiasm. These runs provide me with a brief respite to reacquaint myself with why I started running in the first place: how free it makes me feel.
Reveling in the warm embrace of the sun or splashing through puddles during monsoon season. This to me defines the joy of running, the simple act of moving through space in sync with nature’s rhythm. A true intuitive celebration of movement. Continue reading “let’s get it on”
Optimal dietary macronutrient distribution in China (ODMDC): a randomised controlled-feeding trial protocol.
Unlike other East Asian countries, such as Japan and South Korea, which have generally maintained their traditional cuisines, China seems to be relinquishing its original dietary patterns. From 1982 to 2011, energy intake from fat doubled from 18% to 37% in megacities and daily edible oil nearly tripled from 18 to 49 grams (Figure 1). Correspondingly, carbohydrate energy intake decreased from 72% to 54%. Along with these diet changes, the burden of undernutrition has diminished, but an epidemic of obesity and diet related cardiometabolic disease has emerged. The prevalence of overweight has increased to 26%, which was rare in the past. In parallel, waist circumference, an indicator of central fat distribution, has undergone an increase across all age groups in the past 30 years
From the figure and quote above, it might seem that decreasing carbs while increasing fats and protein intake has led to an increased in obesity in China.
However, that is not the full picture.
The main driver for the increase in obesity is this startling fact: China’s avg per person caloric intake has more than doubled in the last 50 yrs
What are the implications of this?
- To lose weight, you need to remember the first law of thermodynamics: conservation of energy. i.e. To lose weight you need to EXPEND more calories than you take in.
- No single macro nutrient is the reason why you are gaining weight. It is the over consumption of calories that is causing you to gain weight.
- Do not make life difficult for yourself by cutting out entire food groups and/or macro nutrients. All diets work, as long as you stick to them.. Encourage adherence by making your diet enjoyable AND sustainable.
- Be flexible and be rational with your food choices.
This question appeared in a forum I frequent. I would like to share my answer to it and I hope someone find it useful.
Do you think that this “fitness lifestyle”, bodybuilding, powerlifting (or whatever the heck else you’re in this group for) has helped you to overcome your issues? Or do you think it perpetuates them?
I’ve got a range of EDs. And I first started exercising as a form of ‘purging’. After developing some serious medical conditions and recovering from them, I’ve since reconsidered my POV on exercise and that is largely due to hanging out with the ‘right’ aspects of the fitness community. I now look at exercise/training as a way to improve a ‘skill’ (e.g. squatting, running) and be more goal-oriented (e.g. hitting PRs) versus a means to create a deficit or ‘punishment’.
In addition, helping people achieve their fitness/health goals in a way helps to reinforce the ‘correct’ way of thinking. That health and fitness should improve your way of life and not turn living into a ‘burden’.
To be honest, there are times I’ve relapsed, but overall I felt that fitness has helped me to take a more rational approach to my health. Whenever I catch myself regressing, I also ask myself ‘does this bring me closer to my goals?’, ‘why do I believe I need to do X to achieve Y’. These pragmatic questions really helps me to overcome the persuasive voices of my ED.
What about you? How do you feel about the ‘fitness lifestyle’ and eating disorders? I would love to hear your thoughts on this.
Hacky script to plot pygal charts using data from pushshift.
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Followed the tutorial here on scraping newspaper articles and performing sentiment analysis. Made changes to use different set of dictionary and analysis tools.
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Recently I’ve been trying to practice data visualization, learn new python libraries and get better at coding.
This is my latest project – https://immense-headland-56609.herokuapp.com/
Continue reading “scraping and charting”