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Diet and Exercise Support Group

This is a group for those atheists who want to add/drop weight for the purpose of obtaining a higher standard of fitness. It is also there for those who wish to support or need continued support once obtaining their personal health and fitness goals.

If you determine to join this group, you may feel free to use a thread as a journal to log your status as you work your way to a healthier you.

Members: 19
Latest Activity: Mar 6

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Liver impaired by two weeks of fat & fructose

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 30, 2014. 5 Replies

It took just two weeks of a typical Western diet, high in fat and fructose, to make the livers of healthy adult rats get more fatty and and less sensitive to insulin.…Continue

Tags: insulin resistance, fatty liver, fat and fructose

Vitamin D deficiency makes us obese

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Randall Smith Jun 28, 2014. 1 Reply

Vitamin D can lower weight, blood sugar via the brain, study findsVitamin D deficiency affects weight and…Continue

Tags: insulin resistance, obesity, vitamin D

Non-science based medical writer

Started by Luara May 8, 2014. 0 Replies

I found a foggy essay advocating homeopathy by Dr. Katz.  So I don't think anymore…Continue

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Comment by Randall Smith on March 6, 2015 at 8:26am

Ruth, after reading a book about a family that went a whole year w/o sugar, I was inspired to try to cut back on my sugar/carb consumption. Rather than going cold turkey, I thought I'd try an every other day approach. I have no weight or health issues (i.e., diabetes) to cause me to do this--I just know sugar is bad for me.

Thanks for your input. Good luck with your dietary restrictions. As the late Paul Lynde would say, "You think it's easy?"

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 5, 2015 at 9:42pm

I hadn't heard of alternate days of being sugar free, Randall. I'm on a strict low carb diet for diabetes, but I still consume more than that in a day. There's 12 grams of carb to 20 grams of protein in the gluten flour I use for low carb bread and cake. I could have a slice of toast for breakfast, with some berries and fish. And I eat at least 3 or 4 squares of Lindt 85% a day, plus plenty of 1% milk. In sum, your sugar free days seem too strict to me. What counts is how much sugar you eat at once, and the glycemic load of your intake. As long as you don't consume more than 20 grams of carb in a main meal, you should be fine. Remember that starch is almost instantly converted into sugar, so starches count too.

Change of subject,

I think there's a little one of these in all of us.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 16, 2015 at 8:28am

I'm fighting a cold (Thanks, grandchildren!), but continuing exercising. I'd rather be sleeping. My alternate "sugar-free" days also continue. I've rather proud of myself, usually limiting sugar intake from 10 to 20 g on those days. I have to include the sugars in things like ketchup and yogurt. I also have to be careful I don't over-indulge on the "sugar ok" days. It's easy to rationalize. Also, I tend to snack on salty foods like popcorn on my no-sugar days. That's just about a bad, expecially for a guy with high BP. It's a work in progress.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 29, 2015 at 7:11am

I hope you all read my Jan. 27, 2015 blog on "the big fat surprise".

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 8, 2015 at 4:38pm

It fills me with as much enthusiasm as that kitty seems to have.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 8, 2015 at 3:23pm

Comment by Luara on November 23, 2014 at 7:36am


Shorter is better :)  But you're doing better than average. 

How's your health otherwise?  blood pressure, lipids etc.?

Comment by Randall Smith on November 23, 2014 at 7:11am

Thanks, Luara. I'm 5' 7" (have shrunk over the years). Is that short enough?!

Comment by Luara on November 22, 2014 at 9:41am


Smaller people, like smaller dogs, tend to live longer.

Shorter men live longer.   And caloric restriction - being well nourished but not weighing much for your height - is connected with longevity across many animal species. 

So celebrate your genes!

Comment by Randall Smith on November 22, 2014 at 7:38am

3 months later. Yes, I'm a 120 lb "weakling". Believe me, I've tried for 55 years to add weight and, especially, muscle. I've lifted weights (like 300 curls/day), enriched my diet, you name it. Alas, I weigh and look the same as I did at 16 years of age. I've finally given up. My genes are in control. 

I'll still lift weights on a reduced, modified scale, just for tone and bone strength. But reality has hit me. As long as I stay in good shape, I'm fine with that. I'll never be Atlas.


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