Diet and Exercise Support Group


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.

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Latest Activity: Nov 23

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Liver impaired by two weeks of fat & fructose

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jun 30. 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. 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. 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 February 28, 2014 at 8:08am

Wow Craig! I'm going to quit complaining about my arthritis and toothache! Hope you get things straightened out and return to good health. I take so much for granted.

Comment by Luara on February 25, 2014 at 8:28am

So I have some arrhythmia and micro seizures, and couldn't drive after these diagnoses

Maybe you could ride a bike around?

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 22, 2014 at 8:22pm

Craig, I had a seizure while driving several years ago and fortunately came out of it without hitting anyone or thing. It scared the daylights out of me. I spent two years not being able to drive. Turned out my heart was beating irregularly, and had a pacemaker installed. Have had no problems since.

Last March I was diagnosed with breast cancer, had chemo, radiation and now am on a regime of Herceptin every three weeks. I am incredibly sleepy because of all the Rx's and so do not go further than my grocery store. One Rx has a side effect of seizures even as another prevents them. I hope they talk to each other and give me the best possible outcome. That will end if I ever have a blackout. 

It all turns out to remaining flexible and adaptable. I can't do what I once did, nor do I want to. I am happy puttering around and thankfully I am retired and can do that. 

I hope you find a cause of your health situation and that you can do all that you like and want to do. Treasure those moments of being awake and of being asleep. Just so they happen at the safe time. 


Comment by Craigart14 on February 22, 2014 at 7:59pm

Well, I've been struggling with other health issue.  Had a fender bender at the end of October, apparently caused by a brief blackout at the wheel.  Bunch of tests, including an MRI, an EEG, 30 days with a heart monitor, a stress test, and another EEG.  So I have some arrhythmia and micro seizures, and couldn't drive after these diagnoses.  Did well on the stress test; doctors were impressed that heart rate and blood pressure returned to normal very quickly after the test.  (Years of cycling.)  Apparently, one of the prescriptions I was taking makes these seizures more likely.  Second EEG was clean.  Beta blocker prevents arrhythmia, but also keeps me from getting my heart rate up for intense exercise.  Disappointing that I couldn't work out during a lengthy holiday break.  Sitting around put 8 pounds back on, about half what I had lost since summer.  Oh, well.  Try again.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 13, 2014 at 7:58am

What's going on here? Nobody is commenting. Sitting around the house is adding to my girth. I've gained about 5 lbs. despite walking 6-7 miles a day (in my basement) and doing "high intensity" exercises (see Dr. Mercola). Too much snacking I'm afeared! Yikes!

Comment by Randall Smith on January 2, 2014 at 8:21am

Spud: Super!! Whatever you're doing must be working for you. Not that I need to lose weight, but I occassionally fast. It's mostly to get rid of a little extra mid-section and to combat my sugar "addiction". I think by not eating breakfast every now and then helps. And, according to Dr. Mercola (and that TV show you and I watched), intermittant fasting is the way to lose fat and be healthier. Google him and read his article(s) on it. I am also doing his recommended "high intensity training" workouts. I love 'em!

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 29, 2013 at 3:16pm

Randall, from what I've heard, many small meals are better than a few large ones.  Personally, I can definitely tell my body does not like large meals.  It responds with acid reflux, sleeping problems, and abdominal pain.  

It seems everyone says do not skip breakfast, but I don't notice any negatives when I do that, which is often.

I haven't heard of any studies about fasting, but I've started doing it after I saw a TV show on it.  They concluded that it helps take-off fat.  

They said there are two ways to do it.  One is to eat all you want one day, and eat nothing the next day.  The second is to eat one or two small meals in the morning, then nothing the rest of the day.  

That's the one that I use, and I've lost 40 pounds since I started 8 months ago.  It helped that I was doing lots of strenuous work during the spring and summer, but I'm still loosing a little weight this winter with almost no strenuous work.

Comment by Luara on December 29, 2013 at 7:28am


"Intermittent fasting" may have benefits similar to caloric restriction without making people super-hungry or super-thin.

But there is also lots of research supporting the benefit of eating your breakfast, etc. 

What those opposite kinds of evidence add up to, I don't know. 

Comment by Randall Smith on December 29, 2013 at 7:14am

Is fasting a good or bad thing? What's the latest on eating 6 small meals a day vs. 2 decent ones--skipping breakfast althogether?

Comment by Craigart14 on December 13, 2013 at 10:30pm

Steph S: Thanks for the encouragement on veggies, but did you know that Marie Antoinette was widely misquoted?  What she actually said was "Let them eat kale."

I'll try.


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