I hate this show but I am thrilled to see that two contestants,Courtney Crozier and Irene Alvarado, are living and training at a facility in Orange county and being fed a PALEO diet. They actually used the word "paleo" in the press release. I'm still in shock. Quote from the trainer, "This is not your typical low-fat, low-calorie diet for weight loss; this is the opposite" I'm actually going to watch the finale on May 24 to see if this gets any mention. I hope so! Can this do anything but help our cause? Will you tune in?
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on May 19, 2011
at 07:26 PM
Well, if you'd like to see Irene actually be part of the finale, you might want to vote for her, seeing as how she's not part of the guaranteed final two. It's really a toss-up for who's going to be the third person, but after seeing that, I'm hoping she gets it.
I know that the Australian version of the show has been pushing a lower-carb version diet for a while, I was really hoping it might be this time seeing as how they had a couple new trainers. Sadly the only innovation I saw was HIIT, which was actually done quite well (well, at least for what they showed).
I'm not really a fan of the show, but it does impact a lot of what we (general american public) think of as weight loss, and a lot of people talk about it at work, so I think it's better to watch and be informed than anything else.
I, however, am very thankful for the dvr function on my cable box. There's a lot of boring or pointless stuff, and I've started cringing at any point where they start talking about "heart healthy foods" and such. Um, no. Please don't make me miserable (or worse, get all of the diseases I'm trying to avoid) by eating cheerios, running on a treadmill, or going on a starvation diet.
I know that Robb Wolf talks about Poliquin and biosignature a lot in his podcasts, so I think the results will be pretty impressive. I'm more curious to see how they're going to look compared to the rest of the competition...
on May 19, 2011
at 08:44 PM
I will be the first to say that I am a fan of the show. Obviously I don't agree with the diet and I think the training is unrealistic to maintain, however, I think there are some good underlying messages. Regardless of how they do it, they are turning those peoples lives around and potentially saving there lives. They also seem to inspire others. All these things are very rare on television today. Of course in a perfect world you would have them diet on Paleo and training smartly, but then there wouldn't be the entertainment factor.
Anyway, I am glad to see that some of these contestants aren't following blindly and open to new and better ideas on how to not only lose weight but to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
on May 19, 2011
at 08:05 PM
Great stuff. I never got the whole idea that "okay let's take someone who is in poor health with low energy, satiety issues and poor metabolic signaling and starve them/kick their asses until they're thin. That just breaks them. Cortisol is as big an issue as food and exercise. What these guys will do for her is improve her overall health so she can tap into that body fat better. When we have excessive chronic inflammation our leptin signaling goes out the window. When that happens we can't use our uncoupling proteins efficiently and when THAT happens we don't burn fat as efficiently. Paleo is my best guess for the best way to reduce that inflammation and get more of our fat-burning faculties into gear. It is also more satiating than other diets which means less food intake and less hunger pangs, meaning less stress and cortisol.