I thought I would share my recent health findings/experiments forgive me if the thread is all over the place and kinda random.:
My dad had problems with blood pressure and blood sugar, the doctors told him to avoid salts, his situation got worst and worst.
Then I was like "wow you look like shit" and then he was like "my blood pressure I see stars all the time"... then im like what kinda of salt do you use, he used no salt or only iodine free sea salt.
I got him to try and eat a lot of salt, within minutes his blood pressure leveled off to about normal and ever since he has been on a moderate salt diet (always eating salt with iodine) and he looks/feels a lot better.
And this is a guy whos diet consists mainly of bread and carbs (he is a little chubby) and his blood sugar is all over the place (mostly because he has no self control and eats a loaf of bread and goes to sleep).
But salt is important.
Personally I have been trying to lose weight , (lost 10 lb + already ) I notice that if I up my sodium intake that I start to retain a lot of water weight, gatorade has a lot of sodium/salts so if I use that as an energy drink I usually gain like 5 lb's of water weight.
So next time you get on the scale and flip out about weight , try and drink a lot of water/take a lot of pisses / go for a jog and rinse out the excess sodium from your body and you will retain less water... make sure that you drink water often to avoid building up water weight... (your body kinda likes to store whatever it doesn't get a lot of) ..
Green tea is amazing even though I read someplace that it has a lot of heavy metals in it sometimes (arsenic and junk) ... but green tea makes me feel freaking amazing and blocks insulin from storing fat a little.
Salt/Sodium and Water are linked heavily in the body
Insulin and Fat are based on blocked pretty well with Green tea and other sources of fiber like apples
Oatmeal is like the best food on the planet.
Salt without Iodine is crap, I think maybe 30% of Americans with health problems simply don't have enough salt/iodine in their body... iodine is probably one of the most important nutrients you need.
... ZINC for men is a MUST I been jumping off the walls with energy and feel a lot more aggressive... ( I was kinda gaining weight and feeling down before I started making these changes in diet)
Now I avoid bread altogether, I hate the stuff , and this is from a guy who ate pizza atleast 3 times a week ( i love pizza it was my primary food source , now been pizza free for 2 months )
I don't miss bread, looking back on i t, bread saps my energy and makes me sleepy for no reason.
Chicken (Niacin is REALLY GOOD FOR YOU) (grilled always with peppers )
Cheese (swiss mostly )
Pulled Beef for a treat (I get those Jack D packs from Costco ) its got some processed junk sauce on it, but I eat it once a week or once every 2 weeks to keep me going so I don't break down and start pigging out on sugar all over.
everyday 30 minutes a day on stepper (1 minute slow pace, 1 minute fast pace with music blasting alternating for 30 minutes , pretty much when it starts to burn for 1 minute + I slow down and then speed up after a minute again for 30 minutes non stop) ( I might take a day off from cardio if Im really tired... but I always try to get it in before bed atleast )
Weight Training on Monday Thursday and Sunday (dumbbells chest/Triceps/Biceps ) nothing fancy, just enought to keep body repairing.
100 situps every other day before bed
I been at the workout thing for about 3 weeks now (1 week warmup 1 week building up endurance and now this week been going full steam ) already starting to see results.
Avoid Soda like the plague
I think the primary health problems in America are caused by:
Bread (because bread isn't even bread anymore its like sugar, syrup, soy , oil and garbage smashed together to look like bread ) its pretty much solid pepsi made to look like bread.
If I eat bread, its oat meal bread or wholewheat super thin breads, I have to be careful because im allergic to walnuts and a lot of oat breads dump walnuts in there and I can't eat them -_-... annoying.
Excess sugar and sodium in foods
I don't think eating fat is the problem.... its sugar, I bet if your diet consisted of lard, you would be thinner than someone whos diet consisted of sugar and bread, look at all the food labels, usually you will find tons of sugar in one form or another.... eating bread and soda is about as bad as it can get, you might as well eat liquorish and drink Corn Syrup.
The really funny thing is, I find that if I go a week + without bread, I don't even crave it... but as soon as I have 1 slice of pizza , I instantly want more and more bread/pizza/garlic knots w/e
I think bread and soda have addictive additives put in them.
Reason I posted this was to share my experience and beliefs and to see what others think about it, maybe someone knows something that can help me even more.
I am thinking about trying to ramp up my consumption of fat (ketogenic diet ) but not to the extreme... I want to achieve about 15% body fat, because frankly im sick of carrying around a spare tire.
I don't really feel the need to do strict dieting (other than avoiding bread and soda for the most part) because I feel im losing a steady 3 to 4 lbs a week... which is healthy I think even though recommended is only 2 lbs a week (the hell with what doctors say , I can lose 15 lbs in a month )
Im probably between 20 and 25% body fat ( I don't have an accurate way to measure ) but for sure before I started I was at maybe 28 - 30%) and I could start to feel the side effects.
Went from 195 to 185 (if I run on tred for 30 minutes I can get down to like 182 sweating water out ) so I figure I hold about 4 - 5 lbs water weight at any given time.
Goal is 170 (5' 8" tall) I should be 160, but for my build I feel like 160 is just too light I can't even imagine weighing 160, I would be afraid to go outside on windy days....
I think by this time next month I should be atleast at 175.