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The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter, Issue #133, Do men get PMS?
March 01, 2014
March 1, 2014
In this newsletter . . .
Male PMS (Pectoral Madness Syndrome)
Food label chicanery
Male PMS (Pectoral Madness Syndrome)I have never understood the current obsession with pectorals. I’m talking to guys now. I think it all got started when we began measuring a man's worth by how much he can bench press. I just don't get it.
Maybe you don't think, as I do, that pectorals have become an obsession. Well, I read an article in the Sunday papers that reported a large number of men are actually getting chest implants. Now that has to make you wonder, doesn’t it?
Don't get me wrong. A strong, well-developed chest makes sense as part of an athletic body. But paste a set of massive pectorals on guys who are otherwise too skinny or they’re fat and flabby and you've got some pretty strange looking people.
Maybe I'm way out of step. I also think bench pressing is over-rated, even if it is the honest road (not implants) to pectoral nirvana. Why? For too many people it eventually raises hell with their shoulders and they end up with chronic aches and pains. Moderation, of course, is the answer. But try preaching that message to the pec worshiper guys. It's weird, to me anyway. Still, not nearly as weird as guys getting implants.
Finally, the superstars of yesterday, Grimek, Reeves, LaLanne and others spent most of their workout time standing upright -- and not so much flat on their backs. They had pecs, but in proportion to the rest of their musculature.
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Food label chicaneryWe have a local doctor, Bill Elliott, M.D., who writes a weekly column for the local newspaper. His topics are usually good and he explains things in a way that doesn't require a medical degree to understand them.
This week he wrote about the pluses and minuses of food labels. He calls the labels a step in the right direction, but explains they’re not perfect and are subject to trickery.
In 1994, the Food and Drug Administration required all packaged foods to begin using "Nutritional Information Per Serving" labels, using a standard serving as the basis for calories counts. The labels also listed the amount of fat, salt and carbohydrates per serving.
To quote the doctor: “But that doesn't mean the food industry has been entirely honest about its labeling. It has pulled just about every trick in the book to mislead, misinform and generally scam American consumers into buying its products with confusing labels and claims.”
Don’t think you’re immune. Misleading food labels can fool even savvy consumers. So we owe it ourselves to be able to recognize the chicanery. The following are a few of the most common tricks:
What should a health conscious shopper do? Dr. Elliot advises the following:
“First of all, avoid trans fats. Most of us know this by now, but just as a review, the food industry figured out years ago that Americans like rich tasting foods but want to avoid animal fats (like lard). The solution? Take a relatively healthy clear vegetable oil and bubble hydrogen though it, artificially saturating the oil and making it taste like an animal fat. Tropical oils such as palm oil are naturally saturated and are also used in this role.
“Trans fats are solid or semi-solid at room temperature so 'cholesterol-free' hard fats like margarine and shortening generally contain some form of hydrogenated oil. Foods that contain lots of trans fats include almost everything at a fast-food stop (especially french fries), nondairy creamers, battered and deep-fried foods, pie crusts and many pie fillings, margarine, cake mixes and frostings, pancake and waffle mix, many ice creams, many microwaved popcorns, and just about anything that comes in a box at the supermarket.”
Eat more fresh fruits and vegetables. Buy low-fat or (even better) nonfat dairy products. Eat fish and only lean meats. Avoid prepared and boxed foods. You won't need to worry about confusing and misleading food labels.
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