The Ramble: Four Fitness Articles You Should Know About for the Week of January 24

I have a whole stack of fitness stuff that’s been piling up in my in-box that I have been meaning to share.

Study Finds Caloric Info on Menu Doesn’t Alter Ordering Habits. What is amazing is that someone had to actually take the time to conduct a study on this, and not the findings that people won’t change their ordering habits as a result of being told how many calories are in their food. This study and the comments made by the researchers reveal just how little these academics know about the people they study, how little they get about human nature.

This isn’t the first study to reach this conclusion, as other studies have shown putting calorie counts on menus has little, if any affect on people’s ordering habits. This whole endeavor is a huge waste of time and resources and the Food Police should move on to other issues. Surely, they will continue to try to legislate our behavior, for if they cannot incite people to change habits of their own volition, they will eventually use force. As matter of fact conflicting and/or overlapping state and federal legislation is sure to make this a government-led comedy of errors.

Makers of Power Balance Energy Wristbands Admit There’s No Science Behind Their Product. Really? Here’s another story that shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone; there isn’t scientific proof that holographic images, just like the ones found on a credit card, have no powers to improve, “balance, strength and energy.” What’s next, the makers of the Shake Weight admit that holding a huge vibrator isn’t better than doing few repetitions of lifting weights? I know, let’s not get crazy here…

The company that makes this “product” has already been punished and forced to pay a huge fine in Australia, has had to fess up to a lack of real evidence to back-up the claims made for their wristbands, and pled guilty to violations of Australia‚Äôs Trade Practices Act. They also had to refund the Australian suckers who fell for the scam. Two and a half million bracelets (at $30 a pop) were sold down under. How long before the advertisements for Power Balance Energy Wristbands contain a disclaimer? Oh, and people will still buy them. Maybe the Power Balance people can strike a deal with the makers of the Shake Weight.

A History of Diet Failures is on Display at the Library of Congress. There is a new exhibit at the Library of Congress that features advertisements for some of the ridiculous diet programs that have been pushed on people over the years. If you read about some of these diets in the USA Today account of this exhibit you might – actually, you should – think to yourself, “Hmm, these diets don’t sound that much worse than the crap us enlightened folks in the 21st Century fall for.”

What’s more ridiculous, a diet that tells you it’s safe, easy and effective to lose weight by eating cookies or smoothies or one that promotes the consumption of a special kind of bean or using an electric device that “shakes” the weight off? Seriously, is the Bile Bean Diet that much worse than the diet nonsense that we are bombarded with these days? Is the claim of weight loss from taking a bath that much more outrageous than the claim that you can lose weight while sleeping?

Rather than using this exhibit as a way to promote the meddling ways of our so-called “public health officials,” this should be an occasion to point out the futility of dieting, and get people to move away from the misguided and unhealthy practice of following diets. However, since the diet industry sucks billions of dollars per year out of our pockets we can look forward to a future exhibit featuring advertisements of failed diets from this era.

Don’t Go Gluten-Free Unless You Have a Gluten Allergy. One of the recent diet fads is to remove gluten from the diet as a way to lose weight and improve health. Well, there’s no indication that going gluten-free will help you lose weight and, more importantly, there’s no indication there are any health benefits from avoiding gluten. However, this won’t stop the gluten-free train from leaving the station. There will be celebrity gluten-free diet books (there already are, but there will no doubt be more) and maybe even a gluten-free workout program. Hey, why not?

The American Dietetic Association says that there is no reason to avoid gluten unless you have a gluten sensitivity. But their voice, and the voice of others who try to get the message out that gluten-free isn’t effective, will be drowned out by those who have something to sell. Have you noticed that people who promote diets always have something to sell? That should tell you something.

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  1. Joseph Dabon January 25, 2011

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