Fitness and Weight Training!
I found an article in my inbox this morning from a bodybuilding guru. His recommendations were so bad, and so full of stupidity, I actually found myself laughing out loud.
His rabid fear of dietary fat and cholesterol bordered on comedy. The notion that foods with fat and cholesterol will lead to an early death from a heart attack has been completely decimated in the literature.
But, old notions die hard. It's a lot easier to spew out info from the party line than it is to take a fresh look at the data sitting right in front of your face.
Cholesterol is used to repair damage in the arteries caused by other lifestyle factors. Blaming cholesterol for that damage is like blaming your band aid for the cut on your finger. It doesn't make sense!
Heart disease has more to do with excessive refined carb consumption than it does dietary fat and cholesterol. Walk up and down the grocery store aisles, and tell me how much animal fat you see on the bread aisle, the soft drink aisle, the cookie aisle, the cracker aisle or the cereal aisle.
The animal fat is found on the outer aisles in the meat and dairy departments, and nobody is buying that stuff! Look inside the carts of your fellow shoppers, and you'll see what I mean.
Dietary fat and cholesterol consumption from animal sources has gone down over the last 50 years, but people are still fat, and people are still dying from heart attacks.
It ain't the fat!
You need cholesterol to make testosterone. As a matter of fact, all steroid hormones begin with cholesterol.
The conversion of C to T takes place a couple of different ways, but here is a typical pathway..
Cholesterol » pregnenolone » DHEA » androstenediol » Testosterone.
Now, this is a simplified explanation as there are enzymes involved, as well as the pituitary, the hypothalamus, and the testis, but you get the picture.
T starts with cholesterol!
Look at the diets of the old school bodybuilders. Tony Sansone was a famous bodybuilder in the 30's.
Sansone understood the importance of flesh foods, including animal fat. He stressed the importance of organ meats such as liver, kidney, heart and cod liver oil and recognized the need to drink whole raw milk instead of pasteurized and skimmed.
Fresh butter and cream were his preferred fats. Steak, and other cuts of beef were a big part of his diet.
Now compare that with the dietary recommendation of the guru mentioned above...
Skim milk, chicken breast, shrimp, egg whites, rice.
Devoid of Fat Soluble Vitamins, lacking in essential fatty acids, and boring!
Remember, nutrition comes from WHOLE foods!
Take the fat out of the milk and you lose vitamins A, D, E, and K.
Take the yolk out of the egg and you lose most of the Phosphorus, Zinc, Thiamin, Pantothenic acid, B6, folate, B12, and 100% of the vitamins A, E, D, and K.
The skim milk thing gets to me the most...
Take this whole food chock full of the fat soulable vitamins A, D, E, and K, and skim them right off the top. Then, fortify this lowfat, thin, tastless liquid with low quality vitamin D, and call it food!
I think not!
Pass the cream!