Welcome to week three — gym time
This was likely to have been your first day working out, and so I’ll say congratulations.
Tomorrow you can repeat your same workout. But you should also add some cardio in the form of fast walking, slow running if you can handle it, or try some of the stuff on the workout video on my website at Day 16, better yet just substitute a little bit of what is on the video.
Don’t spend more than an hour in the gym. Ideally less. And make sure you recover between exercises.
If you are really whipped tomorrow, just start with some cardio. By the time you finish you’ll probably want to do some more stuff. Cardio is energizing.
You’ve made it this far so don’t give yourself a reason to quit.
If you haven’t been eating every two hours, you are likely to feel tired. It’s because you aren’t eating. Eat some real food — not junk food.
If you are tired, junk food will destroy you. Eat real food.
Speaking of food
Fructose is the sugar found in fruits and vegetables. In that respect it is a natural sugar or sweetener. As is sugar cane and other sugars that are grown, harvested, and used as sweeteners.
Corn syrup, as a product, has been around for as long as I remember. When I was a kid it was sold in a glass bottle in the grocery store and used as a sweetener for cooking and baking, and some folks with a heavy duty sweet tooth used it as pancake syrup.
New generation corn syrup
High-fructose corn syrup is a new version of corn syrup. This starts out as corn syrup, and gets manipulated chemically. Chances are good that it originates from genetically modified corn.
I won’t go into all the arguments about why HFCS is good or bad for humans. The arguments are encyclopedic.
I don’t know for sure that HFCS is good or bad. And to be honest I don’t even think that is the real issue.
Article of mine about HFCS.
What I know is that HFCS is in the food chain in a major way. I don’t know the percentages, but I’ll guess it is upwards of 90 percent of packaged and prepared foods and beverages, including cold cut and deli meat contain HFCS.
HFCS is so widely used because it is cheaper than sugar, and most people can’t tell a difference in taste. Actually it’s been around and in so many products for so long now that there are a lot of people that have grown up on HFCS and would probably (naturally) prefer it to real sugar. It is much sweeter than sugar that’s for sure.
HFCS by any other name
High fructose corn syrup varieties found in ingredient lists include fructose, corn syrup, corn syrup solids, natural sweeteners, to name some.
At first HFCS was thought to be a healthier alternative to sugar. Today there are those who believe it is a root cause of obesity and many health conditions.
I’ve read enough about sugar in general and HFCS in particular to believe it is worthwhile to go out of my way to avoid anything that contains them.
Question: Which is worse, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, or natural sugar found in fruit? I honestly don’t know, but I am convinced we should cut back on all sugars unless we don’t care about how we look and feel.
Sugars are not as scary when they are additives rather than the primary ingredients in foods. Additives tend to come after the fourth item in the ingredient list, and even further down the list is better.
A word from the doctor
Dr. A. Scott Connelly, in his book, Body RX, elaborates about fructose and high-fructose corn syrup. The main problem he says is they permanently lock your metabolism in fat storage mode:
“High concentrations of fructose can switch your metabolism from fat-burning to fat-storage mode by promoting the formation of long-chain fatty acids that are resistant to oxidation [being burned as fuel]. Foods that do not get oxidized tend to be stored as fat, and that’s why long-chain fatty acids are anathema to anyone who wants to get lean. At the end of the day, the last thing you want to do after working out hard in the gym is add extra pounds of fat and misery via fructose.”
Connelly’s book contains many pages of foods categorized as those that can help you to look and feel better, and those that you want to not overdo or avoid entirely. You’ll be surprised how many foods you can eat without paying attention to quantity. I learned a bunch from this book and his advice helped me to get where I am today. I don’t know him, but I know he does great work to help heal the sick, plus he’s a fitness aficionado who manages to tie fitness and healing together. You can find Connelly’s book on Amazon.
You can also do an Internet search and probably come up with excerpts.
There’s a longer article about sugar and eating on my website at Day 16.
Make sure you have an annual physical.Information presented by Thomas Amshay is for education only and not meant to cure, guide treatment, or take the place of a licensed health practitioner. Consult your health care team before starting any diet, exercise program, or nutritional supplement.