In this weekly link roundup we have articles on why the quality of calories you eat matter, why it’s time to unleash your inner child again, and why respect matters more than money when it comes to happiness.
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- Playtime Is Back. Act Accordingly – We’re big proponents of play, and Steve over at Nerd Fitness does a great job showing why play is so essential to our health and happiness.
- Which Diet Works?- Mark Bitmann does a good job in summarizing the new findings of a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Bitmann writes, “The message is pretty simple: unprocessed foods give you a better chance of idealizing your weight — and your health. Because all calories are not created equal.” Pretty sane advice, but it’s also important to understand the limitations of the study, which Marion Nestle talks about here.
- What Puts Fat Into Fat Cells, and What Takes it Out? – For the most part in popular media the science of fat loss and fat gain has been described primarily as a function of insulin. But what researcher Stephen Guyenet shows is that there are many other factors that come into play and that the brain plays a very important part in the process.
- Why Money Can’t Buy Happiness, Feeling Respected Matters More – Research has shown over the years that having a lot of money just isn’t all that important when it comes to happiness. What do you think? Do you find respect more important?
- No Skinny People Allowed Gyms: Brilliant or Bigoted? – A great post by Charlotte at the Great Fitness Experiment. If you didn’t hear apparently there is a new gym that “bans” skinny people. The basic idea is that some overweight people do not feel comfortable at other gyms so why not make a space for those overweight people to come and feel safe? What do you think? Head over to Charlotte’s blog and join the discussion!