4,306 reputation
1223
bio website yogatwists.barbiehebron.com
location San Francisco, CA
age 29
visits member for 3 years, 8 months
seen Oct 16 '11 at 19:04

Passionate about anything to do with the mind and body: B.Sc. Kinesiology, B.A. Cogntive Science, Registered Yoga Teacher, Fitness Instructor, and Writer.


Jun
20
comment Why is my outer hip tight when doing some inner thigh stretches?
Wow, thank you for the great answer! I'm going to have to go buy some tennis balls.
Jun
19
comment Is it possible to become relatively fit without going for runs?
What do you mean by progress? Weight loss?
Jun
19
comment Very advanced exercises and workouts using only resistance bands
The Great Stretch Tubing Handbook is probably pretty good. I have some other books from this series, and they're full of usable exercises. It looks like you need something to attach the resistance band to in exercises from this book though, so it wouldn't work if you literally want to use only a resistance band.
May
23
comment Raw Diet for Growing Children
Are you considering a vegan raw food diet, or a raw food diet including raw meat?
Apr
8
comment Why is my outer hip tight when doing some inner thigh stretches?
If I do the stretch at the same angle as the guy in the video, it doesn't do much for me. But if I get into his position then bring my thigh towards my torso (still keeping the leg straight and close to the floor) so my leg is at least perpendicular to the rest of my body, omfg. I -think- it stretches the same spot as when I do bound angle pose. Am still stretching the gluteus medius in the modified position, or is it a different muscle?
Apr
8
comment Strengthening and healing the psoas (leg-lifting) muscle
This is definitely a challenge for the psoas muscle! The one problem I see with using it as your primary rehab strengthening exercise is that it only strengthens the psoas at one joint angle, which isn't that practical considering the range of joint angles you hit during sports.
Apr
7
comment How to sculpt masculine VS feminine chest?
It could also have something to do with how good your plastic surgeon is. I don't know the story on these particular women (maybe Silvana Salvati just got lucky with her genes), but it's nearly impossible for someone to cut their body fat so low that you can see their 6-pack and still maintain full, voluptuous breasts. Breast augmentation is common enough among body builders that bodybuilding.com has an FAQ article on it.
Apr
6
comment Effect of squat and dead lift on long distance running
I think your answer is really good, but can you explain this sentence a little more: "Doing even more aerobic exercises like static squats will pay higher event specific dividends for endurance athlete." I've always thought of isometric exercise as anaerobic, and static squats only strengthen the muscles at one specific joint angle, so to me they don't seem applicable to running.
Apr
4
comment What are the nutritional benefits of saturated fats?
@anothem I agree with the religious war statement. The research on this stuff still equivocal. As Michael Pollan wrote, nutrition science is "in the same place that surgery was in, oh, the 1600s." Let it stand that I still disagree with the statement that polyunsaturated aren't essential in the diet, but I think I'm done beating the dead horse here.
Apr
4
comment What are the nutritional benefits of saturated fats?
@anothem If I understand the question correctly, it's not about whether saturated fats have any problems (although it keeps coming up, this point is moot). It's about whether they have any benefits. What do you get from saturated fats that you'd miss out on if you didn't eat them?
Apr
4
comment What are the nutritional benefits of saturated fats?
@anothem I agree, you have to make sure you balance your omegea-3's and 6's since they have opposite effects. And you're right, just because your body synthesizes something doesn't automatically mean it's not recommended. But in this case, most organizations don't recommend it (Wikipedia). I'm not really saying this to attack saturated fat. I want to express that if SF is generally recommended against, there's a good chance that we don't need it.
Apr
3
comment When will muscle be cannibalized?
Your questions are so great, JoJo. I don't have time to answer this one now, but if no one else answers it in the next day or so, I can shed some light on this topic for you :) p.s. Is your avatar a photo of you? Do you compete?
Apr
2
comment What are the nutritional benefits of saturated fats?
@J. Winchester, That's interesting, I didn't know that there was any question about high LDL being a risk factor for CVD; I wont make that assumption in the future. My intent with those studies was more to show the importance of PUFA's than to attack SFA's. You're right, recent research suggests that saturated fat may not be associated with increased risk of CVD (aside: this doesn't mean their -beneficial-, per se)--but the prevailing way to explain away previous research that SFA's were bad is to say PUFA's are good. This last statement in this answer directly contradicts this.
Apr
2
comment Does the existence of trans fat invalidate years of research on saturated fats?
You're right, my last paragraph was a little vague. I've edited it to better reflect the nature of the findings.
Apr
1
comment What are the nutritional benefits of saturated fats?
@Allen Here are three academic studies that contradict your conclusion about polyunsaturated fat being more dangerous that saturated fat. PubMed1, PubMed2, The American Journal of Clinical Nurtition. Considering CVD is the number one killer in the world (Wikipedia), I wouldn't advise people to cut out polyunsaturates.
Apr
1
comment Is it true that thinking uses a lot of calories?
I've modified the answer to reflect the nature of that pubmed citation better. For me the SciAm article isn't evidence against the quote from Livestrong because it takes firing neurons to operate body processes as well as thought. The article doesn't distinguish between neurons dedicated to different tasks. The last paragraph does indicate that visual stimulation may increase energy expenditure, but is it by enough to be considered "a lot"? And is visual perception really considered "thinking"?
Apr
1
comment Is it true that thinking uses a lot of calories?
Thanks for the source, Matt! I've added it to my answer.
Mar
31
comment Is it true that thinking uses a lot of calories?
The brain probably consumes some of that extra energy some of that extra energy (I really don't know for sure). But a stress response is systemic, causing stuff like increased heart rate and breathing rate, which consume quite a bit of extra energy. You're right though, there are boundary issues; even if the brain doesn't burn much extra energy itself, it triggers the stress response, so you could say it's responsible for burning those calories.
Mar
31
comment Is it true that thinking uses a lot of calories?
It sounds like this is due to emotional stress rather than thought (Google Book)
Mar
30
comment Should I eat more calories when working out even though I'm trying to lose weight?
Very detailed answer. The definition of BMR is off though. I think for the most part you just mean energy expenditure, which is the sum of BMR, thermic effect of food, and physical activity level (PAL). BMR only refers to the very base level of energy expended at rest. Aerobic exercise does cause a short-term increase in BMR and, as you mentioned, strength training causes a long-term increase in BMR, but when you're talking about burning calories during exercise, you're usually talking about PAL, not BMR.