January, 2010  // Posts published in January, 2010

29 Jan 2010 Posted in Barefoot running/Running shoes

Running barefoot vs shoes

It’s been a rather frantic week, and I know there is a series on weight hanging in between Part 3 and Part 4.  I’m hoping to get to that next week, when hopefully I’ll have a little more time! But today, I have to comment on this latest study, which I know will become bigger in […]

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21 Jan 2010 Posted in Caster Semenya

IOC calls for treatment in sex ambiguity cases

I thought I’d interrupt the weight management series for a day to cover very briefly the news being reported out of Miami, where a panel of medical experts met to discuss the complexities around gender verification. The meeting, convened by the IOC in response to the huge controversy over Caster Semenya’s win in the IAAF […]

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20 Jan 2010 Posted in Series/Weight loss

Exercise and weight loss, Part 3: Fat

There are many reasons to want to burn fat during exercise.  For obvious reasons, in the context of the series I’m currently doing, people want to burn fat during exercise to lose weight.  In that regard, one must emphasize that as much as we talk about weight loss, fat burning (or rather, a change in […]

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17 Jan 2010 Posted in Series/Weight loss

Exercise and weight loss, Part 2B

No, not part 3 of the weight loss series, don’t worry.  Rather, it’s a response to your many emails and comments to , and the principle of weight loss.  As usual, there are too many good comments to do justice to with an answer, so I’ll thank you once again and move ahead to a […]

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16 Jan 2010 Posted in Series/Weight loss

Exercise and weight loss, Part 2A

Thanks to everyone for your comments and emails in response to . It’s always great to debate the issues, and in this particular case, I value your thoughts even more because it will help steer the remainder of this series in a direction that I hope meets most expectations. I realized overnight what an enormous challenge […]

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15 Jan 2010 Posted in Series/Weight loss

Exercise and weight loss, Part 1

I’ve long felt that one of the biggest privileges of being in the field of exercise science is that what we (sports scientists, that is) study is relevant to just about everyone.  If botanists have flowers and gardens, if astronomers have planets and stars, then sports scientists have…performance, and weight loss. For almost three years […]

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14 Jan 2010 Posted in Caster Semenya

Semenya to run again? Claims and counterclaims

I know I said that I’d be tackling weight loss and exercise, but we always try to cover breaking news on science-related topics, and so I felt compelled to shift that series back by one day (don’t worry, it’s on the way!) to comment very briefly on the latest in the murky world of Athletics South […]

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13 Jan 2010 Posted in Doping/US sports

Doping news and insights

Tomorrow I will begin the first major series of 2010 – Exercise and Weight loss, which is mainly in response to Time Magazine’s article last year, which explained “Why Exercise won’t make you thin”. Exercise and weight loss is a topic that we absolutely had to cover, because for all the focus we’ve had on high performance, elite […]

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