Best article, which led me to action, is this http://www.mensjournal.com/magazine/everything-you-know-abou... together with the book The Power of Full Engagement https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0743226755/ref=as_li_tl?ie...
And here are the guys I read regularly (on and off, actually):
Scott Sonnon: http://www.rmaxinternational.com/flowcoach/
Pavel Tsatsouline: http://www.strongfirst.com
Phil Maffetone: https://philmaffetone.com
the guys at GMB: https://gmb.io
and Leo Babauta: http://zenhabits.net
Here's the graphic that used to be included that some might find useful
Importantly, the information is written and vetted by qualified medical professionals.
I'm posting this from Singapore, and I sorely wish the local Government Ministry of Health runs something similar.
There's a lot of opinions, some based on facts and research, some based on empirical studies and some based on pure misinterpretation of actual science. You are better of paying a visit to a good nutritionist who can provide you with a tailored diet to suit your body and lifestyle.
Look for a "dietitian" as this is a protected term.
Unless you have a medical condition that requires a special diet, what exactly is a nutritionist going to tell you that you can't read online? Eating well isn't rocket science. I'd love to see an example of what such a tailored diet would look like.
Which things to read online?
Outside that there is personal staff like obviously if u not tolera lactose or gluten avoid that.
Really though, you have to find what works for you personally. Take any idea - let's say you decide that you want to know if eating less red meat is good for you. You can read a hundred studies that have conflicting results. Or you can try eating less or none of it yourself and see how you feel. You feel great? Awesome. Now you know! You don't feel any different? Again, that's awesome. Now you know you need to eat a little more red meat.
One example for me was pull-ups (the exercise). I always assumed you had to do them overhand with a medium-wide grip. They never "clicked" with me and I could never feel good doing them. After 10+ years of doing them the same way, I finally saw a video where a guy explained how different people might need to use different grip styles to feel it best. I tried several of the different grips and found what works for me. No study or book would be able to tell me which grip style I should use. It was just something I had to learn for myself.
For something more science-based, check out examine.com. Anytime I read about a supplement or chemical that's supposed to be amazing, I go read examine.com and find out what the studies say.
Yes this is true, and important.
What is also true is that many people use individuality as an excuse. They can't exercise a certain way, or a certain diet doesn't sit well with them. I hear this daily: "You go to the gym every day? You go whole days with no carbs (or sometimes no food)?" In reality, diet and exercise is hard work (and not fun for most people), and at the end of the day most people aren't willing to put in the effort.
This is why the world is littered with fitness shortcut scams. But you'll find the fittest people have taken no shortcuts.
I think places like HN tend to attract people who like to collect the data first. But we need to worry less about perfect and just get busy getting results. Like you're building software.
This is great thing to point out in general. A lot of advice and widely held "knowledge" is well-meaning but can either be wrong or too strict.
Another one I've come across is people thinking there's no point in trying start running/jogging if they'll have walk most of the way...
You should check it out, two podcasts with Sommer are pretty lengthy but full of nice, actionable tidbits (not that I've used them since I don't remember what they were ;P).
While I agree with your point to some extent, I feel like the logic you used to arrive there is shaky at best. This is the whole reason scientific studies exist. Smoking makes you feel good in the present but has some disastrous consequences in the near and long term future.
Lots of good stuff on nutrition and training without BS.
Fads usually aren't visible on fMRI results.
One place to look for less fad-like treatment of mindfulness is the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical School, or some of the books by people associated with it, like Jon Kabat-Zinn: http://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/
Also, of course, there are loads of Buddhist-based sources for mindfulness, ancient religion that has always been based on mindfulness, and which can hardly be called a "fad". Some Buddhist-related sources are fad-like. Many are not.
It may not be "right" that they are raking in the money for centuries-old practices but that's the way it is with capitalism.
I'm not against earning money for teaching and the world needs more mindful people anyway. The problem for me is that most of these sources are very egocentric and focused on personal well-being when the centuries-old practices are deeply philosophical and also teach compassion and loving kindness.
In any case, it seems to me that even more "scientific" subjects, like, say diet or exercise science, have similar levels of "faddiness". It can be hard to separate the legitimate from the merely titillating.
Please take some time to read about the processes going during meditation in the consciousness because it's incomparable to "brain training games". There's enough scientific evidence at this point, the wiki link above is a good place to start.
Anyway following his advice has really helped me.
- Some form of exercise that you do regularly
- Don't drink much
- Don't smoke
- Have meaningful relationships
This will get you most of the way towards good health.
I would say out of all the points listed, sleep is the most important and the one where all health habits will follow from.
www.leangains.com is a great resource for a simple intermittent fasting protocol. Martin seems to really do his research, and he's in incredible shape which gives credibility to his method.
As for where I go personally for learning about health, I have found personally, it's better to just try something, see how you feel and refine it.
The meaningfulness part comes with living for someone other than yourself, living in service.
They base their recommendations on real scientific articles.
youtube for workout: athlean-x
joe rogan youtube channel <powerfuljre>, had on Rhonda Patrick (phd in biomedical science) for a few eps (3-4 hr each) talking about vitamins
if you buy vitamins you have to research the specific ingredient (cheap forms of magnesium, calcium, etc that don't get absorbed).
If you're just starting out, getting a book on working out and eating healthy will get you 80% of the result for 20% the effort.
If you're already experienced, again it depends. Some people have already been mentioned like Tim Ferriss, Dr. Rhonda Patrick, Peter Attia, Dom D'Angostino and many more.
However you need to have the critical thinking to weed out what and how you could safely try some new theory. (say Intermittent Fasting or whatever new theory)
And I think after some time/experience you can go and pick up papers and judge them for yourself.
Exercise science is really kind of a joke, though. The Starting Starting Strength community does an annual review of the year's important exercise science studies. Almost every single one is not capable of actually testing the stated hypothesis. Here's the review from 2012, if you're interested.
As for learning about health issues like diseases etc, I usually read reputable sources like mayo clinic or www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov or www.nhs.uk. One of these is bound to answer my queries.
Care to elaborate on this? Why no bodybuilding?
I do personally lift, specifically with the goal of getting stronger, but it's definitely going above and beyond what's necessary to be healthy.
Diet is all about focusing on nutrient density and hitting all your micronutrient targets (tracked with sites like Cronometer.com). (Rhonda Patrick is a useful resource in this realm, as is Examine.com)
I am not an ultra runner or even a marathoner, I'm a wannabe alpinist. But the podcast is incredibly informative for anyone who is going to be under movement for more than 4 hours. I have learned more that has helped me in training and on hikes and climbs from this podcast than any other single resource.
Care to be a little more specific? I enjoy frequenting /r/fitness and /r/running for their FAQ information which is helpful as well.
Getting into a routine is a big thing (and a thing I struggle with sometimes) with improving health and well-being (imo).
I will also add -- at the risk of stating the obvious -- having a community (real or virtual) of people who share like priorities helps as well. It's a lot harder to skip your daily bike ride if you're riding with other people, et cetera.
(An anecdote from my personal life: I have a "race car" and I also race bicycles. The apparent health of the two communities diverges dramatically with age -- so much so that as a relatively young person, I remind myself that I should work extra hard to remain a part of one community, even if it's at the expense of the other...)
Well being is the job moral philosophy: https://www.amazon.com/Fundamentals-Ethics-Russ-Shafer-Landa...
You want all of these to be a habit. It's a journey.
Grains and fermented food for breakfast. Snack throughout the day on high fat veggies/lean meats/nuts.
Dark leafy greens and protein for dinner.
Eat at least two servings of fruit a day.
Above all, if you have a craving, eat it, but reduce the quantity.
Well written, thorough, and most of all... actually evidence based!
For fields outside of computing, the best knowledge is still mostly stuck in book form.
Is there more to it?
Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle
7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Stephen R. Covey
More importantly, every Sunday morning I attend Mass at my local Roman Catholic church. The body and spirit both require regular attention.
(If you were hoping for links to sites so you can see it yourself, perhaps you should say that.)