February 26, 2009 at 6:06 am 3 comments

** All it takes to lose 10 percent of your body fat is 15 seconds… Sort of. James over at paunchiness.com has a great summary of the benefits of high intensity interval training (HIIT), especially as it relates to weight loss. The nitty gritty: subject who sprinted on their bikes for 6 seconds, then rested for 9 seconds, and repeated the cycle for 20 minutes lost 10 percent of their body fat, while those who exerised to longer durations at more moderate levels did not lose any.

** Speaking of being paunchy, it does not matter if you eat a low carb, low fat, or low protein diet… The secret to losing weight is restricting the number of calories we consume every day. See: A calorie is a calorie is a calorie.

** How would you react if you were thrown into the deep end of an Olympic-sized pool with your hands tied behind your back, your feet bound together, and a strap of dive mask stuffed in your mouth? Most of us would panic… And black out from oxygen deprivation. But most special ops trainees “quickly realize the only way to avoid drowning is to relax and sink to the bottom of the pool, kick off powerfully toward the surface, gasp for a little bit of air through clenched teeth, and then fall back into the water and drop down to the bottom again.”

Lessons in Survival” is an awesome article about “the science that explains why elite military forces bounce back faster than the rest of us.”

** The NYT has a great profile of ultrarunning all-star Matt Carpenter: “At 44, a Running Career Again in Ascent.”

** Too many college students think simply showing up and doing the assigned work is enough to earn them an ‘A’: “Student Expectations Seen as Causing Grade Disputes.”

** Things that make you say “Hmm…?”: Scientists turn to their kids for test subjects. Said one neuroscientist at MIT about the birth of his son, “[I am excited] because I really want to study him and do experiments with him.” NYT article here.

** One last fun NYT article: Low-Tech Fixes for High-Tech Problems explains how sticking your computer hard drive in the freezer after it crashes can help you recover the files and data on it, how a homemade antenna can help you extend the WiFi range of your router, and how to rescue your cell phone from an accidental swim in the toilet.

As always…

play, think…
J.R. Atwood


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Charley  |  February 26, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    HIIT is an excellent work out plan, you just gotta stick to it! :)!

  • 2. Mike  |  March 1, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Just passing by.Btw, your website have great content!

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  • 3. James  |  March 19, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Thanks for the link to Paunchiness. We’ve been on a hiatus over the winter but are getting back on it full force.



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Jason R. Atwood

I'm an avid trail runner and doctoral student at U.C. Berkeley who studies motivation and the relationship between the mind and body. This blog is a forum to share research, news, and musings about these topics of interest. More

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