Worth checking out this article from the New York Times.
I was fascinated by this research from Robert Lustig, the pediatric endocrinologist: short sugar study.
The former has some enlightening points to make about dieting as a road to weight control. The author mentions a Finnish study where former Olympians in weight-conscious sports like wrestling were three times as likely to be obese later in life as peers from sports where dieting to make weight is not an issue.
The Lustig study was only nine days long, but they were able to show rather dramatic improvements in metabolic markers just by substituting starch for sugar. Keeping calories and weight stable-- the kids had drops in cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar in nine days. Lustig believes added sugars are particularly villanous, unlike David Ludwig (different pediatric endocrinologist, different hospital) who thinks that starches are equally bad as they are similarly broken down in the body. That is the line as nurses we have been giving diabetic patients-- carbs are carbs and it doesn't matter where they come from. But I think I'm more in the Lustig camp than David Ludwig's. (Couldn't these guys have settled on aliases or superhero names or something? Way too similar.)
Worked out with weights timidly this morning. Haven't done that in ages. I am super hungry today, not a coincidence, I'm sure ;) S'ok-- I'll go eat some starch :)