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Eat Butter, Don’t Jog

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We have been told that butter is an unhealthy food and that jogging is the ultimate health activity. But what if this advice was… well wrong?

Mainstream health advice would have us believe that butter should not be part of the ideal diet – with a fat content of 80% (50% saturated fat) we are told it will drive up our cholesterol and cause heart disease, and that all those calories will make us fat.

Yet the latest research is clearly telling us that butter may have been found guilty without any evidence. We know now that saturated fat is not linked to heart disease – a peer-reviewed meta-analysis was published in 2010 that found that “there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD.” [1]

It has now become clear that it is the combination of processed sugar and inflammatory omega-6 vegetable oils (along with stress) that are to blame for heart disease – nothing to do with butter whatsoever, but perhaps more closely linked to its synthetic cousin margarine. [2]

butterOK so butter may not be the demon it has been made out to be, but what if butter was actually a health food?

It turns out there are many scientifically supported reasons that we should be eating butter. It is rich in fat-soluble vitamins like A, D & K2 (especially butter from grass-fed cows) and so many people are deficient in these vital nutrients because they stopped eating animal fats. Butter contains the fatty acids linoleic acid and butyrate which boost metabolism and are actually sold as a weight loss supplements. And yes, regular consumption of butter is associated with a LOWER risk of obesity [3]. And don’t forget… it tastes delicious!

On the flipside we have been told that we should all be jogging – pounding the pavement or treadmill for 30-60 mins at a time 3 days per week.

However, unless you are training for an event that requires that you specifically jog, there are far more efficient ways to spend your time exercising.

Jogging – or running slowly for a long time – involves repetitive, sub-maximal and high impact movements, usually undertaken on a hard surface like a footpath, or worse, on a treadmill that promotes unnatural movement patterns.

While jogging may increase your cardiovascular fitness – eventually – and possibly increase your bone density, the cost of achieving this is huge. Jogging is catabolic – that is, it wastes your muscle mass, it is fat-promoting as it elevates cortisol which is a fat storage hormone. It is destructive to long-term joint health.

But your GP has more than likely recommended you do it, 3 times per week.

Full length of young woman lifting barbell in gymGiven limited exercise time, the most useful exercise any human can do is one that strengthens bones and joints, creates a muscle building environment and burns fat long after you have done it, and even mobilises and lengthens muscles in natural movement patterns.

That exercise is strength training. Muscle is your metabolic engine, it is vital to your health, it will help you become lean and vital.

Please don’t jog if you are jogging in order to lose weight.

Eat butter, don’t jog… and THRIVE.

At Thrive Health we believe in the power of eating real food (like butter) and getting stronger (not achieved by jogging). We see real food and increased strength transforming our client’s lives in profound ways.

Our Healthy Body Happy Mind Program can help you integrate real food into your life at a pace that works for you and with foods that you will love – including some you thought may have been off-limits (like butter!). We can help you build new healthier habits and break cycles of addiction and emotional eating that may be keeping you bound to eating non-real food. We also help you make positive changes to other areas that may be negatively impacting your health like stress, sleep and mindset.

Our exercise programs teach you to SQUAT, LIFT and PRESS – three exercises that every human being should be able to do safely and efficiently. These exercises can be progressed over time so that you keep getting stronger.

[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20071648

[2] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9229205

[3] http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00394-012-0418-1