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Comment Re:And yet... (Score 2, Insightful) 2987

Didn't you know? Guns don't kill people, people kill people. Sometimes I wish Obama would do really want the right wing is scared about: implement and enforce some sensible gun control laws. Those living in middle of Kansas farms can keep their guns to stave off the zombies (and their sisters). The rest of us living in civilization would like to see some gun control.

Comment Re:Mixed feelings. (Score 2) 383

People have complained and the market did not fix itself so now government has to step in.

That, indeed, is the idea behind Keynesianism. It assumes that while free market is great, like any system it has its shortcomings, and it is the job of the government to step in and fix any systemic issues (including regulations, helping fix broken institutions such as banks and industries etc).

Comment Re:There appears to be an agenda here...let me gue (Score 1) 190

That's a philosophical argument. Your opinions notwithstanding, the CEO made some confidential information available, the equivalent of a public announcement, to a selective audience. Now whether or not he was right in doing so, he broke the law (or at least some regulations).

Comment Re:Microsoft and GPL (Score 3, Interesting) 573

On a related (if ironic) note, what are your thoughts on where Apple is headed with their walled garden approach (the merits/demerits of it notwithstanding)?

Also, speaking of Apple, where do you see DRM and content copyright going in the coming years?

And I am not just talking about code, but of all content in general -- publishing industry, music/media industry, user generated content etc. Are we headed in the right direction or are we all well and truly f*cked?

Comment Re:Ha ha... (Score 1) 159

I think people are over-complicating this. At a macro level, your body is not going to care if it gets its carbs and sugar from an apple or from a piece of candy.

As long as your protein intake is sufficiently high to maintain muscle and your fat intake is high enough to support your hormone production, any additional calories -- carbs or protein -- are a bonus.

I follow something called IIFYM -- If It Fits Your Macros. As long as your macros (protein, fat, carbs) meet your requirements (and this changes based on your individual need, how much you workout etc) and as long as you meet your caloric goals (excess for gaining, less for losing), you are good.

I will give you an example. Right now, I am on a bulk, and I try to hit ~1.2g/protein per lb of lean body mass. I have my TDEE calculated from a bunch of formulae, and 30% of it is fat. The rest, after protein and fat, are carbs.

Unlike some people, I actually like having carbs in my diet because they are muscle sparing: if you do not hit your protein numbers, your body is happy to use burn both your fat and your muscle, and it is incredibly hard to build muscle. Secondly, I am also okay with excess (relatively speaking) protein intake because I find that it speeds up recovery incredibly. I used to not consume enough dietary fat until I realized that it was affecting my hormone levels. After working with my doctor on understanding my diet and running more tests, I realized that increased dietary fat actually increased my t. So, now, I have a ratio that works, and one that I follow diligently.

If I am on a bulk or a cut, I make sure that my protein numbers are hit first, and that I get adequate fat second, and carbs last. I find that on a day to day basis, my body doesn't care if I get my protein from processed way or from natural sources, or if I get my carbs from a pack of skittles or from an apple (in fact, I keep a pack of skittles handy when I work out, if I feel my glycogen reserves depleting on particularly heavy workout days).

Now, arguably, I work out pretty diligently 5-6 days a week, so what works for me may not work for someone else (i.e. someone who isn't as active may need to watch their carbs a lot more than someone like me). But it's nevertheless been my experience that your body cares about contents at a macro level than at a micro level. Sure, it's good to eat wholesome, healthy food for other reasons (i.e. making sure you get the right nutrients and reduce crap) but as far as your caloric needs are concerned, your body is largely unconcerned about the sources of protein, fat, and carbs.

Comment Re:Ha ha... (Score 1) 159

Sure. However, my original argument still stands. If you find that you gain at 2500 calories, and lose at 1500 calories, your TDEE (total daily energy expenditure) is somewhere in between. Can the numbers be absolutely accurate and dead-on? Of course not -- they are meant to be directional. But you will need to use them to figure out what the calories are at which you gain, and what are the calories at which you lose.

Unless you disagree that for *you* as an individual, eating below your TDEE will make you lose weight and eating above will gain?

Comment Re:Ha ha... (Score 1) 159

The key to staying in shape is basically calories in vs. calories out. No matter what people's excuse, you cannot violate the laws of thermodynamics. Your body isn't going to magically add "fat" from the air.

I eat a lot. However, I monitor whatever I eat very closely -- tracking every morsel and every calorie (I personally use LiveStrong MyPlate, but MyFitnessPal is also good). As long as I am within my calorie intake on a weekly basis and hit macros (ratio of protein, fat, and carbs), I am happy.

I also work out regularly -- on average, lift 3 days a week and do some kind of cardio the 3 days a week (running, rowing, climbing etc). If I eat more, I burn more. If I eat less, well, I make it a point to eat more.

My body fat percentage fluctuates, anywhere from 12% to 18%, depending on the time of the year and if I am trying to add muscle or cut fat. But ultimately, gaining weight comes down to eating more and losing it comes down to eating less. There's a reason people say that six pack abs are made in the kitchen.

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