We took Drink Your Carbs to the bottom of the world to test it in one of the harshest environments on Earth.
While planning our expedition, we imagined ourselves as modern day Shackletons surviving off our wits, seal blubber and cask strength whiskey. It turns out that this lifestyle is now prohibited under the Antarctic Treaty. These days, visiting is more like being transported into an episode of the Love Boat in which Puerto Vallarta has been replaced by a frozen continent. In our case, the role of Captain Stubing was played by a stereotypically gruff, but caring, former Russian naval commander. Charo was played by a balding Canadian named Scott.
In other words, instead of hauling a wooden sledge through chest-deep snow, we did our trekking from a balcony suite on the Ocean Diamond, a Quark Expeditions luxury ship.
According to Forbes Magazine, only 8% of Americans achieve the goals set in their New Years resolutions. Every one else fails, bombs, flops, nosedives or otherwise falls short of their own expectations. Forbes presents this as bad news.
The defining characteristic of DYC in 2013 was research. We decided that it was finally time to channel our inner Woodward and Bernstein and head into the library to see what we might uncover. It was a risky move. It was possible that evidence would force us to scrap the entire DYC project.
Lucky for all of us, the opposite proved true. We stared into the face of cold hard data and came away fully convinced that alcohol is not an obstacle to either weight loss or exercise. DYC may have started as a joke, but we inadvertently stumbled onto a system that works.
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house / Not a creature was stirring, except for Santa who trying to choke down his billionth cookie of the evening.
In our experience, the over-21 set tends to be Santa skeptical. Some people get hung up on the impracticality of delivering presents to the roughly 2.2 billion Christians worldwide. Others concern themselves with the physics of flying reindeer or the difficulty of stuffing a morbidly obese man down the narrow flue of a modern chimney. At Drink Your Carbs, our skepticism springs from the sheer volume of cookies left on hearths that, for politeness reasons, Santa is required to consume.
If you are unfamiliar with CrossFit, your cable package clearly doesn’t include ESPN3. About a year ago, ESPN3 dumped its 24/7 uninterrupted coverage of the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in favor of endless reruns of the CrossFit Games. Increased publicity has led, predictably, to increased criticism.
We have been CrossFitting for nearly five years. We decided that it was time to add our voices to this contentious debate.
There is no shortage of “diet” experts who delight in pointing out that half a bottle of wine with dinner adds roughly 300 to 325 calories to your day; a couple of pints of microbrew can add even more. The calories in alcohol, they argue, are too high and therefore incompatible with any form of dieting.
The two most frightening words in the English language are “extra crispy.”
We were reminded of this on a recent visit to the Hopkinton State Fair in New Hampshire. Some of the foods available from the vendors could rightly be described as homicidal. They had taken the least healthy foods that science has ever produced and found a way to more than double the calories without adding even a single useful nutrient.
All of those bright colors and food additives sheathed in oily breading got us wondering: exactly how many calories does deep-frying add? We knew that frying was bad, but we wanted to know how bad. That question turned out to be far more difficult to answer than we imagined.
Anthony Arendt is a glaciologist in the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska. His work defines the leading edge of glacial research. By combining cutting edge technologies like satellite gravimetry and airborne laser altimetry with old fashioned drilling for ice core samples, Arendt is pushing the envelope on our understanding of how glaciers work and how they are affected by our warming climate.
He pursues this knowledge at great personal risk. He was recently stranded on a glacier when his helicopter crashed during a winter storm. Last year, one of Arendt’s colleagues fell 75 feet into a crevasse while snowmobiling across a remote glacier. Forget all of the stereotypes of scientists isolated in underground laboratories. Picture instead the X Games with older athletes, less safety equipment and more math.
We didn’t contact Dr. Arendt to discuss climate change or any of his important work. We asked him about cocktail ice.