Ask Davey

Every week, Davey Wavey answers fan questions about fitness, nutrition or general health. If you have a question, send it to Davey at davey@daveywaveyfitness.com

The Detox Secret You Didn’t Know.

Hey Davey,

I’ve seen a lot about detox diets and was looking at a few different options. I was wondering if you have a recommendation or any advice?

From,
Earl

Get-Lean-DietHey Earl,

As someone who lives in southern California, it seems like everyone and their mother is on a detox diet of some sort or the other. Though there are many types of these detox diets (some running upwards of $200 or $300 for just a few days), they all come with a similar promise: To counteract your busy lifestyle by removing the built up toxins in your body.

For detox-lovers, I have some good news and some bad news. Plain and simple, the bad news is that these diets don’t deliver on their promise. The good news is that your body does an excellent job of removing toxins on its own – so there’s no need for these products in the first place.

So let’s dig a little deeper.

As it turns out, there’s no scientifically-valid evidence to substantiate these products’ claims. In fact, many of these claims about how the body works are wrong – and, in some cases, the recommendations are dangerous. According to Dr. Michael Smith of Web MD:

If your goal is to detox your system, don’t waste your time or money. Your body is an expert at getting rid of toxins no matter what you eat. Toxins don’t build up in your liver, kidneys, or any other part of your body, and you’re not going to get rid of them with the latest detox wonder. Especially avoid diets that promise to detox your liver with supplements or “cleanse” whatever the diet determines needs washing out.

And though some of these detox diets may result in minor weight loss through calorie restriction, the weight will likely be regained at the conclusion of the diet. These diets are not sustainable, healthy or recommended.

But there is a healthy way to actually detox your body. It’s a secret that can radically transform the quality of your life. And it’s free.

Many of the same people that I see on detox diets routinely fill their bodies with alcohol, processed foods, sugars and other unhealthy substances. Some of them even smoke.

So here’s the secret: If you don’t want toxins in your body, don’t put them there in the first place.

Eat more fruits and veggies. Select lean meats. Opt for whole grains. Eliminate processed foods and sugars. Don’t get shitfaced at the club or do drugs. How beautiful is that?

And if you do over indulge, treat yourself to plenty of water, a good night’s sleep and a balanced diet. Your body will do the rest. No $300 detox diet needed.

Love,
Davey

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How Long Does It Take To Lose Muscle?

Dear Davey,

I am not allowed workout for almost 2 weeks due to doctors orders. I normally workout 5 days out of the week with cardio and/or weight training. I am in good shape currently, but sightly worried I will lose time and muscle mass by not being able to go workout for this long and I have never gone this long without working out. All I can do is walk.

What is the time frame you start losing muscle?

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Mike

Hey Mike,

For a committed exerciser, skipping a few weeks of the gym is a scary prospect. Our muscles, strength and performance are hard earned – and we don’t want to take steps backwards. As such, recovery from surgery, an injury or even a gym-less vacation can set of warning lights.

As it turns out, several factors contribute to how quickly you’ll lose muscle including age and fitness level.

According to a study in the Journal of Applied Physiology, competitive athletes start experiencing atrophy (muscle loss) after 2 – 4 weeks of detraining. For more recreational athletes, atrophy and decreased strength occur after 12 weeks of detraining. That’s three months!

A separate Australian study found that minor atrophy started occurring in subjects after 3 weeks.

And a Japanese study compared two different groups of exercisers. The first group exercised continuously for 15 weeks. The second group did 6 weeks of training, took a three week rest and then trained again for six weeks. At the end of the study, muscle size and one rep max was the same for both groups.

In other words, missing a few weeks isn’t a big deal once or twice a year. In fact, it can actually be a good thing – and it can give your body and your muscles some much-needed and well-deserved rest.

The key to detraining, however, is your ability to bounce back. Once you return from your vacation or recover from surgery, get back into the swing of things. Don’t let your break deter you from your goals or dampen your motivation.

Love,
Davey

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The Truth About Gay Men In The Locker Room.

Dear Davey,

I’m an openly gay college athlete and many of the other players have privately expressed their concerns about changing and showering in the locker room with me. I’m not really sure what to do and wanted your advice.

From,
Jon

lockerroomHey Jon,

My advice is to link them to this article. They need an education and this class is in session.

First and foremost, your straight teammates need to understand that they’ve been sharing locker rooms with gay men their entire lives. They just didn’t know it. There is nothing new or different about showering with you; the only difference is that you’ve had the courage to come out to them.

Second, their straight teammates are probably more keen to check out their bodies than other gay men. The truth is, the locker room can be a pretty intimidating place for gay guys, and most of us go out of our way to avoid any sideways glances or awkwardness. Straight guys, on the other hand, seem perfectly comfortable staring at other guys and even commenting on their packages. For most gay men, this is terrifying.

Third, it’s worth reminding your straight teammates that just because they are men and just because we are gay doesn’t necessarily mean that we’re even interested in looking. In other words, they need to stop flattering themselves.

But for the sake of argument, let’s pretend that your straight teammates are drop-dead gorgeous Adonises. And let’s pretend that you did actually take a lustful look at their nakedness. Is that such a terrible thing? Does you looking at them somehow rob them of their masculinity? Are they somehow lessened or diminished by your gaze? Absolutely not.

(In fact, you’re probably looking at them the same way that they look at women ALL THE TIME. But I digress.)

Finally, let’s not forget that straight guys are the ones with the power. It’s gay men who experience discrimination, who get teased and bullied for their sexual orientation and who are denied equality under the law. Straight guys aren’t victims in the locker room, or in life in general – and it’s not a cute look for them to pretend that they are.

In conclusion, my advice for your concerned straight teammates can be summed up in three simple words: Get over it.

Love,
Davey

Brown Rice Vs. Quinoa

Hey Davey,

What are your thoughts on quinoa, as opposed to brown rice? I’m always watching my carb intake… I have dresses to fit into!

Thanks,
Randy

brown-rice-628x363Hey Randy,

They say if you give a man a fish, he eats for a day. But if you teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime. In the spirit of teaching you to fish, take advantage of a simple tool offered by Google. Go to the Google homepage and type in “quinoa vs brown rice” and click search.

At the top of the search results, you’ll notice a nutritional comparison of the two foods. From the drop down menus under each food, ensure that you’ve selected similar comparison metrics. For quinoa and brown rice, I selected a 100 gram comparison of cooked quinoa to cooked brown rice.

As you can see, the two food products have similar nutrition information with a few noticeable differences:

  • Quinoa has significantly higher levels of dietary fiber (2.8 grams vs 1.8 grams)
  • Quinoa has higher levels of potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc and folate
  • Brown rice has higher levels of manganese, selenium and niacin
  • Quinoa has more protein (4.4 grams vs 2.3 grams)
  • Brown rice has slightly fewer calories (112 calories vs 120 calories)
  • Quinoa has slightly fewer carbohydrates (21 grams vs 24 grams)

It’s worth noting that both brown rice and quinoa are complex carbohydrates, which are broken down slowly by the body and don’t result in the same blood sugar spikes as simple carbohydrate foods like candy, pastries and refined grains. Despite the bad reputation, complex carbohydrates are an important part of a balanced diet. And with plenty of fiber and protein, both brown rice and quinoa will help you feel full longer.

Though quinoa might have a slight edge over brown rice, both foods are healthy choices that totally deserve to be included in your diet. Rather than splitting hairs between these two healthy foods, focus your energy on the more important nutritional issues… like including more vegetables in your diet or reducing alcohol or sugar intake!

That’s my two cents.

Love,
Davey

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Would You Join A Gay Gym?

Dear Davey,

I’m an openly gay man and I just moved to Los Angeles. I’m trying to decide which gym is best for me. One gym near me is pretty straight but the other is extremely gay. What are your thoughts on joining a gay gym? I need some guidance!

From,
Ben

Man-in-sauna-via-ShutterstockHey Ben,

With a mixture of men, mirrors, saunas and the occasional jockstrap, I can’t help but think that all gyms are at least a little gay. Having said that, some gyms are certainly gayer than others – and there are no shortage of predominantly gay gyms in Los Angeles. I know this because I go to one of them.

There’s no simple answer to your question. In fact, it really depends what you’re looking for in your gym experience.

Pros / Cons of a Straight Gym

  • Pro: Distraction-free workout lets you focus more on exercise
  • Pro: More able to keep to yourself
  • Con: Some gays might feel less safe working out in a predominately straight environment – including signs of affection with a significant other

Pros / Cons of a Gay Gym

  • Pro: More social environment and may feel a sense of community
  • Pro/Con: This can be a good thing or a bad thing, but gay gyms tend to be very cruisey
  • Con: Might end up seeing your ex-boyfriend
  • Con: Might make other gym-goers more self-conscious about body, clothing, etc.

For me, the gayness of a gym isn’t a determining factor. The availability of equipment and vicinity to my house are my top priorities.

Regardless of which gym you choose, I do have one piece of advice. As I’ve said before, it’s much easier to find a good hookup than a good gym; don’t screw where you lift. You’ll see him again and again and again and forever be haunted by the ghosts of hookups past.

But I’d love to hear what you guys think. Would you join a gay gym? Let me know in the comments below.

Love,
Davey

P.S. If you are a female, I strongly recommend gay gyms. There are a number of women who attend my very gay gym and absolutely love it; they can wear whatever they want, no one hits on them and they don’t mind getting down, dirty and sweaty.

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