My name is Michael Cocchiola. I started this blog when I was 23 years old, soon after graduating from Virginia Tech. When I first started this blog, it had a large focus on everything to do with nutrition and exercise. As time has progressed, it has turned more into a lifestyle blog. An online journal or snapshot into my life if you will. As time moves on, I look forward to looking back to where it all started and where I am currently in my life.


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  1. Manager

    Hi Michael Cocchiola,

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  2. M. Talmage Moorehead

    I’m not sure what to make of “mytrendingstories.com”. I got an email from them that’s pretty much identical to the comment above. Any thoughts or insights would be appreciated.

    Regarding your article above: “In fact, if I read a diet plan or article restricting any sort of macronutrient I usually just stop reading it immediately and move on.”

    It’s my understanding that the average US diet is far too high in carbs, especially carbs with a high glycemic index and high insulin index. Check out Jason Fung, MD. He’s ahead of the curve on the science of calorie metabolism, in my opinion. https://intensivedietarymanagement.com/


    • Michael Cocchiola

      Honestly, I’m not sure either. I replied to their emails, but when it came time for account information I got nothing. So it still remains to be seen.

      Yeah he looks like a ketogenic kind of guy. There is some interesting science behind it, but eventually to lose fat you need to cut calories. Two big problems with Keto: one is you become overly sensitive to carbs; two is that dietary adherence over the long term is very difficult to follow for most. Trying never eating pizza again with your family and see what I mean. Eating out also becomes a nightmare as you stress about anything with small amounts of carbs. Not a healthy way to live in my opinion. When you cut calories insulin gets reduced and this burns fat. Eat enough protein and you spare lean muscle mass. I do think cheat days are beneficial and I plan to start implementing those again. I dont think there is a lot of research behind it in textbooks, but anecdotally a lot of people tend to break homeostatsis with periodic overfeeding than they do with trying to cut all the time.

      I’ll keep you posted on My Trending Stories though haha.

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