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The Weekend Inspiration – Being Perfect (Friday Night Lights)

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Solar Flare causes beautiful Northern Lightshow, but what is an Aurora Borealis? (Science is Awesome)

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The sky danced with bands of green, yellow and other colors last night, as the aurora borealis, or northern lights, dazzled viewers in the upper Northern Hemisphere. The light show was sparked by a powerful solar flare that erupted from the sun Wednesday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Space Weather Prediction Centersays that while Earth will feel the effects of the large coronal mass ejection through Sunday, it won’t bring major communications or electrical problems.

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Happy Friday Flashback – I would walk 500 MILES (The Proclaimers)

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Fitness Fridays – Graphs showing why people are getting FAT (Science is Awesome)

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1. People Are Eating More Junk Food Than Ever

Food Spending, Smaller

Source: Dr. Stephan Guyenet. Fast Food, Weight Gain and Insulin Resistance.Whole Health Source.

People are eating more calories than before… but pretty much all of the increase has come from processed foods.

In the graph above, you see how the population changed its eating habits in the past 120-130 years.

At the turn of the 20th century, people were eating mostly simple, home-cooked meals. Around 2009, about half of what people ate was fast food, or other foods away from home.

This graph actually underestimate the true change, because what people are eating at home these days is also largely based on processed foods.

2. Sugar Consumption Has Skyrocketed

Sugar Consumption in the UK and USA

Source: Johnson RJ, et al. Potential role of sugar (fructose) in the epidemic of hypertension, obesity and the metabolic syndrome, diabetes, kidney disease, and cardiovascular disease. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2007.

Added sugar is the single worst ingredient in the modern diet.

Numerous studies show that eating excess amounts of added sugar can have harmful effects on metabolism, leading to insulin resistance, belly fat gain, high triglycerides and small, dense LDL cholesterol… to name a few (12).

There is also a plethora of observational studies showing that the people who eat the most sugar are at a much greater risk of getting type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even cancer (345).

Sugar is also fattening, partly because it doesn’t get registered in the same way as other calories by the brain, making us eat more. It also has adverse effects on hormones related to obesity (6789).

Not surprisingly, studies show that people who eat the most sugar are at a high risk of future weight gain and obesity (10).

3. People Gain Lots of Weight During The Holidays, Which They Never Get Rid Of

Holiday Weight Gain in the US

Source: Dr. Stephan Guyenet. Why do we Overeat? A Neurobiological Perspective.2014.

Most people don’t gain weight overnight… it happens slowly, over years and decades.

But the rate is uneven throughout the year and spikes dramatically during the holidays, a time when people tend to binge on all sorts of delicious holiday foods and eat much more than their bodies need.

The problem is that sometimes people don’t lose all the weight back. They might gain 3 pounds, but only lose 2 after the holidays are over, leading to slow and steady weight gain over time (11).

In fact, a large percentage of people’s lifetime weight gain can be explained just by the 6 week holiday period.

4. The Obesity Epidemic Started When The Low-Fat Guidelines Were Published

Low Fat Guidelines and Obesity Epidemic

Source: National Center for Health Statistics (US). Health, United States, 2008: With Special Feature on the Health of Young Adults. 2009 Mar. Chartbook.

There was an epidemic of heart disease running rampant in the U.S. in the 20th century.

A lot of scientists believed fat, especially saturated fat, to be the main dietary cause of heart disease (although this has since been disproven).

This led to the birth of the low-fat diet, which aims to restrict saturated fat. Interestingly, the obesity epidemic started at almost the exact same time the low-fat guidelines first came out.

Of course, this doesn’t prove anything, because correlation doesn’t equal causation.

But it does seem likely that putting the emphasis on saturated fat, while giving processed low-fat foods high in sugar a free pass, may have contributed to negative changes in the population’s diet.

There are also massive long-term studies showing that the low-fat diet does NOT cause weight loss, and does not prevent heart disease or cancer (12131415).

5. Food is Cheaper Than Ever Before

Food Price Trends as Percentage of Disposable Income

Source: Dr. Stephan Guyenet. Why do we Overeat? A Neurobiological Perspective.2014.

One factor that has most likely contributed to increased consumption is a lower price of food.

From the graph above, you see that food prices have dropped from 25% of disposable income to about 10% of disposable income in the past 80 years.

This seems like a good thing, but it’s important to keep in mind that real food isn’t cheap… it’s processed food.

In fact, real foods are so expensive that a lot of people can’t even afford them. In many poor neighborhoods, they don’t even offer anything but junk food, which is often subsidized by the government.

How are poor people supposed to stand a chance if the only food they can afford (and access) is highly processed junk high in sugar, refined grains and added oils?

6. People Are Drinking More Sugary Soda and Fruit Juices

Caloric Beverage Consumption in USA

The brain is the main organ in charge of regulating our energy balance… making sure that we don’t starve and don’t accumulate excess fat.

Well, it turns out that the brain doesn’t “register” liquid sugar calories in the same way as it does solid calories (16).

So if you consume a certain number of calories from a sugary drink, then your brain doesn’t automatically make you eat fewer calories of something else instead (17).

That’s why liquid sugar calories are usually added on top of the daily calorie intake. Unfortunately, most fruit juices are no better and have similar amounts of sugar as soft drinks (18).

Studies have shown that a single daily serving of a sugar-sweetened beverage is linked to a 60.1% increased risk of obesity in children (19).

Sugar is bad… but sugar in liquid form is even worse.

7. Increased Food Variety Contributes to Overeating and Weight Gain

Food Variety and Weight Gain

Source: Dr. Stephan Guyenet. Why do we Overeat? A Neurobiological Perspective.2014.

One factor that contributes to overeating is food variety.

The graph above shows a study where rats were split in 3 groups… one group got regular healthy chow, the second group got one type of junk food, but the third got multiple types of junk food at the same time (20).

As you can see, the rats eating one type of junk food gained more than the ones eating rat chow, but the rats eating multiple types of junk food gained the most… by far.

There is some evidence that this is true in humans as well. When we have more types of foods available, we eat more… and sometimes more than our bodies need (21).

8. People Don’t Burn as Many Calories When Working

Trends in Occupation-Related Physical Activity

Source: Church TS, et al. Trends over 5 Decades in U.S. Occupation-Related Physical Activity and Their Associations with Obesity. PLoS One, 2011.

A lot of people blame obesity on decreases in physical activity, that we’re just burning fewer calories than we used to.

Although leisure time physical activity (exercise) has increased, it is also true that people now have jobs that are less physically demanding.

The graph above shows how people are now burning around 100 fewer calories per day in their jobs, which may contribute to weight gain over time.

Credit: Authority Nutrition

Be Like Bacon – Francis Bacon (Knowledge is Power)

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Be Like Bacon – Francis Bacon (Knowledge is Power)

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Sundays are for Lovers – This Modern Love (Bloc Party)

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Pooh Bear was right – Benefits of Honey

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Heart Disease and Cancer Prevention

Honey is chock full of antioxidants and flavonoids that work to reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer. These compounds improve your overall health and prevent the free radical damage that can lead to these diseases. They also help to prevent other abnormal changes that may cause both disease.

Gastrointestinal Disorder Prevention

Gastrointestinal disorders are common and most people experience an upset stomach from time to time. Honey is a natural antibacterial, so regular consumption may help to prevent bacterial stomach infections, as well as ulcers, since ulcers are often the result of H. pylori bacteria.

Multiple Properties

Organic honey is an effective anti-fungal, antibacterial, and anti-viral solution. These properties are present both when you ingest honey and when you apply it topically. Studies show that bees produce an enzyme that works very similar to hydrogen peroxide, adding to the antibacterial actions of honey.

Better Athletic Performance

During ancient times, athletes worked toward better athletic performance by eating dried figs and honey before competition. Modern studies confirm this action and water with organic honey is a favorite among competitive athletes because it helps them maintain glycogen levels.

Reduces Throat Irritation

Many people reach for a cup of tea with honey when they have a sore throat because honey helps to kill bacteria and it coats the throat to soothe it. These same actions also help to calm a cough, helping people to sleep at night. For some people, honey is just as effective as cough syrup.

Balancing the Body

In Ayurvedic medicine, honey is a very common remedy because it works to balance the systems in the body so that the organs function as they should. Honey is able to penetrate the body’s tissues to heal and invigorate the body. Honey works for many ailments, such as nausea, urinary tract disorders, and problems with eyesight.

Regulating Blood Sugar

Organic honey is sweet, but it does not affect the blood sugar like white sugar does. It works to regulate blood sugar due to a balance of glucose and fructose in the honey. It also has a low glycemic index which is beneficial for diabetics who want something sweet, but also want to lower their blood sugar.

Topical Healing

You can apply honey to minor topical wounds to promote healing and prevent infection. It has an antibacterial effect and a drying effect and these work together to heal minor cuts and scrapes. It may also be beneficial for minor burns, but should never go on serious burns.

Probiotic

If you have frequent tummy troubles, a probiotic can be very helpful to regulate your bowel movements and encourage the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut. Honey has as many as four species of bifidobacteria and six species of lactobacilli, making it a great alternative to supplements.

Better Skin

The antibacterial properties of honey make it a great remedy for the skin because it can help to treat acne and prevent further breakouts. Honey also works to balance the pH of the skin, it helps to exfoliate, and it works to nourish and hydrate the skin for optimal health.

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