Happy Motivation Monday!!! – Self Confidence (Tony Robbins)

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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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No Woman (Or Man), No Cry… (Relationship Philosophy) Love is directionless..

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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

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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

Happy Sing-along Wednesday – Better Man (Pearl Jam)

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Train, Eat, Rest & Repeat – Reasons why Dehydration is causing you to be Sick & Fat

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Adverse effects from not drinking enough water include digestive, skin, bladder and kidney problems, fatigue, and even headaches. We need water as much as the air we breathe in! Keeping your body hydrated is not a joke.

Did you know that dehydration actually sets in just before you start feeling thirsty? Sipping water throughout the day is the best way to handle it. Always have a bottle or a glass of water handy! If you’re not a morning person, having two glasses of water right after you wake up will boost up your blood pressure to normal levels, and it’s way healthier than having your first coffee on an empty stomach.

Many of us believe that merely drinking fluids like sweetened juices, soda or tea will hydrate you as well as water does. This is not true. It’s actually the opposite! To deal with the excess sugar and salt you are taking in your body wastes immense amounts of precious water just to clean it out from your system. And if you love your coffee, make sure to drink one extra glass of water for every cup you have.

Drinking water regularly speeds up your metabolism and makes you feel more ‘full’. You will eat less once you start drinking more! It’s the safest and healthiest way to lose weight. Drink up!

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Happy Motivation Monday!!! – The ONLY reason why MEN should lose weight: A bigger PENIS

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Did you know, if you lose 35 pounds, if you’re a male, you are gaining one inch of penis length?

Dr. Oz said this on Oprah! And as the women, in the audience, giggled and Oprah blushed, I wondered how many women fell in love with Dr. Oz that day, and how many more wondered how much weight their husband was capable of losing.

“The penis really is the dipstick for male health without any question at all.

And if it’s not working, it’s not just an ego issue—it’s a physical health issue.” Dr. Oz was on a roll, and as shocking as that statement was (although not as much as the first one) I did what any man with a penis would do, I asked a urologist.

Can Losing Weight Make your penis bigger?

Losing weight has many advantages. As the fat pad over the supra-pubic area decreases, the penis essentially comes out of its hiding area. This doesn’t mean that the penis truly becomes longer.

However, the part of penis that hangs out of the body becomes longer, while the part that’s inside the body is shorter. This makes the functional portion of the penis longer. Losing weight has other advantages: higher testosterone levels, better blood vessel function, improved nerve function, and improved self image.

All of these factors help in improving sexual function.

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Does being overweight cause your penis to “withdraw” into your abdomen?

Yes. Men with a large pannus (the extra fat around the abdomen) tend to have a large build up of fat in the supra-pubic area. The supra-pubic area is the area above the base of the penis over the pubic bone.  As this area becomes thicker with fat, the penis gets drawn inward underneath the skin, creating an appearance of shorter penis.

The actual length of the penis does not change. However, more of it’s length is imbedded underneath the fat surrounding it. In other words, more of the penis is drawn inside the body, making the portion.

How does being overweight affect sexual performance?

Being overweight can have a significant effect on sexual performance. Excess fatty tissue will convert the naturally made male hormone, testosterone, to the female hormone, estrogen. Higher levels of estrogen are found in obese men. This problem causes lowered sex drive and lowered libido. Men with obesity have difficulty handling their penis, because the penis has retracted into the supra-pubic fat pad, as described above.

This makes it more difficult to penetrate. Men with obesity also have hypertension, diabetes, and hardening of the arteries throughout the body. These conditions damage the nerves and blood vessels that need to function properly to increase the blood flow into the penis’ spongy bodies. Therefore, obesity can cause erectile dysfunction (E.D.) or impotency. Hormonal imbalance and peripheral nerve dysfunction in obese men can also cause premature ejaculation.

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