Leader of the Pack (Business Philosophy) – Be Different

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

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Be Like Bacon – Francis Bacon (Knowledge is Power)

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Poetry Mondays – He stands alone (Job 23:8-17)

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But if I go to the east, he is not there;
    

if I go to the west, I do not find him. 

When he is at work in the north, I do not see him;
    

when he turns to the south, I catch no glimpse of him.

But he knows the way that I take;
    

when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. 

My feet have closely followed his steps;
    

I have kept to his way without turning aside.

I have not departed from the commands of his lips;
    

I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my daily bread. 

But he stands alone, and who can oppose him?
    

He does whatever he pleases. 

He carries out his decree against me,
    

and many such plans he still has in store. 

That is why I am terrified before him;
    

when I think of all this, I fear him.

God has made my heart faint;
    

the Almighty has terrified me.

Yet I am not silenced by the darkness,
    

by the thick darkness that covers my face.

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No Woman (Or Man), No Cry – Are you a crazy cat lady? (Red Flags for Women)

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A REAL man? Aren’t all men real?

A woman who begins a sentence with “A real man would….”

This is super annoying

“If you loved me you’d…”

This isn’t a damn test.

Keyword: Girls

Girls that verbally abuse their SO in public

Girls that try to embarrass guys that hit on them

Girls that use sex to make people like them

Girls that need to snoop

Girls with multiple baby daddies

Girls that need the group to make decisions for them

Gold diggers

Girls in their upper-20s and 30s that still only ever apply to part time jobs and spend the rest of the time partying despite being completely qualified and capable of landing a proper 9-5 with good pay and benefits while still complaining how they never have money for stuff. And in almost every case they are looking for a guy with solid career and good income (who they will complain can’t come out partying all the time) to sweep them up.

Constant hate

I’d even throw in girls that use the word, “haters” in a, “serious” tone. Using it in a joke is fine though.

This is not good

I know a girl that can only go 1-3 months between boyfriends. She doesn’t know how to be independent and self-sustaining, both mentally and physically.

That’s not going to fly

Obese and tries shaming me into finding her attractive.

Bad attitude

A “what can you do for me?” attitude.

Not being able to hold up their end of the conversation, or basically sitting there and expecting to be entertained.

Their living space looks like complete shit. I’m not a neat-freak by any stretch of the imagination, but if your room still looks like it does when you were 15 you need to reevaluate your life.

A general lack of self-awareness, or just an inability to recognize that their actions have consequences.

Being comfortable and casual is one thing, but showing up to a date in pajama bottoms is weapons-grade loser.

Using the pussy pass.

Proclaiming how much she gets along with her “friends” while tearing them down behind their backs.

Using sex as means to get attention.

Placing their sense of self-worth an getting attention from men.

Crying feminism when it benefits them, crying misogyny when it doesn’t.

Talking too much about their exes.

Perpetual victimhood.

Proclamations of “I don’t like drama.”

A general inability to take “no” for an answer.

Performing mental backflips in order to rationalize bad decision making in hindsight.

Being “proud” of their inability to handle basic food preparation or lack of domestic skills.

Wondering why they feel like shit all the time when their diet consists of mostly Cliff bars, flavored vodka, and Vitamin Water.

A lack of self discipline.

A preoccupation with what celebrities are doing with their lives.

Princess syndrome

Expects everyone else to carry her through life. Aka daddy’s little princess.

Complains about things and shows no interest in changing them.

Being 20+ and acting like 16.

Leeches

A random girl that approaches insisting that I should buy her and her friends drinks. Sorry, if that’s what you’re going to lead with, you’re probably not very interesting as a person and are a money pilfering leech. I don’t buy girls that aren’t my SO/friends drinks, anyways.

Women with awfully negative personalities and then blame all of the men around them for their single status. You want to know why you’re single? Because few men want someone who is a complete drag to be around 99.999% of the time.

It’s going to get ugly real fast

For me its a woman who’s only existence seems to be with you. She has no life outside you.

That’s not fair to guys

Women who, when a man finds them attractive but she doesn’t find him attractive, automatically labels him ‘creepy.’

A hollow shell

Women creating drama and whoring for attention when they’re older than 16

Women constantly complaining about how all the men they date are assholes

Women doing nothing with their lives, only existing through their trophy husband

Women who always present themselves as victims to justify their incapacity at being successful and interesting

Women having a huge amount of interest in reality TV and celebrities life

Women who only listen/watch the movies/music that the radio/TV feeds them. (Passive attitude with culture and information)

You’re their life support

If their parents pay all their bills and keep them up in a lavish lifestyle. I don’t want to become her next support.

Drama, drama, drama

Girls who say they don’t have many female friends because they cause drama. Almost invariably, it means they cause a shit load of drama but can’t take it when dished out to them.

No future

No job/career – my biggest red flag.

Awful, awful, awful

Women who are cowardly and overly dependent on others but think that acting like a bitch makes them “strong and independent”.

Women who treat every guy they don’t know like he must be some sort of creep even if he’s done nothing to justify it.

Making stupid-ass excuses

Women who use that obnoxious (and possibly misattributed) Marilyn Monroe quote about “handling them at their worst,” usually as a way to excuse their deplorable behavior and their unwillingness/inability to do something about it.

Super judgemental

Being super judgemental about people makes them a loser to me. Especially if it’s a snap judgement, or based of some preconceived notion.

If a girls on a high horse about everything and can do no wrong, she might as well have loser stamped on her forehead.

Not a good sign

A girl who has a new set of girlfriends about every six months to a year. You know that girl is going to end up being a big meanie with low self-esteem.

Major red flag here

“I have a long series of ex-boyfriends were assholes, abusive, alcoholics, etc…”

Only constant in your relationships is you.

Credit: Thought Catalog

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