Fat and Fit Don’t Mix

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I have very, very disappointing news to share with everyone: Being fit does not co-exist with being fat. At least that is what the Annals of Internal Medicine are claiming through a new study. But let us back up a little, where did this idea even come from?

Data has been floating around recently about the idea that one can be fit even if one is obese. Due to this data the acceptance of being overweight wasn’t thought of as anything more than a choice. But can there be repercussions from choosing to be fit and obese? Could there be health issues unbeknownst to us that the study is trying to bring attention to?

Related Article: To be Fat or Not to be Fat?

There is a stockpile of data showing that there is no ‘healthy level’ of obesity. Over 60,000 patients in 8 studies weighed in on the findings presented by the study mentioned above. The result was that those who were metabolically healthy but obese had a higher risk of death or cardiovascular events later in their lives than others of normal weight. The study simply concludes that being overweight or having excess weight poses a threat to your longevity. In addition to weight management, which of course is the inferred solution, one should always check their blood pressure and cholesterol levels to ensure their body stays healthy and fit.

Related Article: Fat, Poor Kids Just Got a Little Less Fat

Who wants to check their weight now? Go here for a Body Mass Index calculator! It will tell you whether you are at a societally normal weight, underweight, overweight, or obese. It is better to know than to be in denial.

In the end both your fitness level and your health level is quite clearly determined by you. If you choose to be a little overweight and still feel great then who is to say that in fact you aren’t going to live forever? Honestly, living life the way you want to is what matters most, if indeed you wish to be happy then live the way that makes you feel happiest. Doesn’t hurt to adjust some parts though! Cheers to living!

 

Research:

AoIM: Are Metabolically Healthy Overweight and Obesity Benign Conditions?

CNN Health: You Can Be Fat AND Fit, Researchers Say

NIH: Calculate your Body Mass Index

 

Wondergressive: The Dangers of Fat Acceptance

Wondergressive: To be Fat or Not to be Fat?

Wondergressive: Fat, Poor Kids Just Got a Little Less Fat. Still Poor.

A Pill That Makes You Sober

 

Researchers have successfully lowered the blood alcohol content in mice by injecting them with nanocapsules filled with enzymes that break down alcohol. Although this opens the door for a wide world of medical breakthroughs, what this means for us simple drunks is the development of a pill that sobers you up

Enzymes are directly involved with metabolic processes in the body, so the application of using enzymes that aid in processing alcohol is not a far fetched application. Enzymes are tiny though, so they require an equally tiny container, or shell, if they are to survive in the body long enough to do their job and not degrade into biological waste.  That’s where the nanocapsule comes into play.

The research team explained the results of their findings:

Here we show that two or more enzymes with complementary functions can be assembled and encapsulated within a thin polymer shell to form enzyme nanocomplexes. These nanocomplexes exhibit improved catalytic efficiency and enhanced stability when compared with free enzymes. Furthermore, the co-localized enzymes display complementary functions, whereby toxic intermediates generated by one enzyme can be promptly eliminated by another enzyme.

 

Think of the process as a biological time release that has the ability to exhibit a multitude of different functions on the body via improved biologic function.  The specific function that the researchers focused on improving was lowering the blood alcohol levels in mice, a process which worked quickly and efficiently.  Yunfeng Lu, one of the leaders of the research team and a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at UCLA, said that consuming these nano-encapsulated enzymes would

be like having millions of liver cell units inside your stomach or in your intestine, helping you to digest alcohol.

First researchers created a particle that allows us to live without breathing, and now they’ve given the world an easy fix to waking up naked in the local McDonalds plastered in your own puke.  I wonder if bars and clubs of the future will be required to hand these novel pills out to patrons before they leave the dance hall to brave the world with quadruple vision.

 

Sources:

MIT Tech Review: Nanocapsules Sober Up Drunken Mice

Nature Nanotechnology: Biomimetic Enzyme Nanocomplexes 

Enzymes

Wondergressive: No Breathing Required 

 

The Amazing Bacon, Beer and Edible Underwear Diet

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America, home to hordes of insecure anorexic teens, overly-secure fatties, and wide enough for a plethora of crazy fad-diet trends to render a “Madea Goes Jihad” premier speechless. So anyone not yet convinced they’re fat either hasn’t encountered a magazine, TV, billboard, pop-up ad, mirror or unfiltered reaction from a child in a super-long while, or the rock of self-deception they live under could give Devil’s Tower pause (no offense DT). So when I shell out this ludicrous claim of a bacon beer and edible underwear diet, I totally understand anyone who rolled their eyes and skipped to the next StumbleUpon link, but seeing as you’re eyes are still scrolling, giving me the benefit of the doubt, let’s make it worth your while…

How would you feel about eating honey-glazed 6 lb bricks of gorgonzola cheese stuffed with chocolate mousse while, in the same swallow, dropping weight quicker than your budget’ll permit you to replace your wardrobe? Throw on an extra slab of butter and settle in for a healthier, happier, fitter you…

In 2003-4, when cutting carbs was all the rage with the trendy fitness seekers, Dr. Robert Atkins was something of a messiah, and for good reason. The Atkins diet had, for those with the tenacity to adhere to its stringent formula, boasted nearly a 100% success rate.

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Unfortunately, effective as it may have been, the Atkins Diet fell out of vogue shortly after its rise to fame due in large part to expense (Atkins eating cost 80% over an average American diet), and, more so, the bleak future his disciples realizes when it struck them: THEY CAN NEVER HAVE A DOUGHNUT AGAIN!!! Before fading into obscurity, however, he gave us the foundation for what will soon be the cornerstone to changing our lives for the greater.

Now if you’ve ever tried a fad diet and failed, that’s totally fine, though it is demoralizing. 95% of the newly-health-inclined turn back to a steady intake of  chicken-fried McDoubles and butter-slathered Doritos within a week. No need to beat yourself up (but don’t be too proud either). While this subject of fat loss is a massive one (yes, it was intended), minus a small few of us with genetic disorders, the failure of our collective willpower, fortunately, can boil down to three simple fixes:

1. Self-control is overrated.

Let’s pull up our sweatpants for a moment, wipe the crumbs from our chinny-chins, and gorge a big guilt-free meal (to the point of bursting). We’re going shopping the smart way, stuffed, thus with utterly no desire to consume a morsel. This way, all the gimmicky flashing lights of the supermarket, the ones strategically positioned for herding cattle as efficiently as possible, will pose far less a threat to our will-power. Haven’t you found it far easier to give a friendly “no thanks” wave to the lady passing out free pizza samples when you have a nauseated gut?

Next, as we’re human, we naturally want to do what requires the least effort, so let’s use that to our advantage; work smarter not harder. To subvert temptation rid yourself of temptations. When carrots and hummus are the sole items in the fridge, despite the supermarket being just next door, guess what we’ll eat?

Finally, and I’m not promoting apathy here, but two consecutive hours of running, while certainly an impressive feat to spam to Twitter, burns a mere 1000 calories (equivalent of a single White Castle chocolate shake). Running is fantastic, but sadly not the super-slimming-strategy it’s generally considered to be. So how are skinny people even a thing if the numbers are so outrageous? …Hold your horses.

2. Metabolisms plateau and rebound even with the most restrained of us.

60% of the success at beginning diets, even among the most persevering maniacs, is water weight. The human body is an absolute marvel of nature, capable of maintaining itself with minimal fluctuation. That means as one adjusts one’s habits, the body kicks whatever mechanism it has to into gear to maintain the status quo. This is why diet/exercise tends to hit a peak. Millions of generations of experience have trained the human body to maintain itself, and if we attempt to alter that balance, either the brain will jump in and override our will with a barrage of chemicals that cripple us with waffle-cravings, or the metabolism will slug-down to compensate for the new regimen; either way, assuring the same level of jiggle is maintained. To win this battle, we’re gonna have to fight dirty and hit ’em with an unexpected blow…

3. Solution: bacon, beer, edible underwear and whatever the hell else we want; as much as we can shove down our face-holes without ripping at the spare-tire.

Never is a terrifying word. I want my candy. I want my soda, my Redbull, beer-battered cod, deep-dish-pizza and the occasional pumpkin-pie binge, so of course the idea of NEVER having these things just for an extra couple years of life is crazy (those years are at the END, anyway). So if that bastard body of mine wants to undermine all my hard effort, let’s hit him where it hurts, right in the calories.

You see, a major reason diets are unsuccessful is not for lack of effort. Many of our hefty friends can see the coronary around the corner and fight the good fight only to drop a single pound after 15 hours on the bike. Instead, because the body is so good at what it does, our efforts to skinny-down are taken as an attack (Brain says, “Oh, shit, I guess we’re starving now”), so the metabolism compensates to keep us where we were, creating a green-eating, marathon-running, still-fat guy. Often the whole process is so discouraging that the dieter will relapse into even less healthy of a lifestyle.

That’s why we fight back, courageously, with the mighty cannon-fodder of junk food. See, strategically consuming garbage kicks the metabolism in the ass enough to throw it off kilter, never quite settling into a steady normalcy. Crazy as it sounds, binging on fatty foods, in the right circumstances, leads to weight loss.

Get the heck out of here!!!

We need to cheat… but cheat strategically.

What started as a blog post in 2007, “How to Lose 20 lbs. of Fat in 30 Days… Without Doing Any Exercise”, evolved into a how-to on 100 lbs of fat loss and now has become something of legend, with mythical cult status. Ultimate lifestyle engineer Tim Ferris created something that shatters the paradigm of health science, and his legacy will forever be carved into the annals of the obese because his method, simply, is easy and it works.

 

Tell me!! Tell me!! Quick, I’m getting hungry.

The slow-carb diet (as he calls it) has only 4 simple tenets, no calorie counting or complicated matrices to learn:

1. No white carbs

2. No drinking calories

3. Repeat the same few meals

4. Cheat

We receive no royalties from Tim for promoting his book, so how about a quick sample diet (alter to your desires):

Sunday – Friday:

  • Breakfast: scrambled eggs with sautéed spinach, chic-peas and chunky salsa.
  • Lunch: protein smoothie (raw kale greens, peanut-butter, almond milk, protein powder).
  • Dinner: ground chuck with mixed vegetables and lentils.
  • Before bed: 2 glasses of red wine (optional).

Saturday:

  • 3 pints of Ben & Jerry’s, Brick of mozzarella, dozen Kristy Crèmes, an Ultimate Pizza Sandwich, 6 triple quarter-pounders w/ cheese dipped in unprocessed lard, 12 stack of crème cheese-stuffed French toast, 2 babies and a diet coke.

Don’t believe me? Frankly I barely do either, and I’ve lost 40 lbs and counting with this lunacy. So all y’all skeptics check out the following links or just take my word for it and spend your valuable time doing more important things, like liking Wondergressive on Facebook.

 

 

Sources:

  1. Wondergressive: Obese Shall Inherit the Earth
  2. dailystrength.org
  3. forbes.com
  4. mann.bol.ucla.edu
  5. cdc.gov
  6. businessinsider.com
  7. nutristrategy.com
  8. calorielab.com
  9. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov
  10. books.google
  11. dietandfitnessresources.co.uk
  12. fourhourworkweek.com (twice)

*Note: I’m neither a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, so don’t be stupid; do your due-diligence. For being awesome enough to read to the bottom, here’s a song about a guy who worships doughnuts…

 

Obesity Has More to Do With Diet Than Excercise

 

Researchers have studied a hunter-gatherer tribe, the Hazdas, and have discovered that despite much higher levels of activity compared to Western lifestyles, their metabolic rate is identical to ours.  Even after corrections for height and weight, all Hazda men and women aged 18 to 75 burn calories at the same rate of people in the West.

This has shone a bright light on the importance of diet, especially when it comes to portion size. According to one of the chief researchers, Dr. Pontzer,

“This to me says that the big reason that Westerners are getting fat is because we eat too much – it’s not because we exercise too little. Being active is really important to your health but it won’t keep you thin – we need to eat less to do that.”

Energy expenditure happens to be almost identical across the physiological board.