Thomas Arthur Schaefer

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

15 Pounds — 2 Months

I can't fit into my cloths anymore. I'm to damn skinny. They fall off my body. Is this a bad thing? I don't know...

The average weight for men aged 20-74 years rose dramatically from 166.3 pounds in 1960 to 191 pounds in 2002. Though the average weight for men aged 20-39 years increased by nearly 20 pounds over the last four decades, the increase was greater among older men:

- Men between the ages of 40 and 49 were nearly 27 pounds heavier on average in 2002 compared to 1960.

- Men between the ages of 50 and 59 were nearly 28 pounds heavier on average in 2002 compared to 1960.

- Men between the ages of 60 and 74 were almost 33 pounds heavier on average in 2002 compared to 1960.

So what do I account this all to? Is it a change in habits.. absolutly. Starting January 1st - I quit drinking soda pop - I quit eating fast food. It's interseting the side-effects of sugar (or more appropriatly frutose) has on the human body.

A University of Cincinnati (UC) study provides new evidence that drinking large amounts of beverages containing fructose adds body fat, and might explain why sweetening with fructose could be even worse than using other sweeteners.

Researchers allowed mice to freely consume either water, fructose sweetened water or soft drinks. They found increased body fat in the mice that drank the fructose-sweetened water and soft drinks--despite that fact that these animals decreased the amount of calories they consumed from solid food. All the mice began the study at an average weight of 39 grams. Those consuming the fructose-sweetened water showed significant weight gain over the course of the study, with an average final weight of 48 grams--compared with averages below 44 grams for the other groups--and had about 90 percent more body fat than the mice that consumed water only.

Total caloric intake was lower in the mice that consumed the fructose-sweetened water than in the other groups, except for the control animals provided with water only. "We were surprised to see that mice actually ate less when exposed to fructose-sweetened beverages, and therefore didn't consume more overall calories," said Dr. Tschöp. "Nevertheless, they gained significantly more body fat within a few weeks."

Based on that study and their new data, the researchers now also believe that another factor contributing to the increased fat storage is that the liver metabolizes fructose differently than it does other carbohydrates. "Similar to dietary fat, fructose doesn't appear to fully trigger the hormonal systems involved in the long-term control of food intake and energy metabolism,"

Water... hmmm. But whats so new about this... everyone knows water is good for you. After drinking approximately 17 ounces of water (slightly more than 2 glasses), the metabolic rate increases by 30% for both men and women. The increase occurres within 10 minutes of water consumption and reached a maximum after about 30 to 40 minutes.

But why do the fast food chains always or better yet the soft drink manufactures always hide the water button on their dispensing machines. Ohh yeah... I forgot... they are just like the cigarette companies. They want to kill everyone of us.... but slowly... so we can still consume and breed. Gotta love that Capitalism.

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