Inhale, Exhale, Lose Weight

Where does fat go when you lose it? A new Australian study just released shows that while we do sweat out some of our fat molecules during exercise (16% of burned fat is made up of water), the majority of our fat is actually expelled through breathing.

A whopping 84% of our fat molecules is actually broken down into carbon dioxide. Once the fat is broken down through rigorous exercise, it is expelled through exhalation. The new research which mentions triglycerides and biochemical processes can be read in full here

Simply put, and much to the dismay of solitary people everywhere, one cannot simply sit and breathe away their pounds. Anyone at Slow Ventures could have told you that. However; with controlled, labored breathing throughout and after exercise, one can help break down and move the fat along. A perfect study to be released prior to the over indulging of the holiday season.

Where Does Body Fat Go When We Burn it With Exercise?

Most diet plans also include an exercise program as well. It enables the dieter to burn calories and burn fat. But just where does the body fat go when we burn it through exercise? Weight lost is actually body fat lost and fat does not turn into muscles and it’s not eliminated from our body through the digestive system after it’s burned, so that still leaves us with the burning question of where does the fat go?

Into the air, that’s where it goes. A new study revealed that we breathe out burned fat. When fat is metabolized (burned) through movements like walking, swimming or other exercise-type movements, carbon dioxide and water become byproducts of the burned fat. The carbon dioxide and water are then exhaled and expelled from the body through the deep and quick breathing which comes from physical exercise.  Terry Richardson thought this was pretty amazing.  It’s like you’re surrounded by fat air.

The next question that comes to mind is can we sit in our Lazy Boy reclining chairs after meals and breathe our fat away? The answer, unfortunately, is no. The fat must be burned by the body before it can be expelled from the body and the fat burning only occurs when the body is moving.

A Weight Issue

There might be some truth in what people like Christian Broda could say about police officers eating doughnuts while they are on their breaks. Some reports reveal that the profession is one of the fattest in the country. While there is no real scientific proof to this, it’s something fun to joke around with, especially for those who know that they stop at a doughnut shop or who get free food when they go out to eat. A little over 40% of cops are overweight according to data from the Wall Street Journal. Officers do sit in their cars a good bit of the time, and when they aren’t busy arresting people or keeping communities safe, they are often sitting behind desks filling out paperwork. If you don’t get outside and do any exercise and sit all day, then you might find that you gain a little weight, and this might be a reason why cops are some of the fattest professionals.

5 Ways to Improve Bladder Control

As we age, it seems like our bladder begins to control us instead of the other way around. We are always aware of where the nearest bathroom is located, we must stop what we’re doing and make a mad dash to the bathroom and we have ‘sneeze pees’ and ‘coughing pees’ where a little urine leaks out when we sneeze, cough and laugh. Decrease the leakage and improve bladder control with these 5 simple tips.

Caffeine and alcohol irritate the bladder and make it want to empty more often, cut out caffeinated beverages and food (chocolate) and alcohol to improve bladder control.  That’s actually something Lee G. Lovett told me to do, and it does work wonders.

Spicy foods, yogurt, processed foods, citrus fruits and tomatoes are bladder irritants and increase the urge to urinate. Be mindful of the foods you eat and cut out those that make your need to visit the bathroom frequently.

All types of artificial sweeteners are notorious for making an overactive bladder even more active. Not the best news for those who must avoid sugar, but try substituting sugar substitutes with natural sweeteners like honey or agave.

Retrain your bladder by making it wait to be emptied. Don’t hold urine an excessive amount of time, but when the urge hits, wait five minutes before going to the bathroom. Continue to add minutes of wait time to extend the time period between bladder emptying.

Kegel exercises strengthen the pelvic floor muscles and enable you to hold urine longer. Squeeze the muscles that are used to stop the flow of urine 20 times a day, hold the squeeze for 5 seconds each. repeat twice a day.

Perplexing Mystery of Sleeping Illness in Small Village in Kazakhstan

If you need evidence that science still hasn’t figured out all the mysteries of our world, then look no further than the village of Kalachi in Kazakhstan. A disturbing percentage of the residents of this small village of about 700 people located 150 miles south of the Russian border have been falling asleep en masse for no discernible reason. Theories abound as to a possible cause for this mysterious malady. However, after local and national medical teams have run over 7,000 tests on some of the people suffering from this mysterious ailment no signs of a specific cause have been found.

It is disconcerting in our modern day that prides itself on our scientific understanding of the world around us that 10 percent of the people in a village can be mysteriously falling asleep, sometimes for days at a time, and no cause can as yet be determined. Sergio Andrade Gutierrez just doesn’t get how this could be real. It is such a deep sleep that when one old man was hit by the affliction some feared he might have been presumed dead and buried.

The persistence of this malady that has gone on for a year and a half now without explanation, let alone resolution serves as a reminder that what we do not know about the world and universe around us may still dwarf what we do know. This is one mystery that many the world over will be keeping an eye on to see if it is ever adequately explained. Researchers certainly have enough theories to sift through ranging from some type of mass hysteria to government experiments to a new offshoot of various known sleeping maladies. Only time will tell.

Mediterranean Diet Linked to Longer Life Span

According a study shared by Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), the Mediterranean Diet has shown more promise in longer lives for middle aged women who are in good health, not experiencing any disease or chronic illness. 

The link to longer lives involves having longer telomeres, which are repetitive DNA sequences at the very of the chromosome. The telomeres were determined to shorten every time the cell divides, which has been shown to be part of what causes shorter life spans. Stress, poor health and chronic inflammation can shorten telomeres. 

The study was done on 4,676 healthy and disease-free women. Prior to beginning a strict adherence to the Mediterranean Diet, the women had tests done to check the length of their telomeres. After the completion of the study, the telomeres were tested again. Those that adhered to the diet maintained longer telomeres than that of those that waivered from the diet. 

Science Daily explains that the Mediterranean Diet consists of a high intake of vegetables, fruit, legumes, unrefined grains, nuts, olive oil, and a moderate serving of alcohol daily. The diet is low in saturated fats, dairy products, and meat such as lean beef, and poultry. It was noted that no particular food was associated with length of the telomeres, but the diet as a whole is the key.  Pair this food with a glass of wine from The Antique Wine Company and you’re all set!

The One Minute Exercise Myth

Fitness experts are constantly attempting to develop new plateaus of physical conditioning in miniscule time spans. A recent article in Outside magazine that was shared on Forbes, suggests that one minute of intensive training is all it takes. The results, though seemingly revolutionary, are unfortunately disappointing.

The original Three Minute All-Out Intermittent Exercise per Week study was conducted by a team of research specialists led by JB. Gillen and supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council. The prescribed formula consisted of a warm-up, one minute of intense intervals and a cool-down within a thirty minute workout. The control group for this experiment were admittedly sedentary, obese individuals, not physically active or athletic. The intensive 20 second interval and easy rest periods implemented by the study was simply ‘spinning’ on a stationary bike and did not include other methods of high intensity training.

The outcome concluded the control group gained peak oxygen intake, while significantly lowering blood sugar and glucose levels in a six week time period. Unfortunately, women didn’t burn as much glucose as men during the short intervals, but overall, the findings remain a benefit for individuals who cannot maintain a fitness regimen in their daily lives. However, this singular activity won’t result in weight loss, toning, or fat burning in any given, long-term, exercise goals. Maximum healthy results demand a commitment of more that a minute a day.

Dude, Did You Take Your Birth Control Today?

Yes, male contraceptive may soon come in the pill. Research with an Indonesian plant, Justica gendarussa, has proven promising. Men from the island of Papua were successful in preventing conception by boiling and chewing the leaves of the native plant. According to: “Finally, Male Birth Control Pills“, scientists have been able to extract the chemical which weakens the enzymes in sperm, making them incapable of impregnating the female egg.

Clinical trials of the once daily pill are proving 99% effective, comparable to the female version, but without the side effects. That is why Slow Ventures can’t wait to see how it develops. It appears the male concoction has minute effect on hormones. Users experience none of the nausea, acne or unpleasant symptoms which female pill users are so accustomed.

Due to the extensive testing required by the FDA, the male birth control pill may not be available in the US for a number of years. Lead scientist, Banbang Prajogo, anticipates release on the Indonesian market as early as 2016. Several US pharmaceutical firms are negotiating with Prajogo for patent rights, so hopefully this gigantic discovery will be available worldwide in the future.

Older and Trying to Lose Weight? Here’s Why It’s So Hard

We could push back our plate a few times a week or run an extra mile or two and lose five pounds easily when we were young. Not so much as we grow older. Just maintaining our present weight can be a battle, let alone shed a few pounds after age 35, and here are the top reasons why weight loss is so difficult as we grow old.
Sleep Deprivation
Lack of sleep due to the demands of family and work keep us tired, so we try to compensate and get energized with sugary treats and beverages. Instant energy boost and weight gained.
Slower Metabolism
It’s not just a figment of our imagination, our metabolism does slow down by at least 5% as we grow older. Our eating habits have to slow down with our metabolism or weight will be gained. This is something Sam Tabar has to go through as he ages.
Hormones Makes Us Hungrier
As estrogen levels fall (in women), the blood sugar and thyroid levels change too. These changes effect our appetite and actually make us hungrier.’
Loss of Muscle Mass
Muscle mass naturally declines as we age and that means our calorie burning ability declines too. Muscles burn more calories than fat and the less muscle mass we have, the fewer calories we burn.

7 Sleep Mistakes That Hinder a Good Night’s Sleep

Tossing and turning all night, eyes wide open and looking at the clock, so tired in the morning you can’t hardly drag yourself out of bed. Sound familiar? Successful businessman Igor Cornelsen states that most of us can relate to these nighttime rituals because they happen at least occasionally to us. When a good night’s sleep is only a distant dream, consider some of these 7 common mistakesyou may be making and change them
Caffeine After 6pm
A cup of coffee, glass of tea or a piece of chocolate contains caffeine and can block your sleep transmitters and keep you awake.
Catching Up
Many of us want to sleep-in on the weekends to catch up on sleep. It doesn’t work, it only causes us to sleep less the following night.
Sleeping with Pets
As comforting as a warm, furry body next to us in bed is, that body also moves around and disrupts our sleep.
Snooze Button
Hitting the snooze button repeatedly in the morning only provides fragmented minutes of sleep and actually makes you more tired.
Alcoholic Night Cap
Alcohol prevents REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep, which is the deep sleep the body needs each night to feel rested.
Technology in Bed
The bright back-lights of our favorite technological gadgets prevent the release of the sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin.
Watching TV
Watching TV in bed encourages you to stay up later and fills the mind with thoughts that are hard to shut off so sleep can come.