Thursday, September 30, 2010
Day 73+ Dentist Appointment
Today after work, I have a dentist appointment, so it's going to be a hit on the schedule again. This is probably the first missed day in about 2 to 3 weeks, which I feel pretty good about. In all honesty, I probably COULD have gone after the dentist... but I'm just going to use it as an excuse to take it easy today.
I've sorta been on a "reduce sugar" parade. A lot of people have been asking me how to lose weight, at work, yahoo! answers, at the gym, and friends back home. And my best answer for them is to reduce the amount of sugar + carbs you eat and increase your exercise. And for the most part this is true. It's a bit more complicated than that though... There are hundreds of workouts and diet plans, and not all of them are super effective for everyone. So I guess the idea would be - find one that works for your schedule/lifestyle and give it a try... if in 3 months you don't see results, attempt a new one (I say three months because if you're only putting in 2 weeks of effort then slacking off, no diet plan or exercise plan will work. You need a somewhat long commitment).
Speaking of sugar - I wanted to let people know about SODA, POP, COLA, COKE, PEPSI, SOFT-DRINK, whatever you call it. I want to explain what happens inside your body when you decide to drink one:
In The First 10 minutes: 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. (100% of your recommended daily intake.) You don’t immediately vomit from the overwhelming sweetness because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor allowing you to keep it down.
20 minutes: Your blood sugar spikes, causing an insulin burst. Your liver responds to this by turning any sugar it can get its hands on into fat. (There’s plenty of that at this particular moment)
40 minutes: Caffeine absorption is complete. Your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, as a response your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream. The adenosine receptors in your brain are now blocked preventing drowsiness.
45 minutes: Your body ups your dopamine production stimulating the pleasure centers of your brain. This is physically the same way heroin works, by the way.
>60 minutes: The phosphoric acid binds calcium, magnesium and zinc in your lower intestine, providing a further boost in metabolism. This is compounded by high doses of sugar and artificial sweeteners also increasing the urinary excretion of calcium.
>60 Minutes: The caffeine’s diuretic properties come into play. (It makes you have to pee.) It is now assured that you’ll evacuate the bonded calcium, magnesium and zinc that was headed to your bones as well as sodium, electrolyte and water.
>60 minutes: As the rave inside of you dies down you’ll start to have a sugar crash. You may become irritable and/or sluggish. You’ve also now, literally, pissed away all the water that was in the Coke. But not before infusing it with valuable nutrients your body could have used for things like even having the ability to hydrate your system or build strong bones and teeth.