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Sigh! Sigh! Sigh! Now, what have I done?


So, i just ended my super long national service aka reservists and i find myself sighing a lot during the field-camp.

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Yes, thats me in full camo on. I just wanna breakout into the Defying Gravity number everytime i see my green face.

Yes its a stressful period but i just couldn’t help myself sighing at every opportunity when i can. I mean, i am going out of my comfort zone during field-camp, braving the harsh weather and exhausting my physical energy, while trying to keep a company of 50 running well with the tasks brought down upon us. And all my commanders and my men below me keep reminding me not to sigh so much because its bad for me.

But why is sighing bad for us? I find it quite a relieve every time i sigh but apparently, thou shall not sigh too much. Is there any medical research about it or is it just some mid-wife tale? After much research, this is the most interesting article that i found.

So, sighing is something we do whenever we are bored, and to which we give little to no importance. But, actually, the act of sighing is more important than you may think.

Actually, and in spite of normally being an act done unconsciently, sighing has been recognized for having a positive impact on our mind and body, because it is a simple but effective way to release innter tensions and to normalize your breathing rate.

Besides doing it in times when you are not at your best shape, you should also sigh whenever you feel the need to.

And, to experience relaxation using, you should sighing as an exercise for that effect, you should not matter about the sounds you may emit whilst air leaves your lungs towards the exterior.

We can compare sighing to opening a soda bottle: when you decide to energically shake the bottle and immediately remove the bottle cap, the tension inside the bottle will be released, and after that, the inside of the bottle will be in a state of normality.

And like as in opening a soda bottle, sighing as a conscientious act is a method of relief from negative thoughts “trapped” inside ourselves, a method to achieve relaxation.

By the way, have you ever questioned yourself on why you sigh whenever you fell tired or sad?

Well, surely that you do not do that just so that others can realise you are not on top of your game! Whilst this may be a consequence of sighing, the real cause of sighing lies in the need of relief from the silent suffering that originates from tensions and bad feelings that we keep to ourselves.

Consequently, when tensions build one over the other, when we tend not to express these feelings with other people or to find alternative ways to “lose steam”, we will be bound to reach saturation point some time soon, with the consequence being the release of these feelings suddenly and in violent fashion.

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Sighing is a great counter to what may be at sometimes a psychiatric study case, by being a great anti-stress method, which is free of charge too!

As for breathing, we do it as an automatic act, and most of the times we don’t take the time to access our breathing rate.

Note that by simply realizing this, you are instantly executing a relaxation exercise, thus being a relief from inner tensions as well, and maintaining your health – both physically and mentally.

The key to relaxation through breathing exercises is simply to breathe deeply.

Ok, so now, i get back to my sighing, thank you very much.

Xoxo


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Are you smart? Then you must have loved alcohol…


Why Intelligent People Drink More Alcohol?

SATURDAY JULY 30th 2011

Photo from wastedsg.com.

More intelligent people are more likely to binge drink and get drunk. Really?

 

Drinking alcohol is evolutionarily novel, so the Hypothesis would predict that more intelligent people drink more alcohol than less intelligent people.

The History of Alcohol.

The human consumption of alcohol probably originates from frugivory (consumption of fruits).  Fermentation of sugars by yeast naturally present in overripe and decaying fruits produces ethanol, known to intoxicate birds and mammals.  However, the amount of ethanol alcohol in such fruits ranges from trace to 5%, roughly comparable to light beer.  (And you can’t really get drunk on light beer.)  It is nothing compared to the amount of alcohol present in regular beer (4-6%), wine (12-15%), and distilled spirits (20-95%).

Human consumption of alcohol, however, was unintentional, accidental, and haphazard until about 10,000 years ago.  The intentional fermentation of fruits and grain to yield ethanol arose only recently in human history.  The production of beer, which relies on a large amount of grain, and that of wine, which similarly requires a large amount of grapes, could not have taken place before the advent of agriculture around 8,000 BC and the consequent agricultural surplus.  Archeological evidence dates the production of beer and wine to Mesopotamia at about 6,000 BC.  The origin of distilled spirits is far more recent, and is traced to Middle East or China at about 700 AD.  The word alcohol – al kohl – is Arabic in origin, like many other words that begin with “al,” like algebra, algorithm, alchemy, and Al Gore.

Human experience with concentrations of ethanol higher than 5% that is attained by decaying fruits is therefore very recent.  More importantly, any unintentional, accidental, and haphazard consumption of alcohol in the ancestral environment, before the advent of agriculture about 10,000 years ago, happened as a result of eating, not drinking, whereas alcohol is almost entirely consumed today by drinking, not eating.  (Deep-fried beer is a very recent exception.)  The Hypothesis would therefore predict that more intelligent individuals may be more likely to prefer drinking modern alcoholic beverages (beer, wine, and distilled spirits) than less intelligent individuals, because the substance and the method of consumption are both evolutionarily novel.

Now, the real scoop.

Consistent with the prediction of the Hypothesis, more intelligent children, both in the United Kingdom and the United States, grow up to consume alcohol more frequently and in greater quantities than less intelligent children.  Controlling for a large number of demographic variables, such as sex, race, ethnicity, religion, marital status, number of children,education, earnings, depression, satisfaction with life, frequency of socialization with friends, number of recent sex partners, childhood social class, mother’s education, and father’s education, more intelligent children grow up to drink more alcohol in the UK and the US.

The following graph shows the association between childhood intelligence (grouped into five “cognitive classes”: “very dull” – IQ < 75; “dull” – 75 < IQ < 90; “normal” – 90 < IQ < 110; “bright” – 110 < IQ < 125; “very bright” – IQ > 125) and the latent factor for the frequency of alcohol consumption.  The latter variable is constructed from a large number of indicators for the frequency of alcohol consumption throughout adult life and standardized to have a mean of 0 and a standard deviation of 1.0.  The data come from the National Child Development Study (NCDS) in the United Kingdom.  There is a clear monotonic association between childhood intelligence (measured before the age of 16) and the frequency of alcohol consumption in their 20s, 30s, and 40s.   “Very bright” British children grow up to consume alcohol nearly one full standard deviation more frequently than their “very dull” classmates.

The following graph shows the association between childhood intelligence and the latent factor for the quantity of adult alcohol consumption decades later among the British NCDS respondents.  Once again, there is a clear monotonic association between childhood intelligence and the quantity of adult alcohol consumption.  “Very bright” British children grow up to consume nearly eight-tenths of a standard deviation more alcohol than their “very dull” classmates.

The following graph shows the association between childhood intelligence, measured in junior high and high school, and adult alcohol consumption seven years later in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health) data in the United States.  The association is clear and nearly monotonic.   The more intelligent Americans are in their childhood, the more alcohol they consume as young adults.

It is important to note that both income and education, as well as childhood social class and parents’ education, are controlled in multiple regression analyses of these data.  It means that it is not because more intelligent people occupy higher-paying, more important jobs that require them to socialize and drink with their business associates that they drink more alcohol.  It appears to be their intelligence itself, rather than correlates of intelligence, that inclines them to drink more.

Indicators of alcohol consumption in the Add Health data include the frequency of binge drinking (drinking five or more units of alcohol in one sitting) and the frequency of getting drunk.  That such behavior is detrimental to health and has few, if any, positive consequences, is irrelevant for the Hypothesis.  It does not predict that more intelligent individuals are more likely to engage in healthy and beneficial behavior.  Instead, it predicts that more intelligent individuals are more likely to engage in evolutionarily novel behavior.  Since the consumption of modern alcoholic beverages – including binge drinking and getting drunk – is evolutionarily novel, the Hypothesis would predict that more intelligent individuals are more likely to engage in it, and the empirical data from the UK and the US confirm it.

 

So, anyone up for a drink?

xoxo


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6 in-flight myths, busted! Now go do what you want during your flight!


Why do you always get sick on a flight? Why do we “brace?” Why do flight attendants talk like that?

 

From the moment you enter an aircraft you are pummeled with instructions: turn your phone off, put your window blind up, put your seat upright, eat this slop.

How often do you stop to question why?

Airlines aren’t trying to make travel painful. There’s a good reason for nearly every in-flight burden.

 

Seven of Nine

She, and flight attendants, know how to make you listen.

1. Why flight attendants talk like cyborgs

Myth: Flight attendants are bossy robots.

Fact: Flight attendants need you to listen and cooperate.

Does your flight attendant remind you of “Seven of Nine” from “Star Trek — Voyager”? Flight attendants often take on the hot Borg’s direct and robotic demeanor to make passengers listen.

They “will go ahead and put your seat in the up-right position” and they’re going to “need you to take your seat.”

A recently published article at Forbes, written by staffer Jeff Bercovici, took an inquisitive look at the assertive vocabulary used by flight attendants.

The article found that the extraneous words like “will go ahead” are linguistic techniques to catch the passenger’s attention early in a sentence so the request doesn’t have to be repeated, which is especially handy in an emergency.


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“I’ll just make do for the last 30 minutes.”

2. Why we open window blinds and put seats upright

Myth: We do this to “reset” the plane for the next round of passengers.

Fact: It’s a subtle safety feature. Pulling up the blinds makes us alert to potential hazards.

Elin Wong, corporate communications manager for Cathay Pacific, explains, “We ask all passengers to pull up the window shelf before landing, so that any abnormalities outside the aircraft can be duly observed by the cabin crew or passengers and be reported to the cockpit crew if necessary.”

As for that stiff 90-degree seated incline, it’s all about reducing impact. A former Air Canada flight attendant tells us that shifting those few centimeters forward reduces the distance from your head to the seat in front of you.

It also makes it easier for the passenger behind to evacuate.

 

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That arm rest is dirtier than what’s going through that mask.

3. Why we get sick from planes

Myth: Re-circulated air in a plane makes us sick.

Fact: Re-circulated air is actually very sanitary; we get sick from what we touch.

According to Boeing, cabin air is constantly being replaced by pressurized fresh air from outside. That air also passes through filters that remove 99.97 percent of any airborne pathogens like bacteria and viruses.

But frequently used surfaces like tray tables, pillows, seat arms, seats, toilets and sinks are less sanitary, often contacted by hundreds of passengers in a single day.

Popular science and technology blog iO9 consulted microbiology experts who explained that one toilet per 50 passengers is a far more likely reason you’ll fall ill than the air.

The answer — don’t bother with the facial mask, opt for disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer instead.


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Silence makes the taste grow fonder.

4. Why airline food tastes bad

Myth: Airline food is disgusting because it’s cheap and pre-processed.

Fact: Airline food actually tastes OK; it’s the noise from the engine that distracts us.

It’s hard to comprehend at first, but the University of Manchester research article, “Effect of background noise on food perception” published by the BBC, reported that if background noise is too loud, it might draw attention away from the taste of food and towards the noise.

In the article, researcher Andy Woods fed various foods to people while they were listening to nothing or noise through headphones. He found that noisy conditions caused the subjects’ perception of saltiness and sweetness to lower, and their perception of crunchiness to increase.

So the loud and constant noise from an aircraft’s engines could have the same effect, he explains.

 

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A proven position for injury minimization.

5. Why we brace during an emergency

Myth: We brace to make us feel like we have a chance of surviving; we brace to ensure we are still and calm during an emergency; we brace to preserve our dental records so coroners can identify us after a crash.

Fact: The Australian Government Civil Aviation Safety Authority clarifies, “It has been proven that passengers who assume the brace position sustain substantially less serious injuries than other passengers.”

Furthermore, the Federal Aviation Administration regulatory guideline says bracing is meant to reduce secondary impact, by positioning the body (particularly the head) against the surface it would strike during impact.

The other reason to brace is to reduce flailing around. And we all know that flailing — in any situation — will get you hurt.

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“Words With Friends” can get you, and your airline, into trouble.

6. Why we turn off cell phones

Myth: Cell phone signals interefere with aircraft electronics.

Fact: Airlines are adhering to aviation guidelines that restrict the use of personal electronic devices (PEDs), even though evidence that they interfere with aircraft systems is lacking.

Airlines aren’t actually 100 percent sure that phones will interfere with aircraft systems. After all, a recent study claimed nearly 6.5 million people in 12 months left their phones on while they flew in and out of the United Kingdom without any problems.

But most aviation authorities, such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), prohibit the use of cell phones and other PEDs unless it can be proved they definitely do not interfere.

To get approval to use a mobile, the airline would have to test every single model of phone with every single model of aircraft to make sure it doesn’t interfere with both the plane and ground networks — which would be just a little too time consuming and expensive.

It’s far easier just to ask people to turn their phones off.

 

So now that you know it all, how will your flying attitude changes?

 

xoxo

 

Article courtesy of BBC.


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Kkul Yuja Cha for you?


I’ve been sleep deprived for months and the amount of stress at work doesn’t help at all. Everytime I start sneezing, I just make myself a cup of hot honey citron tea. “citron tea” is known in Korea as “yu-ja-cha” (Hangul: 유자차). “유자” is citron while “차” or “cha” means “tea”. Honey is “꿀” or “kkul”. 꿀유자차 “kkul yuja cha” is honey citron tea.

I got to know about this tea when i was in a Korean Restaurant this year and when i realized i was going to Korea this year, i knew i had to buy them a-plenty when i was there!

 

유자차 replaces my coffee habit whenever I’m feeling under the weather. A 600 gram bottles costs 6,000 won depending on the brand. I’ve learned from experience that brands don’t really matter.

I use one tablespoon of the tea and fill the cup with hot water. Don’t use boiling water. Just add more tea if desired.

Yummy!

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Are suffering from Food Coma too?


I know its Ramadan, but I can’t help it that i keep thinking about food. And its consequences. LOL

What is a food coma?
Despite the seemingly comical name, this is actually a medically recognized condition known as post-prandial somnolence. Unlinke a real coma, food coma is the completely natural feeling of fatigue you get when you’ve finished eating a meal. As a general rule of thumb, the bigger the meal, the harder you’ll fall asleep.

What causes it?
Swallowing your food is only the first step to developing a food coma. After being partially digested by the powerful acids of the stomach, it’s on to the intestines, where the food-induced sleepiness really begins. Nutrients in the food trigger a chain reaction that starts with blood and energy being diverted to aid in digestion and away from the “non-essential” functions of the body like exercise and muscle exertion. The more “essential” function at hand is getting nutrients into the bloodstream. This and the hormonal changes caused by glucose — AKA energy — uptake by your body to make you feel very, very sleepy. Sweet dreams!

Possible Side Effects
Friends, loved ones or co-workers may take advantage of your comatose state to stick things up your nostrils or draw mustaches on you with permanent markers.

 

I m lucky this month! Come September, it is going to be an everyday affair!!!


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Wanna go on a Liquid Diet? Think again!


8 Extremely Fattening Drinks

There are not many people who would select water over a selection of other beverages, the problem is, most of these same people don’t realize the volume of calories they are putting in their bodies when they consume these products. Even freshly squeezed juices are very calorie dense. If you are pounding back any of these drinks on a regular basis, cutting them out could do wonders for your waste line without even adding in any exercise!

This list will be from the least calorie dense drinks all the way up to the super calorie dense options.

So here is the countdown…

 

8. 7-11 Cola Slurpee

This one seems almost obvious, although, I was shocked to see it this low on the list when compared to some of the other popular drinks.

Slurpee Nutritional Info
Oz: 24
Calories: 210
Fat: 0g
Carbs: 53.9g
Protein:
Sugar: 53.9g
Calories Per oz: 8.75

Alternatives to Slurpees
While I personally love a Slurpee on a hot summers day, one alternative is a home made calorie free Slurpee. Take your blender, mix in roughly 1/2 cup of pre made crystal light, and then add roughly half a tray of ice cubes, more if you want it slushier. Blend the concoction up for a calorie free Slurpee.

 

7. Pepsi Cola/Coca Cola

Another obvious one near the top of the list is sugar packed sodas such as Coke or Pepsi. Your average 12oz serving has roughly 150 calories! If you drink three cans a day, that’s 160200 calories a year which is roughly 45 lbs of PURE FAT!

Pepsi Nutritional Info:
Oz: 12
Calories: 150
Fat: 0g
Carbs: 42g
Protein:
Sugar: 42g
Calories Per oz: 12.50

Alternatives to Pepsi/Coke & Sodas
This is actually a really easy fix if you are willing to make a bit of a change. Switch from Pepsi to Diet Pepsi. The taste might not be that pleasing at first, but after a few weeks, you don’t even notice the aftertaste any more. I personally actually prefer diet sodas over regular these days. If you drink diet soda, you are 100% reducing these drink calories from your diet.

 

6. Fresh Orange Juice

Yes, you are reading this correctly. Juices are jam packed full of calories whether you are drinking apple juice, orange juice or grape juice, they all contain a ton of sugar and a ton of unnecessary calories. If you really just want some vitamin C, take a supplement or eat an actual orange and get some of the fiber to go along with it.

Fresh Orange Juice Nutrition Info
Oz: 12
Calories: 170
Fat: 0.8g
Carbs: 39.2g
Protein: 2.6
Sugar: 31.7g
Calories Per oz: 14.17

Fresh Juice Alternatives:
If you are drinking juice for Vitamins, eat the fruit and get some of the benefits of the fiber. If you are just looking for something that has some flavor, mix up some Crystal Light and enjoy a tasty calorie free drink.

 

 

5. Gatorade

If Gatorade is good for athletes it has got to be good for me right? WRONG! Gatorade was developed to help athletes quickly replenish depleted energy sources and as a result is jam packed full of sugar as well as calories. Unless you are performing at a very high level athletically, drinking Gatorade is only going to build your spare tire around your waste.

Gatorade Nutrition Info:
Oz: 12
Calories: 170
Fat: 0.8g
Carbs: 39.2g
Protein: 2.6
Sugar: 31.7g
Calories Per oz: 25.83

Gatorade Alternatives:
If you really want to drink a sports drink, pickup one of Gatorade’s new G2 sports drinks. It is a low calorie alternative and won’t turn you into an overweight wannabe athlete.

 

4. Starbucks Mint Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino blended creme with Chocolate Whipped Cream

Let’s face it, you shouldn’t be drinking Starbucks Frappuccino’s if you are trying to watch your waste line. They are so packed full of calories, you could easily gain a pound a week by drinking a Venti every day! One Frapp stands out in the crowd for being the ultimate weight gainer and that is the ‘Mint Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino blended crème with Chocolate Whipped Cream’; try saying that 5 times! This drink is a behemoth with 680 calories in a single 24oz serving. That is an astounding 28.33 calories per oz. If you are planning on dressing up as Santa Clause this winter and don’t want to stuff your pants with pillows, this is definitely the daily beverage for you.

Starbucks Mint Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino blended creme with Chocolate Whipped Cream Nutrition Info
Oz: 24
Calories: 680
Fat: 21g
Carbs: 115g
Protein: 18
Sugar: 93g
Calories Per oz: 28.33

Frappuccino Alternatives:
If you are really feeling the urge to get a blended Frapp from Starbucks, first step is to look at the ‘light’ section. The next step is to select the Espresso Frappuccino® Light Blended Coffee. A Venti (24oz) serving still has 150 calories, but that is substantially better than its Mint Chocolaty companion. For those who care, the Espresso Frappuccino® Light Blended Coffee packs 6.25 calories per oz.

 

3. 7-11 French Vanilla Cafe Cooler

7-11 got a little upset when Starbucks started stealing their grown up Slurpee customers who wanted blended coffee. So what did they do? They came up with Coffee Slurpees to stir up the competition. Unlucky for us though, these Slurpees come packed with nearly four times the calories of a traditional Slurpee. Check out the nutritional information on these tastymorsels.

7-11 French Vanilla Café Cooler Nutrition Info:
Oz: 20
Calories: 634
Fat: 27g
Carbs: 97g
Protein: 1.6
Sugar: 97g
Calories Per oz: 31.70

French Vanilla Cafe Alternatives:
Honestly, if you have to buy something from 7-11 to replace your French Vanilla Café Cooler, I would recommend grabbing a cup of coffee, toss a bit of skim milk and some sugar free Vanilla syrup in it. Run over to the Big Gulp machine and toss a few ice cubes in your cup to cool it down and make a chilled beverage. Aside from that, any of the café coolers are pretty much going to turn you into a fat air balloon.

 

2. McDonald’s Chocolate Shake

Leave it to McDonalds to have the second most fattening drink that I have ever seen. If you’ve ever tasted their Chocolate Triple Thick Shake, you would know instantly that there is no way something with so much creamy tasty flavor could ever be good for you. This calorie behemoth could help you pack on as much as two pounds of fat a week when combined with your normal diet. Pretty impressive huh?

Chocolate Triple Thick® Shake Nutrition Info:
Oz: 32
Calories: 1160
Fat: 27g
Carbs: 203g
Protein: 27
Sugar: 168g
Calories Per oz: 36.25

Chocolate Shake Alternatives:
If you really want to drink a Chocolate milk shake, you are looking at a calorie dense beverage no matter what way you ‘shake’ it. If you want to make something that is at least somewhat healthy for you, blend 1/2 cup skim milk with 2 scoops chocolate whey protein and half a tray of ice. It will taste like a chocolate milk shake with way less sugar, but you still can’t avoid the calories.

 

1. Bubble Tea with Milk and Tapioca Pearls

 

YES! You Kois and Gong Cha!!!

The original Bubble Tea came from Taiwan and was a combination of Black tea, condensed milk, honey and pearls (tapioca balls). These days, the black tea and condensed milk can be substituted with fruity teas or milky fruit teas, all of which are jam packed with gut producing calories. A standard Bubble Tea with milk and pearls contains roughly 510 calories in just a 12 oz serving. If you just broke out your calculator you would now know that Bubble tea can contain 42.50 calories per oz! What does that mean for you? It means that Bubble Tea is a one way ticket to ObesityBoulevard.

Bubble Tea with Milk and Tapioca Pearls Nutritional Info:
Oz: 12
Calories: 510
Fat: 20.4g
Carbs: 79.05g
Protein: .6
Sugar: ?g
Calories Per oz: 42.50

 

Bubble Tea Alternatives:
Alright, this one you are going to have to suck up and just stop drinking. There is absolutely no reason why you need to eat Tapioca balls and condensed milk on a daily basis. Hit up your grocery store and grab a couple boxes of black and green tea. Not only will it save your health, it will also save you some money.


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7 Things that are Secretly Making You Gain Weight!


I came across this wonderful? and interesting article from a health magazine and i thought this would be quite useful to you, and me (especially) since all of us are on the mission to at least lose some weight and look hotter!

Who know that the choices you make in your everyday life might be secretly causing you to gain weight.

Here’s how to spot seven diet saboteurs!

1. Fancy coffee-shop beverages

Your daily treat from the corner coffee shop may be adding a significant amount of calories to your diet. For example, a Grande Strawberries and Crème Frappuccino with whole milk and whipped cream at Starbucks is 370 calories and 15 g of fat. Instead, choose a regular coffee. Alone, it has no calories, but even with cream and sugar it’s a much better choice: You’ll add 24 calories and 3 g of fat per tablespoon of cream, and 16 calories per teaspoon of sugar. Make this swap once a week and you’ll cut 17,160 calories a year, which adds up to almost 5 pounds. – Oh shit, my Hazelnut Soy Latte habits needs to stop!

2. Eating on the run

Most of us have caught ourselves walking and eating, or stuffing down a meal to get to our next commitment on time. “Eating on the run often leads to eating too quickly for your hunger and satisfaction signals to keep up,” says Mary Bamford, registered dietitian. What’s too fast? According to Bamford it means taking less than 20 minutes to eat a meal.

Instead, sit down (eating in the car while driving doesn’t count) and slow down. “If you eat in a hurry and rely on your hunger signals to know when you’ve had enough, you have to overeat to feel satisfied,” she says. “And then 30 to 60 minutes later, if you are paying attention, you may realize you are stuffed,” she adds. So stop walking and munching, and make time to savour your meals.

3. Overindulging on weekends

Researchers have found that people don’t realize they eat markedly more on weekends, particularly on Saturdays, when they tend to consume more fat. Those extra calories can add up quickly.

To combat overindulging on Saturday and Sunday, pay attention to portion size, weigh yourself daily (or on Fridays and Mondays only) and watch your alcohol intake, which provides empty calories and lowers your food inhibitions.

My Huge-Ass burger! Is way too much!

4. Portions that are too large

It’s a simple fact: Eat less and you’ll lose weight. There’s good evidence that over the past 50 years, restaurant portions have “super-sized,” and our waistlines have grown along with them. We’ve become accustomed to eating larger servings to the detriment of our health.

To combat this habit, use a smaller plate for your meals. Less space on the plate means automatic portion control. And when ordering or buying food, choose the smallest size of any high-calorie items.

5. Crash diets

Dieting makes food an enemy, not a source of sustenance and well-being. So-called yo-yo dietinglosing weight, putting it back on, losing it again and so on—is bad for your health. If you suddenly reduce your food intake, you body, because it is designed for survival, will slow down your metabolic rate in order to store energy more efficiently. This is why people on a diet crave snacks like chocolate, which gives a quick boost to their energy levels, and why weight loss slows down dramatically after the first couple of weeks.

To reach and maintain a reasonable body weight, you need a balanced diet full of nutrients to prevent disease and to ensure optimal energy and psychological well-being.

6. Skipping meals

“Skipping meals can have a negative impact on your metabolism,” says Toronto nutritionist Aviva Allen—your body might start storing extra fat in anticipation of more missed meals. Instead of eating less, consume small, nutrient-dense snacks and meals more often – every three hours is ideal – and try not to eat after seven o’clock at night, when your metabolism is at its slowest.

Eating often also makes it easier to stay on track beacause denying yourself food isn’t a sustainable practice. “The biggest mistake is to think of your diet as a temporary event to reach a specific weight-loss goal,” says Allen. “If you plan to return to your old habits once you’ve reached your goal, the weight will quickly return.”

7. Boring workouts

No matter how good the fitness plan, sticking with the exact same routine day after day is hard—and discouraging. In his first book, 5-Factor Fitness, Hollywood trainer Harley Pastnernak recommends a different workout for every day of the week, each focusing on a different body part. Whether you vary the number of reps you do or make a switch from cardio to resistance training, it’s important to vary your routine enough so you don’t get bored. “At least one thing should be different daily,” Pasternak suggests.

Thanks http://www.besthealthmag.ca/ for letting us know!