ESPN released their “Body Issue” for 2011 earlier this month.
Here is the final installment of the incredibly fit and sexy athletes that they featured.
During the last installment of Instant Exercise Motivation, we used a little reverse psychology.
Today, it’s all about positivity.
This month’s issue of ESPN magazine is their annual Body Issue.
So, go ahead and feast your eyes on some of the world’s fittest/sexiest athletes….and then get your butt to the gym.
and, just in case you still aren’t motivated enough to haul your lazy butt into the gym, there’s always this.
According to a pair of new studies, when “normal” people eat “healthy” food…. they get hungrier.
And what do they get hungry for?
More “healthy” food?
They don’t want healthy… they want something tasty…something sweet, something greasy and crunchy and salty and…… damn, now I’m getting hungry.
But wait, this study doesn’t apply to me.
It only applies to “normal” people.
In the second study, people who identify themselves as being concerned about their health & bodyweight (like me) didn’t experience those same “post-health food” hunger pangs.
They were satisfied with the “healthy” food.
So, what’s the difference?
The difference is that people who identify themselves as “healthy” receive mental/emotional satisfaction from taking “healthy” actions – eating healthy foods, exercising, etc.
Conversely, “normal” people who don’t identify themselves as someone who eats for their health just don’t get that emotional/mental satisfaction.
And that lack of emotional/mental satisfaction manifests itself as a hunger for junk food.
And, to make things worse, when they eat the junk food, they actually strengthen that internal picture of themselves as someone who eats “junk” food instead of “healthy” food.
It’s a real chicken/egg dilemma.
There is no point in eating rice cakes and tofu if you hate eating tofu and rice cakes.
At some point, your dissatisfied brain will drive you towards that pint of Ben & Jerrys.
You have to get your mind onside before you will be able to any sort of lasting change.
But that’s easier said than done, isn’t it.
In one corner, we have the current undefeated Champeen of the World….The multi-billion dollar Diet Industry.
In the other corner, we have this guy. Mr. Healthy Lifestyle
As a result, the diet industry is the 1,000,000 to 1 odds-on favorite to win the battle for our “I want to get lean, healthy and fit” dollars.
A New Zealand based study looked at the negative effect that stress had upon the health of obese women. They found that obese women can improve their health and prevent further weight gain by ditching their diets and learning to deal with stress.
Additionally, the research showed that this lifestyle approach resulted in “significant improvement in reducing psychological symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, and medical symptoms including headaches, fatigue and lowered blood pressure”
Hmmmmmmmmm…it sounds like the diet industry might have something to worry about.
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I’m sure this isn’t going to surprise many of you, but I was just reading a new study that claims that hypertension, heart disease and stroke is caused by diet.
By analyzing chemicals found in urine, researchers have been able to definitely link fluctuations in blood pressure to your metabolic fingerprint.
Metabolic fingerprint is a catchy way of describing the unique metabolites that are left behind by specific cellular processes. In this case, the scientists were looking at the metabolites (small molecules) found in urine, which reveal the way food is broken down in the body.
According to the research, Western diets (rich in meat, high in alcohol and low in fibre) are bad.
People who eat a diet high in animal protein (indicated by the metabolite alanine being present in urine) have…
People who eat diets higher in starches such as rice (indicated by the metabolite formate) have…
NOTE – People who have healthy levels of gut flora (reduced by antibiotic use, increased by prebiotics and probiotics and indicated by the presence of hippurate in the urine) also have lower blood pressure. Hippurate is also present in the urine of individuals with low levels of alcohol intake and higher levels of dietary fibre.
What was most interesting for me was the comparison of the native Japanese participants with those Japanese individuals living in the U.S.A.