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Alarming: Comparing The Calories Of Alcohol With Some “Heart-Attack” Foods

Alarming: Comparing The Calories Of Alcohol With Some “Heart-Attack” Foods

The college life is a wild rollercoaster of events. New school, new semester, new friends, old friends, partying, professors, memory loss… Wait, memory loss?

That’s right. A common agreement within the college community is that drinking rocks, and while not entirely incorrect, it can have much more of an effect on the body than just contributing to the freshman 15 and embarrassing selfies. A study by USA Today uncovered that the caloric intake stemming from binge drinking can increase the body’s vulnerability to cognitive impairment or memory loss.

The nice folks over at Elite Daily put together a series of visuals to help us see the amount of calories consumed with our favorite drinks compared with all of our favorite foods.

Beer vs. Cheeseburgers: America’s Favorite Pastime

Ah, yes. The late-night breakfast of champions. Nothing says “college” more than consuming copious amounts of beer, piling into a cab, and making a drunken 2 AM burger run to the neighborhood McDonald’s. With the cheeseburger originating in Pasadena, California and the population consuming an average of 26 gallons of beer each per year, maybe there is a reason we don’t see California on the list of America’s healthiest states.

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Bud light vs cheeseburgers

    Champagne vs. Bread: The College Definition of “Dinner”

    We have all been there. Broke, hungry, and in search of booze. Good thing that loaf of bread you bought for seemingly no reason last week hasn’t gone bad and your friend stopped by with a brand new bottle of champagne. Just keep in mind that you may want to cut back on the bread, because we all know you won’t on the champagne.

    Champagne vs Bread

      Hard Cider vs. Chocolate Doughnuts: A Hipster’s Worst Nightmare

      “Maybe when you’re older you will understand why you don’t feel right, why you can’t sleep at night now.” – Win Butler, Arcade Fire

      What was going through the mind of Mr. Butler when we was putting together the song, “Modern Man”? Perhaps he is referencing an existential crisis of a “modern” man’s monotonous life. Perhaps Mr. Butler is attempting to warn his fans about the possible health implications associated with heavily consuming hard cider and biking to the donut shop.

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      Hard Cider Vs. Doughnuts

        Captain Morgan vs. Pizza: The Sad Death Of Pop Punk

        Remember freshman year in college when you heard that song about eating pizza with your friends while raiding your parents’ liquor cabinet? What song was that again? Oh yeah, every current pop punk song. Perhaps science can find a way to fuse rum and pizza into one superfood so we can all get back to being sad with our friends – minus the dangerous amount of calories.

        Captain Morgan vs Pizza

          Red Wine vs. Chocolate Chip Cookies: Movie Night Is Ruined!

          You may want to think again before making your routine trip to the grocery store to grab snacks for movie night — it may be worth it to hold off on the usual wine and cookie combination. Comparing the caloric intake of these two items can seriously ruin your plans. If an entire bottle of wine is equal to three-and-a-half cookies, maybe it will be best to get two bottles of wine instead. Shrek 2 is supposed to make me cry right?

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          Wine vs Cookies

            Piña Coladas vs. Chocolate Bars: No, Mom, You Can’t Have Both

            Ironically enough, while drinking four piña coladas or eating six Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars can result in “a great night,” these two activities have a completely different effects on the human body. Studies have shown that chocolate — in moderation — can help repair damages caused by high levels of hypertension. Sorry, chocolate piña coladas don’t count.

            Pina Colada vs Chocolate Bars

              AMFs vs. Ice Cream Cones: The “Choose Your Own Adventure” Book of Life

              This is perhaps the toughest decision within this entire article. Do you want to have a good time and feel really sick? Go with the ice cream option. Do you want to do just that while simultaneously keeping your record of terrible decisions? Look no further, AMFs have arrived. Honestly, AMFs are great, but anytime the amount of ice cream trumps the amount of another item that can be consumed, ice cream wins every time.

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              AMFs vs Ice Cream

                Vodka Cranberries vs. Sushi: Wait — Can I Not Have Both?

                If Japanese cuisine and hard Russian alcohol have anything in common, it is the fact that they are both delicious. However, you may want to keep being “drunk” and being “sushi drunk” separated. Spending all night at your local endless sushi bar could result in some serious health risks for all parties involved. I suggest drinking the vodka cranberries and continuing to just post photos of the sushi on Instagram.

                Vodka vs Sushi

                  Conclusion

                  At the end of the day, it may be best to cut back on the “heart-attack” foods before you hit the town on an upcoming weekend. Just remember, all things are okay in moderation. Yes, even AMFs.

                  Featured photo credit: Geoff Peters via flickr.com

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                  Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                  Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                  Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                  1. Exercise Daily

                  It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                  If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                  Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                  2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                  Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                  One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                  This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                  3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                  Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                  Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                  Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                  4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                  Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                  The basic nutritional advice includes:

                  • Eat unprocessed foods
                  • Eat more veggies
                  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                  Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                    5. Watch Out for Travel

                    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                    6. Start Slow

                    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                    Final Thoughts

                    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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