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Infographic That Shows How Much Exercise You Need To Burn Off These Food

Infographic That Shows How Much Exercise You Need To Burn Off These Food

Who doesn’t want to veg out on the couch after a long week with some pizza and a good beer?

But if you knew how much exercise was needed to burn off that slice of pizza do you think you might change your mind and go for a salad instead? Maybe not, but you might limit yourself to one slice and one pint instead of reaching for a seconds or more considering a single slice and pint are going “cost” the average male an hour and 20 minutes on the bike.

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Losing or maintaining weight has become a major issue for many people. It seems like everyday there is a new diet regimen that promises painless, drastic, and lasting weight loss. These have all been met with varying degrees of success. While these fad diets are all based on various theories and principles, some are scientifically sound, many are not. We do know that science has shown again and again, counting calories works. Except for rare instances, if you eat fewer calories than you burn, you’re going to lose weight. But not many people know how many calories are in their favorite foods and maybe more importantly, how much exercise it would take to burn those calories off?

This infographic from Buddy Loans.com looks at some popular junk foods, their fat and calorie content as well as the amount of exercise needed to burn that food off.

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Once you realize how much activity it takes to burn off a single meal at a fast food restaurant you might think twice about what you’re ordering and how often you’re eating junk food. With the high caloric content of these junk foods it’s very easy to consume 50% or more of your daily recommended calories, 2500 for a man, 2000 for a woman, for an entire day in a single meal.

Take for example the 490 calories in a Big Mac. It’s going to take the average woman 68 minutes, over an hour, of weightlifting to burn those calories off. Guys have it a little easier, but not by much, needing only 57 minutes of weights to work off that burger. If you get get the large fry with that burger you’re looking at doubling your time weightlifting to around 2 hours for men in order to zero the meal out. Wash that burger and fires meal down with a soda and the average women is looking at around 2 hours of cardio just to offset the caloric cost of that single fast food meal.

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While everyone already knows desert foods are among the highest calorie and fat content foods, I bet not many realize that a single Tesco Chocolate Fudge Cake has all of the fat (90 grams) you’re recommended to consume in a day. Coming in at a whopping 1710 calories, this cake, by itself, leaves only 290 calories in the average woman’s calorie budget for the entire rest of the day.

However, this doesn’t mean all desert foods are going to blow your calorie budget if you indulge. Choosing to go with a Cadbury Milk Chocolate bar instead will mean you’re only “spending” 237 calories. Burning that off is going to be a fairly easy task, taking a man a mere 21 minutes of cardio. That’s an incredible difference of 1473 calories just by eating a chocolate bar instead of the cake. To put that in perspective,choosing the chocolate bar over the cake, is “saving” the average man just over 2 hours of cardio. The average woman over 2 and a half hours of work.

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Keep in mind that it’s not to say that fast or “junk” food can’t be eaten occasionally, it can. However, when things are put into perspective, when you realize how much exercise it takes to actually burn those foods off, it’s pretty easy to realize that junk foods carry with them a high calorie “price tag”. Unless you’re willing to spend hours of your day in the gym it’s best to limit these and other comfort foods if you’re trying to live a fit and healthy lifestyle.

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    Last Updated on November 11, 2019

    How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

    How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

    Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

    To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

    Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

    1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

    Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

    Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

    To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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    2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

    Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

    If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

    Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

    3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

    Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

    Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

    4. Feed Your Brain

    Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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    This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

    Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

    Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

    5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

    According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

    Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

    Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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    6. Write it Down

    If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

    It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

    You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

    7. Listen to Music

    Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

    8. Visual Concepts

    In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

    Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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    Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

    9. Teach Someone Else

    Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

    Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

    10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

    Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

    So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

    Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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