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Going Man – A Short Guide To Your Ultimate Man Cave

Going Man – A Short Guide To Your Ultimate Man Cave

Modern life is a massive battlefield. Seriously. The only difference between these and some more savage, albeit a lot simpler times, is that we no longer ride off into battle to protect our possessions on a mighty steed. Current battles are fought with mortgages, loans, debit cards, and other far less noble-sounding necessary evils. Is life, at least, easier now?

Physically? Probably. Mentally? Not even remotely.

The outcome, however, is just the same. A true warrior-king needs a stronghold where he can recover from wounds and enjoy good old venison, wine, and lutes. A real modern man needs a cave where he can take a short break from outside life and indulge himself a bit.

But, we have to agree that “true man” is a term so broad that it threatens to level us all to the same measures with the subtlety of a steamroller. Let us then take a look at a few different ideas for different warrior-kings of the 21st century.

1. Entrepreneur’s Man Cave

    An entrepreneur’s lifestyle has a fair share of both pros and cons. One of the things we know the most about entrepreneurs, unfortunately, belongs to the latter group of characteristics – their work time is never truly over.

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    That is why an entrepreneur’s man cave should be less of a pleasure room and more of a place where they can retire and enjoy their hobbies while still being able to get the job done. What does that mean? A comfortable chair, wall-mounted TV,[1] spacious desk, sofa, and of course, an “executive” mini bar fridge to soothe the tired soul.

    2. Movie-goer’s Man Cave

      Image Credit: jeff beyers

      Every avid movie-goer knows how poor the theater experience can be these days. Cellphones, obnoxious people who can’t stop talking, and the mind-numbing sound of someone chewing popcorn. The answer to this problem is very obvious – build yourself a home theater.

      All you need is a good projector,[2] loudspeaker system (you can get away with 5.1, but try going for 7.1), and a few comfortable recliners[3] (Chandler and Joey-style). Details like movie props, posters, or standees can only make the whole experience more special.

      3. Rockstar’s Man Cave

        If you are, on the other hand, more into music, you can turn your man cave into a small private venue where you can jam with your friends. So, in addition to everything we have come to expect in a man cave by now, it would be a good idea to throw some studio equipment[4] into the equation as well.

        Keep in mind, though, that your neighbors may not share the same passion for music as you. Soundproof your cave so you don’t annoy them. Small, genre-centric details (e.g. rockabilly, 80s pop, heavy metal) are always a welcome addition.

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        4. Sportsman’s Man Cave

        There are very few of us who haven’t been, at least few times in life, touched by a sports fever. How does this fever work? You start watching the games, and the more you watch them, more you want to train. The more you train, more you want to watch the games.

        How to stop this fever? Why would you? Instead, decorate one of your rooms with jerseys, trophies, and sports memorabilia. Then move in a huge TV, even bigger couch, and a fridge. Finally, throw in some basic gym equipment[5] (dumbbells, bars, and treadmill) to you satisfy the other side of your inner sports devotee while you are waiting for the next game.

        5. Gentleman’s Man Cave

          Or in other words, a room for the ones with the more refined habits. What does that mean? Out with technology, in with good taste. A proper gentleman’s man cave should feature only a comfortable chair, small table (stylish and timeless pieces are highly preferable), a few wine racks, bookcases, and of course, an espresso machine.

          Remember, you are going for quality, not quantity. If you like to listen to music, move in a gramophone. They feature a large amount of eye-candy, and their sound simply can’t be replaced. Install layered lighting,[6] and you will score a huge design point.

          6. Gamer’s Man Cave

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            Let’s say everyone who considers himself a serious gamer already owns a powerful enough PC, extremely comfortable chair, loudspeakers (or headphones), and three-monitor setup. What’s missing to make this promising foundation into a man cave? Well, if you are old enough to actually make a man cave, you were probably growing up in the late ‘90s or early 2000s, so you know online multiplayer can’t hold a candle to local mayhem.

            Now, bring in more of the same, make some room for your friends, pull the cables through the floor and the walls[7] so you don’t trip over them, and your LAN den will be ready to go.

            7. Fantasy Man Cave

            A room for all of us who wander but aren’t lost. Now, pulling off a fantasy-based man cave is somewhat tricky to do, because you have to incorporate a love for books, games, and movies all into one room. Look to the previous paragraphs for help. However, once you are done with boring technicalities, you’ll finally get the chance to populate the room with swords, flags, tapestries, and all sorts of Tolkien-inspired no-goods.[8]

            The things you don’t want to miss are a comfortable rocking chair, and a substantial, Warhammer-friendly wooden table. Hidden doors (bookcase does seem like an excellent cover) are not necessary, but they are a very cool addition.

            8. Traditional Man Cave

              Image Credit: Elizabeth Anderson

              Essentially, a traditional man cave is a room that fits various tastes, but it’s slave to none of them; sort of the first thing that pops into your mind when you put the words “man” and “cave” together. So, what have you imagined? Okay, the usual suspects like the cozy sofa, huge TV, large fridge, and loudspeakers. But what else?

              That’s right, the things like mini bar, billiard table, dart board, even the old-school arcade games. In other words, a traditional man cave should convey a very strong pub-like impression. Does that make pub the man’s lowest common denominator? Why not.

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              The modern world is full of twist and turns. Granted, our lives are better than they were a couple of centuries ago, and we know much more ways to have fun than our ancestors did. What we sorely lack is time to have that fun and a place where we won’t be distracted.

              Should we then simply give up and surrender to a daily rut? No, we have to carve ourselves a place where we’ll be happy. Do you feel your life is not as awesome as you would like it to be?

              Then give yourself the best man cave ever.

              Featured photo credit: Elizabeth Anderson via flickr.com

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              Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

              Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

              Intermittent fasting weight loss is a type of diet that’s rapidly growing in popularity and becoming the way to lose weight. Scientists and nutrition experts like it, too. New books and articles on the topic are being published daily. Intermittent fasting is also popular with followers of the Paleo diet since our ancestors appear to have eaten this way for thousands of years.

              I’ve been following this type of diet myself for 2 years. Doing so helped me lose and keep off 70 pounds without ever having to count calories, limit carbohydrates, or eat 6 to 7 meals a day.

              This article teaches you all about intermittent fasting weight loss and details why it is one of the best weight loss diet hacks around. Once you finish, you will be able to implement into your diet and experience the benefits it offers almost immediately.

              What Is Intermittent Fasting?

              As you may have figured from its name, intermittent fasting weight loss is a diet plan where you set fasting periods during the day. This is usually between 16-20 consecutive hours, but it can be as little as 12 hours or as much as 24 hours (or even 36 hours).

              While fasting you can eat and drink low calorie or calorie-free foods. Think coffee, tea, water, and vegetables.

              The more time you spend fasting every day, the better your results. You can do these fasts as often as you like. Again, the more often you do so, the better[1].

              Getting Started With Intermittent Fasting

              Following this diet plan is super simple. All you have to do is choose a period of time during the day that you will fast. This should be between 16-20 hours.

              The longer you fast each day, the better. Don’t worry about calorie restriction or measuring carbohydrates. Just focus on going about your day until it’s time to eat.

              It’s best to choose a set period of time to conduct your fast. I like to fast from 8 PM to 4 PM the following afternoon. I’ll then have my first meal of the day and a snack or two a few hours later. Once 8 o’clock rolls around, it’s back to fasting.

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              My experience with intermittent fasting is that it’s best to start with a 16 hour fast (i.e. 8PM one evening to 12PM the next day) for the first 1-2 weeks. Once you are comfortable with this schedule, you can increase the amount of time you spend fasting. Do this by adding 30 minutes to each fast until you get to where you are fasting for 20 hours at a time.

              You don’t have to fast every day in the beginning either. You may be more comfortable breaking in slowly with 2 or 3 days per week, or trying alternate day fasting. Add additional days of intermittent fasting as you become more comfortable with this style of eating.

              Tips To Make Intermittent Fasting Easier

              1. Drink Plenty of Water

              Squeeze a little lemon or lime juice into your water to help get rid of any cravings you experience. You can also drink coffee, tea, or other calorie-free beverages. After a few weeks, you will find that intermittent fasting keeps you from craving sugar entirely.

              2. Take in Caffeine in the Morning and Early Afternoon

              The caffeine in coffee and tea may actually make intermittent fasting weight loss a little easier since it’s good for curbing your appetite. Be careful not to overindulge as this may lead to you feeling a little too wired. I also recommend these natural energy boosting tips to keep you going during the day.

              3. Avoid Artificially Flavored Drinks

              One type of calorie-free drink that should be avoided are diet sodas and other beverages that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Sweet & Low. Studies show that the can actually stimulate your appetite[2] like a drink that contains sugar and cause you to overeat.

              4. Don’t Gorge at Your First Meal

              The first meal after your fast should be the amount of food you typically eat. Binging will only make you feel awful and diminish the benefits you get from the fast.

              To avoid this, try creating meal plans, at least for the first few weeks. This will help you get into the rhythm of eating regularly portioned meals during your eating window.

              5. Minimize Processed Carbohydrates and Sugars

              While intermittent fasting does make it possible to eat a little looser than normal, you should still eat as little bread, pasta, rice, etc. as possible.

              Focus instead on eating protein from beef, fish, or pork, carbohydrates from vegetables, fruit, and sweet potatoes, and healthy fats from foods like almonds, avocados, fish, and olive oil.

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              You can find some carb sources that will aid your weight loss journey here.

              How Intermittent Fasting Helps You Lose Weight

              Eating this way has many benefits with regard to weight loss. The first is that when you’re fasting, your body will be forced to use its stored body fat for energy. Burning calories this way, instead of from the food you’re eating throughout the day, will help you experience significant weight loss, but specifically lose weight from any excess body fat you’re carrying.

              This means that you won’t just be thinner, but you will also look better and be much healthier than if you lose weight the old-fashioned way[3].

              Intermittent fasting can help optimize the release of the key fat-burning hormones in your body. This is especially true for the two most important hormones: human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin.

              Human growth hormone plays a key role in turning on your body’s fat-burning furnace so that it gets the calories you need to work and play from stored body fat. Studies show that fasting can significantly increase the production of HGH[4].

              The influence intermittent fasting weight loss has on insulin is just as impressive and possibly more important. Keeping your insulin levels low and steady is key to losing excess fat and keeping it off.

              Diets that are rich in processed carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice) and simple sugars (candy, cookies, and soda) have the opposite effect. They cause your insulin levels to rapidly spike and then crash every time you eat one of these foods. The net result of this phenomenon is that your body will store more of what you eat as excess body fat instead of burning it off as energy.

              Chronically elevating your insulin levels like this can also lead to the development of type II diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. Intermittent fasting easily solves this problem.

              One study found that men who participated in intermittent fasting had “dramatically lower insulin levels and significantly improved insulin sensitivity”[5].

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              This happens because you’re not giving your body food, so it will not produce insulin, allowing insulin levels to balance out until you eat again. This helps your body stay in a calorie and fa-burning state. You’ll also find that it gives you more energy throughout the day.

              Another great weight loss benefit of intermittent fasting is that hunger pangs and cravings that may normally plague you throughout the day will be reduced, if not altogether eliminated. This is probably due to its ability to balance your insulin and blood sugar levels and, in turn, help correct other hormonal imbalances.

              Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss FAQs

              Now that you know what intermittent fasting is and how to get started, it’s time to answer your other questions.

              Below are answers to the questions frequently asked about intermittent fasting. These answers should help you and make getting started a lot easier.

              How Much Weight Will I Lose?

              The amount of weight you lose with fasting is determined by how often and long your fasts are, what you eat afterward, and other factors. Fasting for 16-20 hours a day can help you safely lose 2-3 pounds of fat every week.

              While losing this much weight every week is great, it’s how it makes it happen that’s really cool. Losing weight with intermittent fasting means that you will never have to count calories or plan and prepare several meals a day.

              Can I Work out While Fasting?

              Yes, you can. In fact, doing the right type of workout while fasting will help you lose weight faster and even build muscle.

              The best workouts to do while fasting for weight loss are 3-4 intense strength training workouts weekly. This means anything from standard strength training to kettlebell or body weight workouts.

              Focus on doing 3-4 total body exercises per workout with as little rest as possible between sets. Doing this will help you burn more calories during and after your workout. You’ll also build muscle, which will help you look and feel better as the weight comes off.

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              Won’t I Lose Muscle When I Fast?

              First of all, you aren’t fasting long enough for your body to start breaking down muscle for energy. You have, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of calories from your stored body fat to use before that will begin to happen. Studies actually show that even after fasting for 3 days, no muscle is lost.

              Is Fasting Safe?

              As long as you are healthy, not pregnant, and aren’t taking medications, fasting is safe. Like all diets, you should discuss it with your doctor before beginning an intermittent fasting style of dieting.

              I also feel that it may not be smart to follow this type of diet when you’re especially stressed. Since this diet can be a little stress-inducing at first, doing so when your ability to be relatively stress-free and rested probably isn’t a good idea.

              Are There Any Supplements I Can Take to Make Fasting Easier?

              As with any other weight loss plan, it’s a good idea to take a few nutritional supplements to ensure that your daily requirements are met. This includes a once or twice daily multi-vitamin, fish oil, and vitamin D.

              I’ve also found taking 10 grams of branch chain amino acids before and after my workouts really helps, too. They’re great for giving you more energy during your workout and decreasing post-workout muscle soreness.

              For supplements to specifically help with digestion, check out this article.

              Conclusion

              Now you know what intermittent fasting is and how it can help you lose weight quickly, safely, and pretty much effortlessly.

              If you want to give it a try, find a fasting schedule that fits with you lifestyle and give it a go.

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