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How to Get Really Fat Using These Four Lies You’ve Been Told

How to Get Really Fat Using These Four Lies You’ve Been Told

Have you been spoon fed lies that are making you fat? The short answer is yes. These days, the Internet gives so called fitness experts easy access to spread misinformation. What I have learned is that most experts simply regurgitate information they read from others without doing their own research.  These experts have tens of thousands of online followers hanging on their every word. Let me help you debunk the weight loss and fitness “facts” you may have heard from these experts and give you the truth behind their false statements. The result could be a slimmer waistline without having to change much at all of your eating and exercise habits.

Lie #1: The more ab exercises you do, the skinnier your waist will be.

TRUTH: Doing abdominal exercises can strengthen your core muscles, but it won’t burn body fat to give you that seemingly elusive 6-pack you’re after.  If you want your abdominal muscles to show, you need to either be naturally skinny or embrace a diet low in carbohydrates and high in proteins with a decent helping of healthy fats and fruits and vegetables. Yes, you have to eat healthy if you want phenomenal abs! However, the good news is you don’t have to be one of those freaks that suck on an ice cube for dinner. Simply make smart choices about what you eat and eat in moderation. Your waistline with thank you.

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Lie #2:Drink diet soda, it’s zero calories so it’s good for you.

TRUTH: According to a recent study, drinking just two cans (or more) a day accelerated waistline expansion by 500%. The artificial sweeteners prohibit the body’s ability to regulate calorie intake. In other words, your body is being tricked into thinking it’s ingesting sugar, so you crave more food and as a result, eat more than you would have without drinking the so-called “good for you” diet soda.

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Bottom line, diet soda will not help you lose weight.

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Lie #3: Cardio is more important for fat loss than weight lifting.

TRUTH: You will definitely burn calories completing a cardio workout, but to lose weight, your primary concern should be muscle gain.  Muscles make it easier for your body to prevent fat gain.  Your body will burn more calories maintaining muscle than maintaining fat. In other words, the more muscle you build, the more calories your body will burn each day.  The less muscle you have, the lower your metabolism.  A great weight loss program should focus on (in this order) your caloric intake, weight training and then cardio.

Lie #4: By working out, I can convert fat into muscle.

Truth: You cannot convert fat into muscle as they are completely different. In fact, when working out it is best to focus on either losing fat or gaining muscle. In order to gain muscle, you have to eat more calories than you burn and, in order to lose body fat, you must burn more calories than you consume.

There are dozens of other myths and lies about health and fitness on the Internet, so just be careful what you read and believe. Make sure what you are reading is from a reputable source written by an expert in the field they are writing about. When in doubt, go with your instinct. Stay away from opinions and fad diets too. The myths about fad diets could be a book by itself. Eating a healthy meal balanced with protein, vegetables, carbs and healthy fats will always steer you and your waist in the right direction.

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Last Updated on June 13, 2019

5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

Sleeping next to your partner can be a satisfying experience and is typically seen as the mark of a stable, healthy home life. However, many more people struggle to share a bed with their partner than typically let on. Sleeping beside someone can decrease your sleep quality which negatively affects your life. Maybe you are light sleepers and you wake each other up throughout the night. Maybe one has a loud snoring habit that’s keeping the other awake. Maybe one is always crawling into bed in the early hours of the morning while the other likes to go to bed at 10 p.m.

You don’t have to feel ashamed of finding it difficult to sleep with your partner and you also don’t have to give up entirely on it. Common problems can be addressed with simple solutions such as an additional pillow. Here are five fixes for common sleep issues that couples deal with.

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1. Use a bigger mattress to sleep through movement

It can be difficult to sleep through your partner’s tossing and turning all night, particularly if they have to get in and out of bed. Waking up multiple times in one night can leave you frustrated and exhausted. The solution may be a switch to a bigger mattress or a mattress that minimizes movement.

Look for a mattress that allows enough space so that your partner can move around without impacting you or consider a mattress made for two sleepers like the Sleep Number bed.[1] This bed allows each person to choose their own firmness level. It also minimizes any disturbances their partner might feel. A foam mattress like the kind featured in advertisements where someone jumps on a bed with an unspilled glass of wine will help minimize the impact of your partner’s movements.[2]

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2. Communicate about scheduling conflicts

If one of you is a night owl and the other an early riser, bedtime can become a source of conflict. It’s hard for a light sleeper to be jostled by their partner coming to bed four hours after them. Talk to your partner about negotiating some compromises. If you’re finding it difficult to agree on a bedtime, negotiate with your partner. Don’t come to bed before or after a certain time, giving the early bird a chance to fully fall asleep before the other comes in. Consider giving the night owl an eye mask to allow them to stay in bed while their partner gets up to start the day.

3. Don’t bring your technology to bed

If one partner likes bringing devices to bed and the other partner doesn’t, there’s very little compromise to be found. Science is pretty unanimous on the fact that screens can cause harm to a healthy sleeper. Both partners should agree on a time to keep technology out of the bedroom or turn screens off. This will prevent both partners from having their sleep interrupted and can help you power down after a long day.

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4. White noise and changing positions can silence snoring

A snoring partner can be one of the most difficult things to sleep through. Snoring tends to be position-specific so many doctors recommend switching positions to stop the snoring. Rather than sleeping on your back doctors recommend turning onto your side. Changing positions can cut down on noise and breathing difficulties for any snorer. Using a white noise fan, or sound machine can also help soften the impact of loud snoring and keep both partners undisturbed.

5. Use two blankets if one’s a blanket hog

If you’ve got a blanket hog in your bed don’t fight it, get another blanket. This solution fixes any issues between two partners and their comforter. There’s no rule that you have to sleep under the same blanket. Separate covers can also cut down on tossing and turning making it a multi-useful adaptation.

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Rather than giving up entirely on sharing a bed with your partner, try one of these techniques to improve your sleeping habits. Sleeping in separate beds can be a normal part of a healthy home life, but compromise can go a long way toward creating harmony in a shared bed.

Featured photo credit: Becca Tapert via unsplash.com

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