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Fat and Salt

FatFaeriesLast week was my first day in cadaver lab.  It was by far the coolest experience I’ve had thus far in medical school.  How very grateful I am for those kind people who donated their bodies to the University Medical school so we could practice and learn skills and techniques to help others in the future.

That said, several of the cadavers, including ours, possessed an incredible amount of adipose tissue (read:  fat).  It is the grossest tissue there is.  It’s yellow, buttery, and smelly.  It seriously looked like a bit vat of butter right underneath the skin on one cadaver.    Fat is vital for survival in small quantities, yet most americans now carry around more than they need.  And to their detriment.  Hence the topic of this blahrg.

Lately, I’ve been trying to get healthy, and so should you.  That means exercise, (at least thirty minutes of moderate activity a day), eating less salt (about a teaspoon or less a day), losing weight (having a BMI around 23), eating plenty of vegetables and fruit, among others.  Now, these are simple changes, but sometimes hard to implement.  Along with that, there are also about a trillion people offering advice as fact about what diet to use or what new fad will change everything.  Most of it is bullshit.  Let me say just a couple things:  First, weight loss happens by changing your caloric intake.  It is extremely hard to lose weight by exercise alone.  Someone who walks briskly for an hour, depending on his or her weight, may only burn a couple hundred calories.  That’s an Oreo cookie.  Exercise is vital, but should really be for cardiovascular exercise, and not the sole tool of weight loss.

Second, we gotta cut down on salt.  Cutting down salt, lowering blood pressure through exercise and healthy eating and possibly medication, refraining from or stopping smoking, and losing weight, all dramatically reduce the risk for stroke.  Dramatically.  Smokers can be back to baseline within about five years, and other health benefits start almost immediately.  Removing salt from the diet prevents cardiovascular problems that ultimately end in stroke or heart attack.  And losing weight does it all.

Let’s be healthier guys.  For all our sakes.  Let’s quit the bad habits and increase the good.  We can lose weight gradually, but the other crap let’s fix today.

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To People who think they can read books while they exercise

Hello again, ladies and gents! This post is going out to all those souls who feel its okay to read while they exercise. I find it so funny to see people paying for a gym membership who go and spend 45 minutes or an hour on a stationary bike, the treadmill, stair stepper, etc., barely moving, while they flip the pages of UsWeekly or their homework. The gym is to exercise, not multitask. The American Heart association says americans should be getting 15 minutes of elevated heart activity everyday, which means pushing the body beyond what it normally can handle. Everyone knows what this feels like, and it doesn’t feel like reading. It’s hard work, and it causes a sweat. You shouldn’t be able to think about other things. That’s the great thing about exercise: It clears your mind of everything else. It’s the one thing you focus on. When you’re running, you’re focusing on pushing yourself to your max. At least jog at a real pace friends. All I’m saying is you’re wasting your time coming if you’re not exercising. And I guarantee that if you’re reading while you exercise, you’re not exercising. If you don’t believe me, just track how much weight you actually lose in the next three months on your walkomatic workout, or how much better shape you’re really in the next time you climb the stairs up to the Benson building. In the sound advice of G.O.B. Bluth, “COME ON!!!”

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