Lack of Sleep or Legally Drunk?

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Sleep is essential for your overall health and many times we don’t realize the significant impact that a lack of sleep has on our day and overall life. It doesn’t matter if you’re a student or a busy executive, sleep is essential for your overall performance. The excuses about having a lot of work to finish, big exam or presentation just doesn’t fly. Plan ahead, prepare and get it done on time.  Once you get into a pattern of inefficiency and try to compensate by pulling all nighters, the vicious cycle begins. Lack of  sleep further disrupts your efficiency and you’ll find yourself plummeting further down the rabbit hole.  Take a look at how insufficient sleep can disrupt brain function during exams or during long days at work:

With continued lack of sufficient sleep, the part of the brain that controls language, memory, planning and sense of time is severely affected, practically shutting down. In fact, 17 hours of sustained wakefulness leads to a decrease in performance equivalent to a blood alcohol level of 0.05% (two glasses of wine). This is the legal drink driving limit in the UK.

via BBC – Science & Nature – Human Body and Mind – What is sleep.

Exercise is crucial but… (via she scoops. (beta))

I was forwarded an article just the other day from a friend and after reading it all I could do is shake my head and think, here we go again. The article essentially misleads people into believing that exercise is not useful in your mission for weight loss. This article reminds me of another article written last year for Time Magazine about why exercise won’t make you thin. Time and time again we have these exercise bashers out there who think that because they are ineffective at what they do that they can pull a bunch of research together that seemingly supports their claim to write a controversial article. I’m here to defend those who believe in exercise and there is tons of research out there that clearly links exercise to “long term” weight loss. Notice I said “Long term”. The key is to identify your parameters.

After reading the original article, funny enough I stumbled upon this blog that had something to say on the matter and linked back to the original article. The author asked for comments and perspective so I provided my 2 cents. Have a look at the post and the original article.

Exercise is crucial but... …it could be your dietary choices that dictate  how close you will be to your ‘healthy weight.’ Courtesy of The Guardian, a paper local to the British Isles: http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/sep/19/exercise-dieting-public-health This recent article sheds light on the latest scientific findings regarding exercise’s role in weight … Read More

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Low Carb Truth & Lies

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On the front lines you will find normal everyday people who read between the bullshit lines that are spewed from media and news outlets. They say low carb is good, then someone says low carb is bad and unhealthy, but to the average reader a headline is the last thing they’ll ever read. My point is that the message has already been delivered and many people are content to simply tell the next person they meet, “hey, I just heard that low carb diets are bad.”

What I’ve found is that the true explanation for what is meant is often lost in the wording and can be misleading to the average reader. Between the lines of “studies show” Read more of this post

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