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The Truth about the Sugar Industry and the Addictive Potential of Sugar...
You think of white powders. They both are the catalysts to pleasurable experiences; the mind numbing, finger tingling, spine chilling bliss a cocaine user may describe is actually a result of the same neurological firing that an ice cream sundae smothered with hot fudge and sprinkles stimulates. Of course, just as both provide intensely pleasurable sensory experiences in the present, both will also have detrimental effects on one’s overall health in the long-term.
Most people probably have the notion that that cocaine is both more detrimental and addicting but at least one if not both of these two postulates is likely untrue as supported by scientific evidence. Cocaine the highly addicting street drug is actually less addicting than sugar, according to a study on rats conducted by Dr. Serge Ahmed, of the University of Bordeaux in France. The study reports that when rats were allowed to choose mutually-exclusive between saccharin and intravenous cocaine, 94% or 40 out of 43 rats chose the cocaine over the sugar. The test was conducted again using sucrose a natural sugar, and similar findings came about. Lastly, the dose of cocaine was increased at various quantities but yet the preference for the sweet compounds was surmountable. The study leads to the two conclusions:
1. Intense Sweetness surpasses cocaine reward on the brain
2 Sugar is more addicting than cocaine
I guess it really is not a big deal. I mean, sugar is not all that bad right? Processed sugar is so ingrained into my diet so it cannot be that bad right? Right Neal? (Lol, you guys are such junkies)
Uh, well. It is fully or partially responsible for the following conditions (along with many more that are not listed):
3. Heart damage
4. Cognitive Decline
5. Reduced lifespan (as a result of all the conditions I name plus many more)
6. Chromium Deficiency
7. Diminished ability to absorb calcium, magnesium, and protein
8. Lowered good cholesterol levels
9. Lowered vitamin e-levels
10. Increased adrenaline, Anxiety, and Drowsiness
11. Increased risk of antisocial behavior,
12. Increased risk of sedentary behavior
13. Emotional instability
14. Drug addiction
16. Increased Systolic Blood Pressure
17. Formation of kidney stones and gallstones
18. Reduced insulin sensitivity
21. Increased risk and symptoms of chronic degenerative diseases
24. Parkinson’s disease
26. Diseases toxemia in pregnancy
27. Development of ADHD
28. Suppression of immune system
29. Weaker eyesight
30. Reduced tissue elasticity
31. DNA structure impairment
32. Skin aging
33. Reduced function of many enzymes
34. Increased liver size
35. Increased kidney size
36. Reduced function of adrenal glands
38. Growth of cancer cells
This may be bothersome to many, as it should be. In fact, it’s not just bothersome to me; it’s sickening, enraging, and quite frankly, a war needs to be waged against the FDA. I will be putting a lot of content out about the complex nature of this intriguing and highly polemical topic: the sugar industry.
The point of this blog post is just to scratch the surface about the corrupt nature of the sugar industry in regards to the research and misinformation perpetuated due to the unethical practices of some of the industry and the people associated with it. Earlier this month, many news sources, most notably the New York Times and CNN reported that in the 1960s, the sugar industry shifted the blame for America’s health problems to fat from carbohydrates. This was recently discovered by a researcher at the University of California and published in the JAMA Internal Medicine, a medical publication on Monday, September 12th, 2016.
According to the New York times article the Sugar Research Foundation, Coca-Cola, and various other organizations and corporations paid millions of dollars to scientists to skew or publicize research that down-played the link between sugar and health risks, most notably obesity. The article identifies that “One of the scientists who was paid by the sugar industry was D. Mark Hegsted.” Guess what. This motherfucker just happened to go “on to become the head of nutrition at the United States Department of Agriculture, where in 1977 he helped draft the forerunner to the federal government’s dietary guidelines.” In my eyes, he murdered many for money and this is not something that sits well me.
Well great. We are a nation ADDICTED to sugar and most of us are unaware of it. We have large corporations trying to make us sick; guess who else benefits? Big Pharma. The food industry is making us sick, and the pharmaceutical industry is making us sicker. Fuck the FDA. Fuck Coca-Cola. Fuck big Pharma. Fuck Kraft. Fuck a whole bunch of other corrupt assholes involved. I’ll be here exposing the truth for a while. This is not a problem. This is an epidemic, and we need to go to war.
What male does not like booty? I actually have never met any male who does not enjoy a nice, firm, shapely, round, voluptuous, full, round, firm, tight, toned, plump, pair of glutes. In fact, both males and females alike have expressed their admiration for glutes in the opposite sex, and I must say, I myself do like a nice derriere over there. (How ya doin?)
Whether you questioned why you were attracted to this feature, or you kind of just accepted and enjoyed the visual appeal that this feature provides, biological reasons do exist for your inclinations to just squeeze. Sexologist Alfred Kind suggested that the buttocks is the primary sexual presentation site in primates. When a female has developed glutes, it indicates fertility, health, and a feminine hormonal balance due to the fact that estrogen levels are high in glutes and high estrogen levels cause the accumulation of fat tissue.
A very common goal that a lot of my clients express to me, particularly females is the desire to get a bigger butt. This request has increased rapidly over the course of the past two years; my intuition as to why this phenomenon occurs is due to the excessive amount of booty selfies (belfies) on Instagram. I’m not kidding.
The influence that social media has had in inspiring people to commit to the fitness lifestyle is remarkable and a very positive consequence of this disruptive technology. Of course, sex sells, and vanity is prevalent in both the fitness industry and social media. Because social media is very much centered around validation, sex sells, and posting fitness related content is more common and socially accepted than it ever was before, it would make a sense to post a picture of your butt. Pictures of my butt coming out soon. Lol jk, not happening bruh.
Regardless of whether you are trying to get more likes than your sister, (Kim, Kylie’s catching up) trying to fill out some denim, look better for a significant other, or have really striated raisin looking glutes for a bodybuilding competition, I am here to help. Let’s start by listing four reasons as to why one remains a pancake ass. There may be more, but these are the four most common that I observe.
So what should you do address these issues?
Effective thigh-extending exercises:
Effective thigh abducting and exercises:
Ladies, I am sorry, but the answer to your question, “Can we do crunches, I have a trip coming up this weekend and I need to burn my belly fat?” is “Nah yo.” In some rare cases I’ll say “No,” but for the most part, its “Nah yo,” or “Nah bruh.” I refuse to explain the answer to this question again, so listen with open ears and an open mind. Trust me, I know you have big ears, I saw that snapchat with the bunny filter your sent me yesterday.
Ok, I digressed, sorry. Anyway, I refuse to spend an entire session of a client’s hard-earned money simply doing crunches in order to burn belly fat because that does not work and I want to do my job with absolute integrity. I assume that the logic or intuition behind this request is centered around the fact that by targeting and isolating a specific muscle group, one will eliminate the visceral body fat that conceals it. This is simply not true. The truth is that your body decides where to store fat first, and where it will remove it first; NOT YOU. Hehe suckz 2 b u. Jk.
Where your body decides to store and lose body fat is very much based on genetics and biomechanics. We all seem to notice (or experience) a common trend; that body fat stores around the abdominal region in many people. Why is this?
Remember, the body’s number one job is simply to SURVIVE. So why does the body store all those nachos and corona’s in that beer belly or that pouch and how is that contingent to survival? “Damn it, go to my biceps, I am trying to fill out this new George W. Blue Polo!” you frat stars say. Unfortunately for you it makes more sense for the body to store it in the abdominal region because it is located in the middle of your body and thus requires the least amount of energy to carry around; this conservation of energy allows your body to allocate it for other survival processes. The further away you go from the center point of your body, the more distance the limb moves when the body is in motion. Your fingers and toes then would be the least efficient place for your body to store body fat, while the abdominal region would be the most.
Another point I want to make that may seem glaringly apparent at first but carries great significance is that your body stores fat wherever there are fat cells. For survival reasons as discussed before, fat cells are by far the most prevalent in the abdominal region for most people, particularly males. For females, fat cells are very prevalent in both the abdominal region along with the glutes and breasts because this will help females attract a male mate.
The body will cling on tightly to this stubborn belly fat, and so for all you weekend warriors, non-dieters, and short cut seekers, stop being those things. Sorry, tough love from your homie. The harsh and tough reality of the matter is you need to take a whole body approach to this weight loss thing, stay consistent with your diet, weight train consistently, and adhere vehemently to a cardiorespiratory training regimen. No diet pill, cream, drug, or procedure will get you to your goal of targeting abdominal fat specifically, and crunches certainly won’t do it. Topical creames are highly, (I’ll say it again, HIGHLY) toxic.
Liposuction is a more polemical and complex topic and something I get asked about frequently. I will preface by saying that if one consistently over consumes, lives a sedentary lifestyle and as a result slows his or her metabolism a liposuction procedure is just a recipe for disaster. Habit change and behavior change from my observation and is not an acute and simple process especially when it comes to fitness, but instead a conscious and deliberate commitment that requires integrity and patience. This individual will most likely return to their old gluttonous ways and although will not be able to store body fat in the abdominal region, will store it in other regions with fat cells at a much more rapid rate. 6 months later, this individual will wake up and realize that an extra couple chins, and sagging triceps with a flat stomach is not really the greatest look. I am not totally opposed to surgical solutions as there are many instances where I think they are necessary for survival, or could provide necessary momentum or confidence in dire cases of obesity, but for my readers who have considered it, ask yourself if it’s the lazy self that wants to go this route or it is the actual best thing for you.
So what then is the best progression to reduce body fat in the abdominal region? Guess what…. It’s the same way you would reduce fat in any other region: