“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?”

- Alice in Wonderland.

We don't need to create a world of our own to find nonsense in our daily lives. It keeps you on your toes and keeps life interesting.

So are you paying attention it? Cause I am.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Count me in.

Eating is quiet obviously  a necessity, being human and all food is what use for energy. But with food comes the temptation to eat more of it then we may need sometimes and while some people (like me) could care less how much of something I'm eating and when it can actually make me gain weight, there are the calorie counters out there and this one is for you.

My friend is an avid calorie counter and she telling me about some little tricks she's picked up over the years about losing calories without working out or excersizing everyday (let's face it between low motivation and how time consuming it can be, we all can't catch a break to drop and do 50 or run a mile on the treadmill).
So here are three tips she had mentioned to me, which I proceeded to write down and google later on.

Do you smell that?... Lets get pumped up!

 You can loose wait simply by using your senses, and in this case sense of smell.
According to fitflex.com,
 "Researchers found that inhaling certain pleasant scents such as strawberry or popcorn drenched in butter can actually help aerobic exercisers bum more calories than either bad odors or the absence of any scents".
 Scents have the power to influence our moods. Think about it...when was the last time you smelled chocolate chip cookies in the oven and wanted to punch someone in the face? (Unless your like a psychopath that shouldn't happen). 
The website also said that...
"Researchers theorize that pleasant smells may put people in a more alert, positive mood for exercise,  or they may work directly on the brain to increase workout efficiency. 'We're not suggesting that you  set a bucket of buttered popcorn beside the StairMaster "but slathering some strawberry lip balm before exercising can't hurt".
Not a bad idea.

 LMAO...what a workout.

Loosen up and laugh a little it's very good for you. In fact, you can burn calories from laughing your ass off (in the non literal sense of course). Laughing is an excellent source of excersize.

Think about how after you hear or see something and it's followed by your hysterical laughter to the point that it hurts...it hurts because there are certain muscles in your body that are being used.

Fun Fact: 15 minutes of laughter a day will burn 10 to 40 calories!

Stay cool...literally.

There is a certain type of fat that is found in babies and other mammals that burns calories while keeping your body temperature up. 

It's called "brown fat" and it's a type of strange tissue that through research has proven that adults also have and it works to help you burn calories when you're cold so that you can stay warm. I wouldn't recommend staying out in the cold for hours on end, but keeping your thermostat down (which can also save on the heating bill) will actually help you out in the long run as well. 

Not everyone has brown fat, and those that are older and use heart medications probably are less likely to have much of it, but those who DO have it are younger and leaner than those who don't. 

Take it even further and while you are working out, keep the air around you a bit cooler than normal so that your body can work harder to keep you warm and in shape. The extra energy that people with relatively large brown fat deposits can burn is about 500 calories, and although if you don't have a lot of brown fat... a little bit can go a long way.

Happy calorie counting! 

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