Lose Weight the Tech Way

Honestly, there is no tech way or this diet or that diet. This plan or that plan. There is no secret pill, no purge plan, no nothing. Truth be told there is one healthy way to lose weight and one only.

Eat less, move more and breathe.

That’s it, nothing more or less. The science behind losing the fat C55H104O6 is presented nicely in a Ted Talk, but here’s the paraphrased version:

  • Eat less, your body is forced to break down the fat. I represent that above as it’s molecular structure.
  • Move more, it increases the speed of the breakdown of the fat with heat.
  • Breathe, it’s something we do naturally but with the moving we are increasing how much we breathe and expelling CO2. The CO2 is the largest percentage of the broken down fat in the 90% range.
  • Yes, fat breaks down into CO2, which we exhale with every breath. What about the rest of the 100% that’s not CO2? It is expelled as water in sweat, tears, when you go to the restroom and any other way we expelled water.

Pretty simple isn’t it? You don’t need to buy a book, special meals or even join a gym. You just need to eat less, obviously eating a balanced diet of good food with some food you love that may even be junk food, move more by running, walking, playing a sport and breathe. I will suggest that you will be more successful if you move more with a friend or group of friends.

Have fun saving all the money on books and gym memberships.


Right to Work Versus Right to Not Get Bitten While Working

bitingI have been watching intently what FIFA would do in regards to Luis Suarez biting an opponent for the third time in his career in a match. The penalty they handed down was a 9 game ban and 4 months of no contact with any formal soccer related activity. The 4 months runs concurrently with the 9 games and will run out basically the same time depending on how his national team does the rest of the World Cup. Now comes the appeals, whining and outrage from his team and countrymen.

While even the player he bit this time says the penalty is too long and the players union says that it deprives Suarez of his right to work they are off base on this. Lets examine the facts:

  • Biting is socially, and morally wrong. We teach our children to not bite because they do not know better. It is a reaction from the child part of our brain.
  • Medically a bite can transfer diseases from one person to the next. While he is an athlete and supposedly healthy, he does not know if he has an unknown virus or bacteria in his body that can be transferred via a bite in his saliva. If the person he bites gets sick or gets a disease then that is not something the person being bitten should have to worry about.
  • This is the workplace as they are calling it. Does anyone expect to go to work, sit in a meeting, disagree with someone’s proposal and get bitten? No they don’t and it should not be accepted in a sports workplace either.
  • There is no RIGHT to work. We have to work to pay for things to live in this world, but there is no right to work. You earn that right in an interview, in the job you do and how you behave within the work environment.
  • In the whole scheme of things this is Suarez’s 3rd offense for the same offense. He has not learned a lesson from any of the other sanctions, so something more severe needs to be done.

At the same time FIFA cannot turn a blind eye as the sanctioning body for Soccer and not think about the health and safety of ALL of its members, which Luis Suarez is. They need to have to think about his health and seek out a professional in the medical field to work with Mr. Suarez to help him understand why he reacts this way and how to avoid doing it in the future. If FIFA is not thinking about helping and supporting Mr. Suarez, then they are just as much to blame for his actions as he is. In fact, they will be to blame for any further misdeeds by Suarez because they did not treat the real problem, just a symptom.

Lets stop whining, move forward and help Luis Suarez.

UPDATE 6/29/14 – Luis Suarez last night said that he lost his balance and did not mean to bite his opponent. This shows in even clearer words that Suarez needs professional help. If he thinks that any panel or reasonable person, after watching the clip thinks he lost his balance then he is living in a world of denial. This is also supported by his complaining on the ground that he had been elbowed or shouldered in the face on purpose. The film clearly shows the collision, his gaining his footing, taking a step or two and lunging into his opponents shoulder for the bite. His opponent was going away from him and did not make a movement in his direction at all. The more Luis Suarez says, the more he places himself in a bad place and shows how much help he really needs.

Learning the Diabetic Spikes

TriscutsSince I have switched to strictly insulin, I have learned some valuable lessons about serving size and what spikes blood sugar. All doctors will tell you that you don’t have to stop eating sugar or sugar based products just because you are a diabetic. You have to learn how much to eat, in what portion and with what other combination of foods to fight the sugar overload that causes high blood sugar. Actually, for the most part a good, balanced diet will minimize the need to over use insulin to compensate for the high glucose levels.

Of course the need for exercise is important too, but that is another discussion. What I have found is that certain foods will nuke your blood sugar level even with an insulin injection. The reason is the serving size that the label states is not realistic to what any reasonable adult would eat. Examples are Wheat Thins which has a serving size of 16 pieces. Those 16 pieces have 21-22 grams of carbs (really sugars since carbs turn to sugar in the body) and who eats JUST 16 in one sitting? The same for Triscuts and Doritos who have serving sizes almost the same with of 7 and 11, but with the same amount of carbs. Geez, I love those Triscuts and Doritos so much that I think any normal person would eat half the bag in one sitting.

As for meal foods, unless you aren’t real hungry who can only eat 1-2 slices of pizza? To eat rice or spaghetti you can only eat two spoons full or you will need 20-30 units of carb covering insulin.

What have I done to combat these unrealistic serving sizes? The first is to eat a meal with high protein content to slow the ingestion of the sugar from the carbs. Taking the insulin 15 minutes before eating and adding the units needed to move my number from it’s before meal reading to 80 is another. The last thing besides exercise is that I skip the Wheat Thins, Triscuts, Doritos and full servings of Pasta. Remember, you don’t have to eat everything on your plate. Eat the right amount, leave the extra and ask for a take home box.

It’s up to you to make the right choices.