Posts Tagged ‘diet’

Carbohydrates: good or evil?

Posted: November 8, 2012 by jerkmag in CRISP -- health
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Breaking news! You no longer need to deprive your body of god’s gift to earth any longer! Carbohydrates have been depicted as a “dangerous” food by fad diets for the past decade or so, but in reality, you shouldn’t deprive your body from them any longer.

What people don’t know is that some carbohydrates are actually good for your body and that your body needs them to survive. They provide your body with fuel for physical activities, proper organ function and are an important part of a healthy/balanced diet like that pyramid thing you learned in like fifth grade. Ideally, 45-60% of your daily calorie intake should be from carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates come in all different shapes and sizes. They’re not necessarily only breads and pastas, but are vegetables, fruits, and beans. If you do choose to snack on some bread or make a turkey sandwhich, try switching to whole wheat or whole grain. These white breads are processed, bleached and do not contain the original nutritional content of the grain and the fibers, ultimatley being a poor food choice.

Still don’t believe that you can actually enjoy a hearty piece of bread? The next few reasons should help.

1. Carbohydrates are high in fiber. Fiber is an essential part of your diet and it helps you stay fuller longer, provides your body with energy, lowers your cholesterol levels and helps assist your body in removing toxins that you don’t need.

2. Carbohydrates contain a low glycemic index which in simpler terms, stabilizes loos sugar levels and insulin production. Which yes, is very important for your health.

3. Carbohydrates are full of nutrients your body needs every day. They contain natural vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients.

So moral of the story is that instead of cutting carbs out of your diet entirely, try eating healthier carbs instead. Stop reaching for that blueberry muffin in the morning and try eating a whole wheat english muffin with some jelly instead. Your love handles will thank you later.

-Chelsey Perry

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It’s 12am. You have an essay due at the start of an 8am class…today, and if you are anything like me, you will turn to food right now. Lots of food.

I often wonder as I am shove handfuls of “healthy” granola down my throat, if I am just asking to gain some jean sizes. Isn’t snacking supposed to be good for your metabolism? Does this change at night?

Articles such as, “Midnight Snack Won’t Pack Fat” suggest that our bodies can’t tell time, so don’t worry about late night munchies as long as they are healthy. However, this conclusion was made based on a study that used monkeys as the test subjects.

When it comes to fifty two human samples however, results showed in an Obesity journal study that eating late can lead to weight gain. Those who ate after 8pm gained more weight than those who stopped eating earlier. The cause is still uncertain, but it could be connected to the fact that the late-eating human guinea-pigs got less sleep and thus had slower metabolisms.

Eating certain foods late at night interferes heavily with your sleeping pattern. Like fuel in a car, sleep powers our fat-burning metabolisms. So if you want to get more of this fat-burning tool, avoid these foods according to Dr. Oz to get a good night’s rest:

The Sugary and Spicy: Yes, the good stuff. Obviously cakes and cookies (even Insomnia cookies, but I’ll admit they may be worth the extra pounds). Even my granola cereal contains so much sugar that it will cause a spike in energy that disrupts my sleep. Spicy foods can help you burn calories during the day, but stimulate your senses at night, making it much harder to sleep.

Meat: Red meat is the worst, but all animal-originating proteins tend to sit in your stomach and be tough for your body to digest.

Citrus Fruits: Oranges and lemons can be great tools for losing weight during the day, but at night they can lead to indigestion and more trouble sleeping.

Dr. Oz recommends not eating anything two hours before you plan on going to sleep to eliminate any chance of gaining weight. However, if you are like me and often just need something to nibble to get you through your work, you are not completely doomed.  Here are some healthy snacks that shouldn’t completely sabotage your diet if you keep them under 200 calories, according to Dr. Oz.

  • 1 Cup of Greek Yogurt with Blueberries
  • Sliced carrots with humus
  • A bowl of oatmeal with low-fat milk
  • 1 Banana with low fat peanut butter (The potassium and magnesium in the banana will relax your muscles after a long day)
  • An apple with almond butter

The bottom line is that it’s best not to eat late at night, especially if you’re going to be laying down shortly after. But, nobody is perfect. (especially when on a diet) So don’t fret if you really must indulge in that 1am snack to get your work done. If you are working that hard, you probably deserve it anyway.

-Shannon Hazlitt

It’s that time of year again.

No, I’m not talking about the holidays. I’m talking about the short amount of time before the holidays, when college students everywhere are attempting to lose whatever weight they’ve gained at college before having to see their high school peers.

For most of you, that means taking on some sort of diet for the next two weeks or so. And while healthy snacking is an important part of any diet, snacking in the morning may do more harm to your diet than good.

According to a recent study in the American Dietetic Journal, those who snack during the midmorning (10:30-11:30 a.m.) are not only more likely to snack more frequently during the day, but they also lose less weight than those who don’t indulge in a midmorning snack.

What’s more, midmorning snacking may not be a sign of true hunger, but rather, mindless eating, which racks up extra calories without deterring the mindless eater from eating less at their next meal. So, if you’re feeling the urge to have a snack between breakfast and lunch, it may be a sign that your diet isn’t quite as healthy as it could be.

But while morning snacking may be harmful to one’s weight loss goals, healthy snacking at other times during the day may actually improve a diet. In fact, a study published earlier this month found that people who snack regularly eat more fruit and whole grains than those who don’t snack.

For those of you looking to add some healthy snacks to your already healthy diets, check out Self.com’s “30 Healthy Picks.” Not only does it give you 30 great options for snacks that won’t add a spare tire around your waist, but it also breaks those snacks down into two categories: salty or sweet. (I’d stick with the sweet category if I were you–call me crazy, but tuna jerky just doesn’t make my mouth water.

-Amber Brenza

Two Weeks Notice

Posted: November 8, 2011 by jerkmag in VAULT -- archives
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Many of us freshmen will be going home for Thanksgiving break in a mere two weeks and will be reuniting with not only family and close friends, but also judgmental high school kids. Whether you choose to see people that are still in high school or not, just know that there is one thing they will definitely talk about behind your back: how much weight you’ve gained.

It’s important to note that although the “freshmen 15” refers to the entire freshmen year, some of us have most likely gained about 3-5 pounds of solid Easy Mac, Sbarro pizza, self serve ice cream and alcohol (sorry, mom) during our first semester of college.  And it shows.

So in order to avoid the dirty looks, now is the time to do a quick slim down before going home.  Avoid eating season fries and dessert every night and hit the gym when you’re bored instead of Facebook stalking.

Shape Up,

Fresh Meat

If you’re lame enough to need a pickup line to come anywhere close to a girl, try telling her that by having sex with you for more than just tonight, she can reduce her risk of dying from cardiac arrest. Unless, of course, you’re seriously that horrendously ugly to the point where she looks at you the next morning and regrets her very decision for being there in the first place. Because then, and only then, will she actually have a heart attack.

Recent studies from Tufts and Harvard are showing that those who engage in episodic sexual intercourse are more at risk of having a heart attack than those who do it regularly. Occasional sex raises the chance of having a heart attack by more than 2.5 percent in individuals who lack in proper exercise and diet. So let’s be real, that’s all of us–especially if you find yourself on campusfood.com more than once a week.

Those who have sex on a regular basis offset their chances of a heart attack by 45 percent. So here are your options: Have more sex or stay celibate. And judging by this campus, I’m guessing more sex is in everyone’s future, if not already. In all seriousness though, don’t be stupid. Wrap it up. No one here is majoring in babysitting.

-Julia Fuino

Leotards: The only motivation in my life

Posted: February 19, 2009 by Cindia G. Leonard in Uncategorized
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I’m obsessed with American Apparel.

After so many months drooling over their crap on the internet I finally got a chance to shop in their store.  Online the clothes always looked too small for me.  If I could just try it on in person then I would know if my fat ass could actually squeeze into the “intimates” and “one-pieces.”

AA-leotard

Sex. Sex. Sex.

Surprise, surprise.  I only barely fit into their largest size, XL.  Most of the clothes at AA don’t even go up to a size L.  I’m lucky they were sweet enough to consider me.  I squeeze into this leotard, asphalt grey, and look pretty fucking hot.  It’s tight enough to keep everything in its place and my boobs are small enough to not have to worry about the bra situation.

Six months later, thanks to the anxiety of grad school, my ass is totally busting out of my leotard.  My other clothes, that weren’t bought at AA, barely fit on my newer, slightly fatter, body.

I’m sure the idea of loosing 10+ lbs. to anyone else would seem an incredible feat.  But I have no discipline and I love to eat.

I’ve been fat all my life.  I’m always straddling the line between obese and just overweight.  I’ve kind of stopped caring about it but when you are already considered fat by most people in the world and then you gain a couple extra,well, it isn’t cute.  (more…)