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Men are much better at supressing hunger, says a study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The researchers were trying to understand our brains’ mechanisms for controlling food intake, but were not expecting such a difference between genders. However, this certainly helps explain why women have a higher obesity rate.
The takeaway lesson in this study, though, is that the subjects, both men and women, used cognitive inhibition, which was effective for both genders (just more so in men.)
In this case, cognitive inhibition is supressing thoughts of food, intentionally thinking about something else so that you “forget” about food.
Our brains can only focus on one thing at a time.
Let’s say a craving for fettucine alfredo hits you. Suddenly, you’re obsessed with fettucine alfredo, thinking of how it smells and tastes, and how you can get some asap.
Using cognitive inhibition, you force yourself to think about something else. Like sex.
Your brain can’t fully focus on both fettucine alfredo AND sex (unless you’re into sploshing…), so thinking about sex makes your food thoughts disappate.
…Which makes it even more essential to drink lots of water, especially before a workout. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that we drink 16 ounces of water (two full glasses) a couple hours before we hit the gym. It takes that long for the human body to fully absorb the water.
Sufficient hydration keeps the entire body alive and functioning. Here are a few of its wonders:
Brain: Proper hydration keeps our memory sharp, our mood stable, and our motivation alive. We can think more clearly. Thirst is distracting, and can trick your brain into thinking we’re hungry.
Skin: Drinking lots of water keeps skin supple and elastic.
Kidneys: Water helps kidneys flush toxins out of the body. It also prevents urinary tract infections and kidney stones.
Mouth: Dry mouth can cause bad breath and promote cavities. Not sexy!
Heart: When you’re dehydrated, your blood volume decreases, which makes your heart work harder. This makes getting a good workout darn near impossible.
Joints: Water keeps ‘em lubricated. No squeaky knees or shoulders for us!
Photos by Michelle Wild
For men, zinc promotes male fertility, potency, libido, and sperm production. It even prevents prostate cancer.
Take lots of zinc, and you might never get a cold again. Zinc boosts the immune system when taken together with Vitamin C. In fact, zinc is the active ingredient in Zicam, a powerful over-the-counter drug that shortens colds.
According to the USDA, about 70% of Americans are deficient in zinc, even though we only need 15mg daily.
Oysters are the best source, with our entire daily requirement of zinc in just one oyster. There’s a reason why oysters have long been considered an aphrodisiac. Casanova used to eat dozens of oysters a day.
A man who likes oysters is our kind of man.
Photo by House of Indulgence
Strength training is healthy for you in so many ways.
1) It reduces your risk of heart disease, just like aerobic training (cardio) does.
2) Strength training your entire body is necessary to maintain good posture, which will not only make you look good (no one wants to be a hunchback!), but it will also prevent injuries.
3) It can alleviate pain. For example, a Danish study proves that strength exercises for the neck and shoulder can relieve chronic neck pain. Lower back pain, which is often caused by bad posture, can also be corrected with strength training.
4) Lifting weights raises your Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR), which is how many calories you burn each day without doing anything except breathing. So it keeps your weight down to a healthy level.
Weights have been considered medicine since at least the 1800s. Take the Medicine Ball, which is just a weight in the shape of a ball. Doctors literally prescribed their injured patients certain exercises to do with this ball-shaped weight.
We could continue listing benefits until we cover this entire page. But then we wouldn’t have room for these gorgeous photos of Kem in her nurse’s outfit.
Photos by House of Indulgence
Nurse’s Outfit by Seduction Boutique
This wouldn’t be a problem if it all went to my boobs, but sadly, I become a little puffy all over.
I eat the same as usual, and I still workout hard. But the heat makes me retain water.
When I see the scale numbers rise, I freak out, thinking I’ll have to either commit to eat salads for the rest of my life or resign to being heavier.
But as soon as the weather cools down, my weight goes back down with it.
Apparently this happens to a lot of people. Our bodies are always trying to survive, so when hot weather comes, our bodies hold onto water, for fear of dehydration.
I had a sit-down talk with my body and said, “Hey, I appreciate you looking out for us, but the chances of water shortage are slimmer than a Slim Jim.”
But my body never listens. So I follow these few preventative steps:
1) Drink more water. Sounds counterproductive, but drinking extra water tells your body, “We are NOT in a drought!” So the body lets a little extra water go.
3) Avoid salt. (We spoke about salt causing water retention here.) I’ve temporarily given up one of my favorite foods, Cosi sandwiches, because they’re so high in sodium.
4) Keep up my workouts. It’s easy to feel discouraged and skip workouts. But you still need to fight body fat by burning calories and toning muscle.
Original photo by Joshua Rubin. Photoshopped by Kat to simulate weight gain.
Or “I’ll start after my vacation”…?
Or “I’ll start after my belly gets so big I need to buy new jeans”…?
The time is NOW!
Don’t waste another minute. Plan something healthy (which can still be very tasty!) for your next meal.
Climb an extra set of stairs today. Do a few crunches.
You’ll feel better instantly.
Photo by Roldan Images
You’re jogging, feeling like a rockstar, burning mega-calories…then *BAM!* You get a side stitch.
Breathing is suddenly painful, like someone stabbed you in the side.
A side stitch is really a cramp in your diaphragm, but, surprisingly, no one really knows what causes it.
Some think it is caused by dehydration. Others say it’s from eating too soon before exercising, from gas trapped in the large intestine, or from faulty breathing.
Whatever the reason, here’s how to make the cramp go away:
1) Stop exercising. (You can try running through it, but it probably won’t work.)
2) Put your arms over your head.
3) Inhale full breaths (avoid shallow breathing), and exhale forcefully.
If the pain continues, try massaging the pain. This should help relax the muscles and increase healing blood flow to the area.
You can also try the Poke ‘n’ Blow: Exhale forcefully as you stick your fingers deep into the pain.
To prevent future side stitches:
1) Make sure you breathe full breaths. When people are stressed (including during exercise), they tend to breathe shallow. But deep breathing is much, much better for you.
2) Work your abs! A strong core helps prevent side stitches.
3) Stop eating an hour before you exercise.
4) Stay hydrated.
Photo by House of Indulgence
Another great leg workout…which can be done at home if you prefer!
1) Wide squat with toes out, while holding a dumbbell. Keeps abs and back strong at all times, and keep your chest up. Start with just 10lbs and work up to however high you can get–while keeping proper form!
2) Stationary lunge while holding dumbbell on one side. Again, start with a 10b. dumbbell and work up, while always maintaining proper form. Keep your front knee behind the front toes at all times. If it goes over, make your stance a little longer.
3) Side lunge with a row. (See photos below.) With a wide stance, holding dumbbell, bend your opposite leg while reaching toward that foot. Then row up to bring the weight toward your chest. Keep your abs and back strong at all times. Start with –you guessed it– 1olbs. and work your way up.
*Do one set of each move, for 15 repetitions each. (For the second move, do 15 reps on each side.) Then go through and do a second set of each, then a third set.
It’s important to do a leg workout twice a week. When you do this one, make sure you properly thank your dumbbell afterward. ;) And yourself, for working hard!
Photos by Michelle Wild
You know who you are!
You work your pecs, back, shoulders, biceps and triceps. You look great in the mirror and at the a bar. All to impress the ladies.
But what about your glutes, quads, and hamstrings?
They are hidden in your jeans, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore them. Us ladies like to see some bulk in a man’s jeans. And not just between his legs. We love beefy legs and a strong bubble butt.
So “go downstairs.” Do squats, lunges, seated leg curls, and lying leg curls. (Cathy demonstrates the lying leg curl below.)
With some leg work, the only “Chicken Legs” in your life will be on your kitchen table.
Plus, you’ll be much better in the sack. Strength and stamina of these muscles –along with your core– are necessary for maximum sexual power in the bedroom.
Check out our new Lifestyle section, newly featuring sizzling photos of a recent Pacha performace: Conchita, Hydro, and Kat showing just how fun the ForTra lifestyle can be.
THANK YOU to all our friends who took the photos! And thank you to Conchita for editing them.
Holey Moley, this is a HOT song! Got us through a long workout, which is no small feat!
Hooray for ADD!
As published in the journal of the American College of Sports Medicine, researchers recently measured the affect of Incidental Physical Activity, which include any movements made without purpose. Such as twirling your hair, drumming your fingers on the desk, shaking your foot, biting your fingernails (ick), jumping up for an impromptu chicken dance, etc.
This small activity adds up, increasing your fitness level and VO2 max significantly. (Your VO2 max is how much oxygen your lungs can hold while you exercise. The higher your VO2 max, the better shape you are in.)
One study by the Mayo Clinic goes so far to say that fidgeting is what separates the thin from the obese.
Fidgeting is enough to burn up to 350 extra calories a day, or 10 to 30 pounds per year.
Time to shake a leg!
Photos by Roldan Images
hhhhhhA study at the University of California, San Diego, found that men who exercise 3-4 days a week (for one hour per session) have 30 percent more sex than sedentary men.
The exercisers are also more orgasmic and have “more reliable sexual functioning.”
So, all you have to do is workout often, and hotties like Morgan (pictured here) won’t be able to resist you.
One night stand, anyone?
Photo by Roldan Images