Breakfast.

circadian rhythm, popularly referred to as body clock, is an endogenously driven (non-reliant on environmental cues), roughly 24-hour cycle in biochemical, physiological, or behavioural processes. Circadian rhythms have been widely observed in plants, animals, fungi and cyanobacteria (see bacterial circadian rhythms) – Wikipedia 

 

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There’s a science to the way that the body works at different times of the day,  But because my doctorate is in Interactions Between Hyperbolic Geometry and Quantum Topology, I’m afraid I cant offer to much in the way of extensive explanation as to how (at least chemically) and why. What I can tell you is this.

There are 3 stages to the 24 hour cycle our bodies abide to.

The 3 cycles are:
1) Elimination (of body wastes and food debris) 4am-12pm
2) Appropriation (eating and digestion) 12pm-8pm
3) Assimilation (absorption and use)   8pm-4am 

Knowing this, we can schedule when to eat certain things at certain times, i.e – In the morning, when your body is trying to get rid of most of your waste drinking 2 glasses of water can help aid that and help the next lot of waste be cleared quicker.

During this first 8 hour period, the best foods we can possibly eat (if you feel up to it) are fruits or fruit, veg or green juices, because they require minimal digestion and are the only foods which have been found not to interfere with this cleansing process. Therefore the ideal scenario is to try and incorporate as much fresh fruit or juice into your morning routine and slowly cut down (and ideally, out) on other items. Basically, as soon as you eat anything else, the cleansing stops. I’m convinced that my keeping to this routine for so long is largely responsible for keeping my weight low and my energy high.

Using science to assist your weight loss is a very good idea, and as I said in yesterdays blog, The body is a machine with many a different processes.

This is what I had for breakfast this morning (Below). Porridge, banana and blueberries and strawberry’s.

And with this

  • Multivitamin.
  • A Fish oil and Omega 3 tablet (Very Important)
  • Magnesium tablet.

You might be wondering.. ‘why is this guy so awesome?’ I’m afraid i cant answer that. But I can explain why ‘FishOil and Omega3′ Tablet is so important. Along with Blueberries, that tablet is the most important food/pill I have, and any day without them is a wasted one. here’s why.

Blueberries are super fruits in every respect, here’s some awesomeness about them.

  1. Especially in wild species, blueberries contain anthocyanins, other antioxidant pigments and various phytochemicals, which possibly have a role in reducing risks of some diseases, including inflammation and certain cancers.
  2. Feeding blueberries to animals lowers brain damage in experimental stroke. Research at Rutgers  has also shown that blueberries may help prevent urinary tract infections.
  3. Other animal studies found blueberry consumption lowered cholesterol and total blood lipid levels, possibly affecting symptoms of heart disease. Additional research showed that blueberry consumption in rats altered glycosaminoglycans which are vascular cell components affecting control of blood pressure.
  4. They taste great.
  5. 100g of blueberries have about the same amount of multivitamins than a for-mentioned tablet.

 

My advice is to get some and always, have them, even if your healthy.

Thanks for reading, Hope teh info helped.

Jake.

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The Numbers Game

Hello again,

Today I’m going to try to educate you a little on how to play the numbers game (In regard to losing weight at least).

I’m often asked by people who want to know more about how I’m losing weight about my system of counting calories.

Its a simple system really, As with most things in life my system is all numbers based.

Background 

The human body is a machine. And as with any machine it needs some sort of power supply, and the way humans have evolved is to consume food to convert to energy through the internal organs inside it used to absorb chemicals. I wont go to much into which chemicals we need and which we don’t, but lets just say for now… there’s a bunch or impossibly complicated and amazing processes the human body has in order to keep the brain active.

The human body has

  • Circulatory System (heart, blood, vessels)
  • Respiratory System (nose, trachea, lungs)
  • Immune System (many types of protein, cells, organs, tissues)
  • Skeletal System (bones)
  • Excretory System (lungs, large intestine, kidneys)
  • Urinary System (bladder, kidneys)
  • Muscular System (muscles)
  • Endocrine System (glands)
  • Digestive System (mouth, esophogus, stomach, intestines)
  • Nervous System (brain, spinal cord, nerves)
  • Reproductive System (male and female reproductive organs)

Which all need power, 100 trillion cells, 206 bones, 600 muscles, and  22 internal organs that all need some chemical energy to either just maintain or to create new chemicals.  This is where Calories come in.

Things we eat that are high calorie content like pizza let say, from a pizza hut.

1920 Calories for one pizza is leaves you with 580 Calories for the rest of your meals. But not only that, but because you’ve just consumed 88g  of fat which is 23g of fat your body will have left over and then will store in your body, adding to body fat.

Its the same with Calories, if you eat 3000 calories in one day, and your body burns off 2500 (Male) just through normal day to day, its left with 500 extra calories it has no need for, which it will, in order to protect organs add to excess weight.

Its not just calories you need to control either, the English GDA – (Guideline Daily Amounts) is the following.

Exceeding this totals by only a little, no harm no fowl, but going much over these totals can be dangerous to your health.

And unfortunately, the polar opposite is also very bad for you, If you starve yourself in order to lose weight your body enters a survival mode where it stores as much fat as it can in order to maintain life, which is why diets where your required to eat only little amounts in order to lose weight fail 99% of the time.

All food, should stay below that amount in total for the day, as long as it does you will maintain your weight. If you want to lose weight then less fat and sugar will help you and choosing healthy food, which has a high calorie count (Like banana’s) will help your body fight its natural urge to store as much fat as it can.

If you play the numbers game, with help from external chemicals like Vitamins and the like, you can always win.

Thanks for reading,

Jake.

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The man with a plan.

If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.” – Jim Rohn

I like a plan, When I was a younger man I didn’t plan for anything, mostly because I was always under the impression that my days were short, like planning was a waste of time because I would never see what I used to call (In a very nerdy way) ‘The end game’.

As I’ve gotten older I’ve been noticing increasingly that a goal without a plan is a waste of precious time. There’s a quote from a Jason Bourne book where-in the head of operations of the C.I.A is discussion capturing Bourne and killing him, The quote is

‘Hope for the best, prepare for the worst’ 

This is a good lesson in the chaos of life, If your planning to go and play football with friends in another town, and you have your transport sorted, don’t let it rest there, it might be a 1% of the car breaking down, and you being unable to make it, In that case, having a taxi or money for bus fare on you in case that 1% is a safe bet. If it doesn’t happen then fine, but at least your prepared. I carry this mentality with me everywhere I go. When I walk long distances I have everything on my person that I would need in case either, I twist my ankle or I start getting blisters, I’m ready for either because I’ve planned ahead.

What that rant was really about, was my ability as of late to plan ahead of a situation. I plan to lose weight, that is my goal, my plan is so complicated at this point, that anything except a asteroid hitting the earth I’m ready to react to.

Rule #2 – Plan ahead. 

I weighed myself this morning (As apart of a 4 day cycle) and I had lost 3lb’s since Saturday, which brings my total to 1 stone and 6lbs lost since Jan 1st. 

Thanks for reading -

Jake.


Inspiration.

Hello Ladies and Germanies. 

In past attempts to lose weight inspiration has always been my downfall. Not so much the inability to find inspiration, but the ability to hold on to it once I have it.

The first time I attempted to lose those unsightly pounds my goal was to win over the attractions of a girl I was uncontrollably in love with. The second time I tried to lose weight my goal was to be one of those people who has a lot of  ‘before and after’ pictures of themselves.  And my most successful attempt (when I lost 4 stone (56lb) in the space of 5 months) I had the inspiration of  not wanting to die of some weight related health condition.  In the last month or so I’ve discovered the fundamental flaw in those reasons, A goal that your not either afraid of willing to fight for is a stupid one.

By which I mean, I’ve never been afraid of death, or even lightly concerned about it, and because of my overall laziness I’ve never seen a reason to fight for something which requires that much effort.

However! Since being dragged through the pain of an endoscopy, 4 blood tests, pee test, sleep oximetry, a sleep apnea test and 6 meetings with doctors to get a life changing surgery which was later cancelled because of, what can only be described as a catch22 reason.  I find my self looking down the barrel of a knife. Is the very fact the NHS cancelled my surgery enough of a reason to prove them right, that I don’t need surgery to be a different man.

I was reminded of the Henry Ward Beecher Quote

 Men’s best successes come after their disappointments.

And how that is basically a perfect quote for my situation.

What I’m getting at is… If your looking for inspiration to do something, then don’t be afraid to look in places you’ve already looked.

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Jake,


14 Days Into ProjectNOVO

Two Weeks in

Before ProjectNOVO started I was concerned about my overall planning power, I’m glad at least currently my plan’s are holding their weight. This is an update about my current status.

Week One –

Week one was hard, adapting to my new day to day, Learning from old mistakes I took my time to employ as many safe guards as I could. The first few days were more exciting than anything else. Having all these new ‘rules’ in place made my days interesting.

Having inspiration to make the changes has been more important to me, in the first week I was fresh out of the gate and raring to make the changes for the better, as time goes on however I feel my strength being tested, and the old pre-Jake trying to worm his way through.

The ultimate goal for ProjectNOVO is to lose weight and be a better and healthier human being. So here’s some stats for my first week.

The ‘Exer’ Panel is empty because I only use the app for food not exercise as it appears to be broken.

Weight changes were as follows.

1st Jan 2012 (The start of Novo) I weighed 23.0.4 st
7th of Jan 2012 – I weighed 22.5.8

Week Two -

Week two was easier, but sadly more boring. With my new systems in place and my routine changed I have slotted into the ‘Checking everything before I eat it’ life style. And for the better, as my ‘Eat anything that looks nice’ life style was leading me quickly to a watery grave.

My friend Joe suggested weighing myself every 4 days in order to test and change certain aspect of what will henceforth be named the ‘NovoDiet’. So mid week I weighed myself and achieved another 4lb loss. After spending time researching all the parts of my plan I realise that some of my knowledge is not complete (ie. The importance of Protein).

At the end of the second week my weight was
22.1.4 st meaning I’ve almost lost a stone in a fortnight, Which is good going imo.

#Things-I-always-knew-but-never-paid-attention-to

The urge for someone my size to lose weight quickly is common ground. But I’ve realised that ‘what comes off quickly can go back on quicker’ So my aim is to lose around 2lb per weigh date. The point of losing weight isn’t to lose it quickly its to lose it permanently.

Hmm..

Thanks for reading – Video’s coming soon I hope.

Jake.

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