The Evolution of the Beer Belly

Alright guys, lets address the elephant in the room..... THE BEER BELLY!!!! caveman3 The honest truth is that the "beer belly" is not an inevitable phase of evolution. In fact, the male physiology has not changed at all. You guys still create the same amount of testosterone as your caveman ancestors. Unlike women, you guys have much higher levels of testosterone but for good reason. Here is the primary definition of testosterone: Testosterone is the primary male hormone produced in the testicles responsible for the development of the male sexual characteristics (e.g. growth of facial and pubic hair, deepening of the voice, increase in muscle mass and strength, and a growth in height). Small amounts of testosterone are also produced in women by the ovaries and adrenal glands The primary description is pretty obvious, it helps develop your twig and berries so you can procreate, wonderful. But it is the secondary purpose of testosterone that leaves us women a little jealous of your abundance of Testosterone. So here it is: This hormone also helps to maintain sex drive, sperm production, muscle mass and bone mass.  It is the ability to increase muscle rabidly that helps men lose weight so much faster than women. We can work out just as hard but at the end of the day, you are genetically blessed in that area. This genetic boost was necessary in the days of the caveman because men needed to be strong and fit enough to maintain the endurance necessary to hunt and evade predators. Without testosterone, caveman would have been more capable of picking fruit and gathering eggs which was the job of the female. Hence the phrase "hunters and gathers". The surge of testosterone in men starts at puberty and is designed to stay with him for a minimum of 20 years. With that in mind, why doesn't every man have 6-pack abs and run a 6 minute mile. The answer is that today's men are lazy in comparison to the caveman. Present day men don't hunt huge animals and carry them home, they go to the grocery store. They no longer get the daily activity of the caveman which included hours of cardiovascular and resistance work from heavy lifting. Today's man has replaced a portion of the water once consumed with sugar/alcohol filled beverages. And to top it off, society has replaced once nutrient rich fruits and vegetables with processed wheat flour containing little to no nutrients, but they make sure to add lots of sugar to make it taste good........ CRAP! primal-blueprint The reasons are obvious, lack of exercise and a crappy diet are the root cause of the "beer belly". But what most men do not realize is that the increased belly fat actually lowers your testosterone. Yep, it gets better. Excess body fat makes a man look more curvaceous than cut and, if he's really unlucky, gives him a lovely pair of man-breasts to admire in the mirror. But that's not all. Body fat contains aromatase, an enzyme that converts testosterone into estrogens, the main sex hormones in women. Having extra estrogens floating around your system triggers your body to slow its production of testosterone. And the less testosterone you make, the more belly fat you accumulate and the more estrogens you spew. It's a vicious, emasculating circle—and not a sorority you want to party with. In fact, though a beer belly might seem to some like a dramatic (if unattractive) declaration of manliness, a study of 1,822 men by the New England Research Institutes (NERI) confirmed that a man's waist circumference is the single strongest predictor of low testosterone levels. It's even more accurate than age or overall health. Researchers have also targeted midriff weight as the strongest predictor of a condition called symptomatic androgen deficiency, or AD. It's marked by low libido, erectile dysfunction, osteoporosis, depressed mood, lethargy, and diminished physical performance. So I think you can see the importance of testosterone and how by not utilizing your testosterone, you lose it! Don't expect it to stay with you and keep you ripped if the most resistance training you get is 12 Oz curls. Sorry guys. Doesn't work that way. Here's what you need to do: Heavy lifting, less running Vigorous resistance exercise triggers a big burst of testosterone. Stick to weightlifting movements that hit multiple muscle groups, limit your rest between sets, and keep cardio to a minimum. This approach stimulates your body's production of growth hormone, which helps you build more muscle faster. It also uses up glycogen reserves rapidly, so your body burns more fat for energy. (Goodbye, man-breasts!) The same principles apply to women, we are already genetically wired to have way less testosterone than men so don't allow lack of exercise or crappy diet to further decrease your testosterone. Visit my website to see how my husband lost his own beer belly and we both lost 40 lbs.

Yams Versus Sweet Potatoes – Which is best????

Yam or sweet potato, what in the world is it? Many people use these terms interchangeably both in conversation and in cooking, but they are really two different vegetables. Sweet Potatoes Popular in the American South, these yellow or orange tubers are elongated with ends that taper to a point and are of two dominant types. The paler-skinned sweet potato has a thin, light yellow skin with pale yellow flesh which is not sweet and has a dry, crumbly texture similar to a white baking potato. The darker-skinned variety (which is most often called "yam" in error) has a thicker, dark orange to reddish skin with a vivid orange, sweet flesh and a moist texture. Current popular sweet potato varieties include Goldrush, Georgia Red, Centennial, Puerto Rico, New Jersey, and Velvet. Yams The true yam is the tuber of a tropical vine (Dioscorea batatas) and is not even distantly related to the sweet potato. Slowly becoming more common in US markets, the yam is a popular vegetable in Latin American and Caribbean markets, with over 150 varieties available worldwide. Generally sweeter than than the sweet potato, this tuber can grow over seven feet in length. The word yam comes from African words njam, nyami, or djambi, meaning "to eat," and was first recorded in America in 1676. The yam tuber has a brown or black skin which resembles the bark of a tree and off-white, purple or red flesh, depending on the variety. They are at home growing in tropical climates, primarily in South America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Yams contain more natural sugar than sweet potatoes and have a higher moisture content. Which is best for a Healthy Diet? By far, the yam due to the lower sugar content. With Diabetes rampant in our country and becoming an epidemic, lower sugar options are preferred. See the nutritional contents for each below:
 
 Versus
 
 Yam
Sweet potato
Amount Per
100 g
100 g
Calories
118 86
% Daily Value
% Daily Value
Total Fat
0.2 g
0%
0 g
0%
Saturated fat
0 g
0%
0 g
0%
Polyunsaturated fat
0.1 g
0 g
Monounsaturated fat
0 g
0 g
Cholesterol
0 mg
0%
0 mg
0%
Sodium
9 mg
0%
55 mg
2%
Potassium
816 mg
23%
337 mg
9%
Total Carbohydrate
28 g
9%
20 g
6%
Dietary fiber
4.1 g
16%
3 g
12%
Sugar
0.5 g
4.2 g
Protein
1.5 g
3%
1.6 g
3%
Caffeine
0 mg
0 mg
Vitamin A
138 IU
2%
14187 IU
283%
Vitamin C
17.1 mg
28%
2.4 mg
4%
Calcium
17 mg
1%
30 mg
3%
Iron
0.5 mg
2%
0.6 mg
3%
Vitamin B-6
0.3 mg
15%
0.2 mg
10%
Vitamin B-12
0 µg
0%
0 µg
0%
Magnesium
21 mg
5%
25 mg
6%