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Losing Weight: The Misconception of Calories

Is it really useful, for people who want to lose weight, to calculate calories (Kcal)? Some people say that the body is like a boat which follows the law of thermodynamics: calories in, calories out.

“Increased weight is because the intake of calories is greater than the losses. If you want to lose weight, then you have to eat less and exercise more”

Eating salad without 2 teaspoons of olive oil can reduce up to 230 Kcal consumed.

So in two weeks, you should be able to lose 1 pound, and in a year, 25 pounds right?

But… this usually never happens.

Barry Popkin and Kiyah Duffey, from the University of North Carolina, found that people have (on average) increased daily calorie consumption by 570Kcal between 1977 and 2006.

1 pound of fat equals 3500 Kcal, if you ate 570 Kcal every day, then from 2006 to the present, the average person should have gained 476 pounds!

Is this because our exercise has also increased?

Consider another calculation. In order to avoid the increase of 476 pounds, people would have needed to run 1.5 hours every day. Is this possible?

Therefore, the human body is not a result of a mathematical formula. The weight of the body is the result of self-balance.

No wonder this method of weight loss has a 95.4% fail rate!

Therefore, calories don’t mean as much as people think they do in determining weight loss.

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Duffey KJ, Popkin BM (2011) Energy Density, Portion Size, and Eating Occasions: Contributions to Increased Energy Intake in the United States, 1977–2006. PLoS Med 8(6): e1001050. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001050.

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A Hooligans Game Played By Gentleman

Rugby is a generally misunderstood game, with many myths that discourage people from taking part in it. Here are some common myths that have been debunked.

Rugby is dangerous

The first thing that comes to mind when you hear about a contact sport that glorifies tackles and hard running, is that you’d probably not leave with all your parts intact. Rugby is ranked 9th, and sports like Horseback Riding and Cheerleading have ranked ahead of it. Doesn’t sound so dangerous now right?


Rugby Players don’t wear any protection

Rugby players pride themselves on wearing minimum protection, which contrasts to what American football players who wear all forms of protective gear. There’s protection for rugby players, it’s just not compulsory, for example, there are scrum caps, mouth guards, shin pads, forearm guards and under armor.

It’s a man’s sports

This is a famous misconception, that rugby is just for males. Female rugby is fast growing globally and was even featured in the 2016 Olympics, furthermore, it’s being introduced and developed in academic institutions with them offering various variations such as tag rugby which is a low contact variation.

Rugby and American football are the same

Another popular misconception is that rugby is the same as American football. In actual fact the only thing they share in common is that they are both contact sports, however, this is the only similarity as American football has fewer players on the pitch, unlimited submissions and a more tactical gameplay compared to rugby’s free-flowing style of play. These are just a few differences, for more differences click on the image above.

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