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Supplement companies are always looking for the best ingredients to help with weight loss. Though there doesn’t seem to be a magic cure for losing weight, these six ingredients seem to be helpful in supporting a plan for diet and exercise.
- Green Tea: Green tea has been drunk for thousands of years and its been known to have great health properties overall. One thing that has been discovered recently is that it contains EGCG. This has demonstrated the ability to increase your metabolism and help you burn fat throughout the day. To get the proper positive metabolic effect, you need to drink at least 3-4 cups of green tea every day, or take a supplement that contains green tea. Look for a supplement that discloses its EGCG levels on the label.
- Capsaicin: If you are a fan of spicy food you might have heard of Capsaicin. It’s the active ingredient that makes spicy food hot. It also helps speed up your metabolism, suppress your appetite, and is a powerful antioxidant.
- African Mango: African Mango has been shown to lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It also has an extremely high fiber content, and increases leptin levels, which help you to feel full for a longer period after having a meal. This lessens your desire to eat throughout the day, which aids overall health.
- Cinnamon: It’s been proven to regulate blood sugar and also has a positive effect on your metabolism. It has a mild appetite suppression effect as well. (This doesn’t seem to work for me in cookie form.) Early research on ginger also shows similar results to cinnamon.
- Synephrine: Years ago, when ephedrine came on the scene, it was inexpensive and worked better than anything previously on the market. Synephrine is chemically similar to ephedrine and seems to have comparable effects. It’s a great thermogenic, but those with medical conditions really need to talk to their doctor before taking it.
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A great way to freak out a couple is to tell them that they look like they could be related. It turns out that looking alike might actually benefit your relationship.Scientists at Royal Holloway University have found that not only do we tend to trust people who look similar to us, the opposite is also true. “When a person is shown to be more trustworthy, it can lead us to perceive that person as looking more similar to ourselves.” The study shows that our perception of each other isn’t just an objective physical assessment, but can really impact the “specific nature of the social interactions we have.”
The scientists suggest that this quirk of the human brain served as a way for us to monitor genetic relatedness, and that “evidence of trust in others also serves as a cue to kinship.” So don’t freak out if you pull up your crush’s Facebook photos and your friend says they look like they could be your brother (or worse, your dad). Being drawn towards people who look like us is our brain’s way of keeping us safe. And if you want to get a jump-start on the process, there’s Find Your Face Mate, a dating website that matches members by facial recognition technology. Which isn’t creepy at all.
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No one ever said that dating and relationships were easy. If they were you probably wouldn’t be reading this article. Still, I think that we all tend to make this business of trying to find love harder than it has to be. We over-analyze, we obsess, we nitpick, we get jealous.
Here’s a radical dating strategy: just chill the fuck out. If everyone relaxed about a handful of things, plenty of the stress and drama that goes hand in hand with courtship could be eliminated. Then we might all enjoy dating more, and could redirect our leftover attention to more valuable things, like the government shutdown or global warming or if your roommate knows you borrowed her blender to make adult slushies last weekend. Here are the top six things you should never worry about again.
1. Your “Number”: Or, for that matter, anyone’s number. No one on God’s green earth needs to know how many people you’ve slept with, because it’s none of their damn business. The amount of people you have, or haven’t had sex with, reflects exactly nothing about your character, and thinking it’s some kind of metric of how worthy a human being you are is outdated and gross. If you’re the kind of person that likes to keep a secret coded chart of everyone you’ve hooked up with for your memoirs or whatever, then go for it. But feeling bad about yourself because you think you’ve been with too many or too few people is a waste of your precious energy.
Exception: If some of those experiences were without protection, in which case, get thee to Planned Parenthood for a test, wrap it up in the future, and proceed with your life.
2. Lady/Manscaping: I’ve had younger friends tell me that they’ve hooked up with guys and spent the whole time being embarrassed because they hadn’t shaved in a few days. My reply to this, as a wise elder, was: “If a dude can’t deal with a little hair, he is not mature enough to be having sex.” I’ve also had girlfriends admit that they’ve snuck into a dude’s bathroom and used his razor to shave before clothes started coming off. This is insanity to me. Whether you go full bush or full Brazilian, anyone who objects to your intimate grooming habits doesn’t deserve to be getting laid.
Exception: You can’t, um, find what you’re looking for, in which case a sensitive discussion might be necessary.
3. That One Threatening Friend: There’s nothing more annoying than when your significant other has that one friend who just seems a little bit too into them. Maybe they flirt with them when you’re around, or are texting at all hours of the night, or just tend to conveniently forget your existence when inviting them out. You’ve brought it up – “Don’t you think X maybe has a little crush on you?” – but it doesn’t make a difference. I mean, if it hasn’t happened between them by now, it’s probably not going to happen. Also, there’s a chance that this friend is actually just a friend and you’re constructing jealousy monsters where nothing exists.
Exception: That One Friend drunkenly plants one on your main squeeze, in which case you are absolutely allowed to make a scene. Maybe even throw a drink!
4. The Ex: A step up from the Threatening Friend, the looming specter of The Ex can haunt – and destroy – a relationship. But that’s only if you let it. Relationships live and die on trust. It’s OK to not be thrilled if there’s still an ex in the picture, or even a little bit jealous, but if you don’t trust the person you’re dating, why are you dating them at all? People can be friends with their exes with no ulterior motives. Trust. You can do it. Deep breaths. It’s going to be fine.
Exception: The Ex has expressed lingering feelings for your significant other, in which case the significant other should cut them off. Or, your significant other has expressed lingering feelings for The Ex, in which case you should cut them both off immediately.
5. Sports affiliations: I had never heard of this, but my sources assure me there are dudes (and, I presume, ladies) who will not date members of rival sports team’s fan bases. My only answer to this is that my dad is a Yankees fan and my mom is a Red Sox fan and they’ve been happily married for over 25 years. Now, cat people versus dog people, that I can understand.
Exception: Um, none. This is dumb.
6. Music taste: So their online dating profile says they like “anything but rap and country,” an answer which is the only thing more generic than wearing pair of khakis to buy Walgreen’s brand ibuprofen tablets. They probably also like to take long strolls on the beach and dance like no one’s watching. But really – having different taste (or no taste) in music isn’t reason to write someone off. As the wise little sister said in 500 Days of Summer, “Just because she likes the same bizarro crap you do doesn’t mean she’s your soul mate,” and so liking different bizarro crap doesn’t mean you’ll never get along. Plus, now you get to introduce them to all your favorite bands and feel very cool and influential.
Exception: They’re into neo-Nazi punk rock. Don’t date Nazis.