You Can Eat All the Butter, Cheese, and Other Fat You Want . . . As Long As You Walk 22 Minutes a Day

You Can Eat All the Butter, Cheese, and Other Fat You Want . . . As Long As You Walk 22 Minutes a Day

Fat has gotten a pretty bad reputation, but the more research that comes in, the more it becomes clear that eating a bunch of fat REALLY might not be all that bad. Here’s the latest . . .

A new study out of the University of California, San Francisco found even if you eat butter, cheese, and all the other delicious saturated fats in the world, you can avoid increasing your risk of developing heart disease with a TINY bit of daily exercise.

Seriously. They found that you can offset your risk if you just walk 22 minutes a day.

Now, obviously, it’s BETTER to eat healthy and not eat six sticks of butter just because one study said it’s fine . . . but consider this another piece of evidence that fat really may not be as bad as we were all led to believe.

(CNN)

Four Lunch Habits That Make You Gain Weight

Four Lunch Habits That Make You Gain Weight

The easiest way to eat healthy at work is to pack your own lunch. You can also save a lot of money that way. But here are four easy ways to cut down on calories, even if you go out for lunch . . .

1. Stop deciding what to eat at the last minute. A study last year found we consume fewer calories if we order lunch an hour ahead of time. Partly because we don’t make healthy choices when we’re starving.

2. Don’t schedule meetings or anything else that’s stressful right before lunch. A study in 2015 found we tend to make unhealthy choices right after a stressful event. There’s less activity in the part of your brain that’s associated with self-control.

3. Don’t always eat with other people. The portions at most restaurants are way too big. And we tend to eat more if someone we’re with is stuffing their face too. Don’t be anti-social about it, but it’s okay to eat by yourself sometimes.

4. Don’t eat out of the container your food comes in. You’re much more likely to eat ALL of it if it’s in the container, so put it on a plate first. Whatever won’t fit can be dinner, or lunch the next day. You’ll cut calories, and save some money.

(Oprah.com)

The Latest on Mariah Carey’s Disastrous Performance on New Year’s

The Latest on Mariah Carey’s Disastrous Performance on New Year’s

MARIAH CAREY was EASILY the most memorable act on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest” this year.

If you didn’t see it, there were some technical difficulties, and rather than perform though it, Mariah just awkwardly walked around onstage, talking to the crowd while her songs played in the background.

During her first song, she complained about not being able to hear her backing track, and at one point she said, quote, “We didn’t have a soundcheck, but it’s New Year’s baby.  That’s okay.”

She started fake-singing the second song, but then abruptly stopped . . . revealing that she’d been lip-synching.  But that wasn’t surprising, since she TOLD the crowd ahead of time that she’d give it a go because the backing track was the full album version.

Afterward, her rep said Mariah told the producers ahead of time that her in-ear monitors weren’t working, but they didn’t do anything about it.  The rep also accused them of “[setting] her up to fail” for ratings during the later West Coast feed.

Mariah’s people tried to get the producers to cut the performance from the West Coast broadcast . . . but they got shot down.  ABC refused.

Her manager said, quote, “[An exec] said he couldn’t do that.  I asked him why would they want to run a performance with mechanical glitches, unless they just want eyeballs at any expense.  It’s not artist friendly.”

But the producers said they had “no involvement” in the situation, and that allegations that they’d intentionally sabotaged her performance were, quote, “defamatory, outrageous, and frankly absurd.”

There’s talk that Mariah was the one that refused to do a soundcheck, but her manager says she was planning to do one, and was there in plenty of time.

On Sunday, Mariah Tweeted, quote, “[Stuff] happens.  Have a happy and healthy new year everybody!  Here’s to making more headlines in 2017.”  (She really said “[S-word] happens . . .”)

One last note, Mariah’s people say the producers were BEGGING her to do the show.  Quote, “She was doing them a favor.  [The producer’s] direct request was, ‘I’m begging you to do this.  America needs this moment after Donald Trump, et cetera.’  What a bunch of nonsense.”  (???)

The Key to Living a Good, Long Life Is Family, Not Friends

The Key to Living a Good, Long Life Is Family, Not Friends

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Hey, good news:  You can finally stop hanging out with all of your “friends” who you don’t really like that much.  ‘Cause they’re really not doing ANYTHING for you.

A new study out of the University of Toronto found that the key to living a long life is being close with your FAMILY.

Quote, “Older people who were closer with their family were less likely to die.  No such associations were observed for number of or closeness to friends.”

The study also found that being married helps you live longer . . . even if you’re in a BAD marriage.  The researchers say that just having the marriage bond gives you a healthy sense of security.

(Huffington Post)