With slight apologies to Robert Frost, when it comes to making menu choices, it appears you’ll eat less if you know just how many “miles there are to go before you sleep.”
That info comes from an interesting study: On a menu with no nutritional data, people ordered meals totaling 1,020 calories; put the calorie count next to each menu item, and folks ate only 927 calories; add how many minutes of walking it takes to burn off the calories, and the total was 916; post how many miles you have to walk to burn off the calories — well, orders fell to 826 calories!
So next time you sidle up to a menu board, consider that if you weigh 150 pounds, you’re burning around 90 calories per mile regardless of speed.
A Big Mac with medium fries (930 calories)? Takes 10.3 miles to walk it off!
Original Boca vegan burger (70 calories), 100 percent whole-wheat bun (100-200 calories), yellow mustard (9 calories in three teaspoons) and 3 ounces of broccoli carrot slaw (25 calories): just 3.3 miles to walk off 304 total calories.
KFC mashed potato bowl (680 calories): You’re hoofin’ it for 7.5 miles.
Subway chopped salad with turkey breast (110 calories) and packet of honey mustard dressing (80): Gone in 2.1 miles.
BRUSH UP YOUR SEX LIFE
You can buy a set of Austin Powers misshapen teeth for $9, but considering what they tell you about that Mike Myers character, you might not want to go there. Men in their 30s with erection problems are three times more likely to have chronic gum inflammation, periodontitis, than fellas that age without dysfunction. What causes their get-up-and-go to go away? Only 3 percent to 5 percent of cases are from a hormone deficiency. Most ED stems from cardiovascular problems associated with inflammation.
Gum inflammation typically causes bleeding when brushing and, like Austin, your teeth can seem elongated as gums recede. It also contributes to bodywide inflammation that damages the lining of blood vessels, leading to problems with blood flow. If the flow don’t go, guys, you’re a no-show. (FYI: Female sexual function is also contingent on blood flow.)
So, if you brush up on dental hygiene, you can help protect your enjoyment of the greatest health-bestowing, tension-releasing, love-bonding activity. Here’s how:
- Brush two to three times a day for at least two minutes each time. Floss once a day.
- See a dental professional at least twice a year for a cleaning and checkup.
- Eliminate added sugars and sugar syrups from your diet, and amp up intake of veggies and fruit (aim for about half of your total daily calories) and take supplements of 900 milligrams of omega-3 DHA and 420 milligrams of purified omega-7 daily. They’ll reduce inflammation and may protect your heart — and your enjoyment of life.