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How I Cut Down Drinking Sugar and HFCS

Thursday, July 12, 2012
Coffee mug with sugar cubes
Over the years I've read a lot of different studies related to sugary drinks and weight gain. The more I read, the more I wanted to find ways to stop drinking sugar.

One study claimed calories consumed from drinks don't trigger a response within your body to let you know you've consumed energy. So if you drink a 200 calorie drink, your body doesn't react by triggering enough hunger so you eat 200 less calories than you normally do. In another study participants were split in two groups, one group was given an additional 450 calories a day in jelly beans, the other 450 calories in soda, then they were switched. Those eating jellybeans ate about 100 fewer calories than those drinking soda because their bodies compensated for the extra calories.

Carpenter's Trail Video

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Bottom of Stone Steps of Carpenter's Trail  by Hudson River
Carpenter's Trail in the Fort Lee, NJ section of Palisades Interstate Park is a 0.2 mile long stone stair path that brings you from Shore Trail along the banks of the Hudson River 300 feet up to the top of the Palisades and connects with The Long Path.

Stair climbing is a great low-impact cardio workout. At a good pace it can get my heart rate in Zone 4 or Zone 5 which is where my heart rate is when I'm jogging or running but stair climbing doesn't have the joint strain associated with running.

My last trip up Carpenter's Trail I decided to record it and I'm posting it here in case any one wants to get an idea of what it's like before heading out.
 

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