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March 24, 2017

LA Times Continues Serving as Clinton Family PR Unit: Chelsea Clinton Just Never Gets a Break!
Also: Backdoor GAINZZZ Thread

Hmm, poor little rich girl doesn't have to do anything but sign checks people give to her nothing at all, and she doesn't even have to sign them -- she has People to do that for her.

She gets $600,000 from NBC to do a couple of almost-unairable puff pieces.

And then she gets "Impact" awards for having successfully managed to be born.

But poor her anyway.

You can read a bit of this author's previous work here.

By the way, Chelsea Clinton's big job today was tweeting out this story, which, coincidentally, also appears in the LA Times that just puff-pieced her lame ass, and which claims that global warming will cause greater (wait for it....) diabetes.

If the average temperature rises by 1 degree Celsius, sea levels will rise, crop yields will fall and vulnerable species will see their habitat shrink or disappear.

And, a new study suggests, the number of American adults suffering from diabetes would rise by more than 100,000 a year....

Researchers thought they might find a link between rising temperatures and diabetes for a completely different reason -- the activity of brown fat.

Also known as brown adipose tissue, or BAT, this fat kicks into gear when temperatures are low and the body needs heat to stay warm.

A 2015 study of eight adults with Type 2 diabetes found that after spending 10 days in moderately cold weather, their metabolisms improved and they became more sensitive to insulin, reversing a key symptom of the disease.

I was reading about this last part recently, about the effect of exposure to cold in spurring weight loss. White fat is harder to burn; brown fat burns more easily. As one gets older, one has less brown fat and more white fat (thus making it harder to burn off weight as one ages).

Brown fat is claimed to be activated by cold temperatures -- it might be fat specifically sequestered for hibernation or for burning to fight off winter cold.

So of course people are now seizing on this to claim that global warming may cause less brown fat to burn.

Of course, they don't mention the other part of the speculation on brown fat -- that simply taking cold showers might activate its burning.

While white fat stores excessive calories which can lead to obesity, brown fat burns energy off.

Both are in our bodies and white can be converted into the good brown fat.

Dr Lee has just returned from two years at the National Institute of Health in Washington which delved into the theory that cold exposure increases brown fat activity.

"We invite individuals, healthy individuals, and expose them to cold temperatures from 18 degrees Celsius all the way to 12C until they shiver and measure the hormones levels in their body," he said.

"And we found as the temperature dropped, the individuals started to shiver and two hormones in the body increased."

The two hormones they looked at included FGF21, found in brown fat, and irisin, which is produced by muscle.

These are also increased during exercise.

I keep thinking about taking cold showers for two weeks as a GAINZZZ experiment but 1, cold showers are kinda unpleasant, and 2, this would require me to shower in the first place.

However, maybe I'll try it. Cold showers (or baths) at night supposedly cool down your body and thereby prime it for sleep (as the body considers cold temperatures to be a prompt for sleeping), so I guess with two reasons to try this, maybe I will.

BTW, I've tried cold showers before. It makes it more bearable if you start with the shower cool but not cold, and then gradually lower the Hot fraction of the water down as low as you can bear. Walking into an ice-cold shower is too much of a shock.

And don't tell me "When I was in the Army, we used to consider an Ice Cold Shower the height of Luxury!" Because if you want to go Four Yorkshiremen on me, I am ready to go tragedy for tragedy with you.

But anyway: Global Warming bad, Chelsea Clinton good.

Backdoor GAINZZZ Thread: Well this is already sort of a GAINZZZ thread, so I guess let's make this a GAINZZZ thread.

I've been stupid lately. I've had very high carb days -- like, totally off any kind of diet, just eating tacos and donuts (seriously) -- and then figured, "Eh, in four days I'll be back in ketosis."

Which was true. But then, five days after the carb binge, when I was just getting back into light pink ketosis, decided to go off diet again and have Pie.

So my GAINZZZ are shit, and I know why they're shit.

I've been exercising, though, so at least I'm continually getting into better shape. (I can also brag that I've been exercising injured and in pain.)

Not real fat loss though. I continue flirting tantalizingly close to being a Not Fat person, but can't quite cross that line.

How yo' GAINZZ doin'?

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