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Monday, April 28, 2008

coffee -it does a body good

Apr27-570,total 92,930
weight 199.5,bf%21
calories left to burn 57317

I think there is something, more important than believing: Action! The world is full of dreamers, there aren't enough who will move ahead and begin to take concrete steps to actualize their vision.W. Clement Stone

I readjusted or maybe it is re-calculated my calories left to burn back to the number left to burn to reach my weight goal of 185lbs (didn't really eat this many calories this weekend-although I did eat more than I burned-so I suppose it was moving this direction anyway). Missed a few days of push ups (worked most of the weekend) so I tried to get in a good day yesterday. As far as other addictive behaviors go-I am a fairly serious coffee drinker. Usually 12-15 cups a day. Evertime a new study comes out on how bad coffee is for you I cringe a little. MSN has posted an article on the benefits of coffee today. Below are some of the reported benefits. I figure if there are things you like to do-soon enough somebody is going to do a study that says it is a good thing to do (and I suppose somebody will come up with a study to say it is bad for you).

The benefits of coffeeIf you love coffee, here's some of the latest good news.• A study of 90,000 Japanese by the National Cancer Center in Tokyo found that people who drank one to four cups of coffee daily had half the liver cancer risk of those who never drank coffee. Researchers aren't sure why, but they speculate that antioxidants may play a role.
• A study by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health that followed more than 125,000 men and women for more than a decade found that regular coffee drinkers had a significantly lower risk of developing type 2 (or late-onset) diabetes. Studies in Sweden and Finland also concluded that coffee consumption offers protection from type 2 diabetes. Again, researchers aren't sure why.
• A half-dozen recent international studies showed a positive relationship between drinking caffeinated beverages -- including coffee -- and lower rates of Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease.
• Other research links coffee consumption with reduced risk of cirrhosis of the liver, colon cancer and asthma.
• A cup or two of coffee can improve endurance in activities such as running, cycling and swimming, according to other research. Coffee has a strong ergogenic effect, meaning it helps people work harder and longer, explains Lawrence Spriet, an exercise physiologist at the University of Guelph who has researched the effects of caffeine on athletic performance for more than a decade. “Even small amounts of caffeine can be
quite powerful,” he says.

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