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Here's Why Intermittent Fasting Won't Help You Reach Your 2020 Goal Weight

There's more to it than you think.

It’s a new year, a new decade, and we’re all wanting to smash our New Year’s Resolution. There are some resolutions that pop up a lot – start a side hustle, travel overseas, lose weight. If you decided that 2020 was the year you want to get fit, then you’ve probably been bombarded with all sorts of weight loss techniques – some safer than others. Enter: intermittent fasting.

Intermittent fasting is the biggest diet trend at the moment. It’s been around for a little while, so it’s not necessarily new, but it’s been super popular for the last year or two in particular.

If you’ve never heard of it, the idea is that you cycle between fasting and eating. You can still eat whatever you want during the allotted eating time, but nothing during the fasts.

There are a few versions.

The 16/8 method involves only eating within an 8 hour period. Then you fast for 16 hours.

Eat-Stop-Eat involves fasting for 24 hours once or twice a week.

The 5:2 diet involves only eating about 500–600 calories on two days of the week, but eating regularly the other 5 days.

Here’s the thing. It’s no more effective than just eating a little bit less for every meal. The fasting periods mean that people have a major tendency to binge and overeat once they’re done, and if you wind up eating a days worth of calories in an hour then there really wasn’t much point in fasting in the first place.

It’s also not recommended for people who are taking medication, have to handle heavy equipment for work, or have diabetes. Basically if being light headed or having low blood sugar is going to be a problem for you, then intermittent fasting is a massive no.

It’s also a massive no if you have a history with eating disorders. Intermittent fasting can easily slip into a starving and binging cycle, and often without participants even really noticing. 

It’s also worth remembering that there aren’t any long-term studies of people who have been intermittent fasting for longer than a few months. For a healthy person it might be fine to continue long term but we just don’t know. 

As with anything, if you want to give it a crack, please make sure you’re realistic about it. Talk to your doctor, give it a Google, and make sure not to push it too far. Diet culture is a scary one, so smash those goals safely.

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The Very Worst Hangover Cures For When You Overdo It At Christmas Drinks

Don't say we didn't warn you.

We’re all limping along just trying to make it to the Christmas holidays at this point, but one major December-related perk is the work Christmas party. If you accidentally go way too hard, have a one way DnM with your boss, and wake up with a killer hangover then I’m here to help… kind of.

Without further ado, the worst hangover cures on planet Earth:

Pickle Juice
The thought of downing a bunch of pickle juice on an empty, hungover stomach makes me want to hurl, but apparently there is actually logic in this. Because there’s a hell of a lot of salt in the pickle juice, there’s also a ton of electrolytes. Sports drinks, eat your heart out.

Lemon In Your Armpit
There’s no science behind this one. Rub a lemon slice into the armpit of your drinking arm and theoretically you won’t get a hangover. It’s not going to work, but at least you’ll be a delightful smelling drunk.

Prairie Oyster
I don’t think these are as common as they once were, but maybe I’m just hopeful. Chuck a raw egg, some hot sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper in a cup, swish it around a bit and that’s it. Foul. 

Katerfrühstück
This is a German specialty that I’m positive would be far more appetising when you’re sober. It’s made of three ingredients: pickled gherkin, raw onion, and herring fillet. Imagine waking up after a rager with gherkins, onion, and fish waiting for you. No thanks.

Pellet Tea
This particular delight comes from the cowboys of the wild west. The ‘pellets’ in pellet tea are rabbit poop. Scoop some up, boil it, and drink up. There’s a reason that cowboys didn’t live very long.

Deep Fried Canary
You can thank the ancient Romans for this one. These days PETA would come after you quicker than you could blink, but back then decapitated canaries fried whole with the skin was a legitimate hangover cure. 

Keep Drinking
This is absolutely never going to do good things. Sure, it works once you get over the fact that the smell of booze makes you want to vomit, but that’s short term. You’re just making the next days hangover even worse. In fairness though, we all know that and we’re all going to keep doing it anyway.

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How Does A Deadly Volcano Just Erupt Without Warning?

Five people are confirmed dead.

The news of the White Island (or Whakaari) volcanic eruption in New Zealand was an unexpected shock. When the eruption happened, there were tourists all around the island, including a people hiking around the rim and inside the crater. It seemed to come out of nowhere, so how does a volcano just erupt like that without anyone seeing it coming?

I’d assumed there would be earthquakes and rumblings, and other definitive signs that an eruption was absolutely going to happen. It turns out it isn’t that simple.

GeoNet is a New Zealand based website letting people know about geological hazards like earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Less than a week ago, they put out a Volcanic Alert Bulletin about the White Island volcano, saying that there was “moderate volcanic unrest” in the area and that “observations and data to date suggest that the volcano may be entering a period where eruptive activity is more likely than normal.”

They also pointed out though, that “while the activity is contained to the far side of the lake, the current level of activity does not pose a direct hazard to visitors.”

The last line of the alert mentions that despite this, an eruption is possible, and that “these eruptions can occur with little or no warning.”

The fact that even experts couldn’t definitively see this eruption coming is a scary reminder of just how unpredictable volcanoes and other natural disasters can be. 

On the scale of eruptions, this one was relatively minor. It’s possible that this was a phreatic eruption, where there wasn’t even any magma involved and everything that volcano spat out was steam and ash. We’ll know more in the coming days.

Volcanic eruptions can be devastating. Think Pompeii, Krakatoa, or Mount Pelée. If we were to go to the most extreme end of the eruption scale, an eruption from a supervolcano like the one in Yellowstone could kill up to 90,000 people.

Sadly, five people have lost their lives in the White Island eruption and another eight are missing, presumed dead. Those numbers may rise yet.

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