News for Nerds - The Crash Diet Edition
- 3/7/2014 |
- 10:00 am
Welcome back to News for Nerds! This week I'll explain what your speech patterns have to do with your love life, I'll give you one very good reason to ditch your camera, and I'll show you the microwave of the future. But first, let's get ready for bikini season.
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It's no secret that crash diets aren't good for your body, as many people gain back all the weight they lost and then some. But it turns out that getting too wrapped up in your diet can cause some collateral damage as well: you may actually lose friends.
This comes from research out of Europe, which shows that one-third of people go out of their way to avoid friends who are on a diet. Better yet, a quarter of us will even stoop to sabotaging our friends' calorie-counting ways.
The reasons for this are varied, but pretty understandable. Some people feel bad about themselves for not dieting; some feel that it makes their dieting friends grumpy; and some are just plain tired of hearing about how awesome you feel now that you gave up carbs.
Consider this just one more piece of evidence that the best way to get into shape is to gradually build a healthy, balanced lifestyle -- and not to crash diet. Get a little exercise, mix in some leafy greens . . . and don't be afraid to splurge on a chocolate chip cookie every now and then.
- story from Female First (UK), photo by Viriditas via Wikimedia Commons
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Speaking of healthy lifestyles, Dom and Jane listener Patti passed along a story this week that promises to make you live longer.
According to this article in Psychology Today, the little-known secret to longevity is getting rid of your camera. Dr. Howard S. Friedman has conducted 20 years of research involving more than 1,500 Americans, with the goal of identifying who lives long, healthy lives, and why.
Friedman says that we often don't even realize how much time we spend documenting our lives (not to mention reliving it later, when we view our photos or videos). But as it turns out, the folks who live longer tend not to be the ones doing all the documenting. In fact, the happiest, healthiest, longest-living people tend to be those who are creating things, doing things with others, or helping others -- not the ones who have to capture every single moment of every single day.
Think about that the next time you feel the need to snap 47 photos of your dinner for Instagram.
- story from Psychology Today, photo by Gerard Hogervorst via Wikimedia Commons
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And here are a couple other cool science stories you might enjoy:
- What makes a love connection? Is it similar interests, or physical chemistry, or mutual attractiveness? You might be surprised. A new study out of Texas Tech says that similarity in speech patterns may be a key factor.
- And finally, if you've ever burned a bag of popcorn -- or worse yet, undercooked it, leaving a ton of unpopped kernels -- the folks at Whirlpool have a happy surprise for you. They've developed a microwave that listens to your food cooking, allowing for perfect timing (and perfect popcorn). Hooray for science!
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