• Surfing Etiquette: 5 Do's and Don'ts You Must Remember!

    Posted by Michael Evans

    Australia is one of the most popular surfing destinations around the world! Surfing on the Gold Coast, which is known for high waves (around 12 ft), is a common bucket list item. Before getting in the water, beginners (and even veterans) should be familiar with surfing etiquette. These do's and don'ts are crucial to ensure safety and fun in the ocean.

    Rule 1: Right of way

    The surfer closest to the peak of the wave has the right of way. This means if you’re paddling for a right, and a surfer on your left is also paddling for it, you must yield to him/her. 

    Rule 2: Don't drop in

    Dropping in is when someone with the right of way is either about to take off on a wave or is already riding a wave, and you also take off on the same wave in front of him or her. This blocks his ride down the line. This is annoying and dangerous.

    Rule 3: Don't snake

    “Snaking” is when a surfer paddles around another surfer in order position himself to get the right of way for a wave. He is effectively making a big “S” around a fellow surfer.

    Rule 4: Don't ditch your board

    Always try to keep in contact with your board otherwise it might hit surrounding people. Therefore, if you’re paddling out and a wall of whitewater is coming, you can't just throw your board away and dive under. Try duck diving or turtle roll.



    Rule 5: Paddle properly

    Don’t paddle straight through a packed lineup. Paddle out through the channel where the waves aren’t breaking and people aren’t surfing.

    When paddling back out, don't paddle in front of someone riding a wave. Instead, paddle behind them. 

    Read the full article here: http://www.surfinghandbook.com/knowledge/surfing-etiquette/

  • Is Intermittent Fasting Effective for Weight Loss?

    Posted by Michael Evans

    Intermittent fasting is currently a trend. One of the most popular methods among Americans is the Eat-Stop-Eat Diet, wherein you fast for 24 hours once or twice a week. 

    Related: 6 Ways to Undergo Intermittent Fasting

    The question people always ask is: can this method actually help you lose weight?

    Many people are afraid that fasting might cause their metabolism to crash, but according to Dr. Mike Russell, "Not eating for 24 or 16 hours isn’t going to crash your metabolism and render weight loss impossible."

    Nevertheless, fasting success is only achieved when you eat healthy during and after fasting--otherwise you'd end up eating the calories you "fasted off" thereby making the whole process obsolete.

    Intermittent fasting is effective for people who have a good grasp on healthy eating, as well as those who are experienced on a very low-carbohydrate diet (<10% of calories from carbs). If you struggle with this, Russell recommends that you focus on developing nutritional habits instead for long-term diet success.

    Read the full article here: https://www.shape.com/weight-loss/tips-plans/ask-diet-doctor-truth-about-intermittent-fasting


  • 6 Ways To Undergo Intermittent Fasting

    Posted by Michael Evans

    There are 6 popular methods to intermittent fasting:

    1) 16/8 Method

    Fast every day for 14-16 hours and restrict your daily "eating window" to 8-10 hours.

    2) 5:2 Diet

    Eat normally for 5 days a week, and restrict calorie intake to 500-600 on the remaining 2 days of the week.

    3) Eat-Stop-Eat

    Do a 24-hour fast either once or twice per week.

    4) Alternate-Day Fasting

    Fast every other day.

    5) The Warrior Diet

    Fast during the day, and eat a huge meal at night within a 4 hour eating window.

    6) Spontaneous Meal Skipping

    Skip meals when convenient. This method doesn't follow a strict fasting schedule. The idea is, skip a meal or eat something healthier when you aren't really hungry in a day.

  • 10 Health Benefits Of Drinking Milk Everyday

    Posted by Michael Evans

    Milk does your body good! If you drink it everyday, you will notice pretty awesome health benefits.

    Milk is known to contain protein, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, and fat. Each glass contains almost 8 grams of protein, which is essential for building muscles and renewing cells. Milk is also a great source of the following benefits:

    - Great complexion

    - Strong teeth

    - Healthy bones

    - Muscle growth

    - Weight loss

    - Stress reduction

    - Alleviation of PMS symptoms

    - Energy booster

    - Elimination of heartburn

    - Disease fighter

    Learn more about the benefits of drinking milk! Read the full article here: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/10-benefits-milk-that-you-never-knew-even-when-you-drink-every-day.html


  • 5 Health Risks From Eating Too Much Sugar

    Posted by Michael Evans

    Too much sugar is dangerous for your health! Excessive consumption can lead to obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), sugar intake should be limited to just 50 grams per day (that's about 4 tablespoons or a little more than a can of Coke). On the other hand, the World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests that people limit themselves to no more than half that amount!



    Stay alert! The following are potential consequences of eating too much sugar:

    According to Anahad O'Connor, "Tooth decay occurs when the bacteria that line the teeth feed on simple sugars, creating acid that destroys enamel."

    Insatiable hunger
    Over-consumption of fructose can directly lead to higher-than-normal levels of leptin and reduce your body's sensitivity to the hormone (leptin is the hormone that tells your body when you've had enough to eat).

    Weight gain
    Sugary foods are full of calories but do little to satisfy hunger.

    Insulin resistance
    Insulin resistance can cause fatigue, hunger, brain fog, high blood pressure, midsection weight gain, and full-blown diabetes.

    Obesity is one of the most-cited risks of excess sugar consumption. In fact, consuming a can of soda each day could lead to 15 pounds of weight gain in a single year! 

    These are just 5 out of 15 potential consequences of excessive sugar intake. The remaining are:

    - Diabetes
    - Liver failure
    - Pancreatic cancer
    - Kidney Disease
    - High blood pressure
    - Heart disease
    - Addiction
    - Cognitive decline
    - Nutritional deficiencies
    - Gout

    Read the full article here to learn more: http://www.businessinsider.com/sugar-health-effects-body-brain-2016-9/#obesity-6