Top Addictions in America

Is America’s top addiction Charlie Sheen?  Probably.  But it might also be carbs.  I came across this interesting read about carbohydrates, the nutrient that really causes us to be fat, being more addictive than cocaine.  Pretty enlightening stuff.

Are Carbs More Addictive Than Cocaine?

Here’s an exerpt:

How You Get Hooked (Over Time)

1. When you take in carbs, like Gatorade or whole-wheat bread, you secrete the hormone insulin. Even thinking about carbs causes this to happen.

2. Refined carbs spike blood sugar, and this is a big problem. The first result is that your body immediately stops burning its existing fat stores.

3. Too much blood sugar is a dangerous situation, and in response, insulin, a hormone, rips it from your blood and tells the body to store the energy as fat (in men this first happens around the waist).

4. Normally your liver controls blood sugar, but because you eat so many carbs you have a constant supply of insulin circulating. This turns out to be bad—very bad. This causes you to become resistant to insulin.

5. Insulin resistance means your body pumps out more insulin to make up for the deficit. Now you’re getting fat, but what’s worse is that your body desires even more carbs as fodder for the excess insulin.

6. You get fatter and fatter and your body craves more carbs to feed your increasing girth. This destructive cycle is why Americans are so overweight (the process doesn’t happen overnight).

Tuesday’s class highlighted the constantly varied aspect of CrossFit.  Whereas Monday was heavy, short, and fast, Tuesday’s workout was lighter, longer, and more sustained.

Skill:

Low bar back squat

3 – 3 – 3

Workout of the Day (WOD):

12 minute AMRAP (as many rounds/reps as possible) of:

5 high box jumps

10 wall ball shots (20# for men/14# for women)

Raffi getting the low bar back squat set up

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