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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Pull Day

190lbs

Thank god, I though I was dying for a sec. Can't lose weight that fast.

Warm up: 15 min on elliptical 

Weighted Pull Ups
50lbs 3x3
20lbs 3x8



One Arm Dumbbell Row
110
5x6

Deadlifts
305 x 5



Upright Rows
100lbs (Pull from Dead Stop)
5x8

Bicep Curls
105lbs
3 x 5



Incline Bicep Curl
30lbs
3 x 8

Shrugs
125lbs x however

15 min of elliptical


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Push Day

I may or may not be below 190l...like 189...dammit.

Warm Up: 15 mins on Elliptical

Bench Press
200lbs 3x3
135lbs 3 x 8 Pause Reps



Incline dumbbell Bench
80lbs 3x1

Flat dumbbell
85 2 x 3
65 3 x 8


Dips
45lbs
5x7



Incline Close Grip Bench
105lbs
5x8

Chest Flys
80lbs
5x5

15 min of elliptical



Getting Abs Won't Ruin Your Life...if you do it correctly.

Wow, what a first world problem.

Alrighty, it's getting to be that season. Summer shredding. Swim suit season. That beach bod. I have seen this a lot the past few years. Especially around this time of year, you start seeing the "How to get shredded for summer" or "6 pack abs in 6 weeks" and then to combat that, the "level headed" no ab havin people like to come out with counter articles called "how having a six pack can ruin your life." Well, if you go about it all stupid like, it sure can make it inconvenient, but ruin it?? Let's not get dramatic. 


Ol' Yeargain is on the lean train.


I almost called this post: "The right way to get a six pack before summer." But, meh...The way to do it is to have started, depending on your current body fat percentage, at least 12-16 weeks ago. If you're leaner, it's a lot less, if you're...uh, larger, it will be a lot more. For me, I was rocking nearly 30% body fat and it took me a year before I could see some pretty good definition in my bottom abs. I may have been able to see them sooner, but I don't enjoy self inflicted torture and I like to eat like a human during the holiday season. 

If you're looking to get them in 10 weeks or less and you're rocking above 15% body fat...be prepared to suffer. Depending on your current muscle mass, you could be in for one hell of a cut. You could theoretically increase your cardio dramatically, slice your calories to pieces, or follow an asinine program where it does it for you. Doing burpees until the sun goes down. Going about the process with absolutely no clue how you're going to achieve the end. You're practically begging to Yo-Yo into fat town with this crap. Especially for you fools that are getting "ripped" for beach summer vacations where you're gonna eat and drink yourselves stupid, eating all kinds of whacked out macros and putting yourself in the land of bloat come august.


This buds for you, fellas.

 
Occasionally I like to search the internet for fitness bull shit to entertain my funny bone. Just typing "6 pack" into google always incites laughter. 

Internet Idiots


Mike Chang:

I haven't doctored this photo at all...he's that puffy.

You guys have probably had a multitude of your internet videos either begin or be interrupted by this douche bag. He's got the most popular YouTube fitness channel. He's got millions of views, and it's because he's made the investment and done the advertising necessary to reach this level. However, this man is a complete idiot. If you're going to this man for information, you need to reconsider some things in your life. It just takes google and a discerning mind to find that he absolutely has no clue what he is talking about and that people are succeeding with his program despite it's idiocy. I'm confident that Mike Chang himself would probably be leaner if it was not for his program. But, I can't say that with confidence, I'm not here to debunk his program and go step by step explaining why it's dumb. I don't care enough to do so. However, I do know enough about the science to realize when I'm stepping in bull shit. You guys do whatever you like with your money, but if you're contemplating giving it to Mike Chang to get his patented Afterburn fuel (Scientifically proven: To work as it claims. From the University of Michigan, Bodybuilding.com and Mscle & Fitness. [LOL! You can't make this stuff up]) please just donate it to charity or a bum and drink some damn coffee before you go to the gym.


This guy:



This guy went from being a moderately skinny fat dude to being a really skinny dude. 153 pounds is SMALL. I can curl 150lbs. Plus, the method that he went about getting this small is the quintessential plan to set yourself up to puff up the next time you decide to actually enjoy food and life. 


"One thing I’ve learned about myself is that: I’M ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE AT MODERATION. I either go all out or nothing. so when it came to dieting, I went all-out
 I’ve never watched what I’ve eaten before, but I went on a incredibly strict-paleo diet. Traditionally, straight paleo would usually be considered only meats, eggs, vegetables, fruits and nuts. I did that and went even a little more overboard. I also cut out dairy, almost all nuts and most fruit (especially for the last 5 weeks) – and I’ve got the nutrition logs to prove it.

That left meat, vegetables and eggs. Over and over and over again. Let’s just say that I single handedly diminished the chicken population within a 10 mile radius of my house and ate broccoli like it was going out of style."


I can't help but shake my head at this. So, in order to get really skinny you stopped eating bread and sugar...and then dairy. Three things that are awesome and will actually HELP you get abs (I might address that in a later article.) So you can shrink down enough where you have to wear a size small t-shirt and weigh less than most women so you can see some abs. You, sir, did not ruin your life, you just put yourself into a situation where you have to buy a bunch of clothes from Kid's gap if you want to maintain your awkward diet, or be prepared to swing back up to 180 when you're ready to join the rest of modern day society.

Also, you don't need to be 5.4% body fat to see your abs. I'm questionably 10-11% body fat and I could start seeing my abs at 12%. Why? Because I actually had slabs of muscle on them, they weren't bird muscles showing underneath a thin piece of skin. I put in some heavy resistance work and made them grow, now my reward is being fatter and still seeing ab lines. If I was 5.4% body fat, I would be tanned up, in bikini briefs about to step out onto a body building stage. There is no other reason to be that lean, and it's pretty much unsustainable unless you have a large amount of muscle, you have a fast metabolism or you are on some clenbuterol. (That's a steroid, by the way.)

He did this without a gym. Which, is fine I guess, nobody ever said you needed a gym to lose weight, but weight training is by far the most efficient way in creating a body that will require a great deal more calories (more food) to sustain and thus allow you to keep your newly obtained physique whilst living a normal life style.

"we created a bodyweight circuit routine that required almost zero equipment. In fact, the only two items you need besides yourself are a pull-up bar (also  known as a tree branch, jungle gym bar or anything else you can pull yourself up on) and a jump rope which costs less than $10 and fits in your back pocket. Both pieces of equipment are optional (you can makeshift your own pull up bar and jump plenty on your own without a rope), so you can do all the workouts involved in the program even if you don’t have them.
As proof, here’s the complete list of exercises I did throughout the entire program:

  • Pushups
  • Burpees
  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Jumping Lunges
  • Pullups
  • Body Rows
  • Plyometric Pushups
  • Sprint intervals
  • Jumprope intervals"

What's troubling is that he could have actually applied some progressive overload to some of these things and gotten some better results. Like, more muscle, more ab definition. Weighted pull ups and push ups can build one hell of a strong body. Hell, you could have even had incredible results with JUST a bar. Look at these guys:


Again, not my style of training, but whatever get's you the results you want. These guys at least believed in the long over arching journey and made a life and a living out of it. Their work ethic is nothing short of insane, and it's represented on every inch of them.

Even then, this insinuates that you need to drive your body into the ground and work your ass clean off to achieve something like abs. It's simply not true. It's one way to go about it, but not the only way. You should only train like that if it's something you absolutely LOVE to do and you would do it regardless of the physical alterations. If your goals are purely aesthetic and the idea of lifting makes you sad, then dammit, don't lift two hours everyday like me. You don't have to. You can workout 30-45 mins a day and get great results if your diet is on point. It's very much a reality.


 Why I'm writing about this.


What stirred this was me trying to find an article I read about a year ago called "How getting a 6 pack ruined my life."...or something like that...I cannot find it anymore, I really wish I could because it highlighted exactly what is wrong with this quick fix programs and the like. 

He talked about how he signed up for a contest or a test program...or some shit that would get him a 6 pack. He did the program, got the results, did the photo shoot, and because he had restricted so much and had no clue what to do after the process was finished, he lost his 6 pack fairly quickly. He was mad, pissed and quickly resumed back to a lifestyle that was not conducive to looking the way he wanted, and thus it was stuck in his mind that to look that way you have to give up a lot of things in your life and suffer, and when you stop doing these activities you will lose all of your hard work.

*UPDATE*


Alright, it's way more asinine that I originally thought.
"
I celebrated right after my photo shoot with a burger and two frozen custards. It was raining. And I was struck by how only one person was around to share that moment with me. I was supposed to be celebrating some kind of triumph, a really special once-in-a-lifetime physical and personal achievement. But nobody from Greatist really wanted to hang out with me. None of my best friends wanted to be around the six-pack me. I ate the frozen treats with one hand while holding an umbrella in the other and talked with a buddy about a personal relationship that just ended. Then I went home alone, and for three hours I felt sicker than I thought possible.

Side Note: You have terrible friends. During my cheat days (which I no longer indulge in) my friends would all be there to watch my self destruction. They ate stuff they liked and laughed as I ate half the restaurant. I ate over 15,000 calories during my buddies bachelor party and he loved every second of it.

I lost the six-pack in a matter of days. I spent the next two months eating more or less everything I looked at and returned to my normal, cheerful self. (Literally, I even ate a 7-Eleven Big Bite hot dog just because I could.) My team and friends stopped avoiding me. I could eat guacamole and chips again (even after 9pm!). The article series did really well, even receiving positive press coverage that didn’t try to muck up the message. At the time, I felt the sacrifice was justified.

Things I continue to struggle with:

  • Rule-Making. Making healthy choices has always been challenging for me, but it’s only become harder since the #absperiment did a number on my self-control. When I’m presented with something I’ve never really wanted in the first place, I literally think, “C’mon, it’s not like I’m still on the #absperiment.” For example, I’ve never really particularly liked muffins. But holy sh!t have I eaten so many mediocre bran muffins in the last year or so. Setting rules for myself, ones I genuinely want to follow, has always been an incredibly powerful tool I’ve used to make healthier choices. But after the #absperiment, I just can’t seem to convince myself to stick to anything, and it scares me a little. Maybe a lot-tle.
You lost self control over the whole of your life because of six weeks of restriction? My god, man. You have the will power of a toddler.
  • Food As Reward. Since the #absperiment, I’ve treated food as a reward to an extent I never have before. I’m not sure I really deserve ice cream, candy, and French toast for a tough day at the office. (It’s too bad hitting inbox zero burns zero calories.) Sometimes I want some delicious things, and that’s cool. Sometimes I do think I deserve it, especially when sharing something indulgent to celebrate or to commiserate over tough times. But alone? And not just one pint of ice cream, but three, because I accidentally misspelled someone’s name in an email? After just six weeks of treating healthy food as punishment and indulgences as forbidden fruit, the way I look at food has been profoundly affected. Unfortunately, I’ve spent a year trying to snap out of that mind frame without much success.
Food as a reward is by far the worst thing a person can do to their diet. It's like making sex a reward in a weird fucked up marriage. If you want it, you have it. You make it part of your day. I'm talking about both right now.
  • Body Image. The third thing — and probably the worst of all — is how my post-#absperiment mindset has affected the way I view my body. Even though I’ve struggled with weight on and off for most of my life, I’ve always been a pretty confident guy no matter the number on the scale. And I’ve come to terms with the size that makes me happiest. During the #absperiment, I wasn’t happy at 180 pounds, even though I’d never been so lean and skinny before. But every morning I’d look in the mirror and literally take a picture, watching what progress I made and mentally comparing myself to the day before. Relative to where I was those last few days, my reflection today looks positively fat. And I’m not remotely overweight! I’m actually pretty athletic and, depending on my nutrition week-to-week, I’m right around where I want my weight to be, where my healthy is. But I’m objectively nearly 30 pounds heavier! It’s been terrifically tough to stop judging my own body when I have such an extreme point of comparison."

There isn't a single "Right" thing about this article. In fact, it almost reads like a "be ye warned" to me. That you have to live in the realm of sacrifice and find pleasure in that to obtain the physical results you want. It's not the physique that causes these psychotic symptoms, it's the the idiotic means in which a person will go about obtaining them.

I don't mean to be "mean" or to pick on this guy, but I have to use his words and his thoughts as example. I thought the same way as him as little as 6 months ago. I thought that in order to get the physique I wanted that I was going to have to drive my body into the ground with punishing exercise, I was going to have to cut my calories to smithereens, and that I knew someday I was going to have to accept myself getting fat again. BULL SHIT. There is literally nothing you cannot accomplish, and that means having visible abs.


A year ago on the left, a week ago on the right. (April 28, 2014)



"See! Getting a six pack ruins people's lives!!!!"


 

As a guy that has more or less acquired himself some abs in the past few months, I can tell you with full confidence that people with 4 packs, 6 packs, and 8 packs aren't all suffering each and every moment of their lives, looking at food and crying and dieing on the inside. There are lots of people who have set the ground work to make having visible abs fairly manageable with flexible dieting and complete understanding of what it entails to diet correctly. I consider myself one of them.


An up close and personal look. Multiple angles gives you a more realistic idea.




Why the 6 week fix is bull shit.


I'm just going to say this: Anything worth having for more than a hot minute should take longer than 6 weeks. That's not true for everything, but with something like your body, the thing that you live with every second of every fucking day, if you're going to make an investment to look the way you want to, do yourself a favor and invest more than a month and a half towards something. If you don't care enough to do it, then fuckin don't. We live in a quick fix society and the minute we can't have what we want RIGHT THIS SECOND, we flip our shit. I can't count the amount of YouTube videos I've seen where fast food employees get physically attacked by customers because of something as stupid as having to wait an extra few minutes for fries or some shit. People try to pin this on the fast food company, when this goes way past that, it's a human behavioral issue. McDonalds french fries are fuckin tasty, our radical impatience is what is upsetting.



The Three step Method to 6 Pack Abs.

  • Weight Training with focus on Strength in the big compound lifts.
  • A diet that is flexible and allows you to enjoy foods that you love.
  • Consistency with Both.

That's all I'm going to say. I've talked extensively about how to get into better shape on this blog over and over. You can look through the numerous articles on this blog because all of them contribute towards being the strongest, leanest version of yourself. The most athletic, healthy and fuckin sexiest version of yourself you want to be.

That's all for now, hit me up if you've got questions.


I can't get out of saying the "F word" one more time.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Full Body

191, maybe 192

Warm up: 15 min on elliptical

Incline Bench
180 3 x 3
135 x 8 x 2

Weighted Chins
55 3 x 3
20 x 8 x 2

Front Squats
210 3 x 3
135 x 8 x 2



Deadlifts
295 x 5



Behind the head press
105 6 x 3
5 x 2

Bicep Curls
60 3x3
30 x 8 x 2



Incline Close Grip Bench
100lbs
5x8


15 min on elliptical



Saturday, April 26, 2014

Full Body Workout

191.5 - 192.5 (that random basketball playing took some juice out of me.)

Warm up: 15 min on elliptical

Incline Bench
180lbs x 5 x 1
175lbs x 5 x 1
160lbs x 7 x 1
160lbs x 6 x 2



Weighted Chins
52.5lbs
5x5



Front Squats
210lbs x 5 x 1
175 x 6 x 4



Behind Head Press
100lbs
5x6

Deadlifts
265 x 5



Bicep Curls
55lbs
5x5

Close Grip Bench
120lbs
5x8


15 min on elliptical

Friday, April 25, 2014

Full Upper Body

192.5-193 Pretty light, but feeling soggy if that makes sense. Water!!!!

Warm up: elliptical for 15 min

Decline Bench
215 x 5 x 1
210 x 5 x 2
205 x 5 x 2



Dumbbell Rows
105
5x6



Incline Dumbbell Press
70lbs
5x6

Deadlifts
255lbs x 5



Weighted Chins
15lbs
5x8

Dips
15lbs
5x8

Rear Flys
35lbs
5x9

Shrugs
125lbs each hand x 5

Elliptical for 15 min


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Overhead Press and Leeeeggsssss

192lbs

Warm Up: 15 min on elliptical.

Overhead Press
110lbs
5x5



Behind the Head Press
95lbs
5x6



Front Squat
210 x 5 x 1
195 x 5 x 4


Deadlifts
245 x 5



Glute Thrusts
205lbs
5x10

Side Lateral Raises
35lbs
3x9

Dumbbell Incline
70's x 9

Pull Ups
Behind the head x 8

15 min on elliptical


Artificial Sweetners Will KILL YOU! (NOT!)

I hear this shit alllll the time. Artificial sweeteners will kill you, they cause cancer, depression and weight GAIN!

Wait...What?! I ingest this stuff all the the time! Oh no.... I'm depressed, riddled with cancer and horrifically obese!!! 

Oh wait, I'm none of those things...

Not bad, Ol' Yeargain!


Whew...that was a close one. 

As a bro that slugs down a lot of diet beverages, people like to point and yell "you will die!" with one finger wielding hand whilst balancing a cigarette, donut and jack and coke with the other.

I wish this was an exaggeration. Judge me not!


We all have our vices, and I'm not here to tell you it's good for you. In fact, I'm going to give you all of the nitty gritty. But, don't expect me to spit out this dark brown elixir at the first sign of someone saying "if you drink that stuff, your head is going to fall off."

You gotta admit, that shit is funny.


The common culprit for most peoples attacks go to the original bad boy: Aspartame. It's the sweetening agent in diet soda and a great deal of other zero calorie beverages.

"That shit will make your face fall off and give you cancer!!!!!!"

Oh yeah? Behold, the evidence:

*Warning: I am not a doctor or a scientist. I am a bro scientist at best with access to the internet. The following is compilation of research done by others that I was able to sort through via google and the U.S. National Library of Medicine available to search online. I hold no license to any of the findings, but I did create all of the memes.*

What is Aspartame?


Aspartame is a dipeptide containing aspartic acid and phenylalanine methyl ester. It is a nutritive sweetener with a caloric value equivalent to that of other proteins and with sweetness approximately 180 times that of sucrose. Thus, for equivalent sweetening power, it contributes only 0.5% of the kilocalories of sugar. Numerous studies have shown no potential toxicity of amounts of aspartame likely to be ingested, or even of abuse doses. Although aspartame cannot fully replace sugar, it appears to be a safe and acceptable sweetener for those who must, or desire to, reduce their intake of sucrose.

Studies on Aspertame so far:


"Over 20 years have elapsed since aspartame was approved by regulatory agencies as a sweetener and flavor enhancer. The safety of aspartame and its metabolic constituents was established through extensive toxicology studies in laboratory animals, using much greater doses than people could possibly consume. Its safety was further confirmed through studies in several human subpopulations, including healthy infants, children, adolescents, and adults; obese individuals; diabetics; lactating women; and individuals heterozygous (PKUH) for the genetic disease phenylketonuria (PKU) who have a decreased ability to metabolize the essential amino acid, phenylalanine. Several scientific issues continued to be raised after approval, largely as a concern for theoretical toxicity from its metabolic components--the amino acids, aspartate and phenylalanine, and methanol--even though dietary exposure to these components is much greater than from aspartame. Nonetheless, additional research, including evaluations of possible associations between aspartame and headaches, seizures, behavior, cognition, and mood as well as allergic-type reactions and use by potentially sensitive subpopulations, has continued after approval. These findings are reviewed here. The safety testing of aspartame has gone well beyond that required to evaluate the safety of a food additive. When all the research on aspartame, including evaluations in both the premarketing and postmarketing periods, is examined as a whole, it is clear that aspartame is safe, and there are no unresolved questions regarding its safety under conditions of intended use."

Also This:

"Aspartame is a methyl ester of a dipeptide used as a synthetic nonnutritive sweetener in over 90 countries worldwide in over 6000 products. The purpose of this investigation was to review the scientific literature on the absorption and metabolism, the current consumption levels worldwide, the toxicology, and recent epidemiological studies on aspartame. Current use levels of aspartame, even by high users in special subgroups, remains well below the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and European Food Safety Authority established acceptable daily intake levels of 50 and 40 mg/kg bw/day, respectively. Consumption of large doses of aspartame in a single bolus dose will have an effect on some biochemical parameters, including plasma amino acid levels and brain neurotransmitter levels. The rise in plasma levels of phenylalanine and aspartic acid following administration of aspartame at doses less than or equal to 50 mg/kg bw do not exceed those observed postprandially. Acute, subacute and chronic toxicity studies with aspartame, and its decomposition products, conducted in mice, rats, hamsters and dogs have consistently found no adverse effect of aspartame with doses up to at least 4000 mg/kg bw/day. Critical review of all carcinogenicity studies conducted on aspartame found no credible evidence that aspartame is carcinogenic. The data from the extensive investigations into the possibility of neurotoxic effects of aspartame, in general, do not support the hypothesis that aspartame in the human diet will affect nervous system function, learning or behavior. Epidemiological studies on aspartame include several case-control studies and one well-conducted prospective epidemiological study with a large cohort, in which the consumption of aspartame was measured. The studies provide no evidence to support an association between aspartame and cancer in any tissue. The weight of existing evidence is that aspartame is safe at current levels of consumption as a nonnutritive sweetener."


Oh, thank god, I'm safe!



Well, kind of, let's read on, shall we?

Dammit!!!

Aspartame and Weight Loss:

 

For a while there, people tried to argue that drinking diet sodas would lead to weight loss. This is complete bull shit. The substance itself is merely sweetened water, there is nothing significant about it. The only potential weight loss characteristic is if it replaced all caloricially dense beverages in a persons diet and the person did not replace those calories with food. That does not deem zero calorie beverages a miracle cure status, it just means that the individual is capable of self control.

However, here is some science, as if it's even necessary.

This article states:

"Lean and Hankey speculate on the potential of aspartame to bring about weight loss, their assessment is largely theoretical (based on the potential for the replacement of sugar with aspartame to bring about caloric deficit). Despite two decades of use in the human diet, not one single, double blind, placebo controlled study that supports aspartame's supposed weight loss effects has been published.
Lean and Hankey endorse the use of aspartame in the diet, but the facts are that this synthetic chemical's “benefits” are unproved, and a considerable body of evidence exists that shows it has very real potential for harm. The glaring disparity in results from industry funded and independently funded research is clearly of considerable concern. Lean and Hankey say that the public needs protection from “misleading” websites warning of the hazards of aspartame. It seems that what the members of the public (and the medical profession) really need protecting from is editorials lacking in balance and objectivity."

On the subject if it causes you to actually GAIN WEIGHT!

"These results suggest that the most negative consequences of consuming high-intensity sweeteners may occur in those most likely to use them for weight control, females consuming a "Westernized" diet and already prone to excess weight gain."

So, more or less, drinking diet beverages and ingesting aspertame isn't going to help you lose weight if you're still eating a truck load of fat based foods (i.e. the "Westernized" diet.)


Obviously, I am un-phased by these Studies. What other horrible things could possibly be a result from drinkin this tasty brown elixir?

Aspartame and Depression:




"This study was designed to ascertain whether individuals with mood disorders are particularly vulnerable to adverse effects of aspartame. Although the protocol required the recruitment of 40 patients with unipolar depression and a similar number of individuals without a psychiatric history, the project was halted by the Institutional Review Board after a total of 13 individuals had completed the study because of the severity of reactions within the group of patients with a history of depression. In a crossover design, subjects received aspartame 30 mg/kg/day or placebo for 7 days. Despite the small n, there was a significant difference between aspartame and placebo in number and severity of symptoms for patients with a history of depression, whereas for individuals without such a history there was not. We conclude that individuals with mood disorders are particularly sensitive to this artificial sweetener and its use in this population should be discouraged."

So, if you suffer from depression, it might be a good idea to avoid sweeteners such as aspartame because it may exaggerate your symptoms (according to this study.)

Well, I'm a pretty happy dude, I'm definitely not clinically depressed, so I should be pretty safe to consume this stuff.





Aspartame causes cancer:




Actually, no, there hasn't been any correlation (at least to my knowledge) that aspartame is capable of this. What you may be thinking of is the rat's getting cancer from a Sacchrine study:

"In the 1970's, studies demonstrated that sodium saccharin was carcinogenic in laboratory rats. On this basis, saccharin was de-listed as a food additive in Canada, although restricted access as a table top sweetener was maintained. Since that time, further studies have suggested that the carcinogenic effect of sodium saccharin in rats is not relevant to humans. Both the Joint Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations/World Health Organization (FAO/WHO) Expert Committee on Food Additives, and the European Commission's Scientific Committee on Foods have established an acceptable daily intake (ADI) level for sodium saccharin and Health Canada is proposing to introduce a similar ADI. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has conducted a complete evaluation of saccharin's carcinogenic potential in humans and has concluded that sodium saccharin can no longer be considered a "possible carcinogen in humans". In May 2000, the U.S. National Toxicology Program (NTP) dropped saccharin from its list of suspected cancer-causing chemicals, indicating that the rodent carcinogenicity data are not sufficient to list this chemical as a "reasonably anticipated human carcinogen."

In this study:

"Our findings do not support the hypothesis that aspartame increases hematopoietic or brain cancer risk.

And this study:

"The present study adds further evidence on the absence of an adverse effect of low-calorie sweetener (including aspartame) consumption on the risk of common neoplams in the Italian population."

Cool, all clear.


More Rat Studies: 



As I've said before, you can't discredit studies because they were performed on rats. Here is a list of scientific acheivements that have been accomplished through animal testing!

So, spit out that stuff real quick. I'm not finished.

Dammit!!!!
You guys think I won't over use a joke. You obviously don't understand my humor.


Lesions on these albino momma rat's raise some concern...

"In conclusion, the consumption of aspartame leads to histopathological lesions in the liver and alterations of the genetic system in the liver and bone marrow of mother albino rats and their offspring. These toxicological changes were directly proportional to the duration of its administration and improved after its withdrawal."

And in these Male Rats

"It can be concluded from these observations that long term consumption of aspartame leads to hepatocellular injury and alterations in liver antioxidant status mainly through glutathione dependent system."

Those poor rats...I'm gonna die, just like them....



However:

"In summary, considering that there are no significant differences in cancer rates between high-dose groups and historical controls, plus the many deficiencies in the experimental design and data, Soffritti et al. (2007) failed to provide convincing evidence of aspartame carcinogenicity. Given the effort expended by many government review agencies to document shortcomings of the first article by this group (Soffritti et al. 2006), it is disappointing that the editor and reviewers of this paper (Soffritti et al. 2007) did not require the authors to address those problems that appear again in this study. Diligence is especially necessary on topics of great public interest and relevance because the public is relying upon the scientific community to assure that only high quality, well-documented, and controlled studies appear in peer-reviewed journals."

So, to get to my point, lots of research has been done over the subject, some yielded negative results, some have yielded insufficient findings. It's up and down as far as consistency is concerned. I had to weed through a lot of "Insufficient evidence was found..." to find stuff that I deemed interesting enough to post on here.

However, that has not stopped many from continuing the "good fight" against the EVIL corporations that are trying to kill you and your children!!!

This asshole:


I didn't even have to make this one, this was straight up on google. Look at this picture!!!!


Dr. Mercola.

When researching potential issues with aspartame, I merely had to google it and Dr. Mercola's web page came up. I looked through some of the information, and some of it intrigued me enough to bookmark it for a second look later on with a more discerning eye...but when I tried to return to the page, I was unable to... That's when I stumbled on This Site more or less bringing up multiple claims against Dr. Mercola and his website by the FDA.

You can look at this stuff yourself and make up your mind, but it seems that the guy is a snake oil salesman...so now I'm completely skeptical of all of his work, the majority of which I'm unable to look over for some reason. I'll post an update if it becomes available again.

There are dozens of websites like Dr. Mercola's on the internet that more or less use fear mongering to get people to read their information and perhaps even sell you a detox kit.

I'm not gonna lie to you, when first reading through some of this stuff, it really messed with my head and made me think twice before sipping on my diet beverage whilst typing this up.



However, the more I read, the more my concerns were settled. I think this article said it best:

"You have to interpret a literature, not a single study. The results of one lab or one study can be erroneous. When decades have produced hundreds of studies on a question, the cherry pickers will always have a lot to choose from...

Aspartame is a highly studied food additive with decades of research showing that it is safe for human consumption. As expected, the research is complex making it possible to cherry pick and misinterpret individual studies in order to fear monger. But the totality of research, reviewed by many independent agencies and expert panels, supports the safety of aspartame.
A conspiracy to hide the risks of aspartame, however, remains a popular internet urban legend that will likely not disappear anytime soon."


Random Scary Incidents Due to Diet Sodas:

If you're interested in being scared out of drinking this stuff, I'll go ahead and post these things for you:

This person experienced a Seizure and hyponatremia after drinking too much diet coke!

This actor believes that aspartame caused his cancer.

These people experienced fibromyalgia due to aspartame consumption


So, some individuals do react, or at least believe they do, negatively to aspartame. If drinking or consuming fake sugars causes you pain or injury, by all means, STOP! However, this could potentially make you a genetic outlier, or it could be an instance of aspartame in combination with medication or pre-exhisting medical conditions that are being exaggerated by the chemical, that in itself does not make the chemical harmful for the general population.

Could people die from drinking diet sodas? Well, yeah, although I have not seen a single case contributing it to anyone's demise. But some people also die from aspirin, neti pot use, and drinking too much water for fucks sake. Things that we commonly consider to be safe. The unfortunate horrible reality is that life is fragile and fate is horrifically unfair. I nearly choked on a giant piece of ice while drinking my diet Mt. Dew. That's assisting in involuntary manslaughter!!!


Why I will continue to drink tasty aspartame flavored beverages.


Guys, I've been chugging this stuff for several years now, around 6 to 7 years if my math is right. And even then, I was a hard core Regular Dr. Pepper (High Fructose Corn Syrup!!!!!) addict for years leading up to that. (Since childhood) It's become a staple in my diet. Is it good for you? Hell no, it's not giving you any kind of health benefit, it's not contributing to macro or micro nutrient intake. It's flavored carbonated water with coloring. However, it is obviously not going to be the thing that puts me in the grave. I've demonstrated that aspartame has very little affect over MY general health. The same has not proven true to other individuals, and frankly I don't recommend anybody take on my absurd addiction, why should you?


Frankly, this whole idea of shaming people into not doing things that will potentially harm them is straight up asinine. People have known for years that things like smoking, binge eating, alcohol and drug abuse are dangerous and can have ill effects on your health. Yet we spend thousands every year reiterating the point ad naseum that these things are bad, they will kill you, blah blah blah. We get it. You're trying to save us. Life is complex y'all. It ain't always just about living the longest or being healthy, often times it seems that we tolerate the healthy activities to indulge more in the unhealthy ones. Sometimes doing things that are bad for us make life a little more enjoyable. That's why we do them sparingly, or we do them to excess and reap the consequences. Regardless, the choice is. and always was, yours to make.

In Short:


You know where you can stick it.

If you think I'm an ill informed idiot, please, by all means, tell me in the comment section below!