Did You Know This About Abs?

Abdominal crunches alone won't cut it if you're trying to lose belly fat. Losing weight requires taking in fewer calories as well as burning more calories. One pound of belly fat equals about 3,500 calories. And not all of the fat "burned" by exercise will come from the belly. You can't have a six-pack abdominal region just by doing a lot of abdominal exercises.

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How Sleep Deprivation Hinders Memory

Researchers at Michigan State University conducted the largest experimentally controlled study on sleep deprivation to date, revealing just how detrimental operating without sleep can be in everything from bakers adding too much salt to cookies to surgeons botching surgeries.

While sleep deprivation research isn't new, the level at which distractions hinder sleep-deprived persons' memories and challenge them from successfully completing tasks was not clear until MSU's team quantified the impact.

"If you look at mistakes and accidents in surgery, public transportation and even operating nuclear power plants, lack of sleep is one of the primary reasons for human error," said Kimberly Fenn, associate professor of psychology and director of the MSU Sleep and Learning Lab. "There are many people in critical professions who are sleep-deprived. Research has found that nearly one-quarter of the people with procedure-heavy jobs have fallen asleep on the job."

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Recipe of the Week: Homemade Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce

Sweet and spicy Kansas City style BBQ sauce made with tomato sauce, honey, molasses, vinegar and spices.


1/3 cups tomato sauce

1/3 cup tomato paste

1/3 cup honey

1/2 cup plus 3 tbsp red wine vinegar

1/4 cup molasses, unsulfured

2 tsp all natural hickory liquid smoke, Colgin

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp coarsely ground black pepper

1/2 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp onion powder

1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp chili powder


In a large saucepan combine all the ingredients and simmer over low heat for 25 minutes stirring occasionally.

Let it cool and store in the refrigerator until ready to use.
For using on grilled meat, brush onto chicken, pork or beef the last 10 minutes of cooking.


Servings: Makes 2 cups and can be refrigerated for 2 weeks. Serving size: 2 tbsp

Amount Per Servings

Calories: 65

Carbohydrates: 17g

Protein: 0.5g

Sodium: 362mg

Fiber: 0.5g

Sugar: 10g