The Science Of Calorie Counting

People have a tremendously difficult time understanding why they are not losing weight even though they are sure they are "only eating X calories". They swear up and down that they are counting accurately, and then the truth comes out. They are guessing at portion sizes, they are not weighing things, they are using generic brands, etc. Unfortunately, we often see what we want to believe, so you must absorb that every estimate you make will be too low, even if you try to overestimate. The only fix for this is to be as precise as possible.

This level of precision is not necessary for everyone. If you are losing fat as expected by guessing or being less precise, then good for you. This advice is meant for those that think they are tracking accurately, but somehow still are not losing fat as measured over at least a 3 week period. If that's the case, you need to crack down.

  • First, sign up for MyFitnessPal (MFP). It has the largest food database of them all. Others may work, but I will base these instructions off MFP since that's what I know.
  • Everything needs to be weighed, so buy a kitchen scale. Find one that is digital and can do both metric and imperial (grams and ounces). Weigh in grams if possible though, it's more accurate.
  • Free-pouring liquids (milk, juice) and tiny ingredients like spices, baking soda, etc, can be measured by volume, not weight. This means cups, tablespoons, teaspoons, etc.
  • Never, ever, use normal silverware to estimate a teaspoon or tablespoon, they are not even close.
  • Stuff like peanut butter, honey, mayo, mustard, ketchup, etc, are not considered free-spreading, so weigh them. A lot of people become very sad when they weigh their peanut butter for the first time.
  • Oatmeal is not a free pour liquid. That means it must be weighed, not measured in a cup. A true 1/2 cup of oatmeal is 40g and 150 calories. When most people use a 1/2 cup measure, they get closer to 60g, which is about 220 calories. Same goes for stuff like rice, broccoli, etc. They are not free-pour liquids, so get the scale out.
  • A banana is not a free-pouring liquid, so guess what? That's right, it's not "1/2 of a medium banana", it's "57g of banana".
  • Never record "1 chicken breast" or "1 pork chop". Use "126g lean white chicken, roasted", or "227g boneless pork loin, broiled".
  • If a food listed in MFP only has a volume measurement and it's not a free shipping liquid, ignore it, go the label or the producer's website and find the calories by weight. If this fails, consider not eating that food. I'm not kidding.
  • Nothing is ever measured as "heaping", you always level off the tops of measuring cups.
  • Always weigh things, even meat, raw wherever possible, because food loses or gains water and therefore weight during cooking.
  • Nutrition labels must specify pre-cooked weight, unless it's a packaged, cooked food, in which

The Film Career of Orson Welles

RKO pictures offered Orson Welles what is often provided to be the greatest contract ever offered to an untried director – complete artistic control. But then again Welles was no ordinary untried director – he already had the most admirable, innovative and inspiring of theater and radio careers behind him. For his first feature he divorced Citizen Kane (1941) out of the hat, it is more often than not acclaimed as the greatest film ever made. It contains many technical innovations including the extended use of deep focus, low angle shots, pioneering special effects make-up and a layered and complex soundtrack.

Welles' second film for RKO was The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Booth Tarkington, it made a loss as did his South American documentary It's All True, Welles found on his return that no Hollywood studio would hire him . In 1946, International Pictures guave him a budget and he produced The Stranger (1946), although Welles' most imaginative sequences were cut out leaving a very conventional film, it was successful at the box office but Welles swore that he would no longer play ball without he had full creative control. He managed to gain what he desired but his consequent Around the World in Eighty Days (1946) and The Lady From Shanghai (1947) were financial disasters. Republic Pictures wave it a meagre budget to direct Macbeth (1948) but this too proved to be a disaster at the box office and Welles departed for Europe. In 1949 he starred as Harry Lime in Carol Reed's The Third Man which was an international hit.

From 1949 to 1951, Welles worked on Othello, he kept having to abandon filming due to lack of funds when it ever premiered at the Cannes Film Festival it won the Palme D'Or. In 1956, he returned to Hollywood, producing Man in the Shadow (1957) and Touch of Evil (1958) for Universal Studios. …

Understanding the Science Behind Horoscopes

Most Indians have, at some point of time in their lives or the other, had an encounter with horoscopes or birth charts. Something so central to a typical Indian’s decision of marriage or business or similar important life events deserves to be understood more deeply. The ideal point to start will be the construction of the birth chart.

The chart begins with a system of 12 houses whose positioning on paper may be as per the equal house system (the cusp between two houses falls at the same angle of 12 degrees for each successive house) or as per alternative systems that take into consideration the intersection between different planetary positions and assign angles accordingly.The division of houses (in the form of a circle of animals) is carried out in the zodiac space. This circle of animals is a belt in space projected on the celestial/heavenly spherical space through which planets move when viewed from the astrologer’s viewpoint. This symbolic geometric construction is divided into 12 equal parts (of 30 degrees each) and are assigned signs and names that may be usable and understandable to the common masses. We know these divisions as the various sun signs namely, Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius and Pisces. The extensive usage of the same may be very easily seen in any newspaper/magazine or morning news on astrology.

This coupled with the latitude of the event (generally birth of the native) gives an astrologer enough numbers to crunch and make a pictorial representation of all influential heavenly circumstances on paper for the native. Next comes the placement of the planets and aspects on this chart. Heavenly bodies like the sun, planets, etc. are placed at their celestial longitudes and then the aspects, I.e. the angles at which the heavenly bodies rest at is decided. There are various systems that decide the angular aspects, for example the sextile system that sets the number at 60 degrees, the trine system that fixes it at 120 degrees and so on. Then comes the most critical part of the horoscope, I.e. the ascendant. The ascendant is an ecliptic point that rises at sunrise on the eastern horizon and changes in accordance with the earth’s rotation along its own axis. The ascendant is an expression of how we view life and who we are as people.

The ascendant is also one of the four primary angles in the horoscope. The four primary angles are in conjunction with the four principal directions, I.e. North, South, East and West. The same may be listed as follows:

1. East Angle- Ascendant

2. West Angle- Descendant

3. North Angle- Imun Coeli

4. South Angle- Midheaven

The Descendant is the point in the west diametrically opposite to the Ascendant. A similar geometrical relationship exists between the Imun Coeli and Midheaven.

Clearly, coming up with a horoscope is no mean business. Formulating a proper birth chart is a mathematically and geometrically rigorous task, whose intricacies an untrained person may …

Is an Affiliate Marketing Career Choice a Sensible Choice?

The affiliate marketing programs are as good as a phoenix that burns itself and then comes up with innovative ideas and schemes that are a result of fresh and young ideas that are time to time infused in this business. The employment reports show that the people are quite dissatisfied with their jobs due to its growing demands and they are looking for more and more ways of maintaining themselves by operating from home. In this way they are in apposition to deliver good performance and at the same time they do not feel the duress of work literally teasing them apart.

Affiliate marketing basically deals with the selling of service or products on behalf of a merchant and receiving a commission based on that. There are various ways of having this done. One can simply establish websites suggesting about the product, make blogs and send links or write article over the website. But all this requires the power of internet to do so. Without the internet this would have not been possible really.

The innovative affiliate programs that have cropped up consist of blogging espionage, Socrates work press and also the cash code. The common point between all of them is that they have been established by veterans' long time back in these fields that have been immensely successful with their work.

A little modification in these programs has led to good amount of income in this field. Many people also believe that these programs are suitable for only the people who have made them and not for others. But this is just not true; many other people manage to make a very good living out of programs that have been designed by others. They are rewarded as well for the amount of effort that they put in here.

But depending upon how the programs are eliminated and managed and by what, we can actually call it good or bad. You have to find out the trends that led to the success of any particular program and the steps that should have been avoided to prevent a failure. If you do this then you will certainly have a good idea about this.

You can not define the program and have them framed at one cut, which is not possible. There are individual characteristics that give the shape to a program. You need to choose the right type of affiliate programs to ensure success.

The best thing would be to stick to the same product. During affiliate marketing it is not a good idea to switch over to different products from time to time. It's good to switch to different brands of the same commodity as this will lead to a good learning experience. Affiliate marketing is free and there is no harm if you want to wet your feet into this, it will be profitable.

So get started with your work as soon as possible and try to establish yourself as a good affiliate marketer. …

The Film Career of Roman Polanski – Part One

Roman Polanski was born in Paris in 1933 to a Polish father and to a Russian mother, when he was four, the family moved to Krakow in Poland. They were living there in 1939 when World War II broke out, the Polanskis were forced into the Krakow ghetto with thousands of other Polish Jews by the Nazi invaders. Tragically, his parents were always sent to the concentration camps, his father survived but his mother was murdered at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The young Polanski managed to escape the Krakow ghetto with the help of a Polish Roman Catholic farmer who hid him in his outhouses, Polanski later wandered the Polish countryside for the duration of the war, managing to find Shelter and sustenance with Catholic families. After the war, he was re-united with his father and moved back to Krakow. He began to become involved in acting and with the help of the great Polish film director, Andrzej Wajda was accepted into the Lodz Film School.

It soon became apparent that Polanski had found his medium, the short films which he made while there being critically lauded. His first feature, Knife in the Water (1962) was what would become known as pure Polanski; a moody, brooding, smothering piece which explored the dark side of the human psyche and the seedy underbelly that belies human contact and relationships. It was almost all shot and set on the spatially controlled environment of a boat. The movie proved to be an international commercial success and it picked up an Academy nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. …