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Comment: Re:Obesity & Bacteria (Score 1) 397

by 1tsm3 (#27591667) Attached to: Are Human Beings Organisms Or Living Ecosystems?
How about the metabolism? You need to fill up the stomach with a reasonable amount of food to compensate for the digestive acids. If the metabolism is piss poor, you can only reduce the calorie intake so much before your stomach is complaining non-stop. Yes, dieting + exercise would help a lot (it helped me) but just saying that's all there is to obesity is foolish.

Comment: Re:Obesity & Bacteria (Score 1) 397

by 1tsm3 (#27591461) Attached to: Are Human Beings Organisms Or Living Ecosystems?
What you say about controllig diet is true. But you also have to take the metabolism rate of the individual into consideration. I have a friend who eats twice as much as me (he gets hungry every 4 hrs or so) but is shorter AND quite thinner than me. I never used to care about my health and one time I hit 196 lbs/27% body fat for 5'8" and my doc said I'm getting into the obese category. That was the wake up call for me. I exercised a lot (5 days a week + 1 hr swimming on Sat) to bring it to 175 lbs/18% body fat. I then let go (no exercise) and I now hover around 175lbs to 180lbs for 25% bodyfat. The reason I'm around 175-180lbs is because I control my diet very well. But there is no way I could go below 175 with just diet control (heck I couldn't go below that even with exercise). I definitely can't improve my diet further. I already eat only a 6" sub for lunch, cook at home for dinner and just have a slim fast optima for breakfast. And I'm vegetarian. Long story short, for some people even just dieting won't cut it and adding exercise will just improve that a little bit. May be for some of the very obese people, their metabolism is very bad. Not saying that's an execuse for all obese people. I have certainly seen many obese people stuffing themselves with shitty food. Just saying don't generalize it and say just exercise and dieting would be enough.

Comment: Am I the only one not affected by caffeine? (Score 1) 700

by 1tsm3 (#27501097) Attached to: Beware the Perils of Caffeine Withdrawal
I have been on 2 cups of Starbucks coffee a day for months and then just quit cold turkey without any symptoms. Didn't drink coffee for a few weeks (moved offices and the coffee shop was too far to walk), then started drinking coffee from a different source. I have fallen asleep while sitting in a boring class (a few years back) while drinking coffee with the coffee cup in hand. These days I have my own coffee machine at work and have one or 2 cups a day. I have gone without any coffee recently too. The only effect of coffee that I feel is a small boost in energy if I didn't sleep well the previous night. I never get the jittery or hyperactive feeling that people talk about. Anyone else like me? P.S: After I post, if I refresh the page, I don't see my post. What's up with that? Anyone see this post?

Comment: Am I the only one who is not affected by caffeine? (Score 1) 700

by 1tsm3 (#27501079) Attached to: Beware the Perils of Caffeine Withdrawal
I have been on 2 cups of Starbucks coffee a day for months and then just quit cold turkey without any symptoms. Didn't drink coffee for a few weeks (moved offices and the coffee shop was too far to walk), then started drinking coffee from a different source. I have fallen asleep while sitting in a boring class (a few years back) while drinking coffee with the coffee cup in hand. These days I have my own coffee machine at work and have one or 2 cups a day. I have gone without any coffee recently too. The only effect of coffee that I feel is a small boost in energy if I didn't sleep well the previous night. I never get the jittery or hyperactive feeling that people talk about. Anyone else like me?

Comment: Re:It's not just the corporations who abuse it. (Score 1) 397

by 1tsm3 (#25380245) Attached to: Report Indicates Widespread H-1B Visa Fraud
And I can bet your shitty management hired some cheap ass contractors and that's who you are talking about.

Not sure about Americans, but 90% of the Indians would jump at a full time employee position rather than a contract position (cultural reasons favoring stability). So all the good one are already full time employees and the contractors you get are the dumb asses who couldn't get a job but don't want to go back to India. So an entrepreneurial jackass Indian forms a namesake company and contracts out the dumbasses. They fake the resume of those contractors and attest for their fake experience. This is pretty much standard with all Indian contractors. So avoid them like the plague. Long story short, you get what you pay for. But in retrospect, I have seen enough American dumb asses too. Just that they ask for more $$ and aren't as driven (albeit for the wrong reasons) like the Indians. Hence the lower no. of dumb ass Americans I see at work.

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