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Self-Exam

Q: How many bones do you have in your neck?

a) 7

b) 9

c) 12

d) 15

A: a) 7

Bonus points: How many bones does a giraffe have in its neck?

Answer: Seven.

 

Medical Myths

Snacking does not increase your metabolism -- at least not in a way that might suggest it somehow boosts calorie burn and related weight loss. Every time you eat, your metabolic rate bumps up slightly as your body digests, absorbs and assimilates nutrients, but eating frequently does not increase the 24-hour metabolic rate. The temporary bump in metabolic rate from eating is called the thermic effect of food. It's related to what you eat. It is not related to how often you eat.

Put another way, if you ate the exact same food amounting to 1600 calories in three meals or in three meals and three snacks, the thermic effect of food will be the same at the end of the day, as will your 24-hour metabolic rate.

Epitaphs

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past." -- Tombstone of author F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940)

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