life quality

  • Into Autumn, the spider´s lullaby. Random thoughts on life from another gorgeous day.

    Quality time needed: 5 minutes


    Walking through the gates of autumn.

    Together with a tiny little spider.



    And today, there´s officially a full-blown Autumn song playing out there in nature. Gorgeous and sunny, on a Sunday =). Wind free, except for the tiniest of breeze that you can almost not see or feel as it slowly makes it way through the crown of leaves that towers above.

    But it is, none the less, Autumn.
    The colors of the trees reveal it. The pale blue September moon that hangs high up in the middle of the day is another telltale.

  • Moments from the wilderness, quality of life, offline vacation and book releases by Mike Koontz.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes





    Moments from the wilderness
    Summer equals offline vacation



    Just a quick hello from my pristine offline vacation.
    I am still enjoying a wonderful and productive offline vacation, but life is this endless waterfall of unbridled inspiration in any given day's endless little things.
    It comes fully packed ( inspiration ) within the beings that inhabit those days, the separate and connected individual moments and all the everyday stuff.

    So I had to pop in for a quick long read post because life inspired me to try and capture the gorgeous real life art which is on full display right in our very own wildlife place, our garden of trees :).

  • Moments before the snow and Sekkusu shinai shokogun. The art of human intimacy in society and individually.

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    Moments before the snow & Sekkusu shinai shokogun
    The Science of a Healthy Life

     

    Sekkusu shinai shokogun Is a Japanese term for the flight away from human intimacy.
    But it represents so much more than being a fancy sounding term for the individual flight away from sexual enjoyment and fulfilling love.
    What that phrase truly represent is not just physical sex, however, it is a loss of something fundamentally human in society at large.

    Not surprisingly almost all humans require enjoying life, love, sex, and relationships in a way that is fulfilling towards their own personal needs, emotions, and desires. And when individual life becomes reduced to being nothing more than a slave to be used and abused by endless corporations. The state, a spouse, or simply someone else's selfish and never ending demands.
    Be it monetary, sexual, emotional or otherwise, that person will grow unhappy with such an unbalanced way of life.


    Life fulfillment and enjoyment is simply not measured by the size of your paycheck.
    Nor can it ever be obtained on an endless one-sided road.
    A minority might, of course, find that kind of draining one-way trip a wonderful and fulfilling life that truly makes every cell in their being happy, working away 20 hours per day. Giving time, energy, emotions and life itself to an utterly ungrateful and never ending taker that will never give anything that is even remotely close to being enough in return.

  • Autumn Serenade, October Day II. In the year 4.5 Billion, A healthy body & mind conquers the mountain.

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    Autumn Serenade and my October Hike
    The calming beauty of a fit and healthy Life



    Waking up to a freshly minted Autumn day, a slight touch of frost on the windows and a beautiful sun painting the auburn colored landscape that is waiting. Right there on the other side of the sheets of glass that bends light and offers a surface for water and air, warmth and cold to mix and match and play catch with each other.
    Transforming the same entity from juxtaposing but equally natural and connected states.
    A quick and nourishing breakfast, consisting of black coffee, Greek yogurt, some whole grains, an apple or two, a banana, water and a couple of fresh tomatoes and some protein powder mixed with the yogurt and whole grains. My camera is already fully charged, lenses are waiting in the backpack and a big bottle of fresh tap water.

    And off I go.

  • In the presence of Mt.Fuji, the whispers of a leafy forest can be heard. But will it ever let you find your way back home.

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    Life rekindled, or a silent passing
    The Science of a healthy life



    To the far east of the world, in the land of the rising sun, in the presence of Mount Fujis captivating beauty quite a few travel from stressful city lives amongst sky high buildings and stone paved streets to meet the beauty of nature on equal footing. Most, of course only have one purpose with such a trip, to rekindle their own appreciation for all things life. To find peace of mind, moments of solemn beauty and perhaps, a rekindled surge of energy for the soul in the slumbering whispers of Mt Fujis leafy forest and snowy crest. But for others, that solitary forest and proud mountain where the wind ruffles branches and leafs in a softly spoken voice might instead be the chosen way too walk into their own eternal night surrounded by all the things they felt that life in the city never seemed capable of providing.

  • Equality and delicious sex, the sweet nectar of a healthy life. Updated

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    Sex, and People
    The sweet nectar of a Healthy Life



    I actually wrote the foundation for this piece a couple of years ago. But the subject, insights, and the all-encompassing conclusion is every bit as important and right today as it has always been and always will be.

  • Book: 'Tales from Winters Realm' Book 2, is a short song of words from Winters Realm, with poetry and photography, and short stories from life by Mike Koontz.




    Suitable for a mature audience. 17+ and up. Adult storytelling and events.
    UHD book reading video TBA
    Weekend read (Three Nights Bed time read)
    A short, sweet taste of life in words and views, the way I see it and the way I think about it.
    Enjoy!.

    Author, photography and web adaptation: Mike Koontz
    2017, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Age old truth & Wisdom: Keep your muscles fit, for lifelong health in body and mind. A stronger biceps and heart equals a healthier 85 year old brain. Science studies.

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    Body & Mind
    Train your biceps and gain a healthier brain.

     



    We all knew this age old truth, A healthy body equals a healthy mind.
    But a long string of separate science studies last few years showcase something that might be news for you. Wonderful, health inspiring news and body-mind incentive to keep fit and active all through life. Be it from running or lifting weights, or better yet, by doing both.
    In short: People between age 50 to 86 diagnosed with 'mild cognitive impairments', commonly called dementia were in some studies tasked with lifting challenging weights a few times per week. The recipe is simple, Rep away on a challenging weight at least twice per week at roughly 80% of your maximum one rep weight. And the conclusion is equally simple, yet beautiful.
    The stronger their body became, the stronger, fitter and healthier their brain also ended up being. Or as one lead scientist said in one study: "improvement in cognition function was related to their muscle strength gains".

  • Sex, life and health: The ephemeral beauty of perpetual life and healthy, fulfilling relations: Updated.

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    Ephemeral life
    It passes swiftly and precious by, each day a new canvas of infinite, but finite in days, possibilities to do and enjoy your way





    In the summer of 2014, my long and wildly wonderful life which I have always lived by my own choosing, in a world of infinite beauty was somehow, still gifted with the by far, best days, and moments and joy of my entire life up until this very point.

    Made unique and perfectly complete, not due to the grandness of those moments, nor the words, price tag or anything superficial and equally irrelevant. But instead, the individual parts and the sum of it all was made complete and wonderful due to being enjoyed together with the love of my life.
    )

  • October 10, a misty sunshine morning down by the lake. A perfect slice of life as told in a slightly mature and NSFW short story.

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    October 10, morning by the lake
    Our rowing boat and the white-tailed eagle

     



    As life progress across the expanding space that is time and the growing universe, it touches each and every one of us.
    Changing us from the inside out, simultaneously and incrementally steering a continual change in both the largest and smallest of ways.
    This gradual transformation caused by life and your own actual needs and healthy choices, is as wonderful as it is taken for granted, but in truly rare everyday life moments, as life reach out to touch you as you cast yourself out to enjoy the untamed and never ending torrent that is life, something remarkable sometimes happens and in those moments you and life find yourself mixing and merging to change the wild waters of the entire universe through that very same unilateral and symbiotic touch.

  • The + turns 5, a lifetime of adventures still to do.

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    Tardigradous conversations
    The Science of a healthy life



    Happy bday G+, you have now had five years of adventures, and hopefully there will be aeons more to go.

    I can of course not say that G+ turning 5 is cause for actual cataclysmic global celebrations. But none the less, here it is. A softly spoken 5-year-old stranded on a world that has already seen so many incredible changes since the summer of 2011.

  • My Arctic Sunrise, my morning walk through the birth of year 4.5 Billion. And various things I noticed around the world.

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    the birth of 2016
    January and the Science of a healthy life

     

    In front of me The vastness of the arctic spreads it's wings over billabong and fields, snowy valleys and frost clad mountains. It is all illuminated and painted by the lingering nightly shadows. Dressed up to play in the cold and vibrant arctic scenery. Fluffy white and deep ocean blue that mix so well with the pale red and yellow of the rising winters sun.

    The scene that unfolds before my eyes this morning was given even more depth by the plume of misty winters fog that effortlessly reaches out into the sky to greet the warming blanket of the sun.

  • Winter Solstice Time and our global xmas gift from 200 nations in the age of the Anthropocene.

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    Winter solstice & Yule Logs
    Christmas is all yours
    The Science of a healthy life

     

    As this year comes to a close and Santa draws near with his big sack of global presents for us all, the best gift this year for all of us was handed out in Paris when close to 200 nations came together during the cop 21 meeting to not just talk about the need for healthy lives and a healthier planet, but to go from debating it in round about and meaningless ways to simply put, finally making it happen.

  • Neurogenesis: Life long health is maintained in your brain the same way as your body

    Quality time needed to read: 9 minutes


    Body & Mind
    Health the same Way
    The Science of a healthy life



    It sadly still surprises quite a lot of people around the world that what promotes a healthy body, also promotes a healthy mind. And yes, just as you can strengthen you body all life long, you strengthen and maintain your minds health, performance and youth. All life long. So let us talk about neurogenesis, the science about a healthy mind for all of life.

  • Our tiny, cute and living kitchen farm. Carving a healthier living through your own indoor farming.

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    Kitchen island gardens & farms
    Technology is making us all smarter farmers
    The Science of a healthy life



    Once upon a time, yes really, virtually every human being was one way or another also a farmer. Cows in the garden, chickens pooping out breakfast eggs and pigs for the slaughter. The industrial revolution changed that and farming became owned by a few mega-corporations, with animal abuse,  health, and environmental issues in tow. But now, in a world of climate change and awareness, technology have finally come full circle, making us all greener, healthy individual farmers again.

  • Coffee break news: The current top 5 nations to grow up in according to the Youthonomics index.

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    Youthonomics index
    Scandinavia plus 2
    The Science of a healthy life



    To cut to the chase, Norway, Switzerland, Sweden, Denmark and the Netherlands are according to the youthonomics index the world's five best nations to grow up in right in the here and now. A conclusion they reached after measuring 59 data points ranging from hard facts such as health, education, employment opportunities, and a willingness and capacity from the nation to adapt and transform the nation for the benefit of the people as we make progress, as well as more obscure data points like how optimistic the population itself feels.

  • Coffee break news: The quest to rejuvenate our aging brains

    Quality time needed to read: 8 minutes


    Growing
    Fresh Neurons in old Minds
    The Science of a healthy life



    Old age. Such a terrifying word for countless of people around the world. But admittedly, up until now in the long and winded history of our mutual species, it has indeed been quite bleak to grow beyond your 20´s. Not only did people die damn early in previous centuries. But out of those that survived beyond their 30´s very few was allowed to age in a graceful and healthy way. Broken bodies and frail minds came out of an every day life made up of bad and seriously unhealthy, even toxic diets and daily living conditions. Made even worse by incredibly unequal societies. Countless of wars and actual scientific knowledge still being in it´s infancy did not help either.

  • a Look at gun related violence in America, mass shootings and a lack of will to fix the issue. This is life in the Anthropocene.

    Quality time needed: 12 minutes


    300+ annual mass shootings in America
    Last few years
    The Science of a healthy life



    America is one of many wonderful places on this wondrous planet.
    But it is also a nation that for all its strengths and rights, at times seems paralyzed by a profound fear of something not quite real that seems to hold a vital part of the nation hostage and forcefully make it move backward instead of moving forward to something better. Towering above all other every day issues that diminish life for the entire nation, is perhaps more than anything else something so meaningless that it is hard to fathom that ordinary, kind-hearted and compassionate every day Americans are unwilling to work over their various political blocks and pettiness to put an end to the insane amount of gun-related violence that is ruining life for every single American, and as such, gun-related violence is what we will take a look at today.

  • The beauty of life, autumn interlude with photography and words

    Quality time needed to read: 3 minutes


    To Dine and Kiss like the seasons
    Making love like the leaf kiss the wind
    The Science & joy of a healthy life



    Nothing fancy to say at all with this article. Instead we bid you a wonderful Autumn, and is this not truly the season to trump when it comes to all things beautiful. Winters are grand, spring is chirping with life, summer sweeps us off our feets and creates lustful days, but Autumn, autumn have such a painterly beauty to it that no other season quite can muster the same solemn beauty. So, this is nothing more than a few simple words and some of my photos to send you off into this years most delicious and sensuous season. To enjoy it and to fully live it.

  • When the city comes to pause, Clear blue skies visits



    The big city breath
    What happens when cars and factories clean up



    An interesting thing came to happen in Beijing, China recently. In August, as part of the world's 70:th year WWII celebration China allowed its citizens in highly polluted Beijing, clear blue (and healthy, pristine) skies for a couple of weeks. How did they do it? They halted production at several hundred's of factories and ordered half of the city's cars to a complete halt.

    Now don't shrug your shoulders at what was essentially a meaningless political gesture, but instead look beyond this short-lived fresh breath of healthy air, to the near, worldwide future. Because what Beijing did for a few brief weeks, shows us our sustainable, and healthy worldwide future where cities even as polluted and unhealthy as Beijing instead provides us all with pristine, healthy, non polluted air to live and breath in.

  • Wings of History, the mad murderer Stalin.

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    Stalin
    The Evil from the Tundra that cursed the Earth



    World War II, that 70 year old bedtime horror and wartime movie flick that we today see and remember in the shapes of Brad Pitt ascending slowly but surely into the hell from where no man climb their way back up unchanged and still entirely a human being.

  • The zoomed out picture of global emissions

    Quality time needed to read: 5 minutes


    Global Emissions
    The Science of a Healthy Life



    While we all, actually do care about making life and this planet healthier and better for our own personal need at least. A lot of people still prefer putting the blame and need for change, solely on others. So did you know that the top ten biggest national polluters are causing 72% of global greenhouse gas emissions. While the bottom 100 only contribute in total 3 percent or less.

  • Fuck Me, Life is Beautiful

    Quality time needed to read: 1 minute


    Life & attitude by Mike Koontz
    The Joy & Science of a Healthy Life



    Good Saturday morning my beautiful <3
    It is really beautiful here today. An almost nonexisting gentle breeze that slowly runs its invisible fingers through my hair and over my skin.

    All while the sky features a gazillion fluffy white and darkly blue clouds. It is like looking up at a sea of white cotton. All fluff and gorgeous beauty, and they are moving so slowly across the sky that it does not even register in the mind and eye.

  • The Homeless Invisible & a life fully lived and enjoyed. Life in the Anthropocene.

    Quality time needed: 8 minutes


    Peoples worth mirrors your mind
    The sweet nectar of compassion & a Healthy Life
    Life in the Anthropocene



    A few days ago, on my way to buy a few fruits, whipped cream, and sugar-free yogurt, as I walked inside the store I could not help but notice a young girl in her twenties. She was sitting right by the entrance in the downpour of a proper dog rain that whipped us all with a free shower.
    Begging for petty handouts from those that passed her by.

    Sadly I had nothing to give her since like most people today, I had no cash on me, but as I paid for my fruit I made sure to get some good ol fashioned printed money in return and so on my way out again, I gave her what I now had on me.
    But this article of mine is not about me giving her money.

  • Summry 2k15 News Summary

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    tl;dr
    Short slices of random news for a Healthy Life



    I am quite sure that you guys are busy hanging out like orangutangs in the comfort of your porch, (I am) so here is a short, sweet summer summary for you to scratch that ache you feel for real, and relevant news.

  • Clear blue skies and dark ravens. Summertime

    Quality time needed to read: 4 minutes


    Summer
    The sweet season of a Healthy Life



    Yes, Summer came around once again. Despite the changing climate, despite the weirdness of Tony Abbot (whom else then global health enemy number one would celebrate slowing down sustainable electricity production).

  • Round em up, Health Blurbs One

    Quality time needed to read: 9 minutes


    Worlwide Health News Spring 2015
    A Healthy Lifestyle - Your Fitness Tribe





    Health Blurbs One, quite a catchy sounding phrase now that I think about it, but it is not a new trademark or something for Nestle to package and sell on a bottle.

  • Mothers and Childrens

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    Worlds best nations to be a mother 2015
    The Science of a Healthy & Happy Life





    The Mother Index from Save the children returns for the 16:th year, and once again Scandinavia stands out in a positive and collected way with all 5 Scandinavian countries claiming all of the worlds top 5 positions as the best countries worldwide for a mother to give birth and raise her child in

  • Shower like in the future

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    From the Life of Tomorrow
    Sustainable progress & technology





    Swedish shower of the future, promises 90% water savings as well as a reduction of as much as 80% of your shower related heating energy compared to how showers have worked up until now.

  • Worldwide - threatened mammals

    Quality time needed to read: 1 minute


    Top and Bottom
    Endangered Species, not naughty ties and fun





    This is a short look at the current state of the world. The best and worst performing countries, right now, when it comes to their role as caregivers for all the mammals out there.

  • History: Slavery, Kings and pirates: Saint-Barthélemy 1784

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    Saint-Barthélemy 1784
    a look at how incredibly far we have come in merely 230 years

     



    230 years ago, the world was rife with profit-hungry entrepreneurs and the seven seas and all their shores lay open for the ambitious. The beggars and pirates, the warlords, priests, lords. Merchants, peasants, and kings, they all laid to waste and took with all their might.

    Yes, I know. By now you are thinking, well, dear Mike, is that at all any different from now?
    And in some ways, no, you are so absolutely right dear reader. In some ways, not much have changed. But gladly, the world is for all its remaining faults a far better and kinder place to live in today.

  • Healthy living: Earth Hour is the one global hour that is all about our daily life long perpetual choices.

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    Earth Hour
    is the one global hour that is all about our daily life long perpetual choices





    Each year, a fairly big, but still too small, part of humanity comes together for the WWF manifestation called "Earth Hour". Raising much-needed awareness and action on life on Earth and the need for a healthier and more sustainable way to do said life down here on this planet, not just for me and you, but for all of us.
    This gladly happens every year and usually garners a growing amount of traction and mindshare.

    And while its name is more than a little catchy, it is of course not about one hour or even one day in your life. "Earth Hour" is about our mutual and life long, perpetual daily lifestyle choices as individuals and the one mixed and spiced up, blended species of Hominoidea that we all belong too.

  • The rise of the Amur Tiger

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    The slow rise back to life of the Amur Tiger
    Life in the Anthropocene Vol. 07





    Before we start this short journey of ours through the elusive trails that the biggest wild cat, the Amur Tiger (also known as the Siberian Tiger, and more correctly Panthera tigris altaica) have left behind it in Russia and China

  • Healthy & Tasty, Quinoa Quick Meal

    Quality time needed to read: 2 minutes


    Healthy and Tasty Food - Fuel for a Quality life
    Your fitness tribe - The Science of Health





    As most instinctively do understand. A healthy body and mind need not just a physically active lifestyle, but also the proper, and healthy food to fuel both thought, health and their physical progress and capacity.

  • Workout Inspiration - Legs

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    Workout inspiration - Morning walk and Leg workout
    Your fitness tribe - The Science of Health



    Sometimes, you have to love computers and the internet. Lol. I had finished up a beautiful little leg workout article, proofed it and all, and for some reason, once I hit publish, an early, very rough draft is what got published :).

    A well, so here I am rewriting from memory. Positively sure it will not be half as good this time around.
  • Book: 'Melancholetta', and A Valentine, two pieces of poetry by Lewis Carroll.






    Kid Friendly Stories
    UHD book reading video TBA
    Short story (coffee break bite)
    A ghastly coffee break bite poem x 2, by Lewis Carroll. Suitable for those times while you patiently wait for your coffee to cool down.

    Enjoy the read and day.

    Photography and web adaptation by Mike Koontz
    2016, a Norse View Imaging and Publishing

  • Merry xmas and happy 2015 from yesterdays´til today

    Quality time needed to read: 2 minutes


    life in the Anthropocene
    Vol. 06



    100 years ago, the world was engulfed in flames the likes rarely seen before or after.

    It was, what we today refer to as "world war 1", and it was a great beast of horrifying scope and violence. Making even the ravaging nature of the Roman empire, the mongol hordes and the pagan tribes of Europe that in the end ravaged and burned the very Roman empire that had sacked Europe before. all look pale and small and humble.
  • Black holes and the bright shiny sun(s)

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    140 million stars
    centering one massive black hole, the size of 21 million suns combined



    Outside of our perfectly manicured garden, wild tigers and other felines roam about in the wild unknown, sometimes you might feel or hear them, invisible but ever present, and at even rarer times, life smiles at you and gift you with the opportunity of their beauty to grace your eyes.
  • Healthy living: A song of silence & sugar free ecological dairy in a healthy lifestyle

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    A song of silence
    Health benefits of dairy in a fit and active life



    Dairy

    For quite a few years, some health 'experts' tried to steer people away from consuming dairy products, Like it was a stain of venom tainting people's health with the plague of obesity and diabetes. Other childhood horror stories where told about milk and dairy making guys more female thanks to the cow´s natural estrogen found in dairy products. But personally i have been saying for a very long time that anyone being serious about their health and keeping fit and active should in fact embrace and include ecologically and animal-friendly produced dairy in their daily food.
  • Planet Earth: Snowy Gnomes, in an empty world & our apex predators.

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    Snowy Gnomes, in an empty world

    Or so the story would go if left unchecked. But happily enough, we do have editors. Authors might dislike them for their obsessive corrections and never ending feedback on their carefully crafted story as well as their choice of words, or perhaps they secretly love them for their behind the scenes story saving work. The snowy gnomes of the world might, likewise, feel an utmost lack of respect for the clumsy nature of humans wildlife editors - also called conservationists and scientists, as they rummage around in both the countryside and deep forests. as well as continually tanning in the artificial lights of sterile labs and concrete big city jungles.

  • Tales of Winters Realm

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    Tales of Winters Realm 2014
    Is a short 80+ pages book of sublime photography and poetry that takes us along an adventure of sensual kisses and beautiful moments, stretching across each month of the year, which when combined creates a full year of life´s inherent beauty.

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  • Fitness school, question 39: Telomeres, the fancy sounding tail that connects healthy fit aging with fitness activities. Dive right in as we take a look at recent studies.

    Quality time needed: 13 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 39 in our School of Fitness.
    I have talked about telomeres in years past, and fitness too obviously :).
    But such is the world of fitness, science, and health, it often revisits old "truths" and sometimes upends them because our knowledge has deepened, while new studies at other times will simply fortify and acknowledge what we already knew to be true.
    So what will happen today as we travel back to the world of that peachy sounding telomeres thingy that keeps wiggling its cute little tail inside of us? Let us find out.
    My Question:.
    For this particular study, published in European Heart Journal, Nov 2018, we´ll uncover what happens to the length of our telomeres when we do long distance endurance training, high-intensity sprint intervals, nothing at all or lift weights in a so-so way in the gym ( yeah, color me unimpressed by the strength plan in this study, but hold on to that thought as you read on because I will get back to the fairly inadequate strength training and why that too matters. ).
    The question, which option is the best for maintaining the length of our telomeres and what is the worst?.

  • Anthropocene & the survival of our brilliant but simpleminded species. Just another morning.

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    Breakfast stuff and morning thoughts.

    climate inaction is an existential threat.



    Nothing fancy or big worded to say today, I am just drinking some tasty fresh black coffee while various death metal songs keep pumping through my livingroom gear.
    Yes, what a glorious morning :).
    But while I am enjoying my morning routine, getting ready for the gym and my own workouts as well as the health and fitness regimes of today's PT clients I am also reading up on science and sustainability from around the world. And one of the pieces that stand out is a tonally laid-back piece by Swedish outlet DN. They spent the better part of a month or so following Swedish sustainability advocate Greta as she continues her quest to bring much-needed awareness to the sad state of the world and the essential, deep-rooted changes we as a species and global civilization urgently need to undertake.

  • Fitness school, question 38. Is obesity itself tied to diabetes type 2 and coronary artery disease?. Yes or no?.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 38 in our School of Fitness.
    Time for a short one.
    Obesity is no friend of the bettering of our health and longevity.
    Just as how the old school act of serious bulking never did anyone's health and fitness levels any favors. And pointing this scientific reality out is not about fat shaming. It´s about helping the world and its individuals turn the tide toward better health, and better fitness. And doing so does not remove peoples individual right to pick whatever body size and fat percentage that they so prefer.
    My Question:.
    We already know that obesity ( and a fat powered high BMI ) increases unhealthy factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol. And it often increases depression, drowsiness and general sedentary choices. Which indirectly leads to worse health in numerous ways. But if a person with a high fat powered BMI is deemed healthy as far as those traditional markers are concerned is excess fat itself still bad?
    Put in another way, will a higher amount of excess body fat still lead to worse health even if your bloodwork turns out ok and you do not feel depressed and drowsy and you do hit the gym?.

  • Fitness school, question 37: Can something as simple as a reduction of daily walking decrease our lean muscle mass in a noticeable way in just 2 weeks time?

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 37 in our School of Fitness.
    Our previous question was fairly straightforward, so for this one, we are dusting off the more complex stuff. In other words, put on your thinking cap before you proceed without hesitation through the hallway of healthy fit wonders :).
    You already know that keeping fit and lifting your weekly weights and doing your daily cardio is nothing but a rejuvenating choice. It's good for your strength, duh.. It is wondrously good for your harty heart health, and it aids your cognitive and creative processes. It lowers depression and tardy drowsiness. And if you have been keeping up with me over the years, you also know that keeping fit on a regular weekly basis also lowers your physical age by quite a noticeable margin too.
    But let us get down and dirty with some actual numbers and perhaps give you cold hard inspiration to just keep going with your daily health and fitness choices because even the impact of what might seem like a tiny little daily thing is profoundly big over time in a long range of ways.
    My Question:.
    What happens with the lean muscle mass for people above 70 years of age if they take a few thousand steps more or less per day for 2 weeks time?.
    Read on to reveal just how big the impact of that tiny change can be below the break.

  • Fitness School, Question 36, Will lifting weights 1-3 days per week be enough to lower cardiovascular related mortality?.

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    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 36 in our School of Fitness.
    All forms of fitness activity is a tiny little pill of good health no matter who you are.
    But is the simple act of lifting weights one to three days per week enough to substantially lower the risk of cardiovascular related mortality?.
    Yup, that is how easy and straightforward question number 36 turned out to be. And why? Because we have a brand new study to lean back on when it comes down to the (obvious) answer.
    Read on to reveal the complete Q and A below the break.

  • Going beyond 1.5C. Our world and daily life behind the IPCC report.

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    Cause & Consequence.

    Life on Earth laid bare by the IPCC report.



    But before we head on over to the meaty real life data of our reckless modern day life, which the 2018 IPCC report painfully laid bare, walk with me as I step out on frosty cold northern shores for my morning walk.

    Just a Thursday, spent on northern shores.
    And this is the way I started this gorgeous little Autumn day.

  • Roundabouts in the milky way galaxy. The duality of a sustainable earth, and interplanetary living.

    Quality time needed: 14 minutes


    Walking through the gates of autumn.

    We see a brand new dawn.



    Life itself is this majestic mirror world of brilliance and incompetence. Eternally merging and reflected, individually disengaged yet perfectly synchronized and attached to each other and everything else.

    Like the leaf that finds itself stranded on the wayward peaks of a stormy ocean. They are each others counterpart, yet entirely different. Individual objects, entwined and interconnected. Disengaged and perfectly unique.

  • Into Autumn, the spider´s lullaby. Random thoughts on life from another gorgeous day.

    Quality time needed: 5 minutes


    Walking through the gates of autumn.

    Together with a tiny little spider.



    And today, there´s officially a full-blown Autumn song playing out there in nature. Gorgeous and sunny, on a Sunday =). Wind free, except for the tiniest of breeze that you can almost not see or feel as it slowly makes it way through the crown of leaves that towers above.

    But it is, none the less, Autumn.
    The colors of the trees reveal it. The pale blue September moon that hangs high up in the middle of the day is another telltale.

  • The anatomy and fitness function of our gorgeous human ass ( The mighty three we call the Gluteus ).

    Quality time needed: 9 minutes


    The gorgeous strength of Gluteus Maximus, Medius and Minimus.

    The science of health and fitness should always be your lifelong guide.



    Fitness is as wonderful for your health as it is for landing you a more sculpted and capable body over time.
    But that will never change that even fit people (quite a lot of them) are doing the right things for the wrong reasons. Case in point the fit and good looking girl you can see in the IG video I am linking to, she obviously trains hard and regular while being in great shape, and she does know quite a few things about the body and the science of staying healthy and fit.
    Which is wonderful on all counts.
    But like so many other gym goers she is seemingly misinformed about a few things too ( on the other hand, so are we all :P ). Allowing wrongful information and knowledge to shape her choices and the choices of other people that gulps up everything we fit people believe to be true. However, if you are willing to listen to it the beautiful science of health and fitness will guide you towards a better body and better health and better workouts if you pay attention to real fitness science instead of personal opinions. You see, there is nothing wrong with the exercises she is doing. But outside of the wonderful world of human anatomy, there is no such thing as an upper or lower butt muscle as far as your exterior appearance goes, nor is there a meaningful difference as far as your practical fitness capacity and workout goes.

    Click through and let us talk about Gluteus Maximus, Medius and Minimus.

  • Earth over shoot day is one of many events and situations during the year that signals the mindless gluttony of our evolving hybrid species.

    Quality time needed: 8 minutes


    Planet Earth - studies & life in the Anthropocene.

    A new way of life is needed.



    But what is it exactly? And why is something that sounds so cute something truly terrible that we need to take seriously as a global whole.
    To most people, it is more than likely just another ridiculous phrase keyboard warriors throw around once a year while they too waste this world to the point of no return.
    But this ever-moving yearly event day is anything but deadly essential.

    Every year this day signals the point in that year where we have used up all the naturally replenishing resources of this planet.
    And beyond this point, the planet is losing its inventory for the next year(s) ahead and it's capacity to restock.

    Which if we are talking about corporations and business leaders is something that would cause pretty much every corporate leader out there to die from a heart attack if it persistently happened to their business. But when its Earth, people just shrug their mindless shoulders and look the other way as if the greenhouse we are subsisting in isn't the singular thing that feeds and house us all.

  • Fine Art & living room products by Mike Koontz. All featured products are available for purchase.

    Quality time needed: 5 minutes


    Your living room
    contemporary art & style



    We carry with us our own unique style and touch, in person, the way we are. The choice in our clothes, our fitness and the way we train and live our healthy fit life. Our individual thoughts are stamped by our unique nature. The way we have sex, the books we read, the movies that make us cringe or wax, the deep secluded passion, the music that makes our soul float, and the things we truly like in life.
    The way you are and see the world carries through in everything.
    It shows in the gym, and it is made perfectly clear in the boardroom.











    It is visible in the way you handle your lover, and in the style and feel of your living room.
    The person that you are is not just reflected in those things, but your surroundings in life and nature and home speak in equal measures to your inner self and carries with it real significance for how much you, in turn, will enjoy both life and the everyday castle you call your home.




    This is my contribution to your life.
    A touch of the genuine northern soul that is the Vikings true home.

  • Fitness facts: How and why does the range of motion in any given strength exercise matter?.

    Quality time needed: 8 minutes


    Diving down into a range of motion and squat study.

    The science of health and fitness should always be your gym guide.



    Right now, if you enter any given gym, the wonderful world of barbells will conjure up as many opinions as there are fitness girls on Instagram, no matter the subject.
    And plenty of opinions are exactly that, personal opinions, formed by peer pressure in the gym, on social media, or by fit vixens looking to make a bigger following by posting daily stuff which may or may not be factually correct.

    There are out of date school gym coaches still living in the past, badly informed parents, friends, big brothers, big sisters, commercial interests only looking out for the next conference call, as well as uninformed writers working for big tabloids which just happened to draw the assignment to make a puff piece on fitness.

    So let us instead look at science and what it actually has to teach us about the range of motion for any particular exercise. And for the purpose of this article, let us focus on a Squat centric use case since legs and ass are thankfully all the rage anyway :).

  • Moments from the Anthropocene, the fox and my morning coffee.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes


    The scent of black coffee.

    And wild breakfast companions.



    'Today' (another today ) while enjoying my first cup of coffee standing outside on my sun-drenched porch, I could hear something sneakily make its way through the underbrush and thick tall grass and florals that intermix with the deep dark, and thankfully, untouched old forest at the edge of my property.

    Fast forward just a little bit and I could start to see the movement in the thin youngling trees and the tall flowers. Something was out there, touching here and there making the wild plants and florals sway as it drew nearer me.

  • The savagery that is the carnivore dietary plan vs the science of health and fitness.

    Quality time needed: 15 minutes


    The error of your way.

    Could be spelled 'the carnivore diet'..



    A growing number of people in the world adopt healthy, fit living by going increasingly more vegetarian for a long range of personal reasons and or due to scientific reasons. Some of those reasons often include the substantial increase in cancer and diabetes risk that eating red meat and highly processed foods causes, or the impossible mathematics behind an entire world eating ever higher amounts of meat, or the incredible amount of pollution that animal food production causes.

    And facts are, that all those reasons are equally good, sound and true, so it does not even matter why you do it. It is a good and healthy choice to eat less red meat, and by doing so you will contribute towards a healthier you, and a healthier world.

  • Anthropocene: 12 vaquitas left in the world before they too face the ultimate end of line which is called extinction.

    Quality time needed: 5 minutes


    The vaquitas are sadly not alone.

    This is the Lost World of Planet Earth.



    Around the world, the vaquitas are sadly not alone, there are countless of animal species, plants and all that´s facing the threat of extinction in ever greater numbers. And the pace is accelerating, so it´s not business as usual.
    Worse, this is all down to man-made issues.
    It got nothing to do with prey and predatory fluctuations. And it got nothing to do with natural events and Earths naturally changing cycles.

  • Let us talk about the concept of 'Half Earth' and why both Dr Cristiana Pașca Palmer, UN and I share the opinion that it is all about 'Whole Earth'.

    Quality time needed: 7 minutes


    People & Planet is just a mutual ecosystem.

    The Lost World.



    A long and well established connective tissue in the way I talk and write, and think about health & fitness is that we are all connected through this global ecosystem we all share.
    Which is why I have over the years pointed out that living in a sustainable way is ultimately all about health. Individual health & planetary health. People that are opting to eat shit just isn't healthy.
    Neither from a planetary or individual perspective.

    Just as how healthy fit people that´s living unsustainable, just isn't healthy living people either.

  • Fitness School, Question 35, Let us dig deep down into 'standing barbell row' and the complete amount of muscles it will engage and activate.

    Quality time needed: 3 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 35 in our School of Fitness.
    Once we venture beyond the glorious realms of leg and glutes training, there is the never-ending hallway of kicking and boxing to explore and conquer.
    But what else lies beyond the joy of those fit & healthy cornerstones?.
    Well, if it was not obvious so far in life, martial arts and legs and glutes have their equal in the colossus that is weighted back training.
    And when it comes down to weighted back training, actually, when it comes down to working the upper body at all, there is one exercise which I will never hesitate to put front and center (together with deadlift), and that is 'Standing Barbell Row'.
    Here is my question:
    Standing Barbell Row will challenge and work you from top to toe.
    But can you list all of the muscles which you will activate when you do this bad boy in a properly challenging way?.

  • The things we see in the rearview mirror, the world meat free week, and Scandinavian winter scenes.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes


    Views we catch in the rear view mirror as we leave #worldmeatfreeweek behind us.

    The Lost World.



    Good and healthy vegetarian food is able to provide health & fitness improving nutrition for far more people, despite polluting much less and using up a lot less landmass vied towards animal farming.
    And you can quote me on that because that simple statement is 100% based on science & clear-cut facts instead of peoples personal opinions and conjecture.

    In fact, food production from animal farming is already using up 83% of our global agricultural land. Yet, it is only managing to deliver about 18% of the calories we consume. And does that situation not sound completely unsustainable and fool-hearted to maintain?.

  • Fitness School, Question 34, Is there a connection between weighted leg and glute training and your brain maintaining a healthy neurological cell production?

    Quality time needed: 4 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 34 in our School of Fitness.
    Yes, we absolutely love our leg and glute day. The challenge it provides is a huge mountain of fun to climb every single week.
    But, did you know that you are not just strengthening your lower body when you are building stronger legs, ass, and hips?. Of course, you do. You know damn well that those leg days are crucial for the health and wellness of your lower back and abs too. And it sure does tax your heart and metabolic functions too. However, let us go upstairs towards our brainy area with this question.
    Here is my question:
    Is it true that weighted exercises in the gym for your leg and glutes will increase the production of healthy neural cells? ( which are crucial for the capacity and health of our brain and entire nervous system )

  • The Lost World XVIII and the enemy of all things living. #Connect2Earth

    Quality time needed: 9 minutes


    This is the lost world XVIII.
    And how life in the Anthropocene is the tale about the enemy of all things living.
    Healthy living is nothing but the science of life.



    With the rising tide of the Baltic sea far beneath me, I towered the surrounding world.
    Looking out from the crest of the Scandinavian coastline. This was still a place lost in time and mist. A mountain entirely dressed in green and trees, moss and berries, sand and soil, and it is, as much a mountainous castle growing ever taller as it is the place where salt and cold black water comes crashing in to embrace the land of the Vikings.

  • May 22 mark the crucial 'day of biological diversity'. But it is also so much more than that, #Connect2Earth.

    Quality time needed: 9 minutes


    At the crossroads of the Anthropocene.
    May 22 is 'The International Day of Biological Diversity'.
    A day which, is by now, our essential every day reality.



    May 22 is both a perfectly ordinary Tuesday in your life and the global 'International Day for Biological Diversity'.
    But that is not all this week is all about. We also have the endangered wildlife day, which happened on May 18, and birthday number 70 for IUCN. And, as such this entire week represents an opportunity for each of us to make it a healthy fit day for the entire planet and our individual self.


    Also, if you are present in the incredibly lush and beautiful high coast area of Scandinavia, Sweden next Tuesday you are more than welcome to join me and my coworker from Scandinavian.Fitness for a sweaty fit workout at the gym, lifting weights and grunting at Friskis, Örnsköldsvik at 0730. Once we are done at the gym, we will head outside for a walk at 0830 and hopefully enjoy beautiful weather together with the pristine nature of Scandinavia.

  • Fitness School, Question 33, Let us talk about that mighty beast called the Quadriceps.

    Quality time needed: 4 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 33 in our School of Fitness.
    Legs and ass and back. That is the holy trinity ( together with the fourth pillar, our abs ) of building a strong and capable and athletic body.
    But what about the makeup of our upper legs?
    We have the backside of our legs, which we call the hamstrings, and on the front, there´s the thing most people simply call the quads.
    But let us dig deeper down into those mighty looking quadriceps and the rest of the anterior side of our legs.
    Here is my question:
    Can you specify which muscles make up the bulk of what we call our quadriceps and anterior leg muscles?.

  • We are standing at the crossroads of the Anthropocene. Earth hour and the essential stuff that lies beyond.

    Quality time needed: 5 minutes


    At the crossroads of the Anthropocene.
    Earth Hour.
    Is by now, our essential every day reality.



    On one hand, we are now living in the day and age of butterflies and endangered white rhinos hopefully being multiplied and preserved through soon to be commercial cloning facilities. finally making sure we will never have to lose another species to extinction.
    Putting an end to the way we lost the last surviving male Great Northern Rhino just the other day.


    And that lingering, hopeful road is walking hand in hand with this growing worldwide awareness that eating healthy, and being healthy is not just good for that one person, but transformative and good for everybody else too.
    Be it from a financial perspective or healthwise speaking.

  • Fitness School, Question 32, Can fitness reduce dementia risk with as much as 90% for a 50 year old female?

    Quality time needed: 5 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 32 in our School of Fitness.
    We all know that physical activity and healthy food is just that, life and body improving yum for muscles and mind alike.
    Some might claim they hate it, and others truly love keeping fit and healthy, enriching their daily life in endless supply.
    And you know it greatly reduces the risk of getting a long range of cancer forms, it helps arthritis patients, lower back pain, keeps you lean and hearty healthy.
    It fights off bad sleep and osteoporosis. Slow the roll of biological aging and on and on, and all this is proven over and over by science.
    And so, my simple question this time around is as follows:
    Do you also know if healthy fit women in their 50s have been shown to greatly reduce the risk of getting dementia compared to less fit women?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 31, What´s up with that biceps, give us the lowdown.

    Quality time needed: 4 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 31 in our School of Fitness.
    When we are talking and thinking about muscles and keeping fit, Biceps is not just one of the more iconic names in the world of fitness and the human anatomy, it is also a very visible muscle that truly pops on people that keep healthy fit. But where on your body can you actually locate your biceps muscle and more importantly is the name biceps only referring to one muscle or do we have more than one biceps on our body?
    And so, my question for you is as follows:
    Can you tell us if the human anatomy have one or more muscles with the name biceps, and where are they/it located?.

  • A life of health & fitness. Life is a wondrous journey and this is a rough view of this years fitness journey ( the way I do it ).

    Quality time needed: 14 minutes


    Complete the circle of health & fitness.
    Every single day.
    Fitness, Food & Health is nothing but the science of a healthy, fun life :).



    The following is a rudimentary overview of my health & fitness life from Jan 1, 2018, to Jan 1, 2019. Some fitness folks think the world of planning ahead, and some absolutely do need a firm plan for the months and even year ahead.
    Short term goals firmly lined up and long-term goal posts holding their own further out make a world of difference for some. And your own goals can be about certain PB´s, they can involve reaching a certain body fat % or strength goal. Other common goals have to do with cardiovascular performance and might be focused on improving your lactate levels, running speed, zone levels or maximum heart rate. And for competitive pro athletes, those goals usually involve specific competitions and championships.

    So yes, setting up a rough schedule in advance of your fitness year can make a lot of sense.
    Just as how a lot of people count daily steps and calories.

  • Fitness School. Question 30, Let us talk about biological aging and our T cells and that beautiful little Thymus.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 30 in our School of Fitness.
    You all know that I have been a vocal proponent of how we do not simply grow old like some archaic fairy tale myth where people are doomed to live fat and unhealthy and frail once they leave their 20´s behind them.
    No instead, my science-backed message has for years been that we simply create and manage our own aging process according to our own choices in food, life, and fitness.
    Be it lean muscle mass, body fat, bone health, even our brain and plenty of natural hormones. Our daily choices carry such incredible weight when it comes down to all these aspects of our own wellbeing and health, much more so than the number of years we have lived or the genes we inherit. And Science proves me right on all these things, over and over, and over again.

    But, how about our immune system? In sedentary people, our thymus slowly becomes less capable as we mature beyond our 20´s. That is a simple fact.
    And so, my question for you:
    Will regular fitness stomp aging in the face or is the thymus and the stuff it does for us destined to go wry as we age no matter our fitness and food choices?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 29, How prevalent is plastic litter amongst deep sea fish.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 29 in our School of Fitness.
    We have previously talked about getting enough natural amounts of omega 3 in our food. So let us cast our net a bit wider and deeper as we go hunting for natural Omega 3 sources in the deep sea.
    Yes, we are what we eat kiddos.
    And so, the time has come to talk about one of the better Omega 3 sources out there, which is fish ( like cows, fish love munching away on plant-based food such as Algae and so they end up with a ton of Omega 3, and so can you. ), and outside of Omega 3 fish also used to be a sustainable source of proteins and omega 3 amongst other things.
    The key word is used to be. But like us, and the cows, fish are what they eat.
    And today, outside of depleted fish stocks, fish swim in bodies of waters, polluted, and depleted of oxygen and ruined by us, the human species. And as health & fitness loving professionals and human beings, we always have to consider the world we live in, because we are all what we eat and the way we live becomes the state of our body & mind, life, and health. And if the fish you eat is full of toxins, plastic, and other unhealthy things, that is what you too will consume and thus, become.
    So, here is my question:
    How prevalent is plastic pollution in deep sea fish right now?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 28, Let us get healthy and dirty with Omega 3 and milk.

    Quality time needed: 6 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 28 in our School of Fitness.
    As far as health & fitness goes, eating healthy food on a daily basis is the ever-present and perfectly fitted glove that wraps the fit hand that is regular and challenging workouts in the gym.
    And one of those nutritious, and essential for our health, nutrient staples are Omega 3´s. We get it in all sorts of seafood. And we can get it from omega 3 fortified foods such as eggs.
    Another wonderful omega 3 source are plant-based foods such as chia seeds. But, meat and dairy products from grass-fed cattle can also contain natural amounts of omega 3.
    So, here is my question:
    How much Omega 3 do you actually get from one L ( 1L ) of milk produced from grass fed cattle?.

  • Fitness School, Do you know the right answer?. Question 27, How big do you need your daily calorie deficit to be, in order to roughly drop 250g of bodyfat per week.

    Quality time needed: 7 minutes


    Fitness School
    Do you know the right answer?.



    Question number 27 in our School of Fitness.
    From a healthy fit perspective, both short & long term, what we need to sculpt is a life of daily physical activity in the right amount and the right intensity coupled with healthy food choices and the proper amount of nutrients.
    And those healthy choices include making sure that we get enough of those healthy nutrients in order to perform, in the gym and daily life, and we need enough of them in order for our body and mind to stay healthy, happy, capable and fit.
    Eat too little protein and you will start losing lean muscle mass, and your health will start to decline too since proteins are not just the major building blocks of our muscles, they are in fact the mud and water, wood and concrete that builds our entire body, be it your internal organs, your skin, hair, muscles, cells, or our brain.
    And the total amount of daily calories we consume is, of course, pretty much the same thing, eat too little in total, and you will start noticing how your health and fitness level slowly deteriorate. And if you do the opposite and stuff your tummy full with too many daily calories you will start gaining pure body fat in excessive amounts and it will continue to build unless you change your daily choices.
    So, here is my question:
    How big do you need to make your daily calorie deficit in order to lose 250g of body fat per week ( roughly ) while eating enough protein to preserve your lean muscle mass?.

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