This Fitness Blogger Says Ditching Booze Was The Main Factor In Getting Ripped

It seems like a week doesn’t go by without a crazy new diet tip or fad storming the internet, promising you that all of your weight loss woes are over.

It always starts with some “new knowledge.” You know, like carbs are bad for you, no it’s your daily caloric intake, no, it’s wine, no, it’s sugar, no, it’s actually not enough carbs released slowly throughout the day. Red meat’s bad for you one day, then the next day vegan diets are terrible. It seems like whatever you want to believe, you can find an “expert” who will confirm whatever it is.

It’s all a bit maddening.

However, there are some fitness and diet tips that are backed by science and are applicable to the vast majority of the population. It’s probably also best to try diet advice that, you know, was actually followed by someone who had great results with said advice and knows what they’re doing.

And if you ask any athlete or a person who specializes in fitness or bodybuilding, they’ll probably tell you that cutting out booze completely or greatly mitigating your alcohol intake is a huge part in staying fit. And fitness blogger Jelly Devote agrees.

She compared her body and how she feels today to her body seven years ago to how she felt back then. The difference is astounding and her cutting back on drinks had a lot to do with that.

ALCOHOL VS WATER 🥂💦
UNHEALTHY VS HEALTHY 🍩🥗
UNHAPPY VS HAPPY ☹️🤩
20 VS 27 YEARS 👱🏼‍♀️👵🏼 

Here’s the thing though: for Jelly, it isn’t about numbers on a scale – she doesn’t even weigh herself.

People always ask how much I’ve lost, and I honestly don’t know what my highest weight was (not the picture) due to hating myself so much I didn’t weigh myself (probably around 75kg) and I don’t weigh myself anymore (lightest I’ve been 45kg, NOT HEALTHY MIND) 🙆🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️💁🏼‍♀️ 

If you take a look at the caloric content of most alocholic beverages, you’ll see that they’re filled with sugar. For example, 4 ounces of champagne has 95 calories – and all of it is sugar. A 12-ounce bottle of Heineken? 150 calories. So two beers and a flute of champagne will put you at almost 400 calories, not to mention any snacks you might be munching on in between drinks.

There’s also another problem big drinkers face that could be messing up their weight loss – even if their workout regimen and solid meals are on point: their liver function.

The liver plays a huge role in helping your body metabolize fat, which is basically breaking fat molecules down so your body can use it as energy.

Excessive drinking may inhibit your liver’s ability to do that, so you’re doing yourself and your fitness goals a disservice by pounding down the brewskies. It’s not just the empty calories – you won’t be able to burn fat as efficiently even if you are within your daily caloric limits.

Just looking at the difference between a healthy liver and a damaged one tells you all you need to know about the dangers of too much booze. Plus, since the liver also acts as a filter for toxins in your body, a prime functioning one will help give you energy throughout the day to tackle those intense workouts and just overall feel better about yourself.

Which is what it’s all about at the end of the day, isn’t it?

Although Jelly has a pretty strong Instagram game, she’s not afraid to let everyone know that more often that not, no matter how in shape someone gets, their body doesn’t look so glamorous in every position.

And although we all know that in the back of our minds, it’s comforting to know how much of it is “smoke and mirrors.”

Because at the end of the day you can only make your body look as good as it possibly can for you.

That doesn’t mean you’re any less sexy or dedicated as someone else – as long as you work to your highest ability, you’ll be happy. It’s a cheesy message, but one that Jelly promotes in a ton of her posts.

Even if her before and after photos are night and day transformations.

Pretty darn motivational.

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Male Praying Mantis Continues Having Sex After Getting Decapitated–And We're Enthralled

The Praying mantis is a super freaky looking bug with some very interesting sexual predilections. For instance, cannibalism.

Some female Mantis species bite the head off the male Mantis after he deposits his sperm in her. After is the important part to remember while watching this video from Youtube channel Deep Impact. At about the three minute 30 second mark, you will witness a male mantis getting its head bite off—and still being DTF afterwards.

As you can see, he has no head. Yet he persists.

According to the narrtor, the nerves in the Mantis’ abdomen are controlling its body at this point. He doesn’t really need a head to get the job done, so to speak. He’s just following his heart!

Look, this is pretty disturbing, but don’t let it poison you against the Praying Mantis forever. They’re actually pretty cool bugs, with lots of gorgeous varieties:

Just don’t take one home from the bar.

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We're Getting A Glimpse Of What Baby Porgs May Look Like In The New 'Star Wars' Film–And Yiiikes

When the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer hit the Internet, people got pretty excited over Porgs. The latest addition to the fauna of the Star Wars galaxy, you may think very differently of them after seeing what a baby Porg looks like. 

During an appearance on The Star Wars Show, Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy suggested that we’d be seeing their infant form very soon. And thanks to a Japanese toy site, we now know that baby Porgs are absolutely hideous…

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Teacher's Trick To Make Girls Getting Their Periods In School Comfortable Goes Viral

A middle school teacher figured out an awesome way to help her students deal with getting an unexpected visit from the menstruation fairy, and wrote a post about her method on Facebook that went viral for its inspirationally easy trick.

“I have been doing this for a little bit now,” the post says. “I use my old ipsy make up bags and make “menstruation care packs” for my students who start their periods unexpectedly. In middle school this happens A LOT. I put a few pads in the bag and a couple tampons and panty liners, and I also add a few prewrapped disposable wipes. The students know that they can come ask, and they get a really pretty bag with their needed supplies inside. It’s discreet and more fun that being handed a giant pad. I make sure to tell them to take as much as they may need for the whole day. I make a point to ask if they need more to take home.”

The post was shared on Facebook over 10,000 times, and has inspired some teachers and parents to follow suit. Like this adorable grandpa: “Me be male, and not need such items, however, I do have a daughter (and 2 granddaughters) that have seen those days. I had to deal with the fluctuating hormones though! I will be putting together some of these “care” packages, and giving them to teachers in my area!” (He’s not sure what an Ipsy bag is, though—y’all, it’s a cheap makeup bag that comes every month as part of Ipsy, a makeup subscription box).

It’s a great reminder that young girls getting their periods doesn’t have to be a big dramatic thing or a source of embarrassment—it can be a normalized part of their day, as long as they’re set up for that.

After all, getting your period sucks enough as it is without worrying that you don’t have a pad or tampon available.

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Customers Angry Over 'Misleading' Chip Bags Are Suing For Getting Bags Of Air

Customers Angry Over ‘Misleading’ Chip Bags Are Suing For Getting Bags Of Air

Back when I was a child and I’d unabashedly eat junk food without the slightest shred of guilt, I used to have really high standards for the garbage I was shoveling into my body.

I started becoming appalled when I noticed that chocolate bars were getting smaller and smaller with each season, and I noticed some bags of Big League Chew were much lighter than others. The greatest and most egregious junk food transgression, however, has to come on the part of chip manufacturers everywhere:  those goddamn bags of air.

I’d become disgusted (but not enough to not eat the chips) whenever I’d open a bag and see that it was over 70% filled with air. I’d always huff and puff and complain to my mom or siblings or anyone patient enough to listen that it should be illegal for people to do this to my precious chips. I’ve often said I wanted to sue the bastards for doing so.

So I’m happy these two brave souls decided to launch a lawsuit against Wise chips for putting so few chips in their bags.

If you live on East Coast, then you’ve definitely come across Wise brand chips. If you go to any bodega, they’re the ones that come free with your sandwich order, along with a can of soda. 

The Bronx and DC Plaintiffs are saying Wise packages their chips in bags with excessively misleading “slack-fill.”

They’re disputing that the actual amount of chips in the bag cannot be determined because their packaging is opaque, so customers can’t fairly see the amount of food they’re getting for their money.

Photos included in the law suit show rulers placed in bags of Wise chips, show that the bags are filled only a third of the way.

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“When competitors fit more potato chips into the same size bag that Defendant uses, it proves that some of the empty space in Defendant’s Product bags is in excess for potato ship manufacturing and shipping,” the lawsuit says.

They even compared the amount of “slack fill” in their bags to other leading brands./ Non-Wise chips, like Lays Ruffles brand, were filled to 2/3 the bag’s capacity.

The Plaintiffs are looking for $ 1,500 per violation as per the D.C. Consumer Protection Procedures Act.

That’s not all, they’ve included a court order demanding that Wise Foods repackage their chips to no longer mislead customers.

If you’ve ever had a bag of these bad boys, then you’re all too familiar with the crazy amount of air in them.

Just search for it on Twitter and you’ll see plenty of complaints like the ones above. Although I’m clearly happy these two people have decided to carry the torch for the rest of us and make Wise chips answer for their crimes.

But then again, I’m not exactly normal per se. Anyone think that this lawsuit is a frivolous one?

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The FBI Made A Hilariously Bad Holiday Greetings Card And They're Getting Roasted

It’s the time of year that you start to hear “happy holidays” from friends, family, and businesses whose mailing lists you accidentally signed up to five years ago. The Federal Bureau of Investigation, which gets billions in taxpayer dollars to protect us, is no exception. Except this year they didn’t really seem to put much effort into it. In fact, it looks like an intern spent all of five minutes on it. And that’s being generous.

In fact, it looks like an intern spent all of five minutes on it. And that’s being generous. Here’s how they wished their followers on Twitter happy holidays…

LOOK AT THAT WORK OF ART. Unsurprisingly, they’re getting roasted pretty hard for it by Twitter users. 

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'DuckTales' Is Getting Rebooted With An Amazing New Cast But They Better Not Change The Theme Song

If there’s two things I remember about the DuckTales cartoon it’s that there was a giant Duck-Pilot character who was stupidly named Launchpad McQuack, and that it had the greatest theme song from any cartoon, ever.

Jesus, I cannot stop singing it.

Any kid who grew up in the ’90s will tell you that DuckTales was the absolute sh*t. Seriously, I don’t know a single kid who didn’t love this show. Sadly, because human beings are the absolute worst, the show was eventually taken off air.

But since everything from the ’90s is being rebooted, it was only a matter of time before DuckTales made its way back onto TV.

The cast of the cartoon looks absolutely amazing and they all got together to sing the classic theme song to kick off the awesome news that this very-deserving cartoon’s getting a reboot.

It’s insane to think that the cast of a children’s cartoon is filled with so many amazing actors.

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Yes, that’s right. Doctor friggin’ Who is gonna be Scrooge McDuck.

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Disney's Epcot Center Is Getting Transformed Into A Giant Death Star This Month

There are fewer Disneyworld images that are more iconic than the Epcot Center. Its’ large, impressive white globe is one of the many things you think of when you remember Walt Disney World.

Well that famous white globe’ getting a Star Wars makeover to celebrate the release of Rogue One which is coming out this Christmas.

What kind of makeover you ask? Well, by turning it into the most iconic spherical shape from the Star Wars series of course.

That’s right, they’re turning Epcot into a mother-flippin’ death star.


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Using digital projections, Epcot’s Spaceship Earth is getting the Death Star treatment. The news broke on the Disney Parks Blog, but if you’re hoping on seeing this bad-assery in person, well, we’ve got some bad news for you.

The affair is invite-only, for media peeps. So unless you can grab your hands on some press-credentials, you won’t be able to see it.


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If that applies to you, then you can RSVP here. Of course, you could always convince a media outlet not based in Florida to have them give you creds for their publication in exchange for photos.

Funny enough, Orlando Weeklyart director, Adam McCabe predicted this would happen way back in 2013.

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Mother Who Posed With Hillary Clinton While Hiking Is Now Getting Death Threats

There are two things people take seriously in this world: fantasy football and politics.

And this mother who attained viral fame for happening upon Hillary Clinton while on a hike with her beautiful baby girl is now fearing for her life.

Margot Gerster was just minding her own business when she bumped into Hillary and Bill walking their dogs. So she grabbed a photo, as one naturally does when running into famous people.

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But since posting the photograph online, Hillary’s staunchest opponents thought that because she posed with the Secretary of State, she must be some kind of devil-supporting, child-eating, soul-crushing, criminal-supporting monster. And that she’s worthy of receiving death threats for her support of a Clinton presidency.

I’ve been feeling so heartbroken since yesterday’s election and decided what better way to relax than take my girls hiking. So I decided to take them to one of favorite places in Chappaqua. We were the only ones there and it was so beautiful and relaxing. As we were leaving, I heard a bit of rustling coming towards me and as I stepped into the clearing there she was, Hillary Clinton and Bill with their dogs doing exactly the same thing as I was. I got to hug her and talk to her and tell her that one of my most proudest moments as a mother was taking Phoebe with me to vote for her. She hugged me and thanked me and we exchanged some sweet pleasentries and then I let them continue their walk. Now, I’m not one for signs but I think I’ll definitely take this one. So Proud. #Iamstillwithher #lovetrumpshate #keepfighting #lightfollowsdarkness

Trump supporters are claiming the photograph was a staged one, citing the fact that Gerster’s family threw a fundraiser for Clinton years ago as proof.

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In an interview with The New York Post, Gerster confirmed that she’s received death threats but doesn’t want to focus on them.

“I don’t want to discuss this anymore. This story needs to go away. It got a lot of positive feedback from a lot of people, but I don’t want this to add on to this (blowback), I don’t want to fuel the fire.”

Sad. (h/t paper mag)

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This Poor Guy Called Mike Pence Is Getting All Of Mike Pence's Hate Mail

Pop quiz time! What is the Twitter handle of Donald Trump’s soon-to-be vice president Mike Pence? Well, it’s not @MikePence, but plenty of people seem to think it is. In fact, @MikePence is owned by a liberal software developer of the same name, whereas the Mike Pence we all love to hate goes by @Mike_Pence. 

As you can imagine, this has led to a pretty hilarious situation where a software developer gets all the messages intended for a man who advocated for ‘conversion therapy’ to ‘cure’ homosexuals. Here’s a sample of what he’s had to put up with for the last year…

And this is all despite his biography clearly stating that anyone tweeting him probably has the wrong guy… 

Being a man who says he hates VP Pence to the very core, you can probably understand why Pence is so upset to share his name. 

At first, the software engineer tried to be polite and inform people that he isn’t the Mike Pence they think he is, but after Trump’s nomination and victory it all became too much. “I don’t generally waste the time to correct people,” he told NYMag back in July. 

So instead, he used his name as an opportunity to troll Trump supporters. “I get to troll conservatives a bit by pretending to be in a love affair with Donald Trump using my account,” Pence said. 

While he may not be enjoying the situation, everyone else finds it pretty hilarious.

While others said they were in a similar position.

And some just want him to replace the vice president entirely. 

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