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1. Jordan Spieth won $61,867 less at The Masters than Arnold Palmer won in his entire career
2. Wilt Chamberlain didn’t win MVP the year he scored 50.4 points and grabbed 22.9 rebounds per game. (Bill Russell did.)
3. The Buffalo Bills haven’t made the playoffs since Bill Clinton was president.
4. Roger Bannister held the world record in the mile for exactly 46 days.
5. Venus Williams (7 Grand Slams) has been ranked No. 1 in the WTA rankings for 17 weeks, more than a full year less (56 weeks) less than Caroline Wozniacki (0 Grand Slams).
6. The two golf balls Alan Shephard hit on the moon with a six-iron (one that went into a crater another that “sailed for miles and miles”) are still there.
7. When the Americans defeated favorite England in the 1950 World Cup, the story goes that many newspapers around the world believed the 1-0 score to be a typo and instead printed that England won 10-1.
8. The Phillippines has competed in the most Summer Olympics (20) without winning a gold medal.
9. Liechtenstein has competed in the most Summer Olympics (16) without winning any medal.
10. The 100-point game gets all the deserved attention, but a few years later, Wilt went for 25 points, grabbed 22 rebounds and dealt out 21 assists. It remains the only “double” triple-double in history.
11. Princess Anne, daughter of Queen Elizabeth II, did not have to undergo gender verification at the 1976 Olympics due to “royal courtesy.”
12. John Isner and Nicholas Mahut (the 70-68 Wimbledon match) played 183 games over those three days, which beat the previous record of 112 games (set when there no tiebreaks for any set) by 71 games, which is just insanity.
13. Did you know that only one men’s Grand Slam final in the Open era (that’s 193 matches) has been longer than 71 games. That came when Roger Federer defeated Andy Roddick in the 2009 Wimbledon final 5–7, 7–6 (6), 7–6 (5), 3–6, 16–14 in 77 games.
14. The longest recorded point in tennis history took 29 minutes and featured the ball crossing the net 643 times in a 1984 women’s match. Young Aussie player Bernard Tomic (nicknamed “Tomic the Tank Engine”) lost a match last year in 28 minutes.
15. Tiger Woods once made 142 straight cuts, topping Jack Nicklaus’ record by 37 and routinely leading the next-best active player by 100 or more tournaments. (This is one of Tiger’s most underrated stats.)
16. About 46% of Pro Football Hall of Famers played for one team during their NFL careers.17. The phrase about winning something “hands down” originally referred to a jockey who won a race without whipping his horse or pulling back the reins.
18. An NFL player’s union study determined that the average NFL career is 3.3 years, with running backs (2.57 years), wide receivers (2.81) and cornerbacks (2.94) having the shortest career, by average.
19. At the first modern Olympics, winners were awarded silver medals.
20. Roger Maris was never intentionally walked the year he hit 61 home runs. (Mickey Mantle batted behind him.)
21. In 2004, Barry Bonds was intentionally walked 120 times, which is more than 2.5 times higher than the longtime record held by Willie McCovey (45 in 1969). Only six players in the NL that year walked that many times in total.
22. Only three men have won the NCAA title as a coach and a player: Joe B. Hall, Bobby Knight and Dean Smith.
23. China did not win an Olympic medal until 1984. At the 2008 Beijing games, the Chinese won 100 medals.
24. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, played goalie for the amateur Portsmouth Association Football Club, which would eventually become the Portsmouth professional team that won the FA Cup in 2008.
25. The men’s long jump world record has been broken once since 1969.
26. Bob Beamon’s 1968 Olympic record in the long jump would have won the 2012 Olympics by almost two feet.
27. There have been three Olympic Games held in countries that no longer exist.
28. Greece is the only country to have participated in every Olympics under its own flag.
29. Only 11 goalies have scored a goal in the history of the NHL, with the first coming in 1979 and the last in 2013.
30. Only 72 players in NBA history have attempted more free throws in their careers than the 5,317 Shaquille O’Neal missed.
31. During the 1974 World Cup in Munich, national teams were given BMW buses for transportation. After being eliminated, Zaire unsuccessfully tried to drive theirs back to Africa.
32. Author David Foster Wallace was a fine junior tennis player, reaching No. 4 in his home state of Illinois. He’d later write the seminal tennis piece of all time, Federer as Religious Experience.
33. The Cleveland Browns are the only team to neither play in nor host a Super Bowl.
34. Of the four NBA players who have played for the most teams (the shared record is 12), three of them (Jim Jackson, Tony Massenburg and Joe Smith) had a college relationship with former Ohio State and Maryland coach Gary Williams.
35. Wilt Chamberlain won three-straight Big Eight titles in the high jump and was also inducted into the volleyball Hall of Fame.
36. Wheelchair tennis legend Esther Vergeer retired after 470-straight wins and four Paralympic golds.
37. Joe Gibbs is the only coach to win the Super Bowl with three different quarterbacks.
38. Michael Jordan’s nickname is high school was Magic, after Magic Johnson
39. When 7-1 underdog Cassisus Clay (who would change his name to Muhammad Ali days later) defeated Sonny Liston in Miami Beach in 1964, the 16,000-seat arena was half-empty.
40. A pound of muscle burns 3 times more calories than a pound of fat
41. Exercise can be as effective as medication for relieving short-term anxiety
42. The only place fat is “burned” in your body is in the mitochondria
43. People who are physically inactive can lose as much as 3% to 5% of their muscle mass per decade after age 30
44. You need to burn about 3500 calories to lose 1 pound of fat.
45. Insulin and growth hormone have an inverse relationship. You must keep insulin under control if you want growth hormone to do its job of mobilizing fat.
46. The average person can store 500 grams of glycogen.
47. You burn more calories during the 23 hours you don’t exercise than the 1 hour you do.
48. You don’t need to do cardio to lose weight. You only need a calorie deficit. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a useful tool.
49. You can eat anything you want and still lose weight – but weight doesn’t always equal fat.
50. You can’t target fat loss i.e fat loss of specific area – fat loss is systemic.
51. Zero grams of fat on a label doesn’t always mean there’s no fat in the food product. Always check the ingredients
52. Eating healthy is not more expensive than a junk food diet, especially once you consider health care costs down the road.
53. You can’t calculate body fat percentage from height and weight alone – you need to physically measure it.
54. Workout times and negative side effects are positively correlated. The quality of your workouts is more important than the quantity.
55. It’s harder to put on 10 pounds of muscle than it is to lose 10 pounds of fat.
56. Eating at night does not make you fat – overeating does.
57. You don’t need to do curls to get good biceps. Heavy rowing movements are excellent arm builders.
58. Being skinny does not automatically mean you have a low body fat. Body composition is what matters most
59. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories you burn at rest. Muscle tissue eats fat at all hours of the day.
60. Direct abdominal exercises are not necessary to get good abs. Abs are used as stabilizers when you do squats, deadlifts, and many other exercises. Only a good diet will make them visible.
61. You can lose weight and still gain muscle; likewise, you can also gain weight while still losing fat.
62. Regular physical activity, combined with a healthy diet, can help prevent and manage Type 2 Diabetes.
63. Regular physical exercise can help you sleep better.
64. Even 10 minutes of exercise will help raise your heart rate and maintain fitness levels.
65. Walking at a brisk pace can burn almost as many calories as jogging the same distance.
66. Swimming is a great form of exercise because it incorporates both cardio and strength training.
67. Crunches alone won’t slim the midsection; if you want a flat belly you’ll need to incorporate cardio to burn those calories!
68. Being fit is good for your heart because it strengthens the muscles needed to make your heart and cardiovascular system function
69. People who work out with a partner and more likely to stick with their fitness regimes.
70. It takes 12 weeks of an exercise routine before you start to see measurable changes to your body.
71. Only half of Americans aged 12-21 years exercise vigorously on a regular basis
72. Teens who exercise decrease their chance of developing a glioma brain tumor by a third compared to those who do not exercise.
73. Pau gosal went to a medical school before coming in NBA.
74. LeBron James’s football career ended because of broken arm wrist.
75. Paul Pierce was stabbed 11 times in the neck, face and back and didn’t miss a single game during the 2000-01 NBA season.
76. Deion Sanders is the only person to ever play in a World Series and a Super Bowl.
77. During the 19th century, a diet called “Fletcherism” became popular. Introduced by American Horace Fletcher (“the Great Masticator”), the diet promoted chewing a mouthful of food at least 32 times or until it was turned into liquid. He argued his method of eating could help people avoid disease and lose weight.
78. Elvis Presley was famously a fan of the “Sleeping Beauty Diet,” or a diet where a person is sedated for days at time. The reasoning behind the diet was that a sleeping person wouldn’t eat
79. Obesity has been linked to several types of cancer. Specifically, being overweight causes inflammation that causes cell changes in the body. However, just by losing 5% of your body weight can significantly lower dangerous levels of inflammation.
80. According to a University of Minnesota study, people in disorganized workspaces are more likely to choose unhealthy snacks
81. After undergoing bariatric surgery, approximately 87% of patients said their taste buds had changed. Almost half of them said food didn’t taste as good, so they didn’t eat as much. Additionally, people had less of a preference for salty foods.
82. Losing weight can reduce arthritis symptoms.
83. A recent study found that eating dark chocolate in moderate amounts is associated with lower levels of abdominal fat. Scientists speculate that the antioxidants may help fight inflammation and improve metabolic functioning.
84. The “Byron Diet” is named after Victorian poet Lord Byron who would eat bizarre foods such as potatoes drenched in vinegar in an effort to look fashionably thin and pale.
85. Stress can make it difficult to lose weight. Stress can trigger cravings for carb-rich snack foods which tend to calm stress hormones. Stress hormones can also increase fat storage. In addition to physical exercise, relaxation techniques can help control weight.
86. Sleep deprivation can make it harder to lose weight. Inadequate sleep upsets a person’s hormone balance, which decreases leptin (a hormone that makes a person feel full) and increases ghrelin (which triggers hunger). Scientists argue that getting enough sleep is the cheapest and easiest obesity medicine there is.
87. While weight loss pills may help a person lose weight temporarily, they can cause other negative side effects, such as severe mood swings and depression
88. According to one study, using red plates helps people eat less. Researchers believe that the color red is associated with stopping and caution, which subconsciously encourages people to be more aware of what they are eating and how often.
89. Research shows that consuming artificial sweeteners actually promotes weight gain. After only one week of ingesting artificial sweeteners, healthy subjects showed symptoms of glucose intolerance and a change in gut bacteria
90. According to several studies, parents who ate with their family while sitting around a kitchen or dining room table weigh significantly less than those who eat dinner in front of the TV. Additionally, parents who stayed at the table until everyone was finished and had meaningful conversations also weighed less.
91. A recent study found that those who took more breaks from sitting throughout the day had slimmer waists, lower BMIs, and healthier blood fat and blood sugar levels than those who sat the most. In short, the longer a person sits, the more likely they are to die an early death.
92. Sitting at desk burns 83 calories per hour. Standing at desk burns 115 calories per hour. Riding an elevator burns 128 calories an hour. Taking the stairs burns 509.
93. Watching TV burns 64 calories an hour. Making out burns 96.
94. Each daily can of diet soda increases a person’s risk of obesity by 41%.
95. Globally there are over 1 billion overweight adults.
96. Female breasts are almost made up entirely of fat. This is why breasts tend to reduce in size before other parts of the body with weight loss.
97. People who have candy on or in their desk reported weighing 15.4 more pounds than those who didn’t.
98. Regularly smelling peppermint may help decrease hunger and, consequently, caloric intake. Researchers believe the strong scent is distracting and helps keeps a person’s mind off of their appetite.
99. Yo-yo dieting has been linked to heart disease, insulin resistance, higher blood pressure, inflammation, and long-term weight gain.
100. Approximately 97% of dieters regain everything they lost and then some within three years.
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