There's no easy way outPosted on Apr 30th 2008 5:27PM by Chris Sparling
"There's no easy way out. There's no shortcut home," sings the very 80's musician who appears on the Rocky IV soundtrack. It's all very motivational, all very Rocky running up a mountainside in the former Soviet Union as he prepares to take on the seemingly indomitable Ivan Drago. It's also very true. Well, it's mostly true, anyway.
There are some easy ways out. And yes, there are even some shortcuts you can take. Will they get you home? As the big-haired 80's rocker on the Rocky soundtrack astutely pointed out, no, they won't. But, they may help you a little bit on your journey. Case in point: chewing bubble gum. A study published recently in the New England Journal of Medicine revealed that chewing sugar-free gum at 100 chews per minute will boost your metabolism by as much as 20 percent. Of course, in order for this to actually take effect, you'd have to be chewing gum almost all day long. So, again -- there is a bit of an easy way out, a shortcut, but it won't be enough to get you home all on its own.
I suppose I could also tell you that cutting even one slice of bread per day from your diet will add up to a loss of eight pounds over a year's time, but I think you're getting the picture. These little shortcuts are easy ways to trim a pound here and there, but by themselves they're not going to have any significant impact on your health. That's why you'd do well to listen to the words of Robert Tepper (I just Googled him) in his keyboard-guitar rock anthem "There's No Easy Way Out." For additional motivation, click here to watch the "I'm reflecting on the loss of my friend Apollo as I drive in my Lamborghini" montage from Rocky IV that features this classic 80's tune.