10 RENEGADE Beliefs of Vince Gironda

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This is a must read for anyone interested in Vince Gironda.The “Iron Guru” was perhaps at his pinnacle of fame in the “Golden Years” of bodybuilding, the 1960’s. During that time, Vince dominated the scene and Vince’s Gym, was known as the Mecca of bodybuilding. Continue reading 10 RENEGADE Beliefs of Vince Gironda

Nutritional Recommendations From The U.S. Department of Agriculture

The 7 Nutritional Recommendations released through the U.S. Department of Agriculture and also the U.S. Department of Health insurance and Human Services specified for to fit the meals Pyramid. These recommendations give a practical method of staying away from dietary inadequacies plus they address other diet related health issues through dietary prevention. The 7 Nutritional Recommendations for People in America are made to help people meet dietary needs that promote health insurance and lessen the perils of chronic illnesses.

The very first from the 7 Nutritional Recommendations is to consume a number of meals. You will find not one meals that may supply all of the diet required to offer the body and stop disease. You will find individuals who think that banana’s may be probably the most complete food. Plus they might. However they aren’t complete. They might be probably the most complete, however they don’t completely supply everything the body must survive inside a healthy condition. Continue reading Nutritional Recommendations From The U.S. Department of Agriculture

Recover Right after Workouts

Recover Right after Workouts

Proper recovery is important to feeling great, keep soreness at bay,improve muscle density and stay injury free. I highly recommend after a workout a drink consisting of a 2-1 ratio of protein to carbs ratio.This helps prevent the hormone cortisol from breaking down muscle tissue.Post workout stretching and low impact cardio such as biking can also help in proper recovery. You can get a great organic whey protein at this link below http://budurl.com/defensenutrition

It is very important that you recover right after a workout. The activities you carry out after your work can impact greatly on your fitness gains and overall performance. So you just need to have a good fitness recovery plan.

Ways to recover right after an exercise

There are many methods in which athletes can follow to recover from their workouts, and I will just mention a few on them. Continue reading Recover Right after Workouts

Tom Venuto's Holiday Fitness Challenge To You For 2010

Tom Venuto’s Holiday Fitness Challenge To You For 2010

Every year as Thanksgiving gets closer, you’ve probably seen the depressing reports: “Most people gain between 5 and 10 pounds of body fat in the six weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.” I’m not sure if this worries you or not, but a lot of people are terrified about getting fatter in the next two months. They anticipate the workouts falling by the wayside and the holiday food calling out to them irresistibly, defeating even the strongest willpower. There’s good news and bad news about this.

Good news: According to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average amount gained is much more modest – just over a pound.

Bad news: A study by the National Institutes of Health found that this seasonal weight gain – even just a pound – is the kind of weight gain that most people don’t lose when the holidays are over; it simply adds to the weight creep that sneaks up on you as you get older.

People often wonder how it’s possible to wake up one morning at age 40 or 45 and “suddenly” they’re 30 pounds fatter – or more – than they were in college. Mystery solved. Continue reading Tom Venuto's Holiday Fitness Challenge To You For 2010

Stubborn Fat: The Truth

Everyone walking on the face of this earth has an abundance of fat cells throughout their bodies. In fact, if you’re a healthy adult with normal body composition, you have approximately 30 billion fat cells. This is an astronomical number when you think about it. Did you ever wonder why you have so many? Have you ever wondered what those fat cells are for?

The answer is, fat cells are part of our genetic code and they allowed us to use stored energy when food was scarce. This survival mechanism is very much the same today as it was 10,000 years ago. However, today our needs have changed. There is an abundance of food in modern society today.

When you consume too many calories, your body goes into storage mode for that “rainy day,” so to speak, but the “rainy day” does not happen. So your body simply stores those extra calories as fat. When you eat less calories then your body demands your cells release stored fat for energy. Pretty simple equation, however it does not appear that all fat is the same. Continue reading Stubborn Fat: The Truth

How Ginger Can Help With Weight Loss

Ginger is a very popular ingredient and has been used for a long time in Asian dishes and cuisine. Alongside its taste, ginger provides a lot of healing and health related benefits. According to some studies carried out, reports said that ginger helps the body’s rate of digestion, metabolism, alleviate some pain and most notable burn up excess fat in the body. The rate of metabolism is increased by up to 2-3% and this is very beneficial if you plan on losing weight effectively.

Ginger and its Fat Burning Benefits

To increase the body’s metabolism, it is suggested that you add ginger to the usual common foods and recipes. When ingested, ginger expands the blood vessels and that in turn increases the amount of blood flow and transportation of oxygen in the body. It also increases the body’s temperature and heat emission. Ginger causes a process called a thermogenic process to take place. This process is the body’s ability to burn excess fat in the body in order to increase the energy levels in the body and in that getting you to enhance your metabolic rate and use up calories in a much quicker and efficient way. Continue reading How Ginger Can Help With Weight Loss

Obese kids have heart disease signs of middle-aged adults

The blood vessels of obese children have stiffness normally seen in much older adults with cardiovascular disease, Dr. Kevin Harris today told the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2010, co-hosted by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The clock is ticking and the shape of the 13 year-old-heart is changing – for the worse.

“We were surprised to find that these obese children already have stiff blood vessels,” says Dr. Harris from B.C. Children’s Hospital.”Aortic stiffness is an early indicator of cardiovascular disease in obese children.” He says it is as if the aging process has beenaccelerated in their aorta.

The aorta is the largest artery in the human body. It carries and distributes oxygen-rich blood to all the other arteries and normally acts as a buffer to the pumping action of the heart. Increased stiffness of the aorta is typically associated with aging and is a strong predictor of future cardiac events and mortality in adults. Continue reading Obese kids have heart disease signs of middle-aged adults

Hypothyroidism – Your Diet Is The Boss

Hypothyroidism – Your Diet Is The Boss

By David Grisaffi, Author Firm and Flatten Your Abs

Hypothyroidism is a dangerous condition that should be taken seriously.It can have a major impact on every aspect of your life; however, controlling your diet can help you curtail the effects of the condition.This article will inform you on what hypothyroidism is, how it affects the body, and ways to help control its affects through diet.

What Hypothyroidism Is

Hypothyroidism is due to an abnormally low production of thyroid hormone by the thyroid gland which is controlled by the pituitary gland.The low levels of thyroid hormone are known to affect cellular processes and metabolism and growth and development.The thyroid creates its hormones from the amounts of iodine in food and released when triggered by the pituitary gland.Hypothyroidism is rather common and is often caused by medication, low iodine levels, a malfunctioning thyroid or pituitary gland, radiation, or associated with another disease such as Lymphocytic thyroiditis and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Continue reading Hypothyroidism – Your Diet Is The Boss

Raw Food Fundamental Nutrition Part 2

Raw food is gaining popularity with many individuals rightfully seeking better ways to increase health through food, while promoting greater harmony and sustainability among all people and the Earth.While this is a noble goal, one I aspire to participate in, this article points out some common misconceptions of raw food nutrition to assist in expanding your thinking and allow for more objectivity.

Raw foods are alive; however, many health educators and most nutritionist claim this is so because of the bioactive enzymes.While there is some truth to that statement, it is at best only half-truth.Raw foods not only contain bioactive enzymes but also bacteria.Most people are unaware of the fact that enzymes do not reproduce, breath, or eat. Therefore, enzymes are not alive!This is an important misconception.Raw foods are alive mainly because of the activity of bacteria.

Enzymes essentially are protein structures that act as keys to unlock nutrients by disassembling food into smaller particles for digestion to take place by trillions of bacteria.Imagine placing your car key in the ignition and the engine turns on.Just because the engine is now “alive” doesn’t mean the key is alive. Processing food by heat, freezing, dehydration and chemicals changes the shape and structure of enzymes.The enzymes are no longer able to fit properly into the ignition situated on cell membranes. Continue reading Raw Food Fundamental Nutrition Part 2

Gaining Muscle and Losing Fat At The Same Time: Is It Possible

“How can I gain muscle and lose fat at the same time?” That’s right up there with “How do I get six pack abs” as one of the most frequently asked fitness questions of all time. The problem is, when you ask it, you get all kinds of conflicting answers – even from experts who are supposed to know these things. So what’s the deal? Is it really possible to lose fat and build muscle simultaneously?

Short answer: Yes it’s possible to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time.

Long answer: It’s difficult and it’s complicated. Allow me to explain….

First we have the issue of whether you really lose fat and gain muscle at the “same time.”

Well, yes, if your definition of the “same time” is say, a month or 12 weeks. But in that case, you’re probably not gaining muscle at the “same time” literally speaking, as in, right now this very moment you are reading this, or 7 days a week, 24 hours a day for months in a row.

The best explanation for what’s really happening is that you alternate between periods of caloric surplus (anabolism) and caloric deficit (catabolism) and the net result is a gain in muscle and a loss in body fat.

You see, if you stay in a calorie surplus, it’s the body’s natural tendency for body fat and lean body mass to go up together. And if you stay in a calorie deficit, it’s your body’s natural tendency for body fat and lean body mass to go down together.

There may be exceptions, but the general rule is that it is usually very difficult to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time – the mechanisms are mostly antagonistic to one another. When big increases in muscle and big decreases in fat are seen at the same time, it’s almost always the result of “unusual conditions” – I call them X factors.

The 4 X-Factors

The first X-factor is “training age” . Ever hear of “newbie gains?” The less trained your body is and the further you are from your genetic potential, the easier it is to gain muscle. The reverse is also true – an advanced bodybuilder with 20 years experience would be thrilled just to gain a few pounds of solid dry muscle in a year!

The second x factor is muscle memory. It’s easier to regain muscle you’ve lost than it is to gain new muscle in the first place (ergo, the fat out of shape semi retired bodybuilder who starts training again and blows up and gets ripped “overnight”).

The third X factor is genetics (or somatotype). Ever heard of the “genetic freak?” That’s the dude who sprouts muscle like weeds even when he’s on the “50-50 diet” (50% McDonald’s and 50% pizza)… and he never gets fat. (That dude chose the right parents!)

The fourth X factor is drugs. It would stun (or sadden) you if you knew how many people take performance and physique-enhancing drugs. I’m not just talking about pro bodybuilders, I’m talking about “Joe six pack” in the gym – not to mention those fitness models you idolize in the magazines. How did some of them get large muscle gains with concurrent fat loss? Chemicals.

I’m not a gambling man, but I’ll place a wager on this any day: I’ll bet that in 99% of the cases of large muscle gains with concurrent large fat losses, one or more of these x factors were present.

That’s not all! There are actually 5 more X factors related to your body composition and diet status (the X2 factors). I talk about those in my new program that’s going to be released on September 28th. More on that later.

So you’re not a beginner, you don’t take roids, you’re not a genetic freak and you have no muscle memory to take advantage of. Are you S.O.L? Well, I do want you to be realistic about your goals, but…

There IS a way for the average person to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time. Continue reading Gaining Muscle and Losing Fat At The Same Time: Is It Possible