As a kid I’d drink milkshakes, eat pasta, meat and cookies all day every day and never could gain a pound. Fast forward to my late twenties and I found myself weighing in at 220 pounds (height: 6 ‘1 1/2’).
Gaining weight gave me a sense of pride. After all, I endured years of being a twig, wiry yet able to blow over during a strong wind. The extra pounds rounded out my face, made me look older and it was fine with me. But then the health issues started and my only way out was a change in what I ate, how often I ate and how I began to approach food.
This is usually the case, with most people falling into bad habits and not worrying about the consequences until they stare you in the face. For me the consequence was sciatic nerve pain the shot down my legs. The first two years down my right leg and the last two down my left. At times this could be crippling so my 220 pound weight was not going to fly anymore.
It is a New Year and time to recommend the best elliptical trainer for your body and your budget. Elliptical trainers are an excellent way to lose weight and burn excess calories with minimal impact to your body, and that is one of the main reasons they have grown to be the second most popular fitness equipment on the market.
There are countless different styles and models, and selecting the right model for your fitness needs can be a daunting task. Therefore, these brief recommendations can assist you in narrowing down your selection.
Open any fitness magazines, turn on the TV or peruse the internet for exercise advice and chances are you’ll see at least a few adverts for sports drinks. The images used to promote these products make it look as though if you buy this particular product you’ll soon be sporting a six-pack, looking lean and mean and conquering all your opponents in your chosen competitive activity. You’ll certainly be crushing it in the gym! Reading between the lines it would seem that sports drinks are actually integral to your success but is this really the case?
There are hundreds if not thousands of sports drinks for you to potentially choose from but in reality, there are three main types. They all share a common ingredient – sugar. This might be labeled as dextrose, glucose, fructose, xylitol or maltodextrin but the main reason any sports drink gives you energy is its sugar content. The amount of sugar in each type of sports drink is how it is characterized.
“Exercise is really for the brain, not the body.”
- John J. Ratey, MD at Harvard Medical School
We all understand (I hope) that regular exercise is necessary to living a healthy life. But recently we have begun to, aside from theory, understand scientifically the direct benefits of exercise on our brain.
The two primary benefits our brain receives in response to regular exercise, in addition to a bevy of other benefits, are: mood enhancement and neurogenesis.
It is commonly understood, by those who incorporate it into their routine, that exercise makes us feel better. More self-confident. Happier. Sexier. But why? Is this a placebo effect? Something that’s just in our minds? Well, in a sense, yes – it is just in our minds.
A research study from the University of Bonn leads to a breakthrough discovery that Viagra is more than just a blue pill and treatment for impotence. The heart of the research outcome opened the possibility that it can be a potential weight loss protocol in humans after it was seen as capable of converting the undesirable white fat cells from the body of mice into beige ones. The outcome of the study was published in the Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.
Sildenafil - weight loss potential mechanism
Before sildenafil was discovered for its effectiveness in combating the erectile dysfunction symptoms, it was initially studied for its potential health benefit as a treatment for angina pectoris. This initial study led scientists to discover it as more effective in improving the blood circulation in the penile area, making it more efficient in causing an effective erection among men with impotence than treating angina.
Now, I love my supps as much as the next guy, but they’re not for everybody. Many modern day dietary supplements like concentrated whey protein and pre-workout energy boosters contain refined sugars and flavorings that go right against the healthy lifestyles of their target audience. There are ways around that, though.
You can make your own workout supplements that will not only keep you healthy, but will keep you on track to make some great gains as well. It will take a bit of creativity and some specific ingredients, but making your own workout supplements can be fun and rewarding. You can save money, eliminate unneeded calories from your diet, and tailor fit your pre-workout dosages to fit your needs.
First we want to take the most popular workout supplements used today, and break them down to their component parts, then rebuild them to fit a clean diet.
Due to the intensity of the sport, MMA athletes require a high-impact, well-balanced workout that includes all the essentials that they face while in the ring including: strength, cardio, power, agility, and balance, among others. A run around the track or an old Richard Simmons workout tape isn’t going to cut it.
These 5 workout DVDs promise to deliver the high-quality workout that MMA fighters need in order to see big results and become ring-ready:
Developed by MMA fighter Georges “Rush” St. Pierre, the intense “Rushfit” training camp style workout promises to share “the secrets of a champion” to achieve excellent results. The program includes six DVDs that contain seven 45-minute high-intensity workouts that focus on all the essential MMA training elements including: strength, balance, agility, flexibility, power, endurance and core stability. The system also includes 2 training guides with nutrition management plans to train from the inside out. The workout requires a set of dumbbells and 8 weeks of dedication alongside instructor, Georges St. Pierre.
Maybe you’ve heard about people flying off to distant lands for cosmetic surgery on the cheap. Tummy tucks are one-third of the price and breast lifts are available for $1,000 each. I lived in Costa Rica for a year, the mecca of medical tourism, and I know exactly what it’s like. While abroad, I got four major cosmetic surgeries from an American-educated doctor for a fraction of the cost back home.
When you’ve lost a substantial amount of weight, especially in a short time, there’s often nothing you can do about loose skin. No amount of toning or lifting weights is going to make you look better. Your trainer will tell you this, and so will your doctor. However, just like e-therapy, insurance doesn’t cover cosmetic surgery most of the time.
Put a Number on It
I lost 100 pounds in less than a year, which meant I had loose skin pretty much everywhere. I got a thigh lift, tummy tuck, breast lift and upper arm lift in one long, nine-hour surgery. It’s always nerve-wracking going into surgery, and even more so in a foreign country where you don’t speak the language. While my doctor spoke English fluently, the rest of the staff only spoke Spanish.
A new wide scale public health scandal in France once again stirred the country involving the previously sensationalized pharmaceutical scandal of the Laboratoires Servier. The company manufactured the amphetamine derivative Mediator which is a weight loss drug prescribed for diabetics who are overweight and is also used as an appetite suppressant drug, like Cialis. The scandal involves the reported numerous deaths owing to the intake of Mediator mostly by diabetics and weight loss buffs.
Fresh public health scandal
It seems the latest new craze for the weight loss industry in 2013 is weight loss psychology. The latest advancement sent to me being something called the Neuro Gastric Band Program. Created in the UK by weight loss psychologist Marvin Phythian it claims to increase mental strength, program good eating habits and make you feel valued. Having spent years on every diet under the sun I thought I’d road test something different.
The online product talks about how regular healthy people don’t rely on fad diets, weight loss clubs etc to stay in shape. Instead it says that if you let go of your dependence on crash and fad diets and strengthen your inner psychology you will find the discipline to stick to a healthy regime and lose weight. Well that sounded right to me and highlighted my lifelong problem of not being able to stick to a diet, I was interested if not sceptical.
So how does it work?
Before I’d even accessed the product I had been given 3 audios to listen to. Each of them had the psychologist talking about a different principle followed by an exercise to help focus and strengthen your mind.