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5 Tips to Help You Achieve Better Muscle Definition

Building muscle, gaining fat, and even losing weight all seem to be easier than achieving stunning muscle definition that gives you that coveted “cut” look. Whether you’re a “hard-gainer” and find it difficult to put on weight, an overweight individual trying to slim down, or an athlete who would like to be less bulky and more defined, the following five tips should help you achieve better muscle definition.


Increase Repetitions

First, you need to stop focusing on lifting heavy weight and start focusing on doing more reps with lighter weights. A good rule of thumb is to only use weights that you can comfortably do sets of 20 with. If you can’t get to 20 repetitions several times in one workout then decrease the weight. To put on muscle that is bulkier and stronger, but less defined, simply increase the weight and do 8-12 reps each time. Once you’ve gotten “ripped” you can incorporate heavier weights into your regimen to add mass while retaining definition.

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5 Pizza Toppings for the Health Conscious Consumers

Delicious toppings and gooey, cheesy goodness make pizza one of my favorite foods of all time. With all the possible toppings that a pizza can have, it's definitely not a boring food. But when I'm dieting, I try to avoid eating pizzas because of the carbohydrate content.

Sometimes, however, I succumb to this yummy temptation, and my efforts to lose weight go down the drain. Still, because I love pizza and I need to diet, I figured that I had to come up with a food plan.

Maybe there are healthier pizzas out there? What about toppings? Maybe, by opting for more nutritious toppings, I could more or less stick to my diet regime. Luckily, deciding on pizza toppings is not an exact science. Rather, it's an exciting adventure wherein you can truly explore your preferences.

In my quest to discover healthier pizzas, I found out a few things about toppings. Let's see what food items are actually good to have on top of a pizza.

Vegetable Pizza w/ Whole Wheat Crust

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How to Eat Healthy on a Tight Budget

People say that eating healthy is difficult because these nutritious foods are so much more expensive than the unhealthy ones. While this might be true for certain products, there are certainly ways in which you can eat healthy on even the tightest of budgets.

In Season Produce

When food is in short supply, the prices are obviously going to go up. Stock up on fruits and vegetables when they are in season so that you do not have to pay extra high prices. As the seasons change, so will the vegetables. You'll be able to taste a whole new array of foods without burning a major hole in your wallet.


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Tailored Down Workout Expectations for New Dads

One of the biggest pieces of advice I give to guys when they announce that they are soon going to be a father; exercise hard now. More often than not I get a funny look and a lack of understanding. Its okay, I have been there. But then I have also been where they will be in about ten months.

Being a new parent is hard. Aside from learning all of these new things and an increased level of responsibility for the new person you have brought into the world, your schedule takes a complete 180 flip and free time quickly becomes a thing of the past. Sleepless nights, vending machine lunches because you forgot to go shopping, and a million other things completely destroy most people's semblance of a healthy lifestyle.

Father and son

You have to cut back on parts of your life because suddenly you just don't have the time or energy. Often times one of the first things that get shoved off to the side is health and fitness goals. Honestly it takes a while for things to shift into a comfortable new schedule that works for both you and your spouse. Plus usually people are so tired most of the time in the beginning that sleep sounds a lot better than the gym.

So what can you do to get ahead of the curve and try and keep yourself in shape?

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Six Tips For Dieting Without The Headaches

Between forced starvation and absolute bans on their favourite foods, it seems that the dieting plans of many dieters are a little on the masochistic side. Though it might surprise many to hear this, dieting doesn’t actually need to be hell.

Provided you know what you are doing, it is possible to shed the pounds without torturing yourself. It’s all about dieting smart rather than dieting hard. Here are six simple tips for doing just that.

Eat Five Meals Per Day

If you want to drop weight, cutting your calories makes sense. Cutting the number of meals that you eat however certainly does not. If anything, you should increase that number.

Provided you keep your portions small, you can easily eat five meals a day and still lose weight. Just calculate what you can eat on a given day and divide it by five. The more you space things out, the less time you are going to feel hungry.

Cut Out Alcohol

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Viamin C and Green Tea: Little Known Weight Loss Tips

When it comes to weight loss, most people know that proper nutrition and exercise lay the groundwork for success. These two components are absolutely essential and are a part of any comprehensive weight loss or weight management program.

While eating less calories and increasing your energy expenditure are very important and will eventually lead to weight loss there are also other methods for getting your weight under control that you should consider using.

This article will shed some light on just a few of the lesser known weight loss methods that have been shown in clinical studies to be effective. Each of these tips can help make your weight loss journey faster and easier.

Supplements for Weight Loss

Supplements are a great way to lose weight and improve your overall health. While many popular weight loss supplements such as ephedrine can be dangerous leading to harsh side effects there are a number of natural and healthy supplements that can improve your health and help you shed body fat.

Weight Loss Surgery Can Lead to Other Serious Health Issues Research Suggests

It is common knowledge that being overweight is a serious condition, which often develops into other medical issues, such as heart problems, breathing problems, and frail bones. However, a report published in mid-October by the United Kingdom’s National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD) warns against the proliferation of weight loss surgery as a rapid solution.

Indeed, such interventions are quick fixes for major issues—however, says the survey, they are often misrepresented by the providers. According to the same report, elective surgery facilities are using ethically questionable sales tactics in order to lure in their patients. These tactics include limited offers, misleading ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures that are visually manipulated and celebrity testimonials.

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The Side Effects of Rapid Weight Loss on Your Hair

In an article titled The Bald Truth about Female Hair Loss dated September 28, 2012,  The Independent Woman discusses the issue of Alopecia for women. 

“It’s estimated that hair loss affects about 25 per cent of the female population in Ireland. It is a hugely complex problem – reasons for hair loss can range from a serious underlying medical condition to poor diet, high stress levels, certain medications and hormone imbalance.”

When you combine these factors with some of the latest weight loss diets,  you can end up with a problem. 

If you are overweight, weight loss is an important part of getting healthy, and the best way to lose weight is through a combination of diet and exercise. However, some people go overboard when it comes to weight loss, trying to lose more than is healthy at any given time. For most people, healthy weight loss is about 1 to 2 pounds per week, though it may be a bit more during the first few weeks if you have a considerable amount of weight to lose to reach your target weight.

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Create Weight Loss Food Based on Meats or Fish

If one of your main goals is losing weight, then aside from getting into the habit of exercising on a regular basis, monitoring what you eat is one area you must take into consideration. Even if you workout five days a week, unless you monitor what you put in your mouth, it's possible you could still gain weight.

Think of it this way, if a person were to eat a fast food "unhealthy" type meal three times a day that contained over 1,800 calories per serving with ridiculous amounts of fat, cholesterol, sodium, and sugar, that person would be consuming over 5,400 calories a day! When the general daily recommended caloric amount averages about 2,000, you can imagine that even exercising will do little to stop the increase in weight that is bound to happen.

However, with a little preparation and a certain amount of willpower, it's possible to get your food choices to become more appropriate. Even though every meal of the day (in addition to your snacks) need to be monitored and dealt with in a healthy manner, let's focus on building your arsenal of healthy recipes. Mainly because if you plan accordingly, you could cook/prepare enough so you have leftovers to pack yourself a healthy lunch to take with you to work the following day.

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African Mango For Weight Loss: What's The Real Evidence?

African mango extract has blown up in the last year and has become an incredibly popular weight loss supplement. It was mentioned on the Dr. Oz show, it appears in literally hundreds of Amazon listings, and it's spread to dozens of countries around the globe.

In case you haven't heard of it, African mango extract is made from a fruit from Cameroon called Irvingia gabonensis, which has been used in traditional medicine in Africa for hundreds if not thousands of years.

African Mango Diet

But traditional medicine is a far cry from medical fact. As the public gets greater and greater access to research information and is subject to more and more bogus campaigns for fad weight loss products, it's more important than ever to get solid, timely, trustworthy evidence that a supplement does what the people selling it to you claim. Is that the case for African mango?

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