Archive for November, 2010

New Obesity Research: Are “Unknown Factors” Responsible?

FOX News Alabama has just reported on a study conducted by obesity researchers at the University of Alabama concluding, in the words of researcher David B. Allison, Ph.D., that “the usual answer of too much eating and too little exercise may be a drastic oversimplification of the true causes of obesity” and that “increasing body weight may involve some unidentified or poorly understood factors.”  The study subjects were a group of primates called marmosets that lived with or around humans.  The researchers could find no explanation for why the marmosets gained weight over time.  A follow-up study with other mammals yielded similar findings, provoking speculations that “light changes, viruses and epigenetics” could be possible contributing factors to weight gain. Read the rest of this entry »

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How Much Should the Government Regulate Our Food Choices?

San Francisco recently became the first major U.S. city to ban toys from kids’ meals that are laden with calories, sugar and fat.  In an effort to fight childhood obesity, the board of supervisors passed the measure stipulating that only meals with less than 600 calories and less than 35 percent of calories from fat, including a beverage, are permitted to include a toy.  Also, fruits and veggies would need to be offered with all kids’ meals.

The measure’s sponsor calls it “food justice” to protect the city’s children, “particularly kids from low income neighborhoods.”  But McDonald’s spokeswoman Danya Proud retorted in a statement, “We are extremely disappointed with today’s decision.  It’s not what our customers want, nor is it something they asked for. … Parents tell us it’s their right and responsibility — not the government’s — to make their own decisions and to choose what’s right for their children.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Rest = Recover = RESULTS!

Sleep is a rarely considered piece to the total fitness puzzle, but is one of THE most important aspects of becoming a muscular, lean, mean, fit machine! Going to the gym and putting in intense, gut-busting workouts day after day acts only as the stimulus for gains in muscle size, strength, and power, as well as decreases in body fat. Proper nutritional intake is then necessary to provide you the building blocks needed to actually create new lean tissue and melt ugly adipose. However, all of this will be meaningless if you do not allow your body the time and opportunity to “work” this magical process. When does your body do 99% of its building and repair work? WHEN YOU SLEEP! During sleep all other body processes slow down and an intense recovery period takes place. The conscious mind is allowed to “chill” while the subconscious keeps us entertained. Read the rest of this entry »

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This Winter, Don’t Hibernate – Get Moving! 8 Tips for Fat Loss and Fitness Success

Now that Winter is upon us, you’re probably starting to think ahead to Spring, and all of those warm fuzzy, please get here soon to-do’s! You’re ready to shed those bulky winter clothes and slip into shorts and swimsuits, right? But you quickly realize that you still have several months before that’s happening. There’s no better time to get that butt in shape than now!

Here are some tips for you men and women who are not interested in hibernating this winter! Read the rest of this entry »

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Testosterone: Cavemen had the Edge

New fossil research conducted by British and Canadian scientists suggests that our cave-dwelling ancestors had far higher testosterone levels than guys today.  The study focused on finger length ratios, a known correlate to testosterone exposure in the womb, to estimate the testosterone levels of fossilized specimens of ape-like early hominids, Neanderthals, and an early modern human of 70,000 years ago.  The results, published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, indicate that tens of thousands of years of evolution have lowered our “he hormone.”  Score one for the cavemen. Read the rest of this entry »

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Split Up Cardio to Melt Off Fat!

When it comes to cardio here is a strategy you can use to burn MORE body fat WITHOUT adding minutes! Try splitting your workouts into 2-3 sessions per day rather than one long one. Studies show that this method burns more calories and increases metabolic rate more efficiently and for longer. So, if you have 60 minutes of cardio scheduled, split that into two 30-minutes sessions, or even better, three 20-minutes sessions instead of doing it all in one shot!

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