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Why solving the obesity epidemic will hurt the economy

Food is a major source of revenue in the United States, generating more than 1,617 billion dollars in 2009. It has been reported that the U.S. produces enough food to supply each person around 4000 calories per day, nearly twice what we need.

Children eat around 350 calories more per day then they did in the 1970’s, and adults consume an additional 500 calories compared to the 70’s.

If everyone skipped one meal every day, we would be eating the same amount of food as we were 30 years ago, when obesity rates were low. However, consider the consequences of skipping one meal on the economy.

If lunch costs around 5 dollars and all Americans skipped this meal, there would be a loss of revenue exceeding 1.5 billion dollars per day (over $560 billion each year), or a 34% decrease in total revenue for the food industry. Read the rest of this entry »

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TEAM ALPHA Q & A with Eric B

Q. I hear mixed things about glutamine. Some say it works and others say it is a scientifically non-proven supplement. I trust your opinion Eric. What do you say?

A. I just want you to know that I truly appreciate that you trust me, and the info I put forth. Thank you.

Now…on to the question at hand. There are only a few supplements that I use 365 days per year. Those include a multivitamin/mineral, BCAA’s, and yes, glutamine! Glutamine has proven itself to me over and over again, with myself, and my personal training clients. Very often there is far more reliable evidence in the “real world” than what is seen in a laboratory. The reason that some people fail with glutamine is because they either expect to achieve immediate gains (yes, prohormones spoiled everyone while they were available), or they simply do not use it consistently enough, or in high enough amounts to get the desired effect. Another problem is that many trainees take L-glutamine along with protein, which pretty much assures that it will not be absorbed efficiently. L-glutamine needs to be taken on an empty stomach, about 30 minutes before each meal to be utilized properly. Now, it is true that the gastrointestinal tract is a “glutamine hog,” and will horde much of what you take for itself, which is why I said that you need to take a fairly large amount to reap the benefits. For most, this means 25-50 g per day. I strongly believe in glutamine’s immune system enhancing effects (can’t train when your sick, right?); its positive effects on protein synthesis; its ability to help with glycogen storage; it’s anti-catabolic effects; and it’s GH inducing abilities as well.

I take glutamine along with BCAA’s at least four times per day, and when dieting, up to 6-7 times per day. Each dose is no less than 5-10 grams.

Remember, just because you do not gain 10 lbs of muscle in two weeks does not mean glutamine is not working. Glutamine is what I call a “long haul” supplement. This simply means that over the long haul, it will certainly help hasten your progress. So be patient, and let glutamine work it’s magic a little at a time.

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Think Yourself Thin? WoW!

Could thinking about eating your favorite foods, likely ones which aren’t good for you, be the key to resisting them?

Check out this latest story:

http://www.healthnews.com/nutrition-diet/weight-loss/daily-diet-think-yourself-thin-4604.html

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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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The Weight Loss Obsession – Maybe Not Obsessed Enough!

The title, “The Weight Loss Obsession”, was an original title for a piece I wrote in one of my books, over a decade ago. It was during a time when we, the experts, were pretty confident that the combat against fat was being fought and being won. Here we are, over a decade later, and not only have we Americans been beaten down by obesity, but it seems to be beating the entire world and it’s not about to stop its bullying anytime in the foreseeable future.

Do you know why this is? How could it be, that we, one of the most advanced, high tech and savvy countries in the world have now become known as the fattest country in the world? I believe it’s because we are also our own worst enemies! We Americans are non-stop and many of us unfortunately take little time to exercise and even less time to think about what we’re putting in our mouths. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Not to Eat!!

As the obesity epidemic continues to plunge America into deeper doo-doo, along comes KFC to add insult to injury with their new “Double Down.”  They take a heaping helping of bacon and cheese and shove it between … are you ready? … two deep fried pieces of chicken!  The misbegotten sandwich thingy is replete with 32 grams of fat and nearly 1,400 milligrams of sodium.  It’s for the people out there who say there’s no such thing as high cholesterol or hypertension.  Jenny Everett of SELF magazine “had to try it.”  She admits “that first bite was tasty.  But by bite three my hands were completely coated in grease and I was nauseous.  Game over, Colonel.”  Check out her full report, along with some tips, at this Shine.Yahoo link!

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Fuel For A True Alpha Workout

If your stomach can handle it, it’s always a good idea to fuel up before a strength training workout. This is true, especially in the morning, when you’re a little groggy. It’s vital that you stay focused and have enough energy to sustain a high intensity, True Alpha Workout.  It’s always good to include come complex carbohydrates, as these will convert to glucose. This is vital, as your body will often have very low glycogen levels and the glucose will provide a quick energy boost and the fuel you need to get you through that tough workout.

Your body may already have some stored glycogen AKA your muscle fuel, but this fuel source may only last for 30 minutes or so, especially when you’re muscles are working to the max. The carbs you eat, will make sure that you’ve got two fuel sources and will act as your fuel backup. Make sure you choose carbohydrates that are healthy and not filled with the wrong fats or sugar.  Something like steel-cut oatmeal with maybe some Banana pieces and a few walnuts is a great source of carbohydrates that is good for you and can help you with filling you with energy. Read the rest of this entry »

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