Posts Tagged ‘Body Fat’
Did you sleep well last night, or the night before that? Are you getting 7-8 hours of quality sleep a night? Do you find yourself tossing and turning night after night, and when you finally do fall asleep, you’re awakened by the sound of a blaring alarm clock even more tired than when you went to bed? Ugh. Not fun. Read the rest of this entry »
I was tagged in a Facebook note and within the context of that note, the term “Societal Obesity” was used. I found this to be a clever choice of words and it got me thinking.
Our world has become more global, and fast paced, and many of us are living in a 24/7 world. When you hear the news every day, everything seems so crazy and out of control. In our 24/7 world, we’re being pounded with tons of news and information so quickly, and yet, mostly negative stuff such as, debt, stock market insecurity, the fall of the real estate market, rising gas prices, natural disasters, BP Oil Spill, terrorism, deadly flu pandemics, joblessness, the economy, rising health care costs, more instances of cancer and disease, child obesity, obesity, and the list goes on and on. Think about how this affects you mentally as well as physically? You’re going to react to this type of information whether you realize it or not. Read the rest of this entry »
Looking for a way to enhance your workout? Try slamming an energy drink before hitting the gym, suggests a recent study published in the August issue of The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
Since hitting the shelves, energy drinks have continued to grow in popularity. But who would have thought that drinking one right before your workout could actually help you gain more muscle mass, lose more fat, and enhance your cardiovascular fitness?
CNA (conjugated nonadecadienoic acid) is a 19 carbon, free fatty acid with a pair of conjugated double bonds. Well that’s what the textbooks say anyhow. I can barely pronounce it. But this fatty acid adds evidence to the notion that not all fats are created equally! Interestingly, CNA’s effects are similar to a fat we all know and love, CLA or conjugated linoleic acid. When fed to growing mice (0.3% of diet) CNA reduced body fat by 81% whereas CLA reduced body fat by 25%. Read the rest of this entry »
I work with some folks who - I imagine – would happily give up a kidney if it would enable them to drop their body fat percentages into the low single digits. The few guys who report hitting 5% – 6% are the envy of all… and I suspect they’d go even lower if they could. Body fat, it seems, is the mortal enemy of the physique athlete, and there’s no such thing as too low.
Except, of course, there is. And – in truth – I don’t think even the most fat-phobic bodybuilder would care to change places with Lizzie Velasquez, who is physiologically incapable of storing body fat.
Over the past few years, scales claiming to measure body fat in addition to body weight have made a substantial showing on the shelves of specialty stores and supercenters alike. These scales, and other devices, can easily be purchased for under $100, but are they telling you the truth? Not likely, current research suggests.
Most of these scales and handheld devices use a low-level electrical current that passes from one leg or hand to the other and measures the ease which with the current can move through your body. The more muscle you have, the easier and faster the current flows, and the more fat, the slower the current travels. However, all these devices use body weight along with other factors like height, age, and gender to predict body fat with the help of the electrical current’s resistance. The problem is, without the electrical current’s help, the scales can predict body fat with these other variables alone, and body weight can account for nearly 80% of the prediction. That means that body weight is the predominant factor these devices use in predicting body fat. So what happens when you lose body fat and gain muscle, but your weight stays the same? Chances are the scale will tell you that your body fat has not changed when in fact it has. Read the rest of this entry »
Did you know that fiber can actually help you lose fat? We all know that fiber will help fight against heart disease, cholesterol, diabetes and colon cancer, but it also plays a role in fighting obesity.
Fiber is a compound that only plants contain. The fiber we consume from plant foods is called dietary fiber. Dietary fiber only comes from plant foods (i.e. grains, oats, fruits, etc.); it is never in animal foods (i.e. meats). Dietary fiber can be broken down into two forms, soluble and insoluble fiber.
Fiber is a good natural way of helping to reduce body fat. It does not metabolize fat quicker or more efficiently, but it will help you by decreasing your intake of calories. It will also reduce the amount of free cholesterol in the blood. Fiber is also a natural and easy way of preventing colon cancer, heart disease and diabetes. Fiber is something that everyone should be consuming more of; there are too many reasons for you not to.