Posts Tagged ‘diet’

Do you have the “Eye of the Tiger”?

Most people you talk to at one time or another have stopped and started a weight loss program. When someone starts a weight loss program, they’re usually very motivated about it. They’ve got the “Eye of the Tiger”. But then, after a few weeks or months, they lose momentum and motivation. They’ve lost their “Eye of the Tiger”. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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Obesity drugs … or freezing away your fat?!

There’s no doubt that diet and exercise are the best path to major changes in your body composition — from flab to fab!  But the popular demand for an effort-free “magic bullet” solution to a better body will always keep medical researchers busy, as two recent news stories demonstrate.

First the bad news: after about a dozen years of effort and $1 billion of investment, Arena Pharmaceuticals announced that the FDA had rejected its application to market a new “anti-obesity” drug based upon “marginal” effectiveness in clinical trials and concerns over studies showing extremely high doses were linked to increased cancer rates in rats.  So, for the time being, lorcaserin (Lorqess) won’t be an option for the 1 out of 3 Americans currently categorized as obese.  Given the side effects historically associated with other weight loss drugs (e.g., fen-phen, rimonabant, sibutramine), I think the smart approach to transforming your body is a sound eating plan and exercise prescription like the one we created in Alpha Male Challenge.

Now … what could be good news for those who’ve reached fairly lean condition with diet and exercise but have a little bit of stubborn fat in a problem area they just can’t get rid of: FDA has just approved a non-invasive procedure to literally freeze away your fat cells! Read the rest of this entry »

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Do organic snacks have less calories?

While shopping at major chain supermarket, I noticed a box of Organic Oreo Cookies in another shopper’s cart.  This is the first time I saw this product and I couldn’t help but talk to the shopper about this product.  There are many junk/snack foods that are made with organic ingredients (and are not necessarily 100% organic) .  The problem is that when people see the word “organic”, they immediately associate it with being healthier, which then leads people to believe it has less calories, making us believe we can eat more of it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Words of Wisdom From James Villepigue

James Villepigue is one of the top Fitness Professionals in the country.  I had the pleasure of having him as a guest on my Fit Talk Show and during my conversation with James, he said something which really stuck with me.

James said, “the best workout program is the one you’re not following”. Think about that.  There are so many great workout programs you can buy, but if you’re not following the program, what good is it? Read the rest of this entry »

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Moobs and Muscle Atrophy- watch out!

Did you know that isoflavones in Soy- also known as phytoestrogens, due to their ability to exert estrogen-like effects, may stimulate muscle loss?!

Isoflavones have often been linked to various cancer-preventing, antioxidant, cholesterol lowering effects; but mainstream press fails to mention the detrimental effects that Soy may have- especially in men!    Soy has been shown to decrease testosterone levels (Goodin et al 2007) and stimulate AMPK (a negative regulator of muscle protein synthesis; (Cederroth et al 2008).Cederroth et al. Dietary phytoestrogens activate AMP-activated protein kinase with improvement in lipid and glucose metabolism. Diabetes 2008

Here’s the good news- just don’t supplement with Soy protein and testosterone levels will return to normal.  The bad news- Soy is in almost every food source- even your Anabolic protein supplements and bars.  A little won’t be detrimental- but too much may sparks those Moobs to grow a little bigger. 

Bottom line- don’t worry about every gram of soy that you’re consuming, it is a complete protein- just try not to overconsume, the long-term health effects are still unknown.

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NFM’s Top 20 Dietary Supplements

Did you ever wonder if the types and choices in dietary supplements that you take are representative of the typical supplement user?  Well, wonder no more – that’s right, the good folks at the Natural Foods Merchandiser have recently completed their analysis of the TOP 20 dietary supplements.  Are your choices powerful enough to also be on this list?  Do sports nutrition products dominate this list?  Is it ever good to be a follower – especially if you profess to being True Alpha?  These and other questions get answered here – with good reasoning and thoughtful process on why and how these are considered by NFM to be the top 20 Supplements.  Here’s the link: Top 20 Supplements.

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