Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Treatment of Obesity through fasting

Loosing weight for some can be a difficult ordeal when it involves eternally depriving oneself of a hearty meal. unlike other calorie restriction programs, periodic fasting allows the individual a feasting period following an initial period during which the individualis required to undergo abstenance from food. It has been shown in humans and animals that there is no significant increase in weight after a period of feasting on even fatty foods when it is preceded by a fasting period 
The mechanism of weight management through periodic fasting is thought to be in part due to the increased sensitivity to insulin. Following the fasting period the cells tend to respond more readily to insulin and take up glucose more effectively. Furthermore fasting is also associated with cleansing of the body allowing old substances to be fully absorbed during the period of fasting such that when followed by feasting, the body absorbs and makes use of food nutrients more efficiently. 

Factor N 5: Hi-tech biomedicine

For the individual concerned, medical treatment may obviously have a literally vital role in permitting a long and healthy life. But we should not forget that such "crisis-management", necessary and important as it is, is not the same as dealing with the aging process itself.
There is sometimes a temptation (and even, from the narrow "medical-industry" point of view, a commercial incentive) to live recklessly -- the most obvious example is of course smoking; closely followed by eating the typical "junk" diet -- and assume that the "repair depot" will be able to magically fix any resulting problems. (This is alas, all too often, a young person's perspective.)
Perhaps, by outlining examples of the "nitty-gritty" detail involved in some of the latest techniques, we may be able to give such a reader pause for thought. Prevention, where this is feasible (and in many cases it is), is incomparably better than cure!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013


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Friday, May 17, 2013

The Grapefruit Diet

The Grapefruit Diet: What It Is

The Grapefruit Diet has been around a long time -- since at least the 1930s. It's a short-term, quick weight loss plan.
The plan lasts for 12 days. Most versions promise a 10-pound weight loss during that time.
Unfortunately, the results aren't likely to last. The weight you lose is mostly fluid, and because you don't change your long-term eating habits on the diet, there's a good chance you'll gain it all back.

The Grapefruit Diet: What You Can Eat

3 Easy Full-Body Exercises, 1 Piece of Equipment

If you are looking for one very efficient piece of exercise, look no further than the kettlebell. Kettlebell workouts are famous for burning fat by increasing lean muscle while building balance and grace. Plus it is an amazing stress-reliever that relieves tension in both the muscles and the mind. The exercises are simple, yet effective.
When used correctly, kettleballs are wonderful conditioning tools. They can be used for various purposes such as:
  • Cardiovascular conditioning
  • Fat loss
  • Strength and stamina
  • Muscular endurance, especially the legs, buttocks and lower back
Choosing the Correctly Sized Kettlebell

The Ultimate Muscle-Building Vegetarian Menu!

When you hear the words "buff vegetarian," does anyone come to mind? How about former Mr. Universe Bill Pearl and six-time Ms. Olympia Cory Everson? These eye-popping physiques were both supported by a vegetarian diet.
It's more than possible to build lean muscle without eating meat. If it sounds crazy, keep reading.
Do you want to expand your grocery-shopping horizons, pack in new sources of high-quality nutrients, and still consume 150-plus grams of protein in one day? Well, you'll get all that and more from the meatless meal plan below.
So if your tastebuds and food sensibilities are begging for a change—Ah! Not another chicken breast!—why not try vegetarian for a day?
You don't have to eat like a rabbit, and you don't have to commit to lifelong veggie-worship to take vegetarianism for a test drive.
It's all about complementary proteins and taking in all of your amino acids, minus the meat. But let's skip the science and get to the mouthwatering recipes, shall we?


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What You Need

How To Improve Your Gut Health And Speed Fat Loss

You've got quite the gut.
Whoa, slow down, I'm not saying you're fat.
In fact, I've got a gut myself.
Actually, we've all got guts!
If you're familiar with functional medicine or have watched any popular health TV like Oprah, The Doctors, or Doctor Oz, then you already know that the "gut" is no longer that nasty thing hanging over our waistlines.
Your gut, otherwise known as your digestive tract, is now termed your 'second brain.' Before we get into why and how gut health is important to fat loss, let's get some background. Or should I say, gut-ground? (No, I probably shouldn't.)
She's ... too sexy for the ground, too sexy for the ground ...
She's ... too sexy for the ground, too sexy for the ground ...

The Great Gutsby

The 15 Best Lean-Muscle Building Foods

1. Beef (From Grass-Fed Cattle)

Beef is important for building lean muscle due to its protein content, cholesterol, zinc, B vitamins and iron content.
Beef from grass-fed cattle have much higher levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) than conventionally raised cattle, which gives you a boost in shedding bodyfat and building lean muscle.

2. Beets

A good source of betaine, also known as trimethylglycine, this nutrient not only enhances liver and joint repair, but also has been shown in clinical research to increase muscle strength and power.
Beets also provide an NO boost which can ehance energy and aid recovery.

Super-Low Carb Or Intermittent Fasting?

Low-carb diets seem to be king of the hill at the moment, but I've been hearing a lot about intermittent fasting lately. Which is a better fat-loss diet?
This is a great question. The two approaches are more similar on a biochemical level than most people would think. Both are low-insulin diets, meaning they provoke a minimal insulin response from your body. Both also qualify as demanding diets, because they're in dead contrast with the way most people eat and can require a drastic change in eating habits and priorities.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Road Warrior Program: 5 Ways To Make Hotel Gyms Work

Hotel gyms can be depressing, but your program doesn't have to suffer. With a little imagination and planning, your time on the road can leave you better off than when you left home!

If you're one of my fellow Frequent Flyer Club members, you know how difficult it can be to stay on a regular training schedule. With limited access to quality gyms, an agenda of back-to-back-to-back meetings, and the ever-constant pull to cozy up in your freshly made bed and watchFriends reruns in the evening, fitness quickly moves down the priority list.
If hotel gyms were 6,000-foot elite training facilities, this wouldn't be the case. As it is, their dumbbells top out at 50 pounds—if you're lucky—and the exercise equipment is usually limited to the creaky ol' treadmill, a half-inflated Swiss ball, and a laughable ab device of indeterminate origin.
The easiest option is wing it and try to be satisfied with a half-decent improvised workout. Wait, scratch that: The easiest option is to forego training altogether and order room service. Of course, you could also always revert to sweating away on whatever cardio machine is available, but for some of us, that's not the same thing as "training."

Fat-Loss Facts: 7 Common Dieting Mistakes

Fat loss is a long, slow journey. It's made even slower by dieting errors. Don't fall into the same traps that I did! Read my mistakes, learn from them, and your fitness goal will be a reality much sooner.

Whether you're just starting out on your journey toward a bangin' new bod, or you know the ins and outs of health and fitness, you've probably made some mistakes in your nutrition. When it comes to shedding fat, we often fall into a trap hoping we are doing the right thing. In reality, we may be doing ourselves more harm than good.
There's a lot of nutrition and diet information out there—it's easy to get lost in the mountains of tips, rules, and new terminology. For all you know, "Paleo" could be a new type of deadlift. When I first started trying to lose weight, I had no idea what I was doing. I read what I could and made a lot of errors. And though making mistakes and learning from them is part of the process, you can make the road a little less bumpy with some good information. Here are seven mistakes I've personally made. I want to share them with you so your road to fat loss is as smooth as possible.

/ Buying "Fat-Free" Food

If you find yourself buying food that's labeled as "diet," "fat-free," or "sugar-free," drop the package and run the other direction immediately. Many people see these buzz words and assume that what they are buying must be healthy. In reality, these words usually mean the food you're about to purchase is anything but healthy.
When food companies remove a nutrient like fat to make a food "fat-free," they have to add something back to make it palatable. These flavor-boosting ingredients generally include a hodgepodge of chemicals you can't pronounce, refined carbohydrates, and ample amounts of sugar.
Together, these additives can be detrimental to your fat loss goals. Stay away from the processed, packaged, and pre-made foods. Stick with fresh, whole foods with minimal ingredients.

/ Not Eating Enough

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

No-Meat Muscle: 4 Rules For Building Lean Mass On A Vegetarian Diet

Fact: Humans need protein to grow and thrive. Falsehood: That protein has to come from dead critters. Meet your new muscle-building diet. No animals were harmed in making it!

If there's one thing that most vegetarians hate, it's having someone talk about their dietary system like it's a problem that needs to be solved. So let's get this out of the way: Vegetarians can build muscle and strength just like meat-eaters. Got that? Good.
There are hundreds of millions of vegetarians in the world, and people choose to embrace this lifestyle for countless reasons—from religious, to nutritional, to simple personal preference. As anyone who has embraced this lifestyle can attest, it's not as simple as "don't eat meat."
Everyone from your grandmother to your favorite whey manufacturer is a potential threat to sneak animal products into your food, meaning you have to be diligent about doing your research in addition to minding your macros.
Need a roadmap? Here are four simple rules that vegetarian athletes should keep in mind in order to maximize their nutrition. Heed them, and you'll have the fuel you need to grow like a weed.
Rule 1 /// Know Your Whey
Meat-eaters may classify the world in terms of carnivores and herbivores, but vegetarians know it's not so simple. There are several types of vegetarians including:
  • Lacto-vegetarians (dairy is allowed)
  • Pescatarians (fish is allowed)
  • Lacto-ovo vegetarians (dairy and eggs are allowed)
  • Vegans (No animal products of any kind are allowed)
Each variation presents its own set of unique challenges, as the people in these respective categories are well aware.
But one thing they all need when they're training is sufficient protein. Without it, they put themselves at serious risk for subpar results and just generally feeling like a wilted piece of celery.

The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective Athletes

Young athletes are often ambitious, but need a little direction. Follow these seven habits to turn your daydreams into daily life.

Life as a young athlete can be difficult, especially when you're pulled in so many different directions and given so much varying advice. Abide by these seven habits and soon you'll have all the power and prestige that comes with a physically fit body and a stable mental state. Follow the advice of people who've been there before, so you don't repeat their mistakes.
/// Don't Be a Fattie
There are a few ways to guarantee that you'll be a fattie, so let's address them head on. Remember, all healing starts with the truth. If this bothers you, then I'm probably talking about you.
Stop eating a bunch of crap food. Cut out breakfast cereal, stop buying the school lunch, and kill the fast food when your friends take their weekly (or daily) trip to McDonald's.
Stop skipping breakfast. You may have heard about intermittent fasting while reading the 50 blogs that offer different advice, each more confusing than the next. In high school, you don't need intermittent fasting.
You need to eat three good meals along with some smaller meals in between. This will actually lean you out if you keep protein high, and fats and carbs moderate.
Commit to eating stronger, more nutritious foods. Your friends will think you're crazy and you won't fit in with the "normal crowd," but who cares? Being normal sucks, and normal never helped create any champions.

Do Nuts Have Fewer Calories Than We Thought?

If nuts aren't already a part of your healthy eating repertoire, perhaps the results of a new study may entice you to add them to your diet. According to a new study, a one-ounce serving (28 grams) of almonds was found to have only 129 calories, which is 20 percent fewer calories than previously thought. Using the Atwater factors, this serving of nuts was previously determined to have 168 to 170 calories. This new research from the USDA Agricultural Research Service scientists was published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


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Sleep On Your Back

Sleeping in certain positions night after night leads to "sleep lines" -- wrinkles that become etched into the top layers of skin and don't fade once you're up. Sleeping on your side leads to wrinkles on cheeks and chin, while sleeping face down gives you a furrowed brow. To cut down on new wrinkles, sleep on your back

Exercise Less for Weight Loss?

Is your workout making you fat?

Ever wondered why you’re not losing weight, despite taking regular exercise and putting in maximum effort each time?
Researchers from the University of Ottawa think they may have the answer. They’ve looked at the effect easy and hard workouts have on the appetites of young women. After each morning exercise session, the 13 women in the study were allowed to eat as much as they wanted from a buffet lunch.
The study found that those women who pushed themselves to the limit with high-intensity workouts ate the most after exercising, consuming more than 90 percent of the calories they’d burnt off. In contrast, those women who’d done low intensity workouts, consumed just 35 percent of the calories they’d burnt.

Weight Loss Plateaus: How to Get Over the Hump

You've put in the hard work. You've overhauled your diet. You've put in countless hours at the gym, sticking to those grueling workouts time and time again. You've been rewarded with continuously-dropping numbers on the scale. And then it happens: you hit a weight-lossplateau. Hitting a plateau can be more than just frustrating, it can be downright dispiriting. But you're not alone--this eventually happens to nearly everybody who has tried to lose weight, and it's perfectly normal for your weight loss to gradually slow down and even come to a complete halt. Don't let this discourage you to the point that you revert back to old habits.

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Reasons for Weight-Loss Plateaus

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

30 Diet Tips – To Help You Lose Weight Healthily

You could lose weight with that new crash diet, or opt for the ‘perfect 100 per cent of the time with your diet’ approach. But deep down you will know that these ‘all or nothing’ diets don’t last for long. Nor are they healthy – for body, mind or soul.
Dietitian Lyndel Costain gives her top diet tips to lose weight and keep it off.

1. Stay clued up

Knowledge is power. By arming yourself with the facts about healthy diet, and ignoring the fads, you are more likely to build confidence in your abilities and achieve your weight loss goals.
WLR can help! Long term weight control is about being realistic, and enjoying healthy eating and exercise habits for life – and reaping all the benefits.

2. Have clear motivations

Write down your reasons for wanting to lose weight. Having clearly identified reasons helps your feeling of commitment. Try to include reasons that aren’t just about appearance, for example, ‘will help me feel fit enough to do more of the things of I want to do’ or ‘will help my back pain’. Looking back on them can also be a very useful motivator if the going gets tough.

Build Towering Trapezii: 5 Moves To Bigger Traps

You can have the biggest arms in the world, but if they're not connected to some boulder shoulders or thick, tall traps, you're going to look silly. Build the traps you want with these 5 movements!You can have the biggest arms in the world, but if they're not connected to some boulder shoulders or thick, tall traps, you're going to look silly. Build the traps you want with these 5 movements!

Yeah you notice the guys with the big arms, but you're mesmerized by the guys with the big traps. You know damn well they put in their time and didn't miss their workouts because they were too "tired." You commend them for their ability to grow those mountains on their shoulders and secretly envy a flexed pair.
If your physique resembles that of a bobblehead doll, get ready to take some notes. Trap training is not for the faint of heart. It takes real effort and guts.
Not everybody agrees about which day is best for trapezius training. Some say shoulder day, and others say back day. If truth be told, you're going to hit your traps on both of these days; but if you want my opinion, I find I am better able to focus on my traps while I train shoulders. My back day is usually focused on my mid-back and lats. On shoulder day, on the other hand, I get to squeeze my traps for added benefit.
To build those big-boy traps, here are some of my favorite exercises. Add two of these five movements to your normal shoulder routine:

Towering Traps Training

Take 5 Exercise Plan

Three exercise plans designed to suit three starting point fitness levels. Each plan has six exercises and should be done five times a week for maximum benefit. All the exercises can be done at home with minimal equipment.
Once you have completed 4 weeks of one exercise plan, progress to the plan for the next fitness level. Aim to do all 3 plans in a 12 week period.

Exercise Plan for Fitness Level 1

Best Weight-Loss Diets

1. Weight Watchers (3.8 stars) -- The diet plan uses a points system to help people lose weight and keep it off. Weight Watchers beat other diet plans for both short-term and long-term weight loss in experts’ ratings.
2. The Biggest Loser Diet (3.5 stars) -- The diet based on the television show of the same name is built around healthy food and regular exercise. Experts said it required a lot of grunt work and may be hard to maintain for long-term weight loss.

DASH Diet Ranked Best Overall -- See What's Second

The best diet plan for overall health may not cost a thing.
A new ranking of diets by U.S. News & World Report gives top honors for best overall diet to the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet.
Originally developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to lower blood pressure, the diet plan is available free online.
Experts also ranked top diets in seven other categories, including weight loss, diabetes, heart-healthy, commercial, easiest to follow, plant-based, and healthy eating.
Weight Watchers won best weight loss diet as well as easiest to follow and best commercial diet.
The DASH diet tied with The Biggest Loser diet as the best diet plan to prevent and manage diabetes. The DASH diet was also named best diet for healthy eating, while the Mediterranean diet won best plant-based diet.

Ranking the Best Diets

4 TRX Suspension Training Exercises You Can Do at Home.

The benefits of training with a TRX Suspension Training System for just about everyone are undeniable.

From hard core athletes to traveling executives to the busy stay at home mom, the portability and versatility make the TRX one of the best fitness gadgets invented for a time-effective workout.

Exercising with a TRX provides a more comprehensive and beneficial strength workout than you can get using dumbbells or machines by utilizing gravity and the user's body weight when exercising for a total body workout.

Here is a sampling of some of the many exercises that can be done utilizing the TRX.

TRX Squat
exercise1.JPGFace the system, stand with the handles at mid chest, arms are tight to your sides and elbows are bent. Position feet approximately shoulder width apart. Contract your abs and keep them tight as you bend the knees and slowly squat. Sit back and down like you're sitting into an imaginary chair, keeping your back straight and knees pointed in the same direction and in line with your toes. Descend until your thighs are parallel to the floor and your knees are over your ankles. Keep your body tight and push through your heels to bring yourself back to the starting position.

How You Can Easily Cut 103 Calories Per Day

Including snacks in your diet provides a plethora of pluses. Snacking helps ward off hunger in between meals, keeps your blood sugar levels steady throughout the day, provides energy to fuel your daily activities and workouts, and may help you take in fewer calories overall. 

However, according to new research, you may be able to satisfy your hunger just as well with a smaller snack than with a more substantial one.

The Study

The study involved 104 participants who were given three everyday snacks, including apple pie, potato chips or chocolate, in a variety of portion sizes ranging from very small to very large. The smallest portion size given was approximately 0.4 ounces, which equates to the size of one bite of food. The largest portion size given was roughly seven ounces, which was the amount of two slices of the apple pie. The scientists recorded the participants' levels of hunger and cravings both before they were given the snack and 15 minutes afterwards.

The results of the study showed that hunger and satisfaction ratings after eating the snacks were equal amongst all of the study's participants. The group that consumed the largest snack portion took in 103 more calories, which was 77 percent more. Long-story short: small-sized snacks may control your appetite and satisfy your cravings just as well as larger snacks. This has huge implications in the battle of the bulge because it demonstrates that you can eat a significantly smaller portion of a snack and feel just as satisfied as you would with a big snack, but take in 103 fewer calories in the process.

5 Ways to Create a Fat Burning Metabolism

A ton of research has been devoted to investigating why some people lose weight while others don't, why some people succeed at keeping weight off once they've lost it while others don't, and what factors tend to influence your ability to successfully maintain a healthy body weight.
And basically, what it boils down to is... your metabolism.
Very simply, leaner people have a higher metabolism than fatter people. The reason...lean people have more fat-free mass OR lean muscle than their fatter counterparts. Since muscle burns roughly 50x times calories than fat it would make sense that having more lean muscle would be a predictor of long-term success in weight management.

Why You Should Eat Fat to Lose Weight

You're trying to drop a few pounds, so you naturally skimp on fat and try to focus on lean eating. But taking such measures could actually be counterproductive, causing you to gain weight instead of losing it. The best diet for weight loss--and overall health--includes a balanced assortment of nutrients, and doesn't cut or drastically reduce fats, proteins or carbohydrates.

Fat in the American Diet

According to Harvard School of Public Health, Americans are collectively eating less fat now than in earlier decades. In the '60s, about 45 percent of our calories came from fat sources; these days, we get just 33 percent of our calories from fat. But in the days of higher fat consumption, only 13 percent of adults were obese--today, that number has nearly tripled. Diabetes is also about 10 times more prevalent now. 


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