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Fad Diets - The Breakdown

Fad Diets - The Breakdown

Fat loss programs have become increasingly popular over the last several years. The rise of fat loss programs has developed alongside the rise of obesity throughout the world, specifically in the United States. Some of the most popular fat loss programs to arise have been Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers and the South Beach diet. All of these programs are based on the goal of losing weight, but often show little hope for sustainability, a healthy nutrient profile or supporting intense training.               The Jenny Craig diet focuses on “volumetrics.” This is a nutritional approach where clients are encouraged to...

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3 Rules to Healthy Eating

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3 Rules to Healthy Eating

1. Always eat within 1 hour of waking upRemember when your mom used to tell you that breakfast was the most important meal of the day? Well she was right!  When you sleep, your body is hard at work repairing damaged cells, regulating hormone production and regulating your metabolism. This nightly repair is crucial to maintaining normal energy levels, a strong immune system and regular bodily functions throughout the day. Well, what does that all mean? It means that proper sleep burns calories! Throughout the day, you would never go 6 – 9 hours without eating, right!? Of coarse not!...

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Media Myth Busters

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Media Myth Busters

Everyday, it seems the media has a new reason why your daily activity is going to kill you or why you need to purchase a new random nutritional product to get that model body you want tomorrow! Well, you won’t have that model body tomorrow, unless you have already been putting in the hard work, the right way,over time. You also don’t have to worry about your 2 cups of coffee in the morning killing you. Here are a few myth busters to help you sort through the media nonsense. 1. You shouldn’t eat after 7pm FALSE – This is...

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Nutrition Calculators

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Nutrition Calculators

(BMR) Basal Metabolic Rate – BMR is the absolute minimum number of calories your body requires on a daily basis to efficiently perform basic bodily functions (i.e. pump your heart, breathe, blink, etc.). Your overall food consumption should NEVER fall below your BMR. Men: BMR = 655 + (4.35 x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) – (4.7 x age) Women: BMR = 66 + (6.23 x weight in pounds) + (12.7 x height in inches) – (6.8 x age) Ex. Male, 180lbs, 5’ 10”, 26 years old BMR = 655 + (4.35 x 180lbs) + (4.7...

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Caffeine Consumption

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Caffeine Consumption

Caffeine: The Good, the Bad, and the Facts The argument over the use of caffeine has been never ending in the fitness media! So, the question remains, is your morning cup of coffee killing you? Absolutely not! Let’s start with the facts. Caffeine is a crystalline compound found especially in tea and coffee plants, which acts as a stimulant of the CNS (central nervous system) and a vasoconstrictor (decreased circumference of blood vessels). Caffeine is also found in a wide range of natural foods such as kola nuts and cocoa beans. In the increased market for caffeine, it has also...

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