Exercise and Fitness

Alcohol’s Effect on Muscle and Fat Loss

Alcohol effects your fitness goals, but maybe in a different way than you think. Everyone has heard of getting a beer belly from drinking too much, and most people think that it’s because of the high calorie content of alcoholic drinks. While this is part of the reason for the unwanted weight gain, it’s not the only reason. Alcohol affects other bodily processes involved in muscle growth and fat loss as well. Moderation is the key when it comes to drinking. If you feel you have an alcohol problem, you should check out local alcohol and drug rehab centers to help get you on the right track. Read More…

How to Exercise without Expensive Gym Equipment

Just because you may not own or have access to any top-notch fitness equipment doesn’t mean you can’t get an effective workout. Gym memberships can cost upwards of $100 or more per month while buying your own treadmill, elliptical trainer or multigym machine can easily run $1,000+ for a quality product. The best solution when on a tight budget is to use alternative ways to exercise, many of which require no special gym equipment at all. Read More…

Which Health Supplement is Right for You?

Health supplements are a billion dollar industry in the U.S. and worldwide. Don’t feel bad if you’re confused about what a particular supplement does and/or if it’s even right for you. The fact is that some supplements may work for some people while other people may experience no health benefit at all. Taking the wrong supplement can even be harmful, or even deadly, when proper care is not taken on your part. For this reason alone, you should never try any health supplement without first consulting your doctor. Now, with the quintessential “consult your doctor” statement out of the way, I’d like to describe several of the most popular health supplements on the market today, so you get a better understanding of what these health supplements can potentially do for you. Bookmark this post, as I will add updates to include more health supplements as time goes on. Read More…

Best Protein Powder for Building Muscle

With so many protein powders on the market, it can be tough to determine which powder is the best choice when it comes to building muscles. The fact is that all types of protein powders can help you build muscle when taken as directed by the manufacturer; however, one type of protein powder may be a better choice compared to the rest. Whey protein is superior to other sources of protein in terms of absorption ability, amino acid profile and cost.

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Ectomorph Weight Gain Program – 3 Things I Did

Guest post by Jean Lam who has a passion for body building and exercising. During his spare time, he enjoys writing on health and fitness as well as sharing tips on this common question which is how can i lose weight.

Some people have a hard time gaining weight, notably ectomorphs. Ectomorphs in particular are very thin and due to their nature, no matter what they try to do, they can’t seem to get any bigger. More often than not, ectomorphs aren’t doing the right things to grow bigger. The truth is these people can definitely add weight to their thin body frames provided they adhere to certain rules. I still remember when I was a teenager…I was so skinny that sometimes I received negative remarks. This was kind of blessing in disguise because it encourages me to get bigger and allow me to discover that I have a passion for exercising and nutrition. Muscle building exercises and proper nutrition are what made me grow bigger. Here is what I did as part of the ectomorph weight gain program.

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How Long Does it take to Naturally Reduce Cholesterol Levels?

Cholesterol is an essential substance in your body required for good health, however, too much of it can lead to the buildup of arterial plaque. As arteries become blocked, the risk of heart attack increases. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), 75 percent of your total calorie level is manufactured within your own body while the remaining 25 percent enters your body in the food you eat. Dietary cholesterol is only found in animal products, such as dairy, eggs, meats and fish. You can improve your cholesterol levels surprisingly quickly using all-natural techniques. Read More…

Can Plaque Be Removed From Your Arteries With Exercise?

Arterial plaque is a fatty substance that builds up in your arteries as you age. It is caused by several factors, including high cholesterol, a bad diet and a low physical activity level. Arteries are the blood vessels that carry blood to the heart and as they become clogged with plaque, coronary artery disease can develop. Coronary artery disease can lead to heart attacks and angina, or pain in the chest. Exercise can help to lower this risk by removing arterial plaque; it’s also one of the best all-natural ways to prevent the buildup of plaque.

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If You’re Severly Obese, How Much Weight Can You Lose in One Month?

When you’re severely obese – defined as having a body mass index of 40 or higher – losing weight is no longer just an option. By not losing weight, you greatly increase your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. The fastest way to lose weight is by having weight surgery, such as gastric bypass, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding or biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch. This decision should be made with your doctor. An alternate way to lose weight fast is by modifying your diet and exercising regularly.


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Working Out Before Breakfast: Good or Bad?

Exercising in the morning is a great way to jumpstart your day. It can help provide energy and well being to propel you through the rest of the day. However, is it a good idea to exercise before you eat breakfast? If you think about it, it makes sense that your body would burn more fat for energy since you don’t have any carbohydrates available for energy. While this line of thinking may sound accurate in theory, it’s not at all true.


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The Benefits of a Weight Loss Holiday

Guest post by Dan Aldulescu who’s a travel writer specializing in researching and recommending the best weight loss holidays offers.

A recent NHS study revealed that almost a quarter of adults in England are clinically obese, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 30kg/m2. Even more are overweight (a BMI of 25-30 kg/m2) and the problem certainly isn’t restricted to the UK. Obesity is on the rise throughout the developed world, with comparable or higher levels in most of Europe and the USA.


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