Achieving an Aesthetic Physique

zyzz-physiqueOne of the main reasons people workout is to achieve great aesthetics. Me along with many others, aspire to push our bodies to adapt and build muscle. Achieving a great physique not only requires hard work and discipline, but the knowledge of exercise science and nutrition.

Don’t just jump right in and begin consuming a limitless amount of useless supplements. Try to learn about the things that really work before even considering a supplement.

A large portion of my knowledge comes from great fitness Youtube channels such as flexforall2. Then you have fitness programs like the Adonis Golden Ratio which has some good advice and tools to attaining the ideal proportions of a great “Adonis” like physique. Just remember to do the fact checking on your own before blindly believing everything you hear.

Once you attain a decent level of know how you can begin putting ideas to practice. There are a variety of lifting programs out there that get the job done. As a beginner you should make sure you include all of the basic compound lifts in your program (e.g squats, deadlifts, and bench press.) As you gain a solid foundation of muscle you can start to look at areas that are falling behind and begin to target them more. For example, I my chest is small in proportion to my arms so I throw in more chest exercises into my program to make up for it.

Nutrition is also very important. Never do a dirty bulk where you indiscriminately eat as many calories as you can. This will likely result in too large of a surplus and you will start to gain too much fat. Stick to a high protein diet with a low-moderate surplus relative to your BMR and enjoy the muscle gain without much fat. Then to get shredded all you will need is a few weeks to a month of cutting.

What is Barre Fitness?

Barre fitness is a relatively new fitness trend that is really gaining popularity – mainly because it is proving to provide good results. Barre workouts primarily focus on the lower body resistance, but also includes some upper body. These workouts help produce a healthy and lean body composition.

When you sign up for a barre class, you can expect to workout in a large open space with mirrors. Generally, you won’t have to wear shoes or socks when performing the workout. However, some people like to wear the socks with grips on them like a yoga or Pilates class.

What to expect in a Barre Class
The workouts are typically under 1 hour including warm-up and warm-down sessions. Barre fitness is designed for a variety of fitness levels and body types. People who have received their barre certification are able to properly teach the right techniques in a multi-level class environment. This means they will be able to modify some of the movements for beginners and show advanced movements for the more experienced. A good instructor will most likely have their certification and will be able to give you the safest and most effective workouts.

Below is an excellent 40 minute barre workout video you can try at home!

Top 3 Ways To Lose Weight Fast

One of the main contributors to the increasing obesity rates in the US and around the world is the abundance of misinformation and false promises flooding the diet and fitness industry. People who have the intention and motivation to lose weight are often discouraged after following overly bland diets or diets that are just to strict and limiting. Losing weight can be made much more simple if we can overlook all of the fad diets and false promises and look at the science of what actually works. For the 99% of people who don’t actually have a thyroid problem and are otherwise healthy, you will lose weight if you are burning more calories than you are consuming. This can be accomplished by consuming less calories than it takes for your body to maintain it’s current weight or by consuming the same amount of calories it takes to maintain your current weight and adding in some additional exercise to lower your overall caloric intake. With this in mind – here are the top 3 ways to lose weight fast:

  • Construct a flexible diet plan – Flexible dieting can best be described as eating both healthy foods and foods you enjoy. The first thing you are going to want to do is calculate your TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure) – a simple google search for TDEE calculator will do the trick. This will use your body weight. height age, and activity levels to give you the estimated amount of calories your body needs to maintain its current weight. You will then take this number and aim anywhere from 100 calories to 400 calories less (depending on how fast you want to lose weight) than the total. The base of your diet should be composed of protein (meats, eggs, dairy, etc) and the rest will naturally be composed of carbs and fats. I recommend keeping the fat lower just to make it easier to manage your caloric intake – 1g of carbs = 4 calories and 1g of fat= 9 calories. Remember to keep everything balanced, you don’t want all of your carbs from sugars but there will be room for some goodies. However, try to focus on less calorie dense carbs first (e.g. pasta, rice, fruits and vegetables). The remaining calories can be filled with foods you like to enjoy.
  • Box-Squat1Exercise - To improve overall health, strength, and body composition, your primary exercise should be from resistance training (weights). This will not only allow you to burn calories during the exercise session, but your body will continue to burn more calories when repairing muscle tissue. The result will be fat loss, muscle gain, and the ability to consume more calories without gaining fat. Weight training will ultimately result in a healthy and fit body as opposed to loss in muscle tissue and an unhealthy appearance.This doesn’t mean you should completely ignore cardio – try to incorporate cardio at least 1-2 times per week for its health benefits. You can also use cardio as a tool to manage your caloric balance. For example, you eat 300 calories over your goal you can aim to burn those 300 calories during a cardio session somewhere in the following days.

 

  • Motivation - Probably the best way to lose weight fast is motivation. Because without it, weight loss is not possible. There is no magic pill that can make you lose weight without any effort. Motivation is what keeps you from consuming too many calories too often and from missing too many workouts. There are different things that motivate people. You can get motivation by getting spouse or family members to move alongside you, you can find inspiration from pictures and videos of healthy/fit people, etc. However, the best motivation will come from the results you see of yourself. Once you feel better and more confident, you will want to keep going and you will find that its is all just part of your routine and not an inconvenience to follow a balanced and flexible diet and exercise lifestyle.

 

 

Weight Loss via Vaser Lipo

Extraordinary body-sculpting benefits of Vaser Liposuction near Nottingham

Experts regard vaser liposuction as the most powerful way to target stubborn pockets of fat to create a slim, muscular physique. Vaser, which stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy uses an ultrasound-assisted instrument to deliver targeted pulses of energy through an efficient probe that prevent any collateral side effects from ultrasonic waves, which can produce uncomfortable side effects. Vaser is also called high-definition liposuction or hi-def lipo for short.

Bespoke benefits for body-sculpting goals

Skilled surgeons can create six-pack abs for men or “turtle tummies” for women, and the staff at the Selston Cosmetic Clinic have performed the procedure more than 900 times with spectacular results. Body-shaping benefits include the following details:

  • Ultrasound helps to target fatty deposits around abdominal muscles, breasts, upper backs and hips and flanks.
  • The Vaser probe liquefies fat with precise targeting so that surgeons can sculpt the appearance of certain areas.
  • Surgeons use minimally invasive incisions so that postoperative infections, side effects or complications very seldom occur.
  • More than 70,000 Vaser procedures have yet to produce serious complications.
  • Surgeons can deposit fat cells to areas that need building up to sculpt the desired appearance.
  • Patients return to normal routines with 7–10 days.

Patients report their experiences in astonishing detail

The procedure carries none of the risks of general anesthesia, and liquefied fat is either drawn off by suction and massage of the treated area or through natural excretion. The ultrasound process for liquefying fat doesn’t damage surrounding muscles, blood vessels or nerves, and patients can have the procedure completed at the clinic without an overnight stay in hospital.

Patients are astonishingly candid about their experiences. Interested people can read complete descriptions from satisfied patients at the WeWomen.com forum or watch a professionally filmed video of the process at the shared-module website. These resources attest to the simple nature of the procedure, and patients typically report less bruising and pain, better results and faster recovery times, which often only take a few days.

The most efficient and gentle way to remove unwanted fat

There are many choices for losing weight or removing fat, but few of them offer the ability to target specific areas, lose weight from stubborn arms, legs, inner thighs, necks and chins and cause minimal risks of bleeding, postoperative infections and anesthesia complications. The Vaser Lipo gentle approach causes almost no disturbance to sensitive structural tissues. This technique is not only gentle but also improves skin retraction so that skin develops the tightened look that usually takes strenuous exercise to get.

Reference: Selston Cosmetic clinic

Meet Your Daily Fruits and Vegitable Needs Using a Juicer

juicersFor me, it has always been tough to meet my daily vegetable intake goals on any given day. I am not a huge fan of eating vegetables dry and it just isn’t very convenient for me to prepare a vegetable based meal – especially if I don’t really enjoy or look forward to it. There is an excellent solution to this problem that I unbelievably overlooked for years – a Juicer. I seriously look forward to using it everyday because:

  • I can prepare my fruits and veggies very quickly
  • The drinks I have made so far are delicious
  • I look forward to using it everyday therefore I am consistently getting my daily fruits and veggies (micronutrients)

Choosing a Juicer
You are probably now ready to look for the best juicer to help lose weight and for very good reason. There are many great models that are available depending on your needs. When shopping for mine, I  looked at the amazon reviews to narrow down my top choices and then pick the one that is best suited for me. Since I only make juice for myself and at one serving at a time, I went for a smaller and less expensive model. However, some people like to prepare more juice at once. In this case you would go for the larger model.

Recommended Fruits and Vegetable Requirements

Vitamins and minerals are crucial for those looking to get into shape and maintain good health. I recommend getting 2-3 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. It will not only improve your overall health, but it will improve your performance in the gym. Not being a fan of vegetables, I have found that throwing spinach into my juicer with whey protein and fruit tastes great. Since I’ve been much more consistent with my fruit and vegetable intake, I honestly feel that my performance is improving as well as my energy. That said, you shouldn’t need my testimony to discover that fruits and veggies are good for you. This has been fact since the beginning of man. Get your fruits and veggies. And if you’re like me, get a juicer to ensure that you can get those veggies.

The Most Essential Gym Equipment For Your Home Gym

Building a home gym is a great way to get in shape for those who dread going to their local gym every day. Home gyms are extremely convenient, and can be just as effective as a commercial gym if done properly. So what gym equipment will get you closest to achieving your goals?

Power Rack

power-rack

I would consider a power rack one of the best pieces of gym equipment you can get because they provide a safe way to complete a large variety of different exercises. Most importantly, you can do the “Big 3” when it comes to lifting weights: Squats, Dead lifts, and Bench press. Many power racks even have a bar up top that allows you to do chin ups, or pull ups.

Power racks are also ideal in terms of safety. A good power rack will have adjustable bars that can catch the barbell if you fail a rep.

Olympic Size Barbell

olympic-barbell

Without this essential piece of gym equipment, your power rack will basically be useless. A barbell will allow you to do a variety of workouts like bench press, shoulder press, curls, squats, deadlifts, and more. Given that you can train every part of your body with a barbell, it will be an essential addition to your home gym.

Bench

adjustable bench

In order to maximize the amount of exercises you can do, you will need a bench. Ideally, you want a bench that is able to do incline, flat, and decline. An adjustable bench will greatly increase the amount of exercises you can do. Look for a quality bench that provides a lot of stability.

Weight Plates

weight plates

All of the above pieces of equipment will be pretty useless without some Olympic size weight plates. You can buy these individually or by the set (much cheaper this way).

Dumbbell set

dumbell set

A good set of dumbbells will basically complete your home gym. It will greatly increase the amount of exercises you can do. Some exercises include: curls, dumbbell flys, military press, lateral Raises, dumbbell rows, tricep extensions, and much more.

Curl Bar

curl bar

This is not a totally necessary piece of gym equipment but it is good to have. It can definitely add a variety of exercises to your arsenal. Be sure to get a curl bar that will be compatible with your weight plates.

Cardio Equipment of Your Choice

When it comes to cardio, it is important to choose a piece of equipment you enjoy the most. Some people prefer a stationary bike over a treadmill, or vice versa. Maybe you like the elliptical the best to burn those calories. Choose the one that you can see yourself doing for a long period of time. This will allow you to stay more consistent and help prevent you from dreading your workouts.

These are some of the best pieces of gym equipment you can have for a good home gym. You will be able to complete a huge variety of exercises within the convenience of your own home.

Does the Paleo Burn Diet Really Work?

paleo-dietThe Paleo diet is becoming increasingly more popular for those who are looking to improve their body composition and overall health. This diet is based on the premise that you will only eat commonly available foods like our ancestors did many years ago. These foods include things like fish, vegetables, eggs, nuts, and fruit. If you are strictly following the paleo diet, you cannot eat any grains, dairy products, or any other processed foods.

So does the Paleo diet really work? The answer is yes, programs like paleo burn, and other variations of Paleo work wonders on people, but not necessarily for the reasons you may think. The primary reason is the fact that the foods are less calorie dense, and more filling. It is more difficult to overeat when following the Paleo diet compared to other diets that aren’t as filling. Additionally, it tends to be easier for people to diet properly when a program is laid out for them.

One of the downsides some people find with the Paleo diet is that it can sometimes be tough to follow strictly. Our society revolves around eating foods in social gatherings so sticking to Paleo foods can prove to be difficult for many. Also, you have to be willing to cut out dairy and grains, which may prove to be a tough task for you.

Is the Paleo Diet Necessary?

It is up to you to decide whether the Paleo diet is the most optimal one for you to follow. You will absolutely burn fat following this diet, but you need to consider whether or not you can stick with it in the long term for the best results. It is common for people to take on a diet like this and get great results, only to eventually revert back to their previous habits and gain all the weight back.  You might find a more flexible diet approach with a controlled energy intake, fiber, vitamins, and adequate protein easier to follow. After all, it is overeating that causes the creation of adipose fat tissue. Eating some higher calorie foods you enjoy every now and then shouldn’t be a problem if you are eating at a calorie deficit in the long term.

The best diet is always one that you personally can stick to consistently in the long term and still get the results you want. For some people, the paleo diet is a great way to eat the foods they enjoy, and get the results they want at the same time. For others, it might be difficult to cut out dairy products and grains, making it difficult to maintain the diet in the long term.

 

 

Diet and Exercise or Liposuction?

You have been working your butt off trying to lose weight. You have reached your goal weight, but there is that one area where the fat just won’t disappear. Is liposuction a good idea?

First of all liposuction is a cosmetic procedure. It also falls under the name “suction-assisted lipectomy” or even “lipoplasty”. If you are thinking about it as an option, you should understand that liposuction is not a form of weight loss. It is only design to remove stubborn fat areas that just won’t respond to exercising and dieting. In other words, it is to be treated as the ultimate last resort if you are really intent on removing the fat areas.

Some of the most common areas targeted for the liposuction procedure are:

  • Inner Thighs
  • Back
  • Arms
  • Hips
  • Love Handles
  • Abdominals

Liposuction is a great option for those who want to remove just a small amount of fat tissue in a certain area. It can be a real confidence booster for many people who are self-conscious about those problem areas. It is not an option for those looking to lose a large amount of fat. The procedure itself is time tested and safety has improved dramatically over time, but just like any other such procedure, it is surgery and there are risks involved. If you choose this route, be sure you get n authorized and well qualified surgeon. For example, if you are looking for liposuction Michigan, perform the search online and look for reviews and customer before/after pictures from each surgeon before making a decision.

Choosing a surgeon based on the lowest price might end up being the most costly choice. There is such thing as a good surgeon at a lower price, but when shopping around, just be sure you don’t put your body on the sale rack.

Some of the unsatisfactory outcomes include:

  • Incomplete lipo where it is difficult to tell if there was even anything done
  • Excessive lipo which leaves an unnatural look for body proportions.
  • Asymmetrical or uneven results
  • Abrasions in the skin
  • Huge scars

So just be careful when choosing a surgeon if you decide to take the surgical route.

 

 

How Much Should I Weigh For My Height?

When setting weight loss goals a lot of people want to know – how much should I weigh for my height. How much you should weigh depends on a few different factors such as your height, weight and age. One method of determining your ideal weight is to use the Body Mass Index (BMI). Whilst this is a fairly accurate way of determining how much you should weigh it is not perfect as it doesn’t account for muscle mass, which is one of factors that should be taken into account.

Often people wonder if there is a correlation between their age and how much they should weigh. There is no definitive answer to that question as everyone has a different physiological make up and will be at different levels of activity and fitness at different points of their life. Whilst it is assumed that as people get into middle age they will weigh more as generally they will be less active this often isn’t the case as diet is a much bigger factor in weight maintenance than exercise.

Coming back to the BMI scale – The BMI scale gives you a point score that is based on your weight and height. There are four classifications in the BMI scale -

Underweight – Your BMI score is less than 18.5

Normal Weight – Your BMI score is between 18.5 and 24.9

Overweight – Your BMI score is between 25 and 29.9

Obese – Your BMI score is 30 or more

If you’re curious as to what your BMI score is there are many good calculators online. They are not as accurate as visiting a doctor would be however as they don’t take other factors into account. They are simply using your weight and height together. It should be anyone’s goal to be in the normal range of the BMI scale. This will at least ensure that you are at less risk from weight-related diseases. The best way to achieve an ideal weight is with a balanced diet consisting of good quality food and taking regular exercise.

How Much Should I Weigh?

There are many factors that can contribute to your weight. A few of the obvious ones are your height, body fat percentage, and muscle mass. Weight can also fluctuate a bit during the day due to water retention. If you are retaining a lot of water, the scale may show that you are a few pounds heavier than normal. For this reason, you should weigh yourself in the morning to get the most accurate measurement. To get even more accurate, weigh yourself a few mornings in a row and take the average.

Many people ask the question — how much should I weigh? There are BMI calculators all over the internet, but you should use discretion when using them. They only account for your height and weight, and do not factor in muscle mass. If you have above average muscle mass, these calculators might actually indicate that you are overweight even though you are in great shape and have a lot of muscle.

Use this chart to get an estimate of how much you should weigh based on your height and weight:

 


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Feeling More Confident With a Tummy Tuck Belt

Summer is coming to an end, and fashion is about to take a turn for the seasons. I dread this point of the year, primarily because it marks the shift between wearing cool loose clothes, to wearing warmer and tighter clothes. Each year has had the potential to wreck havoc on my wardrobe, as last year’s clothes may not be in touch with the latest style, or might not fit just right thanks to those extra few pounds I put on. Either way, we can find ourselves throwing away clothes that don’t make us look as fabulous as we feel.

This year, I will be taking a couple precautions to ensure that next year’s wardrobe will survive the shift. First, I am resolving that any new clothes I buy are going to fit well. I’m not going to buy clothes for the future when I might have lost weight in the parts of my body that I am hoping I will. Instead I’m going to buy clothes that fit now.

The next thing I am going to do is get a Tummy Tuck Belt. The reason for this is simple. Next year can hold 3 scenarios. First, I might weigh exactly the same as I do now. This is unlikely, so I will quickly move to the other two scenarios. The next scenario is that I weigh less than I do now. This is a great problem to have, and I will enjoy buying new clothes for my now smaller frame; I can carry on this procedure for the following years. Finally, I might weigh more than I do now. That is where the belt comes in. Even if I have gained a few pounds (so long as I don’t go crazy with it), I can still fit into my clothes that may be just a little tight, without looking as if I am about to spill out of them at any second. I’m confident that this year will be the first of a long and happy life for my wardrobe. I hope you do the same!

Do Fat Burners Like Phen375 Even Work?

There are a ton of fat burners on available in the weight loss and fitness supplement industry today. Many of them can work, but they are by no means magic weight loss pills. These fat burners can only really work if you supplement them with proper dieting and exercise. You can’t just take the fat burner everyday and follow it up with 3,000-4,000 calories. This would only lead to weight gain, not weight loss.

Many fat burners work because they suppress your appetite and cause you to eat less each day. By eating at a calorie deficit, you are burning more calories than you are taking in. This will force your body to metabolize fat for energy. When eating at a calorie surplus, your body never has the chance to use fat for energy. Instead, it will store the extra calories as fat.

Do I need a Fat Burner?

Just like any supplement, you don’t necessarily need it to accomplish your goals. They are only meant to supplement your current diet and weight loss plan. Many people use them for convenience purposes. However, you can most certainly still get great results without the use of supplements. After all, many people simply do not have the budget to buy supplements. If this is the case for you, don’t worry! You can still accomplish your goals without them.

So before you buy Phen375 or any other fat burner, you need to decide whether or not you really need it to accomplish your goals. It is also important to do your research and maybe ask others who have tried the particular supplement you’re looking at.

If you do decide to take a supplement, you still need to put in the effort! There are far too many people who think that the supplement will do all the work. So if you have yet to put in the hard work, I would suggest that you try that before trying to rely on a weight loss pill.

Tips On How To Lose Weight and Keep It Off

The nature of our culture today causes many people face problems with managing their weight. As a result, there is a huge market for supplements claiming instant results just by using their product. The truth is, no supplement can single-handedly result in a significant amount of weight loss if any at all. There are some that can help some when combined with a good diet and exercise plan, but they should only be used as what they are called: a supplement.

When we get down to the truth about how to lose weight, we need to somehow dig deep through a gigantic industry spreading false information and look at the science behind losing weight. In short, losing weight comes down to burning more calories than you are taking in. The idea is that your body then uses stored fat for energy once all of the calories you have consumed have been used. In order to do this properly without losing muscle mass and body composition is to properly structure your diet.

Structuring your diet
First, you are going to need to figure out your BMR. Your BMR is the amount of calories your body uses to maintain itself throughout the day. There are many BMR calculators you can find by searching online.

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What You Can Do To Start Slimming Today

There are many different philosophies and diet plans that make it difficult to decide what needs to be done in order to start losing weight. Although knowing how to lose weight and taking action in order to lose weight are two very different things, it helps to first learn how to lose the weight so you can make the action of losing weight a lot easier.

I believe it is important to try to simplify things when it comes to weight loss because making so many drastic changes to your diet at one time often leads to a short lived attempt at weight loss followed by a re-feed or gaining all of the weight back.

The first step is to tweak your diet so you are eating at a weekly calorie deficit. A good way to start is to calculate how many calories your body uses to function on a daily basis. You can find many BMR calculators online that will tell you approximately how many calories your body uses each day. From there, you will want to keep track of your calories and eat under that amount. For example, if your BMR is 1900 calories, then a good target to hit would be something like 1700 calories total for the day.

Balancing Your Diet

There are likely some immediate changes to your diet which will greatly help you eat under your BMR each day. For example, if you are consuming 4 regular sodas each day you should definitely try to eliminate the habit. Eat soda is 140 calories and consuming 4 brings it to a total of 560 calories. A great alternative would be to try one of the zero calorie sodas instead.

Make sure you try to include high protein for each meal. Foods like chicken and fish are very lean sources of protein. Another great source of protein is cottage cheese. There are a number of recipes out there to make any of these taste great. If you still don’t think you can add enough protein to your diet, then you can consider a whey protein supplement.

Exercise

Try to get solid exercise at least 2-3 times per week. Even if you are only able to workout for 30 minutes it is still going to help you lose more weight. Just make sure you are pushing your limits during those 30 minutes to get the best workout each time.

Also, consider weight training for weight loss. Many people overlook it, but weight training is arguably even more effective for weight loss than cardio. This is because your body burns more calories when it is in the process of repairing muscle tissue after resistance training.

The Raspberry Ketone for Fat Burning

I have been asked by many about natural compounds that can be used as a fat burner. One topic that has come up a lot recently due to media buzz is raspberry ketones. A Raspberry Ketone is an aroma compound from red raspberries. There was a study on mice that showed raspberry ketones helped prevent mice from putting on weight due to a high fat diet. There are many studies in Asia that showed signs of fat burning and increased insulin sensitivity. However, there has been no studies that showed this same effect in humans. This did not stop the media and buzz that was created in the weight loss industry after Dr. Oz said they were the number one miracle in a bottle to lose fat. Raspberry ketones have now become a widely popular way to try and lose weight.

Heath Benefits of Raspberry Ketones

Since this compound is very rich in anti-oxidants, there are some health benefits. Along with a healthy diet and lifestyle, raspberry ketones can be a great addition. You may notice increased energy levels.

As with any supplement, you will not see any weight loss solely by taking this one. A supplement is only meant to do just that — supplement an already healthy diet to achieve your goals. Weight loss can occur with this supplement as long as the rest of your diet is in check. You may have seen amazing before and after photos of people losing a lot of weight while using raspberry ketones. It is important to note that these people already took on a well balanced diet and exercise regimen.

Should I Take Raspberry Ketones?

Before deciding whether or not you should take raspberry ketones, you need to weigh the cost versus the health benefits. If your diet is already full of anti-oxidants, you may not notice much of a difference. If you are looking to lose weight with this supplement, give it a shot and see if it works for you. Be sure to supplement it with a well balanced diet.

Do Diet Pills Actually Work?

The supplement market is flooded with thousands of different types of diet pills, but do any of them actually burn fat?

Before even considering a diet pill, you should always ask your doctor or pharmacist to see if there are any negative interactions with the supplement.

If you are someone who wants to take diet pills, but does not make any effort in areas such as diet and exercise, then diet pills will do very little to help you lose weight. The ultimate way to lose weight is not by taking a magic pill, but by:

  1. Eating Less Calories than your BMR.
  2. Exercising

How Do They Work?

There are many different types of diet pills out there so it’s hard to put them under one category. Some are made of only natural ingredients (Acai for example) and some are more like prescription drugs. Many diet pills available on the market are designed for appetite suppression. They work because they help you avoid overeating and control your calorie intake more. Others pills are stimulants that elevate your heart rate in an effort to help you burn more calories.

Are they Worth It?

There are some pills that might help to accelerate weight loss when you are taking them in addition to a healthy diet and exercise plan, but it may not be worth the risk. It is important to do your best research before taking anything. Fat burning pills will never make up for a poor diet. Change your eating habits to a healthier one and eat high protein foods and exercise regularly. It may not seem like it, but there are plenty of healthy meals that taste great.

After you are able to consistently do these things, then you have the choice to consider supplementation. If you do choose to take fat burning pills, just make sure you take all of the necessary safety precautions by asking your doctor and researching the ingredients.

 

Personal Trainer Qualifications

The demands for a personal trainer have increased quite a lot in the past few years. It seems that people are looking to get fit now more than ever. As a result, this opens up a lot of opportunity for those who want to become a personal trainer as a career or even just a job on the side. If you are one who wants to get certified, you have to learn the personal trainer qualifications so you can get started.

The first thing you have to understand about getting certified as a personal trainer is that there are a number of certifications out there. There are also a lot of good options as the companies who are offering certifications are trying to outmatch the competition to become the ‘go to’ option for everyone looking to become a certified personal trainer. I recommend that you do the research to find a program which suits you the best. If you are looking to train for a particular gym then you should ask them what they require before making your choice.

If you are serious about becoming a personal trainer then you are going to want to do more than the bare minimum to be successful. This means that you will want to have the best certifications. Unfortunately, it seems the the most reputable certification programs are also the most expensive. However, many of these programs have options for you to pay in installments.

Being a personal trainer is more than just having the best qualifications – you also have to have what it takes to gain the reputation to become successful. This includes:

  • Being good with people.
  • A person who is able to motivate others.
  • Someone who is passionate about health and fitness themselves.
  • Someone who is actually knowledgeable about health and fitness.

I think the last point is very important. Just having a certification does not turn you into a expert who knows everything about health and fitness. In fact, there are many personal trainers who routinely spread false and potentially harmful information as if it were the undeniable truth. A personal trainer who is knowledgeable about the science of fitness is a very valuable one and people will take notice of this and recommend you as a good personal trainer.

Raspberry Ketone Reviews – Just Another ‘Magic Pill?’

If you are reading this post then you are probably wondering if Rasperry Ketones are actually an effective compound for weight loss. Many people are often skeptical when a new weight loss supplement takes off and hits the mainstream; understandably so – the market is flooded with magic pill supplements that claim nothing short of the fat falling directly to your wayside just after its consumption.

When searching the internet for raspberry ketone reviews, you probably noticed that it is tough to find solid information on any type of supplement regardless of whether it actually works or not.

The difference between the thousands of gimmicky weight loss supplements, and the Raspberry Ketone, is that there is actually some science behind it. A study done by the Ehime University School of Medicine found that RK prevented obesity in mice on a high fat diet. Another study by the Korea Food & Drug Administration concluded that the Raspberry ketone holds great promise in as an herbal medicine when it comes to its metabolic effects.

Although these studies where tested on mice, humans actually have many genetic similarities to mice. This means that there is a high probability that the results would be equally as impressive on humans.

The ketones found in raspberries are very healthy, and present no side effects. They are a regulating hormone that cause the fat cells to become excited and start giving up fat. The question remains on just how much fat one can lose by taking this supplement.

It is always recommended to exercise regularly and avoid a calorie surplus when trying to lose weight. Raspberry ketones appear to have a positive impact on fat loss, but as with any weight loss supplement, they should be used as a supplement and not as a magic pill. There is no doubt that raspberry ketones are great for fat loss when combined with a nice consistent diet and exercise regimen.

The Wellness Courier Health Tips – Looking for Reliable Health Information

The 60 Minutes Episode about “Toxic Sugar”

Looking for helpful health advice online seems easy, but when you consider the internet is flooded with misinformation and bad advice, it is actually very difficult. Even doctors have been caught spreading bad information on the internet and the media (see Sugar is Toxic 60 Minutes episode). However, if you look for sources that use proven scientific research for their health advice, then you can actually pick up some very valuable information that will guide you to a much healthier life.

What the Wellness Courier has done is created a great resource for people who want to live a healthier life. Their website is updated quite often with mostly information on nutrition. This isn’t just another website that swears by a magic pill or instant results that are not healthy or realistic. The Wellness Courier helps people understand that diet and nutrition advice put out by advertisers and advice proven by scientific research are not the same thing.

Once people can understand that a very large percentage of the diet and supplement industry are just doing everything they can to make a sale, then they will be able to easily tell the difference between bogus advice and truthful information. Just one example of this is the spreading of the myth that 6 meals per day will speed up your metabolism. This myth was spread as fact through many fitness/health magazines, celebrities, and news media. However, the science is just not there. What better way to boost the supplement industry than by telling people they should be eating 5-6 smaller meals per day? Most people simply do not have the time to prepare so many meals and look to supplementation because of the convenience.  Unfortunately with today’s society, if something is repeated enough it becomes the undeniable truth. Continue reading

The Best Diets Explained

Dieting is never easy, and nowadays, with so many different options to chose from, it becomes impossible to decide what to do. Some diets are for 10 days, some are for 30 days. Some diets demand fasting, some demand constant small meals. Typically, if you ask 5 different people about what diet to use, you will get 5 different answers.

Thankfully, I’ve stumbled upon a great site that will help you to decide which diet is right for you. The cool thing about this site is that you can get reviews and ratings, not only from experts, but from people who have actually tried the diet. You can read articles about each diet which explain everything from the diet itself, all the way from starting the diet, to actually seeing it through and losing the weight. The convenience of having it all in one place makes this site a great resource to have. If you like a diet, share it on Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter. Have your friends encourage your progress, and help motivate you to shed all those unwanted pounds, or lean up for beach season. Continue reading

Diet and Fitness Programs Online – What You Should Look For

There are many eBooks and diet programs available to buy online. These guides can be a great way for you to learn about losing weight and getting in shape. Although there is the potential for many helpful tips on each program, many of them do tend to spread misinformation. That is why it’s important to look up certain claims in scientific journals like pub-med. A lot of companies tend to make claims that are not exactly backed by science. One common example is that you should eat 5 to 6 small meals every day to lose weight and raise metabolism. There is no scientific evidence that suggests this is better than 3 meals with the same amount of calories. This myth was perpetuated by many fitness magazines and supplement companies because they know that many people do not have the time to prepare that many meals each day. So what better way to do it than to buy a supplement to help reach that number of meals?

You should also look for honest reviews before pulling the trigger. Some popular products have a ton of reviews like the Fat Burning Furnace Review. This type of review is a great way to get a second opinion to make sure it will work for you. If the guide is popular, there’s a good chance you will be able to lose weight with it so long that you follow it correctly.

Another great way to determine if a guide or diet is worth it is if you have a gym buddy or friend that has tried it. That way you can ask them about it and really get an honest review from them. If they have had a lot of success with the program, that is a great sign! Continue reading

The Bodybuilding Supplement Industry + Top 3 Supplements

The majority of people who want to pack on muscle or cut body fat look to bodybuilding supplements to help them speed up the process. Although these supplements are not totally necessary to achieve most goals, they can definitely make things a little more convenient. For example, many people are busy at work or school and do not always have the time to prepare a high protein meal. Instead, they will use their protein powder supplement to quickly mix up a shake. This will allow them to reach their protein goals for the day that they may have otherwise not been able to reach.

Many bodybuilders make supplementing even more convenient by shopping online. Many people at the gym get their bodybuilding supplements from here. I do know some people who just buy locally, but the number of people who do this seems to be getting smaller and smaller.

Our Top 3 Bodybuilding Supplements

  1. Whey protein – Whey protein is one of the most commonly used supplements in the industry, and for good reasons. Whey protein has proven to be a cost effective and simple way to help get your protein intake for the day. People love convenience so that makes it very appealing. Some people will even tell you that protein is more of a convenient food product than it is a supplement.
  2. Fish Oil – A fish oil supplement is probably one of the most beneficial supplements if you do not regularly eat fish in your diet. Fish oils contain essential omega 3s that have been proven have a ton of benefits to your health.Some benefits include: lower cholesterol, fat loss, increased joint pain, improved memory, and the list goes on.
  3. Creatine – Creatine is a great supplement for increasing your lifts, and building muscle. The reason creatine works so well is because it gives you a “pump” during your lift and keeps you from burning out too quickly.

There are many other great supplements out their depending on what your goals are. However, there are also those that are necessarily great supplements, but provide you with the best supplement of all: the placebo effect. The placebo effect can be very powerful if you buy in to the effectiveness that supplement claims.

Other supplements like BCAA supplements are also quite popular. However, they are not always necessary since most people get adequate BCAAs from their diet or protein supplement. However, they can be useful if you are one of those who like to train in a fasted state. Taking a BCAA supplement will not break the fast and it will help prevent muscle breakdown during your workouts.

Please keep in mind that supplements are just that, supplements! You still need to have proper nutrition and workout routines to get the best results. You should not rely on supplements only to get the results you are looking for:

Cycling to Stay in Shape and Garmin Edge 800 Review

Cycling is a great way to get in your cardio and stay in shape. Turning cycling in to a hobby is one of the best ways you can make fitness a integral part of your everyday lifestyle. You will burn a ton of calories and you can forget about worrying about heart disease or even gaining weight if your diet is in check. There are many people out there that have trouble finding a cardio exercise that they will enjoy. This leads them to end up dreading it every time and eventually give it up all together. If you haven’t tried cycling, you should. It is great if you are an adventurous type and love exercising outdoors.

Garmin Edge 800

If you are serious about cycling, you may want to take a look at the garmin edge 800 GPS. This GPS has a variety of different features, and can help you set new goals and personal records. Another reason this tool is good to have in your arsenal is the fact that it can keep track of your heart rate if you have the strap. It can also keep track of your speed, elevation, distance and many other things. It is good to have an all in one solution for navigating and keeping track of your heart rate because you will avoid the extra distractions. This will enable you to better focus on cycling and not getting lost!

Good Motivational Tool

There is also another feature that serves as a good motivational tool. This feature visually keeps track of your goal speed and your real time speed. If you find that you are lagging behind, you will know that you need to increase the speed in order to accomplish your goal. Continue reading

Battling Weight Loss With The Lemonade Diet

Oops! Looks like they spilled some lemonade :(

Want to look like Beyonce or Megan Fox? It’s easier than ever, and you can expect to spend just a few cents and a few minutes per day. The best part is, the diet is only temporary. If you will indulge me for a second, it is very simple. All you have to do is walk out of your house and down the street. If you are lucky, a lemonade stand will be waiting for you to quench your thirst and cut those pounds for just 25 cents a glass. If you are not so lucky, keep walking till you find one (worst case scenario, the extra miles will help lose that weight). You could always visit your local wholesale supermarket to buy lemons, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup in bulk, if you are going to go all out. Some may feel skeptical when a delicious substance is offered as a dieting option, so the best thing to do is look at the facts. And as always, consult your physician before starting any new diet.

The lemonade diet is designed as a cleanse. and can help rid your body of many toxins while getting rid of that excess fat. As a bonus, you can feel good about helping out your local neighborhood entrepreneurs. Once your body has the necessary balance it needs, it can open up the opportunity to shed those hard-to-lose pounds. The lemonade diet is designed to last for 10 days at a time, in order to give your body a fresh start and a boost in energy. It is about helping your body to help itself; pH balance, among other things, is so important to maintaining a proper weight, as well as feeling good on a daily basis. Drinking lemonade as described in the diet, will help to restore and maintain that balance. Continue reading

Understanding Meal Frequency – I Know How Much to Eat, But When?

Meal FrequencyShould I eat more calories in fewer meals, or less calories more often? Should I skip breakfast, dinner? If I eat a snack, do I have to wait 30 minutes before I go swimming? If you ask a dozen different people about how frequently you should eat throughout the day, you will likely get at least a dozen different answers. A lot of weight (pun intended) is put into choosing how often to eat, and how much to eat at each meal. People often spend as much time planning the timing of their meals as they do the workout itself. But to answer these questions, we need to go back to our roots. Our bodies are designed to use food to expend energy, repair itself, and to adapt to the environment. And back in the day, when food required a little hunting and gathering, this meant eating whenever you were hungry. The scarcity of food, and the need to expend energy to obtain it, not to mention survive, justified eating whenever possible, and kept our ancestors from becoming slobs. Nowadays though, when 2,000 calories are obtainable in a meal ordered from the comfort of your favorite air conditioned vehicle, a little more restraint is necessary to limit the body’s resources relative to your personal energy expenditures. Continue reading