Blood, Sweat and Tears… I'm Coming For You

As most of my readers know I've been using Intermittent Fasting for over 6 months to achieve my current levels of leanness. I enjoyed the IF'ing, it works wonders and I highly recommend it for certain individuals. I've decided to change my direction right for now. I've been meaning to enter a powerlifting meet for a quite some time now, but stuff keeps on happening and I end up not competing. Well I'm here to tell you that I will be competing in the Winter Open in February of next year. In case you don't know what powerlifting is (most people don't), I'll quickly explain it for you. Powerlifting is composed of three lifts: the bench press, the squat, and the deadlift. You get three opportunities for each exercise. So…
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'Accuracy' Of Energy Content in Restaurant Food

An interesting new study just came out that discussed the accuracy of energy content in various restaurant foods. If you are on my newsletter list, you may have seen my opinion about the Fatabase. I believe more restaurants in BC should enter their foods' information into this Fatabse. If you are completely confused on the 'Fatabase' then sign up for my newsletter and I can get you a back "issue." The issue at hand is how accurate restaurants are when they compute the caloric values for their items. The researchers also mentioned in the beginning of the study that 35% of the daily energy intake in the US is from restaurant food. The researchers in this study measured 269 food items and 242 unique foods from 42 restaurants in Indiana,…
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The Romanian Deadlift

I thought I'd take a break from my usual awesome blogging on nutrition and talk a little bit about an exercise that I've been thoroughly enjoying lately. The exercise, is of course the Romanian deadlift (RDL). I'd like to go into a little detail on who can benefit from this exercise. Then I'll cover some basics on how to perform the exercise properly. As easy as it seems, I rarely see people performing it properly. I will first tell you that this exercise is not easy. It's not always fun either, once you begin lifting some heavy ass weight! However, the benefits that you will get from them are well worth the sweat and tears. If you are looking to add muscle to your hamstrings, glutes, and entire back this…
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Eating At Night Makes You Fat… Right?

I remember first hearing about this about 10 years ago. I'd imagine the myth is older than this but what do I know, I'm young. Anyways, this myth was probably started from one main myth: if you eat when you aren't active, you will gain more weight than if you ate before, during or immediately after exercise. If you regularly read my blog you know I'm a firm believer in energy balance. There is yet to be any research that I've seen that refutes that our bodies are 'slave' to energy balance. Let's take a look at some research. You can lose fat if you eat a huge meal in the morning or a huge meal at night. This study had its subjects consume 70% of their calories either at…
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The Effects of Fructose On A Hypocaloric Diet

[caption id="attachment_471" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Super Fattening Foods"][/caption]An interesting new study was released at the end of May that compared the effects of two energy-restricted diets, a low-fructose diet versus a moderate natural fructose diet. The researchers also examined how these two different diets affected weight loss and metabolic syndromes. The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of added sugars in the form of fructose on our weight and how it affects the following; blood pressure, lipid profile, serum glucose, insulin resistance, uric acid, soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1. Quality of life scores were included as secondary outcomes. One hundred two (78%) of the 131 participants were women, mean age was 38.8 ± 8.8 years, and the mean body mass index was 32.4 ± 4.5 kg/m(2). The low-fructose diet…
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"Fat Burning Foods"

I see this quoted far too often in magazines, blogs, ads, everywhere. It really pisses me off. No food is going to transform your body from a fatty to a cover model. This is something that most people fail to understand due to all the ignorance displayed in the media. If you signed up for my newsletter, you may have noticed, I didn't title my report "The Top 10 Fat Burning Foods." I did this for a reason. Yes, protein has a higher TEF (which is why you'll find a lot of high-protein foods in my report). You can eat junk food and lose weight, you can eat junk food and maintain your weight, and you can eat junk food and gain weight. Obviously the latter is what is usually…
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