Whether you are gaining, maintaining, or cutting, having a digestive system which is functioning smoothly can be life-changing. No one wants to walk around bloated, sluggish, and “backed-up”. The challenge is, when things aren’t working properly and we’re feeling frustrated, it can be difficult to determine what the true cause of our digestive distress is. A few recent consultations on improving digestive functioning prompted the idea for an article on this topic. Over these next few paragraphs, my goal is to equip you with a variety of ideas and strategies that can help you improve your digestive functioning if, and when, you experience issues.* [Read more…]
I’m sure at one time or another you have been under the weather and might have questioned whether you should be training or not. Of course, if you’re really sick where it’s just a struggle to function normally, then it’s crystal clear you should have your feet up relaxing. [Read more…]
Welcome back to part 2 of our mini-series on emotional and other non-physiological eating behaviors. Now that we’ve identified some of the major reasons for eating, other than being physically hungry, how do we resolve them? Do we even need to resolve them?
I’ve grouped these emotional and other non-physiological reasons for eating into three main categories: 1) Normal behaviors (given modern culture, traditions, etc.), 2) Neutral but potentially destructive behaviors, and 3) Behaviors we need to address. [Read more…]
Quite often when experiencing slow or non-existent fat loss during a dieting phase the first instinct might be to cut back on calories and or to add in more cardio. Sure, that can definitely expedite the fat loss process, but depending on where one is at in the fat loss phase and/or where protocols are at (calories and cardio), it may not be the best option available. [Read more…]
You’re at the office, cranking diligently away on an intense project that was just assigned to you and your division. You look up, and glance over at one of your teammates, only to see him staring blankly at the wall, totally lost in trance.
You’d say to yourself, “How lazy! We have so much work to get done and here I am working my ass off, while he’s just sitting over-there twiddling his thumbs!” [Read more…]
Before we go any further, I should probably clarify my little “Thinning the skin” joke. Unfortunately, fish oil does not thin our skin (although the omega-3 fatty acids present in fish may help to thin our blood by reducing platelet aggregation). [Read more…]
“Tick-tock, tick-tock, tick-tock…” We’ve all been here before: it’s 3 in the afternoon, you just finished eating lunch an hour ago, and you’re already starving. You stare at the clock, counting the minutes until you get to eat again, “Only 2 more hours and 53 minutes until dinner time.” What a terrible way to live, right?
Fat-loss is difficult, and there will inevitably be times during your diet where you find yourself in a similar situation to the one above, however minimizing the number of times we find ourselves here, and the length of time we spend here, is critical. Not only is this critical for maintaining your sanity, a productive work day, healthy relationships with family and friends, and overall well-being, but reducing the frequency of the above scenario also increases the likelihood that you will be successful in achieving your fat-loss goals.
“High-Fructose Corn Syrup will make you fat!” “High-Fructose Corn Syrup is the reason you can’t lose weight.” “High-Fructose Corn Syrup is worse for you than table sugar.” The list goes on and on of the various claims made about high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) throughout the dieting community and popular media headlines. And while these claims have become almost law to many who are trying to lose weight, is there actually any truth behind them? Is high-fructose corn syrup itself really to blame for the current obesity epidemic sweeping America?
There has been great debate amongst experts in the field of diet and nutrition over the last fifteen to twenty years regarding the safety of artificial sweeteners, primarily aspartame. Often times, certain influential public figures (with no dietary credentials whatsoever might I add) receive extraordinary exposure from the media on this subject, thus resulting in the skewed opinion and misrepresentation toward the public. Reporters capture this, and mislead the public and my job here is to inform you, not that sugar substitutes are good for you, but how they are all right in moderation and that if you drink a diet soda in the morning, you are not going to suddenly develop a cancerous tumor from it, rest assured.