https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com Sifting through the muscle-building myths, misconceptions and hype, so you don't have to. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 14:02:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6.1 Uncensored bodybuilding and fitness information in a podcast format (audio) on topics like nutrition, training and supplements. Marc David clean Marc David [email protected] [email protected] (Marc David) All Rights Reserved Marc David's Bodybuilding Secrets Blog bodybuilding,nutrition,workout,weight,muscle,fat,cardio,natural,fitness,health,exercise,training Natural Bodybuilding with Marc David » Current Health Newshttps://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/images/UBLPodcast144x144.jpg https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/category/current-health-news/ TV-G Need a Challenge? Join this Fitness Contest https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/need-a-challenge-join-this-fitness-contest/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=need-a-challenge-join-this-fitness-contest https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/need-a-challenge-join-this-fitness-contest/#comments Wed, 13 Feb 2013 17:20:00 +0000 Marc https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=3456 My friend Tom Venuto has an interesting concept called the “Love Your Body” challenge. In this contest if you TAKE ACTION,  you can score points and win.  You don’t have to take pictures unless you want to.  You don’t have to write one of those novel like contest essays either. You can see the challenge [...]

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Starts on February 14th, 2013

My friend Tom Venuto has an interesting concept called the “Love Your Body” challenge. In this contest if you TAKE ACTION,  you can score points and win.  You don’t have to take pictures unless you want to.  You don’t have to write one of those novel like contest essays either.

You can see the challenge and rules here.

How the Love Your Body Challenge is Different:

Interested?  Check it out.

Be Fit, Stay Strong!

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/need-a-challenge-join-this-fitness-contest/feed/ 0 Where’s the Beef? https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/wheres-the-beef/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=wheres-the-beef https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/wheres-the-beef/#comments Fri, 25 Jan 2013 15:28:46 +0000 Marc https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=3424 That’s a good question!  If your meat comes from the third biggest seller of meat, United Kingdom based Tesco, it might contain some horse meat.  And not traces! In an effort to revive consumer faith, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland revealed 37% of its hamburger meat contains horse DNA in the Everyday Value line [...]

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What’s in your burger?

That’s a good question!  If your meat comes from the third biggest seller of meat, United Kingdom based Tesco, it might contain some horse meat.  And not traces!

In an effort to revive consumer faith, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland revealed 37% of its hamburger meat contains horse DNA in the Everyday Value line of the company’s products.

Burger King revealed that it employs the same beef supplier.

Let’s not even debate if horse meat is good for you or on the same par as cow.  I think it’s a matter of trust.  When I order a burger I expect it to be from a cow.  I think most people who eat meat from this supplier expect the same.

Tesco has a horsemeat problem

Be Fit, Stay Strong!

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Will it become a global problem?

Here’s the Center for Disease Control (CDC) obesity trends among adults from 1986 to 2010.

The video shows shows the history of United States obesity prevalence from 1985 through 2010.

Obesity Statistics

 

I Ask You:

Do you have any idea how we got to this situation?

What do we do about it?

Source:  Center for Disease Control Obesity Data

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/how-did-we-get-here-obesity-trends/feed/ 1 obesity,obesity statistics,obesity trends Good News for Alcohol Consuming Bodybuilders https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/good-news-for-alcohol-consuming-bodybuilders/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=good-news-for-alcohol-consuming-bodybuilders https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/good-news-for-alcohol-consuming-bodybuilders/#comments Thu, 19 Jul 2012 19:02:30 +0000 Marc https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=3183 Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol “may” reduce bone loss!  A study published in Menopause, showed that moderate alcohol consumption may prevent bone loss.  As you know (or do now if you didn’t) bone is a living organism.  Doing weight bearing exercises has helped prevent bone loss as you age which is why I highly recommend [...]

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Drinking moderate amounts of alcohol “may” reduce bone loss!  A study published in Menopause, showed that moderate alcohol consumption may prevent bone loss.  As you know (or do now if you didn’t) bone is a living organism.  Doing weight bearing exercises has helped prevent bone loss as you age which is why I highly recommend weight training for as much of your life as possible.

The researchers took 40 blood samples from  healthy postmenopausal women pre and post moderate alcohol consumption and concluded that drinking alcohol in moderate amounts helped slow down the bone turnover rate.

What you need to know is this…

There’s so much talk about drinking and building muscle.  I’ve been in industry long enough to know there’s some people that want the green light to get drunk on weekends and still believe they will have the bodies they desire.  Others who have the occasional drink of alcohol are fearful if they touch a drop that somebody the fat will never melt and the six pack abs will never show.  Both are incorrect conclusions.

Read this if want to know more about how alcohol affects bodybuilding and your ability to build muscle and what is meant by “moderation.”

Until then, maybe this gives us hope that one or two small glasses of red wine might help us break a new record when it comes to our lifts?  Or maybe not.  Food for thought.

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/good-news-for-alcohol-consuming-bodybuilders/feed/ 1 If You Eat at Home, You are Not Alone https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/if-you-eat-at-home-you-are-not-alone/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=if-you-eat-at-home-you-are-not-alone https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/if-you-eat-at-home-you-are-not-alone/#comments Thu, 12 Jul 2012 17:00:00 +0000 Marc https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=3164 Thanks to a NPD report on the use of recipes for at home cooking, it looks like if you are one of the people who’s cooking more at home, you are not alone.  This means things like bodybuilding recipes is on the rise!  That’s great news for you because there’s quite a few on this [...]

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Thanks to a NPD report on the use of recipes for at home cooking, it looks like if you are one of the people who’s cooking more at home, you are not alone.  This means things like bodybuilding recipes is on the rise!  That’s great news for you because there’s quite a few on this blog.

People who use a recipe on a weekly basis has jumped from 37% back in 2005 to an almost high of 42% in 2011.

A whopping 67% of U.S. households have used a receipe in the last month and 42% use it even more often!

Count me as one of those people as I’m constantly pulling ideas from my top 3 fitness cookbooks.  As you might guess, dinner is the most often timeframe for using a receipe but I admit my dinners become lunches the next day and I’ll make something quick for a healthy breakfast as well.

If you think it’s because people are really interested in becoming healthy, you’d be wrong.  It’s about money.  U.S. families (as well as any cost conscious person) are just looking for ways to save some money, still have great tasting menus and use items at home.  That’s why I am such a fan of the bodybuilding receipes on this blog!  Most use 4 or less steps, they taste wonderful and they are creative and use things I often have at home anyway.

Where’s the growth coming from you ask?

As this trend continues to rise, there’s absolutely no reason for you to worry about the need to become a bodybuidling chef.  There’s many healthy meals on this blog as well as a few friends of mine that meet the needs of anybody trying to build muscle.

P.S. – If you have a sweet tooth, you might want to take a look at how to make High Protein Apple Cinnemon Dessert Balls by my skinny, but ripped friend from Canada… Scott Tousignant.

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Author of NoBull Bodybuilding

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/if-you-eat-at-home-you-are-not-alone/feed/ 1 Calcium Supplementation Causes Heart Attacks and Strokes! https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/calcium-supplementation/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=calcium-supplementation https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/calcium-supplementation/#comments Tue, 12 Jun 2012 20:00:59 +0000 Marc https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=3129 A published in Heart Journal has found that the benefits of dietary calcium might not offer any significant cardiovascular benefits, and cautioned against calcium supplementation because they “might raise” myocardial infarction risk. You read this thinking exactly what I did.  Is there something about the calcium supplementation that my grandmother, sister or wife takes or [...]

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You read this thinking exactly what I did.  Is there something about the calcium supplementation that my grandmother, sister or wife takes or somebody else I know that might be causing adverse health risks?

Call me a sensationalist but I’ve seen this so many times before.  You start taking some supplement, the health claims are there.  Research shows positive results and then BOOM!  Like a timely filed but incorrect tax return, you get slapped with a big jolt to your reality.

Imagine the headline on February 15, 2012 reads:

Your Calcium is Killing You!

Brought to you by:

These aren’t your average left wing nutjob health sites pimping scare tactics.  These are legitimate scientists and researches from prestigious universities and institutions.

What’s the Study All About?

ABSTRACT:

Background It has been suggested that a higher calcium intake might favourably modify cardiovascular risk factors. However, findings of an ultimately decreased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) are limited. Instead, recent evidence warns that taking calcium supplements might increase myocardial infarction (MI) risk.

Objective:

To prospectively evaluate the associations of dietary calcium intake and calcium supplementation with MI and stroke risk and overall CVD mortality. Methods Data from 23 980 Heidelberg cohort participants of the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition study, aged 35e64 years and free of major CVD events at recruitment, were analysed. Multivariate Cox regression models were used to estimate HRs and 95% CIs.

Results:

After an average follow-up time of 11 years, 354 MI and 260 stroke cases and 267 CVD deaths were documented. Compared with the lowest quartile, the third quartile of total dietary and dairy calcium intake had a significantly reduced MI risk, with a HR of 0.69 (95% CI 0.50 to 0.94) and 0.68 (95% CI 0.50 to 0.93), respectively. Associations for stroke risk and CVD mortality were overall null. In comparison with non-users of any supplements, users of calcium supplements had a statistically significantly increased MI risk (HR¼1.86; 95% CI 1.17 to 2.96), which was more pronounced for calcium supplement only users (HR¼2.39; 95% CI 1.12 to 5.12).

Conclusions:

Increasing calcium intake from diet might not confer significant cardiovascular benefits, while calcium supplements, which might raise MI risk, should be taken with caution.

That’s a pretty deadly conclusion!  Take calcium supplementation and you might increase the risk of heart attacks and stroke.  Yikes!

In response, the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) issued a statement disagreeing with the study findings and affirming the benefits of calcium.

“Calcium is an important mineral with proven benefits for bone health and a long history of safe use backed by an extensive body of observational and clinical studies that supports its use for reducing the risk for osteoporosis and hip, bone and other fractures,” commented Taylor C. Wallace, Ph.D., senior director, scientific & regulatory affairs, CRN. “In addition, research has shown positive effects on risk factors associated with heart health.” 

Dr. Wallace went on to say that the study itself “is not reason enough to discount the important benefits of calcium, but consumers with questions—as well as their doctors—should consider these following points: The original study wasn’t designed to measure cardiovascular events; consequently confounding factors for cardiovascular disease were not equally distributed across the study groups. So, for example, the calcium supplement group had a population with a greater incidence of high cholesterol at baseline, and also included more smokers who were more likely to smoke for a longer duration. (The association between smoking and heart disease is well-established.) In terms of considering the relative risk, of the 851 individuals taking supplements containing calcium, only seven events occurred in users of supplements containing only calcium.” 

In summary, he said, “The bottom line is consumers need calcium, and particularly for the elderly, who are at such great risk of falls and fractures due to weak bones, removing calcium supplements from their diets could put them at even greater risk for those kinds of problems. Our advice is for consumers to be aware of how much calcium they get from their diet, supplement with calcium if needed, and check with their doctor or other healthcare practitioner to determine their own personal needs.”

How much calcium do you need? 

According to ConsumerLab.com (one of my go-to sites for mineral and supplement research), experts recommend that calcium intake from food and supplements combined should not exceed 2,500 milligrams per day.

As Layne Norton might say “Correlation does not imply causation.”   This just means that because somebody used calcium supplements or had what some might consider excessive calcium doesn’t mean that is the cause when other factors such as lifestyle were not evaluated.

If they are serious about this study, they need to find an equal group with similar lifestyles and see if they can indeed pinpoint the cause which may or may not be “excessive” calcium.  Chock this up to another study that rocks the supplement world and causes a scare.

I truly believe that if you are active doing weight bearing exercises and getting calcium thru as many raw foods as you can, you’ll be just fine.  If you need extra calcium or have special circumstances, please see your doctor before taking life changing advice from any Internet site or blog.

Invest the time to do a bit of research for yourself.  If you don’t care about your health, do you truly expect anybody else to care?

Be Fit, Stay Strong!

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K-E Diets: Using a Feeding Tube to Lose Weight

A new era of dieting is upon us as reported by ABC (and picked up by 900 fitness blogs already) called the K-E Diet.  Previously the HGC Diet put the fitness world into an uproar because it preached 500 calories a day and sometimes using an injection of a “pregnancy hormone.”

Lead it to innovative architects of modern wizardry to bring us a new and soon to be controversial diet called the K-E Diet.  Although this diet has been around in Europe for years and recently is making headlines in the United States.

What is the K-E Diet?

The K-E diet, which boasts promises of shedding 20 pounds in 10 days, is an increasingly popular alternative to ordinary calorie-counting programs. The program has dieters inserting a feeding tube into their nose that runs to the stomach. They’re fed a constant slow drip of protein and fat, mixed with water, which contains zero carbohydrates and totals 800 calories a day. Body fat is burned off through a process called ketosis, which leaves muscle intact, Dr. Oliver Di Pietro of Bay Harbor Islands, Fla., said.

Side Effects of the K-E Diet

Bad breath from ketosis (which is an old school method of shedding pounds in the bodybuilding world) is not unusual.  The constipation is because in this liquid drip of protein and fat there is no fiber.  That presents a world of issues in itself.  You need good sources of fiber for long term health.

What People Try the K-E Diet?

Meet Jessica Schnaider who tried the K-E Diet.

“I don’t have all of the time on the planet just to focus an hour and a half a day to exercise so I came to the doctor, I saw the diet, and I said, ‘You know what? Why not? Let me try it. So I decided to go ahead and give it a shot,” she said.

How Much Does the K-E Diet Cost?

Around $1,500 for 10 days

Here’s my thoughts on the K-E Diet specifically….

Once again, people are severely misinformed about nutrition and exercise.  It doesn’t take an hour and a half to get the job done.  You can make significant progress in about 45 minutes, 4 (four) times a week.  There doesn’t have to be excessive cardio either or starvation type diets.  Small cuts in your daily requirement of calories is all it takes.

However, people are always looking for the easy way out.  No time and they need to be in super shape for a wedding.  Which begs the question.  Who are you marrying that requires this and if your spouse doesn’t have any issue with it, there’s something for Dr. Drew.

Does this K-E diet stuff work?

Define work and then define your success criteria.  Ketosis is a quick way to burn fat.  High protein helps preserve muscle.  Quick super low calorie diets will get you shedding pounds at lightening speeds.  If you define work as losing weight and success as losing weight quickly then it works.  If you define it the way I do (a quest to be healthy) then extreme diets like K-E Diet have no place in my arsenal of fat burning tools.

Most people rebound and gain it all back and then some.  Especially on the K-E diet where it’s liquid foods.  800 calories for the long term is unsustainable except for the most ODC hardcore (insane, crazy) individuals.  Most people will return to their old ways and gain the weight back and then some.  It will take a rare person to use this K-E diet and learn proper nutrition and exercise in order to keep the weight off for years and get back on track.  Sadly, most won’t as those taking this diet challenge are misinformed to begin with from the very start.

Hopefully by next year we can see a Reverse K-E Diet where the tube goes up the other end.  I mean if you think about it.. Jessica said…

“I had to give excuses to people who were asking are you sick? And I was like, ‘No, I’m not sick, I’m not dying, I’m fine.”

But if this tube were up the other end, nobody would be the wiser and nobody would ask such questions!

Frankly I always wanted to create the Alcohol Diet.  If you think about, skipping all the health concerns, you could have a gin and tonic every 2-hours hours with a freshly squeezed line and be way under 800 calories.  At $1,500 you could get some of the finest gin available!

At this point, there’s not much else to say about the K-E Diet.  People are going to try it.  There will be hundreds of success stories like with every type of diet and a few people who will keep the weight off.  The majority will fail and look to the next thing.  A few may run into medical complications and I can only hope they have insurance as not to cause me (a taxpayer) to foot the bill for their unwise decisions.

I might be onto something here.  What do you think of the K-E Diet or any of these starvation type, short term diets where people are looking for quick results almost at any cost?

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/k-e-diet-feeding-tubes-for-weight-loss/feed/ 1 The Great Vibram FiveFingers Hoax: Justice for a Price? https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/vibram-fivefingers/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=vibram-fivefingers https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/vibram-fivefingers/#comments Thu, 05 Apr 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Marc http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=3008 Have you wondered if barefoot running was more beneficial than running in traditional footwear?  The photo above is of Vibram’s FiveFinger minimalist running shoes.  They claims to offer up all the benefits of barefoot running but with protection and some support. Barefoot running became a craze and Vibram quickly jumped on it with their minimalist [...]

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Have you wondered if barefoot running was more beneficial than running in traditional footwear?  The photo above is of Vibram’s FiveFinger minimalist running shoes.  They claims to offer up all the benefits of barefoot running but with protection and some support.

Barefoot running became a craze and Vibram quickly jumped on it with their minimalist running shoes.

Here Comes the Lawsuits!

Apparently Valerie Bezdek doesn’t think so as she’s the primary plaintiff in a class action lawsuit in the District of Massachusetts for “deceptive” marketing in the tune of $5,000,000 against Vibram FiveFingers.

The barefoot running craze started much like any other fitness craze.  It great in popularity and soon, companies were marketing products that catered to a certain niche.

Vibram FiveFingers Shoe Claims:

Where’s the Proof?

But as the Plaintiffs claim, there’s NO valid scientific proof to support such claims beyond “studies” provided by and paid for by Vibram FiveFingers.  In fact, the Plaintiffs claim running in FiveFingers may increase injury compared to a traditional running shoe.

“While anecdotal evidence and testimonials proliferate on the Internet and in the media about the possible health benefits of barefoot running, research has not yet adequately shed light on the immediate and long term effects of this practice..” ~ American Podiatric Medical Association

But it gets interesting… there’s many experts who testify that running in traditional running shoes is a heel-strike manner.  It could take some time, upwards of a year to transition to the different style of running.  According to one ACE Study, if you fail to change over to a more forefoot stride while wearing Vibrams, you may open yourself up to discomfort and possible injury.

Vibrams admits it’s not unusual to experience some pain when using the minimalist style shoes and that is addressed on their website.

What the Plaintiffs Claim:

The lawsuit goes on about various experts who don’t buy into the belief that running barefoot is beneficial and could cause issues.  The Plaintiffs introduce other sources that show the transition period can be lengthy and fraught with discomfort.  They state the shoes are deceptive, overpriced and none of the benefits listed can be backed up by valid scientific peer reviewed research.

Here’s my take….

This isn’t entirely new.  Companies have been sued for years for deceptive advertising.  Reebok paid $25 million for it’s deceptive shoes. 

Why Vibram posted such claims without any valid evidence in this day and age it’s irresponsible on their part.

Most supplement companies offer no proof their stuff works and if they do, it’s in-house paid research.  If you are paying thousands of dollars for a study to be done, you are sure going to do everything possible to ensure the outcome you desire.

What I found most interesting is on Page 24 of the lawsuit (download the PDF) is that Valerie Bezdek, a purchaser of the FiveFingers shoes was damaged by the untrue deceptive and/or misleading advertising (along with the other class action members).

Yet nowhere in the 28 pages did I find a single mention of such damages.  Nothing, not a single reference or mention anywhere of what might be so damaging other than the premium prices of the shoes.  I can only assume the damages she mentions are for the price of the shoes, around $102.00.

Here’s my non-lawyer understanding…

This class action seeks $5 million dollars to be put into a trust so that somebody who purchased the shoes might get cut a check for $25 after they can provide proof they purchased the shoes.

I might ask if Reebok paid $25 million.. where did that money go?

Why Not Use a Mediator?

Why not just ask Vibram to remove the claims immediately and if anybody like Valerie wants a refund, to just ask and she can get 100% of her money back?

When things like this go to court, the winners are the lawyers.  The people who purchased this shoe will get pennies on the dollar.  IF somebody was hurt using this shoe, the burden of proof lies on them to prove they were hurt using this shoe.

Justice Comes at a Price

This is an obvious win for the class action.  You’ve got precedent, a company making health claims that cannot be backed up with valid research and FTC laws for deceptive advertising that are far reaching.  Vibram got big, make some bogus claims (even if their shoes are awesome) and now they are going to pay for it.  To the tune of $5,000,000.  The consumer will be no better off and you might even see a slight price increase to off-set the cost of the lawsuit.  Again, the winners are the lawyers.  Mediation would have been the better option but it’s certainly not more lucrative is it?

Where was the SEC during the financial crisis?  Did they not market under deceptive advertising?  Can I not sue them?

I’m in favor of a regulatory body to ensure that consumers are protected.  However, the FDA, FTC and the SEC to name a few, are simply not up the task.  Too many things slip by, fly under the radar or don’t offer up enough financial reward to be worth the time and effort even though it would service justice.

I’d like know your thoughts on the issue.

Marc David – CPT
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
Author of NoBull Bodybuilding

P.S. - My friend John Sifferman, CST, CST-KS, NSCA-CPT and Barefoot Runner since 2009 wrote The Definitive Guide For Going Barefoot and Learn the Skill of Barefoot Running.

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Rest in Peace Coach

I’m very sad today to have found out that Sean O’Malley, better known as the Cardio Coach has passed away.

While doing some routine tasks this morning, I was alerted to this via a friend and I just sat there in shock.  Was this some kind of sick joke?  I quickly scanned Google and found nothing.  Then I did a search on Facebook and found this on his Cardio Coach page.

Sean O'Malley

From this posting on, it was filled with “We’ll miss you Sean!”  As of this post, I have no idea what took him but I know that I’m deeply saddened by this news.  I am sure if you were a Cardio Coach fan, this will come as a shock.

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I remember when Volume 1 and 2 first came out.  I had just started learning more about the benefits of cardiovascular training and HIIT.  Like most people, I grew bored of listening to music or doing some 1 minute on, 1 minute off routine all by myself.

Then I found Cardio Coach and heard Sean O’Malley’s voice literally coaching me thru each warm up, steady state and challenges.  At this point, I feel I’ve lost a friend.  We spoke a few times on the phone early on and somewhere in Volume 2, he even took the time to thank me.

Truthfully, there’s really no other cardio I do.  At times, I’ll do low intensity steady state while watching TV but every single other time, I’m listening to Volume 1-3 of Cardio Coach.

I will miss you Sean.  You were there for me in hundreds of workouts pushing me to the next level.  You truly cared and gave of yourself.  You touched thousands of people and made lives better.  Rest in peace friend.  I thank you for all you do.  It’s going to be a bit sad listening to volumes here on out but trust me, I will be listening.

I still need my coach.

Goodbye Sean.

- marc

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/goodbye-sean-omalley-cardio-coach/feed/ 12 Are You the 35%? Protein Requirements 101 https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/are-you-the-35-protein-requirements-101/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=are-you-the-35-protein-requirements-101 https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/are-you-the-35-protein-requirements-101/#comments Sat, 24 Mar 2012 10:10:46 +0000 Marc http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=2956 A survey of over 1000 people aged 18 and over done by CLIF Builder’s and Kelton Research showed an astonishing 35% of of Americans knew how much protein they needed. 35% of American are Clueless to Protein Requirements?! Other Findings: 76% knew how often they needed to exercise 69% knew their ideal weight range As [...]

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]]> A survey of over 1000 people aged 18 and over done by CLIF Builder’s and Kelton Research showed an astonishing 35% of of Americans knew how much protein they needed.

35% of American are Clueless to Protein Requirements?!

Other Findings:

As a side note, the study uncovered serious misconceptions about the important of carbohydrates after a workout.  Get this.. 43% of Americans thought by eating carbs after a workout they would cancel out the benefits.  89% reached for a protein snack without consideration for replenishing carbohydrates.

Let me share my thoughts on this.

While it was done by a supplement (food) company and just a survey and not a study, I find all too often in my own dealings with clients they either over consume protein at the expense of carbohydrates or they simply have no idea how to find out how much protein they need for their goals.  Many of my clients (before they meet me) focused on protein and some fats but reduce carbohydrates and skipped them after weight training.

Somebody who is a recreational athlete at best needs less protein than an adult male bodybuilder looking to gain muscle.  In my studies, I think most calculators over prescribe protein to the point it’s just plain silly.

1g per 1lb of Body Weight: It’s a Good Start

How much protein do you need?  The golden rule of 1g per 1 lb of body weight is a good start.  You can really bury yourself in studies that suggest a low range of 1.2g to 3g per kg of body weight.  In the end, they are just formulas and it will depend on you but a good place to start is 1g per 1 lb of body weight.  You’ll get more than some research suggests but far less than hardcore bodybuilding sites which end up being protein pushers.

CLIF provides a neat protein calculator in the link below but it’s below what I’ve found the most current low end research to suggest which is 1.8g per kg of body weight.  Even CLIF in my opinion only used a single source and isn’t giving you enough protein depending on your goals.  Confused?  Don’t be.

How Much Protein Do I Need:

If you dread all these calculators, just go with the 1g per 1lb of body weight per day.  You’ll meet your needs to almost any serious activity that involves maintaining to building muscle.

Regarding carbohydrates, I’m always amazed at how many of my own bodybuilding friends will suck down 50g of protein and a wee bit of carbs after an intense workout but their focus is 90% if not more on PROTEIN.

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/are-you-the-35-protein-requirements-101/feed/ 1 Why Bodybuilders Need Fiber https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/why-bodybuilders-need-fiber/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=why-bodybuilders-need-fiber https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/why-bodybuilders-need-fiber/#comments Wed, 07 Mar 2012 10:00:08 +0000 Mike Boyle http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=2887 This is post by NoBull Author, Mike Boyle What is Dietary Fiber? Dietary fiber is a nutrient found in the cell walls of plants that your body can’t digest or absorb.  Fiber is classified as a carbohydrate, unlike other carbs which your body breaks down and absorbs.  Fiber isn’t digested by your body, it passes relatively [...]

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The Functions of Fiber

Sources of Dietary Fiber

What is Dietary Fiber?

Dietary fiber is a nutrient found in the cell walls of plants that your body can’t digest or absorb.  Fiber is classified as a carbohydrate, unlike other carbs which your body breaks down and absorbs.  Fiber isn’t digested by your body, it passes relatively intact through your stomach, small intestine, colon and out of your body.  It might seem like fiber doesn’t do much, but it serves many health benefits.

Types of Fiber:

Insoluble Fiber:  This type of fiber promotes the movement of material through your digestive system and increases stool bulk, so it can be of benefit to those who struggle with constipation or irregular stools. Whole-wheat flour, wheat bran, nuts and many vegetables are good sources of insoluble fiber.

Soluble Fiber:  This type of fiber dissolves in water to form a gel-like material. It can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Soluble fiber is found in oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium.

As a Bodybuilder Why Do I Need Fiber?

As a bodybuilder, im sure you are trying to build as much muscle as possible.  To do this you have to eat a lot of protein.  The problem with consuming high amounts of protein from chicken, beef and turkey.  The meat could be staying in your digestive tract for too long and produce toxins that could have negative affects on your health.  Consuming the right amount of fiber per day with help to make sure the food is moving through your digestive tract smoothly.

Fiber also slowes down the gastric emptying process.  Gastric Emptying is the process in-which your food moves from your stomach to your small intestine.  When you eat foods with fiber, the fiber helps slow down this process.  By slowing down the transfer of food to the small intestine your body will be able to extract the nutrients much more efficiently.  This has the benefit of keeping your body in a more anabolic state longer and decreases the chances of muscle catabolism setting in.

Along with the benefits to your digestive system, fiber also helps control blood sugar levels.  This will result in a more gradual release of sugars into the bloodstream and will decrease the chances of unnecessary insulin spikes and unwanted fat storage.

When to Eat Fiber:

Avoid fiber post workout.  The goal of post-training meals is speeding up digestion–to get glucose from carbohydrates into the blood as fast as possible to stimulate muscle recovery and growth.  Eating fiber in your post-training meal will only slow down digestion.  Save the fiber for the rest of your daily meals.

How Much Fiber Should I Have Per Day?

I have read that you should get about 14 grams of fiber for every 1000 calories you eat.  This mean that most bodybuilders should get 25-40 grams of fiber per day.  You can use a fiber supplement in addition to fiber from natural sources to meet your fiber needs.  If you notice that your fiber is a little below par.  I suggest a slow approach in increasing it.  Add an addition 2-3 grams of fiber a day per week until you reach your desired amount.

Tips to Help Get More Fiber into Your Diet:

  1. Eat a high fiber whole grain cereal for breakfast (oatmeal, shredded wheat).
  2. Keep cut up raw veggies in your fridge to snack on.
  3. Add beans and legumes into your diet.
  4. If you eat bread make sure its whole wheat/grain.
  5. Have an apple a day, add in a few pieces of fruit per day.

List of Foods Rich in Fiber:

Fruit Serving Size Total Fiber (g)
Blueberries 1 cup 3.5
Apple 1 medium 3.3
Strawberries 1 cup 3.3
Orange 1 medium 3.1
Raisins 1.5 oz 1.6
Grains, cereal & pasta
Whole wheat spaghetti 1 cup 6.3
Bran flakes 3/4 cup 5.1
Oatmeal 1 cup 4
Whole wheat bread 1 slice 1.9
Legumes, nuts & seeds
Lentils 1 cup 15.6
Black beans 1 cup 15
Almonds 24 nuts 3.3
Pistachio nuts 47 nuts 2.9
Peanuts 28 nuts 2.3
Cashews 18 nuts 0.9
Vegetables
Peas 1 cup 8.8
Brussel sprouts 1 cup 6.4
Potato 1 medium 4.4
Corn 1 cup 4.2
Popcorn 3 cups 3.6
Carrots 1 medium 2

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/why-bodybuilders-need-fiber/feed/ 0 Foods You Should Never Eat https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/foods-you-should-never-eat/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=foods-you-should-never-eat https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/foods-you-should-never-eat/#comments Wed, 29 Feb 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Mike Boyle http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=2684 This is post by NoBull Author, Mike Boyle 1. High Fructose Corn Syrup: Consuming HFCS actually causes our bodies to grow fat cells and contributes to the early onset of diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.  Traces of mercury have been found in almost half of the commercial HFCS used in the United States.  So [...]

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1. High Fructose Corn Syrup:

Consuming HFCS actually causes our bodies to grow fat cells and contributes to the early onset of diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.  Traces of mercury have been found in almost half of the commercial HFCS used in the United States.  So not only can HFCS make you fat, it can make you sick.  HFCS in products are usually sign of poor quality, nutritionally depleted, processed foods full of empty calories and artificial ingredients.  Its actually quite easy to stay away from HFCS.  The best things to do are to stay away from fast foods, drinking soda’s and read the labels on the foods you eat.  Stay away from HFCS if you want to stay healthy.

2.  Partially Hydrogenated/ Hydrogenated oil:

Foods with partially hydrogenated or hydrogenated oil pose’s a serious threat to your health and well being.  Hydrogenated oils contain high levels of Trans fat.  Trans fat are not at all good for ones health.  Trans Fatty Acid work to increase LDL or Bad Cholesterol and they also decrease HDL or Good Cholesterol.  Hydrogenated oils have been linked to diseases like diabetes and obesity.  The problem with partially hydrogenated oils is that they will kill you in the long term, by producing diseases like multiple sclerosis, but in the meantime they will make you fat.  Take the time to read the list of ingredients on the nutrition label before you buy.  If you see hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oil on the list, keep these these products away from you and your family.

3. Fried Foods:

Fried foods are unhealthy because they tend to be very high in fat and calories.  The frying process adds tons of calories and fat grams to your meals.  Frying foods also robs food of their nutrients.  Many restaurants prepare fried foods using unhealthy artificial oils that contain Trans fat.  They usually use partially hydrogenated oil as a cost saving measure.  Partially hydrogenated oil contains Trans fat.  You should avoid foods completely that contain Trans fat.  Trans fats are simply too destructive to the heart.

4. Refined Sugars:

Sucrose in its refined form, when consumed is broken down by the body into glucose and other simpler sugars that are used by the body for producing energy. When this is done in small quantities, there is no real problem, but when sucrose is taken in and broken down into large amounts of simpler sugars, the blood gets a rush of these sugars which causes an imbalance in blood sugar levels.  The more refined the sugar you eat is, the more likely your body will react negatively way to it.  In this sense, blood sugar levels are constantly rising and falling sharply when you ingest too much sugar.  When you eat to much sugar what happens is that you get a fast rush of energy from the sugar as it’s processed and released into the bloodstream. This is rapidly followed by a rapid drop in energy as the insulin does its work.  Over time to much sugar puts a serious strain on your pancreas and insulin production becomes erratic, meaning that blood sugar levels can no longer be effectively regulated.

5. White Flour:

Most of the nutrients are removed in foods made with white flour.  Refined white flour is produced from the whole wheat grain which is then subjected to the refining process which removes all traces of the husk, or bran and along with it all the goodness contained in the grain. This type of flour, also known as enriched wheat flour, has lost any nutritional value during processing and can actually cause more health problems if too much is consumed.  The more white flour somebody eats, the more insulin has to be produced to managed it.  Insulin promotes the storage of fat and makes way for rapid weight gain.  Over time this could lead towards chronic diseases like hypoglycemia and diabetes.

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/foods-you-should-never-eat/feed/ 0 What’s in Your Brown Rice Protein? https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/whats-in-your-brown-rice-protein/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=whats-in-your-brown-rice-protein https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/whats-in-your-brown-rice-protein/#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2012 22:43:37 +0000 Marc http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=2750 Maybe you’ve started to see protein with organic brown rice as the main ingredient?  Maybe you’ve seen videos touting how it is superior to “old school” foods like eggs or whey protein? Is Brown Rice Protein Superior? Don’t be fooled into thinking that suddenly brown rice protein is somehow superior to whey or the standard [...]

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]]> Maybe you’ve started to see protein with organic brown rice as the main ingredient?  Maybe you’ve seen videos touting how it is superior to “old school” foods like eggs or whey protein?

Is Brown Rice Protein Superior?

Don’t be fooled into thinking that suddenly brown rice protein is somehow superior to whey or the standard egg.

Frankly, commodities have been on a tear lately and making protein (whey) damn expensive.

Companies are scrambling to find alternative sounds. If you are a small shop looking to start up a new line of protein, good luck to you.

Hence the big push for Soy and now Brown Rice Protein.

Is it superior? Doubt it. It’s vegan though if you are PURE vegetarian who would rather not use soy. There’s always pea protein (albeit lesser known).

But the point is..

Gaspari launches his Clinical Muscle: Brown Rice Protein Concentrate just as this study comes out… Rice products may be source of high arsenic levels: study

3 Ways Companies Respond to Higher Commodity Prices

As prices go up… (gas, wood, whey, milk, etc) companies can respond by…

This has already been done (2011) in the candy industry when Coco went thru the roof.

Coco Historial Prices

M&M’s with a pretzel filler? Less chocolate, cheaper fillers but marketed as cool, new, tasty.   They were released around the March time frame, 2010.

The innovation of making a filler look more desirable and taking away your focus that you are getting less chocolate.

Keep your eyes on the prize folks.

Let’s see how the industry responds.  Will Gaspari respond? Or are they too small time to care? Did they respond to the last heavy metals in protein? Only a few did (big disservice to the whole industry for those that let it go because they weren’t listed).

Does this one study mean anything?  Does it matter to you?  Do you care?

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“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
Author of NoBull Bodybuilding

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/whats-in-your-brown-rice-protein/feed/ 0 Southern Cooking Leads to Type 2 Diabetes https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/southern-cooking-leads-to-type-2-diabetes/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=southern-cooking-leads-to-type-2-diabetes https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/southern-cooking-leads-to-type-2-diabetes/#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Marc http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=2335 In reality, Southern Cooking itself DOES NOT lead to type 2 diabetes.  However, a poor diet with a lack of exercise can cause the environment for Type 2 Diabetes.  The real reason for this post is an editorial on some recent news. Paula Deen (the famous southern style recipe chef) is expected to reveal she has Type [...]

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]]> In reality, Southern Cooking itself DOES NOT lead to type 2 diabetes.  However, a poor diet with a lack of exercise can cause the environment for Type 2 Diabetes.  The real reason for this post is an editorial on some recent news.

Paula Deen (the famous southern style recipe chef) is expected to reveal she has Type II Diabetes.  Not only but she received a multimillion dollar deal to become the new face of a Novartis drug used to help treat the disease. (confirmed)

Paula Deen’s diabetes announcement is even more surreal than expected

As you watch listen carefully…

Her show is for entertainment.  Hope you knew that.

If you didn’t already guess, her show will slowly change venues to provide healthier meals. Her son, Bobby Deen, has already jumped on the healthier food bandwagon. Earlier this month, he launched the series, “Not My Mama’s Meals,” on the Cooking Channel, where he creates less fatty versions of his mother’s old-fashioned Southern recipes. 

Getting this disease is bad enough but in this case, it appears self-induced thru food over several years.  Which in many cases of Type 2 Diabetes, that’s how you get it.  It’s why your grandparents might have it now but they didn’t 20 years ago.  As people get older, they seem to stop eating correctly, turn to sugary foods (or fattier foods) and exercise slows down.  This in turn can lead to blood sugar issues and eventually mild to severe cases of type 2 diabetes.

The cure?

Pretty much what Paula Deen will eventually do.  Start eating healthier versions to lower the fats and sugars.  I have no doubt she’ll be advised to start exercising if she’s not already doing so.  Type 2 in most cases can be controlled thru diet and exercise.  All of us are susceptible really to this disease over time if our diets are poor and we don’t control blood sugars.  Even me, without a family history of the disease could technically create an environment in which I could be diagnosed with it over a long period of time.

Sadly, most people will opt for the big pharma route (taking a pill to regulate not cure) and continue their unhealthy lifestyles.  Far easier to pop and pill than to make honest life changes to attack the root of the problem.

Freedom of Choice?

Maybe but keep in mind that even if you believe that nutrition is common sense, it’s not common practice.  If somebody chooses to eat this way for years and eventually gets the disease and needs medication, is it society’s responsibility to provide a cure?

If you ride a motorcycle without a helmet, without insurance, knowing that it’s dangerous and you cannot afford surgery if you were involved in such a horrific accident, do you get to extend your hand and ask struggling families to pay for your poor choices?

Choosing to eat unhealthy IF you know it’s unhealthy puts a huge burden on society.  There’s no reason southern style food can’t be tasty and healthy.  When you are on a TV show with thousands of viewers and several cookbooks, I believe you have MORE of a responsibility to help educate your audience.  If they choose to ignore your warnings or modify the meals, that’s life and the freedom in action.

Doughnut Hambugers … but in moderation of course!

People wake up!  

You don’t need to go all organic and hippie when it comes to food but you do need to make better choices.  We all bear the burden of a growing Obesity Epidemic and such diet related disease.  I’m not saying you can’t indulge here and there or enjoy the occasional ”oh this is so bad for me meal” but if you continually engage in poor nutrition over years, it will catch up to you.

This is a shout-out to NoBull author, Mike Boyle who you can find on this blog and on Twitter.  Mike doesn’t give recipes for entertainment.  He creates delicious, healthy meals that are sustainable lifestyle.

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/southern-cooking-leads-to-type-2-diabetes/feed/ 0 Introducing the Super Tracker https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/introducing-the-super-tracker/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=introducing-the-super-tracker https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/introducing-the-super-tracker/#comments Fri, 06 Jan 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Marc http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=2216 Did you hear?  Big Brother… The United States Department of Agriculture (informally the Agriculture Department or USDA) launched their “state of the art” nutrition tracking tool. code name: SuperTracker.    This is being billed as: “The SuperTracker is a comprehensive resource available at ChooseMyPlate.gov designed to assist individuals as they make changes in their life [...]

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Did you hear?  Big Brother… The United States Department of Agriculture (informally the Agriculture Department or USDA) launched their “state of the art” nutrition tracking tool. code name: SuperTracker.    This is being billed as:

“The SuperTracker is a comprehensive resource available at ChooseMyPlate.gov designed to assist individuals as they make changes in their life to reduce their risk of chronic disease and maintain a healthy weight”

Taxpayers …  I mean Consumers (or really anybody who has internet access in any country) can pick from a lot of features to support better nutrition and physical activity goals.  Among the standard things most tools offer, SuperTracker offers consumers the ability to:

Sample Meal Plans:

This tool offers up some sample meal plans and then if you customize your profile, it just changes the portions and total calories to either keep your current weight or get to a healthier weight.

Notice the yellow highlights?

That is the Dairy category.  I swear, dairy is pretty much a given for every meal of the day no matter what plan you choose.  Who sponsored this thing?

Protein which should be included with EVERY meal isn’t.   That is a one of Hugo Rivera’s Basic Nutrition tips.  It’s loaded with grains (carbs).  Which is fine unless you are carb sensitive or are some type of bodybuilding diet where you are controlling carbohydrate intake for leanness.

What I do like is the meal frequency.  They appear as snacks but if you added a lean protein to those meals, you’d have a very standard bodybuilding type frequency plan.  I guess what bodybuilders have known for decades, the government is finally catching up.

Sample Meal Plans

The Good Old BMI

When I input my own weight, I was told in the profile creation that my BMI (body mass index) was high and I should consider losing weight to conform to a healthier weight.  You can somewhat by-pass that but your only choices are:

  1. Keep the same weight
  2. Lose weight

Right there this is NOT the ideal tool for any bodybuilders out there.  You’ll NEVER be able to use just this tool to keep increasing your calories or figuring out protein needs to an athlete.  So you 1% of the population, had best be using something else.   While I do not hate the BMI or the generalized concept myself, it’s pretty useless on a one-on-one, case by case basis.

If this tool was truly state of the art, they should have asked a few other questions to determine my body composition and how that plays into health.  Not an antiquated concept of height to weight ratios.  That works in very large groups when you need to quickly move people into categories but seriously… in this day and age, it needed to figure out my “health” thru body composition and not the BMI.

Entering Custom Foods

Enter Custom Foods as Combos

It’s slightly confusing but you can enter custom foods.  Although you cannot just say your custom foods is X calories, X protein, X carbs and X fat.  You MUST enter each ingredient.  So if you have a protein bar that tells you the basics, good luck getting that entered because you can’t.  Unless you know the precise amounts in the bar that will equal what’s on the label.

What does that matter?

If you are entering a recipe that lists the ingredients great.  But even then, many bodybuilding cookbooks just tell you the basics.  When you enter a custom food in FitDay it is fairly simple.  You don’t need all the ingredients, you just enter what you do know and you can use that food over and over again.

For a state of the art tool, this has some serious limitations.

I do like that the USDA is very concerned about the Obesity Epidemic and they provide some resources on the basics of sound nutrition.

Nice idea.  A good effort.  I’m sure it cost millions.  But there are better free tools and paid tools that can do everything the Super Track does and then some.

Here’s some places you can track your workout, diet and other aspects of fitness. Some are programs, some are free web based tools. There’s even a free desktop program. All depends on what you need to do and what is the best place to track your progress.

Tools to Track Your Progress

BodyfitDB
Will track unlimited users in regards to vitals, nutrition, diet, exercise and recipes. There’s 100 recipes included as well as a method to enter more. Includes graphs and charts to track virtually every aspect of your progress. Trial available. It costs $44.95.

Crosstrainer
Record food intakes, create schedules and workouts, monitor health progress and generate fitness reports. There’s even a Palm version. 30 day trail available.

FitWatch
There’a deluxe and a free version of this option that allows you to track your workouts, nutrient content of foods, weight and exercises. There’s customization options and the ability to set goals.

FitDay
The best online site for tracking your nutritional progress. A fair amount of charts and graphs. The ability to enter customized foods and the largest database of foods. It’s just very easy to track what you are eating from any location that has internet access. Hands down, the best place to track just nutrition. A+

ProTrack
With custom workouts and the ability to track all aspects of your nutrition, ProTrack has a nice package. It’s $29.95.

Personal Training Workstation
This will track workouts, supplement usage, body measurements, notes and more. It’s easy to generate charts and workouts. There’s unlimited users allowed. It comes with sample workouts. This was geared towards a personal trainer that wants to track their clients but anybody can use it.

Use something I missed?  Post them in the comments below.

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/introducing-the-super-tracker/feed/ 0 How to Live 20% Longer https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/how-to-live-20-longer/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-live-20-longer https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/how-to-live-20-longer/#comments Tue, 03 Jan 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Marc http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=2141 Have you heard the news?  People who follow a Mediterranean diet live an average of 23 years longer than people who eat more meat and animal products. However, before you get too excited (but you should be hopeful) you’ve got to put some baselines around what the Mediterranean diet means.  There’s many countries that fall [...]

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]]> The Mediterranean Diet Increases Lifespan

Have you heard the news?  People who follow a Mediterranean diet live an average of 23 years longer than people who eat more meat and animal products.

However, before you get too excited (but you should be hopeful) you’ve got to put some baselines around what the Mediterranean diet means.  There’s many countries that fall into the region and lumping them all into a single diet is incorrect.  What one country eats may not be what another consumes but they are in the same region.

The traditional Mediterranean diet includes the following characteristics:

At the University of Gothenburg, the scientists investigated the effects of a Mediterranean diet on older individuals in Sweden.  They used data collected from 1950 until now called the “H70″ study.  The compared 70 year olds who ate a typical Mediterranean diet to people who ate more of a diet higher in meat and animal products.

The results show that those who eat a Mediterranean diet have a 20% higher chance of living longer.

These results are supported by additional but unpublished studies in the same region (making them Mediterranean like diets).  One in Denmark, the second in northern Sweden and the third on children.

“This means in practice that older people who eat a Mediterranean diet live an estimated 23 years longer than those who don’t,” the researchers said. “The conclusion we can draw from these studies is that there is no doubt that a Mediterranean diet is linked to better health, not only for the elderly but also for youngsters.” ~ Gianluca Tognon, scientist at the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg

In my own research, I don’t think their findings are all that surprising.  Having more fruits and vegetables, healthy fats, lower saturated fats and high fat dairy makes a lot of sense.  There’s several “Western” books that don’t fall into the category of a Mediterranean diet but still meet the general characteristics of a such.  Your typical Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle type nutrition program which is geared towards a healthy, sustainable lifestyle is a very close match.

Sources:

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/how-to-live-20-longer/feed/ 0 The Scary Truth About Soy Protein and Bodybuilding https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/whey-protein-vs-soy-protein/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=whey-protein-vs-soy-protein https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/whey-protein-vs-soy-protein/#comments Mon, 19 Dec 2011 10:00:00 +0000 Marc David http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=1931 Inevitably there’s a myth that soy protein is horrible for bodybuilding and that if you are any where near serious about working out or building muscle you will stay away from it. In fact, some sites show ‘studies’ that soy protein and soy products can be detrimental to your health. And while it’s true that [...]

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]]> Inevitably there’s a myth that soy protein is horrible for bodybuilding and that if you are any where near serious about working out or building muscle you will stay away from it. In fact, some sites show ‘studies’ that soy protein and soy products can be detrimental to your health. And while it’s true that early claims of soy wonders might not be entirely true, there’s also myth that soy protein is bad.

The Biological Value Scale

First off, there’s a concept called the Biological Value Scale that was developed to measure the quality of specific proteins. It basically rates how efficiently your body will use a given protein source. The higher the BV (biological value), the more amino acids and nitrogen your body is retaining from the foods you eat. In sum, it becomes a way to measure the potential for quality muscle growth and strength.

There was a time when egg whites were at the top of the BV with a score of around 100. Since then, whey proteins have toped out the scales around 106-159 BV. This means that whey protein is better used for quality muscle growth.

But first a warning!

This doesn’t mean that all you would utilize is whey protein for all your needs. Many times bodybuilders will use a variety of proteins depending on the BV and the times of day and if they just finished a workout.

Let me explain… Your protein needs in the morning are different then the middle of the day and are different again AFTER a workout and again different before bed.  It really depends on what your body needs at the time.

All this means is that no one protein is the best for any given time. But before I get lost… let me show you the biological value scale in a simple form.

Type of Protein :: Biological Value Rating

For all these reasons, you can and should see that soy protein is listed lower. That just means it’s not the most anabolic of proteins for optimal muscle growth.

But don’t get me wrong…

This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat soy protein if you enjoy it. It simply means that barring any religious beliefs or personal preferences, soy would not be the ideal protein source for enhanced muscle gains. This doesn’t mean you cannot have it or that it’s bad for you.

In fact, let’s continue on with a little example.

John Q. Public: An Example

John Q. Public 13% body fat 184 lbs 160 lbs of LBM (lean body mass)

For simplification we’ll just say that for every LB of LBM (pound of lean body mass) John wants to get 1 g of protein.

John should be consuming 160 g of protein a day.

Here’s where the myth and some problems come into play! Read carefully.

A Bold Statement

If you get a vast amount of your protein from less BV sources then optimal (beans, soy) you will not prime your muscles for optimal anabolic growth. John shouldn’t be getting 150+ grams of soy protein a day IF he wants to create the most muscle mass and he has no personal reasons not to use better quality sources.

John also won’t be in jeopardy of losing muscle or wasting his efforts if he ingests small quantities of soy proteins because he likes them. Having soy in his cereal is not going to make a difference.

The myth that soy will cause men to produce estrogen is when VAST quantities are ingested. Far beyond what any rational person would want to do on a prolonged basis.

A bodybuilder that has soy will not feel any differences, be any less anabolic then another person who does not consume soy at all.

A long-term metabolic balance study in young men to assess the nutritional quality of an isolated soy protein and beef proteins (1) conducted in 1984 showed the differences between two groups.  One group on soy isolate protein and the other on beef proteins.

After 84 days of two groups, one totally isolated soy protein and the other on beef proteins, found a conclusion that:

“Body cell mass measurements did not reveal any deterioration in protein nutritional status. These observations confirm the prediction, derived from previous short-term nitrogen balance studies, that the nutritional quality of isolated soy protein is high and that this plant protein can serve as the sole source of essential amino acids and nitrogen for protein maintenance in adults.”

References:

(1) A long-term metabolic balance study in young men to assess the nutritional quality of an isolated soy protein and beef proteins: VR Young, A Wayler, C Garza, FH Steinke, E Murray, WM Rand, and NS Scrimshaw published in 1984 by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Am. J. Clinical Nutrition, Jan 1984; 39: 8 – 15.

Suggested Reading:

Exploring the Soy Controversy, Part 1

Exploring the Soy Controversy, Part 2

The (Partial) Vindication Of Soy Protein

 

 

Soy Protein: Updated to be on Par with Eggs, Dairy and Meat

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If you are a bodybuilder, you’ve probably been scared off from using Soy Protein.  While eating soy as your primary protein source for building muscle is not my recommendation, don’t fall prey to the scare tactics that if you use any:


You should know the truth about soy protein.

Soy protein is a high-quality protein with a protein digestibility-corrected amino acid score (PDCAAS) of 1.00, which puts it on the same level as meat, eggs and dairy, according to a new study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry.

The PDCAAS Scoring Method

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend using the protein digestibility-corrected amino acid score (PDCAAS) as a simple and scientific procedure for assessing protein quality.

The Corrected Score

Apparently with the past methods of testing for protein quality, animal based proteins (milk; eggs) score a 1.00.  Meaning, animal based proteins are the best bio-available protein sources with soy (plant based) much lower on the list.  Which is why all bodybuilding sites list the benefits of animal based protein as the best protein sources for bodybuilding.

Good News for Vegan Bodybuilders

According to this study, soy protein has a PDCAAS of 1.00, which means it is a high-quality protein that meets the needs of both children and adults. Eggs, dairy and meat proteins also have a PDCAAS score of 1.00. However, soy protein is the only widely available high-quality plant-based protein that achieves this score.

So What This Means:

Soy is now on par with eggs, dairy and meat proteins meaning that vegan bodybuilder can and will build as much much as you meat eaters!

Marc David – CPT
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
Author of NoBull Bodybuilding

P.S. - Vegan bodybuilding is possible it just takes a lot more thinking in my opinion to obtain all your protein from a variety of sources.  Although other than Bill Pearl, I cannot think of a current or past champion with mass that was considered a Vegan Bodybuilder. Maybe you can?

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/soy-protein-now-in-high-quality/feed/ 0 Cost of Food to Decrease in 2012? https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/cost-of-food-to-decrease-in-2012/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cost-of-food-to-decrease-in-2012 https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/cost-of-food-to-decrease-in-2012/#comments Thu, 01 Dec 2011 16:13:24 +0000 Marc David http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=1802 “According to the Chicago Tribune, the U.S. government left its food price inflation forecast unchanged in a monthly report Nov. 25, projecting that a sharp climb in prices will abate in 2012.” Oh so the cost of food isn’t going to decrease, just the steep increases may decrease in 2012.  Gotcha! If you’ve done any [...]

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“According to the Chicago Tribune, the U.S. government left its food price inflation forecast unchanged in a monthly report Nov. 25, projecting that a sharp climb in prices will abate in 2012.”

Oh so the cost of food isn’t going to decrease, just the steep increases may decrease in 2012.  Gotcha!

If you’ve done any grocery shopping in 2011, you’ve probably noticed some price increases in the food you buy.  In fact, roughly all food for 2011 was expected to be up between 3.5 and 4.5% followed by a projection of 2.5 to 3.5% in 2012.  Great, next year it’s going to be a wee bit more expensive to buy the same foods.

Not entirely unexpected given the 6 Causes of High Food Prices  While food prices may not be projected to continue such an increase, you can bet eating in 2012 isn’t going to be cheaper than 2009.  And 2020, who knows, you may want to investigate your own farm (just kidding).

The biggest jump?  The meat isle.  The USDA projects good old meat prices to climb 6.5 to 7.5% in 2011 followed by another 3.5 to 4.5% increase next year.    Why?  The cost of food to feed the food (feed costs) and a strong export.  The US dollar is weak and getting weaker which means other countries that are now enjoying beef, chicken and pork can get it cheaper.  Bad for us locally, great for exports.  I’d suggest sticking to the tips outlined in 3 Ways to Cut Your Grocery Bill in an Economic Crisis.

If you need ideas of what types of food to buy that are healthy, that you can get at discounts, bulk or generally cheaper, check out How to Shop Like a Pro.

It looks like the steep increases might abate in 2012 but do not mistake that for a reduction in costs.  I’m not an economist but nothing is getting cheaper as there are more people pulling on the demand.  Except electronics.  But like I’ve said before, salting up your XBox with balsamic vinaigrette is not going to work.  You can’t eat that USB drive.

Got any food tips, tricks or grocery ideas?

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Author of NoBull Bodybuilding

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If you survived the first holiday, Thanksgiving, congratulations!  But with December in full swing and New Year’s on the horizon, the temptations have begun.  On average, a person gains 1 lb between Thanksgiving and New Year’s (much less than the original reports of 7-10 lbs during this time).  That’s great news!

The bad news?  That 1 lb or more gain isn’t lost for the most part during the rest of the year.  In a decade, that’s 10 lbs and that ends up being a big deal as you get older.

Holly Hull, the lead researcher on the Oklahoma study, says Thanksgiving marks the beginning of a “high risk” time for the overweight. “I think the number of people who only overeat at the Thanksgiving meal is slim to none,” said Dr. Hull. “The holiday season doesn’t represent one day of overeating. You have this period that extends through the new year where there’s more alcohol, more snacks, more finger foods and appetizers that are energy dense.”

I’ve compiled a list of Holiday Survival Guides with plenty of advice, tips and tricks to get anybody thru this sometimes difficult time.  If you are wondering how you will stick to your plan, these guides offer up some easy to use and quick to implement safeguards to keep you focused.  While everybody else gains this season, you could get fitter while everybody around you gets fatter.

1.  Strategies to Cope with Holiday Eating

There’s a great read over at SparkPeople called Busting the Top 5 Excuses to Overindulge During the Holidays  it’s a really nice list of things that most everybody will experience at some point from now until New Year’s and what you can do to cope.   Take a look at the following excuses and if any of them sound familiar, you’ll have strategies to cope.

2.  Holiday Survival with Jennifer Nicole Lee

Not as much strategies as healthy traditional holiday meals.  Fitness model, Jennifer Nicole Lee or JNL, dishes out some delicious treats and snacks.  It’s possible to make that pumpkin pie taste good and not break your calorie bank.  If you are going to a party or family gathering and need to bring food, here’s some ideas for a Healthy Thanksgiving to Fit Christmas

At the end of JNL’s article, there’s 10 additional tips for staying sane during this typically very busy period when people lose focus and fall off the wagon.

3.  Survive the Holidays – Runner’s World Style

Even Runner’s World has some very good tips to stay on track for the holidays.  What really hit home was the opening line of the 3 page article.

“Conventional wisdom has it that most of us gain about five pounds during the six-week holiday period. In reality, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine, the average person gains only one pound over the holidays–but never loses it.”

It’s worth reading the How to Stay Fit and Trim from Thanksgiving to New Year’s if you want to keep a decade of holidays from adding up over the years.  Do the math.  1 lb a year, over a decade, magically you are 10 lbs heavier!

4.  Holiday Survival Guide by Fat Loss Expert – Tom Venuto

Even a fat loss guru like Venuto has temptations.  How does Tom do it?  At this point, he’s got such strong beliefs that there really isn’t any temptation if it goes against your core beliefs.  However, that wasn’t always the case.  He’s battled thru holidays when an extra piece of pie or other delicious dessert is most tempting.  But he’s put together a very nice list called How to Stay on Your Diet and Shape Over the Holidays

You will find 10 of Tom’s BEST tips for staying in shape over the holidays.  Although I personally think Tom and I might differ on #10.  Alcohol in moderation.  What’s moderate to some is excessive to others.

One to print out and tack on the fridge.. right now!

5.  Strength Training Guide to Surviving the Holidays

By now, you might be saying to yourself, I’ve seen a lot of the same tips and themes.  That’s true.  Every year these holiday guides come out and every year the same 10 tips are shuffle around.

However, Sumi does point out some very interesting tips I’ve not seen before that will be very motivation to the most tempted person.

Fitness Model: Sumi Singh’s Tips and Tricks

From eating before the party to signing up for a 10k.. Sumi has some unique and refreshing tips that can help not just motivate you during the holidays and avoid some of the temptations but seriously get you into better shape.

6.  Holiday Advice from the Fat Burning Machine – Michael Mahony

Coined “The Fat Burning Machine,” Mike Mahony has put together a simple but fundamental tip list!  One tip he does gives, makes absolute perfect sense.  In fact, his tip was recently used by the last winner of the most ripped female in a body transformation contest.  Here’s One Holiday Tip You May Not Have Considered

Because I’m a moderator and contributor to a weight loss support community called Burn the Fat Inner Circle, I literally read the journal of last year’s winner.  Mike’s tip was used this Thanksgiving in a very strategic manner.  I have no doubt that thinking strategically about one day like this leads to success.

If you have a calendar, you can plan to use tip #5.

7.  10 Ways to Restart Your “Diet” After a Break

While this list from Diet.com looks more like how to get back on track after a setback, in reality, the tips and advice can easily be put to good use to keep from falling into a rut during the holiday season.

If you feel like things are getting a bit out of control, here are 10 Easy Ways to Hit the Reset Button.

Point number 5 is something you can and should do year round.  One way to avoid temptation is not to have it available.

8.  Holiday Weight Management by Charles Poliquin

Even premier strength coach, Charles Poliquin has a very nice list of Ten Simple Ways to Beat Holiday Weight Gain.  His list is fundamental to avoiding the pounds during this season along with some tips and tricks you can use to keep yourself on track.  Charles isn’t your average fitness guy.  He’s the creator of the 21 Poliquin Principles amoung many other famous and foundational fitness principles.  When Charles’ speaks, people listen.

Bonus: Top 10 Stay Fit During the Holidays Tactics

Hugo A. Rivera is an internationally-known best-selling fitness author of over 10 books on bodybuilding, weight loss and fitness.  Hugo discloses his Top 10 Personal Strategies for surviving the Holiday’s with minimum fat gain, if any.

Tip:  Take all the tips from these lists and quickly write or type them out.  You will see many of them overlap, with a few fresh ideas.  In matter of minutes, you’ll have your own bulletproof list for avoiding holiday weight gain.

Scott and Angie Tousignant of Metabolic Masterpiece have put together a “short” 8 minute video that just nails the basics and gives you options to stay on track and NOT beat yourself up over a few mistakes.

Do you have any tips that aren’t in these guides?  What have you done that works to avoid the constant bombardment of sweets and excuses to overindulge?

Resources:

Holiday Weight Gain Slight, But May Last a Lifetime
The Effect of the Thanksgiving Holiday on Weight Gain
Holiday Weight Gain: Fact or Fiction?

Update:
6 Simple Ways to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

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“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
Author of NoBull Bodybuilding

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.. as they have recently banned advertising of substances they classify as “Anabolic Steroids.”  Thus things like Glutamine and Cellmass are now banned using Adwords.

Here is the link to the Google policy page, look under the Anabolic Steroid section.

Adwords Policy Center

Taken from Google forum….

“The Google ban on bodybuilding supplements is 100% real. I see the skepticism in some of your remarks and can’t blame you. Its sounds too outrageous to be true, but it is. There is no plausible explanation, but the unmistaken truth is that Google has begun its attack on our supplements. Under its Anabolic Steroid Policy, Google has now included, “L-Glutamine”, “CellMass”, “muscle enhancing stacks” and “any bodybuilding supplement that has a similar effect to steroids” in its list of banned steroids. Glutamine is now listed as an anabolic steroid right next to Dianabol and Clenbuterol.

I have spent months researching this and if you give me just a few moments, I will go through it detail and prove it to you. I’ll show what’s banned now and what’s going to be banned in the near future. Believe me, this is scary and not something any of us should dismiss lightly.

First, let me explain what the ban is. It’s listed on Google’s policy page as “Anabolic Steroid Policy” The ban so far only applies to Google paid advertising, known as Google Adwords or pay-per-click. Those are the sponsored ads that show up on the right border of the Google search page, and a few that sometimes show up on the top of the page. The ban is not yet on Google Shopping Results or generic searches. Those of you who did the glutamine search earlier; saw the free shopping results at the top of the page, but not the paid advertising, those are now gone. Drugstore.com was the last and they were banned this past Friday.

Try this test and see for yourself. Search the term “ribose”. You will see the right side of the page filled with ribose ads. You will also see a row of ribose images on the top which is the shopping results. Now try the same search for “glutamine” or “CellMass”. You will see that the right border has absolutely no ads showing. Only the shopping results are shown. This is because Google has banned these 2 products from all paid advertising. (You might see 1 ad that slipped through, but it will be pulled within 24 hours).

Google is not hiding the fact that they have banned glutamine, CellMass or the others. You can easily find this yourself on the Google Anabolic Steroid page. I can’t post the link so go to Google and search the following term: “google anabolic steroid policy”.  The 1st result is the one you want “Health care and medicines”. Click on it and read it right off of Google’s site. The second link on this search is “Anabolic Steriod Warnings – AdWords Help”, this is a link to Google’s forum where again you can read it for yourself.

Now that you’ve done the research you have seen that this ban is real. But why care, it’s only a couple of products and it’s only on paid search? Because Google has already started to expand the list of banned products and now it includes nitric oxide and arginine. Although they are just staring to police these 2 products, you will see them disappear within the next few months. On Google’s forum they define anabolic steroids as follows “products that can facilitate increased muscle mass growth, and gains in muscular strength.”

Are you starting to get scared yet? Google plans on banning more products each month based on this definition. If Google is banning our supplements from Adwords, than expanding that ban to Shopping Results and eventually generic search is a foregone conclusion.”

Thank you to Mark Glazier, President & CEO of NutraBio.com Inc for the information.

- marc david

PS - With the word’s largest online database of information… even Google’s Policy team is clueless about Supplements.

PPS – Do your own research… How to Evaluate Any Supplement

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]]> Once again I’ll be headed down to Southern California for the Natural Natural Products Expo WestProducts Expo West tradeshow.  Now most bodybuilders head off to the Olympia or the Arnold Classic.  But you see, just hanging with your current circle doesn’t get you insight into what’s coming next or thinking outside the box.  You’ll get some free supplements for sure but the neat thing about these vendor type shows is… you see what’s coming to the consumer.

Description:

Natural Products Expo West brings together the natural, organic and healthy-lifestyle industry.

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I’ll be tweeting my way thru the show.  If there’s something interesting, I’ll share.  Please follow me on Twitter.  I’ll be using the hashtag of #expowest.

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Blair River: Dies Age 29

No jokes here folks.  I don’t make a living off other people’s misery and I’m certainly not blogging about this to say “I told you so.” I don’t know if Blair River was married or not but I’m sympathetic to his family and friends.   My point is that obesity is an epidemic in the United States.  You know that right?

Unfortunately, Blair River, the spokesman for the notorious Hefty Heart Attack Grill has died at age 29 from complications from the flu.

Blair River, the 575-pound spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill, an Arizona restaurant that serves shamelessly high-calorie burgers and fries, died Tuesday at the age of 29, following a bout of the flu.

Did he die from being a customer?  Did obesity kill him?  It certainly didn’t help let’s just say that.  The official cause of death is still unknown.

It’s a rather sad story really from a place that makes a mockery of being obese.  In fact, if you are 350 lbs at the time of your weight-in at the door, you get to eat free!  Oh boy.  What a deal.  I think you’ll get a lot from the video and link to the ABC story.  It’s a bit more than a care to report as I just don’t feel making a mockery from a situation is somehow helpful.

I’m sure about 10,000 other blogs will pick up on this story with links to buy the latest weight loss books or preach how obesity kills.

If you have comments, leave them below.

Resources:

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/hefty-heart-attack-grill-spokesman-dead-at-29/feed/ 0 GNC Close to a Buyout? https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/gnc-close-to-a-buyout/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gnc-close-to-a-buyout https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/gnc-close-to-a-buyout/#comments Wed, 08 Dec 2010 19:13:32 +0000 Marc http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=1201 Shanghai’s biggest food and dairy company, the Bright Food Group, is said to be close to an agreement to buy U.S. vitamin retailer GNC, for around $3 billion dollars. The purchase would give the company control of over 7,000 retail outlets around world selling vitamins, nutrition supplements and sports drinks. Private equity firm Blackstone Group [...]

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Bright Foods closing on bid for GNC

Shanghai’s biggest food and dairy company, the Bright Food Group, is said to be close to an agreement to buy U.S. vitamin retailer GNC, for around $3 billion dollars.

The purchase would give the company control of over 7,000 retail outlets around world selling vitamins, nutrition supplements and sports drinks.
Private equity firm Blackstone Group are also reported to be in talks to join the bid by for GNC. However, despite talks it is unclear whether Blackstone’s participation in the deal is likely to happen.

News of Bright Food’s bid for GNC first emerged earlier in the week, with sources saying talks were at an advanced stage and a deal could be announced within days.

The potential acquisition of Pittsburgh-based GNC, would follow a failed attempt by Bright Food to buy Britain’s United Buscuits for about $3.2 billion.

As an American citizen, living in the United States, I’m old school.

Call me old fashioned but we’ve sold out debt, we’re selling our resources and now we’re selling our business.

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/gnc-close-to-a-buyout/feed/ 1 Holiday Challenge Press Release https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/holiday-challenge-press-release/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=holiday-challenge-press-release https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/holiday-challenge-press-release/#comments Fri, 19 Nov 2010 18:55:07 +0000 Marc http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=1187 Fitness Challenge Debunks Holiday Weight Gain Myth – To disprove the myth that weight gain is inevitable during the holiday season, hundreds of Americans are signing up for a fitness challenge that tests their ability to become lean and fit between the end of November and the beginning of January. ** Press Release by Tom [...]

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]]> Fitness Challenge Debunks Holiday Weight Gain Myth – To disprove the myth that weight gain is inevitable during the holiday season, hundreds of Americans are signing up for a fitness challenge that tests their ability to become lean and fit between the end of November and the beginning of January.Holiday Fitness Body Transformation Challenge

** Press Release by Tom Venuto **

For the Holiday Challenge, a fitness contest that begins on Thanksgiving Day (November 24), participants can sign up at the Burn The Fat website where they can also track their exercise and nutrition regimens for 49 days. Those who slim down the most could win a Hawaiin vacation or other prizes.

The Holiday Challenge is the brainchild of fat loss expert Tom Venuto, author of the best-selling e-book Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle, and The Body Fat Solution (Avery/Penguin).

“Too many people buy into the news stories that say Americans will gain 5 to 10 pounds of body fat in the six weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas,” Venuto says. In reality, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, the average amount gained over the holidays is much more modest, just over one pound.

“So the idea that everyone is going to pack on several pounds is clearly a myth,” Venuto says. “But people believe that myth and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.”

To turn the conventional wisdom on its head, Venuto is challenging the thousands who follow his Burn The Fat blog to not just maintain their weight but to actually lose body fat during the holiday season.

“No one consciously sets a ‘goal’ to get in worse shape over the holidays,” Venuto says, “They do it by default. Mentally, people accept the idea that it’s impossible to stay in shape because of all the parties, the family get-togethers and the tempting food, so they say ‘Why bother?’”

Once people resign themselves to thinking that gaining fat is unavoidable they are actually setting a “negative goal,” Venuto says. And, he contends, the only way to counteract that unconscious negative decision is to create a conscious goal to do the opposite: to get in better shape over the holidays.

As an incentive to those who take part in the Holiday Challenge, Venuto will award two grand prizes of a five-day vacation in Maui to the overall winners in the men’s division and the women’s.

Because the Holiday Challenge is a body transformation contest — and not simply a weight-loss competition — participants will be judged on how much they improve their body composition (the amount of lean body mass and body fat percentage). Contestants will also be judged on the visual improvement in their bodies (as illustrated by their “before” and “after” pictures), and the inspirational essay they must submit during the contest. In addition to the overall winners, additional prizes, (including Ipads, IPods, Kindles, and gift certificates) will be awarded to winners in other categories such as “Most Ripped,” “Most Muscular” and “Most Inspirational.”

During the Holiday Challenge, contestants must enter their body fat measurements, workout details and food intake (even on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day) using a daily journal at the Burn The Fat website

But participants will need to do more than simply follow contest rules. They will also have to challenge the excuses and rationalizations that cause many people to fall off the fitness wagon during December.

“One of the most common excuses is ‘I’m too busy to work out over the holidays,’” Venuto says. “But no one is too busy for their highest priorities. Your health and your body have to become your highest priority — because without your health, you can’t enjoy anything else in life, including your family or the holidays.”

And those who want to be successful in the Holiday Challenge must also break out of the “either/or” thinking that keeps many people from reaching their fitness goals. “People believe they can either get in shape or they can enjoy themselves — but not both,” Venuto says. “But the truth is you really can enjoy the holidays and get in better shape at the same time.”

“Life is not an “either/or” proposition,” he adds. “It’s a matter of balance. And challenging yourself to achieve that balance is a great way to start the New Year!”

For complete details and contest requirements for the Holiday Challenge click the link below

www.burnthefatholidychallenge.com

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Bodybuilders Dream?

I have no doubts this will be picked up by the likes of Tom Venuto, Will Brink or Alan Aragon.  Maybe it has already and I just don’t read enough to know.

Finally, an alcohol drink we bodybuilders can appreciate!

Devotion Vodka Infused with Casein is the world’s first and only 80 proof, triple-distilled casein infused vodka made in the USA.

What I like about it so far is it’s made the USA. I was worried we didn’t make anything anymore except Ford cars.  At least we might make some good vodka and have stepped up the innovation by adding protein.

My opinions on the Effects of Alcohol on Muscle Building doesn’t change but it sure makes for some good conversation.

It’s being promoted by Mike “The Situation” from Jersey Shores.  No comment really as I’ve truthfully never watched the show.  I have no doubt whatsoever this venture will be a hit with the younger people and those who follow said Situation.

I’m not sure but I would venture to guess that somebody reading this right now is about to make this their night-time protein drink of choice.

Marc David
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www.nobullbodybuilding.com

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Follow Me as I Tweet the IFT

At this very moment I’m in Chicago, IL.  But not just to see the beautiful downtown area, or catch a baseball game.  I’m here on business.  I’m here for the Chicago IFT 10, annual meeting and food expo!  I plan on being at the expo July 18th and 19th 2010 and will be Tweeting my way thru the show.  Not too much mind you!  I’ll try and keep it interesting and informative.  You can find the simple instructions below on how to keep updated on this event.

I might even use Twitvid to toss up a live but short video.  Assuming there’s something that you need to see to believe.

What is the IFT Food Expo:

The IFT is an annual meeting and food expo.  It’s main focus is to bring the professionals involved in both the science and business aspect of the industry under one roof.  At the IFT, you have the opportunity to learn about cutting edge trends, new products and bleeding edge scientific innovations.

This isn’t a show for competitors.  It’s not littered with supplement companies.  Before protein water or adding fiber to every food became mainstream, you saw this kind of innovation and ideas at these shows.  Many times the vendors are improving on existing ideas.  But once in a while, you see a trend that hasn’t hit the shelves yet and it’s the kind that might make a difference. (Beta-Alanine comes to mind when I learned about this one in Vegas 2 years before it was even bottled by a supplement company).

It’s how I keep up to date on what coming in the industry.  It’s my insight into what goes into products, from what country and all the finer details.  It’s much more than a supplement show where all you see are fitness models and packaged goods with LOUD music and outrageous claims.

How You Can Follow Me at the IFT 10 Expo:

I will be using the hashtag #IFT10 for Twitter posts (aka “Tweets”) concerning this year’s Expo.  If you are a Twitter user, please make sure to add “#IFT10” to all your tweets about the IFT 10 annual meeting or to just ask questions about something.

If you are new to using hashtags, note that you can follow hashtags via our page on Twubs (http://www.twubs.com/ift10). This makes it easy for you to keep track of all posts about the show, regardless of whether you are following me or the various tweets.  I’m even aggregating anybody who tweets about the show on this page.  It’s your chance to see what’s coming and ask questions.

Who knows, I might even be able to stop by a booth or two if you Tweet me your info using the hashtag above.

Marc David
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
www.nobullbodybuilding.com

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What's in Your Protein Shake?

A recent investigation on protein drinks has been causing waves of concern or even alarm to ripple through the fitness and bodybuilding world. Supplement companies are up in arms and people are wondering whether they should stop drinking protein shakes after the magazine said they tested 15 protein drinks for heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury) and 3 of them came up above the proposed safe limits…

“We purchased 15 protein powders and drinks mainly in the New York metro area or online and tested multiple samples of each for arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury” said Consumer Reports.

“Concentrations in most products were relatively low,” continued the article, “but when taking into account the large serving size suggested, the number of micrograms per day for a few of the products was high compared with most others tested.”

Out of the 15 products tested, the following exceeded the U.S. Pharmocopeia (USP) suggested limits for safety:

EAS Myoplex Original Rich Dark Chocolate (ready to drink liquid): 16.9 arsenic, 5.1 cadmium

Muscle Milk chocolate powder: 12.2 arsenic, 5.6 cadmium, 13.5 lead, 0.7 mercury

Muscle Milk Vanilla Cream: 12.2 lead

* Amounts in micrograms

So, if you use protein drinks should you be worried? Should you stop drinking them? Well, it appears disconcerting that certain brands are high in these metals, but keep in mind that:

(1) Some people and organizations are questioning the choice of 3rd party lab used by Consumer reports, as well as the definitions for acceptable safe levels.

(2) These test results showed that that 12 out of 15 products were within safe limits even at high doses (or had zero heavy metals present), and

(3) Products which tested high were tested based on very large doses. Therefore, this might be a red flag only for very heavy users (three shakes a day or up to 8 scoops) of specific products (not protein powder in general)

Heavy metal contamination is a particular health concern for certain populations including infants, young growing children, women of childbearing age who plan to have kids soon, pregnant women, and nursing women.

However, I don’t believe this report is a reason for panic or giving up moderate use of protein supplements.

Due to all the publicity, I imagine that the few companies named will write rebuttals or responses, and if necessary, simply tighten up their quality control. Probably, the industry in general will start posting more information on their testing, safety and quality standards. Some companies have reassuringly already done so on their websites (which has probably boosted their sales, not hurt them).

I think this is mostly a non-issue.

Consumer Reports is a favorite publication for many people researching purchases of cars, electronics and appliances. They were probably well-intentioned in their protein article (although who knows what underlying biases might be there).

In the future, however, I’d like to see these types of tests performed under scientific scrutiny and get the results published in a peer reviewed journal. This way, we can review the test results, read about the experimental methods and get the evidence-based facts about protein requirements and contaminant safety standards, rather than depend on journalists whose usual job is comparing brands of toasters.

On a related note, the NSF has questioned the lab/testing methods used in this story:

NSF International cannot comment on the test results reported in the July 2010, Consumer Reports article on protein drinks. It omits critical information about the laboratory that performed the test and its accreditation qualifications. ISO 17025 accreditation is critical for any laboratory testing for heavy metals in dietary supplements and nutritional products. The article also omits the test methods used, analytical preparation, sample size, the basis of their risk assessment, detection limits, quality control data and instrumentation used for this report.

While it’s fine and good that this info was published, what really bothers me about the write up is that it seems their journalists are using these test results as ammo to attack the entire idea of taking protein supplements and eating a high protein diet.

“You don’t need extra protein” and “high protein diets damage your kidneys,” claim Consumer Reports. They also quote a dietitian who said the body can only utilize 5 to 9 grams of protein per hour. I’d like to see a research citation on that one!

They are clearly perpetuating some of the same stupid myths about protein that bodybuilders and strength athletes have had to debunk for years.

When mentioning how cadmium is toxic to the kidney, they added, “the way that high protein is bad for your kidneys.” That is false. A high protein diet (on par with what a strength athlete would reasonably consume), is not damaging to a healthy kidney.

High protein diets are contraindicated for patients who already have kidney disease and caution is warranted in certain populations where risk of sub-clinical kidney conditions may be present or where there is kidney disease predisposition. That’s not the same as saying eating a high protein diet causes kidney disease.

It’s quite true that there’s a “more is better” mentality among many muscle-seekers and protein supplement marketing often feeds right into that. The consumer may be told – via advertisement or editorial – to take protein drinks multiple times every day (better for sales than recommending occasional or light use only when needed, right?)

Protein marketing can sometimes border on the outrageous today – with all kinds of claims made for muscle gain, fat loss, enhanced performance and even anti-aging. The truth is, protein supplements are just food – powdered or liquid food – they’re NOT magic! A lot of muscle and fitness fanatics today depend way too much on supplements and not enough on whole, natural foods.

How many people actually drink 3 protein shakes a day, every day (21 a week)? I don’t know. No one in my circle does, and it’s not something I recommend. In my Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle program, I recommend eating mostly whole food, eating a variety of foods and using protein shakes or powders as an occasional supplement for convenience or if you need a supplement to help you meet your optimum level of intake.

Personally, I use protein powder once a day in my oatmeal and I enjoy an occasional protein shake – you can make some pretty tasty smoothies if you add things like fruit, peanut butter, ice, etc. I don’t plan on stopping.

Some people are freaking out over this. I know the personality type: certain people will say, ‘No way, if there’s ANY heavy metal in any protein drinks I’m not taking them at all! Why take a chance?” Seems prudent, except that most of the protein drinks tested were well within safety limits and all were within limits with more moderate usage.

Besides, small exposure is inevitable anyway. What’s in the whole food you’re eating? If you pressed the issue, you could find some substance to gripe about – including heavy metals – in many of the foods you eat daily right now – yes, the so called “clean foods” – dairy products, fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, shellfish, etc.

Advice:
(1) Too much of anything can be bad for you, so don’t go crazy with protein drinks or protein foods (or too much of any one type of food).
(2) Avoid diets that make you dependent on protein shakes or meal replacement supplements.
(3) Don’t believe everything you read in the mainstream media until you check out the real science for yourself.
(4) Use Consumer Reports when you want to know what car or camcorder to buy. Take their bodybuilding and sports nutrition info with a grain of salt.

Disclosure: I have no affiliations or associations of any kind with any protein or supplement companies.

About the Author: Tom Venuto is the author of the #1 best seller, Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle: Fat Burning Secrets of the World’s Best Bodybuilders and Fitness Models and Founder & CEO of Burn The Fat Inner Circle

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Is Your Protein Shake Poison?!

In the July 2010 issue of Consumer Reports, there’s a 4 page spread and chart showing that those favorite protein drinks of yours can contain potentially unsafe levels of heavy metals.  Things like Arsenic, Lead and Cadmium!  With such a report, it’s almost a guarantee to rock the supplement world.  Or is it?

Maybe the better question:  Should it?

The full report will be in the July issue of Consumer Reports.  Or you can read the Consumer Report on Protein Drinks (opens in a new window)

QUESTION: I just read the Consumer Reports article about potentially unsafe levels of heavy metals.  Some of those protein drinks I consume.  I’m currently drinking Muscle Milk chocolate.  Not three times a day but I use it frequently.  Do you think I should stop drinking protein shakes entirely?  What is your thought on this report?

ANSWER: Could this be true?  The same magazine I used to buy my last washer and dryer is now the expert on supplement research?   Can the same evaluation methods to test how dry my socks are be used to tell me if I’m in-taking too much dangerous levels of heavy metals?  Or even better, how much protein I need a day?

In a nutshell, Consumer Reports used USP (U.S. Pharmacopeia) an independent research facility to test 15 protein drinks which included ready to drinks, meal replacement power and just whey powders.

Consumer Reports testing was based on consumption of three shakes per day and the testing applied proposed U.S. Pharmacopeia standards - not current, accepted or approved standards or guidelines.  It’s important to note this was not published in a peer reviewed scientific journal.

They tested for:

USP found most of the products to be in the low or moderate range for the 3 servings except for the following three products.

What Consumer Reports Found:

Here’s What They Aren’t Telling You … They Didn’t Compare Apples to Apples!

All of the products listed in the Consumer Reports article are not the same.  Muscle Milk and Myoplex ranked the highest partly because they are Meal Replacement Powders or MRPs.  MRP’s will have naturally higher trace amounts of these elements because they include a blend of all macronutrients (protein, fat, carbohydrates), plus micronutrients in vitamins & minerals.  Whey protein powders OR low carb protein powders will contain lower levels of these elements because they provide mostly protein and not the full blend of macronutrients plus vitamins & minerals that MRP’s do.

In other words, the more nutrient sources (macronutrients & micronutrients) one consumes, the more trace amounts of these metal elements they are ingesting.  The report would have been more accurate if all like products were compared (MRP’s). Pure Whey protein powders will have lower amounts of these elements for the reasons just mentioned.

Do You Know What’s In Your Food?

Don’t forget the substances tested by Consumer Reports are naturally occurring in the environment, and it would be uncommon, if not impossible, not to detect the trace amounts reportedly found in any agricultural product, such as dairy products, fruits and vegetables.

FDA’s publication Total Diet Study Statistics on Element Results (December 11, 2007), which analyzes 200 foods found in grocery stores four times per year, showed the following:

Lead Contamination in Everyday Foods

BUT KEEP READING…

First off … let me start by saying I’m not a scientist by nature.  But that doesn’t disqualify me from making comments on how a proper study should be conducted.  In fact, I wondered myself after reading this article.. how would one conduct such a study?

My guess is, at the very least they need to include the methods used in testing so that anybody else qualified could reproduce the results. Even friendly hackers do this.  They report their findings and methods used to reproduce the error in an effort to get the company in question to fix their product.

However, what’s the #1 thing missing from this Consumer Reports article Heavy Metals Found in Protein Shakes?  Care to take a guess?

The methods used!  For all I know, they took various expired supplements from a location in Area 51 and used a metal testing kit from ACE Hardware.  They don’t specifically say how it was conducted and the onus is on them.

Here’s How another 3rd Party, Independent Agency Responded to the  Consumer Reports Article on Protein Drinks

“NSF International cannot comment on the test results reported in the July 2010, Consumer Reports article on protein drinks. It omits critical information about the laboratory that performed the test and its accreditation qualifications. ISO 17025 accreditation is critical for any laboratory testing for heavy metals in dietary supplements and nutritional products.

The article also omits the test methods used, analytical preparation, sample size, the basis of their risk assessment, detection limits, quality control data and instrumentation used for this report.”

FACT: In order to report your finding you MUST report methods used so that results can be reproduced by others.  Sorry Consumer Reports but your study is invalid without such.  Not to mention your testing apples to oranges.

But don’t take my word for it… I asked Daniel Whittaker, a personal trainer for decades, a Wellness Consultant, an Expert Moderator on DiscussBodybuilding.com and researcher.  He’s currently attending California State University, Los Angeles, where he is studying Exercise Science and Bioscience and assisting with research in the University Human Performance Laboratory.

He is the recipient one of two Certificates of Honor awarded by his College in recognition of exceptional academic achievements, and he has been inducted into both Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Golden Key International Honor Society.

“Marc, your comments about the validity of the research methods are spot on.  Without a methods section, the report is really of no value if I can not repeat it consistently in a proper lab with the same methods…” -Daniel Whittaker

What’s even more shocking is that nobody including the fitness expert you probably follow seems to pay attention to the 4 pages that precede the pretty colored chart.  Things I’ve tried in my newsletter, program, blog, podcasts and forum to battle.  What things?

MYTH:

“The body can only break down 5 to 9 grams of protein per hour” -Kathleen Laquale, licensed nutritionist and certified athletic trainer

FACT:

“Regarding the quote from Kathleen Laquale about the body only being able to break down 5 to 9 grams of protein an hour. I defy her to find research to support this. I cringed when I saw the original quote in Consumer Reports, and I’m cringing again to see that the NPR site has adopted it as fact. - TCLoma (of T-Nation?)

“There is no such thing as consuming too much protein.as long you’re getting other nutrients in your diet as well.”Dr. Andrew Shao, Ph.D, in Nutritional Biochemistry from Tufts University in Boston, M.S. in Human Nutrition Science.  His B.A. in Biology is from Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass.

A reoccurring theme throughout the entire article is:

Too Much Protein Can Cause Health Problems!

Of course, there’s no links to current studies just “experts” who drop the statement like a hot stock tip at a bus station.

Let’s see what a few of the real experts in the field of bodybuilding have to say about the never ending myth that a high protein diet is deadly ….

“If you tell them you are on a high protein diet because you are an athlete they will tell you, “oh you don’t want to do that, you don’t need it and it will lead to kidney disease” without a single decent study to back up their claim!” - Will Brink, columnist, contributing consultant, and writer for various health/fitness, medical, and bodybuilding publications article,  author of the “Nutritional Myths that Just Won’t Die: Protein.”

“A number of health risks have been attributed to the consumption of high protein intakes, this includes potential problems with the kidneys, bone health, metabolic acidosis and certain types of cancers. For the most part, these risks tend to be extremely overstated.” -Lyle McDonald, “Protein Controversies.” Chapter 8 from The Protein Book: A Complete Guide for the Coach and Athlete.

Moving on …

So I asked my friend and mentor, Tom Venuto, a lifetime natural bodybuilder, an NSCA-certified personal trainer, certified strength & conditioning specialist (CSCS) and author of the #1 best selling diet e-book,  “Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle” about this “High Protein” is bad for you that Consumer Reports wants you to believe.

Marc: Tom, can you explain why some licensed professional STILL tell their clients that a diet high in protein leads to health problems?  Including kidney failure, dehydration and osteoporosis?

Tom Venuto: I knew this question would pop up. This “high protein is bad for you” myth never seems to go away, so let me squash this ugly bug right now once and for all.

At one time or another, you’ve probably heard the myth that high protein diets are:

Well, here’s the truth: It’s a medical and scientific fact that except in the case of pre-existing kidney disease, there is no documented evidence that a high protein intake will cause kidney damage in a healthy kidney. In fact, there is not a single study that has been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal using adult human subjects with healthy kidneys that has shown any kidney dysfunction whatsoever as a result of consuming a high protein diet.

In the textbook, “Total Nutrition: the Only Guide You’ll Ever Need,” from the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, the authors, Victor Herbert and Genell Shubak-Sharpe, had this to say about protein and kidney disease:

“High-protein diets have never proven to be a serious hazard for healthy people, although processing excess protein can overburden a liver or kidney’s that are damaged by disease. That’s why individuals with kidney or liver disease are often put on protein-restricted diets. Likewise, very high protein formulas can also be detrimental to very young or premature infants whose kidney function is not fully developed. Some nephrologists have also speculated the eating a high-protein diet throughout life may be the reason for the ‘slight’ decline in kidney function that usually occurs with age, but this connection is still under investigation.”

What about the claim that high protein diets cause osteoporosis? In inactive people, some studies have shown that increased protein intakes lead to elevated calcium excretion. This is because high protein intakes increase the acidity of the blood, and the body must “leach” calcium from the bones to buffer the acidity. The researchers theorized that this calcium loss could lead to accelerated osteoporosis, especially in women.

While this phenomenon has been observed in sedentary individuals, there is no clearly established link between high protein intake and osteoporosis. Women with risk factors for osteoporosis should be more cautious, but if you are athletically inclined and participate in aerobic and resistance exercise, you will probably have few risk factors. Here’s what Herbert and Shubak-Sharpe had to say on the subject:

“Our typical high-protein, high-meat diets have also been implicated as a factor in the development of osteoporosis, but these claims may be the results of misinterpreting scientific research. Studies have shown that adding purified protein supplements and amino-acid mixtures that have had their phosphate removed do increase excretion of calcium by the kidney in both animals and humans. However, several long-term controlled human studies carried out by Herta Spencer, M.D., at the Hines VA Medical Center in Illinois have shown that high intakes of protein from natural protein sources such as meat, which have their phosphate intact, do not significantly increase calcium loss.”

A post-menopausal sedentary woman would not be well advised to go on a high protein diet, but if you’re a bodybuilder, or even if you just train with weights recreationally, then you will have denser bones than someone who doesn’t work out. Therefore, extra protein should not be a cause for concern.

Probably the only legitimate problem created by a high protein intake is dehydration. Metabolizing protein requires more water than fats or carbohydrates, so it is very important to consume extra water if you increase your protein intake. The standard recommendation is 8-10 8 oz glasses per day (64 – 80 oz). However, the higher your protein intake, the more water you should drink beyond the standard guideline. For bodybuilders on high protein diets, a gallon a day (124 oz) is more like it.

The one gram per pound of bodyweight guideline is good as a general rule of thumb for bodybuilders.  The amount of protein you need depends on how hard you are training and on whether you want to gain, maintain, or lose bodyweight.

Marc: Thanks once again Tom.

I can appreciate the overall good intentions of Consumer Reports to bring public awareness to the foods were consuming.  However, it does not negate the fact that the study itself was flawed and that most of the article seemed to have a bodybuilding type bashing theme to it.

In my 6 years online and 2 decades of bodybuilding, I’ve run across these myths countless times.   I can understand how the average consumer might not know protein intake requirements or how to conduct a proper research study, I fail to understand how a company as large as and well funded as Consumer Reports can write such a loosely documented and misleading prose on the world of fitness.

Even IF the report were true, they give NO information to the companies listed on how to reproduce the results to correct their products.

When David Barr wrote on the potential ill effects of Glycocyamine in some products, specifically Muscle Milk, I recall passing that report off to Cytosport.

Guess what they did?

They took the research, they looked over the facts and the consumer concerns and Cytosport REMOVED it from the product.

See folks.. that’s how it works.

Step 1:  You Find Something Questionable

Step 2:  You Document Your Research and Share with Company

Step 3:  You See if Company Responds

What we have here is a clear case of myth perpetuation and classic biased reporting.

Here’s What They Should Do Next:

Instead of freaking out of high protein diets, or all protein powder, the products that have been named should get tested by a research group that will publish the findings in a peer reviewed journal, where we know the methods of testing meet certain scientific standards or at least can be scrutinized by the rest of the scientific community to be sure that they do.

If the results come up positive for heavy metals, these supplement companies have some explaining to do and some actions to take for damage control.

The Bottom Line: Overall, the Consumer Reports article on Heavy Metals Found in Protein Drinks is of no real usable value. I won’t change my habits at this time when it comes to using protein supplements on that list or not.  Regarding Cytosport’s Muscle Milk, which I am a consumer of at times, it has NSF Certification which does not support the findings of Consumer Reports.

In my NoBull Bodybuilding program, I recommend whole foods thru Ph.D. approved meal plans, andd using protein shakes or powders as an supplement getting no more than 20% of your daily protein from such sources.  While I use proteins like this myself, I don’t drink 3 shakes a day.

Disclosure: I have a close family member works for Cytosport.  However, I am a consumer of the product.   You should realize however, that this isn’t an research report; it is a blog, and unbiased blogs are kind of boring.  If you don’t take a position what do you write about, really?

Industry Response:

Cytosport: Testing Confirms Muscle Milk Safety
Optimum Nutrition
NSF Statement on Consumer Reports Findings

For Further Research:

Protein Drinks Are Dangerous??!! Yeah, right.
CBS Morning Show: Could Protein Drinks Be Harmful to Your Health?
Heavy Metals Found In Protein Shakes: Should You Stop Drinking Them?
UltimateFatBurner Blog: Skeptical about Consumer Reports
How to Evalute Any Supplement

Dangerous protein drinks?
Bodybuilders & Protein, Part 1, 2 and 3
How Much Protein Can I Eat at Any One Time?
Consumer Reports Magazine Takes Aim at Protein Drinks

Marc David
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
www.nobullbodybuilding.com

P.S. – My biggest pet peeve is a few fitness experts trying to make money off the report and linking you to a brand of protein thru their affilite link!  Of course they make a commissions off the purchases.  Talk about bias.  If you don’t trust supplement companies WHY on earth would you trust and expert that passed this report to you, offering up no professional insight and then tries to milk you for a few cents off a link to purchase protein.

I believe buyers should be made aware of the incentives individuals may have to give particular advice.  They should be more cynical.

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/heres-how-consumer-reports-screws-you-blind/feed/ 8 Coffee Checklist: Are You Consuming Too Much? https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/how-much-caffeine-is-in-a-cup-of-coffee/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-much-caffeine-is-in-a-cup-of-coffee https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/how-much-caffeine-is-in-a-cup-of-coffee/#comments Fri, 30 Apr 2010 03:09:50 +0000 Marc http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=979 I’ve got a confession to make! I’m a coffee-holic. Ever since I bought myself a Keurig single cup brewer, I’ve been drinking more coffee than ever before. I love the machine but it may be the death of me. I’m sure by now you are well aware the benefits of moderate caffeine consumption. What you [...]

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Negative Effects of Caffeine

I’ve got a confession to make! I’m a coffee-holic. Ever since I bought myself a Keurig single cup brewer, I’ve been drinking more coffee than ever before. I love the machine but it may be the death of me.

I’m sure by now you are well aware the benefits of moderate caffeine consumption. What you may not be aware of is potential problems with consuming too much caffeine.

As a quick reminder, here’s the average breakdown of some typical beverages that contain caffeine.

Average Caffeine Content in Coffee Beverages:

Moderate doses of caffeine demonstrates positive benefits.

Moderate being defined as 200-300 mg of caffeine per day.
For drip coffee, that might be 1 to 2 cups a day but for a K-cup lover like myself, it changes the scope of my habit. For those who make trips to Starbucks or Peet’s, the playing field is isn’t the same as instant coffee your parents drank in 1970. This is true for the wide range of sugary caffeinated beverages in existence today that simply did not exist a decade ago.

Moderate Caffeine Consumption = 200 – 300 mg per day

In my college days, I could suck down 3 cups of Folgers ground coffee without a problem and still be under 400 mg a day. The source of the caffeine came from cheaper, less potent, store brands. Of course, the taste wasn’t all that good but the caffeine levels overall were much lower.

Here’s just a few of the higher caffeine beverages on the market that will take you to the upper levels of moderate into heavy consumption with just ONE serving.

Heavy Caffeine Consumption = 500 – 600 mg per day

** There may be other additives in these drinks including sugar (topic for another post ) but the primary focus is on caffeine consumption. **

While moderate caffeine consumption probably won’t cause harm for most of the population unless you are extremely sensitive to caffeine, too much can noticeably affect your health. Heavy daily caffeine use — more than 500 to 600 mg a day, or about four to seven cups of coffee — can cause:

Negative Effects of Caffeine:

Worried that you might be a heavy user of caffeine or going beyond the 600 mg per day?

If you want to change your caffeine habits, you can try some or all of the following suggestions:

Caffeine offers many health benefits in moderate amounts between 200 – 300 mg per day. But, when you reach 600 mg a day, you’ve hit the upper limits of Heavy consumption. At this point, it would be wise to take some of the recommendations above to limit your usage. As with most supplements, some is good, more is not better.

Recommended Resources for more Nutrition Facts for Coffee:

Coffee and Health

Coffee: Is it healthier than you think?

Be Fit, Stay Strong!

Marc David – CPT

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/how-much-caffeine-is-in-a-cup-of-coffee/feed/ 1 Poll: Overweight? No Graduation for You. https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/poll-unable-to-graduate-because-you-are-overweight/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=poll-unable-to-graduate-because-you-are-overweight https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/poll-unable-to-graduate-because-you-are-overweight/#comments Mon, 30 Nov 2009 22:34:18 +0000 Marc http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=892 In 2006, the university in Pennsylvania introduced its Fitness for Life programme with the aim of encouraging students to lose weight. They demised that if a student had a body mass index (BMI) – a ratio of weight to height – of above 30, then they should take some college-sanctioned steps to show they had [...]

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In 2006, the university in Pennsylvania introduced its Fitness for Life programme with the aim of encouraging students to lose weight.

They demised that if a student had a body mass index (BMI) – a ratio of weight to height – of above 30, then they should take some college-sanctioned steps to show they had lost weight or at least tried.

These might include activities such as walking, exercises, various fitness games, etc.

If those who were assigned to take these courses did not complete them, they would not be allow to graduate.  Similar in concept to United States high school “Exit Exam” that all students must pass in order to obtain a high school diploma.

While it is true that obesity world-wide is on the rise, does it make sense to stop somebody from obtaining a college level degree simply because they do not meet a BMI requirement?

Do you even think the BMI is a good standard to measure against?

How would you feel if you denied a university degree simply because you were overweight?

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/poll-unable-to-graduate-because-you-are-overweight/feed/ 1 For the Bodybuilder Who Moonlights as a Vampire https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/for-the-bodybuilder-who-moonlights-as-a-vampire/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=for-the-bodybuilder-who-moonlights-as-a-vampire https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/for-the-bodybuilder-who-moonlights-as-a-vampire/#comments Wed, 30 Sep 2009 01:01:56 +0000 Marc http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=815 Being in the fitness industry for several years now, I’ve seen all kinds of crazy supplements.  From Acai Berry, Goji juice, NO2 products, Super-Whey and anything else you can name.  But I honestly don’t recall drinking a blood like substance in a bag to hit the radar in some time. Maybe it’s hoax?  I don’t [...]

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Blood Energy Potion

Being in the fitness industry for several years now, I’ve seen all kinds of crazy supplements.  From Acai Berry, Goji juice, NO2 products, Super-Whey and anything else you can name.  But I honestly don’t recall drinking a blood like substance in a bag to hit the radar in some time.

Maybe it’s hoax?  I don’t know but somehow I think it’s real.  I’m not about to review this one but I thought.. there must be a bodybuilding vampire that reads my blog.  And if so, they probably need to know about the Blood Energy Potion.

From the website… Urban Collector

“Blood Energy Potion is our newest pre-order. New from the makers of Mana and Health Energy Potion comes Blood Energy Potion: the world’s first synthetic blood beverage. The fruit punch flavor packs 4 hours of energy along with iron, protein, and electrolytes. Not only does Blood Energy Potion have a similar nutritional makeup to real blood, but it has the same color, look, and consistency of blood. Get real blood nutrients without that real blood taste! The re-sealable transfusion bag style pouch provides the convenient delivery of fluids for vampires and humans alike! Contains no real blood, just synthetic!”

It comes in a re-seablable transfusion bag?!  What else do you want?

Marc David
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
www.nobullbodybuilding.com

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/for-the-bodybuilder-who-moonlights-as-a-vampire/feed/ 1 Obesity Statistics: Unpleasant for the United States https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/obesity-statistics-unpleasant-for-the-united-states/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=obesity-statistics-unpleasant-for-the-united-states https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/obesity-statistics-unpleasant-for-the-united-states/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2009 03:51:04 +0000 Marc http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=788 This can’t be?  A report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). called “F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America” released obesity statistics for 2008. What You Need to Know: Adult obesity rates increased in 23 states and did not decrease in a single [...]

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This can’t be?  A report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). called “F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America” released obesity statistics for 2008.

What You Need to Know:

Two-thirds of American adults are either obese or overweight. In 1991, no state had an obesity rate above 20%. In 1980, the national average for adult obesity was 15%. Sixteen states experienced an increase for the second year in a row, and 11 states experienced an increase for the third straight year.

As far as I’m concerned, as fitness professionals we are FAILING.  It’s not for the lack of trying or effort.  But the cause isn’t just adults.  There’s a very good interview with Jack LaLanne called Blazing Trails.

Let me leave you with what Jack said…

On one hand, I’m very encouraged by the number of people exercising today. There are more people exercising than I’ve ever seen before. On the other hand, there are more fat people today than ever before in our nation’s history. Our message isn’t reaching as many people as it needs to. We should be talking to kids in kindergarten and first grade. We should be teaching them about physical activity and nutrition. It’s just as important for developing their brains as is reading, writing and arithmetic. ~ Jack LaLanne

What Can You Do About It?

If you’ve got children, talk to them.  Learn how to read a nutrition label.  It’s great adults want to become healthy but if childhood obesity is already at 30%, those statistics will only rise.

View The Full Report with Obesity Statistics per State

How would you solve this problem?

Marc David
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/obesity-statistics-unpleasant-for-the-united-states/feed/ 2 Introducing the Monster Family https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/introducing-the-monster-family/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=introducing-the-monster-family https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/introducing-the-monster-family/#comments Fri, 29 May 2009 03:41:53 +0000 Marc http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=761 In 2009, Cytosport released a new line of products called “Monster.”  Their intent was to cater to the high end bodybuilder who wanted the best quality stuff.  The first born was Monster Mass. Mid-2009, Cytosport has done it again with 3 new family members! Welcome… Monster Amino: 5000mg BCAA Goodness! Let’s not get too technical [...]

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Monster Amino | Monster Maize | Monster Pump

In 2009, Cytosport released a new line of products called “Monster.”  Their intent was to cater to the high end bodybuilder who wanted the best quality stuff.  The first born was Monster Mass.

Mid-2009, Cytosport has done it again with 3 new family members!

Welcome…

Monster Amino: 5000mg BCAA Goodness!

Monster Amino by Cytosport

Monster Amino by Cytosport

Let’s not get too technical as I’ve not done a full taste test yet but here’s what the label claims:

Sure there’s some calories upwards of 120 but less than 1g of sugar.

Monster Pump: 17g + Cellular Volumizing Complex

Monster Pump by Cytosport

Monster Pump by Cytosport

This is obviously a pre-workout formula.

Monster Maize: 40g of Complex Carbs

Monster Maize by Cytosport

Monster Maize by Cytosport

Is this the next super carb?  If you read Will Brink’s summary about Waxy Maize it may give you some insight.  However, what I can say about Cytosport is they deliver top quality products and if the content isn’t up to par, a few customer calls usually get things moving in the right direction.

And there you have it.. without a taste test yet.  Without any photos of the actual labels.. these are the new line of Monster products code named…

Monster Amino

Monster Pump

Monster Maize

Combined with Monster Mass,  you technically have the full line of pre/during/post workout nutrition covered to the hilt.  Yes, there’s a nice diagram on the back of when exactly to take the products and in which order.  Something that I’ve found lacking with other lines unless you scoure the website.

Marc David
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
www.nobullbodybuilding.com

PS - There will be a taste test and more information on each product for those interested.

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Hydroxycut Recalled by FDA

There’s mixed feelings on this one from bodybuilders and regular people who’ve used Hydroxycut without incident.  But here’s another slam the ever popular weight loss pill, Hydroxycut.  It gets another recall.

U.S. government health officials are warning dieters and body builders to immediately stop using Hydroxycut, a diet supplement made in Canada that has been linked to serious liver damage and at least one death.

The Food and Drug Administration said Iovate Health Sciences Inc., of Oakville, Ont., has agreed to recall 14 Hydroxycut products. They are:

Hydroxycut Cleanse and Hoodia products are not affected by the recall.

If you are interested, you can Read the Full Story

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/hydroxycut-weight-loss-pill-victim-of-fda-recall/feed/ 0 You… Look… Fablous https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/quickest-way-to-lose-weight/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=quickest-way-to-lose-weight https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/quickest-way-to-lose-weight/#comments Tue, 28 Apr 2009 17:26:32 +0000 Marc http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=629 Have you mastered the art of burning fat or gaining muscle mass? If so, congratulations! But if you’re like most of us, you’ve got some serious room for improvement…and this week’s special focus on The Real Time Physique Body Transformation (RTP) by a certified personal trainer (NESTA-CPT) and body transformation success himself, Adam Waters is [...]

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If so, congratulations! But if you’re like most of us, you’ve got some serious room for improvement…and this week’s special focus on The Real Time Physique Body Transformation (RTP) by a certified personal trainer (NESTA-CPT) and body transformation success himself, Adam Waters is just for you.

Adam Waters; NESTA-CPT (Body Transformation Expert)

Now depending on what you’re doing, mediocre workouts may be perfectly acceptable. There’s little value in obsessing over a fitness if you are perfectly happy with your situation and your results.

But for those of you who do want to make a serious change where nothing short of excellence will do, you need qualified, simple, professional instruction with no distracting flaws. You want to focus on what is being taught—not on the irritating humming sound or intermittent air puffs of the next hyped up overpriced diet book promising quick fixes to a long term, frustrating problem.

The bad news is that there’s no magic bullet that will give you the body of your dreams and cost nothing (time, dedication, consistency). If there were, I’d type it right here and you could stop reading now.

The good news is that Adam Waters detailed the EXACT method he used to transform his own body after 6 years of frustrating attempts.  He’s also compiled a ShredderShere private forum with advice and instructions from experts who build muscle and burn fat for a living. And if you’re willing to invest a little time (and some money) you, too, can get fantastic results.

Learn More about the RTP Body Transformation System

Proof that the average men or woman who’s not genetically gifted can do this with:

That’s the RTP System.

84 Days in 48 Seconds

Now go Shredd!

Marc David
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
www.nobullbodybuilding.com

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Over the last 10 years, cases of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) increased in the U.S. by ~30%.  Somewhere around 26 million Americans are afflicted with CKD according to the National Kidney Foundation.

The Kidneys Primary Job:

When the Kidneys are Damaged This Affects:

Not as a scare tactic but even low levels of kidney disease contribute to heart failure, arterial disease and strokes.

What are the Risk Factors for Kidneys:

The researches at Loyola University in Chicago found a potential new link between soda consumption and kidney disease.  This new study looked at data from over 9000 adults and suggested that women who drink two or more cans of regular soda a day are nearly twice as likely to show early signs of CKD.  This wasn’t true of men or diet soda drinkers.

High Frucotose Corn Syrup the Culprit?

Some resarches believe there is a link.  Others found it to be the phosphorus found in some sodas to be the problem.

Study or not, healthy living is part the education that I want to teach you.  What we’ve learned from all these studies and horror stories about alternative ingredients in food is merely that moderation in all things is best.  This doesn’t mean you can’t ever drink a soda!  But it does mean that if you are truly trying to live a better lifestyle, than having a habit of soda consumption, even diet, is not ideal.

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/drinking-soda-a-new-danger-to-kidneys/feed/ 5 Most Americans Know Their Diet Stinks https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/most-americans-know-their-diet-stinks/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=most-americans-know-their-diet-stinks https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/most-americans-know-their-diet-stinks/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2009 23:03:12 +0000 Marc http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=533 In the latest National Grocers Association’s 2009 Consumer Panel Survey, 66% of American consumers responded their diet could be healthier. Roughly 16% of the 2,145 individuals asked by the NGA Consumer Survey gave a response that their diet “could be a lot healthier,” with 52% saying it would be “somewhat healthier.” An astounding (at least [...]

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In the latest National Grocers Association’s 2009 Consumer Panel Survey, 66% of American consumers responded their diet could be healthier.

Roughly 16% of the 2,145 individuals asked by the NGA Consumer Survey gave a response that their diet “could be a lot healthier,” with 52% saying it would be “somewhat healthier.”

An astounding (at least to me) 24% said they took some type of supplement to improve their diets.

But the most interesting part of the NGA Survey?

70% of respondents claimed the internet to be their primary source of information!  But only 26% said they trusted what they found in regards to nutrition on the web.

View the survey in full here.

It makes perfect sense really.  I’ve know many people in my lifetime that admit to eating poorly.  They know they should eat better but they don’t.  Sometimes it’s lack of information.  Other times it might be they haven’t found something strong enough to motivate them to make a lifestyle change.  It can be a combination of both.

Everybody has their limits or when they hit “rock bottom” and sometime primal forces them to change.

Here is a list out a FEW of the experts I personally follow.  I use Google Reader and frequently share items.. No matter what you use or what you read, here’s my Top List of Fitness Experts that I read daily or whenever I see something new in their blogs.

Not sure what RSS is?  Read What is RSS

If you are going to get your information from the Internet like 70% of people do in the survey, make sure you are getting it form the right people.   There’s a lot of great information out there and there’s some really horrible advice.

While this is not an all inclusive list of every expert on the subject, it’s the people I turn to often and read what they have to say.

Who’s In My Blog Reader:

BodyRecomposition

Lyle McDonald is a world renowned expert.  He’s a bit over the top for me at times but some of his work, like the Baseline Diet 2009 sums up about 250 pages of any good nutritional book.  I’ve found his posts to be incredibly useful.

Burn the Fat Blog

Tom Venuto is the fat loss guru.  He spends HOURS on his stuff, researching and writing and focusing on his core audience.  The guy is no-propaganda.  He’s not out to sell you on his latest fad diet or new fangled way of losing weight.  If he was the mainstream icon for fitness, maybe things would be different.  Maybe not.  In any case, worth reading.

Exercise Therapy

Carlos DeJesus, father of the Quad Blaster and bodybuidling pioneer is new to the scene.  Not the bodybuilding scene but blogging, etc.  He’s heavy on the thought process but if you understand what he’s getting at, you’ll know that the Experiment of One is all that matters.

Cranky Fitness

Provides more of a real-life, less technically approach to fitness.  Mixes it up with some humor.  A few swear words.  But not the typical bodybuilding approach that I’m so in tune with all the time.  Different approach to fitness that I preach but it’s nice information and not fanitical.

Diet Blog

If there’s a new story, they’re on it.  They find the latest mainstream stuff and comment quickly on it so that you can get some serious information quickly without falling prey to the bad information.  It’s a no-hype zone.  Short, sweet and to the point.

MuscleHack

Mark is a nice guy who’s taking a low carb bodybuiding approach.  You might enjoy his receips and unique style of writing.  The video demonstration of exericses and his theory on Optimized Form is liken to Skip LaCour’s Controlled Cheating.  Interesting perspectives.  Training tips you can use.

The Brink Zone

Will Brink is the supplement guru. I don’t know why people don’t do more research when purchasing high end or expensive supplements.  Talk about why people have a low trust factor!  Truth be told, Will is more than just a supplement expert but he’s the 1st person I talk to on a professional level whenever I see some new fad come out and people start tossing money at hype.  Waxy Maize Craze?  New Creatine version?  Ask Will.

The Physique Formula

Jimmy Smith is from New York.  At least he sounds like it.  His vidoes are clever and he’s got that down to earth, healthy living, bodybuilding, lean physique lifestyle.  He’s not into doing crazy things but he gives off the appearance that in his youthful days (how old is Jimmy anyway?).  No matter, he’s got some good solid information to bring to the fitness world.

BodyBuildingSecrets

Another Tom Venuto site but this is geared towards the bodybuilding lovers.  Hardcore workouts, bodybuilding interviews.  A side of Tom that unless you subscribe to this blog, you’ll never know.  He’s a meathead from New Jersey that is old school.  He’s a fat loss expert for sure but he’s also a muscle building guru to boot.

WorldFitnessNetwork

Clever articles about fitness and bodybuilding.  Helpful things like reading a nutrition label down to utilizing dumbbells and doing various exercises.  Anything that keeps the workout from becoming stale.  Tips, tricks and helpful suggestions.

NinosMission

Nino doesn’t blog nearly enough but I like Nino.  He’s just a nice guy who gives no excuses.  I like following people who push themselves to their limits and try and help others.  Nino gives thru his unique posts.  You might find some real gems in his poetic style of writing.  He’s got to stop using the word “Gee” so much!  Just kidding Nino.  Be yourself.

Skip LaCour

No blog here but over 55 and counting radio shows.  You can call in, download episodes and get some SERIOUS tips from a bodybuidling expert.  Skip’s show is worth listening to as in 60 minutes you can pick out some real “ah-ha” moments.  Allows you to connect with an expert and ask your questions.  Take him up on the offer.

And that in a nutshell is what I have in my reader.  If I run across more, I’ll update this entry as appropriate.

Marc David
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Monster Mass by Cytosport

From the Marc David Rumor Mill: Monster Mass!

Rumor has it that FACT: Cytosport is going to release a weight gainer along the lines of the Monster line of products. Code name: Monster Mass. If the logo above is any indication, you should see this sometime around March 2009 at selected retailers.

What: Monster Mass by Cytosport

Why: Because there is a lot of interest in weight gainers.  Specifically higher quality ones that are not full of sugar, low quality protein and empty calories.

When: March 2009?

Who: Designed for the bodybuilder looking to gain weight who wants top-notch protein and lots of calories.

Monster Mass Supplement Facts:

Monster Mass Supplement Facts

Price: Forthcoming (but Monster Milk was in the $40-50 range).  If I get enough comments, I will push for more info.

If you want updates on this supplement, I urge you to subscribe to this particular entry. Either via e-mail or a feed reader. I’ll update this entry with more information including my own review of this new Cytosport supplement when it becomes available.

Resources:

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/monster-mass/feed/ 2 monster mass,monster milk From the Marc David Rumor Mill: Monster Mass! Rumor has it that FACT: Cytosport is going to release a weight gainer along the lines of the Monster line of products. Code name: Monster Mass. If the logo above is any indication, From the Marc David Rumor Mill: Monster Mass! Rumor has it that FACT: Cytosport is going to release a weight gainer along the lines of the Monster line of products. Code name: Monster Mass. If the logo above is any indication, you should see this sometime around March 2009 at selected retailers. What: Monster Mass by Cytosport Why: Because there is a lot of interest in weight gainers.  Specifically higher quality ones that are not full of sugar, low quality protein and empty calories. When: March 2009? Who: Designed for the bodybuilder looking to gain weight who wants top-notch protein and lots of calories. Monster Mass Supplement Facts: 600+ Calories LeanLipids Plus – Sunflower oil, MCT’s, canola oil, and conjugated linolenic acid (CLA) Monster Complex Carbohydrates – 75+ gram blend of waxy maize starch, maltodextrin, soluble dietary fiber 50 grams of multi-source protein matrix Whey concentrates, whey isolates, isolated milk protein, caseinates, lactoferrin, l-glutamine, glutamine peptides and free form BCAA’s Price: Forthcoming (but Monster Milk was in the $40-50 range).  If I get enough comments, I will push for more info. If you want updates on this supplement, I urge you to subscribe to this particular entry. Either via e-mail or a feed reader. I'll update this entry with more information including my own review of this new Cytosport supplement when it becomes available. Resources: Monster Milk Trademark Marc David clean Eating at Home Can Make You Fat https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/eating-at-home-can-make-you-fat/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=eating-at-home-can-make-you-fat https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/eating-at-home-can-make-you-fat/#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2009 09:48:15 +0000 Marc http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=492 Over the past few years, restaurants have taken a beating when it comes to eating healthy.  Fitness Professionals, including myself, preach that eating at home is the best way to go because it can be better for you and maybe cheaper. Although restaurants have taken the blame for portion distortion, cookbook recipes have done some [...]

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Over the past few years, restaurants have taken a beating when it comes to eating healthy.  Fitness Professionals, including myself, preach that eating at home is the best way to go because it can be better for you and maybe cheaper.

Although restaurants have taken the blame for portion distortion, cookbook recipes have done some “supersizing” of their own.

A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine looked at how classic recipes have changed during the past 70 years.    It focused on the Joy of Cooking because of the wealth of data and how the same recipe has changed over the years with new editions.  What they found was…

“Nearly 40% increase in calories per serving for almost every recipe reviewed.”

This was partically because of more calories per serving but larger portion sizes.

“That (calorie increase) is more insidious because that’s the sort of thing the average person wouldn’t notice, wouldn’t even think has happened over the years.” ~ Brian Wansink, studies director.

I could do a break down of every recipe … but I’m not going to.

I’m going with less.  I think you get the point.  If you use a cookbook, just ensure it meets you needs in terms of calories but portion sizes.

Pick up a copy of Muscle Chow today. I give it my highest recommendation, and it’s less than 16 bucks at Amazon.  There’s plenty of healthy recipes in there with the lean bodybuilder in mind.

Marc David
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
www.nobullbodybuilding.com

P.S. - No offense to the Joy of Cooking.  My mom owns the 1969 edition and it’s used so much it’s falling apart.  Just be aware of the changes in home cookbooks.  They too can be causes of higher portions and higher calories.  Just raise your awareness to this possibility.

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/eating-at-home-can-make-you-fat/feed/ 1 The Body Fat Solution Review https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/the-body-fat-solution-review/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-body-fat-solution-review https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/the-body-fat-solution-review/#comments Thu, 08 Jan 2009 14:03:09 +0000 Marc http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=464 Book Review:  The Body Fat Solution: 5 Principles for Burning Fat, Building Lean Muscle, Ending Emotional Eating, and Maintaining Your Perfect Weight (Avery/Penguin, 2009; 250 pages) by Tom Venuto Audio Version:  Body Fat Solution audio (MP3) version of book will be on iTunes and audible. It seems like everyday there’s a new diet book released.  [...]

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Book Review:  The Body Fat Solution: 5 Principles for Burning Fat, Building Lean Muscle, Ending Emotional Eating, and Maintaining Your Perfect Weight (Avery/Penguin, 2009; 250 pages) by Tom Venuto

Audio Version:  Body Fat Solution audio (MP3) version of book will be on iTunes and audible.

It seems like everyday there’s a new diet book released.  It’s not everyday one comes out that will change your life.  Or, as The Wall Street Journal said earlier this week, the Body Fat Solution is more “attitude adjustment” than
diet book.

Introducing The Body Fat Solution

Tom Venuto is a fat loss expert with an extensive career in nutrition research and a lifetime drug free bodybuilding competitor.  Tom Venuto has been involved in almost every aspect of the fitness industry including weight loss, a personal trainer to thousands of clients, nutrition consultation, motivational coach, fitness model, health club manager and bestselling author of the #1 ebook, Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle.  He’s been involved in other online works such as MP3 (audio) seminars and recently The Burn the Fat Inner Circle, a weight loss community support site.

That’s Tom’s resume as found on his latest book, The Body Fat Solution.

How I Personally Know Tom

But I know Tom as a personal friend.  I found his original Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle ebook back in 2003.   I realized this was the person I needed as mentor eighteen years ago.   Tom achieved his physique using simple but proven fundamentals.  I know this to be true as it’s the way I’ve packed on muscle myself and how every successful bodybuilder does it today.  It’s no secret.  As Tom says early in the introduction, “I developed my physique naturally with nutrient dense food, carefully controlled calorie intake, progressive resistance weight training,  the right dose of cardio,  mind focused and well formed goals,  strong emotional drive and great support thru friends, training partners and mentors.”

Who is the Body Fat Solution Written For?

As Tom says, “It was written for men and women who are overweight.  It’s also for people who were previously overweight who want to maintain their ideal weight for the rest of their lives.  This book is for the person who doesn’t have all day to spend in the gym or in the kitchen preparing complicated meals.”

Tom sets the stage by explaining the overall problem and what leads to it.  You cannot solve a problem without first understanding it and grasping the issues behind it.  Once the problem is explained the attitudes and belief system can be attacked.  Tom Venuto outlines the 8 Weight Loss Myths early on:

Myth #1:  You can eat as much as you want and still lose weight

Myth #2:  Overweight people have a slower metabolism than thin people

Myth #3:  Some people are diet-resistant and can’t lose weight

Myth #4:  Your genetics are why you are overweight

Myth #5:  Dietary fat makes you gain body fat

Myth #6:  Carbohydrates make you fat

Myth #7:  Dietary changes for health and weight loss are one and the same

Myth #8:  Insulin or insulin resistance causes obesity

Venuto makes it very clear in one of several statements about the body fat problem when he says “Removing body fat is not simply a matter of going on a diet — it’s a much more complex issue, involving every area of your life.”

This Is More Than Another Thinking Yourself Thin Book

Nutrition, calories, metabolism and the focus on weight training as the foundation for any exercise program is extensively covered. Photos are included to show the proper demonstration of the most basic of exercises that could be easily done in a gym or at home.  Social support is given more than a paragraph as many people now realize the accountability and strength gained when in a group setting.

Towards the end is an appendix of recommend foods and the calories, protein, carbohydrates, fat and fiber breakdowns.  These foods are of course things you’d easily find at the grocery store.  Recipes aren’t included or meal plans but they can be located on The Body Fat Solution site.

It’s clear to me after reading this, Tom’s goal was to give the reader a tool set for the following:

You Can Make Excuses Or Get Results, But You Can’t Do Both

The Body Fat Solution is not a diet.  It’s a program on how to burn fat and build muscle which will increase your metabolism.  It’s the only fix to the obesity epidemic that faces the world.  You won’t need any pills, drinks or supplements to do it.  It’s not gimmicky, based on a new discovery or requires anything that would be questionable or dangerous.

I can’t guarantee you that this book will fix everything in your life and that you will suddenly be healthy, lean and ripped like a fitness model.  But I honestly think there are some phenomenal ideas in this book that will certainly help you out.  For most people, it boils down to a change in a handful of daily behaviors and a shift in mindset.

Pros:

Cons:

I recommend The Body Fat Solution as I feel both personally and professionally that it is of major benefit to anybody looking to get leaner.  While it’s catered to the people struggling with weight loss, truly anybody who’s looking to get as lean as possible will be able to use these steps.

With that, I’d like to do a little something special.  This is your chance to sell your story to me.

THE OFFER:  Tell me in 100-300 words why The Body Fat Solution is something you need, I’d like to send you a copy. A real book, not an ebook, that you can hold in your hands.  Be sure to include your e-mail address within the comment in the spam safe format.  (e.g. marc[at]nobullbodybuilding.com) so that I can communicate with you directly on how to ship 1 copy of The Body Fat Solution to you.  This offer expires whenever I’ve chosen 10 comments on this post.  The 10 winning comments will be selected by me at my discretion.   Winners will be announced on this post in the comments section by me and I will begin contacting those winners individually.

* Please note, I have to order these copies myself and when they arrive, ship them out individually. *

** Your email address in the comments section will only be used by me to contact you personally.  You will not be signed up by me for anything.  **

*** If you aren’t one of the lucky few or you’d rather get multiple copies, keep reading as there’s still ways to get some massive value including bonus material that Tom Venuto is offering AND a sweepstakes entry that doesn’t require the purchase of anything to enter. ***

A FAVOR:  If you have purchased the book and have enjoyed it, would you please do a review of the book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble’s website.  There are many people out there who would rather write a dishonest review of a book they’ve never read.  We both know that you can’t judge a book or a wine bottle by the cover.  If you can, write an honest review.  Positive or negative but only if you’ve read the book of course.

I do wish you the best for 2009.  There’s a lot of interesting things in the works this year and I will try to alert you to the best ones.  And if you haven’t joined me on Facebook as a friend on my page or my tweets on Twitter, be sure to do so to get information fast!

Get your copy of the book everyone is talking about:

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Don’t Believe Me?  Here’s Some Other Reviews:

The Body Fat Solution by Tom Venuto – This Book Rocks! – JoLynn Braley

Women and Weight Loss Reviews

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Author of The NoBull Bodybuilding Program

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P.P.S. -  While you’re at www.thebodyfatsolution , enter the body fat solution sweepstakes for a chance to win one of Five 5-year memberships to Tom Venuto’s Burn The Fat Inner Circle ‘AND’ a personally autographed copy of the book. No purchase necessary to enter the sweepstakes.

P.P.P.S. – If you are a lucky winner for my offer, you can still enter the sweepstakes.  I’m a contributing member to the Burn the Fat Inner Circle and hands down, it’s the best online community support.  Heck, I’m not just a contributer, I’m a regular member that uses it for my own motivation and support.

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/the-body-fat-solution-review/feed/ 28 body fat solution,tom venuto Book Review:  The Body Fat Solution: 5 Principles for Burning Fat, Building Lean Muscle, Ending Emotional Eating, and Maintaining Your Perfect Weight (Avery/Penguin, 2009; 250 pages) by Tom Venuto Audio Version:  Body Fat Solution audio (MP3) version ... Book Review:  The Body Fat Solution: 5 Principles for Burning Fat, Building Lean Muscle, Ending Emotional Eating, and Maintaining Your Perfect Weight (Avery/Penguin, 2009; 250 pages) by Tom Venuto Audio Version:  Body Fat Solution audio (MP3) version of book will be on iTunes and audible. It seems like everyday there's a new diet book released.  It's not everyday one comes out that will change your life.  Or, as The Wall Street Journal said earlier this week, the Body Fat Solution is more "attitude adjustment" than diet book. Introducing The Body Fat Solution Tom Venuto is a fat loss expert with an extensive career in nutrition research and a lifetime drug free bodybuilding competitor.  Tom Venuto has been involved in almost every aspect of the fitness industry including weight loss, a personal trainer to thousands of clients, nutrition consultation, motivational coach, fitness model, health club manager and bestselling author of the #1 ebook, Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle.  He's been involved in other online works such as MP3 (audio) seminars and recently The Burn the Fat Inner Circle, a weight loss community support site. That's Tom's resume as found on his latest book, The Body Fat Solution. How I Personally Know Tom But I know Tom as a personal friend.  I found his original Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle ebook back in 2003.   I realized this was the person I needed as mentor eighteen years ago.   Tom achieved his physique using simple but proven fundamentals.  I know this to be true as it's the way I've packed on muscle myself and how every successful bodybuilder does it today.  It's no secret.  As Tom says early in the introduction, "I developed my physique naturally with nutrient dense food, carefully controlled calorie intake, progressive resistance weight training,  the right dose of cardio,  mind focused and well formed goals,  strong emotional drive and great support thru friends, training partners and mentors." Who is the Body Fat Solution Written For? As Tom says, "It was written for men and women who are overweight.  It's also for people who were previously overweight who want to maintain their ideal weight for the rest of their lives.  This book is for the person who doesn't have all day to spend in the gym or in the kitchen preparing complicated meals." Tom sets the stage by explaining the overall problem and what leads to it.  You cannot solve a problem without first understanding it and grasping the issues behind it.  Once the problem is explained the attitudes and belief system can be attacked.  Tom Venuto outlines the 8 Weight Loss Myths early on: Myth #1:  You can eat as much as you want and still lose weight Myth #2:  Overweight people have a slower metabolism than thin people Myth #3:  Some people are diet-resistant and can't lose weight Myth #4:  Your genetics are why you are overweight Myth #5:  Dietary fat makes you gain body fat Myth #6:  Carbohydrates make you fat Myth #7:  Dietary changes for health and weight loss are one and the same Myth #8:  Insulin or insulin resistance causes obesity Venuto makes it very clear in one of several statements about the body fat problem when he says "Removing body fat is not simply a matter of going on a diet -- it's a much more complex issue, involving every area of your life." This Is More Than Another Thinking Yourself Thin Book Nutrition, calories, metabolism and the focus on weight training as the foundation for any exercise program is extensively covered. Photos are included to show the proper demonstration of the most basic of exercises that could be easily done in a gym or at home.  Social support is given more than a paragraph as many people now realize the accountability and strength gained when in a group setting. Towards the end is an appendix of recommend foods and the calories, protein, carbohydrates, fat and fiber breakdowns.  These foods are of course things you'd easily find at the grocery store. Marc David clean Supplement Users Commited Regardless of Economy https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/supplement-users-commited-regardless-of-economy/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=supplement-users-commited-regardless-of-economy https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/supplement-users-commited-regardless-of-economy/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2008 19:10:09 +0000 Marc http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=436 According to a new survey conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, a full 51 percent of supplement users indicated that the economy will likely not change their supplement-purchasing habits. Survey results also showed that of the 51 percent who don’t plan on cutting back their supplement routine, 13 percent of dietary [...]

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]]> According to a new survey conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, a full 51 percent of supplement users indicated that the economy will likely not change their supplement-purchasing habits.

Survey results also showed that of the 51 percent who don’t plan on cutting back their supplement routine, 13 percent of dietary supplement consumers went further to say that supplements are “an essential part of my wellness regimen, and I cannot do without them.”

“It’s encouraging to see that, despite the current economic climate, such a large percentage of adults are continuing to invest in their health by including dietary supplements as a part of their wellness regimen,” said Judy Blatman, senior vice president, communications, CRN. “Engaging in preventative health measures today, such as incorporating supplements into a healthy lifestyle, may help avoid potential healthcare costs down the road.”

What Other Supplement Users Will Do:

Question: What Will YOU Do?

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/supplement-users-commited-regardless-of-economy/feed/ 2 Beyond the BMI https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/beyond-the-bmi/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=beyond-the-bmi https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/beyond-the-bmi/#comments Sat, 18 Oct 2008 17:57:49 +0000 Marc http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=426 There’s so much attention on the “obesity epidemic” from the media and fitness gurus.  In fact, Halloween is fast approaching along with Thanksgiving so be prepared for the bombardment of what you should eat and stay on track e-mails.  Then January comes around and we know everybody will be jumping up to tell you this [...]

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There’s so much attention on the “obesity epidemic” from the media and fitness gurus.  In fact, Halloween is fast approaching along with Thanksgiving so be prepared for the bombardment of what you should eat and stay on track e-mails.  Then January comes around and we know everybody will be jumping up to tell you this is the year to lose those pounds.

Why lose the pounds?  Two reasons they say…

Reason #1: You want to be healthy and live longer right and be less at risk or disease associated with being overweight.

Reason #2: Improved quality of life.

While it’s harder to argue point #2, there is a debate about being just a little overweight.  Does carrying a few extra pounds really put your health at risk?

The Great Weight Debate

Prevention magazine took a look at the great weight debate, specifically obese versus being overweight and if it’s something you need to worry about.  According to the article, many experts disagree on the dangers associated with excess weight, especially in cases where an overweight individual is considered to be healthy on all accounts.  Many studies in regards to disease and overweight have been done on those who are obese and may not apply the same way to those carrying a few extra pounds or just classified as overweight.

As part of the fact finding, the Prevention article cites a report released by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and the National Cancer Institute that analyzed the death records of 37,000 adults.

What did the death records show?

Overweight people had no greater risk of dying from cancer or heart disease than normal-weight people!

As you would assume, the report did find a great risk for the individuals classified as obese.  The report even went so far as to suggest that being overweight may protect you against some other diseases.  Critics quickly responded that the study failed to consider quality-of-life issues caused by excess pounds and didn’t appropriately control for unhealthy habits like smoking, which can keep people lean but undeniably raise cancer risk. Still, it added fuel to the ongoing debate of whether losing weight is absolutely necessary to reduce disease risk if you’re not obese.

While one study and one magazine article does not change the fact that striving to be fit is the goal, you have to wonder if the pressure of losing those few extra pounds to become safer from disease is really going to make a difference?  At least in terms of your health.  Granted, the quality of life issues play a role but if both people are fit and one has 15 extra pounds, it may not be such a black and white issue to say the individual who is slightly overweight is at great risk.  That may not be true.

I for one am not debating that weight loss can be one part of an overall disease prevention plan. But is it the most essential first step?

There are several other risk factors that may be more important that simply what the scale says.  Including but not limited to:

Personally, from the people I have talked to, the quality of life factors make the choice to shed a few pounds very important.  If it’s not for reducing the risk of disease, the lessened joint pain, the increase mobility and the feeling good about yourself are priceless value-adds of exercise.

Maybe you won’t be at any more risk than your fit friend in terms of disease and maybe you’ll even get some added protection?  But nobody can really argue the quality of life that comes from being healthy and active are more than enough reasons to try and improve your overall fitness and shed those extra pounds anyway.

Prevention article

CDC/NCI study abstract

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Now Nobody Will Have to Know Again

Now Nobody Will Have to Know Again

book on Amazon.com, Kevin Trudeau has been banned from infomercials and ordered to pay $5million in fines from the profits of his book, “The Weight Loss Cure ‘They’ Don’t Want You to Know About.”

In August, Judge Robert W. Gettleman of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois stood by his conclusion in 2007 that Trudeau “clearly, and no doubt intentionally,” violated a provision of a 2004 stipulated court order that prohibits Trudeau from misrepresenting the content of books in his infomercials. The judge stated that “the Infomercial[s] falsely and intentionally led thousands (probably hundreds of thousands) of consumers to believe that the Weight Loss Book would describe an ‘easy,’ ‘simple’ protocol that, once ‘finished’ would allow the consumer to ‘eat anything’ he or she wants.”

Contrary to Kevin Trudeau’s claims, the judge found the following statements in the infomercials and book to be false.

If you think this is a RECENT event, think again.

The FTC filed its first lawsuit against Trudeau in 1998, charging him with making false and misleading claims in infomercials for products he claimed could cause significant weight loss and cure addictions to heroin, alcohol, and cigarettes, and enable users to achieve a photographic memory.

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/kevin-trudeau-no-more-weight-loss-cures/feed/ 3 Children’s Exercise Lacking Say Experts https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/childrens-exercise-lacking-say-experts/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=childrens-exercise-lacking-say-experts https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/childrens-exercise-lacking-say-experts/#comments Sat, 11 Oct 2008 08:32:16 +0000 Marc http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=394 You know we always talk about our OWN fitness and how to stay in shape, but have you seen some of the KIDS these days?  An estimated 60 MILLION kids are classified as overweight… Check out this short news story about the HARSH REALITY of this growing epidemic… In a resort published in the Archives [...]

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]]> You know we always talk about our OWN fitness and how to stay in shape, but have you seen some of the KIDS these days?  An estimated 60 MILLION kids are classified as overweight…

Check out this short news story about the HARSH REALITY of this growing epidemic…

In a resort published in the Archives of Diseases in Childhood, researchers from the Peninsula Medical School in Plymouth, UK, have carried out research that suggests the 1 hour of moderate exercise a day recommended to children from health experts may not be enough to tackle the rising problem of childhood obesity.

Findings Worth Noting:

Does this mean if you send Joe or Jane outside for 10 minutes or 90 minutes and they run around, they could still be having weight issues?  Absolutely.  The value of exercise cannot be underestimated in terms of stress and other conditions but exercise alone is not enough.

“However the researchers did believe that improving children’s diets, which they claim to have “changed markedly” over the last two decades, would be likely to have a greater impact on their overall health and weight.”

Just like adults, nutrition plays a major role in shaping your body.  As the once late and great Vince Gironda used to say “Bodybuilding is 80% nutrition.” And I’m sure you’ve heard that you can’t out train a bad diet?  Maybe your child, niece or nephew won’t be a bodybuilding champion anytime soon but the same principles apply to our kids.

I personally think there’s 3 reasons why kids are becoming fatter today and please, use the comment box below to add your own theories.

Theory #1:  Parents are simply too busy anymore to pay attention to what’s being eaten. Moms and Dads work and there’s a lot more unsupervised children.

Theory #2:  Parents don’t know what to do about it. Using food as punishment, taking away the sweets, making comments about your kids appearance in hopes they will take it upon themselves to eat better or telling them scary facts about becoming overweight is not the connection that will help them eat properly or make better choices as adults.

Theory #3: It’s very easy to make bad choices. While vending machines have improved in schools, it varies from school to school even down to the lunch programs.  It’s very quick and easy to grab what looks like a healthy energy drink, only to read the labels and see it’s loaded with calories and sugar.  Most kids go for taste and don’t pay any attention.  That leaves it up to the schools to determine what’s in the machines.

I’m more of a firm believer in Theory #2.  I’ve found that even the healthiest parents have some of the most unfit kids.  It’s a disconnect between the parent and child because kids just don’t care about that stuff (yet). Most parents I talk to know how to eat properly, they know portion sizes and they can tell a good choice from a bad choice.  But they have little to no idea how to get their kids interested in nutrition without forcing it upon them.  And more often than not, if the parents themselves are not or never have been overweight, they have no idea of the name calling and teasing that can go on at school which can damage self-esteem and lead to a list of other problems.

Most parents struggle with finding REAL SOLUTIONS for their son or daughter’s weight gain.

But there is a solution.  Make it a family effort!

Obesity is not just your child’s problem.  It is a problem that the whole family must be involved in solving.  Your child lives within your family environment.

It’s called “Raising Fit Kids” and if you have an overweight child, you’re going to say “FINALLY!”  It covers

Raising Fit Kids

Raising Fit Kids

EVERYTHING you need to know to help you kid.  Developed by Jeff Anderson, who has a 14 year old himself struggling with a weight issue, he figured something had to be done.

But here’s the problem according to Jeff…

“A lot of DOCTORS don’t know what advice to give parents about their
kid’s weight problem!

Government organizations and other community services are
trying…but often just offer “tips”.

But “tips” and “doctors’ advice” dished out in a 5 minute checkup
do NOT help parents with ALL of the challenges they face when
trying to help their child.”

Personally I find it odd that the few parents I’ve had conversations with who expressed concerned about their potentially overweight child, when asked what they were actively doing about it, they weren’t sure how to approach it.  When I mentioned a few resources including Raising Fit Kid, they didn’t seem all that interested.

Many there’s a secret Theory #4 that nobody wants to talk about or admit.  Maybe a lot of parents just don’t care.   I hope I’m way off base on that one as being a parent myself, I do care and I hope other parents care too.  This isn’t a matter of just sending your child outside more.  Or taking away the “bad” snacks in the house.  It’s getting them connected early on about nutrition in a different way.  It’s only going to work if learning is somewhat fun or event driven.  Scaring them with stories about diabetes or belittling them about their image in hopes they will step up and do something is not the way to change the eating behaviors an an 8 year old.

Study after study is showing we have a serious issue and it’s not going away.  If you need to understand nutrition but are struggling with how to approach the subject to your child, Raising Fit Kids is worth a look.  Or at least pass it along to somebody else who may be frustrated and facing a potential childhood obesity issue.

I think most parents do care and with busy lives and not enough high quality information with exact steps of what to do, it’s frustrating.  Putting our children on medication to help them with weight is 100% Absolutely Positively Not the solution!

Be Fit, Stay Strong!

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/childrens-exercise-lacking-say-experts/feed/ 1 The Body Fat Solution https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/the-body-fat-solution/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-body-fat-solution https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/the-body-fat-solution/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2008 03:27:29 +0000 Marc http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=377 September 30th, 2008 After months of Tom eluding to this hardcover book, he finally gave the scoop.  Not only the scoop but an image of The Body Fat Solution along with a summary of what to expect.  And of course, if you are part of his Burn the Fat Inner Circle (I’m there too) then [...]

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The Body Fat Solution

September 30th, 2008

After months of Tom eluding to this hardcover book, he finally gave the scoop.  Not only the scoop but an image of The Body Fat Solution along with a summary of what to expect.  And of course, if you are part of his Burn the Fat Inner Circle (I’m there too) then you will get support for this new book as well as some juicy details well before the launch including some principles he’s going to discuss.

The Body Fat Solution Overview:

In The Body Fat Solution, Venuto outlines the five principles that will retrain your mind and body for automatic success. Determined to help you keep the fat off for good, Tom shows you how to:

• change your vision through manageable goals for indomitable confidence
• eat healthy, delicious food almost unconsciously and shed the pounds effortlessly
• maximize your metabolism to jolt out of plateaus
• reshape your body through lean muscle training for a strong core and toned frame
• invite a supportive social network of friends, family, and mentors to help you achieve your dream for life

What Tom Said:

“I’ve been holding off on making this announcement until everything was 100% official and as of today, it is 100% official…

After 18 months since the initial idea was proposed and after 9 months of writing in earnest, I’ve finished my new book, THE BODY FAT SOLUTION. The manuscript has been officially accepted by Avery, an imprint of Penguin books, a major New York city publishing company.

The publication date is now also official – it will be released on December 26th, 2008 and we will be doing our first major publicity tour the first or second week in January 2009.

The Body Fat Solution is Released! Full details here.

There will be a Body Fat Solution website. However, after a lot of thought, I’ve decided not to start a new community site just for this new book. I will be fully supporting discussion about THE BODY FAT SOLUTION, right here in the Burn The Fat Inner Circle. I figured there should be no reason for you to have to join another site when I can provide support for the book right here.

Now… I have a feeling that I am going to be bombarded with questions, and I’m almost certain that some of the first ones that will come up here in the Inner Circle will include:

* Why another diet or fat loss book?
* Why didn’t you do a muscle building book?
* How is The Body Fat Solution different than Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle?
* How is The Body Fat Solution different from other hard cover weight loss books?
* Is there anything new in The Body Fat Solution that is not already in Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle?

I am going to be answering all these questions and many more next week in a special audio interview with Kyle Battis. I’m not sure if it will be a live teleconference call where you can dial in and listen live, or if Kyle and I will simply record it and post the MP3 here in the site. We will let you know when we finalize that call.

I will be posting more information and previews soon and as Inner Circle members, you will get the inside scoop on everything first and I’m going to be sharing a lot of my new concepts and research with you here exclusively in the Inner Circle.

Stay tuned, I will be posting much more info soon!”

I fully expect an autographed copy Tom! 

The Body Fat Solution is Released! Full details here.

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/the-body-fat-solution/feed/ 4 How To Help Your Child or Teen Lose Weight https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/how-to-help-your-child-or-teen-lose-weight/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-help-your-child-or-teen-lose-weight https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/how-to-help-your-child-or-teen-lose-weight/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2008 15:34:40 +0000 Marc http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=365 Jeff Anderson, the author of Optimum Anabolics.  He’s releasing a series of help books for parents and children to address health and fitness at an earlier age called How To Help Your Child or Teen Lose Weight. Here’s what’s included: 1. Main eBook 2. Metabolism Makeover For Children (And Parents!) – ebook 3  How To [...]

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]]> Jeff Anderson, the author of Optimum Anabolics.  He’s releasing a series of help books for parents and children to address health and fitness at an earlier age called How To Help Your Child or Teen Lose Weight.

Here’s what’s included:

1. Main eBook
2. Metabolism Makeover For Children (And Parents!) – ebook
3  How To Raise Your Child’s Self Esteem – ebook
4. Fast, Fit, Kid-Friendly Snacks & Meals – ebook
5. Health Nut Family Secrets – mp3 audio

Why Jeff is Doing This:

“When I take my son to school, I’m AMAZED at how overweight some children are.

It infuritates me!

Yeah, there’s the “health” aspect to it but frankly, kids don’t know (or care) much about that.

It’s the EMOTIONAL IMPACT from the bullying and teasing that does the real damage at this age!

I was always one to stick up for these kids in school so I’m hoping to make a real impact on at least an educational level with this project.”

Congratulations Jeff!  I hope this turns out to be a success.  Getting to the younger generation now could help combat the impending obesity problem the United States and the rest of the world is facing.  Giving parents the resources they need to educate their children while making it fun sounds to me like a fantastic idea.

Raising Fit Kids

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/how-to-help-your-child-or-teen-lose-weight/feed/ 1 childhood obesity Jeff Anderson, the author of Optimum Anabolics.  He's releasing a series of help books for parents and children to address health and fitness at an earlier age called How To Help Your Child or Teen Lose Weight. - Here's what's included: - 1. Jeff Anderson, the author of Optimum Anabolics.  He's releasing a series of help books for parents and children to address health and fitness at an earlier age called How To Help Your Child or Teen Lose Weight. Here's what's included: 1. Main eBook 2. Metabolism Makeover For Children (And Parents!) - ebook 3  How To Raise Your Child's Self Esteem - ebook 4. Fast, Fit, Kid-Friendly Snacks & Meals - ebook 5. Health Nut Family Secrets - mp3 audio Why Jeff is Doing This: "When I take my son to school, I'm AMAZED at how overweight some children are. It infuritates me! Yeah, there's the "health" aspect to it but frankly, kids don't know (or care) much about that. It's the EMOTIONAL IMPACT from the bullying and teasing that does the real damage at this age! I was always one to stick up for these kids in school so I'm hoping to make a real impact on at least an educational level with this project." Congratulations Jeff!  I hope this turns out to be a success.  Getting to the younger generation now could help combat the impending obesity problem the United States and the rest of the world is facing.  Giving parents the resources they need to educate their children while making it fun sounds to me like a fantastic idea. Raising Fit Kids Marc David clean Sexual Supplements Revealed https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/sexual-supplements-revealed/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sexual-supplements-revealed https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/sexual-supplements-revealed/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2008 17:56:35 +0000 Marc http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=325 Rumor Mill: Friday, August 8th, 2008 Code Name: Sexual Supplements Revealed Bonus: Sexual Surge Recipes Rumor has it that on Friday, August 8th, 2008, Jeff Anderson is including some chapter not previously included with his HomeMadeSupplement program.  As you may know, Jeff’s done a bang up job of showing you how to make certain brand [...]

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Code Name: Sexual Supplements Revealed

Whats Jeff Doing Now?

Bonus: Sexual Surge Recipes

Rumor has it that on Friday, August 8th, 2008, Jeff Anderson is including some chapter not previously included with his HomeMadeSupplement program.  As you may know, Jeff’s done a bang up job of showing you how to make certain brand name supplements at home for cheap.  If you are into that stuff, like saving money.

But now he’s got some chapter that he says is like “Viagra in your kitchen.”

This isn’t meant to be naughty or nasty, he’s just helping older guys out keep the energy levels high and making marriages happy all over the world.

I’m not sure what the 42 minutes of audio interviews or links to clinical studies is about…  and I’ve not seen this program yet.

If you are at all interested in this, head over to HomeMadeSupplementSecret.com

and see what it’s about.

I’m sure he’ll have some special announcement or more information on this new chapter.

Apparently since Jeff turned 40 this year, he’s now into anti-aging and living the good life as an older adult.  More power to him!

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]]> https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/sexual-supplements-revealed/feed/ 0 Flat Belly Diet https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/flat-belly-diet/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=flat-belly-diet https://bodybuildingsecretslive.com/current-health-news/flat-belly-diet/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2008 22:52:10 +0000 Marc http://50.116.99.151/~mda1125/bodybuildingsecretslive.com/?p=324 Have you seen this new Flat Belly Diet by Prevention Magazine?  It’s all the rage.   Once again, a new breakthrough diet is taking the online and offline world by storm.  Somebody is making a freaking mint by doing what works. Selling YOU another freaking diet! Does it work? I’m sure it does.  I’ve never done [...]

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They Did It To You Again!

Have you seen this new Flat Belly Diet by Prevention Magazine?  It’s all the rage.   Once again, a new breakthrough diet is taking the online and offline world by storm.  Somebody is making a freaking mint by doing what works.

Selling YOU another freaking diet!

Does it work?

I’m sure it does.  I’ve never done a bodybuilding nutrition plan or a workout program that didn’t work for some time.  But like anything else, we return to what we know and what we’re comfortable with in the end.  Diets don’t work long term.

See that 91% success rate?

That will be the FAILURE rate long term.  If you are going to claim a 91% success rate please provide 2 things:

Typical Advertising Methods Used:

Lose 15 lbs in 32 days

Sounds amazing.  But 15 lbs of what?  Fat/Water/Muscle?  Can you even make that claim to the general population?  I too would like to lose fat but according to my last stats, I’ve only got 30 lbs to lose and that includes essential fat.

No Exercise Required

Great.  Another plan preaching that you too can lose all this nasty blubber without exercising.  Does this country need any more excuses to sit around doing nothing?   Look…

I’m sure it’s legit.  You can lose weight strictly thru diet alone.  But it’s NOT the right thing to do for your long-term health.  But it’s a selling point.  In my opinion it’s irresponsible to sell books this way but it works.  And people make money.

I’d be far richer myself if I’d just follow what all these plans do… sell what works and keep the yapper closed about the truths that people simply don’t want to hear.  It’s a flaw.  I kinda want to do the right thing.

Targets Unhealthy Belly Fat First

How so?  Your body burns fat from all over.  You can’t spot reduce.  How people store fat is slightly different from person to person.  Women tend to store it differently then men.  But I guess if you are selling a diet book called the Flat Belly Diet, you better target the belly fat first right?  Who gives a crap about proving that you just need to say it.  Nobody can prove you wrong.

Lose Up to 7 1/2 lbs and 5 3/4 inches in just 96 hours

Need I say more?  A specific number given to the general population without any facts.  If you lose 7 1/2 lbs in just 4 days, you have to ask yourself, what the hell are you losing?  If it’s water, big deal.  If it’s muscle, I feel sorry for you.

Did I buy this book before I opened my mouth?

No I did not.  I can already tell from the marketing pitches, the website design and the fact they used “As seen on Rachel Ray” which means it might have been used to prop up a table leg.. but hey.. it was seen on the show… that it’s just another diet book aimed at overweight Americans.

Will it work?

For some yes.  Please comment on a diet that hasn’t worked for some time.  They’re people still doing Atkin’s for years.  There’s always exceptions to the rule and if you like just eating right and never moving, maybe this book is for you.  But it won’t be any different from the 12 or so you’ve already got.

Why do people buy this stuff?

Because it’s new.  It’s not what they are doing today and it gives them hope.  It’s the same reason people have 20 books on making money and fail to save for their futures.  Buying another diet book won’t do a thing for you if you don’t follow thru and make a commitment to sticking with it.

Should you buy this book?

Nope.  Stay away from diets.  They do work in the short term.  You’d be better off joining a Fat Loss Support Community and asking questions and getting educated before purchasing yet another book aimed at mainstream America.

Not available anywhere else

Except Amazon.com for $17.  That beats the 4 installments at $7.99 from the site itself!  If you feel compelled to order it, then at least save yourself a few bucks.
Flat Belly Diet

Resource I Strongly Recommend:

Red Flag – How to Spot Bogus Weight Loss Claims

Fat Loss Support Community

Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle

Of course,  I’d love to hear what youv’e got to say.

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Hey, just wanted t – I’ve seen this thing floating around in my Inbox from fitness expert, Scott Colby and I wanted to make sure you got the scoop on this.

It concerns helping some children in need and getting some GREAT training information at the same time. Scott has put together a fund-raising teleseminar where ALL the proceeds (every single penny) go DIRECTLY to assisting an orphanage in Africa. 19 training and nutrition experts will be taking YOUR questions on all kinds of topics. (Trekking for Kids is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization)

Naturally, Scott didn’t invite me.  Putting my ego aside this is a great opportunity to give back and help out some deserving children.

20 bucks gets you in on ALL calls (and like I said, he’s got 19 experts lined up) but you’re welcome to donate more. You’re going to get a TON of information on these calls…

Direct Link to the Scott Colby Trekking for Kids Fitness Teleseminar. (no affiliate links)

–> www.MyUltimateBodyFundraiser.com

Here’s the list of experts and the subjects they’ll be talking about.

Definitely check this out and get signed up. The cool thing is, if you can’t make any one of the calls that you’re interested in, you can still submit your questions and download an MP3 version of the teleseminar later.

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