McDonald’s Must Pay Obese Employee

If you haven't seen the latest fast food lawsuit, it goes something like this... Headline: McDonald's must pay obese employee $17.5K When I read this SF Gate article (link here) I had mixed emotions.  But first.. here's the basics. A Brazilian court ruled this week that McDonald's must pay a former franchise manager $17,500 because he gained 65 pounds while working there for a dozen years. He felt he was forced to sample the food to ensure high standards as random people who worked for the company come in and report violations and problems. Not to mention, the company offered free lunches to...

Spot Reduction: The Legend; The Reality

He said "Current research is now finding that when you work a specific muscle, the intramuscular fat and the fat in that general area is where the body derives fuel for that exercise. In other words, if you work your abdomen – you’re working those muscles in the area – the body turns to your belly fat for the most help in long-term fuel for that exercise." His exact words are that "if you do ab exercises (sit-ups, etc.), your body will use abdominal fat as fuel (glycogen) for that exercise, thereby burning it." In other words, the shedding...

8 Evil Habits that Hijack Your Progress And Snuff Out Your Motivation

“Don’t let anybody tell you what your ultimate potential is. You just don’t know. You’ve got to go ahead and test yourself, and put yourself in the gym day in and day out.” ~ Hugo Rivera It is a bodybuilding myth that only genetically gifted people can developed muscular physiques. In fact, anecdotal evidence shows that most “average” people who follow the fundamentals of nutrition and training can beat genetic perceptions. That means that even if you’re no genetically gifted than most people, you still have the potential to develop an amazing muscular physique. So why are so few people highly successful? Because they develop...

An Alcoholic Drink Bodybuiders Can Appreciate

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...

How To Train To Reduce Muscle Size ON PURPOSE

While this is very rarely the goal with weight training, there ARE people who actually DO want to reduce the size of a specific muscle or muscles (but without just stopping training and losing too much strength). Learn how to do it the right way! Steps to Reduce the Size of a Specific Muscle It may sound strange that anybody would want to REDUCE muscle size on purpose, but honestly, if that's one of your goals, you're not alone! Reducing the size of a specific muscle group or all your muscles in general is a more common goal than you might think. And...

IFT 10: Tweeting My Way Thru the Show

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...
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The 4 Rules of Performance Nutrition

If you are trying to build up muscle or burn off the fat and your eating habits are not optimal... this letter is for you. It's the 4 (four) Rules of Performance Nutrition. Normally I don't like to use the word 'rule' as it sounds like I'm being an absolutist and it's my way or the highway. That isn't how I mean it at all. But generally speaking, if you aren't doing these 4 things when it comes to nutrition, you will not succeed at your performance goals. What exactly is a rule? "A generalized statement that describes what is true in most...

Here’s How Consumer Reports Screws You Blind

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...

Protein H2O

Protein H2O comes from Cytosport, the makers of Muscle Milk.  This beverage is set to compete with other flavored protein waters currently on the market.  Shown here are just 2 of the 5 flavors.  Grape and Grapefuits.  This is 60 calories and 10g of whey protein isolate. The #1 ingredient? purified water Nutrition Facts: Serving Size: 16 fl oz Servings per Container: 1 Calories per serving: 60 Total Fat: 0g Sodium: 25mg Potassium: 50mg Total Carbohydrates: 6g Dietary Fiber: 5g Sugars: 0g Protein: 10g Calcium: 6% Ingredients: Purified water, whey protein isolate (derived from milk), digestive resistant maltodextrin, (soluble dietary fiber), natural flavors, fruit and vegetable juice extract (color), phosphoric acid, citric acid, sucralose, potassium citrate,...

Creatine Facts

Today I received somewhere around the 100th question (comment) regarding Creatine.  It went something like this ... "Never mix Creatine with protein and or Glutamine it is actually bad for you and if you don't believe me look it up" As a matter of fact, I did look it up in the resource I purchased about a year ago called Creatine: The Practical Guide. This guide, written by Alfredo Franco-Obregón, PhD is by far, the best single resource on Creatine and research behind it and how to properly use this bodybuilding supplement. While there is even more promising research beyond just muscular aspect of...
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