Sodium Hides in Strange Places

In a study by Consumer Reports, they analyzed 37 foods and four salt substitutes to see how the sodium amounts claimed on the labels compared to the actual amounts. The good news? Accurate labeling has improved over the years and while there's some misleading numbers, generally speaking, it's pretty good. The bad news? There's high levels of sodium in some foods you may not think to check. Let's get the guidelines straight to level set your expectations.  There's no reason to just list off foods if you don't have a frame of reference right? Dietary guidelines recommend that healthy adults get no more than 2,300...
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How to Speed Up Your Post Workout Recovery

Many weight lifting programs, bodybuilding forums and fitness articles written by experts spend hours and hours talking about a new way to lift a weight and how to kill yourself in the gym. Even better are the one line answers on most forums that after exercise, you just down a crap-load of protein as fast as possible and that's it folks. Then go eat a meal later. It's all good. Post workout recovery is about the shortest topic in bodybuilding and one of the longest in distance runner circles. Have you ever asked a question about post-training recovery and received the...

How much protein do I need a day?

Question: Marc, Can you please tell me how much protein should be taken on workout days and how much on rest days. I heard that your body can only ingest so much a day, when the rest is a waste. Respectfully Jeff Jones Answer: How Much Protein Do I Need Every Day? The secret to figuring out how much protein you need is not by just taking some number you found like 30g and apply it to yourself. If everybody had the same needs we would all be the same. And we both know that just isn't true. Each person is slightly different. Let me explain. We've all heard that a person...

When is the best time to take my multi-vitamin?

Question: Ok I had a quick question when is the best time to take my multi vitamin, before I go to bed or with breakfast in the morning? Thanks Mike G Answer: That depends. Let me explain what I mean. The #1 rule of vitamins is: Don't take them on an empty stomach! If you do, you may feel nauseous. But here's what you can do. Take a mult-vitamin with food. Now if you have one of those types that is just one pill, you can take it with breakfast or with dinner. But some multis come in packets. And eventually you may find yourself taking 20...

When is the best time to consume protein?

This is a guest post by Nick Nilsson is Vice President of BetterU, Inc., an online exercise, fitness, and personal training company. Question: When should I consume my protein? Answer: 1. Immediately After A Workout If you only take protein once per day, this is the absolute best time to take it. Immediately after you finish your workout, your body needs raw materials to rebuild and recover with. If you don't supply the raw materials through eating, your body will break down muscle from elsewhere in your body in order to rebuild the damaged areas. This is very counterproductive as you can well imagine. By taking in...