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Diet Soda Can Contribute To Your Weight Gain

People drink diet soda because they don’t want to gain weight. But having the drink contribute to accumulating the very excess pounds that the drink was supposed to help avoid, comes as a surprise to many dieters.

A study by The University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, took 1550 test subjects, some over weight, some not, and examined the relationship between soda consumption and weight gain. Sharon P. Fowler, MPH, who lead the 8 year study said “What didn’t surprise us was that total soft drink use was linked to overweight and obesity. What was surprising was when we looked at people only drinking diet soft drinks, their risk of obesity was even higher”. The researchers concluded that for every can or bottle of diet soda that was consumed each day, a participant’s risk of being overweight was increased by a whopping 41%.

After reading the study, my question was: why does diet soda contribute to weight gain? and what can you do about it? besides the obvious, “stop drinking diet soda”, answer.

We found this video by Wellness Works that does a very good job of answering this question, and a few others that merit your attention…

Enjoy…

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The 7 Minute Workout

Weight loss and weight control is a multi-faceted problem.

A good program includes diet, exercise and stress reduction techniques.

So here’s the million-dollar question:

“What’s the number one reason people do not work out?”

Is it lack of money? Lack of motivation? Perhaps they lack the ideal workout plan?

Nope. It’s TIME. Or rather the lack thereof.

“We know that 50 per cent of the population doesn’t [exercise] and the most commonly cited barrier to exercise is lack of time.” This quote comes from exercise researcher Martin Gibala, a kinesiology professor at McMaster University in Hamilton.

Gibala put his theory to the test in a study that was published in the Journal of Physiology. In it Gibala compared a group who exercised “traditionally” — 90 to 120 minutes per day — with another group exercising far less: Only 20 minutes per day and only three days per week.

That’s a whopping one hour per week folks.

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Did you know that Jon Benson’s “7 Minute Muscle” plan calls for only five 7-minute workouts with resistance training (weights or body-weight) plus only 9 minutes cardio a few days per week?

And that actually works? Yeah… you bet it does.

If you do the math, that’s about an hour per week as well.

This is the “Level 1” workout. There are three levels depending on your goals and exercise tolerance.

Find out more here — brief is best!

Back to Gibala’s study:

In just two weeks both groups showed improvement in both exercise performance and oxygen uptake. (Remember, fat burns in the presence of oxygen.)

The kicker is that both groups were almost identical in their improvement. Why? Because the brief exercise group trained with greater focus and more intensity — exactly how Jon suggests you train.

This is just one of dozens of studies that confirm the benefits of shorter but more intense workouts.

However, there is a catch: Train too hard and you will shut down your fat-burning furnace.

Your body perceives over-exertion done over an extended period of time as a sign of pursuit. It can trigger an ancient hormonal sequence that says, “I’m being chased by a tiger! Horde the fat!”

The body literally shuts down what it considers to be unnecessary activity in favor of self-preservation. And guess what? Burning off those hips and love handles is not a biological necessity.

You have to learn when to hit it hard AND when to rest and recover.

Finally, you have to put yourself into the proper mental state in order to see greater results in the shortest period of time.

Jon devotes an entire chapter to putting your mind into your muscle to make gains faster than ever before in “7 Minute Muscle.” You can read more here — brief is best!

Just remember these three key points:

1. Time is the greatest barrier to fitness.

2. Workouts can be short and very effective.

3. The body goes where the mind directs.

Until the next time, train smart.

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The Every Other Day Diet

I am no different than everyone else, and I struggle with my body-weight just the same, that is why when I read Jon Benson’s book the “Every Other Date Diet” I wanted to try his suggestion (eat your favorite foods and still shed body-fat like crazy). I have had great success, on the first 5 days I dropped 5lbs. even though I had ice cream, and Mexican food two out of the five days. I am really excited about my progress and I wanted to share my new found knowledge with you, but I thought who better to explain the “Every Other Date Diet” than the author himself. The following is an excerpt of an excellent article from Jon Benson’s Blog I hope you enjoy it…

Rapid Weight Loss Foolishness: The Yo-Yo Syndrome

We must clarify the difference between accepting and adopting a more rapid form of weight loss and going on a quick weight loss fad diet. These two ideas may sound similar, but they are night and day different.

Our plan is controlled, measured, and reasonable; designed from the ground up to be a lifestyle approach as well as a rapid fat loss system. Fad diets are predesigned to END. If you can think of one fad weight loss diet that does NOT have an end to it, be sure to let me know in the comments below!

Ending a diet is similar to ending a savings plan. Do you really think you stand a chance of accumulating wealth if you plan to STOP saving money, or plan to invest only for a few months out of the year?

The only real diet is a a lifestyle diet. This is a system of eating that, while regulated, allows you the mental and physical freedom to enjoy food and enjoy your life. Diets based on deprivation for long periods of time are destined to fail. The body cannot stand deprivation and will fight for its survival.

This brings us back to caloric staggering. This is the skill of “planned deprivation” — a short period of caloric restriction followed by a shorter period of structured re-feeding. This is your ticket to weight loss paradise, and I suggest you take it.

The alternative is a lifetime of “yo-yo dieting”, or going up and down in body weight, never really losing any weight over the long haul at all. In fact, the vast majority gain weight slowly over time when yo-yo dieting, making it fool-hearty at best and downright dangerous at worst.

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Most diets fail because there is no end in sight to the deprivation. The result is emotional and physical frustration, followed by long periods of overeating. This is not a weakness on your part as much as it is a natural physical reaction, just as running might be after being caged up for a period of time. The body craves balance. When balance is removed it usually results in a pendulum swing to the other side. In this case, the swing is to high-calorie foods and emotional eating after being drained by low-calorie foods and emotional stress.

Stress is the key player in yo-yo dieting. Diets that cause emotional stress will fail on multiple levels. Stress causes cortisol, the “fat-friendly” hormone, to be secreted in greater amounts. Talk about going in opposite directions! A “stressful diet” is literally an oxymoron. The two cannot coexist, as one nullifies the other.

When I created the low-stress dietary principles in Evey Other Day Diet I did so with a purpose. I knew from my own experience with obesity and emotional overeating that stress, particularly emotional stress, was a key factor in my weight gain. Dieting too severely and with too much restriction for too long a period of time not only shut down the metabolic processes that burn fat, such as lowering thyroid output and increasing cortisol levels, it also led to emotional frustration and burn-out. And we all know what that leads to: Overeating.

It was only through learning how to manage my “bad foods” and actually use them to my weight loss advantage (yes, you can do this!) that I was able to adopt what I call a “real-world approach to dieting.” One that did not restrict myself from any food for too long a period of time, yet one that promoted long-term fat loss with periods of rapid fat loss.

EODD is just what the doctor ordered.

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Fat Burners – Accelerating Weight Loss


Fat Burners – Accelerating Weight Loss

By Darren W Chow

Obesity is a serious problem that many people face. Not only does the excess weight cause inconvenience in everyday life, an obese person is also more vulnerable to all kinds of diseases such as heart attack, stroke, and diabetes. These are serious health conditions that can drastically change the life of an individual. In more serious cases, the diseases can even be life threatening. If you find yourself just putting on weight, it is still not too late to take preventive measures. Many obese people find it painful to lose weight, and they leave no stone unturned just to find a solution that works.

Perhaps fat burners may be the right solution. Fat burners help to accelerate the weight loss process by blocking fat receptors from taking on more fat. The ingredients drastically reduce the body’s ability to store fat. Hence, the overall weight plummets. Here are a few issues to take into consideration when taking fat burner capsules.

1) Buy trusted brands only.

Major brand names have a reputation to protect. Hence, they put their products through vigorous rounds of testing to make sure that the products work as promised, and pose no health problems to the consumer. Trusted major labels include Body Sculpture, Dialene, ThermXEF, and several others.

2) Pay attention to the recommended dosage.

When you buy fat burners, they always come with recommended dosages. These recommendations are there for a reason – they are meant to maximize the results, while protecting your health. For example, most products will recommend that you take just 1 capsule a day with 8 glasses of water, and that you should not take more than a capsule for any 24 hour period. If you are unsure of the dosage, always consult a qualified physician.

3) Proper medical advice.

Don’t just buy different products off the market and test out the products. Seek proper medical advice, and always keep your family physician in the loop regarding the pills that you are taking. Fat burners are usually very safe because of strict health regulations put in place by relevant authorities to protect the consumers. But individual health conditions differ. Therefore, having medical advice is better than trying out the pills on your own.

4) Knowing your own goals.

Different people have different goals. Some aim to lose weight to improve general health. Others aim to reduce fat to build leaner muscles. There are different types of fat burners for different groups of people. For instance, there are capsules that are made specifically for women.

5) Understanding the capsules.

Spend a little time doing research on the product(s) that you are interested in buying. They contain different ingredients and may be made for different situations. A variety of factors affect the storing of fat in the human body. For example, activation of a specific type of fat receptor (alpha 2) is anti-lipolytic (slows down fat burning). The product could be aimed at neutralizing this cause. A good understanding will help you make better buying decisions.

Finally, bear in mind that fat burners are not magic pills. They should always be included as part of your overall weight loss program. Your weight loss program should include proper dieting, exercise, and adequate rest. The capsules will help accelerate the process so that you can see results faster. But if you all you do is to pop pills, hoping to see miracles, they probably won’t work as expected.

Product reviews on Fat Burners.

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The Skinny Guy’s Guide To Gaining Weight

The Skinny Guy’s Guide To Gaining Weight

By Vince DelMonte

How would you like to learn how to gain weight fast? If the title of this article caught your attention, there is a good chance you are sick and tired of not seeing the weight on the scale budge. Most likely you just got home from the Mandarin buffet and still can’t budge the scale. You could live on McDonald’s and Pizza Delight and your Ferrari style metabolism would simply burn it off. In a world that is obsessed with losing weight – you are interested in gaining weight!

Are You Sick and Tired Of People Telling You How To Gain Weight?

It probably sounds like this:

“All you have to do is eat, eat, and eat some more to gain weight…”

“Weight gain is just a matter of eating…”

“You just gotta overload your metabolism to gain weight fast…”

“You can’t build a house without the bricks and mortar for gaining weight…”

Don’t throw me to the wolves quite yet. There is certainly truth to these statements and some of these analogies can prove quite powerful. I think I’m even guilty of preaching a few! But the problem with this advice is that it’s usually followed up with the same old regurgitated blah, blah, blah advice that only tells you what to do and does not reveal real-world, practical how-to action-steps.

If you are someone who has struggled their entire life, trying to pack on extra muscle mass and still consider yourself underweight, then you are not alone. I was once skinny and underweight myself…

People, predispositioned to skinniness, are commonly referred to as “hard gainers.” This is the cool way to label your scrawny frame despite the fact that your body turns into a Number 2 pencil when you wear yellow!

It’s Not Totally Your Fault You’re Skinny

In the skinny guy’s defense, the reality is that you have been cursed with traits like Lamborghini-type metabolism, giraffe like limbs, and the strength of a senior citizen. You have to fight with every bone in your body to do something about your small frame and to keep up to your male buddies who seem to grow muscle just by sneezing – those muscle freaks piss me off just as much you!

Even though you might think your genetic deficiencies have sentenced you to a life of frailty and surprised looks when you tell others you lift weights, I am living proof that hard gainers with very ‘muscle-unfriendly genes’ can fight back against their genetics and gain muscle weight. I defeated my skinny genetics just after college and I am about to show you four tips that helped me climb from a 149 pound weakling to a rock hard 190 pounds in six months.

Trust me, no body has worse genetics for building muscle and gaining weight than an ex-long distance runner who abused his body with 60-80 miles of running a week (for over 10 years).

Skinny Guys Must Play By A Different Set Of Rules

If you are underweight, than your first step to gaining weight is to understand that you must play by a different set up rules. I have said this before and will say it again,

“Taking advice from someone who can gain muscle weight easilyis like taking money advice from someone who inherited a fortune or is making money illegally.”

You must think outside the box and give up the excuse of being a “hard gainer.” It is time to stop listening to all the naysayers who have told you that is impossible to gain weight because of your genetics. Regardless of what you have been led to believe, you do have the potential to build an impressive physique that turns heads and even intimidates!

If you have read this far, I am guessing you are ready to longer resemble a microphone stand! You are prepared to overload your metabolism for muscle growth, to ensure you are never referred to as ‘underweight’ or ‘skinny’ ever again. Start following these simple steps and don’t be surprised if you gain an extra ten pounds of muscle weight in the next four weeks.

Simple How To Gain Weight Action Steps To Start Growing Like A Skyscraper!

1. Double It Up

One of the most practical steps you can take is to double whatever you are currently eating in the kitchen right now. If you are eating one chicken breast per meal, then cook up two. If you are only eating two slices of bread, then make it four. If you are eating one handful of nuts, then make it two. If you are using only two scoops of protein powder, then make it four.

Most likely you are only a few dozen meals short of filling out your underdeveloped body parts and attracting the attention of that sexy girl at your gym. I assume you are already in the kitchen and have the food out. So would you agree, you really have no good excuse not to shovel down a greater percentage of calories by doubling it up?

2. Live Your Life Around Food

Sure, you know that you must eat every 2-3 hours, but how well do you execute? Set your clock on a countdown timer to go off every 2 and ½ hours so that you reinforce the habit of eating literally not a second late for each meal! Don’t turn off the damn beeper until you start chowing down.

Ensure you are eating your first meal within 15-30 minutes of waking up – absolutely no later. This first meal of the day should always consist of REAL food to flood your body with quality nutrients. I question anybody’s commitment to gaining weight if they are too lazy to wake up 15 minutes earlier to eat a real meal.

Lastly, don’t be surprised if you are not gaining weight if you do not find yourself spending more time preparing food, more time eating food and more time cleaning your kitchen. You should notice you are spending more time in the grocery store and you should also notice a larger grocery bill each week!

3. Use BIG Eating Equipment

If you want to bulk, then you have to eat like Hulk. Do you think Hulk eats out of a small plate, or a small bowel, or a small cup? If you are aiming to get big and huge, you are going to require large amounts of food, most likely close to double of what you are currently eating.

So get BIG eating equipment! Get a BIG cup, get a BIG bowel, and get a BIG plate. Surround yourself with BIG. Most of the time hard gainers are nothing more than “under eaters.” If you struggle to complete a meal, then a bigger serving on a bigger plate will look small!

4. Never Train Hungry

How many times have you woken up, whipped up a protein shake and than headed off to the gym? Or maybe you had a long afternoon and missed a few meals and then attempted a weight training workout after work?

I thought this was common sense to avoid, until a few of my skinny clients confessed that they were showing up for their workouts having only eaten a piece of fruit and some crackers within the entire day!

After dropping the 45-pound plate on my foot out of shock, they reassured me: they were not hungry. I sometimes screamed back, “Yeah, that’s because your metabolism is in starvation mode and shut right down, you skinny pencil neck!”

I understand that training in the morning is the only time for some, however, I recommend to aim for a minimum of at least three solid meals in your system prior to training. Or eat the biggest meal of your day immediately after your AM workout. Would you take your car out on a long trip with a half empty fuel tank? Not unless you wanted the car to die and you push it the rest of the way. So why would you take your body through a grueling training session on an empty stomach?

5. Eat Nutrient Dense Foods

Focus on caloric-rich foods that are loaded with nutrients. Avoid foods with empty calories, which means there is little or no nutrient value in the calories you are eating. Why would you consume a 500-calorie plus meal that is loaded with fat and sugar which does nothing but make you feel sluggish and soft? Instead, eat a high caloric meal loaded with slow releasing carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Here are some of the best choices:

Carbohydrates – Oatmeal, rice, breads, yams beans, potatoes, fruits and veggies.

Proteins – Steak, chicken, lean beef, cottage cheese, whole milk, eggs and salmon.

Fats – Olive oil, flax oil, avocados, nuts and peanut butter.

Extras (high calorie cheat food) – Ice cream, raisins, dried fruit and trail mix.

6. Drink A Carb And Protein Drink While You Workout

How hard is to sip on a calorie-rich drink during your weight training sessions? Simply mix up a 2:1 ratio of carbohydrate to protein with one liter of water and you instantly have a few extra hundred calories per day. Now have an extra workout drink before your workout and extra workout drink after your workout and that’s easily an extra one pound per week. Only use this technique if you are weight training at a very high intensity.

7. Live the motto, “Never Stop Eating”

Did I hear you say, “But I’ll throw up if I eat all day?” Maybe… Is it necessary? Of course not. But this is a part of pushing your body’s threshold. Don’t worry, you will get used to it and your body will require more food as you gain more muscle on your body and your metabolism increases. Just think that if you are not eating, then you are not growing, and if you are not growing then you are staying the same. Is that what you want?

Conclusion

There you have it and as I promised, learning how to gain weight fast is quite simple. Executing is a whole different story. It will really come down to how truly committed you are to defeating your skinny genetics and gaining the muscular body you deserve!

Here is my promise to you. You have the ability to gain at least another ten pounds of solid weight in the next four weeks by simply applying the advice above. If you are truly committed to your goals of gaining muscle weight and no longer being known as underweight, then I believe you will rise to the challenge and take action! Are you with me?

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About the Author:

Vince DelMonte is the author of No Nonsense Muscle Building: Skinny Guy Secrets To Insane Muscle Gain found at http://www.VinceDelMonteFitness.com

He specializes in teaching skinny guys how to build muscle and gain weight quickly without drugs, supplements and training less than before.

© 2006-2008, Vince DelMonte Fitness. All rights in all media reserved. You may reprint this article so long as the article and author bio are reprinted intake and all links are made live. This article may never be sold individually or as part of a package.

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Gain Weight With The Hugh Jackman Diet

Hugh Jackman Diet – The Secret Muscle Building Foods of the Hugh Jackman Diet
By Frank Sherrill

Would you like to add 15 to 20 pounds of rock hard muscle, the way Hugh Jackman did for X-Men origins Wolverine? In this article, you will find out about the secret muscle building foods of the Hugh Jackman diet.

Hugh Jackman revealed the diet that he was on for his latest film X-Men origins Wolverine. In a recent interview, he let the cat out of the bag. Besides drinking, plenty of whey protein isolates shakes his personal trainer Michael Ryan had him eating steamed chicken and vegetables every three hours. (When he was not taking his protein shake.)

The Secret Foods of the Hugh Jackman Diet

Steamed chicken is one of the favorites of many bodybuilders for many reasons. First, steaming your food is a healthier way to eat than frying or baking. Chicken also contains the cancer protective nutrient … B vitamin, niacin. It is also a good source for vitamin B6. (Both of these B vitamins are very important in the production of energy.)

Vitamin B6 helps in breaking down glycogen (sugar and starch) which is essential if you are trying to get your six pack abs.

Steaming is one of the healthiest and quickest ways to cook vegetables. By steaming, you get to enjoy more of the vegetables natural taste and texture. Steaming also seals in the vitamins and minerals normally lost by boiling or baking them. In addition, steaming requires no added fat.

One of the great advantages is that almost any vegetable can be steamed… carrots, broccoli, potatoes, spinach, asparagus, mushrooms, zucchini, squash, and more. Therefore, it is no wonder that his personal trainer chose these foods for Hugh Jackman’s diet.

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