Cardio Sucks But Deadlifts Are Cool – Fitness Vlog 1

August 6, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

If you liked this video thumbs it up, if you didn’t then let me know why! One of my first vlogs and I am going to be doing a few fitness ones. Just show you guys some of the things I do in the gym. Todays workout was: Bench Press work then WOD (Workout of the Day): 10 Deadlifts @ 275lbs 25 Push Release Pushups (Stupid) 400m run (subbed a 500m row since it was raining hard) 4 Rounds Good workout, minus all the rowing. I was actually in the mood to run but the rain put a stop to that. ************************************************ Get your OFFICIAL FURIOUS PETE Merchandise! ********************************************************** Follow me on Facebook and Twitter for more eats! Supplements and Fitness Tips at: The place I train at ************THIS IS THE ORIGINAL YOUTUBE EATING CHANNEL**********

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Ask The Experts – Weight Loss Plateau Tips: ExerciseTV Trainer Holly Perkins: Fitness 360

July 14, 2011 by  
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I just found this health related video on YouTube … and thought you might enjoy it!

Start Fitness 360 now: It includes Holly’s 31-day Fitness 360 workout plan, her top 10 fitness tips and nutrition guidelines to help you take a 360 degree approach to reaching your fitness goal! Start the Don’t Gain A Pound workout plan now! Download the Walktober plan and start walking with Leslie Sansone’s NEW Rock and Tone workout!

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Do food stamps promote obesity?

August 19, 2009 by  
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weighing-scale-with-fruitObesity has become a major problem in the US as well as in many developed countries. And guess what? The U.S. Food Stamp Program seems to be a major contributor to the obesity problem. Obesity is measured in terms of Body Mass Index (BMI) and the average user of food stamps had a BMI which is 1.15 points higher than non-food stamp users.

A 14-year study by researchers at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Ohio Stae University strongly linked obesity to the use of food stamps. The strong correlation between food stamp use and excess weight, however, is only evident among women but not among men. Food stamp use not only promotes weight gain but hasten increase in BMI – e.g. the rate of weight gain in much faster. In addition, the longer a woman is in the Food Stamp Program, the more severe is the excess weight problem. Some more figures from the show that

  • Female food stamp users in general had an average BMI that was 1.24 points higher than those not in the program
  • White women’s BMI was 1.96 points higher than non-food stamp users
  • Black women’s BMI was 1.1 points higher than non-users

According to Jay Zagorsky, a research scientist at Ohio State University’s Center for Human Resource Research,

“We can’t prove that the Food Stamp Program causes weight gain, but this study suggests a strong linkage. While food stamps may help fight hunger, they may have the unintended consequence of encouraging weight gain among women.”

The US Food Stamp Program was started in the 60s. It is currently known as the US Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and gives assistance to those with low-income or the unemployed. It is federally funded and administered through the US Department of Agriculture. In 2008, about 28 million Americans – about 1 out of 11 – benefited from food stamps on a given month.

So how can such a well-meaning program meant to benefit nutritionally become detrimental to the recipients’ health? The reason may be similar to the phenomenon of “recession obesity” wherein people tend to gain weight during lean times. This is because unhealthy food (high calorie, high fat, high processed) tend cheaper than fresh, healthy food.

According to 2002 government statistics, a stamp recipient received on average, $81 in food stamps. Clearly, it is difficult to make ends meet on such a tight budget, much less buy healthy, nutritious food stuffs that tend to be more expensive.

In order to fight obesity but without scrapping the program, Zagorsky proposed the following:

  • Policymakers should aim at changing the types of food that program participants purchase.
  • Food stamp recipients should be required to take a course on nutrition.
  • Recipients who purchase fresh produce and other low-fat products could be given more benefits or receive discounts on these products.

“Modifying the Food Stamp Program to include economic incentives to eat healthier might be an important tool for fighting obesity” he concludes.

Can baby fat predict obesity?

April 28, 2009 by  
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baby-feetThe last three decades have witnessed the rapid increased incidence in obesity and scientists and health experts are scrambling to come up with ways and means to stop and reverse this trend. Recently, more and more evidence points to the fact that the problem of excess weight starts rather early in life. A recent study by Boston researchers suggests that the rate of weight gain during the first months of a baby’s life is a predictor of its risk for obesity later in life.

According to lead author Dr. Elsie Taveras, assistant professor in the Harvard Medical School Department of Ambulatory Care and Prevention

“There is increasing evidence that rapid changes in weight during infancy increase children’s risk of later obesity. The mounting evidence suggests that infancy may be a critical period during which to prevent childhood obesity and its related consequences.”

Dr. Taveras is also the co-director of the One Step Ahead Clinic, a pediatric overweight prevention program at Children’s Hospital Boston.

Previous studies on obesity risk concentrated on infants’ body weights. The current study took into account that weight gain is a dynamic process associated with growth, looked further and measured growth rates, e.g. weight gain, body length, and weight-for-length gain.

The connection between rapid infant weight gain and later obesity was striking, even after adjusting for factors such as premature babies or those underweight at birth. Take for example two infants with the same birth weight who, after six months, weigh 7.7 kg (16.9 pounds) and 8.4 kg (18.4 pounds), a 0.7 kg (1.5 pounds) difference. According to study estimates, the heavier of these two infants would have a 40% higher risk of obesity at age 3 (after adjusting for potential confounders).

Previous studies indicated that there is some confusion from infants’ growth charts, and that parents tend to be wrong in judging their children’s weight. Another study suggested that the “tipping point” for childhood obesity can be as early as age 2. The currents study indicates that weight gain in children should be managed appropriately as early as possible.

“At first it may seem implausible that weight gain over just a few months early in infancy could have long-term health consequences, but it makes sense because so much of human development takes place during that period-and even before birth,” says Matthew Gillman, director of the department’s Obesity Prevention Program. “Now we need to find out how to modify weight gain in infancy in ways that balance the needs of the brain and the body.”

Dealing With Weight Gain When You Stop Smoking

January 24, 2008 by  
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One of the common effects of quitting smoking is weight gain, usually from 5-10 pounds, sometimes more. But, though common, it’s not inevitable.

Weight gain from a stop-smoking program can have a number of causes.

For many individuals, it’s a natural response to cravings from nicotine withdrawal. They substitute food for smoking. Increase the amount of calories taken in, as snacks add up, and sooner or later you’ve gained several pounds.

At the same time, people coming off a long-term cigarette smoking habit don’t often immediately enter an exercise program. For a while, the effects of smoking linger on. The fatigue, shortness of breath and other common conditions of smoking don’t disappear overnight. Starting a healthy exercise program is tough enough for anyone. For smokers, the change is even more substantial.

There are also purely physiological effects. Smoking, at low dosages, elevates the heart rate. That stimulating effect plays a role in keeping weight off. But, longer term, the build up of fatty deposits in arteries and other changes induced by smoking will outweigh them.

For most people, the combination of increased food consumption and little or no exercise is the double-whammy that puts on the pounds.

Fortunately, that problem is solvable. As you start your stop smoking program, start on other lifestyle changes as well. Plan a healthy diet, outline an age-appropriate exercise program.

Like any other issue in a stop-smoking program, or life in general, some willpower is required. Popping a piece of fresh fruit is a good way to stave off the cravings for a cigarette. But be sure to balance out that extra consumption by cutting down somewhere else. Resist the urge to substitute high calorie foods in large proportions to compensate for the desire for a cigarette.

That will be particularly difficult the first two weeks as the compounds introduced by smoking are flushed out of the body. That’s a good time to lay out that diet and exercise program. It’s short enough that only modest weight gain is likely during that period.

Drink lots of water during this time. It will show up as extra weight on the scale. But it’s easily flushed out later when you taper off, so the effect isn’t permanent. It also has other added benefits. Extra water helps the body more quickly remove the remaining contaminants from smoking. And, it’s a zero-calorie way to react to cravings. Water isn’t fattening.

The main struggle will be, as it is for anyone concerned with diet and health, to maintain the commitment to a long term goal. It will help to visualize the results. Aid your willpower by imagining a healthier, better looking you. Think of not having shortness of breath, from smoking or obesity. Think of having more energy and being able to accomplish your other goals more easily.

Stay on track and you can quit smoking without gaining weight.

What Is Obesity?

August 21, 2007 by  
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Nearly everyone today worries about being overweight. We’re constantly inundated with messages from TV and the Internet about widespread obesity and the risks of being obese. Whether it’s health issues or social acceptance, no one wants to be fat.

But if you look at it from an evolutionary aspect, the ability to store excess calories in the form of fat cells is a very life-serving ability. When a person consumes more calories than the body uses for muscle movement, internal temperature maintenance and cellular repair the remainder is stored in the chemical bonds of fat cells. Technically, it’s stored in something called ‘adipose tissue’.

Energy – which calories measure – isn’t a substance, so it’s not the same as fat. But that energy becomes available for use when those fat molecules break down into simpler products. That happens when a person increases movement or otherwise triggers a need for more energy.

Carbohydrates are one major source of that energy. Sugars (chiefly glucose) and starches are the two main forms and they participate in something called the Krebs Cycle. Also known in scientific circles as the tricarboxylic acid cycle, but don’t bother trying to pronounce it. Sugars come in, get broken down into something called ATP, then into ADP releasing energy in the process.

When the body runs out of glucose to use in the cycle, it turns to stored body fat as a substitute. Breaking down those fat molecules is, in essence, what causes a person to decrease the percentage of body fat. Sometimes increased muscle mass results, so the final result isn’t always a net weight loss.

But in biology, as in life, everything is best in moderation. When more calories are consumed than used over a long period of time, body fat increases to the point that the health risks can outweigh the benefits of a ready supply of energy. The result is an increase in the odds of heart difficulties, diabetes and other real medical problems. The social consequences are equally well known.

Knowing this, many will strive to maintain their weight and percentage of body fat within a certain range. That range differs from person to person (people have different body types), season to season (winter fat can actually be healthy) and according to their individual BMI (Body Mass Index).

So, in order to decide whether you are obese, only moderately over the preferred weight range, or just lack muscle tone, you need to consider those factors. Doing so requires knowing your specific body type, the ability to calculate BMI (very simple, actually) and recognizing that there is no exact, static, ideal weight for you.

You Are NOT What You Eat!

August 16, 2007 by  
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By Craig Ballantyne

It’s almost impossible to avoid everyday evidence of the obesity epidemic. Walk down the street, look around at work, or even take note at the gym and you will find that the prevalence of obesity is remarkable.

Just recently, while seated in the top-level seats at a Utah Jazz basketball game, it was painfully obvious that the future health care system in the USA is going to be dramatically overburdened by a generation of obese adults, if it isn’t happening already. Admittedly, to get to the top row of seats in the arena it was a tough climb up 19 rows of steep steps, however it is a sad commentary when one man, perhaps 45 years of age and visibly obese remarked that, “that’s enough exercise for the entire week”.

Actually it’s not fair to single out North Americans, as even Hungarians, Danish, Russian, Turkish, and Dutch researchers are identifying obesity as a huge problem. All around the world scientists are attempting to find pharmaceutical and nutritional interventions to combat the problem of obesity. Even the Chinese are getting fat, likely due to the “McDonald’s disease” (the introduction of fast food restaurants and a sedentary lifestyle into their culture). Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and abnormal blood lipid levels are now common in Hong Kong Chinese and this is closely associated with the increase in obesity.

More importantly, is that these countries are also observing increased obesity incidence in their youth, so it’s not just a reflection of the “American” culture, but rather the sedentary lifestyle seen across a generation, in combination with very poor nutritional choices. However, remember that there have been a number of reasons proposed as a cause of obesity (hormonal, genetic, societal, physiological, psychological, neurotransmitter), and of course some of these overlap. According to the World Health Organization, the prevalence of obesity has increased so rapidly in many populations that the changes cannot be attributed to changes in genetic inheritance alone.


* Americans (and many other modern countries) are suffering from a “fat” epidemic.

* 55% of American adults are overweight or obese (Women = 50.7% & men = 59.4%).

* More specifically, 22% of US adults are obese (Women = 25% & Men = 19%).

* The economic costs of obesity are staggering. Researchers estimate that the financial drain from obesity and physical inactivity is over $90 billion a year, representing 15% of the American national health care expenditure.

* Americans spend $33 billion per year on products and services to help them lose weight (this includes gym memberships, diet soda, low-cal foods, and dietary supplements).

* Dietary supplements sales were $16.8 billion in 2000. Ten years ago sales were only $3.3 billion. The fastest growing segment is diet aids.

* The United States spent $1.2 trillion on healthcare in 1999 and this will increase to $2.6 trillion by 2010, likely because prescription drugs costs will grow by 12.6% per year.

Both rich and poor North Americans have equal opportunity to become overweight in these days of $5 fast food feasts. Body fat is simply the storage of excess energy intake from a positive energy balance. Energy balance can be best expressed as the calories (energy) consumed in comparison to the energy (calories) you burn off each day. Food energy is measured as a calorie, and so is the work that you do during exercise. Therefore, this basic energy equation (calories in vs. calories out) determines whether you gain, lose, or maintain your weight.

You expend energy every minute of the day, although the final amount is obviously determined by your activity level, not to mention your muscle mass (more muscle results in more energy being expended at rest). Diet-induced thermogenesis (DIT) also contributes to energy expenditure and obese adults often show lowered DIT compared to lean adults. DIT is the amount of energy that your body expends during the digestion, absorption, and utilization of food energy.

Obese adults that have a low DIT have a more efficient utilization of calories and greater ease of fat accumulation. In less technical terms, this simply means that “naturally thin” individuals (also referred to as individuals with “fast metabolism”) use up more energy during these processes and as a result have less energy to store as body fat.

Chronic overfeeding (regardless of whether it is carbohydrate or fat) is associated with obesity, insulin resistance, and elevated blood insulin levels. Insulin is an anabolic hormone with both good and bad connotations. Fortunately, it can prevent muscle breakdown after exercise and it helps the muscle store glycogen (a fuel for high intensity exercise), however it can also increase the storage of blood free fatty acids in fat cells. It also limits fat mobilization (the release of fat from fat cells to be used for energy production). So even if you are consuming a low-calorie diet but still consuming a diet that promotes high insulin levels (i.e. lots of high-glycemic carbohydrates), you may have difficulty losing body fat.

There is evidence that “high-glycemic” carbohydrates are best avoided by those seeking to lose weight. High-glycemic carbohydrates are refined foods such as processed cereals, cookies, pasta, white rice, cakes and other processed goods high in sugar. The term high-glycemic refers to the rapid increase in blood sugar that these foods cause after ingestion because they are rapidly absorbed. In a recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (71: 901-907, 2000), researchers found that after only 6 days, subjects eating low-glycemic foods lost more body fat than subjects eating high-glycemic foods. Also, the group eating the low-glycemic foods had a higher metabolic rate and a lower rate of snacking on sugary foods.

From 1994-96 Americans consumed the equivalent of 82 grams of high-glycemic carbohydrates per day from added sweeteners, which was about 16% of total calories. Adolescents had the highest intake, about 20% of calories, with soft drinks accounting for a third (!) and table sugar, syrups and sweets, sweetened grains, and milk products providing the rest. That translates into almost 330 calories of sugar per day! Eliminate this from your diet and you have the potential to lose 1 pound of fat (generally considered to be 3500 calories) in 10 days.

While the prevalence of obesity continues to rise controversy remains as to the specific causes of this trend. What about the phenomenon of winter fat? Roberts et al. (2000) determined that the weight gain during the 6-week winter period from American Thanksgiving through New Year averaged only 0.8 lbs. However, weight gain was greater among individuals who were overweight or obese, and 14% gained more than 5 lbs over this time period. Among the entire population, weight gain during the 6-week holiday season explained 51% of annual weight gain.

So it appears that most weight gain does occur during the holiday period and by early March their was a recorded net weight gain of approximately 1-1.5 lbs (Robert et al., 2000). If you do that every year you can see how “the pounds creep up on you”. In another study, Yanovski et al. (2000) found a similar trend and therefore American adults should expect to see a net weight gain (winter fat!). In conclusion, it looks like holiday weight gain really is the important contributor to the rising prevalence of obesity that many people often make it out to be, even though absolute values for weight gain in this study were less than anticipated.

Craig Ballantyne is a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and writes for Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Maximum Fitness, Muscle and Fitness Hers, and Oxygen magazines. His trademarked Turbulence Training fat loss workouts have been featured multiple times in Men’s Fitness and Maximum Fitness magazines, and have helped thousands of men and women around the world lose fat, gain muscle, and get lean in less than 45 minutes three times per week. For more information on the Turbulence Training workouts that will help you burn fat without long, slow cardio sessions or fancy equipment, visit

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