Summary: The good and the bad sides of nutrition bars.

From frozen pizza, to microwave popcorn, to nutrition bars…What will they think of next? Wouldn’t you love to have a car you can just deflate when you can’t find an empty parking slot on a hectic day? Don’t you wish for a house you can pack right in your suitcase when you go on a trip? Well I know these sounds like something Disney might be able to create in their next animation movie. However, our great great great uncles and aunts would have shaken their heads in disbelief too if someone had presented them with these nutrition bars.

Indeed, nutrition bars can take the place of a regular meal. This might sound awkward for some, and the best news for kids. Well, they are not intended for kids, and definitely not created to replace all the five or six meals that one is supposed to have each day. Nutrition bars which include energy bars, protein bars, and diet bars among others, were basically manufactured to help people who have to maintain healthy weights and on constantly work out activities meet their meal requirements. Five or six meals may just be too time-demanding for most people. Nutrition bars may be used as an option if you can’t sit down for a meal. However, it is not advisable to use nutrition bars too often.

There are numerous types and brands of nutrition bars available. These have different levels of nutritional contents for different nutritional requirements. These nutrition bars are more common in athletes as these are being used to provide them the energy needed to make them endure the physical activities.

A lot of opposing issues on the dangers of the nutrition bars have been thrown back and forth. A study on several nutrition bars has revealed that more than half of the brands fail to meet what their labels claim. One reason that several of the nutrition bars failed to pass the study was because they posted the wrong nutritional information on their wrappers. Some claim to contain less carbohydrate and sugar when in fact it contains way more than its label says. As a result of the study, several warnings were issued regarding the credibility of the nutrition information on the wrapper’s labels.

Reading the label on that nutrition bar from end to end may not be a better thing to do than not reading it at all. The reality is these nutrition bars would require more sugar and some other stuff to make them taste good. The more delicious and the less healthy… So next time you need to eat, make time for a light meal and stop settling on a bar.

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Bodybuilding 101

Bodybuilding 101

Bodybuilding is a great pastime for people of any age. When you are young you may not even realize what you are doing in your everyday common or specific exercise activity is considered bodybuilding. As you get older bodybuilding might be something you do less for fun and more for the preservation of your health and appearance.

You may ask what types of bodybuilding activities you can do at home, at the gym, or in the great outdoors. The key to successfully maintain an exercise program is to find activities that you are interested in with out the knowledge you are exercising, character building, and bodybuilding.

As adults kayaking, swimming, and diving are activities in or near water that can build bodies. Tennis, softball, and skating can be fun bodybuilding activities. Teens participate in activities during school. Typically teens will walk more than an adults will just by the sheer fact the malls are bigger than ever. The activity that you choose or that chooses you must be fun to you. Both adults and teens are drawn to partake in gym-type-sports like racquetball or basketball.

If you ever watch a relatively active child they are naturals at exercise. They don’t wake up in the morning and decide to put on running shoes to exercise; however they wake up on the go. Jumping, running, and skipping are just natural bodybuilding activities for children. Though today’s society promotes the opposite behavior, with so many conveniences that are unnecessary, there are still kids that are outside from daybreak until dinnertime. Climbing trees, swinging on the neighbors rope swing or riding a bicycle are typical child-like activities and are bodybuilding activities too.

Exercise, weight training, and bodybuilding activities are not the only aspect of healthful lifestyles. Diet and proper rest are key ingredients also. The word diet tends to conjure the image of the latest gimmick in order to be thin. With a healthy person, diet is merely a balanced and structured feeding of the body. Allowing you body the proper amount of down time is essential in that with the correct fueling your body will perform more efficiently in ever aspect of your life.

Bodybuilding can be a fun and creative pastime for any one. Beginning or continuing a regimen of heavy-duty weight training and serious bodybuilding might not be for everyone. But an activity that promotes healthful habits and lend to the lean fitness of your body is always a plus.

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8 Proven Strategies For Maximum Muscle Gains

8 Proven Strategies For Maximum Muscle Gains

There is so much conflicting information out there when it comes to the topic of building muscle, and sometimes it can be very difficult to know where to start. If you’re an average beginner looking for some basic guidelines to follow in the gym, the following 8 points will start you off on the right track.

1) Train With Weights and Focus On Compound, Free Weight Movements.

If you want to make solid, noteworthy gains in muscle size and strength, you absolutely must train with free weights and focus on basic, compound exercises. A compound exercise is any lift that stimulates more than one muscle group at a time. Examples of these lifts are the squat, deadlift, bench press, chin up, barbell row, overhead press, dip and lunge. Compound movements allow you to handle the most weight and will stimulate the greatest amount of total muscle fibers.

2) Be Prepared To Train Hard.

One of the biggest factors that separates those who make modest gains from those who make serious gains is their level of training intensity. In order to stimulate your muscle fibers to their utmost potential, you must be willing to take every set you perform in the gym to the point of muscular failure.

Muscular Failure: The point at which no further repetitions can be completed using proper form.

Sub-maximal training intensity will leave you with sub-maximal results, plain and simple.

3) Track Your Progress In The Gym From Week To Week.

Our bodies build muscle because of an adaptive response to the environment. When you go to the gym, you break down your muscle fibers by training with weights. Your body senses this as a potential threat to its survival and will react accordingly by rebuilding the damaged fibers larger and stronger in order to protect against any possible future threat. Therefore, in order to make continual gains in muscle size and strength, you must always focus on progressing in the gym from week to week. This could mean performing 1 or 2 more reps for each exercise or adding more weight to the bar. Keep a detailed training log to track your progress as your strength increases over time.

4) Avoid Overtraining.

Overtraining is your number one enemy when it comes to building muscle size and strength. When most people begin a workout program, they are stuck with the misguided notion that more is better. They naturally assume that the more time they spend in the gym, the better results they will achieve. When it comes to building muscle, nothing could be farther from the truth! If you spend too much time in the gym, you will actually take yourself farther away from your goals rather than closer to them. Remember, your muscles do not grow in the gym; they grow out of the gym, while you are resting and eating. Recovery is absolutely vital to the muscle growth process. If you don’t provide your body with the proper recovery time in between workouts, your muscles will never have a chance to grow.

5) Eat More Frequently.

The main area where most people fail miserably on their muscle-building mission is on the all-too important task of proper nutrition. Training with weights is only half of the equation! You break down your muscle fibers in the gym, but if you don’t provide your body with the proper nutrients at the proper times, the muscle growth process will be next to impossible. You should be eating anywhere from 5-7 meals per day, spaced every 2-3 hours in order to keep your body in an anabolic, muscle-building state at all times. Each meal should consist of high quality protein and complex carbohydrates.

6) Increase Your Protein Intake.

Of the 3 major nutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fats) protein is without a doubt the most important for those who are looking to gain muscle size and strength. Protein is found in literally every single one of the 30 trillion cells that your body is made up of and its main role is to build and repair body tissues. Without sufficient protein intake, it will be physically impossible for your body to synthesize a significant amount of lean muscle mass. If your body were a house, think of protein as the bricks. A general guideline is to consume 1-1.5 grams of protein per pound of body weight each day from high quality sources such as fish, poultry, eggs, beef, milk, peanut butter and cottage cheese.

7) Increase Your Water Intake.

If you want a simple, easy and highly effective way to maximize your muscle gains, drinking more water is it. Water plays so many vital roles in the body and its importance cannot be overstated. In fact, your muscles alone are made up of 70% water! Not only will drinking more water cause your muscles to appear fuller and more vascular, but it will also increase your strength as well. Research has shown that merely a 3-4% drop in your body’s water levels can impact muscle contractions by 10-20%! Aim to consume 0.6 ounces for every pound of bodyweight each day for optimal gains.

8) Be Consistent!

Consistency is everything. Those who make the greatest gains in muscular size and strength are the ones who are able to implement the proper techniques on a highly consistent basis. Simply knowing is not enough, you must apply!

Building muscle is a result of the cumulative effect of small steps. Sure, performing 1 extra rep on your bench press will not make a huge difference to your overall results, and neither will consuming a single meal. However, over the long haul, all of those extra reps you perform and all of those small meals you consume will decide your overall success. If you work hard and complete all of your muscle-building tasks in a consistent fashion, all of those individual steps will equate to massive gains in overall size and strength.

Cardio Exercises-Low Or High Intensity Exercise Burn Body Fat Faster?

Cardio Exercises-Low Or High Intensity Exercise Burn Body Fat Faster?

Have you ever wondered which cardio exercises are best for burning off extra body fat? Is walking (low intensity) better or running (high intensity) better for burning body fat?

Well, both low and high intensity exercises will help you burn off body fat. The question is which is more effective and burn more body fat. What is your fat burning zone?

When scientists first reported that during intensive exercises, your body burn glycogen, which is a form of stored carbohydrates stored in your liver and muscles for energy and during low intensive exercises, your body burn body fat, everyone suddenly change their workout routines to perform low intensity exercises to burn body fat.

Does it work? Obviously it does not work because there are still so many fat people around although they are working out with low intensity exericies isn’t it? Why is that so?

Well, the scientists were right when they said that our bodies burn more body fat during low intensity exercises like walking or a leisurely swim. But during a high intensity exercise like running, our bodies burn a lot more calories. Even if some of the calories burnt are from glycogen, we will still burn many fat calories as well.

To add icing to the cake, when your store of glycogen is low, the carbs from your meal you eat later gets converted into glycogen to fill up the store and will not be converted to body fat when left unused for energy.

Furthermore, high intensity cardio exercises crank up your metabolism even after your workout is done. This means that you body will continue to burn body fat hours after you have left the gym. This effect is almost non existent in low intensity cardio or aerobic workout. Accumulatively, your body burns up many many more calories during and after high intensity cardio exercises than lower intensive ones.

You can inject high intensity exercises to your cardio workout by introducing some interval training. You can walk briskly for 5 minutes, then breaking into a jog for another 5 minutes. Then walking briskly again until you caught your breath and then sprint for a minute before walking again for another minute. From this point, alternate between a sprint and a walk, a minute each and do this for the next 15 minutes and you are done.

Do this for 5 days a week and before long, you will be steadily losing unwanted body fat and weight healthily and naturally.

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