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Fish Oil to Aid Recovery and Soreness April 8, 2009

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I had heard a number of reasons to take fish oil supplements or eat cold water fatty fish like Alaskan wild red salmon. And I do eat salmon sometimes. And on rare occasion I’ll get anchovies on my pizza.

But I never seriously considered fish oil until reading about how Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory. I realized this after reading about Recoup90 at CoachLevi.com. This is a new, highly-concentrated Omega 3 pill.

It seems overpriced so I probably won’t buy it. But if fish oil can reduce inflammation and therefore speed my msucles’ recovery, I’m all over it. I might get a good brand like Carlson’s that’s not too expensive but still good quality.

Woo hoo, I’ll be able to workout every single day and not get sore!! Not really, but that would be cool.

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Daylight Savings almost here! March 1, 2009

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Our days and evenings will be getting brighter here in the usa! With the 2009 daylight savings time change coming up next Sunday!

now you might be able to work out in daylight when your workday ends at 5pm.

the downside is that this is also a time of year when we have to go out in the rain 😦

Attack of the Phony Weight Loss Blogs! January 14, 2009

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I can’t say I didn’t see this coming… with diet fads like colon cleans and acai berry diet pills…

Thanks to John for posting about the onslaught of phony weight loss blogs.

The story is at WeightLossWeapons with the full list here.

Its a list of phony weight loss blogs that are sales pages in disguise. Avoid these sites!

There are 67 listed already, they all look like copycats. They just want your credit card number.

Increase Muscle Mass With Ghrelin Mimetic December 7, 2008

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Want to boost your human growth hormone (HGH) levels and build muscle mass?

Then try ghrelin mimetic, a substance shown to stimulate production of growth hormone in seniors.

A small study of 65 people ages 60-81 shows promise, although the question is, is this useful for younger athletes?

I’m betting ghrelin mimetic would be a banned substance for one reason or another, but I’ll keep my eyes peeled for more info. (Right now I don’t know if you can even buy this as a supplement.)

Top 5 Tips to Avoid Binge Eating October 28, 2008

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It happens to almost everyone. You get home from work, tired, hungry, and stressed, and you eat a nice dinner. But even though you are full, you go back to the fridge at 8. Then at 8:30. And then
again at 9. You might even hit the fridge, or worse – the freezer for ice cream – at 10:30.

Night-time eating. Binge eating. Whatever you call it, it’s killing your progress. So here are my top 5 tips for overcoming binge eating.

When I hear from Turbulence Training readers about their problems with binge eating, I want to help. That’s why I started a list of the best ways to stop binge eating.

1) Brush your teeth after every meal.

2) Keep the binge food as far away, and as inconveniently located as possible. If you have a kids, and keep some treats for them in the house, put them somewhere that you have to work to get them. Ie.
The top shelf.

3) Go for a quick walk or miniworkout of bodyweight exercises rather than a binge.

4) Eat fruit, not junk, when you just can’t stop eating.

5) Try to avoid the environments where binges happen.

You can learn more tips for dealing with emotional eating in the TT Forums, and you get a free 3-month membership to the TT forums when you grab your copy of Turbulence Training here:
www.TurbulenceTraining.com

Swedish Weight Loss Secret August 21, 2008

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By: Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS of http://www.TurbulenceTraining.com

For years I’ve been yelling and screaming about the importance of online social support (i.e. having Internet weight loss buddies).

And finally, after all these years, the Swedes have proven this weight loss secret (and no, it’s not just “eat fewer Swedish meatballs”).

Researchers at the world famous Karolinska Institute wanted to find out why some men and women succeed at weight loss while others don’t.

They studied many men and women using an Internet Weight Loss Club, and found that the people who used the site the MOST also LOST the most weight.

That means that going online for social support in your weight loss program is one of the most IMPORTANT things you can do.

You might not have the perfect home life, office environment, or workout buddies, but chances are you will find someone to help you on an Internet weight loss forum.

And the truth is, you won’t find another Internet Weight Loss Club as positive and helpful as you’ll find in the Turbulence Training Member’s area. Just listen to what this Turbulence Training member has to say…

“I have been using Turbulence Training for about 3 months now and am ecstatic with the results. The workouts require minimal equipment, you get great nutrition information and you get access to the online forum which is invaluable. Being able to actually communicate on almost a daily basis with the person who created the program is one of the best parts of TT, and there are plenty of other people on the site with tons of useful information who may have gone through similar experiences.

Since starting the TT program I have dropped 15 lbs, more than 5% bodyfat and over 3″ from my waist. I feel great and my energy levels are through the roof. I even feel this extra energy spilling over into other aspects of my life and making them better as well. All I can say is thanks CB not just for the fitness change but a great lifestyle change.”
Derek Kendig

We’re there to help you lose weight and inches. Stay strong with our help at TurbulenceTraining.com!

About the Author
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 www.TurbulenceTraining.com

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Note from multisportman: I think this is the same thing Coach was talking about with the bodyweight 1000 workout.

Let your food be your medicine, with a cookie diet! July 1, 2008

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Healthy eating should be everybody’s main goal especially in today’s world of instant and pre-processed foods. We are living in the world where the food arrives fast, portion sizes are increasing and the numbers on the bathroom scales are creeping up.

The benefits of healthy eating are insurmountable. Let your food be your medicine. Food is more powerful than any prescription weight loss pills, because the food that you eat can either make you thin or fat. What you will get is a better life, longevity, an ideal weight, and a perfect figure (plus you should cut seconds or even minutes off your times on the race course!)

The choices we make greatly affect our health. Making a few simple healthy and nutritious changes in our dietary choices can have a profound and positive impact on our health, well-being, energy levels and life span.

Usually the whole diet thing is easier said than done. But take a look at this one called Smart for Life, which is a medically supervised life-transforming weight loss program, with the goal to make you disciplined and sensible in your lifestyle. And to look and feel better than ever, but every diet program makes that claim 😉

But good news – you don’t have to starve yourself in pursuit of permanent weight loss. This cookie diet (yes, a cookie diet) based on smart food products is a medically supervised weight-loss offer and weight maintenance plan.

They promote a balanced lifestyle and champion simple healthy habits. With their meal-replacing smart cookie squares you don’t need to always worry about feeding cravings or feeling deprived. They are full of nutrients, amino acids, and fiber which suppress hunger while still supplying the body with the protein it needs. Smart cookies develop smarter eating habits by teaching patients to eat smaller meals more frequently during the day.

Seriously, smart cookies. I’m not one to promote any diet program, but anything with “smart cookies” will at least catch my attention!

Exercise and Dehydration – he almost got it right June 28, 2008

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In most health and fitness articles on major news sites, the author usually gives some generic advice, getting it wrong half the time when it comes to practicality.

Along those same lines, most articles bash sports drinks and energy bars for having too many calories or for containing carbs (which happen to be essential energy, for doctors who don’t get it.)

Luckily I was able to read a real article about sports drinks and hydration at MSN.com, which does a decent job getting good content.

Two main points, right on the money:

– Low intensity exercise under 1 hour, just stick with water to stay hydrated. That’s all you need.

– For high intensity exercise like serious running and cycling, get a real sports drink with carbohydrates and electrolytes.

Although he goes a little overboard with this guideline:

“During exercise: Drink 7 to 10 oz of water or sports drink every 15 minutes while engaged in the activity.”

Holy crap, that’s 40 ounces per hour! Two water bottles full!

And then he mentions water intoxication and hyponatremia. Well duh, if you consume 40 oz water every hour, you better believe it! (Not to mention pee breaks!)

I’d say more like 4-8 ounces of sports drink (such as Gatorade Rain) every fifteen minutes, depending on the weather. 4 ounces of sports drink every 15 minutes, or 16 oz per hour, should be plenty in most circumstances.

32oz in one hour on a 120 degree day, perhaps.

Let’s Debate: Diets June 19, 2008

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What’s the latest book to be featured on all the morning talk shows? From what I’ve seen, it’s Eat This, Not That. What’s the topic of all conversations? Keeping your new year’s resolution to lose weight. What pills are we seeing everywhere now? Diet pills.

Are you seeing the trend? Everything these days is about diets and weight loss. I swear there is a new diet every single day! It works because if one diet doesn’t work, a person just moves on to the next one in the list of revolutionary weight loss diets. And the cycle continues as new diet ideas, books, and pills line store shelves and lure in buyers with claims of quick and easy weight loss.

It’s fine with me though. If everyone went by the standard “burn more calories than you consume,” I wouldn’t have anything good to write about! And there would be no use for a site I found called the Diet Debate website.

If you couldn’t have guessed, the site is about the debates surrounding popular diets. I’m game for a debate or two, though.

Let’s start with the Atkins diet. You know, the low-carb one. (Or the “not a good choice for endurance athletes” one. One Powerbar puts you over the daily limit for carbs!)

Supposedly Atkins “teaches your body to burn calories more efficiently and as a result is said to lessen fatigue, depression, and muscle pains.” Maybe, but if you’re not consuming carbs, will your body process carbs more efficiently?

Some downsides include loss of energy and lack of fiber. I think I’ll stick with my carbs.

This is fun! I’ll debate one more: Weight Watchers. This one is definitely popular – I see their ads all the time! I kind of like it, too, since the dieting part is based on limiting caloric intake. In other words, it does kind of follow the “burn more than you consume” strategy.

But there are certain problems – for instance, you can eat whatever you want. You might lose weight by only eating a slice of pie each day, but that doesn’t make you healthy. You’re much better off with a variety of whole grains, protein, and plenty of veggies (even if it all adds up to a few more calories.)

(If anyone wants me to discuss more diets, leave your comments below!) 🙂

FRS Health Energy June 16, 2008

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What is a good energy drink? The FRS Health Energy drink is pretty good. But do you want an energy drink?

I think the coolest thing is the FRS health chews. Antioxidant health chews according to the review.

However, they could just as easily be called “energy chews” because they do give you energy.

Carry a few on your bike so you can get energy mid-race.