Want A Six Pack?

The 5 foods to avoid if you want a six pack

 

1. Refined grains

Not sure what a refined grain is? It’s an ingredient found in foods like white rice, white bread, and regular white pasta. The unrefined stuff (whole wheat, brown rice and quinoa) is always healthier. Pennsylvania State University researchers found that people who ate whole grains in addition to keeping a healthy diet—of fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy and protein—lost more weight from the abdominal area the group of people who kept the same healthy diet but ate all refined grains.

2. Potato products

A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine followed the weight changes of more than 120,000 men and women for up to 20 years. The participants were checked every four years and, on average, they gained 3.35 pounds each time—so almost 17 pounds by the time the study was finished. The foods associated with the greatest weight gain? You guessed it—potato chips and potatoes.

3. Red and processed meat

The same 20-year study found that people who ate more red and processed meat gained weight, too—about one extra pound every four years. In another study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers worked with more than 370,000 people and found that folks who ate the equivalent of a small steak a day gained about five pounds in five years.

4. Frosting

Those cupcakes your coworker makes for special occasions? Yeah, don’t eat them. While the FDA has basically declared war on trans fats, store-bought frosting still contains a not-so-healthy dose of the stuff. How bad can trans fats be? Researchers at Wake Forest University gave groups of monkeys two different diets; one group ate trans fats and the other ate unsaturated fats.

The results: The group eating trans fats upped their body weight by 7.2 percent in six years and the other only gained 1.8 percent. Not only did the trans fats add new fat, it was also responsible for moving fat from other areas to the belly. Check for trans fat in other foods like pre-made baked goods, snack foods, and frozen pizzas.

5. Diet soda

It’s easy to get fooled by the zero-calorie label, yet sodas made with sugar substitutes are believed by many to play a role in weight gain. A new study published this month found that people who drank diet soda gained almost three times the amount of abdominal fat over nine years as those who didn’t drink the no-cal stuff.

 

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Fitness Tips For Every Man

Four Nutrition & Fitness Things Every Man Should Know

 

Men do not like going for medical checkups. However, that doesn’t mean they do not have issues every now and then regarding their health and fitness. That is why it is important for every man to read this short blog post, to see a few important things they should always bear in mind regarding their nutrition and fitness.

You have no excuse for not training – not at all!

No matter how busy you are in your job or business, with the kids and family things, you should have no excuse for not training. All that you need to do is to find a training plan that does not take much time and one that does not need any special equipment to perform. For example, a one-hour brisk walk, 15-minute treadmill sessions performed twice, and 30-minute weight training exercises can set you on the health route easily. Granted, you will always have to set apart some time to exercise, but it is so important such that you must do it.

You need to lose that swell around the belly

This is very important, and for most men, belly fat creeps onto them like a thief in the night. You should by all means get rid of the fat and grow lean muscle if you would like to live a healthy lifestyle. For muscle building, proteins are very important. Remember, when you take protein, you feel less hungry, and you will burn more calories everyday because proteins take a lot of energy to be broken.

You need to take supplements

Sometimes, you will find that some conditions like that extra fat above or below the waistline are too stubborn to be scrapped away by regular exercise. If your metabolic rate is hampered too, you will not have enough energy to exercise and train.

You need supplements like St John’s Wort, Garlic, Ginseng, Horny Goat weed, antioxidants, Coenzyme Q10 and many more to deter fast aging, enhance your sexual health and libido and boost your immune system.

Medical checkups are important

It is important to go for medical checkups, and if you are above 40, you need regular screening for prostate cancer. Diabetes checks are also important and if such conditions are discovered early enough, they can even be treated. Do not let any illness catch you sitting duck, no that is not smart. A man should be smart. 

By: Stimulife Health

Fitness Tips for Women 40+

Health & Fitness Tips for Women Above 40

Women above 40…what do they need that women who are below 40 years of age may or may not need? Well, with the coming of the sweet 40s, most women find that they can hardly understand their bodies. This is when they will start to experience hot flushes, fatigue and so many other symptoms of aging. Well, there is really nothing wrong with women at or above 40 years, but they do need to be a bit vigilant about their health than say a woman who is 25 years old.

Time to hit the treadmill or the track

When you are 40 years old, that is the time you really need to think about a gym membership and if not, then that is when you need to find out what fitness exercises you can do at home. There are many, for example, you can run, walk, skip a rope, swim and even ride a bicycle, and you can see that all of these are exercises that will require few or no equipment at all.

Time to cut your sweet tooth mama

That is right … this is the time to reduce your sugar, candy, fries and so many other junk stuff that you take. If possible, you should eliminate them from your diet entirely. What your body needs at this age is a diet that is packed with more nutrients than carbs. Such is the time that you should ensure that your diet contains a large serving of fruits and vegetables and other fiber-rich foods. Whole grains, sweet potatoes, beans, berries, nuts and fish.

Remember dietary supplements

When you get to the 40s, you are officially aging. Now, you need to know that your body is not in as prime condition as it was many years back. The HGH secretion will have taken a dip and you need to supplement it.

Suddenly, the minerals and vitamins that you should get from the foods that you eat are not enough. You need supplements that are rich in antioxidants, such as those extracted from the acai berry.

You need supplements that will keep aging at bay. This is not the time to let your laugh lines start showing or your skin to fall in folds across your neck. You can try the HGH supplements that are applied topically to nourish your skin.

Go for medical checks more often

Cervical cancer, breast cancer, diabetes and other conditions will start creeping in. Go for medical checks more often than you used to when you were 20 or 30.

By: Stimulife Health