Posts in : Diet and Nutrition

  • Nov
    02

    Raw Food Diet To Reverse Diabetes and Lose Weight



    raw food dietLast night I watched an amazing documentary exploring the concept of incorporating a raw food diet to reverse diabetes. While I am certainly not an expert on raw food diets or suggesting any medical advice, I think it’s an important to understand how diet effects not only our body composition but diseases that can be directly related to obesity. I want to explore the definition of diabetes, explain how low glycemic foods and diet can benefit your weightloss goals and my thoughts specifically on the documentary. (more…)

    View more
  • Jul
    01

    Benefits of Eating Raw Foods



    The benefits of eating raw foods are quite astounding. While I’m the first to admit I’m not a Nutritionist, I feel comfortable sharing my advice and personal experience with clients. Those who are serious raw foods enthusiasts are actually referred to as those who practice Raw Foodism.  No, that’s not a made up phrase!  It refers to the practice of eating unprocessed, uncooked and/or organic foods as a main source of nutrition.  For the purposes of this article, I’m going to keep it simple and just help you understand how the benefits of eating raw foods may enhance your overall health and fitness goals.  (more…)

    View more
  • Feb
    08

    Supplements to Build Muscle – The Ultimate Starter’s Guide



    Once you’ve got a great training and diet program in place, you may start experimenting with supplements to build muscle. There are a ton of products on the market that promise everything under the sun.  The truth is no supplement, pill, vitamin, or concoction is going to take the place of putting in the hard work!  The term supplement is exactly what it implies – it is a supplement to a healthy lifestyle and nutritional program.   Remember the commericals from the 80′s and 90′s from a well known Brand promising quick weight loss simply by substituting “a quick shake” in place of a meal?  Those meal replacements are now being marketed as supplements.  The reality is they are one in the same.

    Let’s review some common supplements to build muscle: (more…)

    View more
  • Jan
    08

    Egg White Protein – Muscle Building Supplements – Natural Protein



    Eating more Egg White Protein as Muscle Building Supplements may not have been on the top of your New Year’s resolutions… but it should be!  As a Personal Trainer, I know that the New Year brings with it an onslaught of well intended fitness and nutrition goals.  I’m happy to support this new found enthusiasm in my clients, however regardless of the motivation, it always comes down to basics.  To build muscle and lose fat means committing to a clean diet high in protein and a consistent and effective workout routine.

    Today I want to dispel the myth that you need a kitchen cabinet full of muscle building supplements to reach your goals. It’s simply not true!  You may have noticed recently that I started writing more about raw food diets and natural protein supplements; and today I’m going to tell you about Egg White Protein.  I’m a firm believer that we should focus on eating foods in their most natural state.  The human body wasn’t designed to be a chemical filtration system!  While there are tons of protein supplements available online or thru your local vitamin shop, the purest form of proteins come in their most natural state! (more…)

    View more
  • Oct
    31

    How To Treat Calloused Hands



    How to treat calloused hands:  Rough, dry hands have been experienced by most people who hit the gym.  Sure some may see it as a “sign” of hard work and dedication, but you’re delusional   No one wants to hold a gross, dry calloused hand no matter if it’s attached to the fittest body.  Not to mention, the handshake is often your first impression when meeting someone or trying to close a job or business deal.  If you workout you’re probably concerned about your appearance.  Don’t let your hands ruin it!  Here are a few tips to treat calloused hands: (more…)

    View more
  • Sep
    09

    Post Workout Recovery Shake to Build Muscle



    Recovery ShakeAt the end of a big workout, your muscles are hungry and in desperate need to recover.   To do that, your body needs protein to rebuild your damaged muscles and carbs to process that protein. Towards the end of a strenuous workout when your body has exhausted its primary energy sources, it will target muscle tissue for energy. To prevent this, the first 30 minutes after your workout, if not in your last few sets, is the optimal time to have a recovery shake.

    Aside from the amount of protein in your shake, there are a few other aspects to consider. But first let’s start with the most obvious. (more…)

    View more
  • Jun
    19

    Smoking and Working Out



    You know that smoking is bad for you. Not only is it a bad habit, but it is a physiological addiction. Over the years I’ve had many clients who were smokers (whether they’d admit it or not), and I’d like to share my personal training advice and perspective of the effects of smoking and working out. (more…)

    View more
  • Jun
    08

    5 Muscle Groups to Workout for a Sexier Body!



    In just about any gym throughout the country you constantly see both guys and girls working the same muscle groups. Of course these muscles are usually upper body muscles and are most noticeable while wearing a bathing suit. The unfortunate thing is that most of these muscles are also the least functional to the human body. Sure calves, biceps and abs look great, but how much do we actually need them? (more…)

    View more
  • Jun
    07

    Top 8 Personal Trainer Pet Peeves – Gym Etiquette



    Are you going to the gym and working out or socializing?Think about this… the U.S. has become the most obese country on the planet, yet we spend the most amount of money on weightloss and fitness products and supplements! If there were a pill or packaged meal that actually worked to get you a perfect body, we’d all have one! The fact of the matter is that there is no substitute for exercise. The amount of effort put in, is equal to the results obtained. Period. (more…)

    View more
  • Jun
    01

    Are BCAA’s The Magic Bullet for Fat Loss?



    Over the years much discussion and debate in the Fitness and Nutrition industry has revolved around the benefits of BCAA’s or Branched Chain Amino Acids as a supplement.  I’m not interested in debating the merits of any specific supplement really, but rather share with you my personal experiences and those of clients.

    What are BCAA’s?

    Branched chain amino acids or BCAAs are nutrients obtained from proteins such as dairy, legumes, and meat. On a molecular level, 3 essential components leucine, isoleucine, and valine form a branched chain chemical structure.

    Ummm, so what’s that mean?  Basically this is protein in its simplest form, and these 3 amino acids are part of a family of 9 essential amino acids which the body cannot manufacture itself. (more…)

    View more