As some of you may know, the outdated Food Pyramid was recently replaced with the plate diagram, which indicates how much of the various categories of foods should be in the average meal. Even with this change there are still quite a few misconceptions around proper nutrition, and with new diet plans popping up all the time it’s quite understandable that many people are still confused about what they should be eating. Below I’ll discuss some of the basic tenets of good nutrition and how you can apply them to your daily food intake.
Of all the latest trends in diet and exercise, yoga is among the best practices to burn fat as well as promote overall mental and physical health. There are many beneficial yoga poses that work their magic to help whip you into shape. Why yoga? There are many reasons, the first three I can think of being:
- There are no negative side effects.
- Yoga has lasting health and weight loss benefits.
- Yoga does not require a gym membership or expensive equipment.
To keep things simple for beginners, I’m just going to cover three yoga exercises that I think are beneficial and easy to pick up on your own.
Losing weight is like getting rich; almost everybody would like to do it, but only a precious few are able to do what it takes to make it happen. Would-be dieters drop billions of dollars every year on personal training, supplements, books, workout gadgets and even hypnosis treatments in search of the one thing that will help them get rid of the bulge.
The weight loss industry has become a cash cow for companies and individuals who sell these products, which, ironically, has done more harm than good to the consumer. In this highly competitive marketplace, it’s not easy for a company to make their product stand out amongst the ever growing sea of similar products. Yet, the staggering sums of money that can be made with a successful product make it a worthwhile effort; one that invites some very deceptive marketing practices.
As the term
bodybuilding can be used in a couple of different ways, let’s clear up the definitions before we move on. Bodybuilding can refer to the sport in which contestants compete against one another, after which judges determine who has the superior physiques based on a list of variables. In its broader sense, bodybuilding simply refers to building one’s body by increasing muscle tissue. This is the definition we’ll be talking about throughout the remainder of the article.
The process of building muscle tissue, although very complex on a biochemical level, is actually fairly easy to explain. When we perform work against resistance with our muscles, damage known as micro-trauma is caused. When the body is allowed to rest and proper nutritional guidelines are followed, this trauma is repaired by the body, and the muscle is built back a bit bigger than it was before the trauma. Although the amount of new tissue built from one training session isn’t noticeable, weeks and months of repeating this cycle leads to pounds of new muscle being added to the frame.
Everybody wants to be in great shape. Being happy with your body is a gift that far too few of us ever
get to unwrap. Unfortunately, having the desire to look great is one thing, making it happen is quite
another. Most people don’t want to put in the time and effort it takes to achieve this somewhat lofty
goal, and instead settle for the
There’s nothing wrong with that, but for those of you who don’t want to settle, I’m going to outline some gym programs that will get you in the best shape of your life, and allow you to strut down the beach in style with your shirt off (or in a bathing suit for you ladies, unless you’re on one of those beaches).
As men and women have different bodies and different goals, I will provide an excellent gym program for men, and change some of the parameters for the women’s program. Before I get into the programs, I want to provide some foundational information that will help you reach your goals more easily.