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Sunday
Aug162009

Get the Most Out of Your Workout: Nutrient Timing Part 3

In Part 1 and Part 2, we discussed the importance of nutrition and its influence on hormones around your workout. We also covered what to eat before and during your workout to decrease muscle protein breakdown and increase muscle protein synthesis. In today's post, we'll look at post-workout nutrition.

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Wednesday
Aug122009

Exercise may not make you thin? Say what?

The recent Time Magazine article on exercise and weight loss has led to significant debate and confusion. As is often the case, many news headlines about a story like this have focused on the most controversial aspects of the story, and left out the points that can help an individual get the direction he or she needs to enhance their health and fitness. We'll take a look at some of the important points from the article...

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Sunday
Aug092009

Get the Most Out of Your Workout: Nutrient Timing Part 2

In the first Nutrient Timing article, we looked at the effect your blood-sugar levels have on hormones, protein synthesis and protein breakdown. When blood-sugar levels fall, protein breakdown increases. When blood-sugar and insulin levels are higher, workout performance is enhanced and protein synthesis is increased. The goal of pre-workout and during-workout Nutrient Timing is to...

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Friday
Aug072009

Don't Lose it at Lunch

When lunchtime comes around, do you have a plan to help you stay on track with your nutrition plan? Recent studies are showing that peoples' lunchtime habits have changed as they have become more aware of their spending. A recent study by CareerBuilder showed...

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Sunday
Aug022009

Get the Most From Your Workout: Nutrient Timing Part 1

Do your workouts ever get stale? Have you stopped making progress? Are your workouts beginning to feel a lot more like work? A properly designed training plan can help avoid some plateaus, but is there a way to get even more out of your training sessions? The answer is yes. Proper nutrition is part of the answer. Using proper nutrition at the proper time may be what you really need. This process is called Nutrient Timing. The process of Nutrient Timing attempts to...

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Thursday
Jul302009

Health and Happiness in Your Cup of Joe

During my time as a Personal Trainer, I met many members in FitPoints who were eagerly beginning a new fitness program. We often discussed their health and exercise history, as well as details on their eating habits. It seemed like more than half of the time, as we began discussing nutrition, they were excited to tell me that as part of their commitment to their new fitness program, they had given up coffee. While the commitment to make a change to eating habits was a noble one, the focus on dropping coffee may have been somewhat misdirected.

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Sunday
Jul262009

The Best Whey to Supplement

In the world of nutritional supplements, very few products have shown the kind of health benefits of whey protein, without also having questions or controversy associated with it. Whey protein is considered by most to be the best form of protein available. It can be beneficial for improving health, improving fitness, recovering from workouts and even combating some of the effects of aging. Whey protein is loaded with...

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