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Sunday
Jul122009

The Power of Protein - Part 2: Protein & Body Composition

The first post in this series looked at some of the misconceptions related to protein intake and its impact on health. The key message was that as long as someone is generally healthy, consuming protein beyond the Recommended Daily Allowance has not been shown to be detrimental to health. In some cases, such as bone metabolism, studies show that extra protein can actually be beneficial. Of course, consuming too much protein can lead to an excess of calories, which can increase body fat levels.

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Wednesday
Jul082009

Smart Grocery Shopping

The average supermarket contains 45,000 different items. Forty-five thousand different items. With the conflicting nutrition information we see through various media, and the clever way products are packaged and labeled, a simple trip to the grocery store for foods that should provide us health and nourishment can be a very confusing, frustrating activity. If you are clear on what you need for optimal nutrition, and you keep from being misled by fancy packaging and misleading labels, you will save time and confusion. The following are some things to get you started as you make your way to the grocery store:

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Sunday
Jul052009

The Power of Protein - Part 1: Protein and Health Concerns

Improved recovery. Decreased body fat. Decreased cravings. Improved satiety. Increased bone density. Increased lean body mass. Enhanced immunity. Improved workout performance. More regular blood-sugar levels. Burn more calories. If the phrases above were written on the label of a nutritional supplement (and if it were true), that supplement would fly off the shelf. Fortunately, we can find something in our regular diet to provide these benefits

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Friday
Jul032009

The Buzz on Greek-Style Yogurt

Greek-style yogurt might be one of the products at the grocery store gaining popularity the fastest. While Greek-style yogurt is not new, it is becoming much more popular in the United States.

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Thursday
Jul022009

Fitness Goals and Social Networks

Everyone has heard of the idea that "you become like those you hang around with." Research is beginning to show the significance of this idea as it relates to health and fitness. Even with people's busy lives today, technology is allowing us to stay connected with people like never before.

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Wednesday
Jun242009

Little Things Make a Big Difference

When it comes to exercise, nutrition, and maintaining caloric balance, little things can make a big difference. One example is the "I'll just have a handful," caloric-balance-breaker.

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Sunday
Jun212009

Read This Before You Begin

Consider the last time you made a purchase requiring some installation - a TV, computer, iPod, a desk, etc. When you opened your new purchase, it's likely there were directions that warned you, "Read this before you begin." If you take the time to read them, you might avoid some headaches later in the installation. You'll also have a purchase that runs at it's intended level of performance. Unfortunately, as human beings, we have not been given an instruction book to tell you exactly what you need to eat and do to run at an optimum level.

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