More About Alcohol and Marijuana's Effects on Fitness
7/9/2012 3:35:00 PM
As I’ve said before, alcohol slows down your metabolic rate up 73 percent. It’s like trying to drive an Aston Martin with 1987 grade gasoline from a discount gas station. It’s going to run hard and not preform well, and over time it’s going to ruin the engine. I know, you’re saying to yourself, “but I don’t do it all the time.” Well, I will get to you later.
Marijuana and alcohol lower testosterone levels in the male and estradiol levels in the female. Alcohol has myotoxic effect, kind of like snake venom—literally! It directly stops protein manufacturing at the cellular level of the muscle. One study showed only three ounces of 80-proof alcohol directly affects an athlete’s performance up to 7-10 days.
Marijuana in the brain acts as an inhibitor directly on the pituitary and hypothalamus and stops production of many of the gonadotropic hormones. This stimulates appetite and ...
Dispelling Fruit Rumors
6/25/2012 9:32:00 PM
In the area of Atkins, South Beach and so many other high protein, high fat diets, fruit became the enemy. “Oh, it’s loaded with sugar,” I’d hear someone say, as I was shoving a gun in his or her mouth. Oh, and that infamous glycemic index had everyone boycotting carrots, corn and oranges.
Fruit has a great deal of fiber that is needed to lose body fat and it happens to be lacking in the average American diet. Yes, there is sugar in fruits; however, the fiber makes it slowly absorb into your system, whereas a can of soda or a candy bar spikes your insulin and makes the liver produce fat, fruit doesn’t have the physiological reaction. The juicing process of fruit extracts most of the fiber, and does spike your insulin triggering the effect of fat production, so stick to the natural form.
What I’m building is awareness of ...
The Future of Fat Burning
6/10/2012 3:09:00 PM
The argument was that weight training burns fat because it builds muscle which will increase the amount of calories you burn all day. I bought into it at first, then I looked at the research and the amount of extra calories that you burn per pound of muscle is somewhere in the range of 6 to 30, which is hardly anything to write home to mom about. Then there is another argument for fat burning, the after-burn effect. Yes, resistance training can deliver a much greater after-burn compared to cardiovascular exercise, but studies done on basic weight training with lots of rest show that EPOC not that dramatic.
So, this is the key to fat burning—research shows you have to train heavy, train a little faster and train to failure. This may not be the best formula for building muscle, but I know it can be done, and you must ...
Conditioning Your Metabolic Rate
5/31/2012 9:58:00 AM
Muscle is a major determinant of resting energy use; the more you have, the more energy you burn. It also enhances the metabolic health of your body. The thermic effect of activity (TEA) reflects the activity, and the resting metabolic rate (RMR) reflects what you burn at rest. The more muscle you have enhances the ability to control glucose usage and fat burning better.
In most metabolic conditioning programs leg training is crucial because you work half of your body intensely. If you want to be a lean-mean-fat-burning-machine it comes down to hormones, and since your metabolism is a chemistry set of hormones, your legs are a great resource. The short of it is—to get the benefit of your body’s grade of physical reserve of testosterone and HGH is through intense training. This comes down to the amount of muscle tissue involved which will increase your (TEA) and your (RMR)....
90 in 90 The Max Phoenix Effect!
5/10/2012 9:56:00 AM
It may be hard to believe that a fitness expert struggles with his body fat or even self-defeating habits, but I have struggled with addiction all my life. I like foods high in fat, full of endorphin-stimulating hormones and sugars. "Like" isn’t the right word, "addicted" is a better description. Last year I was accelerating towards a downward spiral, struggling with my health. I was put on medication with side affects of depression, fat gain and energy loss. What I know for sure is depression is not an excuse for a lack of fitness.
I’ve given expert advice on a daily basis since 1994 so I had the knowledge base. I needed motivation and accountability—I was tired of feeling like my clients were healthier and more fit than I was. In order to ensure success, I always designed client programs with an element of accountability and therefore it was proven ...
Are You Eating Like a Drunk Person?
5/1/2012 3:26:00 PM
I see nothing but skinny people! Even under layers and layers of fat! Skinny is the wrong word; “fit” is more accurate. I see a world where your heart beats strongly, arteries flow freely as god created them, and fast food chains don’t use fake food to fool the public. I know I’m hopeful, but I’m gay and that’s the way I was born. So now I want you to imagine your heart stopping, you are losing your loved ones or with the left side of your body dead from a stroke. Now isn’t that sexy? Exercise will help to prevent you from living like you’ve gotten hit by a drunk driver, but if you’re still eating like you’ve just left the club, I can’t help you from looking like the dude that can’t get anyone to go home with them. Equating eating to exercise just doesn’t work for most ...
17 Gay Super Foods
4/20/2012 3:09:00 PM
All that sweating at the gym but your eating isn’t in line with your workout? Did you know your workout determines your eating—not the other way around—that is, if you want results. If you don’t have enough fuel to support the output of an intense workout, you stay in a catabolic state eating away at muscle that you are trying to create. Since I’m a loving and caring guy I want to make sure you are on the right track regardless if you're a dude or a chick. Ladies, don’t get lost with the word "muscle-building," it’s as important to you as it is to some random dude. There is nothing worse than “skinny fat” to get your monthly flow out of wack, while slowing down if not stoping fat burning. If you are working out, I’m assuming that you are wanting to burn fat—in order to do that you ...
The 10 Max Phoenix Effective Ways To Stay Lean
4/10/2012 4:15:00 PM
1. Eat 4-6 small means per day. The fewer meals you eat, the less the body will want to burn fat for energy. Yes, if you are not eating you will lose weight, but you are fucking up your metabolism which in its essence are hormones! Think of it this way, if the body feels there is plenty of food around, it will not be stingy with its fat storage, but too many of the wrong foods and the body will want to store more fat. Let's use fast food for an example: There are so many empty calories in that crap so the body sayss, “You're not fooling me, there has to be a fucking famine going on here, there isn't anything in this that is nutritionally sound, so I’m going to store fat bitches!"
The idea is to increase the volume of food and NOT have food with little ...
4/5/2012 10:00:00 AM
Were you an athlete back in the day and now the battle of the belly is getting the better of you? Dude, I got news for you—it may be low testosterone. It could be because you’re letting Dance Moms take away time from the gym, but I know my readers are motivated and focused so I’m going to suggest that you may have low T. It comes with maturity and happens to everyone. The online journal Diabetes Care recently ran study results showing that 40 percent of obese participants (in the “hypogonadism in males” study) had testosterone readings lower than normal. The percentages were 50 percent in obese men with diabetes.
OK, Mr. Bear, or bodybuilding dude that is built like a WWE wrestler in their off season—I’m talking to you! Obesity in men can be categorized as 30 percent body fat, and for dudes it can also fall in the ...
The Transformative 5
3/25/2012 7:07:00 PM
- The squat is the MVP of all exercises. This movement stimulates a biochemical release of hormones that will not only help you build muscle but make you leaner. In order for muscle to become metabolically charged anywhere on the body, it must be given the proper biochemical stimulus: read “Hormones Aren’t Only For Trannies,” in my blog. The squat is a shortcut for simulating muscle growth anywhere on your body. That is what makes it the most valuable movement to create transformation and it targets a lot of muscles in one exercise. The primary muscles are the quadriceps, the hamstrings, the buttocks and the rector spine. The secondary muscles are the abdominals, the inner and outer thighs and the calve muscles. This will not only help your ass look amazing, but it will add much needed muscle all over your body, for example your chest and arms, this a secret man’s ...