How to lose weight by avoiding these 6 common mistakes

You would think that with so many strategies on how to lose weight, a plethora of certified dietitians, new hot diets coming out every month, countless tips in popular magazines, proliferation of “healthier” food and the number of companies selling all sorts of green coffee extracts and Garcinia Cambodia pills – we should have less overweight people.  But, somehow, none of these seem to work.  Even when people make a genuine and honest attempt to educate themselves on how to lose weight and proper dietary habits and stick to a specific plan – the majority usually fails miserably.  The agony of a constant struggle with weight seems to be the quintessence of modern existence for men and women alike. Losing weight […]

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What to do after hitting a plateau

Why am I not progressing? At some point in your training, hitting a plateau is virtually guaranteed.  Whether you are training for strength, muscle mass, or endurance – this happens to the best (and virtually all) of us. It has nothing to do with your athletic abilities, dedication or the intensity of your workouts.  It is just a normal stage in you biological adaptation. Unfortunately, the increase in strength, endurance and improvement in body composition is non-linear – otherwise we could all just keep training and getting progressively better results forever.  We could start training at a young age with lifting 50 pounds and, with persistent training, get to pushing 1250 pounds in 10 years.  After all, this only means adding […]

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Debunking 7 health myths and nutritional misconceptions

Throughout our lives, we accumulate a huge baggage of health-related tips and facts that we hear from our parents and grandparents, read in magazines, pick up from marketing materials or get forwarded on the internet by concerned friends and just accept as “common knowledge.”  We rarely stop to think and question them, even though a lot of the tips and advice we take for granted and consider useful may actually be a collection of myths that just never die. While falling prey to some of these myths may only mean a minor inconvenience, following some other bits of this common advice may have far reaching consequences.  In today’s article we will look at just a few of those pseudo-facts and […]

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Why do you need weight lifting chains and resistance bands?

Any physical activity you perform involves using your muscles.  The intensity doesn’t matter – if any of your body parts is moving, this movement is powered by contracting muscles.  These muscle contractions, as we’ve discovered previously, trigger neural and biochemical adaptations that drive all sorts of positive things – strength development, muscle strengthening joints and ligaments, positive hormonal shifts, improved metabolism, better mood and stable blood pressure. For most exercises, however, the strength required to overcome the resistance (free weights, your own body weight, exercise machine cable pull, etc.) – and, therefore, the degree of your muscles’ involvement – varies throughout the range of motion.  Depending on the angle of your joints (knees, hips, elbows, and shoulders), the position of […]

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On Complacency and Assigning Fault

Why is it that we are often so good at assigning fault for our own failures to somebody (or something) else and failing to accept responsibility for our actions?  We keep blaming others for not getting things we feel we are entitled to and when assigning blame still doesn’t help us get them, we use some twisted logic to try to justify why being where we are is actually still OK.  We, somehow, continue to feel good about ourselves even when we don’t achieve our goals and continue to be mediocre, at best. Luckily for those who follow the approach of assigning blame, the targets are always abundant. We teach our kids not to mind the scores during team games, citing […]

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