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The reasons they’re very likely to be your best resources for nutrition information:

1.  He has been a Registered Dietitian since 1980.

2.  He’s the main nutrition teacher at Fitness Institute International.

3.  He teaches Nutrition classes at Miami Dade College. Continue reading

I decided to change this because I personally hated the other one.  After I posted it, I just couldn’t stand it.  I since chose to re-write it in a different, more readable form.  At least that’s my opinion.

Dr. Anthony Abbott
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1.  Personal Trainers

It seems logical to believe that personal trainers would be the best source of health and fitness information.  Sadly, this is often not true, but it can be.  Allow me to elaborate. Continue reading

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The fitness world is a fascinating place.  It’s a lot like the wild west.  There is little regulation, and a lot of people like to overstep their boundaries.

On one end of the spectrum, you have personal trainers.  Although education isn’t the only factor in producing results, you should still scrutinize your trainer’s education.  Frankly, what they don’t know could potentially debilitate you.  The Exercise Science PhD who heads up our vocational school Fitness Institute International is also an expert witness in fitness-based court battles.  He has had to testify against a lot of trainers who have made uneducated mistakes.  Some of these mistakes resulted in permanent injury to the client.

We don’t say that to scare you.  We say it because it’s true.  Did you know there are personal training certifications you can take online?  Tyler decided to research them and see just how rigorous they were.  He was shocked by what he found. Continue reading

Gluten-free, lactose-free pizza 🙂

This is something Lisa came up with.  First, we made them gluten-free because both of us are gluten intolerant.  I know it sounds crazy to some people, but we have both experimented with it.  We both took a couple weeks off of eating wheat products, then we tried eating them again.  After eating them again, we felt terrible within thirty minutes.  We’re not 100% sure of the gluten being the causal factor, but it seems to be a plausible conclusion.  We’ve tried it a couple other times with the same results.  Because of that, we avoid it.

Why lactose-free?  Because Tyler inherited some lousy levels of lactase (the enzyme that digests lactose) from his dad.

On the bright side, despite our funky food intolerances, we made some great pizza.  Lisa was the mastermind behind it.  🙂 Continue reading

Our body doesn’t store many carbohydrates.  In fact, you only have something like 100 grams of them in your liver and 300 grams of them in your muscles whenever your carbohydrate stores are full.

If you exercise for a while, you’re going to deplete a lot of those carbohydrate stores.  In addition to that, when you resistance train you create small levels of “micro-trauma” in the muscle fibers themselves.  As a result of those two facts, at the end of your workout you’re somewhat carbohydrate depleted, and you have some muscle fibers that need repair.  You need to eat carbohydrates and protein to fix these two problems. Continue reading

This came to my attention from a fellow blogger.  I’d never heard of this company before, and I’m not in a position to attack their character.  They may be nice guys with good intentions.  However, the science behind what they claim to be a “breakthrough” is no breakthrough at all.  Dietitians have understood this for a very long time.

Essentially, they have created a new sports drink that is starch based.  I’m cool with that.  I’m all for people eating more starch and less sugar.  Starch takes more time to digest and therefore makes a less significant impact on your blood sugar levels.  However, my point of contention is that their marketing/science is deceptive.  You could save your money and just eat some rice, beans, corn, or any other starch.  Scientifically, you’d get the same amount of benefit. Continue reading

While watching The Biggest Loser and Fat Chefs, I made a fairly obvious observation with not-so-obvious implications.  Although I’m sometimes not too excited about the extreme measures these shows use (like yelling at people while they do stationary bike intervals until they fall off from exhaustion).  Often, these people don’t know what their weight is until the trainer asks them to get on the scale.

Why on earth wouldn’t these people want to know what their weight is?  The truth hurts.  Sometimes, it hurts really bad.  We all mess up and have to pay for those failures/setbacks.  However, the worst thing we can possibly do is ignore the truth.  It is our compass in all things.  If truth becomes your enemy, then you’re on the wrong side of the war. Continue reading

 

I had never heard of this up until a couple days ago.  I talked with a friend whom I hadn’t seen in a little while, and he told me that he had spent the last three days in the hospital with his wife.  She had to have surgery to get a wire grill brush bristle removed.  It was stuck in her digestive tract and causing a lot of pain. Continue reading

The Final Product = Remarkably Tasty

Well, if you know me and Lisa, you know that we’re pretty simple people.  We’re not huge fans of extravagance (due partially to our moral beliefs and partially to personal taste).  Regardless, “bruschetta” chicken sounds fancy, but it’s really simple to make. Continue reading

Statistically, two-thirds of Americans are overweight and one-third are obese.  Our pets are catching on to the trend as well.  According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, half of American pets are now overweight or obese.  This has led to dramatic increases in diabetes, heart disease, and arthritis among our feline and canine companions.

It seems that if dogs are truly man’s best friend, we’re not treating Fido very well in return for his undying loyalty.  The owner is in direct control over the pet’s food intake, and some pets are getting to the point where they have to be put to sleep out of mercy.  Mercy because the pet is no longer able to move.  Their immense weight has disabled their body from functioning anymore. Continue reading

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She can squat 240 and deadlift 330. Does she look bulky?

A while ago, I wrote Can You Be Skinny AND Fat?.  The article shows why weight loss without exercise only makes you fatter in the long-term.  It’s a difficult reality to come to grips with, but it is absolutely true.

Since it’s rather idiotic to point at something that’s wrong but never propose a solution, this is the beginning of the solution.  This article shows the better way.  It shows what can happen with intelligent fat loss.  Because, if you think about it, that’s what everyone wants.

We typically admire physiques that have at least some level of muscle.  We just don’t like the fat.  A figure model’s glutes don’t come from only calorie restriction.  They come from building up her glute muscles and then eating to lose the fat on top of the muscle.  That’s what the curve is.  Without the strong muscle underneath, there is no shapely curve.  There would only be a flat line between her lower back and legs. Continue reading

Hypothetical scenario:

You’re pregnant, and you have acne.  You go to your doctor’s office, wait a little bit, and the nurse comes out, “Registered Dietitian Joe-Bob is ready to see you!”  You kind of scratch your head, but decide to go back anyway.  Joe-Bob greets you with a smile on his face.  He says, “Hey, don’t worry about the acne.  I read on the internet that isotretinion clears it right up!”  Little does Joe-Bob know that this drug is known to cause birth defects.  Since you’re pregnant, that’s kind of a big deal. Continue reading

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This has become our go-to dinner when we have time to hang out and cook together.  It’s awesome, and you should try it. Continue reading

Well, if you haven’t heard about this yet you can read about it here.  Essentially, it’s about brides-to-be who choose to lose weight by having 800 calories a day dripped into their stomach through a feeding tube that has been pushed down their nose.  I still can’t believe that the sentence I just wrote is fact. Continue reading