5 Protein Bars you can Munch on a Ketogenic Diet

So, what is a ketogenic diet anyway?

Lean man and womanA ketogenic diet refers to a low-carbohydrate diet, specifically where daily net carbs total 50g or less. At these levels, the body process stored fat and dietary protein for energy, causing a state of ‘ketosis’. Usually when total calories are low enough on a ketogenic diet, after 3-4 days when ketosis kicks in, rapid weight loss begins. A Keto diet can also be useful for managing certain illness and conditions such as epilepsy, heart & brain disease, diabetes, and even acne.

The biggest drawback to the ketogenic diet is the food choices. If you’re on a Keto diet, you know how hard it is to find a high-fat, low carb and low-glycemic meals that rarely leaves you feeling hungry. With plenty of products to choose from, it can be a bit cumbersome to weed all through the products, and find the right one. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Most Effective Exercises To Prevent a Hernia

Hernia: The protrusion of an organ or other bodily structure through the wall that normally contains it; a rupture. In today’s post we are mostly going to talk about abdominal hernia, how to help prevent it, and how to attempt to cure it when possible.

Your abdomen is the main concern when it comes to a hernia. You need to tighten up, as well as reduce the outward pressure that prevents sagging of the internal organs. One of the leading causes of hernia is the weakening of your muscles which happens when you over pressurize the organs relative to the strength of the abdominal wall. In most cases, surgery is the only solution for a hernia, therefore you need to be a bit cautious.

How to get rid of a hernia without requiring to undergo surgery?

Is this the question that is haunting you? If yes, then you are reading the appropriate article. Here in this article we will let you know the effective exercises to prevent and attempt to get rid of a hernia. All of these are simple to perform and very effective. Read the rest of this entry »

5 benefits about hemp you should know for your health

Hemp is an environmentally friendly plant that has been in use for very many years as fiber and medicine. Hemp is a pain reliever, antioxidant, powerful anti-inflammatory and highly nutritious.

Hemp and Fitness

Hemp falls under Cannabis sativa plant species. Cannabis describes both hemp and marijuana. They are the same species but are distinct plants. The main difference between hemp and marijuana is that marijuana has more tetrahydrocannabinol than hemp. This is the compound that is responsible for psychoactive properties. Hemp is very low in tetrahydrocannabinol.

Hemp may be used to get the nutritional and medical benefits of cannabis plant with no “high” that is associated with marijuana.

Hemp seeds are very nutritious and contain various minerals, protein, and healthy fats.

Do you want to know how you can use hemp to gain health benefits? Here are the five benefits that someone can get from hemp. Read the rest of this entry »

Leveraging Cross-Training to Avoid Overuse Injuries

Overuse injuriesEvery athlete worth their salt has hit a plateau. You all know the feeling — suddenly gym sessions feel less productive, gains slow to a crawl, and you start to feel stuck.

 

Often, the natural response is to train harder and longer, assuming that plateaus can just be powered through, but pushing your body harder when it might actually need to slow down is asking for injury. Injuries aren’t fun for anyone, but if you’re preparing for a competition, race, or big game, it can be a death knell for your training.

Why Am I Hitting a Plateau?

While some plateaus are part of the natural training cycle, others are due to improper training. It’s all too easy to get wrapped up in your own drive and push too hard for too long. The result is a burned-out athlete whose body is breaking down instead of building up.

 

Avoiding bad training habits seems like it should be common sense, but it’s easier said than done. Everyone wants to be the best, and you get there by training, right? So what’s the difference between pushing and pushing too hard? And how do you toe the line without long-jumping over it?

 

Unfortunately, there’s no perfect formula for everyone, but with an updated training strategy, it’s a little easier to navigate the minefield of training fatigue. As with most athletic advice, this comes with a strong dose of “listen to your body.”

 

Plateaus and training fatigue generally stem from overdoing it every time you’re in the gym or under-recovering after you go home. Read the rest of this entry »

The best arm exercises you probably aren’t doing

Arnold BicepsWho doesn’t want bigger, stronger arms? Almost everyone who lifts weights will, at some point, do exercises for their biceps and triceps. Unfortunately, doing the same old curls and push downs won’t produce the results you want. If you are stuck in an arm-building rut, use the following six exercises to breathe life back into your workouts.

 

Biceps

 

Arguably the most famous muscle in your body, if you ask a child to show you a muscle, they’ll probably throw up an arm and do a biceps pose. Make your biceps something to be proud of by adding these unusual exercises to your arm training program.

 

  1. Weighted pull-ups

 

The biggest drawback of most curling exercises is that the amount of weight you can lift is limited by your ability to keep your body upright. Weighted pull-ups eliminate this problem so you are free to focus on curling your chin up to the bar.

 

Start out by strapping on around ten percent of your body weight, so if you weigh 80 kilos, grab a 7.5-10 kg dumbbell or weight plate. There is no need to be exact; round up or down according to the weights you have available.

 

Grab the pull-up bar with an underhand, shoulder-width grip. Without kicking with your legs, smoothly curl your chin up to touch the bar. Slowly extend your arms and repeat. Sets of 4-6 are ideal with this exercise.

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Keeping Fit With Music by Using a Running Phone Belt

I always tend to find workouts at the gym very stressful when visiting at peak hours. There are so many people grunting and grinding, dropping weights and chattering. I really can’t concentrate on my own workout when noise is all around me. It increases my heart rate and makes me nervous and uncomfortable. Yet because of work schedules, I often find that the only time I have to visit the gym, is during the peak hours, along with everyone else.

This is where my cell phone comes in to save my day (and sanity); I simply plug in my headphones and turn up the volume for 45 minutes until I am safely out of the gyms doors. I know this is sounding terribly unsocial of me, but the gym at peak hours isn’t a calm social gathering to me, its prime purpose is unwinding and letting go of the days stress.

gym music

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How Can Nootropics Enhance Your Workouts?

Why are Nootropics so Good for Your Fitness?Fun brain

Nootropic, or “brain booster supplements”, are gaining more and more popularity these days. As we have realized over the last decade, caffeine included in pre-workouts, or taken in the form of coffee or energy drinks have a profound benefit on our workouts. We notice greater focus, drive, intensity and endurance where we should be feeling fatigue and defeat. Caffeine is just one of many “brain boosting” supplements that will help to make you into a machine in the gym.

These nootropics have tremendous benefits both in and out of the gym. By enhancing your cognitive function you will experience greater mental performance, memory, have increased focus and superior energy. While you may not think that mental function is important for lifting weights, just remember that most lifters will tell you that creating the mind-to-muscle connection is crucial to busting through plateaus and pushing it to the next level.  Read the rest of this entry »

The Benefits of Implementing a Ketogenic Diet

If you are dieting for a contest, or just to be in shape for the beach, then you might want to consider the ketogenic diet as your diet strategy. The keto diet has been gaining in popularity as a way to get lean and reduce levels of gastrointestinal inflammation. Lean man and woman Using the keto diet can help you get healthy while you get shredded. Recent nutritional science has discovered a lot of information regarding the health effect of a high-fat diet, the most interesting being that carbohydrates serve very little nutritional value in our diet.

What is Ketosis?

Ketosis is the name of a metabolic state where the body converts dietary fat and adipose body tissue into ketones then used as metabolic fuel. The body relies on a process of gluconeogenesis to create the ATP needed to fuel metabolic functions and process. The body converts the glucose found in carbohydrates into glycogen and then stores the excess as body fat. Read the rest of this entry »

8 Ways to Stay on Your Diet and Ditch Junk Food

So when the cravings hit you forget all about diet and fitness and start relishing whatever is on the table? Suddenly, New Year Resolution fades into oblivion and after a gourmet meal, you feel of indulging in your guilty pleasures? This is a dilemma of every person with little on the heavier side and their struggle to reach their ideal weight goes down the memory lane with every bite of glazed doughnut.Stop Eating Fast Food

So here we bring smart hacks that will help you stick to your diet and break up with junk food at least for some time:

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Importance of Quality Sleep for Athletes

Fatigue makes cowards of us all

A lot of people are sleep deprived… Everything from last minute travel to anxiety prevents people from getting a good night’s rest on a regular occasion. While sleep deprivation is nothing uncommon, you’d be surprised to know just how many people don’t get enough sleep…

Last year, Pegasus Capital Advisors teamed up with ResMed and Dr. Oz to from SleepScore Labs, an organization that aims to enables us to understand our sleep and deliver the first clinically proven standard for measuring sleep in our homes.

Back in January, they organization conducted the largest sleep study in the history of the United States, which looked at sleep information from more than 20,000 people and a collective 1.5 million nights’ worth of sleep. And they discovered that sleep is chronically neglected by most Americans.

Just check this out – according to data from the study, almost 80% of US citizens aren’t getting the recommended amount of sleep each night. Moreover, men in the US average only 5 hours and 45 minutes of sleep each night, while women are slightly better, with 6 hours and 9 minutes. Read the rest of this entry »