Protein powder builds big muscles fast! Or does it?

Many people seem to think that protein supplements that are superior to chicken, fish, beef, and pork when it comes to muscle building so lets get this out of the way right now: Protein powder does not have magical muscle building properties Protein shakes do not have magical muscle building properties Muscle gain powders do not have magical muscle building properties [iframe width="480" height="303" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/RUooO2TYHDY?rel=0&wmode=transparent" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen] The massive money behind the marketing campaigns has worked for decades to try and convince people that these products are magical but they are not, they are not significantly better than chicken, beef, fish,...

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Measuring gains while bulking or cutting

By most methods, its very, very difficult to know if you are gaining muscle mass when you are bulking or cutting becuase when the bodyfat changes, all parts of your body swell or shrink as the fat levels change. You can use strength as a guide but strength is not always proportional to mass gain. So how exactly can you see if you are gaining muscle size while you are bulking or cutting? Its actually very simple and just requires a skinfold caliper and a measuring tape. In this procedure you will not be calculating your bodyfat, that is not...

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Fitness Beverage Superstar! Lose fat, prevent disease

Want to lose fat, help prevent disease, and save money all at the same time?  Its easy!!!  Lets face it, many people are addicted to their coffee but if you break your addiction, there is a much healthier and less expensive morning beverage!! [iframe width="480" height="303" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/0mRlJrvT1DM?rel=0&wmode=transparent" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen] Fat Loss Benefits of Green Tea From WebMD, one of the most trusted sources of medical information on the web: "Green tea can help increase and even change your metabolism, so you burn more calories from fat. Studies show that green tea can also help you keep weight off once you’ve...

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How Weight Loss Supplements Work

What are the mechanisms thru which weight loss supplements work?  This isnt an academic question because you have to understand how these supplements work in order to make good purchasing decisions.    In the recent article, a calorie is a calorie, it was pointed out that weight loss is determined by the physics of thermodynamics which we understand very well.  Only "calories in and calories out" determine weight loss/gain, nothing else.  Calories (energy) enters the body thru food/beverage and leaves the body as work done (from lifting things and movement) or heat (conducted, convected or radiated). If more calories go...

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Sleep Problems?

We all know how important sleep is in bodybuilding but most people stop there. Its easy to say "get a lot of sleep" but its not as easy as uttering a trite phrase. Many people have trouble sleeping, over 9 million Americans use prescription sleeping pills like Lunesta and Ambien but this is just the tip of the iceberg. Many more people use over the counter remedies, cold medicines, pain pills, and alcohol to help them sleep. Getting good sleep is a widespread problem. You don't need pills because most sleep problems come from one single guilty pleasure .. which...

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