What’s In A Fat Burner?

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Photo Credit: reduce84098 (flickr.com)


Above all else, we love quick fixes – for our problems in life and for our personal issues including our weight loss efforts. Of course, it would be hypocritical to say that you love to do things the hard way and that you wouldn’t have it any other way even if you knew there was an easier way to do it. I for one, know of a lot of people who would rather not do the diet and exercise thing as long as they had a really great diet pill to take every time they binged.

However, that’s not how real life works and we all know that anything easily gotten is also just as easily lost. In the case of weight loss, anything lost easily can be easily put back on, with more besides. Not only  have you subjected your body to a unnecessary bout of yo-yo dieting, you’ve also compromised its ability to lose weight somehow so that the next time you do attempt to work hard, it won’t be as receptive to your efforts.

Now who want to go through all that drama? Sure, supplementing your training with a good fat burner is fine, judging by the many weight loss supplements flooding the market. But the reason you want to lose weight shouldn’t only be about getting a great body to show off – you should also aim for getting a healthy body so you can be more productive and live better and longer. A buff body is just the icing on the cake so to speak.

It is really no surprise why the diet pill industry is enjoying such a huge popularity. Imagine over a billion people in the world all wanting to look good and look good fast – who wouldn’t want to cash in on that given the way the economy is these days. But the thing is, people tend to grab and buy now and then ask questions later and this often leads to more disappointment and I don’t mean just the results.

When something doesn’t happen or at least doesn’t happen fast enough, we all get disappointed and think that something is either wrong with us or with the product we bought. The problem perhaps lies in the fact that we don’t really think about what we’re buying as long as it claims to do what you want it to do on the label. However, that’s not to say that these supplements are a complete waste of your money but it’s just a matter of finding one that meets your fitness goals and being realistic in your expectations.

Supplements like oxyelite pro for instance, work well when combined with a good exercise or fitness program. Of course, needless to say you also have to go on a strict diet regimen to help things along and while I can already hear the collective groans of people who hate this part about losing weight, you all know that it’s the key to everything you are hoping for. You are also encouraged to consult nutritionists and browse for tried-and-tested weight loss strategies to help you with your weight loss endeavors.

Another thing that will ensure your fat burners will work is if you do thorough research on the ingredients they contain. In recent years, a spate of fat burners with ingredients like carnitine, chromium picolinate and ephedrine have dominated the market and were eagerly bought off the shelves by people who were desperate, to say the least, to lose weight and fast. While both carnitine and chromium  picolinate have gone off to prove themselves worthy, fat burning supplements with ephedrine have been banned by the FDA in 2004 due to the fact that due to its negative side effects including tremors, headaches, insomnia, heart arrhythmias, increased blood pressure and dizziness.

In choosing the best weight loss supplements, you need to really read the label. If there’s even one ingredient that you’re not familiar with or can’t even pronounce, you should just leave it alone. Also, despite repeated warnings about their inability to work and compromise your health, there are still supplements that are being sold online and off that contain banned ingredients so keep yourself in the loop so that you don’t accidentally buy these supplements. And lastly, always consult a qualified physician about any supplements you want to take before you incorporate them in your exercise program.


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The Shocking Truth about Cardiovascular Exercises


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No matter how we try to avoid it, cardiovascular exercises are important routines that should always be included in our work out routines. These exercises should always are included in our fitness plans.

Cardiovascular exercises are exercise routines that usually get the heart pumping and working extra. Cardio exercises promote the blood flow in the body. Cardiovascular exercises are believed to burn off extra calories in our body, the more you burn, the leaner your body gets and the more muscles you develop.

Fat loss in not the only thing that we can benefit from cardio exercises – there is more to it. Listed below are a few of them.

A Healthier Health

We often forget that our heart is a muscle. The more you work it out, the stronger it gets. The less you pay attention on it, the weaker it will get in time. A weak heart will definitely bring a lot of complications and problems in the future.

In doing cardio exercises, be sure to start with the basic and improve gradually trough time. Avoid pushing yourself too much because this is not good for you heart. Start from the basic exercises and gradually introduce energy consuming ones as you improve.

Include bodybuilding supplements in your diet. Muscle pharm assault supplements are very advisable pre-workout supplements that will help you in achieving your fitness goals.

Fires up Metabolism

We burn a lot of calories when we do cardio exercises. Calories are unused energy in the body which is in the form of fats. The faster and frequently we burn fats in the body, the better our metabolism will be. The more intense your exercises are the more intense and fired-up your metabolic rate will be. With these, weight loss and building muscle is pretty much enhanced.

Improved Hormonal Profile

Doing cardio exercises is like drinking the happy pill. You feel better and more confident about yourself. You also tend to walk away from the symptoms of depression and stress. People who regularly do cardiovascular exercises tend to have a more positive outlook in life compared to those who do not frequently do it.

Improved Recovery Ability

Cardiovascular exercises that are lower in intensity help you recover faster. Doing the treadmill or a few minutes in the stationary bike will help you fasten your body’s capability to repair itself after a rigorous work out activity. It also reduces the delayed onset of muscles soreness in the body. Fresh oxygen is also being transferred in the body making the recovery process even faster.

Cardiovascular exercises are not just regular going to exercise to lose fats and to build a stronger heart. There is more to cardio exercises than you could ever imagine.

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Misconceptions About The Healthier Lifestyle

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With all the really tasty junk food we have today, it’s difficult to go for a healthier lifestyle. It’s made even more difficult due to the fact that we’re all extremely busy. There’s no more time to go to the gym as some of us work after hours. After a stressful day, we simply just want to crash on our soft beds. And if working out and watching what you eat is hard enough for some, add to that the science behind each type of exercise. Targeting the abs, for one, has a lot of science behind it for the best results.

For the uninitiated, there are a lot of misconceptions. Perhaps one of the most common ones is that dieting means eating less. While this is true to some extent, it doesn’t mean you have to eat so little portions that makes your meals look like you’re in a gourmet restaurant. Dieting is a matter of regulating your carb intake, and getting more nutrients from your vegetables. If you really think about it, vegans have it nice. They can eat as much as they want and they’re still healthy.

Another popular misconception is that the more workouts you do, the better. It’s both true and false. It is true in a sense that more repetitions in your exercises can do wonders. It’s false in a sense that doing too much of a good thing becomes a bad thing. By doing your workouts, you’re tearing your muscles. By overdoing your workouts, you’re not allowing them to heal up and this puts you at risk for a more permanent damage.

It’s the same with supplements. Protein powders give supplementary protein to help muscle recovery and development, but drinking them too liberally without regard for when to take them will make you big, but not fit.

It’s important that you understand that these supplements won’t work at all without the exercise. Taking from the protein powder example, you have to do your workout to shape your muscles. Protein powder is like clay and exercise is the molding process. To make the most of it, you have to mold your muscles through exercise.

This brings us to the supplements misconception: that they’re necessary. You can get in shape without them. Supplements merely provide a boost to your repetitions. You can always do workouts without doing any creatine bodybuilding and still get the same result. It will take longer, but it’s going to be worth it.
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Possible Reasons You Still Don’t Have a Six-Pack

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Keeping yourself physically fit has a lot of accompanying benefits. For one, you get to be healthier, as you can’t really get fit without a healthy lifestyle. By being healthy, you become less prone to physical ailments. Being overweight or underweight can lead to infertility, for instance. At any rate, you may notice that when staying fit, it takes a lot longer to develop a flatter belly than with any other part of your body.

There are a lot of reasons for this. For one, the abs are one of the most difficult muscles to target. Each body part, whether the legs or arms or abs, often come with two or three exercises at the minimum to target them. The exercises involving the abs, however, aren’t complemented with our more mundane activities. For instance, lifting weights in the gym can be complemented by carrying heavy groceries. Leg exercises in the gym are complemented by taking the stairs at work. With abs, there isn’t a lot of methods outside the gym.

If you take supplements, know that while they may help you burn extra calories and develop your muscles faster, they don’t burn calories by themselves. Also, most supplements give you energy and muscle development and repair anyway. They usually don’t work on abs.

You may also want to know how the supplements you use work. For instance, creatine supplements give you a lot of water weight for extra strength and more reps at the gym. While it may help you develop your biceps and do more sit-ups, they may also make your belly look a lot bigger due to water weight.

Another possible reason for your abs to not quite look the way you want it to is because you have unrealistic expectations. You may see abs from TV or movies, but yours will never look like that. This isn’t to say you’ll never have a six-pack. Your abs will have their own look once they start to surface. And if you think not everyone has abs, think again. Everybody does. They’re just hidden beneath layers of belly fat, which, again, are extremely hard and time-consuming to get rid of.

Finally, you may be doing a lot of crunches and sit-ups and other really good ab workouts, but they won’t really do any good if you’re not following proper diet and nutrition. Remember, abs are hidden beneath fat layers in the stomach. Unless they are gone, your abs won’t really show. So only by combining exercise and dieting will help you get a six-pack. Don’t worry, though, it really takes a long time to develop the abs so just keep at it so you’ll need to be determined.

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Misconceptions About the Elusive Six-Pack

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Within a few months of hard work and dedication, you can get the body build that you want. You may notice, however, that while your arms, chest, and legs are in good physical shape, you lack the six-pack you wanted despite your abs being flat and firm. You start to wonder what you did wrong, and become oblivious to the benefits of your strong abdominal muscles. Instead, you start to focus on aesthetics and change your workout routine in pursuit of that elusive six-pack.

Everyone wants a flat tummy, but it’s not enough for some people apparently. They  start incorporating a ton of crunches and sit-ups in all forms and varieties, not knowing that if they simply continue doing what they’re doing, they will eventually have the six-pack they so desire. This is one of the most common misconceptions of the six-pack: that it’s easy to get them. The reality is that the six-pack is the one of the last muscles to develop when you regularly work out.

Another misconception is the fact that crunches and sit-ups alone can help develop the six-pack. This isn’t entirely true. While crunches and sit-ups help, you will never have a six-pack if you do not continue your current nutrition plan and diet. Six-packs appear only when the fat has been drained out of your belly, and a good combination of diet and abdominal exercises will yield the fastest result. If you are building mass and taking creatine, your six-pack development may come even later as you will be filled with water weight.

Finally, there’s a misconception that doing a bunch of sit-ups and crunches everyday can get people a six-pack quicker. In reality, doing too much of it can be counterproductive. There’s a reason that gym-goers have rest days. When you work out, your muscles get pulled and torn. This is no different with abdominal workouts. Doing too much and not allowing your abdominal muscles to recover risks serious damage.

The best way to go about getting a six-pack is a healthy diet and nutrition, regular trips to the gym for exercise, and sufficient rest. If you’re taking supplements, you can go for those that not only help you build muscle but fat burners as well. For instance, if you’re taking creatine, you can take a look at the different forms of creatine and see which ones you can benefit most from considering your current exercise regimen.

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When To Use Protein Powders

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Photo Credit: DianesDigitals (flickr.com)


With the world going by anything and everything that is quick, easy and convenient, it’s no surprise that even eating can be done on the run, particularly when you lead a busy lifestyle that doesn’t allow you to sit down to a proper meal.

While there is no doubt that a proper meal is the best way to lose weight effectively, choosing healthy meal replacements is a good substitute as long as you only do it once in a while. Not only should the meal replacement you choose be nutritious, it should also be able to fill you up because the last thing you want is experience hunger pangs so intense that you overeat when you are finally able to have your meal.

Among the many substitutes we consider good meal replacements include protein powders and bars. Protein powders usually come in various forms, the most common of which are whey, soy and casein protein. Protein powders also come in varying prices but depending on how much you need it, cost usually doesn’t matter especially if you’re a casual athlete who doesn’t have a specific need for it.

Protein powder supplements are usually taken both by athletes and those trying to lose weight in order to make up for the gap left behind by the calorie-restricted diets they go on. Protein as you know, are an important part of your bones, muscles and skin and they are in fact, in every living cell of your body. They help break down food for energy, build muscles and break down toxins.

In very specific situations, however, protein powders are useful as they are a quick and convenience source of protein. They are useful for growing teens because their bodies require much more protein than adults, when you’re starting a workout program and trying to build muscle and also when you’re amping your workouts. Protein powders are also useful when you’re healing from a sports injury as they repair and build the muscles that have been damaged and if you’re going to pursue a vegan lifestyle because it will fill the protein gap that will be left behind by your calorie-restricted diet.

If you need to know more about how much protein powders you should take, you need to calculate your protein intake. You also know that you’ll need protein powders because you’re feeling unusually fatigued, weak when lifting weights or doing strenuous activities that usually don’t make you tired at any other day. You will also need to ignore the usual myths you hear about taking protein powders like the one about taking them before your workout only. The truth is you need to take your protein powders before, during and after a workout because this will prep your body for the workout, sustain it during the workout and help your muscles recover after a workout.

So when do you actually have to use protein powders? Throughout the day as meal replacements but not in the immediate time period surrounding your workouts. And is their purported effectiveness? As sports nutritionists always say, the protein powder smoothie is always effective especially when coupled with a good diet and exercise regimen.


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