Myths and Facts

Myths and Facts

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The Meal Timing Myth

I am constantly met with questions about when to eat certain foods, and if to take a protein shake before or after lifting weights and if so, how much minutes before or after training should it be consumed? With all of these restrictions, it is no wonder people find weight lifting or the fitness lifestyle to be too complicated. Something like that would distract anyone from pursuing a healthy life style.

In this post, which will be a first of many, I talk about the myth that is meal timing.

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Artificial Sweetners and Anxiety/Heart Palpitation

Since the increased acknowledgment that high consumption of simple sugars can cause Type II Diabetes, the introduction of artificial sweeteners has been at an all time high. We’re told that it is better, when we’re dieting, to replace our sugary goods with artificial sweeteners, to help with the negative health effects. Despite that, there are some things you need to know about your lovely artificial sweeteners.

In this post, I address one of the negative effects of artificial sweeteners, and how I personally am dealing with it.

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How much protein, is enough protein?

The question many tend to ask me over and over again, is the simple one; how much protein is enough protein? There are basic ratios that assist in acquiring the right amount of protein in take, to build muscle mass but, there’s also goals that need to be looked at to assume how much protein is needed for a particular body type. Someone who’s a hardgainer, may require a little more because of the overall requirement of calories to gain weight period, while other body types may just follow the basics. This article is going to just focus on the basics and not go into the nitty gritty of it, I’d rather leave that for another post. In fact, I am just letting you know why the numbers are the way it is, why you should or shouldn’t follow it and at the end of the day it’s up to you to choose which of the 2 ratios, is the one for you and you’re long term muscle building or maintaining goals.

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The Correct Lateral Raises

This entry is going to be short and sweet, and straight to the point. Many of us have been performing certain exercises, in ways that do not directly target the muscles we’re looking to train. When we do bicep curls, some of us swing the barbell or dumbbell, without giving much resistance to the bicep itself. Did you know, it’s the negative (down movement), that is the most effective part of the bicep curl? Well, now you do. That’s why it’s always highlighted by those who are in the know, to slowly move the weight down, let the muscle completely extend and then slowly bring it back up in controlled movements. One of the best exercise to work on the peak of your bicep and really work it out, is the preacher curls. This gives you an idea, of how certain exercises, truly target the muscle group you want to. But what about the shoulders? Preacher curls is a very basic exercise and no one would deny that movement and the form involved in it, but what about lateral raises? Did you know, most likely you have been performing the lateral raises completely wrong? If you aren’t sure, keep reading to find out the proper way to perform lateral raises.

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Make Realistic Goals

One of the influences we experience or obtain when entering into the lifestyle of weightlifting, is having someone in mind we want to look like. Nothing is wrong with this, but you have to be careful with who you pick to be your physique ideal or inspiration. Continue reading to learn what is realistic and why you should choose certain physiques to idolize.

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