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A Diet Rich in Probiotics Could Improve Metabolism and Increase Weight Loss

You may be familiar with food products that boast about being great sources of probiotics and with all the benefits probiotics can offer, it is some welcomed marketing in the world of nutrition. A recent discovery suggests that maintaining the levels of healthy bacteria in our digestive tracts may be more important than we could have ever imagined. Vanessa Ridaura, a grad student from Washington University, and her fellow researchers decided to investigate the link between the composition of gut bacteria and obesity. What Ms. Ridaura found was nothing short of astonishing.

How Gut Bacteria Influences Weight Gain

The gut bacteria from lean and obese mice were obtained and inserted in mice that had been born and raised in sterile conditions so no bacteria were present in their digestive tract prior to the treatment. These germ-free mice were then fed a diet of standard low fat chow and what resulted may have carved a new path in the understanding of obesity. The sterile mice which received gut bacteria from the obese rodents accumulated body fat much quicker than the mice which received gut bacteria from their lean counterparts.

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How to Avoid Loose Skin When Losing Weight

With more than a third of American adults classified as obese, there is no question that there is an obesity epidemic in this country.  Despite this, as a medical professional, I remain encouraged by the cultural changes and improved understanding I see occurring in regards to obesity.  While I typically encourage obese individuals to implement a medically-supervised regimen for weight loss and health, I also alert them to some of the side effects associated with significant decreases in body mass and what they could do to alleviate their impact.

A common negative side effect of massive weight loss that I often see is the impact on skin. Rapid weight loss can result in stretch marks and loose skin since the sudden change in mass fails to give the skin enough time to compensate with regard to elasticity. For many patients, the result is loose skin that remains after the weight loss goal is reached.

Fortunately, there are means for reducing the impact of significant weight loss on skin elasticity:

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Review of Kettlebells DVD with Lauren Brooks - Ultimate Body Sculpt

I remember when kettlebell training first hit the mainstream. Almost overnight, gyms were rapidly filled with a whole array of kettlebells and we were left to assume that they must be good for us, but nobody was quite sure how to use them effectively or how to incorporate them into their routines.

I only really got into using kettlebells as part of my workout routine about a year ago. I train at an MMA gym and one of the instructors took the time to go through the basics with me. After a little experimentation, and some light reading, I now include one kettlebell session into my weekly training routine.

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I love the benefits that a kettlebell session gives me. Kettlebell training is something a little different, which helps keep things interesting, while the direct benefits are great too; you get a strength workout, while also building your endurance levels and developing your core. In addition, if you incorporate the use of kettlebells into your regular circuit training routine, you can reap the benefits of a cardio workout.

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Best Running Apps - Why You Need One Right Now

We all have our own motivations for running. My mother used to ask me and fellow runners, ‘what are you running away from?’

It’s not something that I can explain to non-runners, but I can say that we all, those of us who run, would like to run better, faster, and reduce the risk of injury.

And that’s why I’m telling you, as a fellow runner, that you need a running app for your android or iPhone right now. A good motivator to expand your current running workout routine or to get started; check out these top apps for runners to see what you’re missing out on!

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Weider Power Tower Review

I’m always sceptical when it comes to power towers. The premise is great; one station where you can get an intense, upper body workout. The reality, however, in my experience, is that power towers are usually flimsy, poorly built and uncomfortable to use.

I purchased a power tower many years ago, convinced that the investment was a great way to save money in the long run. After all, as long as I went running and did my work on the power tower, I was getting a complete, full body workout.

It didn’t quite pan out like this.

I ended up giving the power tower away to a friend as it was so uncomfortable to use and, given that I weighed over 100kg at the time, the machine struggled to take my weight.

Over a decade has now passed since I ditched my power tower and, given that money is a little tight at the moment, and gym memberships are soaring at an astonishing rate, I’m beginning to entertain the idea of purchasing another power tower.

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Fight Teenage Anxiety with Healthy Fats

teenage anxietyOlder adults may tend to disagree, but teenagers today are under a great deal of pressure. College admission requirements continue to increase, along with the cost of tuition. State-mandated school tests are also on the rise, as are educational requirements. Teenagers engaged in school activities find themselves in very competitive situations, and often outside help in the form of lessons, extra practices and tutors is required to keep pace. There are also the social pressures of just trying to fit in. All of these stressors can leave teenagers feeling overwhelmed and result in high anxiety and nervousness.

Recent studies, however, indicate that at least part of teenage angst can be blamed on diets lacking in Omega-3.

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A Big Breakfast Results in More Weight Loss Than a Big Lunch, Study Finds

The old adage—breakfast like a king, lunch like a common man and dinner like a pauper—wasn’t popular without a reason. We now have researches to prove it true. A hearty breakfast comes with a host of health benefits. The ones who are aspiring to lose weight should pay special attention, as a breakfast sufficiently rich in carbohydrates and fats has been especially favourably associated with weight loss. Other than weight loss, a good breakfast helps you balance your overall health, be more productive throughout the day, and stay in a happier mood than if you have a skimpy first meal of the day.

Why Breakfast is Important

It is commonly accepted that diet, rather than physical activity, has the major impact in a weight loss program. Losing weight is only worth it if done in the right way and without compromising on the other dimensions of our health. However, it seems that is not only WHAT we eat but WHEN we eat too that affects the metabolism of the body. A detailed research in the area has been done by a researcher at Tel Aviv University.

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How To Stay Fit & Lose Weight When You Have An Office Job

Many working professionals spend the whole day sitting down, staring at the computer screen. These circumstances are blatantly unhealthy for our minds and bodies. Sedentary jobs and lifestyles contribute considerably to accelerating obesity rates, as demonstrated by a University of Chicago study that pointed to sedentary careers as the source of 3.3 more Body Mass Index(BMI) points. But don’t worry, you can still rise to the challenge of your less-than-active job and avoid weight gain and here’s how:

Move Your Body!

Move around the office and stretch; especially take the opportunity to get up for a brief walk when you’re waiting for something to load on your computer.

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Body Solid Head Harness Review

Neck strength is an important facet of any contact sport. I, personally, am a front row forward in rugby, and have also studied Jiu Jitsu, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Both of these sports require a degree of neck strength and it is neck strength which improves your performance in both of these arenas.

As a front row forward, the pressure on my neck, from scrummaging, is palpable. Taking the weight of eight other opposition forwards puts huge amounts of undue stress on your neck and back, especially.

In terms of Jiu Jitsu, the world’s top Jiu Jitsu fighters spend hours each week, specifically trying to strengthen their neck. Once you’re in a choke hold, your technical skill often goes out of the window and your survival, in a fight, comes down to how strong your neck muscles are; the stronger they are, the more time you buy yourself to escape the choke.

There are a number of body weight exercises that I’ve always done to strengthen my neck, which have stood me in good stead, both in Jiu Jitsu and rugby. While these have some benefit, more resistance is required to develop real strength.

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Insanity: The Asylum - 30 Day Sports Training Workout DVD Review

There’s a difference between being fit and being match fit. It doesn’t matter what sport you play, this is an adage that has lost none of its truth.

If you’re anything like me, you’ll know this frustration all too well. You can put hours of hard work in at the gym, go for as many runs as you like, but it’s somehow not quite the same as playing a match.

Photo: Scott Before and After Insanity Asylum 30-Day Program

Sure, you feel fitter, and in better all around shape, than you would if you hadn’t put the work in, but you still find yourself wishing that there was another training method, which would get you match fit, and help give you that edge over your opponents.

The problem for me always boils down to one thing, time.

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