The Body Paradox: Why nutritional choices that seem good may actually be hurting your results

People often struggle to reach their health and fitness goals and sometimes this is due to a lack of effort, but in many cases, it is because they unknowingly do things to sabotage their success. This post discusses the body paradox, where doing things that seem as though they should be good for your body, actually work against you and keep you from reaching your goals.

     Nutrition can be a confusing topic, especially when there are so many messages about how and what you should eat and drink. These mixed messages, along with the fact that no single approach works best for everyone, means that people are constantly experimenting with new ways to improve their health and fat loss through nutrition. Working on improving your nutrition is certainly a good thing, as long as the changes you make are actually improvements. Unfortunately, people often have the intention of making better decisions, but accidentally end up sabotaging their success.

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The 2 Foundations of Every Effective Exercise Program – Part 2: The SAID Principle

This post discusses the SAID principle and explains how specific choices made during your workouts will affect the physical development of your body. Any training can provide some benefits to your body, but if you use the SAID principle, you will get the specific benefits you really desire.

     In my previous post I discussed what I consider to be the first foundation of every effective exercise program: the General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS). This theory provides the basic information to explain why exercising at right intensity level is essential if you want to improve your body. However, it does not help explain anything about what type of exercise you should do to reach your specific goals, but that’s what the SAID principle is for.

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The 2 Foundations of Every Effective Exercise Program – Part 1: The General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS)

This post discusses the General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS) and the basic process your body goes through in response to an exercise routine. It also explains why some programs result in positive gains, while other result in no change or even negative changes in your body.

     There are numerous reasons to exercise and more different workout types than I can count, but regardless of your goals and your preferred method of working out, there are two things that must be incorporated into your program if you want it to be effective. These two foundations are not specific exercises or even types of workouts, but rather general scientific theories.

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Increasing Fat Loss through Nutritional Journaling

This post explains why keeping a nutritional journal is a proven method for increasing fat loss. It also provides suggestions to help people start their own journal.

     Fat loss continues to be one of the most popular topics in health and fitness and people are always looking for new ways to lose weight and improve the way they look. Companies are always promoting new and often untested products such as pills, powders, creams, exercise equipment, and diets to promote fat loss, but the vast majority of these things are marketing gimmicks that are rarely as effective as previously established methods for losing fat. One such proven method for increasing fat loss that often goes overlooked is nutritional journaling.

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Current Trends in Health and Fitness: Post-Conference Report

This post takes a look at the current popular topics and trends in fitness and explains where the fitness profession is likely to move in the future.

     Last week I attended the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Personal Trainers Conference. During the conference, I learned some useful information and received validation that I am on the right path when it comes to my personal approach to workouts and fitness in general. Since these types of conferences are a good reflection of current trends and future directions of the health and fitness industry, at least among true fitness professionals, I thought you might be interested in learning about the most discussed topics during the conference.

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Blog Update – Taking the Week Off

     Hi everyone, I wanted to write a quick note and let you all know that I am taking the week off from writing this week. I am attending a personal trainer conference, so hopefully I will learn some interesting things that I can share with you in the future. In any case, I should have a new post for you next Sunday. Take care and have a great week.

Fact or Fiction: Iceberg Lettuce is a Food you should Avoid

This post takes a closer look at the belief that iceberg lettuce is just a source of empty calories and a food to be avoided. The facts may surprise you.

Over the years iceberg lettuce has received its fair share of negative publicity. It often appears on lists such as “the top 10 foods you should avoid” or “foods you may think are healthy, but really aren’t.” All of this negativity towards iceberg lettuce stems from the fact that is does not have that many vitamins or minerals compared to darker green leafy vegetables, so it is often considered a source of empty calories. Yet the question remains, is iceberg lettuce actually a food you should avoid?

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