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23 November 2010 @ 02:50 pm

Best Muscle Builders Supplements

 Before you pick a muscle builders supplements you want to have your diet and exercise plan ready to go. Without a proper diet and exercise plan you won't be able to grow, so make sure you follow a good one.  There are many free workout plans like this one available on the internet:   FREE WORKOUT PLAN

When you choose a good diet and workout plan, then you can move on to proper muscle builders supplements for gaining mass.  There are many muscle builders supplements available on the market and you can get lost with what to choose. This should serve as a guideline for what kind of muscle builders supplements to choose.

 Creatine

 The most commonly used supplement that beginners start with is Creatine.  Creatine is one of the best muscle builders on the market because it can help a bodybuilder in three separate ways.  Creatine is one of the safest muscle builders supplements out there and has been studied since 1994 for safety.  Creatine builds mass by adding in an immediate water gaining or "volumization" effect to muscle. Also, creatine recharges ATP, which gives you more energy to perform. Finally, Creatine can block key enzymes that tear down muscle which will ultimately help you carry more mass.

 Amino Acids

 Amino Acids are the second part of our muscle builders supplements.  Amino Acids are not the same as straight protein from meat or even protein shakes.  Actually, a recent study has shown that ingesting and amino acid supplement before your workout will help you gain 33% more muscle each time you exercise.  The amino acid Leucine is the most important anabolic amino acid.  You need this amino acid in almost every supplement you take.  Our favorite stack that has creatine, leucine and other amino acids is found here and will give you all of the basic building blocks for muscle growth:   THE PERFECT STACK

 This stack is amazing because it gives you protein, creatine and amino acids for growth and is the best stack for the beginner who wants to put on tons of muscle while staying away from anything hormonal.

 The Next Step

 If you want to take your workout to the next level, you need to look at something stronger like an herbal testosterone booster or natural herbal androgen.  These two ingredients optimize the hormones of the natural athlete by increasing testosterone levels. 

 Testosterone boosting is going to help you increase aggression and muscle mass when in the gym.  You can boost testosterone naturally, using herbs and other supplements that boost your testosterone naturally.  Unlike steroids, these don't screw up your normal production of testosterone, they actually signal your body to make more testosterone.  The most popular testosterone booster on the market can be found here:   THE BEST TESTOSTERONE BOOSTER 

 If you want to go a step further, you can use natural herbal androgens. These ingredients are going to act like testosterone in your body and give you the natural boost in mass and strength that comes from steroid use, without being on anything that is a steroid.  You can be confident that these are not going to cause you to piss hot on a drug test. You can use these to give yourself a natural gain of 6-8lbs in a month.  A great natural steroid replacement and muscle builders supplements can be found here:   THE BEST STEROID REPLACEMENT 

 Steroids...legal and illegal

 Steroids are the holy grail of all sports supplements. They are still available on the internet, in gyms and in many countries they are not considered illegal.  Anabolic steroids are able to put on 10-12lbs of mass in one single month and can certainly be the best muscle builders for people wanting to get big.  People should be over 21 before they take any kind of steroids because these muscle builders supplements are not natural.  Also they can cause you to fail a drug test if you are an athlete or tested professional.

 Most steroids are illegal in the US, but there is one still legal steroid that you can take, which will help you boost your testosterone levels and give you massive gains in the gym.  This steroid is available without a prescription and can be a huge benefit for the experienced athlete looking for the best muscle builders supplements on the market.

 You can find these legal steroids HERE:

 Now that you have the basic muscle builders supplements, you can choose which one is right for you and start to put together your own program for putting on tons of mass.  Remember all muscle builders supplements are subject to proper diet and exercise and nothing will replace hard work, so you need both to succeed...

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Is Tribulus Terrestris Worth The Hype?

Feeding Your Body:  Creatine Nutrition

Are There Any Side Effects With Creatine?

What Is A Creatine Serum?

Is There Science Behind Tribulus Aquaticus?

Creatine Powder Vs. Creatine Pills; Which One Works!


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22 February 2008 @ 10:57 am






Okay, this is just a quick and easy "lesson" to help when grocery shopping. Not getting into the percents and all that...

What to look at:

1) The serving size & serving per container- sometimes you might be surprised to learn what is actually a serving. This will let you know if you need to multiply your other info you're reading. Big example: 20oz bottle of soft drink- look at the label- there are 2.5 servings in one bottle, so the calories need to be multiplied by that.

2) Calories- who wants to add up and keep up with that... just to have a general idea.. think from the perspective of having about 500 calories at each meal, and 100-200 calories for a couple snacks per day.

3) Fat Content- The total fat is important, but look at how it breaks down.  You want to see as little saturated fat as possible, and hopefully no trans fat.  On this label only 1.5 out of 11g are from saturated fat- that's good.  You want to limit foods that have half of the fat as saturated.  This label doesn't list the monounsaturated or polyunsaturated, but those are the better fats you want to see in this section of the label. 

4) Carbohydrate- In teaching the diabetic meal plan- a carb is a carb is a carb- no matter if it's a slice of whole wheat bread, a small apple, or 2 small chocolate chip cookies.  However, you want to make the more nutrient-rich choices more often.  So.. in this example the carbs are neither from fiber nor sugar... just filler stuff like white flour.  If you look at a label with 17g total carbs and 17g sugar- that means it doesn't have much nutritive value- those are "empty calories" like soft drinks.  You want to see some of the total carb come from fiber, or at least not all sugar.  With fruit juices, these will mostly be sugar, but they do provide vitamins- just be aware of the serving size.  In the diabetic exchange system 4oz (1/2c) of juice is a serving.  On the label it will probably say 8oz though.  This is why fresh fruit is a better choice b/c you get fiber,vitamins, and much less sugar (1 sm-med piece of fruit = 4oz juice) for a larger serving.

This was super simple to highlight the things I think are most important, but if you have more specific points or questions, feel free to bring them up here.

*If you want to quickly calculate your calorie needs- for someone trying to lose weight and not highly active (I wouldn't say I'm highly active either), this is a quick formula (there are more in depth ways):

1) Take your wt in lbs, divide it by 2.2 to get Kilograms (ex. 145lbs/2.2= 66kg)
2) Multiply your kg by 20-25 to get kcal range (ex. 66x20= 1320; 66x25=1650; Range= 1320-1650kcal/day)

Normally I wouldn't give someone that big of a range... I would just do 20 or 25, but anyone who does this knows themselves better and if you are somewhat active- definitely go toward the higher end because that's still a little on the lower side. 
 
 
20 February 2008 @ 07:43 pm
Specifically, the dietary substances that benefit the eyes are carotenoids.  Lutein, Zeaxanthin, and Beta carotene (Vit A) are all carotenoids.  These are the pigments that give color to red, yellow, and orange foods.  They can also be found in leafy greens though!  Vit E & C have also been shown to be beneficial.

Studies (especially the LAST study) have shown that Lutein can be beneficial in reducing age-related macular degeneration (which causes gradual visual impairment and even blindness).  I had to do a research project on this a while back, and still have the articles.  In some studies, people who consumed the most Lutein from their foods had a 20-50% lower risk of cataracts than those who consumed the least.  However, one study (AREDS) that followed 4,600 people over a 7yr period, who were given high doses of beta-carotene, Vit C, and Vit E, did not have any less incidence of cataracts than those who received a placebo.  Basically, what I concluded from all the literature (and one thing actually stated this)- taking a specific supplement of any of these has no more benefit than what you'd get from a multi-vitamin.  There is actually a risk for toxicity with Vit A or E because they are fat soluble- meaning your body will hold on to more of them.  Anyway, food sources are the best for getting these nutrients.

Also eating fish 2x/wk seems to have a benefit to the eyes as well.  This is probably because DHA (an omega-3 fish oil) is an important lipid in the rods and cones that are in our eyes. 

Foods that contain the beneficial carotenoids
(in addition to Buttermarjorine's list of good sources):

Carrots (of course!)
Corn
Spinach (cooked has more lutein than raw)
Greens
Kale
Broccoli
Romaine lettuce
Brussels sprouts
Zucchini
 
 
19 February 2008 @ 09:08 pm
Disclaimer: Got the info from Wiki.

A deficiency in Vitamin A results in impaired vision, particularly in night blindedness. So a sufficient amount of Vitamin A has to be taken everyday to ensure normal eyesight. The US RDA for men is 900 micrograms, while for women is 700 micrograms. Aside from supplements, other sources of Vitamin A include:

* liver (beef, pork, chicken, turkey, fish) (6500 μg 722%)

* carrots (835 μg 93%)

* venttani (817 μg 91%)

* Broccoli leaves (800 μg 89%)

* sweet potatoes (709 μg 79%)

* pumpkin (369 μg 41%)
 
 
17 February 2008 @ 07:21 pm

Topic of the Week 2/17/08 - 2/23/08:

Foods and Supplements, etc that benifit EYE SIGHT!
 

 
 
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11 February 2008 @ 07:44 pm

The american dietetic association (ADA) and most dietitians will tell you that there are no good or bad foods.  There are no magic foods that will make you skinny and no food that is horrible and you should totally avoid.  It's about balancing your diet and being mindful of your portion sizes.  Instead of worrying about specific foods when going for weight loss, I hope anyone with that goal will strive for balance and a general nutrition knowledge of food.  However, there are a lot of benefits of specific foods that are beneficial and fun to learn about as well- but not for strictly wt loss purposes.  For example, vegetables and fruits are rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals that protect against cancer.  The more colors and the richer the colors, the better. 

Please check out www.mypyramid.gov to see the newest food guide pyramid.  There are also links there that you can click on for personalized plans and also to help you analyze your current intake.  You may also find useful info on www.eatright.org the official website for ADA.

Of course we don't expect you to count out all your calories every day either, but here is some info just to give you an idea of what foods contain, and better understand them.

The three basic macronutrients:
fat= 9 calories (kcals)/ gram
carbohydrate= 4kcals/gm
protein= 4kcals/gm

You can see fat provides the most calories per gram, while carbs and protein provide the same amount.  Carbs ARE IMPORTANT to your body.  They create glucose which is the source of energy for your brain.  I hate to see people listening to those fad diets and all that low carb craze.  The problem is that our nation consumes too many SIMPLE carbs (sugary snacks, sodas) and not enough complex carbs.  Fruit, breads, cereals, pasta, rice, potatoes, corn, milk, peas, beans, are ALL sources of carbohydrate, and are ALL good for you.  It's just in the choices you make- fresh fruits, whole grain breads, brown rice, skim milk, etc... Just watch your portion sizes- read your labels.  Beans, peas, whole grains, fruits, are also high in fiber which aids in digestion and lowering cholesterol (but with increased fiber you must consume more water- or else you get constipation, gas, bloating).

Yes, you'll probably lose weight by following a fad diet- but you can't see your insides- what's going on with your kidneys, your heart, your arteries and veins.  Also going "on" a diet implies you'll eventually end up going "off."  Instead, take small steps to making lifestyle changes.

Back to calories- we've all heard about the 2000 calorie thing- but actually most of us need less than that.  It's very individualized, however 1200 calories is considered a very low calorie diet for most people.  1500-1800 would be more realistic.  There are ways to estimate your individual needs and then figure out how much you need to reduce by.  3500kcals= 1 pound, so cutting 500 kcals per day from what you normally eat would be optimal for losing 1lb per week.  The healthy standard for wt loss is 1-2lbs per week. 

p.s.- I know some of this was covered before and i'm not trying to steal it from anybody or ... what's the word... contradict anyone.  I just feel an ethical obligation to share what I know and what I've learned that the research says/shows.  I just want to be helpful, and I hope this is... if not, just tell me in a nice way :)   Also, any questions or concerns, let me know.

Does anyone here want to know more about reading labels?  I just think it's important, and I'm thinking about making a post about it later.. if it's ok.  I know everyone out there is smart and knows how to inform themselves, so you might already know about it, but there's so much misinformation out there. 
 
 
11 February 2008 @ 11:37 am
Sorry, should've posted this instead of leaving it in a comment before:

oatmeal- the soluble fiber is what helps lower your cholesterol b/c it binds it and pulls it from the bloodstream (i don't know any more in-depth science of it).

General info for heart health:

Try to limit total fat and saturated fat. Saturated fat comes from animal products and hydrogenated oils.
- Eat leaner meats: fish, poultry, lean cuts of pork or beef
- Trim visible fat, remove skin
- Use cooking methods like grilling, broiling, baking
- Use reduced or fat free milk
- Cook with Canola, Olive, or Peanut oil (COP). These are the best
for heart health (higher in Mono and Polyunsaturated fat)

Avoid Trans fats. These occur through processing, and are found in some frozen foods- like pot pies (also high in total fat). Check the margarine labels to find one that has 0 trans fat. Also, the more liquid a margarine is, the better (i.e. spray #1, squeeze bottle #2, soft tub #3, stick #4).

Limiting saturated fat and total fat will help with cholesterol, but another suggestion- Use 2 egg whites in place of 1 egg.

If you do cooking, check for ways to reduce fat and cholesterol, like substituting applesauce for vegetable oil. I've done it in brownies, and it works well. Also use reduced fat milk or cream- sometimes you can't even tell.

Reducing sodium is also good for heart health. Avoid adding salt, instead use natural spices and herbs to flavor food.
 
 
11 February 2008 @ 12:27 am
Okay, this is just a short list of specific foods that aid or promote weightloss. Do not be deceived though, always remember to count calories & take fat into consideration. Nuts have many nutritional advantages but you never want to go overboard with them. Most nuts are high in fact. Moderation is the key in all things. With that said:

Beets- aids in weight loss, controls blood pressure, combats cancer, strengthens bones, and protects your heart

cabbage- promotes weightloss, combats cancer, prevents constipation, protects your heart, helps herorrhoids

carrots- promotes weightloss, saves eyesight, protects your heart, prevents constipation, combats cancer

chestnuts- promotes weightloss, protects your heart, lowers cholesterol, combats cancer, controls blood pressure

figs- promotes weight loss, helps stop strokes, lowers cholesterol, combats cancer, controls blood pressure

grapefruit- promotes weightloss, protects against heart attacks, helps stop strokes, combats prostate cancer, lowers cholesterol

green tea- promotes weightloss, combats cancer, protects your heart, helps stop strokes, kills bacteria

olive oil- promotes weightloss, protects your heart, combats cancer, battles diabetes, smoothes skin

peanuts- promotes weightloss, protects against heart disease, combats prostate cancer, lowers cholestrol, (*warning aggravates diverticulitis)

And thats all I have for now, folks. Hope this helps. Enjoy!
Co-main stardustnprison
 
 
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10 February 2008 @ 11:56 pm
Okay, I'll post 2 entries. This entry will be based on my general knowlege about the subject of losing weight. The next, will be about specific foods and their benefits for aiding in weight loss and whatever other nutritional benefits they may have.

Calories
Okay, so the body needs approximately 2000 calories to complete its daily functions on a day to day basis. To lose weight, you must consume considerably less than 2000 calories per day. If you're just starting out, a good goal would be to aim for approximately 1500 calories. Although you may safely , go as low as 1200 calories as long as you're eating a variety of foods rich in vitamins and minerals (and nutritional supplements may aid in the goal of maintaining health).

Exercise

Aerobics is the fastest mode of exercise to lose weight. Fast walking, jogging, running, swimming, even certain high impact aerobics exercise videos will accomplish the goal. If you are eating a 1500 a day calorie intake and you exercise about 3 or 4 times a week (about 20-40) minute sessions, you should begin to see a steady and healthy weightloss

Lifting weights, while it may not be considered typically aerobic, does quicken the heart rate which aids in burning calories and causes a nice, healthy toning of the muscles

Toning can also be achieved by exercises like yoga and pilates. These are exercises in and of themselves, contrary to popular belief, are not the best for losing weight because they are low impact and do not speed up the heart enough to burn sufficient calories BUT they are amazing for a cool down program or a pre-aerobic routine. These exercises are amazing for lean toning, flexibility, and dexterity. And because of the nature of the breathing, they have a great calming affect on the mind which is also very important for overall health

Contrary to popular belief, you CAN break up your exercises into shorter routines and they will have the SAME effect. You can exercise 15 minutes in the morning and 15 minutes in the afternoon and your body will reap the same benefits. Also, being more active in general, is considered exercise. Walking to the store instead of driving. Taking the stairs instead of the elevator. This counts as exercise and if done enough, it will reflect on your scale.

Choose exercises that you enjoy. Yoga is one of my faves. It makes exercise more fun, so that you don't dread working out. Change up your routines so it doesn't get boring for you. Have fun with it. And give yourself credit for your loser fitting clothes. Don't punish yourself. Eat what you enjoy, just take into account that you will have to eat less of it and take the calories into consideration. =)

Hope this helped. Your co-maintainer stardustnprison
 
 
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10 February 2008 @ 03:25 am

 Topic of the Week: WEIGHT LOSS

Please post any tips you have about losing weight: exercises, food to avoid, food to eat, when to eat, etc. Go Crazy!!


*I wont have a steady comp until Monday evening *crosses fingers* so I wont be updating until then*