Archive | August, 2015

Complete Guide to Supplements for all your goals!

25 Aug

Have you been chasing fitness trends in your quest to build a massive physique or a toned, sleek figure? If you’ve been at it for a while, you’ve realized that Kangoo jumping, Hula-Hooping and weight-loss sunglasses just don’t cut it. Good news! Move into the modern age without having to choose crazy training regimens and wacky diets. I’m here to tell you that you can come closer to reaching your goals with a sane, integrated fitness program of weight training, nutrition and supplements the right way. I’ll go over some of the best supplements on the market today that will help with whatever purpose you have – building muscle, adding strength, managing your weight, attaining greater levels of endurance or recovering faster from grueling workouts (or a combination). Discover some of the top supplements that helps you stimulate muscle growth and burn fat when exercises are performed effectively.

PROTEIN POWDERS
Protein provides structure to all the cells in your body and then helps them function. If your objective is to maintain or build muscle, getting sufficient protein is a priority.

  • Muscle Milk Pro Series 50(Anabolic Protein Blend)
  • Healthy ‘N’ Fit 100% Egg Protein (Egg Protein pure and clean)
  • Dymatize Nutrition Super Mass Gainer (Meal-Replacement Protein Powder)
  • MuscleMeds Carnivore (Beef Protein)
  • Garden Of Life Raw Meal (Plant-Based Protein)
  • BSN Syntha-6 (Sustained-Release Protein)
  • Optimum Nutrition Serious Mass (Weight Gainers)
  • BodyTech Whey Protein Isolate (Whey Protein)

RTDS- Ready to Drinks
RTDs are convenient, travel friendly, and ready to go, with no blender or shaker cup required. Swap out the supplement shakes that have to be mixed, or do both! To choose the right RTD, know your goals and read the Supplement Facts label. Common effects are: maintain endurance, boost performance, aid in recovery, and more.

  • CytoSport Monster Milk RTD (High-Protein Drink)
  • Natures Best Isopure Green Tea (High-Protein Drink)
  • ABB Performance Speed Stack Pumped N.O. (Pre-workout Drink)
  • Optimum Nutrition Essential Amino Energy RTD(Endurance/Energy Drink)

PROTEIN BARS
Solid nutrition in a single-serving packet, bars are among the handiest of supplements. Are you looking for a bar thats high in protein as well as in vitamins and minerals, a bar that can help you can control your hunger between meals or one that’s low in sugar? Consider your purpose in choosing a bar then check the Supplement Facts panel to make sure it meets your criteria.

  • Bonk Breaker High Protein Bar
  • MusclePharm Combat Crunch
  • Promax Nutrition Promax LS Lower Sugar Bar
  • MacroLife Naturals Macro Greens Bar
  • Pure Organic Ancient Grains Bar

AMINO ACIDS
If your diet includes plenty of lean whole-food protein sources and protein shakes, you’re probably are getting sufficient levels of amino acids. However, your body is interested in keeping itself running smoothly, so taking supplemental aminos ensures that it has an ample supply of these building blocks of proteins. The body requires some 22 aminos, and it uses them for everything from regulating your metabolism and mood to keeping your immune system, blood cells and hormones humming.

  • Healthy ‘N’ Fit Anabolic Amino 10,000
  • Fit Club Nutrition Reward
  • Optimum Nutrition Pro BCAA
  • Betancourt Nutrition Glutamine “Micros” Chewies
  • ALRI Human Pro
  • Optimum Nutrition Glutamine Powder

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT-FAT BURNERS
Dieting is easy—just eat fewer calories than you burn in a day. Right! If it were that easy, we’d all be built like Apollo or Aphrodite. It may seem straightforward, but as just about everyone’s knows, it’s rarely simple. Our hormones don’t always cooperate and neither do our metabolisms. Then we’re faced with carb or fat temptations, or even water retention. Here are some supplements that will help you to your goal weight and uncover that god or goddess within.

  • Betancourt Nutrition Ripped Juice EX2
  • Fit Club Nutrition Pre-X
  • GAT Fuel
  • MuscleTech Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite
  • Prolab Nutrition Advanced Caffeine
  • Top Secret Nutrition Ab Igniter Black

MUSCLE & STRENGTH BUILDERS
For boosting muscle mass or strength, protein powder should be at the top of your list. And if you’re really serious about it, then you’ll want to pay closer attention and learn about the supplements that are most likely to complement your efforts in the gym. Creatine, for example, is involved with energy production in cells. Taking branched-chain amino acids before and after training has been shown to help reduce muscle soreness. Here are some items that will help you optimize your muscle-building and fat-burning systems.

  • Beast Sports Nutrition Creature
  • BodyTech Creatine & Glutamine With Beta-Alanine
  • Optimum Nutrition Micronized Creatine Powder
  • True Athlete Kre-Alkalyn Powder
  • BodyTech HMB
  • Olympian Labs A-AKG
  • GAT Testrol
  • Healthy ‘N’ Fit Advanced Steroidal Complex
  • Clean Machine Cell Block 80
  • Top Secret Nutrition Natural T

PRE-WORKOUT
Fueling your body before training not only allows it to work to its maximum potential, which can improve your performance, but it also sets the body up for enhanced recovery and muscle building afterward. Heres a list of sources of nitric-oxide boosters and optimally blended preworkout formulas, all geared toward helping you achieve the most productive workout possible.

  • BodyTech Nitrulline
  • Betancourt Nutrition Bullnox Androrush
  • BodyTech Tech X Pre-Effect
  • Dymatize Nutrition M.P.ACT
  • Fit Club Nutrition P.W.O.
  • MusclePharm Assault
  • Nutriforce Sports PreWOD
  • Optimum Nutrition Platinum Pre-; Pursuit Rx Pre Workout;
  • Scivation Psycho
  • Top Secret Nutrition Cardio Igniter
  • True Athlete Energized Training Formula

INTRAWORKOUT/POSTWORKOUT
During workouts, supplementation is aimed at helping you train harder and longer. Many intraworkout formulas offer ingrediants to keep you well hydrated, plus aminos and other components to support endurance. Postworkout supplementation is aimed at repairing muscles and promoting growth. Time is of the essence postworkout because waiting too long to get protein and other nutrients to your muscles will throw off recovery and jeopardize protein synthesis. Here are some myriad muscle must-haves for both those crucial periods.

  • BodyTech BCAA & Glutamine
  • Clean Machine Clean BCAA
  • Dymatize Nutrition Amino Pro
  • Dymatize Nutrition M.P.S.
  • GAT Adenoflex
  • Pursuit Rx Recovery
  • True Athlete BCAA Powder

Try this Stack: Select 1 each from each category to take your workout and physique to the next level.

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Eating out Tips

2 Aug

The average American eats out 4-5 times a week. Here are my 5 tips to keep in mind to avoid food choices you’ll regret later. Hey, just because you are eating out, doesn’t mean all cards are out the window! Also, eating out means more than a sit-down dinner on a Friday/Saturday night, it can also mean picking up take-out orders, making a trip to the fast-food drive-through lanes.

1. Remember the waiter is a salesperson
Don’t fall for the “Yes, this is my favorite dish!” line every waiter says. Remember, they are trained to sell you more food and drinks you will ever need.

2. Drink water before & during, and thank me later
Skip the alcohol and the soda. You came out to enjoy the food, not the drinks! Cut calories and don’t get full on calorie-packed liquids. Opt in for water instead – there are no added calories/guilt and it helps with digestion.

3. Eat dessert elsewhere (if you really want one)
Do you really want dessert? Because our brain doesn’t immediately register that our stomach is full, you may be at risk of eating more than your body needs. Slow down, take a moment, and see how you feel after 30 minutes. If you really want it, then make a smart choice and control the portion – split it with company!

4. Enjoy the company you are with
Hey! get your face out of the plate and take a break to enjoy whoever you are eating out with. It slows down the eating process, which helps you feel full faster.

5. Portion control
You can always take what you can’t finish home, it’ll still be there tomorrow, I promise. 🙂

Go through this checklist the next time you dine out/pick up food. You will enjoy your meal and not feel guilty later.