Healthy Bodies

Healthy Bodies

As 2012 comes to an end, and with 2013 soon to be upon us, society is still struggling with the perceptions, other than the reality when it comes to resistance training. Resistance training (referred from here on as weight training) can be dated back to Greece as early as the…
Question: People keep telling me that if a food is “natural,” it must be good for me. Is this really true? Answer: In a word, no. It sounds pretty good though, doesn’t it? In actuality, all foods are made up of the same basic elements, so whether nature organized those…
Question: If I want to get in the best shape of my life, is a gym membership required? Answer: That’s an interesting question. Despite the fact that I work for Anytime Fitness, I have to tell you the answer is no. A gym membership is not required to get into great shape.…
Question: A friend of mine eats five to six smaller meals each day and keeps telling me that I should be doing the same. Are there actually any benefits to doing this, especially if three meals per day are satisfying? Answer: Experts have been telling us to eat more frequently throughout the…
Question: I have a very simple question for you … how often should I weigh myself? Answer: Assuming you’re trying to lose weight, it really depends on where you are in the weight loss process and how sensitive you are to the results. If you’re in the early stages of…
Question: I love fast food, but I am trying to lose weight and improve my health. Is it okay to eat fast food while on a diet program? Answer: Yes, but as always, there are a few important points to keep in mind. We all know fast food isn’t necessarily…
Question: My 6-year-old son wants to eat hot lunch every day because his friends do, but I know I could make him some healthier options here at home. Any advice? Answer: This is probably an issue that a lot of parents deal with. Sadly, the nutritional guidelines for public schools are terrible,…
Question: Well, it’s that time of year again. Any advice on sticking to my New Year’s resolutions now that we are several months into 2012? Answer: To be honest with you, I don’t really like the whole resolution approach at all. Wasn’t it Einstein that said doing the same thing over and…
Question: Is it true that you can only digest 30 grams of protein at a time? Answer: No — this is definitely a myth. Some claim that Lou Ferrigno came up with this one back in the 1970s, but no one knows for sure. I am amazed at how many people think…
Question: I’m not a particularly great cook, and I seem to eat a lot of boxed foods. Is this a problem if health is one of my primary goals? Answer: It really depends on the specific foods you’re eating, but it’s definitely advantageous to eat as many fresh fruits and vegetables and…
Question: I usually skip breakfast, but I keep reading how good it is for me. What are the best options for breakfast foods? Answer: Eating breakfast in the morning is a great way to jumpstart your day. It helps boost your metabolism and keeps you focused longer at work. Some say eating…
Question: I keep hearing about the Mediterranean diet. Good, bad or indifferent? Answer: The Mediterranean diet is actually more of a lifestyle, and does incorporate many healthy foods and behaviors. For many years, it has consisted of high levels of activity, low stress and a highly-moderated earthy and nutritious diet. Living in…
Question: I hear so many conflicting reports when it comes to high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Is it really as bad as some people say it is? Answer: Let's be clear — HFCS is not good for you. It certainly doesn't offer any health benefits. But if you've been convinced that…
Question: I have a very simple question. In your opinion, what's the one BEST diet? Answer: That's an interesting question and one that's harder to answer than you might realize. Put it this way — I think the optimal "diet" is one that accomplishes these three goals: It gets you…
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