Tag: weightloss

Super Healthy Ingredients That Are Not So Super (2 of 4)

So we are done with the reason why tea tree oil is not so much of a super ingredient t all. Perhaps we should be refering to it as standard oil instead of essential oil. Now we move on to Chia seeds. This wonderful food was first dubbed as the perfect food by some foodies and now, some claim that they are “intolerant” to them. Lets learn more on why its not so perfect and why it causes problems to some people

Chia Seeds

Alleged benefits: Other than being a great source of fiber and protein, chia seeds are also a great source of vegan Omega-3.  The perfect food replacement.

Browse any wellness blog promoted by anorexic looking Instagram model and you will see no shortage of chia seeds infused meal replacements.  Yes, the high fiber content of chia seeds makes it longer to digest, suppressing a person’s appetite.  This is great for people who want to lose weight.  This is why they are incorporated as one of the ingredients of Magnus Breakfast Mix.  However, this high fiber content can be problematic if you simply ingest too many, and not leaving the seeds enough time beforehand in adequate drinking water for it to absorb water, i.e. it can cause constipation or being bloated if consumed excessively.  Another thing is that the Omega-3 content in Chia seeds are in the form of Alpha Linolenic Acid (ALA), instead of DHA or EPA that is abundant in seafood, free range chicken and beef.  ALA conversion to EPA and DHA in the human body is under 1%, the rest are just thrown away.

Conclusion:  Chia seeds are not suitable Omega-3 supplement for vegans, contrary to most marketing materials.  Consumed sparingly combined with plenty of water can help relieve constipation.  Consumed excessively with inadequate water will cause bloating and constipation.

The Latest is Always The Greatest?

We always prefer the best for ourselves and our loved ones.  The best money can buy!  Think about the latest iPhone or Samsung Galaxy.  Or perhaps the latest car, TV, or sneakers.  Surely the latest, with the best advances in technology, will always be the better option for us.  But what about nutrition and exercise?

Latest in Supplements and Nutrition

Here’s something interesting.  If something has been available and consumed for generations, then you cannot patent it.  So in the field of Nutrition, just like in any other business, you need to create a “barrier of entry” to prevent others from eating your market share.  The easiest way to create a barrier of entry is simply to incorporate a patented new compound in the product and claim this new compound will help you become leaner, stronger or more muscular.

Why You Should Not Get The Latest

The human body is incredibly complicated.  What might show up as something positive in the near term could be negative in the long term.  Think of steroids and how it was commonly used throughout the 1960’s through 1970’s legally by professional athletes.  The drug makes you leaner, stronger and more muscular.  However, google search on the fate of the top 10 bodybuilders in that era and you will find that over 50% of them later developed coronary heart diseases.  We only know of steroid’s side effect on artery plaque build up many years after it became popular.

The same can be said about soybean oil, once hailed as a wonderful healthy oil over three decades ago, only to recently been discovered as being incredibly bad for your waistline.  Beta-Alanine first came out over a decade ago and is still being marketed to this day as bodybuilding supplement, despite the fact that its a proven Taurine inhibitor, another supplement we commonly see in energy drinks.  Hence consuming a new compound that has not been available on the market over the past 3 decades simply means being part of the said compound’s test experiment.

The Best Type of Supplements

The difference between supplements and medicine is that supplements are not used to heal any disease.  Another thing is that supplements are meant to be taken continually over a long period of time, unlike medicine that is only taken over very a short period.  People take supplements to become better version of themselves.  Unless you are a professional athlete that must be better than the competition to earn an income, it is simply best to use supplements that has been proven to have no harmful side effects over long term consumption.  This is why Magnus Whey only uses ingredients that have been proven to be beneficial at the proven dosage.

Why The Biggest Looser Contestants Gained All Their Weight Back

Everybody loves a quick result. And the fact is, there are more overweight and obese people in this generation than preceding generations. Everybody also knows that being overweight is not healthy. Combine all these and our fascination with “reality show” and you get yourself “The Biggest looser”. On the surface, its a wonderful show where obese people can loose weight and be healthy simply by working hard and eating right. So what could go wrong?

Most of The Contestant Regained Their Weight Back

Based on recent follow up study done by the National Institute of Health on 14 past Biggest Looser participants, all but one regained most, if not all of their weight. This was covered by the Scientific AmericanCNN, USA Today, and New York Times. What is most depressing is that not only these contestants regained most of their weight, but their resting metabolic rate (RMR) slowed down to an average of 704 Kcal/day. FYI The average RMR for men in US is 1,662 Kcal/day and for women is 1,493 Kcal/day. I.e, even though these past contestants already ate less than what the average person eats, they still ended up being fatter in the long run.

Does this sound like anybody you know?

Why is this not a surprise

Sadly, this is a well known condition that has been scientifically proven, called  neuroendocrineimmune dysfunction or among the bodybuilding circle called metabolic damage. Yes, those meatheads spending most of their time at the gym actually knows a thing or two about science most people don’t. This is basically a dysfunction where your body goes into starvation mode and its part of natural adaptation mechanism where your body does its best to preserve energy (i.e. your body fat) before getting its next meal. And considering how the contestants had to deal with low intensity cardio at long interval and very low calorie consumption over extended period, its no wonder that this occurs.

What should be done

If you know a heavy set person trying to loose weight, and you don’t want that person to have a metabolic damage, then the best way to ensure long lasting weight loss might actually sound counter productive. He or she must not starve to death. Yes, he should eat high quality foods (for example: no refined sugar, no deep fried, no margarine, no alcohol) but at the same time, he should eat when he feels hungry. And instead of doing steady state cardio over extended period, he should be doing weight training instead. After all, weight lifting has been proven to increase his metabolic rate up to 48 hours after he finished his session. Hence its like getting a bigger engine on your car to burn all the fuel in the tank at much faster rate.

Of course, if that person is already having certain level of metabolic damage, then that person would need different training phase on different period for a few cycle. Higher level of damage will need to be combined with supplement and hormone therapy as it would entail disrupted endocrine cycle.

Its not a simple issue of eating less and workout more. Its about eating and training smarter to get the best result

Just Diet to Get 6pack?

It’s becoming more of a trend these days to emphasize diet over exercise these days. New York Times made their arguments (To Lose Weight, Eating Less Is Far More Important Than Exercising More) while CBS took a stab at it (Which is more important for weight loss: Dieting or exercising?) as being the best return for your effort.

So with the majority of the US population actually decreasing their collective consumption of refined carbs and junk food from 2004 to 2012 as shown by University of North Carolina study (Americans are finally eating less: Calorie consumption down dramatically since 2003 as people now drink 25 per cent less soda), you would expect the US obese population to go down right? Well, apparently according to the latest study published by JAMA Internal Medicine you can read (Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in the United States, 2007-2012), the number of Obese people in US has actually increased.

So what’s going on here? Shouldn’t we all be loosing weight due to our better diet? How come its the exact opposite that is actually happening?

Well, apparently, based on the latest study funded by the Mayo clinic (Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in the United States, 2007-2012), US population has also continue to become even less sedentary over the past decade. And as any meathead worthy of his pecs can attest, your muscles burns calories even at rest. i.e. sleeping gym rats burns more calories by the hour than a scrawny nerd mashing his keyboard. Heck, when Adelle was asked about her weight loss, she credits it both on her personal trainer and her diet.

So there you go guys, good diet is important. But big biceps are importaner.[:zh]It’s becoming more of a trend these days to emphasize diet over exercise these days. New York Times made their arguments (To Lose Weight, Eating Less Is Far More Important Than Exercising More) while CBS took a stab at it (Which is more important for weight loss: Dieting or exercising?) as being the best return for your effort.

So with the majority of the US population actually decreasing their collective consumption of refined carbs and junk food from 2004 to 2012 as shown by University of North Carolina study (Americans are finally eating less: Calorie consumption down dramatically since 2003 as people now drink 25 per cent less soda), you would expect the US obese population to go down right? Well, apparently according to the latest study published by JAMA Internal Medicine you can read (Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in the United States, 2007-2012), the number of Obese people in US has actually increased.

So what’s going on here? Shouldn’t we all be loosing weight due to our better diet? How come its the exact opposite that is actually happening?

Well, apparently, based on the latest study funded by the Mayo clinic (Prevalence of Overweight and Obesity in the United States, 2007-2012), US population has also continue to become even less sedentary over the past decade. And as any meathead worthy of his pecs can attest, your muscles burns calories even at rest. i.e. sleeping gym rats burns more calories by the hour than a scrawny nerd mashing his keyboard. Heck, when Adelle was asked about her weight loss, she credits it both on her personal trainer and her diet.

So there you go guys, good diet is important. But big biceps are importaner.