We’re in the midst of an exceedingly tough flu season and, if you haven’t been hit already, consider yourself fortunate. Because as we all can attest, nothing will derail the progress you’ve made in the gym faster than getting floored by the flu for a week or two.
Exercise won’t burn off stored fat in a positive calorie balance. Fat loss is dependent upon the individual following a hypocaloric diet; exercise can promote the rate of fat loss, and offers a number of health benefits beyond simply dieting.
If you were to ask someone what’s the best way to raise testosterone naturally, about 99 percent of people would say, “High-intensity exercise.” This is true, but exercise is only part of the equation. It seems that sleep is more important for testosterone production than researchers thought.
How do you feel after your workout? Are you physically and psychologically ready to pursue your next workout with renewed energy levels and mental clarity? Or are you exhausted and experiencing the same fatigue 72 hours after your workout, coupled with aching joints, mental confusion and lack of confidence? If you are, you may be experiencing what sports nutrition physiologists refer to as the overtraining syndrome.
Science can help you get laid this weekend. Forget about flowers, candlelight dinners, and soft guitars. Appeal to her animal instincts that have been programmed in her genes through millions of years of evolution.
Ginsenoside Rg1 is one of the active ingredients in ginseng, a popular sex supplement. Researchers from the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences found that Rg1 was a powerful sexual stimulant in mice. Rg1 increased mounting and pelvic thrusting by 20 percent. It also increased blood testosterone, nitric oxide (important for increasing blood flow), and nerve stimulation to the penis.
Glycogen stores in the muscles and liver decrease in the night as you sleep. Conventional wisdom would suggest that exercising on an empty stomach would promote fat burning and weight loss.
Nutrition experts typically recommend that people limit the consumption of processed and red meat to reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, but the data are far from definitive.
Researchers discovered that sleeping in the cold room doubled brown fat activity and improved insulin sensitivity and blood sugar regulation. Sleeping in a slightly cooler room (66 degrees) might be an effective way to increase metabolism and promote weight loss.
In a study involving 36 subjects, they discovered that supplementing with 3.2 grams of branched-chain amino acids and two grams of taurine, three times a day, for two weeks prior to intense eccentric exercise reduced DOMS and the associated muscle damage.
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