Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Didn't Mean to Say "I Told You So, BUT...."

Dr. Oz reports on his radio show this week that multiple sets are NOT necessary and may do NO more good than single set workouts! HOWEVER, this means that single set needs to fatigue the muscle. You're going to have to work a little harder, lift a little heavier, but hey, you only have to do it once and MOVE on. In fact, in strength training, shorter workouts are better because there is less risk of injury. Another way to shorten your workout time? I've been saying it for years, but now I hear it everywhere: stretching before your workout is a WASTE of time! In fact, loosening it up before working it out is counterintuitive to what you are trying to accomplish, so save the stretch. Do it when the muscle needs it, which is when it is fatigued and feels shortened.
On the diet front, what is my main rule? DO NOT starve yourself! Obesity, which is a medical journal, reports that women who fast or use diet pills will gain on average 8 pounds during that dieting time period! How is THAT working out for you?
What's the rule? Eat real food, be in control of what you eat, and move it!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

EAS and Muscle Milk: STOP NOW

This is what happens because of the FDA's lack of power over the health and wellness industry in this country. There are toxic levels of serious heavy metals (ie. arsenic, lead, and cadmium) in Muscle Milk and EAS Myoplex. Muscle Milk is actually marketed to pregnant women, which is even scarier. Stop all use of these products and see the complete list of dangerous health drinks (that have been found in this study) at http://www.healthspanblog.com/?p=310 . The more I think about it, the more I think we just need to stop using all prepackaged protein shakes and unregulated supplements and substances until better laws are passed. Just eat healthy, tested, washed (wash them again!) foods. It's insane that we live in a country that does not protect your health in the foods that we eat and the supplements we take!

Surgery: Check!

I had my diastasis recti and hernia repair done recently. I will be giving updates as my condition improves. Let me just say that this surgery is for people who struggle beyond physical therapy and work with a postnatal fitness specialist. The surgery is serious and invasive, and the recovery is really tough. More later!