Category: Nutrition

Guest Post: The Evolution of Supplements

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Our latest post comes from the wonderful and talented Samantha Olivier from Ripped.me. We’re delighted to have Samantha featured on the site again and know you’ll enjoy her latest piece.

There is quite a bit of hearsay as well as a slew of myths that obfuscate the truth behind supplements. Well, I would ignore the things you’ve heard through the grapevine and focus on solid facts instead. The story about the evolution of supplements is a stirring one, full of unexpected plots, developments, twists and turns. More importantly, it teaches us a lot about the products that have quickly transformed from unknown interlopers to lead actors on the central stage of fitness.

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Bradley J. Steiner’s 1988 Hardgainer Diet

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Discussed previously on this website, Bradley Steiner was once the go to man for hardgainers seeking to gain weight and muscle mass. Focused on both exercise and correct nutrition, Steiner’s advice in the 1980s is as timely now as it was back then. For all those muscle fanatics struggling to expand their chest size, the below advice will no doubt be of interest.

Gains, Gains, Gains! Simple Ways To Increase Your Muscle Mass

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For a lot of guys, the main goal of their workout it to increase their muscle mass. Sure, there are plenty of people out there looking to lose weight, or simply become more active, but for the vast majority of men, the final goal of their routine is to get some serious gains. The issue is that there are far too many guys out there who simply don’t know how to achieve that result. They have a vague idea of what they want, but they don’t actually know how to most effectively go about making it happen. A lot of the time this then leads to them getting discouraged and giving up altogether. To help make sure that this doesn’t happen to you, here are some incredibly simple things that you can do to help increase your muscle mass.

The history of the Gomad Diet

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The GOMAD, or ‘Gallon of Milk a Day’, Diet is often the go to option for hardgainers struggling to gain weight in an easy and relatively straightforward way. Advocated by strength coaches, the dark recesses of the internet and the occasional big guy at the gym, there is no denying the impact the approach has had on the general lifting community.

In today’s brief post we’re going to examine what the Diet entails, where it originated from and, perhaps more importantly, whether or not you should consider doing it.

Guest Post: The Nutritional value of avocados – 7 reasons to eat this delicious food

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For decades we were led to believe that all fats, no matter where they came from, were the work of the devil and if we wanted to stay trim and healthy, we should eliminate all forms of fat from our diets and follow a low-calorie, virtually fat-free diet on a regular basis.

Time went by, researchers conducted various, well, research, and discovered that perhaps SOME fats were ok.

More time went by, more research was conducted, and this time around, experts concluded that not only were some fats OK, some fats, namely fats from healthy sources, were actually pretty essential and incredibly healthy. Not only that, but they’ve also discovered that healthy fats can actually help us to lose weight!

Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are the healthiest forms of fat, although some saturated fat from natural sources such as coconut oil or red meat, is also highly beneficial.

When it comes to healthy fat food sources, they don’t call avocados “nature’s butter” for nothing and for that reason, here’s a look at the nutritional value of avocado and 7 reasons why you should be eating more of this delicious food.

Guest Post: Top Supplements for Increasing Muscle Mass

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One of the hardest things to do is to increase size while keeping muscle definition. Nutrition and the right training regimen play an important role, but the addition of the right supplements can do wonders. There are a ton of products on the market that claim to increase muscle mass, decrease fat and get you cut. The hard part is finding the best supplement for your needs, so we broke down the top products on the market. Here’s a few of the best selling supplements and the benefits each of them offer.

The History of Peanut Butter

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One of the few things to unite meat-eaters, vegetarians and even vegans, peanut butter is perhaps the great leveller of the fitness industry. High in calories, fat and protein, the delicious substance has been a go to option for muscle fanatics over the past century. Some use it as a spread whereas others, myself included sadly, eat it right out of the jar until someone catches us.

In today’s post on peanut butter, we’re going to look at the origins, invention and growth of one of the gym goer’s greatest allies….Peanut Butter.

Gaining Muscle and Losing Fat: The ABCDE Diet Experiment

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Gaining muscle and losing fat at the same time is often held up as the Holy Grail of body recomposition. A desirable goal, that advanced or even intermediate trainees are now told is only possible for beginners or those using chemical means.

Today’s post examines the rather lengthy sounding Anabolic Burst Cycle of Diet and Exercise or ABCDE, an eating program devised in the late 1990s by scientist/bodybuilder Torbjorn Akerfeldt, the ABCDE promised to promote both muscle growth and fat loss amongst drug-free trainees. Publicised in detail by Muscle Magazine in 2000, the diet quickly became the de rigour form of eating for gym goers across the world…at least initially.

Though simple in design, as we shall see, the ABCDE proved to be hugely ineffective for some as reports of excessive fat gain were numerous. Nevertheless, some have achieved good recompositions using the approach, making it worthy of our attention.

Bob Hoffman and the World’s First Protein Bar

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As many readers will no doubt be aware, protein bars have become almost ubiquitous in certain parts of the Western world, owing in part to their durability and in part to their successful advertising. Indeed, at the time of writing, I can walk five minutes to the local shop where I will be greeted by the sight of Quest, Fulfil, Yippee and Weider protein bars among others. To quote Jasper from the Simpsons…’What a time to be alive’.

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Now if we leave aside the fact that most of these bars represent nothing more than candy with a scoop of protein in it, we are still left with a hugely profitable element to the fitness industry. An element that has often been neglected by those interest in the history of health.

This element, as will become clear, is a relatively recent introduction to the world of bodybuilding and fitness more generally. Indeed, today’s post on Bob Hoffman’s Hi-Proteen Fudge reveals that one of the first precursors to the modern protein bar only came about in the early 1950s, sometime between 1953 and 1954.