Tag: nutrition

Guest Post A Brief History of Dietary Supplements

 

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Almost everyone at one time or another has taken dietary supplements. Some people take them to obtain food nutrients lacking in their diet, others take them to compliment or derive more benefits from their food intake, and many people take them because their doctor recommends it.

What then are dietary supplements? Are they safe and do they really work as advertised? Are there any government regulations over what constitutes dietary supplements?

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The First Pre-Workout Supplements

 

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A worrying trend for many within the Iron Game is the sheer dependency exhibited by trainees and their pre-workout supplements. Gone are the days of Vince Gironda and Don Howorth who trained in almost complete silence. Nowadays the gym is a veritable dance floor filled with techno music and brightly coloured drinks. To save lifter’s ego, the latter are given names like ‘Crazed’, ‘Jacked’ or ‘Mr.Hyde’.

Today’s post is not an attempt to insult those of us who rely on preworkouts to train, but rather to discuss some of the milder and arguably more sustainable preworkouts used by the trainees of old. What did they use and why? Furthermore, can we begin to wean ourselves off the current sugar and caffeine filled drinks and move towards the old-school methods?

5 Craziest Diets: Ancient Diets that People Have Forgotten

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Most modern diets include the Keto (or Ketosis) diet, and water diets (where you only drink water for prolonged periods of time). Ketosis works very well, and it’s ingenious; give it a look when you have the time – it might surprise you! But what are some of the weirdest diets that people in our history have given us? Are there diets crazier than the infamous water diet (it’s inherently dangerous to intake only water as your body won’t get everything it needs to function properly)? Did our ancestors also have a fast metabolism diet?

As a matter of fact, there are. Some of the diets on this list are downright crazy, while others might seem genius. The verdict on each of them is up to you, but they’re pretty wild! Here are the 5 craziest ancient diets that people have forgotten.

A History of Pre-Workout Supplements

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Situated halfway between the gym and the nightclub, pre-workout supplements have taken on a remarkable popularity amongst gym goers in recent years. Labelled with ‘hardcore’ names such as ‘Anarchy’, ‘Mr. Hyde’ or ‘Rage’, the pre-workout supplement has become a staple amongst portions of the lifting community.

Indeed, one may be forgiven for thinking that bodybuilders, powerlifters, weight lifters and just about anyone else who has ever graced the gym floor have been using these supplements since the dawn of gym going. This however, is not the case. In fact, the first major pre workout supplements did not hit the markets since the 1980s.

So what came before the pre-workout supplement? What did bodybuilders do in the time of physical culture or the time of Arnold and co.? Furthermore when did pre-workouts hit the market? And why did they become so popular? An ambitious set of questions, which today’s article seeks to answer.

Guest Post: The History of the Paleo Diet

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Where it All Began

Many point to nutritionists like Loren Cardain or Mark Disson as the founders of the Paleo Diet, but they would be the first tell you that it wasn’t “invented” at all, but rather taking us back to the diet of our progenitors. The real “inventors” of the Paleo Diet were our ancient ancestors: cavemen who lived off meat and greens.

Thomas Inch’s Diet

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One of the strongest men of the early twentieth-century, Thomas Inch was known in both Great Britain and the United States for his feats of strength. Unlike others however, Inch was hardly strict with his diet. In fact Inch was recorded as saying

There is nothing so wearisome as having to be extremely particular about what one eats or drinks. I can never believe that the food faddist is happy, that it can be nice to go through life feeling that it is extremely difficult to get the peculiar meals which have been adopted on some nature-cure plan, that everything has to be exact in quantity with nuts and fruit predominating.

Bigger Faster Stronger: The Mr. Olympia

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Bodybuilders, like most other professional athletes in the last four decades, have undergone an unprecedented change. Whereas the first Mr. Olympia weighed in at just over 200 lbs, the modern champion is more likely to be sixty pounds heavier and leaner as well.

While the reasons for this, at least in bodybuilding, are clear, it is still interesting to reflect upon this change. Today’s short post discusses the average weight for the overall Mr. Olympia since it’s inception and shows how and when ‘the mass monsters’ gained a foothold in the sport.

Guest Post: The Evolution of the Ketogenic Diet

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If you’ve heard the buzzwords “keto,” “ketones” or “ketosis,” you may already be familiar with the Ketogenic diet. While it is more popular than ever today for those interested in losing weight and feeling satisfied, the diet was initially developed in response to epilepsy patients struggling to be free of ongoing and debilitating seizures.

Doctors and researchers discovered the power of fasting to reduce seizures long ago. Hippocrates, the legendary Greek physician who lived around 460 to 370 BC, was one of the first to report that fasting could ease epileptic seizures. Other doctors across the globe observed that it required two to three days of fasting to stop seizures, determining that a change in the body’s fuel triggered the shift.

Guest Post: The Importance of Vitamins for Muscle Growth and Recovery

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We all know that building those lean, nice looking muscles is tough. You cannot create them merely by pushing yourself to the limit and gorging yourself on protein. Building muscles takes workouts, allowing your body to recover, and a solid, balanced diet. While workout sessions are indubitably important, maintaining a balanced diet should be every bodybuilder’s top priority. The thing is, even the best diet should be supplemented if you want to get your muscles to grow quickly and to recover rapidly and adequately.

When people hear the word “supplements” the first things that come to mind are usually creatine, fat burners, whey, etc. That happens because ads for those supplements are everywhere. It seems like every billboard in every city simply screams “Take more whey!” or “Stuff yourself with creatine!”

The truth is that the supplements you need are not those mentioned above. You need to take vitamins in order to stimulate muscle growth and recovery. So, guess what? Your mom was right. Eating broccoli and taking vitamins will do wonders for your physique.

How do vitamins work to provide muscle growth?

If you’re not new to fitness, then you already know the basics. Carbs provide the body with the fuel it needs, but the tissues in our bodies are made up from fat and protein. Vitamins and minerals boost your body’s ability to use protein and fat, and in turn, they can create noticeable and quick muscle growth.