How To Naturally Increase Testosterone Levels and Restore Hormone Balance

How To Naturally Increase Testosterone Levels and Restore Hormone Balance

Do you feel tired and fatigued all the time? Have you noticed a loss in muscle mass and a gain in body fat? Or have you experienced a lack of sex drive or even erectile dysfunction? If so, then you may be showing signs and symptoms of low testosterone or hormonal imbalance. But don’t worry! This article will go over the 5 best and most effective ways of how to naturally increase your testosterone levels and restore hormone balance!

Note: This article isn’t just for men! All of this applies to men, women, teens, kids, and babies too!

First, let me tell you, I know how you are feeling. How? Because I was there too. Yes, I, a lean mid-20’s gym addict in great shape, that doesn’t smoke, drink, or party was diagnosed with low testosterone. Yeah, I couldn’t and didn’t want to believe it either. But blood tests don’t lie. Especially if you had 4 of them over a year.

So, I know what it is like not being able to “perform” no matter how bad you want to. And I know the shame you feel along with it. But I also know how to fix it! Because I did. And now I am back to feeling (and performing) like a teenager again! And I did it without the use of any injections or testosterone boosting supplements. Here’s how…


How To Naturally Increase Your Testosterone Levels Back To Normal

When I first got the low testosterone diagnosis I tried everything I could to increase my testosterone naturally. It was very important to me to avoid ever having testosterone injections or taking any test-booster supplements. And after everything I tried, these are the only things I found that worked for me.

The most effective ways to naturally increase your testosterone levels:

* In order of effectiveness

  1. Keep wireless devices (laptop, phone, etc.) 3+ feet away, whenever possible
  2. Turn off your Wifi Router at night
  3. Decrease Body Fat & Increase Muscle Mass
  4. Take a Zinc Supplement
  5. Sleep More

The first two listed may seem a bit unconventional, but I guarantee they work! I know, because they worked for me! In fact, they have been thoroughly studied and tested to work for thousands of people! So, I highly recommend you give them a chance!


1. Keep your devices (laptop, phone, etc.) 3+ feet away whenever possible

All wireless devices emit radiation in the form of Electro-Magnetic Frequency (EMF). We have known this since cell phones first came out. And health experts have warned us of it ever since.

In fact, all of our devices are legally required to tell you how much radiation they give off. You can find this for your device in Settings > General > Legal & Regulatory > RF Exposure.

Now, does that mean you need to go totally off-the-grid like the Amish? No. But there are a few things you definitely should do to help protect yourself from EMF radiation.

The first step in decreasing the harmful effects of EMF radiation is to keep as much distance as you can from your devices. That means don’t sit your laptop on your lap. Keep your cell phone out of your pocket. And don’t sleep with your devices near your bed.

For me, this was the most effective thing I did to help increase and restore my testosterone back to normal. Because I am an author, I was constantly working with my laptop sitting on my lap. And that was the main cause of all my problems.

When I discovered this, I tried protecting myself by sitting at a desk with a table between me and my laptop. That may have helped a little, but it wasn’t enough to fix the problem. I was still too close.

How close, is too close?

  • Being within 1 foot of any wireless device is thought to be highly dangerous.
  • Being within 1-3 feet of any wireless device is thought to be moderately dangerous.
  • Keeping 3+ feet away as often as possible is thought to be relatively safe.

But what about when you need to be near your devices? Well, there are some products available now that can help shield you from the harmful effects of EMF radiation.

These products are what I use and have found to be most effective:

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Overall, I have found that keeping my devices at least 3 feet away from me whenever possible and using the SYB Products listed above have helped me the most in increasing and restoring my testosterone naturally. So, I know it will help you too!


2. Turn off your Wifi Router at night

Next, is a simple one for naturally increasing your testosterone. Yet, it is nearly as important and effective as keeping a distance from wireless devices. And that is simply turning off your Wi-Fi at night; and whenever you are not using it.

No, I don’t mean just turning off the Wifi for your specific device. That won’t do anything. And would actually be worse, because our wireless devices emit slightly less radiation while on Wi-Fi.

You need to turn off the actual Wifi Router for this to work. The reason being, the closer you are to your router, the stronger the connection. And the stronger the connection, the more EMF radiation that is emitted. And the more often you are exposed to Wi-Fi radiation, such as all day and night, the more harmful it is.

So, by simply turning off the Wi-Fi, eliminating your exposure to it, you are protecting yourself. And, since our bodies produce most of our testosterone and other hormones while we are asleep, this will protect you at the most vital time.

Also, this is a great time to turn off any of your other devices as well. If you don’t need it on, then why not? You can protect yourself and save energy at the same time!

What if you can’t?

Or, if you prefer to keep your Wi-Fi on at night, you can protect yourself from both bugs and radiation with the SYB Bed Canopy.

By simply turning off my Wi-Fi Router at night, I experienced significant changes in my testosterone levels within just a week! And within a month a blood test proved I significantly increased my testosterone!


3. Decrease Body Fat & Increase Muscle Mass

This is where most other “How To Naturally Increase Your Testosterone Levels” articles start. And they are right. By improving your body composition, by decreasing body fat and increasing muscle mass, you can greatly improve your hormone levels. For me, neither played a big role in boosting my testosterone, because I already had a great diet and worked out often. But I could definitely tell when I slacked off of either.

So, here is what you need to know about diet and exercise to naturally boost your testosterone levels.

Exercise More

First, if you don’t exercise, you should. Not only for overall health but to help with hormone balance as well. And the best form of exercise to increase testosterone levels is strength training. This is because the more muscle you build, the more testosterone your body naturally produces to maintain that muscle mass. And strength training forces your body to build muscle.

If you need a strength training program, I recommend you use Base Of Strength. That is the program I used and it helped me a lot. Plus, it is great for both total beginners and advanced lifters (like myself).

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Next, if you are overweight or want to lose body fat, then you will also need to add in some cardio work. This will help to strengthen your heart and burn fat while maintaining your muscle mass.

I recommend 30-60 minutes of cardio, 4-5 days per week, after your strength training workouts or on off days.

For your cardio workouts, you can go jogging, cycling, or use your favorite cardio machine at the gym. But don’t go too easy. You need to be breathing hard for it to be effective. And remember, walking is NOT exercise.

So, by exercising more you will naturally increase your testosterone levels and be well on your way to full restoration!

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Maintaining a healthy diet is also extremely important when it comes to boosting your testosterone. As there are many foods that can help or hurt your chances of restoring your testosterone levels. Here are some…

Foods that Decrease Testosterone:

  • Soy Products
  • Alcohol
  • Sugar
  • High-Fat Meals
  • Processed Foods
  • White Meats (Chicken, Turkey, etc.)

Foods that Increase Testosterone:

  • Whole Eggs
  • Dark, Lean Meats (Steak, Buffalo, Salmon, etc.)
  • Green, Leafy Vegetables (Spinach, Spring Mix, Kale, etc.)
  • Pinto Beans
  • Garlic
  • Cayenne Pepper

Of course, there are more foods that can be added to these lists, but these are the most important ones to know. And adding in, or taking away, just a few of these foods can make a big difference towards increasing your natural testosterone levels.


4. Take a Zinc Supplement

You may have noticed that the foods listed above that help to increase your testosterone contain high amounts of either zinc or cholesterol or both. That is because zinc and cholesterol are the most important nutrients involved in testosterone production.

  • Zinc is one of the main components used in sperm production and is directly related to increased or decreased testosterone levels. And most people are zinc deficient.
  • Cholesterol is the building block of testosterone. And most people get enough through proper diet, as long as they do not limit intake of dark meats and whole eggs.

Zinc deficiency is directly related to low testosterone. Also, our body cannot store zinc. So, we need to obtain a significant amount of zinc daily in order to maintain normal or increased testosterone levels.

11-30mg of zinc daily is optimal. This can be achieved through a proper diet, but it is also helpful to take a Zinc Supplement.

Or better yet a Multivitamin just in case you are low in other nutrients as well. And it is best to take it about an hour before bed because most of our testosterone production occurs while we are asleep.

So, I highly recommend you start taking a Zinc Supplement to help increase your testosterone levels and prevent low-testosterone problems.

Note: Fish Oil can also help improve circulation and decrease stress on the heart, leading to stronger erections.


5. Sleep More

The final thing on our list, but still very important, is sleep. Again, most of our testosterone production occurs while we are asleep. So, just by getting more restful sleep, you can greatly increase your testosterone.

How much sleep do you need to increase testosterone?

It all depends, but you should try to get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. Preferably 9-10 hours if you can.

Just remember to keep your Wi-Fi and any unnecessary devices off and away from you while you are asleep. That will allow for the greatest amount of testosterone production and overall increase.


Now Go Increase Your Testosterone!

By following these simple steps you will be well on your way to naturally increasing and restoring your testosterone levels. All that is left now, is for you to take action. And if you do, I am sure you will feel the difference in less than a week. I know I did!

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The Ultimate Guide for a Gluten Free Diet

The Ultimate Guide for a Gluten Free Diet

Starting a gluten free diet can be a bit awe-inspiring. All around the world, whole grain food is most preferred. However, some people have digestive issues like celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. So they have to avoid diets that contain gluten in rich quantities. And some people find it makes for a great weight loss diet!

But no matter your reason for starting a gluten free diet, with only a little effort and dedication, you can be well on your way to better digestive health and weight loss. All you need is a simple diet plan, like this one, to follow regularly. After which you may find a gluten-free diet is more enjoyable to you.

And in this ultimate guide for a gluten free diet, we have some great tips to help make gluten free eating easier for you!


What is Gluten?

Most people don’t really know what “gluten” is. So, first of all, let’s talk about it!

Gluten is a specific type of protein found abundantly in foods like barley, rye, oats, wheat, and spelt (remembered easily as B.R.O.W.S.).

Examples:

  • Pasta
  • Bread
  • Oats
  • Beer

How to know if you are Gluten Intolerant or not?

Gluten intolerance has many symptoms. But diagnosing it on your own can be quite challenging. The reason being there is a broad range of inflammatory response that is caused by gluten intolerance. And most of them are internal or very subtle. So this systematic inflammatory response can never truly be diagnosed without medical testing.

However, the first step in diagnosing gluten intolerance, or some issue related to your villi, is determining if you have any symptoms of gluten-intolerance. Then, to officially diagnose gluten intolerance, you will need to take 2 more steps:

  1. Clinical testing
  2. Eliminating gluten from the diet for some time and reevaluate your symptoms

The same goes for diagnosing Celiac Disease.


What is Celiac Disease?

Celiac disease is an extreme form of Gluten Intolerance. And it is a condition that is triggered only by ingesting gluten.

When a person with Celiac Disease consumes gluten their intestines have an extreme inflammatory response, similar to other allergic reactions, and tries to fight off the unwanted proteins.

This mere consumption of gluten then causes damage to small intestines. And over time leads to loss of organ tissue and even organ failure. This internal damage also leads to the inability to absorb nutrients properly, eventually causing weakness.

Additionally, the long-standing utilization of a gluten-containing diet by people having celiac disease is susceptible to having everlasting health tribulations, such as:

  • Malnourishment
  • Malignancy
  • Other autoimmune circumstances
  • Reduced bone compactness

Generally, one out of a hundred people are susceptible to having a celiac disorder.

How long do you need to be on a gluten free diet to see noticeable results?

If you notice some of the symptoms of celiac disease or gluten intolerance, you should go gluten-free for a minimum of two weeks.

However, for the complete elimination of the disorder, it is recommended to be on at it for almost three months. That is the correct time in which your villi come back to the normal state, and the small intestine restores usual health standards.


What you can’t eat on a Gluten-Free Diet

If you want to be on a gluten-free diet, then you need to know what is in everything you consume. To be gluten free, you cannot eat anything that contains barley, rye, oats, wheat, or spelt.

That means no:

  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Beer
  • Fried Chicken
  • Baked Goods
  • Oatmeal
  • Cereal

*Unless they are Certified Gluten Free.

Though it may seem like there is a lot you can’t eat on a gluten free diet, there is far more you can eat. You just have to change your habits and find new things you like. That may be a gluten free version of your favorite baked good, pasta, or bread. Or it could be something new entirely!


Gluten-Free Foods

Here are all the healthy and enjoyable things you can eat on a gluten free diet!

  • Meat & Fish
  • Fruits & Vegetables
  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Dairy Products
  • Most Herbs & Spices
  • Beans & Legumes
  • Tofu

So, really, all you are doing on a gluten free diet is eliminating one unnecessary food group! Which then leaves more room for all the rest!

What is Tofu? And why you need a Super Tofu Press?

Tofu is a gluten free high protein and low-fat product that is created using soy milk. It is packed in the water, much like a sponge. And to get the original flavor of tofu, you need a super tofu press to drain out the extra water.

Tofu is highly recommended for people with gluten-intolerance due to its low fat and high protein content.


Fitness Benefits of a Gluten-Free Diet

A gluten free diet can be very beneficial to anyone. Especially for those suffering from a celiac disorder.

Benefits of a Gluten Free Diet include:

  • Relieve digestive issues and even improve nutrient absorption
  • Cure constipation and diarrhea
  • Decrease gas and stomach bloating

The Final Word on Gluten Free Dieting

Today 1% of the general public has stomach issues, primarily associated with small intestine villi. And gluten intolerance is the main cause.

Starting a gluten free diet can help fix this issue for most people. And by doing so, you will be able to get a completely healthy intestine and stomach.

Just follow this ultimate guide for gluten free diet, and you are well on your way to a healthy body!

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Sandbag Training | Using Sandbags For Strength Training

Sandbag Training

Using Sandbags For Strength Training

Using sandbags for strength training has been around for quite some time. But not everyone has jumped on the bandwagon and traded their dumbbells for a burlap sandbag.

Besides being cheap to purchase (or making one yourself), sandbags offer several strength benefits that make it worthwhile in adding to your workout routine.

Here are a few examples…

Sandbag Training

Builds Core Strength

It’s always a good idea to strengthen your core muscles as much as you can. Core exercises strengthen your underlying muscle tissue and can help to prevent injuries.

When doing a sandbag strength training routine, you’re engaging your core muscles with almost every movement. Even if the exercise itself is not entirely focused on core strengthening.

A sandbag shifts it’s center of gravity constantly. Which feels different and often more difficult when compared to traditional weights. Also, by switching between different types of sandbag fillers, you can add diversity to your workout.

Sandbag Training Doesn’t Require Much Space

Barbells, plates, machines, and squat racks can all take up a lot of space. If you want to improve your strength, using sandbags for weight training is not only affordable, but they also require very little space. This makes them perfect for home gyms and home workouts where you can have a flexible way of working on your strength whenever you feel like it.

You can also take them anywhere. So if you ever find yourself somewhere lacking exercise equipment, for example when traveling, then getting a sandbag could be the answer!

Versatile Exercises

Sandbag workouts are not only effective but also versatile. You can use them for almost any type of exercise.

They can be used for traditional compound exercises such as squats, bench press, power cleans, deadlifts, and more. And because sandbags are soft, they have a low impact on your joints and you can perform less rigid movements.

There are exercises that are unique to sandbags such as the bear crawl; which are good for building stamina and working the core. There are also bear hug squats which are a good alternative to the front squat.

When it comes to cardio-related exercises, there are sandbag sprints and carries. These are not only high-intensity but they also heavily work the legs.

In a similar way you might use a wobble board for stability and balance, this sort of training can also be developed with a sandbag. You can even combine the two for a crazy stability building session. This work with unstable objects can be useful for many sports.

As you can see, sandbags can replace a lot of the equipment needed for most exercises.

Sandbags Come In Different Types

No matter which level you are in your fitness or strength training, you’ll find that there is a sandbag to accommodate your needs. Some bags can weigh up to 400 pounds; which are perfect for those wanting to gain serious strength.

You can also choose from different material qualities, the number of handles, and sizes.

As mentioned earlier, it’s possible to use different filler weights; you can add or remove them accordingly to suit different workouts. This makes them perfect for CrossFit routines where different exercises are performed in a single session.

Pricier sandbags can be water-resistant and withstand heavy-duty usage. With all the different sandbags available on the market, you shouldn’t have a problem finding one that can suit your level of fitness and your exact requirements.

Various Strength Training Variables

When compared to weight training, using a sandbag offers an excellent range of training variables to enhance your strength. Your body’s position, holding position, and the plane of motion can have a larger scale by using a sandbag when compared to traditional weights.

For example, there are around 11 positions to hold a sandbag versus only four positions when using a barbell. There’s a whole list of possibilities of training variables when you use sandbags.

These ways of lifting sandbags and making changes to your body’s position can alter how an exercise feels and the results that come afterward.

Also, planes of motion with a sandbag, such as shoulder squats, rotational lunges, and lateral drags, can make your strength training more elaborate and progressive.


Conclusion

Sandbag training can be a game-changer for your strength training routine. Depending on your fitness level, there is a lot of gym equipment that a weighted bag can replace.

As we’ve discussed, there are so many exercises that are possible with one training bag.

Progressing your strength training is very achievable using heavy sandbags. And if you want a versatile workout that you can perform almost anywhere, then a sandbag is a fantastic option!

Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight Loss Program

Choosing a Safe and Successful Weight Loss Program

Weight Gain is a major concern among many of the adults and millennials in the modern world. To remedy it, there are a lot of weight loss programs offered to help you reduce the excess weight. We often see different programs through magazines, TV, newspapers, radio, and websites that promise to help you lose weight. These programs often include a combination of a diet plan and exercise activity to help you lose weight.

Now, there are different weight loss programs available to follow that caters to certain individuals. If you are interested in losing extra weight but don’t know which weight loss program is best for you, then this post will guide you in choosing the right one.

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Talk to your doctor first

Before beginning your weight loss journey, it is essential that you talk to your doctor. You might have a medical condition that restricts you from doing a certain exercise. Or you might not able to follow certain diet-plan due to medication. So, it is important that you consult with your doctor before beginning any new diet or exercise program.

You will also get important information regarding your optimal BMI, weight, and other health-related information from your doctor or health-care professional that will help you to choose the right weight-loss program for you.


Things to Consider in a Weightloss Program

There are a variety of factors that composite a good weight loss program. A single weight-loss plan will not be suitable for everyone as it will change upon an individual’s need. To choose a diet plan that will meet with your liking, you should consider the following things:

Cost and Time

Some weight-loss programs are much more costly than others as they demand you to buy certain exercise equipment and meals. Some weight-loss programs also include visiting clinics and support meetings. So, you need to spend your time when you follow these types of weight loss plans.

If you have time and money, then you can choose any premium weight loss program. However, if you have limited time and budget, then you should definitely try a different weight loss plan as it may interfere with your day-to-day life.

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Health Condition

Your current health condition also affects how you choose the weight-loss program.

If you are on daily medication or have any condition that restricts you from following a certain diet, then you should choose your weight-loss program carefully. For example, some people cannot run for long or lift heavy weights because of certain cardiac or bone conditions. So, they should carefully choose their weight loss program as it may interfere with their condition.

As mentioned earlier, it is best to consult with your doctor before choosing a weight loss program.

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Preferred Diet Plan

There are different diet-plans present in different weight-loss programs. You should pick one that suits you best.

  • A flexible diet-plan has food items from all food groups and doesn’t restrict you from having certain food types. It is good for people who are new to weight loss programs and young people.
  • A balanced diet plan is like flexible dieting but puts restrictions on how much you can intake certain food items. It is a safe and healthy diet-plan and is suitable for young and older people alike.
  • Other plans like high-protein, low carbohydrates, low fat, and low calories include a severe restriction on certain food types. It will give you a rapid weight loss than the aforementioned types, but you should choose carefully as they do not suit everyone.

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Other Factors

Some other factors that you should consider are the risks and the success of the different weight loss programs. Some programs will have inherent risks but may give you quick success in reducing weight. While others don’t have high risks or good success.

You should do some research behind the science and technique of each weight loss program. Then choose the one that you think is best for you.

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Popular Weight Loss Programs

1. Mayo Clinic Diet-Plan

Mayo Clinic Diet Plan

The experts at the Mayo Clinic have created a popular weight loss program that is suitable for most people. It includes good guidelines to lose excess weight along with living a sustainable life.

You should follow this plan if you intend to live a healthy lifestyle and have a diet that sticks with you for life.

The two main parts of this program are the losing and living phase. The losing phase happens for the first two weeks where you lose up to 5 kilograms by modifying your diet. The living phase helps you to keep your optimal weight permanently. It is a lifelong approach.

The Mayo Clinic diet plan encourages you to have a good amount of healthy foods that are low on calories such as fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain meals. You also get lean protein food items like fish, unsaturated-fats, etc.

The thing to know is that this food-plan doesn’t eliminate any food items for you to have. You can eat everything but in certain portions.

Also, this plan also encourages you to do at least 30 minutes of exercise every day. You should also be active throughout your day like taking stairs instead of the lift, etc.

By following this plan, you not only get to reduce your weight, but you also reduce your chances of developing chronic health conditions; such as diabetes, heart-related problems, high cholesterol, High Blood Pressure, etc.

This plan is one of the most practical and sustainable weight-loss programs for all that you can follow all your life.

When you’re dieting, it’s always recommended to track your weight using weighing scales.


2. Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting

This diet-plan is now the most popular among the young generation. Intermittent fasting includes a time period throughout the day where you can eat and then fast for the rest.

There are different forms of Intermittent fasting that exist today based on the time periods and calories such as 16/8, 5:2, etc.

  • In the 16/8 method, you can only eat for 8 hours per day and continue fasting for the other 16 hours per day.
  • In the 5:2 method, you should only take around 500-600 calories for 2 days per week and continue your normal diet for the rest of the days.

By restricting the time and calories that you should intake, Intermittent fasting works well in reducing your weight. If you don’t eat too much in the rest of the time, you can see significant weight loss by following this program.

Studies show that intermittent fasting can reduce up to 8 percent of your weight in just 5-6 months. It can also reduce your belly fat, which is the most harmful fat in our body, by 4-7%.

Research into the intermittent fasting also shows that it can improve your mental health, increase your insulin sensitivity, and reduce inflammation.

Intermittent fasting is a popular weight-loss plan with a lot of health benefits. But it also has its fair share of risks. While it is generally safe for young and healthy people to follow, the same cannot be said for people with a medical condition. People with diabetes, eating disorders, low weight, and pregnant women should talk with their health care professional before following this diet.


3. Paleo Diet

Paleo Diet

Another popular weight loss program along with intermittent fasting is the paleo diet. It follows the principle of eating foods that our ancestors took before they developed agriculture to lead a healthy life.

Weight gain along with the chronic diseases that plague the modern world can be linked to modern processed foods. If you avoid these foods, then your weight automatically reduces.

In the paleo diet, you get to eat food that is rich in lean protein such as meat, nuts, and seeds; along with different fruits and vegetables. You also limit the food that is processed and rich in calories such as sugar, dairy, etc.

Now, there are different versions of the paleo diet available that includes and restricts different food categories. But overall, following the paleo diet, reduces the number of calories you intake every day.

Studies show that by following the paleo diet, one can significantly reduce their weight along with harmful belly fat. As you intake only foods that are rich in proteins, you get to reduce the risk of developing heart-related problems, high cholesterol, and diabetes.

Like Intermittent fasting, the Paleo diet has risks for some people. People who have kidney problems or other related conditions cannot intake high-amount of calories. So, they should consult with their doctor before following this diet.

It also restricts you to have whole grain and dairy that are healthy and nutritious.


4. Plant-Based Diet

In a plant-based vegetarian diet, you are restricted to have anything outside of plant-related food items.

Foods such as meat, dairy, eggs, honey, and other animal-derived products are restricted in this diet. Plant-based items such as whole grains, vegetables, and fruits are encouraged in this diet.

This diet works well in reducing weight as it contains food that is high in fiber and starch. It keeps your stomach full for a long time, thus reducing the number of calories you intake every day.

Studies too show that people who follow a vegan diet can reduce their weight significantly while also reducing their risk of having heart problems, diabetes, and other chronic conditions.

While the plant-based diet is safe for everyone, you get to lose nutrients such as Vitamin B12, D, calcium, zinc, iodine, etc that are exclusively found in animal-derived products.


5. Low Carb & Low Fat Diets

Low Fat and Low Carb Diets

Low carb and Low fat diet-plans have been popular for decades because of the results they provide in reducing excess weight.

Studies have shown that these diet plans are good in reducing your weight; especially the harmful belly fat. They can also reduce your risk of developing heart disease, high cholesterol, high Blood Pressure, and diabetes.

While these diet plans are generally considered safe and good for everyone, they are not suited for all. While some may feel good on the low carbohydrate or low-fat diet, others may feel miserable.


6. Ketogenic (High-Fat) Diet

Ketogenic Diet for Athletes

The Ketogenic Diet is a high-fat, moderate-protein, and low-carb diet plan. The Keto Diet mainly restricts carbohydrates and is best for those with carb or sugar addictions. Learn More >>

When you’re dieting, it’s always recommended to track your weight using weighing scales.

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Conclusion

You have to understand that there is no perfect weight loss plan that works for everyone. So, you should carefully consider all the factors and choose the one that suits you best. We hope you got some information on choosing a successful weight loss program to live a long healthy life.

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Muscle Hypertrophy and Strength Gain 101

Muscle Hypertrophy and Strength Gain 101

As we quickly approach fall season for many high school and Collegiate athletes across the country, strength gain and muscle hypertrophy are common goals for many athletes. What are some ways that we can promote strength gain as gym-goers and athletes? Let’s take a look…

This is a Guest Post from EverybodysPersonalTrainer.com


Keys To Building Muscle Size and Strength

Linear Progression

Before we can discuss muscle hypertrophy and strength, we need to first take a look at the physiological response our muscles have to exercise. When a load is placed upon a muscle belly, the muscle tissue is broken down and thus needs time to recover. During this recovery process, your muscles adapt by growing bigger and stronger; through muscle hypertrophy.

So it goes without saying that one of the most important ways to increase muscle size and strength is to linearly increase the load upon the muscle in the form of increased poundage.

Proper Rest

Ample rest and recovery time between bouts of exercise is also very important for strength and muscle gain. Have you ever heard the saying that you grow and become stronger outside of the gym? Therein does lie the truth. Much of the adaptation that is being made is happening on those rest and recovery days outside of the gym.

Proper Nutrition

Now that we have discussed load and weight-bearing activity as well as rest and recovery, we now have to consider proper nutrition. Protein is responsible for building, maintaining, and repairing muscle tissue. As a strength athlete or gym-goer looking to promote strength gain, it is very important to get at least 1 to 1.5 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight daily. Ideally spacing these meals at 2-3 hour intervals throughout the day is best.

According to personal trainer Eric Leader, post-workout protein and carbohydrates are essential. It is said that the 30 minutes after a bout of exercise is typically called “the anabolic window” and is an excellent time to take in additional protein.

Consistency

Finally, consistency over time may be the most important factor to increase muscle size and strength. As long as you exercise consistently over time, you will experience results. The name of the game is to stay vigilant and to stay in it for the long haul.

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