Steroids: The Ongoing Competitive Edge

Steroids

Prior to and during the 2008 Beijing Olympics Games, 15 Greek athletes, including weightlifters, tested positive for methyltrienolone, a particularly rare anabolic steroid. Currently, Olympic athletes caught using performance enhancing drugs serve a suspension and are banned from competing for a determined amount of time. But once the suspension is lifted and doping tests come back clean, is the playing field fair once again? Maybe not. A new study shows anabolic steroids provide a competitive edge in power lifting–years after […]

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Recipe Radar: Egg White French Toast

Egg White French Toast

Chris Colucci recently interviewed diet coach Tad Inoue for FigureAthlete.com. Inoue provided a recipe for egg white French toast from The Diet Recipe Book–and it is absolutely delicious, so I thought I’d share it. Warning: This is a low-car recipe that doesn’t actually involve bread. Take one cup of egg whites, stir in some cinnamon to taste and a touch of vanilla extract. Mix all the ingredients together, pour into a non-stick skillet, and cook it like a regular omelet. […]

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A Square a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Have you heard the one about dark chocolate having health benefits? It’s not a joke, it’s actually true. But that doesn’t mean you should eat a chocolate bar everyday, and here’s why. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that dark chocolate can significantly reduce the inflammation that leads to cardiovascular disease. According to the research, patients with low amount of C-reactive protein in their blood have lower levels of inflammation. And people who eat dark chocolate regularly, […]

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Sugar: My Genes Made Me Do It!

Sugar: My Genes Made Me Do It

I could enter a pie eating contest and win, or at least place. I couldn’t scarf hot dogs, like competitive eater Takeru Kobayashi (pictured here showing off his awesome six pack abs), but something sweet, yes. That’s because when I eat sugar, I can’t stop. And don’t call it a “sweet tooth,” because that’s just patronizing. Rather than satisfy me, a small square of Lindt Excellence Dark Chocolate will likely trigger a binge that will end with me passed out […]

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Should You Have a Cheat Treat?

The weekend is upon us, and for many weightlifting enthusiasts, that means indulging in a cheat meal meant to fuel the metabolic fire. For others, a forbidden treat once a week staves off the possible lunacy brought on by continual squeaky-clean eating. But is a cheat meal a good idea for everyone? Not so, according to Dr. John Berardi, founder of Precision Nutrition. “I think that a modest weekly cheat meal is just fine for some people while it’s a […]

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Getting High … and Addicted to Exercise

Addicted to Exercise

You’ve heard of a runner’s high, but did you know that the euphoric state fitness buffs claim to experience after intense exercise is bona fide? According to a study reported in the journal Cerebral Cortex, running actually draws out a flood of endorphins in the brain. The endorphins then attach themselves to areas of the brain associated with emotions. Dr. Henning Boecker and his team at the University of Bonn examined PET scans of athletes at rest and two hours […]

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Fit Tips from Buff Gal Summer Glau

This month, Summer Glau, who stars in the Fox sci-fi series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, shares some workout tips with Women’s Health magazine. The show, in case you haven’t seen it, is set between the second and third Terminator movies and focuses on Sarah Connor’s battle against the rise of the robots with her savior son, John. Glau plays the new Terminator protector in the form of a teenage girl, Cameron. Glau, 27, needs to work hard off the […]

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How Do Atkins, Weight Watchers and Slim Fast Compare?

Weight Watchers and Slim Fast Compare

How do commercial diet programs such as Slim Fast, Atkins, Weight Watchers and Rosemary Conley’s “Eat Yourself Slim” Diet & Fitness Plan differ when it comes to weight loss? Not much, according to a recent study. The good news is a study published in BioMed Central’s open access Nutrition Journal found that the diets provided enough nutrients, and more importantly, all resulted in weight loss. They also found there was no significant difference between the amounts of weight lost in […]

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Be a Sissy … Squater, That Is!

With a name like that, it’s no wonder the sissy squat isn’t so popular in gyms. But the sissy squat isolates the lower quadriceps and mimics leg extensions–and it can be done without any equipment. Here’s how: 1. Stand upright, with your feet shoulder-width apart and your toes pointed straight ahead. 2. Hold something stable for support. 3. Bend your knees and rise up onto your toes, and slowly lower yourself toward the floor. Your butt should almost touch your […]

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Bedtime Snacking on Cottage Cheese

Why is cottage cheese often suggested as a bedtime snack? ~Lise, via email Two factors come into play when considering the popularity of cottage cheese as a bedtime snack: protein and sleep. When you eat protein, it lasts in your bloodstream about 3 to 4 hours, which is why fitness buffs generally eat small clean meals and snacks every 3 waking hours. But what about at night, when you sleep–and basically fast—for 7 to 10 hours? That’s when the differences […]

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