Peptides: panacea or PED?

Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Psychonaught

Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Psychonaught

There has been a lot of chatter lately, mostly in the personal-training establishment, about peptides; and depending on whom you talk to or what you read, peptides are either a miracle substance that can cure some of the world’s worst ills or they’re the next big thing for cheats in sport.

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Instant way to thaw out icy diet

Butternut Squash soupWhen an ice storm slides into town and you come inside from trying to chip out the walk for the umpteenth time, replenishing your energy with a protein shake isn’t going to give you that warm and cozy feeling.

Coffee or tea may warm up the core, but it’s hardly going to satisfy your depleted energy stores. Warm milk might do it. Or, maybe you can make up a protein shake and then microwave it to get it warm. Continue reading

Dummies’ guide to failure

yo-yo champion

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I tried everything and nothing worked.

That’s probably the most often heard first line in any testimonial in a diet or exercise infomercial. It’s usually followed up with “but then I tried …”

Well obviously, this person hadn’t tried EVERYTHING.

But somehow, we’re quick to dismiss those unsuccessful tries as failures and “unsustainable” when really, it’s about that person’s perseverance. It may sound overly simplistic, but any diet, or anything for that matter, is sustainable as long as the person is resolute enough to keep at it.

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How to pack on pounds

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Credit: The Gribler Bank Note Co. from photo by Baker Art Gallery (1862–1955).

A friend of mine can’t stop losing weight. And she’s starting to get frightened.

Many people look to systems such as those supplied by Isagenix for weight-loss solutions, but what if your goal isn’t to lose weight but to gain it?

Many professional athletes, such as weightlifters, fighters or bodybuilders, go through times when they have to pack on weight (which they often take off again, with almost eating-disorder efficiency), but what about the person who may need to gain weight in order to be healthy?

Isagenix can help there, too.

My friend had weight-loss (bariatric) surgery about a year and a half back. She’s dropped a lot of weight (an average of about 10 lbs. per month) but now can’t stop losing weight and is starting to experience health worries (lack of sleep or restlessness, continuous acid reflux, periods of severe dehydration, etc.), which are reportedly common among gastric-bypass patients. Readily accessible information states that people who’ve had her type of procedure consume about 800 calories a day for the first 18 to 24 months and lose about 70% of their original weight. She’s on schedule in that department.

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Isagenix e+ energy shot with adaptogens

Nutritional info

Isagenix e+ energy shotUse: I usually drink this product whenever I need a boost of energy (the company recommends no more than two per day), though it can be integrated into a regular regimen.

Opinion: Made from various tree bark and plant leaf and root extracts, it also adds several berries and fruits to give it some form of palatability, though naturally that’s evaluated by the person drinking it. I find a slight medicinal aftertaste, evident if you follow the instructions and hold it in your mouth to savour before swallowing, but it’s not unpleasant and I can taste both apple and pomegranate. It features the equivalent caffeine of a cup of green tea (which is an ingredient); mass market energy shots claim the equivalent of a large cup of coffee. Energy shots are made up of naturally occurring compounds (taurine, for example, as well as glucuronolactone, phenylalanine and dicarboxylic acid) although you might not guess it from their names.

Conclusion: Having never had an energy shot, I found it acceptable in terms of taste, but some who regularly have energy shots didn’t take to the taste at all, which isn’t good when you consider that’s who it’s primarily targeted at. Unlike other energy shots, it is not basically a condensed version of an energy drink, meant primarily for people who want the benefits of the energy drink without taking in all the liquid.

Trust the system

Weight-loss planner

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One of the most powerful statements you’ll ever read is “trust the system.”

Many people don’t like to follow that credo because it means giving up control. It means doing things differently. It means putting your faith in something that you may not yet understand, even though others have probably explained it to you. Or putting your faith in something you think can’t reasonably work, though it’s worked for others.

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