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Powerlifting Event This Weekend

 

Powerlifters from across the country will be competing to lift big and set records. The event is a 100% Raw Powerlifting event where both state and national records can be set. And with the caliber of athletes who compete with the federation, many impressive lifts will be made, and records will be set.

100% Raw Powerlifting presents drug-free athletes who are dedicated to wowing audiences by lifting impressive amounts of weight without the aid of weightlifting gear or drugs. With the popularity of Strongman competitions and bodybuilding, seeing these feats in person is not only impressive, but immensely entertaining.

The event takes place July 28, 2012 at Powerhouse Gym in Woodbridge, VA, and doors open at 9:30 am. If you’d like to test your strength against some of the best powerlifters, or be entertained by them, visit www.rawpowerlifting.com for complete information regarding this event.

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From Bad To Worse: Don’t Let A Diet Give You A Food Phobia

Many times when someone needs to reduce the fat in their diet, it is because they have an unhealthy relationship with food. Sometimes it is as simple as someone eating when they are bored, or simply because they enjoy certain foods. But other times the reason can be mental or emotional: such as when someone eats to numb some sort of pain.

Breaking bad eating habits is good for everyone. It is important to not only look healthy, but to actually be healthy. But sometimes one can break a bad relationship with food, get healthy, and then have an unhealthy relationship with food for other reasons. Again, being healthy is more important than simply looking healthy, and it is common for someone to lose weight by dieting, only to have fear or anxiety when it is time to begin eating normally. Normally meaning a plan that can be sustained for life, as the way one eats should be a lifestyle change, not merely a fad diet where he goes back to eating unhealthy foods again. But what does it mean to be afraid of food?

For someone who follows a diet low in carbs or calories, it could mean that he will avoid almost all carbs, or even get anxious when consuming even minimal amounts. Not only does the body require carbs for energy and function, but not eating carbs can have a reverse effect on an active lifestyle. The same with calories: the body needs calories for energy, and if the body is not getting enough calories from food, it will consume energy from muscle and other tissues. That does not work very well for someone who is trying to be active, and build lean muscle.

If weight was lost with a strict diet, it is important to reintroduce a normal diet gradually. It is not recommended that a diet be broken immediately to return to eating normally. Even if normally means healthy foods, because your metabolism has slowed down and more calories from any source will be stored because your body has been deprived for a period of time.

Instead, replace a meal with something healthy that you will enjoy for the rest of your healthy life. And avoid going out to eat, especially with friends. It will be very easy to feel uncomfortable around, or even indulge in unhealthy foods in a social environment. Remember that strength does not come from tempting temptation, but from knowing to avoid it. If you go out, you are probably not going to pass up the boneless wings for the plain salad. Again, that does not mean you are weak, it means you are still learning to follow a healthy diet. In time you will be able to be around fattening food and not even want it, or even be able to have a little in moderation.

Remember that health is not just about a look, but it is indeed what is on the inside that counts. After you have broken your bad diet habits, remember that it is important to not have fear or anxiety when returning to a normal diet, if you had followed a strict diet to lose weight. And most of all remember that food, when used properly, is a tool that helps your body function normally, as well as a tool to help you maintain your healthy lifestyle.

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Don’t Let a Stumble Become a Fall

This week is an inspirational one. And in keeping with that spirit, here is another article to help with the ‘why’, rather than the ‘how’ when it comes to fitness and reaching your goals.

Sticking to a plan can be tough. Whether it is a plan to get a new career, do better in school, or lose fat and gain muscle. The common factor among all plans is discipline. If you want to realize something you must stay focused even in the tough or slow times. It is easy to stick to something while we are getting the results we want. They key is to persevere through the more trying times.

It is important to remember that simply because you deviated a bit is not a reason to quit or start over. Like in a diet: if you ate a slice of cake or some other junk do not use it as a reason to continue down that path. You do not have to wait until the beginning of the next week to restart your healthy eating, you can do it immediately. Likewise, a bad grade or a rejection from a possible job is no reason to second guess yourself. Get back on your path immediately.

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If It Was Easy Everyone One Would Do It

This post is not specifically related to fitness, but it is meant to be Monday motivation for every aspect of life, including fitness.

The road to where you truly want to go is going to be hard, and at times seem like the wrong road. But if you know in your heart you are doing the right thing, working hard, and keeping faith, it is the right road. Most of us have things that we would do for free, and would really enjoy getting paid for. Chances are they are things others would also do for money. Who would not like to be in a movie, tour as a musician, or catch a pass in the NFL? Even people with no talent would like to make big money for ‘playing’.

If you are one who finds mollecular biology, brain surgery, or chemistry a fun hobby you would and could do for free; you probably do not have trouble getting paid to do those jobs as they are in high demand with not a whole lot of people to fill them. For those of us who wish to do something like writing, or radio, or other such things the news is not quite as good. Again even talentless people would love to do those things. And because there are so many bums out there using the excuse that they are ‘trying to be a writer’, it is no wonder the genuine among us have such a tough time getting into it. But there is hope.

Before someone will pay you to do something, they want to know if you can do it well enough to benefit them. Since you enjoy whatever it is you do, it should not be too hard to do it for little credit or pay. Eventually someone may notice you and ask you to do it for pay. Do not expect to approach someone and ask them to pay you for your work; do the work until someone notices how well you do it for free. Then they will be approaching you, offering to pay you for what you do.

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How to Have a Splurge Meal and Not Turn it Into a Splurge Week

We have all been there: eating junk food either by choice or circumstance. Sometimes eating clean gets boring and monotonous. Or maybe you are somewhere that has only junk food to offer. It’s ok. As long as you do not make the mistake of changing a splurge meal into a splurge day, which can turn to a splurge weekend, and so on. It is very easy to reconcile having a few more treats once you have “broken” your diet. But any excuse is just an excuse, nothing more.

The good news is that the day may not even be a total loss. Depending on how much you had to eat in that meal, you may even be able to stick to your daily caloric allowance. It probably will not be easy: think replacing a meal with whole vegetables or in the form of juice. And though that may be a sacrifice, continuing with the splurge can have serious negative effects on your healthy lifestyle.

It should not be a surprise that junk food does not do a whole lot of good for the body. Your body needs energy to move and to perform other functions. The food you consume even plays a big part in your mood because without proper nutrients your mind and body will not function properly. When you are not feeling well, the last thing you will want to do is exercise, and if you do not exercise you have just hit your healthy lifestyle with two negative actions: eating bad and choosing not to exercise. The longer you eat junk and refrain from physical activity, the harder it is to eat right and go back to exercising.  That is why, even if you mess up, you need to have a strategy to go right back to your healthy lifestyle.

That can be something as little as going for a walk right after you eat the junk food. It is also important to remember that you can practice moderation even with junk food. Do not have the attitude that ‘if I eat a little, I might as well eat a lot’. It is easy to have the mentality that you want to eat as much as you can in one day so you will not eat it the next day. I have found that all that does is get you craving the junk more, and may even make you feel so defeated that you continue for days or weeks eating the junk food.

Remember that no matter why you ate the junk food, as long as you practice moderation, and do your best to get back on track as soon as possible you should be fine. Also important to note is that some people schedule their splurge days so that they can enjoy their favorite foods in moderation. And when it is planned it is less likely to cause you to neglect your healthy eating habits for longer than planned.

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The 3 Basic Supplements You May Not Be Taking

If you do any kind of resistance training, it is likely you are looking to build strength or power, or perhaps both. Even if your goal is strictly for aesthetic reasons, one thing remains: supplements are essential to meet those goals. Understandably many are confused about, and sometimes afraid of taking supplements. This is mainly due to the misinformation people get from media, and even friends who do not know what they are talking about. And the most important thing to do before taking supplements is to know what you need.

Taking supplements without some knowledge is not only a waste of money, but could even hurt your progress if the supplements are not meant for your specific goals. However there are a few supplements that anyone engaging in resistance training can take to aid them on their journey.

Protein:

Although it is possible to get enough protein through foods such as fish, chicken, and other sources, the calories in a protein drink can be less than 100 calories, and they are convenient. The shakes can also make good between-meal snacks. The benefits of protein range from providing amino acids which help keep the body from breaking down your lean muscle, especially after a workout, to aiding in the release of Human Growth Hormone which helps with building muscle.

There are different types of protein powders: Whey and casein being two well-known types. Whey is what most people who use protein powders take and it is a fast absorbing protein. Casein is used by many who wish to have sustained energy, as casein takes longer to be absorbed, giving your body a steady supply of nutrients.

Multi-vitamin:

A multi-vitamin is an important supplement for everyone, even if they do not workout. It is more convenient to take a multivitamin than to take an individual pill for each vitamin the body needs daily. It is more cost-effective as well. Providing your body with the right vitamins aids in functions from immunity and weight loss with Vitamin C, to healthy skin and hair with Vitamin B.

CLA:

Conjugated Linoleic Acid can help you maintain lean weight, while getting rid of fat. Studies have shown that this is more likely due to CLA keeping fat cells from growing. CLA is a natural supplement and does not contain caffeine, nor is it a fat burner, rather it will help with body composition. This also means that you should not have to use it in cycles as you would with a thermogenic due to tolerance levels. However it is important to note that diet is very important when using CLA because it is not a fat burner.

Supplements are not just for bodybuilders, and while there are many on the market that may not be suitable for everyone; protein, multi-vitamins, and CLA are not only safe, but they are necessary. And because they are natural, there is no reason to cycle any of them.

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Juice Fasting: for a Healthier and Slimmer You

Hopefully everyone had a safe and healthy July 4. Remember that even if you did go overboard with the food that it does not mean you have to give up on your diet or start from scratch. In fact it may be a good excuse to try something new.

You have probably heard a lot about liquid diets and juice fasting. There are so many programs out there sending you prepackaged juices promising to have you drop a lot of weight. Those packaged juices also have drawbacks like being full of carbs and sugar, and chances are the most significant weight you drop will be from your wallet thinning. If you want to try a juice fast, fresh fruits and vegetables are the way to go.

With fresh fruits and vegetables you decided what goes into your drink, and how much of it. You are in charge of the flavors, and more importantly, the amounts of carbs, sugars, and calories you consume with each drink. For me that was the most important aspect.

I began my juice diet on February 6th of this year. I had recently seen the documentary “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”, where a man drinks only juice for 60 days. His results were remarkable, not only for fat loss, but for his health too. I recommend watching this documentary to not only get inspired, but to get the particulars on the man’s story.

As for me, I started at over 280 pounds, and as of writing this I am at 222 pounds, and I have changed my diet completely. Over the course of 120 days, I ended my fast around June 6th; I would have a cheat day periodically. Those days not only helped me stay with the diet, but helped with metabolism issues. I believe it also helped me with sticking to a clean diet once I began eating full-time again.

Online you will read negative things regarding juice diets not working because once you eat again you will gain the weight back. That would be true only if you went back to eating the same junk you ate before the diet. I can assure you that after the sacrifice I made to drink the juice for so long, there is no way I will go back to eating the way I used to.  I had no issues with metabolism either, which I partially attribute to the few cheat days I took.

Aside from losing weight my skin has become clearer, my relationship with food has changed, and my self-esteem is so much better. And again, after doing the juice diet, I do not intend to ever eat the way I did before. Everything in moderation.

As with any diet and exercise program you should consult with your physician. And remember that you do not have to juice fast as long as I did: You can do it for as little as 10 days and get good results. It is also important to remember that the more fat one starts with, the more and faster he will lose it.

*If you have any questions or comments regarding this topic, please leave a message and I will be sure to get back to you.