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  • Can Energy Drinks Increase Fat Burning?

    By Travis Steffen on Wednesday, July 8, 2009 2 comments

    edimagesWalk into any grocery chain, gas station or convenience store and you’ll surely come across a huge selection of energy drinks. Sugary, colorful, carbonated beverages like Red Bull, Monster, Rockstar, Beaver Buzz and Full Throttle line the shelves with their eye catching labels and graphics. Trendy, expensive energy drinks like these have been marketed as fat burning, performance improving, brain boosting, potent potions of athletic stimulation.

    It has become commonplace to see other gym rats guzzle down an energy drink before heading over to a loaded barbell squat rack for maximum reps. Do energy drinks actually offer an advantage to our workout performance or  increase our fat burning potential enough to hand over our hard earned dollars?

  • The Fat Burning Potential of Omega 3 Fatty Acids

    By Travis Steffen on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 7 comments

    fishimagesIt may seem odd that some of the best fat burning foods are high in fat themselves. It has long been known that a diet supplying an adequate amount of Omega 3 fatty acids, offers numerous health benefits including weight loss and maintenance. Omega 3 fatty acids aid in regulating blood sugar levels which helps stave off hunger and they may also help to increase our metabolic rate, allowing us to burn more calories regardless of our fat burning workout.

    Omega 3 fats come in 3 varieties, all of which are polyunsaturated. Alpha-linolenic acid is an essential fatty acid found in vegetables and nuts. Docosahexaenoic and Eicosapentaenoic acids are the types found in fish oils and certain marine mammals.

  • Foods that Burn Fat

    By Travis Steffen on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 1 comment

    14imagesIf I told you that there are a wide variety of foods that burn fat, would it sound too good to be true? It just so happens that there is sufficient evidence to support the statement that certain edibles can be considered fat burning foods. The list of the best fat burning foods consists of a variety of nutrient dense, heart healthy, unprocessed, delicious chow with a variety of flavors and textures. I doubt it will come as a surprise that pizza, chocolate and cheesecake are missing from the recommendations.

  • You want six pack abs? It starts with a healthy breakfast.

    By Travis Steffen on Friday, June 5, 2009 4 comments

    j04364251Even if you regularly perform high-level workout routines or ab exercises, one of the biggest mistakes people make in their quest for six pack abs occurs first thing in the morning.  It’s not what they do, it’s what they don’t do.

    You’ve heard this a million times throughout your life but I’m going to remind you again. “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day”.  After 8 to 14 hours of fasting, your body is need of a quality caloric kick start. A nutritious breakfast will replenish your blood sugar levels, giving you the energy to start your day. Not only is breakfast important for physical health and strength, research has also shown that it is good for our mental health.