Achieve Your Best Ever Physique in 2012

We’re going to help you plan out your number one resolution this New Year’s – Get shredded! Yeah, sure tons of people say they’re going to do it, but only few actually achieve it. We’re about to break down the most common pitfalls and, more specifically what you need to do to avoid them so you can achieve your best ever physique in 2012.

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Are Tastes Buds Fat-Sensitive?The tongue can sense 5 distinct types of tastes: Bitter, sour, salty, sweet and umami, which is described as savory, but not necessarily fat. Now a study published in the Journal of Lipid Research pinpoints a human receptor that is believed to help humans taste fat. It’s a gene known as CD36, and people who have a certain variant are more sensitive to fat than others – as much as 8 times more sensitive. In addition, scientists found the more fat you consume the less fat sensitive you become. So, to achieve the same level of satisfaction, you have to consume increasing amounts of fat.

True Strength Moment: Although this research might explain why some people favor fatty foods more than others, active adults who are committed to maintaining a lean, fit physique have been known to resist all kinds of temptations, from a sweet tooth to fast food. It’s all a matter of setting priorities.

Vitamin C For Fighting Fatigue

Vitamin C For Fighting Fatigue?
According to the Nutrition Journal, consuming caffeine isn’t the only way to stay alert and energized at the office. To test the fatigue fighting effects of vitamin C, researchers had 141 healthy volunteers, aged 20 to 49, supplement with 10 grams of vitamin C which was delivered intravenously. Compared to a control group, the vitamin helped reduce fatigue and the effect lasted for an entire day.

Whole Grains Fight Visceral Fat

Visceral fat surrounds your internal organs and has the potential to be a bigger long-term health issue than the subcutaneous fat found under your skin. What can you do about reducing this unseen fat? A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests switching to whole grains. Researchers found that people who consumed several servings of whole grains each day while limiting refined grain consumption to less than one serving experienced a 10% reduction in visceral fat. Continue reading

Adding Resistance to Cardio Day

Adding Resistance To Cardio DayA weighted vest can add an entirely new dimension to your cardio day, and a study recently published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research offers some tips on how to get the most out of this simple device. Scientists has 8 male subjects wear the vest during waking hours (except while exercising) 3 days a week for 3 weeks. Compared to a control group, the program helped them run just a little faster with slightly improved agility. Because the results were so minor, researchers recommended using a weighted vest equal to between 5% and 10% of your body weight during half of your training activities for 3 to 4 weeks.

True Strength Moment: The use recommendation for this study makes weighted vests sound like a tailor made complement to team sports pre-season conditioning efforts. The added weight might be very well-suited to skills drills, plyometrics and calisthenics, but a weighted vest would only get in your way during resistance training.