The importance of being clean!

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Imagine your desk partner has a cold, and he sneezes on your hand while you are working together. You wash your hands as soon as possible so you will be less likely to become sick also.

One personal benefit of good hygiene is having better health. Keeping your body clean helps prevent illness and infection from bacteria or viruses. Like in our example, the simple act of washing your hands regularly is an effective way to keep germs from spreading. You would be much more likely to get sick if, instead of washing your hands, you wiped them off on your pants and went to lunch as soon as class was over.

Maintaining good hygiene also helps you have better self-esteem. In other words, when you take care of how you look, you feel better about yourself. When you don't take care of your personal hygiene, it can also make you feel less confident and unmotivated. Unfortunately, when a person is depressed or has low self-esteem, they are more likely to neglect their personal hygiene. Have you ever had someone tell you to get up and take a shower and you would feel better? It is definitely worth a try because it just might work!

How Long Does It Take To Lose Muscle After A Layoff?

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Your training program also impacts how quickly you detrain and lose muscle. Endurance athletes may experience muscle atrophy slower in part because their muscles are leaner and predominantly slow-twitched muscle fibers compared to power athletes, who predominantly have fast-twitch muscle fibers. For example, the book “Sports-Specific Rehabilitation” reports that endurance athletes such as rowers took up to 12 weeks to lose muscle mass and slow-twitched muscle fibers. On the other hand, power lifters, competitive weightlifters and football players can lose muscle strength as early as two weeks with inactivity.

Muscle loss with an increase of fat in the muscle, also known as sarcopenia, is a common aging process. Because this occurs, the elderly may experience quicker muscle loss or more muscle loss during inactivity compared to younger individuals. A 2009 University of Queensland study found that elderly men and women experienced an increase in sarcopenia after 24 weeks of inactivity. Unlike age, gender has not been shown to influence the rate of muscle loss with detraining.

Are steroids safe?

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Anabolic steroid abuse has been associated with a wide range of adverse side effects ranging from some that are physically unattractive, such as acne and breast development in men, to others that are life threatening, such as heart attacks and liver cancer. Most are reversible if the abuser stops taking the drugs, but some are permanent, such as voice deepening in females.

Most data on the long-term effects of anabolic steroids in humans come from case reports rather than formal epidemiological studies. From the case reports, the incidence of lifethreatening effects appears to be low, but serious adverse effects may be underrecognized or underreported, especially since they may occur many years later. Data from animal studies seem to support this possibility. One study found that exposing male mice for one-fifth of their lifespan to steroid doses comparable to those taken by human athletes caused a high frequency of early deaths.

Is counting calories necessary to lose lose weight?

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It all depends on your goals and how successful you want to be when trying to gain or lose weight.  I recommend keeping it simple by repeating the same meals.  These meals should be nutritionally balanced, but you should also know the calories that you are consuming.

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"Zero Belly Diet" Author's Tips For Turning Fat Genes Off

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Zero Belly Diet is the revolutionary new plan to turn off your fat genes and help keep you lean for life! Nutrition expert David Zinczenko - the New York Times best-selling author of the Abs Diet series, Eat This, Not That! series, and Eat It to Beat It! - has spent his entire career learning about belly fat - where it comes from and what it does to us. And what he knows is this: There is no greater threat to you and your family - to your health, your happiness, even your financial future. 

Yes, you can: change your destiny. Overcome your fat genes. Strip away belly fat and finally attain the lean, strong, healthy body you've always wanted.

With Zero Belly Diet, David Zinczenko reveals explosive new research that explains the mystery of why some of us stay thin, and why some can't lose weight no matter how hard we try. He explains how some foods turn our fat genes on - causing seemingly irreversible weight gain - and uncovers the nine essential power foods that act directly on those switches, turning them to "off" and allowing for easy, rapid, and sustainable weight loss. And he shows how these foods help heal your digestive system, keeping those gene switches turned off and setting you up for a lifetime of leanness. 

Other diets can help you lose weight, but only the Zero Belly diet attacks fat on a genetic level, placing a bull's-eye on the fat cells that matter most: visceral fat, the type of fat ensconced in your belly. These fat cells act like an invading army, increasing inflammation and putting you at risk for diabetes, Alzheimer's, arthritis, heart disease, and cancer. Visceral fat can also can alter your hormone levels, erode muscle tissue, increase your chances of depression, and destroy your sex drive. But you can turn the odds in your favor.

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What Counts As Aerobic Activity?

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For substantial health benefits, adults should do at least 150 minutes (2 hours and 30 minutes) a week of moderate-intensity, or 75 minutes (1 hour and 15 minutes) a week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, or an equivalence combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity. Aerobic activity should be performed in episodes of at least 10 minutes, and preferably, it should be spread throughout the week.

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What Is Visceral Fat?

Visceral fat is technically excess intra-abdominal adipose tissue accumulation. In other words, it’s known as a “deep” fat that’s stored further underneath the skin than “subcutaneous” belly fat. It’s a form of gel-like fat that’s actually wrapped around major organs, including the liver, pancreas and kidneys.

If you have a protruding belly and large waist, that’s a clear sign you’re storing dangerous visceral fat. While it’s most noticeable and pronounced in obese individuals, anyone can have visceral fit, many without even knowing it.

Visceral fat is especially dangerous because, as you’ll find out, these fat cells do more than just sit there and cause your pants to feel tight — they also change the way your body operates.

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Are diet pills safe?

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It’s natural for anyone trying to lose weight to want to lose it very quickly. But evidence shows that people who lose weight gradually and steadily (about 1 to 2 pounds per week) are more successful at keeping weight off. Healthy weight loss isn’t just about a “diet” or “program”. It’s about an ongoing lifestyle that includes long-term changes in daily eating and exercise habits.

To lose weight, you must use up more calories than you take in. Since one pound equals 3,500 calories, you need to reduce your caloric intake by 500 - 1000 calories per day to lose about 1 to 2 pounds per week.

Once you’ve achieved a healthy weight, by relying on healthful eating and physical activity most days of the week (about 60—90 minutes, moderate intensity), you are more likely to be successful at keeping the weight off over the long term.

Losing weight is not easy, and it takes commitment. But if you’re ready to get started, I'’ve got a step-by-step program to help get you on the road to weight loss and better health.

Is sleep really that important for weight loss?

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Sleep is more than an eight-hour slack-off period.

When you sleep, you integrate the information you collected during the day and, believe it or not, you problem-solve.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 35 percent of people are sleep deprived. And when you consider that the statistic for obesity is nearly identical, it’s easy to connect the dots and discover that the connection is not a coincidence.

Not sleeping enough—less than seven hours of sleep per night—can reduce and undo the benefits of your weight loss program, according to research published in the Annals of Internal Medicine