If You Are Over Age 40, These Publications are For You

Friday, November 21, 2014

Is Sacopenia Causing You to Get Fatter?

Sacopenia is the progressive loss of muscle mass, function, quality, and strength related to the aging process.  When the word aging comes mind most people think of 65 plus, however you can start to lose muscle mass in your 30s.  As a matter of fact, between the ages of 30 to 60, the average adult will gain 1 lb of weight and lose 1/2 lb of muscle yearly.  That's a gain of 30 lbs of fat and a loss of 15 lbs of muscle over a 30 year period.

How does this happen?  Beginning in their mid-30s most people start to lead a more sedentary lifestyle.  They have careers, get married, have children, and lead less physically active lives.  Your body is designed to be physically active, and the old saying "use it or lose it" is the truth when it comes to your body, especially your muscle mass.

Why do you gain body fat and lose muscle? Muscle is the component of your body that is active and burns the most calories.  Muscle mass burns calories while you are at rest just to maintain itself, even when you are asleep.  A pound of muscle burns approximately 6 calories per day even if you are doing nothing but resting and it burns more if you are active.  Your muscles favorite fuel during times of rest and moderate activity is body fat.

On the other hand, body fat is designed to be used by your body in times of famish.  It is encoded in your body to store body fat just in case you had to go without food for several days.  Consequently body fat only burns about 1 calorie per day to maintain itself.  So, you can see over time as you lose your muscle mass you lose your capacity to burn the calories you consume at the highest level.  Other words, your metabolism drops in relation to your muscle loss.

What can be done to prevent sacopenia?  Research shows the two most important things your can do to prevent muscle loss as you age is regular strength training (also known as weight lifting), and consuming the proper amount of protein high quality protein at each meal.

2 to 3 strength training sessions each week elicits an anabolic response in your muscles (repair and growth) causing your body to adapt to the increased demand to the resistance you are lifting.  And getting enough protein at breakfast, lunch, and dinner signals the body that it is okay to use the protein to rebuild and repair your muscles thus, maintaining your muscle mass.  Experts now agree that 25 to 30 grams of high quality protein at each meal is enough to maximize muscle growth and repair.

I'm in my 50s and I have more muscle mass than I had in my 20s.  I strength train 3 to 4 times each week and I supplement my protein requirements with a whey based smoothie every morning and I have done so for years.  Whey is a dairy derived protein and is one of the highest quality and most digestible proteins that you can consume.  Recently I teamed with a company called Vitalabs to produce one of the best whey protein supplements on the market.  Check it out by clicking on this link and let me know what you think. Protein My Whey.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Who Says You Get Weaker With Age?

People seem to think that once they reach the age of forty, their bodies start to deteriorate, slipping down the slope into old age. They blame their lack of energy, their pudgy appearance, and their aches and pains on “getting old”. Most of these symptoms are however the result of years of negative thinking, lack of exercise, and poor dietary choices. The key to keeping your body fit and firm as you age is making healthy lifestyle choices on a daily basis.

It’s a proven fact that people who make healthy lifestyle choices live longer and have a better quality of life than those who adopt unhealthy habits. So, deciding to incorporate healthy habits into your life is the first step to getting and staying fit and firm with age. The next step is choosing those activities that are the most beneficial in your quest to stay fit and firm.

Those, including myself, who stay fit and firm as the years pass find that a positive state of mind, and a proper mix of strength training, cardiovascular exercise, and balanced nutrition is fundamental to getting and staying healthy as you mature. People, such as Al Beckles, and the late Jack LaLanne are examples of the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle.

Al Beckles is a legend in the bodybuilding world. At the age of 55, Al placed second in the Mr. Olympia competition. The Mr. Olympia Competition is the premier bodybuilding event which thousands of competitors from across the world dream of winning each year. Al Beckles competed into his sixties because his physique was still phenomenal and better than competitors more than half his age

Jack LaLanne was a living icon to the benefits of healthy thinking, eating, and exercise. Over the years he performed amazing feats of strength and conditioning on his birthday. Jack worked out well into his 90s devoting one and a half hours each day to strength training. This is a true testament to the value of strength training as you mature.

While I don’t place myself in the same class with Jack LaLanne and Al Beckles I can tell you the value that healthy lifestyle habits have in my life. I am in my fifties and I keep my body fat at 10 percent or less. My fitness program consists of four strength training sessions each week followed by 20 minutes of cardio. I can chest press 100 pound dumbbells for 10 repetitions and leg press more than 1200 pounds neither of which I could do in my twenties.

Watch the following video if you want to see the results of making healthy lifestyle choices in your life. I've heard it said that you get weaker with age. I don't think so.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

New Personal Best on The Leg Press

I just had a fantastic workout today.  I had my all-time personal best on the leg press.  1250 lbs for 5 reps, not bad for age 55.

Pre-workout and post-workout meals are very important if you are going to have a good day at the gym.  You need to properly fuel your body about 30 to 60 minutes before you workout to have the energy to exercise at your highest level of intensity.  Then you need to properly refuel your body within 30 minutes after your workout for maximum recovery of your muscles.

My pre-workout meal consist of a shake made with Protein My Whey, 8 ounces of almond milk, one-half cup of frozen blueberries, and one-half cup of crushed ice.  I combine all these ingredients in a blender for a delicious pre-workout meal that contains: 247 calories, 3 grams of fat, 30 grams of carbs, and 28 grams of high quality protein.

The moment you finish your workout your body wants to start its recovery process.  So having a post-workout meal as soon as possible is very important.  Properly fueled your muscles will recover quickly and go into an anabolic state (growth).  My post-workout meal for recovery consist of shake made with Protein My Whey, 8 ounces of almond milk, one medium size banana, 2 tablespoons of reduced fat peanut butter, and one-half cup of crushed ice.  Again, I combine all these ingredients in a blender for a great post-workout recovery meal that contains: 463 calories, 15 grams of fat, 49 grams of carbs, and 35 grams of high quality protein.

Protein My Whey is one of the highest quality protein supplements on the market.  Check it out by following this link: Protein My Whey.

And if you don't believe that I leg pressed over 1200 lbs, check out the video here. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Are the Carbs You're Eating Causing Your Cravings?

 Controlling the insulin level in your blood is very important in your effort to control your weight.  Most food cravings and hunger pains originate from quick rises in your blood sugar level and consequently, spikes in your insulin level.  What causes this rise and fall in your blood sugar level ?  The answer is, your body digesting the carbohydrates in your diet.

Carbohydrates are essential nutrients that are excellent sources of energy (measured as calories) for your body; they are the preferred fuel for your brain and nervous system.  Most carbohydrates come from plant sources and are in the form of sugars, starches, and fibers. Sugars, also called simple carbohydrates, include fruit sugar (fructose), corn or grape sugar (dextrose or glucose), and table sugar (sucrose). Starches, also known as complex carbohydrates, include everything made of three or more linked sugars. Starches include foods such as breads, cereals, grains, pasta, rice, and flour. Fibers are technically classified as a starch because they are complex carbohydrates that your body cannot breakdown into sugar molecules. Fibers are more abundant in whole grains, legumes, and vegetables.

 Carbohydrates are an important part of your diet.  The problem is that most people get the majority of their carbohydrates form easily digested sources such as white bread, white rice, pastries, sugared sodas, and other highly processed foods.  These kind of foods are quickly converted into blood sugar, thus causing a rapid rise in your insulin level.  Insulin takes the blood sugar and stores it in your muscles for fuel and the remainder of it is stored as fat in your body.  This rapid rise and fall of insulin in your blood stream also causes energy highs and lows and food cravings.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Muscle is Key to Long-Term Weight Loss

I believe, as you age strength training is the best thing you can do to improve your health and fitness level. Strength training is important because around age 40 you start to experience muscle loss. “If you don’t do anything to replace the lean muscle you lose, you’ll increase the percentage of fat in your body,” says Dr. Edward Laskowski, a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Left unabated, you can lose up to 10 pounds of muscle each decade starting at age 40.

Loosing muscle is detrimental to your fitness because muscle is the component of your body that burns the majority of the calories you consume each day. Therefore, when you lose muscle your body requires less calories to function. Consequently, those extra calories you consume are stored as fat around your waist, hips, and other places.

Your body constantly burn calories, even when you’re doing nothing. This resting metabolic rate is much higher in people with more muscle. Every pound of muscle uses about six calories a day to sustain itself, while each pound of fat burns only two calories daily. This small difference can add up over time. In addition, after a bout of resistance training, muscles are activated all over your body, increasing your average daily metabolic rate.

Fortunately, strength training and the proper amount of protein in your diet can mitigate, and even reverse the loss of muscle at any age. Thus, increasing the amount of calories needed to function. That’s why you hear some people say that their appetites increase after they have been strength training for awhile. This is a sign that they are starting to build muscle.

It's been proven that consuming 25 to 30 grams of high quality protein within 30 minutes of completing a strength training session is the most effective way to stimulate muscle growth and recovery.  Thus, I use Protein My Whey for my recovery immediately after my workouts.  Protein My Whey contains 26 grams of muscle building whey protein isolates, one of the highest quality protein sources available.  In addition Protein My Whey is:
  • Fat Free
  • Cholesterol Free
  • Only contains 1 gram of carbohydrates
  • Sugar Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Sweetened with Stevia
I highly recommend Protein My Whey.  Find out more by clicking on this link: Protein My Whey

Friday, October 3, 2014

Complete and Incomplete Protein Sources

Protein is a necessary part of every living cell in your body.  Next to water, protein comprises up the greatest portion of your body weight.  Protein substances make up your muscles, ligaments, tendons, organs, glands, nails, hair, and many vital body fluids.  It is essential for the growth, repair, and healing of your bones, tissues, and cells.  In addition, the enzymes and hormones that catalyze and regulate your body processes are comprised of protein.  So, you see the proper amount of protein in your diet is vital for your health and well being.

Protein is composed of building-block chemicals called amino acids.  There are approximately 28 commonly known amino acids that your body uses to create all the various combinations of proteins needed for survival. These 28 commonly known amino acids are further classified as essential and nonessential amino acids.  Nonessential amino acids can be produced in your body, while essential amino acids cannot be produced in your body and must be obtained from the foods you eat.

The sources of protein in your diet are classified as complete or incomplete.  Complete proteins contain all the essential amino acids and are mostly from animal sources such as meat, fish, poultry, eggs, and dairy products.  Incomplete proteins lack one or more essential amino acids that your body cannot make itself.  Incomplete proteins usually come from plant- based sources such as fruits, vegetables, grains, and nuts.  You must eat incomplete sources of protein in a combination that contains all the essential amino acids in order for your body to use them.

As mentioned, you must get your essential amino acids from your diet because your body cannot make them itself.  Some of the best animal sources of protein are fish, poultry, lean cuts of meat, and low-fat dairy products.  Some of the best vegetable sources are beans, nuts, and whole grains.

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    • 26 grams of muscle building whey protein
    • 1 gram of carbohydrates
    • Fat Free
    • Cholesterol Free
    • Lactose Free
    • Sweetened with Stevia
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Protein Quality is Very Important

You've probable seen an advertisement something like this " our product contains 12 grams of muscle building protein."  But, is 12 grams of protein enough to build and maintain your muscle mass?

Truth is the quantity and quality of protein in your meal is very important in building and repairing your muscles.  Let's talk quantity first.  The goal of protein consumption and lean muscle mass is to optimize muscle protein synthesis (the biological process by which muscle cells are regenerated).  Studies show that consuming 25 to 30 grams of high quality protein at each meal is necessary to stimulate protein synthesis. Consequently, any meal in which you don't get a least 25 grams of protein does not start the rebuilding and repairing of your muscles.

Let's talk quality next.  While plant based sources of protein are good, the best and highest quality of protein comes from dairy, meat, poultry, and fish. To better assess the quality of protein in various foods, analysts often use the protein efficiency ratio, or PER, a measure of a specific protein’s ability to promote growth.

Whey, the watery residue from milk after the formation of curds in the cheese-making process, ranks among the highest quality proteins based on PER calculations, according to “NSCA’s Guide to Sport and Exercise Nutrition.” Used widely in protein supplements, whey has a PER rating of 3 to 3.2 and digests rapidly, which paves the way for rapid uptake of the amino acids it contains by your muscles to begin protein synthesis.

That's why after over 20 years in the health and fitness industry, I'm proud to introduce my new brand of whey protein to you.  It's called Protein My Whey.  Each serving of Protein My Whey contains:
  • 26 grams of muscle building whey protein
  • No fat
  • No cholesterol
  • No sugar
  • 1 gram of carbohydrates
  • Lactose free
  • Sweetened with Stevia
You can find out more and purchase this great product by clicking on this link: Protein My Whey.