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Diet Tips

Walking VS Running: Does Walking Help You Lose Weight Or Is It Something That Only “Unfit” People Should Do?

I was recently flipping through some fitness magazines and found an article called “How many calories do you burn walking vs running.” It peaked my interest because I wanted to see what they had to say about it because I am not a fan of long distance running (jogging) yet most fitness publications praise it. It was a short and vague article that simply stated that you burn the same amount of calories if you jogged one mile or walked one mile. The scenario changes once you cross the one mile threshold. The article concluded that walking was more beneficial for just overweight and obese people only because they were unable to run. I will tell you why I completely disagree with that last statement and why walking provides benefits to all people.

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(I wouldn’t mind taking my daily walks here)

Walking Isn’t Just For Fit People: What Intense Exercise Lacks

Many people ask, “Does walking help you lose weight?” Yes and No. When it comes to managing and/or losing weight, diet is the number one factor. I can’t stress this enough. If diet is under control then brisk walking can provide many additional benefits that intense exercise doesn’t. Brisk walking for about 30 minutes a day can greatly reduce both inflammation and sluggish blood flow (hemostasis). Intense exercise does NOT reduce inflammation. Walking regularly also helps strengthen the joints, increases energy, slows cognitive decline, and lowers blood pressure.

Burning Minimal Calories: Don’t Let That Be An Issue

HIIT, circuits, bodyweight cardio, etc are all pretty intense exercises that shred body fat, increase metabolism, boosts HGH, and increases endurance in a short amount of time. Even though walking around 2,000 steps will only burn 100 calories don’t let that stop you from doing it. Walking isn’t meant to be your sole source of exercise, nor is it your “go to” for weight loss. It should supplement your workouts. The more you can incorporate this activity into your daily routine the better.

Not Real Exercise?

The thought of walking as not a “real” exercise is bogus but there is some key differences. Like I said before, walking should not be your only source of exercise. Now, if you are really out of shape then this is the best place to start. Whatever it takes to get you from a sedentary lifestyle to an active one is a push in the right direction. However, walking as fast as a snail isn’t going to help you much. It doesn’t matter how “out of shape” you are, the body will adapt very quickly to your walking routine so there will need to be a change in effort to capture the most benefits.

Put A Little “Spring In Your Step”

To get the most out of your walks you need to have a pace faster than a snail. Walk as if you are late for something. Keep in mind that your speed level may be a stroll for another. To keep the effectiveness of your efforts you should be able to feel your heart rate increase. You should also be able to hold a conversation with a partner but still be slightly out of breath when talking.

When Intervals And Other Intense Exercise Isn’t Enough

I used to think that intense exercising 3-4 times per week and a clean diet was enough to stay healthy and lean. I was wrong. The times where I had the lowest body fat levels, had the most energy, and felt the most healthy, was when I walked for upwards of 30 min to 1 hour a day. Don’t get me wrong, someone can still achieve high levels of fitness without walking but they are missing out on the health benefits of this low level activity. Just don’t make walking to lose weight a high priority.

Be Careful Where You Get Your Information

I tend to stray away from most mainstream fitness sites and publications simply because they contain a lot of recycled garbage and misinformation despite the high numbered followers and readers. It doesn’t help when you read bad advice from bodybuilding magazines expressing that that you should spend most of your time resting (laying down) when you aren’t building muscle. They propose that walking is not essential and is only for obese people. Once again, terrible advice.

Final Conclusions:

I didn’t touch on the running portion so I highly recommend reading Marathon Cardio: Cardiovascular Endurance Training Is Ineffective For Fat Loss. This post helps to understand when to use walking vs running and why. To recap: Don’t worry about “does walking help you lose weight.” Walking will supplement weight loss and increase health benefits when used in conjunction with strength training and intense exercise. So get out there and make it a daily activity.

The Clorox Food Bath: Can’t Buy Organic? Try Soaking Your Food In Clorox Bleach

Are you kidding me?? That was my reaction when I first saw my mom soaking food in water mixed with Clorox bleach. Although it sounds startling and a little unsettling, soaking your foods in a Clorox bath is actually very safe. It can help kill and remove toxins, pesticides, chemicals, bacteria, fungus, and other harmful poisons from conventional (non-organic) foods. Obviously, eating organic food is much healthier for you but it can get pretty expensive and isn’t always available. Although you can’t put a price tag on good health, there are ways to get the best bang for your buck!

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(I’m not a bath guy but I wouldn’t mind taking one with this kind of view!)

Here’s What You Need For The Clorox Food Bath

Whether you have meat, vegetables, fruit, and even eggs, all you need to do is take about 1 teaspoon of Clorox and mix it with 1 gallon of purified water (preferably.) Make sure to prepare a new and fresh bath for each food group. Drain or dispose of the mixture after use. Then soak the food in a regular freshwater bath for about 10-15 minutes to ensure there is no residue. Drain the water…dry the food… and eat!

Bath soaking times:

1) Meats: 5-10 minutes per pound (make sure to thaw beforehand)

2) Vegetables: 25-30 minutes (Vegetables with roots)

                      12-15 minutes (Leafy vegetables)

3) Fruit: 25-30 minutes (thicker skinned fruits) 

            12-15 minutes (berries or thin skinned fruits)

4) Eggs: 25-30 minutes

Note: Don’t forget about soaking the food in fresh water after the initial Clorox bath.   Using more Clorox does NOT equal better.

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Use Only “Regular” Clorox Bleach

This is a must! This only works with Clorox and not any other brand. The use of this brand produces an effect that is similar to homeopathic potentization. Which is nerd for: Clorox acts as a magnet. Its strong negative charge will pull the chemicals/toxins positively charged molecules from the food. Too much Clorox can damage the food due to a higher chance of oxidative damage.   This is why it is important to make sure your 1 teaspoon measurement is accurate.

Give It A Try And Tell Me What You Think 

Soaking your food in this bath will both enhance the flavor and shelf life of your food. It also doesn’t leave an unpleasant aftertaste. Since there is only a small amount used, any residue that is left will be washed away from the second bath. So if you can’t buy organic, this little tip will rid the food items of harmful pesticides, or other chemicals and poisons that are universally found on non-organic foods. If you can’t buy organic, give the Clorox food bath a try and let the comments roll! 

An Interesting Quote By Dr. Parcells Who Discovered This Technique

“A very educated man came to see me. He had heard about the miracles my cleansing methods performed turning lifeless, contaminated substances into excellent quality food. I told him how he could clean his food by putting it into a solution of water with a few drops of Clorox bleach. ‘But bleach is a poison!” he exclaimed. ‘A spoonful of whiskey won’t kill you, I said, but a quart might.’ I never heard from him again. There is no use in trying to educate the overeducated; they’ve already made up their minds about how things work.”

Why Celebrity Workout Routines And Popular Hollywood Diets Are Untruthful and Overrated

I just got back from an awesome vacation and wanted to write about this particular topic right away. I got burnt pretty bad from walking the beaches of Florida so I was having a hard time falling asleep at night. Since I was a little restless I decided to do some channel surfing in my hotel. I couldn’t find anything worth watching until I stumbled across a celebrity trainer giving fitness advice for women over 40. I believe the routine was designed for Courtney Cox. I don’t know the name of the show or host but it was quite comical to watch the workout unfold. The trainer instructed the host to perform this weird “row/arm flap” move with a three pound dumbbell.  Watching just a few exercises taught by the trainer confirmed how useless this celebrity workout routine really was. The problem is that normal women across the country will latch on to this ineffective plan and wonder why they aren’t getting results.

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Good Genetics And Bad Advice

I don’t want to dive too deep into the topic of genetics so I will keep it brief. Way too many people blame bad genetics for being fat. Unless you have some rare condition, being overweight or obese is not an excuse for bad genetics. Genetics may incline you to gain weight a little easier than others but you still have total control of your eating and exercise habits. A comment by the show’s host explains my point. “You don’t want too heavy of a pound if you want Christy Turlington’s arms.” Even though the trainer agreed with the statement, it simply isn’t true. Lifting heavy weights for low reps tones the arms. You just have to make sure you are stopping a rep or two short of failure with ample rest between sets.

Exceptional Genetics=Less Effort

 Ok..back to genetics. Women like Courtney Cox and Christy Turlington have great “slim” genetics that work in their favor. People with exceptional genetics can perform bicep curls while holding an apple or tricep extensions with a feather and still get great looking arms. Ok maybe that is a little extreme but I hope you get the point. Just keep that in the back of your mind for a moment. So what does this have to do with celebrities?

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Why I Talk About Hollywood Diets And Celebrities??

It comes to no surprise that celebrities generate more searches per day than just about any other topic online. With that being said, it is very popular for writers/companies/bloggers/myself to use celebrity names to drive traffic to their sites.  There is a huge buzz of interest to know and follow the lives of Hollywood actors. The largest portion of searches come from people looking for the latest celebrity workout routine or Hollywood diets. In reality they just want the slim “Hollywood Look” but are unsure how to get it. So they blindly imitate what they think the stars are doing.

This Is A Huge Reason Why I Started This Site

There is a growing amount of those who are sick of the bulky “bodybuilder” look and just want a functionally fit body. That is what this site is laser focused on. I want to give the proper information and tools to those who are searching to sculpt a slim and toned body that resembles that of famous celebrities, models, and athletes. That is the main reason why I use celebrity names to drive traffic to this site. So there you go….

Copying An Exact Routine Will Not Get The Job Done

Even though you may be able to find a detailed workout that is supposedly followed by a celebrity, I don’t trust them. A vast majority of the workouts are very vague, basic, outdated, ridiculous, and weird. Following their routines from popular sites, magazines, and publications, are typically nothing but sales techniques.  For the most part you are not going to get in top shape by following them. Even though I do have some routines for you on this site to follow, understanding the core principles behind them is what counts. With any routine, you must know why and how things work. This is why I provide the tools and information behind the workouts and not just a “plan” to follow. Once you understand how fitness works, you can essentially mold your own routine to sculpt the kind of body you want.

Hollywood Has A Dirty Secret

Many celebrities have to spend countless hours in the gym and with the use of complex diets to achieve an ideal body. Since most celebrities don’t adapt a lifestyle of fitness, they are under some serious time crunches to get ready for a movie role. Because of this…diet and exercise is just not enough to get “movie ready” in such a short time. What they don’t tell you is the other “thing” they use for a quick fix…HGH pharmaceutical injections!  This is the little secret that they don’t want you to know about. The widespread use of HGH injections used by celebrities is what enabled them to get in phenomenal shape in record time. HGH does an amazing job of increasing muscle mass and fat loss even without exercise. So no matter how bad celebrity workout routines are structured, they will achieve phenomenal results very quickly with the use of HGH.

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Don’t Be Discouraged…You Can Achieve The Same Results Without Injections

I don’t ever recommend the use of pharmaceutical HGH to get fit. I find it more impressive for those who can stay in great shape no matter what time of year without any use of pharmaceuticals. Don’t worry…you can definitely reach the same look of any celebrity so don’t give up. If you couldn’t I wouldn’t be writing about it. I’m trying to teach you how to do it the right and healthy way. I also truly believe that your body will thank you in the long run.

Take Note Of Celebrity “Transormations” For Movie Roles

You already know what I am talking about. The ones who are sporting a chiseled body for their current movie yet a few months earlier they looked like they could have been a spokesperson for Krispy Kreme donuts! A doctor’s prescription is most likely present when you see ridiculously fast transformations. I am not saying that all celebrities are involved with this stuff. I am just skeptical of the “over the top” body changes in such a short time.  I will say that guys like Matthew Mcconaughey, Jason Statham, and Hugh Jackman seem to stay in pretty good shape year round. They may or may not be using HGH, it is difficult to know. I will try and give them the benefit of the doubt.

Note: I discourage any kind of pharmaceutical injections. Great health does not come from the use of drugs, injections, magic fat loss pills, etc. Good health also doesn’t just come from the latest Hollywood diets or popular celebrity workout routines. It comes from getting your butt off the couch and putting the material and principles to good use.

I’m Addicted To Food And Why Can’t I Stop Eating:Why Friends Can Negatively Influence Fat Loss

Think for a moment when you have been in a position where you are dining with  friends and this scenario arises.  You are sitting in a restaurant and have already made a conscious decision in choosing a meal that won’t rack up a whole days worth of calories in one sitting.  You open the menu and find yourself salivating over the picture of a triple-decker cheeseburger with endless garlic fries and soda.  The battle of the mind begins.

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You have been doing a great job with intermittent fasting,  strength training, HIIT cardio,  and have all been kicking your butt.  You have been seeing amazing results from week to week and want to continue into the next week on a positive note…..so you decide eating a meal on the lighter side.  In your mind it’s a done deal and you feel good about it.  But before you open your mouth, all your friends have blurted out their orders of an appetizer the size of a spare tire, a triple-decker cheeseburger, and the two foot brownie sundae for dessert.  While handing the menus to the waiter they turn in your direction, anxiously awaiting a decision.  Without even thinking about it, your initial decision turns to “I’ll have what they are having,” followed with a little bit of remorse of “why can’t I stop eating.”

Is There A Reason Why I’m Addicted To Food? Why Pals Shape One Another’s Health Behaviors

Do you remember junior high lectures about how strong peer pressure can be?  Of course most of the topics were in directed towards more serious things like sex outside of marriage, alcoholism, drugs, tobacco, etc.  If your friends are dabbling or diving into these acts of behaviors, typically your behaviors will model it. Research has found that areas like these are considered socially contagious behaviors(it is thought that food addicts grab hold of these habits). So contagious that evens a small group of friends that decide to get a flu shot(despite how harmful and ineffective they are) make big impacts on others deciding to get one even though they never planned to in the first place.

So What Does This Have To Do With Diet?

As you can see, your friends’ health decisions have a weird way of influencing us.  Sometimes without even knowing it!  I like to call it “The (Sundae) Ripple Effect.”  Having a close friend who’s packing on the pounds left and right can make you almost 60% more likely to do the same.  Research shows that how much you weigh directly correlates on who you hang out with.  James Fowler,Ph.D and Nicholas Christakis,M.D. both studied social networks for about ten years and have found that “consciously or unconsciously, people look to others when deciding what and how much to eat, and how much weight is too much.” What they mean by this is best described in the previous scenario in the restaurant.  You had your mind made up about what you were NOT going to order and had no desire to even glance at the dessert menu.  That all changed when everyone else ordered the colossal dinner package.

We May Seek Relationships That Influence to Indulge

I am going to come out and say it….women are the worst culprits when it comes to this.  Some of you ladies may be laughing because you know it’s true.  Not every day do you hear about a guy calling up a buddy asking him to come over so they can eat out of the same carton of ice cream because he had a crummy day at work.  Women are notorious for this.  Many women have “junk food and I can’t stop eating friends” that they call up on any given time of the day to say “I had a terrible day, do you want to come over and fry up some cheese sticks and polish off a package of Oreo’s.  That would make me feel a lot better.” 

Being A Copycat Is Not Always A Bad Thing

On the reverse side of the issue, research has also shown that you can pick up “good” habits from friends.  If your group happens to be eating just an appetizer as their meal, do you want to be the one who strolls in and orders a six course feast?  Most people will want to behave appropriately to leave a good impression on those around them.  This is also the case when friends start eating right, eating less, stop eating junk food, and weight train consistently, can rub off on you and positively impact you to do the same. Of course women typically will take this idea to the next level.  If there is competition between two women, whether it is over a man, school, work, fitness, etc-they use “under eating” as a weapon.  When women compete to gain an edge, they will most likely choose a smaller or lighter meal than their rival.  It is a weird way of showing the other person that they are winning.  Researchers have also found that even  if a women hasn’t ate anything after a couple days, will still eat as much or even less than their competitor.

Friends Can Also Try To Sabotage Each Other

Let’s say you have been away from the gym for years and your diet has fallen by the wayside.  You decide to take positive action by getting your butt in gear by working out and getting your diet in control.  Friends might come along and pressure you into skipping your workouts or influencing you to order the cheese fries over your original decision of a salad. The reason for this…….they don’t want to be reminded of their own struggles with weight by watching a healthy eater make careful choices” says Susan Bowerman of UCLA’s Center for Human Nutrition. “We want them to join our ‘Im addicted to food’ club.”

I Am Not Saying Your Friends Are Evil

I wanted to make a clear point that I am not here to tell you to go and find different friends.  The whole point of this article is to make you aware of your surroundings and how friends can influence your fat loss goals.  You can still be in charge of your fat loss despite what your friends are doing and saying. Being able to recognize the negative influence can give you the leg-up on how to handle these obstacles head on and turn them into something positive.  This will help you battle against the “why cant I stop eating” syndrome.Like I said before, your friends may not even know they are doing it.  That is the point.  You never know, your good habits may end up being the positive influence on your friends to get fit.

Is Soda Bad For You?What About Drinking Diet Soda?What Happens In Your Body After Drinking The Fizzy

I have completely cut out drinking diet soda and regular pop for many years and it was one of the best choices that I have made.  I have read and researched a lot of information dealing with aspartame side effects, sugar/corn syrup, and chemicals in the drink, so cutting it out of my diet was a no brainer.  It wasn’t until someone introduced this article to me written by Dr. Mercola that really inspired me to write about it and post it on my site. So is soda bad for you? Just knowing what it does in the body makes me want to run for the hills.

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Here We Go….

Do you want to be healthy inside and out? Drinking soda is bad for your health in so many ways; science can’t even state all the consequences. Here’s what happens in your body when you assault it with a Coke or other name brand Soda’s:

Within the first 10 minutes, 10 teaspoons of sugar hit your system. This is 100 percent of your recommended daily intake, and the only reason you don’t vomit as a result of the overwhelming sweetness is because phosphoric acid cuts the flavor.

Within 20 minutes, your blood sugar spikes, and your liver responds to the resulting insulin burst by turning massive amounts of sugar into fat.

Within 40 minutes, caffeine absorption is complete; your pupils dilate, your blood pressure rises, and your livers dumps more sugar into your bloodstream.

Around 45 minutes, your body increases dopamine production, which stimulates the pleasure centers of your brain – a physically identical response to that of heroin, by the way.

After 60 minutes, you’ll start to have a sugar crash.

How many sodas have you had today? How about your kids? As of 2005, white bread was dethroned as the number one source of calories in the American diet, being replaced by soft drinks.

The average American drinks more than 60 gallons of soft drinks each year, but before you grab that next can of soda, consider this: one can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, 30 to 55 mg of caffeine, and is loaded with artificial food colors and sulphites. Not to mention the fact that it’s also your largest source of dangerous high-fructose modified corn syrup.

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(My favorite 1987 Nintendo game had to be Mike Tyson’s Punchout! Of course Soda Popinski is in this post simply because of his name!)

Let’s take a look at some of the other major components of a can of soda:

  • Phosphoric Acid: Which can interfere with the body’s ability to use calcium, leading to osteoporosis or softening of the teeth and bones.
  • Sugar: It is a proven fact that sugar increases insulin levels, which can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, weight gain, premature aging and many more negative side effects. Most sodas include over 100 percent of the RDA of sugar. Sugar is so bad for your health in so many ways, I even created an entire list outlining 100-Plus Ways in Which Sugar Can Damage Your Health

My notes: We have really underestimated the negative effects of sugar. Not only does it suppress the immune system but it is both fungally contaminated and is the number one source for fungus to thrive.

  • Aspartame: This chemical is used as a sugar substitute in diet soda. There are over 92 different health side effects associated with aspartame consumption including brain tumors, birth defects, diabetes, emotional disorders and epilispsy/seizures.
  • Caffeine: Caffeinated drinks cause jitters, insomnia, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, elevated blood cholesterol levels, vitamin and mineral depletion, breast lumps, birth defects, and perhaps some forms of cancer. (I would only exclude coffee from this list)

My notes: Caffeine coming from synthetic sources like soda can really mess up your body functions. This is just one of many effects of diet soda.

  • Tap Water: I recommend that everyone avoid drinking tap water because it can carry any number of chemicals including chlorine, trihalomethanes, lead, cadmium, and various organic pollutants. Tap water is the main ingredient in bottled soft drinks.

A Leading Cause of Obesity

Clearly, the over-consumption of sodas and sweet drinks is one of the leading causes fueling the world-wide obesity epidemic.

One independent, peer-reviewed study published in the British medical journal The Lancet demonstrated a strong link between soda consumption and childhood obesity.  They found that 12-year-olds who drank soft drinks regularly were more likely to be overweight than those who didn’t. In fact, for each additional daily serving of sugar-sweetened soft drink consumed during the nearly two-year study, the risk of obesity jumped by 60 percent.

If You Are Not Already Using Intermittent Fasting In Your Diet Plan

Here’s another sobering fact if you’re struggling with weight issues: Just one extra can of soda per day or can add as much as 15 pounds to your weight over the course of a single year!

Other statistics on the health dangers of soft drinks include:

  • One soda per day increases your risk of diabetes by 85 percent
  • Soda drinkers have higher cancer risk. While the federal limit for benzene in drinking water is 5 parts per billion (ppb), researchers have found benzene levels as high as 79 ppb in some soft drinks, and of the 100 brands tested, most had at least some detectable level of benzene present
  • Soda has been shown to cause DNA damage – courtesy of sodium benzoate, a common preservative found in many soft drinks, which has the ability to switch off vital parts of your DNA. This could eventually lead to diseases such as cirrhosis of the liver and Parkinson’s

Is Soda Bad For You? Should I Even Have To Answer: Parents Listen Up!

If you are still drinking  diet soda or even the regular kind, stopping the habit is an easy way to improve your health. Pure water is a much better choice, or if you must drink a carbonated beverage, try sparkling mineral water with a squirt of lime or lemon juice.

There is absolutely NO REASON your kids should EVER drink soda. None, nada, zip, zero. No excuses. The elimination of soft drinks is one of the most crucial factors to deal with many of the health problems that you or your children suffer from. You are directly responsible for your child’s well being.

(Remember, sugar can actually be  more addictive than cocaine!)