You likely already know that genetics significantly influence who you are. They mold your unique qualities that ultimately determine your thoughts, behavioral patterns, and of course, appearance. However, can your genes also influence how quickly you lose muscle mass over time? They sure can.Although everyone gradually loses muscle with aging, some people are genetically predisposed to lose it faster and easier, and starting at an earlier age, explains Julie Chen, MD, chief clinical officer at Vitagene, a DNA-based health and wellness personalization platform. Sarcopenia, which is the loss of muscle mass due to aging, often occurs as a result of lower levels of growth hormones, such as testosterone, and difficulties absorbing key nutrients we need, Chen says. (This article on your aging muscles will terrify you, but it just might change your life.)Generally, around 30+ in age, men and women can start to lose muscle mass—although it’s more common in men—but the … [Read more...] about Are Some People Genetically Predisposed To Lose Muscle More Easily?
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Your body has about 650 muscles. It doesn't matter that you only care about four or five of them. You need every one in order to perform the normal functions of everyday life -- eating, breathing, walking, holding in your stomach at the beach.Granted, you don't need to spend a lot of time thinking about most of your muscles. The 200 muscles involved in walking do the job whether you monitor them or not.You could try to impress your friends at parties by telling them the gluteus maximus is the body's strongest muscle, or that the latissimus dorsi (in your middle back) is the largest, or that a middle-ear muscle called the stapedius is the smallest. But it probably won't work, unless you have some really unusual friends. And muscle trivia can't capture the wonder of muscles themselves -- the brilliance of coordinated muscles in motion, the magnificence of well-developed muscles in isolation.We hope, in the following story, to help you understand a little more about … [Read more...] about The Secret Life of Muscles
Ethan Benda is used to the suspicions. Given his age (41) and his condition (jacked), he understands why people who don’t know him well automatically assume steroid use. “I looked better at 40 than I did at 20, so a lot of guys assumed I was on something,” he says.The experience has taught Benda (kcstrengthcoaching.com)—a personal trainer in Kansas City, Missouri, who competes in both Brazilian jiu jitsu and natural bodybuilding—to be cautious about judging others. That applies to his clients as well, many of whom are middle-aged guys whose doctors prescribe hormone-replacement therapy (HRT). “I can tell you this,” he says. “It’s not usually the guy you would suspect who’s on HRT.” The supplemental testosterone they receive isn’t enough to change their physiques in noticeable ways. But it does give them more energy for their workouts and quicker recovery. That, combined with a better mood and a higher sex … [Read more...] about How to Tell If Someone Is Using Steroids
Taylor Lautner isn't a naturally strong guy, but his career depends on becoming brawny. Between the first and second Twilight films, his character grew into a powerful werewolf. That meant he needed to gain 30 pounds of muscle in a year. Which he did. Think about that: Taylor Lautner used to be a 5'10", 140-pound, bony teenager, and now he's a rippled fitness animal. If he can overcome physical shortcomings, anyone can. "Inexperience works to your advantage," says Jordan Yuam, Lautner's trainer and the owner of Jordan's Virtual Fit Club. "The less muscle you have, the easier it is to gain muscle mass more quickly." Your strategy: Eat right and follow a smart, strategic workout regimen. "Maximize your genetic potential," says Yuam. "There's no reason you can't gain pounds of muscle in a year." Lautner is counting on it: The third movie in the Twilight series is due out in mid-2010. "My character continues to grow," he says, "so I'd like to pack on at least a few more lean pounds."Watch … [Read more...] about Build Muscle Fast
The question: “I want to gain weight, but how can I do it in a healthy way?”The expert: Lisa Young, Ph.D., R.D., author of The Portion Teller PlanThe answer: Intentionally gaining weight is tricky because if you simply eat more food, you’ll end up feeling overly full and sluggish—which is no good. Luckily, there are three smart ways to go about gaining weight, says Young. First, eat more high-fat foods. But make sure to focus on healthy monounsaturated fats, not the saturated kind. “Don’t just load up on butter and full-fat cream cheese because that’ll leave you feeling gross," says Young. “Plus, those fats are bad for your overall health. Rather, snack on more nuts throughout the day, eat avocados with nearly everything, and put more olive oil on your salads and your breads.”Another option: Drink more juice. But we’re not talking about drinking juice and nothing else—we’re talking about having the sweet drink with … [Read more...] about “How Can I GAIN Weight in a Healthy Way?”
Body image refers to how an individual sees their own body, and especially how attractive they feel themselves to be. Many men and women are concerned about their body image. Body image is not just what we see in the mirror. It involves memories, assumptions, and generalizations, according to the National Eating Disorder Association (NEDA). Throughout history, humans have given importance to the beauty of the human body. Society, media, and popular culture often shape how a person sees their own body, but popular standards are not always helpful. Constant bombardment by media images can cause people to feel uncomfortable about their body, and this can lead to distress, illness and unhealthy behavior. It can affect how we interact with others, and how we feel about many aspects of our life. Body image refers to a person's emotional attitudes, beliefs, and perceptions of their own body. It has been defined as "the multifaceted psychological experience of embodiment." … [Read more...] about Body image: What is it and how can I improve it?
Squats are that important. Squats are a full body exercise, typically done using your own body weight or with a barbell across your shoulders, and it works the gluteal muscles (which shape and define the butt) and leg muscles. When doing a squat, your body uses over 200 muscles, and getting stronger with squats will affect other areas of the body as well. This is because doing squats triggers the body into releasing testosterone and growth hormone; two things that are needed to build muscle mass. But the magic question is: how many squats a day should you do? In This Article: How Many Squats a Day for Men and Women? How Many Squats a Day to See Results for Women How Many Squats a Day to See Results for Men 30 Day Squat Challenge for Men and Women Types of Squats and Ways to Perform Squats Safety Tips and Warnings Women are built differently and have slightly different needs when it comes to training, but they should train the same way as men and add weight according to ability … [Read more...] about How Many Squats a Day
In my last blog, we talked about strength training and building muscle while incorporating short intense cardio exercise for building healthy lean muscle tissue. In this blog, I am going to talk what we need to feed the body for muscle repair and growth. EXERCISE IS ONLY HALF THE BATTLE EATING FOR MUSCLE MASS WHY PROTEIN IS CRUCIAL FOR MUSCLE GROWTH WHEN TO CONSUME PROTEIN HOW MUCH PROTEIN IS ENOUGH? SPACE YOUR MEALS THE QUALITY OF PROTEIN IS AS IMPORTANT AS THE AMOUNT About eggs- don’t be fooled into thinking you should discard the yolks when eating eggs. Eat the whole egg. The protein is divided between the yolk and the white but the The yolks in eggs contain all the valuable vitamins and minerals such as A/D/E as well as cholesterol that naturally increases your testosterone levels necessary for muscle and strength building. Let’s also debunk a myth: eggs will not raise your blood cholesterol. If you want to keep your blood cholesterol in check, then stay away … [Read more...] about Building Muscle : The key to Staying Lean (Part II – Eating for Muscle Mass)
Hi folks! Seth Coyne hear from youthfulblueprint.com. Today I’m interviewing one of the more intriguing and definitely one of the most unorthodox men in the fitness industry. If you’re having trouble moving forward in your health and fitness goals, Nick Nilsson has almost certainly invented at least one training method or exercise that will shock your body and help stimulate progress. Seth: Tell us a little bit about yourself, your methods and philosophies. Nick: I’ve been training more than 24 years now and I have two degrees in Physical Education and Psychology. And in the fitness industry, I’m known as the “Mad Scientist of Muscle.” The reason for that is, quite honestly, I’m a little bit nuts! A lot of what I do is completely unconventional and goes against the normal way of thinking when it comes to training. I believe in an experimental approach to fitness… constantly learning and innovating, … [Read more...] about The Mad Scientist of Muscle
Do you struggle with your weight? If you’re like most people, then chances are that you do. This article is designed to help you reach (and maintain) your weight goals relatively easily and for good. No, I’m not going to let you in on any “secrets” or quick fixes, but what I will give you is some solid advice on how to become healthier and leaner. One of the biggest reasons people can’t seem to keep their weight in check is because they’re constantly yo-yo dieting. As in they go on a diet, lose a few pounds, but then put the weight back on down the road. One of the biggest culprits that causes this, is the fad diet. Something new and shiny comes along promising the world. Everyone gets excited about it, but ultimately no one ever sees any lasting results. Another big issue with dieting is the compulsive weighing that comes with it. This obsession with one’s weight can actually lead to an eating disorder. Remember that when trying to lose … [Read more...] about How to Really Conquer Your Weight Easily and for Good