June 03, 2013
Nutrition Data Snap Chats
When you start out on you fitness journey, you're not necessarily thinking about nutrition data or anything that is associated with it. If you are that's great, if you're not, here is a little nutrition data that will help you make better choices nutritionally.
Too Good to Be True?
Fila USA™ claims their Toning Resistance Tight Capri exercise pants for women “streamline the figure”, provide “41% more support” and can enhance strength training workouts by 50% - but do they really work. According to a study conducted by the American Council on Exercise, the answer is a resounding no. While participants in the study report feeling like the pants made exercise significantly more challenging, the scientific results conclude very minimal benefits. There was a mere 2% increase in VO2, and only tiny boost in caloric expenditure (0.09 more Kcal per minute that’s about half a peanut M&M). There was absolutely no significant difference in regards to heart rate. This said, they do streamline your figure, so if you need a confidence boost to motivate your workout, these may be the pants for you.
The Heart/Brain Correlation
Dutch researchers have found that what’s bad for your heart is also bad for your brain. The recent study surveyed almost 3,800 people between the ages of 35 and 82. All participants were checked for heart disease risks (i.e. smoking, diabetes, high levels of LDL - ‘bad cholesterol) and also tested on memory and mental agility (i.e. ability to plan, reason, move between tasks.) Turns out participants with the highest risk for heart disease did 50% worse on mental tests than the participants with the lowest risk. These findings were consistent among all age groups.
Beat the Bloat...Naturally
Feeling the effects of burrito night? Hit up some cilantro. Both the leaves and seeds of this helpful little herb can be used to aid in digestion, relieve intestinal gas, pain and distention. Try this: Throw some cilantro in your scrambled eggs for a high-protein, gas fighting meal. The lemony zing is also a great addition to salads and meat seasonings.