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How Important are Calories When Trying to Lose Weight?

caloriesinpizzaQ) In terms of getting lean, how important is counting calories?

A) I'll get right to the point. A lot of nutritionists still stick exclusively with calories as the one and only factor that determines a person's ability to gain fat or lose fat. They conceptualize or water-down the fat burning process to a simple math equation. I like to kid and say "That's why a lot of math teachers are fat." In other words, while mathematics are clean and concise measuring tools, when it comes to fat loss, they don't always work. Let me explain a bit more.

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Everything You Need to Know for Bodybuilding Competition!

 

The 2011 competition season is fast approaching, with the kick-off of the LA Fit Expo, FLEX Pro, and the Arnold Classic. This year promises to be an exciting and unbelievable year filled with hot bodies, hard bodies and great performances! Are you going to be one of them?

Do you compete? Have you considered competing? Bodybuilding competition is at an all time high right now for men and women. It has never been more popular then at this time.

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Bodybuilder Medicine, Volume 4.: Lower Body Injuries

In my last article, we touched upon the most common upper body injuries that I see in my practice.  In this installment, we'll discuss the most common lower body injuries I see from lifting weights.  For the sake of this article, we'll also include the lower back as part of the lower body.

First, let's cover some basic terms:

1-Sprain: Overstretching (partial or micro-tearing) of a ligament (connective tissue connecting bone to bone)

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Paul DeMayo: The War of 1991!

paul_demayo_mainLate one night I was on the phone chatting with Dave Palumbo about everything from ketones to who's the biggest sham trainer in the sport. The conversation was about as fluid as the Mississippi . . . jumping from one topic to another at nearly the speed of light.  It also doesn't help that I talk about multiple subjects at one time somehow believing they are all germane and interconnected to each another.  Usually, after one of my all-over-the-place conversations, I realize that I'm not even making sense. This night, the back and forth banter turned to Paul DeMayo and I said, "Yea I worked with him too."  Dave, and probably many of you out there, didn't even know that Paul was one of my clients.  Well, I met Paul back in 1987; he came to visit me at Springfield College where I was studying the "guru" sciences.

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Aceto's Guide To Pre-Contest Training!

ronnie_colemanOn Heavy Muscle Radio last week - the World's Greatest Bodybuilding Radio Show- Dave and I bounced around training styles and what we feel was the ideal approach when prepping for a contest.  Bodybuilders usually go a little crazy and alter their training so far away from their "off-season" training that it's sometimes unrecognizable. I think that's a huge mistake. I have always maintained that the training you did to build your body is the same training you need to do as you run up to a show. The hardcore and heavy training while dieting is, in fact, the main stimulus that allows the body to hold onto and keep that metabolic-boosting muscle while you drop calories to get ripped.  If you make the mistake and "lighten up" on your workouts, and fall for the trap that more sets and reps will lean you down, often the muscle ends up looking lean, but lacks that crazy dense look.

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It's a New Year. . . Time to Get Hardcore!

PerfectPrisonOkay...it's time to confess...how many of you out there have watched movies like Rocky 1V and visualized yourself training out in the wild with only the most basic equipment possible.  What about the hardcore prison movie where inmates are working out in the yard . . . ever imagine that was you?

Hardcore ‘boot camp' style training definitely appeals to the ‘macho gene'.  However, let's be totally honest here, no one wants to put themselves out in the wilderness or into a maximum security prison to experience bare bones training!

 

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Why is Breakfast the Most Important Fat-Burning Meal of the Day?

BreakfastQUESTION:  Does eating a big breakfast really make any difference in getting lean or is that another nutrition myth?

ANSWER:  Hell if I would know!  Ok, I do know. And it's not a myth. It's a true factoid.  It's the most important meal of the day, next to the pre-training meal. Before getting into some of the facts and logic behind eating a large breakfast, let me give you my own personal experience going all the way back to 1988. That year, I was working with a really good local bodybuilder in Springfield Massachusetts. I had him was eating 2400-2600 calories a day and he was pretty damn lean, but not shredded.

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Bodybuilder Medicine, Volume 3: Most Common Injuries!

shoulder_impingement_intro0In the last couple articles, we discussed the most prevalent side effects of anabolic steroids that I see in my every day practice.  In this installment, we'll veer into the more common upper body injuries I see from lifting weights.

First, let's cover some basic terminology:

1-Sprain: Overstretching (partial or micro-tearing) of a ligament (connective tissue connecting bone to bone)

2-Strain: Overstretching (partial or micro-tearing) of a muscle or tendon (connective tissue connecting muscle to bone)

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Chris Aceto Answers: Is an Excessive Amount of Calories Necessary to Build Muscle?

 

PEteI have always been told that you must take in more calories than you expend each day to build muscle. Is that really true?

 

 

On paper, in a text book that’s true. In reality, there’s more to it than that. Certainly, calories are extremely influential in promoting gains in muscle mass. However, other factors play a role such as protein, fat, and carb intake, meal timing, and hormonal levels.

Many nutritionists will argue that you have to eat more calories than you burn to build additional muscle mass. That idea is limited in that you always have to consider other factors; specifically those listed above. Calories, say from carbohydrates, provide fuel for the muscles to do work

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I Think I'm Hooked on Endorush Xtreme Strength!

endorushxtremestrengthOkay, I have to confess that when it comes to ANY kind of energy drink or tablet I'm a total ‘re-hab worthy' addict. I mean if it's on the shelf in Vitamin Shoppe I have probably tried it!

The trouble with a lot of these products though is...they just don't work! I mean we have all read the bottles that pretty much tell us that if we drink the stuff inside we're gonna turn into a rampaging monster at the gym.  The only trouble is that when we actually consume the stuff NOTHING HAPPENS and we have ‘just another workout'.

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