Dustin’s Health & Fitness Articles of the Week – 4/20/14

10 Simple Ways to Eat Healthy Without Thinking – “What you eat is important, but even healthy food can stop you from losing weight if you eat too much of it. Your brain is easily fooled by shifts in perspective. It’s also more responsive to external cues like an empty plate, than internal cues like a full stomach. Understanding these influences can show you how to tilt them in your favor. Usually we eat more than we should because of the mindless margin, but you can use the same principles to subtly influence your behavior and mindlessly eat less. Over time this calorie difference can help you drop weight. It’s slow, but it’s steady. And best of all, it’s painless” -Darya Rose (source).

Plant egg entrepreneur raises $23m in latest funding round, led by Asia’s richest man, Li Ka-shing – Founded in 2011, San Francisco based food company Hampton Creek has been taking on chicken eggs with non-GMO plant-based products (Just Mayo and Beyond Eggs) and has raised a total of $30 million in funding to date.

The Truth About Nutrient Timing – A thorough review of the research published on post-workout meals and the perceived benefits is suggesting that depending on when you have a meal prior to training, you might actually have a 4 to 6 hour window as opposed to the current belief of 30 to 60 minutes. If you find the article to be a tough read, simply skip to “The New Rules of Nutrient Timing” at the bottom of the article for a quick summary.

What’s the Difference Between a Romanian Deadlift, American Deadlift, Stiff Legged Deadlift, and Straight Leg Deadlift? – Great article explaining the differences and how to properly perform the exercises. If you are new to deadlift exercises I recommend looking at his suggested beginner hip-hinging drills at the bottom of the article. Deadlifts are not gender specific and are arguably one of the best compound exercises (meaning they target multiple muscle groups) you can have in your workout program. FYI – you might encounter a pop-up window that is missing the “close” or “X” button but just click the upper right hand corner of the pop-up box and it should go away.

Carb Controversy: Why low-carb diets have got it all wrong – “Strict diets aren’t the answer. If your eating plan isn’t working for you, it’s tempting to make it more restrictive. You might assume that if you aren’t losing fat going kinda low-carb, you should go full ketogenic (low-carb). But more restriction almost never works. Don’t take your nutrition to extremes — unless you have extreme goals. Strategic moderation, as unsexy as that sounds, is the only sustainable method.” -Bryan St. Pierre



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