Advanced Fat Loss Techniques

May 2, 2012

Advanced Fat Loss Techniques

Struggling to lose that last bit of bodyfat, or looking to drop as much fat as possible in a short amount of time? Check out the tips below!

Calorie Cycling

By constantly changing the intake of your nutrients, your body is forced to adapt to the changes by keeping metabolism high and burning optimal levels of bodyfat. For a weekly cycle, try increasing your calorie intake on your major workout days (such as legs and back days), and decrease it on cardio-only days. This will signal your body to build more muscle and burn more fat, as it can’t get used to and adapt to a constant stream of nutrients. Start with a 10% increase/decrease, and adjust the frequency of your low calorie days depending on your results.

Workout Intensity

To keep the metabolism ramped up during weight training, try some intensity techniques. Decrease your rest periods between sets, superset two or three exercises (done back-to-back without rest), or throw in a short, high intensity cardio session (5-10 minutes) between exercises. These will all ensure your heart rate is kept up during the workout, and that your body is burning as much bodyfat as possible.

HIIT Training

High intensity interval training (HIIT) utilises different fuel/power mechanisms within your body, forcing it to adapt to different stresses. Studies have shown that HIIT burns more calories, and more calories from fat than the same length of training at a medium intensity. To incorporate HIIT training, start with work:rest periods of 30:60 seconds, and perform 15-20 minutes per workout. As you get fitter, adjust the ratio of work:rest, and aim for 2:1.

Macronutrient Separation

Many researchers believe that there is a greater tendency for the body to store fat if carbohydrates and fats are consumed at the same time. To combat this, make sure you eat either Protein + Carb meals (best consumed in the morning or around workouts), or Protein + Fat meals (at other times). This will ensure the carbs are used as energy and will not promote further bodyfat gain.

High Protein

Don’t forget to eat a diet high in protein. This will help keep hunger at bay, feeding your muscles and stopping them from deteriorating whilst you are dieting. There are a number of great protein powders available to buy. If you would like more information and a brief review on a new protein powder supplement, created by Mr Gaspari – Myofusion Probiotic Series, click here.

Yours in health,

Protein King

The advice in this article is to be used as a guide only and is purely the opinion of the author. No advice given is to be taken instead of advice from a qualified healthcare professional.


Muscletech Neurocore Review

May 1, 2012

Muscletech Neurocore Review

Muscletech’s launch into the world of concentrated pre-workout powders comes in the form of Neurocore – a ‘Super-Concentrated Pre-Workout Stimulant’. It certainly is concentrated, at only 3.9g per serve – and none of it is wasted on fillers or sugars. It’s all active ingredients.

Ingredient Highlights

  • Creatine HCl – a concentrated form of creatine found in Con-Cret, a much lower dose is needed to achieve the same results as creatine monohydrate
  • Beta-Alanine – Muscletech Neurocore provides 3.2g of beta-alanine at the full serving size of three scoops, the clinically proven dose
  • Citrulline – increases recovery and ATP production in muscles

Taste and Mixability Available in Grape or Fruit Punch flavour, Muscletech Neurocore tastes good without being amazing. The tiny serving size mixes easily into any amount of water.

Strength With 110mg of caffeine and 177mg of geranium extract per scoop, Muscletech Neurocore is one of the more powerful pre-workout powders. At the full serving size of three scoops, you are getting 3.2g beta-alanine, 3g l-citrulline, 3g of creatine hcl, which are extremely potent doses. You will definitely feel the stimulants working at the full three scoops.

Value At less than $1/scoop, Muscletech Neurocore is great value for those looking to kickstart their workouts. Protein King has everyday low prices on all Muscletech products!

Final Word For less than $1 a serve, you wont find a more potent pre-workout. While it doesn’t contain all the beneficial ingredients of Superpump MAX or Assault, Muscletech Neurocore can hold it’s own as one of the better concentrated pre-workout products.

Yours in Health,

Protein King

The advice in this article is to be used as a guide only and is purely the opinion of the author. No advice given is to be taken as a replacement for advice from a qualified healthcare professional. Prices are subject to change.


Ladybird Carb Starve Snack Bars

April 30, 2012

Ladybird Carb Starve Snack Bars Review

Ladybird’s Carb Starve Snack Bars are a delicious and healthy alternative to tempting junk food. With Choc Nut and Choc Crunch flavours, and a 30g serve size, Lady Bird Carbstarves are a guilt free snack not just for the ladies.

Ingredient Highlights

  • Slow-digesting protein blend of whey protein concentrate, calcium caseinate, milk protein concentrate and soy protein isolate
  • Only 3.5g of fat and 1.5g of carbohydrates per bar
  • Added vitamins and minerals

Taste In one word: WOW! Ladybird Carbstarve Snack Bars don’t have the usual dry, bland flavour of most protein bars. Both the Choc Crunch and Choc Nut flavours are great, and they definitely taste like they are bad for you.

Strength Over 10g of protein and only 120 calories per bar makes for a great snack food!

Value Since Ladybird Carbstarve Snack Bars are only 30g each, a box of 15 will set you back less than $30. Protein King’s prices are always lowest!

Final Word The best tasting nutritional bar we’ve ever had, and has serious nutritional benefits! Ladybird Carbstarve Snack Bars are here to stay.

 

Yours in Health,

Protein King

The advice in this article is to be used as a guide only and is purely the opinion of the author. No advice given is to be taken as a replacement for advice from a qualified healthcare professional. Prices are subject to change.


Gaspari SuperPump MAX Review

April 26, 2012

With the recent emphasis on concentrated pre-workout powders, it is encouraging to see a new product counter the trend and release a fully dosed supplement. Gaspari’s new SuperPump MAX claims to be the ‘concentrate killer’; instead of relying on stimulants such as high caffeine or DMAA doses, supplying full clinical doses of key ingredients such as Leucine and L-Citrulline.

Ingredient Highlights

  • Branch  Chain mTOR Stimulation Blend – although the exact ratios of the three BCAA’s are unknown, 2g of Leucine per scoop of MAX is an important benefit of this product that the concentrated powders cannot include in their products. At the full dosage of 3 scoops, MAX will provide almost as many BCAA’s as many standalone amino acid supplements.
  • Nitric OxiENDURANCE Complex – the combination of L-Citrulline (rather than arginine) and Carnipure will promote strong levels of Nitric Oxide production
  • PhosphoDRIVE Signalling Complex – combining Creatine Monohydrate with Magnesium-Creatine Chelate promotes better performance than creatine alone and increases muscle cell hydration

Taste and Mixability
With eight flavours to choose from, there is something for everyone. We liked Pink Lemonade best. At only 16g per scoop, the powder dissolves easily into 300ml of water.

Strength
At the minimum dose of one scoop, SuperPump MAX might not give you the jitters like a concentrated product would. At the full three scoops, you are getting a good amount of caffeine, and unless you have a super high caffeine tolerance, you will be feeling it. Even at the lowest dose, you are getting good amounts of key ingredients.

Value
One tub of SuperPump MAX has 40 x 16g scoops, which will power 40 workouts at the recommended serving size. At three scoops per serve, you are getting around 13 workouts out of the tub. Most people will use one-two scoops per workout which should last at least a month. At Protein King’s price of $49.95, it is great value.

Final Word
The ingredients in SuperPump MAX suggest you will not only have a great workout, but you’ll get the further benefits of delayed muscle soreness, faster recovery and higher strength levels that they provide. Could this be the ‘concentrate killer’ it claims to be? We think so.

Yours in Health,

Protein King

The advice in this article is to be used as a guide only and is purely the opinion of the author. No advice given is to be taken instead of advice from a qualified healthcare professional.