Why Plastic Surgery is a Cop Out for Fitness Slackers

It takes a great deal of dedication to get the body of your dreams.  Some people have to work for many years before they are satisfied with the way they look.  However, as with anything in our gotta have it now society, there are shortcuts to getting your dream body.  While they may not be lasting, they are the fitness form of instant gratification.

Plastic Surgery as a Shortcut to Your Dream Body

If you do a search on cosmetic surgery in Portland now days you will see an amazingly long list of procedures that are available.  From the well known procedures such as breast implants and lifts to the lesser known procedures like the mommy makeover, you can choose from a veritable menu of things to have done to your body.  There are any number of things you can have enlarged.  There are calf implants, glut implants, and of course breast implants.

There are just as many procedures available to shrink things that have gotten too big.  This includes liposuction procedures.  Although this now goes by the more advanced phrase body contouring.  In regards to liposuction they have also come up with less invasive procedures that use lasers rather than suction tubes.  The recovery time from this type of procedure is much shorter than the traditional method.

Breast augmentation has undergone some advances as well.  Portland plastic surgeons are now capable of using body fat from another part of the patients body and relocate it to the breasts.  This insures there is no chance that the body will reject the enhancement.  This is not always the case with silicone or saline implants.  It also has the added effect of making the enhancements feel more real.

The other side of the coin is that you spend the time in the gym necessary to achieve your goals.  You learn self discipline and you become healthier at the same time.  To each their own.  More info is available at pdxcosmeticsurgeons.com

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Published:April 10, 2014 View Post

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How to Choose the Best All Around CrossFit Shoes

Choosing the All Around Best CrossFit Shoes

If you’ve recently started CrossFit or have been doing it for a while, you understand that a good pair of shoes is essential to good performance.  There is no other sport on earth that tests you mental and physical conditioning and the recovery ability of your body the way that CrossFit does.  And if you don’t have a good pair of shoes connecting you to the ground,  you are eventually going to suffer some sort of foot or ankle related injury.

What to Look for in a Good Pair of Training Shoes

best crossfit shoes for womenThe best CrossFit training shoes are going to have a few specific features that you should look for.  We will list them here in order of importance.

Small heel to toe drop – sometimes called the ‘offset’, this is the difference in height at the heel of the shoe versus the toe of the shoe.  To perform Olympic style lifts properly you want to have a relatively small offset.  When first starting training this can be difficult because many people lack the flexibility required to do Olympic lifts in flat shoes.  Nonetheless, you should work on your flexibility until you are able to do these lifts in low-offset shoes.  They are more stable and provide bette support than cushiony tennis shoes.

Toe Splay – for years running shoes and cross-training shoes have incorporated a restrictive toe area.  This is bad for your feet because it doesn’t allow your toes to splay or spread when you push off and land.  Our natural barefoot state allows the ideal amount of splay.  CrossFit shoes incorporate a larger splay area as well, making them much more stable plyometrics such as box jumps.

Exterior cage – CrossFit involves a lot of different exercises.  One of the most difficult is the rope climb. A rope will destroy a pair of tennis shoes in no time.  Manufacturers such as Reebok and Inov-8 have incorporated strong materials on the exterior of their shoes to protect your feet while doing rope climbs.  They’re worth the money, trust me.

For more information on shoes and CrossFit nutrition check out Efficient Gains.

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Some Yummy Paleo Cookies to Help With New Years

Yummy Paleo Cookies Will Help You Keep Your Resolution

Far and away the most popular New Years Resolution is that to lose weight. Most Americans tend to gorge themselves over the holidays. The thought process is simple. They say “It’s OK for me to have this extra ‘insert dessert of choice’ because come January 1 I’m going to start a diet and lose all the weight.

Part of the reason for the difficulty with maintaining any sort of diet is that they rely upon calorie restriction. Calorie restriction simply means that you eat less food than what your body is used to getting by on. It’s sounds completely logical, but there is something within every human being that works against this logic.

paleo coconut cookiesOur bodies are designed to survive. When we starve our bodies they go into conservation mode. This causes us to lose weight, but if you’re not eating the right kinds of foods, you’re going to lose the wrong kind of weight. And then once you’ve lost some weight and decide to start eating normally again guess what, you’re going to gain all that weight right back again.

At no other point in our history has food been so abundant. And if you take a quick look around you or at the statistics, the human race has never been fatter either. This stems from several circumstances. The first is an overabundance of food. The second is that so much of the food we eat is highly processed carbohydrates that our bodies don’t need.

Another problem with dieting is that most modern diets have you cut out the macro-nutrients your body needs to actually lose fat. Most diets tell you to cut out fat, eat more carbohydrates and proteins. That’s all well and good, but when you cut out fats, your body notices and it switches gears so that it can hold onto this energy source.

Why do our bodies hang onto fat when we diet? Fat is the most efficient source of natural energy that we can eat. Every gram of fat contains 9 calories. In contrast every gram of carbs and protein contain 4 calories. Our bodies instinctively hold onto this efficient fuel source when we restrict calories because it wants to conserve them until they are most needed.

If you’re pumping yourself full of carbohydrates, your body will use these first. On the flip side, if you eat a diet high in healthy fats such as coconut oil and nut butters, your body will see that it has an abundance of fat coming in. This in turn will cause your body to begin using your stored fat for energy.

This is where the Paleo diet comes into play. Unlike other diets, the Paleo diet refers to the diet of our Paleolithic ancestors. They ate whole foods. Meats, vegetables, tubers (sweet potatoes and parsnips), and nuts such as animal fat and nuts. Their diet consisted of very few carbohydrates. And as a result, they were very lean.

It also cuts out foods such as wheat and other grains, legumes, and dairy. All of these foods contain more carbohydrates than our bodies need to thrive. That’s not to say that you can’t have anything sweet however. There are some creative companies out there such as Gourmet Paleo, that have developed paleo chocolate chip cookies and other treats that adhere to the Paleo lifestyle. As with any treat, they should be eaten in moderation, but they won’t cause the same sugar spike you get from eating a few Oreo’s.

Check out this great video on paleo cookies.

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