Author: Fitness Definition Team

The Sirtfood Diet and Hacking ‘the Skinny Gene’

A diet that emphasizes dark chocolate, red wine, kale, berries, and coffee? It either sounds like the best possible road to wellness and weight loss, or too good to be true. But wait, it gets better: According to the creators of the Sirtfood Diet, these and other so-called “sirtfoods” are purported to activate the mechanisms controlled by your body’s natural “skinny genes” to help you burn fat and lose weight. Boasting a list of delectable foods you probably already love, and bolstered by reports that Adele used it to lose weight after having a baby, the Sirtfood Diet sounds understandably appealing. But not...

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8 Things to Keep in Mind if You Want to Lose Weight This Year

1. Be realistic. Effective weight loss requires personal honesty. “Make sure any changes you will make are realistic for you and your lifestyle,” Maxine Yeung, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., NASM-CPT and founder of The Wellness Whisk, tells . That means don’t plan on cooking a healthy meal every night if you hate spending time in front of the stove. Instead, you might commit to cooking two nights each week and ordering in from a restaurant with healthy options the rest of the time. It’s also important be honest about your own food preferences. “If you really don’t like a so-called...

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7 Reasons You Might Wake Up Gasping for Air

In a perfect world, you’d drift off to sleep peacefully each night and wake up in the morning feeling refreshed. While that’s the reality for some people, if you have the less pleasant experience of waking up gasping for air, a good night’s sleep might just be a pipe dream. Plenty of factors could be behind these breathless wake-ups, ranging from normal sleep patterns to more serious health conditions. Here are seven possible reasons you might wake up gasping for air. 1. Hypnic jerks A hypnic jerk is a harmless muscle twitches that may happen when you fall asleep. “It’s often accompanied with a bit...

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7 Mistakes You Make Right Before Bed That Are Ruining Your Sleep

Tossing and turning all night when you desperately want to sleep is an actual nightmare. Sure, sometimes this happens because of a temporary factor like unusually high stress, so you can get back to sleeping well once the tumult passes. But if you’re regularly getting a bad night’s sleep, it could be due to something entirely preventable that you’re doing right before bed. Here are a few bad nighttime habits experts want you to break ASAP. 1. You don’t have a regular bedtime. In a perfect world, you’d go to bed at the same time every night and strive to get...

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No, You’re Not Going to ‘Overdose’ on Protein

Peanuts can be murderous for those with severe peanut allergies. Chugging gallons of otherwise-harmless water in minutes can become fatal. And, in those with a rare genetic disorder, taking in too much protein causes heightened levels of ammonia in the blood, which can contribute to everything from fatigue to death. Such was the case for Meegan Hefford, a 25-year-old Australian woman who reportedly died following consumption of high levels of protein supplements in preparation for a bodybuilding competition in what many outlets have referred to as a “protein overdose.” However, doctors later determined that she had an undiagnosed urea cycle disorder, which affected the way...

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