Choosing the right personal trainer is more than just another task. Your new trainer will touch upon many of the deep themes we face in these modern times: a little bit of celebrity, undivided personal attention, the elusive promises of transformation and improvement. As you begin to take responsibility for your new body and life, it’s important to […]
When you’re trying to shed fat quickly, there are four things to do right away that will make a big difference. These principles are also part of my Zig Zag Meal Plan.
I’m a 40-year-old “weekend warrior” I play basketball, football, and run frequently. Lately, however, I’ve experienced a lot of injuries (strains, pulls and joint issues) and I’m wondering why do I keep getting injured and what I can do to prevent this? ~Matt, Los Angeles It’s crucial you stretch and build flexibility. Think of your arms and […]
Are you struggling with self-motivation? Having a hard time getting yourself to your regularly scheduled workouts? Finding more and more reasons to cheat on your healthy diet? We all struggle with motivation from time to time. But building self trust through a healthy dose of motivation, coupled with a little determination, will get you almost […]
HEY SAM: I am thinking about buying cross-training shoes to use in the gym. Is there anything specific I should look for in cross-training shoes? ~Bob, Los Angeles As with men, it’s important to know that not every shoe is equipped to handle every need. Knowing the differences between these types shoes will help you […]
HEY SAM: I just had a protein bar for breakfast, but I’m still hungry. What should I eat now? ~LaManda, Los Angeles That’s great that you got some protein with breakfast! (Research shows that people who eat a high protein breakfast 30 minutes after waking lose more fat than people who don’t). The reason you are […]
HEY SAM: Wondering if I could get some advice from you on the troubling “inner thigh” — I really want to slim my inner thighs, but they seem to keep bulking up. I’m getting to the point of wanting lipo. Help me, buddy. ~James, Salt Lake City, Utah I have found that repetitive motions, using […]
I just found out I have low thyroid and am now taking a prescription for it [about a month now]. I haven’t been able to lose weight for two years and I’d been working out like a crazy person. I tried to gain muscle but my body fat just went up to 31 percent. I […]
Sam, you mentioned “shocking” the muscles when you work out and doing different exercises. Does that mean that every time you work out, it’s good to always change your workout, or should you be consistent and change your workout routine every couple weeks? -Joseph, Los Angeles The body responds rapidly to any weightlifting or exercise […]
HEY SAM, I recently started your Zig Zag meal plan. Can you tell me the names of a few low-carb shakes, powders, or bars you recommend? How do you know if they qualify as “low carb?” Roger, Los Angeles
KETOSIS (kee • toh • sis) is a metabolic state in the human body made possible by the process of KETOGENESIS, characterized by elevated levels of ketone bodies in the blood. In layman’s terms, being in a state of ketosis just means that our bodies are using fat for energy, instead of glucose. Ketosis is experienced by […]
HEY SAM: My doctor recently told me that I’m at risk for high blood pressure and placed me on blood pressure medication. What’s the best way to augment my workout routine in this situation? A: People who participated in a regular yoga program experienced a natural drop in blood pressure, according to new research from […]
Peripheral neuropathy causes pain (sometimes described as tingling or burning) and numbness in the hands and feet. While HIV is one cause of the condition, it’s certainly not the only one. Diabetes and cancer treatments (such as radiation or chemotherapy) are also common causes. Exercise may not actually reverse the condition, but it can most certainly help.
Supraphysiological levels of testosterone and growth hormone will reduce fat and increase lean body mass, but the long-term effects are largely unknown.
Used intelligently in concert with an exercise regimen and clean diet, these four supplements may prove useful as you work to shed a few extra pounds.