Dangers of soy

The dangers of soy are thoroughly documented in the scientific literature, which makes it hard to believe that many health and fitness communities and counselors, and most health food stores, still promote soy products as ultra-healthy foods.

Hopefully this harmful misrepresentation of soy foods will begin to change as the dangers of soy become better known

A Summary of the Dangers of Soy

  • Soybeans and soy products contain high levels of phytic acid, which inhibits assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc.
  • Soaking, sprouting, and long, slow cooking do not neutralize phytic acid.
  • Diets high in phytic acid have been shown to cause growth problems in children.
  • Trypsin inhibitors in soy interfere with protein digestion and may cause pancreatic disorders.
  • Test animals showed stunted growth when fed trypsin inhibitors from soy.
  • The plant estrogens found in soy, called phytoestrogens, disrupt endocrine function, that is, the proper functioning of the glands that produce hormones, and have the potential to cause infertility as well as to promote breast cancer in adult women.
  • Hypothyroidism and thyroid cancer may be caused by soy phytoestrogens.
  • Infant soy formula has been linked to autoimmune thyroid disease.
  • Soy has been found to increase the body’s need for vitamin B12 and vitamin D.
  • Fragile soy proteins are exposed to high temperatures during processing in order to make soy protein isolate and textured vegetable protein, making them unsuitable for human digestion.
  • This same process results in the formation of toxic lysinoalanine and highly carcinogenic nitrosamines. (Doesn’t sound like anything anyone would want to eat, does it?)
  • MSG, (also called free glutamic acid), a potent neurotoxin, is formed during soy food processing. Many soy products have extra MSG added as well.
  • Soy foods contain elevated levels of toxic aluminum, which negatively effects the nervous system the kidneys and has been implicated in the onset of Alzheimer’s.

Feeding Babies Infant Soy Formula Is Like Giving Them Birth Control Pills!

  • It’s been found that babies given infant soy formulas have 13,000 to 22,000 times more estrogen than babies fed milk-based formulas.
  • Babies fed exclusively on infant soy formula are receiving the estrogenic equivalent (based on body weight) of at least four or five birth control pills per day!
  • There has been an increase of delayed physical maturation among boys, including lack of development of sexual organs
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Coconut Chicken Salad with Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Servings: 3 • Serving Size: salad with 2 chicken tenders

 • Calories: 397.6 • Fat: 11.0 g • Protein: 26.8 g • Carb: 32.5 g • Fiber: 4.4 g Sugar: 10

  • 6 (about 12 oz) chicken tenderloins
  • 6 tbsp shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup panko crumbs
  • 2 tbsp crushed cornflake crumbs
  • 1/3 cup egg whites
  • pinch salt
  • olive oil spray
  • 6 cups mixed baby greens
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced

Vinaigrette

  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar (balsamic would work too)
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard

Whisk all vinaigrette ingredients; set aside.

Preheat oven to 375°.

Combine coconut flakes, panko, cornflake crumbs and salt in a bowl. Put egg whites or egg beaters in another bowl.

Lightly season chicken with salt. Dip the chicken in the egg, then in the coconut crumb mixture. Place chicken on a cookie sheet lined with parchment for easy cleanup. Lightly spray with olive oil spray and bake for 30 minutes turning halfway, or until chicken is cooked through.

Place 2 cups baby greens on each plate. Divide carrots, cucumber, tomato evenly between each plate. When chicken is ready slice on the diagonal and place on top of greens. Heat dressing in the microwave a few seconds and divide equally between each salad; a little over 1 tbsp each.

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Weight Loss With Coconut Oil

Coconut Benefits
Unadulterated virgin coconut oil contains a number of beneficial medium chain triglycerides (MCT), including:

  • Lauric acid
  •  Myristic acid
  •  Capric acid
  •  Oleic acid
  •  Linoleic acid

Just so there’s no confusion, yes, coconut oil is a saturated fat. But because of its unique “medium chain” molecular structure, you need not worry about packing on the pounds.

MCT’s are unlike other unsaturated fats in that they provide many of the crucial metabolic constituents needed to burn fat, maintain healthy body weight, boost energy and immune system function, regulate thyroid activity, fight fatigue and absorb vital nutrients. And among all of the pro-health compounds inherent to coconut oil, Lauric acid is clearly the most promising and significant.

MCT’s As An Energy Source:

The good news doesn’t stop there, however. MCT’s, especially those in coconut oil, are not stored in the way that other saturated fats are. Rather, they are immediately metabolized by the liver and used as an instant source of energy.

I personally know several people who have been able to kick their coffee habits, and believe that one week of supplementation can convince anyone who doubts its energy producing potential. In fact, many physicians now recommend coconut oil to patients who deal chronic fatigue.

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Get Ripped and Build Muscle

Stuck in a plateau? Looking for a way to increase intensity? Blast your muscles into oblivion with these four powerful & proven techniques. Try them now and watch your muscles grow while burning the fat!


Partial Rep Routine:


You are taught from early on that full-range-of-motion reps are the way to go if you are looking to increase muscle and strength to your physique. How can Partial Reps help if you are not performing the full range of motion. First you need to realize that to perform a partial rep set correctly you start by using full-range-of-motion reps until you can’t do any more in full-range-of-motion form. 
Instead of stopping the set you continue to perform partial reps with as much range of motion as possible to extend the set and drive the muscle into complete failure. Partial Reps were a favorite of Dorian Yates. He was known to do them until he was not able to move the weight at ALL.

Triple Drop Sets:

The next technique we will discuss is the Triple Drop Sets. A triple drop set is performed by doing as many reps as you can with one weight to failure then quickly decrease the weight and continue performing reps until you fail again after that you decrease the weight one last time and perform as many reps to failure.

This is an amazing way to pump the maximum amount of blood into the target muscle and also bring the muscle to absolute failure. As you can see you are doing three sets in a row. If you use the utmost intensity only one triple drop set per exercise is needed.

Single-Rep & Post-set Rest Pause:

Rest Pause sets are an excellent technique to help raise the intensity of any workout. There are two different variations of the Rest Pause Sets that I like to use, the Single-Rep Rest Pause and the Post-Set Rest Pause Set.

When you perform a Single-Rep Rest Pause Set choose a weight that is about 90% of your 1 RPM. Perform one rep in perfect form, rest for 5-10 second, then perform your next rep resting again after one more rep. Continue performing all your reps one at a time with a 5-10 second rest in between each.

When performing the Post-Set Rest Pause Set. instead of resting for a short while between each rep like in the single-rep rest pause set, we will perform a normal set with continuous reps until we reach failure. Rack the weight and then take a 5-10 second rest, then continue and try to pump out as many reps to failure once more.

This rest-pause technique triggers the use of more slow twitch muscle fibers as you are increasing the overall reps in the set. This technique really makes sure that you bring your muscles to absolute failure.

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Amazing Workout for Glutes and Hamstrings

A different approach to regular hack squats. Amazing workout that will target your glutes and hamstrings.

Try it out.

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The Most Overlooked Key to Permanent Fat Loss

It’s so obvious how important proteins and carbohydrates are, and it has become easy for one to understand how they should control their consumption of them. However, fats seem to be often overlooked in a nutrition plan.

A lot of buzz has been created about Omega-3 fatty acids, and it’s not difficult to see why. The Omega-3s contain DHA and EPA, which lower bad cholesterol and lower blood pressure. There are many sources of Omega-3s, including salmon, canola, soybean, olive and flaxseed oils, and walnuts. You can also obtain these in fish oil supplements.

Another one of the good fat sources are the monounsaturated fats. These are generally considered the best as they do not have many adverse affects associated with them. Also, monounsaturated fats have been linked to lower cholesterol, reductions in heart disease, and healthy skin. Good sources of this type of fat are: olive oil, almonds, cashews and avocados.

Does It Matter What Time Of Day These Healthy Fats Are Taken?

Any time is a good time for fat. Fats make a delicious addition to any meal, and complete meals tend to have lower glycemic indexes, keeping your blood glucose levels in check and prevented insulin spiking and subsequent fatigue.

However, fat intake should be watched carefully if you’re on a restricted calorie diet. Because they are calorically dense, you can easily go above your maintenance calories by consuming too much fat and you may gain weight. Fat may have its benefits, but a calorie is still a calorie.

Which Fats Should One Avoid?

Trans fats are the worst type of fat you can possibly eat. These man-made fats can harm the body in countless ways. They can raise cholesterol levels, increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, liver dysfunction, and infertility.
Trans fats can be found in margarine, butter, many packaged and frozen foods, soups, cookies, cakes, other desserts, and fast food. I recommend avoiding these at all costs.

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Common misconception in fat loss

Dont islolate!

It’s a scientific and biological fact: you absolutely cannot isolate one set of muscles and lose fat just in that one spot, and that includes belly fat. If there’s a product or pill that promises otherwise, it’s a scam, straight up. To lose stomach fat, you need to change your diet and exercise habits, all over. It’s that simple.

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Protein problem solved

Unfortunately, protein is a nutrient often downplayed when it comes to women’s diets. For some reason, many people seem to think women don’t need to emphasize protein in their diets, but I am here to tell you that you DO. Protein is made up of amino acids, the building blocks of many tissues in the body, including muscle. Certain amino acids are “essential”, which means the body cannot make them and they must be obtained through your diet. When you workout, you breakdown muscle tissue. In order to repair that muscle tissue and gain lean mass and become stronger, you must give the body protein to supply the amino acids needed for recovery. If you do not get enough protein in your diet your body will not have enough amino acids, specifically essential amino acids, to work properly and recovery from workouts.

Now that you know why protein is so important, let’s find out how much protein a woman needs.
The recommended daily allowance of protein for inactive adults is 0.36 grams per pound of body weight. But what about active women, do they need more protein than inactive women? The answer is a YES.

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Exercises to Help Add Sexy Curves

What is the most common thing you see women do in the gym? Cardio. And if they do lift weights the pick up a 5 pound dumbbell and do endless reps. As i’ve discussed, women need to lift heavy, challenging weights just like men in order to gain muscle. While machines do provide sufficient stimulation to gain muscle, nothing can beat free-weight/compound exercises.

I’ll go over a few free-weight and compound exercises that you can incorporate into your weight training.

Deadlifts

Deadlifts are a full body exercise, meaning it stimulates just about every muscle in the body. Deadlifts hit the legs, back, traps, abs, obliques, etc. Deadlifts are a must for building a fully developed body. If you don’t do them, you are selling your results short.

Squats

Squats are perhaps the most effective exercise you can do for overall leg development. Free-weight barbell squats are a compound exercise that hits the entire upper leg, quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. Like deadlifts, if you don’t squat you are selling yourself short. These are a must for toned legs.

Lunges

Lunges are great for targeting the glutes, hamstrings, and quadriceps. Lunges will help tighten up your legs and butt and give you the curves you want.

Pull-Ups

Pull-ups work the muscles of the back, biceps, and forearms. Most gyms have an assisted pull-up machine, so if you cannot do pull-ups with your bodyweight, this machine will allow you to do pull-ups with less than your bodyweight.

Dips

Dips work the muscles of the chest, shoulders, and triceps. Dips are a great exercise for overall upper body development, especially the shoulders and triceps.
Most gyms have an assisted dip machine, so if you cannot do dips with your bodyweight, this machine will allow you to do dips with less than your bodyweight.

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Biggest female fitness mistake

The testosterone story

The hormone testosterone is responsible for the large increases in muscle mass seen when men lift weights. Women’s testosterone levels are a fraction of men’s testosterone levels. Normal testosterone levels in men are 200-1200 ng/dl while 15-70 ng/dl are normal in women. As you can see, men’s testosterone levels are SIGNIFICANTLY higher than women’s. If we look at the median or mid-range testosterone levels in men and women, men = 700 and women = 42.5. So on an average, men have 16.47 times more testosterone than women!

It is clear that women do not have the hormonal support (testosterone) to gain muscle mass like men. Therefore, the fear of becoming big and bulky and looking like Arnold Schwarzenegger with a ponytail is unwarranted.

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