The Glycemic Index and Other Alternatives

[caption id="attachment_72" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Graph showing the differences in glucose spikes between high GI and low GI Foods"][/caption]First off, I hope everyone had a great Christmas. Hope Mr. Claus treated you well this year and I hope you had a good sleep after your turkey hangover. I want to talk about the Glycemic Index (GI), Glycemic Load (GL), and Insulin Index (II). These three indices are used to calculate the rise in blood sugar or rise in insulin after eating different kinds of food. The GI compares the blood sugar spike in a food compared to the spike in blood sugar of 50 grams of glucose. Since glucose is the form of sugar our body uses after carbohydrates are broken down, it digests incredibly fast. The GI of, say, dried…
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5 Cool Things

1. Training the transverse abdominus (TVA) isn’t as important as learning how to brace your abdominals. The TVA’s main functions are abdominal hollowing and forced expiration. Abdominal hollowing should not be used while exercising. When you hollow your abdomen you are only activating your TVA. When you brace your core you are contracting not only your TVA, but your internal and external obliques as well. Contraction of your external obliques will increase spinal stability, which is very important while lifting weights. It’s also important to brace your core while doing core stability work. 2. The old ‘breakfast is a must’ myth. To be honest, I believed this one until recently too. The studies out there are pretty interesting. This study showed that children who eat breakfast generally have better body…
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Let’s Talk Glutes

Some of you may feel this article is only for the ladies. I’m here to tell you it most certainly is NOT! Ask any female how she feels about a guy with flat-ass syndrome. I’d bet money she’d probably laugh at a man whose ass bares a remarkable resemblance to a ruler, especially if he has any upper body development. This blog will benefit both men and women. Let's start by discussing the role of glutes in various sports. Since the glutes are a powerful hip extensor, they are vital for pretty much any sport which requires movement of the lower body. For example in sprinting, glutes become incredibly important as they are used to push the body off the ground and forward. In other running sports such as: football,…
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