Can Cheat Meals Help YOU While Dieting?

Many fitness professionals allow their clients to have cheat meals or even entire cheat days during a hypocaloric diet. I'm sure you can guess what the reasoning in doing this is: keeping yourself sane while limiting a lot of the food that you would LIKE to eat all the time. I tend to agree with using some form of cheat meal or cheat day for number physiological and psychological reasons. In this article I will focus on the how how a caloric restriction can effect our reinforcing value of food. What is the reinforcing value of food. According to Epstein et al "A reinforcer is a stimulus that increases the rate of a behavior that it follows. For example, when a dog learns a trick to get a dog treat,…
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Thoracic Mobility and Shoulder Pain

I've seen many people in the gym with sore shoulders. I usually see them doing the same old things: external rotation variations!!! This is an old way of dealing with shoulder issues. I'm assuming the theory for doing this came from assessing the internal and external rotators. Since many gym goers think training their upper body consists of chest and bicep work, their rotator cuff get's messed up. If you are looking only at the rotator cuff, then you would probably note differences in ROM into internal (IR) and external rotation (ER), as well as weaknesses into IR and ER. I'm here to tell you that you are focusing on the wrong things by doing only this method. Yes there is a time and place for strengthening your ER's, however…
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Social Support and Weightloss

This has been a topic that has been on my mind a lot lately. I feel social support doesn't receive nearly the amount of attention is deserves when it comes to weight loss. You can have a highly motivated person, who knows everything about macronutrients, yet if they surround themselves with saboteurs, they aren't going to be able to reach their goals. This is especially true after you have lost weight and are trying to keep it off. A very interesting study came out in August of last year talked briefly on this subject among many others. The study was titled 'An exploration of the experiences and perceptions of people who have maintained weight loss.' The study aimed to discover a few of the effective strategies the participants used after…
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