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Healthy Grilling

Posted in Diet, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on September 18, 2011 by Firstsource

Healthy Grilling

Barbeques can present you with diet-busting temptations, or clean options. The choice is yours.

By Ian Cohen

Few things please the palate better than a juicy burger or steak coming off the grill. When it comes to backyard barbecuing, red meat reigns as king. Unfortunately, it also wreaks havoc on your health with its artery clogging, saturated fat – fat that you busted your butt to shed at the gym. So the next time you fire up the grill, consider these healthy food options that not only taste great, but will also keep you lean and healthy throughout the summer.


Lower-Fat Meats

If cutting out meat just doesn’t cut it for you, consider at least substituting some leaner cuts when barbecuing, such as pork tenderloin, beef flank or sirloin steak. These cuts contain significantly less saturated fat than hamburgers, hot dogs, and sausage, while also offering more nutrients and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. 


Poultry Preferences

With its warm bun and delicious fixings, bypassing the hamburger can be tough going at the family barbecue. A great way to maintain the joys of the burger-eating experience is to switch it up by substituting a turkey burger. Just be sure to use mostly lean, ground, white-meat turkey, or you risk losing those low-fat advantages. 


Want to trim the fat further? A skinless chicken or turkey breast will give you the delicious, low-fat offering you crave. With just 3 grams of fat for a 3 oz. portion, these lean poultry products present a stellar substitute to their beefier cousins who come in at 15 grams of fat for every 3 oz serving. Be mindful however, that these numbers won’t mean squat if you leave the skin on since that’s where the majority of poultry fat is found. 


If it’s protein you’re concerned about, rest assured chicken and turkey are among the leanest ways to get it. As a matter of fact, a 3-ounce serving of lean chicken or turkey, without the skin, will provide about 27 grams of protein, compared to 23 grams of protein for a similar sized serving of beef.  


Go Fish

Land dwellers aren’t your thing? Then fish is an excellent option for your summer barbecuing. Aside from its great taste and low-saturated fat content (5 grams in a 3 oz. serving), fish is a high-quality protein (22 grams on average for a 3 oz. serving) that offers all the essential amino acids your body is incapable of producing on its own. As an added bonus, certain types of fish like salmon, tuna and freshwater trout are rich with heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids. And of course you can’t go wrong with the high-protein, low-fat, enormous-taste qualities of shrimp.


Veggie Options

Corn on the cob is a given at most summer barbecues, but it doesn’t have to be your sole veggie selection. After all it’s summer – vegetables are in full swing. Zucchini, squash, eggplant, tomatoes, asparagus, mushrooms and a variety of colorful bell peppers are all low-fat, vitamin-rich foods that are very barbecue friendly. Grilled vegetables can often retain more vitamins than steamed ones. Whether skewered, foiled-wrapped or placed right on the grill, these healthy veggies will add some sizzle to your BBQ staples. And just like meat, they can be seasoned with your favorite spices to add to their flavor. 

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Kidney Cancer Linked to Mutation Gene

Posted in Diet, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2011 by Firstsource
Kidney cancer cells Scientists think they’re close to understanding all of the abnormal genes which cause kidney cancer
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A mutated gene has been found in a third of patients with the most common form of kidney cancer.

The researchers said the discovery of a second major gene linked to renal cancer was a major advance.

The study, published in the journal Nature, shows the gene is involved in packaging DNA in the body’s cells.

The Institute of Cancer Research said the study provided a better picture of how the cancer formed and paved the way for future therapies.

Kidney cancer is incredibly good at evading detection; in around half of cases the sufferer has no symptoms.

In 2008, nearly 4,000 people in the UK died from the illness.

Completing the picture

Scientists have been gradually unravelling the genetic nature of kidney cancer for years.

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We may have an almost complete understanding of the set of abnormal genes which drive this cancer”

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The main gene involved, the tumour suppressor VHL, is mutated in eight out of 10 patients, but is not the whole picture.

Researchers at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute have discovered several other genes which play a part, but have now discovered a gene, PBRM1, which is mutated in around a third of cases.

Professor Mike Stratton, director of the Sanger Institute, said: “Our discovery is a major advance.

“We think we may have an almost complete understanding of the set of abnormal genes which drive this cancer.

“This insight will provide us with many new therapeutic directions.”

Kidney cancer is the seventh most common cancer in men and the ninth in women.

Dr Elizabeth Rapley, Institute of Cancer Research, said: “This cancer has a poor prognosis with fewer than 50% of patients surviving their disease for more than five years.

“The research provides a better and more complete picture of the genetic changes needed for renal cancer to develop.

“It highlights the importance of genes that wind and unwind DNA in renal cancer and paves the way for the development of personalised cancer therapies that exploit these mutations.”

Hottie of the Day

Posted in Diet, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2011 by Firstsource

Top Travel Spots for Endurance Athletes

Posted in Diet, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2011 by Firstsource

For some people, vacation isn’t synonymous with sitting still. We asked Kathryn Bertine, Olympic hopeful cyclist and author of As Good As Gold, about the best places for endurance junkies to visit to get their fitness fix.

Tucson, AZ

Winter training, fast group rides, and a happy climate in the coldest months bring pro athletes and age groupers to this desert city for unbeatable training. And chimichangas. (Hey, it’s recovery food).

Lake Placid, NY

What was once the winter sports capital of the world now offers terrific swim, bike and run courses any pro or recreational athlete is sure to love. Figure skaters are welcome, too, of course.

Nevis, West Indies

This little Caribbean island offers some of the best hill climbing in the world. For renting a bike or touring the island, just find Winston Crooke at Wheel World, and he’ll take you to the best spots.

Bend, OR

Portland’s cool and hip, but for some great endurance-geared cycling, Bend’s got it. Check out how the pros race every year at the Cascade Cycling Classic in late July.

Geelong, Australia

With the 2010 Road World Championships in cycling set for Sept 26-Oct 3, the Melbourne and Geelong areas will be abuzz with the best cyclists in the world. Whether to watch or to ride the course yourself, head to Australia to catch some of the best routes by bike. Make friends with locals by shouting “Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oy! Oy! Oy!”

Build Butt-Kicking Biceps

Posted in Diet, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2011 by Firstsource

You’ve done curls to death, but your biceps still aren’t growing. Now try the chinup with iso hold—a move specific to mixed martial arts (MMA) training that also helps to build bigger arms.

Grab on to a chinup bar with hands shoulder-width apart and palms facing you, and hang. Pull yourself up until your chin is over the bar and hold yourself there for 20 seconds. Lower yourself slowly, then explode back up. Now do three to five normal chinups.

Wrestling and jiu-jitsu involve prolonged isometric contractions, such as when you’re locking up with an opponent or struggling to apply a submission choke. This chinup simulates these situations, and then forces you to use explosive power when you’re already fatigued, just as a fighter needs to. Supporting your entire body weight in a chinup puts tremendous load on your biceps, and you’ll recruit even more muscle when you knock out the reps after the hold, making this exercise a formidable opponent to any plateau.

The Best Workout Machines

Posted in Diet, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2011 by Firstsource

We’ve criticized machines a lot in the past for not being nearly as functional or as effective as free weights, but they’re not all bad. In fact, if you suffer from joint pain, are recovering from an injury, or just feel as if you need a break from free weights, some machines could do you good. Here are a few of our faves.


It simulates a pulling movement like the chinup but also provides constant tension in the pullover’s contracted position—something you can’t achieve with free weights. This builds your lats so your body’s V-taper looks wider from the front.


If you’re already doing crunches, this is a good way to comfortably (and easily) bump up the resistance. You shouldn’t depend on it, but rotated in and out of your ab workouts, it can make for an excellent change of pace—and a great six-pack.


This apparatus forces you to fix your upper arm on a pad, making the lift stricter and more effective. Some manufacturers make an isolateral version that lets you work one arm at a time.


The advantage over free-weight preachers is that a good machine provides continued resistance at the top of the lift. Some, like Strive machines, also allow you to shift the path of resistance, providing extra stress at the top, middle, and bottom of the lift.


This classic lets you work the shoulders one at a time, mimicking dumbbells, only more comfortably. It also provides a unique stress to the middle head of the deltoid, which helps to widen your shoulders.


A favorite even among the most die-hard free-weight lifters, it allows each arm to work independently. This makes it closer to dumbbell pressing, and provides a different way to work the chest.

Dynamic Effort Training

Posted in Diet, Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, News, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on January 20, 2011 by Firstsource

What it Is
A method of quickly building explosive speed. You lift relatively light weights, usually small percentages of your one-rep max, as fast as you can.

How to do It
Find or estimate your max weight on a major compound lift like the bench press or deadlift. Then use light percentages of it over a five-week cycle. For instance, in Week 1, bench-press with 40% of your max. In Week 2, use 42.5%. In Week 3, 45%, etc. After a warm-up, do eight sets of two reps, moving the bar as fast as you can. Combine dynamic-effort lifting with heavy training, so if Monday is your dynamic bench day, you can bench again on Thursday with heavier weights and fewer sets.

Dynamic training teaches all the muscle fibers in a muscle group to fire at the same time, which leads to rapid strength gains and improves your overall athleticism.

as with any kind of explosive training, there’s a significant risk of injury, so maintaining good form is essential.

Bonus Tip: You should use a maximum of 70% of your max on dynamic-effort sets.