Your Questions About Health And Fitness Magazine

Sharon asks…

what is your favorite womens fitness magazine?

Besides Women's Health which I think is the best. Self, Fitness, Shape?

dknol answers:

Oh my gosh!! I love all three of those magazines!! Out of those three, I would have to say fitness is the best, then shape then self, but that's just my opinion :)

Lisa asks…

What is a good web site to get exercises from for women?

I need some ideas for strength training (with machines, free weights or whatever) for women and some more resources on women's exercise in general. Anyone know any good web sites about this? Books and magazines would be good too.

dknol answers:

These websites offer excellent virtual exercise demos for toning up your butt, stomach, legs, arms, shoulders, and so on:
http://www.hydroxycut.com/WOMEN/WORKOUT/EXERCISES/index.shtml (for women)
http://www.bodyforlife.com/exercise/animations.asp

Great diet/fitness magazines:
http://www.self.com (Self Magazine)
http://www.fitnessmagazine.com (Fitness Magazine)
http://www.prevention.com (Prevention Magazine)
http://www.womenshealthmag.com (Women's Health Magazine)

Not sure about any books on women's fitness, but if you go to a Barnes & Noble or Borders you can browse the appropriate section and see what you like. And since you can just read the books at the store, be sure to bring paper & a pen so you can jot down notes to yourself if you don't want to make any investments. I prefer looking at websites though because you get the animation and personalization that books can't really give you.

Good luck!

Maria asks…

What health magazine do you read that assist in your pursuit of living a healthy lifestyle?

dknol answers:

Muscle and Fitness Hers
Fitness RX for Women
Oxygen

Mark asks…

How much to gain weight for bodybuilding at 165cm?

My height is:
165 cm / 5 ft 5 inches

My weight is: 64 kilos
Age: 23

I want to know how much extra weight should I gain to become a bodybuilder like the people that are on front of men's health/men's fitness magazines. I dont want to become super muscly like Arnold Schwarzenegger but at the same time attract women.

Also what type of food should I eat to gain that mass.

dknol answers:

Drink a GALLON of WHOLE milk a day. Eat plenty of eggs, lean ground beef (or other red meat), tuna, almonds, walnuts, whole-wheat pasta, multigrain bread, beans of all sorts, and plenty of raw vegetables and fruits to balance it out. You should be eating a meal every 2-3 hours. You should be consuming between 2000-4500 calories a day. Also make sure you are getting no less then 6 hours of sleep a night.

Get a workout that looks like this, and make sure you start with a fairly heavy weight 75-100 lbs:
Workout A:
Squats 3 sets of 5
Bench press 3 sets of 5
Dead lift 1 sets of 5

Workout B:
Squats 3 sets of 5
Shoulder press 3 sets of 5
Power cleans 5 sets of 3

Alternate every other day (EX: Monday – workout A, Wednesday – workout B, Friday – workout A. Next Week: Monday – workout B, Wednesday – workout A, Friday – workout A. Etc.) Add 5 lbs everyday (10 lbs to dead lifts). You should warm up for each lift like this:

2 sets of 5 with just the bar
1 set of 5 with 25% of the weight
1 set of 3 with 50% of the weight
1 set of 2 with 75% of the weight

You can add dips to the workout if you also want prettier arms.

If you want more details about this workout you can find everything you want to know by looking up Mark Rippetoe and feel free to email me with any questions or comments.

William asks…

Is it safe to detox your body?

I'm a college student that is trying to get in better shape…I read in Fitness magazine that before you start dieting that you should detox your body. I want to really start dieting after Christmas. Is detoxing safe? Also, what are some ways that I can safely detox my body? Thanks!

dknol answers:

You can't detox your body. You need to find better resources for information.

“Detox” is short for detoxification and detoxification is a natural process involving your liver and kidneys and there is nothing you can do to effect it. It is impossible to detoxify a human once the toxin is in the blood with the possible exception of kidney dialysis, kelation therapy, and other expensive medical modalities. Currently “detox” is a faddist word, relatively meaningless, and is used to express that which the users cannot otherwise express because of ignorance of because the expression would be patently false.

Detox diets, cleanses, and supplements don't work. There is no diet which will cause your body to get rid of toxins, heavy metals, poisonous by-products from smoking, drugs, etc. And cleanses for the purpose of weight loss don't work because they can only eliminate water and small amounts of waste which the body will replace very quickly.

Check out these reliable references. Listen to experts, not a random bunch of strangers of unknown credibility in this and other forums. Here's what the experts have to say about cleanses.

Article excerpt: “Colon Cleansing Has No Health Benefit, May Harm”
Ref: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_114876.html

Article excerpt: “Although the reports show little evidence of any benefit, many studies reported side effects. These include cramping, bloating, nausea, vomiting, electrolyte imbalance, and kidney failure.”
Ref: http://www.webmd.com/balance/news/20110801/colon-cleansing-may-be-risky-study-finds

Article excerpt: “The main concerns with colon cleansing are that it can: Increase your risk of dehydration, lead to bowel, perforations, increase the risk of infection, cause a rise in your electrolytes, which can be dangerous if you have kidney disease or heart disease.”
Ref: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/colon-cleansing/AN00065

Article excerpt: “fasting has many negative side effects, including all the symptoms that go along with malnutrition: insomnia, cravings, nausea, depressed mood, hair loss… The list goes on.”
Ref: http://maddieruud.hubpages.com/hub/Master-Cleanse-Lemonade-Diet

Article excerpt:”Colon cleansing is a dubious and almost always useless procedure”
Ref: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/index.php/colon-cleanses-a-load-of-you-know-what/

Article excerpt: “The human body can defend itself very
well against most environmental insults and the effects of occasional indulgence. If you ’re generally healthy, stick to giving your body what it needs to maintain its own detox system— a healthful diet, adequate fluid intake, regular exercise, sufficient sleep, and all recommended medical check-ups. Don’ waste your money…follow a healthy, balanced lifestyle instead.”
Ref: http://www.lee-county.com/gov/dept/HumanResources/Wellness_Newsletters/Aug%2008.pdf

Article excerpt: “A day on a detox diet program probably won't hurt you, but there's little point in following these restrictive diets – and they can do far more harm than good, says Michelle May, MD,”
Ref: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=64306

Article excerpt: “Detox diets are a waste of time and money, say scientists”
Ref: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article784402.ece

Your body cleanses itself naturally. And cleanses, purges, emetics, enemas, alternative and homeopathic colon cleanses etc. Cannot remove fat from your body or make your body lose fat and/or toxins. If fat is your problem, you're eventually going to realize that nothing works except a proper diet for life or surgery. The best diet for all normal adults hasn't changed. It is still a varied, balanced, nutritious, and properly apportioned diet of high quality foods.

Detoxification is a fad and a fantasy only. If you have reason to believe you're toxic, consult with your doctor. Don't waste your time paying attention to advertising hype, naturopathic gurus, homeopathic charlatans, etc. The road to good health is paved with science. If you or someone you love gets deathly ill, you will take them to a place where medical science is practiced. So, where is the sense in abandoning medical science in favor of baseless and unscientific methods of quacks and charlatans.

Good luck and good health!!

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