benefits of low carb, high fat, high protein diets, U.S. prostate cancer, male pattern baldness, pectoral muscles

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The benefits of low carb, high fat, high protein diets have been know and written about since the mid 1800s? Mounds of research over the years has proven Dr Atkins’ claims to be correct. Low carb diets have been found to offer cardiovascular protection and are much more effective at reducing body fat levels. One recent study comparing the low fat diet with the low carb diet found 75 percent of the subjects lost more fat on a low carb, high fat diet, and 88 percent of the subjects lost more fat in the trunk area. This is very significant since a bigger trunk is linked to metabolic syndrome. The advantage of the low carb diet over the low fat diet was dramatic when the researchers had the subjects switch diets. Those who did the low carb diet first regained body fat after they switched to the low fat diet. However, not one subject gained body fat after switching to the low carb diet. Nutrition and Metabolism 2004;1:13

Salmon...the United States has the highest prostate cancer rates in the world? Male sex hormones have been hypothesized to increase the risk of prostate cancer. Researchers from the University of Oxford in the U.K. performed an analysis of existing worldwide data to examine the association. Data was collected from 18 different studies that included 10,324 men. No associations were found between the risk of prostrate cancer and the serum concentrations of testosterone, free testosterone, dihydrotestosterone, androstenedione, androstanediol, estradiol and free estradiol. Journal of the National Cancer Institute 2008;100(3)

...male pattern baldness is not inevitable? In genetically sensitive males, high levels of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) triggers hair loss. Scientists have found that Avadart inhibits the conversion of testosterone to DHT without the hormonal side effects . Other products like finasteride (Propecia) inhibit hair loss, but do not promote regrowth. Avadart does both, but has not been FDA approved for hair loss. can maximize your bench and build a great chest without injuring your shoulders? Many lifters in their quest for bigger, stronger pecs use a wider grip when bench pressing. A wider grip does put more of an emphasis on the pecs, but not without a price. A wider grip causes horizontal abduction (elbows moving away from your sides), and causes an unnecessary increase in torque on the shoulder joint, which increases your risk of shoulder (rotator cuff and pectoralis) injury.

To help avoid injuries and to increase your performance use a closer grip. Grasp the bar with your hands just outside shoulder width. Try to keep your elbows within 45 degrees from your body.

If you feel you must use a wide grip while benching, stop the bar three to four inches above your chest. A good method for judging proper depth is to use a towel rolled up to a three to four inch thickness. Place the towel along your sternum. Bring the bar down till it just touches the towel then press it up. Keeping the bar off your chest when benching will greatly reduce your risk of injuring your shoulders. can take a test to find out whether you’re a Yankee or a Dixie? Take the dialect test @


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