Week: 8/30/14 to 9/5/14
Can consuming more dietary fats increase weight loss and cardiovascular health? Can you train your brain to prefer healthier food options? Is always doing high-intensity exercise safe? Find the answers to these questions and other relevant news items on IDEA FitFeed. This inclusive tool gathers news articles, research studies, blogs and all content being shared by fitness professionals around the web and posts it in one convenient location. Top headlines come from The New York Times, BBC News, ScienceDaily, The Huffington Post, IDEA Fitness Journal, MindBodyGreen and many other leading health, fitness and nutrition news sources. Catch up on the latest news from the past week here.
1. Avoiding Carbohydrates and Eating Fat Reduces Cardiovascular Risks
People who avoid carbohydrates and eat more fat lose more weight and have fewer cardiovascular risks than people who follow a low-fat diet, according to this article from The New York Times. The piece looks at a recent study which contradicts the common notion that eating dietary fats is bad. The study found that increasing dietary fat intake, with the exception of trans fats, and lowering carbohydrate intake had a positive outcome on health and weight loss, including lowering inflammation markers and triglyceride levels and increasing HDL levels. View the full article here.
2. Personal Training As We Know It Is Dead?
While the number of personal trainers in the US is growing exponentially, personal training as we know it is dead, says this article from The Huffington Post. The piece explains that the growing number of exercise options allows people to pick a fitness regimen that fits their lifestyle, goals and budget. The author suggests that personal trainers need to put the “personal” back in personal training to adapt to these changes, and offers five tips on how to do it. View the full article here.
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3. You Can Train Your Brain to Prefer Healthier Foods
It may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods, according to this article from Science Daily. The piece reviews a study which found that repeatedly eating specific foods conditions the body to crave those foods, but that making dietary changes can recondition the brain to desire healthier options. View the full article here.
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4. Not Every Workout Should Crush You
Although high-intensity training is a great way to boost strength, endurance and fat loss, not every workout should crush you, according to this article from Greatist. High-intensity workouts should have a place in your exercise regimen, but their frequency should depend on your fitness goals, fitness level and exercise frequency. The article advises that it’s important to allow your body to recover between workouts and that pushing your body too hard, too frequently can lead to injuries. View the full article here.
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5. We Need to Cut Global Meat Consumption
We need to cut global meat consumption to ensure that future demand for food can be met and to protect the environment, according to this article from BBC News. The piece looks at a recent study which estimates that if meat and dairy consumption continue to rise at their current rates, greenhouse gases from food production will go up by 80%. The study urges that people limit their meat consumption to two portions of red meat and seven portions of poultry a week. View the full article here.
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