Answers to two cutting-edge questions

Posted on: October 30th, 2010 by Spencer No Comments

- Does the Shake Weight Dumbbell work?
- Can vegetarians be athletic and build muscle?

Thought I’d do some people a favor and publicly answer some great questions that received a lot of attention this week.

Let’s talk about the new commercial that’s setting the airwaves a blaze with a new product called the Shake Weight Dumbbell. By using the “new technology called Dynamic Inertia” you can create firm, tone, muscular arms in “just six minutes a day” or there’s a “100% money back refund.”

Allow me to cut straight to the chase, unless you are a super sedentary, couch potato that is one step up from bed ridden, then maybe this product for you … I said, “maybe.”
Otherwise, don’t spend the 20 bucks … or you may get a better workout sending it back for a refund!

The idea of firming up muscle in the average person by installing a whiplash-styled, workout that resembles 100 – two mile per hour motor vehicle collisions is the next best thing to taking a ball-peen hammer and repetitively hitting your biceps and triceps with it (by the way, I tried the hammer as that’s a whole other interview) – it’s just not gonna work!

The most fascinating part of the Shake Weight commercial is how effectively all the right buzz words and keys images persuade you into placing the order.

What happened to?
- “Before and after” photos
- Non-biased, scientific research on the product
- Published studies on “dynamic inertia” as a productive workout
- Tenure in the market – it hasn’t been around long enough to gain a reputation
- Comparisons to (traditional) 20 pushups and 20 dumbbell curls per day.

It’s a gimmick!
It may cause injury!
It does not make sense to buy a product like this when you can do other exercises at home for “6 minutes a day” and really get the results you can appreciate – for FREE!

Next …

“Can the vegetarian diet allow for building muscle?”
For years, much controversy developed over this concern.

The answer is a resounding, YES!
Excellent athletes and great bodybuilders have developed themselves on a vegetarian diet.

Yet, there is one caveat …

As with most diets, there are certain points to be aware of. The vegetarian or “vegan” diet can lead to deficiencies in the active individual, especially the athlete. These potential risks, primarily for women, compelled the American Dietetic Association and Dietitians of Canada to develop a 2003 Position Statement depicting the appropriate dietary guidelines for vegetarian athletes

The list:

This published paper revealed the nutrients vegetarian athletes may be at risk for with intakes of low energy based foods, such as:

- Fat
- Vitamins B12
- Riboflavin
- D
- Calcium
- Iron
- Zinc
- Iron

In comparison, these nutrients are readily available from animal proteins [J Am Diet Assoc. 2003].

Of general important with all diets:
Energy and nutrient needs, especially carbohydrate and protein, must be met during times of significant physical activity to maintain body weight, replenish energy stores, and provide adequate protein to build and repair tissue.

Believe it or not, fat intake should also be sufficient to provide the essential fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins and to contribute energy for weight maintenance.

In summary, adequate food and fluid should be consumed before, during, and after exercise to help maintain:
1. Energy Concentration During Exercise
2. Maximize Exercise Performance
3. Improve Recovery Time

Are you on a vegetarian diet or considering one?

Tell me how you feel?

Please feel free to repost this article. Send or email it to family or friends that may need this important information.

Enjoy a day of maximum performance with fewer complications.

Doc B

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