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Our internal clock gets thrown off when we wake at the wrong time. That results in feeling lethargic and a decrease in mental focus. Morning is a critical time of the day for various systems in our body.

A 2016 study in the American Journal Of Clinical Nutrition found that obese individuals lost more weight when they switched to eating lunch earlier in the day. Research also shows that skipping breakfast leads to weight gain.

What does this all mean? Eating early in the day helps for weight loss/management!

Find more stories like this:

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/search

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The many benefits of regular strength training are well known. Most people are aware that it will help you lose weight, build muscle, keep bones strong, and the list goes on.

Fewer people are aware of the positive, psychological effects strength training has on your well being. Studies published in the American Journal Of Lifestyle Medicine go on to show a positive effect in the following areas of well being:

  • Lowered Anxiety
  • Enhanced Brain Cognition
  • Lowered Levels Of Depression
  • Lowered Leveles Of Fatigue
  • Enhanced Self-Esteem
  • Improved Sleeping Patterns

Read the full reference article:

https://www.unm.edu/~lkravitz/Article%20folder/RTandMentalHealth.html

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Is coconut oil better for you than beef fat and butter? Not according to the American Heart Association. Coconut oil is loaded with saturated fat, which can increase one's level of LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Recently, health food forums have been saying that the saturated fat in coconut oil is better for us than other fats, and that coconut oil is actually a health food. The American Heart Association says there is no evidence to support this claim. It recommends lowering one's overall saturated fat intake.

Read more about this topic at:

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40300145

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Join us Saturday, May 27th at 8:30am for a special 90-minute Cycling & Core workout with Pedram. Get your holiday started right! We will be closed Sunday and Monday Memorial Day.

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Here's a shout out to Ron seen here representing Park East while running the bleachers at UCLA...whoop!

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It has long been thought that strength training performed using heavier weights where the muscle fatigue is reached between 8-12 reps was the only way to build muscle. However, a recent study conducted at McMaster University found that there is another way to get the physique you want.

The study followed two groups of experienced weight lifters. One group followed the traditional formula of strength training. The second group performed the same exercises over a period of a few months, but the second group lifted lighter weights. This group reached muscle fatigue between 20-25 reps.

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In the last decade, high-profile celebrities have touted the benefits of "clean eating" on blogs. This often refers to the elimination of refined sugars and starches. However, it is also becoming more common for "clean eating" proponents to cut gluten, grains and dairy from their diet as well. This has many health professionals worried.

Dairy is a major source of calcium, and is important for building strong bones. This is especially important for young adults as any damage done before reaching the late 20's cannot be reversed.

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