Compendium of Diet Hacks

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Holiday Weight Tips

Exercise For Weight Loss


Improve your pecs with reverse grip bench press?

For many who spend hours per week in the gym, it can be difficult to put on muscle.  When you’re first starting out, it can be particularly hard to pack on muscle to increase the size of your pecs.  Ladies love and men work hard to build’em.  New research suggests that the reverse grip bench press can help you put on 30% more pectoral muscle mass!

Here’s a demonstration of the technique for doing reverse grip bench press:

Other related research suggests that ingesting caffeine prior to working out helped subjects complete more bench press repetitions and to use greater amounts of weight.


Happy lifting!

How to start a blog network?

New blogs are copping up each day in countless numbers.  If you’re starting a blog with hopes of making money online, it won’t take long to realize how difficult this task is.  Regardless of whether your monetization plan is to promote affiliates, or use cost-per-click ads like Adsense, or even run CPM ads, it takes a massive amount of traffic to make money online.

How much traffic do you need to make money online?  Look at it this way, rates with Adsense will vary depending on your niche and the source countries of your blog’s traffic.  It also depends on the size and location of your ad units.

As a rough example, let’s say that you have 2 larger ad units that make $1 eCPM and a smaller ad unit that averages $.50 cpm.  In total, that works out to $2.50 in your pocket for every 1000 page views on your blog.  Now, if your blog is getting this type of return with Adsense, you’re probably in a decent niche and getting a reasonably good click thru rate.

Let’s say that you manage a whopping 100,000 page views each month.  You’re only going to make $250 dollars with Adsense!

Most bloggers will never reach that level of traffic and will more likely plateau around 5-10,000 monthly page views.  Even at 10,000 page views per month, you’re only going to make $25 bux, so it will take you 4 whole months to reach your minimum payout for Adsense.

Did I say that making money online was easy?  No!  To make things easier, one of the best options to increase your blog’s traffic is to either join or start your own blog network.  Here’s an article with some tips on how to accomplish this:  How to start a blog network.

Now, you may be wondering why you should bother joining or starting your own blog network.  Here’s some reasons to join a blog network.

The Ryan Reynolds Workout plan?

It’s no secret that Ryan Reynolds has one of the top physiques among the Hollywood “A list” of actors.  If you’re trying to find out how you can go from skinny to muscular / ripped like Ryan Reynolds, here’s some great tips:

Ryan Reynolds Workout

So, I re-invented the Deadpool workout and spent the summer beta testing it on some willing victims up here in Toronto.

And, if I say so myself, I have come up with a seriously kick-ass training program.

Over 3 months, my 4 scrawny test subjects:

  • Gained between 5 and 14 lbs of muscle
  • Increased their max strength between 55 & 197% (Front Squat)
  • Saw their speed, power & anaerobic endurance go through the roof (Hill Sprints)
  • And, oh yeah, they also lost a ton of baby-fat in the process.
  • The average body-fat percentage at the beginning of the test was 21%.
  • At the end of the 3 months, the average body-fat was down to 9% (a Bod-Pod was used to measure BF%)

10 Healthy Living Tips

Here’s a collection of healthy living tips that our readers may find helpful.  If you’re looking to get fit, lose weight, and eat a healthy diet, these tips should give you a head start.

1.  Healthy Lunch Ideas –  While many of us don’t have much time to eat lunch at work, it’s best to plan ahead to eat healthy rather than trying to find something that’s healthier to eat on the fly.  This post has six healthy lunch ideas to get you started planning for a low calorie lunch.

2. Gluten Free Diet – Though this diet is a medical requirement for those with Celiac Disease, it’s becoming more popular among the general population.  Find out if we were meant to consume gluten from an evolutionary diet perspective.

3. Do Carbs Cause Atherosclerosis? Carbs or carbohydrates are necessary in our diet to provide needed energy particularly for the brain and heart.  However, many of us consume more carbs than we actually need.  Does this excessive consumption lead to heart disease?

4. Jillian Michaels under attack? Jillian Michaels is a source of inspiration for many who’re trying to lose weight.  She’s known as a celebrity fitness instructor from her role on the television show, The Biggest Loser.  Is Jillian providing sound advice for her clients?

5. World Obesity Statistics 2010 –  Obesity incidence continues to rise in what many refer to as the obesity epidemic.  Find out which countries have the biggest problem with obesity.

6. Primal Recipes – The paleo or paleolithic diet is another popular diet which focuses on eating from an evolutionary perspective.  Modern man did not evolve eating the foods that he consumes today.  Find out how you can cook with paleo.

7. Power Poses – New emerging research suggests that how you site or maintain your posture and body language can actually have physiological effects.  In particular, certain poses can actually help to elevate your testosterone levels.

8. Jackie Warner – Jackie’s another celebrity fitness trainer who’s recently launched a new online weight loss program.  It includes personal contact with a certified personal trainer who provides diet and exercise tips.

9. Erectile Dysfunction in Young Men – Commonly referred to by the euphemism, ED, it’s no laughing matter apparently even in younger males.  Find out why you may have problems when the moment is right…

10. Water and Weight Loss – People often wonder if drinking water really can help you to shed pounds and lose weight.  Find out the latest research on water and weight loss.

Gatorade’s new social media command center

Should your company be taking social media seriously?  Ask Gatorade:  Gatorade’s Social Media Command Center.  Gatorade has stepped it up with a new social media center that monitors Tweets from Twitter in real time and trending topics as well.  That amounts to real-time reputation and brand monitoring.   Social media is quickly overpowering traditional SEO methods as well.  With the June introduction of Google’s Caffeine algorithm, traditional SEO methods are becoming less reliable.

Health and fitness blogging issues

For those looking to connect to other health and fitness blog writers, it can be more challenging than you would image.  Yes, it’s not easy to weed out the bad blogs health and fitness blogs.

Here’s a list of some good quality health and fitness blogs to make this search a little easier for you.

Health Habits

– Written by Douglas Robb, a personal trainer who lives in Toronto, it’s an entertaining and informative fitness blog that provides a wide range of information from specific workout tips, news and research, as well as info about workout supplements.

Supplement Updates

Supplement updates is a dietary supplement blog that provides news and research updates for nutrition, dietary supplements, vitamins, sport supplements, and other tips for weight loss as well as anti-aging.

Fit Bottomed Girls

Fit Bottomed Girls is a fitness blog maintained by Jenn Walters and Erin Whitehead.  Jenn Walters is a certified personal trainer.  Both of the blog’s authors are journalism grads.  see:  Fit Bottomed Girls.

Just Flourishing

Written by Jenna Gubermann, an aspiring dietitian attending school in New York City:  Just Flourishing.

Train Daly –

Traindaly is a fitness blog maintained by a personal trainer in NYC with some good workout and exercise tips.