Happy New Year!!!! Have you written any resolutions for the New Year? Several of my friends are committing to losing weight through improved diets and adding exercise this year. Personally, I am back on track with my pre-holiday diet consisting of small meals and snacks of veggies, a handful of nuts and fresh fruit 5 or 6 times a day. Every night I drink 2 tablespoons of unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar. Combined with 3 to 4 days of fairly strenuous weights and conditioning exercise, this system has worked really well for me. I lost 13 pounds before the holidays following this regimen. Now, I never stopped drinking my apple cider at night but my meals became irregular in size and time. Snacks were gone all together or consisted of holiday cookies and yummy, high calorie, holiday snacks. I expected my skinny jeans to get a little tighter. But, what I did not expect was to feel so tired between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Now, I only gained about 5 pounds and I was still mourning the loss of my grandmother, but I felt about 20 years older!!!! That just goes to show how diet directly affects physical energy.
Here is an interesting fact I got on Monday, January 2nd, from a
local gym: “60-percent of all new health club memberships come in
January and February and as many as 50 people joined one local gym on
January 2nd”. How many of these new members remain throughout the year?
About 50-percent of them continue their journey to better health
through exercise or at least they think they will so they don’t cancel
their membership. Gyms get their money whether people go or not so my
advice is find an accountability partner. For me, I have to schedule an
appointment to exercise with someone. It ensures I make it to the gym
even when I might be tired. I’m always glad because I feel better
Health Tip: Steroids: Side Effects Not Worth It!
Often referred to colloquially as just “steroids”, Anabolic steroids
are synthetic hormones similar to the male hormone testosterone. While
there are many types of anabolic steroids – each with their own effects –
anabolic steroids generally stimulate muscle growth and tissue
regeneration, and amongst their many uses they can be used to build
size, strength, and explosive power. However, used improperly they can
also carry a number of harmful short and long-term side effects. Two
common steroids used to gain muscle strength and reduce body fat are
Dianabol and Winstrol. See below for a list of their individual side
Dianabol Side Effects
Strain On Liver
As a 17-aa steroid, Dianabol can cause liver damage if high doses are taken over an extended period of time.
Because Dianabol converts quite easily into Estrogen, another potential
side effect of the drug is the condition known as Gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia is when males develop mammary glands and grow female
breasts due to various reasons related to hormonal imbalances.
Also related to Dianabol’s tendency to convert to estrogen is the
Dianabol side effect of increased fluid retention as well as fat
Winstrol Side Effects
Like Dbol, Winstrol is a 17aa compound, which allows it to be taken
orally, but also renders it toxic to the liver. Winstrol is quite
hepatoxic, thus it’s extremely important to limit its use and avoid
Negative Effects On Cholesterol Levels
Tests have shown that Winstrol may have results on Cholesterol that are
less than desirable, including lowering HDL (good) cholesterol while
increasing LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Effects On Joints and Connective Tissue
Winstrol has been said to cause joints to feel less lubricated, likely due to its negative effect on fluid retention
This is just a small list of the negative side effects from only (2)
of the anabolic steroids available. It certainly makes it
understandable as to why professional sports ban their usage. These
listed side effects make me wonder about other drugs used to enhance
physical performance and/or physical appearance. Stick to reducing the
number of caloric intake and make them the most nutritious calories you
possible can for the sake of your health and beauty.