The inside story about supplements, breaking news about mental health, and the only fun way to control your diet.
On Our Minds
There's nothing more controversial than supplements... at least in the world of fitness. And it's easy to see why. There are a lot of worthless products on the market that can't do what a healthy diet can do, and there are a lot of people looking for a quick fix rather than improving their nutrition and lifestyle. But there are a lot of nutrients that you simply can't get (or can't get enough of) from food. And these nutrients are backed up by a lot of research. Fish oil, vitamin D, zinc, and iron are just a few examples.
Head over to Fitpantspodcast.com to see what specific supplements we take and why.
This week's quiz is all about intelligence, mental health, happiness, and creativity. See if you can ace it like I did this week.
Here are the topics we covered and their studies or articles:
1. Talking to yourself: The Surprising Sign Of High Intelligence And Self-Control
2. Creatine and IQ: Oral creatine monohydrate supplementation improves brain performance: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial.
3. Tetris and Trauma: Reducing intrusive memories of trauma using a visuospatial interference intervention with inpatients with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
4. Pessimism and better weight loss: Psychological factors that promote behavior modification by obese patients
5. Creativity and Walks: Incentivizing the Creative Process: From Initial Quantity to Eventual Creativity
How does exercise affect your food choices? We've heard that cardio and weight training can both have an impact on the appetite. But what if the way we THOUGHT about our activities affected our food choices? According to a recent study... it does. Check it out:
"Is it fun or exercise? The framing of physical activity biases subsequent snacking"
We also discussed the training split that's said to tamp down the appetite the best: The Most Appetite-Suppressing Training Split
If you want to bring a little more fun to your workouts, grab a med ball and learn how to do wall balls. It can work as a great warm-up for your barbell squats, a nice finisher, or a form of metabolic conditioning. Here's where I got mine: Rogue Medicine Balls
And if you need to polish up on your technique, here's a cool video that'll help you get it right:
Wall Ball Tips
And Chris has an apron in his cart this week because he likes looking extra manly while making his protein popsicles and cookies. He's become a fan of the company, Hedley & Bennett, which makes fancy shmancy aprons. Check them out: HERE. And here's what it looks like in action: Chris's Protein Popsicles