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The New iPod Nano May Be The Ultimate Fitness Gadget

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Fitness Product Reviews, Gear It UP

  What made the biggest impression on me from Apple’s “Let’s Talk iPhone” event ironically wasn’t the iPhone at all (I was actually underwhelmed), but rather the next-gen, buffed-up, iPod Nano. From a fitness POV, this thing is damn near perfect. It’s functional. The Nano sports an accelerometer–the sensor that allows the Nano to act as a pedometer. The built-in fitness app tracks the # of steps, calories burned, pace, and duration of your runs/workouts. It can also talk to you and voice-over motivational messages…fancy. It’s your own little pocket-sized personal trainer! It’s analytical. All of the data collected by the fitness app is easily exported into the Nike+ website. Online you can view your workout history, progress, take part in forums, and even enter challenges based on your activity levels. It’s simple, and I love simple. The Nano comes pre-packed, right...

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Each Hour of TV You Watch Shortens Your Life By…

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Health It UP

22 minutes! Researchers in Australia recently conducted a study on 11,000 adults to get to the bottom of just how horrible TV-watching really is for your health. Well…I didn’t really see this coming, but the results were pretty shocking. The researchers found that Australian’s 25+ collectively watched ~9.8 BILLION hours of TV since 2008, which equated to a loss of 286,000 hours of life–or about 22 minutes/hour of TV watched. Wow…That’s pretty incredible. Thinking about it, you’d have to watch ~23,890 hours to cut 1 year off of your life, or ~65.5 hours to cut 1 day off of your life. Well then, thinking to myself…I’ve already lost a few months of my life. Although I do question the validity of the study and their assumption that the loss of years of life is directly caused by TV watching (also,...

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The Lean It UP Calorie and BMI Calculator To Gain, Lose, or Maintain Weight

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Diet It UP, Health It UP, Nutrition Science, Tools

To simplify the calorie calculation process (to gain, lose, or maintain weight), we’ve developed a simple calorie calculator to find your personalized level to gain, lose, or maintain weight. It requires that you to input your body fat %, weight, and TDEE multiplier (total daily energy expenditure) and voila, it’ll spit out your very own personal daily caloric requirements for any situation. Additionally, although BMI is a horrible metric to gauge whether or not someone should be classified as underweight, normal, overweight, or obese, we’ve built in a simplified BMI calculator that requires you to only input your height and weight. BMI is a widely used and recognized metric to determine the overweight & obese percentage of the population. You can download it here: The Lean It UP Calorie Calculator and BMI Calculator Tweet Follow Lean It UP on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest for real-time fitness/nutrition tips, advice,...

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What is the Paleo Diet!? [Infographic]

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Diet It UP

Over the past year or so there’s been a ton of activity in the nutrition blogosphere, mainstream news, and variety of other publications hyping up the benefits of what’s known as the Paleolithic a.k.a. “Paleo” diet. Honestly, it feels like some sort of nutrition cult…the amount of people who adamantly promote and swear by “paleo” is mind-blowing. Essentially the “Paleo” diet aims to replicate the diet of ancient hunters & gatherers, (i.e. cavemen and everyone else who lived in the time of the dinosaurs) and emphasizes eating only 100% natural foods and healthy fats that come from animals, the earth, etc.. Paleo limits your diet to pretty much only meat, fish, eggs, veggies, and nuts, and vehemently opposes grains, dairy, trans fats, and processed sugars. Although I’m 100% for a diet grounded on the basis of natural foods, high protein,...

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A Picture of HFCS and Obesity…or Two [Infographics]

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Diet It UP, Health It UP, Nutrition Science

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is nasty…cut it out. Although the rise in obesity can’t solely be attributed to increased high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) consumption, there’s no doubt that HFCS has been one of the major factors. You can find the full story explaining how insulin, carbs, and HFCS impact weight loss here, but I’ll quickly recap why HFCS is so bad for the body. The HFCS Story: There are many different types of sugar, a few include: lactose, which is found in dairy products; fructose, which is found in fruits; and glucose, which is a product of carbohydrate breakdown. These sugars are not chemically identical and have much different effects on the body’s blood sugar levels. Most fruits have a relatively low glycemic index value (low glycemic index foods raise blood sugar levels at a slower rate). Even though they’re high in sugar,...

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Calories, Carbs, and Alcohol Percentage in Popular Beers

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Diet It UP

Nutrition facts, including calories, carbs, and alcohol percentage, for all of your favorite beer brands.

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What’s Hot: Neuro Drinks

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Diet It UP, Product Reviews

If you’ve never had a Neuro Drink, or don’t know what Neuro is, keep listening. This stuff is going to blow up, and it’s going to blow up in a big, big way.

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The Fast Food and Chain Restaurant Epidemic

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Diet It UP, Health It UP

It’s incredible how ignorant America is when it comes to fast food and chain restaurant nutrition. The majority of food/drinks at Starbucks, PF Changs, Outback, Olive Garden, etc. are atrociously unhealthy, yet we continue to send money their way. We’ve got a fast food and chain restaurant epidemic…

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News: Stadium Food is Extremely Unsafe, Shocker!

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Health It UP, News

Do you have any idea what’s really in the food you’re eating at a baseball stadium?
ESPN’s “Outside The Lines” exposed the extremely unhealthy conditions at many popular stadium concessions and restaurants. The full access look isn’t pretty, and makes you realize just how disgusting, gross, and unhealthy stadium food really is.

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Misleading Trans Fat Labeling

Posted by on Apr 12, 2012 in Diet It UP, Health It UP

Have you ever noticed that the majority of foods list “0 g of trans fat” on their nutrition labels? The majority of these foods do actually have trans fat, manufacturers simply aren’t required to list it.

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