The “Varied” Diet

February 22, 2010

Key principles of good eating and a good diet include balance, moderation, and variety. My term for a good diet is a “varied” diet. What is a “varied” diet?  One that contains the various types of foods recommended in the “Dietary Guidelines for Americans”, published by the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture.  These organizations’ take on what a good diet looks like is illustrated (...)

The Truth About Weight Loss, Part 2

February 3, 2010

Think about this: If being fantastically fit was easy, everybody would be fantastically fit.  Why?  Because everybody would like to be in good shape.  Isn’t that true? Why isn’t everybody fit?  I can think of two reasons.  One is that their health is declining and won’t permit them to do what it takes to be fit.  The other is that it is usually hard to become fit and remain fit (...)

The Truth About Weight Loss

January 28, 2010

Many people began this year with the intention to “lose weight” and/or become more healthy.  These goals are eminently possible!  I hope that if you started the year with a fitness or health related goal, you haven’t given up.  Continue!  If you continue, you will win!  Guaranteed. Let’s say that you are one of the many people in this country that started the year with the intent to “lose weight”.  (...)

Everything Counts

January 22, 2010

I’m working with a guy on fat loss right now.  He’s very disciplined with his workouts and he is mostly disciplined with his eating.  However, that “mostly” disciplined eating may be torpedoing his efforts.  You might ask, what makes his eating “mostly” disciplined?  The answer is: occasional “snacks”. If you are attempting to lose weight, snacks have the potential to kill your fat loss efforts.  Why? Snacking is usually undisciplined (...)

Does Your Workout Make You Smile?

January 17, 2010

Have you noticed that in every fitness product commercial all of the people working out are smiling?  Whether the product is a super-amazing-ab-toner-thingy, an incredibly-fantastic-fat-melter program/device, or a tremendously-wonderful-all-in-one body toner machine that will fit under your bed when you’re not using it, all of the people using these devices/programs in commercials have toothy grins on display while using them. Hmmm.  I’ve been working out for over 30 years, and (...)

Happy New Year

December 31, 2009

Hey folks!  Happy New Year! Make this one your best year ever! Darryl

What You Don’t Know Might Hurt You

December 5, 2009

A couple of months ago I had a conversation with an orthopedic doctor at the Vanderbilt Sports Medicine clinic.  This doctor is one of the doctors that treats and helps to train the football players for the Vanderbilt Commodores football team.  There were several questions about weightlifting that I was curious to get her thoughts on. First, I asked whether or not it is possible for a person to lift (...)


November 25, 2009

Hey folks, you guys have asked some great questions recently, and I’ll be getting to those in the immediate future.  Today however, I’d like to wish each of you a happy Thanksgiving. Speaking of Thanksgiving, check out this picture. Notice what appears to be the non-whole wheat bread…the mashed potatoes, which probably contain generous helpings of butter…the gravy, the sweet potato pie…etc., etc.  This is the type of meal my (...)

The “King” of Exercises

November 23, 2009

Fellas, do you want to be strong and powerfully built?  Do you want to be an all-around physical specimen?  There is perhaps no better exercise to bring out those qualities in you than the “king” of exercises — the squat. Squats work all of the muscles that help you stand up — thighs, butt, and hamstrings.  Also, your core (abs, back and obliques), which supports your spine and keeps you (...)

Back to the Basics

November 14, 2009

If you want to tone up, lose fat, or gain muscle, and you want to do it FAST, there are some key resistance exercises that can help you reach those goals. Now, some of you may be thinking, “Hey!  Aren’t resistance exercises used just to build muscle?”  My answer to those thinking this thought is, “Yes, AND resistance training can be used to help to tone and lose fat as (...)

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