Intermittent Fasting: 5 Golden Rules

Intermittent fasting (IF) is an umbrella term for various diets that cycle between a period of fasting and non-fasting. Intermittent fasting can be used along with calorie restriction for weight loss

A 2014 review described that studies done in animal models have shown fasting improves indicators of health—blood pressure, insulin sensitivity, and inflammation—likely through adaptive cellular responses to better handle stress. These findings suggest intermittent fasting has the potential to improve health and reduce the risk of chronic diseases; however this has not been reproduced in long-term human studies. The review concluded that intermittent fasting has not been studied in children, the elderly, or the underweight, and could be harmful in this population.

They also suggest that those choosing to fast for periods of time greater than 24 hours should be monitored by a physician, as changes to the gastrointestinal system or circadian rhythm can occur.

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Terry Crews’s Top Five Gym Crimes

The Expendables 3 star, former American football player and all-round MF favorite Terry Crews shares his opinions on how not to conduct yourself in the gym. Which one are you guilty of?

1. Hogging ALL the machines
2. Littering your weights EVERYWHERE
3. Leaving a trail of sweat on all the kit
4. Doing arm curls in the squat rack
5. Using your phone mid-workout

See Crews’s advice for correcting these heinous gym crimes and diet and share with a friend you know is guilty of one of the above. Lesson learned.

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What Is a Charley Horse? and Why Do We Get Them?

What Is a Charley Horse? and Why Do We Get Them?

Charley horse is another name for a muscle spasm. Charley horses can occur in virtually any muscle, but they are most common in the legs. These spasms are marked by extremely uncomfortable muscle contractions. The muscles don’t relax for several seconds or more, and the pain can be quite severe.

Charley horses are generally treatable at home, especially if they are infrequent. However, frequent muscle spasms are often linked to underlying health conditions that need medical treatment. Your doctor can help you determine the cause of frequent charley horses and implement treatments and preventive measures to increase your overall comfort.