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      Choose Your Protein Powder Wisely

      Choose Your Protein Powder Wisely

      Recently, the Clean Label Project™ completed a study of 134 protein powder products from 52 brands. Products were screened for over 130 toxins including heavy metals, BPA, pesticides and other contaminants with links to cancer and health conditions. This study included the top-selling protein powder products on Amazon which included animal- and plant-based proteins. They were all tested and reviewed by a third-party lab. The results of the study? 

      70% of tested products contained detectable levels of lead, 74% included cadmium, another harmful heavy metal, and 55% contained BPA (Bisphenol A) which is a harmful component of some plastics! 

      Horrifying right? It gets worse.  

      Organic products contained 40% less BPA; however, they contained on average over two times the amount of heavy metals like lead, arsenic and cadmium than non-organic products. Plant-based protein powders delivered the worst results. In fact, 75% of plant-based products tested positive for lead. That said, it’s important to keep in mind that there are naturally occurring levels of metals/minerals that are found in all foods, so if levels are ultra-low and below standards set by organizations such as the National Science Foundation (NSF), then they’re nothing to be concerned about. But, if they are above the limits set by the NSF or United State Pharmacopeia (USP), then you should be concerned!

       

      VEGAN FREAK Testing

      This leads us to our plant-based protein powder, VEGAN FREAK, which provides a unique blend of three plant-based protein sources that include Pea, Sacha Inchi and Hemp Protein. All our products go through regular microbiological and heavy metals testing and VEGAN FREAK is no exception. The results from the VEGAN FREAK tests show that there are virtually no heavy metals, and nothing even close to reaching the limits set by NSF and USP. Additionally, there was absolutely zero detection of any BPA or Pesticides at all. 

      The bottom line: Choose QUALITY over QUANTITY and any other factor for that matter when choosing your next protein powder! 

      For guaranteed quality, choose VEGAN FREAK as your go-to protein powder.

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      VEGAN FREAK PROTEIN POWDER SHAKE 

      Ingredients: 

      • 1-2 scoops of VEGAN FREAK Natural Vanilla OR Natural Dark Chocolate 
      • 1-2 cups of Almond Milk 
      • 1 scoop of GREENS FREAK 
      • 1 cup of Frozen Fruit 
      • 1 tbsp Almond Butter

      Instructions: 

      Put all your ingredients in blender and blend until desired consistency! 

      Fat Loss Diets Part 1: Ketogenic Diet

      Fat Loss Diets Part 1: Ketogenic Diet

      What is the Ketogenic Diet? (check out our Infographic here)

      Made popular by Dan Duchaine, ketogenic diets are high in protein and fat and deliver a very low carbohydrate content. Carbohydrates are kept low enough to switch the body from burning carbs as its main source of energy to using protein and fat – causing the body to enter a state of ketosis. When carb sources are low, the liver starts to convert fat in the body and the diet into ketone bodies which can power our brain and body in place of glucose! 

      How Should I Use a Ketogenic Diet? 

      Traditional ketogenic diets required a fat to protein ratio of 4:1, but 3:1 has also become popular. At a 3:1 ratio, carbs are negligible. This means you would need to follow a diet that is roughly 60 to 70% fat, 30% protein, and less than 10% carbs. This can be accomplished by eating higher fat meats, nuts, and good for you oils like coconut oil, and eliminating all starchy carbs from sources such as oatmeal, whole grains, fruit and, of course, pasta and rice.  

      To get into ketosis takes two to three days depending on your activity level, metabolism, and how well you store and hold on to your muscle glycogen. How long you can stay on a ketogenic diet is more about how long you can withstand a lack of carbs than anything else.  

      What Can I Expect? 

      Ketogenic diets can be tough. They deplete energy levels, cause severe carb cravings and can lead to brain fog which makes it difficult to get through workouts or perform daily tasks properly for that matter!  However, the strictness of this diet can lead to serious results — i.e. quick fat loss. In one four-week study, subjects following a ketogenic diet (4% carbohydrate) lost significantly more weight versus those following a medium carbohydrate diet (35% carbohydrate). 

      Ketogenic diets are best used during the last few weeks of a physique contest prep to dial in the body but can also be great to get ready for photoshoots or your next beach vacation. Long-term use is not recommended as low levels of carbs for an extended period of time can lead to muscle loses. That said, the keto diet is a good way to lose weight fast and without counting calories! 

      Should I Use Supplements While on a Ketogenic Diet? 

      Incorporating the right supplements with your ketogenic diet can help your reach your weight loss goals faster and more efficiently. We’ve designed supplements specifically to support and enhance a ketogenic diet ensuring you get the powerful results you crave. Formulated with clinically-validated ingredients, our keto supplements can help boost your fat-burning abilities and enhance your performance through increased energy levels and mental focus! 

      What is the Best Way to Use our Keto Supplements?  

      Our keto supplements are complementary! We recommend two stacks depending on your primarily goal.  

       
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      Ready to lose fat through intermittent fasting? Learn the ins and outs of an intermittent fasting diet and how it can help you with fat-burning with Part 2 of our Fat Loss Diets series!

      Fat Loss Diets Part 2: Intermittent Fasting

      Fat Loss Diets Part 2: Intermittent Fasting

      What is Intermittent Fasting?  

      Fasting is nothing new. For generations, people have been fasting — just not for the sole purpose of weight loss. The body is always either in a state of feeding or fasting.  Most people spend the majority of their time in the feeding state, not allowing a significant amount of time to burn through the calories they packed in!   

      The body is designed to store fat for later use, and when we don’t eat, the body accesses this storage as a source of fuel. Research shows that fasting for at least 16 hours will result in increased energy expenditure and improved nutrient utilization that will start to level off after 30 hours. 

      Research also supports the fact that fasting doesn’t disrupt the metabolism, and that your metabolism is more of a result of how much lean body mass you are holding — more muscle supports a higher metabolism.    

      How Should I Use Intermittent Fasting? 

      Intermittent Fasting is one of the easiest fat-burning diets to follow.  One protocol involves fasting for a period of 24 hours, once every 3 to 5 days. Do not fast for longer than 30 hours. Fasting for this period of time will lower your intake of calories over the week, resulting in a caloric deficit while will prompt the body to access fat for fuel. Intermittent Fasting can be used with any diet you are currently following.   

      Perform the fast, and when you come off the fast, remember to continue with your normal eating habits. You will no doubt be hungry, but it is important not to binge, and consume all the calories you just skipped!  

      My personal limit for fasting is 16 hours — anything more than that and I become a wreck. Therefore, I perform a daily fast of 16 hours followed by an 8-hour feed. During your 8-hour feed your goal will be to consume your target daily calories and macros. For example, I wake up at 7am, have my pre-workout and BCAA/aminos at 12pm and begin my feed at 1pm, right after my workout is complete (with my post-workout protein shake). Therefore, I begin my fast at 9pm which is perfect timing because I aim to be in bed around 11pm (that’s if my 17-month old son Achilles lets me)! 

      What Can I Expect? 

      Intermittent Fasting isn’t for everyone. The long hours of calorie deprivation can lead to low energy levels, fatigue and headaches which can make the rest of life difficult.  Weight loss will occur at a normal rate of one to two pounds per week, although you may weigh less during your fast because your body has shed excess water or food in your system.   

      Should I Use Supplements While on an Intermittent Fasting Diet? 

      Supplements are a good way to not only encourage additional fat-burning, but to enhance your energy levels while fasting. At PHARMAFREAK, our supplements are made with premium, clinically-validated ingredients, and designed to complement a fitness and nutrition regime. They are safe to use in conjunction with fasting, and in fact, I recommend it!

      Follow this link for more information on our fat-burning supplements. 

       

      Need help regulating your metabolism, decreasing cravings, and keeping energy levels where they need to be? Then Part 3 of our Fat Loss Diets series will help you by covering the carb cycling diet.

      Top 5 Partner Exercises for Lovers on Valentine’s Day

      Top 5 Partner Exercises for Lovers on Valentine’s Day

      Who needs to indulge in pre-fixed, three-course menus and over-priced boxes of chocolate when you can focus on fitness? Modern-day romance involves being health conscious and active – together. Here’s how you can get fit (as a couple) this Valentine’s Day: 

       

      1. Leg Throw-Downs:

      Partner One stands with his knees bent, hips-width apart, while Partner Two lies on her back, holding his ankles for support.  While lying down, Partner Two raises her legs straight up, keeping her core engaged, knees locked and lower back on the floor. Partner One also engages his core, while gently pushing Partner Two’s feet back down for each rep. For added fun, complete two reps (14 times each!) 

       

      2. Linked-Arm Chair Squats:

      Both partners stand back-to-back, linking arms. Leaning against each other’s upper backs for balance and support, each partner walks their feet out enough to separate their butts and give each other room to bend into a deep squat. Next, each partner bends their knees, simultaneously, until their thighs are parallel to the floor. Complete 14 times – pause to kiss – and repeat! 

       

      3. Medicine Ball Dance:

      Both partners stand back-to-back, with their feet shoulder-width apart. With both hands, Partner One holds the medicine ball in front of his abs, rotates to the right, and passes the ball to Partner Two (while she is simultaneously rotating to the left.) To continue the full circle (or twist), Partner One rotates to the left to receive medicine ball, while Partner Two returns the ball on her right side. Continue for 14 reps, switch directions and repeat! 

       

      4. Hand-Holding Reverse Lunge:

      Both partners face each other, press their palms together and interlock fingers. Bringing their hands to chest-height, both partners simultaneously take a large step back with their right foot, and bend both knees into a reverse lunge position. Ensuring front heels come back up to a standing position, and each side is alternated, continue for a total of 28 times (14 per each leg!). The interlocked hands create resistance (and intimacy) while also engaging the core. 

       

      5. TEST FREAK 2.0:

      After you’ve really built up a sweat, we have the perfect exercise that we think both partners will equally enjoy. It involves a bed. Behind closed doors. 

      With TEST FREAK 2.0, we’ll make sure you’re exercising all night (and even into the morning!) The ideal, full-body workout, you’ll be engaging your core, utilizing your leg muscles and working your glutes. For this exercise, continue and repeat as many times as desired.

      5 Ways to Achieve Better Sleep

      5 Ways to Achieve Better Sleep

      1. Wake up and go to sleep at the same time each day

      Routine is extremely beneficial for normalized sleep patterns. Biologically, humans resonate with consistency, so maintaining regularity in a sleep schedule is highly correlated to increased deep sleep.  

      2. Create a stress-free environment

      Your bed (and bedroom) should be as comfortable as possible, so you’re more inclined to be excited for sleep. This means dimming the lights and adjusting the temperature (cooler is better, as you’re more likely to wake up from being too hot!) In addition to these essential steps, deep-breathing exercises or meditation can help to eliminate worrisome thoughts, allowing you to feel calm (and eventually, sleepy). 

      3. Limit caffeine and alcohol consumption

      Back-to-back morning meetings – and three coffees deep – it’s no mystery why you can’t fall asleep in the evening. Limiting caffeine consumption allows your brain activity and alertness to decrease when you’re tired. In fact, if you can coax yourself into getting good night’s rest each evening, chances are you won’t need to rely on all those cups of coffee during the day. You could say it’s quite the Catch-22! 

      Alcohol is an equal culprit in preventing high-quality sleep. Alcohol is responsible for disrupting healthy sleep patterns and minimizing the brainwaves that make you feel rested in the morning. Although a glass of wine may help you sleep better initially, there’s a greater chance that you’ll wake up in the middle of the night, once its effects have worn off. 

      4. Maintain regular exercise (with plentiful time before bed)

      Studies have shown that adults who partake in physical exercise 3-4 times a week are more likely to increase their quality of sleep. Exercise is vital to activate (and tire) your muscles and joints throughout the day, but it is imperative that this exercise is done earlier in the day to avoid heightened adrenaline and restlessness before bed.  

      5. PHARMAFREAK®

      Even with all of these methods, sometimes you still may find yourself having trouble falling asleep. To improve sleep quality and promote relaxation, GH Freak 2.0 is there to help with a synergistic combination of ingredients to support and maintain natural hormones. Let’s get FREAK-y tonight!

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