Protein Powder

4 Myths About Protein Powder

Protein powder is certainly a powerful nutritional supplement. Protein powder allows athletes to quickly ingest high-quality protein that helps rebuild muscles and maintain fitness levels, and is valuable as a supplement to a healthy, balanced diet.

However, there are quite a few myths surrounding protein powder. In this article, Devel Fitness will take a look at 4 of these common myths, and explain what’s fact – and what’s fiction. Read on, and boost your nutrition IQ!

  1. You Have To Consume Protein Powder Right After Working Out

You’ve probably seen people pounding protein shakes in the gym locker room, in order to “maximize” the effect of their protein powder, and help them recover more quickly. Many people say that you must consume a protein shake within 30-60 minutes of your workout for it to have any effect on your recovery.

This is not true. A small amount of protein after a workout can certainly be helpful, but there’s no magical benefit to consuming a large amount of protein within that 30-60 minute window.

As long as you’re getting enough protein every day, it doesn’t really matter when you consume it. It’s as simple as that.

  1. Protein Powder Is Better Than Protein Available In Food

You’ll hear a lot of boasts from protein powder manufacturers about how great their protein powder is – and how it’s more “bioavailable” or “high-quality” than food-based protein. But this is nothing more than a marketing technique.

Protein is protein – and all protein powders are derived from natural food. Whether it’s a whey-based protein, soy-based protein, or any other kind of protein powder. Whether it’s from nuts, fish, red meat, dairy, or any other source, there is no such thing as a “better” protein.

Protein powder is only “better” than food-based protein for a single reason – it’s convenient. If you typically have trouble eating enough protein, a protein shake can be a valuable way to quickly supplement your intake, and ensure your diet is balanced.

  1. Protein Shakes Are Good For Losing Weight

This depends on the protein shake. A whey protein powder with no added sugars or carbohydrates may be used as a meal replacement, or to satisfy daily cravings while you’re losing weight – but they won’t magically make you more slim.

In addition, care should be taken when selecting a protein powder. Protein powders labeled as “mass gainers” for example, can often contain enormous amounts of junk calories in the form of simple sugars – because these products are actually designed to help athletes gain weight.

So take care when selecting a protein powder, and choose one that includes no additional carbohydrates or additives.

  1. Excessive Protein Consumption Hurts Your Kidneys

This myth is totally untrue for healthy people. If your kidneys are healthy, a high-protein diet will not have a negative effect on your health. In fact, there is some evidence that a high-protein diet can help fight diseases like diabetes – which can have a negative impact on your kidneys!

However, this myth does have a basis in reality. Individuals who are suffering from chronic kidney dysfunction should eat a low-protein diet. This is because damaged kidneys are not able to easily remove protein waste effectively, so it’s wise to minimize total protein intake.

Still, for a healthy individual, consumption of protein powder poses no risk to your kidneys.

Understand The Usefulness – And Limitations – Of Protein Powder!

Hopefully, this article has helped you understand why protein powder can be helpful, and cleared up some of the more common myths and misconceptions surrounding this nutritional supplement.

At Devel Fitness, we’re happy to offer both helpful nutrition and wellness tips, as well as our powerful SuperBand system! Whether you’re just getting started on your health and wellness journey, or you’re an active athlete, you can benefit from our products!

So visit our website to learn more about SuperBands, and to get more nutrition advice, workout tips, and more!

Thanks for reading, and feel free to share your comments and input below!

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SuperBands – How SuperBands Can Help You Train For Strength, Flexibility, And Cardio!

At Devel Fitness, we’re dedicated to helping our customers live a better life with our powerful, flexible SuperBands home fitness products!

With the power of SuperBands, just about anyone can get an incredible workout in the comfort of their own home. Whether you’re looking for strength training, a way to increase your flexibility, or a great cardiovascular workout, you can do it all with SuperBands! Keep reading, and learn more!

Strength Training

Our heavy-duty resistance SuperBands are ideal for anyone seeking an alternative to traditional weight training techniques. Our large purple/blue band and green band provide 65lbs and 100lbs of resistance, respectively.

This makes our heavy-duty SuperBands the ideal way to train the large muscles of your upper chest and back, as well as your legs.

Looking to build mass in your arms? The SuperBand Bicep Curl can help you build up your biceps, and the Standing Alternate Row helps you build up your deltoids, bis, and tris!

With the dozens of exercises available on Devel Fitness, you can build a comprehensive strength training program – without purchasing free weights or a gym membership!

Flexibility Training

Whether you’re seeking increased flexibility for better athletic performance, or you’re recovering from an injury, lightweight SuperBands such as the 15lb resistance, yellow SuperBand is an ideal product!

These low-resistance, gentle bands allow you to gently stretch out your muscles, making them an ideal choice for physical therapy and rehabilitation. As you continue to strengthen your muscles and increase your flexibility, you can progress to heavier SuperBands!

Cardiovascular Training

Any SuperBands workout can easily be turned into a high-intensity cardiovascular training session. Simply select a low-resistance band such as our 15lb yellow SuperBand, or our 35lb red SuperBand, and begin a high-rep, low-resistance workout!

If you’re looking for a fantastic cardio workout circuit, we recommend starting with the SuperBand Ab Twist to work your abs and core, followed up with the SuperBand Stair Stepper to work your arms and legs. For an additional leg workout, you can also incorporate a set of SuperBand Squats! Finally, finish your session with the SuperBand Upper Back and Chest Workout!

With just one or two of our SuperBands, you can get a full cardiovascular workout that will help you shape, build, and tone muscle all over your body – no matter where you are! This makes our SuperBands perfect for travelers, business professionals, or anyone with a busy schedule!

Check Out SuperBands Today – Your All-In-One Home Fitness Solution!

With the right SuperBands and the right set of exercises, you can get a truly unbeatable workout – without going to the gym! So take a look at our exercise and resistance bands today, and don’t forget to check out the huge library of resistance band exercises on Devel Fitness!

Once you’ve seen the power of our SuperBands, you’ll never choose another set of resistance bands. Shop today – and change the way you work out with our all-in-one home gym solution!

Physical activity as possible depression prevention method

By Chad D. Rethorst, Ph.D.

Depression often results in significant economic and health burdens on society. One factor that contributes to this burden is the challenge in successful treatment of depression. Research indicates that nearly half of patients do not respond to initial treatment and one-third remain depressed even after multiple treatment attempts. While this indicates a need for more effective ways to treat people with depression, many researchers are also examining strategies to prevent depression.

In my research, I’ve observed patients with depression whose conditions have improved by following an exercise program as a part of treatment. Now, a recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry indicates that exercise may also be one way to prevent depression. The researchers who conducted this study found that 1-2 hours of exercise per week is enough to significantly reduce the risk of depression. People who reported no exercise were 44 percent more likely to be depressed in the future compared to those who exercised for 1-2 hours per week.

While 1-2 hours per week may sound like a daunting goal for someone who doesn’t exercise, so it is even more encouraging that the results suggest that as little as 30 minutes of exercise per week may be beneficial. Also, the researchers found that the intensity of the exercise did not impact the preventive effect. So, one 30-minute walk per week may be enough to help prevent depression.

While the results of this study are encouraging, more research in this area is needed. We need to develop effective interventions to increase exercise among persons at risk for depression and we need to understand the biology of how exercise prevents depression. With a greater understanding of these issues, we can hopefully reduce the burden caused by depression.

 

Chad D. Rethorst, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care
Department of Psychiatry
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

 

5 Small Ways to Add Big Flavor to Any Recipe

If you cook frequently, you may find yourself hitting a proverbial wall—you want to improve your dishes, but sometimes, after adding more salt and pepper, it’s not always clear what to try next.

Improving our cooking skills is always admirable task, but will that effort pay off in a better tasting dish? Here are five tiny tips that can make a huge flavor difference.

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14 Days in Patagonia: The Ultimate Explorer’s Itinerary

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So you like to be active, huh? That’s totally cool with us. In fact, our new tour features the best of the best when it comes to an active vacation—hiking volcanoes and kayaking fiords—and you may just see some really amazing things along the way.

Here’s the perfect itinerary for 14 days in Patagonia for all of the ultimate explorers out there:

 

Day 1: Get your bearings in Bariloche with an authentic Patagonian meal.

14 Days in Patagonia: The Ultimate Explorer’s Itinerary

We all know travelling takes a lot out of you. One of the best jet lag cures? Food! And you’re going to love Patagonian cuisine.

Your arrival to Bariloche brings you to the chocolate capital of Argentina. Artisan chocolate shops line the streets, beckoning you inside. And why not? You’re about to spend two weeks on the move—live a little!

Dinner tonight features a typical Patagonian meal. Entrees include beef, spit roast lamb, trout, king crab, and wild boar. Served alongside your meats are potatoes, breads, and cheeses. All of the foods come from the surrounding landscapes, from the glacial rivers (trout) to the dense forests (wild boar) to the Atlantic Ocean (king crab).

 

Day 2: Warm up your hiking legs with a trek to Cerro Llao Llao and cool off with a dip at Playa Tacul.

14 Days in Patagonia: The Ultimate Explorer’s Itinerary

It’s your first official day on the trail! And what better way to spend it than amongst the lakes and peaks of Patagonia. Cerro Llao Llao sits in the midst of three different lakes, all of which can be seen from the top of your hike. Popping up in the distance are the tops of Cerro Lopez and Cerro Capilla.

Wind your way through a wooded trail to the top for a mid-morning tea break, a very “Patagonian” thing to do! After finishing your tea (or maybe mate!), descend Cerro Llao Llao to lake-level. Here you can walk the sandy shores of Playa Tacul or even jump into the crystal clear and clean waters of the lake. No matter how you choose to spend your time, you are sure to love the lago (that’s Spanish for lake!).

 

Day 3: Get your heart pumping with a brisk climb to Cerro Bella Vista—you won’t believe the views.

It’s day three in Argentina, and you may be feeling one of two ways: Completely ready for the next adventure or exhausted as your body is still trying to adjust to Patagonian life. The good news is you get to choose how you want to spend your day!

For those ready to hit today’s Patagonian path, head to Cerro Bella, which literally means “beautiful views.” You’re going to want to make sure you have your camera and/or smartphone for this one. Binoculars wouldn’t hurt, either.

It’s quite a trek to the top, with a heart-pumping ascent above the treeline, but it’s well worth it for 360 degree views of the myriad lakes and crowded horizon line of huge peaks.

If you’d rather spend the day exploring Bariloche and its surroundings, that’s completely fine too! Who wouldn’t want to sample the rich and smooth chocolate the town is known for? Or maybe do some souvenir shopping?

 

Day 4: Hike the “Road of the Seven Lakes” to Cerro Falkner and panoramic views of Argentina’s Lake District.

14 Days in Patagonia: The Ultimate Explorer’s Itinerary

If you signed up for spectacular sights, today is the day for you. Your journey today takes you through the “Road of the Seven Lakes” to Cerro Falkner. The trail twists and turns through lush forests, by cool-blue lakes, and past wondrous waterfalls. Feel free to take a dip in the water if you’re feeling so inclined!

Soon, the base of Cerro Falkner emerges ahead, and you’re ready to begin your climb to the top. The trees you pass are coihue and ñire, the latter of which is the southernmost tree on earth as it was found on Hoste Island. Once you reach the tip of the mountain, you’ll be happy for every step you took on the way up. Marvel at all seven of the lakes from a bird’s eye view, it’s just amazing.

 

Day 5: Enter the “Ring of Fire” with a trek up the south face of Volcan Lanin.

14 Days in Patagonia: The Ultimate Explorer’s Itinerary

If you can’t stop singing a certain Johnny Cash tune right now, no one will blame you. That’s right, we’re headed into the “Ring of Fire.”

Volcan Lanin straddles the border of Argentina and Chile and has two National Parks on its slopes (one for each country). The wild woods of the mountain enhance your hike. Lookout for the peculiar Pehuén, or monkey puzzle tree.

As you encounter the volcano’s snowline, you might think you’ve gone “North of The Wall” as snow exists year-round here. Mountains upon mountains go as far as the eye can see, creating a breathtaking backdrop.

 

Day 6: Immerse yourself in the Chilean rainforest at the Huilo Huilo Reserve.

14 Days in Patagonia: The Ultimate Explorer’s Itinerary

After one last Argentine ascent (the red-hued Cerro Colorado), you’re on your way to Chile. Once over the border (that’s another stamp to your passport!), board a ferry on Lago Pirihueico for a ride to Huilo Huilo Reserve.

This private, biological reserve is 600 square kilometers of Chilean temperate rainforest. There’s a high amount of precipitation here and relatively warm temperatures during the summer. Wildlife enthusiasts will be in Patagonian paradise. There are 81 known species of bird throughout the forest as well as the phantom puma — we say phantom because you will most likely never see the big cat due to its timid and nocturnal nature.

Here you’ll never be far from the local flora as your hotel is literally shaped like a mushroom. Reino Fungi Hotel pays architectural homage to the fungi found in the forests near the lodging. Enjoy a house-brewed beer as a nightcap before getting a good night’s rest. Tomorrow has a lot in store!

 

Day 7: Explore the Valdivian forest and waterfalls along the Fuy River.

14 Days in Patagonia: The Ultimate Explorer’s Itinerary
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We won’t have to go too far for our hike today. The Fuy River and Valdivian forest are practically on our doorstep. As you wander through today’s trail you’ll feel as if you’re in a fairytale. Songbirds serenade you from the treetops, and picture perfect waterfalls break up the many tributaries.

While these sights are amazing, you can choose instead to have a relaxing day at the hotel, if you’d prefer. Soak up the sun with lakeside views and a coffee or hot chocolate. Or perhaps you’d rather soak yourself in the lodge’s hot pools. Whatever your fancy, you can’t go wrong at our friendly, fungi inn.

 

Day 8: Raft the Petrohue River past four magnificent volcanoes. [Free day option]

14 Days in Patagonia: The Ultimate Explorer’s Itinerary
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Welcome to Puerto Varas! There are so many options for you to consider today, but no matter which you choose, you’re going to have a blast. It’s a free day in this Chilean town, but that doesn’t mean there is no adventure to be had.

A great way to spend your afternoon is rafting the rapids of Petrohue River. As you navigate through the white and wild waters, be sure to look up at the four vast volcanoes that line the river.

Cyclists will appreciate the opportunity to show off their skills at the Osorno Volcano pump track. And of course, you can always choose to stay within town limits for shopping, sightseeing, and sampling of local cuisine.

 

Day 9: Check out the Chilean fiords and hike Hornopirén National Park.

14 Days in Patagonia: The Ultimate Explorer’s Itinerary

On the Chilean coast is the village of Hornopirén, its name derives from the nearby volcano and means “snow oven.” No matter where you look, the views are outstanding. The Andes Mountains are dissected by the Chilean fiords, and glaciers cover their slopes.

Lunch at the local market brings you closer to understanding the Chilean culture. Try a fresh catch of Merluza or Congrio (Southern Hake and Conger Eel) or grab one of the many colorful fruits and vegetables.

Bellies full, it’s time to get inside Hornopirén National Park, renowned for its mountains, glaciers, and volcanoes all packed into a relatively small area. Animal lovers will also love the wide variety of fauna residing in the untouched temperate forest. A ferry ride to Llancahue Island takes you home for the night.

 

Day 10: Soak in the hot springs at Cahuelmo Fiord.

It’s your 10th day in Patagonia. You’ve seen some incredible sights, but you might be feeling in need of a “pick me up.” The hot springs of Cahuelmo Fiord will do just the trick. The springs are located inside Parque Pumalín, created by the late American entrepreneur and ecologist Douglas Tompkins, founder of The North Face.

One of the things that makes this park so unique is the way in which the local economy thrives alongside conservation. Within the park you’ll find small organic farms with activities such as animal husbandry, cheese making, ecotourism, wool handicrafts, and honey production.
Beginning with a short boat ride on Quintupeu Fiord, you’ll see wonderful waterfalls and granite peaks. The azure waters of the fiord are met with the steep, emerald forested walls of the Andes.

Following up the spectacular scenery will be spectacular springs. In the temperate rainforest lies Cahuelmo Fiord, which produces relaxing hot springs just waiting to be lounged in. Let any tension in your body flow out into the warm waters. There’s no better way to end your day than with a reflective soak in the hot springs.

 

Day 11: Kayak where fresh and saltwater meet—and maybe meet some friends along the way.

14 Days in Patagonia: The Ultimate Explorer’s Itinerary

Water-lovers will enjoy getting on tandem kayaks on the Reloncavi Fiord. Kayaking is the best way to see the snow-capped mountains, cascading waterfalls, and even certain sea-friends (sea lions and dolphins might just swim by!).

After disembarking from your kayak, lunch will be a special treat at a locally owned farm for an authentic asado (lamb barbecue). Meet the Yolanda family, who have been living on the banks of the fiord for three generations. Chatting with the Yolanda’s will allow you to fully embrace Chilean culture and understand the Andean way of life.

 

Day 12: Test your limits on a trek to Desolation Pass on Osorno Volcano—the views are absolutely worth it.

14 Days in Patagonia: The Ultimate Explorer’s Itinerary

Hiking Osorno Volcano takes you through many different kinds of landscapes. First, your trek will begin on a lunar landscape—rocky and desolate of any vegetation. As you climb further up the slopes, lush woods emerge, bringing you back down to earth. Finally, as you ascend to the top (known as Desolation Pass), the stunning skyline comes into view. Below is Lago Todos Los Santos, it’s crystal clear waters reflecting the surrounding sights.

Back at your home-away-from-home for the night is a hearty meal complete with a glass of red wine. If you’re looking for more than a libation to relax, try lounging in the wood-fired hot tubs.

 

Day 13: Take a catamaran cruise across Lagos Todos los Santos before crossing the Andes into Argentina.

It’s your last full day in Patagonia. Take a minute and soak in your surroundings. Got them locked in your memory? Okay, here we go…

Today’s travels begin on Cruce Andino, or the lakes route. Cruise on a catamaran over Lago Todos los Santos towards your lunch in Peulla. Then, it’s time to get back to Argentina, but not before a dramatic crossing over the Andes Mountains.

On the other side are even more lakes just waiting to glide you across their mirror-like surfaces. A boat ride, bus ride, and catamaran cruise later and you’re back at Bariloche, where this journey began.

 

Day 14: Celebrate your Patagonia adventure with a farewell tour of Bariloche.

14 Days in Patagonia: The Ultimate Explorer’s Itinerary

Before departing the paradise of Patagonia, be sure to get in some last minute activities in Bariloche. Fill up on a festive Argentine feast with your new found friends, before heading to the airport. Do some last minute shopping for souvenirs to take home to loved ones (postcards are great for remembering your favorite sites!). Delight yourself with some delectable desserts in the corner chocolate shops or take one last stroll around the city for beautiful, Swiss-style architecture.

As you board your flight, headed home, reflect on the last two weeks. Maybe you like to journal. Maybe you have a blog of your explorations. Perhaps pictures on your phone are the best way to remember the good times you’ve had. Adios, Argentina! It was fun.

 

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