What’s the Deal with ‘Bro-tox’ and Botox for men?

Over the past few months, we’re hearing increasing chatter on the internet of ‘Brotox.’  Yes, that’s right.  Increasingly, more and more men are turning to Botox® cosmetic to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.  If you’re a man in your 30’s, chance are by now, you’ve started to notice some of the signs of aging.

With the sagging economy in the United States over the past several years, increasingly men have turned to Botox® to give themselves an edge in the job market.  It seems that experience in the job market itself is valued until you’re seen as having too much experience or being too old.


Botox itself is one of the number one forms of cosmetic procedures offered by doctors.  In fact, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, over 385,000 men in the United States got Botox injections last year (source).

In general, men typically require more units of Botox than women.  The reason for this is because men have strong facial muscles requiring more units.  In general, a typical visit for a man looking to get botox will take upwards of 35 units–depending on how many areas targeted.

For more information about Botox cosmetic, visit the Allergan website.  If you’re looking for a south side clinic in the Edmonton area, follow the link.

Common areas for Botox Cosmetic:

  • Frown lines
  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Crow’s feet
  • Bunnies (nose)
  • Golf-Ball chin
  • Masseter muscles
  • Smoker’s lines


Is Coca Cola Actually Serious about Fighting Obesity?

To many of us, the idea of Coca Cola waging a war on obesity reads like an April Fool’s Day joke…  Yet, if you’ve had your head in the sand for the past few months, you might be surprised to realize that this isn’t actually a joke!

Yes, Coca Cola, the purveyor of adipocyte fueling beverages has launched a commercial campaign declaring its own personal war on obesity.  Let’s get serious here, right?

Well, if Coca Cola was serious about launching a war on obesity, why wouldn’t they stop selling Coca Cola, to start with?

What would Baskin Robbins do if they wanted to launch a war on obesity?

Okay, let’s work together to fight obesity, so stop buying our products…  That’s a great marketing ploy, isn’t it?

Already, the response to this campaign has met with skepticism (hivehealthmedia.com) and in some cases outrage (healthhabits.ca).

Perhaps, as one blogger suggests, Coca Cola should come with a warning label like tobacco products (healthhabits.ca)

What do you think?  Did Coca Cola make us fat?

Best Diet Tips & Fitness Hacks 2013!

Weight Loss Tips:

Weight Loss Supplements

Fat Burning Tips:

Holiday Weight Tips

Exercise For Weight Loss

The Dukan Diet Plan: Is it for you?

The Dukan Diet is the latest diet craze to hit North America.  The creator of this diet plan, Pierre Dukan, is the most widely read nutritionist in France who’s written 19 books and has 25 years of experience.

The Dukan Diet plan seems to have its roots in paleo diet principles which refers to evolutionary dieting or eating a ‘hunter gatherer’ type of diet.

It also claims to let you lose weight while eating as much food as you like.  Sound too good to be true?

Though there are 4 distinct phases to the Dukan Diet, the first of which focuses on eating high protein foods.

To find out if the Dukan Diet might be for you, see this review of the Dukan Diet Plan.

How to beat the common cold?

During the winter months, one of the most common complaints aside from the cold weather itself is the common cold.  To be certain, the common cold is caused by one of more than 100 different viruses which means that antibiotics are an ineffective treatment option.

In most cases, the common cold is cause by rhinoviruses, but there are others you have to worry about too.  Of course, you want to ensure that you wash your hands regularly and get plenty of rest.  You’ll also want to ensure that you eat plenty of fruits and vegetables during the winter months.

Some researchers suspect that one reason for the increase in colds during the winter months is due to a lack of vitamin D.  Vitamin D is produced by your body in response to sunlight which is lacking in the winter, of course.

Herbal and dietary remedies for the common cold:

  1. Echinacea
  2. Siberian Ginseng
  3. American Ginseng
  4. Vitamin D
  5. Vitamin C
  6. Garlic
  7. Zinc
  8. Elderberry extract

For more info on these and other natural cold remedies, follow the link.

Dietary Supplements for Diabetes?

The incidence of diabetes has increased dramatically over the past 20 years.  According to the CDC, the incidence of diagnosed diabetes is now 8.2 per 1000 population which represents roughly a 150% increase from 20 years ago!

One of the major reasons for the increasing prevalence of type 2 diabetes is the concurrent rise of obesity in what’s been dubbed the “diabesity epidemic.”  As such, maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise program are two of the most important steps to reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

Though more research is needed in the area of dietary supplements that lower blood sugar, there is increasing evidence that some supplements actually help with blood sugar control.  There are also some simple dietary interventions such as eating more onions that may also help lower blood sugar.

Dietary Supplements for diabetes:

1.  Do Onions Help Lower Blood Sugar in Diabetics:

They also noted that the sample size in their study was too small to reach concrete conclusions but it seems apparent that Allium cepa or red onion does indeed have glucose lowering properties which may be beneficial to those with diabetes.

2. Does creatine monohydrate improve blood sugar control?

The study authors concluded that creatine supplementation along with routine exercise significantly improved glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes (compared to exercise + placebo).

3.  Cinnamon improves blood sugar control

Both type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure are significant risk factors for cardiovascular disease.  New research suggests that adding cinnamon to your diet (for those with type 2 diabetes) may be effective at helping to lower your blood sugar and blood pressure levels.

4. Eat more dietary fiber to combat the metabolic syndrome?

For those with BMI’s greater than 25, it’s important to consume 30g per day of fiber from dietary sources. This study suggests that in addition, daily consumption of 12 g/day of psyillium will have additional health benefits.

5.  Green Tea and Glucose Tolerance and Diabetes?

  • Green tea may actually have an antidiabetic effect which suggests that people who do have diabetes or are borderline diabetic may want to consider drinking a cup or two of green tea each day.
  • Considering that blood sugar levels rise following a meal, it may be optimal to try drinking green tea either just prior to eating a meal or during a meal–then see if it helps you to control your blood sugar.

6. Blueberries improve insulin resistance

The study authors noted that previous research involving subjects consuming whole blueberries resulted in glucose reductions over time in a preclinical study. Essentially, the study results suggest one more benefit of consuming blueberries themselves.

Fitness Tips and Advice

Though New Year’s is still another month or so away, many of us will start thinking about getting back into shape really soon.  In most cases, that’s going to involve shedding a few pounds–especially those gained during the holiday season.  For others, some might be interested in increasing their muscle size and strength too.

Here’s a list of some useful fitness tips and advice:

  1. Best method for gaining strength:  Auto Progressive Resistance Exercise is being heralded as the latest training method to improve your muscle strength.
  2. Static Contraction Training:  If you’ve hit one of those inevitable exercise plateaus, static contraction training might be the answer for you to improve your strength.
  3. If you’re just lacking in motivation, having an exercise partner can be a great way to keep you motivated.
  4. Top 4 Chest Training Mistakes – This article is a must-read if you regularly perform bench press exercises.  Find out why you’re not getting the proper results.
  5. Muscle Building 101 – Provides all of the basics that you need to plan your training regime.
  6. Tabata Training – If you’ve never heard of tabata training, that’s okay.  Find out now why it’s a great way to help you lose body fat.
  7. Speaking of losing body fat, high intensity interval training or HIIT training is also an excellent method to get that lean sculpted look.
  8. Find out why the reverse grip bench press can be your secret weapon for packing on more chest muscle.
  9. Though not for everyone, particularly if you workout at a commercial gym, weight lifting with chains can be a great way to improve upper body strength.
  10. Now that you’re considering exercising, make sure that you don’t do make some of these common exercise mistakes.