The Best Low-Carb Craft Beers to Keep and Maintain those Six Pack Abs

The Best Tasting and Low-Carb Craft Beers to Keep and Maintain those Six Pack Abs

The old adage that abs are made in the kitchen is very true according to the trainer that I just hired. I’m currently working on my getting rid of the dad bod that I worked hard to form over the winter drinking beer and blowing off the gym. 

I eat pretty healthily but my caloric nemesis is the craft beers that I love the hell out of. Naturally, my trainer suggested that I give up beer entirely until I got to my goal weight but I am not going to give up beer for life. 

Before starting my rigorous routine the following week, I decided that I should figure out a game plan for my beer. After testing several beers I compiled a list of the lowest-calorie beers that don’t taste like garden hose water was the main ingredient. 

Here is a list of the best tasting craft beers that are low-carb and lower in calories. You can thank me later. 

New Belgium Glütiny Pale Ale 

At just 150 calories and 10 grams of carbs, it’s hard to believe that you’re drinking a craft brew. Lots of flavors and it doesn’t taste too light. Most of the gluten has been removed so that your gluten-free friends can have one as well. I was also able to find it at restaurants like Buffalo Wild Wings and it’s currently only available in the bottle. Just be aware that the ABV is 6 percent and with its smooth taste you might just grab a buzz. 

Founders Brewing Company’s All Day IPA  

The lively hops will make you hoppy but you will really make you excited is that its only 140 calories. Plus, if you are really into New-England style IPAs, you should be drinking this whether you care about carbs or not. It was one of my favorites because it wasn’t too bitter and you won’t get hammered with an ABV of 4.7. 

Left Hand Brewing’s Saison au Ble de Minuit 

I am not a huge fan of stouts but if you are feeling one this will cut down your caloric intake quite a bit. At 199 calories and an ABV of 6.8 percent you will still get the alcohol you like in a stout but with at least 100 calories or less. 

Allagash Brewing Company’s Allagash White

I have been a super fan of this beer and was shit happy when I found out it only had 159 calories and an ABV of 5.1 percent. Drinks like a light wheat beer with plenty of creamy flavor—no orange needed. This wheat will become your new favorite beach beer this summer.

Coney Island Mermaid Pilsner

This solid but light pilsner is only 160 calories and has an ABV at 5.3 percent. This beer is perfectly balanced with hints of grapefruit, a touch of hop and even some spice. The mermaid on the can will also make you not want to use a koozie. 

Sweetwater Brewing’s 429 Extra Pale Ale

I used to drink the hell out of this West Coast-style beer when I lived in Atlanta and it’s still as good as I remember. The centennial hops coupled with grapefruit is so delicious that you will have a hard time believing it’s only 168 calories. Oh, and an ABV of 5.7 percent means you can handle it. 

Cheers! 

Four Reasons Why Most Guys Should Be Taking a Yoga Class

Four Reasons Why Most Guys Should Be Taking a Yoga Class

The gyms are packed this time of year and you can expect to wait a bit longer to grab those free weights or jump on the machine. While hitting the gym is the go-to way get to work strengthening those abs and building those muscles, you may want to consider hitting a yoga studio as well.

That’s right. I got a chance to try out my first class with my girlfriend and let’s just say…mind blown and the benefits extend beyond the eye candy in class (most women are stripped down to just a sports bra and tight yoga pants). 

Here are four reasons and takeaways from attending my first yoga class as a guy.

Did I mention eye candy?   When the class first started I had a hard time focusing in on holding and letting out my breath nevermind warrior pose. The women in yoga classes are flexible, bending over backwards and feel comfortable enough to strip down to tight pants and just a kind-off sporty bra top. I eventually got comfortable enough to be around them but it was a bonus right from the start. 

Increased my range of motion.  I didn’t notice until two days later when I was at the gym mid bi-cep curl that it was easier to move and with less stiffness. Turns out, all the standing tree and back bending loosened me up enough to kill it (in a good way) on weights. The movements and positions that you do during yoga also lengthen mucles in a way that can’t be done when you are doing repetitive exercises at the gym. 

Catching my breath.  Full disclosure? I pay ZERO attention to my breathing unless I am doing reps and using breathing to count. But the practice of just breathing over and over again actually helped me during cardio. I felt that I could pull in more breath and let it out. While the practice of breathing in yoga class wasn’t my favorite, it helped me to keep up my energy level during a run. 

Better sex life.   If my gifrlfriend had told me this sooner I would have hit the yoga studio with her years ago. Instead, I was approached by the yoga instructor/teacher at the end of class and explained how and why yoga improves your sex life. One big reason is a more toned pelvic muscle. In fact, there is a 2011 study from the Journal of Sexual Medicine that goes deeper into the many benefits. 

While yoga will never replace my gym workout I am always down for all the other benefits that come with it. So the next time your girlfriend or spouse bugs you about going to yoga with them shock the shit out of them and show up—your body will thank you for it later. 

Top New Year’s Resolutions for Guys and How to Stick to Them 

Top New Year’s Resolutions for Guys and How to Stick to Them 

Happy 2019! Tis the season for resolving to finally get those ripped abs, last longer in bed or drop that beer gut. We’ve compiled a list of the top New Year’s Resolutions in 2019 for guys and tips that will help you stick to them. 

Get more sleep.    This is fairly new resolution to top the list and is a sign not only of the times but an understanding of the important role that sleep plays in overall health. A lack of sleep also lowers your testosterone levels which lowers your sex drive.

A few simple solutions to helping you get more sleep include: avoiding alcohol and caffeine at least 3 hours before bed and keeping your cell phone off your bedside. 

Eating healthier.    January is the perfect month to kick-off that weight loss plan and purge your body of all the shit you put into it during the holidays. One of the most popular diets that helps rid your body of processed foods is Whole 30 and Paleo-based eating plans. In fact, Chipotle even released a Whole 30, Paleo and diet-friendly menu.

If you do decide to try either, keep in mind that you should consult your physician before starting any new diet or eating plan. 

Make and save more money.   As long as you are going to focus on your overall health you should work on your financial health as well. Don’t know where to start? Create a budget first and be sure and pad funds to set aside each month in your savings.

Many banks and financial institutions have options to automatically deposit that dough directly into a savings account. Lastly, ask for a raise or promotion. Here’s a link with some tips on how ask for that raise. 

The secret to success is creating a plan, forgiving yourself when you go off of it and reminding yourself WHY you are doing it in the first place. 

Wishing everyone success in 2019!

Farts Can Be a Turn on For Some Partners Suggests Survey

Farts Can Be a Turn on For Some Partners Suggests Survey

Ripping one, cutting the cheese, floating an air biscuit aka farting is a turn on for some sexual partners, according to a recent survey released by seniorliving.org. 

The survey, aptly named, Everybody Poops and Farts took a closer look at how our men and women really feel about farts, how we try hiding them and other oddities like people that get turned on by them.

Considering that both men and women fart at least 20 times a day, we’re all on this together.

Let’s jump into some of the survey’s results:

How guys try to mask a fart—

  • 75 percent try the ol’ go-to: holding it in
  • 58 percent slip off to another room 
  • 54 percent head out to the great outdoors 
  • 25 percent try to create a distraction by hiding it with noise such as making a fart sound with your mouth.

I can recall countless dates (usually following a dinner out at a Mexican restaurant) where one false move and a million farts would explode. Most people and I assumed my dates would be grossed-out or even replused by flatulence. And personally speaking, the feeling is mutual when my date farts. 

This makes sense since the survey points to an average of 6.5 months before a guy cracks one in front of his partner—on purpose. Women wait an estimated 1.3 years

Guys wait 6.5 months on average to fart in front of their girlfriend or partner.  Women tend to take longer, waiting on average 1.3 YEARS. 

Now, let’s get to those in the survey that apparently are real freaks and get turned on by a fart. It’s a mere 11 percent for guys and 3 percent of women that think it’s hot. Anything over 1 percent is nasty and the survey also cited that 28 percent of guys have ruined the mood after cracking one while in bed with their partner.

 

7 Strange and Fun Facts About Sperm

7 Strange and Fun Facts About Sperm

Sperm has earned many, many, many nicknames: spooge, man juice, baby batter…just to name a few. However, sperm gets more credit than it deserves when sperm is lumped in with semen. Here are seven strange and fun facts about sperm. 

  1. Turns out, it’s not exactly the same as sperm. Sperm makes up a very small amount of man juice—only a mere 5-10 percent. The rest is the semen and since semen is nutrient-charged it also helps propel sperm into the uterine stratosphere. Think of semen as sperm’s wingman. 

2.   Every guy at one point or another has measured the size of his penis. I’ve done it even in my late 20s..ok, recently. You may think your penis or rather testicles packs a big load, but the average full ejaculation is only a teaspoon…NOT a tablespoon. Feel free to grab a teaspoon to see how you measure up, just wash your hands and the teaspoon when you’re finished. 

3.   Now that you know that sperm can launch its way up into the uterine planet thanks to its wingman, semen, you may want to know how long it can party and stay alive up in there. Hold onto your butts—up to five days! That’s right! Of course, this is dependant on the acidity of your partner’s womb. If the acidity is not ripe for fermentation, than typically it can last between 24 and 48 hours. 

4.   Speaking of strong sperm, no matter how many swimmers you think you have, you will never compare to a bat’s sperm which can live up to…wait for it…145 days. WOW! 

5.   Now that you feel inadequate about your sperm’s lifespan, don’t fret. Men NEVER stop producing sperm. That’s right, guys. Now you know how Richard Gere just had a baby and Charlie Chaplin never stopped even into his 70s. It’s ok to take some pride in that. 

6.  Shitty diet = shitty sperm. You are what you eat when it comes to sperm. The worst diet you have, the worse your sperm can get. Stay hydrated ON WATER, and eat foods rich in antioxidants and other aphrodiasic stimulants such as oysters and dark chocolate. As for the water, the more you drink, the deeper pool they have to swim in. Here are 11 foods that you should be eating right now to boost your stamina. You’re welcome. 

7.   Balls deep just took on a new meaning. Sperm are stored in your scrotum because sperm prefer cooler temps which makes sense since men tend to produce more sperm during the colder, winter months than during the heat of the summer. 

How to Drop the Beer Gut and Replace it With Six Pack Abs 

How to Drop the Beer Gut and Replace it With Six Pack Abs 

Get rid of that beer gut and get that six pack transformed in the form of ripped abs. If you’ve been struggling with getting rid of the spare tire and building at least a four-pack of abs, you are probably doing it wrong. 

Your abs are what you eat:

There is a saying among the fitness industry that abs are made in the kitchen—not the gym. In fact, it’s most likely what you drink that is keeping you from getting rock hard. The biggest liquid calorie culprits are alcholic drinks, fruit juices and energy drinks. Love your smoothies? Try replacing them with dark-green veggies instead and avoid heavy carb-loaded meals such as pasta. 

More is not better it’s actually worse:

Quality over quantity is best when you working your abs. In fact, the best formula is an ab exercise that is only 15-20 reps. You also want to treat these exercises like upper body or leg days. YOU DON’T DO THEM EVERY DAY! It’s best to consult with a professional trainer that can make sure you are doing them right and avoiding injury but to get you started here is a handy blog on ab exercises.

Sit-ups and crunches will only crush your results:

As we mentioned in the above paragraph, quality over quantity. Ask a fitness professional about crunches and they likely tell you that you are wasting your time. Instead, focus on the proper form and aforementioned reps of 15-20. 

Be wary of fat burning pills:

Fat burning pills can be effective for losing fat but they can also eat away at the muscle you are busting your ass to get. It’s best to avoid them and get on a proper diet plan that compliments your efforts. Seriously, resist the urge. 

Prep your meals:

Once you have put together a good meal plan you will want to make sure you stick to it. By preparing your meals ahead of time and having them on hot standby, you can ensure that you will not wander too far and start scarfing down shitty foods like pizzas, and greasy burgers. In fact, one tip is to shop the outside of the grocery store. This where meats, dairies, veggies and the freshest foods with less additives and sugars are stocked. Typically, the inside aisles are full of processed crap that will throw off your goals. 

Lastly, don’t starve yourself or beat yourself up too much if you went out and head a few beers and a burger. Get back to the business of rock hard abs. 

As always: consult your physician before starting any new diet or exercise plan. 

 

Naked Man is Not the Only Guy to Test Planet Fitness’ No Judgements Slogan 

Naked Man is Not the Only Guy to Test Planet Fitness’ No Judgements Slogan

The one and only time I walked into a Planet Fitness was during a visit to Florida to see my dad during a work trip. I normally like to go for a run outside and then hit the weights inside but it was in the middle of August and I overslept past 6 am which means temps and humidity had already skyrocketed by 7 am. 

My dad (who has long been divorced from my mom) is not the most fit man but in his early 70s he knows that cardio is good for his sex life and invited me to hit the gym where the A/C and music is turned all the way up. 

His Planet Fitness is not unlike most across the U.S-located in a long winding strip mall front and center surrounded by commercial retailers like TJ Maxx. The same signature yellow and purple colors popping out like a cheap leisure suit. 

However, inside it’s a geriatric hotspot and the place to be seen if you are a retiree and DTF.  In the corner is a smoothie bar where a couple of baby boomer hotties (my dad’s description not mine) mingle in activewear and makeup.

Nearby on treadmills in the most coveted section of the gym two women in their 70s walk on the treadmill and complain about the condo association board and their ideas for punishment for people that don’t pick up dog poop in the common areas. 

My dad is quick to introduce me to the geriatric hotties as “my son who never visits” and after a quick meet and greet, I bee-line it for a section of treadmills farthest away from where Fox News and CNN blare commentary on competing televisions.

I jump up on a treadmill in a darkened corner of the room and get ready to plug into my workout and headphones. Scanning the area, I see the same people that I have seen in every gym. In the weight room, and where my people are, a guy with a Burt Reynolds stash is giving it hell on his biceps. Not far from him is what appears to be his lady friend with the ass of a twenty-year-old. These are the gym rats of yesteryear and today. Unfortunately, they still love a savage tan so their skin is not on par with their physique. 

Across the room, a group of “regulars” mingle around unoccupied elliptical machines and complain of sciatica and other ailments. They are serious about the gym but getting in a workout is second to socializing. These would be my dad’s people but he does insist on spending at least 20 minutes on the recumbent bike and sometimes he breaks a sweat. 

I stick out like a sore thumb due to my age and I feel an unspoken resentment and might have heard the murmurs if I had taken the time to turn down my music. The truth is, there is no such thing as a “no judgements” gym no matter the age of patrons or the gym.

There are still the same regulars that are there to mingle, the same assholes lay claim to their treadmill in front of the TV, the gym rats police the amount of time on equipment and the hotties still show up  in full makeup and perfectly-coordinated workout clothes. 

Instead of stripping down to your birthday suit (like the guy that was recently arrested for doing naked yoga at a Planet Fitness), stop sweating being judged at the gym—who cares, you’re there to look great naked. At home. In the bedroom.

Check out our blog on gym etiquette tips. 

 

High-Fat Diets May Lead to Weight Gain Not Loss Says New Study

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If you have been busting your ass at the gym and sticking to that Keto diet and not losing weight or rather gaining, it might be the diet and not you, according a new study. 

I know, I know it sucks to hear this shocking news but before you change up your diet (and always consult with your physician before starting or stopping a new diet or exercise plan) here is the skinny on this study. 

It was conducted by the University of Aberdeen and the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The two learning institutions joined forces and tried out the results on 30 mice—giving one group lots of fat and very little carbs and the other group little-to-no fact and low carbs as well. 

Turns out, fat just might make you fat suggests the study. The group of mice that got lots of fat actually gained weight while the group of mice that had very little or zero fat and a low-carb diet maintained their rodent figures and gained no weight. 

This doesn’t mean you should shovel in the sugar or blow off healthy eating. Instead, be mindful of the amount of fat in your diet and stick to a healthy low-carb diet. 

In fact, many of the foods that are better for boosting your health AND YOUR SEX DRIVE contain a minimal amount of fat or rather contain the kind of good fats that our bodies need. Hint: it’s not the kind of fat in bacon. 

So, have the burger but go lean on the fat. 

Want to Have More Sex? Eat More Seafood and Fish Says Study

Want to Have More Sex? Eat More Seafood and Fish Says Study

A recent study released by the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that when men and women consumed more seafood they had more sex. 

In fact, couples that BOTH ate at least two servings of fish or seafood experienced and we are sure, enjoyed a 22 percent spike in sexual intercourse. 

Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids and has been known to help boost semen production and increase levels of progesterone—which could explain all the sex. 

Want to put this study to the test? Here is a recipe for grilled salmon to get you started. 

Simple Grilled Salmon Recipe 

—4 large lemon wedges 

—4 wild caught salmon fillets with skin on

—vegetable oil 

—fresh dill 

—one jar of capers 

—salt and pepper to taste 

Brush grill grates with vegetable oil and pre-heat to grill on high heat and reduce to medium heat. Place fish on grill skin-side first and allow to cook for approximately 3-4 minutes. Flip and cook on the other side. 

Remove from heat. Fish should be pink and slightly flakey. Squeeze lemon on fish, add a dash of salt and pepper, place fresh dill on fish and top with capers. Serve with a side of fresh veggies. 

 

Wallethub’s Fattest Cities in America 2018

Wallethub’s Fattest Cities in America 2018

Each year, the online consumer financial company Wallethub weighs in on the state of health in the U.S. Depending on whether you view this list as fat shaming or a shout-out to chubby chasers, it’s still noteworthy to assess the overall health of our nation’s cities. 

But don’t let this list bring you down, around 40% of the United States is considered overweight or obese. 

So, without further ado, here is the list of the fattest cities in America:

1. Little Rock-North Little Rock, Arkansas 

2. Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana 

3. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission, Texas 

4. Memphis, Tennesse, Mississippi, Arkansas 

5. Mobile, Alabama 

6. Knoxville, Tennessee 

7. Jackson, Mississippi 

8. Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama 

9. Baton Rouge, Louisiana 

10. Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 

11. Columbia, South Carolina 

12. Chattanooga, Tennessee/Georgia 

13. Lafayette, Louisiana 

14. Greenville-Anderson-Mauldin, South Carolina 

15. Lousivlle/Jefferson County, Kentucky/Indiana 

16. Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Frankloin, Tennesse 

17. Canton-Massillon, Ohio 

18. Winston-Salem, North Carolina 

19. Tulsa, Oklahoma 

20. Greensboro-High Point, North Carolina 

To see the rest of the list visit WalletHub.com