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April 29, 2023

Nick Best Crushes It with Heavy Back Training 6 Months After Kidney Surgery

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Even as he begins to step away from competition, Best continues to persevere.

On Apr. 27, 2023, recently retired strongman Nick Best shared a clip of himself working out on a seated iso-lateral row machine with six 45-pound plates affixed on each side. Best is shown rowing 244.9 kilograms (540 pounds) for eight repetitions. Best is also seen rowing five 45-pound plates per side (totaling 204.1 kilograms/450 pounds) for 10 reps and four 45-pound plates per side (totaling 163.3 kilograms/360 pounds), also for 10 reps.

According to the caption of Best’s post, the row machine routine at this high weight comes on the heels of an early-January 2023 nephrectomy — surgical removal of either of the kidneys. Best had previously posted on Instagram detailing his necessary kidney removal due to a diagnosis of stage one renal cell carcinoma.

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By his standards, Nick Best has seemed to keep it somewhat easy in the weight room lately. While he’s still posting regular training updates that likely require massive power and strength from his home facility, Best has dialed it back in some official respects.

After placing second at the 50+ Masters World’s Strongest Man contest during the latest Official Strongman Games (OSG) in November 2022, the strength icon retired from strongman competition. Shortly after, it appears Best put plans into motion about needed maintenance on his body before he could continue with his usual weightlifting.

Some of Best’s other recent training sessions are aligned with the established precedent of a seasoned strength star.

In mid-April 2023, Best completed 52.1-kilogram (115-pound) dips for 10 reps and combined them with 47.6-kilogram (105-pound) dumbbell bench presses during a chest day workout. Before that, Best had a leg day where he completed a top back squat of 332.5 kilograms (735 pounds) while wearing a lifting belt and knee wraps. If the athlete lost any strength after his recent kidney operation, it’s not apparent how it affected him based on these examples of his lifts.

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Best turned 54 in November and hasn’t shown any evident signs of slowing down. After all, shining in powerlifting still seems to be present in his front-view mirror. Even despite his operation and a devastating lat injury from Spring 2021, he resembles an athlete with the intent to continue picking up (pun intended) where he leaves off.

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Flex Lewis Would End His Retirement and Consider a Comeback For Seven-Figure Offer

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Lewis has enjoyed his retirement but a hefty payday would get him back on stage.

Roughly a year ago at the time, James “Flex” Lewis officially retired from competitive bodybuilding. A seven-time 212 Mr. Olympia champion (2012-2018), Lewis finished his career widely regarded as one of the greatest bodybuilders of all time. These days, with the icon perhaps looking to scratch that competitive itch, he may well return to a stage. That is, for the right incentives.

On Apr. 24, 2023, in a video career discussion shared on Lewis’ YouTube channel, the athlete breaks down his feelings about a potential return to professional bodybuilding. Lewis maintains that for a seven-figure offer (at least $1 million), he would consider competing and donning his posing trunks again.

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After Lewis retired, it opened the door to former 212 competitor Derek Lunsford receiving a special invitation to compete in the Men’s Open at the 2022 Mr. Olympia. Lunsford would take home a runner-up finish at the contest. Lunsford’s absence as one of the heir apparents to Lewis’ former 212 title reign could mean there’s another opening for the icon to step back in.

However, considering the commitment at a training and nutritional level, Lewis wouldn’t just return to professional bodybuilding seamlessly. As competitions like the 2023 Masters Olympia re-enter the fray for experienced veterans, Lewis’ return would have to come at the right price — a payday of at least $1 million. (Note: Lewis, at age 39, would not be eligible for the Masters Olympia until the 2024 edition when he’s 40 and meets the contest’s age requirement.)

“Obviously, my name has been thrown in the mix this year [for the 2023 Masters Olympia], and I said, ‘Let me dispel this right now, I’m on my own journey, it’s definitely back to the stage,’” Lewis said “… If there was a monetary draw for me, I’m all in. For me, it has to be a seven-figure monetary draw. It has to be because for me to walk away from what I’m doing right now, that’s what my sacrifice is, unfortunately.”

In the approximate year since his retirement, Lewis has maintained a steady influence in the bodybuilding and strength community over various media platforms — even recently serving as a social media correspondent during the 2023 World’s Strongest Man. His status as a legendary Olympia champion seems to offer him a measure of respect for his opinions and thoughts on the current state of the sport.

Being such a big name on paper, Lewis compared his ideal payday to compete as a bodybuilder again to that of more traditional sports.

“I truly think bodybuilding was as fruitful as many of the other sports in the world like golf and basketball and football,” Lewis said. “The contracts these guys are getting paid, it’s insane … Nobody [in bodybuilding] was ever really able to carry the torch into the realm it could be to potentially be one of the sports that are getting huge contracts for sponsorships … Where you’re able to win a show and it’s a seven-figure win for a show or you get seven-figure sponsorships because bodybuilding is, if not one of the hardest sports in the world … It’s 365/24/7. You’re always thinking about what you’re eating and what you’re training.” 

The 2023 Masters Olympia has an overall prize purse of $229,000. Lewis now joins seven-time Mr. Olympia champion (2011-2017) Phil Heath as the latest iconic bodybuilder to maintain they would return if the compensation was incredibly lucrative.

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Lewis’s position seems to be gaining more steam in the bodybuilding world. As some of the elite athletes continue to push their bodies to the limit, and the sport appears to be growing in popularity, the stars of the sport might want bigger paydays. At the very least, something like that could potentially lure Lewis back to the stage to shine once again.

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April 28, 2023

The seven most filling foods, according to a dietitian

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Author Susie Burrell is a leading Australian dietitian and nutritionist, founder of Shape Me, co-host of The Nutrition Couch podcast and prominent media spokesperson, with regular appearances in both print and television media commenting on all areas of diet, weight loss and nutrition.

Often, we hear about foods in terms of their carb content, or how much fat or sugar they have, or sometimes even if certain foods are higher in calcium or fibre.

Very rarely do we hear of foods in terms of their fullness factor, or how satiating a food is compared to another.

For those of us who struggle with feeling satisfied, and who battle constant hunger, targeting key foods for their satiating properties is a smart way to regulate glucose levels, appetite and weight long term.

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Russel Orhii Records a 337.5-Kilogram (744-Pound) Squat Double PR

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On Apr. 25, 2023, Russel Orhii shared an Instagram training clip of himself capturing a 337.5-kilogram (744-pound) raw back squat for two reps. According to a floating caption in the video, the strength feat is a personal record (PR) for the elite competitor. This lift sees Orhii adding 8.61 kilograms (19 pounds) to a raw squat double PR from late March 2023.

The athlete wore knee sleeves, a lifting belt, and utilized wrist wraps to help him finish off this massive squat milestone.

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The other vital portion of Orhii’s lift caption is that he notes his “next meet is gonna be crazy.” At the time of this writing, Orhii has not clarified when that sanctioned competition will come or that he was even training for a specific contest.

According to his page on Open Powerlifting, Orhii’s last meet was the 2022 USA Powerlifting (USAPL) Korea Winter Showdown. The athlete took home a first-place result in the first-ever appearance as a 90-kilogram competitor in his extended career. Orhii’s total of 885.2 kilograms (1,951.6 pounds) was not only his all-time raw competition best, it was the highest of any competitive powerlifter during the 2022 calendar year.

He additionally scored all-time raw competition bests on his bench press (195 kilograms/429.9 pounds), deadlift (350 kilograms/771.6 pounds), and squat (340 kilograms/749.5 pounds).

Orhii is on a seven-competition winning streak and has not fallen short of first place since a runner-up finish in the 2018 International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Classic Powerlifting Championships. The sterling powerlifter is a two-time International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) World Champion (2019, 2021) in the 83-kilogram division. Orhii has been competing as a powerlifter on sanctioned lifting platforms since November 2015, when he debuted as a Junior athlete.

Whenever Orhii does take to his “next meet,” it seems abundantly clear he’ll be prepared for any obstacles. At least, judging off his Instagram training clips.

Recent weeks have seen Orhii capture a 347-kilogram (765-pound) raw deadlift with ease, as well as capturing a three-rep squat with 306.1 kilograms (675 pounds) and an eight-rep bench press with 160.1 kilograms (353 pounds) with from mid-April 2023.

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Orhii is not one to approach his lifts and competitive ventures in a timid fashion. His precedent suggests that he goes full steam ahead whenever it’s applicable. For this superstar powerlifting, another resounding performance in his next powerlifting contest might as well be written down in pen.

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April 27, 2023

Rhianon Lovelace Scores 320-Kilogram (705-Pound) Axle Deadlift, Announces Intent to Eclipse 363 Kilograms (800 Pounds)

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Lovelace is preparing to make more history.

On Apr. 26, 2023, Rhianon Lovelace shared an Instagram clip of herself capturing a 320-kilogram (705-pound) 15-inch Axle Deadlift. The strongwoman and powerlifting extraordinaire wrote that the number she pulled with her loaded barbell was five times her body weight at the time of the video. That means the athlete weighed roughly 64 kilograms (141 pounds). Lovelace utilized lifting straps, a lifting belt, and had a lifting suit adorned to help her with the strength feat.

The most important part of Lovelace’s latest training update might not have been the lift itself. The caption features the strength superstar revealing that she plans to accomplish an 18-inch Axle Deadlift of at least 363 kilograms (800 pounds) by the end of the 2023 calendar year.

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When it comes to shining on sanctioned lifting platforms in major contests, and in individualized training sessions, Lovelace is largely unparalleled in the current strength sports pantheon. The last approximate year, dating back to spring 2022, has seen Lovelace dominate seemingly whenever possible.

One of Lovelace’s more notable accomplishments includes setting the Axle Deadlift World Record at 261.5 kilograms (576.5 pounds) at the 2022 Arnold Strongman UK. Before that achievement, Lovelace broke the strongwoman deadlift World Record with a pull of 282.5 kilograms (623 pounds) at the 2022 Berkshire’s Strongest competition.

To start 2023, Lovelace picked up (no pun intended) where she left off by setting a new U64 Atlas Stone World Record of 146.8 kilograms (323.6 pounds) during the 2023 Kaos New Year Push/Pull 2023 contest. In the same competition, she scored a new top benchmark with the U64 Axle Press World Record of 101 kilograms (222.6 pounds).

According to Lovelace’s caption, she previously set the 18-inch Axle Deadlift World Record at just over 700 pounds in October 2022. At the time of this writing, it is unclear what contest she refers to. Nonetheless, by the end of 2023, Lovelace has lofty ambitions to add over 45.3 kilograms (100 pounds) to her all-time best.

Lovelace is the reigning U64 World’s Strongest Woman (WSW) champion and first captured that title in 2018. According to her page on Open Powerlifting, as a powerlifter, Lovelace has never lost a contest dating back to a career that began in May 2015.

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As one of the more decorated strength athletes today, Lovelace probably has a lot on her plate at any given moment. The athlete has usually handled it with aplomb and, based on her high standard of strength excellence, will likely continue to do so.

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Five exercises everyone should do to maintain strength for life

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There’s so much information on ways to exercise and train our muscles, but there are some core basic building blocks that anyone can do to help lay the platform for a more functional and stronger life.

Baller Nation Founders and fitness power couple Dan Conn and Ellice Whichello say there are key building blocks that will allow you to naturally progress with all the major muscles that support posture, movement and daily functionality – they’re called the ‘the Big Five’.

“The big five is the simple method of push, pull, hinge, squat and row,” Conn shares with 9Honey Coach.

“These can all start with body weight and tempo without the need to load up countless weight plates and barbells. Keep it simple and trust the process!”

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Dan Conn & Ellice Whichello are the founders of Baller Nation gym. (Instagram)

Here the pair share their top picks for five effective and useful exercises for a stronger and more functional body.

No matter your gender, age, or whatever your usual favourite way to workout is, these five exercises can provide a basic level of strength that will keep you healthy and happy throughout your entire life.

1. The Deadlift

A movement we use every day in the simplest of forms as we pick up kids and lift items off the floor. Performing this movement correctly ensures fewer niggling injuries and makes us highly functional due to activating lower body muscles, including the major muscles that support the hips, back and legs.

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2. The ‘Correct’ Push Up

Many people do basic push ups incorrectly just to get the reps out when it’s better to do the safe, correct technique and build on that. This allows a stronger chest, arms, and shoulders, and also supports the correct form that stops those annoying injuries from overuse with poor technique, not to mention a killer posture.

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The ‘Correct’ Push Up is key for strength and posture. (iStock)

3. The Pull-Up

One of the most effective exercises that opposes the overhead push is the pull-up. Being able to lift and carry your own body weight is essential. It’s an exercise that can be easily regressed and progressed so even if you can only do assisted pull-ups, it’s about practice. A definite ‘must’ to add to the repertoire.

4. The Basic Squat

It may be the back squat with barbells, dumbbells, dead balls or just body weight. Having a good technical squat allows for better mobility by building more resilient hip and leg bones as well as joints, and safely allows us to get around in day-to-day life with ease by supporting a strong base. Plus you’ll burn mega calories lifting too.

5. Bent Over Row

This can be done with weights, bands, or just about anything. It’s a reverse movement to your push up and the same positioning should be used so we activate the middle and lower back muscles that look after our posture. Again, no need to load up, it’s about control and ‘activating’ the right muscles. When you row, relax those traps and pretend you are squashing a tennis ball under your armpits.

Dan Conn & Ellice Whichello will host the Under Armour Combine Pre-Season event at the AusFitness Expo, April 29 & 30 at the ICC Sydney.

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How to do the perfect push up and avoid this one mistake

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The biggest mistake people make is they try to do push ups before they’re strong enough to do them.

Attempting to do a push up on your toes and on the floor before you have the strength to do it typically ends up very badly.

It’s not doing you any good and is just locking you up through your shoulders and makes your posture really bad it’s just a disaster. 

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The biggest mistake people make is trying to do a push up too soon. (Supplied)

Follow these simple steps to get you through your next push up. 

1. Stretch 

Before you complete the perfect push-up, you need to stretch your body so you are able to move nicely through a full range of motion. You want to stretch out your palms by putting your hand against the wall and opening your hand up a bit above shoulder height. Also make sure you’re opening up your chest, getting a nice stretch. 

2. Lowering Down 

Your hands should be placed shoulder-width apart, in front of your chest with your feet also aligned. As you lower yourself down slowly, breathing in, your shoulder blades should go back together, do not shrug. 

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As you lower yourself down slowly, breathing in, your shoulder blades should go back together. (Supplied)

3. Pushing Back Up 

Focusing on technique is vital here, dropping your head and leaving your bum up in the air will ruin your technique. Breathe out as you push yourself up, your head needs to be considered as part of your spine. If you can do that, then you’re doing a quality push-up. 

If you’re starting out, be sure to watch the video above on how to gradually progress to a full push up.

Good luck! 

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April 26, 2023

2023 Masters Olympia Roster Revealed

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Here’s who’s expected to pose on stage in Romania this summer.

This year, the Masters Olympia will return after an 11-year absence, taking place in Cluj-Napoca, Romania on Aug. 26-27, 2023. It will feature 10 competitive divisions and exclusively showcase bodybuilding athletes who are at least 40 years of age. With the early-April application process finished, it is now clear who will be traveling to Eastern Europe this coming summer.

On Apr. 25, 2023, an Olympia TV YouTube video featuring Jay Cutler and other bodybuilding figures like Terrick El Guindy, Steve Weinberger, and Alina Popa revealed the complete roster for the 2023 Masters Olympia. The overall prize purse for the participating competitors will be $229,000.

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The headline division of the contest might be the Men’s Open class. Recent months have seen speculation about athletes such as Cutler, Johnnie Jackson, and Dexter Jackson (the last Masters Olympia champion in 2012) potentially joining the competition. As confirmed by this roster reveal, the seasoned veterans, who are in the midst of their respective retirements, will not feature at the 2023 Masters Olympia.

However, an established veteran and active titan in the main Olympia field, Kamal Elgargni, is now confirmed to be part of the Masters Olympia roster. Elgargni is most notably coming off a third-place result in the 212 division at the 2022 Mr. Olympia. He will compete in the Men’s Open at the return of the Masters Olympia. Elgargni may maintain this competitive set-up to prepare for the upcoming 2023 Mr. Olympia. The athlete previously clarified this would be his plan to stay consistent with his training and nutrition.

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Here’s a complete rundown of every division’s roster at the 2023 Masters Olympia.

Men’s Open

  • Kamal Elgargni
  • Logan Robson
  • Marek Olejniczak
  • Maxx Charles
  • Michael Ely
  • Michael Lynn
  • Philip Clahar
  • Robert Burneika
  • Fred Smalls
  • Joseph Piersante
  • Joshua Lenartowicz
  • Ken Jackson
  • Ron Stevens
  • Rusty Jeffers
  • Sergio Lima
  • Slavoj Bednar
  • Tony Lagrene
  • Vincent Galanti
  • Vladimir Agrinskiy

212

  • Anwar Darwish Ali
  • Derik Farnsworth
  • Bola Ojex
  • Ahmed Fawzi
  • Fernando Noronha De Almeida
  • David Henry
  • Jeff Williamson
  • Hidetada Yamagishi
  • Jicheng Qian
  • Jonni Shreve
  • Jim Everton
  • Mason Butt
  • Milton A. Martinez
  • Ryan Walters
  • Zohir Mihoubi
  • Steve Thayer
  • Ricardo Plata Duran
  • Wayne Williams

Men’s Physique

  • Adon Marcus
  • Andrea Mosti
  • Anton Antipov
  • Byron Ross
  • Arya Saffaie
  • Michael Ferguson
  • Myron Griffin
  • Sharif Reid
  • Terrence Teo
  • Dajuan Freeman
  • David Odom
  • Everett Davis
  • Everton Ribiero
  • George Brown
  • Harlan Taylor
  • Joshua Petrecky
  • Kenyon Leno
  • Kevin Reeder
  • Marcell Shippen
  • Youcef Djoudi

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Classic Physique

  • Dawid Geler
  • Dion Harris
  • Ali Emre
  • Esteban Smith 
  • Darrem Charles 
  • Alex Cambronero 
  • Eric Perkins
  • Greg Rando 
  • Michel Perez
  • Javier Martinez 
  • Luis Garcia Martinez
  • Kelvin Hinde
  • Olushomo Oni 
  • Richy Chan 
  • Ross Caesar
  • Vladimir Markov
  • Shanti Mitchell 
  • Peter Sciallo
  • Thomas Connelly 

Women’s Bodybuilding

  • Cheryl Mears 
  • Abi Jimenez 
  • Donna Salib 
  • Evangelina Guzman
  • Barbara Moojen 
  • Jacqueline Fuchs 
  • Marcela Venegas
  • Dana Shemesh 
  • Leah Dennie 
  • Michelle Brent 
  • Maria Segura
  • Lori Conley 
  • Silvia Matta 
  • Vera Mikulcova 
  • Reshanna Boswell 
  • Virginia Sanchez
  • Tananarive Huie

Women’s Physique

  • Caroline Alves Dos Santos 
  • Heather Grace
  • Ivie Rhein
  • Birgit Andersch 
  • Jennifer Taylor 
  • Alida Opre
  • Candice Carr 
  • Nathalee Thompson 
  • Manuella Monteiro 
  • Joanna Romano
  • Larissa Araujo De Lima
  • Lenore Gregson
  • Stephanie Frederickson 
  • Maria Liberman 
  • Oksana Piari 
  • Robin Mays 
  • Uta Koehler-Spitzbart
  • Susan Graham 
  • Tanya Chartrand
  • Suzanne Davis 

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Figure

  • Corrie Morales
  • Dee Jackson 
  • Dorota Ogonowska
  • Georgina Lona 
  • Jennifer Reece
  • Alissa Carpio 
  • Her Eun 
  • Gina Palma
  • Jessica Baltazar
  • Jessica Reyes Padilla 
  • Kim Clark 
  • Martina Yabekova 
  • Roberta Visintainer
  • Larissa Penaloza
  • Shelace Shoemaker
  • Stella Miliani
  • Veronica Gallego
  • Zulfiya Bityeva
  • Thais Werner
  • Yelena Larina

Fitness

  • Babette Mulford 
  • Debbie Fowler
  • Maria Laura Cerbelli 
  • Marta Aguiar
  • Minna Paljulahti
  • Sally Kendall-Williams
  • Stacy Simons
  • Stephanie Jones 
  • Tamara Vahn 

Bikini

  • Aneta Szoltysek 
  • Christy Brown 
  • Geri Lara-Berger
  • Ayleen Santander
  • Gigi Amurao
  • Angela Ruscilli
  • Janine Herrera 
  • Chelan Nour 
  • Nucia Freitas Samo
  • Elisangela Angell 
  • Abbi Gaetano 
  • Larissa Godoi
  • Jessica Wilson 
  • Michelle Hurst
  • Susan Price
  • Kerryne Henich 
  • Merica Abbado 
  • Nichole Guggia
  • Patricia Lloyd
  • Ruth Montes
  • Nicole Jennifer Johnson

Wellness

  • Carly Thornton
  • Dani Treiger
  • Anzhelika Ispodnikova
  • Clarissa Sanchez
  • Casey DeLong
  • Joann Norwood
  • Cinzia Massaro Clapp
  • Elizabeth Williams
  • Nerilde Garcia
  • Flora Conte
  • Houda Hmini
  • Synara Santana
  • Simara Walter
  • Alessandra Pinheiro
  • Liliana Velez Marin
  • Oana Marinescu
  • Nicollette Burns
  • Tania Viegas

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The return of the Masters Olympia means some of the more experienced bodybuilders in the sport get the chance to shine on a stage again. Who actually poses well and thrives won’t be determined until late August in Romania.

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New research reveals men lose twice the amount of weight compared to women

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It seems the gender gap between men and women that still exists today isn’t limited to wages.

News studies have shown there is also a gender diet gap, with men losing twice as much weight as women when dieting.

According to scientists from Edinburgh University, due to the female sex hormone oestrogen, it’s it more difficult for women to lose excess weight compared to men.

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Losing weight is never easy but it seems for men, it’s easier than for women. (iStockphoto)

“The findings suggest that oestrogen, one of the main female sex hormones, may play a role in determining the health benefits of dieting. Experts say this could help to identify those most likely to benefit from a restricted calorie diet,” the study said.

The study consisted of 42 overweight/obese men and women.

Across four weeks, men under the age of 45 lost more than 16 per cent of their body fat, while the women lost just eight per cent – half as much as the men.

With those over the age of 45, there was not much of a difference as both sexes lost around 10 per cent of their body fat.

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Men and women lose weight and body fat differently at different rates. (Getty)

“Reduced-calorie diets have many health benefits and may promote healthy ageing,” Dr William Cawthorn, an associate professor at the University of Edinburgh and the study author, said.

“Some previous research suggested that the effectiveness of these diets may differ between males and females, but our study is the first to show that these sex differences largely disappear when dieting begins at older ages.”

Cawthorn also added, “This could help us to devise improved nutritional strategies to prevent diseases and promote healthy ageing.”

There can be many health benefits to reducing the amount of fat in the body.

“Reducing calorie intake while maintaining levels of essential nutrients is linked to the prevention of conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, and increased life expectancy,” says the study.

There are also ways to lose weight healthily which include a balanced diet of food from five healthy food groups such as different coloured veggies, fruit, whole grains, lean meats, and reduced fat dairy, according to Health Direct Australia.

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It’s often said by dietitians to ‘eat the rainbow.’ (Getty)

Eating the right foods is really important for the body.

Of course if you’re in a calorie deficit naturally the body will shed kilos however, a balanced diet is somewhat crucial.

Reducing the amount of foods containing saturated fats can be very beneficial to the body and in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and weight.

“We have to be aware that processed foods tend to be very high in salt and saturated fats that can increase the risk of cardiovascular ill health,” dietitian Effie Carbonne previously told 9Honey Coach.

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“The thing is that, yes, if you create a calorie deficit to what you normally eat, you will lose weight regardless of the foods you choose.

“It’s not only about the total calories of the food. It’s making sure you are getting the right amount of foods across the food groups as they’ll provide all the nutrients you need.”

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April 25, 2023

Daniel Bell Reveals Injury Suffered During 425-Kilogram (937-Pound) Squat

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Bell may have to shelve his goals for a while after this injury.

Daniel Bell was off to a raucous start in 2023. He had matched Hafthor Björnsson‘s deadlift of 395 kilograms (870.8 pounds) at the 2023 Arnold Sports Festival (ASF). Eventually, he had planned to extend his all-time raw with wraps World Record total of 1,182 kilograms (2,606.9 pounds) in the +140-kilogram weight class. For the time being, the athlete will seemingly have to put these plans on hold.

On Apr. 20, 2023, Bell revealed that he recently suffered a left leg injury while finishing a 425-kilogram (937-pound) back squat raw with wraps during the 2023 USA-UA Pioneer on the Beach. The powerlifter did not disclose the nature or severity of his ailment from the early April competition and mainly noted it felt like his “left glute was getting torn in half.” While the athlete persevered through his squat to a first-place performance in the +140-kilogram weight class, it seems likely that this injury will need some measure of attention.

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In Bell’s Instagram post discussing his injury, he didn’t mince words. While he hasn’t (at the time of this article’s publication) provided more precise clarification on what exactly happened, Bell’s description makes this situation appear severe for one of the globe’s strongest powerlifters. The athlete has not posted an update to his social media platforms since revealing his health status.

Parts of the immediate aftermath didn’t sound pleasant, which revealed other underlying issues.

“Ten years in it’s bound to happen,” Bell wrote of his injury. “Woke up on Monday [April 17] unable to feel or move my toes. [It was] absolutely wild a week after. Moved forward with morphine and two different hospitals finding one of the largest MRI machines in Florida to find out my spine and six bulging discs have seen better days.”

According to Bell, his main goal is to avoid surgery. At the time of this writing, it is unclear what kind of surgery he would need or how long it would keep him out of training and sanctioned powerlifting competitions.

Nonetheless, it’s undoubtedly a setback for an athlete of his mold, and something he and his performance trainer Jacob Ross would prefer to steer clear of.

“Already in the process of working things out with [Jacob Ross] and avoiding surgery at all costs.”

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Bell hasn’t lost in a powerlifting competition since 2019, according to Open Powerlifting.

To maintain his exemplary resume of late, and eventually break his own total World Record, Bell will likely need to take his time to fully recover from his injuries. It might be a while before anyone hears from the athlete again in an official capacity. Such a wait could be worth it for this strength star.

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