Category Archives: Health

Obesity in the United States

Adult Obesity Rate by StateAccording to The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health only residents of Hawaii, Colorado and Washington, D.C. have lower rates of obesity than Massachusetts. With regards to health, Massachusetts consistently ranks one of the healthiest in the US.

You can read more about the findings here.

OMG circumcision results in penis amputation

OMGFile this under news you never want to hear about… According to a recent BuzzFeed article, a man in Alabama went into a hospital for a routine circumcision procedure and awoke to find his penis had been removed. OUCH!!!

I’m not a litigious person, but I can’t even imagine how upset I would be if this happened to me. I’m not sure if the lesson is never get a circumcision or never have a medical procedure in Alabama; probably both.  You can read the full story here.

Realm health and fitness tips with Kyle

sleepIs a lack of sleep impacting your weight loss goals?

Two of the primary hormones that affect weight loss are Testosterone and Human Growth Hormone. These hormones are released in our deep levels of sleep that can only be reached with long period of sleep, and it is proven that people who lack sleep have much lower levels of these hormones.  Here are some tips on how to optimize your sleep.

- Sleep in pitch black, even a digital alarm clock light can interrupt sleep.

- Don’t eat too close to bedtime. The breakdown of food in our stomachs can be disruptive to sleep.

- Foam roll or stretch before bed. This will release oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin which will help you sleep better.

- Download a sleep monitoring mobile app too see how deeply you are sleeping.  These apps will show you when you are in REM sleep and your sleep activity for the whole night.

Kyle at Realm FitnessKyle is a nationally certified personal trainer, certified nutritionist, and lifestyle motivator out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been training for 5 years and has experience working with top-tier celebrity and executive clientele. When he’s not in the gym, Kyle is reading philosophy or writing poetry.

 

CDC studies health of gay, lesbian and bisexual population

US Census Says Same Sex Couples jumped 17% in MassachusettsAccording to a new federal health report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), less than 3% of the population identifies as gay, lesbian or bisexual. (No wonder it is so hard for a single gay guy to meet Mr. Right. Quit your complaining ladies.)

The report is the government’s first large-scale study on the gay, lesbian and bisexual population.  While significant disparities were identified between the gay and straight population with regards to specific health indicators, they determined there is no general correlation between overall health and sexual orientation.  You can read more about the study and the findings here.

Realm health and fitness tips from Kyle

Provincetown, Ptown, BoatslipSummer Drinks that won’t weigh you down.

The season of pool parties, sunbathing and beach days is upon us and nothing compliments the summer sun like an ice cold 300 calorie margarita. So refreshing that you can’t stop after one, and 2 or 3 drinks later you’re feeling an unfulfilling buzz that cost you about 900 calories. Check out these 3 alternatives that will give you the same refreshment with less than half the calories, while minimizing your chances of a hangover.

Vodka+soda+lime:  One shot of Vodka, Soda water, and spritz of lemon, lime or both. This bubbly, light, and refreshing beverage is well under 100 calories and very drinkable pool side. Try to a glass of water between every drink to keep hydrated, you’ll thank yourself in the morning.

Tequila+Half cup orange juice+tonic water+lemon and lime: Two parts tequila, one part orange juice (fresh squeezed preferred), one part soda water, spritz of lemon and lime. This option is great for a Sunday brunch or enjoy on the beach. The vitamin C will help metabolize the alcohol more efficiently, that means your co-workers won’t notice any signs of the good time you had over weekend. Depending on your ratios, this is ~150 calories.

Light Beer:  Miller genuine draft 64 is the lowest calorie option.  If you’re a beer drinker, opt for the lower calorie option of your favorite brand. With some craft beers totalling 300 calories for a 12 oz bottle, these can be detrimental to your weight loss goals.

Remember to always enjoy responsibly, and stay hydrated while drinking. Cheers!

Kyle at Realm FitnessKyle is a nationally certified personal trainer, certified nutritionist, and lifestyle motivator out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been training for 5 years and has experience working with top-tier celebrity and executive clientele. When he’s not in the gym, Kyle is reading philosophy or writing poetry.

Realm health and fitness tips from Kyle

Realm health and fitness tips from KyleBulletproof your morning

Can butter be the answer to unlocking your true potential? To the delight of butter lovers everywhere there has recently been an onslaught of mainstream news corporations citing a study that suggests saturated fat has no correlation with heart disease. This is a complete paradox to what has been nutritional “common knowledge” for the past 50 years.

Dave Asprey from www.thebulletproofexec.com takes this a step further in suggesting that butter may actually be GOOD for you. For the past few months I have been experimenting with his concoction of coffee, butter, and MCT oil that he deems “Bulletproof coffee”.

The practice is nothing new and is still common in many other countries but is now making a comeback in the U.S. as a means of clearing “brain fog,” giving sustainable energy, controlling inflammation and stimulating your body’s fat burning potential. MCT oil, in recent studies was proven to promote weight loss, and butter is rich in butyric acid which has been proven to ease inflammation in the gut (better nutrient absorption) as well as increasing insulin sensitivity. The proposed concoction does set you back roughly 400 calories but keep in mind that not all calories are created equal.

Recipe:  How to Bullet proof your coffee

Here is the full study: American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

Kyle at Realm FitnessKyle is a nationally certified personal trainer, certified nutritionist, and lifestyle motivator out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been training for 5 years and has experience working with top-tier celebrity and executive clientele. When he’s not in the gym, Kyle is reading philosophy or writing poetry.

Realm health and fitness tips from Kyle

Realm health and fitness tips from KyleFarmers Markets make for a good day

I recently took a trip to the local farmer’s market and walked away with a lot more than just groceries. It was great to get outside and walk through the market. My skin was warmed by sunshine and the place smelled of fresh vegetables, roasted nuts, and flowers.  I interacted with vendors and discussed the origin of the foods they were selling, which as we are slowly learning is very important (Grass-fed vs. Corn-fed Beef; Farmed Fish vs Wild-caught Fish).

I was not tempted by microwave dinners or ice cream, but was presented with food as nature intended. I ended up walking away with more and spent less than I do at the grocery store, with this robust feeling of well-being that isn’t possible under fluorescent lights.  Find your local farmer’s market here: Boston Area Farmer’s Markets.

Kyle at Realm FitnessKyle is a nationally certified personal trainer, certified nutritionist, and lifestyle motivator out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been training for 5 years and has experience working with top-tier celebrity and executive clientele. When he’s not in the gym, Kyle is reading philosophy or writing poetry.