You do have to take some things with a grain of salt, for one thing it is FREE. I find this site much more helpfull then WW for men site was. the tools work better and there is far far more info to be found here, yes you sometimes have to dig a little to find it but again its all FREE!!!!
I agree that the site does cater to middle-aged women much more so than other groups.
(Does anyone else find it kind of funny that, here I am, a middle-aged woman, barging into the guy's lounge to complain about the dominance of middle-aged women on the site?)
I do find that a lot of the information in the articles doesn't really fit my profile either. I tend to cherry-pick the bits that work for me.
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10/22/12 8:23 A
Every once in a while it goes through a phase in which vegetarians and vegans seem to take control. It doesn't seem to last too long but for a while I have to spend more time searching for things that fit my life style but it is annoying.
I agree with Kylar - lots of great tools on this site and that's what I value most about it.
I have been a member on here for quite a few years and it's only this year that I started taking a look at the message boards! Weird eh?!
There could be a lot of great/better discussions in the Guy's Lounge - if everyone can get past the "I get 3 points for this" or "wheel points", etc...
Of course - I don't often think of anything groundbreaking enough to create a new discussion, but when I get that golden idea, I sure will!
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10/15/12 9:53 A
Yep, this site was aimed at middle aged women trying to lose weight. And they really aim it at that demographic. Men, women trying to get in shape, need not pay attention to much of what is being passed around this site.
That being said, this site has very great tools and that's why I use it. The tracker, reports, ability to input food off a recipe, all very useful. I do very much wish they would expand their horizon's slightly tho.
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10/15/12 8:24 A
This site was built to help people change their lives by changing their health, attitude, nutrition, and friendships ......but we as people have to be smart enough to figure out what works for us......life is not a cookie cutter recipe but a hodge podge of experiences...take what works for you but my first suggestion is not try to be negative about spark but to flip that question to "suggestions for spark" or "changes I would make" just my opinion and good luck with your goals
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1,480 10/12/12 11:17 A
The site is def a take what you want (need?) and leave the rest.
I'm waiting for Coach Nichole to have a guy with her on the exercise videos.
I understand what you're saying. It's difficult though, I think, for the site to try to address all the possible variables. For example, I tend to follow a paleo diet - so 9/10 of the nutrition articles are meaningless to me because I am not going to be eating a lot of grains, even whole grains.
It partially was just me in a crappy mood. I guess I want this website to be more generally addressing fitness concerns. I really like the community in the guys lounge and love the trackers on this site, but as a whole, but it has pretty much abandoned the male demographic.
I'm not annouyed with information like that, I have read about protein intake and other stuff enough to sift out the benign from the informative.
I currently take in 180g of protein per day.
10/9/12 5:44 P
¿? Why does it annoy you?... it says "average men" need about 56g... average men are not trying to build muscle. It even mentions that athletes and bodybuilders need extra protein so I don't get it, what is so wrong about that article?
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712 10/9/12 2:59 P
These tables are not person specific. I can go way under on fat, but never the carbs. Two days low carbs and I feel terrible. As far as protein goes, it doesn't seem to affect my lifestyle much. I'm moving all the time, but very seldom doing anything heavy. Keep the tuna on hand and play around with your protein. Start low and see where you start feeling ok. That will be your new low.
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10/9/12 1:46 P
I just had this discussion with my wife. She is very busy and is very good at staying on track with her exercises. But she does not measure and track her intake. This is where she messes up and needs to learn more about what SHE needs. Each person has their needs, ranges, etc. and until they measure and track for awhile, they will never know where they are going wrong.
Until a person accurately measures and tracks, they will never know if they even get the minimal amounts. Even if they do read packages to figure it out, they may get the right amount of protein, carbs and fat, but lack in calories. So articles or beliefs that ALL a person has to do is eat ........gms of protein is very misleading. But at least it might get some to do a better job than they are doing.
56g for men is all you need? My nutritional on here even lists me at minimum 75, and if you are attempting to gain muscle mass you would need more than that. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics lists it at .55g-.77 g per pound of body weight, for those people who are participating in resistance training. That would put a person weighing 160 lbs at 88-123.2g of protein per day, far beyond the amounts addressed in this article.
The writer quotes minimum amounts, with no real comment as to what goals a person has or is trying to reach. It further ignores the fact that people who are attempting to lose weight often neglect protein rich foods and end up too low on protein.
Do you definitely need things like supplements to get the protein your body needs? Not necessarily. But you should definitely be aware of how much protein you are taking in, and whether or not it is sufficient to succeed in your goals. If using supplements, powders, or egg whites to help you get there helps, then what is the issue?
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