In The Zone, Vol. 1, No. 3

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Phitness At Your Phingertips

Vol. 1, No. 3 October, 2008

In This Issue:

-From the Editors
-This Just In
-Gym Bag: Time Management
-Product Spotlight: Nitrean Protein Powder
-On the Plate: Whole Wheat Pancakes



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The Return of The Biggest Loser

So begins another season of The Biggest Loser (NBC). I
certainly have opinions of this show; some are
positive, while others are not so positive.

First of all there are the trainers; Jillian Michaels
and Bob Harper are arguably two of the best trainers to
be found. Both have a wealth of knowledge, and an
ability to motivate even the most unmotivated people.
I often find myself watching just to get a lift from
them. They have both written books, and Jillian has a
weekly radio show in Los Angeles, CA. You can even
download the podcast by going to

There is a whole following of this show, including a
very large online community.

Where I have a problem is with the enormous weight
loss numbers that are shown on a weekly basis. It is
misleading to the average viewer who now thinks that
it is the norm to lose double digit pounds in a week.

Viewers have to keep in mind that the contestants live
on that ranch, workout numerous times per day, and have
constant medical attention. These things are not
visible on the aired show. I would personally like to
see an outtakes or behind the scenes show.

Watch and support The Biggest Loser, but please do not
believe **everything** that you see on television.

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Las Vegas, NV – Dexter Jackson claims the IFBB’s
Mr. Olympia bodybuilding title in a tight battle.

Defending two time champion, Jay Cutler comes in
second, followed by phenom Phil Heath. Dennis Wolf,
and Toney Freeman rounded out the rest of the top five.

David Henry, Kevin English and James Lewis placed
1-2-3 in the new Pro 202 class.

Iris Kyle, Betty Adkins and Yaxeni Oriquen-Garcia are
the top three finishers in the Women’s class.

Jennifer Gates, Gina Aliotti and Zivile Raudoniene
are the top three finishers in Figure, while Jen
Hendershott, Tracey Greenwood, and Kimberly Kleign
placed 1, 2, 3 respectively in the Fitness competition.

Wellesley, MA – BCC Research ( reports
that the sports nutrition and high energy supplement
market made $27 billion world wide. The sports drink
segment made up the bulk of the revenue at just shy of
$25 billion.

According to the report, the United States is the
largest consumer of sports nutrition products,
followed by Europe and Japan.


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Time Management
By T. Boyer

Lack of time, or the lack of time management is a
leading excuse for not eating right or exercising.
Let’s face it, we live in a busy, sedentary society.
We are constantly on the go, but rarely move. Eating
clean and exercising is often put on the back burner.

I know from personal experience that time management
plays an important role when I had to come to the
realization that if I did not make the time for my
health that I was ultimately going to get very sick.
I was fifty pounds overweight. For me to sit on
the couch and polish off a bag of chips with salsa
and a six pack of some type of carbonated beverage
was a normal occurrence.

When I made the decision to change my couch-potato
ways, I chose to workout in the evening. It made
perfect sense; sacrifice some valuable TV time for
some exercise. What I really found was that it is
easy to put off the evening training for various
reasons. Then, before you realize it, it is too late
to do anything but watch a little more TV. Another
day gone, and not a lick of exercise. I had came to
the conclusion that I have to train in the morning.
Being the first thing that I do, it gets done every

The same was found with my nutrition. When I tried to
prepare my meals in the morning I found that I would
take short cuts, or make poor decisions on what to
take with me. The solution was to prepare my meals
the night before. Better yet, on Sunday, I like to
prepare my meals for the whole week. When I am
getting ready to leave for the day I just pull out
the containers, and off I go.

These two adjustments have enabled me to make good
choices for my health, as well as free up valuable
time to spend with my family. Sacrifice and change
is not always easy, however it can lead to some of
the best benefits.


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At Large Nutrition’s Nitrean Protein Powder
By T. and R. Boyer

It should be said that the staff of IN THE ZONE do not
feel comfortable advertising inferior products in our
publication. It would do our readers a disservice, and
frankly would reflect poorly on us if we did. With that
said, it would not be good for us to pay lip service to
our advertisers if their product did not live up to our
high standards.

The product spotlight this month shines on NITREAN
protein powder from AT LARGE NUTRITION.

After discussing in a meeting what we would review this
month, I placed two orders to be shipped to two
different locations (for separate testers). The order
was made on a Sunday evening. To my surprise when I
opened my email on Monday morning there was a message
that the product had already shipped. If you are
saying, “Big deal, it shipped early in the morning”
you would be wrong. The time stamp on the message was
from late Sunday night.

I opted for standard shipping, and the packages were
received the following Monday and Tuesday.

Testing was conducted using two different methods. The
first was to use 10 ounces of water with one scoop of
powder, and mixed with a spoon. The powder fully
dissolved, and neither the chocolate or vanilla was
over powering (vanilla was by far the favorite though),
but there was enough to give it a pleasant flavor. If
you are looking for a sweet powder this is not it.

The second test was made the same way, but using 1%
milk instead of water. The powder did not fully
dissolve, however it did not have the big clumps that
are often found with protein powders.

Next was to use a shaker cup for mixing. This cup used
for this test has an agitator device built into the lid.
Once again, when mixing the Nitrean in water it would
fully dissolve with only a few good shakes. Using milk
in the shaker, there was the same issue as before.
This may be due to a temperature between the water
and the milk.

One of the testers likes to use very little water, and
make a cake batter consistency. It was found that the
Nitrean did not lend itself well for this method
because it dissolves too well.

The price of Nitrean is in line with other quality
protein powders on the market, so do not be put off
by this. Remember, you get what you pay for, and when
it comes to what you put into your body, don’t cut

If for some reason our endorsement is not enough,
Nitrean was recommended, not once, but twice in Men’s
Healt magazine on two seperate occasions in 2007.

Overall we felt that the Nitrean mixed very well, had
a good taste, but was not overly strong. It is also
competitively priced for a product of this quality.

Pros: Mixes well, nice mild taste.
Cons: It did not fully dissolve in milk, but overall
it is the best that we have used.
Recommend: Absolutely!


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Whole Wheat Pancakes
By R. Boyer

1 1/4 c. whole wheat flour
2 1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
¼ Cup egg beaters
1 1/4 c. skim milk
Non-stick vegetable cooking spray
Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Beat the
eggs and milk together, and stir into flour mixture
to complete the batter. Spray a skillet with cooking
spray and heat over medium-high heat. Drop by spoonfuls
to make 4 inch pancakes. Reduce heat to low and cook
until bubbles begin to form on the tops of the cakes.
Turn and cook on other side until golden brown.

Makes eight servings.

Totals per serving:
Calories: 82.1
Fat: .4 g
Carbs: 16.2 g
Protein: 4.6 g
Correction: Last month’s recipe. The correct nutrition
totals are 271 calories, 9.8 grams of fat, 29.1 grams
of carbs, and 22.2 grams of protein.


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