Best Of The Forums - July 30th, 2006.

This week, from the forum boards we have topics covering diet drinks, proving theories wrong, poll of the week, great workout journal and much more... Check it out and see if you believe!

Nutrition Thread Of The Week

Diet Coke Question

There has been an ongoing debate on the topic of diet pops and aspartame. Some say 'yay,' some say 'nay.' With all these new drinks coming out on what seems like a daily basis, how do we know what's okay to drink and what we should steer clear from?

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Forum member 'gotritons' asks specifically about the fact that Diet Coke has zero calories. Is it okay to drink? Most health nuts will say 'absolutely not,' simply because of all the chemicals, artificial products, and enamel-damaging ingredients.

If you're not worried about that, then sure - go nuts. Take a look at what others have to say, though, too. Maybe you'll change you mind about diet drinks. The thread can be found here - so take a look before you take another swig of your sugar-free pop!

Poll Of The Week

Muscle Milk Tournament, Round 1

A lot of bodybuilders both on and off the site like to take Muscle Milk by CytoSport as a weight gainer. They all taste great and all mix very well. 'dan7681' wants to know what your favorite Muscle Milk flavor is.

Vote For Your Favorite Muscle Milk Flavor
Vote For Your Favorite Muscle Milk Flavor Below.

This week's poll is actually in 2 parts, as all possible choices just wouldn't fit on one poll. Part 1 can be found here and part 2 here.

What Is Your Favorite Muscle Milk Flavor?

Banana Creme.
Peanut Butter Chocolate.
Chocolate Mint Chip.
Mocha Joe.
Dulce De Leche.
Pina Colada.
Peach Mango.
Chocolate Caramel Pecan.
Orange Creme.

What Is Your Favorite Muscle Milk Flavor?

Blueberries & Cream.
Cookies & Cream.
Chocolate Banana Crunch.
Creme Brulee.
Egg Nog.
Rocky Road.
Root Beer Float.
Strawberry Banana.

If you don't see your favorite selection on one of the polls, it will be on the other. As of right now, it looks like Cookies 'n Cream has the lead.

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Think another flavor should take the crown? Vote for your favorite now! The finals will be held soon, so don't delay any longer...

Question Of The Week

Best Creatine And Pump?

Even though this topic has been discussed over and over again, as long as the question keeps coming up, I am going to feature it for all to see. For most people, a good creatine and NO product are the basis of their supplementation (aside from whey protein, a good multivitamin and EFA's).

Getting a good pump at the gym and being able to get those few extra reps is a reward all in itself. This week's question comes from 'dukedagod'.

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He wants to know (and so does everyone else) what the very best creatine and nitric oxide products is/are. There really is nothing like a mind-blowing pump after pounding out an extra 2 reps. Check out the thread and see what other's say on the topic.

Workout Journal Of The Week

G Diesel's Journey Log

True Or False:
The best workout journals are the ones that are easy to follow?

True Or False:
The best workout journals are detailed but don't go into specifics like what color your shorts were that day?

True Or False:
The most effective journals are the ones that other members can make use of, learn from, and mimic to maximize their growth?

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If you answered true to all of those questions, you may have what it takes to pick the best workout journal of the week. Believe me though - easier said than done. Since there are so many people getting into shape, it's hard to isolate one person's journal from another person's - especially if they all have the qualities needed to be the best!

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However, this week I have selected a journal by 'G Diesel' as the best. Put simply, it's amazing - great intro, great workout, great detail, and awesome descriptions and reasoning for everything said. This man knows his stuff. If you'd like to learn a thing or two, check out his journal here and see what it takes to have your journal featured in the BOF!

Recipe Of The Week

My Favorite Crockpot Recipe (Chicken Extravaganza)

You all must know by now that this is my favorite thread to choose. Sometimes, there aren't any good recipes available or not any new ones to try, but if there is something that sounds good, I'm all for it. This week's recipe is brought to you by 'Patrok', and it is for a scrumptious crock-pot Chicken Extravaganza.

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I'm a man of my word - every time I feature a recipe on the 'Best of the Forums,' I actually do make them. This recipe is surprisingly delicious and filling. It has an excellent nutritional profile and is quick to reheat if you're on the go. So, check it out, give it a shot, and I promise that you won't be disappointed!