Monday, August 31, 2009

3 Proven Strategies to Lose Weight Fast

Have you been trying to get rid of excess body fat for what seems like forever, but you are just not getting the job done? Maybe you've already discovered that racking up hours on long, slow, boring cardio type activity doesn't quite add up to fat loss. That is certainly the conclusion that ex-bodybuilding champion Carolyn Hansen reaches in her book Hot Metabolism.

If you have worked hard following the old weight loss model, and got little in return, you probably find that you are tired much of the time, feel weak and irritable, and you have likely convinced yourself that you just don't have the genetics required for a lean and toned body.

In fact, all you really need is a change of direction. So let's focus on newer and better ways to lose that body fat. The newer strategies focus on your metabolic health and what actually happens after your exercise session has concluded, as opposed to the old approach of focusing only on what happens during the session. An important part of this new approach is to take into account the state of your metabolism, which is essentially your body's engine, and which determines whether you burn body fat or store body fat during the course of the day.

We are going to briefly look at the three main strategies that can boost your metabolism and allow you to lose body fat in the quickest and easiest way possible.

[1] Proper Exercise Program

An exercise program of this type is one that contains at least 60 percent strength training exercises. The reason for this is that the ratio of lean muscle tissue to body fat determines how quickly your body burns or stores fuel. The higher the ratio, and the harder the exercise you apply to your muscle tissue, the higher the rate as which body fat is consumed.

This alone could alter the way your body burns fuel since, if you haven't been working your muscles with proper strength training exercise recently, it is likely that you have simply become under muscled. This means that your body's engine is smaller and burns less fuel. Even a few pounds loss of muscle tissue can cause you to become overweight.

Note that if you merely tone your muscles through moderate strength exercising you will not get big muscles. You will scarcely even notice the difference. But you will start to notice the difference in the size of your waist, hips and other places that are already larger than they should be. As you begin to lose body fat they will shrink. Muscle tissue is your very best friend and will give you that lean, toned tight looking body that you are aiming for.

[2] Interval Training

The rest of your exercise program should contain 1-2 sessions each week of short burst activity. This type of training burns more calories and elevates the metabolic rate more than any other form of cardio exercise. This means that you continue to burn more fat after your exercise session concludes than you did before it, especially when compared to long slow activity.

Although it takes less time, it is way harder to do this type of exercise, so you need to build into it. An example of short burst training would be 8-12 seconds of all out sprinting then 30 seconds to one minute of walking to recover. Repeat this process 8-10 or more times.

[3] Small Meal Eating Plan

The last piece of the puzzle is eating 5-6 small meals every 2-3 hours throughout the day. These meals should have at least 20-30 grams of protein as the core, and on top of this add lots of raw and cooked vegetables. Add a small amount of complex carbohydrates such as rice, pasta, or sweet potatoes. Prepare these meals the night before and take them with you wherever you go.

And that's all there is to it - these three strategies are guaranteed to help you lose body fat. It will not be perfect (nothing ever is) but continue to work at improving these areas, and over time you will not believe how effective they really are.

If you need a comprehensive overview of the metabolic regulation fat loss strategies discussed in this article, be sure to check out Carolyn Hansen's book Hot Metabolism, where she shows you how to take control of your body's fat burning mechanism for optimum results.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Want a Strong Lean Body And Some Hot Legs?

Like most people, I have been suckered more times by empty promises than I care to admit. Especially when it comes to that seemingly eternal problem of weight control and how to build a pair of hot shapely legs. You can probably relate to what I am about to tell you. We all know that weight loss diet plans, pills and supplements have been around for years. The people who push them use terms like 'rapid', 'fast', and 'easy', and of course our ears prick up right away. We start taking these things, go on and off diets, and start and stop the latest exercise fad. In short, we are a lot like those mice you see on the wheel, going around and around but never really getting anywhere.

Sound familiar?

Yet no matter how many failed programs we have participated in, we still desire that toned firm body, and for most women our lack of a pair of hot legs can almost seem to be our downfall.

Many diet pills and weight loss supplements work by suppressing your appetite. The problem is, this works against the body and it can never provide you with a strong, lean healthy body - which is what we all really want, right? Suppressing your appetite is likely to send your body into 'survival mode', forcing it to hold onto every scrap of fat, and in the process become even fatter than it was! This ancient mechanism is hardwired into our genes, because when food was scarce the human body was able to use this mechanism to protect itself from starvation.

The World Heath Organization states that a diet consisting of anything below 1800 calories per day for women and 2400 for men is a starvation diet. Yet millions of people, right at this very moment, are forcing their body to make do with even less than this meager amount of food in the hope they will lose body fat. But any diet with calorie levels this low will trigger the slowdown of the metabolism and put the brakes on fat loss.

Worse yet is that even if some weight is lost this way it will unfortunately be at the expense of some of your precious fat burning machinery - your muscle tissue. This makes future fat loss almost impossible since damage has now been done to your metabolic engine, causing it to permanently burn less fuel (calories).

There is a far better way to lose excess body fat and it is the opposite of trying to force your body into doing something that works against our basic biology. It is called getting healthy, and it simply involves exercising your muscles with proper exercise, and also eating enough natural food to supply the energy needed for your exercise program. This is the only way you will ever get that firm toned body and a great pair of legs.

This natural approach to weight loss works better because it makes your body work more efficiently. Your metabolism is boosted, and causes more fuel to be burned per unit time. It is the most successful method of long-term weight loss simply because you are using your body in the right way.

The fact is that no amount of low intensity activity such as walking, jogging, or cycling will give you the metabolism boosting benefits that strength training will give you. These activities will never be intense enough to build a strong, hot pair of legs - which is the one thing most women would love to possess.

You can control your weight with regular strength training, and, over time, bring your body fat percentage into a healthy range. And as a bonus with this special type of exercise, remember that strong muscles will improve your looks, because when muscles get stronger they give us a more pleasing body shape - tighter and firmer.

The bottom line is that natural physique development works the best. There is not a pill, injection, implant, or surgeon in the world that can give us what we can give ourselves - a strong, lean, shapely, energetic, and healthy body with a pair of hot shapely legs.

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Ex-bodybuilding champion Carolyn Hansen

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

How Specific Should Your Diet Meal Plan Be?

One thing that often makes people delay starting a diet is the issue of the diet meal plan, so let's look a bit closer at the different options.

When you choose your diet, it needs to suit your personality and requirements. You may want a short sharp dramatic loss, or you may want a longer term sustainable method. The short sharp method is not recommended by general health and medical consensus, but some people still prefer this option. Often it is because they want to lose weight for a particular event such as a wedding.

If you have 10 days until your wedding and you cannot get into your dress, then a crash diet may be indicated. But with this type of diet you will almost certainly gain back all of the weight that you lost right after the event. So if you need to lose weight permanently, something slower and more sustainable is a much better option.

Once you pick the style of diet, you then need to think about the meal plan. It is this plan which will see you keep up with the targets.

There are a lot of plans which have specific recipes laid out for you. These do require you to purchase specific ingredients and cook specific meals, and many people will find that does not work because it does not include a lot of foods that they like to eat.

Some people who prefer to not to spend a lot of time preparing and cooking food like to buy the meals already made. There are many plans which provide ready made meals, meaning that you don't have to do any cooking, you simply need to follow along with the set meals on set days.

One criticism of that idea is that the company is making money on these meals, so they are often more expensive that normal food. They may also encourage you to buy all of your meals ready prepared when a better option from the nutritional point of view would be to eat some salads and fresh vegetables that you would prepare yourself.

Another problem with a rigid diet meal plan, is the fact that it is often *too* rigid. It can feel rather like being in prison or the army to have all your food laid out so far in advance, with no variety. Life can get dull down that route, and in our view the better way to be to have something which allows lots of freedom as long as you follow basic rules.

So you might want to go with loose guidelines, i.e. eating smaller portions, or cutting out obvious high amounts of fat and sugar, or you may like to count calories, allowing yourself any type of food as long as there are no more than a certain number of calories at each meal. You will certainly find it helpful to start your meals with fat free salad or vegetable soup that will fill your stomach and give you plenty of vitamins and minerals without adding a lot of calories.

It really does depend on your own personality, but the old adage of 'everything in moderation', with less fat and sugar, combined with exercise, will give you plenty of choice to set your own diet meal plan.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Are you an emotional eater?

Emotions can be deadly.

At least when it comes to eating.

And the VAST majority of us are "emotional eaters." And that leads to excess bodyfat.

We eat when we are stressed-out.

We eat when we are overly happy.

We eat when we are depressed.

And when you eat like this you can kiss your fatloss goodbye.

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Lose Fat Not Muscle: Here's How

If you are considering a weight loss program, you need to make sure that you lose fat not muscle. Some people focus exclusively on the scale, paying no attention to anything else, but this is a short sighted approach to losing weight.

There are two main reasons that people want to lose weight. One is to look better, which means having a more trim body shape. If you lose muscle instead of fat, your body will look flabby and you will not achieve your aim. The other main reason that people want to lose weight is to be healthy and reduce their risk of fatal or chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart disease. For this it is important to include some kind of fitness program so again you want to be sure that you do not lose the muscle that you have.

But there is another reason for retaining and preferably increasing your muscular mass. This is that muscle burns energy, i.e. calories. Muscle even burns calories when resting, so the more muscle you have, the more calories you burn even while you are watching TV. This does not mean you have to turn into a Sylvester Stallone iron-pumping giant. Unless you want to build your body, the key is to make sure that you do not lose the muscle you already have.

Low carb diets and other fad or extreme diets all claim fast initial weight loss, but what they don't say is that the initial loss will most likely include muscle loss due to glucose deficiency in the diet. The consequence is that when you stop the diet, you have *less* capability than you did before to burn calories, which is one reason why many people actually put on more weight afterwards. So the key factor if you want to lose fat not muscle is to steer clear of any fad diet claiming speedy results.

Exercise will undoubtedly help your cause. Aerobic exercise will give you a double bonus, because it will burn fat and may also lead to building muscle, depending on the type you do. Exercise will also improve your general health, it will get your heart pumping, more oxygen will get around your veins and to the brain, and the endorphins released will make you feel great.

Remember that muscle tends to weigh more than fat, so in some cases a person's body shape may improve even while their weight goes up, although that is more true of people whose weight was normal or low to begin. If you are overweight then the fat that you lose will usually mean that you will lose weight even while your muscularity increases, but your weight loss according to the scale may be slower than if you were following a crash diet. Give yourself a break here and remember that what you see in the mirror is more important than what you see on the scale.

Try not to focus your exercise on only one area of the body. For example if you want to lose stomach fat, don't just do sit ups and nothing else. It is virtually impossible to concentrate fat loss in specific areas like that, you are better to do more general fat loss exercise.

Obviously if you are significantly overweight, the exercise should not be taken on without proper medical advice. But for those who want to lose those extra curves, you will gain good benefit by making sure you lose fat not muscle.

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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Hidden Dangers of Weight Loss Pills

If you go and do a search for weight loss, you will undoubtedly see that there are now hundreds or even thousands of different weight loss pills available to the consumer. There are also as many bogus, unproven claims as there are products.

I'm not talking about the kind of pill that your doctor can prescribe for you that has been proven clinically to work under the right conditions but I'm referring to the "natural" or "herbal" pills that claim to effortlessly melt away all of you excess body fat without any change in diet or lifestyle.

One of the problems with diet pills available over the internet is the possibility of side effects. Some of them can be quite dangerous. Medical testing has shown that the most common side-effects are: nervousness, higher blood pressure, headaches, dry mouth, insomnia and restlessness.

In extreme cases, problems such as renal failure, heart attack and stroke can occur and in the worse case scenario: death.

Many of the current diet pills available are stimulant based. These are the ones that cause the majority of the mentioned side-effects above but they can also be very addictive and become depended upon. Dependence of these drugs can also lead to abuse which can lead to serious health problems if used long-term.

Another problem with weight loss pills is that they alter your metabolism. Many of them are designed to suppress your appetite causing you to eat very few calories each day. As your body notices that it's food intake is lowered significantly, it will also adjusts it's ability to burn calories and become more efficient.

This problem is also commonly seen by people who undertake low calorie diets and is known as the "Yo-Yo" effect.

There has been a large influx of pills manufactured and imported from Brazil. Dr. Pieter Cohen of the Cambridge Health Alliance stated, "These diet pills that come from Brazil contain not only untested amphetamines, but tranquilizers, anti-depressants, water pills and laxatives all combined into the same pill."

The problem is that these pills from Brazil easily find their way into the United States as there is such a large market for them.

The important thing to remember is that before taking any of these pills or even herbal weight loss supplements you should discuss them with your local physician first. Some herbal ingredients are known to work in a very similar way to powerful prescription drugs. It is a bad idea to assume that because they are sold "over the counter" that they are harmless.

The other popular type of diet pills are the ones that stop fat from being absorbed into the body. The problem with some of these pills is that they can cause a malabsorption of other nutrients that are essential for good health and may cause illness or deficiencies.

Other known side-effects of these types of chemicals are: increased flatulence, diarrhea and a frequent desire to use the bathroom.

A much safer solution for permanent weight loss is to consume the right types of foods to speed up your metabolism while naturally controlling the bodies fat burning hormones.

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Friday, August 21, 2009

Exercise To Lose Weight - No Gym Membership Required!

When people think of how to exercise to lose weight, they often assume that they will have to buy a gym membership and workout for hours every day. Not true! Not only is it not essential, the image of pumping iron in the gym for hour after hour is a complete red herring, and here's why...

The basic facts of losing weight are that if you consume less calories, and/or burn more calories, you will lose weight. It really is that simple. So you have a choice. You can either focus on your diet and keep your exercise levels exactly what they are, or exercise a lot more but eat the same (be sure not to eat more!), or try to combine both in some way.

The best type of exercise for weight loss is aerobic exercise. This means anything that works your heart and makes you breathe faster. Examples might be running, fast walking, cycling, swimming. Even slow walking can make a difference if you have a lot of weight to lose. Of course, you should increase gradually and check with your doctor that whatever you plan to do is suitable for you.

If you go to the gym and do a lot of weight lifting, you will burn fat and build muscle at the same time. This will tone your body shape, and the increased muscle will consume more calories, even in a resting state. Muscle can weigh a lot though, so your weight may stay the same or even increase even though your body shape improves. If you plan on doing this type of exercise, it is better to track your process by taking waist and other measurements, rather than relying on the bathroom scale.

If you don't want to go down that route, you may think of running - but running can cause joint injury. In fact walking can have 75% of the impact that running has. You still need to walk at a pace which leaves you breathing slightly heavier than normal, but you shouldn't be out of breath. If you do that for 30 minutes, 3 times a week, you will be burning a huge amount of calories compared to when you didn't walk.

Exercise to lose weight can even be done right there in your chair. Simple exercises can increase muscle usage and aerobic activity, and can be done while sitting in front of the TV. Obviously you should not have a bucket of popcorn on your lap at the same time!

So you can see that when you think of exercise to lose weight, even the simplest of activities can have a big effect, without leaving you in an exhausted heap after a grueling session at the gym.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Meal Frequency and Weight Loss

One of the biggest misconceptions about weight loss is that by eating less food or skipping meals you will lose more weight. People think that if they skip breakfast or dinner and only eat 2 meals a day, their weight problems will vanish within a few weeks.

Not only is this thinking incorrect, it can actually produce a gain in weight in the long term. It all has to do with your metabolism and how it reacts to the food you eat and how often you eat.

Skipping important meals or eating much less than normal will cause you to put on more fat. There are some examples in the animal kingdom to show you this principle at work. Deer, graze and eat small amounts of food continuously throughout the day.

If you have ever seen deer, you will know that they are extremely lean and fit because their bodies don't have to hold on to any fat as it appears that an abundance of food is available. When was the last time you saw an overweight deer?

This is actually the big secret. The less food that you eat, the more your body will think that food is scarce or not available. When this happens, your body will go into what is called "survival mode" and it will drastically slow down your metabolism and try to preserve as much of it's fat as it can.

Bears on the other hand, are fat because they need to be able to survive long periods of not eating such as in hibernation.

When your metabolism slows down dramatically, you will begin to feel less energetic, lethargic, tired, depressed and not have any desire to exercise or perform strenuous activity.

This is part of the body's method of preserving as much energy as possible until it decides that there is enough food available to eat again. When you start eating more food, your metabolism will start to speed up again and you will begin to feel much better and your normal energy levels will return.

This is one of the reasons why people feel so miserable on low calorie diets. They restrict their food or calorie intake so much that it causes the body to believe that there is a famine or severe food shortage.

If you have eaten a certain way for many years and then all of a sudden reduce or drastically change your eating habits, your body will think that there is something wrong with the availability of food. The other important aspect to eating more frequently during the day is that it will help to keep your blood sugar levels stable. This helps to control hunger and appetite.

If you eat with long hours in between meals, you will generally feel very hungry by the time it comes to eat and then you will be more tempted to overeat, rather than just eating enough to satisfy your immediate needs.

Skipping meals also lead to spikes in blood sugar, which will make you feel really good one hour, but then horrible the next.

The solution for permanent weight loss is to consume the right types of foods with each meal while increasing the amount of meals that you eat each day to speed up your metabolism.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Controlling Your Weight Loss Hormones

In a nutshell, if you are overweight and you are having trouble losing weight, it means that your body is producing far too much insulin after each meal you eat. Insulin is a type of hormone that is secreted by the pancreas gland every single time you eat something.

You can think of this hormone like a drug that have an incredible power to make you look lean, sexy and attractive, or flabby and overweight, because it really does possess that power. But you are going to need to know how to control it.

There are currently lots of different drugs doctors are able to prescribe to you for weight loss, and other, far less powerful ones that weight loss clinics can give you or that you can purchase directly over the internet or counter from health food stores.

However, the good news is that you don't need to waste your money on these pills because right now inside your own body you have something far more powerful than any of these weight loss drugs that are also known to have some nasty side-effects and they are "Hormones". If you can learn to properly control them, they are far more powerful than you could ever imagine.

Basically, if you want to force your body to burn as much fat as fast as possible you will have to make sure that your body releases the least amount of insulin after each meal.

Insulin is commonly known as the "Fat Storing Hormone" because simply stated, the more insulin that enters your bloodstream after each meal, the more fatty tissue will be stored on your body as a result of that same meal. Generally, the larger the meal or the larger the quantity of simple sugars consumed, the larger the amount of insulin will be released.

This is one of the reasons why it is considered a good idea by weight loss experts and nutritionists to eat smaller, but more frequent meals so that your insulin levels don't spike throughout the day. If you can get your hands on whole grain or whole meal versions of breads and pastas, they are a much healthier choice.

Alternatively, it also means that if you can keep your insulin levels low after eating, you will end up burning more fat tissue. Sugary and starchy foods such as lollies, chocolate, potatoes, white breads, pasta and rice are some of the worst culprits when it comes to rapidly raising the amount of sugars in the blood which then causes a large amount of insulin to be released.

It has been shown that your insulin levels will begin to decrease after about 10 minutes of aerobic type exercise and will continue to decrease for another 70 minutes of exercising. It has also been shown that regular exercise will also increase a cells sensitivity to insulin so that less is needed overall.

The solution for permanent weight loss is to consume the right types of foods with each meal to limit the amount of fat storing hormones released in the body.

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Saturday, August 15, 2009

The Dangers of Low Carb Diets

Low carb diets are really big right now in the dieting world. Although they can make you lose weight very quickly they have their drawbacks and even health hazards. Some of the most popular low carb diets on the market today are the Atkins Diet, The South Beach Diet and the Sonoma Diet.

We will look into the potential problems with these diets below as they are things you need to consider before you decide to jump onto the low carb bandwagon.

1. Low carb diets will deplete the body of it's glycogen stores (a form of body fuel).

When these glycogen stores are depleted they cause you to dehydrate. This will give you the impression that you are losing body fat, but you are really losing is the bodies essential water that will need to be replaced eventually. This is what makes the scales drop so quickly at the beginning with these types of diets.

When your glycogen levels are really low, there is less fuel available for your body to perform it's functions, which can leave you feeling fatigued, tired and depressed for the duration of the diet. When you feel less energetic you are less likely to want to exercise or be active which limits the amount of calories you burn.

The problem with lowered glycogen levels also can lead to a loss of muscle tissue. Your muscles need glycogen for food and movement. You will naturally want to use your muscles less because you will feel that you just don't have the energy to do anything.

This lack of muscle use will slowly cause the muscles to break down and lose their tone. Your body will also actually start to use protein from muscle tissue as fuel when there is little glucose available. This process is known as "Catabolism" and it is when the body breaks down protein in the body rather than creating it.

2. The majority of people will re-gain all of the lost weight on low carb diets.

A high percentage of people will re-gain all their weight lost regardless of the type of diet they chose, but that percentage is even higher for people on low carb diets.

This is due to mainly three things. You have lost lean muscle tissue that causes a slower metabolism overall. Muscles burn calories for fuel and so the more muscle you have, the more calories you will burn during the day. If you go back to how you ate before you started dieting, you will actually put on weight much faster than you did before.

Next, as you start to consume carbs again, your body will slowly start to re-gain it's lost fluids. Although it's not fat tissue, it can bring the scales back to where they started before the diet leaving you frustrated.

Lastly, these types of diets are really difficult to maintain for the long-term. It would take an extreme amount of will-power to allow yourself to feel so miserable for several weeks let alone several months.

The solution for permanent weight loss is to not only consume enough carbs with each meal but to also consume the right kinds of carbs to preserve your lean muscle tissue and speed up your metabolism.

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Does Fat Free Dieting Work?

You have most probably seen hundreds of fat-free foods on every shelf at your local grocery store. "Low-Fat" and "Fat-Free" products seem to be everywhere now and almost all popular food items come in a low-fat version.

So do low-fat foods equal greater weight loss? The answer you will find, is not so simple as you are about to find out.

Contrary to popular belief, substituting an equal amount of fat calories for carb calories does not always lead to a loss of weight. Most of the time, what these food manufacturers don't tell you is that although their product may contain little to no fat, they do contain a high amount of sugars (carbs).

Although a gram of fat does indeed contain more calories than a gram of carbohydrates, if you eat enough carbs then you are still going to put on weight or have trouble losing it.

It has been shown that a person's perception of what they think is a regular portion of food can sometimes be skewed when they are given low-fat alternatives. People tend to feel less guilt when they eat these types of foods and so they are more likely to overindulge and overeat.

Recently, fat has been made the ultimate bad guy when it comes to weight loss and yet, there has for a while now been strong evidence to suggest that the dangers of dietary fat may have been greatly exaggerated.

The evidence actually suggests the opposite, that such diets are unhealthy and can raise the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes as well as certain psychological disorders such as schizophrenia and depression.

A recent major study found that low fat diets did not protect women against strokes, breast cancer, heart attacks or colon cancer which contradicts what was once promoted as the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle.

According to Jacques Rossouw, from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute that provided the funds for the study said, "Based on our findings, we cannot recommend that most women should follow a low-fat diet."

Believe it or not, some fats are actually healthy and essential for normal health. They are essential for things such as protecting the nerves and internal organs from damage, eye, brain and lung function and important immune system functions.

Some essential fatty acids are also essential for the production of certain hormones in the body. Some nutritionists recommend that people who have eaten low fat diets for many weeks or months without weight loss get tested for EFA deficiencies and should start eating certain foods to correct them if present.

Low fat dieting can also adversely effect your children. One particular study found that a diet low in fat can cause growth failure in children. The results can be insufficient weight gain or a lack of normal growth. Another side effect was that lack of energy and inadequacy of an intake of vitamins and minerals were found.

The solution for permanent weight loss is to not only consume enough fat calories but to consume the right kinds of fat.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Build muscle & burn fat...WITHOUT PROTEIN?

Ok, fair warning...

This is going to sound completely INSANE (but I can PROVE this is true)!

What if all those articles you've read about "how much protein you need" to build muscle were 95% FALSE?

What if I told you that your body can actually GREATLY increase its muscle-building and fat-burning (yes...at the SAME TIME!) even in the ABSENCE of protein?

Would you believe me?

Well, it turns out that there's a "long lost" 24 year old research study that actually showed that for *short cycles*, limiting the amount of protein you consume can actually SKYROCKET your body's natural "anabolic hormone" production.

(We're talking about your "natural juices" like TEST0STER0NE and GR0WTH H0RM0NE that are powerful muscle-activators and fat-melters.)

How much of an increase?

How does 1,000% over average levels sound? 

(No...that's NOT a typo! Up to ONE THOUSAND PERCENT!)

And get this...there were no side effects and it was accomplished WITHOUT steroids, or even supplements!

In fact, the secret lies in a hidden natural "trigger" that's lying in your body RIGHT NOW, just WAITING for you to "pull it" and safely unleash a flood anabolic h0rm0nes that you can literally FEEL coursing through your veins!

Got your attention now?

Good!

Here's how it works...

The process is called "Natural Hormone Triggering".

At precise stages of your weight training program, you initiate a cycle of PROTEIN DEPRIVATION where you consume only a minimal amount of protein.

Now of course you would think that by not taking in any protein, your body wouldn't have the ability to actually grow any muscle, right?

WRONG!

You see, through simultaneous manipulation of 8 specific "Anabolic Factors", your muscles, not finding the protein "building blocks" it needs to build new tissue, will send a call to your pituitary gland.

As a result, testosterone, IGF-1, and growth hormone production will skyrocket...shooting your muscle gains through the roof...

...while simultaneously blowtorching away body fat!

(I warned you this was going to be controversial...didn't I?!)

But there's a problem here...

Unfortunately, you can't just "stop taking protein" and expect your hormones to jump through the roof!

Instead, you must use a very specific cycle inserted at a very specific point in your program and only in a very specific combination with the "8 Anabolic Factors"!

=> If your cycle is too long...it won't work!

=> If your cycle is too short...it won't work!

=> Too little protein...it won't work!

=> Too much protein...it won't work!

=> If you ignore ANY of the other 8 Anabolic Factors...IT JUST WON'T WORK!

Want to learn how YOU can take advantage of this intense training method?

Well my friend, Jeff Anderson, has actually RE-RELEASED his groundbreaking manual (TODAY!) that walks you through the entire process STEP-BY-STEP.

His "Optimum Anabolics" program has been a best seller since 2002 when it was first released and it's even been used by PRO BODYBUILDERS as a "steroid-alternative"!

(Yes...it's THAT powerful!)

Optimum Anabolics has now been revised in this special "2nd Edition" and includes the most cutting edge and up-to-date information to take your gains to the next level.

You can see all of the details AND some incredible "before & after" pictures of his test subjects at:

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But you have to HURRY!

(I know you've heard this before, but...)

Jeff is celebrating this week's re-launch with a special pricing deal AND bonus he said he's cooked up, but only for THIS WEEK.

So DON'T sit on this one!

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Arthur M.

The Dangers of Low Calorie Diets

One of the most common mistakes people make to lose weight is to drastically cut back on the amount of calories they consume.

People this thinking that if they cut back on lots of calories, the body will be forced to take fat from the body and use it for energy. Then all you do is eat hardly any food for a few weeks and presto! you will have a new slim body. Wrong.

It would be really nice if that's how weight loss really worked but it doesn't. First of all, cutting back on calories too much can actually be quite dangerous and unhealthy. One of the reasons being that you may be depriving your body of the essential nutrients that it needs to function properly which can lead to chronic deficiencies and the problems associated with them.

Other problems that can occur are imbalances in the minerals that control the balance of certain fluids in the body which allow muscles and nerves to function properly. Also, osteoporosis is another danger, especially for women. Dairy products such as milk, cheese and eggs are usually cut out of low calorie diets which can lead to a severe calcium deficiency leading to bone mass loss.

What also happens is that if you cut back on too many calories for a few days, your metabolism will slow down significantly which means your body will start to adjust itself so that it can operate with less calories. You will end up burning much less calories during the day and it makes weight loss even harder.

Not only will your metabolism slow down, but you will have less energy, feel tired and depressed and your body will also start to break down muscle and bone tissues to feed itself rather than burning up it's fat supplies because muscle tissue burns calories, so the less muscle you have the less calories you need.

Your body does not know that you only want to lose weight, it thinks that there is a food shortage or famine and it will do everything it can to make sure you survive as long as possible.

When you start to eat normally again, your body will be burning calories at a slower rate than it did before you started the diet because you have less muscle mass and your body will still not be sure how long abundant food will be available for.

The failure rate of these type of diets are extremely high, as much as 95% as stated by some researchers. Calorie reduced diets also create what is known as the "Yo-Yo" dieting effect.

To compensate for the lack of food during the diet when you do start eating normally again, your appetite increases causing you to eat more food than usual which will eventually cause you to put back all of the weight you lost while dieting. Many people also experience an actual increase in weight several months after dieting because of this Yo-Yo effect.

The solution for permanent weight loss is to not only consume enough calories each day, but to consume the right kinds of calories that will preserve your lean muscle mass.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Busy Dad 4 Minute Bodyweight Workout Video

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Monday, August 3, 2009

How to Overcome Emotional Eating

Eating is a part of life.  Your body gets its nutrients from food.  Sometimes we can go overboard with our eating habits and it can result in gaining weight.  One issue with food is emotional eating. 

The problem of emotional eating may end with the scale but it begins in the mind.  Stress takes its toll on your life.  When your defenses are compromised your health takes a hit and so do your emotions. 

Everyone has good days and bad days.  How we deal with the bad ones brings emotional eating into play.  You look for comfort for your hurts.  People who turn to food for comfort find a coping mechanism that won’t judge them, hurt them or tell them “no.” To complicate the issue, eating pleasurable foods can stimulate the release of endorphins just like exercise.  So, after you eat, you feel better.

Emotional eaters use food to relieve stress.  They hide behind the food instead of seeking solutions to the problems.  This is not uncommon when the stressor is something horrible such as physical abuse or a death.

But, how do you know you are using food in this way?  The first sign is obvious.  You will gain weight if you eat too much.  In light of the weight gain, examine other areas of your life:

* Have you been under stress lately at work or at home?
* Has anything traumatic happened in the last year?
* Are you dealing with a problem but haven’t found a solution?

Answering “yes” to any of these questions could mean that you are an emotional eater.  You eat but you are not necessarily hungry at the time.  The foods that you choose are what we term “comfort foods”:

* High fat foods like French fries, fried foods
* High carb foods like macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes
* Sugary foods like ice cream, donuts, cookies, cake

There is help for emotional eaters.  The first step is recognizing that you have a problem.  You’ll experience feelings of helplessness and guilt.  The guilt is over potentially ruining your health and the helplessness lies in the fact that you don’t see a way out.

Secondly, seek counseling.  There are many types of counselors out there that can meet your need.  Emotional eating has nothing to do with dieting or changing your eating habits but gaining control over your emotions. 

A counselor might suggest things like visualization, practicing problem solving skills, relaxation techniques and family support.  Visualization helps you to see your problems in a realistic way and not blown out of proportion.  You will also learn to see food as nutrition for the body and not an emotional crutch.

Thirdly, your family can learn your triggers for stress and be on the lookout for changes in your eating habits.  They can help you be aware of the foods you are eating, assist you in making healthy food choices and exercise along with you.  Proper diet and exercise increases immunity, blood flow and positive thinking.  Yoga enhances the mind/body connection so you don’t eat when you aren’t hungry.

Finding new ways to solve your problems and deal with stress will push food out of the equation.  You’ll feel good about finding solutions which will replace the dependence on food.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Do Low Carb Diets Work Best For Burning Fat?

By The Muscle Nerd, Jeff Anderson

Do "low carb" diets burn fat?

In a word?

YES!

A recent look at 87 long term studies have proven that when it comes to burning body fat, reducing your carb intake DOES work best.

BUT...

"Low carb" diets can be VERY frustrating for most people and hard to stick to.

As an experiment last year, I went 10 full days with ZERO carbohydrates.

I mean, not even a blade of GRASS in my diet...straight protein...not a single carb or gram of fat in sight.

I went INSANE! 

No, I don't mean that "figuratively"...I mean I LITERALLY went INSANE!

I went from near sobbing fits over my computer not working properly to hysterical laughter at the thought of even undertaking such an experiment.

You see, your brain NEEDS carbs just to function properly so doing without any at all was an extreme example of how your body does need to get some carbs to function.

So how can you burn fat using low carb diet plan WITHOUT worrying about whether you'll be fitted for a straight jacket?

Well here's what I tell my clients of my "Combat The Fat" program (http://combat.rxsportz.com) to allow them to easily burn fat and still enjoy carbohydrates...

...limit your intake of "dry" carbs and fill up on "wet" Carbs!

This is a little twist I've created that allows you to EASILY reduce the WRONG kind of carbs WITHOUT counting calories and NEVER going hungry.
You see, you need more carbs on training days to help your muscles recover from your exercise.  Therefore, you can consume 2-4 servings of "Dry Carbs" on those days (like oatmeal, pasta, bread, etc.)

"Wet Carbs" include most vegetables and fruits and don't contain a lot of carbs so you can eat MUCH more of these each day.

Use them as "fillers" in your diet to keep from getting hungry and helping you avoid the real culprits...those "dry carbs".

I know this is a very different way of looking at the food you eat and doesn't really follow the normal "low carb" pattern.

But it's a glimpse of the way that I'VE structured the RIGHT way to use "low carb" to lose weight and forms one of the foundations of my daily eating guidelines within Combat The Fat