Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Why being overweight is more deadly than you think

Our world is facing an epidemic of epic proportions.  Almost 70% of the world’s population is overweight and 33% of those are obese.  That’s an astonishing number!  But the shocking thing is that it’s continuing to grow at an unprecedented rate.

Being overweight is a serious health problem and can have huge consequences on your long-term health in ways that you don’t even realize.  Here are some of the health hazards associated with being overweight.

  • High Blood Pressure – This causes your heart to work harder and is extremely dangerous.
  • Diabetes – Amazingly, obesity is the number one cause of type-two diabetes.  This is a very dangerous disease and can lead to death.
  • Stroke – Overweight people are more likely to have a stroke.
  • Cancer – Overweight individuals have a higher chance of getting cancer than the average person.
  • Sleep Apnea – Sleeplessness is highly associated with overweight people.
  • Osteoarthritis – Extra weight puts pressure on your joints and wears down the cartilage that protects them.
  • Physical Discomfort – Fat not only looks bad but it makes you uncomfortable.  It presses against your organs and makes it harder to breathe.

Many scams clutter the weight loss market and contribute to this dangerous epidemic by giving people false hope.  I’m sure that if you’re reading this letter then you have tried at least one of these weight loss scams that simply do not work.

You’ve more than likely tried at least one of these programs and may have gotten short-term results, but now you’re back to step one.  Depression seems to set in because you failed and now blame yourself.  What if I told you that it probably wasn’t your fault?  You probably wouldn’t believe me.  But I’m here to tell you that if you’ve tried one of those so called “fast weight loss” plans that worked for a few days, only to gain the weight back at an extraordinary rate, then chances are that the plan itself was flawed, not you! 

Here’s why:

So called “fast weight loss” plans tend to starve your body.  This is not only inconvenient, but is very unhealthy.  The human body is incredibly smart and can predict trends in upcoming events.  When you stop eating, your body will prepare for a hunger trend and will begin breaking down muscles in order to keep going.  
Wait, I thought weight loss meant that I lose fat?

This is one of the many facts that these false programs fail to mention.  If you lose 20 pounds in a week, you are more than likely going to lose only 10 lbs. of fat and 10 lbs. of muscle.  The loss of muscles leads to loss of strength!  This is not what you want.

In fact, starving your body can be just as dangerous to your health as being overweight! 

What if I told you that there’s a program that will give you long term results and requires minimal effort of your part?  You would probably answer that you’ve heard the boasts of weight loss programs before and you’ve stopped believing what you hear.

There is one huge difference between this program and others.  I’m not promising you that you can lose 20 lbs. in a week.  But I guarantee to show you a plan that is so simple that you can easily incorporate it into your life.  The Fat Melting Program is a method developed from years of research and it is guaranteed to deliver long term results.  And there’s no starvation required.


Most weight loss programs brag about what they can do to help you in your weight loss efforts.  I’m not going to tell you what The Fat Melting Program will do; I’m going to tell you what it won’t do!

  • The Fat Melting Program will not starve you into a metabolism coma.  In fact, you will be able to enjoy delicious foods and never be hungry.
  • The Fat Melting Program will not make you run on a boring treadmill for hours a week.  It will teach you how to let your body do what it does best all on its own.
  • The Fat Melting Program will not boast claims of losing 20 lbs. in a week.  This is not healthy and will not help your overall fat loss.
  • The Fat Melting Program does not follow the trend of so called fitness experts.  One third of the population is obese.  That tells me that the popular trend is wrong!

There’s simply not enough room in this letter to name every single trend that is wrong, but I will try and focus on the most common mistakes that people tend to make while trying to lose weight. If you want to lear more about The Fat Melting Program you can click on the following link:


To your long term health and happiness
Brandon Z. Fitz

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Timing Matters in Eating Healthy

Sugar, which is not processed immediately by the body as energy, is turned into insulin and stored as fat for later use. When you are trying to combine eating, being active and either weight loss or management, timing is everything. The way the body breaks down different types of food and when each of those substances are either used or stored, is an important aspect when it comes to managing weight.

When we consume food, our body converts carbohydrates into immediate blood sugar, also known as glucose, which is our main source of energy. Depending on our blood sugar level, we will feel energetic or extremely sluggish. Blood sugar levels also have an effect on how hungry we are and what we crave. Finally, blood sugar determines whether we burn fat or store it away for another time.

Insulin is a hormone, produced by our pancreas that moves blood sugar throughout our body where it is used as energy. When the body is overwhelmed with carbohydrate-rich foods, the pancreas produces insulin like crazy to tell the body to start cranking out the blood sugar for the body to use as energy and reducing the amount of blood sugar in the body. Insulin is actually meant to tell your body to use the energy to lower blood sugar.

Our body sees all of the signals that there is plenty of energy ready for use at the drop of a hat and backs off burning fat and starts to fill up the reserve stores. The biggest part to worry about is not the fact that our body stores fat, but when the blood sugar drops afterwards and forces us to crave more high-sugar foods that starts the cycle all over again while just trying to take in more sugar to balance the sudden dip.

Of course simple carbohydrates are the first to be converted to blood sugar by the body, but eventually everything ends up breaking down and getting stored as fat. The trick is to keep your blood sugar levels even instead of this roller coaster of blood sugar. Once your body gets used to having high blood sugar levels at all times, the insulin becomes non-existent to your body, leading to the onset of Type-2 diabetes.

Once your body no longer recognizes the insulin is there to help you reduce your blood sugar, you start storing everything as fat. When you are trying to lose weight or manage the weight you are currently at, having everything stored as fat completely defeats the purpose you are trying to accomplish. Eating the right foods at the right times during the day will help you maintain your insulin levels and keep you from bingeing on sweet treats.

A great way to figure out how your body is reacting to different foods, keep a journal of what you eat and how you are feeling shortly afterwards. Note when you feel the sugar “crash” during the day and also when you are craving certain foods. By keeping this journal and paying attention to what you are eating, you will be able to keep a better handle on your weight loss or management because you are tracking your blood sugar levels.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

14-Day Guide to Rapid Fat Loss

by: Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
Author, Turbulence Training 

Last Friday I stopped by the house of an ol' college buddy to meet his fiancé and new baby boy. He's getting married in 5 months time and we had to have a serious chat.

You see, he's gained 25 pounds since birth of his son. He really fell off the wagon. But he's taken the first and most important step by admitting things have to change and so we sat around for over 2 hours in his backyard on a beautiful day and hammered out this plan.

I could have wrote a 5-month plan, but I wanted to fast-track his results - and YOUR results - because research shows people who start losing fat quickly get better long-term fat loss results as well.

So here's your complete 14-day FAST-TRACK guide to fat loss (if you like it, please forward it to a friend or print them off a copy too):

Day 1 - Stop Everything to Plan, Shop, & Prepare This Meal Plan

I hope you're reading this on Sunday, because I want you to plan, shop, and prepare today. If it's Monday, skip your workout and do this instead - its THAT important.

And I don't just mean planning what you are going to eat for dinner. I mean planning what you are going to eat for every meal for the next 2 weeks.

Don't tell me that's too hard. After all, most people with lean physiques stick to a relatively similar diet for 90% of their meals and then enjoy a random cheat/reward meal 10% of the time.

So your schedule might go like this:

Breakfast - 2 eggs, 1 slice rye toast, 1 apple, Green Tea, fish oil

Snack - 1oz raw almonds, 1 pear, Green Tea

Lunch - Grilled chicken/salmon or black bean salad with spinach, onion, peppers, mushrooms, etc., 1 banana or bowl of cherries, 2 cups unsweetened iced tea with lime or lemon

Snack - Unlimited raw vegetables and hummus

Dinner - Protein and vegetables and this could be a small piece of steak, chicken, or fish, along with your favorite vegetables, and a bowl of your favorite fruit.

         Or it could be the veggie dinner I had last Monday of quinoa with red pepper-cashew sauce and avocado wrapped in kale leaves.

         Or it could be wild rice with beans and avocado and salsa.

That schedule won't change much, with the exception of a slight variation in your main course at dinner, right? And then once per week schedule a meal of your favorite food.

Everyone can stick to this plan for 14 days, and this tip alone will help you lose 5-12 pounds of fat in just 2 weeks. And this is also how you'll need to eat for the rest of your life. It's not hard, it just requires a little practice. Keep at it and never, EVER give up.

Alright, so to review, here's your 3-step guide to Day 1.

i) Plan your meals. ii) Shop for the food. iii) Prepare the food (cut everything up, put in the proper trays, cook food if necessary, and get it all packed up for work)

In addition to planning out all of your meals, you must also start keeping a food journal (you could do it online too), because studies show that keeping a food journal will help you lose fat faster.

Next, make sure you do 60 minutes of activity today AND take a "before" photo along with your weight, body fat (if possible), and measurements of your waist, hips, arms, and thighs. Continue to weigh yourself every other day, as research shows that frequent check-ins lead to greater weight loss.

Day 2 - Attend An "Online Turbulence Training Seminar"

You must set EVERY workout and activity session as an appointment with yourself that you must keep - just like a doctor's visit. Let nothing, except real emergencies, come between you and your workouts.

Today you're going to do a Turbulence Training workout.

Now if you are currently using long, slow, boring cardio to lose fat, stop that bad habit immediately and switch to Turbulence Training.

If you need to learn more about TT, watch my free videos on YouTube where I explain Turbulence Training and interval workouts. While you are there, look up my "Diet vs. Exercise" video series to see why diet is much more effective for fat loss than cardio.

If you are a beginner, please start conservatively. But if you have been working out for a while, the next 3 weeks are your time to step your workouts up a notch.

Day 3 - Write Your Way to Fat Loss

First, you must schedule 60 minutes of easy to moderate activity. I'll talk about that in a second, but you can do anything from a 60 minute walk, a yoga session, a light bodyweight and stretching session, an hour of playing with your kids, or playing an easy game of your favorite sport. Don't go too hard, but stay active.

You must also carve out 30 minutes to sit down and write out 3 short term goals and 3 long term goals. Write down EXACTLY what you want to accomplish in these 14 days. After that, write down what you want to accomplish in the following 90 days.

Once you've done that, you're going to prepare a contract with yourself promising to take the steps necessary to achieve these goals. Sign the contract and review it everyday to keep you on track.

Day 4 - Recruiting Day

Today's another TT workout. Make sure you are using a professionally designed structured and proven fat loss workout, rather than just "winging it" or using long slow cardio for fat loss.

You'll also spend time today recruiting for these 3 components of your fat loss social support team:

- Nutrition buddy - Workout partner - Fat loss forum accountability buddies

Research shows that recording your nutrition in a food journal and having someone review your meals increases your chance of losing fat.

Another study found that if you workout with a partner who is losing fat, then you'll have a greater chance of losing fat as well.

And finally, a third study found that the more often subjects checked in to an online fat loss forum (like the TT Member's forum), the more likely they were to lose a lot of fat.

Get your team together and you'll get more results - faster.

Day 5 - The 60 Minute Solution

Why am I telling you to get 60-minutes of activity on your off days from TT?

Well, to be honest, I do NOT expect you to burn massive amounts of fat with easy, off-day activity.

However, every minute you spend moving, you are NOT snacking! I know the biggest problem you will have is your diet. So instead of snacking in front of the computer or TV, spend your free time away from food. That's the simple secret to the 60 minute solution.

So get 60 minutes of activity on Day 5.

Day 6 - The Challenge

Your 3rd TT workout needs to be a challenge workout so that you can improve your performance each week. In fact, you should set at least one personal best in each workout. If you improve your performance, your physique will improve as well. You can use one of the TT bodyweight, Adrenaline, or Addiction Challenge workouts.

Day 7 - Diet Check-In and Reward Meal

Congratulations, you've made it through 7 amazing days of fat burning. Today you're going to double check your nutrition plan by reviewing your food journal.

If you haven't already done so, eliminate all liquid calories and replace with water and Green Tea.

If you need to learn more about nutrition, start using the free service called It will help you track your calories.

And if you're really struggling to avoid night eating, try this tip. Place a small mirror on your fridge door. Research shows that subjects consumed fewer calories when they did this because it will remind you to make smarter choices.

Finally, as a reward for all of your hard work, you can treat yourself to your favorite meal. But that doesn't mean gorging. It simply means having a normal meal of your favorite foods to give you a mental break from your plan. When the meal is over, don't go back for seconds. Get right back on the 14-day plan instead.

Days 7 & 8 are also 60 minute off-day activity days.

Day 8 - Review your goals.

It's no good to write your goals down and then forget them. Review them at least weekly, if not daily. Heck, carry them around in your pocket and look at them at every meal.

As you workout, visualize yourself reaching your goals. Believe in yourself, keep a positive attitude, stay motivated and you'll continue to make fast fat loss progress every day.

This will also be another great day to plan, shop, and prepare.

Day 9 - Take It to Another Level

Week one was great, but with only 5 days left it is time for you to step it up again. This time I want you to hire a trainer for just one TT session to make sure you are doing all the exercises correctly and training as hard as you can (safely, of course).

Add this trainer to your support team. And by the way, a good trainer should be able to estimate your body fat better than any of those "fat scales" you can buy at a get them to check that too.

Day 10 - Plan Your Next Shopping Trip

Today is another 60 minutes of off-day activity, and you'll also work on improving your nutrition even more. What I want you to do is focus on eating more from the Fat Loss Foundation.

The 3 components of my Simple Nutrition Fat Loss Foundation are raw fruits, vegetables, and nuts. Research shows that eating more of these 3 foods will help you lose weight better than a diet that is low in fruits, vegetables and nuts.

Make an effort to eat one new fruit, vegetable, and nut each week during your between meal snacks.

If you aren't already eating grapefruit, try one today and see how it helps fill you up (because it contains a lot of soluble fiber called pectin). Add a new vegetable - such as broccoli, cauliflower, or asparagus - to your dinner. And try walnuts or pecans instead of almonds at your morning break.

Slowly but surely increase the fiber in your diet until you hit the recommended amount of 35 grams per day.

And I hope this goes without saying, but you should have eliminated all foods that contain added sugar. That is one the simplest yet most effective nutrition changes you can make.

Day 11 - Recruit Again

Add a new member into your social support team, such as a new workout partner or healthy-eating partner. This will add strength to your commitment. If possible, join a transformation contest online, or start one among your friends or co-workers.

But when you do that, keep in mind that you want to help other people succeed. The more you can help others lose fat, the more you will help yourself as you share what's working with your friends and they show you their fat loss secrets too. Stay positive, and you'll build a powerful fat loss team.

Today is also another TT fat loss workout day, so give it your best.

Day 12 - Check-In Time

Today you'll re-measure your weight, body fat, and measurements. Take a look in the mirror to compare yourself against your before photo to see big changes that will motivate you to stay strong.

I also want you to start thinking about getting a tan. Yes, I said getting a tan. Why? Because simply adding a little bit of color to your body can make you look leaner. There's a reason all those models in supplement ads are tanned, you know.

Finally, if there is a "big day" at the end of the 14-days, make sure you try on the outfit you are going to wear to double-check that it is going to look great on you.

Make sure you do this check-in either before your 60 minutes of activity or a few hours after so that exercise does not mess-up the numbers.

Day 13 - Mental Performance Review

Write down all obstacles that are still in your way of success, and then brainstorm 2 solutions to overcome each. Get some help from your social support team on this. The more you and your team share solutions, the more fat you - and everyone else - will lose.

For example, you might come up with rules like, "No eating in the car" to help cut down on bad food choices. Someone else might suggest "brush your teeth after dinner to avoid night-time snacking". Those are simple yet powerful tips to keep you on the fast-track to fat loss.

Follow up this positive session with your best TT workout yet!

Day 14 - Review, Plan, & Prepare

Congrats on making so many powerful changes in just 2 short weeks.

By now, you'll probably have lost 5-12 pounds of fat and just as importantly, you'll have developed proven, life-long fat burning habits that will be easy for you to stick to forever.

Keep this weight loss train moving by reviewing your original goals. Next, do your planning, shopping, and preparing for another week, and get ready for even more fat loss.

Enjoy your 14-day results and celebrate with a reward meal (and show off your firmer, leaner body at the big event too!).

Monday, June 14, 2010

TT Bodyweight Cardio 3

Four new bodyweight cardio workouts you can either use as stand alone workouts or instead of traditional interval training.

With TT Bodyweight Cardio 3, you'll discover:

- 4 challenging, ZERO equipment workouts that will tone your body in ALL the right places

- My NEWEST exercises GUARANTEED to burn more calories all day long

- Fun workouts you can get done quickly - Anywhere, Anytime

- Fat-blasting workouts you can SUBSTITUTE for almost ANY other TT interval training workout I've ever created

- PLUS, my never-seen-before 5-Round "fat burning fight" workout that will ignite your fat-burning hormones.

One of the most critical elements to your fat loss success is finding a workout program that fits into your lifestyle, and with the flexibility of Turbulence Training Bodyweight Cardio 3, fat loss just got a whole lot easier.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Revolutionary fat-burning, metabolism-boosting training technique

Fat-Loss Circuit Training - Now is the time to try this revolutionary fat-burning, metabolism-boosting training technique!

By Nick Nilsson

Experience a training technique so powerful you can literally FEEL your metabolism firing up and burning fat!

Want to burn off that holiday weight gain as quickly as humanly possible? Fat-Loss Circuit Training is the BEST place to start.

Fat-Loss Circuit Training is a program of my own invention. I developed it for losing fat quickly. It's challenging but very effective!

It's also one of the core components of my extremely powerful "Metabolic Surge - Rapid Fat Loss" program available here:

Fat-Loss Circuit Training is very simple once you get the hang of it, but it can be one of the most demanding (and most extraordinarily effective) styles of training you can do.

If you're familiar with normal circuit training (with timed, light-weight intervals), please put aside any notions you might have of how this program works. You will not only be harnessing the muscle-building and metabolism-stimulating power of intense, full-set weight training (NOT the typical light-weight, timed intervals of normal circuit training), you will also be incorporating the great calorie-burning effects of cardiovascular training.

The proper combination of the two styles (weights and cardio) into one workout is, quite simply, phenomenal for fat burning.

In order to use Fat-Loss Circuit Training, you will need access to both weight equipment and cardio equipment (and/or benches or stairs), preferably located in fairly close proximity to each other.

This type of training is harder to do in a crowded gym as it will involve you moving back and forth quickly between different pieces of equipment. If someone is waiting to use your cardio machine the moment you step off, it will defeat the purpose of the workout. This technique is best used in a fairly uncrowded gym where you have more freedom to use equipment or, better yet, in a home gym with weights and cardio equipment and no one waiting for anything!

If you do work out in a crowded gym, I will tell you exactly how to get around it.

How The Training Works:

- Essentially, this is combined circuit/interval training.

- You will be going back and forth between your weight training exercises and one cardio exercise for the duration of the workout.

- Your rest period for weights will be your cardio and your rest period for cardio will be your weights.

- You will be doing some sort of activity for your entire workout without any break!

This combination is very effective for a number of reasons:

- It forces your body to burn calories continuously during the workout.

- It utilizes resistance training and cardio training so you get all the benefits of both in one workout.

- By forcing your body to work like this, you dramatically increase your metabolism leading to increased fat burning long after the workout (more so than either weights or
cardio alone).

- It saves time - you get both your weights and cardio in the same amount of time as your regular workout.

- You will still be able to use heavy weights in your weight training, helping to preserve muscle mass.

How To Do It:

Step 1 - Set Up

For the most efficient workout possible, try to have most or all of your exercises pre-set and ready to go. The less time you spend on preparation during your workout itself, the more effective that workout will be, especially since you want to be continually active throughout the workout. You can use any type of cardio that is convenient and enjoyable to you, be it a machine, stair stepping, or even a skipping rope.

If you are working out in a crowded gym, try to claim an area for yourself and focus on dumbell exercises. You won't have to wait in line to use any weight machines that way.

If you don't have access to convenient cardio machines, you're going to have to go low-tech. You'll need to do stair-stepping (stepping up two stairs then back down works well), bench-stepping (step up onto a flat bench or Step platform then back down) or rope-jumping (be sure you're not close to anyone if you choose this). These approaches work just as well as cardio machines and allow you to perform this training style in a busier setting.

If the stair-stepping method is what you need to use, have a look at the stepping pattern demonstrated on the following page:

Step 2 - Warm-up

Do a few minutes of low-intensity cardio as a warm-up. You may wish to do a few light sets of a few of the exercises you'll be working with before you start into it though. Don't tire yourself out, just get a light sweat going.

Step 3 - Start with 30 - 40 seconds of moderate intensity cardio.

This could be setting a stair machine to a level that is not easy but is not so challenging that you're going to exhaust yourself right away. Watch the timer on your machine
and go for approximately 40 seconds (I say approximately because there will generally be a slight lag time when you step on and off).

Many cardio machines have a "rest period" feature where you can leave the machine on and it will not erase your program while you have stepped off. Normally, this is about 2 minutes. This should be enough time to complete your weight set.

If you are using a machine such as a treadmill or stair machine that you will leave on with the timer running, just watch the time counter on the machine and keep track of when you get on it to get the designated period. It may require a little mental math! You can also use your own stopwatch or timer on your watch to keep track (this is easier). Start the timer when you start the cardio.

Many machines also have a feature that runs through a series of time periods. I've found on the StairMaster, if you set the length of the session to 20 minutes, this results in a 40 second time period making it perfect for judging your cardio periods.

Step 4 - Do a set of weights.

Go as quickly as you can to your first exercise. Do a set of the first exercise on your program for the day. Do this with no rest, going from the cardio immediately to the weights. Do all your reps until you start to approach muscular failure.

While this is definitely still intense weight training, don't push yourself to muscular failure as you would in your regular training. Due to the high training volume we'll be doing in this program, pushing to failure on every set will compromise muscle recovery.

Also, be very sure to use proper form and tempo when lifting the weights. Don't rush your weight sets - perform them with the same form and speed as you would if you were doing a regular set in your training. Fast, light or sloppy weight sets are NOT what we're looking for here.

Step 5 - Go right back to the cardio.

Get back to the cardio and do another 40 seconds of moderate-intensity cardio.

Step 6 - Repeat the cycle for the duration of the workout.

You will be going back and forth continuously between cardio and your weight training exercises, using the cardio as the rest period between your weight sets. What this means is that over the course of your workout, you'll be burning calories via cardio and weights AND you'll be working your muscles with intense, heavy weight training as well. It's tough training but very effective!


- As you improve your cardio ability, you can choose to increase the intensity of your cardio training between sets. You may wish to start at a lower level and gradually increase the resistance over the course of the workout or start at a higher level and keep it there. It is perfectly acceptable to keep it at a steady, moderate level, however.

- This Fat-Loss Circuit technique can be used with nearly any form of cardio exercise as long as it is convenient to go back and forth with the weights. The real key here is to maintain activity for the entire workout.

- Keep your workouts to no more than 45 minutes at the very most when doing this type of training. Any more than that and you will be breaking yourself down too much. It's an extremely demanding form of training as you'll be working every major energy system in your body. You will also find it will crank your metabolism up pretty seriously!

For a sample workout to follow, taken directly from my "Metabolic Surge - Rapid Fat Loss" ebook, please click on the following link:

You will be able to print this workout and take it to the gym with you to try out.

Want to learn more about the "Metabolic Surge - Rapid Fat Loss" program? Click on the following link right now!

Your new body is waiting for you!


Nick Nilsson is Vice-President of the online personal training company BetterU, Inc. He has a degree in Physical Education and Psychology and has been inventing new training techniques for more than 15 years. Nick is the author of a number of bodybuilding eBooks including "Metabolic Surge - Rapid Fat Loss," "The Best Exercises You've Never Heard Of," "Gluteus to the Maximus - Build a Bigger Butt NOW!" and "Specialization Training," all available at
He can be contacted at

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

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Monday, June 7, 2010

Interval Training for Fat Loss

An interval training report showing a beginner's guide to the best way to lose fat PLUS new advanced interval training research AND 5 unique interval training methods. Something in there for everyone who wants to lose fat and is sick of not getting results from cardio. Download this free report today...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

It’s Not About The Pizza

We were watching 60 minutes follow six people through the famed Duke University Rice Diet Program. All six people lost an incredible amount of weight, but five of the six put it all back on in less than a year. One out of six people successfully maintaining weight loss seems to be a pretty accurate statistic. After 34 years of studying health and fitness, that dismal number is about what we’ve seen.

Why are the statistics for lasting weight loss so low, and why did the people at Duke fail? After all, the Duke program is one of the most prestigious and successful weight-loss programs in the world. If you can’t be successful with permanent weight loss at Duke, where can you turn for hope?

Here’s our take: Most people can’t sustain a healthy weight because very few spend time figuring out why they’re gaining weight in the first place. And we’re not talking about eating too much and exercising too little—at this point we’ll assume that most everyone can figure that much out. We’re talking about exploring what’s going on in your head. Why is it you eat too much and make bad food choices? Are you depressed? Are you upset about the relationship you’re in or unhappy with who you are? Maybe you’ve got family problems, low self-esteem or you’re lonely and food fills the void. These are heavy issues that many people prefer to ignore. The problem is that until you resolve the underlying problems, you won’t be able to master the surface symptom—your weight.

While we’re not trained psychologists, we have seen enough emotional pain from clients over the years to recognize that pizza (or donuts or any other high-calorie food) is usually not the real problem. The real problem lies deep inside and is almost never discovered. If you’ve ridden the weight-loss roller coaster one too many times, consider talking to a professional psychologist or psychiatrist. Maybe you’ll finally be the one-out-of-six that succeeds at creating a healthy life.

To read more about taking care of yourself, transforming your body and life get a copy of the Great Shape-Up Program today from America’s Healthiest Couple, Dan & Jennifer Polimino.