Thursday, September 27, 2012

The 10 Most Dangerous Mistakes Men Make When Trying To Get Six Pack Abs

By Mike Chang

Six pack abs they can make women instantly attracted to you, and guys envy you. Lets face it, you would LOVE to have a six pack -- but chances are that getting one has seemed hard and frustrating to you in the past.

But there's good news this is probably just because you're making one of a few common mistakes guys make when trying to get ab definition. If you can just avoid these common errors, you'll see much more success in your quest to get a six pack.

So, here are the 10 most dangerous mistakes men make when it comes to getting six pack abs. If you make these 10 mistakes it'll be incredibly hard and frustrating to get abs, and you probably will never get them at all. If you do learn these mistakes getting abs will be much easier, and you'll start seeing abdominal definition more quickly than you could imagine.

Mistake #1 Doing sit ups and crunches to get a six-pack.

The biggest mistake that I see in almost every gym I've been to is watching people do endless ab exercises one after another in hopes of getting a flatter stomach. Ab exercises only build the ab muscles -- they don't get rid of fat that's covering it. In fact, doing too many ab exercises actually has a negative effect when it comes to slimming your waistline.

Think about it...when you do a lot of resistance exercises for your arms, they get bigger right? Well guess what -- if you do that for your abs they will respond the same way. When you work on your abs too much, the muscle gets really big and bulgy and actually makes your waist BIGGER. Now you have a bigger waistline than when you first started because of the larger ab muscles, plus the fat is still there covering any visibility of a six-pack.

The only way to get rid of fat on our stomach is to allow our body to convert it into energy and use it. Doing crunches and sit ups is not intense enough for our bodies to have to break down fat because the abdominal muscle so small compared to using a larger muscle group like our legs. You need concentrate on burning the fat before you start building up abdominal muscle otherwise youre just bulking up your beer gut.

Mistake# 2 - Doing cardio

Cardio only burns calories when you're doing it, is doesn't burn when your heart rate is not elevated. Think about the last time you did any type of cardio exercise. Your heart rate and body temperature was increased and when stopped they went back to normal.

Even if you did cardio 30 min a day 7 days a week, there's 24 hours in a day so what are you burning the other 23.5 hours? Not too much, because it was a lot, you would be lean by now. Throughout the remainder of the day its then up to our natural metabolism to burn the rest of the calories. And doing cardio all day long doesn't seem like a very reasonable solution either.

Can you think of the last time YOU did cardio? Did you get a six-pack? Did your stomach at least get a little flatter? Probably not. If it did, its not flat anymore isn't it? The cold hard truth is that long cardio workouts are completely ineffective for burning fat, and for getting a six pack. If you're spending long hours on the elliptical, treadmill or bike, you're completely wasting your time if your goal is to get hard, defined abs.

Mistake # 3 Diets

Think of all the people you know who got on a diet, how many of them actually stayed on it. Losing weight and having a lean healthy body is a lifestyle change and unfortunately, when you ask someone to change their habits of eating that they been doing all their life, that's almost like asking someone to change their personality permanently. Sure, you can pretend for a short period, but you will always go back to being you.

Most diets now are so low in carbohydrates; its likely the initial weight loss is primarily water weight, as carbohydrate encourages your body to hold water. As soon as you go back to a normal amount of carbs, the water weight comes back and the weight goes back to normal. No real fat was really loss.

There is no point in going on a diet, or temporarily changing your eating habits. Because as soon as you change them back, you'll gain back all the fat you lost and then some more on top of that.

You need to learn healthy eating habits that are also EASY to maintain this is the only way to make the permanent change in eating that's necessary for six pack abs.

Mistake # 5 Using fat burning supplements, diet pills, and other drugs to burn off fat.

You cant get in shape through supplements alone. All fat burning drugs do is first suppress your appetite so you don't feel the need to eat as much. Now your body doesn't have the nutrients to give you energy. But wait! The fat burners are also filled with other stimulants so your energy level doesn't go down. So what that does is decrease your natural metabolism (which is what your body does to burn calories) and increase your fat storage because your body will now go into survival mode

• Your body will lower its calorie burning because its not getting enough of it.

• Your body will hold on to your fat and not use it as energy because fat is your most valuable energy source in your body and in survival mode; it will do the smartest thing to survive.

• Your body will also break down muscle tissue as fuel causing your metabolism to lower even more.

• Once you stop taking the supplement, your food intake goes back to normal causing you to gain all the weight you loss plus more. The reason why you gain more than you started is your metabolism is now lower than when you first started due to the loss of muscle.

This is why most guys who ACTUALLY have a six pack take very few supplements, or no supplements at all.

Mistake # 5 Getting advice from people who never had flat abs.

Think about the last time you at the gym or at some sort of gathering and you received advice on how to lose your gut.

People tend to consider themselves experts at something after only doing it once or twice. When it comes to losing body fat and getting six-pack it get even worse.

You will notice a lot of times the people giving advice on how to get lean or ripped are either genetically very lean their whole life and never had a problem with excess body fat or an overweight guy who use to weigh 300lbs and is now 200lbs and still has a gut but giving advice on how to lose belly fat.

First, the skinny lean guy: Naturally lean all his life, can eat whatever he wants and always seems to have a six pack no matter what. He is genetically build that way and really has no idea how its like to have a gut nevertheless teach someone how to lose it. Its like asking a rich kid who never had to work a day in his life how to make money in the real world.

Second, the fat guy who loss some weight and is now an fat loss expert:

When your 40-100 lbs over weight, you can walk in a circle in place for an hour and lose weight. Cut out a couple sodas or snacks a day and their goes 10lbs. But if you ask him if he ever had six-pack, the answer is always no. The lower the body fat, the harder it is to get leaner. Someone who is 40-100lbs overweight can lose very easily, but someone who is 10-15lbs away from having a six-pack can spend 6 months and not see any changes.

Mistake: # 6 Being A Gym Rat

This one applies to people who go to the gym 6-7 days a week, or who spend 2 to 3 hours at the gym, or who are twice a day members.

More is not always better. You heard the term before, TOO MUCH OF A GOOD THING IS A BAD THING

Working out that much causes overtraining and will break down your muscles rather than build. It doesnt give the muscles enough rest to recuperate and rebuild. Imagine a football player having to play 10 straight football games back to back everyday. Every game he is a little more fatigue than the last and his performance gets worse and worse. Give him a week to recover between games and he will play at his best.

Spending lots of time in the gym is never a substitute for a quality workout doing the RIGHT exercises. Its far better to spend ten minutes in the gym doing the right things, than three hours doing the wrong things.

Mistake#7: Wasting money on AB Gimmicks like the:


These machines only work on your abs, and nothing more. You're only burning a little bit of calories because the abs is such a small muscle group and doesn't require much energy to contract.

Its all marketing. Hire a fitness model to be your front cover and make a couple of DVDs on how to use the machine. Then pay some people to do your testimonials and you have a new AB product.

Just like a get rich quick scheme. But this is a get lean and rip quick scheme. Think of about it, everybody has tried some get rich scheme one time or another. Did it work? Was it as easy as step 1, 2, 3?

When it comes to abs machines nobody ever got in shape using just the machines. They fail to mention the part in addition to low calorie diet and exercise regimen

Mistake# 8: Lack of sleep

Sleeping affects us more than what you think. When we go to bed, our bodies replenish and rebuild physically and mentally from the wear and tear throughout the day. Today's norm of staying up past our bed times due to computers, cell phones, 24 hour cable has made our bodies fatigue, reduced health, and even weight increase.

Grehlin and Leptin are hormones in our body that control appetite and weight gain or loss. Leptin suppresses our appetite while grehlin increases it. When your body doesn't get enough sleep, grehlin levels increase while leptin level decreases which means not getting enough sleep could be one of the reasons why many overeat and have weight issues. Ever experienced a sleepless night followed by a day when no matter what you ate you never felt full or satisfied? If so, then you have experienced the workings of leptin and grehlin.

When lack of sleep becomes a chronic problem, levels of grehlin increases, causing greater appetite, and levels of leptin decrease. Regardless of diet and exercise, it's possible that some obesity is caused, or made worse, by sleep deprivation.

Mistake # 9: Doing isolation workouts to rid of specific fatty areas:

Your body fat is spread out thru out your body. When you gain weight, you gain it everywhere, not just in one place. So why would you try to get rid of it just in one place? A lot of guys always tell me their ok with their legs, just need to get rid of some fat around the chest and stomach area.

Your fat doesn't go, hey lets all jump on your chest today and tomorrow, well go fatten up the gut area!

So when you're attacking the fat, which is your goal and to get a six pack you must attack it from your whole body. Instead of doing exercises like bench presses or curls you need to do functional multi body group exercises to increase more cal burning in your body so your body will be forced to utilize fat as the energy source.

This doesn't mean you do the same isolation workouts but just all in one day, because your still only using 1 to 3 muscle groups in every individual workout instead of using your entire body. Increase the calorie burning and your fat will melt away.

Mistake# 10 Not getting the HELP:

This is by far the biggest mistake of all that will keep most guys from ever getting the body they truly want. I know most guys dont like to admit that they are tired and fed up with having a gut. They usually act like its not a big deal, play it off real cool by making jokes like don't have a six pack I have a KEG! but deep down inside all guys would like to have a lean, chiseled midsection if they knew how to get it.

Trust me, I been there myself. I know exactly how its like to be embarrassed to take off my shirt when there are girls around wondering if I had a nice body and my shirt was the only illusion I had.

About 6 years ago I decided I was going to get a six-pack no matter what it took. I was at a party one night and as everyone was drinking and having a good time, this girl went up to this guy, whispered something in his ear and lifted up his shirt and holy crap, this guy had some of the baddest looking abs I have ever seen in my life. I swore his midsection looked like one of the super heroes out of a comic book. Seconds later all her friends flocked over to him and begin to flirt while they groped over his stomach. Right then I knew what ever I had to do, I was going to get me a six pack because I wanted the attention, the girls, the confidence, just the whole looking and feeling physically strong and athletic.

The last 6 years, I tried everything from crazy diets I read about to working out twice a day for 3 months straight and after years and years of trial and error I finally figured out exactly what to do to get a six-pack and maintain it. Since then, I trained and helped hundreds of guys get the body they want by showing them how to train, how to eat and some of the best shortcuts and tips I learned. Now I enjoy my life more than ever because I feel so confident, my clothes fits good, I don't have anything to hide. I now became That GUY the one girls would grope on and go OMG for and you know what, it feels great!

If you're reading this right now, you're probably it worth it? Let me tell you its worth every second to have this great feeling. Since then I've helped others do the same. I send out weekly newsletters on tips and step-by-step articles on what it takes to get a six-pack, from what to do first to get started to what to expect along the way and special tricks to do and maintain your lean midsection while still having fun and doing normal things like eating out and drinking with your buddies. I show people how to cheat on their diets and still stay ripped. I would highly suggest you check out my website to get more tips and info so I could get you started in the right direction.


Mike Chang is a certified personal trainer and a professional six pack abs coach. He specializes in helping men get six pack abs in the fastest and easiest way possible. Mike also offers a free email newsletter at, where he gives free articles and videos on how to get a six pack.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

197 Healthy And Delicious Phat Burning Recipes

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Yours in health,

Jicama – Sweet Starchy Dieters Delight

This crispy sweet, nutty flavored root looks a bit like a turnip, even though they are not in the same family. Jicama is so tasty and versatile, it's one food that is well worth getting acquainted with. It's a fun food to experiment with and is perfect for imparting new flavors in old recipes. And did I mention it's sweet and starchy AND low carb, low fat, and low calorie? Now that definitely deserves a look!

What is it?

We call jicama a root, but it's technically a legume grown for its tuberous roots. Jicama can grow pretty big, but will then get woody tasting because the sugars have converted into starches. If you bite into a raw jicama and it tastes like a raw baking potato, then it's too big. You should have a definite sweet taste when you eat a piece of raw jicama. This wonderfully unique flavor is perfect for many uses. Once peeled, you can cut it up and eat it raw, or throw it in stir fries, or roast it, or boil it up.


Jicama is as old as the hills, the Andes Mountains to be precise. Cultivation can be traced back for eons in Mexico, Central America, and South America. It's been around so long, you'll find much of Mexican cuisine includes jicama somewhere. You may even hear it referred to as a Mexican potato. Jicama grows best in warm, dry climates. Although you'll find jicama grown year round, it develops better during the winter months after long months of sunshine and moderate rain. Jicama is very hardy in the right climate, but it's also hardy because it has a built-in insecticide in the vine, keeping itself safe from pests. Many cultures would not have survived without this prolific, nutritious, and delicious crop. As a matter of fact, a devastating drought during the 1980s wiped out much of the potato production, leaving jicama the crop to focus on producing.

Health Benefits

In just one cup of raw jicama slices, you get a whopping 6 grams of dietary fiber along with a respectable showing of other essential vitamins and minerals. And if you're eating low carb, you'll be happy to hear that same cup of raw jicama only has 11 grams of carbs. Subtracting the fiber from the carbs and you've got only 5 net grams of carbs. Yes, this sweet and starchy treat is low carb, so enjoy!

This same cup of raw jicama also offers 40 percent RDA of vitamin C, is fat free, and has only around 35 calories. Raw jicama also has about the same amount of water in it as a cucumber, which is a great bonus for dieters, offering that full feeling with less bulk. Generally speaking, jicama has a lot to offer everyone, but is especially desirable for people eating low carb, low fat, and low calorie.

Fun Fact

Jicama is known by several other names, such as sengkwang, singkamas, yambean, yacon, yacuma, Mexican potato, and Mexican turnip. Not all the jicama plant is edible. The rest of the plant is very poisonous. In fact, the seeds are used as a toxin to poison insects. Not such a fun fact for bugs.

How to Eat

When choosing jicama, you want a small to medium size root that feels very firm to touch. If it has a soft spot, it's not good and could rot quickly. The larger the jicama, the closer it will get to a starchy, woody flavor. When you get your jicama home, you can keep it in your refrigerator for a couple weeks, much like potatoes. You don't need to refrigerate it if you have a very cool place to store it. It won't keep as long if it's not cold, so just keep watch. Of course, they won't last long in your house once you get a taste.

Peel the jicama like you would a potato or turnip, making sure you get the brownish layer under the skin. Slice off a bite and taste it. You'll notice it has a taste that's similar to a very firm raw apple; slightly sweet but also fresh and light in flavor. Unlike apples, however, you won't see the raw jicama turn brown if you leave it out in the air.

Jicama is excellent raw and is often eaten as a snack. Just cut it into strips and serve with a splash of lime juice and a sprinkling of chili powder. You can chop them up as a substitute for water chestnuts in Asian style recipes, adding just before serving to maintain flavor and texture. You can throw raw jicama in your food processor and experiment with the texture to create side dishes, soups, and even drinks. Slice it thin and put it in the oven to bake into snack chips.

Raw, roasted, baked, boiled, broiled, blended, and juiced... whatever you use this versatile food for, it will surely be a hit. Not only for the taste, but as your diet's new best friend!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

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Friday, September 21, 2012

The Healthier Way To Increase Fat Burning Hormones

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Monday, September 10, 2012

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Best Way to Keep Weight Off? - Ask Dr. Weil

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Monday, September 3, 2012

The Only Way to Lose Weight Without Thinking…

Losing weight NEEDS to be easy – otherwise it simply won’t happen. Will power isn’t a sustainable solution for long-term success.

In the Happiness Advantage written by Harvard psychologist Shawn Achor, he states that to form a new habit you must put the desired action on the path of least resistance – or, to break an old habit, you must put the desired action on the path of greatest resistance.

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One of the examples he provides in his book is when he decided he wanted to acquire the positive habit of playing guitar on a daily basis. He created a 30-day calendar using Excel and placed a printed copy near his couch with the expectation that he would have all (or at least most) of the 30 days checked of with daily guitar practice sessions.

Unfortunately, at the end of the 30 days, he had a disappointingly low number of checked off days, he only played the guitar 4 of the 30 days.

But, using what he learned in his studies as a positive psychologist, he decided that he needed to put his guitar in the path of least resistance, making it as easy as possible for himself to complete the desired action (playing the guitar each day). So, he went out and bought a cheap guitar stand and placed the guitar on the stand in the middle of his living room, thereby saving the 20 seconds it used to take him to retrieve the guitar from his closet for practicing.

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What was the result? He marked off almost all of the next 30 days on his new calendar, missing only a few daily practice sessions.

This simple example provides evidence that often the only thing you need to do to become “more disciplined” is to not rely on discipline at all – simply make the desired action you want as easy as possible to do.

For example, if you want to avoid eating a whole bag of potato chips every time you open the bag, simply take a handful of them out and put them on a plate. Then, close up the bag, put it away, and eat your small plateful. The additional activation energy required to go back to the pantry, open the bag, and start eating again will often be enough to keep you from eating the other hundreds of calories (not to mention extra unhealthy fat) you would normally consume.

As another example, if you want to start exercising regularly, then go out and buy some nice workout clothes and set them out each night before going to bed ready to use the next morning (or put them in a gym bag, all ready to go, if you want to exercise at the end of the day). This decreases the effort required to workout and thus makes it more likely you will actually do the desired action to improve your health.

If you want lasting results, you need to make it as easy as possible to achieve your outcome – put what you want on the “path of least resistance”.

Fortunately, some friends of mine have finally gotten losing weight right (using insights such as what you just read).

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Sunday, September 2, 2012

Stop paying lip service to your goals

Take This Very Seriously

By Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

Earlier today I was invited to do another Tough Mudder.

I laughed. I'm done with those.

Listen, they are fun and rewarding, don't get me wrong.

But I've done two and training for them/recovering from them are getting in the way of my REAL goals.

If life is getting in the way of your REAL GOALS, you know how I feel, right?

Time to prioritize.

There are only 4 months left in 2012. About 120 days. Not much time to reach those big goals you set on back on January 1st, 2012.

Fortunately, I have the solution for you.

The 15th Turbulence Training Transformation Contest starts TODAY and ends in December. This is the SPARK you need to change your body and your life.

What do you have left in you for 2012?

What is there still to accomplish?

Think dammit, and take this very, very seriously.

This is your life. And "life is not a dress rehearsal", as author Rose Tremain once said.

Stop paying lip service to your goals. Stop daydreaming about your dreams.

Start living as if they really mattered. Today. Right NOW.

"We are entering the last few months of 2012. That means if you lose 1-2 lbs on average of fat per week, you could be as much as 32 lbs lighter by Christmas. Now that's a cool Christmas gift to yourself. Something to think about."
- Mike Whitfield, Certified Turbulence Trainer

We are running out of time in 2012, but...

...on the other hand, ANYONE can commit to 12 weeks of transformation. It's ONLY 0.3% of your life. And surely you can commit to 0.3% of your life to completely transform your body and your life, right?

When you look at it that way, it's simple. Fat loss is not easy, but it IS simple when you follow a proven plan.

Join the 15th TT Transformation Contest and you could even win $1000 of my money just for losing your belly fat, getting ripped abs, and sculpting your arms.


Imagine...just 12 weeks from now, you're leaner, healthier, more energetic, sexier, more confident, and in line for a chance to get $1000 from me. Pretty cool, huh?

That would make for best Christmas ever. Even better than that time you got a BB gun and almost shot someone's eye out.

So seriously...

Stop paying lip service to your goals. Stop daydreaming about your dreams.

Start living as if they really mattered. Today. Right NOW.

Let's do this.

Let's TRANSFORM your body and life. Starting today.

I need you. I need you to be part of my 1 Million Transformation Mission because I'm running out of time on my goals.

We're in this together.

Let's go.

"Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy." - Dale Carnegie


Let's get busy.

Time to change,

Craig Ballantyne, CTT
Certified Turbulence Trainer

PS - More of today's Kickbutt Mindset Tips...

"The best years of your life are the ones in which you
decide your problems are your own. You do not blame them on
your mother, the ecology, or the president. You realize
that you control your own destiny." - Albert Ellis

"Let no act be done without a purpose." - Marcus Aurelius

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Saturday, September 1, 2012

The abs you're forgetting in your workout - Transverse abdominis

The abs you're forgetting in your workout - Transverse abdominis

What’s Really Making You Fat: How to Eliminate Food Addiction For Good

The following is an article from Matt Clark, Co-Creator of "The Source Diet" (check it out at I thought this was a very important topic to share with you because, once you eliminate food addiction, your weight loss is nearly guaranteed.

“Addiction is defined as the compulsive use of a habit-forming substance. It is characterized by tolerance and well-defined physiological symptoms of withdrawal.” (From The Alcohol and Addiction Cure by Chris Prentiss)

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While I hesitate to use the word “disease” when describing food addiction, this health issue is a very serious one that affects millions of people. The addiction some people have to food is no different than the addiction some people have to alcohol and even drugs.

Using the definition above, someone who compulsively eats and physiologically experiences symptoms of withdrawal when the bad food is removed from the person’s diet, is addicted.

Have you ever tried to completely stop eating bad food or make any dramatic change to your diet? I did.

I am not overweight, but I am always trying to improve my health. So, a few weeks ago I bought “The Raw Food Detox Diet” by Natalia Rose because I have heard of the great energy you feel when on a raw food diet.

So, I decided to go all in and go 100% raw in one day – I even bought a Jack LaLanne juicer from Target that night. I made my juicer drink that night and in the morning. I also separated my proteins from my carbs and started eating fruit only BEFORE eating any other foods. I lasted approximately 24 hours. I felt like crap.

My head hurt, I felt a little nauseous, I didn’t have any energy to workout that morning, so I quit and got some Chik Fil A for a late lunch that day because my body was craving carbs (this was the first time I had ever experienced a craving for carbs).

Making such a dramatic change to an otherwise pretty healthy diet was enough to throw my body out of whack. This is a very similar effect changing to a pretty healthy diet from a very bad diet will have on you.

In The Alcohol and Addiction Cure, Chris Prentiss says that the four causes of dependency are the following:

1. Chemical imbalance
2. Unresolved events from the past
3. Beliefs you hold that are inconsistent with what is true
4. Inability to cope with current conditions

Relating this back to weight loss, your addiction to food might be caused by stresses in your life as it exists now, past events, or even beliefs you have about how you should be.

Like every self-improvement book ever made says, often your environment has the greatest impact on who you are and what you do. Your job, your friends, your family, and even living conditions are impacting your habits – like eating.

If you socialize with friends who are overweight and believe that they will always be overweight so “what’s the point”, then this is going to have a dramatic impact on your relationship with food.

Additionally, if stresses in your life cause you to turn to food, your coping mechanism might need some adjustment.

Here are some quick ways to curb your addiction to food:

1. Change your environment – this could mean changing who you hang out with (believe it or not, you can find friends of any size, shape, color, or attitude – choose the ones that make you feel good long-term)

2. Instead of reaching for junk food, take a walk with some great music – this new coping mechanism will greatly improve your end result (feeling better and being more happy) while improving your health at the same time

3. Snack, a lot (on healthy food) – always keep snacks such as almonds and dried fruit around so you never feel starving (a sure way to go straight for bad food)

In Why Weight by Geneen Roth, the following guidelines for eating are provided to help food addicts quickly change their habits:

1. Eat when you are hungry.

2. Eat sitting down in a calm environment. This does not include the car.

3. Eat without distractions. Distractions include radio, television, newspapers, books, intense or anxiety-producing conversations, and music.

4. Eat only what you want.

5. Eat until you are satisfied.

6. Eat (with the intention of being) in full view of others.

7. Eat with enjoyment, pleasure, and gusto.

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Matt Clark
Co-Creator of The Source Diet