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Constant Nutrition Coaching
You will receive daily diet accounting and weekly nutrition coaching – not from a supplement salesperson, but a registered dietitian who helps you make choices that result in lasting change. We don’t administer or advocate any extreme diets, nor do we sell you microwaveable “meals.” Instead, we help you balance healthy foods in optimum amounts and ratios for maximum metabolism. We focus on helping you make healthy habit changes that can last a lifetime. Furthermore, our dietitian will visit your home monthly to make sure you are always improving your relationship with food, and seeing the progress you desire.
Consistent Exercise Training
This is where other companies stop. For us, workouts are just the beginning. By coming to your home, your personal trainer better learns your specific lifestyle challenges and can prevent them from becoming roadblocks on the path to your desired body and health. Our trainers are passionate professionals who possess a burning desire to see their clients achieve their goals. Educated and experienced, they know exactly what it takes to build a better body, and will push you in a positive manner until your goals become reality. No equipment? No problem. We don’t pressure you to buy space-robbing home gym equipment. We bring all the tools you need to succeed, each and every visit!
Complete Biometric Assessment
Our unique biometric assessments will give you the much-needed month-to-month motivation you need to hit your checkpoints on time and achieve your overall goals. We capture more than just your weight, analyzing body fat %, power-to-weight ratio, visceral fat level, heart rate, blood pressure, flexibility, multiple body measurements, photos at different angles, and more. You’ll be able to both celebrate your positive changes, as well as make any adjustments necessary to avoid stagnation. We also measure your adherence to your training and nutrition commitments, leaving no stone unturned on our quest to get you the body and life you crave.
Continual Progress Reports
Your own password-protected webpage complete with your ever-improving photos and 20 personal statistics will keep you excited on the journey to a new and better you. Use the data, charts, and scores to stay very aware of both your dedication to our program, and the results your commitment brings. Get the benefits of a biggest-loser style visual of your change, complete with every single metric graphed out over time in an informative and inspiring fashion. Don’t trust a training company that isn’t willing to hold up the mirror – both to their clients and to themselves. We hold you accountable to your goals, and hold ourselves accountable to your success.
Our Promise to You
We believe the human body was intelligently designed, and intelligently caring for it will yield the highest quality of life. Your amazing cardiovascular, endocrine, respiratory, reproductive, skeletal, digestive, and muscular systems are not accidents. (though you might think they look like they've crashed) Likewise, random nutrition and exercise won't form the body and life you desire. The right strategy, wisely implemented, and consistently adhered to over time, will produce the results you want. Just like your career and financial success were not randomly attained (even though some friends insist you are just lucky), your fitness success will not be randomly attained either. Here's the good news: we have the roadmap. And better yet - we have the systems to keep you on the right path. Isn't it time to raise the standard for your greatest asset - your health?
Other health and fitness companies might give you a personal trainer, but they don’t provide you additionally with a dietitian, routine monthly assessments, daily nutrition coaching, natural health consulting, and constant online access to all of your current and past biometrics.
Other personal trainers and coaches often operate on a whim, allowing you too many different holes and cracks to fall through and miss out on results. We have every tiny process, procedure, and strategy buttoned up ... so you see change.
Other personal training companies don’t save you time by coming right to you in your home, say nothing about bringing all necessary equipment with them each and every visit.
Other health and fitness companies want you to perform awkward exercises in front of an entire gym audience, while we allow you to push yourself physically in the comfort of your own home.
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1. We don’t know what a healthy total cholesterol number is, or even if there is one. If it exists, it might be just north of 200.
2. Some cholesterol actually helps to “patch” damaged blood vessels, so it might not be the demon we’ve made it.
3. Statins, which block the enzyme HMG-CoA Reductase to block cholesterol production, also unfortunately block CoQ10 production – vital for optimum cellular energy.
4. You could never eat another drop of cholesterol in your life and still have high levels, based on the body’s production response to diet, physical activity or the lack thereof, and stress.
5. Cholesterol is necessary for the production of steroid hormones like testosterone & prednisone. It’s also used to make the important and now-famous vitamin D.
6. HDL stands for “high-density lipoprotein” & LDL stands for “low-density lipoprotein,” so these are lipid/protein combinations.
7. The ratio of HDL (often labeled “good cholesterol”) to LDL (often labeled the “bad cholesterol”) is more important than total cholesterol.
8. Cholesterol is an important component of cell membranes, which regulate cellular permeability and protect organelles like mitochondria (which make cellular energy) and lysosomes (which dispose of cellular waste). […]
My guess is you have either had the creepy crud that is enraging the country, or know someone that has. Yes, it is “cold and flu season” again. And this year, it seems to be back with a vengeance! Approximately 50 million Americans will become infected with the flu this year, and millions more will experience common cold. Got your flu shot? Good for you. Even though you might have wasted some time, you are supporting our economy – and there is something to be said for that. If you got your shot and currently have the flu (my Facebook page is filled with these types of friends wondering what happened), you know what I’m talking about. If you got your shot and don’t have the flu, you have permission to be mad at me for insulting the shot. Please continue to believe it’s the shot that’s saving you from it. That belief alone is worth something in avoiding the flu – and again, there is something to be said for that 🙂
The truth is, you are exposed to the cold and flu virus all year long. However, when your immune system is strong and functioning properly, it wards off the virus and you don’t even know it’s there. Yet when your immune system is weak, the virus gets a foothold on your body. You begin to feel symptoms – sneezing, aching, coughing, etc. It’s worth knowing that these symptoms are … drumroll … not the sickness! What? That’s right, the “symptoms are the cure.” Your body creates mucus as a sort of protective coating, insulating bacteria, virus, and fungus. You sneeze to expel the coated toxins, and you cough away the buildup. Your muscles and joints can ache as your body repositions minerals and fluids to focus on more urgent threats to more vital systems. Yes, ironically, these symptoms are not the virus. They are signs your body is fighting the virus. Furthermore, they are signs that your body is having to fight harder than it should. The answer is a stronger immune system.
Your immune system can be weakened by any number of things, but in general it weakens when you’re not taking care of yourself. Think about our societal actions and the timing of cold and flu season. We are quick to blame the cooler weather, but is that all that’s at play? We start with Halloween candy and usually drag it on the munching until it’s all gone. Then we continue with Thanksgiving gorging, and eat on leftover pie for a week thereafter. Before we know it, it’s Christmas ham and cookies. Since there are so many social gatherings surrounding food and drink, physical activity goes down and alcohol and calories go up. Then we must welcome the New Year, which involves sleep deprivation and more alcohol. Then what? New Year’s resolutions! Time to sacrifice sleep again and get up at 5am to workout! Of course that’s tough … so enter lots of coffee, tea, or even red bulls, redlines, or any other legal liquid crack the stimulant industry comes up with next. And then what happens? Wham! I’m sick. Where did that come from? That stinking cold weather and that dang stuff “going around.” Kind of silly in perspective, isn’t it?
Here’s the good news. The truth is empowering: the most common 2 contributing factors, deficiency and toxicity, are also controllable. I know they seem basic, but if you are not already doing so, be sure to implement the following practices to keep your immune system strong, so you stay well. Unlike the other common lists you may have seen in news, you WON’T find washing your hands with antibacterial soap on this list. I know that sounds insane, but hey, today’s insanity is tomorrow’s genius. You see, you breathe in THOUSANDS of germs every moment. You CANNOT AVOID GERMS, so quit placing your focus … in the wrong place! Instead, focus on the terrain that the germs encounter. It’s much like the ancient Biblical parable of the seed and the sower, only in this case growth of the seed will be a bad thing. If you recall, it’s not THAT the seed landed on the ground that determined whether or not it would grew. It was WHAT TYPE OF GROUND the seed landed on. It makes a great parable because THE TYPE OF “GROUND” MATTERS. And so it is with germs. Is your body the perfect environment to provide a home to bad bacteria, viruses, and fungus? Or do you create the type of internal environment that fosters good function, health, and vitality? To quote Pierre Jacques Antoine Bechamp, the unfortunately underrated contemporary of Louis Pasteur, “The germ is nothing. The terrain is everything.” Wow, if only we would have understood the wisdom in that statement, in the century that he said it. We wouldn’t have had to wait 100 years to experience wellness again. […]
Step 0 (vital habit BEFORE you start eating)
You can only live for 4 minutes without oxygen, so oxygen is the first priority. Deep breathe 10 times prior to your first bite. The “French paradox,” the observation that the French don’t have our health problems, despite the lack of calorie restriction & food quality, is not attributed to their wine intake, like we once thought. Rather, it’s the patience with which they eat their meals, which decreases stress and raises the parasympathetic nervous system’s function, which improves the first stages of metabolism – digestion & nutrient absorption. No doubt you’ve experienced severe heartburn while trying to down a meal in 5 minutes in your car. This is just one evidence of how stress disturbs proper digestion. But just because you don’t take it to the point of experiencing heartburn, doesn’t mean you are providing the optimal setting to get the most from your meal. When you don’t get what the body needed from a meal, you brain says, “try again.” Now you are fighting your instincts, and it’s hard to win.
Drink your water next. You can live for only 4 days without water, so water is the next priority. Hydrolysis is one of the first steps of digestion, breaking larger food particles down to smaller ones. Water also dilutes blood sugar concentration, helping to control the insulin response that signals “storage” to the body. In addition, water helps alkalize our blood, from the outside-in, taking some of the burden off the body’s buffering systems, saving you both bone density (“saving” bicarbonate) & minerals. Leaving those minerals to be used in the function of your nervous and muscular systems can help your metabolism. Furthermore, research has demonstrated significant reduction in muscle contractile strength under dehydrated conditions. This means that workout intensity and the resulting calorie burn/muscle development and ultimately your resting metabolic rate will suffer without water. Long story short: drink your water. (& don’t poison it with artificial dyes & colors)
You can live without fruits & vegetables, but you can’t live without disease in their absence. Almost every major disease could be avoided if we actually ate 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables EVERY day. They reduce your risk of cancer, heart disease, arthritis, vision problems, diabetes, indigestion, diverticulitis, osteoporosis, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and list goes on … and on. Fruits & vegetables are packed with not only vitamins and minerals, but also enzymes, fiber, water, and a growing class of compounds that have come to be known as phytonutrients. This includes substances like lutein, lycopene, resveratrol, flavonoids, polyphenols, isoflavones, and more. You can survive without these, but you won’t enjoy your survival. Why not truly “find life” instead, and eat these vital (and original) components our diets? […]
In light of a French chant that became a popular English carol, we’re giving you 12 health tips, loosely based on the song that celebrates the twelve traditional festive days of Christmas:
A Partridge in a Pear Tree The perfect snack is a lean protein source and a piece of fruit, like turkey jerky & a pear. Fruit is also a great dessert. Slice a pear (or an apple), sprinkle with some cinnamon and stevia, and microwave for a couple minutes. You could even top the fruit with some oats or low-fat granola.
2 Turtle Doves Doves are a sign of peace. While the holidays are supposed to be a joyous and enjoyable time of year, preparation and travel often adds to our stress levels. This stress releases within our bodies the damaging hormone called cortisol. Sometimes family expectations over the holidays can increase stress. Remember the real reason for the season: a perfect gift for imperfect people. That proper perspective helps us forgive, which is the best weapon against stress – whether it’s forgiving others, or yourself.
3 French Hens Poultry is a great lean protein source and makes a good substitute for ham. Focus on the white meat and avoid eating the skin. This will save you tons of calories from fat, especially the saturated kind.
4 Calling Birds Finish drinking before the “last call.” Drink alcohol in moderation, avoid high calorie mixers like juice and soda, and sip on water between drinks to help you stay hydrated. Focus on the fellowship with friends and family more than the drink in your hand.
5 Golden Rings Golden rings remind me of commitment. Indecision and a wayward mind are unhealthy. The holidays are no time to let your commitments slide, especially commitments that keep you healthy. Disease doesn’t take a holiday break. In fact, it often gains its greatest advantage while people put healthy habits on pause, while eating poorly to boot. Keep your commitments and benefit from your fortitude.
6 Geese A-Laying Eggs are a great protein source because they have all nine essential amino acids, are easily digestible and can be very low calorie if you avoid the yolk. Keep eggs or natural egg whites around for a quick protein-packed breakfast, or include a hardboiled egg white at a snack or on a salad. […]
Yep, you heard me right. And this isn’t some scam, supplement, or quickly-reverting quick cleanse.
This is pure food science. Be warned, there is math ahead, but it’s nothing anyone who wants to lose weight can’t keep up with and fully understand.
Have you heard of TEF? Well it stands for “thermic effect of food.” You see, each macronutrient (protein, carb, fat) you eat burns a certain % of the calories it contains during the very digestion process. Here are the digestion burn rates:
Protein – 30%
Carb – 15%
Fat – 3%
Ok, so who cares? Well, let’s assume we have a 150 lb woman who doesn’t exercise and happens to average about 1500 calories per day.
This is the typical breakdown we see while looking at how prospects have been eating:
50% carbs = 750 cals
40% fat = 600 cals
10% protein = 150 cals
So how many calories is this person’s body burning per day, in simple response to food? Doing the math with the aforementioned burn rates, we arrive at:
50% carbs = 750 x .15 = 112.5
40% fat = 600 x .03 = 18
10% protein = 150 x .3 = 45
175.5 calories burned per day just because she ate … due to the T.E.F.
Now, here’s how she loses 9.5 lbs in 1 year without exercising, and without changing her calorie level: […]
Lights on the tree, and Christmas music playing on the radio…Yes, the holidays are in full swing! In the coming weeks you will be faced with multiple social gatherings and parties, all in celebration of this wonderful time of year! So, we thought it would be helpful to send a little holiday party survival guide to help with your waist-line during this festive season.
The reason you are at a party is to celebrate with friends, family and co-workers. Keep that, and these rules in mind to help you better navigate the party platters and open bar at your upcoming holiday gatherings.
Rule 1: Don’t show up to the party hungry! Try to eat a well-balanced meal or snack before heading to a party where there will be food and drinks. Arriving to a party on an empty stomach will most likely lead to reaching for, and gobbling down the first thing you see. Eating too quickly doesn’t allow enough time for your brain to recognize there is food in the stomach and may lead to second and third ( and maybe more) servings, leading to a VERY high caloric intake.
Rule 2: Allow yourself a couple food items. Don’t deprive yourself of yummy holiday treats. Instead, choose one or two food items to enjoy, eat slowly and savor each bite.
Rule 3: Survey the spread before choosing your food. If you don’t love it, don’t eat it. Look for the food items you LOVE and ones that you don’t come across often. Remember, it is not your job to sample all of the food on the buffet 🙂 […]
That’s right! If you don’t have some serious physical activity planned the day before Thanksgiving, get planning. Here’s why:
I’m sure you’ve heard by now that tomorrow, on Thanksgiving, the average American will consume 4500 calories and about 230 grams of fat. (the avergae caloric intake of a 450 lb man)
For those looking to at least maintain or even lose weight, the common strategy is to “work it off” after the fact. Well, you can get it done … but that will require 3x the effort than “working it off” BEFORE the fact.
Here is an important “fitness parable” that will explain what I mean. Picture it this way:
It’s your job to maintain the balance of liquid water in a bucket, not letting any convert to ice by spilling over onto the freezing ground. Of course you don’t want to completely run out of liquid water either – but that’s not a big concern considering you are getting it refilled 3-5x/day. Right now, your bucket is about 90% full because you are doing a good job of continually siphoning out water. Kudos.
Here’s the problem: your family has a plan to sabotage the balance of your bucket tomorrow. (what!?) Yep, they are planning on dumping a whole 50% of your bucket’s TOTAL capacity into it … in one day! That’s a problem, considering you are already 90% full. How do you plan to cope with that impending mess?
You’ve got 2 options: […]
1. A pig will eat anything: urine, feces, decaying flesh, maggots, and even the cancerous growths off other pigs. Their meat does not go unaffected. A cow, on the other hand, eats a vegetarian diet of mainly grass.
2. Pigs have but one stomach to digest their food, and subsequently absorb the toxins in their foul diet in about 4 hours. A cow actually has 4 stomachs to process & cleanse their food, helping to further filter their already cleaner diet over a much longer digestion period.
3. Pigs have more “bio-similarity” to humans than do cows. Hence, pig organs are less likely to be rejected by the human immune system, compared to organs from other animals. Though an advantage in surgical organ transplantation, this becomes a a big disadvantage when you consider the easy transfer of pork pathogens to humans.
4. Bacteria which becomes resistant to the antibiotics given to pigs is being passed back to humans. For example, Staphylococcus Aureus became resistant to tetracyclines and methicillins given to pigs. Now, ST398, a antibiotic-resistant strain of the infection, can now be found in humans. This trend will likely and dangerously continue. […]
In 1946, scientists made a discovery that we have unfortunately abused ever since: DNA can be transferred between organisms.
We are now reaping the “benefits” (read: sarcasm) of about 25 different genetically modified foods. In a cancer-filled world, you wouldn’t think that we could sleep at night while screwing with the DNA of life, but apparently, our collective conscience isn’t that sensitive. (Then again, to be fair, no one seems to be able sleep anymore either.)
I’d be surprised if you didn’t know anyone with allergies, asthma, autism, arthritis, or an auto-immune disorder. But, have you heard of “leaky gut syndrome,” and its close relationship to these ever-more-common conditions?
We have a big problem in America: increased gut permeability. That is, food particles, in pre-digested or only partially-digested form, are hitting our bloodstreams and shocking our systems. Not good.
Think about it: how long do you think your health would survive if you took a chicken breast through an IV, or bread, or yogurt, or even strawberries? Not long, right? Our bodies are designed to absorb food AFTER the digestion process. Even if the food is healthy, it isn’t healthy to your body when absorbed prior to digestion.
What might be the result of such food particles hitting the blood before being properly prepared by digestion? Well, in the best case scenario, irritation and inflammation. In the worst case, the immune system might be provoked into launching an attack, no doubt trying to protect itself from tissues contaminated with foreign particles.
So what in the world has caused this “leaky gut syndrome,” and how can we fix it?
Glad you asked! There is an “elephant in the room” when it comes to potential culprits: genetically modified corn
Now before you write me off as some “health nut on a high horse,” hear me out and finish reading. Then you can still write me off if you want, but at least you’ll learn something first 🙂 […]
That’s right. Americans purchase 600 million pounds of candy every year for Halloween! Insulin surges, acid-worn teeth, food-dye poisoned bodies, you name it – in close keeping with all the decorative skeletons, it’s quite the celebration of deterioration. Furthermore, keeping candy around the house for Halloween trick-or-treaters can be a big burden to your waist line. The “fun-sized” candy packs, with 100 calories and 3.5g of fat packed
into each small piece of food, contribute to a belly that’s anything but “fun size.” (unless of course you are one of those on youtube who enjoy making your stomach talk and sing) Just five of these a day on top of your normal caloric intake and you have gained 1 pound of pure fat in a week. See the picture on the right for a scary visual representation:
But you say … “I would never eat 5 in 1 day!” We all hope that’s true, but be sure to save your wrappers in a pile on the counter. You may be surprised by how quickly and easily these convenient snacks get consumed. The pile of wrappers can be a good reminder and deterrent.
Even the ultra-conservative (& often behind) American Medical Association recommends everyone take a Multi daily. The reasons are simple. Even if you eat a truly healthy diet (few of us even do that), we have deprived our soil of minerals (using chelating herbicides), and modified our foods to contain less nutrients (for taste, color, & sales). What kind should you take? All natural first of all.
7 Mistakes in Your Multivitamin
1. Use of synthetic vitamins – Just because a synthetic vitamin shares its chemical formula with a natural, doesn’t mean it shares its chemical structure. Picture your hands as vitamins. Each hand has five fingers, so we’ll label the chemical formula “F5.” So both are identical, right? That’s what proponents of synthetic vitamins will tell you. But you know better. Your right hand doesn’t work so well in a left-handed glove, does it? Vitamin E, for example: natural d-alpha tocopherol is a right-handed molecule, where synthetic dl-tocopherol (made from coal tar) is a left-handed molecule. Guess which one your body prefers?
2. Inclusion of artificial flavors – It’s bad enough that you have to check all your food for Splenda (sucralose), aspartame, acelsulfame K (6-methyl-1,2,3-oxathiazine-4(3H)-one 2, 2-dioxide), & saccharin. You shouldn’t have to check the product you are taking to make you healthier for these chemicals … but you do.
3. Inclusion of dyes and colors – With toxins like red 40 not even allowed in Europe, the mounting evidence against yellow 6, and large control group, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies showing cognitive upset with artificial colors in children, you’d think dyes and colors would be left out of at least our Multi’s. But profits win over our health yet again. Marketing studies show people more willing to take attractively colored pills, so we have colors to deal with now… and we’re the ones to blame.
4. Non-therapeutic doses of nutrients – Picture this “conversation”: Your doctor says that studies show that 100mg daily of a certain drug will save your life, and it comes in bottles of 120 pills, 25mg each. The bottle costs $50 / month. You say, “that’s great doc, but I only want to swallow 1 pill a day, not 4!” Doc says, “ok, I’ll have it made into 100mg pills.” You see it & say, “that pill is too big Doc, and it costs too much anyway” Doc says, “let’s just do this: take 1 of the swallowable size 25mg every morning and let’s hope for the best. That will also save you 75% on your cost.” You say, “ok Doc, sounds good. Everybody’s happy now!” Well that’s the conversation consumers have had with Multi manufacturers. And now everyone is “happily” wasting a “not-too-large” amount of money on worthless supplements while their health suffers. […]
So what was Thomas Jefferson’s “secret?” It was exercise. (how convenient for us, eh?) Furthermore, he was SERIOUS about it. Two-hours-a-day serious about it. Let this collection of his quotes on the matter educate and motivate you. Don’t cheat yourself by only reading a few short ones. Take 2 minutes and read them all. It’s interesting to read one’s perspective from so long ago, when horses instead of cars were used for transportation.
He warned against the gain of disease, and the loss of happiness – both results of avoiding exercise:
“Your love of repose will lead, in its progress, to a suspension of healthy exercise, a relaxation of mind, an indifference to everything around you, and finally to a debility of body, and hebetude of mind …”
He noticed that exercising people had better friendships:
“Exercise and application produce order in our affairs, health of body, chearfulness of mind, and these make us precious to our friends …”
He saw the decline in people’s health when replacing walking with “sitting” to get places:
“The Europeans value themselves on having subdued the horse to the uses of man. But I doubt whether we have not lost more than we have gained by the use of this animal. No one has occasioned so much the degeneracy of the human body. An Indian goes on foot nearly as far in a day, for a long journey, as an enfeebled white does on his horse, and he will tire the best horses. There is no habit you will value so much as that of walking far without fatigue.”
He purposely left time in the day for exercise:
“… leaving all the afternoon for exercise and recreation, which are as necessary as reading; I will rather say more necessary, because health is worth more than learning.”
He understood the influence of the body on the mind, and the mind’s dependence on the body:
“I give more time to exercise of the body than of the mind, believing it wholesome to both.” […]
You are being poisoned. It’s being done through the public water supply, and if you haven’t guessed what it is yet – without any further ado, it’s fluoride – a potent neurotoxin that harms multiple body functions. It’s not for me to say whether you are being PURPOSELY “dumbed down” as a sort of population control by those who both allowed and promoted the dumping of this substance into what you drink. I don’t buy that myself; but make no mistake, you ARE being dumbed down – both physically by swallowing it and figuratively by believing the lies. Ironically, your possible lack of outrage over the injustice could very well be due to the fluoride you’ve now got in your system. You see, it can make you more passive. More “go with the flow … whatever …” Do you know the name of the compound in Prozac? Fluoxetine. Interesting. With heavy fluoride exposure due to the contamination of our public water supply, not only your brain, but your thyroid, your bones, your joints and more … all have much to lose. But here’s the problem, by admitting their mistake and reversing the process, the government has much to lose as well. Namely, trust and reputation – in their minds at least. Do we really trust the government anyway? I guess many do. That’s part of the problem with our health.
Let’s start with some quotes, since some would immediately question my own credibility based the selection of letters after my name compared to the letters after some other names. I understand the suspicion, so let me allow some other people talk to you for a little bit:
Albert Schatz, Ph.D – “Fluoridation … it is the greatest fraud that has ever been perpetrated and it has been perpetrated on more people than any other fraud has.” (Discoverer of streptomycin and Nobel Prize Winner)
Dr. Charles Gordon Heyd – “I am appalled at the prospect of using water as a vehicle for drugs. Fluoride is a corrosive poison that will produce serious effects on a long range basis. Any attempt to use water this way is deplorable.” (Former president of the American Medical Association)
Kathleen Thiessen, PhD – “Many Americans are exposed to fluoride in the ranges associated with thyroid effects, especially for people with iodine deficiency” … “The recent decline in iodine intake in the U.S could contribute to increased toxicity of fluoride for some individuals”
Dr. Griffin Cole, dentist in Austin, TX: “I still don’t think it’s enough, honestly” … “I don’t think there should be fluoride in the water at all… Ingesting fluoride in any form does nothing for your teeth”
You should definitely continue researching on your own, but to summarize for you the scary findings of many scientific studies, fluoride:
-increases lead absorption
-blocks enzymatic activity
-causes fluorosis (obviously, hence the name of the problem)
-harms the brain (124 studies indicating this, including the lowering of children’s IQ)
-disrupts the synthesis of collagen
-accelerates tumor growth
-interferes with the immune system
-inhibits antibody formation
And contributes to:
Avoid it by drinking reverse osmosis or distilled water. Refrigerator filters help with chlorine, but do not remove fluoride. If you drink bottled water, make sure it is purified by reverse osmosis and that they have not added fluoride back in post purification.
Think fluoride taken internally is at least good for the teeth? Think again. […]
You see all kinds of estimates on weight loss, [First Name]. It’s 50% diet, 50% exercise, or maybe it’s 25% diet, 75% exercise, and so on and so forth. Let’s examine the implications of those statements and come to a deeper understanding of what all affects our weight on a week to week basis. We are about to get technical, but stay with me through this detailed explanation and you at least won’t ever forget the point I’m making. Neither will you doubt it’s validity, and hopefully you’ll act on its truth.
Here’s the WEEKLY WEIGHT BALANCE EQUATION below (apart from the effects of water retention and the thermogenic effects of particular nutrients). Look at the formula below and think about it for a moment (I hope you haven’t forgotten algebraic terms).
Looking at the left side of the formula:
There are 4 calories in a gram of carbs, 4 in a gram of carbohydrate, 9 in a gram of fat, and 7 in a gram of alcohol. There are also 7 days in a week. Now look at the equation again and you should understand the 1st number of every term on the left side of the equation. The left side is your total “energy in.”
Considering the right side of the formula, now (energy out):
We all have an RMR, or resting metabolic rate, which is the number of calories your body would burn if you were seated in that chair all day long. This RMR is mostly due to your frame, muscle (just 1 of the reasons resistance training is important), and cardio conditioning, while only fractionally due to the amount of fat you are carrying.
Your Lifestyle Activity Factor is the % of calories above your RMR that you burn in your daily activities, outside of purposeful exercise. A construction worker’s LAF might be 80%, or RMR x 1.8, while a software engineer’s LAF might be 20%, or RMR x 1.2.
Your exercise intensity could be expressed by your average caloric burn per workout. For example, you estimate your burn with something like a heart rate monitor and total an average of 600 calories per 45 minute training session. Your exercise frequency, obviously, is the number of times in a week you do that exercise and burn those 600 calories.
Let’s bring this formula to life for a moment. Consider a typical 250 lb male eating 2500 calories a day. (if that sounds high, record your diet for a while and you might be surprised to see where you are at). If that person is eating the usual 15% protein, 35% fat, 45% carbs, 5% alcohol, and only 10g of fiber (like many of our clients when they start with us), here’s what their left side number equates to: […]
The usual words of “wisdom” you hear are “DON’T burn any bridges.” Well, I’m calling that out as terrible advice.
Although there are some situations where keeping a “bridge” intact is a smart move, it’s also a crutch many lean on when they lack the strength to leave something behind and give all-out commitment to the new and better thing.
It could be a bad relationship you won’t let go that hinders your ability to find a good one. It could be a part-time job you keep as ” backup ” that distracts you from the full potential of the new one. It could be an old friend that’s worth dropping because they just bring you down or stress you out. It could even be be a piece of furniture you want to keep even though it clutters your house and takes away from the nicer piece you already bought. You get the point.
Well when it comes to health and fitness, this failure to burn bridges allows people to cross back over the canyons they conquered, right back to same poor habits and choices they had previously left. It’s unfortunate, and it tells me that they really didn’t get it or understand it at the deepest level. There was no solid conviction that said “never again.” In effect, they didn’t burn the bridge.
Just like the aforementioned examples, there are some foods, some drinks, some behaviors that are worth leaving … for good. Burn the bridge. Don’t allow yourself a way back.
What’s that look like? First of all, get that particular food you supposedly gave up out of the house. Secondly, tell your family you are never eating it again. Furthermore, tell your friends it’s something you are permanently dropping from your diet because it simply holds you back from what you really want. Guess who will remind you of that commitment in case you forget? You better believe it – your friends and family. And is that a bad thing? Nope, not at all. Because you have left it behind, and in a moment of potential weakness, you’d rather not hear it from your friends and family than partake. That does nothing but help you, right?
Here’s another bridge to burn: those clothes that are now too big that you still have sitting in your closet. Why? In case you go back? Why even think that way? Get rid of them! You aren’t going back, right? And if for some crazy reason you do, you should incur the expense of the poor decision. You see, the more penalties you put in place for yourself going the wrong direction, the less likely you will be go that way! Stop making it comfortable and easy to fail. It’s the first step of success. […]
Everyone and their mother will tell you that age negatively affects their metabolism.
Sure, it’s a quick and easy way to explain why you “just aren’t as thin as you once were,” but is your chronological age truly to blame for all the weight gain?
Do we see a general increase in weight as people in our society get older? Certainly we do. There seems to be a “correlation,” but is it “cause and effect?”
It’s not exactly the turning of the clock that does it.
It’s the loss of lean body mass, and that’s exactly what researchers cite when explaining our “situation.”
In a rather oxymoronic statement, we say “metabolism declines naturally 2-3% per decade, with the loss of lean body mass.”
The next question one should be asking is “do we naturally lose lean body mass?” […]
Seems these days that everyone who takes a walk around the block “needs” fluid, sugar, and electrolytes…and they need it now! Maybe even before the walk, maybe a bit after the walk, and of course during the walk. Really? Gatorade, Powerade, and all the other “ades” out there are over-marketed, and WAY over-consumed. They benefit certain hard-charging, long-enduring athletes, but slow down the efforts of many users that don’t fit the originally-intended user profile. Granted, especially in this heat, a walk around the block probably warrants extra fluid intake – but do you need a “sports drink?” What if you ran around three blocks? Congrats, but your body can give you a lot more effort than that before it needs help from high-fructose corn syrup, red #40, and a multi-billion dollar corporation. Let’s look at why these are overrated for most people:
Reason #1 : Sports drinks like Gatorade are useful when they aid the liver in increasing blood glucose supplied to the muscle. Your muscles rely on glucose from the liver, through the blood, after they run out of stored glycogen. Endurance athletes call this point “hitting the wall,” as it slows one down every time. However, your muscles store over 2 hours worth of glucose in the form of glycogen, more ready to use than anything in your blood. The only people who deplete these stores are those exercising intensely for more than 2 hours. Even then, depending on the person and how “loaded” those muscles are, they may not run out for about 3 hours. Most people do not exercise intensely (burning 600-900 calories/ hour for example) for more than 2 hours at a time, and never come close to “hitting the wall” or relying on glucose making it’s way through the blood from the liver. Furthermore, endurance athletes can use a technique called “carb loading” to almost double the amount of glycogen that the muscles can hold – very beneficial for delaying the “wall hit” and improving times.
Reason #2 : Sports drinks are liquid sugar (granted, with a few electrolytes). Most people are exercising for weight loss rather than performance. If you are trying to burn fat stores and extra calories, why drink more calories at the same time? That’s like trying to put out a fire while you throw lit matches at it. It “don’t make sense.” What about the low calorie versions? This cracks me up. Remember the purpose of such a sports drink? To replenish blood glucose when the muscles run out. If you start removing the glucose, you remove the original purpose. So why remove the glucose? To sell more to people trying to lose weight. Save your money. Drink water. Take your multivitamin twice a day, every day (the good ones will require multiple pills), and get your 5 handfuls of fruits and veggies. You’ll have plenty of electrolytes to fuel those workouts. And since you are eating every 3 hours, you’ll have a nice recovery meal inevitably planned post-workout. […]
Top Seven Reasons to Increase Protein Intake When Trying to Lose Fat
1. Satiety: protein is MUCH more filling than carbohydrates, helping you to reduce caloric intake by making you feel full faster.
2. TEF: or “Thermic Effect of Food.” Your body burns twice as many calories simply digesting protein compared to carbohydrates.
3. Lean Muscle Support: Your RMR (resting metabolic rate), which is largely determined by the amount of muscle you carry, has a much greater influence on maintaining ideal body fat % than the 500 calories you burnt yesterday during your workout. So be sure to “collect” the lean muscle you earned through all that hard work by eating the protein your body needs to build it! […]
If you are a living and breathing human being, then you have probably heard the news that the “weight-loss” drug HCG is back on the market. That’s right, I said back on the market. HCG is not something new, although many people may think that it is the latest weight loss miracle drug. HCG was introduced in the 1950s and became popular in the 1970s. Now it is back and more popular than ever. But before we get into why I believe this drug is absolute nonsense, let’s take a closer look into HCG.
Human chorionic gonadotrophin (HCG) is a hormone that is found in the urine of females during the early stages of pregnancy. When a woman takes a home pregnancy test, the prevalence of HCG is what indicates the positive response. It has many functions during pregnancy, but is thought to be especially important in repelling immune cells of the mother to protect the fetus in the first trimester. HCG is also believed to convert fat to calories for use by the baby (when the mother is not consuming enough), which in turn may speed up the mother’s metabolism. Make a note here, this hormone is found in high concentrations in PREGNANT women. If you are not a pregnant woman, your body does not produce HCG – which means your body does not need it! It certainly doesn’t need the potential side effects either: increased anger and mood swings, feeling sluggish, stomach ache, pelvic pain, muscle cramps, lumps, swollen feet and hands, as well as hunger (interesting). Wait, much like drug commercials, I’m not done yet: increased risk of blood clots, headaches, restlessness and depression. Last but not least, considering HCG has been approved by the FDA as a fertility drug, you may feel a bit like you are pregnant, complete with breast tenderness and water retention. (maybe you wives could use it to get back at your husbands!) HCG can also cause a potentially life-threatening condition called ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (umm…no thank you.)
HCG actually became popular more than 50 years ago because of a doctor (and I use that term loosely) named Albert T. Simeons. This guy believed that injecting HCG into dieters would enable them to sustain a very low calorie diet (VLCD) of 500 calories without feeling hungry. Simeons also claimed that HCG would mobilize stored fat, suppress appetite, and redistribute fat from the waist, hips, and thighs.
Now let’s think about this. If you were to consume 500 calories a day, of COURSE you are going to lose weight. You are starving your body! If I put you on a 500-calorie diet and told you to do handstands all day long, would you believe it was the handstands that caused the weight loss or the caloric restriction? (If you said handstands then we need to talk). Not only is this diet completely insane, it is dangerous. Your body is not getting the nutrients that it needs and it will affect you in a negative manner. The concept of a VLCD has been around for years and it is frowned upon. Simeons simply found a way to make it more enticing by adding a “miracle” drug to the mix. […]
You know. some “secrets” in life can be complex – like the 300 pages that snuck into the already 2,000+ page health care bill at 3am the day congress was to vote on it. And then some secrets are simple – like cutting the capital gains tax to encourage investment and business growth. Today’s secret[…]
I thought you would enjoy this list of my Favorite Funny Vintage WeightLoss Ads!
Weight Loss Sugar – Pre-lunch ice cream cone for weight loss? This I could do … and I know which of our clients are smiling at the thought too (don’t even think about it!)
Weight Loss Tape Worms – This I could not do. By the way, this isn’t just a thing of the past. Thankfully, America has banned it. Now if we could just ban gastric bypass … oh wait … it was banned before… but it was called something else … now it has a new name … so it’s safe and healthy now … that’s right … I forgot.
Weight Loss Braces – This is how spot-reducing used to work. We are no longer this foolish, right? Now we “know” we have to exercise certain areas to burn fat in those areas. We’ve really come far, haven’t we? (please sense sarcasm)
Weight Loss Belts (for men) – “Endorsed by physicians” to help “reduce” you and replace fat with “normal tissue” …. and cheaper than professional weight loss massage! Good thing massage doesn’t burn fat. We’d never get paid for the work that we are selling!)
So what’s the secret?
In a word: faith. Harvard University researchers conducted a study involving over 80 hotel room cleaning attendants.These folks were from seven different hotels. The attendants were split into two groups.
The first group was told how beneficial to their health their line of work was. After all, many of them cleaned at least 15 rooms per day.This first group was also informed of how many calories they burned each day. Plus, they were given a handout to look at on a daily basis that showed them how many calories each activity they did burned (i.e. vacumming, scrubbing, changing sheets, etc).
The second group was not informed of how many calories their work burned. Also, they were not told that their line of work was in fact very good exercise for their body.Researchers made sure that the lifestyles of these cleaning attendants stayed the same. Meaning, that they didn’t start changing their exercise or eating habits at home. Also, hotel managers made sure that the attendants all had the same workload.
The result? […]
I’m always amazed when I see “experts” on TV claiming that “a calorie is a calorie is a calorie.” Really? If that were true, then I could eat 3,000 calories a day of pure fiber and not budge the scale needle (whose scale still has a needle?) …or 3000 calories per day of pure alcohol and tip the scales in the exact same fashion. Truth be told, I’d probably end up in a coffin shortly after either situation. You see, neither alcohol or fiber provide the glucose (blood sugar) that’s necessary for your brain to function. (brain function is a good thing)
Now, if switching up the types of calories in your diet could take away life and render you dead weight, regardless of a quantity change, doesn’t it stand to reason that the same done correctly could add life, bringing you closer to your ideal weight? (run-on award goes here). It definitely can. Even if you didn’t care about getting healthier, changing the quality of your calories without touching the quantity can still help you lose weight.
Let’s start with the fiber I mentioned previously. As you know from every cereal box marketing message with even the smell of whole grain, it’s very good for you, cleaning house for your digestive system and helping keep your blood lipid profile in check. It also aids in curbing your appetite. One thing is doesn’t do though, is convert to blood sugar. And guess what, as a carbohydrate that doesn’t convert to blood sugar, it doesn’t get stored in the muscles, doesn’t overflow the liver, and doesn’t get converted to fat. But just as the recently birthed “Net Carb Quantity” label on protein bars has taught you, fiber still gets pegged with 4 calories per gram. So what’s my point in all this rambling? If someone were maintaining weight while eating just 2 grams of fiber per day and upped it to 30g, simply replacing existing other calories, they’d start to lose weight. […]
Perhaps you are as weird as I am: when you go to change lanes while driving, you see if you can get between those pesky lane marker bumps. Doesn’t it grind on you when the tires and vehicle vibration reveal to you that you have failed even at your self-produced and seemingly easy challenge?
Well here’s how to win that game, and it’s the same secret that will help you avoid the pesky bumps in life when it’s “time to change lanes.” […]
I can’t say this enough. In the battle for your health and fitness, body composition is a more important measure than weight. Now keep in mind, however, a 5ft, 300lb person is not going to build enough muscle to warrant not losing any weight before getting to goal. But the proper journey won’t necessarily involve a linear decrease on the scale. Most people who are over-fat are also under-muscled. In fact, that lack of muscle is one of the big reasons for the slow metabolism that contributed to the weight gain.
Check out the visual difference between 5 lbs of fat and 5 lbs of muscle. The fat is almost twice as large, doesn’t help you perform, and takes away from a smooth and sculpted look. You can easily see how that dimply piece of lard is ruining your image. More dangerous than it’s appearance, however, is its ability to impede proper organ function and literally stop you dead in your tracks. Yes, you need some. But as one person once told their significant other, “Honey, you are all I could ever want and more. It’s the more I have the problem with…”
As you improve the quality of your diet and challenge your body through resistance training, you will build some muscle. And that my friend, is a wonderful thing. Muscle gives you more strength, more shape, better posture, a faster metabolism, and a host of other benefits! […]
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