Weight Loss Tips To Get Shredded

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There's No Shortcuts to a Six Pack

Here’s my Top 4 Weight Loss Tips for men or women who want to burn the fat and feed the muscle.

  1. Get your workouts done quickly. Start using Supersets if you aren’t already. You’ll get more work done in less time and truthfully, you’ll bump up your metabolism and increase your rate of fat burning while working out with weights.
  2. Interval training. There’s some strong evidence to show that doing interval training can help burn more fat in less time. While I do believe that, I mix my workouts up to have some cardio sessions at a moderate intensity for 40 minutes and other sessions will be high intensity styles. It’s definitely something to look into if you are trying to strip away body fat. I’d even go so far as to say if you are advanced, you do add 2 sessions per day for no more than 30 days. I’m a firm believer in the less is more approach but sometimes when you are doing less, you have a lot of areas when you can tweak your cardiovascular program and use it as a fat stripping tool.
  3. Make weight resistance your #1 priority. As you build more muscle, your metabolism will increase. This means, if you put on a pound of muscle, you could burn approximately 30-35 extra calories per hour because of that (varies for conditions and is not set in stone).  The more muscle you can build, the leaner you will become. If your goal is to build muscle or burn fat, weight training needs to be the foundation of your program.
  4. Dial in your nutrition. Make your meals at home and ensure you are eating 5-6, smaller but frequent performance meals. There’s quite a lot you can do when it comes to nutrition from carbohydrate cycling, nutrient ratio manipulation or just generally tightening up your diet to eliminate processed foods. All too often people have so-so nutritional habits and immediately look to a fat burner, some diet tea or detoxification formula when all it really would take it a few minutes analyzing your current eating plan and making some minor adjustments.

Sure, there’s a heck of a lot more to it than just these 4 little tips but let me leave you with this.

The ONE thing that literally saved me was something Dave Draper said in his book, “Brother Iron, Sister Steel.”

Consistency!

“There are no secrets. You simply have basic God-given genetics, body chemistry and bone structure. And provided the attributes of discipline and determination, you apply yourself full bore, and your body potential emerges, slow and sure.” - Dave Draper

Women Who Lift Weights Turn Into Men?

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There’s a big myth that women have to train different then men. They don’t. They can lift weights, do the same exercise, build a little muscle, become stronger and still be 100% female. Building muscle isn’t all that easy right? You don’t just do some weights and have a 21″ inch arms the next month.

My point is…

Women can do the same things as men do. And even lift heavy if they desire to grow muscle rather then maintain.

A little muscle tone is not a bad thing right? And the only way to grow muscle is to stimulate it. I’m not suggesting females go bench 315 lbs tomorrow but there’s no need to grab the pink weights and do 100 reps either while they sit there looking unchallenged and bored.

If they are worried about a particular body part taking over and making them out of proportion, then just hit them lightly and focus on the rest of the body. Just maintain them. Do not push or challenge them and they will just stay the same while the rest of her body grows, adapts and changes to fit her desired look.

I see women all the time at the gym with the tiniest weight. Because they don’t want to get big and bulky like a man. But they also look bored and just doing it because somebody told them lifting weights was something they should do.

Unless your one of the few females that has as much testosterone as most men, it’s not going to happen.

A key to muscle growth is testosterone. Females do not have high levels of it, therefore, even if they worked out like men do, with heavy weights, she is not going to suddenly become manly, bulky and bulging with muscles.

Granted, there are some females who do have high levels but it’s pretty rare. Don’t worry…

Despite what you may have heard… there’s really no such thing as toning. I’m sure to get flack for that statement but let me explain. There’s three things you can do to a muscle.

-Build it

-Maintain it

-Lose it

Toning is really for most people, the process of building muscle so there’s something to show… and once they are happy with the appearance, they maintain it. For all these reasons…

It’s important to understand that when you pick up a weight, the main goal is to work the muscle. If it’s not at all challenging, then why bother? Resistance training has a purpose. To keep your muscles healthy, your bones strong and your mobility. The older you get, the more muscle you want as it will keep you living healthier. And the older you get the more muscle you tend to los’e. Another reason to build muscle thru your life and not let it wither away because of atrophy.

But I’m getting way ahead of myself! Many women are worried about getting bulky if they workout weight weights.

There’s a simple solution to that. How about just build muscle until she’s satisfied with her appearance. Once she reaches that level, she can back off and just maintain. At that point, there’s no need to stimulate new muscle growth but you can use resistance training to maintain an appearance.

This is where ‘toning’ comes in. Toning to me at least, means maintaining the muscle’s natural tone thru resistance. Keeping it in the shape it is currently.

Also keep in mind that a muscle will appear more tone when body fat is removed from the area.

So that’s why cardio is an important aspect as well if she is looking to lean up. But as I’ve said before, there can be such a thing as too much cardio. So no need for marathon sessions please.

Bottom line…

In general women do not need any different routines then a man. It’s the myth that has been around forever that men lift weights, women do cardio. It’s simply wrong.

About the Author: Marc David is the editor of BodybuildingSecretsLive and author of NoBull Bodybuilding and Shredded Abs. Get more from Marc on Twitter.

How to Build Muscle Size and Strength Fast Using “Death Sets”

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This article was submitted by Derek Manuel, owner of Hardgainers Weight Tips.  See Hardgainers Weight Tips for more information on packing on quality muscle mass without the fat.

If you really want to know how to build muscle size and strength as fast as humanly possible, study the old-timers. Long before steroids and the BILLION dollar supplement industry, there was a time when men trained with nothing but heavy iron and a grueling will to build size and strength. One very distinguishing factor between strength trainers and bodybuilders of yesterday and today was the intensity of their training.

One training technique they used that is very rare to see today is something called “Death Sets.” By the name alone, you can tell they definitely aren’t a walk in the park. But what they give you is results. Real results, and faster then any supplement or home gym can promise. In fact, applied properly with the right food to eat to build muscles, they can very well be the fasted way to build muscle and gain weight.

I had first read about death sets in a one of the greatest books ever written on strength training, Dinosaur Training, by a man named Brooks D. Kubik. If you are a hardgainer, or someone really serious about training for strength and size, then death sets can and will slap more pounds of muscle and strength on your frame then practically any other way of training. They are perhaps the most intense type of training you may ever do, but like I said, the results you get will be like nothing else. So if you really, really want to learn how to build muscle size and strength faster then ever before, and aren’t afraid of some hard work, these are for you.

So what exactly are death sets and how do you do them? Death sets were properly named because they trigger what Kubik calls the “Grow or Die” mechanism. Unlike conventional training, they really work you closer to your absolute limit like nothing else. Basically, death sets are heavy, high rep training. Sounds like a paradox, doesn’t it? Normally, you either train with heavy weight and low reps, or with lighter weight and high reps. So how in the world do you train with heavy weight and still do a high amount of reps? Two factors: certain compound exercises and mental toughness. Death sets are not meant for your smaller muscle groups like arms or neck, but rather for the big muscle groups such as your legs and lower back.

Though you can apply death sets with most larger muscle groups, performing squats or deadlifts with them are by far the most grueling, but effective. Since our legs can withstand much more physical endurance then the rest of our body, (given that we walk and stand on them all day long) it is very hard to reach their limit. And your body will do everything it can to get your mind to quit before your body. But you have to train your mind to withstand pain and accomplish your goal. Even though squats and deadlifts are known as mainly leg exercises, you can no doubt expect your whole body to grow. The intensity will include your whole body to come into action, and as a result the rest of your muscles will benefit, especially doing stiff-legged deadlifts.

Some examples of death sets are 15, 20 and even up to 30 reps of squats or deadlifts, but with HEAVY weight. Heavy enough to where you feel finished at the tenth rep. But this is where your will power and focus come into play. This is a good test of your mental strength, because as soon as you even think about quitting or giving up, your body will do it. This is why it is so important to mentally prep yourself before the set, and to stay in that animal instinct throughout the whole set.

The good news is that you only have to do one of these sets per exercise, two at the maximum. But after you are finished you will feel completely wiped out. You may throw up or feel like passing out, but as long as you complete the set and make sure to nourish your body after with plenty of good food and rest, your body will grow. You certainly won’t grow overnight, this is at least a two month process; but if you work hard enough and build up to heavy enough weight, your body will literally transform. Your mental toughness will also develop and you will eventually become as tough as nails both physically and mentally. Now that’s a true strength trainer!

So if you got the guts, give these a try, but remember not to do too many other exercises in your program along with them. You can very easily overtrain with these, especially if you are a hardgainer. Just a couple other major compound exercises for your upper body should be plenty, and don’t neglect proper nutrition and plenty of rest or you will be completely wasting your time and effort. This is perhaps the best way on how to build muscle size and strength fast.

This article was submitted by Derek Manuel, owner of Hardgainers Weight Tips.  See Hardgainers Weight Tips for more information on packing on quality muscle mass without the fat.

Gym Advice – Some of the Worst

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“Lift heavy and eat big.”

Might be fine at age 18-25 but once you get any type of injury or you start to gain any fat, you’ve got very limited options.  That usually comes from two people….

  1. A current or past Mr. Olympia
  2. Somebody under 28 years of age

There’s a heck of a lot more to bodybuilding.  It’s not overly complex I will agree but it’s also not that simple.  And if you leave yourself in such a simplistic state of mind, when something happens (no gym, no heavy weights, injury, etc) you don’t have a good arsenal of other things you can do.

When I injured my shoulder, the “lift heavy” was bullshit.  Not possible.  I had to find other things to do with much lighter weight to overload my shoulders without pushing heavy weight.  Luckily I had so many options to choose from that my shoulders grew in size using nothing heavier than a 30 lb weight.

I get the point of the phrase… I do.  It’s why many people fail to make adequate progress.  But it’s far to simple and if you don’t move beyond that line of thinking, you’ll be one of the many that will be forced at some point.

Lift heavy, eat big but realize there’s more to the sport than lifting heavy ass weight and there’s about 1000 other ways to grow muscle without adding on pounds per week.

“Training is more important than nutrition.”

The point, if your nutrition is not up to par, you cannot support the growth and recovery for a hard training session.  It’s as simple as that.

Training harder is not the always the answer depending on your level of experience.  Are you a beginner?  Or have you been training for a while and got all those fundamentals under control?

“You can’t out-train a lousy diet!”
Famous lines used by strength coaches all over

“Bodybuilding is 80% nutrition” - Vince Gironda

Your nutrition must be up to par to support the harder training you may do.  If you simply train harder and you nutrition is not on the same level or higher, you can and will take steps backward.

Let’s put it this way…  nutrition is always CRITICALLY important….

It’s more important that beginner’s should focus on nutrition… because their diet is usually a mess to begin with.

At an advanced level where all the fundamentals are in place, improvements in nutrition become less significant and changes in training can make the most changes.  In which case, your training is more of a focal point.

It depends on where you currently are now with your training to really answer that in a general fashion.

“This macronutrient and calorie counting stuff is A HUGE WASTE OF TIME”

First off… Learning about nutrition is critical to success.  The initial baby-steps you take like calorie counting are an important part of this learning process.  Over time and once you learn the basics, it’s not as necessary.  Remember when you learned how to write?

You didn’t just start writing a novel.  Small sentences and words is not a huge waste of time when learning how to write and neither is counting calories and learning about nutrient ratios.

Maybe you don’t want to sweat the small stuff but you better know how to do the small stuff because it’s usually the simple things that hamper your progress.  For starters…

It’s not a bad idea to count calories and learn about macro nutrient ratios.  When you get stuck at 12% body fat and you can’t go any lower, the old trainer harder isn’t going to get you to 6% body fat and competition shape.

“Eat candy, junk food, whatever you can to gain weight.”

As I say… Lazy bodybuilders.  And downright the stupidest advice I ever received when I was in high school from the local guru.  There’s just no excuse for having bad nutrition to do anything in life unless you are just too lazy to do the right thing.  What’s next, how to brush your teeth with milkshakes to gain weight?

QUESTION:

Have you ever received any bad gym advice?  If so, I’d love to hear them.

How To Lose 20 Pounds Really, Really Fast

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After the latest comment wars on the Flat Belly Diet,  I stated that weight loss is irrelevant without a frame of reference.  This generated some feedback from people who wanted to be encouraged about their weight loss no matter what it was (water, fat or muscle).   I stand by that going by the numbers on a scale is the wrong way to go about it.  Maybe this guest article will make the point I was attempting to get across.

This article was submitted by Tom Venuto, author of Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle (rss feed). See Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle for more information on burning fat the right way.

Back “in the day” when I was a full time personal trainer and I met with weight loss clients in person at my New Jersey Health Club, the first thing I would always ask during the initial consultation was:

“Tell me what you want… and I’ll show you how to get it.”

Typical reply from client:

“I want to lose 20 pounds fast.”

My reply:

“Are you SURE that’s what you want? …If I can show you how to lose 20 pounds REALLY fast, will that make you happy?”

They nodded their head affirmatively as their eyes lit up in anticipation of the rapid weight loss secrets I was about to reveal…

Their face went white when – with a totally straight face – I pulled out a hacksaw and started walking towards them…. menacingly.

Not sure whether to laugh or run in sheer terror, they said,

“What the heck are you doing?”

“You said you wanted to lose 20 pounds fast. This is the easiest, surest, most effective way I know to take 20 pounds off you FAST! In fact, I figure that right leg of yours might even weigh 25 pounds!”

I kept walking closer and started to get into sawing position, wielding my fast, effective and guaranteed weight loss tool…

“Bear with me because this IS quick, but sometimes it takes a few minutes for me to cut through the bone.”

By this time, my client (and I) are either completely cracking up, I have seriously scared the living you know what out of them, or they just think I’m a complete lunatic… (depends on whether I was able to keep a straight face or not)

Finally, the light bulb goes on, and my client would see where I was going with this:

“Okay, smart alec,” I get it… I don’t want to lose WEIGHT, I want to lose FAT.”

Sometimes I would be having so much fun, I would just keep on playin’…

“But why not? This is easy, fast and guaranteed – just what everyone wants these days… it’s even better than taking a pill! Come on… let me hack it off! You’ll be my next testimonial: ‘I lost 20 pounds in 5 minutes!’ Imagine what that will do for my business!”

“Very funny. I told you, I get it! I want to lose FAT, not muscles and bones. I need my leg!”

Naturally, of course, I don’t always have to pull out my trusty blade. Every once in a while… about as often as a total solar eclipse… a client answers my question like this:

“What do I want? Tom, I want to lose 20 pounds of body fat in the next 12 weeks. I want to do it slowly, safely and healthfully and then keep it off permanently. I want all the fat around my hips and thighs completely gone and I want a firm flat stomach. I want muscle all over my body while still looking feminine. I’d like to see myself at about 16% body fat and maintain all my muscle or gain a few pounds of lean mass if I can, especially in my arms. This is important to me because I want to set a good example for my kids, I want to be healthy and live to at least 90 and I want my husband to look at me and say, “I love your body,” and I want to be able to *honestly* say back to him, “me too!”

It is on these rare occasions that I know there is still intelligent life on this planet.

If you could answer the question, “What do you want” with the lucidity, clarity and specificity that this woman did, I don’t think you would ever have any difficulty reaching your health and fitness goals… or any other goal in your life, for that matter.

Her answer was what you call a very “well-formed” goal, backed up with lots of emotional motivation-inducing “reasons why.”

“I want to lose weight” is a poorly-formed goal.

“Weight” is not the same as “fat.” Weight includes muscle, bone, internal organs as well as lots and lots of water.

If you only learn ONE thing from all my newsletters, articles and books, PLEASE learn this:

WHAT YOU REALLY WANT IS TO BURN THE FAT, WHILE KEEPING THE MUSCLE!!!!

FAT LOSS is what you want, not weight loss.

If your body were 100% rock-solid muscle, with absolutely nothing that jiggled (unless it was supposed to), would you care how much you weighed?

I bet you wouldn’t! And if that’s true, then…

STOP WORSHIPING THE SCALE AND START MEASURING YOUR BODY COMPOSITION!

By measuring your body fat, you take the guesswork out of your health and fitness plan and you get an accurate picture of what’s really happening in your body as a result of your diet and exercise program.

Instead of worrying about whether you are losing muscle, or wondering if you are losing fat, you can measure it and KNOW for sure. (I always get a good chuckle when someone tells me they’re worried about losing muscle when they don’t even measure how much muscle they have!)

Instead of being confused by all the “opinions” from weight loss and exercise “experts” who are all telling you something different, you can MEASURE your body composition and based on the results, you can KNOW for sure whether your program is working.

A very wise man once said,

“A single measurement is worth a thousand opinions.”

So, how do you measure body fat?

Thanks to technology, there are some methods today that are so accurate, they can tell you whether your left pinky has more fat than your right pinky! Unfortunately, many of them are either too expensive or they are inaccessible, being found only in hospitals or research facilities

If you want to learn a LOT about various body fat testing methods, chapter 3 of my e-book, Burn The Fat Feed The Muscle goes into great detail about the pros and cons of all the various fat testing methods. Instead of re-hashing it all here, let me give you three quick and easy, practical suggestions:

Suggestion 1: Have a trainer or fitness professional measure you if this service is available at your local health club. Sometimes, there’s a charge – usually $15 – $25, although some clubs offer the service for free to all their members.

Suggestion 2: Purchase an Accu-measure skinfold caliper.

The Accu-measure was designed to allow you to measure your own body fat in the privacy of your own home (you don’t need someone else to measure you)

Some people wonder if this is really accurate. Truth is, it’s not quite as accurate as a multi site skinfold test from an experienced tester, but what’s most important is not the “accuracy” per se, but the reliability and consistency of your measurements so you can track your progress. Skinfold calipers in general are not accurate or inaccurate, it’s the person doing the test that is accurate or inaccurate.

Suggestion 3: If you have a spouse, roommate, or friend who can measure your body fat, you can purchase a Slim Guide body fat caliper (or just about any brand of caliper) from Creative Health Products: chponline.com

The Slimguide is the best inexpensive caliper available (about $20), but it wasn’t designed for you to measure your own body fat like the Accu Measure. You’ll need someone to measure you with this caliper. Other models of body fat calipers (if you want to splurge), range from $150 to $450. (At our health clubs, I use the electronic “SKYNDEX” caliper with the 4-site “Durnin formula.”)

The calipers come with instructions, or you can use these formulas, which I have used and found to be very accurate:

4 Site formula for men (abdomen, suprailiac, thigh, tricep)

% fat = .29288(sum of 4 skinfolds) – 0.0005(sum of four skinfolds squared) + 0.15845(age) – 5.76377

4-Site Formula for women (abdomen, suprailiac, thigh, tricep)

% Fat = (.29669)(sum of 4 skinfolds) – (.00043)(Sum of four skinfolds squared) + .02963(age) + 1.4072

[Source: Jackson A S, Pollock, M (1985) Practical assessment of body composition. Physician Sport Med. 13: 76-90.]

Body fat percentages vary based on age and gender, but 20-25% body fat is average for women (15-19% is ideal), while 15-20% is average for men (10-14% is ideal). I have detailed charts for body fat charts in my e-book if you’re interested.

Once you know your body fat percentage, then weigh yourself and record your weight and body fat on a progress chart such as the one found in my Burn The Fat Feed The Muscle Program (a fat loss program, not a weight loss program). This chart is how you will track your progress and “keep score.”

You can calculate your lean body mass (muscle and other fat free tissue) very easily just by crunching some numbers:

For example, if you weigh 200 pounds and you have 10% body fat then you have 20 pounds of fat (10% of 200 = 20). That means you have a lean body mass (LBM) of 180 pounds.

Now we’re talking! With this data, you can get a really clear picture of how your exercise and nutrition program are affecting your physique.

Losing weight is very easy. Losing fat – and keeping it off without losing muscle – is a much bigger challenge. If you simply wanted to lose weight, we could just chop off your leg.

Or, (slightly less painful), I could show you how to drop 10 – 15 pounds over the weekend just by dehydrating yourself and using natural herbal diuretics. Wrestlers do it all the time to make a weight class. But what good would that do if it’s almost all water and you’re just going to gain it all back within days?

You don’t have to “throw away your scale” like many “experts” tell you to. By all means, keep using the scale, the tape measure and even photographs and the mirror – the more feedback the better – but body fat is where it’s at.

By the way, I recently bought a chain saw and a shiny new axe from Home Depot, and I’ve been practicing my “American Psycho” and Jack Nicholson, “The Shining” impersonations… so if you want to come to my office any time soon for personal consultation, you’d better have the right answer to my question, “What do you want?”

For more information about a nutrition and training program that focuses exclusively on FAT LOSS, not WEIGHT LOSS, visit: Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle

This article was submitted by Tom Venuto, author of Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle (rss feed). See Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle for more information on burning fat the right way.

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Genetics, College and Supplements

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Question:

I have been bodybuilding for about a year now, and really seem to be getting into it quite a while. It is amazing to find out how big the bodybuilding base is when you are actually getting to be a part of it. I had a few questions. The Mr. universe or Arnold qualifiers is it there lives to do that?

Having a job and kids and family seems too much for competitors. If you want to look like that, is it more than dedication ….you eat breath sleep bodybuilding!

I have come realize that most supplements are a scam, and eating is so hard at college, especially clean and frequently.

My genetics seem to be at a disadvantage too.

- Jake S.

Answer:

Quit worrying about genetics, supplements and how hard it will be and make small changes over the course of a year to ensure that things become a routine.

I receive all types of replies from skinny guys, women, older guys who give me a LAUNDRY list of why they can’t do something but they really want to look like such and such a fitness pro or model.

You can’t.

If you can’t train like a pro, eat like a pro and be dedicated like a pro, you can’t be a pro.  If you enjoy swimming but can only give 2 hours a week maximum and sometimes have to skip your workouts to pick up the kids, you won’t be the next Michael Phelps contender.

That doesn’t mean you can’t look awesome!

These guys don’t have to live/breath/eat bodybuilding but I’ll tell you what they do.

1) Consistency
2) Dedication
3) Determination
4) Over many years

They don’t skip meals. They don’t skip workouts. They are determined to make it work thru preparation and hardwork.  They don’t make excuses.  They overcome injuries and obstacles that would sideline the average person and keep pushing forward.  They hit a roadblock and work to get over or around it.

In the case of Usain Bolt and the Men’s 200m Semi-finals, the guy doesn’t even think about times, precise meal planning, he just does it.  He wants to win so he simply runs faster than anybody else.

They don’t worry about the supplement of the month. Most of them are either on steroids among other things or just use the basics like creatine and protein.

All these other things are for the confused guys who are looking for the answer in a bottle while the professional already know the answers.  Hard work equals great results.

Hard work over a period of time will beat out any dude who trains half-assed or inconsistently or uses some supplement of the month in hopes that he’ll look like a pro but have to put in less work.

Eating at college is hard!

In fact, I just all but skipped out on that. I just ate my 3 meals a day and worked out when I could. My goal in college was to get in and get out with a degree. Looking huge and ripped wasn’t even on my mind. I just exercised and kept active and didn’t concern myself with that.

I could have but it would have been very difficult and required a ton of planning and buying food. I didn’t have the room, the time or the will to eat 5-6 times a day when I was in school. It just wasn’t my priority.

If you want it to be, then you’ll just make it work. You’ll buy food. You’ll get a small fridge. You’ll prep meals and carry them to class because that’s what guys do in college when they need meals and are always on the go.

My tips would be to first figure out what you want and then start making small changes to make it happen.

Make things routine.

For example, take a look at your breakfast.

Is it perfect?

If not, how can you make it so. What can you do every single day to have the best darn bodybuilding breakfast on campus. If not, then you can’t possibly have a lifestyle if you can’t make a simple change to your breakfast.

Then look at your training. How can you make it consistent. 4 or 5 days a week in addition to classes? No breaks for finals. NO breaks to get hammered on Friday night. You can’t get to 10% body fat and look ripped when you get ripped right? Some guys can but most guys can’t.

Focus on what you can do and less on what you can’t.

Start small. Make your breakfast the best. If you can’t even do that for 2 weeks, then don’t bother making a significant lifestyle change as you won’t be able to keep the pace.

But you don’t have to live, breathe and eat this stuff to be a superstar. With some hardwork, consistency and dedication, you can kick butt!

Sexual Supplements Revealed

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Rumor Mill: Friday, August 8th, 2008

Code Name: Sexual Supplements Revealed

Whats Jeff Doing Now?

Bonus: Sexual Surge Recipes

Rumor has it that on Friday, August 8th, 2008, Jeff Anderson is including some chapter not previously included with his HomeMadeSupplement program.  As you may know, Jeff’s done a bang up job of showing you how to make certain brand name supplements at home for cheap.  If you are into that stuff, like saving money.

But now he’s got some chapter that he says is like “Viagra in your kitchen.”

This isn’t meant to be naughty or nasty, he’s just helping older guys out keep the energy levels high and making marriages happy all over the world.

I’m not sure what the 42 minutes of audio interviews or links to clinical studies is about…  and I’ve not seen this program yet.

If you are at all interested in this, head over to HomeMadeSupplementSecret.com

and see what it’s about.

I’m sure he’ll have some special announcement or more information on this new chapter.

Apparently since Jeff turned 40 this year, he’s now into anti-aging and living the good life as an older adult.  More power to him!

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Flat Belly Diet

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They Did It To You Again!

They Did It To You Again!

Have you seen this new Flat Belly Diet by Prevention Magazine?  It’s all the rage.   Once again, a new breakthrough diet is taking the online and offline world by storm.  Somebody is making a freaking mint by doing what works.

Selling YOU another freaking diet!

Does it work?

I’m sure it does.  I’ve never done a bodybuilding nutrition plan or a workout program that didn’t work for some time.  But like anything else, we return to what we know and what we’re comfortable with in the end.  Diets don’t work long term.

See that 91% success rate?

That will be the FAILURE rate long term.  If you are going to claim a 91% success rate please provide 2 things:

  • a full list of everybody who you tracked
  • how long they did this

Typical Advertising Methods Used:

Lose 15 lbs in 32 days

Sounds amazing.  But 15 lbs of what?  Fat/Water/Muscle?  Can you even make that claim to the general population?  I too would like to lose fat but according to my last stats, I’ve only got 30 lbs to lose and that includes essential fat.

No Exercise Required

Great.  Another plan preaching that you too can lose all this nasty blubber without exercising.  Does this country need any more excuses to sit around doing nothing?   Look…

I’m sure it’s legit.  You can lose weight strictly thru diet alone.  But it’s NOT the right thing to do for your long-term health.  But it’s a selling point.  In my opinion it’s irresponsible to sell books this way but it works.  And people make money.

I’d be far richer myself if I’d just follow what all these plans do… sell what works and keep the yapper closed about the truths that people simply don’t want to hear.  It’s a flaw.  I kinda want to do the right thing.

Targets Unhealthy Belly Fat First

How so?  Your body burns fat from all over.  You can’t spot reduce.  How people store fat is slightly different from person to person.  Women tend to store it differently then men.  But I guess if you are selling a diet book called the Flat Belly Diet, you better target the belly fat first right?  Who gives a crap about proving that you just need to say it.  Nobody can prove you wrong.

Lose Up to 7 1/2 lbs and 5 3/4 inches in just 96 hours

Need I say more?  A specific number given to the general population without any facts.  If you lose 7 1/2 lbs in just 4 days, you have to ask yourself, what the hell are you losing?  If it’s water, big deal.  If it’s muscle, I feel sorry for you.

Did I buy this book before I opened my mouth?

No I did not.  I can already tell from the marketing pitches, the website design and the fact they used “As seen on Rachel Ray” which means it might have been used to prop up a table leg.. but hey.. it was seen on the show… that it’s just another diet book aimed at overweight Americans.

Will it work?

For some yes.  Please comment on a diet that hasn’t worked for some time.  They’re people still doing Atkin’s for years.  There’s always exceptions to the rule and if you like just eating right and never moving, maybe this book is for you.  But it won’t be any different from the 12 or so you’ve already got.

Why do people buy this stuff?

Because it’s new.  It’s not what they are doing today and it gives them hope.  It’s the same reason people have 20 books on making money and fail to save for their futures.  Buying another diet book won’t do a thing for you if you don’t follow thru and make a commitment to sticking with it.

Should you buy this book?

Nope.  Stay away from diets.  They do work in the short term.  You’d be better off joining a Fat Loss Support Community and asking questions and getting educated before purchasing yet another book aimed at mainstream America.

Not available anywhere else

Except Amazon.com for $17.  That beats the 4 installments at $7.99 from the site itself!  If you feel compelled to order it, then at least save yourself a few bucks.
Flat Belly Diet

Resource I Strongly Recommend:

Red Flag – How to Spot Bogus Weight Loss Claims

Fat Loss Support Community

Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle

Of course,  I’d love to hear what youv’e got to say.