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AtoZfitness Total Body Makeover Closing down

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

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AtoZ Liquidation Sale

Date: April 3, 2009

I’m sad really that Lewis Wolk decided to close down his Total Body Makeover.  When I first picked up the All Star Secrets, it contained over 8 professional trainers entire 30 day workout programs.  That was my first REAL exposure to the muscle building side of my friend, Tom Venuto.

Anyway…. I learned a lot and it’s the single greatest compilation I’ve got on my shelves still.  Many people you’ve heard of got their first program starts inside these volumes and then branched out.

Now all I see is $97 DVD sets and crap membership sites without any content.  Or better yet, pay for a membership site that has publically available content!  That’s my favorite.

The U.S. probably has the larest percentage of fitness professionals and yet, our ovearll population is more unhealthy than 10 years ago.  It ain’t working folks!  When people make money the #1 reason to pursure a fitness career and sell their snakeoil, you can bet you won’t be getting too much out of it.

Yeah.. I’m slighly heated.

So I get this note from Lewis Wolk…

He says.. Marc

“Due to other commitments I have decided to retire my AtoZfitness  Total Body Makeover and focus on promoting other products that Sarah and I will be reviewing or have reviewed lately .

Before I remove AtoZfitness Total Body Makeover from the internet I am liquidating the entire 8 Chapter e-book plus all bonuses for $14.99 .

If you ever considered adding AtoZfitness Total Body Makeover to your e-book collection now is the time to do it before I pull the entire website from the internet.

Visit http://www.fitnessfiresale.com for more details on all the bonuses that you will receive for $14.99 .”

Apparently Lewis is not only giving away the Total Body Makeover edition but he’s throwing in the 2 All Star Trainer’s Secrets Volume 1 and 2?!

Let me put that in bullet points for ya…

* Total Body Makover

* All Star Trainer’s Secrets

I’m not sure how long this will be up.  I’ve heard it’s being closed down this week or somewhere in the next few days.  I wanted to do some huge promotion about it but I’ve been in a funky place lately.  And frankly…

Not telling you about this would be a dis-service.  It’s a very good product for an incredible cheap price.  You’ll spend more in printing costs than you will for all the information packed into these books.

Still.. I’m sad to see it end.  It’s a great idea.  And I was honored when Lewis asked me to contribute a chaper.  I remember getting the e-mail asking me to be part of it while pulling out of a gas station in Salt Lake City, Utah.  It was the start of my own awesome career.

Thank you Lewis.

Get your own copy before it’s no more.

www.FitnessFireSale.com

Marc David
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
www.nobullbodybuilding.com

 
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Drinking Soda: A New Danger to Kidneys

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Soda linked to Kidney Disease?

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Over the last 10 years, cases of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) increased in the U.S. by ~30%.  Somewhere around 26 million Americans are afflicted with CKD according to the National Kidney Foundation.

The Kidneys Primary Job:

  • filter blood
  • excrete harmful chemicals

When the Kidneys are Damaged This Affects:

  • to get rid of waste
  • affects blood pressure
  • bone strength can be compromised
  • blood production can be affected

Not as a scare tactic but even low levels of kidney disease contribute to heart failure, arterial disease and strokes.

What are the Risk Factors for Kidneys:

  • diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • excessive weight gain
  • smoking

The researches at Loyola University in Chicago found a potential new link between soda consumption and kidney disease.  This new study looked at data from over 9000 adults and suggested that women who drink two or more cans of regular soda a day are nearly twice as likely to show early signs of CKD.  This wasn’t true of men or diet soda drinkers.

High Frucotose Corn Syrup the Culprit?

Some resarches believe there is a link.  Others found it to be the phosphorus found in some sodas to be the problem.

Study or not, healthy living is part the education that I want to teach you.  What we’ve learned from all these studies and horror stories about alternative ingredients in food is merely that moderation in all things is best.  This doesn’t mean you can’t ever drink a soda!  But it does mean that if you are truly trying to live a better lifestyle, than having a habit of soda consumption, even diet, is not ideal.

Marc David
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
www.nobullbodybuilding.com

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Most Americans Know Their Diet Stinks

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

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In the latest National Grocers Association’s 2009 Consumer Panel Survey, 66% of American consumers responded their diet could be healthier.

Roughly 16% of the 2,145 individuals asked by the NGA Consumer Survey gave a response that their diet “could be a lot healthier,” with 52% saying it would be “somewhat healthier.”

An astounding (at least to me) 24% said they took some type of supplement to improve their diets.

But the most interesting part of the NGA Survey?

70% of respondents claimed the internet to be their primary source of information!  But only 26% said they trusted what they found in regards to nutrition on the web.

View the survey in full here.

It makes perfect sense really.  I’ve know many people in my lifetime that admit to eating poorly.  They know they should eat better but they don’t.  Sometimes it’s lack of information.  Other times it might be they haven’t found something strong enough to motivate them to make a lifestyle change.  It can be a combination of both.

Everybody has their limits or when they hit “rock bottom” and sometime primal forces them to change.

Here is a list out a FEW of the experts I personally follow.  I use Google Reader and frequently share items.. No matter what you use or what you read, here’s my Top List of Fitness Experts that I read daily or whenever I see something new in their blogs.

Not sure what RSS is?  Read What is RSS

If you are going to get your information from the Internet like 70% of people do in the survey, make sure you are getting it form the right people.   There’s a lot of great information out there and there’s some really horrible advice.

While this is not an all inclusive list of every expert on the subject, it’s the people I turn to often and read what they have to say.

Who’s In My Blog Reader:

BodyRecomposition

Lyle McDonald is a world renowned expert.  He’s a bit over the top for me at times but some of his work, like the Baseline Diet 2009 sums up about 250 pages of any good nutritional book.  I’ve found his posts to be incredibly useful.

Burn the Fat Blog

Tom Venuto is the fat loss guru.  He spends HOURS on his stuff, researching and writing and focusing on his core audience.  The guy is no-propaganda.  He’s not out to sell you on his latest fad diet or new fangled way of losing weight.  If he was the mainstream icon for fitness, maybe things would be different.  Maybe not.  In any case, worth reading.

Exercise Therapy

Carlos DeJesus, father of the Quad Blaster and bodybuidling pioneer is new to the scene.  Not the bodybuilding scene but blogging, etc.  He’s heavy on the thought process but if you understand what he’s getting at, you’ll know that the Experiment of One is all that matters.

Cranky Fitness

Provides more of a real-life, less technically approach to fitness.  Mixes it up with some humor.  A few swear words.  But not the typical bodybuilding approach that I’m so in tune with all the time.  Different approach to fitness that I preach but it’s nice information and not fanitical.

Diet Blog

If there’s a new story, they’re on it.  They find the latest mainstream stuff and comment quickly on it so that you can get some serious information quickly without falling prey to the bad information.  It’s a no-hype zone.  Short, sweet and to the point.

MuscleHack

Mark is a nice guy who’s taking a low carb bodybuiding approach.  You might enjoy his receips and unique style of writing.  The video demonstration of exericses and his theory on Optimized Form is liken to Skip LaCour’s Controlled Cheating.  Interesting perspectives.  Training tips you can use.

The Brink Zone

Will Brink is the supplement guru. I don’t know why people don’t do more research when purchasing high end or expensive supplements.  Talk about why people have a low trust factor!  Truth be told, Will is more than just a supplement expert but he’s the 1st person I talk to on a professional level whenever I see some new fad come out and people start tossing money at hype.  Waxy Maize Craze?  New Creatine version?  Ask Will.

The Physique Formula

Jimmy Smith is from New York.  At least he sounds like it.  His vidoes are clever and he’s got that down to earth, healthy living, bodybuilding, lean physique lifestyle.  He’s not into doing crazy things but he gives off the appearance that in his youthful days (how old is Jimmy anyway?).  No matter, he’s got some good solid information to bring to the fitness world.

BodyBuildingSecrets

Another Tom Venuto site but this is geared towards the bodybuilding lovers.  Hardcore workouts, bodybuilding interviews.  A side of Tom that unless you subscribe to this blog, you’ll never know.  He’s a meathead from New Jersey that is old school.  He’s a fat loss expert for sure but he’s also a muscle building guru to boot.

WorldFitnessNetwork

Clever articles about fitness and bodybuilding.  Helpful things like reading a nutrition label down to utilizing dumbbells and doing various exercises.  Anything that keeps the workout from becoming stale.  Tips, tricks and helpful suggestions.

NinosMission

Nino doesn’t blog nearly enough but I like Nino.  He’s just a nice guy who gives no excuses.  I like following people who push themselves to their limits and try and help others.  Nino gives thru his unique posts.  You might find some real gems in his poetic style of writing.  He’s got to stop using the word “Gee” so much!  Just kidding Nino.  Be yourself.

Skip LaCour

No blog here but over 55 and counting radio shows.  You can call in, download episodes and get some SERIOUS tips from a bodybuidling expert.  Skip’s show is worth listening to as in 60 minutes you can pick out some real “ah-ha” moments.  Allows you to connect with an expert and ask your questions.  Take him up on the offer.

And that in a nutshell is what I have in my reader.  If I run across more, I’ll update this entry as appropriate.

Marc David
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
www.nobullbodybuilding.com

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Monster Mass

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Monster Mass

Monster Mass by Cytosport

From the Marc David Rumor Mill: Monster Mass!

Rumor has it that FACT: Cytosport is going to release a weight gainer along the lines of the Monster line of products. Code name: Monster Mass. If the logo above is any indication, you should see this sometime around March 2009 at selected retailers.

What: Monster Mass by Cytosport

Why: Because there is a lot of interest in weight gainers.  Specifically higher quality ones that are not full of sugar, low quality protein and empty calories.

When: March 2009?

Who: Designed for the bodybuilder looking to gain weight who wants top-notch protein and lots of calories.

Monster Mass Supplement Facts:

  • 600+ Calories
  • LeanLipids Plus – Sunflower oil, MCT’s, canola oil, and conjugated linolenic acid (CLA)
  • Monster Complex Carbohydrates – 75+ gram blend of waxy maize starch, maltodextrin, soluble dietary fiber
  • 50 grams of multi-source protein matrix
  • Whey concentrates, whey isolates, isolated milk protein, caseinates, lactoferrin, l-glutamine, glutamine peptides and free form BCAA’s

Monster Mass Supplement Facts

Price: Forthcoming (but Monster Milk was in the $40-50 range).  If I get enough comments, I will push for more info.

If you want updates on this supplement, I urge you to subscribe to this particular entry. Either via e-mail or a feed reader. I’ll update this entry with more information including my own review of this new Cytosport supplement when it becomes available.

Resources:

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Eating at Home Can Make You Fat

Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

Beward the Caloire Cost

Over the past few years, restaurants have taken a beating when it comes to eating healthy.  Fitness Professionals, including myself, preach that eating at home is the best way to go because it can be better for you and maybe cheaper.

Although restaurants have taken the blame for portion distortion, cookbook recipes have done some “supersizing” of their own.

A study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine looked at how classic recipes have changed during the past 70 years.    It focused on the Joy of Cooking because of the wealth of data and how the same recipe has changed over the years with new editions.  What they found was…

“Nearly 40% increase in calories per serving for almost every recipe reviewed.”

This was partically because of more calories per serving but larger portion sizes.

“That (calorie increase) is more insidious because that’s the sort of thing the average person wouldn’t notice, wouldn’t even think has happened over the years.” ~ Brian Wansink, studies director.

I could do a break down of every recipe … but I’m not going to.

I’m going with less.  I think you get the point.  If you use a cookbook, just ensure it meets you needs in terms of calories but portion sizes.

Pick up a copy of Muscle Chow today. I give it my highest recommendation, and it’s less than 16 bucks at Amazon.  There’s plenty of healthy recipes in there with the lean bodybuilder in mind.

Marc David
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
www.nobullbodybuilding.com

P.S. - No offense to the Joy of Cooking.  My mom owns the 1969 edition and it’s used so much it’s falling apart.  Just be aware of the changes in home cookbooks.  They too can be causes of higher portions and higher calories.  Just raise your awareness to this possibility.

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Final Day to Get 50% Off

Friday, February 6th, 2009

50% Fitness Book Sale

50% Fitness Book Sale

So today is the last day Nick Nilsson is running his insane “bailout” sale. It’s the final day, probably EVER, that you’ll be able to get all his books at 50% off.

This is a great opportunity to really stack your training book collection. He’s got some classics!

The last book of his I’m going to tell you about is actually the FIRST ebook he ever put out…”The Best Exercises You’ve Never Heard Of”…

This thing is PACKED with great exercises for your whole body! There’s some really cool stuff in here, especially if you like unique, effective exercises that get you strange looks at the gym.

If you’re happy with following the herd, this book is definitely NOT for you.

In it, you’ll learn…

- How you could be BENCHING 30 to 50 POUNDS MORE in a matter of weeks. Discover the secret exercise that shatters bench press plateaus.

- A bodyweight bicep exercise (you read that right!) that puts almost ALL the weight of your entire body onto your bi’s…imagine the growth you’ll get from THAT one!

- The way to create stunning washboard abs in record time with an exercise that can double and even TRIPLE the tension on your midsection.

- How you can exercise ANYWHERE and still get great results. Learn simple exercises you can do at home with a minimum of equipment that put expensive health club machines to shame.

- A revolutionary new exercise that will literally FORCE stubborn calves to grow. This exercise works the calves through their ENTIRE anatomical range of motion in one movement for maximum results.

- How to rehab or prevent Rotator Cuff injuries with an exercise that combines 3 different strengthening movements into one timesaving exercise. It can even help boost your bench press!

- How you can dramatically improve your performance in every sport you do. Add distance to your golf drives, speed to your throws, and power to your hockey slapshot or tennis serve. Unique core-training exercises will help you develop rock-solid abdominals and astonishing midsection power.

And that’s just a small sampling of all the different exercises you’ll find in the book. If you’re in a training rut, this is EXACTLY what you need to get out of it.

Click this link right now to sign up for the five complimentary exercises Nick wants to give you, delivered right to your email box for the next five days. When you sign up, you’ll receive your link so you can grab the book at half price.

Get Your 50% Discount Code

If you’d like to read more about how the exercises in this book can blast you out of training stagnation, click on this link now:

Learn More About The Best Exercises You’ve Never Heard Of

Yours truly,

Marc David
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”

P.S. Remember, today is the LAST day to grab all of Nick’s books at half price! Here are the links for all the books if you’re interested.

– Metabolic Surge - Rapid Fat Loss –

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– Muscle Explosion - 28 Days to Maximum Mass –

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– The Best Exercises You’ve Never Heard Of –

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Join Me for a Free Muscle Building Teleseminar

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

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When I got the invitation from wellness and relaxation expert, Konstantin Koss, I jumped on the opportunity to do a muscle building teleseminar. I believe that if I can get my message out there and help just one person get over a plateau or give somebody a single technique they can use to build more muscle in the gym or burn some fat this year…

Then I’ll do it.

I’m going to tell you some of the techniques I’ve used to build muscle over the last 17 years along with observations and candid conversations I’ve had with other experts and average Janes and Joes that changed their bodies.

Go Here Now and Sign Up for the Call.

Even if you cannot make it, sign up anyway to ensure you get the details on how to download the recorded call so you can listen to it later.

You’ll be able to submit your questions after that. We’re also going delve into fat loss as well, so if you’ve got questions about getting lean, don’t be shy to jump in on this call, too.

You’re also going to get access to 4 more interviews…

• Zach Even-Esh on how to gain the most amount of weight in the least possible amount of time … even if you’re totally lazy

• Nick Nilsson: On shattering genetic inhibitions … information any hardgainer would kill for

• Lee Hayward: How to get your training to the next level and pack on a guaranteed 25+ pounds in just the next 3 months

• Sebastian MacLean: How to gain muscles NATURALLY almost like you were on steroids

If you are like me, you’ll put this off.  Go now, sign up even if you can’t make it.  Use whatever e-mail address you want but get the information so you can listen live or download it later at your leisure.

Do It Now and Sign Up for the Call Even If You Can’t Make It

Good stuff - see you on the call!

Marc David
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”

P.S. - I’m sure that once is the call is over, there will a recording made available in case you can’t make it.  That recording and the transcript will be posted to this blog for your listening and reading.

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The Body Fat Solution Review

Thursday, January 8th, 2009

The Body Fat Solution by Tom Venuto

Book Review:  The Body Fat Solution: 5 Principles for Burning Fat, Building Lean Muscle, Ending Emotional Eating, and Maintaining Your Perfect Weight (Avery/Penguin, 2009; 250 pages) by Tom Venuto

Audio Version:  Body Fat Solution audio (MP3) version of book will be on iTunes and audible.

It seems like everyday there’s a new diet book released.  It’s not everyday one comes out that will change your life.  Or, as The Wall Street Journal said earlier this week, the Body Fat Solution is more “attitude adjustment” than
diet book.

Introducing The Body Fat Solution

Tom Venuto is a fat loss expert with an extensive career in nutrition research and a lifetime drug free bodybuilding competitor.  Tom Venuto has been involved in almost every aspect of the fitness industry including weight loss, a personal trainer to thousands of clients, nutrition consultation, motivational coach, fitness model, health club manager and bestselling author of the #1 ebook, Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle.  He’s been involved in other online works such as MP3 (audio) seminars and recently The Burn the Fat Inner Circle, a weight loss community support site.

That’s Tom’s resume as found on his latest book, The Body Fat Solution.

How I Personally Know Tom

But I know Tom as a personal friend.  I found his original Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle ebook back in 2003.   I realized this was the person I needed as mentor eighteen years ago.   Tom achieved his physique using simple but proven fundamentals.  I know this to be true as it’s the way I’ve packed on muscle myself and how every successful bodybuilder does it today.  It’s no secret.  As Tom says early in the introduction, “I developed my physique naturally with nutrient dense food, carefully controlled calorie intake, progressive resistance weight training,  the right dose of cardio,  mind focused and well formed goals,  strong emotional drive and great support thru friends, training partners and mentors.”

Who is the Body Fat Solution Written For?

As Tom says, “It was written for men and women who are overweight.  It’s also for people who were previously overweight who want to maintain their ideal weight for the rest of their lives.  This book is for the person who doesn’t have all day to spend in the gym or in the kitchen preparing complicated meals.”

Tom sets the stage by explaining the overall problem and what leads to it.  You cannot solve a problem without first understanding it and grasping the issues behind it.  Once the problem is explained the attitudes and belief system can be attacked.  Tom Venuto outlines the 8 Weight Loss Myths early on:

Myth #1:  You can eat as much as you want and still lose weight

Myth #2:  Overweight people have a slower metabolism than thin people

Myth #3:  Some people are diet-resistant and can’t lose weight

Myth #4:  Your genetics are why you are overweight

Myth #5:  Dietary fat makes you gain body fat

Myth #6:  Carbohydrates make you fat

Myth #7:  Dietary changes for health and weight loss are one and the same

Myth #8:  Insulin or insulin resistance causes obesity

Venuto makes it very clear in one of several statements about the body fat problem when he says “Removing body fat is not simply a matter of going on a diet — it’s a much more complex issue, involving every area of your life.”

This Is More Than Another Thinking Yourself Thin Book

Nutrition, calories, metabolism and the focus on weight training as the foundation for any exercise program is extensively covered. Photos are included to show the proper demonstration of the most basic of exercises that could be easily done in a gym or at home.  Social support is given more than a paragraph as many people now realize the accountability and strength gained when in a group setting.

Towards the end is an appendix of recommend foods and the calories, protein, carbohydrates, fat and fiber breakdowns.  These foods are of course things you’d easily find at the grocery store.  Recipes aren’t included or meal plans but they can be located on The Body Fat Solution site.

It’s clear to me after reading this, Tom’s goal was to give the reader a tool set for the following:

  • encourage attitude changes for more than just positive thinking
  • stop any negative behaviors we have towards food
  • burn fat and build muscle
  • eat healthy yet tasty foods.  Eating healthy doesn’t have to be an awful culinary experience
  • become motivated thru social support, journals, accountability, progress charts
  • strategies for controlling your appetite
  • breaking a fat loss plateau and what to do if you reach one

You Can Make Excuses Or Get Results, But You Can’t Do Both

The Body Fat Solution is not a diet.  It’s a program on how to burn fat and build muscle which will increase your metabolism.  It’s the only fix to the obesity epidemic that faces the world.  You won’t need any pills, drinks or supplements to do it.  It’s not gimmicky, based on a new discovery or requires anything that would be questionable or dangerous.

I can’t guarantee you that this book will fix everything in your life and that you will suddenly be healthy, lean and ripped like a fitness model.  But I honestly think there are some phenomenal ideas in this book that will certainly help you out.  For most people, it boils down to a change in a handful of daily behaviors and a shift in mindset.

Pros:

  • Re-program your mind to develop “auto-pilot” success habits
  • Offers up a diagnosis of the obesity and weight problem
  • Encourages the readers to change mindsets vs. just mindless activity
  • Step by step instructions for modifying your life for this to work
  • Nothing crazy to do or follow; anybody can do this

Cons:

  • Says it’s not for bodybuilders (like me) but it is.  There’s tons of value

I recommend The Body Fat Solution as I feel both personally and professionally that it is of major benefit to anybody looking to get leaner.  While it’s catered to the people struggling with weight loss, truly anybody who’s looking to get as lean as possible will be able to use these steps.

With that, I’d like to do a little something special.  This is your chance to sell your story to me.

THE OFFER:  Tell me in 100-300 words why The Body Fat Solution is something you need, I’d like to send you a copy. A real book, not an ebook, that you can hold in your hands.  Be sure to include your e-mail address within the comment in the spam safe format.  (e.g. marc[at]nobullbodybuilding.com) so that I can communicate with you directly on how to ship 1 copy of The Body Fat Solution to you.  This offer expires whenever I’ve chosen 10 comments on this post.  The 10 winning comments will be selected by me at my discretion.   Winners will be announced on this post in the comments section by me and I will begin contacting those winners individually.

* Please note, I have to order these copies myself and when they arrive, ship them out individually. *

** Your email address in the comments section will only be used by me to contact you personally.  You will not be signed up by me for anything.  **

*** If you aren’t one of the lucky few or you’d rather get multiple copies, keep reading as there’s still ways to get some massive value including bonus material that Tom Venuto is offering AND a sweepstakes entry that doesn’t require the purchase of anything to enter. ***

A FAVOR:  If you have purchased the book and have enjoyed it, would you please do a review of the book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble’s website.  There are many people out there who would rather write a dishonest review of a book they’ve never read.  We both know that you can’t judge a book or a wine bottle by the cover.  If you can, write an honest review.  Positive or negative but only if you’ve read the book of course.

I do wish you the best for 2009.  There’s a lot of interesting things in the works this year and I will try to alert you to the best ones.  And if you haven’t joined me on Facebook as a friend on my page or my tweets on Twitter, be sure to do so to get information fast!

Get your copy of the book everyone is talking about:

==>  http://www.TheBodyFatSolution.com

Don’t Believe Me?  Here’s Some Other Reviews:

The Body Fat Solution by Tom Venuto - This Book Rocks! - JoLynn Braley

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Marc David
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
Author of The NoBull Bodybuilding Program

P.S. - Get two or more copies and receive 13 valuable bonuses worth $265.  Go to http://www.thebodyfatsolution.com to register and skip my offer
for your bonuses.

P.P.S. -  While you’re at www.thebodyfatsolution , enter the body fat solution sweepstakes for a chance to win one of Five 5-year memberships to Tom Venuto’s Burn The Fat Inner Circle ‘AND’ a personally autographed copy of the book. No purchase necessary to enter the sweepstakes.

P.P.P.S. - If you are a lucky winner for my offer, you can still enter the sweepstakes.  I’m a contributing member to the Burn the Fat Inner Circle and hands down, it’s the best online community support.  Heck, I’m not just a contributer, I’m a regular member that uses it for my own motivation and support.

 
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Supplement Users Commited Regardless of Economy

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Supplement Users CommittedAccording to a new survey conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs for the Council for Responsible Nutrition, a full 51 percent of supplement users indicated that the economy will likely not change their supplement-purchasing habits.

Survey results also showed that of the 51 percent who don’t plan on cutting back their supplement routine, 13 percent of dietary supplement consumers went further to say that supplements are “an essential part of my wellness regimen, and I cannot do without them.”

“It’s encouraging to see that, despite the current economic climate, such a large percentage of adults are continuing to invest in their health by including dietary supplements as a part of their wellness regimen,” said Judy Blatman, senior vice president, communications, CRN. “Engaging in preventative health measures today, such as incorporating supplements into a healthy lifestyle, may help avoid potential healthcare costs down the road.”

What Other Supplement Users Will Do:

  • 30% said while they will continue to use, purchase price will become a more important factor.
  • 13% said if the downturn continues, they will continue to purchase but less in the future.
  • 6% said supplement usage is a luxury and can do without them in economic hardships.

Question: What Will YOU Do?

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Beyond the BMI

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

The Great Weight Debate

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There’s so much attention on the “obesity epidemic” from the media and fitness gurus.  In fact, Halloween is fast approaching along with Thanksgiving so be prepared for the bombardment of what you should eat and stay on track e-mails.  Then January comes around and we know everybody will be jumping up to tell you this is the year to lose those pounds.

Why lose the pounds?  Two reasons they say…

Reason #1: You want to be healthy and live longer right and be less at risk or disease associated with being overweight.

Reason #2: Improved quality of life.

While it’s harder to argue point #2, there is a debate about being just a little overweight.  Does carrying a few extra pounds really put your health at risk?

The Great Weight Debate

Prevention magazine took a look at the great weight debate, specifically obese versus being overweight and if it’s something you need to worry about.  According to the article, many experts disagree on the dangers associated with excess weight, especially in cases where an overweight individual is considered to be healthy on all accounts.  Many studies in regards to disease and overweight have been done on those who are obese and may not apply the same way to those carrying a few extra pounds or just classified as overweight.

As part of the fact finding, the Prevention article cites a report released by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and the National Cancer Institute that analyzed the death records of 37,000 adults.

What did the death records show?

Overweight people had no greater risk of dying from cancer or heart disease than normal-weight people!

As you would assume, the report did find a great risk for the individuals classified as obese.  The report even went so far as to suggest that being overweight may protect you against some other diseases.  Critics quickly responded that the study failed to consider quality-of-life issues caused by excess pounds and didn’t appropriately control for unhealthy habits like smoking, which can keep people lean but undeniably raise cancer risk. Still, it added fuel to the ongoing debate of whether losing weight is absolutely necessary to reduce disease risk if you’re not obese.

While one study and one magazine article does not change the fact that striving to be fit is the goal, you have to wonder if the pressure of losing those few extra pounds to become safer from disease is really going to make a difference?  At least in terms of your health.  Granted, the quality of life issues play a role but if both people are fit and one has 15 extra pounds, it may not be such a black and white issue to say the individual who is slightly overweight is at great risk.  That may not be true.

I for one am not debating that weight loss can be one part of an overall disease prevention plan. But is it the most essential first step?

There are several other risk factors that may be more important that simply what the scale says.  Including but not limited to:

  • Family history
  • Waist measurement
  • Fitness levels
  • Cholesterol and inflammation

Personally, from the people I have talked to, the quality of life factors make the choice to shed a few pounds very important.  If it’s not for reducing the risk of disease, the lessened joint pain, the increase mobility and the feeling good about yourself are priceless value-adds of exercise.

Maybe you won’t be at any more risk than your fit friend in terms of disease and maybe you’ll even get some added protection?  But nobody can really argue the quality of life that comes from being healthy and active are more than enough reasons to try and improve your overall fitness and shed those extra pounds anyway.

Prevention article

CDC/NCI study abstract

Marc David
“The NoBull Muscle Guy”
www.nobullbodybuilding.com

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