5 Excuses That Won’t Fly in 2010

January 3rd, 2010
Are You Using These Excuses?

Are You Using These Excuses?

It’s 2010. Your old excuses for not getting in shape won’t work. As Dr. Evil (Austin Powers) said, ZIP IT! I don’t want to hear them anymore! Read em’, then haul your excuseless butt to the gym!

1. I have no time.

According to a story in a recent issue of Men’s Health magazine, Barack Obama works out for 45 minutes a day, 6 days a week. Obama doesn’t just play basketball either. Our new president stays fit to lead with cardio and weight lifting. He also says he wishes he could train 90 minutes a day. Have you ever seen what the daily schedule of a U.S. president looks like? If the busiest man in the world can train every day for 45 minutes a day, then what’s your excuse? ZIP IT! You ain’t got one!

2. It’s too expensive.

Getting in shape certainly is expensive… if you keep wasting hundreds of dollars, month after month on worthless “miracle” weight loss pills, internal cleansing gimmicks and “magic” potions that all claim to make you slim. Deceptive advertising and slick marketing for bogus diet aids is more rampant than ever. 2010 was the year of thewu-long tea scam, the acai berry scam, and, of course, the ubiquitous “cleansing” and “detox” gimmicks . Unless you put on your critical thinking cap and learn to investigate before you invest, then you’ll get scammed by 2010’s flavor of the year as well. Your quest for those elusive “6-pack” abs will not only continue to be expensive, you’ll go broke. Walking, jogging, calisthenics and body weight exercises are FREE. If you want to know what’s really expensive, tally up the cost of legitimate expenses like natural food, gym memberships, fitness education, dumbbells and so on, and compare that to your doctor’s bill when you’re sick.

3. No one will support me.

Experts on social influence say your income will be approximately equal to the average of your 5 closest friends. Not only do I think that’s pretty darn accurate, I also believe that your health is your greatest wealth, and your physical condition will be about equal to the average of your 5 closest friends. It’s a real challenge to stay positive, focused and active when you’re surrounded by critical people and negative influences. However, in 2010, lack of support is no longer a valid excuse. Online social networking is exploding (check out Twitter and Facebook ) and more IN PERSON friendships and associations are being made from an internet connection than ever before. Training buddies can be found online. Connect with them. Mentors and coaches are easily found online. Hire them. Support forums have been around for years. Use them. No support from your current friends? Stop whining, start reaching out and go make new ones. In 2010, support partners and new friends are just a click away.

4. I can’t lose weight because of my genetics.

The marvels of modern medical and biological research are astonishing. Our top scientists have mapped the human genome! In the past few years, numerous genes linked to obesity have been discovered. However, the obesity epidemic we’re facing today has only developed over the past 50 years and genetic mutations that lead to serious obesity are extremely rare. Genetic predisposition only means that you have a tendency. It’s when the genetics meet lifestyle and environment that the genes express themselves. If you have a family history of heart disease, is it smart to smoke, eat junk, be a stressed-out, type-A maniac and a couch potato? Well of course not, and it’s the same with obesity. If you have a tendency predisposing you towards obesity, you’d better be the person doing the MOST exercise, not the least. You’d better be the person paying the MOST attention to your nutrition. You’d better be the person with the healthiest lifestyle. But unfortunately, it’s usually the opposite. Most people throw up their arms in frustration saying, “what’s the use, I was dealt a bad hand.” Sorry. That won’t fly in 2010. The latest research says genetics are a factor, but a tendency is not a destiny!

5. I don’t know how.

The lamest excuse of them all in 2010 is “I don’t know how.” NO ONE KNOWS HOW TO DO ANYTHING UNTIL AFTER THEY HAVE ACTUALLY DONE IT! Ponder that for a while. You don’t need to know how at first. To get started, you only need to know WHAT… what is the goal? Setting well-formed goals is the master skill of success. Not wishy-washy resolutions that have no resolve behind them, but real goals. In writing. With emotional ooompf! As you continue to affirm, visualize and focus on your goal with clarity, belief, and expectation, your new goal or intention will be received by your subconscious. Once a goal is accepted into your subconscious mind, your brain, being a goal-seeking mechanism, will turn on your attention filters to seek out all the information you will ever need to reach your goal. It will also turn on an infallible navigation system to guide you to your goal like a torpedo to its target. As your brain guides your attention, your direction and your behavior, you will discover that today, in 2010, there is more good information, coaching and instruction available than ever before. And when you’ve activated that “success radar” in your brain by setting goals effectively, it’s not as hard to find honest, accurate and helpful HOW-TO advice as you might think. In fact, you found this webpage, so you’re doing pretty good right now, aren’t you?

No more excuses. In 2010, remember my Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle Creed: You can either make excuses or get results, but you can’t do both!

About the Author: Tom Venuto is a fat loss expert, lifetime natural (steroid-free) bodybuilder, independent nutrition researcher, freelance writer, and author of  Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle and founder of Burn The Fat Inner Circle.  Follow him on Twitter.

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How to Train in a Busy Gym

January 1st, 2010

Tactics For Working Out In A Busy Gym

I’ll admit that I’m NOT the most “politically correct” member at my local gym.

No, I don’t spit in the water fountain or hang out in the doorway of the ladies’ yoga class drooling.  I don’t sweat all over the bench and leave behind a puddle of toxic waste for the next member to swim in.  I bathe regularly, use deodorant, brush my teeth before heading to the gym and don’t reek of stale beer while I’m on the treadmill.

But when it comes to waiting in line for a piece of equipment…I’m a barracuda!

In fact, I HATE to wait for people to get off of “MY” equipment.

So when you’re on a “schedule” you don’t want to have to be held up by the other knuckleheads who probably don’t have ANY plan, right?

Well, you wanna know how do I claim ownership of my workout zone without urinating around the equipment to “mark” my territory?

Here are 5 ways (with a few “not-so-politically-correct” strategies) that I manage my time and space on the gym floor…

Ok, this first one is a simple one…

Workout When The Gym ISN’T So Busy!

I  know, I know….DUUUUUUHH, right?

Hey, you know I had to throw that in there, right?

Obvious yes, but if you’re especially challenged at your gym, then perhaps you should re-examine your schedule and see if you’re able to go at lunch when things are a little quieter.

Throw On Your Headphones And Crank Up The Music!

This works great for managing your time in the gym since you won’t get lured into those long “between set” discourses on the meaning of life with “that guy” who seems to flap his gums with everyone in earshot of him.

But the other advantage of wearing your headphones is that people are less likely to interrupt you and ask if they can “work in” with you.

(If someone DOES ask…let them!  I’m teaching you how to do the best you can to “own” the equipment, but don’t be a COMPLETE jerk!).

Which brings us to…

If someone is using a piece of equipment you also want to use…

Ask If You Can “Work In”!

Most guys aren’t “Alpha’s” in the gym so when you simply ask “Do you mind if I work in with you?”, saying “No” makes THEM the jerk.

And let’s face it, not many people care to be thought of as the “jerk of the gym”.

You’ll get compliance 99.9% of the time and they’ll likely even cut their own sets short and move on to another exercise.

“Mark” Your Territory!

Although my Golden Retriever, Wrigley, has the right idea when I walk him around the block…I’m NOT talking about whipping it out and urinating around the gym equipment you want to use.

But there IS a way you can claim some real estate…

This is especially helpful if you’re using supersets in your training like I emphasize in my “Advanced Mass Building” program where you need to flip back and forth between 2 pieces of equipment.

Simply grab two of the gym’s floor towels (the ones you use to wipe down the equipment) and throw one over each machine or station you want to use just prior to your sets.

So for example, if I’m supersetting chest and back, I may go and throw a towel over the straight bar on the flat bench and then go and wrap another towel around the pulldown bar at a different location.

And I’m talking, I make it OBVIOUS!

I literally put the towel where someone would know that that equipment is being used…not just toss it on the ground next to the equipment.

Then at the end of each set on each piece of equipment, I put the towel back where it can be seen that I’m still using it.

Same thing goes for your other floor “equipment”.  If you’re carrying a water bottle and a training notebook, keep one at one station and the other at another one to send a clear signal that the equipment is taken.

Loiter

Know why you see “no loitering” signs around businesses such as convenient stores?

Because it annoys people.

When you’re in a time crunch and someone looks as if they’ve set up temporary residence at a piece of equipment, “hang out” close by them – where it’s obvious that you are waiting for THEIR equipment – and occasionally look at your watch.

Now the secret to this is NOT to glare at them as if you expect them to just pick up and go.

No…what you want to do is kind of look around the gym as if it’s no big deal, but when they look at you, just flash a friendly smile at them.

They’ll usually respond with “Oh, are you waiting for this equipment?”

This is where you can come back with “Yeah, are you almost done?”  (Again…keep the friendly tone!).

The typical reaction I see?

They will shortcut their rest period and quickly knock out one more set and leave or let you work in with them during their rest periods.

Well, like I said, I never claimed to be the “nice guy” at the gym, but hey…it’s an (iron) jungle out there and you’re either a lamb or a lion.

If you’ve ever watched “Wild Kingdom”, you know that the lions are the ones who are licking their chops as they gnaw on their leg of lamb.

Have a great workout!

About the Author: Jeff Anderson is author of Advanced Mass Building and Optimum Anabolics.  Follow him on Twitter.

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Chest Exercises You Have Never Heard Of …

December 23rd, 2009
Chest Exercises for the Pec Deprived

Chest Exercises for the Pec Deprived

So if there was just ONE bodypart that you really wanted to improve…one bodypart that ALWAYS ends up first in your training routine…what would it be?

I think chances are pretty good that it’s your CHEST!

I mean, having that thick gladiator-like chest just screams power and strength.

So if you’re in a chest training rut…gains on bench press have come to a screeching halt…or maybe you’re just plain bored with your chest training right now…

Nick Nilsson (a.k.a. the “Mad Scientist” of exercise) has just come out with a new book called “The Best Chest Exercises You’ve Never Heard Of.”

I think the name says it all :)

Sample Exercise #1…

Low Pulley Push-Ups

Push-ups are obviously a classic exercise – when you think bodyweight training, it’s usually one of the first exercises you think of.

But, of course, he’s got a new twist on the regular push-up that will just TRASH your pecs…much better than regular push-ups even though the exercise is pretty much exactly the same!

So here’s the deal…you’ll be using the cable-crossover setup (you can also hitch a couple of training bands to objects about 10 feet apart – that works great, too).

You’re going to be doing push-ups with the two pulleys pulling your arms apart – this outwards tension puts extra tension on the pecs because even though your hands are planted on the ground, your pecs have to fire to keep the cables from pulling your hands out from under you!

This means you’re pushing up AND you’re fighting outwards pull. Double trouble…

So set about 20 to 40 lbs or so on the cross-over stacks and attach the single handles. You can add more if you need it once you figure out how this works.

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Sample Exercise #2…

One Arm Braced Dumbbell Bench Press

The one-arm dumbbell bench press is a great exercise for developing balance as well as increasing neural drive to one side of the body, similar to like when doing a one-arm dumbbell row.

Here’s the thing, though…when doing a 1 arm dumbbell press with just one dumbbell, you have to make the movement more of a straight up and down type movement in order to keep your balance, which bring the triceps and shoulders into play a whole lot more, taking the emphasis off the pec.

So why brace your non-working arm? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of doing a one-arm bench press movement?

Not at all!

You still get the balance and neural drive benefits but it allows you to use more weight, get more reps and use a movement with a wider arc, more in tune with what the pecs need.

Here’s the setup…a ball (or bench), a dumbbell (Using a 105 lb dumbbell in the video below) and a power rack. The safety rails are set a few feet off the ground. You can mess around to figure out where the best spot is for those for you.

This demo shows the exercise being done in the power rack, which allows you to brace your non-working hand under a safety rail so that you can counterbalance the weight of the dumbbell.

You can use pretty much ANY solid object or bar to brace your non-working hand, though. You can load up a Smith machine bar with some weight and set to the proper height…you can use the handle of a bench press machine…even a railing! Use your imagination here and don’t think for a second that if you don’t have a rack, you can’t do this exercise…the key is just having something to brace your non-working hand under.

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Sample Exercise #3…

Lying Side Dumbbell Flyes

If you’re training with just free weight, it can be tough to find an exercise that really targets the inner pecs to get that pec cleavage thing going. This one is all about hitting that peak contraction position that really targets the inner pec area.

THIS exercise gets around the problem of having no cable equipment to hit that inner chest area by using just a dumbbell and a bench…it’s all about how you position your body.

And that’s pretty easy, too. You just lie on your side on the bench with your shoulder off the end, holding the dumbbell in one hand. You should be far enough up on the bench that your arm is hanging off the end, i.e. the end of the bench is a few inches from your armpit. You’ll see this best in the video below.

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Nick Nilsson, also known as the “Mad Scientist of Exercise,” has been training and innovating unique and powerful new exercises and training techniques for more than 18 years. He’s published 9 books on weight training, including his most recent – “The Best Chest Exercises You’ve Never Heard Of”

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Poll: Can Creatine Cause Kidney Damage?

December 17th, 2009
Creatine Causes Kidney Damage?

Creatine Causes Kidney Damage?

Hopefully you are familiar with the sports supplement Creatine.  If not, you can learn more than you will need to know at www.everything-creatine.com

In the meantime, just a quick trivia poll.

Have there been any documented cases of kidney damage resulting from creatine use?

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I’d love to hear your comments.

Update 1: I will post any studies related to this post here.  I won’t leave anybody left wondering.

Update 2: There are a few documented cases.  It involved those with pre-existing conditions of kidney (renal) issues known or unknown and one case of misuse of the product and taking too much.  No matter, they qualify as documented cases of creatine induced kidney damage.

Here’s some references:

Pritchard, N. R. & Kalra, P. A. (1998) Renal dysfunction accompanying oral creatine
supplements. Lancet, Volume 351, pages 1252-1253.

Greenhaff, P. (1998) Renal dysfunction accompanying oral creatine supplements. Lancet,
Volume 352, page 233.

Pritchard, N. R. & Kalra, P. A. (1998) Renal dysfunction accompanying oral creatine
supplements. Lancet, Volume 352, pages 233-234.

Poortmans, J. R. & Francaux, M. (1998) Renal dysfunction accompanying oral creatine
supplements. Lancet, Volume 352, page 234.

Poortmans, J. R. et al. (1997) Effect of short-term creatine supplementation on renal
responses in men. Eur J Appl Physiol, Volume 566, page 566-567.

Juhn, M. S. & Tarnopolsky, M. (1998) Potential side effects of oral creatine
supplementation: A critical review. Clin J Sports Med, Volume 8, page 298-304.

Koshy K. M. et al. (1999) Interstitial nephritis in a patient taking creatine. N Engl J Med,
Volume 340, page 814-815.

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

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How to Get Big Biceps in 3 Easy Steps

December 6th, 2009

(Video!) 3 Steps To Bigger Biceps ANYONE Can Follow!

The following article was submitted by Jeff Anderson, author of  Optimum Anabolics.

Every red-blooded male on the face of the planet wants bigger biceps!

But very few ever see the kind of arm growth they’re truly capable of…

Because they don’t know the 3 SECRETS you’re about to discover!

After this Muscle Nerd Fitness Video, you’ll never be able to walk into another gym without shaking your head in disbelief!

Disbelief at how the other wannabe’s frustratingly train their arms with no progress…while YOURS just seem to GROW and GROW!

Get ready to take your arm training to the NEXT LEVEL!  This is about how to get big biceps.

Advanced “Mass Building” Technique Discovered!

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You won’t believe this training technique when you see it!

But the “before and after” pictures don’t lie!

Forget what you THOUGHT you knew about building muscle…this breaks ALL the rules!

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Poll: Overweight? No Graduation for You.

November 30th, 2009
Photo Credit: lumaxart

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In 2006, the university in Pennsylvania introduced its Fitness for Life programme with the aim of encouraging students to lose weight.

They demised that if a student had a body mass index (BMI) – a ratio of weight to height – of above 30, then they should take some college-sanctioned steps to show they had lost weight or at least tried.

These might include activities such as walking, exercises, various fitness games, etc.

If those who were assigned to take these courses did not complete them, they would not be allow to graduate.  Similar in concept to United States high school “Exit Exam” that all students must pass in order to obtain a high school diploma.

While it is true that obesity world-wide is on the rise, does it make sense to stop somebody from obtaining a college level degree simply because they do not meet a BMI requirement?

Do you even think the BMI is a good standard to measure against?

How would you feel if you denied a university degree simply because you were overweight?

Is it far to be unable to graduate because you were overweight?

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Ask the readers: Best Weight Gain Tip?

November 30th, 2009

Today I will ask you, the readers, to create the content for this site.  Many of you are experts yourself having been through this before.  I’ve never tried this concept on this blog and if it works, it will be something I’ll do often.  If not, can’t blame me for not giving it a shot.

Many of us would like to gain weight — some of us just 10 pounds, and others more than 50.  But it’s not easy. We put ourselves through nutrition nightmares, we fail in our daily eating, we continue to stay the same weight, and we feel frustrated and confused about it.  Worse yet, if you are desperate to gain weight you are told by many how lucky you are to be so skinny without even trying.  For an ectomorph who’s trying to pack on muscle, this is just a backhanded compliment.

But you can gain weight. It can be done. Some of you have even done it.  I’ve done it myself after 20 years of natural bodybuilding.

So here’s your question for today:

What’s your best weight gain tip?

Put your two cents in! Let us know in the comments.

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Why is Nutrition Important?

November 24th, 2009

A few days ago a client came to me and thanked me for the meal plans provided. After following them, his results were showing.  But he still had the most common of questions and while he hated to ask … I’m glad he did.

“Why is Nutrition Important?” he said.

Frankly … this comes up a lot.  People blindly follow a routine or a meal plan without understanding even the basics of why nutrition is important.  If they do not grasp the concept, it is very easy to stop following it.  Once you understand the importance and characteristics of a good nutrition program, you will be more inclined to follow it.

“Nutrition is what gives us the raw materials for recuperation, energy, and growth. Without a good diet, your dreams of achieving your ideal body will never be reached.” – Hugo A. Rivera, CFT, SPN, BSCE

The following article was submitted by Hugo Rivera, author of The Body Re-Engineering System.  See The Body Re-Engineering System for more information on packing on quality muscle mass.

What Should A Good Nutrition Program Consist Of?

1) It should favor smaller and frequent feedings throughout the day instead of smaller ones.

Why? Because when you feed your body several times a day, your metabolism increases. Therefore, you burn more fat. Frequent feedings are of particular importance since after three to four hours of no food your body switches to a catabolic state (a state in which you lose muscle and gain fat!). The body believes that it is starving and it starts feeding itself on lean muscle tissue and it prepares to store calories as fat. Bad scenario!

Therefore, in order for your program to work, you will eat between four to six meals (depending gender and goals) a day spaced out at 2-1/2 to 3 hour intervals.

2) Every meal should have carbohydrates, protein and fat in the correct ratios.

Having a meal that is not balanced (for example is all carbohydrates) won’t yield the desired results. Every macro nutrient has to be present in order for the body to absorb them and use them properly. Without boring you with the effect of food on the body’s biochemistry, let’s just say that if you only eat carbohydrates in one meal without anything else, your energy levels will crash in about 30 minutes and your body will be storing any carbohydrates that were not used into fat.

Conversely, if you only eat protein, you will lack energy and your body will not be able to turn the protein into muscle because it is difficult for the body to absorb protein in the absence of carbohydrates. In addition, the ratios for each particular macro nutrient have to be correct in order to get the results that you want.

The ratio of our diet will look like the following:

40% Carbohydrates
40% Protein
20% Fats

(Note that for every serving of carbohydrates, you get a serving of Protein. You can use Bill Phillips Method of creating meals which is to count a portion of carbohydrates as the amount of food the size of your clenched fist and a portion of protein as the amount of food the size of your open palms.)

3) The calories should be cycled.

I strongly believe in caloric cycling as this will not allow the metabolism to get used to a certain caloric level; something that leads to stagnant results.

Therefore, bodybuilders in search of just muscle mass should follow 5 days of high calories (lean body mass x 15) with two days of lower caloric intake (lean body mass x12). Bodybuilders in search of losing fat while building muscle at the same time should follow 5 days of lower caloric intake (lean body mass x12) with 2 days of higher calories (lean body mass x 15).

Note: If you build muscle and lose fat at the same time you will not gain muscle as fast as you would if you just concentrated in muscle mass. However, you get to get both goals accomplished at the same time.

People interested in body sculpting should alternate between two weeks of lower calories (around 2000 for men and 1000 for women) and two weeks of higher calories (around 2700 for men and 1700 for women).

Nutrition Basics

There are 3 macro nutrients that the human body needs in order to function properly.

A) Carbohydrates:

Carbohydrates are your body’s main source of energy. When you ingest carbohydrates your pancreas releases a hormone called insulin.

Insulin is very important because:

  • It grabs the carbohydrates and either stores them in the muscle or stores them as fat.
  • It grabs the amino acids (protein) and shelters them inside the muscle cell for recovery and repair.

Most people that are overweight and are in low fat/high carbohydrate diets got into that condition because they are eating an overabundance of carbohydrates. Too many carbohydrates cause a huge release of insulin. When there is too much insulin in the body, your body turns into a fat storing machine. Therefore, it is important that we eat no more carbohydrates than necessary and that we eat the right amount of carbohydrates.

Now that we have talked about the importance of having just the right amount of carbohydrates, let’s talk about which are the best sources of carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates are divided into complex carbohydrates and simple carbohydrates. The complex carbohydrates give you sustained energy (”timed release”) while the simple carbohydrates gives you immediate energy. It is recommended that you eat mainly complex carbohydrates throughout the day except after the workout where your body needs simple carbohydrates in order to replenish its glycogen levels immediately, something that will aid faster recuperation and rebuild of the muscle. Below is a list of good sources of carbohydrates:

There are two types of carbohydrates:

Complex Carbohydrates:

Starchy:

Oatmeal (1 cup dry)
Sweet potatoes (8 oz baked)
Potatoes (8 oz baked)
Rice (1 cup cooked)
Pasta (8oz cooked)
Corn (1 cup canned)
Peas (2 cups cooked)

Each serving approximately equals 40-50 grams of carbohydrates.

Fibrous:

Broccoli (1/2 cup raw)
Carrots (1 cup raw)
Cauliflower (1/2 cup raw)
Green beans (1/2 cup raw)
Lettuce (5 cups raw)
Mushrooms (3/4 cups raw)
Pepper (1/2 cup raw)
Spinach (3-1/2 cups raw)
Zucchini (1 cup raw).

Each serving approximately equals 6 grams of carbohydrates.
Simple Carbohydrates:

Apples (1 apple)
Bananas (1 banana)
Grapefruit (1 grapefruit)
Grapes (22 grapes)
Oranges (1-1/2 orange)
Pears (1 pear)
Pineapple (3/4 of a cup)

Each serving approximately equals 20-25 grams of carbohydrates.

B) Protein

Every tissue in your body is made up from protein (i.e., muscle, hair, skin, and nails). Proteins are the building blocks of muscle tissue. Without it, building muscle and burning fat efficiently would be impossible. Its importance is paramount. Protein also helps increase your metabolism every time you eat it by 20%! It also makes the carbohydrates timed release, so you get sustained energy throughout the day.

Everybody that is involved in a weight training program should consume between 1 gram of protein to 1.5 grams of protein per pound of lean body mass (meaning that if you are 100 lbs. And have 10% body fat, you should consume at least 90 g of protein since your lean body mass = 90 lbs.). Nobody should consume more than 1.5 grams per pound of lean body mass as this is unnecessary and the extra protein may get turned into fat.

Good examples of protein are eggs (I use Egg Substitute: 1-1/2 cups liquid), chicken breast (cooked, skinless and boneless: 6 oz), turkey (cooked, skinless and boneless: 6 oz), lean (90% lean) red meats (6 oz), and tuna (6 oz). Each serving size equals approximately 35-40 grams of protein.

C) Fats

All the cells in the body have some fat in them. Hormones are manufactured from fats. Also fats lubricate your joints. So if you eliminate the fat from your diet, then your hormonal production will go down and a whole array of chemical reactions will be interrupted. Your body will then start accumulating more body fat than usual so that it has enough fat to keep on functioning. Since testosterone production is halted, so is muscle building. Therefore, in order to have an efficient metabolism we need fat.

There are three types of fats:

Saturated Fats: Saturated fats are associated with heart disease and high cholesterol levels. They are found to a large extent in products of animal origin. However, some vegetable fats are altered in a way that increases the amount of saturated fats in them by a chemical process known as hydrogenation. Hydrogenated vegetable oils are generally found in packaged foods. In addition, coconut oil, palm oil, and palm kernel oil, which are also frequently used in packaged foods and non-dairy creamers are also highly saturated.

Polyunsaturated Fats: Fats that do not have an effect in cholesterol levels. Most of the fats in vegetable oils, such as corn, cottonseed, safflower, soybean, and sunflower oil are polyunsaturated.

Monounsaturated Fats: Fats that have a positive effect on the good cholesterol levels. These fats are usually high on the essential fatty acids and may have antioxidant properties. Sources of these fats are Fish Oils, Virgin Olive Oil, Canola Oil, and Flaxseed Oil. We like to refer to these type of fats as good fats.

Twenty percent of your calories should come from good fats. Any less than 20% and your hormonal production goes down. Any more than 20% and you start accumulating plenty of fat. The way that I get my fats is by taking 1 teaspoon of Flaxseed Oil three times a day (I put them in my protein shakes).

Good sources of fat are canola oil (1 tablespoon), natural peanut butter (2 tablespoons), olive oil (1 tablespoon), flaxseed oil (1 tablespoon), and fish oils (1 tablespoon). Each serving size contains approximately 14 grams of fat.

D) Water

Water is by far the most abundant substance in our body. Without water, an organism would not survive very long. Most people that come to me for advice on how to get in shape, almost always underestimate the value of water.

  • Water is good for the following reasons: Over 65% of your body is composed of water (most of the muscle cell is water).
  • Water cleanses your body from toxins and pollutants that would get you sick.
  • Water is needed for all of the complex chemical reactions that your body needs to perform on a daily basis. Processes such as energy production, muscle building, and fat burning require water. A lack of water would interrupt all of these processes.
  • Water helps lubricate the joints.
  • When the outside temperature is up, water serves as a coolant to bring the body temperature down to where it is supposed to be.
  • Water helps control your appetite. Sometimes when you feel hungry after a good meal this sensation indicates a lack of water. Drinking water at that time would take the craving away.
  • Cold water increases your metabolism.

In order to know how much water your body needs a day, just multiply your lean body weight by .66. This would indicate how many ounces of water you need in a day.


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Hugo A. Rivera, CFT, SPN, BSCE

Hugo A. Rivera, CFT, SPN, BSCE. is a lifetime natural bodybuilder, multi certified personal trainer, industry consultant and fitness expert who not only knows training and nutrition theory, but also applies it on a daily basis as evidenced by the fact that he’s always in shape and by his awards and high placings at numerous national level bodybuilding competitions.

He is also an internationally known best selling fitness author with a very successful franchise of books called “The Body Sculpting Bibles” which collectively have sold over a million copies. Hugo is also the author of the very popular “Body Re-Engineering” e-book, which teaches you how to gain lean muscle mass and get lean without drugs, or fancy expensive supplements, using the secrets he devised after many years of weight problems as a child.

See Hugo’s ebooks online here:

Body Re-Engineering
www.losefatandgainmuscle.com
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You’re Wecome

November 19th, 2009

It’s Thanksgiving and you know what that means: food, family, friends and sexy pilgrims. Check out Muscle Milk’s foray into the world of branded entertainment with the world’s first Thanksgiving R&B slow jam.

The video stars Tenacious D member JR Reed and tells the story of the pilgrim who never made it into the history books. Enjoy.

Happy Thanksgiving

You’re Welcome via The Sexy Pilgrim

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Holiday Body Transformation Challenge to You

November 19th, 2009
Photo Credit: Jasonlam

Photo Credit: Jasonlam

Every year as Thanksgiving gets closer, you’ve probably seen the depressing reports: “Most people gain between 5 and 10 pounds of body fat in the six weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas.”

“This is the time of year when people celebrate their slowly depreciating life expectancy, via large bottles of whiskey and through gluttonous consumption of very large turkey legs.” - The Fly at ibankcoin.com

I’m not sure if this worries you or not, but a lot of people are terrified about getting fatter in the next two months. They anticipate the workouts falling by the wayside and the holiday food calling out to them irresistibly, defeating even the strongest willpower. There’s good news and bad news about this.

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