Children’s Exercise Lacking Say Experts


You know we always talk about our OWN fitness and how to stay in shape, but have you seen some of the KIDS these days?  An estimated 60 MILLION kids are classified as overweight…

Check out this short news story about the HARSH REALITY of this growing epidemic…


In a resort published in the Archives of Diseases in Childhood, researchers from the Peninsula Medical School in Plymouth, UK, have carried out research that suggests the 1 hour of moderate exercise a day recommended to children from health experts may not be enough to tackle the rising problem of childhood obesity.

Findings Worth Noting:

  • 42 percent of boys and only 11 percent of girls met the government recommended daily exercise level of one hour of moderate exercise.
  • Exercise alone had no positive effect on weight control over time.

Does this mean if you send Joe or Jane outside for 10 minutes or 90 minutes and they run around, they could still be having weight issues?  Absolutely.  The value of exercise cannot be underestimated in terms of stress and other conditions but exercise alone is not enough.

“However the researchers did believe that improving children’s diets, which they claim to have “changed markedly” over the last two decades, would be likely to have a greater impact on their overall health and weight.”

Just like adults, nutrition plays a major role in shaping your body.  As the once late and great Vince Gironda used to say “Bodybuilding is 80% nutrition.” And I’m sure you’ve heard that you can’t out train a bad diet?  Maybe your child, niece or nephew won’t be a bodybuilding champion anytime soon but the same principles apply to our kids.

I personally think there’s 3 reasons why kids are becoming fatter today and please, use the comment box below to add your own theories.

Theory #1:  Parents are simply too busy anymore to pay attention to what’s being eaten. Moms and Dads work and there’s a lot more unsupervised children.

Theory #2:  Parents don’t know what to do about it. Using food as punishment, taking away the sweets, making comments about your kids appearance in hopes they will take it upon themselves to eat better or telling them scary facts about becoming overweight is not the connection that will help them eat properly or make better choices as adults.

Theory #3: It’s very easy to make bad choices. While vending machines have improved in schools, it varies from school to school even down to the lunch programs.  It’s very quick and easy to grab what looks like a healthy energy drink, only to read the labels and see it’s loaded with calories and sugar.  Most kids go for taste and don’t pay any attention.  That leaves it up to the schools to determine what’s in the machines.

I’m more of a firm believer in Theory #2.  I’ve found that even the healthiest parents have some of the most unfit kids.  It’s a disconnect between the parent and child because kids just don’t care about that stuff (yet). Most parents I talk to know how to eat properly, they know portion sizes and they can tell a good choice from a bad choice.  But they have little to no idea how to get their kids interested in nutrition without forcing it upon them.  And more often than not, if the parents themselves are not or never have been overweight, they have no idea of the name calling and teasing that can go on at school which can damage self-esteem and lead to a list of other problems.

Most parents struggle with finding REAL SOLUTIONS for their son or daughter’s weight gain.

But there is a solution.  Make it a family effort!

Obesity is not just your child’s problem.  It is a problem that the whole family must be involved in solving.  Your child lives within your family environment.

It’s called “Raising Fit Kids” and if you have an overweight child, you’re going to say “FINALLY!”  It covers

Raising Fit Kids

Raising Fit Kids

EVERYTHING you need to know to help you kid.  Developed by Jeff Anderson, who has a 14 year old himself struggling with a weight issue, he figured something had to be done.

But here’s the problem according to Jeff…

“A lot of DOCTORS don’t know what advice to give parents about their
kid’s weight problem!

Government organizations and other community services are
trying…but often just offer “tips”.

But “tips” and “doctors’ advice” dished out in a 5 minute checkup
do NOT help parents with ALL of the challenges they face when
trying to help their child.”

Personally I find it odd that the few parents I’ve had conversations with who expressed concerned about their potentially overweight child, when asked what they were actively doing about it, they weren’t sure how to approach it.  When I mentioned a few resources including Raising Fit Kid, they didn’t seem all that interested.

Many there’s a secret Theory #4 that nobody wants to talk about or admit.  Maybe a lot of parents just don’t care.   I hope I’m way off base on that one as being a parent myself, I do care and I hope other parents care too.  This isn’t a matter of just sending your child outside more.  Or taking away the “bad” snacks in the house.  It’s getting them connected early on about nutrition in a different way.  It’s only going to work if learning is somewhat fun or event driven.  Scaring them with stories about diabetes or belittling them about their image in hopes they will step up and do something is not the way to change the eating behaviors an an 8 year old.

Study after study is showing we have a serious issue and it’s not going away.  If you need to understand nutrition but are struggling with how to approach the subject to your child, Raising Fit Kids is worth a look.  Or at least pass it along to somebody else who may be frustrated and facing a potential childhood obesity issue.

I think most parents do care and with busy lives and not enough high quality information with exact steps of what to do, it’s frustrating.  Putting our children on medication to help them with weight is 100% Absolutely Positively Not the solution!


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The Body Fat Solution


The Body Fat Solution

September 30th, 2008

After months of Tom eluding to this hardcover book, he finally gave the scoop.  Not only the scoop but an image of The Body Fat Solution along with a summary of what to expect.  And of course, if you are part of his Burn the Fat Inner Circle (I’m there too) then you will get support for this new book as well as some juicy details well before the launch including some principles he’s going to discuss.

The Body Fat Solution Overview:

In The Body Fat Solution, Venuto outlines the five principles that will retrain your mind and body for automatic success. Determined to help you keep the fat off for good, Tom shows you how to:

• change your vision through manageable goals for indomitable confidence
• eat healthy, delicious food almost unconsciously and shed the pounds effortlessly
• maximize your metabolism to jolt out of plateaus
• reshape your body through lean muscle training for a strong core and toned frame
• invite a supportive social network of friends, family, and mentors to help you achieve your dream for life

What Tom Said:

“I’ve been holding off on making this announcement until everything was 100% official and as of today, it is 100% official…

After 18 months since the initial idea was proposed and after 9 months of writing in earnest, I’ve finished my new book, THE BODY FAT SOLUTION. The manuscript has been officially accepted by Avery, an imprint of Penguin books, a major New York city publishing company.

The publication date is now also official – it will be released on December 26th, 2008 and we will be doing our first major publicity tour the first or second week in January 2009.

The Body Fat Solution is Released! Full details here.

There will be a Body Fat Solution website. However, after a lot of thought, I’ve decided not to start a new community site just for this new book. I will be fully supporting discussion about THE BODY FAT SOLUTION, right here in the Burn The Fat Inner Circle. I figured there should be no reason for you to have to join another site when I can provide support for the book right here.

Now… I have a feeling that I am going to be bombarded with questions, and I’m almost certain that some of the first ones that will come up here in the Inner Circle will include:

* Why another diet or fat loss book?
* Why didn’t you do a muscle building book?
* How is The Body Fat Solution different than Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle?
* How is The Body Fat Solution different from other hard cover weight loss books?
* Is there anything new in The Body Fat Solution that is not already in Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle?

I am going to be answering all these questions and many more next week in a special audio interview with Kyle Battis. I’m not sure if it will be a live teleconference call where you can dial in and listen live, or if Kyle and I will simply record it and post the MP3 here in the site. We will let you know when we finalize that call.

I will be posting more information and previews soon and as Inner Circle members, you will get the inside scoop on everything first and I’m going to be sharing a lot of my new concepts and research with you here exclusively in the Inner Circle.

Stay tuned, I will be posting much more info soon!”

I fully expect an autographed copy Tom!  :-)

The Body Fat Solution is Released! Full details here.

Should Weight Loss Claims be Classified as Disease Claims?


On April 17, 2008, three public interest groups and an OTC manufacturer of a weight-loss drug have filed a petition with the FDA to treat weight-loss claims for supplements as disease claims!

What Petition Wants to Classify Weight Loss Claims as Disease Claims?

In a petition sent to the FDA commissioner, Andrew von Eschenbach, MD, the Obesity Society, the American Dietetic Association, Shaping American’s Health and GlaxoSmithKline asked the FDA to reconsider it’s regulatory approach to weight loss supplements. Keep in mind, GlaxoSmithKline is the maker of Alli, currently the ONLY FDA approved OTC drug for weight loss.

Here’s the angle being taken…

Although not technically a disease, being overweight can be a risk factor for other diseases. Such close ties from weight loss supplements like it can lower high cholesterol, which is not a disease itself but is a sign of cardiovascular disease makes this a fine line to walk.

Based on a University of Connecticut study funded by GlaxoSmithKline, the study showed that consumers may misunderstand the regulation of supplements today by the FDA.

GSK-Funded Study Shows Confusion about Supplements

  • 54% of survey respondents that believed weight loss supplements are tested and proven safe before they are allowed to be sold.
  • 45% believed that weight loss supplements are tested and proven effective before they can be sold.
  • 64% believed that the FDA requires all weight loss supplement companies to mention any ill side-effects on the labels.
  • 50% believe that weight loss supplements by enlarge are somewhat effective.
  • 37% believe herbal supplements are safer than OTC or prescription drugs.

Source: National Dietary Survey

Given this potential misunderstanding, the petitioners argue that supplement manufactures are making weight loss claims with little data to back it up. Many independent studies against specific weight loss supplements have shown there’s no difference in a person who takes a weight loss supplement and somebody who does not. Most of them have concluded that there is little if any evidence to suggest that any weight loss product on the market today available to the consumer actually works.

This is inline with what fitness expert Tom Venuto has said in his Fat Burners – The Unadulterated Truth. Other fitness experts, including myself, agree that consumer available weight loss supplements are a multi-billion dollar industry with a severe lack of strong evidence to suggest any significant weight loss. Even green tea, once the best bet for natural and small amounts of weight loss, may not make any difference at all. Although it has other serious health benefits.

As a counter to the petition, CEO Steve Mister of the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) said in the April 28th statement that his group plans to oppose the petition.

“We believe the weight loss claims are legitimate and appropriate claims for the products in the dietary supplement category, provided these products have substantiation to support the truthfulness of these claims.”

The DSHEA, commonly know as the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act of 1994, does allow for weight loss supplement companies to make such claims within some guidelines. To think the supplement industry is totally unregulated would be a false statement.

While I fully agree with the statistics provided above, the study was paid for by a major pharmaceutical company. It stands to benefit from this proposed change to regulation.

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Photo of the confused consumer by Saffanna Used under a Creative Commons license

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Craig Ballantyne – 4 Greatest Secrets in Fat Loss History


” The 4 Greatest Secrets In Fat Loss History”

You won’t believe the questions Craig Ballantyne, the author of Turbulence Training,Fat Loss Secrets answered in this interview! There wasn’t anything he shyed away from or avoided. In this special report, you will know The Secret (4 to be exact) that will lead you to the ultimate body of your dreams. These closely guarded secrets are things the pros know and use every single day. If you don’t think that fat loss is a metal game, you are sadly mistaken. Let Craig show you what you need to do in order to burn fat fast!

Read the full story to download the interview and MP3 instantly (no e-mail address required).