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Forget Calories Forever! October 10, 2015

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Ageing? No Way! February 5, 2015

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Ageing? No Way!
Whats the #1 cause of weight gain, joint pain and osteoporosis in men and women over the age of 50!

And It’s totally preventable 🙂

I’m dedicating to helping you improve not only your body, but your health and quality of life, the first thing I want address is something called sarcopenia.

Sarcopenia, is a greek word that means “poverty of the flesh” and can otherwise be known as “Muscle Wasting!”

Nearly everyone over the age of 30, who doesn’t know how to fight it is currently undergoing stages of sarcopenia.

In fact, did you know that between the ages of 30 and 60 the average man or woman loses 15lbs of muscle? And…

Did you also know that 1lb of muscle can burn 30-50 calories per day?

That means by your 40’s your metabolism will drop by burning 150-250 less calories per day…

By your 50’s your metabolism will drop by 300-500 calories per day…

And… by your 60’s if you don’t do anything about this, your metabolism will have reduced by 450-750 calories per day!

Looking at this information, it’s no wonder that people gain weight year after year all while feeling hopeless!

After all, by the time you’re 60, you would have to eat 450-750 less calories then you did at 30 just to maintain your.
However, sarcopenia, muscle wasting and the sever drop in your metabolism between the ages of 30 and 60 can easily be prevented and reversed if you know the right steps to take.
So, don’t blame the passage of time for your weight gain and middle age spread!
Stay active, Eat Clean and Feel Great

Jax

 

Common Food Like A Narcotic! October 27, 2014

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This article is golden! Read it and change your diet!

As Addictive As Most Narcotics?

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By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES

You have been warned…

There is one food – or nutrient – that could be as addictive as most street drugs.

In fact, this one nutrient is found in many of the food products you eat every day.

The food offender: sugar.

But, I have some great news for you!

There are all-natural sweeteners that could sweeten many of the foods you eat – without the adverse side effects associated with sugar.

See for yourself…

Sugar vs. Natural Sweeteners

Here’s the problem:

Your brain needs sugar in order to function. But not table sugar like you would normally think of.

Your brain requires glucose in order to function. And when your levels drop, your brain sends out a warning signal to your body to eat more food.

Result = pretty intense cravings.

However, here’s the problem with added sugar. Sugar targets the reward system in your brain.

And when it’s exposed to high amounts of sugar, the reward center may become over-sensitized to sugar.

This makes you crave sugar. And this may mean you need more and more sugar in order to shut down the cravings and the sugar response.

So what can you do?

Well, for starters, you should reduce your intake of refined and processed carbs and any added sugar in your diet.

One way to accomplish this feat is to look for more natural sweeteners.

And, just for you, we have provided the top THREE natural sweeteners we recommend:

1. Coconut Sugar

This natural sweetener – which is made from boiling down the sap of coconut flower buds cut from coconut leaves – is a great substitute for your sweet tooth.

Not only does it contain far less sucrose than regular table sugar, it is also lower on the glycemic index.

That means there may not be such a sharp increase in blood sugar or insulin released by your body.

2. Raw Honey

Those bees sure are busy little buggers!

Raw honey – not the boiled down and refined type – is chock full of potent minerals that hold tons of benefits for your health.

Plus, raw honey possesses many anti-bacterial and anti-microbial benefits, which places honey way up there in terms of healthy nutrition.

Not only that, but honey is low in fructose, which makes it a great sweetener for a number of different foods.

3. Stevia

This common sweetener is extracted from the leaves of the stevia plant.

Stevia may be 200 times sweetener than sugar, but it possesses some pretty impressive health benefits.

Stevia has been shown to have anti-glycemic, anti-hypertensive, and anti-inflammatory properties.

It could be one of the most widely used sweeteners around.

Take Home Message

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I hate to tell you this, but sugar is extremely addictive.

So addictive in fact, that many people experience very intense cravings when their blood sugar levels drop low enough.

One reason for this is due to sugars ability to stimulate the reward system in your brain. And this overstimulate may make you need more sugar just to quiet your cravings.

And this may be why most people turn to artificial sweeteners in order to satisfy their sweet tooth, without adding calories to their waistline.

This has brought about the boom in artificial and natural sweetener.

If you’re looking to curb your sugar cravings, then you should turn to the three natural sweeteners from above.

It could just save your life and protect your health in the process!

Eat Clean. Train Smart. Expect Results!

 

This one’s for Rob – The Saturated Fat Myth! May 17, 2014

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The Saturated-Fat Myth That Robbed You of Your Good Health!
Before World War II, the miracle-healing coconut had been used to help alleviate:

Coughs
Constipation
Malnutrition
Skin infections
Toothaches
Earaches
Flus
And more!

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But that all changed when the war ended and the United States proclaimed hydrogenated oils to be the “healthier oils.” By the 1960s, a weak scientific theory claimed that saturated fats-like those found in butter, eggs, milk, red meat and coconuts – increased “bad” LDL cholesterol and were dangerous to consume.

Nothing was further from the truth! But this “health scare” was enough to push the public away from saturated fats and instead to refined vegetable oils. This was perfect for food manufacturers because they were far cheaper to produce.

It wasn’t long before Western-style diets made their way to the islands and the old ways were forgotten.

Cheaper, mass-produced hydrogenated foods replaced traditional foods, like the versatile and all-healing coconut oil that had kept the islanders healthy for generations.

And for the first time ever, diseases that had become prevalent among Americans… heart disease, diabetes, cancer and obesity started to plague the island nations.

Although this article talks about Americans – exactly the same story has run Un the UK!
Original, very weak ideas about saturated fat and cholesterol have been shown to be false over and over again. The strength of current
Nt studies and research ethics are much more robust NOW.

REMEMBER it wasn’t so long ago that we knew the World was flat!

Eat fat – it doesn’t kill you. It’s a better source of calories than sugars, as sugar has no nutritional value where dates are Essential for health. Your immune system, hormones, glands and nerves all NEED fats to develop and function properly.

Avoid hydrogenated fats -ALWAYS!
Processed fats from vegetable sources are NOT recommended
Choose cold pressed nut oils and NEVER heat or cook with them. Instead, add them as dressings and flavourings to cooked food.

Watch out for more info about Coconut and how to use it!

Eat Clean, Train Hard, Feel,Greeat!!

 

2/13 Nutrition Lies That Made The World Sick And Fat – Calories November 3, 2013

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2. A Calorie is a Calorie

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It is often said that the only thing that matters for weight loss is “calories in, calories out.”

The truth is that calories matter… but the types of foods we eat are just as important.

That is because different foods go through different metabolic pathways in the body (14).

Additionally, the foods we eat can directly impact the hormones that regulate when and how much we eat, as well as the amount of calories we burn.

Here are two examples of why a calorie is NOT a calorie:

Protein: Eating protein can boost the metabolic rate and reduce appetite compared to the same amount of calories from fat and carbs. It can also increase your muscle mass, which burns calories around the clock (15, 16).
Fructose vs glucose: Fructose can stimulate the appetite compared to the same number of calories from glucose (17, 18).
Even though calories are important, saying that they are all that matters when it comes to weight (or health for that matter) is completely wrong.

Bottom Line: All calories are not created equal. Different foods go through different metabolic pathways and have varying effects on hunger, hormones and health.

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Tips to Boost Your Metabolism at Any Age! September 19, 2013

How to Keep Your Metabolism Fired-Up as You Age (How to slow the slowing…):

Your Resting Metabolic Rate or RMR is where the majority of our calorie use takes place. The higher this is, the less fat we carry. You see, decreases in your RMR are heavily associated with the reduction of lean muscle tissue.

Age-related weight gain is purely a function of the loss of muscle.
Move less and you will lose muscle –
Lose muscle and your metabolism slows down –
Slower metabolism equals fat gain!

Muscle is a hungry tissue and requires a lot of calories to maintain. The more functional muscle mass you have the faster your metabolism and the lower your fat stores. Muscle tissue atrophies –diminishes – as we age because in general we move less, exercise less and become generally physically less active.

While the mechanism is not entirely clear, what is clear is that you do not have to accept age related muscle loss as inevitable.

You can offset many of the factors which cause the slowing of your metabolism. The quickest way to disrupt your current metabolic set point and loosen your current homeostatic state is through metabolically costly exercise. Challenging regular exercise actually increases the number of mitochondria (the energy factories in your muscle tissue) and the more of these little ‘furnaces’ you have, the more calories you burn.

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The best insurance against age-related fat gain is lifting weights…

Research has shown that regular, metabolically taxing resistance training can reduce, reverse or even prevent this muscle loss. This in turn leads to less fat. So the first way we can work to negate the metabolic slowing effects of ageing is by maintaining muscle mass through regular, challenging, conscious exercise.

YOU MUST Move more and work your muscle HARD!

However the type, duration and choice of exercises are vitally important. A specific exercise protocol called HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training encourages fat loss. MRT or Metabolic Resistance Training plus MCT or Metabolic Cardio Training selects and sequences exercises in the right way to challenge muscle strength, endurance and energy systems to give time efficient results that burn fat AND build muscle at the same time.

But exercise is only one of a number of the lifestyle modifications that you can adopt to keep your metabolic rate fired-up – regardless of your age.

WHAT CAN I DO TO INCREASE OR MAINTAIN MY METABOLIC RATE AS I AGE?
You can:

*Ensure that you engage in at least 20 to 25 minutes of medium to high metabolic cost exercise every other day
*Ensure that you engage in 20 – 35 minutes of moderate physical activity on the alternate days.
*Ensure you eat enough lean protein throughout the day
*Look for other small ways to move more and stay more active. Take a parking spot away from your destination.
*Take the stairs.
*Give the dog an extra walk each day or just go for a walk each evening after dinner etc etc.
*Stop drinking pop & fruit juices and drink more cold water and green tea instead.
*Avoid foods that contain any level of transfats or hydrogenated fats.

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*Sleep – enough & your metabolism thrives, too little & you get fat – simple as that….
*Avoid highly processed foods wherever possible especially the ‘whites’ – sugar, flour, rice and other processed carbs.
*Don’t eat anything labelled ‘diet’

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*Eat more fruit & veggies, fish and eggs.
*Eat more protein & fibre.
*Add spices to your meals.
*Take krill or fish oil
*Take Vitamn D ( the D3 version NOT the D2)
*Eat slow, low GI GL foods

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*Try out stress reducing activities like Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi or start meditating daily. A walk on the beach, in the Park, in a Forest or a Field – are all great stress busters.
*Take 500mg of Vitamin C when stressed will reduce cortisol significantly.
**Make love more often.

Your metabolic rate has always been, and will always be, a result of a combination of your activity levels, calorie intake, and the types of foods that you consume.
Low or unprocessed foods are simply better for you and make it easier for you to maintain a faster metabolism.

It’s very important for all of us, regardless of age, to eat better proper foods, more often and to maintain regular levels of physical activity.

To a very large degree your metabolic rate is yours to control

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A strong middle age is something to aspire to …and within reach for us all.

Remember your age and gender don’t matter, in order to lose fat fast, efficiently and to transform your metabolism three things have to fall into place:
1. you must have an absolute burning desire to change the way you look & feel
2. you must have a strategic training protocol to follow which disrupts your current
homeostatic set point and ramps up & re-conditions your metabolism and lastly
3. you must follow a diet that supports the reconditioning of your metabolism by creating a calorie deficit whilst firing up your metabolism and manipulating your hormones.

Age will try to slow us down. But by staying active and eating well, the experts agree: You can reverse.the effects of a slowing metabolism. To a very large extent your metabolic rate is yours to control.

Remember: you don’t have to accept the metabolic slow down of aging – you CAN offset it!!