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Fat Loss Tips and Techniques – E-Book

Over the next few weeks, we will be giving you access to some amazing free eBooks. Created by some of the experts in the field of fitness and bodybuilding. Starting with Will Brink who you may know has, over 15 years experience as a respected author, magazine columnist and consultant to the following: The supplement, fitness, bodybuilding, and weight loss industries. Will graduated from Harvard University with a concentration in the natural sciences. He also acts as a consultant to major supplement, dairy, and pharmaceutical companies.

This is a eBook which gives you a straight forward, common sense approach, easy to apply fat loss tips and techniques. That everybody can easily do on a daily basis. There’s no rocket science involved, just straight talking, down to earth techniques you should put into practice straight away.

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Is the kitchen too domineering, get control back

Most people who know me well, would have never put money on that happening. But when you meet an amazing woman things soon change.
Jen & I were supposed to kick off our celebrations on Thursday night by going to see The Killers at The Hollywood Bowl then follow it up with The Stones at Staples Center last night and dinner at one of our favorite restaurants tonight.

Unfortunately, I’ve been laying on my mothers couch in Jersey since last Tuesday, absolutely sick as a dog, so we never made it back home to do any of that.
I crushed myself for a few weeks, capped off by a nonstop party weekend in New York on almost no sleep a couple weeks back and paid the price for it. This will be a lesson for me to learn from, that’s for sure.
While staying at my mothers place, I noticed that she had masses of toxic stuff in her kitchen that was becoming to domineering, which had to be thrown out immediately. I’m talking about the kind of stuff that makes you fat, unhealthy, depressed, hormonally fucked, and very sick.

Thing is, a lot of people have this same crap in their kitchens. So I figured I’d make a list of stuff to get rid of immediately, get the food preparation right, and get some control back.

  • Plastic spatulas They melt into your food. They leach nasty chemicals into your food. You want wood or bamboo; never plastic or rubber.
  • Plastic cutting boards, all those little chunks that are missing from them? Yeah, they’re inside you right now.
  • Aluminum and Teflon nonstick pans Both leach deadly chemicals into your body. Get stainless steel or enameled cast iron post and pans instead. Glass Pyrex cookware is good to have as well.
  • Toxic, non-green cleaning supplies Any brand name cleaning spray is not healthy. Go to a store like Whole Foods and get some green, eco friendly brands.
  • Vegetable oils The only oils you want to use are coconut, red palm and olive. The first two are the only ones safe for cooking with.
  • Microwaves They kill vital nutrients in food and blast you with a little dose of radiation. Which I’d be all for if it gave you extra human strength, but since it doesn’t I think its best to avoid it.
  • Anything in a Bisphenol A (BPA) containing can. Canned goods in general aren’t great but if you have to buy something in a can make sure it says BPA Free.
  • Wheat Depending what you read up to 80% of people are intolerant to gluten when tested. But I’ve known people who were tested for it and were told it wasn’t a problem. Then they cut out gluten for 90 days and all of their ailments disappeared. It’s just not a food worth eating. If you’re not healthy you don’t have a choice. Try it.

So come on!, throw all of that crap out, get your kitchen utensils clean, and lets get healthy now!
Jason Ferruggia

Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Training Adviser to Men’s Fitness & LiveStrong

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Wrong foods cultivate Bacterial Vaginosis

Ebook-246x365-MainPageHave you experienced Bacterial vaginosis then It’s time to get honest. Now do you really think that doughnut and latte has any “real” nutrition in it to feed your body? How about that equally sad attempt to eat dinner with breaded fish finger type things and French fries? Also please don’t tell me that you think ketchup is a vegetable – it’s mostly sugar.

You may treat your body like it’s a furnace – throwing anything into it assuming it can “burn” it off. Well, it just doesn’t work that way does it – lets be honest with ourselves for once.

Even a fire will burn hotter and more efficiently with the proper fuel.

Your body needs more than fuel (calories). It needs nutrients to stay healthy. The beneficial microbes in your gut cannot create vitamins, or absorb minerals out of thin air. Junk food has no nutrients to speak of and cannot “feed” your body. Its just mostly junk sugars.

When your body goes on too long without basic nutrients, it slows down as you me well know. Systems break down and then stop working altogether. You can get away with eating poorly for quite a long time. But then one day you notice a stinging sensation when you urinate. Your vaginal discharge is now odorous. The last time you made love, it burned. What on earth is going on?

Sooner or later, all of that poor eating and junk food catches up with you. Not just with bacterial vaginosis, but also any number of other diseases due to malnutrition – diabetes, obesity etc. Your immune system can only do so much with what little you give it. Now that you have received the bad news, what can you do about it?

Eat your greens – Seriously It’s time to find a way to eat all of those things you might have left out of your daily diet.

Go easy at first. Teach yourself to like these better choices and before you know it, you’ll begin to feel a lot different – better! One day you’ll notice that you’re not so foggy brained, and that you last longer during the day. And most importantly that the bacterial vaginosis isn’t plaguing you anymore.

Once your immune system – your whole body for that matter – starts to get the proper nutrients it needs, it can get back in the driver’s seat. You actually start to live your life to the full again.

All because you started to add healthy eating choices. The question you should be asking yourself is, “So why don’t we hear doctors telling their patients to do this, if its going to improve your health?” Would you belive that many of them do. The problem is they simply give in to the patient demands of wanting a quick prescription-based fix for the problem. They don’t spend enough time discussing things with their patients.

Now you can be your own doctor by taking good sound advice to eat healthy food. your home treatment for bacterial vaginosis. In my next post I’ll talk about what that good food is and how it can help you stave off BV. If you cant wait, why not get a copy of my book BV Straight Talk – Simple and straight steps to permanently get rid of Bacterial vaginosis. Written by Mary Malone.

C-section to Bikini Ready, 7 day jump start recipe

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Hi my name is Courtney, and I can’t believe I am actually going to feel good about wearing my new bikini on vacation in April! Considering where I was less than a year ago. Since giving birth to my beautiful baby daughter. I have been following the guidelines to the 7 day Jump start recipe program for 5 weeks now. I have lost the last 12lbs from my pregnancy and I’m keeping it off! My baby is now 10 months old and I am so happy! I didn’t think I would get back in shape after a difficult pregnancy, gaining almost 65lbs, and then an emergency c-section! I have got the diet down!
That is when I reached out to my friend Natalie Jill. Who is a licensed sports nutritionist and personal trainer.

Natalie has been a close friend for over 6 years, and I had done here make-up on several occasions the past year or so when she started fitness modeling. I have seen first hand how passionate she is about health and fitness. She works incredible hard and is a mother herself. I knew Natalie would understand my needs, fears and concerns.
She introduced me to her Jump Start recipe program. Eventually I reached my goal of being under 140, I have exceeded it and am now 135lbs, and I lost roughs 12 lbs. I am not trying to be a fitness model, just a mom wanting to be the best I can be for my Daughter and Me.
Natalie Jill Fitness 7 day jump start recipe
Thank you so much! I now live a much healthier lifestyle – Courtney

Build Big Calves with Jason Ferruggia

How do you build big calves… this is a question that I pondered for many years as a young kid, being born with calves like string beans. After doing many experiments, what I finally realized was that high volume works great for building calves. They’ve got to be the hardest muscle to build. Doing a few sets for them, never did anything for me. Since I had no great desire to train them, and because I preferred to focus on strength, athleticism and bigger compound lifts they stayed that way for years.

The only time they finally responded was when I hit them with very high volume. I usually end up doing this for about a month, and then I get bored, and stop training calves again for another year. Its difficult to tolerate the high volume loading for too long before you will start to develop some ankle / achilles problems. If you are an athlete, and you run or jump a lot, don’t even think twice about doing high volume calf work.

But if how to build big calves is a question that you obsess over, and you really want to get them jacked then you need to really increase your volume and frequency. I once managed to put two inches on my calves in just over a month! That’s the truth. Don’t get me wrong, but my calves are still nowhere near that huge, but the point is, you can add significant size to your calves if you really want to.

They were Arnold’s worst body part, and he dedicated all his time and effort to bringing them up. He even cut his pants off at the knee so he had to suffer the embarrassment of having his calves exposed wherever he went.

I suppose one option is to do a set of calves between every set of every exercise you do at each workout. You need to go heavy, get a good, deep stretch and hold it for a second (and up to ten seconds) at the bottom, and then get all the way up on your big toe at the top while flexing your calves hard. When you do standing calves your knees should be slightly bent on the way down and then locked out on the way up.

Another option is to start each workout (or each lower body day) with calves. For one day per week your exercise would be heavy standing calf raises for 5-10 sets of 5-8 reps, and the other day would be seated calf raises done for 4-5 sets of 15-30 reps.

You should also consider training the tibialis anterior muscles. These are the muscles that run down the front of your shin. Unfortunately some people develop imbalances from doing too much ankle extension and not enough ankle flexion. If this happens and becomes a problem, the calves will not grow. So train these muscles by hanging your feet off the end of a bench and holding a dumbbell or DARD (Dynamic axial rotation device) device between them, and flexing your feet up towards you for a few sets of 10-20 reps, do this twice a week.

After you have finished with standing, seated and donkey calf raises and the tib raises, try doing farmers walks (you know the one, where you carry a heavy weight in each hand) for up to five or even ten minutes while remaining on your toes the entire time. This will absolutely boost your calves.

To end, finish up your workouts with 10-15 minutes of jumping rope.

The above strategies should definitely get anyone’s calves to grow rapidly in just a couple of months. But just be sure to ease into the extra volume slowly and gradually and take a step back if your ankles start to bother you.

If you are currently doing only 3-4 sets of calves twice per week you should slowly add a set or two at every workout until you get to about 10 or so. Ten hard, heavy sets plus the farmers walks, and jumping rope should be more than enough for most people to add an inch or so in a month.

Now you know how to build big calves. For more ideas and advice on adding size to the rest of your body, check out my Muscle Gaining Secrets program now.

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Jason Ferruggia – Fitness Expert

Corn Syrup destroys Your Brain, and Your Ability to use it.

Some foods you are probably eating on a daily basis can actually cause DAMAGE to your brain over time.

In this article, we’ll explore the foods that HARM your brain vs foods that PROTECT your brain.

This article is based around an article by Mike Geary – Certified Nutrition Specialist
Co-author of the best seller: The Top 101 Foods that FIGHT Aging

First, the BAD NEWS

Certain foods your eating can do a lot of harm your brain, both by impairing learning ability as well as impaired memory response. Even worse, the wrong food and drink choices throughout your life can even lead to the terrible and deadly disease called Alzheimers.

A friend of mine just told me that her father died of Alzheimers, and it was just a terrible disease where he didn’t even know who she was anymore towards the end of his life. It’s time our society started to take degenerative diseases like Alzheimers, cancer, and heart disease more seriously throughout our lives, and not just once it becomes too late. Even in our 30’s, 40’s, and even our 50’s, the choices we make with our daily food can PREVENT these terrible diseases from starting.

So let’s get on with the topic of foods that harm your brain, and what you can do about it…

Food No.1 that HARMS your brain: Fructose

In 2012 UCLA published a study in the Journal of Physiology, researchers found that a diet high in fructose over time can damage your memory and learning ability.

Beyond the harm to your brain, it’s well known in the research world that a diet high in fructose can also cause insulin resistance in your body over time, and can lead to type-2 diabetes and extra body fat. Also it has been found, a high fructose diet also adversely affects your triglyceride levels in your blood as well as small dense LDL particles that cause plaque in your arteries.

So what we have here is high-fructose intake = impaired memory and learning in your brain, increased risk of diabetes, and increased risk of heart disease. Oh, and we forgot to mention extra abdominal fat too… Yum – so who wants another can of soda pop or a large bowl of corn syrup sweetened ice cream!

The average person eating a modern western diet of processed food consumes a LARGE quantity of fructose without even knowing about it, from all of the soft drinks (high fructose corn syrup typically), sweetened juice drinks, orange juice, processed junk foods such as cakes and candies, as well as the High Fructose Corn Syrup that’s added to store-bought salad dressings, breads and cereals, and even condiments like ketchup.

Also many sports drinks, even though marketed as “healthy”, can have large amounts of corn syrup or even crystalline fructose as their main sweetener. Sports drinks can be equally as bad as a soda for your body and your brain. Don’t be fooled by the clever marketing showing pictures of pro athletes guzzling this stuff, they get paid for it. It does not mean that they drink it.

Please note that agave syrup which is marketed as a “healthy” sweetener, is one of the most concentrated forms of processed fructose in sweeteners as well. I would personally stay away from agave sweeteners as much as possible unless the amounts are very small.

All of these fructose-laden foods and drinks are easy to avoid though if you choose to eat consciously… for example, make homemade salad dressings from your favorite olive oil and vinegar with added spices, or choose to drink unsweetened iced tea with lemon instead of sweetened drinks or juices. If you have to use a lot of ketchup (which is usually full of sugar), try to reduce the quantity by mixing with mustard or hot sauce, which typically don’t contain HFCS sweetener in any significant quantities.

Last thing to note about Corn Syrup also known as fructose… Yes, natural whole fruits do contain fructose, but generally they contain smaller quantities of fructose than you would consume in a sweetened juice drink, soft drink or sweetened junk foods. The phytonutrients, antioxidants, and fiber that’s contained in most whole fruits counteracts any negative effects of fructose. I personally try to eat no more than 1-2 pieces of fruit a day due to the sugar and fructose content of larger amounts of fruit.

Here’s a trick: Did you know that limes and lemons contain virtually zero fructose, and there is only about 3-4 grams of total carbs in a whole lemon or lime, whereas a typical orange can contain upto 6 grams of fructose, and 25 grams of total sugar per fruit. I squeeze lemons and limes daily into either water or teas for a healthy flavorful drink. Fresh lemon juice has even been shown to control blood sugar response from a meal…another great bonus.

Other Foods that HARM Your Brain:

As you probably already know some of the harmful health effects of these foods, but long term effects on your brain are yet another…

Trans fats — are strongly inflammatory in your entire body including damage to cell membranes throughout your body. You must avoid hydrogenated oils in processed and deep fried foods. Eating too much trans fat can harm your cell membranes… but eating more healthy fats can help reverse that harm. We’ll show you 11 of the healthiest (and delicious) fat sources that can balance your hormones and protect your cell membranes.

Mercury — studies show that mercury from pollution (coal burning plants are the biggest source of mercury pollution to air and water) and from fish that are high on the food chain such as tuna, shark, swordfish, etc can possibly cause long term negative effects on your brain. Limit these types of fish to a couple times a month and focus more on fish such as salmon, trout, and many other types of smaller fish to reduce your mercury load.

Wheat-based foods — In his groundbreaking book, Wheat Belly, Dr William Davis makes a very convincing argument that wheat has addictive properties that act on the brain. Wheat contains compounds termed “exorphins” that have an effect in your brain similar to opiate drugs. This explains why some people have such a bad time giving up their favourite breads, cereals, pasta, and muffins because these foods are mildly addictive.

I know personally from past experience that if I have have a pasta dinner, I’ll go back for a second helping, and then a third, as I just can’t seem to stop eating the stuff. Then hours after dinner, I’ll get cravings for more carbohydrate based foods or sweets. But if I skip the pasta and just have meat, veggies, and salad, I find myself totally satisfied after dinner with no cravings later at night.

The good news is

There are plenty of superfoods, herbs, and spices that can protect your brain and your other organs too! Turmeric is one of the highest antioxidant spices that also exhibits brain-protecting effects? In India, where curry containing turmeric and other spices is eaten daily, rates of Alzheimer’s disease are among the lowest in the world, proving some of the brain-protecting effects of turmeric.

In addition, the powerful fatty acids DHA and EPA omega-3 fats in fish oil has been proven in countless studies to protect your brain from damage.

Do you want to know more

I’ll show you how to find dozens of delicious foods, spices, herbs, and unique nutrients that PROTECT your brain, joints, organs, and skin from aging. All you have to do is purchase my book: The Top 101 Foods that Fight Aging

Learn 52 brilliant tricks to counteract the 3 most harmful processes contributing to faster aging in your body, glycation, oxidation, and inflammation.

How to use 5 tasty “fatty” foods to protect your skin from aging and give it a more youthful appearance. You’ll also be surprised to know that even some saturated fat sources can be very beneficial for you!

These nutrients and super foods can be found at most food stores, and can help PROTECT your brain from aging, HEAL your joints, reverse or prevent type 2 diabetes, normalize your blood pressure, SLOW the aging of your skin, FIGHT against developing cancer, FIX years of digestion problems, and even help to BOOST your metabolism.

Foods that fight aging

Try Wheat free foods for better health

The gluten contained in wheat products can cause or contribute to digestive disorders and joint problems. If you suffer with either of these conditions, a wheat free diet may be just what you need to ease those uncomfortable symptoms. Do you need another reason to consider going wheat free?.

Eliminating this food out of your eating plan can also help you drop those unwanted pounds (I guess that got your attention).

Millet for Gluten Free Diet
Millet is commonly used as a wheat substitute in both gluten free and wheat free diets, as well as foods such as quinoa, brown rice, and sprouted grains.

A wheat free diet is often confused with a gluten free diet. Although wheat products contain gluten, these two types of diets are not the same thing. When you’re on a wheat free diet, you are simply eliminating all foods that contain wheat. When you follow a gluten free diet, you not only give up wheat, you also need to eliminate barley and rye as well.

Digestive problems and wheat consumption

The symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome vary from person to person, and they can come and go. Gluten intolerance has been shown to make IBS symptoms. Since gluten is discovered in wheat, eliminating it from your diet can help decrease the symptoms.

You don’t have to have irritable bowel syndrome, for wheat to cause digestive problems. When you consume wheat, it can clog up the intestines and make digestion difficult. A wheat-free diet can encourage a wholesome digestive tract by allowing nourishment to flow through easier.
Go Wheat-less and Drop a Few Pounds

Wheat is found in bread, pasta, baked goods, pasties, cereal, beer, ice cream, pizza’s, gravies and other processed foods. These types of foods have no nutritional value and they make it hard for you to lose weight. On top of all those empty calories you get when you load up on processed wheat products, you ingest all kinds of unhealthy chemical additives, think insecticides pesticides etc.

When you boot wheat out of your diet, there’s nothing left to eat but lean meats, fish, poultry, fruits, beans, nuts, legumes and vegetables. These foods are nutrient rich and are lower in calories than processed foods. When you choose healthier foods, you automatically reduce your calorie intake, so you have an easier time slimming down.

Eliminate the Wheat to Reduce Joint Pain

Gluten can hinder your body’s defenses against joint pain initiated by osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. If you have either of these ailments, a wheat-free diet may help decrease discomfort. Also, when you suffer from joint pains, being overweight will intensify the pain, there’s more pressure on the joints, they wear out faster. The reduction in weight from a wheat free diet will take some of the force off of your joints and help alleviate the agony and increase your mobility.

When you’ve been consuming wheat all of your life, the prospect of eliminating it from your diet can be daunting. If going wheat-free is difficult for you, try taking small steps. Start by cutting your intake by half. After you have done this for a while, continue to reduce the amount of wheat you consume. Before you realise it, you’ll be wheat-free and on the route to better health.
As a treat and delicious meal, try the following wheat free recipe:

MUSHROOM RISOTTO

Serves 6

1 litre of stock-either chicken or vegetable – ensure that any stock cubes are gluten free
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 finely chopped shallots
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
400g risotto rice
255g mushrooms, cleaned and slices.
Small handful of thyme, picked and chopped
1 tablespoon of olive oil
a handful of parsley freshly chopped
100ml dry white wine
25g unsalted butter
50g freshly grated Pecorino or Parmesan cheese

First prepare the mushrooms, by heating a tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan. Once hot, add the mushrooms and the thyme. Toss them for about a minute, until cooked, which should take approximately three minutes and then season with salt and pepper. Place to the side off the heat and prepare the risotto.

Heat the stock. In a separate pan heat a tablespoon of olive oil and add the shallot, a pinch of salt and sweat for about three minutes. Add the garlic, fry for another minute and then add the rice.

While you’re slowly stirring the rice so that they’re all warm, add the wine, stirring continuously. When the rice has absorbed the wine. Add the mushrooms and stir until the rice again absorbs the moisture from the mushrooms.

Add a cup of stock and stir continuously, until the liquid is absorbed. Continue doing this until you use nearly all the stock, and the rice is soft, but with a slight bite, rather than mushy.

Remove from the heat and season to taste, add the butter, cheese, most of the parsley, leaving a bit for garnish and stir gently.

Serve with the remaining parsley sprinkled on top.

Butter: Good Fat or Bad?

Is Butter good or bad for you. Most people are often shocked when they see how much butter I use, and consume in one day. But I know the real truth; Butter is a good fat and can actually help you lose weight.

Unfortunately, people are nowadays are thinking butter is unhealthy, this is a very common misconception. People still think that butter and saturated fats are the reason heart disease is one of the top killers in this country (and in the developed world). The truth is that it’s not the natural fats that are causing this epidemic, its the sugar, especially corn syrup (Fructose) used in processed and packaged foods, and the over-consumption of refined oils that are causing so much disease. (you can add Diabetes, High Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure to this list as well).

Butter, is rich in butyric acid, which is a short-chain saturated fatty acid [1] that is produced by our gut flora, and is used for energy by the cells in our colon. It has now been found to be a major contributor to a healthy metabolism, helps to control our blood lipids and our insulin sensitivity. One study found that mice fed with butyric acid supplement had a 300% increase in their insulin sensitivity.

Butyric acid is anti-inflammatory, is anti-cancer,  has anti-stress properties and is being studied to cure all kinds of problems including leaky gut, and a host of autoimmune diseases. In fact, it’s now believed that some of the metabolic problems that are plaguing us today are not only relieved by butyric acid, but could indeed be caused by a lack of that precious fatty acid in the first place.

1. Did you know that during the 60 year period upto the 1970’s, the proportion of traditional animal fat in the American diet declined from 83% to 62%?

2. During this same time butter consumption plummeted from 18 pounds per person each year to 4 pounds per person each year.

3. During the past 80 years, the consumption of dietary cholesterol intake has increased only one percent.

So why all the heart disease?

1. During the same period, the average intake of dietary vegetable oils (margarine, shortening, and refined oils) increased by about 400%.

2. During the same period, the consumption of sugar and processed foods increased by about 60%.

3. In the same period of time 70% of the western world became deficient in magnesium. (But we will talk about this in another article soon).

Those are the facts, but there’s never better proof than the results I see with my clients and my readers. When people finally stop eating margarine, refined oils, “fake” butters, sugar and processed foods, their health sky rockets! I mean, it gets better, greatly improves, and elevates to a new levels. Not to mention all the ugly body fat they lose off their body.

It’s important to mention that the butter I use is organic and grass fed. It has this beautiful deep yellow color and is not white like most conventional butters. It has gone through minimal processing and has no added growth hormones and antibiotics.

Now that I told you butter is OK to eat, here is a delicious chicken recipe you can try for yourself:

Chicken with butter dressing

Ingredients:

  • 2 large chicken breasts (approximately 1 lb of chicken)
  • 6 Tbsp of melted butter
  • lemon juice from 1/2 large lemon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste

Directions:

Melt 1 tbsp of butter in a large pan. Season the chicken breasts with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Cook the chicken breasts in butter covered on very low heat. Do not let the butter get brown. Pour the lemon juice in a separate bowl. Slowly stir in the remaining melted butter as you stir the mixture. Then slowly add the olive oil as you stir mixture. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Pour the “dressing mixture” over your cooked chicken breasts.

You can read more recipes such as the one above in Mike Geary’s ebook the Truth about Six Pack Abs which is packed full of nutrition advice, and healthy lifestyle.

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Ref [1] Short Chained fatty acid formation at fermentation of indigestible carbohydrates: Henningsson, Bjorck, Nyman. Scandinavian Journal oj’Nutrition/Nuringsj’orskning ~ol45:16.5-168,2001

Eating Coconut Oil can help you Lose Fat

Coconut Oil is a wonderful healthy food that has been shown to increase metabolism and assist in burning unwanted fat off your body. It is a wonderful superfood, that has been around for centuries and a great addition to any fat burning meal plan.

Unfortunately, some people have a really hard time believing that coconut oil is not “fattening” or “dangerous”. Including many in the health industry, but thankfully that’s all changing.

We have all been falsely led to believe that fat. Especially saturated fats, are the cause of our weight gain and health problems. This is only partially true. There are some fats like hydrogenated oils and vegetable oils can contribute to heart disease, and weight gain. But good fats, such as coconut oil, butter and olive oil, are actually great fats for our bodies. Just consider how much healthier people were in the late 1800’s and very early 1900’s. Heart disease was almost unheard of over a hundred years ago.

Let’s put some of these bizarre MYTHS about coconut oil to bed right now, once and for all.

Myth 1 – Coconut Oil contains a lot of fat so it must be fattening.

Truth – Not all fat makes you fat (I want to get this printed on a t-shirt). Certain fats do cause you to put on weight, but other good fats will actually burn unwanted fat off your body, and accelerate your metabolism.

Myth 2 – Coconut Oil contains almost all saturated fat so it must be bad for you.

Truth – Saturated Fat is not the cause of heart disease, weight gain and high cholesterol. It has been falsely accused, and it is SUGAR that is Enemy Number One.

(To read more details about how fats can be healthy and the history of dietary fats, read my  post Butter: Good Fat or Bad?)

Myth 3 – Coconut Oil should be avoided by those who are at risk for heart disease

Truth – The fat in coconut oil is one of the healthiest oils you can consume (yes, even for those with heart disease). It is rich in lauric acid, approx 50% of the fatty acid content. Which is well known for its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties (lauric acid is also contained in cow’s milk). Also it contains no trans fat. The saturated fat in coconut oil is different, in that it is of the medium-chain fatty acid (MCFA) variety. The body digests MCFA’s more easily and sends these fats directly to the liver where they are immediately converted into energy. Also the brain loves to use MCFA’s. Now isn’t that great? A fat that is used to make energy instead of storing it on our bodies.

Recently in this update Coconut oil is being used by some people to treat their elderly relative for Alzheimer’s disease, see this UK newspaper report.

I highly recommend everyone use unrefined, organic coconut oil for their cooking. About a single table spoon is more than enough for most cooking. You can even use it raw if you like as I think, it tastes amazing! I usually have about 2-3 total table spoons per day which is a perfect amount for a fat burning eating plan.

If you have a hard time finding coconut oil in your local supermarket, Available here for readers in the U.S.A: http://wildfamilynaturals.com

Now go right ahead and start enjoying your coconut oil and reap the fat burning effects right away.
Why not see what Mike Geary has to offer on such foods whilst dieting in his fat loss program.

Have you got man boobs

Being blessed with man boobs / breasts is often due to excessive body fat levels. But then again it can also be due to high levels of estrogen. Having high levels of estrogen can not only cause you to gain body fat in the chest and lower abdominal area, it can also lead to numerous health issues. Sadly more of us men are suffering from increasingly high estrogen levels, and this is leading to the continued feminization of the male gender as we know it. Lets be honest having man boobs does make you look silly.

If you think you can’t possibly be eating foods loaded with estrogens. Meat and dairy products are laced with hormones, and vegetables and fruits are drenched in pesticides. Once these chemicals are inside the body, they all mimic estrogen. The female hormone that causes estrogen disorders, including breast cancer in women. It literally castrates men.

This has to stop now before it’s too late.

How do you do that, you might ask?

Follow the advice I have pointed out, below, and you will start to get your estrogen levels in check immediately. Hopefully eliminating your need for ever having to call up Kramer and Frank for one of their prized inventions.

1) Don’t eat fake foods. If a cavemen couldn’t eat it, you most likely shouldn’t eat it. All the chemicals, and artificial junk that they put in most foods these days, can lead to increased estrogen levels, and numerous other health problems.

2) Avoid eating and drinking out of plastic containers as much as possible, over time plastics leach chemicals into your food. So it’s a good idea to avoid storing foods in plastic containers, use good old glass ones.

3) Eat only organic foods, pesticide and chemical free, organic produce, preferably purchased from a local farmers market.

4) Avoid all meat and dairy unless you are 100% sure that it is drug free and organic. All of the drugs and hormones that go into most animal and dairy products linger on, and will wreak havoc on your body. Boosting estrogen levels and can lead to heart disease and cancer.

5) Limit your consumption of fish to no more than once or twice per week. Fish because they are high in the food chain, are loaded with toxins such as PCB’s and dioxins that you should really avoid as much as possible. You should also support clean water regulations and laws, and organizations like Waterkeeper.

6) Only drink purified water. Our water quality continues to worsen all the time and is filled with numerous toxins and estrogenic compounds. Filter it, if you can, buy bottled water, but be aware of the plastic bottles.

7) Consume citrus fruits regularly, how ever these can cause problems in people who are susceptible to inflammatory illnesses caused by acidic food, irritating the gut.

8) Eat lots of cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower.

9) If you must drink alcohol try to avoid beer as much as you can because it is highly estrogenic. Red wine is a far better choice and may actually be anti estrogenic, you can also benefit from the reservatrol content.

10) Eat a good amount of organic nuts and seeds. Eating lots of organic nuts has been linked to increased virility in men.

11) Finally, be sure to only train with short, high intensity workouts that actually raise testosterone levels and decrease estrogen. This includes resistance training and energy system work. Unfortunately if you do the wrong training program can actually make things worse instead of better.

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