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It’s Not About the Calories – It’s About Your Hormones!

Here’s a video of a talk I did on this subject. My goal is to get the truth out there – that calories really don’t matter and balancing your hormones is what matters most.

Millions of people prove every year that diets and calorie restriction does not work with the human physiology, yet they keep trying the same thing over and over expecting different results. This perpetual frustration (and frankly, insanity) can be stopped with a little understanding of hormones and how they affect health and fat loss in the human body.

Watch and enjoy!


Are Flabonoids Making You Flabby?

lean-vs-flabbyOK, I admit that FLABonoids isn’t a real word, but I’m coining it now, so if I have any say, it will be in the dictionary within 10 years and I’ll be on the Ellen DeGeneres show talking about it.

Actually, I didn’t even come up with the word myself. I have to give the credit to my friend Angela who came up with it based on a misunderstanding. I was talking with her about flavonoids (also known as flavonols), which is a healthy component in healthy foods, and she thought I said flabonoids. After a copious amount of belly laughter, it dawned on me that flabonoids is the perfect word to be the antithesis of the word flavonoids!

Healthy foods like kale, broccoli, berries, arugula, asparagus, chia seeds, raw cacao, and tea (to name just a few) contain high amounts of (more…)

Are Genetically Modified Foods Fattening?

fat fruitIf you know me, you probably already know the answer to this question, but let me explain a few facts first.

1.) It’s been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that toxins are fattening. The reason for this is because once a toxin is ingested, it starts to break your system down and negatively affects your health. Your body quickly recognizes this and goes into action to get that crap out of your system as fast as possible. It can do this through vomiting and diarrhea, as with food poisoning, or as in the case of more subtle poisons, it will decide to store that poison in the safest storage facility possible, which ends up being your fat cells. Now that your fat cells are full of poison, your body will be more reluctant to liberate those cells to be burned off for energy because that would let the poison back out.

2.) GM foods are full of (more…)

Coffee, Fat Burning and Fitness

w-Giant-Coffee-Cup75917Coffee has been villainized among fitness gurus and trainers in recent years, but the most recent research indicates that it doesn’t have to be a bad thing, as long as some precautions are taken.

The first precaution is to consume it in moderation because coffee tends to be acidic, which leads to inflammation, which can cause health problems and can also make fat loss more challenging. As long as consumption is kept to 1 to 2 cups a day, the inflammation issue shouldn’t be too significant though.

The second precaution is to make sure that your coffee is organic. Coffee is pretty difficult to grow, therefore huge amounts of pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers are used on the conventional coffee plantations.

The third precaution is to be mindful of what you put in your coffee, because (more…)

My Top 7 Get Well Supplements

photoBeing sick sucks, and when clients are sick, they have to miss their X Gym workout. No one wants that. We don’t want that, and clients don’t want that, because it gets in their way of getting in shape!

If you saw my post on staying well, you saw my top seven tips and tricks for that. If you follow those, you won’t get sick very often. I sure follow them, and I rarely do. If you don’t follow them however, and do and up getting sick, then here are the top 7 supplements I recommend for getting well as fast as possible.

Along with these supplements, taking it easy, resting, drinking lots of pure water, staying warm, and (more…)

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