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We have all heard you are what you eat so I like to eat well. It happens, sometimes we don’t treat our digestive system right. When the pizza and donuts make it past my lips and enters my digestive system there is no way I’m gonna let myself turn into a pizza faced donut shaped body.
Water, water and then some more water. Can I say it again, drink water and clean your system. Do you wash your dirty clothes with soda or juice? No you wash with water and soap. When it comes to soap for the digestive system pick your brand that works for you. I choose wheatgrass, but there are so many ways out there that cleanse your digestive track. Try a few and see what works for you. It can be a simple salt water cleanse once a week or use of a basic cleanse product. Then take 5-10 minutes to do some abdominal exercises.
It might amaze you how much better you feel just by keeping your digestive system healthy. Give it a try!
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Below is an article contributed by Mike Geary, the founder of TruthAboutAbs.com. I thought this was an important topic to share with you because the reality is that most people simply don’t realize how dangerous their excess abdominal fat really is to their health.
The Hidden Dangers of Your Excess Abdominal Fat – It’s More Serious Than a Vanity Issue!
by Mike Geary, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer
Did you know that the vast majority of people in this day and age have excess abdominal fat? The first thing that most people think of is that their extra abdominal fat is simply ugly, is covering up their abs from being visible, and makes them self conscious about showing off their body.
However, what most people don’t realize is that excess abdominal fat in particular, is not only ugly, but is also a dangerous risk factor to your health. Scientific research has clearly demonstrated that although it is unhealthy in general to have excess body fat throughout your body, it is also particularly dangerous to have excess abdominal fat.
There are two types of fat that you have in your abdominal area. The first type that covers up your abs from being visible is called subcutaneous fat and lies directly beneath the skin and on top of the abdominal muscles.
The second type of fat that you have in your abdominal area is called visceral fat, and that lies deeper in the abdomen beneath your muscle and surrounding your organs. Visceral fat also plays a role in giving certain men that “beer belly” appearance where their abdomen protrudes excessively but at the same time, also feels sort of hard if you push on it.
Both subcutaneous fat and visceral fat in the abdominal area are serious health risk factors, but science has shown that having excessive visceral fat is even more dangerous than subcutaneous fat. Both of them greatly increase the risk your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, sleep apnea, various forms of cancer, and other degenerative diseases.
Part of the reason visceral fat is particularly dangerous is that it apparently releases more inflammatory molecules into your body on a consistent basis.
If you care about the quality of your life and your loved ones, reducing your abdominal fat should be one of your TOP priorities! There’s just no way around it. Besides, a side-effect of finally getting rid of all of that excessive ugly abdominal fat is that your stomach will flatten out, and if you lose enough stomach fat, you will be able to visibly see those sexy six pack abs that everyone wants.
So what gets rid of extra abdominal fat? Is there actually a REAL solution beyond all of the gimmicks and hype that you see in ads and on commercials for “miracle” fat loss products?
The first thing you must understand is that there is absolutely NO quick fix solution. There are no pills or supplements of any sort that will help you lose your abdominal fat faster. Also, none of the gimmicky ab rockers, rollers, or ab belts will help get rid of abdominal fat either. You can’t spot reduce your stomach fat by using any of these worthless contraptions. It simply doesn’t work that way.
The ONLY solution to consistently lose your abdominal fat and keep it off for good is to combine a sound nutritious diet full of unprocessed natural foods with a properly designed strategic exercise program that stimulates the necessary hormonal and metabolic response within your body. Both your food intake as well as your training program are important if you are to get this right.
I’ve actually even seen a particular study that divided thousands of participants into a diet-only group and an exercise/diet group. While both groups in this study made good progress, the diet-only group lost significantly LESS abdominal fat than the diet & exercise combined group.
Now the important thing to realize is that just any old exercise program will not necessarily do the trick. The majority of people that attempt getting into a good exercise routine are NOT working out effectively enough to really stimulate the loss of stubborn abdominal fat. I see this everyday at the gym.
Most people will do your typical boring ineffective cardio routines, throw in a little outdated body-part style weight training, and pump away with some crunches and side bends, and think that they are doing something useful for reducing their abdominal fat. Then they become frustrated after weeks or months of no results and wonder where they went wrong.
Well, the good news is that I’ve spent over a decade researching this topic, analyzing the science, and applying it “in the trenches” with myself as well as thousands of my clients from all over the world to see what works to really stimulate abdominal fat loss.
The entire solution… all of the nutritional strategies, as well as training sequences, exercise combinations, and more have all been compiled in my Truth About Six Pack Abs Program.
Keep in mind that the point of this whole program is NOT abdominal exercises (that is only a very small portion of it). The main point of this program is showing you the absolute most effective strategies for losing your stubborn abdominal fat, so you can get rid of that dangerous health risk, as well as get a flatter more defined midsection.
If you follow the guidelines, you WILL lose your belly fat that has been plaguing you for years. This is not guesswork… it is a proven system that works time and time again for all of my clients on every corner of the globe that actually apply the information I teach. If you apply it, the results will come. It’s really that simple.
The only reason most people fail in their fitness goals is that they have good intentions at first to adopt a new lifestyle, yet after a few weeks or months, they abandon their good intentions and slip right back into their old bad habits that gave them the excess body fat in the first place.
I want to help you succeed in finally getting rid of that extra abdominal fat that is not only UGLY, but also DANGEROUS.
Don’t waste another day allowing that nasty abdominal fat to kill your confidence as well as contribute to your risk for MAJOR diseases.
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Train hard, eat right, and enjoy life!
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer
Author – The Truth about Six Pack Abs
Here is a great article by Mike Geary founder of the Truth About Abs fitness system.
In all of my years of personal training and nutrition counseling, if I had to choose a couple VERY simple dietary changes that have made the biggest difference for my clients in allowing them to FINALLY see fat loss results (and other health problems solved), it would be this following test:
1. Test removing all wheat products from your diet for 2 entire weeks, and take notice of how you feel, look, and your body composition.
2. Test removing all dairy from your diet for 2 entire weeks, and take notice of how you feel, look, and your body composition.
The best way to do this is to eliminate them both for 2 weeks, and then reintroduce 1 at a time so that you can determine if one of them or both of them are causing negative health effects for you.
Wheat and dairy are easily 2 of the biggest intolerances that a large % of the population has.
Now this doesn’t mean that I’m saying you have to entirely eliminate wheat and dairy for eternity, but what I’m saying is that this is an important test to do for about 2 weeks to gauge if you see some dramatic changes in your body fat percentage, how you look and feel overall, your energy levels, and other health issues.
If you do the 2-week elimination of wheat and dairy and don’t feel that it helped you at all or made you feel better, than you can probably do ok on moderate amounts of each.
Most people don’t realize this, but a large % of the population has at least some degree of intolerance to the gluten in wheat and several other grains. The biggest offender is wheat though, as it’s in such a large percentage of the average western diet… from breads, to pastas, to bagels, to cakes, wraps, cereals, etc, etc.
Most people don’t have the extent of intolerance that a celiac has, but most people feel much better, improve all sorts of health problems, and also lose fat faster when they eliminate wheat from their diet.
What about me? Do I still eat wheat?
Well, what I do is try to only eat wheat on cheat days which many times means when I’m out at restaurants or at parties, barbeques, etc. Since wheat is so integral in the typical western diet, it’s almost impossible to avoid when eating out or at other people’s houses.
But I have virtually ZERO wheat products in my own house usually. Anything is simple to avoid at least 90% of the time, when it doesn’t even exist in your cabinets!
Now with as anti-wheat as I am, I’m actually a big fan of dairy… However, ONLY if the dairy is raw milk or raw cheese and from grass-fed cows. Did you know that many people who “think” they are lactose intolerant actually can drink raw milk without a problem? This is because the live enzymes and friendly bacteria in raw milk aid in the digestion of the lactose and the proteins in milk. These enzymes and friendly bacteria are destroyed in pasteurized milk, which makes it more difficult to digest for many people.
If I can’t get raw dairy, I choose to go dairy-free (with the exception of small amounts of yogurt). That’s because I feel that the pasteurized, homogenized milk products are not suitable for long term consumption (but that’s another story for another day).
Btw, you can always search to see if raw milk co-ops or farms are available in your area on RealMilk.com. You’d be surprised at how many co-ops are available that deliver from rural areas to urban areas. It’s important to make sure that the farm is reputable and certified (in some states) to produce raw milk. Most raw milk farms are the cleanest operations in the entire dairy industry.
Oh, and for the “germo-phobes” out there… I’ve been drinking gallons upon gallons of raw, full fat milk for about 6 years now, and I’ve never once gotten sick from it, nor has anybody else that I know that’s been drinking it long term… so to all of these so-called “experts” out there telling you that “there’s a reason they pasteurize milk, because it’s dangerous if not”… well, they obviously don’t know what they’re talking about.
People are more likely to get sick from pasteurized milk, because mass factory farms are generally dirtier operations with animals that are in poorer health than grass-fed raw milk farms.
And don’t forget the high levels of fat-burning, muscle building CLA in full-fat, raw, grass fed milk (and omega-3’s)!
Back from the tangent… I think this elimination of wheat and (pasteurized) dairy is one of the most important tests anyone can easily do to see if wheat and dairy are negatively affecting them. After all, it’s only 2 weeks to test yourself!
A couple quick things to note:
1. Eggs are NOT dairy… I’m not sure why so many people seem to think that eggs are a dairy product, but there is absolutely no dairy in eggs… eggs are basically meat if you want to categorize them. Eggs are practically a perfect food in terms of nutrition density.
Here’s an entire article I did on whole eggs vs egg whites if you haven’t seen it:
2. When trying to eliminate wheat, this usually means that almost ALL processed foods have to be eliminated because wheat components are in so many processed foods.
Good luck with the test if you try it! Many people find it to be one of the best things they’ve done for their health.
Here’s another recent article that was very popular in this ezine… Basically, I did a 6-week experiment on myself and tried to overeat constantly… see what happened:
Have a good one!
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Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer
Founder – http://TruthAboutAbs.com