Tuesday, December 21, 2010

A Recipe For Weight Gain Over The Holidays (Am I Serious?)

I totally am. It's Christmas, you gotta let loose a little :)

People think I'm some sort of machine when it comes to food and that I don't have cheat meals (when in fact I do) and eat boiled chicken and broccoli all day (surprisingly it actually quite good if you add the right spices but that's another newsletter for another day).

I'm not perfect when it comes to eating as it's not even necessary to get really good results. (I bet you were relieved to hear that.)

I thought I'd share with you a dessert that is my absolute favourite: Cheesecake Supreme! I treat myself to enjoying multiple cheesecake slices over Christmas :) I bet you will enjoy it and enjoy knowing that I am human and do have at least one indulgence (as some of my clients already experienced at our Christmas party a few weeks ago).

It's called Cheesecake Supreme. Cheesecake in my books is the ultimate desserts as it's like a meal

Caution: this is NOT a health food and will result in weight gain if abused ;) 

Cheesecake Supreme
Ingredients

    * 1-1/2  cups  finely crushed graham crackers
    * 1/4  cup  finely chopped walnuts
    * 1  tablespoon  sugar
    * 1/2  teaspoon  ground cinnamon (optional)
    * 1/2  cup  butter, melted
    * 3  8-ounce packages  cream cheese, softened
    * 1  cup  sugar
    * 2  tablespoons  all-purpose flour
    * 1  teaspoon  vanilla
    * 1/4  cup  milk
    * 3    eggs, slightly beaten
    * 1/2  teaspoon finely shredded lemon peel (optional)
    * 1  recipe Raspberry Sauce (optional)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. For crust, in a bowl combine crushed graham crackers, walnuts, the 1 tablespoon sugar, and, if desired, the cinnamon. Stir in melted butter. Press the crumb mixture onto the bottom and about 2 inches up the sides of an 8- or 9-inch springform pan; set aside.

2. For filling, in a large mixing bowl beat cream cheese, the 1 cup sugar, the flour, and vanilla with an electric mixer until combined. Beat in milk until smooth. Stir in eggs and, if desired, lemon peel.

3. Pour filling into crust-lined pan. Place the pan in a shallow baking pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes for the 8-inch pan, 35 to 40 minutes for the 9-inch pan, or until a 2-1/2-inch area around the outside edge appears set when gently shaken.

4. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Using a small sharp knife, loosen the crust from sides of pan; cool for 30 minutes. Remove the sides of the pan; cool cheesecake completely on rack. Cover and chill at least 4 hours before serving. If desired, serve with Raspberry Sauce.

5. Makes 12 slices

6. Water Bath Method: Prepare crust as directed. Place the crust-lined springform pan on a double layer of 18x12-inch heavy-duty aluminum foil. Bring edges of foil up and mold around sides of pan to form a watertight seal. Prepare filling as directed and pour into prepared pan. Place in a roasting pan and pour enough hot water around pan to reach halfway up the sides. Bake as directed. When done, edges of cake will be set but center will jiggle a bit when pan is gently shaken. Turn oven off and allow cheesecake to sit in oven for 1 hour (cheesecake will continue to set up during standing time in oven). Remove from water bath and cool and chill as directed in step 4.

7. Sour Cream Cheesecake: Prepare as above, except reduce cream cheese to 2 packages. Omit the milk and add two 8-ounce cartons dairy sour cream. Bake 45 to 50 minutes for 8-inch pan (40 to 45 minutes for 9-inch pan).
Per slice: 439 cal., 33 g total fat (18g sat. fat), 133 mg chol., 30 g carbo., 288 mg sodium, 1 g fiber, 7 g pro.

8. Chocolate Marble Cheesecake: Prepare as above, except omit lemon peel. Melt 4 ounces semisweet chocolate. Stir the melted chocolate into half of the filling. Pour plain filling into the crust; pour chocolate filling into the crust. Use a narrow metal spatula to gently swirl the fillings. If desired, garnish with chocolate shavings.
Per slice: 473 cal., 35 g total fat (19 g sat. fat), 137 mg chol., 34 carbo., 1 g fiber, 8 g pro.

Nutrition Facts

    * Calories426,
    * Total Fat (g)32,
    * Saturated Fat (g)17,
    * Monounsaturated Fat (g)10,
    * Polyunsaturated Fat (g)3,
    * Cholesterol (mg)138,
    * Sodium (mg)303,
    * Carbohydrate (g)29,
    * Total Sugar (g)18,
    * Fiber (g)1,
    * Protein (g)8,
   
Your friend,

Tyron 

PS. Make sure you give these people a big high 5 next time you see
them as over the past few months they each referred their friends to our program and because of our referral incentive program got some serious rewards:

Val - referred 1 friend - gets 50% off their entire month of
training
Eve - referred 2 friends – gets 100% off their entire month of
training
Patty - referred 1 friend - gets 50% off their entire month of
training
Tara - referred 1 friend - gets 50% off their entire month of
training

Thanks for bringing your friends out!

Hey by the way, so that you can get on this list and get more free
training (or start getting free training if you aren't already) and
cash like these did, here's an email I wrote and you can cut and
paste it and send it to all your friends and if anyone joins you
get these rewards too (50% off for EACH person you refer! Refer two
people and get 100% off! Not bad if you ask me).

Boot Camp and Personal Training email templates below.

If you are doing the boot camp please use the following email to
send:

Hi [insert your friend's name],

I've been going to this boot camp and its been so amazing, the
results are awesome, I totally recommend you come out as I'd love
to work out with you. Come for a freee trial.

Click the following link to claim your fr.ee trial (complete steps
1-3): http://MakersBody.com/FirstTimeCamper.html

See you soon!

[insert your name]


If you are doing personal training please use the following email
to send:

Hi [insert your friend's name],

I've been seeing this personal trainer and its so amazing, the
results are awesome, I totally recommend you come out as they'll
help you reach your goals much faster. Come for a fr.ee workout.

Click the following link to claim your fr.ee workout:
http://MakersBody.com/PARQ.html

See you soon!

[insert your name]


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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Your Fat Loss Questions Answered



Be sure to let me know if you liked my little Q and A video...

If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.  Email them to me at MakersBody@gmail.com.


1. Tara T.
I am a new client and sadly out-of-shape, and I am hoping to try for my next child in 2011, but I would like to get my body in great shape before I do. How long should I give myself to get fit and be fit before I try to have a baby? Then can I safely exercise while pregnant?

1. Cecilia Y.
What exercises should I do when I go away?
Recently i've been taking short trips roughly lasting for a week n i'm wondering should i just forget about exercise as i'll be so tired fr sightseeing n discovering the place that i tend to overlook/even skip my regular exercise regime.Is there any exercise that i can do within a short period of time without overtaxing my already exhausted body fr travelling?Thanks in advance.

1. Mike A.
Hey Tyron - quick question: so im heading in to the next phase of cutting off some fat. Would you advise drastically cutting down on fruit (basically to none) and really just focusing on vegetables? I would imagine that the reduction in fructose etc... would make for some great reduction in overall caloric intake.

I was... planning on doing this, but I thought I should check before. I wont get scurvy or anything will I? haha.


PS. I am looking for a female personal assistant to work about 5-10 (possibly 15) hours per week mainly from home helping me with my fitness business.

MUST: Be good with computers
MUST: Be good with posting Craigslist advertisements
MUST: Be good on the phone and have very good interpersonal and communication skills
MUST: Be able to do some people management
MUST: Have reliable computer and high speed internet access
MUST: Be dependable
MUST: Have a vehicle
MUST: Live on the North Shore (as I’ll have errands that need to be done a couple of times per week)

Starting at $12 per hour.

If you think you are the female personal assistant I am looking for, please watch the Youtube video by clicking the link below. Follow the instructions in the video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YscJquuJkTg

Also if you know someone who would be interested please send them this info and ask them to contact me by email at MakersBody@gmail.com or by phone at 604.626.2342. Thanks.




PPS. Make sure you give these people a big high 5 next time you see
them as they each referred their friends to our program and because
of our referral incentive program got some serious rewards:

Candice - referred 1 friend - gets 50% off their entire month of training
Charmaine - referred 1 friend - gets 50% off their entire month of training
Tara - referred 1 friend - gets 50% off their entire month of training
Thanks for bringing your friends out!

Hey by the way, so that you can get on this list and get more free
training (or start getting free training if you aren't already) and
cash like these did, here's an email I wrote and you can cut and
paste it and send it to all your friends and if anyone joins you get
these rewards too (50% off for EACH person you refer! Refer two
people and get 100% off! Not bad if you ask me).

Boot Camp and Personal Training email templates below.

If you are doing the boot camp please use the following email to
send:

Hi [insert your friend's name],

I've been going to this boot camp and its been so amazing, the
results are awesome, I totally recommend you come out as I'd love
to work out with you. Come for a freee trial.

Click the following link to claim your fr.ee trial (complete steps
1-3): http://MakersBody.com/FirstTimeCamper.html

See you soon!

[insert your name]


If you are doing personal training please use the following email
to send:

Hi [insert your friend's name],

I've been seeing this personal trainer and its so amazing, the
results are awesome, I totally recommend you come out as they'll
help you reach your goals much faster. Come for a fr.ee workout.

Click the following link to claim your fr.ee workout:
http://MakersBody.com/PARQ.html

See you soon!

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Your Fat Loss Questions Answered



Be sure to let me know if you liked my little Q and A video...

If you dig it, I’ll think about making it a weekly or biweekly thing.

(I though it would be pretty cool)

PS. By the way, check out Steve Abercrombie's recent cleanse fat loss update. See video below.



PPS. Make sure you give these people a big high 5 next time you see
them as they each referred their friends to our program and because
of our referral incentive program got some serious rewards:

Eve - referred 2 friends - gets 100% off
Patty - referred 1 friend - gets 50% off

Thanks for bringing your friends out!

Hey by the way, so that you can get on this list and get more free
training (or start getting free training if you aren't already) and
cash like these did, here's an email I wrote and you can cut and
paste it and send it to all your friends and if anyone joins you get
these rewards too (50% off for EACH person you refer! Refer two
people and get 100% off! Not bad if you ask me).

Boot Camp and Personal Training email templates below.

If you are doing the boot camp please use the following email to
send:

Hi [insert your friend's name],

I've been going to this boot camp and its been so amazing, the
results are awesome, I totally recommend you come out as I'd love
to work out with you. Come for a freee trial.

Click the following link to claim your fr.ee trial (complete steps
1-3): http://MakersBody.com/FirstTimeCamper.html

See you soon!

[insert your name]


If you are doing personal training please use the following email
to send:

Hi [insert your friend's name],

I've been seeing this personal trainer and its so amazing, the
results are awesome, I totally recommend you come out as they'll
help you reach your goals much faster. Come for a fr.ee workout.

Click the following link to claim your fr.ee workout:
http://MakersBody.com/PARQ.html

See you soon!

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

How to Make a Post-Workout Recovery Shake

Hey, I hope you are having a great week.

I've got another update from Steve Abercrombie on his 44 Day Cleanse Challenge journey. Today he shares with you a post-workout recovery drink he calls 'After-Crank Recovery Drink'. This is what you can use after a hard workout like he had after boot camp. Boy was that a rockin' class! Thanks for all the energy everyone! You sure make it a joy running these camps.

So far he's at 183.1 lbs and 24% bodyfat. Keep up the good work Steveo!

If you want to come out for a FREE week tryout, email us at ResurrectYourBodyBootCamp@gmail.com or call Tyron at (604) 626-2342.

Steve: Day 12



Your unstoppable fat loss formula,

Tyron

PS. Join our 44 Day Cleanse Challenge and Lose 9-20 lbs!
I would like to personally invite you to our 44 Day Cleanse Challenge! Begin taking control of your health and wellness through nutritional cleansing, exercise, healthy eating and group support.

Whether your goal is to lose weight or to get lean (typical weight loss that you can expect is between 6-15 lbs in the first 30 days), this challenge is guaranteed to help you achieve your goals in a fun and supportive environment. Every participant will receive 1 week of FREE boot camp (unless you are a current member) and free bi-weekly weigh-ins, coaching and community.

Every participant will receive:

* 1-Week FREE Fitness Boot Camp with Resurrect Your Body Boot Camp
* 2 Great Prize Packages to be Won
* Before and After Pictures
* Free Coaching and Group Support Sessions
* Special offers from our community sponsors

Learn more about our exciting prizes on our event website at:
http://MakersBody.com/CleanseChallenge.html

If you have any questions or you would like to register for the challenge please contact Tyron at 604.626.2342 or email TyronPiteau@gmail.com.

PPS. Make sure you give these people a big high 5 next time you see
them as they each referred their friends to our program and because
of our referral incentive program got some serious rewards:

Candice - referred 1 friend - she gets $25
Michelle K. - referred 1 friend - she gets $50
Monah - referred 1 friend - she gets $50
Chris - referred 1 friend - he get $50

Thanks for bringing your friends out!

Hey by the way, so that you can get on this list and get more free
training (or start getting free training if you aren't already) and
cash like these did, here's an email I wrote and you can cut and
paste it and send it to all your friends and if anyone joins you get
these rewards too ($25 for each friend you refer whether they sign
up or not and another $25 for each one that signs up for a total of
$50 for EACH one you refer! Not bad if you ask me).

Boot Camp and Personal Training email templates below.

If you are doing the boot camp please use the following email to
send:

Hi [insert your friend's name],

I've been going to this boot camp and its been so amazing, the
results are awesome, I totally recommend you come out as I'd love
to work out with you. Come for a freee trial.

Click the following link to claim your fr.ee trial (complete steps
1-3): http://MakersBody.com/FirstTimeCamper.html

See you soon!

[insert your name]


If you are doing personal training please use the following email
to send:

Hi [insert your friend's name],

I've been seeing this personal trainer and its so amazing, the
results are awesome, I totally recommend you come out as they'll
help you reach your goals much faster. Come for a fr.ee workout.

Click the following link to claim your fr.ee workout:
http://MakersBody.com/PARQ.html

See you soon!

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A Faster Way to Burn Fat

Hey Tyron here with another tip on a faster way to burn fat...and its fun too especially if you're mad at someone ;) (I'm not condoning anything :). I hope you are having a great week.

I just recently read a great article by one of my colleagues Chad Waterbury, a body transformation expert in California, on a faster way to burn fat and get more out of your workouts and I thought you'd enjoy it.

These same techniques are what I employ in my north vancouver personal training programs and north vancouver boot camp programs to reap the most benefits for my clients in the least amount of time (as most people don't want to spend hours and hours and hours exercising per week as I mentioned last week, right? Of course not as I don't either). But remember without a proper diet and nutrition plan in place, you're just whistling Dixie. Thought you'd enjoy it so here goes.

 Total body workouts: the fastest way to lose weight and get lean and toned!

***Side note: I have upgraded and improved my nutrition system and I just wanted to let you know if you are interested in learning about it, I am holding a seminar on Friday August 27 at 5:30 pm at BFit #103-38 Fell Ave. in North Vancouver as I'm going to take you step-by-step through the system. With this system you are going to seriously knock it out of the park in regards to your results and how lean and toned you become.

This is an upgrade from my current system I've been implementing. You DEFINITELY want to learn this one as you will learn how to NEVER EVER gain weight again (and I'm serious) however even if you do happen to gain weight down the road from becoming slack on the plan, you will KNOW from what I teach you how to get dialed right back in and knock off the weight you just gained.

If you can make it please let me know by emailing me at TyronPiteau@gmail.com so I can know how many to expect and how many materials I need to supply.***

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In order to melt body fat, you can’t do things halfway. When your goal is fast fat loss through exercise you must generate the highest metabolic cost possible. It’s imperative to full-body workouts in order to create an oxygen debt which, in turn, stimulates your body to burn more calories and fat (especially after you stop training). Most people just jog on a treadmill or maybe run a few sprints to burn fat. Think of any typical cardio exercise and I’ll bet it’s a lower-body exercise (sprints, jogging, biking, hiking, etc). But there’s a much better, faster way to see your abs. (Don’t forget, eating the right foods is essential, too.)

While training, the key is to do high intensity cardio that stimulates your upper- and lower-body muscles in the same workout. If you just run, no matter how fast, you’re only get half the results you could be getting if you simply added in an upper body exercise. The problem is, people don’t equate upper body exercises with cardio so they don’t know how to supercharge their fat loss.



The best upper body cardio exercise is boxing since it works virtually every upper body muscle and your core. It has a very high metabolic cost, too. The cool part about boxing is that you don’t need to be good at it to see quick results. Just get a pair of 16-ounce gloves, throw punches and hooks against a bag or in the air, and voila, you’re on your way to a leaner, fitter body.


Why not skip the gloves and just throw your punches without gloves? Two reasons. First, those seemingly light 16-ounce gloves make your muscles work significantly harder. Second, wearing boxing gloves creates a psychological response akin to combat. Those gloves put your mind in a state that’s ready for action!

Here’s a sample fat-burning workout that you can do after lifting weights or on a separate day. I’ve had everyone from magazine models to professional fighters strip off body fat with this style of training. It’s awesome. I prefer to do all training outdoors so that’s what I’ll outline first. Then I’ll show you how to modify the workouts for home or gyms.

Warm-up: start with a few minutes of rope jumping, foam roller exercises, or mobility drills to prepare your muscles. Once your body feels ready, it’s time to turn on the juice.

Workout (outdoors): sprint for 50 yards, then jog backward to the starting line. As soon as you return, put on boxing gloves and throw punches (shadow boxing) for one minute. It’s essential that you move around while punching, don’t just stand in place. After a minute of shadow boxing, slip off your gloves and perform another 50 yard sprint followed by a backward jog to the starting point. Continue with this sprint/shadow boxing combination for 10 rounds (about 15 minutes’ worth of work). If you’re in better condition, do it for 15 rounds.

1a: Sprint 50 yards
No rest
1b: Jog backward to starting line
Rest 15 seconds (enough time to slip on boxing gloves)
1c: Shadow box for one minute
Rest 30 seconds (enough time to slip off boxing gloves) and repeat 1A-1C 9-14 more times

Looks like he could use a little more of the sprinting with his boxing eh?

Workout (indoors): sprint on a treadmill or in place for 10 seconds followed by 20 jumping jacks. Next, slip on the gloves and hit a bag or shadow box for one minute while moving around. Continue with this sequence for 10-15 rounds.

1a: Sprint on a treadmill or in place for 10 seconds
No rest
1b: 20 jumping jacks
Rest 15 seconds (enough time to slip on boxing gloves)
1c: Hit a bag or shadow box for one minute
Rest 30 seconds (enough time to slip off boxing gloves) and repeat 1A-1C 9-14 more times


With that physique, it looks like she's got it down to a science

There are endless combinations of full-body cardio workouts that can melt body fat, but the sprinting/boxing combo is an excellent change of pace. It’s worth mentioning that just a private session or two with a qualified boxing instructor or personal trainer can make these workouts even more enjoyable and effective. If you’re going to put in the work, you might as well do it right. Who knows, honing your boxing skills might come in handy someday.

Fat loss is yours for the taking. Go get 'er!

Tyron

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PPS. If you live in Vancouver, BC and want to experience some of the best rapid weight loss personal training that GUARANTEES you'll lose at least a clothing size in 30 days or your money back, click the link below:

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PPPS. Or if you live in North or West Vancouver, BC and want more of a group setting at a cheaper price than 1-on-1 personal training but still want to experience one of the best rapid weight loss fitness boot camps that also GUARANTEES you'll lose at least a clothing size in 30 days and will help you get results fast and get you lean and strong like the girl in the video below who lost 20 pounds and 4 inches off her waist, then please click the link below:

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A Journey to a Better You


This is Steve.

Steve is going on a journey.

A journey of self-improvement.

Recently Steve has struggled with his weight, and discipline with nutrition and exercise.

But today is a pivotal day is Steve’s life. He has made some decisions, and set a series of realistic goals. His goals are as follows:

1. Burn away 10% of his current Body Fat of 25%
2. Add 8.5% to his current Muscle Mass of 51.5%
3. Eat a balanced and nutritious diet
4. Exercise regularly, and enjoy it

Before Steve begins his journey, he has decided to seek out some professional help: Tyron Piteau - Body Transformation and Nutrition Expert, Janine Stelter – Success Coach and Kinesiologist, and Isagenix International - World Leader in Nutritional Cleansing and Fat Burning.

If you are anything like Steve, and have decided that enough is enough, and are ready to make some lifestyle changes for the better, we would like to invite you to join Steve on his journey (we all know how much better our results are when we take on challenges in a group!). You can take advantage of the group support and professional help at no charge!

Please follow our Blog as we will be documenting Steve’s progress in his journey as he strives toward and achieves his goals on a daily basis. You may join us on any day, at any time, and begin a journey of your own with all the support and resources one could ask for.

If you would like more information, or would like to join Steve, please email us at TyronPiteau@gmail.com.

Here's Steve Video on Day 1



Your unstoppable fat loss formula,

Tyron

PS. Join our 44 Day Cleanse Challenge and Lose 9-20 lbs!
As one of the sponsors I would like to personally invite you to our 44 Day Cleanse Challenge! Begin taking control of your health and wellness through nutritional cleansing, exercise, healthy eating and group support.

Whether your goal is to lose weight or to get lean (typical weight loss that you can expect is between 6-15 lbs in the first 30 days), this challenge is guaranteed to help you achieve your goals in a fun and supportive environment. Every participant will receive 1 week of FREE boot camp (unless you are a current member) and free bi-weekly weigh-ins, coaching and community.

Every participant will receive:

* 1-Week FREE Fitness Boot Camp with Resurrect Your Body Boot Camp
* 2 Great Prize Packages to be Won
* Before and After Pictures
* Free Coaching and Group Support Sessions
* Special offers from our community sponsors

Learn more about our exciting prizes on our event website at:
http://MakersBody.com/CleanseChallenge.html

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

3 Ways to Build Lean Muscle and Lose Fat Faster

Hey Tyron here. I hope you are having an awesome week. If you live in Vancouver you know what gorgeous weather we've had lately.

I just recently read a great article by one of my colleagues Chad Waterbury, a body transformation expert in California, on 3 ways to build lean muscle which will help your body burn more fat.

These are some of the strategies that I employ in my personal training programs and boot camp programs to reap the most benefits for my clients in the least amount of time (as most people don't want to spend hours and hours and hours exercising per week, right? At least I don't). But remember without a proper diet and nutrition plan in place, you're just whistling Dixie. Thought you'd enjoy it.

Men want more muscle; women typically don't. When a guy sees a mixed martial arts fighter such as Georges St. Pierre, or a model on the cover of Men's Health, he knows he needs to gain muscle. However, when a woman sees a body like Jennifer Garner had in Elektra, she typically thinks, "I'd like to tone up and look like that." In reality, Jennifer had to gain muscle to get that lean, sexy look. Toning up is nothing more than losing fat and building a little muscle.

Whether you want to look like St. Pierre or Jennifer Garner in Elektra, your goal should be to gain muscle and lose fat - build lean muscle, in other words. Since women have a fraction of the testosterone men have, they don't need to worry about packing on extra muscle.

There are two primary benefits to gaining muscle. First, you'll look harder and more defined when you lose fat. Second, you'll boost your metabolism. Even just a few pounds of additional muscle can have an impact on boosting your metabolism at rest (the jury's still out on how much a pound of muscle actually boosts your metabolism, but regardless, it helps. Remember though THE MOST IMPORTANT aspect is your diet for fat loss and losing weight. Period).

First and foremost, your diet must be in order to lose fat. With that in mind, here are three changes you can immediately make to your current workout program to make it more effective for building lean muscle.

1. Use enough weight: focus on lifting weights that don't allow more than 12 reps per set. As a general rule, start with a weight you can lift 6-12 times for the first set. Shoot for 25 total reps per exercise with heavier weights (6RM) and 50 total reps with lighter weights.

2. Keep your rest periods short: one of the biggest mistake people typically make is that they rest too long between sets. Your heart rate should remain elevated throughout the entire workout. At some point during the workout you should be questioning whether you're resting long enough. No rest is best between exercises - just enough time to transition between exercises. 30 seconds is the most you should ever rest when fat loss is the goal. As a general rule, 10-20 seconds between exercises works well.

3. Do Full-body workouts: every time you train you should perform upper and lower body exercises. This drastically increases the metabolic demand of the workout and keeps your metabolism elevated long after you leave the gym. Choose one upper body pull, one upper body push, and a squat or deadlift variation as a bare minimum to meet the full-body requirement. And be sure to put in full-body cardio strength exercises (eg, squat thrust with overhead press with dumbbells) at the end of your workouts to really crank up your metabolism.

Your unstoppable fat loss formula,

Tyron

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PPS. If you live in Vancouver, BC and want to experience some of the best rapid weight loss personal training that GUARANTEES you'll lose at least a clothing size in 30 days or your money back, click the link below:

==> North Vancouver Personal Training


PPPS. Or if you live in North or West Vancouver, BC and want more of a group setting at a cheaper price than 1-on-1 personal training but still want to experience one of the best rapid weight loss fitness boot camps that also GUARANTEES you'll lose at least a clothing size in 30 days and will help you get results fast and get you lean and strong like the girl in the video below who lost 20 pounds and 4 inches off her waist, then please click the link below:

==> North Vancouver Boot Camp

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Foods to Burn Fat

I just recently read a great article by one of my colleagues Chad Waterbury, a body transformation expert in California, on what foods to use to kick your body into fat burning mode without feeling too deprived. These simple changes can be profound. Thought you'd enjoy it.

It’s been said a myriad of times by fitness experts and regular folks. I’m sure you’re tired of hearing it as most people are that you dislike dieting.

If you're a “foodie” by nature your distaste for dieting may be even stronger. You may love food, and you won’t deprive yourself in any way. I hear you loud and clear as I enjoy great food as much as the next person but it comes to burning fat and getting lean simply add foods into you diet while dropping others out. For instance, instead of having a sweet potato with a piece of lean beef, eat broccoli with the beef instead. That way, you're not eating less food (in terms of bulk) but are getting fewer calories and more nutrients.

And that, my friends, is the KEY to fat loss: feed your body fewer calories but more nutrients. You see, nutrients are all those magical little chemicals that are found in vegetables, fruits, and lean protein. Nutrients feed your metabolism while promoting health. The amount of nutrients in a half cup of fresh blueberries far exceeds what’s contained in a baked potato, and it has only a fraction of the calories.

When people go on a diet they end up starving their metabolism which, in turn, causes their body to hold on to every spare ounce of fat. This is a hard-wired protective mechanism that keeps us alive when food is scarce particularly years ago when that was the case. Now that food is widely available, this metabolic shift is nothing more than a hindrance that keeps you from seeing your abs. Simply substituting a white carb (bread, pasta, potato) with a half cup of berries will help promote fat loss.

High fiber foods are even better. Fiber really is God’s fat burner since foods that have plenty of it satisfy your cravings and stabilize your blood sugar. In essence, you’ll eat less and feel satisfied for longer periods just by adding the following foods into your diet. Replace any white carbs with the following and you will lose fat:

Black beans (15 grams per cup)
Quinoa (10 grams per cup)
Raspberries (8 grams per cup)

For example, have quinoa for breakfast instead of toast (for those who have learned my "Unstoppable Fat Loss Nutrition System would want to leave the quinoa aside only on Low Carb days however on Low GI and Higher GI days its fine. If you're not sure what I'm talking about and would like to learn my nutrition system for losing weight week after week WITHOUT hitting plateaus let me know). At lunch, eat black beans instead of a white potato. For dinner, eat a cup of fresh raspberries for dessert and skip the pasta. These simple steps boost fiber, reduce total calories, and feed your metabolism the nutrients it needs to stay running strong.

Another trick is to add spices to your food (these are one of my favourite things to add to my meals). This boosts the flavor of your meal and since spices are the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet you’ll invariably boost your health along the way. Cinnamon and cumin, for example, are two of the best spices since they can help promote weight loss.

Breakfast is an especially important time to flood your body with nutrients so your metabolism will kick start after going for hours without food. Here’s one of Chad's favourite shakes to get lean.

Mix in a blender in 16 ounces of water:

1.5 scoops of protein powder (Prograde Protein)
1 cup fresh spinach
1 cup frozen mixed berries
2 teaspoons cacao nibs
1 tablespoon goji berries
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

This shake is low in calories but it contains more nutrients than most people get in a day. And don’t worry about the spinach, you won’t even know it’s in there.

Your unstoppable fat loss formula,

Tyron

PS. Join our 30 Day Cleanse Challenge and Lose 6-15 lbs!
As one of the sponsors I would like to personally invite you to our second NORTH SHORE 30 Day Cleanse Challenge! On June 26th, 2010 begin taking control of your health and wellness through nutritional cleansing, exercise, healthy eating and group support.

Whether your goal is to lose weight or to get lean (typical weight loss that you can expect is between 6-15 lbs in 30 days), this challenge is guaranteed to help you achieve your goals in a fun and supportive environment. Every participant will receive 1 week of FREE boot camp (unless you are a current member) and free bi-weekly weigh-ins, coaching and community.

Every participant will receive:

* 1-Week FREE Fitness Boot Camp with Resurrect Your Body Boot Camp
* 2 Great Prize Packages to be Won
* Before and After Pictures
* Free Coaching and Group Support Sessions
* Special offers from our community sponsors

We are having an informational session tomorrow night Wednesday June 23th, 2010 (changed from last Sunday) at BFit located at #103 - 38 Fell Ave., North Vancouver at 8pm. If you want to try some of the product, ask questions you may have or just check out what this Cleanse Challenge is all about come on by. Note: you do not need to attend the informational session to sign-up. It's just there if you need it. If you plan on coming email or call me so I know to expect you.

Learn more about our exciting prizes on our event website at:
http://MakersBody.com/CleanseChallenge.html

If you have any questions or you would like to register for the challenge please contact Tyron Piteau at 604.626.2342 or email TyronPiteau@gmail.com.

PPS. If you live in Vancouver, BC and want to experience some of the best rapid weight loss personal training that GUARANTEES you'll lose at least a clothing size in 30 days or your money back, click the link below:

==> North Vancouver Personal Training

PPPS. Or if you live in North or West Vancouver, BC and want more of a group setting at a cheaper price than 1-on-1 personal training but still want to experience one of the best rapid weight loss fitness boot camps that also GUARANTEES you'll lose at least a clothing size in 30 days and will help you get results fast and get you lean and strong like the beautiful ladies in the video below (check out the video if you haven't already it's hilarious), then please click the link below:

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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Your Primary Fat Loss Enemy: The Definitive Guide to Sugar

As mentioned in a previous post that insulin is the primary hormone we need to control if we're going to have any sort of success when it comes to lose weight, keeping it off and looking and feeling the way we want. Well I've finished reading that great book that one of my trainers lent me (thanks James!) that I mentioned to you before called The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson (MarksDailyApple.com) and I wanted to share with you what he says to say about sugar, its different types and the impact it how on insulin (there's that hormone again) and weight gain.

When it comes to weight/fat loss it's all about INSULIN (if you haven't read that one I highly recommend you do so you gain a greater understanding of it)! And when it comes to controlling insulin and its impact on weight gain, its all about SUGAR! If you've been struggling to lose weight this WILL really help in understanding what's going on. Let's delve into this a little deeper.

Buckle up. [Again as mentioned last post, if I harp on any particular food you enjoy; there's no need to worry as I won't say you can never eat that food again (sounds like a mild form of torture) as you can enjoy ALL your favourite foods on your Cheat Day once per week as outlined in my Unstoppable Fat Loss Nutrition System. (For those who don't know the premise behind a Cheat Day its part of my nutrition program and its necessary to keeping your metabolism elevated and your body in fat burning mode as strange as it sounds...it works!)]

Your Primary Fat Loss Enemy: The Definitive Guide to Sugar


You’d think this post would come with a blaring alarm, flashing strobe light or at least an ominous gong. Sugar, after all, gets little welcome around these parts. It’s on one hand a dastardly devil, shameless snare for many a man, woman and child. Beyond this luring, ignoble reputation, however, you’ll find (as is so often the case in life and biology) the story is a bit more complicated – and compelling – than the proverbial black hat. Sugar comes in many forms of course, and each of these leaves a certain amount of damage and destruction in its path. Yet, what do we do when sugar naturally accompanies some of the healthiest fare out there? Do we forgo it altogether when a touch ties an otherwise good Primal recipe together? Are the typical substitutions any better when we choose to use a sweetener? We’ve covered the artificial options in the past, but today I’ll give several natural varieties of sugar their due – the obligatory facts, the practical details and a final Primal analysis.

Why Avoid Sugar?

How could I possibly talk sugar without the warning? If you’ve spent any time around MDA, you likely know the drill. Despite its beloved place (not to mention omnipresence) in our culinary culture, sugar offers the following gifts that keep on giving:

* Sugar stimulates a physiological stressor-reaction cascade that provokes adrenaline and cortisol release and thickens the blood.
* Sugar effectively disables your immune system by impairing white blood cells’ functioning.
* Sugar decreases your body’s production of leptin, a hormone critical for appetite regulation.
* Sugar induces significant oxidative stress in the body.
* Sugar appears to fuel cancer cells. (Check out Free the Animal for much more on the cancer connection.)
* Sugar promotes fat storage and weight gain.
* Sugar disrupts the effective transfer of amino acids to muscle tissue.
* Sugar intake over time spurs insulin resistance, subsequent Type II diabetes and the entire host of related health issues like nerve damage and cardiovascular disease.

Yes, sugar is one insanely powerful drug. Addictive, to boot.

Different Types of Sugar

Public service message aside, let’s get into the nitty-gritty now. Chemically speaking, there are different kinds of sugar. The natural sweeteners and sugary foods we eat contain varying proportions of these. Let’s look at a few of the most common forms.

Glucose

Glucose is the cornerstone of most carbohydrates. It’s a monosaccharide that often combines with and creates other forms of sugar (e.g. sucrose, lactose). In plants, glucose is formed through photosynthesis and stored as starch. In our own bodies, glucose is a precursor for (and product of) glycogen. It’s the common currency of carb-based fuels. In fact, our bodies manufacture glucose (through gluconeogenesis) when our blood levels get too low. Dextrose, a common isomer (same formula, different structure) of glucose, is also referred to as dextroglucose or glucose. Insulin directs glucose processing in the body when blood glucose is already sufficient or high. Glucose supply can be routed to cells throughout the body (e.g. brain cells, red blood cells, etc.) and used right away for energy, or it can be condensed and stored in both the liver and muscle as glycogen for later use. Maltose is a disaccharide joining two glucose molecules. Although it is significantly less sweet (about half of glucose’s sweetness), it is metabolized in the same way glucose is.

Fructose

Then there’s fructose, which is an isomer of glucose. It’s also called crystalline fructose, laevulose/levulose, or fruit sugar. (Crystalline fructose isn’t the same as the manufactured concoction called high fructose corn syrup. We’ll get to that one shortly.)

Some people have a harder time digesting fructose than others. Fructose (in the form of certain fruits, corn syrup, etc.) can cause everything from bloating to diarrhea in these folks. Some experts argue that fructose is a better choice for those with diabetes/insulin resistance because it’s more densely sweet, which encourages people to use less. It also has a lower glycemic value than glucose or sucrose. Indeed, fructose raises insulin less than glucose; however, fructose results in higher ghrelin levels, which boost rather than suppress appetite like insulin does. It also appears to throw off mineral levels (PDF) in the body. Finally, fructose is processed almost solely by the liver. There is some evidence that this concentrated burden on the liver over time can contribute to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. The liver’s metabolism of fructose also produces uric acid, a predictor of cardiovascular disease. Fructose appears to be some pretty nasty stuff. For more information on fructose see Dr. Lustig’s video presentation, Sugar: The Bitter Truth, and then follow it up with a counter-perspective from Don Matesz: Paleo Basics: Fact vs. Fiction.

Sucrose

Sucrose is a disaccharide sugar comprised of fructose and glucose in a 1:1 ratio. It’s perhaps the most familiar of the sugars, since sucrose is also known as table sugar. Although it’s found in fruit and other plants (often with varying amounts of free fructose), sugar cane and sugar beets are the most popular sources for commercial production. Given that sucrose contains a large amount of fructose, it shows similar metabolic patterns to the monosaccharide fructose and particularly to high fructose corn syrup, which is commonly blended to an approximate 55% fructose: 45% glucose mixture.

Common Sugar Sweeteners

Now that we’ve covered the basics on the most common sugars, there’s the question of how all this plays out in our everyday choices. Clearly, we want to avoid sugar as a whole, but few of us achieve full sugar abstinence 100% of the time. Consider this run-through a quick and dirty snapshot of common sweeteners that can inform your decision-making.

Glucose Syrup/Corn Syrup

Glucose syrup in this country is usually made from corn, but it can be produced from other starches like potatoes and rice. Chemically speaking, true glucose syrup/corn syrup consists mainly of glucose sugar; however, some companies like Karo add fructose to their products. It’s commonly used as a sweetener plus emulsifier for food items that require a smooth texture like hard candy. Although glucose itself rates a 100 on the glycemic scale, corn syrup generally falls around 75.
HFCS

Like corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is produced from corn starch; however, the manufacturing process deliberately converts a certain percentage of initial glucose into fructose. The two most common HFCS mixtures are HFCS-55 (containing 55% fructose) and HFCS-42, the former typically added to sodas and the latter added to other processed foods. The presence of fructose in HFCS appears to be key behind its myriad of negative health effects. Fructose content not only contributes to liver disease but lowers HDL levels while increasing small, dense (and more dangerous) LDL particles. As mentioned earlier, fructose also doesn’t flip the hormonal satiation switch as glucose does. Finally, the HFCS industry has been haunted by evidence of mercury contamination related to its production techniques.

Table Sugar/Sucrose

As mentioned, table sugar is actually a 1:1 combination of glucose and fructose and is metabolized in much the same way as HFCS. It’s GI measures around 64. One potential advantage of table sugar over HFCS is the absence of risk for mercury contamination.

Fruit Sugar

Even if you’ve sworn off adding sweetener of any kind to any food ever, there’s the question of fruit. Although the PB advises moderation and selectivity for most nutritional bang for the sugar buck, the best Primal fruits offer some of the highest ORAC values you can get from anything. Is it really necessary to swear off even nutritional powerhouses like berries and cherries to avoid their natural sugar content? The picture gets further complicated by the fact that “fruit sugar” doesn’t exist as a consistent chemical formula. Different fruits contain varying ratios of fructose, glucose and sucrose. Higher fructose-containing fruits include apples and pears, mangos and papaya, while relatively lower fructose fruits include cherries, figs, plums, kiwi, fresh and dried apricots, dried prunes and bananas. Keep in mind, however, that lower fructose ratio fruits can be higher in total sugar.

Raw Honey

Honey consists of dextrose and fructose (broken down from sucrose through honey bee’s digestion) in a nearly 1:1 ratio (with other components such as water, wax, nutrients, etc.). Raw honey has a glycemic index of about 30, but processed honey clocks in around 75. Those who have a harder time digesting fructose can often tolerate honey. Although conventional processing destroys much of honey’s natural benefits, raw honey serves up a (many claim therapeutic) dose of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and enzymes.

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is boiled and refined sap from maple trees. It has a GI of 54 and is low in free fructose but high in the fructose-glucose disaccharide sucrose. Nutritionally speaking, it contains manganese, iron and calcium.

Molasses

Although molasses has a fairly equal fructose-glucose ratio (half in free fructose/free glucose and half in disaccharide sucrose), it offers the nutrients extracted in table sugar production: iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, copper and zinc.

Agave Nectar

The last few year have marked agave nectar’s time in the sun, so to speak. The sweetener has enjoyed growing popularity for some time, but experts are beginning to question whether agave nectar lives up to its reputation. Agave nectar is often heralded as low on the glycemic index (15), however, processing techniques result in a 75% or more fructose content. Given the increasing strikes against fructose, it’s harder to justify use of a higher fructose sweetener without significant nutritional benefit.

Palm Sugar/Coconut Sugar

An up and coming (in this country) sweetener is coconut sugar. The sugar is actually made from a variety of palm sources, but the palm and coconut labels are used (albeit mistakenly) interchangeably. It’s largely sucrose-based and registers in the 30s/40s on the GI. The taste is relatively light from what I understand, and the nutritional profile is worth noting.

There you go, folks. Information is power when it comes to your health, and I hope this list offered good food for thought. Here’s my analysis. When you are choosing whether/how to include sugars in your Primal diet, I’d suggest paying closest attention to the total sugar content first, then to any nutritional benefits, and finally to the fructose content. Blueberries might have a relatively equal fructose/glucose ratio, but they offer huge antioxidant benefit. On the other hand, dried apricots have a lower fructose ratio, but their overall sugar content dwarfs many fruits ounce for ounce. Raw honey and coconut sugar likewise offer solid nutritional benefit for their sugar content compared to other sweeteners. Of course, any sugar should be used in strict moderation, but it’s clear not all sweeteners are Primally equal.

Now it’s your turn, my friends. I’ll look forward to reading your thoughts! Thanks for joining me today.

PS. Stay tuned for our next 45 Day Transformation Weight Loss Cleanse Challenge packed with prizes for all participants and a grand prize for the winner and the one who refers the most people to the Challenge. We'll most likely starting the next 45 Day Cleanse Challenge Saturday August 21, 2010. Just recently a client of ours on the cleanse lost between 20-23 pounds in only 30 days!

PPS. If you live in Vancouver, BC and want to experience some of the best rapid weight loss personal training that GUARANTEES you results or your money back, click the link below:

==> North Vancouver Personal Training


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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Want to Kill Cancer with Simple Things in Your Kitchen? Use These Power Foods Daily

I hope you are doing great and enjoying this beautiful weather we're having here (for those who live in Vancouver. If you don't live here you gotta come out and visit! If you do come visit me at the training facility at #103-38 Fell Ave.)

We all have cancer cells forming (and dying thank you God) everyday in our bodies so what I want to share with you today is some simple things you can do nutritionally that will help kill those suckers off and nip them in the bud before they grow into a mass or tumor and potentially becoming a malignant cancer.

Thank God for all these wonderful things He's given us nutritionally to combat these suckers and most of it is right under our noses (or most accurately, goes in right under our noses hah!) I hope you enjoy.

I was recently reading an article in the May 2010 issue of Alive (Alive.com) about foods that combat cancer and a number of them I've already been implementing so I thought you'd like to hear about them as well. It's an article by Matthew Kadey, MSc, RD, an Ontario-based dietitian and food writer. Visit him at WellFedMan.com.

Cancer Busters: 10 Nutritional Heroes

*Note: Always choose organic when stocking up on your cancer-busting foods. Not only are certified organic products better for the environment, free from chemical sprays and genetically modified organisms, they also contain higher levels of nutrients and antioxidants.

There’s good news from a batch of recent studies. Findings suggest what we put in our grocery carts and on our dinner plates can slash the risk of several kinds of cancer

The following all-star foods can help protect you, head to toe, against cancer.

Cranberries



[Note: for those following my weight loss nutrition system, please limit these and other fruits to your Low GI and Higher GI days.]

Target:
Colon cancer, the second leading cause of male and female cancer-related deaths in Canada.

The Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture reports antioxidant-loaded cranberries may prevent colon cancer by decreasing inflammation.

Try This:
In a medium saucepan, combine 1 1/2 cups (350 mL) fresh or frozen cranberries, 3 pears or apples, peeled and diced, 1/2 cup (125 mL) sugar, 1/2 cup (125 mL) dried cherries, and 1/2 cup (125 mL) water. Bring to a boil over medium heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Serve over yogourt.


Kale




Target:
Uterine cancer, the most common cancer of the female reproductive organs.

Researchers at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey reported that increased intake of beta carotene and vitamin C, two potent antioxidants, may reduce uterine cancer risk in women. Kale is well endowed with both.

Try This:
Tear leaves off the stems of 1 bunch kale and cut into bite-size pieces. Spread pieces on a baking sheet. Toss with 2 tsp (10 mL) oil and sea salt to taste; bake for 12 to 15 minutes, or until just crisp. Enjoy as a healthy snack.

Eggs



Target:
Breast cancer. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, one in nine Canadian women will develop breast cancer.

A 2008 study from Mount Sinai School of Medicine found the risk of developing breast cancer was 24 percent lower among women who had the highest intake of choline, a nutrient needed for normal cell function. One egg, specifically the yolk, contains roughly one-quarter the recommended daily intake.

Try This:
Place whole eggs directly on the barbecue grill over medium heat. Cook for about 10 minutes or until shell is golden brown all over. Peel and chop over a green salad.

Brazil nuts



Target:
Skin cancer. The rate of this disease continues to increase among Canadians.

Higher blood levels of antioxidant selenium may reduce skin cancer risk by about 60 percent, according to a 2009 study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. Brazil nuts are nature’s richest source of selenium.

Try This:
Place Brazil nuts in a heavy-bottom skillet and cook over medium heat, constantly stirring for 5 minutes or until the nuts are golden brown. Enjoy as a light snack.

Quinoa



[Note: for those following my weight loss nutrition system, please limit these and other grains and carbs to your Higher GI days.]

Target:
Pancreatic cancer, which has one of the lowest survival rates of all cancers.

A recent study in the American Journal of Epidemiology suggests people who consume two or more daily servings of fibre and whole grains such as quinoa have a lower risk of pancreatic cancer than those who consume one or fewer servings.

Try This:
In a saucepan, combine 1 cup (250 mL) apple cider or juice, 1/2 cup (125 mL) quinoa, and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) cinnamon. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until liquid is absorbed, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve as a side dish with meals.

Edamame



Target:
Prostate cancer, the most common cancer in Canadian men.

Edamame are young green soybeans endowed with genistein and daidzein. According to a 2009 study in the journal Nutrition and Cancer, these plant-based compounds mimic estrogen, reducing the risk of prostate cancer by up to 30 percent.

Try This:
Prepare 1 cup (250 mL) shelled edamame according to the package directions. Add to blender with 1/4 cup (60 mL) each plain yogourt and tahini, 2 garlic cloves, juice of 1/2 lemon, 1/2 tsp (2 mL) cumin, 1/4 tsp (1 mL) cayenne, salt and pepper to taste. Blend until smooth. Serve with whole grain crackers or crudités.

Green tea



Target:
Lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer death in Canada.

A 2009 analysis conducted by Chinese scientists found two cups of green tea daily reduced the risk of lung cancer by 18 percent. This ancient beverage contains, among others, a mighty cancer-fighting antioxidant, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG).

Try This:
Allow your green tea to steep for about 5 minutes, so more EGCG ends up in your mug. Sip and enjoy!

Sunflower seeds



Target:
Bladder cancer. Smoking is the number one risk factor for this cancer since cancer-causing chemicals collect in the bladder.

A 2010 Australian study reported higher intake of vitamin E (at least 193 mg per day) may reduce the risk of bladder cancer by about 35 percent. Sunflower seeds, along with nuts and vegetable oils, are an excellent source.

Try This:
Add a generous helping of sunflower seeds to oatmeal, coleslaw, salads, baked
goods, and yogourt.

Sockeye salmon



Target:
Cancer of the esophagus, more common in men, is particularly deadly. Major risk factors include smoking, acid reflux, and drinking very hot beverages.

Scientists at the International Epidemiology Institute in Maryland discovered individuals who consumed the most vitamin D were less likely to develop esophageal and oral cancers. Sockeye salmon is brimming with the sunshine vitamin as well as omega-3 fat, another tumour tamer.

Try This:
In a large bowl, flake 1 can of sockeye salmon. Add 2 grated carrots. Mix in 2 chopped shallots, 1/2 cup (125 mL) oats, 1 Tbsp (15 mL) Dijon mustard, 2 tsp (10 mL) curry powder, 1 beaten egg, and salt and pepper to taste. Form into 6 equal-sized burger patties. Grill or pan-fry until hot, and serve on whole grain buns.

Broccoli sprouts



Target:
Stomach cancer. A diet high in salty and smoked foods boosts stomach cancer risk.

Broccoli sprouts are a stellar source of sulforaphane. This powerful antioxidant can fight Helicobacter pylori stomach infection, a significant risk factor for stomach cancer, says a 2009 study in the journal Cancer Prevention Research.

Try This:
For a peppery kick, add broccoli sprouts to sandwiches, salads, and soups.

Spices

If you've known me for any length of time or are one of my clients you probably know how much I enjoy adding spices and herbs to all my meals. I'll fill you in on more spices and herbs and the benefits they can offer you soon as they are SO powerful and a GREAT addition to your plate and wonderful for your palate! Until then enjoy these 4! Consume these and other spices and herbs liberally!



The spice rack can pack serious cancer-fighting punch

* Black pepper contains piperine, which may reduce the risk of breast cancer.
* Cayenne or chili powder contains capsaicin, which appears to prevent the growth of pancreatic cancer cells.
* Ginger contains 6-shogaol, which prevents the proliferation of cancerous lung cells.
* Turmeric contains curcumin, found to attack and kill esophageal cancer cells.

Have any foods you enjoy that are powerful cancer busters that are not listed above? Please share them with us as I'd like to implement them in my diet as well. Thanks for reading. Please post your comments and powerful cancer busters below in the comment section.

PS. Stay tuned for our next 30 Day Transformation Weight Loss Challenge packed with prizes for all participants and a grand prize for the winner and the one who refers the most people to the Challenge.

PPS. If you live in Vancouver, BC and want to experience some of the best rapid weight loss personal training that GUARANTEES you results or your money back, click the link below:

==> North Vancouver Personal Training


PPPS. Or if you live in North or West Vancouver, BC and want more of a group setting at a cheaper price than 1-on-1 personal training but still want to experience one of the best rapid weight loss fitness boot camps that'll help you get results fast and get you lean and strong like the ladies in the video below (check out the video if you haven't already it's hilarious), then please click the link below:

==> North Vancouver Boot Camp

==> Here's the video:

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Friday, May 21, 2010

"Do These 'Genes' Make Me Look Fat?"...It's All About Insulin

I hope you are doing awesome and having a great day.

It's been TOO long since I've sent one of my newsletters out and for that I apologize. Things at The Maker's Body have been BUSY to say the least as business has been great and clients are melting away the body fat. In fact, one client just recently reported to me that she's down 15 pounds since she started despite being super busy with work! Keep up the good MB!

But really that's no excuse as everyone's busy. So for that expect some top notched tips and strategies over the next few weeks that are going to help you achieve your weight and health goals! But remember you got to put them into practice for it to work :) (if only we could get results just KNOWING the stuff...boy that'd be nice. I would have probably achieved all my goals by now.) Enough of a side track lets get to the stuff that will change the way you look and feel.

Lately I've been reading this great book that one of my trainers lent me (thanks James!) called The Primal Blueprint by Mark Sisson (MarksDailyApple.com) and I wanted to share with you what he says to say about weight loss and how it can become SO SIMPLE when we understand one simple thing: controlling insulin.

When it comes to weight/fat loss it's all about INSULIN! Let me explain. If you've been struggling to lose weight this WILL really help in understanding what's going on.

Buckle up. [If I harp on any particular food you enjoy; there's no need to worry as I won't say you can never eat that food again (sounds like a mild form of torture) as you can enjoy ALL your favourite foods on your Cheat Day once per week. (For those who don't know the premise behind a Cheat Day its part of my Cheat Your Way Thin nutrition program and its necessary to keeping your metabolism elevated and your body in fat burning mode as strange as it sounds...it works!)]

Natural Weight Management: Since plants AND animals are much more nutritionally dense than processed carbohydrates you will meet your nutritional needs in fewer calories than the typical SAD (Standard American Diet). Secondly, when you eat an ample amount of protein and fat it has been shown by food scientists to provide deeper and longer lasting satisfaction levels (satiety) than you get from a high carb diet. Finally, and the real kicker, when you consume fewer carbohydrates and, as a result, produce less insulin!, your hunger and cravings (caused by insulin removing glucose from the bloodstream after high-carb meals or snacks) [yup those can be a thing of the past if you want] will subside and you'll intuitively moderate your caloric intake.

"Essentially 80% of your ability to reduce excess body fat is determined by how you eat, with the other 20% depending on proper exercise, other healthy lifestyle factors and genetic factors."

When you trigger your genes to stop storing body fat and start burning it, as well as increase lean muscle tissue, you can lose one to two pounds per week. Mostly, your success depends on how aggressive you are in keeping dietary insulin levels moderated, thereby extracting more of your caloric needs from fat stores.

Unfortunately when we produce too much insulin over time, as happens when our modern diet is high processed carbs, several things go wrong. First, muscle and liver cells aren't able to store a whole lot of glycogen (stored form of glucose) so its easy to exceed storage capacity with a typical moderate-to-high-card modern diet. When your liver and muscles become filled with glycogen, any glucose remaining in the bloodstream that isn't used in "real time" by your brain or muscles gets converted into triglycerides in the liver and sent to fat cells for storage.

When blood insulin levels are high, those same fat cells store not only the excess glucose but the fat you ate at your last meal. Also, high insulin signals the fat cells to hold on to the fat and not release it for energy. If the pattern of high insulin-generating meals continues, fat cells swell up and we gain weight. Eventually, especially among people who don't exercise much, muscle and liver cells start to become insulin resistant (not good!), their receptors become desensitized to insulin's storage signals. Because inactive people are unpracticed at burning and inefficient at restocking energy from dietary nutrients, insulin takes ingested carbs and fats on a train, passing right through the liver, to their ultimate destination in fat cells!

Continuing this process can lead to severe obesity. Eventually even fat cells become resistant to further storage because we only have a fixed amount of fat cells. At that point, the body's last line of defense against glucose has maxed out. As a result, blood glucose toxicity and insulin damage occur - leading to even greater risk for diabetes, heart attack, blindness, the need for limb amputation and other disasters.

It really does come down to insulin and how we control it by the way we eat. In the next week I'll share more in this vein and what things YOU can do to help you get off the path leading to disaster. If you are one of my clients and are following my Nutrition System, you are controlling insulin and in fact using it to your advantage around workouts with your Prograde Workout drink and with your Cheat Day once day per week for the entire day.

On that note, I want to leave you with this recipe to try on either your Cheat Day or Higher GI Day (also part of the Nutrition System). It's a beauty!

Do you like pancakes on the weekend?

If so, I've got great news for you. You can have your cake and eat it too with this high protein Pumpkin Pancake recipe.

Thanks to Jay Hunter from Prograde Nutrition.

High Protein Pumpkin Pancakes



Ingredients

1 cup pumpkin puree (pure pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of nutmeg
1 scoop of Prograde Protein (the Vanilla flavored, Stevia sweetened protein powder)
1/2 cup of whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder

Instructions

Combine the pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, and protein powder in a small bowl. In another bowl, combine the flour and baking powder. Fold the pumpkin mixture into the flour mixture. If the mixture is too thick, thin with a little water.

Preheat a skillet over medium-high heat (use a little butter or coconut oil). Spoon the batter into the skillet. Cook until bubbles appear on the top and the edges look dry. Flip and cook until the second side is golden brown. Top with all-natural maple syrup if desired.


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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Personal Trainer Reveals 5 Biggest Obstacles for Busy Moms

Hi, Tyron here with really cool guest post from BJ Gaddour, fat loss and body transformation expert and co-creator of Workout Muse, the world’s FIRST and #1 source for fitness music and media production.

I have had the pleasure of personally working with many many moms over the course of my fitness career in my fitness boot camps and personal training.




















WORKOUT? I don’t even have time to use the bathroom!


Mother’s are without a doubt the most selfless clients I have ever worked with, almost to a fault. Honestly, I wish they would just be a little more selfish sometimes and give their personal physical and mental health a bit more of a priority.

Many good mothers miss the boat when it comes to their fitness. In general, they tend to think that it’s okay to put all of their personal ambitions aside for the good of their friends and family. But in reality, moms are not as effective as they could be when deviating from a healthy lifestyle.

After all, a mom who doesn’t workout and doesn’t eat the right foods at the right times will not be running on all cylinders.




















Multi-Task Much?

In retrospect, these are 5 anchors that tend to hold most moms back from getting the better body they so desperately are seeking. Here they are, in no particular order:

Obstacle#1- Too Many Missed Meals - Especially Breakfast!

Many moms are simply on a roller coaster ride from dawn until dusk, dealing with the stresses of parenting and/or challenging careers. Mornings can be especially difficult since there is often the need to feverishly multi-task to get the kids and the husband fed and off to school. Not to mention the fact that many busy moms today have to deal with their own demanding, high-stress jobs.




















Set that alarm 5 minutes earlier and make it a point NEVER to miss breakfast!

So missing breakfast becomes a reality, often leading to a host of other missed meals and snacks throughout the day. This leads to cataclysmal series of events that deprive your physique of lean, toned body mass while simultaneously priming your body to overeat junk food later in the day and store ugly, unwanted fat. Furthermore, this starvation protocol creates low levels of blood sugar which zaps your energy and leaves your feeling foggy, irritated, and lethargic all day long.

Look- there’s always room for breakfast, you just need to make the time! Better yet, plan and prepare a breakfast high in lean protein and fiber in advance the night before to best ensure you stay the course.

One solution that’s worked really well for our clients (and myself on some mornings) is a nutrient-dense breakfast shake. It’s a tasty quick meal chalk full of the nutrients you need to give you the energy you need in the morning as it contains a whopping 24 grams of protein. What’s the best part about it? It leaves NO room for excuses! All you need to do is this:

1.5 scoops Prograde Protein Powder
1/4 cup Blueberries (frozen or fresh) or fruit of your choice
2 Tbsp of Walnuts or Almonds or nut of your choice
1 scoop Green/Superfood Supplement
1 tsp powdered Green Tea
1-2 cups water and 2-3 ice cubes

Blend on high until smooth and that's it! Quick and easy.

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Obstacle#2- Failing To Make The Daily Workout Appointment

This one is simple, yet oh so powerful. Think about it- moms never miss an appointment for their kids. Why? Well yes, it’s because they love them, but more importantly, it’s because they love their kids enough to religiously schedule their appointments!














Schedule your workouts and stick to them like they are a family obligation!

If you are a busy Mom who is serious about your fitness, then you absolutely need to take the same approach with your workouts.

In addition, you need to be sure that you schedule in your daily workouts when you are most likely to do them rather than when you prefer to do them. For example, I prefer to workout in the afternoon or evening due to my very busy work schedule.

Maybe the best time for you is first thing in the morning while the kids are still sleeping, or right around noon time, or in the evening. But, regardless of when the best time may be, just schedule it in and stick to it like it’s a family commitment!

Obstacle#3- Too Much Mindless Noshing In The Kitchen During The Day

How many times have you heard someone trying to lose weight say or thought yourself that you've “been following the nutrition plan” with limited success to later find out there were some extra eats and treats in the mix. It wasn’t that you or they were being dishonest about it- rather most people don’t really comprehend how much they actually put in their mouth every day.

Think about it- how many times do you see most people just mindlessly eat something during the day. All of us do it and trust me, it can add up and fast!















Many moms spend LOTS of time in the kitchen around tasty food all day- and they eat a lot more of it than they realize!

I know, I know- you have to sample the goods to know if it’s good. But, you need to understand that the occasional taste test can sabotage your fat loss goals.

Furthermore, moms get into trouble with the frequent snacking practices of their children and it’s tough to pass on food when it’s always in your face. A couple goldfish here, a couple goldfish there, and before you know it you just devoured the whole bag!

My advice is to guard your mouth with lock and key. Ask yourself every time you bring something close to your lips the following question: “Will this help me burn fat and build muscle?”

If NO- put it down and go read a book ;)

Obstacle#4- Too Much Cardio While Pushing a Stroller

Interval training is much more effective AND efficient for burning body fat than long, slow, boring cardio. Aerobic training burns calories but it simply doesn’t increase your metabolism like interval training does. And the true power of interval training comes from the intensity of each work period.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I love to see moms being active. It’s great to get outside and move with your kids! However, we need to be honest about the fact that it’s not really feasible to train with intensity while pushing a stroller. Fast arm movement is the key to getting your wheels moving during sprints, so if you are pushing a stroller you’re losing out on some much needed speed to maximize your results.














Honestly, how much intensity can your cardio workouts have when you are pushing a stroller?

Furthermore, I don’t think it’s safe to perform sprints while pushing a stroller. I know that I certainly wouldn’t do intervals with a baby’s safety literally in my hands. So, get out and push a stroller, maybe even jog a little, but don’t think that you are getting anywhere close to the same kind of benefit that you can get hands-free and in open space with high-intensity intervals.

Obstacle#5- Too Many Glasses Of Wine In The Evening

Nobody wants to hear that a glass or two of wine at night is going to stop your fitness goals in its tracks. But the reality of the matter is that alcohol has the double-edged sword of both paralyzing the fat-burning process while simultaneously creating fat within the body. Plus alcohol tends to lower inhibitions leading to the consumption of other junk food. Not good!














A couple glasses of wine per day is a your one-way ticket to cellulite city… sorry!

You've probably heard it said that “consuming several glasses of wine a day is healthy because it has anti-oxidants and that keeps you from getting sick” well there is some merit to this however if your goal is lose unwanted body fat, feel better about yourself, and just all around look better in the clothes you wear than this is NOT a good habit to adopt.

Fruit and veggies have more anti-oxidants and tons of other health benefits, so we don't "need" the wine (if that's why we were trying to rationalize it to ourselves).

Now, I want to be sensitive to those busy, hard-working moms who have a glass of wine at the end of the day to unwind and take some of the load off of their shoulders because I get that. But I also know there are other healthier ways to de-stress that don’t have such a negative effect on your body composition. Such activities are stretching, foam rolling, taking a bath, reading a book, etc.

So please remember- if you booze, you WON’T lose!

BJ Gaddour struggled with his weight for the majority of his childhood and still to this day battles the pitfalls of emotional eating. He is a self-proclaimed “work in progress” who has made every mistake in the book when it comes to health and fitness in his own life. He has mastered the art of group training as his business focuses solely on population health management. BJ’s internationally renowned Get Sexy Boot Camps (www.GetSexyBootCamps.com) are Milwaukee’s premier fitness boot camps for men and women. He is also the co-creator of Workout Muse: The World’s FIRST and #1 Source for Fitness Music and Media Production (www.WorkoutMuse.com).

p.s. Please forward this info to anybody you know who can benefit from it ;) If your are a busy Mom looking for awesome 10-20 minute workouts that you can do in the comfort of your home, please click the link below:

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p.p.s. If you are a busy Mom (or busy person for that matter) and have any questions that I can help with, please post a comment to this blog post and I’ll be sure to help you out to the best of my ability ;)

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