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September 21, 2009

Yikes….Sugar Cube Visual

Yikes….. Sugar Cube Visual


Sometimes pictures are way better than words.




Someone ought to get an award for this.

We know the facts, but this brings perspective quickly, doesn’t it?


Each cube is a teaspoonful.





































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September 18, 2009

In-N-Out; Eating Healthy While Driving Thru





Okay now, a little bit of fun with In-N-Out Burger… we go…and for those of you who just came  by and enjoyed our video and ready to check out,

“Have an AWESOME Day”!!

Great having you!!

Stay tuned for Jack in the Box Next week.

Most of us have heard the hype……..In-N-Out Secret Menu. I know, I know, it is old news for some of you, but my assistant did not know about it…….so this may be fun for you too!!


Rumor has it that the  “secret menu” items out number the “regular menu” items.


Let’s take a look at the official “NOT-SO-SECRET” ‘secret menu’ and then we will explore some urban legends and would love feed back from you too!!


I also found some other “unofficial” menu items, shoot now I just want to go out to In-N-Out and order these things!!


I think was called the 100×100


2×4 Burger

Description: A “2×4″ is a burger with two beef patties and four slices of cheese. You can also order a “3×3,” a “4×2″ or any other meat/cheese combo.


3-by-Meat Burger

Description: Three beef patties, no cheese. You can pretty much order “any number”-by-Meat.


“Animal Style” Burger

Description: Mustard-cooked beef patty, additional pickles, extra secret sauce with grilled onions.


“Double-Meat” Burger

Description: A Double-Double without the cheese.


The Flying Dutchman

Description: 2 beef patties, 2 slices of cheese. That’s it. No lettuce. No onions. No bun.


Grilled Cheese

Description: Cheeseburger without the “burger.”


“Protein Style” Burger

Description: Any burger you want wrapped in lettuce instead of bun.


Veggie Burger

Description: Hamburger with no burger and double tomatoes.


“Extra Toast”

Description: Leaves your bread on the grill a tad longer.  Can be ordered with any burger.


Fries: “Animal Style”

Description: French fries with secret sauce, onions and cheese on top.


Fries: “Light”

Description: French fries cooked a little less than normal.


Fries: “Well-Done”

Description: French fries cooked a little longer than normal.


Description: 1/2 Lemonade, 1/2 7-Up.

Neopolitan Shake

Description: Strawberry, vanilla and chocolcate all swirled together – not blended.


Description: 1/2 Iced Tea, 1/2 Lemonade. Since they started letting you get your own

Are these receipts real or just an urban legend??


I didnt even think to keep my receipt to see what was printed……..please share your experience.


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September 16, 2009

Cogua Acquatics at Fitness Concepts


Giovanni Cogua
*NASM Certified Personal Trainer
*NASM Certified Sports Specialist
*Red Cross WSI Certified


Here at Fitness Concepts We offer a variety of resources….one of which I am very proud is our swimming lessons. swimming-pool

We offer year round lessons in our indoor heated pool. No need to wait until summer for the safety classes to begin!

More Than Child Play It’s A Matter Of Survival


One of the most important things you can do for your child is to make sure they learn to swim. According to the National Safe Kids Campaign downing is the second leading cause of unintentional injury relating to deaths in children age 1-14. There are lots of reasons why kids should lean how to swim while they are young. But at the top of the list, parent should remember it can be a matter of survival.


While water recreation provides children and their loved ones with hours of fun and exercise, water and kids can be a dangerous mix. In the United States, drowning remains the second leading cause of accidental death among children ages 1to 14, despite a 52 percent decline in child drowning per year from 1990 to 2005. In 2005, 982 children ages 14 and under died as a result of accidental drowning; in 2004, an estimated 3,702 children in this age group were treated in emergency rooms for near-drowning. Of these drowning deaths, an estimated 40 percent occurred in pools. During off season, many parents forget the dangers that surround their children with so many pools in our neighborhoods. Unfortunately there is no off season when it comes to drowning.


There’s an ocean of reasons why kids should learn how to swim while they’re young. The most obvious one is safety precautions. If your child knows how to swim to safety, you and everyone else can have a bit more peace of mind near the water.


Swimming is by far one of the best forms of exercise for the human body, so teaching your children how to swim gives them hours of fun and give them a great workout as well.


If you child does not know how to swim, sign them up now.  A good instructor is well trained to have patience and experience teaching children to swim one stroke at a time.. For some children its quick while others may take a while to get their arms and legs to do what they’re supposed to, while blowing bubbles and trying to see where they are headed. If your child views swimming as a chore, they will not want to get their feet wet again, let alone go under water. That’s the advantage of having a trained professional swimming instructor, one that knows how to make it fun, safe and exciting for your child.


It goes without saying that you need to supervise your child at all times by any pool or body of water, but both of you will be more at ease knowing your child can swim to the side and get out if they jump, or happen to fall, in. So whether your child just wants to splashes around with you or becomes a synchronized swimmer, there are lots of reasons to teach your children how to swim but nothing as important as their survival.  W


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September 13, 2009

But Which Sugar is Best for Fat Loss

Can you Lose Belly Fat if you Eat THIS?


There are over 30 names for sugar…

…turbinado sugar, raw sugar, agave syrup, fruit paste, raw honey, malt syrup and many more.


I always get asked what’s the best type of sugar?

Is there such a thing?  A “healthy” sugar?

Remember, sugar is readily used for “immediate short term energy” which means that if you are trying to burn fat for energy then eating any kind of sugar will “delay” the fat burning process.

Sugars also release a hormone called “insulin”. Insulin is a lipogenic hormone which means that it encourages body fat storage. That’s why people with type 2 diabetes are overweight. There body releases too much insulin due to their cells insensitivity to insulin. The only way to increase one’s insulin sensitivity is by losing weight and exercising.


Clearly, when burning belly fat is a goal, sugar (all forms) need to take a back seat.  But let’s put a few of these under the microscope to see if there’s a best of the worst.

After all, with teens eating nearly 100 lbs of sugar per person, per year, we have some headway to make.  It should be no surprise that research shows belly fat has skyrocketed in this age group.


But adults aren’t much behind.  And the obesity epidemic we’re facing around the world is a tell tale sign that we’re overfed, yet undernourished.

Let’s get to the good stuff.

First, just because something is organic, doesn’t mean it’s healthy.


Organic sugar isn’t a magical health food like it’s often considered.

It increases belly fat just like plain old table sugar.

Let’s cover a few of the most commonly questioned poisons in the fight against belly fat.

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)


This one was invented in the 1970’s.  It’s in nearly every food and beverage in the super market – from breads to ketchup, fruit juice to cereals.  Some have claimed it’s caused obesity saying, this one sweetener is preventing us from losing belly fat permanently.  Interestingly, its use has skyrocketed the same way the obesity epidemic has over the last few decades.  And research has suggested there is a correlation.


This caused a negative spiral of media ads pointing the finger at this one ingredient.

And the Corn Refiners Association fought back.  They created commercials saying that HFCS is no worse than sugar.  What they didn’t say is both are junk, why eat them at all?


My first “problem’ with HFCS is that it was “invented.”  I don’t want to eat anything that was “invented.” I want to eat foods as close to the ground as possible.  You can avoid HFCS, just like you can avoid other sugars.  Sure, it is metabolized a bit differently than sugar, but you know what, the foods that are loaded with HFCS are junk – regardless of the form of sugar.  Soda = junk.  Fruit juice cocktails = junk. Popsicles = junk.


If you buy organic options of these same foods, they’re all junk and will prevent you from losing belly fat, put a halt to losing fat from your hips and thighs, or getting into your skinny jeans.

Agave Syrup

This natural sweetener recently became popular.  Agave nectar is produced from a plant and is popular in organic markets and with vegans.  It is touted for its low glycemic index, meaning it won’t cause much of a spike in blood sugar.  But no studies are available showing how it compares to other sugars in terms of blood sugar control.

It is primarily made up of fructose, which is in fact lower on the glycemic index.  One important note – if you try this, look for USDA-certified organic products. Most agave comes from Mexico and there have been issues with recalls because of excessive pesticides in the products.


Raw Honey

Often sold at Farmer’s Markets, supporters of this sweetener love that it’s not processed.  Me too.  And because it’s not processed, it IS higher in a few nutrients (mainly B vitamins).  With that said, honey wouldn’t be my first choice for getting in any vitamins and minerals. I DO like that you can use less of it than table sugar because teaspoon for teaspoon, it’s sweeter.

There’s also some very interesting data showing eating local honey may reduce allergies, it can be used as an antiseptic, and much more.  (NOTE: I don’t recommend pouring it on an open wound).


But in the end, will too much honey prevent you from getting the body of your dreams and slashing belly fat?  Sure, it’s still empty calories when you compare it side by side with fruit, for example (which also is high in a form of sugar, but nothing I’d worry about).

Where does that leave us?


All sugars have relatively the same number of calories per gram.

Organic sugars will still prevent you from losing belly fat.


Non organic sugars will prevent you from losing belly fat.


If you are going to use a sweetener, opt for local honey and use it sparingly.  Still, the best way to eat foods is in their natural state – fruit is sweet, enjoy that as dessert.  Grill it to bring out the sweetness.  Add balsamic vinegar to a pan and heat it up to create a calorie free “syrup” that’s great with fruit.


Avoid foods with ingredients that have been “invented” – the closer to the ground they are, the better off you will be.

In the end, burn belly fat by limiting your sugar intake and training right.

Dr. Saman Bakhtiar Phillips Ranch personal trainer and Gym owner always taking a personal interest in each client!

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