March 3, 2011
Being in the “scene” of health and fitness for the last 20 years I am blessed to have met all the TOP people in the field. I asked my friend Shawna K, Female Fat Loss Over 40 expert to share an exercise circuit with you that you can do anywhere.
To learn more about Shawna and her female fat loss forty program simply click on the banner below.
In the video I suggest these five exercises:
My suggestion is to do 10-15 reps for each exercise, rest 30 seconds and repeat 3-5 times.
If you have a timer, I like to do 30 seconds of work with a 5 second transition. I’d try this set 3-5 times. Beginners may need to do less time (eg. 20 sec/exercise)
December 14, 2010
Below is an article contributed by Mike Geary, the founder of TruthAboutAbs.. 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.
Get the solution to rid yourself for life of this problem at…
Train hard, eat right, and enjoy life!
October 18, 2010
What REALLY Causes Fat Loss Plateaus
Guest Blog by Joel Marion
I got my friend and weight loss expert Joel Marion to explain what causes the dreaded weight loss plateau.
Joel is the author of Cheat To Lose and is considered by many (including me) one of the top authorities on the subject.
So, what REALLY causes fat loss plateaus to happen and why is getting exceptionally lean incredibly difficult?
Well, that’s two questions, so let’s address them one at a time 🙂
A general fat loss plateau or stall in weight loss can happen for many reasons, but they all basically come down to metabolism and hormones.
If you’ve read some of my previous writing, then you’re probably pretty familiar with leptin, so while I’ll save you the long science, I do believe a brief explanation is in order.
Leptin, AKA the anti-starvation hormone, is basic the “control” hormone when it comes to weight loss, particularly fat loss. Other important hormones with regards to metabolism and weight loss, such as the appetite regulating hormones neuropeptide-Y and ghrelin, and the metabolic thyroid hormones are all more or less dependent on leptin.
As an analogy, Leptin is the “Sergeant” hormone from which all other hormones take commands.
Either that or leptin is just REALLY cool and the other guys simply base everything they do around what leptin’s doing.
Bunch of lame-ass follower hormones.
The point is, if you hope to have any success when it comes to weight loss, then you need to understand and learn to manipulate leptin.
To make things extremely simplistic:
High leptin levels = Heightened fat burning and metabolism
Low leptin levels = Decreased fat burning and metabolism
Unless of course you suffer from leptin resistance, which we’ll talk about momentarily.
So how is leptin mediated? Two ways:
1. Leptin is mediated by body fat levels.
Because leptin is secreted by fat cells, it makes sense that there is a direct, linear relationship between the amount of body fat you are carrying and the amount of leptin you have floating around. That is to say, the more fat you have, the more leptin you have, and vice versa.
This is THE major reason why losing those last few pounds is exceptionally difficult.
Oops, looks like we are answering the second question before we fully answer the first. I tend to do that.
But yes, low body fat levels unquestionably mean low baseline levels of leptin. Essentially, with every pound of fat you lose, the lower baseline leptin levels fall, making it even more difficult to lose the next pound.
Fun stuff, I know.
Low body fat levels = low leptin
High body fat levels = high leptin
Uh oh. Now I have to explain why “fat” people, if they indeed have the highest leptin levels because of their large amount of body fat, aren’t the leanest people in the world if leptin is so metabolic.
Good question, my smart fellow, but there is indeed an explanation, and that explanation is called “leptin resistance”.
Similar to insulin resistance, if leptin receptors are constantly being bombarded by high levels of leptin, they start to become less sensitive to the hormone.
This is what happens with insulin in Type II diabetics. People eat crap food and loads of highly processed carbohydrates for years, flood their bloodstream with insulin every hour of the day, and gradually over time insulin receptors become so desensitized to the hormone to the point that insulin no longer “works”.
The same occurs with leptin. Overweight people, who have been overweight for years, become resistant to the hormone due to massive amounts of leptin (caused by high body fat levels and high calorie intakes, which we’ll talk about in a minute) slamming receptors for extended periods of time.
I won’t go into too much further detail about leptin resistance and sensitivity here, but for the sake of the conversation, we’ll just say that leptin is “broke” in these individuals.
Can it be fixed?
Yes. And I actually cover exactly how to do this in the Ninja Nutrition Tactics manual.
2. Leptin is mediated by calorie intake.
In addition to leptin’s relationship with body fat, leptin is also pretty chummy with the amount of food you’re taking in on a daily basis. That is, your calorie intake.
High calorie intakes = high leptin levels
Low calorie intakes = low leptin levels
That said, that darned “common sense” does come into play here as well (i.e. you can’t eat 5,000 calories a day and expect your high leptin levels to cancel out the rules of mathematics).
The important thing to recognize is that typical dieting, in which you are restricting calories on a daily/weekly/monthly basis, derails leptin “fo’ sheezy” (as the kids say), and there’s no getting around that.
This means that with chronic dieting, you WILL screw with leptin and you WILL hit a fat loss plateau, period. It WILL happen-so whatcha gonna do about it?
Oh yeah, and I also talk quite a bit about the whole “getting really lean” thing, too, so let’s go back to that real quick.
As mentioned, the number one reason losing those last few pounds of fat is such a curse word is low leptin and the fact that your body does not WANT you to be single digit body fat-at all.
It’s all like “Noooooooooo, stay fat and keep me warmmmmm. I’m colddddd. And what are we going to do if we end up like Tom Hanks in that one movie-you know, the one with the volley ball. That could happen.”
And theoretically, your body is correct. But, being lean is way cooler than Tom Hanks (sorry, it’s true, I took a poll), so if you’re going to ever get exceptionally lean, you’re going to have to learn the ways of the Ninja.
Bottom line, it AINT easy to figure out, but the good news is that you don’t have to since I already did it for you.
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October 12, 2010
Miss Chino Hills Latina
This is a testimonial from the awesome Miss Chino Hills Latina Justine Yotti. She is as a beautiful person on the inside than she is on the outside.
We are all so proud of her. On behalf of Fitness Concepts and The Camp we want to congratulate and recognize her accomplishments and hard work. GO JUSTINE!!!
Hello my name is Justine Monique Yotti and I have been going to “The Camp” Boot camp for about a month now.
I have always loved to exercise and keep healthy, but this boot camp gave me amazing results.
Not only did I learn how to exercise but I learned how to live a better healthy life.
I lost 6 pounds with a month of boot camp and got amazing results.
I am completely confident in how I look now.
Mr. Bakhtiar has emails sent daily that has helped with nutritional knowledge that will stick with me forever.
I was just in the Miss California Latina Pageant and made the top 7 out of 30 girls.
My bikini score was very high thanks to The Camp Boot camp.
Justine Monique Yotti (Miss Chino Hills Latina)