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January 10, 2010

Amy Kok Testimonial

Testimonial

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From: Amy Kok

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It’s been about one month since I joined Fitness Concepts.

The results are starting to really show through. I have loss over 17 pounds; inches are melting off my body.

When I first inquired about the program, I didn’t think I would be this motivated and see results this quickly.

I thought this must be another program that may work for some and probably not for me, but what the heck, I’ll try it.

Dr. Saman told me that I was on the borderline of being obese, I am only 26 years old. How can I be obese?

I can’t be, just a couple short years ago, I was in pretty good shape.

I want to look and feel young again, without having to shop at the plus size store.

I have two young kids, 4 & 2, am I going to be able to keep up with them at the park, or am I going to sit on the bench and have trouble breathing everytime I move?

Dr. Saman helped me set goals & steps in helping me achieve that goal.

He held a nutrition seminar that both my husband and I attended, what an eye opener

Immediately, Dr. Saman motivated us so much, we went home and cleaned out our fridge and pantry.

Donated all of our hamburger helper, canned soups,cookies, pastas, etc. to the local food bank.

Dr. Saman showed us how to shop for our food, how to eat, his blogs on how to order food at a fast food restaurant, how to control your portions.

Between Dr. Saman, Armando, Maria Macias (master trainer), I am working hard to lose the weight, gain muscle, learning how to workout the correct way.

This is just the beginning for me, I look forward to a bright future with Fitness Concepts.

You have truly proved that your program works as long as you have the drive, willpower, visualize what and how you want to feel.

Kind regards, Amy Kok

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October 22, 2009

PaPaChino’s

I know, I know WHAT HAPPENED TO THE EATING HEALTHY WHILE DRIVING THRU SERIES!!

Well so many of my clients were telling me that I have to go try PaPaChino’s…..

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So in between our series here and there we will do something a lil different……

We hope you enjoy this blog and go give PaPaChino’s  a try!!  Just mention this Fitness Concepts Blog and say I sent you! (Dr. Sam Bakhtiar) and recieve 10 % off your meal.  For the month of November.


Check out PaPaChino’s Website…….it IS the Fitness Concepts of restaurants, using technology to it’s fullest!!

(So my assistant was joking as we were filming the blog!)  LOL

You can actually order and pay for your meal online.  So when you get there you can either have it ready to go or ready to eat as soon as you arrive!!

Click here to enter PaPaChino's Website and Order Now!!

Click here to enter PaPaChino's Website and Order Now!!

HOW COOL IS THAT!!

Sometimes you wait for what seems like an eternity at a drive thru during busy meal times….the only minor inconvenience would be that u couldn’t find the other pair of your favorite shoes and didn’t completly match on your wardrobe, having a bad hair day and had to be seen in public…what a tragedy!!

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This is all about fitness guys……get online at papachinosgrillandgreens.com throw on a baseball cap, jump out your car and grab your delicious nutritious PaPachino’s meal quick as that!!  No wrong orders no waiting and yelling into the drive thru window.(you can even select a certain time that you want the meal ready!!)

…HOW DOES THAT SOUND?

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Thank you for joining us on our Blog!!  For those of you that want a lil bit more here is short version of behind the scenes at PaPaChino’s.  Also join us for more and be our friend(they call it subscribe) on youtube for more videos.

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Jim the owner wanted me to remind you that he supports the local youth by feeding them free on Saturday when the kids are in uniform.  Supporting local youth sports health and fitness.

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Eating Healthy While Driving Thru Series.

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September 28, 2009

Sugar VS Artificial Sweeteners


The question was sure to come up …

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… what about calorie free sweeteners?  Stevia, sucralose, and the rest of the bunch?

Are they a better option than calorie containing sugar options when trying to lose weight and burn belly fat?

Let’s delve into them a bit and discuss some of the realities and myths with calorie free sweeteners.

First, when I say “artificial sweetener” what am I talking about?  There are a bunch, but the most commonly used are Acesulfame potassium (Ace-K), Sucralose, Saccharin,  and Aspartame.

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And then there’s this “new” guy on the scene, Stevia (it’s not artificial, but it IS a sweetener).

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And each of the artificial sweeteners has an “acceptable daily intake” (ADI) – meaning according to the FDA, you should not consume MORE than the amounts listed below per day.

* Aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal) = 18-19 cans of diet cola
* Saccharin (Sweet ‘N Low) = 9 to 12 packets
* Acesulfame K (Sunett, Sweet One) = 30-32 cans diet lemon-lime soda
* Sucralose (Splenda) = 6 cans diet cola

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Fair enough?  Now depending on who you talk to, or what you read, you’ll hear all different opinions – “I only use sucralose, because xxxx” or “stevia is natural, so I use that…”

If you look at the values above, you may notice that according to the ADIs, the max for Splenda is just 6 cans of diet cola/day, whereas Equal is 18-19 cans.  Does that mean Splenda is more of a concern than Equal?  It might.

But as a side note, if you’re drinking THAT many diet colas/day, your diet needs an overhaul as there are absolutely zero positive qualities to diet colas (or any diet soda for that matter).
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Let’s cover a few of these in more detail.

Sucralose (Splenda):

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While this one has received safety approval from the FDA, it’s surely not without controversy.  Picking sides with this is like jumping in to the Health Care Reform debate!

But I’m ready to go for it.

First, the upside of Sucralose:

* it has virtually no aftertaste
* it’s stable when heated so you can cook and bake with it
* it’s stable at different acidities (pHs) so it can be added to things like lemon juice without affecting its sweetness
* it has a proven track record of safety in many research studies.

Cons:

* anecdotally (meaning personal stories) have tied intake to migraine headaches
* may affect healthy bacteria in the gut, according to animal data
* it may cause weight gain?

This last one is a bit more controversial.  In a nutshell, one study using rats fed them different quantities of sucralose.  At the end of the 24 week study, the rats consuming sucralose gained weight compared to the ones that didn’t take any in.

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Weird.  Zero calories, how can it cause dangerous belly fat to creep up on us?

I will say at this time I’m not impressed with the data showing artificial sweeteners cause us to gain belly fat … I clearly need to see more research to support this theory. The thought was that while artificial sweeteners themselves don’t have calories, they “trick” the body into craving more sweet foods…

…voila, belly fat and overall weight gain is through the roof.

It’s correlation data, but if I remember anything from statistics, it’s that correlation doesn’t mean causation.  In a nutshell, the correlation that those who used diet soda weighed more doesn’t mean the diet soda itself caused them to gain weight.  More research clearly needs to expore this.  Keep in mind, also, that the doses used in this particular study were very high if we tried to extrapolate these findings to humans.  At this point I just don’t buy into that conclusions of this data and am surely calling for more.

Again, another red flag for me here is that the “maximum” recommendation is 6 cans of diet cola – for some, that’s a ton, but for others, that’s breakfast.  Regulate your intake!

Aspartame (Nutrasweet, Equal):

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You’ve seen the little pink packets … pink packets of poison, according to some.  Like the others, this has the stamp of approval from the FDA.  But opponents of this suggest it causes migraines, causes cancer,brain tumors, and evil belly fat.

Like the others, the research is mixed – some studies show a negative effect, others show a positive effect.

I hate to give the “more research is necessary” answer, but, well, it’s the best answer to give.

I talked about my feelings on the weight gain and artificial sweeteners with sucralose.

As for cancer – it’s a hard one to pin down.  These data are all done in animals, usually given very high doses, to see what happens.

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For some reason the review boards look very unfavorably at loading up humans with artificial sweeteners and seeing if they cause cancer; therefore, we’re reliant on animal data.  But even if there is that chance, that concerns me … stamp of appro

I don’t like the idea of artificial … I don’t want artificial ingredients in my body and try to limit them as much as possible.  I do that by knowing what I’m eating, being able to pronounce all ingredients, and eating foods as close to the earth as possible.

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With that said, I AM supportive of making the transition to calorie free drinks if someone is a regular soft drink (or juice, or sweetened tea) drinker …

…For example, a former client started our relationship with regular stops at 7-11 for Big Gulps, where regular coke was his product of choice.  Several times a day – he drank 3,000 calories EACH day in soda alone.

Would he benefit from switching to diet soda?  For sure!  And he did, greatly.

And overtime I got him to drink less and less diet soda as well, as 1 case each day of that is surely not great for you.

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But as a whole, sweeteners aren’t my favorite.

I also have yet to find one without an off flavor.  Call my crazy, but I want to eat a food that, well, tastes like food – not have some bitter aftertaste that’s CLOSE to being real, but not quite there.

I’d personally rather have a REAL sweetener, infrequently.  Moderation.  That’s a very unsexy word in marketing and the media, but it’s true.

You want a cookie?

Eat a cookie – occasionally.

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Is a fat free, sugar free, calorie free flavored chocolate chunk piece of cardboard REALLY going to help out your desire for a cookie?

Not a chance.

Eat the real thing, on occasion, then get over it.  Fair enough?

Eating real foods is what will help you live as healthfully as possible, burn belly fat, and look and feel great!

 

Dr. Saman Bakhtiar is weight loss and fitness expert.

He is truly concerned about each of his clients.

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July 6, 2009

Magic Potion II (yes he drinks it….this time!!)

Okay drum roll please  😉 The ingredient list you have been waiting for:

One TBS Regular Colon Cleanse

One TBS Vita Mineral Green

One Scoop Goji Splash (gives it a ton of anti-oxidents and a delicious flavor)

One TBS of of Udos Oil

Approximately 4-6 oz of water

Now that was the Old School way….My buddy Tom at Nutrishop (Super cool dude who knows his s*** when it comes to supplementation) also showed me this New school way where everything is already mixed. It is great when you are on the go! So stop by and see Tom and ask him about NU-TEK nature’s greens and fruits.

The Brand is NU-TEK Nature’s Green’s and Nature’s Fruits.

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