Tuesday, January 06, 2009

12 Weeks to Transform Your New Year's Resolutions into Reality

Let's face it. New Year's resolutions don't work. Half people don't even bother to make them. For the other half who make their resolutions to lose weight, find a new career, launch a new business, quit smoking, etc, etc, etc., the statistical success rate is against them.

According to a University of Scranton study about making New Year's resolutions, a quarter of them go back to their old ways within a week! By the end of January, that number rises to 36%. Less than 50% of participants stick to their goals past 6 months.

Sounds depressing, huh?

How many New Year's Resolutions have you made & broken in the last few years? What do you resolve to do this year?

The truth is, the "traditional" New Year's Resolutions simply don't work. In fact, many experts advise NOT make them at all. Read more >>

But what about your dreams and goals? Will this be the year you FINALLY achieve your goals?

Listen, if you choose the wrong goals, or did not set your goals properly, you are setting yourself up for failure! You end up breaking your New Year's Resolutions (again), losing business opportunities/profit, staying stuck in the same place (or even become worse-off than last year), wasting precious time & money, and, of course, your self-esteem plummets as you beat yourself up over and over....

Are you SERIOUS about making your dreams a reality in 2009? Ask yourself:
  • Are you committed to reaching your goals this year?
  • Are you ready, willing and able to take the necessary action to achieve your goals?
  • Are you ready, willing and able to invest in YOUR own future?
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Monday, January 05, 2009

Is Cardio The Solution to Lost Weight?

Today is the first unofficial work day of the year 2009. I'm sure a lot of people are panicking about their weight gain over the holiday season. The gym floor is packed. All cardio machines (treadmills, elliptical trainers, bikes, stairmasters, step climbers) are taken with 30-minute limits.

If you think that time spent on those cardio machines alone can help you lose weight and get the six pack abs, you're grossly wrong, wrong, wrong!!

In fact, far too many (particularly overweight people) overdo the cardio that may cause damage than good.

The following is a list of 14 tips from two famous trainer, Craig Ballantyne and Vince DelMonte, that cardio is not the be all and end all of exercise for fat loss. Take note if you (or anyone you know) have at least one or more of the 14 signs that you're doing too much cardio.

Typicall males can get down to 10% body fat and females 16% body fat with proper nutrition and weight training alone. Cardio is not needed until you need to strip the last few pounds off.

#1 - You have to spend 5 minutes before your workout flipping through all the magazines in the gym to find one you haven’t read before.

#2 - You know the other cardio addicts on the machines beside you (that you talk to everyday) better than you know your own friends.

#3 - You know exactly how many calories you burn per minute on every machine in the gym. (And you use that information to justify every calorie you eat.)

#4 - You simply hate doing it and dread your workouts more than a trip to the dentist.

#5 - The only thing you are losing is precious time - and not belly fat.

#6 - You go to the gym to watch your favorite television shows while doing cardio.

#7 - You’re getting overuse injuries from repetitive motion because you keep doing the same activity over and over again everyday.

#8 - You do cardio with your cell phone.

#9 - You calves are bigger than your biceps.

#10 - You can actually tell the difference between Gatorade and Powerade.

#11 - You asked for a water belt for Christmas.

#12 - You can recognize the members in your gym by the sounds of their breathing.

#13 - Your 8KG iPod is not large enough to store all your workout music.

#14 - You look the exact same as last month.

(Credits: Craig Ballantyne, Vince Delmonte)

Friday, January 02, 2009

"The Body Fat Solution" Book Review

Reviewed by Kelly Jadon on Tom Venuto's new book The Body Fat Solution

Tom Venuto has a fearless reputation as a man who is a fat loss expert and a natural, steroid-free bodybuilder. Since 1990, he has trained hundreds of individuals, and graduated 600 plus people from his nationally known 12-week coaching program, which was the base for his highly successful ebook Burn the Fat Feed the Muscle.

The Body Fat Solution provides solutions for regular people who live with stress, a shortage of time, emotional eating habits, and who lack motivation. Venuto presents a simple five-part formula which works for millions of people and encompasses a total-life approach addressing physical, mental, emotional, and social weight loss needs. The book aims to help the reader find and address the cause of his or her obesity, then eliminate it.

Venuto offers explanations for why we believe weight loss and body fat myths:

You can eat as much as you want and still lose weight.

Overweight people have a slower metabolism than thin people.

Some people are diet-resistant and can't lose weight.

Your genetics are why you are overweight.

Dietary fat makes you gain body fat.

Carbs make you fat.

Dietary changes for health and weight loss are one and the same.

Insulin resistance causes obesity.

Venuto makes an extraordinary statement, "The real secret of success is to understand and intentionally use the power of your unconscious mind. It's the key to the body of your dreams and everything else you want in life." He backs this truth up with current research into the unconscious mind and shows the reader how to overcome negative mindsets which have prevented weight loss. As a reviewer, I believe that this is key. The best weight loss books now show the importance of the mind in relation to physical well being.

Venuto also covers nutrition, calories, the metabolic rate, various forms of exercise including the importance of weight training. Several pages of photos demonstrate proper form for exercises. An interesting chapter validates the necessity of having a positive social network of support.

In "Keeping Score and Staying on Track," Venuto provides means for tracking fat loss and charting progress. Near the end of weight loss, fat burners sometimes plateau and weight loss stops. Venuto know the answers to these problems and lets the reader know how to kick-start it again.

The Body Fat Solution also contains an appendix of recommended foods (many) which gives the calorie count, protein, carb, fat, and fiber break down per serving. Most of these foods are natural--recipes not included--but can be located on the author's website.

Through reading and implementing The Body Fat Solution, the reader will be able to:

Promote successful thinking

Stop any bingeing and self-sabotaging behavior

Lose Fat

Increase Muscle

Eat delicious foods

Become motivated

Quit dieting

Increase metabolism

Break the fat loss plateau and lose those last few pounds

Develop a positive social network

The Body Fat Solution is a book written by a man who has the body to prove it. He's put his life into the writing of this book--noting important tips from the gym which do make a difference between those who lose and those who don't. Venuto is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and a Certified Personal Trainer (NSCA); he has also won several titles as a natural bodybuilder, including: Natural Mid Atlantic States and the NPC Natural Eastern Classic. Venuto has also placed as runner-up at the Mr. Natural USA and The Natural North American championships.
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