My Dog is Fat!

SnickersMy Dog is Fat and I Need Your Help!

(P.S. I am going for a little sarcasm here. I am using my dog as an analogy for people who need to lose weight.)

Just wanted to make sure we are all on the same page here.

Good? Good.

Our Vet said Snickers is fat. I prefer to think of Snickers as well-fed.

What you are looking at is fur weight.

Over the years he has gone from 13 to 14 to 15 to 16 pounds.

I started to take notice when he was getting a bit of a butt roll. Once I saw the butt roll, it was time to get him on a training program.

So after consulting numerous dog websites I have up with two plans of action. I would like your input of what you think is the most effective.

Option 1:

  • Count his calories and make sure he chews his food at least 100 times before he swallows.
  • A full vegan cleanse with herbs and green tea for a week.
  • Noni Berries and Acai juice in his water bowl to help bolster his immune system.
  • Mega vitamins just in case he isn’t getting enough.
  •  Any water is to be filtered, boiled and sanitized by ultraviolet light.
  • He will need to sleep in certain  positions in a feng-shui approved room.
  • Don’t forget the crystals.

This is going to take a lot of time and a lot of money but Snickers is worth it.

Or Option 2:

  • Cut out the snacks or change to lower calorie snacks.
  • Stop feeding him from the table.
  • Go for a longer walk each day.

This really doesn’t take any time and we will actually save money.

Oh, boy, this is a tough one.

Kind of stinks when you see things layed out like this, doesn’t it?

Don’t worry, I am with you. I have probably fallen for every marketing supplement scam there is. I write these blogs to try and help you avoid some of the traps I fell into.

I am not saying there aren’t some cutting edge supplements out there. There are.

I am definitely not telling you to stay away from all supplements.

I just want you to consider the 80/20 rule.

The 80/20 rule states that 20% of your actions will give you 80% of your results.

In the fat loss game, nutrition and working out will give you the bulk of your results.

Focus on that.

Fat loss supplements can provide 5% to 10% of your fat loss. These are numbers quoted from Bill Phillips, Founder of EAS.

So if you lose 100 pounds of fat, you will be able to credit your fat loss metabolizer for 5 to 10 pounds.

Let’s take an average of 7.5 pounds lost with the magic of supplements.

So we are looking at losing 92.5 pounds through hard work and sweat.

 

So do you see how insignificant this is?

Why then do you sell supplements?

I am affiliated with a couple supplement companies.

If you want to look at adding supplements to your workout, I think I have an obligation to point you in the right direction.

Whether you check out Onnit, Biotrust or ProGrade, be assured that

  • They have an empty bottle return policy. So if you take the product and don’t see a difference you get a full refund.
  • They all come from GMP controlled labs.
  • They all present controlled lab studies for their products.

So are these miracle supplements? No

Will you effortlessly lose weight taking their supplements. No.

Could they help kickstart your fat loss program or help you break a plateau? Very likely.

 

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Post 68: 3 Fat Loss Myths Debunked

  Let’s be honest here, most people don’t get the fat loss they want because they don’t work hard enough. Well….at least that is what I used to believe. I still believe that to be a semi-valid statement at least for most of the population. Get a solid workout plan, exercise consistently and pay attention to what you are eating and you will almost always get results. On the other hand, if you do not put the time and work in, you shouldn’t be surprized if you fall short of your goals. This is the way it should be. Easy to understand and explain.
What is hard to explain is that I have noticed that there seems to be a growing number of people that do not benefit from that instant relationship between exerercise plus diet equals fat loss. I have had a couple clients that I know are eating right and putting their work in and yet they don’t get the results they should.
This is another excellent article from Kevin DiDonato that addresses this. He is not alone in thinking that there is something going on with our food supply and the constraints of modern society. Enjoy reading this and I hope this helps you get in the shape you deserve.
Michael   
Avoid These 3 Belly Fat Myths

By Kevin DiDonato MS, CSCS, CES

Fifty years ago, adding physical activity and changing your diet were all you needed to do to lose weight and keep it off.

However, flash forward to today, and the same formula for weight loss does not hold true.

In fact, today there are many other factors which contribute to weight gain, and why for millions of people worldwide, it is much harder for you (and them) to lose weight.

Chronic inflammation, which is low-level inflammation that is present in your body and could signal the start of many different disease processes, is on the rise and could be the leading cause for dysfunctional fat cells.

Dysfunctional fat cells, research suggests, could inhibit your fat cells’ ability to secrete powerful hormones.  These powerful hormones could be the key to helping you lose weight.

By not secreting these hormones, your body may have a harder time using stored fat, which could prevent you from having a lean and tone figure.

Today, we have debunked some of the common myths associated with your fat cells.

Myth #1: Your Fat Cells Are Just A Storage Unit – FALSE

People once thought of fat cells as pockets where fat from food goes – allowing for storage of fat to be used for energy later.

Now, however, research suggests that your fat cells are, in fact, alive and metabolically active.

Your fat cells, commonly known as white adipose tissue, could be the largest endocrine organ in your body.

Just like your thyroid and pancreas, your fat cells release many different hormones, which directly impact your weight loss success.

One hormone in particular, Adiponectin, could help you lose weight and keep it off.

However, research shows that being overweight could cause your fat cells to slow the secretion of Adiponectin and other key hormones, which could make it even harder for you to lose weight.

Chronic inflammation, which is low-level inflammation and is always present in your body, could cause your fat cells to become dysfunctional, therefore altering their ability to release powerful weight loss hormones.

Myth #2: Your Fat Cells Can Burn Off – FALSE

Your fat cells shrink but they do not burn off.

This means that during exercise, or cases of extreme fasting, your fat cells release stored fatty acids for use as calories (energy).

This could help to shrink the SIZE of the fat cells.

However, by overeating, there is an influx of calories which your body tends to store as fat.

And this could increase the size of your fat cells.  However, when your fat cells are at full capacity, they send a signal to smaller, undeveloped fat cells, to divide and take on more fatty acids.

This could create more fat cells to store extra fatty acids.

Myth #3: What You Put in (and on) Your Body Can Slow Fat Loss – TRUE

There are a lot of factors involved when you are trying to lose weight now, than there were 50 years ago.

Exercise and diet do play a role in your body’s ability to burn stored fat; and this could enhance your fat cells’ ability to secrete hormones, causing you to lose weight.

However, there are certain environmental factors which need to be considered when you are trying to lose weight.

Today, there are more hormones and antibiotics injected into livestock which, once eaten, could alter the hormone levels in your body.

Plus, there are also hundreds of chemicals that you are exposed to over the course of the day, which could also alter your hormone levels and lead to weight gain.

Certain chemicals act as endocrine blockers and potentially could alter your ability to gain lean mass by throwing your hormones out of whack.

This could increase the storage of fats from your blood, making it harder for you to lose unwanted belly fat.

Optimize Your Fat Burning Potential

Research suggests that your body could have toxic fat cells, which could limit your fat cells’ ability to secrete powerful weight loss hormones.

Toxic fat cells could also increase your risk for developing heart disease, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome, and diabetes.

However, by losing weight and altering your hormone levels, you could have the ability to transform your fat cells, making them happier and healthier for years to come.

NEXT: Discover How To Detoxify Your Fat Cells >>

 

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved.

Post 67: Time for Something Positive

This was emailed to me from a friend who is also a great massage therapist. It really puts things in perspective.

If you are in the Parker area and want a massage, give pat Perry a call at 303-841-5039.
If you never learn the language of gratitude, you will never be on speaking terms with happiness.









A father and mother kissing their dying little girl goodbye—

If you are wondering why all the medic people are bowing….
in less than an hour, two small children in the next room are able to live thanks to the little girl’s kidney and liver.

 

Visit me at http://www.mfactorfitness.com Michael Medvig is a personal trainer and owner of M Factor Fitness Inc., an in home personal training company in Parker Colorado. This blog represents opinions on fitness. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions. All information and materials on this site are provided as is and without warranty of any kind. These materials (including all text, images, logos, compilation, and design, unless otherwise noted) are copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. Copyright 2001-2010 M Factor Fitness Inc. All rights reserved. |