Post 126: Vitamin D Deficiency- A Couple of Reasons Why You Can’t Lose Weight

I was listening to the Joe Rogan Podcast with Dr. Rhonda Patrick (episode 502) and she mentioned this cool graphic about vitamin D.

I knew that vitamin D was a hormone and one of the few vitamins we can synthesize form the sun but I had no idea how many people are deficient in this.

I was reading an article on www.examine.com about boosting testosterone and one of the first things they mention is D3. Without it you will have trouble making testosterone. Very interesting. stuff.

 

 

 

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Post 127: Is Skim Milk Really Good For You

milkYou know I am not a consumer advocate and I don’t consider myself a conspiracy kook but I am in the health industry and someone has to report this stuff.

So if  I can either write about food that is good for you or food that may not be as good for you as you think. And yes, you should decide for yourself if any of this makes sense to you.

Today’s topic? Skim milk- all the good stuff of milk without the bad stuff?

Here is an interesting article I found from the Atlantic monthly called “The

controversial life of skim milk“.

Here is the link, http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/11/the-controversial-life-of-skim-milk/281655/

So is skim healthy? This is how you make skim milk.

1. Take milk, remove the fat (which removes a lot of the vitamin content including vitamins A,D,E and K).

2. Add back in artificial A and D. These are fat soluble vitamins so if you aren’t eating fat with your milk, your body will not absorb them.  By the way, the dairies throw in D2 which is cheap, inferior and poorly absorbed version of vitamin D so your body probably won’t be able to do anything with it anyway. What you want is Vitamin D3.

So what is left? You have gotten rid of the fat but you still have 13 g of sugar and a handful of vitamins that will be poorly absorbed. So you are consuming fewer calories but you have also sucked the nutrition out.

There are studies out there that show people who drink regular milk lose more weight than skim milk drinkers. Why?

1. Whole milk gives you a feeling of fullness plus vitamins associated with weight loss and metabolism. Fat soluble vitamins combined with a fat source mean you are getting usable nutrition.

2. People who drink skim milk have been found to actually eat more calories than their whole milk counterparts. This is because skim milk does not give you that full feeling so you actually end up feeling hungry.

3. Combine skim milk with your typical cereal and you are getting a ton of sugar, very little usable nutrition and an inability to get that full feeling. This leads to overeating.

4. If you drink a lot of skim milk, you are also getting a heaping does of cow antibiotics, grain GMO crap and other trace chemicals in your body.

5. There is no proof that consuming whole milk increases cholesterol and no proof that consuming skim milk reduces it.

Science is really beginning to expose the  fallacies we all believed in the 80’s. I find it crazy that it has taken 30 something years to disprove some of these ideas. Again, don’t take my word for this, do your own research and come up with your own conclusions.

 

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Post 125: M Factor Fitness Receives 2014 Best of Parker Award

Best of Parker Award 2014Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

M Factor Fitness Inc Receives 2014 Best of Parker Award

Parker Award Program Honors the Achievement

PARKER May 6, 2014 — M Factor Fitness Inc has been selected for the 2014 Best of Parker Award in the Personal Fitness Trainers category by the Parker Award Program.

Each year, the Parker Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Parker area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2014 Parker Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Parker Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Parker Award Program

The Parker Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Parker area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Parker Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

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Post 123: Bullet-Proof Coffee: Is It All It Is Cracked Up To Be?

bruce lee

 

That is exactly what you should do with bullet-proof coffee. I found a great article that, believe it or not is even-handed about this controversial subject. I have studied under Dr. Berardi and still continue to do so with his Precision Nutrition courses. The thing I like about him is that he isn’t selling anything and he doesn’t have an ax to grind. So the info he puts out examines both sides of a topic and doesn’t steer you one way or another.

Here is the link, http://www.precisionnutrition.com/bulletproof-coffee

Let me tell you my experience with bullet-proof coffee. I started my journey with this stuff about a year ago. I was experimenting with 3 things.

One, the concept of intermittent fasting, letting my digestive system get a break everyday for about 12 hours everyday.

Two, adding more healthy fats to my diet and balancing out my omega 3 to omega 6 fat ratios.

Three, a way to wake up in the morning have energy and not feel bloated or having the feeling of having to go to the bathroom. As a trainer the mornings are my busy time , so I cannot be bothered with anything that will upset my stomach or slow me down.

In my opinion, bullet-proof coffee has been exceptional for all 3 reasons.

Now in fairness, I only use 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 1 tablespoon of butter in my coffee. In the article they mention the standard recipe of 2 tablespoons for each.  I also only have one cup a day. I am not guzzling fat all day for energy. I also have not had my cholesterol checked this year so I cannot say whether the consumption of the extra fats has raised or lowered my numbers.

What the coffee does for me is to give me a nice slow-burning, long lasted stream of energy that last for a few hours. It seems to take the caffeine in the coffee and smooth it out, if that makes sense. I never have stomach issues and never feel like I am starving.

Everybody reacts differently to this stuff. I don’t think micotoxins are an issue so feel free to use any organic coffee. The butter of choice is Kerry Gold. As for MCT oil or coconut oil, there are a lot of good choices out there.

Lastly, because I am providing my body with fuel (the MCT oils) I have been able to easily drop fat and keep muscle mass which is critical for me. Again, this is my personal experience. The article provides examples where this has gone wrong for people.

The bottom line is to experiment for yourself.

again the article link is http://www.precisionnutrition.com/bulletproof-coffee

 

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Post 124: 5 Reasons Not to Drink Diet Soda

Plus 5 Bonus Reasons

 

 

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Here is an interesting article from ProGrade about diet soda. They have their 5 reasons not to drink the stuff and you can find it here, http://mfactorfitness.getprograde.com/how-diet-soda-kills.html.

If I can add my own opinion in the mix I would add the following 5 reasons:

1. When you drink diet soda you are not drinking something else. You are drinking chemicals instead of choosing something with health benefits such as water, coffee or tea.

2. When you drink diet soda, you are placing a burden on your liver and digestive system because they need to figure out what to do with all these foreign chemicals. The result is increased inflammation.

3. The manufacturers of these drinks say they are not addicting but that is not what I see. Whether it is an addiction or simply a behavior, people get hooked on their brand of soda. This leads to a constant flow of these chemicals into their bloodstream everyday. How many people do you know have to have at least one diet soda a day?

4. Whether there is anything harmful in the ingredients in the short-term or long-term are two totally different questions. There are studies linking diet cola to bone loss, metabolic syndrome, diabetes etc… There is a huge difference between taking something in small doses over infrequent periods of time and dosing yourself everyday with large amounts of chemicals that have a shady past.

5. In my experience training clients, I have had several cases where they were working out and eating clean yet still couldn’t lose weight. This by the way applies to both men and women. Their only vice was the daily couple of diet colas. Once they cut those out of their diet the weight started to come off.

So check out the ProGrade article for their take on this. The article leads into an article about controlling blood sugar and their solution for it. Pretty good stuff.

 

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Post 122: How Many Ingredients are in a Chick-Fil-A Sandwich?

How many ingredients are in a Chick-Fil-A-sandwich?

Take a guess my friends.

Here is my list:

Chicken breast, breading, sauce, bun, lettuce. Okay that is 5 things and maybe a couple of ingredients to make the bread. I will change my guess to 10.

Did you guess 15?

25?

The answer is close to 100! Here is a post by the foodbabe that will freak you out. Here is the link, http://foodbabe.com/2011/07/09/chick-fil-a-or-chemical-fil-a/

 

So why should you care about this? Well, as Vani mentions in her post, if you have any of the following issues they could be related to the ingestion of these chemicals.

Ever wonder why you have to dose yourself with caffeine after lunch to stay awake?

Or have uncontrollable cravings?

Or why no matter how hard you work in the gym, you still carry around 10 extra pounds?

Or experience depressed moods?

Or have joint pain? Or headaches?

Or can’t clear up your skin?

Or have asthma and/or allergies?

The part that gets me mad is you would never think that they would have to put all this crap in a simple sandwich. Oh, and the fact that you have to research this to find out what is actually in the food you are eating.

So check out her post if you want to. The point is simply this. Eating a Chick-Fil-A sandwich won’t kill you. It won’t make you sick. It is the constant ingestion of chemicals over a long period of time that will do the damage ( in my opinion). Since you don’t know how many chemicals you are taking in at any one meal how can you gauge your exposure? You can’t so be careful.

 

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