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Turn Your Body Into A Fat Burning Machine–Even While You Sleep!

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The truth is, extreme exercise and drastically reduced calorie intake can prompt a “starvation response” in the body, which may actually promote future weight gain. Why? Such severe tactics trigger a metabolic process that sends a signal to your fat stores saying, “Hold on, we may not eat for a while.” And so your body immediately conserves that stored fat—usually where you least want it—and your metabolism slows down. Because of this response, low-calorie diets completely defeat the purpose of permanent weight loss. Sure, you may drop a few pounds, but that loss will most likely be temporary and your ability to lose weight in the future will be compromised.

The single most effective way to turn your body into a fat burning machine- even while you sleep is to eat small meals spread throughout the day. Meals that consist of real, raw, whole foods increase thermogenesis. Sure you could get some results with three balanced thermogenic meals, but with five or six meals over the course of a day you will achieve optimal results! This is why I developed the Profit Superfood Shake  and the ItsEssential weight loss bar for ITworks Global. These two products are the perfect addition to your meal plan. I know preparing five or six meals a day for some is just unrealistic as well as expensive. By adding a shake and a bar each day you not only save money and time, but you also eliminate the guess work. Both of these products help fuel your body, keep you feeling full, and provide nutrients your body needs to stay healthy. In addition, you will create meals using foods that are thermogenic so, the more you eat the more you burn. How can this be? Certain foods have a higher thermic effect, which means it takes a greater amount of more energy for your body to break down the food than it has calories to use. This makes it almost impossible for these foods to be stored as fat. Your body will actually tap into your stored fat to get the remaining needed energy. When fat loss is your goal you should include as many of these foods daily.

Eating frequently is also important to maintain your lean muscle. Every process in your body requires a certain amount of energy, including digestion. If you are not eating enough, your body still needs to get this energy. We have learned that muscle requires energy and protein just to maintain itself. Every time you skip a meal you are not providing your body with enough energy and protein, and so your body looks to your own lean muscle mass to get fed through your glycogen stores. Yikes! That’s a sobering thought. Muscle contains vast stores of glucose; if you don’t consume carbohydrates, your body will look for other sources to maintain balance. Sure you may lose weight, but you will be sabotaging your metabolism long term. If you want to transform your shape and become healthy and fit, maintaining lean muscle is vital. Once you really understand this process of thermogenesis, you will never want to skip a meal again.

This is the most important shift you can make to build a new relationship with food. When you understand this process you learn to view food as fuel to ignite your furnace, allowing your body to naturally burn fat more efficiently.

The WHY Behind Your Workout

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“Yes I exercise!,”

is a sentence that you hear more and more often these days.  With fitness becoming more mainstream and popular it appears as though the war against obesity has officially begun. Whether you’re into traditional weight training, belong to a running club, spin, cycle, yoga, functional fitness or crossfit, it’s extremely important to set short term goals for ourselves in an attempt to avoid getting derailed from our training. Long term goals are great, however i have seen or heard too many people say that lose sight of their goal due to various reasons, such as lack of time (usually associated with work or family), stress, injuries, and boredom just to name a few. Trust me there are a thousand excuses out there and without a short term goal to focus on these excuses pop up more often than not. Which leads me to finding the “why behind the workout.” Whatever method of exercise we chose to take part in, there are a few things that we need to be conscious of…

  1. You need to train with a purpose. A purpose is different than a goal. By training with a purpose this will allow us to reach our goals quicker. Training with a purpose means being prepared not only physically but also mentally for your training session. You need to understand that every step you take, every weight you lift, everything that you do is being done for a reason.
  2. Train in all the primary and secondary components of fitness, strength, balance, muscular endurance, cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, speed, agility and quickness. By training with these components in mind this will ensure that all our muscles and joints are being used which will lessen the chance of injury.
  3. Train with passion. Whenever you enter your training venue be ready for whatever you are faced with or for whatever you have planned. Stay focused, be efficient, get in, get after it and get out. Some days will always be better than others. We’ve all had days when we sail through workouts and feel indestructible. We’ve also had days where we’ve had to grind our teeth to get through the workout and there are also times where we’ve simply felt our time training was a complete waste of time. We need to appreciate those good days and recognize the bad days as a sign that you could be suffering from one of the following: over training, fatigue, dehydration, poor nutrition, or the onset of a cold or the flu.
  4. Mix and match high intensity training both during strength workouts as well as conditioning workouts. An example of a high intensity strength session would be doing a circuit (perform five different exercise for a minute each followed by one minute rest at the completion of the circuit. Repeat circuit 3-4 times), or tabata (20 seconds on/10 seconds rest) training which focuses on shorter periods of work with even shorter rest periods. Your training program should also include sessions where the volume is high and the intensity is lower. A prime example of this would be a long run (five miles plus) or long cycle session (20 miles), or a strength training sessions where the weights may be heavier with a lower rep range and a longer rest period. Be a student of the fitness game, find what methods work best for you and implement them into your programs.
  5. Proper warm up and cool down. People today only have a certain amount of time to spend exercising, which is a shame but is a reality of the world we live in today. You can’t be afraid to sacrifice some of your workout time in exchange for a proper warm up. This is something that I believe has gotten lost when talking about training routines. What exactly does your warm up consist of? Your warm up should consist of movements similar to what movements your workout will require. Using rollers are a great way to lengthen out our fascia, before getting our senovial fluid going, then into the movements that will mimic those in your workout. Take the proper time to ensure that your mobility is where it should be before starting your session by using a dynamic warm up. At the end of your session also ensure that you take the time to properly cool down and stretch. Static stretches can be used at this time as should recovery treatments such as ice baths (for high performance or longer training sessions).

Identifying the “why behind your workout” enables us to have a purpose with our training programs with the focus on meeting a goal or end result. Regardless of what you are training for, commit to it, embrace it, understand it and most of all enjoy it!

Sexy Thighs In 7 Days

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Want to LOVE your legs in as few as 7 days?  Here are a few simple tips to put your best “leg” forward!

The secret to thinner, sexy thighs is three fold.

First, get off the machines that use external weight! Use your own body weight to lean up those legs rather than those adductor and abductor machines at the gym!  The exercise I have found that works BEST for my thighs (and for my mind, honestly!) is a 15 – 30 minute walk every day. This is SO important and so simple, yet sometimes it can be so hard to carve out “me” time.  When I get back home, after I have cooled off, I wrap both of my thighs with Ultimate Body Applicators. This is a great time to wrap because I can relax for about 45 minutes, while the wraps do their work!  Be sure to cool down completely prior to applying the wraps, as they work by penetrating and soaking into the skin (can’t do that if you’re sweating).  For optimal results, repeat every 72 hours!

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Second, you need to understand that nutrition is actually 80% of the solution!   The real change begins to happen not when you grasp what to eat but what to AVOID that will help banish unsightly cellulite and give you sexy thighs in 7 days.  Genetics, hormones and inflammation all play a role in cellulite some of which we have no control… however, what we decide to consistently eat can DRASTICALLY reduce the appearance. For the next 7 days, eliminate all caffeine, sugar, artificial sweeteners and alcohol from your diet. Also,  upgrade your water intake (just track this and it will automatically increase) and the amount of protein you eat at each meal. I recommend 20 grams of protein at each meal and eight glasses of water (12 oz) at the minimum every day.

I love to supplement with an Ultimate ProFit  Superfood shake, because it gives me the added protein I need without artificial junk and no added sugar. The fact is, cellulite is trapped toxins and fat under the skin. If you want sexy legs in 7 days, you must help your body rid itself of these toxins and strengthen your collagen and elastin fibers with good nutrition and plenty of water.

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Another powerful way to SUPER CHARGE the slimming effect is WITH GREENS! One of the quickest ways to help your body release toxins is to add greens to your daily rhythm. These 38 super foods PLUS probiotics will turbocharge the process, tastes really amazing and gives you an added boost of energy. Add 1-2 packets dailly and see for yourself why it’s a TOP SELLER.

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Third, skin texture and elasticity are the major factors in outward appearance and always the first things we see when we glance in the mirror. Two quick daily steps can help keep the skin texture smooth and firm. To obtain smooth and sexy thighs starts with a good exfoliation and hair removal.  I recommend using a dry brush to slough off dead cells as well as help improve circulation. To finish it off, chose a moisture cream that will leave the legs silky smooth all day long. I recommend Defining Gel as a TOP pick for two reasons. This gel hydrates your skin all day and acts as a slimming cream helping to tighten, tone and firm giving you those sexy legs in 7 days. Apply first thing in the morning  and at night for best results. Finally, add a little color to your legs with a spray tan or self-tan solution, just enough to give a nice bronze glow.

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Follow these 3 steps for the next 7 days and you will strut your way to the beach in your HOT sexy legs!