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How Do Bodybuilders And Fitness Models Get So Lean?

“Tom, Why do bodybuilders and fitness competitors have to go through a 12 week ‘transformation’ prior to every event instead of staying ‘lean and mean’ all the time? If they practice the secrets exposed in your book, they should be staying in shape all the time instead of having to work at losing fat prior to every competitive event, correct?” Click here to read more


Body Wraps And Waist Wraps – The Difference Between Losing Fat And Losing Inches

Body wraps and rubber waist belts have been around for ages, claiming to take off fat and inches. What few people realize is that “fat” loss and “inch” loss are not one in the same. If you don’t know how to tell the difference, you could be falling for one of the oldest fitness scams in the book. Click here to read more


How do you get rid of loose skin after losing a lot of weight?

If you’re extremely overweight or if you’ve been extremely overweight in the past, then you know that getting rid of the excess pounds is only one of the challenges you face. Once the fat is gone, you are often confronted with an equally frustrating cosmetic problem; Loose skin. Click here to read more


HMB: Is this supplement worth the money?

In the late 1990′s HMB was hyped in the magazines as one of the hottest muscle building supplements to hit the bodybuilding and fitness scene.There were even some studies that looked promising. Although it looked good on paper, most people who tried it found that it didn’t live up to the claims, so it lost a lot of popularity points. Nevertheless, HMB still sells to this day and we continue to hear about new studies from time to time. Has anything changed or is HMB still a question mark at best? Click here to read more


Careers in fitness: where to get certified?

Personal training and nutrition consulting are outstanding and rewarding careers to be involved in today. The demand is enormous and is only going to increase. Nothing replaces experience, but getting an education that includes a widely recognized and/or nationally accredited certification would be a good first step towards breaking into the field. The problem is, how do you know where to start? Click here to read more


Bowflex machines – do they really work?

Bowflex machines are popular, with infomercials running on TV 24-7, featuring hot bodies and promising amazing results in as little as 6 weeks with just three 20 minute workouts per week. But do these machines really work? If so, are they better than free weights or other machines? Click here to read more


Should we eat like our paleolithic ancestors?

40,000 years ago, there were no McDonalds, no Coca-Cola, no convenience stores and no packaged foods. Our genetic code (the human genome) has changed less than 0.02 percent in 40,000 years, so this means that our bodies are still expecting to get the same foods and nutrition they were getting many millenia ago. By eating what our “stone age” hunter and gatherer ancestors ate could this be the health and weight loss solution we have all been looking for? Click here to read more


What about alcohol? How does drinking fit into a fat burning program?

A couple drinks on the weekend and or on special ocassions probably won’t have any major impact on your fat loss results. A drink or two on ocassion is a part of enjoying life for many people, and it’s important to find lifestyle balance for the sake of your long term happiness and success. However, if you’re serious about fat loss I do not recommend drinking every day – even one or two – and here’s why… Click here to read more


 

Nutrition or training… which is more important?

Legendary bodybuilding trainer Vince, “The Iron Guru” Gironda was famous for saying, “Bodybuilding is 80% nutrition!” Other experts give all sorts of different opinions about the importance of training versus diet in weight loss or bodybuilding, and these numbers often get quoted and passed down as if gospel without ever being questioned or examined. This is a VERY interesting question and I believe there is a definite answer… Click here to read more


 

Should you count calories or count portions?

Do calories matter or do you simply need to eat certain foods and that will guarantee you’ll lose weight? Should you count calories or can you just count “portions?” Is it necessary to keep a food diary? Is it unrealistic to count calories for the rest of your life or is that just part of the price you pay for a better body? You’re about to learn the answers to these questions and discover a simple solution for keeping track of your food intake without having to crunch numbers every day or become a fanatic about your food. Click here to read more