The Fat Burning Wellness Organizer

This system is a variation on the Skinny Box initially developed by Hal C. Becker, PhD, my field faculty advisor in graduate school. This Wellness Organizer has twelve categories designed to enhance your overall wellness profile. The thousands of clients I have worked with have shown that if a person uses the Wellness Organizer to its fullest extent, he or she will lose a minimum of 2 pounds of fat per week. The behavioral modification categories included in the wellness organizer are as...

The Fat Dropped Off Like Crazy

An established boxer came to my program because he was getting ready to challenge for the Junior Welter Weight title. In order to qualify for the fight, he had to get his weight down from 175 to 140 pounds within three months. The challenge was that he could not afford to lose this fat at the expense of strength and stamina. He could not, as he had done in the past, skip meals to lose the weight. This was one of the most important fights of his career and there was too much at stake. I designed...

The Next Wave of Disease Management

For years you have been reading about the three most prevalent diseases in the United States heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. And for twenty-seven years I have been writing about and treating these deadly illnesses. While planning this book I asked myself, What common link do all of these diseases have The answer is easy they are most likely to develop when we put on excess fat with age. In Maximum Energy for Life, cardiologist Chip Lavie made the startling statement that 95 percent...

Learn How to Interpret Your Full Lipid Profile

While people are aware that they should get their cholesterol checked, most do not know much about how to interpret the results. Before you fill out this profile, there are certain terms related to your blood chemistry that you should understand. When your doctor does a full lipid profile, he or she is evaluating five basic numbers. 1. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is the type of cholesterol that we think of as good or protective. If small amounts of plaque (LDL or bad cholesterol) have been...

Whats Wrong with the Lab Tests

If you go to your doctor to have your thyroid tested, he or she will draw your blood and send it to the lab to obtain a thyroid panel. While the advances made in diagnosing diseases in the laboratory have been remarkable over the last decade, as can be seen in the tests for illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and breast cancer, lab tests for hypothyroid problems are still largely inaccurate, according to Dr. Charles Mary III of the Mary Clinic in Louisiana. Dr. Mary's position was backed up...

Step 1 Determine Your Resting Metabolic Rate RMR

Women should use the following formula to determine their RMR 655 + (weight in kilograms x 9.6) + (height in centimeters x 1.8) - (age x 4.7) To convert pounds to kilograms, divide them by 2.2. To convert inches to centimeters, multiply them by 2.5. For example, if you are a forty-year-old woman who weighs 125 pounds and is 5 feet 6 inches tall, you would divide 125 by 2.2 to get 56.8 kilograms. Then you would multiply 66 inches by 2.5 to get a height of 165 centimeters. You would then get out...

What Does the Thyroid Gland Do

The thyroid is the master gland at regulating metabolism. It is a small butterfly-shaped gland wrapped around the windpipe behind and below the Adam's apple area. The thyroid produces two key hormones, triiodothyro-nine (T3) and thryroxine (T4), which act like engines, getting oxygen into every cell in your body so that your cells get the energy they need to function. When the thyroid is functioning properly, 80 percent of the hormones it releases will be T4 and 20 percent T3, which is...

Are Secretagogues Safe

In recent years secretagogues, which act like HGH, have become popular. Like HGH injections, these products come with the promise that they will lower your lipids, increase your muscle mass and strength, and increase your bone mass. However, at a recent meeting of the Consensus Development Conference on Injectable Growth Hormone vs. Growth Hormone Secretagogues hosted by the Great Lakes College of Clinical Medicine, several physicians pointed out that they felt the jury was still out on their...

The Classic Male Fat Pattern

To better understand the dangers of abdominal fat, let's take a look at what body processes are involved in male fat storage. The Importance of the Body Fat-to-Lean Muscle Ratio When most people think about how fat or thin they are, they think about how many scale pounds they weigh. While your weight on the scale is certainly important and will give you some information about your general health, it is even more important for you to determine your body composi-tion that is, how many pounds of...

Understanding Your Metabolism

To really understand how your metabolism works and how to make it work for you, there are six important facts you must keep in mind. Fact 1 Fat Storage Is a Natural Survival Mechanism The body's ability to efficiently store fat began as a survival mechanism when our human ancestors were hunter-gatherers. Up until the development of agriculture ten thousand years ago, human beings lived in an environment that had no quick and easy sources of food. Early humans needed some kind of physical means...

Fat Burning Metabolic Fitness Questionnaire

This simple questionnaire should help you to understand how metaboli-cally fit you are. If you answer no to all of the questions, you most likely have an efficient metabolism. If you answer yes to three questions, your metabolism is probably only moderately efficient and you would benefit from changing your eating and exercise patterns. If you check off more than three yes answers, your metabolism has probably slowed to the point where you are overfat. Besides changing your eating and exercise...

The Classic Female Fat Pattern

There are many nicknames for female fat. We downplay it by using cute or nonoffensive labels such as saddlebags, chunky body, looking healthy, or dimples in the hips and thighs. Or we try to tame it, cover it up, or hold it in using a whole range of garments from girdles to control-top panty hose to baggy clothing. Entire cosmetic industries have arisen to help women get rid of unsightly cellulite and stretch marks, while attractive women's fashions in large sizes are making their mark in...

Module 1 Days 1 3 and

On days 1,3, and 5 you will do 10 minutes a day of circuit training alternating between the upper and lower body. You can do this either in the gym (10 reps on 10 machines) or at home (10 reps of 10 resistance exercises, some using dumbbells). You will have 1 minute to complete each exercise, comprised of 20 seconds of active work, followed by 40 seconds of active rest (moving to the next machine and setting the pin for the next exercise). Circuit or resistive training has...