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One of the most profound pieces of teaching from Tim Sales’ 3X program is that in the first phase you don’t need excessive exercise to lose weight. Tim actually tells his 3X subscribers to stop exercising. A fact that I now believe to be true; since 26th December, 2015 I have used my Fitbit to measure my activity and its generally between 7,000 to 12,000 steps per day (a little higher at weekends); which I would describe as moderate walking. During this time, I have lost about 24 lbs in weight (as of January 29th, 2016).
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To burn one pound of fat you must burn about 3,500 calories – most diets suggest an intake of about 1,500 per day and so, I think they are suggesting an exercise program of about 5,000 calories. Have you ever, been on the treadmill, exercise bike, elliptical or any machine at the gym that comes close to burning that about in a reasonable time frame. Even the hardest working laborer is pushed to consume at that rate. The 5,000 calorie daily burn is obviously too high, but spread over week manageable, say 500 to 1,000 calories over intake.
At the weekend, I watch infomercials; and there are numerous slots given to exercise guru’s who encourage you to exercise to lose weight, that is their product. They provide you either with a machine, or an exercise routine that is convenient (5, 10, 30 minutes a day). Remember that to lose weight you must burn more than you consume, so at 2,000 intake if you burn 2,500, then you burn (consume) 500 calories of fat (~ 0.2 lbs) and if we do that all week, we have lost our pound.
Watch the infomercials again, they add into the offer a bonus, in order to encourage you to buy, they are trying to persuade you that by adding value you will perceive their product better – it will probably be their bonus diet plan – a 100 page book. They have to, because their original claim is somewhat flawed – you will lose most of the weight through the diet. When the fat is gone, then you can tone it up.
Let’s do the math again, this time we follow the diet 1,500 and we don’t do the exercise, we just do our normal work routine or if we are a desk jockey, we get off out back-sides and walk for 30 minutes, maybe an hour, nothing too strenuous. In my experience, my normal day is around 5,000 steps, my perfect day is over 10,000 steps and my weekend can be as much as 20,000 steps. We probably could lose the same 0.2 pounds per day, by keeping to a 70,000 steps per week regime.
However, if we push the body through exercise, the brain is probably going to recommend we eat more, somehow the body prefers to store fat for when we really need it. Here in the US (and practically everywhere else) food is readily available, so storage is not a problem really. And guess what, most of us would agree to eat more – which is why we are over-weight. So I stopped watching exercise infomercials, controlled my calories somewhat, but I didn’t lose weight or gain weight. I was again wrong, sorry.
Evidence is now available that excessive exercise might cause the a weight loss plateau. Much like consuming alcohol, sugar (including natural fruit sugar) and carbohydrates.
I thought I would be better off swapping out all my food for everything diet, or low-fat, no carbohydrate, quit alcohol, blah, blah, you know what I mean. Or buying pre-prepared weight-loss food products that are delivered to you door. I even tried the protein shake route to losing weight, which is a very common product to sell by network marketing. Okay, sorry I have tried that, or variations of it and it didn’t work. So, at this point I was ready to try something different.
I have told this story before. I met a guy in Vegas; he isn’t a nutritionist or an exercise guru. He was just a normal guy, who cared about his health and people. His living was determined by being a people person. He liked helping people, so they liked him – funny how that works. I was there on business, so was he and we got talking. He told me about his secret and what I learned next has changed my life, you see I had heard some of the messages a thousand times, but never really understood them, totally. I had always gone half way – reminds me of the coke machine story, but that for another time. He told me, how he and some of his closest friends got together and lost weight:
- Detox the body, completely – its sick and inflamed
- Don’t exercise to lose fat, exercise to build and tone muscle
- Get a good nights sleep
- Keep hydrated
- And the last secret, well he asked me not to tell anyone, but it was the key to success and to show you to his secret room
So the day after Christmas (12/26/2015). I went to his secret room online and I started doing exactly what he said. Again, he wasn’t an expert nutritionist, but what he told me made sense. In fact the more that I listened, the more I realized that he has studied this carefully, like an expert. I was then 223 pounds and 33% fat. 30 days later, and I am 199 pounds and close to under 30% fat – so its working. I haven’t exercised, just followed his 10 page document to the letter. I don’t exactly remember the day I crossed from 199 to 200 pounds it was so long ago, but I will remember the day I went back. You can find his secret room(s) by contacting me or clicking the appropriate button below:
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I have often wondered how often people celebrate and why; and it probably isn’t enough. When we were younger, our teachers and parents conditioned us with heaps of praise and recognition. Then we grew up; and started work, the amount of praise we received steadily reduced, and reduced until it became uncomfortable. Most people probably don’t celebrate much now, and yet emotionally, we yearn for our childhood praises.
My good friend, Tony Robbins once said that we “need to learn to celebrate like our team has just won the Superbowl“. I am certain – living in Houston, where they have never played in the final game of the season – we all know how crazy that moment would be. Our energy and adrenaline would be at extreme levels. So, if we know we can get there, why can’t we at other times? Good health requires us to celebrate, because stress is a serious killer. If you want to see the affect of stress in your life, then look in the mirror. It has probably sitting there as fat, or high cholesterol.
So, yesterday, January 15th was my birthday and I decided to celebrated it. I am now, 50-something; and we went to see the Houston Rockets play Lebron James’ Cavaliers. If you watched the game, it was not a celebration of Rocket basketball – on my Facebook account I celebrated that Lebron James attended my birthday party. He actually took over the entertainment. Houston, win or lose, I was the winner.
So it got me thinking, how or what I have celebrated in the past, what events I remember that have built me. Here is a random list of some of the things I remember that were worth celebrating, in no particular order:
- Getting married to Yvonne
- Graduating with a degree (Chemistry)
- Climbing to the top of Austria
- First day at work and paycheck (RHP) and again at BP, Phillip Townsend and IHS
- Successes of Kaitlyn, Ashly and Lei Lani
- Every time I finish a writing a book
- Recruiting a new member into our business
- The peace provided by my mother’s brother
- St. Louis Rams winning the Superbowl XXXIV
- England soccer World Cup 1966
- Passing my driving test (UK and USA) and buying my first car (Ford Escort)
- First trip abroad (Switzerland); first trip abroad on my own (Austria)
- Buying my first apartment (Staines) and then first house (Houston)
- First day living in the USA
- Lasik surgery
The list continues, some of the above deserve celebration, others reflection. I hope you take a moment to think about your last celebration and perhaps you will tell me about it
A few years back, when I had just returned from college, I hopped on to the scales and recorded my weight; I was living in the UK and so it was in stones, it was 13 stone plus a few pounds. Seriously, what the heck is a stone? I was mad at myself because I weighed 184lbs (13 stone).
Thirty years later, I jump on the scales again, push a few extra buttons and I can record my weight, % fat, % water, % bone and BMI – all very helpful but confusing. On Christmas day, 2015 I was mad at myself again, because I am still over 13 stone; and I have added 3 more. I have since lost one stone and its not my birthday yet (January 15th).
So which number has helped me lose weight most, 3X – the fat (weight) loss training program that has changed my thinking around food, supplement and my personal health mindset. Want to know more, filling in the contact form below:
So 2015, is finally over; Yvonne and I have seen an amazing amount of change this year. Some of it planned; some not so. We have faced big challenges that we didn’t expect; some which will continue into the next year. However, this year has been a better year than the previous.
Today is about looking forward; we are excited that Yvonne will be traveling more in 2016. We have been presented with two or three great opportunities, that we promise we share with you all. We plan to make new friends, new partnerships. We set new goals in Vegas at the Go Pro Recruitment Mastery and we are excited to see how they will be accomplished.
Finally, we hope that your health and wealth are improving like ours. As one of our personal goals we have chosen to help you, if you will help us. Keep watching, and you will be surprised where we pop-up in 2016
Happy New Year from
Yvonne and Kevin
This could be the most important blog I write in 2015; and on the eve of 2016. Please read to the end, you will be thankful if you do.
Spring 1998, I moved to the US; I would say the first thing that I did was put on weight. I know I was smaller when I arrived, because my waist size was under 34 inches – the pain of throwing out those pants has not gone. Also, I was given as a leaving present an England soccer shirt, it was a LARGE (which in UK sizes, probably is an US MEDIUM), but it doesn’t fit me now. I figured the size increase was due to a change of lifestyle and an acceptable result. I was no longer eating Indian food (mostly vegetables). In my first year, single and eating at the bar was normal; I could watch TV sports and have a beer or two. Gradually, my weight crept up; 190 – 200 lbs was normal, well until I broke that barrier and decided to do something about it.
Then, I owned a business with an injection of stress, late night working, bad eating habits, networking drinks and appetizers and slowly the normal became 220 – 225 lbs, but then I am 15 years older. At 30%, that’s a whopping 67 lbs of fat. So, back in 2014 I decided to get a gym membership and to hire personal trainer, by the end of the year I was fitter, but not lighter, little change in the waist size either it was still in the 40-42 inch range – I refuse to buy 44 inch pants. No disrespect to the trainer, they did a good job; it was me that hadn’t completely changed. It wasn’t getting me the results I wanted and so I stopped. You see, for a while I thought the best way to lose weight was to quit drinking beer and to count calories and exercise. If I burned more calories, than I consumed then I would lose weight. I had not completely cut out the beer and clearly it didn’t work.
In June 2015, I was invited to a presentation by Tim Sales in Las Vegas. To cut the story short, he said “the best way for men to lose weight is to NOT exercise”. Mind-blowing; and hard to believe, it was completely the opposite to my educated, scientific thinking. Before you stop exercising, and start losing weight, Tim actually said a lot more and had got my attention; it was the paradigm shift I was looking for and it has allowed me to actually lose weight. You see; if I had thought about it, and acted upon it – the main reason for my weight increase was the American diet that I started back in 1998. Let me try to explain, in the late nineties fast food restaurants in the UK were not something I would entertain, but here in the US they are normal. Restaurant eating here is normal too. I am not saying I am a fast food, convenience junkie, but it illustrates the difference between the two cultures and my probable weight gain.
Tim asked me to listen to some video’s he had made and each one explained why I had but on weight; it all made perfect sense. And then he challenged me to change to a cleaner diet; and BOOM I started to lose weight. I have already lost 8 lbs, in less than a week. Once certified, Tim asked Yvonne and I to share the video with friends, there is one for men and the another for women, because he is determined to help people. Tim said, he had found that men and women lose weight differently; so it makes sense. You are welcome to watch the video; as you watch you will see the paradigm shift too and will want to share….
This week we recieved an email from our sponsor “exciting news, Tim Sales is launching a new opportunity”.
It doesn’t take long for us to commit; and today, Christmas Day we watched several of Tim’s videos. Not hard work, but very worthwhile.
Tomorrow we start working…
Recently I had the fortune of watching a series of documentaries and expert interviews put out by Food Matters Television (FMTV). Prior to the “Hungry for Change” movie with Kris Carr, the host, James Colquhoun, shared a compelling experience of his father.
He said, “my father went back home to his family reunion and the initial response from most of the members was, “wow how do you look so good, how did you lose all the weight, and how do you look so young”? People weren’t interested in how he was able to get off all his medications and heal himself. After learning how to do it and literally heal himself, which I thought was the most miraculous part.
I mean my father was able to get off multiple medications and heal himself from chronic fatigue syndrome, depression and anxiety and yet people were more interested in how he was able to look and feel so much younger than he had before and that’s really a side effect of adopting this life style of learning some of the specific tricks and tips that we put together in this film, “Hungry for Change” and it really goes to uncover a lot about body transformation and the diet and weight loss industry as a whole and how we can take steps in our life everyday to improve our overall health and also how to get that body that we really would like and deserve to have.
This is something that is extremely important and its a responsibility that we have as humans, is to educate ourselves about how to properly fuel our bodies and how to look after ourselves because schools are not doing it, universities and colleges and government’s aren’t doing a great; and it’s up to us to take that responsibility ourselves.
A small investment in ourselves now, can prevent possible financial, emotional, and physical hardship in the future; saving you thousands of dollars in expensive medical care or even 10;s of thousands of dollars. The cost of critical care in the western developed world has gone up dramatically over the past few years and we know so much of what can remedy this situation, we are just now gaining access to this information on a broader level”.
As awareness of the costs that medical expenses increases, more and more people are looking at what these cost could be for themselves, let alone family members, people are beginning to take a closer look at their finances and considering what they will have available in the future. The situation is looking pretty grim for most. The Baby Boomers mostly are looking for a solution, but even the generations that follow are taking matters into their own hands and are taking notice of a tool that may leverage this money/time predicament, and it’s called network marketing.
Through the years, I’ve seen my parents and many other families defeated by mounting medical costs. Statistics prove that as we age medical costs inevitably go up, and this doesn’t include unexpected catastrophe’s even before we are up in age. The sudden discovery of cancer as a child, or even as a parent is just one example of something that could set everything back in a family. The point I made earlier is that anyone can start their network marketing business at anytime (provided your at least 18 years of age). I’ve seen 20 somethings do a phenomenal job of growing a business; and I’ve seen many in their 30’s, 40’s, and even their 50’s start and grow a successful business. I even know a few people who are in their 70’s that have created a booming business.
All these people are starting and growing a network marketing business so they can make an extra income for today, but mostly so they’ll have a residual income in their future; we’re talking about making money even while your sleeping, and that income can come from anywhere in the world. When these people consistently grow their business, they generate an income they live on, which of course takes care of their medical costs. Wellness is very important, and so is being able to sustain the costs of maintaining your wellness in the future.
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The supplement industry is huge; there are now shops dedicated to the industry, and most grocery stores even have a long aisle dedicated to supplements and other health products. However, it’s important to know that not all supplements are created equal. Not everyone considers taking supplements important; let alone essential. Read 10 reasons why you should be taking supplements in this article; and information about my preferred supplier – Ariix Nutrifii can be found by clicking the buy now button below:
1. You Eat a
Crap Standard American Diet
Grains, legumes, and most forms of modern dairy are not food. The purpose of consuming food is to nourish the body and mind. These foods do the opposite.
First of all, grains, legumes, and conventional dairy are nutrient deficient (or void). They contain extremely small amounts of nutrients, most of which are malabsorbed. Grains and legumes deplete nutrient stores and interfere with nutrient absorption. They are toxins in themselves, which increases your nutrient needs. Grains and legumes both cause intestinal damage which further decreases your ability to absorb nutrients. Even if you’ve stopped eating these foods, you may be in nutrient debt or have lingering intestinal damage which is interfering with nutrient absorption.
Due to inflammation caused by other foods toxins, dairy protein is often inflammatory. Conventional dairy also contains mycotoxins which are extremely damaging.
2. Soil Depletion
Improper farming practices deplete the soil of nutrients. When plants are repeatedly grown on the same land, the soil loses nutrients faster than they can be replaced. Over time, the plants have fewer nutrients to grow. Fertilizer contains just enough nutrition for the plant to survive until harvesting, but not enough to support human health. This results in plants that have 75% fewer micronutrients. (“Not On The Label“, p213.) In addition, most plants are not harvested fresh. They sit on trucks, shelves, and counters for weeks before being eaten. Over time, the nutrient content of these plants decreases.
Most modern fruits and vegetables are grown to increase their sugar content, not their nutrient value. As a result, most of the common fruits and vegetables are artificially high in fructose and sugar and lower in key nutrients.
When plants contain fewer nutrients, the animals that eat these plants are also malnourished. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Health found copper levels in the UK have dropped by 90% in dairy, 55% in meat, and 76% in vegetables.
3. Water Depletion
Water is also depleted of minerals due to modern production methods. There is a huge variation in the mineral content of bottled and tap water, with tap water generally having more. Water filters remove important minerals such as magnesium, which was a main source of magnesium for early humans. If you don’t use a filter and you don’t have a well, it’s likely you’re consuming dangerous amounts of fluoride and/or are deficient in magnesium. This could explain why people who drink water higher in calcium than magnesium develop more myocardial infarcts and ischemic heart disease.
4. Low Calorie Diets Are Low Nutrient Diets
I know this is a crazy idea, but starving yourself is bad. Consuming a low calorie diet means you’re consuming fewer total micronutrients. Humans are designed to consume a large amount of calories, and it doesn’t make you fat. When you eat less (as everyone says you should), it’s easy to become malnourished. When you’re consuming low quality foods, you have to eat even more to obtain the right amounts of nutrition. This is one more example of why food quality matters.
What do we mean by low calorie? According to this study most diets require 27,575 calories to supply all the essential micronutrients. If you’re eating less than that, and are following something like the USDA diet or the South Beach Diet, you’re deficient in nutrients.
Animal foods are generally higher in calories and nutrients, so it’s no surprise that’s where the majority of calories came from in early human development. Since the modern trend is to reduce the consumption of animal foods, people are consuming fewer nutrients.
Pesticide-treated vegetables are lower in phenolics than organic ones. This is because polyphenols are produced as a defense against bugs and pathogens. When there is no reason to defend themselves, the plant stops producing polyphenols.
There is pesticides. This is despite sometimes being contaminated anyway. It should be mentioned that many studies show organic foods are not higher in nutrients. However, that’s going by the USDA definition of organic – not “organic” that you would find in your back yard. Fresh fruits and vegetables grown at home in well fertilized soil are going to be higher in nutrients than USDA organic versions.
Plants treated with pesticides are also lower in phenolics than organic ones. This is because polyphenols are produced as a defense against bugs and pathogens. When there is no reason to defend themselves, the plant stops producing polyphenols.
There is also evidence that glyphosate – RoundUp herbicide – chelates minerals in crops on which it is sprayed. It remains to be seen how much of an impact this effect has, but it’s safe to avoid GMO foods for a variety of other reasons.
Unfortunately, organic is not always possible due to financial or logistical reasons. Even when you can find organic foods, they aren’t necessarily better.
6. Grain-fed Meat & Cooked/Conventional Dairy
Compared to grass-fed meat, grain-fed meat is abysmally low in antioxidants, micronutrients, fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins. Grains are not a food for humans or herbivorous animals. When herbivores are fed grains, they become malnourished, just like humans. Grain-fed meat and farmed seafood can also serve as a carrier for more toxins, which increases nutrient needs.
Raw, unpasteurized, unprocessed, full-fat dairy can be good for you, but the kind most people buy at the grocery store is not healthy. The majority of nutrients in milk are found in the fat (cream). When you remove or reduce the fat, you are removing and reducing the nutrient content. Pasteurization destroys some of the nutrients in both skim and full fat milk. Conventional dairy is also high in aflatoxin and other mycotoxins that were in the cattle’s feed.
If you eat grain-fed meat or conventional dairy – supplementation is a good idea.
7. Toxin Exposure
Your body needs nutrients to deal with toxins. When more toxins are present, you need more nutrients. If you’re living in a cave or the garden of Eden, this will be less of a concern. If you’re like the rest of us mortals – you’re exposed to a litany of toxins on a daily basis.
Here are just some of the things your body has to contend with:
1. Xenoestrogens (plastics, BPA, some molds, petroleum products).
2. Industrial solvents and cleaners.
Our bodies weren’t designed to deal with these toxins using only nutrition from food. They just weren’t. So if you plan to get your nutrition only from food, you should plan to get your toxins only from the Garden of Eden. Good luck with that.
• Unnatural lighting.
• Food toxins (not a problem if you’re eating Bulletproof).
• Stress and lack of sleep.
There are hundreds of other sources of unnatural stress that increase the body’s need for proper nutrition. Even if you’re doing everything right in terms of diet – it’s almost impossible to get all of your nutrients from food.
Our bodies weren’t designed to deal with these toxins using only nutrition from food. They just weren’t. So if you plan to get your nutrition only from food, you should plan to get your toxins only from the Garden of Eden. Good luck with that.
8. Nutrient Absorption Declines With Age
Several studies have shown kids need more nutrients to support growth, and older people need more nutrients due to malabsorption. As people age, they often begin taking medications which can interfere with nutrient absorption. This means you need to take more nutrients in the most absorbable form possible.
9. Exercise Increases Nutrient Needs
Athletes often think tons of exercise is the key to a long and healthy life (it’s not). They are among the first to denounce supplementation as unnecessary, often with the idea that exercise is the best medicine. I don’t advocate high amounts of exercise, but this is an important point. If you’re doing enough exercise to substantially deplete energy reserves, you’re also using more nutrients for energy production and recovery. As a result, athletes are at an even higher risk of nutrient deficiencies. Since many athletes eat a low nutrient, high toxin diet – this is a serious concern.
10. Supplementation May Help You Live Longer
Aging is a natural process, but it’s not fun. If there are supplements than can delay this process, why not take them? As long as there isn’t an undue risk of harm, it’s hard to justify avoiding a substance simply because our ancestors didn’t have access to it. There is good reason to believe a higher intake of nutrients may prolong life. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors may have been malnourished at certain times which is not beneficial. If supplements can buy you a few more years of quality life, why not take them?
11. Expense & Health
Whether we like it or not, sometimes supplements are cheaper than real food. In the case of something like salmon, it may be better for you to supplement with a high quality fish or krill oil than to settle for a farmed variety. Farmed salmon is low in omega-3s and high in toxins.
Farmed salmon are higher in parasites and bacteria. In order to hide the sickly appearance of farmed salmon meat, the fish are fed a pink pigment to change their tissue color. Farmed salmon contains 16 times more PCB’s and pesticides than wild. Wild salmon is often more expensive than grass-fed beef, and presents more of a health risk than benefit. Grass-fed beef has enough omega-3’s by itself, but supplementation may be a good idea for some people (like kids).
We live in a stressful, toxic world, and it’s a normal, healthy, optimized human behavior to understand the toxins and counteract them whenever possible. Hiding your head in Paleo-sand won’t make the effects of these toxins go away. Neither will eating some vegetables.
The idea that you can get all your nutrients from food is fine in theory, but virtually impossible in practice. Soil and water depletion, food and environmental toxins, poor absorption, pesticides, exercise, and lack of calories can all cause nutrient deficiencies. There is evidence that consuming nutrients from food is more beneficial than supplements, which is why you should focus on a nutrient rich diet first. However, it’s rarely enough.
Supplementation is a great start. Handicapping yourself by “only getting nutrients from food” is not a good idea.
I hope your not still focusing on the fact that I left number 5 out, I did that on purpose to make sure you were paying attention. Instead, my hope for you is to get clean in your diet, and pure water intake; and definitely supplement your diet. My recommendation for supplements are the Ariix Brand of Nutrifii and you can order them right here and even receive a 30% discount on your regular orders. You can also order your very own Ariix Puritti filtered water bottle right here; take it everywhere you go and fill it up anywhere!
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