[ Q ] I'm 21 yrs old, 120 lbs and 5'3". I have almost no time to work out, and I was thinking about taking a fat burner and working out on the weekend. Do you have any advice for me?
[ A ] Chelly,
Your nutrition plan will be the biggest factor in you getting results. I suggest eating several small, clean meals throughout the day and using high-quality Meal Replacement Packages (MRPs) or protein bars in between your solid meals.
As for supplementation, consider this as part of your diet - and begin using the supplements that most closely resembles real food. After getting a good quality protein powder, then choose your fat burner.
Three key non-stimulant fat burning supplements are:
These ingredients not only trigger your body to burn more body fat, but they also help keep your insulin levels in check and prevent the likelihood of fat storage in the future.
Another great ingredient for burning fat is, believe it or not, citrulline malate. This ingredient plays a key role in the krebs energy cycle, and it feeds your mitochondria with energy. If you supplement with citrulline malate and reduce your calories while controlling your carbohydrate intake, this energy will come from stored bodyfat.
| What Is The Krebs Cycle?
The Krebs Cycle (a.k.a. "Citric Acid Cycle", "Tri-Carboxylic Acid Cycle" or "TCA Cycle") is a complex sequence of biochemical enzymatic reactions that is known to be responsible for how much fat is lost through the dissipation of Acetyl-CoA.
If the TCA cycle slows down, then fat loss is prohibited (fatty acids cannot be fully degraded). The Krebs Cycle involves oxidative metabolism of acetyl units and produces high-energy phosphate compounds, which serve as the main source of cellular energy.
The Krebs Cycle is named in recognition of the German chemist Hans Krebs, whose research into the cellular utilization of glucose contributed greatly to the modern understanding of this aspect of metabolism.
Having said that, I want to make it clear: regular exercise is the primary determinant of weight gain or weight loss. Simply taking a "fat burner" as an "exercise substitute" is foolish and it won't work.
The "fat burning" products on the market are designed to elevate your metabolism and burn energy from body fat, but regular cardiovascular exercise is the only thing that will elevate your metabolism sufficiently so as to burn significant calories and body fat over extended periods - fat burners will only assist in the burning of maximum calories - they won't make up for lack of activity.
So, my advice is simple: get moving! Get in the gym and don't slack off on the hard work that's required for the results that you want. Then, eat right and throw a fat burner into the mix to maximize your results.
[ Q ] I am a 36-year-old registered nurse and I'm not happy with the way my body looks. When I was younger, I was always known for having a great booty - it was the part of my body that I was most proud of. Since becoming a nurse and working 12-hour shifts for the past 6 years, I've really let my physical health slide - it's ironic, but true.
My question is: What can I do to improve my backside? What exercises or routine do you suggest?
[ A ] I'll be happy to suggest a routine that's great for targeting the backside and that produces quick, reliable results.
Information on these exercises may be found here in Bodybuilding.com's Exercise Database.
Isolating your glutes is the only way to stimulate and firm the muscles. Of course, it's also important to watch what you eat - so make sure that you're also eating right and giving your body all that it needs. Good luck!
[ Q ] I'm having a debate with a friend: He is 320 lbs and extremely overweight, but he insists that he's healthy. I've been working out for about 7 years now, and I successfully lost 115 lbs and have kept it off for the past 4 years. I think that you can't be healthy if you're overweight, while he is convinced he is.
Who is right?
[ A ] You are.
It's surprising how often this subject comes up. People in the office and even people in my own family are divided on this issue. Overweight and obese persons have even gone so far as to form the National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) - an organization that claims that overweight persons are just as healthy as non-overweight persons.
healthy at the same time."
Now, anecdote makes it pretty clear: overweight people are less healthy than non-overweight people. Overweight people have more health complications than people who are not overweight. Overweight people, on average, have more hospital visits and even die sooner. Because society-wide obesity is a relatively new phenomenon, not much research has been done, however.
Thankfully, a new scientific study appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) is shedding some light on the controversy.
Researchers at Northwestern University enrolled and tracked 17,643 patients for - get this - 30 years! - to study the effects of being overweight at mid-life. The researchers found that overweight people were at an increased risk of dying of heart disease in later life.
It's a well-established fact that overweight people suffer from elevated blood pressure and high cholesterol. Elevated cholesterol and hypertension are metabolic consequences of chronic weight gain and long-term obesity.
But, researchers found that independent of the hypertension and high cholesterol, overweight, and obese persons are at risk for heart attacks, strokes and diabetes simply because they are overweight.
heart attacks, strokes, and diabetes
simply because they are overweight."
Again, I can't stress enough that these people are unhealthy not because of the associated risks of being overweight, but because of the extra weight they're carrying around.
So, the conclusion is that you're right: you can't be overweight and be healthy at the same time. Show this to your friend - perhaps it will be the motivation he needs to drop some pounds. Good luck!
[ Q ] I've been thinking about using steroids for quite some time now and have decided on two possibilities: Deca and Dianabol. Which one of these would you recommend?
[ A ] To protect myself legally, I must say that I don't "recommend" that you take either. On the other hand, if your question is, which of these two would I take if they were legal and if it were my choice? I would choose the Deca-Durabolin (Nandrolone).
Nandrolone (19-Nor-4-androstene-3-one, 17b-ol / 4-Estren-17beta-ol-3-one) has a street price of around $10-25 per 200 mg of the drug. This makes the drug quite affordable.
The best thing about Deca is that it's highly anabolic and delivers good results with an outstanding safety profile. On the flip side, the gains made from Deca aren't that easy to maintain once you finish a cycle.
| What Does Anabolic Mean?
Anabolic refers to the metabolic process that is characterized by molecular growth, such as the increase of muscle mass. Thus, it means "muscle-building" in most common bodybuilding contexts.
A typical cycle of Deca will require one injection a week as it stays in your system a long time. The average range of dose is about 400 mg, putting the cost for your cycle at around $200 per month. This is pretty reasonable considering that some people spend more than that on regular supplements in one month!
Having said all of this, getting real Deca is almost impossible unless you have a solid connection. Deca is still the most counterfeited steroid on the market, so it's highly likely that you'll end up with a fake. But, if you can get it, it would be my choice.
[ Q ] I have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and I am currently taking the stimulant medication Ritalin. What natural supplements can I take to help manage my condition so that I can reduce my Ritalin intake?
[ A ] First, I'm not a medical doctor and as stated in the disclaimer at the end of this column, I don't dispense medical advice. Nothing that I write shall be taken as medical advice. Consult with your doctor prior to changing any of your medical treatments.
Having said that, I am a nutritionist and I believe wholeheartedly in the holistic approach to health care - an approach that involves both the traditional and modern branches of health care.
I believe that these two branches can work together to advance our knowledge about health and well-being. I encourage you to consult with your doctor and show him my assessment of the natural dietary supplement options that may help you.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD) was once rare and affected less than 1% of the population. Now, ADD syndrome is as widespread in children and adults, and newly diagnosed cases occur each year; it is estimated that approximately 1.5 million children (the majority are boys) suffer from this condition.
Despite the wild and irresponsible claims from ADD critics that Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a fictitious medical diagnosis created to increase Ritalin sales, science allows us to use advanced brain imaging machines to conclusively prove that ADD/ADHD is a genuine medical disorder. And, those with the condition know first-hand how ADD/ADHD affects cognition, energy levels, mood, and a host of other brain-based activities.
Although dietary supplements help with the management of this condition, no single dietary supplement or combination of natural supplements constitute a "cure" for the condition.
It's a fact (and a well-researched one) that prescription stimulant medications like Ritalin continue to be the best, most affordable, and fastest-acting treatment option for ADD syndrome. And, Ritalin is relatively safe - it's been used since the 1930s, and only a few cases of death have been documented - smoking, alcohol, and medical malpractice kill more people every year than in the over 70 years of Ritalin use!
That being said, the natural route is preferable to prescription pharmaceuticals, so here are four natural supplements that people with ADD/ADHD syndrome report as helpful:
1. Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs)
Omega-3 fatty acids and Omega-6 fatty acids are helpful for managing this condition. DHA, EPA, ALA, DGLA and GLA are usually deficient in people with ADD/ADHD syndrome.
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I recommend "Omega 3,6,9" by Health From The Sun. It's an excellent product. Use it.
L-Tyrosine is an amino acid that is involved in dopamine production. The leading hypothesis on dopamine and ADD/ADHD is that those with the condition have low levels of dopamine, or that dopamine is used too rapidly, leading to a shortage and subsequent brain dysfunction.
Ritalin is effective because it slows the re-uptake of dopamine, keeping dopamine active longer, thus affecting mood, energy levels and attention span.
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Lecithin contains choline - a phospholipid that's needed for proper brain function. I can tell you from personal experience that lecithin is a wonder supplement - it massively increases my attention span as well as my focus and my moods.
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4. Phosphatidyl Serine (PS)
Users of this supplement report being able to think more quickly, more clearly, remember things better and report having lower occurrences of depressive thought patterns. Overall, users report being in better spirits - a result they attribute to Phosphatidyl Serine supplementation.
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Consult with your doctor and see if starting a trial with any of these natural supplements will work for you. Good luck!
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