Thursday, March 5, 2015

Pass The Butter Please

This is interesting . .. .
Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back.

It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow colouring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavourings....

DO YOU KNOW.. The difference between margarine and butter?

Read on to the end...gets very interesting!

Both have the same amount of calories.
Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams; compared to 5 grams for margarine.

Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.

Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.
Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few and only because they are added!

Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavours of other foods.
Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years .

And now, for Margarine..

Very High in Trans fatty acids.

Triples risk of coronary heart disease ...

Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)

Increases the risk of cancers up to five times..

Lowers quality of breast milk

Decreases immune response.

Decreases insulin response.

And here's the most disturbing fact... HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING!

Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC... and shares 27 ingredients with PAINT.

These facts alone were enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).

Open a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will notice a couple of things:

* no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)

* it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value ; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not a find a home to grow.

Why? Because it is nearly plastic . Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?
Pass the butter please - THANKS NATHAN NEELY

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

What Is Your Why?

One way to stay motivated to stick to your program is to determine your "why". Why do you want to shed some weight? Is it for health reasons? Do you want to fit into your favorite jeans? Are you wanting to go back to your "hunting" weight? Determining your biggest "why" or "whys", will help keep you focused and stay motivated. Write down ten of your biggest reasons for wanting to get into better shape. Write whatever comes to mind. Your list could look like this:

1. Look great in a swimsuit at my in-laws beach house on Cape Cod
2. Lose thirty pounds for my twenty year high school reunion.
3. Husband is complaining I'm not the person he married.
4. Feeling overtired, worn-out and just plain grumpy.
5. Can't keep up with the kids.
6. My friends are all so fit and trim. I hate them!
7. I don't look "right" in fashionable clothes.
8. I look at my pictures and I cringe.
9. I'm just not comfortable in my skin.
10. I'm hungry all the time and have mood swings.

This list was similar to my list. Except the hubby and kids part. I'm not married, nor am I a parent. So if this is what your list looks like, let's break it down. In this example, the woman wants to lose weight to impress or gain the approval of others. Secondly, she doesn't feel comfortable in her own skin and comparing herself to others. She's also feeling hungry, lethargic and has low energy. To sum it up, her "why" would be to feel good about myself, have more energy and be more active.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

80 / 20 Rule

Most of us gym rats don't want to hear this, but weight loss is 80% nutrition. I've had the best luck with releasing unwanted pounds by eating a body builder's diet - protein, complex carbs, fruits that are low in sugar and lots of veggies. I stay away from dairy, except for eggs. I avoid foods that are high in fat. I aim to eat foods that are low sugar and low sodium. Most of all, I ditched processed foods.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Love Your Body!

Beating your body into submission gets you nowhere. You end up overdoing it and then sidelined the week after. I've done this. We've all done this. Be good to yourself. Love every inch of your body. Enjoy every milestone of your fitness journey!


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Why Cleanse?

Finally! A way to release body fat and keep it off. If you are interested in losing body fat instead of valuable muscle, email me at

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Why Diets Fail


The stats are discouraging. Two out of five dieters quit within the first seven days. Only one in five make it three months. Those who do manage to stick to their diets and lose weight, have a low success rate. 80 to 90 percent regain all their weight plus some within a few short months.

Muscle Loss.
Restrictive fad diets put the body in a catabolic state, which causes tissue breakdown that affects both fat and muscle. Typically, a dieter loses 75 percent of their weight as fat and 25 percent as muscle.

Slow Metabolism.
Muscle is a metabolically active tissue, meaning it takes more energy (calories) to be maintained. On very low calorie diets, our body becomes more efficient at storing fat, to be later used as energy. Blame mother nature. It’s a survival mechanism safeguarding our bodies in case of famine. Many dieters bare down and eat even fewer calories, which compounds the problem, destroying the metabolism. When the dieter finally gets disgusted and returns to eating the way they’ve always eaten, they gain the weight back plus a few more pounds.

Nutritionally Lacking.
Fad diets are often lacking essential vitamins and minerals, which leads to irritability, headaches, mood swings, fatigue, and digestive problems.  Low-fat diets lack adequate amounts of essential fatty acids needed for your organs to function.

Poor Satiety.

Satiety (feeling full) is regulated by the appetite hormones, leptin and ghrelin. Leptin is produced by fat cells and sends signals to the brain when a person is full. Ghrelin is known as the “hunger hormone” and is produced primarily by the stomach and intestinal tract signaling hunger. Eating enough protein and nutrient rich foods help you feel full and lessens your chance of binging.

Most diets cannot be incorporated into the dieter’s busy schedule. Time and preparation is needed. On some plans, the food combinations are so strange or a food group is completely ignored, making it virtually impossible for the dieter to find food suitable for the plan in a pinch. When the dieter is maintaining, they’ll be less motivated to go the second mile in order to stick with the plan.

No Lifestyle Change.

In order to take the weight off and keep it off, there has to be a lifestyle change! We cannot subsist on very low calorie intake for long. If you go back to eating the way you’ve always eaten, you will gain back the weight and it will all be fat. This sets the yo-yo dieting in motion.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

5 Things That Will Transform You Inside And Out

  1. 1. Change who you hang around. Plato said that People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die.” For better or worse, we become more like the people that we hang around. Your associations have a lot to do with where you’re at in every area of your life.  Your friends are going to influence you either way, so why not pick the friends who will be a positive influence? Create an “ad­visory board” of friends who will lift you up, challenge you, inspire you, and hold you accountable.
  2. 2. Read more. Reading allows you to shape your identity independently of your current circumstances. You internalize the wisdom and knowledge of the authors who you read. They say that there are two types of experiences that we can learn and grow from: personal experience and the experience that we borrow from others. Reading allows you to learn from mentors who you don’t have access to in your daily life. Learning from other people’s stories of chal­lenges and triumph is far less painful and time-consuming than going through those challenges yourself. That is why most of the world’s greatest leaders have been avid readers.
  3. 3. Keep your word. Are you a person that keeps your word to others? What about the promises that you make to yourself? If you make your word your bond, both to yourself and to others, you will turn yourself into a person that shapes your own identity through the power of your pledge. Becoming a person that keeps your word starts with doing the little things, like calling someone back when you say you will or arriving to an appointment at the time agreed on. Once people know that they can count on you, you will be seen as a person whose words come to pass. You will come to see yourself that way too. Eventually, if you make a promise to yourself and others to make some change in your life, you will feel bound to keep your word.
  4. 4. Challenge yourself. Just like great athletes have to constantly push themselves physically, we all have to take on challenges outside of our comfort level to become champions. If you find yourself in a place where you live your life on auto pilot, going through the motions and never really stretching yourself, chances are you will be in the same spot five years from now that you are in today. Challenges keep us fresh, give us energy, and most importantly, turn us unto stronger people capable of more than we were previously able.  
  5. Get crystal clear about your why. For the past ten years I have said that mankind is lazy until something catches his heart. Your why is what fuels your life. If you don’t have a clear picture of your why, you will never stay motivated through the how. Our natural state is to be lazy and to take the path of least resistance, unless we are motivated by the why in our heart. What’s your why? Really meditate on it, write it down and read it often. You will find that you have more energy and more passion. Why is transformative.
If you dream of changing your life, you have to first become the person who can bring about that change. As Albert Einstein wisely pointed out, “We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.
Patrick Bet-David has been called a renaissance man because of his interesting philosophies on politics, sports, history, humor and life. He is the founder of People Helping People (PHP), a fast-growing financial services company, and the author of Doing the Impossible (