Get Fat to Get Fit Fast
By: Gregg Gillies
Getting enough of the good fats will help you lose fat,
build muscle, and recover faster from your workouts.
In addition, it has myriad health benefits, including being
good for your heart.
Good fats include: polyunsaturated (especially Omega-3's),
such as those from fish and nuts, as well as monosaturated fats,
such as those from peanut butter, olive oil, egg yolks, and fish
Bad fats include saturated fats from things such as animal
and coconut fats. Then there is the worst kind of fat the man
made kind, trans fatty acids which can be found in our typical,
of no redeeming value, junk foods such cookies, chips, fries
Limit, if not stay completely away from, the bad fats and try
to get about 30 - 35% of your calories from the good fats.
"Studies show that higher-fat diets make more sense for fit
people than low-fat diets," says Liz Applegate, Ph.D., author of
Encyclopedia of Sports & Fitness Nutrition. "In one study,
endurance athletes ran up to 24 percent longer before they fatigued
when they ate a diet that was above 30 percent fat compared to one
that was below 20 percent," she says.
More importantly to most readers of this newsletter, researchers
are now beginning to realize the fact that a nutrition plan high in
the good fats helps the body to burn fat. Omega-3 fatty acids increase
the size of your cells' fuel-burning furnaces so your metabolic rate rises
and you burn more calories every minute of every day.
Omega-3's also help your body's sensitivity to insulin. This helps
your body store less fat. In addition, the fat you do store is more
readily and easily converted into energy and burned during activity.
This keeps your blood sugar levels stable and keeps you away from those
famed sugar crashes and cravings and irritable mood swings.
Another important exercise effect is that Omega-3's also help your
body produce testosterone, the hormone responsible for building new
muscle. The late Dan Duchaine has called the essential fatty acids
the most anabolic legal food supplement one can take to build muscle.
Of course, more muscle equals more calorie burning equals less body fat.
Fat can also help you recover from your workouts. Vitamins A, D, E
and K are fat-soluble and are very important antioxidants in the muscle-
building, bone-repairing category.
As I mentioned above, fat also helps your heart. Omega-3 fatty acids
and monounsaturated fats help lower bad LDL cholesterol and help prevent
blood clots, making your heart able to do it's job with less stress.
On a personal note, I suggested my favorite essential fatty acid
supplements to a friend of mine recently who has always suffered from
high cholesterol, despite working out five plus times a week and eating
a very healthy diet.
I'm going to quote the email she sent to me. I love getting stuff like
"I was at a demo this morning, from 10-2, and it was at a gym that was
having a members appreciation day, so they had other tables set up.
This guy who had a table next to mine was doing blood pressure tests and
When it slowed down and bit he asked me if I wanted my cholesterol done.
I told him it would probably be pretty high, it's been over 230 for the
last few years.
I told him about the marine oil supplements I was taking and told him I
have been taking them only about 7 weeks or so, and he told me he'd check
my cholesterol, to see if the supplements are bringing it down any.
I got a reading of 150!!!
He thought maybe he did it wrong, so he did it AGAIN, on my other hand,
(pin prick and blood taken) and it read 150 AGAIN!! Exactly!
He got all excited and asked me for the n3inc website!
I told him I have not changed my diet OR exercise -- the only thing I
am doing different is taking ResQ 1250 and ResQ LDL-X.
I hear testimonials like this time and time again from people who
take these supplements. Making sure you get a proper supply of the
good fats will go a long way toward a healthy life and the fit, toned
sexy body that you want.
About the Author
Gregg Gillies - trainer, fitness, fat loss expert, speaker, author, Get Fit Fast and publishes a free newsletter at buildleanmuscle.com
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The Power of Stretching - Dave Snape
muscles ache from a good stretch. This is quite
normal and is part of the process. Stretching has
seemingly been with us and particularly with athletes
since the beginning of time.
A very key point to good stretching is to hold the
stretch for at least seventeen seconds. This is a
pearl of wisdom gleaned from a ballet teacher a few
years back. She said that any stretch under 17
seconds was just not effective.
The 17 second rule is exceeded in the high intensity
Bikram's yoga where stretches are held for about 30
seconds. Don't forget the high level of heat that is
used in Bikram's to extract that last little bit of
stretch out of your muscles. An interesting twist
is not necessary to gain benefits from stretching.
it can't hurt, right?
So what kind of benefits can you expect from
stretching? That's an easy one. Have you ever seen
movie, Blood Sport? Did you know that Frank Dux could
truly stretch his body to the extreme. The actor that
played him was quite elastic as well.
Great elasticity is also something you might see in
well trained Spetsnaz (Russian) agents. They often
out with Russian kettlebells too. They are for
strength gains and the ability to withstand ballistic
Why are stretching and flexibility considered
to these people? Stretching gives one the ability to
have explosive power available at one's fingertips
without the need to warm up. Of course most of us are
not martial artists or agents. But, you'll be happy
know there are plenty of other benefits.
Let me give you an example. After learning to sit in
the full lotus position for long periods of time, my
ankles became very flexible. One day I was walking
along and my left foot fell into a pothole. This
pushed my ankle sideways to about 90 degrees from
Amazingly, this didn't even hurt, not one bit. If my
ankle hadn't been so flexible, I may have suffered a
sprained ankle. At the very least, it would have hurt
Key point: stretching helps you to avoid injuries.
Not only that but if you do have a muscle, tendon or
ligament injury it should heal faster, theoretically
Stretching actually grows the ligaments, tendons and
muscles being stretched. They really grow longer over
Check with your physician before undertaking any type
of exercise, including stretching.
Here is some good
instructional material on stretching:
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