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5 Surprising Things That Make You Leaner

Want to be leaner?

Good deal… here’s 5 tips that will help you along…

TIP 1
Ditch The Starch

Starches, such as rice, potatoes, some veggies, oats, etc. are
often considered “health foods.”

While they can be healthy, they can also pack on stomach bodyfat
like crazy if you overdo them.

As you may know, my “Every Other Day Diet” System (EODD) actually
encourages you to eat starches and even sweets several days a week
to get rid of excess bodyweight:

http://www.jonbensonfitness.com/go/kdtruong/eodd; <– go

Well… how does THAT work?

Simple:  Timing is everything.

And it takes a “weekly” approach to foods rather than a daily
approach. This keeps your metabolism guessing. If your body cannot
figure out what you’re up to, fatburning is that much more
powerful. And you can get by with eating starches… at least a
specific times on specific days.

But if you’re not going to do EODD, then you’ll have to wing it.
And the best way to wing it is to simply cut starches out entirely
for 4-8 weeks. Then slowly add them back a few days per week.

This is no where near as effective (or as fun) as the EODD method,
but it will get you pointed in the right direction.

TIP 2
Can The Sodas

Why diet-sodas? A recent study revealed that people who drank
diet-sodas actually increased bodyfat when compared to those who
drank sugar-sodas.

What the… ??

Yep. Your body cannot be fooled by aspartame and chemicals. Sorry,
but that’s the truth.

Here’s a personal story:  When I cut out the diet-sodas my bodyfat
drops like a rock in a pond of clear water.

And that’s what you need to be drinking:  A quart of pure water per
50 lbs of bodyweight a day.

Try mixing water with lemon and a bit of Stevia (an herbal
sweetener) and make lemonade. It’s wonderful!

TIP 3
Stay Hungry

It takes a special person to be hungry… and an even greater one
to stay that way.

I want you to stay hungry in two ways:  In how you workout and
literally… stay a bit hungry before you go to bed. Not
“starving”… just a bit hungry.

For your workouts, I have a great solution. If you pick up EODD
you’ll get a limited shot at “7 Minute Body”… Jon Benson’s
combination of “7 Minute Muscle” and “The 7 Minute In-Home Workout”
in one book… and for more than half off… but that’s a very
limited deal. Gotta have EODD… you’ll need them both…

http://www.jonbensonfitness.com/go/kdtruong/eodd; <– go

You see, progression — “forced” progression — is the best way to
stay hungry. 7 Minute Body forces you to progress without thinking
about it. Progression is built into the System.

As far as staying hungry at night? Check with your doctor and if
he/she okays it take 500mg of potassium and 1000mg of
magnesium/calcium a few hours prior to bed. This helps with the
hunger pangs. Also, keep hard-boiled eggs in the fridge. If you get
really hungry, eat one with half the yolk (toss the other half.) It
keeps you full for an hour at least.

TIP 4
Cardio Clarity

Hours and hours of cardio a day is not the answer. However, you can
do “light” cardio (i.e. brisk walking, or riding the bike at 60% of
your max) just to burn off calories. That’s okay… and personally
I don’t find it that boring if I’m watching a TV show. It does not
interfere with my main fatloss exercise (weight training… YES!)
and it burns off about 400 calories an hour.

What does work is early morning fasting cardio… but you only need
9-15 minutes. Jon Benson explains GXP (Modified) in the 7 Minute
Body book, available only if you pick up EODD, and you can get it
at more than half off:

http://www.jonbensonfitness.com/go/kdtruong/eodd; <– go

TIP 5
Get Raw At Night

Raw veggies with your last meal and as a snack will really help
your fatburning along. Try starting with red peppers because
they’re sweet. You you’ll eat virtually every veggie raw at night
without thinking about it. Give this a shot. The fatloss is well
worth it.

P.S.  Jon is still giving away “Radical Fatloss Blueprint” along
with EODD for a few more days. And I’m giving a lucky few the
chance to pick up the Supplement-Kit that comes with Radical
Fatloss for almost 100 bucks off… the video and details are here:

http://www.jonbensonfitness.com/go/kdtruong/eodd; <– go

Sorry… EODD Readers Only…. so pick it up today.

Muscle-shaping 101: 5 Tips

[ I love reading fresh fitness articles… and this one by Jon Benson fits the bill. You really should check this out… enjoy! }

Ever heard of Rowdy Gains?

Rowdy was swimmer and Olympic gold-medalist in the 1984 Olympics.

But that’s not what made Rowdy special.

And certainly not what makes his story worth reading when it comes to muscle-shaping secrets.

Over the next few days I’m going to be sharing 5 Tips for putting on lean muscle. If you want to put on a 2 lbs or 20lbs of muscle, these 5 Tips will help you do it faster than ever.

Remember: Muscle burns calories at rest… the more lean muscle you have the less bodyfat you’ll have if you eat the way I suggest. It’s as simple as that.

Back to Rowdy Gains…

His story is golden because of “how” he won the medal.

You see, Rowdy was an underdog. He was considered too old to be a legitimate threat in the race, despite being a world record-holder. He has missed his prime due to the boycott of the 1980 Olympics.

But Rowdy had a good coach (more on that tomorrow)… and his coach knew the power of “distinctions”…

Distinctions are the subtle things that turn average into excellence and losers into winners. Often distinctions are so hard to spot that even the smartest people miss them.

The men and women who succeed massively rarely miss them.

Rowdy was focused on the race… but his coach was focused on the distinctions.

“What can Rowdy do that no one else is doing to give him an edge?”

Well, his savvy coach noticed that the guy who started the race was calling “on your marks…” and then quickly firing the starting-gun. Very quickly in fact.

His coach came up to him moments before the race and said, “Rowdy, jump early.”

And jump early he did. He was first off the blocks and never looked back.

Turns to find out that his time off the blocks was the difference between winning and losing. And the second place guy was furious! He was hitting the wall and yelling about the “false start”… but there was not a false start upon reply.

Just a savvy start! A start based on one, small, tiny… actually monumentally huge distinction.

The first thing you need to ask yourself when it comes to your weight-training goals is this:

“What small distinctions can I make to turn an average workout into a super-productive workout”?

Again, these are small distinctions… little things that add up to huge gains.

Here’s an example:

When doing a chest press exercise, I have two distinctions that have made all the difference in my chest gains.

First, I turn my palms inward, rather than facing out, when pressing with dumbbells. Obviously this does not work with barbell presses, but I use mostly dumbbells.

The result? No rotator cuff or shoulder injuries.

This alone has allowed me to train three more months out of each year. That’s how much time I used to lose before an orthopedic surgeon gave me this tip.

Second, when pressing, I explode up. Then I slow DOWN… I always lower the weight slower than I lift it up. This gives me TWO growth factors rather than just one in the same movement, and without one second difference in the gym.

Again… distinctions.

If you want my book on the best distinctions I’ve ever used for gaining lean muscle, then go here:

7 Minute Workouts <– go.

Think about it next time you plan your workouts.

[ My thoughts on this article: Jon is really on to something here. If you want to then take a look at the pages referenced in this article. Thanks! ]

How Long To Rest Between Sets

[ Editor’s Note:  Fitness author Jon Benson shared this letter with me and gave me permission to share it with you. ]

A lot of my readers ask me how long to rest between sets while exercising.

The answer is: It depends on your goals.

If you are training to increase strength, I recommend resting a bit longer – up to two minutes for exercises like squats and heavy dumbbell work. But if you want to burn the most amount of bodyfat and gain lean muscle, I recommend resting for very short periods of time.

“The Iron Guru” Vince Gironda used to recommend leaving your hands on the bar between sets — now THAT is short rest intervals!  He would frequently rest only 15-20 seconds between sets.

This is similar to the strategy I use in 7 Minute Muscle — very short rest intervals and very intense training. Smart, short, efficient. That’s the way to go.

A good place to start is simply reducing your rest intervals by 10 seconds. No matter what workout you’re using, decrease your rest by 10 seconds between sets. You may not be as strong on the last few sets (if you are training traditionally… if you use 7 Minute Muscle your rest is “built-in” and not an issue.) Over time you will work your way back up to the same amount of sets and reps but done in far less time.

This means more work output, which means more muscle if your nutrition is good.

This is the best way to train most of the time:  Limited rest, intense sets, and short workouts.

They are the ones that produce results.

Go here for more information —

http://www.jonbensonfitness.com/go/kdtruong/7mm<— Short, effective workouts

Gain Muscle and Burn Bodyfat At The Same Time

How To Gain Muscle And Burn
Bodyfat At The Same Time

by Jon Benson

What is your “big dream?”

I have two:

— To make an impact on the lives of over 10M people before I die;

— To have a family that’s mobile so I can live in many places.

Not bad, right?

Want to know a “third” dream of mine?  One that I saw become a reality a few years ago?

To gain muscle AND burn bodyfat all at the same time.

It’s like a pipe-dream that somehow worked its way through the pipes and into my gym.

It is not easy, granted, but you can do it.

Almost anyone can do it.

You just have to train and eat in a very specific way.

Listen:  You do NOT want to just “burn bodyfat” or god-forbid “lose-weight”… that will not give you the body you want.

You absolutely MUST shape your muscles, tighten and tone, and burn bodyfat.

And you can do it at the same time.

Most pros disagree with me. They think it is metabolically impossible to gain muscle while in a state of low-calorie dieting.

They are wrong.

Here’s an article I wrote on this topic. I hope you enjoy it.

To save you time, I put a link to the online complete version of the article below…

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I remember a friendly argument with my co-author of Fit Over 40 Tom Venuto. It all started when I told Tom how I was eating and training for my last peak. A peak is where you lower your bodyfat and try to maintain as much muscle mass as possible.

“There’s just no way I could ever get in shape eating and training like that,” says Tom. “Sure you could man…what are you, a mutant?” Tom fires back, then me, then Tom….and so it goes. (I really didn’t call Tom a mutant. That was creative liberty.)

So why are so many fitness pros like Tom freaked out about my training and nutrition plan? Simple: I claim it burns fat while building muscle at the same time. Every time I read an article by some doctor or expert claiming it’s “biologically impossible” to gain lean muscle mass on a hypocaloric diet (a diet low in calories) I just laugh.

I do more than make claims–I have proved this to be true many times. I’ve had my bodyfat hydrostatically measured during several peaks. In all but one I showed an increase of muscle mass and a decrease of bodyfat during a 12-16 week period. The one time I didn’t show an increase in muscle mass when was I was training the most in the gym. That may not make sense right now, but it will in a moment.

Click here for the pearls of wisdom

Manboobs???

3 quick questions:
1. Are you a guy or do you know one close to you over the age of 35?

2. Have you or he looked at your/his bare chest lately?

3. If so… did you see them?…The dreaded….

“Manboobs”?

Obviously if you are female this is not an issue. But for us men, “gynaecomastia”, often jokingly referred to as manboobs (we can thank “Seinfeld” for that) is anything but funny.

From this point on, I’ll refer to it as “MB” if that’s okay by you.

MB is not an age thing. It can occur at almost any time in life. However, for those of us over 35, it is more common.

This is just one of the many symptoms of “andropause”, or “male menopause.”

When you age your testosterone levels decline…and more than that the testosterone gets “weaker” due to an imbalance between it and estrogen.

When you combine that with our modernized “estrogen-rich” environment that Dr. Holly Lucille frequently lectures on, you have a problem.

A big MB problem.

MB is associated with lack of drive (you know what I’m talking about guys) and excess bellyfat due to the estrogen.

Even more serious:  Excess estrogen has been positively linked to prostate cancer.

Yep. MBs are not so funny after all.

Check out Dr. Lucille’s NaturaPause Audios. There is an entire audio dedicated to male menopause and natural solutions that really work.

Most do not work worth a darn.

Hers does.

Click here for no more Manboobs

Free Stubborn Bodyfat Video

If you have stubborn bodyfat that just does not want to budge, you will find this freee video helpful.

It’s only 16 minutes long and covers the connection between your “hormones” and bodyfat.

Not only bodyfat… Your sexual-drive, your energy, your mood, and of course issues like menopause, andropause (male menopause) and more.

Give it a look…

http://www.jonbensonfitness.com/go/kdtruong/natura/video-preview

Just by taking some of Dr. Lucille’s advice (natural, without harmful drugs) you can kick-start your hormonal system back into overdrive.

That’s the best way to end stubborn bodyfat and reboot your drive at the same time.

Muscular Strength May Be Associated With Reduced Mortality Risk In Men With Hypertension

MedPage Today Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (4/26, Neale) reported that “hypertensive men with the most muscle strength appear to have a lower risk of dying than their weaker counterparts,” according to a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Investigators found, “even after controlling for cardiorespiratory fitness level and other potential confounders,” that “men in the upper third of muscle strength were 34% less likely to die during an average follow-up of about 18 years.” The investigators found that “the men with the greatest reduction in mortality risk were those who had the most muscular strength and high fitness.” To view the full JACC article, click here Share to FacebookShare to Twitter

Fitness May Be A Better Predictor Than Weight Of Whether Individuals With Certain Heart Problems Will Die In Near Future

Manifestions of Obesity Diagram


Reuters (4/1, Marcus) reports that research published in the American Heart Journal suggests that fitness may be a better predictor than weight of whether individuals with certain heart problems are more likely to die in the near future. Researchers found that individuals who were both somewhat thin and fit had the lowest risk of dying during the study period. Patients who were overweight but still fit had twice the risk of dying during the study, while individuals who were obese but fit had three times the risk of dying during the study. Meanwhile, individuals who were considered unfit and were overweight were almost seven times more likely to die during the study period, but unfit normal-weight individuals faced an even higher risk of dying.

Expanding Waistline May Put Men In Danger Of Developing AMD


The UK’s Daily Mail (4/1, Hagan) reports, “An expanding waistline puts men in danger of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD).” After monitoring “changes in the waistlines of more than 21,000 men and women, aged between 40 and 69, over several years,” then following the study population to determine how many cases of AMD developed, Australian researchers discovered that “even small increases in waist size seem to raise the risk of AMD by up to 75 per cent” in men. Women do not seem to be affected, however.