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Sunday, July 05, 2009

This is Why You're Fat

Ever ask the question "Why am I fat?" after spending a day eating fast food or after warming up frozen food in your stove or microwave? The website, This Is Why You're Fat clearly shows the various reasons. We have some very odd food choices on this planet of ours, and through the contributions of visitors to the website, an amazing collection of the most revolting foods has come to be

this is why youre fat

I dont even want to begin to think of the amount of calories in that food choice.

Another possible option is the deep fried cheese-stuffed portabello mushroom between two cheeseburgers as seen in this picture:

this is why youre fat

and then there's the 3000 calorie (estimate) two pound McDonalds cheeseburger

two pound mcDonalds cheeseburger

If you're interested in being really grossed out, fascinated with the food choices that people make or want a laugh, PLEASE, go to This Is Why You're Fat, and if you want to do something about it, get my book and learn the techniques and foods to eat to get the results you're looking for.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

HALF OFF Special Has Been Fixed....

So, I could go into a long description of the technical difficulties that occurred in the previous 7 Minute Muscle Half Off Special offer that I alerted you to earlier in the week in the post "", but I don't see the point.

7 Minute Muscle is simply one of the best muscle building programs that I've ever had the pleasure to experience.

The was an offer by where by if you followed me on twitter, you'd get the program at 50% off the normal price, and also receive a free carb rotation cookbook.

Well, it was... um,

lets just say "it was buggered"

It wasn't the offer or the tweet a sale interface, but rather human error in that something was hard coded into the page for testing.

So, with a GOOD NUMBER of responses from everyone about how they couldn't see the special price, we got into the guts of it and found the error.

As a way of making it up to you, Jon Benson (the author of 7 Minute Muscle) is now offering it at 50% off until the end of the sale without having to do anything else.
half price 7 minute muscle
Simply go here...

===> 7 Minute Muscle for HALF Price

and you'll get the free carb rotation cookbook AND the special 7 Minute Muscle price.

This is until Saturday at Midnight, and that's it.

We're both terribly sorry for all the trouble and creating the huge amount of email responses about it being broken. (thanks to all who emailed back about it)

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Thursday, December 06, 2007

sleep deprivation and weight gain: How does it happen?

sleep deprivation and weight gainBy Tom Venuto, CSCS, NSCA-CPT

You've probably seen the magazine articles or news blurbs that say, "lack of sleep can make you fat!"

There is a lot of confusion however, about the mechanism.

It's not uncommon for people to believe there is a cause and effect relationship between sleep deprivation and weight gain.

However, if that were the case, then you would always gain weight if you slept less even if your food intake stayed the same.

To the contrary, if you sleep less AND eat less, rest assured you will lose weight.

If you are awake more hours and you are more active during those increased waking hours, again, rest assured you will lose weight.

Almost all the research on this subject has been cross sectional and therefore does not prove causality.

We Eat More When We're Sleep Deprived

Research suggests that the likely explanation is a disruption in hormones which can affect appetite and food intake so you are more likely to eat more when you are sleep deprived.

For example, a new study published in the December 2007 issue of "Nutrition Research Reviews" says that sleep deprivation can reduce leptin (the anti starvation hormone, also known as an anorexigenic hormone) and increase ghrelin, a stomach hormone that increases hunger.

This makes total sense. Think about it:

  1. less sleep equals more awake time

  2. More awake time equals greater energy needs

  3. Greater energy needs can be satisfied by increasing hunger hormones

  4. Leptin and ghrelin are appetite-stimulating hormones

The human body is incredible and amazingly self-regulating, isnt it?

In addition, when hormones are out of balance, that can affect nutrient paritioning.

Nutrient paritioning refers to where the energy comes from when you have a calorie deficit - fat or lean tissue - and where the energy goes when you are in a calorie surplus - fat or lean tissue.

So, when partitioning hormones are messed up due to sleep deprivation, it's entirely possibly that you are more likely to add fat (not muscle) when in a surplus and lose muscle (not fat) when in a deficit.

This is similar to what happens during stress. Stress also does not "cause" fat gain, but it certainly correlates to fat gain, for similar reasons. Imagine what happens when you are stressed AND sleep deprived?

Some people seem to get by with less sleep than others. I know many people, myself included, who excel physically on 6-7 hours a night, so there is certainly a variation in sleep needs from person to person.

Developing Good Sleeping Habits

Developing sleep habits that promote deep, high quality sleep may also reduce sleep needs an hour or two. This includes:

  • going to bed and waking up at the same time every night

  • getting to sleep early and awake early to maximize night time sleeping hours and daylight waking hours

  • sleeping in a dark room

  • avoiding alcohol and stimulants prior to bedtime

  • reducing stress and exercising regularly

However, in light of past research and the new data that was just published, if in doubt, it's surely better to err on the side of a little more sleep than a little less sleep, if more muscle and less fat is your goal.

About the Author:

night time eatingTom Venuto is a lifetime natural bodybuilder, an NSCA-certified personal trainer (CPT), certified strength & conditioning specialist (CSCS), and author of the #1 best-selling e-book, ".” Tom has written more than 200 articles and has been featured in print magazines such as IRONMAN, Australian IRONMAN, Natural Bodybuilding, Muscular Development, Exercise for Men and Men’s Exercise, as well as on hundreds of websites worldwide. For information on Tom's Fat Loss program, visit: www.burnthefatbook.com

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