Long Island Personal Trainer Discovers The Power Behind This Hormone

Posted in Uncategorized on November 30th, 2009 by Greg

What a great Thanksgiving weekend here at Breakthroughs To Fitness. Now that it’s all over, we can get back on track with our lives and focus on our health again. Sometimes it makes sense to enjoy a cheat meal here and there to reset the body and the mind.

However, it must be strategic cheating and we have found a great article to help prove that point. Joel Marion even goes in depth into the most important hormone that you probably never heard of that is correlated with weight loss.

Read the article below so you can see how you can use the holidays to your advantage. Be sure to set aside 6 min so you can read the entire article.


Dedicated to your results,

Greg Kalafatic

Long Island Personal Trainer


By Joel Marion, CISSN, NSCA-CPT


It’s name is Leptin (derived from the Greek word leptos, meaning “thin”), and it’s without a doubt the most important hormone you probably never heard of.

You see, leptin was only first discovered just over 10 years ago, and as far as weight loss is concerned, that’s extremely recent.

Leptin’s function? To communicate your nutritional status to your body and brain.
Leptin levels are mediated by two things. One is your level of body fat. All else being equal, people with higher levels of body fat will have higher leptin levels than those with lower levels of body fat and vice versa.

Because leptin is secreted by fat cells, it makes sense that under normal conditions there is a direct correlation between leptin levels and the amount of fat you are carrying.

Unfortunately, when you’re attempting to lose fat and begin to restrict calories, conditions are anything but “normal” and the body responds accordingly by lowering leptin levels.

This is because the second mediator of blood leptin levels is your calorie intake. Lower your calorie intake and leptin will fall, independent of body fat.

So, yes, you can be overweight and still suffer from low leptin levels – just go on a diet.

So what happens when leptin levels fall and why the heck does it matter?

Again, under normal conditions leptin levels are normal and the brain gets the signal loud and clear that nutrition intake is adequate. Metabolism is high and the internal environment of the body is one very conducive to fat burning.

Until you start dieting.

Go on a diet and leptin levels quickly plummet (by 50% or more after only one week), sending a signal to the body that you’re semi-starved and not consuming enough calories.

This puts the breaks on metabolism and creates a hormonal environment extremely conducive to fat storage. Thyroid hormones (hormones extremely important to metabolism) respond by taking a dive and the abdominal fat-storing stress hormone cortisol skyrockets measurably.

HELLO belly fat.

And if that wasn’t bad enough, the appetite stimulating hormones ghrelin, neuropeptide-Y, and anandamide all hop on board to make your life even more miserable.

You don’t have to remember any of those names, just remember that when leptin drops, you get seriously hungry.

Despite having a pretty good reason for its reaction, it’s pretty ironic that our bodies are primed for fat loss at every other time except when we are trying to burn fat.

Wouldn’t it be great if we could maintain high leptin levels and a body primed for fat burning while dieting? It would seemingly solve all of our problems.

But in order to do this, we’d have to somehow keep leptin levels high as we attempt to lose those extra pounds.


A couple of problems here: First, leptin is a protein based hormone, which means that it can not be taken orally (otherwise, it would simply be digested). So that rules out a leptin pill.

This leaves the method of “supplemental” leptin administration to injection. And leptin injections DO indeed work, reversing the metabolic adaptations to dieting and “starvation” even while continuing to restrict calories.

In 1996, Ahima et al. used leptin injections to reverse starvation-induced neuroendrocrine adaptations in mice.

“Well, that’s nice and all, but I’m human.” Point taken; research with rodents doesn’t always correlate to similar findings in humans, however…

In 1999, Heymsfield et al. performed a double-blind placebo controlled study analyzing weight loss over a 24-week period in 73 obese humans. Subjects either injected daily with leptin or a placebo (i.e. bogus alternative). At the end of the 24-week period, the leptin group lost significantly more weight than the placebo and a higher percentage of fat vs. muscle.

In 2002, Rosenbaum et al. administered low-dose leptin to subjects (male and female) who had dieted to a 10% decrease in body weight. During the diet period, thyroid hormone levels, 24-hr energy expenditure, and other metabolic markers substantially decreased. The result of the leptin replacement therapy?

“All of these endocrine changes were reversed…”Thyroid output and daily calorie burn increased back to pre-diet levels.

In 2003, Fogteloo et al. showed that leptin injections “tended to reduce the decline of energy expenditure associated with energy restriction, whereas the tendency of energy intake to increase back to baseline levels in placebo-treated subjects was largely prevented in subjects treated with leptin.”

Yeah, that’s a mouthful. Let me put in simple terms: not only did the leptin group experience less of a decline in metabolism, but they were also less hungry, allowing them to more easily stick to the prescribed diet.

In 2004, Welt et al. reported that leptin given to a group of women with thyroid disorder immediately raised circulating concentrations of the thyroid hormones T3 and T4.

In 2005, Rosenbaum and company were at it again, again showing that energy expenditure and circulating concentrations of T3 and T4 all returned to pre-weight-loss levels with regular leptin injections.

So, as theorized, keeping leptin levels high during a diet does indeed solve our dilemma by avoiding the negative metabolic (and perhaps behavioral) adaptations that calorie restriction perpetuates.

The problem?

Daily leptin injections are far too expensive, costing thousands and thousands of dollars per week. So, we can pretty much forget about supplemental leptin as a solution (which is probably moot anyway considering that not too many people are going to voluntarily plunge a needle into their skin daily).

A REAL Solution

Now that we know that leptin injections aren’t going to save us, let’s talk about the possibility of manipulating your body’s natural leptin production.

And I’ve got good news – this can indeed be done, and without involving needles or thousands of dollars. In fact, we’ll swap the injections and mounds of cash out for two things I can guarantee you’re absolutely going to love: more calories and more carbs.

We know that leptin levels decrease by about 50% after only one week of dieting, but fortunately, it doesn’t take nearly that long for leptin to bump back up with a substantial increase in caloric intake.

In fact, research has shown that it only takes about 12-24 hours.

So, the answer to the fat loss catch-22? Strategic high-calorie, high-carb CHEATING.

By strategically cheating with high calorie foods (and yes, even stuff like pizza, ice cream, wings, cookies, burgers, fries, etc), you can give leptin and metabolism a major boost mid-diet which sets you up for plenty of subsequent fat loss when you resume your reduced calorie eating regimen.

This means greater net fat loss week after week, and ultimately, a much more realistic, maintainable way to bring you to the body you truly want and deserve.

So what’s so special about carbs?

Well, leptin, carbohydrate and insulin have been shown to have very strong ties.

Calories alone don’t get the job done, as research shows that overfeeding on protein and fat has little effect on leptin.

In order to get a strong leptin response from overfeeding, there needs to be plenty of carbs in the mix. In fact, the relationship is SO strong that research conducted by Boden et al. at the Temple University School of Medicine shows that leptin levels will not fall even in response to all-out fasting so long as insulin and blood sugar are maintained via IV drip. That’s CRAZY.

Because of this carbohydrate/insulin-leptin relationship, it makes sense that foods combining both carbs and fat (like pizza, burgers, cookies, ice cream, etc) work best for reversing the negative adaptations caused by dieting because of the BIG-TIME insulin response they produce.

THIS is why strategic cheating with your favorite foods is so powerful. THIS is why you truly can use your favorite foods to lose fat faster than you ever could with restrictive dieting. THIS is freedom.

Essentially, it’s everything “typical” dieting isn’t.

With regular dieting, come week two, you’re screwed.

With strategic cheating, you can literally use ANY food you want to *ensure* that you never go a single day without a body primed for fat loss.

The cheat or not to cheat? I think the choice is clear.

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Thanksgiving: The Enemy Holiday?

Posted in Uncategorized on November 26th, 2009 by Greg

While many of us may be dreading the return of the holiday which is associated with huge feasts, bountiful banquets, and loosening of belts, the truth is that we are dreading a wrongly condemned holiday. Thanksgiving isn’t the culprit behind the gorging…we are.

Let’s remind ourselves we didn’t get the idea of topping yams or sweet potatoes with marshmallows from the pilgrims. So here we are once more, bringing you the Thanksgiving survival guide so you aren’t the adult non-chalantly undoing your belt buckle under the table…yea we know what you’re really doing.

While many of us think that the mistakes are happening when the serving spoon is already in our hands that’s not always the case. The first tip we have is don’t skip any meals Thanksgiving day because you’re trying to “save” calories for later. Remember when you’re starving, you’re more likely to load your plate with your eyes than with your stomach. So eat like you normally would on any other day so that when you approach the feast, you’re not already thinking of grabbing two plates to “space” everything better.

When you’re finally in front of the banquet and your eyes light up by the sight of all the choices you have, remember to make smart choices. Help yourself to a little of everything first rather than loading up your plate and then coming back for an equally portioned second plate of the things you missed.
Properly porportion out the things that are higher in fat (like dishes made with cheeses, milk or cream), this doesn’t mean you cant have them but have less of them since they’re stacked with calories. Eating your turkey helping skinless also reduces the intake of calories while also reducing the cholesterol content. Don’t neglect the side dishes that contain vegetables, pumpkin, cranberries and greenbeans are Thanksgiving favorites and provide high amounts of vitamin’s and antioxidants.
Lastly, remember that you also want to watch your intake of beverages. Alcohol and coffee can dehydrate your body, while sugary beverages like apple cider won’t help with trying to cut back on calories. So remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day and meal to better keep your body hydrated, feeling quenched and satisfied.

Dedicated to your results,

Breakthroughs to Fitness

Long Island Personal Trainers

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Long Island Fight For Charity-Battle Begins!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 26th, 2009 by Greg

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. We are blessed and thankful for this day and we at Breakthroughs To Fitness wish you great food and memories with your family.

The Long Island Fight For Charity has come to a finish. What an amazing night!

I want to thank everyone who supported me in raising over $3,000 for the event and who came down to see me fight. To get in that ring was empowering because it was for 3 great causes.

Here’s a video for you to enjoy on Thanksgiving Day from the event.

Dedicated to your results,
Rahsheen Slaughter
Breakthroughs To Fitness
Long Island Personal Trainer

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Long Island Fight For Charity-Round 4 Live News 12

Posted in Uncategorized on November 20th, 2009 by Greg

Live from News 12 as entrepreneurs and business professionals have their last training session before the big fight at Long Island Fight For Charity at Huntington Hilton, Monday November 23rd. We could use your support to raise money for the charities at www.LIFightForCharity.com

Watch the video below and you will see Coach Rahsheen “The Breakthrough Specialist” Slaughter pounding away at the heavy bag. Big time lawyer, Paul Hyl, has a tough opponent to face. Rahsheen may be a disabled athlete, but his fists are ferocious!

Breakthroughs To Fitness

Long Island Personal Trainer

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Long Island Personal Trainer Speaks on the Art of Trying Something New

Posted in Uncategorized on November 15th, 2009 by Greg

It’s not unheard of to see people doing the same routines over and over again yet expect a different and greater result.

That is simple the definition of insanity.

In life, fitness, business, relationships, etc it’s great to do repetition and create a routine. However, if you want to “grow” as a person, you have to constantly be adding or making tweaks to those routines.

Sometimes trying something new can freak you out and create a closed mind. A closed mind is the most expensive/useless item you can own.

For example, Coach Greg had a closed mind on pedicures. Felt it wasn’t going to serve him at all. It freaked him out to be a man in a female dominated market. Yet when he went with his girlfriend yesterday afternoon, his mind opened up.

Aside from keeping your feet clean, moisturized, and in a good hygiene status, he experienced that his tensed fascia (soft tissue outlining the muscle) in his foot was released and dry skin disappeared. To him this meant less pain in his arch while running and no more split skin that hurt with every step.

Just from that simple story I share with you is invaluable. Go out and try something new this week related to your health. Do not do it blindly. Do your due diligence and find something that makes you uncomfortable and try it out.

You may find something to incorporate into your daily, weekly, or monthly life routine that can assist you in an area of your health.

For example, many people fear that burning sensation of the muscle they get while working out. Yet that reaching that point is what makes the body more efficient and a calorie burning machine.

If you require assistance to learn how to incorporate change in your workout or nutrition routine, click the link below and we can assist you with that.


Otherwise, research something on your own to try out.

For the next 7 days I ask you to try something new related to your health. Below in the comment box write down a few possibilities of what you will try out. This will hold you accountable by letting people know.

As always…

Dedicated to your results,
Rahsheen Slaughter

Breakthroughs To Fitness

Long Island Personal Trainer
P.S. If you haven’t already, I would appreciate any support for the Long Island Fight For Charity event I am participating in. I am getting in the ring for 3 worthy causes. Head over to https://www.events.org/creg.aspx?e=23663&m=10

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Long Island Personal Trainer Gets Rewarded With An “Apple”

Posted in Uncategorized on November 8th, 2009 by Greg


There is nothing better than rewarding yourself with something you have worked so hard for. With your health and fitness there should be a sign of recognition and reward when you hit a goal or a milestone within your program.

Long Island personal trainer, Coach Greg, rewarded himself with a new apple macbook computer. He set it up where when he hit a certain savings goal and a set point within the business, he was going to reward himself with this specific item.

However, this was a very strategic reward. Coach Greg decided on this item because it was portable to do work on the go, it contained programs to make his life easier and more efficient, and it’s considered to be one of the top performing laptops. Not only does he get to enjoy a great gift, but also optimize his work on the go in his busy lifestyle.

So when it comes to your health and fitness, try to reward yourself with a strategic gift that will benefit you in multiple ways (i.e. massage, piece of equipment, athletic gear, etc). This way you not only get the instant gratification, but also the ongoing benefits of buying that item.

If you haven’t rewarded yourself yet for a goal you hit, be sure to go out and do so immediately. A gift we can assist you with immediately is waiting for you at www.WhatsYourMetabolism.com.

You will receive a free download of one of our most in demand ebooks “How To Master Your Metabolism” In it we teach you how to reset your metabolism and what to watch out for that is sabotaging you right now.

Also, you will receive a complimentary Metabolic Blueprint Consultation ($97 value) with a B2F nutrition counselor to learn how you can get access to a tool we use to accurately measure your metabolism and create a meal plan customized to your needs.

Go ahead and treat yourself today to a gift that costs you nothing, yet will impact your health and fitness going forward.


Dedicated to your results,

Rahsheen Slaughter
Breakthroughs To Fitness
Long Island #1 Personal Training and Nutrition Company

P.S. Long Island personal trainer, Coach Greg, has set a high goal for himself for the end of 2010. When he achieves this goal wait til you see his next reward.

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Long Island personal trainer wants to know does pain hold you back?

Posted in Uncategorized on November 3rd, 2009 by Greg

I ask myself that question everyday…

My answer is absolutely not.

When you are in pain. whether physical or mental, ask yourself is this pain holding me back from what I want to achieve in life?

As I train for the Fight For Charity event, my disabled leg is breaking down and pain radiates down my leg. There are times when I get home that I ask myself would it be better to amputate the leg?

The fear of losing my leg is no longer an issue as it starts to break down more. Growing up I never let anything get in the way of achieving greatness.

This event means alot to me and I dedicated myself for the last 4 months to training hard, learning a new skill, and becoming a stronger person. Watch the clip below of my recent skill session with B2F Coach Frank Hatsis who is a specialist in Muay Thai fighting:

Dedicated to your results,
Rahsheen Slaughter

Breakthroughs To Fitness

Long Island Personal Trainer

P.S. I could really use your support. My goal is to reach over $5,000 for this amazing charity event. I can’t do it alone. Head over to www.LIFightForCharity.com and make a donation under Rahsheen Slaughter in the boxers section.
P.S.S. We also welcome you to join us at fight night to watch me fight for charity. Call the office to reserve tickets: 516-203-4534

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