Carb Cycling Path to Rock Hard Abs

Posted in Fat Loss Secret, Fitness Indusrty News, Guest Post, Locust Valley Personal Trainers, Nutrition on April 12th, 2012 by admin

Guest Blog Post

Hey Coach Rahz here and I got a really good guest Blog post today from a fellow Fit Pro from across the pond. His name is Mirsad Hasic and he’s a online publisher for multiple blogs and has a really cool website called Ab-Solutely-Fit.com

So without further a do, Let’s give a Big MetaBurn Welcome to Mirsad Hasic.

Carb Cycling — The Under appreciated Path to Rock Hard Abs

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Yeah, we get it — you’ve heard it all before. Abs are made in the kitchen, not on the gym floor. Ooh, we even got a little poetic flow in there too, who knew?

All jokes aside, we can’t ignore the power of nutrition when it comes to building the bodies we want. Any bodybuilder will tell you that food is fuel and nothing more than that, so if you really want to build your own Ferrari, you need to know how to fuel it up for maximum performance.

Shattering the Diet Myths Surround Ab Work

Getting great abs and keeping them can often be two different things. Yes, there are ways people shortcut their way to getting abs, but they’re temporary. Nothing lasts when you go about it with unsound principles dancing in your head.

To say that diet doesn’t matter would be like saying you don’t really need a good engine in your car to get from Los Angeles to Vegas. Sure, you could travel the length in a soapbox derby car and rely on human power, but it’s going to take you five times as long and you’re going to be exhausted by the time you get there — if you don’t just turn tail and go back to L.A., of course.

Carb Cycling, Defined

Bodybuilders have been using carb cycling tactics for years to do a wide variety of goals with their bodies. If they want to shred fat, they’re going to be carb cycling. If they want to bulk up, they’re going to be carb cycling. But that doesn’t describe what CCing is really all about.

Well, it’s straightforward enough — you want to feed your body different macro-nutrient profiles in order to keep your body guessing so that it doesn’t fall into just burning at a set point and keeping you from your goals.

It does make carbs the star of the show, but it doesn’t just focus on the carbs. You also will need to adjust your protein and fat accordingly.

Most bodybuilders do this basing it on activity rather than just going by “feel”. You will naturally want to adjust later, but there’s nothing wrong with starting with a higher amount of carbs for your lifting days, and then lowering it during times where you’re not lifting.

The body uses carbohydrates as glucose to fuel the system, but protein to feed and build those muscles. You will also need to ensure that you’re giving the brain enough fat to function.

Different percentages work for different people. You might want to try 40% carbs, 40% protein, 20% fat — or switch over to 50% carbs, 45% protein, and 5% fat when you’re lifting. There are so many ways to carb cycle, but the importance is that you’re changing things up. The standard schedule seems to be three days “low”, with 1 day high.

The Quality of Your Carbs Matters

You have to make sure that you’re going with quality sources for all three macro-nutrients. When it comes to carbs, the type of carbs that you choose matter. Don’t just bulk up on pasta and bread and crackers. You will want to go with roots, tubers, and nuts as well. Those are going to give you more energy and also break down slower, nourishing your body better than a loaf of white bread ever could.

Don’t forget the veggies, either — going with cauliflower, broccoli, carrots, onions and celery aren’t bad options and they can really make your dishes burst with new flavors. Fruits also have their place — natural sugar isn’t a bad thing at all, and our ancient ancestors would have eaten fruit if it was ripe and in season! Apples, pears, bananas, tropical fruit and more are all great selections to add.

Protein Power?

Protein sources can include chicken, beef, lamb, eggs, tuna, oily fish like salmon and mackerel, as well as cod, halibut, walleye and more.

The Big Fat Question

Fat is something that people have been having a hard time dealing with forever. Here’s a newsflash: your brain needs it! Your body needs it! Your mood depends on it! However, not all fats are created equal.

You will definitely want to make sure that you’re getting it from animal fat, butter, coconut oil and sparingly from olive oil and other polyunsaturated fats. The body gets a lot of Omega-6 fatty acids as it is from a standard Western diet, and this often leads to inflammation and slower recovery. Olive oil has a place, but it doesn’t need to steal the show.

Avoid vegetable, canola, and soybean oils as much as possible — they are often rancid from the beginning, or they become rancid quickly. Overall, now is the time to seize control of your health through nutrition. Even though it might sound boring, it’s really the best way to go if you really want to build those rock hard abs!

Coach Rahz Back… As I said Mirsad delivered a great post and if you liked his post check out is blog too. Let me know if you have any comments or questions about any the the information in this post I will be more than excited to break it down for you.

As Always Stay Fit, Stay Firm the Surgery Free Way!

Coach Rahz :-)

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The #1 Diet that rules them all…

Posted in Locust Valley Personal Trainers, Nutrition, Tips and Strategies, Wellness on January 19th, 2012 by admin

This is How We Get it Done at the MetaBurn Fat Loss Studio of Locust Valley

Hey what’s up out there It’s your Coach Rahz back with a great post from my right-hand man, and best friend Mr. Nutrition Greg Kalafatic.It’s been a crazy 18 days here at the Metaburn Fat Loss Studio in Locust Valley. We’ve been swamped training our clients, and launching a new online fat loss program called 10X Fat Loss. O’yeah and it is that little weekly Fat Loss Show for women that launched on Jan. 9th. If you haven’t checked it out yet

Before we get into his awesome post about #1 DIET that rules them all, I got a great quote for you today. Let me know if this quote gets your juices flowing and inspires you to step up you output over the few weeks.

Awesome Quote: By: Brendan Burchard – One of my Personal Favorite Authors and Thought Leaders

“You have a clean slate every day you wake up. You have a chance every single morning to make that change and be the person you want to be. You just have to decide to do it. Decide today’s the day. Say it; This is going to be my day.”

We Welcome Mr. Nutrition,

There is a lot of hype out there about burning fat at a rapid pace. So much hype you don’t know what or who to believe.

This is called having “too many Chefs in the kitchen”

When you listen to all these diet gurus, you will most definitely hear conflicting data,

yet they can back it up with science.

So who do you believe?

Well you can’t believe anyone until you try it out and see if it works. That’s a tough statement

to absorb. I created my 10X Fat Loss System. It’s backed by science and also backed but hundreds of transformations. But is it right for you in your current state? Maybe?

But I am not here to talk about 10X. I am here to talk about the 1 Diet that rules them all.

It doesn’t have a cool sounding name (like 10 X :) ) but it’s pretty damn powerful.

It the Diet that control INSULIN…

I know you have heard about it, but do you understand the importance?

You see INSULIN is a very powerful transporter of nutrients. More powerful then a Columbian drug lord.  Like a drug lord it can create a lot of chaos in this world, but it can also create alot of good when used properly.

This funky “little” hormone needs to be controlled in order to win the fat loss game and come out victorious with a lean, fit & firm body.

HOW TO CONTROL INSULIN

You can’t eliminate INSULIN because it’s a necessary hormone, but you can control it. Here are my Top 3 Secret ways to control INSULIN:

1. Try your best to eat at least one cup of vegetables with each meal. If you can’t at least with your main meals. The phytonutrients and fiber from vegetables will slow down the how fast carbohydrates enter the  body and convert into glucose in the blood stream.  Therefore keeping a steady flow of minimal insulin pumping (this is a good thing)

2. Eat some type of protein with each and every meal. The termogenic effect of proteins again will help slow down the absorption of carb and keep insulin to a minimum. Here is the link to the webinar where I explain a little more about that www.10XFatLoss.com/presentation

3.  Have healthy fats with each meal. Fat’s take a while to break down and get absorbed into the bloodstream, therefore whatever else is with it slows down as well. Healthy fats are Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Avocado, Mixed Raw Nuts, Grass fed Organic Beef, Salmon, Flaxseeds.

WARNING!!! The only time I highly recommend not eating fats is right after a workout, especially when using my Replenish method right after a workout. I explain that in 10X, but I’ll clip it out just for your eyes only.

There you have, 3 simple straight forward strategies to control your insulin (there’s more but not today).

If you want to burn more fat, be healthier, and look leaner and tighter you must follow the diet that controls INSULIN at all costs…

or you’ll be paying for it later on.

Your Fat Loss Coach,

Mr. Nutrition

P.S. What are your major challenges you are facing right now that are affecting your fat loss progress? Post them in the Comment Box Below.

Are you Ready to Burn 10X times the Fat in Only 60 Days?



Carbohydrates Made Simple

Posted in Fat Loss Secret, Nutrition on August 29th, 2011 by admin

Carbohydrates made Simple

Eat Well Train Hard, and Live with Passion

Carbohydrates have been misrepresented and given a bad name because of popular fad diets and health professional who aren’t willing to do their due diligence to know the facts about this fundamental macro-nutrient. I want to shed some light on the subject without getting too scientific. Carbohydrates provide the body with fuel it needs for physical activity and for proper organ function, and they are an important part of a healthy diet. But some kinds of carbohydrates are far better than others.

What Are Carbohydrates?

Carbohydrates are found in a wide array of foods—bread, beans, milk, popcorn, potatoes, cookies, spaghetti, soft drinks, corn, and cherry pie. They also come in a variety of forms. The most common and abundant forms are sugars, fibers, and starches.

The basic building block of every carbohydrate is a sugar molecule, a simple union of carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. Starches and fibers are essentially chains of sugar molecules. Some contain hundreds of sugars. Some chains are straight, others branch wildly.

Carbohydrates were once grouped into two main categories. Simple carbohydrates included sugars such as fruit sugar (fructose), corn or grape sugar (dextrose or glucose), and table sugar (sucrose). Complex carbohydrates included everything made of three or more linked sugars. Complex carbohydrates were thought to be the healthiest to eat, while simple carbohydrates weren’t so great. It turns out that the picture is more complicated than that.

The digestive system handles all carbohydrates in much the same way—it breaks them down (or tries to break them down) into single sugar molecules, since only these are small enough to cross into the bloodstream. It also converts most digestible carbohydrates into glucose (also known as blood sugar), because cells are designed to use this as a universal energy source.

Now that we know what they are and what they do in our bodies, let’s talk about good carbs vs. bad carbs.

Bad Carbs List: Aka Simple Sugars- BAD with a Capital (B) These Carbs Increase Belly Fat

The most important simple carbohydrates to limit in your diet include:

  • Soda
  • Candy
  • Artificial syrups
  • Sugar
  • White rice, white bread, and white pasta
  • Potatoes (which are technically a complex carb, but act more like simple carbs in the body)
  • Pastries and desserts

Good Carbs List: Aka Complex Carbohydrates

Complex carbohydrates are considered “good” because of the longer series of sugars that make them up and take the body more time to break down. They generally have a lower glycemic load, which means that you will get lower amounts of sugars released at a more consistent rate — instead of peaks and valleys —to keep you going throughout the day.

Picking complex carbohydrates over simple carbohydrates is a matter of making some simple substitutions when it comes to your meals. Having brown rice instead of white rice, having whole-wheat pasta instead of plain white pasta are better choices if reducing your belly fat is your goal. You may have heard of the term glycemic index which refers to the effect a specific food has on a person’s blood sugar.  Carbohydrates that break down quickly during digestion and release glucose rapidly into the bloodstream have a high GI; carbohydrates that break down more slowly, releasing glucose more gradually into the bloodstream, have a low GI. If release fat from your belly is your goal then pick food that have a low GI number. Here my list of five Complex Carbs you should have in your diet.

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Brown Rice
  • Banana
  • Chick Peas
  • Lentils

My Favorite 5 Fat Burning Carbs

  1. 1. Oatmeal (Steel Cut Oats)
  2. 2. Kale
  3. 3. Black Beans
  4. 4. Blackberries
  5. 5. Sweet Potatoes

Bonus: Cinnamon and Chili Pepper add spice and kick to your fat burning food selections.

When picking your carbohydrates always select them according to what your activity level is going to be for the day. For example eating a bowl of grapes at 10pm isn’t the best idea because most people will be going to bed shortly after eating the grapes. Having grapes with a protein source for a mid morning snack on a workout day is a much better fat blasting decision. I hope this short article serves you, and please feel free to email me with your question and comments.

As always Eat Well, Train Hard, and Live with Passion.

Coach Rahz Slaughter, MPT

Creator of the 28 Day Belly Fat Diet Guide

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SUGAR THE VILLAN

Posted in Locust Valley Personal Trainers, Long Island Health News, Nutrition, Wellness on August 15th, 2011 by admin


Is Sugar making you Look OLD?

Guest Post from the Dynamic Kettle-Bell Diva, Coach Annamaria

NOT ONLY DOES SUGAR CAUSE WEIGHT GAIN BUT SKIN DAMAGE (aging skin/wrinkles) AS WELL!!!

At about age 35-40 not only does our body begin to change but so does our skin. SUGAR is one of our biggest culprits. Foods with high glycemic indexes, such as white bread, pasta and potatoes not only cause weight gain but aging, sagging, wrinkled skin. Not only does it attach to places that are unwanted to our body but now to the skin/face by attaching to the collagen and elastin and damaging it.

So, how do we correct this? Is it too late? NO, it’s never too late when it comes to our body and or skin. First step is to LOWER your sugar intake and limit the added sugars. Focus on good carbohydrates.

The Second step is to REBUILD–Collagen and elastin fibers in your skin can be restored. Third step is to take your MULTI VITAMIN. Vitamin B, C and E in particular are known to be collagen boosters.
Of note, topical skin care products that contain antioxidants–Vitamin A, C and E also support the collagen and elastin of your skin. Excellent food sources include red grapes, dark green veggies such as broccoli, spinach and kale along with acai berries and pomegranates.

Oh and don’t forget, even if you are younger, good habits will have you a step ahead.
So ladies, BACK OFF the SUGAR, be COMMITTED and Say HELLO to a HEALTHIER BODY with YOUNGER LOOKING SKIN!!

Coach AM

The KettleBell Diva

P.S No time to come to the MetaBurn Studio Check out my Girl Holly’s DVD + you can pick up a Interval Timer and you’re set.

Don’t forget to Post any comments or questions.

Have a great week, Eat Well, Train Hard, and Live with Passion!



If you’re really interested in understanding Sugar and what it does to the body check this video out.  http://youtu.be/dBnniua6-oM

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7 Of The BEST Foods For Belly Fat Fighting

Posted in Coach's Workouts, Nutrition on August 12th, 2011 by admin

Best (and worst) Nuts For Weight Loss

Oyster Bay Fitness Trainer Reveals Healthy Belly Fat Fighting Secret

Are Nuts healthy? Can they help fight melt belly fat? The answer to both those question is a Big Hell Yes my friends. Nuts are great and they should be in your daily diet plan every daily. Nuts have many benefits including many I have listened below, not to mention they help melt off the belly fat.

If you search for diets or diet books on the internet, you come up with many different books or diet plans that guarantee losing weight fast.  Some of these diet plans are healthy, while some of them are not so healthy.  The best way to lose weight, and keep it off, is to watch what you eat and exercise.

A healthy diet full of fruits, vegetables, plenty of fiber, plenty of essential vitamins and minerals, and high-quality lean proteins will help trim your waistline.   Having a healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner are great ways to maintain adequate calories for weight loss.  However, sometimes you get hungry mid-morning or mid-afternoon and you have trouble finding the right snack to eat.

Nuts are a great food to snack on.  They are full of fiber, healthy fats like mono and polyunsaturated fats, and low in saturated fats.   Nuts are also full of high-quality proteins and provide a great pick-me-up during those hungry times during the day.  A handful of nuts can be great for satisfying your hunger and helping you to lose weight.

Here is a list of the best (and worst) nuts for helping you lose weight fast!

1) Almonds



Nutrient Breakdown (1 ounce)

Calories: 164
Total Fat:  14 grams
Saturated Fat: 1.1 grams
Monounsaturated Fats: 9.1 grams
Polyunsaturated Fats: 3.5 grams
Fiber: 3.3 grams
Protein: 6 grams

Almonds are a little powerhouse of nutrition.   With heart healthy mono and polyunsaturated fats, almonds have been recommended to help reduce total cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol.   Almonds are low in carbohydrates, but high in fiber.  Almonds also have high levels of Vitamin E, which is great for the eyes and possibly the skin.   Almonds also have phytosterols found in the skin, which have been shown helpful in reducing cholesterol and protecting the heart.

2) Cashews

Nutrient Breakdown (1 ounce)

Calories: 163
Total Fat:  13 grams
Saturated Fat: 2.6 grams
Monounsaturated Fats: 7.7 grams
Polyunsaturated Fats: 2.2 grams
Fiber: 0.9 grams
Protein: 4 grams

Cashews are a great nut for helping battle both Diabetes and Heart Disease.  Cashews do have a higher fat content than most nuts, but the fat found in cashews can be considered a healthy fat.   Higher levels of mono and polyunsaturated fats make this a perfect snack for heart patients or people looking to watch their dietary fat intake.   Cashews have adequate levels of magnesium and copper, which are minerals needed to maintain proper functioning.

3) Peanuts



Nutrient Breakdown (1 ounce)

Calories: 166
Total Fat: 14 grams
Saturated Fat: 2.0 grams
Monounsaturated Fats: 7.0 grams
Polyunsaturated Fats: 4.4 grams
Fiber: 11.7 grams
Protein: 7 grams

Not only are peanuts loaded with fat-fighting fiber, but they are abundant in plenty of vitamins and minerals that have been shown to fight some diseases, including cardiovascular disease and some cancers.  Peanuts have niacin, Co-enzyme Q10, plenty of antioxidants, and Resveratrol, which has been linked to reduction in cardiovascular disease and some cancers.

4) Walnuts

Nutrient Breakdown (1 ounce)

Calories: 185
Total Fat: 18 grams
Saturated Fat: 1.7 grams
Monounsaturated Fats: 2.5 grams
Polyunsaturated Fats: 13.4 grams
Fiber: 1.9 grams
Protein: 4 grams

Walnuts are a great source of heart healthy fats, with high levels of polyunsaturated fats, which has been linked to lower cardiovascular risk factors.   Considered by some to be the best nut for better heart health, walnuts have been shown to decrease damage from free radicals to certain cells.  The reason for this: walnuts are chock full of antioxidants, which have been shown to reduce damage caused by oxidative stress.

5) Pecans

Nutrient Breakdown (1 ounce)

Calories: 196
Total Fat: 20 grams
Saturated Fat: 1.8 grams
Monounsaturated Fats: 11.6 grams
Polyunsaturated Fats: 6.1 grams
Fiber: 10.4 grams
Protein: 3 grams

At 10.4 grams of fiber, you are getting roughly 10% of your daily intake in 1 ounce of pecans.  So if the fiber content blew your mind, wait for this:  Pecans have an immense amount of the heart healthy fats that can help lower LDL cholesterol, and raise our good HDL cholesterol.  Under 200 calories, pecans provide a healthy supply of Vitamin A, potassium, calcium, and other trace minerals that our body needs for optimal functioning.

6) Macadamia Nuts



Nutrient breakdown (1 ounce)

Calories: 203
Total Fat: 22 grams
Saturated Fat: 3.4 grams
Monounsaturated Fats: 16.8 grams
Polyunsaturated Fats: 0.4 grams
Fiber: 2.3 grams
Protein: 2 grams

Macadamia nuts, like other tree nuts, have been shown beneficial in helping to reduce total and LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, and are recommended in a heart healthy diet.  Having a high amount of mon-unsaturated fats, these nuts can be an alternative to other nuts for helping reduce cardiovascular risk factors.

7) Pistachios

Nutrient breakdown (1 ounce)

Calories: 161
Total Fat: 13 grams
Saturated Fat: 1.6 grams
Monounsaturated Fats: 6.8 grams
Polyunsaturated Fats: 3.9 grams
Fiber: 2.9 grams
Protein: 6 grams

Pistachios are another nutrient powerhouse that is low in carbohydrates with zero cholesterol.  Full of healthy fats and low in saturated fats, this nut can provide you with a moderate amount of calories and nutrients from essential vitamins and minerals, namely potassum, calcium and Vitamin A.  This nut provides plenty of nutrition.
Try to limit this nut:

1) Coconuts

Nutrient breakdown (1 cup shredded)

Calories: 283
Total Fat:  27 grams
Saturated Fat: 23.8 grams
Monounsaturated Fats: 1.1 grams
Polyunsaturated Fats: 0.3 grams
Fiber: 7.2 grams
Protein: 3 grams

Coconuts are very high in calories and saturated fats, and low in the good mono and polyunsaturated fats.  Even though there are high levels of fiber, coconuts are a food that should be consumed in moderation if you want to lose weight.  The total amount of calories and fat grams, especially saturated fat, can be a concern for people who are looking to lose weight and lower risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Nuts can be a great source of heart healthy fats and plenty of high-quality proteins and fiber.   Eating nuts in moderation for a snack, in recipes, or as a topping, can add plenty of healthy calories to your meal, and provide you with essential nutrients that can help you lose weight, and keep your hunger at bay in between meals.   Although nuts are naturally low fat, low carbohydrates, and sodium, the way the nuts are processed is just as important as the type.  Make sure to buy natural brands and stay away from the salted brands, which will raise the amount of sodium per serving.

Hey don’t forget to hook your coach up and leave a comment if you received some value from this post. If you have any questions about this post or anything on your mind pertaining to fat lose leave it below.
Eat Well, Train Hard, and Live with Passion!

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Locust Valley Personal Trainers Joins Forces with Leading Supplement Company

Posted in Breakthroughs To Fitness News, Locust Valley Personal Trainers, meta burn, Nutrition on April 12th, 2011 by admin

Hey Meta-Burners,

Coach Rahz Here with some exciting news.

Breakthroughs to Fitness is proud to announce that we are now offering Prograde Supplements to assist you in greater Fat Loss.

It was been a long time coming and we are 100 % endorsing Prograde as our Featured Supplementation provider.

We will be offering  various Prograde products and offering 15 minutes Supplement laser coaching sessions to share the benefits of

supplement use for fat loss. Book your session Today!  Call Now! 516-203-4534

Prograde Nutrition was started by two fitness professionals. Jim and Ryan, who were fed up with the traditional nutritional products for their clients.

Before Prograde, there were essentially two choices for fitness professionals.

– “Vitamin” stores with pushy sales people selling products people don’t need

– Cheap supplements with poor quality ingredients

Jim and Ryan wanted to do something very simple…

Create the highest-quality nutritional supplements for their clients at reasonable prices – without hard-sell.

So the first thing they did was recruit world-class nutritionist Jayson Hunter to head up research and development.

Then gave Jayson free reign to create the perfect supplements that work.

No fluff and no confusing, unnecessary “stacks.” Just the basics that will give  results – period!

We have tested and studied the each of the supplements that we will carry at the Meta-Burn Fat Loss Studio, and highly endorse

Prograde as the Supplement company made by fitness professionals for their clients and the everyday Jane or Joe.

If you would like to get more information on Prograde or any of their amazing product visit www.b2f.getprograde.com or Give us a call at 516-203-4534.

Dedicated to your Fat Loss Results,

Coach Rahz Slaughter

Locust Valley Personal Trainers

Meta-Burn Fat Loss Studio



Fat Burning Phenomenon with Green Tea

Posted in Get your Health questions Answered, Long Island Health News, Nutrition, Uncategorized on September 29th, 2010 by RahzS

Health professionals recommend green tea to clients for its long list of health benefits including fighting heart disease and cancer, but it can also help stimulate fat loss. Studies have shown that people that combine green tea with exercise and healthy eating habits actually lose more weight than people who just exercise and eat healthier alone.

These studies have shown that substances found in green tea called catechins actually stimulate the body to burn more calories and reduce body fat. These catechins not only showed a decrease in BMI (body mass index), waist size and total body fat but can also help reduce LDL levels (“bad” cholesterol).

Yogi green tea is an organic tea that provides a variety of flavors so you should be able to find one that suits your taste. If you aren’t a fan of drinking hot tea then you can try to put it over ice for a cool refreshing beverage. Try drinking 2-3 cups a day so that you can obtain all the benefits that the green tea has to offer.

While health professionals recommend people drink more green tea, they do warn against purchasing beverages that may claim to contain green tea yet doesn’t truly have the benefits of it. Instead these beverages can contain high amounts of sugar or high fructose corn syrup and contain more calories than an all natural green tea beverage. So be wary of exactly what you buy because it contains “green tea” and stick to teas that you can brew on your own for your green tea benefits.

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Greenvale Personal Trainer Reveals Why Our Minds Sabotage Our Weight Loss Results

Posted in Nutrition on July 20th, 2010 by RahzS

We have been harping on how important nutrition is for your results and it’s a given. We all know nutrition is extremely important. We have also been detailing how portion size, proper combinations of food, thermic effect of food, resting metabolic rate, etc.

However, what we have yet to explain is how your mind sabotages your weight loss results. I read a great article from the Science Daily that explains a research study at the Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Ingestive Behavior by Dr. Jeff Brunstrom of the University of Bristol UK and colleagues.

Could Our Minds Be Tricked Into Satisfying Our Stomachs?

I came across this article when I read a post a colleague of mine Mike Roussell sent yesterday. It brought back all the memories when I first competed in an all natural body building show. I dropped down to 4% bodyfat because of all the mind games I played and what the research article talks about is exactly what I did.

It talks about the perception of food and your past experiences with different types. In the study they showed one group a large portion of fruit going into a smoothly and another group a small portion of fruit.

Here is what the results showed “Test subjects were more satisfied for longer periods of time after consuming varying quantities of food for which they were led to believe that portion sizes were larger than they actually were.”

Now it would be impossible to trick yourself into doing a similar study with your food, but the hidden message behind this post is to find foods that look large in portion size but lower on calories and fat. These foods are also known as Fruits and Vegetables.

When I packed on about 2 cups of veggies on my dinner plate during my competition I felt very satisfied physically and emotionally. It filled me up and I had the perception that this is a lot of food. I almost felt guilty sometimes.

It just goes to show how powerful our mind is and the perception it creates in certain situations. If you want some more great tips, be sure to educate yourself by picking up a book called Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink

What the book talks about and the research they have done is mind blowing. We carry over these lessons, and strategies into our Nutrition Coaching program to assist our clients in not mindlessly eating and to prepare food in a food that satisfies you visually and emotionally.

Let me know your thoughts and experiences in dealing with food and your emotions behind them when you are finished eating.

Dedicated to your results,

Rahsheen Slaughter

Greenvale Personal Trainer

Breakthroughs To Fitness

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Is Organic food really healthier for you?

Posted in Nutrition on July 14th, 2010 by RahzS

There are a ton of debates out there about organic food and is it really worth it. Our friend Mike Geary from Truth About Abs actually wrote an article on this with some great tips.

He talks about the use of local farms which I agree with. If you haven’t tasted food from these farms, you have to find one in your area. It’s absolutely delicious and treated under much better conditions then conventional farming.

Below is Mike Geary’s article on Organic vs. Conventional Foods

The TRUTH about Organic vs

Conventional Foods:  it’s About More

Than Just Pesticides

by Mike Geary, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Specialist

organic foodsI know there seems to be an on-going debate out there these days with health professionals, nutritionists, and the media giving different opinions about whether organic food is worth the slightly higher prices.

But there are a few VERY important aspects of organic food that I rarely see anybody out there talking about.

First, as you know, the main aspect that most people talk about in the organic vs conventional food debate is simply whether the food in question was grown with pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers, and whether that food contains pesticide/herbicide residues on the actual food when you eat it.

And that IS important… I mean, I know I don’t want to be ingesting pesticide residues that are potentially carginogenic or even estrogenic and can possibly increase belly fat (due to the xenoestrogens)… and I’m sure you don’t either!

But there’s another another MAJOR aspect of organic vs conventional food that most people are overlooking, and that is:

–> The impacts of conventional farm chemicals on the SOIL, and how that affects the nutritional composition (quantities of vitamins, minerals, and healthy soil makes more nutritious plantsantioxidants in the food)

The harsh chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides used in conventional farming can destroy a large part of the microbial activity in the soils (bacteria and fungi) that help to make soil minerals more available to the plants roots.  Conventional farming degrades this aspect of the soil which results in lower micro-nutrient levels in the plants that you eat.

In organic farming, these harsh chemicals are not used, and the soil is healthier and more biologically active (fungi and bacteria aid the plant roots with uptake of minerals and nutrients), and the plants roots can therefore obtain more nutrition which produces foods with higher micro-nutrient levels.

Also, it’s quite possible that the heavy use of chemical fertilizers, which make crops grow much faster than normal, leads to a shallower root system, that inherently absorbs less micro-nutrients from the soil column compared to organically raised plants that are forced to have deeper, more extensive root systems to obtain all of the nutrients the plant needs.

I think it’s quite easy to see why organic foods can have superior nutrition levels and more vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants than conventional foods.

But beware of conflicting “reports” out there on this topic.  Although there is much data on the superior nutrition levels of organic foods, you may also find some data that contradicts these findings in particular studies.

The reason that this happens is that science isn’t perfect, and someone may measure the nutrition levels of a certain type of conventional tomato, for example, compared against a different type of organic tomato, grown in a vastly different geographic area in vastly different soils and climate.  There are dozens, or even hundreds of complications with these types of studies, which is why you can’t always make direct comparisons.

organic vs conventional vegetablesHowever, I think with the evidence we talked about in terms of soil quality, nutrient uptake, and also just the pure fact that we don’t want carcinogenic and estrogenic chemicals in our food, it makes it worth it to try to buy organic as much as possible.

Sometimes Local may be MORE important than “Organic”

Here’s another vitally important thing to keep in mind…

If your choices at the grocery store for the organic food come from half way around the globe (such as organic produce from Chile or New Zealand when you live in North America), then you might want to consider favoring local produce even if it’s not labeled “organic”.

For one reason, many local farm stands may actually have organic produce but simply aren’t legally allowed to label their food “organic” if they haven’t acquired whatever necessary licenses they need for that.  If you ask the farmers, many times you may find out that the local farm produce is in fact organic, or at least close to organic (meaning they use very minimal chemicals compared to a large industrial farm).

Also, local produce that is picked at it’s peak of ripeness, and on your plate in a matter of hours or days, will usually have much higher nutrition levels compared to “organic” produce that was picked halfway around the world well before it was ripe and traveled weeks to make it to your grocery store.

The one caveat to this is frozen produce… sometimes fruits and veggies are picked at their peak of ripeness and frozen rather quickly, even if they were picked halfway around the world.  In this case, organic frozen fruits and vegetables can sometimes be just as nutritious as local produce (although they may carry a bigger petroleum burden than local produce)

So, if I were to give my overall recommendations to save yourself from the inherent health dangers of pesticides and herbicides, while also eating food that contains the highest levels of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, it is this:

1. choose organic over conventional most of the time, when it’s available

2. choose local foods over organic if the organic food came from very long distances away (although frozen organic fruits and vegetables can be just as nutritious as local)

3. Don’t forget that choosing organic also helps to protect the environment from chemical fertilizer and pesticide pollution that can harm ecosystems and your own drinking water supply.

4. Don’t fall for “organic junk foods” — I’ve been seeing this trend lately — Just because crackers, cookies, cakes, and corn chips may be labeled “organic”, doesn’t mean they are healthy… junk food is still junk food!  And these are still overly processed foods that can make you fat!

Remember that forcing change for responsible agriculture starts with your choices as a consumer.  The more we demand responsibly grown and raised foods by choosing those foods in our shopping carts, the more that producers and suppliers will respond to that demand.

Dedicated to your results,

Rahsheen Slaughter

Greenvale Personal Trainer

Breakthroughs To Fitness

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Roslyn Personal Trainer Master Cleanse Experiment

Posted in Get your Health questions Answered, Nutrition, Personal Development, Tips and Strategies on June 30th, 2010 by RahzS

Kick Start Getting Your Body Back by doing a Master Cleanse

Day 7 & 8

Sunday was a breeze and Monday came and went. The master cleanse has been conquered. I’m not really experiencing any challenges anymore, no cravings, no hunger and it’s strange but i’m performing my daily duties as a fitness business owner and health coach with ease. At times I do get a bit irritable, but that’s the only side effect to the master cleanse that I felt lasted the entire 10 days. My advice would be to let the people around you know you’re cleansing and not to take your sharp remarks too serious. I’ve released 9 pounds in 8 days, and I’m estimating I’ll finish the 2 week mark at about 12 bounds released total. It’s a great kick-start to reclaiming my 10% lean body back. It’s amazing how I feel leaner and lighter in the 8 days. I was not aware of the amount of extra weight I was carrying around until it started melting off right after day one of starting the master cleanse. Well I’m off to bed so I can wake up to my wonderful salt water flush. Kidding :-)

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