Does The Fat Smash Diet Really Works?

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Ian Smith is the author of the popular diet book “The Fat Smash Diet Plan.” The Fat Smash Diet is a 90-day program with no need to count calories, and promises that you won’t experience any hungry pangs while on this weight loss diet. Now that’s the kind of weight-loss plan that will suit me!

Before starting on any weight loss diet you should do some research, and so we are going to look at the following questions:
While it sounds heavenly does it really works and what is the Fat Smash Diet all about?

At first site, it looks like this weight loss diet has all the elements of a sound program, but can it be classified as a best diet to lose weight? There are no outrageous claims that can’t be backed up, and it’s also not advocating forbidding of specific food groups on the food pyramid.

Sensible eating and moderate exercise are the basis of Smith’s approach. And yes, probably the most important in any weight loss diet is the support of family and friends. To be classified as a best diet that weight loss diet must incorporate sensible eating and exercises to lose weight. In many cases weight-loss programs tend to focus on either food or exercises.

The full Fat Smash Diet Plan comprised of four different stages.

Stage 1 of the Fat Smash Diet Plan is detoxification of your system. Let us stress here, without any solid medical proof that this works; it will prepare your system for the other stages and signal to your subconscious that you are changing your lifestyle. This stage usually takes nine days. Keep in mind that some people may experience mild side effects. Thus, choose a suitable time before embarking on your weight loss journey.

Stage 2 let you add new foods that were introduced during the detoxification process. These include shellfish, eggs, lean meat, and other protein high foods.

Stage 3 adds carbohydrates in the form of wheat, pasta, bread and even some desserts (at last!).

Stage 4, the final stage lets you eat pizza and some other comfort foods.

The Fat Smash Diet Plan recommends smaller meals, more often, in contrast to three large meals. Your metabolism will be at a higher level with the smaller size meals. A faster metabolism burns more calories and accelerate your weight loss capacity. If you can stick to the Fat Smash diet, you can be sure of positive results.

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Burn Fat With The Mediterranean Diet

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We do tend to hear positive information regarding the Mediterranean diet and how it relates to weight loss. But the real question is, “how good is the diet in burning fat?” Is this diet capable of inducing weight loss? Well let’s dig deeper into that and see what results we can expect with this diet.

 

First and foremost, you should learn what the Mediterranean diet is. It is a diet commonly used in countries around the Mediterranean basin. It has been the main diet of these people for ages. Studies and research have shown that this diet promotes longer life expectancy to those people who follow it. It is considered to promote a longer lifespan by about 8 to 10 percent. Anyhow, what makes the diet special is that it goes for healthy food items and avoids processed food products as much as possible.

The food pyramid of the Mediterranean diet contains whole grain foods, fruits, vegetables, and ‘good’ fats like olive oil, fish, lean protein, sea foods, herbs, red wine, and other exquisite food items. All these are combined through different recipes and can meet your appetite and satiety needs.

Now in regards to fat burning and weight reduction, here are some simple explanations.
Fibre content

Dietary fibre holds a vital role in weight loss. It increases your metabolism and at the same time decreases appetite when you eat a reasonable amounts of fibre. You can mainly, get fibre from fruits, vegetables, whole grains and a lot more. The mechanism is that dietary fibre is a bulky product which is not totally digested by the body. It takes a lot of energy to burn and digest it, which is the reason why you have an increase in metabolism. In addition, you have lesser of an appetite as it stays longer in the stomach.

Sources of ‘good’ fat

Olive oil and nuts are sources of ‘good’ fat. You basically need these food items as they provide a counter on the ‘bad’ cholesterol. We need a good source of fat in our diet and the med diet has no issues in providing that through its food items. Olive oil is considered as much healthier than most other oil sources.

More energy

You get more energy from the foods included in the Mediterranean diet, which is perfect for physical activities. You won’t have energy restrictions if you want to follow a physical activity or exercise workout. Having a lot of energy can also keep you alert and active through the day.

Less stress

Food items included in the Mediterranean diet have ingredients that promote a good feeling. Nutrients commonly found in healthy food items can alleviate depression and stress.

Enticing food preparations and recipes

You should not have a hard time eating these food items since you have a lot of recipes to follow which you may find to love. You can choose recipes to suit your own style and even enjoy cooking meals with the diet.

Lastly Healthy lifestyle

What makes this diet good is that you don’t have to worry if you eat too much. Basically, you have a lower chance to increase your weight with it. Once you establish following the diet and have this concept in mind, you may then add some healthy activities that promote fat burning. Combining all these, we can now call your lifestyle as healthy. This is the main goal of all weight loss plans out there, “To have a healthy lifestyle that makes weight loss come naturally.”

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A Simple Exercise For A Flatter Stomach.

If you have read the Truth about Six Pack Absmanual you may know this

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unique trick. What trick you may be wondering? Well, the one that is a simple exercise doable anywhere, anytime to get a flatter stomach over time.

This is not a fat burning exercise, but it is a way to flatten your stomach. This exercise will help strengthening your deeper stomach (transversus abdominis) muscles. The strengthening of these muscles will assist you with your lazy stomach muscles. In order to achieve this you need to do an exercise called “ab vacuums.”

A superb time to do this is while driving to and from work, or the grocery store, or how about to the pub and so on. For the best results, you have to do them regularly… thus it is best to choose a specific time and/or location to do them.

Ab vacuums are simple:
What make ab vacuums super easy exercises? You can do them anywhere, at any time; standing, seated, kneeling or even lying on your back.

How to do it.

Start by inhaling deeply. While exhaling pull your belly button in as far as you can by imagining you’re trying to touch your belly button to your spine and holding for 10-20 seconds at a time. Several repetitions are advisable. To get the full benefit of this exercise it is best to make it a habit. Always trying to pull in your stomach in a little deeper than the previous time.

Note that this is not a fat burning exercise… it is only helping you to strengthen your lazy deep ab muscles and flatten your round stomach.

The only way to a true “six pack abs” appearance, is to burn off the body fat that covers your abs… To create a new looking you with fabulous abs you will need a strategic nutritional program, a special fat burning workout program and of course the most important part, the right mindset.

Did you like this short and sweet tip on how to get a flatter stomach? Inside the Truth about Six Pack Abs manual you will find a lot more tips and tricks to help you achieve a better looking body.

If you liked this tip feel free to email this link (or post this link to twitter or face book) to any friends or family that may want to try these “ab vacuums” to get a flatter stomach.

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365/321 Rock Climbing

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You were such a stud back in college. After four years of being a high school athlete, along with some Ultimate Frisbee in college, even all that cheap beer didn’t have much impact on your body. Now you’re a thirty-something, and every time you look in the mirror, it seems like your gut is hanging out over your belt just a little further. You’re not sure, but you think you spotted the beginning of a double-chin.

“What happened to my lean, mean fighting machine body?” you ask the reflection in the mirror. The answer’s simple, really, and if you search your soul, you already know it. Long days in the office, together with long commutes on crowded highways, lead you to plop down on the couch at the end of the day. It also doesn’t hurt that you’re 35 but eating like you have the metabolism of an 18 year-old.

Welcome to middle age.

Guys, don’t worry, not all is lost. You can get back that studly body when you learn how to lose weight fast with fat burning exercises and good nutrition. We’ll focus on good nutrition in a subsequent article. For now, let’s look at three sure-fire ways to burn off that gut.

1. Hit the weights.

When you lift weights the right way, you’ll definitely burn off the fat. What is the “right way”? In essence, the right way to lift weights is not to lift weights like a wimp. You want to push your limits every time you go to the gym, because stretching beyond your current capacity is what leads your body to build muscle.

Your body builds muscles when your current muscle tissues get micro-tears in them. Seeing that the muscle wasn’t up to the job you asked it to do, your body says, “Hmmm, I guess we’d better add some more muscle tissue in that area.” In other words, the phrase “No pain, no gain” is right on the mark.

Guess what? Muscles require energy to function. That energy comes from either the calories you just ate, or the calories you’ve stored. Once your muscles run out of the calories you just ate, they’ll start using stored energy – fat. This is how weight lifting leads to fat loss.

2. Try circuit training.

Circuit training combines resistance training, usually in the form of lifting weights, with fat burning aerobics. An example of simple circuit training would be to run on a treadmill for ten minutes, do bicep curls for three minutes, run for ten more minutes, do lunges for three minutes, and so forth, until all the different parts of the body have been exercised.

Baylor University, the University of New Mexico, and The Cooper Institute have all studied the effectiveness of circuit training, and the results of these studies have been a good endorsement of circuit training. The studies showed circuit training to be time efficient, comprehensive, and excellent for cardiovascular health. Best of all, it doesn’t necessarily require expensive equipment or joining a gym. You can create your own circuit training workouts and do them at home, at a school track, or elsewhere.

3. Get outside.

Do treadmills and exercise bikes bore you? Do you get the willies when you picture yourself on a stair machine? If so, then don’t keep forcing yourself to go to the gym – it’s a recipe for burnout. There are plenty of fat burning exercises you can do in the great outdoors. Here are a few of the best:

  • Rock climbing – Rock climbing requires your whole body to stay engaged and active, leading to burn up to 400 calories for every thirty minutes you climb.
  • Rowing – Rent a kayak and head up to the mountains for one heck of a fat burning workout.
  • Cross-country skiing – Many people put on weight during the winter because they don’t like the gym and don’t feel they can work outside. That’s nonsense! Cross-country skiing is an excellent cardio workout that can burn 330 calories in half an hour.
  • Mountain biking – Pushing yourself up those hills and jumping logs is a great way to burn fat.
  • Running – This last one is a classic that can be done by anyone, anywhere. The only drawback to running is that it does take a toll on knees and ankles.

How to lose weight need not be a mystery. With the right combination of the fat burning exercises listed above, and healthy, unprocessed foods, almost anyone can lose weight without having to wait.

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If you’re stressing about the tides of that ocean of lard on your belly not receding, you might want to consider the possibility that what you’re doing wrong may not be your exercise or your fat burning diet, but your stress itself.  For most people, anxiety itself can actually lead to increased weight gain.  If you’re thinking to yourself, doesn’t anxiety speed up your metabolism and suppress your appetite?  It does initially, but the hormone cortisol is released by the adrenal gland as your body’s natural way of calming itself down, which works well until it gives you an inevitable spike in appetite.  Cortisol itself actually converts fats and protein into glucose to be burned off, but it’s this impending spike in appetite that is the reason why many people gain weight.

The first solution to this may be to get anxiety medication, but many of them can exacerbate weight gain themselves.  For instance, Paxil and most other SSRIs can induce carb-cravings and slow down metabolism.  Instead, you should consider non medicinal methods of anxiety “exercises.” Not only are they less expensive, but have been proven to help with a litany of other ailments as well.

The most inexpensive one out there is probably Progressive Muscle Relaxation.  PMR is based upon the fact that muscle tension and anxiety are directly related.  The idea is that if you tense and then release all the muscles in your body, it will work in reverse, signaling to your brain that you are in a relaxed state.  It only takes around 15 minutes a day, and consists of simply tensing and relaxing all the muscles in your body (skipping the ones that aren’t “problem” muscles).  Although PMR only cures anxiety temporarily, many people believe that habitual use can lead to the ability to “turn off” the anxiety just by imagining the exercises.

If you have a little more money to spend, you can also try biofeedback.  Biofeedback focuses on strengthening the connection between the body and the mind just like PMR, but with a more permanent intent.  Many biofeedback kits come with a headset and software that monitors physiological functions such as heart beat, sweat production and respiration.  The goal of this training is to condition your mind to consciously alter the rate of these functions, leading to a change in the disorder that they are a symptom of.  Biofeedback has been proven in studies to not only reduce anxiety, but ulcers and hypertension as well.

Try some of these exercises, and even if you don’t notice your gut getting smaller, the prevention from future ailments that these exercises offer make it more than worthwhile.

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Eric Hirota is a personal trainer at LAVA Sport & Fitness located in San Diego, CA. He specializes in plyometrics and lowering body fat percentage.

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