6 Strange Dietary Bedfellows

[ Note: Your health and fitness are important. These articles were written by my friend Jon Benson. I have his permission to share them with you. ]

What do these six things have in common?

– McDonalds
– Renée Zellweger
– Epileptic children
– Yours truly
– Most bodybuilding and fitness competitors
– Kiefer Sutherland

Give up?

All the above employ the strategies of the low-carb dietplan.

Recently researchers have found that low-carb nutrition plan reduced the number of seizures in epileptic children.

Most of the world’s leanest physiques get that way on a regimen, limited or not, of low-carbs and higher protein.

Even McDonalds is getting into the act.

Even Renée Zellweger.

Even Kiefer Sutherland.

Even me.


Read on and I’ll explain what I mean…


Why Low-Carb Works


When McDonalds starts counting carb grams in their food, you know someone is either jumping on a trend or finally seeing the light.

In this case, both — but it is a good thing. Low-carb dietplans. They work.

For the masses, they work because they are the easiest nutrition plan to follow when you’re busy.

McDonalds and stars like Kiefer Sutherland figured this out. The busy on-the-go guy or gal doesn’t want to make the time to prepare six meals per day and carry them around in Tupperware.

When choosing my own lifestyle nutrition plan, time and convenience played a major role. I looked at role models who were very busy, formerly obese, and very lean.

Most of them rely in some form or fashion on a low-carb strategy.

Low-carb also works, much to the hem and haw of traditional doctors and nutritionists, due to the way the body processes fuel.

For those of us fortunate enough to grow up on whole grains and very low-sugar mealplans, a moderate to higher-carb nutrition plan may work just fine.

But most of us grew up eating junk.

Processed foods, fast foods, and downright junk was the cornerstone of our dietplans. That puts your body on the “carb defense.”

After years of abuse the body becomes resistant to carbohydrates. The insulin they produce can cause all sorts of health issues, fat-burning problems, and more.

When carbs are removed, even healthy carbs like whole grains, the body has time to re-adjust.

In some cases, you can go back to a moderate-carb plan with whole grains and fruits after a period of time.

In others, you are a “low-carber” for life.

Guess which one I am?

Finally, low-carb works because you tend to eat less. Fat is very satiating, and most low-carb plans are fairly high in dietaryfat.

So, in recap:

— Easy and convenient;
— Metabolically important for carb recovery;
— Lower in total food volume (eat less)

Do not make light of that first point. Any plan that is not simple is one very few people will stick to. Making your plan simple and tasty is key, even if that plan is not “perfect” by nutritional standards.

Now, by far, the best low-carb dietplan in the world (yes, I’m bias for good reason!) is this:

click.here ——> My Favorite Foods Diet Presentation

EODD works so well because your carbs are low for “most” of the time. Not “all” of the time. And the times when your carbs are not low you can enjoy your favorite foods.

Personally I enjoy pizza and burgers on my non-low-carb days. You can enjoy whatever you want if you just keep it reasonable.

You see, there’s no need to diet-perfect.

Progress always trumps perfection.


Why Low-Carb Fails


There are two primary reasons for the failure of the low-carb nutrition plans: boredom and media bashing.

One causes irritability. The other, doubt. Unless you’re certain that your plan will work, you will eventually go off of it.

This is true of any plan, no matter how ideal it is. Certainty rules.

That’s why I believe in having a flexible, tasty plan like EODD.

Then boredom is easily solved.

I share my own unique ideas about “cycling” carbs and fats in the presentation here:

click.here ——> My Favorite Foods Diet Presentation

Using my cycle strategy you will rarely if ever become bored. And your body will burn more bodyfat too. It’s just a cheap metabolic trick…but boy, it works.

The second reason is media and medical bias. One study after another has proven that low-carb plans, even the Atkins plan, works and is safe to use for most people.

Check with your doctor first, of course.

I’ve seen researchers get down-right angry when the results come back. In one study, carried out for a full year, the low-carb plan out-performed the so-called “healthy” Dean Ornish plan.

Lower blood fats, more weightloss, and more energy were the results.

My preference always comes back to low-carb nutrition. I just cycle it in a way that allows me to get plenty of veggies, some grains, and ample fiber.

Even a slice of cheesecake here and there… : )

Hey…I said “low-carb”, not “low-life!”

Yours In Fitness,

J O N   B E N S O N

P.S. One of these days the mainstream medical community will wake up to the fact that 90% of the population will never eat 15 servings of veggies per day.

While this may be “optimal”, it’s not at all practical. I’d rather give you down-to- earth practical nutrition advice that you CAN and WILL follow — and enjoy.

Makes sense, doesn’t it?

click.here ——>  My Favorite Foods Diet Presentation

Motivate Yourself

Everyone needs motivation to achieve something in life and at times we look around for people who can motivate us. However, rather than expecting motivation from others, it is always better to be motivated yourself. In case, you don’t know how to motivate yourself, then read on to know about some key ideas of motivating yourself to fulfill your dreams.

* Motivational Music: Whether you believe it or not, music has the power to do wonders to change your mood. Try to pick some motivating CDs or download such tunes on your cell to get inspiration to do what you want. People who like listening positive music are always seen full of motivation.

* Motivational Books: Another tip to motivate yourself is to read motivational books. Such books are easily available in bookstores. Reading these books you will learn about various tips and strategies for motivation to achieve your set goals. You can also pick some audio books that don’t require much of your involvement, as you can hear them while doing some work too.

* Motivational Quotes: Apart from books and music, there are quotes that can help you get the much-desired motivation. Just reading some motivational quotes will fill you with immense motivation and will change your mood. Try to get a good quotation book and read at least one motivational quote daily and see the difference.

* Look At Past Successes: We should always try to learn from our past experiences, especially if they gave us success. Just try to remind yourself of how you worked in the past to achieve your goals and repeat it again and you are most likely to get success again.

* Be Choosy: Another way of motivating yourself is being choosy. A person who accepts everything that comes his or her way has more chances of getting frustrated at the end. In other words, try to be choosy when you pick things for yourself to reach your goals, else you might feel depressed.

* Go For A Walk: Walking is a sure shot way of keeping many problems at bay. Just go for a walk to refresh your mind and return all the more charged up and motivated to complete your tasks in life. Moreover, you get to inhale fresh air and fresh ideas when you go for a walk.

* Final Result: At the end, try to sit alone and give yourself some time to think for listing down all the things you achieve by proceeding on a particular project. On the other hand, also make a list of things you will lose by not working on the same project. When such a comparison list will be ready with you and you will see that doing the project has many plus points, you will automatically get motivated to finish it.

So, next time you feel de-motivated to finish your set goals, then, just remember the tips you just read in this article and see the difference it makes to your life.

Boomers More Physically Active

A Baby Boomer is someone born between 1946 and 1964; they make up 29 percent of the U.S. with a population of over 79.1 million. AARP states that every seven seconds a Baby Boomer turns 50! Moreover, Boomers make up approximately one-third of Americans who take part in sports activities.

As the generation of Boomers grows older, they’re experiencing more injuries than the generations before them. This is due to their hard work to keep their youth and vitality by staying healthy with physical activity.

There were 1 million sports injuries to persons between the ages of 35 and 54 in 1998, according to a US Consumer Product Safety Commission report, which is a 33% increase from the same statistics of 1991. However, many sports-related injuries are minor aches, strains and sprains that can be prevented or treated with self-treatment methods. The following tips may help you stay fit, while easing strain on your body, whether you’re a weekend sports warrior or lifelong athlete.

Make sure to warm-up before attempting stretching or a rigorous activity. Muscles will have a lesser chance of tearing if they are warmed through slow-paced pre-exercise such as jogging or walking.

Next, stretching is important before and after exercise to help you stay limber and flexible. The best preventive measure against injury is stretching.

In addition, it is critical to get fitted with a proper work out shoe. Running, hiking, and cross training require appropriate footwear to further prevent injury and bodily stress. A staff person at a sportswear store can analyze your walk, arch, and how your foot turns in or out during activity. Each body type needs a different amount of support or cushioning – they can fit the right shoe for you. This preventative measure alone can significantly reduce the occurrence of injury.

Daily conditioning is a great way to inhibit injury. Any kind of daily activity will assist in conditioning your body for more strenuous exercise.

Another way to lessen bodily strain is by adding low-impact activities to your routine. This includes: Elliptical Trainer, Recumbent Cycling, Pilates, Yoga, Tai Chi, and Spinning.

Add strength training to your weekly work out. Stronger muscles mean less stress and longer lasting joints, while achieving a more toned and energized body.

Create an active program with balance: combine stretching, cardiovascular exercises, and strength training to maintain your body.

Use R.I.C.E. – Rest-Ice-Compression-Elevation – if pain does afflict your body after playing a sport or activity. Using the technique of R.I.C.E. will immediately reduce inflammation. Don’t use heat in the first 48 to 72 hours after an injury occurs because this will increase the chance of swelling and bruising. R.I.C.E. can make the difference in a fast, effective recovery.

Try to incorporate massage for tight, stressed muscles. Massage therapy can be a relaxing and helpful treatment for minor aches and pain. Legs, ankles and feet can even be easy to self-massage.

Lastly, a cognitive behavior therapy is suggested because it works on the concept that you can reprogram your mind to help performance or decrease pain triggers, incorporating relaxation and visualization techniques. Professional athletes use it to rehearse a winning performance in their mind before an event.

Physical activity can be a challenge for Baby Boomers, but inactivity is a greater threat to health. A sedentary lifestyle is typically a catalyst for diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, osteoporosis, stroke and some cancers. Regular physical exercise helps Boomers strengthen muscles, stabilize joints, increase flexibility and keep age-related diseases away. Better to be a buff Baby Boomer than a middle-age couch potato!

This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical treatment or consultation. Always consult with your physician in the event of a serious injury.