Friday, December 26, 2008

Pizza, Fat Loss, & Responsibility

"I shall shape my future. Whether I fail or succeed shall be no man's doing but my own. I am the force; I can clear any obstacle before me. Or I can be lost in the maze. My choice. My responsibility. Win or lose, only I hold the key to my destiny." - Og Mandino

One of the most popular questions I get about losing weight is, "Can I eat pizza (or burgers, or fries, etc.) on a fat loss program?"

Well, yes, you can eat anything you want.

As long as you are willing to accept the consequences and take full responsibility for your actions or lack of action.

So can you eat pizza while on a fat loss program? Sure, as long as you know it could slow down, stop, or reverse your fat loss results.

Can you skip workouts and watch TV instead?

Sure, but if you choose to sit on the couch after a hard day’s work, then realize that you will not be getting closer to your goals.

And if you choose to eat 1500 calories worth pizza and drink 600 calories of soda as you sit on the couch after a hard day’s work, then make sure you are also willing to accept the consequences, because you will gain weight.

Your results are your responsibility.

Fat loss is 90% common sense. We all know what we should and shouldn't eat. Even a 5th grader can tell us that too much pizza and soda will make us overweight.

Weight loss isn't rocket science, but it is your responsibility to plan ahead and make the right choices.

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS
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Sunday, December 21, 2008

Peer Pressure, Diet, and Fat Loss

Tis the season to be surrounded by people who give you a hard time for health choices...


Without a doubt, one of the most difficult things about losing fat is eating in social situations. The peer-pressure (from both the ignorant and immature) is the toughest test of your commitment.


If you want to succeed, you have to lay the ground rules. There is no room for debate. You are either in or you are out.

And you might just surprise some folks when you show them that life can go on if you don’t eat chicken wings with them.

So... Be loud and proud of what you are doing. There are more folks secretly wishing someone will take charge and be a healthy role model for them.

It might not happen overnight, but if you continue to lead by healthy example – without preaching or being condescending – you can build an entourage of social support and people who want to be healthy like you.

This will build powerful relationships that will take your health to the next level.

Build your Entourage for fat loss!

Friday, December 5, 2008

Does Cardio Make You Fat?

Over 40 years ago, Dr. Kenneth Cooper invented the term "aerobics"to describe what most people call "cardio".

Now I don't blame him personally for wasting the time of millions of men and women who were suckered into believing cardio was the best way to lose weight.

It's not his fault at all. The problem was too many uneducated trainers misunderstood the point of Dr. Cooper's aerobic workouts, and well, here we are.

In the past 2 years I've discovered 3 very interesting research studies...

1) One study showed interval training was better than cardio at burning belly fat (and cut the workout time in half)

2) A second study found that 300 hours of cardio per year helped men lose only 6 pounds (and women lost only 4 pounds). So that's about 50 hours of cardio per pound of weight lost - at BEST!

3) A third study found some folks start eating MORE when they start a cardio program. These folks end up gaining weight on aerobics.

Don't misunderstand me, I'm not saying cardio makes you fat (as a few people have asked), but it might cause you to eat more, and therefore indirectly you might gain weight because of cardio.

After all, something is going on because I continue to get emails from women who are doing 5 or more hours of cardio per week and their thighs are getting BIGGER!

What a cruel, cruel joke your body must be playing on you!

So we've had 40 years of cardio's oppressing reign on the weight loss hopes and dreams of millions of men and women.

That's why I wrote my book, "Just Say NO to Cardio"


I also wanted to share with you the interval training revolution.

My mentors at McMaster University, where I did my graduate studies, were among the first scientists to recommend interval training guidelines back in 1981!

I stumbled across their research paper - and still carry it around in my interval training files - as my foundation for fat burning workouts.

I first used these programs in the mid-1990's while training clients on "the back 40" of the University training grounds. I tried hundreds of combinations of interval training programs, and each one helped my clients burn belly fat in record time.

Those were my first clients who were able to, "Just Say NO to Cardio"and get faster results.

Only a couple of years later, while working in scientific lab, I would create the first complete Turbulence Training workout.

For the rest of the story, grab your copy of:

In my book you'll learn everything you need to know about how to burn fat and lose inches without doing slow, boring cardio again.

Viva la interval training revolution,

Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS

PS - I've put together a bonus package of 4 workouts and an exclusive, never-heard-before motivational audio message from me to you for everyone that buys the book.

Visit this link to get your early Christmas Presents:

"Everyone who wants to lose weight MUST read 'Just Say NO toCardio'. You'll save yourself months and years of headache and even injury by discovering the truth about the role of cardio for weight loss. Plus, Craig will show you faster, proven fat burning workouts you can do at home and with only your own bodyweight."
Dr. Shayne Ladak, MD, BSc(Hons), CSCS, NASM-CPT