Fight Holiday Fat — Starting Now

Did you know the average American gains 7 pounds of fat between Thanksgiving and New Year’s? Let NUTRISHOP show you how to start NOW to prevent and even lose fat this holiday season!
Over the next three weeks, we’ll break down the supplements, training and diet tips that can help you avoid joining that dubious statistic and carve out the body you want while everyone else is packing on the pounds.
We’ll be updating this running blog with a new entry regularly, so be sure to bookmark it and save it as an easy fat-loss guide this holiday season!
SUPPLEMENTS
The best fat-loss supplements that NUTRISHOP provides will aid your fight even as sugar-and-fat-loaded foods surround you. Yes, some self-control will make the biggest difference, but if you do find yourself “socially indulging,” stock up on products that contain CLA, green coffee bean and L-Carnitine. You can find those in the form of KETOLEAN 7, LIPOCOR, THERMOVEX and METABOLIC SPIKE. All of those except THERMOVEX are stimulant-free, and any person can take these regardless of stimulant sensitivites — come in and find out how and when to take these.
KETOLEAN 7: Found in the EVOLVE Metabolic Triad System, KETOLEAN 7’s star ingredient is CLA. Conjugated linoleic acid is a naturally occurring fatty acid found in meat and certain dairy sources. CLA is a clinically studied weight loss aid that assists the body in effectively burning more calories. In a 2007 meta-analysis, CLA demonstrated significant support for healthy body composition, resulting in a reduction in total body fat and an increase in lean body mass. In addition to its fat loss properties, CLA’s health benefits include being an anti-catabolic agent, an antioxidant and has also been shown to support immune function.
LIPOCOR: LIPOCOR is a comprehensive formula of essential fatty acids based on natural oils from fish (for EPA and DHA) and flaxseed oil (for ALA and LA), mainly. We’ve come to understand that healthy fats in your diet are outstanding for your overall health and have a major impact on fat-loss capabilities.Where LIPOCOR differs from other essential fatty acid products is that it also promotes muscle toning — the byproduct of this very well could be a decrease in body fat, since more muscle on the body’s frame means a faster metabolism. The faster the body’s metabolism works, the quicker it burns through carbs — and then it can start to focus on torching those final five pounds. LIPOCOR’s muscular support formula comes from lipids that occur in meat and dairy products naturally.LIPOCOR also supports muscle recovery with L-Carnitine, which has been shown in a 2002 study to have a “significant antioxidant effect,” along with its more commonly known benefit of being a catalyst for fatty acid oxidation — meaning it helps your body turn to fatty acids for energy faster. LIPOCOR also functions as an appetite suppressant, making it easier to create the needed calorie deficit for fat-burning.THERMOVEX: THERMOVEX was designed to activate the fat burning mechanisms in your body while stimulating the biochemistry that burns stored body fat. This is accomplished by combining a high dosage of CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) with LCLT (L-Carnitine L-Tartrate) in order to help increase the metabolic rate at which the body can burn calories and carry stored energy from fat cells into the mitochondria of the muscle cells for fuel. By providing just the right amount of CNSS (central nervous system stimulation), THERMOVEX targets fat loss and improved muscle definition via multiple metabolic pathways. THERMOVEX is also fortified with a blend of effective and natural Chinese and ayurvedic herbal extracts. This is designed to help provide further thermogenic activity and muscle support to insure the body has the proper furnace to burn those extra calories all day long while eliminating free radicals with powerful proven antioxidant extracts. Also included is a blend of powerful appetite suppressing extracts of Hoodia and products currently available rely on tricky marketing ploys rather than solid scientific formulas. Designed to deliver professional strength results, THERMOVEX is the next generation of metabolic artillery when used in conjunction with proper nutrition and a regular exercise program.Additionally, there is a nighttime fat-burning version of this product, THERMOVEX PM!This product is a great-tasting, stimulant-free nighttime metabolic support formula that is specifically designed to optimize your resting metabolic rate, which increases stored body fat utilization. In addition, Thermovex PM is designed to improve sleep patterns and preserve lean muscle.Thermovex PM also contains fiber to manage weight control, a powdered formula that’s quicker to take effect than pill products and two great flavors — Green Apple and Watermelon!METABOLIC SPIKE:  One active ingredient of note is the METABOLIC SPIKE Proprietary Complex, a blend of ingredients including L-Carnitine L-Tartrate, Choline Bitartrate and raspberry ketones.A 2011 Dutch study suggests that L-Carnitine L-Tartrate can be used to increase muscle and impact muscle metabolism. Research has indicated that LCLT reduces fat mass — the actual size of the fat cells in your body — and increases muscle mass and reduces fatigue. Choline bitartrate is a compound that can help improve the transfer of fats and proteins to the liver, for more efficient metabolism, and the virtues of raspberry ketones have been gaining popularity, too.

The main benefit of raspberry ketones, a supplement that, no surprise, comes from red raspberries, is that it helps release norepinephrine in the body, which in turn raises the body’s temperature slightly. It might not sound like much, but a slightly higher body temperature is what’s responsible for the “thermogenic” effect: Fat cells shrink, and adipose tissue  decreases, with a warmer temperature.

Raspberry ketones are also believed to release adiponectin, a hormone that can help decrease glycogen levels, meaning less sugar in the bloodstream and, naturally, less available blood glucose that can be saved as fat.

TRAINING

clap-push-upAn ideal training plan for those who want to lose fat but still maintain their muscle mass during the stressful holiday periods would be one that focuses on efficiency and caloric burn, without overdoing it. To that end, a “fat loss blast” workout is recommended, focusing on torching one muscle group/functional group per workout, then following up with high-intensity interval training. The workouts will be listed the rest of the week!

DAY 1: Push and HIIT

5-6 Giant Sets: Explosive Plyometric “Clapping” Push-Ups to Failure/12 Alternating DB Standing Presses (per arm)/Triceps Dips to Failure/12 Incline DB Flys

Follow with 15 minutes of HIIT, with a 45-15 split — that is, 45 minutes of a brisk run, followed by 15 seconds of an all-out sprint intensity.

 DAY 2: Pull and HIIT

5-6 Giant Sets: Pull-Ups to Failure/12 Alternating One-Arm DB Rows (per arm)/Close, Reverse-Grip Chin-Ups to Failure/12 Standing Barbell Curls

Follow with 15 minutes of HIIT, with a 45-15 split — that is, 45 minutes of a brisk run, followed by 15 seconds of an all-out sprint intensity.

DAY 3: Legs and HIIT

4-5 Giant Sets: 8 Squats/12 Stiff-Legged Deadlifts/12 Alternating Forward Lunges (per leg)/Squat Jumps to failure

Follow with 15 minutes of HIIT, with a 45-15 split — that is, 45 minutes of a brisk run, followed by 15 seconds of an all-out sprint intensity.

DAY 4: Shoulders/Arms and HIIT

4-5 Giant Sets: 12 Standing Overhead Press/12 Incline DB Curls (per arm)/12 Overhead DB Triceps Extensions/Dips to Failure

Follow with 15 minutes of HIIT, with a 45-15 split — that is, 45 minutes of a brisk run, followed by 15 seconds of an all-out sprint intensity.

Damage Control: The Supplements to Minimize Holiday Cheating

You like getting results when it comes to your fitness, but naturally, you also like eating holiday food that does everything in its power to unravel all the hard work you’ve done. You’re not alone — this is a common problem around the holidays. How can people possibly stick to some goals they set up way back in January when the dessert table is calling in December?

You might be surprised, actually. You can still gain muscle mass and keep working toward a better body, even as you cheat on your diet. You just need to be properly equipped.

GAINING MUSCLE

N’FUZE and AUGMENT: These two supplements’ ability to shuttle carbs into the muscle cell make them great to use during weight training if your goal is weight gain. Specifically, the thioctic acid (alpha lipoic acid), d-pinnitol, 4-hydroxyisoleucine and vanadyl in N’FUZE act as insulin mimickers — that is, they boost the speed of nutrient transportation directly into the cell. If you are going to cheat on your diet, at least pick a time: When you do it post-workout with a dose of N’FUZE, you are maximizing even your cheat meals.

As far as the AUGMENT goes, it helps shuttle long-chain fatty acids into the cell because of the l-carnitine tartrate it contains. Ursolic acid plays a role with oxidation and glycogen uptake, further improving the rate at which those nutrients can be moved from your bloodstream to the muscle cells.

The bottom line: By taking AUGMENT and N’FUZE and planning your cheat meals around your workouts, when your body can actually use the sugars for good.

LOSING WEIGHT

LIPOCORTHERMOVEXKETOLEAN7: What your body does with fatty acids and carbohydrates once they’re consumed makes all the difference between gaining body fat and avoiding the storage of more. Two big-time ingredients in all of the aforementioned products are CLA and l-carnitine tartrate, two ingredients discussed at length before in many NUTRISHOP articles. Let’s recap:

CLA works by inhibiting lipoprotein lipase, an enzyme that shuttles fat from the bloodstream to fat cells for storage. Remember, fat cells never go away — they fill and empty, like a water balloon, and when new fat is consumed the blood-to-cell route is how it is stored as body fat. CLA inhibits the enzyme that causes that reaction, meaning a lower likelihood of body fat storage. The great thing about all three products listed above is that they stack, so you can take all three to maximize their efficacy.

A 2011 Dutch study suggests that L-Carnitine L-Tartrate can be used to increase muscle and impact muscle metabolism. Research has indicated that LCLT reduces fat mass — the actual size of the fat cells in your body — and increases muscle mass and reduces fatigue. So, the fact that all three supplements listed here contain LCLT is not a coincidence!

The holidays don’t have to mean “bulking time,” whether you’re a gym rat or consider yourself to be just moderately active. You can fight against the food with fat-burning supplements, holding you over until you get to your New Year’s resolutions instead of falling off the wagon at the end of the year like everyone else.

THE “DR. OZ RECOMMENDED HOLIDAY WEIGHT LOSS STACK”

Not everything said on TV is true, sure. But that doesn’t mean we should discount it all, either. This is the exact thought when it comes to considering garcinia cambogia, green coffee bean extract and raspberry ketones, all approved and recommended on-air by Dr. Oz. As a catch-all term for these, you could call them anti-inflammatory supplements, but in addition to that are other benefits.

They combine to prevent body fat storage and mitigate the effects you might otherwise take from cheating on your diet —  raspberry ketones help raise the body’s temperature by releasing norepinephrine and also limits the amount of available blood sugar by signaling the release of adiponectin. What this does is 1) create a warmer internal temperature that encourages fat melting and 2) limits the available blood sugar that is most easily converted to fat stores. The overall result is an environment that discourages body fat storage — which very much so comes in handy when holiday drinks and desserts are in abundance.

So, how to get some raspberry ketones? You could eat handfuls of raspberries…but that kind of defeats the purpose. Instead, check out DIOXILEAN 5, which has the ketones, garcinia cambogia and green coffee bean extract mentioned above, a great blend of ingredients that will help you stay lean and fierce throughout the holidays, even while your diet may not be at its best.

No-Excuses November: How to Eat to Beat the Holidays

A buddy of mine recently got excited when he remembered it was November.

“Oh, yes — this is the month where you just eat pie the whole time!”

And he’s not totally wrong, is he?

Yes indeed, November — with Thanksgiving and winter feasts and warm comfort meals — does signal the beginning of some ultimate food temptation. Not to worry: We’ve got a road map to guide you through it all, from foods you can feel free to chow down on to treats you should avoid. And, you might even be surprised at a few of them.

Follow this blog throughout the week for a few of our best tips to holiday eating. If you think you just won’t be able to get through it all, and will definitely have a few “letdown” days, check out our guide on Preparing for the Holiday Health Apocalypse. But if you’re feeling up to a challenge, keep it right here.

CHOW DOWN

Ham, turkey, chicken. These are probably going to be on every table in abundance during the holiday season. And that’s a good thing. Lean meats should be the basis of a muscle-building, fat-burning diet, and assuming you don’t go crazy with gravy or mashed potatoes on the side, you can generally eat to your heart’s content when it comes to lean meat. And if your family likes, for some reason, to involve fish with the feast, that’s even better.

Pumpkin/pumpkin spice: Let’s not get nuts here — we are not recommending you eat nothing but pumpkin pie. However, cooked pumpkin is actually an amazing source of fiber and vitamin K, and you could do much, much worse than a slice of pumpkin pie (especially if you’re comparing it to, say, a chocolate mousse pie). Use Splenda, even, to make an even more guilt-free dessert, and don’t be shy with the cinnamon. Some studies suggest it’s a legitimate, powerful fat burner and good for blood pressure, too. Tell those pumpkin spice haters to get a new hobby.

Beans: Green beans, soups, chili, bean salad — there’s plenty of opportunities to work these hearty winter favorites in to any meal, especially in the holiday season, and we all know how effective they can be at, um…getting things moving. Without getting too gross, the fiber that allows beans to do their magic is essential to flushing unnecessary waste and toxins from the gut, and that means a more efficient digestive system. Bonus points if you can come up with a great baked bean recipe that’s not loaded with sugar, but really, there are endless possibilities.

Sweet Potatoes: Just don’t load them up with butter and that gross marshmallow cream. That’s nasty. Otherwise, bake them or make them into fries, and go to town.

STEER CLEAR

White Potatoes: Mashed, au gratin, whatever — these waistline-enemy spuds usually come with gravy and a second helping, not to mention butter, cheese or whatever else you may find smothering them. With no discernible health benefits and plenty of tasty, healthful alternatives, feel free avoid white potatoes at all costs.

Pecan Pie: Like pumpkin pie, this treat has a healthful, natural food in its name. But this one is absolutely loaded with sugar and butter, making it a calorie bomb that’s nowhere near as friendly as our pumpkin dessert. Shame on you, pecan pie, for using a perfectly good natural food against us.

Gravy: It’s not just the butter or calories that you should be worried about with gravy, but the sodium. One of the most overlooked nutritional downfalls is eating too much salt — it forces your body to retain water, bloating you up and causing discomfort. If you need to douse your food with something, try to cook more flavor into it in the first place with a dry rub or, post-cooking, get your hands on a dijon mustard, or a vinaigrette with olive oil.

PORTION CONTROL

Just about every piece of “eat this, not that” advice we’ve given above can be ruined if you, like so many others on Thanksgiving, decide that your plate must be completely covered and stacked high enough to block the view of your relatives around the table. No, not all calories are equal, but the fact remains: Even if you choose the “healthy” options at your holiday feast, it won’t matter if you’re eating twice as much as a normal meal.

The important thing to remember is that this particular meal is about family and visiting, not the food — that’s just a bonus (a really huge, delicious one). Take your time, enjoy your company, have a little of everything instead of a lot of some things and pay attention to your own gut. If you’re content, stop eating. If you’re full, DEFINITELY stop eating. And if you can’t follow any of that advice, well — enjoy yourself. And then get ready for a killer workout the next day.