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Excess abdominal fat - More risky than you think!

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Did you know that majority of people in this day and age have excess abdominal fat?

Excess Abdominal Fat

The first thing that most people think of is that their extra abdominal fat is simply ugly, is covering up their abs from being visible and makes them self conscious. However, what most people don’t realize is that excess abdominal fat in particular is not only ugly but is also a dangerous risk factor to health.

Two Types of Abdominal Fat

There are two types of fat that you have in your abdominal area. The first type that covers up your abs from being visible is called subcutaneous fat and lies directly beneath the skin and on top of the abdominal muscles.

The second type of fat that you have in your abdominal area is called visceral fat and that lies deeper in the abdomen beneath your muscle and surrounding your organs. Visceral fat also plays a role in giving certain men that “beer belly” appearance.

Both of them greatly increase your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, stroke, sleep apnea, various forms of cancer and other degenerative diseases. Science has shown that having excessive visceral fat is even more dangerous than subcutaneous fat.

If you care about the quality of your life and your loved ones then I believe that reducing your abdominal fat should be one of your top priorities. So what gets rid of extra abdominal fat?

The first thing you must understand that there is absolutely no quick fix solutions or pills or supplements of any sort that will help you lose your abdominal fat faster. The only solution to consistently lose your abdominal fat and keep it off for good is to combine a sound strategic nutritious diet full of unprocessed natural foods with a properly designed exercise program that stimulates the necessary hormonal and metabolic response within your body. Dieting only will help you lose significantly less abdominal fat than the diet & exercise combined.

The only reason most people fail in their fitness goals is that they have good intentions at first to adopt a new lifestyle, yet after a few weeks or months they abandon their good intentions and slip right back into their old bad habits that gave them the excess body fat in the first place. I want to help you succeed in finally getting rid of that extra abdominal fat that is not only ugly, but also dangerous.

Here are few exercises that you can do and get a flatter and more toned stomach. When performed correctly and combined with proper nutrition the following exercises can aid in the efforts to have the abdomen that you desire.

• The use of movements that do not restrict the body and do not use weight such as side bends and twists or hanging from a bar are all good for the oblique muscles of the abdomen.

side bands twists hanging

• Standing crunch which brings one shoulder and elbow in and down to the side of the upper torso.

• Lower your body to an angle of seventy degrees and curl the torso forward until you crunch into a full contraction of the abdominal muscles.

• Crunches are also good for exercising the abdomen.


• By lying on a bench with your arms extended behind you as if reaching for something. Then bring the knees up and as far in as possible while keeping the pelvis flat against the bench.

bench crunch

• Hang from a bar and keep the knees even with the abdomen, then raise them toward the head as far as you can get them.

hanging crunch

• Sitting on a bench cross legged while holding onto the sides to support you. Pull the knees toward your chest by raising the legs.

sitting bench crunch sitting bench crunch

Don’t waste another day allowing that nasty abdominal fat to kill your confidence as well as contribute to your risk for major diseases. Get the solution to get rid of it work hard, eat right and enjoy your life to full extent.

Unbelievable - Two Foods That Make You Fat

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

The two foods that most people believe are healthy may actually shock you to know that they are fattening foods.

Shocked woman Fat Woman

The first type of food that is often falsely believed to be healthy is wheat products… this includes most breads, cereals, bagels, muffins, pasta, crackers and so on. And yes that includes “whole wheat” in the category of this fattening food.

Wheat Wheat Prodcts

The human digestive system has never adapted to large amounts of wheat in the diet. The introduction of wheat into the human diet has only been in the last couple thousand years, and it has never been in such large quantities in the human diet until the last 80-100 years.

Eliminate wheat from your diet for 2-3 weeks you will start to lose weight and feel better. You will not only start losing body fat much faster but you will also finally get rid of headaches and indigestion and even skin problems will go away when eliminating wheat from the diet.

The 2nd example of the worst fattening foods that shocks many people because it is thought to be “healthy” is — fruit juice.

Fruit Juices

We actually think most fruits are very healthy for us. However, we were not meant to separate the juice from the rest of the fruit and only drink the high calorie sugary mixture and leave behind the fiber and other beneficial components of the fruit. When you only drink the juice of fruits you are not getting the appetite satisfying effect of the fiber in the fruit, and you’re left craving more carbs. Also the fiber in whole fruit helps to slow the blood sugar response when eating whole fruit compared to fruit juice. Apple juice and orange juice are two of the worst culprits in the western diet.

Over consuming fruit juices makes you fat. On the other hand, eating whole fruits including all of the fiber helps you maintain a healthy balanced diet and high nutrient density.


High Protein - Low Calorie Snack

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009
by Sue

Here’s one of the simplest high protein snacks which you can have as a small meal either late at night or even sometimes for a mid meal during the afternoon between lunch and dinner. It contains all the healthy fats, relatively low carbs and the casein protein content which helps your body prevent catabolizing muscle tissue overnight because of the long-lasting casein protein.

Even people who generally say that they don’t like cottage cheese will love this.

    Vanilla-Cinnamon Nut Cottage Cheese

Vanilla-Cinnamon Nut Cottage Cheese

• Mix together 2 to 1 ratio of cottage cheese to vanilla yogurt (it gets higher in protein than in carbs)

• Vanilla extract to taste

• Cinnamon to taste (it’s one of the most powerful antioxidants you can get)

• Handful of raw nuts (pecans, almonds or walnuts as about all nuts are packed with nutrition and healthy fats to keep your cravings at bay)

Just a touch of stevia to sweeten (stevia is a non-caloric natural sweetener that is much safer than artificial sweeteners).

This is such quick recipe, but it’s really good, simple, easy and packed with craving-ending nutrition! Don’t be lazy… be lean.

Key dates in Michael Jacksons life

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Michael Jackson on stage during his History concert tour in New York, 1997.

Below are the principal dates in the life of pop star Michael Jackson, 50, who has died in Los Angeles after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Michael Jackson

August 29, 1958: born in Gary, Indiana

August 1962: singing debut with his brothers, The Jackson Five

March 1969: first Jackson Five contract with Tamla Motown, Detroit’s black-owned record label. Michael’s voice propels the group onto the hit parade with ABC and I’ll Be There

1970: launch of solo career alongside that of the Jackson Five
August 1979: release of Off The Wall album, produced by Quincy Jones, which sold 11 million copies

December 1982: release of Thriller album, whose seven hits included Billie Jean and Beat It, pushing sales to 50 million copies worldwide

1984: Jackson’s face gets burnt during filming for a Pepsi ad

1985: buys ATV Music - a company with rights to John Lennon and Paul McCartney songs - for $US47.5 million

1985: Jackson writes We Are The World, which benefited the fight against hunger in Africa

1987: release of Bad, which sold 26 million copies and marked the end of his collaboration with Quincy Jones

1988: his autobiography Moonwalk comes out

1990: Michael Jackson is seen for the first time wearing a surgical mask in public

1992: release of Dangerous, which sold 22 million copies

August 1993: a father accuses Jackson of molesting his 13-year-old son, but settles out of court

May 1994-February 1996: marriage to Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis

June 1995: release of HIStory album

November 1996-October 1999: marriage to Debbie Rowe, a 37-year-old nurse with whom he has two children, Prince Michael and Paris Michael Katherine

October 2001: release of Invincible

July 2002: Jackson accuses record labels of exploiting artists, especially African-Americans

November 19, 2002: scandal after Jackson dangles his third son, nine-month-old Prince Michael II, from a Berlin hotel balcony

January 31, 2003: Sotheby’s auction house sues for non-payment of $US1.7 million for two paintings

February 3: in documentary Living with Michael Jackson broadcast on ITV, Jackson claims never to have abused a child, merely to have shared his bed

February: the singer’s manager brings a $US13 million lawsuit for back salary, which is settled out of court in June

November 18: police raid Jackson’s Neverland ranch in California as Number Ones album is released

November 19: warrant issued for Jackson’s arrest on several counts of child molestation

November 20: Jackson is arrested and handcuffed after surrendering to police, held briefly then released on bail

December 18: he is formally charged with child molestation

January 16, 2004: Jackson pleads not guilty during his first appearance amid a media circus

January 31, 2005: Jackson trial begins with jury selection

February 28, 2005: Opening arguments begin in trial

June 4, 2005: Jurors begin considering their verdict

June 13, 2005: Jackson acquitted on all charges against him

March 5, 2009: Jackson announces series of comeback concerts in London - billed as the “final curtain” - his first major shows for more than a decade

May 20, 2009: Jackson delays comeback shows. Concert organisers say singer’s health is “fantastic”

June 25, 2009: Jackson reported dead in Los Angeles after suffering cardiac arrest

Michael Jackson Tribute Beat It

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Tribute from personalities on Michael Jackson’s death.

“I am so very sad and confused with every emotion possible. I am heartbroken
for his children who I know were everything to him and for his family. This
is such a massive loss on so many levels, words fail me.” - Lisa Marie
Presley, former wife of Michael Jackson and daughter of Elvis Presley.

“I must confess I am not surprised by today’s tragic news. Michael has been
on an impossibly difficult and often self-destructive journey for years. His
talent was unquestionable but so too was his discomfort with the norms of
the world. A human simply cannot withstand this level of prolonged stress.”
- Michael Leaven, a publicist who represented Jackson when the singer was
accused of molesting a child in 1993.

“I knew Michael as a child and watched him grow over the years. Of all the
thousands of entertainers I have worked with, Michael was THE most
outstanding. Many have tried and will try to copy him, but his talent will
never be matched.” - Dick Clark, host of the old “American Bandstand.”

“Michael Jackson was my generation’s most iconic cultural hero. Courageous,
unique and incredibly talented. He’ll be missed greatly.” - Russell Simmons,
hip-hop entrepreneur and founder of Def-Jam Records.

“We have lost an icon in our industry and my heartfelt condolences go out to
his family and children in this hour of sorrow that they are now going
through. He will live on in my memory and most definitely through the music
he shared with so many.” - Dionne Warwick, singer and Jackson’s friend.

“Michael was a pop phenomenon who never stopped pushing the envelope of
creativity. Though there were serious questions about his personal life,
Michael was undoubtedly a great entertainer and his popularity spanned
generations and the globe.” - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

“He was a true musical icon whose identifiable voice, innovative dance
moves, stunning musical versatility, and sheer star power carried him from
childhood to worldwide acclaim. A 13-time Grammy recipient, Michael’s career
transcends musical and cultural genres and his contributions will always
keep him in our hearts and memories.” - Neil Portnow, National Academy of
Recording Arts and Sciences president.

“Michael Jackson was my musical God. He made me believe that all things are
possible, and through real and positive music. He can live forever! I love
Michael Jackson. God Bless him.” - Wyclef Jean, rapper and former member of
the Fugees.

“Michael Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana, and our hearts are heavy, heavy
here. Michael Jackson was the world’s greatest entertainer but more than he
was great humanitarian and a great, humble individual. The people of Gary,
our hearts are full of tears because of the loss of Michael Jackson.” -
Gary, Ind., Mayor Rudy Clay.

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