Archive for the ‘Fat Loss’ Category

Saturday, September 17th 2016

Latest Fitness Updates from AtlasVille (Photos Included)

First and foremost I want to share a recent photo taken between sessions at the SCULPTAFIT Studio

My Coaching Team has special orders (from me) to only allow me in the Studio "in small doses"... so when I do get in there, we have some fun.
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Just to help put that photo into perspective - here's a "Before" photo of the Studio space from about 8 months ago:
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If the photos above spark any questions, thoughts or comments, please scroll down to the comment box and write me there - you know I love hearing from you :-)

Next up: Recalls, Warnings and an Informative "Gluten-Free" Document

1 - You may have seen the NutriMost Fat Loss ads in your local sales flyers and coupon magazines - or maybe even walked by one in your local strip mall... WARNING - Stay Clear of the Scam. Here's why: A Skeptical Look at the NutriMost Fat Loss System [caption id="attachment_1893" align="alignnone" width="140"]BEWARE BEWARE the SCAM[/caption] 2 - The Gluten-Free Diet: Recognizing Fact, Fiction, and Fad http://www.jpeds.com/article/S0022-3476(16)30062-2/pdf 3 - Expanded Recall of Ground Tumeric Powder Due to Elevated Lead Levels I've mentioned my inclusion of Turmeric in my daily diet a little ways back. I do this 2 ways. One is by adding top quality turmeric powder to salads, and veggies. The other is by high quality supplementation. The links above show you several food grade powder brands that have been recalled. Good to see if you also have added Turmeric to your daily nutrition plan. 4 - DEA Announces Intent to Schedule Kratom https://www.dea.gov/divisions/hq/2016/hq083016.shtml The DEA is aware of 15 kratom-related deaths between 2014 and 2016. 5 - Smart Lipo product contains undeclared Sibutramine and Phenolphthalein. http://www.fda.gov/ICECI/EnforcementActions/WarningLetters/2016/ucm515915.htm Sibutramine, the active ingredient in the obesity drug Meridia, was removed from the U.S. market in October 2010 because it can substantially increase blood pressure and pulse rate in some individuals, and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke. This drug may also interact, in life-threatening ways, with other medications a consumer may be taking. Desmethylsiburamine is similar to sibutramine.
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Tuesday, January 5th 2016

Latest Tainted Diet/Weight-Loss Pill Recalls and Bans

Below is a list of risky/tainted weight-loss/diet pills that have been recalled due to potential user danger. And although the warnings came from the FDA (USA focused) - International users will also need to hear this as many of these risky/tainted supplements can be purchased globally because of internet availability.
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On December 22, 2015, Bee Extremely Amazed LLC issued a voluntary recall of all lots of the following weight loss supplements, which were found to contain sibutramine and phenolphthalein:

- Asset Bold - Asset Extreme Plus - Evolve - Infinity - Jenesis - La Trim Plus - Oasis - Prime - Slim X-15 - Slim Trim U - Ultimate Formula - Xcel - Xcel Advanced - Zi Xiu Tang Sibutramine, the active ingredient in the obesity drug Meridia, was removed from the U.S. market in October of 2010 because it can substantially increase blood pressure and pulse rate in some individuals, and may present a significant risk for patients with a history of coronary artery disease, congestive heart failure, arrhythmias, or stroke. The drug may also interact, in life-threatening ways, with other medications a consumer may be taking. Phenolphthalein, once an ingredient in some over-the-counter laxative products, was reclassified by the FDA in 1999 as "NOT generally recognized as safe and effective." The FDA warned consumers not to buy or use Oasis Bee Pollen and Evolve Bee Pollen several days before this recall was issued. Consumers who have purchased these supplements should not use them, and contact their healthcare provider if they have experienced any adverse side effects. Consumers and healthcare providers are also encouraged to report any adverse reactions to the FDA's MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting Program If you feel you need "extra help" in your fat-loss efforts - and you already have a good fitness/exercise routine in place, with good nutrition habits - then adding help from a GMP certified, 3rd party tested source is the smart way to go about it. The non-stimulant Metabo379 from BioTrust (read details here) is one worth considering. The dangerous choice of using cheaper, non-tested, non-certified products, with outrageous & unrealistic claims is way too risky for anyone to attempt. And keep in mind, the FDA, and other global watchdog organizations do the best they can to watch over the supplement landscape - but the fact is the sea is way to large for them to be aware of everything that is on the market - and anything new coming into the market. So it falls on us to be wise in our searches and even wiser in how we make our choices of products we might want to include in our health and fitness lifestyles. Please do share this post with anyone you know who could benefit from knowing about the recalls and bans above. Looking out for you... Your trainer for life, Joey Atlas
Friday, October 9th 2015

Want to Meditate With Me?

So, if you recall, in one of my recent emails I mentioned “I’ve officially started meditating…” And I also promised a blog post about it. Not just to tell you more about what I’m doing - but to also suggest why and how you can get started with exploring your own options for meditation… In efforts of being open and transparent - I want to share with you what triggered me to start meditating now - as opposed to last year - or the year before…

Stress.

That’s one of the main reasons. Others are; for the sake of self development, anti-aging, enhanced cognitive and physical functioning, and more… But - back to the stress issue: Yes - I’m human - and I’m currently working through some common life stresses. One of the biggest advantages I have - is that I keep my daily fitness and nutrition as a top priority. Those are 2 of the biggest stress fighters PROVEN to help give us an advantage in managing it. But, as we know - life can still “bring it on” - and sometimes we need more ammo to help maintain some kind of balance.

Here are some of the stress sources I currently face:

1 - Back in May, we lost one of the teens in our extended family. We are a close family - so his passing hit close to home. The experience has changed us all. He was a fantastic and loving soul. Hard for us to understand the “why”. He’s in our thoughts and hearts everyday, as you might imagine. 2 - As a single dad, my time has become tighter - guiding me to be more mindful & proactive in time optimization. The process brings on some stress - but the outcome is worth it. 3 - Being discerningly single for several years now, I’m realizing the power of “healthy” companionship - and how its absence can leave much to be desired, on many levels - even for a busy, mission-driven spirit, like me. That absence, I believe, is causing a tiny bit of stress. No desperation - simply more ‘aware’ of the human need for well-matched connection. 4 - As you know, I’m working on getting SCULPTAFIT Studio location #1 open in the next few months. LOTS of pieces to a unique puzzle to put together. Lots of brain-bending - and big decision making through these early stages. Stress comes with that package. That being said - I feel blessed to be the one delivering this project to the world - I look forward to sharing more of this as the puzzle comes together. 5 - I’m releasing a very simple, but effective fat-loss program in the next few weeks. (a few subscribers have already gotten access to it for early stage use, etc..) Lots of women have been requesting this over the last few years - so I’ve quietly put something together that is going to be GREATLY appreciated by many. I’m hoping to release the full program toward the end of next week. Alrighty... As you can see - there is stress in my life. Again. Human… [Side note - make no mistake, I believe stress is normal, and REQUIRED in our lives, as there are positive aspects of it. BUT, when the levels rise too high - that’s where danger might be. SO, the proactive measure of managing it BEFORE it gets too high - is what I’m after here.] Hence the start of meditation. It’s been 10 days of "10 minutes every morning", FIRST thing in the morning. (I started with a free trial to the app: 'Headspace' ) and I’m most likely going to sign up as a client for ongoing access and progression to the next levels/zones. In short - meditation is bringing benefits. I feel I am able to reduce the amount of stress I create in my own mind - versus how much is actually “real”. I feel more relaxed overall. I’m sleeping better. I’m more in touch with my physical self - an enhanced mind/body/spirit connection, I guess we can say. I’m more content with life itself - the simple things. (I’ve always been this way - but am even better now during times of stress. This is a sweet breakthrough.) That’s the short version - and I plan on sharing more as time progresses as I believe this is a CRITICAL element of health, wellness and longevity for EVERYONE. (And I do plan to weave this into the ‘method/culture’ we deliver via the SCULPTAFIT Studios.) For now - I want to share some helpful resources if you want to dive deeper into this life-changing realm: 1 - this is the facebook page of Headspace: https://www.facebook.com/HeadspaceOfficial And this is the page about Andy from Headspace (great TED talk video on this page). https://www.headspace.com/andy-puddicombe   2 - Free Streaming Meditation Audios: http://sittingtogether.com/meditations.php   3 - Meditation for Sleep Enhancement A - Mindful Meditation Helps Fight Insomnia http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/mindfulness-meditation-helps-fight-insomnia-improves-sleep-201502187726 B - Sleep Relaxation Techniques http://www.nosleeplessnights.com/sleep-hygiene/relaxation-techniques/ Those resources should be good for now, a nice start - until I circle back on this topic later... I’ve re-opened the book “How God Changes Your Brain” (you might remember, I mentioned this book earlier this year) and am now in the sections addressing ‘mindfulness and meditation’... TRULY FASCINATING and helpful - no doubt. BTW - please leave comments, thoughts, experiences, questions below - as I’m interested in hearing from you about this topic. Oh - and don't forget to use the buttons below to share today's post with your friends, family and co-workers. You never know who you might help by sharing it. To be continued… Your trainer for life, Joey Atlas
Friday, September 18th 2015

4 Latest Updates from AtasVille (1 may change your life)

As always, I thank you for stopping by to catch the latest - and share the journey (don't forget, I'd love to hear from you, especially if you've never commented before - you can leave me a note at the bottom of today's post. I read them ALL.)

Here are the updates for this week:

UPDATE 1 - Over the next few weeks and months - you’ll be seeing a series of emails from me. Several of them will be to share the main website AND social media properties for SCULPTAFIT Studio #1 - and the reason I’m doing this is twofold: A - I’m going to be creating and sharing material via those channels (facebook, youtube, instagram, etc…) and what I share will be applicable to women everywhere. Yes, the aim is to raise our local visibility and highlight our expert status - but I want you to be able to benefit from all the information we create and share. Stay tuned for your invites to connect and be a part of the journey.
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B - There is strength in community. And even though the Studios will be operating on a ‘local’ level - we intend to leverage the ‘connectivity’ elements of the internet and common technology (smartphones, tablets, etc..) to create a global community sharing common bonds, values and aspirations - which consists of SCULPTAFIT Studio clients - and my clients & subscribers from around the world (this includes you, )
When people of common bonds, values and aspirations become connected - a powerful shift happens, and life takes on a whole new look and feel - in a VERY positive way. This is how we change the world for the better. (by improving individual lives).
  Also - It’s not unrealistic for you to imagine a day when there is a SCULPTAFIT Studio near you, as I plan to start franchising in early 2017. UPDATE 2 - There are rumblings of some new FDA food/ingredient bans and product recalls coming soon. As I learn of these I’ll be sure to share them with you so you can take proper action and share the info with your friends and family. UPDATE 3 - The holidays will be here before we know it, and for most people this means gaining some extra weight. My goal this year is to help everyone who struggles with this challenge. If it’s something you battle every year - my aim is to help you reverse that battle this year. So, I’m working on a healthy fat/weight reducing mini-program that should be ready in about 5-6 weeks. Once it’s ready I’ll be sending out pre-release notices for everyone who needs this. It’s actually going to be one of the food/nutrition elements we use with SCULPTAFIT Studio clients. So, I know you’ll appreciate the simplicity and effectiveness. I’ll also be sharing several brand new weight-loss/mindset video lessons from Professor Susan - (the first one may be ready next week). She used to be a size 16 (on a tiny frame) and overcame her food issues with some simple but unique mindset shifts. She'll be sharing her latest info and updates soon - and I'll be helping her get the word out.
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Susan has a very powerful "Before and After" story that resonates with MANY women. When you see her latest videos, you'll be glad you tuned in. She's already changed the bodies, minds and health of many people over the last 5 years - and she's not done yet. UPDATE 4 - Top 5 Fruits that Burn Fat; The team at BioTrust just released a new freebie report, and you can get a copy here==>> The Top 5 Fruits for Fast and Lasting Weight-Loss Ok, before you go - be sure to post any questions, comments or kind words of praise below; especially if you've never written to me before (when I know you're reading, and I hear from you - it inspires me to keep doing what I'm doing :-) Your trainer for life, Joey Atlas PS - don't forget to share this now. Just use these buttons to share where you wish:
Friday, August 28th 2015

1 Deadly Fat Now Officially Banned by the FDA

This week has flashed by at high speed as I work, what seems like non-stop, to get SCULPTAFIT location #1 open by late November (early photos coming soon)... It’s like putting together a HUGE puzzle - the only difference is I’m creating the pieces as I put this whole thing together…

Very fulfilling - but very demanding. And I want to let you know how much I appreciate you following along. Even from a distance - it’s energizing to know you’re pulling for me and supporting the big dream… So I THANK YOU!

Ok - onto the FDA Ban of Trans-Fats:

In June the FDA announced that food manufacturers have until June 2018 to remove the primary source of trans-fats, PHO’s (partially hydrogenated oils), from their products. (and there are THOUSANDS of them).

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photo credit: Mykl Roventine via Flickr

That’s over 2.5 years. Crazy but true. But it “must” be done because the FDA estimates this ban will save $140 BILLION in health care costs, just in the USA alone - over the next 20 years.

That’s a good indication of how damaging this evil ingredient is. Sad it took so long for all this to come to light.

The reasons for the ban? Here you go:

1 - they increase your bad cholesterol (the LDL’s)

2 - they lower your good cholesterol (the HDL’s)

3 - they are suspected to cause inflammtion

4 - they may lead to heart attacks and strokes

5 - they are linked to type-2 diabetes

6 - AND - they cause problems with memory and cognitive function

I strongly believe they also do MUCH more damage than that - but we’ll save that for another day.

Now - it’s VERY important to understand - this trans-fat “ban” doesn’t mean all will be fine and healthy - because the trans-fats will most likely be replaced with other risky fat ingredients, such as; palm kernel oil (high in saturated fat - and raises bad cholesterol levels)...

Genetically modified soybean oils will also become an alternative. Experts say these GMO oils may lead to a host of health problems and cause environmental issues. And what’s worse is that, as of now, these don’t have to be labeled as ‘GMOs’ - so people won’t even know this because GMO status won’t be on the label.

So, if the ban only means it will be replaced by other unhealthy alternatives - then what is one to do?

The answer is simple:

1 - Most of the processed foods that trans-fats go into - shouldn’t even be included in the “health and fitness lifestyle”.

2 - Those types of foods should basically be seen for what they are. Garbage. And banned from your own nutrition plan.

3 - The key is to focus on what you CAN and SHOULD be eating…. Foods and ingredients that are in line with your personal health and fitness goals. Simple.

4 - If you value your life - and you want to live as long and healthy as possible - don’t put foods in your body that are proven to cause disease, age you faster - and cause premature death.

5 - Now remember - the good fats are actually necessary for optimal health, performance and function. Fats such as organic extra-virgin olive oil, coconut oil, avocado oil…. These are life-enhancers!! They cause lots of GOOD things to happen inside us.

And despite the old myth of fatty foods causing excess body fat - that’s only half true. Because there are (healthy) fatty foods that actually help us BURN OFF unwanted, excess body-fat and flab…

The top 7 are covered in this Freebie e-Guide:

7 Fatty Foods that FIGHT Belly-Flab and Body-Fat

Please share today’s email about the FDA ban and the 7 Fatty Foods e-Guide with your friends, family and co-workers. The simplest gesture can make the most powerful impact on someone’s life. Don’t underestimate that.

Your trainer for life,

Joey Atlas

ps - I’m hoping to share some photos of SCULPTAFIT studio location #1 at some point in the next week or so. If all goes to plan - we should have something “on the map” very soon. Plus I have a few other "top secret" photos and items I’m looking forward to sharing with you. :-)

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