Monthly Archives: July 2010

If you are trying to lose weight and are worried about having loose skin and stretch marks, you might want to try MSM Soap. I just saw a video on YouTube of a lady that lost a lot of weight but had little to no stretch marks and no loose skin. This is quite rare and so people started asking her how that could be possible.

She started writing about this MSM soap that someone got her turned onto when she was in college. She thinks it was what kept her from getting stretch marks in the first place but also helps to fade them. As far as loose skin, I read on a review site that this MSM soap can help with elasticity.

I don’t know if it works but for just a few dollars for a bar, I am going to try it out and will let you know my results. Also, going to get some for my sister who has lost 75 pounds since Halloween and has loose skin on her arms and legs.

According to the Amazon site, this MSM soap “gives off sulfur that can be helpful in treating skin disorders including acne / psoriasis / eczema / dermatitis / dandruff / scabies / diaper rash and certain fungal infections.” At Last Naturals Msm Herbal Bar 3 oz ( Multi-Pack)

It doesn’t mention stretch marks and loose, sagging skin specifically but maybe this is something that is just word of mouth for right now.

We will let you know how this MSM soap works for us on stretch marks and loose skin!

Is this something you have been asking your so so tired self…”Why Am I So Tired?” Feeling like it’s tough to hit the gym and do everything it takes to battle your weight loss and get healthy? If so, the culprit may be something so simple, so easy to do, and you can begin getting relief in days.

Imagine a prescription from your doctor that says you need to go out in the sun, sometime between 1:00-3:00 and chill out for about 10 minutes? Could you stick with that? Well that is exactly what is happening all over the country.

Even in the summer months, with the blessing of air conditioning, we do not get enough sun in order for our bodies to produce Vitamin D. We have been told for the last decade to “Stay out of the sun” so much, that now we are darn fearful of it. We slather on the sunscreen, put on our hats, get under umbrellas and stay inside when we can. But by doing this, our bodies are missing out on Vitamin D.

While current recommendations for Vit D are 200 I.U. a day from birth to age 50, 400 for adults aged 50 to 70, and 600 for people over 70, many doctors are recommending even higher amounts, 1,000-2,000 per day based on research that will soon be released. Here’s a good offer because you get a pack of 3 bottles… Source Naturals Vitamin D3, 1000 IU, Tablets, 200 tablets (Pack of 3)

So what does Vitamin D do? Basically, it is a food of life for every single part of your body. Everything from your bones, to your brain, to your toes wants Vit D and needs it to function well. Lack of vitamin D can result in colon, breast and prostate cancer, high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis, multiple sclerosis, Type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis.

African Americans tend to have lower levels of Vitamin D than white people and African American women in particular, seem to have the lowest amounts. Spending some time in the sun with exposed skin (the body converts the suns rays to Vitamin D in your body) can significantly improve your overall body function. You can also get Vitamin D from milk and cereals but the amount is still insufficient for what your body really needs.

So if you are feeling run down, worn out and so so tired, a boost of Vitamin D from the sun might be what you need to stop asking the question “Why am so tired?”

September 15, 2010 will mark the debut of The Ultimate Fighter Season 12 Episode 1 on Spike TV. The show has prospered since its initial season in 2005, and is back yet again for the twelfth time to fill audience’s appetites for mixed marital arts.

Tryouts for the show were held in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 1, 2010. Any Lightweight or light heavyweight fighters over the age of 21 with at least 3 professional fights were invited to come and try out. It was confirmed recently, however, that this season will only feature lightweight fighters.

Like usual, the season will feature 28 competitors. Some of the confirmed contestants for The Ultimate Fighter Season 12 Episode 1 are Nam Phan, Mike Richmand, and Jonathan Brookins. Season 11’s epic coaching match-up of Team Liddell and Team Ortiz will be rivaled this season as Team GSP takes on Team Koscheck.

Josh Koscheck, who was given the chance to coach after defeating Paul Daley at UFC 113, will look to lead his team to victory over Team GSP, who is led by the current welterweight title holder coach Georges St-Pierre (GSP).

When Will the St.Pierre Koscheck Fight Take Place?

The coaching staffs this season have a unique connection this time around; Kosheck is scheduled to fight Georges St-Pierre for the welterweight title some time later this year. The rumored date so far has been December 4 in Las Vegas.

The two definitely are not new to each other, as they fought back in August 2007 at UFC 74, where St-Pierre took home the victory with an unanimous decision. It’s pretty easy to assume that this connection between the two coaches  will provide for some quality episodes.

Just like previous seasons, the fighters featured in the show will be competing for a six-figure contract with the UFC. The Ultimate Fighter Season 12 Episode 1 will go the same route as season 11, with 28 fighters fighting to earn 14 spots (along with two wildcards) in the house. Be sure to tune in to Spike on September 15 to catch the season premier!

Have you heard of the Master Cleanse Pill? No? How about the Lemonade Fasting Diet? If you haven’t heard of either, I’ll put it into a simple, single sentence. If you want to cleanse your body of unwanted toxins and lose weight while you’re at it, then this is the way to go.

The Lemonade Fasting Diet focuses on the consumer drinking nothing but a special mixture of ingredients that are proven to  help cleanse the body and provide the body’s digestive and excretory system with a fresh start. Many people are unable to putout the extreme dedication that is required to partake in the Lemonade Fasting Diet however, so they turn to the Master Cleanse Pill, which is the lemonade diet, but in pill form.

Mixing pitcher after pitcher of lemonade is very tedious. The Master Cleanse Pill provides convenience and most important of all, performance. Just like the lemonade diet, the pill provides a flush for your body’s organ systems to virtually start over from scratch. Whether it’s relieving cravings, losing weight, or detoxification, the Master Cleanse Pill is the way to go.

Who Uses the Master Cleanse Pill and Lemonade Fasting Diet?

There IS a reason why famous celebrities such as Liv Tyler, Robin from the Howard Stern show, and even Beyonce use this cleansing method. It gives results, and results are what we are after with a dieting program. Kym Johnson from Dancing With the Stars chooses to use the pill form of the cleanse to stay trim and healthy. However, you cannot expect to simply take one pill whenever you feel like it, that will NOT work. You must stick to the routine in order for the benefits to arrive.

Probably the most appealing aspect of the Master Cleanse Pill is that you are allowed to eat solid food while you are on the program. When I say solid food, I don’t mean three double cheeseburgers from your favorite fast food joint. You must eat healthy. Not only will you be detoxing your system and losing weight, but you will also be a much healthier individual overall. And who doesn’t want to have a healthy body? The Master Cleanse Pill is the way to go if you are serious about seeing results in a convenient pill package.

Who doesn’t need a few more quick healthy suppers ideas? Especially when dieting, we find ourselves getting into a rut with our food choices. Here are a few healthy suppers to shake things up a bit.

Quick Healthy Suppers

Stir fry zucchini and yellow squash strips with some low salt teriyaki sauce and place in whole wheat tortillas with sesame seeds, fresh cabbage, and onions. Side of chicken broth soup with sliced mushrooms and chopped green onions. Yum!

Enjoy turkey cutlets with cranberry sauce on toasted whole wheat bread with lettuce. Add a sweet potato on the side and enjoy Thanksgiving any time of the year. Protein and vitamins!

This is a great dinner for when you are coming off of or just about to start the Master Cleanse. Saute fresh spinach in a pan for about 30 seconds, just enough to make it wilt a little bit. Remove spinach from pan and add chopped onion, mandarin oranges (with a little juice), garlic, and apple slices. Saute until onions are slightly soft. Place on top of bed of spinach for a fresh, healthy salad.

100% whole wheat pizza dough is a lifesaver when trying to make quick, healthy suppers. Top with marinara and fresh veggies from the farmer’s market. One of my favorites is to use Laughing Cow cheese wedges (they have tons of flavors now) and mix it up. I like the queso flavor so you can have a mexi pizza with taco seasoned black beans, corn, onions and peppers!

Please leave a comment with your favorite healthy suppers and we will be sure to try it and post a review here at BurnFatClub.

The Biggest Loser bodybugg ®

The Jillian Body Bug (Bodybugg) was featured again on the Losing It With Jillian season finale last night. It was also used by all of the contestants on the Biggest Loser. I love this thing and I can’t wait to get one.

Basically the whole concept is it tracks calories in versus calories out. Have you been telling people forever that you don’t eat a lot and still can’t lose weight? Well now you can see the numbers in black and white and determine where the issue is.

The Jillian Body Bug (Bodybugg) tracks what you eat and then also what your activity level is. Say you consume 2200 calories a day and only burn 100 through your activity level. That would probably put you on a path of gaining weight depending on your current body size. Then you can adjust the levels either by reducing what you eat (your caloric intake) or increasing your activity.

I think it would be great to know exactly where you are at each moment so when you are at dinner and wondering about that piece of dessert, you can check the Jillian Body Bug first!

Here is some more information from the NBC store on the Jillian Body Bug.

The Biggest Loser bodybugg ® The Biggest Loser bodybugg ®

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The Jillian Body Bug along with a membership at JillianMichaels.com is the best way to have Losing It With Jillian come to your house!

BODYBUGG system NOW $199

On the season finale of Losing It With Jillian Episode 8 , Alvarez Family July 20, Jillian travels to Miami and gets the family to get serious for their health. I am so sad the season is over! In this episode, this family is in dire straights and as usual, Jillian recommends her plan at JillianMichaels.com for their exercise and diet needs.

The most heart wrenching story of the family is David Jr who is 9 years old and has to check his levels for pre-diabetes. This is due to him following in his Dad’s, David Sr’s, footsteps.

David Sr had a sleep apnea test 3 years ago and was given a mask to wear while he slept because he would actually stop breathing in the night. He threw the mask out though and didn’t make any changes for his health. Now he has some of the highest “know your body” numbers ever! His sleep score was 64 and apparently, anything over 35 is seriously dangerous.

The doctor on the set says to Jillian that David Sr cannot go beyond a heart rate of 140 BPM while he is exercising so that limits the amount that she is able to push him. Instead, she focuses on Carmen, the wife, to show David that he needs to get behind his wife’s efforts of trying to make the family healthy. Carmen is furious because David just accuses her of nagging whenever she brings up his weight and the fact that he is so close to death.

The next day, there is a family dinner. The grandparents come over with fried bread in syrup and sugar, fatty pork, white rice and yucca dripping in oil. They say that is what they have always eaten and Jillian basically gives a repeat of the Yavapai-Apache Indian Reservation speech from a previous week. They say “Family is everything to us” and Jillian responds “How would you feel if you had to bury your song?” Everyone gets behind the diet and exercise plan and they immediately start throwing away food from the kitchen…8 grocery bags worth!

Things Jillian said were off limits in the kitchen were croutons, hydrogenated oil (was in their peanut butter), trans fat, and MSG. All they had left for dinner was beans and salad so it was pretty shocking for them.

Jillian takes David Jr. to a karate gym which was really nice because that is the sport that helped Jillian go from an overweight teen to what she is today. Then for his birthday, she gives him a ton of karate gear and he is super excited to get started.

At the gym again, Jillian tries to get Carmen to find her inner bad ass and offers her one end of a towel. Jillian plays the role of David Sr and tells Carmen to get me across this floor. Carmen pulls and yells and screams and figures out how she is going to tell David what she needs to. Jillian, Carmen and David all take a boat ride out into the ocean (so David can’t escape) and Carmen gets it offer her chest. Things finally seem to sink in for David. That night, he shows David Jr. his sleep mask and tells him that it is going to save his life and how he never wants him to go through what he is going through.

What is the Body Bug or BodyBugg Jillian talks about?

One more family bonding exercise on the beach…Jillian puts David Sr. in a boat on the beach and the family has to pull him across the sand. The Biggest Loser bodybugg ®David Jr. goes from “I can’t” to doing his karate screams to get the job done. The Biggest Loser bodybugg ® (also referred to as the Buddy Bug, or Losing It with Jillian Body Bug) was featured in this segment as a great way to track your calories in vs. calories out.  Read more about the BodyBugg at the end of this post.

Losing It With Jillian Results

The results were pretty impressive for this group. Carmen lost 25 pounds and 4 dress sizes. Her legs were Awesome! David Jr was SOOO cute losing 25 pounds himself and he no longer has to check his levels for diabetes! David Sr came out looking quite snazzy having lost 54 pounds and getting completely off BP medications. His next goal is to lose the sleep mask. After Jillian had left him 6 weeks earlier, the doctors raised his Heart rate BPM up from 140 so Jillian said she owed him a real workout.

I am sad that the season is over for Losing It With Jillian Episode 8 , Alvarez family finale was a great ending! Remember to visit JillianMichaels.com to keep your own motivation going until the show starts up again! It really does work and at just $4 per week, easily replaces the cost of that fast food you wont be eating anymore!

The great thing about learning how to get bigger arm muscles is that most people are surprised just how little time this actually takes. Now if you are trying to get SERIOUS bulked up arms, you might need to check out this…


But if you just want your arms a little bigger, a little more toned, then we have some tips right here. (Think Jillian Michaels arms for the women, and maybe Lance Armstrong for the men?)

First thing to know when trying to get bigger arm muscles, is that you have to eat right. There is just no way around this unfortunately. Garbage in, garbage out. Healthy in, healthy out. So, protein, vegetables, complex carbohydrates.

The other good news about how to get bigger arm muscles is that it doesn’t require a lot of expensive equipment. Dumbbells can get it all done but you don’t even need those. Push-ups don’t require any money, just  a lot of hard work. Also, you can do dips on your couch or a park bench. You know that hole for a garden you have been meaning to dig up for quite a while now? Get to it. Swinging a shuffle, hammer, hoe, ax, sledgehammer…are all going to get you some nice looking arms pretty quick.

For the ladies, you know that flappy part that hangs under the arms right? It CAN go away. Just keep toning and keep toning and keep toning and it will improve. Our favorite exercise for this is the above the head tricep drop. Hold  two dumbbells over your head so your knuckles are facing each other.  Then drop one arm at a time so that the end of the dumbbell hits your shoulder blade. You should feel that pull from your elbow to your armpit. You can choose to do these either to exhaustion or you can do about 20 x 3.

Don’t overwork your arms. Just one to two days per week is adequate and don’t work them two days in a row ever. You need to give the muscles time to repair and build themselves.

Now that you know some beginner tips on how to get bigger arm muscles, we expect to see you all at the “gun” show.

We know from Losing It With Jillian that Jillian’s healthy brownies recipe is featured in her new cookbook called Master Your Metabolism. But what else is in there?

Here are a few “appeteasers” from Master Your Metabolism to wet your palette. Any of these other recipes sound good to you?

Recipe: Steel-cut oats with apples and pecans

Recipe: Baby spinach with avocado, pomegrante and sunflower seeds

Recipe: Chicken satay with almond sauce

Recipe: Grilled skirt steak with chimichurri sauce

Recipe: Pear sorbet

This is one cookbook that I know is going to be well-worn in my kitchen.

But remember, some of her best recipes (the ones that are personalized just for YOU) are found on JillianMichaels.com. Just $4 per week (HOW much are you spending on Fast Food now??) for recipes, meal planners, weight and diet tracking, and LOTS Of motivation through success stories, forums, etc.

You can also find some more info on Jillian’s Healthy Brownies at a previous post here on BurnFatClub.com.

On this week’s Losing It With Jillian Episode 7, Jillian travels to Michigan to help a husband and wife, Todd and Amy Franklin from Detroit, to shed pounds. They have been overweight most of their lives and the loss of their family business has added extra stress to their lives.

Two years ago Amy had gastric but gained all the weight back and Todd can’t breathe at night. He uses one of those CPAP machines.
Amy also smokes while Todd has 49 percent body fat.

Jillian worked with them and kids to clean out the bad food. This is always a great part of the Losing It With Jillian show.

The kids were super concerned with parents because Dad can’t breathe at night and Mom smokes cigarettes all day. Thankfully, Mom buried her last cigarette and promised her two daughters that she would quit.

Jillian worked out with Todd separately and really pushed him boxing. Unfortunately he quit with 10

seconds left. Then the 2nd time he quit again. Jillian was struggling to find out what will motivate the couple.
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