Britney Spears’ trainer Tony Martinez: Exclusive interview

“Britney wanted to work on her core, toning up as well as achieving the highest athlete workout performance level possible,” Tony recalls of their initial meeting to establish her goals. He uses a “work out smarter, not harder” philosophy to make the most of Britney’s limited time. And making it fun plays a key role in keeping his client focused on results, which he calls his “trickeration” method.”


Sugar-Free Sheila succeeds with Atkins diet

Seeking inspiration? Meet Sugar-Free Sheila, who recently revealed how she shed weight in an interview with the Examiner.
Here is the Q & A:
Many women struggle with weight for years. What was your own 
history, and what diets did you try in the past?
Through childhood and early adulthood, I carried extra weight – and even with daily, hour-long treadmill walking sessions coupled with portion control as well as fat and caloric restriction, it just never seemed to come off.  Specifically, I gave Slim Fast, the Cabbage Soup Diet, the Blood Type Diet, and veganism a wholehearted go; but sadly, none of these got me anywhere.  Not even a small taste of temporary success – nothing.  So when women come to me frustrated after having similar experiences, I can truly empathize.  I’ve been there.

What were your results from the Atkins diet?

 I gave Atkins my first go in 1998 by doing what a lot of people attempting the program do:  I skipped reading the book and just followed it my way!  Needless to say this haphazard approach offered me no weight loss after a solid month – even with daily cardio.  So I blamed my folly on the program’s so-called ineffectiveness and didn’t look back … for three years.  In this second attempt, I read the Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution book this time, followed the program in accordance with the text, and was half a pound down the following morning.  Five months later, I was at my ideal-weight goal.  Thirteen years later, I am still maintaining that same dress size today.

How do you feel it compares to the Paleo diet?

 Given all the Paleo menus and recipes I see every day, I would say Atkins and Paleo are not identical twins, but more lookalike sisters close in age.  As for me, I would liken the way I follow Atkins even more to Primal:  lots of non-starchy vegetables, low-glycemic fruits, adequate protein, enough fat to sate the appetite, and dairy in moderation.  I’m also a non-drinker.  Commercial low-carb products are also not apart of my daily menu – in fact, to this day I’ve yet to try a low-carb tortilla. 

For those who want more information, which books do you recommend?

 For those wanting to learn more about Atkins, I recommend those publications written by Dr. Robert Atkins himself – that is, published prior to 2004.
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Heidi and Chris Powell: Carb Cycling Diet

Chris Powell, the transformation specialist on “Extreme Weight Loss,” has become known for championing carb cycling. He created his own diet book “Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution.” It involves alternating high carb days with low carb diet cycles. The approach is designed to eliminate fat while keeping your metabolism at its peak.

He’s also an advocate of Cross-Fit style workouts, exemplified in his DVD:  “Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition: The Workout 2011.”

In “Chris Powell’s Choose More, Lose More for Life,” Chris also discusses how to overcome psychological as well as physical obstacles to achieve weight loss. The book also includes his carb cycling diet.

A British study backed his discovery of just how well carb cycling works for weight loss. In that study, women eliminated high carb foods twice a week, eating normally the rest of the time. They lost nine pounds during a four-month period, compared to five pounds in four months for women who followed a daily 1,500 calorie Mediterranean diet.

Learn more by clicking here to read about Chris’ views on what it takes for weight loss success that lasts a lifetime.

Low carb ketogenic and Paleo diets help epilepsy, MS, depression, cancer and weight loss

Using food as medicine has taken on new meaning as more scientists and physicians discover ways to use a specific diet protocol, known as the ketogenic plan, to combat conditions including cancer, depression, dementia, epilepsy, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases as well as for weight loss, as reported in the Examiner.  Recently, for example, a six-year-old boy who was having 300 seizures a day has found relief by following a high fat low carb ketogenic diet, reported NY Daily News.

In an exclusive interview, I asked Dr. Terry Wahls, author of “The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine,” to offer her insights on how a ketogneic Paleo diet can help with multiple sclerosis.

Dr. Wahls had been a vegetarian for 20 years. But when her neurologist at the Cleveland Clinic referred her to Dr. Ashton Embry’s Direct MS, which was dedicated to supporting research and education in the area of diet and multiple sclerosis, she began exploring the potential of the Paleo diet.

“This led me to the work of Dr. Loren Cordain and his advocacy of the Paleo Diet as a means of treating autoimmune conditions and improving health,” recalled Dr. Wahls. Author of “The Paleo Answer: 7 Days to Lose Weight, Feel Great, Stay Young,” Dr. Cordain has become known as a pioneer in the grain-free, dairy-free, low carb Paleo diet movement.

“I read through the scientific studies and decided that the Paleo Diet as an intervention had merit,” Dr. Wahls told me.  “I added meat back to my diet and removed grain, dairy and legumes.”

Despite those preliminary changes, Dr. Wahls continued to decline and received a second diagnosis of secondary progressive multiple sclerosis.  “I took the recommended chemotherapy; I got the tilt/recline wheelchair and even took Tysabri, but continued to slowly decline,” she now says.

And one year after being confined to a wheelchair, “I was able to do an 18-mile bike tour with my family.” Now she recognizes that food “is the most powerful driver of epigenetics.”

Dr. Wahls translates epigenetics as “how the environment speaks to our genes, turning some genes on making them active, and others off, making them silent.” And the percentage of chronic conditions linked to environment is dramatic.

“Nearly every chronic disease today (high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, neurological problems, mental health problems, autoimmunity, and cancer) is an interaction with our genes and diet, toxin exposure, physical activity level, stress level, sleep quality and prior infections that account for the development of disease,” Dr. Wahls told me. She estimates that DNA is related to only five percent of the risk.

As for ketogenic diets as the key to reversing disease, Dr. Wahls noted that their use includes “treatment for other neurological and psychiatric disorders including brain cancer, ALS, Parkinson’s, MS, dementia, bipolar, depression and schizophrenia.” In addition, various other types of cancer as well as diabetes and obesity can be helped with these low carb high fat (LCHF) diets.

Neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter, author of “Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs,  and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers,” concurs that LCHF plans can make a dramatic difference in a wide range of conditions. In particular, he’s drawn attention for his view that eliminating all forms of grains, not just refined ones, are an essential part of using food as medicine.

In an era where the rate of dementia is growing, Dr. Perlmutter says that you can generate new brain cells regardless of your age by fueling your body with fat and cholesterol rather than sugar and carbohydrates. However, he and Dr. Wahls emphasize that it’s critical to boost fat and limit carbs.

Although some plant-based dieters follow low-carb food plans, Dr. Wahls questions whether a vegan plan can be used to achieve nutritional ketosis. She does feel that it can be helpful in such cases to use medium chain triglycerides (MCT) for this purpose.

How it works: High fat low carb diets put the body into a state of nutritional ketosis. As a result, the body burns fat rather than glucose, which has been shown in many cases to reduce or even halt seizures.

“Nutritional ketosis requires high fat and limited carbohydrate.  Using medium chain triglycerides  (MCT) for the fat source allow for more intake of carbohydrates (up to 60 to 80 grams) as opposed to the 25 grams of carbohydrates needed for those who are using butter and cream as the fat source,” she told me.

However, even vegan dieters who use MCT oil for fat must consume sufficient protein while reducing carbohydrates, cautioned Dr. Wahls. “I am doubtful that it can be sustained successfully,” she added.

The most well-known version of the ketogenic diet for weight loss is the Atkins diet. Although “New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great” does offer information for plant-based dieters, it is targeted at vegetarians who can have eggs and dairy rather than vegans.

For new insights into how to use ketogenic diets for health and weight loss, read about the Keto Clarity guide by clicking here.

Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet review

In recent years, the high fat low carb diet known as a ketogenic weight loss approach has become increasingly popular. The challenge for dieters: Understanding how to implement it without guidance can seem overwhelming. Now the first book to take on that specific task has been published – and it is the most significant weight loss book in the low carb field in 2014: “Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet.”

The co-authors are Jimmy Moore, who lost 180 pounds on a low carb high fat (LCHF) ketogenic diet before becoming a health blogger and noted podcast leader: Read his success story by clicking here, and Dr. Eric Westman, the noted co-author of several essential books in the field of low-carb diets: Learn more here.

What makes “Keto Clarity” so special and unique? It offers the tools and techniques you need to take a highly technical aspect of nutrition and make it work for you for weight loss and health. It features leading experts in the world of low carb diets, and explains precisely:

  • What is meant by nutritional ketosis
  • Common myths about it
  • Foods you need to achieve and stay in ketosis
  • Which conditions you can improve or even reverse with nutritional ketosis

Among those conditions are:

You’ll get shopping lists, recipes and even a detailed 21-day meal plan. Not since Dr. Robert Atkins released his original Atkins weight loss plan has this type of book specifically for ketogenic weight loss been achieved. Learn more, including how to order Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet,” by clicking here.

Whoopi Goldberg loses 30 pounds on Pound a Day

Whether it’s you, a friend or a family member, you’ve probably heard the expression: “I can’t stop smoking cigarettes or I’ll gain weight.” Featured on the Dr. Oz Show, Whoopi Goldberg says she succeeded in kicking her tobacco habit and losing 30 pounds, sending a message to all those who use fear of weight gain as an excuse. As reported in the Examiner, we’ve got the skinny on how Whoopi succeeded in boosting her health and her weight loss here, including the fat-blasting chocolate morning shake that’s a key part of the diet.

When it comes to weight loss, Whoopi weighed more than 200 pounds when she decided it was time to kick her carb cravings. The plan she used was created by celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito. It’s detailed in the book “The Pound a Day Diet: Lose Up to 5 Pounds in 5 Days by Eating the Foods You Love.

How it works: The diet is styled after the Mediterranean weight loss plan. It’s specifically tailored to make it low-carb as well as low in calories to accelerate weight loss. Dieters limit their intake five days a week, then enjoy more food on weekends. Included are menu plans and fast, easy tasty recipes.

“It’s a chef’s point of view that’s been missing in the world of health,” DiSpirito said to ABC News. “These recipes are easy to make and they taste great.”

So how does the diet succeed in taking off five pounds in five days? The celebrity chef describes the process as transforming your body into a fat-burning machine. Phase one provides you with six mini protein-rich meals that equal 850 calories daily. (You get more calories on weekends). Phase two gives you more food and teaches you to maintain your success.

Featured in the diet: A six-ingredient morning chocolate shake (see the recipe below).

Dr. Oz expressed his joy and pride that Whoopi has stopped smoking. She began when she was only 12 years old. What motivated her to stop: A video showing two young children with Cystic fibrosis, which makes it hard to breathe. She recognized that although the children couldn’t change their disease, she could change how smoking impacted her own lungs. Wrote Dr. Oz in a blog: “Every new moment provides you with a chance to accept the challenge to make your life better.”

High-Protein Chocolate Breakfast Smoothie
Yield: Four 16-ounce servings

1. Put the water, psyllium husk powder, and fiber powder in a blender and blend on high until smooth and slightly thickened, about 1 1⁄2 minutes.
2. Turn the blender off and add the protein powder, cocoa, and monk fruit powder, if using; blend until smooth, about 30 seconds, and turn off the blender.
3. Add the egg-white powder and blend until smooth, about 10 seconds, then add the ice and blend until smooth, about 30 seconds.
4. Pour the smoothie into 4 pint-sized glasses.
Tip: Add a pinch of salt if your diet can afford the sodium—it will really draw out the full flavor of the cocoa.
Per serving: 198 calories, 2g fat (.25g sat), 0mg cholesterol, 488mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate, 8g fiber, 30.75g protein
Nutrient content claims: Reduced calorie / Low fat / Low saturated fat / Cholesterol free / No added sugar / High fiber / High Protein

Jimmy Moore: 180 pounds lost on a LCHF diet

In the world of low carb weight loss, Jimmy Moore has become both a role model and an inspiration. He recently teamed up with Dr. Eric Westman to author what is the most important book to be written on ketogenic diets for weight loss: “Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet.”

The book explains how to succeed on a high fat low carb ketogenic diet, and illustrate the depth of research to date on this topic. You can learn more about “Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet” by clicking here.

His books include

In an interview with the Examiner, he pointed out that evaluating success on a diet goes beyond a number on a scale.

“I know people are enamored by weight loss, but that’s perhaps the least interesting way to measure how well you are doing in your nutritional plan,” he says. “Yes, I lost 180 pounds in 2004 on the Atkins diet, saving me from being a 400+ pound man on three prescription medications for high cholesterol, high blood pressure and breathing problems.”

However, Jimmy notes, “coming off of all those drugs and permanently shifting my thinking on food forever has been the lasting impact of that experience. Nevermore will I look at sugar, grains, starch or fat in the same way ever again.”

As a result of his weight loss, Jimmy feels empowered. “I know what those foods do to me when I eat them and that knowledge is incredible power that far too many people have lost control of in this day and age.”

He also believes in paying it forward. “Helping educate people on what real food is perhaps for the first time in their entire lives is now my life’s mission to help them avoid the morbid obesity and chronic disease that once plagued me and hundreds of millions more around the world today,” Jimmy stated.

As part of that education, Jimmy emphasizes to others that they need to let go of their fear of fats. To those who translate low carb diets as food plans that are high in protein, he clarifies: “Actually, a well-formulated low-carb diet is never one that is high in protein. When you cut the carbohydrates, the macronutrient that you shift to is dietary fat. Protein in this context is relatively moderate.”

To help others achieve their own low-carb success, Jimmy has co-authored a book to be released in August. Available for pre-order now, it’s entitled “Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet.” His co-author is Dr. Eric Westman, who also contributed to “New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great.”

In “Keto Clarity,” the duo explain how to find “your own personal carbohydrate tolerance level, your individual protein threshold, and then unlimited monounsaturated and saturated fats to satiety as the key to making this work for you well. There is no one set of fixed percentages or ratios that will work for everyone. You have to tinker and tweak it for you to make it right.”

Jimmy has done his own tinkering with his diet and found that an 80% fat, 15% protein, and 5% carbohydrate diet provides him with “the results I desire in not just my weight control, but also in the health benefits of being in a state of ketosis, including hunger control, mood stability, improved memory, robust energy and so much more.”

And if Jimmy has one message for those struggling to lose weight, it’s this: ”

Be kind to yourself. I am so saddened by all the self-hate I see floating around out there on the Internet from people who think they have done something wrong because a machine fails to validate the choices they have made. Become your own validator, say POSITIVE things about yourself, bring people into your life who will uplifting you, not bring you down. There’s enough ugliness in this world already and being hard on yourself just adds one more layer of “stuff” that you gotta overcome if you’re ever going to be successful at getting your weight and health back in line again.

For those who want additional reading recommendations, Jimmy recommends: