A Good Form of Trans-Fat Gets You Leaner and Healthier?

September 28th, 2009
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I just traded articles with my good friend, trusted colleague and Nutrition Specialist Mike Geary.

I was going to wait a few days to Post this – but this one is so helpful – I couldn’t hold off. So, here it is…

It’s an article that sheds some amazing light on the issue of nutritional trans-fats – and how they affect your body fat.


A Type of Trans Fat that Makes You Leaner and Healthier?

by Mike Geary
– Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Specialist & co-Author – ‘The Fat Burning Kitchen’

We all know that trans fats are horrible for your health right? But what if I told you that there is a specific type of trans fat that’s natural (not man-made) and actually helps you to lose fat faster and build lean muscle?

Well, check out the excerpt from my new program that I co-authored called “The Fat Burning Kitchen” >> http://tinyurl.com/FatLossKitchen below:

“…Not many people know this fact, but CLA is actually a natural form of trans fat, but it is FAR different than the artificial trans fats from hydrogenated oils that are so deadly and that you hear all of the negative information about. CLA is actually one of the only healthy trans fats in existence.

CLA is a natural form of healthy trans fat that occurs in the fat on the meat, and in the dairy from ruminant animals such as cattle, bison, deer, goats, sheep, kangaroo, etc. CLA in natural form has been shown to help in burning off abdominal fat and also maintaining or even building lean muscle.

Warning: do NOT use CLA supplements as they contain an artificially created form of CLA that is a different CLA isomer compared to the natural CLA isomer that’s found in meats and dairy from ruminant animals. The CLA isomer found in CLA supplements can have negative effects in the body and is more similar to an artificial trans fat. The only form of CLA is that going to benefit your health and help you to reduce body fat is the natural CLA isomers from grass-fed beef, bison, venison, etc or from grass-fed raw milk or cheeses.

Also, grass-fed meats and dairy contain 3-5x the CLA of grain fed meats, so avoid your typical grain-fed grocery store meats.

So that is the reason why I focused more on red meats such as grass-fed beef and bison during this 23-day cutting cycle instead of chicken, turkey, or fish — because the extra CLA can really help in accelerating fat loss and preserving lean muscle…”

There you have it… there actually IS such a thing as a healthy trans fat… bet you didn’t know that!

This was an excerpt from my brand new program I just co-authored with an extremely knowledgeable nutrition expert named Catherine Ebeling.

The program is called “The Fat Burning Kitchen”.

Because this is our launch week… you can grab the program for half price this week only. The price will double in a few days at the end of the week.

Also, I wanted to really knock your socks off with this program, so if you grab a copy this week, I even decided to throw in a special bonus section that gives you every single nitty gritty detail of how I just went from 10.2% bodyfat down to 6.9% bodyfat in only 23 days while I prepped for a photo shoot recently.

This is advanced stuff for when you might have an event such as a wedding or a beach vacation coming up and you need to knock off some significant bodyfat in only 3-4 weeks time frame. There’s nothing unhealthy here… but these techniques are definitely “amped up” from the norm.

When I say nitty gritty details… I’m talking everything, including specific spices, teas, nutrients, exactly what I ate, carb/protein/fat ratios and how I manipulated timing of nutrients to accelerate fat loss.

Seriously, we did the body comp tests and I went from 10.2% BF to 6.9% BF in only 23 days. I’ll be sharing the pics on my blog in a week or 2, when I get the finals back from the photographer.

You’ll find out all of those details of how I did this in the bonus chapter if you grab a copy this week.

check it out:

http://tinyurl.com/FatLossKitchen <<= Click Here

Get your copy today so you don’t miss out on the special offer.

Eat clean – Be Lean…

— Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer

By all means please feel free to share this post with anyone you know who may benefit from this type of helpful info…

Stay tuned – as I have a bunch of other freebies I’ll be sending your way later this week.

Your trainer forever – your trainer for life,

Joey Atlas

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The Atlas Gym Unit; Bodyweight Exercise Demo Video # 2

May 29th, 2009


The Atlas Gym Unit; Bodyweight Exercise Demo Video # 2

Direct link on Youtube (if you watch the video here – please rate it and leave me a comment – I’d love to hear from you):
The Atlas Gym Unit; Bodyweight Exercise Demo # 2
Link to =>> Atlas Gym Unit Bodyweight Workout Demo # 1

Direct link to The Atlas Unit:>> Bodyweight Home Gym Website

Your trainer for life – your trainer forever:

Joey Atlas

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FDA Orders General Mills to Stop ‘Cholesterol-lowering’ Claims for Cheerios Cereal

May 22nd, 2009


FDA orders General Mills to stop cholesterol-lowering claims for Cheerios

- Credited to Stephen Barrett, M.D., Editor of Quackwatch.org

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered General Mills to stop making overly explicit disease-prevention claims for its Cheerios Toasted Whole Grain Oat Cereal.

Because foods that contain dietary fiber can help lower cholesterol and may help prevent certain cancers as part of a healthful diet, food companies are permitted to make certain approved claims to that effect.

However, the FDA objected that the company went beyond what is legally permissible by suggesting that blood cholesterol was likely to be lowered 4% in 6 weeks by including Cheerios in a person’s diet.

[Becoat WC. Warning letter to Ken Powell, May 5, 2009]
FDA Orders General Mills to Stop ‘Cholesterol-lowering’ Claims for Cheerios Cereal


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The Atlas Gym Unit Bodyweight Workout System: Sneak Preview VIDEO

May 19th, 2009


The Atlas Gym Unit Bodyweight Workout System; Bodyweight Exercise Unit for Home Gyms, Top Notch Personal Training Centers & Serious Fitness Clubs


UPDATE: The Official Home for the Atlas Home Gym Unit is here: http://AtlasHomeGym.com

Here is the VIDEO Sneak Preview of The Atlas Unit, I promised. Keep in mind – My Youtube limit is 10 mins per video – so I was limited in ‘how much’ I could reveal at this point. At the end of the week – when the other Atlas Attachments get here – I will be posting more exercise/workout examples with The Atlas Unit. Enjoy this… and pass it on…

Direct link to Youtube for >> The Atlas Unit, Underground Sneak Preview

Sneak Preview of The Atlas Gym Unit Bodyweight Workout System from Inventor & Author, Joey Atlas – M.S. Exercise Physiology. If you haven’t already go to the ‘Home’ page to sign up for Joey’s FREE e-Newsletter, ‘Secrets of a Trainer’ – and to be on the early notification list for the official release of The Atlas Gym Unit Bodyweight Workout System for Men, Women and Kids.

Sure to be a ‘Game Changer’ in the Fitness Industry – The Atlas Unit is ideal for Serious Fitness Centers, Top Notch Personal Training Facilities and REAL Home Gyms (the type of Home Gym that is actually USED by the people who live there ;-) )

Got some questions, comments or just want to share your growing excitement and anxiousness? Then just click on ‘Comment’ below – and let me know.

Your trainer for life – your trainer forever,

Joey Atlas

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Ultimate Bodyweight Gym Unit Preview: for Homes & Serious Fitness Centers

May 11th, 2009


Early SNEAK PREVIEW of The Ultimate Bodyweight (and Resistance Band) Gym Unit for Homes and Serious Fitness Centers

The first Atlas Unit is being shipped to us here at Atlas International Headquarters this week – But we were able to get these sneak preview photos sent to us so we can give you an idea of ‘what’s to come’.

These ’still photos’ truly don’t do any justice until you see The Unit ‘in action’ – which will be very soon as I’ll be posting video clip previews during the next few weeks.

The Atlas Bodyweight Gym Unit

The Atlas Bodyweight Gym Unit

Total Lower-Body Exercise Platform

Total Lower-Body Exercise Platform

Abs, Core, Butt, Hip, Thigh Exercise Bench

Abs, Core, Butt, Hip, Thigh Exercise Bench

'Old School' Multi-Use Pull-Up, Chin-Up Bar

'Old School' Multi-Use Pull-Up, Chin-Up Bar

Adjustable Resistance Band Anchors

Adjustable Resistance Band Anchors

The official release date of The Unit is shaping up to be toward the middle of this Summer – But we already have people emailing us who have asked to be put on the waiting list so they can get first dibs on the first series of Atlas Units that are produced by our partner in Pennsylvania.

The Unit is Commercial Grade and will be added to many fitness centers and training studios – even though our main client base consists of families who want a high quality, well rounded, Home Gym Experience that all family members will benefit from.

Here are some great inquiries that have come in during the last 3 weeks:

1 – a husband and wife fitness duo are interested in opening a Personal Training facility in New York – with several of these units and programming as the main theme of the training center.

2 – Two International corporations are interested placing at least one Atlas Unit in each of their global locations as part of their corporate wellness/fitness program for all employees.

3 – One of the largest US based fitness chains is interested in placing at least one Atlas Unit in each of its health clubs.

4 – One of the top suppliers for fitness industry pros and trainers is in discussions with us to be a reseller of the Atlas Unit in its print catalogs and web based catalog.

5 – A Southeastern amenities management company is interested in placing the Atlas Unit in all of their private community fitness centers.

There are more… – but you get the idea… We are onto something here. And the best is yet to come…

Feel free to leave your comments and questions below – by clicking on the ‘Comment’ link.

Your trainer for life – your trainer forever,

Joey Atlas

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Your Personal Trainer: “I’m Coming to YOUR House Soon…”

May 6th, 2009


Your Personal Trainer: “I’m Coming to YOUR House to Get You and Your Family In Great Shape FOREVER”

I just had to share this exciting info with you today… because it pertains to the future of ‘in-home fitness’ – your fitness to be exact…

There’s a lot going on here at ‘Atlas International Headquarters’ in regards to what the future holds for you.

Let me explain…

Ever since I started offering my exercise programs to people around the world – via DVDs, e-Manuals, print book, streaming online video…

There has been a constant positive energy coming back to me in the form of a very flattering wish – that basically sounds like this:

“Joey, how I wish you were local so that you could actually train me in person. Your programs are so effective – I can only imagine what kind of experience I would get to have you train me at home…”

Well, every time I read one of those emails – it resonates within me. And I’ve read a mountain of them over the past 5 years – So, I’ve decided to come to your house.

Here’s how… Right now – we are working on plans that will allow me to ‘flip a switch’ – and I show up, LIVE, on your TV or computer screen for a real time training session.

We will be setting up a professional video broadcasting in OUR VERY OWN home gym area. When its time for ‘todays’ workout – I turn the system on – You tune in – And BOOM! we are working out TOGETHER.

And I’ll be doing various types of workouts… for Men, Women, Kids, etc… You’ll even see me putting my wife and kids through their paces so that your other family members can tune in and follow along as well.

See, with modern technology making things so simple – it allows you to do what was previously un-imaginable.

My goal is to bring to highest quality, best results, ‘health club experience’ to YOUR home – for you and your family – for a mere fraction of the cost. This will save you time, money and creates more quality time for you and your family, as you ‘do fitness’ together – with me as your trainer.

I would love to hear from you about this – no matter where you are in the world… If you have quesions, comments – or if you just want to share your excitement about this – please just click ‘Comment’ below and type away. I look forward to hearing from you.

Your trainer forever – your trainer for life,

Joey Atlas

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Fitness Program Success: How to Measure Fitness Progress & Success

April 23rd, 2009


Fitness Program Success: How to Measure Fitness Progress & Success

Fitness goals come in many forms and definitions. Take a group of twenty people, ask them what their fitness goals are and you’ll get twenty different answers. There may very well be some close similarities between a good number of those fitness seekers – but then again, what means ‘tone up’ to one person may mean something totally different to another. But regardless of the many different individual versions of fitness goals, we can safely and confidently put them into several general categories that can hold the various subcategories and meanings as implied or inferred by the end user.

To keep matters simple, I will list the broadest terms that encompass the majority of fitness goals as applied to the general population.

1) Fat loss/Weight loss
2) Muscle ‘Toning’
3) Strength Building
4) Muscle Building
5) Energy Enhancement
6) Body Shaping (Re-shaping)/Body Sculpting
7) Flexibility Improvement
8) Reduction in Aches & Pains
9) Improved Self-Image & Self-Confidence
10) Improved Health/Medical Profile
11) Cellulite Reduction and Flab Lifting

There is definitely some overlap between these terms not only in definition but also in practice. But, this is a good thing – not a bad thing, at all – reason being that you can only get improvement in some of these areas if you are getting improvements in some of the others. Now, we are probably getting into an area of discussion more suited for fitness pros as opposed to fitness seekers but I think you are getting the idea of where I am coming from.

Are You ‘Hot’ or Not

Optimal fitness is not defined by one parameter – but rather by at least several. In other words, having a ‘hot body’ does not define one as fit – but having a hot body, that is flexible and capable of a moderate amount of physical output – which is fed a well rounded, nutrient dense diet will most likely fall into the ‘healthy and fit’ category.

On the flipside of this, having a body that is not defined as ‘sexy’ or ‘hot’ by societal norms does not mean that the ‘owner’ of that body is ‘unhealthy and unfit’. Remember, fitness is not defined by whether or not you can elicit cat calls and get yourself ‘checked out’ by others around you. Rather, fitness is a ‘full package deal’. It should answer the question: ‘What are we as a whole?’ when we account for all factors. Ultimately, it’s ‘how we feel about ourselves, with all elements of fitness being taken into consideration’.

So, where am I going with this slightly philosophical tilt? Well, the actual measurement of fitness progress and success can take many forms when we talk about specifics, but when the smoke clears and its time to assess ones changes and improvements – there are several elements to measure, depending on your personal goals, that will tell a tale and provide all the feedback needed to let you know if you are on the right track or in need of fitness/nutrition program adjustments.

You Already Have What You Need to Succeed

One of these key elements is your own intuition – you should be able to ‘feel’ if you are making progress or not. While there is nothing wrong with body-fat testing, weekly weigh ins, or strength testing (just to name a few)… It is more important that you start to rely on your internal feedback system. You want to learn how to get in tune with your body and your self. The better you get at this – the EASIER it becomes to ’stick with your program’, to make gradual progress… and to make your fitness lifestyle ‘SECOND NATURE’ to you.

If you enjoyed this issue of Secrets of a Trainer please forward it on to anyone you know who will benefit from it – either by emailing it to them – or by clicking on ‘Share This’ below. They’ll love you for it!

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Want to share your comments or thoughts about this article with us and the world? Then just click the ‘Comment’ link below.

Your trainer for life – your trainer forever,

Joey Atlas

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Fitness Foods # 3: Eight “B” Foods to Include In Your Weekly Meals Plans

April 10th, 2009


Fitness Foods # 3: Eight “B” Foods to Include In Your Weekly Meals Plans

As always – any food I suggest – is preferably of organic origin. And your meats are ideally grass fed, free range, etc…

1 – Banana

This is one of my all time favorites – and I eat one every day. Bananas are a great source of magnesium (good for your bones and heart health) – and they are loaded with potassium (about 400 milligrams in a medium one). This is good since we are supposed to get close to 5,000 milligrams of potassium per day. Remember, potassium helps regulate blood pressure, fights bone loss and reduces your risk of kidney stones.

2 – Brown Rice

The difference between white rice and brown rice is not the color. White rice is brown rice AFTER it has been processed and devalued. Unlike white rice, brown rice is a true whole grain – because it still has the bran and germ of the natural grain. So you get the true ‘whole grain’ benefits – and about 10 times as much body-benefiting potassium and phosphorus.

3 – Bran

Either as cold cereal or hot cereal – bran kicks butt (I love oat bran cooked in water for breakfast [11:30am] with a medium banana, and 2 tablespoons of ground flax seed).

What do you get? A very nice dose of fiber, magnesium – and some VERY good quality carbohydrates.

4 – Brussel(s) Sprouts

Just 4 of these natural powerhouses gives you about 240 micrograms of vitamin K – which is twice the measly amount the average person gets in a full day. And trust me – you NEED vitamin K.

5 – Beef (Eye of Round is good)

Red meat is not evil – unless you are eating half a pound every day…

A 3 ounce serving of high quality beef gives you a body toning and strengthening dose of protein – at only 160 calories.

What else do you get from ‘the beef’? Zinc and vitamin B6 – two more essential elements you need to function optimally

6 – Broccoli

Yes – its STILL good for you… – As one of the top ‘dark green vegetables’ – you want to find a way to get this on your dinner table a few times a week if you are interested in reducing your chances of getting cancer – just to name a few…

7 – Blueberries

..VERY high in antioxidants …boost your brain function …helps lower cholesterol …loaded with vitamin K …may help prevent osteoporosis …prevents hardening of the arteries …loaded with fiber …should I keep going?

8 – Barley

Pearl barley has the outer husk removed – so DON’T eat it. You want WHOLE GRAIN barley – which still has the valuable husk. We all know the benefits of true whole grains – so no need for me to rehash here. You can also try bulgar or buckwheat groats (kasha) – as they are also nutrient packed whole grains.

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Your trainer for life,

Joey Atlas

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Fat Loss Fact: Long-term Diet Study Shows Caloric Balance Key Factor In Weight Loss

March 17th, 2009


Fat Loss Fact: Long-term Diet Study Shows Caloric Balance Key Factor In Weight Loss

A 2-year study of 811 overweight adults assigned to one of four diets has found that the proportions of macronutrients did not affect how much weight they lost. The targeted percentages of calories derived from fat, protein, and carbohydrates in the four diets were 20/15/65, 20/25/55, 40/15/45, and 40/25/35, respectively. The diets consisted of similar foods and met guidelines for cardiovascular health. The participants were offered group and individual instructional sessions.

Among the 80% of participants who completed the trial, the average weight loss was 4 kg (about 9 pounds) and the results were similar in those who were assigned to a diet with 20% or 40% fat; 15% or 25% protein; and 65% or 35% carbohydrates. Satiety, hunger, satisfaction with the diet, and attendance at group sessions were similar for all diets. The diets also improved lipid-related risk factors and fasting insulin levels. The authors concluded:

**Reduced-calorie diets will result in clinically meaningful weight loss regardless of which macronutrients they emphasize.

**A range of fat, protein, and carbohydrate compositions can have beneficial effects on risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

**Such diets can be tailored to individual patients based on personal and cultural preferences and may therefore have the best chance for long-term success.

[Sacks FM and others. Comparison of weight-loss diets with different compositions of fat, protein, and carbohydrates. New England Journal of Medicine 360:859-873, 2009] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19246357

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Butt & Body Site for Ladies is LIVE (Men stay tuned for yours!)

March 4th, 2009


Butt & Body Site for Ladies is LIVE (*Men stay tuned for yours!)


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