September 04, 2006

Chinese Diets

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A Dream Diet That Works - Wake Up!
By Matthew Scott

"Dream" diets - to think or hope that there's such a thing, let alone a dream diet that works for all is... dreaming. There are so many variables when it comes to food and people, and this is why most of the diets you read and hear about are just fads.

Each of us is unique, physically, mentally and emotionally; we therefore have unique needs, particularly where food is concerned. Chinese doctors have known this for at least 2500 years - that's how long they've been analysing food and its effects on the body. What has developed in China throughout this time is a complete system of food classification, cooking methods and food cures known as Traditional Chinese Dietary Therapy (TCDT). According to TCDT, the food that's best for each individual is governed by such factors as his/her constitutional body type, current state of health, age, the seasons, and the weather.

There's no such thing as a dream diet that works for all!

So, how do you know which foods and drinks are right, or not right, for you? To know exactly, you need to consult a trained practitioner of TCDT. Practitioners of traditional Chinese acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine also dispense traditional Chinese dietary advice.

In the meantime, though, there are some general, time-tested Chinese dietary guidelines you can follow to greatly improve your health and vitality. For example:

1. In the heat of summer consume less heating, stimulating foods and drinks like meat, fried foods, spices, alcohol and coffee, and consume more light, cooling foods like fruits and vegetables (steamed or lightly stir-fried is best).

2. Vice-versa in winter, i.e. consume more warming, nourishing foods and drinks like meats, soups, stews, a little alcohol perhaps, and less cooling foods.

3. Don't consume very cold drinks, especially during meals, as they interfere with digestion. Instead have a cup of green tea to facilitate digestion, especially of meat and greasy foods.

In TCDT the emphasis is on balance and moderation. Too much, or too little, of a food or drink or of one flavor can, over time, lead to disharmony, ill health and disease. Forget about the concept of a dream diet that works for all - instead understand that as a unique individual you need a unique blend of foods and liquids in order to function optimally, and that your dietary needs change according to your state of health, the seasons and the other factors mentioned above.

Matthew Scott is a Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner from Australia, living in China since 2000. For more dietary tips see Matthew's free Chinese Diet Report - 25 Time-Tested Chinese Dietary Principles You Can Apply Today for Optimum Weight, Health and Vitality.

July 11, 2006

The New Issue Of The MOBM Letter -- A Controversial Study

The next issue of the Mind Over Body Matter Letter is ready...

It's called ==> A Controversial Study

Make sure to check it out.

July 06, 2006

All of your answers revealed

So... if you haven't figured it out by now (which I'm sure you have - I don't have any dumb readers), this sounds an awful lot like the state of the union in the fitness industry.

All of the "gurus" only tell you enough to keep you coming back for more.  Or, they tell you one thing and then switch to something else because "the research" says otherwise.

What do you think? 

July 05, 2006

Tell Me What You Think

Ok, so I've taken just a little bit more of a vacation than normal.  I'll tell you what, take a look at this cartoon and I'll tell you how it pertains to fitness tomorrow.


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July 01, 2006

The "Take The Stairs" Way to Failure

So, to continue my last post, I truly feel that the find ways to exercise through "everyday" activities is hurting most people.

You see, because of the state of obesity in the United States especially, many leaders just want people to do SOMETHING.  Therefore, they tell people that you can get in shape and improve your health by increasing your activity level while doing mundane tasks.

But let's be serious, do we really think that walking up the stairs everyday instead of taking the elevator will improve our fitness level THAT much.  Really, you might take the stairs two times per day for a grand total of 5 minutes walking the stairs.

And, most people would be laboring up the stairs anyway all the while, telling themselves that they are taking the stairs instead of the elevator and their fitness levels are improving because of it.

Do you really think that?

From what the research tells us, most people need to raise their metabolism in order to lose fat without crash dieting.

Two ways to increase your metabolism:  weight training... interval training

Everything in life that is worthwhile takes a little W-O-R-K... including health and fitness.  Don't shortchange yourself by thinking otherwise.


June 30, 2006

MOBM Letter #5 Is Now Out

The new "MOBM Letter" is out.  It's about Excess Post-exercise Oxygen Consumption and is a must read for every person that is trying to lose body fat.

Check it out.


New "MOBM" Letter Coming Out Today

I am just going to let you all know that the next issue of the "MOBM" Letter is coming out in about 2 hrs.

I'll post the link then.

Lots of great energy flux info is being covered.


June 29, 2006

I forgot to tell you...

I am extending the bonus availability for "Weight Loss Black Ops" until 11.59 ET July 4, 2006.  I can't think of a better way to celebrate Independance day than to be "independant" for unwanted body fat.

Make sure to return tomorrow for the next installment of the "energy flux" breakdown



So You Wanna Lose Weight, Huh?

If you haven't noticed already, I am a huge fan about this new phenomenon that's starting to come around.  Of course, if you've been following for the past few months, you'll know that I am talking about "energy flux".

So what IS this topic about...

Let's just say that it's the anti-diet.

Seriously, the whole basis behind it is pushing as many total calories through your body as possible and not gaining weight.  Seems impossible right.

Well not only is it possible, but if your whole idea of fitness is getting absolutely RIPPED (and it should be), this should be the only protocol you should follow.

So, the mantra for right now is "Eat More, Move More, Lose More"

There are a few studies that have to do with energy flux and I'll share one with you tomorrow.  

All I ask is that you hold your feelings about this controversial subject until a few days from now.  I am about to show you how to get in better shape and in less time per day than you have ever thought possible.

Oh, and I'm not talking about the whole "make sure to take the stairs instead of the elevator deal"

You know what, before I get started on energy flux tomorrow, I'll tell you why everyone tells you to "find ways to exercise" (like the stairs thing).

It'll blow your mind...  

June 28, 2006

Oh, I forget to tell you...

I have a new myspace "for fun" blog that you can check out at:

Be prepared for tomorrow...

More energy flux and a few explanations start just for you 

Getting Back On Track

Starting tomorrow... I'll starting posting everyday on a subject that I am most fascinated with... energy flux.  Make sure to check in everyday for great content and tips to help you get ripped!

You see, that's the real ticket.  No one really wants to just "lose weight"... no they want to lose body fat AND keep a healthy amount of muscle (like a sprinter)... not super skinny and pasty.

Pay attention, the fun's about to begin...




June 24, 2006

Helping People Lose Body Fat

It's always funny when I talk to people about losing weight?  Everyone seems to want to lose it as FAST AS POSSIBLE.

Now, while that's great in theory, think about one thing before you decide to run down the 'speed' isle:

Your skin is only SO elastic... and... as you get older... it gets less and less elastic.

Remember, loose skin looks worse than body fat.

Take your time and do it right.

June 20, 2006

Go, Go, Go, We are now LIVE!

"Weight Loss Black Ops" is now live.  Everything about this is limited.  Make sure to get in today.

June 19, 2006

The Big Day Tomorrow

June 15, 2006

Fit for Life - A No-Nonsense Look at Fitness

Now, more than ever, becoming fit for life should be your mantra. Obesity is becoming more and more a problem. According to the F as in Fat: How Obesity Policies are Failing in America (2005) report, about 119 million Americans, or 64.5% of adult Americans are either overweight or obese. Consequently, a rise in obesity-related diseases such as type II diabetes, breast and colon cancer, gall bladder surgery and cardiovascular diseases has been seen. So do you really want to be come an obesity statistic or would you rather take that step now to be fit for life?

Fit for Life - It Starts with Small Steps

The simple truth is this - you are overweight because you consume more food /energy than you burn off. However, instead of thinking of how difficult it will be to lose ALL those pounds, start with small, realistic steps. You lose the first pound and the rest will follow.

• Do SOMETHING, ANYTHING, it will always be better than NOTHING. It would be great if you can find a fitness buddy but if not, fine; don't be afraid to go on your own. After all, it is your body that will stand to benefit anyway.

• If you started walking and started seeing the first pounds melt away, change your routine. Boredom has killed many a fitness enthusiast so although you may be elated at the first pounds lost, doing the same thing over and over again will kill your enthusiasm soon enough.

• Challenge yourself a little bit - for 3 days a week at 30 minutes a day, do some weight training exercises. Start light; just use a set of dumbbells (even filled up water bottles will do!)

• Now you are ready to cross-train! Mix and match your fitness routine. Walk, run, jog, skip, whatever keeps you going.

Of course, all this activity is for nothing if you come home panting and then start grabbing a bag of chips. Remember, being fit for life is also a lifetime commitment to opting to eat healthy food!

• Do not deprive yourself of anything. It is human nature folks. If you tell yourself you can never have chocolate cake again... yes, you'll end up wanting chocolate cake... NOW.

• Start taking a look at what you put on your food or what you are eating with it. Sure cauliflower and broccoli are healthy but you are dipping them in cheese sauce, you are just sabotaging your own diet. Start going back to basics. Think of it this way - nude food is good!

• You know what? You really are, what you eat. If you are too busy to cook and grab a bag of chips and chug it down with cola, don't ask other people why you feel 'heavy' and 'down'.

• Drink people, drink! It is said that by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. Of course, don't gulp down soft drinks go for flavored water instead if 8 to 10 glasses of 'plain' water is too much for you.

Copyright 2006, Brad Howard

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June 14, 2006

29 Off-The-Wall Reasons To Get In Better Shape

Establishing clear expectations while working out often can be the difference between success and failure. Too many people try to do too much and get frustrated. Instead of “lasering” in on a few great strategies, they try to do as many things as possible. As they say, “Jack of all trades, master of none” applies here.

To help renew your spirits of why proper diet and exercise is important for the New Year, I’ve compiled a somewhat comical list. See how many apply to you:

• Because it costs you (or your loved ones) over 5 million pennies in future health care if you aren’t

• Because feeling better tomorrow starts today

• Because torture is a bad persuasion technique

• Because studies show that fit people make more money

• Because if you don’t, you suck

• Because movie stars do it

• Because performers do it

• Because everyone that is cool in your life, does it

• Because you CAN commit 1.5 hrs/wk out of 176

• Because avoiding a wheelchair is a good thing

• Because hugs are better when you can actually wrap your arms around someone

• Because your kids really don’t want to put you in a rest home

• Because no matter what you keep telling yourself, thick is not sexy

• Because feeling grandpa’s muscles at Thanksgiving can be a yearly ritual

• Because cottage cheese is for fruit

• Because squeezing into a size 6 means you’re not a size 6

• Because love making is much more fun without the extra rolls

• Because being able to see your toes……hmmmm

• Because bigger clothes cost more money

• Because shopping for smaller clothes raises spirits

• Because hitting the State Fair and observing everyone shouldn’t be the only thing that puts a smile on your face

• Because having the woman in your life open a stuck jar of pickles for you is embarrassing

• Because no matter what anyone says, women are always in competition with each other. You do want to win, right?

• Because you had to ask your 10 year old son to take out the trash…..after all you couldn’t lift it

• Because beer makes everyone else look better while making you look worse

• Because weight training makes you look better while making everyone else look worse (see competition in women)

• Because yelling at the gym is a lot better than yelling at work (unless you are a cheerleader)

• Because “Shut your mouth or I’ll kick your ___,” now actually has meaning

• Because being told you look 40 when you are actually 60 does something strange to self confidence

Again, make sure to renew your sense of self worth this holiday season and strive to become a healthier you. Great information is always key but watch out for the dreaded “information overload.” Get equipped and make ’06 the best year of your life.

Copyright 2006, Brad Howard

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June 12, 2006

Weight Loss Secrets Your Trainer Doesn't Want You to Know

Copyright 2006 Brad Howard 

People today are highly concerned with their bodies and their health so it is no surprise that more and more people are hiring personal trainers to help them lose weight and get in shape. For the most part, this is a good thing. It’s great to see people taking a positive step towards weight loss and a healthy future.

However, do you really need a trainer? There are some people out there that can greatly benefit from the regular expertise of a personal trainer. There are many other people who could likely do it just fine on their own if they would only set their mind to it. The trainer merely serves as a person to answer to; the person you are paying to kick you in the tushie when you don’t get moving!

It’s true that your trainer knows a lot about helping you get in shape and lose weight to be a healthier and more beautiful you. So what are some big secrets your trainer doesn’t want you to know?

1.    You don’t have to “feel the burn”. We’ve all heard the phrase “no pain, no gain”. You may have even chanted it a few times yourself during your workout but one thing your trainer might not want you to know is that working harder and pushing further won’t help you lose weight if you are injured.  Remember, for beginners, slow and steady wins the race!

2.    You do not have to give up junk food entirely. Trainers have a habit of blacklisting certain foods that just might happen to be your favorite. There is good reason for this. Most people that are overweight may already have a problem with saying no to food. However, cutting out a favorite treat altogether can lead to serious cravings and secret binges. It’s okay to have a little chocolate or a soda now and then – just learn how to pace yourself and keep it to a minimum. Be sure you never use the food item as a “reward”.  (As a side note, in most states, trainers cannot give nutritional advice unless they are a registered dietician.)

3.    You don’t need a routine to burn calories. Trainers train you to focus on a set, regular weight loss and exercise routine because that is the best way to get you in the habit of exercising and to push you to do what you need to do to burn calories. However, you can just as easily burn calories and get the exercise you need in your regular daily activities. There are many healthy habits that can be incorporated into your daily activity that do not require a gym, or a trainer.

4.    Losing weight is often simply about forming better habits. You need better and healthier eating habits, sleeping habits and exercise habits. Forming these habits will help you lose weight and keep it off- without needing a trainer!

If you are using a trainer, keep in mind that you should feel comfortable with the trainer that you are working with. It should be someone not only knowledgeable but also someone that cares about you and your needs. Remember, you should work together as a team with your health as the common goal.


Brad Howard knows "The Secret".  It's what keeps many personal trainers in business, especially the bad ones.  Can you guess what it is?  No one has yet....

Learn about "The Secret" to lasting weight loss at

June 09, 2006

Creation Duel

In the beginning God created the heaven and the Earth. And the Earth was without form, and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Devil said, "It doesn't get any better than this."
    And God said, "Let there be light" and there was light. And God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit," and God saw that it was good.  And the Devil said, "There goes the neighborhood."
    And God said, "Let us make Man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air and over the cattle, and over all the Earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the Earth." And so God created Man in his own image; male and female did He create.
    And God looked upon Man and Woman and saw that they were lean and fit.
    And the Devil said, "I know how I can get back in this game."
    And God populated the earth with broccoli and cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.
    And the Devil created McDonald's. And McDonald's brought forth the 79-cent double cheeseburger. And the Devil said to Man: "You want fries with that?" And Man said: "Supersize them." And Man gained 5 pounds.
    And God created the healthful yogurt, that woman might keep her figure that man found so fair. And the Devil brought forth chocolate. And Woman gained 5 pounds.
    And God said, "Try my crispy fresh salad."
    And the Devil brought forth Ben and Jerry's. And Woman gained 10 pounds.
    And God said, "I have sent thee heart-healthy vegetables and olive oil with which to cook them."
    And the Devil brought forth chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained 10 pounds and his bad cholesterol went through the roof.
    And God brought forth running shoes and Man resolved to lose those extra pounds.
    And the Devil brought forth cable TV with remote control so Man would not have to toil to change channels between ESPN and ESPN2.  And Man gained another 20 pounds.
    And God said, "You're running up the score, Devil."
    And God brought forth the potato, a vegetable naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition.
    And the Devil peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fat fried them. And the Devil created sour cream dip.
    And Man clutched his remote control and ate the potato chips swaddled in cholesterol. And the Devil saw and said, "It is good." And Man went into cardiac arrest.
    And God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.
    And the Devil canceled Man's health insurance.
    Then God showed Woman how to peel the skin off chicken and cook the nourishing whole grain brown rice.
    And the Devil created light beer so Man could poison his body with alcohol while feeling righteous because he had to drink twice as much of the now-insipid brew to get the same buzz. And Man gained another ten pounds.
    And God created the life-giving tofu.
    And Woman ventured forth into the land of Godiva Chocolate and upon returning asked Man: "Do I look fat?"
    And the Devil said, "Always tell the truth." And Man did.
    And Woman went out from the presence of man and dwelt in the land of the divorce lawyer, east of the marriage counselor.

June 08, 2006

How Comforting Is Your "Comfort Food"

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