- Product highlight
- Brainpower tip
- Time tip
- Finance tip
- Security tip
- Health tip/Fitness tip
- Thought for the day
1. Product Highlight
I'm nearing 50. Despite having "fat genes," I
have washboard abs. Not because I'm better than someone who doesn't,
but because I follow a few basic rules and make the effort. If I can do it, anyone can. But how?|
The "secret" to having a lean
body does not lie in any of the commonly-pushed schemes for "weight
loss" or in some pill. It lies in the very simple formula:
calories in minus calories out.
Let's put two facts together:
- Fact: Nobody at Auschwitz was obese. *
- Fact: People at Auschwitz did not eat
Hmm. There's a major clue. Can you guess what
Now, let's put two other facts together.
- Fact: Americans, who are more obese than
Europeans, eat significantly more than Europeans (in general).
- Fact: There are people who live on soda
and chips but are not fat (they aren't healthy, but at least
they aren't fat). The trick is they don't eat many chips or
drink much soda.
Hmm. Could it be that simply eating less
- The short answer: Yes.
- The long answer: Yes.
Of course, it's important to eat the right foods.
The less processed, the better. Eat mostly produce. This gives you
a strong body. But for a lean body, you must eat less. Combine the
two (better + less)with a decent exercise program, and you succeed. It really is that simple.
"But eating less makes me so hungry I could
faint." If this is your excuse for binging, you probably eat "three
squares" a day. Bad mistake. This stretches your stomach and causes
hunger-inducing blood sugar swings.
Update: As of 2015, we have stopped endorsing MRPs because the good
ones are off the market (as far as we know).
Why not use the strategy used by movie
stars, body builders, models, and many others who enjoy a nice, lean
- Strategy #1: Eat six small meals a
- Strategy #2: Make three of those meals
with an MRP.
That's an MRP at right, and it's the one I
personally recommend. Click the picture for more information on it.
Use this correctly (along with proper diet, rest, and exercise), and
you will have the lean, healthy body you want without going to any
extremes and without doing things that are unsustainable (such as
When I want to drop my bodyfat below 6%, all I
have to do is eat and exercise normally, but reduce my MRP intake to
somewhere between 1.5 and 2 scoops. This isn't one of those "protein
shakes," where you add in all kinds of calories via fruit, oats,
juice, etc. When you use a shaker cup, that cup will be about 1/3
full (rendering an amount that is, interestingly, about one cup in
A note on whey shakes. You do not "lose
weight" by adding whey shakes to your present diet. Many people
think if they visit the gym and do a low-intensity workout,
they need a 1.200 calorie whey shake. They then take diet pills in
an effort to fight off the fat they subsequently pile on.
Whey is a short chain protein molecule, which
means it is absorbed very quickly. After an intense workout (very
rare among gym rats), your muscles are depleted enough for you to
use whey. But for most people, what happens is their bodies can use
maybe 10% of that shake and their livers convert the rest to fat.
There is nothing wrong with whey protein
supplements. The problem is most people misapply them and thus get
the opposite results of what they intended. Use a protein blend, and
use small servings of it (aim for 20g of protein per 150lb of lean
body weight--that weight is your body weight minus your body fat) to
prevent this problem.
Footnote to Auschwitz comment:
I'm not making light of Auschwitz. People there were starved to
death, and worse. I'm a big fan of Wiesel; I think any time we can
mention Auschwitz in conjunction with the idea of starvation, we
should do it. It wasn't just a "prison camp" or "relocation center."
It was a place of immense suffering and horror. Too many people are
too willing to forget. When I was in middle school, we saw film
clips of those camps many times. I won't forget.
2. Brainpower tip
Eliminate mental fragmentation.|
Let's use a hypothetical
example. You are in a large building with 12 rooms. In each room is a little
workstation for a larger project. To complete the project, you must complete
a few tasks at each workstation.
The building has no lighting, but you have 12 little portable lights. You
can choose to light up all 12 rooms at once or to concentrate the lighting
on the task at hand. Which choice will you make?
The obviously correct choice is to concentrate that lighting.
Apply this same philosophy when learning something new, solving a
problem, or doing anything else that requires brainpower.
As an example, consider what happens when the typical person buys an
electronic device. Instead of walking through the manual a section at a time
and mastering that section, most people will go out of sequence (skip
around) or try to absorb it all at once. This is exactly why it was famously
"impossible" for most people to program their VCRs. This same issue applies
in many other scenarios, not just electronic devices.
The issue is mental fragmentation. Rather than divide your brainpower up
across the entire problem, use all of your brainpower on first one aspect of
it and then the next. You will reach the desired result far more quickly.
3. Time Tip
4. Finance tip
Due to popular demand, I am resuming and continuing
the energy savings discussion from our 22APR2007 eNL and previous issue.|
I keep hearing about the price of gasoline--people
seem to be obsessed with it, now. Long-time readers know I've addressed
fuel savings before. Rather than rehash or republish that same
information, let me just describe the primary strategies:
- Select the right vehicle. If your vehicle gets less than 30MPG
on the highway, replace it. (I am referring to regular passenger
vehicles that people drive to work, grocery, etc., not the van you
use in your plumbing business or whatever). Buy a manual
transmission, if offered in the model you choose--this provides a
huge savings in fuel economy as well as overall cost.
- Drive less. This reminds me of "eat less" for losing body fat.
This is common sense, but it is not something most people even think
of. Think of it. Then, do it. Combine trips, car pool, telecommute,
- Maintain your vehicle. Use only synthetic oil and change both it
and the filter regularly, rotate your tires per mfr's schedule, keep
the front end aligned, check tire inflation monthly (or more often),
and do all of the maintenance recommended in your owner's manual.
- Do not idle your engine. Doing so causes fuel to drop out of
suspension and contaminate your oil. The reason has to do with the
design of the intake manifold and the basic physics of Bernoulli's
Law. The contaminated oil has reduced lubrication properties, thus
lowering your fuel economy.
- Clean it out. I don't carry all kinds of junk in my car. It has
surprised me to learn that other people routinely cart around all
kinds of unnecessary items in their cars. That extra weight
requires energy to move.
- Maintain your proper body weight. Most people grossly
underestimate how fat they are. I have read fitness books written by
fat guys who insist that their 17% body fat level is "normal," as in
"nothing wrong with it." That's because they are pushing their own
personal views on what fitness is and they want to believe that
their ineffective programs work.
Unless you are extremely muscular,
you should not weigh more than 155 lbs if you are 6 feet tall. Use
that as a yardstick, and follow the recommendations in the first
article of this eNL to correct any deficiencies. A lot of people who
are heavy claim, "Yah, well, I am big-boned." In most cases, that is
not true. If you think it is true in your case, ask your physician
to get you an official determination. You can also
buy a scale that will tell you your skeletal weight. Remember,
nobody ever improved anything by making unsupported excuses.
You can find a slew
of accurate, useful free articles at
www.supplecity.com. You do
not need special pills and potions, though the supplements
recommended there can help (using the wrong ones for the wrong
purpose works against you, though). In
addition to reducing your fuel bills, being at the correct body
composition means you'll reduce or eliminate
future medical bills.
5. Security tip
When the subject of personal security comes up, most of
us think in terms of criminal threats to our person or property. That is
a good working concept for getting started, but it's actually a "drill
down" from the larger concept of security.|
Most of the danger to our persons and property are perfectly legal. For
- It's legal for another person to attack you
with a cigarette, and spew over 500 different carcinogens into the
air you are breathing.
- It's legal for some kid to drive by in the
wee hours with a overdriven speakers thumping out bass that wakes
you. The loss of sleep dulls your mental edge and might be what
causes you to have a fatal car accident or screw up that promotion
you have been working so hard on.
- The government steals via excess spending and
taxation, a situation exacerbated by individual government employee
fraud, incompetence, corruption, and unaccountability. All perfectly
- It's legal for a restaurant to spike your
food with hydrogenated oil, which is a powerful carcinogen. Then
again, most Americans willingly buy packaged "foods" that contain
this poison anyhow. Read your bread labels.
It's also perfectly legal for people to violate
their own personal security. For example:
- Every lawnmower manual instructs you to wear
safety glasses. In industry, the rule is if rotating equipment is in
your immediate environment, you put them on. How many people do you
see actually doing this? Wear those safety glasses, to protect your
eyes. You can buy attractive, UV-rated safety glasses inexpensively.
If there aren't any stores that sell them in your location, search online
and buy them.
- Ditto for hearing protection. The rule is if
you have to raise your voice, you wear hearing protection. Wear it
if operating a lawnmower.
- You would be pretty upset if someone pounded
your knees, back, and hips with a wooden baseball bat, wouldn't you?
Yet, over 80% of Americans carry so much extra body fat that their
skeletons are mechanically tilted out of plane to balance the
accumulated body fat. The effect on their joints, over time, is
similar to being maliciously beaten.
What you need to do is step back and assess all of
the various threats that present themselves. Ask these two questions:
- What is the possible danger, here?
- How can I protect myself?
The most serious threats you face are not the
spectacular ones, such as a break-in. They are the day-to-day insidious
ones that most of us simply do not guard against.
6. Health tip/Fitness tips
- Most hospitals make money by selling the umbilical cords cut from
women who give birth. They are used in vein transplant surgery.
So far, nobody has come up with a way of giving a Congressman a brain or
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8. Thought for the Day
Planning with purpose is essential to producing the best
results with the least effort and lowest cost.|
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