Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Brandy T Lost 55 pounds doing this?



WOW, What a Success Story! Brandy T has two wonderful boys, ages 6 and 2. After giving birth to her second child, she faced similar issues others had to deal with. She had gained over 50 pounds, and needed to drop the weight. She started walking on her lunch break, and dieting. With little luck, she turned to another product, "Healthiest Meal of the Day" Shakeology! After a 3 day cleanse, she replaced her dinner with a Shake a Day, eating normal meals throughout the day. After 5 months, she dropped 55 pounds safely, walking and working out with the Shakeology program. Congratulations Brandy T, way to go!

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Will Shakeology give me Energy?

How Can Shakeology Help give you Energy? Our Food Technologist, Danielle Robertson is guest blogging! She is super-knowledgeable as her job is to help formulate Shakeology. Who better to teach us about energy properties in Shakeology than the science girl herself! Hi! Let's begin by talking about what an ergogenic aid is — it's something that increases the output of work in terms of mental or physical energy. While caffeine is the most popular ergogenic aid, it's not the only one that's effective. Many reported ergogenic aids (like ginseng) don't have enough evidence for scientists to know for sure whether or how it works. However, there are several key nutrients that your body depends on in order to get the most energy from the foods you consume. Many of those nutrients are depleted throughout the day, especially after moderate to strenuous exercise. Shakeology can help you restore those nutrients, thus restoring your body's ability to maximize your energy levels. Let's take a look at the top 7 energy-essential ingredients included in every dose of Shakeology: Green Tea Extract What is it? Green tea extract contains many different phytonutrients (plant nutrients) called catechins, which are potent antioxidants. While green tea extract contains a tiny bit of caffeine, it also contains a powerful catechin called epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG for short. What does it do? A recent study showed that green tea supplements increased fat metabolism at rest and carbohydrate metabolism during moderate exercise. This study gave volunteers either a drink containing green tea extract or a placebo (a drink that looked just like the green tea drink). This study was double-blind, placebo controlled, which means there was very little chance of cheating or bias because neither the participants nor the scientists knew who was getting what until after all the blood samples were collected, tested and analyzed. B Vitamins: Thiamin What is it? Thiamin, aka vitamin B1, is a vitamin found in pork products, sunflower seeds, legumes, wheat germ, watermelon and, of course, Shakeology. Thiamin was discovered as the “cure” for the disease Beriberi. Symptoms of beriberi include lethargy, weakness and mental confusion. In Singhalese, the language spoken in Sri Lanka, beri beri means, "I can't, I can't". Thiamin plays such a huge role in energy and metabolism, that it's no wonder a deficiency in this vitamin would be marked with such significant weakness and this specific name. What does it do? Thiamin plays a big role in carbohydrate metabolism. Glucose is the most basic unit of a carbohydrate and it's the #1 source of fuel for the body. When a glucose molecule is broken down to release energy, it must become pyruvate. Pyruvate cannot go on to the next step in carbohydrate metabolism without help from thiamin. The body does not store thiamin, and a high carbohydrate intake followed by strenuous exercise can rapidly use up the thiamin available. Getting enough thiamin is essential to helping your body convert carbohydrates to energy. B Vitamins: Riboflavin What is it? Riboflavin, aka vitamin B2, was discovered as a yellow pigment in milk. Milk products are good sources of riboflavin but other sources include mushrooms, broccoli, asparagus, spinach and other green leafy vegetables. What does it do? In the movie How to Train Your Dragon, wild dragons steal sheep from the local village and carry them to a massive cave where (spoiler alert) they drop the sheep in a hole to feed a gigantic dragon. Riboflavin is like the wild dragons but, instead of stealing sheep, it collects hydrogen atoms from various reactions in the body. Those hydrogen atoms get passed along not to a gigantic dragon, but to a prominent energy-producing reaction called the Electron Transport Chain (or "ETC"). The ETC is a crucial part of carbohydrate and fat metabolism, so by helping this process, riboflavin is helping your body convert food to energy. B Vitamins: Niacin What is it? Niacin is a vitamin found in mushrooms, wheat bran, tuna, chicken, turkey, asparagus, and peanuts. Since our bodies can make small amounts of niacin from the amino acid tryptophan, animal proteins that are rich in tryptophan are also considered sources of niacin. What does it do? Niacin-containing enzymes participate in at least 200 reactions, most of those used to produce ATP (the chemical form of energy). Like riboflavin, niacin's role is to collect hydrogens to "feed the dragon" (the electron transport chain) which ultimately results in a release of energy. Despite the similar role, niacin far outshines riboflavin by the sheer number of reactions it participates in. Really, there's no contest. The sheer number of energy-related chemical reactions niacin participates in is why it's so important to get enough niacin to optimize your energy levels. B Vitamins: Pantothenic Acid What is it? Pantothenic Acid, aka vitamin B5, gets its name from the Greek work pantothen, which means "from every side" or "widespread". The name is appropriate considering the widespread supply of pantothenic acid in food. Pantothenic acid is so prevalent in the American diet that there isn't enough data on people with a B5 deficiency to establish the RDA. Instead, there is value for Adequate Intake (AI), which is basically the amount of pantothenic acid needed to replace the amount that was excreted in urine. This may be a good time to point out that scientists are often under-appreciated for their hard and sometimes gruesome work. What does it do? Have you ever taken a dog for a walk or, better yet, taken a dog to a park? The dog wants to go to the park, but it needs to be brought there. Pantothenic acid is like the person that brings the dog (in this case a molecule named acetate) to the park. Acetate may come from the breakdown of a carbohydrate, a fatty acid, an alcohol or a protein, just like a dog may come from the pet store, the pound, the street, or a neighbor. Regardless of where it came from, a healthy dog wants to go to the park. If you bring it to the park and set it loose to run, you'll see a huge burst of energy. In a similar fashion, pantothenic acid helps bring acetate to the metabolic process in your body that results in a release of energy. Protein What is it? Protein is your body's least favorite type of fuel. It much prefers to use carbohydrates or fats, but some minimal protein does get used as fuel. However, protein's role in energy metabolism is not as fuel, but as the parts of the machine itself. What does it do? The building block of a protein is an amino acid, and amino acids come together to make enzymes (a special type of protein), which act as machines that facilitate the chemical reactions in your body. There are some molecules like taurine that are technically amino acids, but the terms "essential" and "non-essential" refer to amino acids that help make proteins. Your body can make the non-essential amino acids, but it's important to get enough of the essential amino acids so your body can build and repair its enzymes and proteins. As Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan put it, "We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us." In other words, to make sure your body can build the right proteins for energy metabolism, it's important to eat the right proteins. A serving of Shakeology provides all the amino acids you need to get the job done. Water What is it? Water is defined as the basis of the fluids in living organisms. Considering the human body is mostly water, it's surprising how many people don't pay enough attention to staying fully hydrated. As it turns out, this has a noticeable impact on your metabolism. Regardless of whether you make your Shakeology with water or a water-based liquid (yes, milk counts), drinking it can help your body stay hydrated. What does it do? Water serves as the medium for many reactions in our body, and even participates in several reactions. Minimal dehydration (1-2% of body weight in fluids) can slow down metabolism and make you feel thirsty and slightly fatigued. The solution to this fatigue is not caffeine; it's plain old-fashioned water (or water with cucumber slices in it if that's more your style). Consuming caffeine won't quench your thirst, and it could worsen your degree of dehydration, which would make you feel even more tired. If dehydration continues to 4% (meaning a 135 pound woman now weighs about 130 pounds), symptoms include lagging pace, weariness, sleepiness and apathy. Some people might associate sleepiness with a sign they need caffeine, but drinking caffeine instead of water could be counter-productive. Skip the irony - sip water or Shakeology! Thanks to the Shakeology Team for the opportunity to guest blog and share my science background with the community! Hope you learned something new. Adrian B. Hodgson, Rebecca K. Randell, Niels Boon, Ursula Garczarek, David J. Mela, Asker E. Jeukendrup, Doris M. Jacobs. Metabolic response to green tea extract during rest and moderate-intensity exercise The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, Volume 24, Issue 1, January 2013, Pages 325–334 Posted in: Danielle Robertson, Product News "How Can Shakeology Help give you Energy?"

Thursday, January 8, 2015


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Cucumber Salad

An easy salad to serve with grilled chicken or steak for supper or on a bed of greens for a satisfying lunch. Substitute white beans or chickpeas for the black-eyed peas if you prefer. Perfect for these hot, Summer days. So refreshing, so healthy, so good!


3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons chopped fresh oregano, or 1 teaspoon dried
Freshly ground pepper to taste
4 cups peeled and diced cucumbers
1 14-ounce can black-eyed peas, rinsed
2/3 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup slivered red onion
2 tablespoons chopped black olives


Whisk oil, lemon juice, oregano and pepper in a large bowl until combined. Add cucumber, black-eyed peas, bell pepper, feta, onion and olives; toss to coat. Serve at room temperature or chilled

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Body Beast

Over the past couple weeks I have become pretty well acquainted with Mr. Isreal, Sagi Kalev, and his amazing program Body Beast. I have been sampling the various workouts to give you a good review and overview of what to expect from the Beast. As I am writing this, we have a long list of individuals taking the Body Beast Challenge. This is going to be a one of a kind experience. Wearing out my dog, as I am at it all day, reviewing this new program, and helping others get going!

I’ve got the BEAST on my mind so much that nearly everything I say these days has a “Beast” or “Beastly” thrown in for good measure (“That was a Beastly dinner”.). Anyways, let’s get to my review.

I couldn’t be happier or more pumped about these workouts. They are straight to the point and all about lifting BIG to get BIG. The first thing I noticed was how brief the warm ups and cool downs are. Sagi gets right to business, spends only the time he needs and then we go straight to the weights. The routines are pretty complex. The varying set types could be hard to follow but the on screen cues and guides make it really easy. The workouts are fast too!

They key to building hypertrophy NATURALLY is to increase your body’s own testosterone and stimulate muscle growth with quick, yet intense, types of targeted muscle building. Sagi has mastered that, as a long term advocate of natural bodybuilding. He’s coined the term “Dynamic Set Training” for his technique, which uses multiple sets, progressive sets, drop sets, supersets, etc., in combination with each other, to pre-fatigue the muscles, and then hammer them into submission! There are some great big Giant sets where you hit three lifts, back to back to back. It is amazing how much time under tension your muscles experience.

That is the key to growth, not just a large stimulus from a huge weight, but the cumulative time under tension. The pump you get from the workouts is second to none. You’ll be feeling Beastly after a single workout for sure. The workouts are a little shorter too (30-50 minute averages), mainly due to the abbreviated warm up and cool down. It is almost all lifting! The BUILD phase has multi-body part days (Chest/Tris day, Back/Bis day, and Shoulders Day), where as the BULK phase hits each muscle group individually (Chest day, Back day, Shoulders day, Arms day). The final BEAST phase is a combination of lift days and incorporates some cardio to help you lean out a bit.
The Nutrition Plan

“If you want to put it on, you’ve got to put it in! You can’t build muscle out of nothing” — Sagi K.

To be a Beast you need to eat like a Beast. The nutrition plan in the Book of Beast is very well done. It lays out clear calculations to find your caloric need for bulking. You reassess after the BUILD phase to meet the caloric needs of your new mass. At the end of the BULK phase you transition to a slight deficit (depending on your BF%) for the BEAST phase. This allows you to cut for the final 3-4 weeks to lean out and expose a little more of your Beastly gains.

The macro-nutrient breakdowns for the BUILD and BULK phase are the same 25% protein, 50% carbs, and 25% fats. Your caloric need is figured off of your lean body mass (LBM), resting metabolic rate (RMR), daily activity, workout activity (calories to maintain weight) and a 20% surplus. For the final BEAST phase, you transition to a more standard 40% protein, 30% carbs, and 30% fats. That is very pretty close to Fat Shredder. There is a portion plan for Body Beast, much like P90X and X2.

It is important though to note the different categories of foods that you should try to get in a day. Even if you are tracking and not using a portion plan, making sure you get a variety of foods will give you the best results.You need to stay on Shakeology to make sure you have all my vitamins and minerals covered. For a lot of guys and gals, you may need an extra shake and liquid calories to be able to hit your budgets. Don’t be afraid of this, just track everything!

This could have easily gone in the Nutrition Plan section. The Beast’s Supplements in part help you hit your marks for the bulking diet. The Base Shake and the Fuel Shot are both to be used to help you hit your budgets for protein and carbs. MAX Creatine and Super Suma are both more along the lines of true supplements to your diet. Let’s look at all four.

Base Shake – this is a all natural, flavorless whey protein. It is used in the Book of the Beast for post workout mainly, but you can add it to meals/shakes to increase your protein intake. It has 18g of protein per serving.

Fuel Shot – this supplement is a carbohydrate blend. It mixes both dextrose and maltodextrin. Both of those are very simple carbs. They are high on the glycemic index and will spike your blood sugar. But isn’t that bad? No post workout! That is the perfect time. You just crushed your workouts and have used up a lot of your glycogen stores. It is time to replenish them. The release of insulin to blunt the rising blood sugar will pull more nutrients and amino acids (from the massive amounts of protein you’ve been eating) into your muscles. This will fuel protein synthesis and muscle growth/recovery.

MAX Creatine – Plain and simple, you get high-grade pure creatine monohydrate—without fillers, preservatives, or untested ingredients. I’ve written a lot about creatine, so if you need a refresher..

Super Suma – I don’t have experience with this product.. I know what I have heard from Beachbody, “Super Suma is made from suma root (“Brazilian ginseng”) and contains Beachbody’s exclusive plant-based enzyme system for enhanced benefits. Use daily to help amp up muscle strength, size, and endurance.” The fact that Suma will trigger false positive results on steroid tests says a lot about how this product (which is totally natural, from the suma root plant) might be very effective. It’s not a steroid, but a plant sterol. However, our current steroid testing protocols are not advanced enough to differentiate between sterols and steroids. So if you are an athlete or military person who might be tested for performance enhancing drugs, stay away from the suma. For the rest of us, I say BEAST UP!! LOL!

So if you’ve thought you are a hard gainer, or that it’s tough for you to put on the kind of mass you desire, here’s what Sagi says to you =
“You are NOT a hard gainer. You just haven’t done the right program … YET!”. — Sagi
Beast Up!

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