Thursday, August 26, 2010

Mari Winsor Slimming Pilates System (WinsorSlim) Reviews

We've gotten a few requests for reviews of the new Mari Winsor "Slimming Pilates" system, aka "WinsorSlim". So let's give it a go and see if we can't come up with a few right here. For those who don't remember, Mari's first major product "Winsor Pilates" came out in 2002 and was a HUGE success for her. In fact it was one of the best-selling fitness infomercial products of all time. And for good reason: Mari is a true Pilates expert and her program actually worked really well for most customers!

Because of the Winsor Pilates home workout program many people (probably millions) were introduced to Pilates method exercise. Some fell in love with it and it remains a very popular form of workout in Europe and North America. It helps that Mari has a very unique teaching style that makes it easy to actually enjoy intense workouts. Overall, user reviews of Winsor Pilates were overwhelmingly positive and I know for a fact that people still use the tapes and DVDs today. People such as my aunt, a cousin, and 2 of my fitness clients... :)

Mari's new product -- the Slimming Pilates System, or "WinsorSlim" -- is very interesting. It's basically an updated version of the old Winsor Pilates program that's more focused on fat burning and body slimming, instead of just overall muscle toning and strengthening. It also features a unique piece of equipment that allows you to do several different Pilates moves in your own home without spending the thousands of dollars that are required for traditional Pilates machines.

The WinsorSlim package includes 4 DVDs, a "Rapid Results" weight loss guide, an "On-the-Go" dieting guide, a wall chart with instructions for each move, and the Accelerator, which is basically an adjustable weighted bar with an elastic resistance band and clip-on handles. 30 days of free "VIP Access" to Mari Winsor's special membership website is also included in your purchase. So right off the bat we can see that you get a lot of stuff for about $60 dollars. That's approximately equal to the cost of just one or two private Pilates instruction sessions!

This program, like most home workout programs, is mainly designed for beginners and intermediate users. So the level of difficulty and the intensity of the workouts is not ultra high. It's ideal for people who want to lose weight while toning, stretching, strengthening, and "lengthening" their body and muscles at the same time.

The addition of the Accelerator bar makes this program especially interesting. Mainly because it allows Mari to improve and enhance some traditional Pilates movements while also inventing some news ones that work the muscles in different ways and at different angles. It also makes the exercise routines more efficient because you can boost the intensity easily and do more in less time (always good in our book!).

So there you have it: a quick and hopefully useful review of the Mari Winsor Slimming Pilates -- or WinsorSlim -- system. We hope that more people will leave their own reviews, ratings, testimonials, questions, and all other feedback in the "comments" section below. Thanks!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Any REAL Force Factor Reviews?

Over the past few months we've gotten many requests for real reviews of the "Force Factor" muscle building product that's being sold all over the Inter-webs. And we know why. If you use just about any of the popular web portal or news sites (e.g. MSN, Yahoo, Digg, Myspace, Facebook, etc.) you've definitely see the ads. There's usually a picture some heavily muscled guy and a promise to show you how he got "ripped" in a matter of weeks. We've been avoiding posting Force Factor reviews but it looks like we're gonna have to tackle it sooner or later, especially since it appears that the web is littered with fake/dishonest reviews and ratings of the product.

At first glance, and without knowing a whole lot about the product, I can tell you that Force Factor is probably a scam... or at least a rip-off. Call it intuition and many years of watching how products (both good and bad) are marketed in the fitness, weight loss, and bodybuilding niches. the way that this particular product is marketed raises all kinds of red flags for me.

Don't get me wrong, I think that nitric oxide booster products (which is what Force Factor basically is) are pretty dang good. They give you a sensation muscle "pump" and are a great way to flood blood and nutrients into muscle tissue before and/or after a hard strength training sessions. I also personally notice a significant increase in strength and power when I take a nitric oxide boosting substance (which is often just simple, cheap L-arginine!)

The main problem I see with Force Factor is its cost. It seems much too expensive for a simple NO-booster. Also, I know that it's often marketed as one of those "free trial" offers that turns out not to be so free, mainly because they start auto-shipping you new (full-price) bottles if you don't cancel. Always read the fine print before you buy Force Factor or any other supplements... nothing is truly free in this world!

If you have bought and/or used Force Factor please leave your own reviews, testimonials, ratings, comments, etc. in the space below. Let us know if it even actually works or if it's just another mediocre "rip-off" muscle builder. Also, please let us know how/where you bought it. Any and all Force Factor experiences are welcome... thanks! :)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

How to Lose Belly Fat REALLY Fast (Naturally & Safely)

If you're looking for the fastest "natural" way to lose belly fat, you're in the right place! In this article I'm going to show you a very effective method anyone can use to naturally reduce stomach fat in a safe, healthy, and quick way. It doesn't involve any expensive/dangerous weight loss pills, starvation diets, or ultra-difficult workouts... just a proven combination of simple diet, exercise, and supplementation techniques that works nearly every time.

After reading this guide you should be able to boost your metabolism and begin burning abdominal fat almost immediately... and continue to do so in one of the fastest ways possible. Within a few days your jeans will begin to feel loose around your hips and you'll experience that jolt of energy and excitement that comes from getting visible weight loss results in a short amount of time.

The method outlined below relies on your body's own natural fat-burning mechanisms. It uses a powerful combination of healthy eating, efficient exercise, and low-cost supplements that works extremely well. Will you lose all your belly fat in 3 days? Heck no! But you could lose a lot -- if not all -- of your stubborn abdominal fat in the next 2 to 6 weeks if you follow these steps carefully.

Sound good? Then let's get started...

Get Motivated and Focused

The fastest fat loss methods all require a great deal of motivation and focus. The more motivated and focused you are on a single reachable goal (like losing 10 pounds of belly fat in 3 weeks) the faster you'll achieve "big" success. On the other side of the coin, if you don't take steps to increase your motivation and focus you're going to get for small, slow results... and very possibly NO RESULTS at all!

A simple and easy way to boost your motivation is to get mad. Try this: just take off your shirt and look at your flabby stomach, love handles, beer belly, stomach rolls, etc. in the mirror. Grab your flab with your hands and squeeze. Think about how much you hate walking around with those extra pounds of ugly belly fat. Think about all the great things in life you're missing out on because you're overweight and out-of-shape.

Get mad. Get angry. Get determined and motivated to take all-out massive action for the next few weeks!

Now sit down and write out a simple, specific goal statement. Something like: "I will lose most of my belly fat by September 31. I will stay motivated and focused. I will eat a healthy diet every day and exercise at least 4 times a week. I will do this because I want to look and feel GREAT and enjoy my life!"

Read that goal statement at least twice a day, preferably once in the morning and once again right before going to bed. Take a moment to close your eyes and visualize yourself fit and lean with no ugly stomach fat. Get as much enjoyment and please as you can out of that positive image in your mind.

If you continue to do this on a daily basis, within just a few days you will become much more energizes, motivated, focused on your goal: getting rid of your dangerous, unhealthy, and extremely unattractive belly fat!

Get Energized

If you want a flat belly, you're gonna have to get and stay energized. People with high energy levels eat healthier, do more effective exercise, and just feel a lot better all around. Here are 3 easy steps to boost your energy and lose fat quicker:

1. Get at least 7 hours of sleep per night.

Believe it or not, there is quite a lot of scientific evidence to show that people who get enough sleep tend to have lower levels of abdominal fat. People who get very little sleep tend to have higher levels. One theory: lack of sleep leads to messed up hormone production. The bodies of chronically tired people tend to produce more stress hormones, including the infamous "belly fat hormone" cortisol. Lack of sleep can also screw up production of leptin and insulin, two extremely important hormones that control hunger levels, blood sugar levels, and body fat storage. Most people need at least 7 hours of quality sleep per night, so do whatever it takes to get at least that amount!

2. Drink a lot of water.

Water is an amazing substance, and definitely one of your best allies in the fight against belly fat. People who drink lots of water have much higher energy levels. They also have faster and stronger metabolisms. Finally, since water is a natural appetite suppressant, drinking it in large amounts lead to less hunger and fewer food cravings. Many fitness and weight loss experts say that it's a good idea to drink a gallon of water per day when trying to shed pounds and reduce body fat levels fast. Do that if you can. If not, be sure to drink at least 70 ounces of pure water each and every day.

3. Eliminate energy-zapping, belly fat-creating foods.

Certain low-quality foods literally kill your energy levels and create new belly fat at the same time... just about every time you eat them! All junk foods -- including sodas, chips, candy, etc. -- fall into this category. They're full of empty calories and the insulin-boosting simple sugars that convert those extra calories into new layers of ugly abdominal flab while providing that energy crash everyone dreads. One of the best ways to boost energy while reducing stomach fat is to simply avoid all foods that contain simple sugars, refined "white" flours, and/or highly-refined oils (especially trans fats!).

Eat the Best Flat Belly Diet

Belly fat reduction is nearly impossible without a good diet. In fact, most experts agree that healthy eating is about 75% of the solution when it comes to shedding fat quickly. The good news is that if you do stick to a clean diet you can easily burn off stomach fat within a matter of weeks or even days. The best "flat belly" diet is one based around whole, natural, unprocessed foods. It contains nearly equal amounts (in terms of calories) of lean protein, healthy fats, and good carbs. This is a proven ratio for losing weight quickly, efficiently, and safely.

The absolute fastest diet for losing belly fat is the paleolithic -- or simply "paleo" -- diet which is based around the natural foods that can be hunted or gathered in nature. So we're talking mainly meats, fish, eggs, leafy green vegetables, nuts, large seeds, some roots/tubers, and small amounts of fresh, raw fruit. Paleo dieters avoid all simple sugars, grains, refined flours, refined oils and fats, and all refined or processed foods. When you eat a paleo diet for a few weeks your belly fat will literally melt away. Plus your energy levels will skyrocket, any health problems you may have should improve dramatically, and you'll almost definitely feel much, much better all around!

If you think that paleo-style eating is too much of an "extreme" diet for you there's another option. You won't lose your belly as quickly but you also won't experience the food cravings that often come from avoiding all grain foods (e.g. breads, pastas, cereals, etc). Basically, you just eat a diet based around quality proteins, healthy fats/oils (like extra-virgin olive oil, natural peanut oil, avocado, unrefined coconut oil, etc.), and minimally-processed good carbs. The best healthy carb options are 100% whole grain foods, beans, legumes, whole fresh fruits, and raw or lightly cooked vegetables.

On this higher-carb diet try to follow a 40/30/30 calorie ratio of carbs/protein/fat (similar to the "Zone" diet method). Eat 4-6 small meals and snacks instead of 2 or 3 big meals. Try to eat some protein about every 3 hours in order to keep energy levels high, blood sugar levels stable, and hunger levels at a minimum. You'll still lose stomach fat quickly and you won't experience a lot of strong hunger and/or food cravings. In fact, this type of diet is the key to "easy" weight loss. ;)

No matter what you do in terms of dieting, cut out all refined sugars, "white" flours, and highly-processed fats (especially trans fats!). And remember: the right diet will almost always lead to belly fat loss. The wrong diet will lead to slow (or even negative) results and frustration. So stick to the best diet you can at least 90% of the time and you'll get some really great results in a minimal amount of time!

The Best Exercise for Burning Stomach Fat

The fastest way to burn stomach fast always involves some form of effective exercise. While it is possible to lose body fat without exercise, the "skinny fat" results that come from diet-only approaches aren't what most people want. Exercise simply provides too many metabolic and hormonal benefits that you can't get from diet alone (or supplements/diet pills for that matter). Regular exercise boosts the metabolism, burns calories, tones, strengthens, and increases lean muscle mass, and even lowers stress better than any diet, drug, pill, or supplement out there!

The best exercise for getting rid of stubborn belly fat is interval-based cardio training combined with full-body strength training/muscle-building exercise. You can burn stomach fat much more efficiently by doing both cardio/aerobic exercise and resistance training, instead of just one or the other. Strength training is proven to help build lean muscle mass, prevent muscle loss during a dieting/calorie cutting program, boost the metabolism (more muscle = faster metabolism), and help burn off ugly abdominal fat very rapidly. Interval-based cardio training, such as HIIT (high intensity interval training), is proven to burn more body fat and less lean muscle tissue. Also, many people notice that by doing short, intense interval workouts they actually burn belly fat first, making it one of the best options for getting rid of tummy flab!

Belly Fat Supplements: The Big Three

Most fat loss supplements don't provide a lot of real benefits. In fact, I'd say that about 90% of the weight loss supplements on the market are total wastes of money. That being said, there are 3 relatively cheap supplements that can really help with fast, healthy fat loss. They are: whey protein, omega 3 fats (e.g. fish oil or krill oil), and quality multi-vitamin/multi-mineral supplements. Whey protein is one of the best proteins you can consume and is perfect for increasing your lean protein intake easily and conveniently. Omega 3 fats are probably the healthiest of all dietary fats and provide a wide array of benefits for losing abdominal fat. Unless you eat a lot of oily fish and seafood you should definitely consider taking a good omega 3 formula. A high-quality multivitamin supplement is a simple and low-cost way to make sure your body has all the nutrients it needs to maximize its metabolism, maintain proper hormone production, and shed belly fat as fast as possible.


So there you have it: a simple guide to the best way to lose belly fat fast and naturally. All you have to do is get motivated and focused, boost your energy naturally, eat a healthy "flat belly" diet, do the best fat-burning exercises, and take a few low-cost "support" supplements. Losing tummy fat really just comes down to two things: reduce or eliminate the "junk" in your diet and do smart exercise a few times each week. If you do only those 2 things you will remove belly fat at a rapid rate. If you add in a few other things like getting plenty of sleep, drinking lots of water, and taking helpful supplements you'll lose your stomach flab even more quickly!

Have a question or comment? Leave your feedback in the space below! :)

Related info: Expert Advice on Abdominal Fat