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Proven weight loss programs: Profiting From The Obesity Epidemic

29119_128024923888197_5174866_nOh to be trim and slim. Next to the the fountain of youth, what else generates more interest and excitement than weight loss. How to be trim, slender and streamlined?

It is a mistake to assume that overweight people are, happy and jolly and like being overweight. The fact is, they have resigned themselves to what they perceive as their destiny, have tried multiple ways to lose weight and have failed. They are frustrated. If there was a magic pill that could help them lose weight, they would get it no matter what it cost.

Weighing in on America’s Health Crisis — THE OBESITY EPIDEMIC

* Fact: Americans rank #1 in obesity worldwide

* Nearly 70% of adults are overweight, of which 35% are obese.

Being overweight has direct ties to…… SERIOUS HEALTH RISKS

HEART DISEASE

* Leading cause of death for men and women in the United States

* Every year about 720,000 American’s have a heart attack

DIABETES

*29.1 MILLION Americans have diabetes

*Cases have doubled over the last 30 years

HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE

* About 70 million American adults have high blood pressure. That’s about 1 out of every 3 adults.

CANCER: Obesity is also directly linked with increased risk of the following types of cancer….

* Breast * Colorectal *Gallbladder * Liver * Prostate * Kidney * Uterine *Cervical * Endometrial * Pancreatic * Thyroid * Ovarian *Esophageal

DIETING DOESN’T WORK.

Just think of the first three letters in the word diet—-DIE and you can see why so man people hate to go on diets. And when they do, what is the result? Temporary weight loss. They are hungry, tired, irritable, under nourished and generally lose lean tissue and water primarily with very little fat. They end up looking like smaller fat people with lots of FLAB hanging all around.

And then when they go back to their regular foods and eating habits, they put all the weight back on plus some more.

While the title of this article is Profiting from the Obesity Epidemic, it not merely about a money making business opportunity, it is about reaching out with a helping hand to those who are facing this obesity epidemic and don’t know any way to get past it. OBESITY IS A KILLER. MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT. IF YOU KNEW OF A WAY TO SAVE SOMEONE’S LIFE OR AT LEAST POTENTIALLY EXTEND THEIR LIFE, YOU WOULD WOULDN’T YOU?

MANY HEROIC ATTEMPTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO COMBAT OBESITY

So many programs, diets, pills, lotions etc have been designed to help with weight loss. And what has been the result? Americans are getting fatter every year. Look at these stats:

According to research from the National Institute of Health (“NIH”), the percentage of adults considered overweight, obese, or extremely obese in the U.S. had climbed to 75% by 2010 (and is even higher in recent years).

Source: NIH

Similar to the NIH findings, research from the World Health Organization (“WHO”) estimated that worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980 (with 39% of adults being overweight while 13% are obese). This signifies that the weight loss market is gigantic. People need help. What has been out there so far is not working.

The Answer – Targeted Weight Loss Programs that actually work.

I have written several articles here on linkedin about using protein and meal replacement shakes to lose weight, safely, quickly and effectively. And perhaps even more importantly, have a overall eating plan and program that will keep the weight off permanently.

With so many shakes on the market, why use this one? Because it uses complex carbohydrates, not refined sugars like 99% of the other shakes out there, it also contains complete protein with all of the amino acids in the right balance so can be utilized completely by the body unlike 99% of the other shakes out there. It also provides soluable fiber which fills you up and helps you eliminate, contains 50% or more of the known and many unknown vitamins and minerals, essential fatty acids, digestants, herbs, nutraceuticals and more.

There is no other shake on the market that even comes close. I feel very qualified to say that in that I have been using protein shakes since 1964.

I have had clients who wouldn’t buy or did buy this product from me awhile back, then switched to one of the cheaper OTC shakes and now are coming back. Why? Those other shakes didn’t deliver. They are cheaper for a reason.

With this shake you get all the nutrition your body needs hence you are not starving and looking for something sweet to eat which blows your diet. And it is also time released so you get a constant flow of nutrition all day long unlike those other shakes where you get one big shot and 1 hour later you are looking for something to eat again.

Even if you are getting good quality nutrition, there is a good chance, especially if you are past 40, even 30 that you are not absorbing those nutrients. Over years of faulty eating, our bodies get clogged and cannot use the nutrients we take in. Hence we need to cleanse our system. Enter this product:

Reneu is a colon, inner body and total body cleanser. It removes toxins and poisins and allows your body to utilize the nutrients from the shake and other quality foods you will be eating. We have all heard that the average person has 7-25 lbs of undigested matter in their body. It is true. Eating a high fiber diet alone will not get rid of it. Reneu will.

Client talked to a friend of hers who turned out to be a self styled self proclaimed nutriton “expert” who read some books and articles. He advised my client that she could get a good cleansing product at any good health food store and for less money than what mine cost. RESULT? She came back and bought my product again. Why? She got the worse case of diarhea from that other herbal product that the “expert” recommended and had an embarrassing accident in front of family and friends. Be careful what you buy and who you take advice from.

As we age, our metabolisms slow down. We move less and are not as active. Even younger people have slow metabolisms. That was my problem, all my life which is why I was always flabby for as long as I can remember, even when I only weighed 100 lbs.!!!!!!

So to resolve that issue, we offer Xanolean Supreme. A natural and safe fat burner. This product will melt the fat right off you.

Xanolean works like the fat burners of the 1990s except it is safe. I’ve been using it and I had a heart attack 8 years ago so have to be very careful on what I take. This is like aerobics in a bottle.

There are other fat burner products out there. Many are just over priced caffeine capsules or tablets. REMEMBER: You want a product that actually burns fat. Ours does. The others………………..?????????????????????

Finally there is Trimbolic. If you are like me and have those love handles on the sides of your waist, fatty tissue on the back of your upper thighs and across your lower back, this product is for you. Great for women who have cellulite. That fat gone wrong on the hips, buttocks and thighs. I will only add that I used to have love handles, fatty tissue. NO MORE. GONE! Thanks to Trimbolic along with the other FFN products, dieting and exercise. NOTE: Dieting and exercise alone did not do it for me. Nor did just the shakes, cleanser and fat burner. It was adding Trimbolic that made the difference.

We have the products. The challenge is getting them out to the people who never even heard of us. Our company has been around since 1989—-28 years of service and millions of happy customers —–YET MILLIONS MORE NEVER EVEN HEARD OF US!!!! We need to spread the word.

How lucrative is this industry?

I hope I won’t offend anybody by talking marketing and $$$$. Let’s take a look at the opportunity we have here.

Timing: THE WELLNESS REVOLUTION

* $955 Billion is spent annually on weight loss, nutrition, beauty and anti-aging products

* The financial opportunity created by the wellness industry for entrepreneurs is now greater than ever before.

Economist Paul Zane Pilzer predicted in the 2000’s that wellness would become the next trillion $$$$ industry. He was conservative

WELLNESS IS NOW OVER A $3.4 TRILLION $$$ GLOBAL INDUSTRY

3X BIGGER THAN THE WORLDWIDE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY.

But I don’t want to get into one of those Network Marketing/MLM deals. Too many people already doing that. It is saturated. ENT!

FACT: 55,000 Americans join a network marketing company every week! It is now bigger than ever and growing faster than ever.

You’re  at the right place in the right time. Even if you don’t join FFN today, it is very likely that your family, your friends, your co-workers will be joining FFN or another network marketing company and asking you to join them. So why don’t you take a serious look at this opportunity, become a professional over the next 2.5 – 3 years and capitalize on the gold rush of supplemental income.

And even if your weight is under control right now, you probably want to stay trim or use our targeted skin are, wellness, nutrition or sports supplements.

Weight loss is our flagship program. Because it is such a big issue. But there is much more.

I can be reached by phone/text (407) 761-3055 email: tonydefrancisco14@gmail.com

http://www.superfitness.firstfitness.com

 

 

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The origin of the diet shake. How it started. And why meal replacement shakes may be your best choice for fast, effective, and permanent weight loss. By Tony DeFrancisco

 

Almost everyone by now has tried or is using a meal replacement shake. Perhaps you bought it at a local store or you have a friend who is in a network marketing-MLM company and told you about one. Diet shakes are not new.

I first started using diet shakes in 1974 before they became mainstream and in fact, I didn’t even know they existed. I was doing a lot of heavy weight training and competing in powerlifting competitions. I needed a way to lose weight and drop to the next lighter weight class without losing too much strength. I WASN’T having much luck. With the weight loss, came a lot of strength loss.

Since I had been using high protein powders as a supplement, I thought why not use it as a meal replacement? I tried it and it worked incredibly well. I dropped weight rapidly but did not lose much if any strength. I was hooked.

At about the same exact time another individual was experimenting with meal replacement shakes. I would not hear about this untill 1976.

Over 43 years ago, a young charismatic man named Lee Causey entered into the weight loss industry with a product called Slender Now. Lee owned chain of health spas in the southeastern united states and his ambition was driven by the dissatisfaction of his spa members in losing weight. Lee wanted to find a product that would help people lose weight safely and he did just that with Slender Now. This was back in 1974 and Slender Now was the world’s first diet shake. Today the most advanced version of the Slender Now product and the #1 diet shake in the world is made available by First Fitness called Body FX and also created by Lee Causey.

Slendernow became immediately successful. In fact, it was so successful that renowned nutritionist Dr. Richard Passwater wrote a book about it which became a best seller appropiately called The SlenderNow Diet.

So it is safe to call Lee Causey the father of the diet shake. I am certain that if it wasn’t for Lee, this industry wouldn’t even exist. In 1975 it was non existent. Today, diet shakes are estimated to be a $10 billion industry.

Lee was a noted athlete, played for the Florida Gators, competed in bodybuilding competitions and opened a chain of health clubs in the Southeastern USA. Lee was concerned that his spa members were having difficulty losing weight. In his search he created Slender Now.

Lee Causey when he played for the Florida Gators

Lee Causey the bodybuilder displaying a very impressive physique. Lee walks the walk and talks the talk. Health, fitness and wellness are a way of life with him.

Lee was one of the sponsors of the Mr. Olympia contests in 1978 and 1979. Here Lee to the far right is shown with Arnold Schwarzennegger, Frank Zane, 3-time Mr. Olympia and Mr. America/Mr. World NY Jets football star Mike Katz at the 1979 Mr. Olympia contest. Katz would go on to tour all over the country with Causey promoting natural health foods and safe weight loss programs like Slender Now.

Lee maintained the Slender Now company untill 1982. He sold the trademarks and the company, retired to raise horses untill 1989 When he came back with First Fitness Nutrition and new products.

Between 1982 and 1989, Lee had some health issues, was over medicated and gained a lot of weight. The usual system of exercise and dieting didn’t work. It was at this time that Lee discovered the benefits of cleansing and detoxifying and it’s role in weight loss.

Lee was so excited that he created the new company First Fitness and a colon and total cleansing product based on the herbs he used to lose weight and create his remarkable health transformation.. He called it reneu. Because it renewed the body and it did.

He also came out with another product called Trimbolic. This is a powder, mixed with water that is taken in between meals, curbs the appetite, rids the body of cellulite and flab, tones the body up while it firms you up. Like Slender Now, these products were revolutionary and produced rapid results. They became instant best sellers. And many people have been using them consistently since 1989. Why? Because they work. Using just these two products alone, people started to see remarkable results.

People were thrilled to hear that Lee was back and it didn’t take long before they literally demanded that Lee come out with a new “Diet Shake” People familiar with Lee knew that he created the diet shake industry and they were unhappy with the options available at that time. They wanted something like Slender Now again. Only even better if possible.

Lee answered that call with Body FX which came out in 1990 and actually created a product that was even better than Slender Now. Having used the original Slender Now product as well as Body FX, I am qualified to make that statement. Whereas the original Slender Now product had four formulas, the new Body FX encompassed all four formulas into one—the BODY FX formula. It included protein, carbs, essential fats, vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes, and a large blend of herbs.

Moreover, unlike Slender Now and other shake formulas that followed and were available at this time, Body FX could be mixed with water instead of milk. Many people had issues with the other shakes because of lactose intolerance–milk allergies. And one other thing—Body FX was/is delicious. The other shakes then and even now are pretty chalky tasting, except for the cheap ones which are primarily sugar and low in nutrition. When a product tastes good, people are more apt to use it everyday and keep using it to maintain weight loss.

So now Lee put this into a program including Reneu, Trimbolic, Body FX and a fourth product. Xanoline Supreme to speed up weight loss.

Xanoline Supreme naturally and safely speeds up the metabolism.

Body FX is available in two flavors, tropical creme or chocolate paradise.

Get Suddenly Slim —THE BOOK!

It didn’t take long for excitement to be created and the product Suddenly Slim became a book, just like Slender Now. This one is available in bookstores all over, amazon.com, BAMM and more.

Suddenly Slim is recommended by Medical Doctors, Chiropractors, Natural Homeopathic doctors and more. First Fitness has assembled a esteemed Medical Advisory Board.

Immediate Results

Just like Slender Now satisfied users began to get immediate and incredible results. People who had lifetime obesity issues, now had solution that was working. Let’s look at some of these people and their results:

Notice I did say fast results. Scotty lost 12 lbs in 8 days!!!! WOW!

And look at Penney’s great results! From a size 16 -2s. Penney lost over 70 lbs. It can happen to you too.

For more results, watch this short video. Suddenly Slim works for everybody and it works all the time.

My Weight Loss Journey

You may ask, “How about you? How much weight have you lost and do you believe in this product enough to use it yourself?”

Yes I am and I do. Here are some pictures of me before and after Suddenly Slim and through my journey.

Wedding Day, November 1, 2008. Dropped my weight from 225 to 205 with another weight loss product and lots of time in the gym. Eventually gained it all back.

May 2013. Even though I was working out and taking a famous Herbal Weight Loss program, could not control my weight. Classic Yo-Yo syndrome. Here I weighed 230 lbs. After being as low as 198 lbs.

Here I am at my heaviest weight. A bulging 255 lbs. Look at that waist, flabby arms and legs. I was doing some heavy strength training at this time and had actually surpassed my all time best power lifts from 1970s. BUT…I was way too big for my height and age. And the diets were not working for me. I assumed this was a product of old age and a super slow metabolism.

Above, down to 190 lbs. after using Suddenly Slim for a few months. 65 lb weight loss. Looking much better. Still chubby though.

Now down to 179 lbs. Looking much better.

Looking lean and mean. 170 lbs.

October, 2016, reached 149 lbs. Lost 106 lbs in just over a year.

Okay you might say, sounds good, but how about someone who is really overweight. Extremely obese, can they lose weight with this program and without surgery?

The answer is yes. Check this guy out…. He lost 170 lbs!!!!!!!!!

Obesity is not a funny issue. I have fought it all my life. People who are overweight, contrary to some opinions, are not happy people. They either do not understand the health risks of being obese or have tried and failed in the past to lose weight and do it the right way.

We have something that works

Like I said in the beginning of this article, diet shakes are not new. I understand that. However, quality programs with the right balance of nutrition, products, tasty diet shakes, internal cleansers and metabolism boosters may be new for a lot of people who are stuck on ho-hum average products which don’t deliver on their promises.

You see the results in me and others. There is a reason for these results. This program is better and different from anything else that is out there. I know. I have tried just about all of them.

And a big thank you to Lee Causey for creating these totally AWESOME products. Lee is the worlds leading expert on weight control. Nobody has better products.

For more information contact me directly (407) 761-3055. Email tonydefrancisco14@gmail.com websites: http://www.superfitness.firstfitness.com

Why do we gain weight as we get older? By Tony DeFrancisco

Remember those good old days when we were teenagers, could go out put down a huge burger or two or three, fries and a malt and never gain a pound? Wasn’t that wonderful? But now we merely smell a french fry and we gain 3 pounds! OMG. What happened?

Let’s take a look at why this happens. First off, when we are younger, we are more active. We are young and having fun. We engage in sports, football, basketball, wrestling, track & field or baseball. Then we swim and go to dances. We’re moving a lot more.

Also, at this young age our hormones are producing at the maximum which induces burning calories. Life is good. Everything is wonderful. We are free, having fun and looking good. At least many of us anyway.

For me, I had to fight obesity all my life. Even when I only weighed 100 lbs I was flabby. Small and flabby. Some people do have an issue with overweight even in their younger years. Most do not.

Moving along, we go to college. Life is more serious now. We are getting close to moving out into the working world. So now there are frat parties and weekend flings. And this is when most of us start to gain weight.

Welcome to your freshman year

The scale creep for this decade actually begins in your late teens. For the millions of new students heading off to college in the U.S., the dining hall is one of the first sources of significant weight gain. Many students do not have any understanding of food, nutrition, and cooking, and yet they have an array of wonderful foods to choose from at a college dining hall, So many choices and many times, the wrong choices.

And then in addition to cafeterias, many campuses have separate on-site eateries, vending machines, and snack bars (not to mention the alcohol) that “help” you gain the infamous freshman (or sophomore/junior/senior) 15.

And then we hit the fast food places after school. Easy and convenient. ALSO fattening, high calorie, high fat and low nutrition.

This continues to graduation. Now it’s on to the real world and your first job.

You move less

For many young people, this decade ushers in their very first nine-to-five job. While not all jobs require sitting at a desk all day, most do. In fact, the number of sedentary jobs has increased 83 percent since the 1950s, and work weeks often last longer than the typical 40 hours, as technology continues to blur the line between work and non-work hours.

In your teens, as mentioned above, you probably spent your free time playing sports or doing some kind of physical activity. But with 40+ hours per week parked at a desk, there’s probably a major drop in your daily activity level — even if you do manage to get a workout or two in during the week. You probably say, “Hey, I am an adult now. I have responsibilites. I don’t have time to workout.”

Life is good. You are enjoying your new life. Your 9-5 job. You have a sedentary desk job. Probaly take the elevator and park as close to your office as possible. The pounds are starting to pile on, but you hardly notice. And you probably say, “No problem, I can always lose it on my own.” (Yeah right!)

Life happens

Adulting is hard. Living on your own, paying bills, and other responsibilities that you’ve never had to deal with before are now part of your daily routine. Newfound independence can trigger major stress, another notable culprit when to comes to gaining weight.

“In your 20s, the main culprit to weight gain is stress, which causes high cortisol, one of your body’s key fat-storage hormones,” says Dr. Sara Gottfried, bestselling author of “The Hormone Cure” and “The Hormone Reset Diet.”

Cortisol, a hormone released in response to stress, can wreak havoc on our bodies, she adds. Help reset your cortisol levels by weaning yourself off alcohol for three days, which can help your sleep and stress levels, Gottfried suggests.

Lack of sleep

Speaking of, everyone needs more sleep, period. But this is when the lack of it begins to have a serious impact on your life and health as a whole.

Sleep goes hand in hand with weight maintenance for a number of reasons. First off, plenty of quality sleep can help you power through tough workouts. Lack of sleep can decrease your endurance, which can make it harder to give it your all.

Not racking up enough zzs can mess with your hunger hormones, which can lead to weight gain — even if you eat clean and work out regularly. Your stomach produces ghrelin, a hormone that tells the brain we’re hungry, and production of ghrelin can ramp up when we’re continually not getting enough sleep. In addition, your body may ramp up cortisol production if you don’t get enough sleep.

If you’re having trouble getting quality sleep, try some natural remedies before you reach for the quick-fix over-the-counter stuff.

TIP: We have all heard of drink a warm glass of milk before bedtime. Our mothers taught us this. That or a hot cup of cocoa helps. I have found that drinking a protein shake before bedtime relaxes me and also provides me with nutrition which nourishes my body all night long and I sleep like a baby. Try it. Much better than OTC stuff that is harmful to your health.

Bad diet

Feeding yourself is also part of your new adulting role. But at this point in your life, you may not have a ton of healthy recipes or proper nutrition information under your belt. And with an endless array of food-delivery services at your fingertips, it’s easy for your eating habits to run amok.

Tips to maintain your weight in your 20s:

  • Try to make cheesy fries, chips, and pizza the occasional treat, not on the reg.
  • Ditch coffee after 12 p.m. or if you’re legally drinking alcohol, ahem, then try taking a break for a few days.
  • Stick to a regular bedtime and skip screen time in the bedroom.
  • Learn how to cook and prep balanced meals in proper portions and pack your own lunch to bring to work to stay on track.
  • Eat more high protein foods like lean meats, fish and fowl. Also add a protein shake. To keep weight under control, replace one or two meals per day with a quality meal replacement, high protein, nutritional shake.

Why You Gain Weight In Your 30s

You start to lose muscle and gain fat

In your 30s, you start to lose lean tissue. While muscle decline may not be noticeable at first, the average person loses around five pounds of muscle every decade after 30, according to Gottfried. At the same time, body fat creeps up steadily after you hit the big 3-0.

Your hormones start to change

In terms of hormonal changes, women face “estrogen dominance” during this decade, which means they have more estrogen than progesterone.

“One reason estrogen dominance is connected to fat-loss resistance is because of the cross-talk between two important hormones of metabolism: insulin and estrogen,” Gottfried says. This increase in estrogen may cause you to gain more total body fat and abdominal fat.

You have kids

“As young parents raise their children in sometimes chaotic homes with many activities and needs, regular mealtimes and home-cooked meals may be in short supply,” Roy says. Even the most well-intentioned families can default to fast food between soccer practice, play dates, homework, and piano lessons.

But convenience meals — fast food, take-out, pre-packaged meals — are usually highly processed and filled with fat, sodium, and/or sugar.

If you are cooking at home, then you may be fighting a losing battle against a small (literally) army of picky eaters or a partner who isn’t that concerned about weight loss.

Tips to maintain your weight in your 30s:

  • Planning healthy recipes ahead of time and get your meal prep on point.
  • Plan active family outings like post-dinner walks, weekend hikes, and bike rides.
  • Kill two birds with one stone by doing fitness + nutrition programs that help you build muscle, burn fat and get your diet and nutrition in order
  • Include resistance (weight) training to build and increase lean tissue
  • Lean tissue burns calories even at rest. When you lose lean tissue, fat storage increases
  • If you don’t have time to join a gym, freehand exercises are a great alternative
  • Consider setting up an inexpensive home gym with basics, barbells, dumbells, weight bench, pulley, leg machine and chinning bar. This can be acquired very inexpensively.
  • Cut down or totally eliminate eating at fast food places.
  • Consider meal replacement shakes and supplements.

Why You Gain Weight In Your 40s

Women may enter menopause

For women, this decade may include a major life change: menopause. While everyone is different, women experience menopause between 40 and 58 years old (though some women can experience it as early as their 30s or as late as their 60s).

Hormonal changes brought on by menopause can add extra weight around the midsection. In addition, irritability, hot flashes, and other symptoms of menopause may have you feeling a whole lot less motivated to work out.

Testosterone declines

While men and women both produce testosterone, a decline in this hormone is a factor in age-related weight-gain for men. This decline occurs gradually from ages 40 to 65, according to Gottfried. Lower testosterone can increase fat levels, reduce strength, and negatively affect sleep.

Tips to maintain your weight in your 40s:

  • Plan ahead by laying out your workout clothes the night before. Or stash them in your car so you can workout after work, or wake up a little earlier to squeeze in a home workout.
  • Prioritize sleep to help keep cortisol in check.
  • Increase resistance training to help bump up testosterone levels, recommends Gottfried.
  • Try to workout with weights at least 3-4 times per week
  • Follow a split routine, working half your body one day, the other half the next.
  • Keep your body nourished with hi protein foods, shakes and supplements.

Resistance training enables you to build more lean tissue and stimulate the natural hormones within your body even when in your 40s, 50s and beyond.

Why You Gain Weight In Your 50s and Beyond

Insulin resistance can go down the drain

“Once you hit 50, low testosterone, plus rising blood sugar and insulin levels cause weight gain,” Gottfried says. If you have insulin resistance, that means your cells can’t absorb the extra blood glucose the body generates from the food you eat. Consequently, the liver converts that glucose into fat, which can lead to weight gain.

Your body may not work like it used to

Physical limitations — from osteoporosis and arthritis to hip, knee, and other joint problems— can limit movement, Roy says. While some age-related conditions won’t make it impossible to get in a good workout, achy joints can make it harder to run, jump, or lift like you used to.

Weight gain can turn into weight loss

Men often gain weight until they’re around 55 and then start to lose weight as they age further. Women, on the other hand, tend to gain weight until they turn 65. This shift from weight gain to loss usually happens because fat replaces lean muscle tissue, and muscle weighs more than fat by volume.

This being said, don’t just follow your scale. While some men may find their weight normalizing, check the mirror and you may see something else happening. Handlebars on the sides of the waist and around the lower back. Sagging pectorals, flab around the arms and other areas.

Same happens with women.

Tips to maintain your weight in your 50s and beyond:

  • If you’re unable to be as active as you were in your 30s and 40s, adjust your meal portions to avoid overeating.
  • Continue to do resistance training to help keep your bones strong, and eat plenty of high-quality protein.
  • Continue to manage stress — yoga, meditate, practice breathing exercises, take long baths — whatever helps you relax.
  • Feeling creaky? Focus on low-impact workouts and other types of exercise that are easier on your joints.
  • Great cardio at this point in your life is walking or running on the treadmill, cycling on the lifecyle, using the stairstepper, swimming or even just brisk walking for at least 20 minutes non stop.
  • Continue the weight training. Should be lower intensity, higher reps.Work the large body parts especially, legs, hips, chest/bust, stomach as well as the whole body.
  • While you can’t spot reduce, specializing on certain trouble areas when combined with dieting, cardio and working the whole body will tone up those problem areas.

The Good News

Gaining weight as you get older isn’t inevitable; everyone’s body is different and you may not experience all of the factors mentioned above. While your activity levels, hormones, and body composition do change with age, a consistently healthy lifestyle — balanced diet and regular exercise — can help keep your weight under control. “Aging can be beautiful, healthy, and strong,” says Gottfried.

A misconception is that when we get older, we should stop exercising. This is when we need it more than ever.

Other factors

Some other issues are that as we age, we accumulate more and more undigested foods, especially meat in our colons. It has been estimated that a 40 year old has anywhere from 7 to 25 lbs of undigested foods lodged in their colons and digestive tracts. That pot belly is very often foods we ate a very long time ago that never left us. Imagine keeping food in your refridgerator for 25 years or more. What would that be like?

Aside from the obvious, undigested foods blocks your body from assimilating nutritients from the foods we eat. Therefore the body sends out a signal that says, “I’m still hungry.” So we eat more.

We also accumulate candida albacans in our systems. These little rascals force us to crave sweets. It gets worse as we age.

Most of our protein comes from high calorie, high fat meats. Too many calories. Too much fat.

Tips:

Include more soluble fiber in your diet. Soluble fiber has more of a cleansing affect than ordinary fiber foods. Use a good herbal supplement that cleanses the colon and entire digestive tract. This will eliminate stored meats, particles of other foods and canadida albacans.

To get more quality protein, eat lean meats, and fish and use a good protein shake derived from whey that contains the essential amino acids in the right balance. PLUS vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, herbs, and digestants.

Tony DeFrancisco is a wellness coach with First Fitness Nutrition. He has been in the health & fitness field since 1964 when he started lifting weights, taking nutritional supplements and eating right to build himself up. In the 1970s, he competed in powerlfting competitions, entering 100 competitions and winning 80 first places, 30 best lifter awards.

In 1976, he began his career as a weight control consultant/wellness coach and since has counseled with and helped over 3,000 clients.

In the late 1970s, he owned two health clubs in Central Pa. and was a consultant for the then Jack LaLanne/European Health Spas in Reading, Pa.

Tony also promoted numerous bodybuilding, powerlifting and fitness competitions. Bring famous celebrities like Arnold Schwarzenneggar and Lou Ferrigno ao appear.

Over the years, Tony has written numerous articles for local newspapers and national magazines like Iron Man and Muscle Digest.

Tony is currently 66 years old and still works out regularly. He can be reached at tonydefrancisco14@gmail.com (407) 761-3055 Website is http://www.superfitness.firstfitness.com

Protein and how it speeds up weight loss. By Tony DeFrancisco, First Fitness Supervisor

This article includes information about using high protein foods to drop weight fast. I knew before even writing this that it would be controversial and expect a lot of feedback regarding high protein foods and meal replacements to lose weight.

You might ask how I am qualified to write on weight loss. First, I have been involved in physical culture since 1964. Lifting weights, eating good healthy foods and taking nutritional supplements.

From 1969 to 1976 I competed in powerlifting competitions. In 1973 I won a slew of district and regional titles and went on to place in the top five in the world in the AAU Sr Nationals and later that year, in the World Championships.

It occurred to me at that time that IF I could drop down to the next lighter weight class and keep my strength level, I could very well become one of the very best in the world.

I tried numerous diets. Lost weight, but also lost strength. So whereas I got my weight down to the next lighter weight class, I was no more effective than at the heavier class due to strength loss.

It was at this point that I started experimenting with high protein diets using at first real foods like meats, eggs, chicken, fish etc. This worked much better than the other diets. I lost weight. Kept more of the muscle and strength. But to get my weight down to the 165 lb class, I had to severely limit my caloric intake and when I did that, I once again lost strength.

Shortly thereafter, I began experimenting with high protein meal replacement shakes. It was unheard of back then. I reasoned that these shakes provided as much protein as a steak but with so few calories and fat.

I continued to eat high protein foods in my regular meals like beef, chicken, tuna and so on and substituted two meals per day with with the meal replacement shake. The weight melted off of me. However, what was remarkable was that I kept muscle while losing fat. I lost very little if any strength. Actually matched my record lifts in the heavier weight class. Some of my powerlifting peers thought I was loading up on steriods. Here is the kicker: I was drug free. They weren’t.

Since 1976, I have been a weight control consultant/wellness coach and have assisted several thousand people with weight loss and wellness. Many of my clients lost from 30 lbs to 300 lbs following the programs I recommended. And these were people who had major issues losing weight in the past.

In the late 1970s, I operated several gyms in Central Pa. and was a counselor for the former Jack LaLanne-European Health Spas in Reading, Pa. working the gym floor with many members, designing workout programs and demonstrating correct exercise techniques.

Since 2015, I have been working as a wellness coach for FFN and in particular, marketing a weight loss program called Suddenly Slim. While I am embarrassed to admit this, through shear neglect I allowed my weight to creep up to 255 lbs. I was over 125 lbs above what my ideal weight should be. I thought what kind of example am I to help other people with weight loss and wellness since I was so obesely fat myself?

So I went back to my roots, working out, eating high protein foods and taking a popular herbal weight loss program. I would lose 35-40 lbs but then regain 45 lbs – 50 lbs back. It was the classic yo-yo syndrome. I felt like a giant yo-yo and the weight kept coming on.

I suffered a myo carditis attack and congestive heart failure. If you are not familiar with myo carditis, the best way to explain it is it is as though someone takes both of their hands, reaches inside you and squeezes your heart. I felt like Hulk Hogan or Brock Lesnar had me in a tight bearhug and were squeezing the life out of me.

At the same time, I was diagnosed as having a tumor in my left kidney. It was growing fast and needed to be removed. I spent 3 weeks in the hospital and was put on massive medications.

I don’t like to take medicine. It doesn’t agree with me. I don’t take any drugs, Not even aspirin and that is why I stayed away from steriods in my powerlifting heyday.

THE MEDICATIONS my doctors prescribed (I had three doctors; family MD, urologist, and a heart specialist) had adverse affects on me. I started to gain weight like crazy and was always so sluggish. So while I had gotten my weight down to 205-210 it quickly jumped to 255 and then the yo-yo syndrome.

In September 2015, I had had it my weight and started FFN’s program Suddenly Slim. The weight literally melted off of me. Over the last 20 months, my weight has dropped from 255 lbs all the way to 149 lbs. I haven’t seen that weight since my grade school years. Most significantly, it was like in my powerlifting days. I lost fat but kept the muscle. I can still push some heavy iron when I workout. I was no longer tired and sluggish.

One of the products I used is called Reneu. It is a colon and internal cleanser. It removes toxins and poisons from the body. The poisons which I believe came from the medications prescribed by my doctors.

I started getting other people using the program and they also got incredible results. The secret is eating high protein foods and meal replacements in particular. I know this is not new. Most people have used a shake at one time or another. What may be new for you is using a high quality meal replacement shake, that contains complete protein, is absorbed by the body and in conjunction with a inner cleanse program which removes toxins and poisons and a fat burner that gently stimulates fat loss.

What I found with myself and with working with thousands of clients is that the high carb, fiber diets or eating regular foods and traditional diets just don’t work. You may lose weight, but not necessarily fat and will not keep muscle. (Read the article for more details) And you will quickly regain the weight. With high protein foods, you take the weight off quickly and most importantly keep it off. And it is a safe way to lose weight.

Keep this in mind:

Every extra pound of lean tissue will enable you to burn an extra 40 calories even at rest. Yes. Even while you sleep! This is why maintaining and adding lean tissue is so important to everyone.

And the reverse is also true. Every pound of lean tissue you lose will slow down your metabolism and cause you to stay overweight and gain even more weight.

When you retain lean tissue, you also look better. Men look more athletic. Women have more curves. It is healthier for you too.

A mantra I came up with in the 1970s when I first started as a wellness coach was that regarding meal replacements, “They tone you up while they slim you down.” And they do. People who follow the hi protein meal replacement programs look like they went to a health spa for several months, even though no exercise was included. Also their outer appearance was amazing. Hair, skin, nail looked incredible. People looked more youthful. Some looked like they had a facelift done although this was not the case. It was the protein.

One final thing about protein; it must be complete protein, quality protein to work. It must contain all of the essential amino acids and in the proper ratio to be effective. Most of these cheap shakes you see in stores do not contain complete protein hence many people are disappointed with their results. Body FX contains quality, complete protein.

Like I said, I was using a very popular Herbal weight loss shake that was pretty good but was not getting the results I wanted. I also tried many products sold in stores even the supposedly better products sold in health food stores. Nothing has worked like this for myself and my clients.

That is enough about me, now on to the article about protein.

Protein is the single most important nutrient for weight loss and a better looking body.

A high protein intake boosts metabolism, reduces appetite and changes several weight-regulating hormones.

Protein can help you lose weight and belly fat, and it works via several different mechanisms.

This is a detailed review of the effects of protein on weight loss.

Protein Changes The Levels of Several Weight Regulating Hormones

Your weight is actively regulated by your brain, particularly an area called the hypothalamus.

In order for your brain to determine when and how much to eat, it processes multiple different types of information.

Some of the most important signals to the brain are hormones that change in response to feeding.

A higher protein intake actually increases levels of the satiety (appetite-reducing) hormones GLP-1peptide YY and cholecystokinin, while reducing your levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin .

By replacing carbs and fat with protein, you reduce the hunger hormone and boost several satiety hormones.

This leads to a major reduction in hunger and is the main reason protein helps you lose weight. It can make you eat fewer calories automatically.

Bottom Line: Protein reduces levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin, while it boosts the appetite-reducing hormones GLP-1, peptide YY and cholecystokinin. This leads to an automatic reduction in calorie intake.

Digesting and Metabolizing Protein Burns Calories

One of the best ways to get concentrated amounts of protein with very low fat and calories is with a quality meal replacement shake. The shakes are delicious, easy to prepare and economical. The one caveat of getting protein solely from regular foods is the caloric and fat content. Makes weight loss slower.

After you eat, some calories are used for the purpose of digesting and metabolizing the food.

This is often termed the thermic effect of food (TEF).

Although not all sources agree on the exact figures, it is clear that protein has a much higher thermic effect (20-30%) compared to carbs (5-10%) and fat (0-3%).

If we go with a thermic effect of 30% for protein, this means that 100 calories of protein only end up as 70 usable calories.

Bottom Line: About 20-30% of protein calories are burned while the body is digesting and metabolizing the protein.

Protein Makes You Burn More Calories (Increases “Calories Out”)

Due to the high thermic effect and several other factors, a high protein intake tends to boost metabolism.

It makes you burn more calories around the clock, including during sleep.

A few of the newer meal replacement shakes offer the ideal 50-30-20 ratio of carbs, protein and fats. Watch out for shakes that are merely high fiber and high carbs. Or products that use low grade protein sources. Below is the product that I have been using since September 2015.

A high protein intake has been shown to boost metabolism and increase the amount of calories burned by about 80 to 100 per day .

This effect is particularly pronounced during overfeeding, or while eating at a caloric surplus. In one study, overfeeding with a high protein diet increased calories burned by 260 per day.

By making you burn more calories, high protein diets have a “metabolic advantage” over diets that are lower in protein.

Bottom Line: A high protein intake can make you burn 80-100 more calories per day, with one study showing an increase of 260 calories during overfeeding.

Protein Reduces Appetite and Makes You Eat Fewer Calories

Protein can reduce hunger and appetite via several different mechanisms.

This can lead to an automatic reduction in calorie intake.

In other words, you end up eating fewer calories without having to count calories or consciously control portions.

Numerous studies have shown that when people increase their protein intake, they start eating fewer calories.

This works on a meal-to-meal basis, as well as a sustained day-to-day reduction in calorie intake as long as protein intake is kept high.

In one study, protein at 30% of calories caused people to automatically drop their calorie intake by 441 calories per day, which is a huge amount.

So, high protein diets not only have a metabolic advantage – they also have an “appetite advantage,” making it much easier to cut calories compared to lower protein diets.

Bottom Line: High-protein diets are highly satiating, so they lead to reduced hunger and appetite compared to lower protein diets. This makes it much easier to restrict calories on a high-protein diet.

Protein Cuts Cravings and Reduces Desire for Late-Night Snacking

Cravings are the dieter’s worst enemy.

They are one of the biggest reasons why people tend to fail on their diets.

Another major problem is late-night snacking. Many people who have a tendency to gain weight get cravings at night, so they snack in the evening. These calories are added on top of all the calories they ate during the day.

Interestingly, protein can have a powerful effect on both cravings and the desire to snack at night.

This graph is from a study comparing a high-protein diet and a normal-protein diet in overweight men:

The high-protein group is the blue bar, while the normal-protein group is the red bar.

In this study, protein at 25% of calories reduced cravings by 60% and cut the desire for late-night snacking by half!

Breakfast may be the most important meal to load up on the protein. In one study in teenage girls, a high-protein breakfast significantly reduced cravings.

Bottom Line: Eating more protein can lead to major reductions in cravings and the desire to snack late at night. These changes should make it much easier to stick to a healthy diet.

Protein Makes You Lose Weight, Even Without Conscious Calorie Restriction

Protein works on both sides of the “calories in vs calories out” equation. It reduces calories in and boosts calories out.

For this reason, it is not surprising to see that high-protein diets lead to weight loss, even without intentionally restricting calories, portions, fat or carbs.

In one study of 19 overweight individuals, increasing protein intake to 30% of calories caused a massive drop in calorie intake:

In this study, the participants lost an average of 11 pounds over a period of 12 weeks. Keep in mind that they only added protein to their diet, they did not intentionally restrict anything.

Although the results aren’t always this dramatic, the majority of studies do show that high-protein diets lead to significant weight loss.

A higher protein intake is also associated with less belly fat, the harmful fat that builds up around the organs and causes disease.

All that being said, losing weight is not the most important factor. It is keeping it off in the long-term that really counts.

Many people can go on “a diet” and lose weight, but most end up gaining the weight back.

Interestingly, a higher protein intake can also help prevent weight regain. In one study, a modest increase in protein intake (from 15 to 18% of calories) reduced weight regain after weight loss by 50%.

So not only can protein help you lose weight, it can also help you keep it off in the long-term.

Bottom Line: Eating a high-protein diet can cause weight loss, even without calorie counting, portion control or carb restriction. A modest increase in protein intake can also help prevent weight regain.

Protein Helps Prevent Muscle Loss and Metabolic Slowdown

Traditional dieting is oh so frustrating, but it doesn’t have to be. We have the answer.

Weight loss doesn’t always equal fat loss.

When you lose weight, muscle mass tends to be reduced as well.

However, what you really want to lose is body fat, both subcutaneous fat (under the skin) and visceral fat (around organs).

Losing muscle is a side effect of weight loss that most people don’t want.

Another side effect of losing weight is that the metabolic rate tends to decrease.

In other words, you end up burning fewer calories than you did before you lost the weight.

This is often referred to as “starvation mode,” and can amount to several hundred fewer calories burned each day.

Eating plenty of protein can reduce muscle loss, which should help keep your metabolic rate higher as you lose body fat.

Strength training is another major factor that can reduce muscle loss and metabolic slowdown when losing weight.

For this reason, a high protein intake and heavy strength training are two incredibly important components of an effective fat loss plan.

Not only do they help keep your metabolism high, they also make sure that what is underneath the fat actually looks good. Without protein and strength training, you may end up looking “skinny-fat” instead of fit and lean.

Bottom Line: Eating plenty of protein can help prevent muscle loss when you lose weight. It can also help keep your metabolic rate high, especially when combined with heavy strength training.

How Much Protein is Optimal?

The DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) for protein is only 46 and 56 grams for the average woman and man, respectively.

This amount may be enough to prevent deficiency, but it is far from optimal if you are trying to lose weight (or gain muscle).

Most of the studies on protein and weight loss expressed protein intake as a percentage of calories.

According to these studies, aiming for protein at 30% of calories seems to be very effective for weight loss.

You can find the number of grams by multiplying your calorie intake by 0.075. For example, on a 2000 calorie diet you would eat 2000 * 0.075 = 150 grams of protein.

You can also aim for a certain number based on your weight. For example, aiming for 0.7-1 gram of protein per pound of lean mass is a common recommendation (1.5 – 2.2 grams per kilogram).

It is best to spread your protein intake throughout the day by eating protein with every meal.

Keep in mind that these numbers don’t need to be exact, anything in the range of 25-35% of calories should be effective.

More details in this article: How Much Protein Should You Eat Per Day?

Bottom Line: In order to lose weight, aiming for 25-35% of calories as protein may be optimal. 30% of calories amounts to 150 grams of protein on a 2000 calorie diet.

How to Get More Protein in Your Diet

One of the tricks my wife and I use is to make a pitcher of Body FX Protein and eat it late at night in place of conventional junk food. It tastes delicious. Curbs and appetite and fuels the body with good quality nutrition.

Or a small dish of cottage cheese.

When eating out, stick to good quality foods like seafood, lean meats and so on.

Protein is the single most important nutrient for weight loss and a better looking body.

A high protein intake boosts metabolism, reduces appetite and changes several weight-regulating hormones.

Protein can help you lose weight and belly fat, and it works via several different mechanisms.

This is a detailed review of the effects of protein on weight loss.

Protein Changes The Levels of Several Weight Regulating Hormones

Your weight is actively regulated by your brain, particularly an area called the hypothalamus.

In order for your brain to determine when and how much to eat, it processes multiple different types of information.

Some of the most important signals to the brain are hormones that change in response to feeding.

A higher protein intake actually increases levels of the satiety (appetite-reducing) hormones GLP-1peptide YY and cholecystokinin, while reducing your levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin.

By replacing carbs and fat with protein, you reduce the hunger hormone and boost several satiety hormones.

This leads to a major reduction in hunger and is the main reason protein helps you lose weight. It can make you eat fewer calories automatically.

Bottom Line: Protein reduces levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin, while it boosts the appetite-reducing hormones GLP-1, peptide YY and cholecystokinin. This leads to an automatic reduction in calorie intake.

Digesting and Metabolizing Protein Burns Calories

After you eat, some calories are used for the purpose of digesting and metabolizing the food.

This is often termed the thermic effect of food (TEF).

Although not all sources agree on the exact figures, it is clear that protein has a much higher thermic effect (20-30%) compared to carbs (5-10%) and fat (0-3%) (11).

If we go with a thermic effect of 30% for protein, this means that 100 calories of protein only end up as 70 usable calories.

Bottom Line: About 20-30% of protein calories are burned while the body is digesting and metabolizing the protein.

Protein Makes You Burn More Calories (Increases “Calories Out”)

Due to the high thermic effect and several other factors, a high protein intake tends to boost metabolism.

It makes you burn more calories around the clock, including during sleep.

A high protein intake has been shown to boost metabolism and increase the amount of calories burned by about 80 to 100 per day.

This effect is particularly pronounced during overfeeding, or while eating at a caloric surplus. In one study, overfeeding with a high protein diet increased calories burned by 260 per day.

By making you burn more calories, high protein diets have a “metabolic advantage” over diets that are lower in protein.

Bottom Line: A high protein intake can make you burn 80-100 more calories per day, with one study showing an increase of 260 calories during overfeeding.

Protein Reduces Appetite and Makes You Eat Fewer Calories

Protein can reduce hunger and appetite via several different mechanisms (1).

This can lead to an automatic reduction in calorie intake.

In other words, you end up eating fewer calories without having to count calories or consciously control portions.

Numerous studies have shown that when people increase their protein intake, they start eating fewer calories.

This works on a meal-to-meal basis, as well as a sustained day-to-day reduction in calorie intake as long as protein intake is kept high.

In one study, protein at 30% of calories caused people to automatically drop their calorie intake by 441 calories per day, which is a huge amount.

So, high protein diets not only have a metabolic advantage – they also have an “appetite advantage,” making it much easier to cut calories compared to lower protein diets.

Bottom Line: High-protein diets are highly satiating, so they lead to reduced hunger and appetite compared to lower protein diets. This makes it much easier to restrict calories on a high-protein diet.

Protein Cuts Cravings and Reduces Desire for Late-Night Snacking

Cravings are the dieter’s worst enemy.

They are one of the biggest reasons why people tend to fail on their diets.

Another major problem is late-night snacking. Many people who have a tendency to gain weight get cravings at night, so they snack in the evening. These calories are added on top of all the calories they ate during the day.

Interestingly, protein can have a powerful effect on both cravings and the desire to snack at night.

This graph is from a study comparing a high-protein diet and a normal-protein diet in overweight men:

The high-protein group is the blue bar, while the normal-protein group is the red bar.

In this study, protein at 25% of calories reduced cravings by 60% and cut the desire for late-night snacking by half!

Breakfast may be the most important meal to load up on the protein. In one study in teenage girls, a high-protein breakfast significantly reduced cravings.

Bottom Line: Eating more protein can lead to major reductions in cravings and the desire to snack late at night. These changes should make it much easier to stick to a healthy diet.

How to Get More Protein in Your Diet

Increasing your protein intake is simple. Just eat more of protein-rich foods.

These include:

  • Meats: Chicken, turkey, lean beefpork, etc.
  • Fish: Salmon, sardines, haddock, trout, etc.
  • Eggs: All types.
  • Dairy: Milkcheeseyogurt, etc.
  • Legumes: Kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils, etc.
  • You can find a long list of healthy high-protein foods in this article.

If you’re eating low-carb, then you can choose fattier cuts of meat. If you’re not on a low-carb diet then try to emphasize lean meats as much as possible. This makes it easier to keep protein high without getting too many calories.

Taking a protein supplement can also be a good idea if you struggle to reach your protein goals. Whey protein powder has been shown to have numerous benefits, including increased weight loss. I have been using a quality protein shake which has the ideal 50-30-20 ratio of carbs, protein and fats. It is also high grade protein which is easily assimilable by the body.

BEWARE! Many of the popular protein shakes contain high amounts of sugar to make them tasty and use low grade protein that cannot be used effectively by the human body.

Even though eating more protein is simple when you think about it, actually integrating this into your life and nutrition plan can be difficult.

I recommend that you use a calorie/nutrition tracker in the beginning. Weigh and measure everything you eat in order to make sure that you are hitting your protein targets.

You don’t need to do this forever, but it is very important in the beginning until you get a good idea of what a high-protein diet looks like.

Bottom Line: There are many high-protein foods you can eat to boost your protein intake. It is recommended to use a nutrition tracker in the beginning to make sure that you are getting enough.

Protein is The Easiest, Simplest and Most Delicious Way to Lose Weight

When it comes to fat loss and a better looking body, protein is the king of nutrients.

You don’t need to restrict anything to benefit from a higher protein intake. It is all about adding to your diet.

This is particularly appealing because most high-protein foods also taste really good. Eating more of them is easy and satisfying.

A high-protein diet can also be an effective obesity prevention strategy, not something that you just use temporarily to lose fat.

By permanently increasing your protein intake, you tip the “calories in vs calories out” balance in your favor.

Over months, years or decades, the difference in your waistline could be huge.

However, keep in mind that calories still count. Protein can reduce hunger and boost metabolism, but you won’t lose weight if you don’t eat fewer calories than you burn.

It is definitely possible to overeat and negate the calorie deficit caused by the higher protein intake, especially if you eat a lot of junk food.

For this reason, you should still base your diet mostly on whole, single ingredient foods.

Although this article focused only on weight loss, protein also has numerous other benefits for health.

Increasing your protein intake is simple. Just eat more of protein-rich foods.

These include:

  • Meats: Chicken, turkey, lean beefpork, etc.
  • Fish: Salmon, sardines, haddock, trout, etc.
  • Eggs: All types.
  • Dairy: Milkcheeseyogurt, etc.
  • Legumes: Kidney beans, chickpeas, lentils, etc.

If you’re eating low-carb, then you can choose fattier cuts of meat. If you’re not on a low-carb diet then try to emphasize lean meats as much as possible. This makes it easier to keep protein high without getting too many calories.

Taking a protein supplement can also be a good idea if you struggle to reach your protein goals. Whey protein powder has been shown to have numerous benefits, including increased weight loss.

Even though eating more protein is simple when you think about it, actually integrating this into your life and nutrition plan can be difficult.

I recommend that you use a calorie/nutrition tracker in the beginning. Weigh and measure everything you eat in order to make sure that you are hitting your protein targets.

You don’t need to do this forever, but it is very important in the beginning until you get a good idea of what a high-protein diet looks like.

Bottom Line: There are many high-protein foods you can eat to boost your protein intake. It is recommended to use a nutrition tracker in the beginning to make sure that you are getting enough.

Protein is The Easiest, Simplest and Most Delicious Way to Lose Weight

Meats are very high in protein. Unfortunately, also very high in fat. While following a high protein diet consisting of meats will yield faster weight loss results than traditional diets, weight losses will be slower than with quality meal replacement shakes.

When it comes to fat loss and a better looking body, protein is the king of nutrients.

You don’t need to restrict anything to benefit from a higher protein intake. It is all about adding to your diet.

This is particularly appealing because most high-protein foods also taste really good. Eating more of them is easy and satisfying.

A high-protein diet can also be an effective obesity prevention strategy, not something that you just use temporarily to lose fat.

By permanently increasing your protein intake, you tip the “calories in vs calories out” balance in your favor.

Over months, years or decades, the difference in your waistline could be huge.

However, keep in mind that calories still count. Protein can reduce hunger and boost metabolism, but you won’t lose weight if you don’t eat fewer calories than you burn.

It is definitely possible to overeat and negate the calorie deficit caused by the higher protein intake, especially if you eat a lot of junk food.

For this reason, you should still base your diet mostly on whole, single ingredient foods.

Although this article focused only on weight loss, protein also has numerous other benefits for health as well.

Tony DeFrancisco can be contacted via 407-761-3055  Email: tonydefrancisco14@gmail.com

Website: http://www.superfitness.firstfitness.com

Summer is almost here. Lose Weight Now. By Tony DeFrancisco

15799856_10157950058555623_8467111258466175841_o ffTonyDeFrancisco,  FirstFitness Nutrition, Supervisor/Wellness Coach

Ask anyone about losing weight and you will get a myriad of answers.

“Just cut back on what you eat”

“You have to diet and exercise”

“I don’t need any special program. I can do it on my own”

When I hear people say this I have to chuckle. And when I check back with them 3 months, 6 months, a year later, guess what? Not only have they not lost any weight, they have actually put even more weight on. If it was so easy, how come no results?

I have been battling the battle of the bulge all my life. Literally since childhood. Even with lifting weights and taking food supplements, it was always a battle.

However, in 1974 while making weight for powerlifting competitions, I discovered a secret – Protein shakes and high protein foods. Previously when I lost weight, I also lost muscle, strength and looked flabby. Now I look toned up, maintained strength and actually went on to break state and national records in the sport of powerlifting, even after losing over 20 lbs in a short period. This was unheard of back then. It was my secret, at that time.

In 1976, I became a wellness coach for a company called Slender Now. They were as far as I know, the first company to market a professionally designed weight loss program evolving around a diet shake.

In 1990, I became part of First Fitness. Their product was very similar to Slender Now and had additional herbs and in fact was created by the same man who created Slender Now.

18 months ago, I reconnected with First Fitness. I personally have lost over 100 lbs during that time and maintaining my weight loss at age 66, a time when many people gain weight and losing weight is very difficult. Others as in the picture on the headline, have done even better.

So the million $$$ question is, what makes products like First Fitness so special and why use this instead of just doing it on your own? The people I have met over the years are far and few between who were able to do it on their own. When they cut down on calories, they cut down on nutrition. When they diet, they get hungry, tired and irritable. Having worked in sales and in management for many health clubs, very few stay with a exercise program. Attrition is very high. And even exercise, as good as it is can’t help you lose weight on it’s on. Nor do typical diets. I know I have tried them over the years.

And if they do it on their own and lose weight, very few are able to keep it off. It comes right back on again. Not only do they regain the weight they lost, they gain even more.  And on and on it goes.

What I discovered back in the 1970s when I was competing in powerlifting and then again with customers with Slender Now and First Fitness, is that when you offer people concentrated nutrition, they don’t get hungry, tired or irritable. They stay on the program. They get results and they get all of the nutrition they need.

I also discovered that people need to eat real food too. So with our program, you eat one or two colorful meal per day and  one or two meal replacements. NOTE: Not all shakes are meal replacements. Some are only protein, carbs or something else,  not a complete meal. Ours is a complete meal.

Something else I realized too. People have setpoints, sort of governors that limit how fast you can lose weight. This is very discouraging. Also, we all need our internal systems cleansed periodically to truly absorb quality nutrition. And the other thing is that many of us, this was my problem, have very sluggish metabolisms. Expecially when you get older and also for women who have gone through multiple pregnancies.

What our program does and what makes us different is that is does give you all the nutrition your body needs, it cleanses the system, speeds the metabolism —safely and breaks past weight loss set points.

You also get to eat real foods that are delicious

And not all of the other programs work. This morning I got a call from a woman who used First Fitness many years ago and switched to one of the OTC shakes that are really high sugar, low calorie, cheap junk. She told me that she desperately wants to go back on First Fitness and ordered the shakes, the Trimbolic and the Biomega. She was also addicted to the high sugar/caffeine energy drinks and wanted to get off them. She knows the difference.

As summer approaches, many will want to look great in their swimsuits. There is no other program anywhere that can get you results, quickly and safely as with First Fitness

For more information contact me. (407)  761-3055  Check out my facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lose-Weight-Now-Ask-Me-How-Orlando-Fl/107481349346828

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Tony DeFrancisco has been involved in physical culture since 1964. Started lifting weights and taking nutritional supplements at that time. He went on to become a very successful powerlifter competing in over 100 competitions and winning 80 first places. He was a YMCA National champion and a 2 time AAU North American champion.

In 1973, he began promoting powerlifting, bodybuilding events in the Pennsylvania area. He was one of the biggest and most successful promoters at that time and brought the biggest names in the sport including the great Arnold Schwarzennegger to his events.

In 1976, he became a wellness coach promoting nutritional supplements. In 1978 he began promoting fitness and wellness through health clubs in Central Pa and Reading Pa.

Even with his lifetime of fitness and nutrition, he encountered health issues. He attributes his ability to overcome those issues to a holistic approach, including a positive mental attitude, exercise, good nutritional and high quality nutrititional supplements. He believes that you cannot get optimum nutrition merely by eating regular foods. You need quality, nutritional supplements. Having used many over 53 years, he sincerely believe that First Fitness products are the very best.