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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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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

I get mixed responses from my posts here on facebook. Some people love them and tell me to please continue, a few get angry while others say absolutely nothing. I guess that is a good balance.

My facebook friends are also quite diverse. There are people that I grew up with, family members, former neighbors, people I went to school with from grade school through high school, people who I have worked with in Pennsylvania, People I have worked with here in Orlando, many are from sports especially weightlifting /bodybuilding/powerlifting and a whole bunch are from network marketing going back to 1975. I love staying in touch with everyone.

So as to put everyone on the same page, I thought I would give a quick overview of my background and what motivates me to do what I do.

When I get involved with something I think that everyone and their brother needs it too. For example when I got in to weight training and physical culture  in 1964, I told everyone that they should lift weights and take nutritional supplements. It didn’t matter if they were male, female, young or old.

People thought I was crazy! Some people got into it, many are still in to it today and thank me for my “overzealessness” as they called it back then. Funny thing though. When I go into the gym I see everybody lifting weights these days, male, female, young and old. So I guess I was on the right path.

In the 1970’s I got into competitive powerlifting. over a 5 year period I competed in 100 competitions, won 80 first places including the YMCA Nationals, was twice North American AAU champion, won 30 best lifter awards broke a slew of state and national powerlifting records, broke the world meet recrod in the bench press at the World Powerlifitng Championships in 1973, broke the North American AAU record in the benchs press in 1974 and again in 1975 and at one point was ranked among the top three in the world in my weight class. (165 lb class, June 1974 at the AAU PA State Championships.)

Around the same time I got into promoting powerlifting and bodybuilding events and I brought the biggest names in the game to my little town in Berwick,Pa. population of around 9,000.   When I say largest i am serious  —like 6’5 275 lb Lou Ferrigno who of course went on to play THE Incredible Hulk on tv and when I say the best I mean the former governor Arnold Schwarzenneggar who went on to  become one of the biggest box office draws and a best selling author not to mention 5 time Mr. Universe and 7 time Mr. Olympia PLUS stars like Serge Nubret and many other Mr. America and Mr. Universe/Mr Olympia winners of that era.

People said that Berwick was too small of an area to support major events like these. Guess again. The event with Arnold had the largest audience ever seen in any bodybuilding contest in Pennsylvania.

When I was competing in powerlifitng meets, I found a secret weapon. While others were using dangerous anabolic steriods, I was using high quality nutritional supplements. To drop my weight quickly I would go on a high protein program with additional supplements. I could drop 20 lbs in 2 weeks and not lose any strength. This was unheard of and claimed to be impossible even by the steriod users. Yeah, that’s why I called it my “secret weapon.” And it worked everytime.

The steriod addicts thought that I was on some secret steriod that they didn’t know about. Result? I won 80 first places, was ranked third in the world in my weight class and broke the world meet record in the bench press.

This is not to brag but only to tell you what motivates me and why I am so excited about nutritonal products and believe n them so strongly. They have worked for me. I have walked the walk and not doing this to make a fast buck. It’s my passion. At least the products I have used delivered on their promises.

In 1975 I discovered network marketing. TO SOME people that is a bad two words.

For me it was as exciting as weight training was to me in the 1960’s, only in a different way. At the time I was working as a Radiology Transporter making about $250 a week in 1976 $$$ and driving a 4 year old Ford Pinto. A few months later I was generating $7,000 in monthly sales and driving a Lincoln Continental Mark V.  But by far the most significant benefit was the results that clients got from using that product. It was astounding. People tell me it changed their lives. And those who got into the business found anywhere from a few extra hundred to a couple of thosand extra each month to play with. Remember this was in the 70’s during the Carter days and a wicked recession.

In 1976 I was introduced to the first Hi Protein Meal Replacement weight loss program, a product called SLENDER NOW. Since I was no longer training regularly or competing, I had gained a fast 30 lbs of blubber. I lost those 30 lbs in record time and with little exercise. I started telling others about it and they got the same or similiar results; rapid and safe weight loss, increased self esteem, dramatic changes. So anybody who came within 2 feet of me heard about it as well as the business opportunity.

Around that same time there was a dangerous fad diet called Liquid Protein. I warned people about this gimmicky diet and even wrote an article about it in my local newspaper. Promoters of this junk were furious at me. They said I was attacking their product because it was competition for the Slender Now products I used myself and promoted. I issued a challenge and asked the promoters if they actually used the liquid protein product and suggested a weight loss contest putting our users vs theirs and people could judge not only who lost the most weight and inches but more importantly, who looked healthier and better. They refused. BUT……2 months later the government issued a recall on the Fad Liquid Protein Diet. Over 1000 people died from using that junk….the liquid protein fad diet.  Any diet program that restricts you to only 330 calories a day as the liquid protein diet did for an extended period of time is extremely dangrous. And it was.

I am totally opposed to any kind of gimmicky or fad diet plans. If it hasn’t worked for me and if I see anything wrong with it, I won’t market it irregardless how much money is supposedly being made by the promoters.

In the 1980’s I warned about The Cambridge Diet too. Another fad diet that was a lot like liquid protein, dangerous and caused numerous deaths.

In the 1990’s I WARNED about the fat burner products that contained ephedra and ma huang. Again the promoters were furious at me. How many people died from using that junk?

Like I said, I am against fad and dangerous diets, pills and other junk as well as  get rich quick schemes and scams. It bothers me when I hear that some people have been creamed, steamed and dry cleaned by some fast talking promoter. And it bothers me even more when people think that all programs are the same.

On December 21, 2009, I was hit with a mx missile of sorts in the form of a Myo Carditis attack. Myo Cardis is a viris that enters the heart and it can be and has been known to be lethal. I had congestive heart failure and nearly went into cardiac arrest. At the same time I was diagnosed as having a tumor on my left kidney. WHAT? How could this happen to me? I never smoked, drink moderately, take supplements, was working out and watch my diet. Well for one thing, my diet was more than just a little loose. The supplements I was taking were from the retail store shelf, not the best quality. I went against my own advice and opted for cheaper products  so as to be able to put money in my compaines 401 (k) plan. This almost killed me! The supplements were sheap for a reason. Low quality.  And cancer and heart disease runs on both sides of my family.

My surgeon tells me that I was too weak for surgery from the Myo Cardiits. That my heart would never hold up. He said that we needed to wait at least 4-6 months for me to rest and hopefully be recovered by then, but even then there would be a 50-50 chance of my surviving surgery.

I said “How about three weeks?’ He said impossible. So I said, “How about if I come back in three weeks, you put me through a battery of tests and then let the tests determine if I am ready?” He said ok but again said it was

“Impossible.” And then he said, “You are not thinking of exercising I hope! The theory that exercise can strengthen a weak heart is a myth. And in your present condition, exercise can do more harm than good. ”  I said, Yeah right!

The day I was released from the hospital I went right to the health food store and loaded up on supplements like Co-enzyme Q10, Fish oil, high potency Vitmain E, Alpha Lipoic Acid and in particular some super supplements Zavita, Trimbolic, 8RX and Cardio 1st.  I also followed the Suddenly Slim weight Loss program. My doctor told me I need to lose weight. I also started a exercise program first day out of the hospital. That included a massive 5 mins of walking very slowly on a treadmill on a flat surface and going for short walks. I was wasted.

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trimbolic

8rx

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 The myo carditis caused congestive heart failure fo me. I nearly died. And was in bad shape.  Ask anyone who has had cardiac issues. Recovery is slow and painful. And it was for me, at first. I remember walking out of church holding my chest and having breathing issues. It would be a long road back. Maybe I overloaded my promises this time and opened my big mouth too soon. But I was facing a time table challenge. I had to get better fast to be ready for surgery so continued with the exercise and nutritional program and by the way prayed a lot.

I started to feel a lot better.

Three weeks later I show up in his office. He sends me over to the hospital. I get MRI, Cardiac Catherization, EKG some ultra sound and other tests. He comnes back while I am enjoying that delicious hospital food (yuck!!!) takes his glasses off, rubs his face and then smiles at me and says, “I have never seen such a remarkable change in someone in the condition you were in a few weeks ago in any time period let alone three weeks. This is remarkable and I am prepared to clear you for surgery as soon as you like.”

What did I do? To recap,  I went on quality nutritional supplements, started a very mild exercise program (started walking about 10 feet and walking slowling on a treadmill for 5 minutes and I was wasted and then added on from that), within 2 weeks I was up to 20 minutes on the treadmill, had increased the speed and was walking a mile out doors everyday and something else: I prayed a lot. I was on a leave of absense from work so visited my church everyday. This was a must do event. I had to get my heart healthy again for surgery or that blasted tumor would grow and then I would be looking at chemo therapy and there was a strong possibility that I would not recover. My doctor told me that the tumor would quickly spread from my kidney to my lungs and then spread like wildfire th roughout my body.

With those kinds of odds I can get very motivated and do what some people think is “Impossible.”

Losing a kidney is not a huge deal, you can live on a 1/4 of one kidney, my issue was my heart which had taken a beating from the Myo Carditis and congestive heart failure. My Doctor told me that very few people survive congestive heart failure and that of those who do, many are not around a  year later or are very weak, almost invalids. I was determined not to be one of those statistics.

So I survived that. A few months later I am sitting at a red light in my car and get rear ended by a 19 year old driving a SUV. I was driving a Nissan Maxima, pretty heavy car. It was totaled and I ended up with heriated discs in my neck and lower back and a torn knee pad in my right knee plus bulging discs in both my neck and lower back.

Exercise was impossibe and even walking was difficult. By May of this year my weight had balooned up to 255 lbs of pure blubber. And I am only 5’4. So that is a lot of blubber on a small guy! I started having pains in my chest again along with breathing problems and a lot of pain walking. My knee especially was killing me. I couldn’t even walk my dog, my wife had to. And I was experiencing pain in my neck and lower back. Of the 8 discs in my neck, five were herniated and the other three were bulging. Same with my lower back.

At this point I was both mad and frustrated. Prior to the accident I had dropped my weight, was working out and feeling pretty good after the Myo Carditis. Now I had regained all the weight I lose and was having heath isssues again.

Several people began telling me about First Fitness. I said “No way, no how. Been there done that deal before  I couldn’t help but notice that these people had all lost a considerable amount of weight since I last saw them.

I went to church and saw somebody with a bumper sticker on her car. It said, “Get Suddenly Slim, ask me how?” That was a no brainer. I knew what company uses that saying.

Long story made short I decided to get back on First Fitness Products again. . On Sept 2, 2015, I began using the quick start program. I lost 5 lbs in three days and over 20 lbs in a month. Within days the aches and pains in my neck, back and knee went away.

In July, I felt good enough to start going to the gym again. The treadmill and lifecycle were a real challenge due to my right knee injury. I could barely last 10 minutes on each.

This week I am up to 45 minutes on the treadmill and 30 -60 minutes on the lifecycle.

I am especially proud of the fact that I can now set the treadmill at a speed and and incline that I have not used since before my Myo Carditis attack nearly 2 years ago! I am also pumping some serious iron again. And two days ago for the first time since the accident, I can use weight resistance for leg exercises like leg extensions and leg presses without pain.

Jeesh Tony. What are you doing writing a book? I know that’s a lot of writing there. No, not a book. Just telling my story and why I do what I do. Hopefully you may find something in it and understand why I do what I do.

By the way,  my weight hit 192 lbs. by Christmas 2015 Down from 255 lbs last Sept. I never suggest anything that I don’t use myself.

Since getting into First Fitness, I’ve been hearing from all sorts of people trying to get me into their “deal” and why it’s the best thing going.

Consequently, I do post updates on how I am doing with the business as well as with my weight loss and fitness. Some people cautioned me, “That ole dog don’t hunt anymore.” ENT! Guess again guys. In terms of network marketing companies, First Fitness is the best thing going. That is why I passed on the others and still say no to the other offers. I wanted to be a part of a company that is solid, time tested, clean and had proven products and a proven marketing system that worked for everyone.  AND…still has a career opportunity and growth potential..

Owing to my health problems, I wanted to be sure that whatever products I used were the absolute best quality available and safe for everyone who used them. And for a long time I have been looking for a weight loss product that delivered like Slender Now did back in the 1970’s. I’ve found it with First Fitness.

We also have a very powerful medical and scientific advisory board, second to none. One of our members is a noble laureate.  If  you are putting products into your system, you have beeter be sure that they were developed by people who know what they are doing. Many companies scrap together products and then test market them on the public. Not all network marketing companies are good.

I was also looking for a company that had good leadership. The CEO of First Fitness created a comapny in the 1970s that went from 0 to over $300 million in sales in under 3 years. In all the years that I have been in network marketing and with other companies,  I have bever seen a better leader.

Some people confuse First Fitness with other MLM companies.  This is a new and different puppy. The products  and marketing plan have been revamped. The shakes now come in 2 different flavors and are delicious. Our weight loss plan is a complete program providing all the nutrition you need everyday and includes four formulas. Most of the products have been reformulated and are now new and improved. I am especially impressed with the changes and improvement in quick start weight loss program.  The shakes, Trimbolic Biomega, Zavita and Energy drink products make a great substitute for cofee and soda. In fact I  have many people who have kicked the coffee, iced tea and soda habits.

Many companies offer just a shake or diet drink or something that curbs the appetite so you eat less. In my mind, these type of products fall into the same category as the liquid protein and other fad diets of old.  Be careful!

A few years ago, First Fitness came out with a product called Cardio First and 8RX. I sincerely believe that these two products played an integral role in my rapis recovery.  and it is the buzz of the industry. First Fitness launched a sports nutriional line which is absolutely incredible.  And First Fitness has a complete line of Herbal nutrtiional products that are state of the art.  Since starting on the products 18 months ago, I have never felt better.

So hopefully this will tell you why I do what I do regarding the weight loss and nutrition as well as the business opportunity. I’ve been weak and gained strength, comeback from serious illnesses, won championships and overcome insurmountable challenges. And I know that these are difficult days for a lot of people.  I’m 60 years old and never have I seen so  many people as frustrated as they are right now. Even those who are doing good are not doing as well as they were doing  sometime ago and are scared about their future. I’m here to tell you that there is another way. There is hope if you’ll just reachout and embrace it. That’s the real purpose of what I do and why I do it.

By the way, I have also  never seen so many people so excited as I have here in First Fitness. What makes us different?

I hope this was helpful to you.

Thank you.

Tony DeFrancisco