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How To Grow Calves in 12 Weeks

Ok ok, so below your knee resembles a chair leg and no matter what you do it isn’t changing. Will you ever grow calves? Never fear all is not lost, however this is an issue that has been plaguing bodybuilders for decades. Calves are one muscle whose natural shape and size is heavily determined by genetics, the main factor being where the insert of the soleus and plantaris begin. Some people’s calf begins right down near the ankle, a very low insert. Generally, a low insert means a much larger calf muscle to begin with. For some the insert will begin mid-way up the lower leg, or even higher. The higher the insert the less muscle you have to begin with. This is something you cannot change.

Grow Calves

I should start by explaining that I myself am an amateur bodybuilder and my calves have always, well… sucked! For many years I ran with the excuse that I’m genetically disadvantaged and so I shouldn’t be expected to grow calves. But as my knowledge of the human body and mechanisms for muscle growth increased, I realised there is no reason why they shouldn’t grow. SO I have high inserts, it doesn’t mean I can’t optimise the muscle that is there, I can add size and density. With the right stimulus and progressive overload every muscle MUST grow.

This next part is more my own personal theory about the calf muscle. Kind of anecdotal, but it seems to be working for me so here it is; I thought about the calf and how it differs from other muscles, we have been using it every single step since we took our first. It has taken us up hills, huge inclines and mountains. It has taken us on treks around shopping centres and tourist attractions for hours. It has driven us through sprints and helped us perform in countless sports. This is a muscle that has been under constant stress forever. Its is tight, tough and sinewy, it is a little workhorse and it knows how to take torture. How could I use this information to help me grow calves?

Grow Calves

How do you create microtears in a muscle that is solid as a rock and can take a beating? For me the answer was enormous volume. Even though I had told myself I’d trained my calves forever I could never really remember a time when they got sore like my other muscles. I had stuck to my standard bodybuilding style, 4 sets, 8 reps, heavy weight. For me, that wasn’t doing it.

I decided to form a program based on my theory. I believed my calves would need far more regular punishment than other muscles and I believed the only way to sufficiently torture them for soreness (microtears) would be massive volume. I would complete 2 exercises on calves every second day for a rep total of around 400 per session, however I would exceed that if I hadn’t hit failure on the final set of each exercise.  These calf sessions would be completed before my regular workouts. The workout structure I used is shown below:

Day 1 (Before my regular workout)

Seated calf raise machine –       

3 sets 50 reps (choosing a weight that would start to cause immense pain by 30 reps and forcing to 50)

4th set to absolute failure hitting a minimum 50 reps (increasing weight on the following Day 1 cycle if I exceeded 60 reps)

Toe Presses on Leg press machine-

3 sets 50 reps (choosing a weight that would start to cause immense pain by 30 reps and forcing to 50)

4th set to absolute failure hitting a minimum 50 reps (increasing weight on the following Day 1 cycle if I exceeded 60 reps)

Day 2 – Rest Calves (Still complete regular workout)

Day 3 (Before my regular workout)

Standing Calf Raise Machine –    

3 sets 50 reps (choosing a weight that would start to cause immense pain by 30 reps and forcing to 50)

4th set to absolute failure hitting a minimum 50 reps (increasing weight on the following Day 3 cycle if I exceeded 60 reps)

Donkey Calf raise Machine (or Donkey Smith Machine)

3 sets 50 reps (choosing a weight that would start to cause immense pain by 30 reps and forcing to 50)

4th set to absolute failure hitting a minimum 50 reps (increasing weight on the following Day 3 cycle if I exceeded 60 reps)

Day 4 – Rest Calves (Still complete regular workout) REPEAT

 

I noticed that although I could get that blistering soreness in my calves, they recovered much faster than my other muscles. If I wanted to grow calves, It was very important for me to hit them every second day. After 12 weeks on this program, not only was I experiencing that soreness I knew was so crucial to growth… My calves had noticeable changes. I could see a separation in the two muscles of the calf and from a front view there was a small sweep on both the inside and outside of my lower leg. For myself, I had cracked the Davinci code of calf growth.

Grow Calves

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How To Train Like Mike Mentzer

He stood only 5’8′ yet packed 215 pounds of rock-solid muscle on his frame. His triceps, in particular, when viewed from behind, reminded one of two large watermelons hanging out of a T-shirt. Reports varied as to the actual size of his arms. When Mike Mentzer was asked how big they were at one of his seminars, he responded with characteristic wryness, ‘Very big.’

Mike Mentzer

The Role of Genetics

Without question genetics played a huge role in providing the foundation for the muscular mass that Mike built as he was the first to admit. In later years, however, he confided that he had reservations about making such a strong case for genetics. While genetic characteristics were important, Mike believed that they had been overemphasised. He worried that the notion that you have to have good genetics to achieve a championship physique had actually served to destroy the motivation of certain bodybuilders. ‘Besides,’ Mike explained, ‘it’s very difficult to accurately assess your genetic potential. At best you might be able to get a suggestion of where you might go based on your muscle belly lengths, your bone structure and metabolism and neuromuscular efficiency, but the most important thing, I think, is motivation’everyone can improve themselves, and that’s important. Not everyone is going to become Mr. Olympia, but we can all improve ourselves.’

Mike Mentzer

Mentzer’s Most Productive Routine

In 1986 John Little (co-author with Mike Mentzer of High Intensity Training The Mike Mentzer Way) was living in Canada and searching for answers concerning the ‘ultimate truth’ of bodybuilding. He interviewed many of the top bodybuilders of the time – Lou Ferrigno, John Grimek, Paul Anderson, Doug Hepburn, Frank Zane, Lee Haney, Dorian Yates, Lee Labrada, Steve Reeves and of course Mike Mentzer. But it was Mentzer’s unique training structure that stood out to him the most. Mentzer had followed a great number of training systems throughout his career but foremost on John Little’s agenda was finding out what Mike Mentzer’s most productive training routine had been.

Early in Mentzer’s career, When his gains had ground to a complete halt on high-set routines, he happened to make the acquaintance of Casey Viator, then the youngest person ever to hold the Mr. America title, and learned of the high-intensity-training principles advocated by Nautilus creator Arthur Jones. After speaking with Jones directly, Mike decided to switch back to a three-days-per-week whole-body routine, performing approximately five sets per bodypart in high-intensity fashion. He won the ’76 Mr. America contest at a bodyweight of 205 pounds while training on such a program, but he didn’t stay with it, switching eventually to a split routine performed four days per week. Then, prior to his Mr. Olympia appearances in 1979 and ’80’where he tipped the scales at a rock-solid 215 pounds’he spread out his routine even further, training only once every two to four days.

Mentzer Explains His Routine

Durning his interview with John Little, Mentzer opened up in great detail about the routine that earned him the famous physique we know today.

“The routine I followed was the essential basic Heavy Duty routine consisting of four to five sets per bodypart and broken into two workouts – The first workout would be legs, chest and triceps; the second workout was back, shoulders and biceps.”

” I always selected weights for my exercises that allowed me to get at least six good positive repetitions and then continue with forced and negative reps. With any preexhaust set, such as leg extensions to leg presses or pec deck to incline presses, I would take no rest at all between exercises, but I would rest long enough to catch my breath, and I’d only do the negatives once a week on each exercise.”

“I used this type of routine throughout my professional bodybuilding career, but the greatest gains I got from it was when, rather than following it on the usual four-out-of-seven-day schedule, I began spacing it so I trained every other day on a split routine. ‘For instance, rather than train Monday and Tuesday on a split routine, working half the body on Monday and the other half on Tuesday’I would do the first half of the body on Monday, skip Tuesday to recuperate and then train on Wednesday, rest on Thursday and repeat the cycle again, starting on Friday. That was the most result-producing routine that I ever used.”

Mike Mentzer

Putting It Into Practise

Day 1 – Workout 1

Legs
Superset
Leg extensions 1 x 6-8
Leg presses 1 x 6-8
Squats 1 x 6-8
Leg curls 2 x 6-8
Calf raises 2 x 6-8
Toe presses 1 x 6-8

Chest
Superset
Dumbbell flyes or pec deck 1-2 x 6-8
Incline presses 1-2 x 6-8
Dips 2 x 6-8

Triceps
Superset
Pushdowns 1 x 6-8
Dips 1 x 6-8
Lying triceps extensions 2 x 6-8

Day 2 – Day Off

Day 3 – Workout 2

Back
Superset
Nautilus pullovers 2 x 6-8
Close-grip pulldowns 2 x 6-8
Bent-over barbell rows 2 x 6-8

Traps
Superset
Universal machine shrugs 2 x 6-8
Upright rows 2 x 6-8

Shoulders
Superset
Nautilus laterals 2 x 6-8
Nautilus presses 2 x 6-8
Rear-delt rows 2 x 6-8

Biceps
Standing barbell curls 1 x 6-8
Concentration curls 2 x 6-8

Day 4 – Day Off (Then return to Day 1)

Mike Mentzer Explains the Theory

“it was back in 1979. I remember meeting my brother in the gym for one of our usual workouts. I think it was the second day of a split-routine schedule, and we were both quite fatigued, apparently still not having recovered from the previous day’s workout. All of a sudden it occurred to me that it would be useless to train with anything less than all-out intensity’since that was required to induce maximum growth stimulation. And if, in fact, I had not recovered’and it was obvious to myself and my brother that we had not recovered, as we were both extremely tired’why train at all?”

“Recovery always precedes growth, and growth was our ultimate goal. If we had not recovered, then, in fact, there was no way we could have grown from the first workout. In that kind of a case the best thing that can happen would be that you merely wouldn’t make any progress; you’d just spin your wheels. But carried on for too long, that kind of effort actually causes you to lose muscular mass and strength’you’ll always be making inroads into your recovery ability and never allowing yourself to recover, let alone grow, which is secondary.”

“You have to recover before you can grow, So, we figured, why work out again? We had to recover first. And there were times when we skipped even two days in between workouts’72 hours. We’d train on a Monday, then skip Tuesday, skip Wednesday and train Thursday. We’d do that because we’d meet on Wednesday morning or discuss it Tuesday night, and it was obvious that we were still tired, that the forced reps and the negatives we’d done on Monday with our leg and the chest work, for instance, were so exhausting that we hadn’t overcome the effects of the workout. How the hell were we going to grow unless we at least let that happen? We knew that recovery was important in terms of overall, or systemic, recovery. We weren’t worried about localised recovery of a particular muscle. We knew that happened relatively quickly after a workout. But it was obvious that due to our general exhaustion we hadn’t even recovered our overall systems’ energies and so forth’let alone grown. And since growth was our primary goal along with getting defined, at that point we realised that it would have been counterproductive’perhaps even harmful’to our progress to have trained before we allowed recovery and growth to take place.”

Mike Mentzer

Final Thought From The Late Mike Mentzer

“The formula is: brief training, intense training, infrequent training,’ he said. “Young bodybuilders reading this should be cautioned against doing too many sets on too many days for all bodyparts. Their enthusiasm is often a hindrance; they’re so willing and able to train marathon-style to acquire a muscular physique that they often overtrain. I train in Gold’s when I do train and I see this as probably the most pervasive mistake among bodybuilders, including advanced bodybuilders. I would just suggest that no matter what methods you use, you don’t do more than four to six sets per bodypart, use strict form, train to failure, use forced reps occasionally and don’t overtrain. That is, don’t train so frequently so that you exceed your body’s ability to overcome the exhaustive effects of exercise and don’t have enough recovery ability left over for growth.”

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The Most Popular Fat Burners Ranked by Potency

I do believe this is a first, The top fat burners ranked by Potency rather than Popularity. You see the the most popular product on the market is not necessarily the best. In fact it very rarely is… The most popular product on the market is usually the product that has the most advertising dollar behind it, or the one that has the highest gross profit margin and is therefore heavily pushed to the Consumer. Having Fat Burners Ranked by popularity is just about the worst system possible. The most popular product on the market usually belongs to one of the industry giants who is driven by the dollar rather than product quality, innovation and effectiveness.

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So where does that leave us? how do we rank the BEST Fat burner if not by popularity? Easy! Just flip the container over and see who has added the highest dosages of active ingredients… Right?… Very wrong! There’s a problem, well two; The issues are the law of diminishing returns and of course Synergy.

The Law of Diminishing Returns

You see at some point adding more of any given ingredient does not become better, in fact it becomes worse. Take caffeine for example, we have seen that up to around 350mg gives us a positive high energy feel. We are focused and able to perform tasks more effectively. We also see in increase in athletic performance. But go beyond that and things start to get much, much worse. We begin to cramp in the stomach, we start to sweat excessively, our heart begins to race, we feel nauseous and dizzy. We see a decrease in focus and athletic performance. so to flip a tub of fat burner over and say, “My product contains 450mg of Caffeine and yours only contains 350mg. Mine is better,” Is not only untrue, in fact the opposite is true.

The Issue of Synergy

Now we need to consider how each of the ingredients react and in interact with each other. Which ingredients amplify the effects of others, and which ingredients totally nullify each other? To know this not only takes a lot of research and experience. It takes trials and studies. Something one could never ascertain by simply flipping a product over an observing the ingredients panel.

I’ve been working within the supplement industry for the better part of a decade. One thing I’ve learned is to listen to the consumers of these products. What are they saying? How do they feel? and what results are they actually seeing? You see, there are times when you need to step into the trenches to get the best information. Sometimes the easiest way to see the big picture is to get amongst it. I’m not only a supplement retailer, developer and distributor; I’m also a supplement user. There are very few products out there that I have not tried myself. I’ve compiled years reviews, customer feedback and personal experience to give you my definitive list of The Most Popular Fat Burners Ranked by Potency:

  1. Very minimal

    For beginners who are introducing themselves to fat burners for the very first time. Users may notice a very slight increase in energy but should not expect any kind of significant fat loss. These products may decrease appetite slightly.

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    EHP Labs – OxyShred

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    BSC – Hydroxy Burn Shred

     

  2. Minimal
    ⭐⭐

    For Beginners who have no stimulant tolerance. Great for people who don’t consume coffee or caffeinated products. Users may notice a slight increase in energy and very slight increase in body temperature during vigorous exercise. Users will not usually notice notable fat loss.

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    BSN – Hyper Shred

     

  3. Very Mild
    ⭐⭐⭐
    For beginners who have an occasional coffee and can tolerate a small amount of caffeine. Users may notice a mild increase in energy and mild suppression of appetite. Users may see some very slight weight loss but should not expect prominent changes.

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    Platinum Labs – Opti Burn Amped

     

  4. Mild
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐
    A good transition product for beginners hoping to try stronger fat burners in the future. Users may notice a slight increase in energy and very slight increase in body temperature during vigorous exercise and a very slight suppression of appetite. Weight loss will still be minimal.

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    BPM Labs – Annihilate

     

  5. Moderate
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Fat burners ranked as moderate are a good starter product for someone wanting to see a little more noticeable fat loss. Users will notice an increase in energy and an increase in body temperature during daily activities. Users may start to see some weight loss on the scales.

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    Transcend Supplements – Thermal X

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    Beast – 2 Shredded

     

  6. Medium
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    A good product for someone who drinks coffee but has not been exposed to pre workouts or fat burners regularly. Users will see a definite increase in energy, appetite suppression and more notable weight loss on the scales.

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    DY – Black Bombs

     

  7. Medium to Strong
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Fat burners ranked as Medium to Strong will be for someone who trains regularly and has used pre workouts on a semi regular basis. Users will see a stronger increase in energy, increase in body temp, noticeable weight loss on the scales and some slight changes in appearance of fatty areas.

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    Muscletech – Hydroxycut Hardcore

     

  8. Strong
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    Will suit someone who has used stimulants regularly including coffee, energy drinks and pre workouts. Users will see a large increase in energy and may feel flushed during the day due to thermogenesis (the production of heat leading to fat loss) users will see further weight loss, and definite changes in body shape when looking in the mirror.

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    Muscle Elements – 212

     

  9. Very Strong
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    For people looking for fast effective results. Will increase energy all day. Will help supress appetite, users will see the benefits of thermogenesis. Can be used as a pre workout. Not to be used with other stimulant based products.

    fat burners ranked
    Transcend Supplements – Thermo Burn XXX

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    JD Nutraceuticals – Thermo Melt

     

  10. Extreme
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

    The strongest Fat burners ranked on the market, delivering the fastest most effective results. Not for beginners. Users will see a Huge increase in energy and thermogenesis. Users can expect to see significant fat loss on both the scales and in physical appearance in a relatively short period of time. Not to be used with coffee, energy drinks, pre workouts or other stimulant based products.

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    Growth Labs Australia – Lipodrine

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    Alpha One Labs – OBLITR8
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5 Powerful Supplements for Lowering High Estrogen Levels

Your body’s hormones are like a seesaw. When they’re perfectly balanced, your body works as it should. But when you have High Estrogen, you may begin experiencing problems.

Estrogen is known as the “female” hormone. Testosterone is known as the “male” hormone. Although each hormone is identified with a specific sex, both are found in women and men. On average, women have higher levels of estrogen and men have more testosterone.

In women, estrogen helps initiate sexual development. Along with another female sex hormone known as progesterone, it also regulates a woman’s menstrual cycle and affects her entire reproductive system. In premenopausal women, estrogen and progesterone levels vary from one stage of the menstrual cycle to another.

Although it’s called the female hormone, a man’s body also makes estrogen. A healthy balance of estrogen and testosterone is important for sexual growth and development. When these hormones become imbalanced, your sexual development and function may be affected.

High Estrogen

Symptoms of high estrogen

  • Acne. When estrogen gets high and progesterone is low. Therefore we end up with more DHT, which then causes sebum production to increase, leading to more oily skin, clogged pores and acne.
  • Water retention. Increased estrogen can lead to water retention which causes swelling in the hands and feet, through the midsection, or all throughout the body.
  • Weight gain. Estrogen and progesterone are the two primary female sex hormones. These chemicals are produced mainly in your sex organs, but are also produced or converted into forms of estrogen in other places such as fat tissue.
  • Infertility. Estrogen is partly responsible for creating healthy sperm. When estrogen levels are high, sperm levels may fall and lead to fertility issues.
  • Gynecomastia. Estrogen may stimulate breast tissue growth. Men with too much estrogen may develop gynecomastia, a condition which leads to larger breasts.
  • Erectile dysfunction (ED). Men with high levels of estrogen may have difficulty getting or maintaining an erection.

Below we have listed the top 5 Most powerful supplements for lowering high estrogen levels.

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Zinc

Zinc is one of the 24 essential minerals. It regulates more than 100 enzymes in the body and is known for its testosterone boosting effects. However zinc is also a potent estrogen blocker… It works by inhibiting the aromatase enzyme, which converts testosterone molecules into estrogen via aromatization. One study, found out that zinc defiency can more than double the amount and activity of the estrogen receptors. Zinc defiency is much more common than people think, as we need at least 15 mg’s of zinc daily, due to the fact that our bodies can’t store it, nor can they synthesize it. So to inhibit the aromatase enzyme and block estrogen, you should eat tons of oysters and steak, and on top of that maybe supplement with some zinc orotate (most potent form with highest bio-availibity).

Resveratrol

Resveratrol is one of the antioxidant polyphenols in red grapes. It’s also one of the key compounds making red wine somewhat healthy. Recent research has shown that resveratrol may have some potent aromatase inhibiting qualities… One study found that resveratrol inhibits aromatase enzyme and blocks estrogen inside breast cancer cells. And another found that it was effective at lowering estrogen levels inside the human placental JEG-3 cells. Further studies are needed to validate these claims, but so far resveratrol seems very promising. When supplementing with resveratrol, make sure that it’s derived from grape skins, instead of Japanese knotweed which is estrogenic.

High Estrogen

DIM

DIM (Diindoylmethane) is a compound occurring naturally in crusiferous vegetables. It works through 2 mechanisms… Firstly, it helps the liver to metabolize estrogen. Secondly, it converts strong estrogen derivates into their less potent form. You can get DIM by eating tons of crusiferous vegetables (broccoli, kale, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, etc)… Or if you want a stronger dose of the compound, you can also supplement with DIM extract (make sure to get a product that’s not derived from soy).

Myomin

Myomin is a Chinese herbal mixture, relatively new discovery for me. It contains the following herbs: Aralia dasyphyllia, Cucuma zedoria, Cyperus rotundus, and Smilax glabra Roxb. According to the manufacturers it’s a combination of Chinese herbs known for their aromatase inhibiting effects, designed for both men and women to lower high estrogen. At first I was bit skeptical about the claims, as I had never heard of those herbs before. But then I found few studies and case reports of the supplement more than halving estrogen levels. I was still a bit skeptical, so I checked Amazon’s customer reviews about Myomin, and found out that there was a lot of guys who had increased their testosterone levels and succesfully reduced their high estradiol with Myomin. So it seems like this mix may have some very beneficial effects. And that’s why I’m going to test this brand out as soon as possible.

High Estrogen

Calcium-D-Glucarate

Calcium-D-Glucarate is a fiber found in the “jelly” portion of most dark berries. It works as a β-glucuronidase inhibitor, and has a detoxifying effect on estrogen molecules… In human words this means that Calcium-D-Glucarate binds into already metabolized estrogen molecules and helps them to exit the body via intestines without being reabsorbed through the intestial walls. Unfortunately Calcium-D-Glucarate isn’t that well covered in research, but I managed to dig out a rat study where it reduced estrogen levels by 23% when compared to placebo.

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Thought the Cleanses and Detoxes Myth was over? Think again.

I too thought that the Cleanses and Detoxes fad ended in about 2009. Well, despite being conclusively disproved some are still toting the benefits of such systems. The lemon detox, Master Cleanse, 10-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse,  Isagenix Cleanse for Life, Blueprint Cleanse, Dherbs Full Body Cleanse, Slendera Garcinia and Natural Cleanse… Yep they’re all still out there fooling consumers and they’re going stronger than ever.

Cleanses and Detoxes

 

Do Cleanses and Detoxes work?

No before I go any further lets make one thing very clear. It is science FACT that Cleanses and Detoxes DO NOT WORK. Here’s Why;

The basic idea behind ‘detox diets’ is to temporarily remove certain foods or food groups, or take a specific food or supplement, to help eliminate toxins that build up from our environment, diet and lifestyle, to help a person feel healthier and lose weight. But here’s the thing. Our bodies don’t work that way. We don’t just continually build up toxins from all the alcohol,  fast food and medications we consume until we explode in a disgusting toxic black mess.

The body is naturally designed to be able to clear waste materials such as toxins, chemicals and old hormones in order to prevent an accumulation of potentially toxic and harmful byproducts building up in our systems. It does this on a constant and consistent basis.

Our bodies do not need Cleanses and Detoxes. This is because they already do it all the time and they do a very good job of it – mainly through the actions of the liver, kidneys, lungs and gastrointestinal tract. There is simply no storage of toxins. These organs help remove any harmful substances that should not be in the body. In essence, the body is always in a natural state of cleansing and, therefore, detox diets are not necessary and can sometimes do more harm than good.

So if your natural detoxification is not functioning, a special supplement is not going to help you. It means that one of your organs is impaired. In these instances, it’s important to get to a hospital. NOT treat it with a ‘detox’ or ‘cleanse’

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Why is My Friend Seeing Fantastic Results?

So why do people see results on these systems and speak so highly of them? The answer is simple; Caloric Defecit.  A caloric deficit is any shortage in the amount of calories consumed relative to the amount of calories required for maintenance of current body weight (energy homeostasis). A deficit can be created by reducing input/calories consumed (lower food intake, aka dieting). A deficit can also be created by increasing output without a corresponding increase in input (exercising). When we are in caloric deficit we lose weight, simple stuff.

Most of these systems work in a similar way. Basically, you replace some of your real meals with “shake meals” (240 to 280 calories), and, for your real meal, you eat something healthy between 400 and 600 calories. Some will also have small, 100 to 150-calorie snacks. After a few “shake days,” you’ll have a “cleanse day,” where you’ll drink servings of a low-cal cleanse liquid and snack on “Meal Bars”, which are more like a chewable vitamin tablet than a snack.

Users feel as though they are eating more than ever when in fact if you look at the total calories consumed for the week, they are far less than would be ever safely recommended for any individual. This is where cleanse systems become dangerous.

Cleanses and Detoxes

The Risks of Cleanses and Detoxes

If your calorie intake dips too low, your body tries desperately to adapt. Initially you will lose a lot of weight. But as your body adapts it will start to store fat because it needs to preserve those precious few calories it is getting. You will be at a point where your body is kind of at a standstill. Your metabolism slows to a crawl, burning calories as slowly as possible to conserve its energy stores. This is why people who cut their calories too much will always reach a plateau, stop losing weight and eventually gain far more weight than before.

In addition to sabotaging your weight-loss efforts, eating too few calories can also harm your health. When you are in extreme caloric deficit, you are at increased risk for the following:

  • Abnormally low blood pressure and slow heart rate
  • Heart rhythm abnormalities
  • Electrolyte imbalances, especially potassium deficiency
  • Gallstones
  • Hair loss
  • Brittle fingernails
  • Loss of menstrual periods in women
  • Soft hair growth over entire body
  • Dizziness
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Anemia
  • Swelling in your joints
  • Brittle bones
  • Depression

Cleanses and Detoxes

The Final Say

The take away is this, While you will see fast seemingly impressive results from a cleanse or detox system, the weight loss is not attributed to anything more than caloric deficit. These results will be short term and users of these systems will run into weight gain in the future as well as possible serious harm to health. We know that Cleanses and Detoxes don’t work, this is not an area up for debate. IT IS PROVEN. No matter how convincing the pitch or how scientific sounding one of these systems is, don’t fall for it.