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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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The Most Powerful Fat burner in Existence; How Lipodrine is Changing the Industry

I love writing articles on new and exciting things that hit the market. Anything that is cutting edge or has a point of difference always pricks up my ears. A few months ago a product came to my attention, not only for the fact that its ads were plastered all over my news feed, but the main company selling it was also one who I regularly write articles for – Universal Supplements. Pretty biased right? Well to be honest my first reaction to its claims were sceptical. I have seen many products come and go that claim to assist in fat loss but when it comes down to the crunch results seem negligible. This product seemed different. It was called Lipodrine.

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What makes Lipodrine so Different?

Not to be confused with the American product LipodrEne which contains the illegal inclusion of ephedrine. This is a product produced by the company Growth Labs Australia. An Australian product, that people are going absolutely bonkers for, I had to find out more. I contacted Growth Labs Australia to find out just what Lipodrine’s point of difference was. I must admit I was impressed with the response and even more impressed when I tried the product for myself. But we will get to that.

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So what is it that makes Lipodrine so different? The innovative team at Growth Labs Australia had tapped into some key problems with existing products. There were also some hurdles to overcome with recent changes to laws surrounding supplements and the ingredients used. Firstly GLA (Growth Labs Australia) realised that generally a capsule product is preferred to a powdered product that must be mixed as a drink. This is nothing new, there’s plenty of companies manufacturing capsule products. But there’s an issue with capsules that doesn’t come with powdered products. The issue is SPACE. You simply can’t fit as much into a capsule as you can in a scoop of powder. So how did they get around it? well… They kept the ingredient profile simple. Combine only 5 ingredients. 5 powerful ingredients that interact perfectly with each other. 5 ingredients that could be clinically dosed within a capsule. 5 ingredients that are backed by peer reviewed studies and clinical trials. No pixie dust, no blends of 20 ingredients leaving dosages minuscule. So what are they? they’re listed plain as day on the labels but I thought I’d go through them for you and explain exactly what each one does:

1,3,7-Trimethylxanthine (Caffeine)

1,3,7-Trimethylxanthine is a central nervous system stimulant that reduces fatigue and drowsiness, in addition to improving reaction time, wakefulness, concentration, and motor coordination.

It has also been shown delay or prevent sleep and improves task performance during sleep deprivation. Shift workers who use 1,3,7-Trimethylxanthine make fewer mistakes due to drowsiness.

1,3,7-Trimethylxanthine also has psychoactive effects that promote alertness, attention, and task switching.

It is a proven ergogenic aid in humans. which means it improves athletic performance in aerobic (especially endurance sports) and anaerobic conditions. 1,3,7-Trimethylxanthine also increases basal metabolic rate in adults, which means more fat burned by doing absolutely nothing!

1,3,7-Trimethylxanthine improves muscular strength and power, and may enhance muscular endurance. It also enhances performance on anaerobic tests. Consumption before constant load exercise has been shown in peer reviewed studies to reduce perceived exertion. This Means that supplementing with 1,3,7-Trimethylxanthine makes torturous exercise feel easier, allowing you to train harder for longer!

5-Hydroxytryptophan

5-Hydroxytryptophan is a necessary precursor for the brain to produce more serotonin.

Serotonin is an important chemical and neurotransmitter in the human body. It is believed to help regulate mood and social behavior, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory, and sexual desire and function. It has been shown that taking 5-Hydroxytryptophan orally will speed up serotonin production.

5-Hydroxytryptophan has also been long used off-label to treat obesity (by promoting weight loss).

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N,N-dimethyltyramine

N,N-dimethyltyramine is a nootropic that is effective for both cognitive and athletic enhancement. For anyone trying to lose weight, N,N-dimethyltyramine can boost one’s metabolism while decreasing appetite. For this same reason, bodybuilders take N,N-dimethyltyramine as it promotes fat loss but encourages strength.

It is also commonly used by individuals who are looking to achieve an upper edge within the workplace, as it promotes focus, motivation, and energy levels. These varied effects make this supplement ideal for a wide range of people, who are looking to achieve a wide range of benefits.

Higenamine HCL

Higenamine is a chemical found in several plants including aconite, Annona squamosa, Nandina domestica (sacred bamboo), and others.

In supplements, higenamine is showing amazing results as a pre-workout supplement for improving athletic performance. As an added bonus it has also been shown to be effective for weight loss, cough, asthma, and erectile dysfunction.

Synephrine HCL

Synephrine is a naturally occurring substance known as an alkaloid that’s found in plants. It’s particularly abundant in the bitter orange fruit, which is why it’s often referred to by that name. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, synephrine has been in use for thousands of years, obtained mainly via citrus peels. It’s chemically similar to the ephedrine and pseudoephedrine found in many medications, weight loss and energy supplements.

Accordingly, synephrine impacts the adrenal system of the human body and increases basal metabolic rate, which accounts for up to 70% of your daily caloric expenditure.

If you want to lose fat, you need to burn more energy than you eat. Thus, anything that helps you burn more energy (like synephrine), can help you lose fat faster.

Synephrine is also often referred to as a “stubborn fat burner.” And the great news is there’s a plethora of studies to back it up. The bottom line is most people who supplement with synephrine lose fat faster.

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The Stimulant Issue, New Laws and New Innovations

The only other thing plaguing GLA was a change in supplements laws in Australia. Towards the end of 2017 the government put a ban on the use of all Methylated Alkylamines which were the main class of stimulant used in all fat burners and pre workouts up to that point. They gave energy, drive, focus and a euphoric sensation that users loved. But GLA discovered something they could do with Caffeine. Humble caffeine doesn’t get too many people screaming hallelujah from the rooftops these days. After all it is relatively mild compared to the stimulants previously used… or is it? Caffeine can give great energy drive and focus, but its lacking that euphoric sensation I mentioned earlier. Luckily a compound exists known as 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan). 5-HTP doesnt give much energy, drive or focus, BUT it allows for the release more serotonin AKA the feel good hormone. Mix Caffeine with 5-HTP and you have a Powerful stimulant that gives energy, drive and focus as well as the euphoric sensation that everybody loves. It’s a knockout punch.

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What Did I Think?

If I was going to write an article on this stuff I thought I’d better give it a go. After all who doesn’t want to lose a couple extra kgs?

Initial thoughts… “This stuff is strong.” For probably the first week I felt like I had downed 3 energy drinks and two strong coffees about 20 mins after consuming. I also felt a little flushed in the face, a kind of warm sensation. Although it was strong I pressed on. I stepped on the scales at the end of week 1 with anticipation. I hadn’t changed anything other than taking Lipodrine. I was down 900g which was great but I guess I hoped for a miracle overnight.

Week 2 was the week things really got exciting. I decided to try and give my Lipodrine its best shot of working. I’m generally pretty active anyway but I decided to also cut out soft drink. I don’t have a lot, maybe 3 cans a week but I cut it out anyway. The side effects in week 2 were nowhere near as bad as week one. In fact I really started to enjoy the energy I felt and I was far less flushed. Once again I stepped on the scales… Another 1.3kg down! this meant that in 2 weeks I had lost over 2 kg’s! I was over the moon!

I’m currently nearing the end of week 3 as I write this article and I have to say I’m impressed. I can physically see a change in my body and I feel the number is going to be just as exciting as week 2. I guess you could say I went from a sceptic to a preacher. Lipodrine is by far the best weight loss supplement I’ve ever tried. Id encourage anyone who is struggling to lose weight or has hit a plateau to give it a try. What have you got to lose?

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What Comes First, Weights or Cardio?

Weights or cardio… So you’ve started reading this article because you NEED to know the best way to set out your workout in order to get maximum results, am I right?

But what first? Do I lift first and compromise my running, or run first and compromise my strength training?

We’re here now to help you answer that burning question.

At this stage you know what you want, you want to be lean, you want to be fit, you want the benefits of cardio and strength training all rolled into one package, that package being your body. You know that to be fit and fast you need to get the ball rolling on cardio and you know that strength sessions can help build up your physical and mental endurance. However, when time comes into play, it’s hard too do these two things separately and you’ve thought to yourself, how do I lay out my session, if I want to roll cardio and strength training into one session?

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Weights or Cardio?… PUMP IT UP!

The answer friends, is strength training. There are multiple studies that have direct links to weights being more beneficial to you than cardio first.

Have you ever suffered painfully through a strength session after busting out a 5-10km run? It’s the most tedious, mind-numbingly painful thing.  You’re putting in little effort, your lifting shy of what you normally would and can’t bust out as many reps as you usually would. It. Is. Painful.

On the other side though, have you ever done a solid session of strength at the gym, and then found yourself energised and ready to knock some KM’s under your belt on the treadmill? I certainly have.

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What are the benefits? And why?

If you’re wanting to look ripped, is it going to be weights or cardio? you need to use your stored body fat as fuel for your work-out, this can only be done by utilising your glycogen store first – by strength training. Studies have found that there was more fat burned during a cardio session for the first 15 minutes if you did it AFTER your strength session, how great is that!

There is a definite increase in fat burning potential after a strength session, research has shown that energy is elevated for up to 24hrs after strength training which increases the percentage of fat being burned.

The increase in this energy expenditure is generally equal too or better than performing steady state aerobic exercise.

So there you have it, pump out some weights, THEN go for you run. Why not give it a go and leave us some feedback on how you think you performed?

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How Do I Get a Flat Stomach?

We all want that toned and sexy tummy, especially when it’s getting close to putting on those new swimmers. Many things contribute to a not so flat tum, including a poor diet, lack of exercise and simply not knowing how to go from flab to fab. So if you’re not beach season ready, then let me be your guide to tone up, shred and flatten that ever troublesome tummy.

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Get moving

For many of us weight gain is a cause of simply not exercising enough, we are juggling so much at once that we can “never find the time”, but it’s not really about finding the time it’s about making the time. Prioritise your life so you can get at least 30mins of exercise, 5 days a week working up to roughly 60mins, 5 days a week.  Start out slow and simple, and before you know it you will find that you will actually be looking forward to your daily exercise.

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Best exercises for a flat tummy

OK so we have made time for exercise, but what are we actually meant to be doing? Cardio, weights and tummy target exercises are now your best friend. Follow this routine!

  • Cardio, cardio, cardio. Aim for 20-40mins of cardio 5 days a week. This can include walking, jogging, running, cycling, boxing, cardio classes and so much more, anything that gets your heart going will really improve your general health and will defiantly start shredding that fat right off your middle section.
  • Resistance/weight training- by combing resistance training and cardio will be the most effective way of trimming your waistline. Weight and resistance training really engages your core, which effectively starts to strengthen and tone your tummy muscles. Bonus, the more muscle you have the faster your body can shred off fat, this means you will be strong, toned and ready for summer. Aim for 5 days a week for 30-45mins of resistance training, split your body up into the five days to allow your muscles to rest and repair, example legs and butt, biceps and triceps, chest and shoulders, back and core.
  • Target that tummy- Exercises that target your core are going to start to strengthen your muscles, help you to loose fat and get you that 6pack you only dreamed of. Try these tummy blasting exercises :
    • Crunches
    • Oblique twists
    • Planks
    • Sit ups
    • Bicycle crunches
    • Stability ball exercises

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Stress Less

Stress is something everybody gets once in a while and it can really put a halt to reaching our goals, it releases a hormone called cortisol into our blood stream, which is helpful when it comes to getting things done by a deadline or when we are running from a dinosaur, but how many dinosaurs are out there anyway? But too much cortisol can lead to extra storage of fat, especially around our waistlines. It can also lead to anxiety and depression which can cause us to crave more unhealthy comfort foods and to binge eat. Try lowering your stress levels with deep breathing, mindfulness, mediation and yoga.

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Eat right

You know that unhealthy eating causes weight gain, yet still so many of us are engaging in poor eating habits. To really get that lean waist you’re going to have to ditch the junk food and focus on eating right. Swap out white breads and pastas for wholegrain options, eat healthy fats like avocado and salmon, eat at least 2 serves of fresh fruit and 5 serves of fresh vegies a day, add legumes and beans to your main meals, limit your dairy intake or swap it for low fat versions, eat white meat without the skin and consume lean red meat 1-2 times a week only. To really get your tummy flat try having 5-6 smaller meals throughout the day and add a source of protein to every meal this can be fish, chicken breast, eggs protein shakes and nuts. By focusing on putting whole foods into your body instead of fatty convenient and junk foods you will not only see faster results you will also reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.

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Supplement

A good way to speed up fat loss from your mid-section is try a supplement or two. Here are my top supplements for getting a flat tummy:

  • A thermogenic- Thermogenic are fat burning supplements that will lower your appetite, increase your energy and speed up the process of burning fat. They come in a pill or powder form and are usually taking in the mornings.
  • Protein- protein is the building blocks of muscle, and remember that more muscle means faster fat loss. So if are yet to see your abs then get a good protein shake and drink it after your workouts, this will drench your muscles with the protein they need to grow and repair.

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Simple lifestyle changes and good supplements can really bring your flat tummy dreams to life. Remember, get moving, eat right and stress less, and before you know it you will be kicking it at the beach with a banging bod!

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Women In The Gym – Breaking The Stigma.

There is a huge stigma surrounding women who do weight training- they’ll quickly transform into an incredibly masculine version of themselves! This belief holds back so many women from achieving their personal bests and getting that ‘tone’ body that we hear so much about. We often associate women who lift weights, or train regularly to be athletes… something us normal gals cannot relate to.

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Now stepping inside of a gym can be a daunting, but the good news is not as many people are staring or judging us as we may think. In fact the ‘stigma’ of women who train is thankfully not as popular as it used to be. Now, we can thank social media for this (yes, one brilliant positive for the social network). These days there are countless workout videos available online and inspirational women just like you and I stepping outside of their comfort zones, proving that women can in fact pick up that weight in the ‘big boys’ zone and squat as heavy as they please. Without being at an athlete level, or waking up the following day looking like Arnie!

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How to get started?

  • If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the thought of going into the gym alone, seek help. Personal trainers are available at almost every gym and their sole purpose is to help each and every one of us. Utilise this!
  • Drag a friend along. Nothing is more motivating and encouraging than a friend with the same goal.
  • Be confident! You have every right to enter the gym and smash your goals as the next person!
  • New active wear, nothing screams confidence and motivation like a new set of gym clothes. And hey, any excuse to go shopping right?
  • Set goals for yourself, and ignore the stereotypes!

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Why women should attend the gym?

  • Health! All aspects of it. Your mental and physical health will dramatically change once you let go of the stigma surrounding women in the gym and start enjoying yourself.
  • Increased metabolism and strength.
  • You’ll burn more calories!
  • Stress will decrease and you’ll be feeling much happier.
  • Weight loss and muscle gain.
  • Heart health, stronger bones and a better quality of life!

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There are so many benefits to attending the gym regularly, and busting away from the cardio gear and repetitive classes we love to hate. By using the machines and free weights or even the ‘functional area’ of the gym you are beginning your journey to gym freedom. Not only are you letting go of the fear to step outside of your comfort zone you are also on your way to becoming that strong, healthy, confident version of yourself.

So, go and lift like a girl… in whatever area of the gym you want!