It’s Hard to Eat Right in the Wrong Kitchen

It’s Hard to Eat Right in the Wrong Kitchen

There’s no place like home for getting healthy; that is, if it’s organized and filled with things that nourish your well-being. But far too often, the place where we live is part of the problem. When it’s a cluttered mess, with a kitchen filled with sugary, processed, high calorie foods, it interferes with our efforts to eat healthy.

That’s why one of the first things I do when I begin working with someone new is meet them at their home to do what I call a ‘Healthy Spaces Makeover.’ I start in the kitchen by opening up the cabinets and refrigerator and I take a photo of each. Then I get out a hefty trash bag and I go to work. Out goes the half-eaten box of sugary cereal, the leftover potato chips, cookies, Pop Tarts, sodas, ice cream and such. Everything that’s packed with empty calories and practically devoid of essential nutrients must go.

Then, it’s off to the grocery store to stock up on fresh fruits and vegetables, brown rice, oatmeal, lean sources of protein like salmon, chicken, eggs, protein powder, light yogurt and low-fat cottage cheese, as well as plenty of pure water.

Transform Your Kitchen from Fat to Fit

Then it’s back to the kitchen where we put these new items in the cabinets and refrigerator. Then I take another photo and I paste it, as well as the photo taken before, on a sheet of paper. The before and after comparison is often very dramatic — like the difference between night and day. In just a matter of a few short hours, we change the kitchen from a health hazard to a vibrant source of nutritional energy. I tape the sheet of paper with both photos on a cabinet near the refrigerator so the person has a crystal-clear example of how I need that kitchen to look from this point forward. I suggest that you do this action step too — especially if you want to achieve your goals and be a winner in the Transformation Challenge! =)

Remember, it is hard to eat right in the wrong kitchen — it is much easier to do the right thing in the right environment. So, give your kitchen a Healthy Spaces Makeover this weekend — in doing so, you will be setting the table for your success!

Kitchen Makeover

SALE! Right Light and STRONGEVITY Rx on SALE Today!

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SALE! Right Light and STRONGEVITY Rx on SALE today!

Hi this is Bill Phillips and I’m just sending you this quick message to let you know that if you need to stock up on Right Light Nutrition Shakes and/or STRONGEVITY Rx today is a good time to do so! I’m always trying to give our customers the best deal possible and so today I’ve got a $20 sale discount for you!

Visit my nutrition store at: www.EatingRight.com and you’ll see that you can get 2 free boxes of right light (when you place an order of 4) or you can get 4 FREE BOXES OF RIGHT LIGHT (when you place an order for 8). In addition to those super saving specials, enter the discount code SAVE20 at the ‘checkout’ page on the store and you’ll get an additional $20 off!

With STRONGEVITY Rx, our popular new supplement that helps you get better muscle building and fat loss results from your workouts, you already save $50 when you order 6 bottles. Today, by using the discount code ‘SAVE20‘ you will save an additional $20 (that’s $70 that you save during this sale today!).

http://www.EatingRight.com

This sale is good for the next 24 hours and the $20 discount is applicable for orders of $100 or more (before discount). You can place your order at our simple and easy to use online store and choose to have it sent by FedEx Overnight, 2-Day, or FedEx Ground Delivery .

Thank you for your support and I hope you’re having a healthy and satisfying week!

www.EatingRight.com

The Biggest Loser’s Biggest Lies

Biggest Lies

In the wide, wide world of ridiculous diet and weight loss BS, The Biggest Loser’s ‘weekly’ weigh-ins take the cake. If you’re familiar with the TV show then you know it’s not uncommon to see the contestants lose 12 to 20 lbs a week from their exercise and diet efforts. The first time I saw this, I couldn’t believe it. I’ve been researching, practicing, teaching and writing about health, weight-loss, and fitness for over 25 years and I’ve never seen weight come off that fast. It’s something that I get countless, continuous questions about, from my students, clients, and even doctors.

“How on earth are The Biggest Loser participants losing so much weight so fast?” That’s the question that is so often asked. As it turns out, the answer is: “They aren’t.” Let me explain…

You might be surprised to discover that there is a closely guarded secret to those sensational results. You see, a week on The Biggest Loser TV show does not equal a week on the calendar you and I follow. In this case, there’s a big difference between ‘reality TV’ and what’s real. Former contestants have revealed that the length of time between ‘weekly’ weigh-ins can be as much as 25 days, which makes it look like people are losing weight a lot faster than they actually are.

Andrew ‘Cosi’ Costello is one of the former Biggest Loser contestants who has spoken out. He explains, “In my series, a weekly weigh-in was NEVER filmed after just one week of working out. In fact, the gap between one weigh-in to the next was up to three and a half weeks. That’s 25 days between weigh-ins, not 7. I had to stand on the scale and was asked to say the line, ‘WOW, it’s a great result… I’ve worked really hard this week!’ The producers made sure that we never gave the secret away because if we did it created a nightmare for them in editing. The shortest gap from weigh-in to weigh-in during my series was 16 days. That’s a fact.”

How does the show get away with something so deceptive and misleading? Simple… it is a fictional TV show and despite the fact that it fits into this new category of ‘reality’ programming, it is not at all required to present factual information. It’s not a documentary; it’s not a news broadcast; it’s not really real.

Kai Hibbard was a Biggest Loser Finalist in Season 3. She recalls, “The meaning of a ‘week’ on The Biggest Loser varied. It could mean 14 days.” Kai goes on to explain that the way the show was edited made it appear that she was losing 12 lbs a week but she says, “Sue me if you want to, NBC, but I’m telling people I didn’t lose 12 lbs in a week. It didn’t happen. After the show aired I’ve had people come up to me crying, telling me how hard they workout and how strict they are with their food and they want to know why they can’t lose 12 lbs a week. I have to explain that it wasn’t a week. And even when it looks like I lost 12 lbs in a week… I was so severely dehydrated at the weigh-ins that it was completely unhealthy.”

Make no mistake, I am always inspired and excited to see people making healthy changes in their lives. Losing weight, overcoming unhealthy habits, starting with and sticking to an intense exercise program… I know from firsthand experience, it’s a lot of work and requires determination, effort, and courage. I commend the participants in these shows for making the bold decision to make a change and for the inner strength that they put into being successful. I have nothing but respect for each and every one of these Biggest Loser contestants. (I think they should be called ‘Winners’ by the way.)

The problem is NOT with the people featured on the show. The problem is
the system behind the scenes. The producers, not medical experts, control how the show goes during taping, editing, and what is packaged and delivered to the networks. The producers’ job is to deliver a program that the TV networks can promote and broadcast to draw big ratings from. The TV networks job is to attract the most viewers possible to maximize the advertisers’ financial investment. That’s simply how the entertainment business works.

Unfortunately, millions of viewers who watch shows like The Biggest Loser are unaware that what they are seeing is at least in part, make believe. If I hadn’t worked in the industry myself (producing documentary films, videos, TV specials) I would probably take what I see on these shows at face value also. But, through my experience, and hearing from TV weight loss show contestants themselves, I know that there’s some very misleading, and even dangerous information being presented.

As I see it, the unrealistic and untrue depiction of exaggerated weight-loss results on shows like The Biggest Loser is creating a big problem. These shows, which have the potential to do so much good, are ultimately doing a disservice to their viewers by misleading them.

What I do like about TV shows like The Biggest Loser is that it brings attention to the incredible ability we each have to make stunning changes in our bodies and lives. This gets many viewers motivated and moving. Getting someone started is just the first step though. Keeping them going and helping them stick with a good exercise and nutrition program long enough to personally experience positive and healthy results is the biggest challenge. And the key to keeping people going strong is mostly about mindset — we have to help them stay positive and feel good about their progress and results.

In the real world, burning off 2 lbs of unhealthy bodyfat a week is something you should be very proud to accomplish. But for millions of viewers of weight-loss TV shows, 2 lbs of fat loss a week seems like a failure and reinforces the false belief that far too many have, which is that they can’t be successful at transforming their health. But the fact, they CAN! Just because it doesn’t happen at the pace you see on weight-loss TV shows, doesn’t mean it’s not working for you and that you’re not on your way to an incredible transformation.

At my Transformation Center in Colorado, we’ve helped dozens of people become over 100 lbs lighter in less than a year. The average weight-loss for someone who is getting great results from their exercise and healthy eating program is 8 to 12 lbs per month (not per week!). I like to see my clients reducing their overall weight by 1% to 1.25% per week until we hit a healthy goal weight. Losing weight faster than that almost certainly means that your body is sacrificing muscle mass (and also bone density). When we lose muscle, the metabolism goes down and we become less efficient at burning calories and producing energy. It takes a smart plan, followed consistently, to lose bodyfat while strengthening muscles and improving energy.

I’ve written about this topic in my books Body-for-LIFE and Eating for Life and regularly discuss it in my blog at BillPhillipsNews.com and on Facebook at ‘Bill Phillips Transformation.’

Conclusion

It’s an unfortunate ‘reality’ that so much of what is published in magazines, broadcast on television, and written on the internet is complete and utter bullsh*t when it comes to diet, exercise, and fitness. In 25+ years as an author, teacher, and coach, I’ve seen countless fads and frauds come and go. What I’ve been able to conclude — what stands out as the fundamental facts to me — is that each of us have an incredible, God-given ability to restore our health, rebuild our bodies, and renew our lives that can’t be bought, can’t be sold, and can never be taken away.

Even if you’ve neglected your health for years, even decades, that power to change your health — the power to transform your life — is still right there where it’s always been… within you.

Yes, you need accurate information, scientific facts, and a knowledgeable coach, trainer, or mentor who can point you in the right direction and help you steer clear of the nonsense, pitfalls, and obstacles. And yes, reclaiming the healthy body and life that you were meant to have all along will take sacrifice, effort, and determination… but the rewards you’ll earn, no matter how long it takes, will be more than worth it!

At age 63, this Man is Transforming his Body and Life!

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Bill Phillips working out and having fun with Bruce Blockus, age 63, at Transformation Camp in Colorado.

As you can see from Bruce’s ‘before photo’ he has completely transformed his health, losing over 60 lbs. of bodyfat while gaining strength and energy. He did it with smart exercise, good nutrition, and the enthusiastic support of his Camp community and friends.

Bruce has overcome tremendous adversity to successfully transform his body and strengthen his life. Bruce works out hard when we hit the weights and he is consistently improving. He takes the lead when it comes to helping others learn how to lose unhealthy weight and understands the deeply emotional struggles that the transformation process can involve.

We are grateful that Bruce is going to be joining us for our new and improved LIFE CAMP on May 16, 17, 18 and we look forward to seeing his smile and benefiting from the inspirational life example that he embodies!

No Diets: Eat More to Weigh Less!

Key #1: Meal Frequency

Diets don’t work. Not in the long run that is. Restrictive diets are not typically sustainable or even healthy. Yet it’s vitally important that we keep our calorie intake within a healthy range. If you’re trying to lose bodyfat you’ll need to consume less total calories than your body burns each day; that requires your body to tap into stored fat to meet its daily energy needs. If you’re already in good condi­tion, or when you reach your goal weight, you can eat a little more but still it’s important to consume only the amount of calories that your body needs; otherwise you’ll start putting the bodyfat back on.

Pina Colada Nutrition Shake

Something I’ve certainly learned through personal experience is that I need to work with my body, not against it, when it comes to controlling calo­ries. We’ve got to keep ourselves satiated (satisfied, not starving). And one of the best ways to keep cravings at bay is to eat more often throughout the day, up to six times. When we do this, the body is energized, nourished and satis­fied. We also feel lighter, more aware and more energetic as opposed to being weighed down by big meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

A scientific study reported in the European Journal of Clinical Nutri­tion cites that people who ate six times a day had a faster resting metabolic rate than those who ate just three meals daily. Your metabolic rate is the pace at which your body burns calories all day and night. This study showed eating smaller meals frequently throughout the day allows people to burn fat more efficiently. Researchers at Georgia State University arrived at the same con­clusion. They found that folks who ate just three meals a day had, on average, a higher percentage of bodyfat than those who ate six times per day.

Another study published recently in The New England Journal of Medi­cine showed that in as little as two weeks, people who ate frequent, portion-controlled meals as opposed to three large meals (containing the same total amount of food) reduced their ‘bad’ cholesterol levels by nearly 15%, lowered their cortisol (the stress hormone that contributes to belly fat and premature aging) levels by more than 17% and diminished insulin levels by almost 28%. Another study, this one published in the International Journal of Obesi­ty and Related Metabolic Disorders, found that when people eat frequent meals throughout the day it helps control their appetite. A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that people are most successful at losing fat and keeping it off when they eat numerous meals throughout the day.

Another way eating six small, nutritious meals a day helps you reduce bodyfat is by allowing you to maintain muscle mass. Remember, muscle not only helps the body look good but also makes it more metabolically active. Muscle burns calories even when it’s just sitting there. Fat does not. In fact, for every pound of muscle you gain you’ll burn another 50 calories a day. People who put on 10 pounds of muscle will therefore burn 500 calories more per day. This equals an additional 4-5 pounds of fat burned off every 30 days.

Key #2: Protein and Carbs with Every Meal

Eating Right can be both Nutritious & Delicious — Click the Photo for this Protein and Carb Combo, Fish Tacos

Now that we’ve talked about the benefits of eat­ing more frequently, it’s important to understand how to put the right combi­nations of food together. What I recommend is that every time you eat, you combine protein and carbs. Again, this is backed up by solid science.

Scientists have also shown that people who eat a balance of protein and carbs have more stable blood glucose and energy levels, better digestion and absorption of nutrients as well as an increased “thermic effect” (fat-burning effect) from each meal. On top of all that, stud­ies show that meals balanced in protein, carbs, and essential fats provide a safe and healthy way to manage the appetite. I’ve discovered the same thing which is why I eat meals that contain a balance of protein and carbs and I suggest that you do too.

My Example of an Eating for Life Daily Meal Plan

Breakfast — 8:00 am: Vanilla Right Light Nutrition Shake blended with STRONGEVITY Rx (my new cellular energy supplement)

Mid-meal — 10:30 am: Low-fat cottage cheese mixed with light yogurt; 16 oz. water

Lunch — 1:00 pm: Turkey Sandwich with lettuce, tomato, mustard; 16 oz. water

Workout — 3:15 pm to 3:40 pm (super high-intensity 5-25 spin bike workout)

Mid-meal — 4:00 pm: Vanilla Right Light Shake (blended with 6oz. water, a fresh peach, STRONGEVITY Rx and 4 ice cubes)

Dinner — 7:00 pm: Fish Tacos; 16 oz. water

Dessert — 10:00 pm: Chocolate Right Light Nutrition Shake made as ‘double-chocolate pudding mix recipe.’

Make the time — you will love the results!

Don’t ever think you don’t have time to eat right frequently throughout the day. The list of my meals from yesterday which you just reviewed takes me less than an hour to prepare and eat. Of course my Nutrition Shakes I can blend up and chug down in just a couple minutes. Lunch takes me about 10 minutes. And dinner is 30-40 minutes. When you plan ahead of time and you prepare in advance, you’ll find you save time and money with the Eating for Life style. And best of all, when you eat this way your body will get stronger, leaner, healthier, more energetic and you’ll feel good!

++ Get the NEW Eating for Life App on iTunes/ the App Store for just $2.99. Click the link that follows to download: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/eating-for-life/id799635980?mt=8

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Change Your Body for LIFE with Bill Phillips CAMP

Incredible Before to After

Jenifer Lyon and Chris Perry (pictured above) are Transformation Camp Alumni who are changing their bodies and lives while inspiring others to get healthy too!

Good News: Back by popular demand, 2 ‘Encore’ Transformation Camps!

After recently receiving a petition signed by over 200 alumni who wanted me to consider keeping our fitness Camps going, I was inspired to re-structure my work schedule enough to make time for a 3-day Camp in April and another in May. These are the only two events planned at this time and they will sell out soon.

New Camp Dates:

April 25, 26, 27
May 16, 17, 18

This new Camp takes what we have been doing to the next level! We are calling it LIFE CAMP because it is not just about having a healthy body… it is about building a healthy LIFE! We have all new work shops and tools to help participants succeed!

We’ve received so many emails and calls from people asking us to bring back Transformation Camp. We aren’t bringing it back though… we’re bringing it forward. LIFE CAMP advances and evolves my 25 years of scientific research and practical experience in the field of health, fitness, weight loss, and personal transformation. The letters in the word ‘LIFE’ each represent points of emphasis in the new CAMP curriculum: Learning + Inspiration + Fitness + Energy!

LIFE CAMP brings together people from all walks of life who not only want to improve their health and get their body in great shape but who also want to support and encourage others to achieve their personal transformation goals as well. Working together as a Team is one of the most powerful aspects of this whole process.

I know from personal experience that over-coming unhealthy habits, making real and lasting changes in the way the body and mind work is not easy; in fact, it’s a path that’s going to bring up numerous challenges and sometimes we will get frustrated and even think of quitting. Please, please don’t give up, don’t give in, don’t quit! Setbacks are a part of the process of success when it comes to transforming your body and life. This special LIFE CAMP is an opportunity to get back on track and re-energized. It’s a place to talk through what you’re struggling with and overcome it with the positive support of experts in this process.

Bill Phillips LIFE CAMP, like our previous Transformation retreats, is held over a 3-day period here at our Center in Golden, Colorado. Our events appeal to good-spirited people from all walks of life and from all parts of the world who have one thing in common… and that is, they have humbly and courageously made the decision to change their life for the better.

What’s new and improved with LIFE CAMP? It’s focused on a new ‘curriculum’ — improving our health and happiness is still the bottom line, but during this event I introduce improved techniques and tools to help you get the results you want in the short term while also improving sustainability and long-term success.

Also new at LIFE CAMP is a fascinating workshop and discussion led by medical doctors who’ve transformed their own health with my exercise, nutrition, and mindset program. These physicians will make crystal clear what we each need to do to improve our health and lower our risk of heart disease, depression, diabetes, even some forms of cancer. The empowering knowledge you gain from this one workshop itself could change (or maybe even save) your life!

At LIFE CAMP, I will workout with you and show you the exact exercise program that will help you burn off unhealthy bodyfat while strengthening your muscles. This workout only takes 25 minutes a day and it has been scientifically proven to not only burn fat faster than ordinary exercise, it also lowers your risk of cancer and improves your heart health so much it is the recommended workout at the Mayo Clinic’s cardiac care department. I want to make you an exercise expert while you’re here so you can be your own personal trainer.

At LIFE CAMP I’ll also teach you precisely what you need to eat to lose the excess weight once and for all. We must nourish ourselves back to good health–we do not ‘diet’ or starve the body to get results. Diets don’t work; I will teach you a much better way and show you exactly how to put my plan to work in your own life.

Living longer and living stronger — optimizing the quantity and quality of your life — is what this Camp is all about. Much of what you will learn at LIFE CAMP is what I have learned over the past 2 years of teaching 37 Transformation Camps here at my Center in Colorado. I’ve studied people who’ve had breakthrough results as well as those who’ve struggled, and I have identified, very specifically, what works and what doesn’t. This applies to getting breakthrough 12-week results, and also to sustaining and even building upon those improvements.

At LIFE CAMP you’ll learn how to focus your mindset in a way that empowers your confidence and improves your results. I work with you to set challenging yet achievable goals and I give you a plan of action that will help you succeed. My teachings are straight-forward, scientifically-sound and presented in an easy going, friendly and fun style. I will give you the information and motivation you need to put that knowledge in action so you enjoy the fastest results possible!

Your investment in the 3-day LIFE Camp, where you will work with me personally, is $1,495. This includes the workshops, workouts, nutrition planning, and all your healthy meals during the 3-day event, as well as 12 full weeks of ongoing support to help you stay on track and achieve breakthrough results. I’ll also take you out to a healthy dinner at one of my favorite restaurants on Friday and Saturday evening. We will have fun and also work hard all weekend. We have a special group rate at a newly remodeled and very nice Sheraton Hotel (just $99 per night). Transportation from the hotel to our center each day is provided for free.

Please don’t put off making the decision to get healthy. I promise if you allow me to help, you will get results! My intention is to help make this the best investment in yourself that you’ve ever made. Let me know you can be here in Colorado for LIFE CAMP on April 25, 26, 27 or May 16, 17, 18. No other Camps are scheduled at this time. Please get back to me at your earliest convenience to confirm that you want to sign up before we’re sold out again.

Please include your phone number in your email to me so we can contact you and answer any questions and help book your reservation. Also, tell me a little bit about the results you’d like to achieve — what changes would you like to make?

Send your email to: BillPhillipsFitness@aol.com

Making the decision to attend Camp could change your entire life. I’m looking forward to seeing you in person, getting to know you, and I am very excited about helping you transform your body for life!

Sincerely,

Bill Phillips

P.S. Proceeds from each of these two upcoming Bill Phillips LIFE CAMPS support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. I had the privilege of granting my first wish in 1994 and now, 595 wishes later, doing my part to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation is something I am committed to and believe in with all my heart. Thank you in advance for supporting our mission and goal for this year which is to grant a 600th child’s wish!

Back-on-Track Challenge Runners Up who WIN $1,000!

Back-on-Track Challenge

Back-on-Track Challenge Runners Up who WIN $1,000!

Congratulations to each of the hundreds of people who completed our last Transformation Challenge! I admire and respect you all and wish you continued success! I look forward to sharing many of the success stories in the weeks ahead. Here are our Runners Up (in no particular order) who Win $1,000 each for working hard to change their bodies and lives!

Our $1,000 Runners Up are:

++COUPLES:

Joe and Wendi Pehrson

Cindy Gerus and Pete Haschytz

Kristie and Grin Pearce

Shanel and Nate Murdock

++WOMEN:

Danni Hall

Pamela Gibbons

Kelly Thurber

++MEN:

Jeff Spitzer

Dan Moyer

Charlie Sander

++Keep up the good work!! You are all inspiring others to make healthy changes in their lives by the way you are living yours!

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