Sunday, April 20, 2008

Can Coffee Help Me Lose Weight?

A friend told me that drinking coffee would hinder my weight loss. Is this true?

I drink coffee, love it, and have lost 150 pounds and kept it off for over 15 years. I find it sometimes actually curbs my appetite, but everyone’s different. I am not a doctor or expert, but I have not read any study that says coffee will hinder weight loss, provided you don't load yours up with cream and sugar. Several studies have shown that a moderate amount, two cups a day or so, are not harmful. But more than that might cause problems, especially if you have hypertension (high blood pressure). As always, ask your doctor.

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Post-Workout shakes recipes

I'm sure you know by now from my newsletters that I'm not the biggest fan of typical supplements... you know... the hypey types that claim you can "blast off 8000% more fat with this" or "build 2456% more muscle with our mega-mass volumizer insanity"

That stuff is just for people that love to throw their money away on worthless crap that might not even have what the label claims in the bottle.
Of course, I put my trust for some quality items in my friends at

As for post-workout shakes, my favorite is to actually make my own homemade shakes...
Here's one of my favorites:
**Choco-banana post workout shake**
- 1 frozen ripe banana, chunked

- 1 cup water
- One 6 -ounce container of chocolate or strawberry flavored yogurt (full sugar)
- 1 scoop quality whey protein (try to find one with no artificial sweeteners)
- 1 tbsp pure cocoa powder (if extra chocolate flavor is desired, and more antioxidants too!)

That's one of my favorites and pretty damn simple too. The ripe banana and the full sugar yogurt add a good dose of simple carbs to help replenish muscle glycogen after a workout (remember that post-workout is the only time of day I advocate a carb spike such as this).

And the whey protein and yogurt add some quick digesting protein to help kick start muscle repair as well. If you don't like chocolate, you can skip the cocoa powder and also use a different fruit flavor of yogurt. Also, if bananas aren't your thing, try freezing strawberries or another fruit. There are endless flavors you can come up with here!

On the topic of making your own supplements at home and saving a lot of money, my friend Jeff Anderson has an interesting website that shows you how to save mucho duckets by concocting your own supps instead of wasting your $$ on supps that you don't even know if they're legit or not...

sources :
Mike GearyCertified Nutrition SpecialistCertified Personal TrainerFounder - &

Does tea really help fat loss? Or is it "Wu-tea scam"?

I'm sure you've seen tons of really clever ads all over the internet for all of these "Wu-tea" products claiming to be the miracle cure to fat loss.
I must admit, there's some savvy marketing behind these sites... they even claim things like "as seen on oprah" and try to claim all sorts of celebrity endorsements.

Here's the deal...
Most of these new tea products on the internet claiming to be a miracle cure for fat loss are nothing but plain old oolong tea. Some brands may have other teas mixed in too, but most I've seen are just oolong tea. The "Wu" in their names is just their clever way of making you think this is some new secret tea discovery.

Basically they just sell you oolong tea for outrageous prices, when you can go to your local grocery store or health food store and get a whole box of oolong tea for about $2 bucks.
But beyond the outrageously marked up price, does oolong tea actually help with fat loss?
Well, the answer is... slightly.
If you've read my Truth about Abs manual, then you know that I do recommend including a mixture of green tea, white tea, oolong tea, and black tea in your daily schedule to possibly help a slight bit with fat loss.

The fact of it is that drinking tea is not going to miraculously transform your body or "melt off bodyfat". It CAN have a slight thermogenic effect and possibly help you burn a few extra calories. Plus, there are tons of other benefits too, many of which are due to the high antioxidant content of teas.

However, let's get real... whether you drink tea or not isn't one of those major factors in how fast you're going to burn off body fat... it's just a very minor detail. The real factors are your lifestyle as a whole, your type of exercise program and intensity, the quality of your diet, and your mindset... all of which we focus on regularly in this newsletter and in my Truth about Abs program.

So what I'd recommend is...
Don't waste your money on the overpriced, overhyped Wu-teas that claim to be a miracle fat loss cure. I do recommend including white, green, black, and oolong teas in your diet for their numerous health benefits, but you can get them MUCH cheaper (sometimes at least 10x cheaper!) at your local grocery store instead.

Til next time,Don't be lazy... be lean.

sources :
Mike GearyCertified Nutrition SpecialistCertified Personal Trainer
Founder -