This was in my g-mail account this morning. I totally love Tom Venuto!

So yes, eat Coconut, eat Coconut oil, eat Avocados YUM! Pumpkin seeds, Tofu, Almonds, Organic Peanut Butter, Humus, Human milk. :) FAT FAT FAT all day long FAT FAT FAT while I sing my song....It's good for you!!!

I'm still working on my muscle gain/ fat loss.  Concentrations in the area of the back of my thighs. The Post natal chunk is just hanging there. Can I call it post natal?! Anyhow the glutes need to lose the fat.

I seem to be slimming from the ends (head & toe) inward to the middle. So like a candle I am burning fat at both ends and it's just working it's way to the center.

From previous experience with my other three pregnancies, total time invested to get down to 12 percent body fat is two years for me. Though you must remember that I start off VERY HEAVY! I gain tremendous amounts of weight with each birth.

The problem I am now facing is the skin. UGH!

I remember reading a post from my friend John. He insists that the skin sag from losing large amounts of weight will tighten if you keep at it. This was true after my first pregnancy. Though I was ten years younger then.

It's my boobs and my stomach where the skin bothers me the most.

I've developed great muscle in these areas but the skin hangs, hence the fat of my boobs is still decreasing in size. I'm hoping that eventually my breasts will look better once I have lost all the weight. The muscle is all around the top portion of the breast.


Well that's enough for now.

I'll post more later. Kiddos are loud (NAMELY AUTUMN RAIN) so I have lost focus here.


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 * Angelina Jolie's 1 huge diet mistake

Hi Brigitte,

Last night I went to see the new Angelina Jolie "spy vs spy"
thriller, SALT.

Mixed reviews be damned, I liked it. (I'm a James Bond freak
after all, and Jolie was a like a butt-kicking female Bond)

So what if it was totally unrealistic - like jumping off bridges
onto moving trucks, then leaping onto the roof of other trucks,
sneaking into the white house bunker...

Not to mention CIA agent Evelyn Salt (Jolie) kicking the butt
of dozens of men - very large, very heavily-armed men no less.

oh, and saving the world, of course.

But hey, that's why I go to the movies - to escape from reality
and be entertained for a while!

As I often do before I go to the movies, I look up movie reviews
and this time I found some very interesting articles online about
Jolie's diet and workout regimen for her new film.

One of them  was a People magazine blurb, "How Angelina Jolie
Got in Special Agent Shape for Salt."

The article said she:

  • Ate about five small meals a day
  • No junk food
  • Alcohol only on weekends
  • Started with a diet of 70% carbs and 30% protein (carbs were
      NOT declared the enemy)
  • Actually avoided cardio, to put on muscle without losing wt
  • Pre-filming she did strength (weight) training and fight
      training two hours a day, 5 days a week
  • During filming, she continued with four workouts a week during
      lunch breaks and weekends
  • During filming, she altered diet to 60% carbs and 40% protein.

Now, I don't know how accurate this information is, as it was
published in a weekly tabloid-style magazine. The writer was quoting
Jolie's trainer, and sometimes journalists leave out details or some
info gets "lost in translation."

But as I read it, one HUMONGOUS GLARING MISTAKE in Jolie's
regimen jumped right off the page at me.

Some people who watched the flick might say, "What mistake? She
was THIN - it looks like her diet and workout worked just fine!"

Yes indeed, she was thin. Perhaps on the too thin side if
you go by the other weekly celebrity mags, like Star, which
published a pic of the 5' 7" 109 lb Jolie with the caption,
"Is she anorexic again?"

So fat loss wasn't the challenge to begin with here. Some
people tend toward the ectomorphic body type and or have
struggled to keep UP a healthy weight, rather than losing.
Everyone's fitness goal or fitness struggles are different.

I also think her trainer did a good job focusing on strength
training to put some lean body mass on the actor, and not
doing cardio (although I think she could have used even
more muscle - I prefer the 130-lb Tomb Raider Lara Croft)!

And she did look extremely physically fit, as Angelina reportedly
did a lot of her own stunts - climbing, jumping, fighting. So
all that fight training and strength training looks like it
paid off.

So what was the HUMONGOUS mistake in her training and diet program?

Well, if her diet was 70% carbs and 30% protein, where is the fat?

I thought that had to be a typo, but there it was again, during
filming, it said her diet was 60% carbs and 40% protein.

Technically, it is a typo, because it's near-impossible
to get zero fat - at least trace amounts come along with the leanest
of proteins and even with some of the carbs and veggie foods.

But still I ask the question... Wheres the fat?

It's hard to believe, given the state of nutrition knowledge in
2010 (as compared to the 1980's or 1990's), that people
still believe that cutting all the fat out of the diet will help
you get leaner, healthier or more muscular.

To the contrary - a certain amount of dietary fat is absolutely
VITAL to your health, performance and achievement of optimal
 body composition - including gaining lean muscle, if you need it.

Essential fatty acids have so many benefits, you could almost
say their effects are "drug-like", but when you go on a no fat
diet, you cut out these healthy good fats along with the bad ones.

And even saturated fats have received partial vindication as
many nutritionists are starting to label them as "neutral"
as opposed to being "all bad."   in fact, a small amount of saturated
fat is beneficial and essential for anabolic hormone production.

A minimum of 15-20% of your calories should come from
fats, and in some cases as much as 30% of your calories, if
the fats are carefully selected.

You see, there are healthy fats and unhealthy fats. Demonizing
an entire macronutrient, whether carbs OR fats is a BIG Mistake!

Yet, here we have a celebrity diet program where the journalists
are writing about how "carbs were not the enemy" while lo
and behold, the fats have been BANISHED!

Whoa! Full circle - its like the 80's all over again.

Do people really think that zero fat is any better than zero carbs?

In fact, this comes as a huge surprise to most people, but in
individuals with the genetic predisposition, a very high carb,
zero fat diet can actually CAUSE health problems like
increased blood triglycerides and blood sugar management
problems - EVEN if the carbs are all the "healthy" and
"natural" kind, like rice, potatoes and WHOLE grains.

Some doctors like Gerald Reaven, who literally wrote the book
on metabolic syndrome (Syndrome X), intentionally prescribe
moderate-fat diets as treatment.

But listen - even if you're not sick - zero fat diets and
very low fat diets are a really bad idea.... just as ZERO carb
diets are a bad idea.

Better idea: balance

Our industry is still suffering today from a massive problem -
dichotomous thinking - where everything is prescribed in
extremes - all or nothings - and the impulse to point the
finger at ONE nutritional scapegoat is almost overwhelming.

What you really need is the right balance of everything
and that includes macronutrients - proteins, carbohydrates
and yes, fats - and even the right balance within each
macronutrient group - the right proportion of saturated
poly- and mono-unsaturated fats as well as the omega-3
to omega-6 ratio (which is seriously out of whack in
most people's diets).

This is so important, I devoted an entire chapter in my
Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle program to establishing
the right macronutrient balance for your body type.

Learn More:

I've also devoted an entire chapter to dietary fats - YES
a whole chapter on fats - and that's just a nice, concise
summary, as entire BOOKS have been written on the vital
role dietary fats can play in your health.

I've even devoted a chapter to identifying your body type
so you can adjust both training and nutrition to suit your
body, the way Jolie's trainer smartly adjusted her training.

Hey, if you're an ectomorph, you don't use the same strategies
as an endomorph... if you're carb intolerant with metabolic
syndrome, that high carb zero fat diet may not be so smart...
if you're an athlete needing fuel, that low carb diet may
not be so smart...

And yet 1-size-fits-all programs predominate everywhere today!

When you get BOTH the training and nutrition properly adjusted,
with everything in the right balance - no extremes on
either end - the results can be nothing short of astonishing.

I could go on for pages, but that's it for my little rant today.

If you want to learn more about hitting that right balance and
getting the right program for your body type visit the link below
to learn more:

Train hard and expect success,

Tom Venuto, author of
Burn the Fat, Feed the Muscle

PS Go see the movie. It's fun. Good summer action Flick. Now
I have to wait impatiently for the Expendables!

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