Posts Tagged ‘antioxidants’

TRUTH ABOUT ABS AND TRUTH ABOUT TEA

Friday, August 28th, 2009

Mike Geary, author of the greatest fitness book in existence “The Truth About Six Pack Abs“, gives us some much needed clarity on the subject of Fat Loss Teas. Does Wu-Tea really work? Or is it a scam? Mike gives us all the facts here, so you can make your MOST informed decision about Tea and Fat Loss.


Are all of the Wu-Tea ads a Scam?  Does Tea Really Help Fat Loss?

by Mike Geary, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Nutrition Specialist

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 body fat”.  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.

Mike Geary
Certified Nutrition Specialist
Certified Personal Trainer
Founder – TruthAboutAbs.com


I have also written a review for Truth About Abs (just because I think it’s an awesome book), and I have a special bonus offer going out to anyone who purchases the book there. If you are interested in the offer, definitely check me out here Truth About Abs Truth.



TRUTH ABOUT ABS AND TRUTH ABOUT ANTIOXIDANTS

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

Like I keep saying, Mike Geary, author of Truth About Abs, is a huge source of awesome information, not only about working out, but about nutrition too. Here’s a little well-kept secret that those of us in the know have known about for a while. Antioxidants… Mike gives us the low-down on antioxidants, and their place in YOUR nutrition plan. A must read:


Antioxidants – One of the Secrets to a Youthful Appearance, Anti-Aging, Disease Prevention, and a Leaner, Stronger, Healthier Body!
by Mike Geary, Certified Nutrition Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer

I’m sure by now you’ve heard all about the amazing health benefits of antioxidant rich foods in your diet. Not only do these free-radical fighting antioxidants help you look and feel younger by slowing down the aging process, but they can also help to prevent cancer, heart disease, and loads of other degenerative diseases.

But that’s not all. Antioxidants also help you to recover better from exercise… and that means you can build more muscle and burn more fat in the long term!

And although we all want to be healthy and feel youthful… most of us also want to look good!

The function that antioxidants play in aiding your recovery from exercise is the inhibition of free radicals produced during exercise.  Any time you workout, free radicals are produced in the body that can create inflammation.  Having an adequate supply of antioxidants about an hour or so before your workout can greatly reduce the damage caused by free radicals, hence, improving your muscular recovery from exercise.


Some of the most potent sources of whole food antioxidants are berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, cranberries), cherries, acai fruit, various teas (green tea, white tea, black tea, yerba mate, oolong tea, chammomile tea, red tea – a.k.a. rooibos tea), nuts, seeds, red and black beans, purple potatoes, grapes, red wine, cinnamon, nuts and seeds, coffee, dark chocolate or cocoa, and tons of other fruits and vegetables.

My favorite pre-workout antioxidant-loaded snack is a piece of whole grain toast with almond butter, a small amount of blackberry jam, and topped with a pile of fresh blueberries or sliced strawberries.  I wash it down with a glass of iced green tea or rooibos tea sweetened with just a small bit (about a teaspoon) of raw honey.  This is literally a quintuple-whammy of potent anti-oxidants!

The almond butter, blackberries, blueberries, raw honey, and the green or rooibos tea are all loaded with different varieties of muscle protecting, youth promoting antioxidants.  I throw down this snack about an hour before my training. Give it a try for yourself, or be creative and come up with your own antioxidant-rich pre-workout snack based on your tastes.

Remember, your body is continually bombarded every day by free radicals (creating oxidative stress) from exercise, air pollution, smoke, sun exposure, junk food, exposure to chemicals, etc. To reap the full benefits of antioxidants, try to make sure that every meal and snack you eat has at least one or two sources of antioxidant rich foods. This will give you a continuous supply of antioxidants throughout every day to prevent the damage and aging that result from the free radicals you are constantly exposed to.

I recently helped design a very powerful and synergistic antioxidant blend supplement. Although I typically don’t recommend many supplements (because 95% of them are usually bogus), the 2 supplements I do recommend are a good antioxidant blend and a Krill oil (which is even more powerful than fish oil).

This antioxidant blend contains a powerful blend of some of the most potent antioxidants on the planet such as:

  • pomegranate
  • acai berry
  • coffeeberry
  • green tea
  • wolfberry
  • and biovin grape (same antioxidants as red wine)

You can try this potent antioxidant blend for yourself at this site:  http://natural.getprograde.com/longevity

Antioxidants are just one piece to the puzzle of a healthy diet that will give you the lean, muscular, youthful (can help slow aging markers), and disease free body that everyone wants.

To discover the secrets behind all of the other pieces to the diet puzzle that help to create a lean strong healthy body (macronutrients, glycemic response, hormonal response, glycogen storage, muscle protein synthesis, the role of the hormone leptin in your fat loss, blood sugar proesses, the insulin process, etc.), don’t forget to get your copy of my world-wide best selling fat loss program for lean abs – The Truth about Six Pack Abs


I have also written a review for Truth About Abs (just because I think it’s an awesome book), and I have a special bonus offer going out to anyone who purchases the book there. If you are interested in the offer, definitely check me out here Truth About Abs Truth.



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