Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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Why Is The Last Place To Lose Fat, The First Place To Gain Fat?
It just doesn't seem fair, but unfortunately it's true...

...It may be your stomach, your love handles or even your man boobs...

Fat sticks to these areas like super glue and hangs on for dear life...

So why does this happen?

Your BodyFat is Being Held Hostage:

It's called the Alpha-2 receptor – And, if fat loss is your goal - it's your absolute worst enemy...

If the Alpha-2 receptor wants you to store fat, you're going to store fat – and lots of it – in the worst possible places ...

The alpha-2 receptor is responsible for inhibiting lipolysis - which basically means it allows the body to store fat AND prevents the body from burning fat...

In other words, the Alpha-2 receptor is holding your fat hostage & refusing to let go!
The Alpha-2 Receptor is abundant in certain areas of your body & non-existent in others...

Alpha-2 receptors have been shown to be present in abdominals, love handles, and buttocks – precisely where you don'twant them to be!

This is exactly why your biceps are lean, yet your stomach is as smooth as a baby's ass...

The Alpha-2 Receptor is the technical term for "trouble spots"...

When it's activated, these areas are in "lock-down" - unable to burn fat and storing it like a bear preparing for hibernation...

Full-Fledged Thermogenesis:

Luckily, this is where the key ingredients in OxyELITE Pro™ shine...

By utilizing a compound shown to block off & deactivate the Alpha-2 receptor, we can use this to our advantage to torch fat quickly & efficiently – exactly where you want fat loss to occur!

Think of the Key Ingredients in OxyELITE Pro™ as S.W.A.T – busting down doors and "freeing" your fat cells from their hostage situation...

So sit back & strap on your seatbelt as this very well may be the most important info you've ever read on fat loss...

The OxyELITE Pro™ lineup...

Rauwolfia Canescens (Rauwolscine):

This particular compound has been shown to block off & deactivate the Alpha-2 receptor!

It's related to yohimbine, a compound which is often included in various fat loss formulas because of its ability to antagonize alpha 2-adrenoceptors, allowing lipolysis itself, while also allowing lipolysis to continue from beta adrenoceptor agonism as well (11,12).

Here's the problem: While antagonizing alpha 2-adrenoceptors is great, yohimbine unfortunately also does the same for alpha 1-adrenoceptors – and this can actually hinder lipolysis (13).

So, on the other hand, while yohimbine helps to improve lipolysis by antagonizing alpha 2-adrenoceptors, it may also prevent lipolysis from occurring by antagonizing alpha 1-adrenoceptors...

Kind of defeats the purpose, huh? It's like robbing Peter to Pay Paul...

The end result is only a mediocre or small effect upon fat loss, or no detectable fat loss at all, which is what has been demonstrated in the literature with yohimbine supplementation (14-17).

Rauwolscine on the other hand, is just as potent at antagonizing alpha 2-adrenoceptors as yohimbine, yet it is 50 times less potent at alpha 1-adrenoceptors (18), making it much more selective and much less likely to reduce lipolysis by inhibiting alpha 1-adrenoceptor activity when compared to yohimbine.

Rauwolscine is clearlythe better choice.

Last, beware of those products which contain the hydroxylated derivatives of yohimbine (e.g., 10-OH-yohimbine and 11-OH-yohimbine). They may look different but the truth is that they are no more effective than yohimbine (19).

This is simply a marketing gimmick designed to get the consumer to believe they are getting something truly unique and more effective.

Bauhinia purpurea L (Leaf & Pod [standardized for Bauhiniastatins 1-4]):

This particular extract is very exciting because, due to various factors (e.g., stress, dieting, overtraining), many individuals may have impaired conversion of T4 to T3.

We all know thyroid hormones play an important role in metabolic rate and an increase in thyroid hormone levels can produce significant increases in energy expenditure.

This is, after all, why bodybuilders and fitness athletes will use synthetic T3 as they know it can help dramatically increase the rate at which they reduce fat mass.

In fact, excess thyroid levels have been known to increase metabolic rate by 25-50% in some cases and a person that is hypothyroid can have a decrease in metabolic rate by as much as 40% below normal (20).

Now, we're not saying that we can increase thyroid hormone levels to the same degree that you'd get from taking exogenous thyroid hormone, but imagine if you could get even a fraction of that – the results would speak for themselves!

An extract from the plant Bauhinia purpurea has been shown in healthy adult animal models to increase T4 by approximately 37% compared to controls, while increasing T3 by an amazing 83%! (21)

If this wasn't exciting enough, another study found that Bauhinia purpurea was able to completely restore the decrease in thyroid hormone levels seen when giving healthy adult animal models the drugs, dexamethasone (a potent glucocorticoid) and metformin (an anti-diabetic drug) (22).

Yet another reason that increasing thyroid hormone is so important is because it's known to sensitize or increase the lipolytic effects of adrenergic stimulation (i.e., through compounds such as the geranium and Cirsium oligophyllum extracts, along with caffeine) in fat cells (33).

Due to the results of the studies, the authors concluded that the plant is likely increasing the conversion of peripheral T4 to the more potent T3.

This is like adding a NOS injector to your ten speed!

Bacopa monnieri (Leaf):

This plant has also been shown in an animal model to naturally increase thyroid hormone production. In this case, the plant extract was shown to increase T4 levels by approximately 41% compared to controls (23).

In this case, however, since there was no increase in T3 seen, the authors concluded that the plant extract directly stimulates the release of T4 from the thyroid gland, as opposed to Bauhinia purpurea, which increased the conversion of T4 to T3.

By combining the two plant extracts, the goal is to create a situation where your body will release more T4, while at the same time more of this newly released T4 will be converted to the more metabolically active T3.

This is truly the "best of both worlds" scenario & the end result potentially being a substantial increase in energy expenditure and decreased fat.

Cirsium Oligophyllum (Whole Plant Extract):

Our use of this plant is based upon an animal study which had shown that compared to a control group, the extract was able to reduce the gain of bodyweight and fat mass and specifically seemed to target subcutaneous fat mass over that of visceral fat mass with a ratio favoring the reduction of subcutaneous fat mass over that of visceral of nearly 9 fold!(5)

Pharmacological studies revealed that the active constituent possesses beta adrenoceptor agonist activity (other beta adrenoceptor agonists include compounds like ephedrine and clenbuterol) and stimulates lipolysis in subcutaneous fat cells.

Yet another similarity that the Cirsium oligophyllum extract shares with beta adrenoceptor agonists is that it works synergistically with caffeine, producing a more powerful lipolytic effect that far exceeds the effect when used by itself (5).

In fact, the potency of caffeine & Cirsium Oligophyllum combined was nearly 10 times greater than Cirsium Oligophyllum by itself.

As a final note, Uncoupling Protein-1 expression was up-regulated 1.3 fold, relative to controls in those animals receiving Cirsium Oligophyllum topically; more on this later (5).


Caffeine is often noted for its ability to increase resting energy expenditure, while also increasing lipolysis and lipid oxidation (6-8)...

In addition, it is noted for its ability to increase feelings of energy, alertness, concentration and euphoric effects (9,10).

Everyone throws caffeine in their formula...but few know why...we have a specific purpose on why we included it...

...Aside from the benefits that caffeine alone imparts, it can also provide synergistic effects when combined with other ingredients in OxyELITE Pro™...

In particular, the caffeine we have included may increase the effectiveness of the other fat loss agents included in the formula, including our Geranium extract as well as Cirsium oligophyllum.

...In fact, in the study performed with Cirsium oligophyllum, they found exactly that!

Caffeine was shown to provide a substantial increase in the effectiveness of the extract at promoting lipolysis in subcutaneous fat cells (5)...

Is Your Fat Burner Targeting The Wrong Fat?

Notice that we said subcutaneous fat cells as this is where many companies fail to make a distinction when creating fat loss products...

Many compounds can produce a decrease in fat mass when it comes to visceral fat (i.e., the fat that surrounds your organs), but when it comes to improving how you look, subcutaneous fat is what you're concerned with as this is the fat that is just below your skin and smothers up your muscles...

How Much Subcutaneous Fat You Have Means The Difference Between Looking Shredded Or Looking Like You Own Stock In A Donut House.

As you can see in the picture above, subcutaneous fat is what covers up your abs. The crappy high-stim fat burners these days target visceral fat, not subcutaneous fat.

Targeting visceral fat is important for overall health - and the compounds in OxyELITE Pro™ can target visceral fat too - but as you can see, targeting visceral fat alone isn't going to do much for that layer of fat surrounding your muscles...

You need to get rid of excess subcutaneous fat to make a lean physique a reality.

Geranium [Stems] (extracted for 1,3-Dimethylamylamine):

Geranium has been used for centuries as a food additive and part of certain cultures regular diets. One constitute of geranium is this compound - a sympathomimetic, aliphatic amine with indirect (i.e., by increasing norepinephrine levels) and/or direct activity at alpha and beta-adrenoceptors.

This compound's influence upon the sympathetic nervous system (SAS) and norepinephrine levels is something very important to consider as the SAS and norepinephrine are considered to play important roles when it comes to influencing metabolic rate and especially the rate at which we burn calories while at rest.

What does this all of this mean? It means this compound can potentially help provide the stimulation needed for better workouts (i.e., a feeling of more energy and focus), while also directly stimulating the use of fat as fuel in your body.

The Final Frontier – The Incredible Fat Loss Pathway Science Had All But Given Up On

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Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT):

So, I'm sure we've all heard of this before, right?

It's often referred to as BAT, or simply as brown fat. It's very metabolically active and uses fat as fuel in order to produce heat. Pretty cool stuff, right?

Unfortunately, we were under the assumption we really only have significant amounts of brown fat when we're babies...

So, that's the end of the story, right? Well, very recently, the answer has become a solid, but surprising, no.

As it turns out, we fell into that trap often referred to as dogmatic thinking. If we're told something enough times and no one challenges it, we believe it...

Very recently, scientific studies have begun to call into question the notion adult humans lack BAT and that it has no potential to play any significant physiological role.

So, without any more procrastination, let's delve into the most recent findings:

A recent study found that up to 96% of subjects evaluated have detectable levels of BAT!
It has been found that those that are overweight have lower BAT activity than those that are lean, something that isn't entirely a coincidence as having more BAT can potentially mean expending more calories and thus maintaining a lower weight.
It has been estimated that more than half of all men and women likely have at least 10 grams of BAT in their body.
BAT is so metabolically active that as little as 50 grams of BAT could potentially account for up to 20% of total daily energy expenditure of an adult human when maximally stimulated.
In one subject that was shown to possess 63 grams of BAT, it was estimated that when fully activated, this amount of BAT could burn approximately 4.1 kilograms (around 9 lbs) of fat mass over a year.
That's around 9 lbs of fat lost by doing nothing but sitting on your butt!
Imagine how much of a difference that can make on how you look...

For example, let's start with a hypothetical 190 pound man with 12% bodyfat...

If he had 63 grams of BAT like the subject mentioned above & we can maximally stimulate BAT, he would lower his bodyfat down to 7.6%... by doing nothing differently except activating his BAT fat!

The difference in 12% & 7.6% bodyfat is flat-out staggering – 12% and people may ask you if you workout a few times a week...

A true 7.6% & you'll have chicks beggin' & dudes hatin'...

How Do We Recruit BAT?

The problem however is recruiting BAT and activating what little we have in the first place...

While exposure to cold is one method, it isn't exactly feasible to expose yourself to cold every day of the week...

...And aside from that, it has been pointed out that various environmental changes for modern humans such as insulated buildings, clothing advances and heated transport systems have all reduced the need for thermogenesis via BAT and thus the amount of activated BAT has decreasedas well...

But all hope is not lost...

The other method is via sympathetic stimulation or in other words, by using direct and indirect-acting sympathomimetics (25,28).

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First, it's important to understand how BAT provides such benefits...

Now, normal white adipose tissue or WAT (i.e., the stuff around your organs and smothering your muscles) is generally there to accept extra energy from calories ingested and accepts them for storage as triglycerides (fat).

We need this to insulate us from the cold and protect our internal organs. BAT, on the other hand doesn't store extra energy as it instead dissipates this extra energy in the form of heat.

As you can see on the left, Brown Fat is much more "active" & thus can create much greater heat production (i.e burning fat for energy) than White Fat.

How does it do this? A major factor is a protein called uncoupling protein-1 (UCP-1).

Protein Uncoupling:
This protein is able to uncouple oxidative phosphorylation, allowing the energy from foodstuffs that we consume to be released as heat (burned) instead of stored as fat.

Have you ever had one of those very lean friends that always complains about being, "hot" all of the time, even when it's the dead of winter?

These are the same friends that seem to eat nothing but junk food, yet still manage to stay lean all the time!

Well, BAT and UCP-1 activity may, in fact, be part of the reason!

Not The Same As DNP:
It's important to note this type of Protein Uncoupling IS NOT the same as the dangerous, yet highly effective, uncoupling compounds such as DNP...

Unlike DNP (an exogenous substance), UCPs are produced naturally in mammals, including humans...

Although they may have other roles, one is that they work to uncouple oxidative phosphorylation, hypothetically providing the same benefits as exogenous uncouplers (e.g., weight and fat loss), although this uncoupling is much more limited and won't lead to hyperthermia and the various side effects that exogenous and foreign uncouplers like DNP can lead to...

Granted, it also won't likely lead to the same weight loss and fat loss results as exogenous uncouplers like DNP, but it may help with fat loss through the same mechanism.

So, plants or compounds that up-regulate the expression of UCPs, such as this plant, may help with fat loss in this way.

How Key Ingredients in OxyELITE Pro™ May Attack BAT
Quick factoid: Did you know that about 14% of the increase in metabolism from ephedrine was attributed to BAT?

First, Geranium extract has sympathomimetic properties & this makes it a great candidate for increasing UCP-1 expression and recruiting or regaining BAT so that we may use it once again.

Secondly, Cirsium oligophyllum has beta adrenoceptor agonist activity and, as would be expected, has actually been shown to increase UCP-1 activity in BAT of an animal model.

Third, caffeine has been shown to increase norepinephrine by up to 75% in one study.

This increased norepinephrine again contributes to increasing UCP-1 activity in BAT, unfortunately, it also ends up activating alpha 2-adrenoceptors...

...And by doing this, it actually inhibits some of the potential lipolytic and thermogenic activity of norepinephrine by inhibiting adenylyl cyclase (i.e., the enzyme which allows for cyclic adenosine monophosphate or cAMP formation and what ultimately leads to lipolysis) activity (25,28).

This is where rauwolscine comes in to play as it is an alpha 2-adrenoceptor antagonist. It prevents this inhibition of adenylyl cyclase and thus can potentially lead to a further increase in cAMP, lipolysis and thermogenesis via UCP-1...

Again, this is where rauwolscine shows its superiority to yohimbine...

You see, the alpha 1-adrenoceptor is also activated by norepinephrine and it also contributes to increased UCP-1 activity and subsequent thermogenesis (28,29,31,32).

At least one partial mechanism for how the alpha 1-adrenoceptor exerts such an effect is by increasing the conversion of T4 to T3 within BAT, which in turn increases UCP-1 expression.

...So, although yohimbie has some beneficial effect upon fat loss, it's this blocking of activity at the alpha 1-adrenoceptor that becomes its downfall. Rauwolscine is 50 times less potent at antagonizing the alpha 1-adrenoceptor and thus makes a much better agent to use for fat loss.

Last, but certainly not least, we still have both of our plant extracts designed to increase the release of T4 (Bacopa monnieri) and increase the conversion of T4 to T3 (Bauhinia purpurea).

As we just mentioned, T3 plays a very important role in UCP-1 expression so if we can elevate levels further, it is beneficial for a number of reasons...

Monday, March 28, 2011

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Boosting Weight Loss with Thermogenics:

Thermogenics come in many different forms including: drinks, foods and supplements. Supplements contain a variety of ingredients including amino acids, caffeine and ephedra and work to increase metabolism by raising body temperature. In addition, thermogenic foods and drinks have the same metabolic effect and can help increase weight loss.


Thermogenics by definition means the production of heat. Substances that have thermogenic properties increase your metabolism by raising the core temperature of the body. Foods that promote weight loss using thermogenics include: cayenne pepper, hot peppers, Tabasco sauce, garlic and salsa. According to an Oxford University Study, these foods can increase your metabolism by up to 20 percent. When you ingest these foods, there is a temporary increase in metabolism and increased fat burn. Use these foods and sauces in cooking or as a taste additive.

A study performed by the Department of Health and Exercise Science found that thermogenic drinks may help to promote weight loss because they increase metabolic rate. Thermogenic drinks are available in health food stores and over the counter. In addition, ice water, green tea and apple cider vinegar (1 to 2 tsp.) in water have some effect on metabolism, according to carbohydrate-guide.com. Drink a thermogenic drink early in the morning, before eating or before working out to temporarily increase metabolism to aid in weight loss.

According to the European Journal of Applied Physiology, some of the ingredients used in thermogenic supplements, including caffeine and ephedrine, are helpful in increasing exercise performance. Most supplements recommend at least three doses daily to stimulate metabolism. Because thermogenic supplements usually contain stimulants such as aspirin, caffeine and ephedra, they are best taken early in the day (before 5 p.m.) to avoid sleep disruption.

Read more: Thermogenics & Weight Loss | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/way_5318503_thermogenics-weight-loss.html#ixzz1HdG2MqIz

Thursday, March 24, 2011

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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Battling excess skin after weight loss:

While losing weight can transform your body and health for the better, for those who have managed major weight loss it can create new problems. If weight loss has been achieved rapidly, you can be left with loose skin, particularly around the abdomen. There are many products which claim to tighten skin, however their results are minimal. Surgery is an option in extreme cases, but before considering such a choice, it's worth following these steps.

1. Think of how long it took your body to reach your highest weight. It didn't happen overnight, so you can't really expect your skin to become taut in such a short space of time.

Many surgeons recommend waiting two years from the day you reach your weight loss target before even considering surgery. This allows you to exhaust all options available naturally before entering into a costly and potential dangerous operation.

2. Nourish your skin and encourage it's elasticity. Exfoliate your skin daily to encourage removal of dead skin cells. Doing this each day will stimulate your skin's circulation which should help in tightening skin up.

3. Treat yourself to a hot hour-long bath once or twice a week. While the bath is being drawn, add 1/2lb of pure sea salt to the water and allow it to dissolve. Besides relaxing your body and muscles, it will draw toxins out of your skin and will improve your overall skin tone.

4. Determine what your body fat percentage is. It's impossible to differentiate loose skin from body fat without this figure. Many gyms are able to assess your body for this.

5. While you may have reached your goal weight, it's possible that your body fat percentage is still high. In order to reduce this, you should strive to change your body's composition by reducing fat and replacing it with muscle. If you haven't done so already, speak to a gym or a personal trainer to work on an exercise plan which will help you achieve this.

6. Aloe vera extract, soy protein and yeast extract can improve your skin's elasticity by increasing your body's production of elastin and collagen. It not only tightens your skin but your skin's natural defenses as well.

7. Coconuts can help tighten your skin up!
Eating raw food such as cucumber, tomato, olives and coconut can mark an improvement in your skin's elasticity..

8. Hyaluronic Acid is naturally found in our body's tissues. It depletes over time, so it's worth supplementing your diet with some. It is critical for muscle growth, so if you're replacing pounds of fat with muscle, it's definitely worth taking. Smokers tend to be lacking this nutrient. It needs magnesium to synthesize, so ensure you're taking magnesium daily to reap its benefits.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

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Thursday, March 10, 2011

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