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Why Turmeric Powder Is USELESS...


February 02, 2016 by Sayan

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If you're like most health-conscious Americans, you've heard of Turmeric.

It's a pungent yellow spice, used frequently in India (and some East Asian cultures.)

And it's been around for THOUSANDS of years.

It's one of the best known herbs in Ayurveda (India's ancient healing system)...and was used as an ancient remedy for everything from healing sores to boosting stomach & liver health to relieving pain.

And, it was featured by a VERY famous T.V. Doctor who I'm sure you've heard of.

Because of this, for years Americans have been:

- cooking with Turmeric powder
- drinking Turmeric tea,
- using Turmeric (and olive oil) as hair shampoo
- taking Turmeric supplements
- and much more

Which is why I hate to break it to you but...it is absolutely USELESS as is!

TV personalities, so-called "experts", and bloggers just love to say things like "sprinkle some Turmeric into your food...it's the simplest way to get all its benefits!"

Sorry buddy, but that's not how it works.

Sure if you use Turmeric in your cooking because it tastes good, that's fine...but don't think it's magically making you healthy. You see...

Nearly 100% of the medicinal benefits of Turmeric come from one of its compounds called "Curcumin".

Curcumin and its health benefits make up JUST 3% of Turmeric powder.

You would have to consume 16,500 milligrams of Turmeric every single day to get the minimum effective dose of Curcumin from simple Turmeric powder!

This is fine if you grew up in India or Japan, and your mom sprinkled heaps of Turmeric into your meals every day, 3x a day, since you were 5 years old.

(And yes, that's why scientists think India has such a low Alzheimer's rate -- because they've eaten Turmeric in large quantities every single day for most of their lives).

But if you live here in America, or really anywhere except India or Okinawa, Japan (where daily cups of Turmeric tea is a part of life)...you're out of luck!

The only way to get the TRUE medicinal benefits of Turmeric is to use highly-concentrated extracts of the main active compound Curcumin.

Based on scientific studies, you need at least 500mg of Curcumin supplements (NOT regular Turmeric supplements) daily to see real health benefits (and up to 8 grams per day in some studies -- though that would likely cause stomach upset).

However...

You can't just use any Curcumin supplement :(

Research shows that unfortunately only 3-4% of Curcumin you ingest is absorbed after making it through your digestive system.

The other 96-97% is wasted.

The only way to make Turmeric/Curcumin work properly -- again scientifically-proven -- is to add a proportional dose of Black Pepper extract to your dose.

95% of companies selling Curcumin do NOT do this.

Which means 95% of Curcumin supplements out there are literally useless .

If you're thinking this is getting a little crazy, you're right.

And unfortunately I'm not done yet.

Any ethical supplement company will also tell you that most Curcumin health benefits are currently NOT backed by human, double-blind clinical studies (the gold standard in scientific research). Instead...

Typical, ineffective Curcumin supplements are based on animal (NOT human) research and one-sided studies.

Now I don't know about you...but I don't feel safe being compared to a lab rat.

In some cases, mice studies are a necessity, but the reality is YOU ARE NOT A MOUSE.

Just because something works on a mouse does NOT mean it will work on you.

That's why ANY supplement you buy should be backed by HUMAN research with double-blind studies (where neither the researcher nor study volunteer knows who was given the study extract, and who was given a placebo).

Which brings us down to my favorite Curcumin extract of all time...

One that has been recommended by doctors and scientists across the globe, studied in the highest of high-level Universities, and more.

It's called Curcumin C3 Complex...and it's featured in a mind-blowing 34 HUMAN CLINICAL STUDIES AND 72 RESEARCH PAPERS.

It's the "creme de la creme" in Curcumin supplements.

And it pairs perfectly with BioPerine (the best Black Pepper extract out there, scientifically proven to increase the absorption and half-life of Curcumin C3 by a whopping 2000%).

Curcumin C3 & Bioperine itself are quite expensive, averaging $25-$30 per month on Amazon.

(What INFURIATES me is a few unethical companies on Amazon are selling Curcumin C3 by itself, without BioPerine -- basically an ineffective product -- for an insulting $39).

You could get it on Amazon, and it should help with your health issues (especially with supporting healthy blood sugar and blood pressure, inflammation and joint health, digestive support, and more).

But what if you could get these same highly-effective Curcumin C3 & BioPerine extracts...along with 15 MORE ethically-researched, effective herbs...all targeted towards getting you a slimmer, sexier bodythan you could with diet and exercise alone? Is that something you'd be interested in?

If your answer is "yes", then you'll LOVE the newly-improved formula I'm about to share with you. Because now you can...

So, forget about ineffective Turmeric pills...

Forget about products based on mice studies...and...

Forget about un-scientific solutions to your most pressing health concerns...

Instead, use Curcumin C3 and other well-researched herbs & vitamins...so you can get in better shape, look great, and feel amazing, all for less than a cup of coffee. Here it is...

==> A new powerful daily "ritual" that targets achy joints & melts belly fat (start this Monday)

Enjoy!
Sayan

P.S. In the case of Curcumin vs. Modern Medicine, there are some very interesting findings. In particular, Curcumin has been studied for effectiveness against ALL of these drugs:

Of course, this doesn't mean you should stop taking those drugs if you are on them currently, and don't take this to mean Curcumin will cure, treat or prevent anything. I'm not here giving you medical advice, and the full research isn't there yet anyway.

But I am saying you should understand the potential power of natural herbs when used daily.

And while future research may show Curcumin to be a bust (unlikely, but definitely possible), the current and past research paints an interesting picture.

It's getting late here, so I'm going to sign off. But I hope this was helpful.

And if you aren't already taking Curcumin C3 & Bioperine in a way that also targets your stubborn belly fat then get started here:

==> Do NOT Buy Another Turmeric Supplement Until You See This


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7 Common Sense Ways to Have Uncommon Peace of Mind (or How To Stop Your “Stress Hormone” In Its Tracks)


January 02, 2015 by Sayan

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1.       Don't "find time" for sleep. Make time for sleep. You may have always said, "I'll sleep when I'm dead." What you should have known was, "If I don't sleep, I'll be dead." Sleep is incredibly important to reducing cortisol levels, disease risk, promoting healthy weight and a host of other essential functions your body performs.

a.       You should be getting a minimum of 7 hours a night, and a maximum of 9 (studies have shown that sleeping past nine hours a night is actually harmful to your long term health, although scientists haven't pinpointed exactly why, yet.)

b.       Note: if you have trouble falling asleep and/or are sleeping poorly, your cortisol levels are probably out of whack. This is very common with busy, stressed people. Instead of the cortisol spike in the morning as nature intends, their cortisol levels are low in the morning (cue the cranky, “I don’t want to go to work” feeling), and high at night (making it hard to fall asleep). Sounds familiar?

2.       Use an alarm like Sleep Cycle to wake up when during your lightest phase of sleep. Sleep Cycle (get it on your smartphone) measures your body's movement during the night and detects when you enter different phases of sleep. It's easiest (and lowest-stress) to wake up to an alarm when you're in the lightest phase of sleep, so you set a "range" of time for the app (so you still wake up with enough time to get ready for the day). It will then detect your brain waves, figure out when you’re in your lightest sleep phase, and wakes you up then.

3.       Exercise consistently, but no more than 60-75 minutes on any day (including warm­ups). When you have a workout routine that incorporates strength training and cardiovascular exercise, you build muscle, increase your brain's creation of new serotonin and dopamine receptors (thereby reducing your anxiety and risk of depression) and help to use up energy unleashed by your already­high cortisol levels. By releasing extra tension through a workout, you also feel better and make your body less apt to flood your bloodstream with stress hormones. You’ll also sleep like a baby the night of a hard workout.

4.       Meditate (or pray). Taking time to really focus on staying calm and relaxed, and to think about all of the blessings and kindness in your life can have a wonderful impact on your overall well­being. It's also one of the most effective methods out there for relieving your high cortisol levels. If you don't have much experience with meditation, it's okay – there are many helpful and secular guided meditation videos on YouTube or around the Internet you can use to get started. The best times to meditate are in the morning, just before bed or any time during the day you're feeling particularly stressed out or anxious. Take some time, find your center, rediscover how good it feels to be grounded in the present moment, and feel your stress slip away from you.

a.       A “companion” to meditation, or even replacement if you’re not ready yet to meditate, is a journal where you record 3 “wins” for the day and 3-5 things to get done the next day. This is one of my “secrets” to massive productivity/GSD (getting sh*t done).

5.       Eat a protein-rich breakfast. When you wake up, you're generally in a catabolic state, because your body is fasting. This doesn’t mean your body is breaking down all your muscle, but it does mean your body may not function at 100%. When you're eating breakfast, though, you're breaking the fast – hence the name of the meal – and doing so with a healthy, protein­rich breakfast gets your energy levels higher, faster.

a.       If you’re doing intermittent fasting (“IF” for short; we’ll discuss this later), I would definitely have the morning cup of coffee (with some MCT oil or butter/cream) so you’re not a walking corpse all morning.

i.       Even most cultures or religions that fast have small, light meals throughout fasts. So don’t think you have to be a Spartan and starve yourself just because it’s called a “fast”.

6.       Grab a nap. If your schedule allows it, skip the afternoon coffee/energy drink/soda and take a power nap instead – 15­20 minutes is all you need to start feeling the benefits.

7.       Reduce your alcohol intake. You shouldn't be drinking much if you're trying to lose weight and get healthy anyway, but alcohol also causes major problems for your stress levels. Don't exceed a single beer/glass of wine/1 oz. serving of liquor per day. This is one of the major causes of slow, or no, weight loss even on a perfect plan. We just don’t realize that what we “think” is 1 glass of wine is actually 3 glasses of wine. So, have a max of 1 oz. shot of liquor, a 5 oz. glass of wine, or 12 oz. can of beer, and make sure you count it in your daily calories. (Or just get super serious and cut it out all together!)

Bonus point: Cut out electronics within 1-2 hours before sleep. Instead, train your mind to get into “sleep mode” by reading taking a bath, just relaxing, or reading some fiction (non-fiction gets you thinking and making plans before bed, which won’t help you fall asleep). I’ll admit, I’m not great at following this rule, but when I do it successfully even for a few nights, I sleep like a baby.

Besides these strategies, there is ONE thing you should do to resolve the biggest source of stress in our lives - staying at a healthy fit, weight. Do solve that, make sure you do this...

==> A new powerful daily "ritual" that melts stubborn belly fat (start this Monday)


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How To Reduce The #1 Cause of Rapid Aging


November 02, 2015 by Sayan

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You may not know this, but the #1 factor in aging a compound ironically known as AGEs -- an acronym for Advanced Glycation End-Products.

AGE compounds are formed in our bodies by a chemical reaction between sugars and proteins. When you have too many AGEs in your bloodstream, they damage nearly every tissue and organ in your body.

Not surprisingly, high levels of AGE compounds are found in folks afflited by nearly every major disease from diabetes to heart disese to kidney failure to Alzheimers, autoimmunie disease, cancers, and more. And excessive levels of AGEs are well known to cause rapid aging.

The good news is by making a few simple tweaks to your diet and lifestyle, you can reduce AGE compounds so much that you may even add years to your life. Here's are 7 ways to get started...

1.     Eat real food.

a.     Processed foods usually have all of their fiber stlean out of them and are very soft, meaning that your body breaks them down quickly – and uses them quickly, too.

b.     Processed foods also generally have sugar (which binds to proteins to create AGEs) added to them to make them taste better – and boy, are some processed foods delicious as a result! They taste good now, but God forbid you ever get sick when you’re older – you’re going to wish you’d eased up on the GoGurt and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.

2.     Stay away from anything that comes packaged with more than 1 INGREDIENT. Yes I’m serious. There are a few exceptions to this rule, but for the most part you will be much better off if you eat foods in their natural, singular form.

a.     Chicken? From chemical/hormone­free pastures...1 ingredient. GOOD

b.     Beef? From pastured­raised cattle....1 ingredient. GOOD

c.     Chicken Nuggets? Made in a factory. Upwards of 20 ingredients and tons of allergens, chemicals, and “mechanically separated chicken”. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

d.     Hot Dogs? Made in a factory. Bare minimum of 5 ingredients, but usually many more. Heavily processed and full of chemicals, fillers, etc. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

e.     Rice? Made in Rice Paddies....1 ingredient. GOOD

f.     Beans/Lentils? Grows Naturally in Plants...1 ingredient. GOOD

g.     100% Whole Wheat Bread? Made in a factory. Anywhere from 5­35 ingredients....AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

1.     Eat as much as you cook in a broth or soup — or eat steamed, boiled, or raw.

a.     There are tons of delicious slow­cooker recipes out there, and many more soups, stews, porridges and other dishes that don’t require you to brown the proteins of the food you’re eating.

b.     The ancillary benefits of eating raw vegetables, fish (or even beef tartare) are many – you don’t soften your food, so your body takes longer to digest it, and you don’t cook any nutrients or enzymes out of your food.

c.     Also, you can significantly lower natural inflammation in your muscles, joints and organs by eating more vegetables and un­browned proteins and less anti­nutrient laden grains like corn, wheat, and processed flours.

d.     Note that the raw veggies we discussed earlier (that are unsafe to eat raw) should be steamed, boiled, or cooked on low heat with a fatty substance like coconut oil or butter to allow for proper absorption of nutrients.

2.     Eat less sugar.

a.     If you’re currently consuming large amounts of sugar – whether through your food (candies, baked goods, too much fruit, etc.) or through beverages (soda pop, juice, beer and wine) – you’re taking in too much sugar, and your body is being forced to produce too many AGE products.

b.     Your body will use as much sugar as it can for energy, but at some point, it won’t be able to use the rest.

c.     These free­floating sugars in your bloodstream will find themselves a nice, unassuming protein to latch on to and turn into an AGE product. This is in addition to the fact that extra sugar that cannot be used for energy is likely to be stored entirely as fat.

3.     Eat fewer carbohydrates. Carbohydrates – even whole grains – are broken down into sugar by your metabolism.

a.     Your body will however much carbohydrate it can and the rest will turn into fat and/or attack your proteins.

b.     On a somewhat relieving note, the more complex a carbohydrate, the longer it takes your body to digest it.

c.     Because these carbohydrates break down slowly, it gives your body a chance to use them as energy as they become available (assuming you’re active), which will produce less waste AGE products.

4.     Drink less coffee or swap it completely for tea. Yes, it’s hard to believe anyone could suggest this, but it’s true (especially me...I LOVE coffee). Coffee is roasted. At a high heat. Which means it’s loaded with AGE products.

a.     If you’re also the type of person that adds in AGE­loaded creamer, milk and/or sugar, then for you, “the best part of waking up” may actually be a steaming cup of poison.

b.     For starters, drink your coffee black! I personally am a walking zombie without coffee, so I have 1 cup in the morning and make sure I don’t add any sugar or allergy-inducing milk. Besides the benefits of less AGEs, one cup of “clean” black coffee ensures that I’m not adding unnecessarily to my waistline. (I’ll occasionally mix with coconut oil and/or grass­fed butter if I’m fasting in the morning.)

c.     On the same token, have ONLY 1 cup a day, just in the morning to get you going. The rest of the day, drink one of the many varieties of tea. You’ll still get some caffeine, but you won’t be pumping yourself full of AGEs (and furthering your caffeine addiction).

d.     I personally used to have upwards of 3 cups a day, but I now feel much better, relaxed, and focused with 1 morning cup and then 1-2 healthy cups of tea. Try it for yourself...it works.

e.     Make the switch to green tea All teas are generally healthy for you, but green tea has tons of added benefits. Not only is it a well-known superfood (it seems like scientists are discovering something amazing about green tea every other week), it’s also an excellent natural fat-burner.

i.     Best part? It’s been shown that green tea slows your body’s naturalglycation process, which means you create less AGEs during your metabolic process.ii.     There’s green tea leaf extract in the InvigorateNOW supplement so you should be covered...but extra green tea can’t hurt, and it tastes awesome, so go for it!5.     Avoid food cooked on high heat. I’ll admit, BBQ chicken, wings, and cajun-blackened Salmon are some of life’s greatest pleasures. But food cooked at that high of a heat – anything seared, blackened, braised, etc. – is overflowing with AGE products.

Have these only on special occasions (in other words, when your mom makes BBQ chicken and you haven’t seen her in 3 months, eat the chicken!). The rest of the time, cook with water­based methods and you’ll be fine.

a.     Cook food low and slow. You don’t have to give up cooked meat! Here’s the thing to remember: Higher temperatures will create more AGE products, and lower temperatures will create less.

b.     There’s no “magic number” of AGE products you should or shouldn’t eat – you should just be doing your best to lower the amount you take in, as much and as often as possible.

c.     Whenever possible, bake meats at a lower heat with some water in the pan, rather than broiling or pan­frying in high heat.

d.     Use water as a medium. AGEs will not be created when you cook with water.i.     Try various stews, curries, soups, and moreii.     Pro-tip: There are tons of delicious Thai and Indian recipes that are cooked in either water or coconut milk. The liquids should help drastically cut out AGE formation.

e.     Learn to eat your steaks rare or medium-rare (this means they’ve been cooked to a lower temperature, and I personally think this tastes better anyway) rather than ordering it “well done.”

Here’s the bottom line...

If you EAT REAL FOOD, keep the amount of high­heat cooked foods in your diet low, and the amount of liquid­based foods high, you’re unlikely to be taking in dangerous levels of AGE products.

Now if you want to take things to the next level, you'll need to use herbal extracts that are proven to support healthy aging. My two favorite ingredients for this are Green Tea's EGCG extract and Curcumin C3 (from Turmeric), which help you age gracefully while also targeting your pesky belly fat. Learn more below:

==> Weird herbal "trick" to age gracefully while reducing belly fat


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7 Steps To Reduce AGEs and Slow aging


October 02, 2015 by Sayan

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1.     Eat real food.

a.     Processed foods usually have all of their fiber stlean out of them and are very soft, meaning that your body breaks them down quickly – and uses them quickly, too.

b.     Processed foods also generally have sugar (which binds to proteins to create AGEs) added to them to make them taste better – and boy, are some processed foods delicious as a result! They taste good now, but God forbid you ever get sick when you’re older – you’re going to wish you’d eased up on the GoGurt and Kraft Macaroni and Cheese.

2.     Stay away from anything that has comes packaged with more than 1 INGREDIENT. Yes I’m serious. There are a few exceptions to this rule, but for the most part you will be much better off if you eat foods in their natural, singular form.

a.     Chicken? From chemical/hormone-free pastures…1 ingredient. GOOD

b.     Beef? From pastured-raised cattle….1 ingredient. GOOD

c.     Chicken Nuggets? Made in a factory. Upwards of 20 ingredients and tons of allergens, chemicals, and “mechanically separated chicken”. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

d.     Hot Dogs? Made in a factory. Bare minimum of 5 ingredients, but usually many more. Heavily processed and full of chemicals, fillers, etc. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

e.     Rice? Made in Rice Paddies….1 ingredient. GOOD

f.     Beans/Lentils? Grows Naturally in Plants…1 ingredient. GOOD

g.     100% Whole Wheat Bread? Made in a factory. Anywhere from 5-35 ingredients….AVOID AT ALL COSTS.

1.     Eat as much as you cook in a broth or soup — or eat steamed, boiled, or raw. a.     There are tons of delicious slow-cooker recipes out there, and many more soups, stews, porridges and other dishes that don’t require you to brown the proteins of the food you’re eating.

b.    The ancillary benefits of eating raw vegetables, fish (or even beef tartare) are many – you don’t soften your food, so your body takes longer to digest it, and you don’t cook any nutrients or enzymes out of your food.

c.     Also, you can significantly lower natural inflammation in your muscles, joints and organs by eating more vegetables and un-browned proteins and less anti-nutrient laden grains like corn, wheat, and processed flours.

d.     Note that the raw veggies we discussed earlier (that are unsafe to eat raw) should be steamed, boiled, or cooked on low heat with a fatty substance like coconut oil or butter to allow for proper absorption of nutrients.

2.     Eat less sugar.

a.     If you’re currently consuming large amounts of sugar – whether through your food (candies, baked goods, too much fruit, etc.) or through beverages (soda pop, juice, beer and wine) – you’re taking in too much sugar, and your body is being forced to produce too many AGE products.

b.     Your body will use as much sugar as it can for energy, but at some point, it won’t be able to use the rest.

c.     These free-floating sugars in your bloodstream will find themselves a nice, unassuming protein to latch on to and turn into an AGE product. This is in addition to the fact that extra sugar that cannot be used for energy is likely to be stored entirely as fat.

3.     Eat fewer carbohydrates. Carbohydrates – even whole grains – are broken down into sugar by your metabolism.

a.     Your body will however much carbohydrate it can and the rest will turn into fat and/or attack your proteins.

b.     On a somewhat relieving note, the more complex a carbohydrate, the longer it takes your body to digest it.

c.     Because these carbohydrates break down slowly, it gives your body a chance to use them as energy as they become available (assuming you’re active), which will produce less waste AGE products.

4.     Drink less coffee or swap it completely for tea. Yes, it’s hard to believe anyone could suggest this, but it’s true (especially me…I LOVE coffee). Coffee is roasted. At a high heat. Which means it’s loaded with AGE products.

a.     If you’re also the type of person that adds in AGE-loaded creamer, milk and/or sugar, then for you, “the best part of waking up” may actually be a steaming cup of poison.

b.     For starters, drink your coffee black! I personally am a walking zombie without coffee, so I have 1 cup in the morning and make sure I don’t add any sugar or allergy-inducing milk. Besides the benefits of less AGEs, one cup of “clean” black coffee ensures that I’m not adding unnecessarily to my waistline. (I’ll occasionally mix with coconut oil and/or grass-fed butter if I’m fasting in the morning.)

c.     On the same token, have ONLY 1 cup a day, just in the morning to get you going. The rest of the day, drink one of the many varieties of tea. You’ll still get some caffeine, but you won’t be pumping yourself full of AGEs (and furthering your caffeine addiction).

d.     I personally used to have upwards of 3 cups a day, but I now feel much better, relaxed, and focused with 1 morning cup and then 1-2 healthy cups of tea. Try it for yourself…it works.

e.     Make the switch to green tea All teas are generally healthy for you, but green tea has tons of added benefits. Not only is it a well-known superfood (it seems like scientists are discovering something amazing about green tea every other week), it’s also an excellent natural fat-burner.

i.     Best part? It’s been shown that green tea slows your body’s natural glycation process, which means you create less AGEs during your metabolic process.

ii.     There’s green tea leaf extract in the InvigorateNOW supplement so you should be covered...but extra green tea can’t hurt, and it tastes awesome, so go for it!

5.     Avoid food cooked on high heat. I’ll admit, BBQ chicken, wings, and cajun-blackened Salmon are some of life’s greatest pleasures. But food cooked at that high of a heat – anything seared, blackened, braised, etc. – is overflowing with AGE products. Have these only on special occasions (in other words, when your mom makes BBQ chicken and you haven’t seen her in 3 months, eat the chicken!). The rest of the time, cook with water-based methods and you’ll be fine.

a.     Cook food low and slow. You don’t have to give up cooked meat! Here’s the thing to remember: Higher temperatures will create more AGE products, and lower temperatures will create less.

b.     There’s no “magic number” of AGE products you should or shouldn’t eat – you should just be doing your best to lower the amount you take in, as much and as often as possible.

c.     Whenever possible, bake meats at a lower heat with some water in the pan, rather than broiling or pan-frying in high heat.

d.     Use water as a medium. AGEs will not be created when you cook with water.

i.     Try various stews, curries, soups, and more,

ii.     Pro-tip: There are tons of delicious Thai and Indian recipes that are cooked in either water or coconut milk. The liquids should help drastically cut out AGE formation.

e.     Learn to eat your steaks rare or medium-rare (this means they’ve been cooked to a lower temperature, and I personally think this tastes better anyway) rather than ordering it “well done.”

Here’s the bottom line...

If you EAT REAL FOOD, keep the amount of high-heat cooked foods in your diet low, and the amount of liquid-based foods high, you’re unlikely to be taking in dangerous levels of AGE products.


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I’m back — still alive ;)


February 18, 2015 by Sayan

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I am back in the states now after a whirlwind trip through India.

I actually returned last week but have been battling a bad stomach bug and overall fatigue...

(This is what happens when you eat super spicy food against everyone's warning AND travel through 4 cities, 6 flights, multiple motor boats and :gasp: rowboats, and 15 "events"/plans....all in just 12 days.)

I'm also just getting over the fact that my group and I almost died :/

We were on a "night safari" through the Sunderban Tiger Reserve (part of the ginormous Sunderman Mangrove Forest near Calcutta, India)...

...and the river we were rowing on narrowed into a tiny little stream, out of nowhere.

Next thing we know we were slogging through the dense, thick mangrove forest, and literally pushing off trees to get leverage/speed.

And then we got stuck :(

Stuck in the middle of a forest full of Bengal Tigers, Crocodiles, poisonous Cobras and god knows what else.

So much for a quiet night.

Anyway, our boat was stuck for a good 15 minutes before our captain jumped out of the boat and hung onto the trees while pushing the boat free.

But we weren't done yet...

There was another 20+ minutes of rowing through this narrow stream at an increasingly slower rate.

It got so bad that the captain starting praying "Hare Krishna" as loud as possible.

Apparently the loud noises would let the tigers know there was human activity nearby...hopefully making them stay away and not eat us alive!

Fun stuff ;)

Anyway, the good thing is we made it out alive...

And the rest of the trip was a blast.

Most importantly I saw ALL of my family from India (yes there are many of them...grandpa, cousins, aunts/uncles, you name it)...after 7+ years without visiting :(

And now I'm back and ready to get you some KILLER fat loss & longevity tips and tricks.

I had planned on writing you daily or at least 3x a week while I was abroad...but due to a jam-packed schedule and hard-to-find internet connections that did not happen as planned.

Sorry about that!

Moving on...

Today I want to quickly remind you of the 3 most important steps to follow for rapid fat loss.

(I know how confusing it can be when everyone is telling you something different. So I'm going to break this down to steps that simply WORKED for myself and multiple InvigorateNOW clients)

***

Fat Loss Success Step 1: Use Strategic Carb Cycling

==> Simply eat lower carbs on rest days or light cardio days...and eat moderate/high carbs on your heavy workout days. You can make this even simple by doing 3 low-carb days followed by 1 high carb, followed by 3 low carb days, etc.

==> Men should eat about 75 grams of carbs on their low carb days and women about 50g (about 1 cup of rice).

==> On moderate/high carbs days, bump this to about .75-1 gram per lb of bodyweight. So if you weigh 200 lbs, on your "high carb days" you'll eat 150-200 grams of carbs (on the higher end if male, lower end if female)

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Fat Loss Success Step 2: Use Metabolic Burst Workouts

==> Burst workouts are bodyweight interval style workouts or circuit workouts. Basically work out hard and FAST. You'll want to do intense workouts that get your heart pumped, supercharge your metabolism, burn lots of fat...and you want these to last no more than 15-20 minutes

==> I usually do 15-20 reps of each of these exercises in a circuit (no rest between exercises)...rest 1 minute after, and repeat 3-4x.

==> My favorite exercises are pushups or knee pushups, squats, chair dips (if my shoulders feel OK), total body extensions, and mountain climbers. Add a 60-second plank hold to the end of each circuit.

==> I also add in 50-75 light reps of Ketllebell swings, and 2 sets of 10-15 Kettlebell shoulder presses...you can do the same if you have kettlebells or dumbbells at home

****

Fat Loss Success Step 3: Use Science-Backed, All-Natural Supplements

==> Reduce the 3 hidden fat triggers with a smart supplementation protocol

==> I'm biased of course, but based on our research and experience, the must-haves are InvigorateNOW Full Spectrum Fat Loss, InvigorateNOW Probiotic Power, InvigorateNOW Omega Miracle TG (natural fish oil), as well as a protein shake source.

==> For protein, I switch between Biotrust, Optimum Nutrition, and Garden of Life (vegan protein -- better on your stomach if you have issues with whey)

==> I also use Vitamin D3 and ZMA (zinc magnesium aspartate), the latter of which helps with sleep.

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OK, I gotta run...but hope that helps.

Talk soon,
Sayan


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Shocking UPenn & Stanford study results


December 31, 2014 by Sayan

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Hey, do you have a second? Have something new to share with you.

Before I get into it, I just wanted to say...

I hope you thoroughly enjoyed the holidays, and are looking forward to an amazing 2015!

(I know I did -- and that's why you haven't heard from me in a bit. I took some relaxing time off to recharge and start prepping some really COOL stuff for you this coming year.)

And I wanted to get started with this...

You see, I've been thinking about you (not like that ;)...and your long-term weight goals.

And I was wondering...

After you get rid of all the extra flab on your belly, butt, thighs, and arms, and after you burn 10, 25, even 50+ lbs...

...what's your plan to keep the weight off for good?

If you're like most men and women, you'll gain all the weight back (and then some) within the next year.

I'm sorry, but it's the truth.

You'll see what I mean with the 2 weight loss studies below. It might not be what you want to hear, but I knew I had to share it with you.

One of these studies was run by a PhD clinical director at an Ivy League university, and the other was conducted at one of the best non-Ivy's in America.

Rebound Weight Gain Study #1: An Ivy League University of Pennsylvania study found that 65% of dieters returned to their pre-dieting weight within three years

Rebound Weight Gain Study #2: A Stanford University clinical study found that an astonishing 95% of people on a crash diet gained back ALL of the weight they lost it

Wow.

95% of people will regain the weight they lost.

That is INSANE.

The good news is, we now know WHY this happens.

You see, one of the most important reasons you'll face rebound weight gain issues is your hormones.

In particular, there are 3 hormonal and metabolic "fat triggers" that you MUST avoid if you want to lose weight rapidly and keep it off for good.

If you don't know how to control these 3 triggers, you will slowly but surely fall back into your old patterns.

And beyond damaging your physical appearance, sex appeal and overall health, this rebound weight gain will wreak havoc on your self esteem, confidence and self worth.

Trust me. I've been there more times than I'd like to admit, and it is not a fun place to be.

The good thing is:

1. These 3 fat triggers are easy to understand, especially with the visual diagrams on this page.

2. There are 3 secret steps that stop the triggers, and they are SIMPLE, easy to follow and take just a few minutes.

Heck, one of the secrets -- the GLP-1 "switch" -- takes you just 13 seconds.

Cool stuff, huh?

Just choose any of the 3 options below and get started:

==> STOP these 3 hidden fat triggers
==> RAPIDLY burn off belly fat
==> PREVENT rebound weight gain

Give that a "test-drive" and let me know what you think!

- Sayan


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Why Girl Scout cookies are MUCH worse than you thought


December 14, 2014 by Sayan

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Ever had Tagalongs?Those tasty Girl Scout cookies...I was reading an article recently about the Girl Scouts expanding to the internet.

Great news for them...

But not so great news for my sweet tooth :)

The good thing is I've sworn off those cookies for a while now, mostly because of all the toxic sugar hiding in them...

But, there's also another "in-the-know" reason I've sworn off them.

You see, besides being loaded with sugar...

There are some sneaky little fats hiding in Girl Scouts cookies (and 99% of other cookies) that most Americans think are healthy!

First...here's the ingredient list in Tagalongs Girl Scout Cookies:

Peanuts, sugar, vegetable oil (partially hydrogenated palm, palm kernel and/or cottonseed oil, soybean and palm oil, hydrogenated palm, soybean and cottonseed oil), enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate [vitamin B1], riboflavin [vitamin B2], folic acid), dextrose, cocoa powder, contains two percent or less of invert sugar, salt, cornstarch, soy lecithin, leavening (baking soda, monocalcium phosphate), natural and artificial flavor, whey.

What sticks out to me?

Well, everything sticks out because these cookies are loaded with junk ;)

But in particular...

Vegetable oil, cottonseed oil, soybean oil

These oils, believe it or not, cause massive inflammation in the delicate lining of our cells...

...especially in the digestive/GI tract.

How?

These fats are industrially-processed at very high levels of heat..

..and the polyunsaturated fats in these become "oxidized" (aka go rancid) at these high temperatures.

And when fats go "rancid", they turn into artificial trans fat.

(Trans fats are widely known as one of the DEADLIEST fats on the planet, and they can lead to nearly every major disease on the planet.)

On top of that, the high-heat manufacturing process uses the toxic solvent hexane, traces of which are left in oils and enter your body upon consumption.

If you want protection against these, one of the most important things you can do is to...

==> STOP toxic "invaders", CONTROL inflammation, and MELT stubborn fat

By the way...

Do not skip this step if you want long-term health, and of course, a lean fit body.

Why?

Because chronic inflammation is ONE of the three triggers that will bring fat loss to a HALT. (No matter how "good" the rest of your diet is or no matter how much you workout.)

And sure eating cookies isn't so great for your health...

But the reality is these deadly, inflammation-promotion oils are hiding in nearly EVERY processed food out there.

That's why is it so important to actually eat real food.

So stick to the perimeter in the supermarket...

Stock up on meat/fish, veggies, some fruit, and some gluten-free/wheat-free grains.

As for your oils?

Stick to LOW Omega 6 oils/fats:

Use organic coconut oil (for medium heat cooking)Use extra virgin olive oil (for low heat cooking and any salad dressings)Use ghee, grass-fed butter, and naturally-raised lard, tallow and other saturated fats (for high heat cooking)

(FYI: Numerous studies prove saturated fats do not cause heart disease or obesity, so don't let a fear of fats stop you from trying the ones above.)

Let me know how you get along with these "new" additions to your diet.

And most importantly...

Don't forget to use this:

==> Simple solution to STOP inflammation from the "deadly" fats in your diet

Talk soon.

- Sayan


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Your #1 Fat Loss Problem


March 30, 2014 by Sayan

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We diet, we exercise, we do all the right things.

Except we forget about what I call a "toxic onslaught".

You've definitely heard of some of the ones I'm about to share with you, but not all of them...

And there's a 99.9% chance you don't have them all "handled".

Why does this matter?

Well chemicals & toxins easily get "trapped" in your fat cells...

They cause deep inflammation in the GI tract which makes you bloated, cramped, sprinting to the toilet, and more.

Plus, this inflammation causes leaky gut syndrome.

Basically, if you have a "leaky gut", tiny holes are created in your GI tract.

From these holes, a flood of toxins, chemicals and partially digested food seep into your bloodstream.

The result? A massive inflammatory and immune response that attacks everything entering your body.

Besides the fact that doctors are now recognizing this as one of the underlying causes of ALL major diseases...

This is closely tied in with the 3 fat triggers (especially #2 and #3).

This is what you MUST fix if you want to burn fat, firm up, and feel great...fast.

Here are 13 toxins keeping you from a thinner, happier you:

1. Processed, GMO-contaminated foods (anything made with non-organic wheat, corn and soy)

2. Blood-sugar spiking foods & allergens (including most wheat & gluten products)

3. Pesticides/insecticides in fruit and vegetables and hydrogenated oils

4. Estrogen, antibiotics and powerful hormones in meat

5. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in Aluminum Pans and Teflon/non-stick cookware

6. Toxic air contaminants (11, to be exact) in paraffin candles and benzene chemicals in air fresheners

7. Airborne & environmental pollutants (from vehicular emissions, factories, residual smoke, and other sources).

8. Parabens, propylene glycol, and other toxins hiding in skin care products (even "natural" ones)

9. Petrochemicals in everyday cleaning sprays, detergents, and air fresheners

10. Mold spores in damp, dark corners of our homes and stuffy, unfiltered indoor air (breeding ground for respiratory problems)

11. Formaldehyde in furniture and carcinogens in building materials

12. Chlorine, fluoride and 300+ chemicals in our water supply

13. Bisphenol-A (BPA) hidden in the seals of all canned foods, and found in plastics -- the particularly dangerous ones are plastic #3,6, and 7 on the plastic resin chart (#1,2,4 and 5 are a little better)

Now, sure, you might have some of these "weak points" covered.

You may avoid wheat, gluten and other allergens...and eat certified organic (therefore avoiding GMOs). You may have high-quality reverse osmosis water filters and the best air filters money can buy. And you might even bathe and wash in 100% natural (even homemade) products.

But with the state of our modern world, there's very little chance you're 100% in the clear.

Heck, unless you're out in the wilderness in a hand-built log cabin and living off the land...you're almost guaranteed to be exposed to millions of toxins the second you walk outside.

I know you don't want to hear that, and that it even sounds "crazy", but it's true.

And if you're smart, you'll want to reduce as many of these as possible.

And you'll want to have extra protection, with herbs that reduce toxic inflammation, protect the liver, and speed up fat burning.

Get 'em here:

==> Fix Your #1 Fat Loss Problem

Adios,

Sayan Sarkar


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Destroy THIS fat trigger in 14 days


March 20, 2014 by Sayan

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I'll keep this one short & sweet.

Just gonna give you actionable steps to clear the JUNK out of your diet.

To stick to the essentials...

And remove one of the three big "fat triggers" keeping you from the body you want -- and deserve.

In as little as 14 days!

Without further ado, here's...

How to destroy insulin resistance through diet.

Goal--> Spend 2 weeks or more removing all carbs, except non-starchy veggies and low-sugar fruits from your diet.

- Eat protein (generally from naturally raised fish, meat or eggs) at every meal
- Eat healthy fats (from your protein and/or coconut oil, olive oil & grass-fed butter
- Eat green veggies at every meal
- Remove rice, pasta, bread, potatoes and other standard carb sources
- Remove high-sugar fruits and starchy veggies such as corn, peas, and carrots
- Enjoy 2-3 servings of low-sugar fruits (I prefer apples, blueberries or strawberries)


And before you go all crazy on this relatively strict dieting...

Go ALL out 1x per week.

Have a big meal or two that's heavy in starchy carbs (rice, potatoes, etc.), and has some of your favorite snacks & sweets too.

Do this preferably after a good workout when your body needs a replenishing energy source.

Just make sure your breakfast is healthy and includes a good chunk of protein, a bit of fat & some veggies.

And if you want some pancakes on the side of that?

Go for it!

Think of it as "ME" day...

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I personally spent about 12 weeks on this plan.

My insulin resistance was pretty bad, being that I was still 40+ pounds overweight and I seemed to plateau every time I introduced too many carbs into my diet.

You'll have to test it out yourself, but at a bare minimum you'll need 2 weeks to jumpstart the insulin resistance turnaround.

If you have more weight to lose than most, your insulin resistance is likely at a more advanced stage.

So spend some more time eating this way, and watch as your weight loss skyrockets!

And of course, I wouldn't be your trusted health advocate if I didn't let you know about my done-for-you solution to...

===> Supercharge your insulin sensitivity and remove all 3 fat triggers!

Happy First Day of Spring!

Sayan Sarkar


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The darker the berry, the sweeter the juice


March 18, 2014 by Sayan

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How true do you think this statement is?

(And before I continue, I'm talking about food! Get your head outta the gutter...)

"The darker the berry, the sweeter the juice".

Sounds like a crock of you-know-what to me.

I mean, I'm pretty sure I had blackberries last week and they were NOT sweet.

And, I had blueberries yesterday...still NOT sweet.

I mean yeah they're good for you and taste alright, but sweet? Not so much.

Maybe I'm just buying the ones that aren't ripe yet...

But I digress.

Let me get to the nitty gritty on...

FRUIT!

And to dig even deeper, the type of sugar in fruit, which is the now-infamous "Fructose".

Unless you're living under a rock, you've heard how bad High Fructose Corn Syrup is.

It's a cheap type of sugar that most manufacturers put in soft drinks, juices, and junk foods....

And it's even hiding in MOST types of bread and processed goods. (Just look on the ingredient panel...it's usually the 2nd ingredient in bread...WTF!)

But the interesting thing is fructose is ALSO the type of sugar that's in good ol' fruit!

Now I won't tell you fruit itself is bad (it's not).

But I will tell you there's some evidence to suggest that very high fruit intake for overweight/obese types is not so good after all.

Here's why:

Fructose is a special type of sugar that the body converts into liver glycogen, which is a carb-energy stored in the liver.

The problem is: when we eat too many fructose-rich foods, the limited amount of storage space in our liver is filled to the brim.

And since many of us don't work out, this energy keeps piling up in the liver.

So...very similar to the carb-overload that causes insulin resistance in your muscles (and leads to fat gain)...

This excess fructose causes an overflow in the liver's very small glycogen storage space.

And with nowhere else to go, it is converted into liver fat.

This is the type of fat widely known to lead to fatty liver disease, diabetes, obesity, and various other health problems.

What can you do about it (if you want to lose weight)?

Keep fruit IN your diet for the phytonutrients, antioxidants, and all the other good stuff.

BUT don't have any more than 2-3 pieces a day.

Your liver needs a limited amount of glycogen every day, and the 2-3 pieces a day will replenish your body without taxing your liver.

Heck, I cut out fruit intake completely at various points of my 76 pound weight loss.

But me + any carb/sugar = fat gain...and we're not all alike.

You'll simply have to experiment with it yourself.

And for now, if your diet is NOT free of excess fructose (a.k.a. you're still eating processed foods)...

You'll want to check out my "flat belly solution" here:

===> How to flush out "trapped" fat, remove toxins, cleanse the liver

Sayan Sarkar


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The Sneaky Hormone Making You Fat and Sick


March 15, 2013 by Sayan

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Ever wonder how the nutrients in your food (especially carbs) get to your cells?

And how your body decides whether to turn the nutrients into lean, healthy muscle...or sloppy, ugly fat?

Oh, you haven't wondered, you say?

Well too bad, you're gonna find out anyway!

(And if you're smart about it, you'll act on this IMMEDIATELY if you want to lose fat).

Let's jump into it.

The sneaky hormone that partially controls your fat vs. muscle storage is...

Insulin!

It moves/shuttles nutrients (like carbs) (and also protein) into your cells to be stored for energy.

(Note: While protein does ramp up insulin, it also increases "glucagon", a hormone that basically has the OPPOSITE effect of insulin. This is why moderate to high protein diets can help cause rapid fat loss, despite high insulin output).

Anyway, when you eat excess carbs, insulin production increases to "deal with" these nutrients

Most times, though, there is so much insulin trying to force your way into your cells that your cells literally "resist" the flow...

And a condition called "insulin resistance" develops.

Insulin resistance can lead to unwanted fat gain, diabetes onset, and (alongside chronic inflammation) seems to play a role in MOST major diseases.

==> Stop Insulin Resistance (and 2 other fat triggers) here

The real problem here is: For years, we've been eating toxic, high carb foods (and factory-made industrial fats)...

(As a result of people being told to "run away" from naturally raised meats and eggs, and other healthy fats, and instead eat high-sugar, low fat processed grains)...

And this high carb intake is converted to "glycogen", which is basically a form of carb-based energy.

And this carb-based energy is NEVER used up

That's because most of us spend long hours at the office behind a desk, followed by a (sometimes dreadful) commute home (while sitting down of course), and a high-carb/insulin spiking meal to end the day.

We keep stuffing in more carbs...giving our body no chance to "use" or "dispose" of it properly.

---> As a result, we end up storing tons of fat. Here's the process in a nutshell:

1) Our insulin-resistant cells can not tolerate many extra nutrients from carbohydrates.

2) Since we're continuing to eat tons of carbs, we keep pumping out insulin....and our cells decide to fight back, and store the excess as fat.

3) As body fat increases, insulin resistance further increases.

4) Insulin resistance combines with various toxins & chemicals from our meals, environments, and more....making chronic inflammation in our body 10x worse.

5) With less nutrients being shuttled into your cells, you stay hungry and/or get hungry soon after a meal.

6) Since you're hungry, you eat even more carbs (that your cells still will not tolerate) and end up causing further fat gain.

Well that sucks, doesn't it?

Yep, it does.

Here's what to do about it!!

1. Reduce carb intake to a manageable level (50-100 grams per day is a good point for most. Women eat closer to 50-75 and men closer to 100)

2. Keep it organic, grass-fed, pasture-raised and all that good stuff. The less toxins, hormones and chemicals in our food...the less liver clogging & less chronic inflammation...and the less fat gain.

3. Use "smart" herbs like the ones in InvigorateNOW that control insulin around meals, cut out inflammation and cleanse the liver (your fat-burning filter). With these proven herbs, you also won't have to be as "perfect" with your diet, and you'll still see great results.

===> CONTROL the "movement" hormone today

Well, I'm off to enjoy this gorgeous 60 degree NYC weather! (Before it drops down to 30 Monday...wtf!)

Til next time,

Sayan "Just Made Insulin My (Fill In The Blank)" Sarkar


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#1 "Deadly" Fat Loss Mistake (How I Broke a 5+ Month Plateau)


March 14, 2014 by Sayan

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Let me ask you a question...

Do you make this deadly mistake in your fat loss journey?

Following a diet or nutrition plan, without understanding *why* or *how* it works.

Or following a plan, without taking an objective look at it?

===> How I Broke a 5+ Month Plateau

I see this problem far too often.

I also made this mistake when I was first starting out.

You see, back in Fall of 2010, I read a great blog post by NY Times bestselling author Tim Ferriss (from the "4 Hour" books) that advocated a simple diet plan to follow.

The post was written very well, and got straight to the point, and I ate it up (figuratively...and literally).

It told me to do the following:
- Leave out all the processed sugar
- Leave out white flour
- Leave out the liquid calories.
- Leave out fruits

And instead, to focus on:
- Eating lean proteins
- Eating healthy fats
- Eating unlimited beans
- Eating unlimited veggies


I was also allowed cheats like nut butters, artificial sweeteners here and there, and a full cheat day once a week.

All in all, it was a very solid plan, and it worked very well for me in the beginning.

It gave me that first "ray of light" in my weight loss journey, and helped me cut 30 pounds.

I also saw major improvements in shoulder and lower back pain...

(I was recovering from 2 torn rotator cuffs and a slipped disk in my back...it's a long story).

---> But then, out of nowhere, the *light* completely shut off.

After losing 30 pounds, I still had 45+ to go...and the scale stopped moving.

After a few months of success on my processed-food free, beans- galore nutrition plan...I had officially hit a plateau.

It was incredibly painful to experience, especially since the plateau lasted for OVER 5 MONTHS!

The good part? I gained a ton of self-esteem and confidence during that period (which I sorely lacked in my obese years).

And so I decided that I would lose the rest of the weight AND determine a foolproof plan for fat loss, NO MATTER WHAT.

More importantly, I would understand WHY and HOW a diet worked (or didn't work)...

And I would learn how to manipulate all the variables so weight loss was more of a...

Foolproof formula!

I left nothing up to chance....

No more guesstimates.

No more "let me eat some healthy food and see what happens".

And no more "let me blindly follow this plan because a celebrity says it works".

I hit the books, articles, research papers...you name it.

And hidden in the 700+ (and counting) research pieces I read...

I discovered 3 very important fat loss secrets...

3 "Triggers", if you will....

That you MUST remove if you want to burn fat and get the lean, sexy body that makes the neighbors jealous.

Yep THAT kinda body.

The kind that turns heads, drops jaws, and WOWS everyone you know.

If you want to know what these 3 secrets are...

And if you want to finally understand "why" and "how" permanent weight loss works, click below to learn more.

===> The 3 Hidden Fat Triggers (Don't Do These!)

Stay warm (it's gonna be in the 20s in the Northeast tomorrow!),

Sayan Sarkar


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My brutal rejection at the beach


March 11, 2014 by Sayan

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I was out on a family roadtrip a few years back when I suffered one of the most embarrassing weight setbacks of my life.

Let me tell you how it all started.

My family and I had drove down from New York, spent a few days in the gorgeous Smoky Mountains, and then made our way over to Myrtle Beach in South Carolina.

We were going to stay for 2 days and then drive back up the East Coast to NYC.

It started off great.

After checking into our hotel around noon, we hit up one of the 9 hole courses in town. (Myrtle Beach is known for its golf.)

I schooled the family with skills I learned in my senior year golf course at Penn State. (Granted it's not a huge accomplishment winning against your untrained mom and brother, but hey I'll take what I can get:)

Anyway, where were we.

Right.

Being rejected at the beach.

So after golf, we headed over to the boardwalk to relax and grab some ice cream.

I waited on line with my brother, planning to pick up 4 sundaes for the family.

There was a group of 3 or 4 pretty girls in front of us and I heard them giggling at each other.

I looked up to see what so funny, and saw to my horror that one of the girls was staring at me and laughing uncontrollably.

She then turned her back to me and whispered to her friend:

"Oh My God. He's So Fat! Hahaha."

I had never been so embarrassed in my life.

Her "whisper" sounded like it came from speakers the size of Mount Rushmore.

Their laughs made me want to crawl into a shell and never come out again.

And their disgusted looks made me feel like I was barely human.

It's one thing knowing I could hide at home with my cakes, candies and TV.

But with this latest humiliation, I realized I couldn't even go OUTSIDE without being treated like a 2nd class citizen.

And sure, it's unlikely most people will react to overweight & obese people like those girls did.

But it's a fact that "heavy" people aren't treated the same way by others:

* Sex & relationships (how often does the fat guy or girl get the attractive, fit, fun person they desire?)* The workplace (yes, research proves overweight people make less money than their equally-skilled but skinny counterparts)* Customer service (Truth is: I get 100x better service in stores, restaurants, and just about anywhere now that I'm a fit, handsome man. Back in my obese days? I'd be lucky if the attendant or waiter even looked my way.)

So what did I learn from all this?

Well, truth be told, this "rejection" made me spiral down for a bit.

But it also set the stage for an amazing transformation.

Because after continuing to eat junk & be lazy for another 3 months or so, I started testing out a diet plan that helped me drop about 30 pounds.

And soon after, discovered 18 select herbs & vitamins that I used alongside my simple diet...

To drop another 46 pounds!

If you want to learn more about these "miracle" herbs & my simple diet, check out the link below:

===> #1 Plan for Rapid Fat Loss

Sayan Sarkar

P.S. The herbal formula at the link above comes with a FREE copy of my 14 Day Rapid Results Plan.

Trust me -- if you want to lose weight and get in the best shape of your life, you'll want access to this plan.


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NEVER eat too much of this "healthy" fat


March 4, 2014 by Sayan

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Ever had Tagalongs -- those delicious Girl Scout cookies?

They are uhh-mazing!

Had 'em for the first time today, and I was blown away to say the least.

I mean, cookies covered in peanut butter and layered with chocolate...just makes me wanna buy a whole nother box!

Now, as good as these cookies taste, they're of course not the best for our weight goals.

But you already knew cookies aren't "good" for you. And you know they're loaded with sugar.

What you may not have known is...there are some sneaky little fats hiding in these cookies (and most cookies) that 95% of Americans think are healthy!

Here's the ingredient list in Tagalongs Girl Scout Cookies:

Peanuts, sugar, vegetable oil (partially hydrogenated palm, palm kernel and/or cottonseed oil, soybean and palm oil, hydrogenated palm, soybean and cottonseed oil), enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate [vitamin B1], riboflavin [vitamin B2], folic acid), dextrose, cocoa powder, contains two percent or less of invert sugar, salt, cornstarch, soy lecithin, leavening (baking soda, monocalcium phosphate), natural and artificial flavor, whey.

What sticks out to me?

Vegetable oil, cottonseed oil, soybean oil!

These oils, believe it or not, are all industrially-processed at very high heat and cause massive damage to our bodies

And they cause massive inflammation in the delicate lining of our cells (especially in the digestive/GI tract -- which can bring fat loss to a HALT)

It all comes down to the high amount of Omega 6 fatty acids in these oils. (as opposed to good-for-you Omega 3 levels)

You see, most Americans have a ratio of Omega 6 to Omega 3 of around 20:1, whereas the ideal ratio is between 4:1 and 2:1.

Not everyone realizes this, but, Omega 6?s are found just about everywhere...

From heavily processed foods and refined grains to commercially raised meats, and many often-used cooking oils (soybean, vegetable, corn, sunflower, etc - again they may sound good, but they are NOT good for your body).

On the other hand, Omega 3?s are the good fats found in certain oils, naturally raised meats, beans/legumes, oily fish, and some nuts.

Step 1 here is learning how to COOK right, and how to CHOOSE foods without these oils in them!

(A.k.a. steer clear of the Tagalongs next time like I will!)

So what oils do you want?

Stick to LOW Omega 6 fat and medium/high Omega 3's:

- Use organic coconut oil (for medium heat cooking)- Use extra virgin olive oil (for low heat cooking and any salad dressings)- Use ghee, grass-fed butter, and naturally-raised lard, tallow and other saturated fats (for high heat cooking)

(We'll discuss this another time, but studies prove saturated fats do not cause heart disease or obesity, so don't worry.)

For example, my favorite treats these days are Trader Joe's Organic Popcorn, made with just organic popcorn, olive oil, and sea salt...delicious!

And I was really fond of the Quinoa Chocolate Chip Cookies with coconut oil, which I would get from the health food store nearby my apartment back in NYC.

Sure, they're not always easy to find, but check the ingredients list on foods in your local health food store, and you're bound to find some good stuff.

And, before I forget...

Don't leave the house without this simple solution to get rid of the inflammation causing your spare tire...in as little as 14 days.

Sayan Sarkar

P.S. You can also try some of these healthy low Omega 6 and medium/high Omega 3 oils:

- Avocado Oil
- Coconut Oil/Milk
- Macadamia Nut Oil
- Sesame Oil
- Red Palm Oil
- Walnut Oil

If you can't replace your current oils with one or more of the ones listed above, make sure you use this "13-second supplement" to combat unwanted inflammation.


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Disturbing things I heard at brunch yesterday


February 15, 2014 by Sayan

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Oh boy...

So it was about 2 o' clock in the afternoon yesterday and I was with some friends at this lounge called Pranna.

We were there to celebrate my friend's birthday (she's turning 26), and figured we might as well "go hard or go home"...

And what better place to do it than Pranna, which is basically a huge NYC lounge/nightclub turned insane "boozy brunch party" in the day time.

Now, the place isn't exactly known for their brunch food, as opposed to their bass-thumping party vibe...

But nonetheless, I was pretty excited looking over all the delicious entrees on the menu.

And while I was looking over all these delicious entrees...

I overhead a very disturbing conversation at a table nearby us.

It was a group of late 20s or early 30s women, and they had just finished ordering.

As their waiter walked off, they started to talk about what each girl had ordered.

One said to the other, "I was really craving those crab cakes, but I decided to just get the chef salad. Trying to stay healthy!"

Her friend turned and said "OMG those crab cakes sounded delicious right? But yeah same here...I'm on another diet so I just got the yogurt & granola starter. All the entrees sounded too fattening."

Then all the other girls chimed in. It was 7 of them total, and I kid you not...they all said variations of the SAME thing.

They were ALL on another new diet.

They were ALL worried about eating "fattening" foods.

And they were ALL depriving themselves of the foods they loved and craved, just to try and save a few calories. (Which they more than made up with the bottomless drinks anyway.)

Anyway, why am I telling you this?

Well, for the whole 10 minutes or so that the girls loudly discussed their food choices...

I decided on EXACTLY what I would eat that would help me stay lean and fit come tomorrow.

I got the "Old Fashioned Cheeseburger" (medium-rare) with Fries.

Now if that shocks you, then you've got a lot to learn my friend...

You see, it's time like these that I am SO grateful that I know exactly how to manipulate nutrition, and how to eat the foods I love...and still look great the next day.

And I'll keep doing it this way for a very, very long time...because it works!

I'll never again waste time starving myself, or eating bland salads every single day, or skipping out on delicious meals with the people I love...just to save a measly pound.

And it's all because of a little discovery I made about 3 years ago, that lets me eat delicious, but healthy foods 24/7 AND eat junk foods whenever I want AND still burn fat "automatically".

The only "work" part here is knowing my "numbers" every day and taking my daily supplement to keep underlying fat triggers at bay.

What about you?

Do you lose fat and stay fit automatically, any time you want and as often as you want?

Do you fit in your favorite "junk" foods whenever you want and still lose weight?

Or do you restrict yourself left and right like the girls I saw in the restaurant today?

If you answered "no" to those first 2 questions, and/or "yes" to the last question, then you have GOT TO check out my InvigorateNOW supplement and 14 Day Plan.

I teach you the very method I've used to eat junk (a lot), and still stay thin and happy year round.

Eliminate strict dieting here: https://invigoratenow.com/how-invigoratenow-helps-preferred-customer-club-v3-product/

Sayan Sarkar


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Why "anti-social" fitness works


February 13, 2014 by Sayan

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You hear about them everywhere.

You may even be a devout "believer" in them.

Going 2, 3, 4 even 5x per week.

Beating your body to a bloody pulp.

And (hopefully) coming out leaner, fitter, more defined.

Of course, I'm talking about the workout trend of the decade.

I say "decade" because most of these trends start small, getbig quick, and drop off within 7-10 years.

It happened to Aerobics in the 80s.

High-rep bodybuilding in the 90s.

P90x in the 2000s

And Crossfit now (in the 2010s).

Of course, there's a certain "power" behind all these trends...

It's their power of persuasion.

Their ability to make you believe you need a class.

That you need "this program" or "this technique".

That, without their "super-synchronized-unilateral-muscular-hypertrophic(insert more B.S.) workout style", you'll never see results.

Of course, this is far from the truth.

The actual truth is..."anti-social" fitness works.

The kind of fitness where you do WHATEVER you want, as long as you're moving.

Walking, lifting, golfing, swimming, yoga...whatever.

Forget the naysayers, TV infomercials, and flashy new gym classes.

Do what makes you feel GOOD.

Let me put it this way...

Why do you think every single workout (and every single dietfor that matter) has legions of fans, followers, and success stories?

It's because they ALL work (to an extent).

You could do Crossfit, P90x, Cardio, you name it...it'll work,assuming you eat for YOUR body.

But if you don't do this...

You can expect tons of hard exercise and NO results.

It happened to me for 8 and a half years.

And it can happen to you too.

You're better off learning the smart, proven way to guarantee results...

And instead of getting sold on a $150/month flashy workout trend...

Use an "anti-social" plan, chock full of workouts for the home,gym, outside...

(Or really, just do whatever you want as long as you're on asmart diet & non-stimulant supplement plan).

If you want to see the exact anti social program I use and that hashelped my "inner-circle" clients get in shape fast...

In a way that is fun and never boring, check out my 14 Day Rapid Results Plan (free with all supplement purchases)

It's fast.

It's effective.

And, it has worked to slim down and firm up both "beer belly" menand "muffin top" women often in 14 days or less.

See how here:

https://invigoratenow.com/how-invigoratenow-helps-preferred-customer-club-v3-product/

Sayan Sarkar


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How to kill cravings and STOP emotional eating


February 12, 2014 by Sayan

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You hear about them everywhere.

You may even be a devout "believer" in them.

Going 2, 3, 4 even 5x per week.

Beating your body to a bloody pulp.

And (hopefully) coming out leaner, fitter, more defined.

Of course, I'm talking about the workout trend of the decade.

I say "decade" because most of these trends start small, getbig quick, and drop off within 7-10 years.

It happened to Aerobics in the 80s.

High-rep bodybuilding in the 90s.

P90x in the 2000s

And Crossfit now (in the 2010s).

Of course, there's a certain "power" behind all these trends...

It's their power of persuasion.

Their ability to make you believe you need a class.

That you need "this program" or "this technique".

That, without their "super-synchronized-unilateral-muscular-hypertrophic(insert more B.S.) workout style", you'll never see results.

Of course, this is far from the truth.

The actual truth is..."anti-social" fitness works.

The kind of fitness where you do WHATEVER you want, as long as you're moving.

Walking, lifting, golfing, swimming, yoga...whatever.

Forget the naysayers, TV infomercials, and flashy new gym classes.

Do what makes you feel GOOD.

Let me put it this way...

Why do you think every single workout (and every single dietfor that matter) has legions of fans, followers, and success stories?

It's because they ALL work (to an extent).

You could do Crossfit, P90x, Cardio, you name it...it'll work,assuming you eat for YOUR body.

But if you don't do this...

You can expect tons of hard exercise and NO results.

It happened to me for 8 and a half years.

And it can happen to you too.

You're better off learning the smart, proven way to guarantee results...

And instead of getting sold on a $150/month flashy workout trend...

Use an "anti-social" plan, chock full of workouts for the home,gym, outside...

(Or really, just do whatever you want as long as you're on asmart diet & non-stimulant supplement plan).

If you want to see the exact anti social program I use and that hashelped my "inner-circle" clients get in shape fast...

In a way that is fun and never boring, check out my 14 Day Rapid Results Plan (free with all supplement purchases)

It's fast.

It's effective.

And, it has worked to slim down and firm up both "beer belly" menand "muffin top" women often in 14 days or less.

See how here:

https://invigoratenow.com/how-invigoratenow-helps-preferred-customer-club-v3-product/

Sayan Sarkar


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#1 success secret no one talks about [celeb advice]


February 10, 2014 by Sayan

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There's one secret to my success that most "wannabes" NEVER have in their lives.

It's a "method to the madness" that's helped me STOP doing the same thing over and over again...(and expecting a different result)

It comes down to having someone (or something) that keeps me on track 24/7.

Truth is, I would have never made it...

Never lost 17 pounds in 30 days...

And never lost 76 pounds in total...

Without these 3 influential "mentors"!

1) Tim Ferriss (the man behind the "4 Hour" books & NY times bestselling series)

2) John Romaniello (NYC Celebrity Trainer, Fitness Model, and bestselling author of "Alpha 2.0")

3) 700+ nutrition articles, books, & research papers...(yes, a "mentor" does NOT just have to be a person)

And from these mentors, I learned a few simple but POWERFUL weight loss secrets...

1a) Tim's writing taught me the power of cutting out processed, refined foods for fast results

1b) In speaking with Tim in person 2x last year (first at his book signing, and second, at John Romaniello's book release party in Chelsea -- which was a freakin' awesome time)...I learned the power of modeling success.

Tim specifically said to look at the BEST of the best...and see how they've been successful, and do what they do.

This advice is golden.

Basically: Don't try and reinvent the wheel.

You'll just spend half your life chasing a goal which you may never even reach.

Instead, get the secrets from someone's who been there and done it already.

You'll be amazed at the results.

2) John "Roman" Romaniello taught me the power of strategic exercise to supercharge your results (including the power of metabolic training, HIIT, AMRAP sets, and more -- full details in my 6 Weeks to Ripped guide)

3) And the 700+ papers tied it all together...because just 3 of those papers held the ultimate secret to fat loss (that most people never even find out).

Those 3 special papers told me all about:

a) chronic inflammation
b) insulin resistance
c) dirty/clogged livers.


These are the 3 fat triggers that I will talk about OVER and OVER AGAIN, because unless you fix them...you are screwed.

Sorry, but that's the truth.

Most people are stuck on the hamster wheel of trying new diets, new exercise plans, new supplements...without EVER seeing lasting results.

Don't be like them.

Fix the 3 fat triggers and use a smart, PROVEN plan, with guaranteed weight loss.

Quit trying to reinvent the wheel.

Model success....and you'll BE a success.

And sure, having a coach definitely helps, but you probably DON'T need one.

What you DO need is: to have a simple, science-backed way to stop the fat triggers for good.

Which you'll be happy to know, are all included in my "no-stone-left-unturned" virtual mentor, in the proven InvigorateNOW supplement AND 14 Day Rapid Results Plan (free with every order):

https://invigoratenow.com/how-invigoratenow-helps-preferred-customer-club-v3-product/

Sayan Sarkar


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My secret addiction (and 5 unconventional fat burning tips)


February 7, 2014 by Sayan

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I'm writing to you today from a hotel room down in Valley Forge, PA.

Hanging with some of my best buds from college, and their awesome significant others.

"R" is engaged to "E", and the other "R" has been with "J" for almost 4 years now.

Great to see them together, and great to see them in general.

We're here today to hit up the local casino...and just chill after not seeing each other in 2+ years.

Now I bring this all up for one reason...

I've always had a quite a "secret" problem with casinos.

(Which bears a striking resemblance to the food/weight problems I had back in the day.)

Put simply, I used to have a HUGE gambling problem.

Whether it was Caesars in AC, Mohegan Sun, or the Paris Hotel & Cosmo in Vegas...I was way outta control.

I would try to stick to a $200 limit...and somehow be $1000+ in the hole within a few hours.

And then throw $25-50 on a single number on the Roulette tables (my favorite #14) and miraculously WIN.

Go on a half hour streak and end up $800 richer than when I walked in.

Just to lose it all again in the next 20 minutes.

Sucks, doesn't it?

Reminds me of the up and down "diet -- binge -- diet" cycle that most of us have experienced.

Strict diet limits that you can't stick with more than a few days...

Leading to a MASSIVE binge...

And the guilt, shame, and embarrassment that follows.

Only to get on an even crazier diet again...which leads to yet another binge 2 weeks down the road.

Complete with ugly fat around your belly, arms, and thighs that NEVER goes away.

No matter how hard you try.

Thankfully, these days, I know there's a way around it.

And here's a 5-part no B.S. intro that'll get you started:

1. Reduce polyunsaturated Omega 6 fats and inflammatory foods to REVERSE Chronic Inflammation

2. Eat less carbs (but not too low) to REVERSE Blood Sugar Spikes & Insulin Resistance

3. Eat less processed/refined foods, genetically modified foods, and other hidden toxins to REVERSE a dirty, clogged liver.

4. Use a "full spectrum" blend of herbs/vitamins that SUPERCHARGE a strategic diet AND target the 3 fat triggers (insulin resistance, inflammation, and liver clogging)

5. Know exactly how much to eat (calories) and in what proportion of carbs, fat, and protein to eat ("macros"), and STICK TO IT.

Basically, don't be like the "old Sayan" at a casino.

Be the "new Sayan", who sets a limit ($50 in the casino...or daily supplements + 2,200 calories in the kitchen) and does NOT waver from it.

If you want the easy, smart, "done-for-you" way to do it...check out my full spectrum InvigorateNOW supplement today

(Plus: get all the diet details in the Extreme Fat Loss Formula books/manuals)

Spin the wheel, champ: https://invigoratenow.com/how-invigoratenow-helps-preferred-customer-club-v3-product/

Sayan Sarkar


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Breaking “Fad


December 29, 2013 by Sayan

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Ever watch the hit AMC show "Breaking Bad"?

With high school chemistry teacher turned meth cook Walter White.

It's a gripping tale of one man's dying mission...

To make enough money to support his family when he passes from cancer...

By cooking and dealing methamphetamine!

Interesting idea.

Amazing show.

And (you knew this was coming), outstanding fat loss lesson!

You see, Walt is quite the chemistry whiz, and alongside his old student Jesse, he creates the strongest and purest form of meth on the market.

And the "secret" behind it is Walt's unique formula.

A formula he's perfected through rigorous testing and tweaking.

A formula that lets him have the BEST product and the BEST results,

While the competition puts out a weak, subpar product, time and time again.

Which brings me to this...

Any major undertaking (especially proper weight loss), REQUIRES a tried-and-true formula.

Because a non-formulaic "fad diet" approach can only work for so long.

And even while it's "working", you get subpar results.

And time and time again, you get frustrating, humiliating plateaus.

Weeks of strict dieting and exercising, with nothing to show for it.

And when finally, you realize you don't have an effective long-term plan, you're sh*t outta luck.

Back to the drawing board if you're lucky.

Or if you're like most Americans, back to daily junk food binges, complete with crying that "it'll never work for ME".

Look.

You can continue doing fad diets like 95% of the population...

You can continue doing very-low calorie starvation diets...

And you can continue dieting without removing the 3 internal "fat triggers" (chronic inflammation, insulin resistance & liver clogging).

But you're just gonna end up like the other 200+ million sick, overweight Americans.

Why even bother?

Why not start "Breaking Fad", today?

My proven 3-trigger supplement ill show you how:

Get off the fad diet rollercoaster for good!

Sayan Sarkar


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Eat more, burn more (dont "cheat" til you read this)


December 10, 2013 by Sayan

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Wanna eat pure JUNK every week (in ungodly quantities)?

And lose MORE weight in the days after?

Then you’ll want to read this important post...

Back in the “thick” of my weight loss, when I was testing and tweakingstrategies left & right...

I stumbled upon a very unusual plan.

Basically, you eat “perfect” 6 of 7 days a week, and have an all out “cheat” day on Day 7.

(If you follow recent diet trends, you’ll have heard of this method.)

Does it work? If done in a very specific way, yes.

But, is it easy to “mess up” and actually put on more fat? Absolutely.

Which is why I warn you to proceed with caution.

The truth is...

Most flashy diets today either preach:

1. An “all-out” food-type diet (Low-carb, Vegan, Juice cleanses, Paleo, Intermittent Fasting, etc.)2. A rules-based 6 day on, 1 day “off”/cheat-day diet...

As with typical diets, though, there are problems.

The “all-out” diets work temporarily.

Until you (and your body) are fed up with nutrient shortages and cravings.

And they teach you little about real, permanent weight loss. (I’ll share my Paleo horrors another day.)

The 6 day on, 1 day off diets work until you get overzealous on cheat days. (In my personal & professional experience, this always happens).

Leaving you wondering why everyone else sees results and you don’t...

And why it’s always so difficult, frustrating, and embarrassing to work so hard and still fall short...

I know what it’s like.

I’ve seen it all.

I’ve been through it all.

And I’ve discovered that those with the BEST results periodize their nutrient intake.

Into 2, 3, even 4 phases.

With varying levels of calories and macronutrients targets.

And smart manipulation of carbs, insulin and fat.

It worked for me, and can work for you too.

And I’ve put together 8+ years of tweaking into my new 3-phase system.

Wanna have junk-filled cheat days and GUARANTEE more weight loss (rather than “hope” for it)?

The FREE 14 Day Rapid Results Plan with my InvigorateNOW supplement will get you started.

Details here:

Eat More, Burn MORE

Sayan


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The Curious Case of the Missing Turkey


November 29, 2013 by Sayan

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It was Thanksgiving 2013.

A time for family, food and fun.

My family and I are usually big on the huge turkey & side dishshebang.

Stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, sauces,pies, egg nog, you name it.

We also usually make all the food ourselves.

But this year's been a busy & stressful one for all of us.

So, we decided to order a pre-cooked turkey dinner from thelocal market.

Figured we could warm it up in the oven, and just relax as afamily.

Great intentions, not so great outcome...

My brother and I hit the store at our pickup time, only tobe told by the clueless employee,

"Uhh sorry but we sold out of the actual turkeys. We cangive you all the sides and a deli turkey breast."

I immediately lost it...

I'm usually a calm, collected guy.

Smiles all around. Pats on the back. Generally kind and forgiving.

But mess with my turkey (and my family's "chill" time),especially on Thanksgiving, and you've got a problem.

I shot back. "Are you kidding me? We pre-ordereda dinner, and you even have my name on the box full of sidedishes...but somehow a 15 pound turkey just disappeared?"

This was more than a "we sold out".

It was a slap in the face.

Thanksgiving Day at 4 p.m., no dinner for the family, and noidea what to do next.

After a long, heated exchange, and my outright refusal totake a deli turkey breast ("Do you really expect us to eat coldcuts on Thanksgiving??")...my brother and I brought a raw turkeyhome and cooked it from scratch.

So much for a stress-free Thanksgiving.

(On a good note, the dinner and family time turned out to beamazing. And that's what really matters in the end.)

Anyway, I bring this up because it brought up some memories a.k.a.lessons from my weight loss journey.

Specifically:

1) Nothing is ever "perfect", and things can go haywire in aninstant.

Our "perfect" ready-made turkey plan quickly went to sh*t.

And I can recall countless times my "perfect" weight lossplans quickly went to sh*t.

Thankfully we knew how to cook a turkey in a moment'snotice.

But for weight loss? Most of us have no solid backup and understandingof even the basics, let alone the advanced stuff.

This just about guarantees failure, anger, and humiliation.

2) Never settle for second-best

We briefly entertained thoughts of eating out.

But my mom loves turkey and so do we. It just didn't seemright.

So we began cooking at 5 p.m, and didn't eat until 10.

And I wouldn't trade it for cold cuts or restaurant food anyday.

Never forget that, when you feel hopeless & like you have noway out...

And all you want to do is throw in the towel and settle forwhat's easier...

Just keep going.

Keep dodging those curveballs.

Weight loss (and life) ain't no joke.

It takes persistence.

It takes dedication.

And it takes a will to not let ANYTHING get you down.

(Whether it's a "missing" turkey on Thanksgiving or yet another dayof strict dieting and zero results.)

Here's your very own "15-pound" bird, "stuffed" full of tips, tricks,and strategies:

End Strict Dieting Here

Sayan


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The untold story of being a big loser


November 22, 2013 by Sayan

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I have confession to make.

I'm a loser. I mean a BIG loser.

And I'm proud of it.

I'm especially proud to be the kind of loser that EVERYONEtalks about.

To whom everyone says "oh my god, look at you. WTF..."

Yeah, that kinda loser.

But there's more.

I want YOU to be a "loser" too.

I want YOU to join these exclusive ranks, alongside your ol' pal Sayan.

You know...just to get a taste of the wild side.

Because (assuming you haven't gotten your undies in a bunch by this point)...

By "big loser" I mean someone who has lost a RIDICULOUS amount of weight.

Sorta like the TV show "The Biggest Loser".

(Though, to be clear, I am NOT a fan of that show and its excessive,unsafe diet/exercise methods)

Because anyone who's a true "big loser" is someone who, forall intents and purposes, looks amazing.

Turns heads left and right.

Drops jaws like a pretty girl on prom night. [No pun intended]

And makes everyone say "oh my god, look at you. WTF...happened??How did you do it? What's your secret?" (This never gets old.)

It's worth it.

100%, hands-down, no questions asked.

Because the complete irony of all this is, many of usnow-BIG losers were once just losers.

And NO one wants to go back to that.

Or, if you're there now, you don't want to continue that.

I personally never plan to go back to a body I hate (andthat I feel powerless to fix).

And you don't have to either.

Here's the answer:

NEVER go back to the body you hate

Sayan


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The truth about fruit & fat burners


November 14, 2013 by Sayan

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Let's get into some "Q&A" today.

First question...

QUESTION: What's your position on fruit? A lot of the expertsthese days say it clogs the liver and causes fat gain. But peoplehave been eating fruit for ages. What gives?

SAYAN: Great question. This can get very in-depth, especiallyconsidering internal responses to fructose (fruit sugar), liverglycogen stores, and other fun stuff.

For full details, you can (and should) grab my book.

But for now, I'll keep it simple.

If you're overweight and/or facing metabolic issues (70% ofAmericans are), eat less fruit.

Once at a healthy weight, eat fruit liberally. It's keptcivilizations thriving for millennia, and will continue to do so.

Just make sure it's whole fruit. (None of that dried fruit,or syrupy concoctions).

And don't forget to keep the liver clean 24/7.

In my humble, but accurate, opinion, here's how to do it:

Eat a few pieces of fruit daily, follow a relatively toxin-freediet and take 2 capsules of liver-cleansing InvigorateNOW(part of my EFLF package).

Moving on...

QUESTION: How can you sell a fat-loss supplement when most ofthem don't actually work?

SAYAN: The force is strong with this one.

With so much media mumbo-jumbo these days...most people don'trealize that 80+% of weight loss comes from diet and/or exercise.

Not from Dr Oz's miracle-of-the-month or Hydroxycut or otherstimulants. But from lifestyle changes.

Except for one thing.

If you don't address the underlying causes of fat gain(typical fat burners never do this), you're unlikely to everhave the body you want.

Sure you'll lose weight, look better, feel better.

But chances are you'll forever stay in that "last 15 pounds".

And no one wants to still be "that chubby" guy or gal, especiallyafter dropping a nice chunk of flab.

Me? I prefer to speed it up.

Reduce inflammation, blood sugar issues, and liver cloggingfrom the get-go.

Strip off fat and clear out hidden internal triggers.

Make sure it never comes back.

I do with a targeted, NON-stimulant herbal supplement &smart nutrition principles.

Learn more here:

STOP These 3 Fat Triggers

Sayan Sarkar


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Is soy bad for you?


July 26, 2013 by Sayan

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There’s a secret side of soy that most of us have never heard.

You see, we've all been brought up to believe soy is a “super healthy” food.

But what if that’s all a lie?

From a nutritional (and cultural) standpoint, research shows that soy is simply not as good as it seems (especially not in mass quantity).

Instead, it could be causing us large amounts of undue harm.

Today I'm going to dig deeper into a question that's only recently finding its way to the mainstream health media: "Is Soy Actually Bad For You?

Let’s start with the nutritional issues with soy:Soy has too many phytoestrogens Phytoestrogens are the leading cause of breast cancers, infertility, low libido, and moreSoy is a goitrogenic (thyroid suppressing) foods.Goitrogenic foods are known to prevent the thyroid from getting enough iodine.This can lead to weight gain, inability to regulate mood, and trouble with concentration and memory for startersSoy is abundant in trypsin inhibitors.This stops trypsin’s vital function of helping the body digest protein. This can lead to many digestive issues, including stomach cramps and diarrhea (as well as possible internal bleeding).The hemagglutinin in soy causes red blood cells to clump together. The clumped cells are then unable to properly absorb oxygen, and distribute it to your tissues.Over 80% percent of soy is genetically modified, and therefore loaded with pesticides that your body can NOT handle without sickness and internal health problems.Soy has incredibly high levels of phytates.Phytates block mineral absorption during digestion, and are found in grains, legumes and more.We can generally avoid these via soaking overnight (with grains, legumes, etc.), but soy is so high in phytates that only fermentation can reduce phytate content (and even then, it is only a partial reduction in phytates)How To Eat Soy “Correctly”

If you choose to eat soy, you MUST eat fermented soy products so your body actually has a fighting chance to properly absorb it.Some fermented soy products are:MisoTamari (naturally fermented soy sauce)Natto (note: I had this once...and it is very unpleasant to say the least. If you can stomach it, you deserve a medal.)TempehWhole, unprocessed soybeans and edamame (in the shell) can be enjoyed every once in a whileUnless it’s a special occasion (or fancy restaurant for that matter), I honestly would pass because of the phytates, phytoestrogens and more.If Soy Is Bad For You, Why Do Asian Cultures Eat It All The Time?

Soy proponents love to mention that traditional Asian diets consume lots of soy, and “look how healthy they are!"The truth? Traditional Asian diets include just 2 teaspoons of soy a day, and it is highly fermented.They would never think of consuming even 10 grams of soy protein, not to mention the 50+ that some ‘doctors’ promoteThe soy found in non-fermented food such as Soy Milk, Soy Burgers, regular Soy Sauce, and the myriad of soy products out there is ALL PROCESSED JUNK. (made possible by highly subsidized, government backed soy production…thanks for nothing!)Even Tofu, which is a whole soy food (and therefore a tiny bit better than isolated soy protein and soybean oils), is still highly processed and filled with all the anti-nutrients, GMO and other toxins mentioned above.Eating fermented, whole soy products, in very limited quantities is your best option if you choose to eat soy.What you can do now:

1) If you have any non-organic, non-fermented soy products in the house, throw them out!

2) If you really love soy, then head to your health food store and pick up the good kinds of soy. For example, I occasionally like soy sauce with some rice noodles, so I keep a bottle of organic tamari at home. It's fermented and tastes delicious!

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How to eat healthy on a budget


June 28, 2013 by Sayan

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"I want to eat healthy but it's too expensive!"

"I have to eat organic all the time, don't I? I can't afford that!"

FALSE.

I hear these 2 cost-related issues far too often as an excuse to put off a diet.

But fear NOT. The truth is, eating healthy can be pretty cheap if you follow 2 simple rules:

1) Eat real, single-ingredient foods 90% of the time. Cut out the expensive snacks here and there. Focus your diet around meats/fish, veggies, and fruits, plus gluten-free grains if you're somewhat lean and strength-training.

2) Read this post and learn what you should buy organic, and what you can get away with buying "conventional".

How To Choose High Quality Meat/Fish

1) Wild-caught and grass-fed are the most important qualifications

ORGANIC by itself doesn’t count! Animals can be eating organic corn and soy, which does nothing for their health (and ultimately ours)

- For thousands of years, the natural diets for cattle and wild game, included grass, green and leafy plants, herbs, shrubs and more

- For wild chicken and other fowl, their diets include grass, seeds, fruits, insects, and pretty much whatever they could peck at in the wild. How exciting!

- The story is much different now. Cattle, game, and fowl are more often than not force-fed with corn, soy and other foods (likely genetically modified at that) that their digestive and immune systems can’t handle. On top of that, they are stuffed into dark, tight quarters with no room to move around or take in sunlight to create Vitamin D, and overall a healthier nutritional profile.

This is not to mention that they may be eating other animal parts, as has been seeing in many CAFOs (Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations).

The solution?

Beef: Buy GRASS-FED (very important); if not grass-fed, buy organic

Chicken/Turkey/Other Fowl: Check out local farms for pasture-raised, organically-fed chicken, turkey, duck, etc (look for meat that is NOT fed soy)

Fish: Buy wild caught (farm raised might sound good, but think about, since when are fish found anywhere remotely near a farm??)

The good thing is that Organic feed cannot be GMO by law, so even if corn or soy is in the feed, at least it won't be a completely fake food!

Best part?These naturally raised foods are tremendously higher in vitamins, minerals, lower in cholesterol, lower in Omega 6 fats and higher in Omega 3 fats, and devoid of hormones and antibiotics. Sign me up!

How To Choose High Quality Eggs

Buy organically-fed eggs from pasture-raised chickens (the best option)

1) This means the chickens get proper exercise, sunlight for Vitamin D, natural protein from insects, grubs, etc, and in addition organically-grown chicken feed

2) 2nd best - locally raised, non-organically fed chickens. As long as they are getting adequate exercise and sunlight they are better off than the rest (and better for your body)

3) 3rd best - Store bought, organically-raised eggs. (with Omega 3’s for added benefit)

4) 4th best – Eggs from chicken fed an Omega-3 enhanced diet

Note - If dealing with local farmers, make sure the feed does not include soy which is terrible for us and of course not part of a chicken’s natural diet.

How To Choose Organic Vegetables and Fruit

The vast majority of conventionally raised crops are sprayed with herbicides, insecticides and who knows what else.

1. Pesticides and chemicals have various effects that most of us don’t even realize

2. Fungicides used on crops have been shown to increase insulin resistance, thereby setting us up for chronic disease.

3. Pesticides act on brian chemicals closely related to ADHD development. In one study a tenfold increase in urinary organophosphate content in children 8 to 15 years old directly correlated with a 55 to 72% increased prevalence of ADHD.

4. Organophosphates, while essential in some instances for humans, are highly toxic via the herbicides and insecticides they are used in. Even at very low levels, they are hazardous to human health. Studies have pointed to an increased Alzheimer’s risk, and brain and nervous system damage even at low levels. The EPA banned residential use of organophospahtes in 2001, but agricultural use is still widespread. Herbicides/insecticides containing them have been sprayed on: apples, walnuts, almonds, peaches, blueberries, celery, and broccoli….to say the least!

5. What about washing and peeling? Well, washing veggies/fruits can reduce some of the pesticides, but definitely will not reduce all. And with peeling, you will still be unable to remove all the pesticides and you’ll lose the vital nutrients that are in the skin.



Choosing Vegetables/Fruit Part 1



My rule of thumb is, if we eat the skin, BUY ORGANIC



Bananas – Organic NOT necessary

Apples – Organic NECESSARYPeaches – Organic NECESSARY

Celery – Organic NECESSARYMangoes ­– Organic NOT necessary



You get the idea. Do the quick “skin or no skin"


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3 ways to detox your body and stop inflammation now


April 25, 2013 by Sayan

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Have you ever wondered why some skinny, otherwise healthy people develop major diseases, and some just don't?

Even further, have you wondered why some who are CLEARLY out of shape can go on living life with few serious health issues?

Look, we’re all living in the same world, and we're all exposed to the same environmental factors.

And while the environment plays a major role in health, there HAS to be something else.

Long story short...there IS.

Longevity usually comes down to 3 factors:

1) What you put into your mouth
2) Your lifestyle habits (plus some genetic influence)
3) Your ability (or lack thereof) to detox your body via the liver and kidneys.


The best part is, these 3 factors are all connected by one "deciding" issue: Inflammation

If I haven't sounded like a broken record already talking about inflammation, don't you worry...I will in this post. (And probably a bunch of future posts too. Hey, it's important!)

You see, inflammation is a sort of double-edged sword in the body.

One on hand, it’s important for survival and well-being when you get an infection or injury. In this case, inflammation walls off the wounded area so that the infection doesn't end up spreading to other parts of the body. Additionally, it causes redness, swelling and/or pain, essentially warning you to quit being a hero, and stop using/moving the injured area!

On the other hand, when inflammation becomes chronic and begins to affect the entire body (i.e. systemic/system-wide inflammation), things start getting out of hand. And that’s when the immune system starts attacking different organs, aging progresses rapidly and diagnoses of stubborn diseases are handed out.

What's the solution?

Detox your body, all-naturally (and without 7-day juice fasts or anything equally ridiculous).

It all really boils down to THREE issues, though most modern medicine will tell you there are "tons of disturbing factors that are making you very sick...don't worry though, you'll be OK with this $220 pill"...YEAH RIGHT!

OK I'll stop my tirade now on big pharma and doctors who mostly prescribe drugs (rather than working to prevent the issue in the first place!)

3 Factors That Can Cause Chronic Inflammation

1. Lack of Exercise

While lack of exercise isn't the #1 cause of the systemic inflammation, it is the #1 factor you can immediately impact. When you exercise, you increase circulation to all parts of the body, helping each organ semi-detoxify itself.

You also activate the macrophages, which tend to become a little sedentary if you don’t move around much. Macrophages are the white blood cells that engulf bacteria, toxins and foreign invaders. When they’re moving around in the body, you’ll have more efficient detoxification.

This is one of the reasons why some people take up jumping on a trampoline (yes, I'm serious); this activity has been linked with making the sedentary white blood cells more active and improving lymphatic drainage.

2. Hidden Infections

Another top cause of systemic inflammation is hidden infections such as Lyme’s disease, mononucleosis, and gum disease.

Note: These aren't incurable conditions; you just need a savvy doctor who knows how to treat them once and for all.

Hidden infections aren't exactly my scope of expertise, but it's something to watch out for. On a good note, I've found that for the vast majority of people, fixing Issue #1 (Lack of Exercise) and Issue #3 (Bad Diet) will be more than enough to radically improve your health.

3. Poor Diet and Excessive Chemical/Toxin Intake

The cause of systemic inflammation that you have the most control over is an unhealthy diet. Those candy bars and cakes or cookies may look (and taste) delicious but in reality, the sugar or other sweeteners, white flour, chemicals and preservatives in them are linked to inflammation, aging and disease.

Even worse, the 200 calorie Smart Ones meals and other "healthy" frozen dinners are TERRIBLE. I watched a lady buy one of these junk dinners at the supermarket just 10 minutes ago. It's frustrating to watch, but then again it's not my place to come out of nowhere and reprimand her (though I wish I could!!).

(A peek into my groceries: picked up a few staples, including some delicious full-fat yogurt, grass-fed beef, spinach, and eggs. You'll NEVER go wrong with real, whole foods.)

The truth is, our body sees all these chemically-laden, processed foods as foreign invaders. As a result, our white blood cell armies head to the front lines and start attacking everything in sight. Before you know it, you have system-wide inflammation.

But what exactly is a poor diet? Here are some characteristics (that your doctor probably didn't tell you about!)

1. Contains sugar and/or sugar substitutes
2. Includes inflammatory fats such as canola oil and most vegetable/seed oils (other than coconut oil, olive oil, butter, and non-fractionated non-hydrogenated palm oil)
3. Contains hydrogenated fats, instead of essential fats
4. Doesn’t include Omega-3 fats either from good food or supplements
5. Forgets to include plenty of vegetables and fiber-rich foods
6. Neglects good high-quality sources of protein such as naturally-raised animal proteins
7. Full of artificial preservatives and chemicals
- Substitutes sweetened beverages or caffeinated beverages for pure water
- Doesn't include phytonutrients from natural herbs


Poor diets including characteristics above (which are shockingly similar to the typical American diet) result in gastrointestinal lining issues (especially, leaky gut syndrome).

Essentially, the GI lining begins to thin, which then allows sewage from the colon to enter in small amounts into the bloodstream. Additionally, toxins and chemicals now have an "entry point" into the bloodstream, which can wreak havoc on the body.

This form of poor nutrition also invites yeast cells in, which mutate into candida -- this candida literally grows onto the GI tract, so the yeast can continue to eat holes in the lining.

More sewage enters the bloodstream and the immune system goes into a frenzy, believing that there are "armies" of foreign invaders attacking at once.

Note: The same thing happens when you eat foods that your body doesn't tolerate well. With a thin digestive system lining, the proteins of the allergenic foods pass into the bloodstream, which is when the immune system goes into a frenzy.

And if you're eating allergenic foods all day long (which many of us are), imagine the type of damage that is occurring!

FYI, some common allergens that many people have issues with are: wheat, gluten, dairy, and soy.

Cutting these allergens out, and instead focusing on natural animal proteins, healthy fats, veggies, and occasional gluten/wheat-free grains (such as rice) can work wonders on your body, mind, and overall well-being.

Disclaimer: Geeky science part begins...NOW.

To understand the battle on a much more detailed level, you’ll have to understand a bit on the connection between cytokines and inflammation.

Good immune function is a happy balance between pro-inflammatory cells and anti-inflammatory cells of the immune system; between T helper 1 cells and T helper 2 cells.

When inflammation rears its ugly head, tons of T helper 1 cells are produced along with their pro-inflammatory cytokines.

What are cytokines, you ask?

Well, a cytokine is a molecular messenger, made of protein, that runs between cells. The message the cytokine brings to cells of the immune system is how to regulate the response of your body to infection and disease.

One of the three different types of cytokines are immunoregulatory/pro-inflammatory cytokines, of which there are three sub-types:

1) Interleukins
2) Interferon
3) TNF-alpha.

Now, our cells generally release any and all cytokines into the bloodstream or into the tissues. Once released, they locate and bind to target immune cells.

When things are running smoothly, this process will happen naturally and at a normal/moderate level. The cytokines will bind to its target immune cells and the body can effectively fight damage to cells, stop infection, and more. (It will also happen in short, intense bursts when there's an acute pain/injury for example).

Unfortunately, there is often a major overproduction of these pro-inflammatory cytokines. This is the "chronic, systemic inflammation" that I speak about often. It's the long-term inflammatory response that occurs when the body is constantly forced to respond to threats to its well-being and sense of balance.

These "threats" are what we spoke about earlier:- Lack of exercise
- Hidden Infections, in some cases
- Poor diet, and excessive toxin/chemical intake


Without proper attention to these 3 factors, we have a body rampant with inflammation, cell damage and tissue destruction.

And while it's hard to visualize those "internal" issues, it's much easier to visualize the external results:

- Excess fat, especially around the belly and love handles
- Chronic joint pain and muscle pain
- Autoimmune issues (such as rheumatoid arthritis and more
- Celiac disease (and gluten intolerance)
- Acne and dull, dry skin
- Asthma
- Allergies

Honestly, the list can go on for a while.

The simple truth is, inflammation on a chronic level is the primary cause of many, MAJOR health issues.

Putting a simple clamp on the issue with a convenient pharmaceutical, skin cream, and/or low-calorie diet isn't necessarily the answer. Rather, a proper and consistent look at the CAUSE (diet, exercise, and toxins) will stop issues in no time.

By keeping the 3 causes of inflammation in mind, and essentially DOING THE EXACT OPPOSITE:

1. Exercising LESS (and doing it in an efficient manner: resistance train 3x a week for 45 minutes per session)
2. Paying attention to our diet and toxin intake (only eat "real", natural foods -- if they have more than 1 ingredient, you're asking for trouble)
3. If diet and exercise are 100% on point, then keep an eye out (with your doctor's help) for hidden infections that could cause inflammatory conditions.


A bit about inflammation testing

You can determine your level of inflammation with two lab tests. The C-reactive Protein (CRP) test is the more popular one, but the Interleukin-6 one is just as important. Ask your doctor about these if you're dealing with any of the inflammation-related issues noted above. It's also smart to get these tests done once a year or so, even if you don't necessarily "feel" poorly. This is because inflammation doesn't manifest itself externally in all people, so you might not know you're in trouble, when you really are.

Additionally, research studies have shown that those with the highest levels of these markers for inflammation (CRP and interleukin-6) had a much higher mortality risk within the next few years.

Decreasing the inflammation we have in the body is really the only solution. By eating plenty of unprocessed, natural foods, a good amount of vegetables and fiber, doing light cleanses with herbs that strengthen the liver and balance immune system functions, and maybe even throwing in some short 12-16 hour daily fasts (read: intermittent fasting), you can return many body functions to normal and get back to having fun in life – without pain, without excessive doctor visits and without medications.

What You Should Do Now

Choose 1 method that you will use to fight back against chronic inflammation and get started!

While you're at, CRUSH inflammation with this simple little capsule.

Sayan Sarkar


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Healthy detox - understanding how your liver works


March 24, 2013 by Sayan

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Have you ever really wondered why your cholesterol levels and liver enzymes are high?

Why your blood pressure is rising?

Why old age spots are showing up on your face?

And why you can’t lose weight no matter what diet you’re on?

Actually, all these have one thing in common: a liver that is crying out for a healthy detox.

Your liver only weighs a few pounds but it is by far one of the most important organs in your body. It’s the filtration system for your body.

Think About a Filter on Your Faucet or Shower

Have you ever purchased a brand new filter for your kitchen faucet or shower? When you looked at it, it was clear and may have looked like a mesh with holes you could see light through.

Now once you start running water through the filter, you begin filtering out all types of particles and microbes that shouldn’t be there. They collect on the filter. And if you don’t ever clean the filter, what happens?

The filter gets full of the toxins and needs to be cleansed.

The Connection to Your Liver

The same thing happens with your liver. In normal daily living, toxins are clogging the filtration system of your liver, and although the body is self-cleaning, the amount of toxins in the environment and in the food supply is so great that it often exceeds the filtration ability of the liver.

That’s when cholesterol levels shoot up because the liver is responsible for processing and synthesizing cholesterol. That’s when liver enzyme levels rise, indicating the filtration ability and functions of the liver have been depressed. Blood pressure rises, too and old age spots are more prevalent because the pigment lipofuscin can’t be filtered in the liver.

And of course, you can’t lose weight because your liver is closely tied in with processing of food and nutrients.

Just might be time for a detox! A healthy one of course..

What ‘Clogs’ Your Liver

Some of the biggest “liver cloggers"


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How chemicals in food make us fat


March 15, 2013 by Sayan

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You and I are genetically within 0.1% of each other.

The other 99.9% of our DNA is identical.

What that means is – if millions of people can lose weight, build muscle and get the body they’ve always wanted...you can too.

And what’s one of the best ways to do it (for good...without rebound weight gain, etc.)?

Cutting out processed, factory-made, chemically-laden foods.

Essentially, it means cutting out foods that were for the most part invented in the last 50-100 years.

Before these foods became a part of our everyday diets, people lived (and thrived) on whole, natural, chemical-free foods, for thousands of years.

The simple truth is: Natural foods are significantly better for your body and health than are processed foods. But sometimes that truth is too simple.

It’s easy to say “eat natural"


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Why everyone should lift weights...often


March 6, 2013 by Sayan

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Did you know that men AND women should follow a proper strength training regimen?

And that both genders should lift fairly heavy weights?

Well, it's true...so ditch the 5 pound dumbbells and let's get to work!

You see, strength training can tone your muscle, help you lose unwanted fat, and build up your delicate tendons, ligaments and bones.

There are a lot of excellent reasons to incorporate strength training – whether bodyweight exercises, or by pumping iron – into your exercise regimen. Gentlemen, you’re well acquainted with the benefits of strength training – they’re on display in models and actors that appear in movies, magazines and commercials all the time. Ladies, again...forget the myth that strength training will make you bigger! Women’s muscles can grow larger, but they tend to make slight gains in size and major gains in density. You won’t look huge, gross and veiny if you lift – but you will get stronger, shed unwanted pounds and tone your body up quickly.

1) Your bones get stronger. Your bones, just like your muscles, will respond to the stress of weight lifting by growing stronger and denser. This is especially important for women, whose bones begin to brittle in their thirties, and who are at increased risk of osteoporosis all throughout their middle life and later years. Instead of relying on calcium supplements – and the uneven, dubious science behind it – start lifting at the gym! The best part is that it doesn’t matter how old you are – you can start a weight training program in your 60s or 70s and start enjoying the benefits.

2) You’ll strengthen your back. We’ve all felt that little twinge in our lower backs when we’ve bent over to pick up a child or a laundry basket. And many of us have felt worse than that – it turns out that 4 out of 5 Americans have experienced significant back pain at some point in their lives. Strength training will develop the muscles in both your upper and lower back, but will also beef up your biceps, legs, glutes and abs, which means that you can perform more tasks with just the primary muscles needed and without a lot of extra support from your back. This will definitely lower your chances for injury, and will decrease the amount of “lifetime stress"


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Do wheat and beans hurt more than they help?


December 30, 2012 by Sayan

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Wheat (and grains) and legumes are often heralded as the healthiest of health foods.

They’re said to be rich in plant-based compounds and low in fat.

They’re praised as triumphs of agriculture that have sustained the development of human civilization for the last 10,000 years.

Now, I won’t be one to dispute this, since modern agriculture has done a lot for us.

It has allowed the human race to effectively end the nomadic movement patterns of following animals for food. As these once-nomads began to settle down and build communities, the pathway towards the development of a myriad of farming technology was paved.

And with this evolving technology came incredible possibility, thereby propelling us into the modern age.

Except for one thing.

That was then.

This is NOW.

In the now, we have already achieved a level of expansive farming and food scalability. Food is FAR from being a scarcity, and we are no longer confined to our plots of weathered farmland.

With these advances, we have essentially been given leisure: in this case, the leisure of blending food choice with quality science to create the best, most personalized diet.

Mainstream wisdom (often tremendously-paid marketers, actually) tells us that loads of wheat and beans with little meat is the key to longevity.

Modern science, on the other hand, points us in the direction of avoiding wheat and legumes as the secret to phenomenal health.

Based on my general dislike of recommendations that are often influenced by greed, and lots of solid proof (from both empirical and anecdotal evidence), I’m definitely swayed towards the latter.

Essentially, removal of certain inflammation-promoting foods — grains and beans, being some of the more prominent ones — is vital to lasting health.

There is a method to the “madness"


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Should I stop taking medicine for joint pain?


December 6, 2012 by Sayan

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In today's post, we're going to talk about joint and muscle pain and some tips on how to reduce it!

Conventional wisdom tells you to get a quick prescription from the doc, and essentially numb out the pain...well today we're going to change that!

Note: I'd like you to keep the following point in mind (what I call the "Real Food Solution") as you read the article.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The fundamental 3 steps for complete wellness (and a really lean body:)
Step 1: Eating a processed-food free diet, a.k.a. EAT REAL FOOD.
Step 2: Doing (some) exercise! The more inactive you are, the worse the pain gets.
Step 3: Using all-natural supplements instead of conventional medicines.
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Enter: Muscle pain and Joint pain

...It officially can ruin a good day in an instant.

You step out of bed in the morning, and there it is.

Shooting pains up your back. Incredibly stiff knees. Aching shoulders.

Unbearable muscle pain. It gets to me even now, just writing about it.

I still remember the times I just GAVE UP after an hour of trying to articulate the searing pain in my shoulders.You lose track somewhere between “sorta dull"


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Health and Wellness for the Active Professional


January 22, 2012 by Sayan

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Podcast: InvigorateNOW's position at the forefront of the Wellness Revolution Learn more about our quest to Transform the Body, Mind, and World for all.


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Are Supplements Too Good To Be True?


February 15, 2013 by Sayan

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How Does Inflammation Affect Me?


February 15, 2013 by Sayan

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Listen to an overview of inflammation as it relates to our daily lives.

Podcast: InvigorateNOW's Campaign Against InflammationA brief overview of inflammation:The two types of inflammation are acute and chronic inflammation. Our high stress lives and low quality diets promote rampant chronic (systemic) inflammation in our bodies. In addition, although unbeknownst to many, this exact form of low-level, yet long-term inflammation is becoming much more prominent for its role in the onset of many major diseases including atherosclerosis, asthma, and cardiovascular disease.

Stay tuned for more in future blog posts and podcasts.


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How Does Inflammation Affect The World?


February 15, 2013 by Sayan

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Podcast: Fighting Inflammation, Part IIOur second installment on the fight against inflammation. An "invigorating" discussion about the brand's innovative formula and the company's commitment to helping others.


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Still Committed To Your New Year's Resolutions?


February 19, 2013 by Sayan

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It has been over a month since 2012 began. Where are your New Year’s resolutions? Are you still committed to them?

Have you already stopped going to the gym, or did you even start? Have you booked the trips you said you would? Have you been spending more time with your kids? Your parents? With any of your loved ones? Did you learn that new sport, pick up that hobby or read that book you were talking about? Why even make New Year’s resolutions? And why are they set aside so easily?

From my experience, I am most successful when I am driven by the goals and desires that are truly mine - the goals that aren’t pushed on me by my friends, media, movies, books, songs or any other external factor.

In my case, I wanted to commit to exercising on a regular basis. During initial efforts to get in shape, I had periodic spurts of dedication; sprints of time (about a month or two) during which I would force myself to a gym, to lift pieces of metal over and over. It was a chore and not something I truly enjoyed. Like many, who have the post-New Year’s “I will lose 15 pounds to get in beach shape


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How To Stay Healthy in the Winter


February 23, 2013 by Sayan

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Staying Healthy in the Winter

Click the link above to see Carolina Mom Blogger's newest post about staying healthy in the wintertime. Look out for the InvigorateNOW™ contribution to the article. CEO Sayan Sarkar gives tips on how to stay healthy and gives a brief background on a commonly asked question -- "Do We Eat More in The Winter?"


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10 Ways to Reduce Inflammation Now


February 25, 2013 by Sayan

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Chronic inflammation is just now making its way to the forefront of health concerns, although it has been a fundamental issue in the development of major health conditions for centuries now. Better late than never, though, and armed with knowledge of this, we must ask some crucial questions:

“What can I do to reduce inflammation” or “What are some simple and easy tips to beat inflammation”?

While there are countless little things to do that decrease this systemic, low-level inflammation, in my research and personal experience, changing less than 10 lifestyle behaviors can have a DRAMATIC impact on C-reactive protein levels (a chronic inflammation indicator), frequency and severity of sickness and viruses, weight loss, acne breakouts, sleep quality, and just overall mood and well-being.

Overall, this all boils down to one simple point: Making positive lifestyle changes to reduce inflammation can have profound, tangible effects on all aspects of your life.

The steps:

1. Make health and personal wellness your #1 priority – striving for better health should be a permanent lifestyle change, and without a positive, go-getter attitude towards it, the process can be much more difficult than is necessary.

2. Schedule the time to exercise, cook and pack meals from home, bring your gym bag to work, etc. A useful tip is to engage Google Calendar, Evernote, and/or cell phone reminders – I did this when I began my lifestyle change, and it helped to practically bombard me with enough alerts until I made the changes permanent. No one else can magically make you health; if you really want it, YOU must take the initiative.

3. Look up some quick, healthy recipes online, or get creative in the kitchen. Some of my staples are boneless chicken breasts and thighs, 93% lean/7% fat ground meat (or 85/15 grass-fed or pasture-raised meat), lots of veggies, some rice around workouts, extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil, and a full spice rack (garlic, cumin, coriander, paprika and turmeric are tasty and full of antioxidants). With these foods readily available, you can make great meals, in 30 minutes or less, for the whole week. (Make sure you thaw the meat in the refrigerator a day in advance…defrosting in the microwave just never comes out right!)

4. Perform resistance training with weights (and short bouts of cardio via sprint intervals) for at least 45 minutes 3x a week.

5. Tune up your diet – Increase fruits, vegetables, and Omega-3 intake (organic meats, fish, olive oil) and decrease Omega-6 intake (commercial meats, most vegetable oils, processed foods). Cut out all added sugars. Don't eat most breads or pasta, and generally stick to rice, sweet potatoes, and yams. These dietary changes can significantly reduce inflammation.

6. Take 20 minutes a day for down time, whether it’s taking a leisurely walk or spending time meditating.

7. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep per night.

8. Reduce usage of electronics and any blue-light emitting devices up to 2 hours before bedtime. Blue light has been shown to drastically reduce your body’s melatonin output, thereby disrupting circadian cycles. As a result, it is much harder to fall asleep and have quality rest.

9. Get at least 15 minutes a day of sunlight to get your daily dose of Vitamin D.

10. Try to reduce stress and find time for things you enjoy. Bills, work, commuting, and our busy, modern lives can really add up and bring us down. Without healthy lifestyle habits and adequate relaxation we can find ourselves stuck in a cycle of chronic stress (which leads to the chronic, low-level inflammation we speak of and a host of other ailments).

My personal recommendation is to make JUST ONE change each week. Slowly ease yourself into the process until it becomes habit. Trust me, if you try to do too much too soon, you run a high risk of not successfully integrating any lifestyle changes permanently and you’ll end up right back at square one.

What You Can Do Now:

Let us know in the comments if you have made any of these changes. How have they affected your life over time? If you haven't made any of the changes yet, which one will you start with? And when? Share with us in the comments below.


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Fighting Inflammation with Dr. Michael Shaw


March 7, 2013 by Sayan

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Podcast: A Conversation with Dr. Michael Shaw: Fighting InflammationWe welcome expert columnist Michael Shaw, from Health News Digest, in today's show. He brings years of health knowledge and advice that can help listeners understand how eating right, working out, and taking steps to reduce inflammation can bring about great change in the body and mind.

A recent article of his can be found here -- "A Look At Dietary Supplements"


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Social Businesses Against Preventable Blindness


March 18, 2013 by Sayan

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Trend Hunter Interviews Sayan Sarkar, CEO of InvigorateNOW™

The link above leads to an exclusive interview between Trend Hunter, a leading source of popular and cutting edge ideas, and Sayan Sarkar, CEO at InvigorateNOW™. The "Social Good" page of Trend Hunter particularly seeks out the newest, trending ideas in social business, and InvigorateNOW's one-for-one model to fight preventable blindness through nutritional supplement sales was a perfect fit.

The interview is structured with Tiana Reid, Editor and Community Manager at SocialBusiness.org, speaking with Sayan about his story, inspiration behind InvigorateNOW™, and creative practices/rituals. We hope you enjoy this as much as we did!


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How to eat to lose weight


March 30, 2013 by Sayan

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In my weight loss and fitness journey, I've researched many nutrition plans, read hundreds of articles, and "subscribed" to one weight loss viewpoint or another.

When it's all said and done, my conclusion is that a balanced nutritional profile, in the form of what I like to call "real food" (whole, natural, unprocessed food), is most important.

To some, this is common sense. But to the vast majority, the thought of eating actual food (think lean meat, veggies, fruits, and natural starches) instead of quick, cheap processed foods is blasphemy. And unfortunately, the modern-day message of incredibly easy and painless weight loss, while still enjoying junk foods on (insert so-called miracle diet here) keeps us stuck in a perpetual downward cycle of: some weight loss, plateau, anger, loss of will (i.e. giving up), binging on sugary and fatty comfort foods, gaining weight back, and buying into the next trending diet.

As smart, health-conscious consumers, we of course want to avoid this like the plague!

When it comes down to the facts, natural, whole foods are the way to go for gradual weight loss, proper bodily function, peace of mind, and overall long-term health and wellness. But, this just doesn't sell as well as "lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks with (insert fad diet here)" or "shrink your waist in less than a month with this juice cleanse", etc.

If only things were so simple, and companies/marketers would actually state the truth. In other words, "lose 10 pounds of water and muscle weight with this extreme plan, look and feel terrible during the process, and gain it all back when the diet restrictions cause you to binge on junk."

To clarify my experience here, I freely can state this because I've been in the thick of it, trying a wide variety of diets over the years (some extreme, some not so much).

In regards to some of the more well known ones which I've personally tested: the high-carb, low-fat government and "expert" recommended diets didn't work for me (food choice was likely a factor), extremely low calorie diets (around 1000 a day; although some recommend 500...not for me!) sapped out all my energy and I quickly rebounded, and after some time on a ketogenic (close to zero carb) diet, I noticed that my figure was more trim, but also less muscular.

It turned out that, caught up in the dogma of either fatphobia, carbophobia, or caloriephobia, I found myself losing out in one way or another.

After years of this, I recently arrived (since about November 2010) at my nutritional stance of a whole foods-based, anti-inflammatory diet, that is full of natural lean meat/fish for healthy, satiating fats and protein, 100% natural starches to fuel workouts, many vegetables and some fruit.

This nutrition plan has helped me lose and keep off over 55 pounds and, to this day, keeps me both physically and mentally charged. It gives me the healthiest of foods, in the correct quantities, to boost the body and mind.

Most importantly, this means you will regain proper functioning of your body -- that is, you will not starve at different periods of the day, have to fight through cravings, have sugar highs and crashes, have irregular bowel movements, deal with mood swings, or have no energy during the day/at the gym, and you WILL lose fat and put on muscle (instead of losing your hard earned muscle on an extreme diet plan.)

In closing, eating natural, "real food" is my preferred and recommended way to eat, not just for weight loss, but for an ailment-free life, personal longevity, and much more.

As a concession, I will say that most of us will not be able to stick to a natural, whole foods diet 100% of the time (generally at very inconvenient times or at social gatherings). But, as long as we give it our all, we will at a bare minimum reach 85-90% compliance. This level of nutritional compliance is stellar compared to that of most people these days. Additionally, if at least 18 of 21 meals (about 85% compliance, if eating 3x a day) are natural and healthy, you will more than reap the results you desire.

The main link behind this all is an avoidance of sugary and flour-laden foods, unhealthy fats and oils, and other processed junk. The obesity epidemic is a relatively recent issue that has only worsened with easily available junk food and sedentary lifestyles.

People have lived for thousands of years, though, on natural foods that also happen to be very delicious -- I never heard anyone complain about eating a grass-fed steak and oven-roasted broccoli (Ok, to be politically correct, I never heard a beef-eater complain...), because it tastes outstanding!

Get back to the basics, and watch your weight loss, fitness, and overall health skyrocket!


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How Grief Can Be An Impetus for Change (Huff Post)


April 16, 2012 by Sayan

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InvigorateNOW™ CEO Sayan Sarkar discusses loss and renewed purpose in the Huffington Post.


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Does Eating Organic Help Reduce Inflammation?


April 19, 2012 by Sayan

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These days the big wave in the health industry is to eat organic, and while many brush it off as just as the newest hip fad, for many it is either a way of life or health standard to strive for. I personally fall into this latter category, for the following reasons:

1) What we now call 'organic' was the standard no more than 50-60 years ago, which is when mass-produced processed foods (and many major diseases such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes) really began their meteoric rise in western society.

2) Organic foods help balance the Omega-6: Omega-3 ratio in our bodies. The ideal ratio is around 3:1 but most Americans are around 20:1 or even 50:1 in some studies. This is due to the abnormally high omega 6 content in unhealthy and processed foods. In other words, we have obtained this imbalance by not eating real, naturally grown food.

3) The Omega 6: Omega 3 ratio is also crucial to keeping chronic inflammation down. This form of systemic inflammation is now making its forefront in medical circles as one of the main causal factors in major health diseases these days.

4) Eating organic eliminates or greatly reduces our bodily exposure to thousands of chemicals, hormones, antibiotics and more that are found in modern, processed foods. Personally, when I eat organic, I remind myself that I’m eating real food, instead of pink slime-laden ground beef or ammonia-washed chicken. Chronic inflammation 101

There are 2 types of inflammation -- acute (good) and chronic (really bad).

Acute inflammation is the type that our body needs and uses to protect us...from ourselves. This form of inflammation occurs when the body responds after sprains, bruises, cuts, etc. by swelling up and making the area painful so you don't use it, which gives it time to heal.

The opposite is low-level, chronic inflammation, and this is the real killer in hiding. In an all-too-common scenario, the body is steadily in repair mode against what it perceives to be foreign invaders (chemicals, toxins, etc. from unhealthy foods and lifestyle factors). Tissue is being broken down and repaired on a constant basis until the inflammation is removed. At the same time, free radicals are dispersed to fight in the inflammation -- this is OK for acute trauma, but with chronic inflammation, we then have these detrimental free radicals constantly flowing through our system and eventually breaking down healthy cells and good DNA. And as our unhealthy diets continue, the inflammation never goes away and the body is stuck constantly using up its precious resources and defenses. In the shorter-term, this can open up the body to frequent sickness and a host of ailments. Over the long-term, this chronic, system-wide inflammation can have severe consequences on our health and wellness (studies have shown inflammation to be a causal factor in cardiovascular disease, diabetes, atherosclerosis, some cancers, etc.).

The Omega-6: Omega-3 Fatty Acid Ratio

In reference to the Omega-6: Omega-3 ratio, typical Westerners have a ratio somewhere around 20:1, whereas the ideal ratio is between 4:1 and 2:1. Omega 6's are the unhealthy fats found in heavily processed foods, refined grains, commercially raised meats, and many often-used cooking oils (soybean, vegetable, corn, sunflower, etc --- yes they sound good, but they are NOT good for your body). Stick to organic coconut oil (for high-heat cooking) and extra virgin olive oil (for low/medium heat cooking). Omega 3's are the good fats found in naturally raised meats, beans/legumes, oily fish, and some nuts.

As for meats, most animals were naturally intended to graze and feed in open pastures, and those that do so tend to have much higher levels of healthy Omega 3 fatty acids in their bodies. Unfortunately, many of us eat commercially raised meats which are fattened on low quality grains, corn, soy, and in many cases the leftover scraps of actual animals. These animals’ bodies are not intended to be stuffed full of grains, animal meat, and other junk, so to prevent (and react) to eventual animal sicknesses, farmers will pump them full of antibiotics (and then hormones to encourage further growth). As an end result we, the consumer, eat meats that have a much higher unhealthy Omega 6 fat content, AND we ingest the remnants of antibiotics and growth hormones.

Moral of the story, watch your diet and buy organic when necessary!

A quick guide to foods with generally high pesticide/chemical/antibiotic counts (in descending order) that should definitely be purchased organic:

Fruit: Peaches, Apples, Strawberries, Nectarines, PearsVeggies: Spinach, Bell Peppers, Celery, Hot Peppers

As for meat/fish:

Beef: Buy organic, GRASS-FED (very important)
Poultry: Buy organic or free-range
Eggs: Buy organic and cage-free (eggs from sick, antibiotic-pumped chickens are not what you want to be ingesting)
Fish: buy wild caught (farm raised might sound good, but think about, since when are fish found anywhere remotely near a farm??)


In regards to budgeting, while organic foods are fairly expensive, they can be quite affordable once we cut out all the snacks, extra sodas and other junk in our diets!

Until next time, eat natural, live natural, and live healthy!

- Sayan Sarkar, CEO of InvigorateNOW


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Inflammation (article in Alternative Medicine mag.)


April 22, 2012 by Sayan

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Click to open InvigorateNOW's article, "Inflammation - Put Out The Fire That Consumes Your Health", in Alternative Medicine Magazine's Mar/Apr 2012 issue.


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How to get fit for cheap -- less than $100


May 01, 2012 by Sayan

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Before I get into the specific descriptions, I’ll put the basics of this post front and center. If you learn nothing else from this article, just remember this:

The three essentials to burning fat and building muscle on a budget are: A pullup bar that hangs over the doorframe, a kettlebell, and jump rope. And the best part is that these are cheap, and can all be purchased for less than $100 total! So no more excuses, get moving!______________________________________

For many of us, the cost of a gym membership is an issue in our weight loss and fitness endeavors. Unless you get lucky with a corporate discount rate or other promotion, chances are you are paying upwards of $80 a month at many city gyms. It is a fairly expensive way to get fit, and for many this is a good enough reason to push off fitness for "some other time".

There is a simple way out of this dilemma, though, and it’s structured around a home-based workout using a few simple, inexpensive pieces of fitness equipment. For a fun, heart-pumping workout that helps burn fat, build muscle and increase overall fitness, just buy these:

1. A kettle bell (for beginners, men buy a 25 lb and women a 10 or 15 lb). Test out different sizes before buying, based on relative strength.

2. Jump rope (weighted handles for an added challenge)

3. Pull up bar that hangs over the door or door frame

Total cost for all 3? Less than $100.

If finances are currently an issue, using these simple options IS the way to go about reaching your physique, body composition and performance goals.

In my personal experience, I spent the majority of summer 2011 on a simple at-home workout. I was out of the house at least 13-14 hours a day, and money was tight. My choice was to either spend money on proper nutrition and nothing on a gym membership, spend money on a gym membership and eat junk (terrible option; diet is always priority), or combine the best of both worlds. I chose the last option and I recommend any budget-conscious person to do the same. If you are determined to get fit and have very little extra money to spend, focus on eating well and work out in your basement or backyard!

The Exercises

Sayan, at the start position for kettlebell swingsKettlebellsAs for specific exercises with the kettlebell, swings are a must! For these, you must bend over from the hips, while keeping your upper body at about a 45 degree upright angle. The kettlebell should be between the legs, and both feet should point slightly outwards. The ‘swing’ part is a driving motion originating from the hips/core. Use your hips to thrust forward and let the momentum swing your arms (and the kettlebell up). Knees should be slightly bent, but should stay in roughly the same place throughout the exercise. Kettlebell swings are an outstanding exercise to build the whole posterior chain, with an emphasis on the glutes and hamstrings (the glutes are a fat storage problem area for many).

Sayan, midway through kettlebell swings

I also recommend goblet squats (going to at least parallel or below) if your flexibility permits. With goblet squats, you hold the kettlebell with two hands (how you might hold a rounded glass or ‘goblet’), and drop down into a squat position. If weighted (or even bodyweight) squats are a challenge, start by dropping into a low squat while holding onto a steady pole or object. Proper squat form is essential to get fit especially in the lower body --- it builds up strong leg muscles while burning extra fat, and reducing the risk of injury.

Squat form: People often shun squats because they are supposedly bad for your knees, but this is only true if your form is incorrect. A correctly done squat begins with the hips first! Start by moving your hips back as if you were sitting down, all the while making sure your knees do NOT move past the toes. Focus on digging your heels into the ground. Get down until thighs are parallel to the ground, then rise up (again leading with the hips). It kills me to see so many people leading squats by bending their knees in all different directions, and setting themselves up for future injuries. Attaining proper squat form may be difficult at first but it gets much easier with consistent practice! When you can do 20 bodyweight squats to parallel or below, without holding on to anything, you are ready to take the step to goblet squats.

Pull-upsPull-up bars are a versatile piece of equipment that can help build muscle in many ways. Pull-ups build the large muscles in the back, torch your arms and integrate the core for an all around workout. If you can't do full pull ups, mix workouts between one-legged pull ups, negative pull ups, and hangs.For one-legged pull-ups, place a chair about a foot ahead of a spot directly under the bar. Step up, grasp the pull-up bar with both hands (overhand or underhand grip “chin-ups"


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How a young woman lost 40 pounds and 5 pant sizes


May 10, 2012 by Sayan

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“Your mind gives up a lot faster than your body does”.

I’ve heard this saying numerous times in the past but I haven’t really understood what it entails until recently. In the past year, I have been able to drop 5 pant sizes and over 40 pounds all because of this saying and some simple but effective lifestyle changes.

I’ve always been rather active and have worked out pretty regularly but have been on the heavy side. I would constantly be frustrated with myself thinking, “I am working out, so why am I not seeing any results?” During my weight loss journey, I have learned that it takes a lot more than just simply ‘working out’. The most important thing it does take is determination and the drive to really want to make a change. It is not easy, but it is possible. Here’s what I found worked for me and may serve as a good starting point for you, if you too are frustrated from not seeing results:

1.) Get to know your body. If you have been doing the same routine at the gym for as long as you can remember, and you are not seeing results, change it up. Different things work for different people. In order to see results, your workout routine should always be changing. If you are not breaking a sweat and not feeling challenged, you are not fully applying yourself. Keep pushing yourself and you’ll notice that your threshold of tolerance will adapt, at which point you can step it up a little more. Many of us females are convinced that we can lose weight by simply cutting calories and eating less. This is a misconception! A regular exercise routine can do wonders and jumpstart your metabolism in ways you would never have imagined.

2.) Research and step out of your comfort zone. Ladies, we all know that cardio is our forte and that is great but so is weight training. Focusing on only one of these won’t get you where you want to be. Worry not, weight training won’t make you look “too masculine”. Including some light weights in your routine can enhance the fat burn process which is always a plus! There are tons of great websites out there that offer great workout advice, this one you are currently visiting being one of them! You don’t need a trainer! Save the money and spend some time on the internet. Focus on form -- be sure to always watch that your form is correct so you do not hurt yourself. Do not bite off more than you can chew -- a little change goes a long way. Try something fun like a zumba, belly dancing, hip hop, or Latin aerobics dance video. If you enjoy working out, you will want to do it more so why not make it fun?

3.) Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper. Following this simple rule serves as a great guideline to streamline your meals and snacks. Focus on getting your daily carbs and sugars in earlier during the day so that you can replenish your blood sugar levels to fuel you throughout the day. A heavy breakfast will also prevent you from snacking throughout the day.

4.) Be careful with snacking. Snacking is a huge trap for individuals that want to be healthy. Eat more proteins to keep yourself fuller for longer, to avoid unhealthy snacking. Have more white meat over dark meat which is higher in fat. Eggs and fish are also great sources of healthy protein. We all get that craving for chocolate and greasy fried things especially when us ladies are down or stressed. Fight it! If you do need to snack, make it a healthy one. Nuts, raisins, fruit, yogurt, cottage cheese, etc. These snacks are high in healthy fats and protein and will keep you full.



5.) Change up the foods you consume. Enzymes and nutrients in food help us to digest the food we consume. Cooking everything we eat denatures these enzymes and diminishes the nutritional value of some foods, making them harder to digest and less healthy. Focus on eating foods that are raw and natural. Get more fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet and eat more whole grains. These get absorbed much slower than refined and processed carbs which can cause our blood sugar level to spike.
6.) Move your dinner time up. Try not to eat too close to bedtime. Your body goes into conservation mode while you sleep which means all the food that you’ve eaten will get stored and can lead to unnecessary pounds. Take a walk after dinner with your family. This can be fun and healthy.
7.) Get the whole family involved. Sure you can do it all by yourself but it’s a lot more motivational and fun when you bring someone along for the ride. Set up a workout and healthy eating schedule where you meet up with friends and family and work on being healthy together.
8.) Do not think you are hopeless. Switching to a healthier lifestyle can be done. Make sure to stick to it and refrain from reverting back to your old ways. Sure it seems hard at first, but after a while you start to enjoy the changes you’ve made and your body and mood will reflect this as well.


If you really want to make the change and be a healthier, happier, more confident individual, you CAN make it happen. You have to want it and be ready, willing, and able to make some changes, give up some tempting foods, and endure the pain of successful workouts. If you keep at it, it is impossible that you won’t see results. You can do it!

- Priya Mukhopadhyay

Priya graduated from Stony Brook University in May 2011 with a degree in Health Science Disability Studies (Pre-Medicine). You can contact her at Priya.Mukhopadyay0@gmail.com


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Control your insulin - the quickest way to lose weight?


November 20, 2012 by Sayan

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Today I want to further elaborate on the one "big" concept.

Cutting out inflammation from your body as the NUMBER ONE goal, for your short AND long-term health and weight loss success.

Since inflammation is such a key control mechanism for all types of problems and diseases in the body, we are going to break it up into a series of posts.

With that being said, I introduce to you a fat loss-oriented post:

“Control Your Insulin - The Quickest Way To Lose Weight?”

You will see some of these results within weeks, if not days. And all the while you will be sowing the seeds for improved long-term health and well being...for the months and years to come.

But enough with the basics – let’s make these benefits specific.

Significant Weight and Fat Loss...Like 17 Pounds in 3 Weeks

When I began my focus on reducing inflammation (via the Slow Carb Diet - Note: I generally don’t eat beans much anymore due to digestion issues), I went from 215 pounds to 202 pounds in 3 weeks.

And this was with 3 simple workouts, about 45 minutes each…done 3 times a week.

The workouts were nothing fancy by any means, and yes if you were wondering, my then-obese self spent probably 4 minutes texting/web-surfing/doing nothing important on my phone between each of those easy exercises. And I still lost the weight.

Without this huge initial weight loss (the first time that I ACTUALLY LOST WEIGHT out of probably 30 attempts), I can’t say I would’ve stuck around.

Since I first discovered the weight loss secret way back when, I've continued to stay strong with an anti inflammatory lifestyle.

The results don't lie: I'm down 76 pounds to date, and my overall health and well-being is absolutely fantastic. It is definitely the quickest way to lose weight and get healthy!

A close friend of mine recently started a similar diet. His results? Almost identical. He lost 17 pounds in 3 weeks by sticking to the basics: Lean protein, moderate fats, and lots of vegetables.

He added in some consistent exercise and literally watched the weight melt away.

Following those first 17 pounds lost, my friend started paying less attention to his diet. He added in white rice, Portuguese rice (oily, fried rice) and other high glycemic index and starchy foods.

His weight has since gone up 7 pounds and his net weight loss now is only 10 pounds.

This is still great in terms of numbers. But as always, the importance of eating right for at least 80% of your weekly meals can’t be stressed enough here.

Energy, Insulin, and Fat Loss. They Go Together Like Peanut Butter & Jelly.

So this is seriously the last thing I thought would happen: Go on a diet, don’t eat tasty sugars, tons of carbs, and other ‘energy boosting’ foods, and have more energy??

Well I didn’t believe myself at first, but now it’s how I eat almost all the time.

The reality of nutrition is that food quality and substance is sort of like a control switch for your body.When you eat sugary and/or starchy foods the body breaks it all down into glucose which floats around the bloodstream. To deal with this increase in blood sugar, the body produces insulin.

Insulin, at the most basic level, is a hormone produced to remove the excess sugar from the blood and store it in your fat or muscle cells.

Muscle cells, though, can only hold a limited amount of glucose (stored as glycogen).

Once this storage capacity is at its max (which it is for most overweight/obese people and especially those who don’t exercise), all other blood glucose is stored in the fat cells.

Additionally in regards to chronic inflammation: A poor diet and chronic stress leads to chronically elevated cortisol (breaks down muscle), which increases insulin resistance.

When you are insulin resistant, your cells are NOT eager to allow blood sugar (glucose) to enter the cells and be stored as glycogen (which would've later been used for energy).

This excess glucose is converted into triglycerides (fatty acids) by the liver and then sent off to be stored in fat cells. When the fatty acids reach the fat cells, the body recognizes excess insulin in the blood.

Excess insulin triggers lipoprotein lipase (LPL) inside the fat cells, which allows the fatty acids to enter and be stored, thereby letting you gain weight.

If there were no insulin in the blood, another enzyme inside the fat cells, hormone sensitive lipase (HSL), would be activated. HSL allows the fat to be broken up and released to be used as energy.

In other words:1. Excess carbs/starch/sugar = excess blood sugar2. Excess blood sugar = excess insulin3. Excess insulin and little exercise (especially with insulin resistance) = lots of slippery, blubbery fat!

With that being said, how can we use this information to increase our energy??

Well a 2nd consequence of increased blood sugar/insulin is energy highs and lows. We’re all well aware of this, whether we know it or not.

You eat a tasty, sugary pastry for example, and are all hopped up and feeling like Rocky Balboa himself…for about an hour. After that hour, you’re hungry again, antsy, and possibly a bit depressed. And all you can think of is MORE SUGAR.

What happened was you got a huge blood sugar and energy rush from the pastry. Then insulin came along and moved all of this sugar out of the blood.

So you’re left with a quick energy spike, a similarly quick energy drop, and huge cravings in an effort to get back to a state of seemingly normal blood sugar.

Research has shown that the deeper scientific explanation of this is: Blood sugar peaks first, which is followed by a peak in insulin to deal with the blood sugar.

Since the insulin peaks later, it also drops off a little later.

During this lag time, when blood sugar is down to normal, but insulin is still higher than normal, the body craves sugar.

The higher than normal insulin is hanging around the bloodstream, and essentially has no sugar left to shuttle into the body cells.

So, it turns to the body and asks (i.e. demands) for more sugar, thereby making you hungrier than the Cookie Monster.

So what’s the solution, smart guy?

The way to sustained, prolonged energy is to eat foods that have a very minimal impact on blood sugar and insulin.This can be easily achieved with the processed-food free, anti-inflammatory diet so often spoken about here.

A diet that is fundamentally based on lean (sometimes fatty if grass-fed/free range) proteins, healthy fats, and vegetables.

Besides veggies and a piece or two of fruit (it's best to limit excessive fructose intake from fruits), our carbs should only be 100% natural, starchy ones (eaten at the right times and in the right amounts).

By doing this, insulin will ONLY rise at the most opportune times (more on this in following posts).

Besides the planned rise at these specific times, your blood sugar WILL stay steady day in and day out.

Keep your blood sugar steady. Don't end up like the Cookie Monster.

Steady blood sugar = steady insulin = steady, increasing energy, day in and day out

(Note: This may be a lot to take in at once, especially in regards to what starches to eat and when to eat them. Again, upcoming blog posts will detail this all out for you.)

Overall, the benefits of smart nutrition, exercise and supplementation are the keys to your long-term health success.

Over time, the pounds will continue to drop off (admittedly though at a slower rate) and you will look leaner, feel stronger, and be healthier.

1) Smart Nutrition

The processed food free, low(er) carbohydrate diet provides the best results. (Note: this is NOT a zero-carb diet.) Vegetables are essential and are full of carbs, and clean, natural carbs (I mostly like sweet potatoes, rice and quinoa) are generally fine if eaten sparingly and after workouts.

Otherwise, protein, veggies, and healthy, Omega-3 rich fats should make up the majority of your diet.

2) Exercise

Weight training (light if you're a starter) is key, as this form of strenuous training reduces inflammation in the long-term.

It also helps you build muscle which will boost your metabolism and burn off fat.

High intensity cardio in intervals/sprints provides great results as well.

3) Natural Supplements

The most important supplements to give you full protection against inflammation are a quality fish oil, Vitamin D3, and a good selection of antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory herbs and vitamins.

For this last group, I am of course biased towards InvigorateNOW, but it must be said that this product was created exclusively with the ultimate goal of reducing inflammation and the other 2 fat triggers.

The powerful ingredients in the formula, some of which have been used successfully for thousands of years, are known to reduce inflammation and protect the body and mind. But I urge you to read about it and decide for yourself.

If you are not ready to invest in InvigorateNOW at the moment, I would highly recommend purchasing a quality fish oil and Vitamin D3 supplement at a bare minimum.

Sayan Sarkar


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