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In this week's Podcast Episode #23 , I host a roundtable with personal trainers Mark Cavallaro and Jolene Wilkinson. During this episode, we talk about very practical and easy ways to maintain fat loss and fitness during the holidays and Thanksgiving. If you're trying to lose fat or get fitter during the holiday season, you won't want to miss this episode, which includes:<br/><br/>-The top five fattiest foods and perfect substitutions<br/><br/>-Smart strategies straight from top trainers at Pacific Elite Fitness <br/><br/><br/>-How to make food less likely to get stored as fat<br/><br/><br/>-Tricks for staying motivated to exercise<br/><br/><br/>-Ways to make "Holes in Your Calendar" for fitness<br/><br/>Also included in this podcast is an answer to the following listener question:<br/><br/>+I listened to podcast #21 where you gave your 1-2-3 secret to fast fat burning and basically, you advocated 20-30 min @ 60% MHR an on empty stomach.�� My question is that I work out 5x a week at an hour each morning - 2-3 times full body weight training and 2-3 times high intensity cardio at 85-95% HR or interval training. To increase my fat burning potential, how do I use this slower, steady cardio technique?�� Should I continue with my current workout program and then tack on an extra 30 min of steady cardio? <br/><br/>Thanks always,<br/>Tina+<br/><br/>!|title=cranberryhow-full|height=346|style=margin: 3px;|alt=|width=286|class=size-medium wp-image-146 alignleft|src=!<br/><br/>Here are the shownote links from topics mentioned in this podcast:<br/><br/>Order The Original Gymstick (use the 10% discount code at minute 10:58 of this week's podcast!) <br/><br/>Bodybuilding for Skinny Guys - Click Here To Go From Zero to Huge in 20 Weeks!<br/><br/>Triathlete Interview Form - Fill This Out to Find Out More About Multi-Sport Coaching<br/><br/>Fitness Interview Form - Fill This Out to Find Out More About Fat Loss & Fitness Training<br/><br/>And finally...<br/><br/>Jolene Wilkinson's Health(ier) Cranberry Chutney Recipe<br/>1 cup water<br/>1/2 cup stevia (sugar substitute)<br/>1 (12 ounce) package fresh cranberries<br/>1 cup apples - peeled, cored and diced<br/>1/2 cup cider vinegar<br/>1/2 cup raisins<br/>1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon<br/>1/4 teaspoon ground ginger<br/>1/4 teaspoon ground allspice<br/>1/8 teaspoon ground cloves<br/><br/>In a medium saucepan combine the water and sugar substitute. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat. Add the cranberries, apples, cider vinegar, raisins and spices. Bring to a boil, then simmer gently for 10 minutes stirring often.<br/>Pour mixture into a mixing bowl. Place plastic wrap directly on the surface of the sauce. Cool to room temperature and serve or cover and refrigerate. Bring chutney to room temperature before serving.<br/><br/>Yield: 20 serving


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!|title=pinch|height=127|style=margin: 3px; float: left;|alt=|width=191|class=alignleft size-medium wp-image-132|src=!**Imagine if you showed up to a personal trainer, but instead of just a simple and basic exercise or diet routine, you had access to:

-Exercise metabolic testing to determine your exact caloric needs, fat burning and maximum fitness response heart rates, and unique biochemical and nutrient utilization profile.

-Body composition, dynamic range-of-motion and fitness testing to identify structural imbalances, assess your personal fitness levels, and customize a program to your body.

-Detailed workout calendar and nutritional plans, with daily instructions for every aspect of your program - fitness, diet and lifestyle!

-*Unlimited phone and e-mail access *to a physiologist, nutritionist and metabolic expert.

-Full access to any necessary medical testing procedures, including comprehensive blood metabolic profiles, thyroid screening, hormone analysis, and biomechanical evaluation.

-Ability to split the entire cost of the program among a group of friends, or among a group that we find for you to join! This is a new feature that allows for a very high degree of affordability.

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+Don't pinch yourself. +It's all available right here in Spokane, Washington, in a program directed by Ben Greenfield and overseen at *Champions Sports Medicine** in the beautiful Gonzaga district of Spokane, Washington.* Click here for more information about Ben Greenfield, MS, CSCS, CPT, C-ISSN.<br/>

Are you ready to begin? It's time to re-invent your body and turn your life around, with zero guesswork. We have access to every necessary test to discover exactly what is going on in your body, including food allergies, hormone issues, metabolic syndromes, or nutritional needs. Simply complete the information below, and we'll contact you immediately.

"My name is

and I'm interested in finding out more about how I can receive a comprehensive package that includes* medical and metabolic testing, nutritional consulting and exercise planning and unlimited access to a personal trainer*. I understand that if I desire, I can divide the cost of this program by any number of friends that I want to participate with me, or I can even join a pre-existing group for the same cost-savings! My e-mail is</em><br/><br/><input name="mailfrom" type="text" /> and my phone is

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You shouldn't have to train 15-20 hours a week to be competitive at Ironman.<br/><br/>Ben Greenfield has designed a 6 month training plan designed for the busy, working Ironman triathlete. This plan can be implemented at any point during the training year, and brings the beginner, intermediate, or advanced individual to the Ironman finish line in 6 months! Click here for details. <br/><br/>Also, visit the *TrainingPeaks blog* for Ben's latest article on recovery...


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SPECIAL MID-WEEK ANNOUNCEMENT #1: Click here for a complete list of Ben Greenfield's *Six Extreme Workout Challenges. *Video record yourself completing *any of these challenges in the allotted period of time, and receive a FREE copy of *Shape21: The Complete 21 Day Lean Body Manual.*<br/><p style="text-align: left;">SPECIAL MID-WEEK ANNOUNCEMENT #2: *Podcast Discount on Fat Loss Capsule - at the end of [Podcast #18 |] is a special* discount code *that automatically gives you a *ten dollar *discount on ThermoFactor! Click here to order with your discount code. </p><br/>!|title=thermo_factor|style=border: 2px solid black; margin: 5px; float: left;|alt=|class=alignleft size-medium wp-image-123|src=!<br/><br/>*ThermoFactor is a synergistic formula that successfully addresses major issues associated with weight gain. The ingredients provide powerful thermogenic support and help control the appetite and blood sugar balance:+<br/><br/><em>Citrus aurantium Extract (Advantra Z)<br/></em>Advantra Z is extracted from the dried immature fruit of the bitter orange. More effective than ephedrine upon thermogenesis, it increases metabolic rate without the side effects. It helps suppress appetite and increase the release of fatty acids from storage. Athletes benefit from the ability to exercise longer without exhaustion or lean tissue loss.<br/><br/>Green Tea Extract (Camellia sinensis): Green tea works synergistically with Advantra Z to increase thermogenesis. It is recognized as an overall health tonic containing powerful antioxidants.<br/><br/>L-Tyrosine: The amino acid L-tyrosine increases the appetite suppressing abilities of Advantra Z. It is a precursor to a number of neurotransmitters and hormones. L-tyrosine is a minor stimulant for the release of growth hormone (GH) and thus important for metabolism (including thermogenesis).<br/><br/><br/>Chromium: Insulin plays a major role in fat storage. Chromium is a trace mineral that potentiates the effects of insulin, causing less insulin to be needed. Blood sugar levels are thus stabilized, and less fat is stored. Perhaps 90% of all Americans are deficient in chromium. It helps decrease LDL, cholesterol and triglycerides, while raising the levels of desirable HDL.<br/><br/>Vanadyl Sulfate: Vanadyl sulfate mimics many of the activities of insulin. It is biologically active even in the absence of insulin. It possesses anti-catabolic properties: reducing the breakdown of muscle protein for energy. It also prevents the storage of excess carbohydrates as fat.<br/><br/>Manganese+: Manganese is another mineral that plays an important role in carbohydrate metabolism. It is a cofactor with many of the enzymes that affect sugar metabolism.<br/><p style="text-align: center;">Podcast Discount on Fat Loss Capsule* - at the end of *Podcast #18 is a +special** discount code +that automatically gives you a +ten dollar discount*+ on ThermoFactor! Click here to order with your discount code.


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!|title=carryonbag|style=margin: 3px; float: left;|alt=|class=alignleft alignnone size-medium wp-image-87|src=!Summer air travel can be the bane of your healthy living quest. While at home, the consistency  of your exercise and nutrition habits offers a reliable means of maintaining wellness. But once you hit the runway, everything changes. For  a better idea of what I mean, perhaps you should read an article from the Pacific Elite Fitness archives, titled "How To Get Fat When You Fly ".<br/><br/>The purpose of the next few blog posts (appropriately named in a series called "The Healthy Traveler"), is to allow you to follow me, Ben Greenfield, on a six day excursion to and through Poland, where I will be attending my brother's wedding.<br/><br/>In this first post, we'll inspect 8 Essential Items in the carry-on bag of The Healthy Traveller. The following items are not necessarily the most ideal, the most useful, or the most practical but they are exactly what lies in the carry-on bag beneath my feet as I write this article...<br/><br/>1) Two yams. Quick! You're rushing out the door and realize you have no food plans for the flight. While microwaving may not be the healthiest option for cooking food, a fast nuke can make for a healthy meal later in the day. 2008 Olympic 100 and 200 meter gold medalist Usain Bolt swears by yams, and I happen to always have a couple around. If I don't have the chance to bake at 400 for an hour, I microwave for 12-15 minutes and throw into a ziplock bag. For sweet (breakfast), you can down these with a pack of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon from the airport Starbucks. For savory (lunch or dinner), lightly sprinkle with salt, and a small amount of ketchup. A great meal for the airport, packed with dense vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.<br/><br/>2) Four Bumblebars . High in good fats from their generous nut and seed content, Bumblebars are my healthy bar of choice, and the Chocolate flavor pairs fantastically with a cup of black coffee.  Other good brands include Larabar, Hammerbar and Biobar. When choosing energy bars, look for:<br/><br/>-Primary carb source (at least 3g of fiber or more) from whole grains like brown rice, oats, bran, barley, rye, buckwheat or whole wheat flour.<br/><br/>-Primarily sweetened by natural sugars (preferably 15g or less): dried or fresh fruit, fruit juice, purees (fructose), milk (lactose) or honey.<br/><br/>-Contains lean protein sources such as whey, soy, casein or eggs.<br/><br/>-Monounsaturated fat sources like nuts and seeds, nut butters or flaxseed.<br/><br/>-Limited in ingredients like wheat flakes, rice, white flour, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, dextrose, malitol, malt syrup, artificial sweeteners, preservatives and colors, saturated/trans fats, palm kernel oil, hydrogenated vegetable oil or extra calories from chocolate, caramel, frosting, or icing.<br/><br/>3) An orange. Fruits will give you fiber, more vitamins, and immune-boosting Vitamin C (important in that passenger-crammed airplane space). Try to travel with "peel-fruits" like oranges or grapefruits. Bananas tend to get a bit mushy when thrown around in your luggage.<br/><br/>4) Ziplock bag of Brazil nuts and almonds. Nuts are a good source of both healthy fats, as well as low-glycemic index carbohydrates, offering blood sugar stabilization during that long flight. I'm a very big fan of Brazil nuts, which are high in selenium, a potent anti-oxidant that fights many of the free radicals generated during physical activity and daily metabolism. However, they are expensive, so I mix with almonds, another healthy nut. Avoid peanuts, which are higher in toxins and pesticides.<br/><br/>5) Elastic band . Elastic bands are highly portable, very light, and give you access to a variety of exercises that simulate a typical gym workout. In Chicago O' Hare, I performed this 20 minute circuit three times through, under the stairwell in the B concourse: 20 Push-ups, 20 Reverse Pull-Ups, 20 Elastic Band Overhead Presses, 20 Walking Lunges, 20 Elastic Band Torso Twists, 20 Elastic Band Rows.<br/><br/>6) Actionwipes. I've blogged about 'em before. After I finished my elastic band workout, I had 5 minutes to catch the flight to Dusseldorf, Germany. I had both the Actionwipe spray and the Actionwipe wipes in my carry-on. I made a quick trip to the bathroom on my way to the gate and wiped myself down with the clean, fresh scent of Eucalyptus and Tea Tree oil, natural anti-fungals and anti-septics. Use discount code BGF for a 10% discount.<br/><br/>7) Tube of* UHydration .* This a new product that is a blend of electrolytes and vitamins. You add it to water, and get the equivalent of something like Vitamin water, except without the nasty chemically artificial sweetener taste and no calories. This stuff is sweetened with Stevia Leaf Extract, and contains Vitamin A, C, B-6, B-12, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Niacin, Folate, Pantothenic Acid, Magnesium, Zinc, Sodium, Potassium, and Choline. Tangerine-Ginger is my flavor of choice today.<br/><br/>8) Wax Ear-Plugs and EyeMask. Deep, rapid-eye-movement sleep is essential to immune-system health and muscle repair and recovery.  Inadequate sleep affects insulin sensitivity, appetite control hormones (increased leptin, decreased ghrelin), weight loss hormones (decreased testosterone, increased cortisol) and appetite neurotransmitters (decreased GABA, serotonin, dopamine). Since noise and light are major disruptions to deep REM sleep, you'll be healthier if you can block these out.<br/><br/>That's it! Remember, being healthy is about making those tiny extra efforts that ultimately leave you with soaring energy levels and mental clarity, low annual health care costs and peak physical performance.<br/><br/>I'll teach you more with each post from The Healthy Traveller during this week's adventures in Poland...


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Twitter and a Free Book

Posted by pacificfit Aug 10, 2008

!|title=shape21webbookcover|height=413|style=float: left;|alt=|width=370|class=alignleft alignnone size-medium wp-image-76|src=!*Want to win a free book? <br/><br/>You're in luck! In exactly 2 weeks, on August 24, at noon, Ben Greenfield will be selecting the top 3 blog comments of the entire 2 weeks and sending the authors a copy of Shape21: The Complete 21 Day Lean Body Manual. Your comments can be questions for Ben, analysis of recipes or articles, or even how you felt after performing the workouts in the Video section on BenGreenfieldFitness.<br/><br/>So what is Shape21? *This book includes exact day-by-day instructions with meal plans, recipes, grocery shopping lists, cardio routines, resistance training workouts, and exercise photos. Each day for 3 weeks, you find out how to shed maximum fat and achieve ideal muscular tone. No guesswork involved. Click here for more info on the Shape21 program by Ben Greenfield.<br/><br/>*And remember to post a comment on the blog. *It's the only way to win a free copy!<br/><br/>P.S. Ben Greenfield is now posting mini-tips on nutrition and fitness at . Don't know much about Twitter? That's OK. Just go to the page to learn more. It's the easiest way for you to follow expert advice for free!


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httpv://<br/><br/>On today's blog, I've posted the latest video in this series, which uses the JC All-Purpose Exercise Band from Perform Better . At the bottom of this post, I've included a *video file *that gives step-by-step instructions on how to find this band at the website (or just click here for the video file) The band used in the video is "Orange" medium resistance.<br/><br/>Perform each exercise in the video at a high rep range of 30-50 reps (I perform 50 in the video), and do the circuit two to three times through with minimal rest.<br/><br/>Exercises:<br/><br/>1) Swim forward chest press<br/><br/>2) Swim back reverse pull<br/><br/>3) Overhead extension<br/><br/>4) Kneeling swim back reverse pull<br/><br/>5) Oblique chop high-to-low<br/><br/>Enjoy your workout!<br/><br/>P.S. Not sure if anyone has been to my multi-sport strength training channel at **, but on that site I post workout videos for triathletes, and anyone else who wants to get in fantastic shape with highly effective 20-40 minute workouts. Check it out.


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Broiled Bananas

Posted by pacificfit Jul 30, 2008

!|title=bananas|height=297|style=border: 5px solid black; margin: 5px; float: left;|alt=|width=384|class=alignleft alignnone size-medium wp-image-65|src=!Here at BenGreenfieldFitness, we're all about quick and convenient recipes that fulfill those small appetite cravings. Sure, we could give you expansive recipes that keep you in the kitchen for an hour or two, but that's just not convenient in the summer! So this week's featured dessert/snack recipe is fast, simple, low in calories, and incredibly tasty on a summer evening.<br/><br/>*Turn on your broiler. *While it heats, cut a banana or two in half lengthwise. Arrange in a shallow baking dish and sprinkle very lightly with brown sugar. Optionally, you can dot just a bit of butter or a small drizzle of olive oil on each slice.  Place the dish with the bananas just a few inches under the broiler for about 2-3 minutes (brown sugar will bubble, bananas will begin to glaze). *Serve with a tablespoon of cold yogurt, and most importantly, a pineapple, mango, or papaya slice. *Each half-banana slice, with yogurt and extra fruit, will be around 100 calories.


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!|title=body|style=border: 2px solid black; float: right;|alt=|class=alignright alignnone size-medium wp-image-40|src=!July 14, 2008 Podcast

Included in this show:

-Does spot reduction actually work?

-Can you put stuff on your skin that will cause you to burn more fat?

-What supplements cause fat loss, even without exercise?

-What is the most effective type of exercise to lose fat?

-Can you lose fat and build muscle at the same time?

-Does weightlifting burn fat?

-Does the "calories in=calories out" equation actually work?

-Is there a "fat-burning zone"?[ |]

And much, much more...

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July 11, 2008 Podcast </p><br/>The latest news from the Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research, packaged into understandable terms by Ben Greenfield, including:<br/><br/>Influence of seat height on cycling economy<br/><br/>Effectiveness of indoor spin classes<br/><br/>New type of blood lactate testing<br/><br/>Approximating your ventilatory threshold<br/><br/>Simultaneous weight and endurance training - helpful or harmful?<br/><br/>How weight training affects stride length in runners<br/><br/>Nutrition For Performance review of a talk from the National Strength & Conditioning Association Conference

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!|title=11|height=69|alt=|width=64|class=alignnone size-medium wp-image-21|src=!*July 8, 2008 Podcast*


</p><br/>1. Introduction: "What to Expect in The Podcast"<br/><br/>2. Interview: Preview of Upcoming Interviews<br/><br/>3. Workout of the Week: Round & Round<br/><br/>*4. Book Review: Run With No Pain<br/><br/>5. Nutrition: Healthy Chocolate-Peanut Butter Ice Cream<br/><br/>6. Special Topic: *Preview of the National Personal Training conference<br/><p style="text-align: center;">--

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Everybody loves chocolate peanut-butter ice cream. But there is a healthy alternative.<br/><br/>Check out the website . It is a very useful website that I mention in this week's podcast episode. NutritionData allows you to gather nutrition labels and very specific information for every food on the planet. Here's a screenshot of one brand of Peanut Butter ice cream:<br/><br/>!|title=peanutbuttericecream|alt=|class=alignnone size-medium wp-image-32|src=!<br/><br/>And that's just 170 grams, which is about 3/4 cup. Not much.<br/><br/>So here's the alternative that you can do yourself at home:<br/><br/>1. Take 1/2 a container of plain low-fat or fat free yogurt (about 60 calories).<br/><br/>2. Add 1/2 a tablespoon of almond butter or peanut butter (50 calories).<br/><br/>3. Add a tablespoon of Hershey's chocolate or Ovaltine OR 1/4 dark chocolate bar for added texture (50 calories).<br/><br/>4. Freeze for 20 minutes and voila! Chocolate-peanut butter frozen yogurt with less than half the calories and far less saturated fat and sugar.<br/><br/>Enjoy your new-found dessert.


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