More Success With Our Metabolic Detoxq

February 29, 2012  •  1 Comment  •  Uncategorized

Just had a newer client knock off 17 pounds in 21 days. Amazing success and our best results to date.

Now, this is a female client. Some men have lost more but she is SO happy that she is repeating it for another 21 days.

Let me know if you want more info on our metabolic detox.

Jim

   

Exercise = Sleep

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According to an article on the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke , at least 40 million americans suffer from some form of sleep disorder ! Inadequate sleep can lead to a host of medical problems , number ONE…. Weight Gain ! Work performance , quality of sex life , family life etc. , sleep disorders medical costs are 16 BILLION A YEAR !!! …. SOLUTION : EXERCISE !!! Those of YOU who engaged in at LEAST 150 minutes of INTENSE physical activity a WEEK had 65% better sleep patterns , fell asleep faster , had less daytime sleepiness , better sex lives and a more rounded family life as well , than THOSE who were MINIMALLY active !! …..MOVE IT !!

   

Great Quote From Baseball Player Derek Jeter

February 27, 2012  •  0 Comments  •  Uncategorized

Over the weekend, i read that New York Yankee, Derek Jeter said, “You get older, you realize it’s easier to stay in shape than to get into shape.”

SO true.

I see clients start to gain a little weight back. I BEG them to get it back off as, with each year, it can get harder and harder to lose weight.

BUT, it will come off. It will just take longer.

If you are gaining a little weight back, shut it down as fast as possible.

Your bff to stay in shape – the scale. It tells the truth.

Jim

   

New Weight Loss Drug

February 23, 2012  •  2 Comments  •  Uncategorized

I’m reading about a new weight loss drug called Qnexa. Part of the formula includes a drug to increase the feeling of fullness.

I know I’ve been writing this for years, but eating a big breakfast does the same thing. I just finished 3 eggs, 3 pieces of low-fat turkey bacon, 1 piece of Ezekiel toast and two pieces of fruit. I eat that, or something similar, everyday and at night, I truly am not hungry.

And don’t you agree, it’s the eating at night that generally gets you into trouble.

Please eat that big breakfast and skip the drugs, as we still don’t know about the potential side effects.

Jim

   

More Cleanse Catastrophe!!!

February 22, 2012  •  1 Comment  •  Uncategorized

I know I have blogged about this, but it just keeps happening.

I meet a woman at a party. She is, let’s say. just about 20 pounds overweight. She tells me she is starting one of the CRAZY cleanse products.

I bump into her 4 weeks later. She beams and tells me she is down 10 pounds.

I bump into her 6 weeks later and she has gained all 10 pounds she lost AND added an additional 5. She is devastated.

What happened? On the cleanse, she lost mostly muscle and some fat. Her metabolism when down. Then, after the cleanse, she gained all her weight back and now it’s ALL FAT and since her metabolism is has been lowered, she gained 5 more. It’s a mess.

Then, these “post cleanse” women will come to my firm and we have go about rebuilding their muscle and their metabolism. One client was told by her doctor that the repeated cleanses destroyed her metabolism. Yes, we can correct it, but WHY make such a mess in the first place.

Don’t do a cleanse. It’s a disaster in the long run.

Jim

   

LuluLemon Store On Halsted Street

February 21, 2012  •  0 Comments  •  Uncategorized

Just became a Lululemon Ambassador to the Halsted Street store, which is the BEST store to shop at in Chicago. I get free loot AND my picture up in the store. Needles to say, I’m beefing my workouts up this week and living on broccoli and grilled chicken….plus a splash, just a splash of wine!

   

Was It Marathon Running Or Sleep Deprivation That Killed a 42 Year Old CEO

February 20, 2012  •  0 Comments  •  Uncategorized

Probably both.

Here is the article so you decide:

For all people who think they can get away with very few hours of
sleep!!! YOU CANT…it will catch up in the long run!
Ranjan Das, CEO and MD of SAP Indian subcontinent died after a massive cardiac arrest in Mumbai. One of the youngest CEOs, he was 42 What killed Ranjan Das and Lessons for Corporate India A month ago, many of us heard about the sad demise of Ranjan Das from Bandra, Mumbai. He was very active in sports, was a fitness freak and a marathon runner. It was common to see him run on Bandra’s Carter Road. Just after Diwali, on 21st Oct last year, he returned home from his gym after a workout, collapsed with a massive heart attack and died.
It was certainly a wake-up call for corporate India. However, it was
even more disastrous for runners amongst us. Since Ranjan was an avid
marathoner ( in Feb 09, he ran Chennai Marathon at the same time some of us were running Pondicherry Marathon 180 km away ), the question came as to why an exceptionally active, athletic person succumb to heart attack at 42 years of age. Was it the stress? A couple of you called me asking about the reasons. While Ranjan had mentioned that he faced a lot of stress that is a common element in most of our lives. We used to think that by being fit, one can conquer the bad effects of stress. So I doubted if the cause was stress. The Real Reason

However, everyone missed out a small line in the reports that Ranjan used to make do with 4-5 hours of sleep. This is an earlier interview of Ranjan on NDTV in the program ‘Boss’ D! Day Out’: Boss’ Day Out:
RanjanDas of SAP India. The Evidence Last week, I was working with a well-known cardiologist on the subject of ŒHeart Disease caused by Lack of Sleep¹. ! While I cannot share the video or the slides because of confidentiality reasons, I have distilled the key points below in the hope it will save some of our lives. Some Excerpts:
Short sleep duration ( <5 or 5-6 hours) increased risk for high BP
by 350% to 500% compared to those who slept longer than 6 hours per
night. Paper published in 2009. As you know, high BP kills.
Young people (25-49 years of age) are twice as likely to get high
BP if they sleep less. Paper published in 2006.
Individuals who slept less than 5 hours a night had a 3-fold
increased risk of heart attacks. Paper published in 1999.
Complete and partial lack of sleep increased the blood concentrations
of High sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hs-cRP), the strongest predictor of heart attacks. Even after getting adequate sleep later, the levels stayed high!! Just one night of sleep loss increases very toxic substances in body such as Interleukin-6 (IL! -6), Tumour Necrosis Factor-Alpha (TNF-alpha)and C-reactive protein (cRP). They increase risks of many medical conditions, including cancer arthritis and heart disease. Paper published in 2004. Sleeping for <=5 hours per night leads to 39% increase in heart disease. Sleeping for <=6 hours per night leads to 18% increase in heart disease. Paper published in 2006. Ideal Sleep For lack of space, I cannot explain here the ideal sleep architecture. But in brief, sleep is composed of two stages: REM (Rapid Eye Movement) and non-REM. The former helps in mental consolidation while the latter helps in physical repair and rebuilding. During the night, you alternate between REM and non-REM stages 4-5 times. The earlier part of sleep is mostly non-REM. During that period, your pituitary gland releases growth hormones that repair your body. The latter part of sleep is more and more REM type. For you to be mentally alert during the day, the latter part of sleep is more important. No wonder when you wake up with an alarm clock after
5-6 hours of sleep, you are mentally irritable throughout the day (lack of REM sleep). And if you have slept for less than 5 hours, your body is in a complete physical mess ( lack of non-REM sleep ), you are tired throughout the day, moving like a zombie and your immunity is way down (I¹ve been there, done that ).Finally, as long-distance runners, you need an hour of extra sleep to repair the running related damage. In conclusion: Barring stress control, Ranjan Das did everything right: eating proper food, exercising ( marathoning! ), maintaining proper weight. But he missed getting proper and adequate sleep, minimum 7 hours. In my opinion, that killed him. If you are not getting enough sleep (7 hours), you are playing with fire, even if you have low stress. I always took pride in my ability to work 50 hours at a stretch whenever the situation warranted. But I was so spooked after seeing the scientific evidence last week that since Saturday night, I ensure I do not even set the alarm clock under 7 hours. Now, that is a nice excuse to get some more sleep. Unfortunately, Ranjan Das is not alone when it comes to missing sleep. Many of us are doing exactly the same, perhaps out of ignorance.

   

Great Petite Success Story That I Am Allowed To Share

February 17, 2012  •  0 Comments  •  Uncategorized

Here it is:

Hi Jim, just wanted to let you know I finished my 21 days yesterday. I have lost 12.5 lbs! I started at 136.5 and am now 124. I did not have the gravity straps as they were on order, so did just the eating plan, I did my first workout with the straps two days ago and am very sore, a good sore, its a lot harder then you would think. Anyway, just wanted to let you know of my success, I have to admit I am feeling a little lost now without my meals being planned. When the 21 days are finished do you recommend starting over or just using it as a guide line? I think one of the things I noticed the most was that I never felt tired during the day. I use to eat simple carbs and now understand that I was crashing. My kids loved the eating plan too as there was an abundance of fresh fruit in the house. I also learned at the age of 46 how to eat so much better, again thanks for such a great book.

Isn’t that an amazing success story!!!

   

Before and After “Petite” Pictures

February 16, 2012  •  0 Comments  •  Uncategorized

I’m getting some amazing success stories emailed to me.

I would LOVE it if any of you have great before and after pictures as they are SO inspiring to others.

Shoot them to info@jimkaras.com if you have them.

And keep the great stories coming……

   

Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2012  •  0 Comments  •  Uncategorized

Everyone, please be careful today. Don’t go crazy. Don’t eat candy for a week and a half.

Enjoy the day, in moderation, then get right back at it tomorrow.

It seems like every other week, we have ANOTHER reason to overeat.

I just want you to live long, lean and healthy!!!

Jim