Mastering Weight Loss

Mastering Weight Loss is not just about losing weight but rather about living healthy for the rest of your life.  One thing is to lose weight and another is to maintain the weight loss.

Isn't losing weight and then maintaining it just so challenging?  

Yes, if you don't have the PROPER KNOWLEDGE, PLAN OF EXECUTION and TOOL.  When you do have the PROPER KNOWLEDGE, PLAN OF EXECUTION and TOOL, Mastering Weight Loss becomes SIMPLE and EASILY ACHIEVABLE.

Why most diets don't work long term.

If you just want to lose a few pound by taking a magic pill or by having an unhealthy chemically engineered patented smoothie shake that only has around 150 calories per serving, then there are plenty of those junk products in the marketplace. Worst of all, once you stop taking those products you end up gaining more weight than before you started.

Why does this happen?

It's because the companies that make junk products don't understand how the body breaks down food (digestion), they don't understand how the metabolism works and they don't care that their diet products are unsustainable.  The only thing those companies are good at is marketing. 

So, your body has been in STARVATION mode while taking those junk products and now since you stopped taking it your metabolism has slowed down.  Your body has been consuming muscle tissue as fuel (energy).  Yes, some of the weight you lost while taking those junk products was muscle and in addition your body is now nutrient deprived.  Next comes the craving.  Your body craves to be replenished by the fattiest, most refined and processed foods because your body knows that those are the foods that are instant energy.            

Love the healthy Carbs, hate the refined Carbs.

Extremely low carbohydrate diet plans come up short.  Yes, you will lose weight but you're sacrificing a healthy balanced diet.  The right carbohydrates, unrefined complex whole grain carbohydrates are extremely important for proper: health, energy, mood and hormone balance.

You do want to definitely avoid consuming refined carbohydrates such as: sugars, white flours, white rice, syrups and starches (including potatoes).
At Muscle Blend we are about MASTERING WEIGHT LOSS, not just about losing weight.

Are you ready to Master Weight Loss with the experts who understand how the body digests food, how to keep the metabolism elevated and who understand the vital importance of proper nutrition?  Not only will you get healthy results, faster results and sustained results when the body is properly functioning but you will now have the ability to live life to it's fullest. 

That's why we have developed the Muscle Blend Weight Loss 4 Week Complete Mission Kit.  With the Complete Mission Kit you will gain the PROPER KNOWLEDGE and PLAN OF EXECUTION with the included Mission Guide.  The Muscle Blend Weight Loss Meal Replacement Shake Formula is the necessary TOOL that completes the Mastering of Weight Loss process.

Why is the Muscle Blend Weight Loss Meal Replacement Shake Formula so important to Master Weight Loss?

Our Muscle Blend Weight Loss Meal Replacement Shake Formula has been specifically designed for healthy weight loss.  We utilize nutrient rich, unrefined, uncooked whole grain oats, making for the perfect slow digesting complex carbohydrate and the highest quality Wisconsin undenatured whey protein isolate to fuel the body with the most biologically available complete protein.  These two ingredients are key for achieving healthy weight loss when combined in the proper proportion and ratio.   

It's through our expertise and extensive research that the Muscle Blend Complete Weight Loss 4 Week Complete Mission Kit makes for the most effective, healthy, easy and simple to follow result driven weight loss program. 

Understanding Hunger Stages

Understanding hunger gives you the ability to take greater control over you health and weight loss goals.   

Understanding hunger is extremely important when knowing: when to eat, how much to eat and when to stop eating.  

Hunger is a very powerful survival instinct and desire within us that keeps us living.  In today’s modern society we must know how to distinguish the different stages of hunger so we can avoid overindulging to the point of unhealthiness.

There are 8 stages of Hunger:

Stage 2 or 3 are the stages when you want to eat and stage 6 or 7 are the stages you want to stop eating.  If your goal is to lose weight, stage 6 is the best stage to stop eating.  

Stage #1) Starving
Starving is the stage when the body has uncomfortable hunger pains in the stomach, a feeling of complete emptiness, light headed or jitteriness that is caused by low blood sugar levels do to a lack of nutrition.  If no nutrition is consumed at this stage unconsciousness my accrue.  If you wait to eat until this stage there is a high risk of binge eating.

Stage #2) Hungry (don’t wait any long to eat your next meal, eat now)
Hungry is the stage when the body sounds a strong automatic alarm that tells you it’s time to eat now.  When you’re hungry you might feel a lack of energy, some weakness in the muscles and a strong desire to eat to replenish your body with nutrients and calories.

Stage #3) Moderately Hungry (best time to eat your next meal)
Moderately Hungry is when your stomach begins to sound the alarm for the next meal.  In this stage you should feel a growling feeling in your stomach and experience an empty to near empty stomach feeling.  This is the best time to eat a nice healthy meal.

Stage #4) False Hunger
False hunger is when you think you’re hungry but really are not.  The feeling of hunger is triggered by the following: smell of food, images of food, thought of food, dehydration, boredom and/ or emotional reasons.  False hunger is a great contributor to being over weight.  The best thing to combat false hunger is to use this feeling of hunger as a trigger or motivator to: exercise, partake in a hobby, clean, go for a walk or anything that keeps you active and busy.  Also false hunger and thrust can sometimes be confused.  Stay hydrated with a nice large glass of ice water or lemon water (no sugar or artificial sweeteners added).

Stage #5) Satisfied
Satisfied is the stage when you feel relaxed and comfortable.  Neither hungry nor full.

Stage # 6) Fully Satisfied (best time to stop eating)
Fully satisfied is the stage when you feel very content.   This stage comes when you eat a nice healthy meal that is well proportioned.  You stop eating before you feel full.  You might feel as if you can keep eating but after eating your meal you wait a few minutes and then you begin to feel fully satisfied.  This is the best time to stop eating if you’re trying to lose weight.  

Stage # 7) Full (don’t eat beyond this stage)
Full is the stage when your belly feels a little bloated and you have a slight uncomfortable full feeling.  Often in this stage food may not taste as good as it did when you fist began eating.

Stage #8) Stuffed
Stuffed is the stage when you feel uncomfortable do to over eating.  If you eat to this stage it is unhealthy and you need to gain better control over your cravings.  Eating to the point of feeling stuffed is going against your healthy living goals.   Try portioning your entire meal on one plate and don’t go for second serving.  If you eat one properly proportioned meal and wait a few minutes the body will begin to feel fully satisfied to full. 

Maintaining A Healthy Weight

Once you have achieved getting your body to a healthy weight, now it’s time to maintain that health and achievement.  

There are many diet programs on the market that will work in achieving weight loss (healthy or not).

Most weight loss programs fail when it comes to keeping the excess weight off because they are not sustainable.  This happens because the body is being deprived of either healthy: proteins, whole grain complex carbohydrates, fiber, fats and/or calories.  The body needs all of these nutrients in the proper proportions to be at it’s healthiest.

Maintaining a healthy diet and using Muscle Blend Weight Loss Meal Replacement Shake Formula once a day, twice a day or as often as needed is an excellent way to maintain a healthy life without depriving the body of vital nutrients.  

Muscle Blend is your tool to achieving a healthy lifestyle that’s sustainable.  Stay dedicated and you will reach your goals.

In addition, we don’t claim that Muscle Blend is the only way to achieve weight loss and/or to maintain a healthy life.  Yes, there are other diets and eating regimens that work.  We are saying that Muscle Blend is one of the few healthy weight loss products that’s extremely effective and easy to use for a lifetime! 

Determining A Healthy Weight

Knowing what your optimal body weight should be at is extremely important to live a healthy and fulfilling life.  People who live life in the healthy weight zone have been shown to live longer, achieve more and avoid many illnesses that can arise from being overweight.  Use the weight chart below to determine your health weight zone. 

First, you must find out what body frame size you are.  Use (option #1 (most accurate)) the elbow measurement chart or (option #2 (easiest))to determine whether you have a small, medium or large frame size.

Option #1:
Step 1. Extend your arm in front of your body. Bend your elbow at a 90 degree angle to your body so that your forearm is parallel to your body. 

Step 2. Keep your fingers straight and turn the inside of your wrist toward your body.

Step 3. Place your thumb and index finger on the two prominent bones on either side of your elbow.  The tip of your thumb and index finger should be facing you.  Then remove your thumb and index finger off your elbow bones while keeping the distance between the fingers the same as they were while on the bones.  Measure the distance between the fingers with a tape measure or ruler.  To get a more accurate measurement use a calliper and place it directly on each side of the elbow bones. 

Step 4. Compare to the chart below.  The chart lists elbow measurements for a medium frame body.  If your elbow measurement for your particular height is less that the number of inches listed then you have a small frame.  If your elbow measurement for your particular height is more that the number of inches listed then you have a large frame.

Option #2:
Step 1. Wrap your thumb and index finger (the finger next to the thumb) around the smallest part of your wrist.
• If your fingers overlap, an estimate for your frame size is a Small Frame.
If your fingers just touch, an estimate for your frame size is a Medium Frame.
• If your fingers do not touch, an estimate for your frame size is a Large Frame.

If you are shorter or taller than the height in the chart below then ask you personal doctor what your healthy target weight zone is. 

Healthy Weight Chart

Healthy weight chart

The Truth about Calories & Carbohydrates

Not all calories and carbohydrates are the same.  The difference in good calories & carbohydrates versus bad are defined by how the body will utilize and brake down the calories & carbohydrates.

• Good Calories & Carbohydrates:  whole grain complex carbohydrates that are high in fiber like: brown rice, quinoa and oats for examples.  All of these supply the body with healthy energy that is sustainable for hours.  Good calories & carbohydrates take the body longer to digest and thus forces the body to burn calories in order to brake the food down into usable energy.

• Bad Calories & Carbohydrates:  are simple carbohydrates and refined foods, such as: sugars, starch, white rice, white pasta, white potatoes, flour, bread and fruit juice for examples.  These calories & carbohydrates are quickly and easily absorbs by the body giving a instant boost of energy that doesn’t last long and elevates the blood sugar level to unhealthy levels.  Calories & carbohydrates like these are fast to be stored as fat in the body and can cause long term health problems like diabetes and obesity.

All About Protein

Protein is an essential nutrient that the human body needs.  Proteins are the main nutrient building block in the human body. Aside from water, proteins are the most abundant kind of molecules in the body and are needed for body growth & maintenance. Proteins are the major structural component of all cells, muscles, organs, hair and skin in the body.  In addition, proteins are vital for: a healthy immune system, cellular repair, muscle tissue repair, production of new blood cells and maintaining proper hormone levels.

• The Difference Between Complete Proteins & Incomplete Proteins:
A complete protein is a source of protein that contains all of the nine essential amino acids in the right proportions to supply the body with the necessary dietary protein needs.  An Incomplete protein source don’t contain all of the essential amino acids or if it does they are not in the proper proportion for the body to utilize as an ample protein on it’s own and must be paired with a complimenting protein source in order to make a complete protein.  For example: rice and beans eaten together would make a complete protein.

Complete Protein Sources:
Animal proteins (dairy, whey, meat, poultry, fish, eggs) and a select group of plant based sources such as: hemp seeds, chia seeds, soybeans, quinoa, spiraling, buckwheat and amaranth are all complete protein sources.

How Much Protein to Consume per Day:
The human body should consume no less than 0.36 grams of protein per day for each pound of body weight.  For Example: if a person weights 150 pound (150lbs x 0.36g = 54g) then they should consume a minimum of 54 grams of protein per day.

To maximize muscle growth, weight loss and/or optimal health it is recommended that a person should consume between 0.75 grams-1 gram of protein per day for each pound of body weight.

Protein Quality:
Different protein sources are ranked based on their Biological Value (BV) to the human body.  Protein Biological Value refers to the quality of protein.  The higher the biological value number the better the protein source.  Please refer to the protein Biological Value chart below to see the ranking of different protein sources. 

Protein Biological Value Chart

Post Workout Trick to Maximize Muscle Growth

When it comes to increasing muscle mass the recovery phase is the most important time to feed the muscles.  This is when the muscles are rebuilding in response of being stressed and are craving for nutrients to rebuild muscle tissue.

Consuming a high grade whey protein isolate like Muscle Blend Whey Protein Isolate immediately after exercising is essential to increasing muscle mass.

But, to really boost muscle growth: consume a whey protein isolate shake along with a ripe fruit.  The natural and unprocessed sugars in fruit are perfect to help the muscles absorb more protein and restore depleted muscle glycogen levels.  Thus rebuilding larger and stronger muscles.

If you like to have a full size meal after exercising then consuming a Muscle Blend Weight Loss Meal Replacement Shake is also a great option. 

The Ultimate Detox

Detoxifying or Cleansing the body is the removal of toxic waste to improve health and strengthen the immune system.

There are many products and services on the market that claim to Detox the body but unfortunately most are a waste of money and some can be damaging to your health.

The truth is, the human body will detoxify it’s self with the proper diet and exercise.

There are 5 simple steps to Detox or Cleanse the body so you can be at optimal health.  It’s best if you can do this Detox once every day or if at least two times a week.

1.) Drink 64oz (½ gallon) of Filtered Water per day.  To really give you water a boost squeeze the juice of 1 lemon in your 64oz of filtered water.  Water or lemon water will cleanse the cells, tissues and organs by flushing away toxins, debris and other unwanted waste.

2.) Whole Grain Fiber is super important when is comes to cleaning out the intestines.  A person should have around 20 - 35 grams of fiber per day.  A perfect and easy way to fulfill your fiber needs is to have 2 Muscle Blend Weight Loss Meal Replacement Shakes Per day and add 2 tablespoon of ground flax seeds to each shake.

3.) Kale also know as the “Queen Of Greens” is one the healthiest vegetables on the planet.  What make Kale so great for Detoxification is it’s ability to cleanse the body of  heavy metals.  We recommend blending 1 kale leaf per Muscle Blend Shake to make a delicious supper healthy green smoothie.

4.) Plain Yogurt that has live active cultures in it is the perfect way to have optimal digestion.  Live Active Cultures in yogurt is the good bacteria that lives in the intestines and keeps the bad bacteria under control.  A great way to get your serving of healthy live active cultures is by adding ½ cup of plain Yogurt into your Muscle Blend Shake.

5.) Exercising helps Detox the body in two ways.  First, when the body sweats it flushes toxins out through the pores.  The second way Exercising health cleanse the body is by reducing the amount of body fat.  Toxins are stored in fat cells.  By maintaining a healthy weight you will have just the right amount of fat to be in optimal health but not too much fat where the body is storing toxins.  It’s recommended to exercise at least 3 time per week. 

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