Fitness & Wellness

Dieting Vs Lifestyle

Dieting Vs Lifestyle

If you think that you’ll get into shape by simply dieting, you may be surprised to find dieting doesn’t work. What works is changing your lifestyle. Anyone that comes to our boot camp in Inglewood, Ca knows that we focus on making changes to your diet that last a lifetime, not just eating a special menu until you’ve lost the weight you want to lose. There are several reasons that making lifestyle changes is so much more important than dieting.

Diets may seem like they work, but they don’t.

You may feel proud of yourself if you’ve shed those ten or twenty pounds by sticking with a strict diet, and you should. However, what happens once you’ve achieved your goals? Normally, you go back to your regular eating habits and it doesn’t take long for all the pounds to return, sometimes bringing friends. The cycle starts over and you’re back to counting calories. Diets work, but the success is temporary.

Healthy eating is different.

While it takes some time to learn how to make all the right choices, the basics are easy. Avoid highly processed foods and eat more whole foods. Whole foods, like fresh fruit and vegetables are more than just lower in calories, they’re filled with nutrients that keep you running at peak performance. Learning to make substitutions, like eating brown rice instead of white rice for fewer calories and more nutrition or substituting Greek yogurt for sour cream on baked potatoes is the next step. Finally, learning to cook differently, steaming, broiling, grilling and baking rather than frying and making substitutions to recipes to reduce calories and boost nutrition, such as applesauce for oil or sugar in baked goods, is the last link on healthier eating.

Adding regular exercise to the mix is a must.

Sure, a healthy diet can help you shed those pounds and make you healthier, but when you add in regular exercise, it speeds the process and does even more. Exercise helps you stay healthier. It can burn off the hormones of stress, boost muscle development and improve circulation. As you build muscle tissue, it becomes easier to lose those unwanted pounds. It takes more calories to maintain muscle tissue than it does for fat tissue.

  • Drinking plenty of water not only keeps you hydrated, it keeps you healthy. Part of a healthy lifestyle includes drinking approximately 8 glasses a day.
  • A healthy lifestyle also means getting adequate sleep. Sleep is necessary for good health. It’s heart healthy and can also help curb urges for sugary treats for energy.
  • The healthier your lifestyle, the more energy you’ll have. That can lead to a richer, fuller life and an even healthier way of life.
  • Socialization and smiling are also important for health. Smile more and enjoy the company of others to be your fittest and happiest. A good belly laugh burns calories.

Benefits Of Strength Training In Older Women

Benefits Of Strength Training In Older Women

I like to focus on the benefits of strength training for older women, not because they’re available just for that group, but because older women tend to avoid strength training. Some of my senior female clients avoid it because they grew up believing either that it was unladylike, built big muscles or was dangerous for people beyond a certain age. Sometimes, they believe all three myths. Older women get a dramatic benefit from building muscle tissue with strength training and it can lead to a reduction in medication and better health.

You’ll build muscle mass.

No, you won’t become the Incredible Hulk or start a race of muscular super seniors, but you will keep the muscle mass you need for a healthy life and everyday tasks or fun. As you age, you lose muscle mass. The American Council on Exercise estimated that between the age of 30 and 80 almost 40 percent of muscle mass is lost if you’re sedentary. That means you get weaker and unable to function like you did a few years prior. Eventually, it could mean you can’t live on your own. That would be a shame, since in many cases, it’s preventable.

More muscle mass means denser bones.

It may not seem like lifting weights or jumping could build your bones, but it does. It causes the muscles to pull against the bones and that starts the process of bone building. There’s a vast wealth of evidence that just doing strength training two to three times a week can help retain the calcium in the bones and improve bone formation.

You’ll help prevent chronic disease and improve conditions you already have.

If you presently have diabetes, back pain, osteoporosis, arthritis or even chronic depression, strength training can help relieve those symptoms and even help reverse them. Insulin resistance, the precursor to diabetes, is helped with resistance training and so are people with type 2 diabetes. Strength training increases the protein responsible for regulating how the body absorbs blood sugar.

  • Boost your mental attitude with strength training. Getting older doesn’t have to mean getting angrier or depressed. When you workout, you burn off the hormones of stress that can cause you to get crankier. It also boosts the hormones that make you feel good and lift depression.
  • Strength training burns calories and boosts your metabolism. A slow metabolism can cause weight gain and that can lead to a number of conditions. You’ll look fabulous, too.
  • Deep sleep is harder to achieve when you age. Strength training helps you sleep better. A good night’s sleep is important for a healthy body, particularly for heart health.
  • Strength training also improves balance and can be instrumental in reducing falls and accidents that may lead to ending independence.

Why Running Is Good For Your Heart

Why Running Is Good For Your Heart

If you’ve read the news that some studies show that running too much actually takes toll on your heart, take note. Actually, running is good for your heart, just like any type of endurance exercise. However, just like any type of exercise, going from couch potato to marathon runner in one day is not heart healthy. People who have lived a sedentary life aren’t prepared for a tough workout that would even make a veteran runner exhausted. Doing too much, too soon without working up gradually to a high level of exercise is bad for all muscles.

Running helps you lower your blood pressure and even cholesterol levels.

It doesn’t take much to help get those numbers better, just 30 minutes four to five times a week provides enough exercise to help normalize high blood pressure and lower the bad cholesterol, the LDL, while improving the good cholesterol, the HDL. High blood pressure and high LDL cholesterol are both precursors for heart disease. Getting the numbers back to normal will make your heart thank you by beating longer.

You’ll boost the strength of your heart muscle when you run.

Your heart is like any muscle. It needs exercise to work its best. When you run, you make your heart pump harder. Just like any muscle that has to work harder, it builds strength. Getting your heart muscle into shape means you strengthen the heart walls and improve its efficiency. You’ll be able to endure longer without overtaxing your heart as it builds strength.

Running will help you lose those extra pounds.

Obesity is now the leading cause of preventable deaths. It also sets you up for heart disease. When you run, you work many different muscles besides your heart. You start burning extra calories and building muscle tissue that replaces the fat tissue you lost. The more muscle tissue you build, the more calories you burn, since muscle tissue requires more calories to maintain than fat tissue does. Before you know it, you’ll be far trimmer and heart healthy.

  • Running not only makes the heart stronger, it improves the intake of oxygen and lowers the resting pulse rate. That allows the heart to pump more blood each beat and makes its job easier, making it work less.
  • Running helps burn off the hormones of stress that can affect not only your heart, but your whole body. It replaces those hormones with ones that make you feel good.
  • Running improves circulation, while helping to prevent clots that can interrupt blood flow. Improved circulation also sends important nutrients and oxygen to all parts of the body, including the heart.
  • If you’re starting a new workout program, always check with your health care provider to ensure it’s safe for you before you start.

Kimberly's 22 pounds of weight loss lead to great opportunities in her life.

Transformation Tuesday “Kimberly Journey”

Check out Kimberly transformation story, I’m so proud of her and all the positive changes she had created in her life.

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I have lost 22lbs.

What was your life like before coming to Custom Body Bootcamp?

Life before Custom Body Bootcamp was a series of attempts to lose weight. At the beginning of the year I tried to meal prep which was somewhat successful, but without the proper knowledge on how food is processed in my body and a lack of exercise I didn’t see much results. I also attempted workout plans or Zumba, but the motivation to continue was just not there.

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What was your trigger that made you decide to take action and make some healthy changes in your life?

This year I had decided to make a change and start with baby steps, which was altering the way I ate. I was overweight and although happy with myself, very unmotivated, but I wanted to try the challenge that I kept seeing pop-up on my facebook feed. Bootcamp is around the corner and the sessions were only 30 minutes, I just took a gamble pretty much.

What goals have your reached?

My goal has always been to become healthier, but being able to go below a weight I had always wanted surpassed my expectations. I wanted to get to 175, I went down to 168 and have never felt healthier. I didn’t even look this good in high school.

How has your life changed after coming to Custom Body Bootcamp?

It has definitely changed my life, I have come so far, I have no intention of going backwards. It has changed the way I see food and has made me realize that exercising is something that has to be done throughout life, not just for a few days or month. Consistency is very important to stay healthy.

How do you visualize your future self that you are currently creating?

I see my future self as motivated and healthy and happy. I had a conversation with Chris about how when we make positive changes it can attract and make positive things happen around you. And that is exactly what has been happening. I am moving because I am engaged to a man I thought I’d never see again and I am also going back to school to get out of a place I have felt stuck at for years.

What would you tell someone who is scared about trying out Custom Body Bootcamp?

I was scared, so I would say push yourself out of your comfort zone and try it. But you have to surrender completely and give it your all or there is no point

Thank you to the team that was so helpful and motivating. You guys are great! And also to my fellow bootcampers who would push their hardest and motivate me to do the same. This was definitely a life changing experience.

​Our Next 6 Week Challenge Starts September 17, 2018.

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Can You Eat Healthy Without Depriving Yourself

Can You Eat Healthy Without Depriving Yourself

In Inglewood, CA, we’re so lucky to be able to find all types of fresh fruits and veggies available from local vendors. Of course, I’m a huge fan of locally grown fresh produce, especially when it’s organic and right out of the garden. There’s nothing worse than a cardboard tasting piece of fruit or vegetable that was picked early, before it became flavorful and shipped in a refrigerated car to ripen later. I guess what I’m saying is that when you focus on actual taste, it makes a huge difference. Truly tasting the food you eat is one way to get you on the road to eat healthy without depriving yourself.

You don’t have to give up everything you love.

That’s right. When you’re eating healthy, it doesn’t mean that you’ll be struck dead by lightening if you have a small piece of cake or a cookie occasionally. Just don’t eat the whole cake, sliver by sliver, of course. (We’ve all been there at one time or another.) If you do, don’t throw up your hands and quit your healthy eating plan. It’s not the end of the world. Just make sure the next meal is healthy. It’s not the individual food that’s going to pack on pounds or make you sick, it’s the combination of your entire diet.

Find ways to make delicious foods and treats that are also healthy and have them available.

You can make some yummy treats that are still quite healthy. For instance, it just takes two, possibly three ingredients, to make a yummy fruit creamsicle. Grind up fresh berries or fruit like blueberries, sweet black cherries or peaches. Add an equal amount of Greek yogurt and if necessary, some honey or agave to sweeten to taste. Put in a popsicle mold and freeze. They’re ready for you when you need a healthy sweet treat. There are so many other healthy foods that are absolutely delicious and won’t leave you feeling deprived!

Find ways to substitute food or ingredients.

You don’t have to eat everything raw that comes fresh from the garden, just start with a few changes to your diet to eat healthier. For instance, instead of sour cream on that baked potato, add a dollop of Greek yogurt. It looks and tastes the same, plus you can buy a smaller container of yogurt that costs far less than the sour cream, so you save money, too. For baking, applesauce can substitute or some of the oil or sugar in it. It lowers calories and boosts nutrition.

  • Eat slowly and savor every bite. You’ll get the full flavor of each bite, plus it slows you down, so your brain has a chance to signal your body that you’re full.
  • Double the salad and vegetables. Cut the dessert portion in half. You still get some, so you won’t feel left out and with the double serving of salad and veggies, it may be all you can eat.
  • When eating out, eat slowly and eat only half the dish and dessert. Get a take home box and finish it tomorrow at lunch. It’s a free lunch that also helps you lose weight!
  • Pay attention to whether you’re hungry or eating for an emotional reason. If you’re bored, lonely or sad, often you eat to console yourself. Instead, try doing jumping jacks, running in place, deep knee bends or other exercise before you walk to the fridge. The exercise can help lift your spirits and postpone that binging.

How To Be Disciplined To Get Results

How To Be Disciplined To Get Results

Hey there,

My reason for writing this email is to give you a key ingredient to be successful and create healthy long lasting results in your life.

This key ingredient is DISCIPLINE!

Whether you are looking to lose weight, get healthy and/or tone-up you must be disciplined. Let’s be honest, if you want to create any changes in your life you must  have self-control, willpower and take unfamiliar actions that are out of your comfort zone.

So let’s start by defining discipline.

Discipline is action or inaction that is regulated to be in accordance (or to achieve accord) with a system of governance. Discipline is commonly applied to regulating human behavior.

When you are looking to create change in you life, you have to avoid taking actions that are your regular habits and take actions that are unfamiliar to you.   

For example, if you are looking to lose weight and get fit and healthy you will avoid going home and watching TV and instead be disciplined to go to the gym and get a good workout instead.  

The same applies to eating, avoid unhealthy food and eat healthy nutritious food.

Every time you are disciplined and focused you are taking the next steps that will get you the results you are seeking, you are building your discipline muscle!

How do you build your discipline muscle?

Start by writing down the changes you want to achieve, (set your goal). Then list the actions you must take and actions you must avoid.

Become self aware of your habitual patterns so you can have the choice to decide what action you want to take.

Then get to work and start to making discipline choices. When you are making the right choices no matter how big or small you will be develop and strengthen your disciple muscle.

The beauty of being discipline is that it eventually flows in all areas of your life.  Once you start seeing changes in one area, it magical flows to other areas of your life.

So be focused and strict with your goals and build that muscle.

Live Strong, Be Strong- Mind, Body Spirit!

Chris


Protein Supplements Are Not For Snacking

Protein Supplements Are Not For Snacking

If you’re one of those people who use their protein supplements for snacking, you’re not getting the maximum benefit from them if you’re attempting to lose weight. Some people work their bottoms off in the gym and use their protein supplements for snacks. When it comes the time to weigh in, they’re aghast that while they worked harder and stuck to healthy eating, a cohort who worked far more casually, but didn’t eat protein supplements as snacks, lost more weight. The truth is, while the protein supplements are good, you have to use them at the proper time.

A study at Purdue University proved that timing was important.

Wayne Campbell, the senior author of the study at Purdue, commented on the findings of the study led by Joshua Hudson and published in Nutrition Reviews. He noted that timing mattered when it came to consuming those high protein supplements and consuming them in between meals to replace another snack might actually interfere with your maximum weight loss, rather than aid it.

Using them for snacks, rather than to replace a meal, can add extra calories to your day.

The study followed not only the potential weight loss of the subjects when using a protein supplement, but also the timing of ingesting the supplement. The conclusion was clear. People who used the supplement as a snack between meals gained weight, while those who consumed it during the meal not only maintained weight, but also decreased the amount of fat on their body. Since these studies were just to see the effect of timing, the subjects weren’t attempting to restrict caloric intake.

If you want to gain lean muscle mass, grab a protein drink between meals.

One of the reasons that people tended to gain weight when the protein supplements were used as snacks is that they are higher in calories. When it was time to eat the next meal, the caloric intake was not adjusted for the snack. When consumed with a meal, it filled them and reduced the number of calories they ate, so they maintained their body weight rather than gaining weight. However, for those trying to gain weight, this study can be a blessing. Consuming a protein drink between meals not only helps add pounds, those pounds tend to be muscle rather than fat.

  • Listen to the name—protein supplement. That means it’s supposed to supplement a diet, not replace it. Remember, when they’re eaten with a meal, they help build lean muscle mass. You need more than the supplement to get the body you hoped to achieve.
  • For the most amazing weight loss and swiftest boost to your muscles, eat healthy and exercise. Unless you have a medical condition or can’t consume the appropriate amount of protein, all the rest is frills.
  • If you do decide to make a protein shake for a dinner, throw in greens, fruit and make it a delicious smoothie with whole foods, rather than just your protein powder.
  • If you want a high protein snack, choose trail mix, turkey roll-ups, Greek yogurt and fresh fruit, vegetables and yogurt dip, a hard-boiled egg or nut butter spread on apple slices.

Lactic Acid And Your Metabolism

Lactic Acid And Your Metabolism

If you’ve heard that lactic acid is poison to your muscles, you wouldn’t be the first person to hear that. While the term lactic acid is tossed around in gyms everywhere, lactic acid is found only in sour milk. What the body produces is lactate. However, the two terms have become interchangeable when talking about fitness, even though in error. Lactate or as it is commonly called, lactic acid and your metabolism have a bond. While the muscles burn after a workout and lactate is in the muscles at the time, it’s not the cause of the burn.

There are two ways to power muscles.

Your muscles get their energy in two different ways; aerobically and anaerobically. Aerobically means with oxygen and anaerobically means without oxygen. During normal exercise, the aerobic method is used, but when it comes to high intensity exercise, the body switches to the anaerobic method. ATP—adenosine triphosphate—is the quick energy source normally used.

The body has to adjust when it needs even more energy.

When there’s a high demand for quick energy, the body breaks down ATP into ADP—adenosine diphosphate—plus a hydrogen proton or ion. Adding a hydrogen proton causes acidification. That acidification or acidosis burns, but the lactate isn’t the cause. Pyruvate molecules, which are produced near the end of glycolysis, gobble up the protons and produce lactate. That explains its presence. If you’re working at 85 percent of your maximum to keep up and creates the burn by leaving extra hydrogen ions or protons that create the acidic results. The creation of lactate actually helps prevent the burn, rather than create it.

Lactate is the connection between aerobic energy and anaerobic energy.

Lactate is metabolized more quickly and used for energy than glucose. One study by UC Berkley’s Dr. George Brooks using isotopes of glucose and lactate to trace them, shows that while it took glucose approximately thirty minutes for metabolization, lactate was quickly broken down in approximately five minutes. That made it more readily available for use.

  • The lactate produced during exercise can be reused by the mitochondria for energy. It’s a constant cycle within the body to ensure all cells are fed and the mitochondria are kept burning.
  • Lactate is always produced by the body during glycolysis, even when you’re resting and there’s more than enough oxygen for aerobic power. Some organs prefer burning it instead of glucose, such as the liver, heart and brain.
  • Lactate not only serves as a fuel, it also stimulates the production of new mitochondria to fuel the cells.
  • That euphoria you feel after exercise comes from norepinephrine is created in the forebrain. That area also controls appetite, focus and autonomic processes. The L-lactate may be the cause, since it stimulates the area, which in turn, releases the happy hormone.

Hiccups

You know… sometimes life really makes things interesting! When you start getting some momentum… boom… Roadblock! The question is: Do your stop or do you find a way around it? I just hit a roadblock and there is no way in hell this thing is going to stop me! I’m working my way around it now!

Don’t let roadblocks stop you from getting what you want in you life! Find your way around!


“Asparagus” The Supper Food

asparagusAsparagus is a Super Food that’s considered to be one of the worlds healthiest foods! It’s a great idea to add this 2 time a week to your weekly diet. It’s definitely one my wife and I buy weekly!

Here are some of the great benefits:

1) It contains glutathione (an antioxidant) which has detoxing properties that help break down carcinogens and protect cells from free radicals.

2) It is a natural diuretic and great for helping to reduce water retention after those heavy salty meals.

3) It’s loaded with Vitamins and minerals such as calcium, vitamin B6, magnesium, and zinc.

4) It also contains relatively high levels of vitamin C, potassium, beta-carotene, vitamin K, vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, rutin, niacin, folic acid, copper, iron, phosphorus, manganese and selenium .


I’m in Pain… Help!

I am sitting at a coffee shop in Santa Monica and “I am in Pain”!

See, this weekend I took a course on Metabolic Training (HIIT) not realizing there
was a workout involved in the course. We did a 50 minute HIIT workout which my
body was not physically prepared for.

It’s been three days since the course and I am still sore and uncomfortable, I’m
guessing it will be a couple more days of this feeling…You know what…It’s not
worth it!

Even though I workout almost every day mostly riding my bike and I have a high level of fitness, I was not conditioned for the type of workout I performed over the weekend. As a consequence I’m paying for it now.

My reason for writing this is so you don’t make the same mistake. The purpose of
exercise and fitness is to support and develop health. Since I chose to exercise at an intensity my body wasn’t conditioned for, I am now in pain which is affecting my life. I am too sore to ride my bike and every time I move my mind goes to the area that hurts and away from writing this or whatever other task I’m working on.

When exercise is done correctly there is an immediate and long-term benefit. Doing
it correctly means you keep pushing yourself over your limits a little bit at a
time not all in one day. This insures that you continually get stronger, have
energy and continue to stay safe.

Working out until you can’t move and get really sore is counterproductive and
significantly increases your chance of injury. I always say when getting in
shape that “it’s a marathon, not a sprint”. It doesn’t mean you can’t do a
sprint now and then. You just have to be prepared for it!

Hope you find this helpful… feel free to contact me with any questions.

Chris


Why You Must Understand Motivation to be Successful

Why You Must Understand Motivation to be Successful

Motivation is a key component in reaching your health goal but unfortunately it does not last for long, it slowly begins to come down little by little. Don’t you wish your enthusiasm would last would last 24/7? I know I would!

Motivation goes through cycles. When you first start working toward your health goal, you are at a high level of determination to reach for your goal. You have a mental vision of your destination, what it looks like, how you will feel, what’s your next goal is after you have accomplish this one, it’s all within a reaching distance. Thinking and seeing it in your mind has you excited and highly motivated to achieve it and you are excited to achieve it!

Unfortunately, this excitement doesn’t last long and within in 2-3 weeks into your health goal you will find yourself making excuses, “I’m too tired, I have to fix dinner, I have to work late…you know the drill, we all do it, I do it at times. These excuses can lead to pushing your health goals to the side.

This lack of motivation is a critical point in successfully reaching your goals. It might seem like two parts of yourself are fighting. The first part is saying ‘keep going, you are doing great in eating healthy and working out’ and the second party is saying “lets by lazy and take the day off today, the gym will be there tomorrow, I will start eating clean again on Monday”. It becomes the battle of new and old habits, you either push through the struggle or continue on your new healthy path to achieve your goal or go back to the old way of being and starting all over again. The choice is yours!

When you consciously make a decision to push through the struggle you are keeping your promise to yourself of continuing on your health goals. This point can be challenging but as long as you overcome this part you will see things get a lot easier. The good news is every time your push yourself to continue this way of living, it becomes easier to stay on track towards your goal.

The point that I am trying to make is, don’t get discouraged with your goals, reguardless if it’s a fitness goal or personal goal. Always believe in yourself and know you can accomplish your goals as long as your keep your spirits high and continue to push through the struggle.


Artichokes Detoxing Effects

Artichokes in my GardenArtichokes are one of the Best vegetables you can eat!

Artichokes are a great healthy detoxing vegetable. They are loaded with antioxidants and one in particular called silymarin which helps rid the liver of harmful toxins and promote healthy liver function. They are also a good source of folate, dietary fiber, and vitamins C and K.

This can be a great choice the following day after a night of drinking.

Here’s some Artichokes in my garden! I of course only have one plant left because my dog decided three plants was to many. lol 🙂 Can’t wait to eat them!


Ask Yourself “Why” And Find Unlimited Energy

What’s your Why? Why are you inspired to get out of bed in the morning and go to work? Why do you work so hard?

Have you given much thought into these questions? Dig into this question, find the
deep reason within yourself that motivates you to be successful and work hard.
Find your Why!

This is something I always help my clients figure out? It a great source of energy
and can be used to overcome obstacles.

I thought long and hard about my Why and I will share them with you. My wife is
first Why on my list.  She is why I work so hard! We are also planning to start a family in the next couple years and I would like for her to be a stay at home mom. With this being said, supporting my wife and children on one income is my driving force to work so hard.  I would also like to be able to travel to see my family in Ohio and my wife’s family in El Salvador, with airfares become more expensive, I would like to have the liberty to get up and go when I want.

Another Why are my clients. They trust me and have given me the opportunity to work
with them to make a conscious effort to change their lives in a positive
way.  The things I teach them have help them become healthier and happier.  I
enjoy sitting and talking to my clients as we co-create their goals and healthy
living plans, not only does it enriches their health but also all areas of
their lives.

These are my main “Whys”. Whenever I find myself struggling to find the motivation to
get to work, I take a moment and think about my Whys and it always gives me
energy to get moving and get to work!

What are your Whys? I’ll give you an exercise to help you find them:Find a pen and paper and write down at least 20 of your “Whys”.  Once you get close to #20 you find who and what is important in your life.  Allow these reasons inspire you to get you back on track of your goal.

When you are having a tough day finding motivation, think about your “Whys” and
watch how it gets you moving!

Chris Chouteau

chris@cutombodyfitness.com

www.custombodyfitness.com

 


Tip Of The Day

Drink Water! Train yourself to drink water as a first resort and skip the sugary chemically filled drinks. It may be hard at first but you have to train your palate to not crave the taste when drinking fluids and learn to crave the healthy feeling water provides your body! This doesn’t happen overnight it takes time to adapt. It also doesn’t mean you can’t have your favorite drink now and then… Moderation is key! I remember how bad the cravings were when I was around 20 and I cut out sodas and sugary drinks. I remember thinking how tasteless the water was. And you know what…. It Passed. Now when I drink a soda I feel sick and bloated.

Water is where the health is at!!!


Trainer Kit John Cares For Skid Row

Trainer Kit John Cares For Skid Row

Kit is a trainer for Custom Body Bootcamp and has helped with the weight loss transformation of many of our members. Kit cares and it shows. His students love his fun and supportive approach towards helping them reach their weight loss goals. But Kit’s drive to do good and be good in this world has made him more then just a fitness trainer as fills his free time by organizing food drives for skid row. Over the past year, members and staff at CBB have joined in his work by helping to acquire donations and packing food and necessity bags to be distributed to the people of LA that need them most…LA’s Skid Row.

Meet KIT JOHN, 23…

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Kit demonstrates the workout for students

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Kit, Los Angeles


Tell us why do you do what you do?

My parents have always taught me to be thankful for everything I have. So I’m always grateful. My parents have always given back since the beginning of time from what I can remember.This is my main reason, this is how I was raised. To give to others.

How did you first get involved in supporting the resident’s of Los Angeles Skid Row?
I got involved in community work through the running group that I started two years ago. I reached out to my own personal network to continue this work to benefit others.

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Members help to pack the gift bags for charity

What kind of support do you offer them?

We try to offer them the essentials like tooth brushes, tooth paste, deodorant, razor blades and then support them nutritionally with fresh fruit, vegetables and staple food products for health and nourishment. We offer them our respect and gratitude as well for giving us the gift of helping them.

What kind of donations do you look for and what would you like to acquire for them?

We are looking for basic toiletries for both men and women. Products that you need, they need. It is pretty simple. Small travel sizes are good for transporting and distribution. Plus always fresh fruit, vegetables and easy healthy snacks that can be eaten on the go or without preparation.

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Chris, owner of CBB, organizes the club’s donation

Have you worked with other charities?

Yes, I have also worked with youth groups under Shi-Chi Youth Empowerment Solutions.

Why do you think it is important for everyone to care about what happens to the people on Skid Row?

The people that are on skid row may look down but they are not out. They are people just like you and me that can use a helping hand. The greatest gift int he world is to tbe the hand that gives. We also respect that this is their home, so I think it is important for us all to remember and treat it as such- HOME.

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A Key Ingredient to Changing Your Life!

photo-9-225x300Nutrition is the most important factor in living a healthy life! One of the things that I find amazing is the lack of knowledge about the importance of nutrition and food has in our lives. We have all heard the saying we are what we eat. This could not be truer.

The importance of nutrition in our society is relatively new. Take a moment and think about how you feel about the food you eat. Is your decision based on what taste good, or how it will make you feel and affect you in the future? If you are like most, you are thinking about satisfying your cravings and eating food that taste good, as opposed to what food choices are better for you and will make your life better! This is short term thinking (immediate gratification) as opposed to long-term thinking. I had hundreds of conversations with people about health and fitness and the majority of people are unaware of the importance of nutrition.

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Diet is the Most Important Part of Losing Weight

Diet is the Most Important Part of Losing Weight

Huhphoto-201x300Here a video I created that focuses on the importance of diet for losing weight. I am always having conversations with people about losing weight, and I would say that the majority of the people believe that exercise is the best way to lose weight. This is wrong! Exercise does play an important role, but diet is the most important part of losing weight!

Most of the infomercials products that you see on late night TV about getting this hard toned body, all mention (in fine print of course) to follow the diet to get results. That is because you will not get results without the diet! You can’t spot reduce either! This means you can’t do hundreds and hundreds of crunches and lose weight! You have to follow a diet! I’ll take it a step further, follow a healthy diet and you will get better results! (Balanced, Whole Fresh Food…I’ll get to this in my next blog entry)

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Creating Your 2011

iStock_000014197405XSmall-200x300When your are setting your New Years Resolutions for 2011 you will be working on creating new things into your life.

The Process of Creating:

Set your goals, create a plan, and then take action!

Stay focused!
Make the choices that align with your goal!
Work Hard!
Educate yourself on your goal! (failures, books, etc…)
Be Determined!