Don’t be trapped by your FAT genes! 

If you’re like many fit women, you’ve worked your tush off but your belly fat seems to stick around no matter how well you eat or how hard you sweat! It’s incredibly frustrating so what’s the deal!? Genetics is a big factor: studies of twins and families show that the amount of ab fat each person carries is inherited- roughly 30 to 70% of the total variation in waist size from person to person is attributable to genetics and that apple shaped physiques are more likely to be passed down than other body types! Inheriting these genes from one parent elevates your odds of living with the belly bulge but if you get socked with a lot of genes from both sides, you may be at an even greater risk for belly pudge that won’t easily budge. 

More than a couple genes affect abdominal fat. There are 49 to be exact. According to a recent study in the journal Nature, 19 of these genes have a stronger effect in women which suggests that genes may be influenced by hormones. One major player in the belly gat game is cortisol, which you most likely know is triggered through stress. 
When you’re under stress your body cranks out cortisol, which springs fat from fat stores and dumps it into the bloodstream to give the liver and other organs energy for the flight-or-fight reaction. Any fat that isn’t used for energy gets redeposited in fat stores, primarily in the abdomen. 

Whether you have an apple shape because you were born with it or because stress has messed with your waistline, it may trigger unhealthy eating habits that can make it to tougher to shed belly fat. Researchers at Drexel University found that in women, an increase in the percentage of body fat stored in the abdomen was linked to a 53% increase in the likelihood of developing out of control bingeing over a two year period, whereas total body fat was not associated with disordered eating. Researchers think that high percentages of ab fat may interfere hunger and satiety messages sent to the brain, which can lead to overindulging. As much as that vicious cycles makes it sound as if getting rid of ab fat is a lost cause, it not and there is hope!! You just have to be more strategic about how you attack the problem than woman with flat abs on the treadmill next to you who’s probably genetically blessed! “Those at high genetic risk for abdominal fat can still shed it through exercise, it may just be a more challenging and lengthier process than it is for someone with less genetic risk” says Yann Klimentidid, PHD. Many experts agree saying that changing your routine and going harder may be the key to finally losing your pooch! Here are 3 PROVEN approaches to doing just that. Work them into your week to triple-team ab flab and make a flat-belly breakthrough! 

BXT STACKED
BXT Stacked is a  3-Tier System to keep your metabolism in high gear 24 hours a day! Formulated exclusively for women and OUR PROBLEM AREAS! BXT Stacked™ is the most powerful thermogenic stack on the market today!! Specifically designed to work in sync, these 3 products work together to keep your body in a fat-loss state every hour of every day! 

Recommended For: 
*Women who want to lose 15-25 pounds
*Women with slowing metabolism
*Women who have high stress levels due to lack of sleep
*Women who need that extra punch of energy throughout the day
*Women who need more energy to get through their workouts
*Women who are inconsistent with their bowel movements resulting in bloating/ sluggish feeling

BXT Stacked is taken in a 5 day on- 2 day off routine. Consisting of 3 AMAZING supplements. BXT Stacked was formulated so that you get clinically effective dosages of each and every ingredient in every single tier of the stack.  Unlike other weight loss supplements where you only take 2 pills a day,  you only get a small % of the recommended daily value of each ingredient, so the ingredients aren’t working to their full capabilities. 

X-FACTOR

Focus. Burn. Melt Fat Away- Helps reduce fat storage in those pesky problem areas like hips, thighs, and love handles! CRUSH CRAVINGS FOR SWEET AND SALTY FOOD.
NATURALLY BOOST ENERGY LEVELS THROUGH THE ROOF- give your energy a smooth steady boost all day long. BALANCE YOUR HORMONES- Helps tame the symptoms of PMS, mood swings, water retention, and menopause that effect our ability to lose weight. 

​T-FORCE THYRO

ENHANCE THYROID ACTIVITY. Help bring your thyroid function back into balance to accelerate overall weightloss. ELEVATE YOUR METABOLISM. BXT Stacked was designed so that your metabolism is running in high gear 24 hours a day. 
MAXIMIZE OVERALL FAT LOSS. T-Force thyro was designed to combat a weight loss issue that plagues over 30 million Americans- an underactive thryoid. T-force is designed to target the issues of stress that lead to an inactive thyroid and improper thyroid function. Help naturally and safely optimize thyroid function by delivering the ingredients your body needs to stimulate the T3 and T4 hormone production. 

BLACKOUT
REDUCE HEIGHTENED CORTISOL LEVELS AND STRESS LEVELS THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT- There are several key factors to losing fat and one of the most important, and often ignored is controlling the levels of the harmful stress hormone called cortisol. In today’s society stress is everywhere and whether it’s mental, physical, or emotional it increases your cortisol levels. When your cortisol levels remain elevated it signals your body to hold onto fat in your midsection as well as cause lethargy, anxiety, and a weakened immune system. Blackout™ was formulated to reduce your cortisol levels, bringing them back down to a healthy level, in order to promote optimal weight loss results and an overall healthier you. 

DEEP RESTFUL SLEEP- A prominent factor in reducing cortisol and maintaining those healthy levels is deep, restful sleep. The matrix in Blackout helps you unwind, and relax to reduce stress levels. By reducing stress and getting a relaxing night’s sleep, cortisol levels will be dramatically reduced. This optimizes your metabolism and allows your body sufficient time to recover to its full potential. 

HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING

HIIT workouts work to trim you in two ways: it specifically helps to burn off the flab covering your abs, and when it includes the right strength moves, it can simultaneously firm the muscles themselves. The point is to do a lot reps at a high intensity. Circuits of moves like seated band rows paired with reverse plank holds, plank shoulder taps paired with side plank holds, and burpees paired with high plank holds are effective for losing abdominal fat. (Do each pair of moves for 20 seconds total, taking a 10 second break between sets, and then repeat the whole circuit eight to ten times. If you’re doing moves with weights, we’d recommend 5-8 pd weights. Make them heavy enough they give you a workout but not so heavy that you can’t lift them 12 to 15 times at a pretty fast pace. 

CINCHING CORE WORKOUT

To strengthen and cinch in your middle, train your core not just your abs, every other day. For a quick 360 degree blitz, try doing Pilates with a Ab series of 5. Single-leg stretch, single straight leg stretch, double leg stretch, and criss-cross in quick succession without stopping. This series works every core muscle, including the deep, notoriously hard to reach transverse abdominis. You can also mix up Pilates with four types of core workouts: core endurance, like planks and balance exercises that you hold for 20 to 60 seconds: core strength, including weighted russian twists and leg raises, core power such as medicine ball slams and wall throws, and complete core including dead lifts and supermans, which get the small spinal erector muscles in on the action. Incorporate 2 types of core exercises every time you workout and make sure to hit all four categories each week. This ab regimen assures that you work your core from every angle and position. 

What Intermittent Fasting has done for me in 2 short weeks! 

What 2 weeks of HIIT training along with PREDATOR and Intermittent Fasting did for me!!
 
I am the WORST yo-yo dieter known to man. I wish there were a support group for yo-yo dieting because I’d be the first one there. Every couple weeks I get focused, on track with my diet, my water intake is fabulous, my workouts are nothing short of amazing and then the next week I get busy, I eat horrible on the go, my water intake lacks significantly, my workouts are nonexistent and the cycle starts all over again! Yes, that’s me.
 
As the owner of a “weight loss” company you’d think I’d be hitting the gym for hours upon end everyday to stay in the best shape I possibly can, right? WRONG! Who would do my work for me? And honestly… who the hell has time for that?!!!
 
So Yes, I AM LABELING MYSELF AS A YO-YO DIETER. But not looking at the “downfalls” of “yo-yo” dieting. Not at all. Always have to find the positive in everything, right? I look at yo-yo dieting as

  1. A challenge for myself. – Why? Because I know I can take the weight back off again. (See what I did there? I KNOW I CAN.—The mind is the first thing you have to convince!!!) As I grow older it is getting harder…but the challenge just gets more and more challenging and I push myself a little harder each time.
  2. I like to try new things. I get super bored with the same thing all the time. Honestly if there were a new training, a new supplement, a new innovation that came out monthly, I’d be the one to try it. That’s why I am always coming out with new supplements. New ingredients, new ways of “dieting”, new exercises, new “fads”, etc etc. I like to do it all!
  3. I build tolerance way to fast. What I mean by that is I may take a supplement for 3,5,10 days before taking a break, doing a detox, or switching to a different one. Ever take a supplement and have AMAZING energy, focus, appetite suppression and by the 2nd week your body is like “ok, that was fun. I’ll go back to doing nothing again.” ME ME ME!! I swear my body hates me sometimes. We build tolerance to things. Some in a few days, some in a few months, some may never be this way… (and I envy those who do not build tolerance) I’d love to stick to one thing and have it work 100% of the time. But..we are human and that’s just not how it works!
  4. I like puzzles. I like to figure things out. I’m quite the complicated person sometimes..(just as my husband..he will tell ya all about it!) One week I may try this diet with this pill and the next week try a different diet with the same pill, mix up the pills, mix up the exercises, mix up the eating and so one. I’m actually surprised at what results I can find by doing this!

 
Ok, so back to my point. My last 2 weeks with Predator. I cannot believe I stuck with the same supplement for 2 whole weeks! Eek!! That’s a little amazing for me lol. Anyway… I started Predator, I started some HIIT training sessions, I am still drinking my daily Crave Whey Protein, and I am intermittent fasting. So I have 4 DIFFERENT THINGS going for me here. Not 1. Not 2…..4!!! (Please take a look back to see what it is you’re doing… just taking a pill? NOT ENOUGH. Following a diet half-assed? NOT ENOUGH. Not working out? NOT ENOUGH. Come on…. Get off facebook for 20 minutes a day and get moving. It’s really not that complicated. It’s all in what you put your mind to.
 
Ok so here are my results….
Obviously the top is the after. Exactly 2 weeks after I started this absolutely crazy pill, intermittent fasting, weight training (if that’s what you want to call it- I’m doing a tone and tighten tank top challenge for summr) Crave Whey Protein, and HIIT.
 
I think I have some pretty darn good results here!! Wouldn’t you agree?
 
Weight= -4 pounds
Belly: -3 inches
Hips: -1 inch
Waist: -1.5 inches
2 weeks guys!! Do you know how long that would’ve taken me to do without any supplements? I’d eat my way through house and home and I’d probably end up gaining what I just took off.
 
Ok so anyway, what is HIIT? What is Intermittent Fasting? What are these supplements I speak of?
 
HIIT—High Intensity Interval Training. Short bursts of 30 seconds to 1 minute workouts with little breaks, few breaths inbetween each circuit for a total of 20 minutes. Yep… only 20 minutes. Not even kidding. You sweat, I cried, I pushed and then I pushed some more. (I’ll show you what I mean later in the article)
 
Intermittent fasting—just as it sounds. The starvation diet. Haha kidding. I really didn’t starve thanks to Predator. I just didn’t have an appetite. It was actually easy to do with a little help. Now my body is just trained to not eat til noon. There are many different variations of intermittent fasting, however. If you are like 85 percent of the population and have insulin resistance, my personal recommendation is to fast every day by simply scheduling my eating into a narrower window of time each day. I find this method to be easier than fasting for a full 24 hours or more, twice a week. I eat my 1200 calories in 3 meals between noon and 8 pm. I don’t eat anything after 8 pm until noon the next day and it is working for me. Yes, I still have black coffee in the morning and yes I still drink my water until noon but I eat nothing except that little black and red pill. (CAUTION: Taking a thermogenic while fasting may increase the effectiveness of the pill—learned the hard way! Only take one capsule of Predator or Simply Skinny Elite while fasting!) One of the primary mechanisms that makes intermittent fasting so beneficial for health is related to its impact on your insulin sensitivity. I’m not going to go into a big long blurb about fasting so here is a fantastic link that explains how it works.
 
A little looksy at my day:
 
6 am- wake up. 1 bottle water. 1-3 cups of black coffee. (Hey I am a coffee drinker and I need my coffee) 1 Predator
 
11:00 Amp’d preworkout! I drink this for the amino acids, creatine, energy, and the push it gives me to sweat for 20 minutes without a break! Creatine helps you build strength and lean muscle mass. If you are looking to get lean, then this is the amino acid you need. L-carnitine transfers long-chain fatty acids, such as triglycerides into mitochondria, where they may be oxidized to produce energy. (bodybuilding.com)
 
11:15 20 minute HIIT WORKOUT-
Jumping Jacks 30 seconds
Bear Walk- 30 seconds as fast as you can
Seal Jack- 1 min
Mogul Plank
15 sec break
Side plank with elbow to elbow 25 reps each side
Twister burpee
Bicep curls with 8 lb weights (on knees)
Kneeling shoulder press 25 reps
Burpee with shoulder press 1 min
Tricep kickback
Kickback with hop
Split lunge with bicep curl
Renegade row
V-sit with bicep curl and shoulder press 25 reps
V-sit bicycle 25 reps
Stretch
 
11:45 Predator
Lunch ( Crave Whey Protein Shake with banana and pb2) or
 
Salad
Sandwich
500 – 700 calories total
3 pm
Snack
 
6 pm
Dinner
Meat, potatoes, salad
 
730 pm
Snack (usually another protein shake or bowl of cereal)
 
 
Workouts

  1. Everyone knows a jumping jack correct?
  2. Bear Walk
  3. Seal Jack
  4. Mogul Plank (arms stationary, jump side to side)
  5. Side Plank with elbow to elbow touch
  6. Twister burpee (a little complicated at first but you’ll get there!)
  7. Bicep curls on knee
  8. Kneeling shoulder press
  9. Burpee with shoulder press
  10. Tricep kickback
  11. Split lunge
  12. Renegade row
  13. Vsit with curl and shoulder press
  14. V sit bicycle

Top 10 Reasons You Aren’t Losing Body Fat

 
Are you the person who is “doing EVERYTHING right” with clean eating, lots of water but you’re still not seeing the results you thought you’d get?
 
I FEEL YOUR PAIN! It can be incredibly frustrating day in and day out and not seeing results. In these situations, it is common to hear the advice of “eat less and exercise more”. But that solution may be contradicting. Let’s take a look at some reasons why you may not be losing body fat and what you can do about them.
 
1.YOU’RE NOT IN A CALORIC DEFICIT LIKE YOU THINK YOU ARE.
This can be the very most important reason so let’s start here. YOU MUST BE IN A CALORIC DEFICIT IN ORDER TO LOSE WEIGHT.
This is commonly referred to as the law of thermodynamics. Every diet book or weight loss guru who claims this isn’t true is probably telling you a line of bull. Pretty much all studies performed on the subject of weight loss/gain and calories show that this is the single most important factor.
 
2.YOU’RE NOT EATING ENOUGH PROTEIN
The food reward system has a strong appetite for protein and thereby is described as the “the most satiating macronutrient” by researchers. In fact, protein is so satiating that whenever individuals increase their intake they automatically consume fewer calories.
This was shown by a study from the university of Seattle in which the total caloric percentage of protein in their testing subjects was increased from 15% to 30%.
As a result, their total caloric intake dropped by an average of 441 calories per day, unconsciously.
While there are quite a few reasons this happens, the most important is that protein makes you fell less hungry by keeping you fuller longer. Protein increases the levels of peptide and cholecystokinin while reducing the hunger hormone ghrelin. Protein has a high thermic value, meaning that a greater deal of calories gets “lost” during the digestion process. Another benefit of protein is that is prevents muscle loss during a caloric deficit. This is extremely beneficial because muscle mass is a major determinant of metabolic rate. Crave Whey protein shake will give you what you need. And now you can get Crave at a competitive price of $32.99 for a 2 pound container. That equals out to be $1.09 a meal!
 
3.YOU’RE EATING TOO MUCH FAT.
Currently many people ride on the low carb train. They believe as long as they consume very low amounts of carbs they are good to go and will not gain fat. Fat contains calories. Fat contains 8.7 calories per gram to be exact. That is more than double the amounts of calories one gram protein or carb contains. A great reference point for most people is to consume 20-30% of your daily caloric intake from fat. The majority of those calories should come from nutrient-rich sources like wild caught salmon, eggs, fish oil, avocados, beef, etc.
 
4.YOU’RE NOT LIFTING WEIGHTS
One crucial thing you have to do when trying to lose weight is being involved in some sort of resistance training. Weight training or resistance training will prevent muscle loss during a calorie restriction. This will ensure that the weight loss comes from body fat and not your muscle tissues. Weight training or resistance training will help you maintain your ideal weight in the long run since muscle mass increases your metabolic rate.
 
5.YOU’RE PRIORITIZING CARDIO OVER INTERVAL TRAINING.
One of the most common training mistakes people make when trying to lose body fat is prioritizing steady state cardio. While steady state cardio may burn more calories during training than other methods, it is not the most effective way to lose body fat. A study by Laval University was done recently. They had 27 individuals either follow a steady state cardio program for 20 weeks or a HIIT program for 15 weeks consisting of 15 sprints lasting 30 seconds.
At the end of the study, the HIIT group lost 9 times more body fat and 12% more visceral belly fat compared to the steady state cardio group, even though their training routine was 5 weeks shorter.
What should you do? 4-6 sprints of 30 second burns. Why? Because it burns more fat than 60 seconds of incline treadmill walking!
 
What are the reasons for interval training being superior?
 

  • HIIT increases metabolic rate up to 24 hours after the workout
  • HIIT improves insulin sensitivity
  • HIIT results in higher levels of fat oxidation
  • HIIT significantly spikes the powerful fat-burning growth hormone
  • HIIIT suppresses appetite post-workout

 
6.YOU’RE SEDENTARY EVEN THOUGH YOU WORK OUT
 
A recent survey conducted by Career Builder showed that the single biggest complaint amongst desk workers is the lack of exercise physically. Whenever you sit for long periods of time your insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance start to drop. This causes your body to burn energy less effectively and you’ll bemore likely to store excess carbs as fat instead of glucose.
This is why you should make a continuous effort to be active throughout the day. Implement the following tips will get you started.

  • Limit screen time and perform activities that require movement instead.
  • For every hour spent seated, take at least a few minutes to get up and move.
  • Buy a pedometer and track steps. Shoot for at least 10k steps a day.
  • Take stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Take a bike or walk instead of a car.

 
7.YOU’RE STILL CONSUMING TOO MANY SUGARY DRINKS!
If you want to lose fat or improve body composition and health in general, the first thing you should do is obtain from or drastically reduce your intake of sugary drinks. Besides the fact that they provide no nutritional value, its way to easy to consume massive amounts of calories from sugary drinks. Liquid calories can make you more hungry by causing a severe insulin spike.
 
8.YOU’RE NOT DRINKING ENOUGH WATER.
The fact that the human body consist on average about 55% water say enough about the importance of staying hydrated for general health. But staying hydrated can also help you lose weight. They found that people lose on average 44% more weight when they drink half a liter (17oz) of water 30 minutes before a meal.
 
9.YOU’RE NOT MANAGING STRESS PROPERLY.
Reducing the stress in your life is crucial for reaching your body composition and athletic potential. By constantly being under severe stress, your body enters a mode called “fight or flight” which elevates stress hormones like cortisol. When your levels are elevated, conditions like insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia can follow. This in turn increases your cravings for food and increases ghrelin levels, the hormone that stimulates appetite which can cause you to overeat and binge.
**BXT’s Blackout is the #1 seller for helping to fight insomnia and cortisol levels. If you’re under a lot of stress and it’s affecting your sleep, check out this aid that will not only help you fall asleep but stay asleep, lowering cortisol levels at night.***
 
10.YOU’RE NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP.
Sleep is absolutely crucial for overall health and body composition and is one of the biggest risk factors for obesity. One meta-analysis showed that adults with poor sleep have a 55% higher risk of becoming obese and children a 89% rate of becoming obese! It increases the risk of obesity by making you feel more hungry and less motivated to exercise and eat healthy. Poor sleep also slows down weight loss, can lead to weight gain and muscle loss, and increase visceral body fat.
 
These are the top 10 reasons why “I” have a hard time losing body fat. Studies are being conducted as we speak on the effects of our behaviors and weight loss. This will BE CONTINUED.
 
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