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QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
By Davey Dunn
Q.  I want to lose some weight and I wanted to try Fat Blocker. I have high blood pressure and I asked my Doctor if I could use it and he said no. What do you think.
A.  My first reaction is that you should find a new Doctor. Since I do not know all the details of your case I guess it would be fair to first ask your Doctor to explain why you should not use Fat Blocker. If he can not give you a sensible explanation then you should definitely get a second opinion.
Fat Blocker is about the safest weight loss product on the market since it consists of no stimulants and instead contains only fiber. Fiber, by the way, is a substance that can not be absorbed by the body and therefore passes right through you. High fiber diets are recommended for people trying to lose weight because fiber increases your body's ability to use food for energy rather than storing it as fat. The main type of fiber in Fat Blocker is Chitosan which has been shown in research to block the absorption of fat in the intestines.
It is beyond me to understand how fiber could have a negative effect upon high blood pressure. Excess body fat on the other hand can certainly have a negative effect upon blood pressure so you are smart to try to lose some weight. Explain to the second Doctor what you are trying to accomplish and the exact ingredients in Fat Blocker and I would not be surprised if they give you approval to use it.
Q.  I just started weight training about two months ago and I was wondering what supplements and program I should be on to build muscles. I am 43 years old and have lost 75 pounds and now I would like to build some muscle.
A.  Congratulations on losing 75 pounds. I am sure you feel and look much better. Unfortunately building muscle is more difficult than losing body fat. It takes a combination of weightlifting, proper diet and the right anabolic atmosphere in your body.
A proper weightlifting program should consist of a variety of exercises that work all of the muscles in the body. You should workout 3-4 times a week and try to rotate your workouts so that you no not work the same muscles everyday. For example, perform upperbody exercises on Monday & Thursday and lowerbody exercises on Tuesday and Friday. Another basic principle is to train hard for about 3 weeks, take a light week and then change your program for the next 3 weeks of hard training. These are some bare bones principles for training. For more detailed information please review the series of articles called The Basics of Training.
A proper diet means getting all the nutrients your body needs and weightlifting greatly increases the demand. Protein is the most important. Try to consume 200 grams on your off days and about 250 grams on the days you train. It is virtually impossible to get that much protein in your diet so use a product like Universal's Super Whey Pro. In addition to protein you also need plenty of complex carbohydrates for fuel and plenty of vitamins and minerals. Animal Pak is my favorite product for vitamins and minerals since it contains all you need and more.
The toughest part of the equation is the anabolic atmosphere and the fact you are 43 years old does not help matters any. As you age the amount of testosterone your body produces starts to decrease in your twenties and is only half as much when you are 60. The good news is that weight training alone can help increase testosterone levels to what they were when your were in your twenties. There are also supplements like Androstenedione, DHEA and Tribullus that may help increase your testosterone levels. To utilize these supplements take Animal Stak 30 minutes prior to working out for the three hard weeks you train in a month. Growth Hormone is also very important in order for you to produce muscle. Take 4-5 grams of L-Arginine in the middle of the night to produce more. The reason you take it in the middle of the night is because you must take it in the absence of other Amino Acids or it will not work for Growth Hormone release.
With proper training, diet and the right combination of supplements you should be able to make some substantial increases in you muscle mass. Time has allowed me to only be able to cover some of the basic principles but they are the most important and will take you about 90% of the way anyway. Please review some of the other articles in this and past issues of Nutrition & Health OnLine magazine for more detailed information. Good Luck.
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