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Anabolic Steroids – The Answer to Huge Muscle Gains

Every individual has had a time in their life when they have looked at their body in the mirror and asked themselves, “Is this it?” In a society ruled by the thin, the muscular and the beautiful there is simply no room for mediocrity, muscle-powerand so hundreds of men and women turn to any quick fix solution they can find to stand out from the crowd. Many have found this in the form of anabolic steroids.

Steroids, or more specifically the anabolic-androgenic steroid family, offer a quick method of buffing up body mass with a minimum of effort. Available in oral, transdermal or injectable form, these steroids influence the levels of male sex hormones in the body (specifically testosterone) by way of the pituitary gland to stimulate the individual cells to divide and grow more rapidly, resulting in an increase in tissue mass that gives the user the bulky muscles steroids are so noted for. These steroids are taken in cycles, with six to twelve weeks on and ten to twelve weeks off while hormones return to their normal level, and when coupled with a specialized diet and exercise program steroids can be a very important rail on the fast track to superior fitness. Legal Steroids in and of themselves are like a cup of coffee in the morning; it will give you a quick jump start but has very little long term effect.

It is very important to assess the nutritional needs of each individual based on their weight and body mass index and formulate a diet plan around those needs with a physician or trainer. Of particular interest are the intake of carbs, proteins and fats; too few of these will not meet the body’s requirements and maximum muscle growth cannot occur, while too many will accumulate in greater fat stores throughout the body. This same attention should be paid to the daily caloric intake; while a decreased amount of calories consumed in a day has been shown to lower the incidence of side effects commonly associated with steroid use, too few will result in the body having to channel all its energy into survival with none left over for growth.

A daily fitness plan is also a requirement for a long term increase in muscle mass. As steroids possess the potential to negatively affect the heart, resulting in an increased incidence of heart attack, a cardiovascular workout is a crucial element of the fitness regime. This allows the body to use its carbs more effectively while decreasing the incidence of left ventricle hypertrophy, a symptom associated with steroid use as well as many pathological heart conditions. Resistance training is the preferred method for localized bulking up of muscle mass, preferably with the use of weights or an elastic resistance system.

Due to the systemic nature of steroids they are not without risk. Any individual with uncontrolled diabetes or hypertension, congestive heart failure, peptic ulcer or osteoporosis should not use steroids, and it is recommended that all others discuss it with their physician before making the commitment.

Phen375 Review – My Phen 375 Results and Experience

About 6 months ago I had a chance to try out and review Phen375 – a super powerful, all-natural, and safe weight loss pill. Since then I’ve seen some absolutely amazing results and decided to write my own review to help you find out which diet pill is right for you.

You are probably asking the questions is Phen375 safe? What are the side effects? How effective is this diet pill? I’ve put together this short video and a more in-depth review below to help you make an informed decision.

First off, what is Phen375?

Phen 375 is an extremely effective fat burning supplement that is available to you without a prescription. It has been on the market since 2009 and has become a respected and established brand.

It is based off the pharmaceutical drug “phentermine”, but as you may know, phentermine can cause numerous side effects which are bad for your health so Phen375 was developed as an all-natural alternative, and works just as quickly and effectively.

What does Phen375 claim to do?

  • It helps suppress your appetite so you are not tempted to overeat
  • Boosts your metabolism, leading to higher energy levels
  • You’ll burn way more calories doing the same thing you always do
  • It breaks down fat in your body
  • It causes your body to store less fat

Does Phen 375 Work?

So now you know what Phen 375 claims to do, but does it actually live up to its claims? My answer is a resounding YES! When you first start taking phen375 you can lose an average of 3-5 pounds per week, what other weight loss pill can claim that? I lost 22 pounds when I used phen375 for only 2 months. Take a look at my before and after photos below (This was only the 15 day mark!):

Phen375 Ingredients

The secret to Phen375’s success lies in its extremely powerful natural ingredients, let’s take a look inside its patented formula:

Dimethylpentylamine is an extract of geranium. Taking it in concentrated form allows your body to burn more calories in your everyday activities, which ensures fat loss. If you do some moderate cardio, then the effect is greatly increased.

Trimethylxanthine is a powerful appetite suppressant and one of Phen375’s main ingredients. This makes you less hungry and prevents you from eating too much. (This was key for me as I tended to snack on junk food)

L-Carnitine is an amino acid used by athletes. It breaks down fats and increases your metabolism’s efficiency. It is key in preventing fat build up in the liver and the heart.

DHEA is extracted from wild sweet potato and soy. It has been proven to reduce fat in the body when taken alongside a healthy lifestyle – a key ingredient in Phen375.

Capsaicin is a hot pepper extract which improves blood circulation. If you have eaten a hot pepper before you have probably seen its effects first hand. It increases the overall efficiency of the other ingredients.

Is Phen375 Safe?

Phen375 is manufactured in a FDA approved facility and is made of the all-natural ingredients listed above. There have been no side effects reported from taking Phen375, and is recommended to anyone taking part in a weight loss program.

What Do You Get When You Order Phen375?

When you order Phen375 they really set you up for success. Not only do you get the actual product, but they provide you with extensively detailed diet plans, weight training videos, videos on how to best use Phen, and there is even the option for subliminal weight loss recordings available which I found to be pretty cool.

Pros and Cons of Phen375:


An extremely effective fat burner

Safe, and completely natural formulation

Effective almost immediately, with a 3-5 pounds drop every week.

Made in an FDA registered facility

1000’s of people (including myself) have used Phen375 successfully.


You can’t use this supplement if you are pregnant of nursing

If you suffer from low body fat already, do not take this supplement (i.e. Anorexic)

Don’t expect to gain muscle, but do expect to lose fat. If you want to gain muscle, you will have to take this supplement alongside a weight training routine.

You have to drink a lot of water


This is a pharmaceutical grade supplement that can be easily added to your daily routine. I took it for two months, but you can take it up to 6 months and see amazing results when combined with a healthy diet and weight training exercises.

Order Phen375 online now and receive a discount. For a limited time if you buy 3, you will get one free, which will keep you going for 4 months.

Turmeric Supports Memory and Helps Prevent Dementia

Turmeric is what gives curry its yellow hue and tang. But it does a lot more than flavor the most popular Indian dish. Turmeric has numerous health benefits. More than 900 published research papers attest to the anti-cancer activity of curcumin, turmeric’s potent extract. And Diabetes Care, a journal of the American diabetes Association, published a study about curcumin’s ability to help pre-diabetic patients from developing full-blown diabetes.

Several studies have found a protective effect of curcumin in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and it’s no surprise. The senior population in rural Indian has one of the lowest rates of Alzheimer’s disease in the world, and scientists believe it is due to the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of turmeric,1,2 and its ability to inhibit the buildup of amyloid plaque.3

A recent study done by researchers from the University of Melbourne indicated that curcumin might prevent or improve age-related cognitive decline, dementia and mood disorders. The study included 60 adults between 60 and 85 years old. An hour after taking a curcumin supplement (400 mg) the participants experienced a higher attention span and better memory when compared to the participants who took a placebo. After four weeks of taking the supplement, the curcumin group showed improvement in mood, memory, alertness and feelings of well-being. 4

How much to take? You can find dietary supplements in tablet and capsule form at health food stores with curcumin extracts in dosages of 400 to 600 mg. The general advice is to take one dose three times daily or as directed on the product.

How to get more turmeric into your diet?

  1. One way is to drink turmeric tea, which is popular among Okinawans, who are known for their longevity.
  • Bring four cups of water to a boil.
  • Add one teaspoon of ground turmeric and reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes.
  • Strain the tea through a fine sieve into a cup, add honey and/or lemon to taste
  1. Sprinkle it on your food—turmeric is especially good added to braised greens. Saute onion in olive oil, add greens of your choice (kale, spinach, Swiss chard), and add 1 tsp of turmeric and a sprinkle of salt.
  2. Add turmeric to eggs, soups, potato pancakes, casseroles. You can’t go wrong, and you can’t overdose on turmeric.

Use as a cold, flu and congestion remedy

Turmeric has been used as a natural remedy for centuries to help prevent and cure respiratory illnesses. The next time you get a cold, try adding it to hot water with grated ginger and a teaspoon of honey. It will perk you up and possibly reduce the length of time you are sick. You might also discover that it enhances your memory. 5


  1. Chin D1, Huebbe P, Pallauf K, Rimbach G. Neuroprotective properties of curcumin in Alzheimer’s disease–merits and limitations. Curr Med Chem. 2013;20(32):3955-85.
  2. Nahar PP1, Slitt AL, Seeram NP. Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Novel Standardized Solid Lipid Curcumin Formulations. Anti-Inflammatory Effects of Novel Standardized Solid Lipid Curcumin Formulations.
  3. Endo H1, Nikaido Y1, Nakadate M1, Ise S1, Konno H2. Structure activity relationship study of curcumin analogues toward the amyloid-beta aggregation inhibitor. Bioorg Med Chem Lett. 2014 Dec 15;24(24):5621-6. doi: 10.1016/j.bmcl.2014.10.076. Epub 2014 Oct 30.
  4. Cox KH1, Pipingas A1, Scholey AB2. Investigation of the effects of solid lipid curcumin on cognition and mood in a healthy older population. Journal of Psychopharmacology 2014 Oct 2. pii: 0269881114552744..
  5. Supplements Aid, Noocube review: The Best Nootropic Supplement, 2017 – 2018

Weight loss: Reverse obesity, depression, low self-esteem in positive life hacks

And the sign flashed out its warning–obesity rates have reached the critical point. This isn’t a conspiracy theory–obesity is a Defcon 1 global health emergency, said the Guardian on Feb. 7. Health crusaders like Jamie Oliver are calling for more Draconian “ninja” strategies and less politically correct posturing to combat obesity. One of the guerrilla warfare approaches is the hotly debated sugar tax in Great Britain. Has it really come to that–taxing junk food to get people to quit eating so poorly? 70 percent of the world is overweight and 37 percent are obese to morbidly obese–so you be the judge.

Do you ever find it depressing to hear about the obesity epidemic? Is there any positive news on that front? Yes and here it is–obesity is treatable and reversible. Unlike cancer, the prognosis for obesity is terrific! Because sufferers can literally erase their own obesity-related health problems (and those are legion). How–well, at the risk of sounding like a broken record–with healthy dieting. Cleaning up eating habits is the only way to permanently lose weight. Exercise will get you fitter, but only healthy dieting (calorie counting, portion control, call it what you will) sheds fat. And healthy dieting has value-added perks. Along with losing weight, you lose other health problems, depression, exhaustion and low self-esteem. Weight loss can restore lost mojo and help you find confidence if you never had it. Here’s how to reverse obesity, depression, low self-esteem with positive life hacks.

Positive life hacks of safe healthy dieting. The keywords here are “healthy dieting” and “safe.” Crash or fad diets, where you eat only a few foods, buy special products or restrict entire food groups aren’t healthy. Lengthy fasting deprives you of necessary nutrients. You get shaky and crabby. Your body rebels and seeks to get what it needs. Very few people are at their best when they’re starved, jittery and run down, You can see positive, only negative. Extreme unsafe dieting actually causes depression, exhaustion and low self-esteem. I’m not at my best. Follow sensible safe diet tips like those recommended by Dr. Oz. Yes, Dr. Oz is a bit controversial, but for as a weight loss guru, he can’t be beat.

Positive life hacks–Fat-titude Adjustment. So crash dieting is a positivity killer, but so is being obese. You feel weak, out of control and ashamed You start copping a fat-titude. Negative self-image and low self-esteem say that because you are fat, you are also by default, useless. A fat-titude is defeatist. So, change your mind and teach it to practice skinny-think. Instead of moping about being fat and complaining that you can’t lose (something everyone who’s been overweight does), challenge yourself to get thin. Remind yourself of the success you’ve had in other areas–school, work, parenting, relationships. You don’t feel successful at anything? Well, that’s fat-titude talking. Use the Al-Anon slogan and fake it till you make it. Work at losing weight and as you do, you’ll begin to see you what a wonderful person you really are. Nothing succeeds like success, especially in weight loss From the downward spiral of obesity, you’ll begin to spiral upward to feel more attractive, confident, positive and proud of yourself for having the gumption to lose.

Positive life hacks–go shopping! Clothes shopping is a dreaded chore when you’re overweight. Nothing fits, except frumpy and dumpy plus-size. It’s like garment designers don’t even try with plus-size. Anything will do for the fat person they seem to think. And it’s especially sad for obese teens who want dress fashionably. Talk about a kick to the confidence. And don’t even get started on the misery that comes from trying on sizes that once fit and are now too tight. You grab the blah and ugly, not caring how it looks or fits. Shopping when fat is a one-way trip, no stops or changes, on the depression merry-go-round. But after losing weight shopping is fun again. Retail therapy is the perfect non-food reward for weight loss. Now you can shop misses and juniors and get more fashionable styles. You can shop where your teens shop and actually find clothes that fit! Granted, adults may not want to wear teeny-bopper fashions. But it feels good to know you can! Oh, and don’t wait till you’ve lost all the weight to buy new clothes. There’s is no reward so sweet as to be able to put away those new clothes because they are now too big!

Grace returns after positive life hacks. Have you always been uncoordinated? (Author raises hand!) Gaining weight doesn’t help. It makes you clumsy and tired. Your posture suffers. You try to hide fat by sitting and standing in awkward positions. You look uncomfortable and self-conscious. But after losing weight, oh frabjous day, you’re more graceful. You may never be Dame Margot Fonteyn, but at least you can walk without stumbling. You can hold your head proud, instead of slouching in shame. (Actually, you should do that even if you are overweight. It’s nothing to be ashamed of! The best confidence booster is accept yourself, love yourself as you are and aim to be the best you can be. Then you’ll have the confidence and motivation to lose weight.

Healthy is Happy. If people who lose weight seem to glow on the outside, it’s because they’re cleaner on the inside. Obesity brought many health problems–high cholesterol, pre-diabetes, liver swelling, back pain, breathing problems. Clean the junk from your diet. Try antioxidant acai, apple cider and raspberry ketones. Take omega supplements to burn bad fat with good. Use green tea as a system cleansing metabolism booster. Just about any obesity-related health issue is reversible with healthy dieting. You’ll still struggle with some health problems–they’re part of life. But by fixing what you can, feel stronger and better able to cope with them. Want to kick that depression and low self-esteem in the butt and put some spring in your step? Shed those extra pounds (if you have them). You’ll be glad you did! Your body will bless you with a happier, healthier you.


Double exercise sessions for increased weight loss

Throughout our lives, we can get stressed from the rigors of work and family obligations. Many people are involved with so many different activities in a day it is a wonder any one can find time to get any exercise in. It is during these stressful times, we may find ourselves eating more and exercising less, which could lead to unexpected weight gain BeachBody. I have experienced this weight gain syndrome many times despite my dedication to exercise. Now there are things that can be done if your body weight is suddenly increasing.

The simplest thing to do is to look at your current diet and see where you can cut back on reducing your caloric intake. For example if you are eating bread more than twice a day, reduce this to once a day. Some people are not aware of this but you can make a sandwich using lettuce or romaine leaves. Simply make this switch from a bread sandwich to a lettuce can reduce your calorie intake by at least 10 to 20 percent throughout the week. Also look at your sugar intake; many processed foods contain added sugar such as crackers, chips, sauces, juices and even milk. Try and cut back on your sugar intake and eat more fruits but do not over indulge. A banana for example is a very health fruit to eat but, ingesting too many in a day at 100 calories each can derail your diet. I recommend keeping a food diary to keep track of what you are eating. Now while I recommend cutting back on your caloric intake, I will also suggest doubling up on your workouts.

Yes, I do know that for most people working out once a day can be difficult chore as it is but sometimes more is better especially when you are dealing with increased weight gain. I will share with you a secret, I am in between careers right at this moment and I started to gain weight. Last week I put myself on a double workout session; I jog in the morning for an hour and in the evening I perform a kind of aerobic exercise for 40 minutes or more. I can tell you that working out twice a day can help you lose weight quicker. Now along with a reduced calorie intake and my double work out sessions I am finally getting back to my ideal weight which is about 202. Yes these increase workout sessions can beneficial if you are dedicated to the challenge and of course you get enough rest in between, HuffingtonPost. Ideally you would work out in the morning and then in the evening for your second session. Now you don’t have to work out for almost 2 hours, instead break it up into 2 thirty minute sessions for maximum benefit. For people not wishing to be workout warriors but want to get in better physical shape, a double work session could be as simple as a 30 minute walk in the morning followed by a light 20 minute weight session. Indeed double workout session can be beneficial to help you lose more weight if it done properly with consistency. For more information please contact me.