The Basic Facts

As a PT myself and someone who sat through lectures from Steve I value this web site and the articles within it, as do my clients.


This article is partucuarly interesting to those of you who have the right intentions but just need more solid information, the right information which you will find on this site and more so in Steve's book "Look Good, Feel Great"

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On a Positive Note

by Adele Marchant
(Perth)

Hi Steve,
Just wanted to say thanks for another informative article.

I attended one of your seminars a couple of years ago when I also purchased your book "Look Good Feel Great", so I enjoy reading your articles on line as they are easy to understand, true and not misleading but most of all, keep me motivated.

Keep em coming..... please.......

Kind regards,
Adele

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Good Eating Habits

by Kay
(Perth)

Hi Steve,

I have been following your Good Eating Habits for several months now and have seen the difference resulting in having more energy (I have regular, smaller meals and walk a minimum of 13-15,000 steps per day) and sustained weight loss (approx 1/2 kilo per week- eating protein with each meal & low densidy carbs with dinner & not eating in the evenings).

Last July, I found I had high blood pressure despite all these efforts & this has now reduced both due to medication, lower sodium intake and your Good Eating Habits.

However the Metabolism Booster is not recommended for those with high blood pressure.

I am 56 y.o. female, working full time so don't have heaps of time to spare. (I am 168cm 71kg, target is 65kg). Any advice is welcome.

Thanks for your really helpful website.

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Supplements

by Catherine
(Hamilton, Ontario, Canada)

I enjoyed the article. Much of it I already knew but I did pick up some good pointers.

I completely disagree with this statement. "It is impossible to get all the nutrients your body requires just from food. Accordingly, it is necessary to take supplements."

From my viewpoint, the earth provides the foods necessary to sustain life and enjoy excellent health. They have to be sourced out, prepared and eaten properly. Our society in North America has generally not been taught the proper way to great nutrition. Naturally, the advice from some is to take supplements. Read: spend my money on products that you endorse. It always comes down to money and that's just the way it is.

For me, I do not take any supplements. I am a 50 yr old female who takes no prescription (or recreational for that matter) drugs. I exercise regularly and prepare all my meals for consumption throughout the day. I do eat in restaurants several times a month but am choosy on my menu selections. I drink red wine a couple of times a week (a glass or two, used to do the whole bottle!) and beer with friends every once in a while. I never eat fast-food. I never buy pre-packaged products (I shop the perimeter of the grocery store!) and limit red meat and little or no potatoes (even though I love them). Grains and vegetables, lean meats along with some fruit and dairy make up the bulk of my diet. And I read, read, read up on nutrition. ie sugar and sodium awareness.

I recently completed a medical for my aviation license and when I called the doc for my
blood test results she said, 'whatever you're doing, keep doing it.’

This is my viewpoint on your point about daily supplements.

Thanks for reading.

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Why I believe in supplements (part 2)
by: Steve

Myself and my business partner Adrian run a small supplement company here in Perth Western Australia and we design the products in our range ourselves. Plus, we base our formulations on published scientific research.

With the amount of reading you do, you should also be well aware of the potential harm grain foods and dairy products may have on the human body. This is unless of course you've been reading the information (propaganda) that comes from the companies and promoters of these products.

I have written an article on this topic that you may find interesting. It is in the Nutrition Articles section and discusses the USDA Food Pyramid history.

That information was the main reason why I gave up studying nutrition at university after finishing my first degree in human movement and human biology.

When it comes to your doctor giving you a 'clean bill of health', well, with all due respect, the basic tests they perform for a standard blood test are far from comprehensive and should always be taken with a grain of salt.

Nevertheless Catherine, keep up the good work! It has obviously worked well for you so far. Also, thanks for taking the time to comment on the article.

I appreciate everyone who makes the effort to provide their thoughts on the articles and even if we don't happen to agree on certain points, that's okay! We can disagree agreeably!

All the very best.

Regards,

Steve.

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Why I believe in supplements
by: Steve

Hi Catherine,

Great to hear from you. Thanks for your comments and feedback. This is quite a lengthy reply so I will break it up into 2 parts.

You're absolutely right! It is possible to get all the nutrients you need from food:

o if you eat food from all the food groups,
o if the food was grown in mineral-rich soils,
o if they didn't use chemical pesticides and herbicides when the food was growing,
o if it wasn't picked before it was ripe,
o if it wasn't packaged or processed in any way and
o if it wasn't left on the shelf in the store for days or weeks at a time,

If you can guarantee all of these factors then yes, it is possible to eat a balanced diet.

Accordingly I have modified the article to read: 'It is virtually impossible to get all the nutrients your body requires just from food.', as a result of your feedback.

I believe supplements have their place. They should certainly not replace food or a good exercise program.

However, I strongly disagree with your comment: 'It always comes down to money and that's just the way it is.'

I am passionate about helping people and that is why I have been in the health and fitness for over 20 years! I can tell you straight that if it was just about the money I would certainly not be in this industry!

If you choose not to take supplements then that is your prerogative. However, if you have done so much reading as you say you've done then you would be well aware of the wealth of proven, scientific research that demonstrates the value of taking supplements; fish oil is just one example. How about the benefits of antioxidants, vitamin E, the list goes on.

End of part 1.

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Take the time to read

by Lorraine
(Western Australia)

Steve
I follow a regular exercise regime and go to the gym at least 4 nights a week - I cannot seem to lose weight and maintain the same weight all the time. Reading your article has made me re-assess what I am doing as at one stage I was having a shake to compensate for my evening meal because I was not getting home until 7.45pm after being at the gym. I previously ate a meal when arriving home but thought it was too late to be eating so substituted for a shake. The same for breakfast, I have a large bowl of cereal - now realise I need a smaller bowl but to also add fruit etc.

I often take only a yoghurt or piece of fruit for mid morning/afternoon, another downfall.

I do not take supplements - so it looks like I am falling down in many areas and could possibly explain why I am not losing weight. For my height 5'2" I weigh 60 kgs and ideally should weight 55 kgs so I am trying to lose 5 kgs.
I will definitely change my eating habits and see how I go.

Thanks for all your tips.

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A few suggestions

by Laura Kelesy
(Western Australia)

Hi Steve,

I found this article really good. It gives good nutritional points for people to assess and work on in their own lives.

Here's a few more suggestions:

1. Try good carbohydrates for example brown rice, wild rice, whole meal pasta, multigrain or wholegrain bread, museli, oats etc as better options, as they are low GI. People still believe to reduce or cut out carbs are the way to go for weight loss and that is not the case.

2. With regards to shakes, yes they are convenient, but the average person probably won't know what to look, with reference to type of protein that is available on the market, I was thinking perhaps metioning a protein bar, there is a wide range of bars available on the market and can be carried with you all the time.

3. And just one more suggestion on the portion size, the way I portion my lunch and dinner is to not go out side the rim/trimming/pattern on the side of the plate. 50% salad or steamed vegies, 25% carb, ususally a medium size potato, or 1/3 cup of brown rice, 25% protein, any meat- high grade, no skin, little sauces. If you still feel hungry half the plate size and 25% vegies or salad, 12.5% carbs, 12.5% protein. And remember, keep all foods to one level on the plate, don't create a mountain. If you think it's not enough add some more vegies.

I have read a lot of articles that tell me different things and I get confused. I have found your book 'Look Good, Feel Great' to be fantastic, very in-depth and precise. A great buy.

Kind Regards,

Laura Kelsey

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