Jacob Shepis and Abel Csabai Podcasts

So it’s probably time that I put up at least some content that is NOT related to The Women’s Book.  But since the several articles I’m working on are a bit stalled, I thought I’d cheat and put up links to some recent podcasts I’ve done.

JPS Podcast on Women

This was a two part podcast (because I talk too much) on women’s issues.   In the first part we talked about hormone levels in general and blood work in specific.    I’ll be honest that the latter is absolutely not my area of expertise but I did my best.

In Part 2 we talked about some topics I never really had time to get into detail on in previous podcasts (since there is just too much information).  Namely we discussed PCOS (Poly-Cystic Ovary Syndrome), changes at Menopause and issues relating to women’s psychology (primarily in the weight room).


New Podcast with Iraka Nutrition

So a bit of a deviation from the planned followup to last weeks Carbohydrate Classifications article since I couldn’t get my head around the topic of GI and GL for this week to write anything or continue with the article.  Thankfully, a podcast I did with Juma Iraki of Iraki Nutrition was published today so I’ll cop out and link to it instead.

In this podcast, Juma and I discussed fat loss. Topics covered are:

1. What genetic and environmental factors can contribute to making fat loss more difficult for some people?

2. What is the difference between fat set points and settling points?

3. When combining high activity and low calories without seeing progress, what might be causing the stall?

4. How does leptin, ghrelin and cortisol affect body weight regulation?

5. Metabolic adaptations seem to affect some people more than others.  What are strategies that one can use during a fat loss period to reverse some of these adaptations to some extent?


If you just can’t get enough of my mellifluous voice, click here for more interviews and podcasts.


Fat Loss Supplements

This is another excerpt from the forthcoming book on women’s physiology, training and fat loss (which is past the halfway mark on editing so please just be patient).   It is part of a longer chapter looking at general use supplements with sections on luteal phase specific supplements (including PMS), and supplements specifically for women entering menopause.  No joke.  So here’s an excerpt on fat loss supplements.

Fat Loss Supplements

Perhaps the single most popular, lucrative and marketed type of supplement is those aimed at fat and weight loss. It’s an industry filled mostly with nonsense and false claims with hundreds if not thousands of products having come and gone with little to no effect. This has led many to conclude, at least partially correctly, that there is no product that any impact on fat loss. But this is a little bit too extreme of a conclusion.

There are absolutely compounds that have been shown to have some effect on one or another component of fat loss. Some increase energy expenditure, some help to blunt appetite, some do both. None of them can or will ever make up for a proper diet and exercise program and at most they add only a small amount to the overall results. Absolutely none of them are required for fat loss but they may be useful.

With one exception, all of the products that I’m going to talk about in this section fall under the general heading of thermogenics (24). This term refers to any compound or product that increases the body’s calorie expenditure, typically generating heat as a result. The overall impact of thermogenics is not enormous, potentially increasing energy expenditure by 5-10% depending on the product. Without any change in diet or exercise, the impacts are fairly meaningless.

But added to a proper diet and exercise program, this increase can not only enhance the overall results but help to offset some of the normal diet related reduction in metabolic rate. These compounds have also been shown to improve long-term weight maintenance, once again by helping to offset the normal drop in energy expenditure. This can allow more food to be eaten when the diet is over without fat gain occurring.


The Best Diet – Book Teaser

Having revealed the Final Secrets of the Illuminatty last week, I want to switch gears and present an excerpt from a new book that I may or may not be in the process of writing.  Yes, the reference list is tweaked numerically and this hasn’t been edited (it’s barely spell checked).  Deal with it.

What’s the Best Diet?
One of the most common questions I see/get is “What is the best diet?” as if there could be any single dietary approach that can possibly be appropriate for all people, all situations, all contexts and all environments. It would be like asking “What’s the best car?” without the understanding that the answer depends on the situation. The best car for a family with kids is not the same best car for a male trying to impress women.

And the same is true of dieting. Best can only be defined relative to the specific context. What is best for an obese beginner is not the same best for a lean bodybuilder or athlete. And there are many other factors that go into what broad dietary approach might be best in a given context. I’ll take a look at some of the general approaches to dieting in the next chapter but for now I just want to address some of the general factors that go into picking the best diet.

But before I do that, let me sort of sum up the last five sections of this book and look at the specific goals of dieting.

The Goals of Dieting
Hopefully by this point in the book you may have realized that, among other reasons for dieting failures, a major one has to do with how people conceptualize the entire dieting process, often taking a mindset or approach that is almost destined to fail. I discussed many of these way back in Chapter 1 and will talk about more when I talk about adherence but, for now, let me just look at what the goals of a proper diet really should be, even if it’s not what most tend to think.


New Ultimate Diet 2.0 and Stubborn Fat Loss Solution Package

So since I seem intent on making the Two-A-Day Training for the Weight Room Series take a month to complete (even longer than usual for a series this short), I’m now going to tell you about a new combination product of mine.  I call it the Ultimate Leanness Package and it includes two of my books aimed at helping folks reach the lowest levels of human leanness.   What can I say, I have bills to pay.  Lol.