Dear Subscriber,

Do I have a “treat” prepared for you today. this is one I think you’ll really enjoy.

Yours For Health,
Shane Shiels
Shashido Enterprises
Adelaide’s Premier Health & Fitness Expert

How to Lose Up to 12 kilos by Doing Nothing?

I’m not one for hype, but I just had to tell you about research I’ve come across on a particular supplement. It’s a West African herb and so far it’s showing some VERY promising results when it comes to reaching a healthy weight. What is it? Irvingia Gabonensis. You probably haven’t heard about it. Which is weird because you’d think the media would be all OVER it. At any rate, here is the study I came across…It was published in the journal Lipids in Health and Disease. [1] Researchers recruited both overweight and obese people to participate in the study. They were divided into two groups. The first group supplemented with 150mg of Irvingia twice a day. The second group was given a placebo. Here’s the cool part: Both groups maintained the SAME diet and amount of physical exercise. The study lasted ten weeks and at the start of the study, researchers measured starting body weight and the following BASELINE blood levels:
1. Total Cholesterol (both LDL and HDL)
2. Fasting Glucose
3. Leptin
4. Adiponectin
5. C-reactive protein
So what happened? The group taking the Irvingia supplement  twice a day lost 28 pounds of body weight! The placebo group only lost 1 measly pound. And hang onto your hat… because the Irvingia group’s ending blood tests were just as amazing. Fasting glucose DROPPED by a whopping  22%… total cholesterol DOWN 26%… LDL (“bad”) cholesterol REDUCED by 27%…C-reactive  protein PLUMMETED by 52%. All in less than 3 months! That’s pretty incredible for a single herb. More human studies need to be done, to be sure. But so far, it looks very promising. For example, another study investigated the effect of Irvingia on rats that were made to have diabetes. One single oral dose of Irvingia lowered the rats’ plasma glucose just two hours after it was administered. [2]

And yet another double-blind human study recruited forty participants. Again, they were divided into two groups. One received Irvingia while the other received a placebo. Both groups maintained their normal caloric intake. After just 30 days, the Irvingia group lost a whopping 12.3 pounds. And just like in the other human study I told you about, the Irvingia group had SIGNIFICANT reductions in total cholesterol, LDL and triglycerides. [3]
You can most likely find Irvingia extract at your local heath food store. I’d suggest taking the amount used in the first study I mentioned, which is 150mg, twice daily. One caveat: no matter how incredible a supplement One caveat: no matter how incredible a supplement is, don’t let that be an excuse to overeat or continue the bad habits that got you to where you are in the first place. Taking Irvingia should only be used as an ADJUNCT to eating right and exercising, not as an excuse to let yourself eat all the junk you want and not move very much. That would just be a recipe for disaster…and I don’t want that happening to you. {End soapbox} 🙂

So that’s your Treat for this month. Eat clean and train hard. And by the way … if you’re serious about taking your overall health and fitness to the next level, why not take advantage of your FREE Fitness Consultation? (an $87 value) During this consult, you’ll receive detailed information on how to get fit and trim that’s tailored to YOUR body. There’s no obligation and it’s totally and completely free.


[1]Judith L Ngondi, et al. The use of a Cissus quadrangularis/Irvingia gabonensis combination in the management of weight loss: a double-blind placebo-controlled study. Lipids in Health and Disease 2008, 7:12
[2] Ngondi JL, Djiotsa EJ, Fossouo Z, Oben J. Hypoglycaemic effect of the methanol extract of irvingia gabonensis seeds on streptozotocin diabetic rats. Afr J Trad CAM. 2006 3:74–7.
[3] Judith L Ngondi, Julius E Oben* and Samuel R Minka. The effect of Irvingia gabonensis seeds on body weight and blood lipids of obese subjects in Cameroon. Lipids in Health and Disease 2005, 4:12 doi:10.1186/1476-511X-4-12

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“Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”- Mahatma Gandhi

Eat Yourself Thin

Low Carb Cauliflower Leek Soup
(Serves Twelve)

2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
3 leeks, cut into 1 inch pieces
1 large head cauliflower, chopped
8 cups vegetable broth
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 cup heavy cream (optional)

1. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large pot over medium heat, and saute the leeks, cauliflower, and garlic for about 10 minutes. Stir in the vegetable broth, and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 45 minutes.
2. Remove the soup from heat. Blend the soup with an immersion blender or hand mixer. Season with salt and pepper. Mix in the heavy cream, and continue blending until smooth.

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 1 hr
Ready: 1 hr 15 mins

Per Serving – Calories: 155 / Fat: 13.1g / Cholesterol: 35mg / Sodium: 387mg / Total Carbs: 8.3g /  Fiber: 2.5g / Protein: 2.4g

Recipe from AllRecipes.com.

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  1. Marvelous, what a blog it is! This blog gives helpful information to us, keep it up.

  2. Shane Shiels says

    Thanks Dawn! I’ll do my best.

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