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How Intermittent Fasting Can Help You Shred Fat | BeneFIT Medical Apparel

By Justin Culver

Co-Founder, BeneFIT Medical Apparel

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Intermittent Fasting:

Intermittent Fasting, or IF, is fasting every now and then or taking breaks from food. IF is an often-used term for multiple diet philosophies that cycle between a period of fasting and non-fasting during a defined period.

Some people call this “eating in windows,” where they’ll only allow themselves to consume calories for a certain period of time during the day – say, 12PM to 7PM or even from 7AM to 7PM.

Intermittent fasting can be used as a weight maintenance tool, or combined with caloric restriction and caloric expenditure (eat less, move more) for crazy, wicked sick fat loss.

Intermittent fasting is how I first dipped my toe into the water of the fasting world. Like most people, when presented with the idea of fasting I had my doubts. Disturbing thoughts lurked in my mind, like “Fasting? WTF? That’s bad for you,” or, “If I do that, my body will go catabolic and just start eating my muscles.”

These dark thoughts and many more popped into my head when I struggled with the concept of fasting and intermittent fasting.

So, breaking my fast into intermittent chunks (windows) gave me the courage I needed to experiment.

Once I realized, “I’m not going to die if I don’t take in any calories for the next 12 to 36 hours,” my fat burning process flourished.

Yes, I was hungry at times. Yes, I had to plan my fasts to where they had the least amount of impact on my social and professional life. But once I made fasting my thing, it became my thing, and I crushed, slashed and burned.

An interesting thing about intermittent fasting is that people don’t necessarily have to know that you are fasting for you to be accomplishing incredible things. It’s not something they can see.

Rather, it’s what they don’t see.

They won’t see you eating.

When they see you not eating (especially when you’re in a group), they get spooked. And it’s when they find out you’re “fasting” and have put a name or label on it (which they’ll interpret as you willingly starving yourself to death), that they get all weird about it.

So “never let ‘em see you sweat” can be a good strategy for you to overcome weird social barriers you may face when fasting (and dropping weight in general, particularly if you’re incinerating fat quickly). But we’ll talk more about the psychosocial aspect of diet and fitness in some following blogs and videos.

Note:

Fasting and Intermitted Fasting is becoming more mainstream by the day. It’s starting to make its way as an acceptable and effective way to cut fat in the diet and fitness community. Many of the personal trainers may even endorse it. But in everyday America, within your communities, social groups or at work among your co-workers, don’t be surprised if they view fasting and intermittent fasting as some heretical concept or a form of suicide they’ll crusade against.

So, are ready to up your diet and fitness game and learn how to burn fat through intermittent fasting?

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Thermogenic Foods | BeneFIT Medical Apparel

By Justin Culver

Co-Founder, BeneFIT Medical Apparel

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Thermogenic Foods:

I’m hesitant to even speak about this topic, as I’ve heard thermogenic foods discussed by some individuals as some sort of magic potion or a life hack to increase your metabolism and burn fat.

But if it’s true, thermogenic foods may help increase your metabolism and caloric expenditure by enhancing thermogenesis, a process in which the body burns calories during the digestion of the foods you have just eaten.

Another way to say this is that all foods take your body a certain amount of calories/energy to digest. Some foods take more calories/energy to digest than others, and some may even speed up your metabolism as a side effect.

Even if this is all true, and I hope it is, remember: it’s still just a small part of the 20% and shouldn’t be used as an excuse to consume an abundance of calories. Creating a caloric deficit (the 80%) is the real key to burning fat, not thermogenic foods themselves.

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A calorie is by definition the amount of energy required to raise 1 cubic cm of water 1 degree Celsius. A calorie, for all its use in current diet language, is a measure of energy. The theory of thermogenesis, which to me is so incredibly unpersuasive, and not backed by strong, replicable studies, is that certain foods, when consumed, produce more heat in your body. Your body will react to this heat in ways like increasing your heart rate, vasodilation, and, the theory goes, increasing your basal metabolic rate. In my opinion, there isn’t any convincing science to back this theory.

Even if it’s a placebo, it’s still a ritual…it’s like spot reduction…you don’t necessarily have to crush your abs everyday to have a six pack…but the people who do often have six packs…or maybe I should say the six packs often crush their abs everyday…it’s a bit chicken or the egg.

In any case, eating spicy foods in hopes they are thermogenic can’t hurt. And if you happen to enjoy a little spice in your life, then all the better! I may douse my chicken and rice with some hot sauce right now.

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A New Diet and Fitness Beginning

By Justin Culver

Co-Founder, BeneFIT Medical Apparel

So, you already know how awesome our athletic fit scrubs are…but we now offer something just as awesome so that you may live the BeneFIT Lifestyle and crush all your diet and fitness goals…

As our primary mission, BeneFIT is bringing a new beginning to Healthcare Professionals around the globe.

To support our mission, we’ve released a suite of 12-Week diet and fitness workout programs and a book titled, Diet and Fitness Secrets: What Your Trainer Doesn’t Want You To Know, so that you can hold all the power and create a mindset ready take control of your health and your life.

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So why do we think we got what it takes to change an entire industry by promoting health to Healthcare Professionals themselves? Because we have a systems view of the current Healthcare Industry and have identified several weak points within the industry that need attention.

The first weak point we’ve identified is the primary service uniform of the Medical Profession, the medical scrub.

We remedied that one back in 2016…

Ever seen an athletic style form fitting medical scrub out there in the field prior to our launch in 2016? Neither did we. That’s why we invented them for you.

Which brings me to a bigger question (which is perhaps an indictment on most of the Healthcare Profession itself), why did this product not already exist?  My answer to that question may be somewhat controversial…

I believe many, many, many Healthcare Professionals out there in the field aren’t practicing what they preach. Sure, they most likely advocate holistic health and preventative measures to their patients…but are they living it?

As cliché as that sounds, tell me just off the top of your head what’s the ratio of Doctors you know that are in good physical shape to those who are not? And what’s the ratio of Nurses you know who are in good physical shape to those who are not?

Now, I know being in good physical shape is correlative and not causal to having good health, so don’t get my message twisted. I also know this poll I’m asking you to take is totally generalizing and completely nonscientific, but I don’t care.

Even during the conception phase of our athletic fit medical scrub line we were hit by a flood of people working within the Healthcare Industry all saying basically the same thing, “You know you’re targeting a very niche market, there’s just not that many people in the Healthcare Industry that are in shape.”

What a shame that is…

But BeneFIT knows that an army of diet and fitness conscious Healthcare Pros exist, for we’ve heard the screams of a generation longing for more… a generation craving a better medical scrub that not only enhances their look and feel, but a medical scrub that provides them with a lifestyle designed for diet and fitness loving Healthcare Pros everywhere!

BeneFIT scrubs have already changed an entire industry. Our mission to provide busy Healthcare Pros around the world with the mindset and tools needed to take care of their own health as much as they do for others will change the entire world for the better.

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BeneFIT was built on a foundation of hard work, determination, and strategically directed action to not only be successful, but to punch the lackluster Healthcare Industry in the chest and signal to the world that a new era of health and fitness conscious Healthcare Professionals have arrived!

BeneFIT strives to be a motivational and rallying force within the Healthcare Industry for those who wish to begin, continue, or regain a healthy lifestyle.

Blending a systems view of health with a lifestyle of diet and fitness, BeneFIT Medical Apparel is creating the Healthcare Lifestyle of the future for, and with, the brightest and most fit Healthcare Pros on the planet!

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Why Most Diet & Fitness Programs Fail

By Justin Culver

Co-Founder BeneFIT Medical Apparel

So Why Do Most Diet & Fitness Programs Fail?

Why Is America The Most Obese Nation In The History Of Forever?

In today’s world, rarely do any diet and fitness programs work. So what’s the reason for their shocking rate of failure? Why do people show up go the gym in droves early January only to disappear like Yoda come March?

I’m glad you asked…

We hear it a lot, and we’re sure you have too – Someone joins a gym…purchases a membership and then lets it perish without a thought.

Or maybe someone takes up a diet and then returns to gluttony and crushes that honey bun that’s been glaring at them through the vending machine glass the next week.

Or what about that one friend that drops a ton of money on fancy name-brands for morning routines and then just wears the expensive gear around the house all day crushing Friends re-runs on Netflix, spreading their Cheetos dust all over the couch remote…

This virus is all around us – Humans make grand claims and resolutions to lose weight and start a diet and fitness routine all the time….they join gyms, find workout partners and even hire personal trainers…only to fail themselves.

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Ready to burn that extra fat and sculpt the perfect body?

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Want To Look Your BEST For Halloween!? Here’s How…

By Justin Culver

Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer

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High School Jeans getting a little tight on you?

Have you been eyeing an awesome Halloween Costume but unsure if you can pull it off?

Then it’s time to reconsider your diet and exercise routine…Sounds cliché and overly simple right? 

That’s because it is simple…but that doesn’t mean SIMPLE is EASY.

But here’s the good news, losing weight is DOABLE! And chances are you already know how to do it! Life just gets crazy and it’s not as convenient.

Being a brand that promotes a healthy lifestyle for hardworking, always-on-the-go healthcare professionals like yourself we feel obligated to give all the information we can on how to play the part. Or at least remind you of what you already know.

Endless cardio sessions, crunches, and sit-ups alone are not the only answer. A few no-brainers everyone seems to forget (myself included time-to-time) is to train smart and consistently, and to eat clean and count calories.

Being in a caloric deficit (through caloric restriction/burning is the key to lowering your body fat all the way to a flat stomach or abs.

Here are some more basic tips to help you out:

 1)    Ditch the Junk from Your Diet 

Tis’ the season for candy and other junk food, right? 

Junk food will typically blow your calorie count out of the water for the day, maybe even the next few days while providing little to no micronutrients.  

And having little to no micronutrients in your system, your body will just crave more food, which will add more calories, which will probably just be stored as fat.  

So if you want to look great in your medical scrubs, your costume, or in nothing at all, steer clear of sugar, soda, white flour, cookies, pastries, and other foods can potentially add inches to your waistline.

I’ve always heard, “Abs are made in the kitchen”, and it’s so true. One can burn 1500 calories in a single gym session (which is intense) but if they still exceed their caloric max for the day, their body will go into fat storage mode. No Bueno. The 90s are over, bruh…Dirty Bulking is dead.

2)    Consume Healthy Fats  

Not only will consuming healthy fats keep you from going insane with random intense food craving and attacking a vending machine in the breakroom when you think no one else is …essential fatty acids, such as omega-3 and omega-6, have been shown to reduce visceral fat and inflammation. Win-Win!

When consumed regularly, healthy fats can significantly lower your risk of heart disease. Again, by eating more fats, you’ll feel full longer which will help you regulate your appetite on all those stupid-long shifts your maniac supervisor sentences you to.

Tuna, sardines, salmon, mackerel, avocado, almonds and unrefined vegetable oils are some of the best sources of healthy fats…that Honey Bun starring at you seductively through the glass of the vending machine is not.  

You can also get these omegas in supplement form at almost any drug or supermarket next to the vitamins.

3)    Meal Prep!

If you work full-time in health care, you already know you probably won’t be able to cook balanced meals every single day!

This is where meal prepping comes in handy… 

Choose a day between shifts to buy groceries and cook your food in advance. Leave the candy corn at home…better yet, leave it at the store. 

Grill, steam, or roast the meat, and freeze it for later use.

Chop your favorite vegetables and leave them in the fridge.

Prepare healthy snacks, such as trail mixes, vegetable chips, and homemade protein bars. This way, you’ll save time and eat clean without the need to cook all day long.  

4)    Train Smart

Despite common perception, spot-reduction in a myth…

What do I mean by spot-reduction? One cannot simply train abs and expect the body to burn the exact fat cells surrounding said abs. Your body burns fat in whatever order your genetics tell it to. 

But fear not, there are definitely ways to help reveal your abs and lose fat!  

Your workout could include a mix of strength training, low intensity high duration cardio training, and high intensity exercise, such as High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).

If you’re short on time, do full body circuits followed by HIIT two or three times a week. Your BeneFIT medical scrubs were conceived and born for such things! You’ll have no problem busting out reps and sets in you BeneFIT scrubs.

Hit us up on any of our social media platform for more any questions or comments and tell us all about your Halloween plans!

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Scrub Squads: The Halo Effect

By Justin Culver

Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer

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 “Glamour, although the manufacturers won’t like this, cannot be manufactured. Not real glamour; it’s based on femininity.”-Marilyn Monroe

Success breeds success. Birds of a feather flock together. If you look like a duck, talk like a duck, act like a duck, you’re a duck. How many more clichés can I throw at you? Cliché or not, who you surround yourself with, spend the most time with, and let into your mind will be the people you are most like.

This is why you should surround yourself with a worthy Scrub Squad (the people you spend the most time with and let into your mind). This is why today I’m not going to talk to you about training your body, but about training you mind.

I once heard that if you take the IQ, education level, and salaries of the five people you spend the most time with, add them all together and divide by five, you will get pretty dang close to your own numbers.

This is why you should surround yourself with a worthy Scrub Squad.

 

I believe this average-of-five theory came from the famous Life Coach Jim Rhon, though I’ve heard it said in many ways by many others. But the point of the average-of-five theory is that people (YOU) can and will be a product of their (YOUR) environment.

 

This is why you should surround yourself with a worthy Scrub Squad.

 

So protect yourself from the weak-minded, the crabs in the buckets, the haters in your personal and professional lives. A person who is a king or queen of their own life, who also happens to have mastered his or her Healthcare Profession is likely to be successful in other areas of their lives as well.

 

This success will create a Halo Effect for some people, and a reverse Halo Effect for others. And I assure you of this like a Stark warning, “Winter is coming,” the moment you first start benefiting from hanging around your worthy Scrub Squad, you will start casting a Halo Effect and reverse Halo Effect on all who surround you. You will be a beacon, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, the EDM lights at a Skrillex concert.  

 

So what’s the Halo Effect, you may ask?

 

The Halo Effect was coined by the psychologist, Edward Thorndike. Wikipedia and other sites have great articles about the Halo Effect if you really want to study it more deeply. But I’ll paraphrase what the Halo Effect means to me:

 

It means some people will see a successful person doing great things that seem impossible, and as a result, everything that person says or does (even if they’re wrong) will seem like pure golden truths sent from the heavens above (hence the angelic ‘Halo’ Effect).

 

The Halo Effect is a form of cognitive bias…

 

We see it in the media when good-looking, hip, funny, successful celebrities endorse products or brands.  

 

A particular celebrity may have no clue whether the product is good or not. They may have never even used it before. But because they’re being paid to say they love the product, their Halo Effect will enhance the perception of the product they’re bragging about.

 

As a result of their Halo Effect branding the product they’re endorsing, thousands or millions of fans influenced by this celebrity will be swayed to purchase the product.

 

I’ve also seen the Halo Effect in action in actual everyday life, and you may have also.

 

I’ve seen good-looking women and men saying the most outlandish, boring, or ignorant things to friends, acquaintances, or strangers. But because of their glamour (their extreme attractiveness) everything they say sounds more insightful to their groupies.

 

Every joke they murmur seems funnier. Everything they wear seems in style. Every new band they like, their groupies also like. These people are trend-setters.

 

“So, Justin,” you might ask, “What’s your point?”

 

My point is, as a king or queen of your life, you want to create a Halo Effect yourself, while also recognizing when it’s being produced by others around you.

 

But unlike some Halo Effects, when you produce one for yourself, I want your Halo Effect to be backed by substance, virtue, worth, and value.

 

This substance, virtue, worth, and value will be sowed, cultivated, and reaped by your Scrub Squad (the people you surround yourself with most).

 

If you fail to recognize when a Halo Effect is being produced by someone with little or no substance, virtue, worth or value, this can cause a negative impact on your life and/or Healthcare career if you’re seduced by it.

 

Halo Effects can be like the Death Star’s tractor beam–they can suck you in if you get too close. Then some rando storm trooper or even Darth Vader will burn you down.

 

But if you’re self-aware of the Halo Effect phenomenon, then you can adjust accordingly and not be seduced by its power. Being seduced by the Halo Effect, or casting one without substance, virtue, worth, and value is a path to the Dark Side used by con-artists, fakes, and frauds.

 

In the coming weeks I’ll blog more about the reverse Halo Effect and other tools of the Dark Side, for not only must you train your body, you must also have a 6-Pack of the Mind…

 

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“Yes, we absolutely have the best scrubs on the planet…but that’s meaningless to me unless they’re also being worn by the best Healthcare Professionals on the planet.”-James Reynolds, Co-Founder and CEO BeneFIT Medical Apparel

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