How to Choose the Right MLM / Network Marketing Company
Facts and Statistics about Network Marketing / MLM
Over 150,000 network marketing companies were established since 1945. Out of this figure, only 1,000 are in existence today. To succeed in this industry, choose the Right Company.
There are a lot of network marketing companies. In fact, today there are over 1,000 of them, and an estimate of over 150,000 since the industry began in 1945. But how do you really know which one to choose?
The truth is, out of the THOUSANDS of network marketing companies that have opened their doors, only 63 have ever reached over $100 million dollars in sales a year in revenues. 34 have reached $250 million in sales. Our company was the fastest to reach both of those. And only 11 have earned over one billion dollars a year in revenues. What does it take to build a long-term, stable residual income that will follow you for decades?
Answer: Choosing the right company.
How to Choose the Right MLM / Network Marketing Company
Here are the key factors to consider when selecting an MLM / Network Marketing Company:
(Partial Source: Entrepreneur JULY 24, 2006):
1. Carefully research the company.
Company’s Track Record, Financial Stability
How long have they been in business? If the company is less than 2 years old, the probability of failure is high. If it’s more than 15 years old, you’ve probably missed most of its growth.
Examine the management team to see if it has a solid mix of people who’ve been involved in managing successful traditional and network marketing companies. Who are they? What’s their mission? Are they people with INTEGRITY? What’s their track record, past experience?
Search the internet to see if the company has any lawsuits or outstanding complaints against it. If the company is solid, you can assess the next factor.
Check also if the company has (c) international or global presence. Even though you have no plans of going international today, you cannot control the growth of your network in the future.
If the Network Marketing companies have been around for decades, you should examine if they are still growing and bringing in new reps and customers each and every single day. You can get annual DSA statistics of the company if they are among the top 100 direct selling companies in the world. If they are not in the top 100 after a decade in business, you need to ask yourself why they have not made the great leap forward.
2. Find a product or service you’re passionate about.
Does the company need to have a physical product for me to offer to friends, co-workers, people online, etc? Does their products excite me?
If not, find another company. Also ask yourself, is this a product or service that’s in high demand and will be for many years to come?
Is this a consumable product or service people must reorder every month?
Is there a genuine need for the product or service?
Is the product or service unique in some way? Check also if the products are patented and exclusive to the company. There are very good imitators out there. You don’t want to see your products displayed at department stores or at any point, do you?
If it’s a product, does the company manufacture it? If it’s a service, does the company perform the service itself? You want the answer to be yes.
Check to make sure the company will be able to handle rapid growth in product orders or service performance.
Products must be of value but not overpriced and preferably with a money-back guarantee.
3. Examine the compensation plan:
Is the plan easy to understand and explain? Does it reward new associates who sponsor a couple of people, or do you have to sponsor hundreds to make a decent income?
Check if there are purchase requirements so you can weigh that monthly investment into your decision.
Ask for average annual incomes at different levels of the company to get a picture of what people are making, then ask how long it takes to reach your desired level.
Also find out if commissions are paid monthly, weekly or daily. Weekly is best–it puts less strain on the company and provides quick and consistent pay for you.
A good question to ask yourself would be, “Can I still make money if my network just consumes the products and does not recruit anybody?” Answer should be “YES;” otherwise, run away as fast as you can!
Another important question is Can you generate immediate income?
Beware of network marketing companies is offering very high returns. It is usually a sign that it could be a scam or money game. Chances you and your friends will get burn.
4. Determine the amount of help you’ll get with marketing.
Does the company offer full-colour marketing pieces, DVD presentations and customizable associate websites?
Will it train you to market your business?
Make sure the company has developed a solid internet-based ordering system so customers can order via the site. Also, the site should allow you to sponsor new associates.
5. Find out what type of and how much training is offered.
Does the company offer a reasonably priced (under $50) associate training kit? Is there training available online? Are there conventions and conferences held in cities near you?
When you find several companies that meet your criteria, you then have to use your gut instincts to make a final decision. Does this company feel right? If so, you’re ready to begin a career in network marketing.
6. Is the person who is introducing you to the opportunity committed to YOUR success?
If they are, the company is strong, and the product or service is a winner, (and, of course, you’re willing to learn) you WILL succeed. There’s a big difference between a “sponsor” and a “recruiter.” A sponsor coaches. motivates and trains and a recruiter just signs people up and in most cases, abandons them.
7. What types of things will motivate you to work harder?
Property / Investments
Flexible time, More Family time
Helping others around you succeed,
Being first-to-market, etc.)
Be your own boss
Create a viable business for your family with less capital and in a shorter time.
No glass ceiling. You get paid for your effort.
Find strong, compelling reasons to drive you to greater success. Remind yourself everyday why you are in network marketing. Make your chosen career an all consuming passion. What drives you, will help you to persevere until you achieve the success you deserve and desire.
8. Finally…What you must do to succeed in Network Marketing?
I’ll be brutally frank, network marketing / MLM is a tough business. There are no short cuts. No free lunch. It is not a get rich quick business. But if you work consistently to build your network, you can earn money beyond your wildest dreams.
You’ll have to treat it like any business.You’ll have to work longer, harder, develop new business skills and think about how you can improve your success rate / business acumen all the time. The better you are at doing all of these, the more you will earn.
That said, network marketing is a level playing field… meaning we all start from zero. So even if you are new to network marketing, you can still achieve some level of success depending on your capability of learning and applying the skill sets you were thought (duplicating). Most good and successful network marketing companies have got a good Business Success System. Learn it, Use it, Duplicate it.
In real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. In network marketing, it all about duplication, duplication, duplication. Make things simple for yourself and for all who come after you. If it is simple, everyone can duplicate your success.
Here are the key secret ingredients to your success in network marketing in a nutshell.
Be coachable. No duplication, no success
Develop your dreams, goals and objectives. No goals, no success
Work, Work, Work. No work, no success
Be consistently persistent. No persistence, no success
Make friends everywhere you go. No prospects. no success.
Success does not mean the lack of failure. Success means going from failure to failure without the loss of enthusiasm or courage. Do you have what it takes to be success in network marketing? If so, contact me and I promise you it will be worth your while.
The list of radiated foods differs by country, as each state has its own policies and processes. In the U.S.A., the list of affected foods includes the following, which are most likely to be irradiated:
Many spices and vegetable seasonings:
Wheat, flour, wheat powder
Fresh meat and poultry of all kinds
Foods treated with gamma-radiation are marked with the international symbol for irradiation:
And should, in the United States, contain the words “Treated with Radiation,” or “Treated by Irradiation,” on the package.
Countries that Irradiate their Foods
Below is a list of the countries that either use irradiation for commercial use or have approved food irradiation.
– South Africa
Black Flag: Countries with Commercial Irradiation of Food
– Czech Republic
– United Kingdom
– United States
Yellow Flag: Countries with Approval of Food Irradiation
– Russian Federation
– Costa Rica
How Will I Know if My Food Has Been Irradiated?
FDA requires that irradiated foods bear the international symbol for irradiation. Look for the Radura symbol along with the statement “Treated with radiation” or “Treated by irradiation” on the food label.
Bulk foods, such as fruits and vegetables, are required to be individually labelled or to have a label next to the sale container.
FDA does not require that individual ingredients in multi-ingredient foods (e.g., spices) be labelled.
It is important to remember that irradiation is not a replacement for proper food-handling practices by producers, processors and consumers. Irradiated foods need to be stored, handled and cooked in the same way as non-irradiated foods, because they could still become contaminated with disease-causing organisms after irradiation if the rules of basic food safety are not followed.
FDA has approved a variety of foods for irradiation in the United States including:
Beef and Pork
Crustaceans (e.g., lobster, shrimp, and crab)
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Lettuce and Spinach
Molluscan Shellfish (e.g., oysters, clams, mussels, and scallops)
Seeds for Sprouting (e.g., for alfalfa sprouts)
Spices and Seasonings
Why Irradiation of Food
FDA says that Irradiated Food serves the following objectives:
Prevention of Foodborne Illness – irradiation can be used to effectively eliminate organisms that cause foodborne illness, such as Salmonella and Escherichia coli (E. coli).
Preservation – irradiation can be used to destroy or inactivate organisms that cause spoilage and decomposition and extend the shelf life of foods.
Control of Insects – irradiation can be used to destroy insects in or on tropical fruits imported into the United States. Irradiation also decreases the need for other pest-control practices that may harm the fruit.
Delay of Sprouting and Ripening – irradiation can be used to inhibit sprouting (e.g., potatoes) and delay ripening of fruit to increase longevity.
Sterilization – irradiation can be used to sterilize foods, which can then be stored for years without refrigeration. Sterilized foods are useful in hospitals for patients with severely impaired immune systems, such as patients with AIDS or undergoing chemotherapy. Foods that are sterilized by irradiation are exposed to substantially higher levels of treatment than those approved for general use.
The Dangers of Food Irradiation
What’s Wrong with Food Irradiation?
Irradiation damages the quality of food.
Foods that have been exposed to ionizing radiation compromises their nutrition and freshness especially vitamins C, E, K and B Complex. It destroys the antioxidant effect in foods exposing you to harmful free radicals. Irradiation it creates dirty food.
Irradiation produces toxic byproducts in the food.
New new radiolytic products, some of which are toxic (benzene, formaldehyde, lipid peroxides) may be created which can lead to increased tumors, reproductive failures and kidney damage. Chromosomal abnormalities occurred in children from India who were fed freshly irradiated wheat.
Irradiation using radioactive materials is an environmental hazard.
Leakage of radioactive water from processing plants and transport vehicles will have a big impact on the ecosystem. The clean up costs will be exhorbitant, not counting human medical costs from this pollution as we have found out from Georgia and New Jersey.
Irradiation is a quick fix with long-term consequences.
Irradiation doesn’t kill all bacteria; those that survive are radiation-resistant. Eventually these bacteria will require higher doses of radiation. Irradiation doesn’t kill the bacterium that causes botulism, or viruses. It can’t be used on dairy products, a major source of food poisoning.
Irradiation doesn’t solve the problem, it just covers it up.
In a 1997 CBS nationwide poll, 77% of US consumers did not want irradiated food. This public resistance is why food trade associations have been plotting to eliminate all requirements for labelling irradiated food.
There are better ways of maintaining clean and sustainable food. Cleaning up filthy slaughter houses, slowing down processing lines, increasing the number of federal meat inspectors, and encouraging local and organic agriculture instead of factory farming are just a few proposals that can lead to long-term food safety solutions without the risks of irradiation.
The Importance of Real Food – Organically Farmed Foods
First and foremost, eating real food is a foundational basic for optimizing your health—and your physical performance. If it’s beneficial for the “regular Joe,” you can be sure it’s going to be beneficial for athletes as well.
Choosing organic, whole (meaning unprocessed) foods, grown without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers or genetically engineered organisms (GMO) is key, as avoiding toxins is just as important as getting a wide variety of nutrients.
While conventionally-grown and organic crops often contain about the same amount of nutrients, one key nutritional difference between them is their antioxidant content.
Research has shown organic fruits and vegetables can contain anywhere from 18-69 percent more antioxidants than conventionally-grown varieties. Many of these antioxidants have been linked to a reduced risk of chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and neurodegenerative diseases and certain cancers.
Organic Foods are Nutrient Dense
Unfortunately, the nutrient content of foods has dramatically declined across the board since the introduction of mechanized farming in 1925. As a general rule, it’s the health of the soil that to a large degree dictates the quality of the food, 2,3 with healthy microbe-rich soil producing higher levels of nutrients in the crop.
Mechanical, chemical-based farming destroys the soil, thereby making it more challenging to grow healthy nutritious foods. Processing has further worsened the nutritional value of the standard American diet (SAD).
The sad fact is, most of the food consumed by Americans today is not real food—it’s genetically engineered (GE), saturated with pesticides and added chemicals, and processed in a number of different ways. Many are so used to pre-packaged foods, they struggle to understand what real food is.
How to Identify Real Organic Food
If you fall into this category, here’s a quick summary of real food versus the processed “food products” that most people eat:
Naturally and organically grown fruits and vegetables don’t look isame. Their colour, shape, structure will never be the same. If all the produce look identical, it could mean that the products have been chemically altered eg bleached the same colour.
If the produce looks bigger in size than usually found on supermarket shelves, it could usually mean that the plants had been articificially altered with growth chemicals.
If your grains, veggies and fruits have signs of worms or insect activity, it means that they have been grown naturally. If the leaves look perfect with no holes, it means that the plants is sprayed with high doses of pesticides. No amount of washing can completely remove the chemicals on these foods. If you do buy them, give them a thorough washing followed by a final rinse of salt water for two-three minutes. This helps remove germs and residue.
Today, many vegetables and fruits are harvested when they are still not matured. These plant foods are then spraying of acetylene gas to accelerate the ripening process. These products will not be as tasty as naturally ripened foods.
Organic feels healthier, is far lighter on the digestive system and also helps reduce acidity and gas related GI issues.
. The Smell Test
Naturally grown produce have a nicer aroma and texture due to the naturally ripening process. Unfortunately, some companies will try to fool us by spraying artificial scents to create the original fragrance. You end up with the product that is not only nutritionless but also worthless.
. Cook Faster
Organically grown food always cooks much faster. Food with pesticides needs to be cooked for much longer periods.
Read the label and check for any preservatives present in the product; most preservatives are petroleum based and have ingredients that don’t have natural names.
4 digit PLU — price look up code — the sticker basically means grown with pesticides; 5 digit PLU codes
starting with 8 means GM grown,
5 digit codes starting with 9 means organically grown.
It is a myth that organic fruits and vegetables spoil faster; stored in a refrigerator they last for a long time.
Why Eating Organic should be your Priority – GMOs
GMOs (or “genetically modified organisms”) are organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional cross-breeding methods.
For consumers, it can be difficult to stay up-to-date on food ingredients that are at-risk of being genetically modified, as the list of at-risk agricultural ingredients is frequently changing. The Non-GMO Project website provides information about developments in the GE industry which can impact on your health.
Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with genetically modified (GM) food (AAEM 2009),” including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, faulty insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system. The AAEM has asked physicians to advise all patients to avoid GM foods.
6 Potential Health Risks of Eating GMO Foods
Loss of Nutrition
You can get comprehensive information of risks of consuming GMO / GE Foods by checking the Institute of Responsible Technology website.
Seeds Of Death GMO’s EXPOSED – Full Documentary (1 hr 19 mins video)
Are Organic Foods Expensive? Consider the Real Costs
Why are Organic Foods Expensive?
No chemicals = more labor
Demand overwhelms supply
Higher cost of fertilizer for organic crops
Post-harvest handling cost
Cost of covering higher loss
Better living conditions for livestock
Organic food grows more slowly
Less Government Subsidies
Will the cost of organic food ever drop?
A Mint.com article stated that the price premium for organic food should decrease with the development of “more accurate pricing schemes, increased demand and improved production efficiencies. But still, chances are a premium will remain due to the costs built into the organic industry.”
This sequel to Leil’s international top selling “How to Talk to Anyone” makes you a master communicator with 96 all new cutting-edge communication “Little Tricks” for big success in business and social relationships―in person, by email, and on the phone. It has been praised as the 21st century version of “How to Win Friends and Influence People,” and was nominated one of the five best books in psychology by “Books for a Better Life!”.
This book is like a continuation to Leil Lowndes‘ How to Talk to Anyone. You should read that book first since it covers the basics, before reading this one.
The author introduces the psychologically sound concept, “Emotional Prediction” or E.P. which you can employ with everyone. Here are the ten sections of the book:
BOOK REVIEW of “HOW TO INSTANTLY CONNECT WITH ANYONE”
This book starts off fairly strong, with some good advice for actually connecting with people during conversations (tricks to improve eye contact, how to figure out what topics will be relevant to the person you’re talking to, etc.) But later it devolves into a bit of an etiquette guide. A lot of the tips are a bit common-sense-y, but some of them are just ridiculous. The author is apparently the most sensitive person EVER- here’s a brief list of what’s apparently not-okay to say:
“Little tricks” include:
– When meeting someone new, press their pulse.
– Don’t pat when you hug.
– Hover around to see where they sit first.
– Give people a schtick name.
– Speak s-l-o-w-l-y for non-native speakers.
– Don’t speak of your “haves” with “have-nots”.
– Wave to imaginary friends.
“This is my friend, Harry.” Because Harry is a PERSON with a NAME so you should always say “This is Harry, my friend.” Same with spouses
BOOK CONTENTS of “HOW TO INSTANTLY CONNECT WITH ANYONE”
– Paperback: 336 pages
Introduction: What Determines Social and Professional Success?
Part One: Seven Little Tricks to Make a Great Impression BEFORE People Even Meet You
How to Develop Excellent Eye Contact in Ten Easy Steps
How to Use Your Eyes to Make People Crave Your Approval
How to Wear Confi dence When Meeting People
How to Make People Appreciate Your Introduction
How to Get Th em “Dying to Meet You”
How to Make Everyone Anxious to Hear Your Opinion
Part Two: Eleven Little Tricks to Take the “Hell” Out of “Hello” and Put the “Good” in “Good-Bye”
How to Have a One-of-a-Kind, Noticeably Outstanding Handshake
How to Exchange Business Cards with Class
How to Be a Successful Networking Conversationalist
How to Give—or Avoid—Social Hugs
How to Detect if Someone’s Hug Is Fake
How to Show You Like Someone Without Being Forward
How to Play It Cool or Play It Hot in Business and Love
How to Say Hello to Prestigious People
How to Meet the People You Want
How to Make a Great Last Impression
Part Three: Twelve Little Tricks to Develop an Extraordinary Gift of Gab
How to Get Lively Conversation Going with People You’ve Just Met
How to Start a Friendship with Complete Strangers
How to Never Hesitate Starting or Joining a Conversation
How to Make Your Point When You Keep Getting Interrupted
How to Make Friends with Th ose Who Don’t Speak Your Native Language
How to Tailor Your Talk to Your Listener(s)
How to Talk to Less Advantaged People
How to Save Someone from “Dying of Embarrassment”
How to Smoothly Change the Subject
How to Know When to Never Change the Subject
How to Not Give the Same Answer Twice
Part Four: Ten Little Tricks to Actually ENJOY Parties!
How to Make Friends at a Big Party
How to Meet the People You Want in an Unusual Way
How to Never Look Lost and Lonely at a Gathering
How to Ask Great Conversation-Starter Questions
How to Save Face When You’ve Forgotten a Name
How to Hide the Fact Th at You Haven’t a Clue What Th ey’re Talking About
How to Get away from Nonstop Talkers
How to Deal with VIPs at Social Events
Part Five: Five Little Tricks to Handle Invitations: The Good, the Bad, and the Bummers
How to Increase the Chances of Someone Saying “Yes” to Your Invitation
How to Turn Someone Down While Retaining His or Her Affection
How to Handle an Unavoidable Bummer
How to Prevent People Wishing They’d Never Invited You
How to Impress Guests
Part Six: Thirteen Little Tricks to Be a Cool Communicator
How to Play It Cool When You’re Late
How to Come Out Smelling like a Rose When You’re as Guilty as Heck
How to Come Across as Dependable and Competent
How to Talk Behind People’s Backs so They Love It
How to Make Everyone Comfortable Speaking with You
How to Make People Look Up to You
How to Exude a More Authoritative Air
How to Make Your Signature 21 Percent More Prestigious
How to Laugh Your Way to Being Respected
How to Escape Bores Without Hurting Their Feelings
How to Read People’s Minds
Part Seven: Twelve Little Tricks to Avoid the Thirteen Most Common Dumb Things You Should NEVER Say or Do
How to Avoid People Thinking You Have No Status at Your Job
How to Avoid Sounding like Someone Else Rules Your Life
How to Avoid People Saying “Get a Life!”
How to Know When Not to Be Friendly
How to Avoid Sounding Dishonest
How to Avoid Sounding Immature
How to Avoid Big Cats Considering You Commonplace
How to Avoid Common Dumb Phrases People Say All the Time
How to Avoid Alienating Friends When Traveling
How to Avoid a Common Holiday Custom That Makes You Look like a Little Puss to Big Cats
Part Eight: Eleven Little Tricks to Give Your E-Mail Today’s Personality and Tomorrow’s Professionalism
How to Prove You Are Special When You Are Out of the Office
How to Make People Smile When They See Your Message
How to Make Your E-Mail Sound Confident
How to Avoid Sounding Egotistical in Your E-Mail
How to Sound like You Have a Crystal Ball
How to Avoid Making People Think You’re Goofing Off at Work
How to Avoid E-Mail Humiliation—or Worse!
How to Sign Your Messages in the New Millennium
Part Nine: Ten Little Tricks to Make a Big Impression on Your Cell (a.k.a. “Phone”)
How to Know When to E-Mail, When to Phone
How to Boost Their Self-Esteem with Your Cell Phone
How to Deal with a Caller When You
Don’t Know Who the Heck It Is
How to Get Rid of “Talk Your Ear Off ” People
How to Please Th em by Hanging Up on Them
How to Sound Cool Giving Your Phone Number
How to Impress Th em with Your Voice Mail Message
How to Make Your Phone Voice “Music to Their Ears”
How the Phone Can Reveal Who the Boss Is in a Relationship
Part Ten: Five Little Tricks to Deepen the Relationships You Already Have
How to Win Th eir Hearts—a Year Later!
How to Make Th em Always Remember Your “Thank You”
How to Give Th em Compliments They’ll Never Forget
How to Enhance Your Relationship with Your Partner
How to React When Your Partner Calls You the Wrong Name
A Final Visit to the Laboratory
AUDIOBOOK of “HOW TO INSTANTLY CONNECT WITH ANYONE”
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Visceral Fat is known by many names like skinny fat, deep fat, killer fat, deadly fat, toxic fat, hidden fat, flat belly fat, beer belly, Abdominal Obesity, internal fat, invisible fat, epicardial fat, etc.
Many diet plans focus on weight loss instead of fat loss. This is a major mistake that will have serious ramifications to your health especially on your bones and muscle mass.
Visceral or “deep” fat wraps around the inner organs and spells trouble for your health. How do you know if you have it? “If you have a large waist or belly, of course you have visceral fat,” Whitmer says. Visceral fat drives up your risk for diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and even dementia.
Visceral fat is thought to play a larger role in insulin resistance — which boosts risk of diabetes — than other fat. It’s not clear why, but it could explain or partially explain why visceral fat is a health risk.
Whitmer investigated the link between visceral fat and dementia. In a study, she evaluated the records of more than 6,500 members of Kaiser Permanente of Northern California, a large health maintenance organization, for an average of 36 years, from the time they were in their 40s until they were in their 70s.
The records included details on height, weight, and belly diameter — a reflection of the amount of visceral fat. Those with the biggest bellies had a higher risk of dementia than those with smaller bellies. The link was true even for people with excess belly fat but overall of normal weight.
She doesn’t know why belly fat and dementia are linked, but speculates that substances such as leptin, a hormone released by the belly fat, may have some adverse effect on the brain. Leptin plays a role in appetite regulation but also in learning and memory.
“The fat we can see on overweight people is subcutaneous fat,” says Dr Ron McCoy, Melbourne-based spokesperson for the Royal College of Australian GPs. But it’s the fat we can’t see that surrounds vital organs, called visceral fat, that could be a hidden killer. “Visceral fat is metabolised by the liver, which transforms it into cholesterol,” Dr McCoy explains. “Cholesterol circulates in the blood and can collect in your arteries, creating heart disease and high blood pressure.”
It’s also believed that visceral fat produces more hormones and proteins than subcutaneous fat, affecting glucose levels and triggering the start of type 2 diabetes and other serious health issues such as cardiovascular disease.But if you’re skinny on the outside, how does fat accumulate on the inside?A lack of exercise is the biggest factor. “If your body isn’t moving, it doesn’t metabolise the fat that’s building up – either outside or inside,” Sam Mower, an exercise physiologist, explains.
Skinny Fat – Are You thin outside, fat inside?
It’s not uncommon for people who look slim and healthy to be collecting dangerous amounts of internal fat around their organs, according to the Medical Research Council in the UK. Doctors used MRI body scanners to show that even slim people can still have high levels of internal fat collecting around vital organs such as the heart, liver, kidneys and pancreas. These people, sometimes known as “skinny-fats” or “thin outside, fat inside” (TOFI), could be seriously putting their health at risk.
Asians are more at risk of skinny fat in a condition called Skinny Fat Asians. About 11% of skinny Asians are in this category – some are as young at 20 years old. These individuals can eat almost anything in great quantities without getting fat. Just because they are slim and skinny does not mean they are healthy. Visceral fat is lurking deep inside their bodies and this skinny fat become slightly visible in the form of a slight tummy bulge they may already have a serious health problem.
This problem is particularly prevalent in Southeast Asian countries where a high percentage of their populations are obese due to unhealthy diets and lifestyles.
Health Risks Of Visceral Fat
Because visceral fat accumulates deep within the abdomen, and surrounds organs like the liver and insulin-generating pancreas, it poses certain dangers to health. Although men are more likely to be at risk than women of developing certain diseases, both should be aware of the increased risks of the following health conditions:
Type 2 Diabetes:
High Blood Pressure
Acts as Endocrine cells which interfere with your hormones and the normal function of your organs
Coronary Artery Disease
Inflammation of your airways (difficulty breathing)
Sleep disorders like Sleep Apnea: Increased visceral fat has been associated with the occurrence of obstructive sleep apnea, since deep abdominal fat can restrict the movement of the diaphragm and limit lung expansion.
Increased Inflammation Risk with Visceral Fat
A major concern is that visceral fat produces hormonal and inflammatory molecules that get dumped directly into the liver, leading to even more inflammation and hormone-disrupting reactions. If you have more fat stored than you need, especially around visceral organs like the liver, heart, kidneys, pancreas and intestines, your body becomes inflamed and your metabolism suffers, making it a hard cycle to break out of.
Visceral fat does more than just lead to inflammation down the road — it becomes inflamed itself by producing something known as interleukin-6, a type of inflammatory molecule. This kind of fat stores inflammatory white blood cells and kicks off a series of autoimmune reactions. Inflammation is at the root of most diseases, and this is why inflammatory belly fat is linked with cognitive decline, arthritis, diabetes and so on.
This visceral fat in your middle makes toxins that affect the way your body works, says Samuel Dagogo-Jack, MD, president of the American Diabetes Association. Among them are chemicals called cytokines that boost your chances of heart disease and make your body less sensitive to insulin, which can bring on diabetes.
Cytokines also cause inflammation, which can lead to certain cancers, says Eric Jacobs, PhD, a researcher at the American Cancer Society. In recent years, he says, scientists have uncovered links between belly fat and cancers of the colon, esophagus, and pancreas.
According to a study published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, visceral fat may have a greater impact on the cardiovascular health of older women than does overall obesity. Danish researchers found that women with excessive belly fat had a greater risk of atherosclerosis than those whose fat was stored mostly in their hips, thighs, and buttocks. Here’s why:
The proximity of visceral fat to your liver boosts production of LDL cholesterol (the “bad” one), which collects in your arteries and forms plaque, a waxy substance.
Over time, this waxy plaque becomes inflamed, causing swelling that narrows the arteries, restricting the passage of blood.
The narrowing passageways increase blood pressure, straining your heart and potentially damaging tiny capillaries.
The inflammation further increases your risk of blood clots, which can break loose and cause stroke.
There are two tests FOR Visceral Fat:
1) If you are moderately overweight, you have some visceral fat but those with excessive amounts are men whose pants fit tight only in the waist.
2) If you are lean enough to see abs but your lower belly still protrudes forward, you have visceral fat.
An relatively inexpensive body fat meter / scale is a widely available tool used to measure the percentage of fat in the human body. Different meters use various methods to determine the body fat to weight ratio. They tend to under-read body fat percentage.
The Tanita, made famous by The Biggest Loser, and other body fat scales use bioelectrical impedance (BIA) to gauge the amount of lean mass, water, and fat in your body by sending a current from the metal plates under your feet through your body and timing how long it takes. While they are a relatively cheap option—you can find them for as little as $19.99 at any department store, and you can use them in the privacy of your own home—they are notoriously unreliable. Take a huge drink of water and watch your percentage change by up to 10 percent.
Often seen in gyms, handheld devices like the Omron use the same principle as the body fat scales but they suffer from the same reliability issues as the at-home scales and can fluctuate wildly depending on your hydration level. While they are easy to use—just grab the handles and hold!—they can also be pricey. Plus, they can’t tell the difference between visceral and subcutaneous fat.
NOTE: Although these measuring devices are not very accurate, they do give an indication of the levels of visceral fat in your body and are a good alternative to the more expensive measuring devices / testing services that are available in diagnostics clinics and spas.
If you have the cash and want a more accurate reading of your body’s visceral fat, google for “body fat measurement device in _____ your country/city” to find out where you can obtain such services.
Subcutaneous versus visceral fat: How to tell the difference?
The photos below, from Wikipedia, show two patterns of abdominal fat deposition. The one on the left is predominantly of subcutaneous abdominal fat deposition. The one on the right is an example of visceral abdominal fat deposition, around internal organs, together with a significant amount of subcutaneous fat deposition as well.
Body fat is not an inert mass used only to store energy. Body fat can be seen as a “distributed organ”, as it secretes a number of hormones into the bloodstream. For example, it secretes leptin, which regulates hunger. It secretes adiponectin, which has many health-promoting properties. It also secretes tumor necrosis factor-alpha (more recently referred to as simply “tumor necrosis factor” in the medical literature), which promotes inflammation. Inflammation is necessary to repair damaged tissue and deal with pathogens, but too much of it does more harm than good.
How Excess Fat Affects Organs – Danger of Visceral Fat
Foods that that you should avoid if you are at risk of visceral fat
Tendency to gain weight around the middle of the body (apple shaped person)
Processed foods high in additives, synthetic flavours (eg MSG), colourings and preservatives
Bakery items eg cakes, biscuits, crackers, pies, cookies, even most breakfast cereals.
Pre-packaged foods, pre-prepared convenience meals, TV dinners, take-aways,
Sweets eg lollies (candies), deserts like ice cream and most commercial yoghurt
Processed meats (hot dogs, hamburgers, bacon, cheese, canned food, store bought popcorn and fried fast food.
Avoid refined grains like white pastas, white flour, white rice, white rice, cookies, bagels and white bread. All of these turn to sugar when digested by your body.
Soy including tofu contains high levels of goitrogens which could lead to hypothyroid problems.
Starch, in the form of grains and potatoes, metabolizes into sugar in your body and should also be eliminated from your diet if you suffer from excess weight, diabetes or high cholesterol.
Avoid trans-fats such as vegetable cooking oils, margarines etc. use coconut oil, butter or ghee for cooking instead.
Avoid high fructose corn syrup, sodas and most sports drinks
Avoid table salt (use Hymalayan or Sea salts)
Poor nutrition from eating a low nutrient dense diet (empty calories)
Don’t use non-stick cooking utensils
Avoid microwaving foods and drinks especially for babies
High alcohol consumption. The American Heart Association recommends no more than 2 servings (4 ounces per serving) of alcohol a day.
Taking many medications (poly-pharmacy)
Crash dieting with poor nutrition (this does not include juice fasting as you are still ingesting adequate calories combined with very HIGH levels of nutrients and antioxidants which supports the metabolism and cleansing and removal of visceral fat.)
Avoid alcohol – or reduce significantly
Lack of exercise and inactivity. Walk about half an hour to an hour every day to lower cortisol.
High cortisol levels caused from stress
Lack of adequate balanced sleep. You will be able to keep visceral fat in check if you sleep for at least 6 hours a night. The interesting thing is that if you sleep more than 7 hours a night, this will also contribute to belly fat. It is therefore important to get enough quality sleep because too little or too much of sleep is only going to make things difficult.
Minimise exposure to environmental toxins from the air you breath to the water you drink and the foods you eat.
Don’t go for Liposuction. You can’t remove visceral fat with liposuction. It’s also a dangerous medical procedure as it causes inflammation.
Foods you should take to reduce risk of visceral fat
There is no quick fit. You have to lead a healthy lifestyle. These foods are good not only for helping your reduce visceral fat but also for your general health as it contains lots of essential vitamins and minerals your body needs daily.
Eat Clean (Organic, non-GMO) Whole Foods as far as possible.
Do Intermittent Fasting, Cleansing / Detoxing to remove toxins which are embedded in fats. (Need a good ckeabsing program? Contact me)
Healthy fats in oils. Almonds, Macadamia Nuts, Natural Peanut Butter, Flaxseed Oil, Pistachios, Sunflower Seeds, Walnuts, Sweet potatoes, Olive Oil (on salads but not for cooking)
Dark or Semi-Sweet Chocolate preferably cacoa nibs.
Go Omega: Eat more omega-3 fatty acids. These are essential fatty acids, and powerful anti-inflammatory agents. The best way to get your Omega-3 intake is to eat three or four ounces of fish like salmon or trout two times per week. Other great sources include flax seeds and walnuts.. One crucial tip: Flax seeds need to be ground or your body can’t digest them, so don’t just throw them into your cereal. Instead, grind them up (a coffee grinder is great for this).
Eat the colours of the rainbow in plant foods. Eat a diet high in fruits and vegetables—to the tune of seven to nine servings per day for men. But pay attention to the color of your fruits and veggies from to orange and yellow veggies to dark leafy greens. . Pigment is a vital chemical in plants; it forms, Villacorta says, “the plant’s immune system; and the different colors have different health benefits.” Capsium, mushrooms, carrots, beets, bok choy, cabbage, eggplant, brocolli, cauliflower, spinach, tomatoes, etc are also high in antioxidants that boost your immunity system.
Berries are among the best things you can eat—packed with antioxidants, blueberries and strawberries are particularly great choices
Include plenty of raw vegetables such as salads –raw fruits and vegetables contain important enzymes which are vital for a healthy metabolism. Beneficial fruits include watermelon, oranges, apples, coconut juice, papaya, bananas, pineapple, avocado, promegranates, grapefruit, tomatoes, grapes etc
Focus on Fiber: Choose whole grains and high fiber foods. Whole grains and fiber have been proven to reduce inflammation. That means whole wheat pastas; brown / red rice; Quinoa; beans; rolled oats, lentils; whole wheat breads; and whole grain breads.
For meats or proteins, choose chicken, turkey, fish, eggs, and lean cuts of beef if they are pasture raised. The best form of proteins that you body needs is undenatured whey protein that are produced organically and with low heat. (Need a good undenatured whey protein? Contact me)
Sea food like salmon, tuna, sardines, etc are good if they are not farmed fish
Bone broth using meats that have little fat (boiled in a slow cooker for 12-24 hours) has traditionally been known to promote good health. You get collagen and bone marrow through bone broth or soup. You get added benefits if it is cooked with traditional Chinese herbs like ginseng. Protein makes up around 20% of the body’s mass, and collagen makes up around 30% of the protein in the human body. Collagen is most commonly found within the body in the skin, bones and connective tissues.
Add Some Spice (and Other Antioxidants): Eat antioxidant rich foods. Many spices, such as oregano, cinnamon, turmeric, and ginger, are rich in antioxidants. Stay away from processed soy—like tofu or less processed soy Eat only fermented soy products eg miso, tempeh, natto, etc. . Drink green tea. And treat yourself to some dark chocolate, as long as it’s at least 70 percent cacao. Red wine is also seriously good for you—in moderation. Useful spices include ginger, garlic and onions.
Eat Fermented Vegetables (eg kimchi, Chutneys, , Condiments, such as salsa and mayonnaise etc) for probiotic health, Vitamin K2 and Bs Condiments, such as salsa and mayonnaise. You can easily make lacto-fermented / cultured vegetables like cabbage, cucumber, carrots etc at home.
Think Whole Foods and Smaller Plates: Eliminate as much possible highly processed foods, especially those with high fructose corn syrup and trans fats. Even when eating whole foods, resist excess calorie consumption. Only eat enough calories to maintain weight and optimum metabolic needs. That means being careful—but not being crazy about it, because food is, after all, one of the great joys of life.
Sunshine / Vitamin D. We need vitamin D to help the body absorb calcium and phosphorus from our diet. These minerals are important for healthy bones and teeth.
Drink Water. Now the Institute of Medicine sets general guidelines for total water intake. It recommends that women consume a total of 91 ounces (that’s about 2.7 liters) per day – from all food and beverages combined. For men, it’s about 125 ounces a day (or 3.7 liters).
Have a committed plan to eat healthy. It will cost a bit more, but you won’t regret it as it will save you on medical costs in the long run and you will keep visceral fat at bay.
Contact me if you want to find a safe and effective way of getting rid of visceral fat. It won’t be easy, and you need to be commuted for a period of time but I promise you it will be worth it.
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– They do not have enough people to talk to every single day!!
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When a team member gets 20 or more people in their team, they have a tendency to get into a motivational or management mode. The excuse for doing this is to “help” their team members. This often is no more than giving advice on how to do the business – some advice of which may be faulty industry practice which could do harm than good to your organisation. If the leader does not have much experience or do not sponsor or recruit builders and customers in sufficient numbers, the team’s activity and morale will start to decline.
So what are the consequences of going into a motivational or management mode?
THIS IS A COPYCAT BUSINESS
If your team members see that you are not actively sponsoring or recruiting, they will also take the easy way out and do the same as that it is far easier to be a “motivator” or “team manager” than to be a recruiter or sponsor.
TEAM ACTIVITY DECLINES
Sponsoring and getting new customers is the life blood of the network marketing business. When distributors do not build a big enough team, they do not earn enough money and this usually leads to people quitting.
HARDER TO RECRUIT IF THE TEAM LACKS THE ABILITY TO BRING IN NEW TALENT
No one wants to join a team that is not growing. They want to join a team that has new talent flowing through their ranks and new people being promoted. Where’s the motivation when the team seems like an old boys’ club of tired old faces. Smart people will begin to wonder if they had joined the right team if their members do not seem to be able to sponsor new people. They may even begin to have doubts if they have joined the right company or whether the products are saleable. Nothing is more de-motivating than seeing an inactive leader.
PASSIVE VS ACTIVE MODE
Network Marketing is a volunteer business. If you are not in the trenches actively bringing in new people, your volunteer army won’t be on the front lines in battle with you. Train them right, and give them the skills they need for success and you stand a better chance of succeeding. Success in MLM or Network Marketing requires sustained recruitment and personal product volume..
BEING YOUR OWN BOSS
People join this wonderful business to be their own boss. Sure they want to know how to do the business. But they don’t want to be told to recruit if the leader does not lead by example. Micro-managing people is counter-intuitive.
THE NUMBERS GAME
We are in a business where personal sponsoring is key to our success. It’s a Numbers Game. The more people you see, the luckier / richer you get. What’s the point of opening a shop if you have only a few customers or have short working hours? Building your clientèle list is key to your business survival. Get into massive action mode instead. Call more people, see more people.
NOT SPENDING MORE TIME ON MONEY PRODUCING ACTIVITIES
If you do not spend your productive time on money producing activities, you can’t get a good return on your business. Earning a low income is not what you’ve signed up for when you decided to join a network marketing business. It far better to follow up on inactive customers or to look for new customers. If you don’t have a high volume of personal sales, it is difficult for you to get your team to generate higher sales. If you want a stronger bottom line, everyone has to be generating higher sales volume.
Many leaders go to into management mode because they cannot handle the rejections and the high failure rate. If this is the problem, then you must learn how to improve on your prospecting and presentation skills and closing strategies. Keep working on these key skills until it becomes a daily part of your fun activities. If you have problems sponsoring from your existing network, it is time to join other social or professional networks to gain access to new prospects.
ABANDONING WELL TESTED METHODS FOR UNTEST ONES.
Many leaders have the urge to get into management mode because they think they have found an “fool proof” technique / system which can accelerate their team’s growth. However, this technique / system has not been tested in their current team / business environment. This usually lead to disillusionment when some team members find that this new system is working for them or worse still, they go and try out some other untested methods.. By all means try new methods which are a natural / incremental progression of your existing success methods that the team have been using all along. But stay within the familiar environment that they are used to. People want a simple system to run on – forever, if possible. Any new method may cause some of your frail members to lose confidence in themselves and cause them to even lose faith in your existing system which are yielding some promising results so far.
RELYING TOO MUCH ON ON-LINE MARKETING
One of the greatest disservice you can do your team is to tell them that they can recruit most of their people online. This market segment is mostly populated with people who are interested in get rich quick schemes, money games etc.. I’ve seen many friends who get involved in such scams and continually jump from one such company to another until they have burnt out all their cash and friends. People who get involved in such schemes usually don’t have integrity as the people who join them will usually end up losers. Most online opportunities basically sell management mode vehicles for people who don’t want to live in the real world. You cannot create a real business if you don’t selling real products, solve real problems and have a repeatable business. Anyone who tells you that such business concepts are outdated do not have a good, viable business model that you can rely on. These marketing models are usually short lived and die off as soon as the hype has worn out and / or the company closes down (usually in one or two years or even less). Picking up the phone or going outside to meet people and solving their problems is still the best way of generating new business.
BREAKING YOUR TEAM AWAY FROM THE MAIN TEAM
Unless there are good reasons for doing so, you should not break away into smaller teams. Creative energies, social recognition and group endorsements work best on a bigger stage environment. There is strength in numbers. The bigger the meeting, the greater is the success rate. The more people in the room, the greater the excitement and synergy your team will have. The greater the number of success stories / recognition shared within the team, the more motivated members will be. Action speaks louder than the words of any leader. Don’t let ego lead you to operate in a less than optimal environment.
Here is what I recommend if you intend to go into Motivational or Management Mode:
If your team has less than 100 people spend no more than 10% of your time in management mode
If your team has less than 500 people spend no more than 20% of your time in management mode
If your team has less than 1,000 people spend no more than 30% of your time in management mode
If your team has less than 5,000 people spend no more than 40% of your time in management mode.
As your team grows, you will spend more and more time in management mode, HOWEVER, you should never spend a MAJORITY of your time in management mode. And you should NEVER totally leave the trenches yourself.
Even when you are in management mode, you’ll have to identify your key players and make sure you are NOT working with people who are a waste of time. These usually mean people who may be active but who lack focus and commitment. Use the time working on your own direct marketing and recruitment activities instead.
To be successful in network marketing, you must first work on yourself. Your success is free advertisement which will attract new people to your team and serve as a vehicle to help them to work towards higher goals and achievements.
Stay focused and be positive. The more you learn, the more you earn. Network marketing is one big self-development course.
“Do not get obsolete like an old technology, keep innovating yourself.” ― Sukant Ratnakar, Open the Windows
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GETTING INTO THE MOTIVATIONAL OR MANAGEMENT MODE ONE OF THE DEADLY SINS IN NETWORK MARKETING by Nancy Long