By Jake "Juice" Suk

"I started the Body Jakeover initially to lose a few pounds before my birthday. I could see results within just two weeks! My clothes fit better and I was able to fit clothes I hadn't worn since college. People were noticing my new figure and that was exciting. It gave me a new confidence."

~ Tuera C.

"After a month of the Body Jakeover workouts on my butt and thighs, I have to say I am impressed with my results. My butt is TIGHT and my thighs are RIGHT! Thanks Jake!"

~ Janice M.

"In the course of a month and a half, I lost a whole pant size by following Jake's nutritional guidelines. Usually, I would go on crash diets and then just gain the weight back, but this is definitely a lifestyle change and not a crash diet. Thanks for all your help Jake!"

~ Rose K.

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

You Don't Have to Trade in the Six Pack for a Six Pack

So I've been getting a ton of inquiries lately about how to party and still stay fit. Most diets will tell you, "NO Drinking". I'm a little more realistic, so I know that this is never an option, at least not for me. And what better time for a quick boozing lesson than right before NYE? So here goes, the Jakeover guide to drinking. NOTE: This is NOT a ticket to go drinking all the time and not gain weight. This is just a way to minimize the damage done, so that you can bounce back fairly easily with a few good workouts.

If you need to have a heady beer or a Guiness, etc., make it the first/second one. Maaaayybe even the third one. But just realize that these types of beers contain tons of carbs and calories. So, if you're going to binge drink this NYE, you'll want to switch it to light beer, because after a certain point, you're just drinking to get drunk right?

- Michelob Ultra - This is your best bet, coming in at only 2.6 carbs per serving. Guys, you may get made fun of by other guys for drinking one, but when the girls are caressing your abs on the dance floor, they won't make fun anymore. Trust me on this one.
- Miller Lite - If no Michelob Ultra, Miller Lite is your next best bet, coming in at only 3.2 carbs per serving. Served everywhere and you don't have to be embarassed to drink it.
- Coors Light/Amstel Light/Heinken Light - These all come in at 5.0 carbs per serving. If you're one of those people that need a really good tasting light beer that's not too watered down, go with Amstel Light or Heineken Light. They have the same amount of carbs as a Coors Light, but much better taste in my opinion.
- Bud Light - AVOID. This "light" beer comes in at 6.6 carbs per serving, which means that only one Bud Light already contains more than DOUBLE the amount of carbs as a Miller Lite. I don't care if there is a happy hour special on Bud Lights, spend the extra dollar and buy a Miller, because a couple of love handles are NOT worth a couple of saved bucks.

Rule of thumb - You want to keep it clear. Clear liquors like vodka and gin are your best bets here, as they contain the least amount of calories, with none of the sugars that other liquors have. However, the most important thing to remember is not so much what liquor you're drinking, but more so, what you're drinking WITH the liquor. The juices, sodas, sour mixes, and yes, even tonics, contain high amounts of sugar and calories, and are the culprits when it comes to weight gain after drinking mixed drinks. Man up and drink it straight, or mix it with club soda and put in a lime or lemon twist. It may be rough at first, but this right here is the difference between wearing skinny jeans, and ROCKING skinny jeans.

Wine is good because it contains antioxidants, but just realize that wine and champagne contain a substantial amount of calories. I generally don't have that big of a problem with these because a couple glasses of wine from time to time is not a big deal, and champagne is usually only brought out on special occasions, such as NYE. Even yours truly will indulge in a little champagne this New Year's. Of course, I make up for it in the gym, and so should you. Otherwise, the daily glasses of wine at night could be why your ass needs to take up two seats on the subway.

So there you have it, the Jakeover guide to drinking. Keep it light, keep it clear, keep it clean, and keep it up at the gym to compensate for these empty calories. IMPORTANT: While this may alleviate some of the guilt caused by binge drinking, it will not alleviate any of the guilt caused by hooking up with someone who is far less attractive than you in a drunken stupor ;) Happy New Years!

~Body Jakeover
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Put Down the Banana Bread and Put on the Banana Hammock

You're in the grocery store, you go for the white bread, but then you envision yourself at the beach in your bathing suit and go for the whole wheat bread instead. Now before you go patting yourself on the back, understand that going from white bread to wheat bread is pretty much like going from a D- to a D+ on a may be a little better than the other, but they're both still pretty bad. Confused?

Although your intentions were good, when you read the labels of both breads, you'll find that they are both made with ENRICHED flour. Enriched is a fancy word for "processed", and "processed" is a fancy word for "this kind of food will make you fat". In short, your body doesn't recognize processed foods because they are not natural, so in order to deal with this so called "food", your body digests it and turns it into blood sugar (glucose) so fast that it causes a spike in your insulin levels, signaling to your body that it has enough energy and can just store the glucose as opposed to burning it. If you paid any attention in Health class, you know that unburned sugar turns to what? FAT!

Solution: Switch to 100% Whole GRAIN bread. You'll know it's 100% if you read the label and it says 100% WHOLE GRAIN. Whole grains are more natural and digest much slower than more processed foods. So if you're eating bread and the label says "enriched" flour, then you might as well score a D on your next test. But if you make the switch to 100% Whole Grain, then you've earned yourself a A+.

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Sunday, March 14, 2010

Puttin' in Work, After Puttin' in Work

So you just had a loooong stressful day at work and all you can think about is getting home to do what you love most....nothing. But yet, those love handles aren't getting any smaller and you still want to keep a healthy lifestyle. Now I know that the sweat pants and glass of wine on your comfy couch seem enticing after a long day of work, followed by the bad reality show and ultimately the power nap....but here's a trick. When you get home from work, don't immediately change into your home clothes (ie: sweat pants, college tee and bunny slippers). Instead, stay in your work clothes while you take a load off and transition into the later half of your day. Staying in your work clothes will make you less likely to pass out on the couch and wake up wishing you would've just sucked it up and went to the gym. Then, right when you're ready to get that workout in, change into your gym clothes and head out the door. You'll be glad you did. Trust me, even I have the urge to sometimes sprawl out on my couch and just call it a night, but I'm sure as hell not doing it in a pressed shirt and pair of dress slacks.

~ Body Jakeover, GET SEXY
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Monday, March 8, 2010

See You at the Gym

So most of you guys have shunned me over the past few months, neglecting the gym and endulging in your holiday cookies, but guess what!? That's right! Winter is coming to an end and Spring is right around the corner. And while you may finally be able to ride your car with the top down, there are some spare tires that a mechanic just can't fix. So what will you do now that you no longer have a bulky sweater to hide under?

Well, for the 5% of you that have been eating right and voyaging through the mounds of snow just to get in a good workout, your time has come to show off what you worked for all winter long. For the other 95% of you, I first have to say, "I told you so!" Now that I got that out of my system, it's time to get serious and take advantage of that gym membership you bought as part of your New Year's resolution but only used for the first two weeks of January. Now remember, getting back into the rhythm is the hardest part. Once you get a routine going, it will become second nature. So what the hell are you waiting for?! C'mon people, those calories aren't going to burn themselves off!

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