The Rising: Part 1


“Can’t see nothing in front of me – can’t see nothing coming up behind me”  -Bruce Springsteen, “The Rising”

While real estate values and pension plans are shrinking, America’s waistlines, along with most of the rest of the worlds, are “Rising.”  Overweight and obesity rates have increased again in the last year, researchers from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention report, making overweight Americans subject to “a costly condition that can reduce quality of life and increases the risk for many serious chronic diseases and premature death.”1

The CDC researchers estimate that approximately 72.5 million adult Americans are obese, which is an overall prevalence of 26.7% for 2009.  However, they also note these findings are most likely an underestimate due to various limitations in their report – self-reporting, a low number of participants and it was a telephone survey.2

While many people fear genetic factors when it comes to serious illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, breast cancer, cervical cancer, etc., the fact is, how much genetics really plays a role is in question and at worst, the percentages are modest.  HOWEVER, it is clear, being overweight increases your chance of these deadly diseases and a multitude of other problems way more than genetics do.

GOOD NEWS: If you are having trouble with your weight, there are some simple principles you can use to turn the problem around.  Tricky fads and long, difficult routines are not a solution and surgery only ups the danger ante.  Fortunately, there are a number of natural ways to kick your hormones, metabolism, and muscles back into gear.

When something becomes this type of global phenomena, it cannot just be simply because people started eating too much.  There is more to it than that.  It is far more complex than an abundance of calories.  The truth is that modern living has altered our collective physiologies to the point where we are fat collecting, muscle burning, disease producing, and rapidly aging machines.

Like The Boss (Bruce Springsteen) says in “The Rising” – don’t look in front or behind, just get focused now.  Our doctors take a 5 Essential approach – that thankfully is not hard to do and makes sense.  We’re covering two Essentials in our offices over the next two weeks that consistently cause people to drop 10 pounds of fat (that shouldn’t be there) fast and allow you to start building muscle.  In Part 1 of the Rising, we cover Essential #4: Maximized Oxygen and Lean Muscle.

Essential #4: Increase Fat to Muscle Ratios Easily and In No Time

Muscle is your metabolic girdle.  Lean muscle to fat ratios will determine your body’s metabolism more than age, gender, or genetics.  That’s why muscular people tend to stay lean and fatter people tend to stay fat.  You can make the conversion by applying our Surge Training principles.  (Get to your ML Doctors office this week for the Surge Training workshop).

If you are in a steady state of putting on fat and burning muscle, Surge Training will be vital as it will get your good hormones working for you and not against you.  Yet, as or even more important, is the muscle loss issue.

When you age, the tendency is to lose muscle.  This will cause your metabolism to plummet and make you susceptible to a host of health problems.  Surge training works all of the different muscle fibers you have.  You have 3 basic types: Slow Type 1, Fast Type 2, and Super Fast Type 2.

Slow and steady routines like walking don’t change hormone levels in a positive way and can actually affect them negatively.   Additionally, they only build Type 1 muscle fibers.  And what you don’t use, you lose.

Surge, however, gives you a surge in the hormones necessary for building muscle and burning fat and work all 3 types of muscle fibers if done correctly.  By going at an all out, faster pace for a short period of time, you access fast and even super fast twitch muscle fibers.  By building all muscle groups and correcting declining good hormones, you can correct and even reverse a good deal of the issues related to aging.

As I always say – want to stay alive, keep moving.  “It’s hard to hit a moving target.”  Especially one moving quickly like you do in the Surge.

REMEMBER: Surge works for any “body” as you’re going all out for you – you’re body and body type.  Since it can be done in as little as 12 minutes week, nothing about this is intimidating.  HAVE FUN AT YOUR SURGE CLASS!



1 CDC. State-Specific Obesity Prevalence Among Adults — United States, MMWR 2009; 59:(Early Release)1–5.
2 CDC. State-Specific Obesity Prevalence Among Adults — United States, MMWR 2009; 59:(Early Release)1–5.