The Internet is literally packed with books, programs, guides and nutritional supplements that promise ‘quick and easy fat loss’ for anyone. Unfortunately, probably 98% of them are nothing more than marketing hype full of empty promises. All they want is your money–they don’t care whether or not their ‘solution’ actually works. For the average guy, it’s difficult to figure out which ones are worth buying and which ones should be ignored.
One of the biggest issues I have with most ‘fat loss’ programs is that the authors assume that every other guy out there is just like them. They mistakenly believe that all bodies react equally to the same stimulus–but that’s just not true. It’s just like fingerprints–no two metabolic systems are exactly alike. They all serve the same purpose and function the same way, but each system has its own particular nuances that set it apart from every other system in the world.
That is precisely the reason why before even I finished the first page, I knew Full Throttle Fat Loss would be something different. Dr. Kareem Samhouri makes it clear that he understands this fundamental concept right from the start. In fact, Step 1 of the program is entitled “Your body is your body. Learn about it.” This basic concept forms the underlying foundation to Dr. Samhouri’s Full Throttle Fat Loss program.
Before you can dive into the program you have to learn about your body and the way your metabolism functions. Three keys to this process include:
1) understanding whether you’re muscles are mostly fast-twitch or slow-twitch;
2) determining your energy levels in the morning, mid-day and afternoon; and
3) figuring out your learning style—visual, tactile or auditory. Having this information is critical to successfully moving forward with the Full Throttle program.
Once you’ve got this basic fundamental step out of the way, you’re ready to start customizing Dr. Samhouri’s program. This step involves a little more homework but I promise, it’s nothing too difficult—it’s mostly about developing self-knowledge and awareness. For example, before you can develop a fat loss exercise program that’s right for you, it’s important to know your body type (endomorph, mesomorph or ectomorph). Depending on which one you are, you’ll choose different approaches to not just exercise, but nutrition as well. You’ll also need to determine your skill level, so you know where you need to begin.
Fortunately, even if you’re brand new and have never before lifted a weight in your life Dr. Samhouri makes it easy for you to learn what you need to know. He provides nice clear explanations and even a few handy charts that are useful even for the well-seasoned fitness buff. The next part of the book is focused on ‘Exercise program modifications for your body’s imbalances.’ According to Dr. Samhouri, a body that is ‘in-balance’ burns fat at a much faster pace than one that is ‘out-of-balance.’ And though I’m no expert on the subject, it certainly seems to make sense that this would be the case.
Nutrition is the next topic covered, followed by a chapter on motivation. Dr. Samhouri admits that nutrition isn’t his strongest field of expertise so he provides some basic guidelines and then directs the reader to a number of online resources. At least he’s honest—most people would lie about it and bluff their way through. This section wraps up with a brief discussion of summary questions for Full Throttle Fat Lass program customization. As long as you’ve answered these questions, you’re ready to launch into the program.
The Full Throttle program takes place over the course of 16 weeks. This is a bit longer than most programs, which are generally just 12 weeks. The fact of the matter is that bodies don’t get lean and buff overnight—it takes time, effort, discipline and commitment. Anyone who tells you otherwise has an ulterior motive.
The program is implemented through what Dr. Samhouri refers to as ‘stackers,’ which is basically an approach to combine exercises and make each phase progressively more difficult. The idea is to stimulate the nervous system to ramp up its fat-burning potential and allow you to ultimately achieve greater results with less effort. By moving through the various phases of the program you’ll move from ‘beginner’ to ‘ultra-advanced.’
To wrap it up, it’s clear to me that Dr. Samhouri is a smart guy who knows a lot about the body and how it works. He doesn’t make any false promises or claim that you’ll have a killer body overnight—and I respect that. The program is a little complex but definitely within the grasp of just about anyone. I have no doubt that following the program as outlined will achieve the desired results.