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    Bio-Signature... Whats your take on it?

    This is an article written by Charles Poliquin.

    BioSignature Modulation is a systematic approach to losing unwanted body fat in
    specific locations "Spot reduction". The science behind BioSignature Modulation
    comes from skin fold data Charles Poliquin has gathered over the past 20 years and comparing his data against blood, urine and saliva tests to determine a clientsspecific hormone imbalance
    Charles Poliquin has discovered 12 specific sites that can be measured to
    scientifically determine what hormones need to be optimized and which
    supplements can be used to achieve rapid results in fat loss.

    Hormones, diet and the right kind of exercise are all critical components in how the body looks and feels. BioSignature Modulation allows us to look at specific hormones and how they can affect weight loss and the overall condition of the body. For example, the thickness of one's umbilical skin fold ?belly button? is a reflection of one's cortisol output. It is a direct reflection of one's stress levels and their ability to handle it. BioSignature Modulation allows us to recommend specific supplements, exercise and dietary changes that can specifically target fat loss in the belly region. Some females have a tendency to store a majority of their fat in the hips and thighs while others may store fat in the arms and torso. Specific hormones dictate where and why the body stores fat. BioSignature Modulation allows us to naturally fix the hormones that are out of balance allowing for quick and effective fat loss in the targeted areas.

    Spot reduction is a myth, right? Sure, there are endless articles in fitness magazines about how to target and tone specific muscles, but no personal trainer worth their certification certificate will promise they can help you take off fat from specific areas. Reduce your body fat by three percent, no problem. But get rid of that annoying cellulite on the back of your thighs or that little pouch on your lower belly - and nothing else - well, that's just not possible. Or is it? The promise of spot reduction is an obsession that many in our culture just won't abandon. How many pills, creams and celebrity-endorsed gadgets have people tried that were supposed to develop ripped abs or to slenderize the
    thighs? And even though those tight corsets of the Victorian era that caused women to pass out due to lack of oxygen are a long-dead fashion trend, today there are special pants and girdles that give the illusion that the troublesome fat is gone. Every trainer constantly warns their clients to stay clear from such nonsense. However, the advancements in exercise endocrinology may give personal trainers new tools for combating site specific fat storage.The system is called Biosignature Modulation.

    Biosignature Modulation is a scientific approach to spot reduction that I have developed over 20 years of performing blood, urine and saliva tests while working with world record holders, professional athletes in all the major sports,
    and Olympic medalists in sixteen different events. My entire professional life has been devoted to finding ways to improve athletic performance among the elite, and along the way I have found ********** and amazingly effective
    ways to help the non-athletic population in the area of fat loss.
    Based on my testing, the reason so many people have stubborn problems areas is due to imbalances in their body biochemistry, especially with hormones. Doubt the power of hormones? Just look at what steroids have done to so
    many athletes, turning men into supermen and women into superwomen (and sometimes into supermen - unfortunately these drugs do have side effects). And just as steroid hormones can build muscle, other hormones can
    cause unwanted fat stores in your back, legs, hips and - well, you get the idea.
    Here's how Biosignature Modulation works. There are 12 major body fat sites that can be quickly and accurately tested by a pair of quality skin calipers and a qualified technician. These sites include the cheek, chin, pectoral
    region, triceps, umbilical, supra iliac, subscapular, mid axillary, quadriceps, hamstrings, knee and calf. Although there are many other methods to test body fat, such as underwater weighing and electrical impedance, I believe that body
    fat testing with skin calipers is the best method to be used for Biosignature Modulation because it can determine precisely the amount of fat in each of the major fat-testing sites were other testing methods only tell you your
    percent body fat.

    Measurements from each site are then compared to the triceps reading and this identifies which areas of the body have excessive levels of fat relative to the other 11 body fat sites. Some people may have excessive fat in just one
    area, while others may have several problem areas. Most clients will already have a good idea of what their problem areas are and an experienced practitioner in Biosignature Modulation can often make an accurate visual
    determination of the problem, but the calipers are quick, easy and reliable.
    Once the biosignature sites are analyzed, the next step is to set out a specific protocol of diet, exercise and supplementation to resolve the problem. Let's say that after being tested, it's discovered that there is an excessive
    amount of fat on the lower thighs (again, relative to the other major fat sites). This indicates that there is a problem with the estrogen levels. If the problem area is the triceps, the issue is with the androgen levels. If the problem area
    is the shoulder blades or hip, the problem is with your insulin levels.
    After determining the cause of the fat, the next step is to make appropriate modifications in your diet and exercise prescription. For the subscapular -shoulder blade- and suprailliac -hip-, controlling the blood sugar levels of the body with more frequent meals, reduced daily carbohydrate and low GI food choices is critical. For lower abdominal fat, the key is reducing cortisol levels by restricting the consumption of caffeine and sugar. For the glutes, it's important
    to detoxify estrogen levels by consuming vegetables such as broccoli that have biochemicals that accomplish this important task. Many of these dietary recommendations overlap, none of them involve any method harmful to the
    body, and in fact, all of them will improve the overall quality of life.
    The next step is supplementation. For the fat on the back of your arms, herbal products such as licorice root, ginseng (which is most effective when taken 45 minutes before a meal), and rhodiola rosea might be prescribed. For the fat
    stored around the lower back, a supplement of guggul, coleus root and bladderwrack algae could be recommended; as it contains iodine which will strengthen the thyroid gland. For the fat stored around the shoulder blades and hips, corosolic acid, alpha lipoic acid and fish oils may be prescribed to control insulin. For fat storage on the thighs, indole-3-carbinol may be recommended. Taking a multivitamin/mineral pill usually doesn't cause any harm, but it's
    doubtful that any one product will have the precise quantities of nutrients needed to correct a specific problem, especially with those fat-storage problems involving hormone imbalances.

    The final step is determining an appropriate exercise regimen. For example, for those with lower-body fat, spinning will likely do more harm than good. Spinning will increase the storage of intramuscular and subcutaneous fat in the
    hip and thigh areas to provide a more readily available source of fuel for the muscles. Instead, a weight training protocol of high reps (10-15) and short rest intervals (about 30 seconds between sets) would be a much more
    effective choice.

    Let me know what your take on this is....

    And sorry about the bad copy and paste...

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    I'm skeptical, I still believe where we store fat, and where we lose it from when we do lose it is determined by genetics, I don't think hormones have as much of an effect on where we store fat as this guy has let on

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    I was skeptical too at first but Im going to look into it out of curiousity... Although genetics do play a part can hormone imbalance also be a factor? Thats what I would like to get opinions on. Would be quite interesting.

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    I am lost. What hormones are "out of balance?" My body hasn't changed where it stores fat despite my altering my hormone levels in different ways. Which hormones will be changed by me taking guggul, coleus root and bladderwrack algae?

    I am not arguing, I am legitimately confused.

    My TRT doctor has started to offer a DNA test that promises the benifits (and more) above. He says it can tell you what macro ratios you should have, what intensity and load you should use when lifting and what kind of cardio will have the best effect. Sounds sketchy, but five years ago I thought TRT might be rubbish as well.

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    This guy totally makes me scratch my head. He has some seriously off the wall ideas and protocols - yet he does work with some elite athelketes that swear by him. I dunno. Hormones do play a role in fat deposition for sure - to the extent he claims - i dont think so. Do i think various flora and fauna supps will effectively change this either way - no.
    I think its so much simplier than this - sometimes we can look to "complicated solutiuons" like we look to a if they are magic. They arent. I tend to think its pretty basic and it is often complicated unecessarily - i have been gulity of this myself.
    Either way if you try it keep us posted. Always interested regardless of my opinion.

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    Very interesting.....I need to re-read this to absorb. Thanks KJ
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    Yeah I understand what everyone is saying! I wanna look into it further... but like everything, everyone will have different protocols to follow so I wanna try understand why he prescribes what he does to certain people.

    I will post any info I find.

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    Bullshit. And the doc that says he can give you a macro split is full of shit too. My father is head of the Human Genome Project and has a phd, taught at Cornell etc. He explained to me that its not possible.

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