Next Page »

Dirty Secrets of the Supplement Industry #2 - Tasty Supplements

Everyone loves a delicious treat - especially if it is good for you!  In the supplement industry, certain products attain hugely successful sales figures through superior taste, not superior quality.  The relationship between taste and successful sales of supplements leads to several unfortunate tendencies. 

      First, formulators are more preoccupied with the taste of a product than its efficacy.  Instead of spending money and time researching and developing effective formulas, they spend their resources developing formulas that taste good and sell well.  This would be great if supplement manufacturers were making Twinkies, where the goal of the product is delectable minute-market satisfaction.  But supplements shouldn’t be designed like your average pre-packaged food; they should be designed to accomplish a specific goal, first and foremost. 

      With all the focus on the taste of a product, it is no wonder that supplements are jam-packed with an array of useless ingredients.  Artificial sweeteners, preservatives, and additional salts, often meander their way onto the ingredients list to enhance the taste.  We take supplements for our health and quality of life.  Last time I checked, junk food ingredients did little good for either one. 

      The supplement industry’s emphasis on taste detracts from the supplements you purchase.  It detracts from the resources invested in the product, in the quality of the product, and the relationship between product goals and effectiveness. 

Dirty Secrets From the Supplement Industry- Label Claims Don’t Lie, They Just Don’t Tell the Truth

The truth hurts, but so does throwing away your money.  So take a minute to read my inside scoop, where I reveal the biggest, darkest, dirtiest secrets of the supplement industry.  You will learn what actually goes on in the industry, what to believe, what not to believe, and how to find the right supplements for you. 

For today, let’s start with secret #1 - Label Claims Don’t Lie, They Just Don’t Tell The Truth

Statements on a label might be kind of, sort of, maybe, possibly true.  But often copywriters and formulators twist, turn, chop, and change research supported data into some sort of marketing truth.  They do this to help distinguish their product from the competitors and to break into new potential markets.  

In the world of scientific research, variables are controlled to the minutest details.  A hunch is just an idea until it is tested.  Once an idea is being researched, it becomes a hypothesis.  If there is research to support this hypothesis, it becomes a theory.  It remains a theory until it is either widely accepted as a fact of science or is proven to be untrue.  This is a slow and delicate process of filtering through fact and fiction. 

The world of supplements works in just the opposite.  A hunch jumps straight to a claim, the way Carl Lewis did the long jump.  If there is scientific research to support a particular supplement fad, all details are cast aside, figures are taken out of proportion, and weak scientific conclusions are strengthened by the excitement of a new breakthrough in the supplement world.  In other words, the scientific research is butchered by an overzealous supplement industry looking for the next big thing. 

As a result, supplement labels are plastered with overly confident claims that make it difficult to decipher what is actually research supported and what is not.  Even if these claims site specific studies on the label, it is still challenging for your Average Joe or Jane to conclude if scientific truth backs the claims and if the product is worthy of investment.  Be wary of overly confident claims that refer to research in a very general and vague manner and contact the supplement manufacturer if you are confused with a label claim. 

Man, I sure am glad I dove in head first and Nutrition53 actually makes supplements that work.  I can’t wait to share the next secret with you tomorro!

Thanks for reading.  As Jack Nicholson said, “You can’t handle the truth.”  Or maybe you can?  Just stick with Nutrition53. 



The Romo Challenge


I know it’s been a while since I’ve been posting . . . but now is the time to get up off the couch, quit drinking the soda, get ready to take your shirt off and surf in the sun.

So let me introduce you to the Romo Challenge to help you lose 7 pounds in 7 days. . . here’s how it goes:

  • Replace two meals per day with Lean1 (go to
  • Your third meal should include fresh veggies, lean protein, and fiber rich carbs
  • Snack on fresh fruits or veggies if you are hungry between meals

Exercise Program:

  • 100 push ups or more a day
  • 100 sit ups or more a day
  • 30 minutes or more brisk walk or jog

Ok guys, I gotta say this is pretty damn easy.  Now I also gotta say, consult your physician prior to starting any exercise or diet program.  If your a couch potato, consult your mom prior to starting.  The rest of you, how about you get off your lazy butts and get ready to rock!

Now, on to the contest.  Send me proof in your before and after photos to my personal email at and I’ll send you a Romo Challenge Survivor T shirt - on me.



Super Bowl XLIV Predicitions: Underdog Upset

Watch for Fast Releases from the Indianapolis Colts’ Cool-Headed Peyton Manning and an Arsenal of Attacks from the New Orleans Saints’ Multi-Talented Offense.

In the Super Bowl, it always comes down to how well your quarterback plays under pressure.  Super Bowl XLIV will prove to be no exception, as evenly matched quarterbacks — Payton Manning and Drew Brees — go head to head. Defensive schemes, offensive diversity and injuries will also be a factor in who will leave Miami with the Vince Lombardi Trophy in their arms on Super Bowl Sunday.

Players to Watch:

In the Super Bowl, it always comes down to how well your quarterback plays under pressure. 

The Colts’ Peyton Manning is so quick with his decisions and his releases that it will be very tough for the Saints’ defense to get to him.  On the other hand, the Saints’ Drew Brees stats have been better all season; he has had fewer interceptions, a higher completion percentage, a higher quarterback rating (109.6), and he has thrown one more touchdown than Manning (99.9). 

Manning’s stats may have been improved if the Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell had not pulled him and other starters in the 3rd quarter against the New York Jets on December 27th, resulting in the Colts’ only loss for this season.  Stats aside, Manning has won a Super Bowl before and I think that ultimately puts experience on his side, giving him the upper hand.

Also watch for the Saints’ running backs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas to be diverse point-scoring assailants against the Colts’ injury-plagued defense.  With the Colts’ star defensive end Dwight Freeney injured, as well as Colts’ corner back Bob Sanders, watch for Robert Mathis to try to step up to the challenge of hunting down Saints’ Brees, Bush, and Thomas. 

Plays to Watch:

One of the biggest questions lingering over Sunday’s Super Bowl game is whether the Colts’ all-time sacks leader Dwight Freeney will be playing or not.  His 3rd degree lower ankle basketball sprain basically translates to a complete tear of a ligament on the outer side of his ankle.  If he is playing, he will be battling pain, swelling, and instability, which mean we won’t see his trademark inside spin move or his quick explosiveness that puts pressure on opposing quarterbacks.  The Saints’ will attack and test Freeney early in the game by either running the ball at him or cutting him with a short passing game to see if how he can hold up.   If Freeney is out of the game, I don’t think the Colts’ backup Raheem Brock is up to the challenge of stopping the Saints’ Drew Brees, who has yet to throw an interception in this post-season, or Saints’ double talent running backs Bush and Thomas. 

There is no doubt that Peyton Manning will be playing fast, level-headed football and capitalizing on his strengths of picking apart the defensive schemes of any opponent, and the Saints will obviously be no exception.  He also has a strong triumvirate of receivers to throw to in Austin Collie, Pierre Garcon, Reggie Wayne, who were instrumental in beating the New York Jets in the AFC Championship Game. 

Deciding Factors:

Like I said before, the Super Bowl always comes down to how well your quarterback plays under pressure.  Peyton Manning has done it before, he’s won it before.  And if Drew Brees wants to win, he’s going to have to play the game of his life.  He’s going to have to play mistake free football.  And because of the pressure of this game, many talented quarterbacks have choked. 

When you have the two of the best quarterbacks in the league going up against each other, the other deciding factor is whose defensive line and blitz schemes can get to the quarterback.  The Colts’ Defensive Coordinator, Larry Coyer, is truly one of the best.  But he’s one of the best because he’s got a great defensive team to execute his schemes, with it all starting in the defensive front and ending with a defensive line.  With Freeney at only fifty percent due to his ankle injury, it’s up to Raheem Brock as back up to execute.  I believe this will be one of the deciding factors in Sunday’s game. 

Finally, the Saints bring diversity to the table in the face of the Colts’ Manning-dependent offense and injury plagued defense.  The Saints have had 21 different players score points this season, showing they’ve got many cards to play out there and few injuries, which will stack up in their favor under pressure. 

Who Will Win:

This game reminds me of Super Bowl XXXII when the Denver Broncos played the Green Bay Packers.  We (Denver Broncos) were 13 point under dogs and the quarterbacks were John Elway ad Brett Favre.  We won because we outplayed them, we out hit them and John Elway played one of the greatest games of his life to prove himself to be the better quarterback that day. 

This game is not going to come down to stats, players on paper, schemes, or anything else predictable.   Just like Super Bowl XXXII, the hungriest team with the best quarterback and best blitz schemes will come out as the World Champions.   These quarterbacks are very evenly matched, but given the Saints’ offensive diversity against the Colts’ injured defense, I predict Saints to be the Super Bowl XLIV Champions after a very close game. 

2009 NFL Divisional Round Playoffs: a quest for the best

The NFL playoffs are not only about playing hot football; they’re about playing the best football at the right time of the season. The playoffs are a time when Hall of Fame players make a name for themselves. It’s the time when the John Elways, Joe Montanas and Troy Aikmans come alive. It’s when the quarterbacks have to be ON — meaning ready to go — playing the best 60 minutes of their lives. The way I see it in AFC and NFC playoff football this week, the teams whose quarterback plays the best will win the games this weekend.

Here are the NFL playoffs games this weekend and how I see them going down:

Baltimore Ravens vs. Indianapolis Colts

I love the inspiration of Ray Lewis. I love the passion he brings to the game. I love the Baltimore Ravens defense. But your season is going to end this weekend. Congrats on getting this far! You played the Pats last week, and Tom Brady played the worst game of his life. Hats off to you guys, especially the way Ray Rice was running the football. Never have I seen a quarterback go 4-for-10 for 34 yards in the playoffs and win.

Joe Flacco, you have to step up your game. Your team is going to need you. The Indianapolis Colts will be hot, on fire and playing the best game of their lives. Peyton Manning is the best in times like this. And on top of this, Indianapolis has one of the best defensive coordinators in Larry Coyer. Get ready, Baltimore, because you’re going to have to put it up in the air on some big-time plays to your receivers in order to win.

My prediction: Indianapolis wins by two touchdowns.

San Diego Chargers vs. New York Jets

New York, just because you beat the Cincinnati Bengals doesn’t mean you can get too cocky when playing the best team in the NFL with the on-fire ability of quarterback Phillip Rivers. Darrelle Revis is going to cover Vincent Jackson, so watch for Malcolm Floyd and Antonio Gates to have a hay day. Coach Norv Turner knows how to protect the passers as well as anybody. San Diego will eat your blitzes alive, and they will be making big plays down the field.

My prediction: San Diego by one touchdown.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings

Brett Favre, I have drunk your Kool-Aid all year long. I love what you have done and I love your career. But watch out because Demarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer and Jay Ratliff are going to be coming at you in a relentless fury. Tony Romo is playing great football because he’s not making mistakes, he’s not turning over the football and he is utilizing his weapons. Dallas has a great running attack with Felix Jones, Tashard Choice and Marion Barber — and that’s only the running backs. How about the receiving corps with Miles Austin, Patrick Crayton and Roy Williams?

I’m sorry, Minnesota, but Dallas has way too many weapons on offense for you to stop. Adrian Peterson, get ready because you are going to get pounded every time you get a hand on that football. This one is in the hands of Brett Favre. It’s going to be a hard-hitting game of smash-mouth football for all 60 minutes. It’s probably the best game of the weekend.

My prediction: Dallas wins with a field goal.

Arizona Cardinals vs. New Orleans Saints

Kurt Warner played one of the best games I have seen a quarterback play in a long time when he beat the Packers last week, 51-45. Yes, it was an outstanding team effort. Yet neither team was able to stop the opposing offense. The two turnovers by the Green Bay Packers early in the game ended up being the deciding factor in Arizona’s win. Warner, you were incredible, and I saw that your goal was to put points on the board every time you touched that football.

New Orleans, try and stop the Cardinals. Good luck, Drew Brees! You’ve had a great season, but at the end of the year, when you have to be playing the best football, you just aren’t.

My prediction: Arizona by 10 points.

Our Gift to You!

Guys, please click to open the package above and discover Nutrition53’s gift to you for this holiday season! Health, Hope, and Inspiration - plus savings over $100!  It’s not just a gift for you, share it with your friends, family, and loved ones.


Happy Thanksgiving

Go Rockville High!

This is where it all started!  Gotta watch the Friday night game of my high school alma mater!

Happy Birthday Mom!

My mom and me at her home in Connecticut celebrating her birthday! 

Get Lean1 Discounts!

Hi!  I hope you are all enjoying the fall and football season.  I am very happy to announce that Nutrition53 has an unbelievable special on Lean1: Buy One, Get One Free Lean1 Vanilla! 

Go to and use the promotion code “Vanilla” to get your FREE Lean1! 

Or call 1-888-4-TEAM53 to talk with a Team53 Salesperson and get started on your lean body now!

Next Page »