Nick Mitchell was recommended to me by Men's Health magazine as the best personal trainer in the UK to get me cover model ready, and after only 5 minutes with him I understood why. He is a fantastic person to help get anyone into the best shape of their lives and his knowledge of the human body blows me away!
I rely on UP ahead of big photo shoots to always help me be in the kind of physical shape that the clients demand. In my industry we must always be as close to perfection as possible and no one understands the way to fine tune a woman’s body like them!
Zoe Duchesne, Victoria’s Secrets model
Nick Mitchell is the best personal trainer that Europe has to offer. His depth of experience keeps him at the forefront of the industry and I have no hesitation in referring anyone visiting the UK to be trained under his watchful experienced eye.
Charles Poliquin, Strength Coach of Olympic medalists and athletes from the NHL and NFL
The fact that my forty-year old frame graced the cover of Men’s Health is down to Nick Mitchell's encyclopaedic knowledge and no-nonsense training techniques. He’s the go-to guy if you want results.
Wesley Doyle, Fitness Editor - Men's Health UK
Training with Nick was great fun and very rewarding. His enthusiasm and passion inspire me and I cannot recommend him highly enough.
Misha Farska, Leading Fashion Model
On my trips to London I have found Sav and the Ultimate Performance team to be the only guys in Europe who can give me what I need – a great place to train, fantastic cutting edge advice, and an insight into competitive sports that only comes from years of coaching experience at the highest level.
Ronnie Coleman, 8 Time Mr Olympia
World Class personal training guaranteed to get unparalleled results
Ben Price, Leading Man (Coronation Street, Footballers Wives)
In my assault to reach the British Heavyweight boxing title and beyond there is only man I could turn to give me the extra strength, speed and conditioning necessary to step up to the big league. Nick’s coaching is scientific, extremely challenging, and the results speak for themselves!
Larry “The War Machine” Olubamiwo, Top British Heavyweight Boxer
"I was recommended I look up Nick Mitchell before arriving in the UK from Australia. His knowledge is second to none and is proving extremely useful in getting through another demanding Super League season."
Craig Fitzgibbon, Australian National Rugby League Team
It is thanks to Nick Mitchell’s expertise, understanding and patience, that I am healthier, fitter and leaner than I was 10 years ago. He taught me that it’s not enough to love the body we’re in but to respect it too.
Sassy Wilde, Producer & TV Presenter
I have worked with Kosta for many years and the best compliment I can pay to him is that at the end of our professional partnership we became friends. He is constantly challenging me with through new ideas, care and excellent interpersonal skills.
Christian Lattanzio, England National Football Team / Manchester City Football Club Technical Coordinator
Nick Mitchell is a pleasure to work with. Not only is he full of knowledge but he puts it over in a way that is understandable and practical for everyday people. He obviously has a real passion for everything muscle and fitness and his training methods and the gym atmosphere portrays this.
Men’s Fitness UK
Thanks to Ultimate Performance my filming of the BBC TV show "Hustle" went incredibly well and the producers were overjoyed with the outcome
Chook Sibtain, Actor
Anyone who trains at Ultimate Performance can be assured of some proper training, which requires effort to reach their goals and not fobbed off with a watered down session and a gossip as with every other personal training gym I have seen!!!
Dave “Bulldog” Beattie, World Powerlifting Champion, Trainer of Strongest Man in the World.
I am extremely lucky to of had such a wonderful and respected teacher as Kostas Stavrev to help with all my physical requirements. He is a fantastic source of encouragement; is intelligent, detailed and motivating and I continually seek his advice and expertise on all athletic issues.
Perry Suckling, Tottenham Hotspur Goalkeeping Coach
Insulin control is the key to rapid, effective fat loss for up to 80% of the population. Those of you who always seem to carry excess weight around the love handle area will also be the same people with a genetic intolerance to carbohydrates who crash out after eating a big bowl of pasta. It never ceases to amaze how much all of our personal training clients are divided into the “have carbs” and the “should not have carbs”. Ask a carbohydrate tolerant / insulin sensitive person if they feel sleepy after a carb fest and they will look at you as if you have just spoken Martian!
I have written far more precisely and in greater depth on the science of insulin / carbohydrate control in the BioSignature Modulation article, “Insulin Control, Lose Your Love Handles with BioSignature Modulation”, and I would refer you to that article to learn more of the principles and practical applications behind insulin sensitivity and fat loss. The purpose of this article is to educate you as to three of the best supplements for fat loss for insulin resistant subjects.
I would like to interject one general comment concerning supplements and body composition in general. Far too often supplements are used as a crutch for people’s inadequacies (laziness and lack of discipline) – they are not magic bullets that can fix such issues as being bone idle or a greedy bastard. For muscle building specifically they are very useful when sued correctly, but only the basics (whey protein, fish oil, digestive enzymes) are what I would consider to be mandatory to success. Fat loss is slightly different as often herbal supplements can overcome metabolic or hormonal issues, but even then nothing will ever replace hard graft and intelligent nutrition. For those of you who are reading this thinking that certain supplements will make all the difference then please think again. That said, the following supplements, can have a major impact on the fat loss efforts of insulin resistant / carbohydrate intolerant people, speeding up their body fat losses by up to 100% in those places where one tends to “wear one’s carbs” – namely the supra iliac / love handle region. However, they will only work if you also eat a correct diet, namely one that is low in simple and starchy carbohydrates, high in fibrous carbs, and with plenty of good fats and protein.
That’s enough preamble, let’s get down to business and look at the three supplements that will most help you drop fat and resensitize your body to the effects of insulin:
What can I write about fish oil that I haven’t already written countless times over? If you’d like a full blow by blow guide to the myriad of benefits of fish oil, and more pertinently omega 3 supplementation, then this fish oil / omega 3 article should be of interest (it is a longer version of a piece I wrote for the April 2009 Men’s Health magazine).
The take home guide for omega 3 supplementation for insulin resistant fat loss seekers is very simple:
Although I don’t like to generalise about dosages unless I see a specific individual, effective omega 3 dosages vary from 10-30 grams spread throughout the day.
In a nutshell, Insulinomics is a kinase supplement produced by Poliquin Performance for insulin resistant BioSignature Modulation clients. It should be simplistically viewed as being the thing that allows you to use insulin correctly.
We can delve into the science behind Insulinomics by following the words of the man who first formulated the product, Charles Poliquin:
“What’s the most important thing to consider when it comes to carbohydrate consumption? We all know that carbohydrates are, for the most part, converted into glucose and then used as energy, right? But where are they used as energy? Inside the cell. Therefore, the most important thing to consider is getting the glucose inside the cell. Here is how it’s supposed to work. When glucose rises in the bloodstream, the pancreas secretes insulin. Insulin binds to receptors in the cell membranes which in turn send signals inside the cell to tell transport vesicles to bring the glucose into the cell. On the other hand, glucose that stays outside the cell can eventually become glycated (forms a crusty protein layer) and is then converted to fat for storage. Glucose sitting outside the cell is like a guy that goes to the gym but just stands around outside, bothering the athletes going in while turning into a fat guy himself. So we want to make sure that guy gets in the gym and goes to work.
So where does this process go wrong? Much of the problem lies with the signaling that takes place at the cell membranes and within the cell. This signaling is accomplished by a complicated network of enzymes known as kinases.1 These kinases will basically either send messages of health or alarm. Signals of health allow the insulin receptors to function optimally. Unfortunately, poor diet and lifestyle choices switch these kinases into alarm mode. When messages of alarm are sent, inflammation increases and insulin receptors can be shut down. When the receptors shut down, blood sugar (glucose) stays elevated and insulin stays elevated. Insulin, of course, is a storage hormone. It’s fine to elevate insulin if we can get it to signal into the cell to take up glucose, but if we can’t, then the glucose will be converted to fat and be stored in adipose tissue. According to the latest research, it gets even worse. Due to the altered kinase signaling, the fat can also become stored in the liver, the pancreas, and muscle tissue.2 The kinases responsible have names like PI3K, GSK, IKK, MSK, and SYK. Modulating these kinases to quiet down the alarm signals can improve physiology, accelerate glucose uptake, and decrease fat storage. The subsequent lowering of insulin will also allow fat to be mobilized for burning.
Which leads us to the million dollar question: How do we modulate these kinases? There are various nutrients that can affect these kinases, but the most powerful tested to date are found in a proprietary new herbal formula now available in the PPC, called Insulinomics. This formula contains very specific extracts of humulus lupulus and acacia nilotica. Extensive research at one of the few proteomic research centers in the country discovered (in animal, in-vitro, ex-vivo, and human studies) that it is from specific strains and extracts of these nutrients that kinase modulation can be achieved. This novel new formula can very selectively bring these kinases back into balance. Insulin sensitivity improves, glucose uptake improves, and fat storage decreases. This not only has dramatic implications for people on the path to Type II Diabetes and cardiovascular disease, but athletes and sports nutritionists surely recognize that this could have huge implications for performance and recovery.
I have observed some radical fat loss improvements with the introduction of Insulinomics to any insulin modulating fat burning protocol. Our standard dosage for personal training clients is 1 tablet to be taken three times daily.
If Insulinomics sends the signal (rings the doorbell) for your body to effectively metabolise carboyhdrates, then Fenuplex opens the door. The two work together synergistically and have contributed to some of our more spectacular feats of fat loss.
Fenuplex is a herbal supplement put out exclusively by Poliquin Performance, and it is one of the open “secrets” that helps contribute to some of our more startling physique transformations.
A fundamental fact of hormonal science is that if you positively modulate insulin production you will always improve body composition. Everything else in your regime and in your endocrine system can be totally out of whack, but if you get insulin management correct you will make positive steps forward. Get this right and it’s not uncommon for us to see 6 – 7 lbs of fat dropped in one week, together with a 3 – 4 lb gain in lean muscle tissue. These are phenomenal results that most trainers can only dream of.
We typically prescribe Fenuplex in one of two ways –
Further details on this product can be found by reading our “Power of Herbs” article.
Favorably modulating insulin production is one of the most effective, and pain free, ways to rapidly drop body fat. The intelligent and educated use of supplements such as Omega 3s, Insulinomics, and Fenuplex can massively help in that quest for fat loss, and whilst they are no substitute for hard work and correct nutrition they can magnify your rate of fat loss by several multiples and are consequently part of many of our personal training clients fat loss supplement protocols.
1 Kruszynska, Yolanda T., et al “Fatty Acid-Induced Insulin Resistance: Decreased Muscle PI3K Activation but Unchanged Akt Phosphorylation” The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism Vol. 87, No 1 226-234, 2002.
2 McGarry, J. Denis, “Dysregulation of Fatty Acid Metabolism in the Etiology of Type 2 Diabetes” Diabetes Vol. 51, January 2002.”