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Many of the most common questions regarding the “I Can Do It” program are listed below. If you have a question that is not addressed by any of the FAQ’s below, please contact us.
[b]Q. If I follow the “I Can Do It” Program’s nutritional guidelines, will I ever be able to eat the foods I truly love again?
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A. Telling someone that they must adhere to a Spartan diet for the rest of their lives to accomplish their goals is like telling someone to cross the Sahara desert using a pogo stick.
It is absolutely impossible to expect perfection from the way you eat. I cannot remember one person in all my years of training who didn’t deviate from their nutrition plan from time to time.
One of the beauties behind the Todd Smith’s “I Can Do It” Program is that it has a free day built in once a week where it’s encouraged to indulge in all the foods you have been craving. This free day gives you something to look forward to and is a reward for eating healthy and exercising intensely.
[b]Q. If I exercise more than 60 minutes daily/ 4 times a week, will it enhance my results?
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A. The “I Can Do It” workouts are brief, intense and incredibly effective. Everything we do revolves around our goal of reducing body-fat and stimulating the metabolism through the development of muscular tone.
It is absolutely, positively not conducive to accomplishing your fitness goals by overtraining. Spending too much time working out is not only detrimental to your body, but draining on your mind. The “I Can Do It” workout program will provide you with the precise amount of results in the shortest amount of time.
If you do the “I Can Do It” exercise program more than 4-5 times weekly your body will begin to work against you.
[b]Q. Why do I need to train with weights, can’t I just do cardio to lose weight?
[/b]
A. Weight training is the X factor in most individual’s quest to have the lean body they desire.
Most people live under the assumption that by simply watching what they eat and doing aerobics they can accomplish all their fitness goals. What these people fail to grasp is the importance of weight training when it comes to manipulating their metabolism.
What you need to understand is that muscle is fat burning machinery. It helps regulate your metabolism and takes a tremendous amount of calories to maintain. Manipulating your metabolism to burn faster is the only way to achieve life long body transformations. Furthermore, the only way to speed up your metabolism is to build muscle through weight training and feed it continuously throughout the day.
By dieting and doing aerobic exercise without weight training you will certainly lose weight. The problem is, you will lose a combination of body masses. You will lose body fat, but at the same time you are bound to lose muscle as well. This becomes a vicious circle because as I have just mentioned, the amount of muscle we carry on our bodies regulates our metabolism. If we reduce muscle, our metabolism slows down.
[b]Q. If I exercise why do I need to watch what I eat?
[/b]
A. I have witnessed thousands of people join my health clubs and begin exercising intensely only to see little or no results. The reason is most people actually eat a lot more once they begin an exercise program.
Subconsciously, they rationalize their overeating because they are working out. If you are simply exercising because you have nothing better to do, then I guess you will be alright not paying attention to your food intake. But, if you are seeking to make positive changes in your body, it is essential that you follow the “I Can Do It” nutrition and supplementation program.
You see, the power behind the “I Can Do It” system is the fact that it doesn’t rely on any one component of exercise or nutrition to give you the results you want. It is the synergy that is created by combining all the elements of the “I Can Do It” program that will give you the exponential results you demand.
Many of the people who started exercising and failed to pay attention to their nutritional intake quickly became frustrated by their lack of results. Once I convinced them that eating right and proper supplementation were just as important as exercise, they started seeing results immediately.
[b]Q. Will women get huge muscles in their legs and upper body if they train with weights?
[/b]
A. You are absolutely, positively not going to get huge muscles from the “I Can Do It” system. You will, however, add muscle to your body and gain tremendous amounts of tone and strength.
Fat takes up 5 times as much space as muscle. If you replace the fat on your hips and thighs with the same weight in muscle, your thighs will get much smaller. Don’t worry about getting huge muscles. By replacing fat with muscle, you can make an incredible metamorphosis without feeling depleted and unhealthy.
Women should actually be concerned with not having enough muscle, since it is the catalyst to making your metabolism burn faster.
[b]Q. Do I have to weigh and measure everything I eat? Is it necessary to count calories, fat, protein, and carbohydrate grams?
[/b]
A. One of the many things I have learned from personally working with thousands of people is that it is too complicated and time consuming to measure and weigh all your foods.
Eating right and exercising isn’t rocket science. Counting calories tends to confuse most people. I recommend monitoring portion sizes. Just select a food item from your “I Can Do It” food list and pick an amount approximately the size of your clenched fist or the palm of your hand.
[b]Q. Is eating too many carbohydrates keeping me from losing weight?
[/b]
A. There are so many diet products and programs being advertised that promise to give you the results you want that it becomes mind boggling. Just popping a pill or changing the way you eat is not enough. The high carbohydrate/low fat diet system recommended by so many nutritionists and doctors is pure lunacy.
In 1988, the Surgeon General recommended we restrict our consumption of all dietary fat. This played right into the hands of the burgeoning food processing industry. Soon, there were low fat ice creams, cookies, and snack foods telling people they had the freedom to eat all they wanted since it was so low in dietary fat. The result of this philosophy is as a nation we have become dramatically fatter over the last 10 years.
Let me be the one to tell you that following a high carbohydrate, low fat, and low protein diet is a surefire way not to transform your body or improve your health.
The human body performs best when it is provided the right amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fat. If you are on a diet that completely restricts the consumption of one of these macro nutrients, your body will respond adversely. Too many carbohydrates over a long period of time can cause you to develop adult onset diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and many other health problems.
A high carb diet also stimulates your appetite and can create mood swings. My final thought on this subject is that high carbohydrate diets work against accomplishing your goal of becoming leaner and healthier. A balance of protein and carbohydrates and fat is your best bet to attaining your goals.
[b]Q. Is weight training only for young people?
[/b]
A. Most people drift through life accepting the fact that as they age they are inevitably going to get fatter and less healthy.
It is true that as we age our metabolism begins to slow down. Yet, do you know why our metabolism slows as we age? Most people become much more sedentary as they age. The consequence of this is that we reduce the amount of muscle we carry on our bodies due to lack of activity.
No matter what your age is, you can and will re-ignite your metabolism by following the “I Can Do It” exercise program. I don’t care how old you are, you are never too old to improve, and weight training is an integral part of your road to success.
[b]Q. Is eating 6 times a day reasonable?
[/b]
A. Most people have developed a correlation in their minds between hunger and deprivation to being lean and fit. Nothing could be further from the truth.
By only eating 2-3 times daily you are sending a message to your body that you are constantly in a starvation mode. Your body will react by clinging to your fat and utilizing your muscle as energy. Continually feeding your body throughout the day will allow you to speed up your metabolism by developing muscular tone and it will allow you to utilize stored fat as energy from the “I Can Do It” exercise program.
Eat 3 meals daily and supplement your diet with 3 meal replacement shakes.
[b]Q. How much water should I drink everyday?
[/b]
A. Proper water intake is often an overlooked component in an individual’s quest to achieve a leaner, more muscular body.
Water is essential for the transpiration of nutrients within your body. Water also comprises more than 70% of your muscle. Water is also great at helping you control your appetite. Often times we may begin to feel hungry when actually our bodies may be craving water. By simply drinking a large glass of water, our urge to eat extra calories has been appeased.
It is absolutely crucial that you constantly hydrate yourself throughout the day. Drink water when you exercise, drink it with meals and between meals. Try to drink 10-15 cups of water daily.

Many of the most common questions regarding the “I Can Do It” program are listed below. If you have a question that is not addressed by any of the FAQ’s below, please contact us.

Q. If I follow the “I Can Do It” Program’s nutritional guidelines, will I ever be able to eat the foods I truly love again?

A. Telling someone that they must adhere to a Spartan diet for the rest of their lives to accomplish their goals is like telling someone to cross the Sahara desert using a pogo stick.

It is absolutely impossible to expect perfection from the way you eat. I cannot remember one person in all my years of training who didn’t deviate from their nutrition plan from time to time.

One of the beauties behind the Todd Smith’s “I Can Do It” Program is that it has a free day built in once a week where it’s encouraged to indulge in all the foods you have been craving. This free day gives you something to look forward to and is a reward for eating healthy and exercising intensely.

Q. If I exercise more than 60 minutes daily/ 4 times a week, will it enhance my results?

A. The “I Can Do It” workouts are brief, intense and incredibly effective. Everything we do revolves around our goal of reducing body-fat and stimulating the metabolism through the development of muscular tone.

It is absolutely, positively not conducive to accomplishing your fitness goals by overtraining. Spending too much time working out is not only detrimental to your body, but draining on your mind. The “I Can Do It” workout program will provide you with the precise amount of results in the shortest amount of time.

If you do the “I Can Do It” exercise program more than 4-5 times weekly your body will begin to work against you.

Q. Why do I need to train with weights, can’t I just do cardio to lose weight?

A. Weight training is the X factor in most individual’s quest to have the lean body they desire.

Most people live under the assumption that by simply watching what they eat and doing aerobics they can accomplish all their fitness goals. What these people fail to grasp is the importance of weight training when it comes to manipulating their metabolism.

What you need to understand is that muscle is fat burning machinery. It helps regulate your metabolism and takes a tremendous amount of calories to maintain. Manipulating your metabolism to burn faster is the only way to achieve life long body transformations. Furthermore, the only way to speed up your metabolism is to build muscle through weight training and feed it continuously throughout the day.

By dieting and doing aerobic exercise without weight training you will certainly lose weight. The problem is, you will lose a combination of body masses. You will lose body fat, but at the same time you are bound to lose muscle as well. This becomes a vicious circle because as I have just mentioned, the amount of muscle we carry on our bodies regulates our metabolism. If we reduce muscle, our metabolism slows down.

Q. If I exercise why do I need to watch what I eat?

A. I have witnessed thousands of people join my health clubs and begin exercising intensely only to see little or no results. The reason is most people actually eat a lot more once they begin an exercise program.

Subconsciously, they rationalize their overeating because they are working out. If you are simply exercising because you have nothing better to do, then I guess you will be alright not paying attention to your food intake. But, if you are seeking to make positive changes in your body, it is essential that you follow the “I Can Do It” nutrition and supplementation program.

You see, the power behind the “I Can Do It” system is the fact that it doesn’t rely on any one component of exercise or nutrition to give you the results you want. It is the synergy that is created by combining all the elements of the “I Can Do It” program that will give you the exponential results you demand.

Many of the people who started exercising and failed to pay attention to their nutritional intake quickly became frustrated by their lack of results. Once I convinced them that eating right and proper supplementation were just as important as exercise, they started seeing results immediately.

Q. Will women get huge muscles in their legs and upper body if they train with weights?

A. You are absolutely, positively not going to get huge muscles from the “I Can Do It” system. You will, however, add muscle to your body and gain tremendous amounts of tone and strength.

Fat takes up 5 times as much space as muscle. If you replace the fat on your hips and thighs with the same weight in muscle, your thighs will get much smaller. Don’t worry about getting huge muscles. By replacing fat with muscle, you can make an incredible metamorphosis without feeling depleted and unhealthy.

Women should actually be concerned with not having enough muscle, since it is the catalyst to making your metabolism burn faster.

Q. Do I have to weigh and measure everything I eat? Is it necessary to count calories, fat, protein, and carbohydrate grams?

A. One of the many things I have learned from personally working with thousands of people is that it is too complicated and time consuming to measure and weigh all your foods.

Eating right and exercising isn’t rocket science. Counting calories tends to confuse most people. I recommend monitoring portion sizes. Just select a food item from your “I Can Do It” food list and pick an amount approximately the size of your clenched fist or the palm of your hand.

Q. Is eating too many carbohydrates keeping me from losing weight?

A. There are so many diet products and programs being advertised that promise to give you the results you want that it becomes mind boggling. Just popping a pill or changing the way you eat is not enough. The high carbohydrate/low fat diet system recommended by so many nutritionists and doctors is pure lunacy.

In 1988, the Surgeon General recommended we restrict our consumption of all dietary fat. This played right into the hands of the burgeoning food processing industry. Soon, there were low fat ice creams, cookies, and snack foods telling people they had the freedom to eat all they wanted since it was so low in dietary fat. The result of this philosophy is as a nation we have become dramatically fatter over the last 10 years.

Let me be the one to tell you that following a high carbohydrate, low fat, and low protein diet is a surefire way not to transform your body or improve your health.

The human body performs best when it is provided the right amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fat. If you are on a diet that completely restricts the consumption of one of these macro nutrients, your body will respond adversely. Too many carbohydrates over a long period of time can cause you to develop adult onset diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and many other health problems.

A high carb diet also stimulates your appetite and can create mood swings. My final thought on this subject is that high carbohydrate diets work against accomplishing your goal of becoming leaner and healthier. A balance of protein and carbohydrates and fat is your best bet to attaining your goals.

Q. Is weight training only for young people?

A. Most people drift through life accepting the fact that as they age they are inevitably going to get fatter and less healthy.

It is true that as we age our metabolism begins to slow down. Yet, do you know why our metabolism slows as we age? Most people become much more sedentary as they age. The consequence of this is that we reduce the amount of muscle we carry on our bodies due to lack of activity.

No matter what your age is, you can and will re-ignite your metabolism by following the “I Can Do It” exercise program. I don’t care how old you are, you are never too old to improve, and weight training is an integral part of your road to success.

Q. Is eating 6 times a day reasonable?

A. Most people have developed a correlation in their minds between hunger and deprivation to being lean and fit. Nothing could be further from the truth.

By only eating 2-3 times daily you are sending a message to your body that you are constantly in a starvation mode. Your body will react by clinging to your fat and utilizing your muscle as energy. Continually feeding your body throughout the day will allow you to speed up your metabolism by developing muscular tone and it will allow you to utilize stored fat as energy from the “I Can Do It” exercise program.

Eat 3 meals daily and supplement your diet with 3 meal replacement shakes.

Q. How much water should I drink everyday?

A. Proper water intake is often an overlooked component in an individual’s quest to achieve a leaner, more muscular body.

Water is essential for the transpiration of nutrients within your body. Water also comprises more than 70% of your muscle. Water is also great at helping you control your appetite. Often times we may begin to feel hungry when actually our bodies may be craving water. By simply drinking a large glass of water, our urge to eat extra calories has been appeased.

It is absolutely crucial that you constantly hydrate yourself throughout the day. Drink water when you exercise, drink it with meals and between meals. Try to drink 10-15 cups of water daily.

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