Body Confidence," the New Book from Venice Nutrition Creator Mark MacDonald, is a 3-Step Nutrition and Exercise System Designed to Unlock the Body's Full Potential Macdonald's targeted series of diet and fitness strategies are proven to burn body fat, boost energy levels, increase muscle mass, and eliminate sugar cravings for a better looking, better feeling body today. Providing a step up to holistic body care the Venice Nutrition Program's innovative fitness plan focuses on blood sugar stabilization and a complementary program of exercise, sleep, and stress management. Body Confidence: Venice Nutrition's 3-Step System That Unlocks Your Body's Potential After spending an hour with Mark, I realized how little I knew about food, and how many bad habits had been formed from my childhood in New Jersey. March 31, 2011 I met Mark Macdonald three weeks before my twenty-seventh birthday, and he changed my life forever. I was sick of starving myself and never losing any weight, and not exactly open to the idea of cutting alcohol out of my life. After spending an hour with Mark, I realized how little I knew about food, and how many bad habits had been formed from my childhood in New Jersey...They leave people hungry, lethargic, and miserableand after a cycle of yo-yoing, dieters often end up heavier than they ever were. Nutritionist, personal trainer, and fitness model Mark Macdonald grew frustrated with the ever-changing hype and false information pervasive in the fitness and weight loss industries. His personal experience, and that of his wife, mother, and others in his life, was his inspiration for founding Venice Nutrition, a fitness program with over 350 centers across America that has helped hundreds of thousands of peopleincluding his friend and client Chelsea Handlerachieve their weight and fitness goals. April 2011; HarperOne), readers can understand how to get into the best shape of their lives without superhuman willpower or obsessive exercising. The key, Macdonald reveals, lies in stabilizing blood sugar levels within an optimal range, because doing so prevents your body from storing fat or burning muscle. This state of balance is essential for losing fat and gaining the lean body mass that turns the body into a calorie-burning machine. Balanced blood sugar will also cure the body of the hunger pains and cravings that can easily derail dieters. Meal intervalsThe body needs to be fueled constantly and consistently. The best way to achieve this is to eat small and balanced meals every three to four hours, including a small meal within one hour of waking and within one hour of going to sleep. 2. Nutrition ratiosProtein, fat, and carbohydrates are the three nutrients essential for survival. In the correct ratios, they keep the body in a state of balance or homeostasis. Calories per mealThe body can only process a certain amount of food at once. A person should never be starving before a meal, and should never be completely full after. Mark Macdonald has guided thousands to achieve their ideal body without resorting to risky fads, full-time exercise regimes, or deprivation or any sort...Exercise is important, but Macdonald says it's not necessary to spend hours in the gym; rather, the goal should be efficient exercise. He describes two distinct kinds of cardio: fat burning (aerobic activity over a prolonged period) and high intensity (short periods of extreme exertion), each requiring different sets of muscles. How to balance sleep, nutrition, exercise, vitamins/minerals, water, and stress is also addressed...Everyone also has different goals: some of us strive only to lose body weight / fat and tone up, while others may desire to gain weight, increase strength, and build muscle mass. Regardless of your goals, you won't reach them with silly fads or quick fix promises or sustain them without blood sugar stabilization...About the Author: Mark Macdonald, NC, CPT, is the CEO and creator of Venice Nutrition . He opened the first Venice Nutrition Consulting Center in Venice Beach, CA, and it has since developed into a network of more than 350 centers across the United Station. Macdonald lives in Atlanta with his wife Abbi and their son Hunter.