I’m Roberta Saum and I’ve been an athlete all my life but it was just covered in a layer of fat. I am currently 52 years old and I started my fitness quest when I was 19 years old. I took an aerobics class and the instructor was 50 years old but had the body of a strong and fit teenager. I vowed I would be like her when I was 50.
Over the years I ran and lifted weights, I practiced martial arts, ran marathons, hiked, skied, and biked. Over the decades the weight piled on. I kept on working out harder and harder thinking I would lose the weight but it kept growing.
I tried diets, lost, then gained, lost, then gained, the typical yo-yo story. At age 48 I finally reached my peak of 171 lbs. at 5’1″. I had chronic back pain and thyroid and adrenal fatigue. I kept working out and running one marathon after the next thinking maybe this time it will work. Nope, the weight stayed on.
Everyone told me to give up; this is what happens when you get older. I never gave up.
It took me two years to lose 60 lbs. The secret; eat less and move more. It is not easy but it is simple and sustainable and it works.
On my own I learned to cut my portions more than half to lose weight and stumbled upon mini-fasting by simply not eating in the evenings or even skipping dinner because I had a late lunch and felt I had enough calories for the day.
When I told a friend I thought I found the secret was mini meals and mini fasts because I’d lost 40 lbs. he told me to check out Eat Stop Eat and that is how I also found the Venus Index workout.
I LOVE this focus for women in the Venus Factor: “The focus is proportions and shape (rather than weight loss at all costs or building muscle like a guy)” – John Barban. There is also an equally good workout for men called the Adonis Index.
I am amazed at what the Venus Factor workout has done for my body along with the Eat Stop Eat and the weight loss principles for both of those products. I think my pictures will speak for themselves that what I write here is true.
The concepts found in Eat Stop Eat and the Venus Factor workout manuals have literally changed my life and given me the shape I currently have which was my dream since I was 19 years old. It is never too late to follow your dreams!
What I am up to lately:
I am currently listening to and reading Leigh Peele’s “Starve Mode“. It’s not light reading and it takes time to absorb but I’m finding it well worth it especially for women. We tend to push our deficits too hard and for too long and don’t fully understand what is going on with our hormones.
Venus has a 5:1 2:1 deficit/maintenance protocol in the 12 week fat loss program that helps prevent crashing. Leigh’s book takes this even further regarding a longer term look at deficit days vs maintenance days and her philosophies are in line with our teaching here. So far I’m finding her book well worth the investment.
I am currently doing the Venus Factor Workout in conjunction with John Kiefer’s Carb Back-Loading protocol.
I have recently experimented with supplements in Kiefer’s book as well as Leptiburn and the BCAA matrix. So far I like the supplements but it’s honestly hard to tell how effective they are. I don’t always have room in my calorie budget for Kiefer’s recommended protein powders; I only take a third the amount and only on occasion.
I’m a tiny female, and Kiefer”s book is written for men. A small female might be able to maintain a healthy fitness level eating intuitively, but if she needs to lose fat or go from a normal healthy body fat to “ripped” or lower body fat, she is likely going to need to weigh food and count calories. It is just too fine a line to walk for us tiny people. I envy the bigger guys.
I do like “Carb Back Loading“. I learned a lot from the scientific and detailed information. I incorporate much of the protocol with the exception that I need to look closely at food intake where he recommends that calorie counting is not necessary. Again I envy the big guys that they don’t have to look so close. They have a much wider road to walk calorie wise.
I am also experimenting with Brad Pilons Anabolic Again Workout.
I also throw in a Jackie’s Hot At Home workout because it looks pretty fun and well designed and Jackie is someone Brad Howard, Brad Pilon, and John Barban trust.
I’m excited and proud to be a part of the Venus Factor team. My passion is to help women of all ages achieve their fitness dream.
You can read about and listen to how others have transformed their lives.
The secret of the Venus Factor System:
The secret to the Venus Factor is the magic of the support community along with hormone research and the experiences of those who succeeded and sustained their fitness level.
All the women pictured and many more (of which I am included) trusted John Barban and Brad Pilon back in the day, and we are living proof that the system works.
The experiences and data collected on these first contest winners, along with those of us in the subsequent transformation contests and other research enabled John to develop a new diet protocol called the “The 12 week Undulating Metabolic Override Program”.
The protocol included in the Venus Factor 12-week Fat Loss System is designed to help prevent “crashing” and allow your body some recovery from a calorie deficit, teach your body to become efficient at utilizing protein for muscle repair and recovery, and to teach your body to become more efficient at burning carbohydrates.
The protocol is also designed to help keep your leptin level up.
The men’s version of the workout and lifestyle is call Adonis Index.
Exercise video’s with John Barban:
A recent fun article with me an Tania from Canada: Venus Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
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I wish you the best with your health and fitness goals.