It’s practically a tradition–gaining weight during the holidays, over vacation, or after a suddenly sluggish metabolism. The excuses are even more abound: I just got too carried away with dinner, it’s not my fault; I’m just getting old so it’s not a big deal.
Despite the excuses, dietitians say the real reason why we gain weight is for one reason only: We eat too many calories than we expend. While this can happen for any variety of reasons, its cause is entirely our fault, even if we didn’t mean to overeat during the holidays. To get rid of it, you’ll follow the same formula: You’ll reduce your caloric intake.
But what if you don’t want to do that?
Enter in fat burning supplements.
What are Fat Burning Supplements?
To some, they’re the holy grail. Instead of eating less food, you take a pill. It’s filled with ingredients that promise to increase your metabolism, block fat,Click here to continue reading
By Rob Poulos...March 2, 2013 No Comments
Need a diet plan? You’re not alone; according to statistics, more than 50 percent of Americans diet each year, with an even higher fail rate. Why? The reasons are complex, but researchers have it narrowed down to two factors: a too-complicated diet plan and diet restrictions not even Ghandi could follow. If you’re struggling to find the right diet plan for you, then all hope is not lost–here are some ways to find your dream diet and get slim.
What to Look for in a Fast Weight Loss Program
If you’re looking for a fast weight loss program that will fit your lifestyle, listen up: These tips are the key to your perfect diet! To get thin, follow these guidelines:
1. Watch out for very low calorie diets. Very low calorie diets, or VLCDs, are diets typically given to the morbidly obese under strict medical supervision–and that’s a sign you shouldn’t doClick here to continue reading
By Rob Poulos...March 1, 2013 No Comments
We all know about the importance of vitamin A, C, and B in our diets–but how much do you know about vitamin K? Don’t leave this vitamin ignored; it too plays a critical role in your health.
What is Vitamin K?
Discovered in the 1920s, vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin best known for its ability to help your blood clot–without it, you could bleed to death from something as miniscule as a paper cut or a bloody nose. Your body also uses vitamin K to build stronger bones, and may even protect against bone fractures, though current evidence isn’t conclusive.
For most people, vitamin K deficiency is rare because the bacteria in your intestines help produce it. You’ll also get plenty of it from dark green vegetables, such as broccoli, kale, and spinach. If you develop a health problem that prevents your body from absorbing it, however, such as celiac disease,Click here to continue reading
By Rob Poulos...March 1, 2013 No Comments
Just about anyone looking for foods that burn fat will inevitably stumble upon berries as an option. Although blueberries generally get all the fat burning spotlights, plenty of other berries have fat burning benefits and more.
If you’re looking for a way to eat more fruit, keep reading for the health benefits of berries.
As I stated earlier, blueberries may be the most powerful berries but they aren’t the only berry in the basket!
If you want more fat burning foods in your diet, consider strawberries, cranberries, grapes, blackberries or raspberries in your diet. Many of these berries are seasonal, however many can be found in most supermarkets year round.
The first thing you should know about berry nutrition facts is that berries are quite low in calories. One cup of blueberries has just 84 calories, while one cup of sliced strawberries has 53 calories. This low calorie count is just oneClick here to continue reading
By Rob Poulos...February 25, 2013 No Comments
We all love to nosh on a big leg of turkey during the holiday season, but have you considered adding it to your diet? Though not everyone’s preferred meat of choice, turkey breast is quickly gaining traction among nutritionists–all due to its good-for-you, low-fat nutritional profile, which meat eaters couldn’t love more.
Nutrition Facts of Turkey Breast
While a good slab of pork or beef will send your fat intake–and calorie count–soaring into unhealthy territory, turkey breast is surprisingly healthy. A serving of turkey breast meat will cost you 110 calories and only 0.5 grams of fat, with virtually none of it coming from saturated fat. Compare this to a chop of pork, which contains 253 calories and 8 grams of fat, of which 3 grams come from saturated fat.
As well as being low in calories and fat, turkey breast is also a nutrition powerhouse: Just one small, 3Click here to continue reading
By Rob Poulos...February 25, 2013 2 Comments
We all know that eating processed food isn’t good for our waistlines–but what if all you ate were vegetables, fruits, and nuts? Even to the most conscious dieter, the idea seems extreme, but in some parts of the United States, such as southern California, it’s soon becoming the latest diet fad.
The name? The raw food diet.
What is the Raw Food Diet?
So here’s the claim: By eating nothing but raw fruits, vegetables, and the obsessional handful of nuts, you’ll load your body with healthful enzymes–and lose weight naturally in the process. Theoretically, this isn’t far from the truth; fruits and vegetables are swimming with those good-for-you phytochemicals that can do everything from improve your immune system to cancer prevention.
And, of course, if you’re eating nothing but fruits and vegetables, you won’t eat many calories. Weight loss? A cinch.
According to U.S. News, getting slim couldn’t be easier with this plan–typicalClick here to continue reading
By Rob Poulos...February 25, 2013 No Comments
So it’s time to feel the burn–in your food! Personal trainers say that although exercise matters, what you eat matters more–and by eating the wrong food combinations, you could gain fat instead of losing it. If you’d rather stay slim than fat, then read on for some food combinations that will blast fat quickly.
5 Best Fat Burning Food Combinations
If you need some pick-me-ups during your diet, then don’t fret–here are five fat burning food combinations that will keep fat at bay. Rev up your taste buds and try these on for a spin:
1. Whole grains and lean protein. Nutritionists know two food combinations reduce hunger for good–fiber and protein. It’s also scientifically proven: According to two studies, people who add adequate amounts of fiber and protein felt less hungry (and therefore ate fewer calories) than people who opted for junk food. You too can take advantage of this trend–just startClick here to continue reading
By Rob Poulos...February 23, 2013 1 Comment
With a total obesity rate of 3.2%–30% less than in the United States–it’s safe to say the Japanese know how to stay fit. Now recommendations across the country say eating “Japanese” may be the best way to slim down, but is Japanese cuisine really that great? Today we’ll explore Japanese’s most popular dish, sushi, and if it’s actually a good idea for weight loss.
What is Sushi?
Most of us are familiar with sushi–but what exactly is it? Well here’s the real scoop: Sushi is nothing more than cooked rice, called shari, combined with other edible ingredients, called neta. This almost always include raw fish, although other accompaniments, such as avocado and cucumber, are common as well. There are about as many types of sushi as there are fish; popular types include futomaki (rice and accompaniments wrapped in a nori sheet) and narezushi (a mound of rice topped with wasabi andClick here to continue reading
By Rob Poulos...February 22, 2013 6 Comments
For decades, we’ve chowed down on it for breakfast. It’s even been integrated into our favorite cookies and bars, advertised as a healthy way to lower your cholesterol levels. And now, nutritionists are recommending it as a great way to watch your weight.
Of course, we’re talking about oatmeal, the meal that does every heart (and body) right.
Though most people compare oatmeal to glue, not all oatmeal is bland–and in fact you can make it tasty with just a few simple additions. With less than 160 calories per serving and a whopping 4 grams of dietary fiber, it’s also a great way to watch your weight while reducing your risk of colon cancer and high blood pressure. Here’s how.
Oatmeal Nutrition Facts: Why It’s Good
Most people opt for cereal or scrambled eggs for breakfast, but don’t forget the healthiest breakfast of all–a bowl of warm, smooth oatmeal.
Clocking in at 150 calories perClick here to continue reading
By Rob Poulos...February 21, 2013 2 Comments
If you’re a victim of America’s overwhelmingly high obesity rate, then you know the reality: Your weight is far too high to be considered healthy.
While most nutritionists recommend a healthy, balanced diet plan in conjunction with regular exercise as the best way to lose weight, not everyone follows this advice. Some people use something called a VLCD, or a very low calorie diet. Usually administrated to the severely obese, people who aren’t dealing with morbid fatness are doing it anyways, all because it’s a faster way to get rid of the pudge. But is it really worth it?
What are Very Low Calorie Diets (VLCDs)?
For most Americans, a regular diet is all they need to maintain healthy body fat levels. If you’re morbidly obese, however, your physician may recommend something called a VLCD, or a very low calorie diet.
VLCDs are not your ordinary diet–here, the calories are kept extra low toClick here to continue reading
By Rob Poulos...February 20, 2013 No Comments
Over dinner, your friend begins gloating about her weight loss–nearly 10 pounds shed in less than a week, and hesitatingly, you admit she does look good. So you have to ask: How did you do it?
Leaning in close, she whispers her secret. No diet and exercise here; she asked for guidance from a natural food expert, who recommended negative calorie foods.
“You simple eat the foods on this negative calorie food plan,” she explains. “Just eat these foods and you’ll lose a lot of weight.”
But–something seems fishy. And there’s good reason to be.
What are Negative Calorie Foods?
The premise of negative calorie foods is simple, but a bit scientific–some foods, such as celery or apples, require more energy to digest, overriding the amount of calories in the food. As a result, you increase your caloric deficit after eating it. Increase the amount and you’ll have a good, reasonable calorie deficit thatClick here to continue reading
By Rob Poulos...February 20, 2013 1 Comment
Calories matter–but then again, they don’t. Food does too. What about water? On a diet, it can be hard to figure out what you need to do to lose weight–but there actually is a formula to making your diet successful. It’s something called the Fat Burning Formula, and today you’ll learn what you need to do to lose weight (and fat) effortlessly.
What is the Fat Burning Formula?
Nutritionists know two things: Why diets work and what components work for dieting. Unfortunately, few other people actually know this formula–until now. To lose weight (and keep it off), here are the four keys to this formula:
1. A healthy, well-balanced diet plan. Calories do matter–but you don’t need to count them to lose weight. Instead of counting, you can keep your caloric intake low by practicing moderation, or by eating from all of the food groups without overdoing it. Here’s what you shouldClick here to continue reading