Review of Weight Loss Dieting Plans

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Diet, Product Reviews | Posted on 06-01-2016-05-2008


Firstly, I’d like to wish you a very Happy New Year!

You will probably be aware that things have been a bit quiet around here over the past year or so. That is because I’ve been working on various different projects and have been accepting guest posts from some great writers to give you some valuable content.

By now, you’re probably wondering what have I been working on?

I’ve been testing out new fitness equipment, reading research papers and looking into the science of exercise and fitness, speaking to fitness experts and personal trainers, and reviewing a ton of diet and fitness products.

I have also created a new Weight Loss Dieting Plans Review Site just for you.

Why have I done this?

Look, we all have busy lives and don’t have the time to do the research on products due to family and work commitments.

So me and my team have ALREADY DONE the research and reviews for you.

You see, if you decide to check this out and I bet you will, once you see how genuinely informative, useful and valuable my review site proves to be – you’ll be able to decide which plan is the best fit for you.

Don’t wait for the right time to get fit and lose weight.

Isn’t it time to get life in order now?

Go to my review site and start changing your life today.

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Internal Reviews and pages:

Everything to Know About Staying Healthy With Paleo

The Venus Factor – Transformative Formula for Women

Use the Truth about Six Packs Abs for a Sexy Body

Losing Weight with the Fat Burning Furnace

Lose Weight with Fat Loss 4 Idiots

Lose Weight and Increase Your Muscles with Burn the Fat

Lose Weight by Using the Xtreme Fat Loss Diet

If you are already following any of these plans please leave a comment below sharing your progress and experience so far.

5 Healthy Foods That Make You Fat

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Diet, Health, Nutrition | Posted on 28-09-2015-05-2008


5 Healthy Foods That Make You Fat

Guest Post by Catherynne John.

Health is the most important element of anyone’s life and it should be because all the wonders and happiness of the world are based on a healthy body. Even if you’re suffering from a slight flu you tend to overlook all the joys of a leading life just because of it. There never remains a single element of comfort with an aching body or a body that has no motivation to feel the activity of what life is all about. It is not necessary to have a healthy body because it appears to be skinny, nor is it a fact that a slightly disproportionate body will be unhealthy. There are very distinct features that make a body healthy and also active. A healthy body is able to overcome a disease more rapidly. You have the strength to endure a long run or even a small trek. You can feel fresh air in your lungs and strength in your bones. These are just a very few factors that make a person qualify towards being healthy. Many people who drive their bodies towards fitness talk about having to replace their eating habits which is exactly very true because health and fitness both strongly depend upon the quality and quantity of food that you’re taking in. if you’re spending an hour or more in the gym and then right after you straight away pull over to the Mc Donalds drive thru for a deal of salad, you’re wrong. The technique to have a good eating regime is to avoid processed foods as much as possible. Processed foods contain not only extra amounts of added sugar, oils but also chemicals to increase the shelf life and this is the main reason for it to cause a certain amount of harm than benefit. Though for fitness junkies there’s also another important element of healthy foods that are not thought about, to some extent. These are though nutritional in their content but they hold a handsome number of calories along with it. So some fitness concerned people often overlook the calorie aspect of it and go on devouring the foods without check. Here’s a list of 5 such healthy foods where the consumption might end up in a weight gain.

1. Avocado


There a lot of material available related with avocado nutrition, but most of it over-shadows the real facts regarding the fat value associated with it. Avocado is one of the leading healthy foods that are really high in terms of the nutritional value that it provides. Avocadoes are a rich source of minerals like Potassium, fiber, and along with it fatty acids that are good for the retention and promotion of the good cholesterol in the body (HDL). What makes Avocados a problem area is the fat that is present inside in a generous amount which accounts for over 70% of its overall nutritional value. This is constituted as more than the amounts of fats found in animal meat. The most important fatty acid, is the Oleic acid that is a monounsaturated fat. This very fatty acid is also found in olive oil and is thus known to have the same benefits and health value.

There are many fitness related recipes that include avocados as a core component. There is no harm in consuming Avocados, as discussed it is a rich source of many other minerals and nutrients but to consider it as a weightless component is completely wrong. One must always take into account the calorie number of 160 calories that’s attached to it.

2. Cheese


Cheese is one of the most favored part of a food be it either junk food or even a home-cooked healthy meal, the entire appearance of the food changes overall just with a slight spread of cheese on top. Either, it’s homemade pasta, salad, pies, you simply name it and there will be people around you suggesting ways in which you can load and stuff it with cheese. Though there are tons of low-fat and skimmed form of cheese readily available in the stores but there’s again no talk about the calorie factor associated with it. Cheese being a dairy product contains all the goodness of calcium vitamin B12, phosphorus, and many other nutrients that increase the overall benefits of cheese consumption. Like Avocados, Cheese is also composed of high nutrient fatty acids that increase the health value but also weigh heavy on the scale. A slice of cheddar cheese amounts for 113 calories, and a 100gms of mozzarella cheese is 280 calories.

So before you try and top up cheese in your burger, or sprinkle some extra on your salad, keep in mind this is going to turn into fat.

3. Dark Chocolate

Dark Chocolate

The dream date of everyone includes lots and lots of chocolates. If it were for chocolate frenzy women, they would even opt to take their men covered completely in chocolate. This is all because of the mood enriching properties of chocolate that makes it so tempting and desirable. But we all know what chocolate does to you, it makes you fat! There is no shame in admitting what happens when you are about to go on your special week and there comes a strange and strong craving for chocolate and when you keep on helping yourself with a good serving of chocolate ice cream or even chocolate bars the level of the weighing scale pops right up.

Chocolate and especially dark chocolate is the form we are most interested in, is a rich source of minerals like magnesium, copper and manganese, along with it, it is a rich source of fiber. Dark chocolate is also a great source of antioxidants, that are researched to be higher in number than in blueberries. A lot of other factors are associated with the consumption of dark chocolate like it prevents heart disease, and increases positive brain functionality.

What concerns us is the great amount of fats present in Dark chocolate, which are known to account more than 60% of its total value. A mere 24gms of dark chocolate contains 155 calories, while a 100gms accounts for 546 calories, which is too much to even imagine.

4. Fatty Fish

Fatty Fish

To have a healthy, balanced diet we should look after the proportion and variety of food consumed throughout the week. As much as red meat is important it s suggested the white meat like poultry and fish should be the main source of proteins. Adding sea food into your weekly diet increases the body’s perspective of additional nutrients and minerals. Fatty fish namely, salmon, trout, sardines and mackerel are a great source of nutrition and strength as these fish are loaded with health omega3 fatty acids. These fatty acids have a positive impact on the cardiovascular and mental health of the body. Fatty fish are also a great source to obtain vitamin D.

But the fatty acids present also have a heavy grip on the calories and weight gain. 100gms of Salmon is 208 calories with sardines also ranging in the same calorie count.

5. Nuts


Winters is all about going crazy after nuts. The nuts are not only known to provide you with warmth internally but are also capable of fulfilling any loss of nutrients in the body. Nuts are a great source to obtain plant based protein. The nutritional value includes vitamin E, magnesium, and healthy fats. Magnesium is one such nutrient that most people do not tend to find in most foods. Nuts are good at increasing heart health, and helps staying away from type 2 diabetes.

The healthy nuts include walnuts, almonds, and the infamous macadamia nuts. But do keep into account that a mere 1 oz of almonds (including 23whole kernels) is 163 calories. So before you grab a huge bunch of almonds and pop them in your mouth try and follow the small and quick game.

Healthy foods are actually the best way to introduce good a lifestyle in your daily routine. But the factor that needs to be looked after is the quantity. Always look at the quantity of food that you are consuming, wither it is healthy food or junk food, a looked after portion is what is required.

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How A Cheeseburger Is Better For Your Body Than This Exercise

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet, Fitness | Posted on 04-09-2013-05-2008


If you think the only way to lose fat is to slave away in front of your TV for 6 hours per week with P90X, then you are making a common mistake.

As regular guy Jay Casconi wrote in, “I am just over 30 and had plateaued. Big Time! I had followed P90X for a couple years and just couldn’t finish
losing my gut. I hate to say it but the workouts became boring and I was becoming complacent.”

But there’s actually one form of exercise that’s even worse than boring one hour DVD workouts. On the next page you’ll discover the TRUTH about this one
exercise that you must NEVER, ever do again.

Discover the #1 exercise to never do

In this shocking article from my friend and renegade fitness expert, Craig Ballantyne, you’ll find out how you can use a simple, 30-minute solution to
lose belly fat in the comfort of your own home without expensive treadmills or elliptical machines.

This revolutionary new approach is better because it works faster, smarter, and eliminates all of the scary side effects of the one exercise you should never
do again.

By the way, when Jay stopped making these common exercise mistakes, he was able to get amazing results, all thanks to Craig Ballantyne’s new 30-minute fun,
fast, and effective workouts.

As Jay said, “With Craig’s new workouts I lost an inch and a half in my waist and added an inch to my chest.”

And one woman, Debra Icenogle, recently lost 27 pounds in just 12 weeks and won $1000 in Craig’s Transformation Contest by using these exact workouts.

Discover the #1 exercise to never do

Oh, I almost forgot. You’ll even learn how a good old cheeseburger is even better for your body than this type of exercise.

Get ready to save time and frustration with this simple solution to your stubborn belly fat problem.

Dedicated to your success,
– Nigel

27 Foods That Fight Fat

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet, Information, Nutrition | Posted on 06-02-2013-05-2008


Are you always struggling to lose fat and never know what foods to eat?

Fuel your gym session and fire your metabolism with the right food.  These 27 foods fight fat and should be on your shopping list.

1. Oats

Soluble fibre makes this the perfect slow-digesting, full-for-longer breakfast on gym days.

2. Mackerel

It’s very high in taurine, which research has shown helps inhibit fat growth.

3. Cinnamon

Research has shown that the spice lowers your blood-sugar levels.

4. Pork Fillet

It’s as lean as chicken but with more flavour, helping you stick to your goals.

5. Basmati Rice

It’s not all about brown.  Of all the rice varieties, basmati has the highest levels of amylose, fat-fighting starch

6. Green Apples

The soluble and insoluble fibre slows the movement of food through the gut, so you’re full for longer.

7. Skirt Beef

Quality protein slows digestion, preventing fast blood-sugar rises that can cause fat gain.

8. Lentils

These fibre-rich pulses are digested slowly, reducing your appetite.

9. Beef Jerky

It’s high in protein, plus research shows that chewing often helps you lose weight faster.

10. Mushrooms

Shiitake mushrooms in particular are full of B3 (niacin), an essential factor in the breakdown of fats for energy use.

11. Espresso

While its caffeine can raise your metabolism, recent research shows its most potent effect is to increase performance in training.

12. Tinned Tuna

One of the leanest fish in the ocean, opt for tuna in spring water, not brine.

13. Quinoa

A good source of fibre and complete protein, this grain-like seed is also high in manganese, which is vital for blood-sugar control.

14. Sweet Potatoes

It has a lower GI than the white option, to keep hunger at bay, and is packed with health-boosting carotenoids.

15. Rocket Leaves

Load up your plate to increase fullness for minimum calories.

16. Veal Steak

Veal is one of the best sources of leucine, to protect lean muscle when calorie-cutting.

17. White Vinegar

Research found that vinegar inhibits the breakdown of starch, to slow blood-sugar rises and lower fat storage.

18. Oysters

This fish market staple is rich in zinc, which helps to regulate the appetite hormone leptin.

19. Black Tea

Black tea leaves contain theaflavin, a potent fat-burning phytochemical that steadies your energy levels, ideal after a heavy meal.

20. Salmon Fillet

It’s full of Omega-3 fats, which increase the rate of bad fat-use in your body.

21. Peas

Research found that proteins in peas control CCK, a hormone that reduces your appetite.

22. Red Onions

Chromium, found in onions, is used by your body to remove sugar from the blood, so less is converted into lard.

23. Boiled Eggs

Not only are eggs high in protein and nutrients, but studies show they decrease calorie intake during the day when eaten for breakfast.

24. Parmesan

Research found that people on high-calcium diets excrete 2.5 times more fat, so less ends up on your love handles.

25. Rye Flatbread

Flatbreads are the best low-sugar bread choice.  Rye is loaded with more gut-shrinking fibre than wheat breads.

26. Chicken Liver

It has the highest concentration of B5 found in any food.  This vitamin is a catalyst for fat-usage in the body.

27. Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt increases healthy bacteria in the gut – good for reducing your fat mass.

Dedicated to your success,



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The 7 Best Foods for Building Muscle

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet, Fitness | Posted on 25-01-2013-05-2008


Today, most people attempting to build muscle know that good nutrition is vital. Regrettably, their diets are completely wrong! Weight lifters typically concentrate on their calories and macronutrients, consuming any foods they can to reach accidental totals. These numbers make a difference certainly, however the exact foods you’re consuming are unquestionably much more significant. The “amount of calories in vs the amount of calories out” tactic is complete fluff, so is the concept that all kinds of carbohydrates, proteins and fat can create the same result.

Would you like to begin experiencing a bit of progress?

Would you like to get as much muscle growth as you can, improve your overall health, and prevent gaining any unwanted fat?

Good, but you have to consume certain foods.

You’re about to discover the 7 best foods for building muscle.  These aren’t just any old food, they help you build lean muscle and have produced great results for me and a lot of other people.

So, what are they?

1. Salmon

Although it’s not cheap, you need to have salmon at the bare minimum one or two times a week. The protein is really good, but the real secret is in the fat. Salmon is packed with Omega-3 essential fatty acids, which can be proven to help you lose fat and build muscle. Ensure you’re buying wild-caught salmon, because it’s far high in Omega-3s than farm-raised salmon. You should be able to find wild-caught salmon at a reasonable cost, if not have a look in the freezer area or alternatively you should be able to find canned salmon.

2. Eggs

If you’re on a really low budget you ought to be feeding on eggs. Each egg contains approximately 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of fat and its nutrients are darn close to perfect for taking in the calories and building muscle mass.

The yolk is the most important part of the egg, where the majority of fat, protein and essential vitamins are stored. Research has shown time and time again that eating dietary cholesterol is definitely not what raises your Low Density Lipoprotein (bad blood cholesterol). All in all, there is absolutely no reason to punish yourself with plate after plate of the foul whites.

3. Beef

This has got to be my favourite of the muscle building foods on this list, as it tastes the best because it’s higher in saturated fats than all the others. Beef is going to pack a lot of protein, iron and zinc, that will assist you to build muscle and get stronger. Plus it also contains a great deal of creatine, the exact same product that you can buy in the supplement stores.

Now, don’t worry that I said the word FAT. Fat is very important for healthy hormone levels. If you eat a lot of saturated animal fat it will boost your testosterone in a natural way. It’s the polyunsaturated fats and trans fats that you have to stay away from contained in pre-packed junk food.

4. Potatoes

No-carb diets are perfect for fat loss, but if you intend to get significantly bigger muscles, you’ll almost certainly have to consume some kind of starchy foods. Your best option is to eat potatoes and sweet potatoes. I tend to follow a “paleo” diet, and believe there’s certainly something to be said for steering clear of grains. Rice and oatmeal might be a good option, however they have a tendency to result in some bloating and discomfort. If you’re in any way sensitive to gluten, and if you often gain fat easily, consider choosing potatoes as your starting place for carbohydrates.

5. Broccoli

Okay, I know that broccoli doesn’t contain any protein in it, but it’s undoubtedly one of the very best muscle building foods because it’s anti-estrogen. It contains “indoles”, which naturally fights against estrogen that makes you store body fat in all of the worst places. It’s also one of my favourite vegetables, too.

6. Nuts

I believe nuts are great if you want to gain weight. Ever eaten an entire can of nuts during an afternoon? Of course, it’s really easy! Nuts might not be as good as meat and eggs, but they’re a cheap alternative option to load up with plenty of good quality calories. They are also perfect if you have a busy job or schedule as you can easily carry them around with you.

Almonds are an amazing food to help you build muscle and they truly are the king of the nuts. They also have a high amount of the vitamin E which is an amazing antioxidant that will prevent damage from those free-radicals that will cause havoc on your body.

7. Fat-Free Yogurt

Fat-free yogurt is also one of the best muscle building foods. With an excellent mix of protein and carbohydrates, it’s great while you’re recovering after an intense workout. Opt for the fat-free yogurt with fruit in the bottom of the tub and forget the artificially sweetened “no sugar” rubbish.

If you’re not a big fan of yogurt you could try fat-free cottage cheese.  Cottage cheese is one of those foods that I’m not keen on even if it contains a lot of protein. The protein it has is really a combination of whey and casein and one cup full could have as much as 30 grams of protein in it.

Dedicated to your success,



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The Amazing Peanut Butter Diet

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet | Posted on 13-11-2012-05-2008


Okay, now we’ve heard everything! There was the cabbage soup diet, the chocolate chip cookie diet, the cottage cheese diet, and now there’s a peanut butter diet? After all, how can you eat something that has so much fat? While it seems that there would be no logical way to lose weight while eating peanut butter, this is a diet that may just work.

So, what makes this amazing peanut butter diet work? That’s a fair question, I was skeptical too. What it comes down to is this, different foods have different effects on the body. Some of the better foods are known as “super foods”. Peanut butter is one of them. It is loaded with protein which helps in the development of lean muscle tissue, and muscle burns more calories. In effect, peanut butter assists in the boosting of your body’s metabolism.

The whole idea behind a peanut butter diet is that you simply add this super food where you can and it will work its magic. For example, if you enjoy smoothies, then you can combine some peanut butter with strawberries, blueberries and blackberries, then add some ice and blend until smooth. That doesn’t mean you can drink peanut butter smoothies all day, but if you use it right, you should notice the benefits.

At the same time, there is more to losing weight than just eating. You also have to eat a better selection of foods, from a variety of food groups. Exercise also needs to be a part of your routine. Don’t get discouraged. That doesn’t mean you have to do gruelling exercises for hours on end, far from it. Simply get more active. Participate in activities you enjoy, work out with a friend, and get moving. That’s really all you need to do, but you do need to actually do it. Okay, enough of the lecture, let’s get back to the peanut butter.

One of the reasons a lot of people are surprised that a peanut butter diet can work is that they associate it with gaining weight, rather than losing weight. Part of the reason for this is how most peanut butter is made. Most of the stuff you can buy at the grocery store is made with hydrogenated oil, commonly referred to as trans fats. This may be the real problem with peanut butter, but it’s an easy problem to fix. You want to look for all natural peanut butter that contains no trans fats. Read the list of ingredients, and if the word ‘hydrogenated’ is there, then don’t buy it. You can also look at the peanut butter in the container. If you can see a thin layer of oil on the top, then it is probably natural. Simply stir the oil back in when you get it home. These natural oils are much healthier for you than trans fats.

So, does the peanut butter diet work? Yes it does, but it does require that you do some things as well. They aren’t difficult, and once you start seeing the positive results of losing weight, you’ll be glad you gave it a try.

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The Truth About The Hospital Three Day Diet

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet | Posted on 12-11-2012-05-2008


If you have tried your share of diets over the years then you know how difficult it can be to lose weight, and keep it off once you lose it. There are all kinds of diets out there, and some work better than others. What it really comes down to is how well a diet will work for you. If you are ready to see results then the hospital three day diet (it gets its name because it was reportedly developed by a hospital to help cardiac patients who had to lose weight prior to undergoing surgery) may be just the weight loss solution you have been looking for.

The hospital three day diet has recently seen a surge in popularity. This is most likely due to the claims that you can lose up to ten pounds in three days. While the best method of weight loss is to lose one to two pounds per week, losing several pounds right away can be a great way to get motivated from the start.

When you are doing the hospital three day diet you have to stick to plan exactly. Food swaps are not allowed, but it’s only for three days so it shouldn’t be a major problem. You will also have to drink a lot of water. While some versions of the hospital diet say it’s acceptable to drink diet soda in place of some of the water, it’s better to stick to water where water is recommended. Diet soft drinks may not contain calories, but they do contain ingredients that can interfere with how the hospital three day diet works.

There is a pre-planned menu for three meals per day. Then you stick to the plan for three days, then eat however you wish (within reason) once the plan is done. If you would like to lose more weight, then you can do the hospital three day diet again. However, you shouldn’t do it for more than three days in a row as you will only be taking in about 1,000 calories per day.

So, why does that matter? Why can’t you just eat 1,000 per day for the rest of your life and lose all the weight you want? Those are fair questions, but to be blunt, 1,000 calories isn’t enough. In fact, the World Health Organization says that you should get at least 1,200 per day. Anything less than that can cause serious health risks. Furthermore, taking in too few calories on a long term basis can actually lead to gaining weight. This is because the body will go into starvation mode and start storing more of the calories you take in, and it stores calories as fat.

The hospital three day diet has a very limited selection of foods, is very low calorie and shouldn’t be used too many days in a row. It can make somebody wonder whether it was really developed by a hospital or not. But what really matters is whether or not you lose weight, so it’s definitely worth trying.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.



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Lose Weight With The Cottage Cheese Diet

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet | Posted on 11-11-2012-05-2008


Over the years there have been many fad diets. For the sake of this article, a fad diet is any diet that uses a gimmick or focuses too much on one specific food or technique. By that definition, the cottage cheese diet would certainly seem to be a fad diet, but is it? Just so you know, there isn’t really a diet plan that uses cottage cheese as the only food you can eat.

Let’s face it, there would be no way anybody could stick to a diet like that. Imagine eating nothing but the same food for all of your meals and snacks. You would get so bored that you would soon go off such a diet and binge on all of the foods you were craving. Besides, it wouldn’t be very healthy and could cause more problems than it fixes.

That being said, cottage cheese is a pretty good food to eat when you are on a diet; especially when compared to other cheeses. It contains a lot of protein, making it ideal for people who are on a low carbohydrate diet. However, it contains less fat and fewer calories than other cheeses. That doesn’t mean it’s fat free, but there are some varieties that are lower in fat than others, so be sure to check the label before you buy some.

Some studies have shown that dairy foods can help you feel more full than other foods. That’s one of the reasons why the cottage cheese diet works for some people. However, you have to eat slowly so your stomach has enough time to signal your brain that you are full. If you shovel in spoonful after spoonful of cottage cheese without giving it much thought, then you will not lose weight. Eat it in reasonable amounts and slow down. It will help you feel more full and that means you will be likely to lower how many calories you take in during the rest of your meal.

Adding cottage cheese to your diet makes a lot of sense, and it can help. But at the same time, it’s not a magic food that will make you shed those extra pounds. In fact, there isn’t any magic food out there, so you need to take other steps if you are serious about wanting to lose weight.

Generally speaking, weight loss comes down to one thing: you have to burn more calories than you take in. That means you have to eat fewer calories, and burn more off. This means you will have to exercise. However, you don’t have to workout at a gym for four hours a day, or jog ten miles. Instead, just work on adding more activity to your day and do things you enjoy.

Taking a sensible approach to weight loss is what will give you the best chance of getting rid of those extra pounds, keeping them off. The cottage cheese diet may be just the thing you are looking for. Just be sure to approach your diet plan (whatever it is) with the right attitude and you’ll be down to your target weight in no time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.



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The Calorie Reduction Diet

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet | Posted on 10-11-2012-05-2008


There are so many diets out there, it isn’t even funny, and new ones are being thrust upon an unsuspecting and weight-conscious public all the time. No matter what their claims are, no matter how they package it, the ones that work all have the same thing in common. In fact, it’s the only way to lose weight. What is it? You have to burn more calories than you take in. That’s why so many weight loss programs revolve around a calorie reduction diet.

Our weight goes up when we take in more energy (in the form of calories found in our food) than we use up. Early in our history, this body mechanism served to keep us alive. Our ancestors couldn’t always be sure when they would eat next, so their bodies stored extra calories as fat. This was fine back then, but it leads to obesity in modern cultures where food is plentiful.

If you need to lose weight, then there are only two things you can do. You have to burn more energy in the form of exercise, or you have to eat a reduced calorie diet. The first step is to determine exactly how many calories you need per day. There are plenty of online calorie calculators that can help you determine what your caloric intake should be. If you are seeing a doctor to help lose weight then follow any and all of their recommendations.

Everybody is different, so you need to do what’s best for you. That being said, you should try to avoid a diet that restricts you to fewer than 1200 calories per day. That is the amount the World Health Organization says adults should consume. Besides if you go too low on a calorie reduction diet, then your body will get the message that you are starving, and store a higher percentage of your calories as fat. That means you could actually gain weight by eating less!

A good rule of thumb is to lose no more than one to two pounds per week. This may seem slow, and flies in the face of fad diets that promise big weight loss in a few days, but it is a much better way to lose weight. Losing weight slowly and steadily will prevent your body from going into starvation mode, and it will also prevent you from feeling deprived.

There is another aspect of a calorie reduction diet that you have to be aware of: eating boosts metabolism. That’s right! You can boost how many calories you burn by eating enough. Your brain gets the signal that there is new energy to burn, and it starts up the fat burning furnace to help you use up the energy you are taking in. It may help to think of it as the reverse of starvation mode.

Other than that, a calorie reduction diet comes down to common sense. Make healthy food choices–fruits, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains–and keep your portions under control. Doing those things will give you your best chance at weight loss success.

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Is The 12 Day Grapefruit Diet The Answer

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet | Posted on 09-11-2012-05-2008


There has been a diet plan that has been around since the 1930’s. That makes it anything but a fad diet. What we are talking about is the 12 day grapefruit diet. Grapefruit has a lot of benefits for dieters. It’s fat free, low calorie, high in fiber and is packed with vitamin C.

The grapefruit diet itself is incredibly simple to follow. All you do is eat one-half of a grapefruit before each meal. There also appears to be enzymes in the fruit that keeps your appetite in check, meaning you will eat fewer calories overall. Grapefruit is also believed to speed up metabolism which helps to burn more calories. So, not only will you take in fewer calories, but you will also burn more off. Both of these things are key to losing weight. In fact, some tests have shown that it’s possible to lose ten pounds in two weeks by changing to the 12 day grapefruit diet.

So what’s the catch? Even though it has been around for as long as it has, the 12 day grapefruit diet is still classified along with fad diets. That’s because it relies on making only one change and doesn’t incorporate other necessary elements of weight loss.

You can do the diet, but that doesn’t give you a free pass to stuff your face with all kinds of junk food. You still need to watch what you eat, trying to eat a variety of healthy foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein and whole grains. If you really want to shed pounds, you also need to exercise. That doesn’t mean you have to jog 10 miles a day, or hit the gym for 3 hours. Instead, find activities you enjoy and try to get moving for 20 to 30 minutes per day, 5 days per week.

At the same time, you should be changing your habits. Changing how you prepare food can have a big impact. Opt for grilling, steaming and baking instead of frying food. Eat 5 or 6 smaller meals throughout the day instead of 3 larger meals. Another good rule of thumb is to eat food in as close to its natural state as possible.

But does all of this mean the 12 day grapefruit diet is bad? Not at all. While you should still make all of the changes we just discussed, the grapefruit diet can help you lose weight quickly. It isn’t practical to think you could stick to such a diet, but it could give you a great start. Losing a few pounds in a week or two can be very motivating and will give you a better chance of weight loss success.

Finally, combining all of these things is the way to drop those extra pounds. Do the 12 day grapefruit diet, exercise, eat right, and make other habit changes and you will lose all the weight you need, lose it for good, and you won’t drive yourself crazy in the process.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.



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