Monday, 15 December 2008

The Non-Diet

I'm sure you've probably seen all of the headlines and media debate lately over the low carb vs low fat study results that were released recently. I'm not going to talk in detail about that today, because it seems everyone has been talking out it, and the study itself had many flaws and inconsistencies.

The fact that so many people are STILL searching for some type of diet "gimmick" saddens me.

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*How to determine the exact types of foods that are most appropriate for your specific body and metabolism type. After all, we are all different, so 1 specific diet is NEVER right for everyone.

*The dangers of eating certain types of soy products... which types are ok in moderation, and which types shouldn't be eaten at all, unless you WANT more belly fat!

*What you need to know about dairy before ever buying another dairy product again

*Why "whole grains" are not always as healthy as the label claims, but how this "other type" of grain is a contender for superfood lists

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*The honest truth about carbohydrates and how much you really need

*The major misconceptions about dietary fat that you need to know about

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Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Epidemic of the 21st Century–Overweight: Sick Kids

Children who watch TV while eating are twice as likely to eat "junk" food as opposed to fruits and vegetables.

Today's sedentary lifestyle for children is raising their risk of obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis and other disorders. Read how you can help reverse this alarming trend.

Today's parents are having their pediatrician tell them their 11-year-old son has Type 2 diabetes or their 16-year-old daughter has osteoporosis. The "out-of-control" lifestyles fashioned by the adults of the past 40 years has led to a 50% increase in the diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes–the kind of diabetes that used to be known as "adult onset" because this obesity-related disorder wasn't usually diagnosed until age 50 or older!

Making wellness a family affair

If we begin to place an emphasis on eating healthy foods and increasing activity levels in our children, we can reverse these alarming trends. Here are a few guidelines for dealing with overweight children. Be sure the child has been evaluated by a medical doctor to assure there are no reasons why losing weight would be a problem. Children can begin their day with a Dinomins multivitamin tablet and a shake made with nonfat milk or soy milk.

Stopping the epidemic

Choose to set the example of picking up an apple instead of an ice-cream bar. Stop smoking. Turn off the television or computer and shoot some hoops with your children or go for a walk. Be sure to take your dog so you won't have a fat dog at risk for diabetes and heart disease–yes, they develop the same diseases as humans! Let's make the 21st century the century of wellness, family values and quality of life. Let's start today.

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Paul McKenna - I Can Make You Thin

Paul McKenna is the UK's leading hypnotist. Famed for his amusing stage hypnosis shows, he is also an effective hypnotherapist. He devised a very effective four-stage plan for losing weight effectively which was the subject of a Sky TV series. Here is a small section:

He then published it in a book with accompany hypnosis sessions onto CD to obtain maximum results. I followed the programmes, read the book and used the CD myself. I found it very effective in making me think and react to food like the slim person I have become. I recommend I Can Make You Thin (New edition - book & CD)

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Anatrim - Is This the Miracle Herb Answer to Weight Loss?

I receive a lot of emails about Anatrim but have never met anyone who used it so I can only give you the information from one email.

Being even a little overweight today can be extremely difficult and is embarassing for so many people. Today's society expects men and women to look lean, toned and hard at all times . Tough standards to live up to! And mostly unrealistic. However, steady weight loss and improved self image are not unrealistic, at all. In fact anyone can do it, quite easily, including you!

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Friday, 1 August 2008

How to Stop Overeating

Try these tips for getting more satisfaction from fewer calories. by Elaine Magee, RD, MPH

Babies are born knowing to eat when they are hungry and stop when they are comfortable. But as we grow up and are exposed to fad diets, advertising, food used as a reward, etc., many of us unlearn this beautifully balanced way of eating and begin to overeat.

Yet eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are comfortable is one of the keys to healthy eating and living, says Linda Bacon, PhD, nutrition professor at the City College of San Francisco.

Much has been written on the "eating when you're hungry" side of this equation. But how do you learn to stop when you're comfortable if you've lost touch with this over the years?

Experts say there are things you can do to make yourself more likely to stop eating when you are comfortable. They include:
Eating Slowly
This isn't a new concept. Remember all those familiar dieting tips like "sip water between bites" and "chew thoroughly before swallowing"? These were all aimed at slowing us down when we eat. Research led by Mark Gold, MD, at the University of Florida at Gainesville has shown it takes 12 or more minutes for food satisfaction signals to reach the brain of a thin person, but 20 or more minutes for an obese person. Eating slowly ensures that these important messages have time to reach the brain.

Being Aware
"Be more attentive about the whole eating experience; don't eat when you are driving or at the computer," Bacon advises. When we're distracted or hurried, the food—and calories—we eat tend not to register well in our brains. Jean Kristeller, PhD, a psychologist and Indiana State University researcher, suggests a brief premeal meditation to get centered before eating so you can more easily derive pleasure from your food, give the meal your full attention and notice when you've had enough.

Make the First Bites Count
Bacon believes that maximum food enjoyment comes in the initial bites. "After a few bites, taste buds start to lose their sensitivity to the chemicals in food that make it taste good," she explains. Satisfying your taste buds by really savoring those first few bites may help you stop eating when you're physically comfortable.

Keep up appearances

Using a smaller plate and paying attention to the presentation of a meal can increase your awareness of the food in front of you and help you stop eating when you are comfortable. "The brain looks at the plate and decides if the portion is adequate," Gold says. "It takes some time, but the smaller the plate, the smaller the portion."

Choose Satisfying Foods

Steer away from foods that give you a lot of calories for very little volume, such as milk shakes, cheese and chocolate, Gold recommends. The higher the fiber, protein and/or water content of a food or meal, the more likely it is to be satisfying in your stomach without going overboard on calories.

Research during the past decade suggests there are three factors that help make a meal more satisfying: the weight of the food, the amount of protein and the amount of fiber.

A revolutionary study done by researchers at the University of Sydney in 1995 noted that of the 38 foods tested, certain foods scored higher in satiety. Top-scoring foods included whole-meal bread, grainy bread, cheese, eggs, brown pasta, popcorn, all-bran cereal, grapes, porridge, baked beans, apples, beefsteak, ling fish (a type of cod) and oranges. All of these foods are high in fiber, water or protein.

And which foods tend to have low satiety scores—making them much easier to overeat? These would be foods with large amounts of fat, sugar and/or refined carbohydrates, like potato chips, candy bars and white bread.

"Satisfaction Score" for 20 Common Dishes

So is there a way you can determine how satisfying your favorite foods are likely to be? A mathematical formula calculates a satisfaction score for a food. First we give a serving of a particular food points for its weight divided by calories (multiplied by four to give it significant point value). Secondly, we add the number of grams of protein it contains. Finally, we add the number of grams of fiber.

Reviewed on May 23, 2007

SOURCES: Journal of Addictive Diseases, vol23, No. 3. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, September 1995 49 (9): 675-690. Eating Disorders, Overeating, and Pathological Attachment to Food, Haworth Press Inc., 2004, pp 23-34. Jean Kristeller, PhD, psychologist, researcher, Indiana State University, Terre Haute. Linda Bacon, PhD, professor of nutrition, City College of San Francisco. Mark S. Gold, MD, distinguished professor; chief, McKnight Brain Institute, department of psychiatry and neuroscience, division of addiction medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville.

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Wednesday, 4 June 2008

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Thursday, 10 April 2008

The Importance of Shape

By David Heber, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.N.
Chairman of the Herbalife Nutrition and Scientific Advisory Boards

What is your shape?
You may think you know when you look in the mirror, or you may be too busy trying to cover up unshapely areas to really see yourself as you are. Do you know how much fat you’re carrying, compared to how much muscle? Do you know where you tend to gain weight–upper body, lower body or around the middle? Until you know the answers to these questions, you are not ready to make your personal plan for losing weight and keeping it off. Understanding your body is the first step to reaching your best personal shape. As someone who teaches both doctors and the public about obesity, I believe weight loss has been overemphasized and body shape underemphasized. You have probably read about the Body-Mass Index (BMI), which is a weight-to-height ratio. If your BMI is greater than 25, you are considered overweight in the U.S. and if it is greater than 30 you are obese. This ratio has been a powerful way for scientists to document the obesity epidemic in this country and its effects on health and disease. However, when it comes to you as an individual, it can be misleading. A football player can be considered overweight on the BMI scale, but if the extra weight being carried is muscle, he is not really fat. A thin woman can have a normal BMI, yet still be over-fat. So shape counts.

Shapes are personal and go beyond the usual apple and pear. Women can have three typical body shapes–upper body fat, lower body fat and both upper and lower body fat. Men usually only get upper body fat. The upper body stores fat in times of stress and some people can lose and gain weight rapidly in the upper body. The lower body fat in women responds to female hormones such as estrogen and progesterone and stores fat for breastfeeding a newborn baby. Women who have both upper and lower body fat will lose their upper body fat first. Women with more upper body fat tend to have more muscle than women with lower body fat and will need more protein in their diet to help control their hunger. Losing weight is harder if you have lower body fat rather than upper body fat, but the medical benefits of losing your upper body fat are greater. Losing weight around your neck, face, chest and waist usually goes along with losing fat on the inside as well. So as you look better, you are also improving your health tremendously.

Finally, there are two more body shapes to consider: The shape you can change and the shape you can’t change. It is important to know the difference and work on the shape you can change, while adjusting your wardrobe and attitudes to the shape you cannot change. Due to low metabolism, many women with lower body fat can’t lose weight just by cutting calories. These lower body-fat cells are resistant to both exercise and diet. Only a personalized program can help make sure you get enough protein to control cravings and build or maintain lean muscle.

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Tuesday, 18 March 2008

Are You Caught Up In A Cycle Of Fatness & Fitness Confusion?

By Rob Poulos

As a member of a popular fitness center for a few years, I noticed countless others frustrated with their fat burning exercise routines and eating practices, working so hard and long but with virtually no improvement to show for it. Several of my own friends and relatives would mention this new program or product they had just shelled out cash for that was the answer to their fat loss or fitness goals. They were so excited about it and couldn’t wait to get started.

Then, a few weeks later, the same happy-go-lucky people that were once jumping with joy about their new plan to burn fat and get a new body became downright discouraged. It was hard to watch. I’d ask them how their fat burning plan was working and they’d tell me that it seemed pretty good at first, but they didn’t get the results they were expecting or they felt were promised. They quickly became tired of following the daily workouts and found following the strict eating guidelines almost maddening at times. So they hopped onto the next plan.

Even worse, they became so frustrated with following these so-called exercise gurus’ programs, that they fell even deeper into unhealthy eating habits once they stopped the program. Binging became their only form of satisfaction. Forget about maximum fat burning, and talk about moving in the wrong direction. What’s worse is that all of these people were following the typically recommended exercise and fad diets that were all the rage. They were doing what everyone else was doing to burn fat fast.

After speaking with many of these friends and inquiring about their exercise routines, I noticed one common theme that kept popping up in our discussions…they were focused on the short term…their approach was wrong. They weren't thinking of lifelong health and fitness, but instead they were thinking about burning fat and getting in shape for “swimsuit season”. More specifically, they were also performing their exercise in a less than optimal manner. And then I noticed this with many others at the fitness center I worked out in. They just seemed to lack the fire or intensity in their fat burning workouts which I knew could turn their programs from nothing to something literally overnight.

But you know, you can hardly blame them, and you certainly shouldn’t blame yourself if you’ve fallen into the cycle of fad exercise and diet programs. We all want to achieve what we know in our hearts we’re capable of so badly, and that’s why we’re such easy prey to this “get fit quick” mentality.

Most people are approaching health and fitness in the exact opposite way that they should be, and they're not going to burn fat because of it. If you continually think of using exercise and nutrition as ways to lose a couple of pounds, or get in shape for summer, you're going to be disappointed with your results. If you think of exercise, nutrition and rest as separate things, you're going to be disappointed with your fat burning and fitness results. If you think you need to spend hours a week in the gym or adhere to some strange unnatural eating strategy, you're going to be disappointed with your results.

What all of these approaches will do, is put you into the fat burning and fitness cycle of confusion that so many are stuck in these days. If instead, you choose to forget what you thought you knew, and start off with the right approach, the approach that focuses on making changes in your lifestyle long term, you'll instantly improve your results by 1000%. When your approach includes combining proper exercise that takes very little of your time, nutrition the way nature intended you to eat that is simple to understand and follow, and the rest and recovery that is vital to lifelong vitality and energy, you'll experience an awakening of both body and mind. Plus you'll burn more fat, too.

If you choose the path most often taken by those looking to improve upon them selves, you'll most likely end up like most of them. Confused, frustrated, unhappy, burnt out, injured, sick, or worse. Did I mention very uhappy with their fat burning progress as well? Instead, you can choose to embrace a lifestyle that includes brief, progressive, and intense resistance training, eating a diet full of nutrient rich foods, drinking tons of water, and getting plenty of quality sleep and rest. But know that when you do so, you'll be joining the select few who understand that one of the true secrets to life long fat burning and fitness is not found on a fad diet or in a bottle on the shelf of your local health store.

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Thursday, 6 March 2008

Weight Loss and Back Pain

In society, we are surrounded by small, medium and large bone structures. The structure of the muscles and bones play a part in how the body is framed as it matures. Weight factors are considered by bone structure also. For instance, a medium-bone woman at the height of 5”2 can weigh up to 135 without being overweight. A larger bone structured woman can weigh a few pounds more without tipping the scale.

Obesity however has taking over causing changes in feasting patterns and the meals we eat. The damning changes include the American FDA (Food and Drugs Administration), which permits harmful additive food products. We see obesity in our future at higher scales than ever in our history. Why do you think 12 and 14 years old children are running around with large buttocks and breasts? Ask the FDA about additives. The problem is these children take for granted the benefits, since down the road those buttocks and chest will balance with midriffs, thighs and so on.

Now you can take those cans of beans off the shelves, sit around and do nothing about your weight. However, if you do not lose weight it can lead to serious back pain. Back pain is THE worst condition of all pain we can experience, yet the condition spreads out from a wide array of causes.

Back pain emerges from a chain of reactions, starting with the skeleton bones and moving to the skeletal muscles. Once the bones and muscles are targeted, the reactions carry on to collagen, calcium, phosphates, magnesium, joints, ligaments, tendons, cartilages, synovium, fibers, connective tissues, nerve roots, nerve endings and gradually moves to the largest component within our body’s structure, known as the Central Nervous System. Now we have serious complications in the making.

The chain reactions affect our hormones, metabolism, weight bearing muscles and joints and leads to deterioration. The chain reaction may not occur in like order, yet in one fashion or the other each component of the body is affected over time.

Obesity increases the chain reaction. Back injuries alone can lead to obesity. For instance, if at one time you lift or catch a heavy object, person, etc, later down the road your back may fail, causing you enormous pain. The pain slows your actions, as well as causes emotional responses to produce symbolism messages, which can alter your life dramatically. You may feel helpless and continue life lying on your back, pitying your condition and failing to see how you can relieve your pain. Inactive muscles lead to obesity.

In view of the fact, we see that muscles must have proper movement daily to avoid such problems. Exercise is the key that opens the door to healthy spines and closes the door to obesity. Stop fat in its track by working those muscles.

Emotions are powerful and tricky. You can stop the emotions from playing tricks on your mind by taking action now. If you have, a weight condition set a plan, and attempt to lose the measured weight at a scheduled interval. For instance, set your mind to lose five pounds by the end of the month. Once you lose the weight, you will notice a change in your spine, which includes reduced back pain. Set up a regimen of exercises that are suitable for you to achieve your goal.

Tip: Dance aerobic exercise help you to burn fat quickly.

When you lose weight, it strengthens the muscles in your tummy and spinal column. The health advantage increases the chain reactions natural flow. Natural flow is achieved, since you reduce the amount of stress added to the joints and muscles. In view of the fact, you want to choose stretch exercises and workouts that do not overexert the joints, or muscles.

©Antonia Stuart-James 2008 from You Can Lose Weight Now and English Hypnotherapist in Belgium

Wednesday, 30 January 2008

Lose Weight with Photoshop

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Monday, 28 January 2008

Want Success Dieting? Plan to Fail

There are so many different diets on the market today that it’s very difficult to know which diet to choose. Your friend told you that she found the perfect diet but when you tried it, it didn’t work. Your sister-in-law sung the praises of another diet but you found no success with it. Your co-worker told you about a “fool-proof” diet that you somehow found a way to mess-up too.

Well, don’t worry. There are millions of people who are in the same boat as you. They’ve tried diet after diet and they just can’t seem to stick to one or make any of them work. The result is feeling bad that they can’t succeed and probably eating even more to try to get rid of their sadness. In some cases, the people just completely give-up and decide they will never be able to lose weight because they can’t stay on a diet.

Well, there’s good news. Diets do really work and there isn’t one person on this earth that can’t benefit from a diet.

So what is the key to dieting success? Believe it or not, the key to success is actually planning to fail.

That’s right! You need to plan to fail.

I know it sounds counter-productive but it’s what really works.

Think about it. What leads you to most often quit a diet? You are tempted to cheat on your diet, you do, and then you get frustrated and down on yourself and you figure there’s no point in continuing on with your diet. So you quit. And that’s exactly the reason you need to plan to fail.

To be more specific, you need to plan what you will do when you fail. Becoming even more specific, you need to figure exactly how you will ensure that you will get right back on the diet and continue fighting the good fight.

Of course dieting is more of a mental fight than a physical one. (If you think it’s a physical fight then stop believing that right now. You need to diet with your mind first and then your body will follow.)

So the first thing you have to do when you fail on a diet is to figure out why you failed. Where were you when you failed? How were you feeling? What were you thinking? What were you doing? Consider all these things. Be honest with yourself about what probably caused you to cheat on your diet.

The next thing you need to do is learn from your mistake. If you were doing something or went somewhere that just tempted you too much then you want to avoid that place or doing that thing. If you were feeling a certain way (stressed, depressed, etc.) then try to find other ways to cope with those feelings besides eating.

After you have figured out what caused you to fail, and after you’ve learned from it, the next thing you need to do is forgive yourself. Tell yourself you’ll do better next time and then move forward.

Work all of this out beforehand, before you even begin your diet. Know that you will learn from your mistake and then forgive yourself. Then plan to get right back on the diet and keep going.

Look, rarely is there a diet that is perfect for more than a few people. So stop looking for that “magic bullet”. You probably won’t find it. Instead, know that diets are hard work and that you won’t be perfect when you are dieting. But none of that matters. What does matter is that you know what you will do when you fail, and that you get right back on the dieting wagon so that you will finally achieve dieting success.

©Antonia Stuart-James 2008 from You Can Lose Weight Now and English Hypnotherapist in Belgium

Thursday, 24 January 2008

Forget Calories and Hit Your Ideal Weight - part 2

...continued from part 1

Why should you eat more protein than your body is going to use? Because it throws the "metabolic switch" and changes the way your body decides to store and use the excess calories.

You see, your body has choices. It can use that energy in a nearly infinite number of ways. It could, for example, decide to use extra calories for something like building bone or repairing damaged tissues.

Doctors, nutritionists, and the media all miss this point. They still cling to the idea that your body always stores excess calories as fat. Surprisingly, this has rarely been considered in clinical research. Yet when studied, the results back me up. For instance, a study published in Obesity Research found that people could lose weight independent of calories consumed when the ratio of protein and carbohydrate changed.

The trick is to change your metabolism. By throwing your metabolic switch, you can accomplish these two important goals of sustained fat loss:
• Increase the calories you use for maintenance and repair.
• Decrease the calories you shunt toward fat deposition.

Tell Your Body to Invest in Fat Loss
Your body makes its decisions about its energy reserves for the sake of survival. It's an instinct that goes back to caveman days, when a drop in protein and calories signaled the body "These are bad times. So to survive this famine/plague/winter, we'd better store as much energy as possible." And when protein and calories were up, the signal was "Times are good, so we can burn that energy."

During good times, your body "invests" in procreation and fat loss. It uses the extra protein to boost levels of growth hormone and sex hormones and burn fat stores by lowering insulin. Having sex and babies requires lots of energy and your body makes these adjustments only when "times are good."

If your body senses that times are bad, it decides that this is not a good time to have children. So the production of growth hormone and sex hormones is suppressed. And to protect itself against the threat of starvation, it boosts insulin to promote fat gain.

In our modern environment, excessive stress and a nutrient-poor diet can cause your body to think times are bad. This puts your metabolism in a perpetual state of preparing for the worst. The result? You not only gain weight, you also feel sluggish and tired.

If you want to burn fat, you have to stop starving your body. Forget about tofu burgers and whole-grain breads. The good news is you can start eating the hearty foods you've been denying yourself - like steak and eggs. These are the foods we used to think were healthy. (My father said they would "put hair on your chest.")

Jumpstart Your Metabolism and Get Naturally Lean in 2008
These days, the best source of red meat is grass-fed animals. It's more expensive... but the benefits far outweigh the extra money. Grass-fed beef pumps up your muscles and wipes out body fat at the same time. Imagine eating a big, juicy steak to get thin! I can already hear the pundits screaming their protests. But just try it and you'll see.

With a little planning, you get naturally lean by eating the foods you enjoy. Start by eating at least one gram of protein per day for every pound of lean body mass. You can find your lean body mass by having your body composition measured. (Ask your doctor or the trainer at your gym for help with this.)

Here's an example: If you weigh 180 pounds and have 60 pounds of body fat, your lean body mass is 120 pounds. That means you should get at least 120 grams of protein a day. When you consider that an egg has about 6 grams of protein and a quarter-pound of T-bone steak has about 20 grams, 120 grams is far more than you get from the standard American diet.

To further shift your metabolism away from storing fat, cut your carbs. Your ancient ancestors never ate grains, and you should keep yours to a minimum. Take a scientific approach to this by using the glycemic index to determine how much insulin various foods will stimulate based on the carbs they contain.

Lastly, to maximize your fat loss and boost your lean body mass, exercise in ways that burn lots of energy fast. This is important because fat is a slow-burn fuel. So if you ask your body for higher energy output than it can get from fat, it will get the message to stop shunting calories to fat. Instead, it will store more energy as glycogen in the muscles.

The kind of exercises that burn lots of energy fast will feel like a short sprint and leave you panting after you finish. You can do this with calisthenics, weight training, or routines that focus on your legs, like running or biking uphill. (Start off easy and gradually increase the intensity of the exercise as you become conditioned.)

Dr. Sears, a practicing physician and the author of PACE: Rediscover Your Native Fitness, is a leading authority on longevity, physical fitness, nutrition, and heart health. Find Dr. Sears' practical solutions and get immediate access to more than 450 of his articles by visiting: or Dr Sears on

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Are Artificial Sweeteners the Answer?

Many people believe that using artificial sweeteners in tea and coffee or drinking "diet" or "lite" drinks is a good way to cut down on calories and therefore lose weight. True you reduce your calories but the health risks may not be worth it. There are 15 calories in one level 4g teaspoon of sugar or 25 in one cube.

Aspartame, a substance that can be found in artificial sweeteners, increases the risk of lymphoma cancer and leukaemia. It was originally discovered as a drug for ulcers, not a foodstuff. Another study also mentioned that the chemical actually damages DNA, increasing the risks of cancer and degenerative brain diseases in long-term use. It may help tumours to form which could lead to brain cancer. Aspartame causes an accumulation of formaldehyde in the brain which can damage your central nervous system and immune system.

Sweet is one of the four basic food tastes and we associate sweet foods with comfort:
"Eating sugar shoots our blood sugar levels up and triggers a spike in the hormone insulin, which is needed to prep our cells to absorb the sugar. If there are no other nutrients to sustain our blood sugar level, it crashes as quickly as it rises —and we crave another hit. This is how sugar addiction begins.

Moreover, sugar floods us with pleasure by stimulating the release of the neurotransmitter serotonin, and probably other mood-elevating substances. Scientists report that eating chocolate initiates a brain response similar to falling in love."

Sugar is cheap and adds bulk and texture. We become used to the sweet taste and prefer it to unsweetened foods. Sugar crops up in many disguises, simple carbohydrates with names only recognisable by anyone who has studied nutrition eg dextrose and maltodextrin. I found the latter in several "sugar-free" baby foods and drinks. Sugars fill us up, taking the place of real nutrients so we eat, gain weight and starve our cells of quality nutrition.

Remember that ingredients have to be listed in order of quantity within the product so best advice is to minimize or avoid products that have sugar, high-fructose corn syrup or corn syrup near the top of their ingredient list. Sugar can also be disguised as evaporated cane juice, cane sugar, beet sugar, glucose, sucrose, maltose, maltodextrin, dextrose, sorbitol, fructose, corn sugar, fruit juice concentrate, barley malt, caramel and carob syrup.

We are biologically made to consume sugars from natural sources such as fruits and not from developed sugars along the digestion chain. To digest them, our bodies have to produce sugar-dissolving enzymes and because so many people consume an excess quantity of sugars, often unknowingly from packaged and processed foods, our bodies can develop a sugar sensitivity and in time diabetes. Even some branded slimming foods contain artificial ingredients including sugar substitutes. Read all labels and be wary of food that contains aspartame, neotame, saccharin, acesulfame K or sucralose.

In one study the group found foods containing artificial sweeteners to be less satisfying than natural sugars so ate more. This has something to do with the brain’s perception of calories which can be confused when artificial ingredients are substituted for whole food.

The answer is to reduce our intake of sweet foods and drinks, full-stop and ensure that we eat as close to natural sources as possible. Easier said than done when pure foods cost more than processed.

If you must use sweeteners, look for products sweetened with polyalcohol sugars like sorbitol, xylitol, malitol, and mannitol. These are natural sweeteners that do not trigger an insulin reaction. They have half the calories of sugar and are not digested by the small intestine. However, while most polyalcohol sugars have no side effects, sorbitol is a natural laxative and can cause diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, bloating and flatulence.

The herb stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) may be the solution. Known in South America as the “sweet herb,” stevia has been used for over 400 years without ill effect. Stevia has been enormously popular in Japan, where it has been in use for more than 20 years, now rivaling Equal and Sweet’N Low. It’s 200–300 times sweeter than sugar, so just a small portion of stevia will sweeten even a strong cup of tea.

Another point to know is that regular consumption of fizzy drinks, especially the diet versions, has been linked to testicular cancer. Any young man, say 15-35, who drinks one litre or more per day on average is putting himself at risk. I knew a 35 year old man in England who drank 1.5l Coke every day and had a testicle removed. No one had ever told him of this risk. It has something to do with the phosphorous content I believe. A study in 1997 of 80,000 men and women by the Karolinska Institutet found that people who drank fizzy or syrup-based drinks twice a day or more had a 90% higher risk of developing pancreatic cancer than those who never drank them at all.

Read more:
Sweet poison: Informative article on aspartame
Splenda and sugar substitutes
Aspartame and Stevia
Calorie count in sugar
Fizzy Drinks and risk of pancreatic cancer
Fizzy drinks and pancreatic cancer
Calorie counter for 40,000+ foods

©Antonia Harrison 2008 from You Can Lose Weight Now and English Hypnotherapist in Belgium

Monday, 21 January 2008

Forget Calories and Hit Your Ideal Weight - part 1

Kicking Off 2008 With ETR By Al Sears, MD

Most nutritionists would have you believe that counting calories is the best way to lose fat. Here's their theory, in a nutshell:
• Calories in vs. calories out determines your weight.
• Consume more calories than you burn and the rest turns to fat.
• To lose weight, you either consume fewer calories or burn more with aerobic exercise.

But have you ever noticed that the people who frantically count calories are forever overweight?

Here's the problem: Your body is not a simple machine. It's a living, sentient system with its own "intelligence." It decides how to use the calories you consume. In fact, over the long run, what your body decides to do with calories appears to be more consequential than how many you consume.

Of course, some people just eat way too much. But for people making a serious attempt to lose weight, excess calories is not their problem (although most are made to believe it is). Let me explain how I learned this from my patients.

Bad Advice Only Caused More Weight Gain...
When I first started my practice, a young woman came to my clinic wanting to lose weight. "HP" was 5 foot 2 and weighed 170 pounds. She had been trying to lose weight for two years, but no matter how little she ate, her weight kept going up. What's more, she exercised aerobically for about an hour five times a week and worked as a waitress.

I told her to cut her calories to 1,600 and see me every two weeks. She counted her calories diligently... and her weight went up by two pounds. I told her to lower her calories to 1,400 per day. The result? She gained four more pounds. I cut her to 1,200 and then 1,000 calories. Again, she gained fat. Now she lacked energy, couldn't make herself go to the gym, and was feeling depressed. She still wanted to lose weight, so I told her to cut her calories to 800 and see me in two weeks... but I never saw her again. I can't blame her. And if I could help her now, I would give her very different advice.

The Failed Strategy for Weight Loss
Conventional diets just don't work. Five out of six people who try to lose weight fail. And more than 90 percent of those who do succeed in losing weight gain all the weight back within two years.

When you consider the flawed strategy these diets use, this is no surprise. You can't achieve and maintain your ideal weight by starving yourself thin. Even if you could, it would be bad for your health.

Losing weight has been hard because you have the wrong tool for the job. If you drop your calories and go hungry - forcing your body to lose weight - your body will fight back.

This is your body's built in "intelligence." It reacts as if you are starving and will do everything it can to preserve your fat. And when you lose weight by starving yourself, you lose important muscle, bone, fluids, and even vital organ mass.
Your body has mechanisms for setting your weight where it wants it to be. It is similar to the way you set the temperature of your house with a thermostat. So the right tool for the job of losing weight is one that changes your body's set point. Said another way, you need to change your metabolism.

Changing your metabolism is the key to long-term weight-loss success - NOT counting calories.

The good news is that you can change your metabolism with food or exercise or both. But not with the kind of diet and exercise you're used to. It involves eating differently, not less - and exercising differently, not more. Let me illustrate what I mean with another patient's story.

5,000 Calories a Day and Still Losing Weight...
During the time I was seeing HP, I was becoming more and more perplexed by why my patients were not losing weight on a low-calorie diet. Then I encountered TS, a patient with the opposite problem: He wanted to gain weight.

TS weighed 170 pounds, and wanted to put on muscle. So his trainer told him to stop aerobic training and eat lots of protein. When that didn't work, he ate even more protein. By the time he came to see me, he was eating protein six times a day but couldn't gain a pound. When I looked at his food log, I could hardly believe it. He ate a dozen egg whites a day. He ate 24 ounces of steak at a time, sometimes twice a day. He drank a 40-ounce protein shake twice a day. And between meals, he would scarf down protein bars and cans of tuna as snacks. When I totaled his calories, he had eaten between 4,500 and 5,000 calories a day for the previous 12 weeks. And he'd lost 6 pounds.

TS had accidentally discovered the two most important principles of healthy fat loss: You must (1) over-consume protein and (2) train your body to store energy, not fat. be continued

Dr. Sears, a practicing physician and the author of PACE: Rediscover Your Native Fitness, is a leading authority on longevity, physical fitness, nutrition, and heart health. Find Dr. Sears' practical solutions and get immediate access to more than 450 of his articles by visiting: or Dr Sears on

Friday, 18 January 2008

Powerful Weight Loss with Hypnosis

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Tuesday, 15 January 2008

Lose Weight Now with Hypnosis

New year is upon us and resolutions are kicking in. One of the most common after the festive season is weight loss.

Weight loss for some can be eternal. Why? Each new diet or new recycled diet offers the same. If you look at the word diet, the first 3 letters are DIE.

Unfortunately all these diets work on the starvation principle of some sort and drastically reduced calories. Or by eating solid protein or living off a boring liquid diet. None of them address the relationship to food, which is a lifetime one.

Diets slow down the metabolism. After 4 days the body shuts down and goes into starvation mode protecting the very calories you are trying to lose. Metabolism slows right down. When you start eating again the weight piles back on and with an almost wrecked metabolism the pounds pile back on.

Anybody been there before?

Dieticians and so-called experts do not tell you that the body likes and needs good old fat. It serves a useful propose, it supplies us with a foodstore in times of starvation and keeps us warm. Unlike muscle, which is cosmetic, and burns off calories.

The subconscious mind still acts as if we were in the cave. Diets do not address this in any way shape or form. The key is to work with the body. The body will accept weight loss of 2lbs a week. Any more is fluid and muscle tissue. If the weight is lost slowly it will stay off. Therefore no more yo-yo effect. And another cycle of dieting with the latest wonder diet.

Working with the body is the key.

Everybody knows what he or she should and should not eat. The key is feeling good about doing it. Unfortunately we live in an age of easy and instant, with miracle diets offering absurd amounts of weight loss in a matter of days or weeks. I have helped clients to lose weight who have tried every diet under the sun. Always the same.

Hypnosis is a process whereby you can work with the body and feel good about doing the things that you know you should be doing. Once you are into a rhythm the weight comes off, slowly and naturally and safely and stays off. Psychologically you feel good, as long lost confidence in your ability to lose weight returns as you have finally found something that works.

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Tuesday, 8 January 2008

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