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The Real Detox – No Fad

If you need to jumpstart your weight loss efforts, nothing can be more effective than a detox.

Detox diets tend to get a lot of attention, mostly for their exaggerated claims of weight loss success. But the truth is, many detox diets are just fads. Most can’t be sustained for any long period of time, and some can actually be hard on your body.

This is why I lean towards a more natural, holistic approach – one that is geared towards simple lifestyle changes that can be maintained for the long term. In other words, you should view a detox as a more permanent change to your eating habits.

Out with the bad, and in with the good! This is how real weight loss happens.

Here’s my solution to detox diets for weight loss. Follow these tips, and you’ll be on your way to weight loss success!


Detox Diets for Weight Loss – Lifelong Detox Solutions

1. Drink More Water – Before you do anything else, increase your water intake. Water is the best natural detox available. It effectively cleanses your body of toxins and keeps your metabolism running smoothly. Soft drinks should be out, and juices should be reduced as much as possible. All of these things are just too high in sugar.


2. Cut Down on Refined Sugars & Carbs – This brings us to my second point. The next most important step to a natural detox is to cut down on refined sugars and carbohydrates (especially simple carbs and starches). This is why fad detox diets fail, because they neglect basic principles of weight loss. Sugars and carbs are stored as fat if not burned off during exercise and energy production, so you must reduce your intake to see real results.

One easy way to fight your sugar cravings is to have a cup of tea. Drinking tea is an effective way to distract your palate and help you forget about those pesky cravings. One of the best teas for doing this is Magic Matcha Green Tea – it will also boost your metabolism and get you burning more fat!


3. Remove the Bad Fats – It’s also critical to remove bad fats (trans fats, saturated fats) from your diet. Fat is added to many foods in order to improve its flavor, but at the end of the day, this is like hitting your head against a weight loss wall. The more fat you take in, the more weight you’ll gain, simply put.

To keep yourself feeling satisfied and weighing less, go for healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, research shows that taking a supplement like NOW Ultra Omega-3 will effectively enhance your metabolism and help you shed the pounds!


4. Reduce Your Intake of Sodium – Looking for a quick fix to weight loss? Believe it or not, salt may be your answer. Sodium is added to many foods as a preservative and a flavor-enhancer, but sodium also leads to water retention – and that can make toning up very difficult. Watch your labels for high levels of sodium, and stop adding salt to your food! You’ll see some significant weight loss results within a week or so.


5. Avoid Processed and Packaged Foods – My final sustainable detox solution is to stop eating processed and packaged foods. When it comes down to it, these foods are full of all the bad things I just talked about, including sugar, refined carbs, bad fats, and sodium. Instead, aim for a whole foods diet that is rich in nutritional content. Also increase your intake of healthy superfoods like NOW Astragalus and you’ll see awesome results!


Detox Diets for Weight Loss – Conclusion

These simple detox solutions will help you lose weight and KEEP it off, I guarantee! And if you’re wondering what you should add to your diet, try increasing your intake of protein with natural supplements like Optimum 100% Natural Whey and Vega Complete Whole Food Health Optimizer. Protein will boost your metabolism and help you feel full and satisfied!


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Posted by on August 16, 2012 in Health and Science


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Math Fun with Nutrition Facts Labels

This is a guest blog post by Richard Perlmutter, MS

Beginning May 8, 1993 the American public has benefited from information about the composition of foods and beverages.  That date was the deadline for placing ‘Nutrition Facts’ on the side of food and beverage packaging.

Though Nutrition Facts provides a lot of information, it can be “picked apart” to provide even more.  To illustrate please refer to the nutrition labeling information, shown below, for a popular brand of white bread.

bread label

Almost all food is composed of just four broad categories of substances.

There are the three so-called macronutrients– fat, carbohydrate, and protein.  All of these have a place in Nutrition Facts.  The fourth, which does not, is water. It is more commonly referred to as the moisture content.

Referring to the labeling information for white bread, one slice weighs 43 grams, and it has 1.5g of fat, 22g of carbohydrate, and 3g of protein.  Together the three macronutrients account for 26.5g of the 43g weight of the slice.  The remaining amount, 16.5g, is the moisture content.

It may be more descriptive to express these values as percentages: the bread is composed of about 3.5 percent fat, 51 percent carbohydrate, 7 percent protein, and 38.5 percent moisture.

It is especially interesting to determine the moisture content of low fat and reduced sugar foods, and compare the results with the moisture content of the full fat and full sugar equivalent foods.  Do the math, and you will wonder “Why am I paying the same for additional water?”

A second omission in Nutrition Facts concerns the carbohydrates.

The slice of bread has 22g of carbohydrate, but only 4g are accounted for– 1g fiber and 3g sugars.  Over 75 percent of the carbs are missing.

Almost all natural foods, and foods made with natural ingredients, have their carbohydrate as sugars, fiber, and/or starch.  Starch is that missing carbohydrate.  There are 18g of starch in a slice of the bread.

As I hope you see, Nutrition Facts can be the gateway to additional nutrition information.  Determine the amount of water/moisture, and change all the values to percentages.  That’s the best way to make interesting comparisons among foods.

Richard Perlmutter, MSRichard Perlmutter is the owner of  Abington Nutrition Services LLC which prepares nutrition labeling for products manufactured by food and beverage companies. He also takes an interest in seeing that government nutrition policy is in line with nutritional science.



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Eat The Foods That Help You Recover

Fruit juice mix

You are what you eat—but never more so than when you’re sick or injured. You may crave comfort foods, such as toast and jam or macaroni and cheese, when you aren’t feeling well.

But some of these foods actually can work against you and prolong your illness. Make these smart food choices…

Choose healthful fats in healthful amounts.You should always opt for healthful fats, especially when you are recovering from an injury or illness. Foods high in unhealthful saturated fat, such as beef and hard cheeses, have been found to inhibit the immune system and prolong recovery time. Best: A general rule of thumb (even when you’re not sick) is to consume about 25% to 30% of daily calories from healthful fats, such as monounsaturated fat (olive oil, avocado, peanut butter) and polyunsaturated fat (sunflower and corn oils, salmon, walnuts). Consume very little saturated fat, such as that found in whole milk, red meat and hard cheese. It also helps to eat less fat. A landmark Tufts University study found that a lower fat diet (28% of calories from fat, as opposed to a more typical American diet of 38% from fat) increased the function of T cells, which fight against viruses and bacterial infections.

Eat whole fruit. Drinking orange juice (or any type of fruit juice) is not good for you, especially when you’re sick. These juices are high in sugar and low in fiber, causing a rise in blood sugar that can lead to inflammation and weaken the immune response. While juice with pulp is better for you than juice without pulp (and you can dilute fruit juice with water to decrease the sugar), you get more fiber from eating the whole fruit, and this fiber reduces the spike in blood sugar.

Reduce refined carbohydrates and sugar. Refined carbohydrates, such as white pasta, white rice and white bread, trigger inflammation in the body. Your immune system must work to fight inflammation, leaving it with less energy for fighting off sickness. Also, bacteria thrive on sugar, possibly exacerbating an infection. When you are recovering from injury or illness, just say no to refined grains and sugar!




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