The Dangers of MLM – Health Products

The Dangers of MLM - Health Products

This is probably one of the most important articles we have published to this site since it’s launch…and we really should have got around to it much, much sooner!

Most of you have probably already noticed that we promote a handful of select health products on this site, here is one example.

Now, we only promote well known products that have been tested by ourselves or our writers – we are able to stand behind these options without any sort of worries.

Why?

Well, these products are stand alone products, designed to provide a solution to your health problems, with money back guarantees included.

They ARE NOT MLM PRODUCTS!

In this article we will be taking a look at the dangers of MLM setups – a marketing industry that seems intent on taking over the health niche…with overpriced and frequently ineffective products.

If you have ANY sort of interest in diving into the health MLM setup – READ THIS ARTICLE FIRST!


Why MLM is BAD News…


Okay, before we go any further, we should really look deeper into the subject of MLM

What is MLM?

When you join a MLM opportunity you are signing up with a company to become their independent distributor.

As a distributor, you don’t just make money selling the product itself, but also from signing other people up who also sign other people up…and you make commissions on this ‘downline’.

As you can already see – we have moved away from the actual health product and are now concentrating on roping new distributors in (building a downline!).

Below is one of my favorite videos on the subject of MLM setups. Not all of you may be fans of John Oliver from HBO, but in this case, on this subject…he hits the nail right on the head…

 


What is The Difference Between MLM and a Pyramid Scheme?


Nothing at all!!!

There, I said it.

Hundreds of thousands of MLM ‘distributors’ will try their hardest to tell you otherwise…but they are only desperately trying to cover their own asses!

In most cases, a large majority of these distributors are already in over their head and are clinging onto their bank account overdrafts as we speak – they NEED you to sign up underneath them!

The compensation plans, and EVERY MLM SETUP is shaped like a pyramid, like so…

What is The Difference Between MLM and a Pyramid Scheme?

Seriously guys – what does that chart shape look like to you?

A pyramid.

Yet this is the shape of every working MLM setup…and they still try to convince you it is not a pyramid scheme!

MLM companies may sell products such as dietary supplements and health options – BUT their main source of income comes from mass recruitment.

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Multi Level Marketing Business Plan Template


So you have an interest in the subject of health and wellness – cool, so do I!!!!!

What’s the next step?

Try and make some money off this interest?

Yeah, why not, you have a good knowledge and it would be great to work around a subject you enjoy, right?

Unfortunately a simple Google search into ‘start a online health business’ will bring up a tidal wave of opportunities that are not right for you.

Oh, they’ll say they’re right for you – but they’re not.

These opportunities will be MLM based – they near enough taken over certain sectors of the health niche.

If you take up one of these ‘business opportunities’ you won’t ever own a business.

Multi Level Marketing Business Plan Template

Most people who fall into this trap have been persuaded by promises of passive income from very little work, speedboats and large mansions…

You get the picture, right?

Many MLM participants regard themselves as running their own business. However, this isn’t really true because to run your business you need some degree of control over the following:

  1. You need to be able to choose what products your business sells
  2. You need the chance to haggle or negotiate prices and shipments with your CHOSEN suppliers
  3. You need to be able to set the price on each of your products
  4. The marketing side of your business needs to be run by YOU and YOU ALONE!

MLM distributors who love to call themselves small business owners are full of the brown stuff – they don’t have any control over the four points I have covered above.


Becoming a Hustler


Starting a Health Business

This is the saddest part of choosing a health and wellness MLM setup – people won’t like you.

I know that sounds a bit strong, but it really is true.

How popular are hustlers? Do like like being badgered into buying something whenever you speak to certain individuals?

No, neither do I.

But that’s what you become when you take on health products from the MLM sector – a hustler.

A desperate individual who NEEDS to flog more products or rope more people in…just to make their initial investment back…or just to get out with their head above water.

Did you know that over 99% of MLM distributors make a loss and less than 1% make the lifestyle changing money they all advertise with?

Now that’s shocking!!!


Starting a Health Business


EVERY multi level marketing (MLM) opportunity will require some sort of payment for you to join – period.

But why are you paying for the opportunity to work…when you can get started for FREE?

Seriously, you can build your very own business in the health and wellness niche, for FREE!

If you are interested in learning how to succeed in this business without having to use your credit card – you may want to check out the education these guys offer here.


If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today, please leave them in the comment section below.

Stay Fit and Live Well – Great Video Channel

Stay Fit and Live Well - Great Video Channel

I thought we’d mix things up a little bit today and take a step away from the more ‘traditional’ posts I put up on here.

I was actually in two minds whether or not to post this article to the Video Section of the site, but I felt the whole channel (we will be covering) needed a mention in a short article…

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Carly Rowena


Carly Rowena is a Personal Trainer and Fitness blogger from the UK (I’m not biased – honest!) and her channel was brought to my attention by a very informative article titled 15 OF THE BEST HEALTH & WELLNESS YOUTUBE CHANNELS.

I should start by saying that ALL of the channels covered in the linked article were quality, but Carly’s stood out the tallest (from my point of view!).

Below is an example of one of the video releases she posts to her channel:

She describes herself as “the girl next door who never wants to have to turn down a meal just to stay in shape, I’m all about independence and finding a healthy and happy way to feel incredible in our own skin”.

I think that this is the most important factor for me – she’s incredibly easy to relate to and her videos don’t really make you feel like a health failure!

On her website she goes on to happily admit that she struggled to find a career that fit around her all through her life, and finally took to YouTube in the hope that it would point her in the direction of her talents.

Well her view count and her subscriber list suggest that she really has finally managed to pinpoint a career she rocks in!

As I said, this post/article is a step away from the norm today, but if you are interested in finding a new YouTube channel that offers simple and effective advice on how to stay fit and live well – this channel is definitely worth checking out.

Here is the link – https://www.youtube.com/user/Carlyrowena

I’ll end by pointing out that these channels need comments/support to grow even bigger – so please don’t leave any comments underneath this article (for once!). If you enjoy Carly Rowena’s videos let her know by voicing your opinions below her uploads or even subscribing.

I hope you enjoy the channel as much as I did!

Stay Healthy! 🙂

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Most Fad Diets Fail Because…

Most Fad Diets Fail Because...

They’ve been around for decades now, well, they’ve probably been around since the human race started munching on the wrong types of food – the (dreaded) fad diet!

I’m not being sexist here, but the female side of the race seem to fall for them more frequently. Get a bikini body within a month, fit into those jeans before that party Friday night, lose that belly flab within 7 days…the list of promises goes on and on…

But why do these sorts of diets seem to fail so miserably, time after time?

They are carefully designed and most of the time they have good science behind them!

Let’s take a closer look at why most fad diets fail…


Most Are Not Sustainable


The promise of a lot of these fad diets seems to drive overweight individuals to do just about anything. Live on cabbage for a fortnight, drink gallons of lemon water (and end up with a terrible stomach for the duration), cut out everything except breathing, consume masses of Red Bull…and in some cases – grab yourself a nice smoking habit!

To be honest, in most cases, these diets do work…but KEEPING the weight off long term is near enough impossible! Cravings will always kick in, and there’s your general overall health levels to consider.

Long story short – in most cases these types of diets are not sustainable.


Most of Them Are Not Exactly ‘Great’ For Your Health


Unfortunately there are no real ‘short cuts’ when it comes to losing weight successfully. At the end of the day – a quick fix is going to be detrimental to your health.

A large majority of the poorer fad diets involve starving yourself of foods you really need. Sure, a lot of them promote sticking to a healthy option, but you are going to need more nourishment than that!

Sitting about eating melon and salads for a month is only going to slow down your metabolism, and make you lose essential body fluids, like water.

This may well make you feel like a million bucks – all of a sudden you look like you’ve lost a stone!!!!

But the majority of this weight is made up of water…and it will return.

losing weight successfully


Bright Shiny Objects


A lot of these modern fad diets are what I call ‘bright shiny objects’ – they are designed to say all the right things and press the right buttons within overweight individuals!

Think about this question for a minute – how long did it take you to put on all this weight you want to lose?

Six months?

A year?

Two Years???

If it took this long to put that sort of weight on – why will it drop off so quickly when you start a diet?

It won’t!

Remember –  if it appears to be too good to be true, it probably is. Putting on weight is a LOT easier than dropping the same amount of weight!


If Your Lifestyle Doesn’t Change – Neither Will Your Weight!


The modern diets that we promote on this site all have one thing in common – they concentrate on changing an individual’s lifestyle to get weight loss results.

Overweight individuals have usually adopted pretty bad eating habits along the line somewhere – these need to change if that person is to lose weight and keep it off!

The negative lifestyle changes most of us pick up are key to the weight we gain, especially when we reach the dreaded 40!

To lose weight successfully you are going to have to change your lifestyle and stick to this change. Any diet that promises weight loss without lifestyle change is essentially robbing you of your money!

change your lifestyle for successful dieting


What About Cardio?


The most worrying aspect about a lot of these fad diets is the fact that they completely ignore any sort of exercise regime. Losing weight and a decent workout go hand in hand – period.

To be honest with you – running seems to be the only weight loss answer that works for me, always has been! It’s cheap, easy enough to get into and the results are tremendous.

Exercise is a great way to strengthen muscles and create a sweat, which in turn, rids our bodies of all those nasty toxins from shitty foods!


The Psychology Links


When you’ve had a bad day at work and the whole world seems against you, depression and stress step in. Now, going home to a boiled chicken salad ain’t gonna do this emotional turmoil any good!

When we are suitably pissed off we crave foods that are maybe a bit fattier – a nice burger and fries or a pizza etc.

Chomping down on rabbit food is only going to make you more depressed, so, fad diets actually make our cravings for junk food a lot stronger than they normally would be!


Most Fad Diets Fail Because…


…Of all the points we’ve covered above…but what are your experiences with these types of diets?

Over to you – if you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here today we would love to hear from you. Please consider leaving them in the comment section below.

What is The Healthiest Alcohol to Drink on a Diet?

What is The Healthiest Alcohol to Drink on a Diet?

I’d say this is the first question on most people’s lips when they eventually decide to take on a diet – what is the healthiest alcohol to drink on a diet?

And rightly so really – a large percentage of the western world rely on a drink or two when the working day ends…it’s tough out there!

But, that lovely warm buzz that alcohol gives you comes with a big downer for those of us trying to lose weight – unfortunately, alcohol leads to calories (and in most cases – lots of them!).

You see, the more you drink, the less weight you are going to drop, as the body burns the alcohol before anything else.

But all is not lost…if like me…you enjoy the sins of alcohol.

There is a very big difference in how diet-dangerous most alcoholic drinks are – this means there are options that could fit in with a diet (but there are also options that are disastrous for a diet).

Let’s take a closer look at your options…

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What About Wine?


My personal favorite…since I’ve turned 40 anyway!

Did you know that even the strictest of low carb diets will stay on track with the odd glass of wine here and there (the mad low carb diets that have a cap of about 20 grams of carbs a day!).

If you take on a more moderate approach to low carb dieting, wine is not going to be a problem at all…as long as you’re not drinking two bottles a night (caught you!) 🙂

But, please keep in mind that this only applies to dry wine options – sweeter wines (and dessert wine in particular) are loaded up sugar and therefore no good for a dieting individual.


Don’t Avoid Eating For The Sake of Drinking


Okay, okay, I’ll admit it – I used to be totally guilty of this, because I was blissfully unaware of how it affected the weight loss process…

So, we fancy a few drinks tonight with the boys…but what about all those extra calories?

Surely this influx of extra calories is going to ruin our diet efforts?

So why don’t we just skip eating tonight and cut our calorie count down this way – now we’ve got room for alcoholic calories right???

Wrong!

Skipping food when you are drinking will more often than not backfire on you completely, leaving your diet in complete tatters.

You see, most alcoholic drinks are high in carbohydrates which cause your blood sugar to rise and spike in style…and then crash right down again. This mad crash leaves us absolutely ravenous.

So, before you go out with the lads (or the gals!), make sure you load up on long-lasting energy foods like protein shakes, Greek yogurt or a selection of berries.


You Have to Limit The Drinks…I’m afraid!


Yeah this is the part of the article you really didn’t want to read, and I feel gutted just having to write it!

Most people are under the impression that if they stay away from alcohol all week long, they can go wild on a Friday or Saturday night and still stay on track with their diet…which is not the case I’m afraid!

Staying off the juice all week then going wild on the weekend is probably the worst thing you can do for your diet.

When you drink a truckload in a single night you are taking in huge amounts of alcohol calories. Your body then needs to break down these calories to process them before it even gets to the food calories OR the stored fat in your system!

On top of this – don’t forget that these calories will smash your blood sugar levels off course, and this will in turn, mess with your ‘sensible’ mindset.

All of a sudden you will be a ‘Hungry Harry’ who is not thinking straight due to the alcohol – time for a twelve inch pizza right?


The Following Day…


Even if you stick to drinking dry wines all night, you can still completely ruin your diet by folding to the cravings that come your way the following day.

When you drink too much you get a hangover…and that hangover leads to cravings for large amounts of cheesy, greasy fast food.

With a hangover, you are dehydrated, and this can make you feel more hungrier than normal.

The day after drinking, your body needs to replenish it’s energy sources to deal with the hangover feelings. In most cases, this means it is looking for the richest source of energy it can find, which is fat.

Research shows that you can get around this heavy hangover feeling by simply including a few large glasses of water in your nightly exploits. Simply drink a glass of water after every glass of wine you drink.

Last thing at night, when the alcohol consumption is over, drink some more water before bed and try to slip in a snack that is high in fiber and protein.

Oh, and don’t forget to have a wee before you hit the hay (wine and water = waking up in the early hours and running to the toilet!).


What is The Healthiest Alcohol to Drink on a Diet?


So there you have it guys – it’s not all good news…but it’s not as bad as you thought…right?

What are your views on drinking and dieting? How do you get around this potential calorie booster? Please leave your opinions in the comment section below.

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Low Carbohydrate Diet Risks

Low Carbohydrate Diet Risks

About Low Carb Diets

The impressive results of minimum effort low-carb dieting have led to its growing popularity over the past 50 years.

But in reality, much of the weight loss is actually due to a drop in water retention, not in fat. And there is the issue of low carb dieting risks that are often overlooked by those who practice the diet and its advocates.

This kind of diet became popular during the Swinging Sixties, but the same philosophy is still being espoused even to this day, despite a number of concerns over potential health risks.

The main approach of low carbing is one where the diet centers around eating low to no carbohydrate and filling up and fighting hunger with lots of protein.

Advocates of this style of diet believe that by cutting out carbs, you can reduce the body’s insulin production, and interrupt the way that the body converts what you eat into fat.

Additionally, supporters of this type of diet say carbohydrates do not leave one feeling sated, and so you eat more calories to make up for the deficiency.

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Low Carb Diet Successes

Recent research has demonstrated that low carbing can help people to lose a maximum of about 10 pounds. However, science has shown that the bigger the dieter, the more weight they are able to lose by following a carb-restricted diet.

In fact, over a period of six months to a year, dieters who followed low-carb diets, lost considerably more than those on other traditional types of diet.

When people followed a low carb lifestyle, they also saw a positive increase in their HDL cholesterol and a reduction in triglycerides – which help the body store fat and are the main cause of heart disease.

Low Carb Diet Successes

Previously, most people believed that a high-fat diet would be very bad for a person’s overall health. However, most of our culture’s obsession with low-fat products was a result of flawed research carried out in villages in a China a long time ago.

Of course, like all diets, unless the dieter maintains a commitment to living healthily, eventually, they will regain their lost weight.


Low Carb Diet Problems

Despite the high levels of success for many people following low-carb diets such as the Atkins and South Beach diet, there are low carb dieting risks. And many weight loss professionals and doctors are concerned about the unknown health problems that might be caused by low carb diets.

For instance, there’s no reliable scientific research to determine if those following this type of diet can continue to lose weight or keep weight off after the first year.

Would dieters who had initially restricted carbs simply pile it all back on again if they reduce their restrictions?

Additionally, there has not been sufficient research to determine the long-term impact of diets that emphasizes eating protein and a lot of fat.

And although a correlation between low carb diets and heart disease has not yet been established, it’s not too early to rule it out.

Low Carb Diet Problems

Furthermore, medical practitioners and dieticians have not yet ruled out the deleterious effects of a high protein diet upon our health.

Whenever we consume a lot of protein, it tends to force our organs (our kidneys and liver) into overworking, because they have to filter a higher amount of waste from the protein.

Health problems such as kidney stones are common when someone has a richly protein filled diet.

It can also introduce problems like gouty arthritis due to the unusual levels of uric acid that high amounts of protein introduced into the body.

For those with existing kidney problems, these low carb/high protein diets can exacerbate their medical condition – even when the diet isn’t sustained for a long period.

Some people even believe that high levels of protein consumption are responsible for deteriorating calcium and an increased risk of osteoporosis.

Restricting carbs might also be a poor health choice. The sudden reduction in carbohydrate could trigger ketosis.

Ketosis is a condition that is dangerous to people with certain health conditions such as heart problems, diabetics and those with poor kidney functions.

Furthermore, when you choose to reduce your carb intake, it’s possible to miss out on some important nutrients. People on low carb diets tend to avoid grains, fruit, and veggies.

This can lead to a considerable deficit in certain fibers, vitamins and minerals.

This is the problem with most low-carb diets, they do not ‘normalize’ health eating or habituate a balanced diet. They are a form of extreme eating.


What We’d Advise

You should always consult a health professional before starting any form of new diet.

While, we know that low carb diets can cause rapid and exciting weight loss, at present, there’s not enough research done into low carb diet risks.

In order to prevent this type of diet from causing you health problems, you should consider balancing your meals in line with traditional eating guidelines.

But if you want to remain at the low carb end of the spectrum, you could stick with about 1/3 carbs, 1/3 protein, and 1/3 fat.

Of course, the simplest advice of all is to eat less and move more.

Eating less unhealthy food and building additional calorie burning activities into your day, is an effective long-term strategy that comes without any health risks.

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List of Low Carb Foods For Weight Loss

List of Low Carb Foods For Weight Loss

Over the past several weeks I have been helping out an old friend with his attempts at a low carbohydrate diet. We have covered them on this site before but recent events have reignited my interest…

To cut a long story short – he was after a list of low carb foods for weight loss reasons but he was a little confused about the misinformation that his Google searches brought up.

I couldn’t really understand this at first so I ‘Googled’ the query myself…and I soon realized where the confusion was coming from…

One article will tell you this…then the next article will work the opposite way…then the NEXT article would say that the first two options were wrong…no wonder people get this (relatively simple) diet wrong so frequently.

To be honest with you, all the research actually got me interested in the health results…so I agreed to join my mate in his low carb journey to see where it ended up.

I also thought it would be a great way to make sure this article ROCKED! 🙂

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Why is Bread Bad For You?

Before we jump into the low carb foods section of this article I thought it was important that we looked into the reason behind so many turning towards this type of diet.

The truth of the matter is that white bread and refined grains DO NOT contain nutritious elements and many dietitians lean towards whole grains instead.

Why is Bread Bad For You?

But are the whole grain bread options really that much better for you????

Well apparently not!

Over the last few years grains, especially gluten grains like wheat, have been under intense scrutiny.

Many respected members of the health community now claim that bread and other sources of gluten grains are unnecessary at best and potentially harmful…

#1 High in Carbohydrates & Can Spike Blood Sugar Levels

So most of us on a diet reach for the whole grain bread options on supermarket shelves…but did you know that it isn’t made with actual ‘whole’ grains?

They are simply grains that have been super-smashed down into fine grain flour, making it a substance which is digested rapidly.

On top of this, the starches contained within these fine flour products are broken down quickly in the digestive tract.

This means that they finally enter our blood as glucose…which in turn causes a rapid spike in blood sugar and insulin levels.

When our blood sugar levels shoot up this fast they tend to return just as fast!

And what does this mean?

Well, it means we are going to get hungry again shortly after eating.

#2 The Gluten Levels in Bread

A large majority of the breads available to us at supermarkets are made up of gluten grains. Gluten causes an immune response in the digestive tract of susceptible individuals.

Now this will effect different people in different ways but this gluten is known to cause digestive issues, pain, bloating, tiredness and other symptoms.

#3 Sugar & Other Nasties!

Most breads contain a high level of sugar and anti nutrients. These anti nutrients are nasty little blighters that manage to block the absorption of minerals like calcium, iron and zinc.

Sugar needs no introduction really – we all KNOW that it is not at all good for you!

#4 Looking For Essential Nutrients?

The nutrition content of most breads is extremely low – to be honest, most other food choices will contain a higher level of useful nutrients!

Not only is it low in nutrients compared to other ‘proper’ food options, it literally reduces the absorption of nutrients from other foods.

On top of this, the proteins that bread contain are pretty much useless to our body’s setup.

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Low Carb Food to Eat

I decided to include that section on ‘the bad side of bread’ above because this is the information that my friend stumbled upon…and decided to make a change!

To put it simply – he is on a ‘no bread and no potato’ diet (this diet also includes avoiding rice!).

But low carb diets are not as simple as this. It’s time to take a look at the foods you should be targeting and the foods you should be avoiding…

What You SHOULD be Eating…

  • Plenty of meat – it’s always best to go for grass-fed meats if at all possible. Lamb, beef, pork and chicken (chicken is always my favorite!).
  • Plenty of fish – it’s always best to go for wild-caught fish if at all possible. For example – salmon, trout or haddock.
  • Eggs – my favorite choice for a healthy breakfast! Omega-3 enriched or pastured eggs are the best.
  • A good selection of veggies – broccoli and cauliflower florets, carrot sticks make a great healthy snack and spinach is an awesome choice of side for your dinner!
  • Plenty of fruit – this goes without saying really but fruit should be a part of EVERY health-conscious diet! Go for apples, oranges, pears, blueberries and strawberries.
  • A selection of nuts and seeds – since starting on this low carb journey I’ve got well into the taste of sunflower seeds! You can also go for almonds, walnuts or peanuts (keep control of the peanuts though – they can be a bit naughty for a diet!).
  • High-Fat Dairy – cheese, (proper) butter, heavy cream or yogurt (NOT the low fat versions of yogurt).
  • Fats and Oils – coconut oil, REAL butter, lard, olive oil and cod fish liver oil.

The Foods You SHOULD be Avoiding…

  • Sugar – this list is actually way too long to fit on here, but most of us know what foods are considered high-sugar anyway…right? Stay away from soda drinks, smoothies and fruit juices, any sort of candy or ice cream!
  • Gluten Grains – wheat, spelt, barley and rye. Remember the Why is Bread Bad For You section above? Stay away from bread and pasta.
  • Trans Fats – stay away from hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.
  • These specific oils – cottonseed, soybean, sunflower, grape seed, corn, safflower and canola oils.
  • Artificial Sweeteners – Try to avoid anything that contains Aspartame, Saccharin, Sucralose, Cyclamates and Acesulfame Potassium. As an alternative try using Stevia.
  • Low Fat and Diet-labeled products – some of these diet-based brands are not what they are cracked up to be! Try to avoid low fat dairy products along with diet cereals or crackers (etc.).
  • Supermarket processed foods – there’s a simple rule of thumb that goes along with this: if it was made in a factory then STAY AWAY FROM IT!

Low Carb Diet Tips

To most people it sounds like one MASSIVE diet and lifestyle change…but a low carb diet is really not that difficult to get into!

Sure, the first 24 hours were a bit of a bummer for me and I even felt a little faint…that’s where the seeds and nuts came into play!

What you drink also plays a BIG part in a successful low carb campaign! Stick to tea, coffee or water (I like that sparkling water you can get – cheap and cheerful!).

You are also going to feel like a snack every now and again…and traditional snacks are rammed full of carbohydrates!

So if you feel the need to snack between meals, try some fruit, a bit of (full fat NOT low fat) yogurt, carrots, nuts, seeds or my favorite…cheese and olives!

Just remember that overdoing it on the cheese or nuts may well hamper your weight loss efforts! 🙂

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Lose Weight by Eating More Vegetables

Lose Weight by Eating More Vegetables

A simple Google search these days for ‘weight loss’ will bring up an absolute tidal wave of products and services designed to help you slim down.

As you probably already know – not all of these products are what they are cracked up to be!

The truth of the matter is that many of these programs aren’t sustainable.

What do I mean by this?

Well, many of these so called miracle weight loss guides are designed to help you rapidly lose weight…but that weight will soon return after the process is finished.

We actually promote a handful of excellent health and weight loss products in our Product Review section of the site….but you will notice that there are not many choices there.

This is down to trust – unfortunately we only trust what you see here on this site…which is a tiny percentage of the options available!

At the end of the day more traditional efforts like adding fruits and veggies to your diet can bring about much better results than overnight fads…these results will also last longer as well.

So lets take a look at the most effective ways you can lose weight by eating more vegetables…

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What Type of Diet?

There are a lot of fruit and vegetable diets floating around out there but I really hate to call these sorts of things ‘diets’ – personally I see them more of a lifestyle change!

Anyway, some people opt to take a majority of their diet fruits and veggies with just small amounts of chicken and fish.

veggie diet

Others decide upon leaving out the meat altogether by mixing their fruit and veg with eggs, yogurt, milk and cheese.

Then we have individuals who opt for the strictest route of all – the vegan diet.

All of these types of diets can help you lose weight, but the vegan diet would probably bring on the quickest results.


The Nutritional Side of Things…

A fruit and/or a vegetable diet will always offer a pretty awesome supply of nutrition, besides assisting in your weight loss efforts:

You will find very high levels of Vitamin E in:

  • Apples
  • Bananas
  • Blackberries

You will also find impressive levels of the common cold-fighting vitamin C in:

  • Orange
  • Kale
  • Lemon
  • Potato

High levels of iron in:

  • Grape
  • Avocado
  • Peas
  • Carrots

A good supply of folic acid in:

  • Strawberries
  • Cantaloupe
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus

And plenty of Zinc in:

  • Corn
  • Lima beans
  • Squash

That’s quite a collection, isn’t it?

On top of that these types of foods are instrumental in promoting a healthy digestive system – this means that the build up of toxins and waste inside us can be controlled properly.

A high percentage of these ‘crash course’ diets allow you to put various options into your body that are not altogether beneficial to your overall health.

At least with veggies you know you are losing weight by consuming the types of food your body will eventually thank you for!

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Have I Mentioned Fiber Yet?

As I touched on above – fruits and vegetables are great for your digestive system…and this is mainly down to fiber (green leafy vegetables are the best source of this!).

Fiber

The cool thing about fiber is that it gives you that full feeling, which means you do not have to consume as much food to feel satisfied in the hunger department.

This obviously impacts your caloric intake and lays the foundations for a more successful diet.


Water Content

Both fruits and vegetables contain high levels of water which again is very good for your digestive system (and body as a whole!).

Much like fiber, water is very good at providing that full feeling. This in turn means you will take in a lower amount of calories.

If you manage to keep your calorie count down more of your exercises go towards burning off stored fat, rather than the calories from what you’ve just consumed.


The Perfect Snack

Traditional snacks are the downfall of 99% of diets and health plans out there – I guess they always will be!

I’ve noticed that even the majority of health snack options available are still full of cholesterol, fat, salt or sugar…they just hide it well on the packaging!

Fruit or vegetables make a handy and healthy snack option that is also friendly to your wallet!

I also find that these over-produced snack options are pretty shitty at keeping your hunger satisfied.

On the flip side of the coin – more natural produce, like fruit and veggies, do give you that satisfying feeling whilst reducing your overall caloric intake.

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Reprogram Your Mind to Lose Weight

Reprogram Your Mind to Lose Weight

I’m in no doubt that most of you reading this have a fair idea of how to lose weight – eat less and move more (as Billy Connolly once said!).

But certain things in life are easier said than done – successful weight loss is one of them.

You may have a list of things to change, such as consuming more fruit and vegetables, taking on exercise or buying low fat options.

If, like the majority of people, you have a tough time losing weight and keeping it off – despite your best intentions, what do you think could be getting in the way?

In this article we will be taking a look at how you can reprogram your mind to lose weight successfully – to change your weight, first change your mind…

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Patience

“All we need is just a little patience…” Guns n’ Roses

Sorry, love that song, so I just had to throw it in there somewhere! 🙂

Wanting too much, too fast, is the quickest route I know of to weight loss failure! It’s a sad state of affairs but…weight loss is too slow to satisfy most modern dieters.

Patience

Remember that you’ll always get the best results when you lose weight slowly. When you target fast weight loss you are only really losing water or lean tissue, not fat.

Relying on The Genie in The Lamp

Let me ask you a simple enough question – are you the type of individual that is always wishing they were slimmer or fitter?

Well, unfortunately these are the types of people that never really see any sort of positive progress with weight loss.

Wishing you were in a better place is never going to help – you have to stop wishing and do something about your situation.

Wishes will never really come true by themselves – it is up to you to fulfill them!

Half Truths Hurt!

We promote a handful of health and weight loss products on this website but we are EXTREMELY careful with what we stand behind – not all of these glittering prizes are made of gold.

Unfortunately, even weight loss programs with proven and legitimate science behind them seem unwilling to stick to the whole truth.

This can lead to you playing a VERY dangerous game.

You need to be vigilant – very vigilant.

Be aware of programs that take a little bit of truth only to try and turn it into something groundbreaking – this seems to be happening more and more frequently these days.

Being Realistic

Keeping a record of weight loss goals is an excellent way to create the correct mindset as long as these goals are realistic.

Being Realistic

Write down the overall weight you want to lose, or what size dress/clothing/etc you would like to wear.

From here it is pretty easy to set tiny weekly targets that add up to initial (realistic) weight loss goals.

Be Kind to Yourself

This is probably the most important part of this article so please, please, please pay attention.

None of us are perfect (not even me!) 🙂

You’re going to backtrack sometimes. Everyone does.

It doesn’t matter what it is – a wedding, a stag do, a last minute holiday or cruise, something is going to pop up and throw you off track.

At this point one of two things are going to happen to you…

  1. You are going to throw your hands up in the air and tell the world how worthless you are…
  2.  You are going to shrug it off and get straight back on track!

So forgive yourself for slip-ups, and then resume your good-living habits. Staying on track is NEVER easy no matter how easy your friend claims it is for him/her (yes we all have that pain in the ass friend!).

Mindset & Motivation Boosters

Always try to think about how far you have come, acknowledge that you’ve hit many little achievements up to this point and reflect on them regularly (you’re doing well – honest you are!).

Keep a journal or find some way of keeping a record – this is an awesome way to stay motivated.

There’s no escaping the written word – when you have a bad day, you can go back and look at a positive day and see what you did well – no thinking involved!

Negative thoughts are natural – everyone gets them…but it’s what we actually DO with them that counts!

STOP any negative thoughts straight away, then try making them positive – or even neutral. 🙂

If you have any tips on how to reprogram your mind to lose weight please take the time to share them with us. Feel free to use the comment section below.

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When is The Best Time to Diet?

When is The Best Time to Diet?

Ignoring the tell-tale signs that give you a gentle nudge in the back when it’s time to lose weight?

So when is the best time to diet?

Have you been overlooking the obvious for some time now?

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When It’s Time to Lose Weight

How often are you entertaining a young child? It’s amazing how much energy they have really isn’t it?

But are they really that athletic – or is there an underlying reason behind your lack of breath and winded feeling?

Have you ever woken up suddenly in the dead of the night choking due to sleep apnea?

When It’s Time to Lose Weight

Maybe your favorite mainstream stores have suddenly stopped stocking your comfortable size…have they changed their stitching line? Why are you suddenly between sizes?

Let’s not beat around the bush here – there are thousands of reasons (and little pointers) to lose weight.

Keeping that in mind – why do so many people opt to ignore the signs?

Be it common fear of failure or simple comfort – signs are signs at the end of the day!

Medical Reasons to Start Shedding Those Pounds

The persuasive argument for fixing that flab is the imminent threat of related medical conditions.

How does heart disease, type 2 diabetes, or high cholesterol sound to you?

Not that pleasant right?

As a rule of thumb – the more weight you total (or the heavier you are) the more likely you are to encounter some health problems along the way.

When you combine this with family health history it can paint quite a dark picture.

type 2 diabetes

You also may not be aware how important ‘shape’ is to your health direction.

The fatter, apple-shaped body is much more likely to see heart disease, cancer, and diabetes when compared with the more natural pear-shaped body (it’s all in the hips!!!).

I always find that the most effective form of initial motivation comes from a local GP or doctor.

A few frightening sentences from a man/woman in white and a strong a commitment to lose weight could be set in stone!

Did you know that every kilogram of weight lost annually over a period of a decade has been linked with a 33 percent lower risk of diabetes?

Let’s Get Personal

So the threat of a dodgy health life isn’t really enough to put you into the ‘diet zone’ – what about a few personal reasons?

These are a pretty awesome stepping stone to a slimmer lifestyle as long as you are not just concentrating on the short-term.

For example, if you work your butt off to fit into a dress for a wedding in two months time MAKE SURE you have long-term goals in place that can carry you on AFTER this event.

You need to ensure you keep the weight off and maintain the benefits of a healthier weight – long-term!

Let's Get Personal With Dieting

So what are the most common personal motivations for starting up a weight loss program…

  • Self esteem being affected by your size
  • Complete lack of energy on a daily basis
  • Body image – is the mirror your enemy?
  • Upcoming events
  • Favorite clothes and styles getting tighter and tighter
  • Depression
  • The need to look and feel more attractive to the opposite sex

When is The Best Time to Diet?

Losing weight requires commitment and dedication – it’s not all about the diet and food charts…it’s about complete changes to your lifestyle.

Your motivations need to be placed on solid ground – short-term goals will not bring the desired effect most of us are looking for.

Good luck and stay healthy!

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Vegan Diet Plan For Weight Loss Beginners

Vegan Diet Plan For Weight Loss Beginners

Are you vegan (or newly turned vegan…) and proud?

So how do you ensure that you still get the required minerals, vitamins or the recommended portions?

There are millions of true vegans all over the world right now (some looking to shed some extra fat…) and our professional nutritionist has decided to share some fun nutrition facts and a vegan diet plan for weight loss beginners.

Let’s feed you some yummy food as we keep you both lean and healthy…shall we?

Going fully vegan is considered the healthiest option for obvious reasons. A strict full-time vegan diet will ensure that you never have problems with high cholesterol or blood pressure, no risk of type 2 diabetes, or some types of cancers, or even heart problems caused by clogged arteries.

Planning your snacks or meals is important though; you need to ensure that your diet gives you the right nutrients and that you eat proper portions.

You will also be surprised to find out why some foods labeled as vegan…are not really vegan!

So what should you be eating?

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A True Vegan Basic Diet

I bet you didn’t know honey is off the table for a true vegan right?

Yes, everything remotely related to an animal; eggs, all kinds of meats, dairy products, the rennet they use on cheese, some food colors like the E120 (red food color), and oh yes, Quorn.

The ingredients used to make Quorn have some traces of dairy and they also include eggs. Some desserts also contain gelatin which is a big no-no for true vegans.

What Should Be On Your Shopping List?

If you’re a young vegan, then maybe it’s time you learned how to prepare home-made delicacies using ingredients that are “safely” vegan.

So what are we talking about???

a) Check your pastries or the breads you reach for…some may have a bit of milk or butter.

b) All packaged products are required by law to have a complete list of ingredients and preservatives used. Avoid products that have lactose and casein which are common ingredients in most of our cooking additives like stock cubes or bouillon powder and even some sauces.

c) Stay away from non-vegan beer and wine because sometimes they use animal products to process them.

d) Ever heard of vege-gel? Replace that gelatine from your puddings and desserts with this…or you can use another seaweed product called agar agar.

e) You are also replacing all dairy products or by-products in your desserts with fortified alternatives. Soft tofu is good.

Want a more detailed guide? Well, let’s get right into it then…

For Your Breakfast

A good kick-start to your day determines a lot; what you will eat or crave for later, how your metabolism runs, or your blood sugar among other things like your mood.

Skipping or eating the wrong breakfast can very well lead you to choosing the wrong things to end up on your plate during the day.

This can never be a good thing for people on weight loss programs right?

So how do you ensure that you have a perfect start to your day(s)?

Try some refreshing smoothies like a coconut and creamy mango smoothie, or have mushroom and tomato pancakes.

A blueberry-apple bircher can also work wonders in the morning and still get you going strong before you need to snack or eat.

I am Vegan

The main thing to note here is that you need to be careful to take in enough important minerals and vitamins; some of which may not be available in the veggies and fruits you eat.

A vitamin like B12 is mainly found in animal products such as cheese and eggs but you can also get that from soya products, B12 supplements and eating fortified cereals for breakfast.

You need this for normal functioning of nerves or sustaining healthy RBC’s (Red Blood Cells).

We get much of our vitamin D from the sun through the skin…but what happens during winter?

We still need about 10 micrograms of both vitamin B12 and vitamin D in our daily intake; so how do you take care of your vitamin D requirements?

Supplements, soya milk, or some fortified spreads. Please note that the vitamin D supplements should be D2 as D3 has been proven unfit for true vegans.

Dealing With Mid-Morning Snacking

A good breakfast will definitely keep your energy levels well balanced throughout the day and your cravings at bay.

However, if you ever feel the need to replenish your energy or adding on to your day’s nutrition intake, then energy bites made from flaxseeds, raisins, peanut butter, coconut and pecans are a good option.

Yogurt is also another good way to go especially if you can get your hands on cherry soya flavored yogurt.

Just make sure you leave enough space for your lunch…Weight loss is not about skipping meals…it’s simply about eating right and staying active.

What About Your Lunch?

Of course saturated fats are always discouraged on the vegan diet but this also means a short supply of DHA and EPA which are important omega-3 fats found in fish and seafood.

How do you stay on top of this problem?

Easy…oils from rapeseed, walnut, and hemp, eating nuts or better still, supplements made from micro-algae and maybe including sea veggies like kelp in your meals.

The trick to dealing with those nasty munchies during the afternoon is to eat high protein & carb meals for lunch.

Be careful because not all carbs are good for your blood sugar. Therefore, you’re much safer eating pulses, nuts, beans or seeds and avoid white sugary foods at all costs.

Whole-grain and high fiber content should be your primary target. This means you can have herby apricot quinoa, some tortilla croutons and a Mexican salad, sesame dressing on Japanese noodles, or a salad with red onion, cherry tomatoes and cannellini beans.

Snacking in The Mid-Afternoon

Having about a handful of seed and spicy nuts mixture in a vegetable dip should have you well taken care of…You can also include dried fruit if you like sweet things.

Try a healthy seed-apricot protein bar or spike your houmous with harissa.

What’s For Dinner?

How does ratatouille sound? Some leafy greens for iodine; chickpeas, lentils or tofu for proteins, and some yeast extract for vitamin B12 and flavor.

Dress your salads with the safe oils highlighted above (hemp, walnut, flaxseed or rapeseed oil…).

Healthy fats help your body do some very important repair and regeneration work as you sleep and this is good news for your hair and skin.

So you can have a serving of veggie biriyani & carrot salad for your dinner; chickpea curry with spinach and tomato or lasagna made with lentils.

All in all, you need to keep your iron, zinc and vitamin intake as sufficient as possible.

What About the Portions or RI (Reference Intake)…?

Since we all have different body needs and body sizes, it’s very difficult to come up with a specific universal amount of serving for every individual per meal/snack.

However, there are certain standard measurements you can use to help you stay within the recommended daily portions or calorie intake.

1. Two cupped hands of snacks like crisps and popcorn

2. You should have carbs like pasta and rice or cereals the size of your own clenched fist

3. The palm of your hand should be enough animal protein (fish, poultry, or meat,) when necessary.

4. Minimize the amount baked foods like flapjacks or brownies to only two of your fingers.

5. The tip of your finger (thumb) should just be enough spread or butter to supply you with all the nutrition your body requires in a day.

Please also note that you are recommended to have a maximum intake of 2 tablespoons of oil per day when following this vegan diet plan for weight loss beginners.

The following is a breakdown of your recommended calorie and nutritional intake for each single day:

Salt (6 g), protein (50 g), fat (70 g), carbohydrates (260 g), saturates (20 g), fiber (20 g), sugar (90 g) and about 2000 kcal (kilocalories).

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