Switch your focus to a low-glycemic diet through the end of the year and your New Year’s Resolutions might not seem so daunting come January.
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It would be great if you can submit a review by December 3, in time for the actual release!
Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! May your day be filled with love, family and wonderful food.
Beware of Crazy Weight Loss Supplements – There May be Danger in those “Quick-Fixes”
It is coming up on the New Year – when lots of people decide it is time to lose weight. There are so many products out there that claim they will help you lose weight and burn or block fat. Some of them work for the short-term, but what do they do to your body and how long can you use them? And why would you take a risk of some health issue due to their use?
In pursuit of a quick-fix, you can mess your body up pretty badly. Buying products off of commercials and infomercials can be a huge health hazard. One of my clients is a woman who purchased some weight-loss vitamins off a television commercial. They caused kidney failure. She now has one of her sister’s kidneys and is on a very restricted diet. And the meds she needs to use have caused her to put on over eighty pounds in two years. All because she wanted a quick-fix!
In a report from Consumer Labs, June 7, 2014, reviewing weight loss supplements, they list the various ingredients being used by quick weight-loss product companies. These are:
Bitter orange, calcium, chitosan, ephedra, green tea, 7-keto DHEA, hydroxycitric acid (HCA), green coffee bean extracts, hoodia, pyruvate and L-carnitine, chromium, raspberry ketones, herbal stimulant blends, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) supplements. What concerns me is not only the unregulated manufacture but the potential side-effects:
Specifically — Increase in blood pressure – in some products up to 11.8! Here are some of the readings:
(Zantrex – 11.8; Xenadrine EFX – 11.4; Solaray – 10.5; Metabolift – 8.4) — https://www.consumerlab.com/reviews/weight_loss_supplements_7-keto-dhea/WeightLoss/
Other products will increase heart rate or produce abnormal heart rhythms
Side effects shared by the above four products include: Nausea, insomnia , skin flushing, headache, frequent urination, loss of appetite, indigestion, tremors, anxiety.
So you risk a lot and they don’t even work that well!
You can use something that will jump-start your weight-loss – Cleanses, Fasts, Juicing, Dieting — when you know it is safe and properly-manufactured. Some of these you only want to do for a few days to a few weeks. What you do not want to do is put potentially harmful products in your body just because you don’t want to make the changes necessary to release weight safely and naturally.
My Recommendations for Quick and Steady Weight-Loss
Remember, the rule-of-thumb is 1.5 to 2 lbs. of weight-loss per week. This allows your skin to draw back in and not sag, and makes sure you have enough energy. You can do a jump-start Cleanse* or Fast or Juicing and take off 5 lbs in 5 days, even up to 8, without damaging your body. You just have to be able to incorporate healthy eating and exercise and enough water. I also have folks use a multi-vitamin/chelated mineral system that is safe and approved by ConsumerLabs to make sure they get all necessary nutrients. I market one that I trust and you can get it at: www.energyunlimited.usana.com. It is called the Essentials and they will help curb cravings as you are getting the right nutrition while you are changing your eating habits. When you have all the right vitamins and minerals, the body relaxes, releases inflammation, fat and toxins. Staying properly-nutriented is the best way to stay Lean and Strong!
You really do not want to risk your health to any of these unapproved products. Honor the natural systems of your body and give it what it needs, every day. Your heart, mind, muscles and skin will be so happy if you do! And the fat will come off!
If you want to put together a safe, effective program that your body will respond to, drop me a line at: email@example.com and we can get you going. Or, go to: www.sexyleanandstrong.com to sign up for a Complimentary Breakthrough Health Assessment and your personalized program for losing weight.
*My favorite and effective 5-Day Cleanse is USANA’s RESET. It is safe, mild and most of my clients lose 5 lbs in 5 days and get rid of carb and sugar cravings. www.energyunlimited.usana.com to order. Have it in time for your New Year weight-loss jump-start.
Take care and Happy Holidays!
Be Sexy, Lean and Strong at Any Age!
With all the parties and munching, people put on weight during the holidays. I have a few tricks to keep my noshing down but still get to have tastes of my favorite foods. I grew up on ham, sparking apple cider, chex-mix, macaroni and cheese and all the home-y stuff my mom would make and serve at the holidays. Not to mention all the pies, cakes, candy and cookies!
Some of my tricks: Eat before an event – something small and healthy (protein shake, nutrition bar, handful of nuts, slice of chicken), and drink a glass of water. Then, I am not starving when I hit the door of the party.
Here is a new trick I just got from a great article in the December 2013 AARP Bulletin. Plan around 50 calorie bites! Of course, this means I can no longer compete with my family to drink the most Sparkling Cider at one sitting – my record: a 25.4 oz bottle in 10 minutes — or put down several ham slices with cheese, but at least I don’t have to lose all my favorite foods entirely. Here is the list and, if you keep it in mind, it may help you to Stay Lean through the Holidays.
The guideline is women can choose 18 of these servings for 900 calories, which would be about half their daily recommended caloric intake, and men can choose 22 for 1,100 calories. That way if you want three pieces of pumpkin pie, you can have it, but that means cutting-back somewhere else…..Or, you can just eat all you want for a few days and then do a Fast or Cleanse for a few after, beginning in the New Year. I will post about different types of safe fasts and cleanses in my next blog, sometime after the New Year, probably!
50-Calorie Holiday Bites – credit: AARP Bulletin, December, 2013
• Spinach dp: 1-1/2 tablespoons
• Mashed potatoes: ¼ cup
• Turkey with skin: 1 medium slice
• Prime rib: 1 thin slice
• Stuffing: 1/8 cup
• Green bean casserole: ¼ cup
• Candied sweet potatoes: 1/6 cup
• Macaroni and cheese: 1/10 cup
• Gravy: 3 tablespoons
• Cranberry sauce: 1/8 cup
• Eggnog, non-alcoolic: ¼ cup
• Eggnog, alcoholic: 1/8 cup
• Wine: 2 fluid oz.
• Apple pie: 1/8 of a slice
• Pecan pie: 1/10 of a slice
• Sweet potato pie: 1/6 of a slice
• Fruitcake: 1/6 of a slice
• Jello: 1/3 cup
So, now that you know these measurements, you can estimate the calories for each of your choices. Don’t feel too bad if the 50-calorie portions just don’t cut it. I have to agree! My choice, choose my three top favorites, eat as much of these foods/drinks as I want and cut-back elsewhere. And if I just can’t resist, there is always the Cleanse solution! Or, a bike-ride, run or a sauna…….
HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE!