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Weight Loss Benefits of Taking Apple Cider Vinegar

Numerous peer-reviewed studies have looked at the blood sugar, carbohydrate, and insulin management effects of consuming apple cider vinegar before and/or after a meal.

Here are just a few in a long list of benefits of adding just one tablespoon a day of apple cider vinegar to your diet:
  • Helps Heartburn and Acid Reflux. …
  • Promotes Healthy Cholesterol. …
  • Can Aid in Healthy Weight Loss. …
  • Promotes Healthy Blood Sugar. …
  • Has Antioxidant Properties. …
  • Improves Nutrient Absorption.

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One study showed a 19% decrease in blood sugar levels when consuming 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar after a high carbohydrate meal.

Another study in which participants consumed 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar before bed resulted in their morning fasting blood sugar levels decreasing by 4%.

But what are the actual results of apple cider (ACV) vinegar on fatloss?  Well, there has only been one study conducted looking at ACV and weightloss directly, that being a 175-participant study conducted in Japan.  In the study, 175 obese but otherwise healthy individuals consumed either ACV or water daily for 12 weeks.  At the end of the study period, the ACV group lost 1 – 2 pounds each while the water group lost no weight.  Unfortunately, the AVC group gained the small loss back shortly after the study period.

I don’t know about you, but downing vinegar daily to experience a 1 – 2 pound loss over a 3 month period, only to gain it right back, doesn’t sound like an effective weight management strategy to me!  But, here’s a helpful strategy that actually works…

Re: What bananas do to your body

Did you know that certain “healthy” foods can actually DAMAGE levels of very important fat-burning hormones in your body?  Even more, these same foods also skyrocket levels of your fat-storing hormones, making it nearly impossible for you to lose fat…

Don’t fall victim to these nightmare belly-expanding foods any longer!

4 Hormone-Killing Foods to NEVER Eat

 

 

Can You Loose 23 Pounds in 21 Days

These Foods Are Stopping You!

There are many diet programs out there that promise quick and easy fat loss, but have any been proven to work with the fat staying off. Most diets take a few months to show real signs of success. The approach to any diet is the secret to success but everyone’s circumstances are different so where do you start.

Feel like you’re doing everything right on your diet plan but still not seeing the results you desire?

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Many people find themselves in this position. They are working hard on their approach and taking care to follow their diet to the letter. But yet, something is amiss. The scale just isn’t going downward and they aren’t getting the results they were hoping for.

What gives?

Often, the big problem is not their effort or motivation. The problem is that they are letting certain foods into their diet plan that are sabotaging their results. Often these foods are designed to be fat loss foods but they really aren’t. Instead, they’re holding you back from success.

What are these foods? Let’s go over three foods that you need to cut out of your diet immediately.

Fruit Flavored Yogurts

Fruit flavored yogurts are a favorite among many dieters but little do they know they’re digging into pint-sized sugar bombs each time they eat a small container.

Next time you’re picking out your favorite yogurt, double check the sugar content. You might just find yourself surprised to know there are 15 or more grams of sugar per serving.

Of course you can purchase the sugar-free varieties, but then you’ll be taking in a number of unwanted artificial sweeteners, which can be just as bad for you.

Instead, opt for plain Greek yogurt. Flavor it yourself by adding a handful of fresh berries.

Fat-Free Products

Next up on the list of foods that you want to get out of your diet plan are any products that are built to be ‘fat free’. These often state that they are fat free on the label and proud of it.

But ask yourself, if the fat is removed, what is added? Something had to be added otherwise these just wouldn’t taste good.

The answer to that is sugar. Sugar has often been added to these foods and is what is causing them to still taste appealing.

And, if you are trying to lose body fat, sugar is just as bad — if not worse — than fat is.

>>TRY THE 3 WEEK DIET – LOSE 23 POUNDS IN 21 DAYS<<

Protein Bars

Finally, the last of the foods that you need to be careful about including in your diet plan are protein bars. These may seem like a great option since they do contain protein and you’re probably trying to get more protein into your day.

But once again, you need to check that sugar content. Most protein bars are upwards of 15 grams of sugar or more per bar. Some measure in as high as 30 or even 40 grams of sugar depending on the calorie content.

In actuality, these aren’t much more than a glorified chocolate bar. While you can buy a few bars that do keep the sugar content very low (five grams or less per bar), you do need to search for those. Be careful about buying these bars.

So there are three foods that you may be currently eating that could be causing you some issues. Are any of these in your diet?

If you want to learn the two must-eat foods that will help catapult fat loss into high gear, make sure that you check out The 3 Week Diet which goes over the harmful and helpful foods for weight loss.

First Step to Success – STICK TO A DIET

Struggling to stick with your diet program? You aren’t alone. Millions of people worldwide start up and fall off diet programs every day. Why is it so hard to stick with something? Why they can’t carry out a plan once and for all?

Often, it’s due to a few key mistakes they’re making along the way. Let’s take a closer look at three secrets that you need to know about sticking with a diet program. When you put these secrets into action, you’ll find it’s easier than ever to get the results that you are looking for.

Get A Diet Buddy

One word of advice: don’t go at it alone. Those who get a diet buddy to do a diet and experience the high’s and low’s with them tend to stand a much better chance of seeing success in the long run.

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If you can’t convince someone to do the diet with you, at the very least, find someone who will stand by your side and be there for support when you need it.

You will hit a hard time, and during that hard time, it can really help if you have someone there to encourage you through it.

Use Hunger-Busting Strategies

Hunger is another reason why many people can’t stick with a fat loss diet plan. Either they are cutting their calories back too far, thereby causing the hunger, or they are not eating foods that encourage satiety.

You want to focus your diet around foods that break down and digest slowly. Lean proteins coupled with fibrous carbohydrates are the best choices, followed closely by small doses of dietary fat.

While the calories in fat do add up quickly, a small amount added to your diet can work wonders to help you better control hunger.

Set Short Term Goals

Finally, consider setting some short term goals. Think about what it is that you want to accomplish within the next two or three weeks. Far too many people have a long term view of what they hope to achieve in a year’s time, but it’s too easy to lose sight of that light at the end of the tunnel.

Instead, focus on the here and now. Find a program such as The 3 Week Diet that has you focusing on the coming weeks ahead. Build good habits in those three weeks and you will be well set up for the future months.

Remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day, and you won’t lose all the weight you have to lose in just a week. Be patient, but at the same time, don’t fixate too far in the future. Otherwise, you’ll just lose motivation and give up.

Want to learn more about how to make the 3 week concept work for you? Check out The 3 Week Diet plan, which teaches you how to build proper habits over the course of three weeks that result in great weight loss and set you up for a future of weight loss and maintenance.

5 Worst Cooking Oils For Hypothyroidism

 

5oils copyToday I want to talk about a very important but confusing topic that has a much bigger impact on your thyroid than you realize. There is a lot of confusing and false information that continues to circulate across the globe regarding what fats and oils are truly healthy. Unfortunately, you and millions of other people have been led to believe that all of these so called “heart healthy” oils in your diet are preventing future health problems while the reality is that they are not only heart UN-healthy but are linked directly to hypothyroidism.

The entire “heart healthy” marketing movement was driven by the fact that polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) could lower cholesterol. Even though it’s still going strong today, the entire cholesterol myth has been debunked by science long ago which I cover in some detail in my blog post:Hypothyroidism and Cholesterol – What You Don’t Know CAN Kill You!

If all of these polyunsaturated fats were so “heart healthy” then why has heart disease continued to rise in spite of our drastic increase in the use of these oils?

According to statistics from the FDA, our use of “heart healthy” polyunsaturated oils has increased by more than 330% since 1970 with the average person today consuming 51.9 lbs. per year as opposed to only 15.4 lbs. per year in 1970.

If over the course of 40 years these “heart healthy” oils have not made any bit of impact in heart health then why do we continue to push them as if another 40 years might provide some different results?

That’s not wishful thinking… That’s pure insanity.

That also doesn’t paint a good picture for polyunsaturated fats but believe it or not, polyunsaturated fats can paint a good picture, so to speak…




PUFAs – Great for Paint, Bad for Hypothyroidism

varnishPolyunsaturated fats were once used almost exclusively for paint varnish. You see, polyunsaturated fats work great for paints because they oxidize and dry very easily allowing paint to be liquid and then dry when applied to a wall.

But somewhere between the lines of ignorance and “insanity”, as Albert Einstein would have said, we’ve completely ignored the obvious dangers of these fats in favor of unscientific research and false promises.

It is very well known that polyunsaturated fats oxidize rapidly when exposed to oxygen and heat, and this oxidation creates free radicals, oxidative damage, and cell death. Killing your own cells definitely doesn’t improve your health in case you were wondering.

Regardless of how these oils are processed and manufactured, oxygen is abundant in the human body which is heated to roughly 98.6 °F. Needless to say, your body is a perfect environment for the oxidation of polyunsaturated fatty acids.

But that’s only part of the problem…

Polyunsaturated fats also promote and cause hypothyroidism on multiple levels.

  1. Polyunsaturated fats block the thyroid gland from secreting thyroid hormone.
  2. Polyunsaturated fats block the transport of thyroid hormone to your cells within your bloodstream.
  3. Polyunsaturated fats block your cells from properly utilizing the thyroid hormone that is available.

5 Worst Oils for Cooking

lose weightThe only way to stop the thyroid suppressive effects of most cooking oils is to avoid them altogether. Unfortunately, this is difficult because these toxic oils are so inexpensive. Because of this, people continue to use them in their kitchens and they are used extensively in restaurants and commercial food products where inexpensive oils lead to greater profits.

Below are five of the worst oils you can use which are highest in polyunsaturated fat and pose the greatest risk to your thyroid.

Vegetable oil, which is not included in the list above is nothing more than a generic name for the combination of one or more of these oils, but predominantly consists of soybean oil, which is likely the worst of them all.

  1. Soybean Oil – Saturated fat: 15% Monounsaturated fat: 23% Polyunsaturated fat: 58%
  2. Corn Oil – Saturated fat: 13% Monounsaturated fat: 28% Polyunsaturated fat: 55%
  3. Cottonseed Oil – Saturated fat: 26% Monounsaturated fat: 18% Polyunsaturated fat: 52%
  4. Sunflower Oil – Saturated fat: 10% Monounsaturated fat: 45% Polyunsaturated fat: 40%
  5. Peanut Oil – Saturated fat: 17% Monounsaturated fat: 46% Polyunsaturated fat: 32%

When Will the Insanity End?

How much longer do they have to keep repeatedly pushing and promoting the use of these oils before we realize that ignoring the science that is right in front of our eyes is true insanity?

By continuing to follow the health advice of the masses, how can you logically expect different results? How can you expect anything but more hypothyroidism, heart disease, and cancer?

Sometimes the only way to achieve opposite results is to take opposite action.

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What are the Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

Hypothyroid (Underactive Thyroid) Symptoms

Hypothyroidism symptoms can vary depending on the severity of the hormone deficiency which can develop over a period of time. Depending on what stage or level of severity you are the symptoms will become more evident as this level increases.

Some of the key symptoms or signs of hypothyroidism are things such as weight gain, fatigue which in most cases is passed over as just getting old. This is understandable because as you age your metabolism does slow so can mask the fact you are suffering from an underactive thyroid.

These are some of the more common symptoms to lookout for:

  • Dry Skin
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Sensitive to cold weather
  • Muscle fatigue or weakness
  • A puffy face
  • Elevated Blood cholesterol levels
  • Aches and pains in your joints
  • Swelling of the joints
  • Weight slightly more during your menstrual periods
  • Hair gets thinner
  • Slowing of the heart rate
  • Bouts of depression
  • Impaired Memory

If you suffer from a combination of these symptoms then you need to visit your doctor as soon as possible. Delaying this will make the symptoms more severe as constant stimulation of your thyroid gland, releases more hormones and can lead to an enlarged thyroid gland (goiter) which is basically a swelling of the neck. In these cases you may find that you memory starts to fail you more regularly and you are constantly feeling depressed.

What is a Goiter – Goiter Treatments

Goiter (GOI-tur) is basically an abnormal enlargement of your thyroid gland. Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located at the base of your neck just below your Adam’s apple. Although goiters are usually painless, a large goiter can cause a cough and make it difficult for you to swallow or breathe.

The most common cause of goiter worldwide is a lack of iodine in the diet. In the United States, where the use of iodized salt is common, a goiter is more often due to the over- or underproduction of thyroid hormones or to nodules that develop in the gland itself.

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Advanced Hypothyroidism (Myxedema)

This is not s common but can become life threatening if not treated quickly. The mains symptoms in these cases re low blood pressure, reduced breathing, a drop in body temperature. This condition can be fatal if not treated.

Hypothyroid Treatments

There are anti-thyroid medications on the market that are used to treat this condition. Hypothyroidism  is often treated with iodine to reduce or normalise the thyroid function. Thyroid surgery is also an option which involves removing the large portion of the thyroid gland which aims to halt the hormone production. You would have to take a thyroid hormone for life.

The general treatment of hypothyroidism usually involves daily use of the synthetic thyroid hormone levothyroxine,Levothroid, Synthroid and others). This oral medication helps to restore adequate hormone levels and reverses the signs and symptoms of hypothyroidism.

It takes about 10 – 15 days before you notice the difference which could be less fatigue and increased energy. These types of medication will also gradually reduce your cholesterol levels which have been elevated by this condition. You will normally notice some weight loss as well.

If you are being treated with levothyroxine you will find this is a lifelong treatment with annual reviews and check ups.

The 3 Crucial Steps Women Need To Take To Fit Into Those Skinny Jeans

skinny-jeans 3For Women trying to shift weight the biggest problem is trying to shift weight in very specific areas.

Did you know that strict dieting and certain types of exercise can actually trigger a biological “switch” in a woman’s body, that forces your fat cells to greedily TRAP fatty acids, or even store MORE fat?

There is a way to flip that “switch” the other way so your body actually goes into a “fat release mode”

You see, it is now clear that your fat loss and weight gain are controlled at a cellular level by something called Adrenoreceptors, which is a fancy name for Adrenalin Receptors.

It’s the Adrenalin Hormone that is the key to you losing or putting on weight.

Men and Women have both Beta Adrenoreceptors and Alpha Adrenoreceptors… Turning Beta Receptors on “Burns Fat” and Alpha Receptors, when turned on “Stores Fat

For women unfortunately, there are 9x more Alpha Receptors than men, so no surprise women find it more difficult to shift the weight in those tricky areas.

Fear not though, as there are ways of Activating the Fat Burning Beta receptors and suppressing the Fat Trapping receptors.

Read on to see what these 3 Crucial Strategies are…….



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This is the Only Tool Women Need to Lose Weight

Kettlebell-TrainingFor women there is no right or wrong way to lose weight, lets face it there are no shortages of diets and fads online that claim to help you lose weight. Not only that but with the minefield of equipment like dumbbells, barbells, thigh master this and that its no wonder women are left perplexed by the choices.

The fact of the matter is that when it comes to women losing weight there is one piece of equipment that trumps all others out there….it’s the Kettlebell.

Why are Kettlebells so good for women losing weight?

For most women when it comes to weight loss the aim is to lose weight effectively, burn fat and maintain or improve curves. For these reasons the Kettlebell is the best piece of equipment out there.

 

The 3 Top  Reasons Kettlebells Are My Number ONE Tool For Female Fat Loss

1. Ultimate Convenience

Instead of spending time getting ready and driving or walking to the gym you can get an awesome, fat-blasting, full body workout in less time. By using kettlebells you are engaging your whole body and an effective workout takes no more than 10 – 20 mins.

It’s quite amazing what you can do with just one kettlebell, which you will see from the beginners workout below. Using only one moderately sized kettlebell will help you to achieve an effective, total body, fat-burning workout. Not only that the kettlebell is small and can be kept out of sight in your home. This is the fast and effective way to burning fat and defining curves.

2. Immediate Full Body Workout

The key to kettlebell success is the fact that it takes “metabolic resistance training” to the next level. This is the most effective fat loss training methodology out there. Kettlebell exercises are dynamic and multi-joint focused, allowing for total recruitment of the body.

Neghar Fonooni , author of the Lean & Lovely training system says:

What’s especially unique to the kettlebell is its handle, which creates an offset center of gravity. This makes it ideal for dynamic movements like swings and snatches, and causes your stabilizing muscles to have to work over time.

 

If you look at the kettlbell swing, for example: With just one move you’re working your glutes, quads, abs, lats, and shoulders, and in the process burning fat and revving up your metabolism.

The great thing about Kettlebell training is that it combines stability, flexibility, strength, and cardio ALL AT THE SAME TIME, allowing you to simultaneously build muscle and burn body fat. 

3. Laser Targeted to Women’s “Trouble Spots”

One of the most important benefits of using kettlebells is that it helps you work on a lot of the “trouble spots” that so many women struggle with. Kettlebell training works your hips, hamstrings, butt, and upper back. And doing that—as long as you do it the right way—will develop those areas and make them look shapely and sexy, rather than soft, or overdeveloped.

As mentioned earlier, the swing, which is probably the most common of all KB exercises and is so for good reason. It’s one of the most effective in that it’s highly metabolic and also one of the BEST ways to train the glutes and hamstrings. This leads to a high, round, shapely butt sitting on top of firm, tight legs.

PLUS, when you perform exercises like that, your shoulders, back, and arms are constantly working without overworking; the result is pretty great. Here’s a picture of  Neghar (the kettlebell expert I mentioned) that shows how great her back looks.

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Looking at this picture you notice that her upper back looks great. Training with kettlebells will help you burn fat and build lean sexy curves not only that but you’ll develop a body that is undeniably feminine. A body that look as good in a wedding gown as it does in gym clothes or any clothes for that matter!

Kettlebells and You

As you can see based on the above there is no other way to achieve the feminine curves and fat burning results with just one piece of equipment. You can see why I love kettlebells so much, especially when it comes to women’s fat loss. You get the best results with the least equipment and in the least amount of time.

But that ONLY happens if you’re using kettlebells the right way. As awesome as they are, they’re not magic! Ya can’t just pick up a kettlebell, start swingin’ it around, and expect to see results.

Instead, you need to use proper form in combination with a great training program; one written by a coach who really knows what they’re doing.

Even better, you want to use a kettlebell program specifically designed for women to lose fat, build strength, and improve overall fitness.

Neghar Fonooni is one of the top experts IN THE WORLD when it comes to using kettlebells for women’s fitness and fat loss. During her 13+ years in the industry, Neghar has helped thousands of every day women lose fat and reveal amazing bodies.

As a busy mom and a busy entrepreneur, Neghar understands the unique challenges that women face, because she’s been there. She also understands the specific physiological and hormonal considerations that come along with getting women into shape.

So when I tell you Neghar is one of my top sources when it comes to female fat loss, you can see why. And when it comes to using kettlebells for female fat loss, she is the number ONE expert.

All of which makes me super excited to tell you about Neghar’s brand new program, Lean & Lovely. As you might expect, it is a complete body transformation system and fat loss program,specifically for women, and featuring those awesome kettlebells we talked about as the primary tool.

 

You can find out more about Neghars Lean and Lovely Program here:

 

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Can Romaine Lettuce Help You Lose Weight

Lose Weight The Healthy Way With These Tips And Tricks

Every person has their own ideas and impressions of what a good, healthy weight-loss plan should be. You may end up so caught up in the flood of available information that you may not know which way to go. Below you will find some sensible weight-loss tips that can help.

Keeping track of the calories that you take in each day is an important part of weight loss. Determine how many calories is an appropriate daily goal for you and then create meals that will fit in with your plans. Write down everything you eat, and how many calories it “cost” you, so that you don’t become confused about what you need to do each day.

Two fantastic words for weight loss: eat salad. Not exciting enough? Research by Joel Fuhrman of “Eat to Live” shows that the most overweight people can lose prodigious amounts of weight eating prodigious amounts of nutrient-rich, low-calorie food. One key is simplicity: try an entire head of romaine, chopped very fine (the water method in the blender is useful), and topped with an entire can of chili beans. It’s a tasty, 300-calorie lunch that is jam-packed with fiber, protein, and vitamins. It will keep you full for hours, not to mention what it will do for your intestinal health.

Avoid all fried foods! All fried foods contain calories derived from the oil in which they were made. This adds needless calories to your diet along with no extra nutrients. French fries, for example, contain more calories from the oil they were made in than the potatoes they actually are.

When you want to have a snack or are eating a meal, make sure you sit at the table to eat. Sitting down to eat helps you avoid “mindless eating” while losing weight so you can avoid eating more than you planned. Eating at the table also helps you control portions.

In order to lose weight faster, combine a healthy diet with a sensible exercise regimen. While each of these practices leads to weight loss, their effect when combined is exponentially greater than their effect individually. A good diet gives you more energy and improves your workouts. Exercising helps your body burn the energy a healthy diet provides.

Your weekly weight loss goal should be about one pound a week. Any more than that, and you may be losing weight too quickly. Losing weight quickly can harm your healthy and usually results in gaining it back just as fast.

Refrigerate your soup before you eat it. If you love to cook and you are trying to lose weight, you can actually skim the fat off the top of any soups you cook. After cooking a large pot of soup, refrigerate it. All of the fat will rise to the top.

Take up meditation. Meditation can be a great way to deal with stress. Stress can trigger you to eat when you are not hungry. It can also be the driving force behind a lot of your cravings. Try adding a short meditation session to your daily routine. Alternatively, just try meditating when you feel hungry between scheduled meals.

Take a short walk around the neighborhood before you sit down to lunch or dinner. Walking is great exercise. If you do this before you sit down to a meal, you will find that you are more likely to eat less. If you are unable to go for a walk, any other simple exercise will do.

Metabolism is one of the main components that you will need to expedite to lose weight. Green tea is a great facilitator to increase metabolism. Drink a cup of green tea at the start of your day to increase your metabolism and maximize the amount of weight that you can lose.

Eat McDonalds for 30 Days and Lose Weight

eating burgerNo this is not a link bait headline. There is a guy in South Dakota that ate Mcdonalds burgers for 30 straight days and was able to lose 9 pounds and shed in the region of 20% of his body fat. Not only that but his HDL or Good Cholestrol went up and his blood sugar went down.

This might seem like a con of a story but the weight loss was down to 2 changes he made which is the main secret to speeding up fat loss for anyone.