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    Skinny Bitch Review

    Review overview Summary Skinny Bitch is a diet book that aims to promote a vegan lifestyle and gives sassy advice as to how to achieve a skinny figure. ProsInexpensive book Raises awareness about meat industry ConsVegan biased Lack of Support Not particularly a diet program Offensive language Hardly any scientific backing Ratings in depth Effectiveness […]

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    Written by Kylie Daniels

    Kylie Daniels

    My name is Kylie Daniels and I have a strong passion for health and nutrition. I was raised in Southern California, and am now attending Boise State University in Idaho to complete my B.B.A. degree in General Business and Marketing. My interest began a few years back when I was a part of the opening of a brand new juice bar. Here I learned the importance of eating healthy, balanced exercise, and the power of a nutritional lifestyle. This education has inspired me to research the latest diets, cleanses, and products to help guide you to be your best self!

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    The Perfect Health Diet Review

    The Perfect Health Diet book claims that through years of research they were able to develop the exact diet that we must follow for supposedly the best health and weight loss. Is this book really supposed to provide the exact diet to fit each and every reader?

    The Perfect Health Diet Review

    Review overview

    Summary

    The Perfect Health Diet is a book that claims to provide you with a detailed discussion of the benefits and disadvantages of consuming certain foods and supposedly the proper diet to follow.

    Pros

    • Credible Authors
    • Affordable

    Cons

    • Very Similar to Paleo Diet
    • Negative Side Effects
    • No Money-Back Guarantee

    Ratings in depth

    • Effectiveness
    • Scientific Backing
    • Customer Reviews
    • Customer Support
    • Money Back Guarantee
    3.4 10 Bad

    The Perfect Health Diet is a book written by husband and wife, Paul and Shou-Ching Jaminet. This couple has a qualified scientific background, their Ph.D.s, and a passion for diets and health. They began their research on the impacts of different food groups on diseases, immunity, and health. Their research covered everything from how we contract certain diseases to the potential health benefits obtained through the consumption of certain foods or lack thereof.

    This book is available for purchase online on several different websites. Amazon, being among the most popular of the sites, has the paperback version priced at $11.68 and the hardcover for $19.04. This reasonably priced guide was published in December of 2013. Ultimately, their goal in creating this Perfect Health Diet book was to give the reader tools to achieve optimal health, whether they suffer from disease or not.

    As far as the descriptive diet that they recommend, it is very similar to the well-known paleo diet. One of the minor differences is that in the Perfect Health Diet you are allowed to consume minimal simple starches such as white rice and potatoes, whereas starches are banned in the paleo diet. For those of you that are not familiar with the Paleolithic or “paleo” Diet, it is a restrictive diet in which starches, grains, legumes, sugars, and unhealthy fats (ex. vegetable oil) are not permitted.

    The Perfect Health Claims

    As printed on the front cover of the book, the Perfect Health Diet claims to teach you how to “Regain Health and Lose Weight by Eating the Way You Were Meant to Eat”. This claim seems plausible, seeing as how we should all be well aware of the importance of nutrition and healthy eating habits for our well-being. However, after looking into the feedback from readers and the content of the book itself, their “way we are meant to eat” statement definitely does not apply to everyone. 

    Does The Perfect Health Have Scientific Backing?

    Considering both authors that collaborated to create this Perfect Health Diet are scientists as well, I would consider their research and findings to be sufficient forms of scientific backing. According to a customer review on Amazon, the information provided in the text was very credible.

    The Perfect Health Diet is an extremely well referenced and supported diet book. I have read maybe fifty health and nutrition books, many in the “low carb”, “paleo”, “traditional eating” and “whole foods” categories. This book is the best that I have read.”- Eckthelion, an Amazon Customer

    When research has been carried out for as long as 7 years, which the Jaminet’s claim to have spent on the research for this text, the evidence and conclusions made are usually considered to be true. Although, this is not necessarily always the case. According to a critical Amazon customer review, there were a few instances in the book in which the authors did not live up to their expectations in the least.

    Some of the misinformation is this book is almost unbelievable, given that both authors are ostensibly educated and have been researching diet extensively for years. “ –Cynthia L., an Amazon Customer

    Is The Perfect Health Effective?

    Although there is a pretty sufficient amount of scientific backing as to the diseases and the role of food discussed in the book, whether or not this diet is the “perfect” diet is still very much in question.

    What the recommended diet comes down to is one that is high in protein and low in carbohydrates. While this may be healthy for some, it is definitely not healthy for absolutely all. Aside from the food groups fitting “perfect” for everyone (or not), the effectiveness is questionable when you consider how difficult it is for many to just jump right into a diet of this sort. Going in cold-turkey can sometimes be rallied and motivated, but it gets tough when the cravings begin to creep in and you attempt to live a lifestyle of only these food groups for long periods of time. That being said, as far as this program being effective for the reader to achieve what they really are aiming to is nowhere near guaranteed.

    What are The Perfect Health Side Effects?

    The negative side effects recorded had to do with people that tried re-introducing certain food groups after completely eliminating them from their diet. Even though this is not referred to as an elimination diet, it is important to keep your body balanced. The balance helps to ensure that the proper bacteria stays where it belongs and gives strength to your immune system. If you follow a restrictive diet for a few weeks and really cut back on food groups (especially carbohydrates), chances are the side effects are going to be rough.

    Whether you develop intolerance and are irritated by the foods from the point of eliminating them on, or you begin to notice a fluctuation in weight and energy levels, you will suffer.

    The Perfect Health Support

    The Perfect Health Diet website offers different ways for readers to stay involved and active in their commitment to the new lifestyle. One way is to sign up for the “Perfect Health Newsletter.” This newsletter is e-mailed to its recipients along with a complimentary e-book that is granted upon signing up for the newsletter.

    The Perfect Health Diet is present on several social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, Google+, etc. Besides contacting the Perfect Health representatives on social media, there are a few e-mails provided such as [email protected], as well as a few different places to post comments and concerns throughout the website.

    The next option they provide on their website is the “Perfect Health Retreat”. This retreat really drives home the support that this couple hopes to achieve in empowering their readers. They feature several videos of past customers that have attended this retreat along with their stories and experiences on the website. This is a retreat in which participants have the opportunity to really take all that they have gathered from the book to the next level. Attendees have the opportunity to further their knowledge in a daily educational program, proper cooking instruction classes, personal health coaching, movement classes three times a day, evening relaxation classes, and free time to enjoy the nearby ocean. Not sure how I feel about this, it seems like an interesting option and I have yet to see it offered with any of the other diet programs out there.

    Bottom Line

    The Perfect Health Diet is a book created to help inform individuals of supposedly the proper diet to achieve weight loss and optimal health. Although this diet seemed well-researched and credible upon first glance (seeing as how it was written by scientists with a passion for health and diets), it was not held in such a high regard after all. This is not to say that it is not ideal for some, but it is most definitely not the “perfect” option for all. There may have been some very qualified scientific research conducted in the making of this book, but as for the diet plan, it was just not fitting. If the book was geared towards diseases, foods, and immunity primarily then I may have had a different opinion. As far as a weight loss program, we suggest that you not spend your time reading this book and instead continue to look into other options that may be more fitting.

    Review overview

    Summary

    The Perfect Health Diet is a book that claims to provide you with a detailed discussion of the benefits and disadvantages of consuming certain foods and supposedly the proper diet to follow.

    Pros

    • Credible Authors
    • Affordable

    Cons

    • Very Similar to Paleo Diet
    • Negative Side Effects
    • No Money-Back Guarantee

    Ratings in depth

    • Effectiveness
    • Scientific Backing
    • Customer Reviews
    • Customer Support
    • Money Back Guarantee
    3.4 10 Bad

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    Resources

    1. “Perfect Health Diet: Regain Health and Lose Weight by Eating the Way… › Customer Reviews.” Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Perfect Health Diet: Regain Health and Lose Weight by Eating the Way You Were Meant to Eat. Web.
    2. “Perfect Health Diet – A Diet for Healing Chronic Disease, Restoring Youthful Vitality, and Achieving Long Life | Perfect Health Diet.” Perfect Health Diet. Web.

     

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    Kylie Daniels

    My name is Kylie Daniels and I have a strong passion for health and nutrition. I was raised in Southern California, and am now attending Boise State University in Idaho to complete my B.B.A. degree in General Business and Marketing. My interest began a few years back when I was a part of the opening of a brand new juice bar. Here I learned the importance of eating healthy, balanced exercise, and the power of a nutritional lifestyle. This education has inspired me to research the latest diets, cleanses, and products to help guide you to be your best self!

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    Pritikin Principle Diet Review

    The Pritikin Principle Diet claims to have all the resources to assist you in weight loss from their expensive starter pack to an entire overnight facility. Will taking part in such a complex program be worth your time and money?

    Pritikin Principle Diet

    The Pritikin Principle Diet was created by Nathan Pritikin. According to his story, he traveled around the world to different cultures in which heart conditions were not so prevalent to gather his findings. This was supposedly sparked by his personal suffering from a heart attack when he was in his 40’s. He claims that by following a diet that is low in fat and protein, while high in fiber, people will not face such risks of heart disease.

    The Pritikin Principle Starter Pack is sold for $349.95 at a “special” price when supposedly the regular price is $100 dollars more.  This package consists of one 30 minute over the phone consultation, one week of frozen meals, a one-year online Pritikin membership, and a book. To put this into perspective, by simply following this frozen dinner meal plan and reading a book within a week you are not going to see the results you were hoping for. Therefore, $350 dollars is an extremely steep price for far from guaranteed results.  After a week, you will then only have access to your online membership. Once a member you have access to recipes, purchasing weeklong meal plans at a price of  $225, a weight loss tracker, and a patient portal. What makes this diet program anywhere worth that expensive price?

    This original diet was created a while back, around the year 1970. Since then, Nathan’s son has taken over and the diet has been altered. Although this diet was originally created in hopes of lowering chances of disease, it now claims to aid in weight loss. As time has passed and there have been numerous other studies on nutrition and how our body functions, this diet gets a rap for being old news and some of the original findings do not comply with the findings about healthy diets today.

    Pritikin Principle Claims

    Adapting to a lifestyle of eating foods that are low in fat and protein, while high in fiber can be quite a challenge. Not only to break habits, but on our energy levels as well. Now that the Pritikin Principle has loosened the reigns and allows nuts and seeds, the task is not as immense but still very difficult. So what makes it worth it?

    The Pritikin Principle claims to be one of the healthiest diets on the market. It is more so geared towards alleviating and preventing disease rather than the weight loss factor. When Nathan Pritikin originally created this diet, he claims his intentions were as follows.

    “All I’m to do is wipe out heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and obesity” – (Nathan Pritikin, Founder).

    In developing this program what he intended to achieve, in turn is what the claims hold for those participating in the Pritikin Principle Diet. Specifically, claims include; reducing triglycerides, reducing bad cholesterol, chronic inflammation, weight loss, etc. Although this is what the goal may have been, in doing some further research it does not seem as though these claims are really met in this program.

    Does Pritikin Principle Have Scientific Backing?

    Following the several claims made, there is indeed some extent of scientific backing for each of these claims. This Pritikin Principle Diet has been featured in multiple medical journals and studied by many recognized research institutions. Some of these institutions include UCLA, Harvard, and Stanford.

    As part of the research, I found that some of the guidelines that this diet sets are actually faulty. For example, what we know about the importance of the proper fat in our diets from several studies that have been conducted in recent years. Nowadays, the “good fats” such as fatty omega 3’s found in salmon, and fats from avocados and nuts, are critical for proper brain function or feeling full for a sufficient period of time. Therefore the Pritikin Principle Diet that calls for a low fat diet is actually not the best for you.

    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. ExpertsKnowBest.com disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information. *Results may vary.

    Is Pritikin Principle Effective?

    The Pritikin Principle Diet has extended from a published book, into a diet program with frozen meals and online membership, and later into a full fledge center. The Pritikin longevity center claims to be a location in which you can enroll and stay at for a period of time and that is where they guarantee the most results. However, if you do not have the time or money to enroll in a full on stay at a diet location, the at home program is your only option. If you are thinking that reading a book within a week and eating the frozen meals they send you with this program is enough to reach the results that they claim, you may want to reconsider. What if you have any allergies to the only food options they send you? What if you don’t see any significant changes in the first week and are forced to spend another $225 to get the meal plan for the next week?  There are hardly any testimonials shown on the website, but in their defense they do provide scientific proof which does not make me automatically count out the effectiveness. 

    What are Pritikin Principle Side Effects?

    As science has improved over the years, since the original Pritikin Principle Diet was developed there are definite some faults with the strict diet. As far as eating healthy and exercise, if everything is done in proper balance, there should be minimal side effects.

    The issue lies with the lack of fats and protein that the diet calls for. With slight changes to the guidelines in recent years, there is more animal protein and fat allowed in the plan, but still needs to be reconsidered. The original diet excluded most fats and this can have a negative side effect on our brain functions and mental conditions such as depression. In today’s day and age there have been several discoveries made regarding the benefits of animal protein, general protein, and “good fats”. By limiting the intake of such nutrients our bodies may suffer the side effects rather than reap the benefits.

    Pritikin Principle Support

    The Pritikin Principle Diet is originally distributed in the form of a book. It takes a lot of self-discipline to achieve the benefits and follow the diet properly. The Pritikin Principle offers a newsletter, email form for inquiries, and phone number (888) 254-1462. These forms of support (besides the newsletter) are all geared towards making a reservation for a stay at their facility or inquiries regarding the in-house rehabilitation programs. However, they do not specify any one on one support for the at home program or membership besides the initial 30 minute consultation upon signing up. This leaves the consumer primarily on their own if one is not interested in going through with the full on overnight stay. That being said, there is also not any Money-Back Guarantee mentioned on the website. 

    Bottom Line

    The Pritikin Principle Diet was originally developed in the 70’s in the form of a book and has evolved into an at home weeklong program, online membership, or overnight stay program.  Ultimately, this diet is very involved and far more complex than just following the steps to make some changes and achieve optimal health and weight loss. Although there is a large amount of scientific backing for this diet, it is research that can be done on your own and may not necessarily require the full on $350 weeklong program or stay at the Pritikin facility that they promote. If you are looking to lose weight, keep it off, and start a new lifestyle I would suggest that you save the money and find a program that will no doubt give you what you are looking to achieve.

    Resources

    1. “Articles by CategorySuccess Stories.” Pritikin Weight Loss Resort. Web.
    2. “Pritikin Diet Revisited.” Body Soul. Web.
    3. “Scientifically Proven Results.” Pritikin Weight Loss Resort. Web.
    4. “What Foods Are Allowed When Starting the Pritikin Diet?” Live Healthy. Web.

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    Kylie Daniels

    My name is Kylie Daniels and I have a strong passion for health and nutrition. I was raised in Southern California, and am now attending Boise State University in Idaho to complete my B.B.A. degree in General Business and Marketing. My interest began a few years back when I was a part of the opening of a brand new juice bar. Here I learned the importance of eating healthy, balanced exercise, and the power of a nutritional lifestyle. This education has inspired me to research the latest diets, cleanses, and products to help guide you to be your best self!

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    Top 5 Natural Food Appetite Suppressants

    When your stomach seems like a bottomless pit and absolutely nothing seems to be filling you up, you can count on these foods to naturally suppress your appetite!

    Do you ever feel like you have been eating so much food and nothing seems to keep you full? That is very common when you eat foods that are poor for your body or are just lack the proper nutrients to send the messages to your brain that your body is no longer in need of consuming food. In order to avoid that situation I have a quick list of foods for you to  make as your “go-to” rather than eating way more than needed. 

    The List

    • Oatmeal 

    Oatmeal is first up on the list because naturally the amount of fiber that it contains works in a way that it keeps you full for hours after eating it. As long as you don’t doctor it up with a bunch of sugar or anything unhealthy, you will be amazed at how it starts of your day with a satisfied stomach and is the perfect breakfast food!

    • Apples 

    Apples are a fruit that are rich in fiber as well as pectin, which assist your body in knowing when it is full. The natural sweetness that comes from the glucose makes for a great sweet tooth killer, while the glucose itself will help to boost your energy!

    • Nuts 

    Nuts are not only a great snack to get you through that afternoon stretch, but they are a fantastic source of protein and fiber. Almonds and walnuts in particular may seem like they have a higher calorie count, but just a couple handfuls will get you the antioxidants, magnesium, and protein to hold you over for a while.

    • Salmon 

    Salmon is a great way to have a low calorie meal and reap several benefits at the same time. It is a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which is an important nutrient for your body (and is one of the only important ones that is not produced naturally and can only come from external factors). These nutrients in turn increase a hormone called leptin in your body, which is highly recognized for its ability to suppress your appetite.

    • Avocado 

    Avocados, similar to nuts, are a great source of good fats! According to a Loma Linda University study, “Researchers found that participants who added half of a fresh avocado to their lunch reported a significantly decreased desire to eat by 40 percent over a three-hour period”. That being said, this super food is not only delicious but a proven natural way to keep your appetite suppressed!

     Bottom Line

    A great rule of thumb to keep in mind when looking for foods that will naturally suppress your appetite is to find foods that are high in fiber! Also, do not think that you will eat these foods and instantly not feel hungry. Give your body at least a 30 minute window for everything to begin processing and sending the right messages, then you can be the judge of whether you are hungry for more or that your appetite has been suppressed as planned. 

    Resources:

    1. “Acute Effect of Oatmeal on Subjective Measures of Appetite and Satiety Compared to a Ready-to-eat Breakfast Cereal: A Randomized Crossover Trial.”National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, n.d. Web.
    2. Boyer, Jeanelle, and Rui Hai Liu. “Apple Phytochemicals and Their Health Benefits.” Nutrition Journal. BioMed Central Ltd., 12 May 2004. Web.
    3. “Foods for Your Eyes, Skin, Hair – Times of India.” The Times of India. N.p., 30 July 2012. Web.
    4. “New Research: Effects of Eating Half an Avocado with Lunch on Satiety and Desire to Eat between Meals.” EurekAlert! N.p., 8 Jan. 2014. Web.
    5. Rossi, Andrea, Yolanda Lombardo, and Jean-Marc Lacorte. “Dietary Fish Oil Positively Regulates Plasma Leptin and Adiponectin Levels in Sucrose-fed, Insulin-resistant Rats.” American Journal of Physiology. N.p., 1 Aug. 2005. Web.

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    Kylie Daniels

    My name is Kylie Daniels and I have a strong passion for health and nutrition. I was raised in Southern California, and am now attending Boise State University in Idaho to complete my B.B.A. degree in General Business and Marketing. My interest began a few years back when I was a part of the opening of a brand new juice bar. Here I learned the importance of eating healthy, balanced exercise, and the power of a nutritional lifestyle. This education has inspired me to research the latest diets, cleanses, and products to help guide you to be your best self!

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    7 Tennis Elbow Home Remedies

    The frustrations of tennis elbow, and how to heal properly

    We have all been there at some point in time, and find ourselves on the side lines with an achy elbow unable to do even the simplest tasks. Lifting, pushing, and or merely waving can be painful endeavors that leave us frustrated. Tennis elbow comes from simple overuse of the tendons and surrounding muscles. Whatever has caused your tennis elbow, there are ways to find relief, and answers to your questions which I will talk about below.

    The common description of tennis elbow or “lateral epicondylitis” is a painful condition of the elbow caused by overuse. Tennis elbow is an inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow. The forearm muscles and tendons become damaged from overuse — repeating the same motions again and again. This leads to pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow. (Ortho Info, 1).

    …the keys to making sure you are back on the tennis court pain free is simple. You need to ice, rest, and let your arm heal properly before putting more strain onto the tendons and tissues.

    Symptoms:

    • Pain or burning on the outside of your elbow
    • Weak grip strength
    • Achy and stiff joints near the extensor tendons
    • Pain the in the wrist
    • Painful to shake hands

    Before you take a trip to the doctor here are some home remedies that will ease your pain:

    1. Sufficient Rest. Allow at least 6-12 weeks for the tissues and tendons to repair.
    2. Gentle massage.
    3. Ice (for 20 minutes three times a day at least). *Tip: Fill up a Dixie cup, and freeze overnight. Once completely frozen, use this cup to rub around the irritated area of the elbow.
    4. Anti-inflammatory Medication or over the counter pain relievers. (Aspirin, or Ibuprofen)
    5. Stretching Exercises: Stretch your arm out straight, and bring your hand up (like you will give someone a high-five). With your opposite hand grab your extended arms fingertips and pull back toward you. This will give your forearm a good stretch. Hold for at least 15 seconds. Once finished, place your arm out straight in front, palm down and gently pull the hand towards you. These are two great stretches for tennis elbow. (Sports Injury Clinic, 1).
    6. Wearing an arm brace: This can ease some of the tension on your arm, and be a nice tool to aiding a quicker recovery.
    7. Check your equipment: A stiffer tennis racket with tight strings can put unwanted tension on your arm causing a flare up. Try switching to a more flexible racket, with a looser string pattern to put ease on your arm while healing. The tennis professionals in your area can give you racket and string recommendations. You might also want to check with a tennis professional to make sure your grip is correct.

    If these remedies do not work for you, you will then want to see your doctor. They may conduct and MRI, X-Ray, or EMG (Nerve Compression) to see if anything more serious has happened to the tissues and tendons.

    The Pro’s of Home Remedies:

    • Non-surgical healing with quicker recovery time (No loss of strength, risk of infection, or loss of flexibility.)
    • Cost effective
    • Guidelines are easy to follow, and not as painful as surgery.

    The Con’s of Home Remedies:

    • The time it takes to properly heal tennis elbow can be extensive. (6-12 weeks).
    • Patience is key, and recovery is slow making one feel like the pain will never go away.
    • If rest is not taken seriously, the pain can become chronic.

    To wrap up, the keys to making sure you are back on the tennis court pain free is simple. You need to ice, rest, and let your arm heal properly before putting more strain onto the tendons and tissues. Once you have rested and taken a good look at the equipment you are using, you can get back onto the court in no time! Remember, pushing through tennis elbow will only make it worse. Rest is key!

    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. ExpertsKnowBest.com disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

    References

    • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)-OrthoInfo – AAOS. (n.d.). Retrieved November 30, 2015, from https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00068
    • Roizen, M. (2015, October 23). Heal Tennis Elbow With Some Time Off. Retrieved November 30, 2015, from https://www.arcamax.com/healthandspirit/health/youdocs/s-1739180
    • Tennis Elbow. (n.d.). Retrieved November 30, 2015, from https://www.sportsinjuryclinic.net/sport-injuries/elbow-pain/tennis-elbow

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    Written by Lauren Jones

    Lauren Jones

    My name is Lauren, and I come from a longstanding background of fitness and nutrition. Whether it be hiking, running, camping, or just enjoying cooking in the kitchen I have made health a focal point of my life. I love to incorporate movement, and wellness in everything I do!

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    Beyond Diet Review

    The bulk of the information is mere common sense, and did not satisfy...

    Review overview

    Summary

    Beyond Diet is a weight loss program founded in 2008 by Isabel De Los Rios.

    Pros

    • Patients lose weight on the program if followed
    • No dangerous substances used
    • Encourages healthy eating habits

    Cons

    • Waste of money
    • Doesn’t promote exercise
    • The money back guarantee is not a guarantee
    • Expensive with the demand of organic produce

    Ratings in depth

    • Effectiveness
    • Scientific Backing
    • Customer Reviews
    • Customer Support
    • Money Back Guarantee
    4.3 10 Average

    The Beyond Diet company focuses on educating people on what they should and shouldn’t eat based on their body type. While it seems like a great kick starter for some, it is rather common sense to eat the correct foods regardless of your body type. There is a $47.00 charge involved in getting set up with the Beyond Diet community, and then you are pressured to get the add ons (detox book, recipes etc.). Based on our connection to information online, I would not spend money on information that is already available to you free of charge. To top it all off, there have been absolute horror stories about current customers trying to cancel their subscription to the program, and being unable to do so thus creating unwanted monthly charges on their credit cards.

    Beyond Diet Claims

    Beyond Diet offers a 60-day money back guarantee, with a twist. They claim that “In addition, Beyond Diet reserves the right to refuse a refund to anyone reasonably suspected by Beyond Diet to have previously taken advantage of Beyond Diet’s 60 Day Money Back Guarantee on more than one occasion.” This happens more than you would think, and the tone in many upset customer's voices are nearly frantic when they are trying to get a hold of the company to stop charging their credit cards.

    Regarding their subscription, the Subscription fees after the initial purchase are non-refundable. All subscriptions are set to process every 30 days by default. The customer may cancel, but it has to be at least 24 hours before the next billing cycle.

    In their health disclaimer they say,” We are not medical professionals and nothing on this website should be misconstrued to mean otherwise.”

    Also stated about their spotty third parties, and manufacturing, “If a product or service is new, you understand that it may not have been available for purchase long enough to provide an accurate results history.”

    The health disclaimer has not been updated since 2010.

    Beyond Diet Scientific Backing

    Isabel De Los Rios claims to be a certified nutritionist, and fitness expert for over 15 years. Regarding scientific backing from actual doctors, we have yet to find them on the website. They do not provide the potential customer any knowledge scientifically to why their program is said to work by the professionals. The basis of the method is simple; you will only lose weight if you change your bad eating habits to healthier eating habits. There is still science involved in creating a comprehensive program for people to truly lose weight, and they fail to provide that information to the potential customer. Current customers are spending nearly $50 dollars for motivational messages, tips, and recipes when they are right at your fingertips for free on many different websites throughout the internet.

    Is Beyond Diet Effective?

    There have been multiple reviews on the web saying that this program does work, if you follow it strictly (like anything). The founder herself claims that she only cooks with organic food, and recommends that all of her clients do as well. This can get expensive for some, but the quality is definitely proven to be better for individuals all around. This is an elimination food program, which teaches people to cut out foods that are not good for them. I do not see why you wouldn’t lose weight, with or without using the Beyond Diet program.

    What does not make sense to me, is the nonexistence of promoting exercise in this program. This is a staple to becoming healthier, and it is not highlighted or promoted at all. Maybe it will come in the future of their product, but they do not have it now. There are more complaints about the customer service, than praises about the effectiveness of the program which is a real problem for many different reasons.

    Does Beyond Diet Have Side Effects?

    Due to the elimination process of taking away unhealthy foods such as refined sugar, breads, and soy, some customers have reported withdrawal symptoms. This includes feeling shaky, irritable, and nauseous. There have been no serious medical side effects reported. More or less, the side effects that are not actual physical side effects are pure frustration in the recurring billing of your credit card, that makes people feel like they have lost control on the program. This in and of itself is not a great perk when trying to lose honest weight with a somewhat dishonest company.

    What Is Beyond Diet Support Like?

    The Beyond Diet's social media following is over 1 million on Facebook which is impressive, but then again many companies pay for fabricated likes and followers so it may not be that impressive after all. What is also not impressive is the lack of activity from the followers. The phone lines were closed when I called in the first time, so I had to call in another day. The customer service representative answered my call, and read directly from a script in a monotone voice. I was simply trying to ask a few questions, and when I asked them I could tell he looked up the answers from a script, and did not truly care about the customer (me) on the other end of the phone.

    The $47.00 charge is a one-time fee for getting onto the portal, but once you get signed in there are hidden fees. Some of those fees include a $15.00 monthly newsletter charge, and a $77.00 charge to get physical books outside of the online portal. The hidden fees add up, and when reviewing the website, you are not told about the charges up front without asking. Once you give the company your credit card, it will be extremely hard to get those charges to stop occurring on a monthly basis, so just beware of that upfront.

    The Bottom Line

    Overall the Beyond Diet just seems like a complete headache when it is all said and done. There have been reports of numerous customers who were unsatisfied with the book, and how vague it was. The bulk of the information is mere common sense, and did not satisfy. Finally, the lack of recipes the main book provided was a huge let down to 99% of the readers. Their message is rather simple, eat healthy, eliminate processed foods/sugar, and buy organic. You do not need to sign up for a monthly subscription for this information. Please save yourself the headache from The Beyond Diet program and do not fall into their credit card trap.

    According to WebMD there is no need to drastically change your diet or starve yourself  in order to lose weight, simply follow logical guidelines like:

    • Eat more vegetables, fiber will help improve digestion
    • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and feel fuller. Sometimes we confuse hunger with thirst
    • Stay busy. When the cravings hit and it generally hits you when you are bored or anxious, take a walk, organize your closet or find any other activity to keep your mind occupied with anything but food
    • Eat often. The more often you eat the less likely for you to the stay of hunger when anything looks amazing and you just want to get as much of it as possible. By eating often you will also ensure that your metabolism does not shut down and keeps running smoothly to burn as many calories as possible
    • Eat seated at the table. Bad habits like eating while watching TV or playing video games should never be practices. Be mindful of what and how much you eat.

    Review overview

    Summary

    Beyond Diet is a weight loss program founded in 2008 by Isabel De Los Rios.

    Pros

    • Patients lose weight on the program if followed
    • No dangerous substances used
    • Encourages healthy eating habits

    Cons

    • Waste of money
    • Doesn’t promote exercise
    • The money back guarantee is not a guarantee
    • Expensive with the demand of organic produce

    Ratings in depth

    • Effectiveness
    • Scientific Backing
    • Customer Reviews
    • Customer Support
    • Money Back Guarantee
    4.3 10 Average

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    10 Home Remedies To Fight Off Acne

    Basic Home Remedies to Fight off Acne for Good

    Acne plagues kids, young adults, and adults worldwide. Sadly, acne is the most common skin condition around, but the good news is the treatment options are endless. Pimples are formed when hair follicles under your skin clog up. (Medline Plus, 1). According to dermatologists, acne plagues 40-50 million Americans who are unhappy with letting acne run its course. There are a lot of different remedies from dermatologists and doctors that can help eliminate acne for good. Keep reading to learn a few at home remedies to put a stop to acne for good.

    In order for the remedies to work, you may need to be persistent. After some time, if the blemishes are not going away you will want to consult your dermatologist.

    Causes for Breakouts:

    • Hormonal imbalances
    • Eating Spicy Foods which contain acidic lycopene
    • Smoking
    • Scrubbing your skin too hard
    • Touching your face with unclean hands
    • Triggers from Stress stimulate an overproduction of oil glands
    • Overexposure to sun
    • Not washing your face after a workout
    • Overuse of topical treatments
    • A diet of too much grease and/or sugar
    • Not moisturizing (Cardellino, 1).

    At Home Remedies to Clear Up Acne:

    1. Apply Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is known to balance the PH levels in your body, making this an excellent home remedy selection. It also kills off bacteria; and dries up excessive oils. To use, you will first wash your face with water and then dry your skin thoroughly. Using one part water and three parts vinegar, apply to a cotton ball and then dab onto the blemish. You can either leave this on for 10 minutes or overnight.
    2. Cinnamon Honey Mask: Cinnamon has antimicrobial properties, so it might stop the spread of acne before it starts. Honey has natural antibiotic properties that also help kill off acne. To make the mask, mix two tablespoons of honey and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon together. Apply the mask to a fresh face, and leave on for 10-15 minutes. Rinse off.
    3. Egg White Mask: Eggs are known to harbor proteins and nutrients that will fight off acne and repair skin cells. Eggs are also famous for reducing the appearance of scars that acne often leaves on the skin. To make this mask, you will need 2-3 egg whites, a bowl, and a washcloth. In the bowl, whisk the whites until they are frothy and let them sit for a few minutes. Cover your face with the mixture and let it sit for 20 minutes. Rinse off and wipe clean with a wash cloth.
    4. Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil is not like the oil that is clogging your pores and causing acne. This oil specifically cleans out bad bacteria and unclogs pores. It is never meant to be ingested, and it is only for topical use. Always apply topical solutions to a clean face. To use tea tree oil to fight against acne, simply apply 2-3 drops of tea tree oil to 9 parts water on a q-tip or cotton ball and apply to the blemish.
    5. Lemon Juice: Lemon juice is an affordable way to stop acne right in its tracks. Because of lemon’s high vitamin C levels, it is naturally good for the skin. Due to its high acid content, lemon juice is also a natural exfoliator. To use, simply squeeze lemon juice onto a cotton ball and apply to the blemish. Let sit until dry and rinse off.
    6. A Steam Mask: Hot steam can kill bacteria and clear out pores. This simple steam mask is easy to do on a daily basis and will do wonders for your skin. Just boil a pot of hot water and pour the hot water into a bowl. Carefully place your face directly above the bowl and drape a towel over your head to trap the steam. Let the steam work for 10-15 minutes.
    7. Avocado and Honey Mask: You may already know about honey’s skin benefits, but avocados are also wonderful for your skin. Avocados are loaded with vitamins and minerals which can suppress acne. To make this mask you will need 1 ripe avocado and 1 tablespoon of honey. Once you have cleaned your face and dried it thoroughly, mash up the avocado and mix in the honey. Apply to your face and let it stand for 15-20 minutes. Wash your face with warm water and pat dry.
    8. Don’t Touch Your Face: Our hands are full of germs and bacteria. When you touch your face, you are spreading acne-causing bacteria to your face.
    9. Wash Your Pillow Case: Pillow cases and sheets should be washed weekly. You lose millions of dead skin cells with bacteria on them every minute. It is important not to flare up acne by clogging pores with these dead skin cells. (Everyday Roots, 1).
    10. Aspirin Topical Treatment: Aspirin has a high level of salicylic acid which can decrease the redness and irritation in acne. To make a home remedy topical solution from aspirin, crush up 2 aspirin tablets and add enough water to make a thick paste. Once you have washed your face, apply to the blemish and let it sit for 10 minutes or until dry. (Laliberte, 1).

    After trying your luck with home remedies, hopefully the acne improves. In order for the remedies to work, you may need to be persistent. After some time, if the blemishes are not going away you will want to consult your dermatologist. They can prescribe more effective products such as Accutane if the situation becomes bad. These medications are only to be taken from a dermatologist.

    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. ExpertsKnowBest.com disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

    References

    •  Acne: MedlinePlus. (n.d.). Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/acne.html
    • 22 Home Remedies for Acne & Pesky Pimples | Everyday Roots. (2013, March 19). Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://everydayroots.com/acne-remedies
    • 13 Surprising Home Remedies for Acne. (n.d.). Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://www.rd.com/health/beauty/home-remedies-for-acne/
    • Cardellino, C. (n.d.). 13 Surprising Reasons You Keep Breaking Out. Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://ca.shine.yahoo.com/13-surprising-reasons-you-keep-breaking-out-143648385.html

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    5 Home Remedies to Help Deal With Eczema

    Don't let eczema leave you feeling dry, follow my at home remedies.

    Atopic Dermatitis (also known as Eczema) is a very common skin irritation that affects over 30 million Americans to date. While there are many different forms of eczema, atopic dermatitis is the most common.  Eczema does not have just ‘one’ cure, but is manageable for many by understanding many of the triggers that can provoke it. The word “eczema” comes from the Greek word that means to bubble or boil over. “Many people have it on their elbows or behind their knees. Babies often have eczema on the face, especially the cheeks and chin. They can also have it on the scalp, trunk (chest and back), and outer arms and legs. Children and adults tend to have eczema on the neck, wrists, and ankles, and in areas that bend, like the inner elbow and knee,” (“Eczema, 2013).

    The symptoms for eczema are dry, itchy, red and patchy skin accompanied with thick spots. Flare ups can occur when you are overstressed, eat triggering foods or use triggering irritating personal care products and have constant contact with sweat. The use of harsh soaps and detergents can also leave an eczema patients skin irritated. Cold winter months also can do a number on skin that is prone to eczema flare-ups.  There is a bright side to finding relief from eczema through at home remedies. You can take advantage of these simple remedies to help alleviate the pain and discomfort eczema causes (“Eczema and Your Skin.” n.d).

    At Home Remedies To Alleviate Flare-Ups

    • Coconut Oil: Coconut oil is a great resource for people with eczema, as its antifungal and moisturizing properties work wonders on your skin. You can use it topically, and rub it onto the affected areas after a shower (“7 Natural Remedies.” n.d).
    • Jojoba Oil: Jojoba Oil is not even an oil, it is a wax. “It is composed of long chain fatty acids and fatty alcohols and is incredibly rich and moisturizing.” Because it penetrates deep into the skin, jojoba oil may be the trick for you. To apply, wash your hands and apply a small amount to the affected area and massage into the skin. Because jojoba oil is strong, you will not need a lot of it. Apply 3 times a day (Goodall, n.d).
    • Oatmeal Bath: Because oats are loaded with anti-inflammatory properties they make a great option for soothing irritated eczema. Take one cup of oats, and place them in a cheesecloth or muslin. Tie off the bag, and hang it with a string near the faucet. The bath water will turn milky and smooth. Soak for 10-15 minutes. (Goodall, n.d).
    • Honey: Honey is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory which helps speed up the healing process of broken and irritated skin. Honey can get messy, so apply to the affected area and cover with a bandage for 20-30 minutes. Once completed, wash with warm water and pat dry  (Goodall, n.d).
    • Cornstarch and Oil: When wet, corn starch forms a cool paste, and it great for soothing irritated skin. To use, simply mix cornstarch with olive oil to make a paste. Apply to the affected area for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water. It is always good to use moisturizer after any home remedy treatments. (Goodall, n.d).

    While honey, coconut oil, and oatmeal baths require a little clean up, they may just be the remedy that gives you relief the natural way! The pros of at home remedies are convenience, and comfort knowing the treatments are simple. Along with affordable solutions that you may have laying around your home today. The cons can be the mess some of the remedies can create. Lastly, because everyone’s eczema requires different treatment, none of these home remedies are guaranteed to give you relief. If the at home remedies do not cause you relief, consult your dermatologist as they may recommend over the counter products that can alleviate your discomfort.  Additionally, many people will be wise to investigate food allergies or sensitivities that could be triggering eczema flares.  Common culprits here include gluten, dairy, and sugar!

     

    References

    Eczema. (2013, August 15). Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://nationaleczema.org/eczema/

    Eczema and Your Skin | Eczema Types, Symptoms, Causes, and More. (n.d). Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/atopic-dermatitis-eczema?page=3

    7 Natural Remedies for Eczema | Wellness Mama. (n.d). Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://wellnessmama.com/12065/natural-eczema-remedies/

    Goodall, C. (2014, September 29). 11 Healing Home Remedies for Eczema | Everyday Roots. Retrieved December 4, 2015, from https://everydayroots.com/eczema-remedies

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