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    Rockin Refuel Review

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    Rockin Refuel is a protein drink.  Mostly after the athletes of the world in hopes of properly refueling them after a workout. Rockin Refuel is produced by Shamrock Farms. A large company that sells milk, sour cream, and other dairy products based out of Phoenix, Arizona. Their sports line has a builder, lean, and recovery […]

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    Written by Ellyn Santiago

    Ellyn Santiago

    An award-wining investigative journalist for more 30 years, one of the things I never really wrote about was health, wellness, and fitness. Ironically, I've been overweight my whole life so I know diets. Intimately. And, having been a​n editor and writer for a​ fitness magazine ​recently, I learned a thing or 10. Now, I'm committed to exploring the many weight loss options out there to try to help folks make good choices.

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    South Beach Diet Review

    More than a thousand reviewers gave the South Beach Diet plan four and five-star reviews. But it wasn’t all a love fest. 

    Word on the Street about the SOUTH BEACH DIET

    The book is the diet, and reviews of the book by users who read it and followed the diet reveals that the South Beach Diet not only works, but is very highly rated. Amazon reviewers – more than 2,000 of them – gave the South Beach Diet an average rating of 4.5 stars. That’s pretty significant. [5] 

    “Michelle27” (2017, 5 stars) summed it up:  

    With this meal plan and great, super-nutritious recipes, you will not be hungry. The only problem with this diet is the expense. Carbs, it turns out, are fairly cheap (pasta, potatoes, bread), while vegetables, meat and cheese can be expensive. Every time you turn around, you will be off to the vegetable stand, but it is well worth it. On this diet, you will be well fed and your family, friends, doctor and insurance company will be impressed.

    More than a thousand reviewers gave the South Beach Diet plan four and five-star reviews. But it wasn’t all a love fest.  

    “Charlotte Gonzales” was not a fan; she gave it a one-star rating.

    I did not like this diet, a little more restrictive than I would like, will go back to Weight watchers.

    Ooh, burn.

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    The Science (or Lack Thereof) Behind the SOUTH BEACH Diet  

    South Beach Diet creator Dr. Arthur Agatston, a cardiologist from Miami, designed an “eating plan to improve the cholesterol and insulin levels of his patients.” A side benefit was his patients lost weight. Dr. Agatston and dietitian Marie Almon developed the diet, which led to a best-selling book in 2003. The diet – though designed to reduce cholesterol and sugar levels in the blood – came with pretty significant preliminary weight loss, though it didn't last.  

    And some medical and nutritional professionals aren’t convinced with Dr. Agatston’s science:

    … as of the early 2000's, there is no scientific proof that eating low-GI foods will have any more weight loss effect than eating a normal, calorie-reduced diet that includes carbohydrates; that Dr. Agatston also fails to take into account the interaction of different foods when eaten together, which can dramatically alter glucose metabolism; and that this failure means that utilizing the Glycemic Index as a gauge for what foods to eat is not only confusing but also slightly misleading.(emphasis added)

    However, the Mayo Clinic believes the South Beach Diet plan not only helps one lose weight but,  

    Research shows that following a long-term eating plan that’s rich in healthy carbohydrates and dietary fats, such as whole grains, unsaturated fats, vegetables and fruits, can improve your health. For example, lower carbohydrate diets with healthy fats may improve your blood cholesterol levels.

    This diet is safe and possibly effective. But the Mayo Clinic is not a fan of the extreme ketosis that happens in the first phase:  

    … if you severely restrict your carbohydrates, you may experience problems from ketosis. Ketosis occurs when you don’t have enough sugar (glucose) for energy, so your body breaks down stored fat, causing ketones to build up in your body. Side effects from ketosis can include nausea, headache, mental fatigue and bad breath, and sometimes dehydration and dizziness.
    Others swear by ketosis, but that’s another diet and review completely.  

    The Bottom Line: Is the SOUTH BEACH DIET Worth a Try? 

    Depends.  I do like the concept. Severely restricting or eliminating bad carbs is a smart way to eat. Period. But I don’t think you needs to purchase pre-packaged meals to accomplish this.  

    But if you simply don’t have time to cook, you may opt for the South Beach Diet foods. Remember that prepackaged foods often are full of sodium and other ingredients in order to enhance taste while reducing calories. Though I suspect that for those who do that and have families to feed are either cooking for them or spending a lot of money on delivery. Just saying.  

    NOTE: The South Beach Diet was recently purchased by Nutrisystem. Not sure if that makes a difference to you, but if you’re not a fan of Nutrisystem, well, South Beach is now under the Nutrisystem umbrella, so there’s that to consider.

    Some diets have devotees who have either: 

    • done the diet several times and been successful only to fall off, gain and then jump back on to lose again, or  
    • embraced a diet so completely it changed the way they eat – and move – for life.  

    The South Beach Diet is one of those diets akin to super popular plans both commercial and non, like the DASH or Mediterranean diets, or Weight Watchers or Jenny Craig.  

    The South Beach Diet, pioneered by a Miami-based physician, is based on the principle that the sugars found in white starches – including bread, potatoes and pasta—as well as the bad-for-you sugars (carbohydrates) found in processed foods create a vicious cycle of low to high glucose. You eat a bunch of white rice or mashed potatoes and your sugar shoots up fast. Once your glucose comes down equally fast – “crashes” – your body craves the sugar again, and on and on. Cut the carbs way down, increase the good fats and lean proteins, plus of course lots of greens, and your body starts to burn that fat for energy and you lose weight.  

    It makes a lot of sense for anyone who’s ever done a low-carb diet; you do lose weight if you stick to it. But therein lies the problem with the South Beach Diet and similar very low bad-carb diets – sticking with it. You cannot sustain the weight loss long-term if you don’t maintain that way of eating all the time. The right key to weight loss, we all know by now, is food balance with smart healthy choices in  controlled portions, plus exercise. But that takes time and a long-term commitment.   

    All that said, the South Beach Diet is popular because it works when you work it, aficionados say. Let’s see.  

    How Does the SOUTH BEACH Diet work?  

    South Beach Diet Phase 1 is all about a “body reboot” – weight loss of 8 to 13 pounds in the two weeks, with belly fat the first to go; the way you do that is with the very low-carb prepackaged South Beach Diet meals plan. You do prepare two full days of meals on your own using South Beach Diet Phase 1 recipes, so in a week you eat fifteen of their meals and six you make yourself. South Beach Diet claims your cravings for sugar and refined starches will decrease dramatically and you’ll burn off fat without being hungry, because of all the lean proteins and healthy fats you’ll be eating.  

    Then it’s on to Phase 2, where it’s promised you’ll see a 1 to 2 pound weight loss per week. People who have done the program largely agree you do lose the initial weight and, if you follow the plan religiously, you may continue to lose. Phase 2 adds in “good carbs” from unprocessed, low refined sugar items like whole-grain breads and pastas, plus a lot more fruit and vegetable choices. Honestly, at this point you could just prepare your own meals with an eye on carb intakes, but South Beach Diet would prefer you buy their meals and, as in the first phase, just prepare a few of your own each week. They’re time-saving, balanced with the right mix of healthy fats, lean proteins and good carbs, plus they’re “delicious,” South Beach Diet says. (Of course they do.) This phase also includes fitness tips.  

    The third and final phase – “you’ve got this” – is a maintenance phase, assuming you’ve reached your weight loss goals. Now you eat whatever you want in moderation, while keeping the “basic South Beach principles” in mind; limit (or eliminate) processed foods and white starches. Plus, you continue to skip fast foods, which are loaded with all the stuff you’re never supposed to eat, including tons of bad carbs and unhealthy fats.  

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    1. http://www.southbeachdiet.com/home/index.jsp  
    2. http://www.encyclopedia.com/sports-and-everyday-life/food-and-drink/food-and-cooking/south-beach-diet 
    3. http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/in-depth/south-beach-diet/art-20048491 
    4. http://www.webmd.com/diet/a-z/south-beach-diet-what-it-is 
    5. https://www.amazon.com/South-Beach-Diet-Delicious-Doctor-Designed/product-reviews/031231521X 
    6. https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R13TXLG94655UV/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=031231521X  
    7. https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R115UC3F2RU5QS/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=031231521X  
    8. http://newsroom.nutrisystem.com/nutrisystem-inc-announces-multi-brand-approach-for-2017/  

     

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    Written by Ellyn Santiago

    Ellyn Santiago

    An award-wining investigative journalist for more 30 years, one of the things I never really wrote about was health, wellness, and fitness. Ironically, I've been overweight my whole life so I know diets. Intimately. And, having been a​n editor and writer for a​ fitness magazine ​recently, I learned a thing or 10. Now, I'm committed to exploring the many weight loss options out there to try to help folks make good choices.

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    Slimgenics Review

    Founded in 2003, “Slimgenics” or formerly known as “Slim4life”

    Slimgenics is essentially Slim4Life 2.0. The website’s different, the specific weight loss programs differ slightly, but the underlying modus operandi is the same: Slimgenics' costs are exorbitant. It’s a wildly overpriced weight loss program that hustles customers to pay far too much money for nutritional advice provided by counselors, staffers without dietary and nutrition skills or licensure making less than $11 an hour [1], a diet plan is set , and then drip, drip, drip, the big reveal: you have to pay hundreds, even thousands, of dollars for program-required dietary supplements, meal replacement foods and counseling.

    Done online (called the At-Home) and in actual centers, where Slim4Life had locations in Texas, Kansas and Florida, Slimgenics is located in Colorado, Ohio, and Minnesota. Interestingly, they both also share Missouri locations. I cannot swear to this, but the programs are so similar and though Slim4Life claims to have been decades ago, Slimgenics premiered in 2003 and some refer to it as “formerly Slim4Life.” I’ve seen this before, where a weight loss business sells off its program almost like a franchise—essentially the same program but with enough differences to make each its own. This review then will resemble my recent one on Slim4Life, with a few more concerning details.

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    Slimgenics is headquartered in Arvada, Colorado. They have both an A-plus rating and accreditation from the Better Business Bureau. But here’s the kicker. Since they got their BBB profile in 2003, there is only one review and no open customer complaints (they answered all 11 complaints, mostly with “sorry, you signed our contract saying nothing is returnable or refundable.”). And I suspect it’s because of this little note on their BBB profile sidebar:

    The company has requested that any complaint a consumer may have should be addressed to the specific location to which the consumer patronizes and not to this location. This location is the administrative offices. [2]

    So they don’t stand behind their locations. Thus covering their corporate behinds. And about that accreditation: turns out businesses pay for that little sticker. Now, they also have to qualify by meeting, committing to, and maintaining good business practices, but when you outsource all your customer gripes to your individual locations, that’s pretty easy to do.

    Slimgenics Claims

    Slimgenics says its program is “more than weight loss—it’s a way of life.” Slimgenics purports that based on “proven scientific principles” its program and supplements will “help improve body toxicity, inflammation, digestive health and weight-related hormonal imbalances—all while eating real food.” [3]

    If the word “healthy” had been added between the word “real” and the word “food” plus regular exercise, well, your body would do the rest of the work; it’s a pretty amazing machine. That said, we’ll explore the claims and see what, if anything, sets Slimgenics apart from the pack.

    Slimgenics admits that any results, which may vary, can only be achieved on its program by following a “reduced-calorie high-protein” diet. It promises you’ll lose weight fast—2 to 5 pounds the first week and then 1 to 3 pounds a week—with “no exercise required.” [3]

    Red flag.

    Slimgenics weight loss programs are, they claim, a “proven, effective nutrition-based approach to weight loss” with individual food plans, support and guidance. Honestly, that part sounds great, but without exercise I am dubious.

    But worse yet is what Slimgenics doesn’t mention at top: you must buy tons of supplements and other Slimgenics products—snacks and shakes, for example—and they are not cheap. Plus, the effectiveness of any one of their myriad supplements is in question. Largely not bad for you, but certainly not necessary to lose weight. Slimgenics claims that thermogenesis is the key to your quick weight loss and that its metabolism boosters are just the trick, again without moving your body. Slimgenics expects customers to “enjoy delicious Thermo-Snacks® daily.”

    The diet is based on a number of flawed premises, including that

    • you don’t need to exercise
    • you shouldn’t drink too much water—which they claim flushes electrolytes from the body
    • and Slimgenics does not shy away from so-called diet foods that the new conventional wisdom says are bad for you, like artificial sweeteners found in diet soda.

    Slimgenics Ingredients/Plan

    Slimgenics can be done in-person at one of its centers or online. Slimgenics’ price for its At-Home Starter Kit is $450 and includes seven detox, digestive health, and weight loss supplements, drink powder, and some snacks. Which seems to me an outrageous amount for vitamin, mineral, probiotic and digestive enzyme supplements that contain similar ingredients—probiotics, fish oils, minerals, vitamins, green tea extract, and other usual ingredients that show up in dietary supplements—at your local Wal-Mart for far less. [4] [5]

    Taking a quick look, Slimgenics Slim Repair detox shakes, which run $130, are said to “break through stubborn plateaus,” must be used at the beginning of the program and every six or so weeks until you reach your weight loss goal and then, you still need to drink them every eight weeks while you’re maintaining your new weight. This is a stunning requirement and expensive to boot. Even a 3-day supply of this mix is a whopping $55.

    There’s the Omega Slim—Omega-3, -6 and -9 fish oil capsules which they identify as proprietary—that costs $85 for a one-month supply. You need to take nine—yes, nine—capsules a day.

    Or the Pura Slim Metabolizer, for $145, made from cayenne, bitter orange, nutmeg, niacin and magnesium. You take up to six capsules a day. I mean, come on. [6]

    Proponents of Slimgenics say the support received from personal counseling at one of its centers in 34 major metropolitan areas across Colorado, Minnesota, and Ohio, is helpful. [7] The cost range for going to a center, having a diet plan made, and then being told what supplements you must take, can range from several hundred to several thousand dollars.

    The Science (or Lack Thereof) Behind Slimgenics

    Any diet that mandates people purchase their supplements should be immediately suspect, health care providers say. Be leery of any plan that recommends a shelf full of supplements, says WebMD.com. And the American Dietetic Association (ADA) recommends that people get nutrients from food and not from pills. [8]

    Most of Slimgenics snacks get their protein from soy, and while it’s certainly a fantastic source of plant protein (as any vegetarian will tell you) there is some science out there that too much soy can present some hazards—most recommendations are no more than 50-60 grams of soy protein per day. And most soy powders contain a lot fewer of the healthy isoflavones than soybeans themselves. Too much soy can increase risk of bleeding and lower blood sugar, can raise blood pressure, and mess with hormone-sensitive conditions and certain medications. The Mayo Clinic specifically says “Avoid soy at levels higher than normally consumed in food if the person is pregnant or lactating, has cancer or is at risk for cancer, or is taking medications.” [9] [10]

    Word on the Street About Slimgenics

    There are no shortage of glowing Slimgenics reviews on its website. Success story after success story. [11]

    But while I don’t dispute these accounts, I find it to be more honest and candid to seek out reviews from other sources. I will add that their Facebook page has some 130,000 followers, which is pretty huge. There are no reviews posted on the page per se and the timeline posts seem to only have a handful of “Likes”—this despite the large following. Hmm. [12]

    “Sarah” was a Slimgenics customer, and she left a comment on a fairly complimentary review site. But she was hardly impressed. Here’s her take:

    Slimgenics sells over priced supplements and processed food. It is expensive (several thousand dollars). Many of these supplements cause gas and bloating, and sometimes diarrhea, but sometimes you can get used to it. The people who work there assured me this is normal but it is not pleasant.

    The staff are repetitive but friendly. They say things that cannot be supported by current research, but they are trying to help so it’s not their fault. They are not medical doctors and some of their dietary advice is old-fashioned, but since they are mostly genuinely kind, it’s not so bad.

    The staff are pushy about selling products and about insisting how much you lose. Sometimes it seems that they are forcing you to commit to a very low weight. They will write all over your contract and the amount they expect you to lose will be adjusted up and up and up. Beware of this tactic.

    You can go to other cheaper services to be weighed and be accountable for weight loss. This approach is expensive. [13]

    The Clean Plate Club says Slimgenics “costs an arm and a leg” and recommends dieters “save your monies.” [14]

    The thing is, Slimgenics says none of this on its website. It claims the $5/week fee is it. In fact, Slimgenics calls itself one of the most affordable weight-loss programs available today. But if you really look at what they’re saying,

    Program Service Fees are $5/week with full program enrollment. Service fees include a personalized nutritional profile, body fat analysis, four-phase weight loss/weight management program and materials, nutritional curriculum and one-on-one support up to six visits per week. Your program service fees are determined by the amount of weight you need to lose. All nutritional supplements are sold separately. [15] (emphasis added)

    Pretty classic bait-and-switch.

    A person who worked for a Minnesota Slimgenics location wrote a review that corroborates what many users have complained about. “They claim to be all about wellness, but it’s all about sales. There is no continuity between centers and you could know everything about the program and help people a lot but unless you have sales numbers, they couldn’t care less.” [16]

    To be fair, there are some reviews on GlassDoor that praise Slimgenics as not only the best weight loss program around, but also the best place to work. That said, there are a number of employees (at least two former) who claim that management write the great reviews. I find it hard to believe that staff earning on average between $10 and $12 an hour would be raving. But that’s just me. I guess I’m a skeptic.

    And then I saw this review: “Managers wanting you to push clients through doors fast, even if they need to vent.” [17]

    The Bottom Line: Is Slimgenics Worth a Try?

    Definitely Not. Unconvinced by any of their claims, I believe this program is a racket. And if even Slimgenics employees call the weight loss program a bait-and-switch… Well, there you have it. For the thousands of dollar you’d spend doing Slimgenics, you could simply buy fresh healthy foods and join a high-end gym.

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    References

    1. https://www.glassdoor.com/Salary/SlimGenics-Salaries-E384125.htm.
    2. https://www.bbb.org/denver/business-reviews/weight-control-services/slimgenics-in-arvada-co-59024555/bbb-accreditation.
    3. https://www.slimgenicsdirect.com/.
    4. https://www.slimgenicsdirect.com/product-category/weight-loss-programs/programs/.
    5. https://www.slimgenicsdirect.com/product/premium-weight-loss-starter-kit/.
    6. https://www.slimgenicsdirect.com/product-category/supplements/.
    7. https://www.slimgenics.com/locations/.
    8. http://www.webmd.com/diet/obesity/features/worst-diets-ever-diets-that-dont-work#1.
    9. https://nutritionfacts.org/video/how-much-soy-is-too-much/.
    10. http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/soy/safety/hrb-20060012.
    11. https://www.slimgenics.com/success-stories/.
    12. https://www.facebook.com/slimgenics/.
    13. http://doesitreallywork.org/slimgenics-review/.
    14. http://cleanplateclub.weebly.com/slimgenics-blog.html.
    15. https://www.slimgenics.com/program-costs/.
    16. https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/SlimGenics-Reviews-E384125.htm.
    17. https://www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/SlimGenics-Maple-Grove-Reviews-EI_IE384125.0,10_IL.11,22_IC1162297.htm.

     

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    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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    Rockin Refuel Review

    No hype, no mega-buzzwords

    Rockin Refuel by Shamrock Foods is a milk-based protein beverage marketed to the sports enthusiasts and teams around the country. These ready-to-drink protein shakes come in a variety of types depending on your body needs. They can be purchased at Publix, Kroger, Speedway, and Winn-Dixie stores in a variety of different states.

    Shamrock Foods has been in business for over 60 years, but Rockin Refuel drinks have only been on the market since 2011. Their Better Business Profile is very solid, landing them an A rating with no reviews, but no complaints, either. They also qualified for and paid the fee for Accreditation. [1]

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    Company Contact Information: Shamrock Foods, 3900 E Camelback Rd Ste. 300, Phoenix, AZ 85018-2615. Phone: 602- 272- 6721.

    The company offers three different products to purchase, which are:

    • Muscle Recovery, a post-workout drink that gives you over 20 grams of protein to help replenish muscles.
    • Muscle Builder is a different formula that contains over 30 grams of protein with just 6 grams of sugar. Max Muscle Builder offers a whopping 50 grams of protein with just 11 grams of sugar (and 6 grams of fiber!).
    • Lean Builder offers a lower-calorie, lower-sugar option with 20 g protein.

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    Rockin Refuel Claims

    Chocolate milk may be just as effective as certain commercial sport drinks in helping athletes refuel muscles after a workout. In fact, an Indiana University study found that endurance-trained cyclists who drank low-fat chocolate milk after an intense period of cycling were able to workout longer and have more power during a second workout compared to when the same athletes drank a commercially available carbohydrate replacement drink. [2]

    Made with Real Milk and natural protein to help build or rebuild muscles—9 Essential Nutrients – including Calcium and Vitamins A & D—Low in Fat but loaded with flavor—Naturally Occurring Electrolytes [2]

    No hype, no mega-buzzwords. Straightforward claims about the ingredients, the science behind the product, and the taste. There is no money-back guarantee with this product because it is sold independently at grocery stores, but if you have a problem with your product the store you bought it from will most likely accommodate. And it’s not a great punch to the wallet if you find it doesn’t work.

    A 12-bottle case costs $29.99 plus shipping on Rockin Refuel’s own website, or you can buy them separately at the grocery store for around $1.25 per bottle, depending on which store you go to. Maverick convenience stores also carry them. Amazon.com used to—there are reviews—but it’s now listed as “currently unavailable.”

    Rockin Refuel Ingredients

    Muscle Recovery (Chocolate): Lowfat Milk, Nonfat Milk, Maltodextrin, Cocoa processed with Alkali, Carrageenan, Salt, Artificial Flavor, Acesulfame Potassium, Sucralose, Vitamin A Palimate, and Vitamin D3. [3]

    Muscle Builder (Vanilla): Water, Skim Milk, Milk Protein Concentrate, Cream, Soluble Corn Fiber, Artificial Flavor, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Salt, Sucralose, Caramel Color, Carrageenan, Lactase Enzyme, Vitamin A Palimate, and Vitamin D3. [4]

    Lean Builder (Chocolate): Water, Skim Milk, Milk Protein Concentrate, Cream, Cocoa, Cocoa processed with Alkali, Soluble Corn Fiber, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Guar Gum, Corn Starch, Salt, Sucralose, Carrageenan, Lactose Enzyme, Vitamin A Palimate, and Vitamin D3. [5]

    The Science (or Lack Thereof) Behind Rockin Refuel

    There haven’t been any studies specifically on Rockin Refuel products, but I did find some concerns about a couple of ingredients. Not five-alarm DEFCON 1 concerns, but some concerns nonetheless. It doesn’t help that they aren’t familiar terms.

    Shamrock Foods uses a lot of science about why chocolate milk is best for recovery (and the science seems pretty solid on that), but Rockin Refuel is a little more than just chocolate milk. So let’s address the concerns, and then we’ll look at the chocolate milk science briefly.

    The Muscle Recovery drink contains Acesulfame Potassium, which you wouldn’t think much about because potassium is good for us, right? Turns out Acesulfame Potassium, also known as Ace-K (K is the chemical symbol for potassium), is actually an artificial sweetener. It’s used widely around the world and is about 200 times sweeter than sugar. The non-profit Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) suggests more study is needed, as most of the science on Ace-K was done back in the 70s and the quality of testing wasn’t high. At the moment it’s on their “avoid” list, but the US Food and Drug Administration hasn’t raised an alarm about it yet. In fact, WebMD reports the FDA says more than 90 studies support its safety. So maybe the alarm is a little overblown. [6] [7]

    The other ingredient, which is in all the Rockin Refuel products, is Carrageenan, a thickening agent derived from seaweed. CSPI lists this one as “caution,” mainly because

    Large amounts of carrageenan have harmed test animals’ colons. The amounts in food are too small to be a concern for most people, but an independent committee of the World Health Organization (WHO) concluded that it is unclear whether people with episodes of gastrointestinal disease might absorb some carrageenan, which presumably could cause gastrointestinal or immune system problems. [6]

    Now, WebMD does point out a few special precautions on this one, though it judges carrageenan to be “Likely Safe” in most food amounts. There are theories (and they make sure to specify these are theories) about carrageenan slowing blood clotting and lowering blood pressure. So if you’re concerned about either of those conditions, or if you have surgery coming up, you might want to consider cutting out these drinks for a couple weeks before, but just as a precaution. [8]

    So now let’s look briefly at good old chocolate milk. In many of the studies done, milk helps the person to stay hydrated after an activity and it contains calcium, potassium, sodium, and magnesium—which are all essential for replenishing electrolytes. There were no negative comments in any of the studies looking into why chocolate milk will help the muscles recover faster.

    According to a study published in the 2012 Medicine and Sports Science journal,

    Consuming chocolate milk immediately after exercise and again at 2 [hours] post-exercise appears to be optimal for exercise recovery and may attenuate indices of muscle damage. Future research should examine the optimal amount, timing, and frequency of ingestion of chocolate milk on post-exercise recovery measures including performance, indices of muscle damage, and muscle glycogen resynthesis. [9] (emphasis added)

    This study was done exclusively on drinking chocolate milk after a workout, and not before one.

    Other studies noted that low-fat chocolate milk out-rated all of the electrolyte drinks, as far as replenishing electrolytes in the body was concerned, and sped up recovery time exponentially.

    On average, swimmers shaved off 2.1 seconds per 200 yard swim, and 0.5 seconds per 75 yard sprint after drinking reduced fat chocolate milk, compared to when they recovered with a traditional carbohydrate sports drink or calorie-free beverage. [10]

    Word On The Street About Rockin Refuel

    Rockin Refuel has many different reviews from individuals seeking optimal recovery after workouts. When looking at real reviews from a cross-fit site—the “Marines” of the fitness world, they take their recovery drinks seriously—the majority of people did not like the fact that it contained artificial ingredients, because just drinking milk with some whey protein powder was more cost effective and wholesome for the body. They also mentioned that the drink had to be refrigerated, which was not ideal for taking it to the gym and letting it sit in your gym bag for an hour plus. [5]

    If the gym or school you attend has them on hand in the refrigerator for after a workout, though, that would be the ideal way to consume them for health reasons. Other people said they really enjoyed the taste of the product, and felt like it was an easy way to get protein in for the day. A lot of customers said that the drink was far better than competitor Muscle Milk, and the aftertaste was non-existent.

    Convenience plays a big role here. If you’re coming home right after a workout, or if you’re passing a Maverick on the way to work, it beats stopping at Starbucks. There were no side effects mentioned, and no warnings from the company.

    Rockin Refuel Muscle Recovery enjoyed a 91 percent 5-star rating of its ten Amazon.com reviews before it was discontinued there.

    “France” (2011) loved it but only gave it two stars because of the pricing.

    I really like the product, especially as a post-workout ‘refuel.’ I couldn’t find it where I usually shopped in California, so I ordered it off Amazon. Then when I was in Arizona I found it at Fry’s for only $1.25 per bottle (vs. the $2.50 per bottle it costs on Amazon). – “France”

    I went online to Shamrock Farms website product locator and will be buying it at a store near my house instead of online. All in all a great product, but if you want to save some money check out the supermarket first(at $1 savings per bottle and 4 bottles per week you’d save $208 a year). [12]

    The Bottom Line: Is Rockin Refuel Worth a Try?

    Yes. Obtaining optimal muscle recovery is essential for anyone looking to build muscle and keep it on for long periods of time. While it’s probably not great for the warriors among us—who prefer plain low fat chocolate milk with some added whey protein—it’s not a bad option for us mere mortals looking for good recovery fuel after a workout. I like that they offer three different types of product to choose from depending on your needs. Another positive is the taste, which many people say is the best of all the protein drinks out there. And it’s widely available at your grocery store or the Maverick on the block. Trying it will be easy and affordable.

    1. https://www.bbb.org/phoenix/business-reviews/food-manufacturers-wholesalers-distributors/shamrock-foods-company-in-phoenix-az-8369/reviews-and-complaints.
    2. http://rockinrefuel.com/why-rockin-refuel/.
    3. http://rockinrefuel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/RR-Muscle-Recovery-Chocolate-1.jpg.
    4. http://rockinrefuel.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/12oz-muscle-builder-vanilla-rockin-refuel.jpg.
    5. http://rockinrefuel.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/12oz-lean-builder-chocolate-rockin-refuel.jpg.
    6. https://cspinet.org/eating-healthy/chemical-cuisine.
    7. http://www.webmd.com/diet/stevia-sugar-substitutes#1-3.
    8. http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-710-carrageenan.aspx?activeingredientid=710&activeingredientname=carrageenan.
    9. K. Pritchett and R. Pritchett, “Chocolate Milk: A Post-Exercise Recovery Beverage for Endurance Sports,” Medicine and Sports Science, 2012; 59: 127-34, epub 2012 Oct 15,   https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23075563.
    10. http://builtwithchocolatemilk.com/science/gain-performance-edge.
    11. http://board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=52668.
    12. https://www.amazon.com/Shamrock-Farms-Chocolate-11-Ounce-Containers/product-reviews/B004NG1RWM.

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    Genius Burn Review

    Nootropics Genius Burn is a caffeine free, thermogenic fat burner that is made by The Genius Brand. There are 60 capsules that come in one bottle for around $49.99 before shipping. It is supposed to help you burn fat, lose weight, and give you improved results just by taking 1-2 capsules 1-3 times per day. So what exactly does nootropics mean? If you are not familiar with this terminology, it is a drug that is used to help with improving memory and cognitive function. [1] The company that created Genius Burn is based out of Seattle, Washington, but they do not provide an address or any customer support outside of their e-mail form on the website. They push this product saying it works without having to incorporate any harmful stimulants, so I wanted to dig deeper on the effectiveness of this product as a whole for weight loss. Is this the best nootropics product out there, and does it live it up to the large claims that are being made?

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    Genius Burn Claims

    They claim, “Unlike any other formula on the market, Genius Burn features 9 clinically backed ingredients in efficacious doses that support both brain health & fat loss. The inclusion of these TESTED ingredients guarantees effectiveness, safety, and ultimately, results.” [2] Other claims regarding the ingredients are: “Boost memory, focus, & clarity without the use of cheap artificial stimulant like synthetic caffeine. Cognizin, AlphaSize, & TeaCrine come together to improve key brain functions (nootropic) including concentration & focus while protecting neural tissue from free radicals.”

    In addition to increasing the metabolic rate and stimulating thermogenesis, Genius Burn boasts sensoril ashwagandha, which has shown to reduce stress, combat overeating, and enhance mood. It also helps weight management through cortisol regulation. In place of synthetic caffeine, Genius Burn boasts 200mg of clinically studied TeaCrine. Known for its increase in mental energy without the crash, it provides a great alternative to caffeine. [2]

    These are some of the main claims involving their ingredients, but there are no outside studies done to prove why these ingredients really do work.

    They warn if you are pregnant or breastfeeding not to take this product, and if you have certain medical conditions to run it by your doctor before taking it. These are simple precautions, but they are to be followed. It is also not advised to take this diet pill if you are under 18 years of age, especially without an adult's consent.

    Genius Burn Ingredients

    Camellia sinensis leaf extract, tuber fleeceflower root extract, loranthus parasiticus extract, ashwagandha, glycoside conjugates, theacrine, cognizin, alphasize, GS4, paradoxine, capsimax, astragin, and huperzia serrata. [3]

    The Science (or Lack Thereof) Behind Genius Burn

    They make an abundance of claims surrounding the ingredients in the product and what they are proven to do for weight loss, energy, brain function, and your metabolism. What the company fails to show is any proof backing up these claims on their site, which was unsettling. I wanted to do a little digging on my own to look into these ingredients to see if they are all they are cracked up to be. Anytime you are using supplementation to see weight loss, you want to make sure what you are putting into your body is indeed honest.

    Right off the bat they come out and say that anything caffeinated is not needed for enhanced brain function, but that cognizin, alphasize, & theacrine will do the job for bettering your memory and brain function overall. When looking into a study done on cognizin and how it affects patients with traumatic brain injuries or illnesses like stroke, vascular dementia, and Parkinson’s disease, it was interesting to see the results. At the end of the study they admitted there are still many things that are unresolved, and many holes over the course of different studies.

    They also said,

    Despite these difficulties and elements of confusion between different clinical studies performed at different periods of time, citicoline has emerged as a valid treatment for patients with chronic cerebrovascular disorders or with memory problems. [4]

    There wasn’t much information on alphasize, but there was a study involving theacrine (otherwise known as TeaCrine) and its effects on cognitive performance and how it compares to actual caffeine. They studied 20 different healthy men between the ages of 18 and 31, and all of these men were regular consumers of caffeine. Each day they were given either theacrine, caffeine, or a placebo. Both the caffeine and the theacrine contained around 150 mg. Each participant had to come in three days in a row, at the same time in the morning with strict rules regarding resting, diet, and stimulation.

    So what was their finding? All of the participants completed the study and they found:

    Our data indicates that acute intake of the theacrine-containing dietary supplement TheaTrim does not significantly alter heart rate or blood pressure in healthy men or women. Moreover, neither TheaTrim nor caffeine alone improves cognitive performance in a statistically significant manner. However, TheaTrim does appear to favorably impact multiple subjective feelings related to energy and mood compared to caffeine and a placebo. [5]

    Lastly, I wanted to touch on ashwagandha, because the company states that this ingredient can reduce stress, give you a better mood, and reduce your appetite. While there are studies that show this ingredient can reduce stress there are no studies that prove it can combat overeating. Instead, it is traditionally used for medicinal purposes. “The health applications for ashwagandha in traditional Indian and Ayurvedic medicine are extensive. Of particular note is its use against tumors, inflammation (including arthritis), and a wide range of infectious diseases.” [7]

    Another interesting ingredient found in the supplement is called astragin. So what exactly is it? It is a natural composite that allows the body to better absorb vitamins, minerals, and amino acids upon consumption. According to Noxnutrition, “AstraGin has been proven to help arginine absorption by 62% and glucosamine absorption by 42%. It improves certain vitamins absorption by 48%.” [8] While they do not mention anything about this ingredient, I wanted to touch on it in case you were unaware of its functions.

    Word On The Street About Genius Burn

    When looking into these nootropic supplement reviews, it was rather insightful to see how people were reacting to this product overall. There were a majority of happy customers versus unhappy, which was nice to see. However, with those who were unhappy there was a lot of feedback about the product making them sick, giving them headaches, or doing nothing at all. Take a look below at the mixture of reviews on the supplement Genius Burn.

    V.L. (5.21.17, 1 star) said,

    While I admit it seemed to be burning fat, I felt just AWFUL! Though I increased water consumption as suggested, I had headaches, stomach aches, and jittery feeling. I was hoping a non-caffeine product would be more do-able. If you have a sensitive system like me, it may not be for you. [9]

    Jeannie (2.12.17, 1 star)   said,

    I cannot tell any difference before or after taking this. About the only thing I've noticed is the uptick in heartburn episodes. I don't feel more energy, enhanced concentration, or any noticeable weight loss. Honestly, why companies are allowed to sell this junk with the claims they make is beyond me. [10]

    Jela (1.6.17, 4 star) said,

    I bought this because I am looking at ways to enhance my weight loss journey and I had heard some great things about Thermogenics. I have only just started using this so I haven't really noticed any difference in my weight loss, but as the other aspect of this is Focus Enhancing, I HAVE noticed a little bit of extra clarity. Which is fantastic, when you're in low-carb fog and the like. The only thing I suggest is to take with LOTS of water as it can taste a little plant-like. [11]

    The Bottom Line: Is Genius Burn Worth A Try?

    Insufficient Data. There is something about a caffeine free, thermogenic fat burning pill that just doesn’t add up, as it almost seems too good to be true. There were some customers who were happy with the results, however, but the company could not provide one study as to why their product really does work. For those who were unhappy, it was apparent that the product really didn’t work for them at all! Headaches, foul taste from the supplement, and sickness were some of the main complaints. For some it apparently worked, but it is hard to know if they were paid or not for a nice review. There really isn’t enough data to say stay away from the product, but there is not enough evidence to make me believe that this product will truly help with fat loss and metabolic stimulation either.

    Review Sources

    1. http://www.dictionary.com/browse/nootropic?s=t
    2. http://supplementsmarter.com/product/genius-burn/
    3. https://www.amazon.com/GENIUS-BURN-Thermogenic-Suppressant-Ashwagandha/dp/B01GP2Y3BS
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    7. http://www.uofmhealth.org/health-library/hn-2039005
    8. https://noxnutrients.com/what-is-astragin-exactly/ 
    9. https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/RXDGRGJCWPFSI/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01GP2Y3BS
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    11. https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/ROP809FWTUFGQ/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01GP2Y3BS

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    Nutrisystem Diet Review

    Nutrisystem claims you will lose up to 13 pounds and 7 inches “overall in your first month,” guaranteed

    nutrisystem diet review

    In 1972, it was maxi-dresses, Easy Bake Ovens, Watergate, half a dollar for a gallon of gas, and Nutrisystem was born. Then a weight loss counseling service in brick-and-mortar centers in Pennsylvania, it was successful from the start.

    But by 2000 Nutrisystem had taken to the Web, using the Internet as well as toll-free phone numbers, even home shopping TV to promote and sell their program. Nutrisystem is also sold in big-box stores, has a mobile app, and recently bought out the South Beach Diet. A publicly traded company, Nutrisystem serves the U. S. and Canada. In 2014, Americans spent about $2.5 billion on weight loss programs. Nutrisystem took 14 percent of that market. [1]

    So how popular is Nutrisystem? The other nationally known home-delivery meal plan diet came in at just under 14 percent, so Nutrisystem’s claim to be America’s top home-delivery weight loss system seems accurate; at least in 2014 it was.

    NutriSystem’s plan includes users eating up to six nutritional, portion-controlled meals a day. Nutrisystem says it combines the right nutrition mix for each meal, doing all the calorie, carb, protein, and fat counting for you, and delivering those pre-packaged meals to your door. The Nutrisystem cost per day ranges from $10 to $12. [2]

    Nutrisystem Claims

    Nutrisystem claims you will lose up to 13 pounds and 7 inches “overall in your first month,” guaranteed—although its own study found average loss is 11.6 pounds and 8 inches. [3] And it also notes that, like every weight loss program, results will vary person to person and depend on how well you follow the average 1250-calorie-a-day diet.

    Currently, Nutrisystem is promoting its “Lean 13” program (reflecting the 13-pound weight loss claim) that is supposed to kick-start weight loss for the first week you’re on the diet. Dubbed the “Turbo Takeoff,” Nutrisystem says its team of nutrition experts and dietitians design meals with lots of lean protein and fiber, and any carbs are low-glycemic to help keep your blood sugar stabilized. Most of their pre-packaged foods contain no preservatives and all are free of artificial sweeteners or flavors. Nutrisystem believes that consuming several small meals over the course of your day “promotes greater weight loss and maintenance.”

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    NutriSystem Ingredients/Plan

    With Nutrisystem you literally eat every two or three hours—breakfast, snack (fruit or a Nutrisystem snack), lunch, a Nutrisystem-approved snack in the afternoon, dinner and dessert. The three main meals and at least one or more of the snacks are prepared Nutrisystem foods. You can also choose from a vegetarian plan or a diabetes-specific plan.

    You can supplement throughout the day with Nutrisystem-approved veggies and fruits (ones neither too starchy or sugary). So, adding fresh “grocery store” foods to the Nutrisystem meals is okay as long as that food is simpatico—in other words, no freshly made cheesecake or just-baked double chocolate chip muffins from the bakery section of your market.

    The average cost of Nutrisystem is $280 per month, with three daily cost plan options:

    • the $9.82 Basic plan comes with foods selected for you;
    • the $10.54 Core plan allows you to choose from 100 foods; and
    • the $11.96 Uniquely Yours plan allows users to choose from all Nutrisystem foods—150 of them—plus any of the frozen meals they offer.

    The Basic, at $275 a month, is good for first-timers; the Basic plan includes pre-selected, ready-to-go meals including burgers, pasta, and chocolate—customer favorites. Nutrisystem says their plan is “affordable guaranteed weight loss.”

    A typical day might include a Nutrisystem granola-like bar for breakfast, one of the brand’s shakes for mid-morning snack, its chicken noodle soup for lunch, a serving of low-fat yogurt with fresh blueberries for mid-afternoon (you’re on your own with this one), a Nutrisystem lasagna for dinner, and one of the brand’s cookies for dessert or nighttime snack. This plan also includes access to the Nutrisystem app, which provides tools, tips, and tracking.

    On their Core plan, which costs $295 a month, meals might include pizza, chocolate muffins, and loaded baked potatoes—all their creations and all calorie, carb, fat and portion-controlled. The Core plan allows you to choose your food and have unlimited access to “expert counselors and dieticians.” [4]

    And finally the Uniquely Yours, at $335 per month, has a much more varied choice of foods including myriad frozen selections. On this plan users can order Spinach Stuffed Shells and Red Velvet Whoopie Pies. The Uniquely Yours plan also has the app feature and access to expert support.

    Nutrisystem guarantees results, but the money-back guarantee is tricky: It must be a new or first-time 4-week order, with all foods sent back within the first 14 days, and you cover shipping. [5]

    Nutrisystem encourages customers to incorporate at least 30 minutes of exercise daily.

    All Nutrisystem meals are created to count your calories, carbs, and fats in a well-balanced, nutritious meal—albeit some say not always the tastiest. So we’re talking lean protein, high-fiber, low-glycemic with majority preservative-free and all without artificial sweeteners, colors or flavors.

    According to WebMD, a typical Nutrisystem meal is half “smart” carbs—ones that don’t raise blood sugar—with the other half equal parts protein and good fats. Nutrisystem also limits sodium (salt) to about 2,000 milligrams a day. [6]

    For example, Nutrisystem compares its blueberry muffin against a very popular doughnut chain’s reduced-fat blueberry muffin: [7]

    NutrisystemDoughnut Chain
    Calories170410
    Fat (grams)310
    Carbs (grams)2975
    Fiber (grams)62
    Sugar (grams)940

    Sounds healthy, but taste-wise? Hmm.

    The Science (or Lack Thereof) Behind Nutrisystem

    A Nutrisystem-sponsored study, conducted by an independent contract research organization, claims the average loss is 11.6 pounds and 8 inches. [3]

    Let’s see what actual independent research—not funded by Nutrisystem or similar weight-loss industry-related programs—has to say about that claim and also, about the science behind the Nutrisystem way of eating: frequent, small meals daily.

    First though, about sustainability. While healthy portion-controlled meals combined with exercise is the secret sauce for weight loss, with Nutrisystem doing the work for you, once you’re off the program, can you sustain that? Annals of Internal Medicine says Nutrisystem “show(s) promising weight loss results; however, additional studies evaluating long-term outcomes are needed.” [1]

    The New England Journal of Medicine concluded in 2013 that a portion-controlled and calorie-restricted diet is pretty tried and true. And while it does not comment specifically on Nutrisystem, the point is made. [8]

    The American Journal of Hypertension in a 2013 study reported that participants, postmenopausal women, lost more than 10 pounds in three months. It is not until you reach the very end of the voluminous study that you learn that one of the researchers actually works for Nutrisystem and the company helped fund the study.

    In fact, it’s nearly impossible to locate a completely independent study specific to Nutrisystem.

    Review Sources

    1. K. A. Gudzuneet al., “Efficacy of Commercial Weight Loss Programs: An Updated Systematic Review,” Annals of Internal Medicine, 2015 Apr 7; 162(7): 501-12, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4446719/.
    2. http://www.nutrisystem.com/jsps_hmr/home/index.jsp.
    3. http://www.nutrisystem.com/pdf/lean13-study_dec2016.pdf.
    4. http://www.nutrisystem.com/jsps_hmr/diet-plans/weight-loss-programs.jsp.
    5. http://www.webmd.com/diet/a-z/nutrisystem-diet.
    6. http://www.webmd.com/diet/a-z/nutrisystem-diet.
    7. http://www.nutrisystem.com/jsps_hmr/how_it_works/index.jsp.
    8. K. Casazza et al., “Myths, Presumptions, and Facts about Obesity,” New England Journal of Medicine, 2013 Jan; 368:446-54, http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMsa1208051.

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    Sugar Busters Diet Review

    Is it really possible to give up one of the most addictive ingredients?

    The Sugar Busters Review

    Review overview

    Summary

    Since 1998, sugar cutting diets have flown off the shelf, starting with “Sugar Busters! Cut the sugar to Trim Fat” by authors, H. Leighton Steward, Morrison Bethea M.D., Sam Andrews M.D., and Luis Balart M.D. The Sugar Busters Diet is also a low calorie weight loss plan that has people give up all refined sugars in hopes of helping them lose weight. The book contains a list of every item of food and every drink that people need to avoid to have success on the diet. [1]

    Since this diet cuts out refined sugars and heavy starches, it's an overall beneficial diet. It doesn't cut out major important food groups like fruits, veggies, and proteins that positively impact your overall health. It also focuses on reducing your intake of processed foods and foods higher GI that can raise your blood sugar. [3]

    How the Sugar Busters Diet Works

    Like most other extreme diets, the Sugar Busters Diet seems to ask far too much of dieters. You’ll be given guidelines of foods to eat or avoid. You'll have to let go of eating white potatoes, white rice, white bread, white flour, corn, beets, soda, candy, baked goods, and refined sugar. Most people seem willing to make multiple changes in their daily diets in order to shed pounds, but it can be a struggle for most cutting out all of their favorite foods; especially all at once. The Sugar Busters Diet is the type of weight loss system that many people will attempt, but very few of them will make it their permanent diet.[2]

    Exercise While on Sugar Busters Diet

    All types of exercises are highly approved and encouraged but it is left to the dieters discretion whether you want to implement it. This can range from daily walks to training for triathlons, but any additional workouts you add into your schedule (that are approved by a trainer or physician) will also help in weight loss. [2]

    Do Dieters Lose Weight On Sugar Busters Diet

    Since the Sugar Busters Diet does force people to cut down to close to 1,000 calories per day, they should expect to lose some weight. Of course, the second they decide to give up on this diet because it is so difficult, then chances are the weight they lost will come right back.The Sugar Busters Diet book does recommend that dieters exercise, but they don’t have any specific workouts for people to do. That makes this an incomplete diet plan since anyone who wants to maximize their weight loss will have to find a whole other program that includes an exercise program. [4]

    Difficultly

    The typical dieter will have a very tough time sticking with the Sugar Busters Diet because of all of its restrictions. Most people do enjoy a lot of foods with sugar in them, so it will be very tough to give them all up permanently. On top of that, since the diet also makes people give up beer, they will even have to be picky when they go out to a bar or over to friends’ houses. That just makes a tough diet even tougher since it affects every area of a dieter’s life. [4]

    Conclusion

    One of the pros of this diet program is that you won’t have to worry about membership costs or fees.  Diet protocol can easily be found online but it will most likely be helpful to have the book with proper guidelines and recipes. [3]

    The biggest con for the diet is that there is very little to like about the Sugar Busters Diet since it asks far too much of people without actually being a complete weight loss program. Even if people are able to lose weight after spending $25 on the book, there is a very good chance that they will give up soon after they start, simply because the Sugar Busters Diet is far too difficult to implement long term.

    Resources

    1. https://www.amazon.com/sugarbusters
    2. https://www.webmd.com/diet/a-z/sugar-busters-what-it-is
    3. https://www.rd.com/health/diet-weight-loss/when-you-stop-eating-sugar/
    4. https://www.sweetdefeat.com/blog/what-happens-when-you-stop-eating-sugar

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    Bright Line Review

    Are your weight loss struggles coming from a psychological place?

    Bright Line Review

    Verdict

    Bright Line Eating is backed by sound science and rational explanations. No food group is eliminated in its entirety, so it can be considered a healthy, wholesome eating plan. Apart from the weight loss benefits, it promises freedom from many metabolic diseases and medication and also an energy boost from the high leptin levels.  Although avoiding all processed food presents many practical problems in day-to-day life, the extra effort required may reap rich dividends. Those who have successfully followed the program vouch for its efficacy, so it is definitely worth a try, especially at the price the 2-week challenge is offered.

    Overview

    Bright Line Eating is a diet plan developed by psychologist and neuroscience expert, Dr. Susan Peirce Thompson to help people struggling with weight issues to have a permanent solution.[1] To put it in her own words, the goal of this eating plan is helping thousands of people to live “Happy, Thin, and Free.”

    According to Susan, obesity is not just a physical problem arising from consuming too many calories, but a complex one involving psychological and hormonal issues.

    Not surprisingly, she employs psychology and neuroscience principles, as well as foods that help regulate hormones, to bring about a radical change in the person. As the name implies, a number of well defined ‘bright lines’ help the dieters stay on the right course until they reach their weight goals. They also act as guidelines for maintaining the desired weight for life.\

    The main cost of the Bright Line Eating is for the 8-weeks Boot Camp, which doesn’t come cheap considering the fact that it’s an online program. The price of each camp may vary, but it is a relief that it has now come down to under $500, from the original cost of nearly $1,000. It supposedly covers the expenses of maintaining a support team for the benefit of dieters. Since the diet does not involve any weight loss products or dietary supplements, there’s no recurrent costs involved, although a small monthly fee may be payable for continued access to Facebook support groups. The recently published work by Dr. Susan Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin, and Free may be an additional cost, but it’s optional.

    The option of joining the 2-weeks challenge to get a taste of the program is an advantage for those who are wary of making a big investment. At the price of $29, it is affordable for almost anyone interested in this program.

    How the Bright Line Eating Works

    Dr. Susan insists that Bright Line Eating is not merely a diet or an eating plan for weight loss, but a completely new way of healthy living.

    She slams the conventional wisdom–eating in moderation and exercising–to lose weight. On the other hand, Bright Line Eating makes use of the hormone leptin and the ­­technique of brain rewiring to achieve control over our eating and weight gain.

    Leptin is called ‘satiety hormone’ because it is produced by the fat tissue when the body feels that it has sufficient energy store.[2] It prompts us to stop eating and become more active. In other words, the hormone leptin is actually body’s own natural defense against excessive fat storage and weight gain. Since this hormone is produced by the adipose tissue (fat cells) leptin levels in the body would naturally be higher in those having more fat tissue. However, that doesn’t seem to help them avoid gaining weight. As a matter of fact, people who are overweight or obese do produce more leptin, but it often gets blocked by the hormone insulin, so it cannot prevent weight gain. Therefore, the key to increasing leptin levels is to reduce insulin production in the body.

    The Bright Line Eating program involves moderate calorie-restriction for weight reduction, but more importantly, it almost completely eliminates all foods that trigger excessive insulin production. As everyone probably knows, insulin is produced in response to carbohydrate intake, especially sugar and refined carbs.[3] That means one should cut sugar and refined flours from the diet to reduce insulin levels and reap the benefits of leptin; and they form two of the ‘bright lines’ of the Bright Line Eating. Foods that elevate blood sugar levels are also addictive because they excite the pleasure centers of the brain like cocaine does. In fact, sugar has been found to be even more addictive than cocaine or heroin. So, that is one more good reason to stay clear of sugars. This eventually leads to rewiring of the brain to overcome sugar addiction and cravings.

    Another important feature of the program is developing automatic habits to take the strain off the willpower. According to Dr. Susan, moderating food intake merely through exercising the dieter’s discretion, whether it is the type of food or amount, is bound to fail. That is because having to make the right choices continuously taxes the willpower. Many scientific experiments have shown time and again that willpower is a mental muscle that is prone to fatigue and susceptible to failure.[4] Dependence on willpower is, in fact, one of the main reasons why so many people fail to follow through the best of weight loss diets. Consequently, the clear, non-negotiable ‘bright lines’ of this program take the choice out of your hands regarding the following:

    • Sugar (all kinds of sugar to be avoided, including honey and maple syrup)
    • Flour (all kinds of processed flours from both grains and pulses to be eliminated
    • 3 meals per day (no snacking in between)
    • Fixed quantity of food (either by weight or by plate)[Text Wrapping Break]

    The Bright Line Eating Boot Camp

    The Bright Line Eating program starts with a Boot Camp that is 8 weeks in duration. It is designed to help people overcome eating disorders and food addictions, and put them on a path of liberation from the vicious cycle of weight gain and dieting. It has much in common with de-addiction programs like Alcohol Anonymous and FA, and, like them, peer group support is continued through private social media groups. As with AA, the main prerequisite for joining the Boot Camp is that the dieter should wholeheartedly want to undertake the program. He/she should not be forced or coerced into it by parents, spouses, friends or even healthcare workers.

    The Bright Line Eating Boot Camp is a completely online program that anyone anywhere in the world can join if one has access to a computer and a reliable Internet connection. It is conducted in batches with limited admission.

    That’s one little drawback because one has to look out for the announcement of a new session. But for those who are impatient until registration for the next boot camp opens, or just want to test the waters, Dr. Susan now offers a 14-day trial or The Bright Line Eating 14-Day Challenge.

    It comes with the Bright Line Eating Weight Loss Food Plan and daily videos from Dr. Susan for 2 weeks. You will also get access to the mobile platform Bright Line Eating Daily Companion that would support your efforts as you develop the right habits to drive your weight loss journey. While this 2-weeks challenge costs $29, you could also order her new book, Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin, and Free for under $20.

    Exercise On Bright Line Eating

    As mentioned before, Dr. Susan’s view on exercise for weight loss goes against conventions. She argues, with the support of scientific evidence, that exercise has no significant role in weight reduction, and that it can actually derail your weight loss efforts.[5]

    It is quite understandable that vigorous exercise can cause physical harm when a person is carrying quite a lot of extra pounds; it can put the joints under tremendous stress, and can even lead to permanent damage. But even moderate or light exercise is discouraged in this program. It is on the premise that it causes unnecessary physical and mental stress at a time when the dieter is already under a lot of strain to adjust to the food restrictions and other lifestyle changes required by the program.

    However, later in the program, after the insulin levels have come under control, and leptin levels increase sufficiently, the body may naturally respond to these changes by increasing physical activity. One has the choice of indulging in exercise at that time, for the many benefits it offers.

    Nutritional Profile

    Bright Line Eating allows all kinds of healthy and nutritious natural foods, although in limited quantities and fixed number of times per day. The portions are generous enough to satiate real hunger and meet the energy requirements of the body. One can choose from meat, fish, vegetables, and fruits. While flours of all kinds have to be avoided, whole grains in unprocessed form are allowed. Similarly, natural sweetness in fruits and vegetables can be enjoyed; it is the concentrated and refined versions that have to be eliminated.

    Since animal sources of protein can be replaced by beans and other legumes, the Bright Line Eating plan is adaptable to vegan and vegetarian diets too. There have been no reports of nutritional deficiencies or need for vitamin or mineral supplements.[6]

    The main cost of the Bright Line Eating is for the 8-weeks Boot Camp, which doesn’t come cheap considering the fact that it’s an online program. The price of each camp may vary, but it is a relief that it has now come down to under $500, from the original cost of nearly $1,000. It supposedly covers the expenses of maintaining a support team for the benefit of dieters. Since the diet does not involve any weight loss products or dietary supplements, there’s no recurrent costs involved, although a small monthly fee may be payable for continued access to Facebook support groups. The recently published work by Dr. Susan Bright Line Eating: The Science of Living Happy, Thin, and Free may be an additional cost, but it’s optional.

    The option of joining the 2-weeks challenge to get a taste of the program is an advantage for those who are wary of making a big investment. At the price of $29, it is affordable for almost anyone interested in this program.

    Do Dieters Lose Weight on the Bright Line Eating Diet?

    Dr. Susan developed Bright Line Eating based on the diet and lifestyle changes that helped her lose weight after a long struggle with obesity in her 20s. She structured it into a comprehensive plan with ample scientific explanations and presents it as a foolproof weight loss method for the benefit of others in the same struggle. Dieters who follow the eating plan and strictly stay within the ‘bright lines’ reportedly enjoy significant weight loss over the 8 weeks they spend in the Boot Camp. They apparently continue to shed pounds even afterwards and manage to keep them off long-term.

    Average weight loss reported is about 10 pounds per month, but it is dependent on many other factors, and may vary from person to person.

    Not everyone has the same success with the diet, though. As is the case with any other weight loss diet, along with success stories, there are bound to be failures also, particularly when people cheat on the program. Metabolic makeup of individuals may also play a part in determining their response to the program. You can actually find a quiz at their website to help determine if your brain circuitry tends to undermine your weight loss efforts.

    Difficulty

    Bright Line Eating takes moderate to high level of effort. The restrictions are not many, but they really pinch, especially when it comes to sugar and refined flours. Since they have been such an integral part of our diet for so long, many dieters would find the ‘bright lines’ to be quite restrictive. Snacking between meals is so common at homes and in work places that it would take tremendous willpower to say ‘NO’ to them.

    One important fact that Dr. Susan highlights in her lecture series is that there’s no middle way, or scope for compromise, when it comes to the bright lines, especially the first two. Because of their highly addictive nature, one has no option but to avoid them completely if one wants to break the cycle. They should be treated just like alcohol or nicotine addiction where a clean break is the only way to go.

    Since the program focuses on overcoming food addictions, cravings, and eating disorders, people may find it getting easier as they go forward. That is one reason why those who tasted success with this diet choose to stick with it long term.

    Bottom Line

    Bright Line Eating is backed by sound science and rational explanations. No food group is eliminated in its entirety, so it can be considered a healthy, wholesome eating plan. Apart from the weight loss benefits, it promises freedom from many metabolic diseases and medication and also an energy boost from the high leptin levels.  Although avoiding all processed food presents many practical problems in day-to-day life, the extra effort required may reap rich dividends. Those who have successfully followed the program vouch for its efficacy, so it is definitely worth a try, especially at the price the 2-week challenge is offered.

    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.

    Most Trending Diets In 2019

    RankDiet ProgramShort-TermLong-TermWebsiteReview
    #1PS1000 Program
    VisitReview
    #2TRIM DOWN CLUB
    VisitReview
    #3Weight Watchers
    VisitReview
    #4Jenny Craig
    VisitReview
    #5Medifast
    VisitReview

    *Individual results will vary.

    Information on this website is not to replace the advise of the doctor, but rather for general education purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease and should not be considered as medical advice. Always consult your doctor before starting any diet or taking any dietary supplements.

    Articles, reviews and investigations are our own opinion, and written based on the information publicly available or simply contacting the companies. We try our best to stay up to date with constantly changing information. If you find any information inaccurate, please email us, we’ll verify for accuracy and update it.

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    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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    5 Natural Ways For Varicose Veins

    Along with genetics, varicose veins can be formed from poor blood circulation

    Along with genetics, varicose veins can be formed from poor blood circulation

    5 Natural Ways To Get Rid of Unwanted Varicose Veins

    We have all seen the infamous blue and back veins overtaking the beautiful legs of an individual. More often than not it takes over your self-esteem, making you never want to show your legs in public ever again. Many times, varicose veins are genetic but there are onslaughts of ways you can prevent them from becoming unmanageable. Varicose veins are gnarled and mangled veins that are more often than not a cosmetic concern. However, there are times when pain is a symptom from varicose veins, and treatment may be in order. They appear in the legs and feet, as there is much more pressure going to these parts of the body.

    Symptoms of Varicose Veins:

    • Veins on your legs and feet that are dark purple or blue in color.
    • Veins that appear to be twisted and bulging.
    • When your legs feel achy or heavy it may cause pain.
    • Skin ulcers forming near your ankles causing threat of a serious vascular disease. Always see a doctor if this is happening to you.

    Along with genetics, varicose veins can be formed from poor blood circulation throughout the body. There are some at home remedies that can clear up embarrassing patches of these colorful veins, and they are rather simple to follow:

    5 Home Remedies To Clear Up Varicose Veins:

    1. Apple Cider Vingear: Apple Cider Vinegar is a natural home remedy for many different medical conditions, especially varicose veins because of its antibacterial properties. It naturally cleanses the body, so it naturally promotes the health of your blood circulation. When healthy blood gets flowing again, it will naturally take down the swelling of the varicose veins.

    To use: You can either apply the apple cider vinegar directly on the veins before going to bed, or you can drink a daily-diluted solution. If applying topically, simply take as much undiluted cider as needed, and massage on the affected veins morning and night. You will repeat this process for several months before noticing a smaller appearance in the veins. If you would prefer drinking the apple cider vinegar, simply dilute two teaspoons to a small cup of water and stir it well. Repeat this process twice a day for one month to see results.

     

    1. Olive Oil and Vitamin E Oil: Because blood circulation is so important when dealing with varicose veins, rubbing a soft solution such as olive oil and vitamin E oil on the area will aid in proper blood flow.

    To use: Simply add one part olive oil to one part vitamin E oil and warm up slightly. Once the oils are warm, massage lightly onto the affected area. Repeat this twice a day, for at least one month to improve blood circulation and see results.

    1. Witch Hazel: Witch hazel is a very effective herb known to strengthen blood vessels, which is sorely needed when dealing with varicose veins. It contains gallic acid along with other essential oils that help with the pain that varicose veins can cause as well.

    To use: Take a warm washcloth and soak it in witch hazel before applying to the affected areas. Repeat this process three times daily for a month or two to notice optimal results. You can also fill a bathtub up with about 20 drops of witch hazel drops, while soaking for at least 15 minutes. Dry off your body with clean water, and repeat daily for about 1-2 months.

    1. Avoid Sitting or Standing Too Long: Because prolonged sitting (at a desk) or standing can cause unwanted pressure on your legs, be mindful of how long you are doing either one. Crossing your legs has also been said to cause varicose veins because it cuts off blood supply to the legs. Mix things up, and keep moving to avoid veins that become clotted and irritated. When you are at home, try elevating your legs when you are relaxing, to encourage positive blood flow and circulation.
    2. Exercise Daily: While this may seem like a no-brainer to some people, it often gets overlooked when talking about varicose veins. Proper exercise is really essential for your overall health and wellness, but it dramatically can affect the appearance of your varicose veins for the better. Not only does exercise promote blood circulation throughout the body, it also keeps unwanted weight off. The more weight you have, the more pressure gets put on your legs and feet causing worse outbreaks of varicose veins.

    There are many home remedies that can help you diminish the appearance of embarrassing varicose veins. If you symptoms get worse, you may want to consult your doctor for a further diagnosis. If you are experiencing pain and swelling, always consult a doctor, as it could result in cardiovascular problems down the road. Varicose veins are a very common problem that many people will face in their lifetime, but with these simple home remedies they should hopefully diminish!

    References:

    1. Varicose veins. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/varicose-veins/basics/symptoms/con-20043474

    2. Home Remedies for Varicose Veins | Top 10 Home Remedies. (2014, February 5). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from http://www.top10homeremedies.com/home-remedies/home-remedies-varicose-veins.html

    3. Home Remedies Varicose Veins. (n.d.). Retrieved December 22, 2015, from https://www.homemademedicine.com/home-remedies-varicose-veins.html

    4. Feature, W. (n.d.). New Treatments for Varicose Veins. Retrieved December 23, 2015, from http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/features/new-treatments-for-varicose-veins

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    Scabies Relief

    3 Natural Ways To Eliminate Scabies For Good

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    3 Natural Ways To Eliminate Scabies For Good

    We have all had nightmares about the creepy crawly bugs that can burrow into our skin, ears, and noses, when all of the sudden we wake up and realize it is a bigger threat than we thought. Scabies is one of those infestations of the skin that can leave us itching nonstop, and with a painful red rash. As defined by The Center for Disease Control, “Scabies is not an infection, but an infestation. Tiny mites called Sarcoptes scabiei set up shop in the outer layers of human skin. The skin does not take kindly to the invasion. As the mites burrow and lay eggs inside the skin, the infestation leads to relentless itching and an angry rash.” (CDC, 2010). The symptoms of scabies don’t tend to show up until 4-6 weeks after the mites have infested the skin if you are affected for the first time. During this time period, you are able to spread scabies to a person if you have prolonged skin contact with them. [1]

    How Scabies Can Spread:

    Prolonged Skin Contact (ie: sexual intercourse with the infected person, sharing of towels, clothing or bedding.)
    If you live in the same household as the affected person, you are at a higher threat for getting scabies due to sharing common household items such as furniture, laundry facilities, and the kitchen.

    Symptoms of Scabies:

    Severe Itching of the Skin: The itching has been said to become more intense at night.
    Thin Burrow Tracks: This will result in small red bumps along the top later of your skin. (Mayo, 2015).

    According to the Mayo Clinic, the areas that are most affected when contracting scabies are:

    • Between fingers
    • In armpits
    • Around your waist
    • Along the insides of wrists
    • On your inner elbow
    • On the soles of your feet
    • Around breasts
    • Around the male genital area
    • On buttocks
    • On knees
    • On shoulder blades

    In infants and young children, common sites of infestation include the:

    • Scalp
    • Face
    • Neck
    • Palms of the hands and soles of feet

     

    3 Natural Home Remedies to Help Get Rid of Scabies:[4]

    1. Apply Tea Tree Oil: Tea Tree Oil is a natural remedy for many skin infections, including scabies. Tea tree oil helps balance the PH levels of the skin because it is slightly acidic, and it will slowly kill off the mites trying to live in your skin. According to beyond disease, “Tea tree oil contains terpinen-4-ol which directly attacks and eliminates the scabies parasite.” (Beyond Disease, 2015). To use, simply fill up your bathtub with warm water, and drop 12-15 drops of tea tree oil in the water. Soak twice a day for 15 minutes. If you do not have time for a soak, simply mix one part tea tree oil to one part olive oil and apply directly to the infected area. Let the skin soak up the solution, and do not rub off. [3]

    2. Borax and Hydrogen Peroxide: Borax is a natural insecticide and fungicide that will help kill off the mites. Hydrogen peroxide is used as a natural antibacterial agent (hence why we pour hydrogen peroxide in open wounds). These two substances together can do a major number on the mites that have invaded your skin. To apply, simply fill a bathtub up with lukewarm water and mix in two cups of borax and one cup of hydrogen peroxide to the water. Soak once a day for 15 minutes until you notice your skin clearing up.

    3. Apply Lavender Oil: We all known lavender oil is used for relieving stress, but it is also a huge contender when talking about killing off mites. Using lavender oil will also aid in skin regeneration, which will allow your body to get rid of the infected skin. To apply lavender oil, mix equal parts of lavender oil to olive oil and apply to the affected area. Do not rub off, as the skin needs time to soak in the solution. You can apply several times throughout a day, and repeat until you see your skin clearing up. You can also combine lavender oil with a small amount of rubbing alcohol (on a q-tip) because rubbing alcohol is a strong astringent, which will help kill off the mites. Apply twice a day until the symptoms subside.

    If you or the person you are living with is infected with the Scabies disease, there are many preventative measures you can take to ensure your home and personal items will not infect others.

    When doing your laundry, make sure you clothing is completely dry, as the mite eggs will be eliminated in temperatures over 122 degrees Fahrenheit (50 degrees Celsius). The same goes for your towels and sheets, run them through the laundry on hot, as well as dry them thoroughly to ensure that the mites and their eggs are killed. Rugs, and furniture are not normally affected unless the person has “crusted” scabies, in which they will have to go to a doctor to be treated. If you suspect that you or your household members are affected with scabies, always check with a doctor for a proper diagnosis. [5]

    References

    1. Scabies Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). (2010, November 2). Retrieved January 4, 2016, from http://www.cdc.gov/parasites/scabies/gen_info/faqs.html
    2. Scabies. (n.d.). Retrieved January 4, 2016, from http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/scabies/basics/symptoms/con-20023488
    3. https://www.everydayhealth.com/scabies/treatment-prevention/
    4. 13 Natural Home Remedies to Get Rid of Scabies Fast. (2015, July 8). Retrieved January 4, 2016, from http://www.beyonddisease.com/home-remedies-to-get-rid-of-scabies
    5. Treating laundry, furniture, rugs and car for scabies mites. (n.d.). Retrieved January 4, 2016, from http://www.greendept.com/maximpulse/permethrin/treatinglaundry.html

     

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    Ayesha Khan is a registered physician, former research fellow at New York University and an enthusiastic blogger. She authored several articles on healthcare topics in renowned newspapers and scientific journals. Her blogs span a wide range of topics; from nutrition and wellness to supplements, medical research, hospital administration and evidence-based application of alternative medicine. She is currently pursuing an MBA from Drexel University Philadelphia and loves reading and networking in her spare time.

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