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    Rockin Refuel Review

    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 […]

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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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    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
    4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2695184/
    5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4663612/
    6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3573577/
    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
    10. https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3R9DSOV1LVQ8S/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01GP2Y3BS
    11. https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/ROP809FWTUFGQ/ref=cm_cr_getr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B01GP2Y3BS

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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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    Nutrisystem Diet Review

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

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    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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    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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    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

    Review overview

    Summary

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    My name is Mackenzie Mealey and I’ve had a love for the health and fitness field since I was 13. I grew up in Scottsdale, AZ for 23 years with my parents and 2 sisters and attended Paradise Valley Community College to obtain my Nutrition and Dietetics Degree. Life had some other plans that lead me to move up by extended family where I also met my significant other and we get to hike, ride our motorcycles and take care of our 2 dogs. In the last 5 years I developed several food allergies which has driven me to further pursue my knowledge in the food and health field around us to help educate those around me on how to better themselves.

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