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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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    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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    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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    Ellyn Santiago

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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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    Ketogenic Diet: Miracle Or A Dangerous Marketing Trick?

    Ketogenic Keto Diet Review

     

     

    We, especially us women, are constantly in search of a new, better, faster results, miracle diet that will finally help us feel beautiful and loved. Have you noticed how each year old diets are reinvented into something “new” and “the best” and “the diet”? The Question that comes to mind is if the diet is so good and has seen tremendous success why did it not stick and was forgotten? Do you remember all the “most popular” diets that have come and gone? Some are still fighting to stay alive by rebranding, reinventing or simply sticking to the same basics but throwing more advertising money and aggressive marketing tricks. Some of the diets or diet pills have later been deemed as extremely unsafe, dangerous and sometimes even plain ineffective but it does not stop some people from still trying and not giving up on the hope to one day achieve that dream body that we have been conditioned to think will bring us latent happiness.

    Ketogenic Plan

    ProsCons
    •    Quick Weightloss
    •    Easy to follow
    •    All fats allowed
    •    Many recipes available
    •    Dangerous without professional

    •    Many unpleasant side effects
    •    Can have permanent side effects

    Ketogenic diet is a high-fat, extremely low-carb diet. Developed in the 1920s to treat epilepsy, it is a starvation diet modeled on the ancient practice of fasting that is known to offer significant relief from epileptic symptoms. Although ketogenic diet has been found to be beneficial in reducing seizures, especially in children, it was largely replaced by modern epileptic drugs. However, interest in this diet has been rekindled of late, not only for treating the disorder but also as a weight loss diet.

    How the Ketogenic Diet Works

    Normally, our brain requires a steady supply of glucose for its functioning, but, in the absence of glucose, as when you fast, it uses fat as an alternative fuel. When fat is broken down for energy, a group of substances called ketones are produced, and they cross the blood-brain barrier to feed the brain cells. [1]

    Epileptic seizures seem to reduce in frequency and severity when ketones take the place of glucose as the main source of energy. That is the reason why fasting had been recommended as an effective therapy for epilepsy for ages. Ketogenic diet mimics this effect by eliminating carbohydrates––the source of glucose––from the diet while increasing fat consumption. [2]

    In ketogenic diet, the almost complete elimination of carbohydrates alters the normal metabolic pathways, forcing the body to burn fat for energy. As a result, ketones such as beta-hydroxybutyric acid and acetone are synthesized in the liver from fat, putting the body in a state of ‘ketosis,’ where fat is rapidly used up as the major fuel for energy, rather than glucose. In other words, ketogenic diet turns the body into a fat-burning machine, which has, not surprisingly, made it popular as a weight loss measure.

    Ketogenic diet for weight loss is not well defined, although it is generally agreed that carbohydrates should be limited to less than 15-20 grams. One popular 1,600 calorie diet plan includes 136 grams of fat from different sources, 74 grams of animal-based protein, and 20 grams of total carbohydrates from all types of foods. Although this plan is calorie-restrictive to some extent, it is considered quite generous compared to the 800- calorie fluid diet recommended by a Dr. Oliver Di Pietro from Florida. This is a rather expensive clinical diet consisting of 70% fats from oils, butter, animal fats, mayonnaise, full-fat milk and cream, avocado etc. While it allows a protein content of 25%, net carbohydrates are limited to just 5%. Administered directly into the esophagus through a feeding tube, this extreme keto-diet has been strongly criticized even by advocates of ketogenic diet.

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    Is Fasting Required On Ketogenic Diet?

    fasting

    Some Ketogenic diet plans start with a day of fasting to kicks tart the keto metabolism, while others recommend easing into it gradually over several weeks of restricting calories and carbohydrates in a phased manner. This may help reduce the initial side effects, but obviously prolongs the ordeal; so many keto-enthusiasts prefer the quick-start method. Intermittent fasting, in fact, is an integral part of many ketogenic diet plans.

    Is Exercise Involved With Ketogenic Diet?

    Ketogenic diet as a weight loss method is mainly concerned with changes in nutritional inputs to facilitate a fat-burning metabolism. As mentioned before, it is originally developed exclusively as a treatment for epilepsy, and fat reduction is just a side effect. There are no exercise guidelines that go along with the diet. As a matter of fact, dieters are not likely to be in a condition for extra exertion during the period. Hence, ketogenic diet cannot be considered a complete or wholesome program for attaining a well-toned body.

    Nutritional Profile Of Ketogenic Diet

    There is severe restriction on the intake of carbohydrates in all forms, including vegetables and fruits that contain starch and sugar. This makes the diet nutritionally deficient with respect to vitamins and minerals that our body normally gets from these types of foods. Nutritional supplements such as multivitamins and minerals are a must while you’re on ketogenic diet to avoid deficiency diseases. In addition, a fiber supplement may be necessary to ease bowel movements since constipation is one of the most common side effects of this extremely low-crab diet. [3]

    The Price Of Dieting

    Cost Of Dieting

    Dieters on Ketogenic diet cut down on fruits and vegetables while increasing the amount of proteins and fats. It may translate to lower expenses on one side, but may increase costs on other counts. You also have to factor in the cost of essential nutritional supplements to prevent vitamin and mineral deficiencies, not to mention regular testing to check for any adverse effect of the diet.

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    Do Dieters Lose Weight on the Ketogenic Diet?

    The good news about Ketogenic diet is that it does help people lose excess weight. Since the diet includes good amounts of protein, it can actually help you lose fat tissue without significant loss of muscle mass, unlike many calorie-restricted diets. Ketogenesis is an altered metabolic state in which fat is exclusively used up for energy production in place of glucose from carbohydrates. Some of the fat comes from the diet itself, which typically has a very high percentage of fat. But your body initiated into fat burning mode uses up some of the stored fat as well, which obviously results in weight loss.

    Dieters should be aware that ketosis is actually a milder form of ketoacidosis, a life-threatening condition that occurs in Type I diabetics. Although ketosis is not considered dangerous in controlled levels, it is an extreme measure for weight loss. Dieters should seek immediate medical help if they develop any of the following symptoms of ketoacidosis:

    • Extreme dehydration and thirst
    • Nausea, vomiting, and severe stomach cramps
    • Shortness of breath and fruity breath
    • Extreme tiredness and confusion

    Diabetics, in particular, should not adopt this diet for weight loss, except under medical supervision.

    Level of Effort

    Ketogenic diet takes a lot of effort when it comes to following the strict food restrictions. You’re expected to make drastic changes in your diet, increasing the intake of fat and protein while keeping carbohydrates to a minimum. Braving through the severe side effects such as headaches, mood swings, stomach cramps and flu-like symptoms––called keto-flu––can be quite tough.

    Since there’s no consensus on the exact ratio of macronutrients––fats, proteins, and carbohydrates––to be included in the diet, you probably have to find your own sweet spot by trial and error. Another concern with this diet is that it is quite unforgiving. Even the slightest deviation from the diet can play havoc with your metabolism. For example, cheating for even a single day can set you back for weeks. [4]

    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.

    Conclusion

    Ketogenic diet is effective in reducing body fat, but the probable risks involved in adopting this highly restrictive diet make it a poor choice for weight loss, unless it is administered under medical supervision. Moreover, if you have large amounts of excess fat tissue, rapid fat reduction through this method can leave you looking like a bag of bones. Practical difficulties such as constant constipation, poor mood and lack of adequate food choices make the diet hard to follow through. Advocates of the diet warn that increasing carbohydrate intake while one is on ketosis can backfire. Dieters may regain all the lost weight, and some more, if they don’t strictly adhere to the prescribed eating plan. Ketogenic diet does show quick results, but it’s a poor substitute for healthier and sustainable weight loss methods that combine a balanced diet with lifestyle modifications. [5]

    Sources

    1. “Each Organ Has a Unique Metabolic Profile”, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK22436/

    2. “Dietary Approaches to Epilepsy Treatment: Old and New Options on the Menu”, Carl E. Stafstrom  M.D., Ph.D., https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1176378/;November, 2004.

    3. “Very Low-Calorie Diets: What You Need to Know”, https://www.webmd.com/diet/low-calorie-diets#1;

    4. Hu T, Mills KT, Yao L, Demanelis K, Eloustaz M, Yancy Jr WS, Kelly TN, He J, Bazzano LA. Effects of low-carbohydrate diets versus low-fat diets on metabolic risk factors: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled clinical trials. Am J Epidemiol. 2012 Oct 1;176(suppl_7):S44-54.

    5. “Ketogenic Diet for Weight Loss”, https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/healthy-weight/diet-reviews/ketogenic-diet/

     

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    Danette May’s Program Review

    She offers a series of E-books

    Danette May Program Review© by https://www.mindlove.com/podcast/rise-rock-bottom/

    Review overview

    Summary

    The two programs you can choose include the six-week coaching programs and the New You 30-day Challenge. As you can already notice, all of these programs are directed at women only.

    Pros

    • Easily Accesable
    • Lots of free information
    • Easy excercises
    • 60-Day Money Back Guarantee
    • A Variety Of Programs To Choose From

    Cons

    • Expensive
    • Can be overwhelming with so many followers
    • Requires a lot of time and dedication
    • No Authentic Reviews

    None other than Danette herself created the Danette May Diet Program. She offers a series of E-books as well as diet programs to help a person achieve their health and fitness goals. She has been in the health, fitness, and nutrition space for about 15 years, which makes her look credible when writing different fitness and weight loss books, but do her products deliver? When looking at the website it is rather long and drawn out regarding which products to purchase, and they are not very detailed about what you will be getting UNTIL you click “Buy Now.” Once you click that button you will be scrolling down a very long page of jabber. The three e-books you can choose from are: 3 day Bikini Body Detox, 7-Day Jumpstart, and Bikini Body Recipes with over 150 recipes to choose from. The two programs you can choose include the six-week coaching programs and the New You 30-day Challenge. As you can already notice, all of these programs are directed at women only.  

    The Facts: 

    All of the products that Danette May sells are in the form of an e-book or e-program, and it will feel very “scammy” when purchasing. All of these offers are flying in your face, with red count down clocks letting you know that 75% off is only available for 6 more minutes. Don’t be worried about it though, as they offer a 60 day money-back guarantee on the products through a company called Click Bank.  

    The e-Books can cost up to $27.99, while the diet programs can cost anywhere from $150-$250 for a one time purchase. The 30-Day Challenge is only available at certain times, and they will capture your email address if you want to be placed on a waiting list. Very clever indeed. These are one time purchases on your credit card, and there is no auto shipments occurring as the products are mostly online.  

    What’s The Word?  

    When looking for any detailed review of the different programs offered by Danette May, you will only find people who are promoting the products as affiliates on many different online pages. She does a good job of making sure no negative words get out about her e-books, and programs because there are no authentic reviews to consider. This tells me that not many people are actually doing her programs, and the people who are positively reviewing her products and then providing links to purchase are getting a serious kick back. Where is the authenticity here? On the bright side, I did find some reviews on her cookbook offered which was a relief!  

     TY said,

    I wish there was a different cover picture, but otherwise this book and her online help and suggestions led to my brother's 20# weight loss, and his wife, my 13# loss and we ALL feel really good!

    Another  Amazon Customer said:

    I was looking forward to receiving this book. I was extremely disappointed in the quality of the recipes in this book! We eat with far more veggies and healthy foods – not dips, wings, and pizzas! Far too many low cal dessert recipes rather than main meal options.

    What Do The Danette May Diet Programs Offer?   

    If you are looking into buying the 3-Day Bikini Body Detox, you will be given a three-day menu plan as well as a detailed shopping list. On top of that you will be getting a 15-minute activity plan to follow. The cost is around $7.99 regularly for this program, but prices are always subject to change with e-programs.  

    The 7-Day Jumpstart is really just an add on to the 3-Day Bikini Detox and it provides meal plans with recipes to follow. The focus of the jumpstart is to focus on preparing foods that have anti-inflammatory properties. The cost for this will be anywhere from $15.00-$20.00. Both of the programs are available at all times unlike the 30-day Challenge and the 6 Week Coaching program.  

     The cookbook has quick and easy recipes for a pretty simple price, but not everyone liked how the book was constructed. Some of the reviews complained about the recipes as well, and then on the flip side people lost weight with it too. Overall, the cookbook was mediocre in the eyes of the customer. Overall, Danette May offers different meal plans, recipes, and activities for you to follow whether you are doing her jump-start program or her 30-day challenge.  

    Pros Cons 
    • 60-Day Money Back Guarantee 
    • A Variety Of Programs To Choose From 
    • A lot of Information To Process 
    • No Authentic Reviews 

    Are Danette May’s Programs Worth A Try? 

    If you are into e-books, and e-programs this might be a good fit for you and your healthy journey. The prices are not terrible, and they do offer a 60-day money back guarantee from Click Bank. If you are looking to contact the company for more questions, click here. There are no wonky side effects that have been reported, or really any customer feedback on most of her programs for that matter. Many people who are talking about this program are affiliates trying to make money, so the authenticity has slipped away in that regard. Overall, this program isn’t terrible but they do not offer a lot of insight as to how people like the programs after purchasing. There is a Facebook page that has customer activity, mainly sharing fitness tips and fun recipes. There is no cost to look at her Facebook page, so take a look and see if it would be a good fit for you before purchasing her different programs.  

    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.

    Review overview

    Summary

    The two programs you can choose include the six-week coaching programs and the New You 30-day Challenge. As you can already notice, all of these programs are directed at women only.

    Pros

    • Easily Accesable
    • Lots of free information
    • Easy excercises
    • 60-Day Money Back Guarantee
    • A Variety Of Programs To Choose From

    Cons

    • Expensive
    • Can be overwhelming with so many followers
    • Requires a lot of time and dedication
    • No Authentic Reviews

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    Phentermine Overview

    Phentermine is a diet pill known to help with rapid substantial weight loss

    what is phentermine review

    “Phentermine” Claims

    Phentermine (phentermine hydrochloride) is a diet pill and appetite suppressant known to help with rapid substantial weight loss, most commonly associated with amphetamines. A stimulant, it is believed to affect the central nervous system by tapping into appetite control. Phentermine is primarily produced in the United States and one of its prescription trade names is Adipex-P. According to the Phentermine.com website,

    GATE Pharmaceuticals manufacture Adipex. GATE Pharmaceuticals is a division of TEVA Pharmaceuticals USA, a subsidiary of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd., Israel's leading pharmaceutical company. [1]

    First introduced in 1959, it was taken off the market in 1997 due to high reports of heart valve damage in people who took it. Today there are many combination drugs created with Phentermine, such as Qsymia and Qnexa (both available by prescription only). [2] The most common over-the-counter names associated with Phentermine are Adipex-P, Duromine, Metermine, and Suprenza.

    NOTE: Phentermine is almost always recommended only to patients who have a BMI over 30 (“Obese” category) and have been unsuccessful with diet and exercise alone. It is a short-term regimen designed to be taken for a few weeks only.

    The Facts

    The Adipex-P brand of phentermine hydrochloride comes in the form of white pills with little blue dots on the outside, making it appear unique to its trade named associates. The cost for around 7 pills will be $15.00 for a generic grade, which is not expensive. A strong pill like Phentermine will not come without side effects, and there are strong warnings against some of the effects you might encounter.

    It is not safe to take if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not advised to drink alcohol when taking Phentermine, as it could aggravate the side effects. The pill also has a history with heart and lung problems that can occur over time when you take it longer than recommended by your doctor.

    Some of the more common side effects that can occur when you take this weight loss drug are blurred vision, insomnia, depression, drowsiness, extreme rage, and increased blood pressure. The instructions for taking the pill are,

    “Phentermine should be taken on an empty stomach, once daily, prior to breakfast. If in tablet form, the tablet may be broken or cut in half. Do NOT break, crush, or chew tablets. As phentermine may disrupt normal sleep patterns, avoid taking a dose late in the day. If taking more than one dose a day, take the last dose approx. 4-6 hours prior to going to bed.” [1]

    Ingredients

    Phentermine hydrochloride tablets contain the following inactive ingredients: crospovidone, dibasic calcium phosphate dihydrate, magnesium stearate, povidone, propylene glycol, FD&C Blue #1 Aluminum Lake, shellac glaze, and titanium dioxide. [3]

    The pills are not meant to be taken longer than 6 weeks; longer duration can cause heart and lung problems.

    What’s The Word?

    The warnings about Adipex and other phentermine-based supplements cannot be stressed enough. It is not meant for dropping 10 pounds in the two weeks before your high school reunion. Most people who take phentermine need to lose a large amount of weight—100-plus pounds—and their diet/exercise routine needs a kick start. That’s it. It isn’t meant to be taken for long periods of time, and can be very damaging to the body if done so. Your doctor should be a full and active partner in your decision to take this type of supplement.

    Patricia from Missouri said,

    My doctor has just started me on this. I have chronic abdominal pain so I'm taking a medication to increase my dopamine levels. Side effect is that it causes you to gain weight and makes you want to eat everything. So my doc put me on Phentermine. I've been on it two days. It helps with eating. Down side is in having trouble sleeping with it. “ [4]

    From other users there was a complete mix of reviews, ranging from ecstatic weight loss to none at all. As with any supplement, results and side effects will vary with body composition and chemistry. So, while people are losing weight with Phentermine, it is not the safest route for weight loss. It is not safe if you have any heart problems, or high blood pressure. It should always be taken under strict medical supervision, but also with your own vigilance of knowing how it’s affecting you.

    What Does Phentermine Offer?

    This is a controlled-substance diet pill which offers little more than what’s in the bottle. There are no meal plans, exercise plans, or support plans. It has a harsh chemical makeup, and not to be used casually. There are few studies done as to why this product is actually good for you, and more often than not you will be reading the warnings before the adulations.

    There are many Phentermine alternatives on the market today, some having “Phen” in the name and others without. It is worth the research to make sure you are not taking this product under a different name.

    According to Drugs.com, over 472 different medications will interact questionably with Phentermine, so it is best to do research on your current medications before taking this one as well. [5]

    ProsCons
    •    Inexpensive

    •    Helps Obese People Lose Substantial Weight.

    •    Questionable side effects

    •    Harsh on the body long-term

    Is Phentermine Worth A Try?

    Depends. Usually phentermine is prescribed only to very obese people who need to get to a medically-viable weight in preparation for surgery. It is not meant to be taken long-term, as it had been proven to have adverse health effects in both the lungs and the heart back when it first came out. The FDA originally approved this supplement, and then pulled it off the market for more research. It still has not been officially re-approved by the FDA, but the good news is there have been no further cases of heart or lung problems in recent years. [6]

    If you are interested in trying out this pill, talk to your health care provider and be aware of the side effects that are proven to come with taking it. Again, be aware that it is not meant for people who are not very obese, and it is not meant to be taken over long periods of time. It is meant to get the ball rolling for substantial, hundred-plus pounds weight loss in people who are at risk of severe health complications or death due to their weight.

    Resources

    1. http://www.phentermine.com/who-makes-adipex.htm
    2. https://consumerscompare.org/qnexa-review/
    3. https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/archives/fdaDrugInfo.cfm?archiveid=18677
    4. https://www.consumeraffairs.com/nutrition/phentermine.html
    5. https://www.drugs.com/drug-interactions/phentermine.html
    6. http://www.phentermine.com/phentermine-history.htm

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    Start the New Year Right…and Light

    Let’s face it…after all the holiday dinners for family, work, and friends over the past couple of weeks, one more big sit-down meal just doesn’t appeal. It’s time to Nosh! Mingle!

    Between my research and my perennial “test kitchen,” I’ve found more than a few ideas for tasty New Year’s Eve appetizers. I’ve made these dishes—or similar—before, and while I don’t write down recipes, these are all easy enough to conjure up using your imagination and a light touch.

    Start with a traditional shrimp cocktail. Or maybe a shrimp ceviche salad with chilled, crisp cucumber, avocado, red onion and Roma tomato slices, tossed together with drizzled lime juice.

    Chips and dip are a must. Try:

    • Black bean dip (toss black beans, chopped onion, fresh cilantro, a clove of garlic, hot peppers, lime juice with chili powder, and cumin in a food processor)
    • Guacamole (avocados, lime juice, cilantro, salt and, if you want, chopped tomatoes, red onion)
    • Red pepper hummus (buy this one—I make it and it’s easy, but you must have sesame tahini, which can be pricey)
    • Salsa, salsa, salsa! (basically tomatoes, peppers, onion, jalapeno to taste, cilantro, cumin, lime and salt and pepper) which is great for you, tasty and very low-calorie with few carbs.

    Now about the chips; use sliced veggies—like carrots and celery—instead. And if you really can’t get away from serving actual chips, go for oven-baked varieties.

    A filling, meaty—though meatless—appetizer is a veggie-stuffed mushroom. Easy enough; it’s just the doing: combine olive-oil sautéed garlic and shallots with your favorite fresh herbs, a grain like couscous or quinoa—or use crushed nuts—diced peppers, and chopped leafy greens (spinach or kale). Then spoon it into mushroom caps and bake, usually around 25 minutes at 400 degrees. The potential varieties are endless.

    All of these are fairly uncomplicated and not big time-suckers. And there are limitless other recipes online—like here at LiveStrong—so make them at home: fresher, cheaper, and likely tastier.

    The National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has an awesome free, downloadable cookbook with low-calorie, low-carb, heart-healthy whole food recipes. The Mediterranean Kabobs would be great for New Year’s Eve. Or the Baja-Style Salmon Tacos. And the Chicken Quesadillas with Red and Green Salsa sound yum.

    Happy (light) New Year!

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    Holiday Weight Gain: The Gift You Can’t Return

    Eat, drink, and be merry. In moderation, hopefully. But if not, there’s a fix to shed those unwanted 7-10 pounds researchers say are typical. [1]

    There’s no need to deprive yourself during the holidays, which last well into the New Year for many. You can treat yourself. But remember, good things come in small packages. So hopefully you’ve watched your portions and kept track of all your bites and nibbles. Indulged, but not overly.

    Speaking of overindulgence: that second helping of stuffing, a fourth or fifth cookie, another slice of pie, and that bowl of chocolate kisses are calling. After the mammStart the New Year Rightoth meal at Thanksgiving, or on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day—you know, where you’ve filled your plate, maybe twice—it’s straight to the couch to sleep it off. And even if you didn’t overeat at your holiday sit-down dinner, temptation is everywhere: cookies and candies and pastries…oh, my.

    Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve—with Valentine’s Day fast approaching—are the most fattening holidays. [2] Mounds of loaded buttery mashed potatoes, slices of turkey, ham, or beef roast slathered in thick gravy, brown-sugared candied yams topped with marshmallows, baked gooey mac-n-cheese, and pecan pie at Thanksgiving. For Christmas, eggnog or hot buttered rum, honey-glazed ham, buttery rolls, cookies and more cookies. And then cheesy dips, crab cakes, calorie-laden cocktails and champagne (for some of us) at New Year’s.

    Just writing this I feel full—and guilty.

    Avoid Any More Holiday Weight Gain

    We’ve been slowly packing on the pounds since November! But it’s not too late to cut back a bit on the helpings. It’s not too late to go lighter. In fact, you can start right now: try a few ideas for satisfying noshes, appetizers and snacks perfect for New Year’s Eve, Super Bowl parties, even Valentine’s Day and Easter. Folks, you can eat the good stuff—the fun, delicious foods that you associate with holidays—but do it smartly.

    Instead of green bean casserole loaded with creamed soup and sodium, try green beans with citrus and pine nuts: beans blanched, then sautéed in olive oil and tossed with lemon or orange juice and a few toasted pine nuts—rich-tasting but low-calorie. Or mash sweet potatoes instead of white, adding a little olive oil and rosemary. There’s no shortage of recipes that substitute out bad fats and refined sugar with healthy fats and natural sugar substitutes without sacrificing tastiness. It’s a process you learn over time when you start to rethink the way you eat.

    Still, we’re in the middle of the holidays and lots of folks are shaking their heads saying, “The damage is done, it’s too late to turn back now, we’ll just make a resolution.” Let’s look at that.

    Not a New Year’s Resolution; a Reset

    A New Year’s resolution is all about starting fresh; in our case, to start eating fresh, whole, unprocessed foods and reset our bodies. So from now on we’re calling it a New Year’s Reset—not resolution. Because let’s be honest here: how many New Year’s resolutions do you think you’ve made over the years? And of those, how many have you stuck to?

    Not surprisingly, the number one New Year’s resolution people make is to lose weight. And even though nearly half of Americans make resolutions (with losing weight at the top of the list), most of us fail completely.

    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) says establishing unrealistic goals is a setup for failure. And there’s a study to prove it:

    “This study prospectively tracked the self-change attempts of 200 New Year’s resolvers over a two-year period in order to more fully understand the coping determinants of maintenance and the natural history of lapses and relapses. Seventy-seven percent maintained their pledges for one week but only 19 percent for 2 years.” [3] (emphasis added)

    The takeaway? The vast majority of us last one week. One week!

    So since we overdid it this holiday—and even if not—most of us are still hoping to get healthier, so let’s talk about how to lose weight, be more active and, ultimately, stick to it. Not just for the New Year, but for life.

    Losing Weight After the Holidays

    There’s little disagreement that the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) or Mediterranean diets help lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol, help lower the risk for heart disease, stroke, and even some cancers. DASH, in particular, is praised and recommended by American Heart Association (AHA) and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), and fits federal dietary and high blood pressure treatment guidelines.

    And the best part is, on the DASH diet—or at least adopting the basics—you’ll lose weight. It’s not a quick fix. And it shouldn’t be. I know this to be true because I did this very thing: re-thought how, what, and when I ate, incorporating the DASH diet suggestions, but also almost completely cut out processed foods or those made with refined sugars and flours. And I lost 18 pounds in three months.

    Then Thanksgiving happened. I will be going back on this way of eating (not a fan of the word “diet”) on January 1. And I will work hard to be one of the 19 percent who sticks to it.

    So what do you eat on DASH or Mediterranean? Vegetables. Lots of vegetables. Lots and lots of vegetables. Healthy portions of fruits, and judicious portions of whole grains. Limited dairy—and when you do dairy, keep it light (but watch out for added sugars!)—good-for-you fats like olive oil, and healthy portions of lean proteins: heart-healthy fish, poultry, beans, and nuts, with lean beCrazy Wrap Thing ef and pork cuts thrown in only occasionally.

    What don’t you eat? Foods high in saturated fat, like fatty meats, full-fat dairy, oils like coconut and palm kernel oils, and walk away completely from sugar. Just do it.

    How do you do it? Since an average woman needs about 2,000 calories a day to maintain her current weight, she’ll need at least 500 calories less per day to lose. And it’s easier to cut 500 calories from your food than to try to rack up 500 calories worth of exercise (though combining the two is easier than you might think). Figure it this way: a pound of fat is around 3500 calories. So to lose a pound a week, you have to cut around 500 calories from your current diet every day.

    When I was actively on my modified DASH diet, every plate included mostly fruits and vegetables (half the plate), and proteins and whole grains made up the other side. I ate avocados and black beans, quinoa and other whole-grain breads and pastas. I didn’t eat potatoes. I ate fish, beans, yogurt (watch the sugar!), eggs, nuts, seeds, and lots of lean proteins—though mostly boneless, skinless chicken breast. My dessert? Dark chocolate. Every day. A small portion, but still…chocolate.

    Will that work for you? Maybe. It did for me, and I’m going back. The NIH is convinced folks can lose weight on the DASH diet, too. [4]

    Getting—and Staying—Active After the Holidays

    I haven’t found the research, but I bet you a few bucks that diet gimmicks and gadgets sell well in the first few weeks of the New Year. For our purposes though, let’s kick this section off by urging you not to spend money on fancy gyms, or purchase “quick-fix” contraptions.

    Like the Crazy Wrap Thing  from It Works! It’s expensive, and I’m unconvinced it can help with anything, frankly, especially since its use must be continual—it works only if you don’t stop working it. So if you use one of these things—not reusable—every three days, to keep up so everything doesn’t fall south, it’ll cost you thousands in a year. And that’s just the wrap, not the gel It Works! says you need. So this is a huge no way, for me.

    Or how about the Tummy Tuck Belt? Don’t waste your money. Plain and simple. This is useless. If you want “instant slimming,” buy Spanx. If you want to tone your abdominals, you must exercise. Sorry, but that’s the simple truth. And as we get older, it’s harder and harder to lose that belly fat, so you have to stay vigilant.

    What you could do instead is spend a few dollars on resistance bands—there’s a great deal on Amazon at just over $10—a good pair of walking shoes, and a set of small hand weights. You’re all set. [5]

    I live in Florida, so it’s swimming and walking for me. But even if you live in the frozen tundra, you can still walk. In fact, walking in the cold is pretty darn good for you, it turns out. Just take it easy. [6] So walk. When spring comes, get on a bike. By summer, swim if you can. Come autumn, who doesn’t love a good stretch of the legs with the leaves crunching underfoot? That’s how you move.

    It’s a marathon, folks. Not a sprint. Just make sure to move your body every day. Take the stairs. Park away from the store entrance (during the day only). Put on the oldies and dance. Just move.

    How to Stick to Your Resolution (Reset)

    Speaking of marathons, that’s one problem resolvers tend to have. If all you’ve ever done is once around the track, a marathon next week is a goal too far. The first goal should be twice around that track. Then three times. Then four. And so on until it adds up to a marathon.

    If you want to stick to eating better and exercising regularly, to lose weight and live longer, here are some tips from me and the American Psychological Association (APA). Yes, because psyching yourself up should be step one! [7]

    Keep it Real(istic)

    This is the first trap: setting a goal that’s not achievable. When changing eating habits—as per my suggestion and the NIH’s—make it gradual. Don’t cut out every carb or sugar cold turkey. You’ll crave them and you’ll relapse. Instead, slowly swap in brown rice for white, whole grains for refined flour, pick up one more fresh fruit or vegetable and one less pack of cookies. Spend more time in the produce section of the store. And give yourself a day or two each week at first to cheat a little so you won’t feel deprived (another reason folks give up). Become a friend of single-serving sweets. And about exercising: start with two or three days a week and work up to daily.

    Give Yourself a Break

    It took a lifetime of eating poorly (or a six-week holiday season of pigging out) so if you fall, it’s okay. Get back up and start again. I am guilty of quitting because of just one misstep; it’s an easy out. Don’t beat yourself up, but don’t give in either. Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.

    Buddy Up

    I’m reminded of an image from Winnie the Pooh:

    Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
    “Pooh!” he whispered.
    “Yes, Piglet?”
    “Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. “I just wanted to be sure of you.” [8]

    We need to be sure of each other. We work best as a team, looking out for each other. So buddy up with a friend, your sister, or a co-worker. Join a class or support group, or perhaps create a Facebook group. The APA says, “Having someone to share your struggles and successes with makes your journey to a healthier lifestyle that much easier and less intimidating.” [7]

    You’re Not Alone

    Nearly 30 percent of adult Americans are obese. It’s shocking, really. Or maybe it’s not. And ironically, the weight-loss industry in the U.S. is a $66 billion dollar behemoth. So you are far from alone. [9] [10]

    There are myriad online resources available for free. This is an important point, folks; virtually everything you need to know about losing weight and exercise is widely available online. So don’t pay a dime for anything but good, whole, fresh food. [11] [12]

    But also accept that you may need more help from professionals: nutritionists, dietitians, counselors, therapists, and/or support groups. When you’re doing life-changing work, you may need a little lifting up.

    And I’m always here with you, so there’s that.

    References

    1. Travis Saunders, “The Truth About Holiday Weight Gain,” Obesity Panacea, PLOS Blogs, posted 17 December 2014, accessed 26 December 2017, http://blogs.plos.org/obesitypanacea/2014/12/17/the-truth-about-holiday-weight-gain-2/.
    2. Eustacia Huen, “America’s 10 Most Fattening Holidays,” com, last updated 30 November 2016, accessed 26 December 2017, https://www.forbes.com/sites/eustaciahuen/2016/11/30/americas-10-most-calorific-holidays/#2715131378a4.
    3. C. Norcross and D. J. Vangarelli, “The Resolution Solution: Longitudinal Examination of New Year’s Change Attempts,” Journal of Substance Abuse, 1988-1989; 1(2): 127-134, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2980864.
    4. “PREMIER Study,” National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, last updated March 2011, accessed 26 December 2017, https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/research/resources/obesity/completed/premier.htm.
    5. “Fit Simplify Resistance Loop Exercise Bands…” sales page, com, accessed 26 December 2017, https://www.amazon.com/Fit-Simplify-Resistance-Exercise-Instruction/dp/B01AVDVHTI/ref=sr_1_3?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1514319543&sr=1-3&keywords=resistance+bands.
    6. Sarah Robertson, “Cold Weather Ways to Burn Fat Fast!” com, last updated 3 November 2011, accessed 27 December 27, 2017, https://www.prevention.com/fitness/fitness-tips/cold-weather-and-winter-walking.
    7. “Making Your New Year’s Resolution Stick,” American Psychological Association website, accessed 26 December 27, 2017, http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/resolution.aspx.
    8. A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner, (New York: Dutton Children’s Books, Penguin Putnam Inc., 1956).
    9. “Adult Obesity in the United States,” The State of Obesity website, last updated 31 August 2017, accessed 26 December 27, 2017, https://stateofobesity.org/adult-obesity/.
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    Trim Down Club is an online membership site that claims that it offers all of the resources to guide you in making a healthy lifestyle change. What does this online membership offer that I can't just access on the internet free of charge?

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    I’m not going to lie: my favorite thing about the Trim Down Club (besides that science backs up the plan) is that it’s inexpensive to join—a pair of movie tickets costs more. Plus, there’s a solid 60-day money-back guarantee. For me, that’s huge. It’s super-smart nutrition, plenty of tools, support and guidance, and it’s a steal. Bonus: If it doesn’t work for you, you don’t pay. [1]

    So am I in? Let’s see.

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    The Bottom Line: Is Trim Down Club Worth a Try?

    YES!

    I’m generally dubious and often skeptical about diets, but I can’t find fault with the concept of the nutritional meal planning in the Trim Down Club and I have given it a good going-over. It makes sense. You’re just eating much better food that also happens to burn fat and—bonus—the whole family can join in. Make it a family affair. Now get in the kitchen and start cooking. And if it doesn’t work, you get your money back. Visit Trim Down Club official page HERE.

    The 411 on Trim Down Club

    Shackelford explains that the Trim Down Club is health, fitness and nutrition pros teaching you how to swap fat-storing for fat-burning foods. Personal menu plans tell exactly what carbs, fats, proteins, fruits, etc. you need to eat and in what combos at what time during the day. They do the work; you just follow.

    First, choose your favorite foods and the online tool will instantly create a weekly menu to help you melt fat off your body, with simple recipes using your good food. The Trim Down Club has a library of several hundred recipes and everything is immediately accessible online, so no matter where you are you can log in.

    Even if you have never cooked, and even if you don’t always have the time to cook meals, this family-friendly diet plan includes lots of on-the-run meals and snacks that take no time to prep. Shackelford says the Trim Down Club will help to transform your body to its ideal weight or “…blueprint: When you feed it the right food in the right combinations, the fat burns away.” You’ll see a difference immediately in energy and the way clothing fits, she says. [2]

    The Trim Down Club website offers members full access to its fat-burning forum, an extremely supportive and active community. With its Quick Start Guide, you get going with a step-by-step plan that includes the best new science, articles on nutrition, tips, tricks and hacks to create fat-burning meals. The homemade ketchup, the baked chicken parm, the zucchini chips? They all look amazing. And easy to create.

    Shackleford says Trim Down Club doesn’t believe that losing weight and being healthy should cost you a fortune; it’s a bargain and it has a 60-day 100 percent money back guarantee. Shackelford says,

    You lose the weight or you don’t pay. We believe that if our program doesn’t work for you, you shouldn’t have to pay for it. The Trim Down Club guarantees you lose weight or you don’t pay.” [2]

    When you join you get some freebies (who doesn’t want free stuff?) including the Trim Down Club food shopping guide, the Trim Down Club Cookbook, the Perfect Soup Cookbook and—my favorite—“Express Meals for 14 Days,” plus an  easy-to-follow meal plans guide for people on the go. Me. You.

    We have found plenty positive customer reviews. People who are ready to make lifestyle changes and are committed to their goal seem to like how easy and spelled out the program is.

    What is the Trim Down Club?

    Strictly defined, a “diet” is simply what you eat—a meal plan. Colloquially, we use the term to describe a plan for weight loss, or as a health-related nutritional plan.

    But mostly, a diet is something you go on to fight the great belly battle. On, then off, then on again, then off. Weight lost, then gained back, then lost, and gained. You know the drill. And it’s a near certainty that you’re paying out the wazoo for supplements, replacement shakes, home-delivered pre-packaged meals or frozen diet TV dinners, tools like calculators and calorie counters…not to mention the money spent on the rest of the family’s meals. Whether it’s a well-known, time-tested commercial plan, or a new-kid-on-the-block diet, or maybe the latest juice fast, detox or cleanse, or some crazy fad like Twinkie or tapeworm diets, we’ve all done one at one time or another and mostly, without lasting success.

    Then there’s the Trim Down Club, which is technically a diet, but not that kind of diet; it makes sense, is easy, scientifically and nutritionally sound and the Trim Down Club plan itself is affordable compared to other diets. So, what’s not to love? Let’s find out.

    At its core, the Trim Down Club is all about preparing your own fat-burning meals—which are just right for the whole family, too—based on a personalized meal plan created by nutritionists and dietitians. In the club you get a library of recipes, and a huge online support and networking community. The Trim Down Club provides all the tools in an easy, user-friendly website; the whole thing is online. And it costs less than a couple of Grande Caffe Lattes each month. No supplements or prepackaged anything. No kits, no gadgets, no counting calories or fat grams or net carbs. Nothing like that at all. Currently, with 1 million members and a social media following of almost 200,000, something’s cooking with this Trim Down Club and it smells good. [2]

    Listening to Dr. Karen Shackelford tell the story of why and how the Trim Down Club was created, you learn a lot because she learned a lot. She lost 75 pounds twelve years ago and has kept it off. Her story—the science and the ultimate plan idea—is all pretty inspiring. And while I usually don’t rely on a company’s own site for objective reviews, the testimonials seem to be honest and candid. There’s nothing to lose but weight. Well, that and more, Shackelford says. With sixteen years of failed diets to finally figure it all out, she’s pretty passionate saying she found herself thinner, happier, and nicer without starving and without eating “diet” foods.

    There’s a lot of “deliberate misinformation” online about how to lose weight, Shackelford says, adding that the big food manufacturers want you to eat their products and make “huge fortunes” selling you food that include the five foods she believes are the worst you can eat (We’ll get to those). And then the diet companiesmake small fortunes selling you weight loss strategies they know don’t work.” [2] (quote is from the video)

    Her own yo-yo dieting experience for more than sixteen years reached the breaking point for her at 205 pounds. Shackelford went on a 30-day juice cleanse, desperate to lose weight. It made her and her family miserable, she says, and ultimately at a fast food place where she downed a king-sized meal plus a shake. Like she says now, “If you ever need to gain weight, just diet.” [2]

    The epiphany came after noticing, and then noting, what a slender colleague ate for breakfast and lunch; plates with real food, as opposed to the meal replacement shake Shackelford was having for lunch. Then, she re-created the same meal her colleague had eaten. And stuck with it. And within about a week, found she’d lost a little weight. [2]

    Shackelford says she then “broke the code” on how food really affected her body and developed a simple plan. First, to eliminate five foods she says “force us to become fat.” And then figured that it was about the right foods in the right combinations at the right time. Shackelford “lost 75 pounds in less time than it took to gain it,” had energy and felt better with fewer aches and pains. Before long, she was wearing a size 6. [2]

    She admits that people gain and lose differently depending on a lot of things from age and activity to genetics. And cutting some foods may not work for everyone, but she insists that there are food types that “practically force body to produce fat-storing and appetite hormones. Some of us produce less and some of us aren’t that lucky and produce more.” Shackelford says the Trim Down Club will still work not eating these foods even if you don’t eat just a few of them: “Everyone is different but I hear all the time about weight loss clear skin and you’re “feeding muscles instead of fat.[2]

    The five foods thing is tricky. So I’ll break it down the way Shackelford does and point out that understanding why these five foods are bad news helps explain the nutritional science behind her diet; eat the right amount of carbs with the right amount of protein and “fat will burn off naturally.” [2]

    Why? How? Biology, folks. Yes, good old science.

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    Foods Allowed On Trim Down Club

    There are five fat-storing foods that must be avoided—or ideally eliminated completely—in order for this diet to work. The dreaded five fat-storing foods, the villains if you will, exist in large measure because of food manufacturers’ processing to get stuff on grocery shelves. Most processed foods have sugar, but often with names like high-fructose corn syrup (it’s in everything and it’s super bad for us), dextran and dextrose.

    So here are the five culprits to avoid:

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    Concentrated Orange or Other Fruit Juices

    These contain more sugar than soda. During processing, fiber from the fruit is removed and you’re left with sugar water. Here’s the science: If you’re essentially drinking sugar, your blood sugar spikes and puts you body in fat-storing mode—where your brain says, hey, better store everything that comes in as fat just in case. So, Shackelford says, when your blood sugar (insulin) is up, your fat storing hormone is raised sugar and that equals weight gain.

    Margarine

    Margarine is corn (or soy) oil, hydrogenated to make it solid. Why’s it bad?

    Shackelford says the sugar industry compensated scientists to downplay the link between sugar and heart disease and instead, throw shade on fats and promote fats as the villains. Fat can be the bad guy—but only certain fats, like saturated and trans-fats (which are created during the hydrogenating process).

    Shackelford says biased scientific influence informed fifty years of nutritional advice and dietary recommendations. Fat is bad, sugar is good. So manufacturers remove fat artificially from foods—which, by the way, robs all the flavor—and replace it with sugar or a sugar-like product that’s even worse, like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Go check the labels in your pantry and fridge; I bet you find many contain the HFCS. So bottom line, fat-free “diet” foods are actually loaded with sugar. (We’ll see in a minute why that’s one of the ways we stay fat.)

    In the Trim Down Club, people learn to choose healthy fats and when thinking of reducing not-so-great fats, choose lower fat, for example, rather than fat-free, which has been processed seven ways to Sunday.

    “Whole Wheat” Bread

    Consider White Bread Alternative Called “Cloud Bread”. You can find recipe here.

    So-called “whole wheat” bread that is not 100 percent whole grains—which are great for us—is loaded with the brain’s favorite food: sugar. When your body digests carbohydrates, they break down into glucose in your blood. The amount of glucose produced can be measured as a specific food’s glycemic index. The more complex the nutrition, the lower the glycemic index. Think of it this way: the more processed a food is, the faster it breaks down; the more natural and complex a food is nutritionally, the slower.

    Consider White Bread Alternative Called “Cloud Bread“. You can find recipe here.

    So unless it’s a true 100 percent whole grain (usually a mixture of whole barley, whole grain oats, whole grain brown rice, rolled oats, barley, and amaranth, for example, all of which are packed with fiber, minerals and vitamins) skip the processed wheat breads that have high-fructose corn syrup, dextrose, or similar artificial flavors.

    Processed Soy

    Soy is in so many foods. And soy on its own is great, but processing strips out the nutrients; minerals, vitamin and 90 percent of the disease-fighting phytonutrients found in natural soy. It’s an empty calorie product, and Shackelford says when you eat empty calories from processed foods the body produces ghrelin, a hormone that begs, “feed me.” It’s an irresistible appetite hormone, she says. The more empty calories you consume—from foods with processed soy, for example—the more ghrelin commands you to eat.

    Shackelford says it’s far better to eat nutrient-dense foods instead of processed soy foods, and kick-start your metabolism in the process; the engine that turns fat into fuel. On the Trim Down Club you learn that foods like cinnamon and blueberries are the fuel that engine needs.

    Processed Meats Like Hot Dogs, Sausages, Ham and Bacon

    The World Health Organization has found that processed meats can increase the risk of colorectal cancer. And they are not alone; myriad agencies working to combat cancer agree. The culprits, in part, are chemically manufactured nitrates, because processing causes the nitrosamines created to develop into carcinogens. [3] [4]

    Shackelford says you must read labels on processed meats and avoid high sodium and added chemicals and choose organic, uncured meats when possible. Or better yet, avoid entirely as the Trim Down Club recommends.

    You Can Eat Carbs, But …

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    Let’s take a moment to talk about carbs. Shackelford says on the Trim Down Club, you can enjoy carbs again, but the key is to make sure to balance your carbs with proteins to keep blood sugar level. Your body won’t store fat; instead it’ll burn those good carbohydrates when consumed in the right balance (mixture) of foods.

    A study from Finland that looked at what happened to blood sugar levels when people ate a big old pile of yummy mashed potatoes compared to another group eating those same potatoes but with proteins, good fats and vegetables at the same time. The people who ate the combination of foods had a 50 percent lower spike in sugar and insulin levels than that of the folks who ate only the potatoes.

    It’s all about the balance of foods, and that’s the trick with the Trim Down Club. But this experiment explains a lot about why we love “comfort” foods.

    Shackelford says that

    the hormone cortisol, which is released in stressful situations, makes you crave sweets and comfort foods. But the cortisol doesn’t know the difference between the stress you feel when you’re sitting at a long traffic light while running late to pick up the kids, and the stress because you’re running for your life from a rabid dog.

    When the body is stressed—and again, the hormone doesn’t know if it’s the long light or a mad dog, but just in case—it sends a signal with a flood of cortisol that you must eat and store that fat so you’ll outrun the dog. Stressed out? Ice cream. Stressed out? Fries. Stressed out? A big old plate piled high with buttery mashed. Those high levels of cortisol increase cravings and then, after we pig out to relieve the craving, the body stores it as fat. We just cannot win!

    Keep in mind too that when you “diet” and deprive yourself of food, your blood sugar levels drop and the body thinks it’s starving, so you go into fat storing mode. But by snacking throughout the day with good-for-you, non-processed whole foods including good fats, proteins, even carbs—the fiber-rich, complex kind—you keep your blood sugar levels balanced and keep your body in fat-burning mode.

    Finally, our weight loss goals are sabotaged, with help from companies who keep pitching us processed foods when we are overweight and keep packing on the pounds. And that affects the fat-burning protein hormone adiponectin;  in a cruel twist, the more body fat you have, the less adiponectin you have.

    It’s all a vicious cycle: when blood sugar goes too high or too low it causes imbalance and puts your body in fat-storing mode, but the more weight you gain the less fat-burning hormones are produced. Then add stress triggering a cortisol flood telling you to eat more sugar and then store it for the next emergency…ugh.

    The Trim Down Club provides tips on keeping adiponectin at the right levels, to keep you burning fat and achieving weight loss—like enjoying more green tea, which increases adiponectin. And it’s also an anti-inflammatory, so bonus!

    The 8-Week Plan

    The Trim Down Club’s 8-Week Plan, which offers step-by-step guidance to achieve your weight loss goals, seems like a great way to get started. It’s broken down into simple steps to give you every chance to reap the greatest benefits from the program.

    The first week consists of checking out Trim Down Club’s chief nutritionist Ossie Sharon’s concise and informative 5-minute video which helps motivate you and explains what’s to come. During the first week you weigh in with your Trim Down Club Progress Meter and receive your first easy-to-follow menu for the week based on foods you like. You also have access to the Trim Down Club “community;” people post frequently and there’s lots of interaction; a great way to buddy-up.

    At the end of the first week, you check back in on the website to move to Week 2 and so on. The site is updated for you every week, based on your personal program goals and where you are in the process of achieving those weight loss goals. The site is chock full of great tips, articles, comments and posts from fellow club members, exercise videos, and new recipe ideas. And in the community forums, expect to make friends!

    If the Trim Down Club sounds like a good fit, the 8-Week Plan might be the best way to start.

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    1. http://www.trimdownclub.com/.
    2. http://www.introduce.trimdownclub.com/index.html?utm_expid=59518127-457.6qLqC2leROOtUmiY69Wwjw.1&prm2=m12&utm_referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.trimdownclub.com%2F.
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    5. https://consumerscompare.org/trimdownclub

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    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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