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    Cloud Bread - Delicious White Bread Alternative

    One of the things most of us miss while trying to be good and eat clean is white bread. Here is good news! Whoever invented this delicious heavenly alternative should be thanked a lot. It is a saving grace for many of us white bread addicts. I thank you, whoever you are from the bottom […]

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    Ideal Protein Diet Review

    In all of their products they claim to have at least 21 amino acids

    “Ideal Protein” Claims

    The Ideal Protein Diet consists of personal dieting coaches, education, in person visits, and a whole host of products to choose from to purchase. Their products contain and are not limited to crunchy bars, pastas, soups, snacks, puddings, drinks, and morning selections. They believe that weight loss can be more satisfying when your taste buds get to enjoy all of the savory flavors like salty, sweet, spicy, and tangy. The company bases a majority of their products and education on protein, because they believe that protein is the key to losing weight. In all of their products they claim to have at least 21 amino acids, can be prepared in 20 minutes or less, and with the highest quality protein.  

    The company can be reached at: 1-866-314-4447 or by e-mail [email protected]

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

    Is “Ideal Protein” Effective?

     Many reports have shown an average of 3-4 pounds coming off for women during the course of phase 1. This number is obviously an average, and not a guarantee because everyone’s bodies are different. In phase 1, the customer is only able to consume 1 regular meal and then three Ideal Protein meals. The meals have been said to taste very bland, so the struggle may come quicker than you think. In phases 2-4 you are cooking and preparing more of your own foods, which is nice, as the pre-packaged meals can become boring and can be kind of gross. There have been success stories, but there have also been stories where people found the meals unappetizing even though the inconvenience factor of the whole program was high but was expensive overall.  

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    There are many steps and moving parts involved in the Ideal Protein Diet, which may turn people away initially. According to the website, “The Ideal Protein Weight Loss Method is a 4 phase program featuring one-on-one coaching and a balanced lifestyle education so you can maintain your results after dieting.” Just getting started in this program is no easy task, as you have to fill out forms to try and find a weight loss center closest to you. You have to give away your name, e-mail, phone number, and address to even get started. I hate getting e-mails from companies I am not involved in, so this is just another way for them to capture e-mail addresses. This program is already starting to become a pain to work with in my opinion.  

    What Are “Ideal Protein” Side Effects?

    Hunger – most likely just a temporary side effect until your body gets used to lower caloric intake and overall change in the diet.

    Headaches – very common side effect when starting a new diet, otherwise known as a symptom of withdrawal, especially with the diet that might be low in fat intake.

    Nausea – this is likely when changing your usual breakfast routine that did not include breakfast or if it used to be low in protein. Will take time to adjust and for nausea symptoms to go away.

    Fatigue – if caloric and fat intake is too low it might cause fatigue which might last for the duration of the diet.

    Bad Breath – symptom of body being in ketosis, when fat is used for fuel.

    Low Blood Sugar  – typically subsides within 5-7 days of starting the diet but can be unpleasant because it feels like the body has no energy and can also cause unwanted mood changes.

    Constipation – most high protein diets will cause that. A way to offset it would be to stay well hydrate and eat plenty of fiber dense greens.

    “Ideal Protein” Support

    Ideal Protein company offers weekly coach support meetings. You can choose available time and date when you will be able to ask questions and if needed get the plan adjusted to your needs.

    The company also provides daily e-mail videos to help you stay motivated and educate you about nutrition and exercise.

    Bottom Line

    Anytime you have personal coaching, and have to make in person visits to a center, it is going to cost you a pretty penny, as well as a lot of extra time. Your initial visit can cost anywhere from $200 to $250 and then you are looking at about $415 a month to get all of your meals and snacks. This is very expensive for one person, as many families can survive an entire month of food for $400.00. They try and educate the client on how to lose weight once the official diet is over, but that only can go so far. As far as high protein diets go you should always be aware of side effects like constipation and long term possibility of slowing down your metabolism as carbs play major role in protein distribution. Long term extremely low-carb diets can do more damage than good.

    References

    1. “What are the Side Effects of the Ideal Protein Diet?” https://www.idealweightlossclinic.com/2014/09/02/what-are-the-side-effects-of-the-ideal-protein-diet/, September 02, 2014.

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    Fast Metabolism Diet Review

    This book promotes weight loss through the consumption of the right foods

    The Fast Metabolism Diet book was written in 2013 by Haylie Pomroy who is a celebrity
    nutritionist and wellness coach. This book promotes weight loss through the consumption
    of the right foods, and lets customers eat three full meals a day with two snacks in
    between (pretty average). In the book it says you will not count calories, ban food groups,
    or go carb/vegan free at the drop of a hat. There are three phases throughout the week:
    Phase 1 which is on a Monday and Tuesday allows a lot of fruits and carbs. Phase 2
    which is on Wednesday and Thursday allows proteins and veggies. Finally Phase 3 which
    is Friday through Sunday allows all of the foods allowed throughout the week, just with
    added fats and oils. Her claim to fame in this book is to keep your metabolism guessing,
    so that it will work harder and faster. The book’s program lasts for 4 weeks, and the cost
    of the program is $15.00 plus shipping.

    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.

    Does “Fast Metabolism” Have Scientific Backing?

    There are three phases throughout the week:
    Phase 1 which is on a Monday and Tuesday allows a lot of fruits and carbs. Phase 2
    which is on Wednesday and Thursday allows proteins and veggies. Finally Phase 3 which
    is Friday through Sunday allows all of the foods allowed throughout the week, just with
    added fats and oils. Her claim to fame in this book is to keep your metabolism guessing,
    so that it will work harder and faster. The book’s program lasts for 4 weeks, and the cost
    of the program is $15.00 plus shipping.

    Is “Fast Metabolism” Effective?

    There was an overall positive voice from customers in regard to the book and its
    effectiveness to kick start their weight loss. There is always negative reviews with
    anything, so there were definitely people who did not lose even close to the amount of
    weight that Haylie claimed they would lose, which proves that everyone’s bodies are
    different and will react different to certain diets. Some people found the meal charts in
    the book to be extremely hard to read, as well as the food choices to be hard to find in the
    grocery store. On top of the cost for the book, you will also be paying for costly
    groceries.

    What Are “Fast Metabolism” Pros and Cons?

    The diet is going to require you to read the book, grocery shop, and cook the meals that is
    required of you. It does not seem that tough to follow, however there is a lot of cooking,
    chopping, and planning that is required on this plan! If you are a busy bee and do not see
    yourself spending hours in the kitchen this program is going to be tough to follow. Also,
    the idea of having to create your own spreadsheets to find out what to buy and when
    which is very time consuming to say the least.

    The diet is relatively easy to follow and won't require you buying processed shakes or additional items other than the food you will be eating.

    Bottom Line on “Fast Metabolism” Diet

    The idea that you can lose a large amount of weight in such a short amount of time can
    set people up for serious disappointment, which is very dangerous when looking to lose
    weight. There has been some positive reactions toward Haylie’s points in the book, and
    their journey so keep that in mind too. The overall premises of this book is very set in
    stone, and will keep you in the kitchen more that you may want to be cooking foods you
    may have never thought you would like. The cost for the book is cheap, but the incurring
    costs of the food you will be making, and all of the recipe change ups will leave you in a
    bit of a whirlwind if you have any sort of a schedule.

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    “17 Day Diet” – Does It Work?

    1. “17 Day Diet” Claims

    The 17 Day Diet was designed by a doctor who then brought the diet to television having it featured on shows like Dr. Phil which has greatly increased the popularity of the diet. The original intent for the 17 Day Diet was to help people quickly lose the weight they gained during the holidays, but it has since evolved into an anytime diet that can be used for weight loss.

    2. Does “17 Day Diet” Have Scientific Backing?

    Does not appear to list any scientific research done on the effectiveness of the program.

    3. Is “Product Name” Effective?

    The diet takes the dieter through 17 days of cycling the foods eaten and varying the amounts of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins consumed on a daily basis. The idea behind the cycling is to “trick” the body and speed up the metabolism thus making for rapid weight loss. Consisting of four cycles (Accelerate, Activate, Achieve, and Arrive), the 17 Day Diet can supposedly help dieters lose 10-12 pounds in the first 17 days. Additionally, this is supposed to be better for the body versus a longer and more consistent weight loss approach. Do Dieters Lose Weight on the 17 Day Diet? Any weight that might be lost on this diet will likely be short-term. The 17 Day Diet is not unlike other calorie restrictive diets which are usually good for short-term weight loss. But, the fact remains that once a dieter goes back to the way they normally eat, all weight loss progress is usually given back. In addition, the 17 Day Diet calls for exercise six days a week. While the length of the exercise is only 17 minutes, this will add to the short-term weight loss.

    Once the 17 days is over, a dieter who stops working out will further kill their weight loss progress.  The 17 Day Diet might be easy to follow at first, but that ease will quickly fade once the cravings kick in. Many can’t make it on the small amount of calories that the 17 Day Diet allows nor can they find the energy to work out the recommended six days per week on those calories.

    4. What Are “17 Day Diet” Side Effects?

    Because 17 Day Diet does not require to take any specialized supplements, protein shakes and only consists of regular food items it virtually does not have side effects other that what you could expect to experience when starting any new diet. Typical side effects of drastic or even slight changes in your diet that involve cutting out sugars, carbs  and processed food, might make you experience:

    • Fatigue
    • Difficulty falling and staying asleep
    • Headaches
    • Unusual Mood changes
    • Higher than usual cravings for carbohydrates

     

    5. “17 Day Diet” Support

    As it appears “17 Day Diet” does not have official phone number to call or e-mail address to use for support but does offer Facebook support group and has it's own blog page where member's can have to member area forum.

    6. Bottom Line

    Because the 17 Day Diet is constantly switching up what you can and can’t eat that means lots of trips to the store. So, you not only have to find the time to work out almost daily, but you also have to find time to run back and forth for groceries. Conclusion The 17 Day Diet seems to be nothing more than another in a long line of fad diets. The book itself costs $25 and of course those who want to exercise have to buy their exercise video, which is the “perfect” 17 minute workout for an additional $15 plus shipping. Additionally, the notion that the 17 Day Diet, which is meant for rapid weight loss, is somehow better than losing weight at a steady pace is not accurate. Research shows time and again that losing weight steadily, a feature that the 17 Day Diet does not come with, is the only way to maintain the weight loss success and good health.

     

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    Omnitrition Review

    The bottom line is this company is a scam...

    Review overview

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    Omnitrition is a multi-level marketing company that opened its doors in 1989.

    Pros

    • None

    Cons

    • Over priced
    • Unhealthy calorie amount
    • Only 30-day money back guarantee
    • Little to no information on the products

    Ratings in depth

    • Effectiveness
    • Scientific Backing
    • Customer Reviews
    • Customer Support
    • Money Back Guarantee
    2 10 Bad

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    Isagenix Review

    "When dealing with multi-level marketing platforms, it can be hard to get a straight answer"

    What Is Isagenix

    Isagenix was founded in April of 2002, and is a multi-level marketing business that aims to sign individuals up to be brand ambassadors. Based out of Chandler, AZ, they sell nutritional products such as protein shakes, weight loss supplements, diet snacks, and meals. When calling into their support line, I was routed through three different systems to simply talk to one person about some general questions. This was a long process to simply talk to someone real, so I would try to get your questions answered in one shot versus having to call in multiple times. When they try to sell customers on becoming millionaires by selling their product, I already have a gut feeling that this is too good to be true. To see the Isagenix program reviewed by the Better Business Bureau. When dealing with multi-level marketing platforms, it can be hard to get a straight answer because it’s difficult to distinguish between who was a rep trying to make their way up the pyramid, and who was a genuine customer with feedback. The Isagenix website is only going to post fabulous reviews, so I searched other outlets for raw feedback.There was a more negative outcome with customer reviews on the internet, when compared to the actual website. Some people said it was a complete waste of money, while there were only a select few who saw results. Once again, it is hard to distinguish who is a rep and who is not. There is no real scientific evidence behind the actual products themselves on the website, more or less there is information on how to use their products. We have found some reviews available outside the official or distributor sites:

    Please don't waste your money on this product! I was super excited when I heard about this product, and how well it supposedly worked. I followed the directions to make my first shake, and the taste was terrible! It doesn't taste like chocolate at all. It is very chalky and has a texture like cake batter. Over the next week I tried adding peanut butter and fruit, but nothing made it taste better. Also, it didn't keep me feeling full either, each day that I took the shake, I would end up with a bad headache every afternoon.”  Jessica

    I got this because the review looked good. I have tried other mixes and couldn't use them because of their content and me having a bad reaction. I bought this and tried it for almost 60 day which is what most nutritionist would suggest for something to truly have a chance to work as it should. First let me say that is taste horrible. I tried to add fruit to the mix and all and I still had a hard time drinking. Also it didn't mix well no matter what temp water I used. I wish I could return after this epic fail. I didn't have a weight loss success and it was not satisfying to my appetite at all. Would not recommend to anyone. Not worth the money at all“. Denise

    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.

    Isagenix Scientific Backing

    As far as scientific backing and clinical trials, the company does not make it easy to find out the real details behind the science of their product. There is no tab on their website talking about the development of the product. They provided the only clinical study I could find in small print on their 22-page booklet on how to take their product: All of the descriptions are vague and full of fluff. The transparency is not there, when taking a deeper dive into what you will be consuming. Good reviews can simply be purchased, which has me thinking that this mega company has invested their money in trying to pull popularity through reviews on their website. To see the reviews click here.

    Is The Isagenix Diet Easy To Follow?

    No, it does not appear to be easy to follow.* There are many different products that Isagenix offers, but the most popular package to buy is the 30-day Cleansing and Fat Burning System. You are required to replace one normal meal with one Isalean shake, accompanied with a 400-600 calorie diet to start out on the “shake days.” On the cleanse days, they were unclear whether or not you could eat. I am assuming you cannot, so you are required to take four cleanse servings along with four snacks for the day. In the 30-day system you are allowed 26 “Shake Days” and four “Cleanse Days.” Because this program promotes intermittent fasting, you may feel light-headed, and it can do long-term damage to your metabolism.

    Conclusion

    You can purchase Isagenix on multiple different sites such as Amazon, the Isagenix site, and Ebay. I believe this company is just another multi-level marketing company that offers nutritional supplements with little to no benefits for your overall health. I would call them a multi-level marketing scam myself, because of the inaccurate reviews on their website versus the rest of the internet.  Distributors go out of their way to plant positive reviews without clearly disclosing that they have interest in company's good reputation.

    The cost of the 30-day system can run over $300.00, which is over-the-top expensive, when there are red flags present. I do not feel that this diet program is worth the investment or the time!*

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    Medifast Review

    "Although the prepackaged meals can be a real convenience, they can also make social outings difficult"

    How Does the Medifast Program Work?

    Medifast was established in 1980 by Dr. William Vitale, and is essentially a meal replacement and meal delivery service for helping people lose weight. The Medifast plan menu consists of protein shakes, soups, and bars. There are over 70 meals you can choose from, and the program prides itself on its customers never having to go to the grocery store. Although the prepackaged meals can be a real convenience, they can also make social outings difficult when wanting to eat out with others. Another problem lies in the fact that the meals may not taste to your liking, causing waste and hunger.* The diet cuts out a majority of carbs, and they limit your caloric intake substantially, which can also be a major adjustment for those trying to get into the swing of losing unwanted weight.* They offer a variety of products such as bars, shakes, and even medifast pancakes.

    Medifast’s most popular diet program is called the 4,2,1, and it covers four Medifast meals, two lean and green meals and one healthy snack.* The Medifast team says that when doing this particular program, you can lose a small amount of weight per week during the first two weeks. While on this particular program, you are only allowed to consume 800-1000 calories a day, which has some critics unsure about the drastic cut of calories and how it will benefit your health. The overall idea of the program is very smart, however the food has been noted to taste terrible to some people, which would be a bad investment in the long run. All of the meals are shipped to your front door, and you are expected to cover the shipping costs.

    Sample Meal Plan:

    • Breakfast: Medifast Oatmeal
    • Mid Morning Snack: Medifast Hot Drink
    • Lunch: 7 oz. grilled shrimp, 2 cups of salad greens, ½ cup of broccoli and shredded cabbage, and 2Tbsp. of low carb dressing.
    • Mid Afternoon Snack: Medifast Fruit Drink
    • Dinner: 6 oz. grilled chicken breast, 2 cups of fresh baby spinach, ½ cup of mushrooms and tomatoes.
    • Evening: Medifast pudding made with 1 cup of skim milk.

    Pros:

    • Convenient healthy meals delivered to your home.
    • There are a good variety of shakes, bars, and soups from which to choose.
    • The overall plan is simple to follow.

    Cons:

    • The taste of the meals has been said to taste poorly.
    • Expensive meals for one person ($300.00 a month!).
    • Does not promote long-term health and weight loss.*
    • There is only a 30-day money back guarantee, which only gives your body a chance to sample for a couple of weeks.

    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.

    Do Dieters Lose Weight With Medifast?

    There has been mixed reviews on whether or not this program helps people lose weight for the long term. Because the caloric restrictions can go as low as 800 calories per day, it would be hard not to lose weight, no matter what program you’re using. A lot rides on your liking to the foods that are prepared for you, and whether or not you enjoy the taste. The cost is also a huge factor in people's weight loss success and or failure, as it is not a cheap program overall to follow long term. We found some outside reviews which were very helpful to read:
    Amy* said, “I tried Medifast after hearing ads on the radio. The counselors were nice enough. I carefully followed the program to the letter and had very little success after the first week (about 3 pounds). The packaged food is almost inedible. Seriously, some of the most disgusting food I'd ever put in my mouth! She went onto say that after a summer of struggling through the program for hundreds of dollars and only a few pounds lost she quit. It was a miserable experience for her overall, and she felt like it was too expensive for how bad the food tasted. She would not recommend to anyone looking to start this diet.
    Robert* said, “I did lose about 2-3 pounds a week, however did gain some of it back recently, didn't focus on long term care. Lose weight but got sick, constipation. Horrible, could only eat a few of the different items, bars, shakes. Honey pretzel sticks were the only thing I wanted to eat the rest was a chore to eat. Coaches were helpful. She explained how the program worked and what would happen… she kept me accountable and that was very helpful.” He went onto say that the changes that they made were much needed but it was very expensive for his budget.

    Is Medifast Easy To Follow?

    The program overall has a lot of moving parts in which some people have a hard time following it. Others however see the pre-made meals and snacks as quite the convenience if they like the taste of them, that is! The food is pre-packaged so the overall quality of the food is in question as many of the items contain soy which is not known to be great for you, as well as other preservatives that do not help with your waistline. There were side effects of feeling massive hunger as the portions seemed off for some people, as well as sudden weight loss too fast which can also cause health complications. Blood sugar, and body composition can be very sensitive, so easing your body into a new diet routine with healthy food and plenty of water is key with anything.

    Conclusion

    Pre-made meals may not be for everyone, but this program does promote healthy eating and does not over promise large unrealistic numbers with your weight loss goals. It is convenient, but it does come with a price tag and is still processed, not clean eating type of food program that would not only guarantee weight loss but would also improve your overall health. The popular but to some offensive phrase that we keep hearing – “you are what you eat“, means exactly that: what you eat is how you look. If you choose to eat healthy, clean, unprocessed food at least 70% of the time, your body will reward you to feel clean from the inside and healthy from inside out.
    Have you ever noticed how eating fresh, non-packaged foods even for a short while improves your energy levels, gives a natural glow to your skin, and even makes you feel lighter? That's because your system can focus on healing itself rather than fighting all the toxicity introduced with food.
    One month of meals for a first time customer can run anywhere from $300.00 to $400.00 a month, and it goes up from there. It is a steep price to pay for meals when you are unfamiliar with the taste at the beginning. This factor alone makes this program unaffordable for a large portion of the general population. This program is not for everyone, but there are a mixed number of both negative and positive reviews based on taste and convenience to note.*

    Resources

    1. “Medifast.” Medifast Diet Plan.” Web.
    2. “Top Complaints On The Medifast Diet.”Consumer Affairs. Web

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    Weight Watchers Review

    Weight Watchers was named the 2017 Best Weight-Loss Diet by U.S. News & World Report. The 7th annual list includes nine sets of Best Diets rankings; Weight Watchers was first, or tied for first place, in almost half the categories and was a runner-up in the rest. [1]
    And while Weight Watchers did not make the cut as the “Best Overall Diet”—the DASH diet took that prize—it’s arguably the world’s most popular diet. Anyone who has ever been on a diet to lose weight, and been successful even though it’s often not sustained, has been on Weight Watchers.
    Developed by a New York City housewife in the 1960s, the plan combines smart nutritional science to encourage better eating habits and exercise with mutual support—the ubiquitous Weight Watchers meetings in church basements and community centers.

    It was surely the latter that was the secret sauce: camaraderie and support women—and men—were able to provide each other as they were coached by the meeting leader with weekly weigh-ins made all the difference. Over the decades there have been a number of iterations—“Beyond the Scale” is the latest, launched in 2016—as more is learned about nutrition and the role of exercise.

    Weight Watchers Claims

    “Beyond the Scale” is less a diet than a lifestyle, Weight Watchers says.
    Our proven program is not a diet. It’s about living. Your best self isn’t just about a magical number on the scale. It’s about seeing food as fuel for a healthy life, finding ways to move more each day, and developing the skills to unlock your inner strength so you can make healthy choices for life. Yes, you will lose weight. But with Weight Watchers, you’ll also gain a whole new perspective on getting—and staying—healthy. [2]
    Weight Watchers claims that you can lose up to two pounds a week when you follow the plan correctly. Some users lose a pound a week, some three. It depends on the level of effort and your body. Regardless, if you follow the plan, you’ll lose weight. That’s what Weight Watchers promises. Does it deliver?

    The Weight Watchers Plan

    The current program is pretty simple: “Every food gets a value. Smart Points are based on calories, saturated fat, sugar, and protein. Just follow your budget [of points] and start seeing results.” [3]
    There’s no forbidden foods. That said, the junk will quickly suck up points, so it’s better to eat good foods and manage points wisely. That’s the ‘diet’ part.
    Next? Get moving. “Every move counts. Earn FitPoints for walking, cleaning, gardening—you name it. Sync your fitness device with your account and start earning!” [3]
    Perhaps the most important part of Weight Watchers is the “I got this” mindset: “Get your head in the game with science-based techniques that go beyond food and fitness.” [3]
    The Weight Watchers website, app, support network, gadgets, products, magazines, recipe books, prepared foods, and meetings make the program accessible. And if you want to be held accountable, this program does that, too. It’s easy to do, easy to navigate, and—since it’s so universal—you can eat anything anywhere and figure out your points.
    There’s no downside because even the cost is low, comparatively speaking, when you factor in the tools on the website, the support and the types of plans—three currently—one can purchase. Even the sign-up cost is usually waived in some special.

    The Science Behind Weight Watchers

    It’s likely no diet has been the subject of more academic study and research than Weight Watchers, with results published in you-name-it medical and scientific journals. It ticks all the boxes. Although a number of other commercial diets have shown initially quicker and sometimes more significant weight loss—think Atkins—if it’s a diet with staying power, a diet that can be sustained, it’s Weight Watchers.
    Starting with the American Journal of Medicine, which published its study in 2013. The study found Weight Watchers was far more effective as a weight loss program than a do-it-yourself diet, which apparently is how most of us diet.
    Use of the WW program yielded significantly greater weight loss than a self-help approach, suggesting it is a viable community-based provider of weight loss treatment, as recommended by the US Preventive Services Task Force [USPSTF]. Further, high usage of [three] access modes was associated with greater weight loss results.”[4]
    In other words, the meetings, the online support, and the app all make a big difference. I’m not sure that’s so surprising. It’s what made it a good diet to begin with; it takes a village to diet successfully! The bottom line is that the USPSTF says do Weight Watchers instead of a self-help diet. Don’t go it alone!
    The British journal Lancet published a 2011 study that followed several hundred people for a year; half on a diet recommended by their doctor and the other group on Weight Watchers. The majority of the participants on Weight Watchers stuck to the diet and lost twice as much weight as the other group. [5]
    The American Diabetes Association has studied Weight Watchers and found that meeting attendance, combined with an emphasis on healthy eating—including veggies, fruit, and high-fiber, low trans-fat foods—makes it a good commercial diet choice with better, and healthier, results. [6] [7]

    Word on the Street About Weight Watchers

    If Weight Watchers has anything, it has its share of celebrity endorsers—including Jennifer Hudson, Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson, Lynn Redgrave, Jessica Simpson, and Jenny McCarthy. But perhaps the biggest name of all, Oprah Winfrey, not only endorses Weight Watchers, she bought 10 percent of the company. If that’s not an endorsement, not sure what is.
    What they have in common is all successfully lost quite a bit of weight on Weight Watchers, and most, if not all, have kept the weight off—in some cases for years.

    But what about regular people?

    The most candid and compelling review I located was posted on SparkPeople by “WannaBeHealthy51,” who explained that she lost 86 pounds on Weight Watchers in 1997, and then life got in the way and she stopped going to meetings.
    I didn’t learn how to maintain my loss and just (did it to myself) went back to eating whatever…and you can guess…gained it all back. Then a few years ago, I pulled out all of my WW material and lost about 36 pounds and was feeling wonderful, but didn’t stick with it and gained it back with a few friends. Bummer. So my humble opinion on WW, I believe it works great if you stick with it. [8]
    She said while on Weight Watchers she ate a lot of high-fiber foods, a lot of vegetables, lean meats and fish, light breads, fruit and drank a lot of water. “So I’m going to try to follow it again and hope for the best! I would like to lose 76 pounds.” [8]
    Now, all this said, there are a number of complaints about Weight Watchers from people who did one specific thing: tried to cancel their membership. For whatever reason, they felt the program did not work for them—or they simply hadn’t bothered to use it—and wished to cancel. Many complaints on the Consumer Affairs website were about continued automatic billing after cancellation. Though “Holly” points out that per the cancellation policy she read—always a wise idea—a membership must be cancelled before the next billing cycle. But there are still a lot of accounts of people still being charged even after they had supposedly canceled. The other most common complaint was about rude customer service representatives. [9]
    “Rio” of Austin, Texas, sums it up fairly well:
    “Weight Watchers the program is terrific. My issue is with customer service. I bought a Fitbit from the online store and then decided I would like a different model. I look for a return policy and it says you have to call or send email and they'll tell you what to do. I sent email and got an automated response. 5 days later, I still have not heard anything. So I call the number. After being on hold for 20 minutes I gave up.” [9]
    And “Joan” of Amesbury, Massachusetts:
    Beware of bad billing practices for WW!! I am a lifetime member since last March, 2016. I have been faithfully entering my free eTools number every 2 months or more frequently. I just realized that I've been charged every month anyway. Make sure you check your credit card statements every month – don't trust Weight Watchers to do it right. [9]

    The Bottom Line: Is Weight Watchers Worth a Try?

    Yes. As long as you keep an eye on the billing (and report them to the Better Business Bureau if you run into problems), the program itself works. If you haven’t done Weight Watchers, try it. If you follow the diet religiously—and it is very doable—you absolutely will lose weight, usually in the neighborhood of a pound or two a week. The tricky part is keeping the weight off once you’ve met your goal. But hopefully, the habits learned while on Weight Watchers will stick. With Weight Watchers, you can’t lose. I mean, you can—you can lose.

    Resources

    1. http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2014/01/07/us-news-best-diets-how-we-rated-32-eating-plans.
    2. https://www.weightwatchers.com/us/article/live-happy-live-healthy.
    3. https://www.weightwatchers.com/us/our-approach.
    4. http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(13)00672-4/fulltext.
    5. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(11)61344-5/abstract.
    6. https://professional.diabetes.org/abstract/regular-attendance-enhances-results-comprehensive-weight-loss-program.
    7. http://spectrum.diabetesjournals.org/content/18/4/251.
    8. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.asp?imboard=59&imparent=22600045.
    9. https://www.consumeraffairs.com/nutrition/weight_watchers.html.

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    Atkins Diet Review

    “Atkins” Diet Claims

    Dr. Akins created the Atkins diet back in 1972, and its overall message of low carbohydrates on a daily basis will most definitely lead to weight loss. There are no calorie restrictions when going through this diet, and you can eat as much protein as you want as long as you do not incorporate any carbs into the mix. The idea behind eating as much protein as you want comes from protein’s ability to fill you up faster and for longer amounts of time. Atkins diet sells many different snack options such as protein bars, shakes, and frozen meals that can be found in most grocery stores around the country but are not required while following this program. When going through this diet there are four main phases:

    Phase 1

    You are only allowed to eat 20 grams of carbs per day for two solid weeks during this phase. You are encouraged to eat high fats, and proteins along with many vegetables, as this is said to start the weight loss process.

    Phase 2

    This is the balancing phase where you can add in more nuts, fruits, and low carb vegetables back into your diet. The goal still remains the same however; eating as much dense protein as you can.

    Phase 3

    This stage is the maintenance or fine-tuning phase where you are near your goal weight and need to maintain it. While still focusing on more protein consumption than carbs, you can slowly add in a few carbs here and there. Be mindful.

    Phase 4

    The final phase is the long-term maintenance phase. After incorporating more proteins and less carbs into your diet throughout the program, this phase allows you to eat more carbs as long as the lost weight does not come back on.

    While taking carbohydrates and some fruits away from your diet are said to be healthy, this can also leave you feeling sluggish at best. This diet goes to the extreme to take away anything but meat and veggies for extended periods of time. Users have reported that their bodies do not smell good (breath, sweat, and skin) due to the large amounts of meat they have to consume. Depending on how much weight you have to lose, there are two programs to choose from. The Atkins 20 (Aimed at people who need to lose over 40 pounds) and the Atkins 40 (Aimed at people needing to lose 20 pounds or less) each program’s eating restrictions are pretty much the same, but the portion sizes are different. The cost of the program is purchasing the book for roughly $20.00, and buying the groceries each week for yourself.

    Is “Atkins” Diet Effective?

    Because a large amount of processed foods and carbs are cut completely out of your diet, the Atkins Diet has seen success. The question is, does the weight lost stays off once other foods are incorporated back into the diet? Most of the time, lost weight has been said to come back on once those carbs and sugars make their way back into the body. There is scientific evidence that backs up the idea that sugars and carbs will turn into fat in your body, so the overall idea of the diet has legs to stand on. What remains unclear is how healthy the long-term consumption of animal fat in large numbers is to your body overtime. Dr. Atkins himself died of a heart attack back in 2003, which left many second-guessing the validity of the program. People with heart problems, kidney disease, and high cholesterol are cautioned to consult a doctor before jumping into the Atkins Diet.

    Anytime you are drastically changing your diet, it will be tough to follow initially. To start out, you are only allowed to consume 20-40 grams of carbs at the most, which can send some people’s systems into a shock. There have been side effects of sluggishness, irritability, headaches, and foul odors such as bad breath when participating in the Atkins Diet. In total the programs can take a person a couple of months to finish, but everyone will lose weight at their own rate. The first initial phase lasts for two weeks, and then the other phases are on a personal time basis that are dependent on your weight loss goals. It does promote physical activity of up to 30 minutes a day, but does not focus on this as a main contributor in losing weight. If you are a vegetarian, you are able to follow the diet, but it will be much more challenging as your only source of nutrients will come in the form of vegetables, nuts, and seeds.

    There are many positive life changes that people experience while changing to Atkins Diet suggested way of eating but there are plenty of those who do not find it helpful or sustainable.

    Complicated. Hard to follow to implement.”- Joe Brennan

    I found the Atkins diet more complicated than I wanted to go through. I find it is much easier for me to follow a 1200 calorie diet to lose weight.“- Dizzylake

     

    What Are “Atkins” Diet Side Effects?

    As with any low carb diet possible side effects can be:

    Nausea

    Headaches

    Bad Breath

    Weakness

    Muscle Cramps

    Fatigue

    Skin Rash

    Constipation and Diarhea

    “Atkins” Diet Support

    Atkins Diet has been and still is one of the easily recognized diets in United States. It would most likely be difficult to find someone who has not heard or tried this diet or a very similar way of eating. Because this diet has been around for many years there are plenty of online support websites, forums posts and even private Facebook groups. You will not however find a personalized coach support nor will you have anyone specific to turn to for questions and please be wary of the advice you get from random strangers. People that have had any success, even if it is temporary, while losing weight tend to all of the sudden become experts at it. Be careful who you take advice from.

    Bottom Line

    When looking into the Atkins Diet support systems and social media, they have a large following of people with little user engagement on their social media accounts. The support systems are most definitely present with forums, support lines, and chat groups, which was nice to see. There are many positives to eliminating refined sugars, and carbs from your diet and one of them happens to be weight loss. This diet program is not for everyone, as many people have noticed their cholesterol levels rising, bad smells coming from their bodies, and an overall lack of nutrients when trying to complete this diet. You can purchase extra diet snack products almost anywhere you look, as well as the Atkins Diet book from the website directly or major distribution channels such as Amazon and Ebay. The diet takes a lot of time and energy, as many life changes will need to be made in order to be successful.

    References

    1. “Low-carb diet: Can it help you lose weight?” Mayo Clinic Staff https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/weight-loss/in-depth/low-carb-diet/art-20045831,  Aug. 29, 2017

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