Fad Diets vs Balanced Diets
August 24, 2010

Plain and simple, almost any diet will yield results! Surprised to hear me say that? Well, it is true. Just ask yourself, “DID MY DIET STOP WORKING OR DID I STOP MY DIET?” Your success hinges more on YOU than what diet you choose.

Having said that however, not all diets are created equal. In fact, at times they are miles apart. Some diets are more difficult to follow than others and differ in their effectiveness. One thing is for sure, fad diets are temporary and not practical for long-term. Some diets are so restrictive, it is only a matter of time before you fall back into your old habits.

What classifies as a fad diet? When does cutting back become too restrictive? Here are two previous blog posts that will help you answer those questions. “Balance” and “The perfect balance!

The ugly truth is that very few programs address the real problems at hand. We all love to get our ears tickled and buy into miracle weight loss scams. None of which address the real issues that got us into this mess: food addictions, lifestyle, sedentary habits, etc.

When you opt for the balanced diet, there is no drastic change to the foods you can or cannot eat, MINUS THE JUNK that is! You can still have most of the foods you are accustomed to, but in a healthier form.

Do yourself a favor; confront your issues head on! Stop searching for the next break through diet, and have the courage to make some major lifestyle changes! Will it be easy? Absolutely not! Will it work? Absolutely! Otherwise, it is only a matter of time before you find yourself staring at a fatter version of yourself in the mirror, with a slower metabolism to boot.


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Keep it simple stupid
August 10, 2010

Do not over complicate things! If it grows on a tree or comes out of the ground then eat it! You cannot go wrong with what God makes grow. In addition, do not forget about meat (thank goodness for animals)!

Just think of all the “garbage” you avoid by following that one simple rule. Generally the more man has mucked with it, the worse it is for you, so in turn the closer it is to its natural state the better it is for you.

Nothing, and I repeat nothing, will give you better results than balance and regularity. By this I mean, eat a balanced diet and GET OUT THERE AND REGULARLY BREAK A SWEAT!


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Insulin
May 12, 2010

“Insulin is secreted after we eat and following periods of elevated blood sugar. Under optimal conditions, insulin is the body’s friend. It deposits that blood sugar (glucose), along with amino acids (protein), in muscle so that we can move and function. It also synthesizes chemical proteins for building enzymes, hormones, and muscles. Insulin, however, is especially sensitive to dietary carbohydrates, which are metabolized quickly into sugar…

…Carbohydrates are nothing more than various forms of simple sugars linked together in chains, which are broken apart during digestion. The faster a carbohydrate chain is broken, the faster its sugars are absorbed by the body. Carbohydrates can be classified according to the rate at which they break down in the body: the ones that give up their sugars quickest (usually highly processed white-flour and corn-based foods or junk foods) are “high-glycemic” carbs, while those that take longer to break down are referred to as “low glycemic”…

…So, what happens when there’s excess insulin in the bloodstream? …High insulin levels stimulate the most powerful fat-storing enzyme in the body; lipoprotein (LPL), which sets up your fat cells to store fat–and makes sure it stays stored. The more high-glycemic, or insulin-stimulating carbohydrates you consume, the more LPL your body secretes, and the fatter you become.

Although your body is designed to draw upon fat instead of sugar for 70% of it day-to-day energy needs, when insulin levels are high, they prevent the body from using its stored fat as fuel… In other words, too many of the wrong kinds of foods (high-glycemic carbs) can and will send a hormonal message, via the fat cells. The message? “Time to store some fat.”

…Don’t get me wrong; not all carbohydrates are bad. For optimum hormonal balance, we need to eat a certain amount of them each day.” Fat Wars


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