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Apple Cider Vinegar Diet: it actually works

Are you ready for a surprise? You will be forgiven if you have heard of the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet before and immediately dismissed it as just another fad diet; maybe something like the Cabbage Soup Diet, or the Lemon Detox Diet. It turns out there is more to the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet than meets the eye. A recent scientific study on weight loss confirmed the claim that a couple of tablespoons of vinegar (or vinegar diet pills) before meals can actually help melt those spare pounds away!

Two tablespoons of vinegar before each meal help your body maintain the necessary balance in your blood sugar levels to keep those dreaded food cravings at bay. The ingestion of carbohydrate rich foods cause a spike in your blood sugar levels immediately following the meal, which explains why our bodies love carbs so much. The sugar rush makes us feel so good. The initial spike in your blood sugar levels is then followed by a severe drop in blood sugar levels an hour or two later because your body overcompensated for the increased blood sugar levels by releasing too much insulin. Low blood sugar levels in turn result in feelings of hunger and food cravings. Your body is programmed to try and re-balance your blood sugar levels and before you know it, you are hungry again and caught in a vicious cycle of overeating.

Apple cider vinegar taken before a meal will reduce the sugar load into your bloodstream immediately following that meal. The energy contained in the food will be released slower and more gradually. You will feel fuller for longer and eat less because you are more in control of you appetite. For a more in depth discussion see this weight loss research article on the relationship between apple cider vinegar and slimming. It is fair to say that you will most probably see the same results with most types of vinegar, so if you don’t like apple cider vinegar, white wine vinegar can be a great alternative. If you don’t like vinegar in its liquid form at all, help is available in the form of diet supplements.
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FDA Warns Against Three More Weight Loss Pills

The FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) is always busy evaluating and testing weight loss products in an ongoing battle to clear the store shelves and on-line stores of dangerous diet pills and weight loss supplements. On 22 December 2008, the FDA issued a press release containing 28 weight loss products to avoid. On the 8th of January 2009, the FDA expanded the list of tainted weight loss products to include 41 more dangerous weight loss pills. The last update to this list (now containing 72 products) was done on March 20, 2009 via press release. The FDA will continue to update this list on an ongoing basis.

New products are launched into this largely unregulated market on a daily basis, and it is obvious that there is no way the FDA will ever be able to test all the weight loss products on offer. This does not mean all diet pills commercially available are unsafe and / or ineffective. On the contrary, many of them can actually help you lose weight faster, but…..it is of the utmost importance that you make informed decisions when deciding to try new weight loss products. It is absolutely crucial to take responsibility for looking after your own health, so do not rely solely on FDA warning lists and double check promises made by vendors online. The only way to make informed decisions about weight loss pills is to understand which ingredients are contained in products you consider using, and then to explore the potential impact of these ingredients on your health.

Do your research on your next weight loss product thoroughly making use of the internet and any other sources of information you may have access too, for example your local pharmacist. With the overload of information available on the internet it is not always so easy to distinguish between good and bad advice, so choose a few websites (avoid those selling one product or product range) you can trust to help you make sense of the information out there. And get a second opinion every now and then just to make sure these sites are still trustworthy. If you are unable to find the necessary information, put in a request to one of your favorite sites to investigate the product for you, or choose something else that you can find information on.
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Weight Loss Products: FDA health warning against the use of Hydroxycut


On 1 May 2009 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning to the US public to immediately stop using fourteen Hydroxycut weight loss products; manufactured by Iovate Health Sciences Inc. of Oakville, Ontario, and distributed by Iovate Health Sciences USA Inc. of Blasdell, New York. Hydroxycut products are marketed as fat burners, energy enhancers and low carb diet aids. The FDA reports that over 9 million of these products were sold in 2008. These products were widely available in grocery stores, health food stores and pharmacies. The reason for this warning issued by the FDA is that some of the Hydroxycut products specifically have been associated with a number of serious liver injuries and one death.

Twenty three incidents of serious health problems ranging from jaundice and elevated liver enzymes (an indicator of potential liver injury), to liver damage requiring liver transplant have been reported to the FDA. One of the incidents described to the FDA was the death of a 19 year old man due to liver failure, apparently directly related to the use of Hydroxycut products. Some of the other serious health problems reportedly brought on by the use of these products include seizures; cardiovascular disorders; and rhabdomyolysis, a type of muscle damage that can lead to other serious health problems such as kidney failure.

While these occurrences were rare, incidents of liver injury were reported even in cases where consumers were strictly adhering to the doses of Hydroxycut recommended on the bottle. Symptoms of liver injury include jaundice and brown urine. Jaundice patients also often notice a yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes. Other symptoms of liver injury include nausea, vomiting, light-colored stools, excessive fatigue, weakness, stomach or abdominal pain, itching, and loss of appetite.
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The Acai Berry Weight Loss Scam

Is the acai berry weight loss craze a scam; just another fad diet? Yes, of course! Crazy claims of huge weight loss in a matter of weeks, all just by incorporating acai berries into your diet? Increased energy levels, improved digestion, improved sleep, younger skin – you name it, the acai berry magically delivers it. No scientific study or report remotely supports any claims made with regards to the weight loss magic offered by the acai berry. Why all the fuss then?

Well, for starters, it is far easier to get the public to believe an exotic berry out of the rain forests of Brazil offers the magic cure for obesity than it would be to convince consumers they will magically lose weight eating blueberries, grapes, apple or banana. While the acai berry offers many other health benefits, it will be no more effective in helping you lose weight than any other fruit.

The acai (pronounced ah-sigh-ee) berry is just another fruit after all. The berries are harvested in the Brazilian rain forest from acai palms that may reach heights in excess of 60 feet – one of the same palms used to harvest edible hearts of palm. Acai is naturally lower in sugar, with the flavor described as something between berries and chocolate. This berry is commonly used in juices, beverages, smoothies, frozen treats and dietary supplements.
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Wondering Why Sleep Deprivation is Bad for You? Read This!

Author: Janet Martin

If there is one thing that a person is all too willing to sacrifice in order to finish the job, prolong the video game and TV time, or simply have fun with friends, that is going to be sleep. Many think that sleep is just a luxury that one can easily give up.

In reality, however, sleep is as important as food and shelter. You may be able to survive for years without watching television or playing videogames, but you cannot stay healthy and well if you skip sleep even for just a few days.

When you were in your teens, you probably think that the effects of lack of sleep were not that visible or serious. However, as you grow older and your sleep debt has become enormous, you will feel and experience the ill-effects of skipping sleep. Here are some of the consequences of lack of sleep to watch out for:

Not Good For Your Brain

You will notice that when you are unable to sleep properly for a while, you tend to be forgetful and easily distracted. In fact, many vehicular and mechanical accidents are due to lack of focus which is common in sleep-deprived individuals. Furthermore, your brain may not create new cells if you do not sleep well. Continue reading ‘Wondering Why Sleep Deprivation is Bad for You? Read This!’

Lose weight faster with NuPhedrine

NuPhedrine offers you two weight loss ingredients in one non-prescription pill. It contains the patented Advantra-Z in the extra strength concentration, combined with Hoodia Gordonii in the most potent form available. The combination of these two ingredients helps you lose weight much faster by increasing your metabolism to burn up more calories even when you are resting and suppressing your appetite. Since Advantra-Z is a stimulant, you will also notice an increase in energy. NuPhedrine can be taken with any nutritional plan you are on, irrespective of whether it is low gi, low in fat, low in carbs, or calorie restricted. It should work with all of them. But, if you intend to buy NuPhedrine to help you lose weight, please read this article first and make an informed decision.

A review of NuPhedrine will be incomplete without a reference to the history of one of the ingredients in Nuphedrine, namely Advantra-Z. Advantra-Z is a patented form of synephrine, or “bitter orange”, which is a stimulant related to ephedra. In the early 1990’s Ephedra (Ma Huang), in combination with Caffeine and Aspirin gained widespread popularity as a performance enhancer, energy booster, appetite suppressor and weight loss aid. This combination of drugs was known as the E.C.A stack. Ephedra not only boosts the metabolism, it also increases body heat and as such can be regarded as a thermogenic drug. It was reported that, with caffeine, ephedra can help people lose 5 to 10 percent of their body weight.
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Alli can help you lose 50% more weight!


A single search on the internet or even a stroll down to your local drugstore can easily overwhelm you with the sheer range of diet pills available; all promising to help you lose weight. Some of them may actually work, others really do nothing at all, and then there are those that are simply dangerous to use. In such a minefield it is very welcome and comforting to come across a weight loss pill that is FDA approved. Alli, on sale in the U.S. since June 2007, is the only over–the-counter FDA approved weight loss pill.

To dieters Alli offers more than just a weight loss pill – it is supported by a well developed online weight loss program, the “Alli 1-2-3 Start Plan” that offers education, advice and support. After you purchase Alli, the diet is tailored to your individual needs as soon as you register online and create your personal profile. You’ll be provided with feedback, customized guidance, next steps, as well as access to a variety of weight loss resources and meal plans.

The Alli nutritional plan also focuses on aspects such as your general mindset, your relationship with food and exercise and your reaction to setbacks. According to the Alli program your approach to weight loss and your new lifestyle is critical to reaching your goal weight and then maintaining it. Continue reading ‘Alli can help you lose 50% more weight!’

Review of the South Beach Diet

The South Beach diet was developed by a practicing cardiologist, Dr. Arthur Agatston. Dr Agatston did not initially set out to develop a weight-loss plan. He simply got frustrated when his patients, when following the standard, low-fat American Heart Association diet, failed to lose weight or improve their blood chemistry. He then developed a new diet specifically for his patients, which later became the basis for The South Beach Diet, an international best seller. The South Beach Diet was first published in April 2003 and has been on the New York Times best seller list for more than 96 consecutive weeks, with more than 8.5 million copies in print. It was #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list for 38 weeks.

The diet is formulated on the premise that many of us are addicted to carbohydrate foods. Many experts commented that the South Beach diet is really just a revised version of the Atkins Diet. Both of these diets kick off with a first stage designed to get rid of addiction to high levels of carbohydrate consumption. The South Beach diet varies from Atkins in that it consists of three instead of four phases. While the first and last phases of both diets are very similar, the middle two phases of the Atkins Diet has been replaced by a single stage in the South Beach Diet. As result of this difference the typical rate at which South Beach followers lose weight is lower than that of Atkins followers, but fans claim that the South Beach diet is easier to stick to since it offers greater variety at an earlier stage in the diet.

The South Beach Diet is introduced as a balanced weight-loss and maintenance plan that encourages people to eat a variety of foods, such as lean sources of protein, reduced fat cheeses and dairy products, legumes, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and good fats like olive and canola oil.  Snacking is encouraged along with approved sweet treats and desserts on a daily basis. The glycemic index (is a ranking system for carbohydrates based on their effect on blood sugar) plays a critical role in the diet, as it forms the basis for Agatston’s advice on how to choose the best carbohydrates to accompany a meal. The concept of the glycemic index (considered with the actual glycemic load) is generally accepted as a crucial component of healthy diets nowadays.
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Have an IV dinner – now that is going bananas

Every once in a while you stumble upon an article in the media that really makes you sit up and smile at the lengths humanity would go to in its quest for beauty. Ashley Pearson wrote an article for The Daily Mail describing the latest fad diet doing the rounds amongst supermodels and Hollywood A-listers.

It is simple – skip dinner and have your doctor hook you up to an IV drip containing multivitamins! That way, the story goes, you get all the nutrients without the calories! These IV drips, also called “banana bags” were originally designed for severely undernourished alcoholic patients, but are now swiftly becoming the latest fashion accessory. Continue reading ‘Have an IV dinner – now that is going bananas’

Beating the Bulge with Proactol

I don’t know about you, but I believe that technology is one of the main reasons why we are nowadays able to live such long and fulfilling lives. Many of us would not have been around today, had it not been for major advances in medical science and technology. So I, for one, am a big believer in using the best that technology has to offer. Yes, we have to develop healthier eating habits, become more active, and all those good things, but…if technology can make life a bit easier, why not?

Have you ever found yourself at a work, family or other social function surrounded by the most wonderful variety of mouth-watering food (high in fat off course), just as you started your new diet? Or do you sometimes feel the need to throw caution to the wind for just one night? Well, fortunately, help is at hand. Fat binders allow us to eat fatty foods and then prevent the excess fat from forming that hated “protective layer” around your thighs or waist!

Proactol

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