Monthly Archive for June, 2009

Does the Acai Berry work for weight loss

Question: I read of so many people that claim to have lost weight using acai berry supplements. Is it true that acai can help you lose weight?

Answer: No. The Acai Berry is a great source of anti-oxidants with the result that does possess anti-aging and cancer fighting properties; but as far as weight loss goes, it really does not offer any real benefits. It is just another fruit and as such can be a great addition to a healthy diet for increased variety. Fruit contain lots of sugar though, so try to restrict your fruit portions to about two per day. Beware of unscrupulous vendors selling Acai products. Some of them falsely claim an association with Oprah Winfrey, and are currently being sued. Many of them imply that Oprah endorsed acai as a weight loss product, which is untrue. There are also a number of vendors out there that automatically ships a monthly supply of acai to you once you’ve signed up, and then make it extremely difficult to cancel the order! For more info see this discussion of acai and weight loss.

How quickly will I lose weight on the Lemon Detox Diet

Question: I heard the Lemon Detox Diet is a great diet to lose weight fast. How quickly will I lose weight?

Answer: Please don’t let yourself be tempted by the quick weight loss promised by the Lemon Detox Diet, or as it used to be known; Master Cleanse. You may lose weight fast, but you are really messing up your metabolism and setting yourself up for massive weight problems in the future! On this diet you will consume far less calories than your body requires; so your body acts to protect you. It goes into starvation mode and slows down your metabolism so it can conserve energy for your major organs, such as your brain and heart. In the absence of sufficient fuel, your body also starts burning lean muscle mass for fuel. Muscle mass burns more energy than fat, and the more muscle mass you have, the faster your metabolism. As you will most certainly lose lean muscle mass following the Lemon Detox Diet, your metabolism will be slowed down even further.

Just to summarize then. You may initially lose weight on the Lemon Detox Diet, but you are doing so at the cost of your metabolism and general health. As soon as you start eating normal foods again, you will regain whatever weight you’ve lost super fast, and then some. The Lemon Detox Diet is also known as the Neera Super Cleanse. See this Lemon Detox Diet Review for more info. Much better to go about losing weight the healthy way, and lose it permanently.

How do I stop overeating

Question: Within an hour after I’ve had breakfast I’m hungry again, and then I just keep on snacking the rest of the day. How do I regain control of what I eat?

Answer: Many people wanting to lose weight believe that cereal is a great start to a new day. Or a bagel. Or pancakes. Very often it is a meal high in refined carbohydrates and low in protein and fiber. When you eat something high in simple carbohydrates for example sugar, refined flour, potato, etc; it causes a spike in your blood sugar levels (sugar rush) for a short period of time, only to be followed by low blood sugar levels an hour or so later. Low blood sugar levels send signals to your brain that you need food, and suddenly you are ravenous. This vicious cycle is repeated every time you have a high carb meal or snack. Protein, good fats, and fiber rich foods on the other hand take a long time to digest, and does not result in major blood sugar imbalances, with the result that you stay fuller for longer, and remain in control of your appetite. So with every snack or meal try to include some lean protein, good fats like olive oil and fiber-rich fruit or vegetables.

For more information see End of Overeating, the Atkins Diet, and the Perricone Prescription.