Food Myths That Can Make You Fat

There are a number of erroneous, beliefs about nutrition, that can actually cause weight gain. Here is a list of some of the more common ones. Read on to discover if any of them are familiar to you.

Adopting a vegan eating plan will automatically cause weight loss.
It’s true that research has shown vegans and vegetarians typically consume fewer calories, but, going vegan strictly as a means of losing weight can backfire. Many times, those who are new to veganism can fail to consume adequate amounts of vital nutrients, and it can also be easy to fall into poor habits such as eating highly processed foods like soy cheese, and high fat treats, which can really pack on the pounds. Do vegan the right way by keeping processed foods to a minimum, and always eat well balanced meals. Protein should account for 10 to 20 percent of your calories and it can be obtained from healthy plant-based sources such as beans, nuts, and seeds.

Eliminate all carbs to speed weight loss.
Your body needs an adequate amount of carbohydrates for energy, as well as a range of essential vitamins and other nutrients, and fiber. Strictly removing something from your diet will oftentimes only cause you to crave the “forbidden” item more, and you may find yourself seeking it out in moments of weakness. Carbs can be an important part of weight management due to the fiber they provide which keeps you feeling full, and they are also known to stimulate the production of a neurotransmitter called serotonin which helps regulate your moods and keep you feeling happy. Instead of removing carbs from your eating plan entirely, simply leave behind heavily processed options and reach for vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

Unlimited diet drinks are fine because they’re calorie free.
Many people who are watching their weight believe that drinking beverages made with artificial sweetener is an easy way to enjoy soda pop, etc. with zero guilt. This theory has been debunked by research studies that show how these “fake” sugars trick the body by introducing sweetness without any calories to back it up. Artificial sweeteners cause you to want more sugar and you might end up binging on unhealthy snacks to satisfy these cravings. Additionally, diet drinks are filled with dangerous additives that have been found to cause a variety of cancers in laboratory experiments.

Protein shakes promote weight loss.
The simple act of adding protein shakes into your eating plan will not help you lose weight, but this is a common mistake among dieters. Protein shakes can be very healthy but drinking them in addition to your usually daily caloric intake will cause you to gain weight, not lose. To use protein shakes successfully, plan on having them as a meal replacement or snack, depending on the number of calories per shake, and select ones that are low in sugar, and have the shortest possible list of ingredients.

Fruit is too sugary to eat while trying to lose weight.
The natural sugars found in fruit are much less worrisome than all of the refined sugar found in processed foods, so you’re better off giving up food items purchased in boxes and bags, than grapes, bananas, oranges and so on. Fruit provides perfect nutrients which are absorbed quickly and easily by your body because they’re in a whole and natural state. Avoiding fruit also means you’re missing out on healthy and filling fiber which keeps you feeling full, and satisfied and can help with long-term weight loss and keeping the weight off once you’ve lost it.

Keep these updated food facts in mind when you’re trying to eat for weight loss, or even just trying to eat more healthfully.

This article is a guest post provided by Angela Jennings for Advance Me America’s Leading business cash advance provider.

Bizarre Fitness Fads and Full-blown Cures

MosquitoStaying healthy and in tip top fitness is a priority for many, but as humans we still have a need to try something adventurous and new every now and then. Tried and tested ways of getting fit and staying healthy don’t always appeal to everybody – especially those who simply don’t want to put in the time and effort. And then there are full-blown diseases for which any cure or treatment could be considered. Here are some of the strangest ideas in the health and fitness sector:

Ionized Bracelets

In science fiction writing, ions are one of those genuine pieces of science that is brought in to beef up anything scientific sounding. “How does it work? Oh, Ions”. Meanwhile in the real world, we’re a lot more sceptical about unproved science than we used to be (though perhaps not nearly enough). So can you get away with putting scientific words into a product name and trying to profit of it?

The FTC didn’t seem to think so, bringing Q-Ray, the most well known of the ‘Ionized bracelet’ manufacturers to court over claims that it gave relief from pain and arthritis. The court found that the positive effects were no greater than the placebo effect and that claims of links to traditional Chinese medicine were just exploitative marketing talk.

Shake Weight

What list of bizarre health and fitness fads would be complete without an entry for Shake Weight, a phenomenon so strange that many readers will think that I’ve mistaken a South Park episode for reality (and perhaps it wouldn’t be the first time). But no, these vibrating dumbbells are a genuine fitness innovation designed to increase muscle activity by the use of ‘Dynamic Inertia’. In essence, they’re simply an application of the same principles as vibration plate technology. But the infomercials are still bizarre.


Stationary exercise bikes have been a mainstay of the Gym (and home gym) for years – they offer effective, accessible exercise indoors and without a lot of fuss. Spinning provides a more intense version with a flywheel specifically weighted to emulate (variable) road conditions. But well aware that things are better under the sea, someone had the bright idea of putting the bikes underwater. Water obviously offers far greater resistance so it gives you a good workout.

Far more bizarre is the idea of underwater scuba-cycling, which probably takes the idea a little too far. Judge for yourself in the following video:


Whatever doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger. So perhaps whatever could kill you, but doesn’t, could make you into some kind of superman? Perhaps thinking along these lines (and remembering that Peter Parker became Spiderman by being bitten by a radioactive spider), Henry Heimlich created Malariotherapy, wherein patients are treated by having them contract Malaria. You know, the disease that kills about 780,000 people a year. This particular fire has been advocated for use in the fight against several even worse sounding fires: cancer, Lyme disease and HIV.

And yes, Henry Heimlich is the creator of the Heimlich manoeuvre. Does that make his Malariotherapy idea sound any less bizarre? No. The Institutional review board have not overseen any of the Heimlich institute’s experiments into Malaria treatment on HIV subjects and two separate studies into co-infection suggest that HIV could spread more quickly when in combination with Malaria.

Steph Wood writes for JTX Fitness who provide Cheap Treadmills to the UK market.


Get A Jump Start On Your New Year’s Resolutions and Lose Weight This Holiday Season

You’ve heard all the statistics about how the average American will gain between five and fifteen pounds over the holiday season. However, if you’re like most Americans, you’re probably hoping to lose weight during the holidays instead of gaining it. While losing weight this holiday season may seem impossible, it’s not. There are plenty of tricks and tips to help you lose weight and get a jump start on your New Year’s resolutions. These five tips will ensure that the scale goes down and you end this holiday season thinner than you started it.

Eat More Protein

Eating more protein can help you feel fuller for longer and keep hunger at bay. Basing your snacks and meals around protein with a side of vegetables will keep you satiated and less prone to eating the empty calories present in holiday foods such as candies, baked goods, and other fattening, sugary items.

Eat Before Parties

One of the biggest issues you’ll probably face over the holidays is the number of parties you’ll have to attend. At a party, it can be difficult to say no to your favorite foods, or to turn down your host’s special dish. Not to mention that all the delicious food can cause you to overindulge and eat junk food that you wouldn’t normally eat. The best way to not overeat at parties is to eat a healthy meal beforehand.

Exercise More Often

Even with the best laid plans, chances are that you’ll eat more than you normally do over the holiday season. The best way to combat this is to exercise more often to burn off any extra calories. Lifting weights several times a week and doing cardio three to five times a week is ideal, but any kind of movement during the day is beneficial. Walking the dog, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking your car further away from the door when shopping, even doing squats or lifting weights while waiting for food to cook can really add up to help you lose weight over the holidays.

Plan Ahead

Another reason people gain weight during the holidays is because their normal schedules and routines are disrupted by office parties, holiday dinners, and other gatherings. One of the best ways to combat this is to plan ahead. For example, if you know you’re going to have a Christmas lunch at the office full of sugary, fattening foods, you can plan ahead by choosing to eat a lighter breakfast and exercising more later in the day.

Track Your Food and Weight

Keeping a food journal or diary can be extremely helpful in losing weight during the holiday season. It’s also helpful to weigh yourself once a week. By keeping track of your weight and what you’re eating, you can see where you need to make changes to your diet and ensure you’re continuing to lose weight.

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