Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Artificial Sweeteners Bad or Good?

Diet Coke Ingredients
The producers of artificial sweeteners say there are advantages of using their products as part of a weight loss plan.  The one big thing is they fail to also educate the public on the dangers of using these chemically made products.

There have been numerous independent studies of artificial sweeteners and most have reached the same conclusions: avoid them at all costs!

While most of the manufactured sweeteners are either low in calories or have zero calories, the health problems they can cause just aren’t worth any possible benefits they may provide. Artificial sweeteners are worse for you than sugar as evidenced by numerous studies. With real sugar, at least you know what it is made from – sugar cane or sugar beets. This is not the case with artificial sweeteners, for example, Aspartame is a methyl ester of the aspartic acid/phenylalanine dipeptide.  Sounds yummy doesn't it :-) 

Here are the top three reasons why you should avoid using artificial sweeteners.

Weight Gain

Wait a minute! Aren’t artificial sweeteners supposed to help you lose weight? That is what the CEO's of these companies would like you to believe.  In reality just the opposite is true and supported by numerous case studies. What generally happens is artificial sweeteners cause a metabolic disruption. When you eat or drink something made with real sugar, your brain normally secretes the hormone dopamine that signals your stomach when you are full. Without real sugar, dopamine is not released and you don’t get the signal to stop eating. While artificial sweeteners do have less calories than real sugar, they do not have the same effect in the body as real sugar, and lead you to overeat.  

Heart Disease

Drinking diet soda daily that is sweetened with aspartame has shown to increase your risk of dying from a heart attack or stroke by 61%. This was the conclusion found in 2011 by a study done by both Columbia University and the University of Miami and presented at the International Stroke Conference. While the artificial sweetener directly isn’t responsible for the increased risk, its effect in the body results in an increase of calories through overeating which results in weight gain and Type 2 diabetes – major factors leading to a catastrophic heart event.  

Allergic Reactions

In people allergic to sulfa drugs, ingesting Splenda can cause allergic reactions varying from mild itching to hives, abdominal cramping to diarrhea, and even anaphylactic reactions including shortness of breath, throat closure, a drop in blood pressure and seizures.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or other reactions, try eliminating sucralose (and for that matter all artificial sweeteners) from your diet and see if your condition improves. If so, you may have identified a source of your allergies.

Using artificial sweeteners is not worth the risk of the these health issues and even if you do get some benefit of losing weight do you thin your body enjoys these chemicals? From a health standpoint, you are far better off using natural Mother Nature made sweeteners.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Vitamins for Tiredness Fatigue

Vitamins for Tiredness Fatigue
I don't know about you but as I have become older I can see my energy level's drain.  Now of course my kids go around most of the day like little energizer bunnies so I started doing a little research for vitamins for tiredness / fatigue.

When you start doing a search for these types of items you will be inundated with a bunch of junk.  These sites will promise you everything under the sun to take your hard earned cash.  I myself have tried a lot of different vitamins on the market spending over $100 a month to try USANA vitamins to the cheap Centrum vitamins.

I will tell you I did like the USANA vitamins and I have to tell you the quality can not be beat.  But when it comes to the price I just can't afford it and with all the news out there and no solid evidence on the benefits of the vitamins I just couldn't justify the price.  Who knows I might change my mind later on.

So my search continued to find the best vitamins for tiredness at a fair and reasonable price continued.  Well I stumbled on some vitamins that for around $10 a month provided me with all my needs plus had every ingredient I had been told that would energize me at pennies on the dollar compared to the USANA vitamins.

Here are the main ingredients for the vitamins:

Amino-blend: L-arginine, L-gLutamine, L-vaLine, L-Leucine, L-isoLeucine, L-cystine, L-Lysine, L-threonine. Viri-blend: Saw Palmetto, Powdered (Berries), Damiana, Powdered (Leaf), Korean Ginseng, Powdered (Root), Pygeum Africanum, Powdered (Bark), Gingko Biloba, Powdered (Leaf), Raw Oyster Concentrate, Nettles, Powdered (Leaf), Pumpkin Seed. Phyto-blend: Citrus Bioflavonoids (Fruit), Deodorized Garlic, Powdered (Bulb), Green Tea Powder, Grape Seed Extract (Vitis Vinifera) (Seed) (Standardized to 95% Polyphenols), Blueberry Powder, Pineapple Powder, Spinach Powder, Carrot Powder, Papaya Powder, Orange Fruit Powder, Spinach Powder, Elderberry Fruit Powder, Bilberry Fruit Powder, Black Currant Fruit Powder, Cauliflower Powder, Kale Powder, Brussels Sprouts Powder, Broccoli Powder, Apple Fruit Powder, Kiwi Fruit Powder, Grapefruit Powder. 

Other Ingredients: Calcium, Stearic Acid, Magnesium Stearate, Silica, Croscarmellose Sodium (Disintegrant), Microcrystalline Cellulose, Pharmaceutical Glaze.

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I can't say that the vitamins gave me my kids energy but they did seem to help as I have been able to get more things since taking the vitamins.  When you check out the price read one of the hundred's of other reviews.  I am not the only one that this has helped with their tiredness.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Swim Workouts for Weight Loss

Swim workouts for weigh loss is one of the best and fastest ways to lose weight.  When swimming you are using all your muscles for a full body workout.  Plus if you are on the heavy side or have knee or back problems this will make it much easier for your body to handle and less prone to injury's.  As your body gets stronger and lighter working out of the pool will become easier.
Swimming laps is the top swim workout for weight loss as you will burn maximum calories as you kick and pull your body thorough the water.  Start out slowly and shot for swimming the length of the pool and then adding increments each time day.  Use freestyle and when you get to tired switch up to sidestroke or breaststroke, butterfly or even the backstroke.

Looking for even a better workout you can get dumbbells for water use.  These can be used for various pool workouts and provide even more resistance.

Overall the best bet for the money is to swim laps if you can these will provide the maximum weight loss in the shortest period of time.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Fast Weight Lost

There is no real such thing as fast weight loss.  You actually have to do the work to lose weight by working out or some activity where you burn calories.  There are many fun things you can do out there for instance have you ever played laser tag?  Laser tag you go around a course shooting each other.  The fun activity of trying to get your friends before they get you gets your mind off the exercise portion and before you know it your shirt is drenched in sweat because you been out on the course hustling.  This one idea for you to kick in weight loss.

Now I know the costs are a little high to do this everyday but this is a great activity to break up the boring workout routine.  Plus if you happen to stop at a Fast Food Restaurant that day maybe this can burn off those extra calories you took in…….

Weight loss can be fun and exciting…..

I  don’t know about you but I don’t have time between my work, kids activities and other day to day chores to fix and measure meals or to do special fad diets. I usually have to eat on the run and on top of that it sometimes saves me money because I am being less wasteful. Don’t let all the hype fool you. You can lose weight eat out and not exercise for hours in the gym. I know because I have done it and I am over 40 years old and lost 20 pounds in fat plus put on 10 pounds of muscle in the process.

On this weight loss blog I am going to explain how I exercise and eat to stay in shape. I don’t have time as it is very stretched with other activities in my life. I understand when you say you don’t have time unlike these other fitness guru’s.

Staying in shape helps with other areas in your life including self confidence.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Biggest Loser Season 9

I have to tell you watching The Biggest Loser on Tuesday nights is so motivational. It has helped me stay focused and I watch how hard they push themselves. That is the biggest thing to make gains you have to push yourself and The Biggest Loser Season 9 you can see this motivation in their eyes. I really suggest you get The Biggest Loser Season 9 and sit back and watch it. Nothing motivates you more than watching someone lose double digits in weight in one week.

Friday, November 5, 2010

One Sore Beach Body

I have to tell you its been awhile since I worked out. Starting over again makes my body feel so good but why did I fale in following and keeping up with the exercise. It seems time is short and valuable that I didn't schedule a workout time for myself. I cam up with every excuse under the sun. I now have a specisfic workout time which is right after work that hopefully I can stick to easilly.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

P90X Diet

The hardest part for me is planning the meals to make sure I have the right calorie count. I know if I could get this right and stay on track that my fitness goals would be meet.