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Month: March 2017

Should You Really Go On That Juice Cleanse?

20 March 2017

Detox bars and juices are popping here and there, and it’s definitely becoming the newest weight loss craze. What’s not to like when all you have to do is sip into a tasty blend of your favourite fruits and vegetables for a couple of days, and you’re bound to shed some kilos on the way. But before you head to the stores and purchase that juicer, let us help you go through the pros and cons of juicing: Benefits of Juicing It’s an easy way to get your 5 a day We all know that eating fruits and vegetables are essential to being healthy. But incorporating them in your recipes and meals can be daunting at times. With juicing, it’s easier to blend them all together and have the nutrient in one sip. Thinking of your meals will be a breeze Juicing also allows you to get adventurous with what produce you consume. Most of us purchase the same few fruits and veggies we’re used to eating to prepare at home. But juicing gives you the freedom to try new varieties without having to hunt down recipes or worry whether the rest of the family will enjoy them. Juicing preserves...

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Green Tea: Fact or Fiction?

14 March 2017

When you think of a healthy beverage, green tea will probably be on the top of that list. It's been dubbed as a powerful antioxidant, that claims to reduce the risk of chronic diseases or aid in your weight loss. With the different information popping here and there, it might be difficult to decipher which claims are fact or fiction. Green tea comes from the plant Camellia sinensis. There are 3 main varieties of tea -- green, black, and oolong. The difference between these teas is how they are processed. Green tea has been attributed as one of the healthiest because it has underwent the least fermentation process, giving it the highest concentration of powerful antioxidants (called "polyphenols"). Antioxidants are healthy for our bodies as they fight off free radicals (like those that damage DNA or change cells leading to chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer). Numerous extensive studies have been conducted on green tea and its benefits. Results from these studies are the following: 1.Green tea is believed to reduced the risk of heart disease by lowering cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Researchers estimate that heart attack rate can decrease as much as 11% with the consumption of...

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How to Spot A Fad Diet?

7 March 2017

Our weight and our body shapes are driven so much by today's societal standards. We all pretty much desire the bodies of our favorite athletes or celebrities. This results in millions of people falling prey to fad diets and bogus weight-loss products. Conflicting claims, testimonials and hype by so-called "experts" can confuse even the most informed consumers. These "too good to be true” diets are infamously dubbed as "fad diets". They promise success and result in the least amount of time possible, which entices a lot of people to give it a try. Two-weeks of cutting back on the carbs and fat, why not right? But the bottom line is simple: if a diet or a weight loss product sounds too good to be true. it probably is. Our bodies are all different and not one type of diet or a single type of food or nutrient can magically burn the fat away. These diet pills that are often heavily marketed may also not be approved to be safe for consumption. So how do you spot a fad diet? Here are some of the claims that you should be on the lookout for: Rapid Weight Loss Slow, steady weight loss...

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Why the Fast Diet Can Do You More Harm Than Good

2 March 2017

In this day and age, people want results fast. This leads to the birth of so many restrictive diets. Recently, the fast diet has been the rage. The basic concept behind The Fast Diet by Michael Mosley, MD, and Mimi Spencer is to eat normally for 5 days per week and eat very restricted calories on the other 2 days. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says that although there is evidence that intermittent fasting diets may help prevent chronic disease, more research is needed. It doesn't recommend the diet because "it is not a realistic long-term solution.” The academy also notes that "any variation of fasting may make a person irritable, cause daytime sleepiness/sleeplessness at night, and can even lead to dehydration." Here's why the fast diet may not be good for you in the long run: Rebound overeating Limiting food intake to just eight hours each day or severely restricting calories a few days a week are two popular fasting approaches. However, it almost always leads to intense cravings, preoccupation with food, and rebound binge eating, particularly for women. Others, who attempt to eat no more than 500 calories a day two non-consecutive days each week, often begin...

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