15 December 2008

Does Avesil Really Work for Weight Loss?

Avesil is an innovative new thermogenic weight control product from Green Bracket LLC, a company that develops cutting-edge health products. Avesil is a good diet pill. The ingredients it contains are proven to help lose weight. The ingredients: Clinical Strength Super Citrimax (Garcinia cambogia), Green tea extract, Chromium Picolinate, and Caffeine. Basically the roll of each of these ingredients is: Lose Weight, Reduce Appetite, Burn Fat, and Boost Energy. These are some good weight loss ingredients but, they do not tell you how much of these ingredients Avesil actually contains.

The benefits of the four dietary ingredients in the formula are certified in a scientific research paper Green Bracket commissioned, drawing from and referencing an unprecedented 284 previously published scientific research studies. These studies have been published in respected scientific and medical journals, with many of the studies conducted in university research labs. It was refreshing to see a weight loss supplement with product claims so deeply rooted in real science, instead of the usual fluff, questionable before/after pictures and manufactured user testimonials filled with outrageous claims.

The Avesil Ingredients
Avesil has been formulated to work on the basis of thermogenesis - the process that increases the rate at which fat is burned. Currently, research on the process of thermogenesis within the human body has captivated the diet aid industry, and many see understanding this process as the key to developing effective weight loss supplements. With this in mind, the makers of Avesil have included only thermogenic ingredients backed by scientific data showing how the ingredients help support a healthy metabolic rate. The result is a formula which causes your body to burn food as energy, rather than storing it as fat. These ingredients also help suppress your appetite and break down stored fat, a process called lipolysis.

Clinical Strength Super Citrimax :
  • Garcinia cambogia fruit extract (standardized for 900 mg of SuperCitrimax).
  • A single serving of Avesil provides 900 mg of SuperCitrimax. A full day's dosage (2,700 mg) is pretty darn close to the amount used in one positive clinical study—it used 2800 mg.
  • Burns fat significantly beyond a healthy diet and exercise alone.
  • Promotes HDL cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides within normal levels.
  • Decreases appetite.
Green Tea Extract :
  • Elevates the metabolism and increases energy.
  • inhibits the action of the enzyme amalyse.
  • Reduces appetite.
  • Supports stabilized blood sugar levels.
  • Most studies show that it is the action of one essential catechin, EGCG, in combination with caffeine that provides the bulk of these benefits.
O-polynicotinate Chromium (Chromium Picolinate) :
  • Helps control sugar and glucose tolerance within normal levels. It's also involved in carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism.
  • Supports conversion of body fat to muscle.
See Chromium Helps Weight Loss for more information.

Caffeine (it should be noted that the amount of caffeine used in Avesil has been shown to produce the following effects without an unpleasant “jittery” feeling) :
  • Increases production of ATP (adenosine triphospate), a key in energy production.
  • Stimulates the metabolism of fatty acids.
  • A mild stimulant, increasing energy.
  • Enhances neuromuscular coordination and motor performance.
The Advantages of Avesil
  • Product ingredient claims supported by 284 previously published scientific studies.
  • Ingredients tested and proven in clinical human trials, often in university research labs.
  • Official product website makes no use of outrageous weight loss claims, phony before/after pictures or unsubstantiated claims.
  • They have a questions hotline.
  • Contains some good weight loss ingredients : 4 Ingredients with no fillers.
The Disadvantages of Avesil
  • Very costly at $89.95 per bottle.
  • Avesil seems to be available only through the official product website.
  • Suggested serving size is 6 capsules per day.
  • Lack of information on home page.
  • They fail to list the amount of active ingredients.
  • Pregnant and nursing women are advised to consult with their health care professional before taking Avesil.
Just let me warn you that the “free trial period” of 14 days isn’t free at all. $89.95 for a free trial! Is this a joke? When a company charges you for a free trial and forces you into an auto ship you should be very wary of the company your dealing with. There's nothing in this formula to justify this price. For example, at a reputable online retailer like BodyBuilding.com you could buy super-potent versions of every ingredient in the Avesil formula for under $40, and stack them together to make your own fat burner.
  • 1 Bottle (90 capsules) NOW SuperCitrimax : $9.99
  • 1 Bottle (100 capsules) Life Extension Mega Green Tea Extract : $17.99
  • 1 Bottle (100 200 mg tabs) AllMax Caffein : $4.49
  • 1 Bottle (90 caps) NOW Tri-Chromium (a 3 chromium blend) : $5.99
The combination of the SuperCitrimax and the green tea referenced just above would provide you with the majority of the benefits of this product for less than one third of the cost. There is no way to order this product other than through the "free trial" offer presented on the web site.

The retailers send you a 30-day trial of the product, but only give you 14 days to try it (they don't say whether or not that 14-day period starts on the day you order the product. If this is the case, you'll have much less time to sample the product, considering the time it takes for the product to ship and arrive at its destination). If you do not cancel your order within the 14-day grace period, your credit card will be charged $89.95 on a recurring monthly basis. Retailers claim to be happy to honor cancellation requests, but feedback to this site indicate this is the exception, rather than the rule.

So, be warned before you buy this product!

Losing Weight While You Sleep

Lose weight while you sleep. Sounds weird huh?! Sleep means not doing anything, no activity and no burning calorie. How could that be posibble?

Well, researchers say that how much you sleep and quite possibility the quality of your sleep may silently orchestrate a symphony of hormonal activity tied to your appetite.

Sleep and sleep disruption do remarkable things to the body including possibly influencing our weight.

Have you ever heard about Leptin and ghrelin hormone? Both of them can influence our appetite. And studies show that production of both may be influenced by how much or how little we sleep.

How Hormones Affect Your Sleep
Leptin and ghrelin work in a kind of "checks and balances" system to control feelings of hunger and fullness.

Ghrelin produced in the gastrointestinal tract, stimulates appetite.
Leptin produced in fat cells, sends a signal to the brain when you are full.

When you don't get enough sleep, it drives leptin levels down, which means you don't feel as satisfied after you eat. Lack of sleep also causes ghrelin levels to rise, which means your appetite is stimulated, so you want more food. The two combined, he says, can set the stage for overeating, which in turn may lead to weight gain.

Those Who Sleep Less Often Weigh More
In the Chicago study, doctors measured levels of leptin and ghrelin in 12 healthy men. They also noted their hunger and appetite levels. Soon after, the men were subjected to two days of sleep deprivation followed by two days of extended sleep. During this time doctors continued to monitor hormone levels, appetite, and activity.

When sleep was restricted, leptin levels went down and ghrelin levels went up. Not surprisingly, the men's appetite also increased proportionally. Their desire for high carbohydrate, calorie-dense foods increased by a whopping 45%. Those who slept less than eight hours a night not only had lower levels of leptin and higher levels of ghrelin, but they also had a higher level of body fat. What's more, that level of body fat seemed to correlate with their sleep patterns. Specifically, those who slept the fewest hours per night weighed the most.

Eating and Sleep Apnea
People with sleep apnea may stop breathing for up to a minute, sometimes hundreds of times during the night while sleeping. Physical abnormalities inside the mouth and neck cause the soft tissue in the rear of the throat to collapse. This briefly closes off air passages many times during a night, causing disruption in breathing and a tendency to snore.

Although you may go to bed early and think you are getting a good night's rest, the disruption in breathing prevents you from getting deep sleep. Eight hours of disrupted shut eye can leave you feeling like you had only four.

Patients who suffer from sleep apnea are more likely to be obese. However, studies show they do not have the usual low leptin levels associated with being overweight. Folks with sleep apnea have uncharacteristically high levels of leptin. What's more, when their apnea is treated, leptin levels drop and somehow that helps them to lose weight.

So why does low leptin seem to cause weight gain in some folks while allowing others to lose weight? One theory says that it may not be the level of this hormone that matters so much as a person's individual response to it. In much the same way that obese people can become resistant to insulin, folks with apnea may be resistant to the fullness signal that leptin sends to the brain.

So, if now you are dieting, logging in a few extra hours of sleep a week is not a bad idea, particularly if you get six hours of sleep or less a night. You may just discover that you aren't as hungry, or that you have lessened your craving for sugary, calorie-dense foods.

Why It’s So Hard to Control Hunger?

Though several people try to control hunger, they find it very difficult to do so. The first towards controlling hunger is to balance the meals throughout the day. Rather than eating three big meals a day, it can spread out in smaller meals over the day. This will also help conserve energy in the body, and there will be no need to feel hungry any time of the day.

1. Don’t miss breakfast!
Miss your breakfast will be the biggest mistake. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, as the body goes without food for a long time while sleeping. A very nutritious breakfast, and also one that is large in quantity, will help control hunger. This will also help maintain sugar levels, as a drop in the level causes hunger.
See Don't skip Breakfast if you want to lose your Weight for more information

2. Get a balanced diet
A balancing diet is very important to control your weight. There are many people avoid vegetables and fruits coz they don’t like them. The truth is fruits and vegetables are healthiest nutrient, and also rich in fiber. Greens are the best vegetables, and they do not play any role in weight gain. Too much of carbohydrates must also be avoided. There should be more of whole grain consumption, and this will mean fewer calories too.

3. Chew and slow
While eating a meal, it must be relished and eaten slowly. Eating too fast may result in feeling that the body has not consumed enough food, and this will make the individual want to eat more. Eating slowly will also help control the accumulation of fat.

4. Enough sleep
Not enough sleep can make you feel hungry, and also this will make the body crave for more food. Thus a good amount of sleep, say about seven to eight hours should be kept aside every day.

See Losing Weight While You Sleep for more information.

5. Drink lot of water
The amount of water consumed every day will also play an important role in controlling hunger. You can get water from fruits and vegetables, such as watermelon, oranger, lettuce, tomatoes, etc.

See Drink Water Helps Weight Loss for more information.

This can be consumed, instead of taking in too many calories. Not only does this control hunger, this is also a very healthy and wholesome meal. Sometimes the need for water in the body will be mistaken as hunger. Whenever this happens to anyone either one can drink water or eat a simple salad containing good vegetables.

Most of the time low levels of energy because of eating at the wrong time or skipping meals will be the cause of hunger. Thus a good schedule can be maintained that can be followed every day, and this will go a long way.

13 December 2008

15 Common Myths About Weight Loss, Nutrition, And Diet

1. Fad diets work for permanent weight loss.
Fad diets are not the best way to lose weight and keep it off. Fad Diet is diet that promotes a restricted eating-plan or certain liquid foods lacking sufficient food value is termed as Fad Diet. The fad diets are very low in calories so they cause quite fast weight loss. However, quick weight loss may not be healthy and - in most cases - is not fat loss. It is actually water-loss which is quickly regained when the dieter resumes normal eating.

Fad diets may be unhealthy because they may not provide all of the nutrients your body needs. Also, losing weight at a very rapid rate (more than 3 pounds a week after the first few weeks) may increase your risk for developing gallstones (clusters of solid material in the gallbladder that can be painful). Diets that provide less than 800 calories per day also could result in heart rhythm abnormalities, which can be fatal.

2. High-protein/low-carbohydrate diets are a healthy way to lose weight.
Low carb and high protein/fat is getting most of your daily calories from high-protein foods like meat, eggs, and cheese. You may be eating too much fat and cholesterol, which may raise heart disease risk. You may be eating too few fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, which may lead to constipation due to lack of dietary fiber.

Eating fewer than 130 grams of carbohydrate a day can lead to the buildup of ketones in your blood. This will make your body produce high levels of uric acid, which is a risk factor for gout (a painful swelling of the joints) and kidney stones. Ketosis may be especially risky for pregnant women and people with diabetes or kidney disease.

See Does Low Carbohydrate Diets Produce Long-Term Results? for more information.

3. Cholesterol is bad for you.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance that is made mostly by the liver. It can be bad for us, because it forms deposits that line and clog our arteries. Clogged arteries contribute to heart disease. But we all need some blood cholesterol because it's used to build cells and make vital hormones and there's good and bad cholesterol.

Saturated fats found in food like meat, cheese, cream, butter and processed pastries tend to raise low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, known as 'bad' cholesterol, which delivers cholesterol to the arteries. 'High density lipoprotein (HDL), or 'good' cholesterol, transports cholesterol away from the arteries, back to the liver.' So choose unsaturated fats such as vegetable oils, nuts and seeds.

4. Low-fat foods help you lose weight.
'Low-fat' or 'fat-free' doesn't necessarily mean low calorie or calorie-free. Check the calorie content of foods, especially cakes, biscuits, crisps, ice creams and ready meals. Extra sugars and thickeners are often added to boost flavour and texture, so calorie content may be only a bit less, or similar to standard products.

Foods labelled low-fat should contain no more than 3g fat per 100g. Watching the quantity is important. People tend to have half-fat spread but then use twice as much. And things like fruit pastilles may be low in fat, but are high in sugar which turns to fat. With low fat foods, look to see where else the calories might come from.

5. Too much protein can damage your kidneys.
There is no study that has been performed that has reached this conclusion. However, we do know that on people with kidney problems, too much protein is contraindicated. Otherwise, in healthy humans, a medium to high protein diet (not more than 1.5 grams of protein per pound of bodyweight) is not damaging to the kidneys. Do ensure that sufficient water is consumed in order to help the kidneys process the protein.

6. A protein shake based diet is the best way to lose fat.
Wrong again. Protein shakes are a useful tool to allow for the consumption of a meal when you are on the go. On a diet that requires five to six meals, you can have two to three protein shakes respectively at the most. Do not let anyone fool you into thinking that a protein product is better than any real food meal as this is never the case. Bodybuilders emphasize the intake of real food for faster results.

7. Starches are fattening and should be limited when trying to lose weight.
Many foods high in starch, are low in fat and calories (bread, rice, pasta, cereals, beans, fruits, and some vegetables (like potatoes and yams)). Even they low in fat but if you eat them in large portion or when covered with high-fat toppings like butter, sour cream, or mayonnaise they will become high in fat.

Eating 6 to 11 servings a day, depending on your calorie needs, from the bread, cereal, rice, and pasta group—even when trying to lose weight. Pay attention to your serving sizes—one serving is equal to 1 slice of bread, 1 ounce of ready-to-eat cereal, or ½ cup of pasta, rice, or cooked cereal. Try to avoid high-fat toppings and choose whole grains (whole wheat bread, brown rice, oatmeal, bran cereal). Try starchy foods that are high in dietary fiber too, like beans, peas, and vegetables.

8. Drinking a lot of water can help me lose weight.
Drinking water in and of itself will not lead to weight loss. Of course, water is key to a healthy lifestyle and drinking enough has many benefits, but when people lose weight due to drinking water, it's most likely because they're substituting it for high-calorie juices and sodas.

9. Too much water makes you gain water weight.
The more water you drink, the more you will eliminate, thus making water retention a non-issue. Make sure you drink your bodyweight in pounds times 0.66. This gives you the approximate amount in ounces of water that you need to consume per day.

10. Natural or herbal weight loss products are safe and effective.
A weight loss product that claims to be "natural" or "herbal" is not necessarily safe. These products are not usually scientifically tested to prove that they are safe or that they work. For example, herbal products containing ephedra have caused serious health problems and even death. Newer products that claim to be ephedra-free are not necessarily danger-free, because they may contain ingredients similar to ephedra.
See Herbalife - Weight Loss Product for more information
See Back to Nature For Eight Loss- Herbal Products for more information.
See Herb for losing weight: beneficial or harmful? for more information.

11. A slow metabolism prevents weight loss.
Studies have shown that resting metabolism - the number of calories used by the body at rest increases as people become fatter. In other words, the larger you are, the more calories you need to keep your body going and the higher your metabolism. Clare Grace, research dietitian at the Queen Mary University of London, says: 'Weight gain occurs when the number of calories eaten is greater than the number used up by the body. 'Unfortunately, people are becoming increasingly sedentary, burning off less and less calories, and it seems likely this is a crucial factor in the increasing numbers struggling to control their weight.

12. Low-fat milk has less calcium than full-fat milk.
Skimmed and semi-skimmed milk actually have more calcium because the calcium is in the watery part, not the creamy part.

If you're trying to lose weight and cut fat from your diet, skimmed milk is your best bet because it is lower in fat and has 10mg more calcium per 200ml milk than full fat. Semi-skimmed is best for maintaining a healthy lifestyle if you're not dieting. Full-fat milk is best for children and adults who are underweight.

See Calcium Helps Weight Loss for more information.

13. Vegetarians can't build muscle.
Vegetarians can be as muscular as meat eaters by getting their protein from vegetable sources such as cheese, nuts, pulses and grains. You need protein to build muscle, but too much can lead to long-term side effects. The body can only store a certain amount of protein, so too much can damage the kidney. The Department of Health recommends that 50 per cent of energy should come from carbohydrates, 35 per cent from fat and the remaining 15 per cent from protein.

14. You always gain weight when you stop smoking.
Some people gain weight when they stop smoking, some lose weight and some stay the same. While nicotine does increase the body's metabolism, its effect is small. It's far healthier to be an overweight non-smoker than not bother giving up because you think you'll put on weight.

Chewing sugar-free gum or snacking on vegetable strips kept in the fridge is a good idea because you can have these instead of reaching for the biscuit tin. And something like a satsuma keeps your hands occupied until the craving goes away.

15. Many people believe bananas are fattening.
Bananas are low in fat and are packed with potassium.
There is only 0.5g fat and 95 calories in a banana.

Does Low Carbohydrate Diets Produce Long-Term Results?

Many people believe that the biggest calorie income from our body is from carbohydrate. That’s why many people avoid eating food that contains lots of carbohydrate. Well, cutting back the carbohydrates is working especially at the first week. But don’t you know that it’s not a fat loss but water and muscle body loss.

This diet was very popular during the 70s and was popularized by Dr. Atkins. But, after a couple of years of popularity Dr. Atkins' dieting approach fell by the wayside for several reasons. Unfortunately, the low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet is back, and seems to be gaining in popularity once again. Currently, Dr. Sears' book The Zone and another called Protein Power have revitalized the Atkins' diet.

Low carbohydrate diet concept is that a person should eat more protein, more fat and very little carbohydrate. Eating more fat, make you feel full longer, and this helps the person exert more control over hunger.

In the past, people were allowed to eat as much red meat as desired, but had to keep their carbohydrate intake as low as possible. This combination of foods causes a chemical reaction, thereby causing the person to burn body fat at an accelerated rate. It's called a ketogenic diet. The low intake of carbohydrate, coupled with a high-fat diet and exercise causes the production of ketones. Ketones are the chemical residue of broken-down fats in the blood. To be more specific, if insufficient carbohydrates exist, the body begins to mobilize fat to a greater extent than it can use.

It’s not healthy! This is incomplete fat metabolism and the accumulation of acid by-products called ketone bodies, can lead to a harmful increase in the acidity of the body fluids, a condition called acidosis or ketosis.

Still Want to Start Low Carbs Diet? Read This
  1. By reducing carbohydrates you will see a drop of body weight and body fat. However, if you drop them too low while exercising, you could alter your body's T3 levels. T3 is an active thyroid molecule that helps regulate your metabolic rate. Diets low in carbohydrate tend to cause a reduction of T3, which in turn can slow down your metabolic rate.
  2. Losing weight from low-carbs diet is not fat loss but water loss! For every gram of carbohydrate you ingest, about three to five grams of water usually accompany it. By decreasing your carbohydrate intake you naturally drop body water.
  3. During the 70s, clinicians began noticing that people that followed the Atkins' diet regained their weight very rapidly once they ceased the diet. In fact, they found the longer a person had been on the low-carbohydrate diet, the more carbohydrate sensitive they became. Further, when this diet was combined with exercise it caused people to become even more carbohydrate sensitive. Body tends to horde and store the carbohydrates as opposed to using them for energy.
  4. Carbohydrates provide a "protein sparing" effect. Under normal circumstances protein serves a vital role in the maintenance, repair, and growth of body tissues. When carbohydrate reserves are reduced the body will convert protein into glucose for energy. This process is called gluconeogenesis.
  5. Muscle fullness depends to a large extent on your carbohydrate intake. Low carbohydrate levels tend to make muscles lose their density and flatten out. Carbohydrates are a great source of fuel, so not eating enough can lower your energy level and make your muscles feel softer.
  6. Insulin does play a role in fat storage, but it also causes glucose to be shuttled into muscle cells as well. Blood levels of insulin should be as stable as possible, not try to suppress its release.
  7. Low on carbs but high in fat and protein? Remember fat increases your risk of heart disease, cancer, and obesity!

Do you Ready to Losing Weight?

There’s so many factors influence someone weight loss. Not just only cut portion size, and not just a diet, but the most important thing is, are you really ready to do it? It will be better if you know how much your readiness before doing the efforts for losing weight. Then, you’ll realize what challenge your gona face.

Life style and behaviour have become the most influence thing in obstacle most people desire for losing weight. May be, you have already start with a good motivation and reason, but you may not realize that there are other factors just challenge your effort. Such as, non-realistic weight loss target, no support from your neighborhood or family, you’re too busy so you can’t exercise. All this can be categorized you not ready yet.

Want to be ready for weight loss, follow this steps!

Step 1 : Make a Realistic Target!
The closer your gols with your weight right now is more realistic and you have a big chance to make it real. 10% lose your weight is still realistic to do. If your target more than that, it’ll be hard to do and make you give up first. Once you’ve been success losing 10% of your weight, you’ll be pushed to make new target, more and more. Losing weight 1-1.5kg/week is a great target.

Step 2 : Just Forget the “Magic Pills”
Fixed in enchantment with “magic pills” or perfect idea about how to lose weight, can easily make you get a yoyo diet syndrome. This diet make you think “if only I could try once again” or “ if only I more discipline”, so your wish to become slim will come true soon. As long as you still temptated by an unclear diet method, you’ll be forget that you need is a practice and strategy to control your food pattern, not a miracle.

Step 3 : "Thanx God” I wrong...
Don’t get sink deeply through your fail in the past. Use your fail as a lesson. Reflect it, learn it, and don’t make the same mistake again. Try to make a list : activity to do and activity you may get bored. Better if you concentrate to activity you can do. For example, I rather wake up 5 am to make healthy breakfast and lunch that go the gym. Or wake up erlier for jogging through more challenge route.

Step 4 : Be spoiled with your self
Don’t wait until you become super slim to spoiled your self. Treat yourself kindly will be very useful to increase your appreciation to yourself. You chance to losing weight become bigger with a big confidence inside you. If you can treat your self kindly, you’ll be feel pleasant doing healthy life, such as exercise or eat more healthy food.

Step 5 : Contend your barrier with exercise
Regulated exercise is an important elements which decide whether your weight loss program is success or not. Unfortunately, there are still many women not doing it. The reason why those women not exercise is time. All of those women said that their concern not getting support or the feeling of uncomfortable during the exercise is wasting time. Many of them feel guilty, coz they’ve stolen time with family or other activity for doing exercise. One of the solution to content this problem is think that with a regular exercise, physically and mentally you’ll be healthier than you expected. With this condition, there’re so many thing you can do as a mother, friends and employee.

Step 6 : Get compromise with challenges
You’ll be hard to concentrate to your effort for losing weight if you burdened with so many worry, such as your financial conditional , your work in office, or you have a problem with your sweetheart. That’s why, before you decide a plan to losing weight, consider first what things will interfere your effort, So you can control the energy and time for other thing that more worth it. Than, deal with your self. If necessary, find a professional help (such as, psychologist or financial consultant). Or Change you life style. During that time make sure you’re not eat if you get problems or challenges.

Step 7 : Responsible with yourself
Usually you’ll be more success to losing weight if you feel responsible with your self. If you realize that your weight is a your responsibility and only you who can control it, your readiness will be higher.

Step 8 : Think health, not thin
Lower your weight only 10% can lowering the risk of obesity, heart problem, cancer, and arthritis. Losing weight also can rising up your immune system. That’s why, Get concentrate your attention to your weight loss target rather than think about how to eat, how to exercise or how do I look.

What you do to control your weight has to be the same way how you optimalize your health treatment. If you eat with the right pattern and active physically consistently for the rest of your life, your body will ‘straighten up by it self’. Remember, what you eat every day reflect your eat pattern in a long term. So, are you ready to live healthy?

Daily Meals To Help You Reduce Your Weight

Nutritionist and food scientist say there are two basic food categories that can be considered “wonder foods” because they make your tummy feel full without the addition of extra calories. This full feeling is a tremendous help in achieving your desired weight loss. These two groups are fruits and vegetables. Why? Because they contain lot of fiber. Fiber will give you feel full.

Another options is Protein. Protein can help you curb appetite. Protein also offers staying power, and can slightly boost your metabolism in the process. It is very important for you to choose your protein wisely. If you have a choice between a 10 oz. rib eye steak, or a nice low fat yogurt, pick the yogurt. Just as with any other type of food, too many calories still means it will show on the scales, but the protein base of the yogurt will help curb appetite.

Here are some daily meal and food to stay on your diet :

Broth or tomato-based soup
Soups can help reduce hunger before meals and increase your feeling of fullness.

Beans is combination of fiber and protein. Beans help you feel full longer, which means they may work to curb your between-meal appetite.

High-Fiber, Whole-Grain Cereal
Whole grains in general help boost fiber and the nutritional value. One of the easiest ways to give your diet a whole-grain boost is to have a bowl of higher-fiber whole-grain cereal as breakfast or a snack.

Low-calorie green salads
Having a low-calorie with no fat dressings, and cheese as a first course can help you feel full. Choose the ingredients wisely, and its high fiber content can be the key to helping you fight cravings later in the day.

This dairy products as part of your healthy diet may promote your natural weight loss.

Green Tea
Catechins (helpful phytochemicals) in green tea may trigger weight loss by stimulating the body to burn calories and mildly decrease body fat.
See Losing Weight with Green Tea for more information.

Water should be drank through your day. Water has no calorie, and you can get it by drinking unsweetened tea, flavored unsweetened mineral water, regular water with lime or lemon, or even in your cucumber. In addition to helping flush toxins from the body, it can also help you feel full. Try to drink a glass of water when your hunger pangs strike before grabbing snack. These tips really work.
See Drink Water Helps Weight Loss for more information.

Those food is easy to get in your daily life, you can cook or buy an instant food to be cook inside your home. Don’t forget to do little exercise regularly.

Losing Weight With Green Tea

Tea was initiated by a Chinese emperor over 4,500 years ago before being popular. Tea has been one of the daily necessities in China since then. Chinese tea may be classified into three categories according to the different methods by which it is processed :
  • Black tea (fully fermented)
  • Oolong or Wulong tea (semi-fermented)
  • Green tea (unfermented)
It is important to know that black tea, even though it comes from the same plant as a green tea, will not give you the same benefits. Black tea during fermentation process loses most of its medical benefits.

Green Tea Process
Green tea produced by steaming fresh leaves at high temperatures therefore leaving a significant part of the nutritional and enzyme content intact. Only good and tender leaves are generally used for making green tea. Most flavored teas, such as jasmine, are made from the green tea.

How to Prepared?
Green tea is usually brewed using 1 to 2 teaspoons of the dried tea in a cup of boiling water. Green tea extracts are also available in capsule form. Many of my female friends have the habit to drink green tea to an extent like drinking water.

The best way to preserve all the disease-fighting nutritions is to drink your tea freshly brewed. All the decaffeinated, ready-to-drink bottled or instant teas will give you very little of natural health compounds. It is better to let your tea steep for about 4-5 minutes before drinking it.

Health Benefits of Green Tea
Green tea has been enjoyed by people in China and Japan for thousands of years. Over the time it has become widely known all over the world. It also known that green tea contain lots of antioxidant and lots of vitamin. What are the health benefits?
  1. Helps to prevent cancer. Drink green tea every day on your diet can reduce bladder, colon, esophageal, pancreas, rectum, and stomach cancer up to 60%. The antioxidant help to prevent cancer is epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) is at least 100 more times more effective than vitamin C and 25 times more effective than vitamin E at protecting cells from harmful influence. EGCG it not only inhibits the growth of new cancer cells it also kills some of the existing cancer sells without harming the healthy ones.
  2. Lowers LDL (bad cholesterol) and improves HDL (good cholesterol). It explains why tea-drinkers can eat almost twice the foods containing cholesterol as those who don't drink green tea, but still have an equal cholesterol count.
  3. Stops the unnatural formation of blood cloth which if not taken care of will cause thrombosis. It takes on added importance if you consider that thrombosis is one of the main causes of strokes and heart attacks.
  4. Reduces high blood pressure by repressing angiotensin II which causes constriction of the blood vessels causing high blood pressure.
  5. Lowers blood sugar By lowering blood sugar level prevent and relieve type-two diabetes. Polyphenols and polysaccharides are the two main antioxidants are especially effective in lowering blood sugar.
  6. Protects liver against toxins like alcohol and chemicals in cigarette smoke.
  7. Promotes oral health by suppress the process of plaque formation and destroys the bacteria that forms plaque. It also destroys bacteria that causes bad breath.
  8. Destroys free radicals that cause aging.
  9. Boosts your immune system function because of its high concentration of polyphenols and flaveboids.
  10. Possess antibacterial and antiviral properties, speeds up recovery from cold and flu. It also kills seven strains of food poisoning bacteria including clostridium, botulus and staphylococcus. Good for diarrhea.Helps your body to maintain healthy fluid balance and relieve fatigue and stress often caused by dehydration.
  11. Blocks main receptors that produce allergic reactions.
  12. Stimulates metabolism, calorie burning process and is wildly being used as an important part of a healthy diet.
How does Green Tea Help Weight Loss?
A study shows that green tea can help you reduce your weight by :
  • Increase up your metabolism. A research concluded that that over a 24-hour period, green tea extract increases the metabolic rate by 4%. Some said about 79 calories a day with a cup of green tea. If the claim is true, in a year, it will be 28,000 calories a year which is about 8 pounds (about 3.6 kilogram) of weight.
  • Green tea inhibits fat absorption and helps glucose regulation. Green tea help to inhibit the movement of glucose into fat cells. It helps to slow the rise in blood sugar after a meal. This prevents high insulin spikes and the subsequent fat storage.
  • Help reduce appetite. Study found that green tea caused rats to lose up to 21 percent of their body weight. Rats injected with a green tea extract lost their appetites and consumed up to 60 percent less food after seven days of daily injections.
Be cautious of the caffeine if you have health problems. For some people that have heart troubles, high blood pressure or stimulant sensitivities, the caffeine in green tea may not be good thing for you in long term. If you are worried about the caffeine from green tea, try taking green tea extract. Most green tea extract is made from decaffeinated green tea so you can still get the benefits without the caffeine.

12 December 2008

Clenbuterol for Weight Loss II

Side Effect and Risk of Clenbuterol
The risk there is that clenbuterol is also taken up by other tissues in the body. And there are detrimental effects that have been well documented in a number of animal species, including heart failure. There are a number of papers that have shown you can get myocyte cell death or apoptosis in the muscles. In the heart, cell death is not a good thing. Plus, there are other toxicities that can occur.

Clenbuterol has resulted in several outbreaks of acute illness in Spain, France, Italy, China, and Portugal 0.5-3 hours after individuals ingested liver and meat containing clenbuterol residues. The symptoms, which included increased heart rate, nervousness, headache, muscular tremor, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, fever, and chills, typically resolved within 2 to 6 days.

There have also been reports of clenbuterol-tainted heroin and cocaine. Although no deaths were attributed to the clenbuterol exposures, the individuals were hospitalized for up to several days due to clenbuterol intoxication.

Acutely, it's a stimulant. You can have a tremendous increase in heart rate, sweating, the shakes, general neurologic and acute cardiovascular effects. There can be a dangerous increase in blood pressure. So, there are dangerous acute effects, and chronic effects when the drug is taken up by the cells, leading to cellular changes that cause cell death.

Muscular Cramping
Cramping whilst using Clenbuterol is a fairly common side effect. This is most probably due to depletion of the amino acid taurine in the liver together with deficits in the electrolytes sodium and potassium, as well as inadequate hydration. Taurine helps stabilize cell membranes and prevent nerves from becoming over-excited. Some studies show that giving taurine supplements relieves painful muscle cramps. Japanese researchers found that the longer rats exercised, the more taurine they lost from their muscles (Matsuzaki et al, 2002).

Symptoms of cramping may be alleviated by :
Eating fruit particularly bananas
Ensuring adequate hydration
Taurine supplementation - 3-5g daily
Potassium supplementation - 200-400mg daily taken before bed on an empty stomach

Usually if someone takes an overdose of this drug, they are going to be very uncomfortable. But as long as someone is relatively healthy, it's not really going to hurt them. However, you may be at risk for cardiac dysrhythmia. It can drop your blood pressure to a dangerously low level. It can definitely cause severe nausea and vomiting.

Dosage Form of Clenbuterol
Clenbuterol is readily available on the Internet as tablets, syrup, and an injectable formulation. The drug is purportedly obtained by illegal importation from other countries where it is approved for human use. Inhalers would be harder to smuggle into North America. It's used in Mexico, too, under the name Brogen.

Should thyroid hormones be used with Clen?
Animal studies have shown that Clen’s effects rapidly fade away. As thyroid hormones are one of the regulators of those beta receptors, their use while on Clen has been suggested in order to prevent the receptor down regulation. I think it is a mistake. Serious (non-natural) bodybuilders are on thyroid medications most of the year so they are not concerned by this issue. It is true that in order to get lean fast, this is a cheap and very effective stack. But as you stop those drugs, you will have a hard time retaining your lean condition. So, this is a very short term solution. I do not know how rumors of Clen shutting down the user thyroid got started and why scientific research was ignored on that point. Clen (and most beta agonist) tend to increase (not decrease) thyroid activity which is good. So there is no need for exogenous thyroid while on Clen for most dieters. On the other hand, it is a good idea to alternate thyroid cycles and oral Clen cycles during a diet.

Supervision and Control Status of Clenbuterol
Clenbuterol is currently not controlled under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). However, clenbuterol is listed by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Olympic Committee as a performance enhancing drug and therefore athletes are barred from its use. At present, no states have placed clenbuterol under control.

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Clenbuterol for Weight Loss I

Clenbuterol was approved 8 years ago for use in treating respiratory disease in horses. It's very similar to the bronchodilator albuterol, and is the only beta-2 agonist that has been licensed for use in treating respiratory disease in horses. Clenbuterol lasts for a much longer period of time, and the second is that it appears to have some activity at the beta-3 receptor. Of interest, beta-3 receptors are located on fat cells, so clenbuterol may act to stimulate the metabolism of fat cells.

It is abused generally by bodybuilders and athletes for its ability to increase lean muscle mass and reduce body fat. However, clenbuterol is also associated with significant adverse cardiovascular and neurological effects.

FDA doesn’t approve clenbuterol for human use; the only approved use is for horses. In 1998, the FDA approved the clenbuterol-based Ventipulmin Syrup, manufactured by Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., as a prescription-only drug for the treatment of airway obstruction in horses (0.8-3.2 m g/kg twice daily). This product is not intended for human use or for use in food-producing animals.

Outside the U.S., clenbuterol is available by prescription for the treatment of bronchial asthma in humans. It is available in tablets (0.01 or 0.02 mg per tablet) and liquid preparations. The recommended dosage is 0.02-0.03 mg twice daily.

Chemistry and Pharmacology
Clenbuterol is a beta2-adrenergic agonist. Stimulation of the beta2-adrenergic receptors on bronchial smooth muscle produces bronchodilation. However, clenbuterol also stimulates beta2-adrenergic receptors in other tissues, as well as beta1-adrenergic receptors, producing adverse cardiovascular and neurological effects, such as heart palpitations, muscle tremors, and nervousness. Activation of beta-adrenergic receptors also accounts for clenbuterol’s ability to increase lean muscle mass and reduce body fat, although the downstream mechanisms by which it does so have yet to be clearly defined.

After ingestion, clenbuterol is readily absorbed (70-80%) and remains in the body for awhile (25-39 hours). As a result of its long half life, the adverse effects of clenbuterol are often prolonged.

Is Clen the best thermogenic drug?
By raising body temperature (thermogenesis), fat calories are wasted allowing you to either get leaner while on a diet or to prevent excessive fat accumulation while on a bulking up phase. Beta agonists are able to accelerate body metabolism which generates excessive heat on top of mobilizing fat from adipocytes. Building muscles and burning fat are two very different processes.

Can Clen increase performance?
Depending on the dosage, Clen can improve (with low dosages) or reduce performance (with high dosages). Therefore, if you are using high doses of Clen (past 10 to 15 tablets), I recommend that you split up the dosage into two uneven parts. Before training, use a small to moderate amount of Clen to optimize both your strength and your muscle pump. It is up to you to find this individual dose but it is fairly easy. After training, use the rest of the Clen in order to reach your predetermined dose for the day. But avoid using Clen late in the day, as it can make it hard for you to fall asleep.

Abuse with Clenbuterol
Clenbuterol was found to have a repartitioning effect. With the calories you take in, this drug will make it so that those go toward muscle rather than fat. It'll boost the metabolic rate, so you'll burn fat and lay down more muscle.

It is typically abused by athletes and bodybuilders at a dose of 60-120 m g per day. It is often used in combination with other performance enhancing drugs, such as anabolic steroids and growth hormone.

Clenbuterol is typically abused by athletes. It is thought to be more popular among female athletes as the repartitioning effects are not associated with the typical androgenic side effects (facial hair, deepening of the voice, and thickening of the skin) of anabolic steroids. Professional athletes in several different sports have recently tested positive for clenbuterol. Clenbuterol is also marketed and abused for weight-loss purposes.

If you are a bodybuilder Clen is probably going to decrease glycogen storage not only from lower GLUT 4 levels but also from enhanced glycogenolytic activity. It is wrong to assume that ephedrine would be any different. Anything that is going to enhance adenylate cyclase activity such as clenbuterol, ephedrine, or even forskolin, is going to prevent these adaptive processes in response to exercise training. Fortunately, metabolic adaptations are not the key to muscle growth. Nevertheless, increases in oxidative capacity and increased GLUT 4 content are valuable adaptations when trying to train and recover at ever increasing levels.

Clenbuterol Dose
Some believe that a two day on, two day off dosing schedule will allow adequate potential for receptor up-regulation. Doubt it, this to be the case due to the relatively long half life of clen, resulting in continued stimulation even throughout the 'off' days. A much better regime would be a two week on, two week off cycle. Maximum plasma levels are reached around 2-3 hours after oral administration, and terminal half life at 34 hours.

A tapering up of dosages is recommended in an attempt to limit harsh side effects. Most commonly, a user will start by taking one 20mcg tablet on day 1, followed by an increase of one tablet on subsequent days. Subject to personal tolerance levels, a dosage of 140mcg (seven tabs) will be used by day 7, and this level should be maintained for the entire second week. It would be fruitless to exceed seven or eight tablets daily due to receptor over-saturation. There is no requirement to taper down.

For the next 'cycle' of clen (i.e. weeks 5 & 6), there is no requirement to taper up from one tablet as your tolerance level should now be known. As an example, if the user finished the first cycle of clen on 7 tabs, they could recommence at a slightly lower dose of 4 or 5, and taper up again from this level. Again though, the user should again limit their intake to 7 or 8 tabs daily.

During the two 'off' weeks, an ECA stack can be used as required. ECA will not cause such a pronounced down regulation and desensitization of the receptors, certainly not to the extent of clen. Ephedrine has a short half life in contrast to clen which results in times throughout the day where the betas will partially recover from stimulation by adrenaline and nor-adrenaline. Potency is also much weaker that that of clen, as it is not a specific agonist. Ephedrine is also thought to increase the conversion of endogenous/exogenous T4 to T3 through the activation of deiodinase enzymes responsible for this process. This is important as clen is known to slow the rate of T4 to T3 conversion. As a side note, some bodybuilders will use T3 concurrently with the Clenbuterol/ECA cutting cycle (together with certain anabolic/androgenic steroids no doubt!) in an attempt to at least maintain plasma T3 levels.

Cycles of Clen/ECA are normally limited to 12 weeks in total, though are often shorter.
Female dosages tend to be slightly lower than those of male users, with an upper limit of 80-120mcg (4-6 tabs).

Aside from its fat burning properties, Clen is often used as an anti-catabolic to maintain muscular gains following a steroid cycle. A dosage of 40mcg daily would be suited to this situation.

There is no particular requirement to split the dosage throughout the day due to the long half life. Most will take the full daily dose in the morning, though some prefer to take their dose just before bed in an attempt to avoid most of the side effects as they sleep.

Some user accounts suggest that splitting the dose may lessen side effects slightly. It is a trial and error process in essence, to ascertain which method suits you personally.

To be continue in Clenbuterol for Weight Loss II
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11 December 2008

Things To Do To Boost Your Metabolism

Get a dose of sunlight
Exposure to bright light decreases melatonin and increases serotonin, shifting your body from sleep to awake mode and, in turn, revving your metabolic furnace.

Breakfast, Breakfast and Breakfast
  • Studies indicate that eating breakfast may increase resting metabolism by 10 percent and reduce the risk of obesity and diabetes.
  • Eat a 300- to 400-calorie breakfast your energy stores are depleted by as much as 80% from the night before. Without food, your body shifts into starvation mode, which means it begins to conserve energy and burn fewer calories.That may be why, in one study, breakfast skippers were 4 1/2 times more likely to be obese than breakfast eaters.
  • Make sure it’s a healthy morning with whole-grain cereal and fruit, whole-wheat toast and peanut butter or fat-free yogurt and a handful of granola.
Throw in a cup of halved strawberries
Research suggests that getting enough vitamin C -- 75 mg a day may be essential for optimal fat burning. The strawberries provide 90 mg.

Sip a cup of coffee or tea
Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant that moderately boosts metabolism, helping you burn about 20 extra calories.

Brew some green tea
Studies show that the polyphenol compounds in 2 to 4 cups may help raise metabolism by as much as 35 percent and encourage fat burning.

Take B vitamins
  • Vitamin B are key players in DNA synthesis, the central nervous system, metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and protein and energy production.
  • Inadequate amounts of B6, B12, folate, thiamin and niacin can leave you feeling depressed and fatigued, slow the body’s metabolism and increase your risk for chronic diseases.
  • Foods high in the B’s include: spinach, asparagus, beans (navy, soy, black beans), melon, broccoli, fish, poultry and eggs.
Consume enough magnesium
  • Magnesium is a mineral needed by every cell in your body and is used in more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, including proper muscle, nerve and heart function, protein synthesis and energy metabolism. Boost your intake of high magnesium foods to give your metabolism a boost. Go green with your vegetables. Green vegetables such as spinach provide magnesium because the center of the chlorophyll molecule contains magnesium.
  • Excellent sources of magnesium include: halibut, nuts such as almonds, cashews and peanuts, soybeans (edamame), whole-grain cereals, oatmeal, and legumes such as black-eyed peas and lentils.
Eat Healthy Snack
  • Eating healthy snacks, in snack-size portions, can help you avoid the over-hungry-over-eating syndrome that often leads to overweight and can leave you feeling lethargic.
  • Be sure to include healthy carbs and protein in each snack such as: peanut butter and banana, trail mix, hummus and baby carrots, or an apple with low-fat Cheddar cheese.
  • The protein/carbohydrate combination help regulate blood sugar, energy levels and feelings of satiety.
Eat the majority of your food earlier in the day.
  • Dinner should be your lightest meal, and some experts recommend you don't anything after 8 p.m., or any later than 3 to 4 hours before bedtime. This helps your body process and burn the food when you're aware and moving around and burning more calories per hour.
Speed play and strength train
  • Interval training or speed play is a great way to pump up your metabolism and make your workouts more fun.
  • Interval training alternates short bursts of intense activity with lower intensity activity.
  • For example; alternating sprints with a slow jog, or powering up a hill followed by an easy downhill lope.
  • One way to combat this metabolic slowdown is with regular strength or resistance training.
  • Resistance training stimulates muscles to become stronger and healthier, providing your body with beneficial improvements in strength and function. Resistance training also reduces fat mass and increases muscle mass. Research suggests that resistance training may even increase life expectancy.
Stop slashing calories
  • Food stimulates energy metabolism needed for digestion in a process called “dietary induced thermogenesis.”
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  • Restricting calories also signals the body that there is no food available, so it tries to conserve stores of carbohydrate and fat by slowing down its metabolism.
  • The best way to keep your metabolism revved is to eat regular meals with snacks when necessary to give your body a constant supply of healthy fuel.
Energizing Yoga
  • Accelerate the natural metabolic boost that occurs when you wake up by doing these poses.
  • Yoga can also help control levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which begins to rise after waking and can contribute to muscle loss and a resulting dip in metabolism.
Get enough aerobic exercise
As much as you can is really a help for your metabolism, and if you do it in the morning, you'll raise your metabolism all day.

Laugh it up
Laughing eases stress and boosts calorie burn up to 20%.

Take the stairs
Climbing stairs quickly elevates your heart rate for a metabolic jolt that burns 8 calories per minute twice as much as brisk walking. Try to accumulate 5 to 10 minutes during the afternoon.

Don't starve
Dropping your calorie intake below 1,000 calories a day will signal to your body that you are in starvation mode, and will slow down your metabolism.

Try Chinese Herbs
  • Schizandra, chinese herb that is used for fatigue.
  • Ginseng is also popular for energy. Before trying any herbs, supplements, or vitamins, you should of course consult with your practitioner to ensure they are safe for you.
Try mate tea
  • Mate tea is an herbal tea native to South America.
  • Mate is considered far more nutritious than black tea or coffee, and though it also has some caffeine, its effects are energizing, rather than making people jittery.
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