While weight gain and obesity are on the rise, so are the desires of many people to avoid the traps of weight gain and disease. It seems that the country is divided between people who eat fast food and guzzle soda, and those who are always looking for healthier options.
The problem is that the marketing machine puts out lots of confusing messages to trick and confuse consumers into purchasing products that are not as healthy as they seem.
Nothing is sadder than someone attempting to eat healthier but falling short due to misinformation.
Let’s go over just a few of the health marketing traps that are easy to fall into so you can recognize and avoid them in the future. Marketers have discovered that they can use certain health buzzwords to attract unsuspecting consumers. The dangers of these buzzwords are that they make consumers think that they can eat twice as much of the product than generally recommended.
Two of the most commonly deceptive buzz words are sugar-free and fat-free. Ironically most of the foods that have those words on the label are the ones that can make you fat and sick.
When foods are sugar free that means they don’t contain regular white sugar. But to make them tasty and appealing, manufacturers will often use artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols, which can cause digestive distress and still disrupt the body’s metabolism.
Drinks are some of the worst culprits when it comes to this. Let’s look at one of the most popular ones that should be avoided: vitamin water.
While it sounds healthy, vitamin water is typically full of food coloring, chemicals, artificial sweeteners or sugar. These drinks can be harmful to the teeth, liver and waistline. Not healthy at all.
If you want to get your vitamins, a better choice would be drinking water with added green juice powder. Green powders are available at many health food stores and are made from actual green veggies and are supportive to your bones and liver. Just read the label and make sure there’s no added sugar.
Green powders will boost your energy through actual nutrition and not just a sugar rush. Mix a scoop of green juice powder with 16 to 32 ounces of water and enjoy the natural buzz.
Breakfast cereals are another category of food to watch out for.
While they are delicious, easy, comforting and nostalgic, many of them are not very healthy. Don’t be led astray by the cereal boxes labels that boast antioxidants, minerals, fiber and essential vitamins. Typically these cereals are fortified with synthetic vitamins, which are not naturally found in real food ingredients.
You’d be better off taking a multivitamin, especially since some grains, proteins and ingredients in the cereal may actually block your absorption of vitamins.
These cereals are fortified with good things to distract your attention from how much sugar they contain. Consuming sugar robs the body many essential vitamins, especially if that sugar causes inflammation in the body.
Eating cereal for breakfast will make you hungry soon after as blood sugar spikes and then drops. A breakfast full of protein, healthy carbs and fiber will fill you up and keep your blood sugar stable.
Vegetable chips are one of the sneakiest health food deceptions.
While they sound like they should be healthy, the truth is revealed from reading the label. Most veggie chips are made mostly from potatoes fried in oil. There are some other veggies mixed in for show, but the nutrients are processed out of them.
These chips are fried in hydrogenated fats, which produce the byproduct acrylamide, shown to cause cancer in some studies. This is the opposite of healthy.
Those chips are also full of salt, bad fats and are high in calories. Always read labels and choose veggie chips that are baked instead of fried and contain few chemical or white potatoes. Or make your own sweet potato “fries” by baking them. You can also snack on fresh veggies with salsa and guacamole.
Lastly, store bought smoothies are not as healthy as homemade ones because they are loaded with sugar in the form of juice, fruit or sweeteners with little healthy fat or protein to balance the blood sugar spike.
Instead of buying a smoothie, make your own with low sugar fruits, veggies, coconut water, and healthy fats and proteins like nut butter, pea protein, coconut oil or avocado. Put a handful of greens in your smoothie, like kale, you won’t be able to taste it combined with all the other ingredients. Not only is this a blood sugar balancing treat it can also be a healthy meal replacement.
One of the best ways to ensure a healthy diet is to minimize processed foods. And if you do eat prepackaged foods read the labels to make sure there are no hidden sugars, chemicals and toxins.
The bottom line is: Don’t trust food manufacturers to look out for your health, they just want to sell you their products.
While packaged foods may be convenient, nothing is as healthy as eating foods in their natural, whole form. The 21-Day Body makeover preps the body for this kind of real food diet by decreasing sugar cravings and priming the taste buds for wholesome foods.
Some times we put too much pressure on ourselves to succeed and when we don't receive what we want when we want, we often lose motivation.
In this episode we discuss the downfalls of expecting too much too soon from exercise, whether with a personal trainer or on your own.
The Lancet published a study that said the best way to counter the serious health risks of sitting throughout the day was to exercise at least one hour per day. This does not take into account eating habits.
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Health experts tend to argue about which foods and beverages are healthy to consume but most people agree that tea is pretty healthy.
While it’s true that tea is low in calories, sugar and fat, can sooth body and soul and has some medicinal properties, it is also true that not all tea is made the same.
Choosing the highest quality teas can save you from consuming a significant amount of toxins over a lifetime. While tea is a relatively innocuous beverage, it can pose health risks that few people suspect.
Most tea is not washed before it is put into tea bags or jars. If pesticides are used during the growing process, then unsuspecting consumers will be drinking those pesticides. Choosing organic tea is important but even organic teas contain some other damaging toxins. Especially lower quality teas.
Popular brands such as Lipton, Allegro, Celestial Seasonings, Tazo, Teavana, Bigelow, Republic of Tea, Twinings, Yogi, Tea Forte, Mighty Leaf, Trader Joes and Tetley often contain toxins such as fluoride.
In some of the teas, the levels of fluoride can be dangerously high. A new study published in Food Research International, found some cheaper brands have enough fluoride to cause side effects like bone and tooth damage, kidney problems and even cancer. This is only if the toxins are allowed to build up to dangerously high levels in the body and is not detoxed out.
If not cleaned out of the body, fluoride accumulates into the bones and stays there for years.
Some brands of cheap tea contain nearly 7 parts per million (ppm) of fluoride when the acceptable levels are only 4 ppm. In this case, drinking a cup of tea could be as harmful as eating junk food in terms of chemical exposure.
Food Research International also found that many citizens of the United Kingdom exceeded their dietary intake of fluoride and that overexposure came from consuming tea, which is an extremely popular beverage in the U.K.
So where does the fluoride come from?
Tea plants absorb fluoride from soil and accumulate it in their leaves as they grow. That means older leaves contain the most fluoride. Cheaper quality teas are often made from older tea leaves, which contain more fluoride and less antioxidants. For this reason, white tea will have the least fluoride because it’s made from the youngest leaves.
Also when tea labels have “natural flavors” listed as an ingredient, it’s not a good sign. These flavors are anything but natural. And even some organic tea brands have recently been found to contain pesticides that are known carcinogens, in quantities above acceptable U.S and E.U. limits.
One of the best teas on the market to test clean and pesticide-free was Red Rose, Numi and Rishi. The worst teas on the market in terms of toxins and pesticides were No Name, Uncle Lee’s Legends of China and King Cole.
For the cleanest tea choices, look for high quality organic brands that are also non GMO. Also, choose loose leaf tea over tea bags and don’t over brew your tea.
As far as detoxing fluoride from the body, the 21 Day Body Makeover will help clear fluoride from the body as well as other toxins. It will also open the body’s detox channels to help it clear toxins on its own.
It’s no secret that obesity has been on the rise in America.
According to the most recent data, obesity rates for adults exceed 35 percent in four states, 30 percent in 25 states and are above 20 percent in all states. Louisiana has the highest adult obesity rate at 36.2 percent and Colorado has the lowest at 20.2 percent.
While rising obesity rates are nothing new, what’s new are emerging cultural attitudes about obesity acceptance and weight loss. As more people become obese, people who are overweight feel more mainstream and less pressure to lose weight.
Researchers at Georgia Southern University analyzed U.S. government health surveys over nearly two decades from 1988 through 2014. The surveys involved in-person physical exams and health-related questions to participants, aged 20 to 59, asking if they'd tried to lose weight within the past year.
In the early surveys in the 80s and 90s, about half the adults were overweight or obese. In 2014 those number rose by 15 percent to 65 percent.
So while the study found a trend of rising obesity rates it showed that attempts to lose weight declined. People who said they were trying to slim down fell from 55 at the beginning of the study percent to 49 percent towards the end of the study.
The study also found obesity to be most common among African American women with 55 percent obese in most recent surveys. And there was also a big decline in African American women trying to lose weight.
"Socially accepted normal body weight is shifting toward heavier weight. As more people around us are getting heavier, we simply believe we are fine, and no need to do anything with it," said the study’s lead author Dr. Jian Zhang.
There could also be other reasons why weight loss attempt are trending downward. Dr. Scott Kahan, director of a weight-loss clinic in Washington agrees that it has become more acceptable in some circles to be overweight.
However, he adds that many obese people still feel self-conscious and want to lose weight but are discouraged by repeated failed attempts at weight loss. Some give up out of feelings of pure frustration.
There are so many crash diets, diet pills and exercise gadgets on the market today that provide extreme, short-term solutions. Even if weight loss occurs people are not able to keep the weight off when they return to old eating habits.
True weight loss requires fundamental lifestyle changes, which can be psychologically, mentally, physically or socially tough for people to achieve without consistent motivation and support. Especially when the people around them are still eating and drinking in unhealthy ways, the temptation just becomes too great.
Obesity is defined by a body mass index (BMI) that measures height and weight to determine normal weight ranges. Those with a BMI of 25 to 29 are considered overweight; 30 and above is obese. A BMI of 30 generally reflects being about 50 pounds overweight.
While the positive side of fat acceptance is that people feel less ridiculed, there’s also a big, dangerous drawback. Being overweight is not just a matter of appearance. Obesity greatly increases the risks to of developing serious, debilitating and fatal disease such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and many more.
And with obesity comes increased toxic load on the body, as most of the body’s toxins are stored in fat cells. Toxicity can also clog detox channels and cause weight loss resistance, further frustrating people’s efforts to shed pounds.
Doing a whole body detox is one of the best ways to set the body up for successful weight loss. This is not a crash diet, but rather a way to lighten the body’s toxic load while eating plenty of real, fresh, nourishing food. In order to lose weight the body needs to consume enough calories and the right types of foods to keep the metabolism humming. Otherwise the metabolism slows down. So despite being hungry, the dieter does not shed weight.
The 21-Day Body makeover includes herbs and supplements that support the body’s detox channels and suggests a real food diet that keeps people full, increases energy levels and keeps feelings of hunger at bay.
Approaching weight loss the right way is the best way to stave off weight loss frustrations and prevent obesity-related diseases.