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Laxatives – What goes in must comeout and fast

Have you hit a plateau in your weight loss plan? Are you frustrated trying to lose weight?  If either of those questions applies to you, laxatives may just be that extra boost you’re looking for.  Trudging through the jungle of weight loss options can be exhausting, not to mention expensive. Laxatives can help fix that problem! Believe it or not, laxatives can be used as an alterative to other weight loss plans, and are relatively inexpensive.

Although this option can be customized to you, laxatives can provide a straightforward approach to weight loss. When waking up in the morning, before any sort of meal, you take a laxative.  This not only helps to clean out the system from the day before, but makes processing food a much faster process.  Then throughout the day, dieters take a laxative before every meal. 3 moderate doses of laxatives a day before each meal, and many start to see results.  Another effective way to use laxatives as an assistant in your weight loss routine is to take one dose in the morning before you eat, and a dose at nighttime, before going to bed.  However, with this approach, you should be prepared to get up during the night to use the bathroom. Pair laxatives with a healthy lifestyle of working-out regularly and making healthy meal choices, and the results will speed up.

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The key of the laxatives diet (as is true with any diet) is balance, and maintaining it at a healthy level.  Your body should always have some food, and lots of water in it while a laxative is at work. When on this regimen, you have to be sure to drink LOTS of water, which assists in loosening the bowels.  When you have looser bowel movements on a more regular basis, your body is losing a significant amount of water.

When choosing the right laxative option for you, it’s important to review your options. Here is a compiled list to assist you in your search for an effective and safe option. Remember, before starting a laxative diet, be sure to check with your doctor to see if it’s a viable option for you and your lifestyle. Below are four types of laxatives to consider:

  • Laxative Type 1: This type of laxative is the mildest form. It consists of fiber, which reforms the stool’s consistency, to help it pass through the system effectively and naturally.
  • Laxative Type 2: This form of laxative is effective through being osmotic. It’s stronger results work by drawing water from the body, into the colon to help flush out the system. With this laxative it is especially important to be replenishing your body of the water it is losing.
  • Laxative Type 3: An even stronger laxative type is those which physically change the consistency of the stool. Be softening the stool, this laxative is especially effective in patients suffering from constipation and stool back-up.
  • Laxative Type 4: This laxative type is by far the strongest and hardest on your body. Its stimulant make up allows it to actively irritate the walls of the colon, which are then forced to expel themselves.

This weight loss plan is not without its dangers, however. Many laxatives can be habit forming, which leads to dangerous doses of laxatives. Misuse can lead to serious damage of your body that is irreversible.  In fact, many women who get addicted to laxatives spiral out of control.  With this in mind, it’s important to understand the side effects of taking such a supplement. Reactions to using and mis-using laxatives can include (but are not limited to):

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  • Electrolyte unbalance in the brain resulting in fatal seizures. This is apparent when laxative are used excessively.
  • Deterioration of the interior lining of the colon. In extreme cases, this could eventually lead to the use of colostomy bags for the rest of one’s life.
  • If misused, laxatives can cause bleeding in the kidney, which could have both long and short-term consequences.
  • Excessive laxative use could lead to malnutrition, resulting in the heart arrhythmia.

When used correctly, and in moderation, laxatives can be very affective in helping you reach your body goals, whether that be loosing weight, and/or getting healthier.

The weight loss industry offers a vast array of options for today’s consumer.  In order to navigate the best course of action in your journey to a healthier you, it is important to have a positive mindset and realistic goals.  If you put in the work, results will happen.  Beware of any options that offer super fast results, however, as they most likely are a hoax, or may be detrimental to your health.

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Tongue Patches – When you can’t do it yourself, this patch will force you to!

The Tongue Patch Diet, also referred to as “Chugay Patch,”“The Weight Reduction Patch,” and “Miracle Patch,” is a form of weight loss in the shape of a little, rectangular piece of plastic that is sewn onto the top of the tongue. Its purpose is to make eating food painful, therefore forcing the wearer to completely avoid intake of  solid food.  For the duration of the diet, the dieter is restricted to an 800 caloric intake of food.  This regimen was actually formed by the creator of the patch itself; Dr. Nikolas Chugway, a prominent plastic surgeon based in Beverly Hills.

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Chugway originally came up with the idea after seeing a doctor friend do a similar kind of procedure in Mexico. In 2009 he introduced his idea to the public, marketing it as a viable option to invasive weight loss procedures including gastric bypass, bands, and staples. His recorded results from this procedure have included patients losing up to 30 pounds in one month, with 70 percent of the patients keeping the weight they lost off for 8 months following.

It’s important to note, that the results of this weight loss regimen could be just as effective without the inclusion of the patch.  Anyone can do an all liquid, 800 calorie diet. They just have to have a lot of self restraint and motivation.  This patch simply takes the option out of whether or not you should splurge on that pizza, cake, or ice cream that you promised yourself you wouldn’t eat. With the patch it’s not an option, you just cannot.

In order to avoid infection from the sutures, the patients are required to take a three-day dose of antibiotics leading up to the procedure.  The “surgery” (if it actually qualifies as one) takes around 10 minutes, and can be removed at any time by simply snipping the sutures that connect the patch to the tongue. It is recommended that the patch not stay on any longer than a month, otherwise the tongue may begin to grow over the patch.  With that said, some patients have had the mesh patch in place for 60 days straight with no recorded negative side effects.

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After launching his product, Chugway’s diet gained considerable media attention (and for good reason). Many people in the medical world – specifically the health experts – criticized his methods as, “primitive.” It was compared as a modern version of wiring one’s jaw shut, as a means to starving oneself. Although, this unconventional weight loss strategy has been frowned upon, no severe risks have been reported from anyone who has undergone the procedure. Besides the obvious pain and irritation involved in have a mesh piece sewn into your tongue, many patients were ecstatic with the results no matter the means at which they came by it. Not to mention, that the procedure undoubtedly had a 100% weight loss guarantee rating; all patients did lose weight, even if it was by “primitive” means. However, with many liquid diets, results are not lasting. After 8 months, many patients reported to having regained the lost weight.  This is not a surprise as this patch does not provide a viable means of a constant lifestyle change, so after use clients would simply go back to their old ways of eating and working out.

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Appetite Suppressing Pills – The extra kick in your weight loss regimen

Losing weight is a simple science of moving more and eating less, so that your daily caloric intake does not surpass the amount of calories you are burning.  For some people who have trouble refraining from food, an appetite-suppressing prescription pill can assist in the weight loss journey (always consult with your doctor, to see what option is best for you).  Although it is not a magical pill that will automatically have you dropping pounds, it can help speed up results if paired with a workout regimen and healthy food choices.

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Who are the best candidates for an appetite suppressing prescription? Weight loss medications are suited for persons with BMI greater than 27, who have weight-corresponding risk-factors, such as diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep apnea, etc. They are also are good options for people with a BMI of over 30, but not necessarily suffering from weight analogous diseases. However, the only people that can decide the proper course of action when it comes to your health are you and your physician. Physicians may avoid prescribing appetite suppressers for people with pre-existing diagnoses of hypertension (abnormally high blood pressure), IBM (irritable bowel syndrome), cardiac disease, glaucoma (the slow increase of pressure in the eyeball, which causes one to lose their sight), and hyperthyroidism (over activity of the thyroid gland, which causes a sped up metabolism and a rapid heart rate).

When choosing the right drug, one should look into the three types of prescriptions used in weight loss therapy. Remember, as with anything you ingest, it is important to know and understand the side effects fully. With regard to appetite suppressors, here are some of the pros and cons of the 3 forms of drugs that help keep your appetite in check:

  • Stimulant – drugs that stimulate the nervous system in order to reduce the appetite. Side effects of this particular drug include valvular disease (any disease that negatively affects any of the 4 valves in the heart), elevated blood pressure, pulmonary hypertension (any sort of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in your lungs and right side of your heart), restlessness, dizziness, insomnia, dry mouth, constipation, and increased pulse and heart rate.

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  • Sibutramine – actively increases serotonin levels along with norepinephrine (a hormone released by adrenaline from the inner section of an organ or tissue. It is also released by the sympathetic nerves and neurotransmitters), both of which make you feel full. Some negative side effects to consider when taking this drug are anorexia, constipation, insomnia, runny nose, sore throat, headache, and dry mouth.
  • Orlistat – is a drug that actively blocks the body from absorbing fat that is ingested through food. In this way the body is not able to hold on to or add to fat stores.  Negative side effects of orlistat include diarrhea, oily stools, flatulence, gas, and ulcers.

Remember, before you take any prescriptions please consult with your doctor.

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Liposuction – Your everyday plastic surgery!

Just joking! But actually liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic procedures done today. It is frequently referred to as “lipo,” and is used as a way of reshaping and slimming different areas of the body. By removing excess fat deposits, liposuction can improve the contours and proportions of your body, and is specifically used to target those stubborn areas of fat that refuse to dissipate even after a healthy lifestyle of working out and proper food choices.

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Contrary to popular belief, liposuction is not a get-skinny-quick fix. In fact, the best candidates for liposuction are people who are already have a healthy lifestyle, but have fat in a localized area that refuses to dispel.  Persons who are more than slightly over weight (more than 34 BMI) have a better chance at lasting results with gastric bands or stapling.  If you are a good contender for liposuction, areas of the body that are frequently operated on (and you may want to consider) include waist, flanks (the lower back area of the love handles), hips, upper arms, lower abdomen, buttocks, inner thighs, outer thighs, anterior thighs, lower legs, chest, back, and even cheeks, chin, and neck!

So, how does it work? Fat deposits are suctioned through a small tube – named a cannula – which is inserted into the affected area through the layers of skin.  Although this sounds slightly gruesome (as all procedures are), from a medical standpoint, lipo is a minimally invasive procedure with incisions only 3 – 5 millimeters in length (normally hidden in creases of the body that are not visible).

Because, liposuction is a widely known cosmetic procedure, there are many myths surrounding it regarding what results one can realistically expect to see. Here is a list of common misconceptions about the benefits liposuction offers:

  • It is not a treatment for obesity
  • It is not an effective treatment for people looking to get rid of cellulite
  • It also does not help recover saggy and loose skin
  • It is not a tool for effective weight loss, but rather used to help with contouring and reshaping when workout regimen and diet fail

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Although many people believe liposuction gives immediate results, there are multiple steps in the recovery process.  (1) After about 3-5 days a person can begin to go back to work, and go about their usual schedule. (2) Patients should wait for at least 2 weeks before starting to fully workout. (3) Swelling from the procedure and injections of fluids can take up to a month to dissipate. (4) It can take 6 months for the metabolic system’s rate to speed up, and take complete affect.

The results from liposuction can be incredible and truly life-changing for the patients.  With new and improved bodies, many people report taking better care of themselves and maintaining the physique that liposuction helped to create.

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Stomach Stapling and Gastric Banding – For extreme results!

Stomach stapling (also referred to as gastric band surgery or gastric stapling surgery) is a means for people to reduce their appetites, by way of banding the stomach so it is divided into two sections. When the stomach is isolated into two sections, a person’s intake for food drastically decreases. This method for weight loss is specifically effective in obese patients who have not seen results from other surgical or nonsurgical means of losing weight. This surgery is mostly done for only the most extreme cases.

Not all people who want to lose weight are feasible candidates for the procedure. Viable applicants of bariatric surgery are those who have a BMI (body mass index) over 40, women 80 pounds or more over their desired weight, men who are 100 pounds or more over their desired weight, or people who have a BMI of 35 with accompanying weight-related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, or sleep apnea.

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For the people who qualify for such a procedure, benefits are life-changing and remarkable.  Many patients have reached their health goals with this extreme surgery, some of which include lower blood sugar, lower blood pressure, reduction in sleep apnea, decreased stress levels on the heart, lower cholesterol levels, and of course, weight loss. There are three variations of the surgery that offer different results for different people’s needs. They include:

  • Adjustable Gastric Banding (AGB) – This procedure includes affixing an flexible band around the top portion of the stomach and proceeding to tighten it, much like a belt. This in turn forms a small pouch, which acts as the “new stomach” and drains into the second section of the stomach.
  • Vertical Banded Gastroplasty – This procedure employs a method that uses both staples and banding. It also creates a pouch, which acts as the new stomach, with a small opening that leads the food into the second section of the stomach.
  • Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy – This procedure only uses staples to actually remove a section of the stomach. This surgery is irreversible, but very effective.

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After having one of the surgeries, stomachs of patients are only able to hold about three-quarters to one cup of food, all of which must be chewed thoroughly. If one happens to eat more than the stomach allows, they will experience nausea and vomiting. As one would expect from such a drastic procedure, it is not without its dangers and side effects; some of which include (but are not limited to) blood clots, infection, pneumonia, bleeding ulcers, gallstones, nausea, poor nutrition, scarring, vomiting, and leakage of stomach fluid.

Because the side effects from this procedure can be extremely dangerous, the decision to have stomach stapling done must be thoroughly analyzed, with the long-term benefits greatly outweighing the costs and dangers.  Basically, unless you are at a high risk for dying without the procedure, then it’s not going to be a viable option for you.

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Real Secrets to Losing Weight

In a world where your appearance is critiqued by everyone no matter what you do, it is natural to want to shed a few pounds if you are feeling uncomfortable with your size. Sadly, we should not feel so hard on ourselves in an effort to meet some kind of obscure objective that is not applicable or helpful to our daily lives.

Now that I have gotten that out of the way, let’s look at the actual ways you could lose weight if that is something you would like to do. Remember, I am not a physician and these recommendations are based on research, but do not replace treatment and information that can be provided by your doctor. If you have any health conditions, you really need to ask a doctor before embarking on a weight loss journey.

  1. Weight loss means a change in lifestyle. It is a huge misconception that you can simply go on a diet to shed a few pounds and then return to your normal habits. You have to commit to a healthier lifestyle and follow it every day. Do not give yourself “cheat days,” because this is encouraging an unhealthy look at weight loss.
  2. Remind yourself of why you would like to lose weight. Look at weight loss as something to attain. What is your motivation behind it? Do you have an event coming up or are you just trying to become a healthier version of yourself. If you are thinking just in the short-term, look at it this way: wouldn’t it be easier to be the healthiest version of yourself all of the time so you look that way at every event you go to?

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  1. Ditch the scale. Obsessing over the number on the scale is completely counterproductive. Shows like The Biggest Loser put a lot of emphasis on what the scale actually shows rather than the lifestyle choices that are being changed for the better. Muscle weighs more than fat, which can make it seem like you have not lost weight when you actually have. Instead gauge your progress on how your clothes look and how you feel about yourself. If you see your pants are getting looser, it is showing you the progress without making you worry about a number on the scale.
  2. Build your routine and stay with it. One of the most effective weight loss tips I had ever received was to schedule yourself a time to work out daily. Reserve a place in your calendar for exercise. Whether it is taking a walk, going for a swim, or heading to the gym, making time for your workout routine will make it more likely to happen. Scheduling a slot daily will also give you more flexibility to miss a workout when you need to, knowing that your routine will pick right back up the next day. Sitting on your couch for 30 minutes means that was 30 minutes that you were not moving when you could have been.
  3. Hone in your inner cook. Do not buy prepackaged foods. The ease of having processed foods on hand is tempting as well as addicting, allowing you to get away from having to spend the time cooking a meal for yourself or your family. The issue is that you cannot control what is in a premade meal, but you can control what goes into your food. Go grocery shopping and try to not buy any processed foods, opting instead for fresh fruits and vegetables. Then you need to build a habit and schedule around creating a healthy meal for you daily. Once it becomes a habit, you will wonder why you had not been doing it all along.

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Dangers of Following Fad Diets

With the obsession our society has with weight loss and maintaining a slim physique that nearly seems impossible at times, it makes sense that in our capitalist world people will look to make a profit. Some of these people are medical professionals, but most are not. They provide ideas to help you lose weight with the intention of making a profit rather than having you succeed in your weight loss journey. If you think about it, if their products are actually effective, you would not need to use them anymore once you made goal weight and they would be down a customer. Some of these fads are worse and more dangerous than others, especially when they are promoted by celebrities who are also profiting off of your insecurity.

My advice is be skeptical when it comes to weight loss treatments and the best solution is to speak with your doctor before you jump on a weight loss bandwagon.

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  1. They encourage unhealthy weight loss. Many fad diets will have you restricting parts of your diet, depriving you of essential nutrients, causing anemia, and effectively making you unhealthier than you were before you began dieting.
  2. They will make you tired. Because you are not getting all of the calories and nutrients that you need to function throughout your day, you will have trouble keeping focused and alert throughout your day. It is too easy to deprive your body of brain-building calories, making your body go into sleep mode, conserving your energy.
  3. You can develop serious digestive issues. Weight loss fads do not just run the risk of being ineffective. They can damage your body in other ways as well, including messing up your digestive tract to where it either causes diarrhea or constipation.
  4. You will become dehydrated. One of the fastest ways to drop weight is to eliminate the water from your body. Many of the fad diets include forcing your body to drop weight faster than it can but removing water weight. Of course this does not actually work to help you lose weight since you need water to survive and once you rehydrate, it will all be back. Dehydration is also terrible for you and counterproductive in weight loss, since your body will not be able to properly operate when dehydrated.

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  1. They do not reflect lifestyle changes. The most effective way to lose weight is to alter your lifestyle so you are more actively and eating better as a force of habit rather than a struggle. Fad diets do not promote a long-term solution to weight loss, but instead offer a “get fit now” gimmick that has no real longevity and is not actually good for you. Altering your lifestyle choices to adhere to a healthier life will create a healthier you that is actually good for you and sustainable.
  2. They lie. To put it bluntly, most fad diets are a lie. They write up false claims by consumers who do not actually exist. Before and after pictures that boast the success of the diets are altered either through Photoshop, change in lighting, change in demure, makeup, tanning, stance, and even sometimes with a completely different people representing both the before and after. They are often not based on anything at all, but make it sound like a good idea to get you to buy a product.
  3. They don’t work anyway. The worst part about fad diets is that you put in a lot of time and money into trying to buy your way to a slim waistline, only to have it not work for you. Stick with the tried and true methods of weight loss; eat well and exercise regularly.

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All Bodies are Good Bodies

I feel that when we are looking at the ways that people are trying to lose weight in the western world, that we need to have a bigger discussion. Naturally the media is inundating us with standards that are impossible to obtain, especially with Photoshop, but at the same time, we are constantly reminded that these are unfair standards, making popular culture a giant hypocrite. We need to instead look at the idea of how we approach bodies, working with all of the noise instead of heading into a fight that you simply cannot win. We cannot defeat the images that are in the media and trying to eliminate them is only going to set us up for failure.

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Size does not Matter

I am sure you have heard this term mostly in context of male anatomy, but it applies to clothing sizes as well. Every brand of clothing operates on different measurements for sizes, especially in women’s clothing. There is no real justification for it, but it is just seems to be the case.

That said, when you go to a store and let’s say you try on a size 14. This 14 does not mean that you are overweight or says anything about your health. The size is completely arbitrary. It does not mean that you need to lose weight or change anything about yourself. It is just a number than some random person happened to slap onto that size. The idea of the “size 0” model is ludicrous. Those women exist and should not be criticized, but likewise, their size does not mean anything either. A size 0 should not be made fun of for not being a size 14. It makes no sense.

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Your Health is Most Important

We have a sickness in our society that is making us obsess over how we look. We are concerned about how we are perceived by others as well as being judged by ourselves. It is completely unhealthy and is the breeding ground for eating disorders and self-image issues. It is hard to tell someone who is struggling with an eating disorder to just eat over it. That is not how it works at all.

I want you to instead put away the scale and the mirror and think about your health instead. How is your blood pressure and cholesterol? What does your doctor say about your health and your body? If your physician has concerns about your health, then those are the concerns that you should look at, not whether your butt has cellulite or not. If you are maintinaign your body at a healthy way, then you really do not need to fuss about what size you are.

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People Come in All Shapes and Sizes

This is perhaps one of the most difficult concepts to get your mind around, but people are not the same. We all have different makeups. We are naturally different heights and widths. We are more capable at doing some things and less capable than others at different things. This does not make us good or bad, but means that we are all different.

You have no control over the fact that you have wider hips or you have a small bust size. That is in your genetic makeup. You cannot hold it against yourself for something that you have completely zero control over. It is unfair to you as well as the people that you are looking at and idolizing. Because those people also do not have control over their genetic makeup. Something to also remember is that celebrities have the means to change their physical appearance to make it what they want it to be, meaning that having a big bust or slim thighs was not part of their genetic makeup either.

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Balanced Diet 101: A Beginner’s Guide

Perhaps you have drifted off of the path of good health and diet, perhaps your parents did not provide a solid example, or perhaps you never adequately paid attention when you were in health class. It does not matter the reason that you are struggling to balance a diet, but the point is that it is never too late to get back onto track with a healthy diet.

Changing your diet is different than dieting. You are not aiming to restrict your food for a brief period of time, but instead you need to change your daily diet, meaning changing the habits that you already hold for food. Changing how you approach food as well as looking into ensuring that you are capturing all of the food groups and eating appropriate portions will all help you to begin your weight loss journey on a positive note.

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The Food Groups

Looking at the food pyramid that has been graciously supplied by our government can be incredibly intimidating. How are you going to get 5 servings of vegetables a day when you cannot even stand the idea of eating anything leafy or green?

I want you to change how you are looking at the food groups and turn it into looking at your plate. When you are dishing up your dinner plate, how much of the plate is covered in green vegetables? It needs to be at least half. Vegetables are full of protein as well as vitamins that are essential to keeping your body running. The remainder of your plate should include your main course, which is typically meat, as well as perhaps a fruit or other side dish.

Having a balance between what is on your plate is more important than trying to squeeze in what is recommended on the food pyramid. You know your needs and your body better than anyone else. And remember that the food pyramid is only a suggestion.

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Looking at Desserts

Depriving yourself of food is the first big failure that many people suffer when they begin their weight loss journeys. Cutting out any food group will set you back, either because it will push you into the malnutrition area of things or because you will gorge too much on something you are craving because you have been keeping it away from you.

A dance coach I once had gave me the most positive outlook on desserts that I have ever received. If you are at a party and cake is served, telling yourself you cannot have the cake and punishing your desires from keeping it away from you will make most people eventually break down and wind up eating practically the whole cake. If instead you see the cake and take a small slice, you will satisfy your desire without wearing yourself down. Let yourself have the cake, just try not to eat the whole cake. Well, at least not on a regular basis.

Fruits as desserts also contain a high amount of sugar and carbohydrates. While they lack the fat that comes with baked desserts, they are still not a substitute for healthy green vegetables.

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Cheat Days

I have always frowned upon the concept of a cheat day. That is implying that you are depriving yourself from something on a regular basis, which will result in a failure on your part, taking in far more calories on a “cheat day” than you should. If you instead approach every day as an opportunity to eat something delicious with moderation, then you do not need to “cheat.” Depriving yourself of anything on a regular basis is not good for your mental health and is unnecessary if you are not suffering from a disease, allergy, or other malady that means you need to remove something.

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Biggest Weight Loss Trends Right Now and What they Mean

I am sure you have heard about some of the latest and greatest weight loss solutions to give you that bikini body that you have been vying for. The biggest issue with all of them is that they are supporting removing something specific from your diet in order to lose weight. Eliminating things from your diet, however, does not result in a healthier you. Studies have even shown that forcing the fads onto children can lead to eating disorders for them in the future. But what do all of these diets mean? Do any of them actually work? Who started them? This is a quick rundown of the latest trends and what they actually mean.

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The Paleo Diet

The idea behind the Paleo diet is that it is representative of what mankind used to eat during the Paleolithic area. The diet is comprised of vegetables, nuts, seeds, some fruits, and lean meat. The biggest problem with the logic behind it is that it is impossible for mankind to eat the way that our Paleolithic ancestors did.

We do not live in the same environment, do not have the same physical makeup, and simply do not have the same foods that they did during that time period. Also, remember that people during the Paleolithic time lived to an average age of 30. There were many contributing factors to a short lifespan, but it does not exactly provide a solid advertising method to get people to eat like they did.

The biggest positive of going with the Paleo diet is that you would be removing processed foods from your diet. Getting away from packaged foods and foods high in sugar is not just a fad, but is something that can benefit your health for many reasons.

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The Atkins Diet

The Atkins Diet emerged in the early 2000s as a quick and easy way to shed the pounds. It promotes weight loss by eliminating carbohydrates from your diet and replacing them with high fats and proteins. The idea is that the protein should fill you up in a healthy way and keep you from feeling hungry later on.

The biggest concern with it is that you begin the process by completely cutting out carbs, relying on your carb quota from vegetables. Carbohydrates are necessary for brain function and taking them away will leave you with a fuzzy head.

The one pro to the Atkins diet is the removal of harmful sugars from your diet. It is especially important for diabetics, keeping sugars away that could spike blood sugar and pose a serious health risk.

Atkins should not be confused with the ketogenic diet, which operates on a similar wave. The keto diet, or epileptic diet, reduces the amount of carbs, but does not eliminate them. Instead it pushes for animal fats to help build ketones in your body to encourage brain function.

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Gluten-Free Diet

This trend is possibly the one that is the most irritating at the moment. A gluten-free diet should not be confused with celiac disease. Celiac is no joke, where the consumption of gluten causes inflammation in the digestive tract, making it impossible to digest food properly.

The gluten- free trend is reminiscent of the Atkins trend, in the idea that cutting bread out of your diet will help you reach your target weight. Gluten is a protein that is found in wheat, barley and rye.

The problem with it is that so many things are stating to be gluten-free to keep with the weight loss trend, but they are misleading for people who have celiac disease who actually need gluten-free.