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Not All Calories Are Created Equal

One of the Biggest Diet Myths, perpetuated even by some of  the best known diet programs is:

“You can eat whatever you want, just watch your calories” This couldn’t be further from the truth, when in fact, eating a nutrient dense diet will not only accelerate your weight loss results, but it will also promote the healthy function of all the body’s systems.

You don’t have to starve, or eat unsavory food in order to be healthy and look great. You just have to make the right choices when you eat. The bottom line is: you can eat what you like, for as long as it is void of empty calories, and excess sugars. Here is an excellent article that explains more about this simple fact, enjoy…

Not All Calories Are Created Equal

By Ben T Coomber

Many people will lose weight, and quite often the focus of this weight loss is through counting all the calories that one eats. This is the basis of many successful weight loss programs, such as weight watchers, slimming world and even the governments eat well plate. But is such an approach warranted when not all calories can be counted as the same?

Don’t believe me? Let’s think logic, do you think that a calorie of sugar is going to have the same physiological impact on the body as a calorie of spinach, or steak? When we look at one calorie maybe not, but what if 500 of our daily calories are from, say, sugar? Do you think that such a huge proportion of someone’s daily calorie intake from something like sugar is not going to have a large negative effect seeing as sugar greatly elevates blood sugar level, insulin, stresses the appetite hormones and results in fat storage when not burnt as energy…

So when we count points on the weight watchers system, and a chocolate brownie is the same amount of points as a rare cooked steak, is it fair to say that such a system is highly flawed? Don’t get me wrong, keeping track of the calories that you are consuming can be of great benefit, but unless we are tracking the actual food sources these calories are coming from then we are only shortchanging the results that are possible.

Should anyone serious about losing weight really be allowed to eat a chocolate brownie? As soon as a system like this is implemented it gives the mentality that it is OK to eat anything in moderation, when really it isn’t, if you are serious about losing weight then there are definitely lots of food choices that should be totally absent from your diet. Anything that is sweet and cake related is a definite no no, cause although we are looking to lose weight it is likely you are looking to become healthier as well, and none of these things are going to make you healthier, yet increase your risk of disease development. Remember that the healthier you are the quicker and more efficiently you will lose weight, it’s a positive catch 22 that you want to be in.

I almost hold my hands over my ears with fear when I question why someone might have eaten some cake or something equally bad, the response usually goes like this “oh don’t worry, it was a weight watchers cake”. If weight watchers had developed a way to make CAKE healthy I think they would have won the noble peace prize, everyone would be eating it. Cake, whatever way you slice it is bad. It’s full of sugar, hydrogenated fat, refined flour and preservatives, so just cause it was a weight watchers cake does not mean it was any healthier than a normal cake. Yes it might have a few less calories, but does it really matter, what matter is that the ingredients were pure junk. Compare all those calories to a whole dairy yogurt and a chopped banana and we are talking about a whole different ball game.

So by all means count calories, but cake calories don’t count!

Ben Coomber consults with MMA, rowing, rugby and physique athletes at various levels. Consults for UK tennis, and owns and runs Body Type Nutrition. He is an Internationally Certified Sports Nutritionist.

Sports nutrition consultations: http://www.bodytypenutrition.co.uk

Author website: http://www.bencoomber.com

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The Medifast Diet Reviewed

Wanting to lose weight is one thing that many people have in common. It is not an easy goal to achieve and can lead to frustration and quitting. The Medifast diet is one option for fast weight loss that has found success with many.

It used to be that the main goal with losing weight was to look good. With the epidemic of obesity in the world today, the main goal has changed somewhat. Now the goal is to feel good, strong, and healthy. If you are searching for a weight loss plan to meet your goals, you might consider Medifast, one of today’s most popular diet plans.

How the Medifast Plan Works

This plan is designed to help you eat your essential nutrients each day and stick to a certain caloric intake. They call it the “5 and 1 plan.” There are plans for men, plans for women, and plans also specifically formulated for diabetics.

Five of your meals each day will come from the diet. They ship meals, shakes, nutrition bars, dry soups and chili, as well as other options to your door. The physician-backed plan recommends six meals a day. Only one of those six meals will be prepared by you and there are guidelines for what that meal includes.

The meals are created using their “High Fullness Index.” The food is designed to fill you up so that you aren’t hungry and not craving snacks and other foods. Because one of the big complaints about diets is the lack of satisfaction, feeling full, this diet claims to answer that problem with these more dense meals.

Results

Because of the reduced calories, people on the diet have reported weight loss as high as five pounds each week. Even

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though nutritionists believe that two pounds a week is healthy, this diet has been carefully formulated to provide safe weight loss at that level.

Once you reach your goal, eating healthy meals each day can help you maintain your optimum weight. This is not a plan to be followed forever.

Here’s the Skinny

You have to be dedicated on this plan. Your meals come powdered and are reconstituted and microwaved. For the sensitive palate, this may be hard to get used to. The upside is that the meals take the guesswork out of what to eat and how much. They are portion controlled so you don’t have to think about it.

The cost of the food can be expensive. It may be an expense you can’t afford. With family members probably not participating in this diet plan, this cost will be in addition to regular grocery bills. Also, you are preparing one meal a day for yourself, either breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Take a close look at your grocery budget before you decide to choose this diet.

So, do you think you can follow this plan? It has a high success rating and thousands can attest that it is a bona fide diet that gets results. It may be the one for you.

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The FullBar Diet Plan Review

What is your number one complaint on a diet? If you’re like most people, you probably don’t feel like you get enough to eat, enduring a constantly growling stomach. Some dieters even feel like they are starving. Well, starve no more. Take a look at the FullBar diet.

How the FullBar Plan Works

One of the reasons we gain weight in the first place is because we eat too much before we feel full. The brain seems to shut that “feel full” mechanism off way too late;  sometimes long after we’ve eaten the entire bag of chips or half a bucket of ice cream.

Dr. Michael Snyder, a bariatric surgeon, came up with the FullBar system for weight loss based on weight loss surgery. After surgery, the stomach is much smaller so the person feels full faster. The FullBar program is designed to increase your fullness before meals so that you eat less and lose weight. The bars will fill up a good portion of your stomach space and accomplish the same goal without going through surgery.

Using the FullBar plan, you’ll eat a bar about half an hour before lunch and dinner. By the time you are ready to eat, you will have less room for the food. Of course, you’ll still want to make healthy food choices, but you’ll eat less of it and you won’t feel deprived. Breakfast is eaten without the additional FullBar, but you will make healthier menu choices.

The object of this plan is to notice how full you feel in the 30 minutes after you eat the bar. You want to feel full enough to not eat too much, but not so full that you want to skip a meal. This isn’t about meal replacement; it’s about eating smaller portions.

Results

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With this plan, people are losing weight without feeling hungry. Hunger is the one thing that drives people to throw their diet out the window and rifle through the pantry for anything edible, usually coming up with fatty and sugary snacks. That “feeling empty” problem is solved with this diet plan. This is an online program in which you can order your bars. However, some national drug store chains have started carrying them.

There is also a line of products offered besides the original FullBar. You can find snacks that curb your appetite and treats for the sweet tooth. All are designed to fill you up.

Here’s the Skinny

Besides the FullBar, Dr. Snyder also provides information on his website to help you make healthy food choices for all your meals each day. He gives tips on tracking calories, choosing the right foods to speed up your metabolism, and how to incorporate exercise into your diet plan. Because this plan was developed by a doctor, there is expert support available if you have questions. You’ll also find a community of other FullBar users to chat with in order to compare notes and cheer each other on.

Feeling hungry all the time when you’re on a diet is no fun and it makes the dieting process more difficult than it has to be. Wouldn’t it be great to feel full all the time so you eat less and don’t think about food all the time? For a unique approach to weight loss developed around the science of a full tummy, try the FullBar diet plan. Click Here to visit the Full Bar Website

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Bistro MD Diet Plan Review

Do you have a team of nutritionists overseeing every meal in your house? No? Then how about the next best thing – Bistro MD.  It is a diet plan that has everyone talking.

How the Bistro MD Plan Works

These meals are doctor approved restaurant quality meals that will leave you feeling satisfied while losing weight. The meals are delivered to your door each week. Here is how it all works.

You have four meal plans to choose from; 5 day and 7 day weekly meal plans, with and without snacks. The meals include things like bagels, Moroccan chicken, and French dip and steak burritos. The meals are rotated on a regular basis so you won’t get bored.

You work with a nutritionist who chooses a plan for you, customized with meals to suit your dietary needs. After choosing a plan, you can then choose a weight loss menu specifically designed to address any health issues. A nutritionist will work with you to find the right combination of foods to lower cholesterol, reduce sodium and/or sugar intake, and set a proper caloric intake. People with special needs, for instance,  diabetics, will receive menus specifically chosen for their health concerns.

When your personalized menu plan is ready, the meals are shipped to your door, fresh for you to enjoy. You don’t have to do any calorie counting and every meal seems like a dinner out because somebody else does the planning, shopping, and preparing. And, the meals are very nearly like an entree in a good restaurant.

Results

This diet helps people lose weight while feeling full and satisfied. The meals are tasty, real honest-to-goodness food. The dishes can be heated in a jiffy so there is no excuse not to eat well and healthy even with a busy schedule. The online ordering is easy and you have phone access to a nutritionist and customer service so you can contact a real person when needed.

Meals delivered right to your door can help you stay on track with your diet on a busy schedule. There will be no more stopping at a fast food restaurant on the way home after work. You also won’t need to snack on unhealthy foods when time is short and you don’t feel like cooking. Your meals are waiting for you when you get home.

Here’s the Skinny

The meals are not cheap. You could spend upwards of $200 per week for a seven day meal plan with healthy snacks. The diet is designed to help you lose weight with your current level of activity so it doesn’t stress exercise. Adding in exercise will almost certainly boost your weight loss efforts.

There are helpful articles available to teach you about nutrition for yourself and your family and how to balance your eating habits. You can use this information to build a healthy diet for your family even if you are the only one using the delivery plan. There is also some information on exercise in the way of articles to help you understand its importance.

Do you want to eat well and still lose weight? Consider the Bistro MD diet plan. It’s gaining in popularity because it’s convenient, tasty, and it works. Click Here to Visit the Bistro Md Website

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The Skinny Guy’s Guide To Gaining Weight

The Skinny Guy’s Guide To Gaining Weight

By Vince DelMonte

How would you like to learn how to gain weight fast? If the title of this article caught your attention, there is a good chance you are sick and tired of not seeing the weight on the scale budge. Most likely you just got home from the Mandarin buffet and still can’t budge the scale. You could live on McDonald’s and Pizza Delight and your Ferrari style metabolism would simply burn it off. In a world that is obsessed with losing weight – you are interested in gaining weight!

Are You Sick and Tired Of People Telling You How To Gain Weight?

It probably sounds like this:

“All you have to do is eat, eat, and eat some more to gain weight…”

“Weight gain is just a matter of eating…”

“You just gotta overload your metabolism to gain weight fast…”

“You can’t build a house without the bricks and mortar for gaining weight…”

Don’t throw me to the wolves quite yet. There is certainly truth to these statements and some of these analogies can prove quite powerful. I think I’m even guilty of preaching a few! But the problem with this advice is that it’s usually followed up with the same old regurgitated blah, blah, blah advice that only tells you what to do and does not reveal real-world, practical how-to action-steps.

If you are someone who has struggled their entire life, trying to pack on extra muscle mass and still consider yourself underweight, then you are not alone. I was once skinny and underweight myself…

People, predispositioned to skinniness, are commonly referred to as “hard gainers.” This is the cool way to label your scrawny frame despite the fact that your body turns into a Number 2 pencil when you wear yellow!

It’s Not Totally Your Fault You’re Skinny

In the skinny guy’s defense, the reality is that you have been cursed with traits like Lamborghini-type metabolism, giraffe like limbs, and the strength of a senior citizen. You have to fight with every bone in your body to do something about your small frame and to keep up to your male buddies who seem to grow muscle just by sneezing – those muscle freaks piss me off just as much you!

Even though you might think your genetic deficiencies have sentenced you to a life of frailty and surprised looks when you tell others you lift weights, I am living proof that hard gainers with very ‘muscle-unfriendly genes’ can fight back against their genetics and gain muscle weight. I defeated my skinny genetics just after college and I am about to show you four tips that helped me climb from a 149 pound weakling to a rock hard 190 pounds in six months.

Trust me, no body has worse genetics for building muscle and gaining weight than an ex-long distance runner who abused his body with 60-80 miles of running a week (for over 10 years).

Skinny Guys Must Play By A Different Set Of Rules

If you are underweight, than your first step to gaining weight is to understand that you must play by a different set up rules. I have said this before and will say it again,

“Taking advice from someone who can gain muscle weight easilyis like taking money advice from someone who inherited a fortune or is making money illegally.”

You must think outside the box and give up the excuse of being a “hard gainer.” It is time to stop listening to all the naysayers who have told you that is impossible to gain weight because of your genetics. Regardless of what you have been led to believe, you do have the potential to build an impressive physique that turns heads and even intimidates!

If you have read this far, I am guessing you are ready to longer resemble a microphone stand! You are prepared to overload your metabolism for muscle growth, to ensure you are never referred to as ‘underweight’ or ‘skinny’ ever again. Start following these simple steps and don’t be surprised if you gain an extra ten pounds of muscle weight in the next four weeks.

Simple How To Gain Weight Action Steps To Start Growing Like A Skyscraper!

1. Double It Up

One of the most practical steps you can take is to double whatever you are currently eating in the kitchen right now. If you are eating one chicken breast per meal, then cook up two. If you are only eating two slices of bread, then make it four. If you are eating one handful of nuts, then make it two. If you are using only two scoops of protein powder, then make it four.

Most likely you are only a few dozen meals short of filling out your underdeveloped body parts and attracting the attention of that sexy girl at your gym. I assume you are already in the kitchen and have the food out. So would you agree, you really have no good excuse not to shovel down a greater percentage of calories by doubling it up?

2. Live Your Life Around Food

Sure, you know that you must eat every 2-3 hours, but how well do you execute? Set your clock on a countdown timer to go off every 2 and ½ hours so that you reinforce the habit of eating literally not a second late for each meal! Don’t turn off the damn beeper until you start chowing down.

Ensure you are eating your first meal within 15-30 minutes of waking up – absolutely no later. This first meal of the day should always consist of REAL food to flood your body with quality nutrients. I question anybody’s commitment to gaining weight if they are too lazy to wake up 15 minutes earlier to eat a real meal.

Lastly, don’t be surprised if you are not gaining weight if you do not find yourself spending more time preparing food, more time eating food and more time cleaning your kitchen. You should notice you are spending more time in the grocery store and you should also notice a larger grocery bill each week!

3. Use BIG Eating Equipment

If you want to bulk, then you have to eat like Hulk. Do you think Hulk eats out of a small plate, or a small bowel, or a small cup? If you are aiming to get big and huge, you are going to require large amounts of food, most likely close to double of what you are currently eating.

So get BIG eating equipment! Get a BIG cup, get a BIG bowel, and get a BIG plate. Surround yourself with BIG. Most of the time hard gainers are nothing more than “under eaters.” If you struggle to complete a meal, then a bigger serving on a bigger plate will look small!

4. Never Train Hungry

How many times have you woken up, whipped up a protein shake and than headed off to the gym? Or maybe you had a long afternoon and missed a few meals and then attempted a weight training workout after work?

I thought this was common sense to avoid, until a few of my skinny clients confessed that they were showing up for their workouts having only eaten a piece of fruit and some crackers within the entire day!

After dropping the 45-pound plate on my foot out of shock, they reassured me: they were not hungry. I sometimes screamed back, “Yeah, that’s because your metabolism is in starvation mode and shut right down, you skinny pencil neck!”

I understand that training in the morning is the only time for some, however, I recommend to aim for a minimum of at least three solid meals in your system prior to training. Or eat the biggest meal of your day immediately after your AM workout. Would you take your car out on a long trip with a half empty fuel tank? Not unless you wanted the car to die and you push it the rest of the way. So why would you take your body through a grueling training session on an empty stomach?

5. Eat Nutrient Dense Foods

Focus on caloric-rich foods that are loaded with nutrients. Avoid foods with empty calories, which means there is little or no nutrient value in the calories you are eating. Why would you consume a 500-calorie plus meal that is loaded with fat and sugar which does nothing but make you feel sluggish and soft? Instead, eat a high caloric meal loaded with slow releasing carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, minerals and fiber. Here are some of the best choices:

Carbohydrates – Oatmeal, rice, breads, yams beans, potatoes, fruits and veggies.

Proteins – Steak, chicken, lean beef, cottage cheese, whole milk, eggs and salmon.

Fats – Olive oil, flax oil, avocados, nuts and peanut butter.

Extras (high calorie cheat food) – Ice cream, raisins, dried fruit and trail mix.

6. Drink A Carb And Protein Drink While You Workout

How hard is to sip on a calorie-rich drink during your weight training sessions? Simply mix up a 2:1 ratio of carbohydrate to protein with one liter of water and you instantly have a few extra hundred calories per day. Now have an extra workout drink before your workout and extra workout drink after your workout and that’s easily an extra one pound per week. Only use this technique if you are weight training at a very high intensity.

7. Live the motto, “Never Stop Eating”

Did I hear you say, “But I’ll throw up if I eat all day?” Maybe… Is it necessary? Of course not. But this is a part of pushing your body’s threshold. Don’t worry, you will get used to it and your body will require more food as you gain more muscle on your body and your metabolism increases. Just think that if you are not eating, then you are not growing, and if you are not growing then you are staying the same. Is that what you want?

Conclusion

There you have it and as I promised, learning how to gain weight fast is quite simple. Executing is a whole different story. It will really come down to how truly committed you are to defeating your skinny genetics and gaining the muscular body you deserve!

Here is my promise to you. You have the ability to gain at least another ten pounds of solid weight in the next four weeks by simply applying the advice above. If you are truly committed to your goals of gaining muscle weight and no longer being known as underweight, then I believe you will rise to the challenge and take action! Are you with me?

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About the Author:

Vince DelMonte is the author of No Nonsense Muscle Building: Skinny Guy Secrets To Insane Muscle Gain found at http://www.VinceDelMonteFitness.com

He specializes in teaching skinny guys how to build muscle and gain weight quickly without drugs, supplements and training less than before.

© 2006-2008, Vince DelMonte Fitness. All rights in all media reserved. You may reprint this article so long as the article and author bio are reprinted intake and all links are made live. This article may never be sold individually or as part of a package.

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