How High Fructose Corn Syrup affects Weight Loss

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If you live in the United States high-fructose corn syrup can be found everywhere, but do you really know what it is and why it’s so bad for you? High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is a human-engineered sweetener derived from corn. It is a cheap sweetener and can be found in processed foods like cookies, crackers, condiments, sliced breads and beverages. If it is a processed food, it could very well have have HFCS within it, so check the label. Why is this bad? Well if anything goes in to your body that is not natural, or was natural and then has been tampred with an in lab, then your body won’t know how to digest it and and it will most likely be treated as a toxin. HFCS triggers body-wide inflammation on a more serious scale than traditional white sugar, which can then lead to bodily disease of many sorts. HFCS and cane sugar ARE […]

8 Low-Calorie Condiments to Make Fasting Meals More Fun

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There exists an entire world of condiments and spices beyond salt and pepper. What’s more, many of them have no or negligible calories and a whole lot of health benefits. Check out 10 fun choices below. Dijon mustard Mustard seeds are hugely anti-inflammatory and can really spice up a boring meal. Plus, a teaspoon only has about 3 calories. Rub and marinate meat with it, use it on sandwiches, or add some to homemade vinaigrette. It will make your meal far more exciting without going over your calorie allowance if you’re a 5:2 Method faster. Stevia This sweet tasting leaf has absolutely no calories and is 200 times sweeter than sugar. It won’t spike your blood sugar at all. Buy the least refined form you can find (some brands are processed chemically) to add to baked goods or drinks like lemonade and tea or coffee (great for fasting days). Even though stevia has no calories, it […]

6 Weight Loss Myths We Should all Ignore

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The internet is inundated with weight loss ‘quick fixes’ which promise to get you to your dream body if you just follow a set of golden rules. Unfortunately, losing weight is not achieved by following some simple, universal rules. There’s a lot more to it than that. Here are 6 of the most common ones that we would all do well to ignore.   1) Calories in equals calories out. The more calories you consume, and the less you burn off, the more weight gained right? Not so fast. There are so many reasons that your body will decide to store fat or to not store it. It’s not because of the calories in the food it’s due to the decision your body makes in order to keep you healthy and to do what it thinks it needs to do to survive. What are these decisions based on? Many things, your emotional state, stress levels, […]

How To Get Through Your Fasts More Easily – 3 Easy Tricks

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Sometimes it can be difficult to finish a fast. What are you supposed to do during mealtimes while everyone else is eating? Try these activities instead of thinking about food or caving on your fast, purely out of boredom.       Meditative Movement  Going for a gentle walk or practicing 20 minutes of yoga can help to regulate your brain waves and get us in to a calm and meditative state. And guess what? When we are in this state we are less likely to think about food or feel hungry. Not only will the gentle exercise help your weight loss efforts, but walking and yoga have been shown to lower cortisol levels, meaning less overall stress. Since stress is a major impediment to weight loss, gentle exercise will help with your weight loss goals while keeping you focused and calm. Get bonus cortisol points too, if you immerse yourself in nature. Drink Tea Grabbing some herbal […]

How to Increase Flavour to Your Fasting Day Meals With Fewer Calories. 5 Easy Tricks.

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If you’re a 5:2 Method faster where you have to keep your meal to 500 calories here are 4 suggestions for lightening up your favorite meals without sacrificing flavor or nutrition. Fats are calorie dense, and the fats that are required to make food flavorful can add up when you’re trying to lose weight. Unfortunately, even slightly lowering the fat content of a meal can detract from its flavor. Never settle for boring 5:2 meal again! 1. Ditch The Cream Swap cream for low fat Greek yogurt or if you’re dairy free like me coconut yogurt is a much healthier and far more nutritious option. It is still creamy and tangy, but has a much lower fat content, more protein as well as high in magnesium and calcium essential for bones and muscle function. A serving of coconut yogurt will give you between 25 and 30 percent of the daily value for vitamin B-12, which is important for red blood […]