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Alkalize Your Diet and Lose More Weight Easier

Over the years, experience has taught me that there is a whole load more to losing weight than simply limiting the number of calories you intake. Alkalizing your diet can have a very positive effect on how your body deals with fats in food and also how it works to remove excess stored fat from your body.

So in this article I’ll look at why an alkaline diet is not only better for your health but also makes losing that excess weight that much easier. Sure, I know you could take the easy way by just paying for a meal replacement diet like I explain in my Nutrisystem review article, but this is about taking control over what you eat at a deeper level.

It’s more than just being about calories. It’s about eating to be healthy and weigh the right amount. After all, we all want to shed those excess pounds easier so why not do it simply by eating?

Why Alkalize?

alkaline diet weight lossYou’re probably wondering why you should even bother trying to figure out what the point is of switching to a more alkaline diet structure. Well, there are a number of pretty compelling reasons why you should do so:

  • A reduced acidity level in the body helps reduce potentially health impacting inflammation. This in turn helps lower the risk of hypertension and stroke, while improving cardiovascular health. It also reduces the instance of chronic pain caused by inflammation.
  • Alkaline foods fall mainly into the fresh fruit and vegetable categories. These are the healthiest foods you can eat, containing vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy body.
  • The body metabolizes alkaline foods more efficiently producing more energy and storing less fat. It boosts mineral absorption and helps reduce magnesium deficiency, which is a common cause of heart complications, headaches, muscle pains, sleep problems and anxiety. It helps the body produce more vitamin D which is essential for good weight management.
  • An alkaline body is inhospitable to cancerous cells. Research published in the British Journal of Radiology (see: PubMed) showed that apoptosis (cancerous cell death) had a greater likelihood of occurring in an alkaline body.
  • It helps protect bone density by promoting the balancing of bone building minerals. This includes vitamin D and the body’s ability to absorb more calcium from food.
  • Eating more alkaline-forming foods in your diet can help protect the body from obesity. It does that by decreasing inflammation and leptin levels, which affect how your body burns fat and experiences hunger. Alkaline-forming foods are therefore anti-inflammatory in nature. By consuming an alkaline diet, your body is given a good chance to achieve normalized leptin levels, while you feel satisfied from eating foods that add up to the number of calories you actually need.

What Foods Are Alkalizing?

kale healthy alkalizing As I mentioned above, if you concentrate on eating more fresh fruits and vegetables in your daily diet, you will gradually reduce the overall level of acidity in your body. The best way to get your fruit and vegetables is to buy organic produce. Why?

Organically grown produce is grown in more nutrient-dense soil, allowing the plants to absorb more of the minerals that you need while increasing their alkalizing ability. Hate to say it, but the cheap produce on sale in the supermarket comes from intensively farmed crops grown in soil stripped of its nutrients by consecutive years of over-farming and they’re laced with a cocktail of lethal pesticides, herbicides and fungicides not all of which are ever completely removed by washing.

I don’t mean to scare you, but those cheap carrots you bought in the supermarket are probably about as healthy as eating cardboard soaked weedkiller!

OK, that may have been a little dramatic, but sometimes I need to be in order to get the point across. Which is, try and source your produce from organic sellers only. Sure you’ll pay more for them, but when it’s your health (and your family’s health) we’re talking about, what is it worth to you?

It’s also worth including a number of raw food choices in your meals as raw veggies and fruits contain higher levels of alkalizing properties as well as greater amounts of healthy enzymes that are destroyed by cooking.

So, we know that organic fruit and vegetables are the best source of alkalizing foods. But what should we avoid eating?

What Foods to Avoid?

acidifying red meatJust take a walk around any supermarket food section and your senses are assaulted by a barrage of so many different packages of food that it can be overwhelming if you try to take it all in at once. There are rows upon rows of shelves stacked to bursting point with just about everything you could ever imagine cramming into your mouth to eat.

But most of it is anything but healthy and a lot of it is downright unhealthy!

Most people just don’t have the time to spend reading the ingredients list on every packet or can of food to see what’s in it and whether they should buy it or not. Well, save yourself the headache!

Don’t even visit those aisles with shelves stacked with packets or cans of stuff!

Chances are they’re going to contain additives or have constituents that are unhealthy and almost certainly acidifying if you eat them. If you want to manage your weight and your health at the same time, forget buying any more packaged, ready-to-eat or junk foods.

With packet foods crossed off the shopping list, what’s next to avoid?

Meat, or more especially red meat. “Oh no! You cannot be serious?”

Sorry about that, but I’m afraid I am! Red meat (beef, pork, lamb for example) are all acidifying and what’s more they all contain unhealthy levels of growth hormones and antibiotics force-fed to the animals during their short, miserable lives. It stinks, but it’s unfortunately true.

If you need to keep meat in your diet, opt for white meat such as chicken and get it from an organic farm and not the supermarket. In fact, if you’re going to ignore this advice and keep eating red meat I would advise you to source it from organic farms locally where possible. That way you reduce the levels of unwanted additives in the meat to acceptable levels and you can sleep at night knowing the animals might have at least been able to graze in open fields on real grass before they were slaughtered.

I don’t want this to turn into an anti-meat rant because I still eat a little of it myself. Just not as much as I once did. But I have seen how the factory grown meat is produced and you can get those nice images of happy cows grazing in sunny pastures out of your heads right away.

They do not!

The meat you buy in supermarkets comes from factory farms where the animals are kept for their entire short lives in huge buildings that look not unlike long, narrow aircraft hangers. They have little or no room to move around and are fed unnatural “feed” containing growth hormones to force them to grow unnaturally fast to get them to the slaughterhouse in the shortest time possible. In these nightmarish homes, they are injected with antibiotics to stop them getting sick in the unsanitary conditions.

They grow, they die and end up on your plate as acid forming food. That food comes with a payload of all kinds of health issues and illnesses down the road for you if you keep eating high levels of meat that comes from such a source.

OK, back to the point of this article. If you want to alkalize and not acidify, then you’re going to need to make some sacrifices in the food you eat. The biggest sacrifice will be to cut down dramatically on your meat intake. Or even stop eating it completely. It won’t hurt you but will certainly help you!

Next is to cut out all soda and other sweetened drinks! “Oh no, not that too!”

Yup, that too! All carbonated drinks are acidic and acid forming in the body. Exactly what you do not want, so ditch them altogether and forever!

Lemons

alkalizing healthy lemonsIf you need a refreshing cold drink that is actually healthy, you can make it yourself real easily. Just take a bottle of water, add the juice of a lemon to it and give it a shake, then put it in the fridge.

Easy peasy! Refreshing lemon drink that tastes pretty nice and the major benefit is that lemon juice is one of the best alkalizing juices you can drink!

I am not joking!

Lemons, while being acidic in their natural state become alkaline during the digestive process. I would recommend you consume one or more lemons every day in one way or another and don’t be surprised at how your health improves, your weight normalizes and your energy levels increase!

Conclusion

If you decide you want to take back control over your health and start eating to boost your body’s healthfulness, then I do recommend you look to eating more alkalizing foods and avoiding the unhealthy, acidifying ones as well as the drinks that really no one should ever be consuming. Ever.

You can limit what you eat to things that are still extremely enjoyable and tasty while letting go of the old stuff that was slowing killing you and feel great about yourself once more. Life is for living and when you can do it in good health, you have everything you need!

Nutrisystem Reviews 2017

People could read this hard hitting, truthful Nutrisystem review and learn why this home delivery diet program can be their best shot at losing weight easily. There are many good reasons to find out all you can about it before you get started.

In this 2017 Nutrisystem reviews article I guide you honestly through the things you need to know about the program with facts. That’s so you can make your own mind up as to whether you want to sign up with Nutrisystem or not.

So let’s do some research on both its good and bad points to offer a fair view on how Nutrisystem really performs. That way we can see whether it really can help you to lose weight or not.

What’s New with Nutrisystem for 2017?

The latest promotion LEAN 13 is available NOW!

The latest promotion has Marie Osmond staying in the driving seat as the female celebrity face of Nutrisystem. The promo emphasis has shifted from last year to their latest upgraded program called “LEAN 13”.

When you sign up for and follow LEAN 13 by doing what the program tells you to do, the awesome claim is that you will lose up to 13 pounds and 7 inches from your waist in your first month!

Plus you get 40% Off price of every order. Now I don’t know about you, but from where I’m sitting, that sounds like a pretty attractive offer!

2017 is going to be a great year for dieters looking to shed those unwanted extra pounds! Nutrisystem is in the forefront of the diet industry and they have come out for the New Year with guns blazing.

You have to remember, this is a company that has been a leader in the weight loss diet meal business for over 40 years. So I guess you can sort of trust they know a thing or two about dieting!

(Note: See our up to the minute promotional banner above left–click it and be eligible for the brand new promo: “Lean 13™ and get 40% OFF, free bars and shakes and free delivery automatically as you visit their official website).

Discount Code Offer

Lose up to 13 lbs
in your first month
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The massive 40% Off promotions is back! You can diet and lose weight for less money with this meal replacement diet program than almost any other on the market right now. When you click the banner above now, you can be losing weight and eating great food in just a few days for less than $10 per day when you choose the auto-delivery option!

This offer gives you a big discount that is widely advertised this time around. By combining this offer with auto-delivery, it can mean reducing the cost of all the top programs to a very affordable and surprisingly low price!

However, please be aware that with auto-delivery you must receive and pay for at least 2 months deliveries should you choose to cancel in order to avoid extra charges.

The simple message from Nutrisystem for 2017 is:

“Lose up to 13 lbs + 7 inches overall in your first month with “Lean 13”

Lose weight while enjoying delicious meals made with just the right amount of carbs, fiber and protein in every bite

What Do You Want to Achieve?

Let’s start out with a question for you. What you do want to achieve by starting a Nutrisystem diet plan?

I don’t have to tell you how much weight you could lose by choosing Nutrisystem as your diet program, since it’s reputation precedes it with thousands and thousands of successful customers who can back up their promise to you.

But have you ever been really excited to start a diet? Like the time you saw an advertisement and said to yourself, “That sounds amazing” and you had to try it… and you did! As you read through this review and get more and more excited, your heart beats faster and you can see yourself succeeding with Nutrisystem. Will you say to yourself, “I have to do this for myself. This is just what I need!”

Then take a moment to find out more about how this can work for you if you decide that its right for you.

Nutrisystem Meals

Nutrisystem’s diet system revolves around providing you with low calorie, high nutrition pre-prepared meals to eat instead your regular meals. Their set meals are nutritionally balanced and contain all the nutrients your body needs for maintaining good health, while being low in calories to help you to lose weight.

In addition to the core plans for men and for women, there are several special plans tailored to different needs or groups. Such as the popular:

  • Nutrisystem D for diabetics (women)
  • Nutrisystem D for diabetics (men)
  • Silver plan for seniors (women)
  • Silver plan for seniors (men)
  • Vegetarian plan (women)
  • Vegetarian plan (men)

Or specialist plans like Select that provides high quality fresh frozen meals. The above plans are specially tailored for each group as we all have different nutritional requirements. There are further customization opportunities possible such as those with certain food intolerance such as gluten or lactose, for example.

With over 150 different meals to choose from (including 30 new and improved dishes), the menu is extremely varied. It provides a huge scope for you to further customize your menu to suit your individual tastes. You can easily choose which meals you prefer upon ordering.

When you take delivery of your month’s package of meals and sit down to your first, you may notice the meals are smaller than what you’re probably used to. But the idea here is to lose weight and you are not going to do that if you keep eating large meals!

Adding Extra Vegetables

You can add your own improvements to the main meals to make them even more satisfying. Simply add some fresh green vegetables and other grocery items recommended by Nutrisystem to accompany the meals. This will help to prevent you feeling hungry after eating a meal.

Most veggies are low calorie and fill you up while being healthy! But remember, adding some grocery items is only a recommendation–it’s not obligatory. The diet plans work perfectly on their own.

Gas!

The healthy food also contains some additional fiber for improved colon health. This might result in producing some flatulence (gas) in some folks.

It happens particularly in those dieters who are used to a bad diet of processed and junk food. Their bodies need to get used to digesting healthy food and this can sometimes create gas. Some complain about it, but hey, is it really any big deal?

All Diets Come with Pros and Cons

There are plenty of advantages long with some disadvantages with most diets. Many reviews tend only to highlight the advantages, don’t forget. This one tells it like it is, warts and all!

The big advantage with Nutrisystem is its designed for people who don’t have the time or inclination to spend too much time in the kitchen!

The meals are simple to get ready. You just get them out of their packaging (or the freezer in the case of fresh frozen meals) and pop them into the microwave. It’s convenient, pretty effortless and the food is tasty too!

What Does a Nutrisystem Diet Plan Cost?

The big downside to any diet system like this is the cash side of things. The cost might seem a little high when you have to pay for four weeks of meals all in one payment, but don’t let that put you off.

It can work out at less than $10 a day depending on the plan you choose. Of course you can spread that cost by paying with a credit card, but here’s the thing:

Remember that the cost of this diet includes a whole 28 days of 3 full meals plus snacks and protein shakes per day here. That’s for ALL the food you will need to eat for those weeks.

To get the right perspective, first take the total price you pay for the diet. And then deduct what you’d normally spend on all the food you’d eat for 28 days.

Then what’s left is the true cost of this diet program.

Many people are pleasantly surprised to find that the balance isn’t as great as they thought it would be. Most customers work it out to discover that the program actually costs less than what they normally spend on the food that made them gain weight!

Nutrisystem Auto-Delivery

When you purchase the first month of meal via the official website, there is usually the offer of a money-off deal or free shipping which sounds great. This automatically signs you up for “Auto-Delivery” which means you’ll get subsequent packages of food shipped to your home without you needing to do anything.

There is a catch: When you accept a first6 month discount or free shipping, you automatically agree to accept at least two month’s supplies of meals, or two deliveries before you can cancel. If you try to cancel before the second shipment is sent to you, the company will still charge your credit card for the second month. For most customers, this is no problem because they generally stay on the diet for two months or longer to get the full benefit of the weight loss they want.

Unfortunately, there are some people that buy the first month and enjoy the nice discount plus free shipping and then try to cancel without paying for the second month. This gets them into all kinds of trouble because they didn’t read the terms printed on the official website’s homepage near the bottom of the page that outlines the rules for accepting the discount.

There’s no use in complaining after the event, because everyone is responsible for making sure they know what they’re signing up for before they sign up!

One last thing: If you do wish to cancel it MUST be done by phone (the number is clearly printed on the official website). You can’t cancel via the website. Just a heads up!

Looking to Sign Up for Nutrisystem?

Are you looking to sign up with Nutrisystem and are interested in finding out more about how you can get started right now? Remember, this is a super convenient, time saving diet plan that works! You can click your mouse on the image below to visit the official Nutrisystem website and really go for it.

Why wait? Get started right now!

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PS: the latest offer is pretty special to get you losing weight for real. So if your aim is to look and feel great, then go ahead and take advantage of it right now!

Note: Every attempt has been made to ensure this review is unbiased while remaining factual and accurate. The author is a paid affiliate of Nutrisystem, as you will notice a promotional banner advertising their product and latest discount offer above!

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So anyway, how does our review look? Does it make you want to think for yourself about this? We hope so, because when you come to a decision that you decide and not some salesman, then you have the satisfaction of knowing that you made it, not someone made it for you.

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Medifast Review 2017

For someone who wants to lose weight without all the hassle of a regular diet, my Medifast diet review here may hold the key to your greatest success! This can be easily achieved with this particular home delivery diet program as you will see as you read on.

Before I get into what the program is all about and how it works as well as other useful information like what it costs and how you can succeed with it, I want to first get you to think about something:

Why do you want to lose weight?

That might sound a little bizarre at first, especially if you’re overweight and have decided to do something positive about it. But not everybody who chooses to do this is technically overweight.

So be very sure as to your motives here. What you want to do and what you need to do may be very different and choosing to sign up for Medifast to diet your way to a slimmer figure might not actually be the most effective or even desirable course of action.

Are You Serious About Losing Weight?

If you can safely say that your main reasons for deciding on this course of action are because you both want and need to shed weight and you are limited in available time to work on a dieting program but are determined to work to make it work, then sure, go ahead and do this.

If you’re just looking for a magic bullet to make your excess fat disappear but are not prepared to put in the work, make some sacrifices and give it your best shot, then do NOT sign up for this program!

Do you want a slimmer body that you can feel nice and comfortable wearing great clothes that were designed for looking amazing in? You might find this dieting solution is one of the easiest yet most effective ways to get what you want!

OK, I go that off my chest. If you’re still with me, then let’s get into what this program is and how it can help you to help yourself in working toward a better, slimmer and healthier body.

Medifast in 2017

medifast reviewsThose who work busy schedules and have little free time but need to get in shape tend to avoid conventional diet programs simply because they don’t have the time to devote to making them work.

A viable alternative to the conventional kind of dieting plan that is better suited to people with little free time is the home delivery kind of ready meal plan.

This type can take all the work out of dieting and allows the dieter to simply eat the food that is sent to them without having to do any preparation or calculating and still lose those unwanted excess pounds easily and definitely.

One such diet company that provides a very popular and successful variation on exactly this style of dieting is the one I have on review right now. Let’s take a look at it…

Main Benefits of a Medifast Diet

There are several real plus points to this program that might seem fairly obvious but will turn out to be a big part of the reason you’d choose to sign up with them. Let’s summarize them here:

  • Convenient and easy to use
  • Saves time
  • Recommended by over 20,000 doctors
  • Amazing variety of meals
  • Very cost effective

Before I go into the program in more detail, let’s first take a look at just exactly what it is.

What is Medifast?

Medifast is a diet company that has been operating since around 1980 and has been providing customers with ready to eat meals that are both low in calories and high in nutrition to provide busy people with a means to get slimmer without taking up any of their time. Reading reviews such as this is a good way to learn more about the company, since I’ve gone some way to explaining what it entails right here.

All the meals you will need to eat are delivered to your home in a single package and you get up to six small meals per day to eat. There are several different plans that can be customized to suit your personal preferences but one of the most popular is the 5&1 plan which provides five of the meals you will eat each day while you prepare and cook the sixth yourself according to the recommendations provided in the literature that accompanies the package.

How Does Medifast Work?

The program works by providing the dieter with many smaller meals throughout the day with causes the body to burn more energy than eating fewer larger meals. Coupled with the low calorie count of these meals, dieters can lose weight quite quickly while not feeling hungry throughout the day thanks to the “eat little and often” strategy. As dieting plans go, this is an effective strategy for most people.

The dieter can stay on the program for as long as it takes to lose as many pounds that they want to lose and then afterwards continue with a maintenance program that helps them to keep to their final weight in the long term and avoid regaining any of what was lost. It’s a very good diet system for people who really need a way to eat healthily that is both convenient and transportable, so they can take meals to work with them and avoid the temptation to eat junk food lunches.

What Does Medifast Cost?

The cost of the program is easily offset by the fact that you don’t have to go out and buy any food during the time you are on the program. The price you pay for the diet plan covers all your food, so whatever you normally spend on food over the period of the diet can be deducted from the cost.

The actual cost is around $11 a day, but when you deduct your normal food budget from that amount, most people find they actually save money by being on a Medifast diet and get to lose weight while they are doing it!

How Much Does it Cost to be on Medifast?

The newest (as currently advertised), easiest, most convenient diet weight loss plan offered by the company called “Achieve” is being promoted at as low as:

  • $149 for a two-week trial plan

That’s well worth the small investment if you have never tried this kind of dieting before and wanted to test it out for yourself to see if you like it without spending a whole month’s money.

Full diet plans cost from:

  • $299 per month for the 30 Day Select Kit
  • $300 per month for the 30 Day Complete Kit

This price is an introductory price for the first month. After that, the cost rises to the regular price of $443.60 and $549.30 respectively for the above two plans.

How to Sign Up for Medifast and save over $100?

Signing up is very simple when you visit their website at www. medifast1.com (click the big, bold link below) and you can choose your preferred plan from their selection of tailored diet plans. You can also choose the kind of support you prefer and that fits in with your lifestyle.

Right now you can take advantage of a big saving offer by clicking the link below:

 

Try Medifast Achieve for $10.64/day w/ renewal plan

 

Hurry before the offer is withdrawn as time is limited!

You’ll be so glad you got on this incredible super-convenient dieting program right now. It’s all geared up to fitting in with your way of life and allowing you to be free to enjoy your spare time no matter how much or how little of it you have.

 

Please note the author is an affiliate of Medifast who may receive commission on sales from advertising on this page. The price you pay and your statutory rights are not affected.