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!

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Nutrisystem Reviews 2017 Update

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.

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
with LEAN 13!

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 this amazing, easy and convenient dieting system.

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 meal replacement diet system has been designed to provide you with low calorie, high nutrition ready prepared meals to eat in place of your regular meals. Their meals are carefully nutritionally balanced to contain all the important nutrients that your body needs in order to maintain a good level of health. At the same time, they are low in calories to help you lose weight.

  • Basic Plan for women
  • Basic Plan for men
  • Core Plan for women
  • Core Plan for men
  • Uniquely Yours Plan for women
  • Uniquely Yours Plan for men

In addition to the above base plans for men and for women, there are special plans specially tailored to suit different needs or groups. Here are some of the more popular plans on offer:

  • Nutrisystem D for diabetics (women)
  • Nutrisystem D for diabetics (men)
  • Vegetarian Basic, Core and Uniquely Yours plans (women)
  • Vegetarian Basic, Core and Uniquely Yours plans (men)

Theo specialist Uniquely Yours plans provide you with a large collection of high quality fresh frozen meals to choose from. All the above plans are specially tailored to the needs of each group as we all have slightly different nutritional requirements.

With the Core and Uniquely Yours plans, it is possible to further customize the menus to suit your taste as well as the opportunity to include meals designed for those with certain food intolerances, such as gluten, wheat or lactose, for example.

With well over 150 different meals for you to choose from (including another 30 new and improved dishes), the full menu is extremely varied. As you can see, it provides you with many opportunities to further customize your personal menu to suit your individual tastes.

The beauty of this program is that you can easily choose whichever meals you prefer when ordering.

When you accept delivery of your 28-day package of meals and snacks then sit down to eat your first, you might notice the meals are somewhat smaller than what you have probably been used to. Well, the general idea here is for you to lose weight… and you’re not going to achieve that feat if you keep eating large meals!

Adding Extra Vegetables

Another great benefit of this program is that you are encouraged to add your own ingredients to improve the main meals and make them more satisfying. You can choose to add fresh green vegetables for example, or other grocery items that are recommended by Nutrisystem to the meals. The idea behind this is that it can help to prevent you from feeling hungry between meals.

Remember, most vegetables are naturally low in calorie yet can fill you up while also being very healthy!

Note: adding grocery items is only a recommendation of the company–it is NOT obligatory. The diet meals can be eaten on their own and still provide all the nourishment you need.

Gas!

The meals also contain some additional fiber. This is good for improving colon health. The downside to this is it might result in some folks experiencing some flatulence (gas).

It can happen particularly to those dieters that have been used to eating an unhealthy diet of mostly processed and junk food. In that case, the body needs to grow accustomed to digesting much healthier food, which can sometimes create the gas some people experience. Some folks complain about it, but when you stop and think about it, is it really such big deal?

Pros and Cons of Nutrisystem

There are many advantages along with some disadvantages that accompany most diets. That;s right: they all have their pros and cons.

I’m sure that you’re already aware that many of the other diet reviews online tend to make a big deal of only the advantages, while metaphorically sweeping the disadvantages under the rug!

However, you can be assured that this review tells it like it really is. Warts and all!

One of the biggest advantages with the Nutrisystem meal replacement diet program is that it has been designed for those people who want to get back in shape but don’t really have the time or inclination to be spending too much time in their kitchen!

The meals they provide are generally really simple to get ready: Take each one out of its packaging (or the freezer if it’s a Uniquely Yours plan with fresh frozen meals) and follow the instructions on the packet. That will be to either eat as it comes, or put them into the microwave to heat up for a hot meal.

The whole concept makes this program convenient, relatively effortless and importantly, the food is tasty too!

I’ll highlight and summarize those pros and cons:

Pros

  • Convenient: All the food is delivered to your home
  • Fast: Meals are ready to eat in just minutes
  • Easy: No meal preparation or cooking
  • Comprehensive: All meals are provided for breakfast, lunch and evening meal
  • Diverse: Huge selection of food choices for all tastes, wants and special dieter requirements
  • Got you Covered: 24/7 support staff are there to help you

Cons

  • get it fresh
  • Small Meals: Their size surprises people at first, but remember you’re goal is to lose weight so you must get used to eating less!
  • Flatulence: Some customers experience gas in the first few days because of the big change in diet
  • Adding extra food: You are encouraged to add fresh veggies and protein sources to the meals. This is a suggestion, it is not obligatory
  • Auto-delivery: You need to cancel your order by phone before the next shipment is dispatched and some customers forget that part and end up with more than they bargained for
  • Cost: You need to pay for a full four-week course of food at the outset (using a credit card helps spread this cost)

 

What Does Nutrisystem Cost Per Month or Per Day?

One downside of any dieting system like this is the cost. The price might appear a little high because you need to pay for a full four weeks of meals in a single payment. However, that cost can be offset by using a credit card and in addition, when you break it all down you’ll see it is obviously not as costly as it first appears.

At today’s prices, the Basic Plan for women can work out at under $10 per day, rising to around $13 per day for the men’s Uniquely Yours Plan. Remember the price of this diet includes a full 28 days of food, comprising three full meals plus snack bars and protein shakes for each day. You can do this program and know that’s the basic cost for ALL the food you’ll need to eat for those weeks.

Some will say that there is an extra cost when you buy the recommended grocery items, but as I stated above, this is only a recommendation and is not obligatory. In plain speech, that means you do not need to buy extra grocery items if you don’t want to.

To get it in the right perspective, all you need to do is look at the total price you’re paying for the diet. Then deduct from that what you’d normally spend on the total amount of food you would eat for 28 days.

What’s left over is the true, actual cost of this diet program!

It gets better. Quite frequently, dieters are pleasantly surprised that the balance is not as great as they initially believed it would be. Most customers even discover that the total cost for the program actually is less than what their normal food spend on items that quite likely caused them to gain weight in the first place!

Nutrisystem Auto-Delivery

When you purchase the first month of meals 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: By accepting a “first month discount” or “free shipping,” you automatically agree to the terms, which is 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 the majority of customers, this is not a problem because they generally intend to stay on the diet for two months or longer. That’s important to get the full benefit of the diet and achieve the level of weight loss they want.

Unfortunately, some people pay for the first month with a nice discount and free shipping, then decide to stop and try to cancel their order without paying for a second month. Now that you’re aware of the way the system works, you can see that doing this can bring all kinds of trouble.

That’s what can happen when a new customer fails to read the terms printed on the official website’s homepage. It’s located near the bottom of the page and it clearly outlines the company’s rules for accepting a discount and/or free shipping.

There’s no point in complaining after the event. That’s because everyone is responsible for ensuring that they are fully aware of what they’re about to sign up for, before they go ahead and sign up!

One last point: If you do wish to cancel, you MUST do it done by phone (the phone number is clearly printed on the home page of the official website). You cannot cancel via the website. That’s just a heads up!

Are You 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, what you have here 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!

Nutrisystem
 

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 Nutrisystem reviews article 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!

Genuine Customer Reviews:

Lastly, how does my review look? Does it get you wanting to think for yourself about your future health and how this can play a major part in improving it? I really hope so. When you come to a decision that you decide for yourself and not have some salesman decide for you, then the satisfaction of knowing that you made it is all yours!

If you want to post your own review or opinions about this diet to this article, please feel free to leave a comment with your story. If it’s good or not so good, I’ll publish it. You can complete the form right at the foot of this page to add your own story, comment or personal thoughts on this review article or also on any aspect of the Nutrisystem diet that you want to talk about.

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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.

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