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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Dukan Diet Review 2016

Are you overweight but want to get back in shape with an easy diet that you can actually enjoy eating? The Dukan Diet may be your answer as this review uncovers, to tasty meals without the fat-producing sugars.

It depends on what’s made you overweight in the first place, but for many people it’s simply not realizing you’re eating too much processed food in which lurks hidden calories in the form of sugars that are doing you more harm than good. Sometimes it pays to take control over what you’re eating and stop being lazy and eating ready made stuff from the store.

the Dukan DietThe tough part for a lot of people is in knowing what to cook for themselves that will be tasty and interesting to eat while not being loaded with the things that put those extra inches of fat on your waist!

The US vs Europe Obesity Gap

While in the US, the average family diet tends to be heavy on the calories, large portions and all round fat making food, in Europe things are very different. Sure they have been invaded by all the usual fast food restaurants and tricked into eating addictive processed junk, but they don’t do it all the time and when they do, its regarded as something of a “treat” instead of a daily habit.

Even so, they get fat in Europe especially in the UK and some northern European countries. But a good many of the people living in southern Mediterranean countries avoid the obesity trap that junk food creates by eating a much healthier diet on a regular basis.

It’s better known as the Mediterranean diet, but that’s not what I’m looking specifically at here.

Dr Dukan and his Diet

dukan diet USIn France, a certain doctor Pierre Dukan had been working with overweight patients. He started by using a derivative of the older and one-time popular Atkins diet to help them lose weight through a high protein, low carbohydrate diet.

However, he realized that there was a lot of merit to Atkin’s formula as long as the dieter didn’t exclude other healthy foods that are also essential for good digestive and metabolic health. From that, he devised a program that had all the benefits of Atkin’s high protein/low carb strategy.

It came with the added benefit of including certain health-giving foods that enhanced its effectiveness without the problems associated with the exclusion of certain food groups. the Dukan Diet was born and took the population of France by storm.

Why Dukan is Good for Americans Too

dukan diet reviewsThe program is centered around a three phase approach that makes it very accessible to our way of life. It works very well as long as the dieter is prepared to take the bull by the horns and be responsible for their own health and their own body.

The meals are easy enough to prepare and cook with readily available ingredients in stores, so there’s no need to worry about trying to source unusual ingredients from anyplace. The program provides specific metrics so you don’t go over the top with portion size but still get a filling and tasty meal every time.

So what are these phases and why are they important?

Phase 1

You start at the beginning with the first phase of the program. It’s devised to force your body into fat-burning mode by restricting where it can get its sugars from to give you the energy you need.

Normally, you’d bet most of your energy from sugars consumed in food (carbohydrates). This is a food group that most overweight folks generally get a big excess of. Hence the body stores the extra as fat.

On this phase, carbs are excluded along with sugar-laden foods so the body is forced to get its energy by processing its fat stores back into a usable form: glucose. This only lasts for two weeks so there’s no real danger of you becoming undernourished while you get a high concentration of protein rich food to help build muscle density and increase the body’s ability to metabolize fat into energy.

Phase 2

This phase eases off the throttle some with regards to the exclusion of certain foods. It re-introduces some carbohydrates into your meals but little by little so your body gets the nutrients it needs while still burning mostly fat for energy.

While this is going on, your meals are interesting and more varied but they’re still keeping the fat burning mechanism in full swing so you systematically burn your way through the bloated fat store and start to see visible results in a slimmer waist and experience a good feeling of having more energy with less tiredness.

The second phase lasts around a month depending on your progress. Each individual will be a little different here, so don’t get hung up on specifics.

Phases 3 and 4

As the second phase becomes part of your lifestyle and your body is burning a lot of fat now, the third phase gets underway. Here is where the food restrictions are lifted for the most part and your meals are more balanced but still healthy.

The emphasis is to continue eating healthily and not allow any of the old processed junk back into your life by crowding it out with healthy, home cooked meals that are so good you’ll simply never want to ever go back to eating that garbage ever again!

This phase seems to seamlessly drift into the fourth phase where you continue eating in this way for the long term and maintain not only your new weight and body shape, but make sure you keep it and never revert to getting out of shape again through poor food choices.

Does the Dukan Diet Work

The $64,000 question is: “Does it work?” for which the resounding answer is “YES!”

Of course, there are some provisos here. It works as long as you work with it. You get to choose what you eat and if you choose to eat what the diet tells you to eat, then you’ll do well with it. But if you choose to cheat, grab the odd “snack” that falls outside the scope of the program, you risk derailing your own chances of success.

So I guess it’s one of those questions that you should not really be asking of the program, but of yourself. Will you work with this program and make it work for you? if you will, then it will give you everything you need to succeed not just in the short term, but also in the long term.

It’s a healthy eating plan for fast and permanent weight loss. The Dukan Diet will get you to your True Weight:

 

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You can get that slim, fit looking body back again when you take responsibility for yourself and start eating sensibly. What Dukan can give you is the tools to work (or in this case, cook) with but as the old saying goes, it’s up to you to work with those tools to make it happen!

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Bistro MD Reviews 2016

If you happened to ever be in any doubt as to how to lose weight in the easiest manner while still enjoying great, high quality meals, then this will set you straight. There are several companies that provide home delivered diet plans, but most of them provide food that is often lacking in the quality department.

Bistro MD Keep Your ResolutionNot so Bistro MD, which is one of the newer diet meal delivery companies to come into the industry, but they have done so with an edge over their competitors in the quality of the food they provide to their customers.

There is a lot of information that can be acquired about the many different aspects of this amazing diet food delivery program. But for the purposes of this article, here is how this particular diet plan can help you to lose weight in as easy and enjoyable manner as is possible.

Its biggest asset is of course in the high quality of the food.

Diet Food Quality

Now many people quit their diets early and fail to lose weight mainly because they got fed up with the food they were eating for one reason or another. This could be because:

  1. The quality was just simply below par
  2. There was little variety in the menu so the food became boring

With Bistro MD, these things simply do not happen. This is because the quality of the food is top notch. All the meals are prepared to order by their own in-house gourmet chefs to their own special nutritional and healthy recipes.

They are then cooked and then frozen to lock in the freshness and taste and shipped immediately to the customer in batches of five or seven days worth the food that covers the three main meals of the day.

Benefits of Bistro MD

It is a fairly well known fact that losing weight can be made a whole load easier than many people think simply by using the right kind of program that suits the individual best. The problem faced by a large number of dieters is in finding that perfect diet that will be the one that really makes it easy for them to lose the weight.

You can make things easier by taking some of the guess work out of that process. Deciding on a diet based on certain criteria can really separate the wheat from the chaff and leave you with a short list of favorable options.

For instance, you may be a busy person with no time for all the complexities of a regular conventional diet, so your best choice might be one of the excellent diet meal delivery programs that are available with all your meals delivered to your home, ready to heat up and eat.

Reading online reviews of your preferred diet options can really help to narrow down the search even more. There are some really good reviews of Bistro MD online that highlight the many great points of this convenient and easy way of dieting.

So what are the main benefits of this particular diet delivery program?

Benefits

The best part of this particular program is that all the meals are prepared to order and then delivered to your home as fresh frozen meals in the peak of freshness. There are no processed meals in this menu, unlike what you’ll find in some of the rival diet food delivery companies.

With this program, you get top quality meals every time and that it an important deciding factor when you come to weigh up all the alternatives.

The plans are set out in one week delivery batches, so you never have to clear out your garage to store all the food. These packages take up little room in your domestic freezer and because there are only a maximum of seven day’s worth of three meals a day, you are never inundated with food packets!

With a really wide choice of meals in their menu collection, you will never get bored with eating their food! To add to the many nutritional and weight loss benefits of this program, the meals are perfectly balanced with the right number of calories and nutritional aspects to really make losing weight easier than you ever thought was possible.

Menu Variety

The variety of the meals is huge, meaning you won’t eat the same main meal twice in a week or even in several if you don’t want to. This eliminates the possibility of becoming bored with the food or becoming complacent with the diet through lack of interest.

When a dieter is excited by the prospect of eating an interesting, delicious meal every time, they are far more apt to stick with the diet right through to the end and attain great success in losing weight.

By eliminating the three two reasons for diet failure, this company has created a system that will help many a failed dieter to become a successful dieter in a way that convenient and easy to follow.

The Cost of this Program

The sticking point for many would-be dieters is the cost of diet meal delivery programs when compared to what they normally spend on food. While there are some people that are used to living frugally and not spending a fortune on takeaway and junk food, there are many that do.

If this kind of program seems expensive, then you probably fall into the former category and quite possibly there is little that will convince you that this is the right weight loss solution for you.

However, if you are used to spending money on junk food, processed ready meals from the store and takeaway meals, then you will probably be pleasantly surprised at just how inexpensive this program is in comparison to what you spend on a day to day basis.

You can simply find out more for yourself by clicking the advertising image below:

Bistro MD reviews

Many people will find that the cost of this diet is no more than they would typically spend on a breakfast eaten in a restaurant or diner. In that case, this could certainly be a perfect dieting solution for you!

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