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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Sugar vs HFCS: The Worst Cause of Obesity

Anybody who wants to lose weight knows they need to cut back on their sugar intake because it’s just empty calories. But what about High Fructose Corn Syrup (Starch) HFCS, sugar’s evil twin?

high fructose corn syrup dangersIn this post, I’m going to say what I think about the uncanny correlation of the rise in obesity to the rise in food and drinks products that have HFCS as their main sweetening ingredient instead of old fashioned sugar (sucrose) over the last few decades. Now I know I won’t get a lot of “experts” want to agree with me because doctors and medical experts are running scared of the immense power of the big bad food industry.

Politicians won’t likely agree with me either, probably because their very existence on the political stage has some relation to the lobbying power of the food industry. And of course the food industry itself will almost definitely pooh pooh the very idea that HFCS has anything to do with making people get fat, fatter, obese.

How to Lose Weight Now

So now we’ve got the controversy said and out in the open, here’s what I think – or more precisely, what I know.

If you really want to lose weight and get back to the shape and size that your body is supposed to be according to your skeletal structure and genetic makeup, you really need to do three things.

  1. Stop eating and drinking products that contain HFCS
  2. Start exercising every day
  3. Start drinking enough plain water to keep your body correctly hydrated

Oh and one other thing. Eat only fresh, wholesome foods that you prepare and cook yourself (or get your mom to do it for you). I mean lots of fresh vegetables, lean meat and fish if you’re not vegetarian or vegan and include a sensible portion of healthy nuts, seeds and legumes with some healthy oils (extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil).

As long as you aim for moderation in the portion sizes of the meals you eat and simply do not drink any drinks that are flavored and sweetened (whether they have sugar or sugar substitutes) and you do some light exercise every day, you will amaze yourself and your friends as the pounds start to drop off as if by magic.

Easy It Is NOT!

Now I’m not saying this is some kind of easy solution that no one ever thought of before. It most certainly is NOT easy to lose weight you put on over a long period of time.

But it is possible to lose it anyway as long as you make the conscious decision to stop pumping your poor body full of man made additives and poisons and that includes HFCS, sugar and its substitutes and artificial sweeteners. Here’s why.

Chances are, the majority of the excess weight you’re carrying around with you is made up of visceral fat. That’s the kind of abdominal fat (or belly fat) that plenty of medical experts will tell you is potentially dangerous to your health and very difficult to shift once it’s there.

Visceral fat acts like it has a mind of its own.

Bad Fat!

This kind of bad fat is produced when the body can’t use up excess sugars through exercise (muscle work) or – and here’s the kicker – it doesn’t know what else to do with what just passed through your stomach. Yep, you read that right.

I’ll try and explain this in as down to earth terms as I can, so excuse me if it doesn’t sound quite as scientific as it probably should.

When the liver, which as part of its many functions processes sugars and turns them into glucose to fuel the muscles, encounters a sugary substance it doesn’t know what to do with, it turns it all into visceral fat cells. Since the body doesn’t know what to do with foods that are laced with certain powerful pesticides or is genetically modified, as is the case with corn and by association, anything with HFCS as its sweetener, the liver can’t metabolize them into glucose.

So instead it just turns them directly into visceral (adipose) fat cells. These cells are what the body deposits in the abdomen, around major organs and the small intestines.

Very Bad Fat!

Visceral fat cells when they get together in large quantities, as happens when a person becomes obese, start causing havoc in the body. They really do seem to have developed a kind of sentience because once they’re there, they start exuding hormones to stop the body getting rid of them!

There are a number of hormones and chemicals these cells produce in an apparent effort to ensure their own survival as virtual parasites in the human abdomen. The list of problems they can cause is longer and nastier than many people realize.

Visceral fat is now known to be in part or wholly responsible for the creation of cancerous cells forming in various parts of the body. They are linked with type 2 diabetes and a number of weight related diseases. They even trick the body into craving high sugar foods in order to feed them and make more of themselves!

Did you ever wonder why as you gain weight you seem to want to eat more and then gain even more weight?

Now you know the answer!

Think LEAN!

Following on from what you just learned, the natural and obvious answer is to reduce the volume of visceral fat in your abdomen. You can’t do that quickly but you can do it slowly and methodically.

As I already said above, you need to cut out all foods and drinks with HFCS as well as other sugars and artificial sugar substitutes from your diet. You need to get tough with yourself here. Put your foot down and mean it when you say you want to lose weight!

Stop making empty promises to yourself. Really mean what you mean and do what you say you’re going to do!

It’s the only way to fight back against those insidious little fat cells growing away happily inside your insides and stop them in their tracks. Hit back by starving their evil little plans to ultimately kill you by not giving them the nourishment they want.

Sure you can try the easy way by going on nice, convenient diet programs like Nutrisystem or Medifast for example. But while they can help to a certain extent, the best way to win is to get tough and eat the right foods in the first place. All the time.

I don’t apologize for sounding a little hardass in this article. I’m quite serious about this. I can see what is happening in food and the way people are eating under the misinformation and trickery of food labels that make you believe something is healthier than it really is.

It’s time you saw it too and took action to get your health back!

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Supermodel Body Workout Methodology X Review

What would you do to work toward a supermodel body shape that you seriously desire? Celebrity trainer Dan Roberts created his Methodology X fitness workout program just for you to make it easy and rewarding as well as fun and effective in a program you can do at home!

At last there is a home fitness workout course that you can do at your own pace under the professional instruction of one of the celebrity world’s most popular and sought after personal trainer! That course is here, it available right now and you can buy it right now online: keep reading!

Where Are You Going Wrong?

methodology x reviewMany of us want to achieve a great looking physique that we’d be proud of in a swimsuit at the beach or the pool. But achieving the desired shape, size and weight is often difficult. In many cases, our best efforts are doomed to failure before we even start!

Why is this?

The problem for many people is that they’re often going the wrong way about it without even knowing what they’re doing wrong. It can be any number of things, but the good news is that if you’ve been trying hard but just not getting the results you want, it could be that all you need is the right kind of instruction and coaching.

That would be amazing, but we all know that hiring a top personal trainer costs way more than most people can afford! So what’s the good news part about that you may ask?

Well, thanks to the power of technology and the amazing ability of the Internet to reach people almo0st everywhere now, you can turn on your TV, put in a DVD or a memory stick and get expert instruction from a top professional trainer right there in front of you in your own home. And for pennies on the dollar compared with hiring a personal trainer to come to your home.

Who is Dan Roberts?

Maybe you haven’t heard about Dan Roberts or maybe you have. If not, I can tell you he is one great guy and is in incredible demand from celebrities and top supermodels to whip them into shape for their next engagement. And he delivers!

Dan has an almost magical ability to work with even the most petulant, diva-ish models and get them working out like athletes in no time at all. With the results speaking for themselves when thy get in front of a camera.

Dan Roberts has the knack of getting top models in great shape fast and professionally… because that’s his job!

And he can do that for you too!

Benefits of Methodology X Reviewed

The main problem all top personal trainers face is they can’t be in more than one place at one time, so their personal time is extremely valuable. It is typically snapped up by the highest bidder and the rest can only look at the amazing physical results he produces and drool in jealous frustration!

By creating his Methodology X home fitness program, Dan has gotten around this problem by making it possible for him to show up on the TV and computer screens of everyone who needs him. And he can do that for a fraction of the price he would charge for a physical, one-on-one session!

So what are the benefits?

  • Learn exercise routines to get you “model fit” without the need for a gym
  • Achieve a slimmer, fitter and stronger body quickly
  • Take inches off your hips without any change to your diet
  • Increase lower back and core strength
  • Improve balance, co-ordination, endurance and body strength
  • Firm up abs, inner thighs, arms and bottom
  • Look and feel absolutely great

The great thing about this program is you can do it all from home at a time that suits your way of life and at a surprisingly affordable price you won’t believe!

How Does it Work?

Top international model Stephanie Carta teams up with top trainer Dan Roberts to provide the video training together along with showing you all the key exercises and fitness techniques that you can learn to do at home. It’s a truly amazing way to get the kind of body you totally want to have!

The full program schedule is only 21 days, but you can be flexible about that to suit your own personal schedule. Of course the best results will come to those that stick to the program schedule. So plan ahead and make sure you give yourself the best possible chance of success.

What Does it Cost?

The good news just keeps on coming. There are no monthly subscription payments with this program. You pay a one-time fee to buy the course material and it’s yours for ever!

How much is that?

Well, how about just $39.95 sound–to get the body of your dreams?

That’s right! But you have to grab this special offer right away before the price goes up. Click the link below to see just how much you can save right now by getting your copy while it’s still available at this crazy low price!

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