Category Archives: Weight Loss

Red Tea Detox Review

The Red Tea Detox is a new rapid weight loss program that can help you lose 14 pounds of body in just 14 days. It involves drinking a special African blend of red tea to help you lose weight fast.

Red Tea Detox

Lose 14 pounds in 14 days with the red tea detox diet. Photo by hotskinnytea

The rea tea detox diet may be challenging but you can get the results you want if you really discipline yourself. This system is detox diet that uses a special red tea detox recipe to speed up fat loss. You will get the red tea detox recipe and learn to make it when you buy the program.

In addition to the red detox recipe, you will be given a guide on what to eat or avoid to make sure your weight loss is a success.

When you buy the red detox diet, you get an eBook with supplement information and the red detox ingredients that you can change up if you like. The red detox diet teaches you about detoxification, which is only eating fruits, vegetables and drinking liquids. You are basically cleansing your body of bad toxins.

In my opinion detox diets are okay if you are not starving yourself or depriving your body of the nutrients it needs.

To say the least, the red detox diet seems to be a pretty good program worth giving a try. If you want to lose weight fast and slow down your hunger cravings, then this may be the diet for you. Weight loss is challenging but with the right diet and exercise routine you will lose weight to achieve your goals. Buy the red tea detox here!

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice
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Fasting Diet 16:8 Linked to Weight Loss

Fasting diets have gained popularity over the past few years but little research has proven how healthy they really are while helping us lose weight. A new study has focused on how time-restricted diets actually benefit your health.

Fasting Diet 16 8

Lose weight with time-restricted diets, better known as fasting, study. Photo by Motley Health

During the study, researchers put 23 obese participants on the 16:8 diet, a type of intermittent fasting. This form of diet involves eating in an 8-hour window. For this study, the eating times were between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. For the 16 hours in between, they only consumed calorie-free drinks like water.

The scientist analyzed factors such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose levels, and fat mass for 12 weeks. Results were compared to separate weight loss trials between 2011 and 2015.

Participants who ate between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. consumed 350 less calories, ending in a three percent body weight loss. Their blood pressure dropped as well but insulin resistance, cholesterol levels and fat mass were about the same compared to the control group.

Krista Varady, one of the study’s authors and associate professor of kinesiology and nutrition at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Applied Health Sciences, mentioned in a statement that the real message from the study is that eliminating certain foods or counting calories are not the only effective methods for losing weight.

The authors noted that the results reflect those from previous studies of other forms of intermittent fasting, including alternate day fasting, where an individual eats normally every other day.

I normally have an eight-hour window myself when it comes to my diet. I usually eat between 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. If I do become very hungry at night, I will eat some fruit before I go to bed. When I work out a few times a week combined with my fasting, I have been able to lose belly fat much faster than any other diet I have tried.

Varady mentioned that the 16:8 is much easier for individuals maintain compared to other fasting diets.

Still, more research is needed to see how this diet compares to other fasting diets in terms of health benefits and weight loss. This is only a small study but it does show some promising effects of how fasting can help you lose weight. In my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a diet and exercise plan that works for you. Weight loss is different for everyone, so finding a program that you can maintain is important if you want to lose weight.

Source: G. Kashmira; “16:8 Fasting diet linked to weight loss and health benefits in study” www.newsweek.com June 19, 2018

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

Diet and Exercise for Weight Loss

Weight loss involves both diet and exercise. But which one is more important. In my experience, you must do both you if want to lose weight and have a toned physique.

Diet & Exercise

You need both diet and exercise to lose weight. Photo by Webmd

I use to think that if I spent hours in the gym and still ate what I wanted that I would lose weight but that did not work. It does not matter how much you work out or how many calories you burn, if you do not eat healthy, you cannot maintain your weight. If you eat unhealthy meals your body will be too busy burning that energy off before it actually burns calories or fat.

For instance, if you eat a steak dinner and do not doing any exercise, you will burn off the calories from that dinner but the rest will be stored as fat. When you eat late at night your body still burn calories but not enough to lose weight significantly. I use to eat breakfast in the morning but I found out that if I skip breakfast, my body will burn more calories throughout the day and I will not feel that afternoon crash.

I start my day with a bottle of water or Gatorade to stay hydrated and wait until after 12 when I eat my first meal. I use to eat heavy in the morning, grits, eggs, sausage, but I learned that is not healthy for you because it is not nutritious. Eating heavy slows you down and not eating healthy causes many health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure and risk for stroke.

I substitute fried foods for baked foods and I eat more whole grains, lean meats and fruits and vegetables. When I changed my diet I began to see real results when I combined my workouts. At first, I was just working out hard and still tried to eat what I wanted, but I was still getting fat.

I do not spend hours in the gym either. I only workout for about an hour a day and I usually have a protein shake afterwards. If I do get hungry in the morning, I eat something light like some fruit or drink a protein shake.

To say the least, weight loss really starts in the kitchen. If you can make small changes to your diet and add some physical activity in there, you are on the right path. If you are new to weight loss, it would to be best to consult your doctor to come up with a plan you can stick to. Until then have a blessed day and get started with your weight loss journey today.

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

Lose Weight, Belly Fat

When you lose weight but still have that stubborn belly fat it is quite frustrating. You work out hard on a regular basis and you eat healthy bur you still cannot seem to reduce belly fat. There are many reasons why you are not losing stomach fat and a lot of times it may be your genes, exercise routine or your diet. Today we will go over some reasons why you are achieving your weight loss goals but not losing fat around the waist.

Flat Stomach

Lose weight and belly fat by changing your diet, strength training and cardio. Photo by Trimmed and Toned

First off, why is belly fat stubborn? “Belly fat is often a sign of ‘stress’ or insulin resistance. When you are stressed, your cortisol levels rise, which may lead to storing fat in your middle,” Amy Shapiro, MS, RD, CDN, and founder of Real Nutrition, says. “Genetics do play a role here as well, so if your parent tends to carry weight in their middle, you might end up doing the same.” You can still achieve that flat stomach you always dreamed of, so do not let genetics discourage you.

Also,  Cassie Lambert, NASM certified trainer and strength coach, mentioned that your weight-loss method may also play a role. “For example, a low-carbohydrate diet will kick-start weight loss, but this is because of the water loss from the glycogen in the muscles and not fat,” she explained. Lambert also cited large amounts of cardio as an example of how to quickly lose weight but not belly fat. In other words, you may be losing water weight and not fat stored in your body.

Evan Harden, personal trainer and National Bar League founder, said that losing weight too fast is a common mistake. “When that happens, it is hard to preserve muscle, let alone grow new muscle,” Harden said. “This leads to losing weight but not body fat and ultimately a poor body composition.” Losing weight slowly is essential to preserving muscle, and Harden noted that new research shows we should not lose more than one to three percent of our bodyweight per week.

Many of us have unrealistic weight loss goals and try to lose weight too rapid. When we do not see results fast we get discouraged and ultimately give up. Take your time and lose weight gradually.

Even though you cannot  spot reduce fat, there are nutrition and fitness ways that are effective for losing weight in the most proportional way possible. Shapiro recommended a nutrition plan that consists of high-fiber foods, lean proteins, and healthy fats at every meal.

“Visualize [your] plate and cut it in half. Make sure half the plate is full of plants, fruits, and veggies at every meal,” she advised. “Then cut the other half into quarters, and make sure one-quarter is protein and one-quarter is whole grains.”

It is great to be committed but if you ever fall off track do not beat yourself up. Just get back on the course next time and be consistent. Do not let one mistake affect your weight loss goal.

When it comes to workouts, a combination of strength training and high intensity cardio exercises is the best fitness routine to lose body fat. Strength training three to five times per week improves metabolic function and body composition according to Lambert. You increase your caloric deficit by including cardio workouts in your fat loss routine.

When we have a goal to lose weight and body fat, is it easy to be strictly focused on losing weight as fast as possible. Unfortunately, it is not healthy or effective to maintain weight loss that way. If we focus on good nutrition and daily exercise as a lifestyle, we are more likely to lose weight and belly fat in a healthy manner and keep if off.

Source: Flynn, C. “Why You’re Losing Weight but Not Belly Fat — and What to Do About It” www. Popsugar.com 16 May 2018

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

Lose Weight No Matter How Many Times You Eat

To lose weight you have to eat healthy and exercise regularly but does it matter when you eat? Some say you must eat three times per day for weight loss and others say you must eat six small meals to shed those extra pounds.

Does Eating Time Affect Weight Loss

Weight loss does not affect how many times a day you eat. Photo by fitday.com

If you eat 2,000 calories per day, then it really should not matter how you spread it out. You can either consume those calories in three meals or portion it out into six meals. No matter what, you are still consuming 2,000 calories.

Blogger Lucy Mountain, better known as “thefashionfitnessfoodie” on Instagram, said “The current body research doesn’t show any metabolic advantage toward eating more or less frequently per day when it comes to body composition changes. “It’s your energy balance over time which has impact.”

There is no right way to lose weight. The most important part is finding what diet works best for you. Maybe eating just three meals fits your schedule or you have time to eat small meals or snacks throughout the day. As long as you are eating healthy it should not matter how many times a day you eat. I usually eat about three meals per day after 12 PM because of my work schedule. I always work out in the mornings before work so I skip breakfast and eat some fruits in the afternoon when I get to work.

I am not perfect so sometimes I cheat and have a good snack during the day right before I get off from work. I do go hard in the gym with lifting weights and cardio so I am able to maintain my weight by burning those extra calories. I have seen great results since I started eating more fruits and vegetables in my diet and focusing on lean white meals such as fish and chicken. Although there are many popular diets out there that help you lose weight, I had to find out what works for me and listen to my body.

Weight loss takes a lot of time and dedication but if you can find a plan for you, then you are most definitely close to your weight loss goals. Do not focus on how many times you eat per day, but eat healthy and control your portions to achieve the weight loss you desire. Thanks and God bless!

Source: Sugar, J. “How Many Times a Day Should You Eat to Lose Weight?” www.popsugar.com 4 May 2018

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

Lose Belly Fat, Gain Muscle Mass

Losing weight and trying to get those six pack abs is not an easy task. I tried working out for hours in the gym to get that flat stomach that everyone loves but I was missing something. I was not making the changes that I needed to my diet to really shed those extra pounds around the belly.

Lose Belly Fat, Gain Muscle Mass

Eat more protein, lift weights and to cardio to get those six pack abs.

So recently, I began to skip breakfast (fasting) and only eat after 12 PM. My first meal would be a protein shake or some fruits. I also would exercise when I first get up in the morning for about an hour. I believe that researchers have it all wrong with what they say about breakfast. I think that it actually slows you down and stops your metabolism when you eat a big breakfast in the morning.

I want to gain muscle mass and have a six pack so I lift heavy weights then I do my cardio afterwards which is running. I do strength training for about 45 minutes then I usually run for the last 15 minutes. I try to work out at least four times a week to give my body enough time it needs to recover. Since I eat more fruits and vegetables now, my weight loss and muscle gain is more effective and my friends are starting to notice. It makes you feel good inside which you pack on those extra pounds of muscle and the compliments start rolling in.

I can remember one week I caught a stomach virus and I really was not eating well. I lost about 10 pounds just in a matter of days! This lets me know that you too can lose weight fast if you make changes to your diet but you do not have to starve yourself. To lose belly fat and shed those extra pounds, I changed my diet a little and went hard on my workouts. I only eat about twice per day, once in the afternoon and later on in the evening. If I feel like I am starving at night, I might eat some fruits to accommodate my appetite.

Watching what you eat is very important, I eat fish, chicken and turkey for my meats and fruits and vegetables to go along with it. I try to stay away from too much sugar and refined foods like white rice and bread. I eat more whole grains and I am working on drinking water more often. Just doing these things have helped my weight loss a lot and I am starting to gain more muscle mass now. I started my journey to gain muscle mass and maintain my weight for over a year now and it has been good so far. My goal is to maintain a flat stomach and keep the muscle mass going. I will keep you updated on my success. Thanks and God bless you all!

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

Pasta Tied to Weight Loss

If you love pasta and also want to lose weight, there is good news for you. In a new study, eating pasta has been tied to weight loss.

Eating Pasta & Weight Loss

Eating pasta is linked to weight loss, study. Photo by Times of Malta

A study done at the University of Toronto looked at the results from 30 different studies of individuals who eat pasta as a part of a low glycemic diet. The pasta-eaters ate at least a half cup of noodles three times per week. They did not gain weight and lost about one pound after 12 weeks.

“The study found that pasta didn’t contribute to weight gain or increase in body fat,” lead author John Sievenpiper, MD, PhD, a clinician scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, said in a statement. “In fact, analysis actually showed a small weight loss. So contrary to concerns, perhaps pasta can be part of a healthy diet such as a low GI diet.”

The trick is to pay attention to the low GI part. Foods that have a high glycemic index cause a rise in high blood pressure and have you feeling hungry afterwards. Low GI foods under 55 do the opposite and can help you lose weight. Sweet potatoes, beans and lentils are foods with low GI that you are probably already consuming.

Although this study sheds light on eating pasta, it does not mean you should stuff your plate with pasta on a regular basis. More trials are needed to examine the effect of pasta compared to other ‘healthy’ dietary patterns. Also, long-term research should be conducted on how people fare after a year or more on low glycemic diets that include pasta.

I do not believe that following a low GI diet is the secret to weight loss. Some of the most nutritious foods rank high on the glycemic index like watermelon and should not be avoided. The key is to eat smart by controlling your portion size and include whole grains to increase your chances of weight loss.

Source: Chiavaroli L, Kendall CWC, Braunstein CR, et al “Effect of pasta in the context of low-glycaemic index dietary patterns on body weight and markers of adiposity: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials in adults” BMJ Open 2018;8:e019438. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2017-019438

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

Big Weight Loss Linked to Relationship Changes

Weight-loss surgery may bring problems to your love life, new study says.

Weight Loss Couple

Weight loss surgery may bring big relationship changes, study. Photo by 10thousandcouples

A new Swedish study showed that major weight loss after bariatric surgery was linked to more divorces. The other study found that singles were more likely to form new relationships or marry after a weight-loss operation.

“Those of us who take care of bariatric surgery patients notice that many patients experience a pretty profound change in their lives,” said Dr. Luke Funk, an assistant professor of surgery at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

“Their significant weight loss and improvements in other health problems — like high blood pressure and diabetes — cause changes in both their physical and mental well-being,” added Funk, co-author of an editorial published with the study.

“They often take up new hobbies, become much more physically active, and feel much more confident about themselves. They also tend to have an improved self-image. I think this leads many to re-examine their relationships with others,” said Funk.

I think that since people who are overweight tend to have low self-esteem, they stay in relationships to find comfort and believe that they cannot do any better. Then when they lose weight, they look and feel better so he or she gains confidence in beginning a new relationship.

Researchers say the effects of behavior go from improved quality of life on one hand to increased risk of substance abuse on the other. This means that some will be happy and continue living a healthy life while others will become depressed and result to drug use.

One study analyzed the relationship background of 2,000 obese Swedes who had weight-loss surgery over 10 years. They were compared to about 2,000 patients who did not have an operation.

The other study looked at data of nearly 30,000 patients who had gastric bypass surgery and compared them to 280,000 people in the general public.

The researchers found that bariatric surgery was linked to increased odds for separation or divorce for those in a prior relationship, especially for the ones who lost the most weight.

Among those who had been unattached, significant weight loss was linked with higher odds for a new relationship or marriage.

I understand there are several factors why a relationship might not work but I would have never thought weight loss would be one of them.

Study author Per-Arne Svensson said, “In solid partner relationships, weight loss after bariatric surgery is probably not an issue, and in many cases the relationships can even be strengthened.

“However, in partner relationships that are somewhat unstable or nonfunctional, weight loss may increase the risk of partner separation,” he noted.

I would think that relationships would strengthen after weight loss but maybe the partners do not seem connected as they once were. Patients probably see a new outlook on life and want to begin a new relationship. This study only gives limited insight as to why couples separate after bariatric surgery but Funk noted that many patients have told him bariatric surgery was the best thing they have ever done.

Although a person may experience relationship changes after weight loss, at least they are much healthier and can have a new outlook on life.

This study was published online March 28 in JAMA Surgery.

Source: Per-Arne Svensson, Ph.D., associate professor, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden; Luke M. Funk, M.D., MPH, assistant professor, surgery, University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison; March 28, 2018,JAMA Surgery, online

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

Freezing the ‘Hunger Nerve’ May Help Weight Loss

A new weight loss study being conducted by doctors uses gas to freeze a nerve in the back that sends hunger signals to the brain, reducing the patient’s appetite and aiding weight loss.

Hunger Nerve

According to a new study, freezing the hunger nerve may promote weight loss. Photo by News Health

This study was presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting, that included ten people with obesity and a body mass index (BMI) between 30 and 37.

“We developed this treatment for patients with mild-to-moderate obesity to reduce the attrition that is common with weight-loss efforts,” said Dr. David Prologo, the study’s lead author and an interventional radiologist at Emory University School of Medicine. “We are trying to help people succeed with their own attempts to lose weight.”

During the study, women and men were put under sedation while doctors inserted a needle into their backs controlled by a CT scan. The needle was guided to the posterior vagal trunk, then the needle and surrounding nerve was froze. The procedure corrupts part of the nerve connected to the brain and stops the connection between the two. The process is painless and only takes 30 minutes.

All of the patients reported a decrease in appetite. The average weight loss was 3.6 percent after 90 days and the average loss of excess BMI was 14 percent.

Many weight loss programs fail because they are hard to follow and people just have trouble controlling their appetite. With this nerve-freezing study, the hunger signal to the brain can be weakened, providing a solution to mild obesity.

This is not a permanent procedure, however. The nerve will fully grow back in one year and to follow up on this study, more subjects will have to be tested in a clinical trial

Source: Lardieri, A. “New Weight Loss Procedure Freezes Hunger Nerves to Brain” 21 March 2018 www.usnews.com

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice

High-Energy Breakfast Aids Weight Loss, Diabetes

We all know how important it is the get your day started with a good breakfast, but a new study suggest that a high energy breakfast will also help you lose weight and control glucose levels.

High-Energy Breakfast

A new study suggest that a high energy breakfast will help you lose weight and control glucose levels.

The study took place in Israel where 11 women and 18 men with both obesity and type 2 diabetes were monitored for three months. The patients were being treated with insulin and 69 was the average age. The participants were divided into two groups. One group ate an energy-rich breakfast, medium lunch and small dinner. The other group ate six small meals during the day. The weight and glucose levels of the patients were also tracked during the three months.

The researchers found that the three meal diet with the high-energy breakfast was more effective for weight loss with the obese and type 2 diabetes patients rather than the six meals. During the study, the high-energy group lost an average of 11 pounds while the other group only lost 3 pounds. Cravings and hunger for carbs decreased in the high energy breakfast group but increased in the six meal group.

Also, the high-energy group needed a lot less insulin while the other group needed more insulin than average.

According to the American Diabetes Association, type 2 diabetes is the most common form of the disease and occurs when the body is “insulin resistant,” or does not use insulin properly. If left untreated this can cause eye, kidney, nerve and heart problems. This condition can normally be treated with lifestyle changes, pill, and insulin shots.

These results, which were presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Chicago, suggest that proper food timing and frequency could play a role in glucose and weight control for diabetic patients.

Although this study was done with obese diabetic patients, I believe a high-energy breakfast with two meals could be effective for any obese individual. If you could stay away from white flour and refined sugar but opt for more filling foods like eggs, wheat bread or oatmeal, you will greatly increase your chances of weight loss.

Source: Dovey, D. “A Big Breakfast May Be Key to Weight Loss, Study Finds” 19 March 2018 www.newsweek.com

Leeman Taylor
B.S. Criminal Justice