two types of probiotic pills for fat loss

Fitbiotic

Could there actually be a non-toxic pill that allows you to lose bodyfat safely? “A….probiotic strain, called Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055, makes sure the body excretes fat…” A small study, with this strain…found that 5 billion CFUs a day for just one week reduced belly fat and promoted weight loss.” In another study, 10 billion CFUs of a different probiotic strain called B. lactis 420 (B420), reduced caloric intake, body fat and waist size in overweight adults. After six months, they lost three pounds and reduced their waist size by one inch.

Because of these findings, we will probably be seeing a lot more probiotics with one of these strains, with the label listing it as a weight loss probiotic.

Here’s two probiotics I found with one of these strains:

https://www.amazon.com/Garden-Life-Probiotic-Supplement-Formulated/dp/B00Y8MP4CK/ref=sr_1_4_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1528833705&sr=8-4&keywords=garden+of+life+fitbiotic

https://www.amazon.com/Bariatric-Advantage-FloraVantage-Probiotic-Capsules/dp/B07346Q96F/ref=sr_1_1_s_it?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1528834204&sr=1-1&keywords=Bariatric+advantage+floravantage+control

 

Sources:

Runestad, Todd. “The Pros of Probiotics. 6 Health Benefits of Probiotics Beyond Digestion.” Delicious Living. June 2017. Pages 37, 39. Print. 

“Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 suppresses fatty acid release through enlargement of fat emulsion size in vitro and promotes fecal fat excretion in healthy Japanese subjects.” US National Library of Medicine. National Institutes of Health. 20, Mar 2015. Blog. Retrieved 12, Jun 2018 from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4391304/

Non-toxic self-tanner

True Natural Self Tan products

I stopped letting my face get any sunrays because I don’t want wrinkles or sunspots, but I love the look of a bronze glow.  I also stopped wearing foundation and blush because, no matter what brand I tried, my skin would break out. I also stopped going to automated spray tanning salons, since it was impossible not to inhale the airborne particles. I have tried custom spray tans by a professional, but at $50 a pop, that adds up.

So, I’ve been using True Natural Self-Tan lotion, and the end result is a very natural looking bronze tan. For my fair skin, I use their Dark Color, Vanilla Coconut, but I use that only on my body, because it makes my face breakout. Since my skin is so sensitive, I use their face tanner, Facial Moisturizer, which goes on smoothly and evenly. It doesn’t streak, is easy to apply, and looks like a real sun tan.

They are both stinky, but all tanning products I’ve tried have an unpleasant scent. Maybe it’s the active ingredient(s) that make it smell weird. The True Natural brand scent fades after your first shower, and the smell is almost unnoticable after 48 hours.

If you’re looking for a creamy self-tanner that works well, looks natural, lasts about a week, and is certified organic, give these a try. The body lotion bottle lasts me 6-8 weeks, and the facial tanner lasts me about three months, so don’t freak out about the small size.

Here’s their website (but you can get their products on Amazon too): https://www.truenatural.com/true-natural.html

A skinny diet can make you fat for life

basil

Very low calorie diets are brutal and can actually make people fatter. While most people go back to their old ways of eating, when calories are reduced “a person’s metabolic rate slows down to accommodate semi-starvation.” When trying to overcome a plateau, or to lose weight after coming off from a low calorie diet, it was originally thought that adding more calories would increase metabolism, but metabolism stays at the lower rate forever. Just to maintain that smaller size, a person “must restrict calories for life-a state of deprivation that, as it turn out, few humans can sustain” (1).

This is why I tell people to reduce calories slowly. Cutting 250 calories a day will result in steady weight loss. Adding more exercise in the form of cardio, and weight training will aid in fat loss and will boost that metabolism. When that plateau occurs, lift heavier, switch up your exercises, and reduce daily calories a bit more.

P.S. My book the High-Five Diet, will walk you through all the steps to lose weight and get healthier. To read some of the book, go to https://www.amazon.com/High-Five-Diet-Easiest-Weight-Loss-ebook/dp/B01HSIM6NA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1468641914&sr=1-1&keywords=the+high-five+diet

1. Source: Teicholz, Nina. “Calories on menus won’t slim down America.” Los Angeles Times. May 20, 2018. Page A17. Print.

Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein Powder Review

Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein Vanilla

Broth made from skin, fat and collagen from animals just sounds gross, and protein powder made from bone broth seems even less appetizing. Nevertheless, I wanted to try a Paleo-friendly protein my friend, who is into CrossFit, uses, so I purchased a sample of Ancient Nutrition’s Vanilla flavored Bone Broth protein powder. The 20 grams of protein per serving comes from chicken bone broth protein concentrate. It has only 1 gram of sugar, 100 calories, and only 1 gram of fat per serving. The sweetness comes from stevia and monk fruit. It’s not certified organic so I don’t know if the “natural vanilla flavor” is something I need to be concerned about. They do have an organic vanilla flavor on-line, but they didn’t have a sample packet of it at the grocery store.

The directions say to blend with water, juice or a vegan milk. Since many protein powders I’ve tried are extremely thick, I blended one cup of cold filtered water, one frozen banana, and the entire sample of vanilla bone broth protein powder in my Ninja. The end result was a very thin, watery, overly sweet drink that tasted like old iced coffee. I didn’t noticed any vanilla flavor at all. It had a weird taste, and not unique-weird, but yucky-weird. I gave the drink to my husband who finished it, but he said he didn’t like it either. He gave it a grade of “C.” I give it a grade of “F.”

My friend that likes this brand buys the chocolate flavor (she said it tastes better than the vanilla) so I might try that one out, but even so, it’s $40 for a bucket for 20 servings. Their certified organic bone broth protein powders are even more expensive at $49 for 17 servings so that’s just under $100 a month for protein powder. There’s lots of protein powders out there that are better priced and much-better tasting.

 Here’s the link to this protein powder: https://www.amazon.com/Ancient-Nutrition-Protein-Vanilla-Servings/dp/B01DOD6T8Q/ref=sr_1_3_a_it?ie=UTF8&qid=1526859181&sr=8-3&keywords=vanilla%2Bbone%2Bbroth%2Bprotein%2Bancient%2Bnutrition&th=1

 

This could help Americans lose weight

steak salad

While I enjoy going out to eat, I don’t know how many calories or carbohydrates are in any of the dishes on the menu. A new law requires restaurants with 20 or more chains to list the calorie counts right on the menus. If I could see the calorie count, I would definitely avoid the high-calorie entrées. The most recent study from the Rand Corp., published in 2018, “…found that if people were informed about the calories in menu items, they purchased food with 38 fewer calories, on average” (1). While that’s not a lot, if someone eats several meals a day out, those calorie savings add up fast, and could mean that person loses 11 pounds per year.

Since that study, and past studies have found that people aren’t choosing much lower calorie items when the calories are listed, it makes me wonder that the reason this is, is because the people who eat at restaurant chains are not concerned as much about how many calories they are consuming. If all restaurants, regardless of size, had to list the nutritional information on each item, I bet results would show that restaurants would provide smaller, more reasonable sized portions, and would reduce the amount of oil and fat. I also think results would show that people do chose lower-calorie options if all restaurants were forced to provide that data.

Photo: Look how much meat is on that plate. A serving would be 1/4 of that size.

  1. Source: Tiecholz, Nina. “Calories on menus won’t slim down America.” Los Angeles Times. May 20, 2018. Page A-17.

 

Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free Berry Sorbet

Fit Girl Sugar-Free, Dairy-Free Berry Sorbet

This sorbet tastes like candy, even though it has no sugar. It’s super simple to make and will satisfy a craving for sweets. Even the pickiest child will enjoy this guilt-free treat.

Berry Sorbet

  • 5 1-inch chunks frozen banana (.83% of a small banana)
  • 3 frozen strawberries
  • 5 frozen raspberries
  • 5 frozen red grapes, seedless, stems removed
  • 2 tablespoons of frozen blueberries
  • 1 teaspoon creamy almond butter, level, salt-free
  • 1/3 cup Califia Farms Toasted Coconut Almond Milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, alcohol free (optional)
  • ¼ cup plain collagen protein powder (I use Great Lakes)*
  • 1 teaspoon coconut flakes, unsweetened

Add all ingredients in the order above, except for the coconut flakes, to a mini food processor until creamy. Use a spoon to move sorbet into a small bowl and top with coconut flakes.

approx. 250 calories, 20 grams of protein, and 35 grams of net carbs

*To make your sorbet vegan, just add a few tablespoons of your favorite plant-based plain, or vanilla protein powder.

cell phone use increases body fat & blood sugar

texting

If you’re doing everything you’re supposed to do, such as exercising and eating healthy food, but can’t get your blood sugar stabilized, and/or can’t lose weight, you might be right: it’s not your fault. That’s not to say there’s nothing you can do about it though. Just like parabens in lotions and cosmetics can mess with metabolism, that blue light from iPhones and computers can increase “…insulin resistance-your body’s inability to absorb glucose effectively-and may alter metabolism.”

Keep your computer and cell phone use to a minimum; you might lose weight and have better control over your blood sugar. Cutting back on time at the computer and on the cell phone may relieve neck and back pain, and eye strain too.

 

Source: Yu, Christine. “Set the Table for Healthy Eating. A few simple tricks can help you eat well and lose weight.” Parade Magazine. May 20, 2018. Page 6. Print.

Nada Moo vegan ice cream review

Nada Moo vegan ice cream view from the top

Since I’m allergic to dairy, one of my friends would say “no moo for you!” So, when I saw Nada Moo vegan ice cream, which is dairy-free, I just had to try it. One of my favorite ice cream flavors is Mint and Chip so I bought their “Lotta Mint Chip.” It has a wonderful, sweet mint flavor with just the right amount of crunchy, mini, dark-chocolate chips.

This flavor is delicious, but it could be a bit creamier (the fat comes from coconut). It’s 140 calories for a half a cup, which is on par for a regular ice cream, but stopping at a half a cup is hard when it tastes this good.

Here’s the link to the company’s website: https://nadamoo.com/

Nada Moo Mint and Chip vegan ice cream

 

the newest zero calorie sweetener: monk fruit

monk fruit extract

Manufacturers have been using monk fruit as a sweetener for years, but it’s now gaining a lot of traction and you’ll find this ingredient in a lot more products. What I like about it is that has zero calories, zero carbs, and is not synthetic. The extract is pulled from an Asian fruit called Luo Han Guo.

I wanted to try this sweetener because sometimes I want to sweeten up a dessert without adding more calories or carbohydrates. I don’t like the medicinal aftertaste of stevia so I stopped using that years ago. A food blogger recommended NuNatural’s powdered monk fruit. The price tag for the tiny amount of monk fruit powder I paid was $30, and that’s for less than an ounce of the product.

What I found is that it’s really hard to control the amount that flows out of the little holes on the top. Sometimes, too much comes out and sometimes too little, so that means an inconsistent dessert. Only a small amount is needed for, say, a smoothie, and I don’t know how to calculate 1/32nd of a teaspoon. It’s not like honey or sugar, where more is just sweeter. More monk fruit is harsh and unpleasant. I found the best way to use monk fruit powder is to add 1/16th of a teaspoon to a full carton of unsweetened vegan milk, or to a pitcher of black tea, and shake it, or stir each time before pouring.

All-in-all, I’m not a fan of monk fruit, or maybe it’s just this brand that I don’t like. It doesn’t have a natural sweetness to it; it tastes a bit synthetic. I’ve found products that taste good with monk fruit as the last ingredient in it, like almond milk and some protein powders, but I won’t be buying monk fruit again. My favorite ways to sweeten up a treat is with fruit, honey or maple syrup.

If you want to try this brand of monk fruit, or want more information, here’s the link to the website and where you can buy it on Amazon: https://www.nunaturals.com/pages/search-results?q=monk%20fruit&p=1

https://www.amazon.com/NuNaturals-LoSweet-Extract-Powdered-Sweetener/dp/B00LW219H8?th=1

7 foods you should never eat again. Healthy substitutes for your favorite fatty, sugary foods provided too.

donuts

There’s certain foods you should ban for life. Don’t worry, it’s not pizza. I’ve compiled this short list of foods that people commonly eat, but are so detrimental to our health, that we really should never eat them because these foods have one or more of the following elements: contain chemicals, are chock-full of sugar, contain cholesterol and increase LDL cholesterol levels, are high in fat and calories, contain saturated fat, they spike and increase blood sugar levels, are high in sodium, increases the liklihood of type II diabetes, are low in nutrients, and/or creates arterly clogging plaque in the body. 

Bacon – high in fat and cholestrol

Although, no one wants to give up foods they enjoy, you will feel so much better after you eat something healthy. Bacon may taste good, but I don’t know anyone that feels good after eating bacon. The high-salt and high-fat from the bacon will drown your energy, may cause chest pains and an upset stomach. Nitrate-free ham is a better alternative to bacon.

Mac & cheese – very low in nutrients, high in saturated fat and calories

There’s wheat and gluten-free macaroni that won’t hurt your gut, and vegan cheese made from nuts, that you can choose instead of traditional macaroni and cheese, but beware of how many calories you are eating. Even the healthier versions can be very high in calories. Nuts are extremely high in calories, but are a source of healthy fats.

Donuts – The most important meal of the day is breakfast. You don’t want to start your day with a fried, fatty sugar bomb.

How about having a smoothie sweetened with fruit for a sweet breakfast treat instead? You’ll get fiber and antioxidants.

Soda – full of chemicals, no nutrients, liquid sugar

Zevia is a zero-calorie soda sweetened with stevia so it doesn’t have fake sugar that causes cancer in lab rats. Zevia tastes good too. Just don’t get the cola versions if it contains caramel color because that coloring is linked to cancer too. Of course, filtered water is the best option, but if you can’t give up soda, Zevia is a better option.

Quesadilla – high-calorie, low-nutrient, high-salt

A quesadilla is typically made with flour and fatty, salty cheese, so it’s a high-carbohydrate junk food. Have a corn taco filled with beans, cabbage and vegetables instead of a quesadilla. You can find my recipe for Vegan Tacos with Coconut-Lime Yogurt right here on my blog

Cheetos – food coloring & flavorings (increases cancer), lots of oil, sugar

If you’ve never tried Trader Joe’s kale chips, you’ve got to; they are amazingly delicious, crunchy and they don’t taste like kale. They taste like crunchy chips with a cheesy flavor made from cashews. The bag is small at only 2 ounces, so it’s pricey for what you get, but it’s a healthy, guilt-free treat, and the small bag prevents you from eating too much. Here’s the link to my favorite one: https://www.amazon.com/Trader-Joes-Kale-Chips-Resealable/dp/B009RCR6R2 .

Grilled cheese sandwich – arterty-clogging, fattening

Instead of a grilled cheese sandwich, make a dairy-free sandwich with healthy fat from a creamy, fresh, ripe avocado. Toast one slice of bread. Add sliced avocado, lime juice, a pinch of sea salt and some cracked black pepper.

If you want healthy entrée and dessert recipes, more healthy alternatives to your favorite foods, like my lower-carb and lower-calorie BBQ Chicken Pizza or how to make quick-and-simple lower-salt, lower-fat sausages, order my book from www.thehighfivediet.com

 

 

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