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Quick Weight Loss E-zine, Issue #001 -- Jan 2009
January 28, 2009

Exploding Nutrition Myths

A big glass of fruit juice is good for you

Whilst fruit juice does contain some essential vitamins, it is loaded with sugar. A 250ml glass of fruit juice has around 20-25 grams of carbs. For most people, thatís an entire mealís carbohydrate allowance in one glass, most of which is sugar! Whats more, this concentrated source of carbs induces a massive insulin spike leading to potential fat storage and an energy slump afterwards.

If your goal is to lose weight, then it is best to limit your intake of fruit juice as much as possible. Have the whole fruit instead. The fibre in the fruit will slow the absorption of the carbs (which reduces the insulin spike) as well as helping you feel full.

Carbohydrates donít make you fat. Itís what you put on them that makes you fat!

This is a common belief held by many mainstream nutritionists. It was especially popular when the out-dated USDA Food Pyramid was around in the 1980ís and 1990ís, which recommended 6-11 serves a day of high-density, grain-based, complex carbohydrates like, bread, pasta, rice and cereals.

It was common to hear them say, ĎItís the butter or margarine on the bread that makes you fat, not the bread itselfí or ĎItís the sour cream on the potatoesí.

The fact is, any food eaten in excess can make you fat no matter whether it is primarily carbohydrate, protein of fat. Fat is often the easiest to store as fat, followed by carbohydrate (mainly due to the action of insulin) and then protein.

Cut out your carbs at night if you want to lose weight.

This is a very popular recommendation in the fitness industry and whilst it does have some theoretical basis, it doesnít have much Ďreal-lifeí application.

At night-time most peopleís activities are lower than they are during the day. Accordingly, the bodyís requirement for fuel is reduced. Carbohydrate is one of the bodyís main fuel sources so it does make sense to reduce it. However, if youíve eaten potatoes, pumpkin, rice and pasta for dinner for the last 20 or 30 years and someone offers you this recommendation, what do you think the likelihood is that you will be able to stick to it long term and make it a permanent part of your lifestyle? Not very good.

Plus, no-one wants to prepare two separate meals at night, one for them and one for their family, it doesnít make sense. Furthermore, if you exercise in the afternoon, the carbs you have for dinner will simply be used to replenish glycogen stores in your muscles and liver.

A far better and more sustainable approach is to simply reduce your carbohydrate intake slightly at dinner without cutting them out altogether.

To find out what nutritional principles you should use to lose weight, click on the following link:

Weight Loss Food Tips

Fit Tips

Supplement users are healthier
A recent study published in Nutrition Journal has discovered that people who consistently use supplements are healthier than non-supplement users. The researchers found supplement users had more favourable blood concentrations of health indicators like, cholesterol and triglycerides as well as a lower risk of various diseases, including heart disease.

Iodine supplementation is beneficial
Long-term research by the World Health Organisation (WHO) has discovered that many countries (including Australia) have low levels of iodine in their soil. This means many peopleís diets may also be low in iodine. Iodine is essential for optimum thyroid function and a low intake may impair thyroid function. BCNís MultiBoost is the ideal dieterís multi. It contains adequate amounts of iodine and selenium in order to assist thyroid function.

Incidental exercise speeds fat loss
Incidental exercise is exercise you perform by simply doing everyday activities. Some examples may include: gardening, house cleaning, walking to the shops or walking around the shops, etc. If you make a concerted effort to include incidental exercise as a part of your lifestyle, your fat-loss results will be much faster.

It is interesting to note that only a few generations ago incidental exercise made up a large component of daily energy (calorie) expenditure. These days however, with our modern lifestyles and energy-saving devices, incidental exercise is a very small component. If you want to lose weight faster then make incidental exercise a larger part of your life.

Regular exercise makes you happier
A substantial body of research has shown that regular exercise makes people happier. It is thought to result from increased production of endorphins (the bodyís natural opiate, happy hormone). If feeling happy is important to you then make exercise a regular part of your lifestyle.

Fit After 50

Controlling Fuel Intake As We Age
As we get older our body doesnít function as well as it used to. As a result, if we want to attain and maintain a lean, healthy and attractive body it is essential that we consciously control our intake of fuel sources, namely carbohydrate and fat.

In our younger years we could often get away with eating virtually anything and still maintain a lean, youthful appearance. However, as the years crept by we found it harder. One major factor that contributes to the middle-age spread is the consumption of energy-dense foods that donít get metabolised by the body.

Therefore, if we limit our intake of fat-laden foods (pizza, burgers, fried foods, pies, pasties, sausage rolls, chips, cakes and chocolate) as well as high-density carbohydrate foods (bread, pasta, rice, cereals and biscuits), we can avoid the middle-age spread that is so common in our society these day.

This isnít to say we have to avoid them altogether. We simply need to be conscious of our intake of them and ensure we only have them occasionally. If we do choose to have them then supplements like SoLean 50+ can help.

SoLean 50+ contains ingredients that help stop fat storage, inhibit the conversion of carbohydrate into fat as well as promote fat burning in the body. The ingredients also help regulate glucose metabolism, which is often impaired as we get older. By taking 1-2 capsules of SoLean 50+ with breakfast, lunch and dinner we can help our body stay lean and healthy as we age.

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