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Paleo Diet Recipes – Cutting Calories and Maintaining Weight Loss

Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in the US today, and this has led to a huge increase in research on how to solve these problems.  This represents a massive economic impact on the US into the future, as care and medical help will need to be supplied to these less healthy individuals.  Scientists have spent decades looking for real solutions to obesity, ones that are sustainable and even those that are natural supplements, like HCG or garcinia cambogia.  The goal here is to try and produce weight loss, and enable a person to keep it off in the longer term (this is, by far, the most difficult task).

Doctor Paleo Diet MethodsThe Paleo diet is a recent method that has skyrocketed in popularity, led primarily by users who are looking for long term success through dieting alone.  This method is centered around avoiding foods high in starch, carbs and those that are processed.  Ones filled with processed sugars, for example, have been linked to obesity in numerous studies.  The paleo diet aims to return to the roots of our species, where we ate foods we found in the open environment, naturally.  Nothing that’s been filled with pesticides or preservatives or anything else unnatural.

Many people colloquially refer to this diet as the “caveman” diet because the foods you eat are natural like our ancestors would have eaten.  Natural foods, without needing to change a person’s caloric intake, will typically result in weight loss just on their own.  Things like vegetables, fruits, green tea, lean red meats, chicken, turkey, salmon or vegan milk is allowed.  Natural enzymes found in these foods are used to help people lose weight quickly.

Recipes for the Paleo Diet

A recent university of tennessee study identified that dieters who consumed calcium each day lost about twice as much total weight as those who did not.  The level you want to maintain is 1200 to 1300 mg per day.  Almond or coconut milk is permitted on the paleo diet to help in this area as they are rich in calcium naturally.  Chicken, for example, contains natural proteins and vitamins and minerals which can help people lose weight.  It’s also particularly low in fat.

Green tea is a great drink as part of the paleo diet, as it contains EGCG which has been shown to increase metabolic rate.  You can combine these with fruit, vegetables and lean meat along with the paleo diet.  Many people can also eat hot chili peppers or red cayenne to help in this same vein.  These peppers contain capsaicin, which burns off fat via a similar metabolic process.  These are great diet additions for the Paleo diet.

Whenever possible people should be eating foods that are raw and uncooked, particularly for fruits and vegetables.  The cooking process will destroy many of the best vitamins and minerals in these foods.  It’s not always possible to eat raw vegetables, as some of them are not edible if they are raw, but for the most part cooking should be avoided when possible.  Our ancestors did not cook many of their fruits or vegetables as they did not have access to complex grains or sources of carbohydrates the way we do today.  The paleo diet tries to encourage people to go back to their roots, and in doing so, considerably increase their weight loss results.

The HCG Diet Protocol – A Natural Weight Loss Aid

There’s many weight loss treatments out in the market today, but few, if any, actually generate results.  A lot of them market their products, but only offer expensive caffeine pills in their place.  These not only work, they often can present other side effects as all caffeine intake is prone to do.  People need to find proven treatments that go beyond these weak products that people typically use.  There are such methods out there, but they can be hard to find.

The HCG diet protocol is still the most popular physician recommended treatment for obesity in the world today.  This plan entails the use of natural HCG hormones to promote a high metabolism and decreased appetite.  Dr. Simeons originally found this treatment some 40 years ago, but it’s become a widespread tool for the use in the treatment of obesity.  Users typically take this hormone each day and will use it in conjunction with a reduced calorie diet to shed weight far more quickly than is possible otherwise.

HCG Molecular simulationThe HCG is a two part molecule that’s naturally produced in women, primarily during their monthly cycles or pregnancy.  However, it can also be cultured and grown and then purified for use by individuals.  It’s a powerful weight loss aid as it directly interacts with the brain’s hypothalamus boosting metabolism and decreasing appetite.  Its two parts are made to work in conjunction with various aspects of the person’s neurons in order to promote these qualities.  As a result, it allows people to lose a lot of weight quickly.

-The HCG Diet Plan and Results-

It’s no secret that the HCG program works, a lot of studies have examined the ways in which it delivers such surprising results.  Studies typically deal with injections, but a lot of people choose to take real hcg drops.  A site we found called http://hcgdropspure.com provides these without going through the mixing yourself, allowing people to achieve the same type of results.  Ultimately, however, it depends on a variety of factors if people choose injections over drops, though typically drops are easier to use and a lot cheaper.

The average weight loss over a full regimen of this program is between 30 to 50 pounds, but depends heavily on length of time, BMI prior to beginning the protocol and other various factors.  Managing expectations is an important part of the protocol’s success, so many people seek support channels in order to provide the best outcomes.  Most people will lose 0.5 to 1 pound per day on the diet throughout the entire program.  Additionally, a large amount of weight is typically lost within the first 10 days, with up to 2 pounds per day being fairly typical.

The use of hcg isn’t a new thing, but understanding why it works how it does still remains a bit of a mystery for science.  Attempts to understand its weight loss origins have often led to dead ends in the pursuit, with little coming from the effort.   It’s our hope that new science will offer new understanding of this in the future, however, a lot of research has already proven that the protocol works as is.  It’s a good method to lose weight for those that need outside help, and probably the single best method available today.

Healthy Chocolate Recipes Allowed on Any Diet

For most of us, chocolate is one of our favorite foods.  It’s typically not allowed on any diet protocol.  However, chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, has a lot of vitamins and antioxidants that can really improve a person’s health.  Cutting it out completely is not a good idea either for long term results.  That’s why we’ve dug up some of the best and easiest chocolate recipes that you can likely include on any diet you’re part of right now.  These recipes are not only easy to make, but fantastic tasting.

Our Amazing Low Fat Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate Pudding - Low FatThis is a very fast dessert, as it takes only around 20 total minutes from start to finish to make it.  You start out with a semi decent saucepan, medium and a wire whisk.   Mix around 1/3 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of cornstarch, and 3 tbsps of unsweetened cocoa and a pinch of salt into the pan.  Whisk in the pan with about 2 cups of skim milk.

  • Heat the mixture to boiling and stir constantly the entire time, add the chocolate after this.  Cook it for 1 minute continually stirring during that time until the chocolate fully melts
  • Remove saucepan from the stove and stir in the vanilla (1 tsp).  Once you do this, spoon the mixture into custard cups, and serve this warm.

This is one of the easiest desserts we know of, but also delicious.  It does contain sugar, so you can substitute this for splenda if so desired, and it will still taste great.  1/3 cup of the pudding will be around 120 calories with only 1.3 g of fat.

Chocolate Crunch Dessert

This one offers not only sweetness, but saltiness as well.  Takes only 5 minutes of actual prep time to make it, and is delicious.  You will need 1 cup of Wheat Chex cereal, and a cup of broken pretzel sticks (broken in half).  You will also need 1/4 cup of salted roasted almonds and 3 tbsps of bittersweet chocolate chips.

  • To start, combine the Chex, pretzels and almonds into a bowl.  Drizzle the melted chocolate (use a double boiler or microwave) over this and stir it to combine the final product.
  • Spread the final mixture over wax paper and allow it to set.  It’s good to do this on a baking sheet and refrigerate it.  Should only take about 30 minutes.

Not only is this delicious for dessert, it’s a large serving and not too high in calories.  Per serving, or around 3/4 cup, it’s only 218 calories.  Much of the fat it contains is also good for the body.

We don’t recommend these snacks on something like the HCG diet, as they’re too high in carbs and fat.  However, for many diets they can be used.  Both recipes are simple to make, take only a few minutes, and are delectable.  In the future we will touch base on some other chocolate based concoctions that we hope will offer much the same.

Your Diet Choices and Dental Health – Important Factors

Weight loss is not just a simple matter of changing up your diet, there are other considerations that can impact overall health.  Though it’s something to always keep in mind, you simply don’t want to concentrate solely on your weight as the only indicator of your health.  Many people who are skinny can still develop many chronic illnesses, even those that are typically associated primarily with those that are overweight.  One of the major considerations to keep in mind is the foods you eat, and how they impact your overall dental health.  Foods high in sugars or starches, or very acidic, can cause problems with your teeth as well as decay over time.  This can lead to other health problems down the road.

Regular dental care is essential to maintaining a healthy smile, this includes regular visits to a dentist and check-ups by a doctor in that respect.  Much of the time, people are unable to maintain their dental health on their own for very long.  Plaque tends to build up along gum lines no matter how well people floss or brush their teeth.  For this reason regular professional visits are essential to overall health in the long-term.

How to Select Foods to Maintain Dental Health

Choosing the Best Foods for Dental HealthFor those that take poor care of their teeth, they take on a lot of risks.  Beyond the decay that can be caused therein, they also risk heart disease and heart failure in the long term.  Recent studies have clearly shown a link between dental health of a patient and their risk of heart disease.  This has led to a lot of cardiologists recommending proper dental care as a first step in the prevention of heart related ailments.  This is thought to be due to the bacteria in the mouth, which if they reach the bloodstream, and lower the heart’s ability to fight off cholesterol and cause a buildup in arteries.  More research is still being conducted, but there is certainly a significant risk associated with poor dental health.

In order to maintain your teeth as well as your overall body, foods that are high in sugar or acidic should be avoided.  Many foods out there that people love the most, candies, sodas, and even some fruits like pineapples carry risk for dental health.  In particular refined sugars carry the most risk, mostly white sugar that you use typically in kitchens when baking or for other foods.  However, high fructose corn syrup, which is often used in sodas, is also very damaging to teeth.  This is not only high in sugar content, but very acidic, which can erode the enamel on the person’s teeth quickly.

Foods that are good alternatives often involve artificial sweeteners, which typically taste as good as raw sugar for most people.  You can even bake with this ingredient instead of sugar if you want.  Not only is it lower in calories, (typically close to 0) which helps people shed weight, but it also far better for your teeth.  This is a pretty easy change to make for most people, but can lead to a much better outlook in their health and much lower risk of future heart disease.

The Top 2 Best Chicken Recipes for 2014

Chicken is one of our favorite foods, but a lot of the time we’re stuck with a tiny window of ideas how to use it.  Many of those ideas aren’t exactly the most healthy, like frying the chicken or baking it into pies of some kind.  As a result, we’re always on the lookout for new, amazing recipes for the use of chicken that’s not only healthy, but easy to make.

-Chicken Cacciatore

Anchovies are one of our favorite foods for their savory taste.  So when we found this Cacciatore recipe we just had to share it with you.  You will need: 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 3 pounds of chick thigh cutlets, an onion, garlic, dry white wine, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and half a cup of chicken stock, along with 1 can of crushed tomatoes and 1/4 of a cup of tomato paste.  Finally, our favorite ingredient: 2 anchovy filets for this one.

  1. Start out by heating up the olive oil in a saucepan and then cook the chicken in waves by placing it into the oil until it’s completely browned.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in the pan, then toss the garlic and onion in there until the onion completely softens up.  From there you will add the wine, vinegar, chicken stock, crushed tomatoes (makes sure you don’t drain this out of the can), paste and anchovies.
  3. Return all the chicken to the pan, make sure the chicken is tightly fit into it into a single layer of the pan for best results.  Bring it to a boil and then let it simmer for 20 minutes covered, then uncover it for 30 minutes to reduce the sauce.

The final result has 587 calories per serving, and 39.9 g of fat with 40.5g of protein.  This makes it a very hearty meal, good for dinners more so than a lunch.

-The Best Arroz con Pollo

The Best Arroz Con PolloThis is one of those meals that everyone loves, and it’s simple to make.  You start out with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, four chicken thighs and four drumsticks.  Chop a red bell pepper and a green one as well.  You will also need 1 3/4 cup of canned tomatoes and drain and chop them, 1 tablespoon of tomato paste, two cloves of garlic, a small onion and two ounces of smoked ham (dice this into slices around 1/4 inch per slice or so).  You will also want two cups of chicken broth and a cup of rice.

  1.  Get a deep frying pan out and heat the oil over moderate heat.  Rub salt and pepper into the chicken, and cook the chicken in the pan until brown,  You want to pour off the fat from the chicken only leaving about two tablespoons of it left.
  2. Bring the heat to a moderate low and add in the ham, onion (chopped), and minced garlic to the pan, stirring occasionally as it cooks.  Takes right around 2 minutes for the onion to get soft, and after it does add the bell peppers.  Cook for another 3 minutes or so.
  3. From there toss in the tomatoes from the can, tomato paste (1 tbsp) and a pinch of pepper and bring to a simmer.  Add the rice to the pan and stir it in, and then add the chicken on top of that as a single layer.  Partially cover it and simmer for 20-25 minutes.

 

 

 

Selecting the Best Garcinia Cambogia Products for Weight Loss

Losing weight is never an easy task.  Regardless of your intentions going in, it’s been clearly shown in studies that a person will not almost ever succeed in their goals unless they have the assistance of some kind of outside aid.  These outside helps can take many forms, from doctor prescribed weight loss medicines to large groups for exercise and dieting.  Many methods will work, but there are several clear winners when it comes to achieving long term weight loss.  Certain supplements, which increase a person’s metabolism or decrease their appetite naturally, without significant side effects, have proven the most effective.

A Natural Fruit Extract – Garcinia Cambogia

Since Doctor Oz first mentioned several recent studies on this amazing fruit, people have been clamouring to get ahold of their own.  This fruit extract is from a natural plant, found in Africa.  It’s been used for centuries by native tribes to increase energy and decrease appetite.  Only recently has it been studied in a clinical setting.  Doctor Oz mentioned on his show that numerous recent studies have clearly shown this weight loss aid to provide powerful results, typically allowing people to lose 20 to 30 pounds within a 60 day period.  This occurs without needing to change the person’s diet whatsoever.

The part of the Garcinia Cambogia fruit that causes these great results is the compound known as hydroxycitric acid (or HCA).  This is what is concentrated from the extract of the fruit for use by dieters.  It’s a natural metabolism booster and helps people lose weight quickly.  Typically a person taking this extract with at least 60% HCA will lose 15 pounds per month, or around 5 times more than those who are just eating normally in studies.  This makes it one of the most potent natural compounds known to exist.

Selecting the Right Garcinia Products

It should hardly come as any real surprise that not all such products are created equal.  There are many to choose from out there, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.  Typically, buying cheap products will only result in mediocre results, as they are often filled with many useless compounds rather than pure Garcinia Cambogia extract (which is expensive to produce).

Super Strength Garcinia CambogiaIn the studies on this topic, at least 1500 mg of 60% HCA garcinia cambogia was required to generate results.  A good product, like Garcinia Cambogia Advanced, will supply this for a reasonable price.  Beware of those that are too cheap, however.  Anything less than $30 for a 30 day supply will almost certainly not be genuine extract.

You want to buy a product that doesn’t pile on additives into it, and also is available for a reasonable price, made in the USA and shipped in a reasonable fashion.  Typically you only need to take a product twice per day to receive the results promised by the protocol.  If you decide to go down the garcinia route, good manufacturers will also supply you with a diet to help you along.  Since garcinia also cuts appetite it’s good to capitalize on this if possible by fixing your diet as well.  This helps the person achieve even better weight loss results.

For those that are looking for effective weight loss aids, that carry with them few side effects and strong results, Garcinia Cambogia is certainly unique.  Studies clearly show it to be particularly potent for those that have struggled with weight loss in the past.  You’re making a major investment in your health, so it’s important to not go cheap when it comes to what product you purchase.  Make sure it’s real extract, make sure it’s pure, and make sure it has a high HCA concentration.  Something like Garcinia Cambogia Advanced should work nicely for most people.