The Fat Flush Diet
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The Fat Flush Diet is another popular detox diet which claims to ‘flush’ your body of toxins that lead to weight gain. Watch this video for more details.
Transcript: Like most detox plans, the Fat Flush for Life Diet claims that it will "flush" and "detoxify" your liver...
Like most detox plans, the Fat Flush for Life Diet claims that it will "flush" and "detoxify" your liver and lymphatic system, ridding them of harmful toxins that can cause weight gain and excessive bloating. But there's one thing very unique about this plan. It takes a SEASONAL approach to diet, exercise and wellness. The diet's creator, Ann Louise Gittleman, who has a PhD in holistic nutrition, prescribes a slightly different "Fat Flush" diet plan for each season. There are daily year-round staples consisting of drink concoctions like Cranberry water, Spiced Lemon Toddy and Green Life Cocktail, in addition to a probiotic sweetener, whey protein, chia seeds and a range of supplements. The foods and quantities you're allowed to eat change from season to season. For the most part, all food groups are represented including proteins, grains, fruit, vegetables, oils and dairy. But the number of servings that Gittleman prescribes are not consistent with what most nutritionists recommend. For example, the Fat Flush plan includes more servings of protein-rich foods, especially animal protein, and fewer servings of grain and dairy. During some seasons followers are told to eliminate entire categories of foods such as diary in the summer, for no given reason but presumably to reduce calories. Gittleman's exercise plan also varies according to season, as well as seasonal wellness plans that call for "detox" regimens such as oil pulling, or swishing oil in your mouth for 20 minutes, coffee enemas, dry skin brush massage and castor oil pack, which involves lying down for an hour with castor-oil soaked flannel cloth covering your abdomen. There are definitely nutritional benefits to the Fat Flush for Life Plan: It promotes portion control, it's high in nutrient-rich vegetables, lean proteins and fish and it encourages limiting consumption of highly processed and refined foods. Unlike many detox diets, it also addresses the importance of exercise. Unfortunately, though, that's not enough to outweigh the diet's nutritional negatives. First, the American Dietetic Association does not support completely eliminating certain foods and beverages from your diet. Another red flag of this or any popular diet is that it recommends many supplements that the author developed, which means she stands to gain financially. Finally, "detox" regimens like coffee enemas are often unnecessary and potentially harmful. There's no credible scientific evidence proving that "flushing" and "detoxing" the liver and lymphatic system results in weight loss. There's also no scientific evidence that there's a need to "flush" the liver, much less any real benefit from doing so. The bottom line is that different diet plans and varying rules within each season require a lot of calculating and memorizing, inevitably making it time consuming for the dieter to make sense of it all. Eating seasonal produce is certainly great for your health and the environment, but you don't need a complicated program to reap the rewards of doing so. You can see a list of fresh produce to eat by season on websites like fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org. To learn more about popular detox diets and healthy ways to lose weight, check out other videos on this site.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-17 | Tags »
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You hear about calories all the time but do you what what a calorie actually is? Get the facts on calories and what they're made of in this video.
Transcript: What is a calorie? A calorie is a unit of energy derived from food. Our body uses this fuel so it can...
What is a calorie? A calorie is a unit of energy derived from food. Our body uses this fuel so it can do everything from breathing to secreting hormones and running a mile.On average, your body needs 1,000 to 1,400 calories a day to keep your organs functioning, respiration going smoothly, and your brain focused. If you take in more calories than you expend, the excess is stored as fat. If you eat fewer calories than that, you will lose weight.More »
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The 48-hour Acai Berry Detos Diet is famed for not just suppressing hunger but managing other health issues as well. Get more details with this video.
Transcript: The acai berry has been hailed as the newest superfood with health benefits ranging from weight loss...
The acai berry has been hailed as the newest superfood with health benefits ranging from weight loss and increased energy to mental clarity and a flawless complexion. The dark purple berries grow in the Amazon rain forest and are packed with fiber, essential fats, and substances called anthocyanins and flavanoids. These substances act as antioxidants, which are known for their anti-aging powers and their role in defending the body against chronic diseases. Although natives of Brazil have been consuming acai berries for many years, they were only recently introduced to the American supplement market. In fact, 53 new food and drink products containing the Brazilian berries were introduced in the United States in 2008 alone. Total sales of all things acai surged to $104 million - that's more than DOUBLE the 2007 figure. One such product is the 48-hour acai berry detox, a liquid formula that claims to detoxify your digestive system and boost metabolism. Unlike many diet supplements, 48-Hour Acai Berry Detox doesn't claim to control hunger, but it's supposed to reduce bloating, minimize water weight, and flush unwanted waste and toxins from the body, making it easier to shed excess body fat. To take this product, you simply combine four ounces of the liquid concentrate with four to eight ounces of water. It should be consumed four times each day between meals. You need to drink plenty of water when using this liquid formula. You're also encouraged to eat a lot of healthy grains, vegetables, and fruits. The 48 hour acai berry detox is appealing for many reasons: It's easy to buy online for about $15, it's mixed with water, which is something most people need more of, and there's no fat at all. Plus, it has the word "acai" in its name - the miracle berry known for its high antioxidant content. For this reason most people automatically assume all things acai are incredibly good for you. But the truth is that there's no scientific evidence that this product actually assists with real weight loss.While this diet may help relieve constipation, research truly supports eating a diet rich in ALL antioxidants from a variety of fruits and vegetables. For example, red grapes - a glass of red wine - and blueberries are all great sources of antioxidants. The lesson to take away from this and all other seemingly healthy products is to look at the big picture. Don't just focus on one isolated component of your diet like eating acai berry extract. And remember that the calorie content of acai berry products varies A LOT. An 8-ounce cup of acai berry juice is around 80-120 calories, while many commercial smoothies and bars can START at 300 calories. If you're watching your waistline, be sure to consume them in SUBSTITUTION and not in ADDITION to a meal! And avoid this diet altogether if you have a hypersensitivity to berries. To learn more about healthy way to lost weight, check out other videos on this site.More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-17 | Tags »
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Going gluten-free is tough but it doesn't mean you have to give up your favorite dishes.Check out this video for five gluten-free alternatives to dishes everyone likes.
Transcript: If you're going gluten-free, for whatever reason, there are lots of delicious meals you can make that...
If you're going gluten-free, for whatever reason, there are lots of delicious meals you can make that EVERYONE will love. Here are 5 of our favorites. Pancakes and waffles made with cornmeal and chickpea or almond flour are light, naturally sweet and guaranteed crowd pleasers. Making sandwiches with lettuce wraps instead of bread is a great way to get good taste AND great nutrition. Try everything from grilled chicken and tuna fish, to roasted veggies or even turkey pastrami. Layer on tomatoes, onion, and a drizzle of olive oil or hummus, and eat up! For dinner, replace favorite like battered fried chicken with almond-crusted baked chicken instead. Or, make "veggie pasta" by topping spaghetti squash or thinly cut strips of garlicky, sauted zucchini with your favorite pasta sauce. Have a sweet tooth? Some sorbets, all fresh fruit, and most dark chocolates are gluten-free. Add a dollop of whipped or sour cream for a once in a while special treat. What's not to love!More »
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Followers of the Mediterranean diet definitely have bragging rights--their meals are some of the tastiest and healthiest in the world. Watch this video to get the facts on the Mediterranean diet.
Transcript: At least 16 countries border the Mediterranean Sea and they each have their own culinary traditions....
At least 16 countries border the Mediterranean Sea and they each have their own culinary traditions. They're all included in the healthy Mediterranean Diet because people in these countries eat lots of fruits, vegetables, cereals, beans, and olive oil. They don't eat a lot of dairy, eggs, poultry or red meat. And some of them regularly drink moderate amounts of wine. The result is food that is good and good for you. Extensive research indicates that a Mediterranean diet reduces your risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, depression, and even memory loss. Ready to try it out? Let's run through the basics.You want to base every meal around plant foods, not animal proteins. Eat 2-4 servings of fresh fruit and 4-8 servings of vegetables every day. Choose only 100% whole grains and take it easy on starchy vegetables. Aim for 4-6 servings of grains a day. Do eat fat - but go for healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fat found in olives and olive oil, avocado and fish! Make seafood your star protein 2-3 times per week. And go for 1-3 servings of poultry a week. Red meat? Limit THAT to 2-3 three-ounce servings a month. Then, swap out salt for herbs like pepper, oregano, and basil....And enjoy a glass of wine or a beer - no more than 1 per day for women and 2 per for men. So what's a good Mediterranean meal look like? You start with an appetizer of artichokes followed by a small serving of pasta with fresh tomatoes, basil and garlic; then you enjoy a 4-6 ounce piece of grilled fish with sauted greens and a glass of red wine. For dessert-fresh fruit with a dollop of ricotta!More »
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Can you spot the healthiest choices in the supermarket? Watch this video to see what you or may not be overlooking when it comes to your favorite foods.
Transcript: Think you're good at making healthy choices? Let's see how much YOU know about these common foods. Which...
Think you're good at making healthy choices? Let's see how much YOU know about these common foods. Which is healthier: multigrain or whole grain bread? If you chose whole grain, kudos! Multigrain bread uses more than one type of grain but it's not necessarily WHOLE. WHOLE grain, as its name implies, contains the bran, germ and endosperm of the grain....so, literally, the WHOLE GRAIN. It's packed with fiber, boosts digestion and helps control cholesterol. Next: Lean ground beef patty or pulled pork? Do you think ultra lean hamburger meat is healthier than pulled pork? It's not if you're concerned about what excess fat can do to your heart. Eight ounces of 90% lean ground beef contains 24 grams of fat-while 8 ounces of pulled pork - WITHOUT BBQ sauce -- has 11 grams. BUT if you're counting carbs, beware of BBQ pulled pork. It packs 47 grams of carbohydrates-38 of them are sugars. Beef has ZERO. How about egg whites or oatmeal for breakfast? Does an egg white omelet seem like a smart breakfast choice? Three egg whites have 45 calories and 12 grams of protein-and NOTHING ELSE! One cup of natural oats-not instant or flavored--has 7 grams of protein, 29 grams of carbohydrates, 10% of your daily iron needs, 158 milligrams of potassium, and 170 calories IF you make it with water. Which is healthier? Oatmeal-hands down. Not because it has fewer calories or carbs, but because it's an all-around better nutritional option, and will most likely keep you feeling fuller, longer. Tofu or tempeh? Tempeh should tempt you. Tofu is processed to turn soymilk into curds. But tempeh is made from WHOLE soybeans. Because of this, tempeh retains more protein, dietary fiber and vitamins than tofu. So - how'd you do? Tally up YOUR score!More »
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Did Rachel Frederickson lose too much weight on The Biggest Loser? We asked nutritionist and weight loss expert Dr. Rebecca Cipriano for her take. You might be surprised by what she had to say!
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Excess weight can contribute to a number of health issues but losing it can help reverse the effects. Watch this video to learn more about reversing health issues with weight loss.
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How much you weigh can directly affect your ability to get pregnant. Watch this video to learn all about weight and fertility.
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It's common for people to make excuses for not losing weight. Watch this video to see which weight loss excuses are valid and which ones are not.
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Some supplements can aid weight loss but it's important to know which ones really work. Watch this video to learn all about supplements and weight loss.
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Jump starting weight loss is sometimes just a matter of making a certain change in diet. Watch this video to learn the best food change for weight loss.
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