Sodium Linked To Obesity

Sodium is a natural element that the body needs to function. It’ s important for water balance, nerve function, and countless other physiological functions. However you really only need a small amount per day. About 500 mg is plenty. That’s the amount you’d get just snacking on chips, crackers, various cheeses, salted nuts or eating canned food items like soups and canned veggies. The total daily recommended limit of sodium consumption is around 2,300 milligrams.

However, most Americans are eating too much sodium. WAY too much sodium. On average, 4,000 to 6,500 mg a day. It’s not only hurting their health, it’s expanding their waistlines. In fact, the American Medical Association is campaigning for the FDA to withdraw salts designation as a “safe” food additive. They’re pushing for Americans to cut their intake in half.

This isn’t too surprising. Food manufacturers have known for a long time that salt is an addictive substance. That’s why they pack it into more and more processed foods. People will eat more, and then food companies will make more money. A clinical research has shown that salt shares characteristics with addictive substances (like morphine, cocaine, and heroin) which release dopamine (feel-good brain chemicals) when we eat it. That’s why salt addictions are so common and why people have such a hard time cutting down. Often people who don’t even know they’re addicted to salt will experience withdrawal symptoms when trying to cut back.

A 2006 Finnish study published in Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases found a link between increased salt intake and obesity. From the 1980s to the mid 1990s, the salt intake in the United States increased by more than 50% as Americans started eating more and more processed foods. In the same time frame, obesity has gone up steadily. Also keep in mind that when people eat more salt, they will naturally have the desire to drink more fluids to maintain water balance in their bodies.

Unsurprisingly, between 1977 and 2001 the U.S. caloric intake from sweetened beverages like fruit juice, soft drinks and energy drinks increased by 135%. It’s pretty easy to see that as food companies make foods more salty, people will drink more and more super-sized sugary drinks to wash it down.

High sodium diets also are the leading cause of high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease and stroke. These diseases also go hand in hand with obesity. To alleviate the high blood pressure caused by salt intake, your body will dump extra water into your blood vessels which causes the overall pressure to increase as blood vessels expand. African Americans, Hispanics, and obese men and women have a higher sensitivity to sodium and are more prone to high blood pressure as a result. If you fall into one of these at-risk categories, you should try to limit your salt intake to less than 1,500 mg a day.

For regular salt use, I recommend using Celtic Sea Salt or pure Himalayan Pink Salt, because these have 84 minerals whereas regular table salt has only 2. They also don’t go through an unhealthy refining process like regular table salt does.

Also try to stay away from fast food, as many items at these restaurants will put you over your daily allowance really quickly. A McDonald’s double cheeseburger with small fries, for example, contains 1,310 mg of sodium. If you’re trying to be healthy at a fast food restaurant, good luck. The mesquite chicken salad at Chili’s has 2,710 mg of sodium. That’s more than most adults should eat in an entire day.

You can limit your salt intake by eating less processed food, getting frozen or fresh veggies instead of canned, buying fresh meats, choosing low-sodium options of canned soups and snacks, and asking for unsalted entrees at restaurants.

Exercise: How to Get Twice the Results In Half The Time

treadmill-runnersYou all understand that exercise is good for you. It keeps your cardiovascular systems healthy, keeps you strong, and helps keep your weight in check (alongside a proper diet.) But, that doesn’t mean you have to like it.

It’s easy to come up with excuses when you truly dislike exercising and would rather spend your time doing just about anything else. I don’t have any secrets for never having to exercise again, but I do have some insights into what can make the process more bearable, and best of all: take less time.

There is a proven way to at least double your results from exercise while reducing the time it takes to complete your workout. Do I have your attention now? Great!

All you have to do is this: change your pace and intensity throughout your workout.

It’s really as simple as that. Researchers have found that when you change the pace or intensity of one exercise to the next you can dramatically boost your metabolism, not only during your workout, but also for hours afterwards. This means you can get more out of each workout in less time.

Next time you’re in the gym, don’t remain at one pace throughout your entire session. Hop on the treadmill, exercise bike, or stair climber, and start by moving at a moderate pace for a minute, then work up to a jog for a minute, then sprint for a minute, and repeat.

(Note: If you can’t sprint because of physical limitations such as injury or illness, that’s fine. You can still change your intensity level from low to medium to high in a way that challenges you without putting your body or health at risk.)

As you continue your workout, keep changing your pace between slow, medium, and fast until your time is up. Researchers have found that you can burn more calories in 20 to 30 minutes of varied-intensity aerobics then an hour of medium paced, consistent movement. Variety is not only the spice of life, it’s the key to your workout goals.

Another benefit of this method of exercise is that most people find the constant variation more engaging. Fighting boredom in your workout is important. If you can design your workout so that you can actually enjoy it, that’s always going to go a long way in keeping you motivated.

If you’re a beginner: start out slow. As you work your way up, the high-intensity part of your workout will get faster and you’ll be able to push yourself more and more. Pay attention to your body, and if you ever feel faint or nauseous, take a break immediately. In time, not only will you be healthier, stronger, and weigh less, but exercise will also give you “feel-good” hormones that will boost your mood and lower your overall levels of stress and depression.

Next time you workout, remember: each exercise session a victory in your quest to improve your body and your life. Give yourself the credit you deserve for showing up and putting in the work, expecially when you’re tired, grumpy, or unmotivated because even your worst workout is better than not showing up at all.

3 Tips To Reverse Aging

When you are in your twenties, you hardly care about the prospect of aging. But as you close in on your forties and beyond, you want to look younger and feel younger. Here are three tips that will help you appear and feel a decade younger.

Flax Seeds Eat Essential Fat: For decades, the media and the masses preached how all fat was unhealthy. However, this is categorically incorrect as a plethora of academic studies has demonstrated recently. Certain fats carry an array of benefits such as maintaining the integrity of your skin. These are the essential fatty acids, and, unfortunately, our bodies are not wired to generate them by themselves. We must turn to certain foods if we want to increase our consumption of essential fatty acids. The majority of Americans typically do not consume enough of Omega-3s, a specific fatty acid. A dearth of this can lead to the drying, cracking, and wrinkling of your skin! If you want to avoid this, which I am sure you do, there are a number of foods that contain plenty of this essential fatty acid. These include wild salmon, mackerel, tuna, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, flax seeds, and more.

Eat More Frequently: The custom in many Western cultures is to have two or three big meals per day. Unfortunately, this is by no means the most efficient or healthy schedule for eating. In reality, the best eating schedule to adhere to is to consume a small, yet sufficient, meal that contains essential fats, healthy carbs, and protein every three hours. This makes it much easier for our bodies to absorb the nutrients from our meals. Furthermore, the frequency of meals, as described above, can boost your body’s metabolism.

Reduce Toxins: Toxins can wreak havoc not only on your appearance but your general health. Avoid toxins such as air pollution, alcohol, cigarette smoke, and those found in our water supply and food. It is advisable to avoid processed foods that contain chemicals, artificial sweeteners, artificial colors.

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Think Your Belly Thin!

Its apparent that people can have the best fat-burning diet or exercise routine if they have enough confidence, if not then they won’t be successful. (Has this ever happened to you?)

It’s saddening that many people are walking around with the common downfall of  low self-esteem. Truthfully, it may not be rock bottom but it is low enough to keep many from enduring needed exercise routines.

The simple fact is, your confidence needs to be nourished everyday. Your confidence should be treated like your body and nourished like a temple. If you don’t nourish your body, you’ll get sick. If you don’t nourish your confidence, you become uncertain, depressed and highly incapable.

Confidence can be developed, obtained and grown – just like a muscle. You can transform how you view yourself just like you can transform your body.

The main question now is: How can one increase their confidence and break through the mental barriers that they need to transform their body in a timely manner?

Here’s where thinking your belly thin comes into play.

Rule#1 Make your confidence your top priority.

How? Well there are 7 steps to this process. Here’s step 1

1. Write down (or think about) five things you REALLY like about yourself!

For more check out The 7-Day Belly Blast.

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Set Your Food on Fire

Josh BezoniIt is a proven fact that certain foods will fix a “mangled metabolism”. This happens once you begin to increase your calorie burning furnace instead of hurting your metabolism lets talk about how you can set those calories on fire!

Honestly, there are a lot of seriously flawed “diet point system” that claim to give you the room to eat whatever you want given the fact that you do not exceed your allotted amount of points, these systems are seriously defective

The Calorie Myth™

All calories aren’t created equal. The truth? calories from different types of food act extremely different once they get inside your body.

“Thermal Burn” VS. “Thermal Duds”

Here’s an example: Your metabolic rate increases by approximately 5% as a result to eating fatty foods. In summary, every 1,000 calorie of fat eaten, your body will burn about 50% of its own calories in order to process waht you ate. Carbs on the other hand… when you eat carbphydrates, your metabolic rate increases by a maimum of 10% (less for carbs like sugar, which is easily digested, and more for high fiber choices.) Esentially. this mieans that your body uses 100 calores to digest and utlize 1,000 calories of carbs. Get it? It’s all a numbers game.

Protein has the highest thermal burn of all foods, increasing your metanolism by up to 30%. For every 1,000 calories of protein that you eat, your body uses about 300 calories to digest and process. For every 1,000 calories of proteing that you intake you are only recieveing about 700, as a result you now have 300 free calories.

Check  out 15 Foods That Kill Belly Fat FAST by Josh Bezoni of 7DayBellyBlastDiet.com

Also remember that the “Thermal Burn” of some natural foods is so high they wont even register on the calorie scale. These are what we should considere “FREE Foods” that you can practically eat non-stop without gaining an ounce. I am in no way sugesting that you eat only protein in order to fix your mangeld metabolism, however eating specific Thermal-burning meals throughout the day can be helpful.

Obesity Conspiracy and How to Outsmart it

Make the Right Choices Today!

Making the right choices is extremely important when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet in previous post there has been plenty of exposure to shady food and things like unnatural “Frankenfoods’. Moreover, lets take some time to discuss why removing these additives from your diet is important. Better yet, lets discuss how to outsmart obesity. definitely beneficial

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Top 7 Additives That Should be Removed From Your Diet

1. (This ones a given) CARBOHYDRATES: sugar, flour, enriched white flour, white flour, enriched bleached flour, enriched wheat flour, wheat flour, semolina flour, white rice, maltodextrin, glucose, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), fructose, sucrose, dextrose, and levulose) Just REMOVE IT ALL FROM YOUR DIET.

2. Artificial Sweeteners: Splenda, Nutra Sweet, Sunette and even Sweet ‘N Low

3. Added Caffeine: When added in soft drinks or energy drinks is extremely bad for you. In comparison, a few cups of coffee or green tea a day is harmless.

4. Saturated Fat: Also known as hydrogenated oils and trans fats

5. Monosodium glutamate – A compound that occurs naturally as a breakdown product of proteins and is used as a flavor enhancer in food

6: Alcohol: Too much is no good, 1 – 2 drinks a week if you must.

7. Salt and Sodium: AKA chips, crackers, canned food items, pickles, various cheeses, pretzels, condiments, and salted nuts.

 

Everyone’s Talking About Chia Seeds

Chia seeds, in case you haven’t been to a health food store in a while, are tiny white and black seeds that come from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, and everyone has been talking about them as an amazing weight loss aid. Let’s take a closer look.

Josh Bezoni - Chia Seeds“Chia” actually means strength, and it is thought that Mayan and Aztec cultures used these seeds for energy. They are native to Mexico and Guatemala, and most people who are old enough remember them from the 1980’s when “Chia Pets” were all the rage (as much as Chia Pets can be a rage.)

They are in fact filled with healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium. They’re unprocessed, whole-grains, and one ounce contains about 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates, and 11 grams of fiber, plus vitamins and minerals. Not bad.

The have a mild, nutty flavor, and they’re commonly add to cereal, sauces, rice dishes, and yogurt. They are unique, in that when they are mixed into liquids, they create a gel like substance, an important part of this whole weight loss craze.

Because chia seeds soak up liquid when immersed, it has been thought that when you consume them, they expand in your stomach, making you feel full faster, eat less, and ultimately lose weight. But so far no studies have been able to back up this phenomenon.

In a study by Appalachian State University in North Carolina, researcher David Nieman, DrPH said that “Over a 12-week period, we did not see a change in appetite or weight loss… Our study showed no reduction in body weight, body fat and no improvement in traditional cardiovascular markers from 50 grams of chia per day.”

Another study found similar results. “The evidence is limited on chia, and only two clinical trials examined heart health and body weight,” explains researcher Catherine Ulbricht, PharmD. “One showed some beneficial heart effect, but neither showed any effect on weight loss.”

I have no problem with chia seeds and believe they are a nutritious food to add to one’s diet, but there are some websites out there claiming that chia seeds will cure every ailment from wrinkles to cancer, and that’s simply not true, or at least in no way scientifically proven.

In conclusion, these little seeds may not cure you of all physical and emotional maladies, but they are very nutritious, and I encourage you to try them. If you want to experiment with a few chia seed recipes made with raw ingredients at home, feel free to browse through some of these recipes.

 

The Belly Blast Diet Cook Book

7 Day Belly Blast Diet is not a diet but a new way of living. Josh Bezoni’s cook book provides you with more that 100 recipes that can be easily created by anyone. You’ll endure devilishly delicious meals, you’ll enjoy staying on track and not worrying about obesity or bad health. You’ll discover the variety and the simplicity of meals that will help with the satisfaction you need to have a healthy, attractive body fora life time. Now doesn’t that sound like a dream come true?

 

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Highlight Recipe 

 

Blueberry Pie(servings)

Ingredients

4 (6-ounce) baskets of blueberries, washed

5 tablespoon ZSweet®

¼ teaspoon fresh lemon juice

2 – 3 teaspoons cornstarch mixed with water

1 (7-ounce) can fat-free Reddi-wip®

8 low-fat graham cracker sheets (4 crackers per sheet), ground into crumbs.

Directions

1. Place blueberries in a medium saucepan and cook over medium-high heat, mash with a wooden spoon until juice is release then proceed to Remove from heat.

2. Add ZSweet®, lemon juice, and starch. Return to heat and cook until thickened. If the blueberry filling is too thin, remove from heat and add more starch. If the mixture is too thick proceed to add some water.

3. Assemble individual desserts by placing a layer of graham cracker crumbs in the bottom of a glass dish followed by a layer of the blueberry filling. Place in refrigerator to cool. Top with Reddi-wip® before serving.

Who knew Blueberry Pie could be so tasty, and only 220 calories!

 

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Where Can You Find Obesity Additives?

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Salad dressings This includes many low-fat and fat-free versions.

Cereals – Even the ones advertised ad healthy. Alongside crackers, breads, chips, pretzels, and pastas out numero uno enemy, macaroni and cheese.

Condiments – Jelly, Jam, Gravy and other sauces.

• Canned, and Cured meats.

• Canned and frozen fruits and vegetables 

• Soft drinks, fruit juices, energy drinks, and teas

• Hundreds of foods labeled low-fat, fat-free, and “diet”

• Desserts & Fast Food

On average, the typical American eats 140 pounds of sugar per year, which equals 173 grams per day. That’s one tragic sugar addiction and why “Ritalin-infused” kids are running around with tons of energy, all day. Please keep in mind that sugar also triggers hunger cravings and wreaks havoc on ones blood sugar levels causing them to rise and cause damage to to the body and store fat cells in areas that you hate  – like your belly. It is important to note that during the fat storing process in the presence of insulin, the hormone glucagon— which is responsible for burning body fat—is “shut off.” These obesity additives will continue to weaken the immune system and can cause depression. According to a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology, it also accelerates aging and causes wrinkles.


 

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Step Off the Scale

Josh Bezoni - ScaleWomen and men alike often make the same mistake of visiting their scale on a daily basis. This is ineffective and detrimental for two reasons. Firstly, weight can vary tremendously from day to day and are not necessarily reflective of how healthy you are on any single day. Furthermore, such behavior can have a negatively impact your psyche and damage your will to improve your upon your lifestyle choices.

Setting a goal with regards to weight loss is a good thing. Watching the scale on a consistent and semi-regular basis is a fantastic way to gauge your progress. But do not weight yourself every single day!

The scale can be the cause of a roller coaster of emotions. A loss of a pound one day may result in jubilation while just a small, likely temporary, increase engenders dismay. Such dismay can cause someone to give up hope, when, in fact, they should be ecstatic the changes they have already implemented to their diet and lifestyle.

The primary reason that weight can fluctuate so heavily on a day-to-day basis has to do with the retention of water. Minor fluctuations are not necessarily indicative of the progress you are making. Another way to figure out if you are doing well is to reflect upon how you feel in an overall sense. Are your pants a little less tight or does your body feel learner? Is your energy level up?

These are the types of questions you should be asking yourself in lieu of stepping on the scale. Josh Bezoni recommends that you visit the scale no more than a single time per week. Also, many scales are imperfect so be certain to weigh yourself on the exact same scale over time. Additionally, keep in mind that weight cannot gauge whether you have shed fat and put on muscle. Therefore, it is important to listen to your physical body and not just the number on the scale’s dashboard.