Consistency is the Key to a Healthier You

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

Everybody wants to be healthy.  Many people begin a regimen of exercise and a healthier diet only to burn out because they tried to do too much, too soon.  If they have been inactive for years and want to lose weight immediately, they may try running a mile or more rather than walking a shorter distance and building up strength and endurance.  They injure themselves rather than lose weight and then they get depressed, consider themselves hopeless and stop.

This same thing happens to people who decide that it is time to start a healthy diet.  They make immediate, dramatic changes and discover that that the foods they are eating have become monotonous, so they start eating more junk food and packaged foods rather than explore a maintainable, healthy diet that can be fun and versatile, all because they hit an extreme that they were not able to maintain.

Consistency is the key and it takes time, effort and a bunch of little steps to get into a healthy groove.  If we decide to take the stairs at work one day, plan on spending the time to take the stairs on other days of the week.  If you make a point to take a 30-minute brisk walk on Monday, make certain that you have planned for and manage other 30-minute brisk walks on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.  If you made a healthy lunch on Monday, it is not an excuse to eat fast food on Tuesday.  Make it a habit to always bring a healthy lunch on each day of the week.

It is surprisingly easy to form a habit, even a good habit.  You just have to get started and make the extra effort in the beginning.  It probably did not take you long to learn to check e-mails at certain times of the day, once you became accustomed to having e-mails.  This same thing is true for other, healthy lifestyle changes.  If the desire is there, it can be done.

Remember to ask yourself how old you will be in a year if you start and maintain a healthier lifestyle.  Then ask yourself how old you will be in a year if you keep doing exactly what you have been doing.  You will be a year older no matter what you do – but you have the choice in determining where you want to be in that year.  It really is that simple. 8)

If you need help losing weight, our Health Coaches are available Toll Free, 7 days a week to assist you. Call 800-980-7208 or go to www.liquidhcgdiet.com.

Soluble Fiber & Obesity

Friday, November 18th, 2011

We have all heard that eating a diet that is high in fiber is good for our health yet many of us do not understand what fiber is all about.

Fiber is the indigestible portion of plant foods which therefore cannot get absorbed into the blood stream.  Fiber is therefore not used for energy and instead is used to help with bowel function, removing toxic waste, preventing constipation, helping with digestive ailments, lowering “bad” LDL levels and reducing the risk of heart disease and many forms of cancer.  Fiber comes in one of two different components:

  • Soluble fiber is fiber that is fermented in the colon and helps with the production of good bacteria in the bowel.  Good sources of soluble fiber include oat bran, nuts, dried beans, dried peas, many fresh fruits and vegetables, flax seeds and psyllium husk.
  • Insoluble fiber moves bulk through the intestines, promotes a balanced pH in the intestines and promotes regular bowel movements.  Sources of insoluble fiber include dark, leafy green vegetables and green beans, fruit and root vegetable skins, whole wheat products and many seeds and nuts.

Soluble fiber also increased benefits of helping people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).  Those who have high cholesterol will also benefit from soluble fiber as it lowers LDL cholesterol levels, thereby reducing the risk for heart disease, hypertension and stroke.  People who have diabetes or are at risk of diabetes should eat foods that are high in soluble fiber because it can regulate blood sugar levels.  It can also reduce the risk for colorectal cancer.

Soluble fiber does not hamper the absorption of vitamins and minerals because it does not bind to these things.  In the United States, it has been estimated that people only get about half the daily  recommended levels of fiber.  If we ate more fiber, it would dramatically decrease our risk of getting obesity, diabetes, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis and colon cancer.  Anyone concerned about his health should make a special point to add more soluble fiber to his diet to help lower these risks.

If you need help learning how to eat properly, exercise and lose weight… call our Health Coaches Toll Free at 800-980-7208 or visit our website at www.liquidhcgdiet.com.

Good Fats vs. Bad Fats

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Fats have gotten a bad reputation in the past for being unhealthy, but did you know that there are actually fats out there that are good for you?  Healthy fats are monounsaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats and fats that are high in Omega-3s.  When it comes to these healthy fats, they should make up about 30% of your daily calories once you have completed the Liquid HCG Diet. The following foods are rich in these fats:

  • Olive oil
  •  Almonds and other nuts
  • Avocados
  • Fatty fish like salmon, herring, trout, tuna, mackerel and sardines 
  • Seeds such as flaxseed, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds
  • Coconut oil is a saturated fat but carries great health benefits as well, just be sure to eat the organic non-hydrogenated type. 

Now the bad fats that you want to always avoid are trans-fats.  These are what you will find in commercially baked products such as muffins, cookies, cakes and packaged snack foods.  They are also found in fried foods as well.   The biggest thing you have probably already learned while being on LHCG is to READ YOUR LABELS!  This will be one of the healthiest habits you can get into doing!  Continue this for the rest of your life.  It is so important to be knowledgeable about what you are putting into your body as well as your families.  Health Coaches are available to answer any questions that you may have at 800-980-7208.

Cortisol and Weight Gain

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Cortisol is a critical hormone that helps to maintain blood pressure, blood sugar through insulin stimulation, provide energy and stimulate the metabolism for fast energy.  It is also a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal gland.  It is produced in excess as a response to stress, its primary function being to increase blood sugar, suppress the immune system and aid in fat, protein and carbohydrate metabolism.

Cortisol has been called the “stress hormone” because increased production of cortisol occurs during times of stress, which can alter the normal, healthy pattern of cortisol secretion.  This disruption of cortisol secretion may cause weight gain and even impact where that weight is stored.  Some studies have suggested that stress and elevated cortisol levels tend to cause excess fat to build up in the abdominal area rather than the hips and thighs.  Abdominal fat is often referred to as “toxic fat” since this has been linked to the development of heart disease and stroke.

Other factors than stress can cause increased cortisol secretion.  Certain medical ailments, such as Cushing’sSyndrome, can cause any number of diseases that will increase cortisol production.  Anxiety can also affect metabolism whether or not cortisol is ever involved.  The single best thing a person can do if he is under stress, gaining weight or possibly has raised levels of cortisol is to get an adequate amount of exercise.  Exercise not only helps reduce stress and improve mental health but it also increases the metabolism and burns fat, especially in the midsection.

If you need help learning how to eat properly, exercise and lose weight… call our Health Coaches Toll Free at 800-980-7208 or visit our website at www.liquidhcgdiet.com.

Why We Need to Lose Weight: The Facts

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

Absolutely no one ever wants to hear that he or she needs to lose weight yet this unpleasant fact is spoken in order to save lives.  The National Institutes of Health has determined that obesity and overweight together kills an estimated 300,000 Americans every year.  This makes obesity and overweight the second leading cause of preventable death in the county, behind tobacco use.

Not only does obesity directly kill Americans but it is frequently a predominant factor behind many other serious and potentially fatal illnesses.  Obesity greatly increases the risk of heart disease, the single greatest cause of death in the U.S., Canada, England and Wales.  Heart disease accounts for 25.4% of the total deaths in the U.S.  Every 25 seconds, an American experiences a cardiac event.  Obesity also leads to hypertension, which in turn dramatically increases the risk of stroke – the third leading cause of death.  Obesity has been linked to many cancers, is a predominant cause of diabetes and contributes to problems with gout, liver and gallbladder disease, sleep apnea and problems with reproductive health.  In addition, obesity is frequently a cause of discrimination, depression and in children, it is the single greatest risk factor in determining who will suffer from bullying.

We cannot lose weight if we do the same things we have always done, simply hoping the pounds will fall off.  Even those who are seriously obese and lead sedentary lifestyles can benefit by slowly incorporating exercise into their daily routines.  For example, a study of people who have already been diagnosed with pre-diabetes has determined that by simply losing 5% to 7% of their weight, along with regular exercise, they will drastically lower their chances of becoming diabetic.  Exercise coupled with a healthy diet will cause us to shed pounds, help us lower our blood pressure, lower our blood sugar and reduce our risks of heart disease, diabetes and stroke.  Our health depends upon losing those unwanted extra pounds.  We simply cannot maintain good health if we are overweight or obese.

If you or a loved one need to lose weight, we can help! We’ve helped Tens of Thousands of people lose weight and keep it off.  Our Health Coaches are available 7 days a week to help you through the program. Call Toll Free, 1-800-980-7208 to get started or visit www.liquidhcgdiet.com

Tips To Avoid “Stress Eating”

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

Stress can do bad things to our body. When stress continues without relief it can lead to a condition called distress. Sometimes when under distress you can experience physical symptoms including headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, and problems sleeping. Research also suggests that stress can bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases.

And oftentimes when under stress, we turn to food as a comfort. This will not help you take the weight off, nor will it allow you to keep it off. So, if you want to break the yo-yo dieting cycle, it is good to learn different ways to handle stress.

Stress can come from a variety of places, but most are permanent in our life so we can’t just get rid of it.  Because of that we have to learn healthy ways to process stress so it doesn’t affect your body.  Here are a few things to consider:

  • Exercise – With our Liquid HCG Active protocol you can even do this in phase 2.  Exercise is a productive way to handle stress as it helps get frustration out, increases our endorphins (which  in turn causes us to feel a sense of well being and even happiness), and  it can also help us sleep better.  So find something active that you enjoy doing and take some time  out from life to do it.
  • Find a  good book to read.  Sometimes just  by taking your mind off of what is causing you stress gives you a new outlook.
  • Spend some time with a good friend.  They  can offer advice, understanding and just someone to laugh with.  Laughing is not only good for you, but  it does help you feel better too, so make sure and get some good laughing in with a friend.
  • Deep breathing can increase your energy level and helps turn off racing  thoughts.  Deep breathing also  releases endorphins into the system. Try to make deep breathing a habit.  You can do it while driving to work, sitting at your desk working, waiting  in line, while watching television, just about anytime. It can help deal  with the stress of daily life.
  • Sleep!  Ideally you should be getting around 8 hours off sleep a night, but do what you can and get your sleep.  It is amazing what a good nights rest  can do to help your perspective in the morning.

By doing what you can to minimize stress, you are giving your body a chance to live.  So take some time for yourself today; take a walk, visit with a friend, or even just a quiet moment in the car to take some deep breaths, and remember you CAN do this!

Health coaches are available at 800-980-7208 to answer any questions that you have or to take orders.

The Truth About Braggs Amino Acids

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Over the past few months we’ve had a lot of people ask about Bragg’s Amino acids as a soy sauce replacement.   Many have asked if it’s the same thing and if it’s okay to use while on the Phase 2 of the HCG diet, here are a few things about Braggs.

Initially we thought Braggs was a good soy sauce replacement, due to the added amino acids, it was said to be a healthier alternative to soy sauce with less sodium and less carbs.  Upon further investigation, all soy sauce has amino acids and sodium chloride.  Braggs also has more sodium and does contain glutamic acid, which is the same as MSG.

According to Dave Klein, of Living Nutrition, “MSG is only one type of free glutamate, so foods stating no MSG or no added MSG can be misleading, as hydrolyzed protein is a form of free glutamate. Monosodium glutamate goes under the name of glutamate, monosodium glutamate, glutamic acid, calcium caseinate, sodium caseinate, gelatin, textured protein, hydrolyzed protein, yeast extract. Most of the time,  ontaining MSG are malt, barley malt, boullion, stock, carrageenan, maltodextrin, whey protein, pectin (anything enzyme modified). NATURAL FLAVORS, protein fortified, soy protein.”

There are a few other soy sauce options that are naturally fermented with no MSG. A few of them are:

  • Ohsawa Organic Nama Shoyu (raw, unpasteurized)
  • South River Miso
  • Eden Organics Shoyu Sauce
  • San J Tamari & Shoyu Sauce
  • Trader Joe’s Soy Sauce

All of these products are naturally fermented, raw and unpasteurized. If you have any questions, please feel free to call the health coaches at 800-980-7208.

Burn Fat & Build Muscle By Balance Hormones

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

As we age our hormonal levels drop, causing many of the problems we associate with aging.  This can include weight gain, memory lapses and brittle bones, among other problems.  The risks of heart disease, diabetes and stroke all go up significantly as we get older.  While we are always going to age for the duration of our lives, we do not have to assume that obesity and ill health are side effects of our aging.

Exercise in and of itself helps us lose weight, builds muscle mass and bone density, improves our mental health and reduces the risk of many serious diseases.  It can also help us balance and regulate our hormones, even if we have gone over that proverbial hill.  Studies have shown that levels of estrogen, testosterone and human growth hormone (HGH) are significantly higher in men and women who have recently completed a cardiovascular workout compared to those who have not.  This is even true among elderly patients.  Balancing these hormones helps us lose fat, gain muscle mass, gain bone density and improve our overall physical and mental health.

Human growth hormone in particular has long been shown to cause weight loss while building muscle tone.  It is known as the “master hormone” because it regulates the other hormones and helps maintain metabolism.  Exercise increases our levels of HGH in the bloodstream, thereby regulating our other hormones and helping us burn fat while increasing muscle.  Because HGH will also help us burn fat even in our inactive times, increasing our HGH is vital to our overall health.  HGH also helps prevent insulin from storing glucose in cells, which in turn becomes far.   Those who have higher levels of HGH also experience more energy and stamina, along with a faster metabolism.

Those who are concerned about the adverse effects of aging need to incorporate exercise into their daily regimens in order to help them look and feel younger.  Even if we have gone “over the hill”, it does not mean we need to pick up speed on the way down.  Exercise is the key to good health, returning our hormonal levels and our bodies to their optimal state. 8)

If you need help learning how to eat properly, exercise and lose weight… call our Health Coaches Toll Free at 800-980-7208 or visit our website at www.liquidhcgdiet.com.

Dangers of Diet Soda

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Not only can diet sodas be addicting, but you can become addicted to the unnatural sweetness like it is a drug. Many of you have experienced the withdrawal symptoms of this as you move into phase 2.  It is not a pleasant experience, so why would you ever want to go back to that place?

As you drink beverages full of artificial sweeteners like aspartame or sucralose you begin to crave that sweet flavor and things like fruits and vegetables can lose their appeal. Because diet soda has no calories it can cause an increase in appetite that can lead to overeating and because you have poured so much insulin into your body, it can turn whatever you do eat into fat.

Mayo Clinic nutritionist, Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D., said, “Although switching from regular soda to diet soda may save you calories, some studies suggest that drinking more than one soda a day — regular or diet —
increases your risk of obesity and related health problems such as type 2 diabetes…[Instead] sip water throughout the day. For variety, try sparkling water or add a squirt of lemon or cranberry juice to your water. Save diet soda for an occasional treat.”

All of these factors remind us that the best drink we can have to maintain our weight loss is water.  When finished with the Liquid HCG Diet protocol, keep drinking plenty of water and use artificial sweeteners and soda sparingly and in moderation.  If you do that, you will have success keeping your weight off.

If you have further questions, call the health coaches at 800-980-7208.

Controlling High Cholesterol with Proper Diet and Exercise

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Learning how to lower cholesterol can mean the difference between living a long, healthy life versus a life filled with chronic illness and pain that may be drastically shortened due to heart ailments, blood clots and stroke.  Understanding the role that diet and exercise can play in reducing high cholesterol is the first step down the road toward good health and healing.

It was once considered that simply avoiding foods that had any cholesterol was necessary to lowering overall cholesterol and improving health.  Not only was this hard to follow but we have also learned the difference between high-density lipoprotein (HDL) “good” cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) “bad” cholesterol.  As cholesterol cannot dissolve in the bloodstream, it must be carried to and from the cells by lipoproteins.  When too much “bad” LDL cholesterol circulates in the blood, it can build up on the walls of the arteries which feed the heart and brain.  This creates a hardened plaque which (more…)