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THE FATTENING FACTS ABOUT THE POTATO

THE TRUTH ABOUT POTATOES

 

I think we can all agree, that potatoes are absolutely divine! They are the most wanted vegetable of all time! Are they really fattening though? We all assume they are, but it would be nice to eat potatoes without thinking I’ve blown my healthy eating! Can you eat potatoes and still lose weight?

 

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HOW TO EAT WHAT YOU WANT WITHOUT WEIGHT GAIN THIS CHRISTMAS

 

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ENJOY CHRISTMAS!

 

There is a lot to do and organise over Christmas, that often the efforts to lose weight go on the back-burner. That’s because it doesn’t come as naturally for the overweight and it requires a lot of focus. There’s only so much you can focus on and it’s just so much easier to not worry about avoiding the carbs, going to the gym, not eating junk food or whatever you find works for you.

 

So how about a different attitude, that will take all the stress out of worrying about weight gain this Christmas. Let’s not focus on avoiding anything. Let’s not focus on eating healthy or even focus on losing weight at all. How about you focus on simply NO weight gain this Christmas! Just keeping it level until all social commitments, and everything else you have to do, has gone back to normal. Let’s work with our human weakness of temptation of all yummy foods and just aim to focus on losing weight AFTER Christmas. Maybe even after New Year. Decide on when you’re going to get back to losing weight and stick to it. In the meantime follow my best 5 steps to keep you at your current weight (and not a gram more) until that date.

 

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GARCINIA CAMBOGIA MYTH OR MIRACLE?

GARCINIA CAMBOGIA Myth or Miracle?

 

You may have heard of Garcinia Cambogia and wondered whether it was worth buying and whether it would actually help you lose weight.  Well I thought I would give you a quick review of this product to give you a better idea about it.

 

This post follows on a little from the post I did on diet shakes. If you missed it, you can catch up on it here. I was cleaning out my pantry cupboards and came across this little gem! Garcinia Cambogia!Quite a while ago I had bought some of this supplement.  I was trawling the internet, as you do, when this caught my attention. I had seen ads for it on TV and thought maybe THIS could be the answer to losing weight! It has been even mentioned on the Dr Oz show!

garcinia cambogia

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WHAT IS GARCINIA CAMBOGIA?

 

A quick google search will give you the following information:

Basically Garcinia Cambogia is a type of citrus fruit, commonly known to grow in Southeast Asia. Apparently it’s the extract from the rind, called hydroxycitric acid (HCA), that has it associated with weight loss.

 

INGREDIENTS

 

Calcium, chromium, potassium, garcinia cambogia 50% HCA

The one I bought has ‘other ingredients’ listed on the bottle. These include gelatin, microcrystalline cellulose and magnesium stearate.

 

CLAIMS

Taking Garcinia Cambogia can make you feel full, and therefore reduce your appetite and make you eat less.

It can increase your metabolism, making you burn extra calories without even trying.

Also known to block fat production. Apparently it does this by blocking an enzyme that the body needs to make fat.

Improves blood sugar levels and cholesterol.

Enhances athletic performance.

DIRECTIONS

 

The brand I bought, basically directed to take 2 capsules daily. It doesn’t specify time of the day, or with or without meals. I took it in the morning with breakfast because that was the easiest time to remember to take it.

 

SIDE EFFECTS

 

Some of the side effects listed are: dizziness, dry mouth and digestive problems such as upset stomach and diarrhoea. It also could interact with other medications you may be on. These include medications for asthma and allergies, diabetes and insulin, iron for anaemia, pain killers, psychiatric drugs, cholesterol lowering drugs and blood thinners!

 

CONCLUSIONS FROM THE RESEARCH

 

According to the Journal of the American Medical Association which published a review of the research, don’t waste your time and money. This was pretty much the conclusion I came to after I wasted my time and money! You can read the review here. It basically reports that a study of 135 overweight people were researched. Half were given Garcinia Cambogia and the other half a placebo. They were all put on a low-calorie diet. There was no greater weight loss in the group taking the Garcinia Cambogia.

Unfortunately for most of us, we keep trying to find that one little thing that will melt our fat away WITHOUT having to change our lifestyle too much! 

I think it’s really a no brainer. Real food, real nutrition with some form of exercise is really going to be the only way to lose weight. Real whole foods don’t come with such warnings! If children and pregnant women are not approved to consume such stuff why would the rest of us?

 We do get seduced by the before and after pictures of such ‘success stories’. The fact is you can be a success story without taking this sort of stuff, wasting money and risking side effects!

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