Eggs aren’t healthy or safe

When an individual egg company wants to run an ad campaign, they can say whatever they want, but if an egg corporation wants to dip into the 10 million dollars the American Egg Board sets aside for advertising, as the board is overseen by the federal government, corporations are not allowed to lie with those funds – epic stuff, eh?!
 Check this out: By law, it’s illegal to advertise eggs as healthy or nutritious. As stated by the USDA “The egg industry needs to steer clear of words like healthy or nutritious.” This is the USDA talking!
However, the USDA helpfully suggests, “you can say eggs are naturally nutrient dense.” Wait a second why can you say eggs are nutrient dense but not nutritious? Aha, it’s because there’s no legal definition of “nutrient dense.” You can say Coca-Cola is nutrient dense, but legally, you can’t say something is nutritious unless it’s actually… nutritious.
  • Egg corporations aren’t allowed to say things like “Eggs are an important part of a well balanced, healthy diet”
  • “Nutritional powerhouse” can’t be used.
  • Can’t portray eggs as a diet food because of the saturated fat and cholesterol content. In fact they have nearly twice the calories of anything that can be called low-calorie.
  • Instead of weight loss ads can go with “can reduce hunger.” See these clowns’ cleverness? Yeah, a food that when eaten can reduce hunger – what a groundbreaking concept.
  • Can’t say eggs are good for you.
  • Can’t say eggs are low in saturated fat—they’re not.
  • Can’t say they’re relative low in fat – they’re not!
  • Can’t call them a rich source of protein – they’re not!
  • Can’t say eggs are “nutritious” at all – Eggs have so much cholesterol you can’t even say they contribute nutritionally.
  • Can’t say eggs are healthful. “All references to healthfulness must be deleted.”
  • Can’t say eggs are healthy, as they contain significant amounts of fat & cholesterol, which contributes to the leading killer in the Western, heart disease.
  • As they can’t say eggs are a healthy start to the day, the USDA suggests “a satisfying start.”  Ha, nice one.
  • They can’t even refer to eggs as safe – “All references to safety must be removed” because more than a hundred thousand Americans are Salmonella poisoned every year from eggs. Also because of  avian influenza. “Instead of safe you can call eggs fresh,” the USDA marketing service helpfully suggests.
  • The industry doesn’t say the truth about the poor hens that lay the eggs. The American Egg Board states “Do not show multiple birds in cages-they look too crowded and open us up to activist criticism.” In other words, DO NOT SHOW THE TRUTH TO THE PUBLIC.
Wait a second: Eggs can’t be called healthy and safe? Says who… Says the egg industry and the US Department of Agriculture.
For more information check out Dr Michael Greger’s full article HERE.
More information on The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: www.pcrm.org

Avocado hummus

Avocado hummus! A cross between guacamole and traditional hummus, this green version is packed with nutrients, courtesy of the avocado, and full of creaminess and yumminess.

The goodies you’ll need:

1 can chick peas, well drained
2 medium ripe avocados
3 Tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 Tbsp tahini
3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
1 clove garlic, peeled
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/8 tsp cumin
1 – 2 Tbsp finely chopped cilantro leaves, for topping
Red pepper flakes, for topping
Go for organic ingredients

Directions:

1. Pulse chick peas, olive oil, tahini, lime juice, and garlic in a food processor until smooth, about 2 minutes.

2. Season with salt and pepper to taste (I did a scant 1/2 tsp salt and about 1/8 tsp pepper), add cumin and avocados and pulse mixture until smooth and creamy, about 1 – 2 minutes longer.

3. If you wish, you can serve it topped with a bit more olive oil and sprinkle with cilantro and red pepper flakes. Feel free to serve with pita chips or tortilla chips and enjoy voraciously.

Thanks us later!

Animal agriculture is sickening. Literally.

Obesity, heart disease, diabetes type II, cancer, atherosclerosis,+ stroke, arthritis… the list goes on and on.

A report published in December 2013 by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) links 70% of human diseases to animal agriculture. The report also points out the astonishingly high use of antibiotics given to farm animals to promote growth and compensate for the filthy conditions the poor animals live and are killed in. Just in the US the farm animals which will be turned into food needless food products are given about 80% of the total antibiotics supply. This brings in an extra price to pay: Antibiotic-resistant superbugs, which are increasingly on the rise, with now more than 2 million people in the US contracting drug-resistant infections annually.

The full report is available on the FAO’s website – www.fao.org

✔The key is that, biologically speaking, our bodies have ZERO dietary requirement for eating animals and the things that come out of them (their maternal milk and eggs.) Yes, this applies to virtually every human in the world, as no human has yet been born with an inherent biological need to eat pigs, cows or drink their maternal milk. Not only our bodies don’t require any animal products at all, these have been conclusively proven to have a potentially detrimental effect in our health. And lethal. Animal protein has been specifically linked to increased cancer risks, and giving up dairy is one of the best things a person can do to decrease their risks of developing cancer or experiencing cancer cell growth. Just when a little of animal protein is included Animal protein “turns on” cancer. Risk of disease goes up dramatically when even a little animal protein is added to the diet.” –Dr. T. Colin Campbell (The China Study)

ℹAnimal products are naturally highly acidic. Our bodies thrive in an alkaline environment. Cancer and disease thrives in acidic environments, yet they cannot survive in an alkaline one. Animal protein is also laden with cholesterol, saturated and trans fats, has no fiber or antioxidants, and is nutritionally poor for our needs. We’ve seen people whose arthritis disappeared after being on a healthy vegan diet for just 6 weeks, others seeing their “mysterious” inflammatory issues going away after giving up all animal protein, general health, energy and fitness performance vastly improving, and even cancers disappearing after following 100% plant-based nutrition.

For more information on the detrimental effects of animal protein (meat, fish, dairy and eggs) check out the documentary “Forks over knives” and professionals such as T. Colin Campbell , Dr. Cadwell Esselstyn, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Michael Greger (nutritionfacts.org) Dr. Neal Barnard (www.pcrm.org), Dr. Garth Davies & Dr. William Castelli, director of the Framingham Heart Study.

Piece of Cow Versus Black Beans

And the winner is… yes, you know it now 😉

Frankly, when you look at the simple nutritional facts and the effects that each one of these have in your body, there’s no contest here.

Beans are highly nutrient-dense and packed with health boosting and protecting phytonutrients, fibre and antioxidants. Fibre is an essential nutrient for digestion and cancer prevention, yet it’s estimated that about 97% of people are deficient in it. We repeat – 97%! They are also high in complex carbohydrates -which are (or certainly should be) the first and main source of sustained release of energy for both our body and mind-, low in fat, calories and sodium, and completely cholesterol-free. Beans are also an outstanding source of healthy and protein that it’s optimally digested and absorbed by the human body. Basically, when you eat beans, you are nurturing your body with goodness, not nasty stuff, not potential detrimental health consequences.

When it comes to eating pieces of cow (or beef, as some insist on calling it), the story changes dramatically. Like all animal protein, cows’ flesh is a highly acidic protein, which is also laden with fats, cholesterol, isn’t optimally digested by our body and has a very poor nutritional value. A shocking 80% of the calories you get from it come from mostly saturated fats, while 0% calories come from complex carbohydrates. It also contains natural animal hormones, including animal oestrogens, which are directly linked to some types of cancers. Additionally, the cows that will be turned into meat products are usually also given extra added hormones, antibiotics and stereoids. Cow flesh also forms heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are chemicals formed when muscle meat such as that from cows, pigs, fish, or chickens, is cooked at high temperatures. This has been conclusively proven to both cause and increase the risk of cancer, and is even acknowledged in several cancer resource websites.

To top it all off, eating cows’ flesh currently stands in the Group 2A on the IARC Carcinogenic Classification Groups as a highly probable carcinogenic, together with eating pigs and lambs, just one spot below Group 1, which includes meats such as bacon, sausages and salami as confirmed carcinogens, together with smoking and asbestos. We have no doubt that the cow, pig and lamb meats currently sitting in Group 2A will be also moving up to Group 1 soon, and thus officially confirmed as a carcinogen too.

When you look at things with common sense it’s easy to realize that, in any case, we are not meant to eat cows. It doesn’t matter how obsessed one is with eating peppered steaks and cow meatballs, the simple truth is that no human would be able to kill a cow with their bare hands. Let alone rip their raw flesh off and chew on it as it is. Still, your body physiology and behaviour will remain to be the number one evidence that confirms that it won’t be able to digest it and deal with it effectively.

Indeed, when you eat pieces of cows you aren’t doing your body any favours, and you certainly are causing more harm than good. There are much better options out there that actually don’t involve eating any animal carcasses, but just real vibrant food that is packed with nutrients and goodness.

When it comes to beans, there are many different ways to enjoy them: in burritos, in burger shape, in curries, salads, stews, spreads, purees, etc… Follow our lead and #gobeanyourself

Your body, health and the cows will be grateful for it – That’s a promise!

7 Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Animal Products

 

People go plant-based for lots of reasons. These include reducing the risk of heart disease, losing weight, feeling more energetic, improving fitness performance, decreasing the number of pills they take, for ethical reasons… there are many great reasons!

For even more inspiration, check out Dr. Michelle McMacken’s latest fantastic piece, as published on Forks Over Knives, which goes through 7 benefits you can expect when you go plant-based:

 

1- You’ll reduce inflammation in your body:Eating meat, cheese and highly processed foods = elevated levels of inflammation in the body. While short-term inflammation (such as after an injury) is normal and necessary, inflammation that lasts for months or years is not. Chronic inflammation has been linked to the development of atherosclerosis, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases, among other conditions. In contrast, plant-based diets are naturally anti-inflammatory as they are high in fiber, antioxidants & phytonutrients.

 

2- Your blood cholesterol levels will plummet: Elevated blood cholesterol = a key risk factor for heart disease and strokes. Saturated fat—primarily found in meat, poultry, cheese, and other animal products—is a major driver of our blood cholesterol levels When you go plant based blood cholesterol levels drop by up to 35% Whole-food, plant-based diets reduce blood cholesterol because they tend to be very low in saturated fat and they contain zero cholesterol. Moreover, plant-based diets are high in fiber, which further reduces blood cholesterol levels. Soy has also been shown to play a role in lowering cholesterol, for those who choose to include it.

 

3- You’ll give your microbiome (the trillions of microorganisms living in your body) a makeover:These microorganisms help us digest food, produce critical nutrients, train our immune system, turn genes on and off, keep our gut tissue healthy, and help protect us from cancer. Studies have also shown they play a role in obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis, autoimmune disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and liver disease.

Plant foods help shape a healthy intestinal microbiome. The fiber in plant foods promotes the growth of “friendly” bacteria in our guts. On the other hand, fiber-poor diets (such as those that are high in dairy, eggs, and meat) can foster the growth of disease-promoting bacteria. It takes only a few days for our gut bacterial patterns to change – the benefits of a plant-based diet start quickly!

 

4- You’ll change how your genes work:The antioxidants & other nutrients in whole plant foods can change gene expression to optimize how our cells repair damaged DNA. We’ve even seen that a plant-based diet, along with other lifestyle changes, can lengthen our telomeres—the caps at the end of our chromosomes that help keep our DNA stable. This might mean that our cells and tissues age more slowly, since shortened telomeres are associated with aging and earlier death.

 

5- You’ll reduce chances of getting type 2 diabetes:Animal protein has been shown in study after study to increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. In the Adventist population, omnivores have double the rate of diabetes compared with vegans, even accounting for differences in body weight. In fact, in this population, eating meat once a week or more over a 17-year period increased the risk of diabetes by 74%! Similarly, in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study and Nurses Health Study, increasing red meat intake by more than just half a serving per day was associated with a 48% increased risk in diabetes over 4 years.

You will dramatically lessen your chances of getting type 2 diabetes by leaving animal products off of your plate and eating a diet based in whole plant foods. This is especially true if you eat whole grains, which are highly protective against type 2 diabetes. You read that right: carbs actually protect you from diabetes! Also, a plant-based diet can improve or even reverse your diabetes if you’ve already been diagnosed.

 

6- You’ll get the right amount -and the right type- of protein:Contrary to popular perception, this excess protein does not make us stronger or leaner. Excess protein is stored as fat or turned into waste, and animal protein is a major cause of weight gainheart diseasediabetesinflammation, and cancer.

On the other hand, the protein found in whole plant foods protects us from many chronic diseases. There is no need to track protein intake or use protein supplements with plant-based diets; if you are meeting your daily calorie needs, you will get plenty of protein. The longest-lived people on Earth, those living in the “Blue Zones,” get about 10% of their calories from protein, compared with the US average of 15-20%.

 

7- You’ll make a huge impact on the health of our planet and its inhabitants:Animal agriculture is extremely destructive to the planet. It is the single largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and is a leading cause of land and water use, deforestation, wildlife destruction, and species extinction. About 2,000 gallons of water are needed to produce just one pound of beef. Our oceans are rapidly becoming depleted of fish; by some estimates, oceans may be fishless by 2048. The current food system, based on meat and dairy production, also contributes to world hunger—the majority of crops grown worldwide go toward feeding livestock, not feeding people. Just the food that we put aside every year to fatten up animals to turn them into food products could feed about 11 billion people.

Equally important, animals raised for food are sentient beings who suffer, whether raised in industrial factory farms or in farms labelled “humane.” Eating a plant-based diet helps us lead a more compassionate life. After all, being healthy is not just about the food we eat; it’s also about our consciousness—our awareness of how our choices affect the planet and all of those with whom we share it.

Read the full piece HERE.

 

Why fish is not health food

Nowadays you should expect any fish or seafood you eat to contain some mercury. This includes both wild and farmed fish. Eating fish & seafood is the main source of exposure to methylmercury – a highly toxic form of mercury, a poison that interferes with the brain, the cardiovascular & nervous systems, and can cause serious health problems.

Fish contains toxic metals such as mercury and cadmium, cholestrol, fats and toxins.

The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) have also designated mercury as a possible human carcinogen, which is a toxin that bioaccumulates both in fish /seafood and in humans.

Apart from mercury, add the extra dangers of also ingesting chemicals, pesticides and other common pollutants such as PCBs, dioxin, chlordane, and DDT. These pollutants are toxic to fish, humans and any other animals that consume and bio-accumulate them. And there’s also the radiation issue.


According to the EPA, PCBs are known carcinogens in some species, and very likely for humans too. PCBs disrupt immune function, cause learning disabilities and disrupt neurological development. Dioxins are known carcinogens and also cause liver damage, skin rashes and reductions in immune function. They are especially dangerous during fetal development and early childhood.

Cholesterol and fat:

Fish is often touted as a “health food” and “heart-healthy” because of the omega-3 fats yet, like all animal products, fish is high in dietary cholesterol, which considerably increases the risk for artery blockage and heart disease. Also labeled as “low in fat”, this is often not the case as between 15-30% of the fat in fish is actually saturated fat, which stimulates the liver to produce more cholesterol. Often 60% of fish calories comes from fat. We see this when analyzing our customers’ food diaries very often.

What about fish oil supplements?

When it comes to fish oil supplements, these may do more harm than good. In spite of the Big Pharma’s persistent efforts to try to sell more pills and fish oil as a “miracle cure for everything”, these claims are unfounded, with research and studies showing that fish oil may increase diabetes and prostate cancer risk. 

Now, there’s also some good news, as you can get all the clean and heart-healthy Omega-3s you need directly from plants such as flax seeds, chia seeds, leafy greens, hemp, walnuts and soy beans. Regarding the EPA and DHA conversion, there’s a lot of contradictory information and studies out there, and even more misinformation, as usual. Some studies have shown meat-eaters with a very poor DHA conversion and vegan women with higher levels than other meat-eaters, and the opposite too. The truth and what really matters is that fish isn’t health food, and that we don’t need to eat any fish to get Omega 3s as we can effectively get it exclusively from plants, without any of the detrimental effects that eating fish brings.

By Evany Ibáñez-Banczer

The Alkaline Power

Total healing of chronic illness can take place only when and if the blood is restored to an alkaline pH.

This can be easily achieved by nurturing your body with the right foods. And the best way to do  this and improve your health is to eat from the earth, providing your body with the most healing, nutrient-dense  and alkaline foods. This is important for everyone, and particularly to  those who are fighting a disease, overcoming an illness, or to those who just want to feel better and be healthier now and in the long run.

Nowadays more and more people are becoming familiar with the concept of alkalinity. Like other herbivores, our human bodies thrive in an alkaline state, unlike carnivores.

The most alkaline foods are most plants. On the other hand, animal-based foods such as dairy, meat, eggs and fish are some of the most acidic and inflammatory foods that exist for us. Sadly, these are also the majority of foods that most people eat as part of their average Western Diet. This, consequently leads to an array of health problems. Other inflammatory foods are alcohol, sugar, refined grains, highly processed foods, junk foods, fast food and sodas.

When the pH goes off, oxygen delivery to cells suffers, enzymes that are constructive become destructive, and microbial looking forms in the blood can change shape, mutate, mirror pathogenicity and grow.  Nowadays it’s common for people to be overly acidic. An overly acidic body is known as acidosis – at which some point the body can’t function properly as it should. Thus, this can lead to heart disease, diabetes, general joint pain, cancer, and even just depression.

Alkaline quote

The key is to reduce as many acidic foods in your diet as possible, emphasizing naturally more alkaline foods like greens, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, raw nuts and seeds (versus roasted), beans, legumes, and most common superfoods out there. Herbs and spices are also more alkaline than acidic foods listed above, and many are actually anti-inflammatory and boost immune function just like whole foods do.

And what about those healthy whole foods that are naturally acidic? Are they bad for us? Absolutely not, here’s why: Plant-based foods are always naturally more alkaline than animal foods, specially when they come from whole foods instead of from processed foods. When a balanced and healthy plant-based diet is followed these also have and alkalizing effect in our body. It doesn’t matter than some plant-foods are a bit more alkaline than others – this won’t have a negative to your health as much as the acidic foods mentioned earlier will as, once these naturally acidic plant-based foods’ minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium, etc) enter our bloodstream and mix with our blood, they alkalize the body.

Alkalinity image

Many people have seen their health dramatically improved, and also disease, including cancers, totally reversed after being put on balanced plant-based diet.

If you haven’t seen it yet, we strongly recommend you watch the outstanding documentary “Forks over Knives.” To learn more about alkalinity, the relation between consuming animal products and their detrimental effect in our health and what other foods to our bodies, also check out doctors and specialists such as Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Cadwell Esselstyn, Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Michael Greger, Dr. Neal Barnard, Dr. Garth Davies & Dr. William Castelli, director of the Framingham Heart Study.

By Evany Ibáñez-Banczer

 

The truth about the Blood Type Diet

You may have heard about a –extremely ridiculous- diet named the “Blood type diet”. It’s a diet that says that people should eat differently depending on whether their blood type is O, A, B, or AB. According to Peter J. D’Adamo, the deluded fella that created this nonsense, if you follow his diet you’ll be healthier, lose weight, have more energy, and even help prevent disease. And win the lotto too.

Here it is: this diet is nothing but a fad, a scam and utter nonsense, both from a biological & scientific and a common sense (we love using our common sense) perspective. Let’s see why:

ALL humans have the exact same digestive system. Like all cows share the exact same digestive system and lions also share an exact digestive system. Humans are naturally designed and built to thrive on a plant-based diet. There is nothing healthier than following a balanced 100% plant-based nutrition. This is a fact that has been confirmed a trillion times. NO human in this world has an inherent dietary requirement for eating meat, fish, eggs and dairy.  Not us, not you, not our next-door neighbour, not the guy that works at Pete’s local grocery store and not your friend’s funny-looking brother. We can get all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals directly from plants, without the nasties that come when eating and filtering nutrients through animal sources.

Yet, according to this diet, depending on our blood type we should eat different stuff, including stuff that biologically we don’t need. Who cares that our digestive system is the same, that certain foods will *always* have a detrimental effect in our body, and that certain foods are not even nutritionally required by our species? Check out some of the nonsense: According to this diet most people are encouraged to consume dairy, when we know that this isn’t good for us, but the opposite. This diet basically states that most people were born to drink maternal milk from another species, yet some should have it low-fat. Also according to this diet some people should avoid eating chickens and instead eat lambs, while others should concentrate on eating cows and others were born to eat a heavy protein diet from animal sources, when we know that this isn’t 1) a dietary requirement for any of us and 2) detrimental to our health and the cause of many diseases. This diet does encourage everyone to eat vegetables and fruits… Surprise, surprise.

Humans have 4 blood types, dogs have 4 blood types, cats have 11 and cows have about 800. Does this “blood type” thing apply only to humans or to all other animals? Perhaps some cows should eat fish? And what about lions? Should some of them just eat courgettes and grapes? Perhaps some humans should make cheese out of maternal milk from hippos instead of from cows? And some cats perhaps should have an exclusive diet of bananas?

And what’s going on with all those vegans that don’t eat anything that comes from an animal while belonging to one of the blood types that “should” be eating meat like there’s no tomorrow? How is possible that they are so incredibly healthy? Even healthier than those with the same blood type that follow this diet? X-files?

When it comes to diets for many it’s something like religion; some people “need” to believe in them. Many people use diets like this one as an excuse and attempt of justification to eat what they shouldn’t or what their bodies don’t need naturally. People want to believe in “magic” diets. People want to be able to justify why they eat the -bad or unnecessary- things they eat.

The best advice we can give you about diets is this: NO. This applies to all sorts of diets. The diet mentality is never a good one to have, but sadly it’s everywhere these days. We don’t *need* to be on a “diet” to lose weight.

What the hell happened to just making healthy choices the majority of the time and working out? It’s as simple as this.

No diet will ever bring the benefits than eating healthy will bring.

By Evany Ibáñez-Banczer

Green Beast!

Never underestimate the Power of the Greens!

Why? Because they are a great source of calcium, fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, disease-fighting phytochemicals, clean protein and highly alkaline. Your body needs them. Your body loves them and is craving for them.

Many other green powerhouses aren’t included in this image, like broccoli, peas, spirulina and bok choy.

Today, most people put some scattered greens here and there on their plate, mainly to make it look cuter or for decorative purposes. Because they look great and healthy. But that isn’t enough. You *must* eat them. And not just a few, but a lot of them. Greens are FOOD, SUPER-FOOD!

✔Great for your health

✔Great for healthy and glowing skin and hair
They are so good for you that you can eat as many of them as you like. The sky is the limit. As vegans you can imagine the huge amount of greens we eat.

Nurture your body with real food. Eat Life & goodness = only benefits guaranteed.

So come on, how about you join us for a bowl of Green Power?!

By Evany Ibáñez-Banczer

Why aren’t you losing weight?

Are you struggling to lose weight? Do you think that you are doing everything you need to in order to lose weight effectively? Well, truth is that if you aren’t losing weight it simply is because you aren’t doing it right. You see, when it comes to weight and fat loss there’s no magic potion, but there *is* a very straightforward and simple formula. Check this out:

Do the right form of exercise + eat well + be consistent with both = Results

No rocket science, is it? If you are struggling to lose weight, see below some of the most common reasons of why this is happening:

EATING TOO MUCH:
Sounds pretty obvious, right? Yet many people underestimate how much they eat, and eat more than what they need. If you have been following us on social media channels (Instagram @detox.fit and Facebook DetoxFitlifestyle) you will know that we don’t agree with the “calories in, calories out” argument. We do agree with this as it’s simple science, but only to a certain extent. So yes, you *shouldn’t* be consuming more calories than you expend during the day, as these may end up being stored and turned into fat. However -and this is a very big and important however- it isn’t the same to eat 300 calories of cheese than eating 300 calories of broccoli. Why? Because the cheese is full of fat and other nasties, whereas the broccoli isn’t.

If you really have no idea how much you’re eating and when it’s too much for you, the best is to learn about the foods you eat and what they do to your body both in the short and in the long-term, and also check out the nutrition labels and learn about portion control.

EATING TOO LITTLE:
To many people this may be surprising, we know. Yet this is a very common mistake which we see happening all the time. People think that by eating little they will lose weight, as they don’t put calories into their bodies. This sort of approach is what we call “semi-starvation” diets. This isn’t healthy and it isn’t good. We don’t support any fad diets. No Atkins, no the onion soup diet, no the tea diet. They are all unhealthy. Yes, many of them do *work* for a while and people can lose weight doing this, but so do people who are starving because they have no food and no  choice. This isn’t a healthy or enjoyable approach, and after doing it you will end up piling on the pounds again faster. It isn’t healthy for your body and it isn’t healthy for your brain either, as this will be crammed with frustration. These extreme diets over time slow down your metabolism, making it more sluggish, and bring your fat loss to a screeching halt.
To make things worse, when your body is in a severe caloric deficit for an extended period of time, it can start to use your hard-earned muscle as fuel, in a process known as catabolism. No good!

 

MINDLESS EATING:
Many times you may find yourself eating when you aren’t even hungry. Your body isn’t telling you it needs food, but you find yourself eating anyway. A handful of nuts here, a few pieces of candy there, an extra spoonful of peanut butter. Sound familiar? We’ve all done it. If you find your weight loss at a standstill, tuning into your mindless snacking and paying attention to your true hunger signals can help tremendously. Are you really hungry when you grab that extra handful of pretzels, or do they just sound good? Do you need the extra 200 calories of peanut butter, or are you just digging your spoon deeper because the jar is there?

YOU ARE ON A “DIET”:
The diet mentality is never a good one to have, but sadly it’s everywhere these days. Because, today more than ever before, most people’s eating and lifestyle habits are bad. Crash dieting for a while and then going into overdrive gorging on all of your favorite and not-so-healthy foods isn’t going to help you to lose weight anytime soon. In fact, it often has the opposite effect.

We don’t *need* to be on a “diet” to lose weight. What happened to just making healthy choices the majority of the time and working out?

We don’t diet. Never ever. We just eat healthy and lead a healthy lifestyle. That’s as easy and simple as it gets. No diets and no calories restrictions for us. Just nurture your body with the foods that your body really needs and do the right form of exercise. Stick to both of these and results will follow. Guaranteed!

If you have any questions about fitness, nutrition or health, and would like to get our crazy advise, just ask. It’s free and we are always happy to help!

By Evany Ibáñez-Banczer