Benefits Of Drinking More Water

💧Yes, you’ve heard it before: drink more water! The question is, why? Does drinking a lot (plenty) of water really make any difference? The answer is a big, rotund YES. This is something that you can see for yourself when you increase your water intake.

Every system in the human body counts on water to function. Just a 5% drop in bodily fluids will zap your energy, and a 15% drop may even cause death 😰

About 55-75% of the human adult body is made of water. The percentage of water in infants is much higher at around 75-78%, dropping to 65% by one year of age. When you stop and realize that, in fact, many of our organs are composed mainly of water, it’s easy to appreciate how important and great water is for us.

Our blood is more than 80% water, and the brain is more than 75% water. Our liver, which is necessary to filter out everything that enters the body, is 96% water! It works better when water is readily available within our system.

Each day our body uses about 2.5 liters of water just to survive, which should be replaced. Breathing alone uses between 1-2 pints of water a day 😲 Active people need to drink more than lethargic ones.

Some of the main benefits are:

💧Flushing toxins out of the body.

💧Helps to improve digestion.

💧Boosts energy

💧Regulates body temperature

💧Helps convert food into energy

💧Improves performance

💧Moistens oxygen for breathing

💧It keeps looking our skin youthful, as it hydrates and plumps it.

💧Relieves tiredness
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💧Improves nutrients’ absorption
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💧Helps carrying oxygen and nutrients to our cells

💧Natural cure for headache

💧Cushions joints and cartilage

💧Energizes muscles

💧Can help with fat loss

💧Assists in keeping an optimal fluid balance

💧Increases focus – productivity boost

💧It’s essential for the kidneys to function

💧It helps the body heals faster

So how much water is enough? Aim to have between 2.5-4 liters a day 💧

Water is the driving force of all nature ~ Leonardo da Vinci

How A Vegan Diet Can Improve Your Marathon Training

Sharing this great article which was recently published on hype.news.

With the Marathon looming it seems to be all anybody is talking about (or at least posting about on Instagram!) And with so many people running year after year, many are looking for that change in their training to give them an edge. Detox-Fit, a leading London fitness brand specialising in personal training, encourages one key difference to make to your training – a Vegan diet.


There seems to have been a lot of hype to the Vegan diet – or should I say, lifestyle – recently, with the magnitude of Veganuary and a rapidly growing collection of people making the change. With so many athletes now swearing by a Vegan diet as well, maybe it’s something more of us should be looking into?
Evany Ibáñez-Banczer, co-director and co-founder of Detox-Fit, and author of “Run, Little Benjamin, Run!” explains why a Vegan diet is not only good for your overall health, but can give you that edge you need in the lead up to the marathon.


Improved Cardiovascular Health

Using meat and dairy products as main sources of protein results in high levels of saturated fats and clogged arteries. A plant-based diet of whole grains, beans, legumes and vegetables, however, will lower cholesterol, clear arteries, decrease plaque in your blood vessels, and provide protein and antioxidants to give you a cardiovascular system that will have you running longer and training harder.

Improved Digestive System
Loading up on calories through meat and dairy can leave you feeling full and bloated – bad news for a runner! A Vegan diet, however, is naturally high in fibre and nutrient rich, which helps support digestive health by keeping your body running smoothly while providing all the nutrition needed for a long race. 
 
PDCAAS
Yes, a Vegan diet provides all the necessary protein and amino acids needed for training. Numerous studies, as well as professional athletes, are now experiencing huge benefits from plant-based proteins such as rice and pea. These proteins are proven to provide a Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) equivalent to the PDCAAS of whey protein, without whey protein’s digestion difficulties and high acidity.


Improved Recovery
The go-to sources to promote recovery are often meat and eggs. However, these animal products also produce high levels of acidity in the body, which can affect the pH level in your blood and lead to inflammation – thus, impeding recovery. Plant-based sources of protein, however, react differently in the body, producing an alkaline instead which improves recovery by lowering inflammation.


Improved Physique Maintenance

Since a Vegan diet isn’t packed full of saturated fat and, largely speaking, involves less processed food, maintaining an athlete’s physique becomes easier without a great deal of effort. A well-balanced diet is still important, and too many sugary snacks will be detrimental, but a Vegan diet encourages a healthier way of thinking and drastically limits your intake of food which could hinder your progress.


Professional Athletes Do It!
Lauren Goss, a professional triathlete who only recently converted to a Vegan diet now swears by it for her training, reporting she now sleeps better, recovers faster, has more energy and less digestive stress.
Scott Jureck, author of “Eat & Run” and a vegan ultra-runner, explains he tried going Vegan purely to run faster and it worked. Running the Minnesota Voyageur 50-mile race three times before he won, Jureck says his Vegan diet was the key difference, after realising he could run smarter by eating smarter.


And finally, Ross Edgley, a professional endurance athlete, who famously ran 30 marathons in 30 days on a treadmill in his kitchen, goes Vegan before all of his events, explaining that animal protein requires more effort to digest and a plant-based diet is beneficial to his cardiovascular as well as overall health and immune function.

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.

 

Chicken Fecal Soup

Have you ever heard of “fecal soup”?  Over 130 million chickens are killed every day worldwide to be turned into products. During processing the chicken corpses are disemboweled and later soaked in a chill tank before being packaged and sent to distributors.

A federal inspector said, “We often see birds going down the line with intestines still attached, which are full of fecal contamination. If there is no fecal contamination on the bird’s skin, however, we can do nothing to stop that bird from going down that line. It is more than reasonable to assume that once the bird gets into the chill tank, that contamination will enter the water and contaminate all of the other carcasses in the chiller. That’s why it’s called ‘fecal soup.’”

Tests carried out have shown that fecal bacteria tested positive and as present in nearly 50% of the samples. High cooking heat to cook the chickens’ flesh does not remove the feces – it merely cooks it along with the muscle tissue.

See below a list with the 5 worst contaminants in chicken products:

1. Feces: Chickens can soak in “fecal soup” for up to an hour before being packaged for consumers.

2. Toxic chemicals: Peracetic acid and chlorine are both commonly used to treat chicken for contaminants.

3. Superbugs: Nearly 75% of bacterially tainted chicken products harbour germs resistant to one or more types of antibiotics.

4. Carcinogens: Arsenic in chicken can increase the risk of lung and bladder cancer deaths.

5. Cholesterol: Both 4 ounces of cow and 4 ounces of chicken contain approximately 100 mg of cholesterol.

Funny how none of these are ever shown on the labels, right?

When it comes to fat, there is this persistent myth that says that chicken meat is low in fat, which in fact isn’t true as typical chicken servings are about 50% fat, 30% of it saturated, which stimulates the body’s production of cholesterol. Regarding nutritional value chicken has pretty much zero, no fiber and no antioxidants.

It should be compulsory for these nasty products to come in accurately and honestly labelled packages, to inform consumers that they are very likely eating feces and several other contaminants. And also showing pictures of what the animals go through before becoming a product, instead of showing deceiving fantasy cartoon images of happy smiling chickens dancing and saying “eat me, I’m cheap.”

For more references see www.tinyurl.com/pmf6x8t

By Evany Ibáñez-Banczer

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 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

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