October 17, 2017

Stop Doing These Things So You Can Lose Weight

Losing weight can be a challenge.  It’s made even more challenging by all of the “expert” advice out there on what to do and what not to do.  Sometimes, this advice is really no more than an advertising ploy.  Other times, the advice itself isn’t bad, it also just isn’t for everyone.  Too often, misinformed folks pass along bits and pieces of advice out of context, essentially.  What works for high-performance athletes, for instance, is great for them, but could be counterproductive for the rest of us.  Below, we’ll take a look at some definite “don’ts” that we’d all do well to keep in mind.


Don’t replace water with sports drinks

Unless you work out hard enough to sweat an entire quart of fluid every 30 to 45 minutes, you aren’t losing enough electrolytes to need a sports drink.  Regular versions add extra calories (many from sugar) that you don’t need.  The diet versions contain artificial sweeteners, which you don’t need, either.  Instead, opt for plenty of water throughout the day, every day.  Staying well hydrated will minimize the effects of fluid loss due to sweating and will make it easier for your muscles to recover.  


Don’t go for commercially-prepared before and after snacks

Many companies are selling snack bars and drink concoctions that claim to offer superior workout performance and post-workout recovery.  Again, unless you’re a high-performance athlete, these preparations represent extra calories that you don’t need.  You’ll be much better off (and save money) by choosing lean proteins like chicken, eggs, or nuts or low-fructose fruits and veggies like cantaloupe, apricots, raspberries, or kale (and other dark leafy greens).


Don’t leave out fresh produce

Fresh vegetables and fruit contain many nutrients, enzymes, vitamins, and minerals that our bodies need for maximum efficiency and can’t get from other foods.  Fresh produce also contains plenty of fiber, which helps us feel fuller and helps regulate the digestive process.  While specific needs can vary based on age and gender, we should all be getting five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day, with around 2/3 of those servings being veggies.  While whole produce packs the most punch, a good vegetable juicer can get you closer to your goals if you know you just won’t eat your veggies.


Don’t fall for the “Diet” hype

Most foods that carry the “Diet” label claim to be a dieter’s best friend.  Don’t believe it.  As with diet sports drinks, most diet beverages contain artificial sweeteners, and there is an increasing amount of solid evidence that artificial sweeteners actually cause us to crave more sugar and can actually inhibit the physical process of fat burning.  Be wary, too, of foods labeled “low fat” or “no fat” since the fat is often replaced with extra sugar or artificial sweeteners.

Don’t think you have to do it all at once

Sure, it’d be great if we could all drop every bad habit and pick up every good one with the snap of a finger.  For most of us, though, this “cold turkey” approach usually results in disaster.  Instead, set smaller goals for yourself that allow you to slowly phase out the bad stuff and integrate the good.  You’ll feel less like you’re depriving yourself and give yourself a chance to see how easy it really can be to eat healthier.


My Reviews of the Best Masticating Juicers


Juicers have come a long way since they were first introduced.  This is due in part to the laws of supply and demand.  More and more of us are trying to adopt healthier lifestyles, and juicing can be a big part of that by giving us a way to get more veggie and fruit nutrition into our diets without having to rely on expensive commercially prepared juices that often have artificial ingredients added to them for flavor and/or color improvement.  Manufacturers have seized on this increased consumer demand to create an extensive, and often confusing, supply of machines designed to fit the needs and budgets of those in the market for a new juicer.  You can make the process of choosing your best juicer easier by understanding how different types of juicers work and which type is most likely to match your different needs.

Among general purpose juicers, masticating juicers (also called slow-press or cold-press juicers) are typically going to produce the highest yield of juice from the most varied selection of produce.  Named after the same process that we use for chewing our food, masticating juicers press and grind your produce with an auger.  The juice drains through a screen into its own container while the pulp gets left behind.  The higher juice yield does usually come with a higher price tag and a slower process, but many who’ve tried juice from both masticating and centrifugal juicers (we’ll talk about them below) report that the juice from masticating models just seems to taste better.  This could be because the slower pressing doesn’t allow as much air to be introduced into the juice (a process called oxidation).  Also, remember that getting a higher yield of juice means that the higher purchase price can save you money down the road by allowing you to get more juice from less produce.  If you’re considering a masticating juicer as a way to help you with planning a nutritious weekly diet, this site will give you pros and cons of a varied selection of slow press models.


Triturating juicers are a newer juicer type and work in the same manner as masticating juicers but add a second auger.  The augers work together for an even greater level of extraction.  In addition to being more expensive than single-auger juicers, triturating models are slower and can be more difficult to clean, things to keep in mind if you find yourself leaning in their direction.


Centrifugal juicers work by chopping and spinning fruits and vegetables to extract the juice from the pulp.  These models are among the least expensive and the quickest, but don’t produce quite as much juice as masticating versions.  Lower-end centrifugal juicers tend to be the poorest overall performers when it comes to both quantity of juice produced and effectively juicing the largest variety of produce.  In addition to the lower price tag, some folks are drawn to the lighter weight construction if they know the juicer will have to be moved around frequently (such as from a cabinet to the counter and back again).


There are a number of websites that claim that juicing, especially with centrifugal models, heats the juice to a point that destroys all of the beneficial nutrients and enzymes, thereby negating all of the juice’s nutrition benefits.  Actually, though, it takes prolonged exposure to temperatures well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit before this happens, and no juicers raise the juice temp by anywhere near that much, so don’t let that anti-juicing bit of hype concern you.  


Visit how to make a healthy drink for reviews of several models and types, including those designed for commercial use.  You’ll find top picks from different categories and top manufacturers.
Check out http://bestjuicer.reviews/jack-lalanne-power for info on some of the Jack LaLanne line of juicers as well as a little info on the amazing man who became known as the godfather of modern fitness, using the principles of healthy eating and regular exercise to inspire countless people to get and stay fit.  Practicing what he preached allowed him to stay exceedingly healthy and active right up until his death at the age of 96.


About Me


Hi, I’m Karen! I’m huge country music fan from Tulsa, Oklahoma. My all-time favorite group is the Pirates of the Mississippi. My favorite solo artist is Garth Brooks. I’m on a mission to lose weight and enjoy life while I’m doing it. Hope you’ll join me!

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