The Twinkie Diet - Does It Really Work?

I heard Rush Limbaugh talking about a nutritionist the other day.  This particular Nutritionist went on a diet of Hostess Twinkies and Little Debbies.  For snacks he ate Doritos and other junk foods.  This man lost weight on his diet, due to reduced calorie intake.  He just made sure not to eat more junk food in calories than he burned in a day.  The scientific principle is solid, but the type of food he consumed over time, I'm sure would have a cumulative adverse affect on his health.  The nutritionist lost weight, but consumed empty calories, that were lacking in vitamins and minerals.  The reason its called junk food is because it is garbage for your body.

If you drank water only and lost weight, would that surprise anyone?  No!  There are no calories in water - We could all go on a water diet and loose loads of weight.  The reason this story made the news was because, everybody was shocked that somebody lost weight by eating sugary crap.  Well, all the nutritionist did, was go on a partial fast.

Remember the old joke . . . "Want to lose 20 lbs of ugly fat? . . . Then cut off your head."  That is what this diet could be compared to . . . Its just a stupid partial fast - publicity stunt.

It reminds me of the law of conservation of energy.  We cannot create or destroy energy.  If your body burns 2,200 calories a day, and you eat only 1,900 calories in a day, then the stored energy in your body (fat and muscle) will be consumed at the rate of 300 calories a day.  The trick is to burn fat and not muscle.  Here are 3 tips to help you accomplish this:

1.) Strength Training: 
Strength Training or Weight Lifting will increase all of your other physical skills like endurance, speed, etc, because strength is the basis for these skills.  You keep yourself healthy by keeping your muscle’s strong.  You are telling your body to “hold on to that muscle mass, because we need it to lift heavy stuff!  Burn the fat instead of muscle, because your body is not getting enough calories to maintain your current weight.

2. High Intensity Training:
Question: what do most people do for fat burning activities?
Answer: Run on the treadmill for hours every day.

Who still looks the same after a year of training? The treadmill runners, or the people who lift weights?  I think you know it is the treadmill runners.

Long distance running is not the most effective way to lose weight. High intensity training is what you should do on the treadmill, or bike, or jump rope, or with body weight exercises. It’s more productive, more fun, and takes less of your time.
It’s a LOT easier to not eat 1,000 calories than it is to burn it off on the treadmill. 

3. Restrict Calorie Intake: 
Cut back on your calories, especially Starches and Sugars.  Don't cut back on Proteins and Fats.  Low carb diets have taken  a lot of hits lately, but the fact is they work. It’s important for men to keep your fat intake up because it helps maintain testosterone levels, it’s good for your joints, brain function and energy levels.

It's important to remember, weight loss is not really important.  You want to lose fat and keep the muscle.  Muscle weighs more than fat, so weight loss is not the best motivation.  Looking and feeling good should be the final result of any diet plan. 

Eat Your Carrots - It's Good for Your Eyes!

Do you remember your Mom or Grandma telling you to eat your carrots as a kid?  They always told you it was good for your eyes.  Well, they were right.

Vision is enhanced by fat soluble antioxidants that are stored in the Macula in high concentrations.   The Macula is the tiny part of your retina that controls straight ahead and detailed vision.  Age related Macular Degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in adults.  These fat soluble antioxidants are very important to protect the photoreceptor membranes in your eyes.

Carrots contain Lutein from the Latin word "luteus" which means yellow.  Lutein is a powerful antioxidant that is found in green leafy vegetables like spinach, romaine lettuce and especially kale.  It is also found in carrots, corn, squash and other orange and yellow vegetables and fruits.

It would appear that all you need to do is eat your veggies and fruits to enjoy superior vision health.  The highest level of Lutein is found in the raw form of green leafy vegetables.  However, there is a problem with this.  Studies show that your digestive tract does not always break down the plant cell walls that house these nutrients.  It has been found that cooking vegetables on low heat may increase the availability of Lutein in your body, by breaking down the cellular walls of the vegetables.

Lutein in supplements will provide your body with more of this bio-available antioxidant than you could eat in fresh produce.  To maintain ocular health, it is recommended to ingest between 6 and 10 mg. of Lutein a day.

Treat A.M.D. Now.

Another great antioxidant, available for your vision health, are omega 3 fatty acids.  The best form of omega 3 fatty acids for vision health is Krill oil.  Krill  are small shrimp-like crustaceans.  Krill oil, the oil that's found in krill, is extracted and prepared in capsule form. Krill oil contains a high amount of omega-3 fatty acids and an antioxidant called astaxanthin.  The algae that krill eat produces the bright red pigment astaxanthin that gives krill and other crustaceans such as lobster and shrimp their reddish-pink color. Antioxidants protect our body cells from damage from free radicals, unstable substances that are thought to contribute to certain chronic diseases.  Unlike many other antioxidants, astaxanthin crosses the blood-brain barrier, where it may protect the eyes, brain and central nervous system from free radical damage.

Why is Krill Oil so beneficial for human health?

People take krill oil for the same reasons they take fish oil, flax oil or other omega-3 fatty acids.  Unlike fish oil, krill oil doesn't cause fishy burps or aftertaste, a common unpleasant side effect of fish oil. Also, krill oil contains higher amounts of astaxanthin than fish oil. 

You vision is your most important sense, and protecting that with a healthy diet and supplements are two things you can do.  In addition if you are a smoker, now is a great time to quit.  Smoking increases free radical production and increases your risk for ocular damage, especially if Age related Macular Degeneration runs in your family.  Smoking is just not worth the risk. 

Another thing to do is balance your sugar levels.  Reduce your intake of desserts and sugars.  Type II Diabetes is the second largest contributor to blindness.  Obesity and sugar imbalance are the leading causes of Diabetes in adults.