Why Juices and Smoothies Aren’t As Healthy As You ThinkHi, Al Bargen here. Juices and smoothies can be healthy either as a supplement to a meal or meal replacement, but only if you know what ingredients went into making them. With store-bought smoothies and juices, there can be four issues:

Portion size

As a meal replacement, 16 ounces is a serving; 8 ounces if drunk as part of a meal. But some purveyors have portions up to 64 ounces on their menu. That is anywhere from 4 to 8 times as much as what is considered a portion. The volume is one thing, but you are also getting way calories than you need.

Added sugar

At home, you can control the amount of sugar you add, if any. Keep in mind there is naturally occurring sugar in the fruit, milk and yogurt. Normally you don’t have to add any additional sugar. But that is not the case when you buy fruit juice or a smoothie. Continue reading

4 Crazy Weight Loss Ideas You Should Never TrySome people will do anything to lose weight, and we truly do mean anything. If you are frustrated with your weight loss efforts and the results they are producing, you may find yourself willing to try outlandish methods to drop some pounds. Whatever you do, avoid the 4 following crazy weight loss ideas that some desperate dieters actually attempt.

Weight Loss Tongue Patch

What could be easier for losing weight than simply placing a plastic patch on your tongue? This insane weight loss idea was created by a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon, but be warned that the FDA has not approved this weight loss strategy. Here is how it works.

A plastic patch is sewn onto your tongue. It requires only about 10 minutes of stitching, but costs around $2,000. How does it help you lose weight? It makes eating solid food so incredibly painful that you are forced to stick to a liquid diet. Steer clear of this crazy weight loss idea at all costs. Continue reading

Image Courtesy of GraphicStock (8)Many of the water-rich foods are high in fiber, but low in calories. Researchers have found that the body senses it is full by the volume of food and not the number of calories consumed.

By filling up on water-rich foods first, you end up feeling full, eat less high-calorie foods and in the end eat fewer calories over the course of that meal.

Some of the water-rich foods are classified as negative calorie foods – it takes more calories to digest them than what is contained in the food itself. Let’s take a look at some of these foods that fill you up fast:


  • Fruits and vegetables, like spinach, broccoli, cucumber, tomato, carrots, watermelon, berries, apples.
  • Low-fat or fat-free milk products, such as milk, Greek yogurt, cottage cheese.
  • Non cream-based soups, including soups made from vegetables, chicken or beef broth or tomatoes. Continue reading

??????????????????????????????????????????Hi, Al Bargen here and your body needs a few things daily. For your body to function properly, you need to give it six essential nutrients each day. Here’s a quick overview of each one.

 1) Water

 Water is the most basic nutrient your body needs. Every single cell in your body needs it to function and up to 70% of our body is made up of water. It helps regulate our body temperature and heart beat, helps the cells deliver energy and is vital in burning fat, just to name a few functions. Most experts recommend 7-8 glasses of water a day in addition to the five servings of fruits and vegetables we should be eating. Anything with caffeine in it does not count toward your recommended daily allotment since caffeine drinks like coffee and tea expel water from the body. Try starting out each day with a tall glass of water with lemon in it, as suggested in the book Cheeseburger Abs. Continue reading


Carbohydrates are nutrients that your body breaks down to create sugar. Like other nutrients, carbohydrates also provide vitamins and minerals. But what does this have to do with losing weight?

 Why Does The Body Need Sugar?

 The cells in our body use sugar to make energy and your brain runs off of it exclusively for fuel. So, just like gas for your car, carbohydrates keeping the motor running. And while it is also true your body can run off fat and protein for a while, it will eventually need to switch back to carbohydrates, otherwise it will start eating its own muscle for fuel – not a good idea when dieting since it lowers your overall rate at which your body burns calories. Continue reading

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