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Green Coffee Bean Extract

Green Coffee Bean Extract

Green Coffee Bean Extract

Green Coffee beans are flying off the shelves both literally and in a cyber sense.  It seems that anything mentioned on the Dr. Oz show gets this kind of fame. (Remember Oprah and her book recommendations?)

Green coffee beans are coffee beans that have not been roasted.  These beans contain chlorogenic acid which apparently slows the release of glucose into the system.  A study that was published in the journal Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity claims that over 22 weeks participants lost more than 17 pounds without changing their diet and fitness routine.

Pros and Cons of Green Coffee Bean Extract

Pros

Weight loss supplement that appears to have some merit

You can get the Dr. Oz recommended variety from Amazon instead of ‘out there’.

Cons

Many scammers and hucksters out there charging double or more than they should

Reports of headaches and cramps but unclear if this is the fillers in the cheaper products

I am personally not crazy about the idea of weight loss supplements (but that is just my own opinion)

So for what it’s worth, Dr. Oz says to make sure your green bean coffee extract has the following:

  • Contains Svetol
  • No fillers and all natural ingredients
  • 50% chlorogenic acids
  • reputable seller with customer service (Amazon or other large company)

I have provided the link to one that meets this criteria. (NOTE) – Yes, there are cheaper bottles on Amazon than this one, but they will be missing one or more of the key ingredients listed above!


NutriGold Pure Green Coffee Bean Extract, Green Coffee Gold Featuring Clinically-Proven 100% Svetol, 90 Vegetarian Capsules


 

 

 

 

The Fast Metabolism Diet

Fast Metabolism DietThe Fast Metabolism Diet

This is a best selling diet book authored by Haylie Pomroy and featured on Dr. Oz, complete with an A list  celebrity clientele.  (I think I should create a category for this site for those diets featured by Dr. Oz!)

There is a caloric cycling element to this diet (although no calories are counted), so it’s more like a nutrient cycling.

Phase 1 : Two days of mostly fruits and carbs in the way of whole grains (think quinoa and brown rice)

Phase 2:  Two days of mostly dark green veggies and lean proteins such as fish and poultry

Phase 3: Three days of all of the above with the addition of good fats such as avocado, nuts, coconut oil and olive oil

Ms. Pomroy has an impressive list of credentials and described as a ‘Celebrity Nutritionist’.  There are extensive online resources such as Pinterest recipe boards, facebook groups and blogs.  She also sells a shake mix on her website that supports the Fast Metabolism Diet. I checked the ingredients and they look really good, especially compared to other shake mixes.  Definitely worth a look and the cost works out to less than $2 per serving.

Pros and Cons of the Fast Metabolism Diet

Pros

Use of real  whole and healthy foods, lots of it

Plenty of online resources to help you, as well as a smart phone app

No counting calories

Cons

I am always hesitant about a diet guru promoting shakes and supplements

Counting calories or not, on the Phase 1 and Phase 2 days, the calories are very, very  low.

I find the phases and cycles a bit confusing

 

But certainly I feel this one is worth a try and I would love to hear from people who have done it.  How did you find the switching from phase to phase?

PS The Fast Metabolism Diet cookbook is available by preorder.


 

The Fast Metabolism Diet: Eat More Food and Lose More Weight

 

The Fast Metabolism Diet Cookbook: Eat Even More Food and Lose Even More Weight

 

101 Best Foods to Boost Your Metabolism


The 17 Day Diet

17 day diet

The 17 Day Diet

The 17 Day diet is a program where you cycle through 3 stages of eating (17 days each) , finally ending up at Cycle four or the ‘Arrive’ Cycle.  The Arrive cycle is where you stay for the long term.

Except for the Cycle 1 the ‘Accelerate’ stage, this diet falls under the ‘Family Friendly’ category in that there is no reason the entire family would not be able to eat the same as what you are eating while on this diet.

Cycle 1 ‘Accelerate’

You are eating fish and poultry, low sugar vegetables and low sugar fruits

Cycle 2 ‘Activate’

You will alternate Cycle 2 and Cycle 2 days. On the Cycle 2 days you can have natural starches such as yams.  You can also have more variety of protein such as pork.

Cycle 3 ‘Achieve’

This brings an expanded food list, as well as the occasional alcoholic drink

Cycle 4 ‘Arrive’

You will follow Cycle 3 during the week and eat a wider variety of foods on the weekend, foods not normally eaten by dieters! This is to shock your system by using caloric cycling.

Pros and Cons of 17 day Diet

Pros

Well balanced and healthy food plan, the whole family can eat the same foods!

Plenty of recipes and support online

Cons

All the cycling and one day this and one day that can seem a bit confusing!

 

I did stumble across a blog that seems to contain every resource you could possible need to follow this diet.  If you are ready to get started now, it’s called The 17 Day diet Blog of course!  Here you will find what you need to get started.


 

The 17 Day Diet: A Doctor’s Plan Designed for Rapid Results

 

The 17 Day Diet Cookbook: 80 All New Recipes for Healthy Weight Loss

 

The 17 Day Diet Workbook: Your Guide to Healthy Weight Loss with Rapid Results


 

 

The Omni Diet

The Omni DietThe Omni Diet

The Omni Diet has been ‘scientifically designed’ by Tana Amen, BSN,RN to help you lose up to 12 pounds in 2 weeks.

The book The Omni Diet: The Revolutionary 70% PLANT + 30% PROTEIN Program to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, Fight Inflammation, and Change Your Life Forever is available on Amazon.

In my research I keep coming across the phrase ‘high protein, plant based diet’.  What?!  A plant based diet with meat protein.   The diet is also described as a Gorilla Plan for eating.

So basically the plan is that you eat like a gorilla.  Did anybody over there bother to Google the phrase “What do Gorilla’s eat?’ ?

Gorilla’s eat greens, with maybe a few insects that happen to be on the leaves.  In fact, in my hometown of Vancouver, BC we have a restaurant called Gorilla Food which is a raw, vegan restaurant.

So far I’m confused about this diet!  But let’s continue on, because I am nothing if not persistent!

On the Omni Diet you try to aim for 70% plant food and 30% protein.  There is no dairy, sugar, grain, processed food, alcohol, soy, corn, pasta and all those other refined and processed foods we should not eat!  So that is definitely a good thing.

Pros and Cons of the Omni Diet

Pros

This is a really healthy diet! They eliminate all those known baddies.

Whole foods that are easily available.

Eliminates those weight busting foods so you WILL lose weight.

No weighing and measuring of foods

Cons

The ‘Eat like a Gorilla’ marketing plan is dumb (nothing to do with the diet but come on!)

So while I seem to be stuck on this whole Gorilla thing, take that away and I like the eating plan itself. Honestly, we eat way too much of all that processed crap and a diet like this can get you back to what real food is.  Tana Amen had great credentials as does her husband ( a brain doctor no less!) and they also have other books and supplements you can check out.

In fact, I did not realize until I was looking at their books on Amazon that I actually own three of Dr. Daniel Amen’s books on ADHD!  The man knows his brain chemistry!


 

The Omni Diet: The Revolutionary 70% PLANT + 30% PROTEIN Program to Lose Weight, Reverse Disease, Fight Inflammation, and Change Your Life Forever

 

Eat Healthy with the Brain Doctor’s Wife Cookbook

 

FORMULA ONE TM All Natural Diet Drops with African Mango. For use with the Formula One Diet Plan, Includes Allowable Foods List, Basic Diet Instructions Guide & Our Top Rated Customer Service.


 

SmartforLife Cookie Diet

cookie dietSmartForLife Cookie Diet

Who wouldn’t be intrigued by a tagline that reads “Eat Cookies, Lose Weight”.  It’s every dieter’s dream to have their cake and eat it too!

This diet works as a meal replacement program, offering cookies, muffins and bars as a meal replacement in the same way many other programs offer shakes.

The cookies are low calorie, around 100 calories, therefore this diet works because it is a calorie restricted diet.

How much you lose and how quickly will be determined by how many meals and snacks you replace.  Many people will replace 2 meals a day plus snacks for the at least the first week to kick up their weight loss, then switch to replacing one meal per day.

Nutritional component of one cookie (example is for chocolate chip)

Serving Size 29g, Servings per Container 6, Amount per Serving: Calories 100, Fat Calories

30, 3.5g Total Fat 6% DV*, 1.5g Saturated Fat 7% DV*, 0g Trans Fat, 0mg Cholesterol 0% DV*, 135mg
Sodium 6% DV*, 9g Total Carbohydrate 3% DV*, 2g Fiber 8%
, 3g Sugar, 6g Protein.

*Percent daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Pros and Cons of The SmartForLife Cookie Diet

Pros

Lose weight fast by replacing 2 meals per day

Many dieters find it easier when they don’t have to prepare meals, all done for you!

No weighing and measuring, just grab and go

Cons

Can become monotonous

For longterm, you still have the issue of learning to keep the weight off

 

The cookies do taste really good and are quite filling. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Good luck and let us know your results by posting below!

 

 

Smart for Life® Irresistible Winner Cookies Combo Pack Four 12-count Boxes

 

 

Smart for Life 10803 SmartforLife Cookie Diet 7 Day Meal Replacements Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

 

 

Smart for Life – 14 Day Chocolate Lovers Pack – 14 Packs Chocolate Chip Cookies

Review of The Dukan Diet

dukan diet reviewThe Dukan Diet

The Dukan Diet has been all the rage in France for a number of years. It was developed by French doctor, Dr. Pierre Dukan and has become a cult favorite, party due to it’s connections to members of the Royal Family following this plan.

I tried it myself and lost 10 lbs in one week!  The downside was I became very constipated and stopped the diet.  I would like to try it again, but I would have to first overcome the issues I had before.  This would mean not following it to the letter and increasing the daily oat bran that is allowed on the diet..

It is a very low carb diet and overcomes one of the big criticisms of low carb diets, which is that low carb diets are also typically high in fat.  This is not the case with the Dukan program.  It is very low in fat as well as carbs.

There are four phases to The Dukan Diet:

Attack Phase

The Attack phase lasts from 2 to 7 days, depending on how you answer the questionaire (follow the link at the end of this article), most people end up with 5 days on Attack.  This phase is ‘pure protein’ meaning you eat only lean proteins, eggs, fat free dairy and 1 1/2 tablespoons of oat bran per day.

Cruise Phase

In the Cruise phase you alternate between Protein Days and Protein and Vegetable days, increasing your oat bran to 2 tbsp per day.

Consolidation Phase

This phase is where more carbs are added as well as a weekly Celebration meal.  This phase lasts 1 week for every pound lost during Attack and Cruise.

Permanent Stabilization

This phase is where you are back out in the real world with a few rules.  Once a week you have one ‘pure protein’ day, eat 3 tbsp oat bran every day and daily exercise.

Pros and Cons of The Dukan Diet

Pros

Rapid weight loss

Easy to follow, eat until full

Consolidation phase, if followed is a great idea to ‘lock in’ your weight loss

Cons

Very low carb can cause issues such as constipation (Trust me I know!)

It is hard to stick with long term, so it is important to get onto the easier part of the diet as soon as possible.

Still, this is a very effective program and because it works so fast, if you follow it and just ‘get it done’, you can get onto the more relaxed part of the diet which is easier to follow.   Look forward to your comments!

 

The Dukan Diet: 2 Steps to Lose the Weight, 2 Steps to Keep It Off Forever Dukan Diet Oat Bran Muffin Mix, Vanilla, 9.7 Ounce Complete Dukan Cookbook

The Virgin Diet

The Virgin DietThe Virgin Diet

Designed by J.J. Virgin, the basic premise of the Virgin diet is that there are 7 foods that are the biggest triggers for all that ails us, including obesity.  These 7 foods are responsible for allergies and other health problems and by eliminating them, we will solve many issues including weight issues.  These 7 foods are:

  1. Soy
  2. Corn
  3. Gluten
  4. Dairy
  5. Sugar and Artificial sweeteners
  6. Eggs
  7. Peanuts

The Virgin Diet program does lay out a very natural and healthy way of eating that could benefit the whole family. It could also be a long term way of eating if one was committed not only to weight loss, but also to eating only the highest quality food.

Week one promises 7 pounds in 7 days, so a nice start to a new way of life!

 

Pros and Cons of The Virgin Diet

Pros

Extremely healthy foods, lots of fruit and veggies

No weighing and measuring of foods

Online support groups

Cons

Hard to maintain long term unless you are committed to eliminating these 7 items from your diet

They are promoting a product called  ‘The Virgin Diet Shake’

 

I actually want to try this diet, more as a long term way of eating after I have used some of these other diets to get all my weight off!  If I was to have a ‘perfect diet’ this would be it!  I would love to hear from people who have used this program.



The Virgin Diet: Drop 7 Foods, Lose 7 Pounds, Just 7 Days


My Virgin Diet CookBook:: The Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Peanut-Free, Corn-Free and Sugar-Free Cookbook


Six Weeks to Sleeveless and Sexy: The 5-Step Plan to Sleek, Strong, and Sculpted Arms

The DASH Diet

DASH DietThe DASH Diet

The DASH Diet was originally a plan of eating used to address high blood pressure.  DASH is an acronym standing for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.  And while DASH is still a great plan to lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol, it has gained an incredible following as a weight loss tool.

There are DASH books, support forums, Pinterest boards with recipes, you name it!

This diet was voted by health experts to be the best overall diet three years in a row!

Pros and Cons of The DASH DIET

Pros

Health Experts on your side!

Well balanced meals, no weird foods or starving so the whole family can follow it

Can be used as a long term, even permanent food plan

Cons

Due to slower (but steady!) weight loss,  it is important to find a support group

You really need the book to figure out exactly what you are doing

There is weighing and measuring of food involved


The Dash Diet Weight Loss Solution: 2 Weeks to Drop Pounds, Boost Metabolism, and Get Healthy (A DASH Diet Book)

The Everyday DASH Diet Cookbook: Over 150 Fresh and Delicious Recipes to Speed Weight Loss, Lower Blood Pressure, and Prevent Diabetes (A DASH Diet Book)

The DASH Diet for Weight Loss: Lose Weight and Keep It Off–the Healthy Way–with America’s Most Respected Diet


 

The Zone Diet

The Zone Diet

The Zone Diet

Many A-list celebrities have ‘entered’ The Zone to keep their famous figures! What exactly is The Zone Diet?

The Zone Diet works by closely regulating blood sugar levels, keeping our blood sugar in a tight ‘zone’ that helps to burn fat efficiently.  To achieve this, you need to maintain a certain ratio of carbs to proteins to fats every time you eat a meal.  On the surface, it appears to be very similar to any other low carb diet, but having tried it for a few weeks, there is a difference.

For me that difference is simplicity!  I was a science major and I had trouble with this one.  You get ‘Zone Food Blocks’ where each block contains a standard amount of protein, carb and fat.  You get a certain number of blocks to use up for meals and snacks.

First you need to figure out how many blocks you get based on a few factors, then you need to plan out meals that contain those blocks.  You really need the book.  Or if money is no object, you can get Zone meals delivered to your door!

Pros and Cons of The Zone Diet

Pros

You will lose weight

Healthy balanced meals are the norm

There are a lot of recipes and groups online that can help you

It’s free (other than you really need the book!)

Cons

I found it very complicated

To maintain the blocks and stay in the ‘zone’ you really need to weigh and measure everything

 

If you still want to try it out, get the book! And please come and comment with your experience, maybe it was just me?


Enter The Zone: A Dietary Road map Zone Meals in Seconds: 150 Fast and Delicious Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner (Zone (Regan)) Zone-Perfect Meals in Minutes

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