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The Engine 2 Diet

Engine 2 DietThe Engine 2 Diet

When I first heard the term ‘Engine 2’ Diet, I immediately thought of fire engines and big, burly firemen and lots of beefcake.  I mean beef.  Sorry, the mind wanders at times.

At any rate,  I was quite surprised to see that the Engine 2 Diet is a plant based diet, in other words no beef or meat of any kind.

The Engine 2 Diet was created by firefighter Rip Esselstyn to assist members of his Austin, Texas fire department to get back into shape.  Vegetarians don’t normally impress me much, as I see a lot of vegetarian junk food being eaten.  Coke and fries may not have meat, but that is not a meal!

But this is different in that it is whole foods based (no processed junk) and also low fat.  Dieters are encouraged to cut out vegetable oils and anything that has more than 2.5 grams of fat per 100 calories.

There are two phases of the program, you can do the ‘firefighter’ version and go all in, or you can do the ‘fire cadet’ version and ease into this new way of eating.  Either way, the dieter is encouraged to have their bloodwork checked and go on their 28 day challenge and then recheck the bloodwork.

Pros and Cons of The Engine 2 Diet

Pros

A low fat, plant based diet can lower cholesterol and prevent diabetes and heart disease

This is not a weigh & measure diet (but certain foods are off the menu.)

Promotes a long term way of eating for the whole family as opposed to a diet.

Cons

Unless you are really committed to a vegan or vegetarian lifestyle, this is hard to stick to.

Might be too low fat to stave off hunger

 

Interestingly, my own son has been a vegetarian for 7 years and he is strong and healthy.  He is an air cadet and goes on weekend survival trips and just does not eat meat for ethical reasons. I could definitely see him advocating The Engine 2 Diet!

The book outlines the 28 Day Challenge and has many recipes.  There are also some online resources out there on Facebook and Pinterest to keep you motivated.

 

The Engine 2 Diet: The Texas Firefighter’s 28-Day Save-Your-Life Plan that Lowers Cholesterol and Burns Away the Pounds

 

My Beef with Meat: The Healthiest Argument for Eating a Plant-Strong Diet–Plus 140 New Engine 2 Recipes

 

Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook: Over 300 Recipes for Plant-Based Eating All Through the Year

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 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


 

Garcinia Cambogia

garcinia cambogiaGarcinia Cambogia

When Dr. Oz speaks, America not only listens, sometimes they go a little crazy.  That is certainly true for a weight loss supplement called Garcinia Cambogia.

So what is it?  It is a fruit that looks like a small pumpkin that is native to India and parts of Asia.  The word from Dr. Oz is that as a supplement, taking it alone will cause you to drop some pounds with no other changes.  But combine it with diet and exercise and you can almost triple the results from that effort!

I have ordered some from Amazon and will test it myself and report back.  In the meantime, here is the clip from Dr. Oz’s show.

Pros and Cons of Garcinia Cambogia

Pros

All natural fruit extract

Cheap (as long as you don’t get sucked in by the marketing!)

Triples your weight loss efforts

Cons

Many scammers out there selling crap

Not supported by the medical community (except Dr. Oz!)

May react with your medications, so check with your pharmacist or doctor


NOTE – Be sure to only buy Pure Carginia Cambogia extract from a reputable company (Amazon, your pharmacy)

GARCINIA CAMBOGIA The Ultimate Appetite Suppressant

Just Potent Garcinia Cambogia, 500 mg per capsule, 60 capsules

Earths Design Pure Garcinia Cambogia Extract, 750mg – 120 Capsules – 60% HCA


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