Recent study linked artificial sweetener use to increased risk of weight gain, heart disease and other health issues

Most people consume artificial sweeteners with the main goal to reduce calories and lose weight or control weight. If you consume these fake sweeteners, I’ll bet the reason is you believe they help you lose weight – right?

The concept of fewer calories consumed equals sure weight loss is a concept that has recently come under high scrutiny. We have learned that not all calories are equal. Food composition has a direct effect on hormones and metabolism.

Artificial sweeteners help weight loss – or – aid in weight gain?

If the goal for the use of artificial sweeteners is to aid…Read More »

Fruit Salad: Is It Fat Burning or Fat Storing?

For many people, consuming a fruit salad seems like a good idea because fruit is “all natural.”

Here is a basic recipe:

  • 1/2 cup of watermelon balls
  • 1/2 cup of cantaloupe balls
  • 1/2 cup of honeydew balls
  • 1/3 cup of strawberry halves
  • 1/2 banana

Seems like a calorie bargain at only 161 calories for the entire recipe.

Fruit Salad: Is It Fat Burning or Fat Storing?

Fat Burning Machine students know that it’s not all about calories. Food affects hormones, including insulin. Insulin is nick-named “the fat storing hormone.” Insulin is released in response to food and the more carbohydrates, and in particular sugar, the…Read More »

Are You Emotional Eating or Hungry?

We must feed our bodies in order to sustain life. Food is an absolute necessity. A part of our pre-programmed survival mechanism, there is actually a hunger hormone, ghrelin, that stimulates our urge to eat. When the urge to eat is associated with a need to sustain life, that’s a good thing.

For some of us, an urge to eat is linked to emotions and not signals from our bodies. Maybe you’ve never thought about this before? Why are you eating?

Are you eating because you are hungry and need to sustain life or because you are emotional?

Emotional Eating vs. Hungry

Here’s…Read More »


Is Fruit Good or Bad for Your Health?

Do you know anyone that is constantly eating fruit and they can’t figure out why they can’t lose weight? Maybe you’re one of these people?

Many people think that any food that is “natural” is good for you. It is a myth that just because something exists in nature, it is good for you. For example, poison ivy is “natural” and it’s definitely not good for you.

Of course fruit isn’t poison in the same way that poison ivy is poisonous, but, too much fruit – especially in the wrong form – can cause big blood sugar spikes followed by big…Read More »


Healthy Fruit: Rethinking the Way You Think About Fruit

“Fruit is natural, so it must be good for you.”

While I never really liked vegetables until recently, I have always loved fruit. All types of fruits–apples, oranges, grapes, watermelon, cantaloupe, bananas, strawberries. In the summer, my favorite meal was a huge fruit salad. I would buy whole watermelons, chop them up and just eat them throughout the day.

How bad could it be for me? Even if it is sweet, the sugar in fruit is natural, not processed. God-given from the tree or the vine, right? I thought I should be able to eat it in unlimited quantities. After…Read More »

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Egg Health: Are They Good or Bad for You?

Egg lovers rejoice! You don’t need to eliminate eggs from your diet.

You’ve probably heard that eggs – in particular egg yolk – are high in cholesterol. If you are a long-time, low-fat, dieter then you might be aware that egg yolk contains all of the fat in an egg where as egg whites are pure protein.

I suspect that many of you have been avoiding eggs because you’ve been concerned getting heart disease and cutting calories by cutting fat. But there’s no need to eliminate eggs from your diet. Let’s clear up the confusion once and for all—so you…Read More »

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Ask Gale: What Is a High-Fat Diet?

In general, a high-fat diet is defined by the Medical Dictionary as a diet that contains over 30 percent of the calories as fat. More and more evidence is indicating that a diet high in fat and low in carbohydrates contributes to good health and weight loss.

Is Fat-Burning Machine a high-fat diet?

Our Fat-Burning Machine students that follow the program and track what they eat find that daily fat intake ranges from 40- to 55-percent of total calories. By the Medical Dictionary definition, the Fat-Burning Machine diet is a high-fat diet.

How is the Fat-Burning Machine Program Different Than…Read More »

No Pasta Salad Dish

No Pasta Salad Recipe

We’re all about taking a traditional dish and making a healthy twist to it. This pasta dish, made with zucchini squash, allows you to enjoy the traditional flavors that a pasta salad brings, without the guilt. Make it for a BBQ or as a main dish – add in some chicken or fish to get protein.


  • 1 medium zucchini squash
  • 1 medium yellow squash
  • 1 can black olives
  • 1/2 can garbanzo beans
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder



What Causes Food Cravings?

Put your food cravings to an end.

Many of us have commented that we have an intense, urgent or abnormal desire for a particular food. A study in The Journal of Nutrition found that 97 percent of women and 67 percent of men reported episodes of food cravings. Scientists have looked at what foods people desire and tried to unravel why it is we crave particular foods. Is the desire driven by actual physical needs – I’m low on iron so I crave a steak? Or, is a particular food lust all in our head?

Rewards, the Brain and…Read More »

The Top 5 Most Addictive Fat-Storing Foods

Have you ever felt that certain foods have control over you? You crave these foods.

University of Michigan designed two studies to examine which foods were deemed most addictive. The first study involved 120 undergraduate students. Participants in this group had a mean age of 19 and varied in age from 18 to 23. Students used a self-reporting tool that examined addictive-like eating behaviors through a series of questions and the foods associated with those behaviors.

For example, one question was, “Over time, I have found that I need to eat more and more of certain foods to get the…Read More »