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 »

80 Names for Sugar

In one of my recent Fat Burning classes, each person brought in a processed, packaged food. I’m not talking about junk food like Twinkies – but foods that are marketed to seem “healthy.” One of the participants brought in a product that was given away in the goodie bag at a very popular race 10K race. The illusion for the consumer is “this product is healthy and good for athletes.”

What we did is examine the label for added sugar to the product. Using the 80 Names for Sugar as a guide, we found that five(!) different sugars…Read More »

Easy, Slow Cooker Pot Roast Recipe

There’s no better time than when the weather cools down to cook up a nice, warm pot roast. This slow cooker pot roast recipe is easy to make, full of good-for-you nutrients, and fills the house with mouthwatering smells. What’s even better is that this recipe is literally a set it and forget it mind set—well, for about six hours. With a little preparation, toss everything into your slow cooker and go about your day. Come home to delicious dinner that didn’t require you to be in the kitchen for hours!

Recipe by Delbert Bernhardt

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6 Ways to Beat Your Sugar Addiction

You’ve hit the 3 p.m. slump and you’re fighting to stay awake during the last couple hours of work. You start to dig around looking for something to give you a little bolt of energy and you find those delicious chocolate-covered pretzels calling your name. You say “I’ll have just one” but that one turns into the whole bag! And your taste buds keep craving more. You’re plagued with sugar addiction!

You’re in luck. You can escape your sugar addiction. It can be tricky, but with will and determination, you can overcome your sweet-tooth cravings and fall into…Read More »

Are all fats the same?

Fat is fat, right? The fast and easy answer is no. All fats are not the same and some are terrible for your health. Right up front, manufactured trans fats added to processed drinks and foods are awful for your health. The U.S. government has deemed that there is no safe level of consumption for trans fats and has ordered companies to remove them from processed foods by June 2018.

It’s important to your diet and health to avoid these fats. If you don’t know where these fats hide in your diet, let’s take a closer look.

Are All…Read More »

Poblano Pepper and Vegetable Chicken Soup Recipe

Keep warm as the weather cools down.

Packed with protein and vegetables, this chicken soup recipe is full of flavor and loaded with nutrients—which makes for a hearty, healthy and fat-burning dish! It’s easy to cook and fills you up your belly. Plus, it’s a perfect meal when the weather cools down or if you’re feeling a little ill. And I mustn’t forget how well it freezes!

Poblano Pepper and Vegetable Chicken Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 3 cups of water
  • 4 medium poblano peppers (seeded and diced)
  • 32 ounces of low-sodium chicken stock
  • ½- to 1-pound bag of baby carrots
  • 1 pound of sliced…Read More »
  • Fall Into Fat Burning Machine

    Summer barbecues are gone and the holiday season is around the corner. There’s no better time than now to fall into a fat burning machine.

    It’s not too hot or too cold outside, so there’s no excuse. Fall is a perfect time to do a reset and take steps toward the weight loss you desire – and deserve. Purge your mind of three key misconceptions.

    DIETS WORK. I’M THE PROBLEM. On most diets people typically lose weight the first week or so, but fail on a long-term basis. Most people think it is their fault for being overweight. They think, “I…Read More »

    Bacon-wrapped Drumsticks

    The good news is in! Chicken skin and dark meat actually holds some nutritional value.

    When everyone was avoiding fat, the chicken drumstick got a bad rap. Poultry dark meat was shunned for the leaner white meat—and most people discarded chicken skin as well.

    Here’s the facts: Chicken dark meat is richer in nutrients and contains more zinc and iron than white meat. Zinc is a trace mineral that’s found in every cell of your body and is needed for growth and reproduction. Zinc supports the immune system, heals wounds, and helps maintain your sense of taste and smell. Iron…Read More »

    Good Reasons for Post-Menopausal Women to Eat the Fat Burning Machine™ Way

    If you are a post-menopausal woman and want to INCREASE your chances for chronic inflammation and cardiovascular disease, simply eat a high-carbohydrate diet and lead a sedentary lifestyle.

    It is well known that cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in post-menopausal women. Additionally, it is known that inflammation is involved in the process of plaque build-up in the arteries and a marker for heart disease. One of the measures doctors use to measure inflammation is a blood marker called high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP.)

    A new study out of Brazil looked at 95 post-menopausal women and found that the women…Read More »

    Is Popcorn Fat-Storing or Fat-Burning?

    Q: Hey Gale, I don’t see popcorn on your list of foods. Is popcorn fat-storing or Fat-Burning?

    A: Great question. Popcorn is a dangerous food for some people, and in some circumstances.

    What I mean by that is 1 cup of homemade popcorn with oil (preferably coconut) is around 60 calories with 12 gms carbs, 1gm fat and 1gm protein. (Depending on how it’s made.) One cup of microwave popcorn is often double the fat calories – from fat and the fats aren’t good fats, because they tend to be trans fats. I advise you avoid pre-packaged microwave popcorn and keep…Read More »