Weight Loss with Sweet Potatoes

Weight Loss with Sweet Potatoes

Next, sweet potatoes have a relatively low calorie content, which is also very important if you are trying to lose weight. In one pound of fat there is 3500 calories. … By using some creativity , you can definitely use sweet potatoes to help you lose weight.
Sweet potatoes. Instead of eating the white rice or white flour you can eat nutritious calorie dense foods such as sweet potatoes which will help you gain mass on your butt. … By doing the right butt workouts you can deposit some extra mass on your butt when eating healthy calorie dense foods like sweet potatoes[wp_ad_camp_3]

In the United States, sweet potatoes typically have a yellow or orange flesh, but in Asia, sweet potatoes with a purple flesh are common. They contain compounds called anthocyanins, which have powerful antioxidant properties.

Sweet Potato Substitutions

A 2013 study published in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry found that the antho-cyanins in purple sweet potatoes helped suppress the spike in blood sugar after meals, in part by weakening insulin resistance. The implication is that purple sweet potatoes could help manage blood glucose levels and potentially mitigate the harmful effects of diabetes.

The carbohydrate content helps your brain produce glucose, which can keep you alert and energetic, avoiding the lethargy that often accompanies weight-loss regimens.

A medium sweet potato provides 4 grams of fiber, more than a bowl of oatmeal, which contains about 3. Getting enough fiber in your diet can keep your cholesterol levels low, protect you from cardiovascular disease and regulate your blood sugar, but it also helps with weight loss[wp_ad_camp_5]

Eating a potato, or any type of carbohydrate rich food, won’t automatically make you fatter. However, if you are watching your weight, enjoy potatoes in moderate quantities and be careful of how you eat them (for example, butter and sour cream are high in fats. Reduced-fat natural yoghurt is a healthier choice).

Sweet potatoes are versatile and can be used in place of more-fattening foods to make your meals lower in calories. Add sweet potato to a soup, stew or casserole to thicken it naturally without adding high-fat creams. Add it to quick breads for a sweet treat that isn’t full of fat and calories. It can replace the starchy portion of your meal as a low-calorie, nutrient-dense substitute for baked potatoes, pasta or rice dishes.[wp_ad_camp_2]

Sweet Potatoes and Weight Loss. … With their melt-in-your-mouth, sugary flesh,sweet potatoes are a healthy way to satisfy a carb craving. Sweet potatoes are a moderate source of calories but contain healthy carbs, like fiber, that help you lose weight[wp_ad_camp_4]
Sweet potatoes and anything else that is food only make you gain weight if you eat too much. There are drugs that will cause weight gain or loss with no change in eating habits, but they are not food. … Sweet potatoes fit into a balanced diet.

Weight Loss using Arabian Dates and Gahwa

Weight Loss using Arabian Dates and Gahwa


Cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of global mortality, accounting for 17 million deaths annually (Smith et al., 2004); atherosclerosis, in particular, is the main contributor for the pathogenesis of myocardial infarction. Dietary cholesterol in excess promotes coronary plaque formation, which increases the susceptibility to myocardial ischemia and aggravates ischemic heart disease (Schwartz et al., 2001; Yaoita et al., 2005). Elevated levels of plasma LDL and triglycerides, accompanied by reduced HDL levels, is often associated with an increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD) (Fki et al., 2005; Smith et al., 2004). Atherosclerosis represents a state of heightened oxidative stress, characterized by lipid and protein oxidation (Stocker and Keaney, 2004). Several studies indicate that LDL oxidation in an early event of process. Indeed, oxLDL is cytotoxic to a variety of vascular cells (Morel et al., 1983), induces the synthesis of monocyte chemotatic protein-1 (Rajavashisth et al., 1990), recruits inflammatory cells (Navab et al., 1991) and stimulate the production of autoantibodies (Salonen et al., 1992).[wp_ad_camp_3]

The date palms (Phoenix dactylifera L.,) have been cultivated in the Middle East over at least 6000 years ago (Copley et al., 2001). Dates fruits have always played an important role in the economic and social lives of the people of these regions and they considered dates are a staple carbohydrate food (Al-Shahib and Marshall, 2003). They are also used in the production of local foods, beverages and spirits. Folk medicinal practices dates are considered as tonic and aphrodisiac. Recently, Al-Qarawi et al. (2005) reported its beneficial affect on experimentally induced gastric ulcers in rats. A first study, reported that date fruits has anti-tumor activity (Ishurd and Kennedy, 2005). It has proofed for antioxidant and anti-mutagenic properties (Vayalil, 2002; Mansouri et al., 2005). Dry date fruits are used in Indian traditional medicine after child birth as immunostimulants (Puri et al., 2000). Furthermore, Al-Shahib and Marshall, (2003) concluded that, in many ways, dates may be considered as an almost ideal food, providing a wide range of essential nutrients and potential health benefits.[wp_ad_camp_5]

The relation between coffee consumption and CVD has been extensively. Although many previous studies found no significant association between coffee and CHD (Kawachi et al., 1994; Willett et al., 1996), more recent results have been inconsistent. Case-control studies found a positive association between coffee consumption and risk of CHD (Tavani et al., 2001; Hammer et al., 2003), prospective cohort studies reported a lower risk among individuals with higher coffee consumption (Woodward and Tunstall-Pedoe, 1999; Kleemola et al., 2000). However, it has been reported that, boiled coffee enhances the serum cholesterol levels (Little et al., 1966; Bjelke, 1974). Scandinavian boiled coffee and Arabian coffee are prepared by boiling roasted ground coffee beans found to raise serum cholesterol levels in humans and in experimental animals (Zock et al., 1990; Urgert et al., 1995; Al-Kanhal et al., 1994). Dusseldorp et al. (1991) reported that, coffee boiling caused an increased extraction of hyphercholesterolemic lipid factor from coffee, which powerfully raises the serum cholesterol level.

The increase intake of gahwa (Arabian coffee) with dates along with a high cholesterol diet in Saudi population as well as increased incidence of CHD (Lewis and Russel, 1985; Al-Shoshan, 1992) has raised a concern about the effects of the Saudi diet on CHD risk. The present study has designed to evaluate the effect of dates, gahwa and their combination on lipid metabolism in hypercholesterolemic hamsters.[wp_ad_camp_2]


This study has undertaken in College of Applied Medical Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia during 2006.

Animals: Thirty-six male golden Syrian hamsters of same age weighing 60-70 g were received from Experimental Animal Care Center, College of Pharmacy, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. All the animals were maintained under controlled condition of temperature (24±1°C), humidity (50-55%) and light (12 h light/dark) and were provided with chow and water ad lib. The animals were kept for one week in similar conditions as incubation period and were divided in six groups by taking 6 hamsters in each group. The groups are as follows: 1) Control (chow, manufactured by Grain Silos and Flour Mills Organization, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia), 2) Dates-diet (50% date pulp with chow w/w), 3) Dates-diet with gahwa (drinking water was replaced with gahwa), 4) Cholesterol-diet (1% cholesterol in chow w/w), 5) Date + cholesterol (1% cholesterol in dates-diet) and 6) Date + gahwa + cholesterol (1% cholesterol in dates-diet and gahwa replaced with drinking water).

Diets: Dates-diet: Khalas (a variety of date) date pulp was mixed with hamster chow power (1:1, w/w), made into pellets and air-dried.

Cholesterol-diet: One percent (w/w) cholesterol (BDH Chemicals, Poole, England) was mixed with hamster chow power, made into pellets and air-dried.

Gahwa: The gahwa was prepared by boiling 30 g of medium roasted grounded Arabian coffee (obtained from local market) in 1 L of water for 20 min, 5 g of grounded cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum Maton) was added to boiling coffee and continue for 5 more min. The gahwa was decanted to remove the sediments and used after cooled.

All the above dietary preparations were made every week and stored in refrigerator except gahwa. The treatments were continued for 13 weeks.[wp_ad_camp_1]

The aim of present study to evaluate the effect of dates, gahwa and their combination on lipid metabolism in hypercholesterolemic hamsters. The increase intake of dates and gahwa (Arabian coffee) along with a high cholesterol diet in Saudi population as well as increased incidence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) has raised a concern about the effects of the Saudi diet on CVD risk. Golden Syrian hamsters were divided into six groups (six animals in each) as follows: 1) control (chow), 2) Dates-diet (50% date pulp with chow), 3) Dates-diet + gahwa (replaced with drinking water), 4) cholesterol-diet (1% cholesterol in chow), 5) dates-diet + 1% cholesterol, 6) Dates-diet + gahwa + 1% cholesterol. All the above dietary preparations were made every week and supplemented for 13 consecutive weeks. Plasma lipid profile including total cholesterol, triglycerides (TC), Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL), High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) were estimated. Total cholesterol and TC were estimated in liver, heart and kidney tissues. The high cholesterol-diet caused significant increase in body and organs (liver and kidney) weights as compared to controls. Dates-diet, significantly reduced the body and liver weight that increased by the high cholesterol-diet. Plasma lipids were significantly elevated by high cholesterol-diet supplementation and this increase was significantly decreased by the dates-diet. However, hepatic TC levels further increased when dates were combined with high cholesterol-diet supplementation. Gahwa intake either with dates alone or with high cholesterol-diet was not induced any significant changes in lipid parameters. In conclusion, the dates lowering effects on body weights and plasma lipid profile shows its beneficial affects against atherosclerosis development in humans. Further investigations required for find out its potential constituents that affecting the CVD risk.[wp_ad_camp_4]

 Weight Loss using Almond Smoothies

 Weight Loss using Almond Smoothies

The super-thick and creamy smoothie keeps you fuller for longer too.Take a break from the same boring oatmeal every morning and enjoy a delicious and wholesome smoothie instead packed with the goodness of oats, almond milk, raw almonds, strawberries and Greek yogurt. No added sugar or sweetener makes this almond milk smoothie ideal for diabetics.

only much healthier. The super-thick and creamy smoothie keeps you fuller for longer too.Take a break from the same boring oatmeal every morning and enjoy a delicious and wholesome smoothie instead packed with the goodness of oats, almond milk, raw almonds, strawberries and Greek yogurt. Weight Loss Benefits – Blueberries are considered the healthiest of fruits and therefore, this almond milk smoothie can be easily included in the Paleo diet. The high level of phytochemicals found in blueberries affect the genes related to fat storage and fat burning and helps in trimming excess fat from our bodies.[wp_ad_camp_1]

A glass of almond milk contains merely 43 calories, which is half that of skimmed milk. It is low in carbohydrates which is also beneficial for weight loss. One cup of almond milk contains only 2 grams of carbs whereas a cup of skimmed milk contains 12 grams of carbs.

When it comes to weight loss, almond milk makes an amazing substitute for whole milk and skim milk, because it contains the same amount of essential vitamins and minerals but has fewer calories, which is essential for weight loss.[wp_ad_camp_2]

This smoothie can be prepared in a jiffy and is ideal for busy mornings or a quick afternoon snack. This is a low-fat and low-carb smoothie that can be enjoyed even by weight watchers without any guilt.

Weight Loss Benefits – Raspberry ketones are a natural substance that work as metabolism boosters and prevent an increase in overall body fat and the deep seated internal belly fat. The fibers  also act as a key factor in weight control. Raspberries help in blood sugar regulation and controls insulin response. This also aids weight loss because excess insulin stores sugar in fat cells.[wp_ad_camp_4]

Treat yourself to delicious desserts for breakfast with this rich and creamy banana almond flax smoothie.  It supplies a considerable amount of proteins, vitamins, minerals and fibers to keep you energized throughout the day. Being packed with proteins, it works as an amazing post-workout smoothie.

keeping snack smoothies under 150 calories and any that you drink as a meal under 350 calories if you’re trying to lose weight. … While there absolutely are health benefits in smoothies including fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, that much sugar (even from fruit) isn’t good for you.

Weight Loss Benefits – Strawberries increases the body’s production of hormones that stimulate metabolism and suppress hunger. It slows down the rate  of digestion. It helps the weight-reducing hormones to work properly.


Weight Loss using Mango Detox Water

Weight Loss using Mango Detox Water

How to Make Detox Water
  1. Drop ingredients in the bottom of a pitcher or fruit infuser bottle.
  2. Cover with ice about 1/2 way through then fill to top with water. Place in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.
  3. You can refill the container 2-3 times before it begins to lose flavor.
Makes 4 liters of Mango Ginger Detox Water, refill 4 liter pitcher 2-4 times until flavor is lost.
  • Drop into your pitcher and add in the mango.
  • Top with 3 cups of ice and then add with water.(the ice is important, it holds down the ginger and mango to help infuse the water)

It also helps reduce morning or motion sickness and banishes heart burn!

Mangoes not only boost metabolism, they also aid in digestion, boost your memory and increases your sex drive!

This Mango Ginger Detox Water will do a lot for your body, so make a big pitcher today and enjoy.


  • 1 inch Ginger Root, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup Frozen Mango- fresh is fine too

Get Started:

To peel the ginger use the back of a spoon or a vegetable peeler, just peel the part that you will be using.

Using a sharp knife slice ginger into 3-4 coin sized slices.[wp_ad_camp_3]

You want them about the size and thickness of the coin.

  • Drop into your pitcher and add in the mango.
  • Top with 3 cups of ice and then add with water.(the ice is important, it holds down the ginger and mango to help infuse the water)
  • Place in your fridge for 1-3 hours before serving.
  • When serving add a couple frozen mango chunks in a pretty glass for ice cubes

I highly recommend you use fresh ginger, the powdered just does not taste the same and will clump in your water.

Mango Detox water is perfect to take with you and sip all day as a delicious hydrating treat. To make it easier to take on the go, check out our Recommended Fruit Infused Water Bottles.Makes 4 liters of Mango Ginger Detox Water, refill 4 liter pitcher 2-4 times until flavor is lost.[wp_ad_camp_1]

Along with boosting your metabolism, ginger also is a natural pain reliever. From migraines to menstrual cramps ginger heals a lot of pain.[wp_ad_camp_5]

Boosts Metabolism: Detox drinks offer a major boost to your metabolism, thus aiding weight loss. A glass of lukewarm water with few drops of lemon can provide with a lot of benefits too. According to experts, this magic potion can boost the body’s metabolism to a great extent. 

Other Metabolism Boosting Infused Water Recipes.Check your farmer’s market or the produce section of your grocery store for ginger, you can store in freezer to make it last longer.[wp_ad_camp_2]

This Mango Ginger Detox Water recipe has helped 1000’s of people lose weight!

Weight loss using carrot juice

Weight loss using carrot juice

In addition to having effects similar to those of phosphorous, the 14.7 percent of your daily potassium in a cup of carrot juice promotes bone health and helps lower blood pressure. Men can obtain 13.3 percent of their manganese and 7.8 percent of their magnesium from a cup of carrot juice, while women get approximately 17.1 percent and 10.3 percent of these minerals, respectively. In addition to effects similar to those of potassium, both of these minerals help regulate blood sugar and may reduce weight loss due to diabetes.


Despite these high levels of vitamins and minerals, a cup of carrot juice contains only 94 calories, 0.4 g of fat, 21.9 g of carbohydrates and 9.2 g of sugar. As weight loss occurs when you burn more calories than you consume, low-calorie, nutrient-dense carrot juice is a great way to meet both your daily nutritional needs and weight loss goals. With 1.9 g of fiber, a cup of carrot juice also promotes healthy digestion, regulates blood sugar levels and helps you feel full for a longer period of time on relatively few calories.[wp_ad_camp_3]

The thick layers of cellulose on the cell walls of raw carrots prevent your body from digesting and fully absorbing the vitamins and minerals in these vegetables. By juicing carrots, you break down these cell walls and increase the concentration of carrots that you can consume. Although juicing makes carrot juice more nutrient-dense than raw carrots, carrot juice is still low in calories and fat, while high in vitamins and minerals, making carrot juice a good addition to a weight loss program.[wp_ad_camp_1]

One cup of carrot juice contains more than 250 percent of your daily vitamin A, which plays a role in healing muscles after workouts, bone health and muscle growth. The vitamin C in carrot juice helps regulate blood sugar and has effects similar to vitamin A, with 22.3 percent of a man’s and 26.8 percent of a woman’s daily intake in one cup. A cup of carrot juice also contains 30.5 percent of a man’s and 40.7 percent of a woman’s vitamin K. As nutrition experts Jane Higdon and Victoria Drake note in their 2011 book “An Evidence-Based Approach to Vitamins and Minerals,” vitamin K is essential to the function of proteins that help calcium bind to, build and repair bones.[wp_ad_camp_5]

Vitamin B Complex

In addition to promoting a healthy workout through these muscle and bone strengthening benefits, a cup of carrot juice is a great source of vitamins B1, B2 and B6. These vitamins are essential to breaking down glucose, fats and protein, thus increasing your ability to build muscle, boost your metabolism and lose weight. These B vitamins also lower stress and depression, both of which prevent weight loss at high levels. As Lynn Haley reports in the January 2006 issue of “DOC News,” managing stress and depression can boost weight loss, prevent regaining weight and lower your risk of obesity.[wp_ad_camp_2]


A cup of carrot juice contains 6.1 percent of a reproductive-aged woman’s iron intake, with the same amount accounting for 13.6 percent of the lower iron needs of men and post-menopausal women. This element promotes weight loss by increasing exercise capacity, sports performance, oxygen transport and energy. A cup of carrot juice contains 14.1 percent of your daily phosphorous. This element helps build, repair and maintain muscles, decreases pain after a workout and boosts your body’s energy use.[wp_ad_camp_4]

Weight Loss using Papaya Smoothie

Weight Loss using Papaya Smoothie

So it’s best to eat your papaya, or fruits for that matter, approx. 3 hours before a meal. For eg, have 2 slices of papaya for breakfast, then eat proper lunch. Or have some papaya during tea break time, and then eat dinner 3 hours later.

Papayas are a rich supply of potassium, which provides natural energy to get going in the early hours of the day. Instead of feeling sluggish after a heavy breakfast, you can whip up this easy smoothie and be ready to go. Potassium is also valuable to your health by regulating the sodium levels in the body and reducing high blood pressure. It lessens the risk of heart disease by preventing clogged arteries as well.[wp_ad_camp_2]

Along the same lines, papaya also does its part to lower the risk of heart disease with the antioxidant lycopene. Besides reducing cholesterol, lycopene is linked to a decreased possibility of prostrate and stomach cancers.

The magical enzyme, papaya present in papaya provides therapeutic benefits to your body. It has antioxidants, is diuretic in nature and rich in fibre with minimum calories. … Read on to know how papaya can aid your weight loss program. Along with losing weight, it’s important to lose it in a healthy way.

Papayas are a rich source of a different vitamin. They contain vitamin B6, which is extremely beneficial to your body. It can lower the dangers of type II diabetes by regulating blood sugar levels. Plus, it increases the production of red blood cells and protects against anemia. The vitamin aids in the production of serotonin and dopamine as well, supporting proper nerve function[wp_ad_camp_4]

You may be more used to seeing oatmeal in your breakfast bowl than in a tall glass, but blending it up with fruits and other ingredients can make a shake that’s both tasty and healthy. As part of a low-calorie eating plan, oatmeal drinks can help you lose weight, but they can’t do that work on their own.

This bright and creamy smoothie is a great way to start your day. Papaya and banana both support healthy digestion and aid in weight loss. This smoothie makes a filling and nutritious breakfast and can curb mid-morning snacking habits.[wp_ad_camp_1]

Weight Loss with ginger and garlic

Weight Loss with ginger and garlic

A negative calorie herb, you can use ginger to flavor your food or just prepare a cup of tea. Ginger tea alone cannot do wonders in weight loss, but it can be used along with a sensible diet and proper exercise to help you lose weight.

Garlic and ginger are well-known for their ability to boost immune function, relieve flu symptoms and fight infections. These spices have been used for centuries as food and medicine. They exhibit anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antioxidant and hypoglycemic properties, leading to better overall health. The question is: do they really work for weight loss? Can you slim down and lose those pesky pounds by spicing up your meals? Let’s find out!

Rich in antioxidants and sulfur compounds, garlic promotes cardiovascular health and fights free radical damage. In clinical trials, it has been shown to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol levels. Additionally, studies suggest that eating at least 10 grams of garlic per day may reduce the risk of colon, prostate and stomach cancer.

Its therapeutic properties are due to allicin. This sulfur compound relaxes the blood vessels and improves immunity by increasing hydrogen sulfide signaling in your body. Furthermore, it helps lower fasting blood glucose levels and improves insulin sensitivity. As a result, your body becomes more efficient at breaking down sugar.

Contrary to popular belief, garlic doesn’t speed up your metabolism or burn fat. However, it can help with weight loss due to its ability to regulate blood sugar levels and improve insulin response. Additionally, it protects against heart disease, diabetes and high cholesterol, which are common concerns among obese and overweight individuals.

Does Ginger Burn Fat?

Ginger is just as popular as garlic when it comes to fat loss. This ancient spice contains ginger and other natural compounds with anti-obesity effects. Ginger, for example, has been shown to significantly reduce blood glucose, insulin, lepton and body fat levels in obese mice within 30 days.So, it’s true that both garlic and ginger can bring you closer to your weight-loss goals. Using them together will boost your metabolism and lead to better health. … Garlic and ginger may help, but you still need to watch your diet and make exercise a habit.[wp_ad_camp_5]

Besides allicin, garlic contains hundreds of other sulfur compounds with healing properties. Thiacremonone, for instance, helps reduce bad cholesterol and triglycerides as well as fat storage. This compound is being studied as a potential therapeutic agent for obesity management and metabolic syndrome.

Garlic and ginger are herbs that can help you lose weight, but don’t expect any miracles. Creating a calorie deficit with a balanced diet and exercising regularly are vital for effective weight loss. Some studies have shown that ginger and garlic may help support weight-loss efforts in several ways.

When consumed regularly, ginger can improve your body’s ability to torch fat and use insulin. On top of that, it scavenges oxidative stress, which is a major risk factor for heart disease, cancer and premature death. This spice also helps with appetite control and inhibits fat absorption. Its fat-burning properties are backed up by science.[wp_ad_camp_1]


Weight Loss using Ginger Tea

Weight Loss using Ginger Tea

Ginger Tea Helps Lower Your Cholesterol 

High cholesterol is now being shown to have a direct correlation with obesity, and obesity can lead to diseases such as cancer, heart disease, and high blood pressure. Ginger has been shown to reduce cholesterol by breaking down the fats that clog arteries.

By expanding the blood vessels, the body’s average temperature increases and this helps to burn more fat. Furthermore, ginger has antioxidant properties that fight free radicals that are found in the blood stream. The anti-inflammatory effects inhibit the blood vessels from becoming inflamed, increasing the flow of blood in the body to cure the pain.[wp_ad_camp_3]

Ginger Tea Can Suppress Your Appetite 

Ginger tea is a great way to feel fuller, and is a natural appetite suppressant. Since it contains water, one of the most abundant hunger satisfiers, a glass of this before your meal helps to promote eating less food. Ginger has extremely few calories; therefore, by sipping on ginger tea all day, you will not experience intense hunger. Ginger has a positive effect on norepinephrine and dopamine: two hormones that activate the part of the nervous system that reduce hunger.

Ginger Tea for Weight Loss Really Works

This tea has been scientifically proven to help you lose weight. The Journal of the Science and Food of Agriculture tested the effect of ginger on obese rats in 2014. After receiving ginger water for a month, the studies confirmed significant weight differences in the rats. In Ayurveda remedies, ginger has been used for holistic health-care for over 4,000 years, and is also used widely in Asian cuisine. Ginger is a known diuretic; so while it helps to fill you, it is also important to drink water with ginger, because it can dehydrate you. For every cup of tea, drink another glass of water.[wp_ad_camp_4]

Ginger is an incredible root with many benefits for your health. While it’s an appetite suppressant, immune system booster, and has anti-cancer properties, it’s particularly well known for its digestive and anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger is extremely versatile, and can be added to food or even made into a tea. But what many people don’t know is that ginger can promote weight loss by activating the metabolizing and helping to burn fat. Yep, you could lose five pounds in fat and much, much more with this amazing drink. Here’s how:[wp_ad_camp_1]

Ginger Tea Improves Your Metabolism 

Indigestion is a common problem for many people, and ginger tea helps by easing blockages in the colon and promoting a natural cleansing action. By removing toxins through the bowel, as well as extra waste, the body will shed weight. Ginger contains chromium, magnesium, and zinc, which boost the immune system and help to give your body more energy.  The “British Journal of Nutrition” reports that by drinking ginger tea, there is a direct line to better digestion. Raw ginger is also a known cholesterol reducer.[wp_ad_camp_5]

The Recipe for Weight-Loss Ginger Tea. How to Make Ginger Tea 

Boil water, however much is desired, and add a few slices of ginger; the smaller the pieces, the more the ginger will be infused in the water. Grated ginger is also another good option. Let it sit for at least 5 minutes. It’s best to drink before or after eating a meal. Sometimes the flavor can be strong, so you can add honey or agave to sweeten to your tasting preference; lemon or mint also are good options for softening the flavor, although many enjoy it plain. If you can, buy organic ginger, as it will have a higher nutritional content and contain fewer chemicals.

Forget Your Slimming Shakes. Try Ginger Tea 

As is common with all weight loss treatments and techniques, healthy eating and exercise are good for your overall health. Avoid processed food, soda, gluten and refined sugar. Ginger tea can be used for weight loss with great effect, so long as you develop a healthy lifestyle to support your weight loss goals. Be diligent in your nutrition, structured in your exercise, and consume natural remedies for weight loss like ginger tea for an additional boost.[wp_ad_camp_2]

Weight Loss using Strawberries smoothies

Weight Loss using Strawberries smoothies

Intermittent Fasting

There are different ways to fast for weight loss using smoothies. Intermittent fasting is a safe, effective method of fasting for weight loss, done by alternating days of regular eating and days of calorie restriction. For successful weight loss, however, be careful not to overeat on nonfasting days. According to an NPR article published in 2013, one intermittent fasting program consists of eating normally for five days of the week and restricting your caloric intake for two days of the week down to 500 to 1,000 calories. Eating only strawberry banana smoothies would count as the two calorie-restricted days of the week in this program.

Benefits of Liquid Meals

In a study published in “Nutrition Journal” in 2012, obese women who ate a calorie-restricted diet with intermittent fasting not only lost weight, but they also lost fat mass and had reduced cholesterol levels. Women who had calorie-restricted liquid meal replacements, in which liquid meals replaced one or two meals a day, lost more weight than women who had calorie-restricted diets without liquid meals. The benefits of “smoothie fasting” are not limited to weight loss. Drinking liquid meals allows your digestive organs to rest. When your system is not as bogged down breaking down heavy meals, the enzyme activity is redirected to detoxifying the body.[wp_ad_camp_2]

Safety Precautions

It’s important not to fast for too long to make sure you’re getting enough nutrition, including micronutrients from a wide variety of foods. Intermittent fasting is better than long-term fasting because you can balance out your diet over a week with the nutrients you need from various foods. You can get your vitamin and mineral levels tested at a clinic to check for deficiencies. It also helps to consult with a certified nutritionist before embarking on a fasting program or any new diet. See your health care provider before doing a “smoothie fast” if you have a medical condition or are taking any medications.[wp_ad_camp_1]

Although fasting is medically defined as going without food and drink, you can do a “smoothie fast” by only drinking smoothies for intermittent days to lose weight. To shed pounds, you need to consume fewer calories than you burn off. As long as the strawberry banana smoothies you make result in a calorie deficit by the end of the day, you’ll be able to lose weight. If you drink them excessively or use a large amount of high-calorie ingredients, you may take in more calories than you burn off and actually gain weight.[wp_ad_camp_4]

Smoothie Ingredients

One cup of whole strawberries is 46 calories, and each medium-sized banana is 105 calories. If you make a smoothie using 2 cups of strawberries and 2 bananas with just water, you have a 300-calorie smoothie. If you wanted to use milk, each cup of nonfat or skim milk is an additional 91 calories. Adding one plain, unsweetened nonfat Greek yogurt container to the mix gives you 100 more calories.[wp_ad_camp_3]

How Much to Drink

Once you’ve chosen the ingredients in your strawberry banana smoothie and added up the calories, find out how many calories you burn on an average day to make sure you’re creating a calorie deficit. The number of calories you expend depends on your weight, height, age and activity level. An average middle-aged man burns anywhere from 2,400 to 3,000 calories a day depending on his activity level, and an average woman burns 2,000 to 2,400. Once you have an estimated number, you can determine how many smoothies you want to drink in a day to maintain a calorie deficit.[wp_ad_camp_5]

Weight Loss using Olives

Weight Loss using Olives

Low in Calories

A 1-ounce serving of green olives, roughly 8 olives, has 31 calories per serving, and a 1-ounce serving of black olives, which is about 7 large olives, has 35 calories. Compared to other salty snack foods, such as flavored potato chips with 151 calories per 1-ounce serving, olives are the clear low-calorie winner. Substitute olives for potato chips to achieve a calorie deficit of 116 calories for black olives and 120 calories for green olives. Over time, this deficit will add up. Eating olives twice a week for a year in place of chips could potentially help you lose an average of 3 1/2 pounds.[wp_ad_camp_2]

Healthy Fats

Olives contain a high amount of unsaturated fats, with 2.7 grams out of 3.3 grams of total fat for a 1-ounce serving of green or black olives. Consuming unsaturated fats can help your overall health if you eat them in place of saturated or trans fats, as they can help reduce plaque buildup and bad cholesterol levels. A 2013 issue of “Diabetology and Metabolic Syndrome” found that a high-fat diet that was rich in olive oil rather than saturated fat or margarine led to less weight gain and low cholesterol levels.[wp_ad_camp_5]

May Reduce Weight Gain

A 2011 study in the “European Journal of Endocrinology” found that a diet high in olive oil rather than other fats led to less weight gain. The human study, conducted on children over the course of a year, found that olive oil consumption, in place of other fats, led to less weight gain and lower body fat percentages. Researchers concluded that this was because of the high mono-unsaturated fatty acid content in olives, and that a diet high in MUFAs may help reduce the chances of obesity.

Including Olives in Your Diet

Mix chopped green or black olives into pasta sauce, using it in place of other high-fat ingredients, such as Parmesan cheese or cream. The richness of the olives will give a boost of flavor to the sauce with minimal calories. Or blend together olives to create a thick paste — or tapenade — which can be used as a sauce for fish or steak, or as a topping on a slice of whole grain bread. Olives can help you meet part of your vegetable intake requirement, but you still need to follow a balanced diet that emphasizes fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat protein and dairy products to ensure a healthy weight loss plan.[wp_ad_camp_4]

There’s a lot of confusion around the best cooking oils that you should use for your health. The supermarket shelves are stuffed with a huge variety of different kind of oils and within those too there different types. You have virgin oils, extra-virgin oils, cold-pressed oils and even blended oils! The word extra-virgin refers to ‘fine grade’ oil. There are different varieties of olive oil that are set apart not by the type of olive that is used, but the process used to extract the oil. Extra virgin olive oil is obtained by crushing olives and extracting the fresh juice. It is unrefined and the highest-quality olive oil you can buy. Because of the way extra-virgin olive oil is made, it retains the true flavour of olives, and has a lower level of oleic acid than the other varieties. It has a higher concentration of natural vitamins and minerals found in olives. According to Consultant Nutritionist, Dr. Rupali Dutta, “Extra virgin olive oil is the first oil that comes out of cold pressing the olives. It has been subjected to zero processing, and has no additives which makes it bright green in colour and has a strong olive flavor. It also contains only 1% of Oleic Acid and is able to retain all its antioxidants. Regular olive oil, on the other hand, is commercially produced and processed just like any other oil. It contains at least 3-4% of Oleic Acid.”[wp_ad_camp_3]

Olives, whether green or black, are rich in healthy fats. With their salty taste and meaty texture, they qualify as a low-calorie snack. All olives must be cured before they can be eaten; fully ripe olives turn a black color, while unripe olives are cured while still green. Substituting olives for a higher-calorie snack can help you lose weight, and olives contain natural compounds that may help prevent longterm weight gain. However, remember that olives will only make up a small part of a healthy balanced diet.[wp_ad_camp_1]