Keto Diet: A Helpful Short-Term Tool


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Everyone is talking about The Keto diet! Many celebrities swear that it is the fastest and most effective way to shed weight. The diet is essentially an extremely low carb regiment. By eliminating carbohydrates, your body goes into a natural state of ketosis where it breaks down the fats in your liver and produces ketones. This is a process called beta-oxidation, and the ketones are used to fuel your brain and body, instead of what your body normally uses for fuel, which is glucose, or sugar. Anyways, all that science means that your body is actually burning fat instead of using its other sources of energy!

There can be many other benefits to switching to a low carb diet too. Not only is it an effective method for weight loss, but it can also help prevent and maintain diabetes by controlling your blood sugar. Additionally, making this change can also improve brain functionality as well. Studies have shown that increased fatty acid intake can aid your concentration and focus. Keto benefits don’t stop there either! The diet has also been shown to be good for your skin and help clear up acne!

So what exactly is a Keto diet? When following a keto diet, it's good to avoid things with sugar, such as bread, fruit, or starchy foods like potatoes and beans. What you should be eating are things like meat, greens, seeds, nuts, and other fatty foods like milk and cheese. The majority of food to be consumed is fat, followed by protein and then a small number of carbs. Green, leafy vegetables are best, such as Kale and Spinach!

There are some potential side effects associated with the Keto diet. It is possible to experience cramping in the legs as well as constipation. In order to best prevent this, it is important to keep hydrated. When switching to a high fat, low carb diet the body goes through a transitional period where it adapts to burning fat instead of glucose. During that time you might feel tired but that is normal! Your energy levels will return to normal after your body has finished adapting to using a new fuel source.

It is truly fascinating the way the human body works and how what we eat directly affects our ability to function. Whether or not you're interested in trying the Keto diet, it's best to do your own research and formulate a plan that is best for you!

Summer Exercise Tips: Avoiding Joint Pain


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Sunshine summertime is almost indisputably the best time to be outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty of Earth. Take advantage of the good weather and go outside and get some exercise! Here are some great ideas that won't stress your knees but will get your bodies engine fired up! 

 

Go Walk Around

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 Even if it just a few minutes extra each day just moving your body more than it is accustomed to will get your body processes started and burn more calories. Don't even worry about jogging or running, a brisk walk is more than enough to get your heart beat moving faster. 

 

Swim at the Pool

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While the sun is strong and the days are longer there are no good reasons why you shouldn't go out for a swim every few days! Swimming places your body in a zero gravity environment and is the perfect place to move your body without stressing the joints! 

 

Find a Partner

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Having an exercise buddy can be highly beneficial for two main reasons. First, you can hold each other accountable and boost the chances that you both will continue working out. Secondly, you have someone to enjoy the time with while you are exercising! And remember even going for a walk together counts 😉 

 

Play a Game

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Even if you are just throwing around a frisbee, or shooting some hoops, playing games makes exercise engaging and fun! BeLiteWeight wishes all of you a memorable and bright summer. Make hay while the sun shines and go outside and enjoy the weather! 

 

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References

https://www.livestrong.com/article/537088-the-best-exercise-for-someone-morbidly-obese/

http://www.rd.com/health/fitness/exercise-for-overweight/

Salad Dressings: Carb Friendly & Delicious


 

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The Spring Equinox on March 20 may officially be the first day of Spring, but April 1st has the emotional appeal of true change. Winter is officially over and to help fully internalize this change BeLiteWeight is giving out all of our favorite Salad dressing recipes. Don't wait to try these zesty sauces!

Low-Carb Caesar

With fresh lemon juice and garlic this recipe is guaranteed to leave your mouth tangy and stomach wanting more!

Sugar-Free Thousand Island

Clocking in at only 5 ingredients this salad dressing makes a quick addition to some protein!

Feta Vinaigrette Dressing

This recipe takes a few minutes of time and a blender but we promise it is worth the wait!

Classic Low-Carb Vinaigrette

Made with raw organic apple cider vinegar, this vinaigrette is full of flavor and helps cut your gut!

 

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Works Cited

https://www.dietdoctor.com/recipes/caesar-dressing

https://www.verywell.com/sugar-free-thousand-island-dressing-2242121

http://www.ketogenic-diet-resource.com/low-carb-salad-dressing.html

http://www.lowcarbsosimple.com/basic-vinaigrette-and-variations/

 

 

How to Start Working Out: First Steps


howtostartworkingout       Happy new years from the BeLiteWeight team! As we begin the new year many of us are contemplating a shift in our lifestyles towards a more healthy and active balance but don't even know where to begin. Our team is here to help! Here are four very important tips to remember that will hopefully help push you through those first few weeks!

Choose Your Motivation First

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     The first thing you need to do is ask yourself why you want to make this lifestyle change. For most people this is as simple as wanting to lose weight and be a healthy functioning person. Once this reason is clear to you don't lose your focus! If you don’t see the light at the end of the tunnel how are you going to get there!

Realize Improvement is Dynamic

waves-1216356-1277x503       The way the body responds to working out is scattered and varies from person to person. Often progress is delayed in the beginning, picks up very quickly, and is delayed again after sustained progress. Don’t stop in any of these situations!

Don't Rush, Start Slow!

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      It happens all too often that people begin an exercise routine and in less than two weeks they have strained a few different muscles all over their body. Start off your lifestyle transition really slow. This means walking low distances and stretching slowly as well. Trying to rush will always hold you back in the end.

Always Do What You Feel Like

beach-1404880-639x424       Some days your body is just tired. It may not have the right nutrients. It may have worked harder the day before. Sometimes there is no reason. If you aren’t feeling up to it there is a reason your body feels that way and you should be focusing on changing that.. Rest and recovery is just part of the cycle. But if you feel like getting up and going out for a walk, just go do it! Sometimes the only thing stopping you is you!

 

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Works Cited

http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/8-things-i-wish-i-knew-when-i-first-started-working-out/

http://vitals.lifehacker.com/how-to-finally-start-working-out-even-if-you-hate-it-1729593891

http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/how-to-avoid-the-4-most-common-beginner-workout-mistakes/

Four Forgivable Holiday Desserts


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As the days turn in to heart of the holiday season BeLiteWeight wants you to be prepared to eat well but not over indulge on the wrong foods and harm your body. Here are four delicious desserts for you to share with your friends and family that are all low carb and completely (somewhat) forgivable!

 

Pumpkin Delight

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(Picture & Recipe Credit:http://www.briana-thomas.com/pumpkin-delight/)

This Pumpkin Delight recipe is so creamy and light that you will hardly feel it coming down. But don't worry it is flavorful enough that you won't need much!

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One of the best desserts out there is this Caramel Apple Deep Dish Pie & it won't pack on the pounds either! 

Caramel Walnut Crumble

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Although the original recipe favors bars if you just mash it up in the end you can make the most yummy csimple Cranberry Walnut rumble!

Sweet Potatoe Brulee

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(Picture & Recipe Credit:http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/mashed-sweet-potatoes-brulee/)

With sweet potatoes and yams being one of the latest food fads this Sweet Potatoe Brulee is sure to be one of the most talked about additions to your holiday dishes!

 

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Sources:

http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/10-delicious-holiday-desserts/

http://www.lowcarbmaven.com/cranberry-walnut-crumb-bars/

http://blog.myfitnesspal.com/mashed-sweet-potatoes-brulee/

https://www.lowcarblab.com/best-low-carb-desserts-recipes-ideas/3/

http://www.briana-thomas.com/pumpkin-delight/

http://www.thisrawsomeveganlife.com/2016/02/deep-dish-caramel-apple-pie.html#.VrteD_nhCM8

Snacking Tips After Bariatric Surgery


 

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#1 – MINIMIZE PROCESSED CARBS!

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Processed Carbohydrates are absolutely detrimental to your weight loss regime for so many reasons! Simple processed carbs spike insulin levels and increase the risk of diabetes and a number of other diseases. They are also quickly converted by the body in to excess fat. Processed and poor quality carbs such as potato chips are damaging as well.

 

#2 – MAXIMIZE PROTEIN & GOOD FATS

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Your body NEEDS healthy fats and protein to work properly! Healthy fats ensure proper fuctionality of your organs and proteins are used to properly recovery of your bodily systems and maintain lean muscle mass. They make you feel full too!

 

#3 – DON’T EAT FAST, TAKE BREAKS!

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Remember that your stomache pouch has been changed and is now smaller. Give your food time to digest so it will stay down and not go back up! But also be mindful of oversnacking the wrong foods.

 

#4 – ALWAYS STAY HYDRATED

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Your body is made up of more than 60 percent water! Drinking it curbs hunger and gives you energy so be sure to replace your hydration often!

 

Cite Info

https://www.sott.net/article/273727-Five-dangers-to-indulging-in-simple-carbs

http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/how-eating-more-fat-helps-you-lose-more-weight.html

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2014/03/14/chewing-food.aspx

https://authoritynutrition.com/7-health-benefits-of-water/

 

 

 

Potential Trigger Foods After Weight Loss Surgery


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After having weight loss surgery the digestive system of the body is altered and its response to the same food you have always eaten may change. Although each surgery is unique, and each body responds to different foods in their own way, these are the certain foods groups that BeLiteWeight recommends caution. Feel free to try each of them out and test them, but be careful! Don't eat too much or too fast, and always remember to chew thoroughly! 

 

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Bread can expand when in contact with different liquids and chemicals in your stomache. You may want to forgo the bread basket when eating out. Save room for your meal! 

 

bad  food after weight loss surgery vsg bariatric bypass gastric band lap sleeve mini bypass vsg  apple rice bread pasta chicken liquid calories ice cream 2. Apple Skins

Apple skins are hard to fully chew potentially causing problems with the stomaches digestion and issues smoothly going down.

 

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It is very easy for chicken to be too dry! Make sure your chicken is very moist, maybe with a sauce, and be sure to be chew it thoroughly. 

 

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As with bread,  pasta can easily absorb liquids and expand. It is also easy to take too big of a bite which can cause the uncomfortable "stuck" feeling. 

 

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These are the worst possible food after weight loss surgery! Sugary liquids sneak their way down to your stomache without much discomfort and quickly start packing on weight!

 

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Much like bread and pasta rice can expand a lot. Just be careful and don't eat too much or too fast!

 

Many of these foods are high in carbohydrates which takes up room in your stomache causing you to not be able to eat the protein rich foods that you need for your hair, muscles, and bodily functions. Focus on your protein first and then just a couple of bites of carbs.

 

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Detrimental Foods & Chemicals


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With so many options of different foods to eat in this modern age certain items are simply harmful for your body. BeLiteWeight recommends that you do your very best to avoid, or at least minimize, the consumption of these core detrimental foods and chemicals.

#1 Simple Carbs & Sugar

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#2 Trans Fat / Partially (Or fully) Hydrogenated Oils

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#3 MSG

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#4 BHA & BHT

eggs beef jerky cheese avocado butter healthy snacks weight loss surgery before after photos beliteweight gastric sleeve bariatric BHA and BHT are classified by the Department of Health and Human Services as carcinogens because of their known link with organ failure and an array of other problems. Think twice before eating those potato chips!

#5 Sodium Nitrate

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#6 Sodium Benzoate / Benzoid Acid

eggs beef jerky cheese avocado butter healthy snacks weight loss surgery before after photos beliteweight gastric sleeve bariatric Sodium Benzoate and Benzoid Acid are both naturally occuring but when mixed and stored with Vitamin C they form a chemical called Benzene which is known to cause a number of cancers. Look out for these in your Vitamin C juices!

#7 Potassium Bromate

single-simple-bread-roll-1631979-1279x853 Found in white breads like Wonderbread, Potassium Bromate is banned in almost every other 'industrialized' country because of its known link with a number of different cancers. You really shouldn't put it in your body!

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Cites to Info

http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/avoid-these-9-worst-food-ingredients?page=2

http://www.livescience.com/36206-truth-potassium-bromate-food-additive.html

http://www.livestrong.com/article/488257-the-dangers-of-sodium-benzoate/

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/sodium-nitrate/faq-20057848

http://my.xfinity.com/slideshow/news-DangerousIngredients/3/

http://www.greenpasture.org/fermented-cod-liver-oil-butter-oil-vitamin-d-vitamin-a/why-hydrogenated-oils-should-be-avoided-at-all-costs-submitted-by-dr-donald/

http://www.foodrenegade.com/msg-dangerous-science/

 

 

Five Superfoods & Supplements


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With the rise of agricultural and technological advances humanity can now easily extract the best foods, vitamins, and supplements this planet can offer. BeLiteWeight highly recommends taking advantage of this opportunity with the five products below. You WILL feel a difference!

#1 – Omega 3’s
weight losss surgery before after tips sugar carbs Omega 3 Are considered essential fatty acids because the body cannot produce them on their own and must be absorbed through our food. Omega 3's are anti inflammatory and reduce the chances of heart and brain disease, hypertension, depression, joint pain and more!

#2 – Lentils

weight losss surgery before after tips sugar carbs Lentils are one of the greatest sources of protein with 18 grams and only 1 gram of fat in a one cup serving. They are also packed with 16 grams of fiber to keep you full too!

#3 – Green Tea

weight losss surgery before after tips sugar carbs Green tea is a powerful tool for weight loss! The antioxidants in green tea are able to increase the metabolism and reduce insulin spikes by regulating glucose levels.

#4 – Pistachios

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Pistachios fight for your heart! They are full of antioxidants which are especially effective for those with high cholesterol. Pistachios also lower the levels of harmful lipids and lipoproteins which decreases the risk of heart disease!

#5 – Spirulina

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Spirulina is a blue-green algae remarkable for its powerful neutralizing of harmful chemicals, heavy metals, and toxins. It has even been proven to curb hunger when consumed in the morning or afternoon!

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Cites to Info

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/11-benefits-of-green-tea-that-you-didnt-know-about.html

http://news.psu.edu/story/167129/2010/05/20/research/pistachios-offer-multiple-health-benefits

https://draxe.com/spirulina-benefits/

http://articles.mercola.com/omega-3.aspx

http://www.mensfitness.com/nutrition/what-to-eat/fit-food-the-benefits-of-lentils

http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/good-fat-bad-fat-facts-about-omega-3#1

http://www.epax.com/pages/11-quick-facts

 

 

 

Dangers of Simple Carbohydrates For Pre Diabetics


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 The rate at which sources of simple carbs affect your blood sugar is measured by a system known as the glycemic index (GI). This number is multiplied by the serving quantity for a measurement known as the foods glycemic load(GL). Foods with either high GI’s or GL are known to spike blood sugar levels and should be avoided by diabetics, pre-diabetics, and probably everyone else too. It is also best to eat a variety and not be excessive with one food or source of carbohydrates.

Popular Foods With High Glycemic Index / Loads

White Bagel – 72 / 25

Fanta Soft Drink – 68 / 23

Sweetened Cranberry Juice – 68 / 24

Instant Sweetened Oatmeal – 83 / 30

White rice –  73 / 43

Fruit Roll-Ups – 99 / 24

Baked Russet Potato – 111 / 33

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100% Whole Grain Bread – 51 / 7 * Be sure to read the label even bread marked as wheat often contains white flour.

Tomato Juice – 38 / 4

Unsweetened Orange Juice  – 50 / 4

Unsweetened Oatmeal – 55 / 13

Quinoa – 53 / 13

Yams – 54 / 20

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Foods with high rates of absorption quickly pass through the bodies digestive systems and are stored as fat for future energy. Therefore, it is of no surprise that those with high Glycemic Indec (GI) and Glycemic Load (GL) diets have been found to be at much higher risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Fortunately, there are many dietary studies that have found low Glycemic Indec (GI) and Glycemic Load (GL) diets provide substantial weight loss and glycemic control benefits. Patients of bariatric surgery tend to feel full without the need of excessive carbohydrates which can be a remarkable tool from those suffering from terrible simple carbohydrate food cravings. It may be hard to stay away from processed foods with simple sugars, but your body will thank you for it!

 

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Works Cited

https://www.verywell.com/simple-and-complex-carbohydrates-and-diabetes-1087570

http://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/glycemic_index_and_glycemic_load_for_100_foods

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/food-beverages/glycemic-index-glycemic-load