Top Foods to Avoid: Aspartame

Top Foods to Avoid: Aspartame

Aspartame (the full name is aspartylphenylalanine) is a synthetic sweeter that is marketed as a low calorie product and is often used ostensibly in conjunction with diabetes management and weight loss. The controversial sugar substitute is sold as NutriSweet, Equal and Aminosweet and is an ingredient in thousands of food and beverage products worldwide.

Aspartame contains only 4 calories per gram and is 180 to 200 times sweeter than sucrose (common table sugar). The artificial sweetener is highly touted by big food as ‘safe for human consumption’ and is commonly found in foods and drinks like diet sodas, chewing gum, sugar-free ice cream, reduced-calorie fruit juice (like Tropicana), yogurt, and sugarless candy.

The sweetener was discovered by chance when two substances were mixed together and inadvertently ingested. It is a synthetic compound of phenylalanine and aspartic acid and 10 percent of its molecular structure is methanol (methyl alcohol or wood … Read the rest

Stay Shredded This Summer! Our Top Fitness Picks of the Week

Stay Shredded This Summer! Our Top Fitness Picks of the Week

Today’s fitness enthusiast demands high quality products from reputable companies. Fads and trends come and go, but good stuff that works will endure. That’s why we put together this list of our nine favorite fitness picks of the week.

Want to lose weight? We’ve got you. Looking for quality supplements, vitamins, and proteins? They’re right here. Want to learn to box? Take advantage of infrared technology? Soothe your aching feet? Get your body into gym gear that looks as good on the street as it does in the studio? We’ve got all that and more.

Just check out the names on this list:

  • Born Tough
  • Noom
  • FightCamp
  • Care / Of
  • Higher Dose
  • Tread Labs
  • Naked Nutrition
  • Ora Organics
  • Boombod

From gear and apparel to classes and diet plans to vitamins and supplements, there’s something for everyone on this list. But it’s more than just the usual suspects. … Read the rest

Get High, Slim Down: How Weed Can Help You Lose Weight, According to Science

Get High, Slim Down: How Weed Can Help You Lose Weight, According to Science

MOVE OVER, Whole30. The newest weight-loss plan is the thing you hid from your parents in high school. Some scientists are linking tetrahydrocannabinol—or THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana—with weight loss.

“People assume marijuana users are heavier because it stimulates appetite,” says Tom Clark, chair of the biological sciences department at Indiana University South Bend. Clark and his team analyzed 17 studies that included almost 156,000 participants, and found that pot users were lighter than the drug-free. And their body mass index (BMI) is 7 percent lower on average—for a 6-foot guy, that’s a 15-pound spread. Most interesting, pot users are 30 to 35 percent less likely to be obese.

THC seems to bump metabolism over time, so even if there’s an initial hit of the munchies, the metabolism boost compensates—and then some. “And if modern strains have lost the munchie effects, but increased metabolic rates … Read the rest

Our Best Fitness Picks of the Week

Our Best Fitness Picks of the Week

Summer is upon us. Have you lost your “winter coat” yet? If not, it’s not too late! There’s still time to trim down, lose weight, and get in shape. But time is running out, so you’d better hurry. Check out some of these awesome fitness picks that will help you melt fat away and be your best self this summer.

From healthy low-calorie meal plans, one-shot cleanses and meal replacements that curb cravings, to truly clean organic supplements and protein powders, this is some of the best weight loss and fitness stuff you can buy.

 

Boombod

Boombod

When you’re trying to lose weight, the hardest part of the entire process is breaking the bad habit of between-meal snacking. On a diet, we often find ourselves thinking about food, never feeling satisfied, and being constantly hungry. Meal-replacement shakes are a fantastic solution, but sometimes we just don’t have the time … Read the rest

The 7 Best Supplements For Helping Shed Water Weight

The 7 Best Supplements For Helping Shed Water Weight

Ever notice when you start a low-carb diet, the first five pounds or so just drops off like magic in that first week? It seems miraculous, but the reason it happens is simple: You’re shedding water weight. Now, low-carb diets are great and all, but there are plenty of ways to lose water weight. So what’s the best diuretic supplement?

Shedding water weight is a quick and easy way to lose a bit of weight, fast. Done correctly, it’s perfectly safe. It’s ideal for making sure you look your best for a special occasion. Headed to a beach wedding or vacation this summer? Entering a bodybuilding competition? Going to a high school reunion? Anytime you want to drop a few quick pounds and enhance your muscular definition, here’s an experiment you can try.

How To Shed Water Weight

About a week or ten days out, just stop eating processed foods. … Read the rest

We Know Keto: The Benefits and Possible Pitfalls of Ketogenic Diets

We Know Keto: The Benefits and Possible Pitfalls of Ketogenic Diets


If you hang out with a pack of fitness fiends, at least a few among them are sure to claim “We Know Keto!” when they offer up their high fat, low carb energy bars. Cutting carbs and eating a diet that is high in fats and moderately high in protein does seem to help some individuals lose weight. Others say ketogenic diets boost athletic performance. However, eating “keto” might or might not be for you. Strip the sugar-coating off ketogenic diets (in perfect keto style) to understand what is known and unknown about such plans.

What Exactly is a “Keto Diet”?

First, it’s important to understand that it is not new! Doctors in the 1920’s realized that patients who had epilepsy had fewer seizures when on a ketogenic diet. It was also noted that individuals placed on keto diets often lost weight.

A ketogenic diet breakdown includes high fats as Read the rest