For something so sweet, sugar really can be quite awful. That’s because if you’re consuming more than 21 percent of your daily calories from added sugars, you double your risk of death from heart disease compared to people who consume just 10 percent of their calories from added sugars.
That’s according to a 2014 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine. The researchers also found that if you consume slightly less added sugar, you’re still at a higher risk of death. Those who consumed 17 to 21 percent of their daily calories from added sugars increased their risk of death from heart disease by 38 percent.
But the key word there is “added.” Sugars that are considered “added” aren’t just a sprinkle of granulated sweetness in your morning coffee, but high-fructose corn syrup, sugars in cakes, cookies and sodas, and other processed foods. This added sugar can cause blood sugar spikes, weight gain and can leave you feeling hungry. Natural sugar—the kind found in whole fruits and milk—is different.
Courtney McCormick, Corporate Dietitian at Nutrisystem, answers your most pressing questions about added and natural sugars below and gives some advice on how to avoid added sugars and incorporate natural sugars into your diet.
Plexus Slim is a powdered dietary supplement that claims to help with weight loss. A major pro of this supplement it that it is stimulant and thermogenic free, and contains all natural ingredients. This means that it may be a safer option for diabetics and those who are stimulant sensitive. To use Plexus Slim, you simply mix the powder with water and drink it thirty minutes prior to any meal, making it easy and convenient. The major ingredient used to assist with body fat loss is chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant that may block carbohydrate absorption and assist the body in the detox process. The other major ingredient found in this product is oxypregnane steroid glycoside, a compound known to suppress appetite by sending the “full signal” to the brain.
Advocare is a complete and comprehensive program that offers several different product lines and packages, depending on your goals and lifestyle. The Advocare 24-Day Challenge is their most popular program which is broken down into two phases. The first is the Cleanse Phase, which is the first 10 days of the program. This includes their cleanse system (fiber, cleanse tablets, and probiotics), OmegaPlex, and Advocare Spark. These products claim to detoxify and cleanse the body of waste that causes inflammation, and help the body efficiently absorb nutrients to boost the immune system and metabolism. Once the body is prepped, days 11-24 are the Max Phase. This phase includes their Metabolic Nutrition System, Meal Replacement Shake, and Advocare Spark. These products are meant to provide sustained energy, appetite control, and overall wellness. It should be noted that this program is not caffeine free, which should be a consideration for this program if you have other health issues. These products can be continued to be taken after the challenge as part of a healthy lifestyle program.
It was just New Years, and now it’s March, which is the start of spring, and spring leads to summer. Even the mention of summer conjures up images of bathing suits and, well, more bathing suits. But it’s ok right? You made another New Year’s resolution to lose weight back in January. And you did great! Back in January…
But now it’s March and by now, most people have already ditched their New Years resolution. If this is you, you’re not alone, so don’t feel guilty. You still have plenty of time to get back on track for summer, so no worries there. And often times, it’s that faraway deadline that can cause you to lose motivation in the first place because there’s no sense of urgency.
If only someone would pay you to workout and eat right. If only someone would reward you with cold, hard cash for hitting your weight loss goal. That would be the ultimate motivation, wouldn’t it? Well, you’re officially out of excuses, because someone actually will.
We’ve all been there. You’re walking down the aisles of the grocery and can’t help but notice the call outs on products. Low fat! Multigrain! Full of vitamins!
How true are these labels?
Courtney McCormick, Corporate Dietitian at Nutrisystem, says some might be too good to be true and encourages you to avoid these six “healthy” foods.
1. Low-fat snacks
Studies at Cornell have found that we tend to eat 50 percent more of foods labeled “low fat” than the regular version of the product. Scientists call this “the halo effect,” because eating things we perceive as healthy makes us feel virtuous. Also, many low-fat foods tend to have more sugar to compensate for the lack of fat, which adds flavor. Stick to natural low-fat snacks, such as fruits and veggies. Or, if you’re opting for low-fat, be very mindful of your portion sizes. Just because a snack is low-fat doesn’t mean you can eat the whole box.
For centuries, herbal teas have been revered for their health benefits. Originating in southwest China, Tibet and Northern India, tea has long been used for its supposed medicinal and spiritual properties.
Tea is now thought to possess a powerful ability to melt stubborn body fat, but studies show that although tea may provide many other benefits, this one may be the offspring of wishful thinking.
Celebrities such as Kylie Jenner, Hillary Duff, Vanessa Hudgens, and Lindsay Lohan are touting the miracles of teatoxing. Big name detox teas like Fit Tea, My Slim Tea and even coffees like Skinny Coffee Club are taking over young celebs’ social media accounts, taking credit for helping them lose weight before playing a role, or to stay refreshed and invigorated.
They sound great, right? But is it really possible for a nice cozy drink to give you the body of your dreams?