Diane Kress’ “50 SHADES OF SNACKS” Fit The Metabolism Miracle!

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Inspired by Keri Gan’s article in Woman’s Day regarding fifty 50 calorie snacks, I decided to convert these snacks to fit the Metabolism Miracle lifestyle. For over 60% of the population, losing weight is not about the calories, it’s about the carbohydrates! The Metabolism Miracle has 3 steps to rest and rehab (Step 1), reset (Step 2) , and retain normal metabolism (Step 3).  Take a look at how these snacks fit the program!

Satisfy your sweet tooth

  1. 1  apple (4 ounces), baked, topped with 2 Tbsp Greek yogurt  and sprinkled with cinnamon and Stevia = 11-20 gram Carb Dam for Steps 2 and 3
  2. 1⁄2 small banana, frozen = 11-20 gram Carb Dam for Steps 2 and 3
  3. 1/2 cup natural applesauce sprinkled with cinnamon = 11-20 gram Carb Dam for Steps 2 and 3
  4. 1 miniature box of raisins = 11-20 gram Carb Dam for Steps 2 and 3
  5.  1 sugar free Popsicle ice pop = 5 gram Carb Counter for Step 1
  6. 1 Fudgsicle™ no sugar added popsicle= 11-20 gram Carb Dam for Steps 2 and 3
  7. 12 cherries = 11-20 gram Carb Dam for Steps 2 and 3
  8. 1 individual serving sugar-free gelatin with whipped cream = neutral on all Steps
  9. 6 strawberries dipped into  2 Tbsp lite flavored yogurt = 11-20 gram Carb Dam for Steps 2 and 3
  10. 15 seedless red grapes, frozen = 11-20 gram Carb Dam for Steps 2 and 3

Indulge a salt craving

  1. 1 cup popcorn = 5 gram Counter Carb while 3 cups popcorn = 11-20 gram Carb Dam for Steps 2 and 3.
  2.  1 cup shelled edamame with sea salt = neutral on all Steps
  3.  8 oz miso soup= 5 gram Counter Carb on Step 1
  4.  3 whole grain pretzel rods = 11-20 gram Carb Dam for Steps 2 and 3
  5.  1.3 ounce bag of Glenny’s lightly salted soy crisps = 11-20 grams Carb Dam for Steps 2 and 3
  6.  1 medium sliced cucumber mixed with 1⁄4 cup sliced onion, 1⁄2 cup chopped celery, 4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar and salt to taste= neutral on all Steps
  7.  4 oz V8-vegetable juice = neutral on all Steps
  8. e1 kosher dill pickle = neutral on all Steps

Crunch and munch

  1. 1/2 cup sliced jicama with salsa = neutral on all Steps
    20. 1 cup sugar snap peas = neutral on all Steps
    21. Small celery stalk smeared with natural peanut butter= neutral on all Steps
    22. 4 ounce apple with 1 tsp soy butter = 11-20 gram Carb Dam on Steps 2 and 3
    23. ½ brown rice cake with 1 tsp sugar-free jam 5 gram Carb Counter on Step 1

Smooth and creamy

  1. 1 Laughing Cow Light Garlic & Herb wedge spread on cucumber slices =neutral on all Steps
  2.  Natural almond butter on celery sticks= neutral on all Steps
  3. 1⁄2 cup fat-free Greek yogurt with 1 tsp sugar-free strawberry jam = 5 gram Counter Carb on Step 1
  4.  1 oz avocado (about 1⁄8 of an avocado) spritzed with lime = neutral on all Steps
  5. 6 grape tomatoes dipped  light cream cheese =neutral on all Steps

Cheesy whizzes

  1. 6 pieces of endive filled with reduced-fat feta cheese = neutral on all Steps
  2. 1 slice provolone cheese = neutral on all Steps
  3. 1 tomato, sliced, topped with 1 Tbsp Parmesan, broiled = neutral on all Steps
  4.  ½ cup low fat cottage cheese = neutral on all Steps
  5. 1 oz low fat mozzarella dipped in warm marinara sauce = neutral on all Steps

Power up on protein

  1. Turkey rollups: 2 slices white meat turkey rolled in 2 lettuce leaves = neutral on all Steps
  2. Smoked salmon on 5 Wheat Thins crackers = 5 gram Counter Carb on Step 1
  3. 1 tofu dog with 1 Tbsp sauerkraut = neutral on all Steps
  4.  1⁄2 cup plain Greek yogurt sprinkled with 1 tsp sunflower seeds = 5 gram Counter Carb on Step 1
  5. Tuna  with 1 tsp Dijon mustard and light mayo = neutral on all Steps
  6.  1 chopped hard-cooked egg mixed with light mayo over with 1 cup sliced cucumber = neutral on all Steps
  7. 1 slice Wasa Fibre Crispbread with cheese = 5 gram Counter Carb on Step 1
  8. 1 EAS protein shake = 5 gram Counter Carb on Step 1

Solid standbys

  1. 1 cup melon with 2 Tbsp 1% cottage cheese = 11-20 grams Carb Dam on Steps 2 and 3
  2.  1⁄2 small grapefruit = 11-20 grams Carb Dam on Steps 2 and 3
  3. 3/4 cup blueberries with 1 Tbsp light sour cream = 11-20 gram Carb Dam on Steps 2 and 3
  4. 1⁄2 cup carrots with 1 Tbsp light ranch dressing = 5 gram Counter Carb on Step 1

Thirst quenchers

  1. 1 cup nonfat milk with 1 Tbsp Walden Farms calorie-free chocolate syrup = 11-20 gram Carb Dam on Steps 2 and 3
  2. ½ packet of sugar-free hot chocolate made with ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk and topped with whipped cream = 5 gram Counter Carb on Step 1
  3. 1 unsweetened vanilla flavored almond milk = neutral on Step 1
  4.  Seltzer with 1⁄2 cup DIET cranberry juice and a lime wedge = neutral on all Steps
  5. Homemade iced green tea (with Stevia or Splenda if desired) and a lemon slice = neutral on all Steps

So, feel free to incorporate these snacks into your Metabolism Miracle Lifestyle!

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Love Diane Kress’ work?  Here are links to her books and support site!

 The Metabolism Miracle:   http://www.amazon.com/The-Metabolism-Miracle-Control-Permanently/dp/0738213861/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1411319710&sr=8-1

The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook:   http://www.amazon.com/The-Metabolism-Miracle-Cookbook-Delicious/dp/0738214256/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0DC5FY8CN1D1YH85YNM

The Metabolism Miracle Update:  (Brand new!) http://www.amazon.com/Metabolism-Miracle-Update-Revisions-Diabetes-ebook/dp/B00N4IQUF4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411319947&sr=8-1&keywords=metabolism+miracle+update

The Diabetes Miracle: http://www.amazon.com/The-Diabetes-Miracle-Prevent-Permanently/dp/0738216011/ref=pd_sim_b_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=03YM32PQDQ2W877F1JTM

The Interactive Support Group for Followers of The Metabolism Miracle and The Diabetes Miracle:  www.Miracle-Ville.com

 

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Frozen Yogurt “DOTS” are yummy, healthy, low carb, and gluten free…

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15 of these adorable frozen yogurt bites are a 5 gram Counter Carb on The Metabolism Miracle and The Diabetes Miracle!  You can have them at meals and bedtime as your Counter Carb!!  DELISH

Ingredients:

 Frozen flavored Greek Yogurt. (like Dannon’s  Oikos Traditional Greek Yogurt in strawberry flavor)

Instructions:

Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside.

Fill a small plastic sandwich bag with the 5.3 ounce  flavored Greek yogurt

  1. Cut off one bottom corner of the yogurt filled sandwich bag
  2. Use the sandwich bag like a pastry bag …the kind you use for writing with icing on a cake…
  3. Make tiny “dots” on the parchment paper
  4. Put the parchment lined tray of “dots” into the freezer for about 30 minutes
  5. Remove from freezer and place frozen “dots” in a freezer bag.
  6. Store frozen bites in the freezer
  7. One 5.3 ounce container of Greek Yogurt makes about 60 “dots”

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Love Diane Kress’ work?  Here are links to her books and support site!

 The Metabolism Miracle:   http://www.amazon.com/The-Metabolism-Miracle-Control-Permanently/dp/0738213861/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1411319710&sr=8-1

The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook:   http://www.amazon.com/The-Metabolism-Miracle-Cookbook-Delicious/dp/0738214256/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0DC5FY8CN1D1YH85YNM

The Metabolism Miracle Update:  (Brand new!) http://www.amazon.com/Metabolism-Miracle-Update-Revisions-Diabetes-ebook/dp/B00N4IQUF4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411319947&sr=8-1&keywords=metabolism+miracle+update

The Diabetes Miracle: http://www.amazon.com/The-Diabetes-Miracle-Prevent-Permanently/dp/0738216011/ref=pd_sim_b_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=03YM32PQDQ2W877F1JTM

The Interactive Support Group for Followers of The Metabolism Miracle and The Diabetes Miracle:  www.Miracle-Ville.com

 

 

 

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Super Bowl Appetizer!  Zucchini and Carrot Cheesy Chips are low carb and gluten free! 

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So easy to make, you can bake them right before kick off!

2 cups grated parmesan cheese (freshly grated is delicious and tangy)

1 cup grated zucchini

1/2 medium carrot, peeled and grated

1 tsp parsley flakes

1 tsp dried dill weed

1 tsp freeze dried chives

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp pepper

 

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Line  cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Grate the Parmesan, zucchini, and carrot using the large grating side of a box grater

(Dry grated zucchini with paper toweling to remove excess liquid)

Combine the grated ingredients plus all other ingredients in a large mixing bowl and mix well.

With a measuring spoon, spoon level tablespoons of the mixture onto the prepared sheet pans, spreading each round into a 2-inch disk.

Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 8 to 10 minutes, until golden brown.

Cool on the pans for 5 minutes, loosen with a metal spatula, then cool completely on a cooking rack

Serve at room temperature!

Love Diane Kress’ work?  Here are links to her books and support site!

The Metabolism Miracle:   http://www.amazon.com/The-Metabolism-Miracle-Control-Permanently/dp/0738213861/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1411319710&sr=8-1

The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook:   http://www.amazon.com/The-Metabolism-Miracle-Cookbook-Delicious/dp/0738214256/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0DC5FY8CN1D1YH85YNM

The Metabolism Miracle Update:  (Brand new!) http://www.amazon.com/Metabolism-Miracle-Update-Revisions-Diabetes-ebook/dp/B00N4IQUF4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411319947&sr=8-1&keywords=metabolism+miracle+update

The Diabetes Miracle: http://www.amazon.com/The-Diabetes-Miracle-Prevent-Permanently/dp/0738216011/ref=pd_sim_b_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=03YM32PQDQ2W877F1JTM

The Interactive Support Group for Followers of The Metabolism Miracle and The Diabetes Miracle:  www.Miracle-Ville.com

 

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For the Superbowl: Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are low carb and gluten free!

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BUFFALO CAULIFLOWER BITES

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 head fresh cauliflower
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ¼ tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup buffalo sauce (bottled is fine)
  • Lite bleu cheese dressing for dipping

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 ºF
  2. Chop the head of cauliflower into bite-sized pieces.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, hand whisk the unsweetened almond milk, almond flour, garlic  powder, onion powder, and black pepper.
  4. Allow the whisked mixture to sit for 10 minutes allowing the flavors to blend.
  5. Add the cauliflower bites into the almond milk mixture and mix well. Let the bites rest in the mixture for 10 minutes to absorb the moisture.
  6. Pick the bites up one at a time, shake off the excess batter, and place on a baking sheet prepared with cooking oil spray.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 15-20 minutes.
  8. Remove the cauliflower from the oven and toss in the buffalo sauce until well coated.
  9. Place the florets back on the baking sheet and bake for another 8 to 10 minutes.
  10. Allow to cool slightly and serve with blue cheese dressing for dipping.

 

Love Diane Kress’ work?  Here are links to her books and support site

The Metabolism Miracle:   http://www.amazon.com/The-Metabolism-Miracle-Control-Permanently/dp/0738213861/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1411319710&sr=8-1

The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook:   http://www.amazon.com/The-Metabolism-Miracle-Cookbook-Delicious/dp/0738214256/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0DC5FY8CN1D1YH85YNM

The Metabolism Miracle Update:  (Brand new!) http://www.amazon.com/Metabolism-Miracle-Update-Revisions-Diabetes-ebook/dp/B00N4IQUF4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411319947&sr=8-1&keywords=metabolism+miracle+update

The Diabetes Miracle: http://www.amazon.com/The-Diabetes-Miracle-Prevent-Permanently/dp/0738216011/ref=pd_sim_b_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=03YM32PQDQ2W877F1JTM

The Interactive Support Group for Followers of The Metabolism Miracle and The Diabetes Miracle:  www.Miracle-Ville.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Big Pharma + Big Medical Associations = Big Money. What about YOUR health?

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The following article is from MedPage Today (January 19, 2015).  This site boasts an 85% credibility rating.  I’m sure it will be quoted everywhere, even from your physician as he pulls out his prescription pad.  Ca-Ching.

I’ve commented within the article in all bolded caps.

Focus on Weight Over Comorbidities, Obesity Guide Says

Job one: get obese patients to lose excess fat.

  • Kristina  Fiore
  • by Kristina Fiore
    Staff Writer, MedPage Today

  • This article is a collaboration between MedPage Today® and The American Heart Association
 Treat weight problems first, then deal with comorbidities like dyslipidemia, hypertension, and impaired glucose tolerance, a new guideline urges.  THE ARTICLE WILL SUGGEST PRESCRIBING DRUGS FOR WEIGHT LOSS ALONG WITH DIET, EXERCISE, LIFESTYLE CHANGE AND FACE TO FACE EDUCATION FOR FAT LOSS.  UNFORTUNATELY, THE DRUGS CARRY A HIGH RISK OF SIDE EFFECTS, ARE ONLY MARGINALLY EFFECTIVE,  EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE, AND THE RECOMMENDED DIET IS ALL WRONG!  I’D CALL THIS A BAD PLAN…BUT YOU DECIDE.

It’s an entirely new approach to the treatment of disease, said Caroline Apovian, MD, of Boston University, the lead author of a new guideline for treating obesity with medications, published online in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism

DR. APOVIAN (THE LEAD AUTHOR OF THIS NEW GUIDELINE FOR OBESITY) DISCLOSED FINANCIAL $$$$$$$$$$$ RELATIONSHIPS WITH THE FOLLOWING DRUG AND WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY COMPANIES:  AMYLIN, MERCK, JOHNSON AND JOHNSON, ARENA, NUTRISYSTEM, ZAFGEN, SANOFI, OREXIGEN, ENTEROMEDICS, LILLY, ASPIRE BARIATRICS, GI DYNAMICS, PFIZER, METAPROTEOMICS, AND THE ATKINS FOUNDATION.  (CONFLICT OF INTEREST?).

“The old paradigm was to treat each comorbidity with medications … then manage obesity, which caused most of the original problems in the first place,” Apovian said during a press briefing. “The new paradigm is to manage the obesity first, with lifestyle change and medications, then manage the remainder of the comorbidities that have not responded.”

The guideline focuses on medical management of obesity, a component not addressed in the 2013 earlier guidelines released by the American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology, and the Obesity Society, since they were written before many of the new weight-loss drugs were approved.  DR. APOVIAN, STEEPED IN  FINANCIAL TIES TO THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY, MADE SURE TO GET GUIDELINES TO FOCUS ON USING PHARMACEUTICALS TO MANAGE OBESITY. 

Those drugs, coupled with extensive lifestyle counseling and clinician visits, are poised to help patients who’ve struggled to lose weight for years by enhancing their ability to make behavioral change, Apovian said.  WAIT A MINUTE….PRESCRIBE THE DRUGS AND EXTENSIVE LIFESTYLE COUNSELING AND CLINICIAN VISITS.  WHO IS PAYING FOR THIS AND WILL THE MILLIONS OF OBESE INDIVIDUALS PEOPLE ATTEND OVER 16 CLINICIAN VISITS A YEAR, EXERCISE FIVE DAYS A WEEK, AND FOLLOW THE PRESCRIBED DIET (THE DIET MAKES SUCCESS IMPOSSIBLE) AS DR. APOVIAN RECOMMENDS?

That, in turn, should diminish their need for medications to manage other conditions that are tied to obesity, including diabetes, hypertension, and dyslipidemia, she said.

Several obesity experts contacted by MedPage Today said they agreed with the new guidance, that treating overweight and obesity could resolve many of the conditions that commonly occur with it.  MEDPAGE DID NOT CONTACT THIS OBESITY EXPERT. I HAVE NO AFFILIATIONS TO PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIES.  I WONDER IF THAT MADE A DIFFERENCE?

“Treating obesity is good,” said Joel Zonszein, MD, of Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. “It is at the core of the hypertension, dyslipidemia, insulin resistance, and diabetes that we see.” THIS IS A PROFOUND QUOTE, DR. ZONSZEIN

Four new obesity drugs have been approved in the last few years: Belviq, Qsymia, Contrave, and Saxenda. Many of these medications work by amplifying the effects of behavioral changes, Apovian said, and they have the greatest effect when they’re reinforced with face-to-face visits — the literature says at least 16 visits per year, a figure that federal insurers reimburse for.  SO, THE DRUGS NEED TO BE ADDED TO LIFESTYLE CHANGE, EXERCISE, DIET, AND AT LEAST 16 FACE TO FACE CLINICIAN VISITS PER YEAR.  

“Adding the medications to a diet and lifestyle program leads to a greater enhancement of their effects,” she said. “And we recommend that if you’re going to treat weight management patients that you see them frequently.”

Apovian noted that the Endocrine Society still stands by the AHA/ACC/TOS guidelines on weight management, and that the current guidelines simply fill a gap that wasn’t addressed in the 2013 guidance.

The new guidelines are the first to mention specific obesity drugs and give some guidance on how to prescribe them.  AND THE NEW GUIDELINES ARE FUNDED BY DRUG COMPANIES

 In patients with uncontrolled hypertension or a history of heart disease, the guidelines recommend against using the sympathomimetic agents phentermine (a component of Qsymia) and diethylpropion.  I AGREE, IT’S NOT A GOOD IDEA TO GIVE SPEED TO SOMEONE WITH UNCONTROLLED HYPERTENSION.

Patients with cardiovascular risk, for instance, should be put on the drugs with the lowest cardiovascular risk, which include orlistat (Alli, Xenical) or lorcaserin (Belviq), Apovian said.  THESE DRUGS HAVE BEEN PROVEN INEFFECTIVE AND COME WITH SIDE EFFECTS

Patients should be put on the drugs for a 3-month trial period, starting at the lowest dose and titrating up, the guidelines state. If they don’t lose at least 5% of their body weight in that time, they should be switched to another drug.  I WONDER WHY THE FIRST CHOICE WOULD BE TO SWITCH MEDICATIONS.  PERHAPS THIS PATIENT IS HAVING DIFFICULTY WITH HIS/HER DIET, EXERCISE, LIFESTYLE, OR IS FAILING TO ATTEND ALL THOSE CLINICIAN VISITS….YET, WITHOUT KNOWING THE SITUATION, THE DIRECTIVE IS TO WRITE ANOTHER PRESCRIPTION FOR ANOTHER DRUG FOR ANOTHER 3 MONTHS.  

PLEASE NOTE, A 5% WEIGHT LOSS AFTER 3 MONTHS (FOR AN OBESE PERSON) IS INSIGNIFICANT….REMEMBER, THESE PATIENTS HAVE SUPPOSEDLY MADE LIFESTYLE, DIET, EXERCISE CHANGES, SEEN A COUNSELOR AT LEAST 3 TIMES IN 3 MONTHS AND TAKEN A DRUG FOR WEIGHT LOSS.  A 300 POUND PATIENT WOULD ONLY NEED TO LOSE 16 POUNDS AFTER 3 MONTHS OF ALL THIS WORK TO BE CONSIDERED A SUCCESS.  

“You have to give your best guess as to which drug the patient should go on based on their lifestyle characteristics that make them amenable to that particular drug,” Apovian said. “Unless you have a very clear idea of what drug you think the patient will do best on, it’s going to be trial and error.”  JUST PRESCRIBE DRUG AFTER DRUG….WITH FOUR NEW DRUGS, THAT WILL TAKE UP AN ENTIRE YEAR AND $6000.00 FOR THE DRUGS ALONE.  THE PATIENT WILL MORE THAN LIKELY END UP MORE OBESE THAN HE/SHE WAS AT THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR.  

The guidelines also offer specifics on dietary recommendations — taking down saturated fats and trans fats for those with lipid problems, lowering salt and going on the DASH diet if they have hypertension — and calling for 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity exercise.  A LOW FAT DIET IS, BY NATURE, HIGH IN CARBOHYDRATE.  A HIGH CARBOHYDRATE DIET STIMULATES INSULIN RELEASE.  HIGH LEVELS OF INSULIN CAUSE FAT GROWTH ON THE BODY, IN THE LIVER, AND IN THE BLOOD.  HIGHER BODY FAT AND CIRCULATING FAT LEADS TO HYPERTENSION, HYPERLIPIDEMIA, OBESITY, TYPE 2 DIABETES, CANCER, ET AL.    THIS LOW FAT DIET PRESCRIPTION IS 100% WRONG.  I GUESS IF MD’S KEEP RECOMMENDING IT,  THERE IS MORE OPPORTUNITY TO PRESCRIBE MORE WEIGHT LOSS DRUGS (NONE OF WHICH WORK).

They also cover how to treat patients who have both obesity and diabetes, urging clinicians to wean patients off diabetes drugs that make them gain weight, such as insulin, sulfonylureas, and thiazolidinediones, and replacing them with drug classes that promote weight loss, including GLP-1 agonists and SGLT2 inhibitors.  LOTS OF VERY NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS RELATED TO THESE VERY EXPENSIVE NEW CLASSES OF DRUGS FOR DIABETES.  WHY NOT RECOMMEND THE CORRECT DIET TO TREAT OBESITY ALONG WITH EXERCISE AND METFORMIN?  DONE AND DONE.  

The question remains whether insurance will cover these medications, Zonszein said.

“Many insurances do not want to pay for obesity drugs,” he told MedPage Today. “And they’re expensive. They can cost between $4,000 and $6,000 per year.”  INSURANCE COMPANIES CHOOSE NOT TO REIMBURSE FOR INEFFECTIVE MEDICATIONS WITH A HIGH LEVEL OF SIDE EFFECTS.  

With more clinicians focused on the treatment of obesity as a disease — which is what the American Medical Association called it in 2013 — experts say that could change.  GET ALL THE MD’S ON THE BANDWAGON TO PRESCRIBE EXPENSIVE, HIGH RISK, INEFFECTIVE DRUGS TO THEIR OVERWEIGHT PATIENTS!  MORE MONEY FOR YOU, MORE MONEY FOR BIG PHARMA.  NOTHING FOR YOUR PATIENTS.

Love Diane Kress’ work?  Here are links to her books and support site!

 The Metabolism Miracle:   http://www.amazon.com/The-Metabolism-Miracle-Control-Permanently/dp/0738213861/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1411319710&sr=8-1

The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook:   http://www.amazon.com/The-Metabolism-Miracle-Cookbook-Delicious/dp/0738214256/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0DC5FY8CN1D1YH85YNM

The Metabolism Miracle Update:  (Brand new!) http://www.amazon.com/Metabolism-Miracle-Update-Revisions-Diabetes-ebook/dp/B00N4IQUF4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411319947&sr=8-1&keywords=metabolism+miracle+update

The Diabetes Miracle: http://www.amazon.com/The-Diabetes-Miracle-Prevent-Permanently/dp/0738216011/ref=pd_sim_b_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=03YM32PQDQ2W877F1JTM

The Interactive Support Group for Followers of The Metabolism Miracle and The Diabetes Miracle:  www.Miracle-Ville.com

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The Metabolism Miracle Toolbox: When you have the right tools, the job is easy.

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It’s very rare for a “diet program” to stand the test of time.  Most of the “New Year, New You” diets you read about or see on television this month will be on the bargain table or a distant memory by summer.  Why do all these diet plans make a splash and then disappear? ; They don’t work.

Smoke and mirrors, untruthful testimonials, photo-shopped before and after shots, commercials that are all taped when the “celebrity spokesperson” initially loses weight and shown yearly as if he/she is still maintaining weight loss, countless gimmicks, catch phrases, and empty promises….we see it all…again and again… every single year.

The Metabolism Miracle (and The Diabetes Miracle) programs are standing the test of time.  Five years ago, they were published with little fanfare (the publishing company does not invest big bucks for a non- celebrity author.  Within 3 months it became an international best seller and New York Times Bestseller.  It is published in 7 languages and has a faithful and strong following.  It stays a top diet from word of mouth.  There are zero dollars invested in slick publicity campaigns; all the publicity it needs comes from all the success stories.

The core books (The Metabolism Miracle and The Diabetes Miracle) contain everything you need to “live the Miracle.”  There is also a cookbook (The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook) with over 175 easy, quick, delicious recipes that match both core programs.  This year, on the 5 year anniversary of the Metabolism Miracle, The Metabolism Miracle Update was released as an e-book on Amazon.com.  It can be viewed on your PC, laptop, smartphone, Kindle, or tablet.

For those who like the support of others who are living the program AND access to the programs’ author; Diane Kress, there is an interactive website called Miracle-Ville.  This site is accessible 24 hours/day with great support, camaraderie, recipes, accurate answers to all your questions, and personal access to the books’ author.

Members of Miracle-Ville.com have access to order the Brand Name Food Lists that match Steps 1 and 2 of either program.  Separate lists with Brand Name 5 gram Counters and 11-20 gram Carb Dams add variety to your program.

At the beginning of January, Miracle-Ville.com began our Big 2015 Start-up/Restart.  Join us as so many members “start from scratch” together.  The site is popping with questions, positivity, fun, information, tips, and great recipes.

The Metabolism Miracle is not just another fad diet.  MM is a way of eating that will become a better way of living.  It is not meant to be a quick fix to drop (and then regain) 10 pounds.  It is meant to be the right way of eating for those who have difficulty losing weight and keeping it off, suffer from cravings, fatigue, belly fat, and are progressively seeing increases in cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, glucose and decreases in Vitamin D.  The best news about The Metabolism Miracle and The Diabetes Miracle?  The programs WORK.

The Tool Box:

The Metabolism Miracle:   http://www.amazon.com/The-Metabolism-Miracle-Control-Permanently/dp/0738213861/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1411319710&sr=8-1

The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook:   http://www.amazon.com/The-Metabolism-Miracle-Cookbook-Delicious/dp/0738214256/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0DC5FY8CN1D1YH85YNM

The Metabolism Miracle Update:  (Brand new!) http://www.amazon.com/Metabolism-Miracle-Update-Revisions-Diabetes-ebook/dp/B00N4IQUF4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411319947&sr=8-1&keywords=metabolism+miracle+update

The Diabetes Miracle: http://www.amazon.com/The-Diabetes-Miracle-Prevent-Permanently/dp/0738216011/ref=pd_sim_b_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=03YM32PQDQ2W877F1JTM

The Interactive Support Group for followers of The Metabolism Miracle and The Diabetes Miracle:  www.Miracle-Ville.com

 

 

 

 

 

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The Myth of the Perfect Male Body

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I recently wrote an article about how the media has influenced our perception of what the ideal woman’s body should look like by using photo-shop to enhance normal faces and bodies to resemble their idea of “perfection.” As a result, women have put themselves through dangerous surgery, injections, lifts, starvation diets, implants, nips, tucks, liposuction, fake hair, fake nails, fake lashes….all in the hope of attaining the impossible.

Unfortunately, when all we see is “perfection” on magazine covers, TV commercials, movies, and TV shows, we come to believe that the perfect look is attainable and normal.  For 1% of the adult population, a 5’10” body with perfect hair, bone structure, a 24” waist, and 36D breasts, no wrinkles, no blemishes, blinding white teeth, and legs that “go on forever” is a reality; for the rest of us, it is an impossibility.  Women live their entire lives feeling inadequate and hating themselves and their bodies because they just can’t measure up..

Men are also suffering from the myth of the perfect body.  The image of a man’s body with ripped muscles, a tiny waist, a full head of hair, a tan, a six pack, and the perfect butt has become an obsession for boys as young as teens to men as old as seniors.  But the fact is, this body, like the ideal female body, is not attainable for the vast majority of men.

I decided it’s time to help the guys get a realistic perspective on what a healthy, natural, toned, athletic, in- shape body looks like.  Most men desire to build some muscle.  But let’s be serious….some of this muscle is obviously enhanced…

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arnold before steroids arnold after steroids

For those who wish to get toned, lean, athletic build….and look realistic:

How to determine the protein requirement for a male desiring to build muscle mass?

A common misconception is that consuming very large amounts of protein will help in developing very large muscles!  The truth is, the human body can handle a certain amount of protein on a daily basis.   Protein grams over and above that maximum amount will not build more muscle mass.

Extreme high protein diets do not help improve muscle strength or aid in training. In fact, high protein diets can have negative effects:

Proteins contain nitrogen. When nitrogen is broken down in the liver it creates ammonia. Ammonia is poisonous. The increased level of ammonia in the body is harmful to cells and may decrease an athlete’s performance.

Clearing excessive amounts of protein can put undo stress on the kidneys .

Calcium loss, which leads to osteoporosis, occurs with excessive levels of protein intake.

How much protein does an average adult require on a daily basis?

The Recommended Daily Allowance of protein for an adult is .8 grams per kg of ideal body weight. This is equivalent to .36 grams of protein per pound of ideal body weight.  The average adult male requires about 56 grams protein/day while the average female requires about 46 grams protein per day.  These amounts seem very low.  For some reason, we’ve come to think that very high allotments of protein will make us healthier and stronger.

The most recommended protein percentage from daily calories is about 15-20% per day.  A person who has an intake of 1800 calories per day would have 68-90 grams of protein daily. The maximum protein percentage should be 25% of daily calorie requirement and this would be considered a High Protein diet for someone pursuing muscle building with weight training.

Accurate Way to Calculate Calories for the day:

  1. Find your Basal energy expenditure:  BEE refers to the calories needed for your body to maintain life (no physical activity): http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/
  2. When you get that answer, multiply your BEE by the physical activity calories that match your daily activity to find your total calorie requirement/day. Daily calorie needs including activity: http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/harris-benedict-equation/

An example of figuring calorie requirement and protein recommendation for the Weight Lifting Man

A 28 year old male who is 5’11” and wants to weigh 175 pounds and is willing to work out 5 times/week would have a calorie requirement of about 3000 calories/day.  (I plugged his variables into the calculators listed above for his gender, height, desired weight, age, and physical activity).

The highest amount of protein I allot for weight lifters actively trying to amass muscle is 25% of calorie allotment per day.    For our client…his maximum protein /day would be approximately 180 grams. (This amounts to about 24% protein/day).

Protein Overkill

Many weight lifters consume well over 35% of their calories from protein (some even more!).  35% of 3000 calories would be 263 grams of protein/day!  This is a very excessive amount of protein, hard on the kidneys, and will not contribute to a greater amount of muscle gain.

natural vs steroids

So how do those guys build enough muscle to resemble The Hulk?

Anabolic Steroid Use. Anabolic steroids are synthetic versions of testosterone, the body’s natural sex hormone. Male hormones such as testosterone and its metabolite di-hydrotestosterone are responsible for the developmental changes that occur within the male body through adolescence. Steroids have anabolic (building) and androgenic (sex hormone) properties.  The can be taken by mouth or injected.

Some of the androgenic effects include changes in sexual characteristics such as shrinking of the testicles, increased hair growth on the body and face, hair loss on the head, increased aggressiveness.

Steroid users are not looking for those androgenic side effects, but they come with the package.  Athletes are primarily concerned with the anabolic characteristics of steroids including accelerated development of the muscles, connective tissues, bones, and red blood cells.

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Steroidal Effects

The stimulus provided during weight training is necessary for maximum muscle development, but steroids possess the inherent ability to build muscle with or without such training.

By increasing the user’s endurance, steroids enable athletes to train much harder, for longer periods of time, and accelerate muscle recovery. This allows the athlete to speed up muscle building at a rate far beyond normal capacity.

Because anabolic steroids are derivatives of the testosterone, their use decreases natural testosterone secretion. Once the body senses and registers the presence of steroids, it responds by ceasing natural testosterone production. This is when the testicles shrink. Similarly, discontinuation of steroid use causes the body to re-initiate its own production of testosterone.  However, there is a significant delay between these events during which time steroid users rapidly lose strength, endurance, and size

The negative effects of taking or injecting anabolic steroids can be devastating. They range from a minor case of oily skin, to major long-term health complications, and potentially death. (Below, Lyle Alzado…dead from brain cancer linked to steroid use).

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 Physical changes from anabolic steroid use:

  • Unusually greasy hair or oily skin (often with stretch marks on the inner joints)
  • Small red or purplish acne, especially on the shoulders and back
  • Gynecomastia, the abnormally excessive development of the breast tissue in males
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Thinning hair throughout the head or receding hairline (male pattern baldness)
  • Increased length and thickness in hair (on body parts other than the head)
  • Jaundice or yellowing of the skin; (may signal liver damage)
  • Skin eruptions and infections, such as abscesses, boils, and cysts
  • Drastic appetite shifts (extreme hunger)
  • Joint pain (greater chance of injuring muscles and tendons)
  • Disrupted sleep patterns (not sleeping well or sleeping too much)
  • Bloating of the face and body
  • Night sweats or heavy sweating
  • Rapid or progressive weight gain
  • Increased muscle size (sudden or progressive)
  • Hyperactivity
  • Trouble urinating; discoloration or blood in urine
  • Extreme mood swings
  • Increased aggression or irritability
  • Becomes disrespectful or abusive
  • Depression (usually when steroids are discontinued)
  • Hallucinations
  • Paranoia – extreme feelings of mistrust or fear

Anabolic steroids used for body building are typically taken in amounts 40% or more than the recommended amount of steroids used to tread medical conditions.  They are sometimes taken orally and injected.  They can cause liver tumors, increases in liver enzymes, liver damage.

Anabolic steroids can contribute to testes shrinkage and erectile dysfunction.  Although they increase sexual desire, they have been known to decrease sexual performance.

They have been linked to prostate cancer, type 2 diabetes, male infertility, and thyroid issues.

 Dangerous Withdrawal?

Anabolic steroid users may develop a dependency on the drug.  Withdrawal symptoms include aggressive and violent behavior, depression, suicide, mood swings, acute psychosis.

What to do?

My advice to men and women of all ages.  Always strive to attain your best possible health (well-being of mind, body, spirit).  A person who is as healthy as possible will look “their best.”  Your inside is reflected on your outside.  When you have a healthy mind, you radiate peace and a natural glow from within.  When you have health of body, you will reach and maintain YOUR desired weight, have normal labs with as little medication as possible, and have energy to do the things you need and want to do.  When you have health of spirit, you tend to share your good vibes with others and inspire others to be their best.

Eat well (lean protein, heart healthy fat, low glycemic carbohydrates foods in balanced proportions)

Exercise daily (at least 30 minutes activity over and above your normal activity on a daily basis.

Get some sun (15 minutes in the daylight/day helps your Vitamin D and immunity

Drink water and decaf fluid (at least 64 ounces/day)

Focus on Fiber (more than 25 grams/day) found in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes.

Limit processed foods; focus on eating clean with as little preservatives, added sugar, chemicals as possible

Take a multi-vitamin daily

Stay positive

Snack throughout the day to keep metabolic rate and energy high and blood sugar stable.  Plan on eating a meal or small snack every 3-4 hours.  Good snacks: Greek yogurt, fresh fruit, cheese stick, natural peanut butter on whole grain crackers, 3/4 cup cereal with unsweetened almond milk.

At each meal focus on some combination of lean protein, fresh or frozen vegetables, fresh fruit, whole grains/legumes, healthy fat (oil, olives, avocado, nuts, seeds).

Minimize your intake of sugar and added sugar.

Be positive and think good thoughts

Be happy with who you are, or do something to make yourself a better version of you.

 

Love Diane Kress’ work?  Here are links to her books and support site!

 The Metabolism Miracle:   http://www.amazon.com/The-Metabolism-Miracle-Control-Permanently/dp/0738213861/ref=tmm_pap_title_0?ie=UTF8&qid=1411319710&sr=8-1

The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook:   http://www.amazon.com/The-Metabolism-Miracle-Cookbook-Delicious/dp/0738214256/ref=pd_sim_b_1?ie=UTF8&refRID=0DC5FY8CN1D1YH85YNM

The Metabolism Miracle Update:  (Brand new!) http://www.amazon.com/Metabolism-Miracle-Update-Revisions-Diabetes-ebook/dp/B00N4IQUF4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1411319947&sr=8-1&keywords=metabolism+miracle+update

The Diabetes Miracle: http://www.amazon.com/The-Diabetes-Miracle-Prevent-Permanently/dp/0738216011/ref=pd_sim_b_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=03YM32PQDQ2W877F1JTM

The Interactive Support Group for Followers of The Metabolism Miracle and The Diabetes Miracle:  www.Miracle-Ville.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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