Day 2 of 3 day diet…

here is a link to my video blog for the day:

http://s134.photobucket.com/user/funkytenn1/media/Movieon28-03-2013at1914_zps013ebb47.mp4.html

 

Breakfast

Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water
(0 cal)
1 egg (any style) (78 cal)
1 slice toast (83 cal)
1 banana (105 cal)

Lunch 

1 cup 2% cottage cheese
(203 cal)
5 saltine crackers (70 cal)
Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water (0 cal)

Dinner 

2 beef franks or hot dogs (300 cal)
1/2 cup carrots (26 cal)
1 banana (105 cal)
1 cup broccoli or cabbage (35 cal)
1/2 cup vanilla ice cream (144 cal)
Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water (0 cal)

Total Calories: 266 Total Calories: 273 Total Calories: 610

The Alkaline Diet

Thealkaline diet is the most raved fad diet this year. With celebrities Gwyneth Paltrow, Kirsten Dunst and Victoria Beckham raving about it’s effects (just look at their amazing bodies) no wonder dieters are wanting to try it. This diet has been the underdog of the dieting industry for a while but the latest book ‘Honestly Healthy Alkaline Programme’ by chef Natasha Corrett and nutritionist Vicki Edgson, it has become a cookbook on every dieters self.

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What is the Alkaline Diet?

Well the ‘Honestly Healthy Alkaline programme’ consists of you eating alkaline foods to keep your bodies PH between 7.35 and 7.45. Our stomach is acidic (PH 1.35-3.5) as this is how we digest our food, but the diet is designed to balance out your PH level, this in affect is meant to improve your overall health. The diet is vegetarian based consisting of fresh vegetables and some fresh fruit, nuts, grains and soy products.

It is believed that heavily acidic diets unbalance the bodies PH, promoting the loss of essential minerals. this imbalance makes people prone to illness and gaining weight.

The alkaline diet is healthy, says Marjorie Nolan, RD, an American Dietetic Association spokeswoman.”It’s a diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, plenty of water, avoiding processed foods, coffee, and alcohol, which are all recommendations for a generally healthy diet anyway”.

Here are a few examples of foods you can eat in the alkaline diet:

-sweet potatoes

-mushrooms

-grapes

-avocados

-tofu

 

In my battle to fight the bulge I think I will a recipe from the alkaline diet and see what all the fuss is about. Keep you posted readers!

 

 

Slim Sticks, are they really a gastric band in a glass?

Being a woman obsessed with the newest fad diets or crazy exercise regimes, I came across this new product Slim Sticks. As it claims to be ‘the simple way to lose weight’ I though I would take a closer look and see if I would give it a go for my individual project idea.

Slim Sticks have become the newest ‘miracle’ drink to make you shed the weight. Slim sticks are a dissolvable sachet you simply add to water, which experts claim is a ‘revolutionary’ way to aid weightless

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The way it works is that due to the drinks hunger bursting properties it make you feel full and kills food cravings. The 40 calories drink contains newest crazed ingredient, Konjac. The supplement, Konjac is designed to expand the stomach, instantly creating the feeling of fullness. It has been reported that Sticks are being used as a last attempt for dieters before they get surgery.

Konjac is a natural ingredient derived from the native Asian plant palm oil. The supplement makes you feel fuller for longer, the 3 hours after the palm oil kicks in, this makes the brain thinks there is fat to digest, preventing hunger signals to the brain.

But, is this just another fad for dieters? Personal trainer and nutritionist to the stars Jenny Dawes says ‘This is just another high fibre “quick fix” product which claims to make the stomach feel full quickly.’ Due to Konjac being a fibre, it has a laxative effect and also is believed to have the ability to absorb cholesterol and glucose.

With most quick fix products we must be aware of the long term effects of this supplement. Slim Sticks have only been recently released for sale, so I would be wary to try a product like this.