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Weight Loss Programs: Are They Really Worth it?



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Weight Loss Programs: Are They Really Worth it?
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There are so many different weight loss programs you see on those television commercials, every day. They especially show them at night and if you are a night owl, you have most likely seen them before. You know the ones: NutriSystem, Weight Watchers, GoLo, and many more. They sound good and look like they really will help someone lose weight but are they really worth the money you will be dishing out to them? Let’s discuss the reasons why they may or may not be worth the money, time, or effort.


The Cost


One thing is for sure about the cost of these programs is that it is too much. Is the program worth the cost of it? It really depends on the person who decides to try it out and the program itself. You need to ask yourself this: are you going to keep the weight off or will it be a waste of time? Once you answer that question, you can then decide if the cost is worth it for you.


The Food


Sure, the food may look good on TV but does it actually taste as good as they say it does? It would be in your best interest to ask friends and family who may have used one or more of these programs about how the food tastes and if it is actually worth it for you. It is always best to get a recommendation from someone you know before trying it out so you know it is worth it from the beginning. This is because, for all anyone knows, the food might look good but it might taste awful.


The End Results


Does it actually work the way they say it does? Although they hype you up by saying you are guaranteed to lose a certain amount of weight in a certain amount of time, how do we know this to be as true as they say it is? Again, this is where you should find someone you know who has used these programs and knows the truth about them before you decide if the end results will be worth it to you.


The Weight Loss


Can you actually lose even one pound with these programs? This is not only where you will need a good recommendation from a close friend or family member, but you can also do your own research on these companies. One thing you can do is read reviews online and check the Better Business Bureau for either good or bad reviews from those who have actually used them. However, here is a word of warning for you: some online reviews are paid reviews and are not always truthful so be careful with the ones you believe.


After doing your research, trying one of these programs for free with a free trial if they offer one, and asking for recommendations from friends and family members, you can then decide whether or not if these weight loss programs are truly worth your money, effort, and time.


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How to Use Carb Cycling for Weight Loss



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How to Use Carb Cycling for Weight Loss
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Carb cycling is one of the best ways  to lose weight fast, without having the need to adapt a full keto diet. You will be able to eat a fair amount of carbs and your body will still be able to burn fat.
Even if they are tasting very good, carbs are not essential at all to your body. Carb cycling will then allow you to appreciate more your food intake, while still adding lean mass and burning fat.


1 – What is Exactly Carb Cycling ?


Carb cycling consists simply in taking more or less carbohydrates depending on the days you choose. Some days you eat less of them, and some day you will be eating more.

With this method, you will get the benefits of both worlds because you will have low carb days and high carb days.

You may now wonder how does carb cycling burn fat and promotes weight loss. I am going to explain you why: lowering your carb intake during your low carb days allows you to increase your insulin sensitivity and your human growth hormone levels, enabling to burn fat more quickly.


2 – How to Do Carb Cycling


Here is a simple method you can apply right now to do carb cycling well.

Days where you don’t train = low carb day

When you are not performing any kind of activities, just eat less than 30 grams of carbs per day. It can be hard for some people, so try to eat as much as healthy fat and good protein sources as possible.

Days where you train, but not for a long time = moderate carb day

When your training or not very intense, or let’s say that it is just your cardio day, eat around 0,5 grams of carb per pound of body weight.

Days where you train very hard = high carb days

If your training is very intense, hard and takes a long time, you can eat a higher amount of carbohydrates. With this carb cycling method, you can eat in this particular case between 2 and 2,5 grams of carb per pound of body weight.

3 – Additional Tips for the Carb Cycling Method to Lose Weight Fast


One of the best tip I can give you is to eat plenty of proteins, when your carb intake is low.

Indeed, proteins cost a lot of energy to process (around 35%) and will fill you up very quick.

When you eat a great amount of your daily calories from protein, a pretty good amount of that energy is expended through the thermic effect of food, which helps you maintaining a calorie deficit.

Now if you still want to eat normally, you can see here the best foods for weight loss

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The Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet



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The Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet
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What is a ketogenic diet ?

It is a very low carb diet, where you will eat mostly protein and fat.

Concerning your macronutrients, you should have around 60-70% of your calories from fats, 20-30% of your proteins, and you have to eat few carbs.

You have to limit your carb consumption to 50 grams a day

This will allow you to enter into a ketosis state: your body will produce ketones. Ketones are small fuel molecules which are produced in your liver from fat.

They your body will use it as a powerful source of energy. You will get a lot of benefits from it:


1- A Ketogenic Diet Helps You to Burn More Fat

Once you are in ketosis, your body will switch its fuel supply from glucose to fat.

So it becomes much easier to burn your fat stores, because your body need it as a source
of energy.

When you eat a lot of carbs, your body gets very lazy and prefer to use directly glucose instead of your fat storages.


2- A Ketogenic Diet Lowers Insulin

Another benefit concerns the insulin levels in your body.

A ketogenic diet will reduce considerably your levels of insulin, which is very beneficial because you will be able to produce more growth hormone

Because insulin and human growth hormone are playing an antagonist role against one another: when insulin is low, growth hormone is high, and vice versa.


3- A Ketogenic Diet Can Suppress your appetite and Control Your Hunger

Last, when ketones are present in your body combined with a pretty high protein intake, it will help you a lot to suppress your appetite.

On the opposite, a high-carb diet increases your hunger.

One important point is you don’t have to be hungry even if you are on a reduced-calorie diet.
Fats and proteins are more than enough ton control your appetite.

Fat intake is directly associated with cholesterol, so don’t miss what you should know about it

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