Archive for August 2010

Blue Print Cleanse – Breakthrough the Hype

Is the latest craze taking over the cleanse market merely a brilliant marketing campaign launched by the creators of the Blue Print Cleanse (BPC)? Even if the marketing is inflated, does the Blue Print Cleanse really work? You be the judge.

Where did the Blue Print Cleanse Come From?

The BPC was created by two nonmedical doctors, Zoe Sakoutis and Erica Huss, in early 2000. Huss, having a background in PR, has turned simple vegetable juice into a million dollar business. The Blue Print Cleanse uses the concept that drinking nothing but vegetable juice for three days will allow you to cleanse your body of toxins, processed food and excess weight. This concept is not new. Body cleansing is a has been around for many years claiming to be able to increase your energy, improve sleep, lose weight and improve overall health. Is there any scientific data proving this? Is the hype surrounding the Blue Print Cleanse warranted? Below we will dissect the clinical data and what are experts are saying regarding the Blue Print Cleanse.

1 – Recommended By… No One The first claim that jumps out with the Blue Print Cleanse system is saying that it is “recommended by”. This is concerning as there is no medical body which has yet to support the need for alternative cleansing. What the BPC does is get snippets from various doctors which would lead most to believe that cleansing is the new panacea. As with all aspects of medicine, there are doctors who are willing to support any new practice most of which they have financial interest in. Web MD clearly states on their website that these radical fad diets have “little science supporting them”.

The science of cleansing and detox is based around the concept that drinking potions or fasting will clean out your body of toxins and processed food. There is absolutely nothing that has ever been clinically studied or proven to do such. The human body is a very advanced machine in which it is designed to self cleanse and detoxify on its own. If this actually works, why have the creators of the BPC posted any clinical data or studies proving the relevancy?

2 – 3 Day Detox & Starvation leads to Temporary Results The BPC claims to work by using an extractor to take out all the raw nutrients of fruits and vegetables. The basic cleanse package they market is based around a 3 day cleanse in which you only drink juices that they provide you. This 3 day cleanse claims to be able to detoxify your body of any toxins which are making you feel tired or causing excess weight retention. Some users claim these 3 days detox programs indeed help them lose weight and feel better. Although these 3 day cleanse programs will cause weight loss, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure than any weight loss comes from starvation which causes water and muscle loss. As soon as you start eating regular food, any modest weight loss is gained.

To support this, ABC nightline ran a story presented by Martin Bashir in which their own reporter went on the BPB plan. After 3 days of starvation and juicing, the reporter did lose 3 pounds that were quickly regained a couple of days after stopping the BPC. The reason for this is clearly stated on WebMd “One problem is that most of these detox diets are so restrictive that you can’t maintain them for long. Also, any weight loss is usually from fluid and muscle loss. You quickly regain weight once you go off the diet. Worse, especially if used long term, detox diets can cause harm.”

3 – Healthy Weight loss – Fad Free Juice Extractor There is no need to spend $70 or more on the overpriced Blue Print Cleanse. If you are looking to improve your health over the long term, a proper diet consisting of fruits and vegetables is the best way to go. Limiting the amount of sugar, fat and processed foods over the long term is what is supported by all the governing bodies of medicine. Although there are some clear benefits of drinking raw juices made from vegetables, your best bet is to invest the money you would spend on a 3 day cleanse on your own juice extractor. This method would allow you to have access to fresh juice daily which is more beneficial than any 3 day radical fast or cleanse program.

Top 5 Anti Aging Myths

Since the Spanish explorer Ponce De Leon discovered the legendary Fountain of Youth over 600 years ago, Americans have been searching for ways to reverse or stop aging. This anti ageing quest has led to radical developments in plastic surgery, natural antiaging supplements, creams, potions and even hormone replacement therapy. The anti-aging industry has turned into a multibillion dollar health care sector that has proven to be recession proof. Below are some of the common myths regarding aging longevity. 1 – Vitamins have no effect in anti aging This myth is only true if you resort to vitamins or green tea once you have already aged. Vitamin C and Green Tea are both loaded with antioxidants which attack free radicals in the body. Vitamin C has also been proven to help support healthy collagen levels in the body. Collagen is a protein and normally is associated with muscles and tendons. As we age, collagen production diminishes giving the skin the sagging and wrinkle effect that most people want to avoid. Proper Vitamin C supplementation can be essential in reversing the aging and preventing facial wrinkles.

2 – Botox is best procedure to prevent wrinkles

Botox does nothing with regards to wrinkle prevention. Botox is a purified form of the deadly toxic botulinim. Doctors inject this toxin into the forehead to relax the wrinkles that are above the brow. Although relatively safe, there sometimes are some complications with this procedure. Botox injections are not permanent and have to be reapplied every 3-6 months. Once again, prevention and proper supplementation may be the better defense to prevent premature wrinkles.

3 – Antiaging Clinics and HGH are safe

Human growth hormone (HGH) is one of the fastest growing forms of antiaging being used in America today. The results are clearly exceptional for those undergoing this treatment. Users who begin HGH replacement therapy lose body fat, increase muscle mass, improve mood, clear skin and increase sex drive. Although results are impressive, there are some serious safety concerns with using human grown hormone treatment. Some of the side effects associated with HGH therapy are acromegaly, low blood sugar, liver damage, thyroid damage, heart enlargement, excessive hair growth and cancer. These side effects only make sense as you are introducing a growth factor into your body. The other dangers associated with HGH antiaging therapy is the source of the product. Since many USA made products can cost thousands of dollars a month, many often opt for products from China which may have life threatening quality control issues.

4 – Natural Supplements are not effective

Although there thousands of natural antiaging supplements on the market, very few of them have any true antiaging effects. The most popular and clinically studied antiaging supplements are those that are rich in Vitamin C, Green Tea and DHEA. DHEA is a precursor hormone produced by the adrenal glands. DHEA has been studied and proven at reducing belly fat, improving sexual function and boosting mood. Proper supplementation, skin care and healthy lifestyle may just be the safer approach than costly surgery or injections.

5 – Tanning makes your skin look better Although a tan does give some people more self confidence, the long term effects of tanning are terrible for the skin. The only health benefit associated with the sun is increases in Vitamin D levels. Increased exposure to sun spikes your risk for cancer, wrinkles, eye damage and immune function suppression. Using SPF protection is key in preventing skin damage and preventing premature aging.

In summary, there are treatment options on the market that can improve the appearance of wrinkles and aging. Your best is proper skin care, diet, exercise and supplementation in order to prolong the need for costly surgery or dangerous injections. Consult your doctor before starting any diet, exercise or supplement program.

Top 10 Weight Loss Myths

According to the Center for Disease control, over 50% of Americans are overweight. With these staggering numbers growing, many people try various ways to lose weight, from fad diets to even weight loss surgery. Sifting through false information regarding weight loss can be difficult and at times overwhelming. Here is a list of the Top 10 myths on losing weight. Read the rest of this entry »

Cycling 101

cling is a great form of exercise that burns fat and calories without the high impact of running. Road cycling can be very beneficial at strengthening your cardiovascular condition as well as your core. These are simple tips to ensure safety, efficiency and proper cycling recovery. Read the rest of this entry »

Three Rules To Lose Belly Fat after Pregnancy

Many women suffer from excess fat around the midsection either before or after their pregnancies. In America, women spend millions of dollars annually on weight loss pills or surgery in order to try to reduce abdominal fat. Plastic surgery can help reduce this belly fat, however the cost and risk associated with such surgery are high. Many women resort to fad diets or endless amounts of sit ups which do nothing to burn belly fat. The three most important tips or rules to follow are relatively simple and effective if they are adhered to.

#1 – Losing Weight is Simple Mathematics Nutrition is the single most important rule when trying to reduce belly fat. All the exercise and weight loss pills in the world are useless unless you follow a healthy diet. The simple formula for sustained weight loss over time is as follows. Body weight X 10=caloric intake. For example, if you weight 120lbs, the total amount of calories you should eat a day should be 1200 in order to lose weight. The 1200 calories should be broken up into 4-5 meals throughout the days. It is important to eat every 3-4 hours in order to optimize weight loss. In order to reduce abdominal fat through diet, make sure the foods you eat are high in fiber and low in fat.

#2 – Move It to Lose It

Exercise is the second most important rule for those women trying to shed belly fat after a pregnancy. In order to accelerate weight loss, exercise must be performed 5 days a week. The most effective exercises for losing belly fat are those which focus on intervals. A good example of intervals would be if you walk 5 minutes then run 2 minutes. Follow this 5min/2min pattern for 30 minutes. This interval pattern allows you to rest for periods and work harder for others. Weight loss is amplified during this process as your body gets shocked and continuously challenged. Walking on a treadmill at a steady pace will not be sufficient in order to maximize fat loss. This interval can be applied to biking, stair masters or most other form of exercise.

#3 – Boost your Weight Loss with Supplements

Proper supplementation is essential for maximal weight loss. Although there are thousands of weight loss pills and gimmicks on the market, only 3 compounds have ever been clinically proven to reduce belly fat. DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a natural occurring hormone produced by the adrenal glands. As we age, DHEA levels start to diminish. Several clinical studies have shown that DHEA supplementation can reduce belly fat and improve mood. Green Tea is another natural supplement that not only helps burn abdominal fat, but has been considered a powerful anti-oxidant for thousands of years. Vitamin C is the third essential item for any reasons. Vitamin C helps promote a healthy body weight, improves circulation, enhances immune function and has been proven to help with signs of aging.

By following these three simple rules, you should be able to burn away belly fat safely and quickly. Not only will you lose weight, but your overall health will improve. Abdominal fat is not only visually unappealing, it is the cause of most elevated blood sugars. Minor reductions in abdominal fat can go a long way to improving overall health.