NEW Weight Loss Coffee

Weight Loss Coffee

How many times have you tried to lose weight over the years? And how many times have you deprived yourself of certain foods, calories and starved yourself in an effort to lose that extra weight? I know I have, and as a personal trainer and nutritionist, my clients have too and for most of us, losing and maintaining weight is an ongoing effort.

Well, I’m pretty excited about something I’ve learned that could change everything for the average dieter – weight loss coffee. Most people can’t start their day without coffee and the average person drinks 2-3 cups per day. Coffee just tastes good, smells good but hasn’t always been good for you, until now.

Now there is an ingenious way to enjoy a gourmet cup of coffee and at the same time help you lose weight! This blend of several new thermogenic and fat burning ingredients shows tremendous promise for triggering significant fat loss.

Could it be possible? To drink your coffee and lose weight at the same time? Well, it’s true. Let’s take a closer look at the ingredients in this new weight loss coffee formula that includes both tried and true weight loss support ingredients as well as some new thermogenic agents:

1. Panamanian Boquete Gesha Gourmet award-winning coffee
2. Green Coffee Bean extract (chlorogenic acid) to increase fat usage in the body
3. Garcinia Cambogia extract to keep fat from being stored
4. Raspberry Ketone extract suppresses appetite and utilizes glucose in the cells
Thermogenic fat burning ingredients:
5. Sinetrol is a fat burner that stimulates the release of free fatty acids from the fat cells and increases the fat breakdown by the metabolism.
6. Evodiamine increases fat metabolism, reduces the uptake of fat and increases your body’s natural rate of fat burning while it increases resting core body temperature.
7. Pterostilbene Crystal Caffeine complex provides 8 hours of sustainable energy without the energy spike or crash.
8. Chromium Polynicotinate increases fat usage and regulates blood glucose levels
9. Yerba Mate extract, containing mateine which can help increase your metabolism and energy.
10. EGCg from green tea for cellular fat uptake and fat metabolism
11. Guarana to increase energy metabolism and synergistically interacts with Sinetrol to accelerate the fat burning power.

Sisel’s weight loss coffee is designed to support rapid and sustainable weight loss and inccrease your energy too. Most of these fat burning support ingredients have clinical studies to back their claims of increasing fat loss versus control groups taking a placebo. As a side benefit, it appears there are other health benefits from these ingredients too.

It’s interesting to note that no other company, weight loss or coffee has ever come up with an ingredient profile so comprehensive and it appears that many of these ingredients will work synergistically to help the average person effectively lose excess body fat.

I was one of the very first to try this weight loss coffee and see for myself how it works, and I’ve had many clients use this weight loss coffee to help them reach their fat loss goals! Try it for yourself!

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Be sure to check out ThermoLean500 too! Same ingredients as SISEL Weight Loss Kaffe’, only in a capsule form.

How Protein Helps Weight Loss

weight loss shakeThe amount of quality protein in your diet is the single most important factor that influences your metabolic rate, favorably influencing weight loss. Quality protein also helps you retain muscle during weight loss, improve muscle fitness, immunity system function, maintain antioxidant function, build HDL Cholesterol, and enhance insulin and leptin function – all of which contribute toward your weight management efforts over time.

How Much Protein Do We Need for Weight Loss?

A significant body of scientific evidence indicates that protein levels far higher than our government’s traditional suggested protien intake are optimal for weight loss, as long as you simultaneously decrease your carbohydrate intake. A minimum target amount is three-fourths of your ideal body weight in grams of protein per day, ranging up to three-fourths of your actual weight in grams of protein per day.

For example, if your ideal weigh is 160 pounds but you currently weigh 200 pounds, then your goal for protein intake is in the range of 120 to 150 grams of protein per day. Since each gram of protein is four calories, this equals 480 to 600 calories per day of protein. This is around 30 percent of your calories from protein (based on a 2,000 calorie diet).

The FDA says you only need 50 grams of protein per day (200 calories), based on a 2,000 calorie diet, or 10 percent of your calories from protein. However, the FDA bases its guidelines on only one aspect of protein requirements; nitrogen balance. Nitrogen, found only in protein, is a fundamental molecule required for building body structure and DNA synthesis.

The FDA’s goal is to only make sure you have enough dietary protein so you don’t wither away. That’s nice, but using nitrogen balance as the primary criteria for protein intake ignores the role of protein as a signaling molecule in metabolism, especially in regard to how your muscles function. It ignores the amount of protein needed to preserve muscle during weight loss and facilitate fat burning. The FDA gives no guidelines to explain how much quality protein you need for exercise, stress, blood sugar support, or to help stabilize muscle and blood sugar as you age.

The fact of the matter is: when you increase quality protein intake over the minimum amount needed for nitrogen balance, then branch chain amino acids like leucine, which are metabolized in your muscles (not in your liver like other amino acids), directly and favorably benefit muscle function and health – including enhanced calorie burning by muscle that clearly supports healthy weight loss.

High Quality Protein for Weight Loss

Protein is made up of various amino acids. In terms of weight loss, scientists are finding that the most important amino acids are the branch chain amino acids, especially leucine. If you get your protein intake high enough, especially in proteins that are rich in leucine, a number of very interesting things happen that can activate a sluggish metabolism and result in weight loss.

One easy way to get a lot of leucine, without any fat, is to use high quality whey protein. The finest whey proteins use advanced low temperature filtration technology to leave all the protein molecules intact. In this process saturated fat, cholesterol, and lactose are removed, yielding a very powerful leucine rich food for metabolic enhancement.

The highest sources of leucine containing foods are animal and dairy products. Cottage cheese and red meat top the list. Other sources include milk, cheese, eggs, pork, fish, chicken, legumes, peanuts, nuts, and seeds. If you avoid red meat and dairy products, it is harder to get leucine containing foods in higher amounts, though not impossible. Using whey protein makes it easy. I always recommend individuals stay away from processed soy protein (like soy protein drinks), as it is anti-thyroid in higher amounts.

Eating two eggs for breakfast has been shown to boost weight loss by 65 percent, compared to the same amount of calories from carbohydrates, like a bagel.

How Protein Increases Metabolism

One of the key researchers in this area, Donald Layman, Ph.D., from the University of Illinois, has published many papers on the subject. He has found that the high protein, leucine rich diet, in combination with lower carbohydrates is effective to support weight loss, blood sugar metabolism, and a variety of factors that have an impact on cardiovascular health. His research points out that during weight loss our bodies can easily lose muscle mass (and bone for that matter). Leucine has a direct signaling effect on muscle that prevents muscle loss during weight loss. This means that on a high protein diet, the weight that is lost is mostly fat, not muscle. Whereas on a high carbohydrate weight loss diet, much more muscle is lost.

Leucine directly communicates to insulin, instructing it to work efficiently in muscle. This not only helps preserve muscle mass, but also helps muscles use glucose as fuel, in turn supporting healthy insulin function.

This high protein, leucine rich diet invariably lowers blood levels of triglycerides, which helps leptin get into your brain easier so that you feel full on fewer calories. Once leptin gets into your brain correctly, leptin resistance is reduced, and your metabolism gets a go signal. Whey protein is especially helpful in improving your brain’s feeling of food satisfaction. Many bioactive peptides in whey regulate appetite, a benefit attainable only from consuming whey protein in higher amounts.

The important HDL Cholesterol needs adequate dietary protein in order to form its structure. We now know that HDL proteins get “spent” as HDL works to help clear LDL cholesterol. If you don’t have adequate protein you can’t make quality HDL at an optimal rate. A higher protein diet supports HDL formation while lowering triglycerides, a two-pronged benefit that not only helps weight management but also supports a healthier lipid profile for cardiovascular well-being.

Layman points out that having a high protein breakfast is needed to maximize these benefits of protein, which is consistent with rule #4 of the Leptin Diet: Eat a breakfast containing protein.

In order to benefit from high protein for weight loss, the amount of carbohydrates must be reduced, which is rule #5 of the Leptin Diet®: Reduce the amount of carbohydrates eaten. This is because carbohydrates are easy-to-use fuels. When you eat less, you encourage your body to break down stored fat. You prevent your body from converting muscle protein to fuel (blood sugar) by eating higher protein, thus preserving muscle mass.

Another great reason to eat a high protein breakfast is that it wakes up your liver and gives it something to do. Your liver is the metabolic factory of your body. A high protein breakfast can increase your metabolic rate by 30 percent for as long as 12 hours, the calorie burning equivalent of a three to five mile jog. Fats and carbohydrates are easy for your liver to use, increasing liver metabolism by only four percent, whereas protein must be taken apart and reassembled for use elsewhere in your body. This dynamic effect of protein has recently been shown to be the key in supporting your natural ability to burn fat at a faster rate when consuming a diet higher in protein.

All your body structures, many hormones, a lot of enzymes, and neurotransmitters all require special proteins that your liver must help make. Protein showing up at your liver is like 2-by-4-inch lumber and plywood showing up at a home construction job site. If it isn’t there, not much will get done.

A higher protein diet also has a natural diuretic effect. Individuals with extra weight are often sluggish, and hold extra water. This not only makes their blood pressure go up, as their heart tries to push harder to move the stagnation, but the extra water in connective tissues also gets directly in the way of fat burning. When you eat a higher protein diet then an important blood protein called albumin will increase. As albumin increases, through osmotic force, it draws water back out of your connective tissues, thus helping you get rid of fluid retention. If you have too much inflammation, then your kidneys may leak albumin into your urine, provoking fluid retention, weight problems, and significant cardiovascular risk.

A major problem of lower protein diets is just the opposite – the more carbohydrates overweight people eat, the more fluids they retain. Further, higher carbohydrate meals stimulate too much leptin production, in turn provoking leptin resistance and inappropriate desire for more carbohydrates. Too many carbohydrates cause your willpower to be in a constant wrestling match with out-of-balance leptin. It is rather obvious from the amount of yo-yo dieting in our society that misguided leptin usually wins. The best way to win the wrestling match is to not have it in the first place, meaning eat fewer carbohydrates.

When weight is lost on a higher carbohydrate diet it is much more likely that people will hit a plateau in a few months that they cannot get past, long before the goal weight is reached. Successful ongoing weight loss is much easier, and much less prone to stubborn plateaus, when your basic diet is higher in quality protein.

More Whey Protein Facts

One reason unrelated to weight loss that I really like whey protein is that it helps your body make its most important antioxidant and immune support compound, glutathione. Forty-five grams of whey protein per day has been shown to boost glutathione levels in immune cells by 24 percent over a two week period of intake, whereas 15 grams per day was not effective. Further, many molecular weights of the proteins are in the immunoglobulin range, meaning that your body can easily use them, if needed, to mount a more effective immune response. Leucine, as a key signal for DNA protein synthesis, is important to the rate at which your body can manufacture immune cells in a time of need.

Another study of 95 men and 32 women used a 15 gram whey protein meal replacement for two meals a day for six months, and then switched to one meal replacement per day for six more months. While this amount of whey protein is significantly below what I would recommend to assist weight loss, the results of the trial were still quite good. During the first six months participants lost 20 pounds on average. In the next six months, on only 15 grams of whey protein per day, they kept their weight off and lost another two pounds. Further, many key parameters of cardiovascular health and leptin fitness were improved during the study, including decreases in total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, insulin, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure, while HDL Cholesterol increased.

Many people involved alternative health are under the false impression that a high protein diet is acid forming, and thus bad for bones. Whey protein is actually good for bones. Forty grams of whey protein per day for six months increased bone mineral density in young women by a statistically significant 1.57 percent, and in postmenopausal women by a statistically significant 1.21 percent. Plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, along with a higher protein diet, is never bad for bones. In fact, research shows that low protein leads to bone loss. Fruits and vegetables provide the alkaline mineral buffers so that protein can work in a healthy way, including the support of bone growth. Protecting against bone loss during weight loss is very important; whey protein is an excellent food to have in your corner.

It is true that some people have lost muscle mass, are inactive, and may have significantly compromised health to the point they have some difficulty metabolizing higher amounts of protein (they tend to have difficulty eating almost anything). If you fall into this category, the way to metabolize more protein is to gradually increase your intake while you simultaneously improve your fitness. As you build strength, you will be far healthier, your pH will be better, and you will be able to get the benefits of eating a higher protein diet; for most people, it is simply a matter of increasing protein and reducing carbohydrates.

Higher amounts of high quality, leucine rich protein are needed for fitness, healthy weight loss, and to maintain weight following a weight loss program. This is one of many important strategies to improve the function of leptin in your metabolism, which is the key to successful weight loss and keeping the weight off once you have lost it.

Article by Byron J. Richards
Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
Originally published 12/15/08

Tips for Healthy Weight Management

weight loss tipsDeveloping healthy eating habits isn’t as confusing or as restrictive as many people imagine. One of the keys to maintaining a healthy weight loss is to know which foods to eat, as well as avoid.

Following these guidelines doesn’t mean that you have to give up your favorite foods. As long as your overall diet is low in fat rich in complex carbohydrates and fibrous vegetables, there is nothing wrong with an occasional cheeseburger or indulgence. Just be sure to limit your frequency and portions.

The following guidelines are what you need to know to enjoy the rewards of a healthy diet:

1 Limit your total fat intake. Fat should supply less than 30% of your total daily calories.  Limit your saturated fats by choosing lean meats, light-meat poultry without the skin, fish, and low-fat dairy products. In addition, cut back on vegetable oils and butter—or foods made with these—as well as on mayonnaise, salad dressings, and fried foods.

2 Limit your intake of saturated fat. This is the kind of fat, found mostly in animal products, that boosts blood cholesterol levels and has other adverse health effects. It should supply less than one-third of the calories derived from fat.

3 Keep your cholesterol intake below 300 milligrams per day. Cholesterol is found only in animal products, such as meats, poultry, dairy products, egg yolks and shellfish.

4 Eat foods rich in complex carbohydrates. Carbohydrates should contribute approximately 30% of your total daily calories. To help meet this requirement, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and six or more servings of grains (preferably whole grains) or legumes daily. This will help you obtain the 20 to 30 grams of dietary fiber you need each day, as well as provide important vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals (plant chemicals essential to good health).

5 Avoid too much sugar. Besides contributing to tooth decay, sugar is a source of “empty” calories and can contribute to insulin spikes, pre-diabetes as well as type II Diabetes.

6 Make sure to include green, orange, and yellow fruits and vegetables—such as broccoli, carrots, cantaloupe, and citrus fruits. The antioxidants and other nutrients in these foods are regarded as increasingly important in helping protect against developing certain types of cancer and other diseases. Eat five or more servings a day.

7 Maintain an adequate daily protein intake. Protein should make up a good percentagef of your total daily calories. Choose low-fat dairy and lean meat sources.

8 Eat a variety of foods. Don’t try to fill your nutrient requirements by eating the same foods day in, day out. It is possible that not every essential nutrient has been identified, and so eating a wide assortment of foods helps to ensure that you will get all the necessary nutrients. In addition, this will limit your exposure to any pesticides or toxic substances that may be present in one particular food.

9 Limit your sodium intake to no more than 2,400 milligrams per day. This is equivalent to the amount of sodium in a little more than a teaspoon of salt. Cut back on your use of salt in cooking and on the table; avoid salty foods; check food labels for the inclusion of ingredients containing sodium.

10 Maintain an adequate calcium intake. Calcium is essential for strong bones and teeth. Get your calcium from low-fat sources, such as skim milk and low-fat yogurt and dark green vegetables including bok choy, broccoli, collards, Chinese cabbage, kale, mustard greens and okra.

11 Try to get much of your vitamins and minerals from natural foods. Foods provide the “synergy” that many nutrients require to be efficiently used in the body.

12 Take high quality supplements, especially of the antioxidant vitamins E (200 to 800 IU daily) and C (250 to 500 milligrams daily). Even if you eat a healthy diet, it’s unlikely you will get the proper amounts of micro nutrients as most are now grown in nutrient deficient soil.

13 Maintain a desirable weight. Balance energy (calorie) intake with energy output. Along with regular exercise, eating a proper diet will help you maintain (or lower) your weight.

14 If you drink alcohol, do so in moderation. That is one drink a day for women, two a day for men. A drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 4 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof spirits. Excess alcohol consumption leads to a variety of health problems. And alcoholic beverages can add many calories to your diet without supplying nutrients.  When trying to lose weight, cut out all alcohol, or limit to one night per week.

If you follow the healthy guidelines above you will not only be able to lose weight, but you will be able to maintain your weight and enjoy great health. Eat healthy, exercise regularly and supplement properly – you will feel great and your body will thank you.

Weight Loss and Carbohydrates – Ending the Confusion

complex carbohydratesIf you’re like many people these days, you might be confused about carbohydrates.  Questions come to mind like, are carbohydrates good or bad for you, will carbohydrates make you gain weight, and what about carbohydrates for athletic people?

Carbohydrates are not all created alike and in order to understand how and when to fit them into our daily diets, it is crucial to understand what happens within our bodies when we consume them.  Carbohydrates are the best source of energy for your body, especially for muscle, brain and central nervous system functions.  In the body, all carbohydrates are broken down into glucose.  Once in the bloodstream, glucose is taken up by the cells and used for fuel, stored in the liver or muscle as glycogen, or converted to fat for later use.

I’m sure you’ve seen the commercials by now, the ones that say the secret to effective fat loss is the glycemic index.  The glycemic index classifies foods, showing the rate at which a carbohydrate breaks down into sugar or glucose in the bloodstream.  High glycemic foods (71-100gi) are considered fast acting because they release glucose into the bloodstream quickly, causing a rapid rise in blood sugar.  This in turn signals the pancreas to produce insulin, the hormone that removes excess sugar from the bloodstream and signals the body to store fat.  Low to moderate glycemic foods (0-70) release glucose into the bloodstream slowly and provide the brain and body with prolonged and constant energy.

And what about low-carb diets?  Low-carbohydrate diets serve a specific purpose for a distinct portion of the population.  They were devised to help overweight and obese people lose body mass in order to improve their health.  They were not targeting the active, athletic community.  One of the goals of the low-carb diet is to chronically deprive the body of carbohydrates.  If you’ve ever been on this type of diet and tried to complete your work-out successfully but were unable, it was most likely because your energy stores were depleted and unable to train effectively.

So how and when should you eat carbohydrates?  The best way to eat carbohydrates is with a protein and it’s naturally occurring fat content.  When proteins and fats are eaten with high or moderate glycemic foods, they slow down absorption of the carbohydrates and therefore help prevent sharp rises in blood sugar and insulin levels, thus reducing the odds of fat storage.  For example, a baked potato (high gi) eaten with a piece of chicken, fish or lean steak is great.

So how do you lose body fat yet still have enough energy for your work outs and an active schedule?  The key is to have the right kinds of carbs at the right times because carbs are energy and if you don’t burn the energy, the excess will be stored as fat.  Stick with moderate or low-glycemic index carbohydrates, and only have enough to fuel your day’s activities and workouts.  Have the majority of your carbohydrates early in the day and then taper them into the afternoon.  If you are exercising, especially doing weight resistance exercise, make sure you have eaten within 90 minutes of your workout and your pre-workout meal includes some protein and carbohydrates. The best post workout recovery meal/snack is in liquid form – think smoothie or shake – with 2:1 carb/protein ratio.  There are limited times when it is suggested that you consume simple carbohydrates –  first thing in the morning after a night of fasting (sleeping) and  following a weight training workout.  At this time, your body is severely depleted of glycogen (stored carbohydrates) and glucose.  Having simple carbs after a tough workout will allow you to avoid muscle breakdown by having the correct post workout recovery meal.

So there you have it; no more confusion about weight loss and carbohydrates.  Carbohydrates provide the body with important nutrients that are quickly converted to energy.  Consume the right kind of carbs at the right times and you will reach your weight loss goals.



Weight Management and the Glycemic Index

weight loss and glycemic indexThere’s a common phrase going around lately and you may have heard it. Even popular weight loss programs have jumped on the bandwagon and tout it as the secret to weight loss.  What they are referring to is the Glycemic Index.

So what is it?

The glycemic index consists of a scale from 1 to 100, indicating the rate at which 50 grams of carbohydrate in a particular food is absorbed into the bloodstream as blood-sugar. Glucose itself is used as the main reference point and is rated 100. Foods with a high GI behave differently in our bodies and those that are rapidly digested and absorbed result in marked fluctuations in blood sugar levels.

Although the glycemic index was invented originally to help diabetes patients manage their blood-sugar levels, dietitians and weight experts now use it as a tool to treat obesity, reduce cravings and appetite swings, and improve eating habits.

High, Intermediate and Low Glycemic Index Foods

The glycemic index separates carbohydrate-containing foods into three general categories: High GI – 70 or more, cause a rapid rise in blood-glucose levels. Intermediate GI 55-69 – causing a medium rise in blood-glucose and Low GI – 54 or less, causing a slower rise in blood-sugar.  One thing to keep in mind is that you can lower the GI of a food by combining it with a protein or fat.  Both protein and/or fat combined with a high GI food will solicit a lower insulin response in the body, most times reducing it to that of a moderate GI food.

Benefits of Low GI Foods

Low-GI foods, by virtue of their slow digestion and absorption, produce gradual rises in blood sugar and insulin levels, and have proven benefits for health. Low GI diets have been shown to improve both glucose and lipid levels (fat) in people with Type1 & Type 2 Diabetes.  Low-GI foods have benefits for weight control because they help control appetite and delay hunger. Low GI diets also reduce insulin levels and insulin resistance.  Choosing low GI carbs – the ones that produce only small fluctuations in our blood glucose and insulin levels – is the secret to long-term health, reducing your risk of heart disease and diabetes and is the key to sustainable weight loss.

Eating mainly low GI carbohydrates slows the release of glucose into your blood stream, keeping your energy levels balanced, and blood sugar levels low.  This means you will feel fuller for longer between meals and avoid sugar highs and lows.  Other benefits include: Weight loss and weight control, increased insulin sensitivity, improves diabetes control, reduces the risk of heart disease, reduces blood cholesterol levels, reduces hunger, keeps you fuller longer, prolongs physical endurance and re-fuels carbohydrate stores after exercise.

The easiest way to eat more Low Glycemic carbohydrates is to simply switch your high GI carbohydrates for lower ones.  For example, eat breakfast cereals based on oats, whole grains and bran.  Choose breads made from whole grains, stone-ground flour and other natural grains. Also, reduce your consumption of white potatoes, white rice and white pastas and choose wild, brown, or basmati rice, whole wheat, vegetable, brown rice pasta and other noodles cooked “al dente”.  Enjoy all types of fruit and vegetables and avoid all products with high fructose corn syrup, such as salad dressing, sweetened drinks, and processed foods.  Soon you will be enjoying all the benefits a Low-Glycemic and Moderate Glycemic diet provides.