And the #1 worst carb ever is...

High Fructose Corn Syrup

Although high fructose corn syrup (called HFCS and “corn sugar”) may sound healthy, it actually is anything but. This dirt cheap, chemically-altered sweetener shuts down leptin, a fat-regulating hormone in your body that is responsible for sending “hunger signals” from your stomach to your brain.

Essentially leptin lets you know when you’re full. And when your brain doesn’t get the message, you keep eating and eating and eating while the manufacturers of high fructose corn syrup, and the products that contain it, keep making more and more and more money.

Here’s an example from a recent study. Test subjects were divided into two groups—one was given a glucose (sugar) beverage to add to their diet, while the other group was given a beverage containing high fructose corn syrup to add to their diets. While both test groups gained weight, the group consuming high fructose corn syrup packed on intra-abdominal fat (or belly fat).

Why is that so startling?

It’s because this particular kind of fat causes diabetes and heart disease. So, not only is high fructose corn syrup causing you to eat more than you should, it is literally putting your health at risk.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average American consumes 42 pounds of HFCS a year. That’s more than 75,000 empty calories that have no nutritional value! What’s more, teenagers are consuming 15 to 20 teaspoons of HFCS a day when they need to be eating nutrient-dense foods for growth and lifelong health.

It’s no wonder that The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition says that HFCS use increased by 4,000% between 1970 and 1990. The manufacturers of HFCS really are cashing in big… just like drug dealers… while America is adding belly fat at a very dangerous rate.

Speaking of a drug, have you ever indulged in a sweet dessert that just wouldn’t fill you up no matter how much you ate? One of those treats that you have no self-control over, like, oh, I don’t know… maybe soft drinks, fruit juices, energy drinks, ice cream, pudding, jellies, most “fat-free” foods, chocolate, crackers, cereals, syrups, candies, or desserts? If that’s the case, you may want to check out the food label. Chances are it contains a large amount of high fructose corn syrup.

And remember, on American food labels ingredients are listed in order of the most abundant to the least. So if, for example, you see HFCS listed anywhere in the first five ingredients, that’s very bad. Instead, you’ll want to choose a version that doesn’t contain HFCS at all.

As an alternative to HFCS, I recommend the new zero- or low-calorie sweeteners like truvia™, Z-Sweet®, and Sun Crystals™ that are made with natural sources, such as erythritol and stevia. You can find these at most grocery stores. These natural sweeteners can be used instead of sugar packets in your hot beverages, on oatmeal, and even in baked goods to some extent.

It’s important to remember that you should use all sugar alternatives, even natural ones, sparingly. Let your body learn that it doesn’t need sweets all the time to be satisfied, and you’ll be on the fast track to better health.

Now, while High Fructose Corn Syrup just may be the #1 worst carb ever, does that mean you should be avoiding ALL carbohydrates? Absolutely not! Carbs aren’t the enemy, just like fat isn’t…these nutrients are a healthy part of any wholesome fat-burning diet.

Article about the advantages of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil:

Extra Virgin Olive Oil has always been (and will continue to be) a staple, nutritious, go-to oil for healthy cooking, there\'s a new kid on the block that\'s getting all the attention as of late, and for good reason.

This powerhouse oil is even being touted by \"celebrity\" fitness gurus like Jillian Michaels and Dr. Oz for its metabolism and weightloss benefits, and even more, Hollywood celebrities like Kourtney Kardashian, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, and Angelina Jolie are swearing by its hair, skin, and anti-aging properties!

Well, before we get to that, you may be shocked to learn that this oil is 90% SATURATED FAT...and yes, by most standards it\'s even healthier than extra virgin olive oil.

We\'re talking about Extra Virgin Coconut Oil.

While Extra Virgin Coconut Oil has a higher smoke point than Olive Oil (meaning it can withstand even higher temperatures without being damaged or denatured), its most unique health and fatloss benefits come from a special type of saturated fat that is most abundantly found in coconut oil: Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs).

MCTs are a very unique form of saturated fat that have been shown to possess antioxidant and anti-microbial properties to help fight off aging as well as anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral immune benefits.

Even more, several studies have linked the consumption of Extra Virgin Coconut Oil to smaller waist sizes and another study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found MCTs to be THREE times more effective at raising metabolism than long-chain fatty acids.

Beyond that, coconut oil has been shown to slow digestion, increasing feelings of fullness and stabilizing blood sugar levels. Clearly including this \"super\" oil as part of your nutrition plan carries many benefits and is a win-win all around.

But the type of coconut oil that you choose is very important, as some coconut oils are BAD NEWS for your health (such as hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated coconut oil).

By far, the purest form of coconut oil is Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, and the top researchers and experts recommend 2 - 4 tablespoons daily. The easiest way to get your daily quota of this super fat is to use coconut oil in cooking as you would olive oil or any other oil, in baking, and you can even mix it in your fat-burning protein shakes.

If you don't read anything else today, make sure you read this:

The #1 ingredient killing you dead (and making you fat).

We\'re talking about: Hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated oils.

This ingredient is the code name for \"trans-fats\" and it runs rampant in fried foods and packaged also has been closely linked to these conditions:

Heart Disease...

High Cholesterol...

Alzheimer Disease...

High Blood Pressure...


And how about this one? DEATH.

And that\'s even by consuming just a small amount daily.

What foods most commonly contain trans fats? Here are some of the most common:

French Fries - 14.5 grams of trans fat in the average medium sized order of french fries! Eat that every day and you won\'t be living long. Go with baked sweet potato fries instead.

Margarine and Vegetable Shortening - Anywhere from 30 - 40% trans thank you! Go with organic butter instead.

Fast Food - An original chicken dinner will reward you with 7 grams of trans fat, but it\'s not just the fried\'s even in the desserts! You\'ll find trans fat in almost all heavily processed foods, and there\'s very few foods more processed than fast food!

"ZERO" grams of fat, "ZERO" grams of trans fat or "ZERO" calories on the label: is that TRUE?

When it comes to food labels, manufacturers are very good at finding the loopholes in labeling laws and requirements, and subsequently very good at pulling the wool over YOUR eyes. One such loophole is the manufacturer\'s ability to claim \"zero\" grams of fat, or zero grams of trans fat, or zero calories on the label, when in fact the product does indeed contain plenty of fat, trans fat, and/or calories.

Here\'s the law, and how food manufacturers get around it:

Zero grams of fat or zero grams of trans fat: As long as the food item has less than .5g of fat or trans fat, respectively, the label does not need to claim their existence on the label. In fact, the product can even legally market \"Zero grams of fat!\" or \"0g of trans fat per serving!\"

More on why this is a HUGE problem, and how food manfacturers deepen this loophole in just a minute.

Zero calories per serving: As long as the food item has less than 5 calories per serving, it can be rounded down and labeled 0 calories.

Deepening the Loophole with Unrealistic Serving Sizes

While .5g of fat or 5 calories may not seem like a big deal, remember that these values are \"per serving\", and while an entire package, box, can, or bottle of a product may contain hundreds of calories and loads of fat, as long as they can divide that package into small enough servings to meet the calorie and gram requirements to claim zero, it\'s legal.

Legal AND deceptive as hell.

We don\'t know about you, but we get angry when we see food manufacturers outright LYING to consumers on their labels and in the nutrition facts. Some of these products should change the Nutrition Facts header to \"Nutrition Lies\" and it\'d actually be a lot more accurate.

ere are our \"Top 3 Violators\" of this deceptive food labeling practice.

1. Cooking Sprays and Butter Sprays - Cooking sprays are labeled as fat-free but their first ingredient is oil, which is 100% fat. How in the world can this be? Well, the serving size is 1/5th of a second. What? Last time we used a cooking spray (some of the organic ones are useful) it took about 3 seconds to lightly coat the surface of the pan. Well, according to the manufacturer, we just used 15 servings.

Bottom line, no one uses the ridiculous and absurd microscopic 1/5th of second spray suggested serving, which isn\'t nearly enough product to be of practical use.

Cooking sprays aren\'t fat-free...they are nearly 100% fat. In my example above, a realistic serving actually contains around 5 grams of fat and 45 calories. A far cry from the 0 number reported on their nutrition facts.

Same goes for butter sprays, which are 90%+ fat in most cases. For example, one popular brand of butter spray contains over 800 calories and 90g of fat per bottle, yet it\'s labeled as a fat-free, calorie-free product! Yeah, right!

The serving size? One spray. Let\'s get real one is using one spray, or five sprays, or 10 sprays. In fact, twenty-five sprays equals just one teaspoon, when the servings size for regular butter is 1 tablespoon. When you balance out the serving size to be the same as a serving of butter, you\'re looking at 75 sprays to get the same amount.

2. Artificial sweeteners - Not only are artificial sweeteners bad news for you health, but they\'re also a top violator of \"calorie free\" deceptive labeling practices. Many brands of artificial sweeteners use maltodextrin and/or dextrose (which is pure sugar) as fillers in each packet, and each packet can legally contain up to a full gram of sugar and 5 calories and still be labeled as calorie free.

We\'ve seen people put 3 - 5 packets of this stuff in their coffee or on their cereal...hardly calorie free and even worse, maltodextrin and dextrose are two of the biggest insulin-spiking carbs around -- the entire reason people choose artificial sweeteners over sugar in the first place!

3. Any food that contains \"partially hydrogenated\" oils in the ingredient list, period. Bottom line, you should have a zero-tolerance attitude toward trans fats. They are the most health-derailing nutrient known to man, and you should be truly consuming ZERO grams per day.

7 Simple Steps to Making the Ultimate Fat-Burning Salad (Every Time):

If you\'re like us, you love eating a LOT of food. One of the best ways to OVEREAT while on a diet is by enjoying huge, delicious salads regularly.

Here\'s our 7-Step, Fool-Proof Method for building the ultimate fat-burning salad each and every time:

1. Get a huge bowl (no... bigger)

2. Fill it with salad greens (spinach, romaine, spring mix, etc)

3. Add other veggies (carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, eggplant, onions, peppers, etc)

4. Optional - add a healthy carb source (berries, apples, chickpeas, quinoa, etc)

5. Add a protein source (chicken, beef, pork, lamb, etc)

6. Optional - Add a healthy fat source (organic eggs, organic cheese, avocado, etc)

7. Use a homemade dressing w/ vinegar, olive oil & seasonings

It\'s a simple as that! In fact, it\'s EXTREMELY EASY to make a huge salad (one that you probably couldn\'t even finish) that comes in at less than 400 calories... and when you understand how it make it the right way, with delicious foods like those listed above, you\'ll never feel deprived and you\'ll learn to fall in love with eating loads of satisfying food while blasting that unwanted belly bulge at the same time!

What is Leptin?

Leptin is a hormone that is tied closely to regulating energy intake and expenditure, including appetite, metabolism and hunger. It is the single most important hormone when it comes to understanding why we feel hungry or full. When present in high levels, it signals to our brain that we’re full and can stop eating. When low, we feel hungry and crave food. It does this by stimulating receptors in our hypothalamus, the part of our brains which regulates the hormone system in our bodies. When leptin binds to receptors in this part of our brains, it stimulates the release of appetite-suppressing chemicals. People with leptin disorders eat uncontrollably.

Now here’s the strange part. Leptin is produced mostly by our adipose tissue – aka our fat. The level of circulating leptin is directly proportional to the total amount of fat in the body. That means the more fat you have, the greater the amount of leptin you have. It may seem counter-intuitive, but it makes sense in the end when we consider how yo-yo dieting tends to be. It takes some time for your body to adjust to large changes in body fat levels when it comes to leptin.

So when you lose a lot of weight quick, via liposuction or serious calorie restriction, your leptin levels plummet. Subsequently, you get hungrier, your thyroid decreases output and your metabolic rate drops. Your body then increases catabolic hormone activity and appetite, making you tend to slip off your regime and gain all that weight right back. That’s why crash diets are often ineffective – your leptin won’t let you eat less, and even if you do, you’re lethargic and your metabolic rate slows way down.

Of course, just because it makes things difficult for dieting, leptin levels are far more sensitive to starvation than overeating. So when you cut caloires and start to burn fat, the leptin levels in your body plummet, but when you eat too much they don’t skyrocket – although they do increase. Leptin levels increase with increased insulin levels, like right after eat, and when our body is storing energy. Keeping this in mind, in general, can help you eat healthier and loser weight in the long run.

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