Red Tea or Green Tea? Which Best Lets You Burn Fat?

I have often been asked the difference between red tea and green tea and asked which is best to help you lose weight.

First, lets consider what they both are.

Red tea is actually NOT a tea in that it comes from a plant called Camellia sinensis, rather than a traditional tea plant.

Generally, red tea does not have the bitterness of green tea, yet it will retain or even exceed the health benefits of green tea in terms o its antioxidant and cancer-fighting benefits, as well as having weight loss benefits.

It also does not have caffeine

Benefits of Green Tea

There are well known and widespread benefits of drinking green tea, which have been confirmed by some major health research, including Harvard Health.

Among its benefits is the reduction of hypertension, a variety of antioxidants that it carries and its ability to fight cancer or at least play a role in inhibiting cancers in the colon, skin, lung and breast.

But it also plays a key part in losing weight because of its antioxidants, in particular the catechins that green tea contains.

Green tea does contain caffeine, which depends upon the actual tea you’re consuming although it is generally considerably less than the caffeine in black tea, which is around 40 to 130 mg of caffeine in an 8 ounce serving.

Caffeine Content

Green tea does contain caffeine. The exact amount of caffeine in green tea will depend on the specific variety you drink. According to, Stash Premium Green tea contains 26 mg of caffeine per 6-oz. serving. This is a relatively low amount of caffeine compared to black tea, which averages 40 to 120 mg of caffeine per 8-oz. serving, and coffee, which contains 95 to 200 mg per 8-oz. serving. Red tea does not contain any caffeine.

Red Tea – Rooibos

Red tea’s origins, from a member of the legume family in the Cedarberg Mountains of South Africa, provide some particularly potent anti-oxidant and weight losing benefits.

The rooibos antioxidants – aspalathin and nothofagin – are able to reduce the production of fat and also assist in stress reduction, help to regulate blood sugar levels and provide other benefits.

There are also various claims, some supported by strong medical evidence, as to the ability of red tea to prevent heart disease, Alzheimers and other serious medical issues.

My Thoughts

Whilst both green and red tea have significant benefits, the red tea’s considerable power in terms of weight loss is its potent antioxidant properties, which combined with its beneficial side effects make it something of a ‘must have’ in terms of those seeking to lose weight and gain a strong healthy metabolism.

If I was to decide on the ‘Green v. Red’, I think the hands-down favorite would be the Red.

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Are You Missing This One, Vital Weight Loss (And Live Longer) Component To Your Diet?

So would you eat a super food to live longer, remain more healthy, reduce the chance of a heart attack or stroke?

The answer – I presume – is a resounding “Yes!”

A recent report indicated that this food will help you lose weight, reduce your blood pressure and strokes, as well as keeping your cholesterol level down.

That has to be good, right?

Further, the food is inexpensive and readily available.

What is this superfood?

It’s fibre – and a major diet study recently completed indicated that eating fibre is a game-changer, Professor John Cummings told the BBC News in a recent article on the development.

The researchers, at the University of Otago, in New Zealand, and the University of Dundee say people should be eating a minimum of 25g of fibre per day.

But they call this an “adequate” amount for improving health and say there are benefits for pushing past 30g (1oz) of fiber.

Generally people internationally are eating less than 20g of fiber a day – in the UK and US fewer than ten per cent of adults eat the required 30g fibre daily. Men will generally eat more fiber than women, but all need to eat more to remain healthy, stay healthy and lose weight (if they require that).

What other foods have more fiber in them?

You find fiber in fruit and vegetables, some breakfast cereals, breads and pasta that use whole-grains, pulses such as beans, lentils and chickpeas, as well as nuts and seeds.

You also need to take some care with the fiber quantities. Take bananas, for instance, which has only about 3g of fiber when the sugars and water is removed from the fruit.

Fruit and veg

Work to increase your fiber consumption for some powerful health benefits.

Dietary fiber is also known as roughage or bulk, includes the parts of plant foods your body can’t digest or absorb. Unlike other food components, such as fats, proteins or carbohydrates — which your body breaks down and absorbs — fiber isn’t digested by your body. Instead, it passes relatively intact through your stomach, small intestine and colon and out of your body.

Fiber is often classified as soluble, which dissolves in water, or insoluble, which doesn’t dissolve.

  • Soluble fiber. This type of fiber dissolves in water to form a gel-like material. It can help lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Soluble fiber is found in oats, peas, beans, apples, citrus fruits, carrots, barley and psyllium.
  • Insoluble fiber. This type of fiber promotes the movement of material through your digestive system and increases stool bulk, so it can be of benefit to those who struggle with constipation or irregular stools. Whole-wheat flour, wheat bran, nuts, beans and vegetables, such as cauliflower, green beans and potatoes, are good sources of insoluble fiber.

The amount of soluble and insoluble fiber varies in different plant foods. To receive the greatest health benefit, eat a wide variety of high-fiber foods.

So work on increased fiber intake and I have no doubt the science and the dietary benefits will see major benefits on a number of fronts.

The Fat Decimator Review . . And The Thing I HATE About This Diet*

The Fat Decimator – Another ‘blockbuster’ diet from a master diet salesman.  And my big question is whether this is the real deal – or not?  Scam or science-based sense?

And the one thing I HATE about this diet*

When I first heard about the Fat Decimator it was from a subscriber who referred it to me to review because she believed it was something that worked and was effective where others had failed – but something concerned her.

And it concerned me, too.

The problem with diet programs like Decimator is that they tend to come onto the market thick and fast and promise a ton of great, safe results along with a usually colorful backstory.

The Decimator diet seemed to fit that bill to a tee and frankly I tend to swerve past them.  It’s too pat, too well turned out, too hyped and often too little safety in what is being offered.

So What Did I Find?

So what happened, here?  I gave the Fat Decimator to three friends, who also subscribe to my blog and know my feelings on these matters.  I asked them to be brutally frank about what they found and I also wanted to personally look at the results they achieved.

The Fat Decimator Diet or System says it is designed to permit “almost anyone” (he says) to lose  21 pounds in 21 days.

Now, that’s a lot of weight to lose very fast. One of my tenet in fat burning programs is to ensure weight loss is handled safely and (relatively) quickly. Is 21 pounds in 21 days realistic and safe?

It depends on a number of factors – lifestyle, existing weight, dietary issues, metabolism – a host of factors in fact and so such claims can be extravagant and simply incorrect.

Diet Decimator originator, former marine  Kyle Cooper (there’s part of the backstory)  says the program started with his meeting
a Korean medical student while serving in Afghanistan and claims to be revolutionary in the way it goes about burning fat.

Essentially there are three, key elements:

1 Detoxyfying through diet in order to cleanse the body (along with some special foods that may be considered bad, but which can help you
burn fat faster than ever);

2. Exercise routines that permit a boost in metabolism and can rapidly speed up weight loss, and

3. Mindset – the motivation and willpower to permit fast and permanent weight loss.

The Problems

Frankly, a few things gave some cause for concern, including the emphasis on salt as a means to break down food more efficiently.

There have been many, myself included, who have been on something of an anti-salt thing for some time however there is no question that if eaten at the right time and in the right quantities, salt can actually help balance the PH levels in the body and help with the fat burning processes.

It can also help boost energy levels (again, if consumed properly and at the right time).

So that conformed with much of what I have been interested in for some time.  But I also wanted to monitor what my friends, the testers if you like, found about the diet.

Did they lose the weight they sought to?

Well the results showed:  2 lost just under the 21 pounds and one lost 23 pounds in three weeks.

That’s impressive, frankly, but the question is whether the program is sufficient to keep that fat off.  They feel confident, in part because the Decimator permits some favorite foods to be retained.

And that is important in dieting, which is about burning fat rather than muscle.

It complies with another key facet of my ‘dietary beliefs’, which is that losing weight is not all about calories, which is a measure of food energy.

There is much more to losing weight than simply restricting calorie intake, it’s more ‘holistic’ than that, which is something the Decimator program recognises.

Pros and Cons

Pros:  The Fat Decimator dispels the salt myth, which is actually essential to good health and can rapidly assist in burning fat.  I’m glad to see a diet that addresses this and deals with it like this.

It takes a sensible and proven look at the use of some heavy cardio exercises that can be health-damaging

It also has a full money-back guarantee (and essential in my book).

Cons:  The food advice regarding that being advanced is fine so far as it goes, but it’s ‘packaged’ rather than elaborated upon.  Food choices so far as healthy foods go requires comprehensive knowledge and the system tends to oversimplify in my view.

*Oh yes, the thing I HATE about this diet – the sexist nonsense image used to market it.  I’m tired of pretty women looking at men’s abs as a means to sell a diet.  Ughh!

My Verdict – I give this 4.5 stars because the bonuses from the purchase link (an affiliate link) are actually excellent and yours to keep regardless, but the system addresses the 2 issues that have been badly beaten up in the diet business – the salt-attacks and the cardio over-emphasis.  Plus my test group showed pretty impressive results

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A Dozen Stretches You Can Do At Home To Burn Fat Easily!

If you’re like me you want to make burning fat as easy as possible, right?

And that will often mean doing your easy workouts right at home.

Losing weight doesn’t mean you have to work on endless cardio workouts, but you should be doing something else that many people forget – simple, flexibility exercises that will kill several birds with one stone.

Such as –

  • improving blood circulation (great for overall wellness)
  • Improving metabolism (they help balance out the digestive system)
  • Building muscle tone (each exercise helps a different muscle group)
  • Reduce stress (which helps burning fat, unlike a stressed body)

Plus good stetching exercises will set you up better for more rigorous exercise should you wish to progress to those – and it will simply have you losing weight too.

Some of the best I have found, all of which can be done easily at home, are from Bright Side, which put together exercises that offer some great benefits.

I really like these for the multiple benefits, the ease with which they can be done and the fact that they make you feel great, rather like Yoga (done correctly).

So let’s take as look at the home-built exercise regime you can use today.

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1. The Cobra

This stretching exercise targets your shoulders, back, chest, abs, hips, and obliques.

How to perform:

1. Stretch your arms at your sides and lie down on your mat, feet together;

2. Lift your upper body upwards;

3. Lean your head back;

4. Hold this position for 20-30 seconds.

2. Seated Twist

This stretching exercise targets the following areas: your back, abs, and obliques.

How to perform:

1. Sit down on the floor, with one leg stretched in front of you, the other one bent at the knee and crossed over the other.

2. Twist your body towards the bent knee;

3. Keep twisting your body and hold the pose for 20-30 seconds.

3. The Warrior

This exercise targets the following areas: your hips, back, and abs.

How to perform:

1. From a standing position make a big step with your left foot towards the back of your mat. Rotate your left foot 45 degrees towards the center of the mat;

2. Bend your right foot 90 degrees, so that your knee is exactly above your ankle. Keep your back leg straight;

3. Reach your arms towards the ceiling;

4. Hold this pose for 25-30 seconds and then switch legs and repeat.
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4. The Bridge

This pose is effective in targeting the following areas: hips, glutes, legs, and abs.

How to perform:

1. Lie on your back, with your arms stretched at your sides, knees bent 90 degrees;

2. Slowly lift your body upwards;

3. Press your shoulders/upper back to the floor;

4. Hold this pose for 10-15 seconds.

5. Side Lunge

This exercise targets hip flexors, quads, and hamstrings.

How to perform:

1. Lunge your right leg to the side, until the knee is bent 90 degrees;

2. Your left leg is extended towards the left side, your left foot is on the floor;

3. Lean your upper body slightly forward;

4. Hold this pose for 25-30 seconds and then switch sides.

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6. Inner Thigh Stretch

This stretch targets inner thighs and groin muscles.

How to perform:

1. Sit on the floor with your back straight;

2. Bring the soles of your feet together, drop your knees out to the sides;

3. Using your forearms slightly press your knees towards the floor, feeling a gentle stretch;

4. Hold the pose for 25-30 seconds.

7. Knee Squeezes

This stretching targets your upper, middle, and lower back muscles.

How to perform:

1. Lie on your back, then bend both knees and hold them with your arms;

2. Bring the knees towards your chest until you feel a gentle stretch;

3. Hold this pose for 25-30 seconds.

8. Tricep Stretch

This stretching exercise targets your back, shoulders, triceps, and even your abs.

How to perform:

1. Stand tall, with your feet apart, stretch your arms upwards;

2. Bend your right elbow and hold the elbow with your right hand;

3. Gently pull the elbow towards your head;

4. Hold this position for 15-20 seconds, then switch arms.

9. Sitting Side Bend

This stretching exercise targets the following areas: your obliques, your back, your abs, and your shoulders.

How to perform:

1. Sit on the floor with your legs crossed, or you may sit on a chair if it’s more comfortable for you;

2. Lift your left arm straight up above your head, lean it to the left;

3. Feel a gentle stretch in your left side;

4. Hold this position for 10-15 seconds, then switch sides

10. The Bow

This pose targets your abs, your back, and your hips.

How to perform:

1. Lie on your stomach, stretch your arms back and up;

2. Bend your knees and hold your ankles with your hands;

3. Keep the tops of your shoulders away from your ears;

4. Hold this pose for 20-30 seconds.

11. Downward Facing Dog

This pose targets your legs, hips, back, shoulders, and arms.

How to perform:

1. Start on your hands and knees;

2. As you exhale, straighten your arms and knees;

3. Press your heels towards the floor and your head towards your feet;

4. Stay in this pose for 15-20 seconds.

12. The Triangle

This pose targets the following areas: your legs, obliques, hips, shoulders, and chest.

How to perform:

1. Start standing on your mat, spread your feet wide apart (about 4 feet distance between them);

2. Turn your left foot 45 degrees and your right foot 90 degrees;

3. Hold your arms parallel to the floor and start stretching to the left, as if you were trying to reach something;

4. Exhale and bend your body to the left, so that your left hand could touch your ankle or a block if it’s more comfortable;

5. Stretch your right arm towards the sky, keep looking up.

6. Hold this position for 30-35 seconds.

So there they are.  They don’t require any special gear or equipment.

Think about incorporating them into your daily routine and let me know what you think – comment below – please.


How to Burn Fat by Walking . . And Achieve Other Health Benefits


I don’t know about you but walking is hands down one of my favorite forms of exercise.

First I can take my children with me if necessary. Second, I can make myself feel somuch better both phyically and mentally.

And Third, it is a superb way to achieve optimum health.

Walking about 45 minutes mobilizes the body to dip into fat reserves and burn stored fat.

How To Enter the Fat Burning Zone

The fat-burning zone for walkers is achieved when you achieve a heart rate of around 60 – 70 per cent of your maximum heart rate.

is reached when you exercise at an intensity where your heart rate is 60 to 70 percent of your maximum heart rate.

In this zone of exercise intensity, 85 percent of your calories burned are fats, 5 percent are proteins and 10 percent are carbohydrates.

The Optimum Walking Pace

A recent study showed that there is actually an optimum time to walk, which is around 100 steps per minute. That is a brisk but not particularly frenetic pace.

A recent study which was published in June in a special issue of the British Journal of Sports Medicine  looked at walking to decide if there was a good way to assess what is “brisk walking” that can deliver major fat loss and health benefits.

The researchers began by looking for recent, top quality studies that looked and the factors that assessed the appropriate number of steps including assessing heart rate, respiration issues and so forth.

The studies they assessed showed that brisk walking involved a pace of about 2.7 miles per hour. Or put more simply, it required about 100 steps per minute.

You don’t need any special technology to assess that, just count how many steps you take in 10 seconds and multiply by six.

Or count how many steps you take in six seconds and multiply by 10.

The fact is this pace will not feel particularly strenuous.  It’s perfectly achievable and will help deliver some huge health benefits.

(Vigorous walking would be around 130 steps per minute).

The current US federal exercise guidelines suggest 30 minutes of brisk walking most days, which would translate into 3,000 steps taken at the 100-steps-per-minute pace.

If you are ambitious, you also could ramp up the pace so that your walking becomes vigorous but frankly you do not need to.

So get out there!  Start walking to burn fat and achieve a feeling of wellness and health.  You can’t beat it.

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My No Think Diet Review – A No Brainer?

One of the latest diets to hit the internet is the NoThinkDiet from “Dr  and which features a bunch of celebs (well, kind of B-class celebs unless you consider the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to be A-graders.)

And so the marketing features a lot of these people but I’m always interested in the safety and effectiveness of any diet, and the NoThinkDiet is one that requires some actual thinking.

Here’s the essence of the diet – it stresses healthy eating which is my own Number 1 objective in weight loss.  So rather than cutting out foods, the No Think Diet program is designed to help people to eat property.

It is therefore an instruction on how to eat properly to lose weight – which is exactly what a good diet should do (in my opinion).

Nothing wrong with that at all.

Big tick, in fact.

The diet promotes simplicity, which is also good, so long as it all makes sense (from a nutritional and a common sense viewpoint).

There are step by step guidelines, which is easy to follow and provides some sensible tips on how and what to eat.

The diet also works hard to ensure toxins are removed from the body at its commencement, which can hinder weight loss and also reduce your body’s immunity.

This process is good for anyone – whether you’re seeking to shed pounds or not.  Ensuring that toxins are removed from the body is one of the best ways anyone can lose weight.

My focus with my blog is safety first dieting.  Particularly for women wanting to lose weight fast and women who want to lose weight after pregnancy, it is sooo important to practice safe eating and weight loss sensibly.

Sound Diet Tips

One of the things I HATE about some diets is their ability to provide often flaky advice based on supposedly sound scientific and nutritional knowledge, but which are often downright dangerous.

Who wrote the NoThinkDiet?

I do believe it’s so important to know who is writing about nutrition and diets.

Okay, I’m not a qualified nutritionist or doctor, but I have worked and studied to learn as much as many I believe.  And I’ve succeeded in helping people lose weight safely.

The NoThinkDiet is written by Dr Charles Livingston (below), who is well known in the diet business.  He’s also a board certified chiropractic physician, a certified wellness practitioner and also a certified advanced nutritionist.

The No Think Diet is focused on longer term weight loss, which is exactly my philosophy.  There are fast-fix ways to lose weight certainly, but for long term weight loss, the best way is for sound eating and exercise.

Exercise Advice Helps

Similarly, providing good exercise advice is also extremely helpful and the NTD looks at those factors as well.

The exercises in the diet are simple and gentle to start with and do not become at all excessive during the course of the diet routine.  They are very effective in terms of helping build and sustain the fat loss program.

The Pros and Cons

Pros – The NoThinkDiet takes a sensible approach to weight loss based upon good eating practices.  I like that and the tips are good.

It also cleverly introduces exercise in a moderate manner to build in with the sensible eating.  That is great.  Exercise is fundamental to good weight loss that is sustainable.

The diet adds in diet logs and videos which make it easy to follow along in a manner that really makes the whole exercise as simple and painless as possible.

Plus . . very important . . The No Think Diet also provides a sound money back guarantee. Crucial for any product like this.

Cons – I’m not overly fussed on ‘celebrity endorsed’ weight loss systems and frankly it raises my hackles somewhat.  However, that’s life.  What’s more important is whether the system works.  This does.

It costs a (relatively small amount) of money, but the advice is sensible and will shed pounds, so what is a few dollars?

My Verdict – This is as four star system worthy of the investment. Building sensible nutrition with exercise is unquestionably the best way to lose weight and keep it off.

The NoThinkDiet link (affiliate link).

Let me know your own thoughts.  I’d love to hear.




Another benefit of the NoThinkDiet program is the resources that are provided. The program includes video lessons, exercise, and diet logs, allowing clients to check their progress and ensure that they are meeting goals. There is also a convenient section that allows clients to set goals and tick them off as they achieve them – a powerful motivational tool.

Removing Harmful Toxins from the Body

The first two weeks of the eating plan focus in ridding the body of toxins that are in the body. These toxins can be responsible for preventing weight loss and lowering immune function. Once immunity has been lowered, the body becomes defenseless against stress, disease, and low energy levels.

Avoiding Foods that Contain “Hidden” Sugars

Many common food items such as bananas and soy mile contain large amounts of sugar. These sugars can harm the body by disrupting hormone levels. Once the hormone levels are unbalanced, weight loss efforts will be halted.

Easy to Follow Healthy Meal Checklists

Whether eating out or cooking a meal at home, the NoThinkDiet program provides clients with an easy to follow that does not require drastically changing every eating habits. As long as the food choices are nutritious, the body will absorb the odd amount of “unhealthy” food and weight loss efforts will not be derailed.

Foods that Support the Body’s Metabolic Function

The No Think Diet emphasizes the importance of consuming food that promotes overall health. Foods that help the body shed fat quickly and safety are essential. In speeding up the metabolism, more calories will be burned throughout the day.

Moderate Exercise

Consistent exercise can be highly beneficial. No Think Diet suggests that clients include small amounts of exercise into the daily routine. Without having to spend hours at the gym, the program recommends that 30 minutes of exercise 2-3 times a week is advantageous for reaching weight loss goals.

No Think Diet – $47.00

With the purchase of the No Think Diet comes a long list of additional items, all offered at no additional cost. These bonus items include:

– Unlimited Access to NoThinkDiet Weight Loss Community

– Personal Diet Generator

– Recipe Book

With these additional resources, users of the No Think Diet will be able to start their weight loss journey, reaching goals they never thought possible before.

Do I Recommend the NoThinkDiet?  

Yes – with the reservation that it requires sensible eating together with the advice and tips offered.

The Low-Carb Miracle That Beat Fat . . And Aging

How much truth is there in the low-carb diet in terms of weight loss and overall health.

Well, Frankly, I think there is a lot.

And so I was really interested in this article from Diet Doctor on law carb diets, something I have used as part of my own research.

Let me quote from the report –

Many exceptional doctors, researchers and scientists contribute their expertise and knowledge to the global low-carb community. Together they are leading the real food, low-carb high-fat revolution that is contributing to better health and wellness for millions of people worldwide.

What was the personal journey that led these individuals on this path? Each has a unique tale. In this post it’s Dr. Ted Naiman’s story. Dr. Naiman is a low-carb family physician at Seattle’s Virginia Mason Medical Center, who has been coaching his patients in low-carb eating for 20 years.

Dr. Ted Naiman, 45, is the picture of robust health. His webpage and twitter accountfeature a shirtless snapshot of his athletic physique, displaying washboard abs, rippling biceps, and glowing skin.

But when he looks back 20 years, the difference in his own health is remarkable. “The 45-year-old Ted could crush the 25-year-old Ted with his bare hands,” he laughs (see before and after pictures below).

He is now in the best health of his life, but 20 years ago his health was horrible.

Back then Ted had just finished his medical degree at Loma Linda University, a Seventh Day Adventist college in Southern California, and was starting a three year residency in family medicine in South Carolina.

He had been raised in the Adventist tradition in Seattle, in a near-vegetarian household. “It is a diet that, on paper, is supposed to be the best in the world: low in fat, low in saturated fat, low in cholesterol, and really high in whole grains, fruits and vegetables. I always sprinkled wheat germ on my food.”

And yet he felt awful. “I looked like shit and I felt like shit and my health absolutely sucked.”

Health struggles in spite of doing everything ‘right’

In fact, Ted had extensive eczema —”the worst eczema you’ve ever seen” — that regularly cracked and bled. He had episodes of obsessive compulsive disorder that made him count and do actions repetitively, like turning on and off a light switch 20 times in a row. His body composition, he says, was “soft and pudgy.”

He describes himself back then as a non-athletic math nerd, a geek who loved science and chess. He had first completed a mechanical engineering degree because he’d hoped to be an aero-science engineer with Boeing Industries, but the company laid off hundreds of engineers just when he was graduating. “I couldn’t get a job. So I decided on a whim to apply to medical school.”

That engineer’s problem-solving mindset, however, helped shape his approach to medicine. It is no surprise to Ted that he and other engineers like Ivor Cummins and Dave Feldman are now closely examining key issues in metabolic health, helping question the status quo.

“In engineering you have to find out the route-cause analysis. You have to find out why everything is happening. If you can’t figure it out, you have to reverse engineer it backwards to figure it out. You question everything. Medicine is not like that at all. In medicine you are trained by experts, all supposedly smarter than you, who tell you ‘this is how it is done, don’t deviate from this, do exactly what the guidelines say.’ ”

At Loma Linda Medical School, a “vegetarian mecca” he says, his training was that the plant-based, low-fat diet was the key to good health. Since Ted already ate that way — and he considered his health to be poor — the impact for him was to believe that diet actually made little difference to health. Good health, he felt at the time, was largely a function of good luck and good genes.

He continued to hold that belief when he moved to South Carolina for his residency. There, a huge proportion of his patients had diabetes. “Honestly, almost every single patient was fat and sick and dying of diabetes.”

‘Bad luck, bad genes,’ was what he and his colleagues would tell themselves. “That was so we wouldn’t feel like bad doctors. We would pump them full of insulin; they would gain and gain weight; get worse and worse, and I would watch as these people would go blind, go on dialysis, and we literally would cut off their limbs.”

“We told ourselves it wasn’t our fault as doctors that they weren’t getting better — it was their inherited bad genes. We never talked about diet at all.”

A patient sparked his interest in low carb

Then one day a patient came in having lost 30 lbs (14 kg), reversing his diabetes. Ted was astounded. “I said, ‘Oh my God, what did you do? I have to let other patients know about this!’”

The patient had read one of Dr. Robert Atkins’ books and adopted the Atkins diet. Ted remembers telling two of his residency supervisors about the patient’s incredible health improvement. “I said ‘check this guy out. He stopped eating carbs, he lost a lot of weight and his diabetes is way better.”

Ted will never forget the senior doctors’ response: they laughed at him. “They treated me like I was the dumbest person in the world. They said. ‘what do you think happened to his cholesterol? He probably had a heart attack in the parking lot.’ ”

Ted took a closer look at the patient’s results: his triglycerides were better, his high blood pressure had returned to normal, his blood sugar was better, his weight was much better, but yes, the total cholesterol had gone up about 20 points. Didn’t the host of improved results offset the slight rise in cholesterol? His medical colleagues said no. “They basically told me I could not recommend this diet to anyone as it would raise their cholesterol and they would die.”

The incident, and the doctors’ dismissive and disparaging response, intrigued Ted. In his engineering way, he set out to find out what was going on. First he read Atkin’s book; then he tried the diet himself — and miraculously his OCD rapidly disappeared as did his eczema within weeks of being on the diet and has never returned. “I was like, ‘Wow! There is really, really something to this!”

His residency required him to do a research thesis and dissertation on any topic of his choosing. He decided to study the macronutrient components — fat, protein, carbohydrates —and their relation to diet and health.

“I spent hours in the medical library. I read every single article I could find on macronutrients and health in the history of medical literature throughout the world. I wrote this giant paper with all these references. By the time I was done, I was convinced that everybody was eating way too many carbohydrates.”

That was 1997. He soon moved back to Seattle to work as a primary care physicians among 400 doctors at Virginia Mason Medical Centre. He immediately started giving dietary advice to his patients to drastically cut carbohydrates and up fat and protein, soon seeing rapid and incredible results.

“It has been phenomenally rewarding. I have a huge number of patients, hundreds, who have lost 50, 100, or 150 lbs (23-68 kg). I have countless people who have completely reversed their diabetes.

I have seen migraines, anorexia, infertility, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, asthma, acne — even more diseases — all greatly improve, even cured, on this diet. Mental health issues like bipolar, depression, anxiety, OCD, all get much better, too.”

Flying under the radar

For most of the last two decades, however, he has kept very quiet about what he was doing, not drawing attention to it among his other medical colleagues.

“I have never worked with a group of like-minded physicians. For years I have had to fly extremely under the radar with my so-called crazy, nut bag dietary beliefs. For many years I felt on my own, with no medical community support at all.”

In fact, although Ted has a popular website and a very active twitter account, he is still forbidden by his institution to hand out to his patients dietary materials of his own creation or refer them to his own website. “It is just their policy. Everything has to be vetted by the institution and approved by the board.”

In the last few years, that feeling of isolation however, has been disappearing, largely on account of his connections through the internet and social media to other medical professionals and scientists advocating the low-carb lifestyle around the world. “It excites me because it feels like low carb is at a tipping point for sure. People can instantly look at the research and share it; more and more people are educating themselves.”

He refers patients to Diet Doctor daily. His patients are then not only able to get excellent dietary advice, they can link to a global community of experts and even learn from their own doctor in video interviews and other posts, and find their way back to his own website.

“Dr. Naiman has a hugely impressive ability to explain complex health topics with a simple illustration,” says Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, founder of Diet Doctor. “We always aim to make low carb simple here at Diet Doctor, but for even quicker nuggets of nutritional wisdom, Dr. Naiman’s twitter feed is hard to beat.”


An illustration by Dr. Ted Naiman

Ted’s patient testimonials are glowing, too. He has dozens of positives reviews on sites like Vitals and the Virginia Mason website, including these two: “Dr. Naiman is FANTASTIC. He sees his job as not temporarily fixing broken patients but helping patients live the fullest lives possible.” and “I highly recommend Dr. Naiman. I lost my asthma, pre-diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, low HDL, high trigs, and 10 inches (25 cm) off my waist since being in his care.”

While he and his wife deliberately choose to live a low-carb lifestyle, they do not enforce it for their 10-year old daughter. “We are not strict with her at all. We let her eat anything she wants.”

They do, however, fill up their house with high quality food, grass-fed beef, free run eggs, fresh vegetables. And interestingly, their daughter naturally chooses to eat little sugar and almost no snacks. “She just doesn’t want it. At a birthday party she will have one bite of cake and find it way too sweet. She is required by her school to have a snack in her backpack for 10:30 am. She has carried the same unopened beef stick for a year. All the other kids are starving at 10:30 and she is not even remotely hungry.”


By the look of those washboard abs, he must work out constantly? Not at all. He does not have a gym membership, never uses any weight machines. “I have never lifted a bar bell in my life.” He does have a pull up bar installed in his house and does about 15 minutes of body weight resistance exercises —push-up, squats, pull ups. He now has a short daily routine, but he says just 15 minutes three times as week is sufficient.

“I am trying to democratize exercise and prove to my patients that you don’t need any equipment. You don’t need to spend money on trainers, gizmos and gadgets. You don’t need to invest a lot of time. In fact, 100% of my physique is body weight exercises you can do at home in 15 minutes.”

In addition, once a week for about an hour he plays Ultimate Frisbee, mostly for the fun of it. “I am kind of addicted to Ultimate Frisbee,” he says.

Have patients failed on low carb?

Has he seen patients struggle or fail with the low-carb diet? Yes, mostly because they are addicted to carbs and sugar and cannot break themselves of their pull.

“I have realized that a big part of my job is straight up addiction medicine… whether it is nicotine, drugs, alcohol, carbohydrates. Some people are just horribly addicted to carbohydrates. We have some tricks to try to help them. We offer more support like having a nurse try to call them daily. Maybe we say take a picture of what you eat every day and send it to us. We might help with a prescription for a stimulant or use of artificial sweeteners to start. But some have to basically white-knuckle it for months, maybe having nothing sweet at all.”

“But you can get over it. Just like other addictions, you have to fill your life with other stuff that is cooler, that gives you that hit of dopamine, maybe get addicted to exercise or something less damaging.”

Worries on the low-carb horizon

Is there anything that worries him on the horizon of the low-carb world?

“I worry about the schism that might be developing between opinions on the amount of fat and protein portions in the diet.”

Protein consumption has always been important to Ted on his journey. In fact an early, very influential book was Protein Power by Dr. Michael Eades. “I am really indebted to Dr. Eades because when I read it when I was first starting out it really helped me feel like I wasn’t the only crazy doctor out there.”

Ted worries that people are restricting protein too much. “I am firmly on the higher-protein side — I think it is a super power of the diet. Others are on the side of more fat. I don’t want to see a war develop over this.”

Ted thinks the optimal proportion of protein and fat may come down to individual genetic variation “but we are nowhere near figuring that out yet.”

In the end, it should not be that big a deal, he says. “We are all on Team Low Carb.”

And for the first time in 20 years he feels he truly is on a rising team, all taking to the field together. He is no longer an isolated player “all by my lonesome, hanging onto my tattered copies of Protein Power and Atkin’s book.”

By Anne Mullens

Dr. Ted Naiman


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21 Days To Target?

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Well check this out! Brian Flatt, a well known sports nutritionist and personal fitness trainer has created the 3 Week Diet System to guide you through the steps needed for achieving your desired figure, and a stepping stone to start living a fit and healthy life.


What is this program?

You may think that with a diet program that promises a fast weight loss, It will be very extreme. But the 3 Week Diet System is a fresh guide on how to reduce and achieve weight loss in just 21 days! The 3 Week Diet product comes as four diet manuals that take you through a thoroughly tested system that gives real result. All with a doctor’s approval. These manuals are the step by step platform that defines the 3 Weeks Diet.

You can find it a little draining at first, but your body will quickly adjust and actually becomes easier as you move through the 3 week plan.

How does it work?

The 4 guides that make up the 3 Week Diet System needs to be be followed closely to be successful.

  1. Introduction Manual – This manual will explain the “body fat storing and fat burning” and the science behind this diet’s system. It will explain how you gain those stubborn body fats and what you need to do, to get rid of them.

  2. Diet Manual – This manual will help you calculate the excess fat in your body and will ensure you have a personalized diet plan that is right for your current body level. It will teach you the right foods to eat and the foods that you need to avoid.

  3. Workout Manual – Even though diet alone will ensure you lose weight , exercise will speed up that process. The Workout Manual will show you how to increase both the speed and volume of fat you can lose. The manual consists of very specific workouts that can be done at home or in the gym. Brian Flatt has done a good job in choosing the exercises to suit even those that may be short on spare time.

  4. Mindset and Motivation Manual – A You will be familiar with the saying, “when the going gets tough, the tough get going”? Well, with the right mindset and motivation even the not so tough can keep going! The key factor in achieving your goal is to have a healthy mindset and a strong motivation. This manual provides techniques to keep up a positive attitude and inspire you to push it up a notch, and meet the challenge.

PROS: Since the whole diet system is certified by medical doctors, and it’s a proven and tested system. Of course with weight loss comes health benefits and its strong point – real rapid weight loss in only 21 days!

CONS: The 3 Week Diet System manuals come as downloadable PDFs so if you want them to read more convenient you will need to print them out.. Also, there are some supplements recommended which will lead to additional cost.

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BOTTOM LINE: Theoretically, The 3 Week Diet System works effectively. Will everyone hit their target weight in 21 days? I think that may be too tight a target for some people but you should see some great results. The 3 Week Diet system is real, workable, and scientifically supported.

There is a lot of positive feed backs and reviews by those who have tried the system so the results speak for themselves. Plus, the creator, Brian Flatt has included a lot of scientific research and of course approval by doctors. So it would be hard to dismiss this program out of hand. Definitely worth trying this one out.

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Live Healthy Without Removing The Fun

Many people have trouble keeping up with their diet and their exercise routine because it can be tiring or too strict and that can kill your motivation in the long run. This is not new, most weight loss and fitness programs incorporate some level of physical exercise and restrictions on your food intake.

Usually, diet means depriving yourself of a lot of food, mostly your favorite ones. Strict diets can stop you of enjoying your food, and this can be frustrating on it’s own.

Luckily, you don’t have to do those crash diets anymore because Sara J. Brown has come up with a weight loss course that shows you how to live healthy and feel great whilst doing it. Sara is the author and creator of Healthy with Paleo. If you haven’t already heard of the Paleo diet then let me tell you that last year it was the most searched for diet on the internet. It is massively popular.

Also known as the caveman diet the Paleo diet replaces all modern processed foods with those eaten by our caveman ancestors. The reasoning being is that it is the modern foods and processing that is causing much of the dietary diseases and obesity that is prevalent today.


What is Healthy with Paleo?

Healthy with Paleo, is a plan with realistic methods to become healthy and fit. It is an easy step by step guide that is compiled by the author with years of experience, note taking, and research to help you change a your life into a healthier one. No pills, no starvation. Just all natural healthy eating and healthy living

Healthy with Paleo, is divided into 7 modules to help you understand the theory behind the Paleo Diet.

  • Module No. 1 Explains how diet affects your health and why it is important eat the right foods.

  • Module No. 2 Blows through some of the myths and media about Paleo and brings you the facts so that you can make informed decisions.

  • Module No 3 Covers excatly why the Paleo diet should be chosen and the positive effects on both mind and body health.

  • Module No 4 . With the paleo there is a huge importance placed on what you must NOT eat and this module gives the specific food groups you need to avoid.

  • Module No. 5 This module sets out the specific plan for your Healthy Paleo Diet. With Paleo you do need quite a bit of pre-planning and preparation before starting. So this is an important module.

  • Module No. 6 Covers the perfect exercises to go along with your diet and wise advice on how to sustain and maintain your Healthy Paleo Diet.

  • Module No. 7 This module is definitely one to read as it contains a collection of the best recipes for the Paleo diet. Recipes for all occasions appetizer, salads, soup and main courses. I know sounds odd but this chapter is for the foodies (and who isn’t a foodie?)

The information that Healthy With Paleo, shares with you is very easy to follow and can be used by all ages. It is not just a simple diet but a lifestyle change if practiced right. The goal of Sara, is to make Healthy With Paleo, part of a your daily routine.

PROS: Healthy with Paleo, is made simple to follow by the author. It is a diet that encourages you to eat real, whole and nourishing foods just like those of our ancestors, not processed but all natural foods.

CONS: Like most weight loss programs, it is online based and needs to be downloaded and printed for easiest use. Unless you enjoy using an e-reader or tablet to read your online documents.

There is quite a bit of (food) preparation for the Paleo diet and be prepared to throw out any modern processed foods (most tins) and restock your larder with healthier more natural foods.


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Sara J. Brown (Healthy Paleo Diet Author)

BOTTOM LINE: Healthy With Paleo is more of a lifestyle change than a diet. It is not something you do for a few weeks to lose weight. Sure you will lose weight but your new healthy eating is something you should be adopting for the foreseeable future.

On the plus side it does not mean eating less just eating better. It doesn’t take a nutritional expert to read the contents of most tinned and packet foods today to realize they are far from healthy.

The Paleo diet has been extraordinarily popular and Sara personal interpretation will be just as popular I am sure.


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