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 MayoClinic.com, 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.

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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.

Fat Burning Fact #2 – Watch The Post Workout Food

Working out is great – if you’re doing it the right way – but a lot of people vastly over estimate how many calories they’re burning during their squats and treadmill activity.

The result is they eat far more than they should after their workout – rewards, right?

Well, not, actually.

You need to use more moderate exercise as the key to losing fat, rather than frentic activity.

To see how many average calories you’re burning during everyday activities and exercise, check out this chart from the CDC. You can see how easy it is to wipe out the calories burned during a workout with just a few extra nibbles during the day.

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3 Great-Tasting Ice Creams That Are Also Healthy

I don’t know about you, but I love – no ADORE – ice cream and it was one of the big heartaches I faced when losing weight.

Fighting a sugar craving can be a real pain – I understand that.

It’s like everything and everyone is trying to derail your burn fat efforts.

When you get just one small taste of “the good stuff” (aka sugar!), your brain releases neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin that raise your energy levels and flood your body with feel-good sensations.

These feelings make us overeat the sweet stuff, creating more sugar cravings, and make it hard to stay on track. Let this cycle snowball even further and you’ll literally become addicted to sugar.

This is why you can’t have just one bite of that ice cream sandwich, or one spoonful of that pint from the grocery store.

Until now.

Today we’re going to talk about three of my favorite ice cream treats currently on the market.

Unlike traditional ice cream, these sweets are free of overly processed sugars, chemicals, and fake additives. They’re also low in calories so the occasional craving won’t ruin all your hard work.

If you think healthy ice cream sounds about as possible as seeing a unicorn, get ready to be amazed!

Healthy Ice Cream with Halo Top

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When fitness models and athletes started gushing about finally being able to eat ice cream without feeling guilty, I knew this was something I needed to know about.

Touted as “healthy ice cream”, Halo Top is made with only natural ingredients and is low in calories, high in protein, and low in sugar—but tastes just like traditional, fattier ice creams.

Take a look at their comparisons to other not-so-healthy yet popular alternatives:

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So, Halo Top is a fraction of what you’d be eating with traditional ice creams.

It can have as much as double the protein, 25% fewer carbs, an eighth of the fat, and almost 60–75% fewer calories than other pints on the shelf.

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And those three numbers you see on the front side of the carton are the calorie amounts for the entire pint, not just one serving.

So even if you decided to eat the lot, you’d still be looking at one serving size of a normal, high-fat ice cream. Now, I don’t recommend polishing off pints here, but if it happened once in awhile, you wouldn’t hate Halo Top the next day.

How so, you may ask.

Halo Top uses organic stevia and erythritol to sweeten their tasty treats.

Stevia can help lower blood pressure, aid in weight loss, and helps diabetics. When used in ice cream, it’s a great natural sweetener.

Erythritol, on the other hand, is a new sweetener currently gaining popularity in the states.

What is erythritol?

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Erythritol is technically a sugar alcohol.  It’s the type of alcohol found in fruits like grapes and even some fermented foods.

While it’s new to the US, it’s been used in other countries such as Japan for quite some time now.

According to the makers of Halo Top, “Though it’s technically a sugar alcohol, it’s unlike the others because erythritol doesn’t affect blood glucose or cause bloating,” which are some of the chief complaints most of us experience after eating ice cream sweetened with real or artificial sugar.

Even though more research is still needed on erythritol, a study published in PLOS ONE noted that “it doesn’t appear to be toxic to humans. Erythritol is generally recognized as safe, but consuming it in large amounts may cause some side effects.”

So don’t go overboard with your Halo Top. From experience, this is certainly easier said than done since they have a smorgasbord of delicious flavors that are each better than the next.

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On top of that, though these two sugar-alternatives are actually sweeter than regular ol’ sugar, they don’t jack up the calorie or sugar count. So for less calories, you actually get more to satisfy your sugar craving without the spike of insulin.  So that’s good.

Now the key with Halo Top is to leave it on the counter for about 10–30 minutes (depending on your preference) so it has a chance to soften up.

Because Halo Top doesn’t use artificial preservatives, you’ll notice that it freezes over more than typical ice creams. So it’s best to be patient and actually let your treat thaw before enjoying it. Trust me, it will be worth the wait!

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ARCTIC ZERO

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Another sweet snack that’s miles better when thawed: ARCTIC ZERO pints.

These delicious desserts range from 150–300 calories per pint.

If you pick up a pint that’s 150 calories, a serving size is a whopping 35 calories, making it the perfect indulgence for anyone watching their daily calorie intake.

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ARCTIC ZERO is also fat free, lactose and gluten free, certified Kosher, and GMO free. It even ranks as a low glycemic food.

This is perfect for those dealing with gluten or dairy sensitivities, Diabetes, PCOS, or insulin issues in general.

The creators of ARCTIC ZERO claim their treats are “perfect zero-guilt pleasure” and are crafted with premium ingredients that don’t include artificial flavors, sweeteners, or colors.

So let’s take a look at what’s inside these guys:

  1. Whey protein concentrate.
  2. Plant-based stabilizers to keep the consistency creamy (instead of artificial stabilizers)
  3. Monk fruit concentrate, a natural, low glycemic sweetener that’s packed with antioxidants, as mentioned on their site.
  4. Added cane sugar for extra sweetness. Per their site, it’s “GMO-free organic cane sugar [that’s] sun-sweetened in Florida.”
  5. Dash of sea salt
  6. Plant-based natural flavors
  7. Triple filtered and purified water
  8. GMO-free fiber, specifically“Chicory root, known for its prebiotic and blood-sugar-stabilizing properties, [which] is a soluble fiber that comes from a native Mediterranean plant. Sugarcane fiber is an insoluble fiber and helps to aid in digestion.”

ARCTIC ZERO also has a plethora of tasty flavors to choose from.

I’d say that the biggest difference between Halo Top and ARCTIC ZERO is the texture.

Halo Top is much smoother and richer-tasting than ARCTIC ZERO. However, ARCTIC ZERO is like a slightly creamier version of Italian ice, even though the taste is all ice cream. You can’t go wrong with either.

So Delicious Dairy Free Treats

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The last frozen dessert on our list will make you sing if you’re a vegan or following a dairy-free diet. Although you’ll probably love the taste of this treat even if you’re not!

So Delicious has a gluten- and dairy-free line of products including yogurt, coffee creamers, and now, ice cream. They’re all certified organic and are verified as non-GMO.

While their calorie counts aren’t as low as the first two treats on our list, they still come in at less than half the calories, fat, and sugar of traditional ice creams.

In their Mocha Almond Fudge  the ingredients in this pint are all made from pronounceable and whole ingredients, like almonds, coconut oil, and even coffee.

The sweetness comes by way of organic dried cane syrup and fudge sauce, which is made from a combination of cane sugar, water, organic cocoa, tapioca starch, and natural flavor.

In addition, the So Delicious dessert line has continuously expanded so you can now get ice cream made from:

  1. Cashew milk
  2. Coconut milk
  3. Almond milk
  4. Soymilk

With so many options, those with allergies or dietary limitations will still be able to enjoy that ice creamy goodness whenever they want.

So Delicious carries a line of pints, but they also have ice cream sandwiches and fudge bars—made from the same dairy-free alternatives as the pints—which are genius for anyone struggling with portion control.

Some Susie Thoughts

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As with anything in life, moderation is still key here.

Yes, you can technically eat an entire pint with less guilt, but that doesn’t mean you should. This post was not a free pass to the all-you-can-eat healthy ice cream buffet.

For me, these little indulgences are nice to keep in the freezer for when those sugar cravings strike unexpectedly. Remember, just because they’re healthier doesn’t mean it’s any easier to practice self-control.

Luckily, since the ingredients in these treats are not overly processed chemicals or full of sugar, you won’t have as many cravings to battle as you would if you splurged on more conventional ice creams.

 Let me know what you think of these . . and if you know of any more great-tasting ice cream treats that won’t ruin your waistline.

Why I LOOVE Smoothies . . And Why You Should Too

 

I don’t know about you, but I love smoothies.  They’re succulent and filling and weight-reducing – if prepared properly.

I’ve included below seven of the ingredients that will give you some real weight losing health, but one quick question . .

Why are smoothies good for you?

The first point is that you control what you put into a smoothie.

Besides the basics that go into smoothies, you can include powerhouse ingredients to really boost the nutritional value of your smoothie without adding extra calories.

You can also include elements that enhance your weight loss by boosting your metabolic rate, giving you more energy, and filling you up for hours.

They really are a one-stop-weight loss shop.

What I would say is to avoid some ingredients – including dairy, (no, you’re not making a milk shake), canned fruit or veges, fruit juice and some protein powders.

Check the image below for some details from Healthdigezt.com on useful health benefits from key ingredients.

I’m going to give you some great ingredients again soon – so keep tuned.