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Adrenal Fatigue? Cortisol BELLY FAT? The REAL TRUTH and Facts about what may be causing Weight Gain!

Getting Rid of the “Belly Beast”– Cortisol Belly Fat Facts and how they are caused  by Adrenal Fatigue…

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Quotes from: Wilson, J. A. (2001). Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st
Century Stress Syndrome.
Petaluma, CA:Smart Publications.

 SHOCKED THAT I HAVE ADRENAL FATIGUE: My story…

I had never heard about Adrenal Fatigue until I had my hormones tested. THEN the alarming truth surfaced when I learned that my cortisol levels (affected by adrenal glands) were malfunctioning and ultimately contributing to my muffin top. UGH! I must get rid of the belly beast and will do what it takes once and for all to conquer this. So here is my story and adrenal health 101 facts and advice on this….

So I am writing this to alert my blog readers that if you feel like you cannot lose weight and are eating a normal diet, then please note “this is not your fault if you have adrenal fatigue that is sabotaging your success by lowering your metabolism. PLEASE READ ON…

This important information is significant and should be taken to heart by everyone! The news is out that stress is contributing to a spike in cortisol which can affect and create a condition known as adrenal fatigue. This in turn may cause many health problems like bloating, extreme fatigue and depression, weight gain (especially middle section), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, foggy thinking,  lack of sex drive, and even Alzheimer’s. There are easy solutions to correcting the imbalance and restoring your body to “balance” regaining your energy and life again including weight loss!

The adrenal glands sit over the kidneys, where they play a significant role in the body, secreting more than 50 hormones necessary for life, including epinephrine (adrenaline), cortisol, dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), progesterone and testosterone. Since they produce so many essential hormones, the adrenal glands are responsible for many of the functions we need to stay alive and healthy, including:

  • Energy production — carbohydrate, protein and fat conversion to blood glucose for energy
  • Fluid and electrolyte balance
  • Fat storage

One hormone in particular, cortisol, is extremely important for keeping our body systems in balance, as well as protecting our cells. For example:

  • It controls the strength of the immune system: Too much cortisol weakens the immune system, setting the motions for increased susceptibility to infections and cancer, while too little leads to an overactive immune system and autoimmune disease.
  • It normalizes blood sugar.
  • It regulates blood pressure.

These small but mighty glands also work with other hormones and systems in what Dr. Wilson calls a “symphony.” As he points out, when one part of this symphony drops out, such as what happens after menopause for women and andropause for men, the adrenal glands have to pick up the slack by producing larger amounts of sex hormones. Because of this, Wilson claims, good adrenal gland function is linked to longevity.

Contact beckylgould@gmail.com for information on how to restore adrenal function

Unfortunately, the adrenal glands’ health is paradoxical. As the manufacturer of adrenaline, they are the “glands of stress,” but are also the first glands to fail during prolonged or intense periods of stress. The problem with stressors is that they are “cumulative,” in the sense that their impact tends to add up in the body over time until your adrenal glands (and probably your mental state) just can’t take anymore. “One more stress is the stress that breaks the camel’s back,” Dr. Wilson says. , or when the adrenal glands can’t deal with the amount of stress they’re given. Adrenal fatigue used to be rare, but is now all too common because of our lack of relaxation and other lifestyle factors, such as smoking, sleep deprivation, poor eating habits and excessive caffeine intake, as well as allergies.

Diagnosing (and misdiagnosing) adrenal fatigue

To make matters worse, doctors often don’t diagnose this problem. Dr. Wilson offers the example of a woman who has been to 37 doctors before finally receiving proper diagnosis and a renewed sense of hope. So, why don’t doctors recognize adrenal fatigue? In medical school, they are only taught to look for extreme adrenal malfunction — Addison’s Disease, which occurs when the glands produce far too little cortisol, and Cushing’s Syndrome, which stems from excessive cortisol production. They check adrenal function by testing ACTH levels, using a bell curve to recognize abnormal levels. This is where the problem occurs. ACTH tests only consider the top and bottom 2 percent of the curve abnormal, yet symptoms of adrenal malfunction occur after 15 percent of the mean on both sides of the curve. In other words, your adrenal glands can be functioning 20 percent below the mean and the rest of your body experiencing symptoms of adrenal fatigue, yet most mainstream physicians won’t recognize that you have a problem.

Fortunately, there are ways you can test yourself for adrenal fatigue. To start off, go ahead and “check off” the symptoms you have been experiencing.

Symptoms of adrenal fatigue:

  • Morning fatigue — You don’t really seem to “wake up”., even if you’ve been awake since  6 a.m.
  • Weight gain in mid upper section that is hard to the touch and you cannot get rid of despite exercise and diet.
  • Afternoon “low” (feelings of sleepiness or clouded thinking) from 2 to 4 p.m.
  • Cold hands or feet
  • Burst of energy at 6 p.m. — You finally feel better from your afternoon lull.
  • Sleepiness at 9 to 10 p.m. — However, you resist going to sleep.
  • Wake up during the night.
  • Cravings for foods high in salt and fat
  • Increased PMS or menopausal symptoms
  • Mild depression
  • Lack of energy
  • Decreased ability to handle stress
  • Muscular weakness
  • Increased allergies and seem to get respiratory illnesses or other more frequently
  • Lightheadedness when getting up from a sitting or laying down position
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Frequent sighing/ yawning

For information on easy ways to reverse adrenal fatigue contact beckylgould@gmail.com

The best test to determine if you have adrenal fatigue is by doing a salivary cortisol test. You don’t need a prescription for the exam. In fact, you can even buy the test online, do it at home and send in your sample to a lab for the results. Dr. Wilson is very positive about the effectiveness of the salivary cortisol test in diagnosing adrenal fatigue. It is so valid and accepted that Plan B Medicare covers it and “they don’t want to cover anything they don’t have to,” he quips. If you don’t have insurance, rest assured that this non-invasive test is also very affordable.

Treatment of adrenal fatigue

“Optimal adrenal health is one of the major keys to the enjoyment of life,” according to Dr. Wilson. If you have adrenal fatigue, you can fully live life again by making the necessary lifestyle and dietary changes to treat your disorder. For holistic alternatives contact beckylgould@gmail.com or with any questions

Treating adrenal fatigue is as easy as:

  • Lying down during your work breaks (preferably at 10 a.m. and again anytime from 3 to 5 p.m.)
  • Sleeping until 9 a.m. as often as possible
  • Laughing- very theraputic
  • Exercising- even mile exercise helps
  • Taking negative people out of your life
  • Eating regular meals
  • Chewing well
  • Doing something fun each day
  • Combining unrefined carbohydrates with protein and oils
  • Avoiding junk food
  • Eating five to six servings of vegetables each day
  • Taking calcium and magnesium supplements
  • Adding sea salt to your diet
  • Taking 2,000 to 5,000 milligrams of vitamin C each day
  • Supplementing vitamin E with mixed tocopherols
  • Taking B-complex supplements that are high in B6 and pantothenic acid
  • Adding licorice root extract to your dietary supplement regimen

The good news it that I am taking steps to correct my adrenal fatigue and so can you! Without a strong adrenal gland we set ourselves up for health problems. Contact me at  beckylgould@gmail.com   more information and resourses to help you increase function of adrenal and optomize your metabolism and health.

This article was featured using quotes and information from:

Wilson, J. A. (2001). Adrenal Fatigue: The 21st
Century Stress Syndrome.
Petaluma, CA:Smart Publications.

Many blessings for health and happiness-

Becky G

Green Coffee Bean Extract with GCA BLOCKS Calorie Absorbtion and BURNS FAT- New “PROVEN” Human Study Results!!!

This article posts the results of the latest human study on Green Coffee Bean Extract that came out June 2012. It is SO amazing and exciting! This is  NOT HYPE, I PROMISE! You already know me by now, that I am all about finding out the TRUTH! The results in the study are making me smile cheek to cheek! The facts are quite astonishing.  But not all green coffee is working. Why is THIS PRODUCT the “HERO” while others are not  working for weight loss??? Dr Oz recommended only 2 manufactures, 1 with Svetol and the other patented product with GCA.  Seems that not all chlorogenic acid from green coffee is created equal. So if your green coffee product has failed you, read on to discover why that may be, and what we now KNOW is the answer to weight loss…If you would like the name of the 2 products that Dr Oz recommends please contact me at beckylgould@gmail.com (we cannot post names on this site)To be quite frank, I  am tired of all of the HYPE and would like to know who I can trust! Between the media, various vitamin supplement companies, and Dr. Oz recommendations I am so confused at what is truthful anymore. It seems that many recommendations are being offered up to the public, but how do we KNOW that they work? This is the BIG question we are all waiting patiently for! Does Green Coffee Bean Extract REALLY WORK???

Well, today my answer came to me in my mail box from my #1 supplement company!  The FACTUAL DATA that I have been looking for is sitting right in front of me in the form of a press release about an official green coffee bean human study! Plus, although Dr Oz did not mention any specific names of manufactures he recommends, he did mention that there were ONLY 2 he would recommend. They both hold patents-trademarks on their products and one of them is the product used in this successful study.

The amazing company that conducted this live study is a non-profit organization that is focused on ending the obesity epidemic and the problems associated with it. The company has been awarded TONS of funding to conduct scientific studies to breakthrough this problem. So I am here to inform you that the results from the most recent study on Green Bean Coffee Extract WITH GCA is very positive! Here it is….

WARNING:  Now, before you run off and purchase a case of green coffee bean extract product, please note that there was a specific PATENTED BRAND of product used in this weight loss study. I don’t know about you, but I want some of this brand and not some other brand that has not been tested.  This is the truth: I found out how to get this THIS EXACT PRODUCT that was used in this study and is PROVEN TO DELIVER WEIGHT LOSS RESULTS.  If I don’t buy it up all for myself, I will share this with you. I don’t know about you, but I cannot wait to become a part of the weight loss statistics! I am banking my money on this product based on factual data, and not investing in other companies that are offering “hope in a bottle” by stuffing coffee mocha into a capsule. This is the REAL DEAL, readers! So smile, kick your feet up, today is the day we have all been waiting for!  Let’s celebrate and take our cover-ups off for skinner and healthier future! READ ON……

Investigation: Chlorogenic Acid COMPOUND VS Chorogenic EXTRACT from Green Coffee Beans?

To investigate the weight-reducing effect that had been shown in roasted and brewed coffee, scientists turned to compounds extracted directly from green coffee beans. The green coffee beans contain higher amounts of chlorogenic acid and other polyphenol compounds that are substantially lost during the roasting   process that turns them brown.

Investigators tested two agents first on mice: The 1st agent was chlorogenic acid  from green coffee bean “COMPOUND” and 2nd was another agent, green coffee bean “EXTRACT”. They found that chlorogenic acid COMPOUND alone showed a moderate weight-reducing effect. However, the green coffee bean EXTRACT with GCA  produced much greater weight loss.13 This was attributed to its ability to inhibit the absorption of fats from the intestine and enhance fat metabolism in the liver.1

 Compelling Weight-Loss Results with “CROSSOVER STUDY”

To determine conclusively that green coffee bean EXTRACT has a potent anti-obesity benefit, scientists set up a study of rigorous design: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, linear dose, crossover study on humans.

In a crossover study,  participants are cycled through different phases of treatment and placebo. In this case, subjects took a high dose of green coffee bean extract with GCA patented product for 6 weeks, a lower dose green coffee bean extract for 6 weeks, and a placebo for 6 weeks in a randomized, double-blind manner.  Between phases, there was a 2-week “washout” period, making the entire study 22 weeks long.

Crossover studies are considered sound,  because each person in the test group serves as his or her own control. This improves the chances of getting an accurate result, because it eliminates the possibility of the outcome reflecting a difference between the active and control groups.  Instead, any difference in results can be attributed with much greater  confidence to the different supplements taken.

To ensure the findings were more representative, the investigation enlisted both men and women.

Participants were restricted to those who were classified by their BMI as obese or pre-obese, because those who have these conditions are subject to obesity’s metabolic effects and find weight loss difficult to achieve.

To avoid any confounding effect from drugs, subjects were excluded if they had taken any medications known to influence weight during the previous 6 months.

To further ensure that any effect on weight, body fat or BMI could be solely attributed to the extract, there were no significant changes in dietary calories or in the dietary percentages of carbohydrates, fat, and proteins at any time during the study. There were also no significant changes in exercise.  The daily capsules were the only intervention, although in a non-study situation, people seeking weight reduction would ideally combine this intervention with lower calorie consumption and greater physical activity to   promote maximum weight loss.

During the high-dose phase, subjects took 400 mg of green coffee bean extract, three times daily. The lower dose phase included 400 mg of extract, taken twice daily. The placebo phase involved a 400 mg dose three times daily of an inert capsule containing an inactive substance.

If you would like more information green coffee bean extract with GCA the subjects were given contact  beckylgould@gmail.com

In June 2012, the scientists reported the   striking results.

Although there were no changes in calorie intake or exercise over the 22-week trial, the investigators found that all subjects experienced an impressive reduction in  body weight, BMI, and body fat during both the high-dose and low-dose phases of the study, but not in the placebo phase!After just 12 weeks  of administering 400 mg green coffee bean extract GCA three times a day over the course of the 22-week study, the scientists found that:

  • Weight decreased by over 17.6 pounds on average—with some subjects losing more than 22.7 pounds!
  • BMI decreased by an average of 2.92!
  • Body fat decreased by an average 4.44%, with some subjects losing 6.44% of their body fat!
  • Heart rate decreased by a significant average of 2.56 beats per minute!

The substantial anti-obesity impact was clearly reflected in the finding that a remarkable 37% of participants who were assessed as having pre-obesity (25-30 BMI) at the start of the study had their condition reversed to the  normal-weight range!

A study follow-up showed that, contrasting with food-restriction diets, a surprising 87.5% of the test subjects were able to maintain their weight loss after completing the study. No side effects were observed.

If you would more information on Green Coffee Bean Extract GCA product used in this study contact beckylgould@gmail.com

Exploring the Biochemical Mechanisms

Research into exactly how green coffee bean extract produces its dramatic pound-shedding effect is in its early stages. However, existing evidence indicates that this powerful coffee extract has the ability to safely decrease the intestinal uptake of glucose, fats, and carbohydrates—and reduce the absorption of   calories! Research shows that it also interferes with glucose transport and the production and storage of fats; and promotes utilization of glucose and breakdown of fats. Scientists speculate that its multiple   biochemical mechanisms may work to:

  • Inhibit the enzyme amylase, which would decrease the gastrointestinal tract absorption of sugar and calories
  • Interfere with glucose-6-phosphatase, an enzyme involved in creation of often surplus blood glucose from protein and fats
  • Suppress accumulation of hepatic triglycerides
  • Alter body-fat distribution
  • Downregulate fatty acid and cholesterol biosynthesis
  • Upregulate fatty acid oxidation and expression of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha (PPAR-alpha), a key regulator of lipids and glucose
  • Interfere with glucose transport
  • Inhibit pancreatic lipase, an enzyme that breaks down fats in the digestive tract
  • Retard absorption of fats from the intestine, and activate fat metabolism in the liver
  • Enhance energy metabolism
  • Reduce lipogenesis and fat accumulation by downregulating sterol regulatory element-binding protein and similar molecules
  • Inhibit the enzyme alpha-glucosidase, which breaks apart complex sugars and enhances their absorption into the blood
  • Increase the signal protein for insulin receptors in liver cells, increasing insulin sensitivity and decreasing glucose levels
  • Antagonize glucose uptake in the proximal small intestine, shifting absorption to more distal regions of the small intestine, thus reducing overall glucose uptake
  • Promote synthesis of the homeodomain transcription factor IDX-1, which helps the insulin-regulating beta cells respond to increases in plasma glucose
  • Promote dispersal of the sodium ion (Na+) electrochemical gradient, in turn reducing glucose absorption
  • Enhance whole-body metabolism, as shown by greater consumption

Whatever the mechanism through which green coffee bean extract delivers its beneficial effects, it has been shown to have a unique anti-obesity benefit: it substantially reduces body weight and body fat—even without a change in exercise or calorie consumption.

Summary

Obesity increases the risk of chronic diseases and puts its victims at a 200-300% greater risk of death.3,4

The good news is that scientists have found that green coffee bean extract can intervene in a unique way to inhibit the process behind obesity. Its compounds can reduce levels of fat11-16 and glucose14,15,17-27 in the body—and can decrease the absorption of calories!10

In a recent, placebo-controlled study on humans, green coffee bean extract decreased weight by a remarkable average of over 17.6 pounds!28 And 37% of participants reversed their pre-obesity status back to the normal-weight range!28 These results confirm  that green coffee bean extract is a unique and potent intervention to halt obesity.

If you have any questions on the scientific content of this article, or would like to know what brand of green coffee bean extract was used in this study contact   beckylgould@gmail.com

About Becky G:
Becky G is a registered distributor for the company that has conducted this study. Although Dr Oz did not come out and mention the name of this company, he endorses this patented Green Coffee Extract as 1 out of 2 products that people should purchase because of the regulation adn patent of the product with GCA.

Becky works with one of the most reputable companies in the world, working towards finding a cure for the obesity & type II diabetes epidemic. She began her mission with Vitamin Advocates because she was personally “duped”, purchasing a fake product from a less then honest company. So she set to discover the truth about supplements and the manufacturers that make them. Shortly thereafter, she decided to create a safe haven website for blog readers so that they can find trustworthy products and be personally advised on an what products are best for each persons individual health needs. Her motto is “always be transparent to others and have the ultimate goal of expressing genuine kindness, compassion, and honesty in every endeavor.”

Becky started the Vitamin Advocate website after being accepted by this company (that conducted the study) as an official distributor for their product line. She was honored to represent the product line that she trusts most and to have the privilege to work along side people she admires in the supplement industry. Her site has helped others become employed as well as to be able to give back to the non-profit mission.  She writes her blog as hobby and also sees it as a way to connect to others that struggle with eating disorders, weight loss issues, menopause, diabetes, and other health related issues. She has survived and recovered almost completely from a spinal cord injury that nearly left her lifeless and she attributes this to her quest for cellular re-growth and through usage of alternative health products. She has also recovered from an eating disorder, bulimia, which she struggled with for over 10 years. She has 3 kids and is married to a wonderful man who is type 1 diabetic since the age of 8. Becky’s son is one of the longest living heart transplants in the world (25years). He continues to teach her that it is the quality of life that matters most and that life is too short to worry about the small stuff! Her goal is to help improve the quality of life by providing resources that help family members, friends, and blog readers. Her life goal is to be able to provide holistic care and products to those that cannot afford to do so.

If you have any questions at all for Becky, please email her directly at beckylgould@gmail.com and she will address your question, comment, or concern.

References for the study
1. Available at: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en/. Accessed on April 24, 2012.2. Adams KF, Schatzkin   A, Harris TB, et al. Overweight, obesity, and mortality in a large   prospective cohort of persons 50 to 71 years old. N Engl J Med. 2006   August 24;355(8):763-78.3. Available at : http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/1/61/49716427.pdf. Accessed April 24, 2012.4. Conway B, Rene A.   Obesity as a disease: no lightweight matter. Obes Rev. 2004 3:145-51.5. Ouchi N, Ohashi K,   Shibata R, Murohara T. Adipocytokines and obesity-linked disorders. Nagoya   J Med Sci. 2012 Feb;74(1-2):19-30.6. Larson-Meyer DE,   Heilbronn LK, Redman LM, et al. Effect of calorie restriction with or without   exercise on insulin sensitivity, beta-cell function, fat cell size, and   ectopic lipid in overweight subjects. Diabetes Care. 2006   Jun;29(6):1337-44.7. Kant AK, Graubard   BI. Secular trends in patterns of self-reported food consumption of adult   Americans: NHANES 1971-1975 to NHANES 1999-2002. Am J Clin Nutr. 2006   Nov;84(5):1215-23.8. Bagnol D, Al-Shamma   HA, Behan D, Whelan K, Grottick AJ. Diet-induced models of obesity (DIO) in   rodents. Curr Protoc Neurosci. 2012 Apr;Chapter 9:Unit9.38.9.   Fair AM, Montgomery K. Energy balance, physical activity, and cancer risk. Methods   Mol Biol. 2009;472:57-88.&7-keto, raspberry ketone, forskolin, saffron, Dr Oz, taking 7 keto and green coffee bean extract, taking raspberry ketone and green coffee extract, raspberry ketone and 7 keto, weight loss supplements, biggest loser, life Extension

The Saffron Phenomenon- Proven to have Profound Effect on Weight Loss…”Now Considered a Scientific Breakthrough!”

Saffron- the new “FEEL GOOD” medicine for weight loss!

This is SO exciting! Now it really makes sense to me why I often had those cravings for carbs! This article explains how carbohydrates act as a serotonin trigger, which makes us feel happy, peaceful, & content! No wonder we love them! So the reason that our brain and body crave carbs is because it wants that RUSH of a GOOD feeling that our brain is longing for AGAIN and AGAIN!  So now there is a natural alternative to getting the serotonin “high” WITHOUT getting the calories! So obviously, if we take Saffron, the  “feel-good pill”, then we no longer need the food to get that feeling we so desire…Make sense? Read on about this new proven scientific breakthrough… this IS EXCITING!

– It’s a phenomenon that as modern science progresses, mother nature is consistently found to produce some of the healthiest and most effective chemical compounds available. Turns out this new finding shows that one of the promising and powerful chemical may have been in our kitchen all along. Researchers have recently found in a weight loss study that the participant had a significant improvement in weight loss due to taking an extract derived from the commonly known spice, Saffron.

The compound Satiereal, or more commonly known as Saffron Extract, had a tremendous effect on serotonin levels in the brain. Saffron Extract works as a hunger suppressant and seems curb appetites by boosting serotonin levels. Weight issues often times are a result of over eating and frequent snacking. Carbohydrates and simple sugars react in the similar way to saffron extract by triggering a serotonin response in the brain that gives a sense of calm. The major difference, however, is not consuming the extra calories. Participants in the study found that overall were less hungry and experienced noticeable difference in their hunger cravings.

A second response to the participants was an improvement in their overall mood. Both participants and researchers a like noted a remarkable difference in the mood and attitude during the course of the study. Researchers attributed the improvement as another benefit of saffron extract effect on serotonin levels. In fact, many anti-depressants are made to increase levels in the brain.

Because saffron is considered to be one of the most expensive spices in the world, producers have isolated the extract to allow for proper dosage. Saffron extract supplements have been made not only improve weight loss but to feel better. The saffron extract that has been isolated is extracted using scientific method to isolate the raw component condense, and make it consumable. It does not come without a cost, though, as it is expensive and sensitive extraction method. Satiereal is patented and therefore, is a rare commodity. For information on manufacturers that extract and sell the patented Satiereal Saffon contact beckylgould@gmail.com

All the recent findings support the fact that saffron has been used for centuries in the Middle East and Europe has a high sought after for the benefits on vitality and as a remedy for cough, asthma, and better skin.

The weight reduction results are extremely promising for Saffron – lose weight by being less hungry and experience an elevation in moods. Though Saffron extract should always be part of a healthy diet and exercise routine; this is a breakthrough finding that can have a profound effect on individuals who struggle with weight loss and food cravings. It is also proven effective for mild depression. All in all, scientists are excited about this new breakthrough and you can expect to hear more about studies conducted on human subjects, especially diabetics. We are hoping that this breakthrough may aid in the diabetes epidemic and reduce childhood obesity. The results are favorable!

For more information on Saffron Extract and what it can do, contact beckylgould@gmail.com

Also, there have been positive results reported when taking Saffron and an additional metabolism booster such as Raspberry Ketone, 7-Keto, Green Coffee Bean Extract, or CLA.

Talk to your physician prior to taking any products. Discuss drug interactions. Be Safe…

 

 

Fact or Fiction? “Saffron will Kill your Cravings and Cure your FOOD Addiction”…The Real Truth!!!

Fact or Fiction? “Saffron will CURE your Food Addiction FOREVER”…what is the REAL TRUTH?

Do you find yourself routinely eating more than you mean to? Struggle with weight gain because you can’t exercise “portion control?” Feel bad about it—but can’t stop yourself from snacking? You are NOT ALONE!

In other words, have you ever gotten the feeling that food is addictive?

According to the latest scientific findings, YOU’RE RIGHT—and a novel natural intervention may now help you bring those urges under control.

In a historic study published earlier this year, a team of researchers demonstrated for the first time that the underlying biomolecular mechanisms driving millions to overeat are identical to those that lock people into the death spiral of cocaine and heroin addiction. Yes, FOOD can be just as addicting as hard core drugs!

COMPULSIVE EATTING is about the BRAIN, not our WILLPOWER…

But this landmark discovery confirms what many clinicians have long suspected: compulsive eating is as much a matter of brain chemistry as behavior.

Of course, no drug exists that can regulate appetite and induce weight loss without significant health risks. Some have proven disastrous like Fen-phen.

The exciting news is a natural appetite regulator, Saffron, has been identified that operates at the neurochemical level to help provoke “satiety”—the feeling of being full. This unique extract is derived from saffron, prized for centuries not only as a spice but also as a mood enhancer in traditional cultures.

Saffron Boosts Serotonin and Establishes SATIETY-“ Feeling of Fullness”…

Here you will learn of saffron’s capacity to boost serotonin, a neurotransmitter whose role in appetite and satiety is well established. You will discover how a team of French researchers uncovered the ability of saffron to dramatically decrease feelings of hunger between meals. You will also find out how just 88.25 mg twice daily of a standardized saffron extract may help you effectively modulate some of the underlying psychological factors that make you eat more than you want to, with no side effects. If you would like a list of reputable manufacturers of specially harvested Saffron extract contact beckylgould@gmail.com

Serotonin’s Role in “Emotional” Eating

Overeating is a huge problem for millions of people and causes health problems as well as depression. When severe enough, it reaches the level of a compulsion—a clinically diagnosable anxiety-related disorder. Compulsive eating occurs in about 30% of obese women, although its prevalence in the general population greatly exceeds that number. It is strongly correlated with poor impulse control, depression, and relapse following weight loss.  Research shows its victims tend to gravitate toward sweet, non-nutritious foods like carbs, candy, and ice cream.

In one of the most compelling findings reported this year that compulsive eating can result from a common gene variant for the molecule that transports serotonin, one of the body’s primary mood regulators. People carrying this gene suffer from lower serotonin activity, predisposing them to depression and anxiety, especially under stress. The Dutch study revealed that teens carrying this gene indulge in emotional eating at a significantly higher rate.

Antidepressants may offer some relief from emotional eating. Unfortunately, they can be costly, lose effectiveness over time, and come with a host of side effects—from sexual dysfunction to suicidal thoughts, underscoring the need for safe, low-cost options.

Thanks to a team of pioneering French scientists, a next-generation natural alternative,SAFFON, has come to light. For more information on where to purchase a quality Saffron product that has been harvested in an optimal process, contact beckylgould@gmail.com

Saffron Extract: A Novel Intervention

Saffron has been used in traditional Persian medicine for centuries as a treatment for insomnia and anxiety. French researchers Cédric Bourges, Jacques Noury and Bernard Gout set out to corroborate these therapeutic effects and apply them to the treatment of eating disorders. They hypothesized that “through an action against the anxiety component of eating behaviors such as food compulsions, saffron could alleviate the need for food between meals.”

Armed to find a alternative for compulsive eating, Bourges and his colleagues launched a full-scale trial of 60 slightly overweight women 25-45 years old. They focused specifically on women who reported frequent, anxiety-related between-meal and after-dinner snacking. Their goal was to test the saffron’s psychotropic (mood-altering) potential in helping to reduce the anxiety behind compulsive eating.

The results were amazing! By 6 weeks, the average weight loss had increased, reaching just over two pounds, with 26% of subjects losing up to 11 pounds. Interestingly, women taking saffron saw a significant reduction in thigh circumference. The women also reported a significant reduction in feelings of hunger before meals. They also experienced a significantly diminished “need” to snack between meals. The favorable alteration in these urges had concrete results. At baseline, women in both groups had reported an average of about 12 snacking episodes per week. After eight weeks, the average was just six episodes per week in the saffron group—a 50% reduction! The subjects had not changed from their regular routine whatsoever other than taking the Saffron.

They reported that “subjects in the saffron group felt significantly more alert and energetic than the placebo group”—feelings that correspond with emergence from sub-clinical depression and anxiety. As noted above, depression and anxiety are the foundation for compulsive eating. The key to this saffron extract’s potency, it turned out, lay in its effects on levels of serotonin.

The Depression Connection

Based on the findings of Bourges’s team, it has been proposed that saffron extracts might inhibit serotonin reuptake. Saffron extracts have also demonstrated efficacy in managing mild to moderate depression and anxiety in humans—the same disorders that drive emotional eating. This affords a novel alternative to antidepressant drugs.

To Sum it Up

iin a nutshell, this fine exotic extract Saffron, has proven effective for compulsive eatting and for weight loss. Saffron was recently shown on the Dr. Oz show as promoting profound weight loss on 2 guests. In 3 days the subjects lost 3 lbs (Martha) and 6 lbs 9 (Deseray) and reported that they felt less opt to snack between meals. They had not changed their regular routine whatsover, and had only taken the saffron, 88 mg, 2 capsules x 2 times per day. The results could prove to be a breakthrough in weight loss!

Please make informed decisions on purchasing saffon. There have been cases reported of fake products going around after publicity from the Dr. Oz show. Always purchase from a reputable manufacturer that you trust.  If you have any problems with the brand that you have purchased or if you would like a list of reputable manufactures contact beckylgould@gmail.com

Thank you and have a happy, healthy SUMMER !

Becky g

Rasberry Ketone, 7-Keto, and Green Coffee Extract…Are they Better TOGETHER???

Raspberry Ketone, 7-Keto, and Green Coffee… Do these Products Work Better “TOGETHER”???

I am very excited to write this blog. I have been getting a positive response from blog readers that are utilizing the supplements that Dr. Oz has been suggesting and many are experiencing weight loss! So I wanted to report in with some of these stories and facts of what is working and what is not. There seems to be a few similarities with regards to HOW THEY ARE LOSING THE WEIGHT!!!!

The Question of the Day: Why are the products working for some and not for others???

We all have high expectations, especially when we hearing things from Dr. Oz like   “Miracle in a Bottle” or “Melts Away Belly Fat”!  But come on, let’s face the facts, that this is REAL life and there is not a miracle pill, yet, or we would all be Skinny Minnie’s by now!  But, one thing is true about this hyped up madness is that  by having high hopes it gives us that spark we need to re-motivate ourselves, drag our butts out of bed and away from the Twinkies, and rekindle the spirit that drives us to want to be better,  healthier, AND ultimately skinnier selves.

The things that I hear from people that are having success with weight loss all seem to have a few things in common:

  1. They don’t expect the products to work overnight. They understand that just like prescription medications, they take time to get in to the system and the body to adapt to the metabolic change. Changes do not happen overnight. Patience is a virtue. They allow for at least 2-4 weeks before they even start to make a conclusion regarding the effects of the product.
  2. They start with one product at a time using them slowly and use them as DIRECTED, instead of the “FULL ON BOARD” approach (like becky g).  They don’t (unlike me)go for the maximum strength or the mega dose, but are methodical in their approach and start one product at a time to analyze and to assure their success, not sabotage their health with high doses and mixed products that are setting themselves up for a disastrous  concoction.
  3. They listen to their Doctors advice AND listen to their bodies. If one product is not working, they move on to another without any regrets…”nothing gained nothing lost” theory.
  4. They start an exercise program even if it is very minimal.
  5. They chose to eat healthier  “out with the old in with the new” approach.
  6. They purchase a higher end, quality products knowing that companies that conduct extensive testing on human studies come with a price tag.  They are in it to win it and go for the best products that offer factual research data with patented formulas. If you would like the name of the companies that offer patented products contact me: beckylgould@gmail.com
  7. They have an overall positive mental attitude and can laugh at themselves.  They do not see failure as a negative, only a way to learn and grow from it.
  8. They detox and cleanse their body regularly and understand that a detoxed body sets the stage for success. They are willing to do the prerequisites to set themselves up to succeed at any cost (understanding the more they poop the better they will feel!) If you would like suggestions with a detox program contact me.
  9. They are optimistic and see the glass half full. They, despite all odds, try to hold on to hope and new possibilities for a new, healthier life. They see the BIG picture.
  10. They are perseverant and do not give up.  They are stubborn survivors and despite many obstacles and heavy and even sad life lessons, they chose to learn from them instead of being victimized and allowing this to sabotage their happiness. They are warriors!

So this boils down to one simple question….IS MORE THEN ONE  PRODUCT BETTER???

Re-read step #1 and # 2 above. These are the hardest steps because without realistic expectations, you might as well have burned the money that you paid for the supplement products you just bought and gone on vacation with fat pills instead!  I feel like this step # 2 is personally a life lesson for me screaming these words, “DON’T GO OVERBOARD WITH HIGHER DOSAGES and MORE PRODUCTS AND DOOM YOURSELF! DON’T BE COMPULSIVE AND EXPECT INSTANT RESULTS…GIVE IT TIME.GO SLOW. ADD PRODUCTS ONE AT A TIME EVALUTATING EACH AS YOU GO!”

It is SO true that we set ourselves up to fail when we act impulsively. Our society seems to think that MORE is better! I understand what it is like to be impatient and want immediate gratification. We LOVE the fantasy of instant gratification, however, it is just not logical to expect that some “green coffee extract  from a plant” is going to take us down to a size skinny in a week, or even 2 weeks, or even 3 weeks. GIVE IT TIME.  We need to go slow and pace ourselves so that we know what products are really helping and which ones are not. Had I NOT tried a HUGE (Gigantic) high dose of Raspberry Ketone I might be 10 lbs skinnier by now, but instead I thought that “more was better”. You see, I decided to go straight to the HIGHEST DOSE of Raspberry Ketone right out of the chute. Then I broke out in a raised red rash all over my chest and my “miracle pill fantasy” was suddenly over in a heartbeat. I angrily shoved the RK pills (all 3 of them) to the back of the pill closet. Now I am scared of Raspberries while others are reporting in that they are working wonders for them and they are losing weight!  I am saddened with my “rash factor” and wasted money.  In fact, the Raspberry Ketones probably could have helped me if I was not so stupid and taken such a high dose, only to sabotage my own success! Dumb. (yes, in case you are wondering, I am blonde…)

ADDING MORE PRODUCTS- Are the risks worth it?

This is a controversial question. Most of these products, Raspberry Ketone, 7-Keto, CLA, and Green Coffee Bean Extract have just not been tested that much to know how they interact with each other. Raspberry Ketone has not yet been tested on humans so there are no studies to reassure us that it is completely safe. So if you are going to use this product, talk to your Doctor and have them monitor your vitals. Once you are safely into your 4th week on the product, then you can consider adding the others. Realize that all of these products increase metabolism in one form or another. So your body is creating more heat. Heat is usually felt to some degree if you have a quality product. This can cause things like blood pressure, heart rate, or menopause symptoms (like hot flashes) to increase. Heat is HEAT. So it is strongly advised that if you do take more than one product at a time, be careful to monitor yourself closely, whether that be with supervision of a Doctor or Homeopathic Specialist.  There are no studies with combined products interactions. You ARE the human study!  There have been great results reported with combining products, but there are also risks given that most products are very new to the marketplace. Reports of either Raspberry Ketone OR 7- Keto DHEA combined with Green Coffee Extract are providing excellent results! Also, adding Saffron to help the serotonin receptors and acting as a mental booster has been reported as offering positive weight loss results. There is really no magic formula, so you are your best judge at what is working for you.

SO in a Nut Shell…

SO in a nutshell, people ARE losing weight and combining products. It is still uncertain if this is a risk or not. Consult with a Doctor and make sure your vitals are being monitored on a regular basis. I am not a doctor whatsoever, so this is just reported data based on what people are writing in about. The verdict is not conclusive, however, the products seem to be overall producing good results when combined with the 10 steps above. If you are NOT getting good results and would like a list of patented products and the manufactures that guarantee their products are REAL, email me at beckylgould@gmail.com

I wish everyone the very best for a SAFE and HEALTHY weight loss experience!

Becky g

If you have any questions about this article or would like research from a national data center regarding product ratings and drug interaction please contact me at beckylgould@gmail.com

The SAFFRON Weight Loss Connection- The “Mind-Body” SOLUTION!

The Saffron Weight Loss Connection

After listening to Dr Oz’ episode on Saffron, I was intrigued enough to investigate whether the report from Oz was true or just another gimmick?   Come to find out that Saffron may offer promising new solutions for weight loss! The only negative fact about Saffron is that it is difficult to harvest, thus  an expensive end consumer product.The following will explain the facts about SAFFRON, how it works with the mind and body, and also where to find reputable manufacture with a quality, “none-placebo” product. Read on about the “good news”…..

2010 Study on Saffron and Serotonin:

Based on recent findings in a 2010 study, it has been proposed that saffron extracts might inhibit serotonin reuptake in synapses. Inhibiting synaptic serotonin reuptake keeps this mood-elevating neurotransmitter in the brain longer, enhancing its positive side effects while combating depression which may also lead to weight loss. This proposed mechanism is supported by recent animal studies demonstrating antidepressant properties in extracts of multiple parts of the saffron plant.27

Saffron extracts have also demonstrated efficacy in managing mild to moderate depression and anxiety in humans,  the same disorders that drive emotional eating. This suggests a novel alternative to antidepressant drugs and to weight loss pharmaceuticals.

What You Need to Know: Saffron Extract

A historic 2010 study conclusively demonstrated that the neurochemical processes behind compulsive eating and drug addiction are identical, suggesting a neurological intervention for appetite control and other addictive intervention.

  • No safe, effective drug exists to favorably alter the neurochemistry of appetite control, and some, like fen-phen, have proven deadly,
  • A proprietary extract of saffron has been shown to reduce the impulses behind uncontrolled between-meal snacking safely and effectively,
  • Scientists believe it works primarily by boosting levels of serotonin, reducing the depression, anxiety, and stress central to compulsive eating,
  • Saffron extract has been shown to be as effective as the tricyclic antidepressant drug imipramine and the SSRI fluoxetine (Prozac) in managing depression — with no side effects.
  • By targeting the neurochemistry at the root of compulsive eating behavior, Saffron  extract serves as a safe, natural way to reduce caloric intake and induce weight loss.

Extracts of saffron have been proven superior to placebo for management of mild to moderate depression in a number of controlled clinical trials, consistently producing better outcomes. Saffron extracts also outperformed placebo in a related study of premenstrual symptoms. The premenstrual phase is often accompanied by depressed mood and caloric over-consumption, thus saffron also helps with depression and weight loss regarding PMS.

Even more compelling are the comparative data on saffron and prescription antidepressants. In one study, just 30 mg of standardized saffron extract delivering active constituents such as safranal and crocin produced results similar to 100 mg of the tricyclic antidepressant. The same amount of saffron extract produced results identical to the popular selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) fluoxetine (Prozac) in separate trials. Saffron produced no side effects, while the antidepressants produced a familiar list of negative side effects, including dry mouth and sedation.

Emotional and compulsive eating have ties to anxiety as well as depression. Animal studies show that safranal possesses anti-anxiety (anxiolytic) properties without affecting coordination or motor activity. One pre-clinical model found that saffron extracts were as effective as diazepam (Valium) at reducing manifestations of anxiety.

A complementary body of research indicates a positive role for saffron extracts containing safranal as an optimal intervention for stress and anxiety and overall weightloss. — core factors in the development of eating compulsions or anorexic behaviors.

Habitual Snacking: A Dangerous Seesaw Effect Snacking isn’t necessarily dangerous … but it can be. It depends on the snack food. Every time you ingest a snack rich in sugar, you’re unknowingly subjecting your body to what clinicians oral glucose tolerance test. You’re placing a stressful demand on your body to produce excessive amounts of insulin to drive down the abrupt spike in blood sugar caused by the snack food you just ingested. This insulin spike then causes a sudden decline in blood sugar levels and that decline triggers yet another hunger episode. The result is a seesaw of mutually reinforcing impulses that may culminate in a dangerous cycle of uncontrolled eating. Many compulsive eaters focus on weight management without recognizing the centrality of this extremely detrimental physiological process to their suffering. Reducing your exposure to these endless fluctuations in blood glucose is the key to taking control of your compulsion to eat. Modulating the neurochemical factors behind habitual snacking can help.

Natural Anxiety and Stress Control Treating anxiety with benzodiazepines like Valium (diazepam) may be temporarily effective but it produces significant side effects — among them impaired memory.  In contrast, saffron extracts not only reduce the depression and anxiety that can lead to emotional eating, they prevent memory impairment. In fact, saffron extracts have been shown to enhance memory.

Summary A historic 2010 study conclusively demonstrated that the neurochemical processes behind compulsive eating and drug dependency are identical — suggesting a novel neurological intervention for appetite control. While no safe, effective drug exists to favorably alter the neurochemistry of appetite, a proprietary saffron extract has been shown to reduce uncontrolled between-meal snacking without side effects.

  • A complementary body of research indicates a positive role for saffron extracts containing safranal as an optimal intervention for stress and anxiety — core factors in the development of eating compulsions.
  • At the core of saffron’s power is a scientifically validated ability to boost levels of serotonin, reducing the depression, anxiety, and stress central to compulsive eating.

These effects, prized in traditional Persian medicine and corroborated by a team of pioneering French researchers, have been shown to be equal in potency to the tricyclic imipramine and the SSRI fluoxetine (Prozac) in managing depression. By targeting the neurochemistry at the root of compulsive eating behavior, saffron extract serves as a safe, natural way to reduce caloric intake and induce weight loss.

Purchasing Information- Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world

Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus, commonly known as the saffron crocus. Dried stigmas from the saffron flower are used mainly in various cuisines as a seasoning and colouring agent. Saffron, long among the world’s most costly spices by weight. is native to Southwest Asia and was first cultivated in Greece..

Saffron’s bitter taste  and  hay-like fragrance result from the chemicals picrocrocin and safranal. It also contains a carotenoid dye, crocin, which imparts a rich golden-yellow hue to dishes and textiles. Iran now accounts for approximately 90 per cent of the world production of saffron. Because each flower’s stigmas need to be collected by hand and there are only a few per flower, saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. Expect to pay more money for saffron then you would normally pay for other holistic products due to the difficult harvesting process. Make sure you are using a reputable company for purchasing the product.

Dosage and Use: Take one capsule twice daily (morning and evening) with food or as recommended by a healthcare practitioner.

Caution and Side Effects: Do not exceed recommended dose. Consult with your healthcare practitioner before using this product if you are taking anti-coagulant or anti-platelet medications or if you have a bleeding disorder or kidney disease. Avoid use during pregnancy.

Warnings Information:

  • Keep Saffron A, for depression support, appetite control/suppressants out of reach of children,
  • Do not exceed recommended dose,
  • If you have a bad reaction or unwanted side effects, discontinue use immediately,

When using Saffron A for depression support, appetite control/suppressants to lose weight, please inform your physician.

If you would like a list of reputable manufacture sources for purchasing high quality saffron, please contact:

beckylgould@gmail.com

Is your LIVER making you FAT?? Facts to SCARE you Skinny!

Is your LIVER holding you back from losing weight?

After researching  “the liver” and the role that it plays with weight loss, I was astounded and  wanted to share this information with you. I was stunned at just how important this organ is for good metabolism and ultimate “thinness”.  I was recently diognosed with having a slightly “fatty liver” and that really scared me!  So here is some information really worth reading and what we can do about it. Let’s take charge of our life events and not have events take charge of US!!! Read on to win the battle of the “liver roll” !!!

  • THE LIVER IS A FAT BURNING MANIAC: The liver is the major fat burning organ in the body and regulates fat metabolism by a complicated set of biochemical pathways. The liver can also pump excessive fat out of the body through the bile into the small intestines. If the diet is high in fiber, this unwanted fat will be carried out of the body via the bowel actions. Thus the liver is a remarkable machine for keeping weight under control, being both a fat burning organ and a fat pumping organ. Sounds great, right? Well, only if it is working to perfection!
  • A STONG LIVER CIRCULATES BILE : If the diet is low in fiber, some of the fats (especially cholesterol) and toxins that have been pumped by the liver into the gut through the bile will recirculate back to the liver.  It is the livers job to circulate and then re-circulates bile acids back into the small intestines  six to eight times a day. If this recirculated fluid is high in fat and/or toxins, this will contribute to excessive weight.   A high fiber diet will reduce the recirculation of fat and toxins from the gut back to the liver. This is vitally important for those with excessive weight, toxicity problems, and high cholesterol. So by eatting of plenty of raw fruits and vegetables as well as ground-up raw seeds will increase both soluble and insoluble fiber in the gut, and reduce recirculation of unwanted fat and toxins. If the liver filter is damaged by toxins or clogged up with excessive waste material it will be less able to remove small fat globules circulating in the blood stream. This will cause excessive fat to build up in the blood vessel walls and then may then gradually build up in many other parts of the body, including other organs, and in fatty deposits under the skin. Thus you may develop cellulite in the buttocks, thighs, arms and abdominal wall.  If the liver is dysfunctional, it will not manufacture adequate amounts of the good cholesterol (HDL), which travels out of the liver to scavenge the unhealthy cholesterol (LDL) from the blood vessel walls.
  • A SIGN OF A COMPROMISED LIVER IS  “LIVER ROLL”: If the liver filter is healthy, it allows dietary cholesterol to be shunted into the liver for metabolism or excretion through the bile. A healthy liver filter is essential to properly regulate blood cholesterol levels.If the liver does not regulate fat metabolism efficiently, weight gain tends to occur around the abdominal area and a “pot belly” will develop.  Another sign can be a roll of fat around the upper abdomen, which I affectionately call the “liver roll.” This is often a sign of a fatty liver. It can be almost impossible to lose this abdominal fat until the liver function is improved. Once this is done the liver will start burning fat efficiently again and the weight comes off gradually and without too much effort from you. It is not necessary to make yourself miserable by following a low fat, low calorie diet. What is effective in the long term is to eat the correct foods and nutrients for the liver to improve its fat burning function.
  • WEIGHT GAIN FROM A FATTY LIVER? Many people with excess fat in the abdominal area have a “fatty liver” and do not even know it. In this condition the liver has stopped burning fat and has turned into a fat storing organ! It becomes enlarged and swollen with greasy deposits of fatty tissue. Those with a fatty liver will not be able to lose weight unless they first improve liver function, with a good Liver Cleansing Diet and a good liver tonic. If you have a fatty liver it is vital to be patient, as it can take between 3 and 12 months, depending upon the amount of fat deposited in the liver, to remove the excess fat from the liver. After this accumulated liver fat has been removed, weight loss will occur easily. If you have a very severe case of fatty liver it can take several years to lose all of the excessive weight.   However, this is very successful in the long term and provides the best chance of restoring your figure and your health. Fatty liver is common and doctors often tell their patients with this problem not to worry too much because it is not serious. I disagree with this, because if you have a fatty liver, your chances of high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes are significantly higher. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to find a fatty liver in adolescents who consume a diet high in processed foods and soda pop.
  •   WRONG HORMONES OR TOXINS STRESS THE LIVER: If you overload the liver with the wrong type of hormone replacement therapy, drugs or toxins, the liver’s biochemical pathways will have less energy reserves left over to perform their function of fat metabolism. Thus these things can lead to weight gain. For menopausal women with a weight problem, the best type of hormone replacement therapy is that which bypasses the liver, namely hormone patches, creams or buccal lozenges. For more information regarding liver cleanses contact beckylgould@gmail.com
  • WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT A FATTY LIVER? Chances are if you are experiencing a comprimised or “fatty” liver, you will not be able to lose weight. The first step is to see a doctor to check your liver function. The next step is to ensure that your diet has a hearty dose of fruits, vegetables, and fiber in it. Milk thistle has been proven to be very good at reversing liver damage. Also, there are liver cleanses that can be helpful. It is best to elimate any processed foods that may contain toxins in them. Eat organic whenever possible and eat “raw foods” instead of processed foods. Start to look at all of your labels for toxins even with cleasing household products, makeup and lotions, and even hair care products. Eliminate or “buy green” and stop overloading your liver with products that have toxic ingredients. The sooner you start to treat your liver with respect, the quicker your body will start to shed the unwanted pounds. Most importantly, cut back on alchohol as this could be the culprit to your liver roll! For more information about quality milk thistle products or liver cleanses contact beckylgould@gmail.com
  • The great news is that your liver is very receptive and adaptable to change. Be nice to your liver and your liver will product a new “thiner” YOU!
  • If you would like more information on helpful products to help detox your liver and promote overall liver health for optimizing weight loss please email me and I will give you a list of reputable products and manufactures that offer high end liver detox products and/or milk thistle

beckylgould@gmail.com

Green Coffee Bean Extract Melts away the POUNDS!!! New Miracle Pill?

Green Coffee Bean Extract?  Miracle Weight Loss Pill or is this HYPE?

Ready everyone??? Dr Oz has me buzzing around like a happy little kitten grinning from ear to ear in anticipation of receiving my Green Coffee Bean Extract.  I purchased high end product from a very respected source so I am praying that it works and will let you know. The facts are in that this may be even better then the raspberry ketones or 7 keto! Wow, am I  SOOOO excited now!!!  I am going to get out my “size too small skinny jeans” that I have packed away in high hopes of wearing them soon! Here is the scoop….

If you are overweight there is a magic bean that melts away unwanted fat and Dr. Oz says it’s a miracle pill to burn fat fast! This could be the magic bullet for weight loss without a prescription. Two of Dr. Oz viewers (Kendra lost 2 pounds in five days and Omayra lost 6 pounds in 5 days) took this green bean coffee extract and lost weight in 5 days!!! Dr. Lindsey Duncan joined Dr. Oz in this segment of the show. Dr. Duncan is a naturopathic Doctor and certified nutritionist and said he doesn’t usually recommend weight loss supplements but this one has him really excited. The news is very promising, especially in the western world where diabetes is such a health problem and threatening lives of so many!

He went on to say the weight loss community has been buzzing about this green coffee extract because when you take this you don’t need to exercise or diet to lose the weight. People consumed 2400 calories a day while taking green coffee bean extract capsules and lost over 10% of their total weight. They also lost 16% of their total body fat and lost about 17 pounds with no side effects from the green coffee bean extract. This is amazing! These participants took the green coffee bean extract for 12 weeks and accomplished this weight loss without any struggle whatsoever. For more information about a national research group that rates green coffee bean extract with unbiased ratings and reviews contact beckylgould@gmail.com

Miracle To Burn Fat Fast??? Whenever Dr. Oz talks about a new weight loss pill or any natural supplement the stores are swamped and sold out in a day.  Dr. Lindsey told Dr. Oz and everyone to make sure that its GOOD QUALITY green coffee beans extract and make sure it doesn’t have too many additives and fillers. Make SURE that someone did not just go and grid up some coffee beans and throw them into a capsule to call it “ green coffee bean”. Roasted coffee will not have the same effect! Some fillers are necessary for allowing the raw product to bind nicely into a capsule. Fillers are also important because they may act as a preservative, while otherwise the product would spoil or mold and not be safe for consumption. For more information and an unbiased report from a national research company that studied green coffee bean extract manufacturers  contact beckylgould@gmail.com

Dr. Oz talked about green coffee bean extract on a show before with Bryce Wylde about natural remedies. Headlines are everywhere since studies have been done:

  • The Green Coffee Bean: A Miracle Weight-Loss Drug?
  • Green Coffee Beans May Aid Weight Loss
  • Green-Coffee-Bean Extract Shows Potential For Weight Loss
  • Green Coffee Beans Tied To Weight Loss

Now after today headlines will read “Dr. Oz New Weight Loss Pill Green Coffee Bean Extract”. Coffee beans in its rawest form may hold the secret to weight loss that you have been waiting for. But not all green coffee products are considered equal, especially since everyone is wanting it and demand makes the greedy vitamin companies produce placebo products. Unfortunately it is true that the best marketing tool is to “prey on the demands of the vulnerable”. So before you go and purchase a product, do your research. There are studies on green coffee products with unbiased reveiws that rate the products. Most GOOD products will be on back order after this show featured because until Dr. Oz featured it, it went unnoticed.  Now the product is selling like wildfire so expect to “wait” for a good one. Manufactures are on a rampage and cannot keep up with demand. For a copy of the factual national product review where 100s of manufacturers were rated for quality contact beckylgould@gmail.com

The key to weight loss with Green Coffee Bean capsules is in the potent, natural compound called Chlorogenic Acid. The Chlorogenic Acid works by slowing down the release of glucose into the body after meals while at the same time boosting metabolism. The Chlorogenic Acid is only present in the raw Green Coffee Bean, and not in the aromatic roasted familiar version of brown coffee. That’s because the Chlorogenic Acid is removed during the roasting process (which is done at over 400 degrees Fahrenheit) as the acid is extremely bitter.

The daily dose of Green Coffee Bean contains only about 15 – 25 mg of naturally-occurring caffeine whereas your average cup of coffee contains up to 200 mg. In fact, the green coffee bean has actually shown in some studies to help lower blood pressure – while still boosting metabolism.

If you think can get the same effects from the coffee you drink with breakfast in the morning the answer is NO. Green coffee beans are unroasted, have little aroma and are extremely bitter – because they contain over 50% chlorogenic acid.(bitter is better)

Because the green coffee bean is so bitter, it is recommended taking green coffee in capsule form. It is suggested we try finding 400 mg green coffee bean capsules – make sure it they are made using the correct extracting methods. Only buy from a reputable source. Take 1-2 green coffee bean extract capsules (400 mgs is suggested) about 30 minutes before meals; I recommend taking them two or three times per day with a full glass of water for the best results. And remember that combining green coffee bean with a healthy diet and exercise can improve your results! Blog readers are also writing in to me that when combined with Raspberry Ketone or 7 Keto they are experiencing even better results! But be careful about interactions. For a detailed report of interactions with green coffee extract contact me for a detailed report at beckylgould@gmail.com

Now DON’T just go and get this product from anyone.. Can you imagine how many smirking vitamin dealers are just putting normal coffee into capsules and making a fortune off of naive people??? They should call this tactic “Foldgers in a CAP”! Promise to support only legitimate companies that certify their products. I have access to a huge data base research company that rates legitimate natural medicine companies on a scale from 1-10 on the quality and effectiveness on all products. If you are interested in receiving this information, just email me at beckylgould@gmail.com and I will send you the data.

Keep me posted on your results, too so that I can advise others if this product really works!

Happy Slimming Ladies and Gents!

Raspberry Ketone, 7-Keto, Forskolin, CLA.., or the “GOLDEN RULE”???

Have my JEANS been shrinking in the HOT DRYER? Or WHAT??? Am I lying to myself and need to go back to basics…”the GOLDEN RULE?

Believe me, I am soooo desparate to be in my skinny jeans again! I found myself researching  on google seach engines with this question; “does demim shrink everytime it is  put in the dryer?? 

 So my jeans are tightening because I am fat not because my dryer is hotter or my jeans are shrinking…YIKES, but I am taking every single product known to man AND RECOMMENDED BY DR OZ to help me…I am like a tight walk rope walker,close to the edge waiting to fall to my death with my desire to become slim Becky G again!  One minute I am gliding perfectly thinking that I have this weight demon in the bag, the next minute I am hanging by my toes which are curled over the tight wire as I  beg  for nature to give me another chance..Ok, I confess, “I cheated and ate too many carbs this weekend”…It is hard, it is sad, it is rediculous and I WANT to live differently!  So in my night study after searching “denim and shrinkage in stretch jeans, ” I found this article and want to share it with those that feel my pain…

How Carbohydrates, Fats, Proteins, & Hormones

How these work to Cause Weight-Loss or Weight-Gain

 

THE GOLDEN RULE TO BE RID OF UNWANTED FAT

A moderate amount of carbs, protein, and fat helps keep blood sugar balanced. Fat slows down the absorption and digestion of the carbs, providing a steady, ongoing supply of glucose which keeps the fat storage hormone insulin low. Protein in a meal stimulates the release of the fat-burning hormone, glucagon, thereby maximizing your ability to burn stored body fat for energy.

When you eat a high-carb snack prior to bedtime you cause blood sugar and insulin levels to soar. Elevated insulin during sleep not only blocks HGH (human growth hormone) release, inhibiting proper repair and recovery of your tissues, but you will find that you wake up either groggy and in need of more sleep and or very hungry from experiencing low blood sugar. There are several products that can help to resolve the extra carb problems in our diet. If you would like a recommendation of carb control products that block carbs from getting to our system contact beckylgould@gmail.com  for a list or products that will help with this.

PROTEIN

Protein is called the “building blocks of life” because they body uses protein to rebuild and repair tissue on the muscles and organs. More than half your dry body weight consists of protein. Your immune system requires protein to maintain balance. When you eat high protein foods (chicken breast, tuna, fish, etc) the digestive process breaks down the protein chains into amino acids. The amino acids enter the bloodstream and are transformed into more than 50,000 new body proteins. There are 10 essential amino acids that the body cannot make on its own. The body also cannot store excess amino acids the way it can carbohydrates and fat (remember, stored carbs and fats = body fat) So you must supply your body with adequate amount of protein EVERY time you eat.

If your daily diet is lacking the proper amount of protein, your body’s ability to make new body proteins slows down and you actually start to break down existing body protein (muscle) to supply the body with the amino acids that your food is lacking. This is the WORST thing that can happen. Because you sacrifice muscles, your fat burning machines, your metabolism slows way down. This results in your body burning fewer calories and fat. This is why and how you can lose muscle tone on high-carb diets. Protein is the ONLY macronutrient that builds and maintains muscles. Never skip eating protein at breakfast or lunch to save it for dinner. You will be greatly increasing your body’s ability to store fat instead of burning it.

Good protein sources not only include chicken, fish, and lean red meats, but soy, eggs and egg whites, tofu, and why protein powder.

FAT

Fat has definitely gotten a bad reputation. Not all fat is bad. Without a certain amount of fat in our diets we cannot burn stored body fat. Fat in the diet provides you with energy, the release of CCK, a hormone that signals the brain that you’re full and to stop eating, essential fatty acids for proper metabolism of foods and vitamins, a control mechanism to slow the rate of carb into the bloodstream and reduce the rate of insulin secretion.

Stored ‘body fat’ is the body’s preferred source of energy. Total fat should not exceed 30% of the total daily calories. 10% saturated, (animal meats, hydrogenated oils) 10% unsaturated (vegetable oils) and 10% monounsaturated (vegetables, avocados, canola oil, olives).

The “good fats” are UNprocessed and occur naturally in foods. (Avocados, salmon, tuna, herring, crab, raw nuts, seeds) The “bad fats” are called trans fats. They contain trans fatty acids and are found in hydrogenated oils. (check your margarine labels, cookie and cracker packages, etc.).

If you would like a list of products that can break down the bad fats from your body contact beckylgould@gmail.com

CARBOHYDRATES

When you eat carbs, the body digests them and converts them into glucose which enters the bloodstream to be burned as energy. Your body converts glucose into glycogen which is stored in the liver and in your muscles. When small amounts of carbs are eaten, the small amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream is immediately used for energy.

The problems begin when you eat a meal that is too high in carbs. (breads, bagels, juice/soda, cereal, pasta) This is because too much glucose enters the bloodstream too rapidly. A high-carb meal stimulates a biochemical response that forces your body to burn glucose rather than stored body fat as its main source of fuel. The best advice is to eat carbs that are low in starch and sugar and high in fiber. Some examples are apples, apricots, cherries, grapefruit, oranges, peaches, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, oatmeal, rye, wild rice, black beans, chick peas, kidney beans, lentils, sweet potatoes, whole grain pasta, yams. Balance of carbs to protein is very important. a 1.3 carbs to 1 protein ratio is recommended for best fat burning results.

When you eat a high-carb snack prior to bedtime you cause blood sugar and insulin levels to soar. Elevated insulin during sleep not only blocks inhibiting proper repair and recovery of your tissues, but you will find that you wake up either groggy and in need of more sleep and or very hungry from experiencing low blood sugar.

If you would like a list of products that are carb blockers contact

beckylgould@gmail.com for a lost of products that have been proven to block carbs.

 

HORMONES

Hormones can be very powerful in determining whether you burn fat or store fat. INSULIN is viewed as the body’s fat storage hormone. It is secreted by the pancreas in response to elevated blood sugar (glucose) levels. This is primarily from ingesting excessive carbs in a meal. Increased levels of insulin force your body to burn glucose for energy, and store any excess away as glycogen or fat. You CANNOT effectively burn fat with elevated levels of insulin. Even if you exercise like wild. Besides not burning fat, elevated insulin can cause blood sugar concentrations to drop too low. This can result in a temporary hypoglycemia. Symptoms range from mood swings, to low energy, loss of concentration, muscle cramping, uncontrollable hunger, sugar and carb craving. Now, on the flip side, if you greatly restrict your carb intake your brain gets a little testy. The brain requires a constant steady stream of glucose for fuel. If it does not get an adequate supply of carbs, your body uses its available glucose and glycogen stores. Then it turns to fat and muscle mass to supply energy, producing an abnormal metabolic response called ketosis. Ketosis alters the enzymes in fat cells. Ketosis causes muscle mass to be sacrificed and broken back down into amino acids to be converted directly into glucose for the brain. The loss of muscle mass means the loss of fat burning sites. Thus less fat will be burned. It is easy to understand then why 98% of all low-carb and high-pro diets fail. The followers of those methods usually gain back any weight they may have lost and usually more than they lost to begin with.

Glucagon is considered the fat-burning hormone. It is stimulated by the pancreas in response to intake of protein. It’s main job is to maintain stable blood sugar levels in your body. It does this by activating and releasing stored body fat so it can be burned for energy.

If you would like a list of products that can help to balance your hormones contact

beckylgould@gmail.com

Or if you would like a list of manufactures with high end products that can help with metabolism along with a balanced diet such as raspberry ketone, 7 keto, foskolin, or CLA contact beckylgould@gmail.com

CLA??? My “Muffin Top” days are over? Positive thinking….

My Research on CLA…is this fat blasting dynamite for real?

My nutrition “supplement” cupboard is getting crowded, and my wallet has taken a hit after viewing the Dr Oz show repetitively for weight loss products. I may have to retreat my canned goods to the garage to make room for my nutritional supplemental “stash”. But I am still intrigued by Dr Smart Oz himself and the products he encourages us “fatties” to ingest so I did some more research on the famous “belly blasting CLA”. I was interested by his recommendation to use a supplement CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) for loss of “belly fat”. After I purchased my original CLA I did not notice much of a difference. So I wondered if perhaps my CLA was placebo or the wrong dosage. I investigated more and found out some interesting facts. I also found out that my brand of CLA probably had little to no CLA in it, or wrong kind. No wonder I failed miserably! So, after researching in more detail, I want to share some of this important data before you purchase CLA for personal use….

What exactly is CLA?

CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) is a slightly modified form of the Omega-6 fatty acid. Basically, if you took the very curvy linoleic fatty acid, and made it straighter, you would have CLA. While our body produces over 100 fatty acid, there are 3 fatty acids the body cannot make on its own – linoleic acid, arachadonic acid and linolinic acid. Since these 3 fatty acids are essential to good health – they are called Essential Fatty Acids.

What foods contain CLA and why are we not getting enough in our diet?

The highest concentrations of CLA  are found in beef, veal and certain dairy products. To a lesser extent, CLA is also found in vegetable oils. The problem is that there has been a dramatic decrease in the amount of CLA found in meat and dairy product. In 1963 scientist found that CLA was 2.81% of milk fat. By 1992, CLA was only 1% of milk fat.

The reason for the decline of CLA in meat and dairy products is how our cattle are raised today. To increase profits, most farmers use hybrid feed for the cattle that does not rely heavily on natural grasses. Contrast this to 40 years ago, when almost all cattle were fed with grasses. This change in the diet of the cattle has led to a decrease in their CLA levels.

In addition, many Americans have moved away from eating red meats and fatty foods for health reasons. This change in the American diet, means that most Americans are now deficient in CLA. This may be one of the primary reasons that obesity has gone up as the fat in our diet has gone done.

How do I increase my CLA intake?

While eating more meats will increase you CLA levels, our cattle today is so deficient in CLA that you will have to eat a lot meat to get the necessary CLA. You would need to consume 500g of fat, mostly saturated, each day to get about three grams of CLA.

The best and easiest way to increase CLA levels is through CLA supplements. As we will discuss, you need to be careful when picking a CLA supplement because not all supplements have the appropriate type that is easily consumed by the body. In addition, if you want to take the same amount used in the clinical studies on weight loss, you need a brand that will yield 1,000 mgs of active CLA per capsule. Since CLA is always in carrier oil, only 80% of the capsule will be active CLA. For this reason, you need to take a 1285 mg capsule of CLA oil to yield 1000 mg of active CLA.

CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) has been shown to

  • Decrease the risk of break cancer
  • Increase metabolic rate
  • Decrease body fat
  • Enhance muscle growth
  • Promote a healthy heart – lowers      cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Lower insulin resistance
  • Enhance the immune system

We know the above list looks to be good to be true, but over 200 studies on CLA have shown the above statements to be accurate.

How does CLA burn fat?

CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) has been shown to increase lean muscle mass, while decreasing body fat. Research shows that CLA is able to reduce body fat in three key ways:

  • CLA interferes with a substance in your body called lipoprotein lipase that helps store fat in your body.
  • CLA helps your body use its existing fat for energy.
  • LA increases lean muscle tissue more muscle means your body can burn more fat.

CLA appears to exert direct effects on adipocytes, which are the principle sites of fat storage and skeletal muscle cells and are the primary sites of fat combustion. It has been proposed that the physiologic mechanism of body fat reduction by CLA involves inhibition of fat storage in adipocytes coupled with elevated b-oxidation in skeletal muscle. An overall increase in skeletal muscle tissue may be mediated at least in part via the inhibition of immune-induced catabolism.

Does CLA have a stimulant effect?

No! Unlike traditional fat burners that try to speed up your heart rate and make your body run hotter – CLA does not have these problems. CLA is stimulant free and can be generally used without any side effects.

Does CLA work against that terrible fat around my waist?

Yes. CLA has been shown to be very effective in reducing waist size. The weight around your waist is fat. CLA helps burn and liberate fat – so it can have great results around your middle. This is contrast to many diet pills that really just help you lose water weight.

How much weight will I lose with CLA?

You will lose some weight however, the key with CLA is that you are vastly improving your body composition as opposed to just dropping weight. Remember, muscle weighs more than fat. So, as you turn fat to muscle, you may not lose much weight, but you will be dropping inches around your weight and improving your overall look as muscle replaces fat.

In addition, as you increase muscle mass and drop fat, you will feel better and be more inclined to exercise. In turn the increased exercise will help you drop pounds.

Can I use other fat burners with CLA?

For the most part – yes. Remember, CLA is an extremely beneficial health supplement, that just happens to also burn fat without side effects. If you are looking for more dramatic and quick weight loss results, you could use a stimulant based weight loss pill in addition to CLA. Before starting any supplement program we always recommend you check with your Doctor first. Only your Doctor knows your medical history and can give you specific medical advice.

Is all CLA equal when it comes to fat burning?

No, No and No! This is one of the most misleading aspects of the CLA industry. The human weight loss studies were only done using a high end form of CLA. With hundreds of manufactures making CLA, many have been randomly tested and contain little of the CLA that they need to get the optimal results. For more information on a reputable source for CLA contact beckylgould@gmail.com . I will supply a list of quality retail sources.

How long will it take before I see the above benefits?

CLA is not a quick fix supplement; rather it should be viewed as an excellent long term supplement. Similar to vitamins or minerals, CLA is something you take every day and over the course of a few months you start to notice how much better you are feeling. We strongly recommend you use a CLA supplement for at least 6 weeks before making any judgment on its effectiveness. If you are starting to see some good results in 6 weeks, you should continue to take CLA on a daily basis.

In the end, while the results can take a few weeks to materialize, the results are well worth the wait. We should also stress that CLA is not a miracle pill. It always makes sense to exercise and eat healthy to see the most significant results.

Are there any side effects from taking CLA?

Supplementing with CLA has been shown to be very safe. With over 200 studies done on CLA, the only real side effect some people notice is an upset stomach if they take large amounts of CLA.

Of course, as with any supplement, you should check with your Doctor before starting a new supplement program.

Where does the CLA in CLA supplements come from?

Scientist have found that CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) can be extracted from sunflower and safflower oil. Making CLA from sunflower is much cheaper than safflower, this is why most supplements use sunflower oil or a combination of sunflower and safflower oil.

Which is a better source of CLA – sunflower or safflower oil?

Safflower is a much better source of CLA. If you take 1 gram of Sunflower Oil, only about 40% of it will contain active CLA. So, in 1 gram (1,000 mg) of Sunflower oil CLA supplements, you only get 400 mg of CLA.

Safflower oil contains 80% CLA. So, in 1 gram (1,000 mg) of Safflower oil CLA supplements, you get 800 mg of CLA.

Unfortunately, because Sunflower oil is much cheaper than Safflower oil – most companies will try to use Sunflower Oil CLA in their supplements.

If you would like to find a reputable retailer with sunflower oil capsule email beckylgould@gmail.com for a conclusive list of retailers

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