The Facts about Quick Weight Loss Diets


Quick Weight Loss Diets

Quick weight loss diets have been around since the world’s first dieter looked at their belly and thought, “I need to lose a few pounds – NOW.” Even though experience has shown that quick “fad” diets usually result in temporary weight loss, dieters are still looking for the Holy Grail: A diet that lets them lose weight fast and keep it off.

While there is no miraculous instant weight loss trick, you can take steps to speed things along without resorting to a quick weight loss diet. Here’s how:


Rev Your Metabolism with the Right Foods

Are you eating too many calories? The problem might be that you’re eating too few. Years of yo-yo dieting can slow down your metabolism by 30%. To get it back on track, you’ll need to eat enough calories to fuel your basal metabolic rate (BMR).

You can find detailed BMR calculators online. They will tell you how many calories you need to get through a day. If you exercise or have a physically demanding job, you will need more. Try to get most of your calories from lean protein, whole grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables.

Don’t let an initial weight gain scare you off; your body needs time to repair itself. Once you’ve spent a few weeks or months eating an appropriate number of calories, your metabolism will speed up and the pounds will fall away.

You can easily lose a pound a week by sticking to a balanced diet, or two pounds a week if you add exercise.


Don’t Forget the Exercise

Most quick weight loss diets don’t include any form of physical exercise. They encourage you to lose weight rapidly by eating very little. While that can lead to a quick initial weight loss, the weight will come back when you start to eat normally again. Plus, quick weight loss diets don’t provide the same health benefits as a balanced diet and exercise.

Experts agree that the best exercise routines include cardio and strength training. If you have a lot of stress in your life, you should also consider yoga for stretching and relaxation. Three to five hours of cardio exercise plus one or two hours of strength training are enough to make significant changes in your body shape and fitness level.

Exercise provides all kinds of health benefits. It will improve your mood, help you sleep soundly, make you stronger and leaner, and improve your balance. It also protects your heart and wards off metabolic disorders like type 2 diabetes. These are perks that quick weight loss diets cannot offer.


Forget Starvation Diets

We’ve all heard the tales of celebrities who drank nothing but lemonade with maple syrup and cayenne pepper to quickly slim down for a role. What we don’t hear about is the aftermath: Those same celebrities regained all the weight as soon as they ended their quick weight loss diets.

Don’t put your body through the stress of quick weight loss diets. At best, you’ll end up tired, hungry, grouchy, dehydrated, and heavier than before. At worst, you could seriously damage your metabolism, making it impossible to lose weight even when you eat very few calories.

To maintain a healthy weight, your body needs to be healthy. Feed it right, move it often, and give it the hydration it needs to perform at its peak.


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Are Smoothies Stupid?

Many people have mocked the Smoothie Movement as being unhealthy, lame to do, and they don’t taste good either.  However, these same people have never had a REAL smoothie with fresh organic fruits, vegetables and greens.

You see, if you’re buying a smoothie at a restaurant, you’re basically buying chemicals in a cup.  Dyes, High Fructose Corn Syrup, added sugars, “natural” flavorings, preservatives and many other chemicals that you can’t even pronounce.  Even the “Healthy” smoothie restaurants have some hidden secrets about their ingredients.  So the best solution is, make your own smoothies at home.

I drink smoothies every single morning.  I use fresh fruit when it’s in season, and I mix it with frozen fruits as well.  I also add chia seeds, flax seeds, protein powder, low glycemic meal replacement powders and stevia if needed to sweeten it up a bit.

Go Green

I always recommend to only use fruits and fresh, organic milk or water when beginning with smoothies.

However, if you’re ready to take your smoothie making to the next level then I definitely suggest making Green Smoothies.  Start by adding organic kale, spinach, collard greens, parsley or swiss chard.  You can also add romaine lettuce, bok choy, mustard greens, turnip greens, and green/red leaf lettuce.

One of the best investments I’ve ever made was buying the NutriBullet.  This thing is fast, easy to use and easy to clean up.  It’s not as bulky as a larger blender and has fewer parts to clean.  It’s the perfect size to make a large enough smoothie for anybody.  I would definitely recommend looking into this purchase.  You can buy it online for a very reasonable price.

Here’s the link that I used to purchase my own NutriBullet…

NutriBullet Smoothie Maker

Before I purchased the NutriBullet, I only made smoothies 3-5 times a week because it was so inconvenient.  (I have one of those high end blenders but the clean up was ridiculous.)

But now I drink up to 2-4 smoothies a DAY!  Every single day of the week!  Once you figure out how easy it can be, and how healthy it is for you, then it almost becomes an addiction.  A healthy addiction!

Your digestion will be unbelievable!  Your skin will clear up… You’ll have less headaches because you’re body is functioning better…

You’ll absolutely love the new you.

Not only that… You’ll actually want to be creative and try new things with it.  (Different Recipes)

So, are smoothies stupid?  

Absolutely not!  You can get a tremendous amount of nutrition from each smoothie and you’ll even find that your digestion will improve, and you’ll lose weight.

Top 5 Superfoods That Reduce Pain

Are you tired of going to the doctor describing your pain to him or her and the only thing you get is some ridiculous explanation about pain… and then a prescription for more drugs?  Have you also tried the cortisone injections and got no relief?  Stop the madness?  It’s time that you take your health back into your own hands.  You don’t need to live life taking medications for every single symptom that you have.  How did we ever let “Health Care” get this out of control?

So where do you start?  Well, the first steps are through your diet and lifestyle.  By making small changes now, you can begin to decrease the inflammation in your body all on your own.

So I have compiled a list of the top 5 superfoods that reduce pain, the same list I personally use and recommend for my patients.  Each one is very powerful on it’s own, but if you eat them all throughout the day, then you will see dramatic changes in the way you feel.  Just be patient… Doing things naturally takes time.  It may take a few days to see great improvement in the way you feel.

Top 5 Superfoods That Reduce Pain


1)  Cherries

The antioxidants in cherries have proven to be helpful in decreasing inflammation Choosing sour over sweet will give you the best benefits.   Raw sour cherries contain higher vitamin C content per 100 g (17% DV) and are also an excellent source of vitamin A (26% DV). Cherries are also among foods that give you energy.


2)  Broccoli

Broccoli is high in vitamin C and dietary fiber; it also contains multiple nutrients with potent anti-cancer properties, such as diindolylmethane and small amounts of selenium.  It is also rich in lutein and beta-carotene.  This is a true powerhouse in helping the body fight off many different illnesses.  This vegetable will help knock out your inflammation.


3)  Red Grapes

The skin of the red grapes contains Resveratrol.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last 5 years, you must have heard about this wonderful anti-inflammatory food.  Resveratrol in red grapes has been shown to decrease inflammation, lower blood sugar, and provide other positive effects for heart health.  Eating the grapes, or even drinking red wine in moderation can help you greatly reduce your chronic inflammation.


4)  Wild Alaskan Salmon

This one gets my top vote!  Not only does grilled or baked salmon taste delicious, you will also be getting some wonderful health benefits from eating it.  It is very high in Omega 3’s which help to reduce inflammation, lower blood sugar, lowers triglyceride levels and can help prevent obesity.


5)  Spirulina

What is Spirulina and how does it help with inflammation?

Spirulina is a blue-green algae that is consumed by humans typically in caplet or capsule form.  It is a  complete protein, meaning that it includes all of the essential amino acids. Researchers have recently found a compound in Spirulina called C-phycocyanin that may have anti-inflammatory properties. This compound is one of the bluish-green pigments that gives Spirulina its color. C-phycocyanin is known to have a antioxidant properties, which means it can help to protect our cells against free radical damage. But now research is also indicating that it may be able to help relieve inflammation as well.

Other benefits of Spirulina:  Boosting immunity and energy levels, supporting eye, brain and cardiovascular health
helping to maintain healthy blood sugar balance, and providing a good vegetarian source of Iron and protein.  You can purchase the capsules or caplets at almost any health food store.



Remember, when you try to get control of your own health again, seeing results can take a little bit of time.  Don’t get frustrated.  Continue on your path and you will see that there truly healthier ways to live.  Look in your medicine cabinet sometime and take inventory.  You will be shocked at the way the pharmaceutical industry has almost taken over your life.  Most of us have pills for every single symptom that we have ever gotten.  This is not Health Care… It is sickness care.

These are great foods that give you energy, especially salmon and broccoli. 

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Thank you,

Dr. Jason Hurst, DC, CCSP, CSCS