Ann Louise Gittleman’s low-carb ‘Fat Flush’ detox diet accelerates weight loss

Known as the First Lady of Nutrition, Ann Louise Gittleman has written 30 books on dieting. But it’s for her “Fat Flush” weight loss plan that she’s become most famous. In an exclusive interview in the Examiner, Ann Louise told us how her unique diet melts fat to help you shed pounds quickly and permanently. 

“Fat Flush changes your relationship with food and your body.  It increases metabolism, flushes out bloat and speeds up fat loss with a targeted three-phase program that is designed to activate and support the fat-burning process,” explained Ann Louise.

The original book “Fat Flush Plan” also has companion books: “The Fat Flush Cookbook” and “Fat Flush for Life: The Year-Round Super Detox Plan to Boost Your Metabolism and Keep the Weight Off Permanently” (click for details).

And the results that fat flush dieters experience are impressive: “During the first two weeks, participants report a 10 – 12 inch loss from their hips, waist, and thighs,” says Ann Louise.

The detox phase features lean protein, vegetables, selected fruit, herbs, spices and cleansing beverages. All foods are carefully chosen by Ann Louise to burn fat faster while detoxifying and cleansing your body. Also included are ongoing weight loss and lifestyle phases.

For those concerned about following the diet at work or school, Ann Louise emphasizes that her “Fat Flushers,” as she calls her diet followers, “learn how to make the best food choices available  in any setting, be it throughout the busy work week, traveling, or social gatherings.  It’s about feeling empowered rather than limiting yourself.”

Ann Louise also has authored a book featuring the best foods, seasonings and beverages to keep your body in fat-burning mode all the time: “The Fat Flush Foods : The World’s Best Foods, Seasonings, and Supplements to Flush the Fat From Every Body” (click for details).

We asked Ann Louise about the “fear of fat” that many dieters experience.

“Fat is the preferred fuel of the body – not carbohydrates.   Fear of fat is in fact one of the greatest nutritional plagues of the last 20 years,” she declares. 

“Selecting the right fats for the diet is critical.  The body actually requires fat sources from monounsaturates  like avocado, clean saturated sources like coconut oil, raw dairy,  free range eggs and grass fed meat, and essential fatty acids from fish and flax to keep  hair and skin healthy, to help the production of hormones, and to keep metabolic fires burning.”

And for those who wonder about going gluten-free, Ann Louise notes that many people “have low to moderate level gluten sensitivity, which can affect us in numerous ways.  Anything from painful digestion to hormone imbalance, thinning hair, eczema, headaches, fatigue, runny nose, achy joints and more have been associated with gluten intolerance at some level.”

Fort hose considering going on a very low carb diet, Ann Louise urges that you become aware of the right level of carbohydrates for you.

“Carb intake needs to be based on one’s level of physical activity. In general,   all  pre-diabetics, diabetics,  those who have metabolic syndrome,  and individuals  desiring weight loss should maintain a 40 – 60 gram carb diet,” she explains.

Her recommendation: Get “clean carb energy from primarily from non-starchy vegetables and a couple of servings of veggie starches like sweet potato, winter squash, and roots and tubers.”

Find out more by clicking here for Ann Louise’s break-through weight loss program to reshape your entire body and life: “The Fat Flush Plan.”

‘Protein Power’ diet author celebrates 20 years of weight loss wisdom

Many think of high protein diets as a recent invention. But in 1995, Dr. Michael Eades began work on what many consider the grandfather of today’s high fat low carb diet trend. The result was published in January of 1996 and entitled “Protein Power: The High-Protein/Low Carbohydrate Way to Lose Weight, Feel Fit, and Boost Your Health-in Just Weeks!” as reported in the Examiner.

Since then, Dr. Eades and Mary Dan Eades have authored additional books, including “The 30-Day Low-Carb Diet Solution” and “The Protein Power Lifeplan.” What’s unique about the Protein Power lifestyle: It emphasizes, literally, the power of protein while providing guidance on how to include healthy fats and carbohydrates in your diet to boost your weight loss and improve health parameters such as cholesterol and blood pressure.

Other books by the diet duo include “The 6-Week Cure for the Middle-Aged Middle: The Simple Plan to Flatten Your Belly Fast!” and “The Low-Carb Comfort Food Cookbook.” Throughout their mini-library of low-cal lore, Dr. Eades and Mary Dan emphasize the facts of how to follow the plan coupled with the know-how you need about the science behind how to use protein to optimize your metabolism, burn fat faster and boost your weight loss.

And for those who have lost – and gained – and lost – and gained the same pounds over and over, they also offer in-depth help with keeping off the weight once you’ve succeeded in “Staying Power : Maintaining Your Low-Carb Weight Loss for Good.”

One of the most respected diet bloggers, Dr. Eades also recently reviewed “The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet.” He emphasized his belief that “it is one of the most important books on nutrition ever written.”

What we’re looking forward to: Dr. Eades’ plans to write a second edition of his ground-breaking Protein Power book. We’re predicting that it too will deserve a space on the shelf reserved for important and essential nutrition and weight loss books.

Heidi Klum and Kate Upton rely on celebrity trainer David Kirsch: His low carb diet tips

Celebrity trainer David Kirsch has become the go-to guy for the world’s most beautiful bodies. His clients range from Heidi Klum to Kate Upton. 

David utilizes a combination of diet and fitness. You can try his workout at home with “David Kirsch’s Sound Mind Sound Body Ultimate Fitness Boot Camp” – click for details.

David believes in combining that workout with diligent diets, as described in his book “The Ultimate New York Body Plan.”  He emphasizes the quality of food over quantity of calories, emphasizing poultry, eggs, fish and almonds. 

Kate praised in an interview with the Daily Mail, “‘Not only does he keep me fit but he keeps me motivated! He changes [the exercises] every day and that’s really important so you don’t get bored.”

Creator of “The Ultimate New York Body Plan: Just 2 weeks to a total transformation”, David believes that by combining mind-body conditioning, multi-tasking workouts and smart nutrition, you can enhance your body in effectively and efficiently. 

In his book “Sound Mind, Sound Body: David Kirsch’s Ultimate 6 Week Fitness Transformation for Men and Women,” he explains how to integrate his approach and diet into even the busiest lifestyle.

Talking with Access Hollywood, David said that for “The Other Woman,” he increased “the intensity and duration of the workouts, making it a strict cardio and sculpting boot camp that entailed body weights and resistance bands, sprinting and calisthenics, shadow and kick boxing.”

Because Kate “has an amazing, very feminine body, I just want to tighten everything up to keep her in top shape. To focus on her abs, we did planks on stability ball, stability ball knee tucks and hanging knee raises, and lots of medicine ball tosses with crunches – so she would crunch up, I would toss the ball to her, she would catch it and crunch back down. Then, on the next crunch up, she would throw the ball back to me and we would repeat.”

As for the ideal diet to sleekify that sizzling shape? David says Kate followed his own diet plan, which is detailed in his weight loss book “The Ultimate New York Body Plan: Just 2 weeks to a total transformation:

She followed my ABC’s—no Alcohol, Bread, or processed Carbs, and also no sugar. She ate clean, lean protein, lots of salads and greens, and avoided everything processed. She ate small portions five times a day, roughly every three hours. Obviously, this isn’t always how she eats, but before filming, she follows it very strictly.

David’s not alone in advocating avoiding processed carbohydrates and sugar. Celebrity fitness trainer Vinnie Tortorich also believes in what he calls the “No Sugar No Grains” lifestyle. Get information about how to make it work for you, including tips on tightening and toning for torching fat, in his book “Fitness Confidential.”

In another interview, David offered these tips: 

  • Bread is “filled with empty carbs that spike your blood sugar, sending your body into fat storage mode and increasing your sensations of hunger. In short, bread is empty, wasted calories.”
  • Choose carbs wisely. “Carrots, potatoes, rice, pasta, and corn all contain high amounts of carbohydrates and rank high or relatively high on the glycemic index.”
  • Be cautious about dairy. “Many people don’t realize that dairy products contain high amounts of a sugar called lactose. Not only that, but most people are sensitive to this sugar and can’t digest it well. It leads to bloating, which is the last thing you want when you want to look your best.”

High fat low carb diets best but food pyramid flounders on

The latest research, from academic studies to clinical trials, has shown that high fat low carb diets work best for weight loss and for health. But despite all that evidence, both health groups such as the American Heart Association and most hospitals tell consumers to follow low fat high carb plans, said Irving T. Gilson, M.D., in the Providence Journal as reported in the Examiner.

“A continuing flow of clinical research studies have consistently confirmed the benefits of low-carbohydrate diets with respect to weight loss and cardiac risk factors, while negating the demonization of saturated fat,” said Dr. Gilson. The benefits include help for those with diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

“Bottom line: the demon is the sugar — not the fat,” added Dr. Gilson. He also noted that a new book, “The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet” by Nina Teicholz, shows “major flaws in the evidence presented by those who have been advocating a low-fat diet to reduce heart disease and obesity for the past 30 years.”

In an exclusive interview, Nina told me, “The Seven Countries study that Keys conducted in the late 1950s was like the “big bang” of modern nutrition research.” Just one problem with that big bang: It was more of a bust than a bang.

While Keys nailed saturated fat as the culprit for heart disease, his conclusion “contains many methodological flaws, including the fact that Keys selected only the countries that would support his hypothesis, such as Italy, Greece and Japan, which had low rates of heart disease and consumed little saturated fat, while ignoring those that would not,” Nina said. As a result, our food pyramid as well as traditional diet advice is based on erroneous conclusions.

Adding to the evidence that low carb rather than low fat diets are best for weight loss and health, a new study found that eating protein suppresses the appetite. Those who lack enough protein in their diets compensate by eating too many carbohydrates, leading to obesity, reported Bustle.

David Raubenheimer of the University of Sydney found that those ubiquitous low-fat processed products that fill our grocery store shelves provide us with the wrong balance of nutrients. We’re consuming too many carbohydrates and not enough protein, resulting in weight gain.

In contrast, by following a Paleo-style plan that eliminates grains and sugar while increasing protein, vegetables and healthy fats, we can boost both our health and our weight loss. “if we have a diet with low protein, we will over-eat fats, carbs and energy to get the target level of protein. This may explain why human obesity cases in the Western World have soared over the past 60 years whilst the proportion of protein in our diet has dropped during this time,” said Raubenheimer.

Despite this evidence cited by both Dr. Gilson and Raubenheimer, the American Heart Association (AHA) advocates following a low-fat diet that features whole grains and limits red meat. They also tell consumers to choose low-fat dairy.

“Eat a dietary pattern that emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products…while limiting red meat,” says the AHA Web site. That advice is echoed by the food pyramid.

But it is advice that has failed, Paleo diet guru Robb Wolf told me in an exclusive interview. He challenges those who say that it’s not healthy to eliminate dairy and grains, both of which are excluded on a Paleo diet.

The low-fat, high carb diet has been preached for 50 years “and it has been a complete failure,” says Robb. For those who want to feel better, enhance their health or lose weight, “I can’t spin this yarn that all food are created equal.”

Robb questions the notion “that some kind of mystical nutrient deficiency will emerge if one builds their diet built around fruits, veggies, lean meats, nuts and seeds. My research associates have published papers demonstrating not only that a Paleo diet provides all the nutrients for health, but that the Paleo diet is, calorie for calorie, the most nutritious way one can eat.”

Supporting the high fat low carb diet is Dr. Stephen Phinney. After decades of studying ketogenic diets and other types of low carb diets, the physician disagrees strongly with the recommendations of the AHA and food pyramid.

“Given both the healthcare costs and the medical risks associated with type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, plus the immediate improvements (if not complete remission) in these diseases with a well-formulated ketogenic diet, this diet should be the primary (aka first) therapy that doctors and dietitians recommend,” he told me in an exclusive interview.

“The concept that humans ‘need a certain amount of dietary carbs for proper function of the body’ has no basis in science,” he told me. “It is a myth perpetuated by the USDA and the dietetic establishment.”

A new study offers additional proof about that “myth.” By eating lean beef, researchers have found that you can lower your blood pressure more successfully than following the standard DASH plan that limits protein, reported Penn State News.

This research adds to the significant evidence, including work previously done in our lab, that supports lean beef’s role in a heart-healthy diet,” said Penny M. Kris-Etherton, Distinguished Professor of Nutrition, Penn State. “This study shows that nutrient-rich lean beef can be included as part of a heart-healthy diet that reduces blood pressure, which can help lower the risk for cardiovascular disease.”

Celebrity trainer designs ‘8-Week Total Body Makeover’: No sugar, no gluten

The trainer to celebrities such as Anne Hathaway and Naomi Watts is revealing her secrets to slimming down and shaping up. Simone de la Rue has helped those women as well as models, actors, fashion designers and everyday women get their best bodies, as reported in the Examiner. Now she’s sharing her secrets in a new book: “Body By Simone: The 8-Week Total Body Makeover Plan” (click for details).

In an interview, Simone told us that working out with your friends provides “a positive way to take care of yourself and share that joy with your friends.”

When it comes to diet, she advocates clean eating.

By limiting your sugar and gluten intake and your alcohol and dairy intake you are cleansing your system and allowing your body to digest properly. By eating whole, organic real foods rather than processed foods you can detox your system, and you’ll look and feel better.

In addition to the fitness and clean eating program, Simone’s book includes a two-week kick-start cleanse, which offers unique benefits for health and weight loss.

“It really is a detox to clean out your gut and detoxify your body, by eliminating certain foods that your body holds onto or is even allergic to,” explained Simone.

“The first few days are difficult as you are coming off caffeine and sugar, but at the end of the 2 weeks you feel incredible. Your skin glows, your eyes shine, your hair and nails grow, and you sleep better.  You have more energy and you feel lighter and alive!” she said enthusiastically.

We asked Simone to share her favorite recipe from “Body By Simone: The 8-Week Total Body Makeover Plan” (click for more information).

GRASS-FED BEEF TACOS

1 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp cumin

1 garlic clove, minced

6 oz grass-fed beefsteak, sliced

1 c green peppers, sliced

1 c red bell peppers, sliced

½ c onion, sliced

2 gluten-free tortillas, small

¼ c low-sodium salsa

¼ c shredded nondairy cheese

¼ c avocado, chopped

Sauté olive oil, cumin, and garlic for one minute. Add the beef and cook through. Add peppers and onion and cook until vegetables are soft. Spoon into gluten-free tortillas and top with salsa, avocado, and cheese. Makes 2 servings.

Probiotics for health and weight loss

From your weight to your cholesterol to your digestive system, probiotics just might be the missing weapon in your battle for optimal health. The most recent studies delving into these nifty bacteria indicate that we may not even know their potential power for good when it comes to weight loss.

By maintaining the right balance of three probiotics — Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and Lactobacillus reuteri — you can lose weight, reduce your cholesterol and help prevent type 2 diabetes.

In addition, a recent study showed that taking a probiotic that contained other good bacteria, such as Advanced Probiotic Balance, helps curb cravings.

Also consider the following probiotics:

Read about the newest research by clicking here.

Is sugar toxic and addictive? Yes, say these experts

Is sugar toxic? Yes, says a new film entitled “Fed Up” whose experts battling to ban hidden sugar include:

But the film does more than take off the cellophane wrapping hiding what’s wrong with our food and diet guidelines, reports Time magazine. It helps viewers understand what to avoid, including sugar and starches.

“You can eat a bowl of corn flakes with no added sugar, or you can eat a bowl or sugar with no added corn flakes; they might taste different but below the neck, they’re metabolically the same,” comments Dr. David Ludwig, a professor at Harvard Medical School.

And the battle against sugar is not being waged only in the United States.  Learn more by clicking the links below: