Do we Have to Count Calories?

Do we Have to Count Calories?

Let’s clarify some concepts before starting:

What is a calorie?

Calorie is a unit of energy. The energy contained in food is expressed as calories.

How are the calories in food calculated?

This measurement is made in laboratories, through instruments called calorimeters.

Basically inside the calorimeter the food is burned and the energy released in the combustion is measured.

What is the theory of the energetic balance?

It is the dogma that has dominated the explanation about how we gain weight and how we lose weight.

It is an equation determined by the energy that enters our body (calories that enter: what we eat) and the energy that comes out (calories that come out: exercise, basal metabolism and other energy costs) Continue reading “Do we Have to Count Calories?”

<thrive_headline click tho-post-8601 tho-test-59>Low Fat Diets Can Be Detrimental To Your Health</thrive_headline>

Low Fat Diets Can Be Detrimental To Your Health

Low-fat diets can create more problems later than they solve in the moment. It sounds logical – eliminate fat to reduce your fat, but this is far from the reality. There’s no point in eliminating your excess weight at the expense of your health, which sadly occurs all too often. Low fat diets often contribute to this.

People feel that a diet that has any fat in at all contributes to weight gain. And that a low or fat free diet is a healthier diet.

If you consume a lot of fried food, this will contribute to weight gain. But there is much more to this topic than meets the eye.

For a start, the type and quality of the fat consumed

This has a huge impact on whether or not you gain weight. For example, canola oil is so unhealthy, it will contribute not only to your weight gain, but to your deteriorating health, too.

Next on the list is how you consume this fat.

For example, olive oil is considered to be a healthy oil, all things considered. But the first pressed, virgin olive oil has far more nutrition than the subsequent pressings resulting in cheaper oils.

Cold pressed oil is far more nutritious too, as heat destroys many of the natural nutrients that are beneficial. The more nutritious an oil is, the less likely it is to cause a problem, such as weight gain or digestive problems.

Highly processed fats, such as hydrogenated fat, create havoc with your health and weight as they are virtually undigestible.

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-8603 tho-test-60>Six Hormones that Influence Weight Loss in Women</thrive_headline>

Six Hormones that Influence Weight Loss in Women

Combined with a healthy diet, making sure that your body has sufficient amounts of these hormones can help take stubborn weight off.

In general, public discussions about weight loss tend to focus mainly on exercise and diet.

When someone thinks, “I need to lose weight!”, they immediately think up an action plan that involves exercises and a starting a “diet“. Some will take an additional step by hiring a personal trainer. This is a great choice as a good personal trainer can really motivate you to stay on track.

He will usually advise you to follow a healthy eating and help track your food habits. But what these fitness programas omit, is that your hormones can play a very key role in your weight loss success.

Our body produces 50 different types of hormones. Some of which regulate nutritional intake, metabolism and other functions that relate to weight gain and loss.

So, no matter if you are executing your fitness regiment perfectly, if you are experiencing hormonal imbalance, it will inevitably obstruct your progress.

Let’s take a closer look at the six main types of hormones that affect weight issues and what you can do to correct any imbalances.

Insulin

We all require insulin to process the sugars from our food – whether they are added sugar or naturally occurring sugar – and convert them into energy. When we consume carbohydrates, our blood sugar level rises, due to the sugars in carbohydrates like bread, pasta, oatmeal, fruits and vegetables.

High carb foods like bread and pasta cause a bigger spike. On the contrary lower carb foods like most vegetables and some fruits cause smaller rises in blood sugar levels. Someone without hormonal complications will not experience any insulin issues.

However, insulin deficiency causes a chronic problem that we know as diabetes. This means that the sugar in your bloodstream is not being converted into energy and sent to other parts of the body.

However, diabetes patients can also become insulin-resistant, which means that although you may be receiving insulin, not only do you have sugar buildup, but an insulin buildup as well.

Both situations create other problems, and one of these is weight gain.

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-8568 tho-test-57>The Health Dangers of Sugary Sodas</thrive_headline>

The Health Dangers of Sugary Sodas

How Popular are Sodas

Today, in the United States, sugary sodas are taking the place of healthier drinks like milk. There are lots of television and radio ads about sodas trying to get your attention to buy their sodas, but what they don’t tell you is how bad they are for you.

These sodas, filled with sugar, cause not only weight gain, but type 2 diabetes as well. People who consume 1-2 cans per day of sugar, sodas have a 26% higher risk of chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease along with obesity according to Harvard University.

 

How Much Sugar in Sodas

In a 20 ounce bottle of one sugar, soda it has 16-20 teaspoons of sugar. However, millions of Americans drink more than one 20 ounce bottle of soda per day. The more cans or bottles you drink, the more sugar you consume, which leads to weight gain.

Some people believe that sodas fill you up, but they don’t. In fact, sugar increases hunger that leads to obesity. Suppose you had a high-calorie meal at McDonald’s with a sugar drink, you increased your calorie intake even more, up to over a 1000 calories.

 

Obesity is on The Increase

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-6811 tho-test-52>A Day of Clean Eating Recipes</thrive_headline>

A Day of Clean Eating Recipes

Many people think about clean eating and get confused. They think that its just eating a salad or a juice, and eating simple and with no taste. But that is far from the truth. Clean eating means eating whole foods, the natural way and the foods that make us feel good.

There’s only one rule: If its grown from a plant, eat it; if it’s made in a plant, don’t.

Believe me, eating clean can be easy, fun and totally delicious. Plus you get to really feel healthy from the inside out (literally)

So today I wanted to give you an example of how a clean eating menu could be.

Prepare to detoxify, boost your energy, feel and look your best! It all starts with the daily choice to take action.

 

IN THE MORNING

Drink warm water with lemon and a pinch of cayenne pepper to get your circulation going.

 

BREAKFAST

SPINACH & PUMPKIN SEED POWER SMOOTHIE

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-8123 tho-test-47>Ways to Help Children In Venezuela, Because They Are Dying Of Malnutrition</thrive_headline>

Ways to Help Children In Venezuela, Because They Are Dying Of Malnutrition

Our mission is to help all children of this world live happier lives and have a bright future, regardless of where they were born and the circumstances they were forced to live during their childhood. And even though we are a small organization, we put the main focus on taking action right now. Impacting the life of even a single child in need, it’s worth the effort. Mother Teresa said “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one” If we all help change the life of one child each, we can change the world.

But, because nowadays, it is harder and harder for non-for-profit organizations to fund their activities, we have decided to create a for-profit business with the objective of providing financial stability to the members of our team, by doing something that matters. Because with part of the profits of our sales, we are financing this amazing philanthropic program called the U Care Program.

Today I wanted to share some of the faces of the children we are helping, in Caracas, Venezuela. And a little more about the mission of this project.

Too often we see on TV, newspapers and the Internet, news about children dying of malnutrition. To those of us who have children, it is hard not to wonder, that if for circumstances of life, my own child would be forced to live a reality like that. That’s why we created this program.

I wanted to do this post to be super clear about what we do and how we can help you too. I guess you have seen me promoting our products and programs on social media and many of you may be thinking if we are really making the donations or if it’s just another marketing strategy to sell. I’m here to give you my word, that this is a real philanthropic program financed by your purchases and making a real impact in real children.

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The U Care Program – Help a Child in Need

The program is called “U Care program” and as I said before is funded with part of the profits from the sales of our Personalized Health Coaching programs and guides, affiliate program commissions and direct sales of Adriana Wellness’s products.

The U Care Program is a 100% philanthropic initiative.

Yes, we are a for-profit company, we sell products to have profits, which allow us to cover our expenses and grow as a company. But more than anything, we want to make a positive impact in this world.

We want to grow by selling products that we are sure will help you in a deep way: with your health and wellness. Because we know, and you know, that our health is the most precious asset we have.

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-6766 tho-test-2>Your Way to Healthy Nourishment</thrive_headline>

Your Way to Healthy Nourishment

Soup certainly doesn’t sound like any special life-changing superfood. It’s soup, you’ve eaten it all your life. Yet soup has massive potential that often gets hidden behind nasty preservatives and less than ideal flavoring agents. The true beauty and nourishment happen with whole food ingredients and high-quality homemade bone broth. This is where the magic happens.

 

A daily soup made from local, seasonal ingredients and high-quality broth is better than any superfood or supplement out there. It’s a wholesome way to nourish your skin, immune system, joints, digestion, and gut health.

Homemade bone broth

 

Bone Broth is rich in natural gelatin which is anti-aging and great for rebuilding damaged intestinal lining. Making bone broth from scratch is as easy as throwing your leftover chicken carcass in a large pot of water and letting it simmer for 24 hours. This gets all the good stuff out of the bones and into the liquid.

 

Bone Broth is rich in natural gelatin which is anti-aging and great for rebuilding damaged intestinal lining Click To Tweet

 

Go to your local farmer’s market and get the freshest seasonal produce you can find. In the summer I love cooking fresh garlic, beets, and carrot in a homemade stock and blending with fresh dill. Served cold on a hot day with a drizzle of plain yogurt, this soup is refreshingly tangy and packed with nutrients.

 

In the Fall and Winter, soups made with root vegetables and hearty herbs like sage and rosemary are ideal. It’s all about sourcing local, pesticide-free vegetables for the most nutrient-dense soups. Nothing you can buy from the store compares to what you can make at home with relatively little effort.  

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-6535 tho-test-4>How to Lose Weight Without Dieting</thrive_headline>

How to Lose Weight Without Dieting

“Dieting” is often the first thought when the topic of weight loss is brought up. Despite its traditional place in losing weight, it only works temporarily, and the weight often piles back on when the diet is over. Many diets are also unrealistic in their expectations, and the majority of people simply cannot sustain them for long—nor should they have to! Here are some more practical, long-term solutions for losing weight. You don’t have to restrict yourselves; you just need to modify what and how you eat to develop healthy eating habits.  

 

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-5896 tho-test-11>10 Ways to Support Digestion and Lose Weight </thrive_headline>

10 Ways to Support Digestion and Lose Weight 

Weight loss does not have to be as daunting as it seems. By understanding the physiology of digestion, we can improve it and let our bodies to lose the extra weight itself. Digestion is a function of the parasympathetic nervous system. Our job is to keep it activated while we are eating for effective and efficient digestion. Here are some ways to do that:

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<thrive_headline click tho-post-5281 tho-test-24>Why Your Waist Circumference Matters 100x More Than What You Weight?</thrive_headline>

Why Your Waist Circumference Matters 100x More Than What You Weight?

You totally want to ditch your scale, don’t you? You may have this weird kind of relationship with your “weight”. I mean, it doesn’t define you (obviously). What you weigh can matter but only to a certain extent. Let’s look at your waist circumference (well…you look at yours and I’ll look at mine).

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