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The Impossible Burger Review

Not long ago, my younger sister suggested I do a review on Burger King’s vegetarian Impossible Whopper. I normally never eat fast foods and would have no reason to enter a fast food restaurant unless I was on the go and would not be able to eat for several hours. But, it is always good to know where one can go and still have a healthier choice of foods than the typical burger and fry meals served at almost all fast food establishments.I have not had a reason, nor opportunity since her suggestion to review the Impossible Whopper, but last Saturday I was excited to see my local Dillons grocery store is now selling the Impossible Burger. I bought a package for a review and found myself quite pleased with the product.

As you can see, the Impossible Burger almost looks like actual meat, and, I noticed this product did not have the faint smell of dog food as a couple other veggie burgers I have tried.

Hmm, vegetarian burgers that bleed as you cook them… This blood is what gives the Impossible Burger it’s meaty flavor. However, it is not truly blood of course. What this blood is, is Soy leghemoglobin which is short for legume hemoglobin — the hemoglobin found in soy, a leguminous plant. Leghemoglobin is a protein found in plants that carries heme, an iron-containing molecule that is essential for life. Heme is found in every living being — both plants and animals. (Heme in animals is carried by “hemoglobin” and “myoglobin” among other proteins.)

Out of all the fake meats I have sampled for reviews, the Impossible Burger truly is more meat like than I ever thought possible. In fact, I believe that once the burgers are dressed on a bun, most people would never know the difference between these and actual ground beef. The taste and texture are similar enough to the real thing that if someone said something about the taste, it could be played off on how you had seasoned the burgers before cooking. I’m not suggesting you fib about these burgers, I am just trying to illustrate a point to how much they do in fact resemble actual ground beef burgers. I will say, this carnivore likes these veggie burgers and will buy them for a little something different in the future.

Nutrition:

 From Impossible Burger Website:

Impossible Burger is made from proteins, flavors, fats, and binders. The key difference from your average beef burger? Our ingredients are derived from plants. Here’s an overview:

  • Protein from soy and potatoes
  • Flavor from heme (the molecule that makes meat taste, well, meaty)
  • Fat from coconut and sunflower oils make it sizzle on the griddle
  • Binders, methylcellulose and food starch, hold it together so you can make anything you want — meatballs, kebabs, patties, and more.

Want the details?  Here’s the ingredient list:

Water, Soy Protein Concentrate, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Natural Flavors, 2% Or Less Of: Potato Protein, Methylcellulose, Yeast Extract, Cultured Dextrose, Food Starch Modified, Soy Leghemoglobin, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols (Antioxidant), Soy Protein Isolate, Vitamins and Minerals (Zinc Gluconate, Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Niacin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin B12).

The Impossible Burger comes in at 240 calories which is about 49 calories less than an equivalent 4 oz 80/20 ground beef patty. Nutritionally, these burgers have somewhat of an edge over their meat counter parts since they also contain 3 grams of fiber and 19 grams of protein which is the same as ground beef. Impossible Burgers contain soy protein concentrate, which is a good source of fiber, as well as folate, copper, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, potassium, phosphorus, and iron, but most importantly, it’s the only commonly consumed plant protein that’s comparable in quality to animal protein. Soy protein carries a full complement of all nine essential amino acids which our bodies can only receive from the foods we consume.

Protein quality is typically defined in terms of protein digestibility-corrected amino acid score (PDCAAS), which is a measure of its essential amino acid composition and digestibility.  Higher PDCAAS means higher quality, with 1.00 being the highest score possible. Soy protein concentrate has a published PDCAAS of 0.95. For reference, conventional ground beef from cows has a published PDCAAS of 0.92. Soy protein’s high PDCAAS means you get plenty of nutritional bang for your buck with the Impossible Burger– a 4oz. serving has 31% of the daily value (DV) for protein. Comparing the DVs for different proteins is a better way of comparing two products than grams of protein alone. Two foods may have the same amount of protein per serving, but very different DVs because of differences in their PDCAAS.

The Impossible Burgers are going to cost you about $7.00 US for a package of 2 burgers. While this is more expensive than ground beef, it is still less expensive than going out to buy a hamburger anywhere you could go anyhow. Sometimes you just have to ask yourself how much is too much for healthy foods, and why? You could spend this much or more on a single serving of ice cream at your local Dairy Queen.

My bottom line is that while I do enjoy these vegetarian products, I am not going to give up my meats anytime soon. I enjoy a good steak on occasion and there is no good reason for me to not indulge in this delicious source of protein. Going vegetarian or vegan is a personal choice, but one thing I can promise you is – if you go vegetarian or vegan, this in itself does not in any way mean that you are also going to lose any weight. I have encountered several overweight and obese vegans over the years. No matter what you choose to eat, you must make wise decisions in the foods you consume. Moderation is still key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight no matter what you are eating on a daily basis.

Lightlife Jumbo Smart Dogs Review

It is, or should be, no secret that hot dogs are typically a damn poor choice for good nutrition. They are made up of the parts of the animal that are left over once the choice cuts are used up. This meat is then mixed with water, corn syrup or sorbitol, salt, food starch, and liquid smoke and a variety of different spices. To boost the color of the hot dogs, and improve their shelf life, sodium nitrate is added as a preservative. Sodium diacetate, sodium erythorbate, and any number of other chemicals may also be added. However, to many people, hot dogs are as American as apple pie and baseball. According to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council, Americans eat 818 hot dogs per second between Memorial Day and Labor Day, which adds up to about 7 billion hot dogs.

I have to admit, I do love the taste of a good hot dog, but being as they are an unhealthy choice of low nutrition processed meat,I never eat them. There is almost nothing better than a hot dog cooked on a stick over an open wood fire, but even this does not taste as good as being healthy, fit and trim feels.  However, my dear wife still does eat hot dogs and with her being a picky eater, I was quite surprised when she said she wanted to try a vegetarian hot dog. Loraine never eats vegetarian meat substitutes!

To my surprise, despite her finicky tastes when it comes to hot dogs, she really likes the Lightlife Smart Dogs!

Looking at the ingredient list, I was skeptical about how good these dogs would be. I tried the MorningStar brand of corn dogs a while back and would just as soon take a good swift kick to the shin rather eat them again. The MorningStar hot dog was awful, and left me cynical in that anyone could actually make a decent vegetarian hot dog.

Lightlife managed to make a good dog!

I prepared one of these Smart Dogs by boiling it in water for a few minutes until thoroughly heated. I then put it on a Ole Extreme Wellness tortilla with a little bit of sugar free ketchup and yellow mustard. My first thought when removing the dog from it’s package was it did look and feel like a meat hot dog, unlike some of the others I have seen in the past. Once I had it wrapped in my tortilla, I bit into it and had to go back and look into my refrigerator to ensure I had not mistakenly cooked a meat hot dog. I do not know how they pulled this off, but the Lightlife Smart Dog actually tastes like a beef or pork based hot dog. The smell and texture were even the same as their meat counterparts. Now, I really need to see how they do by cooking them over an open wood fire or charcoal. These dogs are good.

As with any other hot dog, you have to consider these are still too high in sodium, so I could not recommend anyone having these on a daily basis. Especially if you are one who needs to watch your sodium intake. That being said, the calories are not too bad, they have healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats at 3 grams total, 2 grams of fiber making only 2 net grams of carbs, and 13 grams of protein. Another downside for me is there is a trace of sugar in the ingredients, but this is actually quite miniscule at less than 1 gram per serving.

Bear in mind, that while these hot dogs are a healthier choice than their meat counterparts, this does not mean they are a healthy food. In reality, they are still a highly processed food product and their consumption should be kept at a minimum.

Lean Body Protein Review

Yesterday, my normal 13 hour work day of delivering construction and industrial supplies turned into a 24 hour shift because of a breakdown with my truck. I always carry enough premeasured, healthy foods with me on my route, but when on the rare occasion my shift gets extended like this, I have to stop and pick something up for nourishment.

I never let being busy or overwhelmed be an excuse to eat unhealthy. If I need to pick something up to eat or drink while I am out on the road, I will always find something that suits my personal nutritional needs, or requirements if you will. This means, I do not settle for sugar laden junk foods. I will not, under any circumstance, sacrifice my nutritional needs over something that does not bring a benefit to my body. If you adapt this type of thinking into your lifestyle, it becomes easy to find healthy choices mixed among all the calorie dense, low nutrition choices found in most convenience stores and truck stops.

Last night, before departing Omaha Nebraska for my three hour trip back to my terminal in Kansas City, I stopped at a Quick Trip and picked up a little something to hold me over until I got home. I got a package of boiled eggs and this Lean Body protein drink. Glancing over the label, I thought this one looked like the perfect premade protein shake. It comes in at 40 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber and only 4 net grams of carbs. Best of all, this shake is SUGAR FREE! Looking over the nutritional label, I was excited about trying this protein drink for the first time as it actually fulfills everything I look for in these drinks. How can this not be good?

As for the flavor of this shake, on the plus side, it was not too sweet for my personal taste. Now for the negative side regarding the flavor. Even though Dutch Cocoa is an ingredient, I could barely taste anything remotely chocolate in this drink. What I thought it tasted like was akin to how fireworks smell when you are lighting them off on Independence Day. Something like smelling spent firecrackers while you are holding a burning firecracker punk in your mouth after handling it with a little bit of chocolate and gunpowder on the end of it. For everything I thought this drink had going for it, the taste was quite awful. I cannot think of anything I have ever tasted that reminded of the smell of fireworks being lit off, this was quite unusual to me, but I drank it anyhow for the nutrition. Sometimes you just have to consume nutritious foods like medicine to keep you feeling good. When your relationship with food and drink changes, once you look at foods as good fuel rather than something that tastes good in the moment, it becomes easier to consume some things that do not taste all that great, although I still cannot choke down broccoli whether raw or cooked.

On the plus side, even though the flavor kind of made me want to stop my semi and lick my truck tires until I got the taste out of my mouth, this product did satisfy my hunger and nutritional needs. It kept me well satiated until I got home off the road, satiated to where I did not feel a need to eat anything else after being on the road for 24 hours. While I personally did not enjoy the flavor of this drink, that does not mean you will not like it. It also comes in other flavors that might be quite satisfying to the palate. At the end of day, I would still choose this Lean Body Protein drink to nourish my body before filling up on soda pop and cookies. I will buy this before I would anything that contains sugar if I have no other choices to choose from.  There are worse things in life than a bad tasting drink.

MaraNatha Peanut Butter Review

I love natural peanut butters and picked this jar up at Walmart yesterday to give it a try. Two lines on the label intrigued me – “only two ingredients” along with “no sugar or salt added”. Another aspect that caught my attention was, unlike most natural peanut butters there was no visible oil separation at the top of the jar, therefore no trying to stir a full jar while hoping to not slop any of the oil out of the jar.

I opened this jar last night and had some of it. As you can see, there is still no oil separation and you can also see just how creamy this peanut butter is. The creaminess reminds me of the powdered peanut butters you mix with a little water, but for the fact you do know the oil is there as you are eating it. Though the presence of oil is not unfavorable in any type of way, I actually add MCT oil to my powdered peanut butter on occasion.

Being as I very rarely eat breads, I like my peanut butter spread out, and then rolled up in a high fiber Ole brand Extreme Wellness tortilla. I skip breads simply because most of them contain added sugars and I actually just prefer these tortilla’s.

Biting into this peanut butter roll up, the first thing I noticed about the flavor is that it is not even remotely similar to any peanut butter I have ever tasted. It tastes good, but since there is no sugar or salt, this peanut butter tastes blander than most. Yet, the flavor of the peanuts is still quite enjoyable in my opinion. I will say, that with this product truly only having two ingredients, you might be a little put off by how different it tastes than regular peanut butters including the other natural brands. Being as I do not consume anything with added sugars, and have never cared for the taste of salt, I think I might come to prefer this over other natural peanut butters I have bought in the past.

As you can see in the ingredients label, the only two ingredients are peanuts and palm oil. What more needs to be said, this is about as basic as it gets!

At 200 calories per serving, this product is about 10 to 20 calories higher than most other peanut butters on the market, but this difference is negligible when you consider it packs in  8 grams of  protein, 2 grams of fiber and only 2 net grams of carbs (net carb grams equal total carbs minus grams of fiber).

As for the content of palm oil and its health benefits, or lack thereof, the jury is out. Advocates of Keto are likely to tell you it is good for you, while other nutritionists might say it is bad.

Palm oil appears to have some health benefits. Some studies have shown that palm oil [can help reduce] the risk factors for heart disease and aid in brain functioning. Palm oil is high in tocotrienols, a form of vitamin E that act like antioxidants. Some research suggests that tocotrienols can slow the progression of dementia and lower stroke risk. However, palm oil isn’t the healthiest oil you can use for cooking. This oil is about half good (unsaturated) and half bad (saturated) fats, but it’s in so many varying foods that it’s difficult for researchers to determine if it’s actually good or bad for you. As with the caloric content of this peanut butter, you will want to use moderation if you are trying to consume this while also attempting to win the battle of the bulge.

To our good friend Dolly at koolkosherkitchen, this peanut butter is certified Kosher!

The Skinny on Skinny Up Weight Loss Drops

Have you seen this product and considered buying it in order to lose that stubborn weight that just will not go away no matter how hard you have tried in the past?

If you did buy this bogus product, did you feel a little less intelligent once you figured out that you had been scammed? I sure hope so, because these types of products

DO NOT WORK!

There are no shortcuts or easy paths to take in losing weight and then maintaining the loss for the rest of your life!

From the Skinny Up website:

During the Skinny Up!® protocol, there are 3 phases. Each phase has a specific eating plan. When you purchase your Skinny Up!® package, it will arrive with a detailed Skinny Up!® protocol guide booklet, leading you through the entire protocol with all the details you need in order to be successful. You will find that the protocol isn’t tricky, but your success will directly correspond to you how closely you comply with the information.

Always pay close attention to the details!

During the Reduce Phase, you will be following a restrictive eating plan. This plan is restrictive both in the specific foods you eat, and also in their preparation. Because of this, it will be challenging to get the correctly “clean-prepared” foods in restaurant situations or at big celebratory feasts.  If you have lots of big parties coming up, you might want to consider starting the Skinny Up!® protocol once those are complete.

There is never a need to pay big money in order to follow a restrictive eating plan. In fact, a restrictive eating plan is really not that necessary in order to lose weight. You can simply follow our plan here at David’s Way to Health and Fitness for totally free.  With the exception of cutting out added sugars and processed foods, my plan allows you to eat an abundance of foods.

Beginning their protocol:

Loading Phase: Days 1 & 2 of every new protocol.

Utilizes two products: Skinny Up!® Reduce and Skinny Up!® Yeast Redux. 

  • Fat-loading foods are enjoyed. These, combined with Skinny Up!® Reduce and Skinny Up!® Yeast Redux, will quickly transition your body into a state of ketosis.

NO, YOU WILL NOT ENTER KETOSIS WHILE EATING CARBS AND DRINKING ALCOHOL!

  • Alcohol is allowed during the Loading Phase.

PLEASE, I KNOW YOU ARE NOT THIS GULLIBLE!

  • This Phase is crucial to help you easily transition the source of fat you are consuming as you move from this phase into the Reduce Phase.

While there is nothing inherently bad about the ingredients listed in the products they are going to have you use, there is nothing special about them that will get your weight down and then keep it off. You are getting a few vitamins, including B vitamins which will give you a little energy, amino acids and a few minerals and micronutrients in small quantities.

Reduce Phase: Duration varies, depending on the package you purchased.  Will be either 10 days, 21 days, or 38 days.

Utilizes two products:  Skinny Up!® Reduce and Skinny Up!® Yeast Redux.

  • Incorporates intermittent fasting and specific, clean eating.  No sugars, sugar substitutes, or starches allowed.
  • This is how you lose the weight. Their product has nothing to do with it!

  • You’ll enjoy two meals per day.  Each meal will have four categories:  protein source, vegetable, fruit and carb.  The list of allowed foods to choose from for each category is made up of commonly used foods you’ll find at every grocery store.  For optimal results, it is essential that you don’t stray from the lists.  These food lists and portions are detailed in your Skinny Up!® protocol guide.
  • No alcohol is allowed during the Reduce Phase.
  • Life-changing Weight Loss and Detox will happen during this phase.

Intermittent fasting, eating clean foods that contain no sugar or starches and not consuming alcohol. That is all you need to do in order to lose weight in a healthy manner. You do not need their expensive, overpriced products!

Retrain Phase: Duration is 21 days.

Utilizes one product:  Skinny Up!® Maintain. 

  • No starches or sugars allowed yet, however! A plethora of Food Joy is opened back up to you!!
  • Nuts and Dairy brought back into daily eating.
  • All Veggies allowed, except starchy, All Fruits and All Meats
  • Occasional glass of white wine is ok during Retrain Phase.

Your hypothalamus is the little piece of your brain that controls what your set weight is, your normal metabolic rate, and your hunger level. It is being calibrated to recognize your end-of-diet weight as your new set-weight. The intention of the Retrain Phase is not weight loss, though most people will lose another pound or two during this phase.

In addition, many folks experience a continued drop in size as the body continues to reshape and resize, adjusting to the dramatic weight loss that just occurred. The body is watching you to see if you are directing it to stay at this weight. This phase is not one to ignore, if you’d like to not have to lose the weight again.

If you have bought into their sleazy sales hype, I guarantee you are going to regain your lost weight, The question is, are you going to be dumb enough to fall for this again?

*individual results may vary **results not guaranteed

You have to read the small print at the bottom of their web page. Results not guaranteed!

The Skinny Up!® Product Line

At Skinny Up!® we want to assist you by providing the most natural weight loss supplements available on the market. No more chemicals, no more drugs. Originally sold only through licensed health care providers, and now available to you without a prescription!

The bottom line is, losing weight and then maintaining that loss for life takes a commitment to good nutrition and exercise. There are no other methods that are going to work for any type of duration in which you can simply buy a product without a prescription. Please, do not let me think you are that gullible to buy into this garbage. Skinny Up is essentially going to sell you some vitamins, minerals and amino acids that will do little for you other than maybe provide a placebo effect while it appears they are temporarily putting you on a Keto diet. Once you fall off of this program, you can bet the farm that you will once again put your weight back on, and maybe even more so than you lost in the first place.

Save your hard earned money and follow us here at David’s Way to Health and Fitness. We will never charge you a single dime, and we are always open. Subscribe today and our new articles will appear in your email as we publish them.

Again, we are entirely free of charge, you have nothing to lose but your weight!

 

 

Whisps Cheese Crisps Review

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Flavor Plus!

If you like cheese, chips or crackers then you will most likely like these 100% cheese crisps. They come in Cheddar, Ranch, Parmesan and Barbecue. I have only tried the cheddar and was impressed with the pungent, cheddar flavor and the crunchy texture.  There’s two servings per 2.12 ounce bag so the servings are kind of small but you get a lot of crunch and salty cheese flavor in that 1 ounce of crisps. Be aware that the Cheddar flavor is VERY cheddar. If cheddar is not your favorite cheese, you might want to try another flavor.

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Texture

These crisps remind me of the packaged cheese and peanut butter crackers that come 6 to a pack. They are thicker than you can tell by the picture and the bite is very similar to those two-layer crackers. They are crunchy but not hard and each crisp gives you a significant amount of crunchy, cheese flavor to satisfy your snack craving.

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Nutrition

If you look at the top, right corner of the bag, you will notice that cheese is the only ingredient. There’s 170 calories, 1 gram of carbs, 14 grams of fat and 10 grams of protein per serving. These crisps are a good change from carbohydrate rich potato chips (14 grams) or tortilla chips (19 grams). While we don’t advocate processed, convenience foods, there are times that a healthier option for chips might come in handy. These crisps would make a tasty addition to a lunchbox to accompany a high-protein sandwich and a piece of fruit or carrot or celery sticks with milk. They would be handy to have on hand in your car for a quick bite to avoid the temptation of stopping at the drive-thru. The only caveat that I can see in the nutrition is they are somewhat high in sodium, one serving having 330 mg. or 14% of the DV for sodium. If you scarf down the entire bag, you’re looking at 720 mg. or a whopping 31% of your DV. If you are sodium sensitive, you might want to avoid them. 

Price and Availability

I found these crisps at Walmart in the deli section above one of those coolers with ready-made sandwiches and salads in it. The Cheddar flavor was the lowest in inventory so it must be the most popular. At $3.79 per bag, two servings, they are a bit pricey, but since we don’t need these processed, salty foods in our diet very often anyway, they may be worth the price. If they will help you avoid binge-eating bags of tortilla chips in front of the T.V., they are definitely worth the price. Sometimes we have to choose the lesser of two evils. Personally, I won’t be buying them because I don’t normally have these types of foods in my house but if you normally buy chips, these just might be an upgrade.

 

Muir Glen Pasta Sauce/Barilla Protein Pasta Review

I love pasta, but very rarely consume it anymore since it is usually nothing more than a source of simple carbs that I can eat a ton of, and then be craving more an hour later. Most pasta contains little to no fiber, vitamins or minerals and are simply a source of empty calories. I want my calories to count for something when I consume them.

Yesterday, my sweet wife was lamenting the fact we never eat pasta anymore, and asked if having a protein pasta would be okay. Most protein pastas I have ever eaten were not very good in my opinion, but I thought I would appease her. As I was walking down the grocery store aisle towards where all the pastas are kept, the Muir Glen Pasta Sauce caught my eye with the words on the front label:

“NO SUGAR ADDED”.

Italian Herb Pasta Sauce sounded delicious and sure enough, when looking at the nutritional  and ingredient labels, there was no added sugars! Bingo, I found what I hoped would be the perfect sauce for my dietary requirements of zero added sugars.

I started our dinner shortly after getting home from the store. I put on some water to boil for the pasta, and then browned some lean ground beef to add to the sauce.

To be honest, this sauce would be perfectly fine by itself and without the ground beef.

Once the ground beef had browned good, I drained off the grease and then rinsed off any that was remaining.  I then returned the ground beef to my sauce pan and added the sauce which to my delight had nice chunks of tomato in it.

Loraine loves chunky sauce too.

Muir Glen has a perfect blend of their herbs and spices in this sauce which gives it a wonderful flavor without them over riding the flavor of the tomatoes.

You can taste each fresh ingredient, and I love that this is not in way shape or form a sweet sauce as many commercially available sauces can be. This sauce is a perfect compliment to any Italian style meal, and I believe the next time I bake our David’s Way Low Carb Pizza Casserole, I might use this sauce on it.

As you can see above, the nutritional value is pretty good at 80 calories per serving. Half of those calories coming from heart healthy olive oil. The sodium and carbohydrate totals are pretty low, and the sauce provides 2 grams of dietary fiber. The 4 grams of sugar are natural sugars that are found within the tomatoes and onions. This sauce is well worth the approximate $4.00 I spent.

This spaghetti surprised me, it cooked up nicely and was actually a very close match to other non-protein spaghetti’s in flavor and texture. I could not tell much of any distinguishable difference with this product as I have with other “protein” pastas. It was a perfect pairing with the Muir Glen sauce. Loraine was ecstatic to actually have a healthy choice of pasta and sauce that she could actually enjoy too.

The benefits are all good!

At 190 calories per 2 ounce dry serving, this is pretty good and was actually filling as opposed to how this same size serving of regular spaghetti would only leave me wanting more. What made this pasta satiating is the fact it provides 10 grams of protein and 4 grams of dietary fiber per serving. I have to say, this pasta and sauce combination was very satisfying and I would recommend it to anyone.

This sauce and pasta meet my personal requirement of zero added sugars, good source of protein and fiber and tastes decadently good while not being a blood sugar bomb once you have finished eating it.

 

 

Ratio Lemon Almond Crunchy Bar Review

I love crunchy bars that are loaded with nuts, but find that most of them that actually taste good contain added sugars which I simply do not indulge in. While I am not an advocate of doing “Keto”, the word Keto caught my eye. I knew from this, these bars should be free of added sugars. To my delight, they are!

Since they are such an excellent source of nutrients, I include nuts and seeds in my daily diet. I take a bag of pre-measured almonds in my lunch for work every day, and I include pecans, pumpkin seeds with a trilogy of chia, flax, and hemp seeds to my daily bowl of oatmeal. If your idea of healthy eating was formed a few decades ago, it may be difficult for you to shake the notion that you should avoid nuts because they are high in calories and fat. However, new evidence has overturned that notion. In fact, a recent analysis of the nation’s eating habits and health outcomes suggests that eating too few nuts and seeds is associated with an increased risk of dying from cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

Besides being full of healthy ingredients, I like the portability of them being in a bar that can be easily placed into a lunch box, or even a shirt pocket when on the go. These bars are very crunchy, and the flavor of the nuts and seeds are well balanced with the lemon flavor that is derived from the lemon oil. Despite being sweetened with stevia extract, these bars are really not too sweet as some bars can be.

The only caveat I can think of in regards to what I think about the lemon flavor is the lemon oil imparts a slightly bitter taste such as what you would get from actual lemon peel zest. I prefer this flavor, but for those who are looking for a more artificially sweet lemon taste, you might be let down. This nut and seed bar cannot be mistaken for a glorified candy bar!

As you can see from above, these delicious and healthy bars provide a good amount of fiber at 3 grams, along with 12 grams of protein and zero added sugar. All for 220 calories per bar. I liked these bars enough that I will soon be trying their Toasted Almond bar.

I found this product at my local Dillon’s grocery store for about $7.00 for a box of four. For the low price, these are a nutritious and tasty bar to have at home or on the go.

Slim Cube Meal Replacement Bar Review (SMDH)

This advertisement caught my eye last night, and I thought I would investigate a little further since from the picture it looks similar to a weight loss product from the 70’s marketed under the brand name “Ayd’s”.

Then I saw something that made me think this was just a spoof product! 

Are they flipping serious? For the appearance of seeming slimmer!

These people have to be pulling our legs. I felt as if I had lost a few IQ points just by reading “for the appearance of seeming slimmer”.

However, these people are not spoofing.

Hell no, they are serious. 

I believe they are quite serious about extracting hard earned cash from the pockets of desperate and/or gullible people!

I believe the marketing of these types of products are not only a form of fraud, but also a form of bullying. A great many people who are overweight have not only an addiction to carbohydrates, they also often have some type of underlying mental condition that leaves them vulnerable. I know this last statement is true for me too as I suffer from a depressive disorder coupled with PTSD. I too have been obese during my adult life, and know up close and personal the battle those who are overweight are fighting through. Back about 100 years or so, Snake Oil salesmen who sold products like this were often tarred and feathered and run out of town on a rail. They were not treated kindly, and I’m almost of the mind we should return to painful punishments for those who take advantage of the vulnerable among us. We do not need to go to the extreme lengths of tarring and feathering, but financial penalties with stiff prison sentences could curb this exploitation.

Well, duh!

The statement above is meaningless drivel in regards to losing body fat in order to get healthy.

Kicking it to you real here, any type of diet can make these promises as those first 5 pounds and the additional weight is going to be largely a loss of water weight with very little actual body fat lost.

 Why is this?

It’s because the energy source your body turns to once it runs out of its relatively small store ​of ​carbohydrates (sugars) is glycogen. Glycogen is a large molecule made up of a protein core surrounded by glucose subunits. It’s stored in the liver and muscles for use during energy-intensive activities, like running away from danger and supporting the brain when food is scarce. Glycogen can be quickly metabolized to meet the body’s need for glucose, but each gram of glycogen is bound to three to four grams of water. So, if you use up your body’s glycogen stores (as when dieting or with prolonged exercising), a lot of water is released over a short amount of time.

Read the above carefully. Ten Slim Cube bars will provide you with 1100 calories per day. This is all that you will be eating each day. You will eat one with water every 60 to 90 minutes. Besides being too drastic a caloric restriction, how long will you last before you get bored by consuming nothing all day except these meal replacement bars.

Their boldface statement at the top is a damn lie! 

You will not protect vital muscle mass on a 1100 calorie per day diet of eating these bars. Not only that, with the muscle mass you will lose, you will also slow down your metabolism which will only cause you to have a greater percentage of body fat once you put the lost weight back on.

To lose body fat and maintain muscle at the same time, and to maintain your strength, you need to do some type of resistance exercise while consuming a healthy diet that fits your caloric and macronutrient needs. Yes, reducing your caloric intake will help you lose weight. But dieting alone can strip away muscle along with body fat. Research suggests that as much as 25 percent of weight lost by dieters is from muscle. And that’s not a good thing for anyone.

If you are new to wanting to create a healthy, fit and trim body through exercise, you will need to know that losing muscle while on a calorie-reduced diet can hinder your performance in the gym by reducing strength and stamina. It can also slow your metabolism, so you burn fewer calories during the day, making it harder to lose weight, and thus easier to gain it back.

The amount of muscle you have is the biggest contributor to your resting metabolism – the number of calories the body burns to carry out basic functions such as breathing, keeping your heart beating and growing and repairing cells. Muscle burns more calories than fat, so the more you have, the higher your metabolic rate.

I will agree with saying no to complicated diets and time-consuming meal prep. However, there is nothing at all complicated about following our methodology at David’s Way to Health and Fitness. You can find our plan at this link! I promise that you can prepare healthy meals in far less time than it takes to go through your local fast food drive through, and by preparing your own meals, you never need to worry about getting bored. It is quite easy to get creative with different seasonings and simple ingredients.

These people want you to only eat their damn bars for at least three weeks, and nothing else!

Even those with less than average intelligence should know better than to believe there is anything good about his advice.

Really?

Industrial sugar?

I agree about cutting out sugar, but have to say that “industrial” is a new type to me.

Okay, do I want cold or hot water to rev my metabolism?

There may be something to be said for both schools of thought, but it is really insignificant. If you drink about a quart of ice water per day, that amounts to maybe burning 100 calories. You might believe this sounds significant, but the reality is that drinking water, whatever its temperature, will help ratchet up your metabolism, stave off overeating, and save calories over soda and other sugary drinks. And although a warm cup of water may feel soothing to the stomach, there’s no evidence to suggest that the body absorbs it any different than if it was cold. The take-home? Drinking water, period, is infinitely more important to your health and well-being than the temperature at which it’s served.

Oh, and they let you know that a sauna can have a stimulating effect too!

Can You Lose Weight in a Sauna or Steam Room?
Yes. But you are not burning a significantly raised rate of calories. All that you are accomplishing is the loss of  water weight only. In addition, not replacing the water you are sweating out can actually make it harder for your body to lose weight. The weight that you lose while you sit in a sweltering room is purely water, water that you should be replacing as fast as you are losing, otherwise you are just severely dehydrating your body. Not practicing proper hydration while you’re in one of these hotboxes is unhealthy and actually makes it tougher for your body to lose pounds permanently, as hydration is an essential component in shedding extra weight.
In actuality, you should not even use a sauna for weight loss even for the most temporary of circumstances. For example, if you are trying to lose weight very quickly for an event or to squeeze into a particular dress, you would feel (and maybe even look) terrible if you had used a sauna to drop those last few pounds before the event without rehydrating your body after the sweat session.

Consistent, healthy habits are key to losing weight and keeping it off; try your best to avoid extremes and quick fixes as they’re usually either a scam, not healthy, or not sustainable long term. Be kind to your body, you deserve it!

Abs Muscle Toning Stimulator Review, Don’t Be a Rube!

Have you seen this product being advertised?

Rocking that hard body through electrical stimulation!

Would you just look at those claims above!

Are you ready to throw down your hard earned cash yet?

At such a cheap price, you might consider it…

Wouldn’t it be the best thing since icing on cake if you could spend $48.98 US on a product that will give you the results pictured below?

Hot damn!

This product is scientifically proven!

Just look at those before and after results!

Do the people in the before and after pictures look like the same individuals to you?

Me neither!

Have you lost any brain cells reading this yet?

Does this contraption make you feel as if you might have lost a few IQ points?

Thirty minutes per day and not a single mention of nutrition being a part of the equation to be able to rock such a hard body in their ad.

I am not in any way, shape or form trying to be disrespectful in what I am going to say next. But, I surely hope you are not naive, or gullible enough to believe these hucksters. Please, consider how ludicrous these claims are before handing over your hard earned money to these people. These claims are indeed too fantastic to be true. I know you are smarter than this…

Of course, I fully understand there are people who have become desperate enough to try anything in order to lose weight. It is sad that these good folks are preyed on by by nefarious groups who know their products are worthless, especially those who need help losing weight the most. I have to say I have nothing but contempt for those who take advantage of others in this manner. My friends, this device is not going to work for you. If you want to achieve a healthy and fit body, it is going to take more than thirty minutes per day with a electrical ab stimulator. You must get your nutrition in order by changing your entire mindset about, and relationship with food. You must make permanent and lifelong changes to your nutritional habits. There is no easy way towards losing weight and gaining a fit and trim body.

For instance, the saying that abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym, is an absolute truth. You can do all the sit ups in the world, and never lose your gut.

And, it is a truth that you cannot spot reduce any areas of your body.

Even if you could spot reduce, your body would only look odd from the imbalances in your appearance and you would not be any healthier.

In order to rock the hard bodies pictured in this ad, you will need to consume fewer calories than you burn each day, and then be willing and able to put in the work with physical exercise that raises your heart rate into the fat burning zone.

The following is from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration:

Q. Why does FDA regulate electrical muscle stimulators?

A. Electrical muscle stimulators are considered devices under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. Under this law and the agency’s regulations, the FDA is responsible for regulating the sale of all electrical muscle stimulators in the United States. Therefore, firms must comply with appropriate FDA premarket regulatory requirements before they can legally sell their stimulators. Most electrical muscle stimulators (EMS devices) that have been reviewed by FDA are intended for use in physical therapy and rehabilitation under the direction of a health care professional. If a company wants to sell EMS devices directly to consumers, the company needs to show FDA it can be used safely and effectively in that setting.

Q. These electrical muscle stimulators are advertised not only to tone, firm, and strengthen abdominal muscles, but also to provide weight loss, girth reduction, and “rock hard” abs. Do they really work?

A. While an EMS device may be able to temporarily strengthen, tone or firm a muscle, no EMS devices have been cleared at this time for weight loss, girth reduction, or for obtaining “rock hard” abs.

Q. Is FDA concerned about the unregulated marketing of these devices?

A. Yes. FDA has received reports of shocks, burns, bruising, skin irritation, and pain associated with the use of some of these devices. There have been a few recent reports of interference with implanted devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators. Some injuries required hospital treatment. It is very important that these devices be properly designed, manufactured, and labeled with clear and complete instructions for use and that anyone using them follows the instructions carefully. FDA is also concerned because many of these devices have cables and leads. If those cables and leads do not comply with electrical safety standards, there is the possibility of electrocution by users and other household members. FDA is currently investigating firms that are illegally marketing EMS devices.

Q. What does FDA regulation accomplish?

A. Firms that market EMS devices are required to comply with appropriate FDA premarket regulatory requirements before they may legally sell their devices. The firm must be able to demonstrate that these devices are as safe and as effective as similar devices that are legally marketed. Devices may only be marketed for uses that are established for the device or for uses that the firm can support with data. At this time, FDA is not aware of scientific information to support many of the promotional claims being made for numerous devices being widely promoted on television, infomercials, newspapers, and magazines.

Q. If I use an electrical muscle stimulator that has met FDA regulatory requirements, will it give me the same kind of effect that lots of sit-ups, stomach crunches and other abdominal exercises will?

A. Using these devices alone will not give you “six-pack” abs. Applying electrical current to muscles may cause muscles to contract. Stimulating muscles repeatedly with electricity may eventually result in muscles that are strengthened and toned to some extent but will not, based on currently available data, create a major change in your appearance without the addition of diet and regular exercise.

At David’s Way to Health and Fitness, we have dedicated ourselves to helping others to lose body fat to healthy levels through nutrition and exercise. We have not in the past, or now sugar coat how you can achieve this. There are no short cuts, and a healthy body dictates that you are committed to yourself enough to make a true commitment to a healthier body for the rest of your life. If you are not prepared to dedicate yourself to healthier living for he rest of your life, you have already lost your battle.

Your life expectancy can easily be shortened as a direct result.

It can be said that “Life aint fair”.

While this might be true, it is the reality we live in. But we can help you along the way if you choose to follow our methodology which can be found at this link.

Subscriptions to David’s Way to Health and Fitness are easy and free for all. Our content will always be free to our wonderful readers, that is my pledge. Our work is a direct result of personal experiences, along with diligent study and research to ensure our integrity is never compromised. We welcome questions and comments and will answer all.

David