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RiduZone is Just Ridiculous!

As I sat down in front of my television early this morning to enjoy my first steaming cup of black coffee, I got to begin my day in disgust when the first commercial I saw was one advertising this brand of snakeoil. I’m not sure how long RiduZone has been on the market, but it is a new one to me. Regardless, whether it has been several days or several months, it has been around far too long in my opinion. I totally despise the marketers of products like this as they take advantage of the desperate and vulnerable among us. They rake in tons of cash with promises to help people with their weight and appetite, yet their products are always nothing more than a rip off to the consumer.

If you note in the picture above, they tell you that  this product is FDA acknowledged for safety, but does not mention if it is FDA approved for effectiveness.

And, as you can see in their disclaimer below in bold letters, they tell you “Do NOT Expect These Results”!

I truly wish I had a dollar for every time I said to avoid these worthless supplements!

In the above picture, con men at RiduZone are playing to your emotions in regards to weight loss and your past failures with it.

None of your failures were your fault, you can simply blame it all on nature!

You can place all the blame on your sluggish metabolism!

I am not in the business of hurting feelings. I have spent countless hours building this website to help people from all walks of life to lose weight and then keep it off in a healthy manner. I do not believe that sugar coating the truth is beneficial to anyone, nor is it helpful to shift blame when it comes to the weight and health of our bodies.

Our metabolism slows down when our body fat percentage is too high. It is a fact of life that  muscle cells require more energy to maintain than fat cells, so people with more muscle than fat tend to have a faster metabolism. When you live a sedentary life and eat bad foods, the reality is, you have created your slow metabolism. People who struggle to lose weight often blame a slow metabolism. But there’s little evidence to support this claim. There is research that actually shows that overweight people can have faster metabolisms than thinner people simply because larger bodies require more energy to carry out basic bodily functions.

It is a fact, most people tend to eat more than they think they do. More often than not, the reason you’re putting on weight isn’t because of a slow metabolism, it’s because you’re eating and drinking more calories than you’re burning. It may be hard to accept, but staying on top of the number of calories you eat is key to losing weight and keeping it off. While it is true that cutting your calories too far can affect your metabolism, you really should not cut them by that much unless you are under a doctor’s supervision. If you’re concerned about slow metabolism and your weight, talk to your doctor about healthy changes you can make. And if you still think you have a slow metabolism, your doctor can check your metabolism or check for rare conditions that can cause problems with metabolism and weight, such as an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism), Cushing syndrome or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS).

What in the world is OEA?

Oleoylethanolamide (OEA) is a molecule produced in the body, usually found in the intestines. It is responsible for the feeling of satiety following meals.

OEA is sometimes included in fat burning supplement stacks. There is currently no human evidence that suggests oral supplementation of OEA is able to burn fat.

OEA acts on a receptor called Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor Alpha (PPARα). When this receptor is activated in the intestines of rats, the animals consume less food. Research on rats shows that both injections and oral intake of OEA causes a reliable reduction in the amount of food eaten.

Limited human evidence suggests that OEA may be able to aid fat loss by acting on PPARα. When this receptor is activated in fat tissue, energy expenditure increases. Further evidence is needed before oral supplementation of OEA can be recommended for weight loss.

Kicking it to you real!

In order to get your appetite under control, the best method to make yourself feel satiated, is not through the use of this or any other supplement. If you want to feel satiated, then you must adopt healthy nutritional habits where you consume all the macro and micro-nutrients required for good health. When you consume a healthy diet, free of added sugars and processed foods, you will notice that you no longer crave foods between meals. A healthy diet is the only method you should ever use for your satiety!

RiduZone’s Testimonials and Results Disclaimer

In accordance with the FTC guidelines concerning use of endorsements and testimonials in advertising, please be aware of the following:

The weight loss and fitness testimonials presented apply only to the individuals depicted, cannot be guaranteed, and should not be considered typical.  Every testimonial on this website is from a real customer who used the product RiduZone, and/or workouts and nutrition advice listed on the website. No one was paid for a testimonial or endorsement. Some individuals were given RiduZone at no charge for their reviews. Before and after photos were not retouched or altered. Results (weight, body fat percentage, circumference measurements, etc) were self-reported by the customer and therefore cannot be confirmed. Errors could have been made in reported weight and body composition numbers. You should assume that featured results are not typical.

What You Might Expect:

You should assume that any results shown in testimonials, advertisements, stories, blog posts, articles, forums or anywhere else on this site or our associated websites are not typical. Typical weight loss is 1 to 2 pounds per week when someone consistently practices healthy eating and activity levels. If one does not practice healthy eating and have activity level, no results should be expected. Results may vary from person to person based on body size and other factors. In overweight or obese individuals, weight loss of up to 1% of total bodyweight per week is more common. Faster weight loss in the first 2 weeks is common but usually represents water weight loss, not body fat. Faster fat loss is possible, but not likely. The NutriForward, LLC suggests a healthy eating and activity lifestyle to body fat reduction, strength gain and functional conditioning. Any dramatic body transformations will take dietary discipline and hard physical work.

Please, do yourself a huge favor and do not buy this product, it is nothing more than a rip off.  There are better things you can do with your money than to plop down $119.99 on a product that is sure to let you down. Think about this, if a product at this price actually works, why do we continue to have an obesity epidemic? How could high priced bariatric surgeries still be a thing if these products were even a little bit effective? How many similar over the counter supplements have you ever taken to only be let down once you have finished them? RiduZone is not going to be any more effective for you than anything else you have tried in the past, I guarantee this.

Save your hard earned money and follow us here at David’s Way to Health and Fitness. We are free of charge to everyone as we truly want to help you to successfully lose those unwanted pounds and for you to keep them off. We can also now be found on Facebook @ David’s Way to Health and Fitness, Sugar Free Living! Stop by and give us a like and a follow!

Field Roast Smoked Apple Sage Sausage Review

I stumbled upon these delicious, smoked apple, sage sausages a few days ago at my local Dillons grocery store, and have to say I believe they might be my new all time favorite! The folks at Field Roast have nailed the perfect breakfast link, and for the vegans out there, these delectable ingredients come entirely from plant sources.

Field Roast sausages are made using traditional, tried-and-true sausage-making practices with their version of a grain “meat” made with apples, Yukon Gold potatoes, onions and garlic and other seasonings. I have to say that I found it quite amazing how meat like these sausages are considering they are made largely from apples and potatoes. You could serve these up to a meat loving carnivore, and they would never know they were munching down an entirely meat free sausage. I am a carnivore at heart and I love these sausages!

You can cook these sausages on an outdoor grill which would be a real treat, or you can do as I did and brown them in a skillet over a medium  low heat in a little bit of olive oil. Just be sure to remove the casing before cooking.

One note of caution, when cooking these sausages, you need to be attentive and not walk away from them as they brown quickly and it would be quite easy to burn them if you are not paying attention. However, the fact they cook quickly is a positive benefit in my world, I live a very busy life with a 60 plus hour work week on top of my work building and writing on my website and still dedicating at least 8 hours per week to strength training.

As you can see in the picture above, these “meaty” sausages browned nicely and were a nice pairing with scrambled eggs topped with habanero hot sauce. The flavor and texture is actually very meat like and the apple brings out a sweetness that was a perfect compliment to my hot sauce.

One of the features I like about these vegan sausages over actual meat sausages is the fact they are not in the least bit greasy. Some meat sausages are entirely too greasy for my belly so I tend to avoid them because of this.

Ingredients:

Filtered water, vital wheat gluten, expeller pressed safflower oil, unsulfured dried apples, Yukon Gold potatoes, yeast extract, onion powder, barley malt, garlic, natural hickory smoke flavor with torula yeast, spices, sea salt and rubbed sage.

Now for the only downside I see to this product. At 220 calories per link, I like the fact they provide 23 grams of protein, but you would think a vegan product would at least provide a fiber component, yet there are 0 grams of fiber in these sausages. The fat content is good, but for those who need to watch their sodium intake, these might not be for you as they provide 560mg of sodium which is 24% of the recommended daily allowance, therefore not much better than a good meat counterpart.

I bought this product for $5.19 US for a package of 4 links. At approximately $1.30 per one link serving. The price is quite a bit more affordable than taking your kids to your local fast food restaurant and cost you less frustration and time!

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.