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Can Potatoes Be A Part Of A Six Pack Abs Diet?

People often wonder if they can eat a potato in their six pack abs diet and still obtain a six pack as a result. The potato is a favorite of many, but commonly thought of as one of the worst foods for health. It is commonly believed that food must taste bad in order to be healthy. The truth is however, many healthy foods taste amazing, and some foods such as the potato, can potentially be healthy depending on preparation methods.

Learning to eat food that you love in a healthy manner, is truly the best way to get a six pack. If you attempt to force down food that you think is disgusting, solely because you believe it is healthy, is not a good method of improving your diet. This will not really do you or your body any good because you will not stick to the diet, and will revert back to eating poorly, which will nullify what little progress was made during the short lived diet. People who do not exercise regularly often try to “work off a cake” or others hear a product such as kale is a super food and eat it once. Although this does not harm you, it is essentially a waste of time and does not actually do your body any good. Your body forms as a result of the lifestyle you live, not by one time efforts. Indulging in whatever food you want, thinking that you can work it off is just silly broken logic and wishful thinking. You can not out train a poor diet, so the best way to get a six pack is to master the six pack abs diet, and lifestyle that results in six pack abs.

Returning back to the topic of the potato, it is important to realize that this plant is actually a vegetable that contains many healthy nutrients. Many people do not realize the previously mentioned fact, and the confusion comes as a result of common preparation methods of the potato. The actual potato itself does not contain that many calories, yet it is satisfying to both your taste buds and appetite. It is true that the french fry and potato chimps commonly eaten should not be consumed often for optimum health and prevention of weight gain, but it is the preparation method that causes the health concerns and not the potato causing the problem. To back up my claim, think about a caramel apple for example. This snack is not exactly low calorie or perfect for weight loss and optimal health, but it is the caramel not the apple causing the health concerns. Nobody really puts blame on the apple in this scenario, so why should we blame the potato for chips and fries? The preparation, refinement, and use of unhealthy oils is the cause of the nutritious potato to lose its value. Furthermore, a baked potato is often accompanied with butter, sour cream, and bacon bits, that are grouped in with the health value of the potato. To fairly assess the potato, you need to look at the properties of the potato by itself in order to evaluate the effects it has on your health and body.

It is important to mention however, that although potatoes are a vegetable, they are a starchy vegetable and they are on the higher end of the glycemic index. Some people are against them for these reasons. The glycemic index measures how fast carbohydrates enter the blood stream. Processed food, along with simple carbs, tend to have values on the glycemic index, and are associated with weight gain, insulin resistance, and diabetes. These are the main fact based arguments against potatoes for a six pack abs diet.

Even though there are some claims against the potato, proponents for the potato have a strong case for defending claims made against it. The majority of the nutrients in the potato are in the skin, and a half an inch into the potato. Some of the nutrients contained are potassium, magnesium complex carbohydrates, fiber, protein, calcium, niacin, zinc, carotenoids, phosphorus and vitamin C and the vitamin B Complex. The remaining portion of the potato contains about 90 percent simple carbohydrates. For this reason, peeling the potato and throwing away the skin is not recommended, and healthy potato skin recipes are a good choice for a six pack abs diet. With regards to the glycemic index, it is important to note that for this specific vegetable, the value can be variable. The value commonly quoted on glycemic index charts is often much higher than it needs to be for a potato. A common russet potato baked has an index value of 76. However, a boiled red potato that has been stored in a cold environment, has a value of only 55. This is the same value as brown rice, which is often considered to be a healthy carb source. There are many different types of potatoes(even a purple potato), and they all differ in the actual glycemic index value. The cooking method and environment they are stored in also plays a role in the glycemic index of the potato. These reasons mentioned defend the claims made against the potato for its high glycemic index value. As seen in the russet vs red potato scenario, the potato’s actual glycemic value can be quite variable.

The sweet potato is an alternative to the common potato that is often recommended by people who are even against the potato for health. Actually, the sweet potato is not technically a potato but it is a fine vegetable for your diet if you enjoy the taste. Since it is not technically a potato, it differs in nutritional composition, but it is not necessarily better. Sweet potatoes are extremely high in vitamin A for example. The lower value in the glycemic index of the sweet potato when compared to the white potato, can be attributed to the forms in which it is consumed. White potatoes are commonly eaten in unhealthy forms, where as sweet potatoes recipes are typically written specifically for health conscious individuals. If consumed correctly, both make fine choices as healthy carbohydrate sources.

Although potatoes are high in in carbs, they have a preference of being stored as glycogen in your muscle rather than as fat. This property is also seen in both rice and oats. This property combined with the quick digestion associated by the glycemic index, actually make the potato an ideal carb source for weight training sessions. After weight training is an example of a specific time periods known as your anabolic window, where your body is at its peak ability to handle carbs. It needs carbohydrates to replenish the glycogen reserves, since carbohydrates are your bodies preferred source of energy. If your glycogen is too low for too long, your body will begin to catabolize, or eat the muscle as a fuel source. One of the main focuses for the best way to get a six pack and lose weight should be on gaining muscle. This increases overall metabolism and fat burning. These facts further support keeping the potato in your six pack abs diet.

Even though I showed that potatoes can be kept in your diet for abs, and actually provide value for your health, let me state that they should be consumed in moderation. Do not mistake the article to read that the more potatoes you eat the more weight you will lose, or the more muscle you will gain. The article simply suggests that potatoes can play a role as a healthy carb source in a healthy diet. It is still important to know the correct time to eat them, as well as healthy preparation methods, before you include them into your six pack abs diet. Carbs can be a tricky macromolecule to master, but through learning and practice, you can consume many of your favorite foods and still see health improvement results.

Another important note to mention is that potatoes are part of the dirty dozen. This means that they are one of the most sprayed crops in agriculture. If you know the importance of buying organic food items, but need to consider which are the most important for budget reasons, these should make your list as high priority. Sweet potatoes however, tend to be considered for on the list of clean crops.

Nutrition Facts Approximations For One Medium Russet Potato

Calories: 150

Carbs: 33.5

Fat: 0

Protein: 4

High Cholesterol and the GM Diet

Welcome to the 21st century, where modern man has perfected the art of “Fast Food”. It may not be completely true, but thanks to the era of the “Global Village”, there is hardly any cuisine left in the work, which has not been the victim of this trend. It certainly is the need of the hour in the fast paced world, where so many people no longer have the time or patience to cook healthy food at home. It is ironic how the very population on whose shoulders the world economies are being built, are on the unhealthiest diets in the world.

Thanks to these realities, a considerable portion of this population is suffering from diseases like high cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure etc. These are nothing but the direct results of these unhealthy food habits and lazy lifestyles. The youthful population is willing to work itself to death in today’s day and age of competition, not realizing that they can do more with a healthy body. High Cholesterol is just the beginning. It can lead to severe heart-related ailments resulting in a shorter lifespan.

It is about time, that people should pay attention to this horror and address it by changing their lifestyle. In order to combat these modern evils, there are two major steps that should be taken. Firstly, change your diet. If you are what you eat, then you should only eat the good stuff. As a youngster, you should look to be ripped and always be ready for swimsuit season. To achieve this goal, you need to plan a step by step plan to measure your progress. Try to eat more raw foods like fruits and salads. You may even want to consider looking into the GM diet. You can try out this week-long plan once every month. It is excellent for detoxifying your body helps to lose up to 5-7 kilograms or 12-14 pounds in a week. Keeping weight in check is a great to fight high cholesterol.

Secondly, start dragging your rear end to the gym. It is unacceptable that a girl or a guy in their twenty’s or thirty’s being out of shape. There is no simply no excuse. Exercising should be part of your daily routine. Regular exercise boosts your metabolism and overall wellness. High Cholesterol levels are no match for a healthy lifestyle. Carve out at least an hour of light workout every day, and rest on Sunday, just like God!

Remember, the future of the human race depends on the youth of the world. So always keep this in mind, that when you do make it big, you better look like a million bucks as well.

What Are the BRAT and CRAM Gastrointestinal Upset Diets?

The BRAT and CRAM gastrointestinal diets are often recommended by physicians for gastroenteritis and/or severe diarrhea.

The BRAT Acronym stands for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce and Toast.

The CRAM Acronym stands for Cereals, Rice and Milk.

When a person is suffering from severe dehydration caused by diarrhea and/or vomiting, it is essential to replace the loss of body fluids. Years ago, doctor’s recommended the BRAT diet for several days until the gastroenteritis subsided, but now that diet has been replaced with the CRAM diet because it contains more protein and fat content than the BRAT diet.

Symptoms of dehydration include but are not limited to: dry mouth, lack of urination, dark urine, headache, rapid heart rate, dry skin, skin flushing, fatigue, fever, chills, extreme thirst and muscle spasms.

It is also important to start oral re-hydration therapy as soon as vomiting subsides and the patient can tolerate the intake of fluids. It is highly recommended that the patient start with caffeine-free soft drinks, low acidic juices and soup broths to help replace the fluid loss. These beverages are usually recommended for 24-48 hours.

Here is a suggested list of food and beverages to try:

plain oatmeal

rice cereals

toast

cream of wheat

pudding

gelatins (jello)

chicken or beef broth

gingerale

caffeine-free cola

water

Italian ice’s

popsicles (fruit juice or rootbeer flavors)

bananas

plain rice

applesauce

yogurts

If your symptoms persist for more than 24 hours or if they are accompanied by abdominal pain, blood in your emesis, blood in your stools or a fever over 101 degrees, it is time for you to call your Physician or visit your local hospital or health clinic.

How To Use The Garcinia Cambogia And Apple Cider Vinegar Diet For Weight Loss

Let’s be honest, losing weight is not easy.

The reality is, it takes a lot of hard work to get in shape and get fit and healthy. Not to mention sticking to a diet and avoiding some of your favorite foods. It can be a pain especially when you go the extra mile only to realize that you’ve only lost a single pound the entire week.

At times it can be depressing especially when you have some slim friends that can eat whatever they want and never gain a pound. While you are on the treadmill 5 days a week and eating up your vegetables and still getting ‘so so’ results. Thus, you need to use every resource available to you at your advantage.

Fortunately, there are few things that are relatively cheap that you can add to your weight loss tools to maximize your results. This is not meant for overnight results but with a little effort and determination, you 2x your results in a short amount of time.

In this article you are about to discover a popular duo that is creating a huge buzz online. They are Garcinia Cambogia and Apple Cider Vinegar.

An Introduction To Garcinia Cambogia And Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)

I first came across this ‘weight loss duo’ in an article while browsing my Facebook newsfeed a while ago. The Garcinia Cambogia and Apple Cider Vinegar article was on CNN and made reference to student at Stanford University that lost a lot of weight on the recipe.

Unfortunately, I cannot say how valid the merits of that article are but after reading it, I started doing some research. What I found out was amazing to say the least.

Here’s What I Found Out About Using Garcinia Cambogia And Apple Cider Vinegar For Weight Loss

Garcinia is a fruit originated out of India and some Asian countries. Scientist have discovered that it’s main ingredient hydroxycitric Acid also known as HCA has some amazing weight loss benefits. These include appetite suppression, boosting serotonin levels as well as blocking the production of fats from carbs by inhibiting the enzyme citric lyase.

Apple Cider Vinegar on the other hand is rich in pectin, which will also curb hunger pangs. It is also known to stimulate the digestion of proteins. This in itself enhances calorie burn because proteins require more energy to be broken down when compared to the other macronutrients namely: fats and carbohydrates.

There are also other health benefits to taking ACV. Some of these include:

  • It Prevents Fat Accumulation
  • Controls Blood Sugar Levels
  • Helps In Suppressing Your Appetite
  • And It Also Detoxifies The Body

So can you imagine what will happen when you combine ACV with an effective fat burner like Garcinia Cambogia?

Amazing things can happen.

By combing the two, you give yourself an advantage to burn fat faster than you would without them. The appetite suppression and fat blocking properties of this duo will help you to eat less than you are accustom to which allows you to create a calorie deficit necessary for fat loss.

It is recommended that you take them daily first thing in the morning about 30-45 minutes before breakfast. This means that depending on the time you normally have breakfast, you may need to wake up a tad bit earlier.

In order to get started, just be sure that you have a high quality brand of Garcinia and only take organic raw apple cider vinegar is unfiltered, unheated and unpasteurized.

14 Day Brazilian Diet – How to Lose 10 Pounds Fast

If you still do not know how to lose 10 pounds fast I would recommend what best worked for me. Very popular Brazilian, or some people call it 14 days diet, allows you to lose 10 pounds in 14 days time. There are a lot of different opinions about this diet, but I know that what worked best for me will work for other people.

Definitely this is not a healthy type of diet and not recommended without consulting your doctor or certified nutrition specialist.

Brazilian diet:

Day 1:

1 egg, a cup of coffee without any sweeteners and 1 apple. Use this menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 2:

Repeat menu of day 1

Day 3:

Breakfast – 2 eggs

Lunch – 100 g of boiled low-fat beef with spinach.

Dinner – 1 apple

Day 4:

Breakfast – 1 egg

Lunch – 100 g of boiled low-fat fish

Dinner – 2 eggs, a cup of coffee without any sweeteners.

Day 5:

Breakfast – 1 egg, a cup of coffee without any sweeteners

Lunch – 2 eggs and 1 big tomato

Dinner – 100 g of boiled low-fat fish with vegetables

Day 6:

Breakfast – 1 egg, a cup of coffee without any sweeteners

Lunch – 100 g of boiled low-fat beef and a cucumber

Dinner – 100 g of boiled chicken breast without skin and a cup of coffee with 1 teaspoon of honey

Day 7:

Breakfast – a cup of coffee with 1 teaspoon of honey, 1 egg

Lunch – 100 g of boiled chicken without skin with vegetables

Dinner – 100 g of boiled chicken without skin with vegetables, an apple and a cup of coffee without any sweeteners

Repeat first week for second week.

Don’t forget to drink a big glass of non-carbonated water before each meal and try to consume more water during the day, but do not drink for one hour after the meal.

Diabetes Diet, What Are The 10 Best Fruits And Vegetables For Diabetic Patients

This is the question my diabetic patients always ask. Hopefully this article will enhance your knowledge about diet for a diabetic patient.

AVOID THESE FOODS

If you are a diabetic patient try to avoid following list of foods.

1-Sugar, artificial sweeteners and honey. However you may take sweetener like stevia. It is difficult to omit sugar from your diet at-once, I will recommend you to decrease sugar in your diet gradually.

2-You should stop taking sweets and chocolates. If you are in a party and want to take chocolate, then preferably try to take Continental dark chocolate with at-least 70% or more cocoa solids, and try to avoid chocolates where sugar is the first named ingredient

3-Try to avoid foods containing ingredients end in (ol) or (ose) as these are mainly different forms of carbohydrates like fructose, glucose, dextrose.

4-Avoid grains like cakes, biscuits, pies, tarts, breakfast cereals, wheat, rye, barley, corn, rice, bread, pasta, pastry,

5-Avoid vegetables which contain larger amount of starch and carbohydrates like potatoes,carrots, peas, beans, parsnips, beet.

6-Also avoid fruits like watermelon, mangoes, banana, Chikoos(Pakistani), jackfruit, grapes, Strawberry, Sugarcane.

7-You may take milk but in small quantity. Avoid fat yogurts and cheese. Also be careful not to drink too much coffee or tea and add only as much sugar as in needed for taste.

8-Avoid commercially packaged foods like TV dinners, “lean” or “light” in particular, and snack foods, fast foods.

9-Avoid fresh fruit juices as these are highly concentrated carbohydrates. If you like fruit juices you may dilute one part of juice with 3 or 4 parts of water.

10-Always avoid saturated fats like fatty meat, full fat dairy products, butter, lard. Try to prefer unsaturated fats like olive oil, corn oil, canola oil, sunflower oil, soy oil. Avoid cottage cheese as it has a high carbohydrate content and very little fat

You must be thinking that I have mentioned here all the stuff, and nothing is left to eat, these are foods you can eat:

1-You may take fruits like apple, Grapefruit, Lime, Peaches. You must divide your fruit and vegetable diet in five portions through all the day, by Spreading the fruit you eat through the day helps to avoid a sudden rise in blood sugar levels.

2-You must take high fibre diet. Fibrous diet is Cereals, Fruits, Nuts, Pulses, Seeds, Vegetables. Fibrous diet not only lowers your glucose level but also decreases blood cholesterol.

3-Always try to take whole grain rather than processed food and take things like whole-wheat spaghetti and brown rather than white rice(Indian Pakistani). Pakistani and Indian people do like white rice very much, but if you are diabetic, please avoid these.

4-You may take meat of lamb, beef once or twice a week. Organ meats can also be taken like liver kidneys and heart to meat your vitamin needs.

5-Try to take white meat like poultry chicken fish meat duck etc.

6-You may take Fish and seafood of all types. It is recommended to boil, steam, bake or grill fish rather than frying it.

7-Always prefer non-fatty dairy products such as “skimmed milk”, non-fat cheese and yogurt.

8-You may take eggs as well but try to take whitish part not the yellow one as it may increase your cholesterol level.

9-All cheeses can be taken except cottage cheese.

10-You may take all vegetables, onion and garlic are known for decreasing blood glucose level.

Generally Type 2 diabetic patients need 1500-1800 calorie diet per day to promote weight loss, however calories requirement may vary depending upon patients age, sex, activity level and body weight. 50% of total daily required calories should come from carbohydrates.One gram of carbohydrate is about 4 calories. A diabetic patient on a 1600 calorie diet should get 50% of these calories from carbohydrate. In other words it will be equal to 800 Calories from Carbohydrates, it means you have to take 200gms of carbohydrates everyday.It is better that you buy food tables with calories measurements to know more about your daily required food.

Why A Hollister Models Diet And Exercise Routine Is Much Different Than Yours

Why is it that Hollister models who sport a good amount of muscle mass look much different than your average bodybuilder in gyms today? Could there be a reason why their muscles look more visually stunning than the average weight lifter or is it because of good genetics? Is it possible to be as slim and fit as these models? Many people wonder this but it is important to understand why a Hollister models diet and exercise routine is radically different than your average muscle building program.

Strategic Muscle Gains In All The Right Places

A muscle building program for a Hollister model is specifically designed to enhance certain areas of the body. This is done on purpose so that the overall appearance is visually stunning. They focus on addressing both sarcoplasmic muscle growth and myofibrillar hypertrophy in order to gain the proper muscle mass and density. The areas of the body that receive the most attention are the upper and inner chest, biceps, triceps, deltoids, and back. Adding muscle size and density in these areas can dramatically improve your appearance. But did you notice that traps and the lower body were not included?

Why Direct Leg Work Isn’t Needed

Hollister models do not have huge legs nor do they have protruding trap muscles. Building the trap muscles will hide the appearance of wide, angular, shoulders and will create a more rounded look. A thick upper back and neck is not desirable. It is very important for the upper body to resemble a “V.” This is why exercises like squats and dead lifts are typically avoided. Squats and dead lifts do a great job of adding mass to the hips, thighs, butt, and waist. You do not want excess mass in these areas of the body. Adding muscle to these areas will take away from the slim and angular “V” that the upper body carries. Don’t worry; you are not a “bodybuilding heretic” by skipping out on direct leg work. Having too much lower body mass can cause the models to have a hard time fitting into pants or jeans. Models need to be able to look hip, not big and bulky. Well defined legs don’t have to be large. HIIT cardio and a good diet will give you the right size and definition.

But What About Six Pack Abs?

Of course this is a given. You can’t be a good looking model without great abs. Hollister models obviously have this down to a science. Their abdominal muscles are not big and bulky, but are well defined. Planks do a great job of sculpting the midsection without adding bulk while hanging leg raises develop the “V” between the lower portion of the hips and abs. Having a slim and angular waist is extremely important for models. Even though planks and hanging leg raises are great abdominal exercises, did you know that the key to revealing your abs actually has nothing to do with abdominal exercises? Diet is the most important aspect of great looking abs. I don’t care what your trainer or gym buddy says about the best ab exercises if your diet isn’t in check. As long as you are consuming more calories than what you are burning you will continue to have stubborn body fat blurring your definition.

Diet Is Key For Whole Body Definition

Now that we have established that great abs is more about diet than anything, what about the rest of your body? Hollister models have very low body fat levels. This can be very difficult for people to achieve because they tend to underestimate how much food they actually consume in a day. If losing fat is the goal, everything you put into your mouth counts. Models do not eat like huge bodybuilders or the average gym rat. If you want to lose weight then you need to cut back on the junk and fill it up with high intensity interval training. Combining intermittent fasting and HIIT workout routines with your muscle building program will burn off that list bit of stubborn body fat in no time. Simply eating less with high intensity interval cardio will help you stay lean and stick to low body fat levels comparable to Hollister models.

Why Slightly Chubby Models Don’t Make The Cut

This is why a Hollister models diet and exercise routine is so specific, slightly chubby models will never be considered. Being “photo ready” is crucial for models. This is why they have to stay lean and mean all year round. Even though it takes much more discipline to stay slim and fit, it pays off in the photo shoot.

Use Pineapple And Yogurt In Your Diet To Lose Excess Weight Easily

There are probably as many diets and weight loss scams in the world today as there are people. Everyone wants to be soon, magically, by eating whatever they want, whenever they want and doing nothing. However, there is a unique opportunity out there that will help you lose weight, provided you take very small steps and implement this simple plan into your daily life. Most people diet and exercise feverishly for a few weeks, and lose a few pounds. The problem is, they put that weight right back on, because most people simply cannot make such drastic changes in their lives and stick to them. Instead of completely overhauling your life and expecting these new and better habits to stick, take small steps, make it easy and slowly change your life for the better.

Not surprisingly, there is a correlation between yogurt and weight loss. Yogurt provides the body a number of benefits, by increasing the number of good bacteria in your digestive tract. This includes your stomach and intestines, and these good bacteria directly affect your body’s normal functions, including those for immunity and digestion. What is even more exciting is that when you add yogurt to pineapple, you will experience success. Why? The reason is that pineapple contains a proteolytic enzyme, bromelain. Bromelain is vital in helping your body digest the proteins that you give it much more efficiently, and also helps your body with symptoms of sinusitis, arthritis and can also rid your body of intestinal worms. Simply stated, when you decide to be a couple pieces of pineapple instead of a candy bar or a doughnut, you will be able to take advantage of some weight loss.

There are so many scams available, both on TV and on the Internet, that it is difficult to find out which ones actually work and which ones are simply interested in taking your money and running. Instead, you can make simple changes in your life, and begin by adding yogurt and pineapple to your daily diet, and taking advantage of natural and effective weight loss. In addition to snacking on pineapple versus candy or pastry, once you are ready, you can impact your health and your weight loss by eliminating artificial sweeteners, unhealthy foods and more in your home, and filling your fridge and pantry with healthier food choices. You want to do this very slowly, because dramatic changes often simply do not work. In addition, you do not have to worry about eating less or adding excess exercise, when you can simply add pineapple. The correlation between yogurt and weight loss is real, and when you add pineapple, your body will naturally work harder for you, and eliminate excess fat and weight. This is not a wild and crazy weight loss breakthrough, this is based on experience, and if you are interested in learning more about how you can use pineapple and yogurt to lose weight, you can quickly and easily do so online with help from Bob Miller.

10 Most Frequently Asked Questions About The Nutrisystem Diet

The Nutrisystem diet is a well-known weight loss meal delivery diet that focuses on comfort foods like chocolate ice cream, pasta, burgers and lasagna to help you lose weight.

You get breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack every day – plus veggies and fruit that you can add in yourself.

Not sure about the Nutrisystem diet plan? This article will answer the most commonly asked questions people have about this popular diet.

#1 How Do I Start The Diet?

It’s very easy. Once you order, you’ll receive 28 days worth of specially made, nutrient-enriched breakfasts, lunches, dinners and snacks.

Each meal is color-coded and you get instructions on how to follow the diet and what added veggies and fruits to add into your meal plan.

You eat 6 times a day every 2 – 3 hours so you don’t get hungry.

#2 What Meal Options Do I Have?

You can choose from over 150 different meal options including pizza, burgers, mac and cheese, bars, shakes, sandwiches, waffles, muffins, cereals, wraps and more.

Plus there are some scrumptious treat options like chocolate brownie sundae, carrot cake, ice cream sandwiches and more.

Nutrisystem offers the option to get pre-selected meals or you can customize your plan to choose the dishes you prefer.

#3 What Kind of Weight Will I Lose?

Most people lose from 1 – 2 pounds per week on this diet.

Plus with the Fast 5 introductory week (included with your order), you can jump-start your plan and lose about 5 pounds your first week!

#4 Tell Me About the Different Plans

The Basic Plan is under $10 a day and the meals are selected for you based on customer popularity. You get online support but no phone counselling option.

The Core Plan is under $11 a day and you can customize the plan yourself with your favorite meals. You get both phone counselling and online tools.

The Select Plan is under $12 a day and offers you more food options, including more gourmet fresh/frozen meals. You get phone counselling and online tools.

#5 Are These Meals Gluten Free?

While some menu items use gluten-free ingredients, this diet is not necessarily completely gluten free and not recommended for those with serious gluten allergies.

#6 Can I Drink Alcohol on this Diet?

Because of the high calorie content, alcohol is not recommended on this diet.Sorry!

#7 How Do I Avoid Gaining The Weight Back After The Diet Is Over?

Nutrisystem has both Transition and Maintenance plans after you’ve reached your goal to help you transition onto every day foods without regaining the weight.

#8 Do I Have To Workout On the Nutrisystem Diet Plan?

Nutrisystem encourages people to get at least 150 minutes of moderately intense physical activity every week. To help you do this, they added the My Daily 3 program

My Daily 3 aims to help you achieve 30 minutes of exercise each day, whether all at once or spread out during the day (10 or 15 minutes at a time).

#9 Can I Drink Coffee or Diet Sodas?

Yes, calorie-free or very low calorie drinks like coffee, tea, and diet sodas can be used as unlimited extras.

#10 Do Meals Require Refrigeration?

Except for the frozen meals on the Select plan, Nutrisystem meals do not require refrigeration. They’re like the foods already in your pantry like chili, soups and pasta bowls.

So those are ten of the most commonly asked questions about the Nutrisystem diet. You have a lot of choices when it comes to choosing a diet program. Take your time and find one that fits your lifestyle, budget and goals!

The Diet Of Costa Ricans And How It Keeps Them Healthy

Located between Panama and Nicaragua in Central America, Costa Rica boasts a proud culinary heritage. Many scorn Costa Rica food selections for being high in saturated fats, but in actuality Costa Ricans are far more active than other cultures.

Costa Rican’s, locally called Ticos, never eat excessively. Limiting their portions is one way they stay so healthy. Also, lunch is the most important meal of their day. In fact, like many Latin nations, businesses and schools close down for a couple of hours at lunch so that employees and students can go home and have a leisurely meal with their family. This allows both a strong focus on family life, but also on slowing down a meal. In America, a typical school lunch lasts a mere twenty minutes at most and work breaks are usually an hour tops, so many must eat at their desk or machine. A Costa Rican’s lifestyle is completely different.

Costa Rica food often revolves around rice and beans, such as Gallo Pinto, a dish that translates to “Spotted Rooster”. Gallo Pinto is a dish that includes black beans at a three to two ratio to rice. Also added are onions, garlic, and salt. Meats are eaten sparingly, while beans provide a high content of fiber. Fiber can help counteract the saturated fats. Costa Rica food choices rarely include dairy or cheese.

As Costa Rica has water on both sides with the Pacific to the west and the Caribbean to the east, fresh seafood is always available. Unfortunately, the seafood is also extremely expensive as the country exports the bulk of its seafood. Chicken, pork, and beef are the more popular meats. Costa Rica food supplies use organ meat as well; so expect to find dishes involving stomach, brains, and other organs on the menu. Other staples of Costa Rica food choices include fresh vegetables such as tomatoes and a variety of beans, fruits, including plantains, and rice.

Costa Rica’s capital city, San Jose, is packed with outstanding restaurants and cafes. In San Jose, one can experience bold foods and beverages. Staple beverages such as sugarcane soaked in hot water are second only to the nation’s delicious Costa Rican coffee. Drinks mixing corn meal and milk are also common. Plantains are similar to bananas in appearance, but they cannot be eaten raw. Plantains are pounded flat, battered, and fried tender.

As one travels to other regions, the choices for Costa Rica food also decrease and become more traditional with the beans and rice dishes. Beans and rice dishes are usually served alongside a carrot and cabbage or lettuce and tomato salad. Sometimes Arroz, (fried shrimp or chicken), are found on the table instead of beans and rice. The salads are typically larger than the portion of beans and rice and that helps the Ticos to stay fit.

It is possibly to choose healthy selections of Costa Rica food. Stick to plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables and enjoy the delightful blend of culinary flavors.