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Philadelphia: The First Major City to Tax Soft Drinks

We’ve all known how the health and fitness advocates are battling against the consumption of unhealthy soft drinks. The high concentration of sugar found in these processed drinks not only triggers our intense sugar craving but it also increases our risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Most health advocates strongly advises us to stop soda consumption as much as possible in order to improve our current lifestyle and well-being.

Philadelphia Tax Soft Drinks

If you still find yourself having a hard time reducing your soft drinks intake, this news might encourage you to stop consuming it.

Philadelphia has become the first major city in the United States to slap a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks in which many cities like New York, City of Brotherly Love have failed to pursue. The city council voted 13-4 in favor of taxing sugary drinks.

The Philadelphia tax was marked as one of the major victories for health advocates who are leading a movement against giant soda manufacturers. This victory could stir up movement in Oakland, San Francisco, and Colorado as they vote on similar taxes this coming November this year. If the result of all cities will be deemed positive, it is projected to create a fatal blow to the soft drink’s industry.

Interestingly, the positive health impact that came from the tax campaign was not Philadelphia Mayor Kenney’s primary concern. His campaign pledge was to provide a universal pre-kindergarten. The funds that will be used in supporting the program will come from taxation. And the taxing on sugary drinks just happened to be the best option to raise the revenue. The Mayor stated in the rewritten version of soda-tax advocate playbook that the tax is projected to raise up to $91 million in its first year, which will be used in funding the program.

The Fast Metabolism Diet Community’s Opinion:

Mayor Kenney may have a different path in pursuing this movement, but it is no doubt that the health industry of Philadelphia will greatly benefit from this. More taxes on sodas could mean less consumption. Most Americans will be encouraged to patronize healthier drinks, improving their health and well-being in the process.

Need Some Exercise Motivation? Pokemon Go Will Make You Love Exercise!

Some, maybe most of us fret the thought of doing exercise because it connotes to a tiresome and laborious activity and aggravates the tiredness especially when we suffer Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS). It’s a horrible feeling, right? Aside from that, our working schedules, unplanned appointments, and night-outs often got in our way, making us hard to stick to our exercise regimen.

Need Some Exercise Motivation- Pokemon Go Will Make You Love Exercising!

If you found yourself seeking some motivation to get you into the mood of exercising, then the rising popularity of the augmented-reality game Pokémon GO – Niantic, Inc. is the one you might be waiting for!

It’s only been a few weeks since Pokémon GO was released in the United States, but it’s already been on the top of the most downloaded app more than Tinder. What makes this game unique is it promotes body coordination and activity. You get to exercise your legs as you search and capture some Pokemon! You get to be walking around and exercise while you’re enjoying playing the said game!

Let’s hear the positive and healthy remarks it garnered from its players:

 

Who knew this one popular app game not only reminds you of your childhood memories with Ash and Pikachu, but it can also be your buddy in exercising and losing weight! If you haven’t already, try to download this game and see for yourself.

Recall Alert! Health Risks on E.Coli Contamination on General Mill Flour

Recall Alert! It has been announced that some products of General Mill are advised for recall due to E.coli contamination. We therefore warn our dieters to watch out for the flours they might have purchased days ago. So if you are planning to bake something this week, pls. make a double check of your flour brand or cake mixes.

General Mills Flour

Fortune recently reported that General Mills Wondra flour (which was named in the recall) was used in three other Betty Crocker Cake Mixes namely:

  • Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip Cake Mix
  • Bett Crocker Delights Super moist Carrot Cake Mix
  • Berry Crocker Moist Rainbow Bit Mix Cake Mix (Canada only)

The recall for the said products was a result of the recent outbreak of deadly bacteria E.coli case. Since December 2015, 42 people have already fallen ill caused by the said bacteria. However, there’s no need to fret about it!

The good news is that no illnesses have been reported by the company about the potential harmful risks of said mixes. There’s also no General Mills or Betty Crocker products added to the recall list. The company’s spokesperson also told Fortune that the retailers were already notified about the recall last Monday. The recalled products shall be removed from the shelves quickly.

Italian Scientists Claimed that Pasta Does Not Make You Gain Weight

We’ve all heard how the wheat and gluten found in pasta can make us gain more weight and trigger deadly diseases in our body, especially to those who are gluten intolerant.

In fact, eating pasta made from wheat is not allowed in this diet. The fast metabolism pasta brands we’ve recommended in the diet are made from natural ingredients.

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But recently, the health and fitness world are thrown into hype again as two studies from Italian Scientists revealed that Pasta does not contribute to weight gain and obesity. Let’s hear more about these studies below:

The research which was published in Nutrition and Diabetes journal was conducted over 23,000 adults who have undergone a healthy Mediterranean diet. This diet, rich in veggies, fruit, fish, and whole grains, promotes better overall health and lowers the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and Alzheimer’s disease.

The researchers at Neuromed (Istituto Neurologico Mediterraneo) in Italy also found out that the correlation between having a healthy BMI and pasta consumption was not affected by the diet was followed closely. Let us read some of the critical claims stated by the principal authors of the research.

“We have seen that consumption of pasta, contrary to what many think, is not associated with an increase in body weight, rather the opposite. Our data show that enjoying pasta according to individuals’ needs contributes to a healthy body mass index, lower waist circumference and better waist-hip ratio” George Pounis, the paper lead author.

“In light of this research, we can say that this is not a correct attitude. We’re talking about a fundamental component of Italian Mediterranean tradition, and there is no reason to do without it.

“The message emerging from this study, as from other scientific analyses conducted in the context of the Moli-sani Project and INCHES, is that Mediterranean diet, consumed in moderation and respecting the variety of all its elements (pasta in the first place), is good for your health”. Licia Iacoviello, Head of Laboratory of Molecular and Nutritional Epidemiology at Neuromed Institute.

Associate Professor of Nutrition and Health at the University of Reading also added that the pasta consumption conducted in the research was not an isolated case. But rather, it was consumed as part of the diet.

“In this study, people who consumed a lot of pasta also followed a traditional Mediterranean diet, which is not surprising as the study was conducted in a Mediterranean population. Pasta intake could, therefore, be mainly a marker for adherence to this kind of diet.

“What is interesting however is, that these results clearly show that it is wrong to demonize carbohydrates as the data clearly show that consumption of a carbohydrate-rich food such as pasta does not have to have an adverse effect on body weight.

“The results of this study confirm current dietary recommendations and support the recommendation for a balanced diet.”

The Fast Metabolism Dieter’s Question:

What is your stand on this controversial issue, dieters? Share your thoughts below.

5 Powerful Ingredients in Speeding Up Your Metabolism

It is a common concept that maintaining a healthy body requires perseverance, discipline, and commitment. Eating the right food is the biggest aspect that helps metabolism to function well. But sometimes no matter how much we adhere to the program, our metabolism won’t cooperate the way we want it to be. In short, this is not as easy as pie! So how do we speed up and boost our metabolism to burn fats away?

5 Powerful Ingredients in Speeding Up Your Metabolism

These 5 powerful foods will help you reduce your inflammation, regulate your appetite, and most of all increase your metabolic rate to burn fats and lose weight faster.

1. Lemon Juice

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If you got bored in drinking plain water, we recommend you add lemon juice, or zest for variation. Not only because it’s good for your digestion. but drinking lemon juice before your meal helps lower your blood sugar levels and since lemon is rich in polyphenols, it helps to suppress your body weight and fat accumulation. Try to squeeze some lemon into your water or dish.

2. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a great ingredient to pair with your herbal teas or morning beverages. Cinnamon keeps you feel fuller, longer, and satisfied, lessening your chances of food cravings. It also keeps your blood sugar levels in check.

3. Cayenne Pepper

Are you a spicy food lover? A great news is waiting for you! Studies revealed that the phytochemical capsaicin increases your metabolism and fat burning rate. Not only it spices up your food and flavor but it also spices up your metabolic rate! You can read the whole news here. We encourage you to cook your favorite spicy recipes today!

4. Turmeric

One of the key factors that hinderes us in losing weight is inflammation. But fortunately, we have turmeric to counter this. Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that help fight inflammation, reduce the risk of obesity and heal other ailments.

5. Flax Seeds

One of our favourite healthy fats, flax seeds are a great source of healthy omega acids that balances our hormones and inflammation. It also contains fibers to help you keep your cravings under control. Flax seeds are great to incorporate in your smoothies, especially in Phase 3.

Get the benefits of these 5 superfoods, get them from your nearest market today and you will be amazed how good you feel after including them in your diet!

4 Effective Exercises You can Do on your Desk

Everybody is aware that aside from healthy eating, exercise is crucial for our overall health and well-being. Physical activities such as exercise helps in repairing our muscles and burning fats, to transform it into an energy.

4 Effective Exercise You can Do on your DeskHowever, it is easier said than done. With our hectic schedules and personal appointments, its is sometimes hard to make a room for exercise. Not to mention we are primarily living a sedentary lifestyle. Sitting for 8 hours in the office makes us feel sluggish and tired. This, in turn, discouraged us from committing a workout regimen.

But did you know that you can turn this circumstance into your favor to promote physical activity and more body movements? Yes! There are some quick and easy exercises that you can do in your office (even at your desk) while working!

In this blog post, we will learn these mini work-out you can perform at the office to help you become fit without interrupting your hectic schedule.

1. Exercise your legs

Your blood circulation is greatly affected when you’re sitting for a longer period of time, especially in your legs. Let’s correct the blood circulation by doing this exercise.

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While sitting at your desk, slowly extend your legs and try to reach down toward your toes. Keep it for a few minutes and repeat the process as many times as you can.

2. Chair Squats

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Chair squats are beneficial for your entire body. It helps you ease the pain on your lower back, quads, and it tightens your buttocks. To perform this exercise, you need to stand 6″ in front of your chair and slowly lower yourself down until your butt touches the edge of your chair. Pop back up and repeat the exercise whenever you can.

3. Wrist stretch

Aside from the possibility of hurting your lower back from sitting all day, I bet your fingers are also tired from all the typing tasks. This exercise will help you ease the pain and numbness you’re feeling with your hands. The following are the steps in performing the exercise:

  • Extend your arm in front of you with your palm down.
  • Bend your wrist, pointing your hand toward the floor.
  • With your other hand, gently bend your wrist farther until you
  • feel a mild to moderate stretch in your forearm.
  • Hold for at least 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat 2 to 4 times.

4. Walk to the stairs as you go on floors

Instead of taking the elevators and escalators, take the time to walk on the stairs as you go on floors for your work routine. This is a great walking exercise and keeps your metabolism on fire.

Conclusion:

No matter how busy you are, the fast metabolism diet community firmly believes that we can find a time to be more physically active in our own little ways. Instead of stressing yourself from failing to perform your phase-specific exercise, seize every moment and turn it into an opportunity to move your body.

5 Spring Cleaning Tips to Enjoy this Season!

There’s no better way to welcome Spring season than to embrace it with some cleaning activities! After all, Spring Season is the best time to perform these cleaning obligations that we’ve been putting off for months now. Spring makes us look forward to witnessing the blooming flowers again and let us listen to the sweet sound of nature like the chirp of the birds. It’s probably one of the most loved seasons by many!

5 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Fast Metabolism Diet

As what they say, it’s a season where we flush out all the dirt and unhealthy habits we picked up from the previous season. It’s time to clean our environment and revitalize ourselves with healthy foods!

Get back on your fast metabolism diet track this Spring season with our 5 spring cleaning tips!

1. Get rid of unhealthy foods in fridge

Fighting off the cold breeze of the Winter season is difficult. All you wanted to do is tuck in bed and procrastinate. And procrastination often leads to binge eating. So clean up your fridge and get rid of those Easter candies leftovers, chips, and cookies and load it up instead with fresh bounty of fruits and veggies!

2. Buy Local Foods

Since the Spring season is abundant with foods and veggies, you can find them cheaper and fresher if you source them from local farms instead from supermarket. Not only that, you are also helping your local farmers market than buying from a giant grocery store where their foods usually contain pesticides and harmful chemicals that only ruins your metabolism and health.

3. Exercise by Venturing Outside

It’s time to get out from the lair and enjoy the gentle and warm breeze this Spring season, so get out and take a walk into the woods. Walking in the forest helps lower your blood pressure and stress hormones and boosts your immune system. Or if not, you can jog on the streets, play a sport outside, do anything to keep you up and running around! It’s time to pump your legs up and keep your body moving again! Let us make up for some of the lost time for being frozen last season.

4. Cut off Alcohol intake

We highly recommend eliminating alcohol in the fast metabolism diet as much as possible, but special events and occasions where wines are served are inevitable, especially during Winter season where it’s really cold and you drank few glasses of wine to keep yourself warm. Son this Spring time, we have a chance to put the glass down, be sober and enjoy other activities.

Spring season is indeed the perfect time to revamp ourselves, so let’s start reassessing our health goals and get rid of unwanted stuff that hinders in achieving a better and healthier you!

Load up Your Fast Metabolism Diet with Beans to Effectively Lose Weight

If you are doing the fast metabolism diet and is a vegetarian/vegan, beans, legumes, and lentils definitely top your list as your protein source buddy. It has been our alternative source of protein and a substitute in cooking meat recipes. But you must not underestimate the power of beans when it comes to our nutrition as it is surprisingly healthy and nutritious. Nutritionists encourage everyone, vegan or not, to eat and load up their diet with beans, legumes, and lentils because of its notable benefits in our body.

LOAD UP YOUR FAST METABOLISM DIET WITH BEANS!

Still not convinced? Here are the 5 reasons why you should start loading up your meal map with beans.

1. It is rich in fibers and major nutrients

All beans are rich in fiber that helps you keep feeling full until your next meal. Not just with any types of fiber, but it is rich in insoluble fiber and contains folate that protects your mental and heart health, it is good for protecting your body against heart diseases. If you are pregnant, beans help protect your unborn child from birth defects. Aside from that, beans are also high in magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and calcium.

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2. It is loaded with different amino acids

Beans are rich in 20 amino acids like lysine, in which it scavenges fat, leaving you looking lean and fit. The building blocks of amino acids found in beans paved a great way in making an alternative source for meat.

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3. It can help you regulate your blood sugar.

Because beans are complex carbohydrates and are rich in fiber, its content quickly fills your stomach and slows down the rise of your blood sugar level. This helps you stabilize your blood sugar while fending off your hunger and giving you a steady supply of energy.

4. It is a versatile food

Beans are versatile and highly adaptable when cooked as food. Main dish, side dish, salad, appetizer, or a snack, you name it, beans are very easy to incorporate into your foods and their rich flavors add to the delicious taste of your recipes.

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5. It is affordable

Beans are the least expensive source of protein, whether organic or not, so if you wanted to stay loyal and organic throughout the diet without hurting your budget, you might want to start incorporating beans more in your diet than purchasing expensive organic meat!

So there, the stated benefits of beans will give you more reasons to love the veggie. If you are convinced to have it often before, then look for bean recipes here.

5 Powerful Low Carb Veggies to Stabilize Blood Sugar Level

While the fast metabolism diet plan is designed to keep your blood sugar from rising quickly, we cannot deny the fact that some of our dieters who are diabetics are sensitive in preparing their meal maps.

5 POWERFUL LOW CARB VEGGIES TO STABILIZE BLOOD SUGAR LEVEL

They need to double check the food they are eating (even the allowed healthy foods stated in the diet) in order to regulate their blood sugar. This imposed restriction might overwhelm our dieters from achieving their dream of losing weight and living a healthier lifestyle.

But the great news is that there is always a way to nurse your body back to health! Never get wary about preparing your delicious and healthy meals again!

These 5 powerful green low-carb veggies are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber; keeping your stomach full without spiking your blood sugar levels and gaining weight.

1. Spinach – All Phases

Spinach leaves are loaded with beta-carotene, folate, beta-carotene, vitamin K, and magnesium– these minerals can help regulate your blood sugar. You can eat it either fresh, frozen, or canned. The best thing about spinach is that it can be added to any meal.

You can add folded steamed spinach to your egg-white omelet during breakfast, pack it for your salads and sandwiches during lunch, or include it in your soup, pasta, or casserole during dinner.

2. Broccoli – Phase 1 and 2

Broccoli has low carbohydrates but it’s loaded with vitamin A, C, and K. It is also loaded with fiber and iron, keeping your body full and satisfied. You can have roasted or steamed broccoli in your platter instead of those pesky chips!

3. Cucumbers – All Phases

Cucumber has approximately 5 grams of carbohydrates and and is an excellent source of vitamin K, potassium and vitamin C. Cucumbers are perfect for re-hydrating your body. Cucumbers have cool, crisp texture that is perfect for a crunchy afternoon snack or consume it as a smoothie! Read more about the benefits of cucumbers here,

 

4. Cabbage – All Phases

Aside from vitamins K, and C, cabbage are also packed with antioxidants, manganese, fibers, and vitamin B6. It is important for balancing your body’s pH. Boiling and drinking cabbage juice can soothe your GI Tract. Cabbage is also good when fermented as it promotes healthy gut health.

5. Brussel Sprouts – Phase 3

Brussels sprouts are cruciferous veggies that are rich in vitamin A, C, fiber, and high concentrations of cancer-fighting glucosinates. It possesses high alkaline content that is needed to fight off cancer cells, burn fats, and enhance your metabolism.

Cucumbers: Help You Lose Weight and Stay Hydrated

Cucumbers: Help You Lose Weight and Stay Hydrated

If you aim for balance fitness, you must include three main hale and hearty routines in your daily fitness plan to successfully hit your ultimate goal. This includes: proper diet, regular physical exercise, and healthy lifestyle.

As you start your day 1 fitness plan, eagerly targeting to lose weight at the same time stay hydrated, we advise you to consume cucumbers.

If your fitness plan has also something to do with much physical fitness activities, well, cucumbers is good for you as it can aid digestion, diminish stress, and of course, reduce weight.

For some details on how cucumbers can capably help you lose weight and keep hydrated, as well as what dishes or smoothies to prepare, you may refer to our diet fitness guidelines below:

  1. Infused Water in the Morning

The old rule of thumb is to drink 8 glasses of water every day. This effective regimen is very healthy to follow especially since summer is fast approaching and it is very important to keep yourself hydrated with infused water and other healthy beverages like cucumber smoothies and other fruit or vegetable juices. To easily quench your thirst any place you go, you can actually bring a bottle of infused water with you.

  1. Quick to Prepare Breakfast

If you don’t have enough time or you don’t feel like cooking something for breakfast, you can just simply prepare apple or cucumber smoothies for your diet. Aside from the fact that smoothies are quick to prepare and has a delightful taste, it: (1) can make your skin radiantly healthy and beautiful; (2) can help you lose weight; (3) is good for digestion; and (4) can keep you hydrated.

  1. Healthy Cucumber Dish for Lunch

Cook a delicious and healthy lunch for your family with this Seared Scallops with Sauteed Cucumbers. This meal is appropriate for diabetes. It has low calories, low carbohydrates, low saturated fat, low sodium, very heart healthy, gluten free, and can help reduce weight.

  1. Finger Food for Snack

Serve this mouthwatering Tuna Cucumber for snacks! You can prepare it with in just a few minutes, and needless to say. it is also a very nutritious meal.

  1. Dinner with a Perfect Cucumber Bite

Savor this Smoked Trout and Cucumber that is also perfect for dieters. Quick to prepare, so less hassle for you.

Exercises

If you need to maintain a proper diet in order to attain your desired body, you also need to execute daily proper exercise.

Home: Do some squats, stretch or raise your arms and legs, move around your house, do some household chores that could make you move all your body parts and more. After doing your daily fitness routine in your house, prepare some cucumber meals, snacks and smoothies to make you feel hydrated.

Gym: Focus on enhancing your body posture and building a good healthy physique. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of infused water, cucumber smoothie or any other healthy beverages that could help you satisfy your thirst and regain your energy for more fitness activities to complete.

Yoga: After accomplishing the fitness routines and activities you’ve planned, try to do yoga afterward to calm your body muscles and help you relax. Yoga can also help you lose your body fats.

Sleep: One of the most important things to do after a tiring day is to rest and take enough sleep. If you follow a good sleeping schedule, you’re actually boosting a healthy lifestyle. Sleep must not be taken for granted because, without it, you won’t have enough time to rest your eyes, mind, other senses and more.

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