fat loss

Clif Bars Vs. Snickers Bars

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"Energy Bar" =

Candy Bar

It’s imperative to be a careful shopper if you’d like to eat healthy food. Many food products have misleading labels that lead customers to believe the product is healthy. A perfect example of this practice is the Clif Bar. Marketed as an “energy bar” it contains 23 grams of sugar, 1 gram more than a Snickers bar. It’s true Clif bars will give you energy, but in a similar way a Snickers bar will spike your insulin levels up for a while before an inevitable crash.

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Always Read the Nutrition Facts

If you look closely at the ingredients of the Clif Bar above, you’ll see that the first ingredient is “Organic Brown Rice Syrup,” which is another way of saying “sugar.” It’s very convenient to have a bar if you’re hungry, but beware of misleading branding. Always read the nutrition facts for sugar content, fat content, carbohydrates, etc. Companies like Clif, Larabar and PowerBar market their products to make them look healthy when in actuality they’re more like candy bars. Quest is a company that makes some pretty decent bars and you may even see me snacking on them in the office from time to time. At my clinic we also offer our own “Advanced Health Systems” bars that have 15g of protein and still manage to taste great even with little sugar. And in reality none of the bars mentioned are much more easily portable than a good hard-boiled egg, a bag of your favorite nuts or seeds, or a container of Greek yogurt.

Below are the nutrition facts for a Cliff Bar and a Snickers Bar

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/calories/clif-clif-bar-118077706

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/calories/clif-clif-bar-118077706

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/calories/mars-snickers-bar-48g-125427516

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/food/calories/mars-snickers-bar-48g-125427516

Improve Your Metabolism with Coffee

What was once thought of as a bad habit can actually have a lot of beneficial health effects. For starters, drinking a simple cup of caffeinated coffee can actually promote fat loss. Clinical research shows that coffee can increase your metabolic rate, improve exercise performance, improve satiety, and decrease food cravings. The reasoning behind this is caffeine promotes catecholamine release, which will help you exercise at a higher level. It also increases rates of lipolysis which will allow you to exercise for a longer period of time before exhaustion. Coffee also contains chlorogenic acid, an antioxidant that can slow the release of glucose into the bloodstream. This is excellent for diabetics, pre-diabetics or those with metabolic syndrome

Before I exercise I like to have a cup of black coffee mixed with "Classic Cappuccino with Fiber" (Pictured above: The nutritionally designed product carried in our office).

Before I exercise I like to have a cup of black coffee mixed with "Classic Cappuccino with Fiber" (Pictured above: The nutritionally designed product carried in our office).

Each person has their own level of sensitivity to caffeine, so dosage varies. For effective fat loss and hunger suppression, its best to cycle caffeine on and off to increase the effects of fat loss. The longer you roast the coffee, the more chlorogenic acid you lose. I recommend medium roasts because they retain about fifty percent of the chlorogenic acid while the remaining portion forms quinic acid and caffeic acid, which can also promote fat loss. Clinical research shows that coffee consumption can also decrease  the rates of alcoholic liver disease, liver cancers, fatty livers,  heart disease, depression, and Alzheimer's.