Thursday

Just How Bad Are Those 'Treats'?


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Throughout the last few posts, we've looked at foods and snacks that are primarily healthy. In the real world of course, temptation can get the better of us from time to time. Either as a result of a holiday, a birthday or Christmas for example, or if we feel we've been particularly good and deserve a 'reward'.

So I thought it would be interesting to take a closer look at some of treats and rewards that crop up time after time with clients, just to see what we're letting ourselves in for!

Today's food marketers have loaded many of their offerings with so much fat, sugar, and salt that eating any of the foods in this weeks blog on a daily basis, could destroy all your hard work and best intentions of eating healthy ...




White Bread

White bread hits you with a double whammy. First, it’s typically loaded with sodium, and second, the simple carbs it contains can send your blood sugar skyrocketing, which leaves you hungry and zaps your energy.

By eating white bread instead of whole grains you’re also missing out on dietary fiber and other valuable vitamins and minerals that promote weight loss, heart health, and overall health.

Fill your diet with whole grains instead of refined white flour and you might feel less hungry. Research indicates that whole grains help control our appetites by promoting satiety. Whole grains also help regulate blood sugar and have been linked to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes


Biscuits

Biscuits are everywhere…You can find them in boardroom meetings, coffee mornings, tea time parties etc…But the question is, are they good for health…?

Looking at the details of each ingredient ...

Wheat flour - this is nothing but maida, aka refined wheat flour which is low in fiber. Although nowadays, more whole wheat flour is being added, the maida or refined flour is still the main ingredient. This can cause blood sugar spikes which in the long term can cause diabetes.

Sugar - very high in sugar and hence in calories too.

Hydrogenated fats - vegetable fats or hydrogenated fats are added in very high quantities and are baked at very high temperatures. This can result in the production of trans fats. So next time you pick up a pack claiming to be trans free, they are fooling you. Biscuits cannot be low fat or fat free.

Biscuits are not good for diabetics as they are high in simple carbohydrates. As these are high in calories, they are the ideal source for weight gain. Another hidden reason for their ability to cause us to gain weight is that most of the time, we don't really pay much attention to 'how many' of these things we pop into our mouth!


Cheese and Crackers

Foods high in saturated fat and trans fat are consistently associated with high cancer rates. Cheese and butter typically contain over ten times as much saturated fat as fish, white meat, chicken and turkey.

Cheese, butter and crackers are also notoriously high in salt, which has been consistently linked to high blood pressure, stomach cancer and strokes.


Milk Chocolate

Milk chocolate is one of these foods that is considered unhealthy for a number of reasons, not least, because of the number of calories a small serving contains. A 100g bar (4 oz) of milk chocolate bar contains a massive 627 calories!

Another consideration is the addition of high-fat ingredients to achieve the taste and consistency associated with milk chocolate. Eating a diet high in unhealthy saturated fats can lead to dangerous conditions like cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, obesity and certain types of cancer. Milk chocolate has a large amount of fat, much of it saturated fat. A 100g serving of milk chocolate has 34g of total fat, 21.6g of it saturated.

Sugar is another major consideration when it comes to milk chocolate. Like fat, a great deal of sugar is added to the chocolate. The sugars are refined, which can lead to health problems if consumed in large amounts. Filling up on foods high in sugar can also leave little room for more nutritious foods, which can contribute to weight gain and obesity. A 100g portion of milk chocolate has almost 61g of added sugar.

Coffee

Coffee? Have I gone mad? Unfortunately not. When Which? Magazine toured the UK's coffee chains it found plenty of menu items with surprisingly high calorific content.

The Starbucks whole milk white chocolate mocha with whipped cream, for instance, contains a whopping 628 calories.


Beef Burgers (Example - Burger King Triple Whopper)

Burger King’s gigantic burger has 1250 calories, although I assume that anyone willing to eat that much beef probably isn’t too concerned by the technicalities.

How is That Even Possible?

Three layers of beef add up pretty quickly, and despite the best effort of the vegetables to make this thing look healthy it’s pretty clear from a glance that it will wreak havoc on your body. But hey, at least there’s some lettuce, right?


Soft Drinks

The average 330 ml can of fizzy pop supplies 10 teaspoons of sugar, which contribute to obesity, toothdecay and diabetes. Most supply preservatives, sodium, sulphites, tons of calories, and some provide caffeine. 

Studies have linked carbonated drinks to osteoporosis, obesity, tooth decay and heart disease. Plus, drinking all that sugar will likely suppress your appetite for healthy foods, which paves the way for nutrient deficiencies.

If you think 'diet' drinks are a better option, they're not. Most artificial sweeteners used in these drinks have been linked with cancer. And they still contain the other toxins of course.

Drink water instead, or green tea, Innocent fruit juice diluted with 50% water, up to one coffee or a few cups of sugarless tea per day.


Bacon and Other Processed Meats

Called 'mystery meats' because it's anybody's guess what some of these processed meats actually contain. Full of nitrites and nitrates, fat and salt. Nitrates are harmless, but can convert to nitrite, which can form nitrosamines, which are a powerful cancer causing chemical.


Pizza (Example - Pizza Hut Stuffed Crust Pizza)

The biggest problem with restaurant pizzas is the huge amounts of cheese. They are high in calories and full of saturated fats.

These are supposed to be shared, but eat one, as many people would and at 2,544 calories, you immediately exceed the daily calorie allowance of an average adult.

You’d also be taking on more than twice the recommended daily amount of saturated fat (there’s 50g in the pizza) and salt (equivalent to 24 bags of crisps).


KFC (Example - Zinga Tower Burger)


This piece of spicy coated chicken, layered with a deep-fried hash brown, mayonnaise and salsa and sandwiched in a bun, comes in at 637 calories and packs two teaspoons of sugar and 4.2 g of salt. If you add fries (99p) and coleslaw (99p), you’ll be putting away 1,041 calories.




Client Stories

Sometimes, it isn't always just about losing weight. You may recall a few blogs ago, I had an email from Carol, who desparately needed to bring her blood sugar levels down and her diabetes under control.

This was Carols email back in August ....

"HI TONY

WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW HOW WELL I AM DOING. ONE WEEK ON, A WEIGHT LOSS OF 6LBS - FANTASTIC - SO HAPPY.  SUGAR LEVELS REDUCING AND THAT IS SO, SO GOOD FOR ME.

NOT A SLIMMING BOOK IN SIGHT, NO POINTS TO COUNT, SINS OR FAT UNITS. WHAT A RELIEF.  WE HAVE A LOAF OF BREAD GONE STALE IN THE CUPBOARD - THAT IS UNBELIEVABLE. I LOVE RYVITA. LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT WEEKS RESULTS.

I CANT BELIEVE I JUST WAlK BY ALL THOSE FOODS I USED TO LOVE AND PICK AT AND SAY NO THANK YOU.

HERE'S TO A NEW ME !!!!!!


THANK YOU TONY SO SO MUCH.


CAROL"

 ...... Three months on and Carol has continued to do really well, has now lost over a stone so far and sent me this fabulous update earlier this week ........


“GOOD MORNING TONY  

HOW PLEASED AM I? - INTERIM BLOOD TEST RESULTS FOR DIABETES ARE GREAT.  NEVER BEFORE HAVE I ACHIEVED THESE RESULTS.
MY CONSULTANT IS GOING TO BE SO PLEASED WITH ME.

ALL MY DAILY CHECKS ARE IN SINGLE FIGURES AND IN THE GUIDLEINES REQUIRED.  THAT ALONE IS FANTASTIC.

ONE STONE WEIGHT LOSS SO FAR AS WELL AND AT THIS TIME OF YEAR!  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.

ANYONE UNSURE ABOUT GASTRIC BAND HYPNOSIS NEEDN'T BE. JUST GO FOR IT.

THANKS AGAIN

CAROL”

I really am delighted that you're continuing to do SO well Carol. Given the long list of ailments that you're having to contend with, your progress is nothing short of inspirational !! - I look forward to sharing more of your 'Good News' on here in the weeks and months ahead.


This Week In The News

This week, the British Dietetic Association slammed the 'in vogue' Dukan Diet as the worst celebrity weight loss plan to follow, labelling it 'utterly ineffective and with no scientific basis'.
For more on this and to see the BDA's list of flop diets in full, click;- here

Also in the news, researchers have confirmed that eating faster, leads to a higher BMI (Body Mass Index). So, the way to slim down is to eat slower! More on that by clicking;- here

News also that the Governments own expert Obesity Advisory Group has been scrapped, after failing to bring a 'partnership approach' to tackling public health. More;- here

Would you sell your house for the perfect body? - Jayne Fenney from Kent did .... and that was AFTER she had shed over half of her body weight dieting !!! More on that;- here

Nine out of ten British kids snub healthy meals. More on that;- here

That's all for now. More to come soon

Best wishes

Tony

Friday

The Essentials of Staying Hydrated

I've had LOADS of great comments over the last couple of weeks about frozen grapes and how delicious they are! - Just take a handful of grapes and pop them in the freezer overnight!

If you haven't tried these yet, they REALLY are a must, and so easy!! Once frozen, the grapes 'change consistency' in some way, making them a bit like ice lollies, but packed full of flavour.

They're great to turn to, to tackle those occasional sweet cravings, they hydrate your body and they're one of your five a day!!

Many thanks to those of you that have tried them so far and thanks for all the positive feedback!

By the way, if you missed the blog page last month that included the frozen grapes, along with a few other healthy snack ideas, you can access it again by clicking;- here


This Week In The News

Another couple of interesting weight related stories in the news again this week;

The Daily Mail reports that more then 30 Brittons are hospitalised every day because they are dangerously overweight.
More on that story by clicking;- here

The Daily Mail also reported this week on a new experimental drug, that helps to melt away the fat cells that cause pot bellies! It works by attacking the blood supply of fat cells, offering hope to those who are seriously overweight.
More on that article by clicking;- here

And there has been a wonderful story on American news this week, following a guy initially weighing over 360 lbs (26 stones). Jay Warnick set about to lose about 50 lbs and ended up losing 200 !!! - The best bit is that he did it all using a combination of healthy eating and regular activity.  More on that story, including an inspiring video, by clicking;- here


Client Stories

I love this. It's a great email I received this week week from Nic in Leyland, who came to see me with her partner. Nic very eloquently paints a wonderful 'before and after' scenario, that represents a fabulous example of gaining control and discipline over even the most "disgraceful" of eating habits ......


“Hi, I'm Nic, I'm 28 and my eating habits were disgraceful!

I work at a hospital and am continually playing 'smash and grab' in the tins of chocolates on the wards. Any excuse of ‘a birthday’ or ‘somebody leaving’ to create a tearoom full of cakes, biscuits, sweets and generally anything that has calories written all over them.

My portions were huge and I was never satisfied after meals unless I had a pudding, usually meaning a trip to the shop for a chocolate bar and the same again with a grab bag of crisps for afternoon break. Sugar sugar sugar!

A six pack of pork and apple chunky sausages would serve two of us with an overflow of 'chip shop' style chips and lashings of salt. I loved a gigantic bowl of coco pops for supper washed down with a hot chocolate and cream!

After meeting Tony my life has changed considerably. I was a little nervous at first, but as soon as we'd met, he put me at ease. We chatted like we'd known each other a while and I was able to relax enough to tell him all of my concerns, failings and needs from my session. Plus it gave him chance to settle my thoughts on the whole thing, as I didn't know what to expect.  All I could imagine were cheesy voices and watching swinging clocks until the word SLEEP is announced! Now it's funny to look back as it's nothing like that.

On the day of the hypnosis, we started with a catch up from where we had left off and Tony made sure I was comfortable. He used some breathing exercises to allow me to become really relaxed. His house is a lovely maintained, extremely quiet environment to do this. I naturally closed my eyes and allowed his soft voice to introduce me to the session. The more he talked the more relaxed I became, making it easier to visualise what he was asking. I was not asleep nor awake but in a state, similar to coming round from anaesthetic,  where you can hear a voice but you don't really want to move or respond. We continued for about 50 minutes and at the end, his voice became more alive, working up to awakening. When I opened my eyes I felt a little tired but I'd had a really good relax.

It worked for me instantly, in fact some things started after our first meeting.

Me and my partner went to see Tony together, which has turned out, as great support for each other. I have to say though, the way I feel now, I could quite easily have the strength and the will to do it alone. Bring on Christmas!!

I now do not snack. I am full after the smallest portions as my eating has really slowed down. Grapes taste amazing …. I would say (get this!), better than chocolate!! I know it sounds ridiculous but seriously, ME being able to walk into a sweet shop, buy my daughter a small treat and buy myself nothing! What is that about.....?? If I genuinely do fancy some chocolate, one piece is enough. After just having bonfire night, little’n had a toffee apple and we had A piece of fudge off a stall. Strange asking for one piece each but great because that was really satisfying.

I love it. I love what Tony has done for me and our food bill is reducing tenfold. Instead of a normal dinner plate, we now use a side plate and are very satisfied. The coco pops are in the bin and the chocolates at work stay on everyone else's waistline!

I have also got my ‘mojo’ back and have started running again, my clothes are already starting to feel great and my work pants are on the verge of needing a belt. Tony rings us every week to see how we are getting on and we are able to ring him at anytime in between. We tell him our weight and have a really good chat about how we've done. He's got a great personality and Tony! You're stuck with us now buddy! Thanks a squllion!!

Nic - Leyland x”

A wonderful 'detailed' account there from Nic ... In fact, I wasn't sure whether to serialise that!!
But many thanks for that Nic and it's great that you're both doing so fantastically well.



The Essentials of Hydration

For me, water is probably the single biggest ingredient neccessary to enable us to change our eating habits and thus, embark upon a sustained period of continuous weight loss.

And whilst regular water intake isn't exactly a new idea, as our weight begins to drop and we perhaps become a little 'complacent', water can often go by the wayside. Often when this happens, some of those old 'snacky feelings' or 'sweet cravings' can begin to creep back in. 

Water is essential for our health. It makes up nearly 70% of our overall body mass, so we all need to stay well hydrated in order to keep our bodies running smoothly.

These quick and simple tips can help us to make sure we get enough fluids, and that regular fluid intake becomes part of our daily routine.

1. Have something to drink when you first get up in the morning.

2. Carry a plastic water bottle with you during working hours and when you're away from home for long periods of time.

3. Try to drink something before, during and after exercising, especially in hot weather. Drink water every 15 minutes as you exercise.

4. Remember to drink before you get thirsty.

5. Drink a glass of water before a meal.

6. Try to limit drinks that contain caffein, sugar and alcohol. Caffein and alcohol act as diuretics and can cause our bodies to lose fluids quickly. In addition to containing extra calories, the fructose, or natural sugars, in fruit juice can slow your bodys natural ability to absorb fluids.

7. Monitor your fluid intake, factoring in foods. Most of what we eat contains some water, especially fruits and vegetables. Packing ready-to-eat fruits in sealable plastic bags can be a great way to restore fluids and vitamins during outdoor activities.

8. Keep a glass or a bottle of water next to your bed.

9 'Sex' up your water to make it more interesting! Perhaps serving it in a tall glass with ice and lime, or adding a squeeze of lemon juice or unsweetened cordial to give it some flavour. 

10. Learn the signs and symptoms of dehydration. These are;

          Dry Mouth
          Excessive Thirst
          Infrequent or Dark Urination
          Muscle Weakening or Cramping
          Headache
          Dizziness or Lightheadedness
          Tiredness
          Sunken Eyes
          Inability to Produce Tears


More soon .... Don't forget those frozen grapes!

Best wishes

Tony