The Fat Flush Diet: Safety, Risks, and Weight Loss

The Fat Flush Diet: Safety, Risks, and Weight Loss

Safety risks associated with the fat flush diet are low. The main risk is that you may lose your appetite due to the high calorie intake.

However, if you have been following the diet for a long time then it will take some time before you start losing weight again.

Risk #1: You may become too tired after eating all those calories. If you are not used to such high caloric intake, you might get bored and stop eating altogether.

However, if you follow the diet for a short period of time, then eventually your body adapts to the new situation and starts burning more energy than usual. Your metabolism slows down but it does not completely shut off because you still eat a lot of food every day. So even though you are getting tired, you keep going back to the kitchen and cooking up another batch of food.

If you do not like the idea of being so tired, then just cut out one or two meals per day. For example, instead of having three large dinners each night, have only one big dinner each night.

You can easily adjust this rule to suit your lifestyle. Many people find it easier to skip breakfast and start their day with a cup of coffee and a piece of fruit.

Risk #2: You may lose your appetite altogether as your body gets used to eating several large meals. Your stomach can only hold so much food.

That is why it is best to eat five or six small meals instead of three large ones. However, many people are used to three large meals per day so they do not have to think about when to eat.

If you want to stick with three main meals per day but you do not want to lose your appetite, then just space those meals out by eating a healthy snack or a few pieces of fruit in between breakfast and lunch, lunch and dinner, or dinner and bedtime snacks.

Risk #3: You may feel weaker if you are not used to eating so much food. The solution to this problem involves the same rule as before: just gradually increase your portions over a period of one or two weeks.

Your stomach will stretch to accommodate the extra food and you will soon feel much better than you did when you were on a lower calorie diet plan.

Risk #4: It is possible that a few people who eat more than usual will develop acne. This problem does not happen to everyone but it can be annoying for those who do suffer from it.

Acne is caused when the sebaceous glands produce a little too much oil and clog up the pores. The best way to avoid this problem is to thoroughly wash your face twice a day with an anti-acne cleanser. A healthy diet also helps by keeping the oil production to a normal level. Never squeeze or pick at your acne because this can cause scars and in some cases it can lead to the spread of dangerous infections.

Risk #5: It is possible that some people may experience diarrhea when they first start eating more food. This problem tends to happen more in women than it does with men.

The cause of this problem is simple: you are eating more fiber than your digestive system is used to processing on a regular basis. The best way to avoid this problem is to slowly add more roughage to your diet until your body adjusts to it.

ALTERNATIVES

There are three main types of fiber: soluble, insoluble and a combination of both types in a product called dual-fiber. All three have their advantages and disadvantages so you need to decide which one works for you.

Soluble fiber absorbs water as it passes through the digestive system. This type of fiber is great for regulating cholesterol and sugar levels in the blood.

Foods that are high in soluble fiber include oatmeal, brown rice, barley, most beans and some fruits and vegetables.

Soluble fiber supplements often come in a powder form and can be purchased at most drug stores. Be sure to follow the directions on the box because the amount of water you add to the powder can affect how well it works.

Insoluble fiber doesn’t really do anything for your body. It just passes straight through and helps speed up the entire digestive process.

Sources of insoluble fiber include whole wheat bread, most vegetables (except for potatoes), most fruits and nuts.

Complex carbohydrates take longer for the body to digest. These types of carbs include whole grains, some fruits and most vegetables.

Diet foods can be misleading. For example, certain “low fat” foods may seem like a healthy choice but they are often loaded with sugar, preservatives and other unhealthy additives.

The rule here is simple: if it smells or looks rotten then do not eat it. If it passes this test then it is probably okay to eat. Another great way to ensure that you are eating healthy foods is to eat food that is in its most natural form. For example, an orange is better for you than orange juice and an apple is better than apple juice.

The last thing to remember when choosing foods is portion control. We have all seen those pyramid charts that tell you how much of each type of food you should eat at each meal.

While these charts are a very good guideline I would not advise you to follow them religiously. For the average person it is not healthy to eat nothing but vegetables, even if those vegetables are the best for you. A better guideline is to always eat until you are full and to make sure that your food comes from all of the food groups: meat, dairy, grain, fruit and vegetables.

PERSONAL STORY

I would like to share one of my favorite vegetable recipes with you. My wife is a wonderful cook and this is her recipe.

It is probably not low in fat but it is packed with several types of vegetables and the flavor is out of this world. I would definitely recommend cooking this for your family.

Spaghetti Sauce

1 Large Onion, chopped

4 Cloves Garlic, pressed

1 lb. Hamburger

1 tbsp Olive Oil

2 14 1/2 oz. Cans Whole Tomatoes

1 6 oz. Can Tomato Paste

1 Bay Leaf

2 tsp Sugar

1 tbsp Brown Sugar

1 tsp Black Pepper

1 tsp Basil

1 tsp Thyme

1 tsp Oregano

1 tsp Salt (to taste)

Combine the olive oil, garlic and pressed onion in a large sauce pan over medium-high heat. Cook until the onions are clear.

Add the hamburger and brown, breaking it into small pieces as you go.

Add the rest of the ingredients and stir well. Cook everything for an hour or more until the sauce is reduced by half.

Stir occasionally to prevent burning.

After it cools you can store the sauce in the refrigerator for several days, or in the freezer for later use. Makes about 1 gallon.

Enjoy!

Originally posted June 12, 2009

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There are two basic types of garlic presses: those that resemble a doorknob and those that press from the side. I own one of each type because over time each type has its advantages and disadvantages.

The side-action press is probably the most common. It consists of a long rod that runs from one side of the machine to the other with a handle at either end.

To use it, you place a clove (or several) between the two sides at the far end of the handle, pressing down on one and then the other with your hands. The garlic is crushed and forced out through small holes in the near end of the handle.

Advantages

Very Inexpensive (about $4.00)

Easy to Use, even with only one hand

Disadvantages

Does not always crush small garlic cloves completely. The smaller the clove, the more difficult it is to force through the holes.

Sometimes you have to place the clove between the prongs and mush it with your hand instead. This can be very time consuming.

Manual Effort Required (If you have arthritis, this may not be as easy for you to use)

The knob type looks like a doorknob with metal prongs around the outside and a handgrip in the center. They are inexpensive and usually come in a set of two inter-locking rings that hold the individual garlic cloves between them while you manually force the rings together, crushing and forcing out through other small holes in the outer ring.

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