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The Skinny on Smaller Portions
10 tips on getting rid of the unwanted gift of holiday weight gain I am here to tell you that most of weight loss gimmicks will only result in you losing weight in your wallet

October 24 , 2007

Avoid The Fad and Lose The Fat
recognizing the good, that bad and the ugly in what you eat

People try so many different fads, all-fruit diets, fasting diets, liquid meal replacements and many of them spend thousands of dollars over time. But the superficial nature and restrictions of these diets destines them for failure.

The inevitable return of weight, with often even more pounds, discourages people. Multiple diet disappointments reinforce – to the dieter – that weight loss is impossible and difficult. Dieting can damage more than the psyche. When people lose weight too quickly they can become dehydrated. And quick weight loss may include losing muscle or muscle wasting, which slows the metabolism and actually promotes weight gain.

Understanding what you are eating and why and then integrating the results in into a program of healthy eating and exercise will deliver long lasting results.

Foods are made up of three macronutrients that provide calories in the diet: protein, fat and carbohydrate. Carbohydrate and protein provide four calories per gram while fats provide nine calories per gram. It's important to include the proper balance of these three nutrients in your menu planning to ensure a healthy diet.

Carbohydrates have been in the news for the past few years, mostly as a result of the flood of diet books in the market, with the Atkins and South Beach being the two most popular. Both diets distinguish between complex and simple carbohydrates, which are often referred to as the "good and the bad" carbohydrate, respectively.

All carbohydrates contain sugars, which eventually get converted into glucose, our body's major fuel source. While our muscles can get energy from other metabolic processes in our bodies, our brain depends on glucose, exclusively, for its proper function. The two carbohydrates differ in many ways, but mostly on how quickly the body processes them. Complex carbohydrates are not refined and have more fiber, so the body processes them more slowly. Examples of complex carbohydrates are: fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grain bread, legumes, brown rice, sweet potatoes, and whole-wheat pasta.

Simple carbohydrates have either been stripped of their fiber through manufacturing or are naturally low in fiber to begin with. Because of this, the body metabolizes them more quickly. Examples of simple carbohydrates are: granulated sugar, corn and maple syrups, honey, molasses, fruit juices, soda, white bread and white pasta. Naturally occurring sugars like lactose, found in milk products, and fructose, in fruit juices are also referred to as simple carbohydrates.

Eating too many simple carbohydrates can lead to weight gain because the quick blood sugar rise triggers the release of the hormone, insulin. Insulin's main function is to lower blood sugars but it also transports fat around your body. An overproduction of insulin, also called hyperinsulinemia, results when your body finds itself having to produce more insulin in order to achieve a normal blood sugar level. You may notice how hungry you become soon after eating a bagel or a plate of pasta. This occurs because when you eat these simple carbohydrate- rich foods, the surge of insulin causes your blood sugar to drop, sending out a sensation of hunger. Our instinct is to reach for a quick acting carbohydrate to get our blood sugar up. It's your body's message telling you it's time to eat.

It's important to have a balance of protein, fats and carbohydrates in your diet, with the emphasis being on more complex carbohydrates and less simple ones. An easy way to ensure the right kind of carbohydrates is to choose whole grain bread and cereals at breakfast, legumes (bean based soups, vegetarian chili) at lunch, and to include vegetables, salads and grains such as brown rice, bulgur, or whole-wheat pasta at dinner. Select fresh fruits for desserts. Good snack choices include fresh or dried fruit, a whole grain granola bar, or hummus with vegetable sticks or whole grain crackers.

Have an excellent day.

Thom King
[email protected]
Steviva Brands, Inc.


Low Glycemic Sugar Free Angel Food Cake
Serves: 10
Carbs Per Serving: 3.2 g
Prep Time:<35 minutes

Skill Level: Easy


1 Cup Protein Powder -- Vanilla, Sifted
2 Tsp. Baking Powder -- Sifted
1/8 Tsp. Salt -- Sifted
½ Tsp. Cream Of Tartar
5 Large Eggs -- Separated
2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
1 Tbs. Lemon Peel -- Finely Grated
1 Tsp. Lemon Extract
½ Cup half and half
¼ Cup Water
¼ Cup Steviva Brand Stevia Blend (Option: 1/16 tsp.Steviva Brand Stevia Powder and 1/4 cup apple sauce)

2 Ounces half and half
2 Tbs. Butter
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract -- Or Lemon Extract
3 Ounces Cream Cheese
4 Tbsp. Steviva Brand Stevia Blend

Preheat oven to 300f. Spray a bunt pan with cooking spray very well.

Sift protein powder, baking powder and salt and set aside.
In a large bowl, beat egg whites with cream of tartar until stiff. In another bowl, beat egg yolks, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend , extracts and lemon peel. Beat in water and half and half, then beat in dry ingredients.
Fold into whites very carefully, then spoon into prepared bunt pan.

Bake for 45 minutes, then let cool 10 minutes before inverting and removing (This is the tricky part -just do your best)

Frosting: Beat the half and half, butter, cream cheese, Steviva Brand Stevia Blend and extracts well. If this is too thick, add more cream, 1 Tbs at a time. Drizzle over cooled cake.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 1 slice
Total Calories: 575

Calories Per Serving: 57.5
Total Fat Per Serving: 45.3g
Saturated Fat: 1.83g
Cholesterol: 99.4mg
Sodium: 37.2mg
Total Carbohydrates: 15.4g

Carbohydrates Per Serving: 1.5g
Dietary Fiber: 0.8
Sugars: 1.0g
Protein: 30.5g

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