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Can Apple Cider Vinegar Actually Help With Weight Loss?

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Can Apple Cider Vinegar Actually Help With Weight Loss?

When the Kardashions claim it works, they must be right.

However, if you want to know whether the new weight-loss craze over apple cider vinegar I’ve put together this post to help you understand that it might not be all its cracked up to be.

A lot of these fads are useless and don’t do much good.

The real changes we need to make are what we eat and what we do.

But will apple cider vinegar help us lose weight.

Probably not but you can make your own mind up here.

Just realise there is no shortcut to weight loss.

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Food for Thought #8 - Fish

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Food for Thought #8 - Fish

Most fish have a high protein content and low-fat content. White fleshed fish in particular has the lowest fat of any other meats. Oily fish are also high in Omega 3 acids (some may call "good fats"). Fish is a very important part of the diet since the body cannot make these Omega 3 fatty acids itself.

A healthy meal

Fish can easily be cooked as part of a healthy meal. It's high protein and low-fat content mean it is perfect for anyone losing weight. It will keep you full for longer and won't usually contain a lot of calories.

Why do we want Omega 3?

Omega 3's are essential for the body because we cannot create them ourselves so we must ingest them. Even though Omega 3's are called a "fatty acid", they actually help reduce the amount of fat in our blood. This can help reduce the risk of us getting heart disease and could prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Omega 3 is also a great inflammatory, which helps with arthritis and asthma.

It is also required for growth and development. It is important for pregnant women to get enough Omega 3 so their baby's eyes and brain develops well. It can also protect your vision in old age. Consumption of fish has been linked to lower risk of eye degeneration. 

Vitamin D

Fish products are a great source of vitamin D, they are the best dietary source you can get. 

Around 42% of the population in the US is deficient in vitamin D. Our bodies can produce vitamin D when exposed to the sun, or we can get it through our diets. Eating a 4oz (113g) serving of salmon can contain 100% of our recommended vitamin D intake. 

How much fish should I have?

The NHS recommend at least one portion, around 5oz (140g), of oily fish a week. However, the general population should not have more than 4 portions a week due to the build-up of pollutants in the body from the fish. Women who are planning a pregnancy, already pregnant or breast feeding should not have more than 2 portions per week. This is only for oily fish.

You can safely eat as many portions as you like of most white fish.

Enjoy Fish

Fish can easily be cooked and made into a great, tasty, healthy meal. As shown it contains vitamins, minerals and fatty acids essential for the body so fish should be a part of everyone's diet. 

However, try lay of the fish deep-fried in batter with those deep-fried potatoes on the side. 

fresh fish fatty acids

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Food for Thought #6 - Why Drink Water

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Food for Thought #6 - Why Drink Water

Why drink more water?

Our bodies are made up of 60% water (almost as much as bananas). Drinking water means the water that we use through digestion, circulation, transportation of nutrients and saliva is replaced. Also it helps flush out toxins and waste products which the kidneys have filtered out from the blood and urine. Your urine should be light in colour and odour free if you are getting enough fluids.

Water also helps maintain the balance of fluids and electrolytes. This means the muscles can perform at there full potential. That is why you should stay hydrated before, during and after exercise.

The skin contains plenty of water. This is why if you are dehydrated your skin could look more dry and wrinkled, this can be improved with proper hydration.

Can water help me lose weight?

Water can help you lose weight but it is not a magic miracle cure that makes the fat fall off your waist. It is an easy change to replace higher calorie beverages with water. Water has zero calories. So choosing a drink with zero calories over any other drink will always help. Also water can help you feel fuller. Drinking water before a meal can help you supress you're appetite so you do not overeat.

Also foods with high water content are usually more filling, contain vitamins and minerals, look larger, are absorbed more slowly into the body and contain less calories. Foods that contain lots of water include fruit, vegetables, broth-based soups, oatmeal and beans.

 

How much water should I drink?

The average person should drink 2 litres of water a day, plus more if you have been exercising. You don't have to just drink water though. You can increase you water intake by drinking:

  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Fizzy Drinks
  • Milk
  • Juice

Although choosing water could be a better option since it has zero calories.

Alcohol is the only liquid that dehydrates you. So if you go out on the sesh, try and have one glass of water per alcoholic drink.

An easy way to measure your water intake would be to have a 500ml bottle (the size of most water bottles/ reused fizzy pop bottles) and put 4 elastic bands on it. Every time you finish the bottle, take a band off. Once you've taken all 4 bands off you have had your daily 2 litres of water.

How much water should I drink

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