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The diet food industry could be putting flab on your six pack abs!  It doesn’t matter what ab workout routine you have, if you have flab or love handles, who is going to see a sexy flat stomach?!

If you have been watching your weight for any length of time, there is probably a great chance you have been eating or drinking something with an artificial sweetener.  The idea sounds great.  Take the sugar out and substitute it with a lower calorie sweetener.  Instead of drinking a full strength, old fashioned Coca Cola with 140 calories, you buy 12 packs of Diet Coke with less than a handful of calories.  What a great way to lose weight, right?  WRONG!

Aspartame – commonly known as Nutra Sweet, Equal, etc., does more harm than good.  It prevents your brain from sensing when you’ve eaten too much.  It actually makes you hungrier.  That’s why so many people can drink several cans of diet soda in one sitting.  Instead of helping you stick to a healthy eating regimine, it makes you crave junk and sugary sweets.

It is an incomplete amino acid and really messes with your digestive system.  It causes you to store more of the food you eat as fat as it is so hard to break down.

Some people are more sensitive to the immediate negative effects of artificial sweeteners, but some documented adverse reactions and side effects of aspartame are:

  • headaches and/or migraines
  • dizzyness
  • irritability
  • anxiety
  • insomnia
  • shortness of breathe
  • nausea
  • hives
  • tinnitus – ringing in ears
  • confustion
  • memory loss
  • epileptic seizures
  • decreased tears
  • gradual weight gain
  • hyperactivity in children
  • etc.

There are other adverse reactions that are really scary.  Do a Google search for “negative side effects of aspartame” and see for yourself.

Another really harmful thing that can happen to us when we ingest artificial sweeteners is it can cause a hypoactive thyroid.  When this happens, your metabolism slows down!  If we want to show off our six pack abs, we can’t afford to have a slowed metabolism.  We need every bullet in our weapon in our battle against the bulge.

If you have eaten or drank a lot of foods with aspartame as an ingredient, it may not be a bad idea to see a naturopath to see if you have an unhealthy build up of it in your system.  You may need to do a detox, among other things, to help your body rid itself of this harmful substance.

What you can do in the meantime is stop putting artificial sweeteners in your body.  Drink lots of water.  If you have access to a sauna, spend time trying to sweat it out.  Eat lots of raw foods.  And of course, EXERCISE!  This will help move it through your system more quickly.

The diet food industry is a multi billion dollar industry.  They are more concerned about returning profits to their shareholders and CEO bonuses than they than they are about your health.  They are not going to tell you their product is bad for you.  Check out these articles to find out more:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aspartame

http://www.mercola.com/article/aspartame/dangers.htm

I rarely ever ingest aspartame, or any other artificial sweetener by choice.  And I can tell you from my own experience, on the rare occasion I drink something with it, I get a headache almost immediately. 

If you need an alternative sweetener for cooking, use Stevia.  It is an all-natural sweetener without serious side effects.  A little is all you need.

So be careful what you are eating and drinking.  Pay attention to the ingredients.  Be vigilent and see the benefits around your waist and for the rest of your body.

To your Health and Success!

David

AbWorkout.Biz

People are constantly asking, “Which abs diet will give you the best six pack, or flat, sexy stomach?” 

If you want ripped abs and flat stomach, you will need to be pretty dedicated to feeding your body the right fuel, at the right time, for the right results.

The key is not to think “diet” because diets DO NOT WORK!  How many diets have you been on that truly gave lasting results?  I’m guessing zero, or you wouldn’t be reading this.

Our metabolism is like heat from a fire.  Food is the fuel to the fire and exercise is the spark.  If you put too much fuel on the fire, you will put out the fire.  Not good.  However, if you are constantly stoking the fire, it will burn long and hot which will help you burn fat and remove the layers hiding your sexy midsection.

We have grown up with the idea that eating “three square meals a day” is the right way to fuel our bodies.  Science has shown us that this method is not efficient.  It is much better to eat 5 to 6 smaller meals per day every few hours.  The same amount of food, but spread out.

You need to portion out your food.  A good rule of thumb for a portion is judged by the size of either your clenched fist or open hand.

Each meal needs to consist of a portion of protein and carbohydrates.  You should include fresh fruit or veggies to at least 2 of your meals. 

Proteins should be low fat like; skinless chicken breast, turkey breast, tuna, salmon, legumes, eggs, low fat beef, cottage cheese, yogurt, etc.  Carbohydrates should be whole grains, veggies, fruit, brown rice, oatmeal, pasta, etc.

You can eat or drink meal replacements such as a protein shake, etc., if your schedule doesn’t allow the necessary preparation time.  But be careful.  Some replacement meals are simply nicely packaged garbage.  A visit to your local nutrition center you trust will point you in the right direction.  Or research this topic on the net.

You will also need to make sure you are getting healthy fats.  Olive oil is a great source.  Use it in your salads or to cook with.  Nuts are also a great source of healthy fats.  Almonds and walnuts are excellent nuts, but so too are most nuts.  You can have a handful for a snack each day.  Keep it simple and choose the unsalted variety.

With this method, you will never go hungry – guaranteed!  It does take some planning.  It’s best to prepare the night before what you will be eating.  After you have done this for a while, you really won’t need to plan as much.  It will be like second nature.  Replace any bogus ideas of an abs diet with this way of eating, and you will be well on your way to acheiving the results you’re after.

To your health and success!

David

AbWorkout.biz