Japanese Genkouyoushi and Essay Tips

It's a type of paper used in all manuscripts of writing in Japanese. Vertical writing usually starts from right to left and top to bottom. Horizontal writing starts from left to right and top to bottom. Here are some tips for you.

Vertical Writing

  1. Title: write the title in the 1st line. The 1st word starts from the 4th square. If the title starts with numbers, write them in Kanji.
  2. Name: writer's name is on the 2nd line. Last name comes before the first name. Leave 1 square between the last and first name. Leave 1 square below the first name as well.
  3. The First Sentence of the Essay or Paragraph: starts from the 3rd line in the 2nd square. Each new paragraph starts from the 2nd square.
  4. Punctuation Marks: usually occupy their own squares. Exception: when they will occur at the top of next line, we write them at the bottom right quarter next to the last word of the current line.
  5. Small Characters: each occupations 1 square and we place it on the top right quarter of the square.
  6. The Subheading (if applicable): has 1 empty line before and after. It starts from the 3rd square of a new line. If there are no subheadings, just start the next paragraph in a new line after the previous one.
  7. Elongation Mark: when writing from top to bottom, the elongation mark should also be written from top to bottom in the middle of the square.
  8. Writing Numbers: use kanji instead of Arabic number. One number occupations 1 square.

Horizontal Writing

  1. All the rules (1-8) in vertical writing would normally apply to horizontal writing.
  2. Small characters occupy in the bottom left quarter of 1 square.
  3. When writing conversation script, we use the Japanese quotation mark.

Essay Tips

  • Always aim to write about 90% of the words required. Between 90-100% is great. Below 80% will not give you good marks.
  • Always write Kanji if you can. Too many Hiragana will not help you get good marks.
  • Be consistent. Stick to whichever the form you choose to use for sentences through the essay. To include all what you wanted to write about without exceeding the word limits, we recommend to use the plain form. The plain form also gives the friendly feeling to readers.
  • Avoid using slang or colloquial words / expression in the formal essay writing.
  • Avoid repeating the same words or the same content too often.
  • Avoid writing a sentence that is longer than 2 lines of the Genkouyoushi.
  • Ensure the logic of the sentence flows.
  • Ensure there are no typos or writing errors. eg, You are thinking of 1 word but you wrote it differently.
  • If you need to write in pencil, please make sure you choose the proper one for clarity of reading and ease of writing.

'H' indicates the hardness. eg, 3H is harder than H.

'B' indicates the blackness. eg, 3B is softer than B.

'F' indicates that you sharpen the pencil to a fine point.

Five Popular Diet Myths

The nutrition field, and more specifically dieting, is full of myths and half-truths. Every "expert" has an opinion and finds followers desperate to believe these opinions as truth. If it sounds good it will probably find coordinators. Once a myth gains momentum it steamrolls its way into popular culture. Once it is entrenched it is very difficult to debunk the myth. If it is published in a magazine or overheard on television it becomes fact. Diet myths are a dime a dozen with new ones cropping up all the time. Below are five popular myths, and why they are not true.

1. Genetics. If you have bad genetics you will not be able to lose weight, or if you do lose weight it will come right back on. This simply is not true. Genetics plays a strong role in a person's predisposition for weight gain, but does not doom them. Many people have been genetically "coded" for certain diseases but with proper nutrition and health care they avoid developing them. This holds true for obesity as well. Just because a person is predisposed to weight gain does not mean that they can never reach their ideal weight and maintain it. They may have to work harder than others but it can be done. The truth to this myth is that these individuals have to be more vigilant because if they slide they can easily gain the weight back.

2. Salad Myth. Many dieters think that having a salad, no matter what kind, constituents a healthy meal. It is true that a leafy, green salad with a few other vegetables and a light amount of dressing is healthy. However, many dieters will add chicken, ham, eggs, nuts, croutons, bacon, or other heavy food choices to their salad, rendering it unhealthy. Then they add almost a half-cup of salad dressing to smother what little bit of green might have been showing. Now, a potential low-calorie salad becomes a heavy, calorie laden mess. This is the equivalent of the dieter who goes into McDonald's and orders a Big Mac, Large Fries and Diet Coke, "Because their dieting."

3. Wheat Bread. Wheat bread is better than white bread right? Wrong. It is just as bad as white bread. The wheat flour used in regular wheat bread is just as processed, and therefore as easily converted to simple sugars, as the white flour. Whole grain oat bread is a much better substitute when bread is needed. As a matter of fact, whole grain oats are a good substitute in all grain foods, such as cereals.

4. Honey. Honey, pass on the honey. Just because something is natural does not always make it better. Some people have been falsely led to believe that honey is a better alternative to sugar. Since it is natural, they believe that it is somehow a healthier substitute. It is still sugar. It will still cause blood sugar levels to go haywire. With no fiber to slow the absorption, you might as well be eating straight sugar.

5. Low-fat = Healthy. If a food is labeled low-fat or fat-free is it really healthy? Maybe not. Many low-fat and fat-free foods add copious amounts of sugar to improve the flavor, thereby increasing the calorie count. The added sugar will also cause spikes in blood sugar, causing spikes in insulin, and a faster shuttle of energy into fat stores. Read labels carefully, and look at ingredients. If sugar (in any of its forms) is near the top of the essential list, pass on the low-fat. Sometimes the regular fat version is a healthier choice in the long run.

The Candida Diet

The Candida Diet is a necessary evil, as many of my patients will agree. If you are a Candida sufferer, the diet is something that "you can not live with yet you can not live without." The diet is feared, hated, despised, misunderstood, and often can make the difference between the success and failure in the elimination of the yeast beast! The purpose of this article is not to explain what the Candida Diet is. This can actually be found on our website in the "patient only section," or by simply searching the Candida Diet on the internet. The purpose here is to explain why it is important!

I will also explain how the diet is generally healthier than most diets that are being followed in the 21st century.

The Candida Diet is low in carbohydrates, low in sugar, and generally low in fermented foods like vinegar, alcoholic beverages, etc. Candida feeds on sugars. Sugars make it grow and strengthen its adherence to the intestinal lining. While on a Candida Diet, the total amount of carbohydrates for the day should not exceed 150 grams. At the Biamonte Center, we use 3 versions of the Candida Diet that range between 30-50 grams, 60-90 grams, and 100-150 grams of total carbohydrates for the day. Avoiding sugar and alcohol are the most important factors. These substitutes can cause the fastest and greatest increase in Candida growth. They are the most dangerous. Starches come next. Starches convert to sugars in your body. Candida can feed on healthy sugars just the same as it can on junk food. Many of your patients will notice that sweet fruits will flle their symptoms just as noticeably as junk foods! When eating starches (carbohydrates), choosing those foods that have a lower "glycemic index" rating is best. The glycemic index is a scale that rates how fast a food converts to sugar in you blood stream. Examples of the glycemic index can easily be found on the internet. Fermented foods like soy sauce, vinegar, etc. can be important to avoid, especially if the person has reactionary symptoms from the food. These foods often produce an allergic reaction in the Candida sufferer's intestinal tract which can upset the good flora and the intestinal immune response. Foods from the fungus family like mushrooms, etc. can be allergens in the same manner as the fermented foods.

Foods high in yeast can have a similar effect to fermented foods and the foods from the fungal family. Foods that contain yeast do not contain Candida. They contain baker's yeast. This is not Candida. These foods can aggravate Candida by causing allergic reactions, but they can not cause Candida.

The Candida Diet, although apparently restrictive, is actually higher in nutrients than the diet of the average American. The Candida Diet in fact is very similar to "The South Beach Diet," "The Zone," and "The Hunter / Gatherer Diet" (also known as the "Paleolithic Diet"). There are races of people who are all slimmer, stronger, and faster than us. They all have straight teeth and perfect eyesight. Arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, stroke, depression, schizophrenia, and cancer are absolute rarities to them. These people are the last 84 tribes of hunter-gatherers in the world. They share a secret that is over 2 million years old. Their secret is their diet- a diet that has changed little from that of the first humans 2 million years ago, and their predecessors, up to 7 million years ago. Theirs is the diet that man evolved on, the diet that is coded for in our genes. It has some major differences to the diet of "civilization." You are in for a few big surprises.

The diet is usually referred to as the "Paleolithic Diet," referring to the Paleolithic or Stone Age era. It is also referred to as the "Stone Age Diet," "Cave Man Diet," or the "Hunter / Gatherer Diet." More romantic souls like to think of it as the diet that was ateen in the "Garden of Eden," and they are correct in thinking so. For millions of years, humans and their relatives have eaten meat, fish, fowl, and the leaves, roots, and fruits of many plants. One big obstacle to getting more calories from the environment is the fact that many plants are inedible. Grains, beans, and potatoes are full of energy but are all inible in the raw state, as they contain many toxins. There is no doubt about that- please do not try to eat them raw. They can make you very sick.

Around 10,000 years ago, an awful breakthrough was made- a break that was to change the course of history, and our diet, forever. This breakthrough was the discovery that cooking these foods made them edible- the heat destroyed enough toxins to render them edible. Grains include wheat, corn, barley, rice, sorghum, millet, and oats. Grain based foods also include products such as flour, bread, noodles and pasta. The cooking of grains, beans, and potatoes had an intense effect on our food intake- perhaps doubling the number of calories that we could obtain from the plant foods in our environment.

Grains, beans, and potatoes (GBP) share the following important characteristics:

– They are all toxic when raw. There is no doubt about this; it is a fact that no competent source would dispute. They can be extremely dangerous and it is important never to eat them raw or undercooked. These toxins include enzyme blockers, lectins, and other types. I will talk about them in detail later as they are very important.

– Cooking destroys most but not all of the toxins. Insufficient cooking can lead to sickness such as acute gastroenteritis.

– They are all rich sources of carbohydrates, and once cooked, this is often rapidly digestible, giving a high glycemic index (sugar spike).

– They are extremely poor sources of vitamins (specifically vitamins A, B-group, folic acid, and C), minerals, antioxidants, and phytosterols.

There are diets high in grains, beans, and potatoes (GBP):

– contain toxins in small amounts

– have a high glycemic index (ie have a similar effect to raw sugar on blood glucose levels)

– are low in many vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytosterols (ie they are the original "empty calories")

– have problems caused by the GBP displacing other foods

As grains, beans and potatoes form such a large proportion of the modern diet, you can now understand why it is so common for people to feel they need supplements or that they need to detoxify (ie that they have toxins in their system). Indeed both feelings are absolutely correct. The essentials of the Paleolithic Diet are:

– Eat none of the following: (Note the following is not the Candida Diet – this information is present in order to compare the Candida Diet to the Paleolithic Diet.)

– grains- including bread, pasta, noodles

– beans- including string beans, kidney beans, lentils, peanuts, snow-peas, and peas

– potatoes

– dairy products

– sugar

Eat the following: (Note the following is not the Candida Diet- this information is present in order to compare the Candida Diet to the Paleolithic Diet.)

– meat, chicken, and fish

– eggs

– fruits

– vegetables (especially root vegetables, but certainly not including potatoes or sweet potatoes)

– nuts, eg walnuts, Brazil nuts, macadamia, almond- Do not eat peanuts (a bean) or cashews (a family of their own)

– berries-strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, etc.

Try to increase your intake of:

– root vegetables- carrots, turnips, parsnips, rutabagas, Swedes

– organ meats- liver and kidneys (I accept that many people find these unpalatable and will not eat them.)

This diet strongly resembles the typical Candida Diet, which in fact is higher in nutrient density than most diets that are followed by the average American.

From a layman's point of view, we can say that we use the diet to starve Candida in order to kill it. From a more scientific point of view, sugars, when metabolized by Candida cells, help Candida to adhere to the intestinal lining in order to hold on and keep its grip on you! Therefore, the avoidance of sugars can weak the grip that the Candida has on your intestinal lining.

Sugars also make up and combine the outer most layers of the yeast cells. A flip to this statement is the sugar, "Mannose." The sugar, Mannose, is currently being researched by this author, as it has shown the ability to block the adherent of Candida to the vaginal lining and sometimes the intestinal lining.

Candida above all is a yeast / fungus so it can be considered vegetation, like a mushroom. Like brewer's yeast, it metabolizes sugars and converts them to toxic alcohol called aldehydes. Many of the symptoms of Candida are produced by this toxic alcohol, the toxic proteins called antigens, mycotoxins (fungal toxins), and the neurological toxins (neurotoxins) that the Candida produces. When Candida is fed sugars, it not only strengthens its grip on you but it produces more of these toxins. Starches and carbs are naturally broken down and converted to sugars by your own body. This is normal for your health. However, Candida will eat these sugars as well. Fermented foods contain predigested sugars and substances that react like an allergen with your Candida. So sugars, starches, alcohol, and fermented foods feed Candida and make it worse! They also make it harder for doctors to kill Candida.

Diet, however, rarely causes Candida. It is usually caused by antibiotics, steroids, birth control pills, and other drugs. However, a diet high in sugar, starch, and alcohol, consumed during a period of extreme stress, can bring Candida about as if one took these medications.

At the Biamonte Center, the Candida Diet is used to weakened the Candida by starving it. This makes it more susceptible to the anti-yeast / anti-fungal substances that we use. The Candida Diet is not used to kill the Candida as its own weapon. Diet very rarely can eliminate Candida. Candida grows a root system into your blood vessels. Here it taps into you blood and feeds on blood glucose and other nutrients. There is always sufficient blood glucose to keep the Candida alive, despite being on a low carbohydrate diet or even if you fasted. Fasting can not kill Candida! This is because even when you fast, your body must keep a normal level of glucose (blood sugar) circulating for your brain and muscles to work. However, the low carb diet weakens it, like a weed which has had little water for some time.

Even when it is barely alive, it can continue to survive. And if "watered and fed properly," could grow again, returning to its former glory.

This is a very important concept to understand when we consider the importance and place the diet treatment holds in the elimination of Candida.

DIET RARELY ELIMINATES CANDIDA. ITS PURPOSE IS TO MAKE THE CANDIDA WEAKER SO THAT THE MEDICINES CAN TOTALLY DESTROY IT!

When you cheat on the diet, the Candida can temporarily increase. If one cheats for 1 day on the diet but continues the Candida rotation and phase 0, little will happen to set one back. Any increase in growth can be reduced within 1-2 days. The more one cheats, the more Candida grows. If one does the program but does not follow the diet, either no progress will be made or the person will continuously feel ill from feeding the Candida, then making it grow, and then killing it and becoming toxic from the dead Candida wastes!

So when you cheat a day or so here and there on the diet, it does not defeat the entire program, providing that you stay on the anti-fungal rotation and Phase 0.

WHY IS GLUTEN AND MILK EXCLUDED IN CANDIDA DIETS?

Many of the Candida diets also suggest excluding Gluten and Casein (milk protein) from the diet. What is not explained is why. It is observed that most, but not all Candida patients worsen when eating these foods.

A possible theory as to why is that an underlying allergy to these foods causes damage to the intestinal condition, where damage to the intestinal villi occurs. These villi are finger- like hairs that absorb nutrients that pass through the intestines. This damage causes putrefaction and decay of food in the intestines due to malabsorption.

In that case, the Candida is provided with food so it can continue to proliferate. This can also suppress normal, healthy flora and the intestinal immune response. The underlying problem is gluten-induced intestinal damage, but because the Candida is easier to identify, the under pathology is missed. Candida could easily eat these foods and release allergens as a by product of its metabolism, which causes intestinal allergies and further degrades the intestinal flora.

WEIGHT GAIN AND CANDIDA

"It's Not Your Fault"

If you have failed to lose weight after following a diet exactly, it could have due to Candida. The late Dr. Robert Atkins, an international expert on the low carbohydrate diet, says in his books that Candida or low thyroid function can prevent weight loss despite a low carbohydrate diet. Candida adversely affects your metabolism and interferes with many hormones, nutrients, and the body's ability to burn fat!

One of the major secondary problems associated with Candida Albicans is weight gain. A number of the problems associated with losing weight and staying with a diet are due to Candida Albicans. A person with Candida Albicans will often crave sugar and simple carbohydrates because this is the main source of nutrients for yeast. Mood swings and depression are often associated with the rapid change in blood sugar levels caused by the yeast.

Lower thyroid function, lower Dhea levels, Estrogen dominance, and elevated Cortisol levels are all typical in someone with chronic Candida. Each of these situations has been known to contribute to weight gain or difficulty losing weight. Focusing on removing Candida Albicans from the body rewards the dieter with a feeling of well being and weight loss that is steady, sustainable, and healthy. Very often a person trying to lose weight will not be able to do so because of a Candida infection.

A NEW MIRACLE FOOD TO STOP SUGAR AND CARBOHYDRATE CRAVINGS SO YOU CAN STAY ON THE DIET!

Hemp Hearts (Shelled Hemp Seed) is a natural food that is concentrated with all of the required proteins, essential fats, and many vitamins and enzymes, and contains only insignificant quantities of saturated fats and carbohydrates.

Because Hemp Hearts provides people with an excellent balance of proteins and essential fats, they will have less difficulty avoiding the sugar and starchy carbohydrates that cause obesity and many other late onset health problems. Individuals who use Hemp Hearts as described above – eating them in the morning for their nutritional essentials, to increase their energy and reduce their dependence on sugar and carbohydrates, and having all day to burn off the calories – these individuals always experience substantial health benefits.

Except for those with diabetes and other conditions which may seem to require individuals to eat more frequently, most people eat at least four, but usually five, measuring tablespoons of Hemp Hearts early each morning, preferably on fruit and yogurt (vegetables for diabetics) but also sometimes on cereal. They frequently report that they are not yet hungry at lunch time, and often only slightly hungry at three or four o'clock in the afternoon. Those who are overweight can quite easily limit themselves to a large salad in the afternoon. Because those who eat Hemp Hearts in quantity every morning are nutritionally satisfied, they have less difficulty avoiding foods made with sugar, flour, potatoes, pasta, and rice, and they are less attributable to regain lost weight.

The Effective Cabbage Soup Diet

This Cabbage soup diet is based on a fat-burning soup that contains negligible calories. The Cabbage Soup Diet states that by adhering to the Cabbage Soup Diet for 7 days will result in immediate weight loss. The more soup you eat the more weight you should lose. It allows people to eat as much Cabbage Soup as they want each day and this should sound appealing to dieters, as there are no restrictions.

The 7 Days Cabbage Soup Diet Plan

Eat as much soup as you desire for seven days and you can lose 10 to 15 pounds. The recipe varies slightly, but includes a variety of low-calorie vegetables such as cage, onions, and tomatoes, flavored with bouillon, onion soup mix, and tomato juice. Each day of the seven-day program has specific foods that must be eaten, including potatoes, fruit juice, many vegetables, and on one day, beef.

Day One

oEat only fruits, all the fruits you want except banana.

oDrink unsweetened tea, black coffee, cranberry juice, and water.

oEat as much soup as you like.

Day Two

All you want – fresh, raw, or cooked vegetables of your choice. Remunerate yourself with a big baked potato with butter for dinner. Eat as much soup as you like but no fruits. Stay away from dry beans, peas, and sweet corn.

Day Three

Combine days one and two, eat as much fruit, vegetables, and soup, as you like but no baked potato.

Day Four

Eat as many as eight bananas and drink as many glasses of skimmed milk as you would like on this day, along with your soup. No sweets.

Day Five

Eat 10-20 ounces of beef (300-500g) and a large tin or up to six fresh tomatoes. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water this day to sluice the uric acid from your body. Drink your soup at least once today. Eat broiled or baked chicken (skinless) instead of beef. If you prefer, you can substitute broiled fish for the beef.

Day Six

Eat beef and vegetables today. You can even have two or three steaks, with fresh vegetables or salad. No baked potato. Drink your soup at least once.

Day Seven

Eat all you want of brown rice, unsweetened fruit juices, and vegetables. Be sure to drink your soup at least once. No bread, alcohol, or carbonated beverages, not even diet soda.

The conviction of the Cabbage Soup Diet is that it is a nutritionally unsound plan nor does it make any claims to everlasting weight loss. The general accord is that the Cabbage Soup Diet is effective in temporary and quick weight loss but it is ineffectual for continuing weight loss. The soup contains no paranormal weight loss ingredient, although it is approximately calorie free.

Disadvantages

  • Does not contribute to long-term weight loss
  • Droning
  • Devoid of some essential vitamins and minerals
  • Nutritionally unsound
  • Advantages

  • A do-it-yourself diet
  • Involves no complications
  • Within your means
  • A break from junk-food diet
  • No Carbs After 5:00 pm Diet

    We need carbohydrates in order to have energy to make our body to function probably. In fact, food with carbohydrates can make us feel full. However, they are also considered one of the things that can make us become overweight. It is because carbohydrates will be converted and stored as fat in our body.

    As a result, there are diets which focus on cutting down the consumption of carbs. These diets are usually called low-carbs diets. They can be the most effective diet plans if you can take it in the correct way. And one of such low-carbs diets is called "No Carbs after 5 PM" diet.

    The "No Carbs after 5 PM" diet is also called Carbs Curfew diet. The basic idea behind the diet plan is that you can lose weight easily if you do not take any carbohydrates after 5 pm This is because the intake of calories will significantly decrease when you cut the intake of carbohydrates after 5 pm And you will eat more proteins . As a matter of fact, it will make you feel full and at the same time unhealthy. This is really a simple dieting plan. Most people can understand the idea behind it and how it works without difficulties.

    The diet plan will be last for 28 days. The dieter can choose what they eat for the three meals everyday. However, if the dieter wants to have snacks, he / she can only take vegetables and fruits. And it is mandatory for the dieter to drink one pint of skimmed milk everyday. Exercising is also a must. The exercises are designed to speed up the effect of weight loss. Usually the exercises will be long walks and some exercises for the abdominal muscles. What is good about this eating plan is that the dieter will have plenty of options regarding the food he / she can eat. The dieter will certainly find it a lot easier to stick to the eating plan.

    As a matter of fact, some dieting plans are considered more difficult for people to stick to them. The Atkins diet is any example. However, this is not the case of this dieting plan. This is especially true when the dieter can take foods which are rich in carbs and proteins for breakfast and lunch. It will be alright as long as he / she does not take any carbs after 5 pm However, one problem of such diet is that the weight loss speed can be quite slow. It will not suit people who want to lose weight in a fast way.

    List Of High Power Foods For Men

    Men have a completely different world of minds as compared to women. Generally we assess men through their physical strength but it is not the only thing one should pay attention to because other factors like immunity, stamina, resistance power against diseases are the main basis on which strength should be measured. In this article let us discuss about some of the foods which men should eat regularly in order to maintain their overall health and fitness and enhance their real strength.

    On the outside anyone can look shiny and hot thanks to all these protein shakes and cosmetic products readily available in the market but what is the reason that most men start panting after climbing stairs or walk for a short distance. Smoking and alcohol are not the only things which ruin our health but other things like our diet and lifestyle can be equally hazardous.

    Foods For Strength And Vitality

    Let us now discuss about some of the best foods for improving our health which should always be part of our daily diet regimen if we want to live a long and healthy life.

    Drink Green Tea

    Having leafy tea is very beneficial for our system. It naturally contains antioxidants which prevent major illness and also improves the rate of metabolism. Green tea also brings down chances of cancer by preventing the damage of block cells.

    Garlic

    One might not like the smell of garlic but it is full of health benefits. Men who just eat 2 chunks of garlic everyday will have a strong immunity system and common diseases like cold and cough would never bother them. It also helps in controlling cholesterol levels and also has antiviral properties.

    Tomato

    You will be surprised to know that eating tomato prevents wrinkles. It is also known to have memory boosting properties and is an effective anti-aging remedy. It also contain lycopene which helps in preventing lycopene since it is not bad to add tomato sauce to your food. So next time do not forget to add tomatoes to your salad and food.

    Nuts

    There are many benefits of having nuts regularly. They are high in protein content, have high calorific value and are good for your skin health too.

    So adding these strong power foods in your diet with proper sleep and exercise will help your body gain overall strength and vitality to fight many common diseases as well as reduce cancers of suffering from major ailments like cancer.

    Lose Weight With Diet Coke

    Is Diet Coke a good choice when it comes to cutting calories and can it really help you lose weight? Is Diet Coke a safe replacement for regular carbonated beverages? There are as many pros and cons to Diet Coke just like there is with anything else in the world. Some people would say carbonated beverages are a big no-no when it comes to seriously committed weight loss program and a healthy life. And others would say Diet Coke has zero calories so why can not it be part of a weight loss program and healthy life. More …
    Did you know if you drank, say, three 12-ounce cans of regular sugar-based Classic Coke every day and then switched to artificial sweetened Diet Coke, you would reduce your calorie intake by 480 calories a day, That's 3,360 fewer calories a week . Artificial sweeteners are beneficial in many ways such as they do not promote tooth decay or affect blood sugar levels in diabetics like sugar does. And with repeated use they can also help in weight loss.

    Theoretically, by doing this, it is possible to reduce weight by about one pound a week, given that any 3500 calories which are not used are stored as one pound of fat in our bodies.

    there are so many healthy food products available on the market today, that it's really hard to imagine that we are faced with a obesity problem that gets worser every day. This situation has led many to put the blame on artificial sweeteners, when in fact the problem lies elsewhere.

    The fact is a low-fat or no-fat diet just makes you hungry for more sweets to counterbalance the horrible taste bland foods have. This causes problems for some to stay focused on their weight loss program but with dedication this obstacle can be overcome.

    There are also people who need a high dose of caffeine on a daily basis. Caffeine addiction is quite common in today's world, even though most of us would probably not call it a true addiction. Caffeine is a great stimulant for the human body because it keeps us focused and active and we like to feel that energy boost every time we drink something that contains caffeine, that's why it's in so many energy drinks. But if you have to much caffeine (it takes a lot) at one time this could cause your body crash, what i mean by crash is that you will feel like you are drained of all of your energy and that you want to sleep. Caffeine is also used in most of today's weight loss pills but not enough of it for you to experience a crash. Caffeine can also have a low to mild appetite suppressant effect.

    In case you do need to drink more than 3 cans of coke a day, you can at least do yourself a favor and have Diet Coke. It will give you all the benefits of caffeine without the head of counting the sugar calories.

    Of course, replacing meals with Diet Coke or any coke for that matter is not a good or healthy idea. Actually it's a bad idea because carbonated beverage does not have all the nutrients and vitamins you need to have a meal replacement. Even though they are a great help when dieting, skipping meals is not, So do not skip meals. And as long as you plan for a balanced, healthy diet you can make the most of your weight loss efforts and this will ensure long term results.

    Raw Food Recipes! Mashed Ca-Taters and Seed "Tuna"

    So here's what we had for dinner last night …

    You want to start this one early – I started preparing a seed loaf the morning before … and this is what I did:

    I took 1c flax seeds to 1c sunflower seeds and finely ground them, thread them in a dish and added my dry-ish spices: 2 tsp. cumin seeds, 1 1/2 tsp. terragon (or 1/4 bunch), 1/2 tsp. cayenne, 1 tsp paprika, 2 tsp. red pepper flakes, some mustard powder (optional) and mixed it all up together. I'll warn you, this combination of spices was very tasty and potent. Finally I added my liquid ingredients 2-3 Tbsp. Bragg's or Nama Shoyu and 1 1/2 Tbsp. Cold-Pressed Olive Oil then just continue to add water until it's thick but cohesive.

    Left it in the dehydrator for 3-4 hours, flipped them and let them go for another 2-3 hours (feel it and judge for yourself what consistency you'd like – get to know your dehydrator and the temperature it operates at). This totals to about 5-8 hours.

    Now for the Mashed Ca-taters:

    I took 3/4 head of Cauliflower, chopped it down pretty gud so it'd go in the food processor and added about 1/4 lbs of cashews. For Garlic Mashed Ca-taters all you have to do is add a 1/2 clove of garlic. Either way, be sure to add 2-3 tsp of salt (or to taste). Process on high for about 7 minutes (stop to scoop down the sides and cool the food processor down a little bit to reduce enzyme loss. or whatever (I sprinkled paprika on top) and serve!

    Take the Seed Loaf out of the dehydrator, place on a leaf of Kale, squeeze some lemon on top and voila! Fish Dinner!

    Slimming Diet Myth Buster

    Slimming diet programs are often filled with big promises and grandiose dreams of getting into shape, looking your best and achieving high fitness levels. This may seem like a pure utopian dream if you are currently overweight and can seriously walk two blocks without panting and puffing along the way. However, if you choose the right slimming diet that is right for you, this is far from being an impossible feat. It is definitely achievable and participating in a structured slimming diet program would help you achieve the goals faster.

    However, the biggest problem with slimming diet programs is it is often filled with more hype an fad than real lasting and solid evidence and people often get on one only to lose the weight they need to and then getting back all of those weight they have lost after a few months or so off the program. Obviously, achieving the ideal weight and keeping it off is more than just shedding those excess pounds but rather it is a lifestyle change that involves the inculcation of effective dietary habits.

    Myth Buster # 1: The Magic Pill

    If you are looking for a way to lose weight, do not expect to find the magic pill that can give you instant results right away. Some people are sold on the idea that there is an elusive magic pill that can help you lose weight right away. The truth is, all long-term weight loss solution would come gradually. There is no quick fix approach unless you are willing to undergo expensive and dangerous surgery.

    Myth Buster # 2: One Time Sacrifice

    Going on a diet is not a one time solution that can be performed once and expect to reap the results all your life. This is a lifelong battle against the urge to binge on food and eat more than you should. Only by inculcating the right patterns of eating and diet would you reap the real rewards from the slimming diet program.

    Myth Buster # 3: No Exercise Formula

    There is no slimming diet program in the world that would omit the need to exercise. This is a crucial part of getting into shape and more important, to maintain the weight.

    Myth Buster # 4: Eat All You Want

    Some weight program would try to sell you the idea that you can eat all you want. This may be true in some diet programs such as the Raw Diet or the Atkins where no limit on the amount of protein is imposed as long as you do not increase the level of carb intake allowed in a single day. However, if you think this translates into eat whatever you want and what you prefer and still lose weight, you are in for a nasty shock.

    Myth Buster # 5: Imbalanced Diet

    Some diets tend to linger on the imbalance part especially when it is focused on the certain class of food such protein and very low carbohydrates. Some diets would focus on eating raw fruits and vegetables or fish and omit all types of meat. This would inevitably lead to some imbalance in the nutrition level you need. For instance those on the Atkins diet tend to experience deficiency in potassium and calcium levels.

    The Raw Food Diet – Some Things You Should Know Before Trying This Diet

    There is a new method of losing weight that not all people can try. However, reviews revealed that, so far, it has provided great results to people who have tried the Raw Food Diet. If you are intending to try this yourself, you must read this article first because it will tell you some things you should know before trying this diet.

    Not many of us are aware of this new type of weight reduction so let us start with defining it. The Raw Food Diet is a weight loss program wherein you will only eat unprocessed, uncooked, or fresh foods to lose fat. These include fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, grains, sprouts, beans, sprouts, seaweed, and dried fruits. You can not eat those that have been fried, grilled, baked, steamed ,, or processed because they are not raw.

    You can heat them as long as it does not go beyond 116 degrees because it will kill the good enzymes that help in digesting and absorbing nutrients. You can not also cook them because cooking washes all the nutrients and good things from them. It is important to gain awareness of the benefits of the Raw Food Diet. These are the following:

    1. It can give the needed boost in our energy levels to help us fight diseases and infection better.

    2. It moisturizes our skin, making it look young and radiant. As we get rid of all the preservatives, oils, fats, and other harmful chemicals that are sometimes added to processed or cooked foods, we also enhance our skin tone.

    3. It improves our digestion because it promotes overall cleansing of our body. This means that we can flush out all the toxins and hardened fecal matter stuck in the body for quite some time to enable better digestion and absorption of nutrients.

    4. It can help us burn calories faster due to improved digestion, leading to effective weight loss.