Green Coffee Bean Extract & Losing Weight
Back in December 2013, I was watching the news on an overhead monitor while waiting for the train to arrive at the station. I briefly caught the headline about Beyoncé and her husband Jay-Z deciding to become vegetarians for an x-amount of days. I was in a hurry so I couldn’t read the entire article, but as I got on the train I remember thinking: “That sounds like a really good idea…”
I came to the conclusion that I wanted to try something similar for the entire month of January 2014 to lose the unwanted weight that I had gained over the year. I did some research online and came across two products that people were raving about when it came to weight loss: Green Coffee Bean Extract and Garcinia Cambogia Extract. I continued my research of the effects these two products had on the people who tried them and anything else I could find about either. My first thought was that it was all just some sort of scam but I kept digging and found that both had actually appeared on Dr. Oz; yes, I am a fan and actually bought “YOU: The Owner’s Manual” way back when it first came out.
I did decide that I wanted to try one of these products but I wasn’t sure which one—both seemed to be effective but each were unique in how they worked. So, by the flip of a coin, I chose Green Coffee Bean Extract as the product that I wanted to test. I was still iffy about the whole deal, so instead of wasting a bunch of money on anything, I only purchased a 2-pack of the product….in case it didn’t work.
The directions for taking the GCBE were to take it 30 minutes before breakfast with a large glass of water. Ok, so no biggy there. I also noted that people who had been taking this supplement had done so for 12 weeks and had lost an average of 20 lbs. per month without exercising or making any changes in their diet. Wait, what? This was bordering on the edge of “If it sounds too good to be true…” But I figured, what the hell, it couldn’t hurt.
During the month of January, I also gave up the three white poisons: sugar, salt, and flour, and I also refrained any alcohol intake. However, I did not incorporate any additional activities into my daily routine while taking the supplements because I wanted to see if there would be a noticeable difference as their result. During the month of January 2014, lost a total of 37 lbs. while taking the green coffee bean extract. To be honest, I didn’t notice much of a change, but others did….that is until I looked at the before pic that I had taken on the first day of my diet. The results were astounding! You can see the pics towards the bottom of the page.
Eating Habits While Dieting
In January 2014, my eating habits while dieting included plenty of fruits, vegetables, and beans; fish was included no more than 4 times during the month. I also ate smaller portions at mealtime and would not snack between meals. And when I ate, I would only eat enough to feel satisfied but not full. Does that make sense? When I used to eat, I would eat until I was fat and happy and then would maybe snack once before bedtime. Now, I would set a designated portion for each meal, according to the food pyramid system, and stick to it! It was very hard to keep this up during the first week of dieting, but the by the second week I could feel myself wanting to cut down even further, which I did not so that I could test the effects of the supplements.
[ideabox]If you do cut down on your meal portions and are finding it difficult to hold off eating until mealtime, here’s what I did to forget that I was hungry. I would engage myself in some sort of activity that would keep my mind occupied. Watching TV doesn’t really work, because you’re not really engaged in activity and can easily be distracted by hunger. Do something that causes you to physically partake in. One activity to helped me pass the time and not think about eating was designing this website! And within time, you won’t feel hungry between meals; your body will adjust…it’s tougher than you think! This also helps to stop snacking—most people aren’t really hungry when they snack, but rather they are only bored.[/ideabox]
Also by the second week, I had more energy, I wasn’t tired all of the time, and I also noticed a huge difference in my attitude. I would have a positive mood all of the time for no apparent reason—I wasn’t used to that. This diet was definitely one of the best decisions that I had ever made. Unfortunately, those positive results did not last after I stopped dieting…
Regrettably, after the 31-day period had ended, I returned to my old eating habits and quickly noticed the toll it had taken on me. After the first day of eating meat again, I was nauseous for several days and began having problems with my bowels; my body was having a difficult time trying to readjust. And in the weeks to follow I also noticed: weight gain, elevated irritability, frequent heartburn, difficulties concentrating, random feelings of tiredness throughout the day, etc. Not even a full month had passed since I ended my diet that I began to feel worse than I did before even starting it!
Needless to say, I will be returning to my diet and staying on it this time. First, however, I am going to eat all of the meat that’s left in the freezer because I hate wasting food! And this time, I am going to try the Garcinia Cambogia Extract and post those results to see how it works. I already know that Green Coffee Bean Extract works great, but I have always wondered what would have happened if the quater had landed on heads…
As I had mentioned above, I didn’t really notice the weight loss as I was taking the Green Coffee Bean Extract, but others did and often told me. Fortunately, I did take a pic of me on day 1 of my diet and again on day 31. I made sure to wear the same shirt in my pics so that you would see the difference was in me and not what I was wearing. Unfortunately, when I took those pics of me on day 31, I did not do one of my profile for a side-view comparison.
I did, however, take a picture of my profile as of the date of this post (02/21/14) to use as a comparison, but it is not an accurate account for my weight loss since it has been 21 days since my diet ended and I have been gaining weight due to my poor eating habits. The photos I did take on day 31 of my diet will show my weight loss and you may even be able to notice that I had gained weight since then in my new pic… I will make sure not to make this mistake again when I post updates of my progress at at the end of each month. Sorry about the error on my part. My bad!
You can click the thumbnails to see a larger view of the pics.
If you were to look at the comparison photo above, you may notice that my gut is starting to return. YUK! The worst mistake I made was ending my diet after the 31 days had passed. I cannot stress enough on the differences in the way I feel now compared to when I was on my diet.
If you are having any issues with your weight, and would like to do something about it, the most important thing you can do is to make sure that you do not do anything that will cause you harm. I outlined what I had done above, but I am in no way saying that this is the way everyone should do it. I have some medical experience in my background and I made sure to do plenty of research before I began anything.
The Sea Salt Cleanse
Dissolving two teaspoons of sea salt (NOT table salt) into a quart of warm water and drinking it in the morning will clean out the toxins from your system within an hour— be sure to drink it on an empty stomach and be near a bathroom when approaching that one-hour mark. Many of the herbal teas and other detoxing beverages will not cleanse as good as this cheap solution. Not only will you feel more energetic, but you will also have a more healthy attitude without all of those toxins in your system.
It is highly recommended to involve yourself in a minimum of 20 minutes of aerobic activities at least three times a week. These activities can include: going for long walks, riding a bike, jogging, aerobics, etc. Studies have shown that during the first 20 minutes of your aerobic activity, you are burning through the glucose which has been built up in your system and, after that, you will begin burning fat.
Avoid certain combinations of food
Certain foods will produce an alkaline in your body while others produce an acid. Meats will cause your body to secrete acids that aid in digestion and starches, like potatoes, will produce an alkaline. Eating these types of foods together will neutralize both the acid and alkaline, thus making the foods much more difficult to digest. Your body then will have to work much harder and use blood from your brain causing you to feel sluggish.
Here are some combos to avoid: Meat and Potatoes; Fish and Rice; Toast and Eggs; etc. The point is to not mix the two different types of foods that produce acid or alkaline so that your body will be able to digest them easier.
Fat Free Foods
Switching from regular food items to fat free can also make a huge impact on your weight loss progress. If you drink milk, switch to the fat free milk. Start switching out regular foods for the fat free or light version and it will help your progress along very nicely. One thing that I also noticed was that the fat free milk would last longer than regular milk would. Usually the regular milk, when I would buy it, would spoil before the expiration date. And once I switched to fat free, I noticed that a week had passed since the date on the container and it was still good. Please note that those dates aren’t always an indicator of when the product will go bad; it simply means that the store is not allowed to sell it after that point.
Drink plenty of fluids
This should be a no-brainer, but it is not! Everyone should be drinking at least 8 glasses of water each day; this can change depending on the climate. It is necessary to drink more water in the hotter areas of the globe than it would be in neutral parts. It is also best to spread the glasses throughout the day and not drink them all at once. Caffeinated and alcoholic beverages are dehydrating and should be avoided.
Three White Poisons: sugar, salt and flour
Sugar and salt should be taken at a minimal, if even used at all. Many of the foods nowadays have sugar or salt as the number one ingredient listed on the product; adding more will do no good. The sad fact is that many people today, myself included, will add salt to their food without even tasting it first. Sugar will give you a quick burst of energy and then leave you feeling tired for the rest of the day because it burns faster than regular foods—it can also put you at risk for diabetes.
Instead, eat plenty of grains, fruits and vegetables and you will feel much better and more energetic than before. Avoid white flour altogether! It provides no nutritional value whatsoever and when consumers complained about that, companies began pouring chemical vitamins into the bread mixtures, etc. to add nutrients. That’s why you will see many loaves of bread, etc. with Enriched on the label.
If you must have any of these in your diet, the key is to use them in moderation for optimal health.
Health Benefits of Using Spices
There are many health benefits offered when using certain spices in your foods. Most people will shy away from vegetarian foods because they are worried that they will taste bad; most are quite delicious! If you would like to spice up any bland foods that you may have included in your diet, here are some suggested spices along with known health benefits to support them:
Anise aids in digestion and helps memory. Add it to hot tea, and allow to cool, to make a wash for oily skin.
Asafoetida, also known as Hing, aids in digestion and prevents gas.
Bay Leaves are often used as a natural remedy for headaches and colds.
Cardamom can counteract stomach acidity, stimulate appetite, ease nausea, cure bad breath, and relieve gas and bloating. Cardamom has also been used as both an aphrodisiac and to fight obesity.
Cayenne Pepper has been linked to speeding up metabolism, relief of aches and pains from arthritis, sprains, strains, bruises etc. It can stimulate blood flow and prevent clots, heal ulcers, relieve cold and flu symptoms, reduce blood sugars, lower cholesterol, treat high blood pressure, improve heart health, destroy certain types cancer cells, stop a heart attack… And the list goes on. This should be in everyone’s spice rack!
Cinnamon is a rich source of antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties that eases digestion and reduces both sugar and cholesterol levels in the blood. It also helps stimulate blood flow and can be used as an herbal remedy for poor circulation.
Cloves contain active compounds that provide anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. Clove oil is widely used to treat toothaches…remember the movie “Marathon Man” with Dustin Hoffman?
Coriander seeds of the cilantro plant have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that help soothe an upset stomach and relieves bloating. Coriander oil is a natural remedy for arthritis pain.
Cumin seeds can be used as a diuretic, to provide relief for diarrhea, bowel spasms and morning sickness, and can ease Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Fennel seeds are not only loaded with powerful antioxidants, but also contains fiber, folic acid, potassium, and vitamin C. It is also believed to naturally boost the immune system, reduce blood pressure, and aid in detoxifying the body. Fennel seeds also contain compounds that help to relieve smooth muscle spasms, which helps to ease abdominal cramps and are a natural remedy for bloating and gas. Chew a teaspoonful of fennel seeds after each meal to prevent gas. They can also be used to prevent bad breath.
Fenugreek seeds have anti-inflammatory properties and aid in digestion. Fenugreek seeds are also believed to reduce blood sugar levels and have been used as a natural supplement along with insulin. Fenugreek seeds are also a potent expectorant and can be used to naturally ease congestion, allergies, and bronchitis.
Garlic has been used as a natural treatment of acne and also for cardiovascular health, lowering cholesterol and high blood pressure, as an anti-bacterial and anti-arthritic agent, and to aid digestion. It also helps the body to produce certain antioxidants that are beneficial to the liver. In India, people will rub warmed cooking oil with crushed garlic on the chest and back to help relieve chest congestion. It is safe for the elderly and babies, too.
Ginger is used to treat many nausea-related ailments and has many anti-inflammatory properties that help ease muscle and joint pain. It also has diaphoretic properties and is used to cleanse and detoxify the body, stimulate circulation, and ease bronchitis and congestion. It can also be used as a household remedy for a sore throat and cough due to the common cold.
Onions may be used to help prevent cardiovascular diseases since it reduces the risk of blood clots. Onions can also protect against stomach and other types of cancer, as well as, fight against infections. They can also improve lung function especially in asthmatics. It is widely accepted that onions absorb bacteria and viruses, even the flu. You can even use a cut onion to get rid of the moldy smells in a closet, drawer or entire room.
Turmeric, one of the main ingredients of curry powder, contains an antioxidant, curcumin, that is an essential ingredient for liver detox and has anti-inflammatory properties that can be used as a natural arthritis treatment. Turmeric can also fight belly fat by inhibiting the growth of fat cells and can be used to aid in the treatment of certain forms of cancer.
*Cutting out the Three White Poisons (sugar, salt, and flour) was an idea inspired by Brian Tracy’s “The Science of Self Confidence” which is an amazing audio book that I listen to in my car while driving anywhere. Good luck with whatever you choose to do and please be sure to leave a comment and let me know if you’ve found this helpful, or anything else that has worked for you!