Coca Cola: Helping Families Get Fat

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Anyone who has been a part of Fooducate’s community for more than a few weeks, has heard us say more than once that weight loss is first and foremost about calorie intake (food). Exercise is important for many reasons, but its contribution to weight loss is much less significant than that of proper nutrition.

Unfortunately, companies such as Coca Cola will do everything in their power to obfuscate this simple truth.

In fact, Coke has contributed millions of dollars to buy support from prominent scientists, creating a new organization called the Global Energy Balance Network. GEBN argues that people trying to lose weight are too focused on how much they drink and eat while not paying enough attention to exercise.

This, of course, is hogwash. In fact, the opposite is true, in large thanks to the beverage industry’s marketing efforts. In a survey we recently conducted, 35 percent of Fooducate app users that are dieting indicated that at least 50% of weight loss efforts should be focused on exercise rather than food. If Coca Cola has it their way, everyone will believe this fallacy.

The reality is that food is 80% of the equation, and exercise is only 20%. Studies have shown again and again that food is the most important component in weight loss. In one study, 200 obese and overweight people were put on a rigorous exercise regimen, 6 hours a week, without changing their food habits. A year later, their average weight loss was a measly 2-3 pounds.

Bottom line: if you want to lose weight, ditch the soft drinks and focus on eating healthy. Count calories to gauge your intake levels. Exercise to help improve your health and mood.

Source: www.blog.fooducate.com

2015-08-11T11:54:47+00:00

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    Q: Good morning. I tried the WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN and followed the diet. I must say that I am amazed at how good I feel. Energetic and focused but alas, I only lost 3 pounds in the 3 weeks. I am 5'5 and currently at 181 pounds. My body is extremely resistant to weight loss. I have done several different types of detox including the IZO juice cleanse in the last year and had not lost weight. I don't even seem to respond to a very low calorie diet. I do have elevated liver Enzyme levels and a recent blood test showed low B6 vitamin and not proper protein digestion. I exercise 3 times a week and I eat rather health and mostly organic. Please HELP. Thanks

    A:

    This means that your body focused on another area that was of more importance than weight release. your mind wanted weight reduction but your body intelligence focused on something else. Go with the flow of the body intelligence and trust it. You apparently have an energetic block that prevents you from physically releasing weight (since you've tried other programs). Consider scheduling a consultation so we can get at the energetic/emotional root of your problem. Simply stop worrying about "losing" weight. Focus on what you desire (to see yourself in the size you desire). Don't focus on what you don't want (i.e. to lose weight).

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    Q: I would like to know the safest and the FASTEST way to loss weight. I have tried almost everything, like exercise, but I always overdue myself, or it just doesn't work. My height is 5'6", weight is 180.6, and my age is 15. Im a 10th grader at my school, and I'm tried of being put down by everyone I meet. And my family is moving soon, and I'm afraid of what my new classmates will say. So I was wondering what you would advise.

    A:

    I am sorry to hear of your plight. There are many ways to lose weight fast. Not all of them healthy. In fact most are not. 

    The three best ways to lose weight are

    1: High raw/high carb/low fat/nutrient dense diet plan

    2: Juice fasting/detoxing/cleansing (average 1 pound per day loss)

    3: Staying active

     

    Three books that may help you out get onto the right path (until I get mine published) are

    1: "The beauty detox solution" by Snyder

    2: "Crazy sexy diet" by Karr

    3: "The paradigm diet" by Dave

     

    I run my own online health/nutrition/fitness coaching company called "The Vegan Effect" I have helped many lose tons of weight. My one client lost 50 lbs in 60 days!! I would love the chance to work with you. My program is essentially a course in health that empowers people to reach all their lifes goals. If my program is something that you would like to participate in let me know. I do a free initial consultation over skype. 

    As far as juice fasting is concerned, although it is incredibly effective please do your research, watch "Fat, sick, and nearly dead", consult a nutritonal professional, and make sure you can juice your own juice. Do not attempt juice fasting on store bought juice.

    Let me know if there is anything else you need to know. I hope my answers were sufficient enough. 

     

    -Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLC

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    Q: I want to start the raw food diet, but do not want to lose weight has i am under weight already. I need tips to gain or at least maintain my weight. I do lift weights as part of my exercise routine.

    A:

    Thanks for the question,

    Losing "weight" on a raw foods diet is a definite probability. But the weight might be excess fat and water retention due to detoxing. By weight I am assuming you are talking about muscle. It is not that complicated to keep muscle while on a raw food diet. The Vegan Effect diet program I created is 60-90 percent raw. Raw before dinner if that helps. I allow myself one cooked meal a day. For the most part the diet is a Low fat/high carb/high fruit/high alkaline diet. 

    The most important thing to remember is getting enough calories. My athletes (including raw body builders) typically eat 1000 calories of fruit for breakfast in the form of a green smoothie. Usually post workout. You need to eat roughly 3000 calories to maintain or grow muscle mass. Some of my mass building athletes eat as much as 5000 calories. Albeit at a higher fat ratio than our standard 70/10/20 carb/fat/protein ratios. 

    Please refer to my blog on building muscle ona vegan diet found here: http://the-vegan-effect.healthcoach1.integrativenutrition.com/blog/2012/05/building-muscle-on-vegan-diet

    There is a raw organic food bar with 22 grams of protien that can be found here http://www.organicfoodbar.com/products/. *Note: I am not affiliated with them nor do I sell any supplements*. It is however a great bridge to meals. 

    Besides getting enough calories make sure you are getting around 20 grams of protein 5 times a day to maintain muscle mass. Sprouting beans, nut butters, seeds, and nuts help.

    I run a 6 month online health coahcing program that includes lessons on sports nutrition and include a individualized fitness plan. I am currently running a ridiculous half off special to fill spots. If you are interested visit www.theveganeffect.com and contact me there.

     

    Hope this helps

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT VLC BMI

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    Q: Hello I would like to have information about weight loss. I would like to know if there is a pill that makes an individual loss weight like only 10-15 pounds.... will the weight release (loss) work or should I purchase another type. I have a little bit of fat above and below my abdominal area. I am 41 years old. I will purchase the green tea too...what can you recommend I do not want to spend a lot of money.

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    We would recommend you purchase the Weight Release Formula, Bowel Motion, which are under $50 total. To achieve the best results, we suggest you improve your diet while on the formulas.

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    Q: Hello, I've always heard that people can't "Spot loose" when it comes to weight, however, I've done it but don't really know what it was that cause the "spot weight" lose. My question and dilemma is: I tend to gain weight in my breast area and mid section but no where else. I am apple shaped. I know it isn't good for the heart and I want to loose mostly my breast. What would you recommend eating or not and what type of exercise would you recommend. Thank you!

    A:

    Spot losing is a myth or sorts. I'm not saying it can't happen but it's highly unlikely and completely uncontrollable. Your body picks and chooses where it gains/loses weight and they are not always in the same spots. Some people gain weight proportionately and some gain it in certain spots (hips, thighs, breasts, belly). I do get asked this question a lot from women "How do I lose weight in my gut or hip area but not in my breast?". The truth is that there is no real answer for that.  Your own spot loss was probably just luckiness and apararently exactly where you needed it to.

    As far as eating is concerned nothing causes the body to fat more than these two things. One is a high nutrient density, high alkaline, high raw, low fat, vegan diet. The other is juice fasting. Both are extremely helpful.

    Foods know and studied to cause weight loss are beans, greens, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, raw apple cider vinegar, oatmeal, and fruits and veggies. Noe of which have been conclusive in causing the body to lose fat in certain spots of the body.

    I run a highly successful health, nutrition, and fitness coaching company. I have coached many people to a vast number of health goals. Weight loss is one of my specialties. My 6 month program is designed to give people all the tools they need to reach their goals. My six month program includes lessons on weight loss, juice fasting, alkalinity, meal planning and meal timing, and also comes with a 90 day fitness plan. To see if my program is right for you fill out this health form found here (http://the-vegan-effect.healthcoach.integrativenutrition.com/forms) and claim your free first consultation.

    The best and most efficient exercises for weight loss are cardio exercises. That is however only part of the equation. Learning how to interval train is your most efficient way to burn fat. You may burn more fat at 60 percent of your maximum heart rate but if you interval train where you change your intensity and heart rate you burn more calories in less time and more fat. Also with low intensity cardio the burn effect ends when you end your training as where interval training keeps your metabolism stoked for hours after training maximizing your burn.

    Here is an example of interval training

    4:30 seconds warm up (moderate speed)

    30 seconds sprint

    4:30 seconds recovery (moderate speed)

    30 seconds sprint

    4:30 seconds recovery (moderate speed)

    Continue intervals for anywhere from 20-30 minutes

    The second best way is to do high rep, low - moderate weight exercises. Circuit training where you go from one exercise to another with as little as 30 seconds rest in between sets.

    Here is an example:

    Jumping jacks 1 minute

    Crunches 1 minute

    Pushups 1 minute

    Squats 1 minute

    3 sets of 12 alternating lunge to shoulder press

    3 sets chest press x 12

    3 sets of bent over rows x 12

    3 sets of bicep curls

    3 sets of triceps extensions

    1 minute of jump squats

    1 minute of Lunge and press

    You want to focus more on exercises that move more than one muscle. Focus on compound exercises (squats, pushups/chest press, pull-up/lat pull downs). Also focus on exercises that make you move like jumping jacks, mountain climbers, and burpees.

    Hope this helps,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT

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    Q: Re: Daily Regimen for Weight Loss, Inflammation, and Staying Regular. Hello, I used the full detox and loved it. I lost 15 lbs and would like to continue using something natural to help with the weight loss. Also, quite honestly I loved the ease of the bm's. Even before I began the detox, I have limited my carb intake and it is almost painful to go to the bathroom now and laxatives can be very harsh on the stomach. So, if you could please recommend a daily regimen of dherbs that I can take that would be greatly appreciated. By the way - though I enjoyed the healthy regimen, I can not do salads everyday so don't even suggest it! LOL Thank You! Weight Loss Inflamation

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    Q: I am in need of cleansing my body and weight removal! (Removal and not loss because I don't want to find it again)! I need to remove about 80 pounds of unhealthy weight from my body and would like to do so in a natural way. I looked at both your Female Cleanse and the Full Body Cleanse, but don't know which is a better option for me to follow right now? I eat a lot of organic foods, I juice (some) but need to increase my water intake (A LOT). I don't drink much soda at all and when I do it is organic carbonated lemonade. I realize carbonated drinks are not good for us and limit how much I drink. My body lets me know when I have eaten something that is not good for me by causing my hands and feet to swell. To reduce this I drink water. I am allergic to wheat and try to stay away from it as much as possible. I have few ailments and have started working out again (cardio and weight training). I also looked at your weight loss products, but thought I should maybe detox first. What do you think? Any assistance you can offer on your products and which ones I should take is of great appreciation.

    A: The best thing for you is the Full Body Cleanse. The Full Body Cleanse will allow you to remove unwanted weight, while also optimizing your entier body so that you can maintain that weight and live a healthier lifestyle.

     

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    Q: Dear Brother, I am 6 feet tall and I am on my third day of the 10-DAY SUPREME COLON CLEANSE. I used to be 125 pounds in weight, and I have dropped to 119 pounds. I am a little concerned about the weight loss as I wasn't a healthy weight to begin with. I believe I am underweight for my height anyway. Is this amount of weight loss normal? Also, now I've dropped to 119 pounds and I'm only on day 3 of a 10 day cleanse, should I carry on and lose more weight? I don't want to look like a skeleton! But I want to be healthy. Please advise.

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    The article I Highly suggest you read is â€I’M THIN! WILL I LOSE WEIGHT DURING THE DETOX†Your answers lie in this article, Beloved!

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    Q: I would like know do your WEIGHT RELEASE FORMULA really help to lose weight. Also, will I be able to use this product with my medication (such as high platelets medicine)?

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    Yes the Weight Release helps you to maintain reduced weight! We don't recommend the use of herbs with drugs/medication (poisons). Herbs cancel out poisons!

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    Q: I recently completed the Full Body Detox, which I loved. Now, 2 months later, I am very interested in the weight release program. Last year, I lost 40 lbs in 8 months, in the most healthy way (good nutrition and exercise). This year, I slowly started gaining weight back, and 1 year later, I continue to gain weight much more quickly. I am still working out regularly, and eating well. Would you recommend the Weight Release Kit? I am looking to take off 20 lbs at the most. Is that realistic for this formula? However, I want to build muscle and strength as well. Can I maintain the results of the program with the directed nutrition plan, and add white meat for protein (chicken, turkey, tuna). I am also wondering if the formulas simply release excess weight, or can I expect to lose inches and lower my body fat percentage? Thanks for your time and dedication to natural health!

    A:

    Glad to hear about your success with the Full Body Detox!

    I would highly recommend the Weight Release Kit and Regimen. NO MEAT though! Try vegan alternatives if you must have something - but no meats!

    You will release weight (waste)! Your weight is nothing but waste!

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    Q: I've been purchasing your products religiously since, but only recently committed the proper eating to my regimen for weight loss. I have been on the Weight Release Kit for a week and a half and plan to follow that up with the Full Body Detox. Is there any other advice you might have to help me? I'm attempting to lose 150lbs in 6 months. Do you think this is realistic? Lastly, how much water intake would you advise? Thanks for your products and your advice in the past.

    A:

    Glad you like the products and thanks for supporting me. Much appreciated!

    Releasing 150 lbs in 6 months? Very realistic! I helped Big Boy release 100 lbs in less than 3 months back in 2004, so 150 lbs is very realistic in that time frame. To assist in the process, get a few colonics performed and drink half your body weight in water, i.e. if 200 pounds, cut in half (which is 100 pounds) and change the pounds to ounces (i.e. 100 ounces) so you would be drinking nearly 1 gallon and a half of water daily (as 64 ounces is half of 1 gallon/128 ounces). Also, bathe in hot water and 1 box of sea salt every chance you get (daily). Good luck, Beloved!

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    Q: I would like to know if the WEIGHT RELEASE FORMULA helps you lose weight and also does this supplement comes with a diet plan.

    A:

    THE WEIGHT RELEASE FORMULA ONLY HELPS YOU TO MAINTAIN WEIGHT RELEASED FROM THE BODY. IT DOES NOT COME WITH A DIET LIKE THE WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN DOES.

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    Q: A friend of mine purchased the Full Body Cleanse for me but I am a little hesitant about starting the cleanse. I am afraid that I won't be able to go through with it and that maybe I am doing it for all the wrong reasons.I used to weight 140 pounds in high school, but after I went away to college stress and poor eating habits I gained 50 pounds.I have tried a few different things and when I did not notice results I stopped them. Will it be different this time? Will I actually lose weight? I was also considering trying The Female Cleanse after the Full Body Cleanse. Would that also help with weight loss?

    A:

    If you follow the diet and take the herbs as recommended you will 100% loose weight. Not only will you be expelling toxins from your system with help of the herbs but you will also be adapting to a raw vegan diet. The diet alone will help you loose weight.
    The Female Cleanse is not design for weigh loss. If weight is what you are focused on then you should perform the Weight Release Cleanse, once you have performed the Full Body Cleanse that is. Never hesitate to call us at 866-434-3727, we would be more than pleased to walk you and guide you through the process.

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    Q: Hey Gary here are my challenge I'm 43 been trying to lose weight, I start on a program and stop once I don't see any results. I tried the Detox I think I lost about 5 pounds, I work at night and have a part time jobs seeing private patients in the day so my sleep pattern is little maybe I get 4 hrs of sleep I'm having problems getting this weight off. I also want to mention when I do exercise my joints swell so I try to keep it low impact. I also have sweet tooth so I get these cravings here and there more so when I'm at work at night. Hopefully you can help me. Thanks....Lakeisha

    A:

    Hi, thanks for the question.

    Lets go through one thing at a time. Your overall schedule and lifestyle is not healthy and will likely sabotage your health goals. Receiving so little sleep will prevent major weight loss because your body cannot cleanse and cannot recharge. You must repay your energy debt before you can properly lose weight. Your body is always in a state of playing catch-up to the workload you are giving it. It stores fat because it doesn't have the
    energy to properly function. I understand crazy schedules but they will not get you the results you desire. I would focus on trying to find a more balanced or healthier schedule before adding the stress of losing weight to an already overworked body.

    Your body has been come toxic and inflamed from a toxic lifestyle. A high carb-high raw vegan diet will help ease your suffering the most. A high carb (fruit based) diet will help replenish your energy stores and reduce
    nutritional stress. To learn more about how a healthy vegan diet can help you reach your goals please consider the following eBooks found at Dherbs.com.

    "Go Vegan the Healthy way" or
    "Lose weight the healthy way"

    As far as your mindset is concerned an all or nothing approach rarely breeds success. Especially when it come to regaining health or losing weight. It takes time and patience. I would recommend checking out the DVD
    "fat sick and nearly dead". It's a fascinating look at how you can quickly go from a health zero to a health hero in the shortest time. Every single person on the planet has a sweet tooth. Those who say they don't usually are hopped up on caffiene or other drugs and pharmaceuticals. Every cell in the body runs on glucose. The brain eats up a small apple and a half worth of glucose every hour. Eating a high carb-lower fat diet will give you an energy abundance, reduce overall stress, and help you lose weight.

    Hope this helps,

    Gary Gibson HHC CPT BMI VLCE

    www.theveganeffect.com

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    Q: I am struggling with a weight problem. I have tried everything that I could afford. Looks like everything come in capsules which I have problems swallowing. Do you have something I could try for weight? I'm a very stressed depressed over weight woman that tries very hard. Doctors want to send me to weight loss places and programs which I can't afford. I heard about the product advertised on the radio. I thought I would read up on it.

    A:

    DID YOU READ THE INFORMATION ON OUR WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE AND REGIMEN? EVERYTHING IS THERE AS FAR AS WHAT YOU NEED TO DO. HOWEVER, FIRST PERFORM THE FULL BODY DETOX FOLLOWED BY THE 3-WEEK WEIGHT RELEASE CLEANSE. GET YOUR MIND RIGHT, BELOVED. PLEASE ORDER AND READ THE MENTAL SCIENCE MANUAL BECAUSE ALL HEALING STARTS IN THE MIND. YOU CAN RELEASE WEIGHT! STAY POSITIVE! STAY FOCUSED!

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    Q: Liquid verses capsules; Which one will allow more weight loss?

    A: The difference between the capsule version of the Full Body Cleanse and the Liquid Cleanse is within its potency. The Liquid Cleanse is less potent due the extraction of herbs being converted from plant to liquid form. This information is included on the product page of the Liquid Cleanse.  The capsules are always going to produce better results.  You can exchange the product if you like, it would need to be within 15 days of receiving it.

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    Q: I have recently had my whole thyroid gland removed due to cancer. My doctor has put me on Synthroid (150mcg) due to hypothyroid. I've gained about 20-25 lbs and I'm considering in purchasing your weight loss package ($165). However, I would like to know if you would recommend this product for someone like me with this kind of condition? Also, I've had several individuals and doctors tell me that my weight will not come off until my medication is at the right level and my body gets adjusted to the medication. Therefore, any diet and/or medication for weight loss will be ineffective. Please advise.

    A:

    You have a choice to make if you are still planning on taking medication (drugs) while taking herbs. If you are going to take herbs and drugs at the same time you are defeating the purpose. Herbs nourish and cleanse while drugs pollute and toxify. You have a choice to make.

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    Q: I would like to try something for weight loss, and I wanted to know would the herbs affect my medication. I'm on Atentonol 50mg; htcz 25mg and synthyroid 0.125 mg, I'm a 53 year old female 5'10 and weigh 244, I haven't always been like this, sugar is my downfall, I do a lot of vegetables, and fruits, I only buy organic, the only meats I eat is wild salmon and a few fishes, any help would be greatly appreciated I got your web site listening to 102.5 in Atlanta, thanks much.

    A:

    For weight release, perform the Full Body Detox kit and regimen followed by the Weight Release kit and regimen. Herbs will affect medication because herbs combat poisons and all of your meds are poisonous and toxic. Read some of our articles on this subject! You can be healed. Remember, drugs don't heal. They keep you addicted to them for your entire life as no drug can heal you!

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    Q: I am a 50 year old male, 5'10" 190lbs, and in excellent physical condition. I want to detox but I am concerned about the weight loss...I don't want to lose any weight. Is it possible to do the Full Body Cleanse and lose only a minimal amount of weight? Also, I am a physical training and self-defense instructor at a police academy. How will the Full Body Cleanse affect my energy level?

    A:

    Go to our site and read the article "I'm Thin -- Will I Lose Weight Performing the FBD?"  In fact, cleansing can greatly improve energy levels! We can't harm ourselves by doing what the body requires. Your body will only lose weight if it needs to. 

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    Q: Which are the best fruits and vegetables that promote weight loss during the detox and should the nuts be excluded? Do I need a combination of protein, carbohydrates and fats in order to lose substantially and if so, are there fruits and vegetables in these categories and is there possibly a limit to certain ones?

    A:

    All fruits and vegetables help to tone you to the weight you desire. Why exclude nuts? Weight comes from meat, dairy products, refined products, etc. Not natural foods! Don't worry about protein, carbs, etc. It creates confusion! Real food doesn't cause problems. Let all the dietary confusion go and you will be fine!