Monday, February 29, 2016

My Past Carbohydrate History (Weight Loss Per Week)

When I read Atkins some years ago it intrigued me that by starting at 20 grams of carbohydrates per week and slowly ramping the amount up, I could find out how many I could eat without gaining weight.

I tracked my carbohydrate intake over maybe a year and a half and below is what I found out.

Carbohydrates eaten per day (grams)
Weight Lost in Pounds


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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Stack Cinnamon, Cayenne and Ginger for Health and Fat Loss

These two inexpensive spices may be the key to unlocking health and weight support benefits.


Reduces the blood sugar spikes and improves glucose use. 

Supports healthy fasting blood glucose.

Ceylon cinnamon does not contain the liver toxin coumarin found in common cassia cinnamon. supplement option.

Take 1 capsule with breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Ceylon cinnamon can be found at Swanson Vitamins.


Red peppers contain a substance called capsicum which may support metabolism and fat loss.

This one may not be for people with sensitive stomachs as the spice can lead to stomach and digestive track problems.

Start with 1 capsule 40,000 Scoville heat units of pepper with each meal. At the most take 2 capsules with each meal.

Cinnamon 1 capsule 3 times per day.
Cayenne 1-2 capsules 3 times per day.

Optional additive: 
Ginger 1 - 2 grams with breakfast

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  6. Superior weight-loss diet: high protein plus capsaicin supplements 22.05.2015
  7. Capsaicin keeps metabolic rate high during weight loss diet 09.05.2015
  8. Paprika protects against Parkinson's 05.02.2015
  9. Weight-loss regime plus raspberry ketone-caffeine-capsaicin cocktail burns more fat and builds more muscle 06.01.2014
  10. On a diet? Capsaicin keeps your testosterone level up 23.11.2012
  11. Genistein, capsaicin and EGCG inhibit fat cells via AMPK 03.08.2011
  12. Burn 60 kcal a day more with dihydrocapsiate 17.11.2010
  13. Weight loss with capsinoids 16.01.2009

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