pirmdiena, 2011. gada 17. janvāris

Sensa: Innovative Miracle or Scam?

What is Sensa?
Sensa is a weight loss system that is based around a food sprinkling called tastents, which give a feeling of fullness and satisfaction from the food you have eaten. The theory is, if you’re satisfied sooner, you’ll consume fewer calories and we all know fewer calories equals a higher weight loss. The Sensa weight loss system claims to be based on 25 years of research and has been tested in a six month study. The findings suggested that Sensa was ‘successful in promoting weight loss’.

How Does Sensa Work?

The Sensa weight loss system revolves around the idea of sprinkling tastents onto your food before you eat. The power of the product comes from these tastents, which are available in a range of flavours and scents and are supposed to trigger a feeling of being full.

Drawbacks and Side Effects

Sensa, compared with some other weight loss plans, has relatively few side effects however; these vary from upset stomachs, hives and diarrhoea which can be extremely unpleasant.
The main problems with Sensa, stem from two aspects of the product: Lack of results and Customer Service.
Many customers have commented on the lack of significant results when using Sensa as a tool for weight loss. Some experience minor weight loss in the first week of use and then no weight loss in subsequent weeks. Other users experience no weight loss at all and claim Sensa is a Scam that offers very little value for money.
In addition, Sensa’s customer service’s practices have also come under criticism. Many customers report of being conned by Sensa’s ‘free trial’ which in actual fact includes an extra product which customers are then billed for in addition to shipping costs. Problems with delivery of Sensa have been an issue, with customers complaining of unreasonable delays, despite being charged for fast shipping. This late delivery also affects the ‘free trial’ as the trial begins on the day you order, not on the day you receive your product. In some cases no product has been delivered at all.
Customers are also finding it difficult to end their subscriptions to Sensa, meaning that thousands of users are charged monthly for a product they do not want and cannot be refunded for.
Sensa is extremely different from other weight loss aids on the market and probably would have proved to be extremely successful... if it actually worked. Unfortunately the general consensus seems to be that Sensa is a waste of money and that results are almost non-existent. Team the lack of results with the abysmal reputation of their customer service team and you are left with a product which has very few good points. A big thumbs down for Sensa!

otrdiena, 2011. gada 11. janvāris

Negative Calorie Foods: Fact or Fiction

Negative Calorie foods have been discussed on diet forums, newspaper articles and television, but what is the truth? Can a food really have negative calories?

Everyone knows that each item of food we consume contains calories, which our bodies use for energy. Surplus calories are stored by the body, which is the number one reason for weight gain. That’s simple enough to understand, but some dieticians believe that foods, particularly those that the body works harder to digest, actually help to burn excess calories because the act of digesting them takes more energy than what is contained within them.

Technically these foods are not ‘negative calorie’ foods as they actually do contain calories, however the body will burn these calories... and more, just by the act of digesting them.
Let’s use an example:
Celery has approximately 5 calories per portion. You eat the celery and the act of swallowing, chewing and digesting the celery will take over 8 calories to perform, bringing the total number of calories consumed by eating the celery to a negative number, -3!
Other foods which reportedly have a zero calorie effect include various fruits and vegetables in their raw form, such as; cucumber, cabbage, strawberries and grapefruit.
Even water takes more energy to drink and process than the calories it contains as it, of course, has no calories.

Sounds great doesn’t it? Well it can be, but there are downsides. Your body can’t function if you’re eating only these types of foods to lose weight. Your body needs energy for walking, talking and working and if your digestive system is burning more calories than the foods that you eat contain, you will simply burn out. In addition you will also miss out on much needed fats and proteins which are necessary for a healthy diet
A better option for utilizing these low calorie foods would be to opt for a calorie controlled diet that allows you to have a sensible amount of calories for energy every day. Then, if you’re following your calorie intake but need a snack, choose a negative calorie food. Because these calories effectively don’t count, you can eat them in abundance and still keep within a calorie controlled diet.

So what’s the verdict on negative calorie foods? It would seem like the negative calorie theory is just another fad diet for avoiding exercise by relying on food to burn its own calories. Super low calorie foods are great as snacks to help to keep within a calorie controlled diet, however they cannot be relied upon as a long term diet solution. It still seems that the best way to lose weight in a healthy way is to exercise regularly and to eat a good variety of healthy foods.

Questions About Liporexall, Not Enough Answers

According to some reviewers as well as its manufacturer, Liporexall is an exceptionally well-researched weight loss supplement of the "fat burner" category. A glance at the ingredients makes the highly-rated product seem very new and impressive. The home web site explains that Liporexall contains 11 ingredients that have been either patented by the manufacturers or have patents pending as clinically verified as powerful fat-burners; a product can't receive a patent unless legitimate research has verified its effectiveness. To maintain the legal standard of truth in advertising, this statement is true if ONLY ONE of Liporexall's ingredients is patented, NOT ALL OF ITS INGREDIENTS. How many cosmetic, hygeine, or dietary inventions have you seen advertised that claim to have a patent pending? By this standard, you could claim to have a patent-pending product that cures the common cold; this doesn't mean it works or will ever be granted a governmental patent.
Liporexall's home site lists the following ingredients, and their purposes. The questions arise from what the advertising copywriting says, and doesn't say.
ChromMate helps insulin generated in the pancreas to metabolize fat, converts protein into muscle, and converts sugar into energy. (Question: Since the body normally does these things, why is ChromMate necessary?)

Infinergy DiCaffeine Malate causes thermogenesis (calorie-burning), increases mental clarity and increases energy. (Question: So? The caffeine in coffee does the same thing.) Malic acid buffers the caffeine to make it gentler on the stomach, but the caffeine side effects are still present e.g. feeling jittery, insomnia, restlessness, headaches, increased heart rate and increased blood pressure.)
Super Citrimax curbs appetite and burns fat, helps create healthy blood lipid levels and reduces body mass index. (Question: How? Why are lipid levels important?) This substance also increases serotonin levels. Quote from site: "Involved in mood, sleep and appetite control, which should address many of the emotional issues overweight people face, including binge eating and depression."

Let's pause here for a serious question: Why is there no explanation of what serotonin is, what a neurotransmitter is, and exactly how serotonin addresses the above issues? The neurotransmitter serotonin is one of the brain's "chemical messengers" that regulates mood, sleep, appetite and pleasure. It is available only by prescription in anti-depressant medications. Some natural plants, like St. John's Wort, contain serotonin and must NEVER be taken with an anti-depressant since this can cause "serotonin syndrome," a serious condition resulting in intense confusion, similar to psychosis and in some cases has proven to be fatal. If you take a prescription anti-depressant, NEVER use an over-the-counter substance containing serotonin without consulting your health care provider!

Tonalin was developed by the manufacturer; the Liporexall site describes it this way: "Decades of research" allegedly indicates that this ingredient reduces body fat and increases lean muscle tissue. (Question: How? This also is unexplained.)
Advantra Z and PinnoThin are described as appetite suppressants all-natural appetite suppressants. (Question: Why are both needed, if one is so powerful.)
For more information on Liporexall's remaining five ingredients, visit their site at liporexallreviews.com. You'll see that all eleven patented ingredients have very sophisticated, medical-sounding, and eye-catching names like those above that may boggle anyone short of a biochemist into accepting that they certainly must be powerfully effective! If Liporexall is really the cure for obesity, it is hidden behind all the fancy medical terminology and catchy names. See also fatburner.com; note that questions and serious complaints by users are left unanswered - complaints about lack of effectiveness and untruthfulness in advertising. One comment-writer said it all: "If a wonder drug existed, you wouldn't find one overweight person on the planet."

Phen375 differs from Liporexall in many respects, but this is the most important: Phen375 users MUST combine it with a healthy diet, daily aerobic exercise, and developing a different lifestyle that eliminates excess fat from your eating habits. You must also drink lots of water to avoid the dehydration often caused by dieting. Phen375 does not claim to be a wonder drug, and it may not be the right weight loss supplement for you. If you have medical conditions related to obesity like heart disease, high blood pressure, poor circulation, or have a history of stroke, DO NOT take Phen375 or any other product until you consult with your health care provider.