Frequently Asked Questions

Heart Rate Monitors: To Wear or Not to Wear

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If you want to start off your diet plan with some exercise, it is important to know how hard or how lightly you need to exercise.  What is considered too intense for your body? Are you getting enough out of your exercise? These are important questions to ask yourself.  You can be in a lot of pain if you overdo it. If you do not work hard enough, you will not get the benefits of a good work out either.  Knowing your target heart rate and staying in that zone can allow you to have a great, safe workout.  How can you tell if you are in your target zone? By wearing a heart rate monitor. With a heart rate monitor, you can easily track if you are in the right zone or not.  It is good to find out your resting heart rate and to calculate your maximum heart rate to know what number you are targeting on the monitor. … Read the restRead the rest

Go Green

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We all hear that the greener the vegetables, the more nutritious they are.  All leafy greens have many health benefits and are full of vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals. They are rich in fiber which is beneficial for weight loss and maintenance because it helps control your hunger by keeping you satiated, or fuller, longer. Fiber is also good for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure; it helps slow down the absorption on carbohydrates into your blood stream which lowers your risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. These leafy greens contain a lot of water which helps keep you hydrated and also keeps your skin and hair healthy. They all have health promotional and disease prevention properties and high levels of antioxidants but what nutrients are in each of these green vegetables and what benefits do they have for the body? Here is a list of the top 10 greens and their health benefits:   Spinach is a great source of iron and rich in vitamin k which plays an important role in cardiovascular and bone health.… Read the restRead the rest

Benefits of a Weight Loss Buddy

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If you are trying to lose weight, you are not alone. Many of us know how hard it can be. There are many temptations out there like; food, peer pressure from others, and feeling discouraged if you are not seeing the results you would like to right away. It is time to change all of the negative factors of weight loss into positive. This means having a weight loss buddy! Friends are a big support system for people, especially when you are trying to succeed in something life changing. There are many ways to make friends who are willing to support you with your goals, but of course you can always use old friends!   Below are some examples of ways you can expand your social networks, build relationships, and gain a positive change.   Diet with your spouse, a close family member, or friend. Losing weight is tough, let alone doing it by yourself. Find a partner to do it with, or do it as a group.… Read the restRead the rest

Which Protein Powder Should I Choose?

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There are many things you should look at before choosing a protein shake. Whether you want to build muscle, lose weight or even use it as a meal replacement. There are two types of protein sources; milk based and plant based. Milk based proteins are most commonly used for building muscle and are absorbed by the body much faster than plant based proteins. Plant based proteins alone won’t offer a complete protein so they are usually combined with another proteins to create a full amino acid profile. There are two terms that are used to identify how fast and how many nutrients and amino acids enter the bloodstream.  Bioavailability (BV) measures the quantity and rate of the nutrients that enter the blood stream and Protein Digestibility Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) measures, with a score of 0 to 1, how much and how fast amino acids from the protein are absorbed by the body. It takes nine essential amino acids for a product to be considered to have a full amino acid profile.… Read the restRead the rest

Why We Don’t Recommend Tilapia

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There is a huge debate about Tilapia right now. You hear the name everywhere. Where ten years ago you probably had never heard of it, now it’s served in many restaurants. The United States currently eats more seafood than ever before and Tilapia is fourth in popularity behind shrimp, tuna and salmon. In fact, farmed fish consumption has taken over beef in popularity. Many people like Tilapia because it lacks a “fishy” taste common to a lot of seafood. So, what is Tilapia? Tilapia is actually the name of many fish from the cichlids family. It is a white, fresh-water fish. They are native to Africa and have been found in the Sea of Galilee as early as Biblical times. They grow really quickly and eat a vegetarian diet, whereas many other fish are carnivorous. This works well for farming because the farmers save money on meat based foods and can feed the Tilapia plant based foods. This also helps with the mercury levels.… Read the restRead the rest

Gluten Free for Weight Loss?

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Gluten is a protein found in grains like wheat, rye and barley. It is found in many foods from breads, beer and pastas to cookies and even sausage. When trying to avoid eating gluten one needs to be cautious to avoid not only those foods that are easily recognized as having gluten, but those foods that have it hidden, such as sausage, foods with malt flavoring (made from barley) and even some medications and vitamins. It is often used in meats as filler, flavoring, and binding agent. One also would need to be careful of products with cross-contamination issues such as oatmeal. Although oatmeal in general doesn’t contain gluten, it is often processed in places that process other grains that do contain gluten. These products can cause reactions for those with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Those with celiac disease have a reaction in their intestines when they eat gluten which makes it so the body doesn’t process nutrients properly. Those with gluten sensitivity have an allergic reaction when they eat gluten.… Read the restRead the rest

Weight Loss and Your Hair

your hair and weight loss
Some Amino Dieters are concerned about hair loss. Because our drops are homeopathic and have no side effects, any loss of hair is not from our LAD formulation. However, hair loss is common with any diet program or an increase in stress on the body. Don’t worry, the hair loss is temporary and will grow back once you hit your target weight. Hair is naturally replaced every 4-5 years. During diets or times of high stress the hair follicles stop growing to conserve body resources. Once you reach your target weight or stop over- stressing the body the new hair growth pushes the old hair out of the follicle. You may have just as much hair as before but the new hair is shorter and will take time to grow. This process occurs constantly throughout our lives but goes at a more rapid pace during weight loss or times of high stress. There are ways to help make your hair healthier and to prevent hair loss. … Read the restRead the rest

Seeds vs. Nuts, What is the Difference

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Nuts are hard-shelled, fruits of plants. Seed are the small plant enclosed in the seed coat, which usually has stored food. In general, all nuts are seeds but not all seeds are nuts. Technically a nut is a single-seeded fruit with a hard, dry outer wall that doesn’t crack open at maturity. Most seeds come from fruits that naturally free themselves from the shell. In general, nuts are rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. Seeds are, in general, rich in protein, vitamin B, minerals, healthy fats and dietary fiber. Not all seeds and nuts can be eaten. An acorn, for instance, is a nut, but can’t be eaten. Most experts now classify edible seeds and nuts as culinary nuts instead. Some seeds have husks that need to be removed before eating, like sunflower seeds. Some, like sesame and poppy seeds, do not. All nuts need their shells removed before eating. Whether eating seeds or nuts, we recommend eating them raw not flavored or salted.… Read the restRead the rest

The Risks of Being Dehydrated

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Have you ever wondered why we are all encouraged to drink half of our weight in ounces of water daily? Studies have shown that dehydration has several detrimental effects on our bodies. Dehydration can actually make us weigh more and be sick.  The human body is actually 75% water, so it makes sense that we need to fuel our bodies with water every day. Drinking water can prevent you from going into dehydration and from feeling several negative side effects. Best of all, water is mostly free, which will help you to save more money. Water is one of the main sources of energy for your body. When you don’t consume enough, you will start to feel tired and sick.  How often do you feel exhausted during the work day? Most likely you need some water.  Dehydration causes the enzymatic activity in the body to slow down causing exhaustion.  Another risk of being dehydrated is that your blood becomes thicker which causes resistance to blood flow and also raises blood pressure levels.… Read the restRead the rest

Alcohol and the Amino Diet

Alcohol on the Amino Diet
We often get asked why we don’t recommend any alcohol be consumed while on the diet. First of all you would need to understand that the body burns fuel for energy. Energy sources are proteins, fats, carbohydrates and alcohol. When you are dieting, you want to give your body a little fewer calories so it will use fat stores for energy. However, while on the Amino Diet we also want you to learn to eat healthy and not just count calories. Alcohol, when ingested, is viewed by the body as a toxin and therefore needs no digestion. It is absorbed quickly into the bloodstream and can reach the brain and live in minutes on an empty stomach. When consumed on a full stomach, it does take a little longer, but will arrive there eventually. When the alcohol reaches the liver it focuses only on the alcohol. When the body is focused on the alcohol, it doesn’t breakdown other foods properly so they are just converted into fat cells for storage.… Read the restRead the rest

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