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About Our AM/PM Capsules And Other Diet Programs

At the Diet Center, we are committed to finding a variety of ways to support our clients with customized weight loss programs.

What does this look like?

For one thing, we have a number of weight loss programs available. Some people use our AM/PM weight loss capsule system, and others use our “exclusively you” or “dietfast programs.” Some use a thermogenic program to lose weight quickly.

It makes sense to have multiple programs, because people have different ways of responding to weight control routines and technologies. Each of us is unique! And each of us should have access to personalized plans.

The AM/PM Capsule Program

For example, the capsule program is based on creating those body responses that are going to help you to lose pounds and inches consistently.

First, there is the essential process of changing the metabolism – the way the body intakes proteins and fats and processes them. A higher metabolic rate or better metabolic process will change the ways that food manifests as fat in the body.

The other part of this equation is controlling hunger and working with satiation.

There is an element of this where we get into the attitudes and habits that people have, and choices like accountability programs for behavior control, but there’s also the chemical assistance that you get from this kind of program that does help you to take control over what you eat.

Weight Loss and Weight Control Modalities

In general, we have an array of programs that have helped us to keep “winning at losing since 1973.”

For example, clients can choose between the capsules mentioned above, as well as chewable supplements or even a weight loss patch.

That leads to some of the success stories you see on the site and other resources about how these types of technologies are effective with weight control. What people want with weight loss programs is results – and that’s what we are in the business of delivering for clients. By understanding how to apply metabolism and other changes the right way, we reinvent how you can approach significant and permanent weight loss, instead of just churning through various diets hoping for something big to happen.

A lot of this process has to do with the most modern science about the body’s response to nutrition. And then you use that information, some of it from medical journals and some from other sources, to create a curriculum that works for clients. Come see us!

 

Tips to Gain More Self-Discipline to Reach Your Weight Loss Goals

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to have all the self-discipline they need to stay on track and meet their goals? Do you want to create more self-discipline for yourself?

If so, some tips can help you with this goal. Keep reading to learn what these tips are. 

Figure Out What You Want and Why

What is your top goal? Why is this goal so important?

Some people are in the habit of knowing what they don’t want but aren’t sure what they do want. You need to figure out what you are trying to achieve, and the more specific you can be, the better. 

Just saying, “I want to be healthy,” is too vague. Make sure you are specific. Figure out how you want to get health – eat right, lose weight, both?

Taking time to figure out what you want to do and why will be an anchor during this process. 

Take Time to Think About What You Want Daily 

You need to make a point of connecting your goal and dream. This will fuel the plan you have and ensure you take action. 

In some cases, you may believe you have an issue with motivation, but really your issue is an inspiration. 

You aren’t inspired by your desires because you often focus on what you want or don’t have. This causes you to feel discouraged. However, if you put time into dreaming and thinking about what you want and feel the excitement you will have when you achieve it, the desire becomes what makes you act. 

Think about what it will feel like, make it happen, and embody the goal? What is the byproduct going to be? Just remember why your goal is so important. 

Write It Down on Your Calendar 

After connecting to the why and want, you should be feeling excited about it. Now it’s time to write it down. Put your goals on your calendar or your to-do list. You need to take these things from intangible (in your head) to tangible (on paper). 

This means if you have a bad day or your emotions try to take over, you can look back on what you have written down and know what you want and why. 

Everyone is busy; however, you need to get into the habit of making time for yourself.

Work Toward Your Goal

You should not try to bully yourself into making a change. You have to realize where you are and continue to work toward your goals. While it will take time, if you use the tips above, you will be able to achieve the goals you have set. 

By using the tips and information here, you can achieve the goals that you have set and ensure that you develop the self-discipline you see in others. Being informed is the best way to start reaching your goals and ensure that you stick to the plan you have made.

What You Should Know About Thermogenic Supplements and Weight Loss

Modern thermogenic supplements include natural ingredients that are specially designed to boost your metabolism while increasing your body’s fat-burning ability. Some of the most common and popular thermogenic supplements available today include capsaicin, green tea, and caffeine. 

If you search for effective weight loss methods, thermogenic supplements may be on your radar. However, before deciding, it’s a good idea to learn more about what they are and how they work. 

Thermogenic Supplements Defined 

Thermogenic means “heat-producing.” 

When your body is burning calories, it generates more heat, which means taking supplements to boost your metabolism, or increasing fat burning in your body means you are taking thermogenic supplements. You can find several supplements available for purchase over the counter, with many containing a single ingredient, while others use a combination of different metabolism-boosting compounds. 

Manufacturers of thermogenic supplements claim they can help you lose weight and burn more body fat. It’s best to try them for yourself to see if this is the case. 

Popular Types of Thermogenic Supplements 

Some of the most popular types of thermogenic compounds available today include:

Caffeine 

This stimulant is found naturally in more than 60 plants, including yerba mate, guarana, kola nut, coffee, tea, and coca. It will increase adrenaline levels, which is a hormone that causes your fat cells to send fatty acids into your blood. Once there, they are used by your cells as a source of energy. 

Caffeine can also reduce your appetite while boosting your metabolism, which helps you burn even more calories while you eat less. 

Green Tea

There are two compounds in green tea that provide a thermogenic effect. These include EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) and caffeine. 

The caffeine in green tea results in the release of adrenaline, and EGCG improves these effects more by slowing down how quickly adrenaline is broken down, which amplifies its effects. 

Capsaicin

You have likely noticed that they taste spicy when you eat chili peppers, right? This is thanks to the capsaicin in them

Similar to caffeine, capsaicin will stimulate the release of adrenaline, which will speed up metabolism and result in your body burning more fat and calories. It can also help to reduce your appetite, which means you won’t eat as many calories. These effects mean that capsaicin is a powerful and effective thermogenic substance. 

Garcinia Cambogia 

This is a tropical fruit. The extracts of the fruit are commonly used in popular weight loss supplements. 

Garcinia cambogia is made of a substance called HCA, which blocks ATP citrate lyase activity. This enzyme plays an active role in body fat formation. 

Are Thermogenic Supplements Right for Your Weight Loss Journey?

While thermogenic supplements aren’t right for everyone, they have several weight loss benefits. If you are interested in using these for your weight loss journey, it may be beneficial to talk to a professional. They can evaluate your goals and help you decide if this product is right for you and your needs.

Simply Sensational Diet Center Salads

The idea of healthy food immediately brings to mind delicious and beautiful salads that are not only healthy but Instagram-worthy. We put together a list of some of the best ways to create nutritious salads that will make meals a beautiful breeze and make staying with your Diet Center Weight Loss Program fresh and delicious.

Mix Up The Proteins

The quickest way to get bored and fall back into bad habits is eating the same thing all of the time. Not only do your taste buds sigh at the thought of another bite, but the body has something called “metabolic memory” that kicks in when you eat repetitively. Once our bodies get used to a certain set of nutrients, our metabolism works less efficiently to handle the load.

What this translates into ultimately, is a slowing of weight-loss results. The importance of variety is that the body is not able to develop a metabolic memory of a meal and it will work harder to process. The simple way of putting it: Eat different proteins for each meal to keep your metabolism running high.

To make things easier, we like to prepare servings of chicken, eggs, beef, etc. and seal each one in a baggie so that when it comes time to add some protein to a meal, it’s as simple as reaching into the fridge and pulling one out.

Tip: For longer shelf life, make enough for two weeks of meals and store half in the freezer. A quick thaw in the microwave and voila, protein!

Vibrant Vegetable Buffet

A recent article delved into the psychology behind why buffets and the sight of food is so enticing to us. One of the key findings is that the visual presentation of a variety of foods releases dopamine into our system. This harkens back to the caveman days when food was difficult to get and serves as a physiological reward for having achieved a biological imperative, to eat. The body is wired to have a positive response to the presentation of food.

Now, let’s translate this principle to how we make our salads. At the beginning of a week, take a container with compartments and chop your favorite salad vegetables into each bin. When it comes time to assemble a tasty lunch, you can simply drag out the container to easily pick and choose what inspires you each day.

The results are two-fold. Meals are so incredibly easy to make that weight-loss will be all the easier and you are training your body to have a positive response to healthy foods that will make you smile with how beautiful they are.

Fantastic Fats

Let us shout it from the rooftops, “Eating healthy fats is a necessary part of weight loss!’”. And when in Rome, do as the Romans do. Making your own salad dressing can be a fantastic way to save money as well as experiment with bold new flavors for your foods. We love to make our own dressing with extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar and our favorite salt-free spice blends. If olive oil isn’t your thing, we also like to make healthy croutons to add a divine crunch when we are craving carb-y  goodness.

Restaurant-Worthy Croutons

1 serving | per serving: 1 starch, 1/2 fat
4 Melba® Toast
½ teaspoon butter
1 clove fresh garlic
Mrs. Dash® Salt-Free Lemon Pepper seasoning (to taste)

Set oven to broil. Crush the Melba Toast to desired size and arrange on a small baking sheet. Melt butter with the garlic and Lemon Pepper seasoning in a small dish and brush mixture over crushed up toast. Broil croutons on the middle rack for 5-7 minutes until golden brown and remove. Wait 2 minutes and serve when ready.

That’s So Sweet

Don’t be afraid to add your favorite fruit to your salads to give them a new dimension of flavor. Adding more colors of the rainbow to your plate also means that you are increasing your phytonutrient intake. As you know, phytonutrients are essential chemical compounds produced by fruits and vegetables that can help prevent many of the factors that lead to chronic illness and disease. The more colors you eat, the stronger your health will be. So, like we said, don’t be afraid to throw a few blueberries or some vibrant kiwi into the mix for a salad that will make you smile.

Tip: Hate it when your fruit dries out in your lunch? Fold a damp paper towel over the top of your salad to keep it fresh and beautiful until you eat. 

Handful of Herbs

There’s no reason to skimp on flavor when fresh herbs are easily available at your local grocery store. Or better yet, grown right in your own garden! A quick handful of fresh basil, cilantro or any other seasonal herb can bring added dimension to your meal to keep your taste buds on their toes.

Herbs also have the additional benefit of being health powerhouses full of vitamins, antioxidants and natural anti-inflammatory compounds. Adding just a few extra ounces of herbs to your diet can help strengthen your immune system and improve your overall health, simply by eating!

Tip: Make fresh herbs last much longer by storing them in the fridge with stems submerged in water and covered loosely with a plastic bag. 

Great Reasons to Add Variety to Your Diet

 

Variety truly is the spice of life and when you embrace variety in your food plan you will feel better, have more energy and achieve better weight-loss results. Don’t be a creature of habit, be adventurous and enjoy a variety of new foods daily and weekly as a part of your balanced food plan. Sparking variation in your normal health routine and food plan helps to create lasting change for sustainable weight loss and long-term good health.

Don’t fall into the habit of eating the same foods, doing the same exercises and expecting different results. Our bodies naturally require diet and exercise diversity because no one food contains all the nutrients our bodies require, nor does one specific exercise target all parts of the body. Here are some important reasons to add variety to your daily health regimen.

Improve Gut Health

The Institute of Food Technology states that diversifying your diet can improve gut health. According to a lecture by Mark Heiman, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer at MiroBiome Therapeutics, diet is the principal regulator of the GI microbiome, which contains trillions of bacteria used to aid in digestion and regulation the GI system. Heiman’s studies concluded that the microbiome requires a varied diet to function optimally. Taking a digestive enzyme such as Diet Center Fiber Capsules and a probiotic while following your Diet Center Program will help to improve gut health, decrease inflammation and improve the absorption of key nutrients.

Receive Varied Nutrient Profile

Kale is nutritious, however eating kale all day every day won’t provide you with the nutritional makeup your body needs to perform its best. Though kale contains vitamins and nutrients, it does not contain the diverse number of nutrients your body needs to run all its systems optimally.

Lessen the Phytonutrient Gap

According to a study titled “America’s Phytonutrient Report,” 80 percent of Americans are endangering their health by failing to vary their diet with colorful fruits and vegetables. This finding refers to the “phytonutrient gap.” Humans need a varied, colorful diet to receive phytonutrients, many of which are powerful antioxidants that can fight the damage caused to cells over time.

Avoid Boredom

Other than the scientific health benefits of eating a variety of different foods, it can also help you avoid boredom in your program and lead to less deviation. Most people find that eating the same thing every day can become mundane and cause unnecessary overeating of unhealthy foods, simply to break the humdrum cycle. By varying your food plan with healthy items, you can stay on track and create excitement in your eating.

Connect with Your Food

By purchasing and preparing colorful, nutritious foods, you learn the beauty and importance of a balanced food plate. Filling your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables is like creating a piece of art. Think of the plate as your canvas and make it as beautiful and balanced as you can. Cooking at home will also allow you to forge a deeper connection to your meals knowing you created them by hand.

Boost Your Metabolism

Have you heard the term “shocking your body?” Chances are if you find yourself hitting a weight-loss plateau, your body is signaling the need for change. By altering your healthy food options, you can tell your metabolism to work harder to process and identify these new foods.

Tips for Variety

Now that you know why you should vary your food choices and exercise routine, here is how you can make small changes to achieve this variety every day!

Get colorful. Add a rainbow of different fruits and veggies to your cart every time you shop.
Try something new. Make a promise to yourself to try a new healthy food each week. Brussels sprouts, bok choy, dragon fruit, blood oranges, Swiss chard are great options for variance.
Shop with the season. For the freshest produce, consider eating fruits and veggies that are in season.
Add veggies. Add different vegetables to your favorite soup, sandwich or breakfast options for additional variety, nutrients and taste!
Start small. Change one part of your meal at a time. Add another vegetable or change up your typical protein selection. Small steps add up!
Switch up your exercise. Just like diet, the same exercise routine can lead to your body plateauing. Change your cardio or introduce small weights to your regimen. You might even find something new you didn’t know you liked!

Be adventurous and step out of your comfort zone. We have a feeling you will feel better, have more energy, experience faster weight loss and enjoy improved health.

Recognizing Self-Sabotage In Weight Loss

Sometimes, we can be our own worst enemy regarding weight loss. While we may be successful in losing an initial amount of pounds, maintaining a target weight can be a trickier process. Weight loss is not just about eating less and exercising more; it is intertwined in our psyche through aspects of our personal mental and physical makeup. 

Self-Sabotage In Weight Loss

Most people are unaware of their self-sabotage regarding their experience with weight-loss struggles. Self-sabotage lies at the heart of weight loss psychology and roots many unachieved goals. The problem with self-sabotage in weight loss is that it does not always appear in ways which we would recognize. 

For instance, we may be aware of an action we want or need to take or not take, and then we do the opposite. Self-sabotage, in many ways, has little to do with a person’s lack of willpower; instead, it has to do with the perceived positive benefits from resisting change. It is human nature to make choices that provide satisfying benefits somehow; we don’t do things without filling a need. 

Let’s take a look at how self-sabotage may be derailing your weight loss and what you can do to get back on track.

Getting Real About Your Motivations And Motives

Any weight loss journey is riddled with successes and setbacks, which is why self-reflection is vital to reaching and maintaining your goal weight. Getting down to the root of your motivations and motives is an essential part of a successful weight loss and wellness journey. 

For example, your motivations surrounding eating certain foods may be that you need to feel satisfied and fulfilled. Once you recognize the trigger, you can implement other ways to achieve that same feeling of satisfaction and fulfill that need without connecting it with food. 

Our motives for our actions when involving food typically do not have anything to do with the food itself, but instead, they stem from other areas of our subconscious psyche. To steer clear of self-sabotaging behaviors in weight loss, consider keeping a journal of not only what and when you eat, but also specifically how you feel before, during, and after those meals. Real progress in weight loss requires interpersonal reflection and action. 

Surround Yourself With Support

Tackling self-sabotage in your weight loss journey is difficult to do alone. Surrounding yourself with people who are experienced in the process of weight loss will provide you with the support you need to recognize and correct self-sabotaging behaviors to reach your weight loss goals. 

 

5 Biggest Myths About Weight Loss

“Never eat after dark.”

“Just cut out gluten.”

“Eat six small meals instead of three large ones.”

We’ve all heard these “quick-fix” weight-loss myths before. The problem is that no one food or behavior can magically improve weight loss, and sometimes these diet myths can be downright dangerous. For example, low-carb fads led to many people spiking their cholesterol because they thought as long as they skipped the bread they could eat all the fatty meat they wanted. There are many myths about weight loss so here are real facts to help you make smart choices in your nutritional choices and eating habits:

Myth #1: “Low fat” or “fat-free” foods are weight-loss friendly.

The fat may have been processed out of a food, but that doesn’t mean it’s not full of other ingredients that can derail your weight loss. Many “fat free” diet foods contain added starches, sugar, salt and chemicals. Always read nutrition labels to see what unhealthy ingredients hide in a perceived healthy product. The good fats like those found in olive oil, salmon, avocado, nuts, eggs and coconut oil have been linked to better weight loss and even improved cognitive function considering your brain is comprised of nearly 60 percent fat!

Myth #2: Carbs are the enemy.

Carbohydrates come in many forms. Some can undermine weight-loss goals, while others are part of a healthy diet. Soda, white bread and candy all contain carbohydrates…but so does broccoli. Not all carbs are created equal so a good rule of thumb would be to try and cut the “bad” carbs but keep healthy ones, such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

Whole grains are always a better choice for overall health than refined starches. Whole grains contain the entire kernel including the bran, germ and endosperm. Refined grains have the bran and germ removed, which makes for a finer texture but strips out dietary fiber, iron and B vitamins. The fiber in whole grains not only helps you feel satisfied longer, it also slows the absorption of the carbohydrate, making your body work harder to access those calories.

Myth #3: No eating after 7 p.m.

While there is no special magic time for eating that helps you lose weight, Diet Center recommends clients finish eating all of their food at least two hours before going to sleep. If you find yourself really craving a little something to go with your nightly news, consider a light snack of fresh vegetables or your favorite Diet Center treat like Chocolate Mini Crisps or Spicy Cheddar Chips.

Myth #4: What works for one works for all.

Many people who successfully lost weight are eager to tell you how they did it and urge you to try their fail-proof method! But everyone’s body is different and a personalized approach is much more likely to get results, which is why Diet Center programs are individualized to fit your needs. Our trained Diet Center Counselors can guide and support you through your weight-loss journey and tailor your plan, to help you lose weight in a healthy and consistent manner.

A Canadian experiment proved people gain and lose weight differently. Researcher Claude Bouchard had 12 sets of identical twins overeat by 1,000 calories a day and limit physical activity to 30 minutes a day. His formula said each volunteer should gain 24 pounds. Instead, some twins only gained 10 while others added 30 pounds. The pattern of fat distribution also differed greatly between sets of twins. A later study of the same group found that when they were asked to burn more calories than they consumed some lost the weight easily while the pounds didn’t budge on others.

Myth #5: Skipping meals helps you lose weight.

Skipping meals is not a shortcut to weight loss. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there is a proven link between skipping breakfast and obesity. When you miss a meal you’re more likely to overeat on your next meal or succumb to unhealthy snacking. If you’re pressed for time in the morning consider a protein-packed smoothie with our Advanced Fat Burning Gold Protein Supplement as your base. It not only burns fat, but suppresses appetite.

Fads come and go, but balanced nutrition, education and support are the keys to long-term weight loss and weight management. Let Diet Center be your support system with one-on-one counseling, real food, and proven results.

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Hormones Affecting Your Health

Hormones Affecting Your Health

Sweets and carbs are the visible enemies affecting your health, but there are several invisible, microscopic villains influencing how your body functions. Hormones, the chemical messengers that navigate your bloodstream, organs and tissues, influence your brain health, energy levels, sex drive, fat storage, and many other vital functions.

External factors such as nutrition and exercise are very important to your overall health and weight loss journey. However, internal factors like hormones also play a large hidden role

Testosterone and Estrogen Affect Both Genders

Testosterone is misleadingly understood to be the “male” hormone and estrogen is misleadingly understood to be the “female” hormone. However, it’s middle-aged women who suffer more from the loss of testosterone, not estrogen. Research shows that sufficient levels of testosterone are absolutely essential for mental and physical health in both sexes. Women that lose the hormone often lose mental focus, as well as libido, feel fatigued, and store fat.

If you’re experiencing testosterone issues, the best method for a T-boost is to improve your everyday lifestyle. Get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and maintain a balanced diet. Studies have shown that monounsaturated and saturated fat intake were strong indicators of testosterone levels.

When it comes to brain health and muscle recovery, it is said that estrogen affects both females and males in the recovery process. However, it’s a proven fact that estrogen levels do affect how your body stores fat. Excess fat converts testosterone into estrogen, resulting in imbalance of the body. Again, regular exercise and a proper diet can help with these imbalances. Diet Center Mid South has other options available as well.

High-Stress Results in High Cortisol Levels

We’ve all heard that stress makes you fat, and who doesn’t experience a daily overload of stress? Your cortisol levels will see short spikes, which is normal, but the issue arises when the levels stay high. According to doctors and research, elevated levels are dangerous to your cardiovascular system and also cause changes to your eating habits. The silver lining to maintaining healthy cortisol levels is that exercise can decrease stress, which decreases cortisol levels.

Insulin Relates to More than Diabetes

How many people do you know that instantly associate insulin with diabetes? It’s true, insulin plays a huge role in the disease, but it also affects your metabolism. As you eat throughout the day, carbs swim into your blood stream and your body releases insulin to uptake glucose. The problem is when your body releases too much insulin, resulting in insulin resistance. Consistent exercise can increase insulin production and proper meal planning can result in a happier, healthier life.

Find the Best Treatment Plan for You

These hormones often present a powerful effect on your body. However, you are not completely powerless against them. Regular exercise, adequate sleep, proper nutrition, and occasionally the right substances can help keep your hormone levels in normal range.

For award winning diet services and a program tailored to your unique body, learn more about Diet Center Midsouth Weight Loss Programs. Whether you’re looking for traditional dieting methods, meal replacements or supplements, we can provide an effective weight loss program for you. 

Should you keep a Fitness Checklist

Should you keep a Fitness Checklist?

Keeping a fitness checklist can have its advantages and disadvantages. Many people fill that a checklist is necessary in order for them to stick to their diet and exercise plans. Others may fill that the list created more pressure and makes it harder to focus on the outcome of the fitness plan.

Pros

A checklist can be helpful to many people who are trying to follow a fitness plan to lose weight or get healthy. The list can include specific exercises and when they should be done as well as diet food and when they should be eaten. Many people use the list to ensure that they are following their fitness plan correctly and are not forgetting anything. A checklist is also a good way to look back on accomplishments and stay motivated.

Cons

Although a checklist can help many people, it can have the opposite effect for many others. It can be difficult to stick to a fitness plan at time, especially when just starting out. Failing to complete a checklist each day can make a person feel like a failure. This can cause them to stop a diet or fitness plan because they feel as if they are not up to the challenge or simply cannot do it. The checklist can also lead many people to cheat on their diet or exercise routine by picking and choosing the items on the list they want to follow and leaving out the ones they do not like or find too challenging.

The Right Fitness Plan

Before you can create a checklist of all your fitness goals and accomplishments, you need to find an effective program that helps you lose weight. You don’t want to settle for a diet or weight loss program that you won’t stick with. The whole point in making a checklist is to help you accomplish your weight loss goals. Don’t be afraid to try something new and remember to stick with it and give it a fair chance.

Before making a fitness checklist, think about the type of person you are and how you react to failure or disappointment. If you think a checklist will help you stick to your fitness plan than create one, otherwise do not make one or hold off until you are more comfortable with the plan and are able to stay motivated. You can reach your weight loss goals with a little work.

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