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5 Reasons Why Frozen Yogurt Is Not as Healthy as You Thought

5 Reasons Why Frozen Yogurt Is Not as Healthy as You Thought

I can remember when the fat-free craze first came into my life. My mother was told to drink skim milk, much to the disgust of the rest of the family. In the early days, skim milk was a translucent blue due to the fat content being removed. Nowadays, the fat content is still removed but sugars, emulsifiers and additives have been added to give milk the same texture and taste as regular full fat milk.

This method of fat removal and sugar addition has seeped into many other foods—most noticeably, frozen yogurt.

Many women, as they reach menopause, find themselves putting on weight even when watching what they eat had never before been something they worried about. Now that their hormones are playing havoc with their waistlines, certain foods that they may think are healthy may be adding to their weight problems.

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Promoted as being a healthy treat, this latest fad should not be addressed as a healthy snack, but as a sugar-laden treat. Here are five of the headlines made by the groups selling frozen yogurt.

1. Frozen yogurt is being touted as made with real milk, yet is naturally fat free.

Real milk is not naturally fat free. A process has occurred in order to remove the fat while sugars have been added to give it the smooth texture and taste that make it so enjoyable.

Unlike natural yogurt that is made with just two ingredients—milk and cultures—frozen yogurt contains quite the cocktail:

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  • milk solids, processed milk product
  • some kind of refined sweetener—usually a few different kinds like evaporated cane syrup, corn syrup, or Mexican agave syrup.
  • yogurt culture (although the freezing process as well as added sugars decreases the power of any probiotics found)
  • natural or artificial flavourings and colourings
  • sometimes trans fat
  • sometimes preservatives
  • stabilizers and thickeners like guar gum or carrageenan
  • other fillers like cellulose gum (a.k.a. the stuff made from wood pulp)

2. When yogurt is frozen, the probiotics, which are good for the immune system and digestion, no longer work.

Yes, probiotics are good for the immune system, but once the yogurt is frozen, the probiotics are rendered useless.

3. Yogurt is made with Mexican agave syrup instead of sugar.

This heading is so annoying. Agave syrup instead of sugar—so what? Agave is actually worse than sugar for the harmful effects it plays on your body. Being expressed as a “sugar free” yogurt is giving false information. Agave is high fructose, which may not spike blood sugar levels like sugar does, but it is just as harmful to the body when taken in large doses.

4. Frozen yogurts are a great meal on the go.

Do not have frozen yogurt in place of a regular meal. Even if you add fruit to the yogurt, you are getting a chemical-laden cocktail but without the guilt—if you believe in the hype coming out from the frozen yogurt outlets.

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The fruit will have an addition of sugar/agave syrup in order to prevent it from adding more calories to your meal.

5. It is low in fat and high in taste.

While frozen yogurt is fat free and sugar free, you will not feel satisfied. Fat makes you feel fuller for longer. Therefore, you may not feel satisfied after a small cup and will opt for a larger cup.

Agave syrup and other sugar substitutes do not cross the blood brain barrier; hence you do not get the sugar kick you may be looking for when eating frozen yogurt.

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If you are a lover of frozen yogurt for the taste then enjoy, but if you were eating it instead of an ice cream (for example) and feel deprived, then go for the ice-cream. Frozen yogurts are treats and should be acknowledged as one, and not as a “healthy” snack.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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