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Macronutrient Ratio For Weight Loss

In the previous blog we’ve covered the basics of macronutrients, and now it’s time to learn more about their “ideal” ratio for weight loss.

First of all, one principle is always the same – to lose weight you need to eat less calories than your body burns. With that being said, you also need to know which calories you should eat and what’s their proper ratio.

Weight Loss Ratio

Counting calories is important but not all calories are created equal. Different foods go through different biochemical pathways and affect our body differently. Therefore, what you eat matters! You need a healthy dose of all macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fats), but for weight loss, you should follow the 40-30-30 formula – 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein and 30% fats. This is considered to be the ideal structure that keeps blood sugar balanced, which prevents crazy cravings and mood swings. With this ratio, you’ll be able to work out, feel energized, think well, but also lose weight. The 40-30-30 formula will allow your body to burn fat easily without the risk of starvation.

To further help you see how this ratio looks like, take a look at our example.

For this particular example, we’ll take a woman who needs 1500 calories per day. With the basic math we can easily calculate that her weight loss ratio, based on our formula, should be 600 calories of carbohydrates or 150g. The number of calories for protein and fat is the same, but when it comes to grams, their number will differ. You need 450 calories of protein, and since there are 4 calories per gram you’ll need 112.5 grams of protein per day. When it comes to fat, that number will be 50 grams of fat, since there are 9 calories per gram of fat.

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Now I don’t expect you to know exactly how much calories you are consuming, but if you are serious about weight loss, you’ll really need to pay attention to this crucial aspect. There is a handy tool that can help you with that and it’s called My Plate app. You just need to write the food choices you made for that day and it will determine the exact amount of calories you’ve consumed.

It’s also important to note that this ratio is not sustainable in the long run, meaning you can use it for a while to lose weight, and then you should modify it to better suit your needs and maintain your new healthy weight.

Conclusion

There is no such thing as the perfect macronutrient ratio that will work for everyone, but 40:30:30 formula should work for most of you who are looking to lose weight. Apart from the amount of calories you get from macronutrients, remember to focus on eating the healthy sources of protein, carbohydrates and fats. There are also weight loss supplements that can help lose weight, such as FORZA Fat Burner available at Littlewoods.

If you have been paying attention carefully, you are now starting to wonder about the amount of calories you need to eat to lose weight, which we’ll cover in our next blog.

Healthy Diet – Protein, Carbohydrates and Fats

Healthy eating is not about unrealistic limitations or depriving ourselves of certain foods we love and can’t live without. Rather, it’s about being healthy, having more energy and feeling great. And with so many conflicting nutrition advices out there and thousands of different diets, it’s no wonder you are still confused about the foods you should eat on a daily basis.

So we’ve decided to simplify everything and just go from the beginning to help you better understand what healthy eating really means.

Macronutrients

All nutrients in food are broken down into 3 types of macronutrients – protein, carbohydrates and fats. They are called macronutrients as our body needs them in large amounts. Micro-nutrients, on the other hand, include vitamin and minerals, and our body needs them in small amounts. They all perform a specific function in our body, and simply put, we can’t live without them.

Protein

After water, our bodies are largely made up of protein. Their main function is to maintain, build and repair muscle tissues. Therefore, they are essential for the repair of broken down tissue, but for growth and building of new tissue as well. Protein consists of about 20 amino acids, also known as the building blocks of protein. 9 of them are called essential as our body can’t make them and we need to get them from foods.

The lack of protein can have significant consequences – our body will begin to break down tissue (muscles) to meet the daily protein needs. Luckily for us, protein deficiency is really rare as we need a remarkably low protein in our diet to meet protein requirements. Foods rich in protein include fish, eggs, turkey, chicken and lean beef, but we can also get plenty of protein through the use of protein shakes. Whey protein still remains the number one due to its quality, but it seems that milk-based protein is making a comeback as it has a longer lasting effect in our body.

Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates have such a bad reputation that some people avoid eating them. However, that’s a big mistake. First of all, our body needs all 3 macronutrients, but most importantly, the myth that carbohydrates make us fat doesn’t stand. You have to understand that eating too many calories of any macronutrient will lead to weight gain. The problem with carbohydrates is the lack of knowledge — people eat the wrong type and consume more than they should, and as they have no physical activity to burn excess calories, they gain weight. And of course, they blame carbohydrates, but whose fault is it?

Carbohydrates are the primary and preferred source of fuel in our body. There are 2 types – simple or sugary carbohydrates and complex, slower burning carbohydrates. You should avoid or limit the intake of sugary carbohydrates like fruit juice and all sugars and concentrate on eating complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, oatmeal, brown rice, fruits and vegetables.

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Fats

Out of these 3 macronutrients, fats are the most energy dense. Also known as lipids, fat is composed of fatty acids which fall into 3 main categories. There are many different types of fat and our body even makes them from the excess calories. Fat is essential for our health and supports numerous body’s function, and therefore we need to consume it.

Although they have different classifications, we’ll divide them into two categories: bad fats and good fats.

“Bad Fats“

1. Saturated

Found in dairy and animal products such as ham, pork, lamb, beef, cheese, veal and milk, but also in vegetable shortening, palm kernel and coconut oil, saturated fats are considered as “bad“ fats and raise total blood cholesterol levels, which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. They also increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. So it would be wise to reduce the consumtion of regular cheese, pizza, dairy desserts, hydrogenated oils, butter, cream and processed meats.

2. Trans Fat

Although this type of fat naturally occurs in certain foods in really small amounts, most trans fats are made in a process called hydrogenation. They lower healthy cholesterol called HDL and increase the level of unhealthy cholesterol known as LDL, which ultimately increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Therefore, you should avoid eating commercially-baked goods (cakes, cookies, pizza dough, hamburger buns), solid fats (vegetable shortening, stick margarine), packaged snack foods (candy, chips, popcorn), pre-mixed products (chocolate milk, pancake, cake mix), fried foods (fried chicken, French fries, breaded fish, chicken nuggets) and basically anything with “partially hydrogenated“ oil listed in the ingredients.

“Good Fats“

1. Monounsaturated

Monounsaturated fat is found in vegetables and nut oils like canola, peanut and olive and helps lower the bad cholesterol. Good sources of monounsaturated fats include avocados, nuts (cashews, pecans, macadamia nuts, peanuts and almonds) and olives.

2. Polyunsaturated

Found in some fish oils, sunflower and safflower oils, soybeans and corn, polyunsaturated fat helps lower total cholesterol. And since there are two types of cholesterol – good and bad – it affects both and we need to limit its intake to save the good cholesterol. Foods rich in polyunsaturated fats include flaxseed, soybean, sunflower and corn oil, and fish like herring, salmon and mackerel.

3. Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acid is a type of polyunsaturated fat that is made up of mainly omega-3 fatty acids. They have many health benefits, but most importantly, these fatty acids decrease the risk of coronary artery disease, reduce triglycerides, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, etc. Foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids include salmon (wild is better), sardines, tuna, herring, anchovies, mackerel, bluefish and sturgeon.

Conclusion

Eating healthy means consuming an adequate amount of all 3 macronutrients. How you’ll modify your diet greatly depends on your goals. If you want to lose weight, you should eat more protein and healthy fats, but less carbohydrates. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you should completely cut them off, but just limit their intake to speed up your weight loss. If you are looking for a weight loss supplement but are unsure which one works for you, click here.

In the next blog you’ll be able to learn more about the proper ratio of macronutrients for weight loss and some “not so famous” tips that will help you lose weight.

 

 

 

 

Which Supplement Should I Use to Lose Weight?

Hello everyone 🙂 Recently, we’ve noticed that more and more our existing and potential customers are asking us the same question – which supplement should I use, or which supplement is right for me.

Therefore, we’ve decided to write a short guide and explain what you can expect from our most popular weight loss supplements and hopefully help you make your decision. Please note that we are always available to support you, so feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns regarding our supplements or health and weight loss in general.

Let’s begin!

Basics of Weight Loss

Once you decide it’s time to lose weight and start living healthier, the first thing you need to do is change your diet (more on this in the next blog). What, when, how much and how frequent you eat can determine whether or not you’ll be successful and lose weight.

And throughout our blogs, we’ve always highlighted the importance of creating a calorie deficit (eating less than your body burns), and without it you will NEVER lose weight. If you consume more calories than your body burns, you are always going to gain weight. That’s a fact! We can change this by consuming less calories or by burning calories through exercise. Ideally, you’ll do both.

FORZA Supplements

When you have these two figured out, it’s time to think about supplements. The first thing you need to realise is that all supplements are designed to support your goals, and whether or not you’ll be successful greatly depends on your daily choices. There is no such thing as a miracle pill that will do everything on its own and if someone is claiming otherwise, they are trying to scam you and just take your money.

Here at FORZA, we cherish the right values and care about your health and goals, and that’s the reason we always tell the truth and are available 24/7.

But let’s get back to our title – which supplement should I use to lose weight?

FORZA has a wide range of high quality supplements and we won’t cover all of them in this blog. Instead, we’ll focus on the most popular weight loss supplements that provide amazing results.

1. Shake It Slim / Stir It Slim

Shake It Slim and Stir It Slim are both meal replacement shakes designed to replace an entire meal. They contain protein and 22 different vitamins and minerals in only 204 calories. The only difference is that Stir It Slim is a HOT meal replacement shake, so whether you’ll use Shake It Slim or Stir It Slim depends on your preferences.

They are the best-selling supplement for a good reason – apart from being delicious, they have only 204 calories and all essential nutrients. By replacing 2 meals with our meal replacement shakes you are cutting a significant number of calories, which is the most important thing when it comes to weight loss. Remember – if you are consuming less calories than you burn, you will lose weight, and that’s the reason most of our customers love our shakes and use them along with other FORZA supplements.

2. Fat Burner

FORZA Fat Burner contains fat-burning ingredients that increase the metabolism after usage, allowing our body to burn more calories, suppress our appetite, forcing us to consume less calories and boost our energy. Simply put, it will give you more energy to do your workout and you’ll be able to exercise longer and with higher intensity, allowing you to burn more fat. After your training, when you are resting on your bed, your body will still burn fat due to the increased metabolism. And on top of that, it will help you control your appetite.

There are many weight loss supplements out there, but do you know which one is best for you?

3. Raspberry Ketone / Raspberry K2

These two supplements contain the same ingredient – raspberry ketone, a natural substance that gives red raspberries their powerful aroma. The only difference is that Raspberry K2 also contains caffeine and is considered a “stronger” version of Raspberry Ketone. So if you are not tolerant to high dosage of caffeine, Raspberry Ketone should be your choice.

Raspberry ketone gained its popularity after being mentioned in a famous TV show Dr. Oz where he called it a miracle weight loss pill. Ketone increases the presence of adiponectin, a protein that helps regulate metabolism of the fatty acids contained in the fat cell. The more adiponectin you have in your bloodstream, the better you’ll be able to empty out fat cells and use them for energy (which should be burned with a physical activity). So basically, ketone will produce adiponectin which will allow you to burn fat responsible for your current weight. It will also increase your natural energy level, giving you more fuel for your workouts and basically force you to do the work.

4. Hydratrim

Hydratrim contributes to reduction in body weight, assists in the breakdown of carbohydrates and supports normal fatty acid metabolism – all thanks to its two ingredients, Glucomannan and Zinc.

Glucomannan is a dietary fibre extracted from the roots of the konjac plant and is called the best appetite suppressant. The secret behind its success lies in the fact that glucomannan has the ability to absorb water and turn it into a bulky fibre, creating the sense of fullness. It is so effective that one capsule can turn the entire glass of water into a gel. Glucomannan contains only a few calories, takes up a lot of space in the stomach, reduces food intake, fat and protein absorption and delays emptying of the stomach.

Zinc, on the other hand, reduces hunger by increasing the level of leptin, an essential hormone that notifies our body when we’re full. By doing so, it decreases our appetite and promotes weight loss.

5. Multivitamin

The reason we’ve decided to put Multivitamin here is simple – when you are eating less, you are cutting back on important minerals and vitamins responsible for the proper body function. Deficiency in vitamins and minerals can impair our body’s ability to protect and heal itself, and as each vitamin and mineral has a specific purpose, it’s crucial to make sure we have an adequate amount of it.

In particular, you need Vitamin C, B, D, A and E and minerals such as zinc, magnesium, calcium, chromium and copper. FORZA Multivitamin has all of these vitamins and minerals, and a few more. Everyone benefits from taking a multivitamin as it’s a consistent source of the essential nutrients.

Conclusion

We are hoping you’ll find this blog useful and that it will help you make your decision. However, if you are still unsure, please don’t hesitate to contact us through our website or our social media profiles (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). And we’ll end this blog with one message: “Anything in life is possible and your weight loss is not an exception.” Goodluck 🙂

How To Lose Weight – Fat-Burning Laws

Burning fat is a 24-7 endeavour – you need to know when to eat, what to eat, what not to eat and how to behave. This can all be a little overwhelming and therefore we decided to simplify it and create a list of the thing you should do to maximise fat burning.

1. Control Daily Calorie Intake

When it comes to weight loss, one principle is always the same – if you want to lose weight you have to create a caloric deficit, which means consuming less calories than your body burns. By doing so, the body will desperately look for an alternative source of fuel and it will find it in the stored fat. The stored fat will now be used for energy and our body will burn it, thus we will lose fat.

Without creating a caloric deficit you will NEVER lose weight. Therefore, you need to start eating less or have some kind of physical activity that will help you burn more calories. Ideally, you’ll do both.

2. Limit Your Carbohydrate Intake

Controlling your hormones is another important aspect of weight loss. Suppressing fat-storing hormones give us a better chance of losing a significant amount of weight and we will do so by keeping our carbohydrate intake in check and making sure there is no kick up in insulin.

However, not all carbohydrates are created equal and it would be wise to know the difference. We should limit the intake of fast digestible carbohydrates like white rice, white potatoes, white bread, sweets and rice cakes that are responsible for a large insulin burst that prevents weight loss.

Therefore, always choose whole-grain instead of refined, whole wheat instead if white and limit the intake of fast digestible carbohydrates.

3. Limit Your Fat Intake

Proteins build muscles and help us lose weight; carbohydrates have a potential to make us far, but are essential fuel for our body that gives us energy. And fat, well it does neither, but it’s definitely not useless and our body needs it on a daily basis. It supports vitamin absorption and helps manufacture hormones.

If you want to lose weight, you’ll have to limit its intake to about 20-30% of the total daily caloric intake.

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4. Don’t Eat Carbohydrates Before Bed

This brings us back to carbohydrate-hormone relationship. Our insulin sensitivity decreases during the night. Or simply put, our body has to release more insulin to allow carbohydrates to be used in our body. And as higher insulin level decreases fat-burning and enhances fat storage, it seems like a great idea to avoid carbohydrates 3 hours before bedtime.

5. Increase Meal Frequency 

How many meals you eat per day matters – eating 5-6 smaller meals is better than eating 2-3 larger meals. Higher meal frequency increases the calorie-burning engine and therefore helps you lose weight. Of course, your meals would ideally contain large amount of protein, as our body needs more fuel to digest it. By eating 5 times per day your body will experience five metabolic surges, which will speed up your metabolism and aid in weight loss.

6. Use Weight Loss Supplements

When you start eating healthy and doing cardio you’ll start seeing results. However, the progress can be really slow and hard, and therefore you’ll need help to further maximise weight loss. FORZA supplements like Fat Burner, Raspberry Ketone, Hydratrim and Shake It Slim are all great choices and will either limit your calorie intake, boost your metabolism or suppress your appetite, which will help you burn fat efficiently.

 

Best Meal Replacement Shake

With summer around the corner, it can be really hard to maintain a healthy diet and stray from tempting fast food meals. With all your obligations, sometimes it’s really impossible to prepare a proper, well-balanced healthy meal. That’s why many of you opt for unhealthy solution responsible for your fat belly. However, it doesn’t have to be this way.

The next time you don’t have time to prepare a healthy dish, don’t settle for a hamburger or a bag of chips. Instead, try meal replacement shakes rich in nutrients, and low in calories that will keep you full longer.

Meal Replacement Shakes and Weight Loss

To lose weight you have to take in fewer calories than your body burns. And as a result, your body will desperately search for an alternative source of energy to function properly. Luckily for us, this energy is drawn from our fat stores, allowing us to lose fat.

Therefore, the key to weight loss lies in creating caloric deficit and making sure our body uses stored fat. However, that’s easier said than done. People usually underestimate the amount of calories in food, eat more than their body burns and wonder how they are unable to lose weight.

Meal replacement shakes are great as they help us control daily calorie intake as we know exactly how many calories they contain. And as they are really low in calories, they are helping us create a caloric deficit, which ultimately leads to weight loss.

In general, replacing breakfast and dinner with  a meal replacement shake such as Shake It Slim, along with a healthy lunch and two healthy snacks will be enough to lose 2 lbs each week. By adding physical activity, you’ll be able to lose even more weight.

Advantages of Meal Replacement Shakes

Meal replacement shakes are:

  • A practical and fast way of making sure you’re eating healthy when you don’t have the time to prepare a meal.
  • Convenient as you can use it wherever you are. You’ll need less than a minute to prepare meal replacement shakes and they are ideal for work or while on the run.
  • A great way of making sure your calorie counting is accurate.
  • The best way to reduce the need to think about the food as you’ll just have to prepare 1 heatlhy dish and 2 snacks.

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Getting the Most out of Meal replacement Shakes

There are certain things you need to know that can speed up your weight loss:

  • Replace 2 meals with meal replacement shakes to lose weight fast. Less will probably help you maintain your current weight, and more is not recommended as you still need to get nutrients from healthy foods as well.
  • Find meal replacement shake with around 200 calories that contains proteins and essential vitamins and minerals to meet your nutritional requirements.
  • Replace the most troublesome meals with meal replacement shakes. Instead of eating donuts for breakfast (which is high in calories and low in nutrients), eat your shake instead.
  • Make sure your regular meals are nutritionally balanced and contain the right portion of protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats, while being relatively low in calories.
  • When you don’t have meal replacement shakes at your disposal, avoid eating unhealthy food and go for a delicious vegetable like an apple.

Are Meal Replacement Shakes Healthy?

By law, meal replacement shakes must contain the recommended amount of nutrients needed for good health and they must be up to certain standards defined by the European Directive. Shake It Slim or Stir It Slim both contain protein and 22 different vitamins and minerals in only 204 calories. Simply put – they give your body everything it needs and help you lose weight. However, please note that meal replacement shakes are not designed to be the only source of nutrition and they go in line with at least 1 healthy meal and 2 snacks.

Why Shake It Slim is the Best Meal Replacement Shake

FORZA Shake It Slim is a delicious meal replacement shake designed to help you lose weight, but also get important vitamins and minerals. Its benefits include:

  1. A proper balance of calories from protein and essential minerals and vitamins
  2. Easily mixed in water, milk or juice (water preferred)
  3. No fat or sugar
  4. Amazing taste
  5. Only 204 calories

FORZA Shake It Slim is available at Boots, Holland & Barrett, Lloyds, Very and Littlewoods.

Best Appetite Suppressant Supplement

Appetite suppressants are essential for short and long term weight loss results. If you are eating foods all the time consuming more calories than your body burns, then you’ll never lose weight. It’s that simple!

Therefore, appetite suppressant supplements can have a major impact on your weight. They are designed to suppress appetite and help you avoid binge eating. Their main effect should be to control your food intake and prevent you from overeating.

There are many appetite suppressant supplements on the market; however, most of them have no effect at all. They all promise you won’t have cravings and you’ll eat significantly less, but in reality they do nothing for your appetite. Fortunatelly for us, some appetite suppressant supplements work, and all we have to do is know what to look for.

The main thing that determines effectivness of any supplement are its ingredients. They are the ones who do the job and supplement is just the name. For example, there are many fat burners with completely different ingredients. You may assume that all fat burners are the same, cause after all they are called fat burners, but that’s just not the case. The thing that separates them and determines whether or not they’ll have desired effect on your weight loss are their ingredients.

Best Appetite Suppressant Ingredient

There are a few ingredients that can suppress your appetite, but glucomannan is by far the most effective one.

Glucomannan is a natural, water-soluble dietary fiber (sugar) derived from the roots of the konjac plant. It has been used as a gelling agent or thickener in Japane for centuries and has gained its own nickname “the broom of the intestines“.

Today, it became popular after being mentioned on a TV show Dr. Oz, where this prestigious doctor claimed it can help control your hunger. He even said that glucomannan is the best appetite suppressant and called it a natural spouge. But how it works?

Glucomannan is a viscous dietary fibre with exceptional ability to absorb water. It’s so powerful that empyting one glucomannan capsule into a glass of water will turn it into a gel. When consumed, it sponges up water in our digestive tract and reduce the absorption of cholesterol and carbohydrates.

Glucomannan has many weight loss mechanisms:

  • First of all, it’s low in calories
  • It takes up a lot of space in stomach and promotes satiety (feeling of fullness), thus reduces food intake at a subsequent meal
  • It reduces the absorption of fat and protein
  • Due to its “water-sponge“ effect, it delays empyting our stomach and increases satiety

gkucomannan is the best appetite suppressant supplement

Does Glucomannan Really Work

There are several studies proving its effectivness. In one study, 176 people were divided in 2 groups where 1 used glucomannan and the other a dimmy pill (placebo). After 5 weeks there was a significant weight loss in the glucomannan group. Another study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, clearly indicated that glucomannan helped people lose 10 pounds in 16 weeks without any physical activity or a change in diet.

Several other studies have also proven its effectivness in weight loss. Therefore, it’s safe to assume that glucomannan is a highly effective appetite suppressant and we need to use supplements that have it as their main ingredient.

FORZA Konjac Fibre and Hydratrim both have glucomannan as their key ingredient and have amazing results in helping people suppress their appetite and lose weight.

 

Science Behind Raspberry Ketones

Raspberry ketones are the natural phenolic compounds found in red raspberries that give berries their powerful aroma. They have been used for decades in cosmetic as flavoring agents and fragrance for food and beverages. In the recent years its popularity has grown, and today we consider it as one of the best weight loss supplement. So we decided it’s time to introduce science and see whether or not this diet pill works. Let’s begin.

How Raspberry Ketone Works

Being overweight seems to be the new “normal”, with only 30% people having healthy weight. This is a huge concern for FORZA and we are here for one reason – TO HELP!

After being praised for its weight loss effect by famous Dr. OZ, the popularity of raspberry ketones skyrocketed. People started taking these weight loss pills without even knowing how they work or most importantly, whether or not they work. Of course, Dr. OZ has impeccable reputation, but we can’t just base our decision on his words alone, can’t we? Therefore, we’ve decided to give you first-hand information to help better understand it and hopefully lose weight.

When scientists took a closer look at raspberry ketones, they noticed the similar look to capsaicin and synephrine — the two molecules known for boosting metabolism. So they assumed raspberry ketone has similar effects, but they had to prove it.

In a study, researches took isolated fat cells from rats, made them grow in a test tube and then added raspberry ketones. The results surprised everyone. Raspberry ketones increased breakdown of fat and released hormone called adiponectin.

Although everyone expected that breakdown of fat will occur, no one had idea that raspberry ketones can promote adiponectin production — a hormone released by fat cells that helps regulate blood sugar levels and metabolism.

It is scientifically proven that overweight people have significantly lower levels of adiponectin compared to people with healthy weight. Studies have also shown that having insufficient adiponectin is associated with higher risk of heart disease, fatty liver, type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Therefore, scientific conclusion was the following – Raspberry Ketone works by:

  • Enhancing metabolism
  • Eliminating fat storage in the body
  • Promoting hormone adiponectin

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Raspberry Ketones and Liver

Several scientists went even further than just exploring its weight loss benefits. They’ve assumed Raspberry Ketones can have health benefits to one of our most important organ – liver, so they decided to extensively research this assumption.

Liver is our body’s main fat burning organ and it helps the production of chemicals needed for digestion, but also removes toxins. It’s considered as one of the toughest organs, but due to its importance it still needs to be looked after. Healthy diet and exercise are a great way to improve liver’s health, but it seems that Raspberry Ketones can help as well.

Unhealthy diet can cause liver to store fat at the expense of its primary functions. Therefore, we need to prevent developing fatty liver and for that we need adiponectin. And do you remember who can boost its production? You guessed it right – Raspberry Ketones.

Conclusion

Raspberry Ketones in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise can promote weight loss in many ways, but keep your liver healthy as well.

FORZA offers two versions of this amazing supplement – Raspberry Ketone and Raspberry K2, with the main difference in the presence of caffeine – K2 has caffeine as its ingredient. Therefore, people sensitive to caffeine should opt for FORZA Raspberry Ketone.

Whey Protein 101

If you know anything about weight loss, fitness, nutrition, diets and supplements, chances are you are familiar with the term whey protein. And although everyone has heard about it and even used it, not so many people know exactly what it is.

What is Whey Protein

First of all, not all protein is created equal – some forms are better than others. What separates whey protein from the rest is its amazing range of quickly absorbed essential amino acids. Many studies have proven its effectiveness in gaining muscles, weight loss and increasing strength, so it’s safe to say that whey is more than just a protein.

The term “whey” refers to milk serum – a liquid part of milk that separates during the curdling of milk (cheese production). Actually, milk is made of 2 proteins, whey 20% and casein 80%. We can say that whey is the watery portion of milk or a byproduct created when cheese is produced. In that process, whey is separated from coagulated fatty parts of the milk.

After it’s separated, whey protein goes through different processes and becomes a powder that most people recognize. It’s important to note that whey doesn’t taste good on its own and this is the reason why it is flavoured. The most recognize flavors include chocolate, strawberry and vanilla.

Why We need Whey Protein

Proteins are the building block of our entire body. Skin, organs, tendons, enzymes, hormones, neurotransmitters and many other tiny molecules all need it, and it’s safe to say that without protein we can’t survive. It is made of smaller molecules called amino acids.

Some amino acids are produced in our body, while others we have to get through food and they are referred to as essential amino acids. The term “essential” really highlights its importance, but luckily for us, whey protein is loaded with them. Probably the most important branched chain amino acids (also known as BCAAs) is Leucine that also contains Cysteine. Leucine is the biggest growth promoting amino acid, and in general, whey protein seems to be very effective at stimulating growth in humans. For example, breast milk contains 60% of whey, compared to 20% found in cow’s milk.

Types of Whey Protein

The main difference between different popular types of whey protein is the way it has been produced. The most famous are:

  • Concentrate – Contains about 70-80% protein, some fat and lactose, and has the best flavour
  • Isolate – Contains more than 90% protein, less fat and lactose, and misses many beneficial nutrients found in whey protein concentrate
  • Hydrolyzed – A pre-digested type of whey protein that gets absorbed faster and cause 28-43% greater spike in insulin levels than isolate

Overall, protein concentrate like FORZA Whey Protein is the best and the cheapest option, and it retains the most beneficial nutrients naturally found in whey.

whey protein helps weight loss, but builds muscles as well

Whey Protein Increases Muscle and Strength

People who want to lose weight, gain muscles or increase strength all use whey protein. It is popular among gym enthusiasts, athletes, fitness models and basically everyone loves it and uses it.

But how whey effects muscles/strengths?

First of all, whey provides protein and amino acids – the two building block that increase muscle growth. It also increases the release of anabolic hormones responsible for stimulating muscle growth. Such hormone is Insulin.

Whey protein is also rich in Leucine, the amino acid known for stimulating muscle protein synthesis at the genetic and molecular level. And more importantly, whey protein is absorbed quickly and our body can utilize it in a matter of minutes.

Many studies have shown that whey protein increases muscle growth when consumed before, after or during a workout, but it’s most effective as a post-workout meal. But the most important thing is that our body has an adequate amount of whey at its disposal.

Whey Protein and Weight Loss

Whey protein is by far the most fulfilling macronutrient, often used for weight loss. It boosts metabolism by 80-100 calories per day and can reduce daily calorie intake by up to 441 calories per day! One study even showed that a diet that consists of 25% protein cuts craving by 60% and reduces late night snacking by 50%.

Another study has proven that combined with weight lifting, whey protein can cause weight loss of about 8 pounds, while increasing lean muscle mass. Therefore, if you are trying to lose weight, whey protein must become an essential part of your diet.

We recommend purchasing FORZA Fitnes Box that contains Whey Protein, Shaker, Fat Burner and Multivitamin.   

 

Activated Charcoal Benefits

Activated charcoal, also known as activated carbon, is a substance known for many amazing health benefits. It’s almost identical to regular charcoal with only one difference – activated charcoal is created solely for medicinal use. It is created in a process where regular charcoal is heated with a gas which cause its expansion, creating a porous surface responsible for trapping toxins.

Activated charcoal has been used for decades for different purposes, and today it has a wide range of health benefits.

1. Toxins

A study published in a prestigious journal clearly indicated that activated carbon prevents the gastrointestinal absorption of many toxins and drugs in emergency situations and increases their elimination. It can help with:

  • Toxins from pesticides
  • Lead, mercury and other chemicals
  • Pharmaceutical drugs like morphine, cocaine, opium and aspirin

Therefore, if someone has taken a toxic substance, consuming activated charcoal can help toxins pass their body quickly and save their life. It’s also important to note that activated charcoal has no effect on cyanide, alcohol, some acids and a few metals like lithium and iron.

2. Skin Health

Due to its effectiveness in toxin removal, activated charcoal help reduce acne and other skin impurities. The best way to apply it is to mix one capsule of the FORZA Activated Charcoal capsule of powder into a teaspoon of water, 5 drops of tea tree oil, aloe Vera gel and a pinch of sea salt. By mixing everything together you’ll create a black mask which will do wonders for your skin.

For gas or stomach problems use Activated Charcoal

3. Teeth

People have been using activated charcoal to whiten their teeth for decades. It appears that this black powder is really effective and all you have to do is place it onto your toothbrush and start brushing your teeth. Seeing your mouth after washing teeth with charcoal can be strange at first, but soon you’ll get used to it and in a couple of weeks you’ll get your desired results.

4. Gas

Activated charcoal is very effective at gas reduction, and can relieve nausea or an upset stomach. It travels though our gastrointestinal tract and traps and absorbs intestinal gas, preventing smelly farts. People who experience bloating, belching, abdominal cramps and flatulence after eating use it after their meals, especially if beans are on the menu.

5. Bee Stings and Bites

Mixing a poultice of activated carbon with flaxseed powder or cornstarch and water can help cure spider and snake bites, poison ivy rashes, bee stings and other poisoning bites. This can be very beneficial, especially for people who experience allergic reaction to bee stings or snake bites.

Activated Charcoal Supplement

When you take a look at all its benefits, it’s no wonder why this carbon has become an important supplement. FORZA Activated Charcoal contains 1000mg per capsule and can help remove toxins, but also get rid of gas and skin problems.

Activated Charcoal

There is no need to suffer in silence and experience embarrassing moments with bloating and trapped wind, when there is a simple solution – activated charcoal.

A unique form of charcoal that has been carbonized and then oxidized – activated charcoal comes with amazing porous properties. Millions of tiny pores can be seen under a microscope and they act like sponges, trapping and absorbing impurities and toxins, giving it its wide range of health benefits.

Activated Charcoal records its medical usage back to 1550BC when it was used as water and air purifiers. In WW1 it has been used in gas mask to prevent soldiers from being poisoned and since 1930, people used it to treat water and make it odorless and tasteless. Today, activated carbon is rated Category 1, “safe and effective” by FDA for acute toxic poisoning and everyone is familiar with its absorbing abilities.

How Does Activated Charcoal Absorb Toxins

Activated carbon is not digested or metabolized in any way by our body. It goes straight through the body to the gastrointestinal tract without being absorbed. And as it is electrostatically attractive to the damaging microorganism, chemicals and compounds found in our body, activated charcoal absorbs all toxins in our stomach and small and large intestine.

Activated Charcoal has been used to help with bloating and gas

Health Benefits of Activated Charcoal

During its travel through our gastrointestinal tract, activated charcoal absorbs and traps intestinal gas and prevents smelly farts. It can even absorb hydrogen sulphide, a very unpleasant rotten egg gas, and compounds responsible for gastrointestinal problems.

Activated Charcoal has been successfully used for diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome and is considered to be the most effective single agent available. By absorbing chemicals, it can reduce absorption of poisonous substance up to 60%. Many people use it to whiten their teeth.

When and How to Take It

Due to its wide range of health benefits, activate charcoal has become an important supplement. It should be taken half and hour before your meal and shortly after the meal with a full glass of water.

So if you experience bloating, belching, abdominal cramps and flatulence after eating, then FORZA Activated Charcoal is a perfect solution. In a matter of minutes it will do wonders for your stomach.

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