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Not All Recipes With The Words Biggest Loser Are Weight Loss Friendly

This weekend while checking out at the grocery store I picked up a copy of the latest edition of “Woman’s World” magazine. I’m always picking up a variety of women’s magazines that have anything to do with diet, nutrition, and health.

This helps me stay engaged with what’s being talked about so I can stay in front of the conversation with my coaching.

Needless to say, sometimes I get a funny look and I can tell the cashier is wondering why in the heck is this big guy buying women’s magazines? Sometimes I reveal what I do for a living, other times I just raise my eyebrows and give a little sideways grin to leave them guessing. Life’s too short to be serious all the time. Ha!

Anyways, while flipping through the pages of Woman’s World I came to the page that was promoting the “Lighten-Up” recipe of the month. Talk about an oxymoron. You’ll see why.

Lots of women will fall for it though, after all it’s called the “Biggest Loser” Frozen Blueberry Margarita.

More after the jump…

Ever since the ABC hit TV show the “Biggest Loser” arrived on the scene there’s been a ton of products capitalizing on the name as a way to signify weight loss success. Some are affiliated with the show and some aren’t. To be completely honest I have no idea if this recipe is even associated with the show.

But the mere fact that it includes the words “Biggest Loser” is enough to convince some women that this is an indulgence that’s weight loss “friendly.”

After all and I quote…

“With just 188 calories a serving and lots of natural goodness from blueberries and fresh fruit juices, who says you can’t imbibe a bit while watching your weight?”

Ok, I’ll say it! Drink these things and you’ll be packing on the pounds fast.

I’ll keep repeating this until it really sinks in…ladies it’s not all about the calories!

Calories certainly have big picture relevance, but the fact this margarita only has 188 calories is pretty meaningless.

It’s alcohol plus sugar from fruits and fruit juices that combine for a whopping 27 grams of sugar.

Kind of like eating a Snickers bar, but actually worse. The reason? Anytime you combine alcohol with other sugars you’ve got an instant recipe for fat storage.

While the body is working on using the converted acetate from the alcohol as fuel (to quickly rid the toxin), fat burning along with most other substrates being used as energy grinds to a halt.

Piling up sugars on top of the alcohol is certain to activate the “fat storing” switches.

Hey look I’m not trying to hate on margaritas. If that’s your thing rock on. Just know that ANY margarita is going to be one of the worst alcohol drinks for weight loss you could possible consume.

Doesn’t matter how you spin it and what words you associate with it.

Alcohol plus lots of sugar = fat storing

I wouldn’t expect anyone to drink a whey protein shake at the swim up bar while on vacation in the Caribbean, but let’s put this all in perspective.

My issue is even insinuating this so called “lighten-up” recipe with only 188 calories is an indulgence you could work into a weight loss program.

Best advice: stick with a glass or red wine on occasion and dump the sugar bombs.

Shane Doll is a certified personal trainer, fat loss expert, speaker, and founder of Shaping Concepts Fitness Training Studios. If you’re looking for a personal trainer in Charleston, you can receive a no-obligations personal training trial and consultation without risking a dime. Over 1000 Charleston area residents have transformed their bodies following our unique burst training workouts and simplified nutrition programs. Experience the Shaping Concepts difference today.

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