Lake Athabasca Trip. Year Three

June 20th. Day 1:

Up at 4 am. Pancakes and coffee for the boys and I then it’s off to the boat launch for 6am. We all get in fairly uneventfully only to discover that Gary’s boat is not working. After that was fixed (or so we
thought) we headed downriver to Fort Chip. Cory’s boat started acting up partway there. It took a few hours but we got everything sorted out enough to continue on. Gassed up and travelled up the north shoreline to Fiddlers Point to camp for the night. It was just as beautiful there as I remembered.

June 21st. Day 2: It looked like weather was rolling in (didn’t thank god). So we cut straight across the lake towards Course Island to the permanent camp spot. Gary’s boat quit half way there so the rest of us waited on Bear Tooth Island while he and his passenger John tried to fix it to no avail. Jason had to go back and tow him after they spent hours using the kicker to traverse the big lake on the first of a few “3 hour tours”. And so the first nicknames were cemented. Skipper (Gary) & Gilligan (John).

Kevin & I trolled around the island as there was no point in all 6 of us staring at 2 people working on the lemon :/
Good news is we caught a whack of beautiful lakers just around the point. Pulled in over 25 and basically got bored and quit. This lake sure spoils you 🙂

Once we came back in I explored the island with Wayne. We found an old camp where they used to drill and take core samples looking for uranium. All that was left were the bases of the shacks, a decent outhouse and a huge stash of toxic chemicals. Right smack dab in the middle of heaven on earth. Humans suck…

After numerous hours spent fiddling, head scratching and trying everything under the sun on “The Lemon”, it was decided that Jason would again tow it to our camp. About…. friggin… time.

We pulled into the bay where the camp was and it was gorgeous. Calm and sheltered with an amazing setup. A frame for the tarp already in place and the most beautiful view.

June 22nd. Day 3:

Mother Nature is smiling on us. The weather hovers at about 27 degrees and the water remains calm and the fish are biting like mad. Cory pulls in a 24lb laker with Jason getting one almost as big.

Kevin and I find a chunk of ice on the shore in a crevice and take some for the coolers. Natures beer fridge. It was surreal. Flipflops, tank tops and snowballs in 29 degree heat.

I have named Wayne “The Candy Man” for his endless supply of sambuca candies. And Cory is “Cookie Monster” which is fairly self explanatory.

We finished off a couple of perfect days with a feed of trout and steaks. As we sat around the fire swapping stories and swilling beers a Pine Marten made a beeline for the fish bucket where he managed to pull out a trout carcass the same size as him. It was hilarious watching him tug and wrestle it back into the trees. Determined little guy did it though. Thank god for video lol.

June 23rd. Day 4:

“The Lemon” is still out of commission. We take John out with us for the day. The three of us pull in about 32 lake trout. It’s a seriously hot day with temps staying at 29 and you can feel your skin sizzling. My tan is looking epic.

We make camp around 8:30 with a couple nice trout for dinner and the boys clean them. We fill the martens fish bucket back up (we’ve named him “the little engine that could”) it’s a long name but it suits him. Back he comes for a second free dinner. Hopefully he’ll be too full to get into out stuff while we’re gone for a few days.

June 24th. Day 5:

Made a run for Brushell Bay to gas up the boats and see Darren the gas guy. The water was a bit choppy but nothing even close to last year. It’s been so nice I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop 😉

After a few hours gassing up we spent a bit of time fishing before heading back to camp.

I have dubbed Jen “Beer Slayer”. Man that girl can chuck em down and still remain pretty high functioning lol.

June 25th. Day 6:

Off to Jug Bay Lodge for two days. I cannot WAIT to have a shower and triple scrub my hair and sleep in a real bed. We found out one of the owners Jackie passed away during the winter months. Young Deven is managing it now. And doing a great job it looks like.

I’m clean again. And I mean the squeaky kind. Everybody looks sunburned, tired and happy. The lodge ladies serve up a hot chilli and homemade bread with salad. Greens never tasted so good. The conversation turns to beer or should I say the lack of… Kevin brought 60 bud light and is down to a dozen with 5 more days to go. I started with 30 and am down to 4. Although my extra large craft beers at 5-8% counts as more 😉

We all decide to order 2 more cases per boat. We MUST not run out of beer. That is a basic fishing 101 rule. Period. The lodge has a plane coming in and they add it to their order. I am in heaven.

June 26th. Day 7.

Breakfast is at 8:30. I wake up at 8:27. No Kevin in sight. Eeeeek! I literally roll out of bed and stumble like a drunk sailor to the main lodge before the other 7 vultures eat all the bacon. I step into the main room to see Kevin sitting there with an innocent look on his face and a big plate of food in front of him. I’d give him the evil eye but I can barely keep them open. I head straight for the coffee and baileys. Breakfast of camping champions.

After a hot meal I grab three tuna sandwiches off the ladies and stack them on the table by my phone. I go to pack the boat bag for the day. When we go to get our sandwiches there’s only one left. Friggin food vultures I’m tellin’ ya.

At 9:30 we head out to the north side to Charlotte Island. Jason, Jen & John were ahead of us. I’m driving the boat to our destination using our gps. I swear Jason was drunk or getting a blow job. He was swerving back and forth in front of us like a nervous teenager. Remind me not to follow behind him again :/ I have officially nick named him “Dipsy Driver”. A nice play on fishing lingo if I do say so myself.

The skies were clear and the lake like glass than BAM! We drive into thick fog. The horror movie addict inside me was silently screaming noooooooo. It was eerie but beautiful at the same time. A couple of hours later that glorious sun started beating down again. Love 🙂

We spent the entire day trolling until about 7:30. Between us we caught well over 25 fish. We zipped to the power dam to fish for Grayling. Then a crazy fog rolled in on high winds. It went from flat to creepy in about three minutes flat. Time to head back for that steak dinner waiting at the lodge. One more night there and then it’s back to Grouse Island for a few more nights.

June 27th. Day 8.

Everybody’s up for a hearty meal and hot coffee. The boys all head out to gas up the boats while Jen & I take a leisurely shower and pack up.
We make John stay behind and elevate his feet. They are looking rough. He may have trench foot from being submerged in ice cold water on Bear Tooth Island on day 2. We’ll have to rat him out to his wife to make sure he sees a doctor ASAP when we get home.

LWe all head to camp leaving Gary and his problem prone boat behind at Jug Bay. He’s flying in parts and possibly a mechanic if that doesn’t work. Personally I’d already have that thing on a barge to Fort Mac. Whatever floats his boat I guess. Lol. I’m not going to miss him. He’s a big of a dick and lazy as hell.

June 28th. Day 9.

We take John out for a final day of fishing on a shoreline we hadn’t trolled yet. We reeled in around 25 fish again including 35″ & 40″ ones. Hot and sunny once again. 9 days of perfect weather. Wow.

We have a pet seagull. He swims behind our boat looking for treats. We have named him Cory because of his affinity for cookies.

There hasn’t been any rain up here in more than three weeks and it’s been hot. The lichen is tinder dry. It won’t take much to start it burning. Hopefully that distant rumbling of thunder settles down. The lake is acting like a weather bubble. Everything just keeps moving around us on the mainland. I’m not complaining.

It’s an early night for us to rest up for a long day of travel on the jet boat. We have about 420 km to go tomorrow. I’ve packed up 90% of our gear already. It’ll be a quick tear down in the morning.

June 29th. Day 10.

It’s a 6am getup. Coffee and a reheated hash mix for the boys and I. Kevin and I load the boat and we leave shore by 8 am. Jason even moved a little faster than usual this morning.

There was a lightning storm last night and it looks like it’s sparked a decent sized fire or two. The lake has a thick haze of smoke on it. We manage to get the weather channel on the radio. 40km/hr winds near Fort Chip. It’s going to be a bumpy ride. Forest fires and high winds. Time to haul ass home.

12:30 and we just made Fort Chip. There was a stiff north wind that threw some decent waves at us. Nothing like last year though thank heavens. We’re waiting on the other two boats. They’re both having problems. Cory & Wayne are kicking in and The Three J’s are coming in slow due to issues as well. I might have to call this the “Lemonade Trip” 😉

The other boats clean out their filters and god knows what else and then we gas up and head towards the Athabasca River mouth at 3:30. We clean out our grate of weeds the obligatory dozen times in choppy water on the way. I see some things never change on this trip.

The north winds are coming up the river and actually making waves against the current still even though we are about 4 hours upriver. Who woulda thunk it :/

It’s 10:30 and we’re losing light fast. We’re about 5 miles from the Barge Landing where we launched when Cory & Wayne radio in to say they’re almost out of gas. 10 minutes after we had just put our last two cans in our tank. Kevin & I are discussing our options when we catch up to Jay who is having boat problems. I’m ready to scuttle the entire fleet at this point lol.

We idle up to their boat and John tosses a full gerry can in our bow. We head back downriver to give it to Cory. I do an arms length handoff hanging over a moving river while hanging on to our boat with one hand. It is at this moment that I realize I should probably have a life jacket on considering I can’t swim. It’s amazing I’ve survived this long I swear.

It’s 11:30pm. The boats are on the trailers and our trip is officially over. This years trip was the best years yet for weather and fishing. Having friends to laugh around the campfire with was a fantastic addition and although all the boat troubles were a pain in the butt, Kevin and I took notes on all the things that could go wrong with our boat for the future. Til next year Lake Athabasca.

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Coconut Oil: Good or Bad?

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Trainers: Good or Bad?

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So how the heck are you supposed to know if they are good or not? Are they a good Trainer if they have a good body? Not necessarily as that can be chalked up to great genetics. What about if they have tons of certifications? Eh, much of that information is outdated and/or is more applicable in a laboratory than in a real world setting. So how are you supposed to be able to determine if your Trainer knows what they are doing? Hopefully the checklist below (to which you should be able to answer YES) will give you an idea of how good your Trainer is.

– Do they ask questions about your medical history and training history, pain, injuries, etc before your first training session?

– Do they assess the way you move before/during your first training session?

– Can they pinpoint specific issues you might have (weaknesses, imbalances, postural issues) during your assessment?

– Can they explain WHY you are doing the exercises you are doing and how those exercises are benefitting you and preparing you to progress to other exercises/movements?

– Do they ask you how you feel during the workout? Do they ask you how you feel doing certain exercises (i.e. “Does that feel OK? Do you have any pain doing that? Can you feel a stretch in your hamstrings when you hinge back like that?”)

– Can they modify an exercise on the fly if you: aren’t able to do it, aren’t using the correct muscles groups to do the movement, the movement is too hard, the movement is too easy, or the movement causes pain?

– Do they cue and correct you when you are doing movements incorrectly or sub-optimally?

– Do they continue to challenge you and give you more difficult progressions as you get better?

– Do they modify your workout based on how you are feeling that day?

– Can they answer your questions in a way that you can understand them as opposed to trying to sound really complicated in order to mask the fact that they don’t know they answer?

– Do you feel better after working out with them for a while? (i.e. less pain, better sleep, improved posture, more energy, feeling stronger, less winded, etc)

– Do you look better after training with them for a while? (i.e. less body fat, more muscle, better posture, etc). Results are not always measured on a scale.

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Glycemic Tips & Tidbits

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Glycemic Tips & Tidbits

Here’s some interesting information about carbohydrates and their Glycemic index.

Hydration and heat raise food’s Glycemic Indexes. Carrots, for example, have a 20 GI when raw. The moment they are boiled, their GI rises to 50 as a result of the gelatinization of it starch content.

Cooking at home also affects our food’s Glycemic Indexes.

Cooking al dente (5 to 6 minutes), for example, allows us to keep spaghettis GIs as low as possible while prolonged cooking (from 15 to 20 minutes) will raise GIs since it accelerates starch gelatinization.

With coolness gelatinized starch gradually begins to reorganize its macro-molecules. This is what is known as retrogradation, a return to its former molecular structure. Retrogradation becomes more intense as time passes and temperatures go down.

Preserving these foods for long periods at low temperatures (41° Fahrenheit) stimulates retrogradation. Something similar occurs with food drying processes. Dry bread, for example, loses its humidity and stimulates starch retrogradation, as in the case of toasted bread.

Although retrogradation does not wholly reverse food gelatinization, it does contribute to lowering foodstuffs’ Glycemic Indexes. Spaghetti (even white refined), for example, will have a 35 Glycemic Index if cooked al dente and eaten cold (in salads).

When starchy food are ground, their particles become much finer and raises their Glycemic Index. This is what happens to cereals when they are ground into flour. Rice flour has a higher GI than rice itself.

Fruits have higher GIs the riper they get. Green bananas have low GIs (approximately 40) but when they are ripe they will have a much higher GI (approx 65) since as bananas ripen, their starches are transformed and become less resistant.

Protein, fat & fiber all slow the speed at which carbohydrates break down and enter the bloodstream. That is why all your meals/snacks should have a good balance of lean protein, healthy fats and a variety of fiber filled, healthy carbohydrates. All except the one immediately following your workout. That is when you need fast loading carbs and protein to replace what you used during the workout and to repair your muscles. Keep your fat intake at this meal as low as possible as it will slow the absorption rate too much.

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Food: Good vs Evil

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Food: Good vs Evil

Recently, in response to a comment I made about the calories in fruit juice, a new client said to me that fruit juice is “evil.” I am a philosopher at heart. So “evil” means something quite severe to me. Hitler and Stalin were evil. Fruit juice, not so much.

I checked back with my client. No, she didn’t mean it was literally evil. Just that it’s as bad as a can of Coke. Still pretty bad, if not downright evil. Other anti-juice people will jump in to clarify further I’m sure once they read this. Juice is really, really bad FOR you. Or is it?

The whole thing brings me back to the idea of moderation. We can live life by strict rules and have all sorts of forbidden foods on a black list if we like. But forbidden foods are, for many of us, more attractive for being forbidden.

I know that when I finally truly legalized all foods, french fries, which I’d considered my favorite food for all of my life, suddenly lost their appeal. They’re okay, and I do enjoy them from time to time. But are they my favorite foods? No. If I had a choice of giving up fries for the rest of my life or giving up pineapple for the rest of my life, I’d give up the fries. And not because they’re “bad” or even “bad for me,” but because I simply love a good fresh pineapple.

The food police are those people who like to jump in and tell you about the evil foods that are bad for you and that you should avoid. I’m not interested in what they have to say. I am extremely well informed about nutrition and used to be able to rhyme off all sorts of fun facts about countless foods. I wrote them down every day and kept meticulous count. I avoided fruit juice and all caloric drinks so as not to waste the stingily parceled out grams of this or that. Like so many people, I felt so incredibly virtuous when I stuck with it, often for months and even years at a time.

I convinced myself, as I have heard so many others do, that I just loved this way of eating. It was so great! And I was so good! Meanwhile, I felt deprived, especially around celebrations and special occasions, which are enhanced by taking a meal together. I had my false sense of virtue, but it wasn’t much fun.

I have also witnessed the effect of “virtuous” eating on others who were not so virtuous but who thought they should be. People would apologize for themselves for eating. “I shouldn’t be having this, but…” That is always a preamble to the next day’s self-flagellation, “I was so bad at my daughter’s wedding yesterday.” Or this one, “I’ll just take a sliver.” When I was a young adult, my mother and I polished off close to whole banana loaf over the course of an evening by taking little slivers. Even today I look back and think I should have just cut off a good sized slice, slathered it with butter, sat down with it, and enjoyed it. Instead, I sneaked into the kitchen a few times and shaved off inadequate pieces that left me wanting more.

When we moralize foods into good, bad, evil even, we deny ourselves permission and set ourselves up not just as failures, but as moral failures.

If the foods that made people feel so bad weren’t forbidden or “sinful” in the first place, they’d be less attractive and people would be less likely to eat more of them than is comfortable. One of my favorite things to do with new clients who uncontrollably crave things like chocolate or chips is give them PERMISSION to have a serving every day for a week (gasp!) Usually by the end of the week they forget to eat it. Weird huh?

Are there any foods that, for health reasons, we simply should not eat EVER, that even in tiny amounts are “evil”? Of course, some people are allergic to things that will kill them if they eat them. And as for vegans I am keenly aware of their social, moral and political reasons for avoiding certain foods.

But those foods aside, I’m not sure if there are any foods that should never, ever, under any circumstances, be eaten because of our health. And if there are, fruit juice is not among them.

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Dear Women: Lift more!

Dear Women: Lift more!

You may burn more calories during your 1-hour cardio class than you would lifting weights for an hour, but a study published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that women who did weight training burned an average of 100 more calories during the 24 hours after their training session ended.

And the effect is magnified when you increase the weight, as explained in a study in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Women who lifted more weight for fewer reps (85% of their max for 6/8 reps) burned nearly twice as many calories during the two hours after their workout than when they did more reps with a lighter weight (45 percent of their max load for 15 reps).

Lifting lighter weights for more reps is great for building muscle endurance, but if you want to increase your strength, increasing your weight load is key. Add compound exercises such as squats, deadlifts, and rows to your heavy weights and you’ll be amazed at how fast you’ll build strength.

While it is true that you can’t spot reduce—your body is born with pre-conceived places it wants to store fat—a University of Alabama study found that the women who lifted weights lost more intra-abdominal fat (deep belly fat) than those who just did cardio. This not only helps you lose your belly pooch and look better in a bikini, but it also lessens your risk of diabetes, metabolic syndrome, and some cancers.

Fight osteoporosis. The key to this one is consistency, as research has shown that lifting heavy weights over time not only maintains bone mass but can even build new bone, especially in the high-risk group of post-menopausal women.

Go for it! Lifting will give you a lean look you’ll be proud to sport. Don’t worry about bulking up. You would need a lot more testosterone to get bulging muscles.

But…Don’t forget the cardio. Weight lifting and aerobic exercise (running, cycling, tennis, etc.) are the perfect pairing for optimal health.

So… No matter your age, start lifting heavier. Do so in a controlled manner. Small increases. After the first set of 12-15 reps, up your weight if possible until 6-8 reps is all you can squeeze out. Literally. I promise you will like the results 🙂

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Review: Skinny Fiber

Skinny Fiber

Skinny Fiber is an appetite suppressant that the advertisers claim will help you lose weight without damaging your health. Packed with so-called nutrient rich enzymes and fiber, this diet pill claims to help you reduce your food intake naturally. It contains Glucomannan as one of the main ingredients along with a proprietary blend. I take a look at Skinny Fiber to find out the truth behind this supplement and whether it is safe.

Skinny Fiber Pros
Does not contain caffeine
Some positive customer feedback
Money back guarantee on offer

Skinny Fiber Cons
Product website very confusing
Lack of advice and clinical proof
May not be sufficient amounts of Glucomannan
Includes auto-shipping option
Sold as a Multi-Level-Marketing / Pyramid scheme

Skinny Fiber Review

Skinny Fiber Facts
Manufactured by Skinny Body Care, USA
Bottles contain 120 capsules or one month’s supply
Main ingredient is Glucomannan

Skinny Fiber contains natural ingredients all delivered with large helping of psychobabble that attempts to explain your failure to lose weight in the past. Apparently it all comes down to toxins and a weak immune system caused by eating too much of the wrong food. This function is never fully explained by the advertising.

This diet pill contains key ingredients that are high in fiber and have an appetite suppressing effect by filling your stomach so you do not suffer hunger pangs while you lose weight.

Skinny Fiber is an American diet pill manufactured by Skinny Body Care in the US who are owned by Iconz Global Network, LLC. and is advertised as being the answer to weight loss. Unlike many other supplements on the market this is not a fat burner but an appetite suppressant so will suit consumers who do not like the effects of caffeine. Be warned though, this diet pill does contain stimulant cha de bugre but this is not the principle ingredient. The way that this pill works for weight loss is by filling your stomach thus minimising the effects of hunger. According to the advertising, the ingredients are also rich in enzymes and will help regulate your hormones and reduce the feelings of hunger in your brain.

To use Skinny Body you take two capsules 30 minutes before lunch and again 30 minutes before your evening meal. You are advised to take with a glass of water and the appetite suppressant effect will kick in and prevent you from over eating at mealtimes.

The product information is not very clear about how this diet pill actually works and there is some rather confusing information that goes on about toxins and nutrients, without actually saying anything. I feel that the product information is very incomplete and the result is that it is hard to figure out what it is, that this diet pill actually does.

There is no medical information or scientific proof that Skinny Fiber actually works but the ingredients are natural which is a point in its favour. There have been some medical issues associated with Glucomannan but the product information does not mention these or any side effects.

The most prominent information given on the Skinny Fiber website seems more concerned with finding new distributors to sell this diet pill, rather than any sound advice about how to use it and what it actually contains.

Because of this sales policy, Skinny Fiber is available for sale from various sellers on Amazon.com and eBay.com. So far, it is not easily available to customers from outside the USA and although some of these third party sellers may ship internationally it will all depend on their own policies.

I am concerned about the lack of health information too. There are no FAQs or information about potential side effects yet some of the ingredients have potential side effects.

The Skinny Fiber website is confusing, does not appear to work correctly and is extremely difficult to navigate.

For example, although you are invited to join the skinny 90-day challenge and sign up to an auto ship programme where you can receive three free bottles of Skinny Fiber – and I advise you not to do this because diet supplement contracts can be notoriously difficult to cancel.

When you attempt to buy Skinny Fiber direct from the product site, the website requires you to enter the name of “the distributor who referred you”. Even attempting to register with the site and become a site member takes you back to entering the name of your distributor. It is very confusing. If you want to try Skinny Fiber, you will probably be better off going through a third party seller.

Skinny Fiber Concerns:
May cause side effects
Inadequate product information
Company appear focused on selling not weight loss using a Multi-Level-Marketing (MLM) / Pyramid scheme

What Does Skinny Fiber Claim To Do?

The advertising on the Skinny Body website claims that the diet pills provide the following benefits

Proprietary Formula
Provide Antioxidant Properties
May Help Promote Weight Management
Support Healthy Digestion
Helps Supports Detoxification
Much More!
There is no information given about how this works and the process is not clearly explained.

The advertising goes on to say.

How many times have you tried a diet or weight loss program, followed all the directions, and didn’t get results? It’s not your fault!
This is the major selling point of Skinny Fiber and it is just not that convincing. How do the advertisers know it is not your fault? This is just an attempt to get you onside and into victim mode where you are passively waiting to lose weight and not doing anything to make this happen.

Another big statement is that,

While diet and exercise are always important to your health, moving more and eating less doesn’t always get results…which is the biggest reason why most weight loss programs flat out DON’T WORK!
However, eating less and moving more cannot fail to get results – if you stick at it.

The advertising states that;

until your body is confident enough that it is going to survive without that extra fat, losing weight is almost impossible!
It really does not make sense although we like the notion of the body having emotions. Confident arms perhaps or legs lacking in self esteem? It does not really work like that.

So What Is Skinny Fiber and What Are The Ingredients For Skinny Fiber?

Skinny Fiber contains three key ingredients that act together as an appetite suppressant. The high fibre content of the capsules expand in the stomach and cause the feeling of fullness and the cha de bugre may have some effect as a mild stimulant.

Glucomannan: This is a soluble fiber derived from the konjac root, also known as the elephant yam. According to research, it can promote feelings of fullness and bowel movements. It has also been tested and widely found to help reduce cholesterol levels and maintain the metabolism in a healthy way. Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16320857

The major problem with this ingredient is that it has not yet been tested for safety and long-term use. Although there is some clinical support for potential health benefits, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any product containing Glucomannan for the treatment of medical conditions.

Risks of taking Glucomannan include choking and/or blockage of the throat, oesophagus or intestine, according to international adverse reaction case reports. It is also important to note that these products should NOT be taken immediately before going to bed. According to Health Canada, you should ensure you take plenty of water. Source: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/88/4/1167.full
Lastly and most importantly, ALL clinical research showing significant weight loss is based on 3000mg per day. This supplement contains just over 2000mg in the recommended serving per day.

Caralluma: Is a cactus plant that is found wild in India and is often used in times of food shortages because it is said to minimise the feelings of hunger. According to a two-month clinical test carried out by the University of Bangalore on 50 people with a BMI over of over 25, Caralluma had a beneficial effect upon weight loss and waist size and does help reduce appetite. Source: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17097761

Cha de Bugre: Is a native Brazilian tree that produces a red fruit similar to a coffee bean and these berries are often used as a coffee substitute. It is a stimulant and is popular in Brazil as an energy drink. Also known as Cordia Salifocia , this fruit may have health benefits but remains unproven for promoting weight loss.

A big problem with Cha de bugre is that in its native form, this ingredient may be beneficial but the Brazilian government has controlled export. This means it is unlikely that you will find genuine cha de bugre in uncontrolled third party supplements such as Skinny Fiber. Source: http://www.chadebugre.com/index-1.html

So What Does All This Mean?

The ingredients contained in Skinny Fiber have not undergone enough clinical evaluation to prove efficacy or safety. The FDA has not approved Glucomannan as a treatment for medical obesity and there are concerns about a potential health risk with regards the side effect of choking.

Caralluma is equally unproven and although it may be approved in the future, so far results are inconclusive. Cha de Bugre may have health benefits but the fact that export from Brazil is restricted it is unlikely that Skinny Fiber contains much of the stimulant effect. Although it may work in its home country when prepared fresh from the tree, it will probably do little here in supplement form.

Does Skinny Fiber Have Any Side Effects?

According to the product information, Skinny Fiber is safe to use. However the ingredients may cause side effects.

Most worrying is the choking hazard posed by the Glucomannan but you can also expect increased bowel movements and possibly diarrhea as well. Some customers have experienced nausea and stomach pains.

Caution No particular known side effects. Ensure you take these with plenty of water to minimise choking risks.

Any Skinny Fiber Reviews From Customers?

There are some customer reviews about Skinny Fiber. A few people have reported side effects and many have not lost any weight,

One customer reported;

I take the pills every day 30 minutes before every meal. However, they do not seem to work. No weight loss.
Others have reported;

No I didn’t want to eat, but I didn’t lose not 1 pound…. (and I worked out and changed my everyday workout) I haven’t been so active til now trying hard to lose weight!!!! It upsets me that I couldn’t lose not 1 pound
GARBAGE!!! Does not fill me up, in the least bit. The water I drink to swallow them, does, but not these pills!! I wasted my money! Please save yourself from ordering this junk
However, here is a positive review.

I lost 12 pounds in my first month and then 2 pounds after. I noticed that it does control my appetite if I take 6 pills a day (2 for breakfast, 2 for lunch, 2 for dinner). I did not take them this past weekend and ate like a hog, so I KNOW they work. You need to drink a lot of water to swell the Glucomannan
Please note that this customer has exceeded the recommended daily dose, which we would never recommend with ANY supplement.

So Does Skinny Fiber Work?

It may help you a bit. You could use these pills in an attempt to fill your stomach with fiber to resist the urge to over eat.

Alternatively, you could simply include more fiber into your diet and that way you could save money and avoid potential side effects. Some consumers have found that although their appetite has been decreased they still have not lost much weight.

There is a 90-day challenge that is advertised from the product website and this offers you three free bottles of Skinny Fiber You have to join the site and sign up to an auto ship programme in order to qualify for this offer but it is currently not available direct from the product website. We advise against entering into any auto ship programme because you may find it hard to later cancel.

Verdict:

There are too many unanswered questions surrounding Skinny Fiber. The product website is chaotic, hard to navigate and even to buy. The ingredients contained in the capsules require further testing and Glucomannan has the potential risk of choking.

There does appear to be a money-back guarantee and many of the positive feedback found have gone on to become distributors of the product. Even still when compared to other cheaper alternatives on the market in my opinion this supplement doesn’t quite make the grade.

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