Looking After Your Dog, Part Nine – Dog Grooming

Looking After Your Dog, Part Nine – Dog Grooming

The phrase “dog grooming” conjures up an image of expensive salons for pets. It’s true that your pet does not need fancy haircuts, expensive baths or oil treatments. But shunning away the idea of dog grooming is akin to handling your pet with shortsightedness. Your pet’s appearance is a mirror to its overall health and wellbeing. Lack of grooming may lead to major health problems. Dog groomers ensure that your dog not only looks good but feels good as well.

Professional dog groomers suggest basic grooming for eyes, ears, teeth, face, tummy, skin, feet and nails, and coat should be done regularly.

Appropriate eye care entails regular cleansing. Your dog’s eyes should be bright, lustrous and clean. You must ensure that there are no signs of redness or excessive discharge. There is likely to be periodic buildup in the dog’s eye, which must be wiped out with a clean, damp cloth. However, if the discharge is thick or mucous-like, you must consult a veterinarian.

Ear care is also an important aspect of dog grooming. Moisture and dirt buildup inside the pet’s ear is a breeding ground for bacteria. You should trim ear hair and wipe with a clean cloth, thereby ensuring that the ear is kept dry. Any buildup of wax in the ear must be treated immediately, lest an infection sets in. The veterinarian would typically employ a solution to dissolve the ear wax and then cleanse it using a cloth or Q-tip.

Dental hygiene is equally important for your dog as it is for you. Plaque and tartar buildup causes gum disease. It is a common misconception that a balanced diet can prevent gum diseases or other teeth related problems. Cleaning the teeth and gums is highly essential for proper dental care. Dog groomers clean a pet’s teeth and gums in order to prevent unnecessary plaque buildup.

Dog groomers stress on brushing a dog’s coat on a weekly basis. A thick and matted coat encourages bacterial infection and other diseases of the skin, and hence it is all more necessary to keep your dog’s coat clean. Stroking with a soft brush gets rid of dead hair, dander and dirt.

As every dog groomer would suggest, trim your dog’s nails at least once a month. It is a misconception that long hair between the toes would keep your dog’s feet warm in winters. Instead it would collect dirt and grime, and may encourage infection. Therefore, keep the hair trimmed at all times.

The World of Sports Nutrition

The World of Sports Nutrition

Advancements in medicine and an increase in capitalism in the world as well as other factors all contributed to the development of the field of sports nutrition.

As scientists learned more and more about our bodies and the optimum level of strength and physical fitness they can harbor, businessmen jumped the gun and manufactured products and services that actually help athletes meet these optimum levels. The media joined in the ruckus and published materials leading to the promotion of both the scientific and the commercial side of the field.

Sports nutrition has been changing through the years around the world. It’s not just that the topics are different – the emphasis and approach have also changed.

Peak Performance, a sports magazine carried an article on dehydration in runners on October 1990, its maiden issue. This article compared the benefits of plain water with those of dilute glucose solutions, which are more isotonic and therefore absorbed more rapidly.

Today, go into almost any supermarket, convenience stores and even school cafeterias and you’ll find a ready supply of sports drinks aimed at maintaining hydration just like glucose solutions.

The difference is that by using soluble long-chain glucose polymers instead of simple glucose, it’s now possible to create an isotonic hydrating drink which also supplies significant amounts of carbohydrate to working muscles. And, the good thing is, sports drinks also taste better.

More than 10 years ago, it was made public that muscle damage brought about by free-radicals may be reduced by having supplements of antioxidant vitamins A, C and E. Years after, antioxidant supplementation became a norm in the world of sports nutrition.

Now, researchers are also beginning to understand that muscle damage is a more complex subject. It is difficult to assess free radical damage in athletes and it has been found out that large amounts of antioxidant nutrients may actually cause cellular damage and impair performance.

The “Carbo loading” technique has been widely used over the years by athletes all over the world. A carbohydrate-rich diet is important in maintaining muscle glycogen stores thus ensuring high endurance levels.

However, in the 1990’s it became clear that the ‘glycaemic index’ and release rate of different carbohydrates had important influence on when they should best be consumed in relation to physical activity.

The relationship of carbohydrates and proteins were also discovered namely that carbohydrates promote protein-sparing in the body. It was also discovered recently that consuming carbohydrates before and during prolonged bouts of strenuous exercise can help protect the immune system.

One of the most exciting recent developments in sports nutrition has been the rise of creatine supplementation. The use of creatine is now very common. Creatine renews the muscles essential energy source, ATP or adenosine triphosphate. Increased levels in muscles optimizes energy turnover meaning you’ll more energy for high power exercise and faster recovery during and after workouts. Creatine also increases the athlete’s maximum effort, delays fatigue and therefore prolongs endurance.

New wisdom and therefore new products have definitely enabled athletes to fuel themselves better, work harder, train longer and recover more rapidly. However, as in any kind of innovation there will always be downsides.

Nutritional supplements available to most athletes in the 80’s were very straightforward. Some athletes took drugs but the boundaries between nutritional supplements and drugs clear. Today, the race to find new formulas to boost performance has resulted to the availability of sports nutrition supplements which do not really occur naturally. The result is that the distinction between a nutrient and a performance-enhancing substance has become increasingly blurred.

Some of these supplements contain ingredients that can cause athletes to violate the rules and regulations governing their sport because of unintentional contamination by other, ‘exotic’, substances present in the supplement manufacturing environment.

More developments will be created in the world of sports nutrition and these will definitely spawn ethical questions. “Nutrigenomics”—the relationship between genetics and nutrition—will be more researched upon.

As scientists become more skilled at discovering the processes of our genes, it will be possible that rather than adopting a general approach for sports nutrition, athletes around the world will be genetically tested to help them determine precise individual requirements for optimum health.

The next years will predictably be more exciting for the world of sports nutrition.

Stop Hair Loss With These Great Tips (2)

Stop Hair Loss With These Great Tips

We can style it different ways. We can color it like the rainbow. We can cut it and curl it. Our hair is something that makes us unique, and the vast majority of people love having it on top of their heads. That's why people are willing to go to the ends of the earth to fight hair loss. Don't travel that far. Just check out some of these tips.

If you have tried everything, you can help regrow hair from hair loss, you may want to consider surgery. There are a variety of different surgery options, and all of them are non-invasive. The most common is a microscopic follicular unit transplant, in which a doctor transplant follicular units to the bald area.

Copper gluconate is a helpful supplement that helps with hair loss. This supplement contains a high amount of copper, which is a key to help- keep hair healthy and preventing it from falling out. These supplements come in tablet form and can be found in most drug stores or wherever vitamins are sold.

Excessive brushing of your hair can cause unnecessary breakage and hair loss. Brush hair enough to style and smooth it, but try to avoid overdoing it. Brushing stimulates scalp oils which is a good thing, but too much of a good thing can make hair look flat, greasy and thin.

If you want to avoid damaging your hair, which could lead to hair loss, then don't use a brush on it when it's wet. It's best to just dry it with a soft towel, and let it dry naturally. Also, if you like to use a leave-in conditioner, keep the product away from the scalp.

Smoking is one of the worst things that you can do for your well-being and the health of your hair. When you smoke, you release toxins into the air, hurting your hair quality externally, as well as internally. Quit smoking as soon as possible to improve your hair.

Make sure you get enough iron and calcium in your diet. For more iron you should eat more vegetables in your diet. Milk is a great way to get more calcium in your diet. This is important because it will help keep your hair strong and prevent further hair loss.

If you experience hair loss in the months after giving birth, know that it is normal. When you are pregnant, your hair growth cycles change, and your body hangs onto hair that would normally be shed. As your hormones regulate in the postpartum period, this “extra” hair often falls out rapidly over a couple of months, but it does eventually even out.

Using the tips above can help you to keep the hair you have and even to re-grow the hair you've lost. Not every method listed above is guaranteed to work for you, but there are many you can choose from and one is bound to work out for you. Just make sure you apply these tips as they're written.

Getting to Know Weight Loss Surgery

Getting to Know Weight Loss Surgery

Shedding extra pounds and losing unwanted fat have been, for many years now, the dilemma of many people. And this is not just a problem in the United States but all over the world as well. This is not surprising as many of us mostly indulge in unhealthy diet; eating fake carbs, fast foods, and caffeinated beverages.

With this kind of problem at hand, we try to seek for answers that will satisfy our needs. Hence, many people try different weight loss programs, weight loss medications and have visited many weight loss clinics. However, not all of these losing weight methods can be effective and give better results to us. It is still a case to case basis.

Now, because some are not satisfied with the mentioned weight loss procedures, weight loss experts have strived to give people the best answer. Hence, weight loss surgery has been introduced. And did you know that this weight loss method has become a booming industry. With all those people who are tired of trying different weight loss pills and diet systems, many have resorted to surgery. But, before you even try consulting a surgeon about weight loss using surgical procedures, it is better to get to know weight loss surgery first.

The Benefits of Surgery for Weight Loss

Although there have been some reports of the bad sides of weight loss surgery, it also has several benefits.

Here they are;

• Promote better health

– yes, this weight loss procedure can give you a healthier body with continued weight loss. Diseases like diabetes, sleep apnea, osteoarthritis, and high blood pressures can also be prevented.

• Psychological

– aside from health-related benefits, undergoing surgery can also bring good results in relation to a person’s psychological nature. You see, if you are slim and sexy, you will have high self-esteem and you can be confident all the time.

• Keeping Yourself Fit

– with surgery, you’ll be thought on how to control weight gain all by yourself. You will learn how to be contented and be satisfied even with just a small amount of food.

Risks Posed by Weight Loss Surgery

If there are benefits to this weight loss procedure, there are also risks. Well, all kinds of surgery have one or more risks, right? And this is not an exemption. Among the most serious threat brought by surgery are blood clot, failure of a body organ, infection, hemorrhage or even death. Now, the technique used in weight loss surgery known as laparoscopic technique rarely cause death to patients so no need to worry that much.

The following are among the problems that you can expect during and after the surgery:

• Problems with the adjustable gastric band such as prolapsed and erosion • Complications after a gastric bypass operation such as hemorrhage, obstructions in the intestines, internal hernias, marginal ulcers, etc.

• Complications after a biliopancreatic diversion surgery.

• Risks of failing to get the expected weight loss results as well as weight regain after the surgery.

You have to keep in mind that weight loss surgery has potential risks. It is up to you to brave these risks and go on with the procedures. The important thing is that you look for a reputable clinic. You can ask out some known clients that the clinic have regarding the kind of services that it has. Try to find out about the success rate of the clinic when it comes to surgical procedures. It is also a must that you check for the background of the surgeon who will perform your weight loss surgery. Better yet, gather as many information as you can on their surgeons and choose who you think is the best among them.

The Myth Of Gaining Muscle Without Fat!

The Myth Of Gaining Muscle Without Fat!

Many of you have expressed concerns about gaining too much body fat while on such a high calorie diet, and wonder if you should do some aerobic exercise to offset the weight gain.

Absolutely not.

That will be detrimental to gaining muscle. For best results, you either have to train and diet to gain muscle or lose fat. One or the other. If you are a true hardgainer, you cannot do both. If you try, you will not make any substantial progress either way. So, now is the time to gain weight. You will worry about losing fat later.

The fact is that there are no magic pills, powders, foods or exercises that will allow you to gain muscle and lose fat at the same time.

It all is determined by your genetics and metabolism. Some people can do it, some can't. If you are naturally thin and have a difficult time gaining weight of any kind, it would be silly of you to think that you will be able to gain muscle while trying to keep your body fat low.

Most skinny guys want to gain more muscle, but are afraid of gaining body fat. They see all the bodybuilder photos and read the stories about people gaining pounds of muscle while losing pounds of fat — They want to do the same. When looking at these photos, you have to remember that most of these people do not have your body type. The majority of them are overweight and want to lose fat, not gain muscle.

‘Well', you say, ‘What about those people who transformed their bodies? They lost fat and gained muscle'. Yes, but almost all of these people were overweight, or had high levels of body fat. In other words, their metabolisms were, for the most part, slow. They simply dieted and trained for fat loss.

Weight training helped them to tone up and slightly increase their muscle mass by replacing some of the fat with muscle. However, you will never increase your body mass far above your original starting weight on that type of diet.

In other words, even though you gain some muscle, you will actually weight less!

For example, Big Joe weighs 189lbs with 18% body fat. This works out to be 34lbs of fat and 155lbs of muscle. He then goes on a fat loss diet and slowly diets down to a ripped 5% body fat at 168lbs, which is 8.4lbs of fat and 160lbs of muscle. He lost 26lbs of fat, and his weight only went down by 21lbs. So, looking that this we realize that he managed to also gain 5lbs of muscle. You can see that he has more muscle mass than when he started, and he looks totally ripped, but his weight decreased because his main goal was fat loss. He looks much better, and his measurements changed, but he only increased his total weight by five pounds.

If you are very thin, you cannot do this. Yes, your body fat will decrease, and this will also give you more muscle mass, but it will not increase your weight. You will just get much thinner. Big Joe was ‘big' to begin with; we are not. To get the same results as Big Joe, you must first gain the weight, and then concentrate on losing the body fat later. Joe had the size; he just needed to trim down. We do not have the size to work with, so we have to force our bodies to grow beyond our body's comfort range. This is the hard part.

This is why if you want to grow beyond your current size, you have to diet for it specifically.

Remember, most of you have extremely fast metabolisms. Gaining weight will be extremely difficult.

The only way you will get bigger is to shock your body.

You must shock your body by:

1. Training with heavy weights, and

2. Eating a lot of calories.

The first shock is with weight training. You must focus on compound free- weight exercises, and lift heavy weights, which will stimulate the largest amount of muscle fibers. Your body responds to this stimulus by increasing your muscle mass.

The second way we must shock our body is by eating more calories than your body is used to. This is the most important factor in gaining mass. When you overload your system with plenty of protein and fats, your body has no other choice but to gain weight.

Tennis Elbow Treatment

Tennis Elbow Treatment

How do you cure tennis elbow? First you have to know what causes it and how it happens. Tennis elbow involves injury to the extensor muscles of your forearm and its tendon origin. You have to be aware of the tissues that you have injured to eliminate the symptoms. The elbow is a hinge joint allowing both flexion and extension. The bone structure and its ligaments make its function stable. Tennis involves repeated gripping and twisting movements which work your extensor muscles. If repetitive micro-trauma is placed on the tissues, these tissues are unable to cope up which results to muscle tear on this area.

Tennis elbow treatment for tennis elbow injury varies, depending on the severity of the injury. Some treatment may include stopping or limiting activities that causes the pain, in these cases a band is wrapped around the forearm near the elbow or a wrist sprint is recommended and are used to protect the injured muscles as they heal.

Other primary tennis elbow treatment includes; anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), injections, and by the treatment called R.I.C.E (rest, ice, compression, and elevation). But these tennis elbow treatments however can just treat the symptoms but not the main cause of the injury. In severe cases, an injection of medication into the injured area can relieve the pain. Surgeons recommend exercises such as stretching and strengthening the muscles to help stop the condition from returning. Some go through therapy and as the condition improves they gradually return to normal activities. This condition however is recurring in most cases. If the non- surgical forms of tennis elbow treatment do not work, then surgery may be recommended.

Here are categories of tennis elbow treatment: reducing pain, which includes the use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs; reducing inflammation, by putting packs of ice on the injured area combined with compression and elevation; inducing the healing process; maintaining fitness, by rehabilitation of the injured area through exercise; and control force placed on injured tissues, such as tennis elbow braces and wrist sprint.

A new form of possible tennis elbow treatment has arise, one is called Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, wherein sound waves are used to induce so called ‘micro-trauma’ to tissues that initiates a healing response and helps to decrease inflammation. Another is Autologous Blood Injection, were in the Journal of Hand Surgery reported the results of a small group of patients who underwent injection of their own blood into the location of lateral epicondylitis with the underlying idea that the blood injection supplies the necessary healing components to help cure the problem.

What Dental Bonding Is All About

What Dental Bonding Is All About

Stained teeth? A chipped tooth? Or did you just get a tooth or two broken after an accident? Worry no more for dental bonding can do wonders to bring back your pretty smile. More so, it can be that solution to have that real teeth “feel” after a minor mishap that led to the chip or breakage in tooth. But what is dental bonding all about?

It is a cosmetic dentistry procedure which uses materials and bonds them to the slightly damaged tooth. Being so, it results to a new, whole and healthier looking new one. Dental bonding is idea for minor cosmetic dentistry like closing gaps between teeth, or mending broken and chipped tooth. Some procedures involve filling small cavities as well. For most dental bonding, the dentist will have to use the composite materials, do sculpting and reshaping of teeth, and then have it hardened and polished to look like new. The dentist undertakes the process by applying phosphoric acid on teeth surface. The acid helps in etching and roughing up the surface to allow the bonding material to have solid hold on the tooth to be repaired. Once done, the teeth surface is then shaped and sculpted to a more desirable form. Laser is applied as well to make sure the bonding material is hardened like the teeth. The last process is called polishing which gives the new teeth a smooth finish, and the “feel” of a real teeth!

For many people who have gone through dental bonding, it is the budget-friendly way to get small-time dental repairs. Not only that: most dental bonding processes are covered by health insurance. So it doesn’t break your budget at all. In particular, when dental bonding is done for structural repairs or filling up of cavities, then dental insurance will answer to it easily. Also, unlike use of veneers in other cosmetic dentistry procedure, it can be said that dental bonding is less expensive.

Other advantages of dental bonding would be the speed of the process, as well as the easy way it’s performed. All the process would take is just one visit to the dental office and doesn’t take more than an hour and a half. Patients who had dental bonding also appreciate the process because it doesn’t require anesthesia, unlike having veneers and crowns. More so, the cosmetic process doesn’t require heavy removal of essential enamel on tooth surface.

On the downside, dental bonding is understandably less durable compared to crowns and porcelain veneers. If you’re not easy on your teeth, then the bond applied could be chipped and broken. So it will mean that you have to give proper care and exercise extra caution with hard foods, impact and all other causes of chipping and breaking in teeth. Another disadvantage found in dental bonding is that the material can discolor after sometime. Knowing well these outcomes of dental bonding over time, it is important to know proper care and maintenance. So this means you have to avoid foods and drinks that easily contribute to
staining and other forms of discoloration in teeth. Also, one has to cut out cigarette and smoking altogether to retain the uniform color of bonding materials and teeth. Habits such as chewing or biting on hard objects and nails should be stopped; crunching on ice and candies should be avoided as well. If you notice there’s sharp and roughened edge in the teeth surface, then go to the dentist and have the bond checked right away. In the same way, when you feel pain or discomfort in the bonded tooth at any point, then it’s best to have it checked by your dentist.

Over all, however, dental boding is a great choice for minor cosmetic dentistry. With just a small budget, you can find a really skilled and experienced dental cosmetic specialist. Pretty soon, you’ll have a great smile with teeth that looks new. After that, take good care of your bonded teeth and make sure your smile stays for long!

Natural Remedies for Losing Weight – Guarana

Natural Remedies for Losing Weight – Guarana

Guarana (Paullinia cupana) is another herbal promoted as a natural remedy for losing weight and is made from the seeds of a plant native to Brazil. The seed of the Guaraná is a central nervous system stimulant with thermogenic and diuretic properties.

Basically what is in guarana is caffeine – up to two to three times the amount of caffeine that coffee has. Guarana is the richest-known source of caffeine. You can find guarana as a major ingredient in energy drinks, which don't state there is caffeine in the drink, but rather say it provides an energy boost. Rather an understatement, as it's more like a major buzz. Coffee contains 100 mg of caffeine, Coke or Pepsi 36 mg, and Energy Drinks any where from 169 to 259 mg. That's a rush.

Guarana falls into a category of weight loss supplements called thermogenesis right along with ephedra, caffeine and salicin. Basically it boosts your metabolic rate, causing your body to burn calories faster plus curb the appetite. Body fat that isn't burned is stored on your hips, thighs, stomach, etc.

If you are going to go for this kind of product in your weight loss journey, you will need to find one strong enough to curb your appetite, that zips up the metabolism to burn more calories, create heat to burn more fat, and doesn't give unwanted side effects such as: jitteriness, nervousness, or heart palpitations.

Taking a higher dose doesn't mean you lose weight faster. Instead, you just have more side effects. With thermogenesis based products drink more water (due to the heat factor), do not skip meals (low blood sugar), and do not take late at night (it will keep up awake) What you also need to remember with products that stimulate is stimulants burn calories, but increases heart rate and blood pressure. Caffeine suppresses the appetite, but gives you the jitters, mood swings and tension.

What to choose? You will face some hard choices when it comes to deciding what might be the right natural remedy for losing weight for you. Guarana (or caffeine) may suppress appetite to a certain extent at high levels. On its own it's not a very effective supplement to create thermogenesis. Combine it with Ma Huang (Ephedra), and it appears the caffeine extends the appetite suppressing action of Ephedra and increases caloric expenditure. But you might not want to be combining two powerful stimulants together. And you most definitely do not want to be taking this if you are on blood thinner medications like Coumadin.

Tips For Keeping A Head Of Long Beautiful Hair

Tips For Keeping A Head Of Long Beautiful Hair

No matter how many times you've sat down and let someone else cut it off of your head, having your hair fall out on its own is a different story entirely. Being bald is something millions try to avoid. Find out how you can help stop hair loss by using the tips in this article.

Use an all natural shampoo and conditioner. Most shampoos and conditioners contain ingredients that can be harsh on your scalp and hair. This can cause hair loss and can prevent hair from growing again. Using one that is natural and has natural ingredients will help your hair growth and will help nourish your hair.

To help prevent hair loss make sure to let your hair be loose and not confined as often as possible. Having your hair tied in elastics or tightly snug under a ball cap has been suggested as a cause for premature hair loss. As such avoid your hair being tightly confined.

Rinse your hair with herbal tea. You can do this by steeping 2 bags of sage tea in about 8 ounces of water for 10 minutes. After you shampoo and pat dry your hair, apply the cooled sage tea mix to your hair. You will see instant results that will last.

If you are losing your hair choose natural conditioners and hair and scalp treatments that are rich in amino acids and proteins to naturally thicken the individual hair shafts. This will give the impression of thicker and fuller hair. After treatment allow your hair to dry naturally rather than using a damaging blow dryer.

To prevent hair loss from stress, relax with some exercise! Light, relaxing exercises like yoga or Pilates will help to calm you after an overwhelming day. This exercise will also boost your overall physical health, which will leave your hair follicles in better shape. Try doing yoga at least 3 nights each week.

Use a moisturizer on your hair daily. This will help prevent hair loss because it will cut down on damage to your hair. If a moisturizer makes your hair greasy, use it before you shampoo your hair. Rub it into your hair a few hours before you wash it.

Fish oil can help promote hair growth. Although this may sound strange it can be helpful when applied directly to the scalp. The smell from fish oil can be strong and overwhelming so many people take them in the form of a pill. Taking them in pill form can also help your hair grow.

Without the proper amount of vitamin E, your hair can become brittle and fall out. You can easily supplement your diet with vitamin E tablets can improve the circulation in your scalp. Make sure you are incorporating enough vitamin E into your daily diet, as this goes a long way.

Something as simple as sitting down for a haircut becomes very important and sorely missed once that hair falls out. Use the tips you have learned in the article above and you can start to regrow your hair soon. Try out these methods until you find one that works the best for you.

Tips On Finding The Best Weight Loss Plans

Tips On Finding The Best Weight Loss Plans

Obesity is a slow killer that is giving sleepless nights to millions of people around the world. If left unchecked, obesity can lead to cardiovascular problems, diabetes, depression, and sleep apnea. The only way out of this mess is to find some way to shed those extra pounds around your waist. In this context, a good weight loss plan will be a prudent idea. Of course, everyone knows that reaching a healthy weight is possible with a practical eating plan (such as a nutrition diet) together with some form of exercise. But a best weight loss plan not only helps to reduce weight, but also assists in maintaining the weight over time.

The best weight loss plan gives tips on healthy behavior while taking into consideration your cultural needs. Of course, at the start, all weight loss plans give faster weight loss. And if you plan to lose weight following some special formula, then it is necessary to have some medical care too.

Before embarking on a weight loss plan, find out the qualifications of the staff involved in the plan. Find out if they have sufficient weight management training to help you lose weight. Gather information on what the plan basically consists of; if there are replacement of meals, exercise with food control or if they use drugs. This way you will learn if the plan carries any health risks. Ask for testimonials of successful previous participants of the weight loss plan.

Some people may prefer individual counseling; and others, group classes. So find out what the weight loss plan follows. Make sure that the weight loss program does not pose any health problems with their drugs and supplements. The good weight loss plan always has a medical professional on call to over see the program.

And of course, lastly, find out the actual cost of the weight loss plan, and if there are any recurring fees involved. Find out if there are any additional fees needed for medical tests, weekly attendance fees of any sort and if there are any supplement purchases. Once you have all these doubts cleared, you can decide on the best weight loss plan for you!