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11/30/14 9:28 A

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Haha!

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Lots of good info in this thread- chia won't magically make you lose weight, but they can be a very healthy addition to a balanced diet. I like them best in oatmeal or fruit smoothies.

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Loved reading your post.

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I got some black chia seeds today from fresh market I hope they can help keep me full and help with fiber and cholesterol lowering. We shall see!

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10/29/14 8:02 A

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Here are some things I have made with the use of chia seeds:

1) Add chia seeds to greek yogurt - it'll thicken it up even more! BONUS: if you add it to lemon greek yogurt, it's like eating lemon poppyseeds! (TIP: add sugar free jell-o flavoring to PLAIN greek yogurt for flavor but no calories! A lot of times the flavored yogurts pack a lot of excess sugar!)

2) Make chia pudding! I used to blend chia seeds to fresh blueberries and almond milk. Then, I'd add some goji berries and let "thicken" in the fridge.

3) Add it to smoothies - it'll thicken it up!

4) It's awesome with oatmeal, I always add a bit to my hot oats!

YUM!
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I will definitely get some chia seeds this weekend to help regulate and lower cholesterol I hope they work! emoticon



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10/28/14 12:18 P

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How many table spoons did you put in your water bottle?
Did you do it once a day ? or every time you had to refill the bottle?

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Hey, I just started my journey to lose weight about a month and a half ago. I tried Chia seeds and so many other things with no luck. Different things work for different people and I was lucky enough to find one that worked for me. I lost 18 pounds in one month and 5 more pounds after without much exercise and it's been a life changer. I'm a little embarrased to post my before and after photos here but if anyone actually cares to hear what I've been doing then I'd be happy to help in any way. Just shoot me an email at judycanton@gmail.com and I'll show you my before and after photos, and tell you about how things are going for me with the stuff I've tried. I wish someone would have helped me out when I was struggling to find a solution so if I can help you then it would make my day.

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Absolutely love Chia seeds for adding fiber to my diet. My favorite is adding about 1 tablespoon to my ice cream milk shakes (12oz).

My second favorite is mixing it with creamy peanut butter & honey, then making PB&J sandwiches with it.

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I'm not eating them for weight loss. I'm eating them to get more fiber.

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Like any other fiber, it expands in the stomach making you feel full, it also make you use the bathroom more so waste weight is eleminated. Yes, I have used chia.



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I like some in my yogurt or in a smoothie. But I like them for their nutritional value.

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No I havent tried Chea seeds but I planning to start with Garcinia Cambogia Extract puregarciniacambogiaextractt.com because many people on internet and at my college have recommended let’s see does it work or not ..

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I'm trying to loss 30 lbs fast can u tell me how to use Chiang seeds

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7/23/14 3:56 A

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I find they help me feel full. A glass of water followed by a glass of water with about a tablespoon of chia seeds before bed keeps me from breaking down and giving into my lat night munchies. Also seems to prevent hangovers (which kill me), I drink a glass of water with chia seeds after drinking alcohol and still feel great in the morning.



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hello, in reply to your 2 comments:

low blood pressure or take blood thinners is not related to chia seeds

yes, better to have the seeds absorp liquid substances outside the body otherwise it will do inside your stomach. 10 minutes soaked in water is sufficient prior to consumption.

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2 tablespoons of chia seeds contain 69 calories, however, these same 2 tablespoons contain 20% of daily fibers and this outway this small amount of calories because the fibers make your body work to digest the food and you feel feel so you eat less. So it does make you lose weight. See for more specific info a useful datasheet on the chia seeds (compared to flax seeds):
www.chia-direct.com/compared_other_seeds.h
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I've eaten them for the health benefits but never for weight loss - they can be high in calories for a small amount so I don't see them as particularly 'diet' friendly, just healthy-lifestyle friendly.

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don't forget to use the chia gel as a thickener in salad dressings. Works out very well!

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Chia seeds are delicious, but I dunno about the weight loss aspect.

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Dunno about weight loss, but chia seeds are used in a nice vegan protein supplement Life's Basics Plant Protein Mix (the unsweetened vanilla just has pea protein, rice protein, hempseed, chia seed, and vanilla). The blend gives complete protein for humans. I assume the sweet taste it has comes from the chia- I can even mix it just with water and cocoa and it tastes fine. I mix some in with nondairy yoghurt to boost up the pitiful amount of protein in the one my local store carries... It very definitely thickens things pretty well and there are recipes on the web for making pudding with it. I've used the Life's Basics blend for that also, there's enough chia in it. I wouldn't worry about the gel it forms, no worse than any pudding. It's tasty. Well worth a try.

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hi, chia seeds help you to lose weight because of their high content of fibers. Fibers make you feel full while so you eat less. Besides, chia seeds are able to absorp 9 times its own weight in water so yet another reason that make you feel full. As a food engineer I recommend you to consume especially at night because then you should eat less because your body does not burn the energy because you are sleeping. There is a webpage that I especially would like to recommend which is all about weight loss and chia seeds: www.chia-direct.com/chia_seeds_weight_loss
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I agree with u too. I have been on it now since Feb. and I take 2 tbsp a day by adding 2 tsp. in each water bottle that is 1 tbsp. I take 2 water bottles that has the Chia seeds and put in refrig over night and then take them with me to work and have them finished by 3 pm. I sometimes used a water enhancer in the bottle of water for flavoring. I have lost 8 lbs and a half since I have been on spark people and counting calories and putting it down so I try to stay around 14-1800 calories in take daily. I think with everything I am doing the chia seed is helping and yes my stomach does not seem to bloat like I was. I like the regular every day that I am getting with the chia seed. Keep it up and I cannot wait to see what the results are when I get my blood work done next month.


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I soak them in almond milk then mix in some mashed bananas to make a vegan pudding. I really like it & it's super filling!



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I made the chocolate chia seed pudding too, and I thought it was pretty good, although I did add some heavy cream towards the end. Otherwise it was just too bland. I'm thinking of making it with coconut milk and pineapple for sort of a tropical twist.

I love chia seeds. I don't think there's anything special about them in terms of weight loss, but I add them too all kinds of things for the nutrition and fiber.

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I tried the chia pudding recipe that's floating around the internet. I was interested in the fact that unsweetened cocoa was a key ingredient.

Chia seeds kind of provide the jelling action needed in pudding.

I wasn't a big fan of the texture, but hubby loved it. It was a thousand times healthier than any pre-packaged pudding.

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I love chia seeds. Like most seeds they are nutritional powerhouses. I don't eat them specifically to lose weight, I just think they make a very tasty and healthy chocolate pudding when mixed with soy milk, stevia and cocoa powder.

They do aid digestion, so it would not surprise me if they can help some lose weight.



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Yes!!! Chia seeds do help you loose weight!!! Im a proven fact!! I've always had a hard time loosing weight n mainly suffered from digestive issues, very bloated stomach and constipation, I never thought I would find something that was gonna work. Until my mother in law bought chia seeds I had never heard of them and was skeptical that those tiny lil seeds were gonna do the work.on my first day A few hours of taking them I was able to use the bathroom. It doesn't give you the runs either like other products. I had immediately noticed my stomach had shrunk and learned that my big stomach was mainly bloating Before taking chia seeds I was on a diet plan and excercise for 6 weeks and couldn't drop not 1pound until i was introduced to them I was getting ready to give up but I truly wanna thank the chia seeds and I wanna make sure I let everyone know how much it has helped me. I am 5'7 tall n started at 163lbs heavy now after taking those seeds for 2 in a half months I dropped to 153.5lbs I recommend to take em with water only for best results.

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I don't eat them for weight loss reasons, but because they naturally lower cholesterol and have high amounts of the omega-3 vitamins that are so good for you. One tablespoon of chia seeds has more omega-3's than a serving of salmon. I'm not a big fan of salmon, and the omega-3 supplements are apparently poorly absorbed, so chia seeds are an easy way to get that nutrient while eating foods I like. On their own they don't have much taste, and they absorb water, so they're easy to add to soups, puddings, baked goods, salads, etc.

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I've added them into smoothies. Not that impressed with the texture in those. They bring protein into the mix, but I'm not sure I buy the "hype"...and certainly not as a "tool" for losing weight!
IMO just another unusual product to create a market for and sell to people looking for "amazing" results.

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I got mine on Amazon cant wait to try them for all the health benefits! CHA CHA CHIIA lol



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I just started experimenting with them. I actually like the way they taste.

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Has anyone ever heard of Health Warrior Chia Bars? You can get them from Vitacost.com at a very good price. There are different flavors and they are pretty darn good. One bar has 100 calories and gets me through from lunch to dinner. I love Vitacost for lots of good healthy stuff that is reasonably priced.

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At work today I mixed 1/2 liter of water, 1 Tbsp. of chia seeds and 1 packet of Crystal Light lemonade in my water bottle and let it sit for awhile. Then I shook it really well and drank it. I liked it! But it totally looked like swamp water. My co-workers were horrified. :)

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I use them in protein shakes. They work to hold off appatite for an hr or so. For me at least



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They definitely curb appetite if you stir them into soups and yogurt, but check your teeth! I haven't tried the water thing yet, thanks. Also good for your heart and muscles as they have magnesium!!!



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Yes they are great!! I have been taking them since Feb. I have lost 8 lbs and I am also watching my calories count . I take 2 16oz. water bottles and use 2 tsp.seeds in each bottle and put in the refrigeratorover night and take them with me when I go to work, I will use water inhancer couple of skirts into the bottles of seed and drink it slowly through out my day at work and it makes me have 4 8 oz of water a day and I drink more . I try to challege of 8 cups a day or more. They are also great for regular you - BMs and be expected more then 2 a day. It is a great way of cleansing you , I have felt more energy too. do not take any seeds before bed if u know what I mean. The package tells u to take 2 tbsp. a day thats what they recommend. I take my in water bottles and sometimes I sprinkle on my salads too. I will be getting blood work done next month so I can not wait to see what it has done health wise too. My closterole was up a little last year and thats why i thought I will do this after I was introduce by a friend of the seeds and benefits. I have also saw a show on Dr. Oz talking about it too. Hope this helps you out . Be glad to share more as the time goes on. take care.



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My daughter heard of them, and we ordered some. Should come in any day now., Am eager to try them



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I just bought some the other day because a pancake recipe I found had them. Other than that, it's the first time I had ever heard about them

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I just bought chia seeds for the first time about two weeks ago. Wow! The nutrition! The versatility! I don't use them specifically for weight loss, but if you have a tablespoon or so they do have fiber that fills you up. I'm putting them in soups, oatmeal, pudding, salad dressing, sprinkling them on cereal, you name it.

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Thank U



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Chia seeds are very good for your diet but they haven't helped with weight loss.

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Once chia seeds are prepared in to the gel. How many calories per table spoon of gel



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I love chia seeds for the plant based protein plus omega-3s.

I noticed some recipes for chia pudding with lots of sweeteners. I like to add pureed berries to the pudding along with a little bit of vanilla or almond extract for this purpose. Just tonight I made some cherry-vanilla chia pudding. I used 1/4 cup chia seeds, 1 cup almond breeze, and 1.5 cups of frozen unsweetned cherries with a few drops of vanilla extract. Yum!



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I've been eating chia seeds for years but never as a way to lose weight. Just the nutritional value.

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I came here for some advice about chia seeds and found this message. One to two tablespoons a day is recommended to start out with? How do much do you really need to eat to impact yourself nutritionally? I am not worried about the weight loss as much as the amount of protein and omega 3s I can get out of them. I eat fish but I am trying to go off of meat for the next 40 days.



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I tried Chia seeds, but not for weight lost.

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Definitely NOTHING out there will be the MAGIC formula, pill,food or what not to help you lose weight. You have to find what works for you. I have found I have to switch things up at times to keep anything moving.

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Quiltybird, the reason you got gas was because friendly bacteria love soluble fiber. Chia is one of the richest sources of soluble fiber, and it was fermenting in your colon in an attempt to make higher levels of friendly bacteria. The gas goes away in a few weeks after your friendly bacteria levels are restored to better levels.

Also, if you want chia seeds to inhibit your appetite, you need to consume them at least 30 minutes before a meal so they can start swelling up inside your stomach as they absorb liquids and thus filling you up before you start consuming your meal.
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I like Chia seeds. I don't expect them to be a weight loss miracle. I like them for the health benefits.

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I tried them for a few weeks, didn't not notice that they help with my appetite, still as hungry as ever, the biggest side effect that I noticed...GAS. I stopped using the Chia Seeds and no longer have GAS problems. Waste of money for me.



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Uh, no. Anything is NOT possible. As much as I would love to lose 30 lbs myself by the end of next month, even, that's just not possible for a healthy human being. Period. The human body doesn't work that way.

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RMEDLIA, ANYTHING is possible. ANYTHING.
Good luck and enjoy your wedding!

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6/13/13 8:13 P

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Thanks for the Chia reminder. I had some fat-free greek yogurt this morning & I now wish I had remembered the Chia. I also like to use it in my smothies. Trader Joe's & Costco are the most economically priced. Costco especially since you get more bang for your buck.

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6/13/13 6:22 P

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I mix 2 tablespoons with a vitamin water zero and drink it in between meals when I feel like I need something. It works for me.

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6/9/13 8:50 A

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As others have noted, Chia seeds are great additions to smoothies and oatmeal. There's also some great products that use Chia, like some of the "Lesser Evil" brand snacks. I like them because it helps me meet my protein and fiber goals, but I haven't noticed them helping me to stay full longer. I think the appetite suppressant claims are an exaggeration.



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6/7/13 11:09 A

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Interesting discussion , I might actually try them to pump up nutrition but I'll have to find someone who uses them who will let me had a small portion to try because I generally do not like a mushy texture.

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6/7/13 10:30 A

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I have added chia seeds to my diet for the omega 3s as I don't eat seafood. I love how convenient they are - just add a tablespoon to a bit of juice as I'm getting ready in the morning and by the time I'm ready to walk out the door, they're gooey enough to gulp right down.

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6/7/13 9:16 A

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The big thing with chia is that they fill you up. They just help you not eat as much. RMELIDA, using the trackers here are your best option, but just remember, realistically, it is not healthy to lose more than a couple of pounds a week, unless you are doing something like the Biggest Loser show. And they are monitored. Just be careful and don't aim higher than what will keep you healthy as you lose the weight. The chia seeds will help you fill full faster, but you still need the nutrients from fruits and veggies, protein, etc.

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6/6/13 6:48 P

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RMELIDA - There is no magic pill or seed. You cannot realistically lose that much weight in that much time. I know you want to feel your best on your wedding day, but the best might be losing a smaller amount of weight (maybe 10-12 pounds) but doing it in a way that doesn't make you cranky and exhausted.

Work with the Sparkpeople tools, set up your goals, and work within your calorie ranges. You will be happier in the long run.

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6/6/13 6:29 P

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I have used them in cooking a bit. My husband can't get past the texture, but I don't mind it.



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6/6/13 4:37 P

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How is it working for you? i want to loose weight too.


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