February 2015 archive

Tips on How to beat the Never Ending Weight Plateau!

You are strictly following the diet rules, controlling yourself from sugar and caffeine cravings, been exercising to get rid of fats in your body. On the first week of the diet, you’ve  noticed how your body reacted well in the diet program. You’ve lost some pounds, you’re sleeping better, the horrible symptoms of caffeine withdrawal was gone and now you’re feeling at your best! But somewhere in the 2nd week or later part of the 28 day cycle program, you noticed that your weight suddenly got STUCK! Whatever you do, it’s not working anymore. Are you one of these challenged dieters?

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If you answered yes, then there’s one thing we need to do first. Take a deep breath and keep calm! We don’t want your stress hormones to increase and worsen your weight plateau problem! Let me explain to you why this is happening. After you indulge yourself into years of chronic dieting, eating unhealthy junk foods, your body not getting any exercise and poor lifestyle, there’s no doubt that your body could become a log jam.

The fast metabolism diet is designed to confuse your metabolism and get rid of your unnecessary weight.  But what happens a couple of days after you eat the same thing is that your metabolism tend to stuck up as it quickly adapts and follows the same routine. What we need is an innovation. Let’s try some variations to spice up and lose your metabolism once again to get rid of your weight plateau!

Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables – Have you been eating the same set of fruits and vegetables per phase? Well it’s time for a makeshift! There are many fruits and veggies allowed per phase (See Approved fruit list in Phase 1, approved fruit list in Phase 2 and approved fruit list in Phase 3.) Try to experiment with the mixed ups. If you’re in phase 1, you can have a fruit cocktail with a mixture of different fruits like apple, melon, berries, etc. Or if you’re into veggies, you can try something new by eating kohlrabi, fennel, jicam, seaweed, cucumbers. Each fruits and vegetables on the list contains different nutrients that is good to your body.

Tip: You can add lime juice whenever you eat your fruit. It lowers the inflammation in your body. You can also concentrate on high sugar fruits like pineapple and mango.  In Phase 3, eat a lot of veggies instead of indulging yourself into eating lots of healthy fats. You can skip the optional starch for dinner.

Try out Fast Metabolism Fish Recipes – Tired of eating the same recipes of chicken for dinner? The fish recipes for your dinner or snacks will be a good choice. Cod, flounder and halibut are easy to cook. They are delicious and full of nutrients too!

Tip: You can have heavy spices and herbs together with your fish recipes in Phase 2.

Switch your workouts – Try to switch the schedules of your workouts. Example is that you can perform your cardio in the afternoon instead of morning, or you can try other phase specific workout. Instead of running, you can do walking or swimming. Be creative.

For more tips and information on how to beat weight plateau, you may read these related articles: breaking weight plateaus, slow weight problems and how to beat it, finding your right weight loss goal.

Instead of sulking in the corner and wallowing yourself in self pity, gather up the courage to stand up and beat your weight plateau! There is always a way to get rid of them! Healthy lifestyle is the key. If the above steps still won’t work, you may want to start using The Burn that targets health issues that made your metabolism and weight stuck up.

How to Beat Sugar Cravings on Valentine’s Day

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Valentine’s Day is fast impending. Do you feel anxious thinking that the special day might ruin your diet plans and affect your metabolism in just one bite?

Well, calm down. The said romantic day shouldn’t be a horrible day for you. Instead, it should be a day to savor with your loved ones without any stain of stress on your face.

Although Valentine’s Day is also starred on the list of unhealthy holidays, there are still ways on how to make it the best healthy hearts day for you that can beat your sugary cravings effectively at the same time, maintaining your fast metabolism. Check this out!

Tips in Beating Sugar Cravings for Dieters

  • Diminish Cravings Though A Cold Turkey

As stated by Gerbstadt’s survey to some people, eating a cold turkey is quite effective in training your taste buds to be satisfied and eat less.

  • Eat Nuts and Fruits

To get fiber and nutrients, try to keep a fruit, nuts or snackbar on your bag and eat it when your sugar craving strikes.

Example of fruits to eat: Nuts, seeds, and dried fruits.

Fruit kebabs (Phase 1) Spear the sweetest fruits—strawberries, mango, apple, and pineapple—with bamboo skewers.

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Pistachios – only allowed on Phase 3

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Healthy snack barJust Great Stuff Organic Cacao Acai Bar and Just Great Stuff Superberry Acai Bar

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Nuts – only allowed on Phase 3 – raw: almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, walnuts, Nut/seed butters and pastes, raw

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Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Cacao Nibs – Phase 3
Recipes:

Cacao Chia Seed Pudding

Coconut Snowball Cookies with Cacao Nibs

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  • Taking Your Mind Out From the Food

Walking away from the place where your cravings usually occur and covering the sweet food you’re craving in are also effective techniques of getting rid of it.

  • Quality of the Food

If there’s a need to indulge yourself from sweet foods, you can take a small bite of pudding to fill your stomach with less sugar at the same time, with healthy options.

  • Regular Intake of Food

Make sure that you don’t skip meals for longer hours. Studies have shown that the more you suffer from hunger, the eager you want sugary and fatty foods.

Example of foods to eat: Protein, fiber-rich foods like whole grains, etc.

Other Foods to Curb Sugar Cravings:

Red Beet Crystals – good for Phase 1 & 3

Easy salsa (Phase 1 and 3) Chop up tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers, beans, and onions in a mini food processor

Chocolaty pears (Phase 3) Minimalist, yet amazingly delicious: Sprinkle cocoa nibs on canned pears.

Easy mashed sweet potato (Phase 1) Microwave a small sweet potato, split it open, and mash a little OJ (orange juice) and cinnamon into it. Eat it right out of the jacket.

These are just some points to remember whenever you’re in a holiday break specifically during Valentine’s Day when sugar craving is high. So if ever you’re panicking right now ‘cause you’re totally not ready, better take a peek of the tips written above and prepare yourself so your diet won’t become an epic fail and your date won’t mess up. Stay away from the sugary, we’ve been there! Stop the sugar cravings effectively and have a Happy Hearts Day!

Cacao Chia Seed Pudding – Phase 3

Valentines is fast approaching. It is completely convenient to have chocolates together with your loved ones on this special day. While chocolate is the norm on Valentines, we must be most watchful of our diet since chocolates are sprouting out anywhere. It is hard to resist, but for those on Phase 3 now there is an exciting chocolate recipe just right for you!

If you have never made cacao chia seed pudding before it may seem a bit strange at first but it really is great option so give it a go. You can also top it with any of your favorite raspberry, cranberry, cherry, blueberry or shredded coconut.

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PREP TIME: 5 mins

TOTAL TIME: 5 mins

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons of cacao
  • 2 tablespoons of cacao nibs
  • 1/8 tablespoon of stevia (depending on how sweet you like it)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Put all the ingredients in a large bowl & whisk until combined ensuring there are no cacao lumps.
  2. Pour into little glasses or just set in the bowl that you mix it in.
  3. Place in the fridge over night or for at least a couple of hours.
  4. Enjoy!

Want to grab a snack bar anytime? This Just Great Stuff Organic Cacao Acai Bar, a delicious gluten-free snack bar with Acai and a cracked unsweetened cacao beans also known as cacao nibs is the best replacement to the pudding described above. No sugar, no additives and rich in antioxidants.

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A healthy valentines for you and your date!

Sweet Potato Tuna Patties – Phase 3

These sweet potato tuna patties are so easy to make and taste so good. It is incredible how they are soft inside and crispy from the outside. This recipe is great for those who like to leave everything almost ready before you leave for the day, cause you can combine all the ingredients together, leave the mixture/patties in the fridge and then just sauté them right before dinner.

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INGREDIENTS (3 Servings)
A medium sweet potato
Two 7oz cans of chunk light tuna packed in water
A teaspoon minced garlic
¼ cup diced red onions
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper for taste
PREPARATION
1. Peel sweet potato and slice into 4-5 equal sections.
2. Boil sweet potato sections in water for 10-15 minutes or until fork tender.
3. Drain potato add into a large bowl and mash with a fork.
4. Open canned tuna and drain excess liquid and add to bowl along with garlic, onions, salt and pepper.
5. Mix all ingredients and form patties.
6. Heat non-stick pan and add oil. Cook patties 1-2 minutes both sides.