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5 Fast Metabolism Diet Foods that Promotes Better Sleep

We’ve long reiterated the importance of sleep and the crucial role it plays in the success of your fast metabolism diet lifestyle. Sleep repairs our body and improves our health, however the challenge lies in maintaining a consistent sleeping schedule.

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If you have trouble sleeping early, it’s time we call a friend, and what greater friend to depend on times like this than FOOD! As I told you, food is not your enemy here. If you make peace with food, it can help you heal and restore your body to its optimal condition.

Here are the fast metabolism diet foods you should eat in order to increase your chances for a peaceful slumber.

1. Fish

Fishes such as salmon, tuna, and halibut are rich in vitamin B6. This nutrient is essential in the production of melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone that is triggered by darkness. You can try out fish recipes to munch on for dinner.This well help you sleep better.

2. Leafy Green Veggies

Remember when we’re used to drinking dairy milk to entice us to sleep? That is because milk is rich in calcium. If you are calcium-deficient, it is more difficult for you to fall asleep. And since we cannot consume dairy milk, we go for other healthier alternatives!

One of them is consuming leafy green veggies such as kale, collards, and cruciferous veggies. You can also read our complete list of alternative sources for calcium below:

Top 5 Best Food Sources of Calcium in The Fast Metabolism Diet

3. Walnuts and Almonds (Phase 3)

Walnuts, on one hand, are rich in tryptophan, a sleep-enhancing amino acid that also contributes to the production of serotonin and melatonin. If combined, they enhance and repair your body clock cycle.

Almonds, on the other hand, are rich in magnesium, a mineral needed to improve quality of sleep and is a remedy for headaches.

4. Chickpeas and Hummus (Phase 3)

Both are a good source of tryptophan and melatonin. You can take it as your snacks for Phase 3 and have a delightful, afternoon nap.

5. Cereals (Phase 1 and 3)

Cereals are rich in carbohydrates and when paired with non-dairy milk (such as almonds), it gives you the perfect meal or snack before going on a sleep. What’s more, it is a light meal, so your tummy won’t have a hard time digesting it, it won’t interrupt your body clock cycle.

Tips to Beat Summertime Sleeping Problems

There is no doubt that Summer is the most favorite season for most of us. It is the perfect time to realize those fun and exciting trips that we have been planning for a long time. It is also a great time for backyard barbecues and sunbathing on beaches. Gone are the days when we need to snuggle under the thick comforters in our bed or the icy breeze and snows during Winter Days.

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But if the Winter season easily lulled us to sleep peacefully, it is the complete opposite during summer time. Usually we find ourselves having trouble sleeping during this season. This struggle should not be left untreated as it may impede our aim of having a healthy metabolism. How do we resolve this recurring problem? How can we establish a consistent sleeping schedule throughout the Summer season?

Here are our top 4 tips to beat summertime sleeping problems

1. Wear Black Shades or Sleep Mask

We’ve all known that days are much longer during the Summer season. The sun wouldn’t go down after dinner time. And in some countries (especially the Scandinavian countries), the sun is still up until midnight. Or worse, the Sun is up throughout the day. Sleeping while the sun’s light rays are glaring right in front of your face is definitely a bother.

We recommend you wear black shades during the day if you’re going to take a daylight nap. If you’re having trouble sleeping at night, put on a sleep mask to cover the long and bright evenings. If you’re still having a hard time adjusting to the light, have dark curtains installed on your windows to block the rays from entering your room.

2. Turn on the Air Conditioners

One outright disadvantage we experienced during Summer days is the intense, hot, and restless days and nights. The temperature and humidity are at its peak. For those who have air conditioners installed in their rooms, then you’re lucky. You don’t have to deal with hot, sweaty nights.

For those who don’t have A/C, your best bet would be installing fans in your room. Ceiling fans to be exact. Ceiling fans make the movement of the air easier for you to sleep. It allows your body to perceive that you’re not sleeping in a stagnant or warm environment.

3. Wear Summer Pajamas

It’s bad enough that you’re dealing with warm temperatures during Summer, it’s worse if you’re dealing with sweaty and smelly sheets and clothes. Opt to switch with summer pajamas with light colors and made of lightweight fibers. That way, you wouldn’t be sweating profusely and stick to the sheets. Some would opt to sleep in their birthday suit, but it’s up to you if you’re comfortable with it.

4. Sleep According to your Body Clock even if You’re Traveling

Traveling to another city or country during Summer sounds like a dream come true until you get jet lags. The unfamiliar setting and place will disrupt your sleeping pattern. We recommend you keep on sleeping according to your body clock.

If you’re also having upset stomach when you’re traveling, opt to have a peppermint diluted with grapeseed oil and apply it on your tummy. It will help stretch and twist the spine, causing your muscles to relax and stimulates digestion,

Getting enough sleep may be tough during Summer, but with a few tweaks to your strategy, you’ll be establishing a consistent, peaceful and sound sleep in no time.

7 Tips for Getting A Good Night’s Sleep

We all know that getting an adequate sleep is an essential key to having a healthy lifestyle. As much as we need to exercise to get rid of our extra fats and keep our metabolism on fire, our body also needs sufficient rest through sleeping. Having a good night sleep is the perfect opportunity to repair our overall health.
7 Tips on Getting A Good Night Sleep

However, most of our fast metabolism dieters are taking this rule for granted. With a hectic kind of schedule from attending to appointments, business meetings, tending the family, and other lifestyle affairs, it seems impossible to give room for an adequate sleep. How do we motivate ourselves in committing a good night sleep? Here are the tips you can apply in getting an adequate sleep.

1. Establish a consistent sleeping schedule.

Establishing a consistent sleeping schedule helps in setting your body clock. Your ideal sleeping time naturally starts when your body feel tired and sluggish, so you won’t toss and turn the moment you rest on the bed. When you start feeling like one, record the time and start establishing the routine of sleeping on the same time every night. If you’re getting an adequate sleep, your body will wake up voluntarily, eliminating the need for turning on the annoying alarm clock.

 

2. Go to Bed at earlier timebenefits of sleep
Once you establish your sleeping schedule, it is important to follow it religiously. One way of following it is to get on the bed earlier. Example, if your sleeping time is at 11 p.m., make it a habit of getting into bed 30 minutes earlier.

3. Control your Nap time

Napping is a great way to recharge your energy and recover from your lost sleep hours. However, napping at a longer period of time will tend to worsen your sleeping routine. You will find it hard to sleep in your bedtime schedule later on. The ideal nap time to take is 15 minutes.

4. Avoid using electronic devices

Use of electronic devices such as computers, smartphones, and TV will disrupt your bedtime sleep. The blue light emitted from electronic devices prevents the production of melatonin hormones, the one responsible in making you sleepy. Aside from that, your attention will be diverted as you force your brain to focus on absorbing the information you’re reading or watching.

5. Make sure your room is dark.

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All nighttime lights disrupt you from sleeping, so make sure that by the time you go to your bed, the room is completely dark. The darker your room will be, the better you’ll sleep. Shut your curtains and block the lights emitting from the windows, moving your electronic devices (even the alarm clock) out from your vicinity. If not, you can wear a special mask to cover your eyes.

6. Cut Down Caffeine  Intake

This shouldn’t be too hard for our fast metabolism dieters, granted our program is designed to keep us from drinking this metabolism-killer beverage. As you know, caffeine makes us jittery and alert, resisting our urge to sleep. Instead of drinking caffeine, switch to drinking water or herbal teas.

7. Relax Yourself

Last but definitely not the least, let your mind and body feel relaxed as you snuggle on your bed. It is important to wind down, and calm your mind as you prepare or sleep. Don’t think of anything that might trigger your stress hormones and disrupts your sleep. Instead, close your eyes and take a deep slow breath to relax your body. Imagine a peaceful and calming scenery to calm your raging nerves.

When you sleep better, your body undergoes repair as it optimizes and replenish your energy to become healthier and more productive in life plus it is one proven way to maintain a healthy weight. So get a good sleep! Turn off the computer and let go of your worries for tonight.

9 Easy Ways to Lose Belly Fat

Easy Ways to Lose Belly Fat

Finding the right outfit that fits you can be difficult because of belly fat. Aside from the physical aspect, having a protruding fat in your abdomen can lead to serious health risks. Belly fat is a type of visceral fat. It develops when white fat increases in your abdomen, burrowing deeper into your organs. Visceral fat mixes cortisol, a stress inducing hormone and cytokines, an inflammatory substance that can affect the production of insulin in your body. Aside from the risk of being overweight and having type 2 diabetes, belly fat is also linked to certain heart diseases.

Follow these easy ways to lose that belly fat and gain that gorgeous abs:

Keep your body moving                   

Aerobic exercises can help you better to melt the visceral fat in your belly. Try indulging in activities that can get increase your heart rate like running, biking or swimming. Losing belly fat thru aerobic exercises and activities is better than doing resistance training. Researchers from Duke University found out that jogging the equivalent of 12 miles per week can help you lose the bulge in your belly.

Eat more protein

Protein is essential for losing weight and of course in getting a slimmer abdomen. Having a good amount of protein in your diet helps your body against insulin resistance. As you age your body will produce more insulin, your muscles and fat cells will not assist to it properly. Insulin promotes fat storage particularly in your abdomen area.

More polyunsaturated fats

Saturated fat is most likely to increase visceral fat in your body compared to polyunsaturated fat. Eat more fish, nuts and seeds, these foods are a good source for polyunsaturated fat. Based on study in Sweden, subjects ate 750 more calories per day for a period of seven weeks, either in the form of palm oil (saturated) or sunflower oil (polyunsaturated) the formed gained an increase of visceral fat compared to those who consumed polyunsaturated fat who actually gained more muscle mass and fewer body fats.

Daily dose of vinegar

Acetic acid from vinegar helps in producing protein that burns up fat in our body. In Japan, a study was conducted on obese people who took 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar for 8 weeks; it showed significant decrease in visceral fat.

Practice yoga

Based on a research conducted in 2012, postmenopausal women who did yoga for 16 weeks showed significant decrease in visceral fat. If yoga is not your thing try other relaxation exercise or even some simple breathing exercise can help you. The reason behind this is yoga and other relaxation exercise assist in lowering levels of stress hormones like cortisol which is connected to belly fat.

Get the right amount of sleep

Sleeping only for five hours or less per night can increase the levels of visceral fat in your body based on the study conducted by Wake Forest University in 2010. Sleeping for 8 hours is ideal to burn the fat in your belly.

Drink more green tea

Try to drink green tea as an alternative to your coffee. It has antioxidants known as catechins that help in getting rid of belly fat especially if paired with moderate exercise.

Don’t over sleep

Ladies who wakes up and sleeps on the same time each night have lower levels of body fat, according to a study by Brigham Young University. Irregular sleeping habits can mess up your body clock that leads to your body secreting more cortisol, which is a fat storing hormone.

More fiber

Eat more foods that are high in fiber. Two small apples or one cup of green peas is equivalent to 10 grams of soluble fiber. Regular fiber intake helps in reducing visceral fat by up to 3.7% in five years.

8 Ways to Lose Weight Without Diet or Exercise

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Shedding weight is a lot harder than simply gaining a number to your scale. But who among you here find the process an easy peasy one? If you do so, well you must be very determined.

Most of the people I’ve known are struggling of following their diet plans and workout procedures due to their kind of lifestyle and failure to discipline oneself. Since this typical problem is always arising during the first phase of dieting, here are other ways to make your weight loss mission more effective and will surely last long.

But take note! The tips we are sharing this time has nothing to do with trimming your daily meals and spending much for your gym sessions. Exciting, isn’t it? To start with, the things you must do are the following:

  1. INCREASE WATER INTAKE

I know you’re very familiar with this method since you’re a kid, but we just want to remind you that drinking lots of water every day is always the number one way of losing weight and good for your overall health.

In order to make your weight loss mission successful, you need to drink atleat 2 to 3 litres a day depending on your daily activities. If you’re not fond of drinking water and still in the adjustment period, you can put something or a flavor to your water so it will taste good like adding fresh lemon or lime, fresh mint leaves or even cucumber slices.

If you want a body system cleanser and fire up your metabolism, then you must try drinking a warm water, ginger or lemon. If you’re into herbal teas, you can try “white tea (from the plant of green tea), green tea, rooibos tea, oolong tea, mate tea and ginger tea”.

  1. SWTICH to ACTIVE LIFESTYLE

If you think your exercise régime for how many months or years didn’t work, I suggest you need to modify it with the alternatives. By following the activities in your daily routine such as walking when you’re heading to your work or school, cycling, playing outdoor games or sports with kids, walking the dog, cleaning the house or loan, gardening, and taking the stairs instead of elevators and escalators, your body fat will be naturally reduced and you will leave a healthier life.

If you change your lifestyle by spicing it with those activities, then you’re hitting two birds with one stone. You’re losing weight, at the same time, having fun!

  1. FOLLOW the RIGHT SLEEPING PATTERN

In order to lose weight, you must also practice a perfect sleeping pattern wherein you need to sleep 7 to 8 hours per night. You should not sleep too much because it can lead to increasing of weight.

According to Vanessa Bartlett, a Sydney-based fitness guru and pilates professional, “sleeping enough is important because it reduces the production of cortisol hormone which inhibits fat loss.

  1. AVOID STRESS

Stress can contribute in gaining weight such as stress eating. Aside from that, it will also affect your hormones, metabolism, brain function, deplete immune system and hinder body fat reduction.

When you feel so stressed, you must try meditating for 10 minutes, yoga, and other relaxing activities that may help to make you feel relieved and happy.

  1. GET RID of ELECTRONICS during MEAL TIME

According to a survey, eating while scrolling your social media accounts or even eating while watching TV can lead to over-eating.

Wondering why? Because using your phone or other electronic devices while meal time can divert your attention of enjoying what you’re doing or viewing not knowing that you’ve already eaten too much and just got carried away.

  1. BE EXPOSED to the SUN

If you want to boost your weight loss mission, you must not be afraid of being exposed to the sun.

Did you know that humans need a minimum of 20 minutes sun exposure early in the morning as well as during late afternoon and at least five days per week in order to gain enough vitamin D? If you just discover that today, then start exposing yourself and greet Mr. Sun with your brightest smile every day before going to work.

  1. CHANGE the COLOR of YOUR DINING ROOM

Appetite problems can also be due to the things that surrounds you. If you realize that your house or dining area’s atmosphere and color can make you consume more food or makes you lazy, then you need start redecorating and repainting.

As suggested by the interior designer, Palinski Wade, you must start “removing all red and yellow tones from the dining room because it can reduce your appetite.” Now you know why some fast food chains around us have a touch of red and yellow colors in their logos and interior designs because as what psychology experts have explained, red, yellow and orange are attractive and can subconsciously trigger hunger or excitement.

  1. MAINTAIN a PERFECT POSTURE

By simply sitting properly or straightening up your body figure can help toning your stomach muscles. Aside from that, maintaining a good posture will lead to a healthier life.

If you will practice these 8 simple methods for your daily routine, you can expect for a better transformation of yourself and achieve your weight loss goal easily!

5 Tips That Will Help You Lose Weight before Noon

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Do you love waking up early in the morning? If yes, then you’ll like these health hacks that will help you cut back from those calories with less effort. Rising early can really give you the advantage for your life and your health. Following these fitness routine will assist your health goals. After knowing these fitness tips, you’ll be eager to wake up earlier and get healthy.

  1. Take it slow during breakfast.

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If you usually rush things in the morning, you most likely have your breakfast on the run or skip it. But did you know that taking time to eat a proper breakfast is the best choice for your health? Texas Christian University has conducted a study and found out that those who didn’t rush their food in the morning, took smaller bites, drink more fluids and ate on average 88 less calories compared to those who ate their breakfast on a hurry. Better prepare your breakfast the night before, so that you can have enough time to eat it when you wake up.

  1. Eggs in the morning.

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These are you perfect source of protein in the morning. Eggs are easy to cook and they will definitely fill you up. Consuming eggs in the morning can make you eat less during lunch time, since they’re high in protein. Women’s Health conducted a study that reveals consuming protein in the morning make you eat 175 less calories at noon.

  1. Get some sunshine.

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Getting exposed to sunlight in the morning can help lower your BMI. Being exposed to sunlight in the morning for 30 minutes helps regulate your circadian rhythms. “If a person doesn’t get sufficient light at the appropriate time of day, it could de-synchronize your internal body clock, which is known to alter metabolism and can lead to weight gain,” according to Dr. Phyllis Zee, Professor of Neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “The message is that you should get more bright light between 8 am and noon.” Now this is a good reason for you to get up early and go outside and enjoy the early morning sun.

  1. Get more sleep.

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Most of us know what it is like when you wake up after having only a few hours of sleep. Don’t ignore you lack of sleep; it can leave you foggy and fatigue, more importantly it can affect your waistline. Lack of sleep can affect your hormones that slow down your metabolism. People who have less sleep can consume up to 549 calories more than their typical intake. Practice sleeping earlier than you used to. This way you can get the right amount of sleep and wake up more energized in the morning.

  1. Have your toast with the butter side down.

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It may sound unusual but eating your toast so that your spread has immediate contact with your tongue helps you eat less of it, according to healthy chef Devin Alexander. This is a good practice for those who love some toast in the morning. Eating your food this way, allows the flavor to hit your tongue directly and you can task more of it. “Ultimately that means you can cut out at least half the belly-bloating salt or butter,” she told Readers Digest.

Get the early bird in you going. Waking up in the morning has never been more helpful with these 5 health tips. Not only you can get enough sleep, but waking up before noon can help you cut back from the extra calories and keep your body fit. Lack of sleep or too much of it is not good for your body. It’s better to get up in the morning and enjoy the sunshine.

6 Ways Your Brain Can Help You Lose Weight

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We are generally informed that our diet affects a lot of facets of our lives, from our keeping our skin glowing to heart health, from being at our best in terms of physical performance and energy to having a fuller hair. Based on his book Eat Complete: The 21 Nutrients That Fuel Brainpower, Boost Weight Loss, and Transform Your Health Dr. Drew Ramsey found that our diet has a direct effect on our brain health, he wrote” food plane designed to deliver optimal brain health by asking eaters to focus on the 21 most important nutrients for brain health, claiming that eating whole, natural foods that contain the highest concentration of these nutrients will lead to a healthy weight.”

  1. Brain growth is equivalent to weight loss. Ramsey explained that weight loss and brain health are closely connected, there are certain natural brain compounds are crucial for weight regulation. “Brain health depends on a set of natural compounds like the brain growth factor BDNF and the hormone melatonin,” Ramsey stated “These are both critical to weight regulation and the speed of your metabolism. Eating foods that promote the production of these molecules in the brain is the key to a healthy weight.”
  2. Brain food has lesser calories. Calculating calories to achieve you weight goals has been a common practice over the decades, but Ramsey says we should not go thru our weight loss in this manner, or for only simply cutting the pounds. “Your brain cells are your hungriest so feed them first. The brain burns 20 percent of what you eat. Seeking brain nutrients leads an eater to a core of foods that are very nutrient dense, and thus lower in calories.”
  3. Lessen moody eating. Have you heard about emotional eating? Whether you’re feeling down about missing your promotion in work or mourning the loss of someone close to you, eating to cope up with painful emotion is pretty common, but Dr. Ramsey warns us against this. “Better brain health and more mindful eating means less anxiety and a more stable mood. This translates to eating because you love food and are hungry, not because your brain is twitchy from missing key nutrients in your diet,” Ramsey said that. “Better brain health is vital to focus, mood and sleep.”
  4. Better bug in you. The bacteria in our bodies is an important part for preventing infections, diseases and keeping a totally healthy immune system, in that part what we eat will reflect in our bodies. According to Dr. Ramsey, bacteria and other microorganisms in our gut, that includes yeast, viruses and parasites, tells a lot about weight and overall health, a healthier gut is equal to healthier brain. “To feed the ‘Good Bugs’ that keep us running lean and healthy,” Ramsey says “ eaters should steer their food choice to more colorful plants, i.e. ‘ Eat the rainbow’ and get more fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, and kombucha.”
  5. No ‘carbage’. There are two kinds of carbs, the good ones and the bad, it is essential to consume the right stuff into our bodies. Generally known that highly processed foods are no good, and Ramsey says, “The healthiest brains have one thing in common. No highly processed foods. This is key because it eliminates the sugars, refined carbs, vegetable oils, toxins, preservatives, trans fats that are the true culprits in our health crisis.” He recommends having wholesome meals like eggs, kale or a blueberry, kefir and nut smoothie for breakfast rather than a low-fat cereal or toaster strudel.
  6. Healthy brains feel fuller. Achieving that moment when you’re actually feeling full and not bloated, can be hard a thing to do. Sometime it’s either you not nearly full enough or you are too much and now feeling uncomfortable. “Eating for brain health gives eaters a nice mix of fats, proteins, and complex carbs that leads to optimal satiety,” Dr. Ramsey stated. “ Feeling full and content is key to a healthy weight.”

5 Healthy Foods That Will Keep You Awake and Alert

Keeping your focus while working after the weekend or after staying up late the night before can be quite a challenge. This might be a great time to know what healthy food to munch on to keep the brain up and running.

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What’s even better is that these options are not expensive, but rather easy to find and easy to prepare. So whether you’re in Manic Monday mode or just in need a jolt to jump-start yourself for the afternoon work, keep these healthy foods at hand.

  1. Smoothies. Use some fresh fruits like blueberries, avocados or raspberries. These fruits are good sources of vitamins and nutrients. Glucose, a natural form of sugar, is abundant in fruits, so if you’re planning to make smoothies, skip the sugar. Your blood sugar won’t spike up since it’s also loaded with fibers. Smoothies can also boost your short-term memory. Just remember to drink in moderation, or you’ll end up feeling tired.
  2. Pumpkin seeds. They’re cheap and easy to find. Keep a small pack on your table to munch on during work. Pumpkin seeds are rich in iron, zinc and other minerals that help transport oxygen to the brain and nerve cells, thus increasing brain activity.
  3. Herbal Tea. Skip the iced cold, sugar-filled frappe and stick to your herbal tea. The stronger the better. Avoid drinking too much though, otherwise you’ll find yourself feeling edgy. A cup of a warm tea will help you stay awake and focused.
  4. Dark chocolates and nuts (Phase 3). You can make a handy trail mix from these. Eat some dark chocolates and nuts whenever you feeling tired or sleepy. They are anti-aging and brain boosting snacks.
  5. Fish and Baked Sweet Potatoes. This could be your brain boosting meal for lunch. Choose fatty fish like salmon; they’re rich in Omega-3 fats that will boost your memory and slows down the brain’s decline as you grow older. Sweet potatoes give you solid energy that the brain needs for the day.

So whenever you feel tired and sleepy, eat some of these healthy food to keep you wide awake and focused. However, bear in mind that getting enough rest and exercise is still the best remedy.

5 Good, Healthy Habits You Should Apply to Maintain Your Weight

Shedding pounds off. This is the goal for most of our valued metabolism dieters who started on this journey, and while we’re ecstatic that we’ve finally lost the weight we’ve carried on for years, we also can’t help but feel anxious about it. There is always that underlying fear that we might gain back all the weight we’ve lost once we go back to our routine. We’re afraid that all our hard work would end up in vain.

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But, fret not, fast metabolism dieters! We are here to help ease your fear and anxiety! We will help you maintain the weight that you’ve worked so hard for by applying our fast metabolism diet maintenance tips.

Aside from that, we’re encouraging everyone to apply these 5 good, healthy habits to help maintain your weight.

1. Ease Up

We all know how stress wreak havoc to our metabolism. So if possible, avoid any kinds of stress. We encourage everyone to take a walk for fifteen minutes to unwind and meditate. You can also take some breathing exercise, yoga, and massage to soothe your body. These stress-relief activities will promote the flow of oxygen to your body, keeping your metabolism up and running.

2. Drink a Glass of Water Before Your Meal

This tip should be easier for you now, considering the water requirement you need to take while in the diet. It will help to enhance your metabolism and suppress your appetite. It helps you keep your food portions under control.

3. Get a Good Night Sleep

We will never get tired of reminding you to establish a consistent sleeping schedule. A deep, good sleep and rest is crucial in repairing and restoring your health, preparing your body for the next day’s activities. If possible, keep your lights out. A well-ventilated room promotes quality sleep.

4. Eat Raw Veggies

Veggies are nutrition powerhouse by nature, and it’s more nutritious when it’s eaten raw. It is rich in fiber that promotes healthy digestion,and helps you avoid indulging to the temptation of second helpings. You can mix up veggies and eat them as salads or side dish on your meals. Find out more about cooking techniques below:

5 Ways To Make Food Healthier While On FMD Diet

5. Keep Moving

Even if you’re not following the phase-specific exercise anymore, seize every opportunity to move. Physical activities can help burn your fats and build your muscles, speeding up your metabolism in the process. You can apply these tips to get you up and running:

  • take the stairs instead of a lift
  • walk as you go to/from the office
  • do minor stretching in the office

With the right attitude and habits instilled in our life, we are going to keep the excess weight off and live a healthy lifestyle while enjoying the beauty and grandeur life has to offer.

6 Things You Can Do To Wake Up Early

We have heard this famous line often -“The Early Bird Catches the Worm“. Ever since our tender years, this line has been imprinted in our minds. Waking up early is the way to start the day right. They say the earlier you wake up, the more productive you can be as you get through the day.

But for some of our fast metabolism dieters, waking up early can be a challenge. How do we step up from this difficulty? How can we encourage ourselves to rise up earlier when we are so tempted to extend our shut eye?

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We recommend these 6 tips to help give extra boost to waking up early. Try applying them in your routine and see which one works for you best.

1. Place Your Phone or Alarm Clock Away From Your Bed

Do you ever wonder why even though you’ve set three alarms already, you still find yourself sleeping more? The culprit behind it is the location of our alarm clock. Most of us place our alarm clocks (or smartphones nowadays) on our bed. Making it incredibly easy for us to grab it and hit “snooze”.

And since we’re still lying in the four corners of our comfortable bed, it is easy to doze off again. These recurring actions resulted to us getting late at work and ruining our schedule for the rest of the day. How do we fix this detrimental habit?

The solution to that is by simply putting your alarm clock away from your bed! You can put your alarm clock on your study table, cabinet, or near the door. The farther it is, the better. The goal  is to force you to exert more effort in standing up and getting away from your bed. This movement will help the transition from being asleep to being awake immediately.

2. Have Something to Look Forward To

Before you go to sleep the night before, list down all your goals for the next day. Whether you want to go out for a run, read a new novel, or cook a healthy meal for the family, whatever that is, list it down.

These goals will inspire you to wake up early and keep moving! Because, if you don’t have any goals set for the day, sleeping (or doing nothing) will always be a better option for you.

3. Set a Bedtime Alarm

Did you know that you can also use your alarm clock as a bedtime alarm? Yes, you read it right! This is really helpful especially if you have trouble sleeping. Set the time when you need to sleep. The moment it alarms, it will remind you to sleep now and halt every activity you’re doing at the moment.

4. Establish a Relaxing Nighttime Routine

We recommend to only do light things before your bedtime. It is important to relax your brain and lull it to sleep. You can listen to a mellow music or meditate. Not soon after you’ll find yourself sleepy. Conditioning yourself to sleep before your bedtime will help you establish a consistent sleeping pattern.

5. Have an Accountability Buddy

Tell your best friend or your family about your plans of waking up early and let them join your quest. You can invite them to take a morning run with you. The words you left to them will hold you accountable for it. Surely, you wouldn’t want to break your promises to them, right?

6. Cut Your Screen time Before Going to Bed

The blue light emitted from electronic devices prevents your brain from releasing melatonin, a hormone responsible for making you sleep. It is highly suggested to cut off your browsing time 30 minutes before bedtime to relax your brain after a tiresome day. When you’re relaxed, your brain will be able to release the hormones you needed to have profound and relaxing sleep.

Try these tips tonight, and if they work for you, then make these things a habit. Waking up early will do wonders in your waking life.

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