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3 Workout Mistakes You Should Stop Committing Now!

Most of us undoubtedly frown in disgust whenever we hear the term exercise. We often see it like it’s some sort of punishment because we’re out of shape. You need to beat yourself into working out because you indulge yourself with unhealthy food cravings. You need to push yourself to the limit in order to lose weight to become acceptable to society. This kind of mindset has been instilled in our mind causing us to have a hostile attitude towards exercising.

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The truth is, exercising should never be tiring and exhausting. It’s supposed to be enjoyable and fulfilling. You should never feel miserable or be obliged to do it just for the sake of losing weight. How do we encourage ourselves to have a positive attitude when it comes to exercising?

It’s time to debunk these workout mistakes and refresh our mindset to formulate an effective workout regimen.

1. Exercise Isn’t all About Cardio

This certainly tops the list of our workout mistakes. While Cardio offers a lot of health benefits and goodness to our body, cardio is only one part of exercising. Cardio can only improve one section in our body. It can help improve our speed, cardiovascular endurance. But it cannot improve our strength and bone density.

Instead, what we need is a mix of exercise. Just like in eating, we need to mix our exercise to address our body’s specific needs.

That’s why fast metabolism diet uses mixed exercises that you need to do every phase. This varying workout regimen will help improve different sections in your body in order to lose weight. You won’t need to push yourself doing cardio 5-6 times a week just to lose weight.

2. You need to stick in Running to lose weight.

This is actually in relation to number 1. We’re all led to believe that cardio is the only way to exercise and lose weight. And when we talk about cardio, the only thing that comes to our mind is running. We need to run like crazy until we’re out of breath to lose some weight. We often feel miserable when we’re panting like crazy, pushing ourselves to move, run harder, only to find out we’re left behind in a race while our friends are running swiftly. Frustrating isn’t it?

Why do you allow yourself to suffer like that? If you don’t like running, then don’t do it. Doing something you don’t love and enjoy will only stress you out. And remember? When you’re stressed, your body will withhold those fats rather than losing them! Wasting all your efforts in vain!

Instead of running, you can do other cardio exercises such as dancing, brisk walking, hiking, etc. The same as with strength-training and stress-reducing activities in Phase 2 and 3. The most important thing is to get your body moving shed those pesky pounds off your body.

3. Giving Up Exercising Because It’s Exhausting

Just like in yo-yo dieting, we’ve also had our fair share of yo-yo exercising moments. That incredible motivation we have before we start hitting the gym. Then after a 30-minute session of intense workout, you feel sore, and beyond exhausted. That’s when your motivation to keep going starts to diminish. Until you found yourself . . . dang! Quitting on exercising and starting this horrid cycle again for the nth time.

If you feel like quitting, remind yourself again why you’re doing this. You’re doing this to lose weight and be healthy. And of course, don’t forget to pat your back for a job well done. You’ve come this far, every step you take is a process. Do you really want to stop when you’re so near to achieving your goal? I bet you wouldn’t want that.

So stop committing these workout mistakes. We recommend you to keep going and don’t give up until you reach your goal. In our next blog post, we’ll tackle some ways on how to make exercising more fun and enjoyable!

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.

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

It is widely known to everyone practicing FMD to avoid the consumption of dairy products due to the fact that it impedes our desire to lose weight. The high sugar concentration found on lactose contributes more on gaining weight than losing them. However, there are unwilling dieters who are hesitant to give up milk (like caffeine). It’s because milk has long been part of their lives and a source of calcium.

Top 5 Best Food Sources of Calcium in Fast Metabolism Diet

How do we ensure that we’re still getting the adequate amount of calcium without having to drink milk? Are there any other alternatives?

Here are our top 5 best food sources that you can eat and are alternative sources of Calcium:

1. Kale

Kale contains about 300 mg of calcium that is equivalent to a cup of milk. The greatest catch is that you can eat kale in all phases, giving you an opportunity to maximize your daily intake. You can put up to 3 and 1/2 cup of raw kale in your salad recipes.

2. Oranges

Oranges are a great source of vitamin C, but did you know that they are also a great source of calcium? A single navel orange can already give you 60 mg of calcium. You can add orange to your morning smoothie on Phase 1.

3. Salmon

Aside from being a great source of Omega-3, salmon is also packed with this nutrient. Just a 6 oz serving of salmon can already give you 400 mg of calcium. You can eat canned salmon in Phase 3. Bonus tip: you can eat the bones too! They’re soft and edible.

4. Sardines

Three ounce serving of sardines will give you almost 400 mg of calcium. You can eat sardines on any phase, especially on Phase 2. Eat sardines on phase 2 as your snack and you’re already halfway to your 1000 mg of your daily requirement.

5. Almond milk

Almond milk is one of our healthy dairy-free milk alternatives in the diet. The reason is because although it’s not dairy, it is packed with calcium and vitamin D that promotes healthy bone growth. Same also with raw almonds.

Note: You can also add Himalayan or Celtic salt on your foods after you cook them. These salts can also contribute in upping your daily nutrient intake.

Let us already debunk the old myth that milk is the only main source of calcium for you. There are far, healthier foods where you can get more calcium and other nutrients than milk. Always consult with your physician to know your recommended nutrient intake.

6 Low Carb Vegetables that Can Help Diabetics Stabilize their Blood Sugar

Those suffering from diabetes require a low sugar, low carbohydrates and low fat diet. For diabetics, your meal plan should be composed of healthy and wholesome food.

6 Low Carb Vegetables that Can Help Diabetics Stabilize their Blood Sugar

These are the six low-carb vegetables that you can incorporate in your diet. They are diabetics-friendly and are also a good source of vitamins and minerals, with fewer calories.

  1. Spinach  – These green, leafy vegetables are rich in antioxidants that helps manage high blood pressure. Spinach also has flavonoids that are anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer agents. The good news is, a half cup of cooked spinach, only has 3.5 grams of carbohydrates.
  2. Red Bell Pepper – With only 3 grams of carbs, for half a cup, you should definitely eat more red bell peppers. They’re a good source of vitamin A, C, K and B6. Aside from being rich in antioxidants, red bell pepper are also full of folic acid.
  3. Cucumber – It contains caffeic acid that relaxes skin irritations and prevent swelling, cucumbers are a go-to-vegetable for diabetics. Cucumbers contain lots of potassium, magnesium and fiber that help in lowering blood pressure. They contain 2 grams of carbs in half a cup.
  4. Romaine Lettuce – A good source of beta carotene and vitamin C. Romaine Lettuce helps in lowering cholesterol and has potassium that can lower blood pressure. It only has 1.5 grams of carb per cup of serving.
  5. Green Pepper – It’s a good source of vitamin A, C and K plus they’re rich in folic acid that reduces the levels of homocysteine which increases the risk of heart disease and stroke. Only has 2 grams of carbs for half a cup.
  6. Okra – High in fiber and protein, okra is a good source of glutathione which helps our immune system. Only has 3.5 grams of carbs in half a cup of cooked okra.

Recall Alert! New Seasons Recall Almond Butter for Alleged Peanut Contamination

New Seasons Company had issued a voluntary recall of their almond butter for its alleged peanut contamination. Peanuts were not listed as one of the ingredients in the jars. But one New Seasons staff discovered the mislabeled jars after conducting its routine stock rotation check.

Recall Alert! New Seasons Recall Almond Butter for Alleged Peanut Contamination

New Season’s Recall of their Peanut-Contaminated Almond Butter

Fortunately, the company has yet to receive any complaints or reports of illness from the said jars. But the company took the initiative to recall jars with best-by dates ranging from 06/16/2017, 08/15/2017, and 08/30/2017. So far, 19 locations across Oregon, southern Washington State and northern California had distributed the jar. Moreover, the only affected product was the almond butter with UPC Code 4060010401. No other nut butters were affected and contaminated by the recall.

Those people bearing nut allergy have risks to a serious or life-threatening allergic reactions when they consume nut products. So New Seasons is urging its customers who have peanut allergies to return the almond butter for a full refund. Customers need not bring their receipts upon return. For any questions or inquiries about the recalled product, you may reach them at talktous@newseasonsmarket.com

Recall Alert! Beef Sold In Connecticut Recalled After 2 Residents Were Hospitalized for E.Coli Infection

The Department of Public Health and Safety issued a recall on Adams Farm Slaughterhouse LLC’s beef, veal, and bison products after the hospitalization of two Connecticut residents for E.Coli infection.

Beef Sold In Connecticut Recalled After 2 Residents Were Hospitalized for E.Coli Infection

Beef Sold In Connecticut Recalled for E.Coli Infection

In a statement released by DPH Spokeswoman Maura Downes, she said that the beef recalled originated in Adam’s Slaughterhouse, but they distributed their products to Connecticut farms and farmer’s market.

“This facility slaughters, processes, and packs beef products for some small producers here in Connecticut,” Downes said. “Some of these producers only sell their ground beef products directly at the farm or farmers’ markets throughout the state.”

The DPH conducted an investigation after the multi-state outbreak of E.Coli cases. The investigation revealed that the beef sickened two Connecticut residents. Fortunately, both residents have recovered from the infection.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture categorized the recall as Class I since it imposes high health risk. Some of E.Coli’s deadly symptoms include dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. While most of the patients diagnosed were able to recover, a few percentage suffers from kidney failure, pallor, and decreased urine output. They advised anyone who suffers from these symptoms to seek medical care immediately.

The DPH also encouraged customers who still have left-overs to check the agriculture packaging code. Adam’s Slaughterhouse Agriculture code number is #5497. The recall includes products bearing the package code above.

The Fast Metabolism Diet Community’s Friendly Reminder:

The community is urging everyone (especially around the Connecticut state) to call the local farmer and have the products returned or ask for a refund. Moreover, be careful with the products you purchased as cases of E.Coli is predominant recently.

5 Astounding Health Benefits of Almond Milk

Eliminating milk as part of our morning beverage and dairy products has been difficult for us at first. But thankfully, there are alternative type of milks that can be used as substitute that are also way healthier meeting our calcium requirements and aids in weight loss contrary to dairy products. One of the best healthy foods we substitute over dairy products is the almond milk.

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Almond milk may be dairy-free and contains less calcium, but it contains nutrients and vitamins our body can greatly benefit into. For one, almond milk is a healthy fat richer in omega-3 that aids in weight loss, among others.

In this blog post, you’re about to find out why you should incorporate almond milk to your diet. Here are the top 5 astounding benefits you get from drinking this healthy milk.

1. It helps lower down blood pressure

Almond milk contains the exact same amounts of minerals and vitamins you can find in soy and dairy products. It contains vitamin D and phosphorous that helps promote blood flow circulation and frees the blockage and clog in your veins that cause blood pressure.

What’s great about almond milk is it is naturally soy-free and lactose-free. So it’s safe to consume whether you have an intolerance problem or not.

2. It Lowers Down Your Risk to Heart Disease

It has no cholesterol, sodium, and saturated fats that helps decrease inflammation throughout your body. The omega-3 fatty acids found in almond milk decrease triglycerides (that can damage blood vessels and lead to heart disease and stroke). Aside from that, it contains potassium and magnesium that are good for your brain.

3. It Promotes Bone Growth

Almond milk may not offer much calcium as dairy products do, but it does offer at least 30 percent of your recommended daily intake. Calcium, along with its vitamin D reduces your risk of arthritis and osteoporosis. These two vitamins are known to promote healthy bones and teeth formation.

4. It keeps your skin’s glow

Almond milk contains about 50% of vitamin E and antioxidants that protects your skin from sun’s damage. It also repairs your damaged skin to maintain your natural, youthful glow.

5. It Does Not Impact Your Blood Sugar Level

Lastly, raw, unprocessed, almond milk is very low in carbs and sugar. That’s why we recommend buying this one as it does not spike your blood sugar level. Unlike dairy products that contain lactose (milk’s natural sugar) that contribute to weight gain. Because it is low-glycemic in nature, your body will use the carbs for energy rather than storing them as fats.

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Have you tried incorporating almond milk (in Phase 3) in your fast metabolism diet plan? If not, we hope the information we shared will shed some light and hesitation from drinking this healthy food. You can purchase it here.

Top 5 Tips to Stay Healthy and Fit this Fall Season

Whenever we think of the Fall season, we can’t help but feel giddy and thrilled about it. Well, who wouldn’t? The fall season is the time of the year when we celebrate various festivities. It’s the perfect time to celebrate Trick and Treat Parties, Thanksgiving, and the highly anticipated Holiday seasons.

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With all these holiday festivities coming around, we also become anxious as the fear of going off track started to linger inside us.We couldn’t help but think that Fall season is also the weight gain season as we splurged on the foods from back to back holidays.

How do we maintain a healthy and balanced life with all of these tempting delectable foods served on the table? How do we conclude the year staying fit and healthy when the Holiday lineups are blocking our road to success?

Here are our top 5 tips to become healthy and fit this Fall Season.

1. Don’t Skip Meals or Stay Hungry

When we think about holidays, it’s always associated with foods. The thought of indulging too much food overwhelmed us that we find ourselves not eating before the big event. Our mind is tricking us into thinking that starving ourselves would suffice the foods we’ll take in. But before you actually do it, step back! Step back and calm yourself first!

Coming to a big celebration with an empty stomach is the worst thing you can do! If you’re hungry and starving, your mind wouldn’t be able to make right decisions, especially about food! All your mind will think is that it needs food– whether good or bad. to fuel your body. It didn’t care if you eat unhealthy foods, just as long as it can sustain your body. This chain reaction will lead you into making poor, unhealthy decisions.

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You are more prone to binge eating and overeating since you’re hungry. You’ll be eating like crazy, eating a lot more than your stomach could take. Aside from that, your stomach will not be able to take all the foods you’re eating. It won’t burn all those foods like what your metabolism would normally do. Instead, it will store all you eat as fat in order for your body to survive. And certainly, we wouldn’t want that to happen!

So instead of starving yourself, continue eating like it’s a normal day. Opt to eat 3 meals and 2 snacks a day. This will keep your blood sugar and metabolism stable. And if your blood sugar is stable, you’re less likely to have cravings as you attend the big celebration.

2. Try not to drink liquor as much as possible

Alcohol is very dehydrating. It kills our metabolism and tortures our liver into filtering the alcohol out of our system, diverting it from doing its main task. So, if possible, save your liver by not drinking liquors. Avoid drinking rum, vodka, gin, and beer.

But if you really can’t help but drink one, opt to organic, sulfite-free, red wine. Also, drink eight ounces of water for every sip. You can read more about tips for dealing with alcohols here.

3. Focus more on protein-based foods

Opt to eat 10-15 grams of protein every two hours. Protein rich foods like turkey jerky, hummus, veggies, shrimp, deviled eggs, etc can help control the flow of sugar into your bloodstream the moment you splurged in the big event.

4. Enjoy and Live the Moment

Stressing yourself over holiday events will do you no good. Instead of avoiding foods served on the table, embrace them! Eat them in moderation. Don’t ditch the event and missed having a momentous bonding with your family just because you’re afraid of gaining weight from the foods you eat.

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Bond with your family and friends and create memorable memories with them. Have fun and enjoy, give in a little. The feeling of enjoyment will help the release of good endorphins and release the stored fat in your body. Your metabolism will burn those foods you eat like crazy by then!

5. Eat those Bountiful Fruits and Veggies

It’s important to detoxify your liver the next day, so opt to drink our FMD-detoxifying soup. Aside from that, opt to eat those adrenalin-calming fruits and veggies to ease your digestion and have a great start of the day and satiate your post-sugar hangover. This will also keep your cravings at bay.

The fall season may be associated with various holiday festivities, but it’s not a reason for you to fall off the weight-loss wagon. With these healthy tips and tricks, let us prove to ourselves that Fall season is not a Weight gain season, but a bounty season to become fit and healthy.

When Should You Go Wheat-Free or Gluten-Free?

We are well aware that wheat is not allowed in the FMD program. It is highly discouraged to consume it and its other variants. This is due to the fact that wheat is nearly indestructible in our body. As a result, our body will have a hard time digesting it, making it hard to function in healing our metabolism.

Eating wheat can cause bloating, irritated intestinal tract, fatigue, and inflammation. These nasty side effects can leave you feeling irritated and ill. Aside from that, eating wheat can be destructive to those who are gluten-intolerant.

When Should You Go Wheat-Free or Gluten-Free

But did you know that wheat-free doesn’t mean that it’s also gluten-free? Some of the approved grain and starchy products in the fast metabolism diet may contain a little amount of gluten, but it has no overall effects on your weight loss process.

But for those people who have celiac disease, consuming just a little amount of gluten can be menace to their health. In fact, you can conclude that fast metabolism diet is wheat-free, but not totally gluten-free.

The Difference between Wheat-free vs. Gluten-free

If you have a wheat allergy, you are most likely to experience swelling of throats. itchy skin, nasal congestion, difficulty breathing, cramps, etc. This type of allergy can develop during infancy. Most people outgrow this allergy from ages 3-5, but for some, this can be a lifelong disorder.

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If you have an allergy, then it is imperative to never consume all kinds of wheat products as much as possible. And since most processed foods have wheat and gluten in it, you can conclude that you’ve almost eliminated the main source of gluten.

But, take note, the keyword here is almost. Almost, but not entirely. It’s because wheat is not the only food where we can source gluten.

Gluten is also present in barley, rye, spelt, and more. Gluten intolerance is the inability of our body to digest gluten and damage our small intestine. Celiac Disease is the highest form of gluten sensitivity. People with Celiac Disease cannot consume a gluten at all.

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For the moment gluten entered into your system, your body treat it as an invader that cause an immune assault and damage your small intestine. And since your small intestine is where it absorbs most nutrients that enter our body, it will have a hard time absorbing it if our small intestine is damaged. This can lead to malnutrition and inevitably, death.

When Should I Go Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free?

Going Wheat-free, or gluten-free is incredibly easy in the fast metabolism diet. After all, we already eliminated wheat in the diet. But as you may know, food manufacturers are sneaky. They try to hide it in disguised ingredients making us unaware about it. Try to look out for possible variants of wheat:

  • semolina
  • triticale
  • seitan
  • bread flour
  • farina
  • couscous
  • bulgur
  • malt
  • malt extract
  • matzo
  • graham flour

If you have celiac disease, we recommend you omit eating gluten at all. Omit rye, Spelt, and barley to your diet. You can replace them with gluten-free grain options you can find in the diet such as:

There is an enormous benefit we can get out of a wheat-free and gluten-free diet. It is extremely iterated in the program that applying this kind of eating habit will make a positive impact in our health through boosting our metabolism first.

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