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Baked Salmon with Asparagus – Phase 3

baked-salmonwith asparagus

Ingredients

  • 2 salmon fillets (It is about 4 once each)
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 16 Asparagus spears
  • 2 (40g) slices of onions
  • 4 slices of lemon
  • 1 tsp Fresh Parsley, chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400F.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, add the salmon and 1 tbsp of olive oil, then sprinkle it with salt, pepper and dried oregano.
  3. Use two sheets of foil, big enough to wrap your salmon and asparagus.
  4. Place about 8 spears of asparagus on the sheet of foil and layer your fillets over asparagus.
  5. Top them with 2 slices of onion and 2 lemon slices.
  6. Wrap the sides of the foil inwards over the salmon, and then fold the top and bottom of the foil to enclose.
  7. Place your foil packets in a single layer on a baking sheet. Then bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Don’t overcook.
  8. Unwrap the foil and use a large spatula to transfer the foil packets to your plate, serve warm.

10 Food and Drinks that are Unexpectedly High in Sugar

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Too much of anything is not good for our health. Especially consuming too much food and drinks that are high in sugar; this can lead to diseases like diabetes. A lot of us are carefully watching our consumption, but there are some food and drinks we wouldn’t expect to contain lots of sugar. We only expect that it needs to be sweet for the food to be considered as high in sugar. Some products that are labeled as “low-fat” and “light” actually contains more sugar than the regular one’s. So here are food and drinks you didn’t know that contains too much sugar:

  1. “Low-Fat Yogurt”

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Although yogurt is rich in nutrients, not all of them are good for you. There are a lot of so called low-fat yogurts that has too much sugar in them to enhance their flavor. A single cup can contain as much as 47 grams of sugar. Its better to have full-fat or Greek yogurt since it has more nutrients compared to low-fat and yogurt that has been sweetened with sugar.

  1. Ketchup

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This is unexpected for most of us, but this popular condiment is actually rich in sugar. Keep your portions smaller when using ketchup. A tablespoon of ketchup contains 1 teaspoon of sugar.

  1. Sports Drinks

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These may seem to be a healthy option for most of us who are into an active lifestyle and sports. Although they are designed to hydrate and fuel the body, sport drinks actually has added sugars in them that are absorbed and used for energy. They are categorized as “sugary drinks” like soda and fruit juice, and are linked to obesity and metabolic disease. A 20-oz bottle can have 32 grams of sugar and 159 calories. It’s better to stick with water when you exercise, unless you’re an elite athlete or running a marathon.

  1. Granola

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Even though it is high in calories and sugar granola is often marketed as a low-fat health food. It contains oats as the main ingredient which has protein, fiber, carbs and fat. Despite that granola also contains honey and other sweeteners that add up to the amount of sugar and calories. 100 grams of granola can have as much as 6 teaspoons of sugar. Choose granola that has less sugar or try making your own. Mix it with fruits or yogurt, rather than consuming the whole bowl.

  1. Protein Bars

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These are really popular with fitness and health buffs. Protein rich food can make you feel fuller and help in weight loss. There are many healthier protein bars we can find, many still has up to 30 grams of sugar in them, also like to a candy bar. Choose a protein bar with less sugar or opt for high protein food instead.

  1. Canned Fruits

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Fruits have natural sugars in them. Canned fruits are sometimes peeled and added with sugary syrups to preserve them. Despite being a healthy snack, the process actually lessens the fiber in the fruit and increase the amount of unnecessary sugar in them. Canning also destroys Vitamin C since its heat-sensitive. Having a whole, fresh fruit is better than eating canned one’s. Opt for canned fruit preserved in juice rather than syrup, since it has lower sugar content.

  1. Barbecue Sauce

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Popularly used as a marinade and even as a dip, barbecue sauce contains sugar as well. 2 tablespoons of it can have 14 grams of sugar. Also as much as 40% of the weight of a barbecue sauce maybe pure sugar. Use it in moderation so that you won’t consume too much sugar. Check the labels and choose the sauce with lesser amounts of sugar in them.

  1. Breakfast Cereals

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Cereals are an easy option for a fast and easy breakfast meal. Eating it every day can increase your sugar consumption. Cereals that are made for children have high amounts of sugar in them, as much as 12 grams for a small 1 ounce box. Choose a cereal that is high in fiber and doesn’t contain added sugar.

  1. Spaghetti Sauce

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There is added sugar in unassuming food like spaghetti sauce. Since they’re mostly made from tomatoes, they contain natural sugar in them, but most sauces have extra sugar in their ingredients. Always check the label and choose the one that doesn’t have sugar in the ingredients.

  1. Iced Tea

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It is usually chilled tea sweetened with sugar or flavored with syrup. Commercially prepared iced teas will contain around 33 grams of sugar per 12 oz serving, which is equivalent to a can of Coke.

5 Christmas Gift Ideas For Fitness Lovers

After celebrating Thanksgiving Day, the Christmas season officially starts. It is time to start drafting your Christmas list and racking your brain as to what gift best fits the special people on your list. And since FMDC is an advocate for healthy lifestyle, we are all for giving something that’s not only memorable but also ideal health-wise . Below are Christmas gifts items we can give to our friends and relatives who are fitness enthusiasts.

5 Christmas Gift Ideas For Fitness Lovers

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1. Water Bottle that Tracks Your Hydration

We all know how proper hydration is important to our body. Water helps nourish your body and restore your health. If you find yourself having a hard time meeting your water requirement, this durable water bottle is perfect for you! This bottle is BPA-free and has 24-ounce water capacity. It has a built-in water intake meter that lets you track your water consumption every day.

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2. Adjustable Dumbbell System

One of the problems, if we chose to exercise at home, is the amount of house area gym equipment occupy, especially those set of dumbbells, as we do strength training on Phase 2. Higher weight means longer dumbbells and more space. But fret not, we’ve got the perfect solution for you. This adjustable dumbbell system has a selector pin that lets you change its weight in 3-pound increments. It’s more compact and balanced than traditional dumbbells and it’s padded handle provide wrist protection.

3. Smoothie Bottle Blender Maker

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Having too many accessories just to make your smoothie and then the hassle of  transferring it to your sports bottle? Cheer up, this all-in-one solution water will let you blend your favorite smoothie right, and straight into your sports bottle!

4. Garmin Vivofit Fitness Band

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This beautiful creation of an innovative mind will encourage you to maintain an active lifestyle throughout the day. This fitness band will blink a red bar when you’re inactive for a period of time. A great way to encourage you to keep moving!

5. Fast Drying, All Weather Sockssocks

 

These lightweight, breathable socks will keep your feet warm in the coldest winter, not only that, it will also cool your feet during summer and will never slip or budge. The manufacturers of these socks came from Vermont.  They carefully designed and manufactured these socks under extreme weather conditions to test its durability.

5 Tips To Make Your Exercising Fun and Enjoyable

In the last blog post, we’ve discussed these 3 myths that held us back from exercising. We’ve witnessed first-hand how it delimit us from formulating an effective workout regimen.

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Now that we’ve finally debunked these myths, we’re now going to tackle about the fun ways to actually enjoy and look forward to exercising. What are we waiting for? Let’s head on!

1. Make it a Habit

Sure, exercising is a difficult task. Even more so, if you need to stick with it for a couple of days every week. But, guess what? It’s only difficult if you think about it as a undesirable activity. So instead of thinking how exercise is exhausting your body, stop thinking about it and: JUST. DO. IT.

After a few weeks of working out, you’ll find yourself yearning to exercise without realizing it. Your body will gradually adapt to this new routine until it develops into a habit.

2. Find an Accountable Exercise Buddy

Exercising becomes easier if you have someone else checking up and exercising with you. After all, you wouldn’t want to break your promise and miss your appointment when your friend is waiting for you to show up on her doorstep, right? So, get up and start moving!

Having an accountable partner or support group will inspire you to keep moving forward to reach your goal. They will be there to lift you up when you’re feeling down and to remind you why living a healthy lifestyle is worth all the sacrifice you’ve made. Don’t give up! You’ve already come this far!

3. Turn the Exercise into an Exciting Game

Playing a game is never boring or exhausting for most of us, so why don’t you treat exercise like one? In fact, the term “exergaming” was invented for this unique but exciting activity.

One example of a fun exergaming is called Just Dance Video Game. It lets you hit a certain goal just by moving your body.You’re not only going to break some sweat and lose fats in the process, but you’ll have fun, that’s for sure.

4. Plug in your Earphones

There’s nothing more enjoyable than to listen to music when exercising. So start creating your perfect playlist as you start your morning workout. Or if you’re not fond of music, you can opt to listen to an audiobook and time flies by before you realize it.

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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.

workout mistakes

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!

How to Stay Warm This Winter

Winter is fast approaching. It might not be the most comfortable time of the year because of the cold weather and the snow, but you need not worry. Everyone can get through this yearly, so it’s time to ditch last season’s habit, bring out those all-too-familiar coats and jackets, and get ready to warm up this winter. Most people prefer to stay indoors but there are times we need to go out despite the freezing condition. These are easy tips to stay warm during this cold season.

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Keep moving. The best thing to do is keep moving around and do lots of physical activity. Your winter clothes help by trapping heat, but it is your body that keeps you warm. Moving a lot and working out helps your body generate more heat that helps you warm up; whenever you take a break, make it short and avoid cooling off. People with less body mass and fat can tend to get cold easily.

Eat more healthy fats. The freezing weather makes your body cold and it will need more fuel to keep you warm. Fat is like a slow-burning fuel. Eating snacks with healthy fats such as almonds and walnuts keep your body going for the rest of the day.

Hydrate yourself. During winter, aside from the coldness, you could face dry conditions in your area. This means you’ll dehydrate faster without even realizing it. You can get dehydrated even if you’re not sweating. Bring a thermos with your hot drink or drink water frequently. You can flavor it with fruits like lemon or strawberries for flavor.

Wear the right clothes. This is not the season to use your favorite cotton shirt. Wear clothing that has wool or jackets with insulating synthetics. Layer-up your clothes to keep you warm. Woolen or fleece hats and thick woolen socks can also help your body warm up and keep you dry.

At night close your curtains. Your windows help in letting in more radiant energy in the morning from the sunlight that enters your house. However, at night your windows can let extremely cold air into your house. To prevent heat loss, close your curtains and lower your blinds before it gets dark. They serve as an extra protection from heat loss and add insulation to your home.

So with these easy tips, you’ll surely stay warm during winter and learn to find joy and comfort in this cold season

5 Healthy Yet Affordable Foods You Can Buy Under $10

When we hear the term “clean eating”, our immediate thought would be it’s expensive. Going all-organic, processed-free foods sometimes hurts our pockets. While we do provide healthy budget tips to keep you healthy without overspending, we’re also aware that purchasing some foods may be more expensive than what you’re used to buying. So what can we do to lessen our budget while staying on the fast metabolism diet plan?

affordable foods

In this blog post, we will feature 5 healthy, affordable foods you can buy in the supermarket.

What’s more? These affordable foods are also FMD-compliant, so you can actually cut down your budget by purchasing them. Now, let’s head on to the list and start purchasing these economical foods!

1. Instead of using Mayo, Opt for Hummus (Phase 3)

Instead of using commercial mayonnaise, opt to use hummus instead. Hummus is a healthy fat that is rich in protein, fiber, and iron. These densely-packed nutrients help regulate your blood sugar and control fight your hunger cravings. It also has the same rich and creamy texture like mayo. Hummus is a great condiment in eating your sandwiches and wraps. You can check out mouthwatering hummus recipes here.

Avocado Hummus Dip - Phase 3

Bonus tip: If you really can’t give up the creamy goodness of mayonnaise, opt to purchase safflower mayonnaise instead.

2. Use Nutritional Yeast If You’re Craving for Cheesy Goodness

I’ve heard you. We all love cheese, especially when served with pasta or our baking recipes. But cheese (at least the dairy ones), does our body more harm than good. Dairy products contribute to our weight-gain. But just because we’re prohibited in consuming dairy products doesn’t mean we need to omit cheese in our life too.

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You can actually use a non-dairy cheese like cashew and almond cheese to create your favorite recipes. If not, you can use nutritional yeast. You can sprinkle it over your pasta recipes and you’ll find yourself tasting the same savory, cheesy bites the Parmesan cheese can offer you.

3. Use Tahini If you Wanted to Use Butter

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Tahini is a flavorful plant-based substitute that gives the same spice and taste on your bread. It’s also rich in protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. Tahini is a good option if you want to have a new spin for your creamy based recipes.

4. Create a Homemade Heavy Whipped Cream

We all love the creamy goodness of whipped cream whenever we make our pudding and dessert recipes. But sometimes we wonder what could be the substitute of whipped cream if dairy is not allowed? Good thing we have a healthy version of it!

Fast Metabolism Diet Heavy Whipped Cream – Phase 1 and 3

You can create our homemade whipped cream made with only natural ingredients! You can use it on Phase 1 and 3.

5. Opt for Fruit Toppings as Your Sweetener

Fruits are rich in fructose by nature, but their fiber helps neutralize the spike in your blood sugar. Making it one of the healthiest and natural sweeteners out there. Fruits are also a good substitute for those who aren’t fond of stevia and xylitol. You can incorporate phase-specific fruits in your smoothie recipes.

5 Healthy Thanksgiving Day Tips for Every Fast Metabolism Dieter

Thanksgiving Day has always been a welcomed tradition for most families. We celebrate it with a feast to express our appreciation and gratefulness for all different kind of blessings we’ve received. It is also the perfect time to be reunited with our loved ones.

Thanksgiving is but a joyous event but for our fast metabolism dieters who are still struggling with losing weight, the Thanksgiving Day can be a major kill. With all the mouthwatering food served on the table, the temptation is nearly irresistible, but isolating ourselves in the corner while everyone else is feasting and enjoying the Thanksgiving day is definitely not an option.

How do we have fun on Thanksgiving Day and still minimize its impact in our diet?

5 Thanksgiving Day Tips for Every Dieter

The fast metabolism diet community will make sure that you get to enjoy this special day without ruining your weight loss plans. So we’ve prepared a great deal of tips that are handy and easy to remember even while you’re having a blast. Head on below to see the surprising pointers that you can actually apply!

Plus we created an exclusive Thanksgiving recipes that you can enjoy this holiday!

1. Be Sure to Eat your Breakfast and Succeeding Meals/Snacks

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The most common mistake the dieters commit when preparing for a special event is skipping breakfast, snacks and meals before the event takes place. This technique is highly discouraged because when you starve yourself, your body starts withholding fats instead of losing them. And since you haven’t eaten anything before the event, you are most likely to overeat during the event. You will consume more than what your stomach can take.

Instead of starving yourself, eat your phase-specific breakfast diligently. Eat it within 30 minutes of waking. before you start exercising. Remember that breakfast is the most important meal of the day!

2. Eat Fat-based snacks on Phase 3
avocadoFat based snacks like avocados, nuts, seeds, as well as turkey jerky, will keep your blood sugar stable, decreasing the temptation to indulge into carbs and sweet cravings. It is recommended you eat these snacks before and during the event.

3. Shift your FMD Phases for Thanksgiving Day

Since Thanksgiving Day falls on Thursday, it is hard to deal with the holiday while you’re in Phase 2. Granted you’re following the ideal fast metabolism diet plan, Phase 2 will mainly restrict you from eating most of the food served on the table. Instead, we’re going to shift your FMD phases for the next fortnight so that Thanksgiving Day will fall on Phase 3. You can apply the phase-rotation for Thanksgiving 2016 below:

  • Sunday, Nov 20, Phase 3
  • Monday, Nov 21, Phase 1
  • Tuesday, Nov 22, Phase 2
  • Wednesday, Nov 23, Phase 2
  • Thursday (Thanksgiving!) Nov 24, Phase 3
  • Friday, Nov 25, Phase 3
  • Saturday, Nov 26, Phase 3
  • Sunday, Nov 27, Phase 1
  • Monday, Nov 28, Phase 1

On Nov 28, your phase rotation for the week will be back to normal once again.

4. Have a Post-Detox Plan

Hope with Green: Green Easy Soup Recipe for Detoxing

After you get to enjoy the Thanksgiving Day, it is important to detoxify yourself from the food you ate last night. Have this incredibly easy and simple green recipe detox soup. Remember to double your veggies intake after Thanksgiving!

5. Enjoy the Event

Last but definitely not the least, try to enjoy and embrace the event! Don’t get so worked up! Stressing yourself will only worsen your condition. Your metabolism is healing already, so just relax and see how your metabolism fires up and burn those foods.

thanksgiving recipe ebook

The Fast Metabolism Diet Community wishes everyone a meaningful and delightful Thanksgiving! And here’s a small treat for you as we celebrate Thanksgiving – fast metabolism diet Thanksgiving 2016 recipes. We are truly thankful for the companionship we’ve built in this community. Now, we leave you with a question, what are you thankful for?

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.

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