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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.

4 Tips on How to Lose Fats On Your Hips and Thigh Areas

While most of the fast metabolism dieters are ecstatic that they are finally shedding some pounds and nearing to achieve a leaner body, others get frustrated seeing no results around their lower body leaving them with same pesky fat on some areas. Some are having a hard time losing those fats on our belly, hips, and thighs, why do such phenomenon occurs in our fitness journey?

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How do we lose those pesky fat for real? Here are our top 4 tips to help you shed those undesirable fats and finally achieve the body you’ve been working on!

1. Emphasize More Your Cardio and Strength Training Exercise

Fortunately, we incorporated these exercise to the fast metabolism diet program already, so you should be losing fat around those areas. But if you still find yourself having a hard time, you can lose more by slightly increasing your exercise workout duration from 30-45 minutes.

Aside from the usual weightlifting, you can also do regular squats, jumping squats, lunges, leg extensions and curls to emphasize on working out your thighs and hips to lose weight around those areas.

2. Aerobic Exercise

Aside from doing your phase-specific exercise, we also encourage you to be as physically active as possible. Climb the stairs instead of riding elevators. Climbing stairs, and cycling are great forms of aerobic exercise that work well on your legs and thighs. It also builds your stamina and endurance.

3. Yoga

When you’re in phase 3, we recommend you do Surya Namaskar as your exercise. This will make your body flexible and tight. You’ll also feel refreshed and gives your body an energy boost.

4. Apple Cider Vinegar

It is popularly known that apple cider vinegar has become our great companion throughout this diet. This type of vinegar has numerous health benefits and it aids in losing weight. You can use it to help relieve the tensions in your muscles through massage. Just mix 2 cups of raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar and 1/2 cup of olive or coconut oil. Massage it on your hips and thighs for 10 minutes. Leave it for 30 minutes and rinse with water afterward.

These tips are easily said than done, but if you are just willing to go the extra mile for the sake of your health, then these things will eventually be easy as a pie. Never ever let something get in the way of achieving a good health and finally eliminating those undesirable fats.

Top 10 Summer Foods for Weight Loss

As you start to land on your age of 20’s, your metabolism becomes slow and an increase of number shows up on the scale.

Due to this alarming fact, you become anxious about gaining weight, especially when summer falls and you are planning to wear your bikinis (for women) and swimming trunks (for men), or perhaps plan for outdoor activities, yet you’re having a difficulty to catch your breath and makes you feel uncomfortable.

Admit it or not, I know you’re also one of those who wishes to consume foods that can do magic, wherein you can happily eat as much as you want and won’t even affect your weight. If you’re guilty and currently dealing with this embarrassing moment, then, you must not worry today!

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As advised by Zidenberg-Cherr, “Eat foods that make you feel full and satisfied, and your body won’t want to consume as many calories, so you’ll ultimately shed stubborn pounds”. Pertaining to the recommended healthy foods that can help lose weight, you need to eat vegetables, fruits and whole grains.

There might be no magic foods mentioned, but there are summer foods that could help you lose weight. To specify those healthy foods you need to dig in, here’s our list:

  1. Watermelon

This watery-fruit contains fiber that binds and carries fat out from your body. And according to studies, it also comprises a great percentage of water that will make you hydrated and may increase your overall calorie expenditure. A fruit that’s perfect for summer!

  1. Cold Vegetable Soups

Just like watermelon, cold vegetable soups are also rich in fiber that can help diminish your appetite and calorie intake. Since soups mainly made-up of water, you can dig in a large serving without worrying about adding pounds to your body.

For the chilled soups to prepare, you can have Creamy Cold Cucumber Soup, Peach or Watermelon Gazpacho, Chilled Pea, Avocado, and Mint Soup, Chilled Mango Raspberry Soup, Creamy Vegan Corn and Red Pepper Blender Soup and more.

  1. Kale

This vegetable is one of the icon foods of good health. Kale consists of isothiocyanates that boost your body’s detoxification capability. It also contains vitamin A and tons of fiber.

  1. Summer Squash

I know you don’t have a problem in eating squash because this has been the favorite of many and mostly kids. This kind of veggie is a low-calorie food that can help you lose weight better, and contains dietary fiber.

  1. Strawberries

This healthy fruit is also packed with fiber and nutrients that are good for your body. Eating strawberries is also recommended because it can effectively help control your calorie intake.

  1. Tomatoes

This food is also a great source of water. Tomatoes are low in calories and carbohydrates, and produce plenty of nutrients. This veggie can also help you slim down and keep your calorie intake low.

  1. Spicy Salsa

Spicy salsas consist of fewer calories and veggies rich with nutrients. According to some studies and shown evidence of research, consuming spicy salsa can make you eat less because it’s consisted of Capsaicinoids, which are chemicals found in hot chili peppers. The chemicals also go to your fat cells and reduce abdominal fat.

  1. Avocados

This fruit is also nutritious as it contain a unique mix of healthy fats and fiber. Avocados are also low in sugar, low-calorie, vitamin-rich and full of important nutrients that can help dieters to reduce weight.

  1. Cucumbers

This vegetable is rich in minerals, antioxidants and vitamins. Cucumbers can also help you detox, and are effective for weight loss. What’s amazing about cucumbers is it also consist of polyphenol compounds, and as caused by oxidative stress, it can help on reducing the speed of ageing.

  1. Pineapples

Pineapple is a tropical fruit that contains two potent enzymes, and these enzymes can help metabolize your body fat and speeds up the digestion process.

For other summer foods that can help you trim your weight down are grilled vegetables, grilled seafood, raspberries, iced hibiscus tea, jicama, frozen fruits, grapefruit, and more.

As we all know, dieting alone won’t work well unless we also do proper exercise. So to aim your goal for summer, you must start to eat, move and live right!

4 Signs You’ll Notice When You Lose Weight

Oftentimes we use the scale as a basis to determine how much weight we lost, without realizing that the scale cannot tell us exactly whether we’re losing weight or not. More so, the scale cannot tell you how much muscles you’ve gained (and weighed) and how much fats you actually lose.

4 Signs You'll Notice When You Lose WeightDid you know that the best way to determine whether you’re losing weight or not is by listening to the signals your body is sending you? Understanding your own body’s needs can help you assess your current lifestyle so you can make necessary changes to your fast metabolism diet plan for a continuous weight loss. Start watching out for these 4 signs to determine whether you’re losing weight or not.

1. You Need to Resize Your Rings

When you start losing weight, your finger’s size surprisingly shrink too. This is because your fingers also store fats like the rest of your body. Water retention can increase your ring size and if you’ve lost some weight, the tissue releases those water weight as well as the fats around your fingers. You will also notice this change on your shoe size.

2. You Look Thinner When You Look Yourself On the Mirror

The mirror is deemed to be our greatest enemies in our ‘weight conscious stage’. After all, who wants to be reminded of how we’ve gotten out of control when it comes to our food and lifestyle choices, but before you decide to pack that mirror and hide it in your basement, you might want to think twice!

Mirrors can actually become our best friend when we’re trying to lose weight. You may see yourself developing curves, belly flattened, and lean muscles developed even though you’re not losing weight on the scale. Looking and reflecting at the new you will keep you motivated until you’ve reach your desired weight.
Another way to keep track of your progress is by taking a before and after picture.

3. You Feel Colder than Before

Fats are a natural insulator, so you naturally find yourself able to withstand the chilly breeze every time you go to movie theaters or air-conditioned rooms. But when you started losing weight, you’ll feel yourself becoming sensitive to the changes in temperature and start developing a habit of keeping your sweater or jacket with you when going to cold places!

4. You’re Less than Likely to Crave Sweet Foods

One of the astounding benefits of losing weight is the ability to control your cravings for sweets. You enjoy the perks of losing weight while giving in to your sweet tooth BUT in moderation or none at all. You can also read the article Overcoming Your Sweets Cravings to know more about this topic.

Remember that it’s okay to evaluate your weight loss success on a bigger picture (e.g. weighing on the scale), but it’s also important not to overlook these small but essential changes in your body. Don’t let yourself be enslaved with the numbers projected on the scale. Instead, try to listen to what your body’s telling you and start acting accordingly.

Tips on How to Gain a Fabulous But Affordable Wardrobe While Losing Weight

One of the most highly-anticipated and life changing events we want to see in our fast metabolism diet journey is, of course, results. There is nothing more gratifying than to witness our body getting rid of those unhealthy fats and shedding off some extra pounds. We are all thrilled to see how our body transforms into a fit and fab one with likeable curves as a result of our hard work during the past few weeks of diet maintenance.

Tips on How to Gain a Fabulous But Affordable Wardrobe While Losing Weight 2While the thought of finally achieving our weight goal sounds awesome, we can’t help but feel anxious with what to do with our wardrobe. Do we need to get rid of them at this early stage? Do we have to buy a complete set of new wardrobes? We have some answers for your questions. In this blog post, we will give you tips on how to gain a fashionable yet affordable wardrobe without taking a toll on your budget.

1. Keep Wearing the Clothes You like

Is there a time in your life where you keep on wearing your favorite clothes over and over again almost to a point when everyone is suspecting you as homeless? Well,those favorite clothes of yours make you feel comfortable, so do keep them even if you’re losing weight. You can still wear your favorite belts, scarves, and sweaters while you are on a diet. You can still wear it up until you lose 20 pounds.

2. Don’t Buy Everything at Once

If you’ve lost more than 20 pounds, it’s ideal for you to go shopping and buy new clothes. However, try to limit your purchase up to 2 quantities per item. Since this is only the beginning of your weight loss, chances are, you are still going to continue losing weight so buying 5 pairs of jeans and shirts in one go just won’t do. You’ll only be wasting them since you’re bound to change your wardrobe all over again.

Instead, try to find the ‘comfort level’. Buy 2 pieces of jeans and shirt. If you lose more weight, you wouldn’t worry so much over tossing the jeans and shirts you recently bought since there’s only a few of them. If you still managed to maintain your current weight, then it’s time for you to buy more!

3. Redesign your Used Clothing

If you love sewing and have a deep fashion sense, then this is the perfect opportunity for you to use your creativity! Jazz up your used clothing and pair it with accessories to create a totally new outfit that put up with the latest trends in fashion.

4. Go for Resale and Thrift Stores

If you don’t mind using slightly used clothing, resale and thrift stores are a great way to save money while buying the outfits you want. Thrift stores generally don’t allow returning of items, so be sure to try your outfits on before buying and leaving the store. You can also check out for discounts, promo sales (like Black Friday and Cyber Monday) to save up.

5. Trading Your Clothes

If you have a weight loss circle around your neighborhood, try to trade your clothes to someone your size before. You can check people in your fitness class, resale shops, and social group. This will also encourage you in keeping your current weight since you are aware that your larger clothes are now gone!

It’s a norm for girls to perceive shopping as our reward mechanism for weight loss success. We’ve been dying to try those pretty clothes we saw at the mall before we reached our target weight, and now it’s in the tip of our fingers! But a little reminder, spending money is not the only way to make you look good and feel good. Get creative with your used clothing and you will  feel more positive and confident about yourself.

Top 4 FMD Compliant Condiments You Can Use For Your Salad Dressings

Some people find it challenging to have vegetables as their main course on daily basis, especially hard upon starting the diet. Being a picky eater would only put us into trouble because we will not fully receive the benefits out of the fast metabolism diet if we are to limit our food choices. A well rounded diet is the key to an enjoyable and healthy weight loss journey. Logically speaking, our meals need to have some variations so that our weight won’t get stuck.

Top 4 FMD Compliant Condiments You Can Use For Your Salad Dressings

To overcome this challenge, we become creative in the kitchen by incorporating vegetables to favorite recipes. We’ve added them to blend to our morning smoothies, our favorite soups, pizzas, and chips. However, we can’t deny that one of the most popular and basic ways to prep our veggies is by turning them into salads.

When we say salad, it means dressings as well right? So we will provide the top condiments you can use for your salads, here are our top 4 FMD Compliant Condiments you can use:

1. Coconut Aminos – All Phases

coconut aminosCoconut aminos contain fresh herbs and spices that enhance the flavor of your favorite recipes and also promotes healthy digestion and reduce inflammation. It contains micronutrients that help fine-tune your metabolism. What’s great about coconut aminos is that it’s a naturally fermented sauce and it’s entirely gluten and soy-free. This is a perfect dressing for your salad, soups, and even marinades.

2. Chipotle – All Phases

If you like to add some spice to your salad, or if you are really just a spicy food-lover then this chipotle is perfect for you! Spicy condiments like chipotle contain capsaicin that helps the release of adrenaline into our body and triggers the thermogenesis process. This process can help burn more fats and lose more weight in the process!

3. Safflower Mayonnaise – Phase 3

Hain Pure Foods Lite Safflower Mayonnaise, 24 OunceIf you are fond of white, smooth, and creamy texture and delicious taste of mayonnaise, then you opt to use this safflower mayonnaise. This mayonnaise is composed of safflower oil, and this healthy fat not only aids you in weight loss but it also improves your hair health and skin.

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4. Hummus Dressing – Phase 3

Hummus is now known as one of the superfoods because it is loaded with protein, fiber, and carb that helps slow digestion and keep you feeling full and satisfied.

If you enjoy this post, don’t hesitate to share to your friends also know as ‘salad buddy’!

Chicken Skillet with Spicy Tomato Sauce and Avocado Cream – Phase 3

Want some delicious recipe to spice up your night? Try our Chicken Skillet with Spicy Tomato Sauce and Avocado Cream! Topped with your favorite smoky-spicy chipotle paired with avocado sour cream sauce to make a blending sweet and spicy flavor.

Chicken Skillet with Spicy Tomato Sauce and Avocado Cream - Phase 3

Serving Size: 4

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 (1 pound total) boneless, skinless chicken breasts, halved
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • Freshly grounded black pepper, to taste
  • Olive oil spray
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 small onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce or 28 ounce of crushed tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle pepper in adobo
  • Juice of ½ squeezed lime
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

    AVOCADO SAUCE:

  • 1/4 cup coconut sour cream (see below for instructions)
  • 1 ounce avocado
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro leaves
  • ½ small jalapeno pepper, seeds and membrane removed
  • 1 small garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1  tablespoon water, as needed

Coconut Sour Cream:

For preparing Coconut Sour Cream:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, lemon juice and salt until combined.
  2. Adjust salt to taste and add more lemon, if desired.
  3. Refrigerate for about an hour before serving to allow flavors to combine.
  4. Depending on the coconut milk you buy, your sour cream might end up a little grainier than dairy sour cream. You can also strain it through a fine sieve if you want it extra smooth.

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Place the chicken breast halves between 2 pieces of plastic wrap or parchment and lightly pound to even thickness.  Season both sides with ¼ teaspoon salt and pepper.
  2. Heat large non-stick skillet over medium high heat.  Spray with olive oil spray, add chicken breasts and brown each side, 2 minutes each.  Remove chicken from pan and set aside on a plate.
  3. Reduce heat to medium, add oil and onions and sauté, scraping brown bits with a wooden spoon, about 3 minutes or until onions are tender.  Add garlic and sauté 30 seconds more.  Add tomato sauce, chicken broth, ½ teaspoon salt, cumin, chipotle pepper and adobo sauce, stir and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium low, return chicken to pan, cover and cook 8 to 10 minutes more or until chicken is cooked through. Add lime juice.
  4. Meanwhile, to make the avocado sauce combine all sauce ingredients in a small blender and process until smooth and uniform in color.
  5. To serve: Top each chicken breast half with tomato sauce mixture, avocado sauce and garnish with cilantro.

Note: You can topped it with quinoa or wild rice to complete your meal!

3 Effective Tips in Maintaining Your Weight Loss

One of the biggest challenges a lot of us are facing while enjoying a new weight is how to maintain it. On the first few days or weeks, seeing the positive results of the diet gives us an ecstatic feeling. Whew finally, we’re losing weight accordingly after trying different programs! But suddenly it didn’t turned out well in the middle of the second or third week, you found your weight got stuck!

3 Effective Tips in Maintaining Your Weight Loss

Your confidence then starts to shatter and you found yourself sulking in the corner, wondering what went wrong for you to break the momentum of losing weight.

But before you wallow yourself in self-pity, you might want to reconsider reading these tips in order for you to maintain your weight loss and prevent gaining!

1. Develop a Reward System that Doesn’t involve with Food

One of the common mistakes we’re committing while losing weight is to reward ourselves with food the moment we hit our weight loss goal. While it is gratifying to treat ourselves with our favorite foods (also known as cheating days), we tend to forget about controlling our portions, hence, one of the main reasons for gaining the weight you’ve recently lose back!

Instead of rewarding yourself for a job well done with food, develop a different kind of reward system. You can reward yourself with buying and trying fitting clothes (which you were unable to do before)! Clothes are a great way in motivating yourself to continue doing the diet and lose weight! If you’re not fond of clothes, you can treat yourself to a movie, spa, or massage treatment. In this way, you will not be tempted into indulging with too much food.

If you can’t help but reward yourself with foods, at least be sure to only eat the phase-specific and healthy ones. In this way, you will not be tempted in unhealthy cravings and binge eating.

2. Stick with What Works

Have you ever find yourself losing more weight if you dance rather than doing cardio in Phase 1? Did you lose weight in eating sweet potatoes rather than eating brown rice as your source of grains? These little things are crucial to your weight loss. Try to notice what’s your body’s been telling you about your food intake. Stick to what works for a little while and drop those activities that make you uncomfortable.

3. Find a Weight Loss Buddy

It’s really challenging to lose weight if the people around you are dragging you down. When you’ve gained back your weight in the middle of the diet, the naysayers will probably attack you and discourage you in continuing your diet.

Instead of letting yourself be dragged down by the likes of them, surround yourself with a loving, and caring support group like the fast metabolism diet community. As dieters, we can relate to your frustrations totally. And because of that, we are your perfect buddy to encourage you in not giving up.

We will be here to remind you of your goals, your dreams, your desire. We will be here to encourage you in living a healthier lifestyle. We will be your accountability partner to remind you of your goal. To remind you how the fast metabolism diet works and help you determine what had gone wrong for you to lose track of losing weight.

Just like in life, you can’t expect everything to fall into places. There will be times where you’ll fall off from the weight loss wagon, met some struggles and challenges along the way, but what matters the most is your determination to pursue and finish the diet program. Remember that fast metabolism diet is a healthy lifestyle, and there’s nothing we ever wanted than to see you live a healthy life that you deserve!

4 Effective Exercises You can Do on your Desk

Everybody is aware that aside from healthy eating, exercise is crucial for our overall health and well-being. Physical activities such as exercise helps in repairing our muscles and burning fats, to transform it into an energy.

4 Effective Exercise You can Do on your DeskHowever, it is easier said than done. With our hectic schedules and personal appointments, its is sometimes hard to make a room for exercise. Not to mention we are primarily living a sedentary lifestyle. Sitting for 8 hours in the office makes us feel sluggish and tired. This, in turn, discouraged us from committing a workout regimen.

But did you know that you can turn this circumstance into your favor to promote physical activity and more body movements? Yes! There are some quick and easy exercises that you can do in your office (even at your desk) while working!

In this blog post, we will learn these mini work-out you can perform at the office to help you become fit without interrupting your hectic schedule.

1. Exercise your legs

Your blood circulation is greatly affected when you’re sitting for a longer period of time, especially in your legs. Let’s correct the blood circulation by doing this exercise.

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While sitting at your desk, slowly extend your legs and try to reach down toward your toes. Keep it for a few minutes and repeat the process as many times as you can.

2. Chair Squats

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Chair squats are beneficial for your entire body. It helps you ease the pain on your lower back, quads, and it tightens your buttocks. To perform this exercise, you need to stand 6″ in front of your chair and slowly lower yourself down until your butt touches the edge of your chair. Pop back up and repeat the exercise whenever you can.

3. Wrist stretch

Aside from the possibility of hurting your lower back from sitting all day, I bet your fingers are also tired from all the typing tasks. This exercise will help you ease the pain and numbness you’re feeling with your hands. The following are the steps in performing the exercise:

  • Extend your arm in front of you with your palm down.
  • Bend your wrist, pointing your hand toward the floor.
  • With your other hand, gently bend your wrist farther until you
  • feel a mild to moderate stretch in your forearm.
  • Hold for at least 15 to 30 seconds. Repeat 2 to 4 times.

4. Walk to the stairs as you go on floors

Instead of taking the elevators and escalators, take the time to walk on the stairs as you go on floors for your work routine. This is a great walking exercise and keeps your metabolism on fire.

Conclusion:

No matter how busy you are, the fast metabolism diet community firmly believes that we can find a time to be more physically active in our own little ways. Instead of stressing yourself from failing to perform your phase-specific exercise, seize every moment and turn it into an opportunity to move your body.

Q & A: Addressing Top 50 Fast Metabolism Diet Questions

Living a healthy lifestyle is a choice that we get to make on a daily basis. The challenges and temptations are rampant in our society but at the end of the day, it all boils down to the choices that we make.

Q & A Portion Addressing Top 50 Fast Metabolism Diet Questions

Hence, being able to make an INFORMED decision/choice is one of the key factors in making our diet plan work. Forgetting the basic rules in weight loss is a big no-no. And so, we’ve compiled these top 50 specific questions raised by our dieters that will serve as a refresher on how the fast metabolism diet plan works.

1. I found myself gaining weight in Phase 3.

Try using starchy vegetables instead of grains. Substitute sweet potato, beans, or winter squash at dinner instead of rice or quinoa.

2. Can I have RAW (no other ingredients added) honey, agave, and maple syrup as my sweetener?

The only allowed sweetener during the fast metabolism diet plan is stevia and xylitol. You can use other raw sweeteners in maintenance.

3. Can I start Phase 1 on any day?

Absolutely. Starting Phase 1 on Monday is only a typical guide for our meal map. You can start at any day you want.

4. I am feeling hungry all the time! What should I do?

You can consume phase-specific vegetables and increase your water intake. Water keeps you full and is great in helping you control that pesky over-eating urges.

5. How to control binge eating and cravings after lunch and dinner?

Divert your attention elsewhere other than eating. Read a book or play an instrument. Here are some great tips on how to control your unhealthy indulgence.

6. Fruit contains sugar. Should I eat it?

Yes, you can eat it raw, fresh, or frozen (not dry). Just don’t drink it in the form of juice.

7. Why does kale taste so gross but everyone raves about it?

You have to “massage” it.

8. What’s the deal with celebrities cutting dairy and losing so much weight?

Lactose can cause bloating.

9. Smoothies or juices?

Go for smoothies. Juices can spike your blood sugar quickly.

10. Can I eat all types of fish?

No. Avoid eating tilapia, catfish, and swordfish as much as possible. They are farmed and are primarily fed by antibiotics and soy.

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11. Is coffee good for me?

No. Avoid coffee as much as possible. Here are healthier coffee alternatives. 

12. Is wheat bread always better than white?

No. They still contain gluten. Go for sprouted wheat bread instead.

13. Margarine or butter?

Neither. It is always better to go for olive oil (in Phase 3).

14. What’s the first thing I should do when I wake up?

Eat your breakfast or snack 30 minutes within waking up and drink a glass of water.

15. What’s the healthiest nut to eat?

Walnuts.

16. Should I eat the yolk?

It is recommended to eat the yolks only on Phase 3.

17. Can I eat beans?

Of course! You can substitute beans (or other legumes) for meat, especially if you’re a vegetarian.

18. Which is healthier, chicken or turkey?

Turkey. Click here for healthy turkey recipes.

19. Any tricks to get my kids to eat vegetables?

Here are some tips to encourage your kids in eating veggies 

20. What can I add to my smoothies to make them healthier?

Healthy fats like avocado, chia seeds, and flax seeds.

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21. Which oatmeal should I eat?

Go for steel cut oatmeals. No instant!

22. Cacao or Cocoa? Which is which?

Cocoa is just another term for cacao. They are basically the same!

23. Can I have my cheat day?

If possible, no. But if it’s inevitable to attend parties and special events, apply these tips to minimize its effects in your metabolism. Remember that moderation is the key.

24. Should I take my vitamin supplements?

Yes, you can take them while you’re on the fast metabolism diet. However, you need to remember that nothing beats a healthy diet. Your supplement intake should go along with healthy diet and exercise.

25. Can I drink an alcoholic beverage?

Like coffee, alcohol is a major metabolism killer. If possible, avoid it. If it’s inevitable, your best option would be organic sulfite-free red wine. Here are some tips for dealing with alcoholic drinks 

26. I am confused regarding the protein/fat in Phase 3. Do I have to eat either one or both?

Both.

27. I messed up! Should I start over?

You don’t need to. Move on and get back on track during your next meal/snack.

28. I am a vegetarian/vegan. What can I use as a replacement for meat in Phase 1 and 3?

You can substitute it with legumes. Here are healthy tips for vegetarians.

29. Are veggie chips healthy?

No.

30. True or false: Chocolate is actually healthy?

Only if it’s 70%+ cacao. Check out our mouthwatering chocolate recipes.

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31. Soup or salad?

Soup. Vegetable soup!

32.  What’s the deal with BPA?

It’s like dosing with estrogen. Go for BPA free water container. 

33. Is fresh fruit healthier than frozen?

No. Frozen is usually better.

34. Pinto, navy, kidney: Are all beans the same?

Darker beans mean more nutrition.

35. What’s is the condiment that I should keep?

Mustard

36. What’s the single most important healthy resolution I can make?

Eat less sugar.

37. I can lose weight in the summer, but I regain it in the fall. Help!

To get back on track, try to think about how you lost the weight in the first place. “Whatever worked for you then will probably work for you in a maintenance phase,” says Jenna A. Bell Wilson, Ph.D., R.D.

38. What kind of water can I drink in Fast Metabolism Diet?

The best choice would be a natural spring water. You can have Seltzer or Perrier water after you’ve met your water requirement.

39. I am having a severe headache as I started the diet.

You are most likely having a caffeine withdrawal. You can apply these tips to alleviate the pain you’re experiencing.

40. How about a few more days?

If you’re still having headaches after a few more days, it might be caused by sugar craving. Check out these remedies to fight intense sugar cravings.

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41. I am craving for pasta! What can I substitute for pasta?

You can have brown rice pasta and quinoa pasta for Phase 1. Quinoa, Kamut, buckwheat, and spelt or sprouted pasta.

42. Is salmon allowed in each phase? I thought only in phase 3 since it only lists smoked salmon nitrate free in all phases

Only Smoked Salmon is allowed in Phase 2. However, you get to enjoy a little bit of freedom when you reach phase 3 as you can chow on any Salmon dish when you reach this phase. All must be nitrate-free though.

43. Are meat portions measured as raw or cooked?

Raw.

44. Is v8 juice allowed in the diet? It’s not a fruit juice.

Any kind of juice is not allowed in the diet.

45. The recipe I want to cook has ingredients that are not allowed in the diet. What should I do?

You can find a substitute for the ingredients that are allowed in the fast metabolism diet here.

46. What is whipped cream composed of?

Egg whites and almond/coconut/rice milk (depending on your Phase).

47. Is tahini allowed in the diet?

Only in Phase 3.

48. Is there a difference between the various Phase 1s throughout the four weeks? (Same question for other Phases)

No. It is still the same phase. But you can vary your foods and exercise every week as long as it is still phase specific.

49. Is there an android version for the fast metabolism app?

The android app for the fast metabolism diet is now available! Get it on Google play.

50. Where can I get some delectable and healthy recipe ideas?

Browse our Pinterest page for healthy and delectable fast metabolism diet recipes.

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