How Healthy Hormones Promote Ideal Weight

How Healthy Hormones Promote Ideal

Did you know that excess weight around your waist is one of the signs that you’re undergoing a hormonal imbalance?

In addition to that, an extra belly fat in your abdomen may also indicate that you have high estrogen, low testosterone, low DHEA (a hormone of the adrenal glands), high insulin and high cortisol that sets a risky stage for aging, increasing the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

With numerous alarming health issues indicated above, the stubborn fat that sticks in the tummy must be rid off right away! To successfully do this, one should switch to living a healthy lifestyle by starting the day with a proper diet, exercise, sleep and of course, motivation.

But before anything else, you have to understand that one of the most important factors in order to obtain the ideal weight you’ve ever dreamed of is by to boosting your hormones and ensure that your hormones are in balance. Hormonal balance improves every aspect of your life. According to James Leigh Hunt:

“The groundwork of all happiness is health.”

Have you ever wondered how healthy hormones promote ideal weight? Here’s how:

Healthy Balance Hormones promote ideal weight by:

  1.   Strengthening your balance appetite so you won’t be very thin.
  2.   Helping you resist your cravings.
  3.   Helping your metabolism work to keep your body at a healthy weight.
  4.   Helping you feel more energetic without stress or anxiety.
  5.   Helping your mood to be elevated.
  6.   Helping you have a deep, restful, rejuvenating sleep every night.
  7.   Helping you have a sharp mind.

To maintain a balance hormone and to gain an ideal weight, it is recommended that you do the following:

  1. Avoid vitamins and supplements. It will affect your hormonal balance.
  2. Eat miracle foods. (Those are vegetables and fruits).
  3. Don’t take antidepressants. It may affect your weight.
  4. Avoid uncooked vegetables from the Brassica family, known as goitrogens can     cause hypothyroidism or an underproduction of the thyroid hormone. Hypothyroidism can result in a number of symptoms including weight gain, loss of appetite, fatigue, premature, loss of memory, and depression.
  5. Consider good fats. There are also good fats that play an important role in the Hormonal Health Diet. These fats are unsaturated fats, and they help the body produce hormones such as cholecystokinin, leptin, and glucagon-like peptide-1.

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As defined by many, “hormones are chemical messengers that regulate processes in our body. They are one factor in causing obesity. The hormones leptin and insulin, sex hormones and growth hormone influence our appetite, metabolism (the rate at which our body burns kilojoules for energy), and body fat distribution.”

That is how important maintaining healthy hormones is in overall wellness. With its several roles in your body, you need to keep it healthy so your body won’t develop serious illnesses.

Indeed, hormones play a key role in weight loss management.  If you just take care of your body and make your hormones balance, you’ll become a healthy individual not worrying about belly fats. If you want to stay healthy, be mindful of your diet by eating nutritious and healthy foods suited to your metabolism, take proper exercise, have enough sleep, and acquire positive mindset.

Don’t wait that one of your hormones will be at risk due to your unhealthy lifestyle. Because once one of your hormones will be out of balance, it will affect all the others. As what Dr. Isaacs reminds us:

“All your hormones affect one another.”

Lent Carrot Smoothie Recipe – Phase 1

This Lent Carrot smoothie will be a perfect recipe to calm your adrenals and help lower the stress hormones in your body this Lenten season.

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Minimizing the effects of ruining your metabolism, phase 1 foods also help ease your sensitive stomach after how many hours of food deprivation. Follow the steps below to prepare the Lent Carrot Smoothie:

Ingredients

  • 3 carrots
  • 1 mango (with peel)
  • 1 lime (without rind-cut it off)
  • 1 15 oz can lite Peaches
  • 3 cups of water

Instructions:

  • Put carrots, mango, lime, full can peaches/with juice and three cups of water in blender and blend. Chill and serve. Serving size is 1 2/3 cup.
  • Serve and enjoy!

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Catholic Lenten Fasting in Fast Metabolism Diet

Now that the Lenten season has unfolded, a no.of questions from dieters has also been raised with regards to what options they have, to make the fast metabolism diet a continuous course.

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We are aware that fasting is harsh in our metabolism. Be reminded that when our body is switched into starvation or survival mode, it starts depositing fats, for our body to survive. Which in turn defeats the whole purpose of doing the fast metabolism diet. How do we meet and follow our religious fasting obligation but not ruining your fast metabolism diet? Here are the tips you can apply this Lenten season:

  1. Eat a Phase 3 dinner meal the night before you fast

The night before you start fasting, let’s say on Tuesday night, go for a full Phase 3 dinner meal (Lean Protein, healthy fat, fruits, vegetables). No matter what phase you’re in right now, you can disregard your phase-specific meal for the night and go for Phase 3 meal. But instead of eating a grain, try to eat sweet potato or legumes, also try to eat  phase 1 fruits.These foods will help stabilize your blood sugar and calm the adrenaline in your body.

  1. Drink lots of water during your fasting

Continue drinking the usual amount of water during the fasting days. As much as possible, stick to the plain string water as it has the best electrolytes among other types of water.  Drinking water can keep you hydrated and let your liver run smoothly.

  1. Have a protein-based snack in the morning during fasting

The Christian fasting may allow us to have one full meal and two snacks throughout the day for Holy Wednesday and Good Friday. In these days, eat a protein-based snack in the morning (e.g. hard-boiled eggs, smoked salmon) and don’t forget to include vegetables in it. After your morning snack, you can have a your main meal on the afternoon (protein, vegetables, grain and healthy fat). For the late afternoon/early night snack you can eat raw nuts with veggies.

  1. Eat Phase 1 breakfast meal after fasting

After how many hours of food deprivation and fasting, it is no doubt that your stomach will be sensitive. We need to treat it gently and not overdo your first meal. Eat Phase 1 breakfast meal like oatmeal, quinoa porridge or even soft brown rice. You can add cinnamon or nutmeg and stevia for flavors. You can eat strawberries or blackberries for fruits. These phase 1 foods will help calm your adrenalines and your sensitive stomach. Afterwards you can resume on eating your phased-specific meals in the afternoon and go back to your normal track once again.

Hope this helps everyone who would choose to go fasting this Holy Week. May we have a meaningful one.

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Lemon Herb Baked Salmon – Phase 3

Now that the Lenten season is being observed by many Christians, the anxiety of our fast metabolism dieters could escalate because this season reminds us also to go fasting. It’s the time when we are called upon to give up some vices and live a simple life so we can share to the needy. Oftentimes, Turkey, Chicken, Pork and meat recipes are commonly the ones to give up on Holy Week. As an effect, we might end up worrying of the outcome the fasting practice brings to us. Fasting could somehow disrupt the diet flow but let us realize that it could also be the best time to lose weight and give up some of our favorite foods.

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To anticipate for the Holy Week, The Fast Metabolism Diet Community will be posting tips, recipes and other related topics to deal the significant week properly. To start off our fast metabolism diet lenten series, here’s a healthy Fish recipe for Phase 3, you can try – Lemon Herb Baked Salmon.

This recipe is quick and easy to make, and you can also serve it with a fresh, green salad or baked potato for a satiating and delicious meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup extra olive oil
  • 2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 tsp. dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground pepper
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 salmon fillets (skinless) – approximately 6 ounces (180 grams) each

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Spray a broiler pan with non-stick spray.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients except salmon.
  3. Place salmon in a pan. Pour marinade over salmon. Marinate for 1/2 hour.
  4. Discard marinade. Place salmon on the broiler pan. Bake in the oven for 5-6 minutes on each side, or until fish flakes easily.
  5. Serve. Enjoy eating!

Yields: 4 servings.

The Metabolic Truth About the Fast Metabolism Diet

If you are new in the fast metabolism diet, you might be surprised and feel awkward with how the fast metabolism diet works. Contrary to the traditional diet we’re familiar with, you find yourself confused about the opposing ideas and principles from traditional diet and FMD. One thing is for sure, the community doesn’t want  to create confusion to its followers while undertaking the diet’s journey. So let’s refocus on healing your metabolism and in losing weight. Here is the metabolic truth you need to know to clear some speculations:

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You must EAT food to lose Weight

In the traditional diet we’ve learned that if you wanted to lose weight, you should eat less food. That is NOT true. Why? If you eat less food, your body will send signals to your body to store fat since your body didn’t know when it could receive food again. Withholding yourself from eating will totally ruin your dieting. And we don’t want that! We wanted to eliminate those fats in your body. We are required to eat and eat only the allowed food list. Eating the right food strategically will enhance your metabolism. The moment your metabolism starts kicking, will burn the fats and food you eat and convert it into fuel.

Another thought to ponder on is that, you need to eat breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. In the fast metabolism diet, it is strongly advised not skip it. Be sure to eat breakfast within 30 minutes after waking up. And remember, don’t engage to workouts or exercise without having breakfast yet.

Losing Weight is Not About Calories

Are you familiar with the term “calories in, calories out”? Do you experience frequent headache computing how much food you should eat to follow the right calorie intake? Well, to tell you, you’re not studying Math here! Don’t bother yourself with those calories, instead focus yourself on eating the right and allowed foods on your phase. Dieting is about eating the right and nutritious food to lose weight not calculating calories. Save yourself from that mindset!

Drinking Water is important in Losing Weight

Drinking water is important if you wanted to lose weight quickly. Almost 70% of your body is composed of water. Without water, your body couldn’t function very well. That also means if you’re not drinking enough water, your metabolism won’t be able to function well and burn the fats in your body. Water is very helpful in cleansing your body as it secretes toxins out of your body.

In fast metabolism diet, it is recommended for you to drink half of your body weight in ounces.

With these metabolic truths, it’s time for you to adjust your mindset and be friends with food again. I wish you a happy and healthy journey as you go on the fast metabolism diet.

Tips on How to beat the Never Ending Weight Plateau!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Beat Sugar Cravings on Valentine’s Day

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

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

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

Tips in Beating Sugar Cravings for Dieters

  • Diminish Cravings Though A Cold Turkey

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

  • Eat Nuts and Fruits

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

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

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

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Pistachios – only allowed on Phase 3

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

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

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Navitas Naturals Organic Raw Cacao Nibs – Phase 3
Recipes:

Cacao Chia Seed Pudding

Coconut Snowball Cookies with Cacao Nibs

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  • Taking Your Mind Out From the Food

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

  • Quality of the Food

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

  • Regular Intake of Food

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

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

Other Foods to Curb Sugar Cravings:

Red Beet Crystals – good for Phase 1 & 3

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

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

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

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

Cacao Chia Seed Pudding – Phase 3

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

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

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PREP TIME: 5 mins

TOTAL TIME: 5 mins

INGREDIENTS

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

INSTRUCTIONS

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

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

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A healthy valentines for you and your date!

Sweet Potato Tuna Patties – Phase 3

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

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

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