10 Effective Food Alterations for Weight Loss

FOOD ALTERATIONS

Losing weight demands so much effort from doing food alterations down to paying attention on what you’re eating. Sometimes, it can also make you feel like you are losing your mind for having no choice but, reduce your weight so you can live a healthier life and avoid diseases.

In order to make your weight loss journey happen naturally in a way that you’ll not feel so exhausted, we will introduce the 10 effective food modifications that are much more effective these days.

For you to be guided of what will be those acceptable food adjustments intended for dieters like you, you may refer to our random list below.

  1. Make it a habit to drink water before and after meal

This kind of technique is truly effective and you may take it from my experience. Drinking lots of water can make you feel full and end up consuming less food.

  1. Alter water’s taste into healthy flavors

If you’re struggling of drinking 8-16 glasses of water per day, then you must look for ways such as adding flavors on it, e.g. mint, pineapple, lemon, cucumber, ginger and any other fruits or veggies to improve its taste and feel refreshed.

  1. Consume vegetables for breakfast

Avoid stomach bloating by preparing healthy breakfast every morning. Veggies are low in calories, filled with vitamins and minerals, and are also a great source of fiber.

If you’re fond of smoothies, you can also have an alteration versions wherein you will add oatmeal, chopped spinach, and eggs.

  1. Choose the smallest-sized drink

This time, you need to adjust your usual beverage orders from the largest to smallest in order to avoid hundred calories consumption and make your diet work.

  1. Turn your oatmeal in to a savory one

If you’re thinking what to eat in the morning that is high in protein, you can make your oatmeal savory. The process would be the following:

– cook 1/3 cup of plain oats with one tablespoon of ground flax

– your favorite spice blend (garlic powder, ground ginger, paprika, and turmeric)

– milk (or unsweetened non-dairy milk) for a dose of protein

– add in grated zucchini for volume and extra fiber and top with a fried egg for extra protein

  1. Take carbs & protein for post-workout

Did you know that it’s good to consume carbs & protein during post-workout? That is because our body uses carbs as energy and protein will go to our muscles or any part of our body. If you have lean muscles, your metabolism will become faster.

You can try making a protein shake by adding a banana / frozen mango / slice pineapple and or peaches.

  1. Stick to between 3-5 hours eating schedule

When you’re on a diet, don’t ever think of skipping your meals instead, you must eat atleast small amount of meals and snacks to aid your metabolic rate. In order to help regulate your metabolism, appetite, energy and hormones, you need to follow the schedule of when to eat, and it is said to be between three to five hours because that’s the time of your true biological hunger attacks.

  1. Eat foods with protein every day

You need to eat protein because it can make you less attracted to eat unhealthy foods and may also alleviate your blood sugar. You can take a bite on rich in protein meals or snacks such as fish, chicken, lean meat, beans, turkey, and eggs.

  1. Enjoy veggie salad for dinner

By eating green leafy salad for your dinner makes you full and end up eating your main dish lesser. Take note that in preparing a veggie salad, choose the oil-based and not the creamy dressing to avoid too much calories intake.

  1. Keep the veggie, protein and carbs in order

It’s important to eat fiber-rich veggies first, second is protein and third is foods rich with carbs. This is a great technique in order for you to take plenty of nutrients from the first and second meal order, and will take less from the third one.

There are actually lots of healthy food alterations you can make that you can easily do around your kitchen. In fact, it’s all easy to follow and remember. The list I shared above are just some of the helpful food modification ideas you can refer.

8 Ways to Lose Weight Without Diet or Exercise

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

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

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

  1. INCREASE WATER INTAKE

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

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

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

  1. SWTICH to ACTIVE LIFESTYLE

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

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

  1. FOLLOW the RIGHT SLEEPING PATTERN

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

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

  1. AVOID STRESS

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

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

  1. GET RID of ELECTRONICS during MEAL TIME

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

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

  1. BE EXPOSED to the SUN

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

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

  1. CHANGE the COLOR of YOUR DINING ROOM

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

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

  1. MAINTAIN a PERFECT POSTURE

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

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

5 Tips That Will Help You Lose Weight before Noon

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

  1. Take it slow during breakfast.

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

  1. Eggs in the morning.

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

  1. Get some sunshine.

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

  1. Get more sleep.

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

  1. Have your toast with the butter side down.

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

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

Kale Chips – Phase 2

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Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale
  • sea salt
  • Brewer’s yeast
  • Ground ginger
  • Chili powder or black pepper for seasoning

Directions

You can use your oven toaster for this or preheat your oven to 225F. Tear your kale into same-size pieces; don’t make it too small, this is highly recommended since they shrink when cooked. Place your kale on a non-stick cookie sheet. Sprinkle them with spices like black pepper, sea salt, chili powder, ground ginger and brewer’s yeast. Bake it for 7-10 minutes until they turn dark green and crispy.

Staying Healthy and in Love on Valentines Day

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Planning to spend quality time with your better half this valentine’s day?  Why not try out activities that not only bring out the love but also promotes good health for both of you. Check out our top 5 suggestions of activities that promotes good health and love this Valentines Day.

1. Take a Hike.

Spend quality time with your sweetheart by taking a morning hike. Communing with nature is always a great way to rid yourself of stress. Plus walking regularly can help you lower blood pressure, improve your moods, and boost your energy. Good company, great conversation, and breathtaking views definitely sounds like the perfect valentines day escapade.

2. Dance your heart out.

Planning to go out for a Valentines day dinner? Why not include dancing in your agenda. Whether it’ll be in a club, garden, beach, or rooftop, twirling around with a hot date on your arm is a fun way to exercise, plus its a classic and nothing beats classic!

3. Go for a tandem bike ride.

A fun way to practice teamwork, you’ll surely get a good laugh out of it. Head out to the local park or to some scenic view outside the city. You can opt to bring a picnic basket with you and just talk the rest of the day away, enjoying the good food and each other’s company.

4. Go Kayaking.

Are you into water activities? Why not go out kayaking this valentines. Hop on to a love boat and start paddling. This is also a good way to practice teamwork.

5. Get a massage.

Not in the mood for any outdoor activity? Why don’t you treat yourself and your partner to a massage. Massages helps reduce stress and anxiety.  It is also a good excuse to get some hands-on time with your valentine. Who knows, you might even get a kiss or two.

Whatever activity you may have planned out, the FMD community wishes you a Happy and Healthy Valentines Day. Share the love!

Baked Salmon with Asparagus – Phase 3

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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.

Almond Buttered Pork Chops – Phase 3

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Wondering what to cook for your Phase 3 meal this week? No worries, we got you covered. Try out this Almond Butter Pork Chops. Relatively easy to cook and yummy to eat, this recipe promises an enjoyable and fulfilling meal.

Ingredients

4 SERVINGS

  • 1 tablespoon
  • 2 1½”-thick bone-in pork rib chops (8–10 ounces each)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 sprigs of sage
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled, smashed
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • coconut oil

Directions

  1. Heat coconut oil in a large skillet on a medium-high stove temperature.
  2. Season pork chops with salt and pepper then cook until bottom side is golden brown.
  3. Flip to other side then keep on turning until both sides are golden brown. Cooking time will depend on thickness of the chops.
  4. Remove pan from heat, add on sage and garlic to butter then tilt skillet and spoon foaming butter and drippings over pork chops.
  5. Transfer pork chops to a cutting board and let rest at least 5 minutes.
  6. Cut away bone and slice pork about ¼” thick. Serve with any juices from the cutting board spooned over top.

 

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.

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