Hi!!! So this is Day 1 of this meal plan! I have lost a total of 90lbs and kept it off for 4 years but this past year I have gained 20lbs. I have continued to workout 5 days a week but my diet was not consistent. Although my diet was full of nutritious and healthy foods my portions were out of control; my excuse “I worked out so I can have 4tbs of peanut butter”. Even though I have continued my workout routines, you can’t out-train a bad diet. When I came across this meal plan, I knew this is what I needed to jump start my weight loss again and take control of my portions. I would love to stick with this for a month and see my progress!
A calorie isn’t always a calorie. Eating 100 calories of high fructose corn syrup, for example, can have a different effect on your body than eating 100 calories of broccoli. The trick for sustained weight loss is to ditch the foods that are packed with calories but don’t make you feel full (like candy) and replace them with foods that fill you up without being loaded with calories (like vegetables).
Hi Jane. Good question! The thing with any and every packaged foods is that they will never be as good for your body as natural real food is. In many cases, there are additional ingredients in Greek yogurt that make it so creamy – these ingredients are not all natural and all that good for you to begin with. If you love yogurt, I would suggest going for an organic natural kind (low-fat isn’t necessary – fat will not make YOU fat and usually when packaged foods contain less fat they contain more of other ingredients that aren’t healthy, ex. sweeteners). I would use fruit and nuts for the extra sweetness and crunch. In my opinion, Greek yogurt should not be eaten multiple times a day if your goal is to be healthy and loose weight, it’s just not a superfood like it claims to be! In my experience, the best way to lose fat and feel energized is to stick to REAL food and stay active (and have fun along the way)! Hope this helps a bit 😉

Are you finding it difficult to fit into your little black number? Is belly fat giving you sleepless nights? If your answer is yes, you need to make some lifestyle changes to get the figure of your dreams. No doubt, belly fat looks aesthetically displeasing. It can assume serious proportions and affect long term health, if not curbed at the right time.
Keep your weight training routine exactly the same. While the common belief is that you need high repetitions and lighter weights to burn fat and tone up, this is false. High-rep training burns no more fat than lifting heavy. When cutting body fat, you want to maintain as much muscle as possible, so to do this, stick with the same routine you used to build the muscle in the first place. Don't spend too much time on certain body parts either -- the notion that you can spot reduce fat through exercise is also a myth.
SOURCES: WebMD Feature: "With Fruits and Veggies, More Matters." 2005 U.S. Dietary Guidelines. Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD, author, The Pocket Idiot's Guide to the New Food Pyramids. Elaine Magee, MPH, RD,author, Comfort Food Makeovers. Brian Wansink, PhD, professor and director, Cornell Food and Brand Lab, Ithaca, N.Y.; author, Mindless Eating. Barbara Rolls, PhD, professor of nutritional sciences; and director, laboratory for the study of human ingestive behaviors, Penn State University; and author, The Volumetrics Eating Plan.

Hi Claire… I love soup, it’s definitively a great option. I don’t have any recipes up on the blog but one really delicious and creamy recipe I love to make (and only takes about 5 minutes) is my simple broccoli soup. Simply bring 4 cups of water to boil with some broth (cube) and add a cup or 2 of broccoli + 2-3 garlic pieced. Cook for only 3 minutes or so and let it cool a little before blending it until it’s nice and smooth (do NOT overcook the broccoli). You can also use some extra seasoning to taste. This soup is so good and basically, all you are eating is broccoli…and water 😮 There is not much protein in here so you can have a protein serving on the side. I did post a vegetarian chili recipe with beans here: http://myfitstation.wpengine.com/2011/11/03/vegetarian-chili-recipe/
Burn more energy as heat. Expose yourself to cold temperatures regularly to make your body burn off more energy as heat. Drink ice water, take cold showers, keep your bedroom cool, or hold an ice pack to your upper back. Eating spicy foods also makes you produce more heat- having a slice of cold cut meat sprinkled with cayenne pepper right before a cold shower can significantly accelerate fat burning.

There is some scientific legitimacy to today’s lower-carb diets: Large amounts of simple carbohydrates from white flour and added sugar can wreak havoc on your blood sugar and lead to weight gain. While avoiding sugar, white rice, and white flour, however, you should eat plenty of whole-grain breads and brown rice. One Harvard study of 74,000 women found that those who ate more than two daily servings of whole grains were 49 percent less likely to be overweight than those who ate the white stuff. Eating whole grains is not only one of many great, easy ways to lose weight; it can also make you smarter.
Here's something else most people probably don't know: Fidgeting is good for you. It's considered a nonexercise physical activity, and it's an important way to burn energy. You get more health benefits if, in addition to exercising, you are a more fidgety, more active person the rest of the day. This means gesturing while you're talking, tapping your foot, just moving around.
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