That’s because women tend to store more temporary fat in their bellies. “The fat stores are gained and lost,” says Lawrence Cheskin, MD, chair of the department of nutrition and food studies at George Mason University and director of the Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center. “By and large, belly fat comes off easier in the sense that it comes off first. That’s where a good amount of the fat is lost from.”
Frozen meals are super-convenient. They’re cheap, easy to throw in your bag as you’re running out the door, and take just three minutes to cook. While your 300-calorie Lean Cuisine may seem like a waist-friendly option, it’s not. Most frozen meals are loaded with sodium—as much as you should eat over a full day, not just in one meal—and lots of other synthetic additives. Sodium packs on water weight, as the body needs to maintain a balance in the body, and when you’re thirsty, you could reach for a sugary beverage, which adds hundreds of more calories. Salt also makes food taste better, prompting you to shovel more of it in your mouth. Another problem with frozen meals is they frequently lack sufficient fiber to keep you full, so you’re likely to find yourself sneaking back into the kitchen shortly after you’ve eaten. If you must eat a frozen meal, consider adding a serving or two of frozen vegetables to boost the fiber and fullness quotient and dilute the sodium.

I have a quick question…I work in a dental office so there is no way to have that second meal with protein and veggies while I’m at work. What should I replace it with? Needs to be something I’m able to eat on the run between patients such as a nutrition bar/nuts something like that. Maybe even a protein shake would work but I’m not sure I can have that twice a day on this. Thank you so much!
Hello, I saw that the largest meal (dinner) is labeled post workout. I workout every morning @ 630am. Can I continue to do so and also follow your meal plan as written? Also, I'll be doing this in home with modifications to equipment. Should I continue past the 21 days to get the maximum benefit? I'm 41 yrs. old, super active doing high intensity 5-6 days per week. I have lost more than 21 lbs in the past 2 months but still have about 50 more to loose. any help will be appreciated.
Hey Matt, I totally get that… it can be a challenge at times! You can try substituting with popcorn (with no or little butter or olive oil and little salt) or maybe some chopped veggies with a tbsp. of hummus. You don’t want to starve yourself, ever, if you feel “hunger” then definitely EAT, just try to make smarter choices. I also like to have soup ready in the fridge that I can just heat up and serve to fill myself up. I usually prepare “potages”, basically cooking up veggies with little water and then season to taste and blend to a smooth and creamy texture. One of my favorites is quite simple actually, I cook broccoli with very little water (you want to see your broccoli sticking out of the water), 2 garlic cloves and seasoning, blend and serve, absolutely delicious (just make sure you use a small amount of water, you can always add water if your soup turns out too thick but you cannot remove it). Hope this helps a little Matt, keep eating real food, keep moving daily and YOU WILL GET RESULTS – no extreme are needed 😉

Work indulgence foods into your calorie plan. If you do want to have something that is a little higher in calories, then make sure that you work it into your overall calorie goal for the day. For example, if you are following an 1,800 calorie plan, and you want to have a brownie that is 300 calories, then you would only have 1,500 calories left for the day.
That’s good to hear! Coke is definitely not something that I would recommend on this meal plan (or any meal plan for that matter), however, I do believe that everybody needs to do their best and take health and fitness one step at the time. It can be difficult to change all of our bad habits all at once, and it sounds like you are doing pretty well and getting some nice results already. So keep doing your best while slowly creating new habits that you can actually stick to. Perhaps you can try drinking some mineral water with a splash of citrus with your meals instead, wine might actually be better for you than coca cola too! 🙂
Hi, Isabella i just have a couple of questions to ask you I been trying to lose weight and watch what I eat from time I’m 5’0″ weighing 160 I lost all my weight before but it came right now back I been working out for the past month now and I’m still having trouble about my weight it’s kinda hard form me to lose my belly pouch cause of my c section I really want to try your meal will me and my fiend want to try your mean plan any tips would help for us

Hi Isabella I started this diet two days ago and I think its pretty good the only thing is that before I really didn’t feel hungry and ate less and now I’m eating more and feel somewhat hungry is that normal? Also where it says 1/2 cup of oatmeal or egg whites would that be cooked or before cooking??? And meal 3 is that options or more like examples?? That’s it I think thanks:)

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Sorry keto -- the Mediterranean diet is king. Endurance athletes and celebrities like LeBron James and the Kardashians have raved about the high-fat, low-carb ketogenic diet -- which was among Google’s most-searched terms this year. But Dr. Louis Aronne, an endocrinologist at NewYork-Presbyterian and Weill Cornell Medicine who runs the Comprehensive Weight Control Center, noted that the Mediterranean diet “is the only diet that has been proven in trials to promote weight loss and reduce the risk of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases.” This meal plan includes using olive oil rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids as your main cooking oil, and loading your plate with fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein like fish and chicken, with the occasional piece of red meat. The American Heart Association recommends a similar diet that emphasizes whole, unprocessed foods, particularly fruits, veggies and whole grains, as well as low-fat dairy products, nuts and legumes, and non-tropical vegetable oils, while reducing salt, sugar and trans fats.
Fiber works its weight loss magic in multiple ways. It helps you feel fuller, longer so eating fiber-rich foods is the dieting equivalent of working smarter, not harder. Plus, fiber takes a long time to digest, so fiber-rich foods don’t cause spikes in blood sugar that can send your insulin levels soaring. On the other hand, when you eat the so-called bad carbs (the refined or sugary ones that lack fiber), you may wind up with an insulin response that promotes fat storage. The takeaway: More fiber equals less fat storage.
Another strategy to keep your metabolism off-kilter is to take your body on a calorie roller coaster. As you start off the Shred Diet at Week 1, you’ll slowly reduce your calorie intake. This will be a difficult uphill battle — the steep climb of the roller coaster. Luckily, this effort is only short-term; halfway through the diet, around Week 3, you get to bring the calories back. As you glide down the roller coaster’s hill, you can indulge in your favorites like pizza and pasta (in healthy moderation), and your metabolism will run overtime. This roller coaster of calorie consumption is the perfect metabolic recipe for shedding fat. 
Are you accurately measuring your food? Often times when patients come to me (usually to get their thyroid checked) for inability to lose weight, they truly believe they are restricting their calories, but they aren’t measuring and end up consuming more calories than ever thought. Also, the type of food that you are eating makes a tremendous difference- this shred plan looks fantastic- well rounded and very nutritious. Also, rather than taking weight, measure your body fat percentage and measure inches. I am also 5’2″ and I weigh 130 pounds, but my body fat percentage is very low, so the pounds are essentially irrelevant.
Reducing alcohol intake can also help, says Fine. Alcohol contains about seven calories per gram—"just under fat, which equates to nine calories per gram.” And because alcohol is absorbed quickly, “when over-consumed, alcohol metabolism impairs metabolism of other macronutrients, such as carbs and fat, promoting…fat storage rather than breakdown,” she says.
Eat slowly and stop eating as soon as you’re not hungry. There’s a delay of up to a half hour between when you eat something and when it makes you less hungry- and that’s a half hour in which you can end up eating food your body doesn’t need. To make sure that doesn’t happen, spend at least ten minutes eating every snack and a half hour on every meal.
Sleep at least 7 hours a night. Eliminate all sources of light from your bedroom. Get to bed at least 8 hours before you expect to wake up, and spend the last hour before that relaxing with the lights turned down. When you sleep better, you’ll have more energy, and thus move more and burn more calories. Your body will regulate it’s appetite better. Your hormonal profile will improve, allowing you to build more muscle and burn more fat, independent of diet and exercise.
Some antidepressant medications can cause weight gain, especially the older tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) such as Tryptizol, Saroten, and Clomipramine; as well as newer drugs such as Remeron (Mirtazapine). Lithium (for manic-depressive disorder) often causes weight gain. The most common antidepressants known as SSRI’s (for example Citalopram and Sertraline) usually don’t impact weight significantly. More on depression

Hi Andrea, although protein is an important factor in your diet, if you are looking to lose body fat, I highly recommend focusing on eating whole foods (real food).This means: veggies (a lot of them), nuts & seeds, lean protein, whole grains (brown rice, quinoa, bulgur, etc.), healthy fats (olive oil, fatty fish, avocado…) and let’s not forget water. You want to avoid processed foods and hidden sugars as well. I think that you are getting enough protein for you body weight and size, just make sure you don’t over do it with the HIITs, it takes your body at least 24-48 hours to recover from this type of intensive training. You might also want to try intermittent fasting to boost your fat loss and hold on to those hard earned muscles, you can watch this video for more info: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRqAg4QHQTc
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I have a question about substitutions. I notice that Ezekiel bread is an option in the morning but not listed as a possible carb at the bottom of the meal plan. Are we allowed to use bread or a wrap or pita as a carb instead? Also, I love cheese and try and avoid it, but I find it very difficult. Am I able to have 1 serving of cheese if I do not eat the Greek yogurt as an option that day? I’m sorry if these are dumb questions, I just want to make the smartest choices 🙂
Being in optimal ketosis for a prolonged period of time (say, a month) will ensure that you experience the maximal hormonal effect from eating a low-carb diet. If this doesn’t result in noticeable weight loss, you can be certain that too many carbs are NOT part of your weight issue and not the obstacle to your weight loss. There are, in fact, other causes of obesity and being overweight. The next three tips in this series might help you.
Testing your limits brings about than just bragging rights. Lifting a heavier weight for fewer reps burns nearly twice as many calories during the two hours after your workout than lifting a lighter weight for more reps, according to research published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Feel smug in the knowledge you’re still torching calories in that 10am meeting.
Instead of piling everything on one plate, bring food to the table in individual courses. For the first two courses, bring out soup or veggies such as a green salad or the most filling fruits and vegetables. By the time you get to the more calorie-dense foods, like meat and dessert, you’ll be eating less or may already be full. Nothing wrong with leftovers!
For example, you might not realize just how much you eat when you go out to happy hour with friends. But if you take the split second to take a step back and make yourself aware of that fact, you’re more able to make a healthy decision. “The awareness and then planning and coming up with strategies for what else I can be doing—that might give me the same benefit of eating those comfort foods that make me feel better,” says Gagliardi.
A study in Psychosomatic Medicine confirms the link between stress and weight gain, revealing that women who are most vulnerable to the effects of stress are more likely to have excess abdominal fat and higher levels of the stress hormone cortisol. One reason could be that women tend to eat more, especially sweets, on days they are stressed, according to a study in the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology.
Nuts. It’s very easy to eat until the nuts are gone, regardless of how full you are. A tip: According to science, salted nuts are harder to stop eating than unsalted nuts. Salted nuts tempt you to more overeating. Good to know. Another tip: Avoid bringing the entire bag to the couch, preferably choose a small bowl instead. I often eat all the nuts in front of me, whether I’m hungry or not.
So she started researching. She found something called the 21-Day Meal Plan, which seemed like it would work with their lives. The plan showed them what foods they could eat and what they should skip. They started by cutting sugar, junk and processed foods and added vegetables, fruit, legumes, whole grains and lean meats, such as chicken and turkey. In the first week, Parent noticed a difference.

Hey Matt, I totally get that… it can be a challenge at times! You can try substituting with popcorn (with no or little butter or olive oil and little salt) or maybe some chopped veggies with a tbsp. of hummus. You don’t want to starve yourself, ever, if you feel “hunger” then definitely EAT, just try to make smarter choices. I also like to have soup ready in the fridge that I can just heat up and serve to fill myself up. I usually prepare “potages”, basically cooking up veggies with little water and then season to taste and blend to a smooth and creamy texture. One of my favorites is quite simple actually, I cook broccoli with very little water (you want to see your broccoli sticking out of the water), 2 garlic cloves and seasoning, blend and serve, absolutely delicious (just make sure you use a small amount of water, you can always add water if your soup turns out too thick but you cannot remove it). Hope this helps a little Matt, keep eating real food, keep moving daily and YOU WILL GET RESULTS – no extreme are needed 😉

… that lists sugar, fructose, or corn syrup among the first four ingredients on the label. You should be able to find a lower-sugar version of the same type of food. If you can’t, grab a piece of fruit instead, especially if you show signs you’re eating too much sugar. Look for sugar-free varieties of foods such as ketchup, mayonnaise, and salad dressing. Also, avoid partially hydrogenated foods, and look for more than two grams of fiber per 100 calories in all grain products. Finally, a short ingredient list means fewer flavor enhancers and empty calories. Sounds impossible, but you can actually learn how to give up sugar without missing it.


The trick here is not only to avoid all obvious sources of carbohydrate (sweets, bread, spaghetti, rice, potatoes), but also to be careful with your protein intake. If you eat large amounts of meat, eggs and the like, the excess protein will be converted into glucose in your body. Large amounts of protein can also raise your insulin levels somewhat. This compromises optimal ketosis.

"It’s easy to become impatient and frustrated when you’re trying to lose weight and haven’t seen the results yet. But be realistic – you won’t see the affect overnight. Your brain’s wiring plays a huge part in resisting changes in lifestyle, and it takes time to establish new habits – up to 12 weeks. Stick with it for at least eight weeks and you should notice a change."
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