Based on my experience in nutrition counseling, most of us tend to snack on foods that aren’t nutrient-dense, but are high in calories. For example, skipping sugary beverages is often the easiest way to lose weight faster. You don’t feel full from drinks — even the ones that do contain calories — so swapping those out for sparkling water or unsweetened tea and coffee is the best place to start. Other major culprits often come in refined grains like cereals, chips, crackers, and cookies.
So I am diabetic, I started this diet last Thursday after running it by my Dr. on Wednesday. He gave the thumbs up. I had received my latest A1C and LDL test results that day. Since stopping my Metformin and Atorvastatin in December of 2017, my A1C went from 5.4 to 7.6 and my LDL from 59 to 189 and my weight was up from 250 to 271 so, clearly it's beyond the time I have to do something. Well it's back on the meds and started this diet. I have been monitoring my sugar levels several times a day because of all of the sugar in the fruit and I can tell you, I was worried the first day. I would check my sugar 1 hour after meals and it would be 159, 161, 179 but, then I noticed if I just waited to check it an extra hour later my levels dropped significantly to 139, 107, 118 etc. Today is the start of Day 4 and I just checked my sugar and it's at 94 so, it's doing what it is supposed to do. :) I did cook 2 hardboiled eggs on Day 3 for lunch just because I was feeling like I needed some protein. You know that feeling you get when your body is trying to fight off a cold? That's what it felt like which is probably just normal for a diet detox. My take is it's doing it's job (as long as I do mine). Day 1 was O.K. not easy but, manageable, Day two was pretty easy actually, Day 3 was pretty easy as well except for the "run-down" feeling. I have been looking forward to today for it's HUMP DAY!! I get milk and bananas!! My tips so far are: Make the Soup on Day 1 because you can eat the soup everyday. The recipe makes a lot so I portioned it out and froze it. When I wanted a bowl I just popped it in the microwave. Each time I would add a little different spice...one may be adding some Cumin for a Taco Soup flavor, another may be adding some turmeric and curry or some Italian Herbs. That way I didn't get bored with eating the same thing every time. On veggie days I would make them into a stir fry with just 1 TBS of olive oil. I'm not sure if you can use Soy Sauce so, I didn't. I don't like just plain baked potatoes so, I did sprinkle on some powdered butter.....like you add to pop-corn. It wasn't the same but, it gave that false sense of creaminess without the added fat. I don't know if I have lost any weight or not. I have not exercised at all. I'm assuming I would have to be losing something though because I'm definitely eating less of the bad carbs and fat and calories. My plan is to do the 7 days with 3 off days after where I just eat regular healthy meals that are high in protein and low in carbs and fat and then back on the 7 day plan. I'm hoping for a 20lb loss a month goal but, I'm not good at keeping long term goals so, that's why I chose the 7 day goal. I can stick with almost anything for 7 days. :)
You probably feel this way because if you cut junk food out completely and suddenly, your body is shocked by the sudden change. Also, junk food has a lot of sugar, which can make you feel energetic, so when you cut junk food out right away your body isn't used to not getting the sugar you used to consume. My advice is to take baby steps. Cut out candy/ice cream, then chips, then soda. etc. until you are consuming less or none at all.
When researchers in Brazil studied 13,000 people over a three-year period, they found that men with the highest levels of inflammatory agents in their body were also the most likely to gain weight. And periodontal disease, which is caused by poor oral health care, is one of the most common sources of inflammation. Brushing twice a day, flossing, and making regular trips to the dentist are the best ways to prevent the disease. Hate flossing? Studies show that a dose of Listerine may be just as effective at reducing levels of inflammatory bacteria within the mouth.
Open up a big bag of baby carrots and dip them into your freshly made no-oil-added, no-salt-added hummus. Simply whip up in your food processor a can of no-salt-added chickpeas/garbanzo beans, fresh tomatoes, lemon juice, garlic, a jalapeno pepper (if you like your hummus hot and spicy), and fresh herbs like cilantro and dill. Add a little water, if necessary, until the desired consistency is achieved.
This is a FAD diet. Fad diets only set you up to gain all the weight you lost PLUS some! The weight you are losing on these kinds of diets is water weight PLUS lean muscle mass. You don’t want to lose water or muscle because those are the very things you need to INCREASE your metabolism. Please research diets carefully to be sure they adhere to sound basic food science and daily recommended dietary intake protocols.
Stay motivated. Often times, people lose motivation to stick with a diet or an exercise routine. Finding a reason to stay motivated beyond belly fat goals, like overcoming a genetic predisposition to excess body weight or working toward fitting into your favorite article of clothing again, can help you stay motivated to meet your fitness and lifestyle goals.
It's a one-time investment you'll never regret. Here's why: Strength training builds lean muscle tissue, which burns more calories — at work or at rest — 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The more lean muscle you have, the faster you'll slim down. How do you start strength training? Try some push-ups or a few squats or lunges. Use your free weights to perform simple bicep curls or tricep pulls right in your home or office. Do these exercises three to four times per week, and you'll soon see a rapid improvement.
All meals are important, but breakfast is what helps you start your day on the right track. The best, heartiest breakfasts are ones that will fill you up, keep you satisfied, and stave off cravings later in the day. Aim to eat anywhere between 400 and 500 calories for your morning meal, and make sure you're including a source of lean protein plus filling fat (e.g., eggs, unsweetened Greek yogurt, nuts, or nut butters) and fiber (veggies, fruit, or 100% whole grains). Starting your day with a blood sugar-stabilizing blend of nutrients will help you slim down without sacrifice.
Still, it’s a worthy goal to lose belly fat because it’s “unfortunately the most dangerous location to store fat,” 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. Because belly fat—also known as visceral fat, or the deep abdominal fat that surrounds your organs—is more temporary, it circulates throughout the bloodstream more regularly and is therefore likelier to raise the amount of fat in your blood, increasing your blood sugar levels and putting you at a greater risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
The fact of the matter is battling the bulge takes different strategies and approaches depending upon your genetics, your metabolism, your willpower, etc. What works for your buddy won’t necessarily be your be-all and end-all solution. To simplify things, we compiled plenty of tips to help rev your metabolism, lose your love handles, and unsheathe your abs. You’ll have to do some trial and error to deduce which ones work best for you (hey, losing weight is hard work). But if you put in the work (aka incorporate a few of these tips each week), you’ll be well on your way to a smaller waistline. Who said your glory days were in the past?