These are the specific problems we’ve set out to solve, and have helped 30,000+ students transform their diet in The Nerd Fitness Academy – it includes a 10-level diet system with ‘boss battles’ between each level so you know when you can ‘level up’ and adjust your diet.
DASH was invented by the US National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and promotes six to eight servings of grains, four to five of vegetables or fruits, six of lean meat (chicken or fish), nuts or seeds, and two to three servings of fats. Each serving is small; for example, 1oz (28gm) of meat or 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil. Sodium is capped at around half a teaspoon. Studies show that the diet, particularly when accompanied by exercise, reduces weight and blood pressure. The experts say it is easy to follow and you will feel full on it.
I’m not going to lie. I spend a hell of a lot of time in the kitchen. So much so that I have set my laptop up on the kitchen counter so I can watch episodes of The Voice while I cook. I try to do as much work ahead of time as possible, for example, when I make dinner I usually make enough for 4 meals. Then I freeze the rest and can pull it out and defrost it another time.
Go for the Grain. By substituting whole grains for refined grains like white bread, cakes, cookies, and pretzels, you add much-needed fiber and will fill up faster so you’re more likely to eat a reasonable portion. Choose whole-wheat breads and pastas, brown rice, bran flakes, popcorn, and whole-rye crackers.
“More ghrelin makes you feel less full and signals your metabolism to slow down,” says study author and PhD candidate Alia Crum. To keep your ghrelin balanced, focus on the more indulgent parts of your meal—say, the nuts and cheese on your salad, rather than the lettuce.
Diet diary: You are allowed one cheat meal a week when you are following the Metabolic Balance programme. My week of dieting perfection was rewarded with some of my favourite dishes: a chicken sandwich, chips and a Caesar salad, with an Oreo milkshake. I can’t finish all the plates, but I insist on getting a bite of all of them.
Cabbage is a great source of fiber, and that’s great news for you if you like the stuff and want to shed some pounds. A recent study found that people who added more of it to their diets — without changing anything else — lost almost as much weight as people who followed the heart-healthy, low-fat eating plan recommended by the American Heart Association. But that’s not all. Cabbage is an amazing diuretic, which means it helps you shift belly bloat from water retention. For more ab-carving foods, check out these 25 Best Foods for a Toned Body!
“Quite a few CrossFit athletes I know gain weight — and not muscle mass! — when they switched to Paleo because they snack on a lot of nuts, avocados and oils and eat gobs of protein and not enough veggies,” she explained. “They miss the point that you’re supposed to eat a lot of vegetables and some fruit while following Paleo.”
I’ve not heard this about dairy fat before. I’ve only heard that medium chain fatty acids (coconut oil) could be used almost immediately for energy. Would this not have a similar effect? I would really like an excuse to eat cheese though, so thank you (?).
Whether or not you’re specifically aiming to cut carbs, most of us consume unhealthy amounts of sugar and refined carbohydrates such as white bread, pizza dough, pasta, pastries, white flour, white rice, and sweetened breakfast cereals. Replacing refined carbs with their whole-grain counterparts and eliminating candy and desserts is only part of the solution, though. Sugar is hidden in foods as diverse as canned soups and vegetables, pasta sauce, margarine, and many reduced fat foods. Since your body gets all it needs from sugar naturally occurring in food, all this added sugar amounts to nothing but a lot of empty calories and unhealthy spikes in your blood glucose.
The next thing is trying to fix what is broken in us. In most cases we just don’t know. So we need to experiment with supplements and foods that address various organs and health conditions that could effect us. You need to experiment and come at the problem from different angles. Of you are persistent, you may come across something that fixes that unknown broken thing. When that happens, weight loss happens easy. Keeping off the weight will likely be way easier also.
My child has gained weight ( good thing as she is tiny ectomorph), husband has lost significant weight ( not needed and now his sister is worried about this diet) and I haven’t lost a pound ( need to lose excessive weight).
Be choosy about carbs. You can which ones you eat, and how much. Look for those that are low on the glycemic index (for instance, asparagus is lower on the glycemic index than a potato) or lower in carbs per serving than others. Whole grains are better choices than processed items, because processing removes key nutrients such as fiber, iron, and B vitamins. They may be added back, such as in “enriched” bread.