Lose 5 kilos in 1 week with Cucumber Diet

Cucumbers are an essential food to any healthy diet. Not only are cucumbers nutritional, but they are also great for making you feel full, since they are a vegetable, and are thus full of dietary fibers. Eating cucumbers every week is also great for cleaning your gastrointestinal tract, and they can stimulate your metabolism.

Lose 5 kilos in 1 week with cucumber diet

A diet that provides about 5 weight loss in a process like 1 week is therefore quite popular. The most fundamental principle of the diet is; It is based on the consumption of the people who are hungry at any time and especially for the occasional meal. The constantly consumed cucumber keeps the stomach full with abundant water content and allows people to eat much less by having a sense of hunger during the diet period.
Day 1
Morning: 250 grams yogurt, 4 spoons oats, 2 dried figs
Snack: 2 cucumbers
Noon: Cacik made of cottage yogurt, 4 cucumbers, 1 slice rye bread
Refreshments: 4 cucumbers, 2 Kiwis
Evening: 4 cucumbers, tomatoes, arugula, mozzarella cheese, 1 slice of rye bread.
Day 2
Morning: Lean tongue cheese and a glass of lemon, honey water
Noon: 1 Slice of fried rye bread, boiled pumpkin (ground beef can be added)
Evening: 1 boiled egg, 2 cucumbers, 2 green peppers
Night: 2 cucumbers
Day 3
Morning: cheese, a glass of honey and lemon water
Snack: 2 cucumbers
Lunch: A bowl of green lentils
Evening: A bowl of Cacik (must contain plenty of cucumbers) and two pieces of walnut
Night: A handful of chickpeas and 2 cucumbers
You must consume 2 cucumbers at night before bedtime
Day 4
Morning:  4 spoons oats, 2 dried figs, 250 grams yogurt,
Snack: 2 cucumbers
Noon: Cacik made of cottage yogurt, 4 cucumbers, 1 slice rye bread
Refreshments: 4 cucumbers, 2 Kiwis
Evening: 4 cucumbers, tomatoes, arugula, mozzarella cheese, 1 slice of rye bread.
Day 5
Morning: Lean tongue cheese and a glass of lemon, honey water
Noon: 1 Slice of fried rye bread, boiled pumpkin (ground beef can be added)
Evening: 1 boiled egg, 2 cucumbers, 2 green peppers
Night: 2 cucumbers
Day 6
Morning: 1 glass of honey and lemon water, cheese
Snack: 2 cucumbers
Lunch: A bowl of green lentils
Evening: A bowl of Cacik (must contain plenty of cucumbers) and two pieces of walnut
Night: A handful of chickpeas and 2 cucumbers
You must consume 2 cucumbers at night before bedtime
Day 7
Morning: 1 glass of honey and lemon water, cheese
Snack: 2 cucumbers
Lunch: A bowl of green lentils
Evening: A bowl of Cacik (must contain plenty of cucumbers) and two pieces of walnut
Night: A handful of chickpeas and 2 cucumbers
You must consume 2 cucumbers at night before bedtime
Before bedtime, you should eat 0.5 liters of water and 200 g of yogurt, 2 cucumbers, 1 Kiwis.
 

Eat Fat to Burn Fat

There is something you should know about fat… you must eat fat to burn fat. Yes, a spoonful of peanut butter, a ripe avocado, a handful of coconut chips, fresh olives, zesty Italian dressing and sliced almonds are all examples of healthy fats and types of foods that will help maximize your results.
Ever since the crazy “fat free” days of the 1990’s a crucial physiological fact has been forgotten, eating fat is essential for your body to work correctly.
So it’s time to end all this “fat free” nonsense and get back understanding why eating fat is Great for your body.
Let’s start with the two main types of fat, the one considered “bad” and the one considered “good.”
Saturated fat is your “bad fat.” Unsaturated fat is your “good fat.”
Saturated fat is considered “bad” because it raises the level of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) in your blood and can increase your risk of heart disease. But this primarily applies to saturated fat that comes from animal based protein, or byproducts of animal protein, like beef, bacon, butter, and cheese. Plant based saturated fat, like coconut oil does not have the same negative effects on your “bad” cholesterol, and coconut oil has been shown to have great additional health benefits.
The reality is this: animal based saturated fat is fine to have as long as it is consumed in moderation. Your goal is consuming less than 15 grams of animal saturated fat per day. But when it comes to plant based saturated fat, you can eat more than 15 grams per day.
Your second type of fat is unsaturated fat, the “good” kind. This type of fat can be split into two types: monounsaturated and polyunsaturated.
Avocados and olive oil are examples of monounsaturated-fat and nuts and seeds are examples of polyunsaturated fat.
Unsaturated fats do not raise your “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and may actually help in reducing it. Since these are your “good” fats, I recommended that you use unsaturated fats as your primary fat source in each meal.
Here’s a great visual of the different types of fat:
Eat Fat to Burn Fat
Now since you have a better understanding of the two types of fat, let’s dive into the 4 Reasons You Need to Eat Fat:

Reason 1: Eating fat slows down digestion

Fat inhibits the release of stomach acid (hydrochloric acid, or HCl), which in turn slows down your digestive process. By eating fat with each meal, the digestion of your carbohydrates and protein as well as your fat is slowed, stabilizing your blood sugar more easily.

Reason 2: Eating fat causes you to release stored body fat

When your body recognizes that an essential nutrient’s consumption is being restricted, it will do everything to protect that nutrient. This means that your body will stop releasing stored fat if it senses that none is coming in. This mechanism operates similarly to the way your body behaves when it senses imminent starvation.
Since fat has over twice the energy of protein and carbohydrates, your body will always hold onto its fat in times of restriction or deprivation.
The simple solution is to continuously feed yourself the correct amount of fat per meal. Your body will then continuously release your unwanted stored fat.

Reason 3: Consuming fat is needed to absorb the fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K.

Fat-soluble vitamins are essential for your body to function optimally. Without fat, these vitamins cannot be absorbed by your body. Non-absorption of these vitamins will create vitamin deficiencies and cause health challenges.

Reason 4: Consuming fats can provide essential fatty acids.

Ninety-five percent of my clients were deficient in omega–3 fatty acids when I began working with them. Within two weeks of adding these essential fats to their diet, clients report noticeable improvements in their hair, skin, and nails. Studies show that omega–3s can lower blood pressure and cholesterol, improve brain function, and reduce joint pain and inflammation.
Since omega–3 is an essential fatty acid (your body cannot make it), it’s crucial that you get it through food or supplementation. Your body also needs Omega-6 and Omega-9, but you naturally get those through your daily fat intake and when you eat foods like avocados, olive oil, nuts and seeds.

How To Figure Out Your Need For Carbohydrates; You Will Become A Fat Burning Beast Guidelines That Work 90% Of The Time

Reducing the amount of carbohydrates in your diet is one of the best ways to lose weight.
It tends to reduce your appetite and cause “automatic” weight loss, without the need for calorie counting or portion control.
This means that you can eat until fullness, feel satisfied and still lose weight.

Why Would You Want to Do Low-Carb?

For the past few decades, the health authorities have recommended that we eat a calorie restricted, low-fat diet.
The problem is that this diet doesn’t really work. Even when people manage to stick to it, they don’t see very good results
An alternative that has been available for a long time is the low-carb diet. This diet restricts your intake of carbohydrates like sugars and starches (breads, pasta, etc.) and replaces them with protein and fat.
Studies show that low-carb diets reduce your appetite and make you eat fewer calories and lose weight pretty much effortlessly, as long as you manage to keep the carbs down
In studies where low-carb and low-fat diets are compared, the researchers need to actively restrict calories in the low-fat groups to make the results comparable, but the low-carb groups still usually win
Low-carb diets also have benefits that go way beyond just weight loss. They lower blood sugar, blood pressure and triglycerides. They raise HDL (the good) and improve the pattern of LDL (the bad) cholesterol .
Low-carb diets cause more weight loss and improve health much more than the calorie restricted, low-fat diet still recommended by the mainstream. This is pretty much a scientific fact at this point

How to Figure Out Your Need For Carbohydrates

There is no clear definition of exactly what constitutes a “low carb diet” and what is “low” for one person may not be “low” for the next.
An individual’s optimal carb intake depends on age, gender, body composition, activity levels, personal preference, food culture and current metabolic health.
People who are physically active and have more muscle mass can tolerate a lot more carbs than people who are sedentary. This particularly applies for those who do a lot of high intensity, anaerobic work like lifting weights or sprinting.
Metabolic health is also a very important factor. When people get the metabolic syndrome, become obese or get type II diabetes, the rules change.
People who fall into this category can’t tolerate the same amount of carbs as those who are healthy. Some scientists even refer to these problems as “carbohydrate intolerance.”

Guidelines That Work 90% of The Time

If you simply remove the unhealthiest carb sources from your diet, refined wheat and added sugars, then you’ll be well on your way to improved health.
However, to enjoy the full metabolic benefits of low-carbohydrate diets, you also need to restrict other carb sources.
Even though there is no scientific paper that explains exactly how to match carbohydrate intake to individual needs, I have personally found these guidelines to be very effective.

100-150 Grams per Day

This is more of a “moderate” carbohydrate intake. It is very appropriate for people who are lean, active and simply trying to stay healthy and maintain their weight.
It is very possible to lose weight at this (and any) carb intake, but it may require you to count calories and/or control portions.
Carbs you can eat:

  • All the vegetables you can imagine.
  • Several pieces of fruit per day.
  • Some amount (not a lot) of healthy starches like potatoes, sweet potatoes and healthier grains like rice and oats.

50-100 Grams per Day

This range is great if you want to lose weight effortlessly while allowing for a bit of carbs in the diet. It is also a great maintenance range for people who are carb sensitive.
Carbs you can eat:

  • Plenty of vegetables.
  • Maybe 2-3 pieces of fruit per day.
  • Minimal amounts of starchy carbohydrates.

20-50 Grams per Day

This is where the metabolic benefits really start to kick in. This is the perfect range for people who need to lose weight fast, or are metabolically deranged and have obesity or diabetes.
When eating less than 50 grams per day, your body will get into ketosis, supplying energy for the brain via so-called ketone bodies. This is likely to kill your appetite and cause you to lose weight automatically.
Carbs you can eat:

  • Plenty of low-carb vegetables.
  • Some berries, maybe with whipped cream (yum).
  • Trace carbs from other foods like avocados, nuts and seeds.

Be aware that a low-carb diet is NOT no-carb. There is room for plenty of low-carb vegetables (full list here). Personally I had never eaten as many veggies as when I first started on a low-carb diet.

Important to Experiment

We are all unique and what works for one person may not for the next. It is important to do some self-experimentation and figure out what works for you.
If you have a medical condition then make sure to talk to your doctor before making any changes, because this diet can drastically reduce your need for medication!

BOTTOM LINE:For people who are physically active or want to maintain their weight, a range of 100-150 grams per day may be optimal. For people who have metabolic problems, going under 50 grams per day is a good idea.

Good Carbs, Bad Carbs

A low-carb diet isn’t just about weight loss, it is also supposed to improve your health.
For this reason, it should be based on real, unprocessed foods and healthy carb sources.
So-called “low carb junk foods” are a bad choice.
If you want to improve your health, then choose unprocessed foods: meats, fish, eggs, vegetables, nuts, healthy fats and full-fat dairy products.
Choose carbohydrate sources that include fiber. If you prefer a “moderate” carb intake then try to choose unrefined starch sources like potatoes, sweet potatoes, oats, rice and other non-gluten grains.
Added sugar and refined wheat are always bad options and should be limited.
For more details on specific foods to eat, check out this detailed low-carb meal plan and sample menu.

BOTTOM LINE:It is very important to choose healthy, fiber-rich carb sources. There is room for plenty of vegetables, even at the lowest end of the carb range.

You Will Become a Fat Burning Beast

Low-carb diets greatly reduce your blood levels of insulin, a hormone that brings the glucose (from the carbs) into cells.
One of the functions of insulin is to store fat. Many experts believe that the reason low-carb diets work so well, is that they reduce your levels of this hormone.
Another thing that insulin does is to tell the kidneys to hoard sodium. This is the reason high-carb diets can cause excess water retention.
When you cut carbs, you reduce insulin and your kidneys start shedding excess water (14, 15).
It is common for people to lose a lot of water weight in the first few days on a low-carb diet, up to 5-10 pounds.
Weight loss will slow down after the first week, but this time the fat will be coming from your fat stores.
One study compared low-carb and low-fat diets and used DEXA scanners (very accurate) to measure body composition. The low-carb dieters lost significant amounts of body fat and gained muscle at the same time
Studies also show that low-carb diets are particularly effective at reducing the fat in your abdominal cavity (belly fat), which is the most dangerous fat of all and highly associated with many diseases (17).
If you’re new to low-carb eating, you will probably need to go through an adaptation phasewhere your body is getting used to burning fat instead of carbs.
This is called the “low-carb flu” and is usually over within a few days. After this initial phase is over, many people report having more energy than before, with no “afternoon dips” in energy that are common on high-carb diets.
Adding more fat and sodium to your diet can help with this.

BOTTOM LINE:It is common to feel suboptimal in the first few days of lowering your carb intake. However, most people feel excellent after this initial adaptation phase.

Take Home Message

If you want to try this out, then I recommend that you try tracking your food intake for a few days to get a “feel” for the amount of carbs you are eating.
My favorite app for this is called Cron-O-Meter. It’s free and easy to use.
Because fiber grams don’t really count as carbohydrates, you can exclude the fiber grams from the total number. Instead, count net carbs (net carbs = total carbs – fiber).
However, one of the great benefits of low-carb diets is that they’re ridiculously simple. You don’t need to track anything if you don’t want to.
Just eat some protein, healthy fats and veggies at every meal. Throw in some nuts, seeds and full-fat dairy products for good measure. Choose unprocessed foods. It doesn’t get much simpler than that!

10 Celebrity Weight Loss Tips That Actually Work

When it comes to weight loss among women in the public eye, you don’t need science to see which strategies work. Here are the most effective weight-loss tricks, according to the celebs who’ve successfully used them to slim down.

1. Eat salad at every meal.

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi credits her postpartum weight loss to laying off carbs and amping up her veggie intake. “Salad is always on the menu with whatever dish I am making,” she told People.2. Write what you bite.

Carrie Underwood is a long-time food journaler who uses MyFitnessPal to record everything she eats. Otherwise, she says, her brain would never get the memo that she’s eaten enough. “[It] helps me make better choices and pay attention to what I’m eating,” she says.

3. At restaurants, order two appetizers instead of a starter and a main.

You could also opt for a main and a shared dessert if your sweet tooth is raging. It’s this advice from Jennifer Lawrence’s former trainer Dalton Wong that helped the actress tone up for body-baring roles like Mystique in X-Men: First Class. In the foreword of his book, The Feelgood Plan: Happier, Healthier & Slimmer in 15 Minutes a Day, Jennifer thanked him for teaching her life-changing weight-control lessons.

4. Plan ahead for hunger when you’re out and about.

Instead of letting hunger catch her off-guard when she was commuting regularly between her home in Los Angeles to her work on The View in New York City, Candace Cameron Bure planned her meals and snacks meticulously: She’d eat before cross-country flights to avoid settling on airplane food, and pack snacks like protein bars to fuel up for workouts. It’s one reason why the actress got into the best shape of her life during this hectic phase.

5. During workouts, stick to the Bs.

When shaping up for her Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood, Britney Spears’s trainer Tony Martinez had her focus on what he calls the “Four Bs”: Basketball jump shots, Backwards walking, Balancing on one leg while doing medicine-ball slams, and Bicycling. But there’s a fifth “B” in Britney’s routine, and it stands for Basics. On Instagram, she’s posted push-ups, core work, bar curls, and squats — moves anyone can do.

6. Strive for a diet that’s pretty good — not perfect.

Although Blake Lively gave birth to her daughter in December 2014, and had to shape up quickly to play Nancy in The Shallows the following year, she didn’t try to live a life devoid of pizza or pasta (or joy), or count a single calorie to reach her goals. Instead, she simply stuck to a mostly homemade, balanced diet of proteins, vegetables, fruits, slow-burning starches like sweet potatoes, plus healthy fats like avocado, coconut oil, and grass-fed butter, according to Blake’s trainer Don Saladino. Her goal: To put good-for-you foods into her body at least 80 percent of the time — and to leave room for treats like mac and cheese when cravings call (as they do!).

7. Make wellness — *NOT* weight loss — your goal.

It worked for Lena Dunham who, for the record, is *NOT* trying to lose weight — not even a little! “Right now, I’m struggling to control my endometriosis through a healthy diet and exercise,” she recently captioned a photo posted to Instagram. The girl boss is working out with Tracy Anderson, doing yoga, and trying to eat despite an appetite that’s hindered stress linked to current events. The same goes for Melissa McCarthy, who told Life & Style back in 2015 that training for fight scenes in Spy helped her stop worrying about her weight. “I think there’s something to kinda loosening up and not being so nervous and rigid about it that, bizarrely, has worked,” she said.

8. Include protein in every meal.

Although calorie-counters may be tempted to skimp on protein in favor of lower-calorie veggies, it’s difficult to keep food cravings a bay when you’re constantly starving — which is exactly what happens when you don’t get enough protein. Kim Kardashian, for example, lost her baby weight by following a meal plan that included a 6-ounce serving of protein with every single meal of the day, including cheesy eggs for breakfast, fish for lunch, and lean chicken breast for dinner. If her diet sounds filling, that’s because it is, and it’s proof you don’t have to go hungry to shed pounds.

9. Avoid eating late at night and early in the morning.

Jennifer Hudson shrunk from a size 16 to 6 after teaming up with Weight Watchers in 2010, and she’s since maintained her 80-pound weight loss. In a recent interview with the UK television show, Lorraine, she said one of the keys to maintaining her impressive weight loss is follow common sense when it comes to meal timing. “I’m very careful and cautious of what I’m eating,” she said. “If it’s early in the morning, [I tell myself] ‘OK, I would still be asleep right now, So I’m not going to eat.’” And although she didn’t cite specific hours during which she eats or fasts, the approach follows recent research that suggests limiting your eating hours can protect you from weight gain.

10. Hire help.

‘My 600-lb Life’ weight loss: diet dessert recipes burn fat, cut sugar cravings

If you don’t believe that obesity and related Type 2 diabetes are life-threatening diseases, ask the bariatric surgery patients on reality TV‘s “#My 600-lb Life.” But if you’ve attempted weight-loss, you know how easy it is to put on and how difficult it is to take off. Cravings and deprivation mode is at its worst on holidays, at parties, and summer picnics. Here are diet dessert recipes inspired by Dr. Younan Nowzaradan’s patients.

Dive in, don’t deprive

That’s not an oxymoron. You really can have your cake and eat it too. You can diet and still enjoy special occasions. The trick is to use food swapsand portion control to cut calories, follow the bariatric surgery diet and burn fat.
Tame those dreaded sweets cravings, which are kryptonite for so many “My 600-lb Life” patients, and still lose weight.

Food swaps to cut sugar and fat

Ideally, humans should probably avoid sugar. But as “My 600-lb Life” has taught, that’s easy to say and almost impossible to do. Weight-loss experts have found that elimination diets are almost impossible to sustain. However, with judicious food swap recipes, you can get the treat payoff without the junk carbs. Trade shortening or oil and sugar for homemade, unsweetened applesauce. Put antioxidant apples to work on burning belly fat in baked goods (yes, even chocolate desserts).

Change fats to fiber fatty acids

Bake with fiber-rich milled flaxseed and chia seed instead of eggs and oil. Flax is full of good MUFAs (monounsaturated fatty acids).
This brings down cholesterol, saturated and trans-fat, and adds omega 3, 5, 7, 9 fatty acids (a.k.a. linolenic acids CLA, GLA and ALA). Dr Now is big on fiber, a fat-flushing detox. Trade one egg for one tablespoon of flax seed plus three tablespoons of water. Three tablespoons of flax seed equals one tablespoon oil, butter, or margarine.

Swap wheat and starch for high-fiber, gluten-free flour

After patients undergo gastric bypass surgery on “My 600-lb Life,” Dr. Now advises trading white foods (starch, potatoes, rice, pasta and flour) for whole grains. Use oats to get the most fiber and omega fatty acids for your calorie investment. Eliminate grains and replace with nuts and seeds. You get gluten-free fiber, protein, and ketogenic fatty acids with little sugar and little to no carbs. Make cashew, walnut, or almond flour by grinding raw, unsalted nuts. Bake with almond butter or PB2 (fat-free peanut powder) too. Use PB2 chocolate for a light Nutella alternative. Mix with yogurt for a fruit dip, trifle, torte filling, or cake frosting.

Curb sugar cravings, cut calories

“My 600-lb Life” patients say sweets cravings are the worst. So boost flavor in calorie-free ways. Cut sugar and use cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, cloves or vanilla extract. Add cold coffee to chocolate baked goods. Sweeten with fresh fruit, Medjool dates, 100-percent juice, and pure maple syrup. Avoid artificial sugar substitutes except for Splenda, stevia, monk fruit, and xylitol (zero calorie sweetener). Trade chocolate for 70-percent or higher cacao dark chocolate to burn fat.

Switch to fat-burning dairy treats

Substitute plain Greek yogurt for cream, cottage cheese, ice cream, cream cheese, milk, sour cream and some cheeses. Nix cow’s milk for almond, flax, cashew and coconut milk in recipes. Try 25-calorie cashew milk or 30-calorie unsweetened vanilla almond milk. Enjoy Halo Top brand ice cream, frozen yogurt, light ice cream, Skinny Cow, and Weight Watchers frozen novelties. Top desserts with light whipped topping, nuts, and fruit instead of syrups. This hits the “My 600-lb Life” diet tips to cut carbs and boost protein.

Diet dessert recipes to burn fat

“My 600-lb Life” is all about managing appetite, so swap alcohol for iced coffee. Booze is an appetite stimulant and metabolism depressant. Caffeine is an appetite suppressant, belly fat burner and metabolism booster. Grind coffee beans, add fat-free, sugar-free, non-dairy creamer, freeze and slush. You can bake with non-dairy creamer, too. Cut carbs and blast fat with a Molotov Fruit Cocktail. This antioxidant-rich fruit grenade blends pea or another plant-based protein powder, grapefruit, blueberries, strawberries, milled flaxseed, chia seed, and Greek yogurt. Top with shaved 70-percent cacao dark chocolate.

3-DAY MILITARY DIET TO LOSE 10 LBS IN 3 DAYS

The military diet is currently one of the world’s most popular “diets.”
It is claimed to help you lose weight quickly, up to 10 pounds (4.5 kg) in a single week.
The military diet is also free. There is no book, expensive food or supplement you need to buy.
But does this diet actually work, and is it something you should try?
This article explains everything you need to know about the military diet.

WHAT IS THE MILITARY DIET?
The military diet, also called the 3-day diet, is a weight loss diet that can help you lose up to 10 pounds in a week.
The military diet plan involves a 3-day meal plan followed by 4 days off, and the weekly cycle is repeated again and again until you reach your goal weight.
Proponents of the diet claim that it was designed by nutritionists in the US military in order to get soldiers into top shape quickly.
However, the truth is that the diet isn’t affiliated with any military or governmental institution.
The military diet goes by several other names as well, including the navy diet, the army diet and even the ice cream diet.
HOW DOES THE MILITARY DIET WORK?
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The 3-day military diet is actually split into 2 phases over a 7-day period.
For the first 3 days, you must follow a set low-calorie meal plan for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There are no snacks between meals.
Total calorie intake during this phase is roughly 1,100–1,400 calories per day.
This is much lower than the average adult’s intake, but you can check your own calorie requirements using this calculator.
For the remaining 4 days of the week, you are encouraged to eat healthy and continue to keep your calorie intake low.
Proponents of the diet claim that you can repeat the diet several times until you reach your goal weight.
Bottom Line: The first 3 days of the military diet have a set meal plan and involve calorie restriction. The remaining 4 days have fewer restrictions.
THE MEAL PLAN
This is the 3-day meal plan on the military diet.
DAY 1
This is the meal plan for day 1. It amounts to around 1,400 calories.
Breakfast:
A slice of toast with 2 tablespoons of peanut butter.
Half a grapefruit.
A cup of coffee or tea (optional).
Lunch:
A slice of toast.
Half a cup of tuna.
A cup of coffee or tea (optional).
Dinner:
A 3-oz (85 grams) serving of meat with a cup of green beans.
A small apple.
Half a banana.
One cup vanilla ice cream.
DAY 2
These are the meals for day 2, amounting to around 1,200 calories.
Breakfast:
A slice of toast.
One hard-boiled egg.
Half a banana.
A cup of coffee or tea (optional).
Lunch:
One hard-boiled egg.
A cup of cottage cheese.
5 saltine crackers.
A cup of coffee or tea (optional).
Dinner:
Two hot dogs, with no bun.
Half a cup of carrots and half a cup of broccoli.
Half a banana.
Half a cup of vanilla ice cream.
DAY 3
Here is the plan for day 3, which amounts to around 1,100 calories.
Breakfast:
A 1-ounce slice of cheddar cheese.
5 saltine crackers.
A small apple.
A cup of coffee or tea (optional).
Lunch:
A slice of toast.
One egg, cooked however you like.
A cup of coffee or tea (optional).
Dinner:
A cup of tuna.
Half a banana.
1 cup of vanilla ice cream.
Feel free to drink as much coffee or tea as you want, as long as you don’t add any calories from sugar or cream. Drink plenty of water too.
THE REMAINING 4 DAYS
The remainder of the week also involves dieting.
Snacks are permitted and there are no food group restrictions. However, you are encouraged to limit portion sizes and keep total calorie intake under 1,500 per day.
You can find a list of websites and apps to track your calorie intake in this article.
There are no other rules for the remaining 4 days of the diet.

‘Dramatic’ Weight-Loss Possible Without Counting Calories, Study Finds

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A new weight-loss study has found that significant results can be achieved without counting a single calorie.
The study’s participants maintained an average weight loss of over 10 kilograms one year after the 12-week programme finished, prompting the researchers to conclude: “This research has achieved greater weight loss at six and 12 months than any other trial that does not limit energy intake or mandate regular exercise.”
What did they do? Calorie controlled diets are notoriously hard to maintain in the long-term and the diet industry makes its money “off failure, not success”. So the 33 participants in the intervention group of this study were not asked to count calories or even increase their exercise levels.

Can you eat bread and lose weight? Yes, according to a new study.

Can you eat bread and lose weight? Yes, according to a new study.

For 12 weeks, they could choose their own meals and eat as much fruit, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and natural, unrefined soy as they wanted. They received cooking classes and daily vitamin B supplements and were asked to avoid animal products, processed products and to minimise high-fat plant foods such as nuts and avocados (only 7 to 15 per cent of their daily energy intake came from fat).
A control group of 32 participants received standard medical care for the same duration without any dietary programme or change.
At the end of the trial, there were no “significant” changes among the control group, while the intervention group demonstrated “dramatic” improvements, with an average of 12.1 kilograms lost at the six-month follow-up and still a steady average of 11.5 kilograms lost at the 12-month mark.
The group also reported higher self-esteem and nutritional know-how, had lower cholesterol and were using less medication.
“Previous research had highlighted reasonable weight loss [via a plant-based diet], so we knew this was possible, but very few of these studies have been randomised, which is a powerful way to reveal true effects from an intervention,” says lead author, Dr Nicholas Wright, of the study, published this week in the journal Nutrition and Diabetes.
“We were pleased with the large and sustained changes that were achieved with only two group sessions per week, while participants made their own food choices.”
He believes that, in part, the group has been able to maintain their weight-loss and health improvements because the cooking classes gave them confidence and skills.
“People need concrete skills they can learn and rehearse, especially in an enabling and comfortable environment,” says Wright, of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practice. “Social contact makes the classes more enjoyable, and people really struggle to maintain behaviour changes if they don’t enjoy them. The group setting allows people to share problems and solutions, which we felt made for effective learning. ”
As for staying away from healthy fats, Wright says a little bit (no more than a handful of nuts a day, for instance) is OK but says it depends on a person’s goals.
“Once someone is at a normal weight they can reintroduce these foods without too many problems. The problem arises when people think they are good for weight loss, due to some pretty shoddy science,” he explains.
“There was one meta-analysis with nut consumption where they’ve claimed it helps with weight, but then in the small print they’ve stated it was using an energy-controlled diet.”
He also points to the work of Dr Dean Ornish and Dr. Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr, who have both found that a low-fat, plant-based diet may be able to reverse heart disease and other chronic diseases.
While others have argued against the need to ditch the good fats and insisted that, for many people, eating this way is unsustainable in the long-term, Wright insists it can be.
“In order for weight loss, a person needs to change their energy balance: consume less total energy or exercise more. There is no way around that,” says Wright, who has followed a vegan diet for seven years.
“Taking in less energy can be ‘eating less’ – but we don’t think this is the best approach, as it’s hard to sustain being hungry. Consuming less calories doesn’t have to be actually eating less food, it can be simply eating less dense foods.
“It wasn’t restricted because we told participants to eat as much as they liked, as often as they liked. Some people were eating a very large amount of tasty food and still losing weight. Many participants reported being able to eat as much as they liked and still lose weight as one of the main reasons they could maintain the changes.”
Amanda Salis of The Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition, Exercise & Eating Disorders at the University of Sydney agrees.
“This is an excellent outcome, and shows the benefits of eating whole foods with minimal processing,” says Salis, who was not involved with the study. “The body is extremely adept at dropping excess weight, provided that the foods consumed are not ultra-processed foods.
“All weight loss occurs via a reduction in kilojoule intake relative to kilojoule needs. What is nice is that when whole foods are used as the basis of the diet, with a lot of vegetables and fruits, people can eat to satisfy their physical hunger and still lose weight.”
Wright adds: “This research supports the whole food plant-based diet as safe and effective. We had many significant findings, including weight loss, lowered cholesterol, less medication usage, decreased waist circumference, and increased quality of life, and this was without increased spending on food or changes to exercise levels. This dietary approach can enable people to feel empowered to improve their medical conditions, but can be used outside of this setting too.”
source:stuff.co.nz

‘I Did A Low-Carb Diet For 2 Weeks—Here’s How Much Weight I Lost’

This shockingly easy plan allowed wine AND cheese.

ALLISON BERRY

I’ve tried my fair share of weird weight loss strategies, none of which I wind up maintaining long-term because of the crazy restrictions. But in the summer of 2015, my parents started their own journey on the low-carb diet, and after seeing each of them successfully shed some pounds, I decided to give the diet a try for myself.
The low-carb diet goes by many names. Chances are you’ve heard people refer to it as Atkins, South Beach, or Keto (short for “ketogenic”). For the purposes of this experiment, I followed the rules laid out by Susan Kleiner, Ph.D, R.D, author of Power Eating, in this article. Since I work out moderately at least three times a week, I should consume 100 grams of carbohydrates per day on the plan—and that was the only rule. Considering cheese is naturally low in carbs (and was the hardest thing to give up during my bouts of Paleo and Whole30), I figured I’d finally met my weight-loss match. So, armed with no further restrictions than capping my carb count, I kicked off two full weeks on the diet. Here’s what I learned and how much I lost.
1. YOU MIGHT WANT TO START A FOOD JOURNAL
I’ve heard people preach about the wonders of food journals and how helpful they can be, but I always found the idea of writing down every last bite of food I consumed to be overkill. After all, I’m pretty aware of what I’m putting in my body, thankyouverymuch. But during my first day of counting carbs, I realized how helpful it really was to keep track of what I was eating. I kept my daily journal on a Google doc and updated it throughout my day. Not only did it help me keep a daily tally of how many carbs I’d eaten, but it was also a great reference for looking up the number of carbs in foods I eat regularly.
2. MEAL PREP IS HELPFUL, BUT NOT TOTALLY NECESSARY
Anyone who knows me knows I’m a huge advocate of meal prepping. And planning my low-carb meals ahead of time made sense since I wanted to reduce temptation. However, when I got tired of my meals by day three and checked out the menus of a few restaurants online, I was pleasantly surprised to find it’s easy to eat out on the low-carb diet. As a rule of thumb, I stuck to grabbing food from places I could accurately record the nutrition of my meal. And if that wasn’t available, I’d use my best judgement to order as low-carb as possible. (Read: No bun or fries with my burger, please.)

3. BOOZE IS ALLOWED
Just as not all diets are created equal, neither are your favorite happy hour drinks. I quickly got into the habit of looking up the carbs per serving of foods online before (and sometimes after) I consumed them, and when doing a quick search for drinks I learned that most red wine and spirits are actually safe options. I got into the habit of ordering a glass of Pinot Noir (3.4 grams of carbs for five ounces) or a gin and soda (no carbs!), which was a totally welcome change from Paleo, which discourages all alcohol.
4. ALWAYS CALCULATE YOUR OWN NUTRITION INFORMATION
Sure, you can trust nutrition labels on foods you buy at the grocery store, but if you’re cooking from a recipe you found online (or even if you’re relying on MyFitnessPal), it’s best to double check how many carbs are in your ingredients. I found when I was grocery shopping that different brands of certain products (i.e. marinara sauce) can have insanely different carb counts per serving. During my first week of prep, I followed a blogger’s low-carb recipe for a veggie lasagna and found that my version actually had more carbs per serving than hers (thanks to the sauce).

5. THIS DIET IS VERY DAIRY FRIENDLY.
Listen up, cheese lovers, because this diet could potentially be a good fix for you. I know how hard it is to part ways with cheese and cream, but since dairy is naturally low in carbs it’s actually a great source of healthy fats (which you’ll consume a lot of on this plan). Since the whole point of a low-carb diet is to train your body to burn fat and not sugar as a source of energy, full-fat dairy is encouraged. Score! (Hit the reset button—and burn fat like crazy with The Body Clock Diet!)
6. YOU PROBABLY WON’T GET CRAZY CRAVINGS.
My parents are in the super-serious Atkins induction phase, which only allows them 20 grams of carbs per day (about the amount in a small apple). My mom constantly preached to me about keeping snacks handy for when my body suddenly goes into ketosis, but I actually never felt any symptoms of weakness or deprivation. In fact, since I was filling up on protein and healthy fats, I was able to consistently stay full. Sorry, mom!

7. YOU’LL START SEEING RESULTS QUICKLY.
Even though I was only committed to this diet for two weeks, I couldn’t help but weigh myself after my first week. I wasn’t feeling hungry or deprived, so I worried that I was doing something wrong. Despite my concerns I’d dropped 1.8 pounds after one week on the diet. After my second week, I’d lost 3.4 pounds and started to notice my frame thin out a bit. So yes, I did get to eat dairy, drink wine, and drop a few pounds. Needless to say, I think this is a plan I could happily stick with. But first I need a slice of pizza.

Scientists Discovered A New Way To Lose Weight, If Only You Can Tweak This One Brain Cell

A new study has found something remarkable: the activation of a particular type of immune cell in the brain can, on its own, lead to obesity in mice. This striking result provides the strongest demonstration yet that brain inflammation may be a cause, rather than a consequence, of obesity. It also provides promising leads for new anti-obesity therapies.
The evidence linking brain inflammation to obesity has been building for some time. Consistent overeating causes stress and damage to cells in the body and brain. This damage results in a response from the immune system that has a wide range of effects. Some of these effects help to reduce the problems caused by overeating, but others seem to make things worse. For example, in the hypothalamus—the part of the brain that controls, among other things, eating and activity—inflammation causes problems such as leptin resistance that interfere with the regulation of body weight.
Leptin is a hormone that is released by fat cells and provides the brain with information about the amount of energy stored as body fat. Normally, neurons in the hypothalamus that are sensitive to leptin will use this information to regulate eating and activity as needed to maintain body fat within some desired range.
In obesity, however, these neurons become insensitive to leptin. As a result, they no longer trigger the decrease in hunger and increase in energy expenditure that are necessary to lose excess weight. This is why the vast majority of attempts by obese people to lose weight fail—inflammation causes the brain to fight against it every step of the way.
So brain inflammation clearly plays an important role in sustaining obesity. But could it also be one of the primary causes of obesity in the first place? The onset of brain inflammation coincides with the other changes that take place in the body and brain as a result of overeating and weight gain. But whether brain inflammation actually causes the development of obesity is not yet clear. The results of the new study, however, demonstrate that the activation of a particular type of brain immune cell, microglia, initiates a cascade of events that do indeed lead directly to obesity.

Manipulating microglia in mice

In the study, researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Washington performed experiments on mice. They found that altering the activity of microglia in the hypothalamus allowed them to control the body weight of the mice independent of diet. The researchers began by testing the effects of reducing either the number of microglia or their level of activity. They found that both manipulations cut the weight gain that resulted from putting the mice on high-fat diet in half.
They then tested the effects of increasing the activity of microglia. They found that this manipulation caused obesity even in mice that were on a normal diet. This latter result is particularly surprising. The fact that obesity can be induced through microglia—rather than directly through neurons themselves—is an indication of how strongly the brain’s supporting cells can exert control over its primary functions.
So artificial brain inflammation can cause obesity in mice. Of course, that doesn’t mean that natural, diet-induced brain inflammation doescause obesity in humans. But these new results suggest that this idea is worth taking seriously, particularly given that fact that potential solutions to the obesity crisis are in short supply.
This new study alone has already identified several possible targets for anti-obesity drugs. Intriguingly, one of the same drugs that was used in the study to decrease activity in microglia is also being tested in human cancer trials, so initial indications of its effects on body weight should be available soon. But either way, a deeper understanding of the role of brain inflammation will help to clarify the causes of obesity. And hopefully prompt ideas about how it can be avoided in the first place.
qz.com

How To Lose 10 Pounds In 7 Days Without Exercise – Powerful 7 Day Diet Plan!

The process of weight loss can be a challenge to some people, especially if there is an important event like weddings, parties, etc. But here we offer you a way to get rid of some pounds a look amazing in your outfit.
You have tried or come across different products for fast slim down. This is something that we cannot avid because the market nowadays offers many products that promise a lot and that can give you the wanted results and the desired body shape. It is very important for you to focus on a longer-lasting, healthier and better weight loss approach.
The health experts claim that the combination of well-balanced and healthy diet with a regular routine of workout is the safest and fastest way to lose weight. It is very important never to skip a meal, consume food at non-regular times or expose the body to starvation. Three healthy meals a day at regular intervals is the best way for weight loss.
Also, it is important to be realistic about the weight loss expectations. Set a realistic target before you start the weight loss program and it will be easier for you to achieve. Do not forget that you can just push the body to a strenuous workout routine and healthy and well balanced diet plan.
The General Motors- diet plan is very popular diet plan and it is the fastest way to lose weight naturally without any diet pills or health supplements. General Motors has created this plan (GM Diet Plan) for people who are bound to desk or students as it improves the overall well-being. This diet plan is beneficial of all age groups and most of them who have tried it say that you can lose eight kg. of your weight in a week.
It is very important to remember that the most important thing about the weight loss process is that you shouldn’t starve, because if you do starve, it will give you a counter effect and instead of losing pound you will gain them. This weight loss plan recommends the right food amount that you can intake so you will always feel full.

1st Day:

The first day is the most important day in this General Motors diet plan method. On this day, you are allowed to consume only fruit, according to the regiment. You should also avoid bananas but you should include cantaloupe and watermelons. You should also consume eight to twelve glasses of water in this day. You should not eat other food, not even boiled or raw vegetables. You should eat different kinds of fruits during the day. When you will feel hungry, you can drink more water and eat more fruits.

2nd Day:

The 1st day was about the fruit intake, while the 2nd day is limited to vegetables. You can consume vegetables as many as you can, either cooked or raw, all day long. You should not use any oil when you cook the vegetables. It is highly recommended to consume boiled vegetables. You can eat even potatoes, but boiled potatoes early in the morning so the carbohydrates can burn during the day. You can also consume: boiled cabbage, lettuce, boiled bottle and ridge gourd, cucumber, broccoli, cooked and raw carrot, cooked beans and so on. The recommended water intake is eight to twelve glasses.

3rd Day:

On this day you can consume vegetables and fruits all day long. But this day you should not eat bananas and potatoes. It is important to consume the fruit in the morning, the vegetables in the afternoon and again fruits in the evening. If you are hungry at night you can eat both, vegetables or fruit. But do not forget to consume eight to twelve glasses of water during the third day.

4th Day:

The fourth day is milk and banana day and on this day you should’ve at least eight to ten bananas throughout the day and only three glasses of milk. In order to feel full the all day, distribute the milk and the bananas evenly during the day. Try to consume one banana and a glass of milk in the morning, couple of bananas at noon and it will be a great way to start the fourth day. Take one glass of milk and 2 bananas for lunch and you can also take two to three bananas in the evening. At night you can take a glass of milk and a couple of bananas.

5th Day:

This day of the General Motors diet plan method is a feast day. This day you can eat one cup of rice for your lunch and six to seven tomatoes during the day. It is recommended to increase the water consumption to twelve to fifteen glasses per day because there is a risk of the body to produce a lot of uric acid.

6th Day:

The sixth day is also a feast day of this GM diet plan. On this day you can eat one cup of rice for your lunch and vegetables for the rest of the day. It is also very important to drink eight to twelve glasses of water. As it is the pre-last day of this regiment you should feel much lighter. Also, the digestive system would be significantly improved.

7th Day:

This is the last day of this diet plan and you are allowed to eat one cup of rice and any fruit and veggies of your choice.  By this day you will have lost weight significantly.
This amazing regiment will give you many health benefits such as improved digestion, better hair and skin quality and many others. The best results would be about four or five kg. less or even more.
You do not have to starve your body to get the desired weight. Try this amazing GM diet plan as it is the fastest and healthiest weight loss regiment and enjoy the wanted results gained only in a week.