Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Third Step To Rapid Weight Loss Involves Eliminating Another White Food Poison

This post is about the second white poison - enriched white flour.

Certain carbs like white enriched flour put on weight, not take it off. Restricting carbs to 120 grams per day (the third step to rapid weight loss) works for weight loss and wellness. Just by the way, the 5 steps are listed in this article, step 1 is covered in this post, and step 2 is covered in this post.

Restricting carbs turns out to be fairly easy when you eliminate foods containing white flour - bagels, cookies, white bread, most crackers, cake, white rice, white pasta, etc. They may fill you up and weigh you down, but they contribute no nutritional value.

Add more veggies and beans to your diet. Hummus with cut up veggies is a perfect snack.

My favorite hummus is sabra classic, but you can easily make it yourself.

Stick with grains other than white enriched flour (whole wheat, rye, barley).

Another problem arises if you are gluten sensitive or allergic. If this is the case, certain grains like whole wheat create health issues because they contain gluten. Time to try gluten free foods. If you need to go gluten free, pay attention to the ingredients in the gluten free food, especially sugar content. You really don't want to trade one issue for another.

The carb restriction recommendation is 6 servings per day at about 20 grams a serving. This is the suggestion of Jorge Cruise in the following book:
The Belly Fat Cure: Discover the New Carb Swap System and Lose 4 to 9 lbs. Every Week

Jorge explains how to rid yourself of excess belly fat by reducing carbs and sugar. It works - these are 2 of the 5 steps I followed to drop the final 10 pounds I wanted to lose.

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Second Step To Rapid Weight Loss - Reducing THE White Poison

Actually, if you think about it, there are 2 foods that could be called white poison - enriched white flour and sugar.

Sugar earns the title for the worst food poison. Restricting sugar to 15 - 25 grams per day (the second step to rapid weight loss) works for weight loss and wellness. Just by the way, the 5 steps are listed in this article and step 1 is covered in this post.

Unless you've been living on Walden Pond for the past several years, you KNOW excessive sugar puts on weight, contributes to heart disease (this one is more recent), and does not contribute to good health.

Are You Addicted To Sugar?
I love sugar.

In fact, I am a sugar addict. I was the kid who collected everyone's bubble gum from the baseball card packs my friends bought.

So, I made sugar restriction a habit. Once you get used to less sugar, too much of it is way too sweet.

Sugar restriction became a weight loss accelerator for me. I dropped the last 10 pounds of the twenty I wanted to lose in about a month.

Some people experience drastic weight loss when they get rid of sugar - the relative who stopped drinking regular coke (a 6-pack a day) lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks. Note that EACH soda contains almost 40 grams of sugar. 40 X 6 = a whopping 240 grams a day.

Click here to read my article about losing weight by restricting sugar.

Also, here's Mark Hyman's 10-day detox diet, a way to end sugar cravings and boost your health:

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The First Step To Rapid Weight Loss Requires Accountability

In recent blog posts and articles (see Fail-Safe Weight Loss In 5 Simple Steps), I've been discussing a simple 5-step weight loss system that promotes rapid weight loss and improved wellness.

The first step (prepare mentally for weight loss) 
is by far the most important.

If you think about what you want to achieve, you will achieve it. In other words, you need to picture yourself at your ideal weight all the time and feel what it would be like to be there now.

How is that accomplished?

Quite frankly, most of us find it difficult to think about what we want versus the way it is. That creates major obstacles to weight management and results in the yo-yo dieting.

One way around the issue of creating major obstacles is to set up an accountability system. You hold yourself responsible for your weight management and wellness.

How Do You Establish Accountability?
That brings me to a recent dinner conversation about The Fitbit Force, an activity wristband that helps you track your fitness progress. Tracking progress toward fitness goals helps to hold you accountable for your actions.

The dinner conversation centered around The Force. Unfortunately, Fitbit pulled it off the market because some people reacted to the nickel alloy in the band. No worry, Fitbit makes a similar product called The Fitbit Flex. It has been featured in articles about fitness wristbands, along with the Jawbone UP 24.

Anyway, the woman I talked to loves her wristband because it provides motivation, helps her track her activity (steps, sleep, calories, time), and best of all (according to her), it looks fashionable.

You judge if it'll look sharp on your wrist - Click here for the picture.

Monday, July 7, 2014

5 Sure-Fire Tips To Lose Weight Fast

Think you can do 5 things all at the same time so you can lose weight fast?

It's possible.

You need to do them all. 

No cheating.

Here they are (in order of importance):

  1. Prepare mentally and emotionally for weight loss and a new body image. Goal-setting, and daily visualization and meditation drive the mental and emotional prep. Meditation and mindfulness will also help reduce stress (always a factor in weight management). See this article: Determined To Lose Weight? PROGRAM Your MIND For Weight Loss.
  2. Limit sugar to 15 - 25 grams per day. If you have been reading this blog, you know that sugar is poison and counter-productive to weight loss and good health.
  3. Limit carbs to 120 grams per day (no bad carbs). Bad carbs are foods made with white flour as well as white rice.
  4. Increase fiber to 30+ grams per day with supplementation (a fiber supplement).
  5. Increase physical activity (especially strength training). If you can increase your physical activity with a hobby you have a passion for, this step will be a snap. A good example is landscaping/gardening. Digging holes for plants, lugging bags of mulch and dirt, and moving rocks (I live in New England - it's part of the landscape) sound a lot like strength training to me.

This process works if you stick with it.  In fact, if it becomes a permanent lifestyle change, it will help you maintain your ideal weight.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Sculpting A "Jillian Michaels'" Body - The Impossible Dream?

Jillian Michaels, the forty-year-old personal trainer who became famous for her tough workouts on The Biggest Loser, has recently posed in the nude for Shape Magazine.

And why not! She's got a knockout body with sculpted arms, legs, and abs. It required plenty of work to achieve her look. 

The question is . . .  Can the ordinary person achieve the perfection Jillian has realized?

How Much Time And Effort Will It Require?
Face it - Jillian Michaels has access to the best resources a woman could ask for. You know she sticks to a strict diet. You know she works out frequently. But she has the time and the commitment to achieve her fitness goals at age forty.

Can you get to the same goal? 

Can you get a ripped physique?

According to the Law of Attraction gods and goddesses, if you want it, you can get there. The length of time to get there depends on you, your commitment, and your willingness to put in the work. 

Your age doesn't matter. 

Your starting measurements don't matter. 

YOU matter.

Begin with the right mindset.

Start with the right diet.

And the workouts that create the look.

Start today.

Oh, and by the way, if you think it can't be done by the ordinary person, check out