12 Ways to Utilize Natural Foods This Summer

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Health, Nutrition | Posted on 31-07-2013-05-2008

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12 Ways to Utilize Natural Foods This Summer

Eating natural foods is an excellent method to help your family enjoy a diet that is not only balanced, but also rich in essential nutrients. However, eating a diet such as this offers a few hidden benefits you might want to consider during the meal planning process as well.

Cool off

Eating cooling foods such as cucumber, melons, and citrus fruits actually helps keep you feeling cool and refreshed long after the snack. Drinking green tea and coconut water can have the same, long-lasting and refreshing effects – no matter how hot it gets outside.

Fight sunburns

Natural foods, such as grapefruit and tomatoes, contain a lot of lycopene. In addition to being a force for good when it comes to fighting cancer, lycopene is also widely credited with helping to protect the skin from damage from the sun’s UV rays. It never hurts to have one more layer of defense against the sun – especially when it tastes this good!

Improve health

The more colorful the combination of fruits and vegetables you consume on a regular basis, the more health promoting goodness your body is rewarded with.

Boost immunity

Garlic, citrus fruits, and Greek yogurt are excellent resources for boosting immunity. Drinking black tea in large quantities, five cups or more per day, according to research at Harvard University, also boosts immunity due to the L-theanine that is found in black tea.

Stabilize blood sugar

According to Men’s Health cinnamon is an excellent choice for stabilizing blood sugar in addition to other natural foods such as spinach, kale, almonds, cold-water fish, and high-fiber grains.

Manage inflammation

Natural foods such as kelp, turmeric, and green tea all serve to help manage inflammation.

Bolster metabolism

What do cayenne peppers, garlic, coconut oil, and cinnamon have in common? It’s not the recipe for granny’s famous breakfast muffins, that’s for sure. These natural foods are excellent choices for bolstering your metabolism and turning your body into the calorie burning, energy-producing machine it’s supposed to be.

Launch libido

Watermelon, avocados, dark chocolate, and asparagus  all contribute to higher states of heat in their own way. There has been wide speculation about chocolate and women’s libido, but the Journal of Sexual Medicine recently confirmed that women who had a piece of chocolate daily enjoyed a more active sex life. Asparagus, with its high levels of vitamin B is a real libido booster for men and women while avocados are known more for their impact as a natural food libido enhancement for men.

Manage allergies

Local, raw honey is a beautiful tool for helping block many of the more painful symptoms of allergies. In fact, it’s like building up your own natural immunity to allergies without chemical laden injections.

Suppress appetite

No matter how fit and fabulous you may be now, most people today are still watching calories, and trying to eat a better combination of foods. You probably want to avoid overeating and may even be looking for ways to curb cravings for comfort-food favorites you know aren’t good for your body. Eating foods like almonds, apples, cinnamon, sweet potatoes, wasabi, and steel cut oatmeal can help suppress your appetite.

Improve energy

High-energy natural foods might surprise you. A few of the favorites you’ll want to consider include eggs, edamame, pumpkin seeds, and quinoa. These foods offer high amounts of energy building protein and are excellent choices for early meals and midafternoon pick-me-ups.

Relieve anxiety

Whole grains, seaweed, almonds, and blueberries are all excellent food choices for relieving anxiety and balancing mood. While diet alone is rarely adequate to eliminate anxiety on its own, eating the rights foods in combination with other treatment options such as deep breathing exercises and, perhaps herbal supplements, is highly effective.

The shocking news, if you look closely at the list, is that many of these natural foods help the body out in more than one way. It’s exciting to see what a difference a few changes in diet can make for your overall health and wellness.

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About the Author:

Brian Forester is a health and wellness writer in the Chicago area. It is his goal to help people learn more about healthy natural foods and incorporate them into their diets. Companies like NOW Foods offer healthy options to improve wellness for everyone.

The 7 Best Foods for Building Muscle

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet, Fitness | Posted on 25-01-2013-05-2008

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Today, most people attempting to build muscle know that good nutrition is vital. Regrettably, their diets are completely wrong! Weight lifters typically concentrate on their calories and macronutrients, consuming any foods they can to reach accidental totals. These numbers make a difference certainly, however the exact foods you’re consuming are unquestionably much more significant. The “amount of calories in vs the amount of calories out” tactic is complete fluff, so is the concept that all kinds of carbohydrates, proteins and fat can create the same result.

Would you like to begin experiencing a bit of progress?

Would you like to get as much muscle growth as you can, improve your overall health, and prevent gaining any unwanted fat?

Good, but you have to consume certain foods.

You’re about to discover the 7 best foods for building muscle.  These aren’t just any old food, they help you build lean muscle and have produced great results for me and a lot of other people.

So, what are they?

1. Salmon

Although it’s not cheap, you need to have salmon at the bare minimum one or two times a week. The protein is really good, but the real secret is in the fat. Salmon is packed with Omega-3 essential fatty acids, which can be proven to help you lose fat and build muscle. Ensure you’re buying wild-caught salmon, because it’s far high in Omega-3s than farm-raised salmon. You should be able to find wild-caught salmon at a reasonable cost, if not have a look in the freezer area or alternatively you should be able to find canned salmon.

2. Eggs

If you’re on a really low budget you ought to be feeding on eggs. Each egg contains approximately 6 grams of protein and 5 grams of fat and its nutrients are darn close to perfect for taking in the calories and building muscle mass.

The yolk is the most important part of the egg, where the majority of fat, protein and essential vitamins are stored. Research has shown time and time again that eating dietary cholesterol is definitely not what raises your Low Density Lipoprotein (bad blood cholesterol). All in all, there is absolutely no reason to punish yourself with plate after plate of the foul whites.

3. Beef

This has got to be my favourite of the muscle building foods on this list, as it tastes the best because it’s higher in saturated fats than all the others. Beef is going to pack a lot of protein, iron and zinc, that will assist you to build muscle and get stronger. Plus it also contains a great deal of creatine, the exact same product that you can buy in the supplement stores.

Now, don’t worry that I said the word FAT. Fat is very important for healthy hormone levels. If you eat a lot of saturated animal fat it will boost your testosterone in a natural way. It’s the polyunsaturated fats and trans fats that you have to stay away from contained in pre-packed junk food.

4. Potatoes

No-carb diets are perfect for fat loss, but if you intend to get significantly bigger muscles, you’ll almost certainly have to consume some kind of starchy foods. Your best option is to eat potatoes and sweet potatoes. I tend to follow a “paleo” diet, and believe there’s certainly something to be said for steering clear of grains. Rice and oatmeal might be a good option, however they have a tendency to result in some bloating and discomfort. If you’re in any way sensitive to gluten, and if you often gain fat easily, consider choosing potatoes as your starting place for carbohydrates.

5. Broccoli

Okay, I know that broccoli doesn’t contain any protein in it, but it’s undoubtedly one of the very best muscle building foods because it’s anti-estrogen. It contains “indoles”, which naturally fights against estrogen that makes you store body fat in all of the worst places. It’s also one of my favourite vegetables, too.

6. Nuts

I believe nuts are great if you want to gain weight. Ever eaten an entire can of nuts during an afternoon? Of course, it’s really easy! Nuts might not be as good as meat and eggs, but they’re a cheap alternative option to load up with plenty of good quality calories. They are also perfect if you have a busy job or schedule as you can easily carry them around with you.

Almonds are an amazing food to help you build muscle and they truly are the king of the nuts. They also have a high amount of the vitamin E which is an amazing antioxidant that will prevent damage from those free-radicals that will cause havoc on your body.

7. Fat-Free Yogurt

Fat-free yogurt is also one of the best muscle building foods. With an excellent mix of protein and carbohydrates, it’s great while you’re recovering after an intense workout. Opt for the fat-free yogurt with fruit in the bottom of the tub and forget the artificially sweetened “no sugar” rubbish.

If you’re not a big fan of yogurt you could try fat-free cottage cheese.  Cottage cheese is one of those foods that I’m not keen on even if it contains a lot of protein. The protein it has is really a combination of whey and casein and one cup full could have as much as 30 grams of protein in it.

Dedicated to your success,

–Nigel

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The Amazing Peanut Butter Diet

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet | Posted on 13-11-2012-05-2008

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Okay, now we’ve heard everything! There was the cabbage soup diet, the chocolate chip cookie diet, the cottage cheese diet, and now there’s a peanut butter diet? After all, how can you eat something that has so much fat? While it seems that there would be no logical way to lose weight while eating peanut butter, this is a diet that may just work.

So, what makes this amazing peanut butter diet work? That’s a fair question, I was skeptical too. What it comes down to is this, different foods have different effects on the body. Some of the better foods are known as “super foods”. Peanut butter is one of them. It is loaded with protein which helps in the development of lean muscle tissue, and muscle burns more calories. In effect, peanut butter assists in the boosting of your body’s metabolism.

The whole idea behind a peanut butter diet is that you simply add this super food where you can and it will work its magic. For example, if you enjoy smoothies, then you can combine some peanut butter with strawberries, blueberries and blackberries, then add some ice and blend until smooth. That doesn’t mean you can drink peanut butter smoothies all day, but if you use it right, you should notice the benefits.

At the same time, there is more to losing weight than just eating. You also have to eat a better selection of foods, from a variety of food groups. Exercise also needs to be a part of your routine. Don’t get discouraged. That doesn’t mean you have to do gruelling exercises for hours on end, far from it. Simply get more active. Participate in activities you enjoy, work out with a friend, and get moving. That’s really all you need to do, but you do need to actually do it. Okay, enough of the lecture, let’s get back to the peanut butter.

One of the reasons a lot of people are surprised that a peanut butter diet can work is that they associate it with gaining weight, rather than losing weight. Part of the reason for this is how most peanut butter is made. Most of the stuff you can buy at the grocery store is made with hydrogenated oil, commonly referred to as trans fats. This may be the real problem with peanut butter, but it’s an easy problem to fix. You want to look for all natural peanut butter that contains no trans fats. Read the list of ingredients, and if the word ‘hydrogenated’ is there, then don’t buy it. You can also look at the peanut butter in the container. If you can see a thin layer of oil on the top, then it is probably natural. Simply stir the oil back in when you get it home. These natural oils are much healthier for you than trans fats.

So, does the peanut butter diet work? Yes it does, but it does require that you do some things as well. They aren’t difficult, and once you start seeing the positive results of losing weight, you’ll be glad you gave it a try.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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The Truth About The Hospital Three Day Diet

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet | Posted on 12-11-2012-05-2008

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If you have tried your share of diets over the years then you know how difficult it can be to lose weight, and keep it off once you lose it. There are all kinds of diets out there, and some work better than others. What it really comes down to is how well a diet will work for you. If you are ready to see results then the hospital three day diet (it gets its name because it was reportedly developed by a hospital to help cardiac patients who had to lose weight prior to undergoing surgery) may be just the weight loss solution you have been looking for.

The hospital three day diet has recently seen a surge in popularity. This is most likely due to the claims that you can lose up to ten pounds in three days. While the best method of weight loss is to lose one to two pounds per week, losing several pounds right away can be a great way to get motivated from the start.

When you are doing the hospital three day diet you have to stick to plan exactly. Food swaps are not allowed, but it’s only for three days so it shouldn’t be a major problem. You will also have to drink a lot of water. While some versions of the hospital diet say it’s acceptable to drink diet soda in place of some of the water, it’s better to stick to water where water is recommended. Diet soft drinks may not contain calories, but they do contain ingredients that can interfere with how the hospital three day diet works.

There is a pre-planned menu for three meals per day. Then you stick to the plan for three days, then eat however you wish (within reason) once the plan is done. If you would like to lose more weight, then you can do the hospital three day diet again. However, you shouldn’t do it for more than three days in a row as you will only be taking in about 1,000 calories per day.

So, why does that matter? Why can’t you just eat 1,000 per day for the rest of your life and lose all the weight you want? Those are fair questions, but to be blunt, 1,000 calories isn’t enough. In fact, the World Health Organization says that you should get at least 1,200 per day. Anything less than that can cause serious health risks. Furthermore, taking in too few calories on a long term basis can actually lead to gaining weight. This is because the body will go into starvation mode and start storing more of the calories you take in, and it stores calories as fat.

The hospital three day diet has a very limited selection of foods, is very low calorie and shouldn’t be used too many days in a row. It can make somebody wonder whether it was really developed by a hospital or not. But what really matters is whether or not you lose weight, so it’s definitely worth trying.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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Lose Weight With The Cottage Cheese Diet

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet | Posted on 11-11-2012-05-2008

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Over the years there have been many fad diets. For the sake of this article, a fad diet is any diet that uses a gimmick or focuses too much on one specific food or technique. By that definition, the cottage cheese diet would certainly seem to be a fad diet, but is it? Just so you know, there isn’t really a diet plan that uses cottage cheese as the only food you can eat.

Let’s face it, there would be no way anybody could stick to a diet like that. Imagine eating nothing but the same food for all of your meals and snacks. You would get so bored that you would soon go off such a diet and binge on all of the foods you were craving. Besides, it wouldn’t be very healthy and could cause more problems than it fixes.

That being said, cottage cheese is a pretty good food to eat when you are on a diet; especially when compared to other cheeses. It contains a lot of protein, making it ideal for people who are on a low carbohydrate diet. However, it contains less fat and fewer calories than other cheeses. That doesn’t mean it’s fat free, but there are some varieties that are lower in fat than others, so be sure to check the label before you buy some.

Some studies have shown that dairy foods can help you feel more full than other foods. That’s one of the reasons why the cottage cheese diet works for some people. However, you have to eat slowly so your stomach has enough time to signal your brain that you are full. If you shovel in spoonful after spoonful of cottage cheese without giving it much thought, then you will not lose weight. Eat it in reasonable amounts and slow down. It will help you feel more full and that means you will be likely to lower how many calories you take in during the rest of your meal.

Adding cottage cheese to your diet makes a lot of sense, and it can help. But at the same time, it’s not a magic food that will make you shed those extra pounds. In fact, there isn’t any magic food out there, so you need to take other steps if you are serious about wanting to lose weight.

Generally speaking, weight loss comes down to one thing: you have to burn more calories than you take in. That means you have to eat fewer calories, and burn more off. This means you will have to exercise. However, you don’t have to workout at a gym for four hours a day, or jog ten miles. Instead, just work on adding more activity to your day and do things you enjoy.

Taking a sensible approach to weight loss is what will give you the best chance of getting rid of those extra pounds, keeping them off. The cottage cheese diet may be just the thing you are looking for. Just be sure to approach your diet plan (whatever it is) with the right attitude and you’ll be down to your target weight in no time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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5 Healthy Weight Loss Tips

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet, Fitness | Posted on 08-11-2012-05-2008

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It often seems as though you can’t turn around without seeing new diet pill of magic weight loss formula that promises to make it easier than ever to lose weight. No matter what their wild claims may suggest, it is possible (not to mention practical) to shed those excess pounds with a common sense approach. Every weight loss program covers at least a few of the basics. The only difference is in how they package those basics. Here are five basic steps to help you lose weight quickly and easily.

1. Calories Count – This is a critical part of any weight loss program. The only way to lose weight is to burn more calories than you take in. Furthermore, you can potentially consume more calories in five minutes than you can burn off in the same amount of time. A simple formula to remember is that 3,500 calories equals one pound. That means if you can reduce how many calories you take in by 500 per day, you will lose one pound per week. By keeping track of your calories you will be more aware of how much you are eating, and be able to control your intake more easily.

2. Portion Control – While counting calories has its benefits, there are times when it simply isn’t practical. But that should never be an excuse to pig out and put your weight loss plan on hold. So, what should you do? The answer is to take smaller helpings of food. Slow down, and your brain will get the signal you are full, so you won’t ever feel like you’re depriving yourself. And no matter how you were brought up, it’s okay to leave some food on your plate.

3. Eat Healthy Foods – Counting calories and watching portions are only part of the bigger picture. to lose weight, you need to choose foods that are healthier for you. As long as you are limiting your calories, it’s smart to make sure those calories are of a higher quality. Junk food that’s laden with fat and sugar are empty calories, they don’t offer any nutrition. Your best bet is to stick to fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, low fat dairy and healthy fats (in moderation).

4. Stay Hydrated – Even though recent studies show that drinking eight glasses of water a day doesn’t help you lose weight, you still need to drink plenty of water. There are other beverages you can drink, but water is the best choice; it has no calories, is necessary to good health, and helps to flush out your system.

5. Maintain Good Health – Most people try to lose weight to get healthy, but you also need to stay healthy as you are losing weight. We sometimes have a tendency to overdo things. You could lose weight quicker if you are obsessed with it, but then other aspects of your health will suffer. The best way to go about weight loss is to do so with a balanced approach.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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Don’t Be So Quick With Fast Weight Loss Diets

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet | Posted on 24-10-2012-05-2008

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Fast weight loss diets are everywhere. The first thing you need to ask yourself is, are they safe? Some diet plans can do a lot more harm than good. Fad diets such as the grapefruit diet for example, may work only up to a point. When you have lost the weight and the diet is done, you go back to the same way of eating and what happens? The weight comes back and if you are not careful you may just try to make up for lost time and add on a few more pounds.

If you only have a few pounds to lose then by all means try one of the many fast weight loss diets available so you can get into that dress for the wedding. But, if you have a lot of weight to lose you will need to make some lifestyle changes to get to your ideal weight.

Take a minute to write down your weight loss goals. Keeping track of what you eat in a journal will let you see what you are putting in your body so if it needs to be changed you can change it. Writing in a journal every day is very effective in helping you lose weight.

Learn about food. When you figure out how many calories are in what you eat you will be able to put meals together that are nutritionally balanced and satisfying. Knowing what the right numbers are helps a lot too.

You can figure out how many calories you need in a day by calculating your basal metabolic rate, or BMR, or you can simply make up a meal plan that has enough food to equal 1500 calories or so.

Learning to eat differently may take some practice and careful planning. When I tell you that you need to eat small meals throughout your day you are going to say you do not have the time to do that because you are at work. Well then, I will say that yes you can with some precise planning.

You are going to start taking your lunch and snacks to work with you. Stop wasting money and gaining weight by eating out when you are at work. Save your wallet and your waistline by buying an insulated lunch box and healthy food to put in it.

Now you need to figure out what to put in it. Well, how about a 6 ounce container of yogurt and some carrot sticks. With an 8 ounce glass of water that is a great snack for the middle of the morning. For your lunch, why not have a sandwich made of lean turkey breast with some light mayo and lettuce and a cup of grapes or some baked chips. Don’t forget the pickle on the side! There are a lot of things you can do to make sure you eat small meals throughout your day.

There are countless combinations of foods for snacks and meals. Get creative, try some new things, you might find you have a broader range of foods you like therefore giving yourself even more options. Do not forget to pack enough food for two snacks, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

Do your best to drink enough water during the day, too. The more the better. Stay away from pop and caffeinated beverages like coffee. Caffeine has a drying effect on the body and can contribute to dehydration. Drink lots of water. A good way to figure out how much you should drink is divide what you weigh by half and drink that amount in ounces of water every day. Or you can start by striving to drink 8 – 8 ounce glasses of water each day. It is just easier that way.

If you do start one of the fast weight loss diets and there are a lot of restrictions to the diet you may need to take a supplement to get the vitamins and minerals you need.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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Foods To Eat To Lose Weight – Make A Difference

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet | Posted on 16-10-2012-05-2008

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Have you been trying to find information on what foods to eat to lose weight? I think I can help you out. There are whole categories of foods available to help you lose weight.

Lean meats like chicken and turkey, fish, whole grains like oatmeal or cereal, fresh fruits and lots of fresh vegetables are the key to losing weight. The chicken, turkey, and fish give you the protein you need, the whole grains give you the fiber and the fresh fruits and vegetable give you the rest of the vitamins and nutrients you need for healthy living.

Processed foods are loaded with bad carbohydrates and should be avoided at all costs. Sugar and anything sweetened with sugar should be avoided also. Basically anything white, white sugar, white flour, white rice should not be included in your healthy diet plan.

How many of us would rather have a meal of steak and baked potato than a just a measly old salad? Yeah, me too. But there are many ways to dress up your salad. Go ahead and cook that steak but, instead of eating it with that baked potato, slice it up and put about three ounces on your salad. You can do the same thing with a chicken breast or a small can of tuna.

Do not worry, you will not have to eat salads for the rest of your life. There are so many foods to eat to lose weight you will not get bored with the same old thing all the time.

I know for most of us portion control can be a real problem. To get around this check what the serving size is on the package and eat only what is recommended. measure it out so you know you are doing it right and stop with the one serving, don’t go back for seconds.

When you go out to eat the portions they serve you are absolutely huge. Do not eat all the food they bring you! Only eat 1/3 to 1/2 of what they serve you and take the rest home. Skip the bread and dessert. If you find you cannot skip the dessert then ask your dinner companion would like to split a dessert with you. That one little move saves you half the calories. Awesome, now you’re getting it.

If you are overweight and change your habits to making sure you eat only the recommended portion sizes you can lose a good 25 pounds in 6 months. I know this because I have done it myself. I just decided one day that I was eating too much at one sitting and started cutting my portions in half and the weight came off almost without my knowing it. It was incredible.

If you make sure that every meal has a serving of lean meat, vegetables and a whole grain with a side of fruit, or have the fruit for dessert, you should have no problems when it comes to knowing what foods to eat to lose weight.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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Lose Weight Recipes – Healthy But Taste Great

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet | Posted on 13-10-2012-05-2008

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Are there recipes out there to help you lose weight?  A secret recipe perhaps?  There are combinations of food that will assist you in losing weight.  Make your own recipe book, “My Weight Loss Recipes”.

There are many ways to lose weight.  But is there a right or wrong way?  I believe it depends on each individual’s body chemistry.  What works for you may not necessarily work for the person next to you.

If you are counting calories, you want to focus on foods that are low in fat and high in protein and fiber.  Fresh fruit and vegetables don’t have all the unneeded bi-products.

Protein is an essential part of your diet.  Try to choose low fat protein.  Such as chicken breast without the skin, low fat yogurt, egg whites.  Protein is the building blocks of cells.  Let’s face it you want to build your muscle not break it down to be replaced by fat.

Here is a yummy recipe that is one of my favorites.  This recipe can be used as a balanced meal or snack consisting of protein, milk product, fruit and grain.  Greek Yogurt Parfait:  Layer the following:  1 cup Greek fat free yogurt, one cup of strawberries (or berry of your choosing), 2/3 cup low fat granola.  Absolutely delicious and filling!

How about a chicken club sandwich for lunch?  Lightly toast 2 slices of whole grain bread (think, fiber).  Slice a piece of grilled chicken or turkey breast (no skin, too much fat).  You can use light or fat free mayo, a dab of mustard.  Top with lettuce, ripe tomato, pickles on the side.  There you have it: low calorie, fat; high protein, fiber.

Now, what’s for dinner?  I thought you would never ask.  Marinade a pack of chicken breast (no skin) overnight (I prefer lemon-pepper). Make a mixture of cooked chopped broccoli, cream of celery.  Tenderize the chicken breast till it is as big as your hand.  Place a spoonful of broccoli mixture in the center, fold all sides, secure with toothpick.  Sprinkle Pepperidge Farm Stuffing on top, lightly sprinkle fat free cheese as well.  Place in oven 350 degrees for approximately 30-45 minutes. 

There are so many different recipes out there to try to help you lose weight.  Or you can simply take your favorite recipes and put a healthy twist to it.  Making right food choices and turning that into a lifestyle change is key to long term success.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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Do You Know These Three Important Things About Fat Loss Diets

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Diet | Posted on 26-09-2012-05-2008

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Fat loss diets are all about burning off excess fat by watching how many calories you put into your body and making sure the total number of calories you put “in” is less than the amount you burn “off.” To be successful at this type of diet, you need to know three things. The first thing you’ll want to know is: how many calories does your body burn off each day, naturally? Second, you’ll want to know how many calories are in the foods you eat on a regular basis, and finally, you’ll want to decide which foods (based on calorie count) you plan to eat during the course of your diet.

An easy way to get a close estimate of how many calories you naturally burn off each day is to multiply what you weigh now times ten. The number you get when you do this is called your “Basic Metabolic Rate.” For example, if you weigh 210 pounds, your basic metabolic rate would be 2100 calories per day. If you weigh 95, your basic metabolic rate would be 950 calories. There are more accurate BMR calculators online. Do a search if you want a more exact number, but this simple method will work as a quick rule of thumb to follow. Anyway, once you have this number, you will know how many calories you need to eat.

Fat loss diets don’t have to restrict the “kind” of foods you eat. You can still eat the same types of food you eat now … you simply need to know how many calories are in what you’re eating so you can plan your meals accordingly to eat less calories than what you know (based on the number you got above) you will burn off in a day. So if you got 1400 above, you’ll want to eat less than 1400 calories a day to effectively lose body fat.

Now that you know how many calories you should put in each day, and how many calories are in each serving of the foods you usually eat, the next step to creating the perfect fat loss diet for you is to plan your meals so you eat less than the amount of calories your body naturally burns off each day. Yes, you can still eat foods that “taste good,” as long as you don’t go over the number of calories you’re going to get rid of, so you don’t have to worry about trying to work in buying “special foods” for yourself. You can eat the same foods the rest of your family eats. It’s not “what” you eat. Instead, it’s all about the numbers.

#1: How many calories does your body burn off naturally in a day, and

#2: How many calories are in the foods you normally eat, and

#3: A daily diet plan based on the numbers from 1 and 2 above wherein you eat less calories than your body burns off each day.

If you follow these guidelines, all your future fat loss diets will be as simple as 1-2-3!

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment and we’ll get back to you. Thanks for reading.

–Nigel

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