Monday, December 29, 2008

The Toast Diet- Quick and easy weight loss

Want to squeeze into a party dress for your big event?

A weight loss of 2-3 lb in a week is guaranteed.

Ideal for losing the bloat in a few days and losing fat from the abdominal region, the Toast Diet is something that I formulated and found with great success. Please try it out and let me know how much weight you lost.

Before embarking on this diet, please note your existing health condition and if need be, consult a doctor. Pregnant or breastfeeding women, people with heart ailments or special nutrition needs should not go on this diet.

This diet has been designed for women between the weight of 120 to 150lb. In case you weigh heavier or lighter than this, you might have to increase or decrease your consumption to see effects.

Breakfast: 1 slice of wholegrain toast with jam and 1 cup of tea

Lunch: 2 slices of wholegrain toast with low fat tuna chunks in water; 1 green salad

Mid-afternoon snack: 1 apple or 1 pear

Tea-time: 1 slice of wholegrain toast with jam and 1 glass of low-fat milk

Dinner: Vegetable salad with 1 chicken breast

Please drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water throughout the day. If you would like a snack or want to satisfy some sugar pangs, you can have a fruit or a small piece of chocolate. But under no circumstances should you have soda, even if it is diet and zero calories.

I designed this diet since I didn't want to starve like most diets do and I still wanted to get my helpings of veggies and fruits and eat nutritiously. Do try to incorporate 30 minutes of exercise every day like walking, cycling, etc.

This is a short-term diet and can be tried for 2 to 3 weeks. Let me know if you need any other information.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Lose belly fat!!

Ever wonder how to get that svelte waist you've been trying so long? I am not going to advocate fancy diets or strenuous exercise.

Remember how much of pleasure and bliss you felt when you ate that second helping of chocolate cake or how much you overindulged in spite of feeling full? Well, it works in the inverse also. You need to go through that much amount of deprivation to rid yourself of those excess pounds. First, low carb or low fat diets won't help if you continue eating the same number of calories as before.

First, you need to lose weight on the stomach to let your ab muscles show. And losing weight is best done in two ways- limiting calorie intake and doing exercise. Notice that I said both. Yes, it's hard work to lose weight- almost as how easy it is to put on weight if you are not careful.

3500 calories equals one pound. The safest amount to lose weight is not more than 1-2lb per week. Too drastic and it will be a weight rebound. To maintain your weight at the current level, try to cut 250 calories in your diet and do at least 250 calories worth of exercise every day. To lose weight, try to cut 250 calories in your diet and work out for at least one hour three times per week.

Lose water weight now!!!

The holidays are fast approaching but horror of horrors!! That dress you've picked out for Christmas is too tight for you.

Have you ever wondered why even if you are working out daily, the results don't show up on the scale? Or have you wondered how come your weight differs by even as much as 3lb the next day? Why does weight fluctuate so? The main reason is due to water weight. Water makes up 70-75% of your total body weight. When we are dehydrated, our body stubbornly holds on to every bit of water it has and causes water retention, which in turn makes us feel bloated and heavy. This is an evolutionary fact since the human body will try to maximize survival and this is a survival mechanism.

1) Drink at least 8 glasses of water. Not drinking water will make you feel dehydrated and your body will retain more water. Contrary to what would one expect but true!!
2) Avoid foods high in sodium. Most processed foods have a lot of sodium in it. Try and keep it natural.
3) Avoid caffeine (tea, coffee, soda) which has a diuretic effect but will also exacerbate your body to store water.

Here is a sure-fire plan to lose at least 2lb the first week of your weight loss plan! Drink at least 8 glasses of water and as much water as you can without feeling sick. This water will encourage your body to flush out the excess water. Limit your salt intake and intake of processed foods. And of course, continue to exercise to see results.