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The Best and Worst Foods For Your Weight Loss Challenge

"This beautifully colored vegetable is bursting with antioxidants (especially vitamin C and beta-carotene) to help your body fight off infections," says Margaux J. Rathbun, a certified nutritional therapy practitioner and creator of nutrition website Authentic Self Wellness. "They are also stimulating for the digestive system and have been shown to be metabolism-booster

s, helping you to lose unwanted pounds. They are perfect for dieters when eaten raw or prepared in a juice concoction."

Salmon is naturally low in calories, saturated fat, and sodium and a good source of protein; what really makes it stand out is its omega-3 fatty acid content," Dinehart-Perry says. "Omega-3 fatty acids, especially EPA and DHA, are becoming increasingly popular for their anti-inflammatory benefits."

"Peppermint works to reduce bloating and indigestion and soothe the GI tract all around," says Rachel Berman, registered dietitian and Director of Nutrition for Try mixing up some iced peppermint tea or add a few mint leaves to your water
"Not only are leafy greens a great way to add volume to your meals without the calories, but they are chock full of nutrients (vitamins A, C, K, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and fiber) and easy to incorporate into your day," says Mary Dinehart-Perry, a registered dietitian and clinical trials director for Zone Labs, Inc. She recommends swapping out iceberg for spinach in your salads, adding mustard greens or collards to your soups, or dishing up a side of sautéed kale to fill up, fight disease, and look fab in your bikini
Just one 6-ounce container of plain Greek yogurt has 0g fat and 18g protein, plus it contains probiotics and supplies 20 percent of your calcium needs, Dinehart-Perry says. Unlike other yogurt brands (which can be packed with sugar), Greek yogurt works for gluten-free, vegetarian, or diabetic dietary needs, and even those with lactose intolerance may be able tolerate yogurt better than milk. Can't handle it plain? Add some fresh fruit or turn it into a healthy parfait.
Looking for a healthier alternative to rice or pasta? Try Quinoa! "Quinoa is actually a seed, but the texture is very much like a grain," says Lauren Kelly, staff nutritionist for The Bar Method in Montclair, New Jersey. "Unlike grains, this super food is a complete protein (it contains all nine essential amino acids), loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants."
"Raw nuts are high in healthy fats, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants," Kelly says. "Eating raw nuts (like almonds, walnuts, and Brazil nuts) regularly has shown to reduce your risk of heart disease and possibly prevent breast cancer." Kelly recommends steering clear of roasted and salted nuts and sticking with raw varieties for the best slimming (and health) benefits.
Steel cut oats are the least processed type of oatmeal and are packed with fiber, protein, and whole grains, Kelly says. "Oats have shown to help reduce cholesterol and help maintain healthy blood sugar levels." Prepare plain, steel cut oats and add honey and/or fresh fruit for a little sweetness.
Eggs are chock full of amino acids and the combo of protein and fat helps you feel full and avoid overeating. "The protein in the egg helps to build muscle and burn fat which tones your physique," says Ilyse Schapiro, a registered dietitian and owner of a private nutrition practice specializing in weight loss in New York City. And you don't have to save them for breakfast. Eggs are incredibly versatile and can be added to almost any meal or snack.
Berries are packed with antioxidants and fiber, so they'll keep you feeling full on fewer calories, Shapiro says. Plus, the antioxidants will help you with your workouts by improving blood flow to your muscles. Sounds like a great summer snack to us!
Still hungry after a meal? Chew on celery sticks! They'll help decrease fluid retention and fill you up without adding many calories to your daily total, Berman says.

This tropical, naturally sweet fruit is perfect for summer, and it's great for your bikini bod too. "Pineapple contains bromelain, a digestive enzyme that can help reduce gas," Berman says.
Another tasty tropical fruit, grapefruit is a great summertime snack. "Grapefruit is high in water content for hydration and contains a healthy dose of vitamin C, which is important for skin health—to keep that glow all summer long," Berman says. What's more, studies show grapefruit may help promote weight loss by reducing insulin levels and boosting your metabolism.
Stay full and regular (both play a helpful role during your quest for a better beach body) with pears. "Pears are a great source of pectin, a soluble fiber that helps to keep the digestive tract healthy," Rathbun says. "They are also a good source of heart-healthy potassium and bone-building calcium.
Did you know that apples could help reduce cellulite? "Apples are full of enzymes that can aid in the digestive process of breaking down and eliminating fatty deposits in the body's cells. These enzymes are called malic acid and may assist in ridding the body of toxins that can lead to cellulite," Rathbun says.
"Perfect (and in season) for the summer, asparagus is a slow-releasing energy food, helping to normalize blood sugar levels," Rathbun says. "This tasty green can act as a powerful stimulant to the liver and kidneys, helping to reduce water retention and bloating. Asparagus has also been shown to act mildly as a laxative to help promote regular elimination. They are also a good source of vitamins C, K, and beta-carotene."
Sushi may seem like a good, low-cal meal option, but not all sushi is created equal. "When it comes to ordering sushi this summer, stay with simple rolls," Rathbun says. Steer clear of deep fried rolls and those covered in sauce and choose slimmer sashimi and veggie rolls with brown rice instead.
A nutritious, low-cal veggie, Brussels sprouts may not be the most bikini-friendly, Berman says. "While they contain fiber and nutrients, they can also cause gas and GI expansion, so incorporate them slowly into your diet to reap high fiber benefits." They will help you stay healthy and bikini body ready, just don't eat them right before you head to the beach for the best bikini belly
Even though they're low fat, Berman says this is a empty calorie snack you can skip. "Pretzels are high in sodium, which can result in water retention and bloating. Not to mention, pretzels are devoid of any wholesome nutrients and therefore will leave you hungry and wanting more."
Don't be fooled by a healthy reputation. Sipping a smoothie may not be any better for your waistline than a fully loaded sandwich! 
"Many people don't know that commercial smoothies can have 600 to 1000 calories a pop," Shapiro says. "Not only is that more calories than a typical meal, but the sugar content can be through the roof, which your body stores as fat." 
You're better off grabbing some real fruit instead, or if you love a good smoothie, make your own at home so you can control what goes in the blender.
Skip that sugar-free gum before sliding into your swimsuit. "Chewing gum can result in swallowing air, which can lead to a bloated feeling. In addition, sugar alcohols found in sugar-free products can upset the stomach and leave you feeling less than sexy in your swimsuit," Berman says. 
Switching from butter to margarine isn't going to be any better for your bikini body. "This once popular spread was thought to help us maintain a healthy weight, but it turns out margarine contains trans fat (the "bad fat") which contributes to not only weight gain but cardiovascular disease," Rathbun says. Stick with lower-cal toppings like Greek yogurt and all-fruit spreads instead of margarine and butter whenever possible.
You may want to rethink that glass of OJ in the morning, Rathbun says. "Most fruit juices contain a lot of sugar (both naturally occurring and some that companies add) that can cause a massive spike in our blood sugar levels. Fruit juice is also loaded with calories, something we want to pay attention to when maintaining a healthy weight." 
If you just can't do without juice, Rathbun recommends diluting it with some water to help slash the calorie and sugar content. 
Avoid belly bloat and water retention by steering clear of soy sauce, Rathbun says. "The last thing we want to feel is bloated when wearing a bikini! Soy sauce is loaded with sodium that will cause our bodies to retain water." 
Try using a high-quality sesame oil dressing or liquid amino acids to add flavor, sans bloat.
"Eating any product made out of white flour causes your blood sugar to spike and then crash—the body recognizes white flour as sugar and stores it completely," Shapiro says. "Because of its effect on your blood sugar, when you crash, you crave more food, specifically in the form of sugar, a total blow to your waistline. There are so many delicious whole wheat breads and pastas on the market, there is no need to waste calories on this dead end food." (That is why we love Einkorn Wheat Pasta). 
Forget what low-carb diets tell you. Kelly says bacon is one of the unhealthiest processed meats out there, thanks to its high sodium and nitrate contents. 
"Nitrates are preservatives that are used in processed foods to maintain their color. When these nitrates are baked or fried at high temperatures, they become carcinogenic." 
Yikes! If you really love bacon, look for leaner, low-sodium options that are nitrate free, and enjoy it in an equally decadent recipe that won't ruin your diet).
Okay, so it's not that surprising, but we're all guilty of giving in to the convenience of frozen pizza for dinner. Try to limit those indulgences to the cold seasons. 
"Frozen pizzas are loaded with sodium and preservatives; most are made with white flour that has been bleached and reacts in your body just like sugar, which can lead to weight gain," Kelly says. 
The good news is you don't have to give up pizza altogether, Kelly recommends making your own with whole-wheat pizza dough, reduced-fat cheese, and tons of veggies (We love these healthy pizza recipes). 
Again, not so shocking, but ice cream is synonymous with summer! It can also rack up your daily totals by supplying up to 300 calories, one third of your daily recommended fat intake, half your saturated fat, and one third of your daily cholesterol intake, Dinehart-Perry says. And that's just in one half-cup serving (and who eats only a half cup?). Dinehart-Perry recommends trying non-fat or low-fat varieties instead or switching to sorbet, sherbet, or bars made with 100 percent fruit or Greek yogurt.
What are some ways to stay motivated to lose weight for my wedding? I do great for a little while then I lose motivation! 
You are not alone! A common misconception is that the wedding itself should be all the motivation one needs to lose weight. Most brides have access to the gym, diet plans that will work and, in general, know what it takes to lose weight for their wedding day. The missing ingredient in most cases is motivation, which must be a vital part of a bride’s diet and exercise plan. Before you start your wedding weight loss plan you must first identify healthy methods that will not only keep you motivated throughout your wedding planning, but will help you develop healthy habits to continue even after you exchange your vows. Follow these simple steps to help increase your motivation so that you will look fabulous and feel healthy while wearing your dream gown.
1. Identify specific goals, rewards, and consequences. Write down 2-3 small realistic goals for yourself per week or month and identify a reward once complete. For example, a manicure/pedicure, a special dinner date with a bridesmaid, a day at the beach with your maid of honor, or a weekend free of chores are all excellent rewards! In another column, identify a consequence for not reaching those goals. Challenge yourself! Think about something that you want to avoid at all costs and hold yourself accountable.
2. Make exercise non-negotiable. Everyday, we all make and attend work meetings and appointments with wedding vendors. Why not treat your daily exercise “meeting” the same way? Make some form of exercise a non-negotiable part of the day. Consider taking a brief walk at lunchtime, swapping a ride in the elevator for a trip up the stairs or enlisting a fellow bride in your workouts. Find a way to make exercise fun and you will keep the momentum. While completing your daily cardio, listen to your favorite music, read your new bridal magazine, or watch an enjoyable TV show or movie—you will be amazed at how much longer you can stay on the treadmill when your favorite program is on! Also, consider what type of exercises you are committing to and consider what types of exercise you most enjoy.
3. Revisit your past. Think back to your previous weight-loss attempts and identify what made you quit before? Was the diet too strict? Were you confused about what workouts to complete or short on time? Write out a list of these reasons and identify ways to overcome them. For example, if your diet is too strict, focus on incorporating more greens, whole grains, and lean proteins that are realistic into your daily life. If you’re busy, do shorter workouts but make that time a priority. 
4. Get excited! Between wedding planning, a career and a variety of social commitments, it is easy to lose sight of the excitement surrounding your big day. Make a point every day to imagine yourself wearing that perfect gown and visualize the benefits of reaching your goals. Find inspiration from visualizing that special moment of walking down the aisle and keep up that positive attitude.
5. Listen to your body. Exercise boosts your energy levels, relieves stress, and helps keep your body chemicals in balance. Take a moment to stop and analyze how a new workout or healthy recipe affected your body. Did you sleep better? How was your mood? Remind yourself of these positive changes if you start losing motivation. 
Customize Your Plan You Do Need to Eat so watch your calories add more healthy fat burners to your shakes for Better and Faster Results While On Your Challenge.

If you want to LOSE 10 pounds, EAT 1,700 calories a day, and EXPECT TO LOSE 1 1/4 pounds a week.

If you want to LOSE 15 pounds, EAT 1,600 calories a day, and EXPECT TO LOSE 1 3/4 pounds a week.

If you want to LOSE 20 pounds, EAT 1,500 calories a day, and EXPECT TO LOSE 2 1/4 pounds a week.

These seven foods can help you burn fat--plus, you probably already have them in your kitchen!

This spice may prevent the post-meal insulin spike that can trigger your body to store fat rather than burn it. Plus, cinnamon brings out the natural sweetness in foods without adding calories. All spices and herbs help you lose pounds when used to add flavor to foods instead of butter, oil, or salt.
Because beans provide the ideal combination of fiber and protein, plus a type of fat-fighting starch, called resistant starch, they satisfy your hunger for relatively few calories (about 120-140 per 1/2 cup). Studies show bean eaters weigh less and have slimmer waistlines.
According to a Saint Louis University study, dieters who ate eggs at breakfast lost more weight than those who picked a high-carb meal with the same number of calories. Other research shows that having a big breakfast helps you control your calorie intake all day long.
These contain the amino acid glutamate, which gives them a hearty, meaty taste referred to as umami. Umami foods (others include Parmesan, sweet potatoes, and olives) add a lot of flavor to foods, which helps up the satisfaction factor of smaller portions.
All nuts (and nut butters) pack fiber, protein, and healthy fat to keep your tummy feeling full longer. Pistachios supply extra fat-fighting power because you have to shell them before you eat them, so your brain has time to recognize you're full and you stick with a smaller serving.
Four ounces supplies a third of your protein needs for under 120 calories. In one study, women who got 30 percent of their calories from protein had more muscle, which boosts metabolism. Other options: tofu, yogurt, chicken, lean beef, pork, and fish.
Yes, you can eat pasta and lose weight! Whole-wheat varieties (and other whole grains, like quinoa and barley) take longer to digest than products made from refined flour, so they raise blood sugar more slowly. This can prevent excess fat storage, especially around your belly.Foods

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Fitness Tips

1. You burn the highest % of calories from fat while at rest. Forget the fat burning zone & instead focus on total calories burned.

2. Use seasonings on your food instead of sauces. The calories you save can translate into fat loss.

3. Consistency is the key to success. A workout here or there is going to get you nowhere. Lay out a plan & execute it every single time.

4. Cook your meals in advance. It makes it easier to stick to your diet plan when you only have to reheat and eat.

5. Add lemon, lime, orange, or cucumber to your water. It adds flavor but keeps your drinks low calorie.

6. Learn to eat for fuel, not for pleasure. Food is meant to be nourishment for your body and mind. Find a more productive way to achieve gratification other than eating.

7. There are 1000 reasons why you can’t start a fitness program. Put the excuses away, drop the word can’t, and start focusing on reasons for why you should.

8. Don’t waste your calories on drinks. Drink water instead, and save your calories for nutrient dense foods.

9. No time to workout? Set your alarm to wake you up 30 minutes earlier. Make exercise a priority and part of your everyday routine.

10. The best time to workout is at a time you will always do it. Whether it’s morning, afternoon or night, choose a time that will keep your workouts consistent.

11. When you start a fitness program, the people around you will either support you or tear you down. Ignore their negativity. Remember that your goal is to be healthy. If someone has a problem with that, then that’s their own problem.

12. Bad genetics are not to blame for your lack of results. You are not big boned or naturally thick. Nor do you have a slow metabolism. Your problem is a poor mentality. Don’t make excuses. Everyone, and I do mean everyone, can have the body they want – if they would just knock down the walls they’ve built around themselves.

13. Don’t be afraid to eat carbs. Carbohydrates are used to metabolize fat. They are the brain’s primary source of fuel, and your body’s energy source for high intensity exercise. Focus on eating low glycemic carbs for a slow and steady release of glucose.

14. Set goals. Don’t just wing it. Decide on a realistic amount of weight to lose in a particular time (1-2) pounds per week. First, decide on a big goal (lose 30lbs in 4 months). Then, divide that up into several smaller goals (lose 8 pounds this month). Each time you reach your smaller goal, it gives you the motivation and confidence to continue on. Start small, and eventually the weight loss will add up.

15. Need a healthy carb to add to your meals? Try some cinnamon sweet potato fries. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Take 3 whole sweet potatoes. Slice them up into fries. Place fries in a large bowl, add 2 tbsp of olive oil, and add cinnamon spice liberally. Shake it all together. Lay out fries on a large baking sheet (fries will be stacked on top of each other). Bake for 20 minutes. Remove and flip/stir fries. Bake for another 20 minutes. This should be enough fries to have once a day for 7 days. Take what you’re going to eat for the day and place the rest in a tubberwear container and freeze. Tomorrow, when you need some more, take what you need out of the freezer and reheat.

16. Your first meal after you workout is your most important. Make the most of it by giving your muscles all they need to rebuild bigger and stronger. For this meal, eat the majority of the day’s allotment of carbohydrates in order to replenish muscle glycogen stores, and also try to get at least 1/4th of your body weight in protein grams.

17. For your workouts, start with your most difficult compound exercise first. A compound exercise recruits a high number of muscle fibers at one time, and should be a priority in every workout. Make sure you are doing at least one of them in every workout. Examples include – bench press, squats, deadlifts, rows, pull-ups, and variations thereof.

18. On food labels, look beyond the total calories, fat, carbohydrates, and protein of the food product. Start focusing a little further down on the area titled “ingredients”. If you start reading the ingredients and there’s a word in there you don’t know, don’t buy the product. Odds are, it’s a processed food. Make sure you know what you’re putting into your mouth.

19. It doesn’t matter who’s faster or stronger than you are. This isn’t a competition. All that matters is that YOU are faster and stronger than the previous you. Don’t worry about other people. Focus on setting and breaking your own records.

20. Need a healthy snack idea? Try some protein balls. Ingredients: 2 tbsp natural crunchy peanut butter, 2 tbsp raw agave nectar, 1-2 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 scoop whey protein powder. Mix all ingredients together and form into 3 balls. They aren’t a replacement for a meal though, but they can be a great alternative for a snack when you go to see a move or go to a party.

21. Avoid artificial sweeteners. Anything other than water that has 0 calories shouldn’t be put into your mouth.

22. Losing weight is a mental challenge, not a physical one. If you can take control of your mind and body, the weight loss will follow.

23. Diet, exercise, and recovery are the 3 cornerstones to a well thought out fitness program. An equal importance should be placed on all 3 of them.

24. Eat as many meals as you can at home. Self preparation gives you complete control of everything that goes into your mouth.

25. If wanting to be healthy isn’t enough motivation for you to start a fitness program, think about the pain your loved ones will endure when they have to see you laying in a hospital bed as a result of a poor lifestyle. Your choices affect all those around you. Think beyond yourself.

26. Start your diet today – not tomorrow, not Monday. Don’t rationalize your bad eating habits. Today is going to be a great day. Say goodbye to unhealthy food and start right now.

27. Your workouts should take no more than 45 minutes to complete. The longer your workout goes, the greater the increase in negative side effects. Use an interval timer to keep your rest time in check.

28. The majority of diets fail in the first 48 hours. If you can stick it out through the first couple days, your success rate increases several fold.

29. Put shredded spinach in your omelet. You can’t taste it, it has the consistency of cheese, and it gives you added fiber and nutrients.

30. The less experienced you are as a weight lifter, the fewer exercises you should be using. Isolation exercises should be kept to a minimum until you’ve built a solid muscular foundation.

31. Choose fitness activities that you enjoy. Your heart knows no difference between basketball or running. It only knows perceived stress. Get your heart rate up any way you can.

32. Your lifestyle is highly influenced by the people close to you. To be fit, surround yourself with fit people.

33. Take before, during, and after pictures of your progress. The scale can be deceiving. Body fat calipers can be inaccurate. But pictures never lie.

34. Change your workout routine every few months. Your nervous system adapts quickly to different stimuli. Always keep things new to continue progressing.

35. You can either:
■(A) Binge eat – be happy now that you’re eating delicious food, but feel bad later after the guilt sets in.
■(B) Eat a healthy snack instead – be sad now because you feel deprived, but feel happy about your good decision later.

Either way, you are going to be both happy and sad about your decision. But if you choose option (B), you’re going to look better tomorrow. Choose wisely.

36. Buy a heart rate monitor. Use it when you workout. When you finish a set of an exercise, watch your heart rate. As it starts to come down, begin your next set at a predetermined heart rate (60% – 75% of your Max Heart Rate). Begin all your sets at this same heart rate. Use this method for interval training instead of keeping time. It’s a good way to add consistency and variety to your workouts.

37. Eat based on predetermined meal times instead of when you’re hungry. When your body knows it will be getting food soon, it’s less likely to send you hunger signals.

38. Keep your house empty of bad food. If you want to lose weight, don’t tempt fate by filling your pantry with unhealthy food. If you buy it, chances are you’ll eat it. Don’t buy it in the first place.

39. Your body becomes its function. Do the activities you want your body to adapt to. If you sprint, you’ll become a better sprinter by losing fat and gaining muscle. If you eat pizza and watch TV, you’ll become a better TV watching pizza eater.

40. Don’t grocery shop on an empty stomach. You’ll be more likely to buy bad food. Unless you’re attempting the “see food diet”, get your groceries after eating a meal.

41. Don’t start a diet that has an expiration date. Focus on forming a lifestyle that will last forever.

42. The more carbohydrates you burn during exercise, the more fat you will burn the rest of the day. Work on boosting your intensity in the gym.

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Tips to lose weight FAST:Record your weight and your measurements prior to starting the week.


Keep a weight loss journal where you can record your food consumption Your Daily Activity and Your thoughts.


Eat 3 small meals each day and 2 small snacks. 2 shakes and a normal supper cook fruit veggies or nutracookies.


Eat Healthy highly nutritious foods--NO empty calories!


If calorie counting is not your thing, Shake it up for 2 meals a Day.


Eat off small plates so that it appears that you're eating more than you are. Dieting is a "head game" after all!


Drink plenty of water--at least 6-8 tall glasses each day. Not only will water help you feel full but it will help to flush out your system.


Avoid all sweet drinks, including Diet sodas


Avoid all alcoholic beverages as they provide empty calories and weaken your will-power.


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Eliminate as much salt as possible from your diet. Don't eat salty foods and don't add salt to your food.


Avoid sugar natural sugars in fruits and vegetables are superior; Products that are high in sugar provide no nutritional value and slow weight loss.


The more you Exercise the more weight you will lose. Try to sweat, huff, and puff at least 30 minutes each day. More is better! At the very least, take a 30 minute walk each day and look for ways to get more Activity into your daily routine. Listen to your favorite Workout music and keep a positive attitude.


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Kids Really Know Best My Milkshake and Cookie Lifestyle Helped me Lose 80lbs, posted December 23rd, 2012
The Best and Worst Foods For Your Weight Loss Challenge, posted November 3rd, 2012
Hints to Your Help Your Weight Loss Challenge, posted October 28th, 2012
I am Looking for People who want to make changes not excuses, posted October 28th, 2012

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