Recently, BlackDoctor.org had the opportunity to chop it up with Fitness Guru and Fitness As A Lifestyle CEO, Corey S. Taylor, who broke down some quick tips on how to stay motivated and meet your weight loss goals in a pinch.
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1. Start keeping a food journal. Today 90% of the population uses some version of a smart phone that gives us the opportunity to download various apps. Two food apps that I recommend playing around with are “lose it” or “my fitness pal.”As we have all heard a million times “Abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym.” Becoming aware of what you are putting in your body throughout the day is your first step at creating a long lasting program that will help you trim down your waist and start losing weight on the scale.
When you want to drop some weight, it’s tempting to look for help anywhere you can. If your thoughts turn to supplements or herbal remedies, keep in mind that research gives many of them mixed reviews. In some cases, there isn’t a lot of science to back up the claims, and some have health risks. Talk with your doctor first before you try any.
At the end of three years, there were striking differences. The surgery group lost an average of 77 pounds, while the others barely lost any weight. Also, LDL cholesterol levels dropped 40 points, body mass index dropped 15 points, and 19% fewer people had diabetes. Their need for cholesterol-lowering medication dropped by 61%, too.
1. Stay away from any food man made! This goes for anything in a package or something that isn’t fresh. Try to eat lots of vegetables and lean proteins (fish, chicken, egg whites, beans…) Take it back to the basics and you will see results – extra water will help too! Put in the goods and flush out the bad stuff.
The best way to do this approach is to follow the diet completely for three weeks. This means no sneaking ranch dressing onto your salad, adding egg whites to muffin batter, or having a bit of chicken with dinner. Only by doing the diet all the way will you be able to reap all the benefits and avoid lapses that can lead to weight gain.
The truth: “When it sounds too good to be true, it usually is,” warns Smith. Olestra was found to cause severe abdominal cramping, gas, and loose stools. (Um, ew.) “It also inhibits the absorption of certain vitamins and nutrients,” Smith adds. Plus, we know now that certain fats are actually good for heart and aid weight loss. For more on that, check out our Definitive Guide to All the Types of Fat in Food.
Truth be told, the title is a bit misleading, “Best Diets..” Who can really tell you which ones are the best? A review website that recommends one specific product, while every review website recommends something different. How do you know if they are telling the truth? Maybe you saw an ad on the website, or on Facebook? Perhaps you saw a post on Instagram touting amazing weight loss benefits of tea, juice, protein drinks, or diet pills? Finally, you could have seen a cleanse, detox, or anything really….
Fill your days with exciting activities to get that spark ignited. Instead of going to the gym, take a kickboxing class. Go to the pool or go on a hike. Grab some friends and play basketball, tennis or volleyball. That way you’re burning calories and barely even realizing it.
If you eat your dinner restaurant style on your plate rather than family style, helping yourself from bowls and platters on the table, you’ll lose weight. Most of us tend to eat an average of 150 percent more calories in the evening than in the morning. You’ll avoid that now because when your plate is empty, you’re finished; there’s no reaching for seconds. Check out these other sneaky ways to get your family to eat better.
Calories play a vital role in how much weight you will be able to lose in 10 days. Calories are the fuel for your body and to lose weight, you have to eat fewer calories than you burn off through daily activity and exercise. According to ProHealth, one pound of fat is equal to 3,500 calories. This means you will need to reduce your diet by 500 or so calories a day to shed a single pound in a week. This means you can lose about one to three pounds in 10 days.
Limited research also makes it difficult to judge the safety of a weight-loss supplement. And a product isn’t necessarily safe simply because it’s natural. Though rare, some dietary supplements have been linked to serious problems, such as liver damage.
What it is: A pill with an inflatable balloon inside. Yes, that’s right, a balloon! After patients swallow the pill (which is attached to a thin tube) and it makes its way down to the stomach, doctors use the tube to inflate the balloon. The tube is then removed and balloon stays down in the belly. It can stay in there for up to three months, after which a doctor deflates the balloon and pulls it out through the mouth. Ouch.
Meridia, Phentermine, and Xenical are the most commonly used FDA-approved drugs for treating obesity. They are used for people with a BMI of 30 and above, or those who have a BMI of 27 and other obesity-related medical conditions. Both drugs are considered “moderately effective” in weight loss, with an average of 5 to 22 pounds over a one-year period.
Eat at the same times every day (including snacks). Sure you can’t do this all the time, but some people find that knowing when to expect their next meal or snack makes them a lot less likely to graze. Our body appreciates rhythms, from seasons to tides, so why not give it what it craves?
Consumers are always skeptical when it comes to buying diet supplements because of the many scams that are out there. But there are also concerns about harmful side effects that may come with the use of such products.
Developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute — a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) — the DASH diet is high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, poultry, and low-fat dairy, but it limits foods high in sugar and saturated and trans fats.
“If you’re feeling deprived by your diet, build in a cheat meal at least once a week in which you can indulge guilt-free. Doing this will help you avoid viewing certain foods as ‘off limits,’ which will help you crave them less.” — David Zinczenko, author of Zero Belly Cookbook: 150+ Delicious Recipes to Flatten Your Belly, Turn Off Your Fat Genes, and Help Keep You Lean for Life!
Most weight loss pills claiming to be fat burners are really types of “thermogenics.” Thermogenic supplements might help you burn stored body fat by using the body’s fat reserves as a source of energy, decrease your appetite, curb cravings for junk foods and possibly help give you more energy.
You can find some delicious protein shake recipes at Bodybuilding.com. But don’t forget that these are not magical drinks—they contain calories, too. Make sure you count your shakes as part of your daily calories and macro goals.
Haupt of U.S. News & World Report agrees that dieters should consider their likes, dislikes, and lifestyles before embarking on a new plan. Foodies probably will not do well on a prepared food plan, for instance. If someone loves to eat out, they need to see if the plan they are considering discourages that.
Skip juice and eat the whole fruit, instead. You’ll not only get more heart-healthy fiber in your diet (3.5 g for a small apple versus .5 g in a glass of juice), you’ll also stay satisfied, longer. Research shows that fiber aside, liquid carbohydrates just aren’t as filling as solids. “When you chew a food, you generate more saliva, which in turn carries a message to the brain that your gut needs to get ready for digestion,” explains Koff. “Drinking doesn’t require such digestion, so the body doesn’t register that it’s full as quickly.” Plus there are the extra calories—48% more if you’re drinking that juice rather than eating the whole apple. (Do that daily and you may gain up to 4 pounds by year’s end.)