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Fast Metabolism Diet: How To Lose Weight Without Hunger Pangs

Fast Metabolism Diet: How To Lose Weight Without Hunger Pangs

If you’ve ever asked or been asked, “How can you eat so much and stay so lean?”, you’ll know the usual reply is, “I have high metabolism.”

But how much do we actually know about metabolism and how are we able to use the science behind it to our own advantage? Check out this extremely effective diet plan proposed by Haylie Pomroy and Eve Adamson[1] to get that high metabolism rate you’ve always envied in others.

Connection Between Metabolism And Weight Loss

Metabolism is the rate of your body converting your food intake into fuel, bone, blood, fat or muscle. The faster your metabolism, the faster the chemicals in your body can transform all of the nutrients into energy to develop your body. A slow metabolism however, tends to store nutrients in your body instead of burning them leading to a higher rate of fatty tissue buildup.

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If you want to know more about weight loss, you can’t miss the following article that provides all useful tips you need:

Weight Loss Plan And Program: Create Your Own One

How The Fast Metabolism Diet Works

What the diet does is increase your metabolism by making changes to your daily diet. By eating the right foods approved by the diet every day, it can help your body achieve the optimal rate of metabolism to lose weight fast.

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Think of your metabolism as a car engine. Unlike an engine, our body has to be constantly fed with fuel, hence our metabolism is slowed down when we sleep because our body senses that there is no fuel intake. That is why we always hear the saying that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Our engine revs up again when we eat breakfast after a night of fasting.

The idea behind the fast metabolism diet is to constantly feed your body with the right fuel so that your engine can burn the fuel fast and keep on going.

How To Include High Metabolism Diet Into Your Weight Loss Plan:

Phase One (Monday – Tuesday)

The weight loss process of the fast metabolism diet takes place in three detailed phases. Starting on Monday and lasting till Tuesday, the first phase of the diet involves having a lot of carbs and fruits. Fruits that are high in sugar are recommended, such as cantaloupe, pineapple and watermelons. Good carbohydrates are also essential such as brown rice, quinoa, sweet potato and brown rice pasta. Most health authorities recommend these foods filled with complex carbohydrates to people with the need of weight loss as they are effective appetite suppressants.[2]

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DO not neglect the proteins that are very important for every diet. We recommend egg whites, chicken, white fish, turkey and lean ground beef. And of course, vegetables are a must too.

Recommended dishes for Phase One: 

  • Breakfast – brown rice hot cereal with a big bowl of mixed fruit (watermelon, cantaloupe or kiwi)
  • Snack – fruit
  • Lunch – grilled chicken salad with all the veggies I had on hand, tomato, red pepper, carrots, with a little spike seasoning and Balsamic dressing only (non-fat)
  • Snack – fruit
  • Dinner – grilled filet mignon, sweet potatoes and boiled asparagus or broccoli

Phase Two (Wednesday – Thursday)

Phase Two strictly disallows any fruit or carbohydrate and this is the phase where weight loss is noticeable. This phase would only consist of lean proteins and vegetables. The beauty of this phase is that your body starts to unlock the fat stores due to the strict diet that absolutely consists of no fats. Also, lean protein foods help you feel full longer so you will eat less these two days.[3]

The foods that you should be taking during this phase are egg whites, chicken, turkey, beef and a lot of vegetables. This might seem like a gruelling two days but hang in there because it is very important for the diet to work.

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Recommended dishes for Phase Two:

  • Breakfast – egg white omelet with onions and red peppers
  • Snack – beef jerky with celery sticks
  • Lunch –sliced turkey, and a big serving of steamed broccoli or asparagus.
  • Snack – 2 boiled egg whites
  • Dinner – steamed white fish with red pepper toppings and all you can eat serving of salads

Phase Three (Friday – Sunday)

Phase Three is the part where most participants of this diet rejoice because for this phase, you can reincorporate healthy fats with good carbohydrates and fruits again. Good fats here means unsatured fats. In 2009, a study done by the British Journal Nutrition showed that subjects who consumed more unsaturated fats got less belly fat.[4] When eating fruits, please take note that you are not allowed to eat fruits that you took in phase one that are high in sugar.

Salads can now be doused with a good serving of virgin olive oil and with healthy fats, these would include avocados, whole eggs and nuts. Being in Phase Three is like unleashing all the power that your metabolism can release to burn fat and this is where participants burn the most.

Recommended dishes for Phase Three: 

  • Breakfast – slice of sprouted grain toast with almond butter and blueberries on top, 2 egg whites and 1 whole egg omelet with veggies
  • Snack – half an avocado or hummus and carrots
  • Lunch – tuna salad wrap made with celery, carrots, cilantro and safflower mayonnaise with side of strawberries
  • Snack – 12 almonds
  • Dinner – salmon with sweet potatoes and salads

Reference

[1] https://hayliepomroy.com/books/the-fast-metabolism-diet/
[2] http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/carbs/how-carbohydrate-metabolism-affects-weight.html
[3] https://www.verywell.com/how-to-lose-weight-with-lean-protein-3495933
[4] http://www.livestrong.com/article/557726-eat-fat-to-burn-fat/

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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