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Lose 12 Pounds in 12 Days Eating 12 Krispy Kreme Donuts

Lose 12 Pounds in 12 Days Eating 12 Krispy Kreme Donuts

So you want to lose 12 pounds and still eat your donuts?

First off, I have to tell you the truth. This is possible… but only for a short period of time. If you want to drop up to 12 pounds for a weekend at the beach or a sports weigh-in, this is for you. It will ONLY work short-term. As a personal trainer, my goal is to spread fitness knowledge, not skew it. You will minimize your sodium intake toward the end to minimize water retention. It is a low-carb diet, so you will deplete your glycogen stores (your body stores carbohydrate in your muscles in the form of glycogen). You will also limit your water intake in the final days.

You will lose up to 12 pounds of weight, not 12 pounds of fat. A lot of that weight will be water and glycogen. The good news: you will lose 4 or 5 pounds of actual fat in the process if you followed this 12-day program perfectly and let me tell ya, 5 pounds of fat is no joke.

I will explain at the end of this article how you can continue to eat donuts daily and still keep the weight off, but that just won’t happen in 12 days.

There are metabolic differences between men and women.

The average male burns maybe 2200-2400 calories daily. The average female burns about 1600-1800 calories daily. These numbers vary GREATLY depending on your activity level; just look at Michael Phelps’ 12,000 calorie daily diet. We’re talking about the average working class male or female.

Now, in order to lose weight, you need to be eating fewer calories than you are burning. There are 3500 calories in a pound of fat. This diet will help you lose up to 4 or 5 pounds of actual fat given the number of calories you are consuming. The best part: that weight stays off as long as you don’t binge on bad foods afterward. We’ll manipulate your carbohydrate, water, and sodium intake in order to get the final 7 or 8 pounds for the short-term.

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Now: The Donuts.

Remember how I said that you need to burn more calories than you consume in order to lose weight? That is literally the only requirement you need to meet in order to lose fat. It’s been proven time and again in science journals and studies. It’s cool, because once you know this, you realize you can fit in some of your favorite junk foods on occasion (though I don’t suggest making this a norm).

What I do suggest is fitting some junk food in if you’re really craving it. Why? Because I’d rather have you squeeze a donut in than break down and binge on 5 or 6 of them. One donut won’t throw you off track. Half a dozen will. Minimize your small junk food treat to once a day though.

The reason I say Krispy Kreme donuts is because a single glazed Krispy Kreme donut contains only 200 calories. If you’re not a fan of Krispy Kreme glazed donuts, any tasty 200 calorie snack will do.

The Diet:

Breakfast

1 Krispy Kreme Donut
8 oz Skim Milk
Black Coffee

Lunch

2-4 Eggs
2 Slices Bacon
Half Avocado

Dinner

6-10 oz Chicken OR Pork Chop OR Fish (or any lean meat)
6-10 oz Broccoli OR Mushrooms OR Zucchini (or any cruciferous vegetable)

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Dessert/Snack

4-8 oz Strawberries OR Blackberries OR Raspberries (any seeded berry)

*Ladies, please follow the low end of the ranges. Guys, stick to the high end.

You’ll start your day off with your donut (or any other tasty treat) and some coffee for energy. If you don’t drink coffee, skip it. The milk perfectly complements your donut and gets you some high quality protein as well. Dairy free? Almond milk will do.

For lunch, you’re going to eat some bacon, eggs, and avocado. The extra fat in this meal will curb your hunger and give you that extra energy kick you’ll need on this low-calorie diet. Make sure you drain the excess grease from the bacon though. The extra calories will otherwise throw off your results.

For dinner, you’re going to have a hefty portion of grilled or baked lean meat, complemented with a hefty portion of cruciferous veggies to help keep you full.

Your dessert will be berries: sweet, but healthy and low-calorie. Depending on your schedule, you can have this as a snack at any time during the day. Current studies show that meal timing has little to no effect on your body composition at the end of the day. Feel free to shift this snack to whenever you choose.

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Manipulating the Water Weight

For the first 9 days, feel free to salt and season your eggs, meat, and veggies however you want. Drink at least a gallon of water daily to flush out your system. On the last 3 days, refrain from salting anything. Days 10 and 11, restrict your water intake to half a gallon. On the final day, only drink one 16.9 oz bottle worth of water and cut out the bacon too much sodium.

By manipulating your sodium and water intake in this way, you will flush your system of excess water weight and lose quite a bit of weight in the process. Remember this is NOT fat and will only stay off in the short-term.

The Icing on the Donut

In order to get that full 12 pounds, I suggest going on a 30-60 minute brisk walk every day. This will increase your daily calorie burn by 200-400 calories. Over the course of 12 days, that’s 2400 to 4800 calories. Remember 3500 calories is a pound of fat. You could even walk more. Any extra distance you walk will just be more pounds lost, given you do not increase your food intake.

No cheating on the diet folks. A single bad day will throw off your results, even if you’re just accepting a piece of candy at work. Follow this religiously and you will see results. So what are you waiting for? Go out there and buy yourself some donuts.

The Long-Term Solution

If you’re really looking to transform your body long term and keep the weight off, you have to continue eating in a calorie deficit. The diet stated above is pretty extreme and not the most sustainable, so I’d suggest increasing the daily calories so that it is easier to stick to. If you saw good results following the 12-day plan and found it easy to stick to, then STICK TO IT. Weight loss is all about finding what works for you.

As long as you are eating in a calorie deficit, you will lose weight. It doesn’t matter if it’s donuts or broccoli. Broccoli will obviously keep you more full though and it’s heart healthy see why broccoli would be the smarter decision?

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First, you’ll have to figure out how many calories you can eat daily without gaining or losing weight. The only practical way to do this is by trial and error. Just consume the same number of calories for a week and if you maintain weight, you’ve found your maintenance calories. If you gain weight, drop the calories and try again. If you lose weight, increase the calories and try again.

Once you know your maintenance calories, you can eat 500 calories fewer than that number daily in order to lose 1 pound per week. You could even eat 1000 calories fewer than that number daily in order to lose 2 pounds per week.

In my experience personal training, most people go wrong on cheat day. If you have a cheat day and can eat a good amount of food, you can easily consume enough calories to pack on the entire pound or two you lost during the week. My suggestion to prevent this is to have just one Cheat Meal every week so that you successfully lose weight.

Now that you know how weight loss works, go achieve your goals!

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How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

1. Exercise

It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

2. Drink in Moderation

I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

4. Watch Less Television

A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

5. Eat Less Red Meat

Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

6. Don’t Smoke

This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

7. Socialize

Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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9. Be Optimistic

Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

10. Own a Pet

Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

11. Drink Coffee

Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

12. Eat Less

Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

13. Meditate

Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

15. Laugh Often

Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

17. Cook Your Own Food

When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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18. Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

19. Floss

Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

21. Have Sex

Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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Reference

[1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
[2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
[3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
[4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
[5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
[6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
[7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
[8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
[9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
[10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
[11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
[12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
[15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
[16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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