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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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Last Updated on August 15, 2018

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

Video Summary

Why is it important to train up our core strength?

There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

One Exercise, multiple benefits

There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

What will happen when you start doing planks every day

    1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

    Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

    • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
    • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
    • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
    • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

    2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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      Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

      Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

      3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

        Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

        4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

          Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

          A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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          A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

          On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

          5. You’ll improve overall balance

            Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

            6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

              Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

              7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                How to hold a plank position

                1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                  How to improve your plank time gradually

                  1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                  2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                  3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                  Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                  Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                  You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                  • Prolapse
                  • After prolapse surgery
                  • Pelvic pain conditions
                  • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                  • Previous childbirth
                  • Overweight

                  Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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