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The Best Way to Lose Weight for That Big Event
Prince William and Kate Middleton did it; cleansed in order to slim down before their wedding. Maybe you've got a big event coming up, like a wedding (yours or one you're attending), a class reunion, a vacation on the beach, or you just feel the need to jump-start your weight loss, and you need to drop some weight and shape up. Then this is specifically for you.
I hear it regularly, “I need to lose some weight for …" And then it is followed by a big sigh before it is followed with, “how can I get there quick?”
Well, one thing is certain, “quick” won’t happen if you have let yourself get too far away from the desired look you are trying to achieve. However, if you cleanse the right way, you can make a huge difference in how your clothes fit.
I suggest following the LynFit Metabolic Boosting Cleanse for as long as you can to lose weight, and more importantly, keep it off. Follow it for seven days, and you can Lose 7 pounds in 7 days, 10 pounds in 10 days, 30 in 30....... You get the picture :)
What About Exercising While Cleansing?
Remember that weight loss is 90 percent diet and 10 percent sweat equity, so focus on eating clean, getting enough sleep and rest, and be mindful not to overdo exercise or push too hard. Overzealous exercise can stop weight loss due to the stress it places on the body, which causes cortisol levels that block fat from being burned off - specifically stubborn belly fat. Easy does it, and the rule of thumb is that you should be able to have a conversation while exercising. If you can't, you're pushing too hard.
Keep in mind that walking should be a daily habit, just like brushing your teeth. Be sure to get in your 10,000 steps daily to help keep you fit and reduce stress.
For a total transformation, follow this exercise plan (all of these may be downloaded by clicking on the name):
- Metabolic Booster 1 Workout
- Fat Blaster Workout
- Power 30 Workout
- Recovery Stretch or Lean Core Workout
- Metabolic Booster 2 Workout
- Lean Core Workout
- Rest (you still need to get in your 10,000 steps)
More than anything else, get off the couch!
Remember too that transformation begins in your mind first. So be sure to spend some time cleansing and detoxing your mind too. Believe. Begin. Become.
Losing 10 percent of your body weight can deliver huge health benefits like reduced blood pressure and cholesterol, decreased blood sugar levels, and a boost in energy and mood. You'll not only look better; you'll feel better too. Brides, a 10-pound weight loss and you'll drop a dress/clothing size too!
Your Metabolic Boosting Cleanse Shopping List
- LynFit Complete Protein Advanced Non-GMO Protein
- LynFit Thyro-Boost
- LynFit Pure Omega 3
- LynFit Raspberry Ketone Cleanse
- LynFit Lean Sleep
- Or, buy them all together and save a ton of money with the LynFit Metabolic Boosting Cleanse Kit
One Or More Months Before The Big Event
Here are a few things you'll need to know to be well on your way to being slim, hard, and sexy for your future husband or wife, your old school mates, or that person you are trying to meet in paradise. Better yet, do it for you!
Eliminate any liquid calories like soda or fancy coffee drinks and replace them with water recipes. It’s absolutely the easiest way to shed pounds and inches.
Research shows that beverage calories tend not to be filling, and you may not think of drinks as food, but in 30 days time just one 20 oz. glass of cola, sweet tea or juice adds up to the equivalent of about 2,000 jelly beans worth of sugar.
Stick with water (take a look at these delicious, hydrating water recipes) and unsweetened hot or cold green or black tea. And if you must have your morning cup of Joe, doctor it up with melt fat out milk and add spices like cinnamon and nutmeg; they help add flavor so you won’t miss the sugar and they're both antioxidant rich (think glowing skin).
At dinner, make 50 percent of the bulk of your meals leafy green veggies (about 2 cups, the size of 2 baseballs), 3 oz. of white fish, preferably white fish. Include a small amount (1 tsp.) of a healthy plant-based fat, such as sautéing the veggies in 1 tsp. of sesame oil or extra virgin olive oil.
This nutritional balance helps decrease blood sugar levels, which sets up the body to burn fat and helps to curbs calories and hunger. It also helps to energize as you shrink your fat cells.
Make sure to measure your food. You may think your eyeballs are your biggest asset but don't use them to visualize your portions, get a food scale.
The Week Before The Big Event
Get rid of the big bloaters/triggers: Alcohol, chewing gum, carbonated drinks, and artificial sweeteners. Drinking through a straw, eating too fast, skipping meals, and over-blending your protein shakes (adding air) can also cause bloating. All of these make you swallow or retain more air in your GI tract, which can swell like a balloon, giving you a pooch which can show in your dress or clothes.
On The Big Day
You don’t want to pass out on your way down the aisle or at your big event, and you want to feel really good, so be sure to pack a few extra LynFit Lean Bars; and if possible, a pre-blended protein shake to energize you and keep your blood sugar levels steady.
If you're nervous, nibble on some celery, or better yet, say a prayer and allow God's presence to enter and steady those nerves.
Make sure to eat before you take that first sip of champagne or alcohol, and have some lean protein such as shrimp or chicken to buffer your blood sugar. Take an additional LynFit Accelerator Advanced; it contains ingredients that block 75 percent of the absorption of carbohydrates and fat, without harmful side effects.
Without food in your belly, alcohol gets absorbed almost immediately, so your blood alcohol rises quickly.
Also, be sure to drink a glass of water between each alcoholic beverage, so you stay hydrated. I’ve heard of many brides passing out before consummating their marriage because of too many champagne toasts without enough food and fluid. Don’t let this happen to you!
You're now ready for your big event. If it's your wedding, I pray God's blessings upon it. If it's another type of big event, enjoy it to the fullest.
Whatever the occasion, I'd love to celebrate your journey with you by way of photos. Just send them along to Support@LynFit.com. Here are two examples of brides who, like you, needed a little extra "help" for their big day. And they found it through the LynFit Metabolic Boosting Cleanse.
This is Joy. She lost 30 pounds in 30 days, with exercise.
This is Molly. I like to call her "Last-Minute Molly" because she did just that - waited to the absolute last minute! She lost about 15 pounds in two weeks, with not exercise. Due to the last minute nature, we focused entirely on food.
Who knows, your success story may very well be the one that inspires someone else!
BELIEVE. BEGIN. BECOME.
- Lisa Lynn
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The Great Diet Debate
The only topic that’s debated more than the current presidential election is weight loss and workouts. It seems everyone has something to say on these topics. Despite there being a diet for every minute of the day and a new workout popping up by the second, Americans are gaining weight and becoming less fit. Have you ever wondered which diet provides the best weight loss, and do they all help you burn off fat?
Most of us get overwhelmed at the mere thought of which one to pick. From Paleo to Pilates, there is misleading information, all of which stops us from losing weight and getting into shape. All the while increasing our stress levels and sending us into a downward spiral, which is never productive when it comes to making the decision to improve our health. How are we supposed to sort through all of this misinformation so we can lose weight and get into shape?
Keep It Simple And Stick To Science
I've been where you are, so I know firsthand how depressing it feels to try every workout and diet you read about, only to end up gaining weight, leaving you feeling even more hopeless after starving yourself and practically living in the gym. I over-exercised, lived in the gym, drank vegan shakes non-stop, yet was 40 pounds overweight.
My 360° turnaround occurred when I worked at the WWF (World Wrestling Federation) as an apprentice alongside Dr. Fred Hatfield. Dr. Hatfield was doing research to test bodybuilding programs that included diet, exercise, and supplements to see what did and didn't work.
The results were shocking. Most of what I was doing to try to lose weight was all wrong. I worked out way too hard ,and for too long (a CrossFit kind of workout) — yes, that’s possible, and I ate too much healthy food — yes, that's possible as well.
The Top Mistakes I Made
I drank the wrong kind of protein shakes (I used to drink vegan), and like any gym rat, I drank a lot of them. I didn't realize that it wasn’t the right kind of protein for losing weight and boosting my sluggish metabolism. Besides, they tasted disgusting.
Vegan shakes are not a complete protein, meaning they lack the essential amino acids to be called complete and therefore will not have the metabolic boosting benefits of a high-quality Complete Whey Protein.
I lived on cereal bars. Like most moms, I need portable good-for-you food that I can eat on-the-go. What I didn’t realize was how little protein these tiny little bars contained, or how many carbohydrates and sugars they were filled with. To make a long story short, my health habits were killing my weight loss.
Combined with working out too long and too hard, I was ravenously hungry which sent me straight to my health halo foods. They only served to jack-up my sugar and stop my weight loss. In the end, it was an all day struggle with food.
I had my aha moment of what I was doing and got where I was when I was 40 pounds overweight (that’s a lot on my little frame). I needed to start doing things differently if I wanted to transform my body. This was how the Metabolic Boosting Weight Loss System was created. I needed a simple system that helped me to lose weight and develop healthier habits.
Collaboration With Dr. Hatfield
Everything I thought I knew about weight loss was all wrong. As I mentioned earlier, I learned that while working alongside Dr. Hatfield.
We tested all sorts of programs from the American Heart Association Diet and Exercise Plan to the program the WBF (a division of the WWF called World Body Building Federation) was about to launch that was then called thermogenics. We also tested all of them against each other. Did they cause weight loss the way they said they would?
One of the companies/programs we researched, and I learned a lot about, was called Cybergenics. They explained what to eat and why, and how much and how long to work out. They also provided education on the smart use of safe supplements that helped the bodybuilders muscle up. So I asked myself, "why don’t we have the same type of system to help make losing weight faster and easier?"
With the aid of Dr. Hatfield, who helped bring these formulas to life with the purest ingredients from the highest quality sources, the LynFit Metabolic Boosting System was born.
Dr. Hatfield was meticulous about combining the right kind of diet, utilizing very specific foods such as lean proteins and fibrous carbohydrates (now called a thermogenic diet) with the smart use of safe supplements to help keep the body properly nourished. More specifically, to help teach the body to burn off stored fat for fuel and to help balance blood sugar levels so hunger cravings wouldn’t overtake the participants while they were trying to lose weight.
Combined with the thermogenic diet were very specific weight lifting circuits, three times weekly (now called metabolic boosting workouts). I was blown away by what I witnessed. In all of my years of working in the gym business, I had never before seen such dramatic results. These were not gym rats. These participants were not fit at all and had no gym or dieting experience. They transformed their bodies, and their lives, in less than a month!
It wasn’t the first time I had seen people achieve results using diet and exercise, but it was the first time I saw people transform their bodies so quickly without living in the gym or adhering to vegan or no-carb diets. And, they did it in less than a month.
While working with Dr. Hatfield, I had the opportunity to rub elbows with some pretty big names in the bodybuilding industry. I made sure I was around them as much as possible, so I could look, listen and learn from them. I can tell you this, the pros work very hard, but interestingly, they spend less time in the gym than amateurs I know who kill their bodies in the gym while paying the physical price of damaged joints and chronic injuries. In the end, they also damage their self-worth and relationships because of their addictive dedication.
I've learned that not all diets and workouts are created equal. It’s just not as simple as calories in and calories out, especially if you have belly fat or you've been overweight. You need to choose your diet based on your goal, not according to which plan allows you to keep eating what you want when you want.
Some workouts and diets work better for weight loss, and others are better for bulk. How do you know? Your results tell all. Success leaves evidence.
How All This Relates To You
Most of us are very emotional when it comes to losing weight and getting fit, and that’s where we fall.
We know that exercise is a must because it strengthens our body, and it’s the best way to reshape, tighten, and tone it. But, it’s your diet that plays the largest role in your weight loss. In fact, 90 percent of your weight loss success comes from what you eat. You can't simply exercise away a bad diet.
Now that we have exercise in proper perspective choose your method of exercise based on science vs. what you want to do for the fastest results.
The good news is that when you see your body transform in front of your eyes and feel the difference, you’ll be hooked immediately. This will make sticking to the plan much easier, and that’s the key to lasting results.
For flexibility — choose Pilates or yoga. or better yet, LynFit Recovery Stretch
For rapid relief from aches and pains — LynFit Recovery Stretch
For sports performance — CrossFit or LynFit Fat Blaster or Metabolic Boosting Workouts
For stubborn weight loss and transformation — When it comes to weight loss, lifting weights is must. But, it's important that you do it in a specific way to elicit metabolic changes vs. bulking up and gaining weight.
NOTE: Weight lifting and certain types of workouts have been proven to make you hungrier and cause stress levels to rise in the body, which makes losing weight impossible. If you're serious about losing weight before Christmas, you'll want to start doing three metabolic boosting workouts weekly. You'll need the right tools, so grab the LynFit Lose 1 Pound Per Day Kit.
We all know that dieting stinks, so here is how to do it right. Just about every diet plan agrees with these three simple steps.
Focus on the power of Complete Protein — Make it your priority
Complete proteins contain all the essential amino acids your body needs. You also want to choose the complete proteins that have a high PER (protein efficiency ratio). When it comes to losing fat and boosting your metabolism, the kind of protein you choose matters most. Lean Protein will feed the lean muscle tissue and starve the fat, so it leaves. Lean proteins are the best way to build your metabolism and force your body to burn fat. For results you can count on, check out LynFit Complete Whey Protein Shakes and Lean Bars.
Track the numbers that matter — Protein and Fibrous Carbs
Aim for at least one gram per pound of lean body weight per day. Example: If you weigh 150 pounds, but you have 25 pounds of fat, your lean body weight would be 125 pounds. Your goal is to consume 125 grams of lean protein every day. However, you can’t eat it all at once if you’re trying to lose weight and melt fat. You should divide that 125 grams over the span of five meals so you're only consuming the amount of protein that your body can utilize vs. storing it as fat.
Now that you know how much, here is the when. Space meals three hours apart. Begin at 7 a.m. and end at 7 p.m. You can find a complete guide in the Advanced Metabolic Boosting Meal Plan. The best choices when it comes to weight loss and melting fat are:
Whey protein — It helps reduce abdominal fat better than any other kind of protein source.
White fish — The lighter and whiter the fish, the better for your metabolism. Fish is lower in calories and fat and contains iodine that fuels thyroid function, which fuels your weight loss. White fish is the lowest in fat.
*NOTE: Salmon is not white fish
Turkey Breast — Turkey breast is lower in calories. When it comes to the nitty gritty of weight loss, every gram counts.
NOTE: For more information on how much protein you need, and why fish is better, refer to "The Metabolism Solution".
Fill up on Fibrous Carbohydrates
Fibrous carbs are the only food that can be considered unlimited. They burn more calories than they contain. When it comes to losing weight, it can be next to impossible to find foods that can help keep you on track. There are a few miracle foods however that are purported to be negative in calories. These foods essentially contain more water than they do calories and require more calories to utilize them than they hold. Thus, making these foods essentially calorie-free.
Approximately 75 percent of a celery stick is water. The other 25 percent is fiber and other roughage. As a result, this tasty vegetable provides you with far fewer calories than it will take for your body to digest it. In addition to burning more calories than it contains, celery is an excellent source of fiber that can help to keep you feeling fuller for longer, helping you to reduce the urge to snack.
The health benefits of celery don’t end at weight loss. Celery is full of nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin A, and Vitamin K. Further, celery has antioxidant properties that may be able to improve cardiovascular health, reducing your chances of developing hardened arteries (and related heart problems like heart attacks and cardiovascular disease). As a bonus, the fiber content promotes regular bowel movements as well as boosting digestive health more generally. There is even some evidence suggesting that a diet high in celery can improve the appearance of your skin.
You can enjoy celery sticks on their own, or try lightly seasoning them with Mrs. Dash® salt-free instead of salt. You can also dip celery in hot sauce to make a spicy snack, or chop it up for a salad.
If you're truly serious about your weight loss, here is my personal Three-Step Plan to losing weight and developing healthier habits:
- Be brutally honest with yourself and clearly identify your bad or not-so-healthy habits. Then, eliminate those as quickly as you can. Write them down now.
Here's my example — I needed to stop working out compulsively and learn to feel my feelings instead of turn to food. There I said it; it's not so bad. In fact, it feels good to say it. I also needed to choose the right kinds of food that cause weight loss vs. weight gain.
- Find replacements for your not-so-healthy habits and define your new healthier habits. Write them down now. Then, imagine how much better you'll feel. List all the benefits and rewards of adopting these habits to help inspire change.
Here's my example — I needed a new doable workout that worked for weight loss that didn’t overwork me and jack up my appetite. I needed to grab and apple or a real protein bar that was lower in carbs and sugar instead of handfuls of trail mix or cereal bars that worked against me. I will feel better and learn to like myself more, and I won’t need to overwork in the gym because I’m eating better.
- Create your Weight Loss Action Plan, starting with just one habit (no more than three) that you really want to implement. Write them down now.
Here's my example — I will work out on an empty stomach for 30 minutes every day before work. I will drink my shake without adding extra calories (no fruit or almond milk), and take my supplements after I work out. I will drink my coffee black from now on. This was simple and doable, and the rest is history!
If you're serious about transforming your body and your life, focus on these three steps and begin to put them into practice. And remember, nothing will change until you do!
We would love to hear your story. What will you be working on to transform your body and your life?
- Lisa Lynn
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Getting Back On Track With Your Weight Loss
When it comes to weight loss, "tomorrow" is the most dangerous word in the English language. If you're serious about losing weight, and not seeing the results you'd like, it's time to stop living the way you've been living. The price you pay is very high for the cheap thrill that food gives you. In the end, it might even cost you your health. How you're living today directly affects your tomorrow. So, what will you do differently?
I receive emails seeking advice, all too often, from people with a habit of doing a week or two of strict, metabolic boosting eating and then falling off the weight loss wagon into a pile of cookies or store-bought protein bars. They want to know what they can do to stick to the plan, or should they even try. The first thing I tell them is the reason most people fall is that they think they need to be perfect with their eating. It's important to understand that perfection does not exist.
Most of us fall because we become too legalistic about our diets. Rather, our diets should be treated as a habit of making better choices, requiring us to decide what our actions will be. This makes us responsible for our actions, and the outcomes.
You know the old saying; "If you keep doing what you've always done you'll just keep getting the same results. To expect anything different is the very definition of insanity." Quite honestly, there is a lot of insanity surrounding the foods that will keep you from reaching your goals.
Have you ever told yourself; "I'll just have a little"? Sorry to say it, but that little bit is what's stopping you from reaching your goals.
It's at these very times to remind yourself that perfection does not exist. Focus on daily progress, not daily perfection. You have more control than you think when it comes to making food choices. But if you keep falling off the wagon, it's possible you may need a few tools to help keep you on track.
These tools make losing weight faster and easier because they:
- Help kill hunger and cravings that cause you to fall off-plan
- Boost metabolism by 25 percent, so you burn more calories all day long, even while asleep. This is especially important when you decide to go off-plan because it will help keep you from gaining weight.
- Block cortisol (stress hormones) levels from rising, which helps prevent weight gain in the belly, hips, and thighs. Blocking cortisol is more important than you think. Stress causes your body to produce excess cortisol levels, and the only way to melt belly fat is by reducing these levels. It's not an easy job and the very reason you need to attack belly fat with a 1, 2, 3 punch.
STEP #1: BOOST METABOLISM AND BLOCK CORTISOL LEVELS
Looking for a delicious shake recipe that will not only tantalize your taste buds but rev up your metabolism as well? Look no further — here's my Melt Belly Fat Birthday Cake Smoothie:
(½ cup) Water
(3–4) Ice cubes
STEP #2: KILL HUNGER AND CRAVINGS
Here is your supplement stack:
- LynFit Accelerator with Raspberry Ketones to accelerate the process and trick your body into acting like a thin person. A lean person will burn fat more efficiently. (If you're highly sensitive to caffeine you may want to skip the Accelerator. The stack will still give you what you need, so follow the steps without Accelerator.)
- LynFit Carb Edge with Forskolin to help enhance thyroid function and balance blood sugar levels, which is the secret to killing your cravings and managing hunger.
- LynFit Cutting Edge to force your body to burn off that stubborn body fat for fuel.
STEP #3: AVOID THE AFTERNOON ENERGY CRASH TO ESCAPE CRAVINGS BEFORE THEY BEGIN
Should you find yourself unable to suppress the urge to eat junk food, adopt the 80/20 rule. You're already following it; you just don't know it.
For the most part, you're eating your favorite foods every couple of weeks — it's inevitable. It's going to happen, and you should expect it. So, the best solution is to plan it ahead of time. If you plan for it ahead of time, you can cheat and still lose weight. Have a little pep talk with yourself. Sit down and tell yourself to try the 80/20 plan.
On the Advanced Metabolic Boosting Meal Plan, you can eat on plan 80 percent of the time and go off the plan 20 percent of the time and still lose weight. That's the beauty of this plan. In fact, this is the only plan that takes into consideration that you live in the real world, you're human, and that you cheat once in a while.
Planning in advance when you cheat also puts you in control of the binge vs. the binge controlling you. It also changes how you emotionally respond to a binge—no guilt, because it's all a part of your weight loss plan. You'll accept the situation, not struggle in vain against it. You'll eat less and know exactly what to eat, and how much. The scale will go up slightly, but you'll be back on track in no time.
Although there are physiological consequences to binging on junk food, I'd wager that most of the damage comes from the stress we inflict on ourselves—the internal fight and refusal, which only causes us to binge more. The refusal to accept the inevitable situation, combined with the guilt and shame you're piling on yourself for losing that fight.
Here's what the 80/20 plan get you: Acceptance! You learn to accept things you cannot change. You're no longer fighting a battle you most likely cannot win.
I can't think of anything harder or more stressful than struggling with food. I've struggled with it my entire life until I learned about the 80/20 rule.
You can live guilt-free. Guilt about eating junk food can actually cause you to gain weight and depress your immune system. By making a plan to "go off" for a meal as an occasional (1–2 times weekly) deviation from your regular schedule, rather than betraying your body, you remove the guilt. Make a plan, if you plan on losing.
I would encourage you to read this article I wrote previously about how to cheat and still lose weight to keep your metabolism in full swing, and how if you don't, it can alter the physiological effect it has on you.
As Kelly Clarkson says in her song: "Think Before You Cheat" so you don't hurt your health or destroy a month's worth of dieting. Most of the time it's not worth it anyway.
So, eat happily, just don't' forget to boost first!
- Lisa Lynn
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Five Exercise Moves To Flip The Fat-Burning Switch On
"I don't have time....."
"I don't have a gym membership....."
"I don't have any equipment at home....."
I'm going to remove all your excuses right now. No more ifs, ands, or buts. Between my delicious thermogenic recipes and these five exercise moves that can be done in your home with no equipment needed, you just cannot make anymore excuses.
Did you know that you are supposed to empty the glycogen (stored carbohydrates) in your muscles every week? That's why exercise is so important when it comes to losing weight. But not all exercise is created equal, and the exercises below are the best when it comes to lowering glycogen levels, so you boost your metabolism. When glycogen storage is depleted, fat burning increases. It’s just that simple.
One of the best ways to kick-start the fat burning process is to go low carb for two consecutive days every week. This taps into your glycogen storage for fuel, which signals your body to burn off the stored fat (LynFit's Metabolic Boosting Lose 1 Pound Per Day Kit is specifically geared for this rapid fat loss).
If you're struggling to lose weight, do this: limit your total carbs for at least two consecutive days every week. Carbs need to be under 100 grams total per day. For women over 40 with sluggish metabolisms, you may need to lower your carbs to 60 or less. You'll know by your weight loss.
This requires you to know how many carbs are in the foods you eat, and you'll need some discipline to restrict your intake. Your discipline will be rewarded with a visible difference in body fat within the first week.
After two days, slowly resume your usual intake, or better yet, live lean every day. *Women over 40 with sluggish metabolisms may need to do this 4–5 days per week for weight loss due to the slowing of your metabolism as you age.
Here are five exercises that flip the fat burning switch on and train your body to burn more fat. The best part, they also supercharge your metabolism, and they don't require any fitness equipment. In fact, you don't even have to leave your house. Perform these moves in a "drill style” for one solid minute without stopping for best results.
- Step-Ups: Standing up straight, step up onto the chair. Pause and gently return to your starting position (the floor). Be sure to keep your back straight and your abs pulled in. That's one repetition. Aim to do ten on each leg. You can alternate sides or do all of your repetitions on the same leg.
- Tricep Dips: Place your hands at the edge of your chair. Lower your body to the floor. Use your arms to raise yourself back up. Be sure to keep your body close to the seat of the chair and squeeze your arms at the top of the move.
- Push-Ups: Lay down face first on the floor and hands next to your chest. Push yourself up until your body is parallel with the floor. Keep your body straight and your core tight.
- Plank Crunch: Lie face first on the floor, body straight. Come up on your elbows and toes, using your abs to lift. Hold as long as you can, aiming for one minute.
- Side Core Raise: Lying on your side on your elbow, lift your body off the floor using your core. Too hard, use an arm or leg to help at first.
These moves can transform your body in less than 10 minutes and create that leaner look. And, don't wreck your results by drinking the wrong protein shake or juicing. Keep your carbs low to keep losing weight.
More information about these movements and other exercise moves can be found in The Metabolism Solution.
The 1-Minute-A-Day Metabolic Boosting Workout Challenge
The biggest excuse on the planet when it comes to working out is that we are just too busy. Forget trying to make it to an hour-long workout class. Add in travel time, and it’s another missed workout day. No judgement here — I've been there.
How would you like to burn double the calories in half the time without stepping foot in the gym? Metabolic boosting workouts are your answer. They are "HIT" (High-Intensity Training) workouts that are specifically geared to boost your metabolism and lower cortisol (stress hormone) that may be stopping you from losing weight.
Metabolic boosting workouts are so efficient that in just a few minutes (with no equipment at all) you’ll burn more calories than you would from a steady-pace run on the treadmill. Better yet, you'll keep burning fat and calories long after the workout is over. Bottom line, you have no excuses.
This 1-minute exercise drill, which you do each day, uses a unique combination of metabolic boosting exercises (from my book The Metabolism Solution) that you'll perform for 60 seconds each for each exercise. Instead of resting (you can if you need to) you’ll work different opposing muscle groups while the muscles you used previously rest and recover.
This method reshapes your body with adding bulk. You'll also improve your strength and endurance while toning your entire body. The whole workout may take you 20-30 minutes. You'll be challenged, so prepare to sweat. If needed, you can break these moves down into 1-minute drills until you have time to do the entire workout. Not feeling up to par? That’s okay. You can go at your own pace and do what you can. There's never a good reason not to exercise.
Aim to work out every day for two weeks until you are hooked and can’t live without exercise. This is the dirty little secret the celebrities on the red carpet use to get in shape. Take a break from your current workout and put these moves to the test if you’re trying to lose weight and shrink and reshape your upper and lower body.
- Metabolic workouts melt double the calories in ½ the time of other workouts
- Metabolic workouts boost your metabolism without boosting your appetite
- Metabolic workouts help to reduce cortisol levels (stress hormones), which is the key to melting off fat while other workouts can actually raise cortisol levels, stopping weight loss
- Can be done at home in 1-minute increments, or if you have time, you can go for the 30-minute sessions. It’s your, workout you decide. The bottom line is you've got to get it done!
Are you ready to take the 14-Day Metabolic Boosting Workout Challenge? All you need is a pair of dumbbells. No dumbbells? Use water bottles. Here's your daily gameplan, so you have no excuses!
NOTE: Photos of all these movements can be found in The Metabolism Solution. Also, the exercise for the day will be shown on my Facebook Page on that day, so make sure to follow me at https://www.facebook.com/LisaLynnFitness/
|The Exercise Component||The Food & Behavioral Modification Fix|
|Day 1: Deep squat to front raise||Drink more water|
|Day 2: Stiff leg dead lift||Eat a green apple as a snack|
|Day 3: The butt/hip stretch||Choose fish vs. chicken|
|Day 4: Front lunge with dumbbell side raise||Take a multi-vitamin|
|Day 5: Bent over dumbbell row in lunge position||Eat ½ the amount you normally would|
|Day 6: The lying inner thigh stretch||Don't eat after 7 p.m.|
|Day 7: Push-ups||Eat and additional veggie vs. starch|
|Day 8: Lying rear flies||Journal your food intake|
|Day 9: Side core raise||Don't eat any processed food|
|Day 10: Plank||Count your fat grams (stay under 20)|
|Day 11: Stretch-out 90° stretch||Count your carb grams (stay under 80)|
|Day 12: Side lunge with arm curl||Count your calories (goal weight x 10)|
|Day 13: Tricep dip||Stay away from any trigger food today|
|Day 14: Walk outside or in-place||Go to bed by 10 p.m.|
For more tips just like these, see The Metabolism Solution!
Eat Chocolate For Breakfast And Lose Weight
Can eating chocolate help you lose weight? Eating chocolate before and after your meals is the newest weight loss tactic. Is it efficient since you're simply adding extra calories which means you’ll gain weight? Is it too good to be true?
"New science proves you should eat chocolate every day is real and proven." If this sets off your, it's too-good-to-be-true alarm, it should! Not all chocolate is created equal. It’s the kind of chocolate you eat that matters most, as well as when you eat it and how much.
Let’s be honest, women need chocolate. Chocolate lovers, you can rejoice because there’s another new study that shows eating more of the dark stuff might actually help you stay slim.* But be careful — chocolate contains more calories than many foods. However, the U.S. study showed that those who consume the right kind of chocolate have less body fat than those who didn't.
Researchers suspect the calories in chocolate are not like “normal” calories. If the chocolate calories are of a particular kind, they might just make your metabolism work harder, which means they offset the extra calories (aka "thermogenic"). Your body burns calories digesting it, leaving you with a calorie burning advantage. The study shows the that the metabolic effects of certain specific ingredients make this particular chocolate a good “slimming” food because it is calorie-neutral.
The study leader, Dr Beatrice Golomb, from the University of California at San Diego, said, “Our findings appear to add to a body of information suggesting that the composition of calories, not just the number of them, matters for determining their ultimate impact on weight. Does it get any better than this? When it comes to eating chocolate this is good news for those who have a regular chocolate habit, and those who wish to start one.”
I love these scientists. They actually investigated the chocolate eating habits of 972 men and women with an average age of 57 for a study of cholesterol lowering drugs and found out that chocolate can be good for weight loss. These surprising findings showed those who ate chocolate on more days of the week than average were statistically likely to have lower Body Mass Indexes because the chocolate speeds up the metabolism. The right kind of chocolate can also:
- Reduce blood pressure
- Improve mood (this is why we crave it)
- Lower the risk of heart disease and stroke
However, the researchers warn the study’s findings do not apply to all products containing chocolate, and some people might actually gain weight unless they do these specific things. Here is the 411 on chocolate and what you need to know if you’re a chocolate addict like me, need it every day, and are trying to lose weight.
- Eat your chocolate first thing in the morning to boost metabolism. You’ll burn off the extra calories throughout the day.
- Make sure it is pure, high-quality cacao. High-quality cacao contains chemicals called theobromine. Theobromine is a stimulant and that's why it speeds up the metabolism. That's also why you crave chocolate when you are depressed or lack energy.
- Epicatechin is also a chemical that’s derived from the chocolate ingredient cocoa. It has been known to boost numbers of mitochondria, the cells’ energy-generating powerhouses. So you feel better, and it's good for your health. These awesome little mitochondria burn up calories which is good news for weight loss.
Wait, it gets even better. If you've been reading my blogs, you know by now that the trick to losing weight is keeping insulin levels down, or lowering them if they are high. Guess what? Pure defatted cacao can decrease insulin resistance by almost 50 percent, thanks to the flavonoids it contains.
Thanks to these miraculous ingredients, dark chocolate can also slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream. That helps prevent the much-dreaded insulin spike, which is famous for shuttling sugar straight into your fat cells. These dreaded insulin spikes turn off your body's fat-burning mechanisms which stop fat loss and make you hungry again several hours later. Over time, they can also lead to insulin resistance and diabetes. The best news ever? Dark chocolate kills craving for sweets.
Here is a metabolic boosting chocolate breakfast that helps you lose weight while boosting mood and improving health. You’ll never miss breakfast again.
It nourishes the body because the protein powder is full of amino acids that boosts metabolism, turns off the weight gain switch and also helps kill cravings. That’s why you don’t want to wait until later to eat these.
CHOCOLATE BLISS, HIGH-PROTEIN TRUFFLES (Adapted from my recipe in The Metabolism Solution)
(2 scoops) LynFit Chocolate Complete Protein Powder
(1 cup) Dark chocolate spread or Nutella
(1/8 cup) Honey
(3/4 cup) Raw oats (if you're not trying to lose weight)
Mix all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Form into 1 inch balls and place in the freezer until frozen (usually 1 hour or less) and eat them. For extra special occasions decorate with shredded coconut, crushed almonds or walnuts. Sprinkles make them attractive for kids.
BE SURE TO LOOK FOR THE FOLLOWING SUPER STAR INGREDIENTS WHEN YOU SHOP FOR CHOCOLATE
- Go dark or don't it. Look for at least 70 percent pure cacao. It has less sugar, contains some monounsaturated fatty acids, and has a bittersweet taste which reduces the amount you eat. It kills cravings for sweet and fatty foods.
- Stick to a small serving. Each helping should be no bigger than the end of your thumb.
- Chocolate Protein Powders and Protein Bars can be a great way to get your chocolate fix, but make sure what you choose is made from dark chocolate that’s been defatted, and contains no sugar. For the best results, use LynFit Complete Protein and LynFit Lean Bars.
- Check the label and look for 155 calories or less, 2 grams max of fat, and less than 3 grams of sugar.
You’ll know you're buying good chocolate by the price. Chocolate is in high demand and is at a premium of $8 an ounce for the good stuff.
If you want all of these benefits but don't like chocolate (what, are you crazy?) you can find them in the LynFit Accelerator with Raspberry Ketones. Once you try this supplement and see how fast you melt off body fat and excess pounds you’ll see why it’s been called The Miracle in a Bottle.
(*Study Cited and Related Links: Beatrice Golomb, MD, Ph.D., discusses chocolate and weight loss. Filed Under Health & Medicine)
Kill Cravings This Valentine's Day And Still Eat Chocolate
Food cravings are the reason most diets fail. They are like pimples that pop out of nowhere. If you're like me, you'll stop at nothing to kill them off, stat!
What if I told you there’s a quicker, more effective way to kill your cravings and curb your monster appetite rather than giving into them or caving into the vending machine?
Follow these tips to instantly kill off those cravings. For more tips and tricks on how to boost your metabolism and melt belly fat, check out The Metabolism Solution, and the metabolic boosting Chocolate Diet linked below.
- Feed it First: The #1 reason we crave is due to nutritional deficiencies, and the #1 nutrient deficiency among women is protein. Your body needs amino acids to regulate serotonin which helps boost mood. Drinking the Complete Protein Shake for breakfast is the best way to provide your body with the essential amino acids it needs to stay healthy and keep your mood balanced. Prevention is the cure when it comes to killing cravings so make it a LynFit Chocolate Protein Shake and kill two birds with one stone.
- Brush the cravings right out of your mouth: In my 25+ years as a weight loss coach every person who does this trick says it works—Always keep a travel size toothbrush and toothpaste with you, and brush your teeth after meals and when cravings strike. The fresh minty taste makes eating less desirable and distracts you from obsessing about what to eat. Distraction is powerful when it comes to avoiding your cravings. Studies have shown that mint is a good appetite suppressant, and people who sniff (brushing counts too) mint throughout the day ate 3,000 fewer calories that week. That’s enough to move the dial on the scale. Just don’t be obsessive about brushing your teeth every hour, as excessive brushing wears down tooth enamel.
Drink mint flavored water: You’ve heard me say this a thousand times, but it's worth saying again—Most of the time when we crave it's really because we're thirsty. Drink mint flavored water to quench the crave. Buy a few fresh mint leaves and drop some in your water. You can drink the minted water hot or cold. It's very satisfying and will help tame your cravings.
Note: Always buy mint flavored water to have on hand to guzzle when your cravings get the best of you.
- Chew mint gum: Always have mint gum in your car, purse and desk to chew on when the urges get rough. Chewing gum does many things—It gives you something to chew when you really aren’t hungry but need to chew on something, and the repetitive motion sends signals to a part of your brain that controls appetite and satiety. If your brain thinks you're eating it will send signals that you're full. Unless, of course, your shut off valve has been damaged and broken (if you've gained more than 10 pounds your shut off valve is broken and damaged and will need to be retrained by sticking to your food plan). In this case, you’ll have to white knuckle it until things get better. The sweet taste also activates the release of the feel-good brain chemical called serotonin. Low serotonin levels cause cravings to pop up in the first place.
- Stress less: Stress will cause your body to release the stress hormone cortisol, which tells your brain to seek out rewards or pleasure. This is why we always crave the wrong things. Enter fat and sugar loaded comfort foods that blunt cortisol and temporarily stop stress. What you’re really craving is to feel better. Find other ways to stimulate happiness that do not including eating to help curb high-calorie cravings. Take a walk break, even if it’s to go get a cup of green tea, or call a friend until the moment passes. The quick chat will trigger a stress reducing emotional release that food can never fill. When all else fails, I hit pause and pray. I say The Serenity Prayer and place my dog in my lap and wait until the craving passes. After all, I didn't get to be 40 pounds overweight by not overeating!
For all the chocolate lovers, here's another great way to still lose 1 pound per day, while eating chocolate. It's the Metabolic Boosting Chocolate Diet (click HERE for the diet).
Conquer Your Cravings For Comfort Food
Nothing makes you crave comfort food more than the long, dark, cold days of winter. Combined with stress, all you want to do is put on your warm pajamas and cozy up by the fire with your favorite comfort food in hand. One thing I’ve learned is to be careful, or you’ll quickly pack on the pounds and feel even worse than you did before you started eating.
After I had lost 40 pounds by giving up my favorite foods, I realized that I missed them. I struggled to keep the unwanted pounds off because I couldn’t stay away from my favorites. I wasn’t willing to gain the weight back, so I needed to figure out a way to eat what I loved, and still lose weight. The solution? Follow the Leaner Lifestyle tips and tricks.
Plan for it and expect to indulge; it’s only a matter of time. If you plan ahead, you can offset the “not so good” calories not by starving yourself, which can slow the metabolism, but by boosting your metabolism instead. This simple little trick puts your body in a fat-burning mode so when cave into your cravings you’ll be able to control the food versus it controlling you. Prevention is the cure, and it’s also the best way not to gain weight.
How do you boost your metabolism safely, so you don’t gain weight when you aren’t eating so clean? It can be as easy as drinking a metabolic boosting whey protein shake, which is by far your best option, or having two egg whites for breakfast, so you start your day off on the right foot.
Why is protein so important when it comes to controlling our cravings?
- Protein is the #1 nutrient that women don't eat enough of (it's also why you crave)
- Protein contains essential amino acids that your body requires
- Protein regulates serotonin, so you feel better fast when you drink the protein shake
- Whey protein blocks cortisol (the stress hormone) that makes your cravings so intense that it makes you spiral out of control
- Whey protein boosts metabolism by 25 percent and switches the weight gaining switch off
Now that we have the science of why we crave out of the way, we can talk about controlling what is on the other end of the fork when we do crave. Doing so will allow you to keep off the pounds and get into the best shape of your life. This is the very reason I wrote The Metabolism Solution and filled it with over 100 delicious thermogenic recipes that your family will love.
Every diet book tells you what not to eat, but they never tell you what you can eat—At least not the kind of foods you like. Let’s be honest, no one craves steamed tilapia and Brussel sprouts. But everyone loves meatloaf and potatoes. The good news is you can eat something hot and eat a lot.
THE DINNER TRICK: Make over your comfort food meal using thermogenic foods such as lean ground turkey instead of red meat. Swap out starchy mashed potatoes that spike insulin levels and cause rapid weight gain with mock mashed potatoes made with cauliflower instead. Replacing the usual high fat, high carb ingredients with thermogenic ingredients instead is a sneaky way of tricking your brain into speeding up your metabolism.
CAN I HAVE DESSERT? Yes! You don't need to give up sweet tooth cravings with a diet. You just need to step outside the box and provide your body with the nutrients it needs (hint: whey protein) to give your metabolism a boost.
Here is a low-fat, low-calorie apple crisp recipe that's sure to cure your sweet tooth craving.
- (3) apple slices
- (½ cup) vanilla whey protein
- (1 cup) of oatmeal mixed with brown sugar Splenda and a tiny bit of Smart Balance
Replacing the usual high fat, high carb ingredients with thermogenic ingredients saves you hundreds of excess calories, fat, and carbs, so you can cheat more often.More information on metabolic boosting exercise and thermogenic eating can be found in The Metabolism Solution.