Enjoy Some Of Your Favorite Foods Without Gaining Weight
The secret to your weight loss success depends on what you do before and after you cheat. It's the off meals and cheats that determine whether you lose or gain weight. In today's world of overeating excess sugars, carbs, and fats. no one's weight stays the same without some sort of plan and system in place to guard against weight gain. The 5-day diet plan is perfect for anyone who has trouble sticking to a plan and needs to lose weight. It even allows you to enjoy some of your favorite foods without gaining weight.
The problem begins with underestimating guilty indulgences and telling yourself, "I only ate a little too much." That "little" bit can quickly add up to more than you think.
LYNFIT FACTOID: Did you know that most calorie trackers are off by 78 percent when it comes to caloric intake and expenditure? If you're not losing weight, underestimating your caloric intake, especially on cheat days, may be why.
Believe it or not, cheat days can be part of a successful weight loss plan IF you follow a few specific steps. It can provide a metabolic and psychological boost, as well as stimulating your thyroid gland because it allows your body to get a break from the plan you’ve been sticking to all week. This upzig, a.k.a. cheat day principle can become a diet game-changer, allowing yourself the wiggle room to keep the weight off. This technique allowed me to lose 40 pounds and keep it off for over 20 years now.
Simply stated, follow your normal LynFit Metabolic Boosting Meal Plan for 5 days prior to your cheat day. Then you can upzig your diet, enjoying some of your favorite foods, without gaining weight.
Allowing myself a cheat day removed the guilt and shame that I was feeling, creating a vicious cycle of more binging and punishing myself. The secret is for you to control the food versus it controlling you!
Every diet out there will teach you how to eat, but they won’t show you how to cheat without wrecking your diet. Let’s face it…we’re all going to cheat every occasionally, so why not do it correctly, in a way that will benefit you? Cheating, the right way, can be your weight loss’ best friend if done correctly following these seven cheat day tips.
The LynFit metabolic boosting system is the only plan that's designed with reality eating and cheating, while still allowing you to lose weight.
#1: CHOOSE YOUR CHEAT DAY (a.k.a. UPZIGGING—A POSITIVE WAY TO INCREASE CALORIES)
Decide each week, ahead of time, which day you want to make your cheat day. This will give you something to look forward to, turning deprivation into delayed gratification. No one likes to be told they “can’t” have something, so knowing you only have to wait five days makes passing up the not-so-healthy foods easier. In other words, keep a cheat day schedule. Even though you may be taking a day off your diet, you still need that structure to help keep you safe in the same way guard rails on the highway help protect you and keep you inside the lines.
#2: AIM FOR AT LEAST FIVE DAYS OF DIETING (a.k.a. DOWNZIGGING—INTERMITTENT FASTING)
Following your meal plan for five days will help fire up your metabolism. That way, you won’t gain weight when you go off-plan. A good recommendation is to cheat on either a Saturday or Sunday and hop right back on your plan the very next day. The younger you are (under age 30), you can get away with a lot more. As you age, your metabolism slows, and the margin for error is decreased.
Downzigging lowers calories while boosting your metabolism. LynFit's system makes this easy.
#3: THINK LOW-CALORIE, CARB, & FAT FOR FIVE DAYS
Fats and carbs will always be the go-to food when you cheat, so decreasing them before you cheat is the best way to budget your calories. It also sets your body up to burn fat faster. It’s a great weight loss and fat-burning approach that’s beneficial for health and anti-aging. The easiest way to accomplish this is to replace two meals daily with Egg White Protein (provides the highest quality protein in the exact amounts needed, making it ideal for downzigging) or LynFit Whey Protein. Have one at breakfast and another at lunch to boost your metabolism by up to 25 percent, so your body is burning more calories. Protein also blunts insulin spikes and makes you feel fuller longer.
#4: THINK BEFORE YOU CHEAT
Don’t let your cheat day turn into an all-out, all-day binge. Odds are, that if you need to lose weight, your food perceptions may be off, so it’s best to proceed with caution. Avoid eating with people who encourage gorging (their body weight will probably tell you everything you need to know) and don’t eat at locations that allow you to eat mindlessly. Often, eating in your car, eating while watching television, or eating while standing in front of the refrigerator can be danger zones. Don’t eat straight out of a bag or carton, and set some “selfie” rules, such as:
- Sit down
- Plate your food (a small plate is best)
- Chew your food 60 times for proper digestion to occur
- Put your fork down between bites
- Don’t eat and talk
You want to focus on what you’re eating, so embrace every bite!
#5: DON’T SKIP MEALS TO COMPENSATE FOR YOUR CHEAT DAY
Skipping meals slows down your metabolism which is the last thing you want to do. You do, however, want to lower your daily caloric and fat intake. This is best done using the two LynFit Shakes to replace your current meals. This will keep your metabolism fires running hot. Drinking the shakes will also help to block the cortisol levels that can wreak havoc on your waistline.
#6: YOU’VE GOTTA BOOST, BLOCK, & BURN
You have to convince your body to boost metabolism, block carbs and fats while burning off what you eat versus storing it as fat. LynFit Accelerator Advanced was born for this very reason! Take at least one (1) Accelerator Advanced first thing in the morning and then again at lunch. On your cheat day, take an additional Accelerator Advanced to help combat cravings and keep your metabolism fires blazing. It’s best to take 30 minutes prior to indulging to block the absorption of fats and carbs without harmful side-effects.
Accelerator Advanced provides extra metabolic support through its thermogenic formula by boosting your metabolic rate and balancing blood sugar levels that help you lose weight faster and kill cravings for the wrong foods, while also preventing new fat cells from being formed.
LynFit Accelerator Advanced contains a unique blend of ingredients, inspired by nature and perfected by LynFit Nutrition.
- Raspberry Ketones — Supports appetite control and mood enhancement
- Forskolin — Promotes thyroid health
- Green Tea Extract —Supports and encourages calorie and fat-burning
- L-Tyrosine — Helps reduce stress hormones in the body
- Banaba Leaf Extract — Helps balance blood sugar levels
- White Kidney Bean Extract — Helps block the absorption of carbs
- Guggul Extract — Stimulates metabolism and lowers cholesterol
- Cocoa Bean Extract — Helps suppress appetite and shed water weight
NOTE: It's a good idea to bump up and take two (2) additional Accelerator Advanced on your cheat day and the day after...or anytime you feel your body needs more.
#7: DETOX, CLEANSE, & RESTORE
Take (2-3) Raspberry Ketone Cleanse & Restore once or twice daily as needed for digestion. This will help reduce belly bloat and waste build-up, so you’ll feel lighter and energized, even on your cheat day. This cleanse is very different than all the rest. It contains digestive enzymes that help you digest and assimilate your food, so you’ll have less gastric distress that can often occur when eating off-plan—you’ll suffer a lot less.
Raspberry Ketone Cleanse & Restore helps to jumpstart your metabolism and promote weight loss by removing unwanted toxins. The better your body digests food, the more your body will be able to absorb and fully benefit from the nutrients you’re feeding it. And the more nutrients you absorb, the less fat your body will store. Your liver will thank you!
DON'T FORGET YOUR OTHER LYNFIT SUPPLEMENTS: Cheat day is the most important time to use all your other LynFit metabolic-boosting supplements. Don’t leave home without them. They will help boost, block, protect, and nourish—especially on your cheat day. You’d never take the race tires off a race car on race day, would you? So you shouldn’t stop using the weight loss tools that are particularly beneficial to you on not-so-good eating days. Take them with you…vacation, backyard barbecue, or the local restaurant. They just may well be a weight loss lifesaver!
For more information, make sure to download the Cheat Day Cheat Sheet for an easy reference on how to cheat and still lose weight.
Kick Hunger and Cravings to the Curb
Tired of making the same weight loss resolutions every year, only to watch them slowly fade away?
The secret to your weight loss resolution is kicking hunger and cravings to the curb, and the best way to do that is increase your protein intake.
Eating high protein foods helps suppress appetite-controlling hormones
The hypothalamus in the brain controls appetite and satiety (fullness). Hormones secreted by our body, high blood sugar levels, and stress all play a role in making us feel hungry and cause cravings that we can't always control.
Dietary proteins strongly influence these, which helps explain why protein intake is so important for weight loss as well as maintaining lean muscle tissue. When you're dieting, rule #1 is feed the muscle but starve the fat, so it leaves.
A study from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark found that the protein content of our meals had a strong influence on hunger hormones.
Increasing protein can be as easy as enjoying a high-protein breakfast to kill cravings before they begin. LynFit Pure Whey makes this easy to do and at the same time, saving you time and money. Pure whey also gives your metabolism a boost, helping you lose weight easier.
How much protein do you need per day? You need one (1) gram per pound of lean body mass or your goal weight. If you want to weight 120 pounds, aim for 120 grams per day. When you are losing weight, stressed, or working out, your protein needs are slightly higher to preserve lean muscle tissue that keeps your metabolism revved.
You want to aim for 24 grams of lean protein four (4) times daily. This almost gets you to your goal. If you add the protein that is found in other foods you'll nail your goal.
- 24 grams = one serving of protein
- One (1) serving of protein is usually 3 oz., however. This can vary (white fish may be 4 oz.)
- White fish is better than chicken for weight loss and if you like larger portions, choose fish over chicken
- Chicken breast
- Two (2) scoops of LynFit Whey Protein
- LynFit Lean Bar
- Egg whites
If you're busy, nailing your numbers isn't easy unless you have the right tools. That's where having the right protein shake or protein bar is the secret to your success. A LynFit Lean Bar a day helps keep hunger and cravings away!
We'd love to hear about your success. Please feel free to send us your progress to Support@LynFit.com. And, don't forget those Before and After photos.
Make sure you follow us on social media: @LisaLynnFitness, for daily fit tips!
Make 2017 the Year of a New, Leaner You!
More than half of the country’s population has already made their New Year’s resolutions and are ready to put them into action to help them become healthier (by losing weight) and happier. Statistics say more than 90 percent of resolutions fail, despite the best of intentions.
If you want to be part of the 10 percent that succeed, you’ll need to know how to overcome the obstacles that stand in your way, preventing you from reaching your goals. These techniques will help you win the fight when it comes to reaching your goals.
There are some common mistakes almost all of us make when it comes to our diets, stopping fat loss and preventing us from losing weight. No matter what type of plan, your body needs these clean eating rules, backed by science, that apply to each of us.
(NOTE: If you’re over age 35, your metabolism is slowing down while we speak. So listen up, this applies in particular to you.)
Losing weight can be fast and easy if you think replacement vs. deprivation when it comes to addressing your not-so-healthy eating habits. And, we all know how long depriving ourselves lasts — not very long.
The Good News? These simple solutions can help you bust through your toughest weight loss challenges, no matter how old you are or how stubborn your metabolism is. You’ll not only lose more weight in less time; you’ll melt fat from those hard to reach places like the stomach, hips, and thighs. You'll do it without spending hours in the gym, or those dreadful juice cleanses that spike your blood sugar, making you even more ravenous than you were before you started.
If this is the year you promised yourself that you were going to do it, get ready, because these simple solutions are guaranteed to get you there. No more excuses! You're going to set a goal (be specific, such as 7 pounds in 7 days), and commit yourself 100 percent to work at it and achieve it.
Are you feeling determined and ready to lose a pound per day? If so, it's time to challenge yourself and take on the LynFit 7-Day Weight Loss Challenge.
We've got 7 days of healthy, lean living challenges to help get you back on track fast, losing weight and melting fat. This 7-Day Weight Loss Challenge will help you become a weight loss expert by teaching you how to lose weight and keep it off. These lean living tips will help you accomplish all your 2017 health goals; from lowering blood sugar or cholesterol levels, to decreasing your inflammation. No excuses!
Weight loss is 90 percent diet and only 20 percent sweat equity, so it’s best to focus on your eating habits. You don’t need a diet; you need a lifestyle. The best way to clean up yours is to replace some of the not-so-good habits that are stopping you from reaching your goals. You may not even be aware they are negatively affecting your weight loss because of the affect these seemingly harmless habits have on your blood sugar levels, causing your body to become resistant to weight loss. It's also why diabetes and pre-diabetes numbers are skyrocketing at a faster pace than the national debt.
It's not how much you work out or how often you wear that FitBit® or go to CrossFit® class, that will help you lose weight — it's your diet.
Here are the Top Three mistakes people make that prevent them from losing weight:
- They don’t pay attention to their meal timing.
Slimming Solution: Time your meals. Plan to eat all of your meals between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. This allows for a 12-hour fast every night, which is best for anti-aging and boosts weight loss. Meal timing is paramount, and it's best to aim for three meals and one snack daily.
- They drink way too much sugar.
Slimming Solution: Replace those sugar-spiking juices and gourmet coffees with a cleaner, metabolic boosting, and much more delicious Double Chocolate Mocha Latte. This one simple change can help you lose 7 pounds in 7 days because of its nourishing properties that help lower blood sugar levels, block cortisol (the stress hormone that wreaks havoc on our waistlines), and boost metabolism by 25 percent.
- They overcomplicate their workouts and push themselves too hard, which makes them even hungrier.
Slimming Solution: Treat a weight loss workout like brushing your teeth. Do it daily and make it such a habit that you can do it without thinking about it.
These moves keep your body in working order by strengthening it as we get older.
Warning: These moves do not require any equipment or expensive gyms, so you save time and money and get fitter fast. You’ll spend the time you normally would driving to the gym getting it done instead. This is the "no excuse" workout that anyone can do anywhere anytime. It's better if you incorporate these moves into your day.
+ Chair Squats
+ Door jam, counter top or desk push ups *Can be done on one leg for balance
+ Chair Dips
+ Chair Crunch a la Frog kick style or Crunch with your legs on chair
+ One Legged Side raises
Aim for 10 of each and increase reps as it gets easier. You can also do a super slow technique and focus on the squeeze.
Don’t forget; lean bodies are not made in the gym, they are made in the kitchen. There is no reason to kill yourself or risk getting injured to get in shape. This is the year of working smarter not harder!This is the year you're going to do it. Are you feeling determined? All you have to do is follow the plan each day. You'll want to sign up for my free newsletter for inspiration and delicious metabolic boosting recipes. And be sure to follow me on social media (@LisaLynnFitness) for weekly contests where you can win free products and read all about others just like you who have transformed their bodies and lives.
Eat, Drink, and Stay Healthy Naturally!
'Tis the season of overdoing it, and that usually means we end up getting sick. We seem to be exhausted all the time, and that almost always means we gain weight.
If you want to avoid getting sick this year, and you're determined not to gain weight, I've got great news for you — it's possible! All you have to do is let Mother Nature lend a helping hand. Throw out those metabolism-slowing, immune-killing, quick fixes and turn to your natural medicine cabinet instead. Plus, natural remedies aren't as likely to damage your liver and kidneys.
From aches and pains to low energy to just giving your metabolism the boost it needs to help you keep off those holiday pounds, even when you're not perfect — remember, a healthier life is a happier life. And, prevention is the best cure.
If you were to come over to my house and complain of an ailment or your child got an injury while visiting, you might be surprised to see me open up my medicine cabinet and proceed to pull out various natural remedies. After all, it's no secret that I have a love affair for alternative, natural treatments, and have been studying them for the past 25+ years.
Recently, a friend was asking me what I do when I get aches and pains, among other things. I rattled off some suggestions and talked about the things I keep in my home and use on a regular basis. She was amazed to learn that everything we put into our bodies has either a negative or positive effect on us — especially when it comes to losing weight and boosting metabolism.
She was also shocked to learn that some of the things we do every day can impair healing, which isn't good for aches and pains in the long run or slow down our metabolism, often causing weight gain or making it difficult to lose weight.
In a short speech, any medicine that says "anti" on the label can slow our metabolism and even affect liver and kidney functions over time.
If you have a problem, LynFit Nutrition has a solution. Safe (safety should always come first) all-natural vitamins, minerals, and other supplements, naturally inspired and perfected by LynFit Nutrition. We help fix what ails you.
Some people never seem to catch "it." And, chances are, those same people are ones who use natural ways to stay away from those pesky viruses that prey on our weaknesses (like eating too much sugar when we're tired).
Research has shown that healthy habits, naturally supporting the immune system, can dramatically reduce "catching a cold." And, should you happen to catch a "bug," these same strategies can help in reducing the severity of symptoms.
Choosing a clean, metabolic boosting diet is the number one strategy for staying healthy, combatting the common cold, and alleviating aches and pains. Doing so will boost your immune system and reduce inflammation, helping you to recover more quickly.
A clean, metabolic boosting diet means eating only real, whole foods — the way nature intended.
The priority when it comes to eating healthy is to Power Your Immunity with Protein. It's critical to have at least one LynFit Complete Whey Protein Shake per day to feed and nourish your body. Doing so will also keep weight gain away.
The high-quality whey LynFit Nutrition uses in its Complete Protein Shakes and Lean Bars is the purest that can be found. While it boosts your metabolism, it also helps to boost your immunity as well. LynFit Nutrition Whey Protein is an excellent source of calcium, and calcium helps to lower blood sugar levels while building healthier, stronger bones.
Each time you eat a LynFit Lean Bar you're getting one-third of your daily protein and fiber from a prebiotic source that will help to keep you regular and your gut healthy. They taste delicious and come in handy for those moments when you need comfort food. There simply is no other protein bar like it!
My personal Lean Bar favorite is Chewy Chocolate. It tastes like a Tootsie Roll® without the sugar. Sometimes, I'll twist it together with peanut butter — "You got peanut butter on my chocolate........." Just sayin....
Choose fresh vegetables and some citrus fruits, being mindful to stay away from powdered veggie products, juices and juicing, and canned or processed options due to them causing a spike in blood sugar levels. These spikes are awful for aches and pains and cause weight gain. They also lower your resistance by weakening your immunity.
When it comes to fruits and veggies, it's best to eat the real thing. Your body will burn more calories in the digestion process. If you're trying to lose weight, stick to 1–2 servings of fruit per day, max, even if you're sick.
These healthy habits below will also help to keep you feeling full, so you don't overeat on the wrong kinds of food when temptation is at its peak.
- Add plenty of natural herbs and spices to your meals, such as garlic and thyme
- Use a mixed blend of cold pressed herbs instead of butter and saturated fats
- Include lean, fresh, metabolic boosting proteins/meats (in addition to your Protein Shakes and/or Lean Bars). Free-range and organic are best, and watch your portion sizes. A serving size should be the size of a small deck of cards.
Stay away from processed foods (this includes processed store-bought protein bars and shakes — you'll always get what you pay for), sugars, and most carbs. They will spike blood sugar levels and switch the pain switch on. Most contain additives that weaken our immune system. The best rule of thumb is to follow my LynFit Nutrition Plans and Resources for the cleanest eating possible.
And don't forget that you can find over 100 delicious, thermogenic recipes in my book, The Metabolism Solution.
Getting enough rest is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. It will help your body heal, regulate your metabolism, and kill hunger and cravings.
Instead of reaching for drugs to improve sleep, swap out the nighttime medicines that clog your liver and negatively affect your weight loss with LynFit Lean Sleep. You'll have the best night's sleep ever, and it won't harm your health or slow your metabolism.
LynFit Lean Sleep contains the perfect amount of melatonin to help you sleep without feeling groggy when you wake up. Lean Sleep is a proven regulator of brown fat that helps you burn more calories all day long. So you'll melt off belly fat — even while you sleep. So don't go to bed without taking 1–2 LynFit Lean Sleep (if you're struggling, you can take up to three per night).
Before bedtime, be sure to:
- Avoid foods and drinks containing caffeine
- Avoid alcohol in the evenings
- Eat dinner earlier in the evening to allow for optimal digestion
- Turn off the television and anything that has bright lights before bedtime to help you relax (this includes tablets and phones)
- Avoid stress at all costs
- Do your workouts earlier in the day vs. later. You'll sleep better and burn more fat.
BOOST YOUR THYROID
Your thyroid produces hormones which regulate your body's metabolic rate as well as heart and digestive function, muscle control, brain development, and bone maintenance. It's imperative that we keep it in optimal functioning condition. LynFit Nutrition to the rescue with LynFit Thyro-Boost.
Thyro-Boost is a sophisticated blend loaded with more than a dozen adaptogenic herbs and natural ingredients. Adding herbs and natural supplements are a simple yet powerful way to boost the immune system, helping us to avoid colds, decrease inflammation (underlying cause of pain), and reduce hot flashes.
What is an adaptogenic herb? Herbs that are known as adaptogens are a unique group of ingredients used to improve the health of the adrenal system — the system in charge of managing your body's hormonal response to stress. This includes the thyroid, which is highly sensitive to stress. That's why when you're stressed it's harder to lose weight and more prone to getting sick.
Think your thyroid is fine and you don't need a little support? Think again. When it comes to your health, everyone needs this support in their personal medicine cabinet. You can read an in-depth summary of the benefits of LynFit Thyro-Boost here, and I'm sure you'll agree that it's a much-needed support that everyone needs.
YOUR DAILY VITAMIN D REQUIREMENT
During the winter months, it is very common to become deficient in Vitamin D, regardless of where you live. Taking the time to go out into the sun regularly will help the body create this essential nutrient naturally if your system is working correctly.
If it isn't, or you aren't spending enough time outdoors (I say even if you are), it's important to take LynFit Vitamin D3 Boost, a high-quality vitamin D supplement that will help you get the vitamin D your body needs, along with an extra dose of immune health boosting blends.
By taking two (2) LynFit Vitamin D3 Boost daily, you'll not only keep your bones strong, but you'll also help fight off the common cold or at a minimum, shorten the duration of it.
THE WAY NATURE INTENDED
Sure, Tylenol® and other over-the-counter drugs might seem like a good idea, but what you don't know may hurt your health and make the pain last longer. These types of drugs may inhibit your body's healing process vs. helping it. Go natural instead, the way nature intended.
So, what's in that natural medicine cabinet I'd open if you came to my home and you had aches, pains, and ailments? You'd find LynFit Complete Shakes, Lean Bars, Lean Sleep, Thyro-Boost, and Vitamin D3 Boost. Simply put, you'd find your answer for how to eat, drink, and stay healthy!
I always want to hear about your success stories. Please feel free to share them with me at Support@LynFit.com, complete with your before and after photos. And don't forget to share your LynFit experience on our social media platforms, @LisaLynnFitness. We live for your success, so Believe. Begin. Become. today!
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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Busting Through Those Weight Loss Plateaus
So, you've been keeping true to your New Year's resolutions of hitting the gym and eating clean, and it's going pretty good until.....you hit the dreaded weight loss plateau, and you can't shake off those final pounds. Not to worry! There are some simple solutions to bust through those weight loss plateaus while being happier and healthier doing so.
The first thing you need to know is if you've ever been overweight, you have special needs. I'm one of those people. It's going to take a little more maintenance to lose the weight, and you have to bust out of the denial zone. You have to understand that upfront so you'll know how to deal with yourself.
If you can pinch an inch on your belly, your body is telling you you're feeding it too many carbs, and you're not moving enough. For every five pounds of belly fat you have, you drive back your metabolism by five percent, slowing your weight loss. Rule #1, you've got to get rid of the fat fast.
Fat has a life of its own. It emits hormones that stop weight loss. Get rid of the fat—while that sounds easy—it means you must eat a very specific way. You can't just decrease calories. You have to begin to eat thermogenically to melt the fat fast. Thermogenic eating means you heat up your metabolism. Just reducing calories won't work because doing only that will decrease your metabolism.
Drinking a whey protein shake—only, is the one thing that will trick your body into thinking you've just had a big meal, so it revs up the metabolic engine, speeding it over the finish line.
I drink a whey protein shake every day of my life. I add a little twist to it to help in lowering blood sugar—cinnamon. Add a little or add a lot, cinnamon helps to lower blood sugar levels, making weight loss easier. If you're struggling with weight loss, you can't keep doing the same thing you've been doing over and over. You've got to bust out of the denial zone and understand that this is a form of weight loss medicine you're taking for yourself. A whey protein shake daily is your first step in that direction.
Low energy? Low energy usually means a slow metabolism. When you feel better, you eat better and tend to move more, so you want to keep your body energized. A lot of people try to nourish their body with the gummy bear chewable vitamins because they taste like candy. Metabolic resistant people tend to have sluggish digestions, and their body will have a hard time digesting and breaking down those type chewables. Plus, those type of vitamins don't have enough of the vital vitamins and minerals your body needs. Throw them out, and nourish your body with LynFit Daily Power Shot instead.
LynFit Daily Power Shot has all the vitamins and minerals your body needs. Get rid of the red food dye and junk and give your body what it needs. Just like a car, when you fill your body with the proper fuel, it will run more efficiently.
What about cravings and hunger? How do you kill them? One, you have to stop eating so much. Picture your normal stomach's size as the size of your fist. Most of us eat so much that it's like a blowing up a balloon. Your hormones get out of whack; you crave more, so you eat more. How do you stop? The only way is to lighten up a little by decreasing what you're eating.
Green tea can be your best friend as you try to reduce your eating. Have green tea between meals instead of snacking. If you must snack, have a green apple. If you're struggling, take something that's going to help lower blood sugar—like LynFit Carb Edge with Banaba Leaf. When you lower blood sugar levels, you also shut off cravings.
Green tea burns fat a little more plus; it's an excellent hydrator. You can drink it hot or cold. Bottom line, you have to talk to yourself and understand that while you're losing weight, it's okay to be hungry. When that happens, use these little tricks to help offset, so you don't veer off-track.
It's Time For A Refrigerator Makeover
According to government data, 64 percent of people are overweight or obese, which is defined as being 30 or more pounds over a healthy weight. If you're one of those people, and you're trying to lose weight, the first place you think of heading is to the gym, right? Wrong. Your weight loss journey begins with what you keep in your house. Let's bring it right on home — it's what you keep in your refrigerator. It's time for a refrigerator makeover!
Taking control of your weight starts with taking control over what you eat, and that begins with what you keep in your refrigerator. Studies prove that people eat what is in their immediate environment so it's critical that we fill our refrigerators with the kinds of food that support weight loss goals. Avoid temptation by not keeping the wrong types of food in your house.
In fact, you can actually set yourself up for success by strategically arranging your refrigerator so the foods you should be eating are staring you in the face every time you open the door. Weight loss is 90 percent diet so what you eat matters more than how much you work out. That's why it's so important to arrange your refrigerator this particular way. It's all about having healthy replacements for the foods we love.
First, focus on foods that promote weight loss that you can eat more of. There are specific foods you can eat, called thermogenic, meaning they heat up your metabolism. You'll burn more calories all day long. Thermogenic foods also:
- Re-calibrate your appetite
- Switch off hunger cravings
- Lower blood sugar levels while boosting health
LEVEL ONE: Eye Level — It's all about hydration
Remove the diet disasters: Juice (this includes all vegetable juices) and those so-called healthy milks (soy, coconut, all creamers).
Replace with metabolic boosters instead: Water (try bubbly zero-calorie waters), Iced Green Tea, and instead of milk use Melt Fat Milk (pre-made Vanilla Protein Shake that you can use in your coffee).
Hydrating your body can boost metabolism by three percent vs. drinking fluids that add calories. Using Melt Fat Milk can boost your metabolism by 25 percent instead of slowing it down the way coffee creamers can.
LEVEL TWO: Leafy and Low — The leafy green group
This is the food group that none of us eat enough of because it's easier just to grab the wrong foods that make us gain weight.
Remove the diet disasters: Avocado (high-fat), carrots (high-sugar), and tomatoes (technically a high-sugar fruit).
Replace with metabolic boosters instead: Leafy greens, spinach, romaine, and celery (the slimming superstar). Make sure you cut them up as soon as you get home from the store so you can grab-and-go when you feel the need to crunch.
Every time you eat a metabolic boosting vegetable it's like taking a diet pill. Greens have thermic super powers and rev up your metabolism every time you eat them.
LEVEL TWO (B): Low-Sugar Fruits — Not all fruits are created equal
Remove the diet disasters: Bananas and grapes
Replace with metabolic boosters instead: When it comes to choosing a good-for-you fruit, choose fruits that are full of fiber. The higher the fiber the better blood sugar level control. They will also keep you feeling fuller longer. Go for grapefruit (cleanses the liver which is great for weight loss), green apples (burns off hunger hormones), and Kiwi (full of fiber).
LEVEL THREE: Lean Proteins
Remover the diet disasters: Red meat (this includes pork)
Replace with metabolic boosters instead: When it comes to losing weight quickly and lowering cholesterol choose seafood (especially white fish). Seafood can super-charge your metabolism. Seafood contains iodine that helps enhance thyroid function and contains little to no fat. Keep in mind, the lighter and whiter the fish, the better it is for your metabolism. Choose flash-frozen or tuna in foil packets so you'll never run out.
Is Juicing a Healthy Habit?
A lot of people are juicing for health because they think it’s a great way to jump-start their weight loss. However, what you might not know can not only stop your weight loss, it can make you sick. Juicing may provide some nutrients, but it could also be doing a number on your blood sugar levels, which stops weight loss dead in its tracks, causing your body to store excess fat around your stomach, hips, and thighs. Storing this excess fat makes it even harder to lose weight in the long run.Here's a letter I received:
"My fiancée and I have been losing 1 pound a day on your plan for the last two weeks. We started juicing, thinking it would be good for us. We make fresh juice using a variety of fruits and vegetables; including cucumbers, carrots, kale, spinach, celery, apples, and mangos. We drink 16 ounces every 3–4 hours throughout the day, followed by a healthy dinner. But after the first day, our weight loss stopped, and we were wondering if the fresh juice might be causing blood sugar spikes. We're concerned that this might not be a healthy habit and could be the reason we are hungry all the time." — John A
Yes, you guessed it. When people start juicing, they assume it’s all good, and they tend to take an "all in" approach. They don’t think about the fact that they are juicing several quarts of fresh juice daily, and most of the time they consume only one healthy meal a day. This couple's concern is right on target—Juicing elevated their blood sugar levels that stopped their weight loss.
If you've ever juiced before, you know that it takes several pounds of produce to produce 16 ounces of juice. That’s why we think juicing is such a healthy habit. We all know that eating our vegetables is good for us, and most of us fall short of the recommended intake, which is five vegetables per day and 2–3 fruits, making juicing seem like the perfect solution. But is it?
When you juice, you are getting the nutritional equivalent of at least a dozen servings of fruits and vegetables in every glass. The problem is that juicing also concentrates the natural sugars in fruits and vegetables while separating out all the fiber that would normally slow the absorption of sugars. If you drink the juice all by itself, those sugars will be quickly absorbed into your bloodstream causing your insulin levels to skyrocket. The insulin spike gives you that sugar high, but it’s not good for melting fat or losing weight.
Want to know how much sugar is in that so-called healthy juice you’re drinking?Check out the table below of the eight most popular fruits and vegetables used for juicing. It will show you how much of each it takes to make 16 ounces of juice, as well as how much sugar that amount contains.
Does fresh juice raise blood sugar levels as much as drinking soda?Yes. If your juice contains all of the typical fruits and vegetables most commonly used (such as the clients above), in roughly equal amounts. Taking into account the fact that some of the sugar will be left behind in the pulp, we could guess that each 16-ounce serving would have about 38 grams of sugar, which is the amount in a 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola. The problem is your fat cells, glucose receptors, and pancreas cannot distinguish between the sugars in juice and the sugars in soda.
My suggestion is to chew your food don’t juice it. It’s better for you in the long run and will save you a ton of money. Drinking 16 ounces of fresh fruit and vegetable juice every 3–4 hours or even once a day, without adding protein and removing the fiber, could lead to some significant blood sugar spikes that stop weight loss dead in its tracks.
I can hear you now—Unlike the sugar in a Coke, the sugar in the juice is natural, so it’s good for you, right? It also contains vast amounts of nutrients. It takes, at least, a dozen servings of fruits and vegetables to produce a 16-ounce glass of juice. Surely all of that great nutrition would offset that blood sugar issue, wouldn’t it?Most of the nutrients you receive from juicing fruits and veggies are antioxidants. Antioxidants are good for us, but there's a limit to how much your body can utilize at one time. We can create an imbalance of nutrients that sets us up for a nutrient deficiency by overshooting the runway. Yes, five servings of vegetables a day keeps us healthy, but more is not better. Researchers even believe overdoing it can be harmful to your health, especially if you have cancer or any other disease that might prompt you to feel the need to cleanse.
Want to boost your nutrition without hurting your weight loss? Juice like this.....If you love the taste, or you're convinced that fresh juice is making your life better, here are a few suggestions for maximizing your returns and minimizing any downside, especially if you’re trying to lose weight and keep it off.
- Juice in moderation. There's nothing wrong with enjoying a glass of fresh juice on a daily basis, but 8-ounces a day is plenty. Stay away from straight fruit juice.
- Juice leafy greens vs. higher sugar vegetables (See thermogenic list of vegetables in The Metabolism Solution)
- Boost weight loss and nutrition by adding 1–2 scoops of Complete Whey Protein Powder Advanced. Adding protein will not only round out the meal nutritionally but will also slow the absorption of sugars from the juice. When it comes to digesting sugar, slower is always better unless you’re running a marathon. For weight gain or maintenance; add almond or coconut milk, nuts or nut butter, grains, Greek yogurt, avocado, olive oil, fish, and/or whole fruits. Vegetables would all be good complements to fresh juice.
- Have your Lean Green Cleansing Machine (see recipe below) after your workout. The best time to consume your green drink is immediately after you exercise to replace lost nutrients, replenish blood sugar levels while it’s also less likely to spike blood sugar levels.
- Make "whole juice." High-powered blenders can emulsify, or reduce, whole fruits and vegetables to a smoothie-like texture. That is good because it also retains the fiber that slows the release of blood sugar. Don’t forget to add a scoop of Complete Protein Powder to boost your metabolism. After all, isn’t that why we all cleanse?
Here are a few cleansing pros: You hydrate, nourish, and your emotional health improves because you are dong something good for your body. Here's that quick recipe for the Lean Green Cleansing Machine mentioned above, courtesy of The Metabolism Solution:(½) cup of pre-made Green Tea
(1) scoop of LynFit Non-GMO Complete Protein Advanced
(1) small fistful of Kale or any leafy Green
(½) peeled lemon