Play 'Diet Detective' To Find Weight Loss Solutions
If you're trying to lose weight or your weight loss has stopped, this message is for you. In The Metabolism Solution, I teach you how to lose 1 pound every day the fast and easy way. The metabolic boosting program is the no-fuss way to lose weight and melt belly fat.
First things first, however. Before you can move forward with your weight loss to overcome the inevitable plateaus you've got to know your numbers. Sometimes you will have to play 'diet detective' to find the solutions to your weight loss problems. Questions like: Do you know how many fat grams you're eating every day? When was the last time you counted your carbs?
Many of us don't have a clue about how many fats and carbs we consume every day. This is exactly what stops us from losing weight. If you don't know your numbers, you'll never know when you're overeating.
In this blog entry, we're going to look at some of the biggest mistakes I see people make when they're trying to lose weight when thinking they're eating healthy and they really aren't.
ALERT: IF YOU'RE OVER 40-YEARS-OLD AND FEMALE, YOU WON'T LOSE WEIGHT
WITHOUT KNOWING YOUR NUMBERS
Let's get started by taking the Diagnose Your Diet Quiz to see where you might be slipping up. Don't forget to read "Food Sins That Stop Weight Loss" in The Metabolism Solution for more information.
SLIP-UP #1: You're eating a seemingly healthy bowl of bran flakes for breakfast each morning
SLIP-UP #2: The so-called healthy Turkey Wrap lunch
While this wrap may seem healthier than a burger, hot dog, fries, etc.,—is it? Wraps contain more carbs and fat grams than most of us realize. This puts the brakes on weight loss and acts to accelerate weight gain. That's not even taking into account the fat and carbs included with the dressing in the wrap.
Slimming Solution: Grab a lean salad instead, but be careful how you top it. The absolute best method to lose that 1 pound every day and lose that muffin top in time for bathing suit season is to have another LynFit metabolic boosting Complete Protein Shake with a vegetable salad dressed only with plain vinegar. This will give your metabolism the boost it needs to shed pounds and melt fat fast. If you feel you need to chew, swap out the Shake with a LynFit Lean Bar.
SLIP-UP #3: The so-called Slimming Salad
I almost passed out when I first started trying to lose weight and switched from burgers to salads. I was gaining weight instead of losing. Little did I realize that the salads contained more calories, carbs and fats than those "unhealthy" burgers. Who knew? That's why it's imperative that you know your numbers before you dig into that salad.
Slimming Solution: Go heavy on the leafy greens and always swap out fatty meats and chicken for some fish. Remember: The lighter and whiter the fish the better for your metabolism. Just by swapping out your chicken for fish you can jumpstart your weight loss and help you bust through that plateau you've been stuck at.
Need more healthy, slimming, irresistibly delicious recipes? Over 100 of them can be found in The Metabolism Solution.
Your Weight Problem May Be The Government's FaultEvery day I have people crying out to me in despair saying, “I have always been able to eat this food without gaining weight and now when I eat it I gain 5 pounds immediately." Or “I track everything I eat in XYZ app and yet I still can’t lose belly fat." Trying to find the reasons for this is a little bit harder than it used to be. You may think you’re eating the right way, but you aren’t. It’s getting harder to teach people the “why’s” behind all these dilemmas, and that’s because you have to unlearn pretty much what you’ve been taught about food portions and labels. I had to forget everything I had learned and start fresh. Only then did I begin to lose weight in spite of my slow metabolism.
Because there is so much confusion over what a correct serving size is there is no standard reference point for you to determine what the appropriate amount of food to eat is. Let alone what you should be eating in the first place. Package labels differ so much from brand to brand that you cannot assume that the same amount of low-fat potato chips, say 15 chips per serving, doesn’t change from one brand to the next. Guess what? It does.
You might think that in this day and age labeling and servings would be designed by a more scientific approach. I always assumed that serving sizes are calculated to goals. So if you are trying to lose weight, you should eat this certain amount, but if you are attempting to gain or maintain it would be a different amount. Makes perfect sense that serving sizes should be different when you’re a 6-foot tall 30-year-old man and a 4-foot 9-inch woman who is 55. But how is it that growing children, teens, and people who are active are told to use the same serving sizes that you are when trying to lose weight and shrink your waistline? Have you ever thought of it this way? Shouldn’t serving sizes be a little bit different if you are tall or short or whether you have lots of muscle or very little muscle? Ideally, shouldn’t serving sizes factor in the rate you burn calories, take into account your metabolism’s speed?
I speak from my personal experience and the experiences of all the people I have helped over the years. Every time I tried to follow the food pyramid recommendations put forth by the U.S. government— and, by the way, I was meticulous about serving sizes—I still gained weight. My metabolism is so slow that if I even look at ½ a serving of pasta I gain 5 pounds, yet my 6-foot tall and fairly active husband skips pasta at one meal and loses 10 pounds. (Okay, so that’s a little bit of an exaggeration, but it sure feels like it.) I’m hoping this gets you thinking. You have to be your own detective when it comes to losing weight.
Serving guidelines cannot serve as gospel, but merely as a rough gauge. The scale will show you every time if you’re on the right track. If the scale isn’t moving, you’re still eating too much or eating the wrong foods for your metabolism. It’s often a food you just can’t let go of (a little cream in the coffee, perhaps?) but need to. I urge you to follow my plan. It is guaranteed to work every time. Don’t stop following these principals until you have lost all that fat you have hated for years. Your weight gain (or lack of weight loss) is not all your fault. Serving sizes (food choices, too) are mostly to blame.
Take away—follow the metabolic boosting plan and you're guaranteed to lose 1 pound a day. If you're not, you're eating too much. It's that simple. It works when you work it!
Metabolic Mistakes That Stop Weight Loss
Click on the video above to watch Lisa on "CT Style" discussing How to Lose Weight and Keep it Off
When it comes to losing weight most of us focus on the big things, but it's the little things that usually keep us from losing weight. Those little things we all do that seem so unimportant that we don’t even write them in our journals.
What you don’t know can hurt your weight loss. In fact, it may even stop you from losing weight; especially if you're female, over 35 years old, diabetic, or have a thyroid condition (all apply). Don't shoot the messenger. I don't make the rules and I certainly still struggle with some of these myself. If you’re not losing weight, listen up, these are for you.
Here are the Top 5 Metabolic Mistakes I see on food journals every day that stop weight loss dead in its tracks:
Metabolic Mistake #1: You Think Juicing Is Good For You
While juicing does supply some nutrients your body doesn't know the difference between sugar that came from juicing or candy. It still elevates blood sugar levels which stop fat loss and slow weight loss.
Do this instead: Drink a Complete Whey Protein Shake. You’ll boost your metabolism 25%, block cortisol which helps melt belly fat, and you'll be providing your body with nutrients it needs to stay healthy, allowing you to lose 1 pound per day. Drinking a Complete Protein Shake is fast, easy and delicious. All you have to do is drink. Don't add fruit.
Metabolic Mistake #2: When It Comes To Weight Loss You Think All Snack Bars Are Created Equal
Not! In fact, snack bars that cost .50 cents are loaded with nothing but sugar. They are expensive cookies in my book. You know the drill when it comes to sugar and weight loss, the less sugar you eat the easier it is to lose weight.
Do this instead: Replace your current protein or snack bar with a Lean Bar and you'll boost your metabolism 25%. Lean Bars are made with the same high quality protein that the Complete Protein Shake is made with. You'll lose weight faster and melt belly fat. You’ll also be saving calories, carbs, and fat while adding 10 grams of fiber to your diet. That's always good for weight loss. LynFit Lean Bars are the only protein bar on the market that uses high quality protein. That’s what’s best for weight loss.
Metabolic Mistake #3: You Eat Too Much Chicken And Salmon
When it comes to weight loss not all proteins are created equal. Chicken and salmon both have more fat than you realize which adds calories and slows weight loss. It stops belly fat from melting off. We tend to forget to weigh and measure our proteins and this slows our weight loss. Always stick to 3 ounce servings.
Do this instead: Eat more white fish and less chicken and salmon. Remember, the lighter and whiter the fish the better for your metabolism and the faster and easier it will be for you to lose weight and melt belly fat. If your weight is stuck try eating more white fish and less chicken.
Metabolic Mistake #4: You Think Fruit Is Good For Weight Loss
Fruit does have some nutritional value but it also spikes blood sugar the same way juice does. Most of us don't know what a serving size of fruit is. If your weight loss is stuck and you have belly fat you want to melt off eat less fruit, or at least stick to a serving size, which is ½ a cup.
Do this instead: Swap your fruit for green veggies such as celery, or anything green for that matter, and you'll lose weight faster and feel fuller longer. Vegetables don’t cause blood sugar spikes the way fruit does so you'll feel fuller and eat less. Just make sure you're not dipping it into calorie loaded hummus or high calorie dip. Look for zero calorie dips or salad dressings instead if you’re trying to melt belly fat.
Metabolic Mistake #5: You think All Exercise Is Created Equal When It Comes To Losing Weight
While all exercise beats the couch, it's not all great for weight loss. Movement burns calories but exercises like zumba counts as cardiovascular exercise. Yoga which is great for stress relief and stretching and last but not least, Cross Fit, which can be too intense and not only stop weight loss but can cause weight gain unless you're under 30 and live stress free. All exercise is stress to your body but none of these are "the best" when it comes to losing weight and burning excess fat; especially around the hips, butt and thighs.
Do this instead: Metabolic boosting workouts are the very best when it comes to tightening, firming and reshaping your body. Unlike other forms of exercise, they are specifically geared for weight loss. You’ll see results within one week and they take only 30 minutes to complete. Just three metabolic boosting workouts a week and you’ll be boosting your metabolism making it easier for you to lose weight and melt fat. If you’re not seeing results stop what you're currently doing in the gym and try metabolic boosting workouts for 2 weeks. You’ll be amazed at the difference in your body and how fast you lose weight. Less time plus faster weight loss who doesn't want that?
For more information about these and other metabolic solutions please refer to my book, "The Metabolism Solution".
If you keep doing what you've always done you'll get what you've always got. Change requires you to change. So start now, YOUR SOMEDAY IS TODAY. DON'T WAIT ONE MORE SECOND!
It's Time For A Medicine Cabinet Makeover
It's time for a Spring cleaning, and not of the normal variety. It's time to Spring clean and makeover your medicine cabinet.
What if I told you that there was now a more natural and effective method of treating symptoms like low energy, aches and pains, constipation and sleep disturbance? All without slowing your metabolism and less expensive than health care. Well, I am - Introducing the LynFit All Natural Metabolic Boosting Medicine Cabinet - the Medicine Cabinet Makeover Kit.
Every drug; even the non-prescription ones, are designed to manage symptoms. Often they just mask them instead. Drugs also have side-effects and one of them is slowing down your metabolism. LynFit's All Natural Metabolic Boosting Medicine Cabinet has just the opposite effect. By turning to Mother Nature to treat your symptoms you'll get fast relief and save money without hurting your metabolism.
If you're trying to lose weight you need a medicine cabinet makeover from Mother Nature. The type of makeover that will:
- Provide natural energy and nourishment
- Help alleviate sleep disturbances
- Help eliminate aches, pains and inflammation
- Help ease constipation
- Help offset the symptoms of depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Help nourish nails and hair
- Help control blood sugar levels and cholesterol
- LynFit Daily Power Shot Liquid Multivitamin: LynFit Daily Power Shot is loaded with the highest quality vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to maintain optimum health and generate elevated energy levels to maximize exercise and weight loss efforts.
- LynFit Lean Sleep with Melatonin: LynFit Lean Sleep is a drug-free sleep aid for the relief of occasional sleeplessness that can contribute to abdominal fat storage.
- LynFit Recovery Agent with Antioxidants: LynFit Recovery Agent brings you the most advanced natural relief for joint pain, body aches, and ailments associated with Arthritis, Bursitis and Tendonitis.
- LynFit Raspberry Ketone Cleanse with African Mango: LynFit's Raspberry Ketone Cleanse is made up of fat flushing ingredients that are gentle to your system.
- LynFit Pure Omega 3 with DHA and EPA: LynFit's Pure Omega-3 is the first fish oil supplement geared specifically towards weight loss.
- LynFit Vitamin D3 Boost: For those concerned about getting their daily dose of vitamin D, LynFit’s D3 Boost is the perfect way to nourish your body without harming your weight loss.
It's time to turn to Mother Nature for relief. Make over your medicine cabinet today with LynFit's All Natural Metabolic Boosting Medicine Cabinet and say "no" to those other drugs that will cost you more money and slow down your metabolism.
Green And Lean: The Metabolic Boosting System WorksI am blessed to receive hundreds of emails every week from people just like you who are right in the middle of a struggle to lose weight, regain self-confidence, or maybe just need a little boost to get over a metabolism hump. I take all of those emails very seriously. No one email is more important than another. I've learned through all my years of experience that what might seem small or trivial to one person is a giant albatross to someone else. In my world there is no such thing as a silly question or insignificant issue. They're all important. That's why I take the time to answer each one as quickly and honestly as I possibly can.
Every once in a while I will receive an email from someone that just really hits me where I live. It may be from someone who is going through, or has gone through, similar circumstances to what I had to overcome. Other times it may be an email from someone who feels completely alone in their weight loss journey and needs to know that they are not peculiar or weird. In fact, if the truth were known, those people are probably more like the majority of us than they'd ever know. And then there are those times when I receive a letter or email from someone who has come full circle - from searching for the right answers to finding and utilizing them to reach their personal goals. All of these; the ones searching, the ones needing assurance, the overcomers - That, is what I live for.
Today I'd like to share one with you that I recently received that really hit home. It reinforced to me that I am doing what is intended of me. I think when you read it you'll see a lot of points that will fit into your own life. Here's Leisa Hipsher's story.....
"My name is Leisa Hipsher. Most of my adult life I have been health conscious, watching what I eat and moderate exercise. Always being interested in the latest way to stay "healthy" caused me to cycle through several diet programs. While I was never clinically obese, I would fluctuate up or down a size through my 20's and 30's. Then my lifestyle changed. My new career required traveling. Eating in hotels and restaurants became the norm. To offset those calories I would try to balance it with the current fad of shakes and smoothies. But moving up 2 sized was inevitable. This, along with now being in my 40's resulted in the new hunt for the latest "fad". What I found was the perfect solution.
Lisa Lynn was being interviewed on Better TV and I was intrigued with her straightforward system. She emphasized the cornerstone of her program was the delicious Complete Protein Shake that she used for Martha Stewart when she was her trainer for 13 years. Martha even helped her develop the yummy taste. Well, I was hooked. Being a shake girl most of my life, I knew I could make this work. Lisa became a huge resource of information and explained why I would fluctuate between sizes. Most of my protein shake choices were soy based and used fruit. Lisa explained how and why using whey protein is the best choice for losing weight. Her philosophy was not a fad, but based on science. I began her Metabolic Boosting System right away.
It fit perfectly into my busy lifestyle. I don't have to think about meal planning; she's done it for me. I have a shake for breakfast and most days also for lunch. I love the Alkalinity Shake recipe found in her book, "The Metabolism Solution". Putting the ingredients in baggies makes it effortless. All I need to do is throw them into a blender along with the Complete Protein Powder and I've got a delicious green smoothie with no fruit. If I'm traveling I will make them ahead of time and keep in my cooler. How easy is that? She even has safe supplements and metabolic workouts that are fast, effective, and make it easy to stay consistent.
For someone who is almost 50 with a stubborn metabolism this is fabulous. Lisa is the real deal. And if Martha thinks "it's a good thing", then that's good enough for me.
Favorite go-to workout: The Metabolic Booster Workout from Leaner Lifestyle 1.
In my fridge you'll find: Baggies with spinach, celery, cucumber, lemon and ginger - ready to go for Alkalinity Shakes. In my freezer, plenty of white fish.
My favorite trick for staying motivated: Emailing Lisa and obsessing over the LynFit YouTube channel.
Favorite LynFit supplement: Hands down - the Complete Protein Shake, and Carb Edge, and Omega 3, and.......... LOL!
Biggest obstacle: Sugar, but I have learned how to offset it with Protein Shakes and quickly get back on track.
Exercising With Injuries
It's never a good idea to not exercise. There are no excuses. And it doesn't matter how much snow you've shoveled this winter - you've got to work out lifting weights. You have to keep your body moving. Sitting has become the new smoking. It's time to get up off the couch and move. No matter what is ailing you, exercise is the remedy. If you have aches and pains or ongoing injuries you can still get in the exercise you need. You just have to do things a little differently.
One of the beauties of doing metabolic workouts is that you can do them even if you have injuries or aches and pains. Metabolic workouts will help prevent further injury. You don't need to go to the gym to do them so you can kiss the "I can't get out because of the weather" excuse good bye. Metabolic workouts build lean muscles which are calorie burning factories.
Metabolic workouts should be performed 3 days per week, with one day in between for rest and muscle recovery. You can also add cardiovascular activity every day for maximum fat loss.
Here are 3 specific workouts that have been modified for people who may be suffering from injuries or aches and pains:
MODIFIED DEEP CHAIR SQUATS TO DUMBBELL FRONT RAISE (1:45 mark of the video above)
Sit on sofa or chair
Place feet shoulder width apart
Hold dumbbell in front
Use your heels to push off and up into a standing position
Raise dumbbells to nose level
Aim for 15-20 repetitions x2 sets
SEATED ARM CURL (2:45 mark of the video above)
While seated, hold dumbbell
Pin elbows to your side
Do seated dumbbell curls
Turn arms out for correct posture
Aim for 15-20 repetitions x2 sets
SEATED TRICEP SLAM BACKS (3:25 mark of the video above)
Sit in chair with stomach in
Hold dumbbells in hands
Push dumbbells backwards
Keep posture in check
Elbows pinned, tight core
Aim for 20 repetitions x2 sets
We all love to see results from any effort. Doing these metabolic workouts, with the weights, allow you to see results right away. If you don't, try going up just a bit on the weight level. This is especially important for women.
For complete information regarding Metabolic Workouts you can refer to my book, "The Metabolism Solution". I can promise you that you will never regret working out with LynFit Metabolic Workouts.
Wouldn't You LOVE To Lose Weight Faster And Melt Belly Fat?
So, you've got the holiday weight gain still hanging around and now we've got Valentine's Day with all its chocolate coming up. Maybe you feel stuck. You feel like you're doing everything you can and you're just kind of stuck on that plateau. Wouldn't you LOVE to switch your fat cells from being stuck in "store" mode to "burn" mode? Your first step may not necessarily be making huge, drastic changes. It's the little things you start doing, one by one, and just doing them that will begin to make the difference you're looking for.
Fat cells do have a purpose. They release different hormones that play a role in everything from managing energy, controlling your weight, regulating mood to appetite. Believe it or not, fat cells are not your enemy. The trick is to get them to start acting like a thin person's fat cells in the "burn" mode rather than the "store" mode.
Here are 3 simple steps anyone can do to get their fat cells to go from "store" to "burn":
EAT THERMOGENICALLY: We all want fast, easy weight loss and it's guaranteed to happen if you eat thermogenically. I could dive into great details about thermogenic eating, and do in my book The Metabolism Solution, but let's start with one of those "little" things that I talked about above - Drink a whey protein shake every day. My LynFit Completed Protein Advanced Non GMO Whey has the lowest fat and carbs you'll find in any high quality shake. It not only boosts your metabolism, it also re-calibrates your appetite. So while you're learning how to eat thermogenically you're losing weight at the same time. Sort of like getting paid for on the job training.
EXERCISE METABOLICALLY: Put the brakes on weight gain and put the pedal to the metal on weight loss. There are weight loss workouts and then there are metabolic workouts. Metabolic workouts specifically boost your metabolism where others can actually cause weight gain. 3 days a week 30 minutes each is all you need and these can be done in the privacy of your own home. All of my LynFit metabolic workouts can be found in The Metabolism Solution.
MELT FAT WITH FUDGE: Yes, you read that correctly - Melt Fat with Fudge. But not just any fudge. It's all about swapping out the foods you can't live without with a better option. All you need is my protein powder, honey and just a bit of oatmeal. Mixed together, formed into balls and frozen, you've got the perfect substitute for when you're craving chocolate. Just thaw and pop in your mouth and you're out of that junk food funk. This recipe and other dessert favorites can be found in The Metabolism Solution.
So rather than trying to take giant leaps at one time, take it one step at a time and learn to do the little things that will help you lose weight faster and burn belly fat. Make sure and watch the video above with NBC CT for even more details on getting your fat cells into burn mode.
- Lisa Lynn
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Slim Down Post-Super Bowl: The Morning After Diet
"Prepare to Overeat". Yes, I said "Prepare to Overeat". You cannot live life in a bubble so there will be times when you will have to face the reality of overeating. For many of you, this past weekend was a prime example.
Did you know that this past Sunday was the #2 biggest eating day of the year? According to recent statistics, Super Bowl and non-Super Bowl watchers alike consumed 1,200 calories in snacks alone this past Sunday. Not only that, drinkers clogged up their liver with excessive consumption of alcohol. The worst part - the foods we chose to consume; pizza, avocados, chips, chicken wings, soda and beer, are the worst when it comes to losing weight.
Super Bowl Sunday is just one of many examples we could use. Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, job parties, holidays - there's just too many to name all of them. Did you know that the mental struggle of trying to figure out what you can and cannot do at these "life events" can be just as traumatic as the overeating itself? That's why you need to go ahead and enjoy this life that God provided for you, but do it in such a way that recovery from these overeating events is guaranteed and any weight gain is minimal.
Here are 3 Super Survivor Tricks to stop weight gain before it happens when you overeat.
THE NIGHT BEFORE THE EVENT: WEIGHT LOSS BOOST
Drink a tall glass of water to help your body detox and pop (1) LynFit Lean Sleep with melatonin (5mg) to help offset the oxidative stress caused by over indulging and boost calorie burn.
Melatonin is an important brown fat regulator. Brown fat burns calories which is exactly what we need after a bad day of eating and drinking.
THE DAY AFTER THE EVENT: EAT THERMOGENICALLY
This can be as simple as drinking a clean whey LynFit Protein Shake to turn up the heat; boosting your metabolism and re-calibrating your appetite, which turns off cravings so your blood sugar level goes back to normal. Do not add juice or milk. Mix with ½ cup of berries for more antioxidant boosting power to help ease a morning after headache.
Bonus Boost: Open (1) capsule of LynFit Carb Edge and add it directly to your protein shake for faster absorption and better results. Carb Edge will help get those blood sugar levels back on track. And that hangover you're feeling - it's from excessive carbs and alcohol consumption which turns to sugar in our bodies when broken down. You can also take (1-2) Carb Edge before you cheat to block the absorption of unwanted carbs without nasty side effects.
Eating more sugar and carbs prolongs things so balancing blood sugar is the secret. For extra prevention you can take (1) Carb Edge before you start eating. It contains white kidney bean extract that helps prevent carbs from being absorbed so you can eat more at your event but absorb less carbs. Not that I'm suggesting that you eat more, but realizing that you more than likely will.
AFTER THE EVENT: DON'T EAT IN BETWEEN MEALS - DRINK WATER INSTEAD
Drink water or tea instead to fuel your slow, damaged metabolism. If you really overdid it at your event you can have a green apple to help regulate your blood sugar levels, but that's it. Remember, you probably ate enough at your event to last a week so you won't starve.
Think About It:
- It takes roughly 3 hours of walking for the average person to burn off 12 calories
- Each beer sets you back 150 calories and takes 1 hour to clear your system
- 1 chip dunked into dip is 80 calories
- 6 wings = 990 calories
- 2 handfuls of Cheetos™ takes 1 hour of intense running to burn off
- 3 sodas = 57 minutes of running to burn off
- 3 beers = 3 hours of running to burn off
Bottom line, when you overeat - and you will, take measures beforehand to plan and prepare your body as much as possible. Then in the days following, get right back on the plan and take the extra steps outlined above to help your body recover as quickly as possible.
- Lisa Lynn
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