Saturday, February 12, 2011

FIVE Foods to Burn Fat

FIVE Foods to Burn Fat:

1.  Green Tea
Even if you can’t give up your morning coffee, try adding one or two cups of green tea to your day.  The properties in Green Tea actually help to boost your metabolism, burn extra calories while eating, block fat absorption, and burn fat!  As far as green tea goes, the more the better, so double the bags for an afternoon pick-me-up.  With less than half the caffeine of coffee, you’ll get a boost without the crash.
2.  Spirulina
Spirulina is a micro-blue green algae.  It is a great source of B-Vitamins, Calcium, and Chlorophyll.  With all of the B-Vitamins, it is a natural energy source, plus it helps to speed up your metabolism!  Try adding a teaspoon to your morning smoothie for an extra boost.
3.  Wheat Grass Juice
I would be here all day if I tried to list the many benefits of Wheatgrass Juice.  I recommend doing a search and becoming amazed!  Some of the amazing properties of drinking the fresh juice are that it boosts energy, dissolves fat, and speeds up your metabolism.  Just try it and see for yourself.  This is some powerful stuff.
4.  Radishes
Because of their high magnesium and iron levels, radishes act like a scrub brush for your mucus and fat linings inside.  They literally help to break up and dissolve fat from the inside out.  Add fresh sliced radishes to your salads for an extra fat-dissolving crunch!
5. Lemon Juice
Lemons work for your body in a number of ways.  Because of their acid content, they, too help to break up and dissolve fat in your body, as well as helping you digest fats and oils if eaten together.  They are also great for helping to clean out your liver, which stores fat if not working properly to get rid of toxins.  It is also a natural blood-sugar stabilizer, which leads to less crashing and reaching for sweet snacks and candy.  Try a cup of warm water with lemon to start the day, and squeeze some in the rest of your water throughout the day for added benefits.
Simple Radish Salad:
- 7 radishes, sliced into matchsticks
- 1 large tomato, diced
- 2 slices of red onion, diced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- about 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- juice of 1 lime or lemon
- 1/2 tsp sea salt
- black pepper, to taste
Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl.  Let sit about 10 minute to let the flavors really develop.  Enjoy as a side dish, or on top of your favorite salad greens.  Enjoy!

Monday, January 31, 2011

Sample 2200 Calorie Meal Plan - Low Carb

Here is a sample menu for low carbs.   Found this on a forum and thought to post it here.  It can be used as a template for phase 1.... although I will be hitting a few calories less and also plan to have shakeology each day along with a whey protein shake.

2200 low carb for men:

meal 1 - oatmeal - 3/4 cup; egg whites (6) with a whole egg; 1 grapefruit = 448 cal, 39.2 protein, 50.3 carbs, 9.6 fat

meal 2 - oatmeal - 3/4 cup; egg white (6) with a whole egg = 402 cal, 38.6 protein, 38.4 carbs, 9.5 fat

meal 3 - yams - 5 oz, chicken - 6 oz, broccoli - 1 cup = 392 cal, 42.9 protein, 42.6 carbs, 5.7 fat

meal 4 - beef - extra lean - 5 oz, asparagus - 10 spears = 326 cal, 47 protein, 6 carbs, 11.3 fat

meal 5 - salmon - 5 oz, green beans - 6 oz, flaxseed oil - 1/2 T (supplement) = 372 cal, 36.5 protein, 12 carbs, 18.5 fat

meal 6 - tuna, water packed - 6 oz, light italian dressing - 3 T, large mixed green salad - 2 cups, flaxseed oil - 1/2 T (supplement) = 297 cal, 39 protein, 13 carb, 8.5 fat

totals = 2237 cals, 243.2 g protein (46%), 162.3 g carbs(32%), 63.1 g fat(22%)