Weight Loss

Meal Plans For Weight Loss

The majority of the meals and foods I have chosen contain slow-releasing carbohydrates. Slow-releasing carbohydrates (often call “complex” or low-glycaemic foods) are digested and broken down in the gut relatively slowly, releasing their sugars steadily into the bloodstream. This results in a steady rise in blood sugar, sustained energy, as well as efficient fat breakdown and hormone control. Eating complex carbohydrates help increase and control energy levels; aids weight loss, and controls and encourage a natural appetite.

Women’s health and hormone balance

Eating natural whole foods keeps insulin levels low – high insulin increases testosterone and oestrogen production leading to potential oestrogen and/or testosterone dominance in relation to progesterone

Meal ideas

Breakfast

* Berries with yogurt and cinnamon – Combine ½ a punnet of blueberries and ½ a punnet of raspberries with 100g of goat’s yogurt. Mix in 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds and sprinkle on top ½ tsp of ground cinnamon.

* A small bowl of oat porridge or cooked oatmeal made with soya or almond milk (Ecomil/Evernat). Add grated apple, a handful of whole almonds, or sunflower seeds and 2 or 3 tablespoons of natural “bio” yogurt.

* Fruit bowl with yogurt and flaxseed – chop 2 pieces of fruit, top with plain soya yogurt and stir in 2 tablespoons of ground or ready-milled linseeds (flaxseeds), with a soya milk or almond milk and hot water. Add ¼ tsp of cinnamon too.

* Smoothies in a glass – A blend of raspberries and strawberries, yogurt, soya milk or almond milk, and 2 tablespoons of milled/ground flaxseeds (available from some Sainsbury’s stores or health food shops), or wheatgerm. This meal provides essential fats, protein and fibre and flaxseeds (or other seeds) add a nutty taste to the mixture. A great start to the day!

Lunch

Chickpea dahl with dark green leafy and baby vegetable salad – gently fry off ½ tsp each of fenugreek seeds, coriander seeds and ground cumin. Add ½ can of chickpeas and 100g of cherry tomatoes. Cook gently for 10-15 mins. Make a salad of green leaves, chopped coriander, and add mange tout peas, sliced beetroot, cucumber, and sliced raw fennel. Drizzle with a little olive oil, balsamic or cider vinegar, and a little lemon juice. Serve with a slice of rye bread.

Dinner

Tofu and cruciferous veg stir-fry. Use a variety of cruciferous vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, and stir-fry with onion, garlic and ginger. Use Tamari or a spoon of miso (try brown rice miso) mixed in a little water as a base or marinade. Stir in 100-150g of cubed tofu, tossing the mix until the vegetables are “al dente”… cooked but with a slight crunch!

Snacks if you need them…

A small handful of whole almonds

Hummus and vegetable crudités

A small bowl of sliced melon, blueberries and raspberries

Latest Update: Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Busting Weight Loss Myths


There are many myths about fat loss out there that could derail you before you even begin. Recognizing what they are can go a long way toward helping you reach your own fat loss goals. Here are 5 myths about losing fat you need to ignore.

1. Diets Don’t Work
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Sure they do!
Practically all diets work, at least in the short term. And diets should only be for the short term.
You can take off the excess weight pretty quickly with an effective diet.
But you KEEP the weight off with a LIFESTYLE change!
2. Going Extremely Low-Calorie is Bad
Going very low calorie, and even outright fasting, can be an extremely effective way to lose weight quickly, as you get a bigger calorie deficit and force the body to burn fat for energy.
3. I Just Want To Tone Up
I’ve always hated this one. There is no such thing as getting toned. You can build muscle and you can burn fat. That’s it.
4. Light-Weight High-Rep Training Is The Best Way To Burn Fat
It can be effective, if done correctly. But if you don’t work hard, you won’t see results.
The BEST training style for fat-loss is a mix of heavier training, to preserve mass and strength, and lighter, high-rep training that focuses on Lactic Acid accumulation.
5. You Can Never Eat Your Favorite Foods Again
Just not true. Of course you can. Can you eat whatever you want, whenever you want? No! But that doesn’t mean you can never have ice cream, or pizza, or potato chips again. Just in MODERATION.

5 COMMON WEIGHT LOSS MYTHS

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Latest Update: Wednesday, July 15, 2020


If you’re trying to lose weight, then there’s a good chance you’re looking for a 3 day diet menu. 3 day diets have been popular for decades, even before the internet came around. If you’re old enough, you might remember your friends and family passing around photocopies of the various 3 day diet menu options. Nowadays, most of us get them in email form.

There are several different 3 day diets that are popular, with names like the Mayo Clinic Diet or the Cleveland Clinic diet or the Tuna and Water diet. Each of these has a different 3 day diet menu, but they all work by similar methods. What most of these diets do is use a combination of low calories and low carbohydrates to elicit extremely fast weight loss, usually somewhere in the neighborhood of two pounds a day.

3 Day Diet Menu

Healthy DietGenerally speaking, they are usually said to have originated at a medical clinic to enable heart patients to lose weight before surgery. Most of the clinics have come out and denied that they were the originators of these programs, but they remain popular because the do get results. Probably the most famous diet of this type is the one known as the Mayo Clinic Diet, or more simply as the Grapefruit Diet. This is different from the others in that, no surprise, it makes heavy use of grapefruit in the 3 day diet menu.
Supposedly, the grapefruit has enzymes in it that are supposed to help speed up fat loss. While there is some evidence that this is true, the real value of the grapefruit comes from the fact that eating it before your meal forces you to eat less at that meal. Grapefruits are high in water and bulk and low in calories, which means that when you eat them they take up a great deal of space in your stomach. Because of this, you’ll eat less of other, more calorie dense foods, which means that you will eat less calories total at eat meal without feeling deprived.

Healthy Meal Plans For Weight Loss

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Aside from the grapefruit diet, the way the 3 day diet menu tends to vary is a matter of the level of carbohydrates allowed. Some of the diets recommend a piece of toast or bread at each meal, other prohibit starches entirely. Typically breakfast on these programs will consist of one of two choices. On the higher carb programs, it’s toast and peanut butter. On the lower carb programs, it’s usually going to be two eggs and some bacon.
Lunch is pretty similar in that regard. The high carb versions will allow you have meat and a piece of bread or toast and maybe some fruit. The low carb ones will just have you eat meat and a salad with full fat dressing.
Dinner tends to be the same for both, oddly enough. What you’ll usually be eating is meat and vegetables, and usually in fairly large portions, with dinner tending to be the largest meal of the day.
The higher carb versions actually have a tendency to be lower in calories to compensate for the extra carbohydrates. A lower carb 3 day diet menu will usually be much less restrictive in calories, so the key is to choose the diets you can mostly easily stick with.