Super Low Cal, Very Tasty

In the past there are several “cleansing diets’ I’ve used to rid my body of toxins and extra fat weight. When followed correctly, a healthier eating style is borne that is easier to maintain than you’d think. Of course, motivation plays a huge role 🙂 but this does work if you are determined enough.

 

The first few weeks are always the hardest, but if you’re like me, seeing even half a pound difference in the morning will keep you going. I’ve been known to shift a pound a night, safely and effectively, and you can, too. These days I’m only shifting about 1/2 a pound. It’s not ideal but it’s at least a better guarantee that it’ll stay off. The truth is, the slower the weight comes off {not too slow!} the longer it’ll stay off.

If you want to shift a half-pound to a pound a day, here’s what you do:

1. Exercise every day. Pilates worked best for me. I’m a low-impact kind of girl. A 20-30 minute workout first thing in the morning leaves me free for the rest of the day. Later in the evening a walk is good, too.

2. Eat 5 -6 small meals a day. This is easier than you think. Each meal should be approx. 300 calories, depending on your starting weight. If you have more than 50 pounds to lose then you may want to start on 400 – 500 calories per meal and gradually decrease. You should not ever feel as if you’re starving. Make wise choices. It’s easy to get 300 or 400 calories from a fast food burger, but you’ll stay fuller longer if you get those calories from lots of vegetables and some lean meat.

3. Drink half your body weight in ounces of water a day. If you weigh 200 pounds, then you should be drinking 100 ounces of pure, distilled water every day. You won’t have time to consume those diet sodas.

4. Never mix nitrates with saccharine. In fact, don’t eat either at all. If you’re accustomed to diet sodas and sugar substitutes, change your ways now. They are toxic and poison to your body. It’s better to eat raw, organic sugar than ANY sugar substitute. Seriously. Even regular soda is better than diet. If you have to have a soda, once or twice a week. That’s it. You’ll find that you don’t even crave them after a while.

5. Stick to these food guides for at least a month and see how your taste buds change and your eating habits improve:

a. Only eat 3 to 4 ounces of lean meat at a meal. Do not eat any processed meats, not even burger patties or poultry injected with seasonings.

b. Fill up on fresh vegetables, especially leafy greens, but skip the dressings. Use lemon juice instead. Avoid sugar-high veggies like carrots for now.

c. No carbs, but Melba toast is a good bread-like substitute that will help satisfy that bread craving.

d. Don’t slip. You can make it 4 weeks. Your will is stronger than you think. Before putting something in your mouth just to taste it for 30 seconds, think about this: are these calories really worth it? Don’t obsess over food.

e. Plan out your meals and have serving sizes and snacks ready to go. You are more likely to make great food choices if it’s planned out ahead of time. Don’t wait until you’re starving to figure out what to eat, or you’ll end up eating pure carbs and sugar.

f. Hit your goal weight and then maintain. Don’t stop eating right or exercising just because you’ve lost the weight. Maintaining is key or you will gain the weight back. Remember, this is about changing your eating habits. It’s a life-style change. As in permanent.

Here are just a few recipes that are amazingly good and super healthy.

Fresh Garden Salsa

4 or 5 ripe tomatoes (or substitute 2 cans of diced tomatoes for two fresh)

1 Tbsp. red pepper

6 green onions, diced

1/2 white onion, diced

1 tsp. black pepper

1/2 cup cilantro, diced

1 tsp. salt

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 small can green chiles

Combine all ingredients and keep in the refrigerator. Salsa can be blended smoother if you don’t like it chunky.

This salsa is really good, especially with all that fresh cilantro! It’s excellent on fish and chicken, and makes a great “dressing” for salad.

*This recipe makes a large amount. One serving counts as 1 vegetable serving.

No Bean Chili

2 lbs. ground meat, cooked and drained of all fat {rinse with water if needed}

1 tsp. cumin

1/2 onion, diced

1 cup water

salt & pepper to taste (sparingly)

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 cans diced tomatoes

4 tsp. chili powder

2 tsp. garlic powder

Combine all ingredients and simmer for 20 -30 minutes, or until onion is tender. Portion into 8 servings. Perfect for a quick meal. 1 serving equals 1 protein and 1 vegetable.

Chicken Tomato Soup

4 oz. cooked, shredded chicken breast

1/2 cup water

1/2 tsp. onion powder

1-2 tsp. fresh celery tops, chopped

1 cup chicken broth

1 can diced tomatoes

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Combine all ingredients, bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

*Can add a dash of cumin and 1 Tbsp. of fresh cilantro. Yum!

Tomorrow or the next day I’ll give you some more great fat-loss tips and recipes. Summer is almost here, let’s get ready for bathing suit weather! 🙂

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