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Mar 25

How to Lose Weight Fast: 10 Tips to Burn Fat Quickly

Do you want to learn how to lose weight fast?

Whether you are trying to jumpstart a stagnant weight loss routine, lose 10 pounds fast for an upcoming vacation, or if youre simply impatient and want to get weight loss over and done with, this post will show you the best way to lose weight fast.

Below youll find my weight loss tips, information on my Detox Diet Week, and a basic outline for losing weight fast.

You can also check out my best selling Lose Weight by Eating cookbook for metabolism boosting comfort food recipes, because we believe you can have your cake and eat it too.

Here are my top 10 recommendations for how to lose weight fast:

Increasing your water intake is both the simplest way to make a big change today, and also the most important step in weight loss! So, go get yourself a glass of water and start drinking right now Ill wait here while you get it.

Water naturally increases your metabolism, fills you up and flushes toxins. Make a goal of drinking a gallon of water a day, this will ensure your metabolism keeps rising, your belly stays full and you rid your body of all those toxins from food and life that can hinder weight loss efforts (more on this below). (1,2)

If you do not enjoy the flavor of water I recommend trying some of my metabolism boosting detox water recipes, they are delicious and are key to rapid weight loss!

Just be sure not to add flavor packets full of fake sugars and chemicals to your water, those will only hurt your weight loss and add pounds instead of remove them.

Weight loss is more about what you eat than how you exercise. Food accounts for 70% of weight loss, so if you are not eating right, that scale wont be moving very fast (if at all). Plus, lets be honest, what is the point in hitting the gym just to undo all that hard work by eating an entire pizza?!

If you want to lose weight fast you have got to get your diet under control, and dont worry, we have you covered

Your plate should look like this: 50% Veggies, 25% Lean Protein and 25% Healthy Carbs

Veggies are so important in weight loss, they naturally turn off your hunger receptors, are virtually zero calories and increase metabolism. Make this half of what you eat and the weight will melt off. (3)

Lean protein helps your body repair and stay strong. Poultry, lean beef, buffalo, fish and dairy are all obvious protein choices. Those of you looking for vegan and vegetarian protein sources can opt for lentils, tofu, black beans, tempeh, seeds and nuts. (4,5)

Healthy carbs are ideal for staying full, but we dont mean sliced white bread here. Starchy veggies like potatoes, healthy grains like oats, quinoa, barley, and whole wheat breads, pastas and rice are also good options.

Eating an all natural diet is key in fast weight loss. Preservatives and chemical derived sweeteners and thickeners actually add weight and cause weight gain. So go all natural! (6)

One great tip for shopping all natural is to shop the perimeter of the grocery store. Start at the produce section and load up your cart with fruits and veggies, stop by the butcher for some lean protein and end in the bakery section for some in store baked whole wheat bread or pita.

Cravings will come, no matter how disciplined you are, they will come so what are you gonna do about it? Are you going to blow all your hard work and good choices, or can you use this craving as a lesson and feed it in a healthier way?

Having a sweet craving? Try some fresh fruit, oranges, berries and apples all naturally boost your metabolism and feed your sweet cravings.

Have a sour craving? Step away from those sour candies and try a grapefruit, handful of raspberries or grapes, they naturally boost metabolism and feed a sweet and sour craving.

Have a chocolate craving? Go with it Have a square of dark chocolate, its actually good for you, unlike that candy bar you originally wanted.

Have a salty craving? Often salty and crunchy cravings go hand in hand, instead of reaching for those pretzels try my Skinny Ranch Dip with veggie sticks.

Have a fatty craving? Often we have salty and fatty cravings at the same time, smash an avocado in a bowl, add juice of lime, and if you like, some hot sauce. Mix together and eat with veggie sticks for a healthy fat that will speed up metabolism and make you look and feel younger.

Have a carb craving? Did you know a medium potato has only 163 calories?! When you crave carbs top a baked potato with Greek yogurt, chopped green onions and your favorite hot sauce or just top it with some of my Skinny Ranch Dip and dig in.

Why is it that we are always looking for the next zero calorie food? Greed we are greedy and want to eat as much as we can without having any calories. Instead of fighting that, lets work with it. Go ahead and eat as many veggies as you like, treat them as you would a zero calorie food.

While you are at it, make sure to fill your plate full of veggies at every meal, ideally over 50% should be vegetables (so go ahead and pack that plate so full its bursting, with veggies!) This will ensure you are full and happy, and by eating so many veggies that full feeling will come for almost zero extra calories.

Just like your brain has pain sensors to tell you that the curling iron is hot, your brain has hunger sensors. Basically your brain is telling your stomach we need nourishment or in the case of the curling iron hey, woman thats hot stop touching it. The only way to turn off hunger receptors is to feed your body the nourishment it needs to sustain itself and yep you guessed it that means veggies! (7,8)

Have you ever noticed that a couple hours after a big greasy (yet delicious) meal you feel hungry again? Thats because you have not turned off your hunger receptors, and as soon as your body starts to process that food your brain will start up again with we need nourishment because you guessed it, that carton of kung-pow did not give you nourishment, just a full belly. Next time go for more veggies, youll stay fuller longer and thus eat fewer calories.

By now you have probably heard about detox plans, removing toxins from your body will naturally help you lose weight. (9)

Now Im not talking about a fast, Im talking about eating all natural, good for you food that will help your body get back to a more natural state. Again, that is where vegetables and fruit will come in. Eat up and watch the weight melt away, and if you are looking for a detox plan try my FREE Detox Week, readers typically lose between 8-18 pounds in 7 days by eating!

Fruit and vegetables are also known to naturally boost metabolism, so next time you grab for a snack, make a meal or go grocery shopping pick some lovely produce. You will be naturally boosting your metabolism while filling up for virtually no calories. (10)

So what do you do if you hate vegetables? Green smoothies are great for the non veggie enthusiast, when blended with sweet yummy fruit you cant taste the greens, but you are ingesting them and doing your body good too!

Finally lets talk about raw versus cooked, how you eat your veggies is important! Did you know that when you cook food it loses 50% of its nutrition?! So by eating a raw carrot you will get twice the Vitamin A than if you were to cook it! (11,12)

Now Im not telling you to only eat raw food going forward (though I wont stop you if you want to try!) just try to eat as many raw vegetables as you can. So salads, green smoothies, snacking on raw veggie sticks, these kinds of simple changes to your diet will help you take in more nutrition and therefore lose weight fast.

We live in a protein obsessed society, and sure it is important but what kind of protein you eat is key when it comes to weight loss!

Ideally shoot for 25% of your daily food to be lean protein, it will burn more fat and help you feel more satisfied. It can help ward off cravings and even promotes muscle repair and growth.

Here is my list of lean proteins, and dont worry vegetarians and vegans Ive got you covered too:

Fat how sad that one little word can carry so much misrepresented, negative weight! So heres the skinny on fat, there are good fats and bad fats. Good fats are actually a good tool forhow to lose weight fast! Yep, you read that correctly, healthy fats will actually tell your body to release excess fat. (13)

Your body stores up fat for later, but if you eat a balanced amount of healthy fats your body will stop storing it because it knows you will be having it everyday. Kind of like that age old diet tip, dont put yourself into starvation mode, it will make your body hold onto fat for later, same is true here. Feed your body healthy fats and it will release excess fat from your body.

So what are the healthy fats, here are my 10 favorite:

I use this analogy often: You wouldnt drive your car around on empty all day just to fill it up before you park it in the garage at night would you? It would not run, would break down and generally ruin your day!

Many people treat their bodies this way though, skipping breakfast, snacking at lunch and then eating a huge meal before going to bed. But when do you get to use up the fuel if you are sleeping? Eat more during the day and less at night and you will burn it off!

Start by eating a good breakfast, in fact go for a breakfast that has around 500 calories, you want a good portion of your calories in the AM so you have the stamina and fuel to keep you going all day.

Next eat a well rounded lunch, again around 500 calories, you need fuel darling! Want to go out? Go out at lunch instead of dinner, not only will you save money (hello lunch specials) you will also have more time to burn off your food.

And lastly have a light dinner, you are about to go to bed, you dont need a big burger (seriously, have that at lunch instead!) you would benefit from a light, veggie heavy meal that will keep you full and satisfied, a goal of 300-400 calories is best at night. Plus your body processing all those good for your veggies at night will keep your metabolism up while you sleep and help reset your cravings for the next day. Eat good tonight and youll be more likely to eat healthier all day tomorrow.

And while we are talking about eating at night I should bring up late night snacking. You dont need me to tell you that this is hurting your weight loss efforts, but when should you stop eating? Make a goal to stop eating 4 hours before bedtime, if you are starving have some veggies and a big glass of water to fill up your belly. Remember your car is in the garage, it does not need gasoline it just wants it. Look back at how you ate today and see if there was an opportunity to eat more earlier in the day so that you dont have those late night cravings tomorrow.

I love a good glass of wine or a craft beer as much as the rest of you, but I also know that if I have it everyday the pounds will start packing on! Sure there are lower calorie options, but drinking everyday will cause you to gain weight and not just because of the calories!

The fastest way to lose weight is to stop drinking your calories. Hey, I know you know, and you dont need to roll your eyes, but alcohol is empty calories. Besides that buzz, what does that drink really do for your body? Nothing! Instead of drinking alcohol get a sparkling water, unsweetened iced tea or make yourself a Fruit Infused Water.

Its not just the calories in your cocktail that are causing you to gain weight, when you drink and get a little buzz on you are less likely to stick to the plan, you feel happy and euphoric and think hey, what the heck one Oreo wont hurt and the next thing you know you have eaten the entire box. And how about when you have one too many drinks and are like man, Im trashed I need to get some bread in my tummy so Im not hung over tomorrow yep, drinking alcohol will lead to bad choices and not just in the after school special kind of way.

Now, Im not going to tell you to stop drinking all together, just try to keep it to 1-2 drinks per week, enjoy them, and make sure you have a healthy meal with the drink so you are less likely to snack on unhealthy stuff later.

Homework. Yuck! I know I know, but it really is important to write down everything you eat and drink. Not only will you start to see patterns emerge, but you will be holding yourself accountable.

We all have patterns and more often than not we dont know what they are! I have spent a lot of time coaching people in weight loss and every time I ask them what are your bad eating patterns they are stumped! I have them write down everything they eat and drink for a week and all of a sudden patterns emerge.

Jen always has a sugary snack at 10:00 am, Jane loves to eat chocolate at night, they did not realize it but they have a daily pattern and we can use that to our benefit. If you see that you always want something sweet at 10:00 am, have a sweet breakfast like oatmeal, it will curb that craving before you have it and guess what? Pattern broken and extra calories consumed no more.

Now, patterns are not limited to daily, we need to look at weekly, monthly and even quarterly patterns. Say you are losing weight and doing great, then you stop losing and start gaining and you cant figure out why. You can look back at your food logs and see exactly what the culprit is and make changes to get back on the weight loss train.

For us ladies there is a dreaded week each month that we hold onto water weight (and usually a bar of chocolate) and guess what, you will be much more forgiving at the end of the week weigh in if you know once a month you just happen to be 5 pounds heavier. Youll say to yourself, yep thats my pattern, its OK and it will be gone next week. See sometimes homework can be beneficial.

Some of you are probably scratching your heads thinking why is exercise at the bottom? well its because it is not nearly as important as what you put in your mouth! Exercise is great for burning off a few calories (emphasis on a few), for toning up your body and overall health, but no matter how hard you work out, if you dont have the diet aspect down you wont be losing the weight as fast as you want or at all. But it is still an important part ofhow to lose weight fast, and heres why:

I cant tell you how many women come up to me and coyly ask what about loose extra skin after weight loss? and my answer is always exercise babe! Exercise will tone up your body and give you that lean look you want. If you are exercising while you lose weight it is even better, you will be tightening and toning as youre losing the weight. But for those of you who have already lost the weight you can still get that toned body you want, and you will get it with exercise, babe!

Another question I get often is if I am exercising how many extra calories can I have per day? and my answer is (sorry, youre not going to like this) None! Unless you are training for a marathon or the like you dont need more calories. Too often we erase all our hard work by justifying eating more calories, and if you do your research youll find that the calories burned ticker on your exercise equipment is not accurate. Exercising is not an excuse to eat more, exercising will help tone your body, give you a healthy heart and burn off a few calories whats the point in burning them off if youre just gonna add them back?!

Exercise will help you increase your metabolism and is key to how lose weight fast, It tones your body, tightens up excess skin, increases your stamina, gives you more energy, and makes you happier and healthier. And for those reasons it is important to rapid weight loss, but its not everything! It will help you stay on plan and stay motivated, so find an exercise you love and do it.

Here is a video I made for eHow on How to Lose Weight in Your Stomach & Thighs Without Very Much Exercise:

I want to leave you with this last note, having reasonable and attainable expectations are paramount! Too often we expect to lose 10 pounds in 7 days, and when we lose 5 we become discouraged and quit. Five pounds (heck, 2 pounds) is a great start, certainly not a reason to give up.

Set reasonable goals for yourself, you will be more likely to achieve them, you can always beat them. And by meeting those goals you are more likely to keep going and lose the weight you want to lose.

I always recommend a weekly goal of 2 pounds, now I know that does not sound like a lot, but that is over 100 pounds in a year! It is attainable and best of all you can always beat your goal!

Same with exercise, if you dont work out at all right now dont set a goal to workout everyday this week, set a goal to exercise 1-2 hours this week. Add on an hour every week or two until you have made room in your schedule and can keep up with it.

Set reasonable and attainable goals, follow these steps for how to lose weight fast, and youll be back here posting your success story in a few short months!

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Sep 20

How Quickly Can You Expect to Lose Weight When You Eat a …

This is one of those questions that gets asked a lot so I wanted to address it in this post.

I know that one of the things that excited me about starting the ketogenic diet in the beginning was reading about all these crazy weight loss success stories that some women seemed to experience. You know, the ones where they lose 14 pounds in the first three weeks and then continue to lose 4 pounds a week for the next 6 months and voila theyre at their ideal weight.

I loved the thought of getting into a fat burning state and just watching the excess pounds melt away.

In actuality, it took me about a year to lose 30 pounds. However it didnt take a year for me to start feeling and looking a great deal better, though. This actually happened in a matter of weeks.

The thing about losing weight on the keto diet is every woman is different. Those who have a lot of excess fat will find that it comes off more quickly. Those who have a lot of metabolic derangement or hormonal healing to do will find that it takes longer.

Your bodys main goal is always survival and health. It doesnt care about how it looks, it cares about how its functioning.

When you start eating keto with weight loss in mind, you kind of have to trust the process. What you are doing is feeding your body all the nutrients it needs to heal, build, release and do whatever it needs to do in order to move towards optimal health. Some women will experience this as a fairly drastic weight loss, and others will experience this as a slow weight loss.

If you have a great deal of healing and balancing to do internally, you may even experience a little weight gain in the beginning. (I know, few women want to hear this).

Embarking on a journey of health is a little like embarking on a journey of trust and faith. You give your body what it needs and you trust that it has the intrinsic knowledge (which it does), to do what is necessary.

The ketogenic diet is not a fad diet, its a lifestyle of health. And one of the most common things I hear from women who have embarked on this journey is that they learn so much about their bodies and their minds along the way.

With that being said, here are the most common weight loss patterns that I have heard women experience when eating keto:

Out of all the weight loss scenarios Ive heard of, the most common one by far is where women get despondent because they feel like they are not losing weight fast enough. And they are completely disregarding other things that are happening that indicate their health and well-being is increasing.For example, better sleep, more energy, clearer skin, higher libido, more regular and easier menstruation, and even inches lost.

With my journey, you know when I was happiest? It was when I stopped weighing or measuring myself at all and trusted my body and the keto process.

I realised that if I hadnt lost weight one week, it meant that my body was doing something else equally (if not more) important, and it was all good.

Its not all about the number on the scale far from it.

I highly encourage every woman these days to let go of weighing and measuring and instead focus on health, well-being and nourishing body, mind, and soul. When you do this, you can be sure that your body will happily reach the perfect weight for you at exactly the time its supposed to.

I hope this is helpful, as always Id love to hear any comments below!

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Sep 6

Seven reasons you’re not losing weight – The South African

Lets start off by saying this aint no body shaming weightloss ra-ra. If you love your body, then you do you, boo. If, however, youre looking to shed a few kilos, then keep reading.

Hunger comes knocking pretending to be hunger when its actually something else far too often. Listening to your body is a very good idea, but dont be fooled by it.

Youll be amazed at how easy it easy to confuse boredom and hunger and how quickly these calories add up with you forgetting that you consumed them.

Learn to distinguish between hunger and boredom.How to do that is a post all on its own, but heres a rule of thumb: are you so hungry that youd eat an apple? If not, then postpone that doughnut. If yes, then eat an apple.

You might be diligently tallying all your calories into MyFitnessPal, but are you remembering to add the full cream milk, the cream on top of your latte, your soft drink, fruit juice and your booze?

Cortisol, the stress hormone, has been shown to have an impact on weight. Some studies even suggest that those of us who are constantly stressed will most likely weigh more. Never heard a better reason for Netflix and chill.

Reason 4: Youre trusting the scale too much

If youre obsessed with the scale, stop it. If youre exercising regularly, your fat is likely being replaced with muscle. The scale might not change, but the way your clothes fit will. Measuring centimetres and body fat percentage is a far better indicator of your weight-loss progress.

In line with drinking your calories, dont be fooled by health drinks. Vitamin water? Yeah, more like sugar water. While there is a zero calorie variety, some bottles contain over 100 calories with a large chunk of that coming from carbs. The same goes for all those fruit juicies and smoothies youre guzzling down.

Look, this one can be an easy excuse for some of us. But, if you really are doing everything right, you might have a medical condition like hypothyroidism, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) or sleep apnea that makes it difficult for you to lose weight. There are also some medications that can make dropping those extra kilos a bit more difficult.

Healthy weightloss does not happen overnight. You didnt gain all that weight overnight, so why should it disappear just like that? Be patient. Be persistent and dont get disheartened. There is no quick fix. Also, lets get real:

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Sep 6

The ‘secret weapon’ people have been using to lose belly fat quickly has been exposed as myth – JOE

It does not help you lose weight.

Coconut oil has been described asa secret weapon to losing belly fatand it is reportedly both a great source of energy and also a great way of burning off your stored body fat.

However, in a review of a clinical study that was done in August 2017 on weight loss and metabolism, nutritionist Georgios Tzenichristos of lipotherapeiareports that coconut oil does not help you lose weight.

The study which was published in theUS National Library of Medicine stated that the idea that coconut oil makes you feel fuller and helps you lose weight was in fact untrue.

They found that coconut oil is not the same as medium chain triglyceride (MCT) oil which is known for making your stomach feel like it is at its capacity.

MCT oil is concentrated medium chain fatty acids derived from coconut oil and other oils that boosts energy and metabolism and more can be found on MCT here.

This study examined the satiety effect of coconut oil, versus MCT oil vs normal vegetable oil and showed that coconut oil is not nearly as effective as MCT oil in reducing hunger and food intake.

Tzenichristos said:

“Coconut oil has become the darling fad of celebs, bloggers and instagrammers, with almost magical properties attributed to it. This was based on several studies which have shown that MCT (a constituent of coconut oil) does improve satiety, boost thermogenesis and stimulate weight loss.

“However, coconut oil only contains 14% MCTs and the studies were conducted with 100% MCT oil, i.e. 7x times more. Coconut oil is NOT the same as MCT oil, in the same way that black cherries are not the same as a black forest gateau. They are two totally different things, and all those studies on coconut oil prove it.

“Coconut oil may be or may not be a healthy fad (it’s still being debated by scientists) but one thing is for sure: it does not help you lose weight.”

It looks like it’s back to the drawing board for us so.

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Sep 3

Pediatricians: Rapid weight change may harm young athletes – Gephardt Daily

SUNDAY, Sept. 3, 2017 (HealthDay News) Young gymnasts, figure skaters and wrestlers who try to quickly shed pounds by fasting or restricting fluids may be endangering their health, pediatricians warn.

Similarly, youngfootballplayers or power-lifters who try to rapidly pack on muscle may also be undermining their health, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said.

Sometimes, children and teens in certain sports believe they need to achieve a particular body type to be successful, report author Dr. Rebecca Carl said in an AAP news release.

Unless they have a healthy strategy to work toward their goals, however, they can end up defeating themselves and causing health problems, Carl added.

AAP experts point out that rapid weight loss by means of fasting or avoidance of fluids can actually lead to a loss of muscle strength, speed and stamina. Quick weight loss can also impair thinking, reaction time, alertness and the ability to problem-solve.

Young divers, runners, boxers and rowers are other athletes who may attempt to lose weight quickly.

The rapid loss of pounds may also lead to depression, mood swings, and even long-term eating disorders, the AAP team cautioned.

And health issues related to dehydration may not be quickly reversed, the experts warned. Rehydration typically requires up to 48 hours of regular fluid intake.

By the same token, fast weight gain increases the risk for obesity-related health problems, the doctors added, while also undermining overall stamina and athletic performance.

The upshot: weight gain and weight loss should be achieved gradually and over the long term by focusing on a carefully balanced diet paired with consistent exercise, the AAP team advised.

The report appears in the September issue of the journal Pediatrics.

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Theres more information on nutrition for young athletes atEatRight.org.

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Sep 2

Pediatricians Sound Alarm on Rapid Weight Changes in Young Athletes – Sioux City Journal

FRIDAY, Sept. 1, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Young gymnasts, figure skaters and wrestlers who try to quickly shed pounds by fasting or restricting fluids may be endangering their health, pediatricians warn.

Similarly, young football players or power-lifters who try to rapidly pack on muscle may also be undermining their health, a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) said.

“Sometimes, children and teens in certain sports believe they need to achieve a particular body type to be successful,” report author Dr. Rebecca Carl said in an AAP news release.

“Unless they have a healthy strategy to work toward their goals, however, they can end up defeating themselves and causing health problems,” Carl added.

AAP experts point out that rapid weight loss by means of fasting or avoidance of fluids can actually lead to a loss of muscle strength, speed and stamina. Quick weight loss can also impair thinking, reaction time, alertness and the ability to problem-solve.

Young divers, runners, boxers and rowers are other athletes who may attempt to lose weight quickly.

The rapid loss of pounds may also lead to depression, mood swings, and even long-term eating disorders, the AAP team cautioned.

And health issues related to dehydration may not be quickly reversed, the experts warned. Rehydration typically requires up to 48 hours of regular fluid intake.

By the same token, fast weight gain increases the risk for obesity-related health problems, the doctors added, while also undermining overall stamina and athletic performance.

The upshot: weight gain and weight loss should be achieved gradually and over the long term by focusing on a carefully balanced diet paired with consistent exercise, the AAP team advised.

The report appears in the September issue of the journal Pediatrics.

There’s more information on nutrition for young athletes at EatRight.org.

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Sep 2

Obese woman loses 10st in 18 months you won’t believe what she looks like now – Daily Star

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When Amanda Roberts stepped on the scale in 2014 and saw 23st staring back at her, she knew she needed to make a change.

The mother of one then turned to gastric bypass surgery which helped her lose an incredible 10st in just 18 months.

She said: When Talia started walking, I could barely keep up with her. I had such intense back pains from my weight that I could barely carry her, and even just playing on the ground with her exhausted me. I knew that I’d have to get my health on track if I wanted to be the best Mum I could be for her.

Amazingly, these reality TV stars have lost more than 40st between them… all thanks to healthy eating and exercise

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Jennifer Ellison from Brookside loses three stone in weight

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The 23-year-old continued: For a long time, I thought I felt okay. I had tried so many ways to lose weight that never worked, so I had pretty much given up on trying and was ready to just live contently as a plus size person.

It wasn’t until after I had my daughter that I realised how depressed I really was. I shut myself in the house all of the time, didn’t want to go anywhere, didn’t want to talk to anyone, mostly because I was ashamed of how much weight I had gained.

I was just tired and unhappy, and that’s not how I wanted to be as a mom and person, especially since I was only 21 years old!

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Good news dieters! The 23 foods that contain NO calories because you burn more than you consume as you eat

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APRICOTS – Calorie content: 12 kcals per apricotEating apricots is said to help reduce the risk of strokes, and heart attacks. They’re also full of vitamin C, potassium and dietary fibre, which all promote good heart health

The surgery and ditching her unhealthy snack habit allowed the massive weight loss but it also left Amanda with 3st of excess skin.

The California woman had skin hanging from her stomach, legs and arms and the only way to get rid of the skin was through surgery.

Amanda fundraised the 7740 she needed for surgery in which doctors removed the excess skin and left Amanda with a flat stomach and weighing a svelte 12.8st.

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Amanda stated: I went from eating junk food and living a very sedentary life, to now eating a high protein, low carb diet and working out 5-6 days a week.

The weight came off easy at first, but now that I am almost 3 years post op, maintaining the weight loss and losing more is getting more difficult. After about 18 months post op, the effects of the gastric bypass start to wear off and it’s basically relying on your new healthy lifestyle to keep you going.

Losing the excess skin has resulted in Amanda being more confident than ever as she happily shows off her new body.

She added: Im more confident than ever! I know I’ve worked hard for my current body, and that makes me love it that much more!

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Sep 1

TOWIE star loses 7lbs and gains abs in ONE week this is how – Daily Star

Ex-TOWIE star, Ricky Rayment has lost fat and gained abs in just one week.

The reality TV star has lost a whopping 7lbs after visiting a military fitness camp.

Ricky lost belly fat and firmed his abs with a gruelling exercise regime that was formulated by ex-forces physical training instructors.

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Amazingly, these reality TV stars have lost more than 40st between them… all thanks to healthy eating and exercise

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Jennifer Ellison from Brookside loses three stone in weight

Ricky said: “It was great to be ripped again – it is amazing what you can achieve in a week.

“Everything was a little firmer afterwards and it was nice to lose a bit of flab around my belly and get my pecs nicely toned.”

Ricky spent the week at the No 1 Boot Camp in Norfolk which has seen a host of other stars like Melanie Sykes, Ashley James and Spencer Matthews.

TOWIE couple Jessica Wright and Ricky Rayment kiss by the pool in Marbella

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Ricky used to appear on The Only Way Is Essex for five years and was engaged to Jess Wright who has recently launched her own fitness brand.

Post-TOWIE, he got engages to Geordie Shores Marnie Simpson but the pair have since split.

Now single, he said: I had a great time in TOWIE and I wouldn’t ever rule out going back. I’m still good mates James Lock, Mario Falcone and Bobby Norris and I have such happy memories of my time on the show.”

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Ricky’s typical day at No 1 Boot Camp

6.30am Rise and shine7:00 45 minutes of cardio exercises8:00 Breakfast9:15 First circuit10:30 Break10:45 Second class12:30 Lunch13:30 Hike15:30 Break16:30 Weights, sprints and second circuit19:00 Dinner21:00 Bed

Ricky’s diet at No 1 Boot Camp

Breakfast – home-made granolaLunch – quinoa and steamed salmonDinner – lamb shank with steamed broccoliSnack – crushed avocado and chilliDrinks: two litres of water

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Sep 1

SBS show The Obesity Myth is breaking down stigma – The Weekly Review

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Obesity is a predominantly genetic disease, rather than a lifestyle choice thats the central premise of a new SBS show calledThe Obesity Myth.

The show, which followed doctors and patients at the University of Melbournes Austin Health forsix months, aimsto dispel the stigma attached to obesity.

Austin Healths Weight Control Clinic head professor Joseph Proietto says obese people face constant discrimination.

There is a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation about obesity in the community its an injustice, he says.Gluttony is seen as sinful, and to commit a sin you have to use free will. So the idea has been that people choose to be fat.

The world-renowned obesity management expert says he hopes the program will show obesity is far more complicated than generallythought.

Recent research has revealed how the body regulates weight through the hormones leptin (which decreases appetite) and ghrelin (which increases it). Whenpeople lose weight, their leptin levels decreaseand their ghrelin levels increase.

In 2011, Austin Health discovered levels of otherhormones also change according to weight gain or loss, and that those changes are enduring. Proiettosays this evidence points strongly to weight gain being genetic.

Finding that hormone changes after weight loss are long-lasting showed us that medication needs to be life-long, he says. Obesity is a chronic condition.

In 2014, another of the clinics studies showed the rate of weight loss did not affect how quickly weight was regained, and that more people succeeded in a rapid weight-loss program than a gradual program.

Professor Joseph Proietto. Photo: SBS

To combat obesity in patients, the clinics physicians conduct a thorough history and targeted examination, then offer a partial, very-low-energy diet thatreplaces breakfast and lunch.

After theyve lost all the weight they want to lose, whether it takes three months, six months or a year, then we wean them off the diet and back onto things like carbs and fruit, Proietto says.

A dietician will outlinea balanced, energy-reduced diet, and the clinic will continue to follow the patientsprogress. If theyre struggling to keep weight off because of increased hunger, medication is prescribed.

Proietto hopes the clinics research intoobesity will become common knowledge.

GPs are getting better at treating this condition than they used to be, he says. Hopefully they will continue to educate the public to try to dispel this myth.

If youre struggling with obesity Proietto says not to beat yourself around the head, because its probably genetic. He suggests seeking medical assistance.

Speak to your doctor about it, and see if you can get some help, he says.

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Here’s what Conor McGregor may be doing to his body as he sheds weight for his fight against Floyd Mayweather – STAT

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efore he faces off against undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather, UFC champion Conor McGregor must conquer the scale.

And that could prove an even more dangerous opponent.

In pre-fight trash talk, Mayweather has claimed that McGregor looks extremely heavy and has been scrambling to try to drop 10 pounds. (Both fighters have to come in under 154 pounds at the weigh-in on Friday afternoon if their much-hyped bout is to proceed.)

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The truth is, though, shedding 10 pounds in a couple days is no big deal for most MMA fighters.In the past, McGregor has reportedly cut more than 25 pounds in eight days time.

The key question is whether they can do it without damaging their health. And even the nutritionist charged with guiding McGregor to his fighting weight said thats a difficult balance.

Its nothing Id recommend to everyday people, George Lockhart, the nutritionist, told STAT in an interview. I always tell people if health was your number one priority, MMA is not the sport you should be going into.

MMA fighters are known to dehydrate themselves using everything from saunas to sweat suits, hot baths to water pills to shed up to dozens of pounds in the days ahead of a weigh-in. After making weight, they try to quickly regain it by eating food and drinking water in hopes of gaining the competitive advantage of size over their opponent.

Lockhart, a former fighter and Marineveteran, generally starts on the Tuesday before a weigh-in. He removes sodium from a fighters diet and offers herbal diuretics that include potassium to replenish lost nutrients. Hell also have a fighter taper water consumption over several days two gallons on Tuesday, one gallon on Wednesday, occasional sips when thirsty on Thursday. The day before the weigh in, Lockhart takes carbohydrates out of fighters diet and cleans out his or her intestinal tract. On that final night, fighters sometimes work out or take a hot bath.He monitors vitals, including body temperature and blood pressure, throughout the process.

Ten pounds in four days is like a hiccup, Lockhart said. What Floyds talking about, it just shows hes probably never cut weight before.

But dropping weight that fast even just 10 pounds draws concerns from doctors. Dr. Larry Lovelace, a ringside physician in California, told STAT several fighters have died over the past few years from the practice, which athletic officials have called the biggest problem in the sport today.

A 2013 study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that 39 percent of MMA fighters studied experienced significant or serious dehydration before their fights. Lovelace said the body doesnt fully rehydrate for at least two days well after a fight ends. That means fighters could experience muscle cramps and loss in agility while in the ring, he said.

It only takes 2 percent dehydration to impair your performance, Lovelace said. Theres no way theyre going to recover, and its definitely going to affect their performance.

There are bigger health risks, too. They include:

The brain: When a fighter takes a punch to the head, the brain rattles off the front and the back of the skull. Thats not healthy in the best of conditions. Dehydration makes it worse. The brain is bathed in fluid, said Dr. Edmund Ayoub, vice president of the Association of Ringside Physicians. Without that fluid, the brain has less cushion. Therefore, the risk of injury could be greater for a fighter who spars during the process of weight cutting. The brain can hit harder against the skull, Ayoub said. You may have more [risk for] brain injury.

The heart: A fighters heart beats faster than normal when dehydrated. If you normally walk around with a resting heart rate of 72, now it may be 90 or 100, Lovelace said. So going into a cage to fight, there are potential cardiac risks.

In a 2013 interview with Vice Sports, ringside physician Dr. Michael Kelly said dehydration can impact how the body regulates sodium and potassium levels and, in turn, mess with the cardiac fibers conducting electricity inside the heart. So if those signals arent propagating along the channel correctly, Kelly said, the heart can go into an irregular heartbeat or fatal heart rhythm and wind up in cardiac arrest.

The kidneys:Nephrons, the tiny structures inside the kidney that produce urine to remove waste from the body, malfunction without enough water.Your kidneys literally dry up, Ayoub said. When kidneys get dried up, you can get kidney damage. In 2015, fighter Johny Hendricks had to be rushed to the emergency room after weight cutting led to intestinal blockage and a kidney stone. Doctors say theyre also at risk of sustaining chronic kidney issues due to the practice.

Ayoub thinks fighters would remain healthy if they made sure to lose no more than 2 percent of their body weight each week. If McGregor had to lose 10 pounds, for instance, he should aim to shed it over three weeks instead of just one, Ayoub said.

Lovelace, though, said there is nothing to be gained from the practice of weight cutting,in part because both fighters are often doing the same thing, canceling out any potential advantage from packing on pounds immediately after the weigh-in.

Lockhart, for his part, believes fighters will keep cutting weight no matter what. So he considers it his job to help them do it as safely as possible. Theres no degree for weight cutting, Lockhart said. You need people to show them how to do it in the proper way.

MMA writer Iain Kidd, who has observed Lockharts training methods for a forthcoming book, puts it this way: There are ways to do it safer but not ways to do it safely.

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