NUMBER 5: OBEY THIS ONE RULE

Posted in diet tip on April 30, 2010 by living

If there’s really one weird rule or one weird tip, it’s this: consume less calories and exert more calories. That’s it, period.

Fat is stored energy and you cannot expect to lose weight without burning off the fat.

If you went to high school, you probably ran across a few short stubby guys who had messed up ears. No they weren’t midgets, they were wrestlers. During wrestling season, most of them wrestled at specific weight classes i.e. 107 lbs, 112 lbs, 119 lbs, 127 lbs, etc. However, most of them had to lose weight do get to their weight class. To do this, they simply starved themselves and ran a lot. No calories going in, lots of calories exerted.

Here’s another example. You probably went to the beach and saw a guy who had arms larger than your thighs… and your thighs are quite large! He probably had chiseled abs and a fake tan.  Well that muscle head simply obeyed the one rule of less calories in, lots of calories out.

There is no diet pill that will make you lose 30 lbs in 1 week or lose 20 lbs in 2 days, however, you can lose 5 lbs in 2 days just by eating fiber.

It’s not going to be easy especially if you’ve eaten anything and everything you’ve wanted. However, if you just realize that fat is simply calories that need to be used, you’re on your way to losing weight.

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NUMBER FOUR: IF IT’S WHITE, IT’S NOT RIGHT

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When you’re on a diet, it’s okay to be a little bit racist when it comes to food. If it’s white, it’s simply not right.  Steer clear of white bread and white rice and you’ll watch the pounds come off.

White bread and white rice definitely taste a lot better. However, they convert to sugars much quicker, convert to fat much quicker, don’t have much fiber content and need a tan.

As an alternative, when you’re choosing bread, pasta, or flour go with whole wheat:

Whole wheat flour is more nutritious than refined white flour, although in a process called food fortification, some micronutrients are added back to the white flour (required by law in some jurisdictions). Fortified white wheat flour does not, however, contain the macronutrients of the wheat’s bran and germ (especially fiber and protein). Whole wheat is a good source of calcium, iron, fiber, and other minerals like selenium.

and for side dishes go with brown rice:

Brown rice and white rice have similar amounts of calories, carbohydrates, and protein. The main differences between the two forms of rice lie in processing and nutritional content.

When only the outermost layer of a grain of rice (the husk) is removed, brown rice is produced. To produce white rice, the next layers underneath the husk (the bran layer and the germ) are removed, leaving mostly the starchy endosperm.

Several vitamins and dietary minerals are lost in this removal and the subsequent polishing process. A part of these missing nutrients, such as Vitamin B1, Vitamin B3, and iron are sometimes added back into the white rice making it “enriched”, as food suppliers in the US are required to do by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

One mineral not added back into white rice is magnesium; one cup (195 grams) of cooked long grain brown rice contains 84 mg of magnesium while one cup of white rice contains 19 mg. When the bran layer is removed to make white rice, the oil in the bran is also removed. Rice bran oil may help lower LDL cholesterol.

Among other key sources of nutrition lost are small amounts of fatty acids and fiber. In addition to having greater nutritional value, brown rice is also said to be less constipating than white rice.

White is not right indeed.

NUMBER THREE: WATER TORTURE

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Drink a lot of water.

8 cups of water.

1 cup when you wake up.

1 cup after you brush your teeth (assuming you still have teeth) or dentures

1 cup before your mid morning snack.

1 cup before lunch.

1 cup during lunch.

1 cup before your mid afternoon snack.

1 cup before dinner.

1 cup during dinner.

There you go, 8 cups of water. Easy peasy, japa-nesy!

NUMBER TWO: FIBER IS YOUR FRIEND AND ENEMY

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Want to lose 5 pounds in two days? Eat fiber. Lots of fiber. Then even more fiber.  Just make sure your toilet works and you have a lot of toilet paper.

You’ll feel much better and lose weight fairly quickly, however, the side effect is going to bathroom to drop the deuce. “Drop the deuce” is a polite way of saying “number 2”, which is a polite way of saying “going to the can”, which is a polite way of saying “going potty” which is a polite way of saying “taking a s*it.”

Just remember that you’ll be removing all the stuff in your lower intestine (also called you colon) that’s been in there for days, weeks, months and sometimes years. It won’t be pretty. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.

The best way to consume fiber is to have a salad at lunch and dinner. Have lots of leafy greens in your salad, not just iceberg lettuce. For maximum fiber overload add chick peas, black beans or red kidney beans to your salad.

Another good way to get fiber is to eat apples and pears. These fruits are loaded with fiber and make sure you eat the skin too. Oatmeal and other whole wheat cereals are also loaded with fiber.

Don’t like greens? Don’t like oatmeal? Don’t like apples? You’re only option is to add psyllium husk to your diet.  Add 1 tablespoon of psyllium husk to a glass of lemonade and drink.

From Wikicrapia

Psyllium seed husks also known as ispaghula, isabgol, or simply as psyllium, are portions of the seeds of the plant Plantago ovata, (genus Plantago), a native of India and Pakistan. They are soluble in water, expanding and becoming mucilaginous when wet.

Psyllium seed husks are indigestible in human beings and are often used as a source of dietary fiber. They are used to relieve constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticular disease, and diarrhea. They are also used as a regular dietary supplement to improve and maintain regular GI transit. The inert bulk of the husks helps provide a constant volume of solid material irrespective of other aspects of the diet or any disease condition of the gut. Some recent research is also showing them to be promising in lowering cholesterol and controlling diabetes.

Other uses include gluten-free baking, where ground psyllium seed husks bind moisture and help make the bread less crumbly.

The husks are used whole in their natural state, or dried and chopped or powdered for easier consumption. In either of these forms, one takes them by mixing them with water or another fluid.

Flax seed is another good choice instead of psyllium husk. Again from wikicrapia:

Flax seeds come in two basic varieties: (1) brown; and (2) yellow or golden. Most types have similar nutritional characteristics and equal amounts of short-chain omega-3 fatty acids. The exception is a type of yellow flax called Linola or solin, which has a completely different oil profile and is very low in omega-3. Although brown flax can be consumed as readily as yellow, and has been for thousands of years, it is better known as an ingredient in paints, fiber and cattle feed. Flax seeds produce a vegetable oil known as flaxseed or linseed oil, which is one of the oldest commercial oils and solvent-processed flax seed oil has been used for centuries as a drying oil in painting and varnishing.

One hundred grams of ground flax seed supplies about 450 kilo-calories, 41 grams of fat, 28 grams of fiber, and 20 grams of protein.

Psyllium seed husks also known as ispaghula, isabgol, or simply as psyllium, are portions of the seeds of the plant Plantago ovata, (genus Plantago), a native of India and Pakistan. They are soluble in water, expanding and becoming mucilaginous when wet.

Psyllium seed husks are indigestible in human beings and are often used as a source of dietary fiber. They are used to relieve constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticular disease, and diarrhea. They are also used as a regular dietary supplement to improve and maintain regular GI transit. The inert bulk of the husks helps provide a constant volume of solid material irrespective of other aspects of the diet or any disease condition of the gut. Some recent research is also showing them to be promising in lowering cholesterol and controlling diabetes.[1]

Other uses include gluten-free baking, where ground psyllium seed husks bind moisture and help make the bread less crumbly.

The husks are used whole in their natural state, or dried and chopped or powdered for easier consumption. In either of these forms, one takes them by mixing them with water or another fluid. Sometimes they are combined with clay as a detoxification drink. (“Questionable Cancer Therapies”, Barrie R Cassileth, PhD)[2] They are also available in capsules. Over-the-counter laxatives and fiber supplements such as Metamucil, Colon Cleanse, Serutan, Fybogel, Bonvit, and Effersyllium have psyllium husks as their main ingredient. They may be combined with other ingredients (e.g., Blackstrap molasses is sometimes used with psyllium seed husks for its high mineral and vitamin content, as well as being an excellent carrier). A typical dose is one to three teaspoons per glass of water. Psyllium seeds can be used for the same purpose at a lower cost.

NUMBER ONE: EAT 5 MEALS A DAY

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The first diet tip is straight forward. Instead of eating 3 meals a day like your parents, grandparents, and great grandparents did before you, eat 5 meals a day. Then again, if you want to look like your parents, grandparents and great grandparents, then go ahead and eat breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Why? When you eat 5 meals a day, you’ll give your body the nutrition and fuel it needs on a more consistent basis. You also won’t stuff your face during lunch and dinner.

So what would a 5 meal a day look like? Funny you should ask cause here’s what it would look like:

  1. Breakfast – two scrambled egg whites (you know the white part of the egg only, not the yellow/orange part) and whole wheat toast with organic sugar free fruit preserves (strawberry,  grape, blackberry, raspberry). Steer clear of bagels, donuts,  and men who wear masks and carry a chainsaw.
  2. Mid Morning Snack – an apple or a grapefruit. If you’re looking for excitement, don’t steer clear of men wearing masks who carry chainsaws.
  3. Lunch – have a salad with 4 oz of chicken. Fat free salad dressing is a good choice as long as it’s not loaded with sugars. Check the calories and sugar content in the nutritional facts. Don’t go crazy on the croutons and bacon bits. Remember, we see everything.
  4. Mid Afternoon Snack – don’t have an apple or a grapefruit. Choose a snack that’s 100-200 calories like a smoothie or a protein shake. Speaking of shake, don’t get the shake weights that are shown on tv, they’re creepy.
  5. Dinner – eat fish. If it says Van De Kamps or Gortons on the box, run, seriously you’ll need to run cause they’re processed and loaded with fat/carbs. Go to Whole Foods and get yourself some real fish. If there’s no whole foods near you, move to a real town. Accompany the fish with sweet potato.

Hope you enjoyed this tip, if you didn’t well that’s your choice and life is all about choices.

Till next time!