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Top 3 beliefs about Weight Loss that are False

I’ve lost 130 pounds in my life. I see the same commercials you do, even tried some of the plans that sell you on the dreams of floating through life eating what you want, magically being able to use moderation and eat that chocolate cake (there is a reason why you can’t), and never being hungry only to find when you wake up in the morning you are 50 pounds thinner!

If you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn I want to sell you. No really, it’s in the back, let me show you.

To cut to the chase, these plans are selling you on dreams. They are marketing ploys. They have listened to the common complaints and questions and are trying to sell you their product. Tried some of them, they don’t work. Here is what did work that helped me lose 130 pounds. Here is what my top 3 untruths that diet plans try to sell people.

1. That you’ll never be hungry. “Just eat more fat, don’t be hungry, and you’ll lose fat!” False. In every plan that I’ve used I was hungry at some point. Increasing fat never worked for me yet and may be why keto didn’t (although I do use Keto or low glycemic recipes to help me with my macros). You’ll be hungry, not all the time, but on occasion. Being hungry is a way for your body to signal to you it is using its fat reserves to function and to go find more. You want the body to use that fat instead of eating more food. You learn to be ok with with feeling a little hungry, you adapt and it no longer bothers you. You redirect your attention to something else. To be able to lose weight and never be hungry is a marketing ploy. Don’t expect to glide through weight loss without hunger and you’ll get past hurdles in your journey.

2. You don’t have to count calories. False. None of the plans worked when I didn’t count them. The plans that worked, I always counted them. If you’ve memorized them so you don’t have to count them and consistently eat the same things, that works. That works because you’ve counted them at some point and you know you are creating a caloric deficit. Some skinny girls can count the calories in their mind. Studies have shown that overweight people have the ability to forget what they’ve eaten in a day or be completely oblivious to how much they’ve eaten.(1) That is how weight gain starts, so a habit needs to be changed. You need to be more aware of what is going in your mouth.

3. Once I lose the weight I don’t have to diet again. If I do have to diet again, I’ve failed. False. Even skinny girls diet or detox. My Dad has always maintained his weight but I will hear from him that he “feels it” when he’s gained 2 or more pounds and will cut down on some foods for a short period of time. What I have found is they catch the weight gain within 2 to 5 pounds and nip it in the butt good before it is out of control. Overweight people let it slide for a lot longer or feel like a failure if they aren’t able to maintain magically for all time. Expect you’ll have to watch it after you lose all the weight and make adjustments. Be more in tune with you and your body, continue to get on the scale after you lose it, continue to measure and be mindful of the calories. Its how you lose it, its how you keep it off.

You think I gave you all you need to know? Kind of. I did clear the clutter of false advertising. You could take that and run with it and be successful, in theory.

However you also may run into psychological problems such as binge eating, hopelessness and spiritual problems such as being ungrounded, energies and entities that set you up to fail.

Been there and done much of that, even better I have access to spirit guides that can help you through whatever unique or similar situation you are going through. I have accountability sessions as well as informational sessions, one on one with your guides. I haven’t met a nutritionist that can do all of that yet.

All of my weight loss packets, recipes and sessions are here, follow the link or scroll up and click “Holistic weight loss”.

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Best of luck and let’s get fit!

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Reference

1. Kessler, M.D., David. (2009) The End of Overeating. Taking control of the insatiable American appetite. New York, NY: Rodale.

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How do you Lose Weight?

I lost 130 lbs, and I’m going to keep the first part of this very simple, as people often get confused with all the advertising. If you want more detailed information I have a weight loss packet along with accountability sessions and other informational sessions on my website. I am now an IAOTH CPD certified Nutritional Therapist. Click on the link to go to my packet.

These are the three ways I’ve been able to lose fat and reshape my figure.

  1. Watch my calories and keep them to the recommended limit using an app such as Lose it. In this method I did not pay attention to macros in other words I did not try to stay low carb. This is probably one of the slowest methods that I’ve gone through but it still works, creating a caloric deficit and thereby the body uses your stored fat. Its also the simplest method. Use a progressive calorie daily total adjustment for plateaus.
  2. Going super low carb, less than 50g a day, high protein and a lot of spinach, and low fat too (not “Keto”). Spinach is it good appetite suppressant and diuretic meaning helps you lose water weight. I did not exercise in this plan. This is the fastest method I have used, but not for the faint of heart. Expect moodiness and use supplements such as MCT oil and others to help with moods and energy swings.  
  3. Watching my calories as well as exercising. I would exercise in the morning before I had eaten anything, taking my BCAAs and pre-workout supplement, I would do 30 minutes of cardio and 30 minutes of weight training. I felt awesome after my workouts, I could feel my body changing quickly and I had way more energy and positive attitude. Other than food, exercise can uplift your mood as well and it’s probably one of the healthier ways of doing that. I would still watch macros, about 50g of whole wheat, which is a 1/2 cup. Best way to have this was my flat bread, recipe here. No extreme mood swings, if anything I was happier. Use a progressive calorie daily total adjustment for plateaus.

To be honest keto never worked for me longer than a week. I’ve tried it twice now, I didn’t have long-lasting results, a lot of mood swings. Maybe it was just my body type, I don’t know because I’ve seen other people have success or say that they do. What I found is keto give you a false sense that in order lose weight you will never be hungry because you just load up on fats, so you have the expectation going into it that you’re not going to be hungry. I think that’s false. I don’t think I ever lost weight on any plan that did not make me hungry at some point. I think you may be hungry, because that’s your body singling to you “hey I’m using up your fat preserves, I don’t like this I wish to survive, eat more food!” So going in with an expectation of never being hungry I think is not good, and loading up on more fats has not done positive things for me. I did keto while watching my calories, still didn’t get the results I was looking for. The other 3 above were more effective. When I watched carbs I was also low fat.

Keto may not be the right fit for you. Low carb, yes that helped me, but with low fat as well. I was hungry at some point in all of these plans, got used to it, and liked the slimmer figure as a result. I would say if you really want to lose weight, expect to get hungry every once and a while. Work on your fear of being hungry. Hunger is not something to cure, you have plenty of food, you can eat “later”. You’ll be ok with a little hunger.

I do not recommend drinking alcohol on these plans either, it can affect your pancreas, which regulates insulin and glycogen, and may slow down your progress. Have a doctor do a full blood panel with Lipase to see if you have organ issues that may be negatively affecting your weight loss. If your Lipase is high you may have a pancreas issue and need to be on low fat and no alcohol to continue to lose weight.

Now what I do is use some of those keto recipes to supplement sometimes like for dessert, so I can feel like I’m having a dessert without spiking my sugar, thereby releasing insulin, which causes the body to store fat. Just count those calories, and macros if you are using that route.

Also, ditch the idea that you can lose weight without counting calories. Won’t work. Just like losing weight without getting hungry every once and a while. Won’t work. Your body wants to keep you alive, it will signal to you to eat and even store fat sometimes. So going off of only your feelings on how much to eat may not cut it. Never worked for me. That’s just commercials trying to sell you the dream.

You think I gave you all you need to know?  Kind of.  I did clear the clutter of false advertising.  You could take that and run with it and be successful, in theory.

However you also may run into psychological problems such as emotional eating, binge eating, hopelessness and other spiritual problems such as being ungrounded, energies and entities that set you up to fail.

There is way more to tell you but that is the advice of the day. My packet gives the other components such as psycholoigcal tricks and spiritual tips to help you succeed long term. Keto may not work for many of you because of the mood swings, the expectation that you will never be hungry which is not logical, and having too much fat in a diet may not be the best way to lose fat.

I have other weight loss and fitness advice in my blog, feel free to go through my blogs which are ad-free. Also I have a weight loss packet along with 3 months of sessions for questions and support.

Let’s get fit!

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Top 4 Running Tips

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When I first started running back in 1995 I didn’t really know that there were a few things to watch out for so you didn’t hurt yourself. I hurt my knee when I was 16 and never really knew why until I picked it up again in recent years. For those trying to lose weight or become more fit, here are the few things I’ve learned over the years:

  • Stretch: Stretch before and after you run. Sit on the ground, tuck one leg under so your foot touches your other thigh and touch your toes on the leg that is outstretched (or try your best). Do this for the other side. Second, make a butterfly shape with your legs by touching your feet together and stretch your hands past your feet. Third, lift your leg behind you holding on to your ankle. Forth, stretch both legs out and touch your ankles or feet. Do each of these for at least 15 seconds.
  • Find the right shoe for you. Look at the bottom of your current shoes. Where is the wear, on the inside or outside of the shoe? I found out I was supinated, which is when you wear out the outside of your tennis shoes and I ended up having pain on the outside of my legs around the ankles and shins after I exercised. Once you figure out if you are pronated, neutral or supinated, get the right shoe for you so you’ll have less pain. This has helped me significantly whether I’m walking, using the elliptical or running.
  • Posture: Swing your arms front and back, not cross them in front of you. Keep your arms bent at a comfortable, loose L shape. Also, have loose shoulders so you don’t have shoulder pain. Keep your head up and level, not strained, looking out to the horizon so your don’t have neck pain. Great free video to illustrate this whole process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRkeBVMQSgg
  • Balance your weight: This might be difficult for those of you that dominate on one side of the body. I found my right side would hurt after running (hips, knee, shoulder and back). My right side would do much of the pulling and get most of the impact and this was happening automatically. My left side would feel perfectly fine and light as a cloud. Actively think about balancing the two sides, emphasizing the non-dominant side. Actively think that your non-dominant side has to pull its own weight.

Practice makes perfect, you might have to pay attention to your posture and balancing for a while before it becomes automatic. When you stretch and balance everything out you’ll experience less pain and actually have more endurance because your dominant side isn’t doing all the work anymore. My knee, back, shoulders, neck and hips don’t hurt anymore after running, so it is possible to correct for these common issues. Happy running!

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Addictions, some Metaphysical Explanations

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I’ve done some research over the years on addictions, in my case food, and in my family’s case alcohol.  Much of what I have read is science and psychology based, which has value by itself.  While the biological process certainly does play a role in how we feel and what we do, as does the mind, I wanted to know the spiritual side because I do know that is a piece of the puzzle as well.

During a reading I received that addictions and cravings for what you are addicted to sometimes arise when you are trying to shut something or someone up, like a feeling or a voice.  What you are trying to shut up may be anxiety, voices in your mind you don’t want to hear such as your ego or someone else’s, mixed in with your angels, guides or God.  You may be trying to numb a feeling such as grief or a heart break you haven’t quite healed from yet. Go here on my blog on how to heal grief.  If the divine is trying to warn you of something, this may cause some anxiety, from the higher vibration as well as other factors, and that is usually an indication to stop what you are doing and do a self check.  It was explained to me the higher the vibration, the more anxiety you may feel, particularly if you are not in the light.  More to come of this in my book to be published hopefully in 2019.

The recommendation is to stop. Stop. Do nothing. Let the anxiety ground.  Then just chill. Do Nothing for a while. 5-15 minutes of do nothing time. Don’t look at your phone, sit or lay down and do nothing.  If you are sensitive enough you will feel the energy go down from your head all the way down to you feet.  After the 15 minutes, thank your angels, guides and God for being there to bring them forth, imagine a while light around you and ask for guidance or whatever the problem seems to be. The problem may be you’re working too hard or doing too much. You may be using the addiction to get away from worries or work.  Its time to do nothing and receive guidance.

The other metaphysical reason for an addiction seems to be a combo of other people asking for more money and abundance as well as your actions in the past.  As others ask for more money, you may “answer the call” as I put it to buy what they are selling.  What you’ve enjoyed buying in the past is typically what you get pulled in buying again, essentially your actions and law of attraction.  So if you’ve felt happy buying chocolate cake, tortilla chips, going out to eat, alcohol etc. that may be what you are pulled into buying again.  This is with the combination with the physical and mental highs you receive from these actions.

Other non-metaphysical reasons for addictions usually involve serotonin, opioids and dopamine’s affect on your brain.  An excellent book that describes this is “The End of Overeating…” by David Kessler, MD.  Intellectually understanding why you feel a certain way can help you to stop yourself in your tracks, rise above the problem and find another solution.

Addiction provides an escape.  An escape from work, worries, distraction of the mind, what we don’t want to look at, as well as a mental high.  You are ignoring something, many times something deep inside.  My recommendation is to stop and do nothing, grief healing, or look into changing habits (actions).

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Bacon & Swiss Mustard Chicken with Mushrooms Recipe

Keto, low carb, no carb friendly!

1 chicken breast

2 bacon slices

Diced tomato

A slice of red onion

Swiss cheese slice

3/4 cup slices portabella mushrooms

1 cup raw spinach

1 tbsp mustard (boars head preferred)

2 tbsp Parmesan shavings

1tbsp butter

Sauté your chicken, mushrooms and bacon in butter. When your chicken is browned on one side, flip it, along with the mushrooms and bacon. When the 2nd side of your chicken is starting to brown, put the swiss cheese and parmesan on top and cover for 1 minute. Uncover and place the bacon and mushrooms in a paper towel to soak up the grease. Sauté your red onion quickly while your bacon and mushrooms are drying. Place your chicken over a bed of spinach, salt and pepper to taste. Top with dried bacon, mushrooms, red onion and diced tomatoes. Either squeeze the mustard in a zig zag pattern on top or put off to the side for dipping. Enjoy! swiss chicken recipe, swiss chicken recipe, swiss chicken recipe
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