Rather than raising hell in the locker room with your load shaker bottle, throw one of these in your gym bag for post-pump recovery. Electrolyte-rich coconut water rehydrates you while the nutrients in milk proteins replenish glycogen stores and help muscles recover. After a particular strenuous workout, pair it with a piece of fruit to boost health carbs available for your body’s recovery.
Why try a plan with a high dropout rate and hours of hunger? Beyond the health benefits, some people actually like it—and find it the easiest way to control their weight. Mark Mattson, Ph.D., a neuroscientist at the National Institute on Aging, has studied intermittent fasting since the 1990s and himself been on a plan for years. "Once you get used to it, it's not a big deal," he says. "You adapt." Other fans? Reportedly, trendsters from Beyonce to Silicon Valley techies; and Jimmy Kimmel has said he lost 25 pounds fasting too. So... should you experiment?
Halfway between regular almond milk and a protein shake, this vegan-friendly hybrid is one of our new faves. Despite its protein-packed namesake ingredient, normal almond milk is relatively void of the muscle-building nutrient (it generally has around one gram), which can be a problem for dairy-avoiding vegetarians and vegans. This kind, however, gets blended with pea protein to help you meet your daily requirements. Just be sure to shake the container before you pour; the protein powder separates.
Peppermint has long been linked to digestive health, since it helps to relax the body's intestinal muscles. “But it has been suggested that mint and peppermint may help with weight loss by way of suppressing appetite,” Mendez says. One study even found that when people inhaled peppermint every two hours, they automatically ate 2,800 fewer calories per week.
If you ever need to treat a hangover, you’ve just stumbled on the right beverage for getting the job done. Coconut water is intensely hydrating, and it possesses an uncanny ability to mitigate come-downs from alcohol. It eases digestion and flushes harmful chemicals. A small navel orange pushes protective measures into the digestive systems, and blueberries banish all internal poisons while energizing the mind. With 4 sprigs of lush lavender, this drink is sultry and aromatic. This cunning combination can treat headaches and stomach aches alike. As an added bonus, the entire detox recipe is vegan and free of gluten.
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Fasting is the overall abstinence from consuming food. The length of time that people choose to fast is variable, depending on the goals that they are trying to achieve. Fasting is an incredible tool for weight loss and body fat break down. When the body is not receiving an input of food, the body is forced to break down fat in order to survive and fuel the body. It’s a fairly simple concept that we, as a modern society, have not been using very much until more recently. The premise is that, regardless of whatever diet one might be told will cause them to lose weight, if you’re still consuming food, then the body is not being given a signal to break down its own fat for fuel.
Since my weight does always bounce around a lot, it’s important for me not to over-react to daily fluctuations. But before I started recording my weight, this bouncing around also made it too easy to deny bad news: I could latch onto the readings on down days as evidence that things weren’t so bad, and brush aside the alarming readings on up days–with some justification–with the thought “Well, it bounces around; I shouldn’t get too alarmed.” The best way I’ve found to get a good idea of what’s going on is to not only step on the scale frequently, but keep track of the results: write it down; keep some kind of record; look that record over to discern disturbing trends from noisy fluctuations.
As you know, doing anything for a certain amount of time frequently will result in forming a habit. Eating especially correlates with this principle, because you have to do it multiple times a day. So if you eat healthy – then you will continue doing it, without even thinking twice. If you don’t, then things won’t change, until you break the habit.
Bloating is directly attributed to water retention, which is something that cucumbers are known to prevent. Water rushes out of the system when cucumbers are consumed consistently. They are especially good for handling weight gain due to a menstrual cycle. Cholesterol is combated by oranges, which also assist the immune systems functions. The other citrus fruits in this blend emphasize a deep intestinal cleansing. Meanwhile, the mint fosters fast nutrient absorption and energy conversion. In general, it also quickens and eases digestion, especially for those who have ulcers or hernias. This recipe focuses on functionality over flavor, but it still has a decent taste.
Made from pulverized green tea leaves, you stir matcha into hot water. Therefore, you consume the whole tea leaf. For that reason, you get a bigger dose of ECGC. One study from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs compared the two and found that drinking matcha delivered 137 times the metabolism-revving ECGC compared to traditional green tea. One tip: if you find matcha to be too bitter on its own, foam it into milk and stir with honey for a delicious matcha latte. (If you need some more convincing, here’s some more information on how incredible matcha is as a weight-loss tea.)
White tea is dried naturally, often in sunlight, making it the least processed and richest source of antioxidants among teas (as much as three times as many polyphenols as green tea!). A study published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism showed that white tea can simultaneously boost lipolysis (the breakdown of fat) and block adipogenesis (the formation of fat cells) due to high levels of ingredients thought to be active on human fat cells. And keep your waistline toned and tight—in record time—with these essential 7 Best Foods for Rapid Weight Loss.
The morning java boost is a necessity for many of us, but there’s proof that the jolt may spur a better workout (translation: burn more calories). A 2015 study in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness found that participants could do almost 20% more leg presses and 12% more bench presses when they drank 2–3 cups of coffee before their workout. A similar 2011 study found an (albeit small) increase in energy expenditure both before and after exercise in the group that drank coffee before exercise.
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But the psychological or spiritual effect can't be discounted, says Dillard. "People love the idea of cleansing, of purification rituals, going to the Ganges, to the spa. It has powerful psychological, religious, spiritual meaning. That has its own positive effect on health. But we need to separate that from saying this is science or good medicine."
Because you'll eat often—at least every four hours—and drink as much water and decaffeinated tea as you want, you'll beat bloat while keeping your blood sugar steady and your energy high. This means you'll be able to cut back without feeling cranky, exhausted, or hungry. And—we pinky swear—you won't have to gulp down a single glass of cayenne-spiked liquid.
Drinking a daily cup of coffee or two alone isn’t going to magically make you drop a few sizes, but it might help a little. The caffeine in coffee increases your body’s energy use, even when you’re sitting on your butt, so you end up burning more calories after drinking it, the Mayo Clinic points out. The caffeine in coffee may also help you feel less hungry, lowering the odds you’ll overeat, the organization says.
Last week, I did a 16 hour fast by skipping breakfast. I found the mental stimulation to be quite palpable, and the hunger to be tolerable. Over this weekend, I did a 38 hour fast, and although there were periods of hunger which I controlled with coconut oil and electrolyte solutions, it was also not as difficult as I had predicted. Luckily, due to loads of research coming out regarding its health benefits, it’s not as socially awkward as it maybe once was. I actually went to a barbeque and was totally fine socializing there with friends. I plan to incorporate some form of fasting into my weekly routines going forward.
The degree of blandness of your food will only be determined by your imagination. I highly recommend browsing my blog for healthy recipe ideas to avoid eating boring meals throughout the week. You can also download the Body Beautiful recipe book that is packed with nutritious goodness. And if you aren’t following me on Instagram, you definitely should start doing it right now @buildmybodybeautiful, I am always on it and post daily updates and tips, answer questions and provide my ladies with tons of support and love!
Red ginseng tea—part of The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse—belongs to the botanical family panax, which translates from Greek to mean “all heal.” Sounds promising already, right? A study in the journal Food & Function found that participants who sipped on a red ginseng drink saw a significant reduction of plasma alcohol levels and hangover severity (from whiskey—ouch!), in comparison to the placebo group. If you had one too many to help deal with the family bickering, slip out to the store; you can find ginseng tea in most supermarkets.
Before starting your detox process, try cleansing your digestive tract with the salt water cleanse in order to prepare your body for detoxification and weight loss. Mix 1- 2 tablespoons of natural Sea salt into 4 cups of lukewarm water. Do not use table salt; it will not have the same effect. Stir or shake until the salt is dissolved. Drink and then relax.
How do you know if you’re getting enough water? A general rule is to check the toilet after you’ve gone to the bathroom. You’ll know you’re well-hydrated if your urine is clear or very light yellow in color. The darker your urine, the more water you need to drink, especially if weight loss is your goal. Try this Water Intake Calculator to see if you're staying hydrated enough for your weight loss goals!
Such very low energy programs usually include one small meal that contains a couple of cups of vegetables (to boost fibre and nutrient intakes), a small amount of oil (to keep the gall bladder working) and sometimes a fibre supplement (to manage constipation). These are reserved for when you need to lose weight urgently for health reasons or ahead of surgery.
It’s important to know certain situations where fasting of any kind is not advisable. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should not fast, due to the nutrient demands of the developing child. Underweight people should not fast, as it could cause dangerous levels of further weight loss. People with a history of eating disorders should take precaution with fasting, as it may lead to overall emotional and restrictive eating. Lastly, it’s not advised to do a complete fast without drinking liquids and taking electrolytes. Some may choose to do a complete fast for religious reasons, but from a health standpoint, it is not advisable, especially when doing more extended periods of fasting.
Petey’s Bing Beverage serves up an extra boost of energy from taurine (1000mg), an amino acid you’ll find in many of the sporty energy drinks due to its ability to improve athletic performance. A recent study in the Journal of Cardiology found participants who supplemented with 500 mg of taurine three times daily for two weeks, were able to significantly increase exercise distance. In addition to the 1000mg taurine, you’ll get a healthy dose of polyphenols from the bing cherries, which research suggests can reduce inflammation and improve cardiovascular health. A month-long clinical trial published in the Journal of Nutrition saw a 21 percent reduction in inflammation markers among men and women who supplemented their diets with bing cherries. (By the way, taurine is probably fine in small doses, but chug too much and the picture becomes less clear.)
Drinking a combination of carbohydrates and protein after a hard workout can help restore your energy and aid in building lean, metabolism-boosting muscle, but it turns out that you don’t need a fancy recovery beverage to reap these benefits. After participating in a vigorous cycling session, cyclists who drank chocolate milk were able to ride 51 percent longer in a subsequent workout than those who drank a standard recovery beverage, a 2009 article in Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism found. Plus, chocolate milk is cheaper (and tastier) than anything you’ll find in a sports nutrition store.
In fact, stop eating at 7 pm, if possible. By ending your eating by 7 pm, you’ll set yourself up to begin burning fat first thing in the morning. Not just burning calories—burning fat. As you go through the Zero Belly Cleanse, you’ll experience a sense of control over your diet, your body and your health. One of the reasons so many cultures impose periods of cleansing on their people is that it helps to bring a sense of order to life.