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Review: New Lifestyle Diet

Posted on: April 30th, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments

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Ever heard this advice? Eat like a king at breakfast; eat like a prince at lunch and eat like a pauper by dinner? 

Well, a regular meal-orientation consists of a three-meal-a-day paradigm. And the New Lifestyle diet is a protein-based meal replacement of these healthy meals. Other diet plans focus on carbohydrates for increase of metabolic rate.  While some diet plans cut-out on the carbohydrates.   New Lifestyle Diet is designed to give a balance of  protein, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.  It is emphatic about  maximizing whey and casein protein which gives  the body muscle mass and higher metabolic rate. As the individual loses weight in the program, lean muscles are formed and metabolic rates are increased.

This diet plan menu consists of pudding, shakes, soups and hot drinks. They also have nutritional bars. 

Particular programs are customized for those who are planning to go through the New Lifestyle diet and which combination of foods you choose to consume are planned according to the individual needs.  All nutrients are capsulized in these energy food preparations to replace regular three healthy meals a day.

The New Lifestyle also focuses in behaviorial change and orientation of the certain individual who undergoes the program to sustain their weight even after the program is completed.

Eating teh combination of pudding, soup, hot drink and one healthy meal a day cements the idea about eating like a king, prince and a pauper. However, it may not be the right solution for people who traditionally eat three square meals a day.  

Benefits

  • fast preparation
  • intake of whey and casein protein have their own benefits aside from the ones mentioned 

Challenges

  • It can be expensive.
  • It can be monotonous to the taste buds and to the individual
  • Frequently asked questions come up like, “Can I take my healthy meal at night rather than day?”  Does it signify the program as non-healthy or is this a mere play of words?  It can be considered a disadvantage.  

Food and Recipes

The program has a customized plan for every individual according to his needs.  This may come in a variation of soup, pudding, hot drink and nutritional snack bars and one healthy meal. A variety of almost eighteen flavors are available for pudding, shake, soup and drinks.

Exercise

Exercise is encouraged which also depends on the fitness of a person. However, it is not imposed. 

Exercise is always recommended whether one is in a program or not.  It is part of healthy living and this is the philosophy behind the New Lifestyle diet program.

Finally

The difficulty lies in the orientation shift of the person where the New Lifestyle diet is concerned.  Perhaps, it is the reason behind why it is termed as a new lifestyle. Breaking through old habits can be problematic. 

If you pay a visit to their site, the overview about the diet plan includes the following:

  1. Create the necessary skills and motivations to truly change your life.
  2. Learn how to create self directed change and grow stronger each day.
  3. Develop new behaviors and learn to continually strengthen them.
  4. Learn how to handle food cravings and how to stop emotional eating.
  5. Control your appetite and understand the triggers that are causing you issues.
  6. Learn how to handle stress without turning to food.
  7. Create an inner dialogue with yourself and use it to influence your behaviors.
  8. Learn to recognize the saboteurs around you and how to handle them.
  9. Overcome visual, time, and the hard social situations in your life.
  10. Learn to appreciate yourself and improve your self-esteem and body image.
  11. Never take your success for granted by avoiding relapses.
  12. Learn how to keep the weight off and continue to live your new lifestyle.

A change which endures through time can be problematic.  Can the New Lifestyle address this challenge?   

Detox after Christmas and New Year Festivities

Posted on: January 7th, 2014 by Hayley James No Comments

ID-100188920The revelry has come and gone and now you feel like— well, hopefully nothing has changed at all. But when you looked at yourself in the mirror, you’re suddenly convinced you’ve indulged too much during the holidays. And when a friend echoes what you thought you saw and tells you, “You’ve gained weight!” You begin to worry a little bit.

But here comes the last straw…you tried on a pair of jeans and you needed to hold your breath, roll over a few times (turn a little blue fom holding your breath for quite some time) zip them up, only to feel they don't fit you anymore.

That’s when you really fret and join the herd in the gym. While the seasoned gym goers are complaining because membership sign-ups are going higher and gyms are packed with people who are intent on keeping a head start on their New Year’s resolution.

Usually though, two weeks after, 95% of them are never seen again. I hope you are not one of them because yours is an intention for a healthier lifestyle—which is long-term.  

Now, here are ways to help you detox from the holidays and kick-start your whooping healthy lifestyle for 2014 and onwards.

1. Drink lots of water

Taking in water will help cleanse your system and flush out the toxins to get you back on track to a healthier you.

2. Exercise

Sweat it out! Try a class like Zumba, dancing, kickboxing, aerobics, step aerobics, yoga, Pilates. If you don’t want to wrestle with lots of gym-goers in January, try running, jogging, walking, biking right in your neighbourhood.  Sweating out the excess calories and toxins from the holiday is a great way to detoxify the body.

3. De-clutter your thoughts

You also need to silence your mind and get back into focus. Being healthy has a lot to do with a good and healthy mindset. Incorporate meditation into your activities and de-clutter the negative thoughts and the noise you still have after the hustle and bustle of the holidays.

4. Add Healthy Foods back into your system

Try to add the healthy foods before you overindulged during the holidays back into your diet. Get at least five fruit and vegetable servings in a day. 

 

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Prepare your body before you over-indulgence

Posted on: December 13th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

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Unless you’re Scrooge or you’re simply planning to hide in a cave this holiday season—then you don’t need to read this post.

It’s because I am going to bet (no matter how much you want to stick to a very strict weight loss program), you will allow yourself to overindulge during the holiday season. And please don’t beat yourself up if you do overindulge…because it is “unavoidable” (okay, if you have a better word that will appeal to your logical mind, then write me a message in the comment section below!). However, I won’t have the space in this post to argue with you that you can avoid not to overindulge this holiday season—because you can. But if you can’t, then I do have some tips on how you can prepare your body before you overindulge.

1.    Consider a pre-festive detox (Read the post I wrote on why you should detox)

A detox will allow you some space in your body when the festivities get under way. Before you put in the junk, de-clutter so to speak.  This way, your body can go through lesser adjustments, rather than more drastic measures when 2014 kicks in and you find yourself developing pockets of fat on your belly all of a sudden.

2.    Don’t forget to continue your exercise routine (if possible, bring it to the next level)

It doesn’t mean that if you have momentarily developed “amnesia” over your weight loss management rules on your calorie intake, then it will give you the excuse to forget everything else like your exercise routine.

Don’t forget that energy in=energy out is the ideal equation for maintaining our desired weight.

Exercising will prevent you from drifting into a weight loss plateau during the holiday season. Continuity is crucial. Read how to avoid weight loss plateaus and discover more.

3.    Remember to keep a positive mindset

It won’t do you any good if you keep on telling yourself every time you pick up a delicious goodie, “Why have I overindulged?” “I promised not to do it but here I am stuffing myself!” “I am doomed!” “I’ll go back to being overweight!” “It’s my fault!” “I can’t do it!” and on and on.  

This can lead to emotional eating on your part and you will most likely eat more. This can also decrease your motivation and energy to continue with the program you’ve started.

I am in no way encouraging you to waste away and ravish like someone who has been deprived of food for a decade. What I am saying is that when you can’t avoid the tempting and delicious food in front of you this holiday season, it’s okay. But be sure to prepare yourself if you can’t say “no.”

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5 reasons to detox

Posted on: October 1st, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

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Do you take a bath?

Do you brush your teeth?

Do you clean your house?

Do you clean your car?

Do you clean your closet?

Well, we do a lot of cleaning and de-cluttering from the superficial level, why not clean your body from the inside and detoxify? That's right, to detoxify is to get your body clean and healthy which will result in a lot of positive ways especially when done in a healthy, safe and controlled environment. Read the 5 ways to detox to know how.

Detoxifying can help you in a lot of ways. Here are some of the reasons why you need to detox:

1. This will eliminate the toxins from the body.

Like it or not, all of us are exposed to a lot of toxins one way or another. These toxins may be environmental pollutants, cancer-causing chemicals, preservatives, pesticides, heavy metals, and industrial waste which are stored in our tissues and cells throughout the body. These elements can affect our bodies in terms of metabolism, behavior and immune system which can lead to diseases like cancers, neurological diseases, heart disease, strokes and more.

But don't fret! Our bodies can heal itself because we are gifted with built-in warriors to deal with these dangers.  The problem is our immune system may be overloaded making us vulnerable to fight off these harmful elements.

 Detoxifying assists and improves the natural functions of our bodies by strengthening our  immune system to function properly and fight off diseases.

2. This is a good way to lose weight.

As mentioned above, the toxins inside our body can affect our metabolism and our ability to burn fat. When the body eliminates the toxins especially the ones stored in fat cells through detoxifying our metabolism increases which can lead to losing the extra fats. 

3. Detoxifying is a way to slow down aging.

Just like the toxins that detoxifying can eradicate, it can also rid the body of free radicals and heavy metals which can be responsible for aging. Detoxifying assists in increasing nutrient absorption particularly antioxidants and vitamins which are good elements to fight stress.

Detoxifying is also know to improve one's skin quality, strengthens hair and nails and gives us a natural, healthy glow.

4. It increases energy and improves quality of life.

With the heavy baggage of toxins gone, you can expect to feel lighter and have more mental, physical, and emotional energy after detoxifying. Studies show that detoxifying leads to healthier sleeping habits and increased energy.  Thus, detoxifying can tremendously improve your outlook and behavior towards life.

5. Restores balance to our body's system leading to mental and emotional clarity.

We would want all our body systems working harmoniously together. Without clogging its ways to function properly, after getting rid of the unwanted toxins, detoxifying can give us the balance that we want and need.  And when the body's systems are aligned, a radical shift in our well-being encompassing our mental and emotional states also occurs.

With the restoration of balance, we're clear and grounded and we can see better and deal with more things. We can make better judgment, analyze things clearly and see things in a more positive perspective. 

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The 5 ways to detox

Posted on: September 19th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

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For your weight loss problems, do you know that you can feel lighter, healthier, more energized and focused if you detox your body? And no—I am not talking about detoxifying through artificial juices or herbal supplements, for they may not be the healthiest ways to detoxify. I am talking about the natural way—ways you can immediately implement in your lifestyle right now.

Want to know more? Here goes:

Remove the junk in your diet

The first thing to do is to "de-clutter" and remove the “junk” like processed foods, refined carbs and sugar from your diet. Without them and you'll have more energy through the day and you can say farewell to your afternoon slump.

If you want to start cleansing your body, it is important to eliminate the junk in your body first. Think of it this way, you can't start cleaning your closet if you still have a lot of junk inside. Take everything out, choose what to keep and what to discard. Otherwise, you will be putting the same things back in its place and you will never be able to get out of the cycle.

It may be painful the first few days. But in a few short weeks you will be feeling great and less bloated.

Vegify, organify and fruitify

Now that you've removed the junk from your closet (just kidding)—your diet, you can shift now to healthier  foods. Think of including vegetable, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, and grass-fed, organic proteins in your meals.  Choose whole, fresh, organic, and all-natural foods.

Unlike taking in processed foods, when you "vegify, fruitify and organify", you will be taking in more nutrient-dense and free of preservatives and chemicals  foods which is great for your body.

And when you eat, make your plate look as colorful as possible. Add in more of the greens and the oranges to ensure you're getting a variety of vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals.

Drink lots of water

The foundation of detoxifying is water — lots of water.  Drinking lots of water will keep you hydrated, prevent constipation and assist your digestive system and liver — which are the key body parts of eliminating the unwanted waste and toxins.

Sweat it out

Sweating is one of the ways the body gets rid of the toxins. So engage in activities that you love which will get you to move.  When you're up and moving you will be reaping the benefits of like losing the pounds, increasing your energy, boosting your mood, more alert mind, keeps you from aging and helping prevent diseases.

Try to relax and rejuvenate your body

Food is only one part of the restoration process.  You would want to focus on the totality of your self. And you can rejuvenate in many different ways to detoxify. For instance, take a good night's rest to repair and restore your body. Then, develop a cheerful attitude and a positive mindset to help you feel calm, loose, and centered. Do meditation or yoga if you like.

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Are There Benefits of Detoxing For Fast Weight Loss?

Posted on: April 5th, 2013 by Hayley James No Comments

 

Ok, so you want to lose weight?  Although exercise and a healthy diet are the best approaches to take, cleansing your body first by way of a body detoxification could be the best way to start. 

There are many ways to detox your body so before you start a body detox plan, it is important to know your options.  These options include water fasting, juice fasting, the soup cleanse, the use of detox pills and patches, the consumption of all-natural foods, to name a few.

Although these methods are popular as they can help you achieve a quick weight loss,    fasting is not right for everyone and it is advisable to consult with your medical practitioner first, before embarking on any method of weight loss.

When detoxing it is important your body still receives needed nutrients.  For that reason, it is recommended should you choose a juice fast, or water fast you detox for no more than five days or more. 

Your weight loss success on a detox diet will also depend on what your current weight is.  The more you weigh, the easier it will be for you to lose weight.  For example, if you are 20 pounds overweight, you may lose weight on a detox diet.  However, if you are at a healthy weight, you may not lose any weight at all.

Once your detox period is finished you will most likely need to make some life-style changes in your food options or the weight you have just lost can return just as easily.  By making healthy food choices, eliminating foods high in sugar, fats, and calories and combining this with a regular exercise regime, you can maintain a healthy weight for years to come.

So, although you can lose weight on a detox diet, your results may vary and your weight loss may only be temporary.  We suggest you adopt a combination of healthy eating and exercise as a way of life as opposed to a quick fix. 

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