Brides Looking to Slim Down before the Big “I do” Need to (re)Learn their ABC’s

September 3, 2010 at 12:00 pm Leave a comment

Part 2: Letters N – Z

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For your viewing pleasure, the conclusion to Wednesday’s post, inspired by Women’s Health

N = Numbers
This is my most dreaded letter… just ask the nurse practitioner who had to battle it out with my index finger for the scale knob to move to the appropriate weight.  That’s right.  I’m talking about your weight, people!  Research shows that people who weigh themselves at least once a day or more likely to not only lose but also to maintain their weight loss more so than people who don’t.  Sigh, looks like the scales wins… again!  

O = Omelet
When it comes to protein, omelets are egg-selent!  Haha!  Yesss!  Protein helps build muscle, which in turn fries more calories per pound than fat  According to Jonny Bowden, author of The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, informs you’ll burn 25% of the eggs’ calories simply by digesting them!  Nuts!

P = Peanuts
It’s all about the “p’s” in this study, which was conducted by Purdue University.  In this study, researchers found high-protein, high-fiber nuts are extremely filling and can boost the resting metabolic rates significantly… making the nut an ideal snack food for curbing your appetite!

Q = Quinoa
Quinoa is the queen of whole grains!  Higher in protein and fiber with less carbs, this white rice substitute is an ideal source for dietary deliciousness!

R = Replacements
In its most simplest of forms: Eat this, not that.  Try substituting liquid meals or healthier snacks and sides for some of your less savory choices. 

S = Success
Stress causes no success.  In a study conducted by Georgetown scientists, it was discovered that mice under stress or duress gained twice as much as their de-stressed counterparts.  Reason being??  Stress can cause us to hold on to extra fat cells; hence, the term stress eating.  So next time you’re stressed, try having a “wooo-saaaa” moment instead of a doughnut.

T = Tea
Green tea brings the catechins – a metabolism boosting antioxidant, and the catechins bring the weight loss!  Not to mention, green tea is a MUCH healthier substiture than a half and half cup of coffee filled with sugar!  Duh!

U = User-friendly
In a recent study conducted by the Journal of the American Medical Association, it was discovered that the success rate of one diet plan to the next is not determined by the diet itself, but the compliance each dieter has with it.  Sooo, find a diet you can live with, and then, (more importantly) actually live with it :)

V = Vinegar
Just a spoon full of vinegar helps the weight loss stay off… weight loss stay off!  (I know.  Sweet remix to Mary Poppins, huh?)  Published by the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, it was discovered that swallowing 60 grams or 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a high-glycemic index caused people to eat 200-275 less calories a day… of course this doesn’t surprise me, due to the fact that stomaching a spoonful of vinegar makes me nauseous in thought alone!

W = Weights
I’m here to PUMP (pause for effect) you up!  While many women fear lifting weights will cause them to look like the incredible hulk, they couldn’t be further from the truth.  Pumping iron not only causes you to burn more calories after an average cardio workout, but researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham also discovered that women who lifted 3 times a week for 25 minutes lost an average of 4 pounds of bady fat!  SWEET!

X = Xenical
Given the green light by the FDA last year, this prescription fat blocker can be found in the over the counter supplement, Alli.  However, this does come with a price… loose stools.  So, if the side effects are too much for you to handle, I totally suggest going at it the old fashion way :)

Y = Yoga
Self explanatory… grab a mat and get moving!  Downward dog, anyone?

Z = ZZZZ’s
While dieting, you may want to scrimp on certain foods, but you should never scrimp on your zzzz’s!  By not getting enough sleep, your body is tricked into thinking it’s low on fuel, causing your belly to growl and more than likely you to eat!  So rest up… you need it :)


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