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Greek Yogurt Correction Day – FAGE

FAGE -Full Fat Greek Yogurt Results

This is what you do –

Eat 32oz of Fage Full Fat Greek Yogurt with 8oz of berries

Divided into four meals that you eat throughout the day.
For chocolate lovers instead of berries add in unsweetened chocolate and stevia… tastes just like chocolate mouse!

FAGE full fat yogurt days work and work well and they are very easy to do if you like yogurt.

A nice alternative to other correction days for the hot summer months

This type of yogurt is thicker than regular yogurt almost cheesecake like.

The average correction seems to be 2 to 3 lbs.

As I get more information I will add to this post

The Best Way To Beat Cellulite

The Best Way To Beat Cellulite

I thought this article was interesting. Ever since I made the choice to either stand or have my legs using a mini stepper at work it seems like I’m seeing more and more information basically telling people to stop sitting.

The Best Way To Beat Cellulite
By Cassandra Forsythe-Pribanic, PhD, RD
Cottage cheese                           Orange Peel                             Rice Pudding

Even though this sounds like it, I’m not talking about food here.  These are just some of the names given to an undesirable skin condition known as cellulite that plagues the backsides and tummies of women all over the world.

Sure, some men are affected by it, but for the most part, women’s biggest fear about wearing a bikini in the summer is the dimply appearance of her butt and thighs or mid-section. And, women don’t even have to be considered “chubby” or “fat” to have cellulite in the most awkward of places. Even our beloved, so-called perfectly thin actresses have cellulite that they work incredibly hard to hide.

But why is it that women are mostly stricken with mattress-like backsides and how do we prevent it or minimize its appearance?

What is cellulite?

Cellulite consists of several alterations in your skins normal structure, coupled with circulation issues (fatty areas of cellulite tend to have low blood flow and are cold to the touch), and changes with the fat cells themselves.

If you have cellulite, there isn’t much you can do to abolish it, but you can definitely reduce it’s appearance.

Even Babies Have Cellulite

My first realization about cellulite came when I noticed my 7-month old daughter had a cottage cheese-like appearance to her cute little butt cheeks when they were slightly squished.

At first I was upset – why does she have cellulite? How is this possible?  But then I realized my own battles with cellulite were partially out of my control. Females, by virtue of our hormonal environment and body structure are stricken with cellulite from the very beginning.

Normal, healthy, fatty tissue development (growth of new fat cells, not fat cell size) begins in the womb and continues until a child is 18 months old. It then picks up again during puberty.  In today’s society, with all the junk food and excessive calories, some children are in a constant state of fat cell growth and potentially new fat cells.

Fatty tissue near the skin consists of two layers separated by a facial layer.  The more external layer is called the areolar layer, which is formed by globular and large fat cells (adipocytes) arranged vertically; here the blood vessels feeding the fat cells are numerous and fragile. The deeper layer is called the lamellar layer and the cells are fusiform, smaller and arranged horizontally; the vessels here are larger. The second layer increases in thickness when a person gains weight, mainly due to the increase in fat cell volume which presses against the outer, areolar layer, making it more pronounced.

In women, the outer areolar layer is thicker and the skin covering it is usually thinner which is the case right from birth (and explains my daughters dimply butt cheeks). As a woman ages and gains more body fat from an increase in the inner lamellar layer, it makes the fat cells in the areolar layer more visible.

Female hormones can be evil

When women start to hit puberty, the battle with thigh cellulite commences. The femoral region of a woman (the back of the upper thigh) is very responsive to her very unique hormonal profile.

Estrogen increases the response of thigh fat cells to anti-lipolytic alpha receptors (preventing fat breakdown and loss) and stimulates an enzyme called lipoprotein lipase (LPL) that stimulates fat growth. This can occur in the gluteal region and abdomen as well, but is usually localized to the back of the legs.

Prolactin (the breast-feeding hormone) is another hormone that makes cellulite more visible because it increases water retention in the fatty tissue, which makes each cell look larger and more lumpy.

So, most women are going to have some issues with cellulite, just because they are women.

Insulin make cellulite more visible

One of the greatest influences on cellulite appearance is the blood glucose-regulating hormone insulin. Whenever you eat carbohydrate, your body releases insulin to manage the influx of glucose (from carbs) into your bloodstream. In an ideal world, your muscle cells recognize this insulin and invite the glucose into muscle cells to be used for energy or stored for later use (as glycogen).

However, in the case of most sedentary people, insulin sends the carbs to fat cells to be turned into fatty acids and stored as triglycerides (called lipogenesis). This makes fat cells in the lamellar layer bigger, causing fat cells in the areolar layer to be squished out and more visible.
Unless a person is a constant exerciser or exercises incredibly hard every day, high carb diets will cause your body to produce more fat. Insulin also stops your body from using fat as fuel and can cause your body to store more water, pushing cellulite out for the world to see.

Change your lifestyle, smooth out cellulite

Of all the things under our control with respect to cellulite, there are two major things we can change to minimize its appearance. With cellulite, you either have it, or you  don’t (lucky girl!), but if you have it, you can make it look less pronounced despite never really being able to get rid of it.

First and foremost – get off your butt!  Consistent physical activity (no, not armchair football) decreases your body’s insulin levels naturally and makes your muscle cells more receptive to burning up carbs and fats for energy.

Daily exercise also increases muscle mass, which helps decrease body fat. It increases circulation in your lower extremities, providing more blood to thigh fat cells and enabling them to be used as a energy source.  Finally, it improves rigidity of your tendons and muscles, making fatty areas seem smaller and less pronounced.

You’ve got to think: all that sitting on your behind, day in and day out, does not do much for improving blood flow to your thighs or making your butt look any smaller. So, get up and move as much as you can —  every day. Even consider investing in a stand-up desk, so your butt can get a break.

Second –  eliminate simple carbs, sodium, alcohol and manufactured fats from your diet.

You now know carbs are the major promoters of insulin, but not all carbs are bad and timing is important. High-fiber carbs from non-starchy vegetables (like greens and colorful veggies) produce the least amount of insulin and some starchy veggies (like sweet potato, squash and peas) produce a bit more insulin, but their high fiber content is important. Fiber helps keep your body regular (along with adequate water intake) which improves blood flow in your lower limbs.

Simple carbs, like those used in Prograde Workout, and even fruit carbs are used best by your body after exercise, and sometimes before. At this time, your muscles are primed to use that insulin for repair and re-growth instead of for fat storage.

High sodium, processed foods, like those microwave lunches, have to be packed with sodium to prevent spoilage. This sodium causes water retention and makes cellulite look worse than it is. On the same note, watch out for sodium in canned foods (soups, fish) and focus on fresh, non-processed items as often as possible. Sauces, like soy sauce and teriyaki are also a no-no as they can be both high in sodium and simple carbs.

Alcohol is also an issue – this chemical acts just like insulin, causing your body to store fat and create fat and preventing it from using it for energy. Light beer is not going to help your cause at all. Just limit or stay away from alcohol all the time and your fat cells will be smaller and you’ll be happier.

Manufactured fats, such as those found in most boxed and packaged foods are incredibly problematic. First, the poor quality of these fats, which can be trans fats or just excessive polyunsaturated fats,  love to be stored by the body. They also increase inflammation, which leads to water retention and decreased fat breakdown.  Finally, they’re often associated with high simple carb foods (cake anyone?)

The best diet to reduce the appearance of cellulite is one that contains high quality, whole-food proteins that are not laced with preservatives, sodium, and sugar (foods like organic beef and chicken, organic eggs and purified whey proteins), plenty of colorful vegetables and fruits to provide fiber, antioxidants and potassium to balance sodium, and plentiful whole food fats, especially those high in unsaturated fats like avocados, egg yolks, fish, fish oil and krill oils, and olives and olive oil.

Don’t believe the hype- just do what Mother Nature told you to do

Everyday you’re going to be bombarded with some product, or some new fancy diet that proclaims to be the terminator of all cellulite, but don’t buy into those claims.

Fighting the dimply look of cellulite isn’t really that hard – you just need to eat real food, food that Mother Nature gave us, and exercise or move your body every day.

Or, pick the right parents and ask for thick skin. But, if it was that easy, the world wouldn’t be so interesting.

References

Cellulite: a review. Rossi AB and Vergnanini AL. JEADV (2000) 14: 251-262

Chiro Klenz-The Best “Clean Out” Tea

Detoxing Before HCG Protocol


I know many people prefer to do a detox regimen before starting their HCG P2 Protocol. And during protocol a lot of people need some assistance  with getting “regular”. As most of us know there are a few different teas that are made for this very reason. I first of about Chiro Klenz from a fellow HCGer who bought the tea from her Chiropractor.

As long as you realize that this tea will truly CLEAN you out, this is a great tea to use.

I’s not cheap but it WORKS!

Since posting my original post about the teas I like to use I have since been able to find Chiro Klenz reasonably priced at this website (click link below)

http://www.goodhealthteas.com

Below is the link to my original post and vlog about the teas I like to use;
http://www.loseit4ever.com/weight-loss-teas

What the “Experts” are saying about MSM liquid

Tighten the Skin During and After Weight Loss the MSM liquid Benefit

My first experience learning about the MSM benefits for tightening skin was a vlog I saw on you tube by a man that had weighed over 400 lbs . He had done a very long fast and is now a raw food advocate. When I saw how good his skin looked considering the amount of weight he had lost I was SOLD.

Then after that I saw another vlog with MSM liquid being used as an ingredient for a skin treatment for lines, creases and wrinkles on the face.

I have since done a vlog myself calling the treatment the “SKIN RECIPE” I have absolutely loved the results!

What the “experts” are saying about MSM liquid

There are a large number of doctors and patients who claim to have experienced notable benefits through the administering of liquid MSM. These benefits include but are not limited to improve the condition of joints, muscles, skin, hair, and nails. MSM is usually sold in purified forms, and is generally assimilated with purified water to help increase absorption and provide a convenient way of administering the supplement. Most brands suggest that you either take the supplement alone or that you add it to your favorite fruit juice. Recommended dosage ranges from around 1 teaspoon twice a day, to up to 2 or 3 tablespoons twice a day with a single teaspoon equaling about 390 milligrams of liquid MSM.

Here are the websites I have purchased it from
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http://www.luckyvitamin.com/p-23405-trimedica-pure-msm-liquid-16-oz

Do your HCG Homework Before Ordering your HCG!

The type of HHCG you get MATTERS

Me the blogger is not saying the hhcg is bad – All I want you to be aware of is who is selling to you??? I check “spam filters” at work during the day and see HCG ads all the time. It breaks mt heart because I Know HCG WORKS!!!!!But Unfortunately there are those that don’t care what they are “selling”, all I can say is Get the RIGHT stuff! By saying that I don’t mean you HAVE to do injections. BUT be sure what you are doing is the “real deal”!

Now Here is Today’s Question

QUESTION _ I’ve been on your site and I think it’s super duper helpful. I really like your vibe and find you very inspiring.

I’m kind of in a tough situation with HCG. I decided to try the homeopathic route because I was afraid of side effects. I clearly didn’t do enough research before I started. I’m on day 24 now. I’ve lost 12.9lbs so far (started at 202.5). I’m pretty starving a lot of the day. I’ve decided I’m going to switch over to Rx injections for my next round. I really want to get to that next round quickly. I’m really not losing any each day – like .2lbs if that. I’m inclined to stop the HHCG now, do a 3 week P3 and then start up R2 with injections. What do you think?

I know the weight isn’t going to come off quickly. It certainly took me many years to get this heavy so I don’t expect an easy road to goal weight. But I kind of feel like I’m wasting time on HHCG. I’ve kept to protocol except for 1 day early on when I had a small glass of wine. I’d love to hear your thoughts.


ANSWER _ Yeah, if you are starving something isn’t right. Since you are on day 24 you can consider that your 1st round and do P3. You should get your HCG by the time you’re are ready for round 2. Congrats on getting to ONEerland – that is awesome! I list where I have purchased my HCG. Out of the 3 “Reliable” is my favorite, but all deliver what you need and want.
Let me know if I can help with anything else.

Here is the Link to where I have bought my HCG
http://www.loseit4ever.com/where-to-order-hcg-online

HCG-Boost Your Releases with Ice Water!

Break a Stall or boost your Releases with this SUPER simple trick!

12 oz of Ice Water every  60 to 90 minutes.

I had first heard this Thermogenisis trick in the early 90’s and was reminded of it recently. I have already had some great comments back saying “yep it works”!

If your teeth are sensitive to cold try drinking with a straw to bypass the teeth 😉

HCG Recipe -P3 Almond Joy Recipe

HCG P3 Almond Joy Recipe

1/2 c almond flour
1/2 c coconut flour
1/2 c Stevia baking blend
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
…4 eggs
3/4 c milk, coconut milk, or almond milk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 c plus 1/2 c sugar free chocolate chips
1/2 c plus 1/4 c sliced almonds
1/4 c plus 1/4 c unsweetened shredded coconut

Mix dry ingredients. Whisk together wet ingredients. Mix wet and dry together with an electric mixer. Add 1 c chocolate chips, 1/2 c sliced almonds, and 1/4 c coconut. Spread into a parchment lined pan and top with remaining coconut, almonds and chocolate chips. If thick, bake at 350 for 35-40 minutes, if thinner, bake 25-30 minutes.

put these in a smaller glass baking dish, so they were a little thicker/more cake like, but still AMAZING – you could put them in a larger dish and they would be more cookie-like.

Thanks to Sammie for your awesome recipe!

HCG – Thinking About Trying It But Have Questions

HCG Questions – My Experience with Protocol, Exercise, Stabilizing and Food.

Message sent to me;

-Hey. I’ve been thinking about doing the hCg program, but I am a little skeptical based on all the controversy that seems to surround it. It makes it hard to make a decision. Anyway, after searching on you tube, your videos have been the most beneficial and interesting to watch. :) Congratulations on all of your success. :) I have a few questions I was hoping you could answer, if you have time.

Q – 1. Have you noticed any unhealthy side effects since (or even during) performing the hCg protocol? A lot of the information I have read through tries to claim that the hCg protocol will help you lose weight but in the long run you are playing a dangerous game with your life (i.e. heart problems, cancer, etc.). Should I worry about any of this? Are these claims potentially true?


My Answer – Before protocol my Dr had me on Advair for my breathing, Nexium for heartburn, and my cholesterol was lousy but not to the point of  medication yet. I also had been hospitalized with a blood clot the summer of 2008. I felt that I was too young to be suffering all those ailments.

After seeing family that summer I made the decision to be semi vegetarian. Felt a bit better but not any huge difference. Then I did a long master cleanse fast. Because I really push the envelope as far as how long I did the fast I did experience some scary hair loss. But my breathing and heartburn got better. In 2009 I did end up with another blood clot.

My brother was concerned about me fasting and mentioned I should look into “this 500 calories diet on youtube”. I started watching the vlogs and Dec.2009 ordered my HCG and started my journey Jan 17, 2010.

Before starting I read Pounds and inches over and over again so I wouldn’t miss a single thing. Based on what I read of Dr Simenon’s protocol it made a lot of sense and I was excited to think that this really could be what would work for me.

Q-2. Some of the research I have read through claims that hCg can create acne problems. Is this true? Did you have this come up when you were on the protocol? If you did, how did you get it to go away? Did it just disappear after completing the protocol (you seem to have beautiful skin)?

My Answer – Because hcg is what helps pregnant women nourish the baby even if they aren’t eating enough this is my thinking on the changes it might make to our bodies while on it. Example, I knew when I was pregnant my hair grew great and fast but when I was done being pregnant my hair stopped growing as fast and lots the extra thickness I gained while pregnant. So I figured I might possibly go through the same scenario once I was done with HCG but that has NOT been the case. Granted I have taken a good hair vitamin before, during and after hcg. The most recent vitamin I have been taking for my hair has definitely increased my hair growth more that the others I have been on. Things like acne etc. again I thing it depends on each individual and how hormonal changes effected a person in the past during child bearing years.

As a side note I should also mention my cholesterol levels are now ideal – YAY!

Q – 3. What is it like trying to maintain your weight loss now? I’m sure you don’t eat poorly to stay as trim/fit as you are. So, I was wondering what your diet and exercise was like to stay as fit as you do? Do you always cook at home? Do you go out to dinner? Do you exercise? If so, how much?

My Answer

One “beef” I have about the show “The Biggest Loser” is this, the trainers have the participants working out so hard and so much how on earth could a person living an average life keep that kind of regimen up?

I don’t have a gym membership but I do have treadmill. If I didn’t have that I know I could still go outside and walk. Other than that I do light weights to firm my arms.

I like to walk on a daily basis to keep my circulation going. The light arm weights are approx 3x per week.

I was going to experiment with the peak 8 theory but got a cold and didn’t get back to doing it. But just writing this is reminding me that I should.

Even before HCG I understood but just didn’t put into practice the importance of the glycemic index. My Grandmother was a double amputee because of wounds not healing because of diabetes. That right there was a motivation to understand what sugar does to our bodies.

Yes I do eat out (approx 2x a week) but I don’t like to go to fast food places (too many chemicals). I love cobb salads but ask for no bacon (never have been a fan) and since 200 calories can be saved by just omitting that I’m all for it. I do love blue cheese dressing but just don’t have it a lot. When I’m at home I really enjoy the mustard dressing I vlogged about so that is the one I eat during the week. I also love roasted veggies with either shrimp or chicken mixed in.

If I do eat sugar foods that aren’t fruit like almond Joy or ice cream I plan it around knowing I will be active afterward. If I’m not for one I feel too antsy and second I don’t want the sugar to store as fat.

I still love Mexican food, burgers etc. I just do it all within reason. During the week between my 2 jobs and helping other dieters I figure I will save my spurges for the weekends. Plus during the week the “clean foods” I eat I really crave and look forward to.

Also I don’t like to “mindlessly eat” so that good too. But if I need to take something with me when I’m on the go I love raw almonds, grapes, that kind of thing.

Q – 4. Without hCg, they say that a 500 calorie diet is terrible for you and you will quickly put back on the weight once you go back to a normal intake of calories. In addition, your body will store more in fat than it did previously in case of another low calorie (starvation) mode. However, what I have read with the hCg protocol, is that it resets your metabolism and therefore if you do gain weight subsequent to the protocol, you are no worse off than when you started the protocol (i.e. there is no surge in weight gain due tot he lack of calories). Is this true?

My Answer – I heard the same theory you mentioned when people talk about extremely low calorie dieting. Yes HCG is what makes the 500 calories intake doable without starvation. As far as I’m concerned it isn’t just about resetting metabolism but also creating a new “set point”. As you stabilize your body is getting use to the new weight each and everyday so it will want to stay at the new set point. So the longer you are at the lower weight the easier it is for your body to expect that to be the norm.

The person who asked the questions – That is all for now. I apologize for the list of questions. I was never very good at condensing what I wanted to say! 😉 Even if you end up not being able to reply, I think you should know your videos are very beneficial and inspiring. Thanks for posting! :)

ME – Please remember I am not a doctor etc. My answers are simply my opinion based on what I have experienced before, during and after taking HCG.

My goal is to help people through what I have learned during my journey.

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