Got back late last night. So exhausted, passed out at 11:30 with my boyfriend. Anyways.
Breakfast: Bagel & egg (350 cal)
Lunch: Slimfast (190 cal)
Dinner: Tomato Soup & Saltines (290 cal)
Water: 1 cup
Gross Calories: 910
Net Calories: 670
Not done for tonight, I’ll probably have a snack since I ate dinner pretty early. Drinking more water tonight… I was out walking for about 9 hours in Chicago on Sunday and was running around doing camp all week and I think that + my arthritis messed up my ankle :( I did about 10 minutes of cardio today and couldn’t do any more without it really hurting. I’ll just stretch a lot tonight and try to recover. Hopefully tomorrow it’s better.
Instead of trying to keep up with my losing 2lbs a week, I’m just going to set my goal weight and cross it off when I’ve finished it. The goal every week was going alright in the beginning, but I seem to be stuck at 138 right now and it’s really disheartening. Plus, I’ve realized that I’ve gained some weight in muscle from my strength training so I’m not even sure how accurate this all is.
I think doing it the new way will be healthier and less stressful. And from now on I’m going to focus on cardio and not really on strength training. I want to lose the weight first.
I haven’t been counting calories recently since I’ve been in IL the past week, though I’ve been keeping it pretty healthy and still pretty active.
Kelp has metabolic precursors of the active hormones of the thyroid gland (Fisher and Painter)
It also has naturally occurring iodine in it, which together with the above precursors, is believed to increase basal metabolic rate, and help with fat metabolism. Fisher and Painter describe a clinical trial that found those taking kelp lost twice as much weight as those who didn’t take it. Both groups were on the same calorie controlled diet, and the study lasted 60 days. They do say that they don’t know how effective kelp would be helping those people with no ‘obvious’ thyroid problem, however. Like vitamins, it may be something that can help only those who have a need for a particular vitamin, or in this case, thyroid benefiting herb.
If taking kelp, don’t take more than the equivalent of 1000mcg of iodine per day. The label usually has recommendations taking this into account.
Green tea has a mild thermogenic effect. This means it increases, by 3 to 4 percent, the amount of energy used in heat production by the body that is unrelated to either physical activity or resting metabolism. It is not the caffeine in green tea which does this, and you can get caffeine free green tea if you are sensitive to it.
The catechin polyphenols in green tea extract are believed to alter the body’s use of norepinephrine, which is a chemical transmitter in the nervous system, to increase the rate of calorie burning. Thus green tea may be a mild and pleasant way to boost metabolism.
Coconut Oil has a beneficial effect on the thyroid gland. It is a medium chain fatty acid, and is said to ‘activate’ the metabolism. These types of fats are used directly by the liver instead of being stored in the body’s tissues as fat. Dr Ray Peat has a very interesting article here on coconut oil - This article provides a greater understanding on how coconut oil is one of the may ways to boost metabolism available to us.
In the article above, Dr Peat tells this interesting story:
"In the l940s, farmers attempted to use cheap coconut oil for fattening their animals, but they found that it made them lean, active and hungry. For a few years, an antithyroid drug was found to make the livestock get fat while eating less food, but then it was found to be a strong carcinogen, and it also probably produced hypothyroidism in the people who ate the meat. By the late l940s, it was found that the same antithyroid effect, causing animals to get fat without eating much food, could be achieved by using soy beans and corn as feed." (www.efn.org)
He also describes how two people, G. W. Crile and his wife, found that people in the Yucutan had a higher metabolic rate (25%) than people in the US. And this was despite living in a tropical climate where the metabolic rate is usually lower than in a cold climate. Coconuts are a staple in the Yucutan. So, using coconut oil instead of regular cooking oil, or taking 2 tablespoons of coconut oil directly per day, is another of the various ways to boost metabolism through nutrition.
Water and weight loss. These 2 terms are often seen together in most weight loss tips.
Although there is some debate amongst the experts on whether there is any real benefits to losing weight by drinking the recommended 8 – 10 glasses of water (8 oz glass), most agree that people who drink this amount of water do see weight loss results.
For some, this could be because they have replaced their sugary drinks with water. For others, it could be as simple as feeling full from that glass of water.
Even though there have been very few scientific studies done on the benefits of drinking water for weight loss, all the successful weight loss plans do recommend drinking water. Find out here how else water can help with weight loss.
Protein helps improve your lean muscle mass and remember, the more lean muscle, the higher your BMR.
Don’t worry, I’m not saying you have to bulk up and become a body builder. Just focus on eating the right foods. By adding protein to every meal, you are helping fuel your body with muscle.
Protein can be found in a variety of foods from many of the food groups. Red meat of course is the first thing that comes to mind. But foods like turkey or chicken, cottage cheese, fish and egg whites are another great source of protein.
Less really can be more. By eating smaller meals more often you will feel more satisfied during the day.
The recommendation is to eat something every 2 – 3 hours, so depending on your daily schedule, this would be 4 – 6 meals a day.
Experts are now saying that eating smaller meals more often helps keep your metabolism going. Remember my tip on eating breakfast? Same concept here. Think of your meals as metabolism boosters.
Many weight loss plans will still have a typical meal plan of breakfast, lunch and dinner, but they also have times of the day for “snacks”. This, in reality, is your additional meals throughout the day.
Just remember to make these meals or snacks the right foods to continue eating healthy throughout the day.