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3 Simple Ways to Lose Weight


Let’s cut to the quick. Do these things and your diet will get better. Probably much better.

They might be obvious yet, in my experience, many people have trouble following the basics. I guess we’re all wired differently and, thus, we vary in what clicks for us mentally when it comes to instruction. But I can’t tell you how many diets I’ve analyzed that weren’t “working” that were focused on, say, gluten or Paleo or some other trend-of-the-year but weren’t focused on these three simple components.

If you want to lose weight, adopting these three methods is absolutely vital no matter how you’re eating, be it high protein, high carb, high fat, or high fruit.

1. Drink more water
Most people overeat because they’re dehydrated. Drink two glasses of water every morning and keep on going throughout the day. A good gauge is to aim for half your body weight in ounces each day. Or, shoot, just make it an even gallon. You’re unlikely to drink too much, and I’ll bet you drink too little. You’ll be amazed how much better you feel and function when you’re properly hydrated.

2. Cut out (or at least down) on junk
Most of us know where our diets are going south. We eat too much packaged junk, desserts, fast food, and cheap beer. Like, way too much. Stats show we get more than 10% of our calories from soda, fast food is a jillion-dollar industry, ampms are way more popular than farmer’s markets and we drink more beer, per capita, than the country that invented it. Yet, we have an insatiable appetite for answers to our issues that aren’t (quite literally) right in front of our face.  Instead of worrying about eating like a caveman or whether or not you’re allergic to gluten, try cutting the crap out of your diet and see what that does for you. Chances are you’ll never have to suffer through a diet book again.

3. Eat to fuel recovery (aka eat for what you do)
Instead of eating until you’re stuffed, try eating just enough so you recover from your workout, or whatever else you just did. We’ve gotten used to feeling full as our default state, or goal, which is positively bourgeois.  In a survival state, aka a performance state, you’d want to feel light, not full. Get used to feeling light and you’ll push harder during your workouts and you’ll end up eating pretty close to optimally because performance is addictive, too.

Editor note: Check out Steve Edwards’ Blog for more on weight loss, getting fit, and much much more.]

from Beachbody Blog


“I Am So Happy With My Body Now”


Meet Katie F.! She participated in The Beachbody Challenge and won the $500 Daily Prize for August 11!

Tell us about your life before you started the program. How did you feel about yourself and your body?
I never had to worry about weighing myself because I was a cheerleader and was pretty active. I was happy with my body. I started to date my now husband my senior year of high school. You get into that “comfortable” stage with them and you feel like you can kind of let yourself go. I went to college and I definitely packed on the freshman 15…plus more. I got a job where I was on my feet a lot, always moving, so I still wasn’t too worried about my weight. But, then I got a job sitting behind a desk and used to eat Taco Johns or McDonald’s on a daily basis and I gained at least another 20+ pounds. I hated my wedding pictures, I hated taking pictures, and I hated shopping for clothes. I just hated my body all together.

What inspired you to change your life and begin your transformation journey?*
My breaking point was when I stepped on the scale and it read 223lbs. I cried. I was devastated, how could I let myself get this big? That was the turning point for me. I knew something had to be done or I was going to be unhappy with my body and image for the rest of my life. If I didn’t start then, I probably wouldn’t have ever started.

What is the greatest challenge you faced before beginning the program?
I wanted to drop the weight as fast as I could and be thin again. But, I always told myself that it took years to put on and it’s going to take years to lose. That really helped me get through it and take it one day at a time.

Describe the results you achieved.
The results I have received from the 21 Day Fix are amazing. I couldn’t believe I could transform my body even more with just using my own body weight and not having to go to a gym. I am so happy with my body now. I love to shop for clothes. I love taking pictures. I have never felt this comfortable with my body in so long and it feels great!

Why You Should Eat Figs


What are figs?

Long before high fructose corn syrup, figs were humankind’s go-to sweetener—and we were better off for it. Sumerian stone tablets dating back to 2500 B.C. reference fig consumption. They were also a favorite energy food for the Spartans. Figs offer a unique texture that combines chewy flesh and crunchy seeds with velvety-smooth skin. Fig trees can live up to 100 years and grow up to 100 feet tall, and they produce hundreds of varieties. Figs can have black, purple, or green skins, and pink, purple, or amber flesh. Most are dried, meaning you can enjoy these fiber-rich fruits throughout the year.

When do I look for figs?
You’ll find dried figs year-round at most grocery stores. Fresh figs might be available at your local farmers markets if you live in warmer states. Check in at your favorite farmers market June through September.

How do I choose figs?
Ripe figs should yield a bit when squeezed; unripe figs are firm. Look for clean, dry figs with smooth skins, free of blemishes, breaks, and punctures. Figs that are too ripe will smell sour because they’re beginning to ferment.

What are the health benefits of figs?
Figs are good sources of dietary fiber and carbohydrates, making them an ideal energy snack for long hikes or bike rides. One large raw fig delivers seven percent of the daily-recommended fiber requirement and 47 calories. Figs also contain calcium, iron, and vitamin C.

How do I store figs?
Figs have short shelf lives, and should be eaten within three days if fresh. Store fresh figs in a plastic bag in the coldest part of your refrigerator. Dried figs can be stored at room temperature in their original sealed packages for about a month. Stored in the refrigerator, dried figs will keep for six months to a year.

How do you eat figs?
Toss quartered figs with mixed greens—baby spinach, some arugula, and leafy green lettuce—and top with shaved Parmesan cheese for a savory and sweet lunch or dinner salad. Fresh figs stuffed with a mixture of goat cheese, chopped almonds, and fresh chopped rosemary makes a creamy, crunchy, and chewy appetizer or main dish. For an elegant dessert, poach fresh figs in red wine and serve with nonfat yogurt. Here’s a great healthy recipe you might want to try.

How do I get my kids to like figs?
Mix chopped fresh or dried figs, walnuts, and fresh blueberries into their morning oatmeal or granola for added texture and flavor.

from Beachbody Blog