Remove Alcohol for Quick Weight Loss

A fast approach to weight loss is by halting drinks that can influence weight retention. Alcohol is the most social and common kind of ‘drug’ we can take, and it’s a normal part of our society and socializing to have a few drinks. We’ve been drinking alcohol for centuries from simple fermented drinks to classy wines, champagnes, and exotic cocktails. There are obvious health and social problems associated with excessive or binge consumption of alcohol, but what about its effects on people aiming for weight loss?

All alcoholic drinks contain a significant amount of calories per serving, and we often have a lot more than just one serving! But how much damage does this do for your weight loss efforts? An ideal dietary plan reduces calorie intake by 250-500 calories per day to achieve a good amount of healthy weight loss per week.  One can easily see that 1-2 drinks per day puts pay to any good nutrition plan you might follow during the day. Simply said: 1-2 alcoholic drinks can seriously halt weight loss.

Another way to look at the effect alcohol has on weight loss is to compare the equivalent time needed to spend doing fitness training to burn these calories off! An individual of average fitness level and of average weight would apply the following effort to burn off 2 alcohol servings:

Training time required to burn off calories from alcohol:

Alcoholic drink Walking Swimming Running Cycling
Beer (355ml) 30 mins 17 mins 12 mins 13 mins
Light beer (355ml) 20 mins 11 mins 8 mins 9 mins
Low carb beer (355ml) 23 mins 13 mins 9 mins 10 mins
White wine sweet (200ml glass) 40 mins 23 mins 16 mins 18 mins
White wine dry (200ml glass) 29 mins 16 mins 12 mins 13 mins
Red wine (200ml glass) 28 mins 16 mins 11 mins 12 mins
Spirits (on ice / neat) 13 mins 7 mins 5 mins 6 mins
Water 0 mins 0 mins 0 mins 0 mins

There’s a lot of work to be done if  a few (or more) drinks are consumed. Think of all the blood, sweat, tears, and hard work that can go into a great fitness session….and how easily the efforts  can be reversed by drinking alcohol!  Additionally, alcohol contains no essential nutrients and reduces the absorption of Vitamins A, D, E, K, folate, B I, and B2 by altering Biotin (B7).  Lastly, alcohol does not contribute to muscle glycogen, so you may be left short on carbohydrates (Fruits, Vegetables and Whole Grains), which you need in order to train hard.

While it is true that red wines contain a natural phenol “resveratrol”, which permits blood cells to smoothly pass each

Handful of blueberries for improved health.

other instead of sticking to one another,  consider trading in your wine glass for fiber.  Resveratrol is also found in peanuts, soy, cranberries, blueberries, and Itadori tea which maybe a good substitute for red wine and linking it to possible human longevity.

By gaining knowledge on how to improve weight loss efforts, you can begin to feel better about your own appearance and body’s health over the next week, as your initial loss can be 2-7 pounds within the first days of working towards your new objective!

By: Kimberly Crocker


Beauty of Wine and Grape Juice

Vitamin “H” for Haar and Haut

Vitamin C Reduces Body Fat, and More…..

Learning about nutritional properties within food will contribute to the overall success of burning the excessive stored body fat; reducing the challenge of resisting foods that we are surrounded by and better understanding how to make them work for us!

Important basic information.
1. Skipping meals will slow your metabolism. In fact, your body will store the food, because it preceives itself as having encountered famine. Therefore, the metabolism slows down and burns calories at a reduced rate.

2. Natural plant foods actually burn more fat than the calorie content of the food itself.

3. Reduce amounts of Salt and Sugar which can work against the body. Excess salt can be stored in the organs and create unwanted swelling. Counter salt with higher potassium intake (fruits and vegetables), which flushes out salt and provides homeostasis (balanced biochemistry in your body). Sugars from sweets, soda’s and wines do not benefit the body and are stored as fat. While wine is vasal-dialator and helps promote HDL cholesterol, it should be consumed in correct amounts; 1 glass per day for women and 2 glasses per day for men.

4. You can utilize your own body to determine a serving. Your closed fist is indicative of  a (approx.) half cup and would apply that is how much 1 serving of  fruit, or vegetable should be in your meal.  With an open hand, examine only your palm; the size of your palm is indicative of 1 serving of meat, fish or poultry that you should consume twice a day.

Food Properties and How we Benefit from them

  • Calcium Rich Dairy Products: Calcium in dairy products like milk, cheese and yogurt act as fat burner that can boost weight loss by increasing fat breakdown in fat cells. 1 ounce of cheese a day or 2 glasses of skim milk daily can double the rate of weight and fat loss. Eating 3-4 servings of dairy products a day is more effective at enhancing weight loss efforts than calcium supplementation alone. Researchers found that overweight people who consumed 3 servings a day of calcium-rich dairy lost more belly fat than those who followed a similar diet minus two or more of the dairy servings.
  • Daily servings of 3 Dairy per day.  1 Milk= 1 8 ounce glass.  Cheese=1 ounce. Yogurt=4 ounces

  • Fish and Fish oil: Fish such as: Anchovies, Sardines, Salmon, Tuna are high in Omega 3 and are a great way to shed pounds. A recent study found that fish oil is effective in helping your body burn fat more efficiently. When using supplements make sure that the oil comes from the higher quality afore mentioned  fish.
  • 1 3 ounce Daily Serving of Fish. (considered Protein)

  • Fruits rich in vitamin C – Vitamin C helps the body process fat faster and also stimulates the amino acid Carnitine, which speeds up the body’s fat-burning capacity!  Vitamin C dilutes the fat and makes it less effective and helps in releasing the fat from the body. Berries,  limes, lemons, oranges, guava, grapefruit, papaya, tangerines, tomatoes, watermelon
  • Daily Serving 4-5 fruits.  1 serving =1/2 cup Fruit

  • Honey: Honey mobilises the extra fat deposits in the body.
  • Daily Serving of 1 teaspoon

  • Nuts help feel full while also increasing the body’s ability to burn fat
  • Daily Serving Nuts= 1 ounce (or 28 grams)

  • Pectin in apple restricts the cells to absorb the fat; and also encourages water absorption from the food which helps in releasing the fat deposits from the body. The antioxidants in apples may help prevent metabolic syndrome, a condition marked by excess belly fat
  • An apple a day keeps the doctor away! (Delicious  raw, cooked or baked)

  • SPICES: Chillies: Foods containing chillies or cayanne pepper which contain capsaicin that helps in increase the metabolism. Capsaicin is a thermogenic food, causing the body to burn extra calories for 20 minutes after you eat the chilies.
  • Cardamom: Cardamom is a thermogenic herb like Capsaicin that increases metabolism and helps burn body fat.
  • Curry leaves(Curry Patta): Curry leaves flush out fat and toxins, reducing fat deposits in the body.
  • Garlic: An effective fat burning food.
  • Add Spices to your foods through out the day in order to help your food work more effectively.

  • Proteins: Protein rich foods and high fiber foods are the best as foods burning belly fat. Protein needs more energy to digest than fat: low calorie dairy products, beans, whole grains, oatmeal, eggs, etc.Lentils are high in protein and soluble fiber, two nutrients that stabilize blood sugar levels
  • Daily servinug of Meat: 2 3 ounce servings per day.

  • Tea:  Studies show that green or black tea revs up your metabolism
  • Daily consumption; 4-6 cups a day.

  • Vegetables:  Due to the amount of effort that it takes to completely breakdown a vegetable, don’t forget to include them at your meals, some vegetables are also diuretics. Try these: asparagus, beet root, broccoli, cabbage, carrot, chillies, beans, lentils, soybeans, sweet potatoes
  • Daily serving. 6-7.  1/2 cup=1 serving

    Calorie Burning Foods

    Diet is not a verb, it is a noun!  Diet is a Lifestyle! Eating in a way that allows you to promote longevity and keep illness at bay. Let’s look closer at how foods can work for our bodies, providing nutrition, energy and an opportunity to for our bodies to burn extra consumed calories. 

    All foods have a nutrient (carbohydrate, fat, protein), caloric (calories) and vitamin & mineral content. Vitamins stimulate living tissues to produce enzymes that breakdown the caloric nutrients of that food.

    The foods with negative calorie contain sufficient vitamins & minerals that produce enzymes in quantities which are then able to break down not only its own calories, but additional calories from previous digestion as well. This is called “negative calorie effect”.

    Calorie is a unit of energy. The energy can be measured by many methods. The calories in foods depend on their composition and the calorie value and the average energy of a large number of different samples of the food.

    1 calorie = 4.184 joule
    1 negative calorie = -4.184 joules
    Negative calorie foods use more calories to digest than the calories food actually contains! Calories from these foods are much harder for the body to use. In other words, the body has to work harder in order to extract calories from these foods. Even though a food may contain equal amount of calories, much less of these calories can possibly turn into fat in negative calorie foods, as fewer calories are actually available to the body. This gives these foods a tremendous natural fat-burning advantage.

    Consider the facts:

    1. A piece of dessert consisting of 400 Calories may only require 150 Calorie to digest by our body, resulting in a net gain of 250 calories which is added to our body fat !
    2. On the other hand, a 5 calorie raw piece of celery will require much more calories to chew and digest, so resulting in a net loss of calories from our body fat !! It implies that the more you eat, the more you lose weight!!!

    Therefore, these foods are said to be good for achieving weight loss naturally without starving.  Several vegetables and fruits  written below have negative calorie effect, these are  foods that can be eaten in generous quantities .

    1.  Foods that will flatten your tummy are: Lentils, Cantaloupe, Kiwi, Plum.
    2.  Tricks to increase your metabolism include: Drinking Black and Green Tea’s, Coffee, eating Chili peppers and Curry in soups, rice and pasta’s.  Walk, Jog, Swim, or participate in a Sport 30 minutes a day.

    See below for more “tasteful” opportunities to enhance your Lifestyle by including Calorie Burning Foods.

    Negative Calorie Vegetables
    Beet Root
    Hot Chili
    Garden cress
    Green Beans
    Negative Calorie Fruits

    Chard & Beans served with Sausage

    Grilling tonight?  Try this Swiss Chard and Bean dish by itself , or served with grilled bread or sausage!

    Sausage with Beans and Chard

    SWISS CHARD is a power packed vegetable loaded with vitamins & minerals.  Looking for a great way to increase your calcium intake without drinking milk?   Try including Swiss Chard in your weekly diet!  Milk is a common way to ensure adequate calcium. However, swiss chard is a good substitute. One cup of chard has about 35% of the calcium (and only 35 calories) as one cup of 2% milk. Other nutrients include Vitamin K and A, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium and Zinc.
    Chard is a relative of beets and spinach. It has a slightly bitter and salty flavor that becomes stronger as the leaves mature. Avoid brown or wilted leaves or leaves with small holes. To preserve freshness, store unused chard in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.

    Grilled Sausage with Beans and Chard

      Serves 4-6.  Cooking time 25 min.’s

    1 pound Chard each leaf cut into 4 pieces.
    1/3 c. Olive Oil
    2 Garlic Cloves peeled
    1/4 tsp Red Pepper Flakes
    4-6 cups Boiled Cannellini Beans
    1/4 tsp Nutmeg

    Sliced toasted or grilled Ciabatta Bread or sliced baguette .

    Directions:  To remove bitterness from leaves, fill a pan with 6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add 1 Tbsp salt and cut chard leaves. Boil for 7 minutes. Remove from oven and empty contents of pan into a colander. Allow water to drain from chard for 1 minute. In a frying pan on medium heat add olive oil, garlic and red pepper flakes, allow to saute` for 3 minutes.
    Remove pan from heat and Add  the Chard and with 2 forks work Chard into the oil for 1 minute. Return pan to  heat and allow to cook for 3 minutes.
    Add beans to  chard in frying pan.  Add 1 tsp salt and nutmeg, allow to continue to cook together for 3 minutes.

    Best when served on a grilled piece of bread and topped off with extra virgin olive oil.  Absolutely delicious when served with sausage on the side.

    Calorie Reduction, Keeping it Tastey

    Yes, recipes can be altered in order to reduce calories without sacrificing taste.

    Incorporate these cooking tricks  to enhance meals and desserts.  Use equal amounts of oil for melted shortening, margarine or butter. HEALTHY OILS: Olive Oil, Canola Oil

    Shortening, butter, or oil in baking
    Use applesauce, prune puree or low fat yogurt to replace butter, shortening or oil in the exact amount. May need to reduce baking time by 25% to avoid a dry cake.

    Butter is still the best when it comes to making pie crusts. Reduce the serving size that you put on your plate and top off with fresh cut fruit!

    Whole milk, half and half or evaporated milk
    Replace with skim milk, 1% milk, evaporated skim milk, fat-free half and half , or plain soymilk with calcium.

    Butter, shortening, margarine, or oil to prevent sticking. Fat to sauté or stir-fry.
    When sauteing foods, use cooking spray, water, broth or nonstick pans. Use ¼ c. Canola Oil at medium temp to fry foods.

    Full-fat cream cheese
    Substitute with low-fat or nonfat cream cheese, Neufchatel or low-fat cottage cheese puree until smooth. Use low-fat yogurt to replace higher fat dairies in recipes. In some cases fruit flavored low-fat yogurt is also a good substitute.

    Full-fat sour cream
    Full-fat cottage cheese
    Full-fat Ricotta cheese
    Use nonfat or reduced fat sour cream or fat-free plain yogurt. (Yogurt is not heat stable.) Use 2% or fat-free cottage cheese. Use part-skim ricotta.

    Whipping cream
    Try utilizing evaporated skim milk
    Use non fat whipped topping or cream (This is only non fat if one serving size is used.)

    Use egg whites (usually 2 egg whites for every egg) or ¼ cup egg substitute.
    Whole fat cheese
    Use reduced fat cheese, but add it at the end of the baking time or use part skim mozzarella.

    Frying in fat
    Try other effective cooking methods such as: bake, boil, broil, grill, poach, roast, stir-fry, or microwave.

    Regular mayonnaise or salad dressing
    Low fat, reduced or non fat mayonnaise or salad dressing. Top off salads: Whisk lemon juice, oil, oregano and pepper together.

    Canned fish
    Buy water-packed canned products.

    Fat cuts of meat w skin on
    Leaner cuts of meat or ground meat, remove skin before cooking.

    By: Kimberly Crocker