The 3 Week Diet Review: Brian Flatt System

The product called “The 3 Week Diet” was launched with enough publicity to stir a momentum on discussion for fast weight loss. So it became obvious that people do ask the same question for this product and the question was “Does the 3 week diet work”?

There were discussions on various forums, sites and social media regarding the efficacy of this program. So what i did was: i bought a copy of 3 week diet, studied it, looked at its pros and cons so as to make sure that i can come up with a comprehensive 3 week diet review .

The official site of this product claims that it is a science based diet which will enable you to lose body fat within 21 days. However, you must have come across many such claims when it comes to digital products on weight loss. Some of such product do work but they extrapolate it to get more customers to their product.

Credibility:

When we talk of any digital product particularly in the health/nutrition sector, then it becomes really important to know the credibility of the author who has come up with the product. It is essential because there are many internet marketers who outsource their work of writing books to third world countries and then pack and rebrand such outsourced work with publicity to make money.

However, when we look at the author of “3 Week Diet”, we do find some positive indicators. The author is Brian Flatt who holds reputation as a sports nutritionist, health coach and a personal trainer. He has graduated from San Diego University and has been active in health and nutrition sector for over 20 years. So by going through this details, one can be sure that he is at-least not some part time internet marketer who chunks out low quality books after books for making money.

The Main Program

The entire program of “3 Week Diet” has been broken down into 4 parts which are in the form of 4 manuals as given below:

Part 1: Introduction

This is an introductory part which gives some basic stuff on the functioning of our body when it comes to storing and burning of fat. It also throws light on the type of supplements that you will need to burn fat.

Part 2: Diet Manual

This part is obvious from the name itself. It consists of variety of food combinations that you can take to shed of your body fat. Apart from it, it also throws light on negative foods i.e. foods which you must stay away from while following the recommendations of “3 Week Diet”

Part 3: Workout Manual

To accelerate the pace of fat loss, this product comes up with a workout manual. Before you think it as impractical (as many people want to stay away from workouts), you must know that the workouts mentioned in it are really simple and you do not have to do any complicated stuff. There are two versions of the workouts, one is home based and other is gym based. You can just spend at max 20-25 minutes to complete this workout.

Part 4: Mindset and Motivation Manual

It is very natural for many people that they start with great zeal but become lazy during the part of the program. To make sure that you remain consistent during the 3 weeks, this part makes sure that you remain positive in your mind. Every nutrition expert all over the world have experienced that it is important for them to constantly motivate people to adhere to their goals for achieving fitness, hence this module is very important as unsystematic routine hardly yields results.

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A Case for a Dairy Free Diet

When my oldest son was born we thought he was normal and healthy in every way. We started noticing a change as he was weaned off of breast milk and began drinking cow’s milk. We didn’t connect the dots until we finally visited an allergy dr. and she told us he had an allergy to dairy and we had to begin a dairy free diet for our little guy.

Personally, I never once thought about life without dairy. My wife and I were very confused and unsure of the measures to take to begin this new dairy free diet for our son. What we thought was a handicap lead us to a new way of eating and thinking as a family. This new way of eating sparked an interest in me and I began studying why would my son have an allergy for something that I thought everyone drank? Doesn’t milk do a body good? As I began my research I soon found that there is growing evidence in not consuming dairy. Below are a few startling conclusions I came to that may make you consider a dairy free diet.

Dairy Free Diet

Linked to Cancer – Would it surprise you that dairy is linked to cancer? Well, it is true. If you or someone you know has an allergy to dairy then they are allergic to the protein casein that is found in milk. Casein has viruses that can start the onset of leukemia and lymphoma. Casein actually puts the body in an inflamed state which can help promote cancer.

Linked to Autoimmune Disease – A terrible disease that is running rampant is Type 1 Diabetes. One conclusion that has been reached is the immune system can reach the point where it can no longer tell the difference between casein and other cells in the pancreas. What happens? The immune system attacks them both.

Linked to Asthma – The Chicago Tribune reported in 2006 that in order to treat asthma, dairy should be eliminated. Mothers that are breast feeding can help fight asthma by implementing a dairy free diet themselves. Breastfed babies have much stronger immune systems than babies that are not. There are also direct links between asthma and high cholesterol, and dairy is very high in cholesterol!

Dairy consumption in America is considered normal. As research begins to grow I think that we will see less and less dairy being consumed because it is link to so many disorders. Fortunately, we live in a day and time where there are great options for those that are considering a dairy free diet. Many health food stores contain many dairy free and vegan options. There is also a lot of great milks out there like rice milk that are just as tasty, full of calcium, and no risk!

My family and I have come along way since those initial days. We are at a great place now in our health, and it is so refreshing to be able to see my son eat without struggle. Is it time for you to re-think dairy?

How To Keep The Weight Off This Coming Holiday Season?

  Although there are many periods throughout the year that you may find yourself picking up weight, the holiday season is often the time of year when many people pack on the pounds. If you are attempting to maintain your current weight during holidays such as Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, there are several things you can do to make it happen. Here are four:

Create A Plan

As many behavioral psychologists know, devising a plan can play a profound role in helping you have success in any area of your life, including weight maintenance and/or weight loss. If you want to keep the weight down for the holidays but do not create a system designed to help you accomplish your goal, you will likely find yourself putting on unwanted pounds. By creating a plan that includes things like what you will and will not eat when you go to house parties as well as which dishes you will allow in your own home, you can experience profound success in keeping excess weight away during the holiday season.

Exercise

This may sound like an obvious piece of advice, but it’s worth mentioning for several reasons. One such reason is that the holidays tend to be a time when many people grow sedentary. With that reality in mind, you should note that developing a plan to keep you active can be the key to helping you burn calories that would otherwise be stored as fat. There are a variety of fun exercises you can do during the winter months, including taebo, kickboxing, and cycling.

Develop A Fitness Buddy System

As many fitness experts know, people who attempt to keep the weight off with a friend or someone to whom they’re held accountable tend to have more success than those who do not. In implementing your weight maintenance or weight loss program, it would be a good idea for you to schedule exercise with another person. Doing so is efficacious because you are less likely to cancel the appointment simply because you’re not in the mood to do it.

Try Something Different

Oftentimes, individuals who want to keep the weight off during the holidays devise a plan to do so and find that it does not work. If this is the case for you, it may be time for you to implement a different plan. There are a variety of weight maintenance strategies that you can try, including aids that help you in keeping unwanted pounds off through the administration of meal replacement shakes.

Although you may think that keeping the weight off during this coming holiday season will be difficult or impossible, it doesn’t have to be. By implementing the strategies listed above, you will likely be better able to avoid unwanted weight gain and thus lead a more productive, powerful life. Good luck!

 

Can Certain Foods Help You Burn Fat?

Just about everybody wants to shed body fat. We try to work out hard in the gym so we can burn fat and get trim, and we make some progress doing this. But most of us just aren’t totally satisfied with the results. The typical person who is dieting and exercising struggles with losing that last 5-10 pounds of fat. Maybe you can relate. No matter how hard you work out, you just can’t seem to burn that last unwanted bit of fat.

Maybe that’s because you’re going about it the wrong way. Look, everyone knows that exercising is a great way to burn body fat. But what many people don’t know is that the foods you eat can play a big role in your body’s effectiveness at burning fat. More specifically, there are certain foods that can actually help your body burn fat more efficiently.

Some of the best foods for promoting fat burning include:

• Peanut butter—Peanut butter offers a range of health benefits. It contains healthy fats and protein, and it can help you build muscle and burn fat. Your best option is to get natural peanut butter that doesn’t have added sugar or trans fats.

• Green tea—You have to drink something with all these fat-burning foods, right? Why not enjoy some green tea? The polyphenols in green tea help fire up the body’s thermogenic fat-burning activity so you can shed pounds more easily.

• Chili peppers—The capsaicin in chili peppers help promote fat burning. Capsaicin is the ingredient that makes chili peppers hot and spicy. So, if you like spicy food, you’re in luck!

• Whole grains—Did you know that your body burns 2x as many calories digesting whole grains than processed foods? It’s true. Your best bet is to choose whole grains that are fiber-rich, such as brown rice. In small doses, whole grains will help to keep your body from storing fat.

• Chicken (and other lean meats)—When you consume protein, you actually end up burning about 30% of the calories in the food while your body digests it. That’s because the protein fires up fat burning in your body. Chicken is a great source of protein because it’s nice and lean. Chicken and other lean meats, such as turkey, should be staples in your fat blasting diet.

Are you eating foods that help you burn fat? Are there any good foods we left off this list? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment!

 

A Step By Step Guide To Find The Right Diet Plan For You

When it comes to dieting and weight loss, it is important to understand that there are a variety of different diets out there. Whether its low calorie, ketogenic, atkins, low carb, paleo, or zone – all of these different dieting modalities depend totally on your overall lifestyle and exercise goals. Here is a comprehensive step-by-step guide to find the right diet plan suitable for your needs.

Know Your Daily Calorie Requirements

The first thing you have to understand is that regardless of the dieting approach, losing weight is simply a matter of reducing the amount of calories you consume a day. The best way to get a good idea of your caloric requirements is calculate your basal metabolic rate. From there, subtracting anywhere between 200-500 calories from that amount should put you in a caloric deficit to lose weight. However, it is important to understand that extreme caloric cutting can begin to take a toll on your body, especially your hormones.

High Carb or Low Carb

Most diet plans are pretty much either divided into two categories – high carb or low carb. High Carb diets typically require individuals to have a very low fat intake. This type of diet is suitable for individuals who are extremely active and need high energy levels to work out in the gym. Nonetheless, if you are relatively sedentary, it is probably best to avoid eating excessive amounts of carbs, especially in the form of grains and high-glycemic fruits. Typically low carb diets though are higher in fat intake and require individuals to eat copious amounts of saturated fat such as animal protein, egg yolks, dairy, etc.

Create a Catalog of Recipes

Once you know what type of diet you would like to follow based on your caloric needs and your carb and fat intake levels, you should move to immediately create a vast catalog of recipes that will allow you consistently follow your diet. Your meals should consist of variety of foods include lean meats, fruits, vegetables, grains, and other healthy starches. Another option that people use while dieting is utilizing meal replacement shakes. Whether you would like to make fruit-based, vegetable-based or dairy-based meal replacement shakes – this is a good option for those who are busy and don’t have time to make serious meals.

Find a Suitable Exercise Plan

Lastly but most importantly, no diet is successful without adhering to some form of an exercise regimen. Daily exercise is necessary to help expedite fat loss and achieve the physique that you desire. Keep in mind though, there is no need to go hard in the gym. Intense strength training and aerobics done at least four times a week is enough to help facilitate fat loss while dieting.

 

Why You Will Fail If You Diet?

You should not deny yourself the foods you love when you are trying to lose weight. But this does not mean that you should go all out and eat as much as you want. I once watched a show where they had a lady who was celebrating her 104th birthday and the interviewer asked her how she was able to live for so long (she was smoking a cigarette!) and she said “Everything in moderation”. The interviewer went on to ask her if she watched what she ate, if she drank alcohol etc. and she said yes, she did all that but never to excess.

So I suppose that is what I am telling you, eat what you like but never to excess. You also need to look at your health, if there is a medical reason for you to avoid certain foods then do so. It’s not all about losing weight, it’s also about making sure you are physically healthy. I was told I had high cholesterol, well my triglycerides were high but my hdl and ldl were fine. There is a lot of technical language they use on how they figure this, but all I needed to know is that I had to change my diet to get it lowered or they would have to put me on medication. So it was changed and it worked! Boiled, broiled, grilled and baked foods, avoid fried foods and of course the fewer processed foods, the better.

Yes, I do still have some fried food now and then but not nearly what I use to, I use butter on rare occasions, and yes I still have dessert when I want to. I know I could not live happily if I were to deny myself some of my favorite foods all the time, but I also know I want to be around for a very long time, hopefully to see my grandkids graduate one day!

So if you think about the last 2 things I have told you and you combine them do you think you could lose weight? I am guessing the answer is yes. You can’t move forward if you remain still, you can’t lose weight if you continue eating the way you are and not moving or changing anything. It’s like the old joke about the guy who prays daily to win the lottery and never wins and God tells him he can’t win if he doesn’t buy a ticket. Hoping, wishing and praying won’t help you lose weight, you have to DO something, make a change in your life in order to move forward.

If you drink soda, stop. Just that one thing will help you lose some weight, you might not lose it real quick and you might not see it right away but it will work! Imagine all the little calories you consume during the day. Look at the label on your soda, how many servings is it, and how many calories per serving…that can add up very quickly! So do yourself a favor and try to quit drinking soda if at all possible or check the label of whatever it is you do drink on a daily basis. Instead you may try using water as a weight loss technique.

 

6 Reasons Why Your Diet Program is Causing Anxiety

People need to cut their weight for a lot of reasons. It can be tied to the fact that they need to look good or to survive, since they are morbidly obese and could increase the risks of suffering from metabolic syndromes. There are lots of reasons why people are ending up frustrated with their diet program. Understanding how the worries come into play which can result in the failure of the diet program will make you work more and motivate you towards getting your desired goal.

Lack of energy

More often dieters on a low-carbohydrate diet would get the benefit of lowered sugar intake and will lose weight. This happens when the low-carbohydrate diet forces the body to use the stored fat as an alternative source of energy for the body. With the diminishing traditional sources of energy by the body it can cause fatigue especially if you have been mixing diet with exercise. This is not an unusual occurrence and as a dieter you need to anticipate this because this is part of the changes that happen as a result of your program. The body will eventually adjust with your exercise program to make you more energetic.

Low-calorie diet

A liquid diet can give you a great amount of calorie restriction. You are simply depriving the body of lots of calories that may be stored as fat when unused. The mechanics and the idea behind this diet is simple and straightforward. Anybody can readily understand that if calories are the cause of becoming fat, getting less of it may cause a shift in the weight thus resulting in weight loss. However, calorie restriction can make the body go haywire as the shift in dwindling calorie intake may not sit well with the body that has been accustomed to getting lots of calories. That is why you need to coordinate closely with your doctor and nutritionist because a low-calorie diet may give you hunger pangs and liquid diets may not give you the satisfaction of being full which can later turn up to be a cause of stress.

 Stress Hormones

There have been studies which have shown that when the body gets fewer calories than it has been using, then it causes the stress levels to rise. The level of cortisol in the body rises and can impair the body’s ability to function normally. When the cortisol levels have been left elevated for quite some time it can cause unhealthy consequences. High cortisol levels are known to elevate blood pressure and even blood sugar levels. Over the long term, cortisol levels that have remained elevated can increase the risk of depression.

Comfort eating

In the long-term as stress sets in with calorie restriction, the stress forces dieters to do comfort eating. Comfort eating is one way of the body to cope with what it thinks is lacking. Often, people that are engaged in comfort eating would eat sugary and salty foods which will not only destroy the diet but will also cause spikes in the blood sugar which can lead to increased risk of pre-diabetes or even cause type-2 diabetes if the comfort eating remained unabated.

Weight-loss medications

There are certain weight loss medications that can cause mood swings and depression. Qsymia, a prescription medication designed to lose weight has been found to cause depression. Orlistat, another fat-eliminating medication can cause oily discharge in the waste which can become stressful when the discharges become severe.

Unrealistic expectations

If you are expecting for a magic bullet for your dieting then you may end up feeling frustrated. The unrealistic goals that you set off will backfire thus causing a lot of anxiety and stress. Underestimating your limitations and abilities can also cause a great deal of frustration which can lead to abandonment of the program and make you end up worse than when you started to lose some weight.

When the program is taking too long to show results or the diet is taking longer than expected—frustration sets in. This would cause worries to develop in the dieter which can be a source of depression.

 

Five Healthy Snacks To Make When You Get Hungry

Good news for everyone: It is finally time to put away your winter clothes. The big, wool coat, the mittens, the scarves, all of them can be put into storage. Instead, break out the sandals and the sunglasses because spring is finally here. For a lot of people, the warm weather signals beach season, and for many of those people, that causes some anxiety. The thought of being on the beach, in a bathing suit, in front of lots of people – not everyone looks forward to that occasion. But the good news is that there is plenty of time to get yourself into better shape so that you can feel great about your body. One of the hardest habits to curb is snacking. But there is more good news: you can snack and still lose weight! Below are five healthy snacks to make when you get hungry – that are guilt free and delicious!

Snack #1 – Ants On A Log

An old favorite of many children, ants on a log is a delicious, easy to make, and inexpensive snack. Simply clean and trim some celery stalks, and then, using a knife, fill them with a nut butter. Now take out some raisins and line them down the center of the peanut butter. Ta da! Ants on a log. Delicious, but also very healthy and the peanut butter is high in protein so it will keep you feeling full for much longer than a bag of chips!

Snack #2 – Vegetables and Hummus

Like peanut butter, hummus is high in protein and so it’s the kind of snack that will keep you feeling full. There are a number of different varieties on the market, so find your favorite. Now slice up some vegetables and enjoy them together. Carrots, cucumbers, peppers, and cherry tomatoes are all great options!

Snack #3 – Roasted Chickpeas

Everyone loves roasted chickpeas! Eat them as a snack or make them the entrée to your dinner! Simply sauté some garlic in a frying pan with some oil. Add a drained can of beans and sprinkle with salt to taste. You only need to sauté them for a minute, then transfer the chickpeas into an oven safe container and roast at 425 degrees for twenty minutes. Shake them a little about halfway through the roasting.

Snack #4 – Kale Chips

If you love potato chips but don’t want the calories – and who does? – but love their salty crispiness, try making some kale chips. They also make a great appetizer. Simply buy some farmers market kale and slice out the spines of the leaves, so that every leaf becomes two leaves, spray them with some olive oil, add salt, and roast until crispy.

Snack #5 – Fried Bananas

If you are craving something sweet, but you want to avoid the sugary candy and desserts you usually eat, try making some delicious fried bananas. Slice the bananas and sprinkle them with just a little bit of sugar and cinnamon. Then fry them with just a hint of sunflower oil until they are browned on both sides. Delicious, healthy, and always a crowd pleaser!

 

Effectiveness Of Weight Loss Pills

Weight loss is a very tough task and people struggle a lot to achieve their desired weight. There are different methods to reduce your weight and one of these methods is to use weight loss pills. In the past weight loss pills were not considered a very effective and healthy method for weight loss but modern research has made these pills a very effective method for weight loss.

Misconceptions About Weight Loss Pills

There are lots of misconceptions about weight loss pills. People believe that these pills do not help you to lose weight in a natural and healthy way. This is true for a certain type of pills but not for all weight loss pills. There are two categories of these pills and one of these categories is medicated weight loss pills. These pills are produced with lots of different chemicals and most of these pills carry side effects. There is another category of weight loss pills and these pills are called diet pills. Most of the diet pills are produced with natural ingredients and these pills do not carry any side effect.

Common Attributes Of Weight Loss Pills

Before selecting weight loss pills, you need to carefully examine the features of those pills. Almost every weight loss pill will have side effects but it is about finding the best and most effective weight loss pill with least side effects. First of all you need to know that these pills are the last hope for many people and when your weight increases to an extent where exercise and diet control does not work then you have to choose weight loss pills. Some pills act as hunger suppressant and ultimately you eat less but these pills will make you weak as well. You need to choose pills that boost your metabolism so that your fat contents can be minimized.

Precautions For Using Diet Pills

There are certain precautions that you should keep in mind while taking these diet pills. First of all make sure that you had consulted your doctor before taking these pills. He will know about your condition well and he will guide you for choosing the best diet pills. You can lose your weight very quickly with effective diet pills but there is a common mistake that people make. Once you have lost your weight, you have to keep a healthy diet plan going otherwise once you stop taking pills, your weight will increase very quickly.

Always Maintain Healthy Life Style

Maintaining healthy life style is very important after you have used diet pills. Diet pills are just a way to boost your weight loss mechanism but daily exercise, healthy diet plan and avoiding unhealthy activities is the key for weight loss. You should not over use these pills because in the long run, these pills have side effects. There are side effects like insomnia, headache, fatigue and other similar problems. To avoid these problems, take diet pills in a strict quantity and do not exceed the allowed limit.

 

Smart Eating Instructions To Assist Weight Loss

If someone tells you that you can lose weight without making any changes in your diet plan, then most probably you’ve been fooled. It is clear logic that eating is what causes you to gain weight, then how can you lose weight while eating.

Your eating habits have a big role to play when it comes to losing weight. What you consume greatly impacts the weight loss in general and the pace of it in particular. The lines below give some eating instructions pertaining to weight loss.

1. Read Labels:

The first and foremost habit you need to adapt is of reading labels. When losing weight you have to keep your calories in check and reading labels is the way of doing so. When you know about the elements that cause weight gain, you become cautious of their consumption and reading labels is the easy way of avoiding such elements.

2. Smart Snacking:

Health experts recommend snacking as a good way of preventing overeating. When you provide nutritious food to your body after frequent intervals, your belly stays full and at the time of meal you don’t overeat. Moreover, snacking also maintains the blood sugar level, a disturbance in which causes the body to store fat. However, when snacking, go for healthy snacks such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains. These are the best, nutritious and low calorie snacking options.

In addition to making your immune strong, fruits and vegetables along with whole grains also helps to lose weight. These food items are low in calories therefore, the more you eat them the more nutrition you get but with low calorie intake. Thus by eating these foods you ultimately bring down your calorie count resulting in weight loss.

3. Sufficient Eating:

The biggest mistake most of the weight loss pursuers make is of skipping meals. They think that by doing so they would bring down their calories and lose weight. The fact is quite contrary on two grounds. Firstly, when you skip meal it is natural that you will eat more in the next meal thus making skipping meal useless. Secondly, body has its defense mechanism, where when it does not receive food, it starts storing fats as a means of energy. Therefore, skipping meals is never a good option for weight loss, instead you should eat in moderation that satiates your hunger.

4. Water:

As insignificant as it may seem, drinking water helps in weight loss. When you drink water, you purify your body and give a boost to the metabolism. The more optimally your metabolism works, the more calories you burn. Therefore, when losing weight try drinking as much water as possible.

5. Smaller Portions:

It makes resisting food hard when it is placed in front of us in abundance. Therefore, to stop yourself from over eating, the effective way is to use smaller portions for eating. This way you will eat sufficiently without the need of finishing the greater left over portion.

Conclusion:

In short weight loss requires a change in your eating habits. The more your eating habits are aligned with calorie reduction, the more will you lose weight. So keep on taking vitamins and protein shakes that give you more nutrition and less calories to achieve healthy weight loss.