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What is the recipe for the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet drink

Question: I read your article on the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet and would really like to try it out. What I really like about this weight loss plan is that I can follow it using natural ingredients from my cupboard. I don’t have to buy expensive diet pills or weight loss supplements, nor do I have to invest time and money in a book. It is also great to know that there is scientific evidence to prove that the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet can help me lose weight! Can you please let me have some more detail on the recipe for the Apple Cider Diet drink as well as instructions on how to follow this diet?

Answer: The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet is a rather easy and cheap diet to follow, and has first been described as a safe home remedy for weight loss centuries ago. You need to take 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar about 15 minutes before each meal, i.e. three times a day. Obviously, the strong vinegar taste can be very unpleasant, but it can be softened by adding the vinegar to a glass of water or apple juice and then sweetening the mix with two tablespoons of honey. Some of our clients reported that they actually like the taste of the drink! We all have very different tastes, so it would probably be best if you use the recipe described above as a starting point and then play around with the quantities of water, juice and honey until you like the taste of the drink.

The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet does not prescribe a specific menu or meal plan, but it can only help you lose weight if you follow a healthy diet while you take apple cider vinegar before your meals. Stick to natural, healthy foods and control your food portions. Many of our clients on this diet use our free online food diary to track their daily calorie intake and manage their protein, fat, and carb ratio. Most healthy diet plans suggest a caloric ratio of 20-30% protein, 30% fats, and 40-50% carbs. Make sure you obtain the majority of you fat calories from good fats like olive oil, avocado and nuts. Try to stick to fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains as the main sources for your carbs. Avoid snacking between meals and have plenty of water.

Finally, if the taste of the vinegar becomes too much to handle, you can always try apple cider vinegar diet pills.

Can I lose weight fast on the Zone Diet

Question: How fast can I expect to lose weight on the Zone Diet and is it a healthy diet to follow?

Answer: The Zone Diet is a safe and healthy diet, and it works well because it forces you to follow a balanced and nutritious diet. As is the case with most healthy diets, it will take you a bit longer to lose the weight (say at a rate of about 1-2 pounds or half a kilogram to 1 kilogram per week), but if you learn to live in the Zone permanently, you will be able to keep it off. Zone dieters are expected to eat roughly one gram of fat for every two grams of protein and every three grams of carbohydrates to comply with the magic ratio of 40:30:30 for carbs, protein and fats.

The Zone Diet has a proven track record in helping thousands of men and women lose weight permanently. Other benefits of this weight loss plan include reduced inflammation, increased energy and reduced bad cholesterol levels. The anti-inflammatory nature of the diet also means it can help prevent premature aging. By carefully maintaining the balance between fat, protein and carbohydrate intake, the Zone Diet also helps balance your hormones, speed up your metabolism and control cravings.

The most difficult part of this diet is making sure you get the balance right between protein, carbs and fat with every meal and snack; especially if you prepare all your meals yourself and even more so if you eat out often. Fortunately, help is at hand. If you can afford it, you can pick and choose from ready prepared home delivered meals and commercially available Zone friendly snacks. Many restaurants also offer meals prepared with the magic Zone food ratio in mind. The book on the Zone Diet by Barry Spears, creator of this slimming plan, also offers various tips and tricks to make it easier for you.

In summary. The Zone Diet is designed based on the belief that obesity comes about as a result of inflammation. You are in the “Zone” when your hormones are in balance and where inflammation is reversed. To get into the Zone, you must ensure that your eat Zone friendly meals. Weight loss then, for as long as you follow the diet properly, follows automatically. For a more detailed discussion of this topic see this Review of the Zone Diet.

How do I lose the weight I gained during my pregnancy

Question: I delivered a wonderful baby boy almost 6 months ago. At the time I fell pregnant I weighed in at about 155 lbs and went up to 186 at time of delivery. I am now back down to 170 lbs, but really battle to lose the weight, especially around my belly. Wat diet can you recommend for me? I don’t have too much time to exercise, but maybe you can suggest something for once a week?

Answer: At least you know you are not alone. Losing that extra weight around the abdomen is the biggest problem for most women after they’ve delivered. One thing to keep in mind though, is that it took your body nine months to gain the extra weight – don’t expect it to drop off overnight. Also, the changes to your lifestyle and sleep deprivation that accompanied your baby into your life do not make it any easier for you to lose weight. For that reason you must choose a simple and healthy diet, easy to follow, but still one that is nutritious enough so you can cope with the demands on your life.

While it is generally accepted that targeted weight loss is unlikely on most healthy diets, the results from a number of clinical trials appear to support the fact that a diet sufficiently relatively high in monounsaturated fats or “good fats” not only contributes to weight loss, but also seems to be especially good in helping to reduce external and internal fat around the torso. Monounsaturated fat also plays an important part in regulating and re-balancing your hormones. The Mediterranean Diet is the way of eating that was identified for inclusion in the trials precisely because of its high “good fats” content, largely because of the liberal use of olive oil. The Mediterranean diet should be considered as a way of eating rather than a diet, but still compares well with even Atkins as far as weight loss go. More info to be found in this Mediterranean Diet Review. The Flat Belly Diet Review contains more discussions on the benefits of monounsaturated fats for weight loss.

For exercise: Put on those walking shoes and go for long leisurely strolls with your baby. Once a week, go for a yoga lesson to get your energy and life-balance restored.

What is a good diet for me

Question: I have to lose a lot of weight (about 50 pounds) fast. What would the best diet or weight loss plan be for me?

Answer: The right diet for you really depends on your personal tastes and lifestyle. If you chose a diet that is well-suited to your taste in food and your lifestyle; it will be so much easier to stick to it and it will really enhance your chances of success. A healthy diet is one that becomes a new way of eating, so the weight you do lose can stay off permanently. A recent scientific study on choosing a diet suggested that; as long as you choose a healthy and well balanced diet, the actual mix of protein, carbs, and fats is not that important. It is far more important that you are able to stick to the plan and make a permanent lifestyle change.

For example; if you love red meat the Atkins Diet may be the best weight loss plan for you, while the Mediterranean Diet may be just the one if you love fish. Of course, if cooking is your pet hate, something like NutriSystem may offer a better fit to your lifestyle. If you are the type of person that needs more structure and support, Weight Watchers offers a proven approach and support network.

So take your time and choose your diet carefully considering everything you’ve learned from your past weight loss experiences. Whichever one you choose, break that 60 lbs down into mini-goals and celebrate the achievement of each; then the whole weight loss journey will not seem quite so daunting. There is nothing that motivates like success.

And if your first diet choice turned out to be the wrong choice, try something else until you find a weight loss plan that works for you.

Does muscle really weigh more than fat

Question: I’ve often heard people say that muscle weighs more than fat. Can this explain why I haven’t lost so much weight since I started working out?

Answer: Well, yes and no. One pound of muscle and one pound of fat will both reflect a pound of weight on the scales, so in effect there is no difference between “fat weight” and “muscle weight”, as far as the scales go. But all pounds are not made equal. Muscle is more dense than fat; so a smaller volume of muscle will weigh the same as a larger volume of fat. So, if you have plenty of lean muscle mass, you may weigh as much or even more than someone with more fat, but you will be leaner. The other advantage of lean muscle mass over fat is of course that it increases your metabolic rate, which helps you lose weight, maintain your goal weight, and allow you to eat more without gaining weight. The reason for this is that while one pound of muscle burns about 6 calories per day, one pound of fat only burns 2 calories per day! The more lean muscle you have, the more calories you burn, even while you rest.

In light of the discussion above you may want to change your stated goal to start losing fat (or inches), instead of weight. The last thing you want to lose is lean muscle mass; which is exactly what you lose on the majority of popular crash diets. Follow a healthy and balanced diet with plenty of protein combined with a good exercise program, and boost your metabolism for permanent weight loss. For more information on the different diets see our diet reviews.

How do I lose belly fat

Question: I have some extra fat around the waist that I really battle to get rid of. Any suggestions on how to lose this unnecessary belly fat?

Answer: Most experts agree that targeted weight loss is unlikely on most diets; but there does seem to be some scientific evidence that the Mediterranean way of eating can actually help people lose fat around the waist area. This is most probably due to the high “good fats” or “monounsaturated fats” content in the Mediterranean dishes. Good sources of monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) include olive oil, avocados and nuts. These good fats will not only help you lose belly fat; it can also help to protect you against heart disease and cancer. MUFAs make food taste better and helps reduce the glycemic load on most foods, so you stay fuller for longer and have more control over your appetite. In short, a good supply of monounsaturated fats is a critical part of any healthy and balanced diet.

For more information see these articles on the Mediterranean Diet and the Flat Belly Diet.