Instead of satisfying your sweet tooth with some refined sugar, turn to berries and enjoy a slimmer waistline in no time. Berries are loaded with antioxidants, which can help reduce inflammation throughout the body, and research from the University of Michigan reveals that rats given a berry-rich diet shaved off a significant proportion of their belly fat when compared to a control group. Berries like strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries are also loaded with resveratrol, an antioxidant pigment that has been linked to reductions in belly fat and a reduced risk of dementia, to boot.
When it came to snacks, I sipped on dark green pressed juice (the kind without fruit) and crunchy veggies (Kirsch likes celery, red peppers, and jicama sticks). I also ate GoMacro bars, which were referred to me by another trainer I'd been working out with, Steve Pasterino. I bent the rules a little since these are made with brown rice syrup, but it ensured that I had an option when I was on-the-go.
That said, despite what you may think, weighing yourself more often doesn't automatically lead to better weight-loss results, as Paul Salter explains in the article "How Often Should I Weigh Myself?" Your weight is only one part of the story—not the whole story—so don't fixate too heavily on it. How you feel, how you look, and how your workouts are progressing are also crucially important!

Thanks for the response, Abel! I do consume homemade bone broth, but until recently it wasn’t on a daily basis. I would make it and use it up, then maybe wait a week or two before making the next batch. Now I’m making it every few days so I always have it on hand and drink some everyday or make a soup with it that I have a bowl or two of everyday. Probably too soon to realize the full benefits yet. I do use bulletproof collagen in my smoothies also, although I will probably be switching to Dr. Axe’s collagen powder for reasons I won’t go into here.
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We asked Lynn Bode, a personal trainer with over 13 years of experience and the owner of the online fitness program WorkoutsForBrides.com, for her advice on how brides can keep their expectations and workouts in check before their big day. Her advice (featured on the following pages) can help you look and — more important — feel your best from "Yes, I Will" to "Yes, I Do."


For weight loss purposes, aim for 300 minutes of moderate-intensity cardio exercise or 150 minutes of vigorous cardio exercise each week, along with at least two strength-training workouts. The cardio helps you burn more calories to build up the necessary calorie deficit, while the strength training helps you maintain muscle and build more while you lose weight. Adding muscle is a more effective way to increase your metabolism than taking thermogenic supplements, as muscle takes more calories to maintain than fat. The more exercise you get and the more vigorously you exercise, the more benefits you'll experience in regards to both weight loss and changes in body composition, according to a study published in Archives of Internal Medicine in 2004.
Homemade Bone broth is one of the most powerful superfoods on the planet, especially if you’re over 40. You make bone broth by simmering the bones of a pasture-raised animal for 10 – 24 hours in a slow-cooker, or 24-48 hours for beef.  This low, slow cooking draws out the collagen, marrow, and other healing elements from the bones, including amino acids, minerals, glycine, and gelatin—which helps heal the gut and reduce inflammation.
Radiant skin, nails, hair. When you add healthy fruits and veggies to your diet, you provide essential nutrients for healthy skin, healthy-looking hair and a healthier body. Of course, you could neglect these nutrients and go on a quick fix fad diet, but who wants to look gaunt and pale in their wedding photos? A well-rounded diet will help you look luscious on your big day.
Watching that extra junk around your trunk turn your body into a full-blown Buddha belly puts you at an increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, and early death. Luckily, losing the weight doesn’t have to take forever; with these 22 belly fat-fighting tips, you can shave two inches off your waistline in as little as two weeks. Think your age will stand in the way of your weight loss? The 20 Ways to Lose Your Belly When You’re Older will help folks of any age get on track to their best body ever.
Between desk jobs, commutes, and family activities, many 40-somethings don’t have a lot of free time to work out. But it’s important -- for your weight and your overall health -- to fit in at least 2 1/2 hours of moderate physical activity (like brisk walking or light yard work) every week. Pencil times in to your calendar, and make them a priority.

3. Revisit your past. Think back to your previous weight-loss attempts and identify what made you quit before? Was the diet too strict? Were you confused about what workouts to complete or short on time? Write out a list of these reasons and identify ways to overcome them. For example, if your diet is too strict, focus on incorporating more greens, whole grains, and lean proteins that are realistic into your daily life. If you’re busy, do shorter workouts but make that time a priority. 
Spending time with your children or grandkids can be fun and may even lower your risk of dementia. However, all that time spent in the land of chicken nuggets and pizza might have you packing on the pounds before you know it. Many busy caregivers find themselves mindlessly eating the leftovers from their little ones, adding hundreds of calories to their daily total. Just because you’re 40 doesn’t mean you should feel old, but it also means you can’t eat like a kid anymore.
So now that that’s out of the way, can I ask a question? It sounds like you might not be having an honest conversation with yourself about your motivations here. Are you trying to eat healthier and tone up, or are you trying to set a weight-loss goal? Because one does not guarantee the other. And I suspect the reason you’ve lightened the language around wanting to lose weight is because you’ve made the idea of losing weight something bad. You’ve told yourself that wanting to lose weight makes you a bad feminist. (And for that, I’ve got a whole article for you right here.)
If you get enough protein and fat, your total calorie intake should take care of itself. Because you feel full, you won't binge on a can of Pringles and blow your calorie count for the day. The remaining 45 percent of calories in our plan comes from carbohydrates — enough to give your palate a full range of tastes and your body a combination of fast- and slow-burning fuel.
The cabbage soup diet? Really? Just no. Restricting calories and losing body fat too quickly can wreak havoc on insulin, leptin, ghrelin and other hormones, prompting a surge in hunger and a slump in metabolism. These effects can last for more than a year, even after the diet is abandoned, according to a 2011 study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Yo-yo diets also prompt decline in dopamine, which means you’re left feeling unmotivated and sluggish. Make sure you’re not also guilty of any of these 25 Things You Do That Slow Your Metabolism.

Simply take a good hard look at your diet, make a few modifications you can stick with and get your body moving. Not sure where you stand on diet? Write down everything you eat this week, then compare it to the list above and see where you could have made better choices. Don’t beat yourself up though, learning how to lose stomach fat fast is a process. Simply find areas to improve and work on them next week.


Hi Abel! I recently heard you on another podcast (with Jonathan Levi) and was very interested in your outlook on food/diet. I really love this article and have started listening to your podcast since this past Wednesday. I have to say, I’m hooked! I am Chinese and my parents always made bone broth (at least once a week) and I have to say that I miss it. I grew up eating whole foods (while I was still living at home w/ the parents), but was born in the good ol’ USA. The year I moved away for college, was the death of me when it came to my health. I’m glad to say that I have turned my eating habits around and reading this article makes me want to make some good ol’ bone broth. I will just need to find some good grass fed, grain free meat! Keep up the great work and I will no doubt listen to all of your shows. The info. just makes sense! And by the way, I could never give up dairy…most asians don’t eat it, but I can’t get enough of it!
Semper Fi… Swimming and low carb does it for me… I was in the Marine 87-91… Run times were in the 18’s for my 3 miles all through my active duty yrs… I’m 6’2″ and my weight topped out at 283 8 yrs ago in a size 44 and XXXL shirt… Started martial arts 8 yrs ago and dropped my weight 30 lbs… Then stopped losing… Went carb free for a while and lost 20 more lbs… Weight came back when I started eating carbs again… Then started swimming a mile 3x a week… Weight fell off fast…
“To see real results, you need to eat real food,” People’s Sexiest Trainer Alive Angelo Grinceri told Eat This, Not That! “When your eating habits consist of eating a variety of real foods that provide the body with nourishment, a healthier body is created. And the healthier you are, the faster you’ll recover post-workout and the better chance you’ll have at losing fat and building muscle.” Plus, eating for health instead of weight loss means you’ll develop a habit that makes smarter food choices easier and easier. Get more of this sexy trainer’s advice at The 15 Best Weight Loss Tips from The Sexiest Trainer Alive!
Thank you so much for sharing this again! I am getting married in a little over a year and this past weekend I bought my dress. I knew I wasn’t going to be jumping on the fitness and diet train for my engagement but once I was dress shopping I could hear all the voices in my head pushing me to try and change my body. It’s difficult in the moment but I try to think of the big picture and like you said I want to look back and recognize myself in the photos and remember the good times not remember dieting and pushing myself. It’s so nice to hear someone else speaking about NOT wanting to change their body for their big day because I feel like I’m in the minority!
Stand with your feet wider than shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent. Hold the medicine ball in both hands and keep your arms straight. Rotating at your waist, explosively lift the ball up above your shoulder to the left. Control it at the top and bring the ball back down to waist height on your right. Perform all your reps on one side, then swap.
Many women have trouble sleeping during menopause due to hot flashes, night sweats, stress and the other fun stuff that goes along with low estrogen levels.  Migraines anyone??  The bummer is poor sleep is linked to hunger and weight gain because of two more hormones:  ghrelin (the “feed me” hormone) and leptin (the “I’m full” hormone).  Here’s a short blog I wrote on that topic.  If you’re sleep deprived, these hormones get out of whack.
‘Do it for a couple of minutes in bed and you’ll actually be able to wind down and fall asleep more easily. But it’s a skill, so it requires a commitment to practice it, as with anything. Think of it a bit like dating – the first time you do it it’s terrible, it’s uncomfortable, nobody knows what they’re doing, but the more dates you go on the better it gets.
A bride-to-be makes an average of 177 decisions during her engagement, according to the Brides.com survey — so it's no wonder you're feeling a little, um, flighty these days. While it may seem laughable to add another Must to your list right now, scheduling in downtime to stand on your head, hit a matinee, cook something comforting, or nap in your car can change the dynamic of your whole day — and help keep Bridezilla at bay.
SOURCES: Nelda Mercer, RD, nutritional consultant in private practice, Ann Arbor, Mich. Sue Fleming, author, Buff Brides; personal trainer. Jeffery Sobal, PhD, associate professor of nutritional sciences, Cornell University. Bonnie Lee, culinary school graduate/newlywed, Mamaroneck, N.Y. Donna Eck-David, RN, postpartum nurse/newlywed, Chicago. Obesity Research, August 2002. Appetite, February 2003. Social Science & Medicine, April 2003.
A great natural bile stimulant and acid reflux preventer. It keeps the stomach pH levels balanced so you will have a flatter tummy and look hot in that bikini! Add a capful to half a glass of water and drink after you wake up. You can try cooking with it. For example, check out these Healthy Mummy 356 Calorie Sweet and Sour Chicken Meatballs You can also buy Healthy Mummy HIGH STRENGTH Apple Cider Vinegar TABLETS here
Obesity is like that elephant investigated by the blind men in the Indian fable who arrive at different conclusions depending on whether they’re holding the trunk, the tusk, or the tail. Weight gain can be a result of many different, but often coexisting, issues, from metabolic factors and emotional problems to lack of exercise and overeating. Too often these issues are studied in isolation.
That 16-ounce rib eye at your favorite restaurant may tout well over 100 g of protein, but you'll have the greatest chance of offsetting muscle loss if you spread out your total daily protein intake evenly, aiming for 20 to 30 g at each meal and snack. "Remember, over the course of a day, there's a natural balance between muscle breakdown and muscle building," says Dr. Paddon-Jones. "By eating protein at regular intervals throughout the day, you'll avoid dipping into breakdown mode for too long at one time."
If you're like many women over 40, you've probably noticed that it's become a lot easier to gain a few pounds than to lose them. The foods that you ate without care in your 20s and 30s now stick to your body like glue, adding bulk to your midsection. The good news: The solution to a slim, firm body at 40-plus is no farther than your fridge. Research shows that, when combined with a little regular exercise, what you eat and when you eat it are your metabolic secret weapons for building muscle mass, the body's prime calorie-burning tissue and a key driver of your metabolism.
3. Tabata: Tabata is another form of interval training and involves 8 rounds of 20 seconds exercise followed by 10 seconds rest. Sounds easy enough but exercise should be done at a high intensity. This exercise can be done using rowing machines, dumbbells or thrusters. This is a tough exercise and is best for those who have very less time in their hands.
When you receive my book online, you’ll be so excited to get started.  The lessons are easy and come naturally to you.  Some of this is so simple you’ll wonder why they don’t teach this in grade school.  It certainly would have saved you a lot of grief if they had.  It would have saved you the misery of feeling so out of control and helpless. It would have saved you the humiliation of insults and the unspoken disgust of others.
Keeping a journal is great for preserving more than just memories; it’s an amazing tool for maintaining your weight loss, too. As we get older, our memories tend to become a bit less sharp than they were in our younger years, making it easy to forget those little bites of dessert we took, and making it even easier for them to show up as unwanted pounds on the scale. Fortunately, a study from Kaiser Permanente’s Center For Health Research reveals that individuals who consistently tracked their eating habits enjoyed a nearly 50 percent greater weight loss than those who skipped the journaling.

When you were young, you probably didn't spend too much time thinking about preparing your body for the future. In your teens and twenties, you're in peak condition and it's the perfect time to start exercising. Cut to 20 years later and, if you didn't start exercising, you probably wish you had since there's something we all start to experience in our 40's—weight gain.
But there are certain things everyone over the age of 40 should be doing to guarantee that the second half of life’s big game is as exciting as the first half. After all, once you hit 40, your body begins to lose muscle mass, the lean tissue that helps you burn fat and calories; women drop about half a pound of muscle per year after crossing 4-0, according to Pamela Peeke, author of Body for Life for Women. That’s why 40 tends to be the dividing line between those who are headed for a long, healthy lifetime of lean, and those who are headed for an early (and probably much larger) grave.
You are not alone! A common misconception is that the wedding itself should be all the motivation one needs to lose weight. Most brides have access to the gym, diet plans that will work and, in general, know what it takes to lose weight for their wedding day. The missing ingredient in most cases is motivation, which must be a vital part of a bride’s diet and exercise plan. Before you start your wedding weight loss plan you must first identify healthy methods that will not only keep you motivated throughout your wedding planning, but will help you develop healthy habits to continue even after you exchange your vows. Follow these simple steps to help increase your motivation so that you will look fabulous and feel healthy while wearing your dream gown.

You already know to keep calories and fat in check, but you'll fan the flames of your metabolism by putting another nutrient on your radar: protein, the building block of lean muscle mass. Each time you eat a protein-rich food—say, a piece of fish or cheese—your body goes to work, breaking it down into smaller particles called amino acids. "The amino acids enter your bloodstream and are then absorbed by your muscle tissues and other cells," says Douglas Paddon-Jones, PhD, director of exercise studies at the University of Texas Medical Branch. "Once the amino acids end up in your muscles, your body starts putting them back together—sort of like Legos—into your muscle tissue." This is called muscle-protein synthesis, and it's the process your body uses to build and maintain muscle mass.


The Wild Diet focuses on whole foods: healthy fat-burning fats; organic vegetables; pasture-raised meats, poultry, and wild-caught fish; pasture-raised eggs and grass-fed dairy. I also find it beneficial to add in clean carbs like sweet potato and wild rice 1-2 times per week in the evening. People who are especially active, those who have a super-high metabolism, and some women do well adding clean carbs more often.
You may have an apple-shaped or a pear-shaped body structure. Accumulation of fat occurs differently for different people, it actually depends on the body structure. For those whose bodies are pear-shaped, the fat tends to accumulate in the lower part of the body, like the buttocks. But for those whose bodies are apple-shaped, your body tends to store fat around the middle section, thus resulting in fat accumulation around the belly. You must know that there are two types of belly fat – visceral, which accumulates around the abdominal organs, and subcutaneous, which occurs between the skin and abdominal wall.
A great natural bile stimulant and acid reflux preventer. It keeps the stomach pH levels balanced so you will have a flatter tummy and look hot in that bikini! Add a capful to half a glass of water and drink after you wake up. You can try cooking with it. For example, check out these Healthy Mummy 356 Calorie Sweet and Sour Chicken Meatballs You can also buy Healthy Mummy HIGH STRENGTH Apple Cider Vinegar TABLETS here

There’s a host of benefits that come with walking more, from stress relief to stronger leg muscles. But the simple act can ward off weight gain simply because you expend more calories than taking the elevator or parking as close as possible to the door. But for weight loss and to actually start burning, you’ll need to walk 3 mph, which is as if your plane is about to start boarding and you are still walking toward your gate. And while they don’t have to all be 3 mph steps, the average recommendation is 10,000 steps a day. Make your steps extra effective and easier on your routine but incorporating these 30 Tips for Walking for Weight Loss.
Spoon Guru nutritionist Isabel Butler (MSc, ANutr) recommends that “the best way to reduce weight and maintain the weight loss is by simply eating a balanced and healthy diet, without refusing yourself particular foods… If you do cut out foods, you need to make sure your diet is still balanced and you are getting the nutrients your body needs from other sources.”  
"It's imperative that a bride spend at least a little time educating herself on weight loss and fitness," says Bode. You don't necessarily have to hit the books and research — though meeting with a nutritionist or trainer can offer a solid indication of how you might start your regimen — but do simply get familiar with the basics. Bode advises focusing on what she says are the "four critical principles": cardiovascular exercise, good nutrition, strength training, and stretching. "All four components are necessary to reach your goals in a healthy way," she says.

The short answer is, not much. But changes can and do occur. A carb is still a carb, but you may need to adjust a few things in order to compensate for things like a lessened recovery ability and metabolic rate. The good news is, you aren’t the average sedentary Joe. The fact that you train and eat right will go miles toward keeping you on the right side of the curve for your age. Supplement companies all clamor to sell you products promising a healthier, more youthful existence. But the reality is that nothing will affect your overall health and wellbeing more than proper eating and exercise.
Although you do want to increase your walking over time, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to be working your way up to a more intensive form of cardio like swimming or running. “Moving on to new exercises is not something someone should feel they have to do unless their goals change and a new exercise is needed to support those goals,” says Gagliardi. “Walking alone can be progressed by changing the distance, speed, terrain, and by adding intervals.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53Bo_28Bx-E
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