Comments (0)December 18th, 2010Posted by Dr. Charles D.C. in FLF Approved Fat Burning Recipes

Protein Packed Holiday Smoothies That Burn Fat All Day Long!

These recipes are sure to brighten anyones Holiday. If you are looking for a delicious holiday treat but do not want to destroy the progress that you worked so hard for, try one of these recipes. They are packed full of holiday goodness and healthy ingredients that are guaranteed to give your metabolism a boost and slim down your waist line.

Holiday Fat Loss Recipe


Delicious Candy Cane Coffee

1 cup vanilla almond milk  (or, 1 cup brewed coffee)
1 scoop  chocolate protein powder
1- 6oz. cup Greek yogurt -vanilla
1/2 tablespoon instant coffee (more or less to taste) (you don’t need this if you are using coffee in place of milk)
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract or a spring of fresh mint if you have it
1 candy cane (if desired-can be omitted)

Blend using Magic Bullet or Blender.

Makes 1 serving

Nutrition Info:

Calories:  274
Protein:  40 grams
Carbs:  16 grams
Fat:  4 grams

Ginger Bread Protein ShakeGingerbread Cookie Shake

1 cup vanilla almond milk  (or, 1 cup brewed coffee)
1 scoop  chocolate protein powder
1- 6oz. cup Greek yogurt -vanilla
1/2 tablespoon instant coffee (more or less to taste) (you don’t need this if you are using coffee in place of milk)
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract or a spring of fresh mint if you have it
1 candy cane (if desired-can be omitted)

Blend using Magic Bullet or Blender.

Makes 1 serving

Nutrition Info:

Calories:  274
Protein:  40 grams
Carbs:  16 grams
Fat:  4 grams

Protein Pumpkin Pie MoussePumpkin Protein Shake

1 scoop Prograde Vanilla Protein Powder
1 6-oz. Plain or Vanilla Greek yogurt
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tablespoon 100% Pumpkin (not pie filling)

Blend in food processor, put in a fancy dessert cup, and enjoy!

Nutrition Info:

Calories:  225
Protein:  42 grams
Carbs:  10 grams
Fat:  1 gram

Smoothies take little to no time to make and can really bring your metabolism back up to it’s fat burning capability. I bet you didn’t realize that eating healthy could be so good! Give it a try today.

Thanks to leankitchen.com for providing these healthy recipes.  For other healthy holiday recipes check out the flf approved fat burning recipes.  If you haven’t gotten you copy of our ever popular Fat Loss Factor Program or if you’d like to learn a simple tip on how to lose weight fast to boost your metabolism, you can click the link and watch a short video.

Happy Holidays!

Mike

Comments (0)December 12th, 2010Posted by Dr. Charles D.C. in Healthy Eating Tips

The Top 3 Most Unhealthy Christmas Foods and Why They’ll Make Your Metabolism Cry

Gaining a few pounds over the holidays is as traditional as placing presents under the tree. But this doesn’t have to be the end.  Are you willing to put the work into making your holidays happy AND healthy? If you want to learn how to lose weight fast during the holidays, just take a look at the worst of the worst and a simple resolution to avoid them.

#1: Fruitcake and  other stollen (rich, Germanic breads)lose weight fast during the holidays

While exact recipes have some considerable variation, there are general common themes that tend to spell bad things for one’s fat tissue levels. These breads are incredibly dense by default, but they’re also crammed full of additives that have had all the nutrition cooked right out of them. Marzipan, sugar, and other fattening products are added on top. Even the ‘traditional’ recipes aren’t safe, as they often add to the sheer density of the food by soaking it in liquids like brandy.

#2: The cheese log

Your standard cheese is far from healthy, of course. But the cheese log you’ll find in most stores is one of the least natural and most fattening. Empty carbs like olives and diced peppers further pad out a log that is mostly, by and large, made of heavily processed cheese and cream cheese. But most of the flavoring and coloring is entirely artificial! You can create a marginally healthier cheese log at home, but the bulk of the ingredients will still be fat, and you’ll still be eating that log with sausage and crackers – more carbs you probably don’t need.

#3: Eggnog (Mmmmmmm…. one of my personal favorites)

Such a fixture of the winter season that you may overlook this beverage altogether, it’s actually probably the worst thing you can drink! With eggs, cream, sugar, and liquors, the body of the drink consists of just about everything that’s bad for you that it’s possible to convert to liquid form. Chocolate shavings or whipped cream for a topping won’t help, either. Commercial varieties in particular often contain more sugar than you’d even think necessary. Stick with homemade versions over store bought if you choose to indulge!

On a final more general note, always pay close attention to the sugar and butter used in traditional holiday dishes and beverages. You can get away with reducing the amounts significantly if you make your own, but the products you’ll find on the shelves won’t bother with even the usual pretense of health. After all, no one expects holiday food to be healthy… but it’s still up to you to try, if you care about your body!

Comments (0)December 4th, 2010Posted by Dr. Charles D.C. in Inspiring Videos

Did This Happen To You When You Were Shopping This Holiday Season?

It’s that time of year again! This Christmas flash mob decided to share their holiday spirit with a food court full of people at the mall.  There were over 100 people involved in this coordinated sing along of the popular chorus Hallelujah.

Happy Holidays everyone from us to you!

Comments (0)December 1st, 2010Posted by Dr. Charles D.C. in Healthy Eating Tips

Cheat Days – Eat Whatever You Want And Boost Your Metabolism!

Cheat days have become the newest fad. This is because if used right, they actually work to bust you through any weight loss plateaus that you are stuck on. cheat day Lori and I have used this method for years with great success. Your body is amazing at 1 thing…. adaptation. You an adapt to virtually any situation.

So what happens when you adapt? Well, to put it simply, you get stuck in a rut. Especially in weight loss. That is why it’s a great idea to “shake things up a bit” hence, the cheat day.

The idea at first was to give you a mental break from your strict diet.  Some programs are very strict and mentally individuals would become tired and start to stray from the program.  Ultimately they “fell off the wagon” so to speak because mentally it is too challenging for them to continue.

So many use the cheat day as a way to give you a break or a reprieve mentally.  It allows you to eat some of those foods you have been avoiding while on your weight loss program.

What some have discovered with research is that something physically takes place when you incorporate a cheat day.

When you diet or restrict calories and nutrients your body will start to deplete a hormone called leptin.  Leptin is a powerful hormone that can influence your weight loss or even cause you to gain weight if it manipulated in the wrong way.

When you diet and start depleting your leptin levels you brain gets sent a signal from leptin that you are starving yourself because leptin is dropping.  This is what some call the ‘starvation mode’ and when this happens it triggers a series of other actions.  Your brain will now send signals to other hormones to slow down your metabolism, shed energy costly muscle and cause your body to start storing more calories you eat as stored fat.

A cheat day is important in this situation because by allowing you to eat more calories, more sugar, more fat, etc allows the hormone leptin to increase and calm down. By raising your leptin level back to normal it starts to think “We are not starving” and tells the brain to stop conserving and trying to protect the body.

This allows you to continue to burn calories and prevent extra storage of calories. Generally it takes a few days for the body to recognize the calorie restriction and the leptin level to start to fall, which is why a cheat day is usually inserted somewhere between the 3rd and 5th day of a restricted calorie weight loss program.

One thing to be careful with this method though is that 1 cheat day doesn’t turn into 2 cheat days and then 3 cheat days, etc, etc.  There are some individuals that have a hard time getting back on the program the next day so if you use this type of program be careful to not fall into this trap.

Most will look forward to this method and don’t mind getting back to the program the next day knowing that the next cheat day is coming in 3-5 days. In our course on how to lose weight fast,  we add in a cheat day every week. We also give you the option to stay flexible and add a cheat day every 3-5 days.   Fat Loss Factor does a great job giving you baby steps to overcome your weight loss issues.

Remember, to keep your sanity and keep your metabolism boosted, add in a cheat day every 4 days or so. Trust me, you won’t regret it!