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Fifi Box: How I Lost 10 kg

Former sugar addict and new mum Fifi Box has lost an impressive 10 kgs on the New Atkins program since June – putting her well on the way to her ultimate weight loss goal of 15 kilos. We chatted with Fifi to get her best weight loss tips.

What do you love most about the New Atkins Nutritional Approach?
New Atkins works for me because I never feel like I am missing out. The program has also helped me kick my sugar habit and keeps my energy levels on an even keel– something that is becoming more important to me as I manage work and being a first time mum.

I can choose from a wide range of whole foods including low-sugar fruits, plenty of fresh vegetables, lean red meat, fish, chicken, tofu, dairy, whole grains and nuts. And if I am craving something sweet tasting, I can indulge in an Atkins bar or shake.

What is a typical day’s eating and workout plan?

Breakfast: veggie and fetta omelette

Snack: Chocolate & Orange Atkins Advantage Bar

Lunch: Thai Beef Salad – usually made the night before so easy to take to work

Snack: celery and capsicum sticks with tzatziki

Dinner: Grilled Atlantic salmon fillet with a salad of green beans, cherry tomatoes, capsicum, Spanish onion and chives

Dessert: Sliced apricot, berries and greek style natural yoghurt

I am currently enjoying boxing for my workout.

What kind of snacks do you reach for most?
Atkins bars and shakes are great when I am on the go or when I need to indulge my sweet tooth – but without the guilt! If I am at home, I love an afternoon snack of capsicum and carrot sticks with tzatziki; cheese and celery sticks; or some berries and natural yoghurt.

How do you stay motivated to lose weight?
My top tips to stay motivated, especially around the festive season, are:

  • Focus on health as the priority – by creating a healthier lifestyle through better diet and exercise any unwanted weight will naturally drop off. This is a little tricky during the festive season I know, but just do your best and try and avoid the pasties and cake.
  • Get family and friends on board
  • Break your goal down into smaller milestones, and set yourself rewards for reaching each target – I like treating myself to a new pair of pants I could only dream about fitting into before I started on New Atkins.

What is your signature dish?
A favourite at the moment is the Cajun chicken salad – an easy-to-make recipe and very yummy which makes it perfect for busy people – and us mums!

December 27, 2013

Kim Kardashian Reveals Her Baby Weight Loss Plan

Kim Kardashian has opened up about how she lost almost 20kg since giving birth to daughter North in June.

“Losing this weight has not been easy, but I did it, and that’s so rewarding, I was dedicated and motivated, and for me, that paid off,” she told People. “This makes me feel like I have the strength to take on other challenges.”

The newly-engaged reality TV star admits getting back in shape has been much harder than she’s made it look.

“Pregnancy for me was a lot tougher than people saw on my show or from magazines,” she says. “So to get back to feeling like myself just makes me feel good again. It’s all about feeling your best.”

She also plans to lose another 3kg. “This was the biggest challenge of my life, and I still have some to go.”

Kardashian, 33, confessed that the constant scrutiny and fat shaming while she was pregnant really upset her.

“Every day I would hear people criticise me, and it would affect me. Little by little it would chip away at my soul. I wanted to tune out the media and my public life and ignore it all.”

She’s obviously proud of losing the weight, posting a revealing swimsuit photo last week showing off her post-baby body.

Speaking about her baby weight loss plan, Kardashian revealed that she reduced her calorific intake, but didn’t go on a drastic diet because she was breastfeeding.

She now follows the Atkins Diet – which is high on protein and low on carbs – and eats no more than 2,000 calories a day.

As for her exercise plan, she started with the treadmill and going for walks, but has since committed to near-daily sessions at Barry’s Bootcamp – often with fiancé Kanye West – which focuses on a combination of Pilates, weight training and sprint intervals.

What do you think of Kim Kardashian’s baby weight loss plan?

 

October 24, 2013

Peanut Butter Diet


Did you ever think you could lose weight while eating peanut butter? You have to admit it? Australians are crazy about the stuff. But until now, eating peanut butter has been a pleasure that you try not to indulge in too often. Strangely enough if you are trying to lose weight you will not touch the stuff. You hide that smooth or crunchy behind the low-fat milk and yoghurt because you are scared of the 16g of fat in every 2 tablespoons. However there is great news as recent research now proves that peanut butter is actually very, very good for you. Its healthy monounsaturated fat (eaten as the main fat in a sensible diet) can actually lower your risks of heart disease and diabetes and sit down for this one help you lose weight. Of course this doesn’t mean you start going overboard with the amount of peanut butter you start consuming.

In the US the new thing is The Peanut Butter Diet which is a 5-day eating plan that lets you indulge in 4 to 6 tablespoons of peanut butter every day. Nutritionists do say that you have to remember any food over-eaten is bad for you and that a well-balanced and nutritious diet is better for you than a strict eating plan that will only make you eat more when you finish the diet.

The key to The Peanut Butter Diet is that women get two peanut butter servings everyday while men are able to enjoy three. The plan is very simple. You work peanut butter into your meals and snacks. You may be wondering how on earth two tablespoons of this stuff is good for you everyday? Well in a study at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, researcher Kathy McManus, RD, divided 101 overweight people into two groups. One group limited fat to a very low 20 percent of calories. While the other group ate monounsaturated fat foods such as peanut butter, nuts, olive oil and avocados which in turn boosted their fat total to 30 percent of calories. Both groups got the same calories: 1,200 for women and 1,500 for men. The results? Surprisingly both groups lost 5 kilos in the first six weeks. And while you can imagine if peanut butter is your craving you will stick to this diet more so the peanut butter dieters actually maintained their weight for 18 months after the trial the other dieters didn’t. They had double the drop-outs and the ones who stayed on the diet actually regained about 2 kilos of weight. Why do you ask? Well McManus confirms, “People want taste first. They have to enjoy what they eat to stick to a diet”.

December 1, 2002

Peanut Butter Diet (cont’d)

Nutritionists do worry that once you start eating something like peanut butter or chocolate you won’t be able to stop? But one nutritionist stressed that addicts have to maintain a well-balanced diet and move peanut butter from the ‘no’ list to the ‘it’s okay’ list. Like anyone who has tried to give something up you may find that your cravings will only hit occasionally and when they do, try a day or two of the Peanut Butter Diet to help curb those cravings and gaining any undue weight.A recent study at Pennsylvania State University in the US proved last year that diets high in peanuts and rich in monounsaturated fat were just as good at lowering total cholesterol as very low fat diets. But frighteningly a low fat diet raised heart threatening triglycerides by 11 percent while the peanut butter diet lowered them by 13 percent. This one is very surprising because the Peanut Butter Diet actually lowered heart disease risk by a huge 21 percent while the very low fat diet lowered the risk by only 12 percent. One of the lead researchers from this study says, ” Our study shows that people can eat some of their favourite foods, such as peanuts and peanut butter and achieve even better results than with a low-fat diet.”

An example of The Peanut Butter Diet

Breakfast

In a blender, whip together 1 cup fat-free milk, 1 small ripe banana, 2 tbsps toasted wheat germ and 2 tablespoons peanut butter.

Lunch

A mixed green salad with ? cup kidney beans and a small chopped pear with 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil, 2 tsp balsamic vinegar, ? tsp dried basil, and a sprinkle of garlic powder. 1 slice of multi-grain bread.

Dinner

Stir-fry 2 oz lean pork tenderloin with ? cup each snow peas, broccoli and slievered red bell peppers in 1 tsp peanut oil. Season with 1 Tbsp low-fat soy sauce and 1 tsp Asian five spice powder. Serve with ? cup brown rice.

Snacks you can have with peanut butter

  • Celery stuffed with 2 tbsp of peanut butter.
  • Fill large dates with peanut butter.
  • Toast a whole-wheat muffin with peanut butter.
December 1, 2002