Saturday, April 11, 2009

Plateaus and other info

I love getting Prevention magazine! It always has lots of very helpful info.

The May edition has a "2 week Total Body Turnaround" workout schedule I'm going to try and here is something Chris Freytag said in answer to the question: Can this help women who already exercise but aren't losing weight? "Yes. Many active women plateau because they're not strength-training or doing cardio at a high enough intensity. This program requires you to do both, which is the only way to boost metabolism and burn more calories long-term."

Stay Sharp with Healthy Carbs
In one study, women 22 to 55 followed either a low-carb Atkins-style diet or a low-calorie diet rich in fruit, vegetables, and whole grains. After ONE WEEK of eating very few carbs, the women on the Atkins-style diet performed, on average, 50% worse on memory tasks than those on the low-calorie diet. Once the women started eating carbs again, their scores improved.

WOW! That's pretty significant.

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And here's my favorite tip of the month:
Control cravings with chocolate
Trying to lose weight? Eat some dark chocolate. It may help you feel full, according to a new study from Denmark. Researchers gave 16 participants 100g of either dark or milk chocolate, and 2 hours later offered them pizza. (Where do I sign up for this research?????) Those who consumed the dark chocolate ate 15% fewer calories than those who had milk chocolate, and they were less interested in fatty, salty, and sugary foods. Try a chocolate with 70% or more cocoa. Two tablespoons of dark chocolate chips alongside fresh berries as a midafternoon snack should give you some of the benefits without breaking your calorie budget.

The Flat Belly Diet that encourages a MUFA at every meal has 1/4c (4Tbsp) of chocolate chips as one of the MUFAs. Using Dove dark chocolate satisfies those chocolate cravings without eating too much. It's soooo rich and creamy, I usually just have 2 Tbsp. 100g is around 3.5 ounces. Not sure if I could eat that much in one sitting!


Jen, a priorfatgirl said...

that's a huge difference in memory! WOW!!!

I eat dark chocolate when I'm craving chocolate. I keep a bag of hershey's kiss dark chocolate at my desk and whenever I feel the urge to overdose on chocolate, I grab one or two. They are around 20 calories each and surprisingily enough, it won't leave you craving the entire bag! The last bag took me about 6 weeks to finish.

HappySkinnyGirl said...

I read that brain needs carbs to feel alert :)

Anonymous said...

No wonder I was brain dead for a couple of years :P LOL!