The next step in the Tea Challenge after you grasp yesterday's eating guidelines is that before each meal or snack you move your body in some high intensity way for about 1-2 minutes. Yes, I said that... minutes.A great time to do this is when you're getting ready to drink your tea, because you want the timing to be about 30-60 minutes before your meal. Studies have found that when your muscles are ready to receive calories, they are much more likely used or stored in the muscle to be used than stored as fat. (Warning, I'm about to talk about hormones again!)As Tim Ferriss explains in his book The 4 Hour Body:“The more muscular gates we have open before insulin triggers the same GLUT-4 on the surface of fat cells, the more we can put calories in muscle instead of fat”.So what opens these gates? Intense exercise, such as squatting while raising your arms or lunging or burpees. And doing so for about 60-90 seconds closely mimics about 6 hours of low intensity exercise (83% vs 91%). Yes, that means walking leisurely for 6 hours or 60 seconds of all-out squatting.So while you heat up your tea water, do 60-90 seconds worth of squats, then if you remember do them again about 90 minutes after eating, when your glucose is at its highest. This will help bring it down and also help keep you looking young... because, HORMONES!More on that later....MAKE SURE YOU TAKE PHOTOS BEFORE YOU GO ANY FURTHER!! And write down your WHY!!
The basic steps in the August Tea Challenge:
1. Drink 3-5 cups of tea daily, especially when you're craving carbs or sugar. If you are using the Newport Skinny Tea, drink the daytime tea 1 hour before breakfast and one hour before lunch. At night drink the night time tea, or other decaffeinated tea meant to help you sleep peacefully. Use tea to help you manage cravings.2. Eat every 3-5 hours. At your 3 meals and 2 snacks, fill 30% of your plate with low fat protein, it doesn't matter what kind right now. Use an app like My Fitness Pal to track your calories and macronutrients, we are aiming for between 1200-1500 calories per day.3. Fill the rest of your plate with low glycemic carbohydrates... this means vegetables + a dash of fat. Right now we're going for GOOD ENOUGH. Increase your vegetable intake, each day. If you need some inspiration you can check out our Clean Eating board on Pinterest. You can include fruit as well, but don't go overboard on it, especially if you know that your metabolism has been damaged.4. Decrease all consumption of white carbohydrates and what I call white fats, which include refined sugar, flour, rice, potatoes and bread and vegetable oils that aren't olive oil. This means fast foods, packaged foods and baked goods. Does this mean you can never have them? No, it means you're cutting back on them and increasing vegetables and fruits. Here's my warning, these types of foods are incredibly addictive, and you will have some withdrawal symptoms when you stop eating them, you may feel ill, nauseous and even have some sort of physical reaction like a headache when you give them up. There's no prize for going super fast, so take your time, these changes are for the long haul.Here's the GREAT NEWS, we are taking these steps to help increase your good hormones and decrease your bad hormones (yes, I will be writing about this more). Each meal affects your hormonal state for about 3-5 hours after you eat it, so each meal is another chance to get it right.There is no point of giving up on your plan because you went out and had pizza one night, because the next meal is just the next opportunity to get yourself back in hormonal balance.I really want to stress how important it is that you give yourself a reason for changing these habits and that you know that it is a process and sometimes you will not achieve each step above. It doesn't matter- DON'T BEAT YOURSELF UP ABOUT IT, that is only reinforcing the negative image you have in your mind.As always, with all supplements and eating plans, its essential that you are talking with your physician before making changes, they are the only one who can give you personalized recommendations based on your medical history.
There are roughly 20,000 diet books in print... omg, talk about information overload... and here's the thing I always wondered when I saw a new, great diet book appear-- how sooo many so called experts could have such different opinions about what is the best way for us to reach our weight loss goals? It's so confusing!Yes this email is long, but actually, I'm saving you a boatload of time, because I'm going to give you the giant secret to what actually makes all these books alike!You're welcome :)Many women have told me are looking for simplicity in the struggle to feel healthy and be at their ideal weight. I know how it feels, because I've been one of them for quite awhile, I shared my story previously so I won't bore you with it again, but trust me when I say I know your pain! Please keep writing me your letters, I love reading them!That is what the August Tea Challenge is all about, creating daily templates that are livable and repeatable and actually enjoyable, that get you TO YOUR GOAL and keep you there!So back to the diet books, I was looking for the common denominator of these 20,000 diets, and it seems that Dr. Barry Sears was also wondering the same question, because I found my answer in his scientific research.
Dr, Sears is a Ph.D. who has been writing about diet and its affect on our health for over 30 years, I remember reading The Zone back in the late 90s. Since then his research has continued and science has been proving his original theories correct, in fact Harvard and the USDA food pyramids continue to get closer to his recommendations each year.The SECRET thing that he says unites all diet plans is what is called the "Glycemic Load" of the diet. Either the diet contains too much carbohydrates and makes excess insulin or too little carbohydrates and creates excess glucagon. Either way, this creates some hormonal disruption in your body that forces you away from your ideal weight.How do we solve this problem?
That's the SECRET you need to know!!!Here's a brief explaination from the Zone website abouthow to structure your meals each day:
"Following the Zone Diet blueprint is easy. At every meal, divide your plate into three equal sections. (You need an eye for that.) On one-third of the plate put some low-fat protein that is no larger or thicker than the palm of your hand (that’s because some hands are larger than others).This doesn’t have to be animal protein, but it has to be protein-rich. For vegans this means either extra-firm tofu or soy-imitation meat products. For lacto-ovo vegetarians, it can also include dairy and egg protein-rich sources in addition to vegan sources of protein. For omnivores, the choice of proteins is even wider.
Next, fill the other two-thirds of your plate with colorful carbohydrates, primarily non-starchy vegetables and small amounts of fruits to balance the protein as shown below.
Here are two very practical hints when it comes to carbohydrates. First, the more white (white bread, white pasta, white rice, and white potatoes) you put on your plate, the more inflammation you are going to create. Second, the more non-starchy vegetables you consume and the fewer grains and starches you eat (ideally none), the better the results. Scientifically, it’s called lowering the glycemic load of the meal.
Finally, you add a dash of fat (that’s a small amount). The fat should be rich in monounsaturated fat, and low in omega-6 and saturated fats. This could be olive oil, guacamole, or nuts."Below you can find a graphic from his website, www.zonediet.com and his website explains the science in much more detail than I will here. Another really important thing that he goes over is the science behind polyphenols and how they play a role in protecting your health, which are also found in our Newport Skinny Tea.I have been successful with the Zone structure and I have found many other people find its basic simplicity very easy to use. The actual diet is more specific and exact than what I'll be teaching you to use as an outline, so if you are interested in reading more about this diet and the exact way to use it, I suggest you buy the book The Mediterranean ZoneOver this into week, I will simplify this template even more and be giving you easy meal guides and recipes you can follow that will get your appetite under control, using this approach along with daily tea drinking is going to sky rocket your efforts, although I cannot make guarantees that you will achieve results, I have seen this approach work when nothing else would, so start getting ready for our August tea challenge!You can follow along with or without our teatox product,if you want to order the challenge kit, make sure you do it soon!!Details below!