An innocuous habit with big consequences.
Snacking. It’s just what we do, right? Well, at least that’s what the food industry wants us to believe. And while it is true that at the end of the day energy balance is pretty much the only thing that matters for fat loss and yes, you can fit in those junky snacks and still lose weight, doing so comes with a boatload of problems. So let me explain why snacking is probably the number one habit that is holding you back from attaining your body composition goals.
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True superfood made easy.
Liver is a true superfood, but sadly most of us don’t like to eat it. I’ve made it my mission to change it! With a bold combination of flavours and easy-peasy preparation. Weightloss friendly, high in protein, satiating and at the same time comforting. This recipe will make you a believer, so dig in!
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Comforting and diet friendly.
I’m not sure why stuffing minced meat into a bell pepper completely transforms both ingredients, but it does. A delicious smell wafting through your home will be a welcome byproduct of this comfort food classic. And it is even super diet friendly! So what are you waiting for, give it a try!
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A celebration of a humble vegetable.
As much as I like cauliflower rice, making it is a chore. Shredding the cauliflower into rice results in tiny white pieces jumping around in my kitchen. I simply hate it. Therefore I am really glad that I found this recipe. It celebrates the cauliflower. We don’t turn it into faux-something. We honor it by treating it just like a sunday roast. And we get a lot in return: tender white flesh and a spicy bark. Try this one and thank me later, it will change your relationship to cauliflower forever.
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Let’s be honest, in December the alcohol consumption can increase exponentially, especially here in Austria. Every office has its own Christmas party, where free alcohol flows generously. After work you go for a stroll to the “Christkindlmarkt” (Christmas market) and meet some friends for a punsch or a mulled wine. On Christmas you will have two or more generous glasses of wine because you are so fatiqued of talking with the whole family. And there is no New Year’s Eve without bubbles. Well, alcohol throws an additional challenge on the hard dieting folks which should first have a look on Stefan’s great article on how to manage holydays. But is alcohol really impairing your fat loss? Let’s have a closer look to it.
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How to make the best of the greatest season of the year.
Autumn is my favorite season: the days are getting cooler, the sun is gently spending warmth and good mood. The food is changing too, some of my most beloved foods are now in season. Quince, duck, pumpkin, game, chestnuts and grapes make autumn an especially tasty time. It is also the season where the big holidays all around the world are starting, making it hard to progress the weight loss journey. But it’s not impossible, let’s have a closer look.
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Why less variety in your food can help you lose fat.
What? Isn’t variety good for your health? Dieticians and health guidelines tell you that if you are going to eat a large variety of different foods you are going to meet your nutritional needs. Well, that sounds reasonable but has also a dark side: the more variety we have in one meal, the more calories we are going to eat. Before explaining why this is the case and what can we do against it, let’s define some terms.
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I already see the geeky bodybuilders roll their eyes: we all know that sweeteners are not bad! Come on, Chantal: during contest prep we are all eating Skyr, berries and artificial sweeteners as staple food. Sorry guys and girls, this article is not for you, but you can still scroll down to the recipes at the end of the article if you want some variation in your diet 😉 This article is dedicated to all the people who are struggling with their diets and have been told that sweetners are ultra-bad, cause cancer, neurotoxicity and are increasing cravings. But is it true? Let’s have a closer look at what the current research says.
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More evidence that you should not bother.
I’ve already written a blog post about carb tolerance, but on my way to horseriding I’ve been listening to a great podcast by Danny Lennon with Prof. Christopher Gardner on a recently published paper with the title “Effect of Low-Fat vs Low-Carbohydrate Diet on 12-Month Weight Loss in Overweight Adults and the Association With Genotype Pattern or Insulin Secretion” . I would like to give you some insights in the research findings as well as write down some of the thoughts Prof. Gardner expressed in the podcast.
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Implement lifetime strategies for diet success.
Good old meal plans … I’ve almost forgot about them, but whenever I browse a fitness magazine, they catch my attention. Out of curiosity I start reading them and I am always amused about them: if it is a meal plan in a men’s magazine, you feel taken back to the old bro science ages of chicken breast, white rice and steamed brokkoli. If it is a meal plan for women, I see plenty of smoothie bowls, porridge, pasta and woefully low amounts of protein. I mean I get it, meal plans seem to be an easy solution for weight loss, but I think you can do better!
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