weight loss

Time to cleanse

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After being pregnant for almost 40 weeks and then nursing for almost 15 months, my body has been through the wringer for almost two full years and is still a little out of whack.  I’ve been exercising, eating “mostly” clean, drinking lots of water and attempting to get enough sleep.  But those pre-baby summer-white skinny crops are still snug.  Okay, they barely go up over my hips.  And although this blog isn’t about weight loss and being “skinny,” it is about being healthy, whole and happy.  And I’ll be a whole lot happier if I can get back into those skinny crops at some point. 🙂

I remained “sugar free” for 21 days when prepping for my wedding day back in 2011 and did a TLS 21-Day Challenge (cleanse) shortly after my first son stopped nursing in 2014, but this will be my first time trying Advocare.  It is pretty popular in the fitness arena here in Columbus so I figured, why not?  I’m always up for trying something new!

For this cleanse, I have to do the following for the next 10 days:

  • Start each morning with the probiotic supplement, 30 minutes before breakfast, and a large glass of water
  • Before one meal daily, drink the fiber supplement mixed with 4 ounces of fluids, followed by an additional 8-16 ounces of water.  The packet states drinking it with 8 oz, but some veterans suggested mixing it with 4 to get it down faster!
  • Take the Omegaplex (Omega-3 fatty acid supplement) twice daily
  • At bedtime, take the herbal cleanse caplets with a full glass of water
  • Remain coffee free (yikes!) but can replace my love-of-caffeine with Advocare’s Spark Energy vitamin & amino acid supplement

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As far as eating, just eat clean!  The thing I didn’t like about the TLS challenge was you couldn’t eat ANYTHING other than fruits and vegetables the first seven days.  I’m not a rabbit and I’m pretty active… I need protein!  The Advocare challenge allows you to have clean proteins and low GI complex carbs (in small portions and preferably early in the day) including sweet potatoes, brown rice and oatmeal.  In addition to eating clean, there are some “don’t consume these” rules…

  • No coffee (or if absolutely needed, at least drink it black)
  • No alcohol
  • No processed foods (whole/real foods only)
  • No added sugars, salts, condiments, marinades, etc

So what will I miss?  Coffee, wine, Quest bars – in that order.  Waking up to a warm cup o’ Joe is the reason I get out of bed at 5:55AM.  So that will definitely be the hardest.  I’ll also miss dairy (yogurt and cheese) & chocolate, but I already try to limit those, so 10 days should be doable. If we weren’t going on vacation in early June, I may have tried the 24 day challenge, but I wanted to be done before we started our travels to Florida.  I mean, what’s vacation without a non-fat, no-whip, half caff, two-pump caramel latte?

I stocked up on fresh produce & clean snacks (nuts, hummus) and plan to boil a bunch of eggs.  I read this post “Tips for a successful 10 day Advocare Cleanse” and mentally prepared myself.

My mother-in-law is starting tomorrow, so at least I’ll have a partner in crime.  I plan to also replace one meal a day with my go-to green smoothie recipe and drink at least 75 ounces of water per day.  Wish me luck!

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Have you cleansed before?  Tried Advocare or a similar product?  Send us your tips & suggestions! 

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How to lose weight with running

I listened to a great podcast recently by coach Jenny Hadfield, where she interviewed marathoner, triathlete & dietician, Pam Nisevich-Bede.  After the first of the year, many of us tend to focus on weight loss.  Here is a brief overview of the points I found to be interesting…

Q:  Share a few tips on how to lose weight while running? 

A: (paraphrased)  Pam states that many runners find they don’t lose weight during “training” due to a variety of factors…

  • Sometimes during training, you are so hungry!  You run 5 miles, burn 500 calories and decide you have earned that pizza!
  • Most runners & active performance athletes are not getting enough protein.  You need a little under a gram per pound (of body weight).  If you are eating too many carbs to “fuel” and not burning them, your body is storing them as fat.  Eat more protein and less carbohydrates.
  • Eat more fiber from sources such as dark leafy green veggies, apple with peel & whole grains.
  • Many don’t stay hydrated enough.  They finish a run/cardio workout, think they are hungry, but it is more likely hydration.  Urine should be a light lemonade color.  If its clear, likely too much fluid.  If its apple juice-like, not enough fluids.
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Staying hydrated is essential to weight loss!

Q: If a runner’s number one goal is to lose weight (not race), how can they do this? 

A:  (paraphrased)

  • If you’re trying to lose weight (and not perform) use a workout in the AM on empty.  She referred to this as ‘training low’ where you are fasting and mobilizing some fat stores; burning your fat stores instead of the carbohydrates or glycogen.  She states, “I can almost guarantee you have enough energy and stores on board to get you through a three mile run.”
  • Research shows you should fast for at least four hours prior to a run in order to burn that stored fat.  So if you can’t get your run in first thing in the AM, fast for at least 4 hours prior to your lunch or dinner time run to get the same result.
  • “Coffee is your friend! Plenty of health benefits.  Let’s not drink the whole pot, but caffeine is definitely your friend.”  Gives you a little boost of energy.
  • If you really want to ‘train low’ and focus on weight loss, limit carbs at dinner the night before your run as well.  You will feel it during your run, but it will help you achieve your weight loss goal.  For example, eat protein and veggie, limit carbs.  Maybe even allow yourself a small piece of cheese if you are extra hungry.
  • Your workout will feel more taxing.  Take it at a moderate pace.  Three easy miles will still get you 300 calories. Again, coffee is your friend.  Wake up, have some coffee, get in three miles.
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Use a little caffeine to wake you up before that morning run!

Q: What are the downsides of grazing all day? 

A: (paraphrasing)

  • “The Four Hour Rule.” We have to give ourselves a break from constant grazing to keep calorie count down.  Try for a four hour break between food.  Save 100 calories here, there, it adds up.  Allow yourself to feel “hungry” and wait four hours.

Q:  How do we determine the correct amount of calories?  1,200 vs 1,500?

A: (paraphrased)

  • Number of calories needed are determined by height, weight, age, gender, activity level, BMI and more.  If you are feeling weak during workouts (other than training low) then you are likely not getting enough calories for your fitness level.
  • Portions are often too big!  Stop eating off the dinner plate and start eating off a salad plate.
  • Plate = 1/2 veggies, 1/4 protein, 1/4 starch (unless training low, then skip the starch)
  • Stop drinking all your calories (smoothies, juices, etc)
  • Protein shake after workout for recovery and weight loss (her personal favorite is kale or spinach, banana, protein, skim or almond milk)

 

Do you have any tips for using running to aid in weight loss?  Let us know if you agree or disagree with any of these points… and happy running! 

Checkout Jenny’s other podcasts HERE.
Read more about Pamela HERE or view the excerpt below from Runner’s World.
PAMELA NISEVICH BEDE:  Wherever you find Pam Nisevich Bede – be it offering nutrition news you can use in the Fuel School column @ Runner’s World, working with marathoners in the RW Challenge program, counseling athletes in person and on-line at Swim, Bike, Run, Eat (www.swimbikeruneat.com), or working full-time as the sports dietitian for EAS Sports Nutrition, you can be assured she’ll be talking about all things nutrition and wellness (and drinking a full cup of coffee to keep her going). And while she loves talking about the in’s and out’s of sports nutrition and high performance, her most favorite thing is to spend time with her husband, Jason, and sons, Miller & Hunter, or to clear her mind compliments of a long solo run. With 17 marathons, countless half-marathons, and a full Ironman finish under her belt, this year Pam will be focusing on cranking out some fast Ironman 70.3 finishes… as soon as she figures out how to swim.  (Photo credit and excerpt/bio to RunnersWorld.com)