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Feel The Burn! Sure Fire Ways To Get Trim Fast

 

Every so often, even the most avid of gym bunnies lose motivation and find themselves spending their evenings in front of the television rather than on the treadmill, lifting weights or stretching their glutes. It’s vital that you try and get yourself out of this rut so you can return to your exercise routine. Everyone wants to be in good shape, but you need to be willing to put the work in to get to your dream physique. Depending on your ideal body shape, whether bodybuilder, toned or athletic, your route will bespoke to you.

Some people love the allure of the gym, the banging tunes, the equipment and the people. Others like to be in their own zone and treat the gym as nothing more than a means to an end. Finding your mojo is key to ensure that you can get trim fast. Once you have reignited your passion for fitness, there are four simple things that you can try to ensure that you feel the burn and get fit fast.

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While heading to the gym is part of your fitness journey, you also need to look at your diet. Those cheeky almond croissants on the way to work every Friday simply won’t do. And the Chinese takeaway at the weekend can undo all of your good work at the gym. You need to make a concerted effort, not to go on a diet, but to change up your entire way of eating for the long term. Diets are faddy and will only make you crave what you cannot have. Altering what you eat, how you eat and why you eat will lead to a more worthwhile and sustainable change.

Of you adore candy bars, have them, but in moderation. Buy yourself one a week and decide when you will have it. Once it’s gone, it is gone and you cannot have any more in that seven day period. Vices that are banished can lead to binge eating and falling off the wagon in spectacular fashion.

Diet needs to go hand in hand with exercise to ensure your fitness levels remain high, and to make sure that you remain in good health. Make a list of everything that you eat in a week and start checking out the fat and sugar content; don’t worry as much about calorie counting. Consider what your plates of food look like and change them up. Carbohydrates like rice, potatoes and pasta often make up over half of our plate. You need to cut this to a quarter and supplement your carb allowance with extra vegetables. There’s nothing better than experimenting with veggie side dishes.

Attempt to eat the rainbow, without the skittles. Opt for vegetables of different colors each day to ensure that you pack yourself an antioxidant punch. Go for beetroot, red peppers, courgette, some kale and a few carrot crudites. Achieve your five portions of fruit and vegetables every day and you will achieve good health.

We can often become bogged down in diets and fads. Instead, focus on cooking your food and planning your meals in advance. If you are aiming to build muscle mass, eat plenty of protein and head to a supplement store to find a supplement that helps to repair your muscles quicker or helps you to build muscle mass faster.

Exercise

If you aren’t eager to get yourself back in the gym, you need to consider why. Is it because you get injured easily? Do you dislike the trainers there? Or is the equipment getting old? If you need to find yourself a new gym and start a new membership, do it. When ready to head back to the gym, take a pal. This can help motivate you and get you off of the sofa, into your kit and onto the treadmill. You can even add an element of friendly competition and race on the rowers, see who can do the most bicep curls and carry out a plank test. You might even be keen to take a couple of classes to add a touch of fun to your gym sessions.

Focus on the type of body shape you want to achieve and think about the muscles you want to work. If you want to lose the flab on your arms, but you don’t want too much muscle mass, boxercise will be more beneficial than lifting weights. If you want stronger thighs and a stronger core, consider balancing exercises as well as heading on the leg press machine.

To find your motivation, you may need to book a few sessions with a personal trainer. These knowledgeable professionals are the best people to call on if you want to get trim fast. They will put you through your paces for an hour and make you burn the maximum amount of calories that you can. They are keen to see you shift the pounds. Personal trainers will set up bespoke exercise plans and will advise on nutrition. They will take measurements of your hips, waist, neck, thighs and arms as a benchmark. When you start seeing the inches decrease, the pounds disappearing and your clothes fitting better, you will be more motivated to continue.

Lifestyle

We all need a boost sometimes to help us get trim. Exercise doesn’t have to be gym bound all the time. Consider getting off the bus one or two stops earlier than usual and walking a little further to your destination. If you usually drive for short journeys, consider riding your bike instead if safe to do so. Head to the park and kick a ball around. Enjoy venturing to the sports hall to take part in some team sports activities. Even if you’ve never played soccer, basketball or softball before, there are plenty of clubs that welcome beginners.

Think about your lifestyle and use every opportunity to get a bit more active, use up just a few more calories and seek out healthier alternatives to the fast food that you enjoy. Get yourself off of social media and consider a full on technology detox. This may sound extreme, but if you worked out how much time you spent in a sedentary position just scrolling through your Facebook feed you may be surprised.

Instagram does nothing for your self esteem. Your feed will be full of fake images that are perfectly filtered using Amaro or Holga settings. Some selfies will be airbrushed and photoshopped to create a seemingly aspirational image that is unrealistic and nigh on impossible to achieve. Forget wasting your time on these apps, put your tablet away and do more activities that are based in real life interests. Connect more with friends, go out for dinner, head to the movies and enjoy venturing outdoors for a barbecue every now and then. While this might not appear to help you get trim fast, it will lift your mood, enhance your self esteem and help you to regain your confidence. With greater confidence, you’ll head to the gym more often and be more inclined to have a go at a new HIIT class or spin exercise.

Getting trim fast may seem like an uphill battle and it can be difficult to look too far into the future. However, when you start to see your weight dropping, you feel better about your new healthier diet, and you look more alert, fresher and begin to turn heads for all the right reasons, you will find yourself eager to continue with your new fitness regime.

Five Mindless, Harmful Eating Habits to Avoid in 2019

 

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Once upon a time, the word “diet” was only associated with weight loss and eating disorder behaviors. Thank goodness, times are finally changing. In recent years, science and technology have taught us so much about all of the ways that nutrition and specific foods can alter the entire function and overall health of our human systems. We now know that the foods we choose to put in our bodies can positively or negatively affect so much more than just our weight, metabolism or cholesterol levels. We are quickly learning that we must view diet as an individualized, life-long health plan, rather than just a means to lose weight.

Of course most of us have experienced the feeling of wanting to shed a few extra pounds, especially after the holiday season. Unfortunately, many look to a quick, fix-it diet, creating a shock to their bodies. This often results in putting the lost weight right back on, confusing the healthy metabolic functionality of the body. To avoid this so-called yo-yo dieting and negative consequences to our health, let’s make 2016 the year to focus on a proper long-term nutritional diet that is right for our individual bodies by avoiding the following harmful eating habits that so many of us fall victim to:

Skipping breakfast – Talk about mindless! The mornings can be chaotic, whether we’re trying to get more zzz’s or we have children to feed, dress and get off to school before embarking on our adult responsibilities. Forgetting our own health needs can be very easy and skipping the most important meal of the day is a common one. Why is breakfast so important? This is the meal that ignites our energy, gets our metabolism going and kick starts our brainpower. Without it we can feel weak, tired and sluggish, all the while depriving our bodies of vital nutrients.

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Eating out of the package – We live in a packaged food society. Rushed eating or eating on the go can mean skipping the actual purpose of a meal, eating real food. Eating fake processed, packaged food heightens the possibility of eating more than one serving or consuming foods we didn’t plan on eating. Even if we are snacking on something healthy, like mixed nuts, eating more than a recommended serving can translate to consuming too many calories or too much fat (even if it’s the good kind). The best options for snacks and meals are to choose foods that actually exist in nature with minimal processing. Here’s a grocery store secret: Shop mostly around the perimeter of the grocery stores where all the fresh food is, instead of in the middle where all the packaged stuff is.

Eating foods that make you feel bad – Because our bodies all work differently, we each have different sensitivities to certain foods. Some foods make people gassy, some cause acid indigestion, some can lead to acne breakouts. While there are easy to identify reactions caused by certain foods, others can be harder to identify and can often lead to more serious reactions or damage to our bodies. Scientific research over the last few years has shown that foods such as gluten-containing grains, dairy and genetically modified foods (GMOs) to be among a few that are negatively affecting masses of people. In fact, studies have proven that there are dietary-related triggers of autoimmune reactivity, resulting in neurological, behavioral, dermatological, and gastrointestinal symptoms that can lead to autoimmune disorders.

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Rather than continuing to eat foods that your body reacts poorly to, get to the root of the problem by learning what your specific triggers are. There are tests that can identify these triggers and reactivity to foods that your body should not consume.

Too much dining out – Even when we think we are ordering smart, there are often hidden ingredients that can be counterproductive to our overall health. For example, you can order vegetable soup without really knowing what kind of flavor enhancers they included or how much salt was added. Don’t lose sight of the fact that restaurants want their food to taste good and keep customers coming back for more, so they tend to pack in excess amounts of sugar, salt, fat, and even synthetic coloring and flavoring agents. Cooking at home ensures you have a more complete understanding of what you’re putting in your body.

Buying no-no foods – Everybody knows that you should never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. That’s a recipe for disaster. Everything sounds good when we are hungry, thus making us more inclined to buy things that we know we shouldn’t. Out of sight, out of mind. If it’s not available to us, we can’t eat it. Try grocery shopping on a full stomach and focus on buying foods that are good for you, on your shopping list, and that you need—rather than the more indulgent items that catch your eye while you shop.

Today’s busy lifestyle makes it very easy to fall into a pattern of mindless eating habits that can be harmful to our health. Awaken yourself to your patterns and how your body might be reacting to different foods and eating habits. Let 2016 be the beginning of a healthier you!

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About the Author

By Dr. Chad Larson, NMD, DC, CCN, CSCS, Advisor and Consultant on Clinical Consulting Team for Cyrex Laboratories.

Dr. Larson holds a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Southern California University of Health Sciences. He is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He particularly pursues advanced developments in the fields of endocrinology, orthopedics, sports medicine, and environmentally-induced chronic disease.

How to stop hating your own body image: Tips from a Neuropsychologist

 

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Psychologists use the term ‘body image’ to describe our internalized sense of what we look like. This can be thought of as a mental representation or map of our body, against which we judge our external appearance. For most of us, there is a relatively good match between what we think we look like (subjective appearance) and how we appear to other people (objective appearance). Thankfully there is eating disorder treatment for women, as well as for men, teens and children.

Dr. Sanam Hafeez is a Manhattan neuropsychologist. She says that, “To some extent our body image is idealized (based on how we would like to look). It is also based on a mirror image of our actual appearance. Other people see animated or moving images, whereas we view our own image mainly through photographs or mirrors where our expression is still. Body image also changes as we get older.”  As a woman Dr. Hafeez understands the perils that gals fall into in our Instagram, Facebook and Photoshop society.

The following are some tips from Dr. Hafeez on how to love yourself more.

Forget the diet hype.

People who constantly diet have a higher risk of developing eating disorders, are more likely to binge eat and cause a domino effect of physical and mental health issues that include depression, irritability, anxiety, digestive problems and metabolic syndrome. Looking and feeling good are common sense. Eating right, regular exercise and sleeping are your weight control keys to success! 

Put body image in perspective.

Instead of spending so much time obsessing over your outer self – consider focusing your attention on education, hobbies and socializing with your friends. Keeping your mind engaged will help you notice others with the same interests. Working to get fit and healthy is an admirable goal but it should never consume your life.

Know your body and accept it.

Perhaps you inherited your mother’s larger hips or your father’s height and broad shoulders. Our genetics are a strange cocktail that are unique to every person and learning to love your body is the first step in working with your particular body size and shape. Having the same size and weight goals of a person six inches shorter or taller than you is unrealistic and setting yourself up for failure. You may be the same height as a friend who is a perfect size six but may have a much larger build. Don’t diet to fit anyone else’s expectations. It is YOUR  body, YOUR  health and you are the only one who has the right to dictate what is “right” for you. 

Celebrities are not “average” people!

Remember that most celebrities are paid based on how they look on camera. They have an entire team of people who make sure they eat right, exercise and take care of their skin and hair. When they become pregnant or go through a tough time, they have a team of people who helps them drop the weight fast and get back to “camera weight” without the distractions the average person has. Many celebrities have spoken out about suffering for years with eating disorders, emotional problems and drug addiction to maintain their public image. 

Focus on what you have the power to change.

Rather than spending your energy on wishing you were taller, redirect your focus on something you can change, like toning up with a yoga or Pilates class, or honing one of your talents. Then celebrate with a new handbag. 

Surround yourself with beauty.

Creating a beautiful environment at home or in your work space will provide a greater sensual experience, which is what we all crave. Keep fresh flowers on your desk or table, add some silk pillows to your sofa, play your favorite music while cooking dinner, and drink mineral water out of a nice wine glass! 

Ask for help if you need it. Surround yourself with positive people who lift you up – who contribute to your happiness – and look to them when you falter in your goals. Whether you need help sticking to a healthy eating plan, a buddy to workout with, a personal trainer to show you how to do the exercise that is right for you or someone to discuss emotional issues with – ask.

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About the author

Dr. Sanam Hafeez is a New York City based Neuropsychologist and School Psychologist.  She is also the founder and director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C.  She is currently a teaching faculty member at Columbia University. 

Dr. Hafeez’s provides neuropsychological educational and developmental evaluations in her practice.  She also works with children and adults who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, autism, attention and memory problems, trauma and brain injury, abuse, childhood development and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc.…) In addition, Dr. Hafeez serves as a medical expert and expert witness by providing full evaluations and witness testimony to law firms and courts.

4 Things to Do Instead of “Dieting”

 

These days, more and more of us are becoming concerned with our health, and with the impact that our lifestyles will have on our overall well-being.

Part of this concern is driven by the fact that certain public health crises are becoming more prevalent and well-documented. For example, more and more children are now diagnosed with type II diabetes (once thought to only affect adults) and heart disease is massively prevalent.

Another part of the concern is driven by the fact that there is now more information available than ever before on “how to live a healthy life.” Or, at least, there are more ideas, suggestions, and theories out there than ever before about what we should do to maintain peak health.

Perhaps the most common place people turn when trying to overhaul the way they approach their health, is diet routines and plans of different types. And there’s definitely no shortage of diets out there, with new eating plans popping out and taking the world by storm at least once a year or so.

The thing is, there are some real downsides to getting on the fad-diet bandwagon. For one thing, many diets are highly restrictive and will lead to nutrient deficiencies, and other problems of the body, if they’re stuck with for too long. For another thing, diets that are specifically in place for weight loss may help you to shed the pounds, but then, as soon as you go back to your normal way of eating, all that work is undone.

If you want to feel your best, be your healthiest, and maybe lose a bit of weight, too, here are some things that you should consider doing instead of “dieting.”

 

Focus on whole, unprocessed foods, instead of perpetually starving yourself and calorie counting.

A cornerstone of many diets is to restrict calories, either directly, or incidentally, so that your body is forced to burn through some of its fat stores, thereby getting you to lose some weight.

The thing is, there are downsides to being in a state of constant calorie restriction. The Minnesota Starvation Experiment, which took place during World War II, for example, found that test subjects who restricted their calories over a prolonged period of time ended up experiencing a serious decline in mental and physical health.

If you’re dieting for better health; meticulously counting your calories and eating less than you feel like you need, may have some benefit as a short-term fix to move you from an unhealthy weight to a healthier one. But, restricting calories over the long term isn’t a good idea.

In fact, high calorie foods can be healthy. After all, your body needs those calories for something, right?

The key is to focus on whole, unprocessed foods, and to avoid the more “artificial” and “processed” stuff.

Generally speaking, when you eat your fill of whole, unprocessed foods, and nutritious home-cooked meals, you’re going to get a good balance of nutrients, fiber, and the right balance of calories to nourish you, without dramatically overdoing it.

Just go easy on the added fats and oils, as they make it easy to ramp up the calories without feeling it.

Follow the ancient wisdom of “breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper.”

There’s an old saying that goes “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.”

As it so happens, recent research has found evidence that eating your larger meals earlier in the day, and eating smaller meals (if anything) at night, may be a key to good overall health, and maintaining a healthy weight.

The key here seems to have something to do with your body’s circadian rhythms, and the release of different hormones throughout the day. When you expose yourself to bright light, you signal your body that it’s daytime. Apparently, the same thing is true when you eat a big meal.

Just tried to focus on having a bigger breakfast and lunch, and a much smaller evening meal, and see how it affects you. Likely, you’ll notice some significant benefits after a pretty short while.

Do some occasional fasting.

A lot has been written in recent times about the benefits of occasional fasting. According to research from different labs, going without food every now and again can help you to regulate your insulin levels, improve your blood sugar, help to clear away damaged cellular tissue in your body, and more.

The key is that your fasting should be “occasional” instead of “continual.”

The fitness writer Brad Pilon argues, in his book “Eat, Stop, Eat”, that the best way to approach fasting is to go for one or two separate 24-hour periods per week without eating.

Consider trying it out every so often. But avoid falling into the more extreme sides of the fasting world, that tell you to eat only one meal a day, every day, for the rest of your life.

“Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”

The food writer Michael Pollan is well known for his Netflix documentary “Cooked,” that looks at the traditional role of different types of cooking around the world, among other things.

One of Pollan’s best-known lines is “eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” In fact, that’s his anti-diet advice.

By “food” Pollan refers to whole foods, not processed “food-like substances” found in supermarkets. By “not too much” he means that we should finish each meal feeling satisfied, but not stuffed. The “mostly plants” bit is pretty self-explanatory.

A lot of the harm that seems to come with modern eating patterns in the Western world today, has to do with overindulgence, and processed foodstuffs like high fructose corn syrup, that are directly linked to obesity and metabolic problems.

So, Pollan’s advice might be just what the doctor ordered.

Another bit of advice from a contributor to one of Pollan’s documentaries, may also be relevant here: Eat whatever it is you want. Cookies, ice cream, whatever. But the catch is that you have to make it all from scratch, using fresh, raw ingredients. (No pre-prepared cake mix.)

As a rule, this will allow you to enjoy your eating, without feeling overly restricted. But the sheer work involved in making yourself ice cream and cookies from scratch means you probably won’t do it so often.

Spring Clean Your Wellness Routine

**This is a guest post. The opinions expressed is that of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect my own.

As the daylight hours continue to extend and the temperatures slowly climb, it is clear that Spring is just around the corner. This means, for many, the time honored tradition of spring cleaning. And after you’ve given your home a good scrub down, why not shift your focus to clearing the cobwebs off some of your healthy habits, getting them into top shape as the seasons shift.  An expert in all things wellness, Katia Pryce, founder of DanceBody offers these top tips to jump start your Spring routine:

  1. Marie Kondo your Workout Gear.

If it does not spark joy, throw it away! Nowhere is this truer than your workout wardrobe. The sports bra that squeezes the spot you hate, the leggings that have an uncomfortable waistband, the tank top you got… for free.

If you’re not comfortable and confident in the workout clothes you’re wearing that does not set you up for a successful workout – especially when you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror! Spark the joy in your workouts, and wear only the items you love, that make you feel strong, sexy, and inspire you to get your fine ass to a good class.

  1. Seasonal Switch Out.

During the winter, our bodies tend to move slower, but as the weather shifts, so does my fitness craving – I want happier, more uplifting workouts!

“Dancing stimulates us physically and emotionally while there are also cognitive and social elements to it,” dance psychologist Dr Peter Lovatt of the University of Hertfordshire told the Daily Telegraph. “You get a much bigger release of endorphins when you dance than during other forms of exercise; it also connects with the emotional centres in the brain.”

For many people, dancing prompts an emotional release – I always tell my class to get rid of their pent up emotional “stuff” on the dance floor. It’s absolutely cathartic.

  1. Cash Me Outside, how bout that?

The sun is shining longer, the temperature is rising, and our natural urge is to spend more time outside – the good news is that psychologists and health researchers are finding more science-backed reasons we should follow our instincts. Not only does it have serious de-stressing effects, but it has also been shown to reduce inflammation, eliminate fatigue, combat anxiety and depression, lower blood pressure, and even help with memory.

On a personal note, being outside is something that helps to put the problems of the world (ok, my world!) into perspective. Even if it’s just a stroll through the concrete jungle with my dog, unplugging and being outside recalibrate my mind and spirit.

About the Author:

Katia Pryce has had a lifelong love affair with dance. After dancing professionally for years, she turned to fitness as way to keep herself in lean, athletic shape. That passion for both disciplines turned into a career when she founded DanceBody in 2013. As a ten-year veteran in the wellness industry, Pryce quickly developed a reputation for her compassionate, yet no-nonsense attitude which she applied towards her company culture. She is regularly tapped by Cosmopolitan, Shape, Well+Good, Glamour, Thrive Global, and others as a contributor, offering wellness tips and advice.

Diet to Go – A delicious and easy way to lose weight

 

Diet… oh how I HATE that word. It shouldn’t even be a part of our language. Just the mere thought of the word makes me feel dread.

When I think of the word diet I think of depriving myself of good foods. There is only so much salad I can eat. I need REAL food.

I have done every thing imaginable to lose weight – weight loss surgery, starvation, binge & purge, diet pills, cabbage soup diet, exercising like a crazy person, as well as popular diet programs (Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers and Nutrisystem). I’ve done it all.

Some of the popular diet programs are not that bad, but I’m not a fan of food that has been frozen for who knows how long, or food that is packed with preservatives to give it a long shelf life. I want REAL food. I’m sure many people who have followed these popular plans can relate to that.

I know how to cook, and I can recreate many of the low calorie foods that come with some of these weight loss programs. It’s just that I often don’t have time to cook what I want to make. By the time I get home from work it’s already after 7:00 PM (the rest of my family has already eaten by that time). I end up eating leftovers of whatever my husband made for dinner. As much as I love spaghetti tacos (yes, we really eat that), I don’t think it’s necessarily something you should eat if you are trying to what you eat and count calories.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the brand Diet to Go. Diet to Go is a subscription based food delivery service that delivers chef prepared healthy meals. They offered to send me a week’s worth of food to try them out.

When you subscribe to Diet to Go you are given the option of what type of food plan you are most interested in, as well as what will suit your needs the best. They offer the following options.

Balanced 

#1-Rated Balance Menu has been helping dieters reach their weight-loss goals for 25 years. This menu combines mouth-watering, restaurant-quality flavors with dietitian-approved, balanced portions of the foods you love.

  • Calorie-controlled and nutritionally balanced
  • Heart-healthy — controlled for sodium,carbs, fat and cholesterol
  • Vegetarian & no seafood options

Diabetes

Diabetes-friendly menu designed to help you lose weight, manage pre-diabetes, and prevent type-2 diabetes.

  • Perfect choice for pre-diabetes or diabetes — controls blood sugar naturally
  • Heart-healthy — controlled for sodium, carbs, fat and cholesterol
  • Even if you’re not diabetic, can help you lose those last few pounds

Keto-Carb 30

For those who understand and prefer a classic, Atkins-style, carb-restricted diet, this menu is perfect for you. The Keto-Carb30 menu offers a variety of delicious meals – including meat, cheese and eggs – that can help you lose weight quickly and effectively.

  • Carb-restricted plan; replaces carbs with fat
  • Only 30 net carbs per day, on average. Keto friendly!
  • Adding fruit, bread, sugar or other carbohydrates is not recommended

Vegetarian

A Vegetarian version of our #1-Rated Balance Menu, this plan has been helping dieters reach their weight-loss goals for 25 years. This menu combines mouth-watering, restaurant-quality flavors with dietitian-approved, balanced portions of the foods you love.

  • Calorie-controlled and nutritionally balanced
  • Heart-healthy — controlled for sodium, 
carbs, fat and cholesterol
  • Protein sources include dairy, eggs, beans and some soy.

The menu changes each week, which offers subscribers a nice variety of foods to try.

The first thing that impressed me, before the food even arrived, is that I was able to swap out meals that I didn’t want to have (for whatever reason) for meals that I would like more. Not all subscription based food services gives you that option. Sometimes you are at the mercy of whatever THEY want to send you.

I did swap out a few meals. It was easy enough to do.

I was excited when the box showed up at my door. I wanted to dive right in and prepare one for lunch (it was late morning when it arrived). I opted to hold off so I could start fresh in the morning and eat all three meals each day.

The food was very well packaged with ample ice packs (the large ones).

The meals are all prepared fresh, and therefore need to be put in the refrigerator as soon as you open the box.

Each meal is individually packed. They also come with all the condiments you will need, as well as “sides” such as nuts, fruit and veggies.

Directions for how to heat up each meal is right on the package. Information about ingredients and nutritional information is also found right on the package.

Most meals only took a minute or two in the microwave.

Here are a few examples of the meals I received.

Waffles, Blueberry Cream Cheese and Peaches.

This was some kind of an omelet. My apologies for not remembering exactly what it was. The white stuff is cheese. I want to say it had chicken in it as well.

This meal came with the bread, mayo, meat, fruit cup and peanuts.

The Southwestern Sandwich comes with a black bean burger. Check out the FRESH salsa that comes with it.

Chicken Philly Sub Sandwich. I kept it open so as to take this picture (you can see the two halves). It came with provolone (see on top) and fresh vegetables.

Protein Power Pack – Yogurt, Hard Boiled Egg, Nuts and Cheese.

Raisin Bran Muffin, Greek Yogurt and Strawberry Preserves

Mediterranean Tapas, Red Pepper Hummus, Baba Ghanouj, Tabbouleh and Whole Wheat Pita Bread.

Please excuse the photos. Not all of them are that good.

As you can see, Diet to Go offers a nice variety of food.

Their meal plans are available for 5 or 7 days, as well as 2 meals or 3 meals.

The first thing that stood out to me the most was that all of the food was fresh. It honestly tasted like I had made it myself. You can clearly tell that none of this food has been sitting on a shelf, or in a freezer, for the past few months. All of the food tastes like it was made the same day.

I liked the variety of meals that are available. I liked having meals that I might not otherwise make for myself. I’m a “grab and go” kind of eater for the most part (which is not a good thing all the time). I love that these meals were ready to eat either right out of the package, or after a quick minute or two in the microwave.

I truly enjoyed all of the meals that I received. I could easily see myself eating these meals for weeks to come. I don’t think I would get bored of the great variety that is available to Diet to Go customers.

You don’t need to add anything, or supplement the meals. Each meal is prepared and packaged to be complete. Of course you are welcome to add a side salad, more fruit, salt or pepper… what ever you want. It’s your meal. Just know that whatever you add to it will also add to the calories.

One of the hardest things for me to get used to was the portion sizes. Diet to Go meals are prepared and presented to be one serving size. As you probably know, most people don’t stick to serving sizes. We tend to eat more than the recommended amount. These meals are portioned to what you SHOULD be eating, not what you WANT to eat. For me, that was hard to get used to. I have a hard time with portion sizes. I always feel like I’m going to be hungry.

There were times I was hungry. It’s not Diet to Go’s fault. It’s my fault. When that happened I looked for something to hold me over until my next meal (healthy snacks like baby carrots, cucumbers, yogurt…).

Honestly, the only “downside” is the cost. If you have the funds to afford a subscription meal service, that is awesome, and you should really look into Diet to Go. Personally, I can’t afford it, but if I could – YES!!! I would most definitely use Diet to Go for a few more weeks or longer.

Did I lose weight? YES! According to our scale (digital) I lose 3.4 pounds the week I was on Diet to Go. Please note that I am 100+ pounds overweight for my height, and I made a point of doing at least 10,000 steps each day (well, most so Monday through Friday). Others might have different results. As with any diet, your age, height/build, and physical activity have to all be taken into consideration.

For me, I am thrilled that I lose weight without having to agonize over what to eat at each meal, weighing things, checking portion sizes and more. It was really a hassle free, worry free, super easy way to lose weight – and it was all delicious too!

Diet to Go offers clients MORE than just food delivery. They also have an online support, a free Health Coaching session, blog, success stories, Facebook group and more!

If you are interested in learning more about Diet to Go, visit DiettoGo.com. The brand can also be found on social media. Their links are found on the bottom of their website.

What do you think of Diet to Go? Does it sound like something you would be interested in trying? Feel free to share your thoughts, as well as any health/weight loss tips or advice you’d like to share with others.

Kimberly

*I received free samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.