Eating To Lose

By   |   April 11, 2011   |   Entertainment, Fitness

It’s TV DivaGal here, taking on that NYLean25 challenge. I’ve already given you a taste of the short, but intense workouts from NYLean25 creator Robert Brace. Now it’s time for the harder part – the diet!

If you want to truly get lean, what you eat is just as important as how you work out. Robert has laid out two plans for us to follow. The “Options Diet” is a list of healthy choices designed to help us reduce our caloric intake and still feel satisfied. There are high fiber, low carb breakfasts that fill you up and fuel your body throughout the day, like yogurt topped with wheat germ, blueberries and almonds; lunches and dinners that encourage meals with lots of dark salad greens — much richer in nutrients than the traditional iceberg lettuce — and broth-based soups; and protein-rich snacks like celery with peanut butter, cheese with a few apple slices and smoked salmon on cucumber slices. Of course, after the conference weekend I’ve had, I need something a little more intense. That’s where the “Turbo-Charged Fat Burning Diet” comes in.

For 14 days, Robert strips down your fat, sugar and carbohydrate intake, and boasts protein-based foods to provide you with energy. Mainly, it’s eggs whites, vegetables, lean proteins like chicken and fish, and cottage cheese eaten in small portions throughout the day. “By keeping carbohydrates, fats and sugars low, your body will burn your excess body fat for energy, helping you lose weight and get lean,” Roberts shares. Stick to water, plain tea and zero-calorie/sugar drinks while on the plan. Robert also suggests drinking an 8oz of water with a scoop of whey protein added before and after his workouts.

This isn’t an easy program, so I have recruited a few friends to give it a try with me. Check out our progress right here at Bon appetit!

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